Beauty Benefits of Mango

Summer has a special place in my heart. I’m sure it does in most of your hearts too. Even though the heat might make us go crazy sometimes, it brings so much joy of its own. One major thing I remember is, the summer holidays. I as a kid used to look forward to enjoy summer breaks. Where my mom used to get us ice creams, Rasna (a famous drinks among kids those days) on her own. We didn’t even had to beg much. haha. Also, talking about summer, how can we forget that it’s the season of yummy mangoes.

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Who doesn’t like mangoes??? We all do..!!! So many dishes we can prepare, be it sweets, spicy pickle what not…!!! Every dish made out of mangoes will win our hearts.

We all have heard that eating more mangoes is not good. It will increase body weight and body heat. But let me tell you, too much of anything is bad. Isn’t it? In fact, nutritionist recommend seasonal fruits. With weather, our body changes internally. Eating seasonal fruits would help our body for sure.

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Apart from helping our body, mangoes also help us in improving our skin and hair. How? Let’s see the list of benefits we can get from mangoes to get beautiful skin.

  • Vitamin A and C are more important when it comes to maintain good skin and hair. Mangoes have both these vitamins in them. Applying mango pulp to hair adds moisture and shine.

How to prepare mango hair mask:

All you need to do is take the pulp and squeeze. Apply the juice and pulp to your hair. Keep it for 15-20 minutes before washing it.

  • Similarly, if you are worried about dry skin, apply mashed mango pulp to your face to add moisture.
  • Vitamin C is required to maintain collagen level. Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity and avoiding wrinkles. By consuming a cup of mango everyday helps in improving skin’s texture.
  • Maintain health of facial pores is what is important to maintain good facial skin. Clogged pores are the biggest culprit to cause breakouts. Applying mango pulp to face helps in unclogging pores and thus keeping pimples at bay.
  • Not just the pulp, even the seed can be helpful in order to improve the health of our hair. Mango seed oil can help with reducing hair fall and greying of hair.

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How to prepare mango seed oil at home:

Remove the pulp and dip the mango seed in any oil of your choice, like for example coconut/ sesame oil. Place this container under sunlight for some days. Using this concoction regularly, can help you get healthy hair.

  • Vitamin A in the mango helps in adding shine to hair, plus it helps in reducing dandruff when applied.
  • Mango also has vitamin E in it. When we apply mango pulp on to our scalp, this vitamin helps in the scalp circulation thus boosting hair growth.
  • If you have blemishes or dark spots on your face, all you need to do is to apply mango pulp on the effected area. With regular use, it is proved that mango can reduce the appearance of dark spots or blemishes.

These are some of the quick tips to make the most of this season’s fruit – Mango. 😉 So the next time while you enjoy eating one, don’t forget to apply on your skin and hair to get glowing skin and hair.  (In short, be like Katrina Kaif in ads of a soft drinks you see in the television. haha. You know what I mean, If not, check the glimpse below..!!! )

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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.

Home Remedies to Say Good Bye to Blackheads

Last week, Mygirlypedia had asked this one single question on all it’s Social Media channels -What is that one beauty problem which you are facing and which you would like to get home remedies for?

Deal was – you ask and we answer. 🙂

Thank you for responding to it with bunch of beauty issues of yours. Mygirlypedia would love to answer you all, one by one. So, today let me just start with a beauty query which was common among most of you – Blackheads.

In this post, I am gonna tell you what and how these blackheads are caused. What can be done at home to get rid of them. Ready??? Read on then…!!! 🙂

What is a blackhead???

Technically, blackheads are type of acne. As the name suggests these are tiny black bumps on skin. Caused due to clogged hair follicles.

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How are blackheads formed???

Ok, so, our each and every skin cell has these two glands – One for hair and one for oil secretion. As you guys know the oil secretion is necessary to keep the skin hydrated. You guys also know the skin type, where this oil secretion is excess. Do you???  – Check Your Answer is here. 😉

So when dry skin cells and oil secreted, get trapped inside the skin cells, it forms the bump. When this bump is closed, it is called whitehead. But when it opens, it looks black thus called blackhead.  Simple…!!!!

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What causes these blackheads???

Below are some of the major reasons for blackheads –

  • Medication
  • Hormonal changes
  • Excess oil secretion
  • Dry skin
  • Bacterial infection
  • Excess dairy products consumption

Blackheads are formed on these body parts –

  • Face (Especially on nose)
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Back

How do they look like???

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Did you just say ewww???? Well, not your fault. They do look like that. As I said before blackheads are form of pimple. Unlike pimple, these are painless. Due to their dark pigmentation, they can be easily noticed.

