Everything You Need to Know About Piercing

Piercing, my second favourite body art. First being, tattoos..!!

Well, I have always loved accessories. Getting my ears pierced to flaunt some nice pieces of jewellery was in my list and I did get pierced. Let me share my experience and things I learnt through it.

  • Types:

There are two types of procedures to get pierced.
a. With piercing gun
b. With needle

Let me tell you more about them.

a. Piercing gun:
Here, they use this tool to puncture your ears. The earring with sharp end is placed on the gun. Keeping ear in between, the tool is pressed just the way a gun is trrigered.

Pros:

  • It’s very quick.
  • Doesn’t hurt.

Cons:

  • Compared to needle piercing, this method is quick and thus it damages skin cells more.
  • Gun needs to be properly sterilized to maintain good hygiene.

b. Needle:
This is oldmethod. A needle is used to puncture the body part to pierce the ornament.

Pros:

  • It’s slow and thus very less damage to skin cells.

Cons:

  • Compared to gun, it’s a bit time consuming.
  • It’s slightly painful than the gun one. But totally bearable.

My first piercing was done using piercing gun. (Which costed me 400 INR for both the ears.)

Second is done using needle. (Total cost was 1200 INR for both the ears. You will know why it was expensive in next points. )

Now that I have experienced both the types, let me share my experience with you.

  • Hygiene:

Make sure you get your piercing done from a good place. Hygiene being the primary point to take care, make sure the gun or the needle used are thoroughly sterilized.
During the first one, I was so excited that I didn’t do my homework about the piercing and care etc. By the word of mouth I just knew that the gun piercing is quick and painless. When I look back, I remember the person at the studio hadn’t even sterilized the gun..!!!
Second one as I said was done by needle. The needle was a new one, removed from sealed packing in front of me. The one who did my piercing had wore fresh pair of gloves. The earrings which were used post piercing were also sterilized. Once the piercing is done, the fresh piercing was cleaned using sterilizing solution.

  • Jewellery/ Ornament:

Ornament they put post piercing is something they give you. It’s included in the total charges they charge you for the piercing. Because the ornament should have a specific thickness. The choice of ornament will be totally yours. But make sure the studio/ shop has good number of choices to make. For the first piercing, I had been offered studs. For the second, I wore theses half rings. Theses half rings are easier as compared to the studs. Because studs hurt or poke while you sleep on them. But theses rings won’t. Also moving rings is easier as compared to studs. Studs usually have press locks. Which usually tend to become loose. Only con I can think about half rings is that the hair strands tend to stuck in them. If you happen to pull hair up to tie the bun, heavy chances are that you will be pulling your earrings along with them. Thanks to hair that gets tangled in half rings.

Bonus Tip:

The ornament or the earring in my case, should not be removed for a month. Reason being, the piercing ultimately which is a wound, can heal real quick and the hole might gets closed faster while it’s not healed completely. One of my friends had removed the earring in the night while the wound was just a week old. She couldn’t put it back in the morning because the hole or the wound was almost covered.

  • Post Piercing Care:

Post piercing care should be taken seriously. You got to wash the pierced area with warm salt water twice a day. This will make sure there is no bacterial infection.
Bonus point – Please wipe the salt water. If it gets accumulated, it will leave dark mark. If there is moisture, there is good chance you might get minor infection.

  • Healing Process:

You got to move the pierced ornament while the wound is healing. This will make sure the ornament doesn’t get stuck in the wound and helps in healing too. Bonus tip here is – make sure you have applied oil while you move the ornament. While it’s dry and if you try to move it, it is going to hurt more as it gets stuck when it’s dry.

Bonus Tip:

In the process of applying oil and moving the ornament, the earring/ the ornament might get lose. Especially the one with pressed lock. In this case, chances are high that the ornament just fall off. Take care of that..!!! I had experienced this in the middle of a night, while the wound was couple of weeks old. I gathered the courage and put it back even though it was hurting so much. I am so glad I did because if I had thought of putting it back in the morning, the hole might have covered up.! Then I had to get new piercing done at the same place all over again.

  • It hurts:

Every time when the ornament is pulled or gets stuck (in my earrings’ case, they get stuck with hair/ cloth), hurts. Till the time it heals, we will have to bare this inconvenience.
When I had the piercing done with the gun, it had hurt me real bad. Trust me, there were nights when I had though I will just remove it. I had also developed infection during the first piercing/ gun one.
My second one has been a good one. No much pain, no infection as such. #touchwood.

But I must say one thing, no matter what the final look or the vibe theses piercings give, makes it all worth the pain and care we take. It’s not only a symbol of fashion, but also an identity. To shop, wear, mix and match earrings and studs is something I have fallen in love with.

Hope this helps you to choose right method of piercing and all the care you need to take for that one month, while it heals.

Here is a chatty video where I have shared my experiences. Also, flaunted my piercings. Wanna see my piercings I spoke about??? Watch them here.

The Body Shop Almond Milk and Honey Body Lotion : Review, Swatch

Hello Beautiful,

Body lotion is something which is really essential for my dry skin, especially in winters. Usually I do get tired of same lotion so I happen to try many varieties of body lotions/ creams. I will review one by one of those which I have not reviewed on my blog yet. Meanwhile if you want to know what are on my top of the best body lotion list, check here.

So, today I am reviewing this white beauty from the brand “The Body Shop”. 😊

I still remember the day I had bought this beauty. The moment I entered the store, I could smell this fragrance. I immediately asked the sales assistant their, about this product. She showed me this range of products and rest is history haha.

Let’s see how this product is.

Brand: The Body Shop

Range : Almond Milk and Honey

Price : 950 for 200 ml

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Shelf Life : 3 years. Once opened 12 Months.

What does the company claims?

48 Hours light weight moisture, absorbs instantly. Instantly relives the feeling of tightness and itchiness for sensitive, dry skin. Comforts, protects and restores moisture for sensitive dry skin.

Best part : It’s cruelty free. The Body Shop has special place in my heart because of their cruelty free products and the campaign they started to stop poor animals getting harmed while making cosmetics. 🐰

Packing : It comes in a tube packing, with all the details of the product printed on it. The design of milk, almond and honey looks beautiful. The white tube (sorry I had bought this tube last year and if the tube doesn’t look pretty white,don’t blame me. 😋) packing is quite hygienic as compared to tub packing. You don’t have to dip fingers to take the product out. The flip open cap is tight enough to carry this lotion without the fear of spillage. The tube contains 200 ml of the product. I can’t say that you can carry this easily in your handbag as it might take a pretty more space than any other travel sized lotions. But, it can be a good travel companion if you carry it in a travel bag.

Fragrance : It’s a very sweet and refreshing fragrance. If you love light note scents, this fragrance will win your hearts for sure.

Consistency : It’s a lotion hence it’s neither runny nor thick. Doesn’t feel oily or greasy once applied. Gets absorbed quickly.

