Hello Everyone, Summer is finally here.!! Sun is shining brighter day after day, air is getting hotter, the hemlines are getting shorter, sleeves are disappearing and well, the heat waves are killing it, literally. To survive, I drink a tender coconut a day, eat lots of fruits & never skip the sunscreen. For me, sunscreen is the most important part of my morning routine because it is the first step towards tan prevention & anti-aging. So, when I was on my last tube of sunscreen, I decided to try another one from VLCC. VLCC offers Sun defense range which protects skin against sun damage with Broad spectrum against UVA & UVB rays. I got the VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++ .ย  I have been using this sunscreen for the past few days. Read on to know if this was a hit or a miss.

What the product says

Comfrey extract along with Trehalose helps to nourish, heal & soothe skin. Along with glycerin, which acts as humactant, these ingredients have the ability to retain moisture in your skin. VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++ is a blend of this comfrey plant extract and other natural ingredients that protects the skin from harmful UVA & UVB sun rays, thus helps in preventing tanning & ageing. On top of this, its Sweat Free, Nourishing formula further lends a satin-smooth feel to the skin. So go ahead, enjoy the sun !

Directions

Apply liberally on the face & neck, 15-20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply frequently for long duration sun exposure.

Price & Packaging

It comes in a yellow tube with a flap open cap which is travel friendly. Retails at INR 350/- for 100gm.

About my skin

Normal-dry in winters and oily-combination in Summers.

My Experience with VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++

I have been using this sunscreen for a few days in the morning before going to office.ย  A few minutes after cleansing & moisturizing, I take a pea size of sunscreen and apply all over my face, neck & arms. The texture of the sunscreen is creamy. The white colored cream is thick in consistency and takes a few strokes to blend in. Once applied, I was happy that there was no white cast and the cream just gets absorbed. But, it did feel a little heavy for my face because of my combination skin but did not make my skin oily. On the other hand, it worked beautifully on my arms & legs because my body skin type is dry. So, I feel it’s going to work best for dry-normal skinned beauties. The next day I used it without a moisturizer and it worked perfectly! Not only it did nourish my skin but it did not feel heavy at all.

Ever since I have been using this sunscreen, I have not faced any tanning nor it has broken me out. I cannot vouch for the sweat free formula as I generally do not sweat much. But yes, I do feel the formula is much better than many other sunscreens you get in the market and I am very pleased with the results..!! How I wish I had taken this with me to the Philippines, I would have tanned much lesser..!!

Pros of VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++
  • Good ingredient list
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • Affordable
  • Applies easily
  • Does not give a white cast
  • Protects and prevents skin from tanning & aging
  • SPF 40 PA+++ means it protects from UVA & UVB sun rays
  • Nourishing
  • Suitable for normal-dry skin
  • Did not break me out
Cons of VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion SPF 40 PA+++
  • Feels slightly heavy
  • Not suitable for combination-oily skin

Verdict:

A good sunscreen cream which works perfectly for normal-dry skin. It protects, nourishes and prevents skin from tanning & aging which is what a sunscreen is supposed to do.ย 

TRLR Rating:/5

Hello there,

Much to my surprise, I am enjoying writing reviews of make up and beauty products. ๐Ÿ˜€ You don’t know what you can do, until you try it. So, as and when I come across a good product, I will be reviewing them here.
Today the spotlight is on this gorgeous highlighter palette from Makeup Revolution. I have been totally digging Makeup Revolution products lately. Makeup Revolution was started in just 2014 and they have amazing good quality makeup products at very reasonable prices. ๐Ÿ™‚

I already own their eye shadows and blush palettes, which are really nice. So when my colorbar highlighter was over, I decided to pick up one from Makeup Revolution. In general I always prefer palettes over single pan, only because it has better value for money and you have more options to choose from.

