Giving Back Some Love

Hey  Guys,

There is no gesture big enough to show you how thankful I am for your love and support. I have grown not just as a blogger but also as a human, made such great friends and love receiving all those sweet messages from all of you. Please keep me following me to stay connected with me and my work.

My gift hamper contains these 3 gifts worth Rs 1250/-

  • C.A.L Angelic Eyes in shade 01- Innocent – Rs 850/-
  • Johara Pro Shine Colour – Rs 250/-
  • Alanna Oatmeal ad Honey Soap – Rs 150/-PSX_20170612_194028PSX_20170612_194101.jpgPSX_20170612_194143PSX_20170612_194119.jpg

The Giveaway Rules are:-

  1. Comment on this post to let me know if you are interested in participating in this giveaway. Follow my blog.
  2. Repost this picture with #GiveawayByBarkha on Instagram and tag me in it.
  3. Tag 5 friends on the Instagram post and ask them to participate in it.

The giveaway ends on 25 June. The winner will be chosen randomly.

Stay connected with me on Instagram and Facebook for all the details on the giveaway.

Love- Barkha

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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.

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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

February favourites 2017

Hey Everyone,

Its the beginning of a new month, that means its time for me to share my absolute favourite products of the previous month 🙂

February was a month of new launches. A lot of brands released some amazing products. So, makeup and skin care departments is stocked with a great deal of stuff to try on.

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1.PAC Cosmetics Big Eyes Magical Mascara :-

This dual wand mascara has become my current obsession. I am addicted to it. The mascara comes with 2 wands on its either ends. One is a normal thick wand, which is resembles the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. The other wand is a thin and perfect for your lower lash line.

Its great to see these Indian brands coming up with such good quality and affordable makeup. PAC cosmetics has really surprised me their recent launches and I am looking forward to try them all.img_2151IMG_2161.JPG

2. Pins and Patches from Ginger:-

In my previous blog post I talked about the recent trend of pins, patches, badges and brooches. Lifestyle stores included many sets of pins and patches in their latest collection and of course a bought quite a few of them. 🙂

These pins are marked at the price of Rs 199 for a set of three. Its always cool to mix and match them to create your own style and who does not want to stay on trend.img_2122

3. Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose water:-

I have been using this skin care delight for a few months now.  Rose water is the best natural toner known to mankind. Kama Ayurveda very cleverly have taken advantage of this fact and placed some distilled rose water in a spray on bottle.

Another great thing about this product is that it comes in a travel size bottle. Whenever you feel fatigued just spray on some rose water and you will feel refreshed instantly. Trust me guys, I have tried it and it works. I also mix it with my face pack for great results.IMG_2125.JPGIMG_2130.JPG

4. L.A girl Pro conceal HD high definition concealer:-

OH MY GOD. This is  the best concealer ever. This is not one of those hyped products that turn out to be good for nothing. All the beauty gurus swear about it.

This concealer has a brush at the end which makes the application and blending very easy.  It is Crease-resistant, has opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture.

The best part about it is that its easy available on Nykaa and amazon and is very affordable.IMG_2163.JPGIMG_2170.JPG

5. B Blunt High Definition Curl Defining Leave-In Cream :-

Curling my hair have always been a problem for me. My hair were always a frizzy mess and the curls never stayed in place. The B Blunt Curl leave-in cream changed it all. It enhances curls & waves and also tames frizz.

The very cute pink bottle with a pump just makes things more attractive and convenient. I have been using this leave-in for the last 2 weeks. The nozzle has a lock system, so it’s travel friendly and does not release a lot of product.IMG_2183.JPGIMG_2189.JPG

6. NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in the shade BLACK CHERRY:-

I remember those times when dark red shades were only for grannies. Now, berries are the bold new thing. This NYX extra creamy lipstick has become my go to favourite. The lipstick lasts for around 12 hours and the formulation is super creamy. IMG_2131.JPGIMG_2132.JPGIMG_2135.JPG

This is it!! These are my favourites from the month of feb. Do let me know in the comments if you have tried any of them.

Don’t forget to follow me on my instagram, facebook and snapchat. Lets stay connected.

I will see you soon with a new post soon.

Love-Barkha

My envy box Review- October, 2016- Third Anniversary edition!!

I was desperately waiting for my October envy box as it was the anniversary edition and I was to receive extra 3 products. So, you can imagine my excitement when it finally showed up on my door steps. This month, My Envy Box turns three. Without further ado let’s take a look at the products that I received in my birthday month’s box.

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About My Envy Box (Beauty Box Subscription):-

It is a monthly subscription service in which you receive 4 or more luxury full size and sample size beauty and makeup products. My envy box is available at different prices.

  • 1 month box- INR 850
  • 3 months box- INR 2250
  • 6 months box- INR 4350

You can order your own envy box from- http://www.myenvybox.com/

 

October 2016 3rd Anniversary My Envy Box

This month’s box is plain white in color with the envy box logo in the center and turns three printed underneath. The reason why the box is plain is because there is a color me contest going on where in you have to do something fun and creative on the box in order to win loads of prizes.

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Products received:-

1.      AYCA- Jasmine Body Wash:- (100ml for INR 438/-)

This is a mild, foaming gel cleanser for all skin types. It’s a natural product made from coconut derivatives. Coconut is said to be very nourishing for your skin and it also helps break down makeup. Therefore I am excited to try it out and see how it works out.

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2.      Forest Essentials- Facial Cleansing Paste:- (15g for INR 925/-)

Forest essential is one of my favorite brands. This cleansing paste contains ingredients like Almonds, Pistachio, fresh Turmeric, Buttermilk, Floral waters, organic Honey and fresh Aloe leaf juice.

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3.      Vert- Loose Powder:- (10g for INR 1250/-)

This is the only makeup product in the box. It is a handmade loose powder made out of natural ingredients like rose petals and French clay. This versatile powder can be used as eye shadow, highlighter or a blush.

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4.      VICHY Ideal White Brightening Deep Cleansing Foam:- (15ml for INR 230/-)

VICHY is one of the most trusted and most widely used skin care brand. This cleansing foam leaves the skin feeling refreshed, flawless, luminous and radiant.

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5.      Nertia- Nail Art :- (1 pack for INR 80/-)

These are basically nail stickers that are being marketed as dry nail polish that lasts up to 7 days.

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GIFT PRODUCTS IN THIS MONTH’S BOX:-

As this was the third year anniversary box I also received 3 extra sample sized products which are as follows:

1.      BABOR – HSR lifting:-

This is an anti aging extra firming cream.

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2.      Skin Yoga- Neem Purifier:-

This is a post workout anti bacterial body purifier.

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3.      BIODERMA- Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30:-

This is a sunscreen lotion sample for oily skin.

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MY VIEWS OF THIS MONTH’S BOX:-

There was a lot of anticipation regarding this month’s box as we were told in the emails that October envy box will be full of surprises and we will receive 8 products in the box.

Also I am quite excited about the COLOUR ME CONTEST. We basically have to be creative and color the white box to stand a chance to win products worth Rs 3000/-.

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Talking about the products I am extremely excited about trying the Forest Essentials Facial Cleansing Paste, Vert Loose Powder and VICHY Ideal White Brightening Deep Cleansing Foam. The AYCA Jasmine Body Wash smells amazing. I am a bit skeptical about Nertia nail art as the idea of a nail sticker lasting 7 days does not sound right to me.

About the extra 3 products BABOR HSR lifting cream is the most necessary thing for me as I just entered my late twenties a few days ago. Skin Yoga products have never disappointed me and I am sure this won’t disappoint me too. The Bioderma sunscreen was no surprise to me as I have literally received it in all my boxes.

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To conclude the October My Envy Box is something you cannot afford to miss. It is just spectacular.

If you liked this blog post do not forget to comment and follow my blog. Its your love and support that helps me move forward!! 🙂

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Lastly, I would like to wish all my readers a very happy and prosperous Diwali!!

Love- Barkha

Fab Bag Review- October, 2016

October Fab Bag- The Festive High

October is a month filled festivities and fun. It is all about lights, glamour, glitter and jazz. Keeping this in mind this month’s Fab Bag theme is THE FESTIVE HIGH. Lets go ahead and discuss the products in detail.

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About Fab Bag:-

Fab Bag is an Indian monthly beauty subscription service. Every month we receive a few skin/hair care and make up products. I’ve been subscribed to Fab Bag for about 2 years now. In my opinion it is the most affordable subscription box.

For more details visit www.fabbag.com

 

Price of the Bags:-

  • 1 month’s bag- INR 599/-
  • 3 month’s bag- INR 1797/-
  • 6 month’s bag- INR 3594/-
  • 12 month’s bag- INR 7188/-

 

October Fab BagThe Festive High:-

The Bag this month is a golden clutch. The clutch looks fine but the material of the bag is very poor.

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Products I got:

  • CAL Finish Up Compact : INR 650
  • Votre Lip Gel Scrub (10g): INR 300
  • Kaya Brightening Serum (5ml): INR 1490 for 30ml
  • Vedaearth Cleansing Facial Oil: INR 350
  • Stay Quirky Nail Polish: INR 165 for 6ml

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Total value of the bag- INR 1715

My views of this month’s products:-

The C.A.L compact and the Vedaearth cleansing oil are the most exciting products in this month’s bag. The Votre lip gel scrub smells weird and honestly I am quite scared to apply it on my lips. The bottle Kaya Brightening serum’s was broken when I opened the bag and the serum had spilled all inside the bag.

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Overall I would give this month’s bag 3/5 stars.

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Also there is a giveaway live on my instagram…go and participate in it!!

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Giving Back Some Love – Giveaway!

Hey guys,
Thank you for all the love and support I have received so far!! It feels amazing to be able to share everything you really really like with so many people out there!!

I’m hosting a small giveaway on my Instagram to give back the love I’ve received from all of you!!
Here is the link- https://www.instagram.com/p/BHO2vQEDqCv/

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Iam giving away 2 of my favourite makeup products to one of you gorgeous souls.

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The products are:-
1) Maybelline 14 hrs lipstick in the shade 090( Endless Raisin)- MRP 575/-
2) Lakmē 9 to 5 weightless mousse foundation – MRP 575/-

Rules-
1) Follow me on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/p/BHO2vQEDqCv/
2) Repost/Regram the post and tag me and your friends in it!!
3) Tag 5 friends under the post and on the Repost.
4) use the #GiveMeWingsX01
For Extra Brownie points(not Mandatory)
1) Follow and subscribe to my blog
2) Leave a comment under this blog post mentioning your Instagram Id
3) Follow me on Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/Give-Me-Wings-931471500283751/

Winners will be announced on 14 July,2016
Giveaway is open to Indian residents only!!

So, what are you waiting go get reposting!!
P.s- this giveaway is in no way sponsored by the above mentioned brands!!

All the best everyone!! Xx

Love-Barkha