In Love With This Recent Purchase of Mine From M.A.C

Recently while I was in an airport, I went for a quick shopping at M.A.C just to kill time (Even though I don’t need a reason to shop, I’m always ready with lame one).

I have had heard a lot about these cute lip scrubtious of the brand, so wanted to try them.

Let me give you more details about this tiny box.

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Brand :

M.A.C

Name of the product:

Lip scrubtious

Flavor:

With limited flavors they had, chose this Summer Berry.

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Price:

INR 1550 for 14 ml

Shelf Life:

24 months

Ingredients:

Packing:

The outer white hard paper cartoon has been designed uniquely with the name of the brand printed on it. You can find all the details about the product too on this.

Inside of this cartoon is of contrasting color – black. That makes it slight different than ordinary boring packing.

The inner box containing the scrub is of the same color as that of the flavor inside the box. For example, the brown sugar scrub box is brown, summer berry one is of purple.

The lid is made of soft rubber finish. The black lid is tight so no worries about spillage. The box is so tiny that you can carry it wherever you go.

 

Color:

The scrub is of color purple.

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Fragrance:

Fragrance is the key factor I chose this scrub. Ahhh it exactly smells like fresh berries.

Fragrance is quite strong for all the flavors. So if you have sensitive nose, please do try testers at the shops before buying. Even though all the flavors smell heavenly, but you know in case it’s empowering, you can skip it.

Texture:

It’s kind of creamy base with minute scrub particles.

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My Take On M.A.C lip scrubtious, Summer Berry:

I did apply a thin layer of this scrub on my dry lips and left it for few seconds. Then with the help of my forefinger, scrubbed my lips for a minute.

Result? Lips was soft with all the dead skin scrubbed off. Plus, it moisturized my lips. I didn’t had to run for a lip balm post scrubbing.

The salesgirl at the shop also had told me that the scrub leaves tint on your lips. But for this flavor, I couldn’t see a noticeable tint on my lips. But yes, I did observe the tint on my finger post scrubbing. May be it’s not that dark tint to be visible on pigmented lips.

What I liked about the M.A.C Lip Scrubtious:

  • Cute and sturdy packing
  • Travel friendly
  • I love, love the fragrance
  • Creamy soft texture
  • Does the job of removing dead skin cells, very well
  • Leaves lips soft and moisturized

What can be improved:

  • Tub packing is unhygienic. I have to dip in my fingers to take the product out.
  • If your lips are pigmented like mine, do not expect much of tint post scrubbing.
  • The fragrance might be empowering for those with sensitive nose.
  • Some might find it pricey for a lip scrub(Oh come on, it’s M.A.C). But little goes long way. This tub is going to last for a good amount of time for me.

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Repurchase and Suggestions:

I loved the scrub for leaving my dry lips soft and moisturized. Once I finish this tub, planning to buy different flavor. Even though berries are my favorite, other M.A.C lip scrubtious flavors are tempting too.

If your lips are dry and would like to’invest’ in a good scrub, then do try this one. You will love the results.

Mygirlypedia Rating – 4.5/5.

 

Photo Credit : To the one and only, multitalented – Me. 

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Home Remedies to Treat Dark Underarms

Even though the summer is over, we still love wearing those cold/off shoulders or sleeveless tops or dresses this season. Bright colored outfit is going to brighten a gloomy day anyways….!!!

One thing to take care of, while wearing outfits that’s gonna expose your underarms area is the dark patches on the area. You might have also noticed ladies who have darker armpits as compared to their overall skin tone. That looks bad. Isn’t it???

Reason might be due to excess use of hair removal creams, deodorants(you should not use perfumes or deodorants directly on your skin. Check this post about perfumes to know more about it. ) or may be due to excess sun exposure. Reasons may vary but I have a list of home remedies which you can try out to get the one solution.

Ready to know the recipes?? Hope on…

Lemon:

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When I hear the word skin whitening, one home remedy that comes to mind is ‘lemon juice’. (More about beauty benefits of lemon juice, here.)
All you need to do is apply a layer of freshly squeezed out lemon juice on your armpits. Let it dry and them wash it with warm water.
With regular use, it’s proven to lighten the armpits.