My Take: I have normal to dry skin. Turns out really dry during winters. For which, I need a good moisturiser. This lotion claims to instantly relives the feeling of tightness and itchiness for sensitive, dry skin. Which it did. Post bath our skin screams for moisture. I did apply this lotion and as claimed it did relive the dry or itchiness.

But, I don’t really support the 48 hours of moisture thing. Because for dry skin, at the end of the day at least, you do need one more round of application of moisturiser. Even though I didn’t feel itchiness all throughout the day, but by evening my skin was dry again. So I can say 48 hours promise didn’t worked for me.

What I liked:

  • I bought this because of this lovely fragrance.Non greasy, non-runny formula.

Non greasy, non-runny formula.

    • Kept skin moisturized for good amount of time. Tube packing is hygienic.Travel friendly packing.

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Cons:

  • It claims that this is formulated for sensitive dry skin. But worked moderately on my dry skin.

  • 48 Hours moisture claim is not true for dry skinned beauties.

  • Falls slightly on the pricier side for the work it’s doing.

Will I buy it again???

Umm no. It did a moderate job on my skin. I have known some other body lotions which worked well on my dry skin with cost lesser than this.

Will I suggest this one???

It might not be a blessing for dry skin but it will work for those who doesn’t have one. If you have extremely dry skin and needs lot of moisture, you can skip this. Others can give it a try, especially the ones who love sweet fragrances and need less moisture to skin.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 2.5 /5

Salt Rooms – A Salt Based Therapy for A Healthier You

In my last post about skin care, I had mentioned how sea water can help you improve beauty and health. Today let me introduce you to a therapy based on salt – Salt therapy.

What is salt therapy???
It’s not a new bee in the world of therapies. Salt therapy is been used by people since more than 100 years. This old and natural therapy is for curing health issues and improving skin. Voila087316ae87de90471ac6d8b9d7852851--natural-salt-himalayan-pink-salt

 

Where is this therapy conducted???
Salt therapy involves room made of dry salt particles, hence those rooms are commonly called salt rooms or salt caves. The ceilings, floor and walls are made of dry salt blocks. A specialised Halo generator is used to grind Pharmaceutical Grade salt into minute breathable particles. These minute particles are dispersed into the salt room. The logic here is, as and when you inhale this salty air, it is going to benefit you, your skin as well as your overall health.

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How is it done???
Those who wants to undergo this therapy got to sit in one of these salt rooms. (Sounds like an easiest therapy we have heard of…!!!)

While some choose to read inside the room, some like to enjoy a good massage session. Some might love doing nothing but relaxing.

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Why salt therapy???
Salt is very powerful thing not just to make any dish perfect, but also to make our body work perfectly. As the pure form of salt from Himalaya or the famous dead sea has lot of elements, which are also found in human body. As the dry salt air is more powerful than the moist one, salt therapy makes use of dry air to heal the body.

How long is this therapy conducted?
As the salt concentration is high inside the room, the session lasts for 15-20 minutes. You can stay inside the room for 15-20 minutes and breath deeply just like the way you breath while doing Yoga.

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Is it good for kids???
Yes. There are salt rooms designed specially for kids. Where they get to enjoy toys and games while inhaling healthy salt air.

Benefits :

  • Salt level in the body defines lot many things. It affects our cell activities, blood sugar level as well as energy level.
  • The dry salt air has been proved to improve our mood thus making sure its improving both mental and physical health. Bye bye stress…!!!
  • Inhaling the salt air inside the salt caves helps in healing respiratory diseases like allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinus congestion etc.
  • Salt therapy is been proved to be a boon for people with asthma issues. Salt rooms have been proved to heal them by helping them breath easily.
  • Immune, nervous and lymphatic systems get benefits by the salt therapy.
  • Needless to say, salt helps in detoxification. Antibacterial property helps in curing skin conditions.

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Cost:
Depends on the salt caves and region.

USA has lot of options for salt caves. Good news is, India has some options too. Most of the metro cities like Bengaluru, Delhi have salt caves for such treatments.

So the next time you want a quite weekend or want to spend some time with your loved ones, you have this healthier place.

Tanned Feet??? This Post Will Make Them Happy Feet

Sometimes it happens with everyone of us, that even though we know the solutions to our beauty problems, we are way too lazy to execute them. I mean we silently cry due to the issues we face but not ready to spend time working for it. #typical.

I know I have quite handful of posts for taking care of feet. But my feet are the most neglected ones, when it comes to ‘skin care’. I was so lazy to buy new pair of socks(ahh whenever I buy, one of them always always manages to disappear magically…!!!), that I used to travel to office under hot sun with my feet almost open(I rarely wear closed footwear). You don’t really have to think much about the consequences I am facing because of that. Ummm tanned feet…!!! Arrggghhh…!!!

 

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They are not my feet. haha. My feet are tanned evenly. #sob

 

Skin covering our face is the most delicate one, where as the one covering feet is quite hard. Hence the care which needs to be taken differs. Even though I do know the steps I need to take care of to keep feet look fresh, I am bit lazy to follow them.

I am writing this post to share my ‘knowledge’ and with the hope to start following them by myself. Starting from today.!!

Prevention is better than cure:

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Don’t be as lazy like me. Always cover your feet too when you are going out in hot sun. A good quality shoes are the better option. This helps in preventing your feet from getting tanned. Also, in monsoon it helps in protecting feet from fungal infections caused by dirty water on roads. (Most of the Indian women can relate to this.)

 

Scrub:

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Those dry, cracked heels look really bad. (I don’t have that issue. All thanks to sweatty feet). To get rid of dead skin cells and tan to a certain extent, all you need to do is scrubbing. A pumice stone or a good foot brush will help you with this.

I use the one from The Body Shop. You can buy it from here.

 

Foot Mask:

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Yep, just like you would treat your face to get rid of tan by applying face packs, you apply a nice foot mask. There are multiple brands who have introduced so many nice foot packs and masks to the world. For removal of tan, I’m gonna list out some of the natural bleaching agents you find at home. You can mix them or can apply them individually.

PS: Click on the ingredients you wanna know more about, how to use, why to use etc.

 

  • Foot Cream:

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To lock in the moisture in order to enhance the texture of skin, all we need is a good moisturiser. I recommend this amazing foot cream from the brand The Body Shop. I had gifted this foot cream to my mom couple of months ago. She just loved it. I am sure it will work for you too. Check the full review of the foot cream here.

 

So this is how we can make our tanned feet a happy feet…!!!

I hope you try these at home and share your experience in the comments section… 🙂

If you know any more tips, do share. I would love hearing and trying out beauty recipes. 🙂

 

Skin Care Tips for Dry Skin

Last week I have shared a post with all the care we got to take if we have oily skin. Today, let’s talk about skin which lacks hydration. That is dry skin.

Some girls are so much worried about their itchy dry skin that they try a lot many products. But not all the products are meant for this particular type of skin. Lets see how to take care of dry skin in right way.

First thing first. No matter what your skin type is, the basic mantra is these three letters – CTM.

