Winter Care by Himalaya Herbals – Review

Hey people,

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I am not a big fan of winters and unfortunately I live in one of the coldest cities of India. The temperatures of Delhi are dropping day after day and my bones are shivering to the core. Winters can make us very lazy hence leading us to take no care of our skin. We start drinking less water, stop moisturizing at least twice a day, get chapped skin and lips, our skin dries up etc.

I received a package of winter skin care from Himalaya Herbals and have been using them this season. Himalaya is one of the most trusted brands in India. Himalaya has amazing herbal products that we all love. So, let’s get talking about the 3 essential products of winter care.BeautyPlus_20180202202604_save-01

1. Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion:-

Price: Rs.140/- for 200ml. This body lotion smells fantastic. I cannot stop using it mainly because of the amazing smell of Cocoa butter. The key ingredients are Cocoa Butter and Wheat Germ Oil. The consistency of the lotion is thick but it’s not at all sticky. The body lotion nourishes and intensely moisturizes your skin. Buy it here.PSX_20180202_201235 (1).jpgPSX_20180202_201315.jpg

2. Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream:-

Price: Rs.220/- for 200ml. Himalaya’s Nourishing Skin Cream is a light, non greasy, daily-use cream, which provides all day moisturizing, nourishment and protection. The cream is blended with the extracts of Aloe Vera, Winter Cherry, Indian Kino Tree and Indian Pennywort, which protect your skin from pollution and dry weather, providing nourishment and moisture. I apply this cream on the areas that extremely chapped as its key ingredients Aloe Vera and Winter Cherry have antibacterial and cell regenerative properties. Buy it here.PSX_20180202_201418.jpgPSX_20180202_201517.jpgPSX_20180202_201554.jpg

3. Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip Care Balm:-

Price: Rs.140/- for 4.5gm. Lip balms are very important for me. Whether it is summers or winters, I can’t live without my lip balm. I absolutely hate that layer of chapped skin on my lips. In winters there is an increased chance of decrease in moisture of the skin leading to chapped lips. This Himalaya strawberry lip balm is a perfect moisturizing lip balm as it is not tinted and has a lot of shine. Strawberry Seed Oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids, acts as an excellent emollient and helps maintain the skin’s moisture balance. Apricot Kernel Oil is a rich source of Vitamin E and an emollient which effectively moisturizes dry and chapped lips. Buy it here.PSX_20180202_201700.jpgPSX_20180202_201726.jpgPSX_20180202_201756BeautyPlus_20180202201919_save-01.jpeg

I have been loving these products therefore I decided to share my views with you. Hope you find this helpful. Please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. See you soon with another blog post. Until then stay healthy, stay stylish.

Love- Barkha

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Indus Valley Bio Organic Premium Weekend Winter Care & Spa

Hello,

I received this amazing package in my mail and want to tell you all about it. It is a Premium Weekend Winter Care & Spa package from Indus Valley which is enough for you to last the entire winter season (12 to 16 weeks). It’s so cool to have a box that can solve your skin care and hair care problems for the entire season. So, without wasting any time lets discuss this beauty in detail.

Indus Valley website- http://www.indus-valley.com/

THE CONCEPT-

This winter it’s time to make your hair, face and skin prepared with a pocket-friendly and amazingly effective range of products from Indus Valley. The Premium Winter Care products take care of your head to toe with absolute winter care essentials like olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, Skin Care Oil, Argan Hair Care Oil, Argan Oil Shampoo, Hair Eaze Mask, Hair Ultima Spa, Retexturing Night Cream that give you a comprehensive solution for winters. So get winter ready with a never before Limited Edition Price of 1999 INR and pamper yourself even during the chilling winters.IMG_6285.JPGIMG_6287.JPG

THE PRODUCTS-

  1. Indus Valley BIO Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil-

    This is a cold-pressed and 100% Natural Coconut Oil. Extra virgin coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids in high percentage. Lauric acid with high level of antioxidants is good to use on the skin.

Uses- 

For Hair- For Deep Conditioning of hair, as a daily detangler, to defeat dandruff, faster hair growth and to protect hair from sun damage.

For Skin- To soothe dry hands, as a cheekbone highlighter, to remove eye makeup, as a body moisturizer, to add shine.IMG_6292IMG_6293

2. Indus Valley BIO Extra Virgin Olive Massage Oil-

It is a 100% Extra  Virgin Olive Oil is sourced directly from framers. It is safe for sensitive skin and even for babies. It has no chemicals additives. Indus Valley oil is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, proteins as well as Vitamin A, B, D and E.