Price & Packaging:
Comes in 2 palettes Radiance and Highlight.ย  Each costing INR 1750/-, with 3 shades of highlighters in each. I have the palette ‘Radiance‘. The highlighters come in a sleek black sturdy case which looks nice and feels rather luxurious.
Pigmentation and Longevity:
You get three beautiful highlighter shades in it. First one is ‘Breathe‘- beautiful champagne color, second one is ‘Exhale‘- slightly cool toned silverish and third is ‘Glow‘ – a warm bronzy-gold shade highlighter. All are beautifully pigmented and do not feel chalky or hard at all. I have normal-combination skin and they lasted a whole day on my face without major fading. The highlighters give a very soft, sultry & luminous look and are more natural day time highlighters. So if you are in-your-face kind of highlighter person, you can pick up their vivid shimmer highlighter instead.
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Shades & Swatches :

Breathe:

This champagne shade is my favorite and it looks very natural on my NC37 skin. I use it when I am aiming for that very natural soft glow.

Exhale:

This shade would work beautifully for lighter skin tone. Since it is little pale for my skin, I love to use it on my inner eye corners.

Glow:
As the name suggests, it gives luminous glow to my skin. I feel that this one looks best with Indian clothes & gold jewelry.ย  This shade would be the best choice when you are aiming for that bronzed look.
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Pros :
  • Very sturdy & luxurious packaging
  • Comes with a huge mirror
  • Three gorgeous shades of highlighters
  • Non-glittery and soft texture
  • Natural day time highlighters
  • Easy to blend
  • Suits most Indian skin tones
  • Affordable & value for money
Cons:
  • Not for those who want in-your-face highlighter
  • A little bit of layering required
TRLR Rating:/5

This palette is available on all major online stores. I got mine from Nykaa. Since I loved this palette so much, I picked up their vivid highlighter, a shimmer brick as well. Let me know if you want me to review that one as well.

Love,

Kruti

I am a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of make up – Demi Moore

I totally agree with her. Both our skin care range might be at extremes but, I totally agree. While a healthy and balanced diet works from the inside, we need a good skin care routine for the outer layers of our skin. Also, our skin is the largest organ so we need to take good care of it.

We all know the hair & skin care brand Banjara’s, started in 1993, now they have 36 products in 10 categories. I have been using their hair powders since 3 years and I love them. And now, I am going to review their skin care range called skin +ve which is targeted to protect, hydrate, repair the skin and help us be more comfortable under our own skin and wear it with pride.

About my skin

Normal-dry in winters and oily-combination in Summers.

Banjara’s +ve Beauty Cream:

Now switch toย Banjara’s skinย +ve beauty cream and move to a positive world, where you wear your skin with pride.

Banjara’s Skin +ve Beauty Cream adds to your natural beauty by making it healthy, youthful and flawless. Enriched with Pomegranate, it accelerates the skin repair process, helps to firm up and tighten the skin to preserve its youth. Olive oil, Wheat germ oil and Provitamin B5, help build skin elasticity and hydration for a smoother, younger looking skin. SPF 15 and PA++ provide broad spectrum protection.

Suitable for all season usage and skin types.

Packaging and pricing:

Comes in a shiny gold box packaging which has a tube inside with a nozzle dispenser, travel friendly and very hygienic. Retails at INR 50/- for 20g and INR 100/- for 40g.

The cream is pink in color and has light consistency.

Pros of Banjara’s +ve Beauty Cream:
  • Light weight and gets absorbed quickly without leaving residue behind
  • Moisturizes skin making it soft and supple
  • Does not feel heavy or greasy
  • Perfect for normal-dry skin types
  • Has SPF 15 and PA++
  • Mild fragrance
  • No Animal testing
  • Has natural ingredients like olive oil, wheatgerm oil & pomegranate actives
  • GREAT value for money
  • Easily available
  • Travel friendly
Cons of Banjara’s +ve Beauty Cream:
  • Not for very oily skin
Verdict:

A good, herbal and affordable daily wear moisturizer. It protects, hydrates and repairs skin which is more than you could ask from an INR 50/- moisturizer.

