Empties Vol. 4 + Mini Reviews

 

 

Here are my recent empties and their mini reviews-

 

  1. The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Conditioner: The Body Shop products are raved throughout the world, but its haircare just doesnt work for me. I HATED this conditioner. It caused hairfall in multiple steps-  during the application of conditioner, while washing it off, and after drying the hair. I will never ever repurchase it again. I have tried the Banana range as well and that didn’t go well with my hair either. (Price Rs 795 for 250 ml).

2. Inglot Nail Enamel Remover: This nailpolish remover used to be my holy grail for many years. I have finished so many bottles, both small orange packaging (25 ml) and this bigger one. This nailpolish remover doesnot dry the nails and removes most nailpolish in one swipe. This nailpolish remover is gentle on the nails, but its price is the main problem. It is quite pricey for a nailpolish remover which is why I have now switched to the Colorbar one. (Rs 550 for 100ml, price may have increased now).

3. FabIndia Rose and Almond Body Butter: I have had this body cream for a couple of years and somehow I could never finish it. I had to  deliberately hide all other body lotions and moisturizers lying around so that I could finish this one. This body butter is quite rich and slightly thick than nivea soft/ ponds cold cream. It is highly moisturizing and thus more suitable for cold weather. The fragrance is amazing and smells beautifully of roses. FabIndia has now revamped the packaging of all its skincare and hair care products. The one in pic is the old packaging. (Price Rs 360 for 100 ml).

4. Garnier Ultra Blends 5 Precious Herbs Conditioner: Garnier relaunched its Ultra Blends range 2 years back and I have tried 2 or 3 variants already. THIS conditioner by Garnier is my all time favorite and I had high expectations from its Ultra Blend range as well. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint. This conditioner is creamy and leaves hair soft, smooth and tangle-free. (Price: Rs 185 for 175 ml).

5. St Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Lotion: I have already finished (and loved) the St Ives Coconut & Orchid body lotion sometime back and I wanted to give other variants a try. This Oatmeal and Shea body lotion is neither too thick, nor too runny. It is non greasy, highly emollient and is absorbed quickly. However, it is tad drying for my dry skin and I liked Coconut & Orchid one better than this one. It has a mildly sweet scent which doesnot linger for long. If you have normal skin and want a light moisturizer, this is perfect for you. (Price Rs 649 for 621 ml).

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Empties Vol. 3

Empties Vol. 2

Empties Vol. 1

 

 

Empties Vol. 3 + Mini reviews

 

 

 

These are my recent empties and their mini reviews.

 

1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser

I got this mainly for my husband as he prone to occasional breakout. This is a foaming cleanser  with distinct tea tree oil fragrance. It makes the face squeaky clean. I like to use this facewash particularly after removing my makeup. Although, not a must buy for acne prone skin, this is still a good product for oily skinned beauties. Also, it mentions this is suitable for blemished skin, but I didn’t notice any difference on my blemishes. Price: Rs 895 for 150 ml.

 

2. Yardley Lace Satin perfumed Talc

I love Yardley talc and I keep repurchasing it in different fragrance. I bought this purple variant of the Lace Satin range first time and it was okayish for me. It has a rather soapy fragrance. Other variants like the blue variant or Red Roses (which I have mentioned HERE) are much better fragrance wise. I will not repurchase this purple variant but will definitely buy other fragrances. Price: Rs 90 for 100 g.

 

3. The Body Shop Wild Argan Solid Oil Lips (Lip balm)

This lip balm is my HG product and I am already on my 4th pot. This is my second favorite lip balm, after the Forest Essentials one (reviewed HERE). It is a bit heavy though but works like charm. Plus, the fragrance is divine. When I bought it for the first time I kept on sniffing the pan like crazy 😛 Price: Rs 625 for 20 ml.

 

4. Biotique Bio Kelp Protein shampoo

Biotique is a hit or miss brand for me. There’s no middle ground. Either I love their products or absolutely hate them. It mentions on the bottle that this shampoo is suitable for falling hair. But for me, ironically, it led to even more hairfall! This is a very drying shampoo and leads to tangles. I had to use it with a heavy conditioner (along with after wash serum) to make it work. Needless to say I didn’t like this shampoo. Not repurchasing. Price: Rs 299 for 400 ml.

