Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Matte Sticks | Fuchsia Alley | Review and Swatches

Lakme has a number of different lipstick formulas in their 9 to 5 range, and I have already spoken about the Lakme 9 to 5 Primer+Matte Lipstick on the blog. Today I will be reviewing one of the other lipstick formulations from the range, which comes in the prettiest packaging in my opinion. I am talking about the Lakme 9 to 5 Natural Matte Sticks, a formula that claims to provide intense pigmentation, a long-lasting matte finish, and protection from pollution with the help of aloe vera and honey. Read on to find out whether this product lives up to its claims.

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Aaranyaa Tea Tree Face Wash & Neem Tulsi Face Wash | Review

You may or may not like makeup but everyone needs a little bit of skincare, and the more natural your skincare products are, the better. This is why I was extremely thrilled to receive two amazing face washes from Aaranyaa, a brand that relies on natural ingredients to bring out the radiance of the skin. Aaranyaa sent me their anti bacterial Neem Tulsi Face Wash, as well as their Tea Tree Face Wash, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I have been carefully testing out these products from the past few days and here are my thoughts on both of them.

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Tea Tree Face Wash ReviewAaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash – This face wash comes in a bright green packaging and is meant for combination to oily skin. It contains the goodness of Neem and Tulsi, which are known to have powerful anti bacterial properties and are excellent at combatting acne. The product comes in the form of a clear green gel and has a herbal smell. It lathers quite easily and cleanses the skin very effectively. It leaves my face feeling fresh and squeaky clean, without a stretchy feeling that some face washes tend to cause. I have noticed that this product keeps the oil under check for at least 4-5 hours and I believe that with regular usage, it might completely eliminate excessive oil production. This face wash is an excellent option for those with regular hormonal breakouts because it is not overly drying yet removes the greasiness very effectively.

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Tea Tree Face Wash PackagingAaranyaa Tea Tree Face Wash – The Tea Tree Face Wash is meant for normal to dry skin and contains tea tree oil, which is an all in one cure for most skin issues. This face wash is gentler on the skin than the Neem Tulsi one and it leaves the skin more hydrated. I am thoroughly impressed that Aaranya has created a face wash with tea tree oil which is suitable for dry skin because most tea tree oil ranges that I have encountered are meant for oily skin. I usually have oily skin but sometimes I suffer from dry patches and this face wash is perfect for those days. In fact, I even asked a few friends with dry skin to try this out and they loved it! The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil in a moisturizing face wash is something new for me and I am enjoying it a lot. As an added bonus, this face wash has a citrusy scent and a cool green packaging which I absolutely adore!

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Tea Tree Face Wash GelThese face washes are priced at INR 195 for a 110 ml tube and are perfect for daily use because they are Sulphate Free. I am so glad that I got an opportunity to try out this new brand and I will definitely be purchasing more products from their collection. If you enjoy herbal skincare then these face washes will surely impress you, and with two different face washes for different skin types, there is something for everyone. I honestly do not have anything negative to say about these face washes and I am in skincare heaven right now! 🙂

You can buy these wonderful products at Aaranyaa’s website. I am sure you will love them as much as I do.

XoXo,

Mrinalini

Greenberry Organics 3 In 1 Mud Ash | Review

I recently received the Greenberry Organics 3 In 1 Mud Ash in my mail and my skin has been thanking me ever since for the pampering that it has been receiving! I have always been a fan of multi-tasking products and this one can be used as a cleanser, scrubber, or mask, a perfect combo for me 🙂

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The formula combines the cleansing action of clay with the soothing touch of tea tree oil and the nourishing properties of aloe vera. This powerful concoction sucks the dirt and grease from the pores, leaving the skin squeaky clean yet soft and supple. I also use this as a scrub on my nose and it works like magic on my blackheads. My nose has never felt so smooth before!

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The cherry on top of the cake is the sleek packaging, which can give any high-end brand a run for their money. This product is a joy to use and the end results are extremely satisfying. Bear in mind that this is a very potent formula, so do not leave it on the face for more than a couple of minutes. It needs barely a few seconds to work its magic.

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This amazing mud ash mask has become an irreplaceable part of my skincare routine and I use it as a daily cleanser and a weekly mask. Priced at INR 499 for a 100 ml jar, it is very pocket-friendly because you will only need a small amount of the product each day. It is wonderful that Greenberry Organics is making the forgotten natural remedies of India extremely accessible to those with a hectic lifestyle. They have provided a modern makeover to the ancient ingredients to create an incredibly effective product! I highly recommend this 3 in 1 face care product to all those with oily skin because it may be a bit too strong for those with dry and sensitive skin.