 

Potato:

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Lemon and potato are like the president and vice presidents of the kitchen’s department of ‘skin whitening’. Just like the lemon, potato juice helps in brightening skin.
I know squeezing out lemon juice is way more easier than that of potato. You need a little more effort of grating potato to get the juice out of it. Apply this fresh juice on the effected area and leave it for sometime. Wash with warm water. It may or may not show the results within one use. But, with regular use, it will.

 

Multani Mitti:

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One more ingredient for skin brightening is fuller earth, which is popularly known as multani mitti. In order to apply you need to make a paste out of this dry powder. For which, you can mix fuller earth powder with rose water or even with regular water.
Apply a thin layer on underarm area. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and rinse with water.
Please note, you don’t have to leave it till it dries of completely. Because it might just make the area dry by absorbing all the moisture of the skin, on which it’s applied.

 

Cucumber:

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As cool as this vegetable is for summers when consumed, it is cooler for eyes and to skin when applied. Rub freshly cut cucumber pieces on the effected area. Along with soothing, it will brighten up the underarms.

 

Exfoliation:

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You can either use dry brushing technique or try some home made scrubs to scrub away those dark and dead skin cells. Along with brushing away the layer of skin, it also unclogs the pores. You guys know clogging the sweat glands causes skin infection, which I have explained in this post.

 

Baking Soda:

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Just like you use this one good ingredient for brightening your teeth, you can apply mixture of baking soda and water paste on dark patches to lighten the skin.

 

Orange peels:

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Ok, for this you really need time and patience. If you have them, go ahead. One thing to mention, the results are totally worth the efforts.
In order to use orange peel, you got to dry them under the shade. Once they are dried, grind them to make powder out of it. As you guys know we can’t apply dry powder as a pack. All we need is a paste like consistency. To make a paste, mix the powder with rose water or regular water. Apply this paste on under arms and let it dry for 10 minutes, before washing using warm water.
With regular use, it not just going to brighten the underarm area, it also makes it smell good with fruity fragrance. So, bye bye bad odour.

 

Milk:

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For a milky white underarm area, apply a layer of raw milk on it. Leave it for a while and then clean with water.

 

Coconut oil:

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This is one magical oil that almost every south Indian swear by. This oil can heal anything. Like literally. haha. Applying coconut oil on armpits is going to add moisture and lighten the skin in and around it.

More beauty benefits of coconut oil here.

 

Saffron:

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Saffron is one more Ayurveda ingredients used since ages for skin treatments. Dip few strands of saffron in milk. Apply this mixture on darkened area. Results are effective.

 

Things you need to avoid in order to avoid dark underarms:

After all, prevention is always better than cure. Isn’t it???
1. Do not use hair removal cream frequently. Once in a while, is fine. But always??? Na. If you use razor, you guys know it just cuts the hair strands. Doesn’t remove them from roots. Thus giving an illusion of dark underarms. Best solution??? Out of different hair removal techniques, go for waxing. It not only removes hair from roots, giving you a clean look, but also it removes the dead skin layer. Thinking about the pain??? Na… you will get used to it. hehe.

  1. Do not use perfumes directly on skin. Perfumes contain more alcohol that causes skin darkening. (Here is how you can use perfume without harming your skin and clothes).

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  1. Do not over expose your skin to hot sun. More exposure, more skin damage.

  2. Weight loss.!!! When we exceed the idol weight, fat of our body that gets aggregated under the arms rub against the garments and can lead to dark underarms.

  3. Regular hygiene is important, to avoid dark underarms. Do not skip shower and also regular exfoliation helps you keep skin healthy.

I hope these help you if you have dark underarms. The next time you wear sleeveless dresses, you don’t have to be conscious about dark patches. Flaunt those white underarms with grace.

Skin Care Tips for Oily Skin

Ahh skin care… I know it’s tiresome yet times, but worth the efforts. Because no makeup can get you those compliments, which your natural skin gets you.

You must have read the basic mantra for a great skin – CTM. Now the tricky part is not everyone has same skin type. I am not talking about skin texture or definitely not about shade/tone. I am taking about different types of skin i.e. normal, dry and oily.

Some of you have been asking me to write a post on one of the most sensitive skin type – oily skin. So, in this post I am gonna tell you how to take care of it, what are the daily routine you can follow to keep the skin in a great condition.

