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THE BODY SHOP TEA TREE ANTI-IMPERFECTION DAILY SOLUTION

Hey beautiful people, how are you guys doing?

I recently had such a bad breakout, seriously bad. I was not in a mood to try any DIY’s or any products and I just left my skin to suffer. Not a good thing to do, I know! But life was so crazy, I just ignored myself. Then one day as I went to The Body Shop store to get some stuff I noticed a beauty and got it. I am talking about the body shop tea tree anti-imperfection daily solution. Please keep reading to know what, why, how and whatever questions you have in your mind about this product.

Product claims

Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution is a lightweight, pre-serum concentrate that combats breakouts and improves the overall condition of skin. After 4 weeks, skin looks and feels purified, clearer, smoother, healthier, clarified, mattified and soothed with reduced redness and imperfections. This daily solution battles breakouts with its easily absorbed key ingredient, pure tea tree oil.

Price and Availability

Priced at $22 at all TBS stores

The body shop tea tree anti-imperfection daily solution review

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The tea tree range has been my favorite range when it comes to The body shop. Such a wonderful range of products especially suited for oily/combination skin. The Anti-imperfection daily solution also is from the tea tree range.The Anti-imperfection daily solution comes in a green colored glass bottle with a dropper dispenser cap, which is black. Dropper is perfect as you can adjust the amount of product getting dispensed. You just need 2-3 drops of the product. The packaging is quite handy but is made of glass, so you might not prefer it while travelling.

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The Anti-imperfection daily solution is a clear watery solution. This is not a moisturizer, this is more like a serum. This glides on smoothly on the face and absorbs into your skin as soon as it is applied. Not oily or greasy at all.

The daily solution has tea tree oil as one of its main ingredient so has a very fresh fragrance of tea tree oil. Not very overpowering fragrance and fades away really quick.

I use this two times, morning and evening.Just take 2-3 drops on my fingers and tap this on my face. It feels very soothing and fresh when applied on the skin. The anti-imperfection daily solution has so much improved how my skin felt. It mattifies the skin, makes pores less visible, reduces acne marks and makes skin appear smoother and fresher.  This claims to get rid of blemishes, well it does not prevent any breakouts or anything but yes helps is reducing them and also helps in overall repairing of the skin. As i have mentioned earlier my skin was in such a bad condition and this product has helped me in improving my skin.

Let’s talk about moisturizing. The SA said you can skip moisturizer when using this. But I disagree. This gives some amount of moisturization but not enough for my combination skin. So you definitely have to moisturize after using this. And if you have dry skin , then you definitely definitely must moisturize. The brand itself claim this to be a pre-serum, but since I don’t wish to add that one more step, I use it as a serum.

But I seriously don’t mind that. It also helps in lightening dark spots on regular use. I have been using this for the past 4-5 months. But you don’t have to use it for such a long time to see results. Definitely shows results in about a month. TBS claims it to show results within 4 weeks. You need only a few drops of the product so this is going to last long. Even after using for 4-5 months, the bottle isn’t empty yet.

Overall 

In love with:

  • The liquid glides on smoothly on the face.
  • Not oily or sticky and absorbs really fast into the skin.
  • Can be used both during summer and winter.
  • Fresh fragrance.
  • Mattifies the skin.
  • Reduces acne and helps in fading acne marks.
  • Visibly reduces redness and fastens process of healing.
  • Pores become less visible.
  • Improves the skin texture.

Not in love with:

  • Some might not like the smell.
  • Some might find it expensive, but for the quality its worth. It’s also going to last for a long time.

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Final verdict

I’m really impressed how clearer and smoother my skin felt after using this. Does not prevent acne, but helps in reducing it and also clearing the acne marks. The Body shop tea tree anti-imperfection daily solution has definitely improved how my skin looked and felt. For that reason I am really happy with this. I am not going to repurchase this as I have some other products lined up to try but I highly recommend you give it a try especially if you have oily/combination skin. I give it 4.8/5

Have you tried this product? Which is your favorite product from the tea tree range?

