Monday, 19 March 2018

Khadi Sweet Almond Oil Review | Skin & Hair Oil | Beauty Review | Lifestyle Beauty Blogger India

Khadi Sweet Almond Oil, a must-have in every beauty bag.

For my super sensitive, combination-dry, acne prone, occasionally patchy and occasionally oily skin, there are very few oils that work in making it glow without clogging the pores! Khadi Sweet Almond Oil is definitely one of them. 

I had used another brand of almond oil once about 4 years ago when I had gone to a bargain beauty store with a friend and just picked it up on a lark. It worked quite well on my skin (facial as well as body) but at that time my skin was not very acne prone. When I started getting angry pimples outbreak I stopped using all oils. But now in past year my skin has been behaving very erratically so I decided to incorporate Khadi Sweet Almond Oil in my beauty regime :) 

Packaging of Khadi Sweet Almond Oil is very basic and it does not feel very travel friendly either, especially its flimsy cap which is the same story for all Khadi products I have bought. Its Ingredients list simply says Sweet Almond oil. Claims to prevent blackheads, acne,  hairloss as well as deeply soften and moisturize both hair as well as skin. It is available in Khadi stores as well as online on Amazon for around Rs. 600 for 210 mlQuantity is good enough to last for 2-3 months as only a couple of drops are needed to apply it on skin as well as hair,by mixing it with other oils/face packs/body scrubs.

I have found Khadi Sweet Almond Oil to be quite natural, does not have an artificial smell, it is neither very thick nor very runny, looks golden but when applied it does not have any tint. 

For my facial skin, I rely mostly on Ubtans and Forest Essentials Tejasvi Ubtan as well as Narangi & Nagkesar Ubtan are my favorite with most amazing glow, smoothness and softness imparted to my skin. So how I use Khadi Sweet Almond Oil is adding a couple of drops in my ubtan + yogurt mix and apply it on my face for 15-20 minutes every alternate day. 

I also make body scrubs/packs with multani mitti, besan, curd and add a couple of sweet almond oil there also. Both ways, I have seen that my skin is left moisturized perfectly, my skin is not patchy nor is it stretchy or extremely oily. This is best for combination as well as dry skin. Maybe very oily skin will not like this moisturizing aspect.

Similarly, for hair, I use it in conjunction with castor/olive/coconut oil and my extremely dry + frizzy hair likes the combination, I have seen reduction in hairfall as well as the itchiness on my scalp. I am also taking biotin supplements but my hair feels better so I know these oil combinations are also playing their part in caring for my hair :)

I have tried using Khadi sweet almond oil as a body massage oil too but my body skin is extremely dry so I actually prefer using other heavy duty lotions or creams such as Forest Essentials Nargis Body Cream. The good thing is that this sweet almond oil gets absorbed quite quickly and does not leave a stain behind on clothes. For mildly dry skin, this is a great massage option, especially during summers when nobody wants very creamy body lotions. 

  • Feels natural and pure :) 
  • Lasts a long time as a small amount is needed 
  • Khadi is pure Indian brand, rooted in our villages, so feels good to be a part of this swadesi movement :) 
  • Can be used on facial skin through ubtans or home made scrubs, same for body and on hair too. Completely multi-faceted.
  • Suits even my ultra sensitive skin,no breakouts or pimples 
  • Leaves my confused + problematic skin baby soft, smooth and moisturized
  • Have to say that after using it for over a month, I feel like my pores are clearer, not clogged at all.
  • Quite effective on arresting hairfall and making hair shinier, less frizzier, especially when used in conjunction with other oils
  • Quite easily available offline as well as online on Amazon, Nykaa etc.

  • Very oily skinned beauties might feel it too heavy on their face
  • Packaging is not good, cap is very flimsy and not travel friendly at all

Recommended -YES! One of the few products that is a timeless classic and can be used in multiple ways to keep skin healthy :) Rating is 5/5

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Parisien Pattiserie | Exotic Vegetarian French Desserts In Mumbai | Food Review | Food Photography

Happy to have been here for a review session recently :) Just cross the road from High Street Phoenix main entrance and walk straight for literally 2 minutes to reach this cute little patisserie. Very small place, more of pastry-cake-macaroons-chocolates pick up place, it has been decorated nicely to give little Parisian feel. 

Staff is very polite and the display instantly gives a premium feel as it is not loaded with usual chocolate/ black forest/ red velvet/ mix fruits cakes, pastries and puffs. Rather beautiful and unique offerings make up the display. Prices are indeed on higher side, but each delicacy is made of quality ingredients and has unique flavor profile, so prices seem well deserved for gourmet feel and taste.

We started off with LE BRESIL TROPICAL - Pineapple Compote with hint of Mango and Coconut Mousse presented in a Martini glass in layers, this is just the kind of light and refreshing dessert that we would want on a hot summer day, the only complaint is that it got over very fast :P If you do not like very sweet dessert, go blindly for this.

Next up FRENCH FRAMBOISE - Raspberry & Dark Chocolate Ganache, Berry Compote & Chocolate Sponge, this is perhaps the prettiest one and also a must-try. Be aware, it is dense and every mouthful probably contains 50,000 calories (or so it will feel in the gym later :P) But honestly, the combination of chocolate and tangy raspberry is beautiful. Not tooooo tangy, but enough to make it memorable and look at that red color, isn't it inviting.

Now, the chocoholic in me is shouting happily about COCOA NOIR - Truffle & Chocolate Joconde, Pate Sablee filled with Nuts, I hardly shared it with my sister because CHOCOLATE baby :D Oh and the crunchiness of nuts and the biscuit at the bottom, have all the layers together-soft and spongy and crunchy, I am gonna have this again and again.... 

Finally, my sister's most favorite TARTE AUX FRAISES - Multi layered dessert consisting of French biscuit, Strawberry Gelee, Mint Mousse cubes garnished with Pistachio, a melange of fresh flavors. Perfect for hot afternoon, this one is light + tangy and that hint of mint in the end is explosive to say the least. 

There were more inviting and one-of-a-kind desserts on display that we will have to come back for, including yummy fresh cakes that made me wish I had a birthday this week. Definitely a must check-out place for all dessert fanatics :)

Monday, 12 March 2018

Loreal Paris Clay Mask Review | Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Pores | Beauty Review | Indian Beauty Lifestyle Fashion Blogger

Loreal Paris brings a good face mask for all skin types.
While I was on a beauty buying spree couple of months ago, I was very focused on getting products specifically for pore care i.e. cleaning pores, refining them, dealing with blackheads et al. I got a gem in Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask and Loreal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Pores Mask was also bought in the same spree.
Since my skin is combination type and leans more towards dry than oily, I decided to go with Exfoliate & Refine instead of Purify & Mattify which seems to be geared more for oily skin types. Loreal Paris products have in the past not done any miracles on my skin but since almost every beauty blogger I know was going gaga over these little clay mask bottles, I decided to give it a spin too :)

L’OrĂ©al Paris Pure Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refine Pores has 3 clays namely Kaolin + Montmorillonite + Moroccan Lava Clay along with Red Algae as its major Ingredients. Packaging looks good, colorful, but the little jar is bulky and not very travel friendly. Claims that Loreal Pure Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refine Pores addresses dead skin cells as well as dirt & oil build up to reveal polished, pore minimized and smooth complexion. Quantity is very less compared to price and even though only a little is needed every time, it will still get over in less than 3 weeks if used thrice a week.
Bought it from Amazon for Rs. 638 for 48 grams.
Opening the jar for the first time was a little disappointing since the quantity is so less. But only a little is needed to apply all over the face. The texture is creamy, color is beautiful coral (reddish-brownish), it spreads over face easily, hardens over 10 minutes after which I use warm water to wash it off. Minute exfoliating particles give deep cleaning to skin while washing it off.
My sensitive skin did not find anything allergic in the ingredients. My skin was left smooth though it did not do any magic on pores to shrink them but atleast face was deeply cleaned and it felt baby soft. I would say, this should be used before going out for a wedding or party because it immediately cleans skin deeply without making it dry and gives a nice glow. It also makes skin smooth to put on any makeup like magic so works like a primer in that sense :) Overall, happy with the product as it mostly does what it says.

  • Does what it claims
  • Makes skin soft and smooth
  • Exfoliates without scratching skin
  • Does not make skin dry after washing off unlike other clay masks
  • Imparts glow
  • Works like a primer for putting on makeup
  • Mild fragrance
  • Available online on Amazon, Nykaa etc.
  • No magic on pores
  • Not very effective on blackheads (though they do lessen after repeated applications)
  • Very expensive for quantity provided
Recommended- YES. Overall it is a satisfactory product. If they took care of quantity, it would be near perfect. Rating is 4/5.