Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lotus Herbals introduces - PURE RADIANCE™ Matte-Glow Daily Foundation with SPF – 20

Lotus Herbals has introduced a new range of liquid foundations PURE RADIANCE™ with SPF 20 under its Cosmetics Ecologique make up range.
Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ foundation is natural and safe and is perfect for daily use.

Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ foundation is enriched with botanical extracts of Jojoba, Soy Lecithin & Grape seeds. It is oil-free and water based and gives full coverage to the face that helps in hiding any imperfections. This feather feel foundation also gives a smooth satiny texture to your skin. This innovative foundation has SPF 20 that gives complete sun protection, making it the ideal foundation for both day and night usage.

Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ foundation comes in 3 exciting shades of fresh ivory, soft beige and caramel. These shades are also available with “Light Reflection” texture that makes your skin look clearer and brighter, leaving it with a light shimmery glow. Priced attractively at Rs.175/-, it is available at select premium beauty and department stores across the country.

So choose a shade to find a “Brighter You” everyday with Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ Foundation.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Taking a Break !! BE RIGHT BACK !!

Hello girls !!!  I will be away from the blogging world for awhile now ... I am attending a International Conference on Microorganisms in Environmental Management and Biotechnology in Bhopal. I know it sounds boring to some of you but as you all know I am pursuing PhD in a topic very similar to this. So I will be back by 6th July. So I do hope you all will drop by after I am back. I shall return with many more reviews on skincare and makeup products. . . . N yeah !! I will be unveiling A NEW ADDITION to this blog ...Something which I do hope you all will love. . . .

SO STAY TUNED . . .  Till then take care 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tvam Face Packs - from Beautee Naturelle.

Hi all , once again today I will be reviewing two face packs i got from Beautee Naturelle. These face pack belong to the brand "TVAM" and so far i am loving it.

Face Packs should be an integral part of skin care regimen as it has many benefits. Face packs helps in removing dead cells of skin and in toning up the skin....when used properly it conditions and tightens the skin. They work great to draw toxins and impurities out of your skin.There are different face packs available for each of the skin types. 

Today I will be reviewing two face packs i used from Tvam Brand - Mint Face Pack and Almond Face Pack.

My Skin Type : Combination to oily skin.

Product: Tvam Mint Face Pack.
Price: 330 Rupees.  
Quantity: 150 gms 

About the Product:
Mint, a natural antiseptic, helps heal eruptions like pimples or blackheads on the face and body. It also restores your skin's natural oil balance and stops scaling. 

My take on the Product:
I have combination to oily skin so this face pack is so very apt for my skin. I am also troubled with acne so i am extra careful in choosing which products will touch my face.
This face pack is light brown in color and consist of very fine minute granulated powder. 
The first time I used this product I was smitten with its aroma. The smell of the product takes back to your childhood when we use to buy 2 rupees worth peppermint candies from the shop. 

I mix the face pack powder with Gulabari Rose water and sometimes with Tvam's Toner. The result is the same it gives your face an extra glow afterwards.
The face pack is true to its claim of preventing acne. It also keeps my skin oil free for few hours.
All in all It is an excellent face pack for us oilies.

Love it or chuck it ? 
Love it ! Absolutely a must for oily skin people. I am definitely going to order this one once my face pack is finished.

Product: Tvam Almond Face Pack.

Price: 330 Rupees

Quantity: 150g

About the Product: 
Packed with the moisturizing power of almonds for that little extra every dry skin needs. Orange for a shot of Vitamin C, Neem and its antibacterial properties, Tulsi, Indian Barberry or Tree Turmeric come together in a jar to boost moisture and give you that enviable glow.

My Take on the Product:

This face pack will be best for dry-skinned people. Nevertheless I did use it for sometime. 
It is light yellow in color and the smells mostly of almonds. I like the tightening effect of the face pack. It didnt however work on me that well since my t-zone started getting oily after a bit. 
I used with face pack by mixing the finely gridded powder with Tvam's toner and It did bring a glow on my face. 
Overall - This is best suited for people with dry skin. I ll give this face pack to my sister since she has dry skin type. 

Love it or chuck it ?
I will pass this one and stick to the Mint Face Pack ! 