I mentioned oily skin as most sensitive one. Because, oily skin is called so because of the excess oil production by the skin cells. This excess natural oil not only makes face look too much shiny, but also it clogs pores, attracts dirt. Thus causing breakouts. Hence oily skin needs more care than the other two types of skin.

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Oily skin can be caused due to genetics, diet, too much stress or hormone changes in the body.

Let’s see what is the basic Skin care routine to be followed for oily skin:

Cleansing –

Use a non oily cleanser to clean the skin. Because unclogging pores and removing impurities from skin should be the first step which need to be done.

Toning –

As you know, toner is for ultra purification of cells. If there are any left out impurities, toner will make sure to remove them. Hence cleansing and toning is a must for oily skin.

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Moisturising –

I have often got queries that, do the oily skinned beauties really need a moisturiser??? Yes. They definitely need one. Since skin is already producing excess oil, opting for a oil based moisturiser is not a good idea. Hence a water based or light moisturiser should do its tricks of adding that hydration your skin needs.

How to manage oily skin???

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Couple of quick tricks to reduce skin looking shiny,
1. Always keep facial tissue papers handy. Well, I am not saying facial wipes here because, we want to absorb that excess oil. So dry, yet soft facial tissue should do the job.
2. Go for matte finishing makeup products. This kind of finish is meant for oily skinned girls.

Face Packs:

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There are some of the home made face packs, which are proven to reduce the oiliness.

Lemon Juice:

Secret here is, ingredients which are a big no no for dry skin, works best on oily skin. Lemon juice, as you guys know is a natural bleaching agent. Also, it dries out the skin. Key to reduce oiliness is to reduce the excess oil. Apply a layer of lemon juice on face. Keep it for 10 minutes and wash with warm water. This absorbs the oil and makes skin look fresh and healthy.

Egg white:

This is been used for anti aging and skin tightening purposes. Also, applying egg white on skin for 10 minutes or so has proven to absorb excess oil from skin. Thus bye bye oiliness.

Tomatoes:

Just like lemon, it is also a bleaching, cooling, clarifying and oil absorbing ingredient. Applying a layer of tomato juice is been proven to leave the skin with matte finished look.

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Cucumber:

Cucumber works just like lemon and tomato. Plus the cooling effect…!!!

Apple cider vinegar:

More about this magical ingredient here.

Aloe Vera:

You have already know the benefits of this amazing plant in this post.

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Fuller earth:

This is my favorite. Fuller earth or multani mitti has the best oil absorbing properties. Using the mask twice or thrice a week should help you in getting rid of oily skin eventually.

So these are the basic skin care routine you can adopt to reduce the excess oil from the face. Also, don’t forget to reduce the stress level. Because all bad things starts happening to your body due to the negative thoughts in your brain. 😊 Inhale positivity… Exhale negativity. Stay happy, stay gorgeous.

Three Letter Mantra to Follow for A Beautiful Skin

Hellooo,

I have been writing a lot about makeup products in detail. I realised something which I was missing, when one of my friends asked me so innocently,” Pallavi, what is CTM??? Could you please write a post about it???”

So here is the post about the basement of skin care – CTM. Its an abbreviation. Each letter represents different basic products we need to keep the skin in good condition. Ummm you must have heard about these products… Any guesses???

C – Cleanser

T – Toner

M – Moisturizer

Let me explain more..

Cleanser-

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As the name suggests, cleansing or cleaning. Cleaning skin from external dirt. There are different ways to cleanse your skin. I will write about it tomorrow.

Umm if you have a doubt about washing face is considered as cleansing??? I would say to a certain extent yes. But not every facial foam/wash can cleanse your skin pores completely. Not every face wash can remove your makeup. Agree???

Easiest way to cleanse your face is using a good cleanser. There are multiple cleansers available in market. I have been using a cleanser from the brand Garnier. I have already bought my second bottle already. You can check this post to know why I recommend this to you.

How to use:

Check the video here where I have demonstrated how to use toner.

Toner:

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Toner is oil based liquid. It is used for ultra purification of facial pores.

No matter how good the cleanser might be there are chances that traces of makeup or impurity still persist inside pores. This will lead to pore clogging that in turn leads to pimples. Toner helps in removing that dirt from pores and leave them ready for absorption of moisture or serum which we will be doing in the next step.