Cleansing –

Harsh face washes and soaps are a big no no for you guys. Because they dry the skin even more. To clean or cleanse your face, always use a cream based cleanser. Reason being, while serving the key purpose, it will also add some moisture which your skin needs.

Toning –

Toner removes the left over dirt from facial pores. If you have good cleanser, you can skip this step.

Moisturising –

There are multiple types of moisturisers available in market. I am not just talking about different brands, there are types like water based, oil based, heavy, light moisturisers. Based on your skin condition choose the right one. Since the skin is already dry, oil based or heavy moisturiser suits the best for dry skinned beauties.

Scrubbing –

This is one of the ‘needed’ step in skin care regime for dry skin. Scrubbing removes dead skin cells. Which is much needed in your case. Even while choosing a scrub, look for a lotion based scrub. You can try out sugar and honey scrub. While sugar removes the dead skin cells, honey adds moisture. Too much scrubbing is something I never recommend. Two to three times a week(provided your skin is extremely dry) is what best suitable one.

More homemade scrubs here.

Face Packs –

There are some moisturising face packs which you can prepare at home using kitchen ingredients. Try them twice or thrice a week to add the moisture to your skin.

For body:

Along with eating right and drinking loads of water, below are some of the points which are essential for better skin texture.

1. Cleansing –

Instead of using soaps, opt for a mild shower cream or gel. Cream being the first choice, for the obvious reasons.

2. Scrubbing –

Just like face, it’s necessary to scrub away those dead skin cells from body. This will avoid the itchiness as well as it lets skin breath. You can try some home made scrubs or try dry brushing.
Know about dry brushing here.

3. Body Lotion –

A heavy body lotion is what your skin will be thankful for. These are the body lotions I recommend for you. Apply the lotion twice a day for better results.

So these are the quick tips to take a good care of dry skin. I hope you find it useful. ☺️

The More You Sweat The More You Shine

Are you a fitness freak??? Ahh this is the word used by many (I sometimes feel it a bit of negative due to the word ‘freak’ may be). Let me re-frame, are you fitness conscious or fitness enthusiast??? What does fitness or physical activity means to you???

I personally have tried and experienced this, I’m way more happier and positive on the days I do my exercises. Especially the outdoor activities like running, trekking etc. With great company, it’s like cherry on the top.

Well, while typing this, I’m shining. How???? Remember?? The more you sweat the more you shine. Hehe I know it was a PJ. 😋

So, I’m back from cycling. Well, I did cover 18 km today(I’m sure I won’t be able to feel my legs tomorrow haha). Not bad huun. With an enthusiast buddy, who keeps cheering you up and listens to your PJs (I do crack a lot of PJs (those who are living under the rock, PJ stands for’Poor Joke’)), cycling for long distance makes look easier.

I had read somewhere that being physically active is very beneficial for your mental health. Now that I have experienced this, I just thought of sharing my views about it.

If you guys follow me on Instagram, you already know that I am a software engineer by profession. Uff a boring life I must say. Your life is kind of restricted to a corner and it starts and ends within few tiles. No matter how positive you try to think about it, this is the truth guys.

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Anyways, just to add that ‘do what you like’ flavor to my boring weekday, I try to hit gym. I was not regular till the time I realized something. Following a strict diet is not my cup of tea. I just cant eat ONLY healthy. You guys know how much I love junk food through my Fun Friday posts. But, I realized, I am way more active mentally and physically, way more enthusiastic, positive, happy when I hit gym or go trekking(which makes the most happiest and peaceful gal in the world. I love nature. ). A month ago I had almost stopped going to gym and no trekking(summer is not meant for trekking). I could actually realize my thinking pattern and my way of doing creative stuffs. Now that I have realized this, I will never ever going to miss the gym.

Along with such positive effect on you, there are multiple other benefits which you get via physical exercises. Lets see what are they..

  • Maintains Healthy Body Weight.
  • It adds the fun quotient. Lifts your mood by bursting the stress.
  • This is as basic as it sounds. Most of the people hit gym or do the physical activities to get fit by shedding extra fat. Because we all are aware what are the health issues you might get due to obesity.

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  • Reduce the risk of Cardiovascular Disease, cancer, diabetes type 2 etc.
  • Strengthen bones and muscles.
  • Improves sleep pattern.
  • Increases lifespan.
  • Energy booster.

How to be active???

When I say being physically active, doesn’t only mean getting an expensive gym membership. It can start right from where you are sitting.

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  • You can start your day with few stretchering exercises in the bed itself. This will definitely a great way to kick start the day.
  • If your hectic morning schedule do not allow you to spare time for exercise, just accommodate exercise with some other work. Like for e.g. While brushing your teeth, you can do squats and lunges.
  • Have a kid(be it human or furry)??? take your kid out for a walk. You don’t even realize your exercise, while you enjoy the ‘family time’.
  • Involve in games which need physical strength. By the end of it you are sure you are gonna sweat like a pig. haha.
  • If your work makes you sit for long, don’t. Make sure you take regular breaks. Take brief Walks.
  • While sitting on chair, you can do some little exercises like leg lifts and side bends. (I do them)

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  • You might have heard or read this for zillion times. Let me repeat it one more time – use stairs instead of lifts/elevator wherever possible.
  • If your work place is near by or going out for a quick shopping, walk instead of using vehicle. If you have a bicycle, you know what to do.

So, these are my tried and tested tips for being physically active.

Hope this helps you in modifying your life style to be healthier and happier version of yourself. Because – The More You Sweat The More You Shine both from inside out. 

 

 

 

 

Dozen Reasons to Include Garlic In Your Daily Regimen

Garlic – is such an ingredient which has both haters and lovers. Some just love it, like I do… Some, run away because of it’s smell. I personally love the taste it adds to a dish. At my home, only my mom and I love garlic so my dad and sister give us the garlics to us if they find it in their plates. Not because sharing is caring, because garlic is precious. At least to my mom and me. hehe.

So, you know this little ingredient can work wonder on your skin and hair??? Yes. You can replace some of your beauty items with this. Skin, hair friendly and most importantly budget friendly.

Let’s see how this kitchen ingredient does wonders to your skin and hair..!!!

Hair:

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Hair Loss and Hair Growth:

Allicin, a sulphur compound which is used to treat hair fall or hair loss. This is also found in one more kitchen item – onion.
All you need to do is, slice the garlics. Squeeze the juice out of it and rub it on the scalp. Massage the scalp and leave it for a while. You can wash your hair post half an hour or so. This helps in preventing hair loss as well as promoting new hair growth.

Improves Blood Circulation in Scalp:

Garlic has Vitamins C, B2 and B1. They boost the blood circulation. Which in turn helps in boosting hair growth and improves health of hair.

Skin:

Acne Treatment:

Garlic has great antioxidants. Which helps in killing the bacteria. You know the acne or pimples are the skin’s way of fighting against bacteria. To help your skin to win this battle, all you need is garlic in your team. Rub garlic juice on pimples which will kill it’s enemy – bacteria.

