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Review : August Glambox 2015!

Hey guys!

Pretty late, but here are my thoughts about August 2015’s Glambox :

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1) Oil Control Water Cushion by The Face Shop – Cushion is the next generation makeup!. This product is definitely so unique. This is not just any ordinary makeup, it is actually 80% makeup and 20% skincare!. As the name itself states, this is a foundation that ultimately serves the purpose of controlling oil. Being one with Normal / Dry skin, this isn’t a product for me. However, for the sake of this review, I tried it πŸ™‚

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First things first, we just cannot skip the beautiful compact it comes in!. It’s a piece of beauty. There is a small button on the side, which when pressed releases a clasp and let’s you open the lid. There is a lovely mirror and you can see a thick yet soft sponge with The Face Shop written on it kept on a secondary lid. Once you lift that lid, you can see the MicroFoam cushion that holds the makeup. It has a lovely texture and is amazingly soft. When you press your finger or the sponge into it, it dispenses just the right amount of foundation and avoids any wastage.

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Even though the sponge looks dark, the product is pretty light colored (This might not show well in the pic I clicked). As far as I know, this comes in two shades and I got the lighter one in my box. It’s V201 Apricot Beige. It’s a pale shade.

Now on to my experience with it : It has a lovely, light and pleasant smell. It goes on easily on the skin. It’s texture is very light and feels fresh. It is definitely long lasting since it’s waterproof. I sweated through it and still it didn’t budge from my face. It has SPF 50+ which is great. Other than the fact that it’s an extremely light shade for me, it has a touch of blue tint and I felt it’s because of the SPF in it. It reminded me of the bluish tint I got from a sunscreen I used to use in the past. This product gives a smudge free, even coverage. You kind of need to work fast with it since once applied it doesn’t budge at all. Also, I felt it gives light to medium coverage. It gives a matte finish which is great for those with oily skin. This is definitely not a product for those with dry skin but since I tried it on, I gotta write about it and it is that this foundation settles into any dry spot you have on your face. It enhances that dry patch you just might be trying to cover up. So, my final verdict : A great product, probably a must have, for those with oily skin πŸ™‚

This is the only full sized product in the box. It contains 15 gms and costs AED 120. Not just that, but the box also contains a refill that’s also 15gms!!. What a great value.. If this is your shade and you are oily skinned, you are good to go for a long time!. Refill is easy to use. You can simply pop the empty pan off from the compact and simply pop in the refill pack.

2) L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Cream – This is a product that I have tried before, when my brother bought it, but never owned one myself. So, I am glad I got this one in this box. This cream is one that can replace the usage of oil. It provides absolute nutrition for dry hair, which is perfect for me.

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This is a very versatile product. It can be used :

● before bathing – (just like an oil) and then you can use shampoo
● during bath – simply apply on shampooed hair and rinse.
● After bath – Apply on wet or dry hair for a smooth look.

I use the third method, on dry hair. It’s non oily texture is wonderful to work with. It instantly gives a beautiful, healthy shine to the hair. It has a creamy texture that is of medium consistency and is white in color.

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I am loving this product and this is definitely one item that I would purchase a full size of, once this deluxe sample gets over. The sample in the box contains 125 ml. It’s full size version (200 ml) costs AED 25.

3) Wild Turmeric Gentle Clarifying face wash by VLCC – It’s my first time trying this product. It claims to cleanse, protect and moisturize skin. It contains Wild Turmeric extracts, Arjuna Bark extracts and Pure Honey. It has the look and texture of honey actually. It’s of medium consistency. A little goes a long way and it thoroughly cleanses the face removing all impurities and revealing healthy, soft skin. It isn’t drying at all. I quite love it. I am not a fan of it’s scent though. It smells like soap and turmeric mixed together. However, it is a soap free cleanser.

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The sample in the box came in a little tube containing 15 ml. It’s full size version (150 ml) costs AED 23.

4) FlowerByKenzo L’Elixir perfume sample – This perfume by Kenzo smells light, pleasant and refreshing. The main notes that I get on first whiff are orange blossom and rose with a mild note of raspberry. I am in love with the miniature bottle it comes in!. It’s tall, dark red in color and has a golden flower on it. It’s a gorgeous smell and one I would like to own a full size of one day.

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The sample in the box has 4 ml and it’s full sized version (100 ml) costs AED 420.

Vouchers

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The box came with 2 vouchers and 2 leaflets. First leaflet contains information about The Face Shop’s Cushion makeup and the second one has information about iSpa.

● AED 50 Gift card to iSpa – This card can be used towards any iSpa service on a minimum spend of AED 150. Visit their site to see their service menu. The iSpa girls can even come to your home and do home service, which is very convenient!.

● Voucher to Cryo – A 20% discount off all CRYO treatments at CryoHealth, Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Visit their site to know more.

You guys know a Glambox subscription costs AED 71 per month. Look at the value of everything in this box!. It exceeds the actual price of the box. Look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself!. Overall, am impressed with August’s Glambox. It has the right mixture of makeup, haircare, skincare and a perfume sample too β™‘

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Note: This Glambox was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Review : Banjara’s Natural Henna!

Hello beautiful!

I am currently doing henna on my hair once per week. Henna powder is easily available anywhere. I tried the Banjara’s brand because it’s a known brand and I felt it’s price is great. Henna nourishes the roots, darkens the hair and restores health to the hair. I am on a quest to bring beauty to my hair and this is helping me get there.

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This box contained one sealed pack containing 200 gms of loose henna powder. It’s not in individual, convenient packs. However, I have kept it in a tight container to keep it fresh and to avoid any clumping. It also contains a free pair of gloves since it’s a must have while applying henna. Otherwise it will stain your fingers.

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Banjara’s Henna is free of any added preservatives and 100% natural. It’s smell is amazing and it has a lovely color. You can also use this powder to apply henna designs on your hands as well, though I have been using it only on my hair.

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Henna powders can be used in several ways. In this above pic, I have mixed 1 tbsp of yogurt, some water & half a lemon to 3 tbsp of loose henna powder. Add everything except the water and then decide how much water you need to add to get it to the right consistency. I usually apply it on for an hour and then simply wash it off. Henna has anti fungal and anti dandruff properties. Adding lemon helps enhance it’s anti dandruff properties. However, I don’t add lemon every single time. It also has a bleaching effect. So, once a month is enough. Yogurt helps soften the hair. I add it every single time. Other things you could add are tea or even just water..

My hair is darker and feels healthier using henna. I am expecting my hair to be beautiful and absolutely healthy by doing this long term. I highly recommend you try Banjara’s henna powder.

Price : Rs. 80 (AED 4.54) for a 200 gms pack.

I bought this from Navaratna hypermarket, Moonnupeediga, Kerala. If henna isnt available easily for you, try buying online.

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2 eggs = 1 fabulous DIY hair mask + 1 face mask!

Hi my lovable friends!

When I tried this mask on believe me, I knew then and there that I had to share it with you guys πŸ™‚

My last DIY haircare mask required 5 ingredients. The one I am going to share now, has only 2 ingredients and the result it gives is fantastic when compared to any other masks I have done so far!

You will need:

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2 egg yolks – Our hair is made of proteins and the protein content of the yolk adds strength to the hair follicles, thus making the hair roots stronger. The fatty acids in it brings a natural shine to your hair. It aids in controlling hair loss. I have long hair by the way. So I require 2 egg yolks. If you have shoulder length hair, I believe you will need only 1 egg yolk.

2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil – Olive oil is helps hydrate and deep condition you hair.Β The amount of olive oil depends on the number of yolks you incorporate in the mask. 1 egg yolk ~ 1 tbsp olive oil and so on.

Step by step preparation :

1) Beat the two egg yolks together using either a fork or a whisk, until it becomes a bit frothy like in the photo below.

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2) Add two tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to it.

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3) Beat the mixture again.

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4) Beat it until you get a thick and creamy mixture like below.

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How to apply

1) First wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

2) Apply this mixture onto your wet hair gently (I say ‘gently’ because applying something to wet hair is much tougher than applying anything to dry hair. It tends to break faster when it’s wet. So just be gentle!)

3) First apply to the scalp and massage in. Then make sure your entire hair is saturated with this mixture.

4) Pull it up in a loose bun and cover with a shower cap.

5) Wait for 20 mins

6) Wash off with or without a shampoo. I washed really well and I felt the olive oil in it didn’t actually make my hair ‘oily’. So I preferred not to use a shampoo.

7) Do this mask once or twice a week πŸ™‚

WARNING: This mask STINKS. Such a horrid smell. But the result it gives is fantastic and I don’t mind tolerating the smell for that!.

What is the result you ask?.. SOFT and GLOSSY hair!. You will love how your hair feels. I actually felt like life was injected into my hair. I am loving this mask !!.

Look guys, this is a super simple hair mask. The ingredients are easily available. You have NO EXCUSE whatsoever for not doing this. Show your hair some TLC. Come on. Do it!

So well, I was left with the egg white, which I beat into a frothy mixture.

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Initially I thought of making scrambled eggs and eating it. But then I felt like doing a facial with part of it as the batch of my daily anti-oxidant facial had got over. Β So I simply took about 2 tbsp of the above mixture and applied it onto my face and neck. I kept it on for 10 mins until my skin felt real tight. This mask helps brings glow to your skin. Also it helps shrink the size of the pores on your skin. If you have large pore size, this mask is perfect for you. Gives instant results. Overall, you are left with smooth and soft skin. I suggest this mask once a week.

In the picture above, my mixture seems a bit yellow because I managed to get a few drops of the egg yolk in it!. Clumsy me πŸ˜›.

If you have acne prone skin, please make sure that you don’t get egg yolk into this mixture because it might break you out.

If you have oily skin, add a few drops of lemon juice to the egg white, beat it together and apply. This helps in controlling the oil in your skin. Also cleanses your skin πŸ™‚

So that’s it for now. With the rest of the egg white, I made scrambled egg. Hehe.

I just now realized that this is my 50th post. How cool!!

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