Toner also provides soothing effect to skin and said to lighten the redness or blemishes if any. Point I want to mention here is, there are some toners in market which I had tried earlier gives tingling effect too…!!! May be that’s how they work. Personal suggestion, do not opt for alcohol based toner. As it might irritate your eyes. Because I had made that mistake I don’t want you, my dear reader, to do.

There are multiple brands with so many options for a toner. If you are thinking of which one to buy, I have a suggestion for you. Which suits every skin type and a budget friendly one or I would say it costs nothing. Rose water. Yes that’s the best toner you can find.
Check this out to know more about how to prepare rose water at home.

How to use:

Drop few drops of toner on cotton balls/pads. Apply it on face. No need to rub. Be gentle and pat it on face.

Moisturizer:

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As you all know what this is for.

Yes you are right, to add that extra moisture or hydration to your skin. Adding moisture to skin helps in improving texture and tone of skin.

Thing we need to take care is that one single moisturizer may not meet different skin needs. Every different skin type needs different moisturizer for a good care.

Dry skin – Badly needs more hydration. Oil based moisturiser is best for this type of skin.

Oily skin – We can not apply oil based moisturiser to already oil producing skin. Can we??? This will worsen the situation. Hence, light weight or water based moisturizer is ideal.

Normal/Combination skin – This type is a lucky one as they choose either (water/oil based) of the moisturisers as per their current need.

How to use:

Using fingers apply gently on face leaving eyes and lips area(I know it’s obvious but no harm in mentioning. hehe)

Now, the biggest question –

what’s the order to carry out these steps…

It’s in the word – CTM itself dearie…!!!

Cleanser then toner, followed by moisturizer.

Clean your face. Clean more. Add moisture.

See, this is that easy…!!!

If you have any more questions regarding CTM, please feel free to contact Mygirlypedia…!!!

Happy to help you…!!!

Happy CTMing…!!! haha… Muuuaahhh…

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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

Beauty Benefits of Glycerin

Hello,

My favorite month is here December. Love the cold weather and every thing Christmassy(F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Phoebe’s fans will get this…) Have you checked out the snow fall effect in Mygirlypedia pages??? If you are reading this in mobile, switch to desktop mode to feel the snow fall, right now in the page you are reading currently…!!!

Apart from reviewing the best and worst beauty products for this winter, I will also add some home remedies which are tested and proved to be the saviors in winters.

Today’s product is the colorless, odourless and well known product – Glycerin…!!!

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You must have heard or read that the glycerin is the most moisturizing, good for skin etc. etc. I will tell you more detail of this magical product in this post. Read on..!!

Glycerin is a sugar and alcohol mixture. The pure product of this mixture is called as Glycerol and the impure commercial product is glycerin. This is composed of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Glycerin is widely used in beauty, pharmacy, paper industries and food industries. All thanks to its great moisturizing and non toxic properties. Plus, its inexpensive. Available in all drugstores.

Lets see how can we get most out of this magical liquid..!!

  • You know CTM is the key to great skin. Cleansing, Toning and followed by Moisturizing should be your beauty Mantra. The good news is you don’t have to break your head to find the best moisturizing products for CTM routine for your dry skin. One tiny bottle of Glycerin can replace all the products required for CTM. Budget friendly..!!! Isn’t it???
  • Hands are something which people do notice when you greet them. To keep them soft is something necessary. Wanna know how to do it with the help of glycerin??? Find the whole post with loads of tips about hand care here.

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  • Cracked heels..!! They can make your look from wow to ewww… In order to heal the chapped or cracked dry heels, follow the home remedies I have mentioned here which involve pocket friendly ingredients like glycerin.
  • Chapped lips..!!! Definitely doesn’t look good. Since glycerin is non toxic, apply a drop of glycerin on your dry lips to cure it and make it pinkish.
  • Skin tone can be improved by glycerin. Let me tell you how.. Glycerin is a moisturizing product. It also helps in cell maturation. Thus it leaves kin soft, supple and light toned.
  • Also, applying glycerin on face regularly has proven to reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles.

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  • If you are tired of trying out different products to lighten skin scars or pimple marks, try out this inexpensive one. This will lighten the marks and scars effectively with regular use.
  • When we get a moisturizing product with no side effects, we should ,make 100% use of it. right??? Replace all your nail cream or nail oils with glycerin. Apply a thin layer of glycerin on your nails post removing nail paints. This will keep them protected from getting dried.
  • As I have mentioned before, it is used in soap industries, as a key ingredient. You can prepare bath soaps or bath salts at home too. You can find the steps to prepare your own customised glycerin bath salts here.
  • This is a good news for oily skinned beauties. Glycerin is said to have oil regulating properties. Hence it is ideal for oily skin.
  • If you add a bit of glycerin to your hair conditioner, your hair will thank you for sure for all the moisture.

