Mannequin Vitamin E Oil Review


Rating: 7/10

See the sunlight is very essential to our well being. It strengthens our bones, triggers our metabolism gives our skin a healthy glow, besides so many more health benefits. While I was getting good sunlight back then I was not very consistent about the sunscreen. Though I was using one I am not sure that was the perfect one for Bombay’s humid climate.

This has led to my skin showing the reaction now, when actually I don’t even expose my skin too much sunlight. So I was looking for something that would nourish my skin from within. I knew Vitamin E was good for skin especially in protecting the skin from the harshness of the sun.

One way to get Vitamin E oil is using Almond Oil. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it. So I picked up the synthetically made one. The ingredients seem quite standard. This one is called Mannequin Vitamin E oil. It is very dense, which is how it should be. It has scent which I had hoped it wouldn’t since most synthetically produced scents are not good for the skin but I guess since I use so many products with scents in them, my moisturisers, deos, I would try it anyway. I massaged about a drop of it and let it be for 15 minutes or so. My skin feels great and very moisturised. I have yet another set of capsules which I will try and compare with this one. But on its own this is good enough.



Magic Potion: Oriflame Swedish Spa Sea Algae Review

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Rating: 4.5/5

May be it is just me but I had always undermined the value of a toner in my skin care regime. While religious exfoliate and moisturise my skin I didn’t exactly understand how the toner was any different than mere moistursing. May be the fault lied in the toners I had been using.

Toners really are the only way to complete your skin care routine. Before I tell you how I discovered it’s value, you may check the first two essential steps of skin care.

If you are already into exfoliating and moisturising, here is the third essential skin care ritual, toning.

Toner: While toning is recommended by any beauty expert, most of us do not value it as much. So the most we get is when we get the regular facial. But what a toner does is closes the open pores and tightens the skin. The exfoliation and moisturising leaves our pores open but if it is left open it will absorb the toxins at a faster rate and hence it is necessary that the pores are closed.

So this is my experience with the Oriflame Swedish Spa Sea Algae Mineral Face Mist. While it is called mist, this is essentially a toner.

Couple of hours after finishing off with my moisturiser, I thought I ought to try this. Since I was trying it out on a Sunday evening I didn’t need to worry about going out at least for twelve hours. And so, I applied this liquid, it’s really water and let it sit on my face and neck for an hour when it was completely dry.

Then I washed it off with just plain water. I didn’t use any face wash  as I had just completed my exfoliation, moisturise routine a couple of hours ago. So then I tapped it dry and I could already see the polished look on my skin. And since it had been a while since I had tried this home spa care I could feel the tightening and softness.

Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman Body Lotion Review


Rating: 4.5/5

Fragrance: 5/5!

So I have finished off the tube of my most favourite moisturiser and need to shower some love on it. But before that…

Elizabeth Arden is the first luxury brand that I tried. A bit of interesting history? Much before beauty salons became a common thing for most women, only women from the richest homes had their own parlours where they could spend some time pampering themselves. So for the first time, during the World War 2, Elizabeth Arden became the first beauty parlour in the world where in any woman could walk in and spend some time being pampered by others. So it’s legacy in pampering women goes way back…

So when I was buying this body lotion I was already aware that I was digging into something wonderful. I tried it on my face and instantly felt the difference. My skin stayed silky soft for the longest time. And it even passes my discontinue-to-use test, where in my skin doesn’t go to a tired, sad state if I don’t use it for a couple of days.

And special mention must be made of its fragrance, I can promise you even the most absent minded beau will take notice! 😉  And it will be your signature perfume.


Jergens Cherry Almond Moisturizer and Jergens Enriching Shea Butter Review

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Jergens Skin Cream is a brand not much seen in India. So when I saw this product in UAE I was tempted to buy it. I got Jergens Cherry Almond Moisturizer and Jergens Enriching Shea Butter.
Smell: Original Scent. I love the smell instantly. It cannot be defined in terms of something that goes with the regular perfumes like floral or musk but it has a pleasant modern fragrance.
After Application: The cream spreads quickly and absorbs quickly too. It leaves a sheen but doesn’t feel oily which is a feeling I like. The skin feels soft too. Both the smell and the softness stays for about eight hours. This is good as a daily moisturiser for a normal skin.
SMELL: I quite liked the Jergens Original Scent lot more. This scent is a little intense for my taste.
AFTER APPLICATION: Since this is a body cream I used it for my hands and legs as well. The skin remains soft many hours after application. This particular cream is for extra dry skin but since I have a normal skin I found it was good as a winter cream.
All in all both the products are good value for the money.

Dabur Gulabari Rose Water Review


The relation of rose and beauty is quite an old one. The complex yet beautiful arrangement of the rose flower is rightly a symbol of womenhood.

And the values of rose petals have been quite well known for so long. While it would be great to grow roses and enjoy its benefits it is not easy to do it given our hectic schedules.

So when I came across Dabur’s Gulabari Rose Water I had to try it. The smell is essentially rose water but I wanted to try it on my skin.

I used a regular cotton ball to apply this water. I let it dry for 20 minutes and then washed it with plain cold water. My skin did feel refreshed and breathing.

It is definitely worth trying!

Skin Anti-sagging Homemade Mask

skin care sagging home made maskSkin sagging is a natural phenomenon. However, improper diet, sleeping hours and pollution can add to the woes. 

One way is to maintain skin through natural products as opposed to cosmetic. Yes, we can get the CMT, Cleaning-Moisturising-Toning routine through homemade natural products.


Beauty is really skin deep. If your skin has unclean pores, no amount of make-up can hide its dullness. So before starting you can give yourself a wonderful herbal steam with neem leaves and green tea. This will clean out the pores. Then pat yourself with an ice pack, closing the pores back in and prepped for a conditioning treatment.


Almond oil: Almond oil locks in the moisture. It also is known to control the facial hair growth.

Egg white coupled with thyme oil: As a mask this is one of the most effective remedies for skin sagging and wrinkles. Egg white stimulates the production of collagen and thyme oil helps to rehydrate your skin.

Turmeric and Tomato juice: The pulp-like thing in tomato is an excellent collagen builder. The turmeric is antiseptic and even works on providing the elasticity.

A mashed ripe banana,  1tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil: This enriching mask helps to lift sagged skin and regulate sebum production. It helps to lock in the moisture  and firm sagged skin and giving a healthy glow.

Sandalwood: Many Indians have sandalwood at their homes, it is an excellent coolant for a tired skin suffering from pimples and such ailments. Instead of getting powder, it is best to invest in the piece and mortar. The turmeric can also be combined with this.

Step 3: TONING
Crush a few strawberries, add yogurt to make a paste and apply it to your face. Retain the mask for a 1-15 mins and wash with lukewarm water. It improves blood circulation. This mask acts as a toner and helps to tighten sagging skin. When in hurry, the basic astringent-rose water toning will still do fine.

Natural Hair Removal Epilators

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Tendrils when tender don’t look bad, but soon as you enter 30, they have strong desire to go macho. Here are a few ways to deal with the unruly, unwelcome rascals au naturally.


  • The benefits of turmeric for beauty has been endorsed in Ayurveda as much as coconut oil. A spice commonly used in Indian cuisine, turmeric also has a long history of use in health and beauty remedies. Mix a paste of turmeric powder, and aloe gel, and apply in a circular motion against the growth of the hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, and repeat three times a week for up to three months. You will notice your hair will grow back finer, slower and thinner. You may find your hair does not grow at all as long as you use the paste. Alternately you can make a wonderful scrub out of gram flour (besan) 3 tsps, turmeric 1/2 tsp, and cream. This is an excellent exfoliator.

Almond Oil

  • Almond oil is excellent for the health and beauty of your skin. It also contains constituents that inhibit hair growth. As with the turmeric remedy, use almond oil after an initial shave, wax or tweeze session. Repeat a few times per week and you will see a lessening of hair growth. Results vary from person to person, but most find they need to shave or tweeze less often over time.

Beefsteak Plant and Hare’s Ear Root

  • These two plants, known by their Latin names Perillae herba and Bupleuri radix, have been scientifically shown to inhibit hair growth. Japanese inventors have applied for a patent for their formula containing these and other herbs. You can read about their work at

White Pepper and Camphor

  • has an interesting recipe for leg hair removal. Mix white pepper and camphor to make a paste. Add a few drops of kerosene and apply to your legs. Leave this mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe off the hair with a cloth. If you have sensitive skin, you will want to use caution. It’s a good idea to test a small patch of skin first for irritation.
  • Indian way: Combine 3 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of besan (gram flour) at a time until you have a paste that is thick but can still be easily spread.
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    Smooth the turmeric paste onto the areas that you wish to clear of hair. Apply the paste so that it covers the area completely. Stay away from the eye and genital areas.
    • Let the paste dry. This may take 20 minutes or a little more. You will be able to feel the paste cracking when you move that area of the body when it is completely dry.
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      Rub the paste off the area. Use your fingertips or a soft, dry washcloth. Much of the hair will come away with the paste (which exfoliates the hair away upon removal), but it will grow back. In order to permanently stop the hair growth, you will need to use the remedy regularly.
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      Use this treatment every 2 to 4 days. Turmeric has been used for centuries to remove and impede the regrowth of body hair. Over time, it will cause the hair to become finer, grow slower and eventually stop growing back.

    Lemon and Sugar Wax

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      Heat 2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of lemon juice in a pot. Heat it on low so that the sugar melts but the mixture does not boil. Stir constantly.
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      Check the temperature of your homemade wax. It should be warm, but not hot, to the touch. It should also be thick and sticky.
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      Wax the hair that you wish to remove. Use the butter knife to smooth the wax onto your skin. Before you apply it to your skin, blow on the wax to cool it. Then press a strip of clean cloth over the wax and hold it in place for about 10 seconds before removing it with a firm, upward yank.

    This article has been partly borrowed from ehow