Smooth and Rash Free Skin:

Garlic has great anti-inflammatory properties. Thus as you might have heard garlic oil is been a part of skin treatments. It helps in healing skin and result in rash free and smooth nourished skin.

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Perfect Pedicure Ingredient:

We need to wash skin between the feet fingers especially during monsoon for the obvious reasons. If you are looking for anti fungal liquid or something, don’t waste your money on them. Instead, slice garlics and dip them in the bucket of warm water and dip your feet. Garlic will do its magic.

Anti Aging:

Garlic is a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients etc. They are the key ingredients which help in protecting it against aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots etc. So next time when you find garlic in your plate, don’t waste it. Eat it for the sake of that glowing skin.

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Minimizes Large Pores:

If your facial pores are visibly large, you are at a risk of more skin damage. How??? The open pores invites more dirt accumulation. Thus resulting in clogging them and causing acne. But worry not, mix garlic juice with any of other favorite kitchen ingredient of yours to make a paste. Apply it on face. Let it dry before washing it warm water. With regular use, this has been proved to minimise the large pores.

For Your Nails:

No matter how much you take care of nail’s hygiene, there is always a scope for improvement. There is always this tiny dirt stuck in the edge which will cause infection thus effecting nail’s health. So rubbing slice of garlic on your nails acts as anti bacterial lotion. Thus killing bacteria and helping the growth of nails.

Health:

Cold:

Garlic has been said to improve the immune system. When you are effected by common cold, drop few garlic in a pot of water and boil it. Strain and drink the water. This will help in curing the common cold. If you do not like the taste of it, you can add honey to it.

One more Ayurveda remedy which I have heard is, put a tiny piece of garlic inside a small cotton ball. Put this cotton ball inside your ears. It’s said that it will cure the cold as well as ear pain.

Weight Loss:

A study was conducted to prove that garlic in diet can help in reducing the weight. Thus if you are on the way to weight loss, do include garlic in your diet. What’s more happier than reducing weight by eating. Isn’t it???

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Mosquitoes Hate Garlic:

Yes even though there are no exact reason for this, but they hate garlic. And we hate mosquitoes for their annoying noise and their bad habit of spreading diseases while sucking our blood out. Bad mosquitoes.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend money on mosquito repellent any more. Make one at home with less cost. Ingredients required are – garlic(obviously), Petroleum jelly and beeswax. Mix them well to form the lotion. In case you do not like the smell of it, add any essential oil of your choice. and tada you have your customised mosquito repellent.

Pests too Hate Garlic:

If you love gardening and thinking of which pesticides to buy next, try this out. With garlic oil, mineral oil, water and liquid soap – make one and spray it on plants. Pests hate garlic so they don’t dare to harm your little green friends.

Did you know these benefits??? I hope you found this post useful.

If you know any other benefits do let us know. Happy to share your remedies on Mygirlypedia so that it can help more people.

Do You Have Aloe Vera Plant At home??? Read This to Get Most Out of It. If Not, I am Sure You Will Get One Post Reading.

Hey,

Who doesn’t like to look beautiful… that too without burning the pockets??? Huun???

Today’s magical beauty product doesn’t cost you much. All you need is to give the product a space to live and pour a mug of water to it everyday. Haha… Yes, the product I am talking about is natural and green. It’s the multi purpose plant – Aloe vera…!!!

Even though there are multiple brands out there, who have made packed aloe vera gel for us. But, I am sure they do have some kind of preservatives to preserve them from getting spoiled. Hence, planting a Aloe vera plant at your balcony is a great idea to get more benefits with no side effects.

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It might not add that ‘beauty’ quotient to your balcony though. As leaves are prickly and bitter. I am sure you must have heard, bitterness is good for health. Umm I am talking about taste here…!!!

Without wasting much time lets jump into the list of benefits of this plant…

Wait a sec, you know how to use it right??? Just have to pluck a leaf, and slice it. The gel which you get is the magical product which we need to heal our beauty problems. The gel is made up of 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds. It also contains a type of protein with 18 types of amino acids, Vitamin A, B, C and E. Pheww… So much this little plant carries huun, I must say…!!!

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Ok, now lets jump to the list…!!!! #wink

Beautiful Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel:

Eyes:

  • Puffy eyes??? Aloe vera for the rescue. Apply a thin layer of freshly cut aloe vera gel  under eyes and leave for sometime. Bye bye puffy eyes…!!!
  • Most of us get cuts and red patches post getting our eyebrows threaded. Applying aloe vera gel on it will give you cooling and soothing effect.

Lips:

  • There are so many lip products in the market which has vitamin E as their main ingredient. Do you know this little plant is loaded with vitamin E??? Thus applying aloe vera gel on lips has proven to heal chapped lips, making it soft and pink.

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Nails:

  • Brittle nails??? Have a habit of applying aloe vera gel on nails and massaging them gently. This will add moisture and boost the growth of stronger nails.

Skin:

  • As I said above, vitamin E is moisturizing content. Thus aloe vera is one of the best natural moisturisers you can find at your home.
  • Aloe vera gel is proven to provide cooling effect to skin. Applying it on burns should be helpful.
  • Oily skinned beauties – fed up with access oil production by your skin cells???? applying aloe vera gel on face has proven to reduce the oil production. Thus giving you a matte finished skin.
  • Acts a great moisturizing makeup remover.
  • Good to prevent aging signs like wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • It is also used to heal sun burns too.
  • Insect bites??? All you need to run to balcony, pluck aloe vera leaf and apply the gel.
  • Aloe vera gel has been said to cure various skin problems like pimples and scars.

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Body:

  • Dry skinned beauties this one is for you. Mix aloe vera gel and sugar. Use it as scrub. Sugar granules will scrub off dry skin and aloe vera gel will add moisture to skin.
  • For pains and strains of joints, apply cold aloe vera gel. It gets absorbed into the skin and thus helps in soothing pain and strain.

Health:

  • This is also used in many ayurvedic recipes. Aloe vera juice when consumed, heals stomach disorders and allergies.
  • It also helps in curing diseases like piles, ulcers and jaundice, when consumed.
  • Plus, aloe vera juice consumption aids weight loss…!!!!
  • Also helps in improving digestion, regulates blood pressure, manages diabetes and  prevents heart attacks.

Aloe-Vera-Uses

Hair:

  • Applying aloe vera gel on to scalp for couple of hours before washing hair has proven to reduce hair fall and boost hair growth.

Oral Care:

  • Teeth and gum problems like – bleeding teeth or gums, inflammation, tooth ache and decay can be cured with aloe vera.

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One important thing to take care:

Dear reader, even though aloe vera is a great herb, it might or might not work for you. If you apply the gel directly to your skin you might get itching or allergies. Because some people are allergic to this gel.

So, I would suggest to try a patch test before applying it to whole face directly. You can also dilute the gal by adding some quantity of water and then use it on skin.

