Himalaya Herbals FAIRNESS CREAM Review

Hey my loves, hope you are all doing well ! Today I will be reviewing the Himalaya Herbals Natural Glow Fairness Cream ! I have never tried fairness cream in my life. This is the first time ever, trying out. I don’t believe in using the fairness cream from my original skin color to Absolute Fairness, which people commonly tend to misunderstand.

WHAT IS FAIRNESS CREAM ACCORDING TO ME ? 

 I use fairness cream as anti-blemish cream. I have observed that fairness creams can be used to reduce dark patches, scars and tan. But one must be careful while buying a fairness cream, because most of the creams use bleaching agents and other harmful chemicals to keep their promise of “visible fairness within a fortnight”, which can not be true. Himalaya herbal is a well-known brand which is famous for some really good products at much lower prices than some other high-end brands. I trust  Himalaya herbal!

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WHAT DOES THE PRODUCT CLAIM ?

An advanced formula enriched with a Phyto-Vitamin complex, containing a combination of ALFA ALFA , SAFFRON and other essential vitamins. Alfaalfa & Saffron improve skin tone and brighten dull skin complexion. In combination these ingredients provide your skin with an even skin tone, nourishment and glow, naturally!

They say, 5 Visible Results in 4 weeks ( Sounds Amazing right !)

  • Evens skin tone
  • Helps reduce blemishes and dark spots
  • Helps reduce under-eye dark circles
  • Nourishes skin to keep it healthy
  • Moisturizes without leaving skin greasy.

MY EXPERIENCE & WHY I LOVE THE PRODUCT?

The product comes in a standard Himalaya tube, with a green cap. The whole packaging is quite nice. The cream is white colored and smells awesome. It gives you a bright non-greasy, smooth finish like any other fairness cream. The cream is quite thick, but gets absorbed into skin easily.

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This is how my skin looks, when applied generously .

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However, my skin feels stretchy after applying the cream. So, I have to apply a lot of moisturizer along with the cream. I have combination to oily skin. This cream, however, lightens dark spots up-to some extent. Skin indeed looks fresh after application.

And i absolutely love the smell of this cream, the saffron smell makes me feel so fresh!

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT THIS FAIRNESS CREAM ?

Almost all the fairness cream among the multiple brands have claims on their own, but when it comes to Himalaya, there are only 2 things.

  1. Does not contain BLEACH 
  2. Free from parabens.

WHAT I LIKE THE MOST ?

  • The cream does not contain any bleaching agents or any harmful chemicals (at least they claim so).
  • It is a herbal product.
  • Makes skin look brighter.
  • Absorbs quickly, leaving a non-greasy smooth finish.
  • Smells wonderful!
  • Lightens dark spots up-to certain extent.
  • Pocket friendly 
  • Nice, slim packaging.
  • Since it is non-greasy and brightens your skin instantly, it can be a good makeup base.
  • Another good thing about Himalaya as well as this product is that they do not test on animals.

WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT?

  • It does not moisturize your skin . People with dry skin, should definitely use this along with a moisturizer.
  • Does not contain SPF. A sunscreen must be used separately.
  • Does not make you fair ! Just brightens up your skin tone, evens out by reducing the blemishes and dark spots. 

MY RATING FOR THIS PRODUCT : 4.7 / 5

WILL I REPURCHASE ?

Yes, definitely ! This has become my go-to product. I prefer to apply on my face and set it with light dusting of my favorite MAC Select sheer pressed powder. Skin feels amazing.

Definitely worth buying ! How many of you are using it ? Whats your take on the product ? Let me know your thoughts too !

Until then,

xoxo

priya 

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What’s New : Orsay – A New Flagship store open!

Hey Loves, hope you are all doing good! I would like to share my awesome experience I had yesterday at the flagship store opening of ORSAY, at Ibn Battuta Mall , Dubai.

The lovely & the lively event was held by ” The Idea Agency”, Dubai. In a nutshell, ORSAY is a German Brand worth 1.65 billion brought to U.A.E by Rubaiyat, Saudi Arabia’s leading fashion retailer.

Rubaiyat, Saudi arabia’s most renowned retailer created by Abdullah Binzagr and family, introduces ORSAY. ORSAY stands for YOUNG , FASHIONABLE, good value outfits, in which women can express their individual femininity at all times.

They have almost 640 shops present in 30 countries. One of the store is already opened in SAHARA MALL , Sharjah and the second store opened in Persia Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai.

The special grand opening ceremony highlighted by an amazing fashion show featuring the brand’s Spring / Summer 2017 collection. As you all know, the summer is gearing up in UAE, so the latest trends have to be a must for us ! 

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ORSAY – Flagship store is now open !

A little something about Rubaiyat : 

Celebrating 37 years at the forefront of the luxury retailing, Rubaiyat is a pioneer in bringing the fashion world’s leading brand names to Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Bahrain and enjoys the status of being the kingdom’s foremost leading luxury goods retailer , having expanded its product range from men’s fashion, ladies and children’s wear to include accessories, fragrance, crystal, silverware and designer home furnishings as well as jewelry and watches. 

Also Rubaiyat exclusively represents and operates more than 50 standalone franchised boutiques throughout Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

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And the celebration continues with the Brand Manager

What the Brand Manager says? Romana Pristavu, Brand Manager, said; “ORSAY designs outfits for modern, self-confident women who wish to dress according to their personal taste and style, always staying chic, feminine and trendy. We offer our customers highly fashionable clothes and accessories which can be perfectly combined in themes, ensuring that they can always dress femininely no matter what the mood and occasion.”

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Me, my daughter with the Brand Manager Romana 

What does the Vice president of Marketing says ?  Antoun Abou Jaoude, Vice President Marketing, Rubaiyat, said: “As an established representative of more than 60 international luxury brands in Saudi Arabia, we are delighted to announce the launch of ORSAY into the UAE. ORSAY will cater to the UAE market where women freely express their taste and style in fashion. Our collections suit a broad range of women who look for charming, stylish and inspiring outfits for every occasion. ORSAY will offer in the region a well-coordinated product mix from Europe and Asia, resulting in a wide and constantly up-to-date selection of feminine outfits at an excellent ratio of style, quality and price We have initially opened two shops in the UAE and we are looking to expand the outlets in the coming years.”

My Overall Experience : The store had great summer / spring collections. As you all know spring & summer are meant to be flowery, light, pastels, neon and subtle colors. they had all that which was amazing. 

From a business formal, casuals, party wear, Evening dresses, to bags,clutches, accessories and scarf everything was on top point. Now, coming to the main area of focus, the PRICING !

I don’t have to comment on that part, as i request everyone of you to go and check personally, as they have amazing prices for the quality they offer. To give you a hint, there’s a price range for everyone. If you want to shop for AED 150, as a budget, go grab ! You get it for that price with better quality compared to other stores. Doesn’t it feel, so great. I honestly feel like going to store again on a weekday particularly during the noon, where the mall is quiet so that I can have some peaceful time for shopping. 

Overall, I am giving a 5 Star Rating, for this beautiful store! 

Last but  not the least, I cant take my eyes off the lovely gift they offered. A beautiful work bag in black, A light pink scarf and a pen drive ! Thank you Ms. Flor  for the pleasant invitation for the beautiful event. I would also extend my lovely wishes to The Idea Agency for collaborating with the leading fashion retailers. 

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Beautiful Array of dresses lined up !
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Aren’t they cool ? The Jewelry

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Fab collections 
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Some Sexy dresses

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Please visit the store, and I am sure you will find what you want! I cant wait to go to the store again! Lots of love……..

Until next post,

xoxo

priya 

Defined Brows are always wonderful!

Hey my Loves, hope you are all having a fabulous weekend ! Last week had been a busy week for me, with my sister coming over from the United states. Long story to go, now lets get to the topic. “DEFINED BROWS ARE ALWAYS WONDERFUL”. Why did I say so? Keep reading this one new product, that definitely caught my attention and I’m loving it so much !

yes, it is from KARAJA MAKEUP , an Italian Brand ! how exciting to know, that we all love Italian foods, and never know that they have such good brands in makeup.

ABOUT THE BRAND : Karaja is one in the most popular cosmetics brands. Karaja offers high quality makeup products in a wide range . It is an Italian brand, and are available at Lifestyle stores, Centre point stores and Debenhams across the Middle east. They are cruelty free brand, and they do not test on animals. 

ABOUT THE PRODUCT : Its a slim, easy to hold Eyebrow pencil, with a brush cap serving the dual purpose to close the brow pencil, as well as the cap consisting of the brush for the eyebrows.

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COLORS & SHADE RANGE :There are 4 different types of shades in this eyebrow pencil category. They are mostly specified as numbers like 1, 2, 3 and 4.