 

5. Forest Essentials Revitalising Gel Scrub Kashmiri Walnut

Forest Essentials is my Holy Grail in skin care. You can see my love for FE products HERE. Revitalising gel scrub Kashmiri walnut is an amazing gel based scrub with finely milled walnut shell. Forest Essentials products smell heavenly and this one smells amazingly of rose. I will definitely repurchase this one. Price: Rs 1095 for 50 g.

 

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

Empties Vol. 1

Empties Vol. 2

 

 

Empties Vol. 2 + Mini reviews

 

 

Here is my recent empties in one post. I have linked some of the products to their full review.

 

  1. Dove Purely Pampering Almond cream and hibiscus body lotion: I really liked this body lotion and I have already bought another variant from this range- Invigorating ritual body lotion. Almond cream and hibiscus variant is so good for dry skin. It is super emollient and spreads easily. The skin is instantly moisturized and a small quantity goes a long way. This is perfect for winters and dry skinned people should buy this without hesitation. I will definitely repurchase this once my current one gets over (Price 395 for 400 ml).

 

2. Lakme Absolute Makeup remover: I have been using Maybelline makeup remover since forever and switched to this one recently. The packaging is spray packaging and does its job decently. Now I keep switching between this and Maybelline (Price: Rs 275 for 60 ml).

 

3. Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25: This is my Holy Grail for summers and humid months. For winters this will feel a tad dry but this is amazing and perfect for summers for dry skin beauties. Read the full review HERE.

 

4. The Body Shop Strawberry Body Puree:  I got this as part of gift set and honestly I couldn’t wait to finish it up. I didn’t like it and kept it in my bag as hand cream. This is a bit sticky for my liking and I am not a fan of the fragrance. The shower gel of this range, on the other hand, is amazing.

 

5. Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & SaffronI LOVE this night cream and I cannot say it enough. This variant is for dry skin and I am going to repurchase this when my current night cream gets over. Read the full review HERE.

 

6. Forest Essentials Aloe Vera Juice: I got this on the insistence of SA mainly to mix with serums and ubtans. This was an okay product, easily dupable and nothing extraordinary. Will not repurchase (Price: Rs 550 for 100 ml).

 

7. Colorbar Black Fiesta nail polish: You know that I have a thing for nail arts and this nailpolish started the graffiti nail polish trend in India. Unfortunately, this range is now discontinued so I had to quickly grab one wherever I could find. It is now unavailable on Colorbar counters so I bought from Amazon. Read full review HERE.

 

8. Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser: : I loved this face wash and honestly it took me forever to finish this one bottle. I will definitely repurchase this but not just yet as I want to try other cleansers before I go back to this one. Read full review HERE

 

9. Sally Hansen Extra Strength Nail polish Remover: This is a fairly big bottle for its price and Sally Hansen is a well known brand so I picked this bottle from Westside when I saw this. However, I did not like this as it takes too much time in removing nailpolish. Will not repurchase. (Price: Rs 275 for 236.5 ml)

 

10. The Body Shop Moringa Softening Body MilkThis is another product meant for summers. I did not like this body lotion as it was not moisturizing enough for my dry skin. Plus I am not fan of spray packaging for body lotions. Read my full review HERE.

 

xoxo, Blossom

Empties Vol. 1

 

 

 

Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & Saffron Review

I swear by Forest Essentials products and after reviewing the Kashmiri Saffron & Neem face cleanser and  Lavender & Neroli Day cream, I am reviewing another product of my skin care regimen- Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & Saffron.

FYI, Sandalwood & Saffron variant is for dry skin

Jasmine & Patchouli is for oily skin

 

Price: Rs 2575 for 50 g   (updated price)

 

Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & Saffron Review

Forest Essentials night treatment cream comes in a plastic jar (which looks like glass btw) with beautiful golden screw cap. The golden cap makes the packaging luxurious. The plastic jar is housed in cardboard packaging with flip open lid.

The fragrance of all Forest Essential products is heavenly. It smells mildly of sandalwood which is calming especially before bedtime. The fragrance has therapeutic effect on me and helps in instant relaxation. The night cream is ivory colored with gel-cream texture. It  doesnot feel heavy on my dry skin. It melts on the skin and sinks in easily. But I would recommend oily skinned people to steer clear.

The texture feels just right on my dry skin, neither too heavy nor too light. The cream absorbs  instantly making the skin well hydrated and supple. I wake up to soft, plump, radiant and smooth skin. My skin texture has improved and skin is glowing over the months of continued usage. The quantity is sufficient and only a small amount is required. However, it doesnot work on blemishes and pigmentation even though it claims to. So, if you want something for pigmentation issues, it is useless to invest in this cream, no matter how glowy it makes your skin.