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  • Mouth ulcers..!!! They are tiny but terrible.. They are caused due to increase in body heat. Glycerin has cooling properties. Applying glycerin on ulcers has said to cure them.
  • Since it is a non toxic and natural product, you can use it on babies as well.

I have used glycerin long back. I am gonna buy one today..!!! What about you???

 

Cutest Hand Cream Till Date

Hello,

You might have seen my posts about hand creams and hand care before.

Adding to my hand cream collection is this little cutie.

Trust me this is the cutest hand cream in my collection. Doesn’t believe??? Check the pictures…!!!

Isn’t this the cutest for a hand cream???

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I had been to Westend mall last weekend here in Pune. That was my first time visit to MyNykaa store. I usually won’t return without buying something, especially the first time. (Shopaholic… Umm) So, I picked this one up. As I wanted to try this out since a long time. Needless to say, I wanted to buy this for the sake of its Packing ONLY…!!!

There are these 3 cuties. One is a cute bear , kitty with stripes and other is cute white kitty. Being a cat mom, I bought kitty one.

Read on to know if the product inside this cutie pack  is worth the buy or no…!!!

Brand:

The Face Shop

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Price:

430 INR for 30 ml.

Where to Buy From?

I bought it from the My Nykaa shop. You can buy it from here.

Shelf Life:

12 months. You might be thinking it’s no where written on the box, still how can I say it so confidently.!!!  Check this post to know my secret.

Ingredients:

Contains Paraben.

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Packing:

You know the packing is cutest…!!! Haha, let me be serious now. So, the product comes in a sturdy light shade plastic tub packing. Can I say it again please???  The tub pack is not just an ordinary one. It’s a cute little chubby kitty. Look at her bow on forehead. Awww how can we miss those cute eyes, pink tongue and those pink blush. What will make you buy this is the way she is peeping out of the box with her two tiny hands holding the box.

Plastic quality is good and the lid is quite tight. Hence no worries of the product getting spilled while carrying it in your bag while travelling. This definitely makes this your travel buddy.

But tub packing is unhygienic. Anyway this cutie would have never looked this cute on a tube packing.

Fragrance:

I had imagined a nice fruity or floral fragrance before opening it. Duh…!!! Unfortunately, it smells exactly like this hand cream, which I hate the most. Definitely a thumbs down from me.

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Texture:

It is a lotion kind. Not as thick as a cream. When applied, it doesn’t feel heavy on your hands.

 

Does it adds moisture to hands?

I can’t say it heals the extremely dry hands. But, it is does an average job. It added moisture but I could see my hands screaming for more moisture. #DryHandsStories

Will I Repurchase???

Umm… No. I wanted to collect a cute box like this. I did. As per as the hand cream is concerned, it didn’t impress me. Hence a no.

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Will I recommend???

If you want to collect this cute box, do buy. But, neither the fragrance nor the moisturizing quality is good enough. Hence I won’t recommend this over priced one to extremely dry handed beauties. If your hands are moderately dry and you are not sensitive for strong smell, you can give it a try.

PS: if your hands are extremely dry, you can try this one. It works for me.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 2/5

(Sorry Cutie. 2 points for the hand cream and 5 kisses for you. )

 

 

 

 

 

Health, Skin and Hair Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut – The relationship with this one and us, the south Indians is everlasting one. We use it in food, skin and hair care routines. This fruit (Yes, it is not a nut. Strange huun??) has amazing properties which makes it so useful.

Between, have you ever wondered from where did this name ‘coconut’ came??? The one who reached India while his exploration, Vasco da Gama. Yes, he gave the name coco by seeing the eyes of coconut.( You know what I mean right???) So, when this coco reached England, Britishers added the suffix nut. Thus – Coconut.

I am a huge lover of coconut water and the pulp. They just taste delicious. The water, its so sweet and makes my soul happy. ( The pure South Indian girl inside me is talking…!!!)

