Excitement levels were high when I spotted this mask in the mall during my recent trip to Dubai. There are 5 masks catering to different skin requirements and these are yet to be launched in India. A per usual being oily skinned I went for the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions this tingling mud mask contains powerful Bamboo Charcoal, active exfoliating Green Tea Tree leaves from Japan and potent Tea Tree Oil from Kenya which combines to purify the skin and give it a new lease of life.  

Benefits of Bamboo Charcoal are that it draws out all the impurities and excess oils from the skin. Green tea has many antioxidants beneficial for the skin and Tea Tree Oil is a saviour if you are suffering from dark spots, acne or blemishes.


This mask is a staple in my Sunday night pamper routine. Application is easy; you can either use your fingers or a flat brush. Apply a thin layer on your face avoiding the eye area; this can be applied on your neck area too. This mask dries quickly so do not keep it over 10 minutes and yes there will be a tingling sensation on your face which will go away once you have rinsed off the mask.

Consistency of this mask is not too creamy or clay(ish); there are chunks of tea leaves which do transfer on your face when you apply the mask and they act as an exfoliator. There is a distinct fragrance that tends to stay even after you have rinsed off the mask; but, it does fade over time; some may find this fragrance to be overpowering. It is preferable to remove this mask with warm water rather than cold water as warm water makes the removal process easy without having to rub and scrub your skin. 


The packaging is a fancy and sturdy tinted glass jar with a thick plastic lid. Not ideal for travelling as it’s too heavy but, overall it looks luxurious in my opinion.

After Effects/Results
Has a cooling effect on the skin
Unclogs pores and tightens them and refines the appearance of pores
Acts as a mild exfoliator leaving the skin looking clean and fresh
Skin is visibly glowing. If you have sensitive skin some parts of the skin may turn red
Has a lingering fragrance

I have been using this mask for a while now and I am quite happy with the results. It didn’t break me out at all and the fragrance doesn’t bother me anymore. Skin feels very clean, refreshed and visibly glowing. Do give this a go if you have oily skin and fancy a mild exfoliating mask. I am not sure if this would be suitable for ones having dry and extremely sensitive skin as this mask can be quite drying.

Price AED 105/- (yet to be launched in India) 

THE BODY SHOP HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK


Last weekend my sister her husband and I went mall hopping doing last minute shopping before Diwali (the festival of lights) which begins this Friday. More importantly, we were itching to check out the newly opened Sephora and H&M stores and then decided to grab lunch at our all-time favourite pub The Irish House. We did shop in H&M whose collection by the way is amazing and in spite of it being crazy crowded we managed to snag a few items but, unfortunately forgot to take pictures of the purchases (typical). The Sephora store is spacious and has brands like NYX, Make up Forever, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, Benefit, Cover Fx, Sephora brand, Stila, Burt’s Bees, Shiseido, Clarins to name a few Soap and Glory is expected to arrive soon. The sales assistants were friendly and helpful; loved the experience in this store. 





It is impossible to leave empty handed at Sephora
The lovely H&M store at Inorbit Mall
Decorations at The Irish House
Probably the best Virgin Mojito I have ever tried
Yummy Chicken Sliders - Mini burgers
Fish & Chips 
I absolutely loved the new H&M Store in Inorbit mall. It is huge with a beautiful collection. The price range is quite reasonable, similar to Zara and Forever21. Quality is also simply beautiful. H&M is surely going to be my go to shopping destination from here on. 
Have you visited the new Sephora & H&M store? Do let us know your experience.

AN EVENTFUL WEEKEND…


This post has been a long time coming. My apologies for the disappearing act on the blog; I’ve been having a writer’s block and haven’t been in the zone to post anything. So, finally I have managed to get myself together and post the much needed Sephora haul Dubai edition after being a recluse for almost a month.

SEPHORA DUBAI HAUL


If you have been following our blog for a while you would know by now how obsessed we are with The Body Shop and the recent sale was just another excuse for us to splurge. A majority of their products were reduced by 30% - 50% which surely makes a huge difference and did not quite burn a hole in our pockets. Here is a collective haul of all the products that my sister and I purchased in the sale.

THE BODY SHOP SALE HAUL


There are those days when after a good night out with friends we all tend to crash at someone’s place and at such times no one has the energy to take their makeup off. I’ve had a few week nights like this myself and I have found some products which work well for me to rejuvenate my skin the morning after. Since I have combination skin I always need products which are hydrating and which will keep my skin fresh.

