All You Need to Know About Orange Oil

I have been hearing a lot about vitamin C and essentials oils etc. Which help in taking care of skin not only by improving it’s texture but also aid the anti-aging process. So, just thought of gathering more information about them, so that I can include in my daily skin care regime and of course to share with you beautiful people.

For today, I am starting with one of the essential oils – Orange oil.

Let’s see how it’s going to help our skin and hair. Ready??? Hop in…!

How to Prepare Orange Oil at Home???

First thing first. How to prepare orange oil.

  • Peel off the orange peel and remove the white part by scratching. This will make sure the oil is more concentrated.
  • Place these peels in a glass jar.
  • Add vodka to the jar and shake well. Vodka helps to marinate.
  • Keep the jar in cold and dark place for a week.
  • After a week, filter out the liquid from the jar.
  • Place this liquid in ventilated space so that the alcohol in the liquid gets evaporated.
  • Post 2 to 3 days, the liquid free of alcohol smell is what we need – orange oil.

I know it takes a lot of time and patience to prepare one at home. But it is purest one you can get. No matter how good it can be, some are too lazy to wait for long. So, people like me, just go and buy one from online. hehe

How does it smell???

It smells like orange (obviously) but a very strong one.

Why You Should Use Orange Oil???

Mental health:

You must be thinking I started with the beauty benefits and first point says mental health. Well, well, if you are happy inside, your skin looks happy outside. Orange oil has this amazing fragrance which has proven to reduce depression or anxiety. It calms down the pulses and helps you relax. Now when you are calm and content from within, it definitely shows on your skin as well.

Treating Acne and Skin Infection:

Orange oil has anti-bacterial and inflammatory properties. Using diluted orange oil on acne, swelling or redness helps in soothing it.

Moisturizing:

Orange oil has been proved to add needed moisture to your skin when applied. Dry skin beauties, I hope you are listening.

Deep Cleanser:

Orange oil helps in cleaning the facial pores and thus avoids clogging.

Improves Blood Flow:

If you apply orange oil it gives slight tingling effect. Orange oil helps in improving blood flow thus helps you get glowing skin.

Anti-Aging:

You already know that the oil has anti-bacterial property. What you might not know is that orange oil also has antioxidants in it. Which are important to slow down the process of aging. This oil helps in stopping the appearance of lines and wrinkles on skin.

Reducing Dark Spots:

Orange oil has bleaching property. Which helps in lightening the skin tone. Regular usage of diluted orange oil on dark spots should fade them away.

Reducing Large Pores:

While keeping the pores super clean, it also helps in shrinking them. How??? Orange oil has tightening property, which helps in shrinking the facial pores.

Reduces Cellulite:

Many of us suffer from appearance of cellulite. Orange oil can be a handy if you also suffer from the same. Massaging the affected area with diluted orange oil helps in blood flow, softens the epidermis and thus helping in reducing the cellulite.

Reduces extra oil secretion:

I hope this point will bring a smile on oily skinned beauties. Using diluted orange oil on skin that secrets more oil helps in reducing that extra oil secretion. Orange oil has this charm to control the oil secretion. So bye bye shiny face.

Special Note:

  • Always remember that the essential oils should not be used directly on skin. You need to dilute the oil by mixing with some carrier oil like coconut oil/ almond oil and then use it on skin.
  • It is not recommended to use orange oil while you are out in sun. Orange oil when comes in contact with direct sun, reacts and it might harm your skin.

Simple Steps to Follow This Year, for Better Health and Beauty

Hellooo 2018,

Be awesome to everyone…!!!

Well, my pretty reader – since we are in a very new year, we all are energised, happy and hopeful for something good this year. Let’s take some steps to achieve the best of ourselves. Sounds good??? Cool. Lets do this.

I have a post for you today which will list down all the small yet good steps which we need to take in order to get the awesome results. You know you are not too old to dream a new dream and to set a new goal for yourself. right???  Try to include these steps  everyday. Come on, theses are very simple. You can do it. Or, let me rephrase it as – ‘We’  can do it.