If you drink it, you will get multiple health benefits like –

Physical Health –

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  • Lowers the blood pressure
  • Increases digestion.
  • Bye bye to dehydration
  • Prevents Kidney stones
  • Cardiovascular system will be improved
  • Reduces Bloating
  • Treats Diarrhea
  • Aids weight loss
  • Has anti tumor properties
  • Boosts immunity

Mental Health –

I am explicitly writing down this section. Because I strongly believe that the mental health is much more important than your physical health. Because every thing depends on what is your mental status is. Trust me if you do not have a stale happy mental status, your society status will never be of any use.

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So, if you feel you are having a bad day(I am not using the word depressed. It is a huge word and this remedy I am gonna say might or might not help.) get a coconut and drink the coconut water. It has proven that it does have properties to fight depression.

PS: One extra tip – while sipping the coconut water, kindly stay away from electronic gadgets. Try to connect with your close ones or with the world around you. You will enjoy the drink more. #smile

Skin Benefits:

It is nothing like you have to drink it get the most out of this. You can also apply coconut water to get below benefits.

  • It is a great moisturizer. ( I hope Dry skinned beauties are listening..!!)
  • If you wash your face using coconut water, it will cure

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  1. black and white heads
  2. pimple scars
  3. dryness
  4. dullness
  5. unevenness
  6. Acne
  7. Sun tan
  8. Skin infections
  9. Signs of aging

Hair Benefits :

When we are talking about skin benefits we do talk about hair care too..!!! Because we love our hair. Isn’t it??? Yes this magical fruit has benefits in hair care regime too. These are the ones, when you apply it on your hair/scalp:

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  • Moisture scalp
  • Adds shine to hair
  • Bye bye hair loss
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Dandruff control
  • Applying coconut water on unmanageable frizzy hair can make it smoother and manageable.

This is all about benefits of Coconut water.

If you want to know the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil, check this post of mine.

So, the next time when you are thirsty and wanna try some carbonated drink, opt for this healthy and tastier one. Your body will thank you.

 

 

Beauty Benefits of Soured Milk

Hey Beautiful,

Today’s post is to make you more beautiful ; that too by using something from your kitchen, you think is useless.

Yes, I am talking about beauty benefits of soured milk….!!! Milk is something which needs to handled in certain way. If there is slight sour thing gets mixed with it or if there is any  increase in temperature, milk gets spoiled. It becomes sour. With sad face, we will have to dump it.

After reading this post, I am sure you won’t dump the soured milk without getting its beauty benefits. Read on to know what actually this spoiled liquid can do to you.

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Soured milk contains enzymes and probiotics which pasteurized milk does not. These enzymes and probitics make this ideal for beauty usage.

This facial is particularly called as Lactic Acid Facial. You know milk contains lactic acid. It is said to be best to lighten skin tone. Just like curd,  rubbing the face with soured milk will make skin smooth and firm. Also helps in lightening skin tone by removing tan.

Bath

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You can add soured milk to your bath water. If the smell is strong, mix some essential oils. Using soured milk to bath, makes skin smoother and healthier.

Dry Skin

Rubbing or applying soured milk on dry skin helps in healing it by providing moisture.

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Face pack

This face pack is a bliss for those who have extreme dry skin.

Mix a spoon of sour milk, 1 banana and 1 spoon of honey.  Apply this on dry skin for 5-10 minutes. It will add moisture and leaves skin plump and soft.

For Rashes / Infection

Sour milk is proven to be having soothing properties. If applied on infected or irritated skin, will helps in healing it.

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Dipping those dry / cracked feet in a tub full of soured milk and water mixture will add moisture and thus healing the cracks. Making your feet happy.

PS: If the milk is ultra pasteurized, it will stink. Because it doesn’t contains the bacteria and enzymes which are required for the above mentioned uses. Hence do not use it.

So the next time when the milk gets sour, instead of throwing it away make the most out of it. (I mean by making best beauty uses apart from preparing cheese out of it. #wink)

 

A Lazy Girl’s Guide to Beauty 

Hey,

I spend ample amount of time taking care of skin… I am kind of obsessed. I love doing it. After all self love is must. Isn’t it???

There are many of my friends who wants to improve the skin texture but too lazy to do all the rituals. No worries. Today I am gonna share some super lazy tips which you can afford to do,  to achieve good skin.

Read on,  if you are one among those pandas.

