Gulnare Skincare

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Gulnare Skincare as a brand echoes beauty at its purest. The brand is all about products that are non-toxic & without parabens/synthetic chemicals. It is about skincare products that really work, are good for your health and good for the environment.  It offers a wide range of skin care solutions for your year-round needs, all made with unadulterated ingredients in their natural state to provide maximum benefits for our skin & hair. Be it their ‘Coffee Caramel Body Scrub’ or ‘Time Freeze Night Balm’, you’ll feel the difference from the first time you use it. The fact that as a brand they make an effort of offering products that is good for you as well as earth wants me to be associated with the brand.

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I have been an avid user of their toner; it is nourishing and requires minimum moisturizing post it which helps cut down on an extensive steps and set of skincare. Any brand that has been inspired by its roots follows its legacy, tradition, and beauty does give immense results. They paired need of people like me who crave the purity of nature paired with the efficiency of science and it is exactly what Gulnare Skincare as a brand offers.

 

Since all their products are made fresh, have no chemical preservatives, and come in small quantities, they won’t last you years on end like other products you buy off the shelf. Their recipes are deliberately kept pure, minus any filler, so you get more of each carefully-curated ingredient. As a result, a little goes a long way.

Shop: www.gulnareskincare.com

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Vedix – Customized Ayurveda

Ayurveda has been India’s legacy as far as we can think of, it has gone been passed on to us through generations and because of its effectiveness more and more people opt for it in their daily life. Be it skincare, haircare or even in terms of lifestyle. With Vedix they carefully examine your requirement depending on your issues, lifestyle and what bit needs the most attention by just asking you a few questions.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Expert Ayurvedic Formulator at Vedix then suggests you right products as per Ayurvedic Tridosha Theory. The three doshas are Vata (Air & Ether), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Water and Earth).The simple meaning of dosha is ‘defect’, but in Ayurvedic context, a dosha simply defines the weakness or vulnerability of the particular nature of a person. In other words, it maps out ‘what’s most likely to go wrong’ with a person, and the treatment that should follow.

For my Hair: Post my virtual examination i was suggested a 3 step hair regime (oil, shampoo & serum ) care routine for my hair fall situation. All the products are paraben and sulfate free, gentle cleanser that helps maintain pH balance of my scalp and leaves it healthy and rejuvenated, the hair serum is non greasy and absorbs quickly. they also send you a well described card that shows you exactly how to use the products and also a planner to plan your regime for effective results.

For my Skin: I received a 3 step regime that includes Vedix cleanser, serum and moisturizer. The no foam cleanser helps with getting rid of excessive oil and dirt without disrupting skins pH level and leaves it fresh and clean. the serum helps with target areas to prevent hyperpigmentation and also over time and use lighten dark spots and tighten skin with regular use. the custom made moisturizer keep the skin hydrated and glowing, i use t before my make up, part of my am and pm routine and it has definitely mad my skin more supple.

It is a subscription based service where you can choose a plan for a month, 3 or even 6 months where you will receive the box with required every month. so get started, and take your test here – https://vedix.com/

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the Art of ayurveda with ‘Sadhev’

Sadhev’s concept of Ayurveda is a way of life that brings about a synchrony among body, mind and soul . By elegantly pouring the science of Ayurveda into every creation giving birth to the art of life, art of living – the art of Ayurveda itself.

I love Ayurveda, and the more I inculcate it in my daily life, the more i see the power of it. There is also a sense of satisfaction that i am not using any chemicals, not using products that are harmfully tested and most of coming close to nature but by bit.

SADHEV ROSE WATER

The existence of rose water go way back from queens to Greek goddesses everyone used it, and rankly it is the single most easy to use product accessible to all. It hydrates, is handy, suits all skin types, and mostly helps keep you fresh with just a spray. Sadhev’s Rose Water is a sweet fusion of handpicked centifolia roses and the essence of a 200 year old ancestral wisdom steamed, distilled and bottled.

How I use- I constantly have this in my bag (for a quick spray) or right by my dressing mirror. It’s the first thing I use post cleansing, as rose water is a great toner and helps absorb your skincare routine much better. I also use it post make up to let it all set and give some hydration to my skin for a quick glow.

Sadhev Nalpamaradi Tailam

The ever so beguiling queens from the Pandalam dynasty were believed to illuminate their faces with the potion extracted out of the barks of 4 different trees carefully blended with Turmeric, Sesame and Vetiver. Sadhev’s Nalpamaradi Tailam is a pre shower oil, a blend of essence of 4 tree barks with a 200 year old ancestral wisdom to give the full body a glow.

How i use- I love oils, nothing hydrates a dry skin better. I light some incense sticks and do my own spa ritual at home with this Nalpamaradi Tailam from Sadhev, massage all over the body for 10 minutes and leave it for 15 minutes , I wash it off with some home made ubtan (I recommend not to use soap, unless you have to get dressed and step out), moisturize, wear my satin pajamas and take a relaxing nap.

Sadhev Sunscreen SPF 30

This by far is my favorite product from the Sadhev. As important as it is to use sunscreen, it is exactly that difficult to find the right one. This is the perfect sunscreen for me, the texture is undeniably addictive (it feels like satin and no matter how much rush you are in, I bet you will slow done for this) no white cast, absorbs like magic, non-greasy and an ayurvedic solution to sunscreen. Sadhev’s sunscreen keeps the skin exceptionally tender and supple all through the day. Its age defying essence protects the delicate texture of the skin, reduces fine lines and blemishes and keeps the skin glowing.

How i use- I use it at least twice daily, one post shower (even if i am indoors) second in afternoon once i wash my face and freshen up. I have also substituted it for my regular primer, it is an excellent base for your make up, almost perfect.

Sadhev Aloe Vera And Saffron Gel With Kumkumadi Thailam

Mughal empress Nur Jahan’s timeless beauty was the constant source of whispered envy in the royal corridors. ‘The light of the world’ as her name suggests was truly a woman of intoxicating loveliness who believed in traditional Persian beauty recipes to keep her skin sensual and glowing. Her daily regimen involved the use of rich ingredients like Saffron and the Green Aloe Vera that grew in her royal gardens. Sadhev’s Aloe Vera and Saffron Gel with Kumkumadi Thailam is a miraculous fusion of Aloe, Saffron and our ancestor’s pure love that gives the skin an exquisite shine and lasting beauty.

Saffron contains vitamins and antioxidants that have an exceptional effect on the skin. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties help soothe skin and gently treat acne. It is a magical skin-lightening agent that gives an everlasting morning glow to the skin. Green Aloe Vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C that delicately heals dry skin and restores a natural glow. Kumkumadi Thailam is an exotic serum that imparts a golden vedic glow by delicately combining rich ingredients like Saffron, Aloe, Sandal & Vetiver along with the essence of a 200 year old ayurvedic wisdom.

How i Use : I use it every time I have cleansed my face or post a session of face packs. I also use it intensely during summers to clam any irritation on my skin.

Sadhev Kumkumadi Tailam

Saffron was a treasured beauty secret used by Rani Samyukta, Prithiviraj Chauhan’s queen who was known for her intoxicating beauty.  Legend has tales of the queen secretly sourcing a rich and rare ingredient from the valleys of Kashmir. The lovely Red Saffron was used to create a magic potion that she used as part of her nightly beauty ritual. Sadhev’s Kumkumadi Tailam is an exotic night serum that imparts a golden vedic glow by delicately combining rich ingredients like Saffron, Aloe Vera, Sandal and Vetiver along with the essence of a 200 year old Ayurvedic wisdom.

Sadhev’s Kumkumadi Tailam is for those who desire to give a sensual glow to their skin. It is infused with rich therapeutic properties of Saffron and Aloe Vera that enhance the skin tone, diminish scars and fine lines and augment the skin’s complexion delicately.

How i Use : I use it every alternate day as part of my Gua Sha face massage ritual, and let the leftover stay overnight.

Sadhev Herbal Body Lotion

Sadhev’s Herbal Body Lotion is poetry for the skin. It is a bottle of indulgence that carefully repairs and restores dry and rough patches thereby gently hydrating and polishing the skin, leaving it sensually luminous, exceptionally smooth and incredibly desirable. Almond nuts rich in vitamin E nourishes and softens the skin. It also acts as an exceptional anti-ageing agent.

How i use: Sadhev’s Herbal Body Lotion is a miracle cream that softens skin, hydrates it and repairs dry and rough patches. I use it every night post shower before going to sleep and wake up with plump hydrated skin.

Check them out ­ ­: https://sadhev.com/

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Pampered Skin with Vasu Healthcare

I have been obsessed with home grown brands that show wonders and are natural. If you are following me on Instagram you will know about my obsession with face oils. I have added a latest addition and it’s been a great experience. I ordered two things from Vasu digital store that caters to skincare needs with natural ingredients and has ayurvedic solutions to your wellness needs.

Vasu Facial Beauty Oil – With Kumkumadi Tailam is a 100% natural face oil that blends the traditional beauty recipe of Kumkumadi Tailam with clinically – proven natural plant actives. The core ingredients make it a great option to include it in your night routine as it gives a natural glow to face, helps overcoming hyper-pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles and blemishes. Apart from being completely natural, it has 0% sillicones, 0% artificial fragrance & color, cruelty-free and can be used by both men and women

Why: Boosts collagen synthesis, improves skin elasticity, evens skin tone by reducing age spots, revitalizes and nourishes skin, reduces appearance of premature wrinkles.

Pro tip : Tap some post make-up (if you are going for a natural look) for that glow that hydrates and one less make up option

Vasu Aloe Vera Gel –Your Skin Care & Hair Care Essential

The soothing & moisturizing effects of aloe vera have made it one of the best natural skin care ingredients in the world. The Vasu Aloe Vera Gel is formulated using a unique patented process, contains superior-quality, 98.3% natural aloe vera.  Designed for everyday use, Vasu Aloe Vera Gel replenishes your tired and dull skin with required nutrients and helps you regain your youthful, glowing beauty.  Their aloe vera gel unclogs the pores on your face and helps reduce the recurrence of acne.
Vasu Aloe Vera Gel possesses guaranteed standardized polysaccharides which provide protection to your hair and skin from intense UV rays. When applied on the hair, it strengthens the follicles and prevents brittleness and hair loss.


Why: It is highly moisturizing and cooling, acts as a calming balm for burns, scratches, cuts, and bruises. It is 100% vegetarian, dermatologically tested for safety, non-irritant and completely free of parabens and chemicals. Hydrates & nourishes skin & hair, soothes itchy skin & scalp, moisturizes chapped hands, cracked feet and lips, protects hair against environmental damage

Pro Tip : I cleanse my face, rub my face with ice and use this as an evening ritual as soon as i am back home. It gives the skin a healthy treat and your skin will love you for it. I follow the same before a night out, when i am going to use a lot of make up.

Check them out ­ ­: www.vasustore.com

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Consciously Beautiful

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Hey everyone, on world environment day i am sharing my 10 favorite, organic beauty brands. Call them chemical free beauty products, sustainable skincare products or natural skincare products, these are brands that follow age old Indian tradition of skincare and Ayurveda, and have products that give visible results from the first use.

SkinYoga : The first ever chemical free, 100% natural luxury skincare brand that I have ever used, and 5 years later some of its products have a permanent place in my skincare regime. This made in India brand is ab absolute delight that shows results in first use.  

Products Tried & Loved: Absolutely obsessed with their hydrating ‘Coffee Scrub’, I use it thrice a week for body, while for face I stick to ‘Sandalwood Walnut Scrub that is great for dry skin, hydrates and improves skin texture. The antioxidants found in walnuts regenerates skin and elasticity. Another favorite from the brand is their ‘Almond Orange Face Scrub’ that works wonders to cleanse and repair skin, which is very mild and great f you have a sensitive / combination skin.  

Kama Ayurveda: This Indian brand needs no introduction. It has been my go-to skincare brand for ubtans, face mist and oils. 

Products Tried & Loved: Two constant ubtans from Kama Ayurveda I keep restocking are ‘Suvarna haldi chandan face pack‘ and ‘nimrah anti acne face pack‘ that I use weekly once. Another daily use ubtan is ‘Mridul soap free face cleanser’, a 5 minutes quick fix that cleanses my skin and is so gentle it can be used daily. In oils I love their ‘Organic neem oil’, ‘Bringadi intensive hair treatment oil‘ and ‘Jwalini retexturising skin treatment oil‘, I switch between them depending on what my scalp and skin needs in different seasons. ‘Pure rose water‘ face mists by Kama is something I always carry in my bag. 

 Just Herbs – An entire range of goodness comes from this brand, from skincare to hair care, ubtans to natural make up products.  

Products Tried & Loved– I absolutely love their ‘Unprocessed Virgin Coconut Oil’ it is multipurpose, I use it for my hair, as a moisturizer for body, to remove make up, it is one of the products, I definitely carry while travelling, because it saves space as it can be used in so many ways. I am also using their ‘Nosun Moisturising Gel’, that has sunscreen benefits, light-weight, perfect for my sensitive and combination skin, it is so good that it can be used as a diaper rash cream for babies.  Recently I got their Elixir Serum’ pea size of this herbal face serum   helps brightening and nourishing the skin and reducing pigmentation. 

Pahadi Local– I came across this brand at a skincare work shop with Good Earth in Hyderabad. The brand in its small range of products imbibes luxury in simplicity. Made in Himalayas the brand offers oils, face packs, organic honey and teas.  

Products Tried & Loved : I use their ‘Gutti ka tel’  apricot kernel oil, rich in vitamin A, E and C it is a multipurpose oil made traditionally and used as face oil, body moisturizer,  treating skin allergies, reducing joint pain and safe for children as well. Another product I use by Pahadi local is their ‘Markalak Himalayan powder’ a mudpack from Himalayas that is great for oily to normal skin and helps reducing scars and can used often as a skin cleanser 

Plum Goodness – My entire morning routine at the moment is from this brand, and it has quite suited my summer skin, its light and gives my skin a breathe of freshness. I love their Green Tea Range and all the products I have tried is from this specific range. 

Products Tried & Loved:  My 5-step morning routine includes Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash followed by a splash of Green tea alcohol-free toner, once it absorbs, I tap and spread the Green tea skin clarifying concentrate on my face and neck closing with Green tea mattifying moisturizer followed by a sunscreen (not from plum) 

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Daughter Earth : This vegan, 100% botanical brand, is special because it is from my own city- Hyderabad. Daughter earth is a skincare brand, made in India that has gone beyond organic and formulated products with potent wild-harvested botanical’s from some of the remotest habitat, all their products are reef-friendly and earth friendly. 

Products Tried & Loved: ‘Active Botanical Face Wash’  pH balanced calming cleanser, helps minimizing the appearance of pores and gets rids of pollution, followed by my favorite product from the brand ‘Eternal Youth Moisturiser’ that smells divine ,deeply nourishes and is full of antioxidant-rich plant nutrients that leaves my skin extremely nourished and supple. Another favorite is ‘Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum’ that I use as part of my night routine and is rich in vitamins I also use this multi-correctional serum oil under makeup that gives me a radiant look. 

Ayca –  Travel introduces me to a lot of things and one of my trips to Rajasthan introduced me to Ayca. 

Products Tried & Loved: A boon for summers, but with my back to back travel schedules my skin changes temperatures and locations quite often and nothing soothes my skin as good as an Aloe Vera gel. Ayca’s ‘Lemongrass & Turmeric Hydrating Gel’ is non-sticky and made from pure Aloe Vera which leaves the skin feeling firm & hydrated. 

Forest Essentials – one of the oldest luxury skincare brand of India needs to Introduction, when i initially started using the products from forest essentials it was merely for its beautiful aromas, but as i hit my late 20’s and importance of skin care hit me i focused on ingredients and what is best for my skin.

Products Tried & Loved: I can without guilt say i am obsessed with body mists and my two constants over the years have been, ‘Rose & Cardamom‘ and ‘Iced Pomegranate with Fresh Kerala Lime‘ i use it in morning and i wear it to bed. Another favorite skincare product from forest essentials is ‘ Tejasvi Emulsion’  which is made by combining pure ghee and Ayurvedic herbs, and gives an extraordinary smoothness, suppleness and radiance to the skin.

Gulnare Skincare – Another brand that prides itself in using the age-old techniques of skincare that promise great results. 

Products Tried & Loved: ‘Aloe & Vitamin E’ a face ream  that is light and combined with the benefits of Vitamin E oil & Cucumber and delivers a surge of moisture with a cooling finish especially in hot summer days. Another product i have used form Gulnare is their ‘Rosette Clarifying Toner‘ , an alcohol free blend that is refreshing, soothing and clarifying toner that  hydrates skin leaving a rosy aroma. 

Kimirica – A fairly new introduction to me, i received their products as part of a gift box from Shaaadi by Marriott. 

Products Tried & Loved : I have so far used only the Earth Shower Gel‘  that has a zesty fragrance of Persian Lime that creates a sense of well-being and leaves skin soft and smooth.

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CONSCIOUS SKINCARE with Gulnare

Gulnare, yet another consciously made skincare brand i discovered over last year, offers 100% natural skincare products. One of the blissful brands where i have felt the results quite instantly on regular use. 

FLOWER POWER

Flower Power, a face cream that is gel based formula, enriched with Hibiscus (the natural botox plant) that  helps in speeding up cell turnover & control acne breakouts, all of which can encourage fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin. It is great moisturizer and cleanser, encourages fresher, younger and smoother skin. It controls cell turnover and acne breakouts.

ROSE GOLD ELIXIR

Add a touch of luxury to your beauty ritual with Goddess facial oil. Infused with 24K carat Gold, Saffron & Rose petals, it deeply nourishes, conditions, and protects, leaving skin with a glossy, silky sheen. The formula locks in moisture, delivers antiaging benefits, and restores the skin’s glowing softness, elasticity, and comfort. The super ingredient in this magical elixir is Rose hip oil, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and even stretch marks.

SWEET ALMOND FACE EXFOLIATOR

Exfoliating is necessary to get rid of dead cells and nourish dry skin. This scrub will renew your cells and help soften skin whilst eliminating them pesky blackheads. Almond meal & Oats contain natural cleansers that absorb and remove oil/bacteria from skin without causing irritation while removing the dead skin & cleansing, whilst Argan & Vitamin E oil hydrate and soften skin. Additionally, dried Rose & Calendula petals add a dash of floral freshness to this heavily jar of skin rejuvenating goodness!

ROSETTE CLARIFYING TONER

A refreshing, soothing and clarifying organic toner that will leaves your skin hydrated, dewy and smelling rosy. This alcohol free blend of Rose water, Witch Hazel & Hibiscus extracts cleanses your skin, tightens pores, boosts elasticity and restores “bounce” to skin. 

LIFES A PEACH

This highly concentrated hydrating formula uses a rich blend of Shea, Cocoa butter & skin nourishing plant based oils to revitalize your skin for a healthy, radiant glow from head to toe. Delicious, creamy, and decadently thick, indulge your skin with freshly spun wild honey and Vitamin E oil for a silky smooth finish.

Location: Next Galleria Mall Jaihind Enclave, Hi Tech City, Madhapur, Hyderabad 

Website: https://www.gulnareskincare.com/

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Daughter Earth

Daughter Earth, a skincare brand that is close to home and incredibly good. The aroma of its moisturizer on my skin lingers while i type this and its is one of most amazing skincare brand for sensitive skin (mine is both sensitive and combination).

Coming across a brand that is made with a conscience, and doesn’t leave you to choose between natural and high-performance products is rare and . Every product we make is formulated without compromise.

As a skincare brand they went beyond organic, and formulated products with potent wild-harvested botanicals from some of the remotest habitats. What began as a quest for non-toxic skincare led them on a conscious journey to build products that are good for your skin and also deliver maximum results.

Products i Have Tried and Loved

Eternal Youth Phytonutrient Moisturiser – Smells beautiful, just a pea size and enough moisture, i use this in my night time CTM routine (but you can use it during the day as well, as it is equipped with natural SPF that helps combat free radical damage and photo aging) as i love smelling good when i am going to bed. Its rich in antioxidant-rich plant nutrients, gives long-lasting hydration, its lightweight, non-greasy and helps in radiance and youth-preserving treatment.

Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum – I love serums, i feel they are a perfect way to add an extra boost to your skin, i make sure to use serums morning and evening. The eternal youth serum is dermatologically tested, 100% active, preservative-free it helps correct skin and enriches skin with antioxidants, flavonoids and nutrients (Vitamins E, C and B). the serum helps skin microcirculation and delivers nutrients to the deeper layers for a rejuvenated and radiant skin. i also use it before make up sometimes and let it rest for 5 minutes, it gives me a nice glow and sets my make up perfectly.

Face Mist – Rose – Face mists are great, they give you instant of freshness, you use it directly, over your make up, while travelling and in your face pack (only if it is 100% natural, like this one) literally whenever and however you need it. A good face mist helps combat dryness and inflammation throughout the day. I never step with out a mist in my bag, especially during summers.

Wild Java Plum Ayurvedic Face Mask– Rich in skin-nourishing bioflavonoids, antioxidants and Vitamin C, Java Plums are nature’s gift to our skin. With the oil-balancing, acne-clearing and complexion-enhancing properties, these black fruits deliver a power punch of nutrition to the skin in the form of a mask. Also a great skin detoxifier. Suitable for all skin types. Make a mushy paste by mixing in floral waters like Rose, and apply a thick layer on your face and neck. Rinse off before it dries up and after rinsing, spritz your face with the rose mist and follow with the rejuvenating serum. This helps seal your skin with all the nutrition and forms a lipid barrier to prevent loss of hydration. Dull Skin or Uneven texture, Acne and dark spots, Uneven oil levels

Antioxidant Lip Balm – We all need lip balms, i can’t count the number of lip balms i have – in my bag, in my office desk, in my car, in my travel kit and one on my bed side.

An Antioxidant lip balm seals and hydrates your lips while also protecting from the harsh UV rays, helps with lip-elasticity and pigmentation on and around the lips. 100% Vegan and Beeswax-free.

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Go ‘Natural’ with Just Herbs

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Just Herbs is a brand that signifies simplicity and purity, just like their name. They are an all-natural brand that uses ancient Indian wisdom combined with purest of herbs and plant extracts to create their effective products. Tried and tested, Just Herbs offers a line of pure, bespoke, and Ayurvedic results-driven skincare products. The fact that I like about the brand the most is that they give full ingredients disclosure.


To stay clear of everything your natural skin is not used to
With – Silk splash Neem-Orange Re hydrant Ayurvedic Face Wash
Well it’s the most basic rule, when I wake up in the morning, I don’t even use a face wash, I splash a lot of water when in shower and then spray some rose water and go straight for toner and sunscreen. It the later part if the day when I need to use the facewash. Once post lunch just give a sense of freshness and one once before bed time to clear of all-day creams, pollution and ready for a bed time routine. This face wash from just herbs has Chandan, Honey, Neem and Aloe Vera. Three to four drops of it leaves my skin fresh, its mild and suitable for all skin types. Calendula another important ingredient acts as natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent with sun radiation protective properties.
Goodness of 100 ml at 445

Use sunscreen and stay away from the most common skin problems
With – No Sun Jojoba-Wheatgerm Moisturizing Sun Protection Gel
I am sure there is an entire rule book that says how important sunscreen is, and If you still don’t know why? (I mean how can you not??) let me list out the basics- regular use of sunscreen avoids premature aging, keeps your skin tone even, protects from sunburns freckles and no matter what type of skin you have, if you stay indoors or outdoors, use the SUNSCREEN. I was way tired by number game with SPF’s, I mean what is it with SPF 20, 40 and 50+, I decided to go natural and this one from just herbs is moisturizing sunscreen. Just a few drops and it leaves your skin dewy. It has has ingredients like Shea Butter, Jojoba, Wheatgerm and Grape-seed oil along with Green tea extract and Aloe Vera.
Goodness of 100 ml at ₹645

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Get rid of the tan, it will leave you looking a shade lighter, fresh and glowing
With – Petalsoft Antitan Rose Face Pack
I use this thrice a week, especially the day I have used make up, I cleanse my face, use this pack until dry, wash it off, splash some rose water followed by Aloe Vera gel and my night moisturizer. I totally love this pack, on days my skin feels dry I add a tad bit of grape juice or honey that further adds glow to my skin. I have grown up seeing ladies in my house use multani mitti, it’s been a blessing throughout my teens. With more things to juggle, full time job, blogging, styling and travelling I really don’t have patience to shop for ingredients, grind them, make a paste and use it every day (call me lazy if you may) This is pack is a real gift, it’s all in there, ready to use, leaving my face rejuvenated, oil free, smooth and fresh.
Goodness of 150 gms at ₹525

Stay fresh on the go
With- Steam Distilled Rose water Facial Mist
Why not when you can? The rose water toner by just herbs is 100% Natural and alcohol free. That is all I needed to pick the bottle up. But let’s give you more, on daily basis we do so many things, we may not have time to apply that soothing aloe vera gel, cucumber on our eyes or rub ice for that fresh glow. But what we can is is use this easy spray on toner and mist, that helps balances skin’s pH, tightens pores and reduces oiliness and most important hydrates and revitalize skin. I carry this in my bag, spray it 2 to 3 times a day, use it in face packs, post face packs, I even use it over my make up just before I step out of the house (I have even sprayed it on my body before people, as it leaves a fantastic aroma of roses)
Goodness of 110ml at ₹445

Take care of your skin early for lasting effects and glowing years
With: Blemfree Anti Blemish Night Cream
I have had blemishes since my teens, I have no idea where they came from and no idea when they will be going. The blemish cream by Just Herbs is enhanced with skin lightening botanicals. This special formulation helps to fade darkened skin patches, sun spots and freckles. I wouldn’t say my blemishes have disappeared, but I really like this product and have been using this for my night routine before moisturizing more like a gel, it has helped me get over pimple marks, sun spots and definitely helped with discoloration a bit. I am going to go on and use it for another month before I come up with a final verdict.
Goodness at 895

Everyone needs an elixir

With- Gotukola Indian Ginseng Rejuvenating Beauty Elixir Facial Serum

I have gifted this product to my mom, and must say she is happy about it. She uses it during bedtime, before her moisturizer. She swears she wakes up with a very refreshed and rejuvenated glow. The multi-tasking Elixir face serum is a synergistic blend of treasured Indian herbs and acts as an excellent botanical replacement for a traditional chemically derived Vitamin C serum. This face serum nourishes and restores a natural glow and youthfulness to tired, ageing and pigmented skin. With my mom raving so much about it, I am going to pick another one on my next visit to the store.

Goodness of 15 ml at ₹1,125

All the products by Just herbs are free from petrochemicals, parabens, SLS/SLES PEG/PPG, Genetically modified ingredients (GMO) and other harmful synthetic ingredients. You can order online – www.justherbs.inOr visit the store and experience the range for yourself- Just herbs at Autmn Leaf Café, Jubilee Hills and Forum Sujana Mall.

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Lakmé 9 to 5’s first ever Naturale Range

 

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Every 9 to 5 woman is always on the go and on a lookout for fuss-free ways of keeping her skin beautiful and healthy. With constantly changing weather, the need to supplement your skin with nourishment is not a luxury, but a necessity. Offering the best of makeup and skincare, India’s most iconic beauty brand Lakmé introduced Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale, its first ever range of products infused with the goodness of aloe vera and other ingredients like honey and green tea. This range makes its way through three new exciting products in the first phase, Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel in the skincare portfolio and Finishing Powder and Matte Sticks in the makeup portfolio, with many more exciting products in the pipeline.

The miraculous properties of aloe vera, the hero ingredient of the Naturale range are known to most of us. This antioxidant is packed with minerals, vitamins and enzymes that give your skin a healthy glow. While the benefits of aloe vera in skincare are common, Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale range is a first of its kind in the world of makeup.

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Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel is enriched with 100% aloe vera extracts, the non- sticky gel keeps skin hydrated for up to 6 hours. The gel soothes and hydrates the skin while protecting it from daily city pollution. MRP – Rs.200/-

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Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder: For the first time ever, a finishing powder infused with aloe vera and green tea extracts. The lightweight powder is enriched with anti-oxidants and has a translucent matte finish that will leave you with an oil-free look that’s lasts all day. MRP – Rs.550/-

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Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Matte Lipstick are slim and stylish, and for the first time ever infused with aloe vera and honey. While aloe vera & honey give the desired nourishment to keep lips moisturized and supple, the intense matte color lasts all day, making this a perfect combination. With 15 intense shades these sticks are perfect for your everyday beauty regime. MRP – Rs.550/-

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L’Occitane Spa at The Khyber Resort, Gulmarg

The Khyber Spa is an extension of the L’Occitane brand. Nestled amidst the Himalayas, ensconced amidst unspoilt acres of meadows and pristine nature, is the spa with unbeatable views that offers a luxurious and holistic experiences.

The spa too, like most of the hotel is centrally heated, the property is so huge I took my time exploring, catching glimpse of bits and pieces of winter ice that remained under the shade of property, where direct sunlight dint reach. I was cold by the time I reached the Spa, and was so glad it was centrally heated.

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L’Occitane Spa at The Khyber Resort, & Spa, Gulmarg

As the spa manger got me the consent form that included information of my choice of pressure and concern areas, I was soaking in the view of the magnificent pool, one of the finest in the country I am sure. Another member of the staff got me a hot towel and welcome tea, and offered me in-house slippers before leading me to the spa room.

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L’Occitane Spa at The Khyber Resort, & Spa, Gulmarg

Soothing, energizing aromas engulfed me and so did the view from my room. I opted for the ‘Revitalizing Aromachologie Massage’ that is a perfect combo of Swedish strokes, Balinese massage techniques and Chinese acupressure. The soothing music, dim lights and the gorgeous view make for a relieving combination

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L’Occitane Spa at The Khyber Resort, & Spa, Gulmarg

My masseuse used the Lavender oil which is known to have benefits that reduces mental stress and anxiety, treats insomnia, improves blood circulation and also help relieve muscle and joint pains. L’Occitane Spa uses all in-house products and ensure calming the overactive mind and body. Just as Provence is a unique resting place, The Khyber Spa by L’Occitane is a sanctuary of tranquillity, rejuvenating your body and soul.

An hour and half of rejuvenation, followed by steam and long soak in the tub overlooking the pine trees, it was the most relaxing evening of my stay in Kashmir. Post spa I stepped down for an extended dose of relaxation by the pool, the long glass walls indicated end of another evening in land of hills.

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The pool at The Khyber Resort, & Spa, Gulmarg

Nail Ishq, Hyderabad

Everyone loves a good pamper session, and when it can give you a longer result it makes every penny spent worth it.

For ages women have loved to groom themselves, proper hair, skin and ofcourse nails. Nails are as important to us as much as the skin itself. Nothing speaks sophistication as much as well done nails.

Perfectly manicured nails and feet talk about an individual much better than half chipped nails or unmanicured (it may not be a word but it is definitely is an expression) hand and feet.

Comes to the rescue ‘ Nail Ishq’ Hyderabad. Tucked away in the corner of a dessert shop this Nail Parlour is my new favourite in town. They are the most pocket friendly Nail service in Hyderabad. They may not offer you a lavish manicure pedicure treatment but they offer skills to turn your nails into ones of diva.

From Gel Nail paint to Extensions, Metallic magic to Instagramable Nail Art they do it all.

I had two sessions with them, my experinace has been really good. The staff is well trained and know what they are doing. Show them a picture and they will excitedly paint your nails away. The quality of products are excellent and my nails stayed as new as it was when i got it done for almost 3 weeks.

However because the place is compact i would recommend you visit them only on appointment.

Location- Rd No 9, In Guilt Trip, Banjara Hills. Ph- 080081 62224

Kama Ayurveda, Hyderabad

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The New Kama Ayurveda Store in Hyderabad

One of India’s favourite ayurvedic beauty brands, Kama Ayurveda, celebrated the successful opening of its first store in Hyderabad at Next Galleria Mall. The flagbearer of Ayurvedic beauty is renowned for its passionate focus on the purity of ingredients and efficacy of formulae. Since inception, its traditional, holistic approach to daily beauty and wellness, and high quality, elegantly packaged products have won it many accolades.

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There is an endless range of skin products for all skin types at the new The New Kama Ayurveda Store in Hyderabad

 Spread over 800 sq. ft., the store’s high façade jalousie shutters, chequerboard marble flooring and teak and rattan cabinetry reflect the trademark aesthetic of Kama’s flagship store. Ornate brass finials, along with iron shelves, dot the ivory-hued brick walls, their minimalistic simplicity evoking a luxurious sanctuary of calm.  The unique design sensibility is the soul of the brand and the ‘Indian Apothecary’ feel has garnered a loyal cult following for Kama Ayurveda. top lifestyleblogger in hyderabad

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Kama Ayurveda as a brand provides traditional and holistic treatments for beauty and wellness; made with pure, natural and organic ingredients.  The Kama portfolio is 100% natural, vegetarian and sans any additives. The means no artificial colours, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens, urea, propylene glycol or other harmful additives. The product packaging is good as the products itself, I have been an avid user of Kama products and this is one brand that I have always bought refills for, especially their rose water toner.

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Perfect for all seasons and skintype, Kama products are part of my daily ritual

IMG_4887I got a chance to try their increasingly popular new launches, that include an All Natural Makeup Remover, an Anti-Acne Cleansing Foam, and a special Cleanser-Day Cream duo for sensitive skin. I love how Kama offers products that are gentle, efficient and rooted in the ancient science of Ayurveda. 

 

 

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My absolute favourite is this Anti Acne Cleansing Foam from the #newtokama range

Kama Ayurveda’s Pure and unadulterated, Ayurveda based offerings span across Skincare, Haircare, Bath & Body and Wellness. They even have special curations for Men and Mother & Baby, and its all available at the store in Hyderabad

Location: Next Galleria Mall, Upper Ground Floor (Level -2) Block -E, Govt. Quarters, Sri Nagar Colony Road, Punjagutta. #newtokama, Kama store in Hyderabad

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Skincare routine with Lotus Herbals

The hunt for good skin is fervent and one of the most sought-out side effects when looking for a good skincare product. As a teenager, Lotus was the first retail purchase for my skin care, my mom loved the products and I followed her footsteps in purchasing my first sunscreen. When Lotus came up with tinted sunscreen, nothing could get better. Sun protection with a formula that covers minute imperfections was just genius.

So when Lotus sent me over some products to try, I was more than excited. The products included a night time regime that had ‘Serum’ and ‘White Glow cream’ I decided to give it at least a month before I wrote down the review

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Sunscreen Matte Gel  Sunscreen & Safe Sun 3-In-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock
We can feel the heat and its just the beginning of march, firstly let say, summers or winter, indoors or outdoors a regular use of sunscreen is very important. With summers we are exposed to sunlight more than ever, ‘Lotus Sunscreen  Matte Gel’ is the perfect product to incorporate into your daily skincare routine. I get it- when it’s hot and humid, the last thing you want to do is add an extra layer of product on your skin. Common complaints about sunscreens are that they feel heavy and cloying. But if you want healthy, youthful, glowing skin then sun protection is non- negotiable. But this has an incredibly comfortable texture, perfect for all skin types (mine is combination and suits me perfectly). I recommend this formula because it’s thin and fluid, plus, it sits beautifully under makeup too. And when a sunblock comes with a tinted factor that promises to make your skin look smooth and helps to fix the imperfections, there is nothing more you need.

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Lotus Herbals Whiteglow, Skin Whitening and Brightening Nourishing Night Crème-  It diminishes dark pigmentation and boosts radiance and clarity.  Has benefits of mulberry, grape, saxifraga extracts, and milk enzymes.  Grape concentrate present in this night cream sheds the skin and permits it to infiltrate profound while Milk compounds square melanin pathways and Mulberry concentrate goes about as a decent tyrosinase inhibitor, counteracting hyper-pigmentation, lastly Saxifraga concentrate searches free radicals that can bring about skin harm.
All these combined, calm skin gives  a smooth surface, even tone, and whiteness, and puts a gleam all over when you get up in the morning.  It blends in well and instantly hydrates the skin, leaving it supple. It visibly reduces the sun spots, acne marks and give a very dewy finish to your skin.

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Lotus Herbals YouthRx Activating Serum + Creme – I have been using this twice a day. Just patting with my fingertips thorough out my face and neck. Lot of people forget the neck, but you need to understand it is very vital to take care of it, whatever you apply to your face just extended it to you neck. The serum by lotus protects the skin from radical damage while also helping to treat it. It contains great amount of revolutionary Ginplex Youth Compound, contains 10 times extra anti-ageing power, removes the extra oil on the skin and also controls acne, pimples and blemishes

Serums are great for your skin, they delivers the active ingredients we love deep down to the skin cells that need them in their most potent form. You can use these under makeup, night cream and even under sunscreen on a no makeup day. You only need one small pump, and unless you’re really dry, you can skip moisturizer.

Lotus Herbals Creame – The day care gel cream has cooling effect and refreshes skin on contact while the plant-based ingredients actually relax tense facial muscles (like Botox, but gentler and from nature) to diminish the appearance of lines all day long. The formula is enriched with moisturizers to smooth and plump skin. The cream, will not only make your skin feel super nourished but also produce a noticeable difference in complexion.

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Perfect skin comes with a good skin regime

Lotus Herbals has something to suit your every skin need. Their products will give you the radiant skin you’ve been missing. Lotus products are by far most hassle free and their range of products can easily be included in your daily routine within budget.

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Heavenly Spa at The Westin Hyderabad

Spa for most of us means a place where you get a massage. Which is actually not the case and at Westin Hyderabad, Heavenly Spa shows us why. The concept at Westin’s Heavenly Spa is to create a complete wellness experience.
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I was invited over the weekend to indulge and review their signature heavenly massage. My therapist for the day led me to their massage room, and once I was ready she began with soaking my feet in warm water using mineral salt to cleanse them and began with my treatment. She used apple pie oil that gave extreme moisture to my winter dry skin. I drifted into Zen mode as she began with my concentrated (focus) area with required pressure to relive stress and have a more enhanced blood circulation in my body. 

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The pressure was just perfect and exactly what I needed after a long week of work, I enjoyed every bit of it.  As the warm oil seeped into my body I could feel my aches slowly fade away and enter a state of absolute bliss. This goes over an hour and my masseuse slowly kneads on my muscles combining that with gentle strokes. The last 10-15 minutes she spent massaging my face and head. More like pressing the correct pressure points and releasing stress and it was followed by a facial.

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I opted for the ‘Illumination’ facial. It is curated to bring back glow to your face. The active ingredients and cooling gel mask brighten up the skin by treating the hyper pigmented areas. This again was an hour long treatment that was done using the ‘Comfort Zone’ products winding up with a pack followed by a serum to keep you skin glowing and hydrated.

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At Heavenly Spa you can always add-on, facilities like body scrubs, steam and Jacuzzi right in your room (on additional basis).  The post therapy part included, being escorted to a quite dim lit, waiting area where I relaxed, breathing in an amazing experience I just had while sipping a hot  cup of green tea with some dark chocolates and walnuts for a quick a boost.

Address: The Westin, Mindspace IT Park, Hi tech City, Hyderabad. Ph: 040 6767 6910

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Winter Care with ‘Biotique’

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Now that winter is here and despite what many people think, ‘Hyderabad hardly ever gets cold’ we do.  And just like any other seasonal concern, winter care is essential. My skin is a combination skin and even a slightest change in weather effects it in a huge way. I really try to avoid anything with chemicals and go for more organic, make up free skin as much as I can.

With winters here my skin is feeling the drying effects of winter and letting me know it needs serious hydration and extra special care. It’s very important to keep the skin feeling moist and comfortable, which can also be a huge challenge. But lucky for me, this season ‘Biotique’ came to my rescue. It is an advanced Ayurveda brand and I have used their face packs earlier that has given me some great results.

They sent me four products which have used for 2 weeks and sharing my review on basis of it so that you can benefit from their products this winter. All their products are Ayurvedic recipe and 100% botanical extract, which means lots of goodness and no harmful chemicals.

Bio Honey Gel- It is a gel-based foaming face wash which is very light and suitable for all skin types. It contains constructive ingredients like pure honey and wild turmeric among others that helps with cleansing the face of all impurities and lightens the complexion.
Details: It comes in 50 ml tube which is priced at Rs 65/-

Bio Saffron Youth Dew- the second product is a ‘visibly ageless moisturizer’. Winter means dry, flaky, red and irritated skin and simply layering on an extra coat of heavier moisturizer will not do the trick.  In addition, for blemish-prone skin types, too much moisturizer may cause congestion, bumps and breakouts. The solution is to use the right moisturizer with the most effective hydrating ingredients like saffron, almond and pistachio oil and my favourite wild turmeric extracts that leaves your skin moist, supple and smooth. It also helps to deal with dry lines and wrinkles with regular use. Just a tad bit of it and spread across face and neck, I use it in mornings and follow up with sunscreen.
Details: It comes in 50 gm box which is priced at Rs 270/-

Dandelion Ageless Lightening Serum– I use their serum faithfully every day, even though it suggests twice a day, I include it in my night time routine. It’s a great product, giving excellent hydration without adding the oil. The serum, contains pure dandelion extract, sunflower oil, ground nut oil, quince seed oil, garden cress, yeast and fresh Himalayan water. I massage it all over my face and neck before moisturizing with the night cream. I have also used it before make up, as it with avoid any scaly look or dry skin, which is often in winters post make up if you have dry skin. It is full of vitamin E as well as essential minerals which help in removing dark spots, eliminating wrinkles, inducing moisture and lightening your skin tone.
Details: It comes in 40ml bottle which is priced at Rs 230/-

Bio Wheat Germ Night Cream– it is great for dry skin and nourishes dehydrated skin and helps cure skin concerns like acne, pimples. It is quick in absorption and does not give you a greasy feeling, which I totally love about the product. It gives me a hydrated and supple skin in the morning, ready to go face the world. Its ingredients are rich in vitamin A, B,C, D, and E and are helpful in promoting skin cell formation, nourishing and rejuvenating dry skin, helps in getting rid of scars and dull skin.
Details: It comes in 50 gm box which is priced at Rs 230/-

You can find their products in most of the retail store and of the shelf counters near you or you can order online- www.biotique.com

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