Uses-

Smoothing skin, can be used as a night cream, to nourish dry skin, for reducing stretch marks, as a makeup remover, as diminishing under eye circles, to hydrate skin, massage oil to strengthen bones and muscles, to aid in weight loss, taking care of cracked heel, great on frizzy hair, cuticle oil.IMG_6308.JPG

3. Indus Valley BIO Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil-

This cold pressed sweet almond oil is an all natural oil that’s perfect for reviving & nourishing any skin type. It has no additive harmful chemicals like Bisphenol A or Hexane. Sweet almond Oil is also rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, proteins as well as Vitamins A, B, D and E.

Uses-

Can be used for Hair, Skin & Scalp, Sweet Almond Oil has many uses such as skin hydration, dark circles removal, eczema and skin rashes relief, hair loss, nail care, reduction of split ends and the reformation of hair to life again.IMG_6305

4. Indus Valley Hair Care Oil-

It is derived from Argan oil from morocco. It is a light oil which is specifically formulated from the delicate needs of ultra fine and light-colored ( including white) hair. The oil is infused with antioxidant rich wheat germ oil, strengthening proteins, omega-3 and shine boosting vitamins.

Uses-

Can be used for 3 multiple purposes for conditioning, styling and smooth finishing. Omega-3 fights problems like dry and brittle hair, itchy and flaky scalp, hair fall and improper blood circulation in the scalp. DHA and EPA makes the hair strong, shiny and healthy. Vitamin E makes the aging process of hair slow down. IMG_6314.JPG

5. Indus Valley Argan Oil Shampoo-

Indus Valley Argan Oil Shampoo is a light creamy texture conditioning shampoo with argan oil and six super 100% natural plant ingredients, like Argania spinoza (Argan) Oil, Coca Butter, Parfum, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil & Aloe vera barbadensis (Aloe leaf) extract.

Uses-

Argan oil protects from UV rays and repairs damage caused by harsh chemicals or damaging heat. Prevents the pores of hair follicles to restore shine, softness, increase elasticity, strengthen the hair shaft and eliminate frizz. Good for soft curls and extensions. IMG_6318.JPG

6. Indus Valley Hair Eaze Spa-

Being completely natural in nature, this Hair Eaze Mask is a must need when you want to flaunt shining, bouncy and healthy hair. Ideal for those with sensitive, itchy scalps. HAIR EAZE SPA is recommended for all hair types.

Uses-

Indus Valley Hair Eaze Mask is a perfect booster for shining and smooth hair. This nourishing, moisturizing mask not only helps your hair in detangling but also keeps it glossy, shining and super-enriched. IMG_6298.JPGIMG_6301

7. Indus Valley Bio- ‘Believe in Oragnic’ Skincare Oil-

Bio Organic Oil has a blend of essential oils from Europe, Shea butter from Africa, plant extracts from Ayurveda and Vitamins E & A. All this makes Bio Organic oil unique & multipurpose.

Uses-

Diminishes Scars, perfect stretch marks, Enhance the skin tone, target pore refinement, minimizes lines, provides radiant glow and firmer skin feel, reduces fine lines and wrinkles. IMG_6311.JPG

8. Indus Valley Retexturing Hydrating Night Cream with Kashmiri Saffron & Night Jasmine-

Indus Valley Retexturing Night Cream is enriched with Organic Herbs like organic sandalwood oil, kokum butter, Wheat Germ oil, jojoba oil & Almond oil etc. For all skin types.

Uses-

Restores elasticity, prevent from skin sagging, make skin soft, nourishes skin, minimize fine lines of skin aging, moisturizes skin, reduces wrinkles.IMG_6302.JPGIMG_6303.JPG

THE PRICE-

The box is prices at Rs 2,300 but it is available on a sale price Rs 1,999

Buy it by clicking on this link- http://www.indus-valley.com/seasons-special/weekend-winter-care.htmlIMG_6319.JPG

MY VERDICT-

I was sent this box as a PR sample but the brand gave me my sweet time to test and try the products before writing this post. As all of you know my reviews are absolutely honest and I don’t mind bashing big brands and products if I have a problem with them.

All the products are very impressive. They are all 100% natural products. I did not have any adverse reactions to any of the products. The oils are great. They are absolutely pure and very effective. I love the coconut oil and almond oil. I have incorporated the night cream and the olive oil in my daily skin care routines. I would definitely continue using most of these products once winters are over.

Another good thing about this box is the price. There is no way in hell that you could buy all these amazing products for 1999. It’s so affordable. I just love this box would suggest people to try it.

I hope you find the review helpful. Don’t forget to stay connected on my social media accounts.

Instagram- @Givemewings_barkha

Facebook- @givemewings.barkha

Twitter- @BarkhaVyas

See you again with a new blog post. Until them bye bye, take care.

Love- Barkha

Inatur Tea Tree Skin Clarifying Facial Gel – Review

Hello Everyone,

I have fallen in love with Inatur Herbals and their products. Everything that I have tried so far is super effective and skin friendly. Earlier I had reviewed their Oil Control face wash and today I am going to review their Tea Tree Skin Clarifying Facial Gel.

The Packaging:-

The gel comes in a dark brown coloured plastic bottle. The packaging is quite attractive and very handy.IMG_6221.JPGIMG_6229.JPG

Ingredients:-

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Price:-

₹ 650 for 200ml

Buy it here

About the product:-

INATUR Tea Tree skin clarifying facial gel is an alcohol-free and PH balanced facial gel enriched with pure essential oils, herbal complexes and anti-oxidants that are especially good for people with oily skin type.

It helps to remove acne-causing bacteria, excessive oil and blackheads while hydrating the skin.

It contains Aloe Vera extracts- that heal and hydrate the skin, Turmeric extracts- that enhance skin complexion, Tea Tree oil- that controls sebum production and acne, Neem extracts- that have antiseptic and anti microbial properties and Vitamin E- that is another anti-oxidant.

Application of this product gives a brighter, hydrated and softer skin.IMG_6223

Ideal for:-

Oily and Normal skin

Direction to use:-

Apply the Tea Tree skin clarifying facial gel directly onto clean face lightly with your fingertips. Massage until it gets completely absorbed into the skin. Avoid eye contact.

My experience with Tea Tree Clarifying Facial Gel:-

The Tea Tree Clarifying Facial Gel is a clear gel that smells strongly of tea tree, neem, aloe vera and other herbal ingredients. The smell is very refreshing.

Firstly lets talk about the skin problems that I was facing before I started using this product. My acne and acne scars were out of control. It was like I had hit puberty all over again 😦

I started using the gel along with Inatur Oil control face wash and it is doing wonders to my skin. My acne has reduced significantly and my acne spots are becoming lighter. Also my skin has started glowing. The gel gets absorbed quickly and does not feel sticky on my skin. My skin has been feeling hydrated and smoother since I have started using this Tea tree Face gel. The tea tree oil cures acne and also cures the scars created by them.IMG_6282.JPG

PROS:-

  • Cures acne
  • Lightens acne spots
  • Cures acne scars
  • 100% natural and cruelty free
  • Sulphate free
  • Smells good
  • Easily available
  • Dermatologically approved
  • For all skin types

CONS:-

  • Expensive

Will I ever use the Tea Tree skin clarifying facial gel again :-

Definitely YES!! This is one of the few products that actually stands true to its claims. Also its a sulphate free, 100% natural product and is not at all harsh on my skin.

Let me know in the comments below if you like this review and would give this product a try. Also don’t forget to follow me on my social media platforms.

INSTAGRAM- @GIVEMEWINGS_BARKHA

FACEBOOK- GIVE ME WINGS

Love- Barkha

 

Euphorbia box- Review

I love trying out beauty boxes and I am always on a lookout for new and affordable ones.

In the month of October I saw a few of my friends review a new box that was super affordable and with an impressive selection of products in the October box.

So I placed order for the box, they were sold out for the October month and I just got my first box in November.

This blog is to review the Euphorbia box.

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Here is a little bit about the box from their website. Euphorbia box is a small, family-owned start-up company. The box is designed to help users explore the world of beauty & skin care products and discover their favorite products in a convenient, effortless and affordable way.

Lets take a look November’s Euphorbia Box-

Packaging-

It is a simple carboard box with Euphorbia box written in blue with the products nicely bubble wrapped inside.

I like the simplicity of the packaging.IMG_6155.JPGIMG_6181.JPG

Price-

I got this box at the launching price of Rs 199. This months box is now available for Rs 248IMG_6165

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1. Ang-Tatva Kaya Tatva Scrub-off (Rs 345 for 75g)

This herbal scrub looks interesting and I look forward to trying this product, however I am surprised that manufacturing date is not mentioned on this product. It has a very strong scent of turmeric but I don’t mind that.IMG_6167.JPGIMG_6171.JPG

2. HM Have More Dry Matte Nail Polish (Rs 299)

From the packaging the nail paint does not look very expensive as the print and the bottle looks cheap so I am bit surprised that the product retails for Rs 299. The colour is red and I am not too excited about the product.IMG_6173.JPG

3. BioBloom Face Wash (Rs 160 for 30ml)

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting any sample products in the box as there were none in he October box. This sample size product is paraben ans sulphate free which is definitely a good thing but, it is too tiny to impress me.IMG_6176.JPG

4. Duft Facial Wipes (Rs 79 for 25wipes)

They are alcohol and paraben free wipes and I can’t complain about them.IMG_6179.JPG

5. Mama Earth Sunscreen SPF 20+ (sample size of 7ml)

This was a bummer. This sample size product is for children of age 0-5 years so not useful for me at all. I mean I am sure not all the people ordering this box are people with children so, including this tiny sample as a product is just ridiculous. IMG_6178.JPG

My verdict

At this time I am just scared because I ordered a 3 months subscription and I am dreading the next two month’s boxes. Overall I am disappointed with the selection of products available in the November box especially when I compare it with the impressive product range that were available in the month of October. This month’s box was just boring. It just failed in every aspect possible. I am struggling to call the box average. I hope the curators can make the December box full of surprises.