  • Cleansing

I know it’s not your type to go and look for a cleanser for your skin type and blah blah blah. So all you need to do is, keep wet wipes next to your bed. Just pull one out and clean your face before sleeping. Removing impurities /dust/makeup is a must.

  • Moisturizer

Na I won’t bother you by explaining toner and stuff. Just apply a layer of good moisturizer before ending your day. No matter what skin type you are blessed with, a good moisturizer is a must.

  • Hydration

You must have heard a lot that we need to drink lots of water. Yes we need to. This will keep body mind and Skin healthy.

  • Vitamins

If you are too lazy to follow good diet or beauty steps, consume vitamin supplements. But yes, you have to take an extra effort to meet a good doctor before consuming.

  • Lip care

I know lip scrub or primer are not in your world. Haha but we need to scrub lips to get rid of those chapped surface. Ummm how will I do it??? Simple.. Just gently brush your lips after brushing your teeth with the help of toothbrush.

  • Makeup

Foundation concealer etc might sound like rocket science for some girls.  So I will tell you simpler makeup tips.

  • Eyes

Kajal..!!!  A stroke of Kajal we need to conquer the world. If you want to know how much kajal means to us, check this. 

  • Smudged Kajal Look 

Apply kajal before going to bed. You will have naturally smudged eye makeup look the next morning.  But avoid doing it everyday. As sleeping with eye makeup on is not recommended on daily basis.

  • Lips

Apply a good lipstick or a tinted lip balm. You are good to go.

  • Face

If you are a dry skinned beauty, dab some moisturizer before applying a day cream. If cream has SPA/SPF content, it’s added benefit.

  • Lazy to apply body lotion? 

Drop few drops of essential oils to the bathing water. This will take care of body moisture after bath.

  • Hair wash!!! 

Too lazy to wash hair???  No worries…  Dry shampoos are your Angeles.

  • Hair style 

Tie hair in a bunch before hitting the bed. You will wake up with nice wavy hair in the morning.

  • Excess sweat

Keep tissue papers handy. You don’t have to go shopping for product to solve this problem. Just pat a tissue paper on your oily zone and and you are good to go as the tissue absorbs all the sweat.

I hope these tips will transform you from

“This gal is pretty lazy”

To

“This lazy gal is pretty ”

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Hair and Skin Care Tips for Holi… 

Hey,

The festival of colors is here…  Holi is here…  This festival marks the end of winter and start of summer…  It is celebrated as the victory of Devine over evil…  Holi is celebrated by applying colors or rather playing with colors with family and friends…

As much as we enjoy playing Holi, we suffer a bit, to get skin and hair cleaned post that.  So,  I have this quick post on how to take care of hair and skin this Holi season…

🎆 Oil your hair 15-20 minutes prior to Holi celebration. It keeps your scalp hydrated and washing hair would be easy. Plus, it won’t make your hair dry post wash.

🎆 Apply moisturizer with SPF content all over the body. Moisturizer avoids extra dryness due to chemicals in colors and SPF avoids tanning.

🎆 Wear cotton clothes. Denims will be heavy and other clothes will be sticky once you get wet by colored water.

🎆 It’s advisable to wear full sleeve shirts.  The more area you cover, the more protection for your skin from harsh chemicals.

🎆 Avoid wearing lenses and spectacles. If you can’t manage without spectacles… Be extra cautious. Those surprise attacks of colors might damage the glasses.

🎆 Carry alovera gel if you are allergic to colors. Alovera soothes the itchiness.

🎆 Instead of using chemicals to wash colors, use alovera or glycerin based soaps.

🎆 Don’t forget to apply generous quantity of body lotion post bath.

So this was about self care.  Now couple of  tips to be a good soul.

💖 Do not apply colors to animals. They don’t enjoy that. They lick the colors in order to clean themselves. They end up consuming lot of chemicals in this process. Please take care of our animal buddies.

💖 Avoid wasting water. I know it’s fun to throw colored water but please think of those people who are dying due to scarcity of water. Enjoy a dry Holi.

I hope these tips will be useful for you…  Enjoy ‘the festival of love ‘to the fullest.  Spread colors…

May your life be filled with all the beautiful colors…

Happy Holi… 😇

Japanese Beauty Secrets!!!