Shall we start???

Health comes first. Lets start with easy breezy steps to improve health.

Physical Health Tips:

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  • Drink more water.( Don’t yawn plz. I know you have been reading this a lot. Its time to practice it)
  • Eat healthy. (Stop yawning)
  • Instead of asking you to eliminate junk food from your diet, let me put it this way. Lets challenge ourselves not to eat junk food for 2 days, then eventually increase that to a week, a month. I  myself a huge junk food addict. I have made my mind to train it by accepting such challenges. Hello, if I win??? I am gonna treat myself with some junk food. haha that is how we treat an addict.
  • Start your day with a glass of warm water and honey.
  • Are you a chocolate lover like me??? I am replacing my chocolates with dark chocolates. Because dark chocolates with more than 70% cocoa have more antioxidants. Are you with me in this ‘mission dark chocolate’???
  • Exercise. I am not asking you to pay for gym membership. We can do it right from where we are sitting. Just stretching, some leg exercises while you are seated on your chair, instead of taking elevator take stairs. I personally prefer stairs not only because its an easy workout, but its less crowded, peaceful and you get to breath some fresh air unlike in an elevator(you know what I mean).
  • Chew your food. Haha it sounds like a strict mommy’s dialogue. But jokes apart gal, we need to chew our food properly in order to ease the digestion process and to get more benefits from the food.
  • Brush your teeth twice daily. Oral health is very important. We tend to neglect that which results in bad breath and poor teeth condition. When all is good, we don’t get it. But when you suffer from teeth ache, then you realise all the bad things you did to your teeth. #karma haha
  • While Brushing, you can do some squats to utilize that time. Time saving huun??

Mental Health:

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If you agree or not, most of us are hesitant and ignorant about mental happiness. Let’s not make that mistake this year. Because everything starts and ends at your mental health. If you are mentally fit, it will reflect in your physical health.

  • Make some time for yourself. Spend it on doing what you like. Be it self care, any hobby, cooking any thing.
  • Take a walk outside. Observe the world around you. When you are feeling low, even a small ant can be inspiring enough to lift you up. Ant falls while carrying a food particle which is much more bigger than it’s own size. But ant never gives up.
  • Spend time with old citizens, kids or pets. They help you forget all the stress.
  • Compliment or help some unknown people. Try it. You will know that kind of happiness.
  • Dance to your favorite music. You don’t have to be a professional dancer to enjoy the music. Just move your body to the beats(or off beats) the point is to enjoy it.
  • Sing. You are not participating in any music competition. There are no judges. Even if the people around you is trying to judge you, just ask them one question – what is the winning amount ??? #wink
  • Stressed??? I have a quick solution – Breath…!!!
  • Plan a vacation with loved ones. Be it a little one or big plan. Do it.
  • As they say there is always good in a bad day. Write down things you are thankful for at the end of the day.
  • Reduce the time you spend in the virtual world of social media.
  • Importantly – Smilllleeeee…..!!!!

Beauty Resolutions:

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  • Take care of your skin.
  • Irrespective of weather, do not skip sunscreen.
  • Never go to bed with your makeup on. Plz.
  • I know we love our girl-friends. But plz stop sharing your makeup with them. You are not doing any good to yourself or to them. Sharing used makeup can harm your skin more.
  • Do not compromise on the products you use for your skin.
  • Maintain good hygiene to maintain good skin.
  • Clean your phone screen. It has maximum number of bacteria which can harm your skin.
  • Good sleep is a must.
  • You deserve a spa session at least once a month. You don’t have to make a hole in pocket by booking an appointment in a well known spa. You just make use of the ‘search’ box at the end of this page and get to know how to do facial, bath salts for that long relaxing bath, hair spa etc. at home…!!!
  • Most important tip – love yourself. You are an original creation. Do not try to imitate and be a copy.

So, these are some of the things lets try to implement in our daily routine.