You can check out more products - HERE 

Please note: The product was sent by the site's owner for consideration.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Nourish - Bath and Body --My Take on Products from Beaute Naturelle

 A few days earlier i had posted about a site that I came across - Beaute Naturelle. It is an Internet boutique which offers wonderful totally natural and organic beauty and personal care products. You can read my article

 I had a chat with Meg on the phone and it was very nice talking to her personally. She told me a lot about her site as well as her passion for photography. It was lovely talking to her and I am glad to be given an opportunity to review some of the products her site has to offer here.

Meg had beautifully packed all the products and had it courier to me .. I loved the way she had labelled all the products so wonderfully and I was touched to read hand written letter she wrote ... somehow letters really impress me .. handwritten letters have an all together different charm to it.. which email ll never have :(
Dont we all luv a personal touch !! <3

So - Basically her site sells five brands -
  • Tvam:Naturally yours
  • Nourish Body and Bath
  • Last Forest Enterprises
  • Ruby's Herbals
  • Divine.
In this post I will be doing a quick review on products -

Madras Coffee Madness Body Scrub - from "Nourish Body and Bath" 

About the product:
This amazing sugar and coffee-based body scrub completely smooths out rough spots like knees, heels and elbows. Worried you might smell like coffee? Don't! The coffee scent serves as a wonderful wake-up call to your senses as you open the jar. The essential oils in the scrub leave your skin so unbelievably soft; you can skip the lotion.

Price : 350 Rupees.

My Experience with the product: 
 This product had spilled out of the container a bit when it reached me :( . First look at the product and I saw the granules are coarse and big so certainly cannot use it on the face. It has small sugar granules too and also a bit of oil to moisturize the skin. It has strong smell of coffee - so people who love coffee - this is for you because the smell instantly wakes you up. The product does an excellent job at scrubbing away the dead cells. It works best on my feet.  :)   

Lavender Vanilla Lotion - From " Nourish Body and Bath"

About the product: 
The clean, classic fragrance of lavender and the uplifting notes of vanilla. Mmmm. Transcendental! A lotion that reminds you of meadows and mists and mellow evenings. Lavender is believed to promote cell regeneration and reduce stress. A must-buy! 

Price: 345 Rupees

My Experience with the product: 

This is a wonderful lotion. I love the smell - it is mainly smelling of vanilla. The smell lingers on 2- 3 hours easily. It keeps my skin moisturized throughout the day.The consistency is just perfect and the lotion gets absorbed easily into the skin. It is totally non- greasy which is Perfect !!  Overall it is perfect for all skin types.    

So this is it for today girls - Next post I will be reviewing more products from this site.  :) 
Meanwhile you can check out this wonderful site HERE

Tip n Toes - Stay on Eye Pencil

I got a chance to use this eye pencil from Tip n Toes. Tip n Toes belongs to Shingar Group which was established in 1961. After using its Mineral Compact I am very impressed with this brand. I am definitely going to look out and try more products from this brand.You can check out their website HERE . Today I will be reviewing its Eye Pencil.

PRODUCT: Tip n Toes Stay on Eye Pencil.
QUANTITY:  1.2 gms
PRICE: 250 Rupees. 
SHADE: Smokey

What the product claims?
  • Sparkle up your eyes with a smudge free, even, flaw less formula. 
  • Stays on your eyes with superb long lasting effect.
  • Can be used as a eye liner or eye shadow for the perfect smoky look.
  • Available in Gorgeous Glittery Black shade with silver sparkles. 

    Look at the product:
    This eye pencil is sleek and comes with a transparent top cap. The body of the pencil is not wood but plastic.

    My experience with the product:
    I absolutely love this pencil. It glides on my eye so effortlessly and does not tug on my eyelids even a bit.
    I quite like the shade too - its more of a blackish- grey with tiny silver sparkles in it.
    It is true to its claim of being smudge proof. It takes seconds to settle in and then VOILA you have smudge proof look perfect for summer days.
    This pencil is also true to its claims of being long lasting as it stays fine for 5 - 6 hours. EASILY !
    It is very easy to create winged look with this pencil and it is best for evenings ... the sparkles in the pencil look really good. I used this pencil to outline my waterline too and it did not sting me at all. 
    This pencil is pretty much very similar to Avon Glimmersticks... 

    swatch of the eye pencil

    After rubbing the eye color several times.