Hope you found this review helpful. Please leaves your thoughts about the box in the comments below.

I always love hearing from you guys and you can get in touch with me by emailing me on barkha.vyas06@gmail.com

You can also keep in touch with me through my Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Love- Barkha

 

 

Aloe Vera and Skin Care- Benefits, Tips, DIYs and Giveaway

Aloe Vera is a very huge part of the flora of Rajasthan ( The desert state of India). We consume Aloe Vera in many forms here. It is used raw in curing many skin care diseases and is consumed in the form of a curry to cure many systematic diseases. The juice of this particular cactus is good for both, your skin and internal organs.

In this post I am going to talk about the benefits Aloe Vera has on our skin. I will also state some of my home remedies for skin and hair care. At the end of the post is a giveaway for all the people crazy about skin care products.

Aloe Vera and Skin Care:-

Known as the ‘Plant of Immortality’ by the ancient Egyptians this plant of the Asphodelaceae family has been used as a medicinal plants for centuries. It is a cactus and is therefore very common in the deserts.

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Here are some benefits and DIY tips regarding the use of Aloe Vera:-

  1. To treat Sunburns:-

Aloe Vera gel when applied over the effected area helps in restoring the damaged epithelium and moisturizes the skin helping it heal faster.

TIP– chop open a leaf of Aloe Vera and collect the gel in a small container. Add few drops of distilled rose-water to the gel and apply on the skin for protection from the sun.

2. Improves digestion:-

Many digestive disorders are known to cause acne and patchy skin. Aloe Vera is said to regulate your digestive system. It is also said to heal gastric ulcers. In Ayurveda it is also prescribed for arthritis and rheumatism.

TIP- To help cure arthritis and Rheumatism drink some Aloe Vera juice daily. Another helpful tip is to chew pieces of the fresh leaf to cure internal diseases.

3. Anti Aging effects:-

With age our skin looses its elasticity and starts to sag, leaving behind fine lines and wrinkles. Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin C and E all of which help keep the skin hydrated and firm.

TIP- Cut a fresh leaf of Aloe Vera and rub the sap on your washed and cleaned face before going to bed every night for best results.

4. Natural Moisturizer:-

Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin by seeping deep in the layers of epithelium, therefore the skin doesn’t feel greasy.

TIP- Men can use Aloe Vera gel as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving. Women should apply some Aloe Vera gel before applying your makeup, as it prevents the skin from drying.

5. Treating Acne:-

Aloe vera gel contains hormones that provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells which helps in natural healing of skin without any scarring. Aloe is soothing and can help in skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. Additionally, in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

6. Hair growth:-

Aloe Vera contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, the deficiency of what is a huge cause of hair fall. Use aloe vera gel to treat the areas of the scalp that are going bald. Aloe vera contains an enzyme that helps promote new hair growth for some people. The gel can be applied directly to the scalp, as aloe vera typically has no side effects.

TIP- Make an aloe Vera shampoo. When combined with wheat germ oil and coconut milk, aloe Vera gel makes a shampoo to promote hair growth. Use the shampoo as often as you wash your hair.

7. For your eyelashes:-

Everyone wants thick, dense, long eyelashes. The huge amount of minerals in Aloe Vera help keep the lashes long and dense.

TIP- Mix some Aloe Vera gel with a tea-spoon of black castor oil. Store it in a small container and apply it at the roots of your lashes everyday before going off to bed.aloe-vera-gel-on-wooden-spoon-1

GIVEAWAY

A lot of brands have taken advantage the benefits of Aloe Vera by including it in their products. Aloe Vera gel is the most important and most used form. I am giving away Aloe Derma Hydrating Gel by O3+.

The O3+ Aloe Derma Hydrating Gel hydrates the skin while Soothing , cooling and reducing any form of redness and rashes.

Giveaway Rules:-IMG_2270.JPG

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  1. Follow me on INSTAGRAM.

  2. Like and Repost the giveaway post  on Instagram.

  3. Tag 5 friends in the comments below.
  4. use #AloeBenefits in the comments and repost. Don’t forget to tag me and your friends in the repost.
  5. Giveaway is open till 30 April. The winner will be chosen  randomly through the #.

I will see you soon with a winner’s name and a brand new post. Until then, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

LOVE-BARKHA