20 Holi Tips for Skin and Hair

Holi tips for skin and hair

Holi is here!!! I get very excited when the festival of colors is around. Holi is famous for two things: Color and gujiyas. I have a sweet tooth and homemade gujiyas  are always so tempting, specially the ones made by my mother.Totally mouth-watering. Anyways, coming to the point, Holi colors have harmful chemicals which may harm the skin. And we should use herbal gulals and colors… Duh!  Everyone knows this girl…  But what to do when the person applying color on you is not using one?  How to prevent your skin from getting stained?  To not look like a canvas for modern art with colorful blotches scattered on your face,  protect your skin and hair from the harmful effects of the holi colors by following these tips:

1. First and foremost, never step out to play Holi without smearing your exposed areas with a thick layer of coconut oil/ olive oil/vaseline. (This is my savior every year)

2. Wear long sleeved clothes and full length bottoms.

3. Wear sunscreen. I have noticed my skin getting more tanned on Holi.

4.  Oil your hair generously. It gives the hair a protective covering and shields it from harmful chemicals, dust and dirt.It will also help the colors come off easily later.

5. Cover your head with a bandana, scarf or a cap.

6. Tie up your hair. Tying up gives lesser area of your head to be exposed to colors giving an added advantage to have lesser stains to worry about.

7. Wear cotton clothes. Synthetics will become sticky and body hugging  and denims will be heavy once you have a bucket full of water splashed on you

8. Apply lip balm or vaseline on your lips.

9. Apply nail polish or multiple coats of clear topcoat on your nails to avoid getting your nails stained.

10. Never wear contact lenses while playing Holi. Never ever! The color can come between your eye and lens which can prove very harmful.

11. Apply some oil behind the ears, on earlobes and under the nails, as these are the ignored areas and the color tends to settle here.

12. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from a misfire of color filled darts or water jets.

13. Try to wash off the colors while wet. The earliest, the better. For once if the colors dry, it becomes a bit difficult to get rid of them easily

14. Keep a calamine lotion ready in case of an allergy.

15. If possible, wear socks to keep your heels protected.

16. Stay away from bleaching or highlighting your hair before Holi. The colors can turn the hair a totally unwanted pink, green or purple.

17. Don’t sit in sunlight after playing Holi. The colors on exposure to sunlight may harm the skin even  more.

18.  Don’t get a facial done up to a week before Holi. Facials tend to make skin more sensitive setting you up for inflammation.

19. Always clean your face with a cleansing milk or lotion with a cotton wool after playing with colors. Never wash your face with harsh soaps.

20. And the most important, DO NOT drive if you are high on alcohol or bhang.

Stay safe and enjoy. Have a Happy and Colorful Holi!

Pssst, Read my post on 5 Tips for Stylish Holi HERE

 

Holi tips for skin

Love,

Blossom 🙂

 

 

Empties Vol. 6 + Mini Reviews

 

 

So these are my recent empties with their mini reviews.

 

  1. Nivea Oil in Lotion Rose & Argan Oil – Nivea recently launched 3 new variants in its body lotion and this was one of them. I really liked this lotion and this is already my 3rd bottle 😛 The lotion is neither thin nor thick, spreads and absorbs super easily and provides long lasting nourishment. The fragrance is amazing and smells not exactly like roses but of rose+ nivea’s signature fragrance mixed. I will definitely repurchase this. (Price: Rs 390 for 400 ml)

 

2. Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 840 Genius in the Bottle – Catrice cosmetics is a European makeup brand which was available in select stores in India few years back. I got this nailpolish from the Guardian pharmacy shop in DLF Promenade, Delhi and fell head over heels in love with this shade the moment I spotted it. 840 Genius in the Bottle is a gorgeous multichrome golden-olive-brown color with slight pearl effects. The shift in color is stunning and the color looks olive/gold/bronze depending on the light. Too bad I didn’t get to wear it as often as I would’ve liked before it expired and now I can’t find this brand anywhere in India. This shade Genius in the bottle is said to be a dupe of Chanel ‘Peridot’. Swatch at the end of this post.

See some other duochrome polishes reviewed on the blog HERE.

 

3. Chambor Dazzle Eye pencil Purple Dazzle – This is my most fav eyeliner color and I always always have a backup of this product. Purple Dazzle shade is a gorgeous blackish purple color with purple microglitter. If you love purple eye products, definitely check this one out. Read full review + Swatch in THIS post. (Price: Rs 645)

 

4. Forest Essentials Ultra Rich Body Lotion Indian Rose Absolute – Forest Essentials’ products rarely disappoint me (the rare exceptions being THIS recently launched lip care product and Aloe Water in THIS post). The Body lotion is amazing – texture wise, nourishment wise and fragrance wise. It is slightly runny and smells heavenly and truly of roses. This is a travel sized product and I already have another same product as part of gift set. I like to keep this in my handbag and use it as Hand cream. It provides instant nourishment and a burst of  beautiful fragrance. (Price: Rs 350 for 50 ml/ 1275 for 200 ml)

 

5. FabIndia Facial Water RoseWow! I didn’t realize that 3 out of 5 products in this post are rose scented. This is a mere coincidence 😀 So I got this rose facial water from FabIndia a while back and now I think they have revamped the packaging. It has spray pump and I like to spray it on my face in sweltering summer months or mix it in my ubtans/face pack. This is a decent rose water in budget range. (Price: Rs 290 for 100 ml)