  • Eyebrow Pencil 1  – Jet Black
  • Eyebrow Pencil 2 – Dark Brown
  • Eyebrow Pencil 3 – Light Brown
  • Eyebrow Pencil 4 – Chocolate brown

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS PRODUCT : 

  • Its a dry and heat resistant pencil.
  • Once applied, it can be softened with its brush, to enhance your eyebrows.
  • A special formula for gentle shaping and natural filling of the eyebrows.

MY LOVE FOR THIS PRODUCT : I always love product which is east to use, even on the go! And so is this. Very slim, chic and simple packaging. The right color for my eyebrows. I don’t have to have various brushes , brow gel or spooly separately ! This pencil is like a magic which defines your brows well, fills the sparse areas, and makes your eyebrow thick.

Because of the special formula, its heat resistant which means, setting the brows with a brow gel need not be a necessary step. This seems like a magic charm for me and works well for me. 

For your better understanding, i have also posted a before and after using this pencil on my eyebrows. 

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As you can see in this ” Before”, my eyebrows are not defined, thin and sparse.

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In the “After” picture  filling it with the KARAJA EYEBROW 2 pencil.

I definitely love the way it fills my brows, easily and I totally recommend this for the beginners as well as the office goers who do not have much time to fill in the brows, and work with them and yet they want their brows  to be sharp and bold !

Please try this amazing product from Karaja Makeup, and let me know your thoughts too…

until then,

xoxo

priya

( A special credit to the beautiful beauty influencer, Sarah @glamdubai who got me introduced to this brand !)

 

MAC LAUNCHED A FRAGRANCE COLLECTION INSPIRED BY ITS MOST ICONIC LIPSTICKS!

Hello, and Happy Monday to you !

So, everyone has been talking about something called Shadescents and its all over on the instagram, facebook, blogs, everywhere!

3….2…..1, here we go !

“Fragrance and “MAC Cosmetics” may not be two beauty keywords frequently associated together, but MAC appears to be trying to change that with Shadescents, a range of six fragrances inspired by and named after six of its most iconic Lipstick shades.

Brand fanatics will know that this isn’t actually MAC’s first foray into fragrance! Turquatic, a classic ocean – inspired scent, and the company’s take on floral, Air of style, launched in 2005 and 2007, respectively. However shadescents goes in a completely different direction and is the first range that takes direct inspiration from a makeup product.

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This entire collection was launched during the holiday season ( I am already late, I know !!!)

The shadescents collection comes with six perfumes inspired by six of their most iconic lip colors.

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They re-launched the lipsticks with special limited-edition packaging in tinted caps to match the lipsticks themselves along with color-coordinated fragrances.

The scents are all EAU DE PARFUMS and they are priced at $57 / AED 295 each for 50ml / 1.7 fl oz. The lipsticks are $17 each / AED 104 for 3g/0.1 oz with special edition packaging.

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The six options include

  • Heroine (purple, matte),
  •  Ruby Woo (deep red, retro matte),
  • Lady Danger (bright coral red, matte),
  • Candy Yum-Yum (bright neon pink,matte),
  • Velvet Teddy (neutral nude, matte) and
  • Crème d’Nude (pale beige, cremesheen).

Crème d’Nude  – The Scent is described as an amber velvet musk which I find accurate.

Velvet Teddy – The scent is described as oriental amber with wild honey and creamy musk. This is definitely a sweet honey like scent with a bit of spice. If you like honey scents this will be right up your alley. The spice notes are prominent giving it a velvety feel.

Candy Yum Yum – The scent is extremely sweet described as fruity floral gourmand with pink guava

Lady Danger – The scent is described as a woody oriental floral with patchouli. It’s very spicy and masculine with a strong incense kind of vibe.

Ruby Woo –  The scent  is described as a woody floral. This has leather notes that makes it even deeper and more dramatic than Lady Danger.

Heroine  – The scent is described as woody leather with a primal feel. It’s the most masculine scent out of the lineup.

Overall a really interesting concept. I do think the creators of this collection managed to capture the lipstick in a scent that made sense. Scents are so personal and everyone has different tastes so I do not think these will be everyone’s cup of tea. My favorite is Ruby Woo but my husband is not a fan of it on me. If you’re near a MAC Store I’d recommend you definitely give these a look. They’re worth checking out and it’s always fun to play at the freestanding stores. If anything I love the special edition packaging of the lip colors – I’m tempted to buy velvet teddy .The color-coordinated caps and black base are so sleek and pretty!