Try out this home remedy to get most of the benefits with less or no cost.

 

This is What Happens When You Have These Food On Empty Stomach

Hello,

We know about some super foods which are helpful for weight loss, some are useful for health of skin and body. You know there is a way to consume certain food in order to get most of thebenefits??? Also, there are certain healthy food which we need to consume with certain conditions.. Else they might be harmful to you.

We have read and heard a lot about lemon water consumption at the start of the day. It is ideal to consume the lemon, honey water on empty stomach. Thus it helps in flushing out toxins from our body. Right??? Have you ever thought whether it is applicable to other food as well or it is good to consume healthy food on empty stomach to get the best out of it??? Umm… Well, no. Let’s see what happens if I eat below mentioned food or drink on empty stomach.

Apple:

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Even though apple is famous to keep the doctor away due to its rich nutrients, it should not be consumed on empty stomach. Reason being – apple has monosaccharides. This can be easily absorbed when eaten on empty stomach. Thus resulting in blood sugar level fluctuation.

Water:

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This is the best one to consume when you wake up. Water acts as a alarm for your internal organs. It wakes them up and makes them ready for their day work.

Tomato:

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I love eating raw tomatoes. The other day when I was eating tomato early in the morning as a part of my ‘healthy start’ of the day, my roommate told me it is not at all healthy. As she works in a health care company, she has good knowledge about these things. She then said, tomato has pectin and tannin in them. Which may have chemical reactions with acid and facilitate the formation of insoluble substance in the stomach. Ooopss…!!

Banana:

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If banana is consumed on empty stomach, it will upset the stomach. Especially those with gastrointestinal diseases should avoid eating bananas on empty stomach.

Tea/Coffee:

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Drinking theses hot beverages on empty stomach results in acidity. It might also cause vomiting.

You can check the health damage you cause by drinking green tea on empty stomach here.

Papaya:

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Good News…!!! Eating Papaya on empty stomach helps in losing weight.

Oatmeal Water:
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Prepare this weight loss water by blending Oatmeal and water in 1:3 ratio. Have it on empty stomach to fasten the weight loss process.

Almonds:

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This helps in maintaining good health of brain and good body weight.

Cinnamon Water:

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This acts like insulin. It reduces blood sugar level and regulates fat stores.

Eggs:

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Ideal Protein breakfast. It keeps you full thus regulates calorie intake through out the day. But make sure you don’t eat more than 2 egg yolks per day. As it increases the cholesterol level.

 

Spicy food:

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This irritates gastric linings of stomach thus resulting in gastritis.

Citrus Fruits:

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They are full of fruit acids. They end up causing acidity and in some case gastric ulcers.

Green Veggies:

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They are great for health. But if consumed on empty stomach, the fibre and amino acids present in them may harm the stomach lining. This leads to abdominal pain and flatulence.

Sweets or Desserts:

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You might be thinking who does that??? Desserts on empty stomach… Well, I do… haha. I can have dessert anytime. Like forget about late night, even if my stomach is full and about to burst, I know I have that small space where I can accommodate dessert.

But, eating desserts on empty stomach is not a sweet thing to do. Because they load the body with sugar, thus increasing pressure on pancreas and the liver.

Soft Drinks:

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Highly acidic in nature, when they mix with stomach acids, they cause nausea and gas This may also result in cramp and body pain.
So the next time when you have the important meal of the day – breakfast, you know what to avoid and what not to… 🙂

It’s About Aroma Therapy

Aroma Therapy…!!!

Ah the name it self sounds so relaxing… Imagine a soothing, calming, aromatic long bath. With candles around and a soft music. Ahhh all the stress of the day will be out of your sight. Bliss…

Let us know some interesting things about this stress buster more… What’s say??? Read on…

What is Aroma Therapy???

As the name suggests it is a type of therapy, which is done to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

Aroma therapy is majorly about aroma massage or bath. Interestingly it is not restricted to only to a bath, massage or candles. The aroma therapy is used in cosmetic industries as well as in food industries. Yes. Some of the natural oils or the aromatic substance they use in order to give that good feeling when you apply cosmetic or open packet of food, yes that is also a part of this therapy. No wonder they lift our moods…. 😉

What are the ingredients used???

Natural oils are the major part of this therapy. The oils extracted from flowers, fruits, barks, stems, leaves etc. are used.

Why You Should Opt for This???

  • The aroma is said to stimulate brain function. Thus boosts memory power.
  • The aroma is so soothing, it lifts your mood up. Thus bye bye depression.
  • The oils used for bath get absorbed by skin. Thus they enter the blood streams and heal the whole body pain.
  • It also calms nerves and blood pressure.

  • If you are insomniac, aroma therapy is for you.
  • Cure for headache.
  • Helps in speeds up healing process.
  • Strengthens Immune system.
  • Improves digestion process.
  • Heals back pain.
  • PMS problems??? Book an appoint for an aroma therapy.

What are the things you should consider before getting an aroma therapy session???

  • The oils used are concentrated. It might not be good for those who are allergenic to it. Consultation is must while you choose the oils.
  • People with respiratory issues must be cautious. The aroma might worsen your health condition.
  • Pregnant woman should stay away from the therapy. As this therapy might result in uterine contraction.
  • Do not go with full stomach for the therapy.
  • If you have skin wounds or allergies you should not opt for this.

What are the things you should ask the therapist???

  • Make sure the therapist is well experienced,, as the choosing of oil for a particular patient requires some knowledge.
  • First and foremost, you should let the therapist know your medical history if any. Thus they will choose the right oil for you.
  • They blend different oils or they use aromatic cream. Ask about the ingredients. it will be useful for your next session. You can even try this at home if you get all your queries get resolved.

I hope this quick post will help you out to get a relaxing bath the next time you are exhausted with your daily stuffs… 😉

Here Is The Best Body Lotion For You This Christmas..!!!

hey,

Merrryyyy Christmas…!!! It brings out so many childhood memories..!! Since my schooling is done from catholic school, I have got opportunity to experience the feel of Christmas thoroughly. Decorating Christmas tree, making a small hut and placing statues of Jesus Mary Joseph in it, receiving gifts from school, dancing, singing – happiness everywhere. As a kid, we used to love that feel.

Umm, now to the business. Are you a dry skinned gal like me??? Fed up of trying out different body lotions to keep the skin hydrated??? Well, I have a super good news for you…!!! I have found the best body lotion for you. Hence I am sooo glad and equally excited to share this review with you.

Aveeno is a product from US. Na, I didn’t had too buy it from their by paying any custom charges nor I asked any of my friends to get it from their. The best part is, their products are available in India now..!!! At quite reasonable price. #HappyDance

Wanna know about the lotion more??? Read on…

Brand:

Aveeno

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Product:

Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Skin Type:

Normal & Dry Skin

Price:

850 INR but I got it for 680 INR for 354 ml. (There is flat 20% off sale going on for Aveeno products on Nykaa. Hurry up gal..!!!)