 

Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer Genius in the Bottle

 

Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer Genius in the Bottle

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

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Empties Vol. 5 + Mini Reviews

 

 

So I’m ending this year with an Empties post and here are my recent Empties + their mini reviews:

 

  1. Olay Total Effects Anti Ageing Day cream: This is a recurring product in my skincare regime and I keep going back to this day cream. I don’t have major wrinkles or anti-ageing concerns, I only wanted a decent day cream which could moisturize my dry skin in winters as well as summers. This cream is highly emollient and absorbs into the skin nicely. I could see a major improvement in my mum’s skin texture on prolonged usage of this cream. (Price: Rs 799 for 50 g )

 

2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil: I don’t have oily skin but my husband does and he gets occasional acne. I got this tea tree oil for him and it does its work to some extent. It didn’t miraculously erase the pimple in one night but definitely did help in shortening the pimple life 😛 I have reviewed the facewash from this range HERE. The packaging is tricky and I wish the cap came with simpler packaging. (Price: Rs 645 for 10 ml)

 

3. Colorbar Rapid Dry Top Coat: I had this top coat for quite some time with me and since it’s a big bottle it lasts fairly long. This is not a super quick drying top coat but does dry rapidly. The only con is that it becomes gloopy after you finish about 2/3rd product, so the rest of the product goes waste. Will not repurchase and try different brands. Also, Colorbar has changed all its nailpolish packaging. (Price: Rs 399 for 12ml )

 

4. Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Roop Nikhar Gulab: Forest Essentials is my most fav skincare brand and its products rarely disappoint me (except THIS product). I got this ubtan long back and FE has now revamped its packaging. The ubtan smells heavenly of roses and makes skin soft, supple and radiant with continued uses. I like to mix this ubtan with some other ingredients and rarely used it on its own. I am currently testing a different ubtan from the same brand but will definitely repurchase this one in future. (Price: Rs 1025 for 70 g)

 

5. L’Occitane Fleur D’or & Acacia Luminous Body Oil: Body Oil are a staple in Delhi winters for me and I bought this dry oil from L’Occitane long ago. It smells amazingly and absorbs quickly without leaving the skin oily, since this is a dry oil. I have also used it as serum for my hair and it leaves hair smooth and frizz free. Price is a con and I think it is now discontinued in Indian stores. (Price: 2390 for 100 ml)

 

xoxo, Blossom

 

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Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum 24 Karat Gold Review

Forest Essentials is my Holy Grail skincare brand and I cannot say it enough! I was not big on Ayurvedic formulations for skincare as I always thought it is messy and smelly but Forest Essentials has changed the game entirely. One sniff of its products and you will float on clouds heading towards heaven. I have tried a few Forest Essentials products and none have disappointed me… (Well.. except for one, which was from Men’s collection actually… But that’s a post for another day). So I was on splurging mode when I bought this beauty home. Read on to know how it fared on my dry skin.  

Price: Rs 3795 for 25 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum 24 Karat Gold Review

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum comes in similar packaging as their Day lotion (which is also my most fav summer moisturizer, reviewed HERE). It comes in cuboidal gold colored plastic packaging with gold colored cap. It has pump dispenser which pumps just the right amount of product. 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. Although, the pump dispenser is removable and can be opened to check the amount of product. All Forest Essentials products scream luxury and this product is no different. The bottle comes in cardboard packaging with all the necessary details. Since it contains 24 karat gold, the Soundarya range of Forest Essentials comes with a picture of Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) sitting on lotus flower, which looks attractive and promising TBH. The consistency of the serum is exactly like an oil. This is basically a facial oil disguised in the form of serum. It is saffron colored which doesnot impart any color on skin after applying. The smell is diviiiiiiiine you guys. I know i say it for all Forest Essentials products, but you gotto gotto got to sniff this one for sure. It smells wonderfully of sesame, liquorice, sandalwood and saffron. Being an oil, it does make skin oily and doesnot absorb instantly. 1-1 .5 pumps of product is sufficient to cover my entire face and spread it properly. But I don’t like the oily feeling which lingers for atleast a couple of minutes as oil takes sometime to absorb, so I asked the SA if there’s any other way this product can be used, and he suggested to mix it with Forest Essentials Aloe Water (Mini review HERE) on the palm before application. It was only after I finished the aloe water, I discovered the best way to use this. I had the FabIndia Rose water lying around and I spritz some Rose water on my face after applying this serum. It helped in quickly absorbing the oil in skin. So do use it with Facial mists or Rose water spray for better absorption. Forest Essentials products come with power ingredients and the Soundarya Advanced serum is no different. It does helps in brightening of the skin and adding a glow after regular usage. It makes the skin plump, radiant and nourished. But sadly it didn’t help with my blemishes (sun spots) on cheeks. Since this is an oil, I wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin beauties. Coming to price, yes it is bit pricey. But it contains 24 karat gold Bhasma and one bottle will last you a long time as only a tiny amount is needed to cover the whole face. Plus, it does give results and make skin brighter and radiant after regular use. I wouldn’t mind repurchasing this.    

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 
 

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 🙂

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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

 

 

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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

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