Saturday, 18 February 2017

Of Last Impressions and Cold Shoulders

There is a saying that goes "the first impression lasts forever". But, the truth is first impressions are rarely ever right. The memories of last impressions are mostly what we're left behind with. So, make them count. Last impressions.

Location - Taj Mahal, Agra
Cold Shoulder Top - Westside

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Dealing with the Dry Skin Season with Himalaya Herbals Winter Care Range

You know what is the worst part about the winters? Apart from the terribly chilly winds, cold, hard floors, and the lack of sunshine, of course. It's how dry and flaky your skin becomes. I hate heavy creams and moisturisers because they always make me break out. I was in a fix trying to figure out which products to get. I needed something that wouldn't give me pimples, and would moisturise my skin properly at the same time. I got a bunch of products from the Himalaya Herbals winter care range, which are alcohol and paraben-free. I personally love the Strawberry Shine Lip Balm because it's tinted and has staying power; the light and non-greasy Nourishing Skin Cream because it gets absorbed very fast and is not sticky; and the Revitalizing Night Cream and Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion because of how good it smells.

Here are all the products:

All the lotions and creams are light and non-greasy.

Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion (specially formulated for dry skin)
Purpose: Replenishes the lost moisture in dry skin.
Price: Rs.140 for 200ml

Nourishing Body Lotion
Purpose: Restores body's water content.
Price: Rs.140 for 200ml

Soothing Body Lotion
Purpose: Prevents skin from cracking and provides hydration.
Price: Rs.140 for 200ml

Nourishing Skin Cream
Purpose: Protects skin from pollution and dry weather.
Price: Rs.125 for 100ml

Winter Defense Cream
Purpose: Protects skin from environmental damage, repairs and deeply nourishes dry skin.
Price: Rs.125 for 100ml

Revitalizing Night Cream
Purpose: Works overnight with the skin's natural renewal cycle.
Price: Rs.250 for 50g

Clear Complexion Day Cream
Purpose: Clears complexion and gives a radiant glow.
Price: Rs.250 for 50g

Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream
Purpose: Heals and prevents the skin from drying and cracking, protects skin from pollution-related damage, and its antioxidant properties makes skin more youthful.
Price: Rs.270 for 200ml

The Strawberry and Vanilla Lip Balms are enriched with 100% natural color, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. The best part about these lip balms is that they are free from preservatives, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, and silicone.
Price: Rs.125 for 4.5gm

All these products are available at retail outlets in your city as well as online.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Review Time: Himalaya Herbals Tan Removal Orange Peel-Off Mask

It has been 8 months since my last blog post. It somehow doesn't seem that long. That's probably because, for me, time seems to run at its own pace. Sometimes days and weeks blur in my mind. Is it a coping mechanism? I don't know. All I know is that I hate feeling disoriented, but today I woke up at 6:14pm feeling hyper and disoriented; I thought I was back at home for some reason. (I was there for 8 days, till this Thursday.) Everything was dark, and I couldn't find my phone. It scared me, I felt like I will never be able to get back home again. But now, here I am, about to write a review for a tan removal peel-off mask. Not everything has changed. At least, peel-off masks are still fun!


When the Himalaya Herbals team reached out to me some time in May to review their latest Tan Removal Orange Peel-Off Mask, I readily agreed because I like their range products in general. When they sent a surprise package late in September, I had almost forgotten about it. The package contained a sun hat, a colorful stole, a pair of Rayban wayfarers in addition to the mask. The whole thing set the mood for a beach holiday, which, sadly, I haven't taken in over a year and a half.

Here's a little info about Himalaya Herbals Tan Removal Orange Peel-Off Mask:

It is an effective blend of Orange Peel and Honey which helps reduce skin tan from the very first use. Orange Peel helps control melanin synthesis with the peeling action helping to remove tan. Honey soothes and moisturizes skin. 

Key Ingredients:
  • Orange Peel effectively removes tan the skin tone and can be very beneficial as it eliminates excess facial oil without damaging the skin. The Vitamin C and antioxidants present in Orange Peel work collectively on providing even-textured skin while acting as natural cleansers.
  • Honey contains superior antibacterial, probiotic, and healing properties and is extremely nourishing and hydrating.

Personal Review: I applied the mask evenly after cleansing my face and neck, avoiding the area around the eyes. It did smell a bit of chemicals at first, but thankfully it didn't stay for long. After about 15-20 minutes, when it dried off, I got to the fun part. I started removing the peel from the bottom of the face since pulling it down may harm the elasticity of your skin. I washed whatever was left behind with water. I did see a difference after the very first use. My face felt clearer, softer, and it felt cooler afterwards. I am not a fan of tanning (my first spa splurge was on a whole body anti-tanning treatment), and I am always looking for lazy ways to take care of it. I am glad Himalaya chose to come out with an anti-tan solution in the fun form of a peel-off mask, to be honest!

Tips: I have been using it once a week as that suits my skin better. I would suggest you do a patch test before using it on your face for the first time. While applying make the edges a bit thicker so that it's easier to peel off.

Himalaya Tan Removal Orange Peel-Off Mask is available in 50gm and 100gm is priced at Rs 70 and Rs. 130 respectively.  Available at retail outlets in your city and online.

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