DIY's and Home Remedies


Pollution has not only become one of the growing concerns environmently but also a curse to our precious hair.Loosing about 100-150 on a daily basis is a common occurrence ,so don’t panic. Also genetics and diet plays a major role in any kind of hair related problems.But following a good hair regime and healthy lifestyle can reduce hairfall to a great extend. In today’s blog i am going to introduce a DIY homemade miracle oil for hairloss.So lets get started with the ingredients.
1) FENUGREEK SEEDS (commonly known as Methi seeds in India)

It is very rich in minerals such as iron ,potassium, calcium, manganese, mangnesium ,selenium ,copper, zinc.It also contains thiamin , folic scid,Vitamin A and C etc .All these minerals ,vitamins and other medicinal properties makes it one of the most effective home remedy for many hair related problems such as baldness, premature greying etc .Nicotonic acid in it promotes hair growth.When used in oil, it makes hair roots stronger thereby reducing hairfall.It also helps in controlling dandruff and enhancing the texture of the hair making it more smooth and manageable .

2) ONION SEEDS (commonly known as Kalonji in India)

The moment onion seeds come to our mind we relate it to the onion family .But that’s not the case in fact,onion seeds are obtained from a different plant known as Nigella Sativa .It contains protiens,fats,carbohydrates .It also has anti-inflammatory properties. The onion seed oil contains the sulfur which increases the making of collagen tissues which indeed helps in tresses development and promotes hair growth.Just like Fenugreek seeds,Onion seeds too helps in reducing dandruff and other scalp related problems thereby reducing hairfall .


It doesn’t need any special introduction.Coconut oil is widely used in many part of the world for treating hair and skin related problems.It helps to promote growth and maintain the moisture of hair because of being rich in proteins ,antioxidants ,nutrients.The lauric acid present in coconut oil protects the hair from breakage.It has antifungal and antibacterial properties which protects the scalp from fungal and bacterial problems such as dandruff etc.Coconut oil penetrates into the roots and improve blood circulation which results in hair growth and less hair fall.


Castor oil is widely used to promote hair growth and strengthening the roots with the help of its essential nutrients. It is rich in protiens ,minerals ,vitamins ,omega 6 and omega 9 amd also has antibacterial and antifungal making it beneficial against scalp infections.It makes hair stronger and less frizzy.


It is commonly uses to treat hair loss and premature greying of hair. It has vitamins,Flavonoids,protein,carbohydrates, minerals ,fatty acids which helps in strengthening the hair follicles and adding lustre to the hair.Vitamin C present in amla helps in premature greying.


1) Take 2 table spoon of Fenugreek seeds and Onion seeds  put them into a blender seperately and churn them to fine  powder. It’s important to churn them separately because of their different size.

2)Now take a glass jar and put both the powder into it thereby making a mixture. 

3)Into this jar put 150 ml of coconut oil,50 ml of castor oil and 50 ml of amla oil.

4)Now close the jar with a tight cap and shake it well so that the ingredients gets mixed with each other.

5)Keep this jar in the sunlight for 3-4 days so that the infusion properly happens because of the heat. 


It’s important to store the oil in a glass jar and not plastic jar because plastic can react with the oil making it harmful.

Apply this oil on the scalp and hair with the help of your fingers or cotton. Massage gently for few minutes so that the oil penetrates into the scalp. Use it for 3-4 times in a week and you will definitely see the changes in your hair.

So don’t wait get all the ingredients and prepare this miracle oil ASAP!!!

Health and Lifestyle

Summer skin care tips

Summers are already here and so are the famous skin problems. For many like me skin issues are complimentary with the arrival of summers. Right from breakouts to rashes, I had it all. So after some research and actually practising all the mentioned tips, I have somewhat been able to get a better and healthy skin. So here is my list of must do skin care tips for this summer.

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1) Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising:

The key to every flawless skin is to religiously follow the cleansing, toning and moisturizing regime for at least twice a day. Using mild gel based cleansers are recommended as the cream based ones tend to make skin oily. Toning is the step skipped by many of us, but is one of the crucial steps for a healthy skin. Toning helps to take away the excess oil and dirt from our pores. Alcohol free toners are the best. For moisturizer, it is a personal choice but the ones that have matte finish are the best for summers. So no matter how lazy we feel, never skip cleaning, toning and moisturizing your skin.