Hey you,

Japanese women are truly blessed with a fair and spotless skin..!!! They look like a pretty porcelain doll… Isn’t it???

Have you ever wonder what must be the beauty regime of a Japanese woman ??? What must be her secrets to her spotless skin???

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Well, today I will be sharing certain beauty secrets of these most beautiful people.

Watch what you eat:
For Japanese, beauty is not a project, its a life style. They believe in the inner glow you get by eating right. Japanese women do not eat spicy/sugary/salty/ fatty food. (Which are our weakness) Their diet includes fish, green vegetables and tons of fresh fruits. The omega 3 fatty acids present in these healthy food, helps in reducing the body’s production of the inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals are proven to be involved in the ageing process.!!!

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Magical Green tea:
Japanese drink a lot of green tea. Green tea is high in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. This keeps the body healthy and clean from inside.

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Rice is the super food:
Rice is the major Japanese food. Rice helps in skin nourishment, prevents wrinkles and protects skin from UV rays.

Rice water:
Japanese women wash their skin and hair using  water in which rice is been cooked. It helps in making skin glow and hair shine.

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Oil cleansing:
Japanese use oil to remove makeup. It not only removes the makeup/dirt, it also nourishes and moisturizes the skin. This point is been mentioned in one of the oldest book ‘Tale of Genji’ too.

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Less is more:
They do not believe in layered makeup. Instead they believe in cleansing, moisturizing and a good face serum. Thus keeping their skin in a healthy condition.

Avoid sun:
Sun rays cause a lot of harm to skin. It boost the aging process. It tans. Japanese as much as possible, avoid stepping out in hot sun to protect their skin.

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If you can’t eat it, you can’t apply it:
They believe in one rule, if you can not eat it, you can not apply it. If you apply harsh chemicals, they do more harm than good. Japanese say that whatever you apply, end up in blood vessels through skin’s pores. Hence be cautious about what you apply to your skin.

Lotion mask:
Instead of rubbing lotion/cream on your skin, Japanese believe in lotion mask. Where, you need to damp a cotton wool with lotion and place it on face like a mask. Keeping it on face for a good amount of 10-15 minutes will make you achieve most of it and I always prefer a easy breezy, relaxing  mask over rubbing the lotion. wink

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  Massage away your wrinkles:
Japanese never recommend Botox/ any surgical method to stay young. I love the fact that they always always follow most natural method to glow. They spend some time daily to massage their face. They massage in the direction opposite to wrinkles thus they fight against sign of aging ‘wrinkles’.

Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse again:
As I mentioned earlier, Japanese believe in keeping the skin free from chemicals and dirt as much as possible. They cleanse thrice to make sure the skin is super clean. They never skip cleansing before hitting bed.6113270284_3cde3da427_b

 Bath time = you time:
Bath time for them is not just cleaning body with water and soap. Its a ritual. They enjoy their bath time thoroughly. They use relaxing bath salts.

You can check this post about bath salts. 

If you want to know how to prepare bath salts at home,  click here. 

Exfoliation is key:
Rubbing off the old and dry skin does a lot of good to skin. Japanese believe in exfoliating body using natural ingredients like coffee to achieve super soft skin.

 Give yourself a Vitamin C hit:
Vitamin C is helpful to keep the youthfulness. magical Japanese never forget their vitamin C intake. Adding orange to your diet is a must to fight against the sign of aging.

orange_PNG800 Stay Calm:
Stress, is a monster which not only kills happiness, it also harms the skin. Japanese try and adopt a stress free life. (awww I love them for the dedication they have for maintaining beauty…!!!)

Wooden combs for beautiful hair:
The plastic combs which we use doesn’t make any extra good to hair. sad Japanese use handmade wooden combs. These help in distributing oil and with less fiction.

Bird Droppings:
This is the famous facial introduced by Japan. The Bird Droppings claimed to have certain enzymes which are useful for skin’s nourishment.  (ewww )

Fish pedicure:
I love this. When you dip your legs in a tank full of tiny cute fishes. When they clean your feet by eating the dirt(I know sounds gross) The tingling feeling is cute and enjoyable. Japanese always swear by this for their foot care.

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So, these are some of the tips from ‘The land of Rising Sun’. I would love to try some of these tips for sure. Eating healthy being the toughest one for me, I will have to try harder for it. hehe

Stay Pretty,

 

Pallavi ❤