Home remedies for blackheads –

Even though there are methods where post giving nice steam to face, with blackhead remover, people just squeeze out the blackheads. But honestly, it takes time and it is painful. Hence listing some of the easy breezy techniques here.

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Exfoliate

Scrubbing away those dead cells can give your skin cells a chance to breath. Thus saying bye bye to blackheads.

Here are some home made scrubs you can try out.

Baking soda paste – 

Baking soda has the property to balance pH level of skin. Mix a table spoon of baking soda with water. Apply this on effected area. Massage gently. While giving mild scrubbing effect, it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores and clean the skin cells.

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Turmeric paste – 

We all know how this magical ingredient from our kitchen shelf has helped us with our beauty issues. Turmeric paste applied and massaged on effected area, effectively kills bacteria and cures skin.

Green tea leaves – 

Take out that green tea powder from a tea bag and apply it as mask. Gently rub it while washing it off. While purifying the skin cells, it also wash away dead cells.

Peel off masks – 

There are multiple peel off masks you must have heard of or tried of. You just need to apply a layer of a mask. Let it dry. Once it is dried, peel it off. It might be painful but it does removes blackhead effectively.

Since we are discussing home remedies, the best peel off mask you can prepare at home is using egg white. Apply a layer of egg white on effected area. Let it dry. Peel it off. You can visibly see the  blackhead on the peeled mask. Eww. But your skin looks wow…!!!

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Plus, egg white is used for anti aging also. Bye bye blackhead and of course bye bye fine lines.

How to prevent blackheads –

As they say, prevention is better than cure. To avoid this nasty skin issue, follow these simple steps.

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  1. Wash your face regularly. This keeps skin pores clean.
  2. Scrub away dry skin cells at least two times a week.
  3. If you have dry skin – here are the skin care rules to keep it health.
  4. If your skin secrets oil more already, here is the guide to take care of your skin.
  5. Normal or combination skinned beauties, try to use oil free products to avoid blackheads.

I hope this post helps you totally to get rid of blackheads. anddd hello beautiful skin…!!!! :*

 

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dry Lips, Hello Pink Lips

Hey,

Are you also facing the dry and pigmented lips like many girls out there??? Well, welcome to the club. Even I am one among those ‘many’. But with constant care I must say my lips’ condition has been improved.

These dry, flaky lips are annoying and they look really tacky. Now that I have tried and tested so many lip care stuffs and lip products(as you guys know), let me tell you some of the tips I use to take care of my lips.

You guys know, “Prevention is better than cure”. Let me start with the things which you need to avoid in order to stop making the condition of your lips worse. Here are certain things which causes dry lips.

Causes:

  • Licking your lips.:

I know when lips are dry we try to lick them to give them temporary moisture. But thing which might surprise you is, doing this will dry your lips even more. That’s because saliva evaporates quickly. Thus sucking the moisture out of your lips.

  • Not drinking enough water:

Dry lips, skin and hair might be a sign that your body is screaming for more hydration inside out…!!! So now that you know your body’s signal, you know what to do.

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  • Applying matte lipsticks:

Matte lipsticks are tend to dry the lips. If you apply it on already dry lips, along with worsening the condition, they also highlight these dry cracks on your lips. Ahh I know, looks totally bad.

  • Breathing from Mouth

Some people breath from mouth, that’s may be because they are allergic to somethings, they need more oxygen especially post some exhausting physical activities etc. While you breath from mouth, it tend to absorb moisture from lips, leaving them dry and flaky.

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  • Vitamin level

Dry lips can also indicate the level of vitamins in your body. If your lips are dry, it might be because you have too much vitamin A in your body or you are suffering from vitamin B deficiency.

  • Medication:

If you  are on some medications, let me tell you some medicines tend to make your lips dry.

  • Sun damage:

Ahh you all know, how the exposure to sun rays causes dehydration. Lips are also an easy target.

  • One more great message your dry lips are giving you is, you are not taking care of them well..!!! haha

Now, that we know what not to do, let me tell you some of the tips to follow and of course give you some valuable home remedies to scrub away those dry skin cells from your lips. After all, who doesn’t like those pink, soft lips. We all do right??? Read on to know the dos.

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  • Hydration:

Drink loads and loads of water. This will improve not only lips, but also your overall health.

  • Protect them:

A good lip balm is a must for protecting your lips from getting dehydrated. Adding moisture with each application will make your lips thank you.

