Skincare

My summer essentials to beat the heat

The summer is at the top of it’s game. All those smoothies and ice teas aren’t only going to help you from the heat. The AC is only going to burden the electricity bill. Nevertheless, we aren’t among those who take all that drama lying down (pun intended). So here’s a list of my summer essentials.

  • Sunscreen: I have a whole list of my recommendations for suncreen in post you can find here.
  • Face mist: Imagine you just came in from the scorching heat and your face is a fiery burnished red. You definetly want some solace from the sweat and heat. I recommend good ol’ rose water. It is both cooling and moisturizing, all in one. It works on your skin and your hair. Rosewater also doubles up as your makeup setting spray for summers. I would recommend the Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose water. But, if you are a little more adventurous you may go for Vichy Thermal Spa Water which is 100% pure and paraben-free.
  • Wipes, blotting paper or tissue : Gone are the days of hankies because they are very, very unhygienic to use and reuse. Opt for wipes, or blotting papers depending on your skin type. 
  • Water alias H2O: I know you’ve heard enough high praise for water and there’s a reason for that. H2O as water H2O in food, summer needs water in whatever form you are willing to take it. So up your water intake by including meals that have high water content.

Apart from this, if you are into make-up I would suggest tinted moisturizers or BB or CC creams. These are not heavy on the face and do a good job in the summers, especially with all the sweat. A smudge-proof Kohl and/or mascara along with a good ol’ bright matte lippy goes a long way.

These are just my ways to rock the scorching summer heat that’s out to burn us to a crisp. Let me know yours in the comments so we could brave the heat together.

Cheers n love.

Gadgets, Skincare

We all scream suncreen

Hello dear Sunshine,

We love you, we really do! But like all good relationships, ours is a love-hate one. While we love you we have to protect ourselves from your heat, your wrath.

Love,

Girl who uses sunscreen

This post goes out to all those who, love the sun or not, have to get their asses out in the heat and slog like a log. That makes all of us, right?That doesn’t mean we can’t look our best. We neither want to tan into a crisp not want the harmful UV, UVA,B,C,D… and what not rays to rip that glow off our skin and make us look older than we are. And, most importantly, we don’t want skin cancer.

There are different things you need to consider before getting yourself a sunscreen that best suits your needs.

  1. How long do you spend outdoors?
  2. Do you wear make-up over sunscreen?
  3. What is your skin type-dry, oily, sensitive, or combination?

Dermatologists advise that we use sunscreen atleast 20mins before you get out into the sun. It is also advised that you reapply your sunscreen every 30-60mins. But who has that time, no? So, here are my favorite sunscreens for this summer. The ones I swear by no matter what.
First in the list,

  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 50+ with helioplex broad spectrum uva-uvb
    • It’s one of the most matte sunscreens in the list. If you hate greasy 71MkLfA0mfL._SL1500_sunscreens that make your skin shine with oil this one is for you. It’s perfect to wear under your everyday make-up.The only con I find in this is that it leaves a white film on your face. But, again, if you are wearing make-up you can mix this with your foundation and voila! It retails for Rs.499 for 88mL.
  • Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV SCREEN MatteGel PA+++ SPF 50 UVA UVB
    • lotus_herbal_sunscreenThis is my favorite and the one I’m using now. The gel base makes it easy to apply and re-apply making it one that you can carry around. It takes about a minute to settle on your skin and then it’s matte. This one gives a slight supple moisture to your skin which is perfect or the day time. It retails for Rs.395 for 100gms.
  • Biotique Bio Sandlewood Ultra Soothing Face Lotion SPF 75+biotique
    • This is a heavy-duty sunscreen with SPF75+, perfect if you spend a lot of time outdoors. It gives you a moisture boost with sun protection which is again good if you tend to lose moisture throughout the day. It retails for Rs.200/-for 50mL.
  • Kara Sunscreen Wipes with Plum and Aloe Vera
    • kara sunscreenAnything with Aloe vera is a beauty in itself. Plum is rich in anti-oxidants and that, again, is good for your skin. These are handy sunscreen top-ups for your handbag. I always leave these in my bags for quick touchups in the summer.It’s a must-have. You get 10 wipes for Rs.80/-

 

Regularly using a sunscreen that you like is the best way to enjoy these sunny days without compromise. So have your share of fun with protection.

