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The Body Shop - Body Butter Update

I was at TBS this weekend. I sampled their Strawberry BB - It smelled divine, like freshly crushed strawberries. I wanted to pick up a small tub of the same, but was told that TBS has stopped selling smaller versions of BB in all types as they have "reduced" the prices on their products.

I left without the product. I didn't want to pay 700 bucks for a huge tub that never seems to get over. I tend to prefer smaller sizes of all products as they are easier to store and get over before they get spoiled.

Besides I have a very fleeting attention span, I cannot imagine using one product for the next one year - I prefer a little variety in my life.

What about you? Do you too prefer smaller sizes like me or are you the more the merrier type?

Bourjois Effet Liner Effect Mascara (Black) - Review

What it claims: Treat your eyes to some doe-eyed glamour !

Intensely lengthening and root emphasising
An innovative new mascara with a flexible new-generation brush that enables you to create a perfect doe-eyed look.

The brush has a double action:

Step 1: Use long bristles to stretch the mascara formula from root to tip. Intensely lengthens lashes without clumping.

Step 2: Use short bristles to deposit formula at the base of the lashes, emphasising roots for a liner effect. It will look as though you have used a pencil khol in the inside rim of your lashes, without the hassle!

The mascara formula is enriched with khol to intensify the result.

For an intense glance that will surely be irresistible

Price: Rs. 520 for a tube

Available at New Beauty Centre, Khar

1. This does really deliver on it's outlandish claim of creating a liner like effect! When I got this I was very intrigued and actually shocked when post application it did give me a fine liner like look and effect. Perfe…

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun – Sunscreen Facewash Gel Review

Review by Simran

Lotus Herbals Safe Sun – Sunscreen Facewash Gel

Grapes and Plum Sun Protection

What it claims: Leaves a Sun Protection film on the face after wash. Contains an innovative sun screen agent, invented in USA only recently.

Grapes: Deep pore cleansing and normalizing pH balance of skin

Plums: Helps deposit sun screen agent on skin evenly and imparting smooth and silky feel to skin

Directions: Before you apply Sun block cream / lotion wash face with this sparkling gel. Squeeze out a small quantity on palm. Apply on face and work up lather. Rinse, pat dry.

Best Before 3 years of packaging.

Price: 80 gms for Rs. 99

Skin types: All

Pros: Anyone with a skin as oily and sensitive as mine will be able to tell what a dilemma sun screens pose for us! In a country where you cannot escape the blistering sun, stepping out sans sun screen is equivalent to a crime, but using it will also make you spend the entire day thinking how many pimples you are going to wake up with tomorrow.

Scared m…

Moisturiser Buying Guide

There are so many facial moisturizers on the market these days. Every brand worth his or her salt makes one. They range from inexpensive over-the-counter creams and lotions to high-priced department store anti-aging serums

Choosing a Moisturizer

1. Choosing a moisturizer has a lot to do with personal taste, but more so with skin type and age.

2. You don't need to spend a lot on a facial moisturizer unless you want to. Don’t let prices fool you - ingredients are the best indicator of quality, not price.

Quick Tips

• Products slowly lose their efficacy once being opened or being exposed to sunlight.

• Light diffusing or tinted moisturizers are great for low-maintenance daily use in place of foundation since they help even out the skin tone without adding another step to your beauty routine. Try Ponds Tinted Moisturiser (my personal favourite) or Biotique Tinted Moisturiser

Skin Type

All facial moisturizers come labeled for a certain type of skin: regular, dry, oily or combination.

10 Reasons Why People Avoid Make Up

Just a fun post!

Most women have a love-hate relationship with makeup.

Either they enjoy it immensely or else they shun it as a clutch of the immoral. After conversing with a few women and girls I know, I realised that the ones who shun make up do so for generally the following reasons:

1. I save Time - technically this is right, consider the time spent in not only buying but even applying makeup.

2. I save Money - also true. Can't fight this.

3. I am Lazy - well, yeah, there are some of us who are just plain lazy and will put off going to the parlour until the last moment of urgency, when the unibrow emerges.

4. I like the natural look

5. I am a closet paranoid and I am sure it is full of harmful substances that will cause my hair to fall out and skin to break out - Can't blame them. Most Indian companies don't disclose the ingredient list at all. So we are equally clueless when it comes to out lipstick or eyeshadow.

6. I have sensitive skin and nothing suits me - whether …

In-Grown Hair and Razor Bumps- Tips to Prevent & Cure

A long time ago, reader Swati had asked for a post on In-Grown Hairs.

I dithered coz frankly I have never suffered from this problem, and was wondering from where should I source the advise?

Over the weekend as I was browsing through the KISS Guide to Beauty (review coming soon) - I read this:

Ingrown hair is a condition where the hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. It generally appears in areas that have been waxed or shaved.

To avoid Ingrown Hair:

1. Exfoliate thoroughly to remove all dead cells, as too much dead skin or blocked pores can make hair grow sideways (I don't understand why, but then lets carry on).

My tip: You can use The Body Shop's Bath Gloves to exfoliate the body, or else use any old apricot scrub or rustle up one at home. Just mix equal amounts of sugar granules with honey and rub the body thoroughly. Wash off with warm water.