Shelf life:

3 Years

Ingredients:

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What the Product Claims:

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion is clinically proven to improve the health of dry skin in 1 day, with significant improvement in 2 weeks. Formulated with Active Naturals Colloidal Oatmeal and rich emollients, this nourishing lotion helps prevent and protect dry skin for a full 24 hours. As a skin protectant active ingredient, oatmeal can help restore skin’s normal pH and aid in the maintenance of skin’s moisture barrier to help prevent and protect dry skin. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion doubles skin moisture, and over time keeps working even if you skip a day. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and naturally healthy looking and is gentle enough for everyday use. It’s also fragrance free, non greasy and noncomedogenic.

Packing:

It comes in a not so fancy plastic bottle, with a pump dispenser. This kind of packing is hygienic as you don’t have to dip your fingers in the cream like you do in case of a tub packing.

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The best part of this packing is, there is this locking system. Thus you can make this your travel buddy by not worrying about any spillage. This kind of locking system, by turning the pump nozzle is not common among other lotion with pump dispenser. I liked it.

Fragrance:

This is a good news for all those who are specific for fragrances when it comes to lotions or creams. To those, who are sensitive nosed. The good news is, the lotion doesn’t really has any fragrance as such…!!! haha. When you apply it at first, you might smell a faint smell of Vaseline. But its negligibly faint and vanishes in few seconds.

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Texture:

Its a cream consistency. Glides smoothly. Non sticky, non greasy.

Moisturizing???

Yes. Yes and a big yes. I had applied this in the morning post bath. Didn’t apply any lotion till the next morning. Even after sitting in air conditioned environment at office(which really feels like a refrigerator some times ufff) my skin was not that dry which it usually is if I don’t apply lotion. I am happy with the amount of time it protects skin from getting dried.


I also tried what they claim yesterday(I preferred weekend over weekdays because of AC. Sitting in office, under AC without lotion on skin will be torturous). Skipping the lotion for a day. I didn’t apply lotion at all. Usually in winter if I don’t apply lotion I could feel my skin dry and stretchy. But, thankfully the effect was quite minimum. Skin dryness was under control. Thus it did proved what they claim.

Is this lotion in my ‘Rebuy’ list???

Yes Of course. The price we are paying for this amazing product is totally worth.

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Will I recommend this to you???

Yes. I would love to recommend this gentle, soft and super moisturizing lotion to you. All normal to dry skinned girls should try this. This is the answer for that perfect lotion quest. I am sure you will love this.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 5/5

 

 

 

 

 

Dry Brushing – What??? Why???How???

Winter makes our skin dry and flaky. Isn’t it??? We do take a good care of our face by exfoliating it and by using different products. What about body??? Those dry arms and legs will never let you look good…!!! By taking a little more effort alternate day, we can achieve that perfect glowing skin. When the effort I’m talking about is so easy, I am sure you will include this in your beauty regime for sure.

So, today’s beauty treatment is for the removal of dry skin layer. How??? By exfoliation of course. But, this is a different from all other exfoliation methods. Dry Brushing.

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As it sounds, we are going to use dry brush to brush away dry skin. It has multiple benefits apart from making skin soft. Wanna know in detail??? Read on…!!!

Let me start with right brush selection. After all we need a right weapon to win the war… Just kidding..!!!

Right Brush:

There are multiple types of brushes available in the market which are used for dry brushing. Frankly speaking, different brushes works differently on different individuals. So, what I would personally suggest you is to get the brush from a local drug store instead of purchasing it online. Because you don’t know how soft or hard the bristles are. Thus, you better check it before buying it. Also, most of the online sites do not provide return options on personal care products for obvious reasons.

One more point to check for while choosing a brush is the length of the handle. It should be long enough to reach your back comfortably.

I use this little one for dry brushing. 

You can find something like this brush for dry brushing comfortably.

Once you are done with getting the required stuff, lets know how it is done.

How Dry Brushing is Done ???

It is simple. You got to do this treatment before taking shower or before getting wet. Thus the name ‘dry brushing’. Also make sure you are doing it inside bathroom because when you brush your body, the dry skin flakes do fall on the ground(for extremely dry skin). So, to keep the process clean, carry it in bathroom.

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  • Brush your body with the help of brush gently.
  • Major point to consider is, you need to start brushing your feet first then legs and end it on your chest, towards heart. I will tell you the reason behind it.

What are the Uses of Dry Brushing ???

There are multiple uses of dry brushing your body. To list few :

It Stimulates Lymphatic System –

Lymphatic system is nothing but the system which is responsible for eliminating cellular wastes. Lymphatic tubules which are said to run just below the skin layer should function properly in order to keep our body away from toxic impurities. If they don’t, the accumulation of toxins may cause to some serious health issues. So, when you dry brush, the lymphatic tubules are stimulated. Thus increase their productivity. It is done bottom up manner because, the lymph systems drains in heart. Hence always brush towards chest area.

Exfoliation :

As I have mentioned, the dry flaky layer of skin gets brushed away. Thus leaving skin soft, supple. Glowing skin – Brushing helps in stimulating blood vessels. Thus increases the blood circulation which results in glowing skin.

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Reduces Cellulite –

This is quite common among ladies. Cellulites are nothing but the cottage cheese like dimple on the skin. Usually thighs, stomach, back, around the hips, buttocks and breasts. It has been proved that the regular dry brushing do reduces the cellulite. #HappyDance

Energy Booster –

Many people claim that, dry brushing boost their energy level. You can use this as a stress buster too. Wow stress buster which leaves skin soft, double treat isn’t it???

Cleans the Pores –

If you use soft brush on your face, it is proved to clean the pores perfectly. BUT make sure the bristles are really REALLY SOFT. You do get FACIAL BRUSH in the market.

I use this one from body shop for serving the purpose.

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Now, if you are considering this technique,

here are some of the things you need to take care about –

  • Be gentle. Do not brush the skin roughly, if you do so – you will end up doing more harm than good.
  • Post bath, don’t forget to apply good moisturizer to seal in the moisture.
  • Hygiene is important. Always clean the brush with warm water and soap to keep it germ free.
  • Mainly, do not over brush the skin. Because you don’t want to steal the natural oils of skin. Do you??? I would suggest you to do it on alternative days if your skin is extremely dry. If not, 2-3 times a week should also work for you.
  • Do not use body brush for exfoliating face. Facial skin is very delicate compared to body skin. As I have mentioned above, opt for a facial brush for dry brushing face.
  • Usually dry brushing is done in the morning. Since it has been proved that it increases the energy level, you might end up losing your sleep if you do this exfoliation in the evening.

Voila..!!! Now you know one more exfoliation method…!!!

Hope you find it useful…!!!

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Home Remedies to Keep Elbows and Knees White Naturally…!!!

Hey Beautiful,

What’s up??? Enjoying wintery mornings??? The cold breeze??? I am loving it. It’s my favorite season after all…!!! I am the happiest when winter is around.

I have been writing a lot about winter care and products we need in order to protect skin from cold breeze. Today I am going to write about skin concern which is not seasonal, which is almost same through out the year – dark knees and elbows.

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Haven’t you seen pretty stylish girls with dark and very dry elbows and darker(as compared to their skin tone)knees. Elbows are still get unnoticed. But, when you wear short attire, dark knees are something which everyone notice. With Christmas and New Year around the corner, we gals are excited to shop and flaunt some western outfits. Hence, taking a good care of knees should be in our list to look perfect in this party season.

So, to ease this process I have some home remedies which will nourish and lighten your elbows and knees naturally. Shall we start???

Exfoliate:

As I mention in all most every dry skin care post, exfoliation is the key. By exfoliating dry skin, you can rub off the dry skin layer. This leaves skin soft and smooth.

For exfoliation, you can either opt for some good exfoliator from market, or you can find one in your kitchen. To name a few,

  • Sugar and coconut oil scrub.
  • Coffee, sugar and honey scrub.
  • You can even get a body brush and try dry brushing.

Bleaching Agents:

Applying below natural bleaching agents and washing them after fifteen to twenty minutes is proved to lighten knees and elbows.

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Oils:

You can also try below oils on elbows and knees to achieve desired results.

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Moisturizer:

This is must in order to avoid skin from getting dry. Do not forget to add the moisture by applying a good body lotion twice a day to avoid dry or dark patches.

I hope you try these remedies at home and get the amazing results. 😉

I will share some outfit ideas for this Party season soon…!!!

Between, I have set a poll to listen to your valuable suggestions. Kindly click on the ‘Take A Poll’ link which is on top of this page and participate…!!!

Loads of Love,
Pallavi

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser Reviewed

When people ask me which is my favorite body cream, I always say Vaseline Cocoa Glow. Like, always.

I spend a lot time applying body lotion post bath. My Papa calls me ‘Cream gal’ (with reference to the bollywood heroine and her movie Dream gal) as I spend most of my time applying  creams religiously.

Sometime back, I saw a spray form of my favorite body lotion. Same bottle with a spray packing. Sounds quite time saving humm… Tada, I bought it from here.

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Let’s see whether I’m replacing my old bottle of Vaseline Cocoa glow with this spray bottle.

Brand :

Vaseline

Flavor :

This one is Cocoa Radiant.

There are other variants of Vaseline lotions, which have these spray bottles. So, if you are a lover of some other flavor and wanna try out spray version of it, I have direct links for you. Check it out.

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore Spray Moisturiser

PS: 40% Off on these two also.

Price:

380 INR for 190 ml(There is 40% discount for this product on amazon.in today. )

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Ingredients :

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 Packing :

It comes in a spray bottle. The color combination is similar to that of Vaseline Cocoa glow normal bottle.

Since you don’t have to dip your fingers in a tub full of cream, thus making this packing hygienic. Just twist the cap and press it to spray the lotion.

Travel friendliness :

Bottle is easy to carry in medium sized hand bags too.

This is perfect for those gals who are on go. Spray version is time saving.

Fragrance :

Similar to Vaseline cocoa glow normal version. But it’s bit faint.

Texture :

Very light. Non sticky, non greasy.

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How to Use:

Unlike the pump bottle version, where pump out lotion and apply on skin, you just open the cap and press the nozzle. Just like perfume. Really time saving.

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My take on spray lotion:

I must say, spraying lotion can some times become messy. Because, I had tried spraying it from the mentioned particular distance, but I ended up spilling some of the lotion on floor.  When we sprinkle perfumes, they get evaporated even if they fall on ground. But, imagine lotion droplets on floor. The slippery floor was too much to handle.

If you spray it from near, you will end up getting more product then needed(as shown in the picture above). You will have to rub it in order to distribute it evenly.

Did it moisturize my dry skin??

Well, I personally feel this version of lotion didn’t moisturize my dry skin as that of the other version. May be that’s because it’s really light in texture. May be.

Will I repurchase?

Travel friendliness is not really a big concern for me. I don’t mind carrying huge bag with all my essential stuffs. Plus, my major concern is dry skin. So I really prefer the old pump version.

Will I recommend??

This is ideal for busy gals who are normal to Oily skinned. Yes they can give it a try.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 3.5/5

5 Short Reviews of Body Lotions I have Tried for My Dry Skin

Hey,

Mygirlypedia was quite silent for last few days, as I was unwell… All thanks to the unpredictable climate… Its sometimes hot and sometimes rains… Phewww….

Since the weather outside is getting colder day by day.( Winter is coming…!!!!), my skin is slowly turning dry. As I have my squad ready to combat dry skin, I am writing this post for you so that you get prepared for fighting against dry skin too.

I have tried a lot many body lotions. Read ‘lot many’ twice. #wink So here are reviews of  some of the body lotions I had bought more than once, for my ‘dry skin’. Read on to know my take on these.

 

Himalaya Herbals Intensive Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion

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This I had picked up once I was traveling. The word ‘Cocoa‘ is enough to sale a body lotion for me. Plus, this is travel and pocket friendly. When it comes to its effectiveness, this didn’t help with dark patches/marks but it did moisturized my skin for a good amount of time for 5-6 hours. Compared to the money I had spent on this, I was happy with the results.

Price: 126 INR for 200 ml

Mygirlypedia Rating: 3.5/5

You Can Buy it From Here

 

Parachute Advanced Deep Nourish Body Lotion

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Are you a lover of coconut and its aroma??? You will love this lotion. Its non sticky, light lotion. Smells like coconut sweet dish. It moisturizes your skin nicely for approximately 9 hours. Available online as well as in local stores.

Price:  218 INR for 400 ml

Mygirlypedia Rating: 4/5

Click Here to Buy

 

Dove Indulgent Nourishment Body Lotion

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Once upon a time my mornings were incomplete without this lotion. Post bath must was this one. It smells heavenly. It locks moisture for a very good duration of 7-8 hours. I will definitely recommend this to you. Between I cheated on this lotion for the next lotion, ONLY because I was kind of bored with this one. (Excuse me if this sentence sounds weird.)

Price: 120 INR for 250 ml

Mygirlypedia Rating: 5/5

Online Link to Buy

 

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Glow Butter Lotion to Dry Skin

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This is my most favorite body lotion. No matter how many times I get bored and decide to try something new, I end up coming back to this.

Again the Cocoa, the one who adds glow... The fragrance is delicious(trust me it is). Apart from doing its regular job of adding moisture, it does lighten the dark patches or marks on your skin. Thus making your skin lighter and glow. The moisture it locks stays for really long. For me, its a magic. I apply it in the morning post bath. My skin stays moisturized through out the day. ..!!! Highly recommended for dry skinned beauties. Also it is affordable and available in local drug stores.