The collection is available at Mac Cosmetics. Have you checked it out yet? What did you think?

You can check it in the Mac Cosmetics Store or as you know , it is also available online for you to purchase,

http://www.maccosmetics-me.com

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Until Next post,

XOXO

priya

KONJAC SPONGE REVIEW – ALL NATURAL SPONGE

Have you ever heard of KONJAC SPONGE? If you haven’t, my love today is your lucky day! Your cleansing routine is never going to be the same when you start using this little squishy miracle!

WHAT IS A KONJAC SPONGE?

Well, to start, it might be interesting to know that Konjac actually comes from a potato-like plant in Asia that is both cultivated and grows wild at high altitudes. The Japanese have used Konjac for over 1500 years as a food source and over the last century have been using the Konjac potato as a beauty treatment. The Konjac sponge has been handmade from the vegetable fiber of this plant along with French clays and some contain pure charcoal from bamboo. As a result, the Konjac sponge is extremely gentle and 100% biodegradable – you can compost it when it’s time for a new one.

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Sephora – Konjac Sponge

WHAT DOES KONJAC SPONGE DO ?

The Konjac sponge is an extremely gentle cleanser for my face. The sponge acts as a gentle ex-foliator, rubbing off dead skin cells in the most delicate manner. The extra soft texture means that it’s ok for anyone to use, and for any type of skin.

NOTE :  This won’t replace your makeup remover (eye makeup more specifically)but it can gently take off much of your face makeup in a matter of minutes.

HOW DO I USE THE KONJAC SPONGE ?

When you pick up your sponge it will be dry and hard.  You will need to wet it under warm water until it’s completely soaked through and soft. Once it is wet and puffy, simply use the flat side in a circular motion around your face to exfoliate and remove dirt and grime. This circular massaging will stimulate tired skin & encourage skin renewal – and we can all use a bit of that!

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Once you are finished with your sponge, squeeze it between your hands to get the water out – never wring out your sponge, this will deteriorate the fibers and cause its life to end a lot shorter than necessary.

DO I USE A CLEANSER ALONG WITH THE SPONGE ?

If you choose, you can also use a bit of your cleanser with the sponge. Since keeping your skin’s natural moisture intact is essential in anti-aging, I prefer to use my sponge in the NIGHT. While many have claimed to use it to take off makeup, I would recommend using a proper eye makeup remover first, and maybe a cleanser too, as the sponge won’t take away your mascara and eyeliner.

WHICH ONE DID I CHOOSE ?

The Sephora brand comes with two different types of Sponges. The original one being white and the other one being black !

The Original White Konjac Sponge is 100% pure konjac with no added clays. As konjac is 100% alkaline, it will help balance the pH of your skin while still gently exfoliating and cleansing. You can use the pure Konjac sponge with your daily cleanser, instead of using a facial brush.

The Black Konjac Sponge gets its colour from bamboo charcoal. This sponge is for you if you’re a teen with  super oily skin or someone who is prone to spots, blackheads and outbreaks. Charcoal contains activated carbon and various minerals that enhance absorptive ability, which is perfect for removing excess oil. Bamboo Charcoal is also a natural anti-oxidant, so will help fight hard-to-reach, acne-causing bacteria.

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WHERE DO I BUY THESE SPONGE ?

These sponges are available at all Sephora  outlets and it can found online at

www.sephora.ae  (UAE)

https://www.sephora.ae/en/face-konjac-cleansing-sponge

https://www.sephora.ae/en/face-konjac-purifying-sponge

www.sephora.com  (US)

Different brands have their own brand of Konjac sponges. It was my personal choice of choosing the very own sephora brand, as I love their products very much and I trust their products, as it works well for me.

HOW LONG WILL MY SPONGE LAST ? & HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF IT ?

Like all good things, it must come to an end, but not for at least 2 – 3 months depending on how you care for it. By ensuring that it completely dries out in between uses (there is a handy string for that) and that your sponge is never wrung out (always press between your hands to remove excess water during use), you will give your sponge a longer life.

Make sure that before and after each use, you rinse the sponge well – you can disinfect your sponge every other week by boiling it for a few minutes (but don’t do this too often, as again it will break down the fibers faster).

When it starts to break apart and deteriorate, it is time for a new sponge. Simply compost this sponge (it is 100% natural material, and completely safe – and earth friendly – to do so). You can even put it in the bottom of a potted plant to help retain moisture in the soil – yes, it is that natural.

I am in love with this product, so I would love to hear from any of you who have used the Konjac Sponge.

What’s your experience been like?

Healthy & pure skin – I love it!

Until then,

XOXO

priya

 

My Top 4 Picks of Himalaya Products for your Little ones…

Hey my Loves, today my review will be about the Himalaya Herbals product- especially for the little ones. When you think of little one or kids, the first thing which comes to our mind is their delicate skin.

Your little one’s skin is extremely soft and gentle which makes it important for you to select the products with utmost care. Their skin is still under the process of development, and they are very sensitive. Doctors suggest using products specially formulated for a baby because the INGREDIENTS used to prepare are very mild and the chances of getting skin irritation or allergy is less.

MY SUGGESTION: It is best to use HERBAL PRODUCTS for your baby as they are extremely safe, hypoallergenic and free from preservatives. Always look for the quality and the expiry product.

About HIMALAYA PRODUCTS:

Himalaya brand founded in 1930 and is a trusted brand in Healthcare, personal care and baby care products. Their skin products are 100 % natural and safe. This brand has a range of products that suit people of all ages and age group with products ranging from hair care, skincare, foot care, baby care and body care. This makes it a trusted brand among people of all age groups.

MY TOP 4 PICKS OF HIMALAYA BABY PRODUCTS :

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1. Himalaya baby body lotion

This baby lotion helps keep your baby’s skin soft and supple and also provides protection against infections. It contains the natural goodness of olive oil, almond oil and licorice.

  • Olive oil contains Vitamin E that helps provide nourishment, protection and softens the skin as it has antimicrobial properties. It has a soothing effect on your baby’s gentle skin.

  • Almond oil is a natural skin softener which acts as an excellent moisturizer to your baby’s skin. Vitamin A present in this oil fights against infections and promotes bone development.

  • Licorice soothes and protects your baby’s skin. It also provides relief against swelling, itchiness and redness of skin.

  • It should be applied liberally on your baby’s skin after bath.

2. Himalaya Baby Shampoo

  • This is a no tear-gentle baby shampoo formulation that helps nourish, soften and improve your baby’s hair shine, leaving it soft and smelling fresh. It contains ingredients like hibiscus, chickpea and khus-khus.

  • Hibiscus has oils which act as natural conditioner that make hair soft and promote its growth.

  • The chickpea is a natural source of protein that nourishes the hair and makes it shiny and healthy.

  • Khus-Khus has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and also provides cooling effect to your baby’s hair.

  • Apply a little amount on your baby’s wet hair, lather and rinse well with normal water.

3. Himalaya baby powder

  • This baby powder helps eliminate dryness and keeps your little one’s skin cool and comfortable. The main ingredients are almond oil, olive oil, khus-khus and natural zinc.

  • Olive oil containing Vitamin E helps nourish, protect and soften the skin. It also has several antimicrobial properties that provide soothing effect to your baby’s soft skin.

  • Almond oil is a wonderful skin softener that helps moisturize your baby’s skin. Vitamin A helps fight infections and promotes bone development.

  • Khus-Khus helps keep your baby dry throughout the day as it has anti-stringent and anti-perspiring properties.

  • Natural zinc has traditionally been used in various Ayurvedic preparations as it contains several antiseptic properties.

  • It should be applied to the delicate areas of your baby’s body like face, knees and elbows after bathing.

4.Himalaya baby bath

  • This is a unique formulation for your baby’s bath. It contains the natural goodness of fenugreek, chickpea and green gram to cleanse your baby’s skin safely.

  • Fenugreek has been used in Ayurveda for its moisturizing properties. It provides hydration to your baby’s gentle skin.

  • Chickpea gently cleanses and soothes your baby’s skin. It is known to cure skin diseases and its antioxidant properties helps fight against dandruff.

  • Green gram helps in making your baby’s skin soft and supple as it cleanses the skin of its dirt without any irritation.

  • It can be applied directly to your baby’s body or with a sponge, then lather and rinse thoroughly.

These four products are my All Time Favorite , and they are absolutely must have when it comes for travel !

I hope my  list of Himalaya baby products will help you in taking the best care of your baby.

Do share your views about how these baby products helped your baby’s growth and development in the comments section below.

Availability : You can find the Himalaya products across all supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies and Himalaya retail outlets.

It is also available online at http://www.himalayawellness.com

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Until next post,

xoxo

priya