PS: I have bought and customised a planner for 2018. Where I am goon keep track of the good and bad things I have been doing with my health and beauty.. You can try this method too to improve yourself easily.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Derma Rollers

Have you heard about the new hottest skin care trend – ‘Derma Roller’???

I will tell you allll the details about this skin care technique in this post today.

So, to start with – What is a derma roller???

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Derma roller is a tool with a wheel. The interesting part of this wheel is, it has 100 to 1000 micro needles on it..!!!

How does it works???

The whole idea behind the tool is, using the handle you will roll the wheel all over your face. The needles will penetrate into your skin and reach the area where collagen and elastin is produced.

How to Choose the Right Derma Roller for Your Needs???

Needle Length

This plays a significant role when it comes to ‘serving the purposes’. Different needles’ length, different the action.

Let me list the ideal length of needle for massaging face parts:
Forehead – Up to 0.75 mm
Under Eyes – Up to 0.75 mm
Cheeks – Up to 0.75 mm
Nose – Up to 1.0 mm
Nose Tip – Up to 1.5 mm
Chin – Up to 0.75 mm
Neck – Up to 0.75 mm
Upper Lips – Up to 0.75 mm

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Number of Needles:

Roller with broader wheel with maximum needles can be ideal to treat larger areas like neck.

Smaller roller is recommended for face.

Length of Handle –

Depending on your comfort, you can choose the one for you.

Advantages of Using Derma Roller

 

  • As I mentioned earlier, it punchers skin cells. Thus helps in penetration of the products you use inside the cells. Which will help you get 100% benefits of the product you use.
  • You can get plumper lips by using derma roller over your lips.
  • The fact is it does damage skin cells. But that is how it works. As and when skin cell is damaged, there is production of collagen. Thus making the skin plumper and glow.

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  • Using roller on wrinkles can work wonders. Collagen and elastin helps in creation of new cells and bye bye Winkles.
  • Collagen production also helps in curing the skin imperfections like – scars’ marks, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, stretch marks etc.
  • Also, massaging head with derma roller will helps in producing hair growth hormones. Thus helping in hair growth and curing baldness.

 

 

Things to Consider When You Opt for Derma Roller:

 

  • Hygiene – Do not share your roller with someone else. Always clean it before using it.
  • Roller needles with length 0.50 mm or more should not be used daily. Using it frequently will cause more harm than good. Hence using them once in 4 to 6 weeks is recommended.

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  • Make sure the product which you are using on your face is safe and you are not allergic to it. Because, the darma roller helps the product to get into the skin. If you are allergic, you might end up worsening the situation.
  • Do not use it on pimples. This can cause more blunders than wonders on your skin.
  • Be extra cautious while using it around your eyes. As they are the most delicate organ.
  • If you are less tolerant to pain, this is not for you. Depending on your comfort go ahead with the method.

 

Please note:

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At the end of the day they are needles. They puncture your skin cells. Most common and obvious thing that will happen is that the bleeding and the pain.

If you are using needles with length 0.25 mm or below, the pain is very negligible or no pain. But, 0.5 mm are happened to be painful and also effective.

Only if you think your skin need the treatment and the pain is worth, go ahead. You can Buy it from here.  

Hope you enjoyed knowing a new skin care technique today. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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)

 

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…!!!

 

 

 

Home Remedies for Open Pores

Hey beautiful,

Few of my friends were asking me to write a post about open facial pores. So, finally here is the post about and remedies for open pores.

What are open pores???

Skin is made of pores. They help in skin to breath. For most of the ladies,as they age, skin loses its elasticity thus making the pores on face bit huge and visible to n*ked eyes.

When excessive oil and dust get accumulated in these pores, they result in blackheads or pimples. Thus making skin worse.

What causes open pores???

There are multiple reasons, mainly

  • Sun exposure
  • Aging
  • Bad skincare routine
  • Genetic
  • Stress
  • Chemical reaction

How to cure them???

Shrinking the pores is something we need to do to stop this skin problem. Keeping pores clean will make them less visible and avoid further issues.

