5 Beauty Essentials This Monsoon

Hi ladies! ❤

Today, I want to share the 5 most important things that you should swear by, this monsoon. Believe me, monsoons are no less harsh than summer! The humidity makes it impossible for sweat to evaporate, causing us to sweat more! This also activates the oil glands and makes your skin perfectly acne-prone! 😮

I have a really oily T zone, so I have been there! In today’s post, I hope to make your lives easier this monsoon. Let’s take a look at the top 5 Beauty Essentials that are great for monsoon as well as summer 😀

1. Oil-free Sunblock / Sunscreen

Never step out without a good sunblock on. Truth be told, you should wear sunblock ALL the time! I’m currently using the UV Screen Matte Gel from Lotus Herbals. With SPF 50, this sunblock is oil-free and gives a matte effect! Lotus Herbals makes safe, eco-friendly products which don’t harm my sensitive skin 🙂

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2. Matte Makeup

Try to avoid liquid lipsticks, gloss and creamy eyeshadows. The Mumbai monsoon and humidity are unforgiving. It won’t take more than 10 mins after you step out, for you makeup to melt and drip :/

Try using a waterproof and oil-proof makeup base. Lacto Calamine is a good option that can be used as a base! 💡

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It’s also a great idea to fix your makeup and matte-fy it with a loose powder such as this one from Kryolan ⭐

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3. Waterproof Eye Makeup

Besides a waterproof base, foundation and all of those, make sure you use waterproof makeup on your eyes! Waterproof makeup will make sure you don’t look like a raccoon on your big day 😛

I’m currently using Hyper Curl Volum Express mascara from Maybelline.

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Other great options are Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara and Rimmel London’s Volume Flash Max Bold Curves Mascara 🙂

4. Wet Wipes / Tissues

Always keep a pack of wet wipes or face tissues handy! The humidity makes us sweaty and oily, but a quick swipe with a wet wipe can save the day! 😉

I’m currently loving Rose and Thyme Toning Wipes from Kara ❤

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5. Purified Water

The last thing which is very important! I can’t stress enough, the importance of staying hydrated. With all the sweating in monsoon, our bodies lose great amounts of water. Drink water at regular intervals to keep your bodily mechanisms in good shape!

Hydrated skin means healthy, bouncy, glowing skin 😉

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Hope you liked my post and found it helpful!

Until next time..Keep dreaming ❤

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10 Things To Do For The Best Workout

So you’ve paid the gym membership, watched Rocky Lara Croft 4 times, bought protein supplements and changed your Whatsapp status to “At the gym”. Now what? Today, I’m listing some Do’s and Don’ts of gymming which will ensure a good workout for you (and others). Let’s get cracking!

  1. Get a Good Pair of Running Shoes

Carry these shoes to the gym and change there. The point being, the gym must be a dustless environment and besides, no one wants to see that chewing gum on your sole while you are busy doing leg extensions.

  1. Don’t Repeat Gym Clothes

So you’ve had a strenuous workout and got drenched in sweat. You go home and dry that tshirt and there is no odour next day. DO NOT WEAR THAT TSHIRT TO THE GYM! As soon as you sweat for a second time, you will become a weapon of mass destruction.

  1. Powder your Feet and Change your Socks Before Every Workout. Enough said.
  2. Stay Hydrated

Have water in the breaks between sets. First things first, staying hydrated is important. During workout, your body needs energy and there will be times when your body will start burning muscle for energy. Having water will prevent that to an extent.

  1. Pop a Mint Whenever your Mouth is Dry

After a serious workout, you are dehydrated and your mouth is dry. At this point, you WILL have bad breath. Save yourself the embarrassment and others the torment, and have a mint.

  1. Always Maintain Proper Form

Remember that it’s about how you lift, than how much you lift. A bench press with 10 pounds and proper form will give you more gains than lifting 40 pounds with an improper posture. Always ask your trainer to demonstrate the correct form before you try anything.

  1. Don’t Work Out for More Than an Hour in One Session

Anabolic (muscle building/toning) = good and catabolic (muscle destruction) = bad. Our body is designed to work at an extreme (anabolic state) for an hour, beyond which the body goes into catabolic mode and starts burning muscle instead of carbohydrates and that is definitely not what you want.