  • Exfoliate:

Just like you use body and face scrubs to exfoliate your body and face respectively, you need to use a mild exfoliating scrub to exfoliate your lips. Read the word ‘mild ‘ twice, because unlike our body and face skin, skin covering our lips is way too soft. Thus needs more gentle care.

There are multiple brands with some amazing scrubs. I personally suggest this scrub from the brand “The Forest Essentials”. 

Well, if you are one among those who love trying out home remedies for the obvious reason that they have minimal or no side effects, I have a list of home made lip scrubs for you.

  • Toothbrush:

Let me start with a easier and super handy one. Yep, toothbrush. All you need to do is gently brush your lips for a minute. Don’t forget to wet your lips before brushing them. Because you want to scrub them not hurt them.

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  • Dry cloth:

Preferably cotton cloth is used for this. Wet your lips and post few seconds, rub the cotton piece of cloth against your lips gently. This will also remove the dry layer of skin.

  • Almond oil and sugar scrub:

Mix brown sugar and almond oil. Apply this on your lips. Leave for a while and scrub the lips. While sugar granules remove the dead skin cells, almond oil adds moisture. Voila..!!! two in one work done..!!!

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  • Coconut oil scrub:

Being a south Indian, we use coconut oil for most of out beauty regime. I will tell you how to make the scrub. Mix coconut oil with sugar or with coffee powder. While sugar or coffee granules scrub off the dry layer, coconut oil adds moisture. I prefer coffee over sugar. Because it works like aroma therapy for me.

More about coconut oil uses in beauty care, here.

More about aroma therapy, here.

  • Super moisturising  scrub:

Honey is the most moisturising kitchen ingredient you can use for your dry skin issues. Mixing homey and sugar to exfoliate your lips will make your lips soft and moisturised at same time.

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  • Flavored Scrubs:

You can add different flavoring agents which you use in cooking. Like vanilla essence, bubblegum flavour etc. to make the scrub more interesting one.

  • Lip Masks:

Also, you must have heard about face masks. Just like those masks, we do have masks for lips…!!! To serve the same purpose. You can check the recipe of lip mask here, which I use on my lips.

 

So, exfoliation, masking and applying a good lip balm should solve your dry lip issues.

I hope these tips will help you. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

My Take On Himalaya Face Pack

Hi,

Which is your favorite face pack??? No, I am not talking about home made one. If I have to ask you, which is your face pack from the ones you get in market… which one would it be??? Mine is this one.

Recently, I wanted to buy a new face pack as I was bored with the ones I have. But not in a mood to spend much on one.

I have heard a lot about the brand Himalaya, which is known for its good products with safe ingredients. Plus prices are comparatively low for the quality of their products. I have used their body lotion before. It had turned out to be a good one. So, after looking at different shelves in the shop for face packs, going through different types of face packs of same range which are meant to serve different skin purposes, picked up this one. Lets see whether this pocket friendly product turned out to be skin friendly or not.

Brand:

Himalaya

Name:

Himalaya Herbals Fairness Kesar Face Pack

Price:

135 INR for 100 gm (Affordable I say)

You can try out smaller version for testing purpose too. 50gm will cost you 75 INR.

Shelf Life:

What Company Claims???

Himalaya Herbals Fairness Face Pack lightens and evens skin tone, reduces dark spots and blemishes, reduces visibility of dark circle, nourishes skin and moisturises the skin. It is enriched with natural ingredients like walnut which act as natural exfoliator helping remove dead cells, impurities and black heads. Himalaya Herbals Fairness Face Pack help to clean the skin surface making skin look soft, healthy and supple.

Removes dirt.

Exfoliates the skin without being harsh on the skin.

Made with natural ingredients.

Ingredients:

Seems to be safe…

Curcuma longa (Turmeric, Haridra) Juglans regia(Walnut, Akschota) Crocus sativus (Saffron, Kumkuma)

Packing:

A very first reason to opt for Himalya face pack is, apart from being good ingredients it is also a hygienic packing. The tube packing helps in maintaining hygiene because we don’t have top dip fingers in it to take out the product. Like we do in case of tub packing.

This off white and green combo plastic tube has flip cap. Which is tight and thus it can be carried while we travel. Also, you can squeeze out required quantity of face pack without having to worry of any spillage or wastage.

Fragrance:

Strangely it smells like lacto calamine lotion.

Texture:

It is creamy.

How to Use:

Apply it evenly on face leaving mouth and eyes(obviously. And yes nostrils. Because of the obvious reason haha) Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with wet sponge/towel. Rinse with cool water.

I am suggesting to use towel because this face pack is thick in texture. Its not easy to wash with water in one go.