2. Apply a BHA (Salicylic Acid) containing solution to the skin to remove dead cells and exfoliate

My Tip: You can us…

Jovees - Papaya & Honey Facial Scrub

What they claim: Papaya & Honey - Daily use Mud Scrub (normal to dry skin)
This mud-based scrub is a unique formulation contains Papaya Seeds, Honey, Fenugreek, Margosa (Neem) as the key active ingredients that help to discover a new kind of luminosity day after day. This scrub is a deep pore cleanser that wipes away spent surface cells, revealing a smoother, clearer and refined complexion.

Method of use

Moisten face and neck. Apply Jovees Papaya & Honey Scrub all over face and neck. Avoid contact with eyes. Massage gently with fingertips for 2-3 minutes using anti-clock and clock wise strokes. Leave on for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Follow with jovees Day Cream.

Active Ingredients: Papaya Seeds, Honey, Fenugreek, Margosa (Neem).

Price: Rs. 155 for 100 gms tube

Available: At Beauty Center (you get some 25% off here)

1. Like it claims, it does leave my skin softer and more cleaner looking - definitely more clear and luminous and even shrinks the pores.

Vogue MakeUp by Juliet Cohen – Review

What the backcover says:

In Vogue Make-up, Juliet Cohen throws open her make-up bag and regales us with smart beauty tips from the experts and recommendations from the cosmetic counters. With insider knowledge, the latest research and products, professional advice and up-to-the-minute information, Vogue Make-up covers all aspects of make-up from colour eyeshadows to concealers, blushers to body painting and mascaras to manicures.

Vogue Make-up also demystifies techniques with advice from beauty gurus and make-up artists, giving you the confidence to experiment with colour and different looks The book is illustrated with inspirational images from the Vogue archives - which boast such renowned photographers as Nick Knight, Mario Testino and David Bailey - and specially commissioned photographs and illustrations.

Price: Rs. 495 / - for 2007 edition which has the cover as shown in the picture (I got Rs. 100/- off on this as a sale was going on at Landmark)

Topics Covered:

• Makeup styles t…

How to do your makeup if you live in a Humid Environment

Image via Wikipedia Those of you who live in cities like Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Cochin and other costal places - will understand what a boon and a pain it is at the same time.

The humidity in the air is excellent for those with dry skins as it keeps the skin moist - much more than it would be in a drier environment.

But it also makes oily skin more oily, and makes the hair frizzy (Monica from Friends, Season 10 in Barbados - anyone) and makes make up close to impossible - especially if you will not be spending the day in a closed, air & humidity controlled (A/C) environment. 

But sometimes you still gotta look good, even if you will be fighting the crowds of a local train. So here is quick guide of what works for me on days - when I know I will be sweating it out.

(Btw the image above is of Mumbai at night - Aerial shot - it is the prettiest thing I have seen, and it looks like my city's streets are paved with molten gold - I love this city - buzzing, vibrant, safe, happening a…

Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm in Dragon Fruit - Review

What it claims: Do you want to explore a sensational scent and fruity shine? Experience the scent and taste of paradise! Enjoy NIVEA Lip Care Fruity Shine Dragon fruit leaving a touch of pinkish color on beautiful and gentle lips. This new formula combines rich almond oil, jojobaoil and shea butter to keep your lips as soft and fresh as they can be! Delights young delicate lips with fruity scent and smoothing, long lasting careNaturally enhances your lips with shimmering pigments and a soft glossy colorContains SPF 10, protection against UVA and UVB raysPrice: Rs. 129/- for 4.5 gm twist up tube Expiration: 12 months after opening Available: at most chemists, super markets & beauty stores Pros:

Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth) - Review by Simran

Image by aroma-herbals via Flickr Back by popular demand of the oilies - another post by Simran.

Multani mitti was one of the earliest substances to ever be used as a beauty mask. It is lime-rich clay obtained from the northwestern region of India hence also known as Indian Fuller’s earth. It is highly absorbent and formed due to the decomposition of volcanic ash. How it works - Fuller’s earth makes for a good cleansing mask and possesses high absorbent qualities to remove oils from skin.The clay inmultani mitti (gypsum) body maskhelps improve skin complexion and also draws impurities and toxins from the skin. It has been shown to be bacteriostatic against gram positivebacteria; it also reduces water loss. 

Because of its high mineral content and moisturizing effect, it helps nourish the skin, nails, and hair. Mud also reduces the pain associated with burns and draws out heat and excess Pitta dosha through the skin.
The mineral ingredient in fuller’s earth giving it absorbent quality is hy…

Leisure Time

Image by HocusFocusClick via Flickr Not related to Makeup or Skin Care. :-D

This is a poem I first read when I was in the fourth standard - and somehow it stuck a deep chord in me even back then. Maybe I had an inkling of the times to come - board exams after board exams, entrance exams, projects, classes, timetables and now work.

Each time I read this poem it stirs me deeply and reminds me to take a break and just stare at the light blue sky if not for me, for my soulat least. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do .

St Ives Swiss Vanilla Advanced Body Lotion – Review

Image by brocktopia via Flickr Thanks Shweta for recommending this!

What it claims: St Ives Swiss Vanilla Advanced Body Moisturizer blends pure vanilla essence with nourishing vitamin E, this lotion works to leave the skin sweetly scented as well as silky soft. Dermatologist tested and hypo-allergenic, the formula works to smooth and condition dry, rough skin, leaving it feeling supple and healthy. 
Formulated with Swiss Glacial Waters and natural skin nourishing ingredients. 
Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Cetyl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract. Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Honey, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol