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My Beauty Guide: Charcoal is new black !

Our human bodies are naturally build to detox the bad and absorb the good. But now a days since pollution has increased so much, and chemicals are used in everything like food, beauty products, our bodies require extra effort to get rid of these toxins. If you r body is not detoxifying then you will see dark circles, dullness, patchy skin clearly on your face and body. Acne is one of most horrible symptom of this.

Best way around is to use face mask, almost once every week and leave your skin in shade for next 24hours. Now a days we have so many varieties  of mask available like clay mask, sheet mask, creamier formulae etc. Buy Now

Last week i bought a natural organic facemask from Neemli naturals. Its an organic product brand offering something we require most now a days and that is paraben free natural beauty products. One of their product is Activated charcoal Face Mask. Buy now

This anti-pollution, dirt magnet, pore refining and super cleansing ingredient is set to become one of the most trendy products of the beauty & skin industry!

Charcoal for the skin: Benefits?

Charcoal is one of nature’s most active and powerful ingredients. It is a highly absorbent non-toxic substance. Used internally in medical science and given to people who suffer from poisoning because it has the ability to absorb the poison and safely eliminate it from the body. Similarly for skin, Charcoal acts as a magnet, binding to the impurities, oil and dirt in your skin’s cells and drawing them out.

Below is a list of benefits that charcoal can have for your skin:

  • Absorbs Toxins
  • Removes excess oil & dirt, so best for oily skin
  • Open the skin pores and remove impurities
  • Removes tanning and combat signs of ageing
  • Removes blackheads
  • Soothes and brightens the skin
  • Anti-bacterial properties
  • Helps to fight Acne and minimizes large pores

What is Activated Charcoal ?

Activated charcoal is an odorless and tasteless powder. Derived from coconut shells, peat or wood, it is processed through high temperature to increase its ability as an absorbent. When you apply it on your skin, it functions like a magnet to draw out all the sebum and toxins from your skin, making it refreshed and clean.

Neemli’s Acivated charcoal facemask is an great example of this, which delivers unrivaled benefits to the skin.

What is a Activated Charcoal Face Mask Recipe?

A charcoal face mask is ideal for those who are suffering from dry skin, dullness and oily skin. The DIY activated charcoal face mask recipe has three ingredients: click here to read more

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GlamEgo August 2017 – Ingredient Magic : Review

“Glamego is India’s top online beauty subscription service and believe in power of sampling that lets you experience and single-out a product of your choice before you spend on pricey products that you are clueless about. ” They have come up with an idea of subscription boxes to share the premium brands and their best products for exploration to their subscribers.. They offer 4-5 makeup/skin care/hair care/bath and body products which are useful in day-to-day routine by the most renowned, paraben free and vegan brands in their box every month. Its currently the No.1 ranked Subscription Box in India.

GlamEgo box can be subscribed from it’s official website starting from 299 only for one month. You can subscribe for 3/6/12 months in one go which subsequently reduces cost per box. If you love doing makeup then their 12 months package is quite affordable for the value of products you are going to receive.

So let’s jump over to the details of August subscription of GlamEgo.

Packaging:

The thick cardboard box came inside a plastic pouch which had the order and address details. Its a colorful pink color box with the Glam ego logo on it. Its tight to open , so helps the products to stay intact. when you unbox it, inside we have all the products bubble rapped to avoid any damage and provided with subscription card discounts and ingredients magic description.

Checkout my previous Glam-Ego boxes here..July 2017

Glam-Ego August 2017 – Ingredient Magic

 

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Ingredient Magic is the theme of the current August box. They provide 4 mid sized products which are based on Charcoal, Brahmi & Amla, Vanilla & Magnolia. I am really excited to try out the products as they are paraben free and natural.

  1. Neemli Naturals Charcoal Face Pack
  2. The Natures Co Vanilla Vitamin E Face Cream
  3. The Biobloom Brahmi & Amla Shampoo
  4. Inveda BB Cream with SPF 20

My Ratings: 5/5

Neemli Activated Charcoal Face Mask

Activated charcoal is an odorless and tasteless powder. Derived from coconut shells, peat or wood, it is processed through high temperature to increase its ability as an absorbent. When you apply it on your skin, it functions like a magnet to draw out all the sebum and toxins from your skin, making it refreshed and clean. I am really excited to try this Charcoal face mask.This is a deluxe sample size products and can last for 10 uses. It is priced for INR 550/-.