    Love it or chuck it ?
    Absolutely love it. I would suggest the brand to introduce more shades.

    Please note: The product was sent by the company's PR for consideration.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Tip n Toes - Mineral Compact.

    Today I will be reviewing a product from Tip n Toes. I am glad I found this brand and quite loving their products. I am surprised how I missed this brand all this while. Ok so today i will be reviewing their Mineral Compact.

    Product: Tip and Toes Mineral Compact.
    Quantity: 4.5 gms
    Price: 350 Rupees
    Shade: Sea Coral.

    Look at the product:
    I was quite fascinated by the packaging of the product. This product comes in a silver casing. The case opens up to reveal the mirror and the compact. You lift the compact lid to reveal another compartment for a sponge. I was also surprised to see sponge provided with a compact. I have never applied compact with a help of a sponge before.

    Tip n Toes Mineral Compact - Sea Coral shade.

    A separate compartment to store the sponge applicator

    sponge applicator :)

    Usage :
    Wet the sponge applicator. Apply  the powder on the face and neck with a smooth and even strokes. This will give your face a fresh,natural and blemish-free look. You can use the compact even with a dry sponge. The effect of both the application is different yet stunning.

    My experience with the product:
    The shade is perfect for my skin. This compact provides light coverage which is perfect for day time when applied with a dry sponge.
    The product is true to its claim of providing different effect when applied with dry or wet sponge.
    On applying the compact with a wet sponge, it gives a natural medium coverage look similar to the one achieved by a foundation.
    I have oily skin and this compact is successful in keeping my skin matte for 2 hours which is good.
    The texture of the powder is also very nice .  The sponge provided with the compact is also nice as it picks up just the amount which is needed for my face. 
    I am glad this product did not break me out or give me any allergic reaction.
    I have heard that loose powder is great for oily skinned but I was glad that this one works well on my skin.
    Absolutely travel friendly.

    Love it or chuck it?
    Love it . Definitely worth a buy.It is the best for working women who don't have to carry many things in her purse. This compact can double up as a foundation when applied with a wet sponge. 

    Please note: This product was sent by the company's PR for consideration.  

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Beauté Naturelle - An online Boutique

    I came across such a nice E-Boutique while surfing through net a lazy afternoon. I checked it out to see what the online site was offering and was pleasantly surprised to see the boutique has so many things to offer.

    Let's see what this e-boutique is all about. . .

    What it is:

    Basically, an internet-based boutique for eco-friendly beauty and personal care products, not tested on animals. We ship anywhere within India. However, we do accept international credit cards; for delivery within India. Thus people based abroad can make purchases or send gifts to relatives or friends in India through our site.

    About the Founder:

    This boutique belongs to Meghana Chaudhary-Joshi (Meg) who has a Master's in Biomedical Sciences from the US, and have work experience in India and US. Beauté Naturelle is a product of her passion for entrepreneurship, concern for the environment and the community, and love for animals. 


    We currently offer products from 5 Indian brands, as listed on the website: tvam, Nourish Body and Bath, Last Forest Enterprises, Ruby's Herbal and Divine. Please read the individual brand info under the "Offerings" tab on their website for details and links HERE.

    Philosophy and Goal:

    Beauté Naturelle is not your average e- boutique! We support  social and environmental causes. Some of our products, specifically items under "Ruby's Herbal" and "Last Forest Enterprises" are sourced from rural India. Ruby's Herbal products are made on an organic farm in south India which employs rural women. Last Forest is associated with the Keystone Foundation, which works to preserve forests in the Western Ghats regions. The Last Forest lip balms we carry are made with beeswax gathered in the Nilgiri region by the locals, handmade by the women of Kurumbadi hamlet. The Divine soaps are made in the International township of Auroville, near Pondicherry.

    The products are all Nature-derived, skin friendly and gentle.

    # We seek to encourage the use of organics/natural materials as a lifestyle choice, not just another “new-age fad.”
    # We hope to increase awareness towards recycling and the renewal of natural resources, and support groups working to preserve forests.
    # Our products are Earth-friendly, Nature-derived and gentle.
    # We use recycled/reusable packaging whenever possible.
    # Our products have not been tested on animals.
    # Some of Beauté Naturelle’s offerings support the livelihood of many village dwellers and tribes in India.

    What Beauté Naturelle offers is a chance to look gorgeous and do the right thing for the planet and give back to the community at the same time!

    I Say this website will be perfect to lay your hands on some Earth-friendly Natural Body products - These will make a perfect gift for your friends and family.  So go ahead make others happy or pamper yourself !!! 

    Do Check out their website - HERE

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Soothe your mind body and soul with Lakmé Studios new Fusion Massage.

    OH boy !!! Lakme introduces Fusion Massages for all the Indian women. . . . I am so excited to try them out . .

    Let's see what Lakme has to say about this service ----

    Get set to relax your mind, body and soul as Lakmé Salon launches its very first ever Fusion Massage. Exclusive to Lakmé Studio, this massage is a brilliant combination of six massage techniques including Thai, Swedish, aromatherapy, Lomi Lomi, Lymphatic drainage & Shiatsu. Depending on your lifestyle, Lakmé Studio has designed three variants of this massage – Detoxifying massage, Stress Relief Massage and Relaxing massage, with each one lending itself to ease your body and senses.

    Detoxifying massage rids your body of its toxins cleaning out your system, using a blend of herb essential oils like Juniper Berry, Rosemary, along with Geranium mixed in Vegetable Carrier Oil

    Stress Relief massage helps relieve those tense muscles and uses a blend of spices and herbs essential oils like Basil, Ginger along with Lavender mixed in Vegetable Carrier Oil to do so

    Relaxing massage allows you to drift into a blissful state of relaxation using a blend of floral essential oils like Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Geranium in Vegetable Carrier Oil.

    Indulge in the combinative massage therapies from around the world as they come together all under one roof at Lakmé Studio helping you revive and rejuvenate your energy. Choose the massage that suits you best after a complete consultation with the masseuse on your lifestyle and habits. An intricate procedure, the service starts off with a dry massage, using just the right amount of pressure to relax your muscles. After this, aromatic oils are then massaged onto your body, pacifying the senses and relieving them of all tension. Experience step by step relaxation as the masseuse rejuvenates your energy by using multiple massage techniques on the right pressure points.  A sixty minute therapy, this massage helps one to detoxify, relieve stress and relax from just Rs. 1350 onwards.

    Speaking on the benefits of the massage, Lakmé Studio skin care expert Sushma Khan says, “The fusion massage at Lakmé Studio brings together the best massage techniques to give the customer an all round benefit from each  massage. It is a complete head to toe experience, replenishing your energy levels and leaving your body supple and relaxed. Getting a facial simultaneously while getting this massage takes you to a whole new level of tranquility.”

    Kiran Gill, Chief Marketing Officer, Lakmé Lever says, “Lakmé Studio continues to raise the bar in terms of the expert services it offers to contemporary Indian women. With the launch of the fusion massage, we combine the goodness of all six techniques and customize them to suit our customers. Each variant of the massage promises complete relaxation, allowing you to drift away for a while from your busy hectic schedules.”

    Leave your troubles behind and come indulge in some much needed pampering with the Fusion massage at Lakmé Studio.

    I would definitely love to try fusion massage at Lakme . . . . what about you???? 

    About Lakmé Lever
    Lakmé Lever Pvt. Ltd (Lakmé Lever) is dedicated to the contemporary Indian woman’s exploration of the fine art of beauty. It operates India’s first and leading chain of Lakmé Studios and Salons that offer expert services in Hairstyling, Skin and Beauty care. The studios and salons offer a differentiated experience, delighting women by the expertise of their professionally trained hair designers, hair artists, skin experts and consultants.

    Lakmé Lever also partners with TIGI, the leader in professional hair products and training academies around the world. Combining international cosmetics, hair and skin care technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé Studios and Salons offer their customers a holistic ‘Beauty Sutra’ experience.

    Lakmé Lever has a presence of 11 Lakmé Studios and 122 Lakmé Salons at premium locations in 34 cities.
    Check out their website - HERE



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