Let’s check what we can do to say bye bye to nasty pores.

  • Ice


Remember, I had mentioned ice as primer in few of my posts?? Yes, ice gives skin tightening effect and helps in closing pores. You just have to press ice on face or wash face with ice cold water.

  • Egg Whites


When it comes to skin tightening, we can’t miss egg whites. Yes, applying egg whites helps in skin tightening and closing opened pores too.

  • Scrub


Scrubbing is must to maintain good healthy skin. It not only removes dead skin, but also removes impurities from pores.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Use diluted apple Cider vinegar to clean your face. This solution has antibacterial qualities. Thus cleaning, closing pores and maintaining PH balance of skin.

  • Baking Soda


This is an all rounder. This exfoliates, it’s anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties clean the pores and helps in reducing them. Apply a thin layer of baking soda and water paste on face. Leave it for few minutes before washing it away, to get desired results.

  • Lemon


Apply lemon juice on face. If you have dry skin, it does give you tingling effects. Lemon juice is good bleach, cleanses pores and fades pimple scars.

  • Aloe Vera


Applying fresh aloe Vera gel over face, helps in shrinking pores. Moisturizing property of it, helps skin.

  • Fuller Earth


Fuller earth or multani mitti. This along with adding glow, drying pimples, also absorbs all oil and leaves skin pores clean.

I hope you find this post useful if you are combating this skin issue.

Keep shining… 💋

How to Prepare Bath Salt at Home

Hey sweetie,

Have you checked my previous post about relaxing bathing with bath salts??? I have promised to write about steps to prepare these magical crystals. So here I am with the promised post.

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So read on to make the bath salts and enjoy the spa day at home…!!!

What are the ingredients we need??

I will tell you 3 different types of bath salts’ preparations. I am gonna mention the uses of ingredients we need for preparing all of them in one single list.

  • Salt
    Epsom salt – For base.
    Sea Salt – For healing properties.
    Himalayan Pink Salt – To increase mineral quality.

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  • Essential Oil
    Who doesn’t love the nice fragrance bathing experience. To get that aroma, we will add some essential oils.
    You can choose any of the essential oil of your choice. Here are few suggestions.
    Floral – Rose, Lilly, jasmine
    Fruity – Vanilla, citrus
    Strong – Peppermint
    Mixture of any of the above.

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  • Dried herbs
    You can add dried herbs / dried fruits / dried petals to your salt. It will add aroma and increase the effectiveness.

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  • Food Color
    This is optional. But, if you add some food colors to salt it will look more attractive for sure.

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  • Glycerin
    For adding moisture

 

  • Baking soda
    For whitening property

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  • Borax and kaolin clay powder 
    For softening water as well as your skin. Help in curing in muscle strains and tension. Plus, they also have mineral properties.

 

Ready???

Shall we start with the preperation???

Oook..!!!

  • Bath salt 1: Colorful Cutie

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Step:1
Take Epsom salt and sea salt, one cup each.

Step:2
Take one table spoon of your favorite essential oil.

Step:3
Take the dried herbs/petals/fruits. You can put the petals/herbs as a whole or you can grind them into fine powder. I personally prefer adding the powdered petals instead of adding them as a whole.

Step:4
Mix the salt in a bowl.

Step:5
Add the powdered petal/herbs. Mix them with the mixture of salt.

Step:6
Add essential oil and food color. Stir them well. Make sure whole mixture is flavored/colored uni-formally.

Step:7
Store the salt in an airtight container. Enjoy your bath by adding this salt to your bath tub.

Easy enough na???

Shall we start with the second one then???

  • Bath Salt 2: Moisturizing Bath

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Step:1
Take one cup of Epsom salt and one cup of baking soda.

Step:2
Take one table spoon of essential oil and glycerin.

Step:3
Take the dried herbs/petals/fruits in suitable form i.e. powdered or whole.

Step:4
Mix the salt in a bowl.

Step:5
Add the powdered petal/herbs. Mix them with the mixture of salt.