  1. Supplement your Diet with Fibres and Vitamins

It’s not only about egg whites and chicken breasts (read ‘proteins’); your body needs roughage and fibres for proper functioning of the digestive system. Also, when your body is burning those carbohydrates, it creates “pollutants” which have a muscle-diminishing effect. Vitamins counter these pollutants.

  1. Get Rest

Remember, it’s not during the workout but during the rest that your body tones/builds muscles. The pump that you see during the workout is just lactic acid produced during workout. But the actual muscle density increases when your body repairs your muscles during sleep.

These are the commandments that every beginner should follow to make their gymming experience a pleasant one. Proper hygiene, diet, form and rest will definitely give you the gains for which you decided to work out in the first place. And if you wondered why the list ended at an awkward number 9, the 10th commandment is the most important.

  1. Stay Motivated!

BeautyWish Holiday Primp Box Review

Hi guys!

Today, I’m reviewing two of the six products that I received in my Holiday Primp BeautyWish Box for May. The Cool Cucumber Face Wash (20ml) from Aquaspark and the Red & Green Tea Sun Screen Lotion (20ml) from Starrize. 🙂

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First, the Face Wash. You only need a small amount. The consistency is not too thick or too runny. I like the balanced consistency! It has a hydrating cucumber smell that I found very refreshing!

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It washed right off without much hassle. My face felt very fresh and my skin seemed supple and hydrated. This face wash will suit all skin types! This will be great specially for people with acne problems and oily skin (like me) 😀IMG_20150603_153911491

Next is the Sun Screen Lotion. The consistency is thicker than the face wash but not too much. I found this lotion a little sticky.

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Upon application, this lotion felt a little heavy on my skin. I have oily skin, so this is definitely not a good choice for me 😦

This sun screen is good for dry to normal skin 🙂

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So what do you think? Will you be purchasing these products? 🙂

I hope you liked the review and found it helpful! Stay tuned for the reviews of Sunflower Body Wash, Lemon Peel Body Lotion , Hibiscus Anti-Dandruff Hair Cleanser and Vitamin Hair Conditioner.

Love from Shruti ❤

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BeautyWish May Box – Holiday Primp!

Hey guys! ^^’

Today I’ll be giving you the details of this month’s BeautyWish Box by The Nature’s Co. I thought my Monday will be a boring one, as I sat with my bowl of cereal. But soon, I was surprised by this box! The May box is the Holiday Primp box, and comes in a super cute travel bag! I got a pink one 🙂

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It is quite spacious for a travel pouch, with four little pockets AND an elastic band for holding your gloss, makeup brushes, lipsticks etc. It also has a little vanity mirror inside!

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Upon unzipping the bag, I found that there were products individually bubble wrapped to prevent leakage. I really appreciate this thoughtfulness and efficiency, especially cuz one of the products had leaked a little but didn’t make a mess! 😀

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In all, there were SIX products. Let me list them for you 🙂

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For pampering my face, I received Cool Cucumber Face Wash (20ml) from Aquaspark. It has such a hydrating cucumber smell! Next is the Red and Green Tea Sun Screen Lotion (20ml) from Starrize. This lotion has a very mild fragrance.

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For my body, I got the Sunflower Body Wash (250ml) from Starrize. It has a mild floral scent that I’m really liking! Next is the Lemon Peel Body Lotion (30ml), also from Starrize. It has a very refreshing, bitter lemon peel fragrance 😀

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For my hair, I have got the Hibiscus Anti-Dandruff Hair Cleanser / Shampoo (30ml) and the Vitamin Hair Conditioner (30ml), both from Foressence. The shampoo has a very herbal, slightly hibiscus-y smell, and the conditioner has a mild, pleasant smell.

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And the last thing, a 35% discount coupon! This can be used for purchasing the full sizes of the products that I received in the box! 😀

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So these were the items in my BeautyWish box. Hope you liked them as much as I do! A detailed post with reviews of these products will be up soon, as I use them throughout the week! 😀

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