You can purchase this fantastic 3 in 1 Mud Ash Mask from the Amazon store of Greenberry Organics. I will definitely be trying out some more products from their skincare range soon!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

P.S. – You can also follow Greenberry Organics on their Instagram page to stay up to date on their products 🙂

Another Goodie From Qtrove!

A tiny bottle full of the goodness of olive oil arrived at my doorstep the other day. Yet another goodie from Qtrove! If you read my previous post then you will know that Qtrove sent me a few products to try out and this time it is the Areev Oil Of Olives Body Lotion. Qtrove is a wonderful curated online marketplace that showcases homemade and organic items produced on a small scale. They have a fantastic collection ranging from skincare to food items and I am sure you will find many interesting things on their website. Here are my thoughts on the Areev Body Lotion, a gem of a product indeed!

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This lovely body lotion is quite lightweight and sinks into the skin very quickly. This is great because nobody likes the sticky and greasy feeling of heavy moisturizers. The lotion instantly softens and hydrates the skin and makes it super smooth. It has a pleasant herbal/natural smell that lingers on for hours after application. The fragrance is very soothing and the formula is specially designed for sensitive skin, therefore it is very gentle.

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I also love the packaging of the product. The shape of the bottle and the unique design of the lid make it look very high-end. It is like a little bottle of potion that I have been unscrewing throughout the day to catch another whiff of the refreshing scent. I think I have found my favorite summer body lotion!

IMG_8112I am so glad that Qtrove provides the opportunity to discover these new brands whose products are even better than those of the established brands. All the products have that homely feeling to them that strikes a chord in my heart. I will definitely be trying out some more products from Qtrove soon!

You can buy the Areev Oil of Olives Body Lotion here, and while you are at it, do check out the other products available on Qtrove’s online store too!

I also have an amazing coupon for you guys! Use the code BLOGMRINALINIM15 at checkout to get 15% off on your first order (for orders above INR 500, paid online).

Happy Shopping!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

P.S. – You can also stalk Qtrove on their social media pages:

Twitter: @qtrove

Instagram: @qtrove

 

My First Package From Qtrove!

The amazing folks at Qtrove kindly sent me some of their lovely products to try out, and boy, I am thoroughly impressed! In case you do not know already, Qtrove is a curated online marketplace that primarily focusses on handmade and organic goods produced on a small scale. There are tons of options to choose from, be it skin care or food items, fashion or home decor. I think it is a wonderful initiative to promote the home based sellers and budding entrepreneurs of India! With so many delightful choices at hand, it was hard for me to shortlist what I wanted to try. Here is what I finally chose, and the Qtrove team sent it my way within a few days!

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I went for the Organa Refreshing Apple Juice and the Ardhana Coffee Organic Lip Scrub, both the products being great for the summer months. I literally gulped down the entire bottle of the Organa Apple Juice in one go! It is made with 100% organic apple pulp and does not have any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, just the goodness of crunchy apples. I could almost feel the crisp texture of the apples, a sign that the product is made from high-quality fruit. What better way to stay hydrated and energized in the sweltering heat?

IMG_8082As soon as I unscrewed the lid of the Ardhana Coffee Lip Scrub, I was greeted by the heavenly aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. The texture of the product is gritty enough to remove dead skin from flaky lips while the oily base, made with shea butter, beeswax and olive oil, moisturizes the lips really well. The scrub has the richness of a homemade concoction that our grandmothers would prepare to rescue our hair or skin. It leaves my lips looking plumper too! The love with which it is made definitely shines through.

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I would highly recommend checking out Qtrove’s online store to pamper yourself with pure ingredients and products that are specially made for you. The Qtrove team has also provided a coupon code for you guys to get a 15% discount on your first purchase (for orders of more than INR 500, paid online). Just use the code BLOGMRINALINIM15 at checkout and you should get 15% off! Isn’t that amazing? Here are all the places that you can stalk Qtrove to be the first ones to know about their awesome goodies:

Online Store: https://www.qtrove.com/

Twitter: @qtrove

Instagram: @qtrove

Once again, do not forget the coupon code BLOGMRINALINIM15 to get 15% off on your first order!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

P.S. – A few more goodies sent by Qtrove are on their way, so be prepared for part-2 of this post 🙂