SUMMER SKINCARE TIPS

 

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Summer is officially in and what are your plans for this summer? Getting sun-kissed in the beaches? Or some fun picnics  with your kids to beautiful gardens, zoo maybe. Or strolling through some gorgeous cities and getting to know some new culture Summer for some is the best time for vacation, for some it is officially the beach season, some does not restrict to beaches its all about outdoor fun, mainly with your kids. Whatever you do, summer also calls for some extra skincare. Yes! like the special care you gave your skin during winters, your skin demands some special care during summer too. After all everybody wishes to have a healthy and beautiful skin, so you have to work for it. This post covers some basic summer skincare tips, following which will leave your skin at its best. And I know you don’t want to waste a lot of your fun-time in skincare so I am making it really easy for you. I have also included some summer makeup trends. (more…)

DIY SHEA BUTTER BODY SCRUB

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I am a real fan of shea butters. I use it for my face, hair, lips, body, feet and hands. Sometimes for moisturizing, sometimes for healing various skin issues ;sometimes alone sometimes along with other ingredients; shea butter is one amazing product! I have used shea butter body scrub (no, not homemade but from a very good brand) in the past and I love it! But I keep on trying and experimenting with different products and diy’s so I use some others at the moment.  But a few days back I really missed my shea butter body scrub so I thought  instead of buying it I should make it at home. So I went through the ingredient list of my favorite shea butter body scrub for inspiration (Please don’t use the word copying,!) and made my own shea butter body scrub at home! (more…)

LAVENDER AND HONEY FACIAL TONER

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Years back, before getting into some serious skincare routine, toner was something which I thought was unnecessary for my skin. I didn’t want to use too many products on my skin back then. Later on when I realized toner is essential for skincare I started trying out so many of the store-bought toners, from almost every range from most brands. But to be frank I was not really happy about any of them. So after that I started using toners which I made at home. The best part about the toners I make are that I I can customize according to my skin needs and also I can use ingredients which I already have at home  . And they work really well! Seriously! So today I am going to tell you about one of my favorite homemade toners, lavender and honey facial toner.

Why use toners on face

Before getting into the lavender and honey facial toner, I thought it would be a good idea to start with why use toners on your face, I mean any toners. So lets start with this first. But if you already know why and you just want to know about the lavender and honey facial toner, you are welcome to scroll down and read just the part you want. So what toners basically do to your skin is:

  • It moisturizes.
  • It refreshes your skin.
  • Balances the pH level.
  • Leaves your skin softer and smoother.

The lavender and honey facial toner

So let get into our topic now. The lavender and honey facial toner is one of my favorite toners, like I said. You might have already guessed the two main ingredients by now, lets find out what other ingredients you need and how much.

You need:

  • 1/2 tbsp of honey.
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar.
  • 1/2 cup water.
  • 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil.

How to make the lavender and honey facial toner

If you are using raw honey (that’s best) you have to add about two tablespoons of warm water to dissolve the honey. To this stir in the ACV , water and finally the lavender essential oil. Transfer this to a bottle. And its done!

You can use any other essential oils and prepare the facial toners of your choice by the same method. For example, you can use tea tree oil to prepare your own tea tree facial toner, my other favorite. Or you can just make a very simple facial toner by using juice from one lemon and 1/2 cup water or the ACV facial toner by using 1 part ACV to three parts water.

How to use the lavender and honey facial toner

After you are done cleansing your face, take the toner on a cotton pad and apply it on your face and neck. Or if you are using the spritzing bottle, just spray the facial toner on your face and then follow with your normal skincare routine. This is not just for the lavender and honey facial toner, this method is for using any toners in general.

The benefits of using the lavender and honey facial toner

I have already mentioned the benefits of using toners but this particular facial toner helps in treating acne, and in boosting the renewal of skin apart from the other benefits of using toners like leaving your skin fresher, younger, softer smoother and moisturized.

 

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So what do you think about the lavender and honey facial toner? Or do you have any other favorite facial toners? Please comment below and let me know about it.

 

 

HOW TO DO A FACIAL AT HOME

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Our skin needs some pampering to remain beautiful. So it is important to show some love to your skin. The easiest way is definitely to go to a beauty salon and get a facial done. Just relax and enjoy! But did you know you can do the facial at home! All by yourself? You don’t have to spend a fortune for the facial and you don’t have to get out of your home too. (more…)

TURMERIC FACE MASK FOR CLEAR SKIN

The good old turmeric can do wonders to your skin…

 

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Turmeric has been used in various parts of the world for beauty treatments from centuries. Turmeric has its origin in the South-Asia and is now used in almost everywhere in the world. Turmeric is widely used in many cuisines like Indian.Turmeric has many health and beauty benefits. Including turmeric in your diet can help in weight-loss, preventing cancer, boosts immunity, controls cholesterol and diabetes( to mention a few).

When it comes to skincare, turmeric is your life-saver. It has  many beauty benefits. So it is a great idea to include turmeric in your food. You can also apply it externally  as face masks, scrubs or any other form which works for you. One thing which I like the most about turmeric is that you can use it not only for your face but also for your entire body. In India, women apply turmeric to the entire body as a pre-marital beauty treatment and also after pregnancy to treat all the pregnancy related skin issues. It is believed that many Bollywood actresses also do the turmeric beauty treatments.

Turmeric face mask

There are many ways you can use turmeric. But in this post I am talking about one of my favorite ways of using turmeric. This is not just my favorite, the mask is so effective. So lets get into details about the turmeric face mask.

You need:

1 tbsp turmeric powder.

2 tbsp chick pea flour.

2 tbsp yogurt.

1 tbsp honey.

I normally grind my own turmeric powder from the dried out roots. In India, turmeric is widely available (both powder and roots, even the fresh ones). Some cultivate their own turmeric at home. If you can get your hands on the homely made ones, its superb. You have to dry it out in the sun to grind it to a fine powder. We also use the fresh ones in our skin care (not getting into details about it). If you can’t find it, no problem you can use the powder which can be easily found in any Indian grocery stores.

Remember: I have used 1 tbsp of turmeric powder, you can use a little bit more if you like, not more than that because turmeric can cause a burning sensation.

If you don’t have chick pea flour you can swap it for rice flour. 

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How to prepare turmeric face mask

Measure and take all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix it really well to form a smooth paste. The paste should not be too runny as well as too thick. It should be somewhere in between.

To apply:  After cleansing your face and neck, apply the mask using a brush or with your finger tips. Let it stay there for about 20 minutes or until the mask dries out and becomes stiff. After 20 minutes, moisten the mask once again using warm water and massage the face with the mask, to give your face a slight exfoliation. Then rinse off with cold water. You will see instant results. Now, do not forget to apply your daily moisturizer.

Remember: We know turmeric can give a yellow color to anything it comes in contact with. So do not wear light colors. Wear some old clothes which you don’t mind staining.

Normally after I wash off the mask there is no yellow residue or color on my face. Thanks to the chick pea flour we are adding. But if you are left out with slightly yellow face don’t panic. Cleanse your face using a mild cleanser and the yellow color is gone.

If you feel a slight burning sensation on your face, it is fine. But if the sensation is unbearable wash off the mask immediately using cold water followed by a cold milk rinse. Actually it is a very good idea to wipe off your face with cold milk for removing the yellow color too.

If you have dry skin you can use 1 tsp of olive or almond oil to the mask to make it moisturizing.

The best thing about the turmeric face mask is that it can also be applied underneath your eyes for treating dark circles. You can also use this on your entire body to treat stretch marks and pigmentation during pregnancy.

 

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Benefits of turmeric face mask on skin

  • The turmeric face mask is great for exfoliating, leaving behind soft and smooth skin.
  • This mask works as an anti-aging mask. The high amounts of anti-oxidants in turmeric slows down cell damage.
  • The mask is very effective in treating acne. It also helps in lightening acne marks and scars.
  • The turmeric face mask is great for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and also dry skin.
  • The turmeric face mask helps in reducing pigmentation and evens out the skin.
  • It is also effective in treating dark circles.

So what do you think about the mask? Such an amazing mask, this is. Try the turmeric face mask for clear, beautiful skin and share your experience with me.

 

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AVOCADO SEED FOR FACE

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What do you do to your avocado? Toss it to your salads? Make sandwiches, dip or smoothies? You might also be using avocados on your skin as face masks or for moisturizing (I have mentioned a brilliant way to use it in your natural skin care routine here). You might definitely be using avocados because we know it has tons of benefits for skin, hair and with all the healthy fats it is a healthier option to spreads and dips. The fun part is it tastes so good.

Today’s post is not about various methods of using avocados,you can continue with however you have been using, no problem. My today’s post is about  using the seed that always goes un-noticed and abandoned. After I let you know one great method of using the avocado seed, you will surely wonder why haven’t you thought of it before and you will love me more for the very reason.

I am so excited to share this and I am sure after you know what to do, you will never throw away the under-rated avocado seed. So lets get to it straight.

You need

1 avocado

Yaay!! You just need one avocado for this. Actually one avocado seed.

Avocado for massage

We all love our salon visits. Why because we want our skin to be pampered. You know we have so many options to do it at home (I have mentioned various skin care DIY’s in my blog like thisthis and this) But the best part about a salon facial is the massage and we don’t really know how to do a proper facial massage. Now there are many tools available in the market to give a great  massage to your face. We also know one great method is using ice-cubes like in this post. But I have come up with a better massaging tool and by now you have already understood what I am talking about. If not, let me break the surprise, Avocado seed is a great massaging tool. Yes I mean it. Now you might be like what nonsense, this will never work etc. etc. but try it to believe it.

Method of massaging

For an effective facial massage your avocado seed must be refrigerated. For a luxurious feel apply some avocado pulp on your face and then using the seed massage your face, starting from your jaw line, massaging upwards to the corners of your lips to the nostrils and to your cheek bone then back. Follow this with the a chin massage (in circular motion) and finally your forehead, starting near the temples to the middle of your fore head and back again. Next massage around your eyes. Repeat the process for both halves of your face. Once your done massaging your face, massage your neck too.

Trust me this is such a blissful experience where your face feels relaxed. The massage also has so many benefits to your skin.

Benefits of massage

  • The first and foremost benefit of this or any massage in general is that, a facial massage increases blood and oxygen flow to the face revealing a beautiful glow to the skin.
  • Massaging on a regular basis gives a youthful skin reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
  • The avocado seed massage hydrates your skin and gives a radiant glow to it.

If you are not convinced by now and you doubt about trying the avocado seed massage, then all I can tell you is try it to know. You are not going to lose anything anyways. Avocados are great for your skin, you know. And you were however going to throw away that seed, so why not give this revolutionary idea a try. You will love the experience and how you skin feels. This sounds crazy but it works.

 

 

GLAM BOX DECEMBER 2015

 

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If you are wondering what glam box is, it is a beauty subscription box, with 4-5 deluxe samples and one or two full-sized products. If you are some one like me who would love to try out new products, this is definitely your game. Each month you get a beautiful pink box with samples from some well-known brands, you get some luxury brands too if you are lucky. Sometimes these boxes contain products from some new and upcoming brands also, which you would not consider buying the full size before testing. Sometimes your box might also contain discount vouchers (for spa treatment, shopping etc; which may or may not be useful to you)

The beauty box concept is already very popular in many other countries (like the birch box,glossy box) but here in the UAE, I think glam box was the first to launch such beauty boxes.  Now there are a boatload of beauty boxes in the UAE. But people are still not sure about such things.

The reason why I am writing such a detailed post about glam box is because, when I first thought of subscribing glam box, I wasn’t sure if I should. As any other person I surfed through the internet to gather details. But I couldn’t find even a single useful post. Then I thought maybe I should try it. One reason why I chose to subscribe to the glam box is that I love surprise gifts. This is like getting surprise gifts every month ( you know you will receive it each month until your subscription period, but the products remain a mystery). The fun part is definitely the opening to see what awaits you.

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The December box is their festive special box, actually boxes. It comes with a free welcome box andfree shipping! The normal price of a 3-month subscription is 239 AED but I got it on offer for just 164 AED. How cool is that! Lets unwrap and find out what we have got.

The December glam boxes contain the following products

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L’OCCITANE SHEA BUTTER EXTRA GENTLE SOAP (100gm)

This is the product I love the most in my glam box mainly because I like L’occitane and my box had a beautiful smell because of this soap. This is a full-sized product which costs 8.50 dollars (almost 31 AED).

ABEECO BEE VENOM MASK(15 gm)

I have never tried any products from Abeeco. The bee venom mask is supposed to be made from the best New Zealand bee venom. For this reason I am excited to try this out. The whole idea of applying bee venom on my face is freaking me out to some extent I agree. But I will not miss the chance. Come on now how often do we get to test bee venoms (in positive way). And yeah, this is a sample sized product. 50gms of this product might cost around 400 AED.

SALLY HANSEN COMPLETE SALON MANICURE 

The shade I received is Aria Redy? which I think is perfect for this festive season. It is a magenta pink kind of shade which I wouldn’t use otherwise. The price is 39 AED.

MISA NAIL LACQUER

Another nail paint, and the shade is It’s you! Such a beautiful shade I must say. It has a very subtle duo-chrome effect and I love it. It costs around 28 AED.

DOVE PURELY PAMPERING BODY CREAM(15 ml)

Another full-sized product which costs around 48 AED, I think. Not sure if I like it or not. But since it contains shea butter and warm vanilla sounds good.

FRESH LOOK ONE-DAY COLOR CONTACT LENSES

I got pure Hazel. Now I wonder why they have added lenses to a beauty box. I know the colored lenses can make your eyes beautiful, but did not expect it and I think this is a little in-appropriate.The price for a pack (which contain ten lenses) is 65AED. I got a sample pack of two.

THE FACE SHOP REAL NATURE MASK (ALOE)

I loved all the face shop products I have used so far.  So I would love to try this too.

BIORE DEEP CLEANSING CHARCOAL PORE STRIPS 

Now everybody knows how effective biore pore strips are in removing black heads, never tried the charcoal one though; so already loving it. I got 2 strips which might costs a total of 18 AED.

MAX FACTOR FACE INFINITY PRIMER

Yes! This has been in my shopping list, now I can try and then buy( since I have the sample). The price for 30ml is 79 AED.

SHEA BUTTER DXB

I use shea butter in many DIY’s, so I am happy I got this. Sample size, but good.

PARACHUTE GOLD COCONUT HAIR OIL

I wish I received something else. The oil I received is a sample.

STERIKARE OIL CONTROL FILM

I got a pack of 50 sheets which costs 15 AED. These are bloating papers and I think its a must-have.

Phew! Such a huge list of items. And not to forget the discount vouchers. To sum up lets get into what I like and dislike about the glam box middle east.

In LOVE

  • I was lucky my subscription included a festive box,so I got a lot of products.
  • I got to try some products which I have never imagined of trying like the bee venom mask.
  • The price definitely. It costs only around 80 AED for one month (I got it for less) but you get products which would costs you more otherwise.
  • I got four full-sized products. No wait, five!

NOT IN LOVE WITH

  • Both the nail paints were ok, but I don’t prefer getting nail paints in my beauty boxes.
  • The dove body cream, I don’t know if I will use it. I prefer make-up products to skin care mainly because I like to use natural products in my skin-care routine.
  • The parachute oil which I will never use mainly because I have a well-maintained hair care routine now for my hair using many DIY’s and other methods.

My final verdict about the glam box me is that I love the December glam box and will eagerly be waiting for the next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN TEA CUCUMBER DIY FACIAL SCRUB

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Sometimes what our skin needs is just exfoliation. But we are so busy with our lives we skip exfoliating. Even worse is when some people really do not think exfoliating is necessary. There are some others who believe exfoliating will damage your skin (What? seriously? Its true!). And some are just lazy. Whatever your reason is, DO NOT SKIP EXFOLIATION.  The reason we exfoliate is to remove dead skin cells and keep those white heads and black heads at bay. Being said that, don’t exfoliate too vigorously (now that will surely and definitely damage your skin). Gently massaging with a good scrub will surely do the job.

So I am going to introduce you to one of my favorite scrubs, which is made with natural ingredients and has so many good qualities to enhance your skin’s health. A healthy skin means a beautiful you!

Green tea-cucumber DIY facial scrub

(Only the name is a little bit long, the ingredient list is short, don’t worry.) This is a great scrub which requires only three ingredients but gives tons of benefits to your skin. Sounds great? Then lets find out what to use.

Get the ingredients

Search and find out the following from your kitchen:

  1. 2 tbsp Green tea
  2. 1/2 Cucumber
  3. 2-3 tbsp Sugar

The process

In a blender, blend together the green tea and cucumber to form a paste. Add sugar to the paste. And there you have our green tea-cucumber scrub. Massage this scrub to your skin (and dust out all the dead skin cells). Then wash it off with cold water.

Remember: If you have dry skin add honey to your scrub.

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Benefits of using this scrub

  • Exfoliates and unclogs pores to give clean glowing skin.
  • Reduces tanning and improves skin complexion.
  • Controls oil secretion and acne.
  • Fights anti-aging signs.

Try it and let me know how your skin felt. Take care.

 

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