I love to have a small but amazing collection of fragrances. And the perfumes are a girl’s best friend too. They make us feel better, and can uplift a low mood. And sometimes there is no need to have any reasons to have a good perfume. I love the musk, floral, and fruity fragrances. They elevate my mood within jiffies and make me feel good my smelling better. Elizabeth Arden 5Th Avenue Eau De Parfum one such scents that make me feel happy and accomplished to have it in my small crew of fragrances. Elizabeth Arden 5Th Avenue Eau De Parfum comes from the New York City. It redefines the feminineness and extravagance through its long-lasting fragrance. The upper notes comprise of Dewy Magnolia, Linden Blossom, Bergamot. At heart lies Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine. Ylang Yang (Known to be an instant mood lifter). This fragrance leaves behind the calming scent of lower notes with Sandalwood, Vanilla and Tibetan Musk. This perfume is created by Ann Gottlieb and is one of the most premium perfumes for females. It is chic and classy. Having this premium perfume it your collection is definitely going to make you smell good and feel elegant every time you wear it. One must-have long lasting fragrance that gives different notes of a fragrance and make you feel different from start to end. The floral aroma does its magic and the musk adds some extra perks to this wonderful fragrance Elizabeth Arden 5Th Avenue Eau De Parfum.
Classy and Elegant
Floral Musk Aroma
Exfoliation is one of the most vital aspects of my skincare routine for body and face. Exfoliation helps in removing the dead and the dry skin that gets piled up on our body and skin days after days. We need to use a good quality scrub to exfoliation the skin mildly. The harsh scrubs can damage our skin cells and sometimes can make the skin bleed. Using a gentle scrub helps skin health in many manners. It removes dead skin, brings up new and rejuvenated skin cells. It lets the skin breathe and makes it look fresh. Clinique brand has offered several skin-friendly beauty products that are free from harmful chemicals and are truly natural. Clinique Exfoliating Scrub is one of their best beauty and skincare products that are extremely mild and effective to keep the skin healthy and beautiful. It is a water-based facial exfoliator or scrub which is extremely effective on my skin. It cleanses my skin deeply and removes all the dead and dry skin from the surface and brings up a new and rejuvenated skin which glows like baby skin. It adds a pinkish radiance to my skin and works as the best scrub for my combination skin. Removes dirt, dust, and pollution very effectively. And lets my skin breathe and get oxygen to remain fit and healthy. Clinique Exfoliating Scrub is specially crafted for oily and combination skin types. Hence works the best for my skin. It does not contain any fragrances, phthalates, and parabens and it gives only happiness to my skin. I do not over scrub ever and never experienced any skin damage or irritation by using Clinique Exfoliating Scrub. A bit pricey but a too good skincare product that one should definitely have to get rid of dead skin and get the skin rejuvenated from within.
Ever since I started working, I started having hectic work schedules. I had a fixed time of going to the office but there was no fixed time of returning home. Late night work and sometimes working overnight was just a routine and I had started getting the dark circles and dull lifeless eyes. I ignored things for a longer time and it resulted in dark circles under eyes. I had tried many under eyes creams but they did not help me to soothe my eyes at all. Then I got to know about Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream. It was very expensive but I already had spent thousands of rupees on several under eyes cream by the best of the brands but they all were useless. But Clinique products are definitely different. They are expensive but work on the problem area very well. I used it for two weeks and soon I started getting soothing effects on my tired and lifeless eyes and its problems. I started feeling better and eyes were not burning anymore. My eyes looked brighter than ever and dark circles had started fading away. This product is quite expensive but extremely effective for the dull and lifeless eyes. It works on the fine lines under eyes plus on the crow's feet too. It reduced all the aging marks dramatically. It soothes and relaxes tired eyes. I am happy that I invested in the right product that takes complete care of my eyes and keeps them healthy and beautiful.
When I was pregnant, my doctor had asked me to use a hand sanitizer to stay away from the infections. That was the time when Swine Flu was at its peak. And being scared of the infections, I started using Lifebuoy hand sanitizer. It kept my hands germ-free. Every time I did not need to wash my hands with soap and water. And it became a matter of convenience for me. It was easy to carry in my handbag as I used to get the smallest bottle. I preferred using soap and water whenever possible, but every time it was not available so the Lifebuoy hand sanitizer always came to the rescue. It is clinically proven to kill 99.99% of germs instantly. And kept me safe from the infections. I used it throughout my pregnancy kept using it post pregnancy too. After delivering the baby, whenever someone used to come to meet and greet us; I requested them to get their hand sanitized with the Lifebuoy hand sanitizer before touching the baby. I always kept the big bottle of sanitizer near me and requested the guests to use it. Babies are very much prone to get infections, hence we need to protect them from all such hazards. I haven’t stopped using the sanitizer till date and whenever we go out we carry it with us. It does not help in washing the mud or dirt for sure. Yes, that definitely needs soap and water to get clean hands. But when we are roaming around and the hands are not muddy but can be infected by germs and viruses, then the sanitizer is definitely a huge help for us to keep the family safe from flu and many such infections. It is not an expensive product and easily available in the market. Lifebuoy is a renowned brand in soaps and hand wash segment. And now it is the leader in the hand sanitizer category too. We are a lifebuoy family from soap to hand sanitizer and happy to be the Lifebuoy family.
It is a must to smell good for me. I mean it is definitely mandatory for everyone. But during the summers many of us cannot just smell good. And to avoid the body odor the best solutions are deodorants and the perfumes. Deodorants are just temporary. But perfumes are unbeatable. I love fragrances and love to have a tiny but best perfume collection. Have tried many perfume brands and still use them all alternately. And so out of this addiction of collecting fragrances, I grabbed Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau De Parfum from an e-commerce portal. It is one of the most luxurious and addictive perfumes available in India. The sweetish smell is just beyond any descriptions. It has stifling high notes of velvet like iris flowers, Italian plum, and golden saffron and this concoction makes a perfect blend of Aromatic addictive fragrance. This fragrance definitely elevates anyone’s mood. I agree it is super expensive perfume, but it is like a treasure for me. I love to own such treasures once in a while. This perfume is long lasting and remain on my clothes even after a week if I keep them unwashed. If only con I need to find in this luxurious premium perfume, then it is the cost of this bottle of happiness. The price can make me feel not to purchase another bottle of Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau De Parfum, but as I find no other cons in this lovely fragrance; I may go for it once again to feel good again. Overall one of the best perfumes to have in a pricey budget. Must have it if you really can afford it.
Unique blend of ingredients
Fair & Lovely is definitely the first fairness cream that I had tried in my life. And I must say that my brother was more obsessed with fairness than I was. I used it moderately and he used it rigorously. And both of us got severe dark spots as soon as we took a break from it. It was a nightmare for both of us and we both went through skin treatment to get rid of those dark spots. A few years later when BB and CC creams were introduced, I thought of buying one for an everyday makeup look. I could have preferred a better one in fact. But I went for the cheaper one that was Fair & Lovely BB cream. It looked good at first but then became useless after an hour or so. Honestly speaking it did not give me any makeup kind of look and made my face look patchy after an hour of applying it. Overall it is an ordinary cream that one can have. There are many better BB and CC creams in the market and they are brilliant. One doesn't need to go for Fair & Lovely BB cream for sure. It did not suit my skin type and tone. As it does not offer many shades that can suit all skin types. Hence this BB cream focuses more on fairness and whitening rather than adding a glow to any skin tone. Get a perfectly matching BB or CC cream for your skin tone and type which can cost a little more but are definitely a much better choice. I am not sure if this BB cream goes perfect for the fair-skinned people, but can be a disaster for a wheatish woman like me. Must avoid it if you are not looking for fairness but a glowing skin. And every skin color can be glowing and flawless, not necessarily we need to be white to look beautiful.
Not made for all skin types
I do not have severely dry skin but it gets worse during winters especially when I prefer having my annual vacations in the winters. Mumbai has humid weather and the winters are not really harsh over here. But while I traveled to the places like Ooty, Coonoor, Kutch, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala, I definitely needed a more hydrating moisturizer that could save my skin from the change of weather. So I picked up a huge bottle of Nivea Nourishing Body Milk for the family of six for my Rann of Kutch trip. We all kept using this body milk every day and so the results were amazing. None of us went through the irritation of dry skin and peeling of the skin. No scaly legs for us. And the skin became better than ever with constant moisturization. It added an extra sheen and luster to my body. My feet looked good throughout the journey of Kutch. And I continued to use it even after returning to my hometown, Mumbai. Nivea nourishing body milk is enriched with almond oil and Hydra IQ that nourishes the skin from within. It provides a long-lasting moisturizer. It can stay on the skin for as long as 48 hours after applying it generously. And helps in repairing the severely damaged and dry skin cells with a regular use of it. After using Nivea cream for many years now, I could easily go for Nivea Nourishing Body Milk. It is available in various sizes and the packaging is travel friendly. It does not cost too much for that happy healthy skin when you prefer using this body milk.
