Monday, 17 June 2019

The Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain : Ciao, Hello & Salut

Is it a lip gloss? Is it a lipstick? Is it a lipstain?!
That's what your mind goes like when you first apply theBalm Jour Creamy Lip Stains. It really does blow your mind away!
When I first got my hands on this (I got only 1 shade) it completely changed my idea of what a lip gloss should be like. 

Before I knew it, I added 2 more colors in my stash.I mean, you don't come across a product everyday that is a lip gloss, but the color stays on & on, do you? 

Let's talk more about this wonderful product! 

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Happy Father's Day!



Here's to ordinary men turned by love into Heros, Adventurers & Story-tellers. They aren't anchors to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there...but a guiding light whose love shows us the way....always!

Image Source : https://hindi.indiatvnews.com/

Saturday, 15 June 2019

The Basics of Chemical Exfoliation : Acid Toners, Acid Peels (AHAs & BHAs)

Acid peels are the new star in skincare. A millenial concept, with hundreds of brands catering to this new demand via a variety of products and formulations can come across as daunting for someone who is just trying to make the switch to this gentler variant of exfoliation.

Chemical exfoliants work by loosening the dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin, gently and evenly. By doing this your skin can shed them easily, revealing healthy plump skin cells that lay hidden beneath! 
Let's discuss a little on the topic of AHAs and BHAs. Abbreviations for alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, it's a term you will frequently find in the ingredient list of any chemical exfoliant. AHAs also go by the name 'fruit acids' as they are found in a variety of citrus fruits and are water soluble. BHAs on the other hand are lipid (oil) soluble and so can expect them to penetrate better and get rid of excess sebum. Speaking simply, if you have oily and acne prone skin you are likely to fare better with a BHA containing peel.


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Thursday, 13 June 2019

The Basics of Physical Exfoliation : Getting down to the nitty-gritty!

Exfoliation is an integral part of any well-orchestrated skincare routine. And with the simple rule of thumb that applies to all skincare, 'One size does not fit all,' holding true for this too, we thought that maybe it was time to let you in on what knowledge we've gathered, through experience (and a tiny bit of dermatology) to help you make an informed decision!



Why is exfoliation important?
  • Well, for starters it gets rid of the flaky dead skin that sits at the very top, giving rise to texture.
  • It reveals a smooth and glowing complexion.
  • When done right and followed up with targeted products, exfoliation can boost your skin, reducing pigmentation and increasing collagen production.
  • Getting rid of the dead skin can actually reduce the chances of your pores getting clogged, preventing bumps and acne from forming.
  • It allows all your other skin care products to penetrate better.
  • So overall, your skin is much healthier!

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Ordinary Skincare Review - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution , Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

When DECIEM came out with a whole line of products under The Ordinary banner, the beauty world could not stop talking & raving about it! I get why. They offered no-nonsense, clinical skincare products at affordable prices. (though unavailabilty in India still makes sourcing their products a bit steep).
An array of serums concentrating on individual ingredients targeting different concerns & skin needs. It allows you to pick ingredients suited to you & make your own regime.
Also, their products are usually fragrance-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, oil-free, nut-free, cruelty-free and vegan.

It has taken me sometime to feature these products here, but I always like trying skincare for a good amount of time before sharing my thoughts with you all. Anyway, here you go! 


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Monday, 10 June 2019

Ohria Ayurveda Kansa Face Massage Wand

When it comes to face massages, I am a lazy bum. I know how important they are & their benefits, but honestly, I used to do a face massage once in 45 days or so!
Now, about to touch 30 & determined to keep my skin healthy (well....it's scary to be reaching 30!), I have been getting more & more regular with face massages. It is tough & not something I am used to doing daily, because my younger self could have gotten away with it. Not any more! 

Also, I am all about doing as much skincare as possible at home. Naturally, I looked for tools that can make facial massages easier by self. 
So, in the past few months I have tried a couple of tools - Jade rollers & Gua Sha. I will speak about them in a seperate post soon! 

Today is all about something very much Indian - Our own ancient art of massaging for natural radiance. There is a reason why century old rituals are popular even today - They Work! 

Let's talk about the KANSA WAND!


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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

All Nykaa Nail Polishes In My Stash : Part II (Swatch Fest!)

You guys loved it when Smriti shared all the Nykaa nail polishes currently in her stash....that was one post sure to make any nail polish lover go la-la-la-la
So we thought why not make you just a little more happy? Here's another swatch fest of all the Nykaa nail polishes in my stash at the moment! 
Take a look! All my favourites are marked with an *
Caution : Picture heavy post!!

All Nykaa nailpolishes review and swatches

All Nykaa nailpolishes review and swatches

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Eid Mubarak


Eid Mubarak wishes, Eid al Fitr wishes

May the magic of this Eid bring lots of happiness in your life and fill your heart with love. We hope this special day brings peace and prosperity to everyone. 

Eid Mubarak!


P.S Don't forget to check out our super simple but glam Eid makeup look Here!

Lots of love,
Smriti & Swati

Monday, 3 June 2019

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Ever since I have shared my love for the Glam Glow Supermud mask, many of you have been asking for alternatives to that one. 
Of course, the steep price tag of the GlamGlow mask makes it a bit unreasonable. After my 15ml mini tub got over, I wanted to buy the full size of it but kept delaying it for months as well. 

In the mean time, I actively searched for possible replacements which were a bit more affordable. There are a good number of charcoal masks available in the market today (& I tried many) but I was looking for something quite specific & I think I have found that in The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask review