DIY: Facewash, Scrub and Pack

Beauty and Beautiful

Dear All

Post Pregnancy my skin lost all its charm, it may be due to the huge hormonal change, Bangalore weather, stress, work pressure, lack of sleep (mother of a toddler). Tried lots of products, some helped and some didn’t. The glow was still missing. So finally thought of putting an end on wasting all my money on those magic products, which are actually of no use and stick to my kitchen recipes. As kids our mother was strictly against the use of chemical products and had always encouraged the use of easily available kitchen products.

The DIY, which I am going to share today is what I am using every day and within 3-4 days I did see a change in myself.

1. Besan

2. Milk Powder

DIY_Milk Power

DIY_Milk Power

3. Turmeric (optional)


Mix besan and milk powder in equal quantities and little turmeric, again if you want to. Then pass the mixture through a sieve several times. This ensures a uniform mixture and as well removes any hard unwanted particles. You can store this mixture in any air-tight container and keep it for future use.

I have kept it in my bath room and everyday use it at least twice. Once in the morning and once before going to bed, following it up with a moisturizer.

Just mix a little water and make a paste and apply it on my face. Keep it for 20-30 secs and wash off. The days I need to scrub just slowly rub it in circular directions and wash off. For a face pack I keep it on my face still it dries and wash off for that glowing skin.

This can be used as a bodywash even. Just dampen your body and apply it evenly all over. Again as per your requirement you can use it as a wash, scrub or pack.
You can even mix it with coconut oil and any other oil of your choice when using as a body wash.

After one week I do see my black scars fading and there is an even glow on my face. The tan on my hands and neck have faded.

You can add, remove or edit the ingredients as per your skin type or choice. Like when I have some extra time, I mix curd and honey to the mixture.

If you have any more suggestions please let me know.

Disclaimer: Images used have been borrowed from google search and I don’t own them.

Where the mind is without Fear.

Beauty and Beautiful, Short Stories

With all that’s happening around us, I can say I am scared. I am scared for myself, my daughter, sister, niece, mother, friends rather the entire female gender. Starting from female feticide, child abuse, rape…..why??? Why are we treated this way? It’s so disheartening so live amidst this society where crime after crime is being committed and no action is taken.
There is one Tagore’s poem that’s coming to my mind –“Where the mind is without Fear”

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

To our counterpart gender-To all the fathers, brothers, uncles, friends and so on…We love you, Trust you. Please if you can’t love us at least give us some respect and let us live fearlessly. Please Let us live with dignity. Don’t make us believe that it’s a curse being born as a daughter.
Will a day come when we –Girls can really wake up to a fearless and free country, with equality of thoughts and respect?

Maybelline Colorsentional_Pure Passion


Hi All,

I guess there would be any girl who won’t own at least a lipstick or two. Few days back I was cleaning my closet and notice all my lipstick were more than 3yrs old and its time I need to trash them and then I was left with none. There was absolute vacuum within, God I don’t have a single lipstick. Next was Monday and entire day I was feeling so low. So while returning home I stopped to get my Lipstick.

After marriage I was so busy with this new life, location change, new colleagues and a complete different language that I hardly had any time for myself. Then came pregnancy and I almost lost the “Me” thing in myself and all simple grooming articles were out of my mind. I was really clueless about which lipstick to buy and the colors.
I just walked in the mall and the first counter was Maybelline, and I stopped there. After going through a lot of swatches I zeroed down on Maybelline Coloresensational-Plum Shade. It’s a deep plum shade. For me it’s like deep maroon shade. It’s a complete festive color, highly pigmented packed in a mettalic cherry red case. Just one swipe is enough. It would be better to use a lip liner to outline and define your lips to get that “Fuller” look else you can use a brush instead.





As compared to the lipsticks from the same range its moisturization capacity is less. It stays on the lips for around 2 hrs and then starts to fade evenly leaving a reddish stain behind. As it fades out it leaves the lips dry and settling down is fine lines which are so unattractive. So I had to constantly apply my Lotus chapstick. But what I noticed was the reddish stain remained intact till I used my baby oil to remove it. It survived almost 6-7 hrs with meals in between.
This is not at all an office wear , but I was so happy gifting myself a lipstick after three years that I applied it to office the very next day. After reaching office it was quite embarrassing for me. This shade is for festive season or any functions, mainly a night wear.





highly pigmented just one swipe is enough
Makes lips look plum and full.
Leaves an even stain
No distinguishable odor
Affordable-220 INR

 Has a tendency to settle down in fine lines
 Makes lips dry while fading out.
Rating: 3.25/5 (the drying factor)

I won’t buy this; there are better options in terms of color and quality available in the same range. So would try other colors now.

Coloressence Compact Powder-Ivory Beige

Beauty and Beautiful, Coloressence

Hello Friends,

After reading few good reviews about Maybelline clear glow Compact, I decided on trying one. I am of dusky complexion with normal to dry skin, but the SA from Health and Glow trapped me in buying the Natural shade. I kept on saying that I need to do a swatch test because I feel that the shade is light for me but she was adamant that this shade was for me. As I am still very new to makeup I believed her. But when I came back home I was very disappointed with the SA because this shade was indeed a shade lighter than my complexion and left a white cast behind. It was then I thought of trying Coloressence. I have used Natures’ essence products and liked them so I have faith in them.
I got this compact from a local drug store where they didn’t have a tester for this shade. But I knew this shade-Ivory Beige, was for me.

Packaging: I personally like the packaging. They have the same packaging style for almost all their products.
Product Description: This unique soft textured powder helps to control the sweat and give a smooth coverage to the skin; thereby hiding the spots and freckles.



Use: Apply the powder with puff for complete coverage and matt finish

Price: 110/- INR

Active Ingredients: Aloevera extract, Rose Oil, Clove Oil

100% Veg, No animal ingredients

Shelf life: 3yrs

Quantity: 10g.

About the Company: Its GMP Certified Company, which means it’s a quality certified company

glowinghalo_coloressence compacr

glowinghalo_coloressence compacr



Experience: For the price that I paid and my past experience with Maybelline, I had very little expectation from this product. But it has completely delighted me. This compact gives me medium coverage. Basically I have clear skin so medium coverage is okay for me. The puff provided is just okay, neither too good nor too poor. It does its job quite efficiently I can say. And yes it does stand by its claim that it provides a smooth and matte finish post application. If you see the swatches the shade is exactly the same as my complexion so no white cast.




The powder is light and does not feel heavy on the skin and controls shine. Its odorless so even sensitive nose would be happy. I apply this almost by 6:30 am and return back home at 5:30pm. If I re-apply after 4-5 hrs, by the time I am back home my look still remains fresh. No break-outs have been observed yet.
I wish they would have mentioned the entire ingredients list instead of “Active Ingredients”. As the product has 3yrs of shelf life, I presume it does contain chemical preservatives, which is quite common.
I feel for the price that I have paid; I am really very happy with the product and would loyally stick to it until I get something better than this.

 Shade nearest to my complexion
 Matte and smooth finish
 Controls shine but impart a subtle glow
 Affordable.
 Easily available
 Nothing from my point of view.
Rating: 5/5

Disclaimer: The Review is based on my experience with the product, which depends on my skin, complexion, my way of using it, climatic conditions and life style.