My take:

Something that made me pick this face pack is it’s ingredients. Turmeric has antibacterial and healing properties, walnut is good for scrubbing. Kesar/Saffron is the queen of home remedies when it comes to skin.

I applied this on my face. It feels like a thick layer of cream on your face. It doesn’t give you any cooling or burning effect. Just let it stay on face for 15-20 minutes. It doesn’t really dry fast as it’s thick in texture. But let me tell you one thing, a common mistake we all do when we apply face packs. Not all the face packs need to be left till they dry. The idea here is to get most of benefits from face pack not to dry the face pack on our faces. Some face packs, as and when they dry they absorb all the natural oil from your face too…!!!

So post the specified time, tried washing it with water. But washing cream away is not an easy task. Patches of cream are still be there on face. So using a cotton pad or towel would be more handy. Plus using cotton pad or a cotton towel has the benefit of scrubbing also. Thus bye bye dead cells.

Once I had cleaned my face completely, I liked the glow it gave to my skin. Even though it didn’t really last that long, but that instant glow is worth trying this face pack for. Plus it didn’t dry my skin like some other packs and left skin super cleaned. #HappyMe

As per as skin lightening is concerned, I didn’t see much of that. It does add that glow and instant brightening. But no long lasting skin lightening benefits as such.

Good things about Himalaya Herbals Fairness Kesar Face Pack :

  • Affordable
  • Gives nice glow
  • Cleans skin very well
  • Does not dry skin
  • Safe ingredients
  • Travel friendly packing
  • Availability – available both at local drug stores as well as online.

Not so good things about Himalaya Herbals Fairness Kesar Face Pack :

  • Glow doesn’t really lasts longer
  • Can’t clean only with water. Need cotton pads to clean it completely from face.

Will I repurchase???

Yes(but once I finish all my stock of other face packs). I liked the way it adds glow and brightens skin tone in one use.

Will I recommend???

Yes. Its within budget, brightens skin tone, adds glow. I guess it’s a good deal for the price we are paying. Ideal to use before any special events to attend.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 3.5/5

Forest Essentials Cane Sugar Lip Scrub – Worth Buying???

Hello,

How’s your weekend going on??? I’m out with a friend of mine to have my favorite pulav. In order to get the parcel, will have to be in a queue. So, right from the queue I’m posting this. Haha

I don’t know what was wrong with my lips last week, my upper lips were so damn dry that they looked dead. The lip scrub I usually use didn’t help. Lip balms were of no much use. After trying out different things, I gave up. Thought of letting it heal.

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The other day I was doing a window shopping online. (Yes, browsing things and adding them to your wish list. Now that’s called window shopping.) While doing that, I came across this product.

A lip scrub from ‘Forest Essentials’. I was eager to try out their products. They are well known for their quality and their ingredients.

Now that I was in NEED of a good lip scrub, thought of moving this from wish list to my Shopping cart. 😉

Let’s see whether that was a wise decision or not…

Brand:

Forest Essentials

Flavor :

Cane Sugar Lip Scrub

Price:

525 INR for 5g

Shelf life:

12 months

Happy news:

Not tested on animals.

Ingredients :

All safe ones.

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Packing :

The outer hexagonal box looks something like this.

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Inside, there is this little sturdy circular plastic box. With golden colored lid. Box is transparent. There is a foil on the product. (Not any more. I tore it off. Haha)

But, box packing is always unhygienic. I would suggest forest essential to consider a bullet packing for this. It will be perfect…!!!

Fragrance :

It has a citrus smell. It’s neither over empowering nor faint. If you citrus fragrance is of your type, you are going to love it.

Texture:

It’s non sticky, non runny. It’s creamy and has minute granules.

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My Experience :

Applied this on my super dry lips. Extremely dry. Left it for couple of minutes. Then, gave a good massage and rubbed it off.

End result??? My lifts were back to life. They were much better than they were before.

I believe that’s because of the magics of oils and beeswax in the product. I’m in love with this product.

You know what the best part is??? I didn’t have to use a lip balm post scrubbing my lips. The scrub is moisturizing. 💋

Less amount is enough to do the magic hence this is gonna last for long. At first I did thought it’s a lot of money for a tiny box of lip scrub. But after my experience, I know it’s worth the money. Totally.

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Has it made a place in my beauty kit!??

Yes. A permanent place. I will buy it again for sure.

Will I recommend???

Yes. If you have extremely dry lips, do try this. I know you will find this pricy at first but, it’s totally worth it.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 4.5/5

(Deducting ONLY for the type of packing.)