2) Exfoliation:

Exfoliation is the ground rule for every skincare routine. Since we have thousands of dead cells being shed by our body, it forms a thick layer above our skin making it look dull and unhealthy. No matter whichever face wash we use these dead skin cells can be removed only by proper exfoliation.  For normal to combination skin type exfoliating twice a week is necessary, oily skin type must do it thrice a week.

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3) Hydration:

In summers we get dehydrated very quickly and so does our skin. Water is your best friend this season. Be it plain or infused with flavours, just have it in plenty. Water will not only keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated but will also keep all summer ailments at bay.

4) Sunscreen:

Sunscreen is a necessity for everyone. This is important not only for summers but for every season, even on a cloudy day. It gives us protection against UV rays, skin diseases and ofcourse sunburns. No matter how busy we are, sunscreen should never be skipped.

5) Face packs:

Pamper yourself once or twice a week with some hydrating, refreshing and skin lightning face packs. Homemade face packs come as a great rescue this season. Simple kitchen ingredients such as yoghurt, aloe vera gel, sandalwood, lemon juice, honey and etc work wonders for your skin.
6) Face mists:

Face mists and cooling gels come very handy in summers. Face mists can be sprayed anytime and anywhere. It instantly freshens up your face and adds a healthy glow.

7) Light makeup:

Avoid using oil and heavy based makeup products in summer. Try using light weight, minimal and powder based products. This would ensure you don’t get those ugly breakouts.

I hope thesetips help you to get a flawless and healthy skin this summer.

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Weight loss is an issue among so many of us. Blessed are those who don’t need to. Loosing those extra pounds is more about being fit, look good and feel good. But it is definitely not a cake walk. Pushing oneself through the process and controlling those temptations is a tough one. But the good news is there are foods you can literally get drunk on without ditching your weight.

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APPLES: An old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what if we say “even several apples a day can keep your weight at check”. Well apple is a miracle fruit. Quite affordable and easily available this fruit contains an average of around 100 healthy calories. It is highly rich in fiber and antioxidants which makes it a great option to binge on.

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    TOMATOES: Tomatoes and recipes are complimentary. Cook it, stew it, boil it or just have it raw, it is so versatile you see. It is basically a treasure with high antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, minerals and much more . Its nutrients are simply off the chart and guess what it helps you to loose weight.

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LEMON: Want to satisfy your taste buds with something tangy  just grab a lemon, it instantly adds that zing to your meal. Lemon has high amount of pectin which makes you feel full for a long time which makes it an ideal option against several beverages. So next time want to sip on something, how about a glass of Nimbu paani!!

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EGGS: This is an extremely rich in protein meal that can be included in our daily diet. It is one of the most popular breakfast option for a reason. It makes us feel full for such long time that we automatically consume less for the rest of the day. Eggs and recipes are endless, but better are those which needs less or no oil.

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BEANS: Beans come in several kind but all of them are little bombs of nutrients. These are again rich in protein and fibre, keeps you full for long, wards off your hunger and makes you consume less.

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FISH: Fish is a variety of lean meat which extremely satiating and protein rich.

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OLIVE OIL: Ditch your regular edible oil for olive oil, popularly known for its weight loss properties and let the miracle happen!!

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 MELONS AND CUCUMBERS: Once again juice it or chew it, but definitely have it. These are extremely high in water which constitutes almost 70% of the fruit. So basically you will feel full for a longer time.

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DARK CHOCOLATES: Yes you read it right! Dark chocolates are known for controlling your hunger pangs and has lesser calories than most of the desserts. So all you out there with a sweet tooth go and grab a slice of it.

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Hey Girls,

Today i am going to review the famous product from L’oreal Paris , the Infallible Foundation. To know why this has become such a big hit,keep on reading.

What L’Oréal claims about this foundation :

  • The Infallible Reno Stay Fresh 24H Liquid Foundation by L’Oréal Paris is a zero compromise foundation with 24hour stay and maximum coverage. It is totally touch proof, resists extreme humidity and erases imperfections without drying out skin. This foundation’s texture is perfect for brush application. It glides over the skin, sets effortlessly and delivers ultimate coverage without a ‘layered’ effect. The Infallible Reno Liquid Foundation contains Hydrating Hyaluron that provides continuous hydration for an  all-day luxury sensation and extreme hold pigments for the ultimate coverage and the most perfect professional complexion
  • Price  : Rs 1400 for 30 ml (You get great dicounts on many sites like nykaa,Amazon so do check befor buying)

My take on the product :
It has been in the market for quite a long time but recently underwent a makeover in it’s packaging and formula.The makeover has really helped it to gain more popularity. So coming to the review.

Packaging :
It has a pump dispenser which makes it very easy and convenient to use .Unlike many high end products like MAC studio foundation where most of the products gets wasted because you take out more than needed .With L’Oréal foundation you can take the right amount of product,so packaging is a big plus .Also it is very travel friendly and sturdy.

Texture,Shade and Coverage :

So i got the shade in Radiant beige 150 which matches my wheatish skin tone perfectly. The consistency is quiet thick as it is meant to give medium to full coverage . I like to mix it with any face serum to make it more creamy and easy to blend .Also the foundation quickly settles down,using a serum gives more time to blend it. It comes in 11 shades from lightest to dark that too with yellow and pink tone hence making it easy to find your perfect shade. It successfully covered all my pigmentation and gave an even tone look that i simply love😍.

One important thing to note is that no matter how good the formula or texture is all would go for a toss if you dont get the prefect shade according to your skin tone🙁.

Tip: How to find your perfect foundation shade?💡

1. Swatch a  thick line of foundation on the side of your chin.👆

2. The one which matches with your neck colour is your perfecr shade. (quick tip saves money 😉!!!)

Staying Power :

Stays for a good 9 hrs on me even on humid days without looking patchy which is big yayy.

Overall Verdict :

I have always been afraid of using a foundation as they generally look patchy on my skin. But this one changed my view totally, it gives a natural look. Though the price is little high but it’s totally worth it 👍.

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Top 5 affordable summer lipsticks 

With the rising temperature and humidity , applying makeup brings its own risk no matter how waterproof the products are. We really can’t do anything for the temperature but we can definitely do something for our face.There is one thing which always comes to the rescue on our no make up or less make up days; a good lipstick.  Here are my top 5 lipsticks for summers which will surely brighten your face without making a hole in your pocket 😉

1. Miss claire soft matte lip cream no.30

Price : Rs 150 -250

This lipcream is my current favorite, it has a beautiful pink shade and creamy texture. Absolutely true to what they say it’s matte and creamy. The color is not an usual pink ,it’s neither too bright nor too dull which makes it perfect for any skin tone. It’s so affordable though the price varies from store to store .If you find this lipstick at any store do get your hands on them for they are difficult to find.

2. Sugar smudge me not liquid lipstick 07 Rethink Pink

Price : Rs 499

When we are talking about summer lipsticks how can we not include the sugar lipsticks as they are known for their vibrancy. This one according to me is one of their brightest and surely brings a glow on your face instantly.The shade is a stunning bright pink. The formula is drying but applying a lip balm before, solves the problem. It is insanely pigmented just one swipe and you are ready to go. Suitable for fair skin and medium skin tone.

3.Maybelline colorshow creamy mate lipcolor M103 ROCK THE CORAL  

Price : Rs 325

Coral lisptick is a must for summers. Also they are so much in trend these days. This is a perfect coral shade and surely brightens your face.It even works as a perfect neutral shade for fair skin tone. For dusky skin beauties, it might wash you out so beware. Affordablity, pigmentation and texture makes it a perfect lipstick.

4.Lakme absolute lip tint matte Victorian Rose

Price : Rs 650

It’s a unique and flattering shade.For me it was love at first sight. A perfect combination of pink and orange.Though the name says red but it’s nowhere near to red. Formula is litte drying and smudge free. Overall a must have shade for summers.

5.Sugar smudge me not liquid lipstick 05 Rust Lust   

Price : Rs 499

Last but not the least comes the most different orange shade i have ever seen. I have never been a fan of an orange lip shade but i did like it on others. I was always in search of a perfect orange which suits me. And the moment i saw this, i knew my search is over. Orange is a tricky color. If you find the perfect orange for your skin tone, it can do wonders else it washes you out badly. This particular orange is suitable for all skin tones and brightens your skin tone. Texture is drying like other sugar smudge me not lipsticks but the color is to die for.

Hope you all like my handpicked summer collection 🙂

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Patanjali Saundarya Aloe Vera gel Review.

Patanjali Saundarya Aloe Vera gel has been launched for quite some time now. But due to its high demands and availability issues, I finally got my hands on this product now. 