Price: 212 INR for 300 ml

Mygirlypedia Rating: 5/5

Interested to buy??? Here You Go

 

Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24 Triple Lightening

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Another version of the previous lotion but smells entirely different huun. It had added benefits of SPF 24 which helps in protecting skin from harsh UV rays. You might be thinking do we really need SPF during winter. I would say yes. The cloudy weather and the sun rays are deadly combination for skin. They do more harm. Thus SPF is must. If you ask does this really works when it comes to skin whitening… I would say the effect was kind of temporary. Skin feels light when its on. As the lotion fades, natural shade of skin gets visible. As per as moisturizing is concerned, it does a moderate job.

Price: 263 INR for 300 ml

Mygirlypedia Rating: 2.5/5

Shopping Link Here

Hope theses short reviews were helpful for dry skinned beauties like me to buy a lotion to get rid of the dryness.

Do let me know if you need few more options. As I have tons of lotions in my list, I can write short reviews for few more.

Happy Monsoons…!!!

 

 

 

How to Store Perfumes Right…

Hey….

Most happy and hopeful day is here… Friday is here…!!! Whats your plans for the weekend??? Ummm I am not sure about weekend plans, but gonna have my spa day for sure..

People who know me also know that I am a perfume freak. Even at my work place, people call me smell bomb… I always end up correcting them ‘Fragrance bomb’ would sound much better. giggle

Everyone has got their own kind of perfumes. Some like strong one… Some like Milder ones, some like fruity, some like floral. Well, I love something mild, floral/fruity, sweet fragrance… I always always end up buying perfumes even though I have a huge collection of them. I every time tell myself that “this is going to be last one. I ‘ll buy my next perfume once I finish all my stock”. But, I always end up buying a perfume whom I can not forget after smelling it. I try to resist but the very next day it will be added to my collection. #ConfessionOfShopaholic
So, when I love them so much, of course I do take care of them. Here is a quick post about how to store your darling perfumes, so that they last long.

  • Store them in a place with no/less humidity
    Humidity effects the quality of perfume. Choose a cool dark place to store your perfumes.

  • Closet is an ideal place to store.
    I have this shelf in my closet reserved for my perfumes. Closet is free from light and usually has a consistent cooler temperature.

  • Storing perfume in bathroom??? No…!!!
    Spraying perfume right after the shower, is the best practice to make perfume last long. But, it effects the perfume’s quality. So, if you have been storing them in bathroom, take them away..!!!

  • Store them inside box.
    Box will protect them further from sunlight and heat. Hence storing them in a box would be preferred.

  • Take care of the cap:
    You won’t really get to know the importance of the cap of the perfume unless and until you break/lose them.

  • Avoid keeping those fragile glass bottles on higher shelves.
    It breaks your heart seeing your favorite perfume shattered all over the floor. To avoid such accidental breakages, try to keep them on lower shelves.

You can also read my previous detailed post about perfumes  here

Hope you find these perfume tips helpful… !!! Keep sprinkling those magical fragrances and enjoy the little aroma therapy…!!!

Have A Happy Weekend My Beautiful Reader…

Love for Perfumes…

Hey girlies,

 “A woman’s perfume tells more about her, than her handwriting” –  Christian Dior
Raise your hand if you are a perfume addict like me. I have a collection of body mists and perfumes which match my mood. Sweet floral fragrances make my heart melt. Hence I end up buying the mostly sweet girly mists. Which type of fragrance do you love???

If you ask me which are my favorite mist and perfume… I would say “Passion Struck Body Mist from Victoria Secret” and “Zara Woman  Black Perfume”. They are amazing. I am pretty sure, girls who love mild sweet fragrance are making note of these cuties’ names. wink

Fragrance Notes:

Just like music, a perfume’s fragrances can be classified into 3 notes based on their staying power. Let me give you a quick glimpse of the 3 fragrance notes.

 1. Top/ Head notes:

These are perceived immediately on application. (Sometimes, you might have heard the person at store,  after spraying the perfume saying” wait for a while to smell the perfume”. This might be because, the perfume might not be a top/head note.

2. Middle / Heart notes:

These are the perfumes, which become pleasant with time.

3. Base note:

These are the perfumes which are not perceived within 30 minutes of application.

Categories Based on Fragrance Type:

They can also be classified based on the fragrance type. The chart below is useful to know more about the categorization.


Sometimes when people look at my body mist bottle and ask me which perfume do I use, I correct them saying its body mist not a perfume. smile  Then the obvious question pops in. “What is the difference between perfume and a body mist…!!!” So, today I thought why don’t I share the difference between them here, in mygirlypedia.

So, what is a perfume… Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aromatic components. Where as, body mist is lighter, milder version of perfume with more water content. Which makes it safe to apply directly on skin. Please note, both contain alcohol contents in them. Alcohol content makes the perfume/ mist to evaporate faster.
Below are some of the notable differences between perfume and body mist.

Perfume Body Mist
Water content is less Water based
Strong fragrance Lighter fragrance
Lasts longer Does not last long
Expensive Non expensive
Contains oils Does not contain oil
Concentrated Less concentrated
Not recommended to use directly on skin Can be used directly on skin

Some of the tips to be followed, in order to make your perfume last longer:

  1. Fragrance lasts longer on moisturized skin. So, for the oily beauties, the fragrance lasts longer. If your skin is dry, no worries. Apply a good moisturizer before applying the fragrance. Applying moisturizer of same brand(just like Victoria secret body lotion) makes the fragrance last really long. This is the reason, using body wash, lotion and fragrance from same fragrance line is always recommended.
  2. Applying mist/perfume on pulse points is a great idea to make the fragrance last longer. Like for example,
  • Behind your ear
  • Bottom of your throat
  • On your wrist
  • Inside your elbow
  • Behind your knee
  1. Always, always store the perfume/ mists away from heat, light and humidity. They break the molecules and hence downgrade the quality of fragrance.

  2. You can apply Vaseline jelly on pulse points before applying the mist. The jelly helps in trapping the fragrance and makes it last long.

  3. Best time to apply mist is soon after you step out of bath. The open pores absorb the fragrance better.


Perfume etiquette:

Yes there are certain rules / etiquette to follow, when it comes to perfumes.

  1. You might have observed some of your friends/colleagues wearing strong perfumes to school/office. I am sure most of us do not like the strong fragrances. In order to avoid the inconvenience to others, avoid wearing strong fragrance perfumes to workplace or school.
  2. Too much is too bad, so is not using perfume. I have seen so many people, who really need a good perfume. *phew* Spray a good mist/perfume to avoid body odor.
    When the shelf life of a perfume gets over, please dump it. I know most of the girls are emotionally attached to certain stuffs. (I am one among them.. *hehe* ). In this case, you can keep them. But do not use them.
  3. Before spraying perfume on your clothes, make sure it is fabric friendly. Certain perfume leave permanent stain on clothes. *ouch*

These are some of the information I have about fragrances.  smile

After the shopping therapy, aroma therapy works best for me…!!! wink If you also love perfumes and mists, do let me know your favorite ones. Would love to try them.

Happy Weekend beautiful,

Pallavi ❤