Boots Botanics Hair Mask Review

Hello dear people! Hope you had a great Valentine day!

boots botanics hair mask white quinoa

So this week it is about the Boots Botanics Moisturising Hair Mask With White Quinoa. Boots is one of my favorite brands. Their products usually work well with my skin and hair. As I have said before I am very selective about my hair products but still I usually like to experiment with new Boots products.

What attracted me to the Hair Mask is that masks unlike conditioners are designed to be absorbed by the hair. While conditioners do a very good job in giving a shiny finish to the hair by restoring oil to the shaft of the hair, hair masks penetrate the cuticle and strengthens the inside of the hair.

One reason why I don’t think this is entirely synthetic is because unlike a conditioner that tends to stay on like a white layer, this cream seems to absorb right into the hair, no matter how much you apply! Perhaps that is why using the mask didn’t give my hair that instant volume and shine but it looks fuller after two days of use. Perhaps it is common for all non-cosmetic stuff to enrich after a length of time instead of immediate results.

It is also mentioned on the pack that the hair mask contains white quinoa. This is the nutritional value packed in white quinoa,

Quinoa contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein and comprised of all pernine essential amino acids.”

I will be using the entire tube to give a final word on the product and will post my thoughts here again.

Rating: 7/10


Benefits of Turmeric


If you grew up in an Indian household or around Indians you would know our entire first aid depends on natural herbal formulas. Girls reaching puberty are rubbed with turmeric and coconut oil and scrubbed off with gram flour instead of soap. My family is no exception.

Today I want to share a few benefits of Turmeric as mentioned in Ayurvedic texts. This magic root needs as much fandom as coconut oil is getting.

Here’s why


Turmeric and Milk have natural Antibiotic properties.

Including these two natural ingredients in your everyday diet can prevent diseases and infections.

Turmeric when mixed with milk can be very beneficial for number of health problems.

This is an effective remedy to fight hazardous environmental toxins and harmful microorganisms.

📝 RECIPE for Turmeric Milk :

1. Take 1 inch piece (FRESH) Turmeric root.
If Fresh type is not available then use 1 level tsp Turmeric Powder.

2. 150mls or I glass Milk.

3. Boil Turmeric and Milk for 15 minutes.

4. Strain the milk (remove fresh Turmeric piece out).

5. Cool it and drink this milk.

Benefits of Turmeric Milk

1. Respiratory illness :

Turmeric milk is an anti-microbial which attacks bacterial infections 150 viral infections.

It is useful to treat illnesses related to respiratory system, since the spice heats up your body and provides quick relief from lung congestion and sinuses.

This is also an effective remedy to cure asthma and bronchitis.

2. Cancer :

This milk prevents and stops the growth of breast, skin, lung, prostate, and colon cancers, since it has anti-inflammatory properties.

This prevents cancer cells from damaging DNA and reduces the side effects of chemotherapy.

3. Anti Inflammatory :

Turmeric milk is anti-inflammatory, that can prevent and protect arthritis and stomach ulcers.

This is also known as ‘natural aspirin’ that can cure headaches, swelling and pain.

4. Cold and Cough :

Turmeric Milk is considered as a best remedy for cold and cough due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties.

It gives instant relief to sore throat, cough and cold.

5. Arthritis :

Turmeric Milk is used to cure arthritis and treat swelling due to rheumatoid arthritis.

It also helps to make the joints and muscles flexible by reducing the pain.

6. Aches and Pains :

Turmeric golden milk gives best relief from aches and pains.

This can also strengthen the spine and joints in the body.

7. Antioxidant :

Turmeric milk is excellent source of antioxidants, which fights free radicals. This can cure many ailments.

8. Blood Purifier :

Turmeric Milk is considered as an excellent blood purifier and cleanser.

It can revitalize and boost blood circulation in the body.

It is also a blood thinner that cleanses the lymphatic system and blood vessels from all impurities.

9. Liver Detox :

Turmeric milk is a natural liver detoxifier and blood purifier that boosts liver function.

It supports the liver and cleanses the lymphatic system.

10. Bone Health :

Turmeric milk is a good source of calcium which is a must to keep the bones healthy and strong.

Turmeric milk lowers bone loss and osteoporosis.

11. Digestive Health :

It is a powerful antiseptic that promotes intestinal health and treats stomach ulcers and colitis. This helps in better digestive health and prevents ulcers, diarrhea and indigestion.

12. Menstrual Cramps :

Turmeric milk works wonder as it is antispasmodic that eases menstrual cramps and pain.

Pregnant women should take golden turmeric milk for easy delivery, post partum recovery, improved lactation and faster contraction of ovaries.

13. Rash and Skin Redness :

Ancient queens took turmeric milk baths for soft, supple and glowing skin.

Similarly, drink turmeric milk for glowing skin.

Soak turmeric milk in a cotton ball ; apply on the affected area for 15 minutes to reduce skin redness and blotchy patches.

This will make the skin more radiant and glowing than before.

14. Weight Loss :

Turmeric milk helps in the breakdown of dietary fat. This can be useful to control weight.

15. Eczema :

Drink a glass of turmeric milk everyday to treat eczema.

16. Insomnia :

Warm turmeric milk produces an amino acid, tryptophan ; that induces peaceful and blissful sleep.

I am always amazed what methods those sages must have used that their work passes the imperial tests of modern medicine.

This modern twist on the old gold.


Sunsilk Expert Obedient Curls Conditioner Review


Rating: 8.5/10

Hello dear people! As I have said before I find taking care of my hair a lot more challenging than before, mainly because the water here in UAE is desalinated water. Which means it leaves deposit on my hair and scalp! Yes, that is bad!

I have tried to come up with various solutions that have been helpful. Some of which includes natural, no-chemical methods. But those are time consuming so I cannot do them often so for my routine cleaning I had to zero down on a few products that worked for me.

And they were the simple, homey Head and Shoulders for my shampoo and Sunsilk Bouncy Curls Conditioner. Yes that specific one with Nourishing Beeswax. I have never seen anything work quite that well as this one. But they soon discontinued it. I bugged them i.e. Sunsilk on Instagram (only once!) asking about why they had discontinued it! And then I had to try out various other options which although good didn’t quite match up.

So when I happened to see what seemed like the exact formula I picked it up. I am talking about Sunsilk Conditioner. It claimed to have the curl lock technology.

As expected I was happy with the result. Here are my curls back in the rings as they were a few years ago.

Here is the result. They may not be model perfect but they look more tamed than before.

Magic Potion: Oriflame Swedish Spa Sea Algae Review

oriflame swedish spa sea algae

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.


L’Oreal Elvive Shampoo, Conditioner & Oil Replacement Review

loreal elvive shampoo conditioner review

I am paranoid about changing my shampoo or conditioner, especially now that I am exposing my hair to UAE’s hard water. So, I was apprehensive when I was experimenting with the entire range of L’Oreal Elvive hair care.

I want to talk about my experience with L’Oreal Elvive shampoo, conditioner and Oil Replacement. It was advertised as beneficial for normal hair that goes dry, which is what happens to my hair as winter sets in.

L’Oreal Elvive Oil Nourishing Shampoo

Price: 9-10 AED or INR 180-200 for 200 ml

Rating: 4/5

I usually dilute my shampoo since I work from home and don’t need the harshness that someone who has to work outside would need. So I used it directly on my hair. It is true the shampoo is mild and manages to scrupulously clean the hair despite that.

L’Oreal Elvive Oil Nourishing Conditioner

Price: AED 11 or INR 250 for 200 ml

Rating 2/5

Usually conditioner is a routine that is more patiently carried out than shampooing. But I ensure that I completely clean out the shampoo before applying conditioner. The shampoo residue if left on the hair will make the hair dull and eventually break off and it gives an itchy scalp. And I also ensure that I mask my hair with the conditioner and leave for the mandatory two minutes. Despite that the conditioner doesn’t exactly leave my hair smooth, nor does it get rid of the frizz.

L’Oreal Elvive Oil Replacement

Price: AED 11

Rating 3/5

I haven’t yet made up my mind about the oil replacement. Technically any natural oil is meant to penetrate the hair shaft and the scalp to nourish it. Since it is also massaged in the scalp it increases the blood circulation and triggers hair growth. But oil replacement creams are synthetically made so anyway they are a temporary solution.

About L’Oreal Elvive oil replacement it is true that it immediately softens the hair, settles the frizz and stays for more than a day. I am giving a 3 star since the dryness seems to return on a third day. Since, one would shampoo on the third day, I would recommend it to do the job if you are in a hurry.

However, this is my experience, I am sure the same chemical formula would work differently on each person.


Ikea Frame Vanity Accents

ikea frames vanity accents

I always buy stuff from Ikea thinking I could do something with them.
Although I am not very crafty by nature, there just seems something about them…But I have been able to try out a few things that look good.

So one those things are these frames. They are two sided, a removable plastic glazing and a solid base.

So I thought I could make some vanity accents.

ikea frame diy ideas

All you need is these Ikea frames, a magazine that has pictures of recipes, and a pair of scissors.

Firstly look for pics that will fit in the frame. I am looking more at how aesthetically the pic has been shot, something chic-y and feminine.

ikea frames vanity accents diy project

Then cut it out in the measurement of the plastic glazing, four in all.
Now just slide it in the frame. That is it!

ikea frames vanity accents diy project