The only con I could find with Forest Essentials Sandawood & Saffron night cream is the price. It is fairly expensive but makes the skin radiant so you do see it working.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I LOVE Forest Essentials Sandalwood & Saffron night treatment cream and this is my favorite night cream so far. It smells like heaven and has calming effect. The texture is neither thick, nor thin. It melts on the skin and absorbs instantly. It doesnot feel heavy on my dry skin, but oily skinned beauties should steer clear. Forest Essentials has Jasmine & Patchouli night cream variant for oily skin which I will review later (even though I donot have oily skin :P). It provides intense hydration but never breaks me out. This night cream makes the skin supple, soft, radiant and plump. My skin texture has improved with continued usage of this cream. However, it doesnot work on pigmentation so don’t buy this especially for pigmentation concerns. Also, the price is expensive but then all Forest Essentials products are so, which is why they call it ‘Luxurious’ Ayurveda 😀 😛

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

xoxo, Blossom

 

 

 

The Body Shop Moringa Softening Body Milk Review

I LOVE The Body Shop products and this time I tried the Moringa Softening body lotion. Read on to know how it fared on my dry skin.

Price: Rs 750 for 250 ml

Discounted price: Rs 575 for 250 ml

 

The Body Shop Moringa Softening Body milk review

The Body Shop Moringa body milk comes in a plastic transparent bottle with black colored spray nozzle.  The transparent bottle makes it easier to know the amount of product left in the bottle. The spray pump has a black cap making it easy and spill proof to carry. The ingredients list and other details is written at the back of the bottle.

TBS Moringa body milk is a light weight, cream colored lotion with runny consistency. The thin consistency helps in proper spraying. It has an amazing floral fragrance which is light and not overpowering. The smell lingers on for few minutes before dissipating. TBS Moringa body milk is easy to spread and absorb. It doesnot feel sticky like some other variants of The Body Shop lotions (I am looking at you, Strawberry Puree lotion). However, I feel it was bit low on moisturizing on my dry skin and I would definitely need something richer for winters. However, it was just okay for summers, providing enough hydration to the skin to not feel uncomfortable.

Now coming to the packaging, I am not a fan of spray moisturizers and TBS Moringa spray nozzle felt bit hard to use and doesn’t spray effortlessly. You have to put in some effort to spray the lotion directly on the skin. So I had to spray the lotion on my hands and then spread it on my skin. And while spraying on the hands works fine, it feels unnecessary to have spray pump especially when the lotion is so liquidy that it can be directly poured from the bottle. Plus it needs 3-4 pumps of the spray nozzle to cover one hand, which might be an issue  if you are short on time.

If you are looking for a face lotion, I HIGHLY recommend THIS product

 

 

 

 

Overall, this a lightweight lotion with amazing floral fragrance. It  gets absorbed well and doesnot leave any stickiness on the skin. But I would probably not repurchase this as I find this bit low on hydration for my dry skin. The spray mechanism feels luxurious but honestly it is not my type. I prefer simple pump dispenser/ no dispenser at all. Also the spray mechanism is quite an effort to use. But I would definitely suggest this to oily skinned people who need a bit of moisturization especially in winter months. Also, these are available at reduced prices at the moment, but for the MRP printed on the bottle, I find this a little expensive. This is a perfect body lotion for hot and humid days when you want just enough hydration minus the feeling of heaviness. This is not a MUST TRY product but oily skinned people should check this out. 

 xoxo, Blossom

Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser : Review

I love Forest Essentials products  and in this post I am reviewing an amazing staple product in my skincare routine- Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser.

I have reviewed some other amazing Forest Essentials product HERE

Forest Essentials Delicate Facial cleanser comes in two variants: Kashmiri Saffron & Neem and Mashobra Honey, Lemon & Rosewater . I have tried both the facewash in their smaller packaging (50ml) and I liked Kashmiri Saffron more so I bought a full size product.

Price:    Rs 1075 for 200ml

                Rs 295 for 50 ml

 

Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser review

Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Face Cleanser comes in two packaging: 50 ml and 200 ml. I bought the 50 ml one before buying the full sized product. The 200 ml packaging comes in a big rectangular plastic bottle with pump dispenser. The bottle is transparent so the amount of product left in the bottle is visible. The pump dispenser has a cap making it spill proof and travel friendly.