Step:6
Add essential oil and glycerin. Stir them well. Make sure mixing is done nicely.

Step:7
Done. happy dance Don’t forget to store it in suitable container.

Next one???

  • Bath salt – 3 Softening Baby

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Step:1
Take two cups of Epsom salts, two cups of borax, ½ a cup of kaolin clay powder.

Step:2
Take one table spoon of essential oil for beautiful aroma.

Step:3
Mix the salt in a bowl.

Step:4
Mix 1½ tea spoon of essential oil.

Step:5
Mix the ingredients well and store in a cute container for use.

 

Do try these bath salts. Let me know your experience.

 

Its about Concealers…!!!

Hey Sweetie pies,

I am so refreshed after the awesome weekend I had. Do you want to know what I did last weekend??? I had been to trekking at ‘Visapur Fort’ and visited ‘Bhaja Caves on Saturday. The scenic beauty, rain, the company of some great friends and the amazing historical caves refreshed my soul.

Last evening, I had been to MAC store (it’s like a holy place for us, the makeup addicts/shopaholics). Bought an eyeliner, which I will review soon.

I must say; as much as I enjoyed my weekend, I missed blogging here at my girlypedia. In order to cover up for the last two days, I am writing this post about ‘flaw covering’ makeup product – ‘Concealer’.

 

So, what is concealer?

Concealer/color corrector, used to mask dark circles, age spots, large pores, and other small blemishes visible on the skin.

 

Why concealer???

Like I said before, it is used to hide flaws and achieve flawless finish.

 

When to use concealer?

Concealer is usually used after primer, before/after foundation. But I would suggest you to use it before foundation to get smoother and flawless result.

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On which part of face do we need to apply concealer??

  • If you want to even out whole skin tone of face, you can apply it all over face. Make sure you choose same shade as that of your natural skin tone.
  • Else, you can apply under eyes, on blemishes, on uneven patches, around mouth (if you have darker skin around mouth), pimples etc.

 

What are the differences between foundation and concealer?

  • This is similar to foundation but it is thicker which helps in better coverage.
  • Foundation is applied on large area of face. Concealer is used on under eyes, on pimple scars and on other types of flaws on face.

 

Can we use only concealer on face??

Yes you can. You can also use lose powder to get clearer look.

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Do we get concealers in different shades???

Good news is yes…!!! There are multiple choices when it comes to shades available for concealers.

  • I would suggest you to choose a concealer of shade one or two lighter than your skin tone for hiding dark spots. The reason behind this is, when you apply concealer of lighter shade on the darker spots like pimple scars, will even out skin tone…!!!
  • You can pick a concealer similar to your skin tone if you just want to hide or blur minor imperfections.

 

Are there any different forms of concealer???

Yes… There are multiple liquid and solid/ cream form of concealers.

 

What are the types of concealers???

  • Yellow Concealers:

This is safest type of concealers when you think of experimenting. This is used to even out skin tone. It vanishes the uneven skin tone.

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  • Pink concealers:

This is a savior for those beauties who have dark blue or purplish areas on face caused by pimples, broken veins, or rosacea. If the under eye area is darker, this concealer can be used.

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  • Green Concealers:

This is used to neutralize red zones on your face. By red zone I mean, blemishes, acne, red spots. But it is recommended not to use it on dark spots and under eye circles.

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Big question – How to apply concealer???

  • Apply primer to minimize the pores.
  • Choose a concealer of lighter shade.
  • Put few drops of concealer under your eyes. Using a makeup sponge, gently blot the concealer into your skin. (You can also use your fingers to pat and blend the concealer)
  • Apply foundation of the shade similar to your skin shade.
  • Blend it to get flawless look.

 

How to avoid looking caked up??

You need to prepare your skin before applying concealer, in order to avoid looking caked up. Apply primer/ moisturize face before concealer.

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So, these are the questions popped into my mind about concealers. If you want to know anything more about this magical product, do let me know. Love to help you. Angel smile

 

Keep Shining Beautiful,

Pallavi ❤

FabIndia Intensive Hand Cream lemon… Fab or na…!!!