Lakme is the brand of trust in beauty and skin care segment. I have been using many beauty products of Lakme and I must confess that many of my first beauty and makeup products were of Lakme always. Be it a lipstick, foundation, eyeliner or a compact; for me they all came from the brand Lakme India. All the Lakme products are perfectly crafted for the Indian skin types and tones, and they suit all of them. They give a perfect natural finishing and don't make us look overdone. So after using and being satisfied with many of the products by Lakme India, I tried their new compact named Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet & Dry Compact and instantly fallen in love with it just like the many other Lakme products I have used in the past. Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet & Dry Compact adds and instant and excellent glow to my face whenever I use it. It gives a perfect finishing and makes my face look flawless and blemish-free. Advantages - Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet & Dry Compact is a long-lasting compact and remains flawless for as long as eight to nine hours for me, it can even stay longer I guess but I never tried beyond 9 hours so far. It comes with SPF 17 which is a good level of sun protection factor and so it can be used for the day time while being out in the sun. It protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Another great advantage of this compact is, it deeply hydrates and moisturizes the skin and that helps in adding natural glow and radiance to the skin. It contains Vitamin B3 and Hyaluronic acid that helps the skin remain hydrated for a longer time. It is available in six natural shades that perfectly suit the Indian skin tones. The black packaging defines class and luxury. And everyone will crave to own that black beauty for sure. Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet & Dry Compact is definitely one of the best wet and dry compacts available in the market and goes impeccably perfect for my skin type of combination skin.
Available in 6 Natural Shades
Having I combination skin I need some highly hydrating body lotion during winters and the mild ones for the other seasons. I prefer using body lotion every day. After doing all the household chores, I need to apply a good moisturizer on my hands and feet every night before going to sleep. It is the best time to get my skin renewed and rejuvenated. I use Himalaya Intensive Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion, especially during winters and monsoons. Mumbai monsoons are making my skin dry. Because there is water logging in the nearby areas and at times I have to walk through the same, which makes my feet just too bad. As soon as I reach home, I wash my feet with a good liquid soap and massage them with Himalaya Intensive Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion. It helps me keep my feet healthy during the Mumbai monsoons. Himalaya Intensive Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion contains natural cocoa butter which is known to nourish skin deeply. It moisturizes very well and remains on my body for more than ten to twelve hours and so I do not need multiple applications of body lotion. During the winters I surely need to apply it twice a day to keep the skin well moisturized and hydrated. Along with Cocoa Butter, this body lotion contains grapeseed oil, olive oil, and wheatgerm oil. And all these natural oils are extremely beneficial for skin health and beauty. And this amazing blend of all these oils makes my skin perfectly moisturized and hydrated. All Himalaya products come with quality assurance and are made with natural ingredients. The Himalaya product range is quite affordable and easily available in the market. And so the Himalaya Intensive Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion is light on pocket and heavy on moistirization. Cons - Himalaya Intensive Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion contains parabens and that can be called the only con about this product.
Deeply nourishes my skin
I am fond of lip colors. I don’t have a huge collection but surely have some great collection of lip colors in my wardrobe drawers. And one may find more of pink, wine and nude shades and most of the MAC lip colors in my wardrobe drawers. Yes I like pink, wine and nude shades and then I love MAC lipsticks a lot. MAC Frost Lipstick is another great lip color offered by MAC cosmetics. It is available in 27 vibrant shades and all are classy. MAC Frost Lipstick has a creamy texture that defines the lips and gives it a highly pigmented look instantly. They get semi-lustrous just with one stroke. And they stay like that for a longer time. This lipstick gives a good coverage and does not give a cracked lips look even after few hours of using it. And they are a definite have for a day-to-day usage. I am using two shades right now which are just perfect for a subtle look every day. I am having Bombshell shade which is a bit pinkish and Crème de la femme which is a bit towards the wine shade. Both these shades are beyond perfection. And I use them wisely because the MAC lip colors are pretty expensive and I don’t want them to get over soon. I love to use these luxury lipsticks sparingly though. MAC cosmetics do not need an introduction. And that way MAC lipsticks are the prominently known lip colors. They are great to have and kind of a luxury to have them. I have many MAC products in my vanity and sometimes I love to flaunt them. MAC frost lipstick has high pearl finish and that gives a medium buildable coverage. Conclusion – MAC lipsticks are one of the best lipstick brands and MAC Frost lipstick is a must have. All the shades are extremely bright and vibrant and my favourite is the Crème de la femme which goes very well with my wheatish skin tone. A bit on the expensive side, but having MAC cosmetics builds my confidence to carry my makeup look without worries.