                                    The goodness of Aloe vera enriched with sandalwood and kesar is how we can describe this amazing product. It comes in a clear tube packaging with a sturdy flip open cap which makes it a hygienic and travel friendly product. The gel is yellow in colour with golden hues. The first thing that gets noticed on opening the tube is its strong ayurvedic sandelwood fragrance which can be annoying for many.


The consistency is quite watery. When applied it spreads with ease and gets absorbed quickly leaving a hydrating and healthy glow behind. The gel feels cool and refreshing. It can be a great moisturiser for oily, combination and normal skin type as it doesn’t feel oily or greasy. For very dry skin people another layer of moisturiser may be needed. 

It claims to make the skin free from roughness and dullness which is true to a great extent as one can feel the skin hydrated and smooth after few application itself. It also claims to reduce sunburns, tanning, dark spots and pigmentation which is not completely true. It is definitely great for treating sunburns but dark spots and pigmentation can be get ridden off only by prolonged use of the product.


1) Can be used as a daily moisturiser. (Dry skin type may need another layer of moisturiser).

2) Great as a makeup primer.

3) Can be used for treating sunburns, acne and pimples.

4) Can be used in a face pack.

1) Priced at Rs 50 for 60ml of the product, this is the most affordable good quality product available.

2) It has the goodness of aloevera enriched with kesar and sandalwood.

3) It is not greasy or oily, hence great for acne and pimple prone skin.

4) Absorbs quickly and gives a cooling sensation, so great for summers.

5) Gives a soft and hydrating healthy glow to skin.

6) Natural product.

7) Hygienic and travel friendly packaging.

8) Can cure sunburns and summer rashes.

9) Can be used in a multiple ways.


1) Availability is a major issue as the product usually remains out of stock.

2) Strong ayurvedic sandalwood fragrance which may be disliked by many.

3) Slow effect on dark spots and pigmentation.

4) Not moisturising for dry skin people.

PRICE: Rs 50 for 60ml.

Overall, a great affordable and good quality product that can be helpful in Indian summers. It certainly is a must try product.

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Patanjali Aloe Vera gel review 

Aloe vera gel has been a prominent part of skin care since time unknown. Since ages Aloe vera gel has been recommended for both skin and hair issues. Aloe vera can be planted at home and its juice can be extracted for use quite easily. But since it can be a painful option for many out there, Aloe vera gel can be purchased from stores as well. It is available from different brands but what turned out to be my favourite among all was the “Patanjali Aloe Vera gel”.        

                         The Patanjali Aloe vera gel comes in clear tube packaging with a flip cap which makes it quite travel friendly. The gel is greenish in colour with very mild fragrance. The consistency is partially runny which makes it easy to absorb. On application the gel gives a cooling sensation Which is great for summers. It doesn’t feel oily or greasy and can be great for oily to combination skin type. It gives a very hydrating glow. It feels refreshing and can be great for treating sunburn, itching, rashes, acne and pimples as well.         



1) It can be applied directly as a moisturiser. Dry skin type might require another layer of moisturiser.

2) It can be used as a primer before applying makeup.

3) Used in face packs and hair masks.

4) Great for treating sunburn, acne, pimple,inflammation , post threading and waxing, summer rashes and soothing itchy skin.


1) Priced at  Rs 80 for 150ml of the product , it is one of the most affordable Aloe vera gel available.

2) Travel friendly packaging and hygenic.

3) Contains Vitamin E.

4) Hydrates the skin and adds a subtle glow.

5) Can be used for both hair and skin.

6) It is a natural product ( though it has some added preservatives)


1) Added colours and fragrance.

2) Availability.

3) Added preservatives 

Overall this is an amazing product from Patanjali which can be used for numerous reasons in numerous ways. Highly affordable though availability might be an issue. But it is a must have in summers.

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Since matte lippiers are so much in rage these days, I feel myself kinda obsessed about them. The greedy person in me wants her hands on all of them 😝. I had always wanted to try Miss Claire soft matte lip cream, but since it is a bit difficult to get I could not give it a try. But recently my cousin gifted me this and I had to review it.


The Miss claire soft matte lip cream is priced at Rs 170 (though the price varies at different places but it ranges between 150-200). The shade 47 is a pretty pinkish nude shade.  It comes in a tube type packaging with a black cap. The packaging is quite simple yet classy. It has its brand name written on the tube with some details about the product. The cap closes with a twist and the tube itself is quite sleek which makes it extremely travel friendly.


It is a beautiful MLBB shade and stands by its name “soft matte lip cream”.

The texture is extremely  soft and creamy somewhat like mousse soft. It takes two coats to get the perfect shade. The lip cream glides effortlessly on the lips and settles into a matte finish. The good point is it does not dry out the lips. But people with extremely dry lips would need to exfoliate and moisturize their lips properly before application.


The applicator wand is super convinient one. Its wand has a duo tip which helps to apply the lip cream with much ease.


The pigmentation of this lip cream is good. The staying power is pretty good too, though it doesn’t survives meal. Especially after a heavy meal it needs a touch up. You can hardly feel the lip cream on your lips, its that weightless.


This is a perfect everyday lip color,  would look gorgeous with a heavy smokey eye look and is perfect for a “no makeup” makeup look. Overall, this drugstore product is a big yay. It is extremely affordable and is a great dupe for NYX soft matte lip cream. For Rs170, this product is highly worthy.

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    “LEMONS” are one of the  most common ingredient in everybody’s kitchen. This yellow fruit from our mom’s kitchen is the ultimate powerhouse of nourishing elements such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, protein and the list goes on. This is small bomb packed with beneficial properties that are simply off the chart.


                     Lemons and its magical beauty benefits are used since time unknown. Most of have  must heard our Grandmas and moms recommending lemon to our common beauty issues. Here are some amazing uses of this miracle fruit:


      We have often heard people saying that “lemon water is a miracle drink” for weight loss. No, it is definitely not a miracle drink but what it does is, it aids to the process of weight loss. 

It makes us feel fuller, fights food cravings and helps us eat less. It also boosts up the metabolism rate, therefore helping us lose those extra pounds.


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The citric acid of lemon is quite similar to the digestive enzymes secreted by our body. When the citric acid comes in contact with these enzymes, the secretion of gastric juices are stimulated. This not only flushes out toxins, eases the bowel movements but also reduces bloating.


Dehydration can be deadly. A squeeze of lemon to your glass of water would not only add a zing to your tastebuds but would also keep you hydrated throughout the day (Which means you get glowing skin for free!!).


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Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C which is great for neutalizing free radicals which further helps in fighting diseases. Lemon helps in absorbing all the necessary nutrients from the food   thereby giving our immune system the much needed boost. It also kick starts our energy level. So next time you feel sluggish, add some lemon to your diet and let it work for you.


Lemon has natural bleaching properties. It is great for reducing pigmentations and dark spots. Lemon juice can be applied directly to the affected area or mixed with a face pack.



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The alkaline property of lemon is great for fighting bacteria that is the root cause of acne. Applying lemon juice on affected areas overnight on regular basis can prove to be extremely beneficial. It is advisable never to use lemon on serious acne issues or open wounds.


Lemons reduces uric acid levels, thereby fighting inflammation and reducing joint pains.


When liver enzymes get diluted, lemon helps in strengthening the enzymes. It also balances the oxygen and calcium levels of the liver. Lemon water is an effective detox recipe and cleanses our system.


The citric acid present in lemons is known for its bleaching properties. Regular use of lemon on skin can lighten the skin tone in a short span of time. Lemon juice mixed with honey is an extremely effective face pack, where lemon bleaches our skin and honey moisturizes it (It is great for lightening underarms).

10. HAIR:

Lemon for hair has benefits uncountable. Rinse off your hairs with lemon diluted in water after shampooing & conditioning for shiny silky hairs, massage lemon juice on scalp to vanish dandruff, use it to treat hair loss or add lemon juice to your regular hair pack, lemon has something in store for every hair issue.


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11. NAILS:

Lemon helps in reducing yellow stains from nails and whitens them. All you need to do dip your fingers in a bowl of lukewarm water with lemon juice for 5 minutes.


Lemon has a great capacity to fight bad odor. You can mix lemon juice with water and use it as a spray for underarms or apply directly to your underarms, use it diluted with water to rinse your mouth, mix baking soda and lime juice and apply it on your underarms for 10 minutes as baking soda has the capacity to absorb moisture from skin and use it for pedicure by adding it to lukewarm water and dipping your feet in it to fight bad odour and whiten nails. There are numerous ways to use lemon to eliminate the bad smell.

13. TONER: 

Lemon can be used as a DIY homemade toner. Just mix lemon with rose water and water in spray bottle and use it twice daily. It is great for oily and combination skin.

SO, you see the benefits of lemon are simply off the chart. It widely used in our daily lives in different ways. So how are you going to use it?