TRLR Rating:.5/5

Banjara’s +ve Body Lotion:

Now switch to Banjara’s Skin +ve Bpdy Lotion and move to a positive world- where you wear your skin with pride.

Banjara’s Skin +ve Body Lotion adds to your natural beauty by making it healthy, youthful and flawless from within. Enriched with Pomegranate, Honey and Butters, it is a one stop solution for your skin care. Pomegranate protects the skin from aging rapidly due to moisture loss and accelerates the skin repair process. Honey, rejuvenates and softens the skin. Infused with Shea Butter & Kokum Butter, this lotion gives you a silky smooth skin.

A refreshing lotion suitable for all season usage and skin types.

Packaging and pricing:

Comes in a plastic bottle with a flip cap, travel friendly and hygienic. Retails at INR 140/- for 200ml.

Pros of Banjara’s +ve Body Lotion:
  • Thick consistency and very moisturizing
  • Makes skin smooth, soft and supple
  • Does not feel greasy
  • Perfect for most skin types
  • Mild and pleasant fragrance
  • No Animal testing
  • Has natural ingredients like Pomegranate, honey & Butters
  • GREAT value for money
  • Easily available
Cons of Banjara’s +ve Body Lotion:
  • None
Verdict:

A perfect body lotion for all skin types. I love the smell and the way it moisturizes my thirsty skin.

TRLR Rating:/5

 

Love,

Kruti

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Hello there,

After receiving few questions on my Facebook and Instagram about my hair, I decided to write a review of the products I am using currently. ๐Ÿ™‚ Someone who was very negligent with her hair when compared to skin, It was high time to incorporate some TLC for hair. ๐Ÿ˜› So, here I am with star products from Tony&Guy which are nothing but perfect dose of nourishment for dry,damaged and frizzy hair.

About my hair:

Naturally wavy, slightly dry and extremely prone to frizz.ย Due to which, I either have a fabulous or a bad hair day, nothing in between. When in contact with humidity, my hair looks exactly like Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. when she went to Barbados. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Tony&Guy serum drops:

Comes in 30ml transparent glass bottle which is quite sturdy and has a pump dispenser. Retails at Rs.650/- but, you can get it at discounted prices online. The serum is thick and transparent with an amazing mild fragrance.

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I use 3-4 pumps of serum, rub it on my palms and apply it on damp hair. If you have longer hair than mine, you will need more product.

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Pros of Tony&Guy serum drops:
  • Gets absorbed quickly into hair without making them oily
  • Controls frizz
  • Makes hair smooth, shiny & manageable
  • Gets rid of dry ends
  • My waves look much more defined, softer and no fly-away
  • Availability
Cons of Tony&Guy serum drops:
  • Glass packaging is not travel friendly.

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Tony&Guy reconstruction mask:

Comes in a 200ml plastic tub with lid packaging. Retails at Rs.800/- but, you can get it at discounted prices online. The mask is thick and white in color and has a creamy consistency and a very mild fragrance.

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I use 3-4 dollops of product and apply it on my damp shampooed hair, leaving hair roots. I leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash it off with water.

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Pros of Tony&Guy hair construction mask:
  • Makes hair very very soft and smooth
  • Moisturizes hair without making them oily
  • Does not weigh the hair down
  • Controls frizz and no fly-away
  • Availability
Cons of Tony&Guy hair construction mask:
  • None
Verdict:

I am head over heels with Tony&Guy products. I have been using them for few weeks now and I love the way my hair feels and love the way they have transformed my locks. So, I would definitely re-purchase and recommend it to you guys. Try them out, you will not be disappointed. ๐Ÿ™‚ I even use their hair protection mist which I will review soon. Need better proof ? check out the picture below. ๐Ÿ˜›

before-after

July 2016 vs October 2016

 

Love,

Kruti