Hey beautiful,

You must be enjoying a great relaxing weekend. Make sure to relax your soul along with your body today…!!! It is much more important.

By the word ‘relaxing’, I remembered a hand cream which is very relaxing and refreshing for my hands. Read on, to know more about the cream in detail.

It is one of the best hand creams I have used till date. As I had mentioned in my last post about ‘Hand care’, hand cream is a must when you want to keep your hand happy…!!!

This a fab India product, named ‘Intensive hand cream’ in lemon flavor.

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Let’s start with the review…

What it claims:

An intensive, non greasy formulation that combines natural extracts with essential oils. While lemon lightens the skin, glycerin softens it. Regular application ensures your hands remain supple and smooth.

Ingredients:

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Price: 290 INR for 120 ml (112g)

Shelf life: 3 years

Packing:

This hand cream comes in a yellow tube packing. The white cap is flip flop one. I always prefer tube packing over a tub one. Tube packing is more hygienic, as there is no need to dip your hand in cream unlike for the tub pack.

It is sturdy and does not take more space in your hand bag. Hence, I can say it is travel friendly.

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Cream’s texture:

The white cream is non greasy and glides easily. It does keep your hand moisturized but doesn’t feel oily.  Little goes long way so value for money as well.

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Fragrance:

It has a strong smell of lemon. This might be a con for those who doesn’t like strong fragrance.

Staying Power:

It keeps your hand soft for 3-4 hours. . I prefer using this after whenever I wash hands.

Availability:

It is available in all FabIndia stores and over online.

Does this stands to what it claims?:

Non greasy:  YES. This is non greasy.

Intensive: YES. This is moisturising.

Lightens skin tone: NO. I haven’t found this one true.

Softens hands: YES. It softens very dry hands too.

My overall experience:

As I had mentioned in my earlier post, most of the time I spend in AC environment. That makes skin and hair dry. sob sob But, this hand cream is one of the essential stuffs I carry in my hand bag. Anywhere and everywhere. I will surely buy this again.

Pros:

  1. Non greasy.
  2. Very moisturizing.
  3. Available in fabIndia stores and online.
  4. Affordable
  5. Value for money.
  6. Cruelty free. Not tested on animals.

Cons:

  1. Does not lighten skin tone.
  2. Strong lemon fragrance might be a problem for those with sensitive nose.
  3. Contains paraben.

Do I recommend the fabIndia intensive hand cream?

YES. If your hands are really dry and looking for a good hand cream, this is the one for you.

 

Will I repurchase the fabIndia intensive hand cream?

Of course dearie…!!! My hands are thankful for this pick. wink

 

MyGirlyPedia rating: 4/5

Steph Lew 10

Have a fabulous weekend…!!!

 

Pallavi ❤

Everything You Need to Know About Foundation

Hey you all,

No matter whether you are into makeup or no, you know or might have heard about ‘foundation’… So, today I thought of sharing everything I know about foundation with you guys…

Foundation, as the name suggests it is used for a perfect base. It evens out the skin tone and hides the flaws like acne marks, fine lines etc. Some uses it to change their natural skin tone(trust me, its not a good idea.) Plenty of foundations, of different brands and multiple shades are available in the market. You just have to find the right shade and right type of foundation, to enhance your natural skin tone.

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Types of Foundation:

1. Oil-Free, Matte-Finish Liquid Foundations – These are suitable for oily skinned beauties. These foundations covers up the flaws and give you matte look without making you look greasy/ dewy. Beauties with normal / dry skin do not opt for this one. You might end up with dry and flaky skin.

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2. Long-Wearing, Matte-Finish Liquid Foundations – These are again for oily skin. They are different from the above one in terms of their consistency. These are more runny in terms of texture and long lasting. Application of these is quite easy.

3. Moisturizing Liquid Foundations – These are for the normal to dry skinned girls. Some of them also have skin repairing qualities.

4. Pressed Powder Foundations – These are like pressed powders. They are well suited for normal to dry skin. They provide you with light to medium coverage.

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5.  Cream-to-Powder Compact Foundations – These are like a mixture of creamy and powder foundations. These are suitable for normal skin. Its coverage is more than the cream/powder foundations.

6. Stick Foundations – These are Cream-to-Powder Compact Foundations in a tube packing. The packing makes it easier for application.

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7. Sheer Foundations and Tinted Moisturizers – These are multipurpose creamy foundations. They add moisture, gives coverage and protection from sun(SPF content).

8. Mineral Makeup – Powder foundation with more coverage.

 

How to find right foundation as per your skin type:

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1. Dry Skin:
If your skin is dry, go for the moisturizing foundations. Using sponge/ brush might make skin dry, so apply it using fingers.

2. Normal Skin:
These are the lucky ones. They can flaunt any type of foundation.

3. Oily skin:
Opt for the medium to full coverage, non oily foundation to avoid the greasy/ oily look. Applying foundation using sponge/ brush is recommended.

4. Combination skin:
You can choose liquid foundation. You can set it by apply powder foundation to your T zone to avoid the greasiness around the nose and forehead.

5. Aged skin:
In order to avoid fine lines and deposition of foundation on wrinkles, go for light coverage liquid foundation or tinted moisturizers.

6. Sensitive skin:
Medium to full coverage foundation is a must. But, I would personally suggest to check the ingredients before choosing one. The chemicals in there, should not worsen the situation. Hence prevention is better than cure.

 

How to choose right shade of Foundation:

These are the tips I am giving you out of my or my friend’s experience. :
1. Do not buy them online. You might think that the shade you see over the internet suits you. But, unless and until you try it, do not assume any shade.
2. Try the foundation on your forehead instead of on your wrist. The skin texture and color differs from wrist to face. For this, go bare face to store and try the shade which you think suits. Choose the one which matches exactly to your skin tone.
3. Do not buy the shade which is lighter / darker than your natural tone. This will never look good. Lighter shade will make you look like a ghost and darker one makes you look like a tanned face girl.
4. Invest in a good branded foundation. Your skin’s health should be the priority.

 

Types of Foundation Applicator and how to use them:

1. Foundation Brush:
a. Take required amount of foundation on your wrist/ palm.
b. Dip the brush in it and with upward stroke, apply foundation on your face.
c. You can use your fingers to blend those fine lines.
d. This makes liquid foundation application easy.

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2. Beauty Blender Sponge:
a. Dip the sponge in water.
b. Squeeze the excess water. (This will avoid product wastage, as the wet sponge won’t be able to absorb foundation. This also makes foundation light and easy to apply.)
c. Dab foundation on your face using the sponge.
d. You can use either fingers or the sponge itself to blend it.
e. Use the tip for application on or around nose and eyes.
f. Broader end is for application over the forehead, chin and cheeks.
g. This is best for applying liquid foundation.

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3. Powder sponge:
a. Press the powder against the foundation cake.
b. Press it on your face lightly for maximum coverage.
c. Do not rub it on face, this will remove the makeup instead of settling foundation on face.

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4. The natural one – your fingers:
a. You can take sufficient amount of foundation on your finger tips.
b. Apply it on your face with circular motion.
c. I personally recommend this because the blending is really easy and product wastage will be minimal.

How to Apply Foundation:

a. Prepare your face before applying foundation , by applying primer. (Primer is a clear gel, which shrinks the pores. This makes face look more even and clean.)
b. You can use concealer before or after foundation. This hides the marks/ uneven skin tone.
c. Now you can apply the right shade foundation suitable for your skin type.
d. You can use any applicator of your choice, whichever you are comfortable with.

Some more tips:

  1. Always apply foundation on a clean fresh face.
  2. Maintain hygiene. Keep your brushes/ sponges clean. (Will write separate post on how to clean the beauty tools soon.)

Hope you find these tips useful… 🙂

Pallavi ❤