Forest Essentials ace in the packaging department. Half of the ‘luxurious’ feel is because of the packaging only. The FE bag they give you after billing and packaging at the store smells divine. They spritz some perfume in it and add some flower petals. The packaging of the products itself is luxurious (how many lip balms come with a mirror, for example? Read about the lip balm HERE)  

The fragrance of this facewash is amazing. It smells luxurious and exotic, giving a spa-like feeling. It smells refreshingly of saffron and rose water which lifts your mood instantly, feeling soothing and relaxing.

This is an amber colored gel facewash which does not lather up much but cleanses the face effectively. The consistency is runny and there is no problem in dispensing the product from the pump. It feels moisturizing and does not make the skin excessively dry. This is a gentle facewash without the harsh effects of chemicals. The skin feels soft, smooth and supple after washing. But I would not recommend this to people with excessively oily skin.

Even though this is an expensive product but it lasts really long. I use 2 pumps each in morning and evening and the bottle is only half empty after 3 months! I am sure it will easily last 6 months, or more.

Forest Essentials products are cruelty free and doesnot contain parabens.

 

 

 

 

 

I dropped the bottle before clicking the picture, hence the bubbles 

 

 

Overall, Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem face cleanser is a gentle, gel based cleanser which cleans the face effectively leaving a moisturizing feel to the skin. The skin feels soft and supple. The fragrance is lovely and the packaging feels luxurious. Even though it is pricey but it will easily last 6 months, or even more. Skip this facewash only if you want a squeaky clean finish, are acne prone and oily skinned. Otherwise, this is an amazing facewash which will work best for dry/combination skin type.

xoxo, Blossom

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25 : Review

 

Forest Essentials is my favourite brand for skin care and I love LOVE the products. One whiff of the products and it takes you to heaven! Even the fragrance inside/around the store is irresistible. I have already reviewed Forest Essentials lip balm HERE and I am reviewing another holy grail product from the brand in this post- Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli.

 

This Light Day Lotion is a silky light weight lotion that steeps into the skin easily leaving it soft and smooth with a non-greasy feel. It has an SPF 25 due to Yasada Bhasma, which is a natural sunscreen and an herb infused derivative offering long-lasting protection from the harsh rays of the sun leaving skin supple, toned and fresh.

Pure Lavender water, which is therapeutic and calming, nourishing Oat kernel extract and stimulating Neroli oil combined with zinc, known for its healing and regenerative qualities, to firm and clarify the skin. It also contains Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha and Gokharu along with Almond, Wheat germ and Olive oils, which not only provide nourishment but also prevent the skin from the damaging effect of free radicals.

 

Price: Rs 1750 for 40ml

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25 Review

FE Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli comes in golden square shaped, plastic bottle with pump dispenser. The packaging itself screams luxury and prettifies your vanity. It comes in pump packaging with a golden lid. The bottle is sturdy, light weight and easy to travel with. However, the packaging is opaque which doesnot let you know how much product is left inside the bottle.

The texture of this lotion looks thick in consistency but it blends like a dream. One pump is sufficient for entire face. It is highly emollient and blends easily. It is non greasy and gives a matte finish making it perfect for summers. It absorbs quickly and even though it contains SPF 25, it does not leave any white cast behind. Forest Essentials Neroli and Lavender day lotion smells divine. It has a soothing fragrance of lavender. But unfortunately (fortunately for sensitive noses) the fragrance doesnot linger for long. This lotion feels just perfect, neither too heavy or nor too light for my combination skin in summers. However, I will not be using this in winters when my skin gets excessively dry.

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli contain an SPF of 25 which is always an added benefit. But you should always apply additional layer of sunscreen, preferably of higher SPF when stepping out in sun.

The only downside of this amazing product is its price. This is an expensive product but one bottle will easily last an entire season as only a tiny quantity is required every time (1 pump is sufficient for face).

Forest Essentials products are cruelty free and does not contain parabens

 

 

 

 

Overall, I will highly recommended Forest Essentials Day lotion Lavender and Neroli for oily skin/ combination skinned beauty. This product is perfect for summer months. This lotion smells heavenly and blends like a dream. It mattifies the skin and does not feel heavy. Added SPF is always a benefit. However, this is expensive. But one bottle will easily last 3 months at least. I will definitely repurchase this when it gets over.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