Please click here to read review of Neemli Charcoal Face mask in detail.

Click to read Activated charcoal DIY facemask recipe !!

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BioBloom Brahmi ,Amla & hibiscus Hair Cleanser

.I have used BioBloom products before also and felt great.BioBloom Brahmi Amla & Hibiscus Hair Cleanser is parabene, sulphates & petrochemicals free product, plus natural for every hair type. Hibiscus is a miracle ingredient for hair which makes hair roost & strands stronger and conditions it to the best. Really excited to try it as its having the goodness of Hibiscus, Amla & Bhrami in it !

Perfect for Keratin treated hairs.Its a 100 ml bottle priced for INR 399/-

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The Nature’s Co Face Cream Deluxe Size

My most fav. product from this month’s glam box is The Natures Co Vanilla Vitamin E Face Cream and it smells so good. The cream has natural goodness of Vitamin E and Vanilla to give you a youthful glow with softer, supply and firm skin.The face cream from Nature’s Co is a deluxe size product. It is priced for INR 550/-

 

Inveda 8 in 1  BB Cream SPF 20

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This BB cream is 8 in 1 cream that has natural goodness of Mangolia and Almond oil and it is suitable for all skin types. Magnolia is the best anti-inflammatory for skin. It has a sun protection factor of 20, with a matte finish.Its sulphates, petrochemicals & paraben free. Its really light weight & blends well with the skin to give matte finish. Definitely will recommend the company to launch more shades, other than that i loved it.

It is priced for INR 150/-

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Checkout my previous GlamEgo boxes here..July 2017

 

Rejuvenate Skin DIY : Charcoal face mask

Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent non-toxic substance. It acts like a skin savior as it will draw oil, dirt, chemicals, toxins and impurities off and safely eliminate them when you rinse with water.This helps in opening the blocked pores of the skin which can then breathe newly and start rejuvenating. It helps to fight acne also.

Ingredients for mask: 

  1. 1 teaspoon of Activated Charcoal ( have Neemli Naturals)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon of Honey (have taken Dabur honey)
  3. 1 teaspoon of Rose Water/Water

All of us are familiar with the benefits of honey.It has antibacterial properties that work wonders for skin. Therefore, it’s a perfect addition to a face mask. It can also be used as a face wash that cleanses and softens your skin by retaining your skin’s oils.

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Directions to prepare mask:

  • Wash your face with luke warm water and pat it dry
  • Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon. Stir it well to leave no lumps
  • Apply a thin even layer all over your face.
  • Allow the mask to dry. If it starts to feel itchy or uncomfortable, wash it off immediately.
  • Wash off with water and gently pat dry your face. Dont scrub it, else it will leave marks on your face and also itching can happen.
  • Use this mask once every week & leave on skin for 15 mins for a rejuvenating effect.

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P.S:  Always do a skin test before applying anything on your body. This is to ensure you are not allergic to it and it will not harm your skin. Apply above mask to a small patch of skin like hand finger or wrist, let dry, wash off. Wait 24 hours to see if any redness occurs. If not, please use it on your skin with no tensions.

Make sure to use your daily moisturizer after using this to replenish your skin and start your skin detox !!

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Food travel Day1- Eateries at Sector 14 gurgaon..are you visiting next ?

Sector 14, Gurgaon is most famous and old market of Gurugram (previously called Gurgaon). Its still a busy market with so many options of shopping starting from basic family needs to expensive wedding shops to electronics to brands like Yepme, Footin and many more.

Its surrounded by residential areas and hence has a big parking issue. But still, i can visit this place anytime around the corner for its food options. So read below my best eatery options here:

  1.  Sethi Sweets: Its a 15 yrs old shop located in front of famous Hanuman Mandir, in Sector 14, gurgaon. Its owned by Mr. Ramavatar and currently run by both father and son. They have snack options like Samosa (the best), kachori, jalebi, bread pakore and other namkeens like matthi etc. In sweets they have all sort of like milk cake (delicious), rabri, boondi, rasgulle. I love visiting this shop to have my fav only, Samosa with imli chuttney. Cost is very pocket friendlyBeFunky Collage
  2. South indian store: This is a famous South indian shop located opposite to back side of Hanuman mandir. Its run by a south based person and also running it from last 10 years or so. He accepts Paytm too for payments. He has constructed the 3 shop area, one with seating options and AC in it. Service is very quick and best place to have south indian authentic food like idli, dosa, utthapam, vada. You can try it from morning 7am to evening 10pm. Its a family restaurant, so plz visit it and enjoy 🙂 Every dosa cost lies withing 100 to 120 bucks.  He has also put up a shop in basement, where you can find ingredients like batter, powders, coconut and many other stuff. You can order the food online also from Swiggy.com  BeFunky Collage
  3. Sweet corn wala or Bhutte wala: This is a local street vendor who sits in sector 14, near or in front of Om sweets sometimes. He serves boiled bhutta or sweet corn. It tastes amazing and cost is 30rs per piece. Do try it guys 🙂20170731_192547
  4. Om sweets: This shop needs no description. You can always visit it for eating any delicacy 🙂
  5. Pao bhaji wala: This is again a street vendor, who puts up his thela near to spencers or hardly 20 steps ahead. He is surrounded by below vendors too. They all serve their food with full authentic flavor and service is too quick.DSC_0978
  6. Bunte wala: Minty bunta served with ice. Cost is just 20 bucks.
  7. Coffee wala :
  8. Madras Cafe: This is located in front of AKD towers in Sector 14. Its a outside market area and has seating options too. Food is amazing specially all chutneys served. Coffee is worth a try and everything is pocket friendly.

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Beat your office stress at Soi7, gurgaon !!

Gurgaon is well known for its office after hours nightlife, and a big credit goes to Cyber-Hub for the same. This place is famous for its weekdays & weekends day and night life both. Full of restaurants and pub-bars, cyber-hub is a heaven for IT people who spend full time in office. We can hang around with our friends, enjoying light music, dancing on our fav tunes and drinking our fav beers at so many breweries present there.

Similarly , visited to Soi7 with my hubby and friends for a sunday dayout. Its located at 2nd floor in cyberpub, near to Imperfecto. It has perfect arena with spacious indoor & outdoor seating option. They have kickboxing ring set up outside too. You have both high & low seating options perfectly suited for every person.soi7collg

We started our evening with Chinese snacks like Szechuan dimsums & vegetable assorted dimsums (4/5) – Serving is done in a wooden box carrying perfectly steamed dimsums, filled with assorted veggies.Charred tofu in teriyaki sauce (3.5/5) – i personally dont like tofu much, but dish was true to its name. Person having taste for tofu , would love eating it.Grilled baby potatoes (5/5) – crispy and well full of flavors.Loved them.Crispy vegetable chilli garlic (5/5) -Assorted crispy veggies tossed with chilli garlic and true to its name .Vietnamese Lotus root (4/5) – This is something new i tired, but just loved it. It was little over honilious, but tasty & crispy.Winner snack for today was Oriental Money bag(5/5) – deep fried spring roll pouch filled with assorted veggies.

Along with it, we enjoyed our mocktails like Bunta (5/5), Italian smooch (5/5) along with other friends enjoying their beer & cocktails like Cosmopolitan , Sangarias (5/5)

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We skipped the main course as we were almost full with snacks only. Still we gave a try to chinese fried rice combo. Again it was full of aroma and perfect flavors.We moved on to desserts and tried Choclate spring roll (5/5) – fired rolls full of chocolate served hot with vanilla icecream. Coconut tres leches (3.4/5) – It was 3 milk coconut cake, which was full of flavors & chocolate honey glazed flat noodles with sesame (5/5). Perfect day with perfect people at amazing place !!

Presentation of food was amazing.Every plate had a side serving of edible flower shaped carrot, reddish and green leaves. Just loved it. The staff is exceptional, they are friendly and extremely professional.

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Ryaal Carrot Seed oil..best for skin & hair!!

Hello friends, so am back with my next product review, which is a famous multi-usage oil called “Ryaal Carrot Seed oil (cold pressed)”.

Product Description:

Cold pressed oils are retrieved from the seeds of the wild carrot plant, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace. The plant is known for natural vitamins and minerals for intense moisturization and healing power. Pure Carrot Seed Oil has a natural earthy aroma with no added fragrances. The Ryaal Carrot Seed Oil is ideal as a Carrier oil for other essential oils and custom beauty blends. Best used daily and applied directly to skin and hair – not intended for diffusers.

Talking about the product:

Its 100% organic, pure, paraben free cold pressed oil. Never tested on any animals, so cruelty free. No added fragrances & undiluted. 15ml bottle, priced at 200 INR. I ordered it from Amazon.com

Packaging: The oil comes in dark blue color glass bottle, packed in a cardboard box to protect it. Ryaal team can work on improving the packaging & look/feel to make it more eye catchy.  They provide a separate dropper, which is leak proof.

Branding: The bottle has brand’s name and other details mentioned. Ryaal team can start mentioning extra detail as if it’s Cold-pressed oil or infused one.

Expiry: Ryaal Carrot Seed Oil shelf life is 1 year from purchase date.

Storage & Travel friendly: Dark color bottle preserves the organic oil by protecting against UV rays for the best results. Store in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight. Since it’s glass bottle, so risky to carry in a bag

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Everyone reading my blog, please ensure you have enough knowledge about Essential oils in market. Now a day, we have 3 types of Carrot oil available in market:

  • Carrot seed essential oil is extracted from the seeds of Daucus Carota (Queen Anne’s Lace), by steam distillation. Often labeled as carrot seed essential oil.
  • Cold-Pressed Carrot seed oil is produced by pressing the oil from the seeds of the carrot plant, much like you would produce other vegetable and seed oils. Often labeled as cold-pressed carrot seed oil or just carrot seed oil. This is the one I am talking about today in my blog.
  • Infused carrot oil is produced by infusing the macerated roots and/or plant parts within an oil. Often labeled as infused carrot oil of macerated carrot oil.

Since I do not apply products directly to my skin or hair, I add it with other carrier oils and prepare my own beauty serums/mask. Before you start using these products it’s very important to read below tips and understand if it’s safe for you or not. What I write in my blog is my experiences using this product. So read below properly, understand it well and then only go ahead using this product.

  • It’s important to note the difference between essential oils and infused oils. Study about them thoroughly and then only use them.
  • Drink 9-10 glass of water daily to keep your skin hydrated and energized in scorching summers.
  • These oils need not to be used by pregnant women at any cost. Its unhealthy for both mother & baby
  • People suffering from respiratory diseases or asthma should also avoid using carrot seed oil. This also applies to individuals with a history of epilepsy or suffering from it now.
  • Do not to apply carrot seed oil on your skin directly. Always mix it up with other proper ingredients or other carrier oil like coconut or olive oil for protection from its potential photosensitization and the other effects of its undiluted strength.
  • Never try anything without doing skin test, ie place a drop of carrot seed oil on a small portion of your skin (like leg fingers) and wait for a day. If there is no sign of skin irritations, it means carrot oil is perfectly suited to your skin. Do not apply them on your face or body above leg ankle to test them.
  • Whenever you prepare any product using carrot seed oil, again do a skin test, as mentioned above. Do not apply them on your face or body above leg ankle to test them.

 

LESS IS MORE with facial oils or serums.  Only use 2-3 drops at a time else you skin will feel greasy and the oil will not be absorbed properly! Be sure to stay organic!

 

This product has many natural healthy properties & benefits like:

  • Protects Sun damage – Natural Carrot Seed Oil is full of naturally-occurring beta carotene, provitamin A, vitamin E, carotenoids & more. Ideal for mature or dry skin types, as well as damaged and brittle hair. Ideal as a natural anti-aging beauty serum – best carrier oil for use with essential oils. Add a few drops to your natural sunscreen for added skin protection.
  • More even Skin tone –  Botanical potency of Carrot Seed Oil clears complexions to create a more even skin tone. It also even out the patchy blemished skin. Carrot seed oil helps to naturally reduce the melanin, which is responsible for dark patches, spots.
  • Fights Acne – Oil has antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial properties , which help to reduce pimples and acne problems by killing the microbes responsible for acne
  • Anti-Ageing & fights scar – Antioxidant rich, so help in fighting damage free radicals that can cause wrinkles and damage to skin tissue. It stimulates the growth of new skin cells, so helps in removing the left over marks and facial scars.
  • As a Stress Reliever Carrot seed oil is widely used in aromatherapy because of its mild and soothing aroma, which is found to be very effective in relieving stress and anxiety. They are capable of relieving muscle aches, enhance the production of erythrocytes and improve eyesight. I read about this property on google, but not really sure about it.
  • Increases hair growth and thickness – A powerful anti-oxidant, and full of natural vitamins and minerals, Carrot Seed Oil encourages fuller hair growth when used as a weekly scalp massage.
  • Its paraben free, cold pressed, no animal testing, fragrance free, and cruelty free.

I generally love making my own home products rather than buying cosmetics for my skin and hair protection. These days we get all diluted products in markets with chemicals in it, so it’s always better to buy essential oils and prepare your own mask at home and use it. Ryaal’s essential oils are 100% pure & safe to use. They are fragrance free and undiluted with natural botanicals for better skincare and haircare.You can buy it from here.

I started using this product 2 weeks back, by mixing it up in my home-made skin pack and hair oil. I am mid-aged professional women, so I have to look good and smart every day. These home make packs help me take care of my daily skin nourishment and re-energizes my skin cells. A must add here, is I also drink 9-10 glass of water daily to keep my skin healthy. So do follow my tips before using any of products mentioned in my blog.

Carrot Oil for Skin

Carrot oil is an important ingredient in most of the skin care products now a day. They are capable of adding moisture or antioxidant protection to skin. As mentioned above in benefits of this oil, you can clearly see its paraben free and 100% pure organic. This has so many anti-oxidants to fight different skin problems in summers.

Read more for Secret remedy for anti-ageing using Ryaal Carrot seed oil. This is my home-made pack for skin, which I apply in night, to avoid day time sunlight. My experience with this product has been awesome. Initially i had very dry skin and white patches on my face. In 2 weeks, i can see quite clear skin and also it doesn’t dry up much.

Carrot Oil for Hair

As we know, carrot has many nutrients which are good for hair like vitamins A & E. They are capable of increasing hair growth and make it look thicker and shinier. Now let us see some of the major benefits of carrot oil for hair. Applying this oil on regular weekly basis, it helps to improve blood circulation and in turn makes hair more stronger , soft & shiny. My secret for this is to mix 3 drops of carrot seed oil with 10 drops of coconut oil and apply it on my head scalp in night. Give it a gentle message and cover my head with shower cap and sleep. Wash my hair in morning and can see the difference.

My experience with using this product for hair has been again great ! Initially my hair had think strands and use to fall a lot. From last 2 weeks of usage, it has reduced a  lot and i can feel little thickness. Not much but yes its noticeable. Hope to see more good results with Ryaal other products too !!

 

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Skin remedy recipes || Anti Aging mask

This is my recipe for anti-aging skin. If your skin have already paled out, loosened and lost shine you can try the recipe for skin tightening and reviving of skin. Applying this oil mix serum will not only  help to give immense anti aging benefits but also improve the overall tone of your skin. It is perfect for all skin types all though, if you are prone to clogging, proceed cautiously-there is a chance this oil could be too rich and could cause breakouts..

Ingredients:
1)  7 drops Pomegranate oil
2) 2 drops carrot essential seed oil
3) 4 drops lavender oil
4) 3 drops of vitamin E
5) 1/2 tbsp Rose water
6) 1 dark glass bottle with leak proof lid
How to prepare:
  • For this recipe, you have to mix the above oils in quantity mentioned.Nothing more or less
  • You can mix it and store it in a bottle for  day, away from direct sunlight & cool place.
  • Now that you have it all done you can use it when ever required.

How to use:

  • Always do a skin test for products made, as mentioned in my previous blog. Wait for next 24hrs, to notice any irritation before using it on your face or skin.
  • Apply it all over the face with a cotton evenly and let it be for 10 minutes.
  • You can now wash your face with little warm water and dry it with soft towel.
  • Avoid going into the sun for next 10 hours, as it can reduce the impact. So my suggestion is to apply in nighttime.
  • Apply moisturizer if you feel dry.

Tips (important to remember)

We can also use this Carrot seed oil with other oils like cucumber juice, lemon juice/oil to prepare skin products for anti aging, fairness etc. Always remember to study & research on quantity to mix, just don’t assume and mix anything and apply it. It can leave adverse effects on your skin.

Recipe given above is my secret for glowing wonderful skin. Please leave your comments about how you like it and did it work for you !!

 

 

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