All the brands listed here are available in India and I’ve linked it with their respective Nykaa and Amazon links if you want to purchase them. (PS.this isn’t a sponsored post.) Let me know if you have any other favorites in the comments section.

Lots of love!

Skincare

The Face Shop sheet mask haul 

The Face Shop, a Korean beauty and skincare brand of repute, has just recently launched in India via Nykaa.com. And, I went ahead and splurged on some sheet masks.

Sheet masks have turned out to be quite a trend and I’ve loved them since I was introduced to the Innisfree ones. I’m so excited to try them.

Do let me know if you want a review of these babies. I also have a DIY sheet mask post if you are interested.

Gadgets, Skincare

NIVEA Lip Butter Cocoa Cacao

For sheer love for their thrust on quality, I’ve loved Nivea products for quite a while. What I love most about them that their products are mostly effective, simplistic and subtle on the fragrance and tint area. Hence, presenting a Nivea lip butter. I’m reviewing the Cocoa Cacao option here, though I have tried the Blueberry Blush variant too.

The lip butter comes at Rs.200 a tin which though is a bit steep for a lip butter without nivea-lip-butter-cocoa.jpgtint. But, I had been on the lookout for a night-care regime for my lips that did not involve any colour or tint. What impressed me almost instantaneously was that the butter came in an easy to open, travel-friendly tin; for now which sits comfortably on my night-stand. The lip butter, which like the name suggests, is very creamy in texture, unlike any lip balms I’ve used. I feared the butter would be sticky, something like petroleum jelly, or hard as some lip balms tend to be. But, gladly it’s neither.

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been using the Cocoa cacao variant. And let me put it across straight- you’ll love it as much as you love dark chocolate and I happen to absolutely love dark chocolate. I’ve been using the lip butter daily for more than a week now. I dab it on my lips just before bed. With the consuming sweet smell the butter spreads, it almost feels like my midnight chocolate indulgence and gives me a heady happy high. That is how much I love the fragrance! Now, getting to the moisturizing part. Day 1 had me pleasantly surprised with softer and smoother lips.

nivealipbalmsNivea seems to have come out with 5 different variants of lip butter, out of which hardly 3 or 4 are available in India, through retail and online stores. At this point, I have used the cocoa and blueberry variants and I’m impressed by both. I’ve found them immensely hydrating across weathers. But I use them only at night when it can do its work uninterrupted.

Now, let’s give a final look at the pretty Nivea Lip Butters.


Pros:

  • Deep moisture
  • Doesn’t need re-applying; stays on for over 7 hours
  • Rich fragrance
  • Handy, travel-friendly pack

Cons:

  • Not cruelty-free
  • No gloss (ideal for night care)
  • All variants are not easily available in India.

Do let me know how you fare with this or other lip care products. Don’t forget to let me know what else you’d like me to write about.

Gadgets, Skincare, Uncategorized

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil The Radiant oil for skin & hair

The Body Shop is always a favorite, and Argan oil is one of the best thinks to put on bodyshoparganoil.jpgyour skin? So, what is there to not like? Well, I’m not a fan of The Body Shop Argan oil range. Somehow the fragrance doesn’t work for me! So when I walked into the store to avail my birthday discount coupon I only half expected me to buy an argan oil product. But, I was in for a surprise.

This dry oil wasn’t as strongly scented as the rest of their products in the range. Also, it’s light on the skin, making it a perfect summer oil. I used it right after a hot shower and it turned my skin satin. It didn’t provide a heavy moisturization to my very dry skin. But, it did make my skin visually pleasing for the next few hours.

It retails for Rs.1795 for 125mL. But I could have been happier if they made the packaging a wee bit sturdier in that price. I lost the cheap plastic cap of the bottle in the first week itself. The spray bottle would have been travel-friendly with a sturdier cap.

Pros

  • Perfect after-shower massage oil
  • Mild fragrance
  • Satin finish

Cons

  • Very mild moisturisation; not for dry skin
  • Flimsy packaging

I’ve always been a fan of face and body oils, no matter how messy they are. So this oil is right in my alley. You should give it a try if you are into oils as this Argan oil, being a dry oil, isn’t even messy. So I’ll be reaching out to it quite more often. Let me know how you find it.