4 QUICK FIXES IF YOU HAVE SLEPT IN YOUR MAKE-UP


My bag is a whole universe in itself… more like a black hole; when I need something desperately I will just not find it (hopeless I know…). I do have a couple of things that never ever leave my bag; I have specific zip lock bags assigned for some. Here are some of the things that are crucial in my handbag.

HANDBAG ESSENTIALS


I absolutely love shopping online for beauty and make up products. At first I was unsure about the authenticity but now that I have experienced it, I find it better than shopping in stores. You also tend to find and explore new brands which otherwise would not be available in store.

Shopping Experience at Aplava.com


NEW IN – GARNIER ULTRA BLENDS


I literally squealed with excitement when I found this brush on nykaa.com; like seriously I have been on a hunt for this brush for a long time and wasn’t sure if it was even available in India so very glad nykaa.com has it. Well it is called The “Wet” Brush literally; and ever since I have been using this, managing my wet hair has been a less daunting task. We all know how bad it is to use a regular brush on wet hair so this little bundle is perfect to tackle wet hair without tangling or damaging your hair.

SAY HELLO TO THE WET BRUSH


If you are an avid matte lipstick lover like me then you need to give Maybelline’s Lipgradation a serious try because Maybelline has indeed nailed it this time with their matte formula.

3 FAVOURITE LIPGRADATION LIPSTICKS FROM MAYBELLINE


If long lasting and chip free nail colour is what you desire then, look no further Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color is your answer. 

Gel Nails Obsession - Rose Poudre - Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color


My recent trip to Singapore was a lovely chance to try out some new brands and products especially Innisfree. I've heard so many good things about this brand that I had to try it. 

SINGAPORE HAUL



A tad late to the party but nevertheless here are few of my March favourites; these are items that I have been using non-stop all throughout March. First up… 

MARCH FAVOURITES 2016


I am no expert when it comes to packing for a week-long trip, but my habit of writing multiple lists in my diary has helped me not to over pack. I have narrowed down my in-flight essentials to only the things I really need and use. 

TRAVEL DIARIES - IN FLIGHT ESSENTIALS


I finally got my hands on some new introductions from Maybelline. I’ve already started using some of them and have been completely bowled over & are in line for this month’s favourite's list. So here’s what I got…

MAYBELLINE HAUL


The weather in Mumbai currently is yo-yo(ing) one moment it is hot; next moment it’s chilly (yes chilly cold for Mumbai standards). With this kind of unbalanced weather comes unexpected breakouts and Sahara desert type dry patches on the skin and body. Read on to know what products have helped me combat this situation.   

CURRENT SKIN CARE AND BODY CARE EDIT


We visited the Kala Ghoda Art Festival on the very first day 6th Feb and reaching early around 11.15 a.m has its benefits because; lesser crowds mean better art installation photography. Before we move forward with the post here is what you need to know about the festival.

KALA GHODA ARTS FESTIVAL 2016



In spite of using zillions of beauty, make-up and skincare products there are always a select few that make it to the repurchase Holy Grail material that one tends to go back to over and over again; here’s introducing 7 of my most repurchased items. I have lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased these but they tend to a permanent feature in my vanity. An absolute case of true love with…

THE REPURCHASE EDIT


An absolute impulsive purchase along with other makeup goodies from nykaa.com led to a love affair with this product; we bring you Odiva Nail enamel remover wipes. First things first it is a very handy and travel friendly product. No fear of spillage, leakage or pungent smells as opposed to some liquid nail enamel removers. This product is a quick fix saviour in a pouch.

ODIVA NAIL EXPERTS - NAIL ENAMEL REMOVER WIPES


Here we are again with our first Body Shop product post for 2016. If you have been reading our blog you would know our long standing obsession with The Body Shop products. I picked up the Frosted Cranberry Shower Gel and Indian Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist in early December 2015 just when their Christmas collection hit the shelves. I have been using the fragrance mist regularly and have already finished the shower gel bottle so a review is indeed in order.  

THE BODY SHOP FAVOURITES


A random browse led to a few purchases from nykaa.com which is a makeup and beauty website. Some things I wanted to buy since quite a while and some were chance impulsive purchases. Here’s a list of the things that I got and keep your eyes peeled for reviews soon.

Revlon Colorstay Shadow Links Eye Shadow in the shades Khaki & Copper.
Odiva Nail Enamel Remover Wipes.
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation.
B Blunt Hair Polish (Mini can)

MINI HAUL FROM NYKAA.COM


Marks & Spencer has their own bath and body line along with makeup and I was quite fascinated by the packaging of the bath and body line so had to pick it up to give it a try. I picked up the Magnolia Shower Cream and Lily of the Valley Shower cream.

MARKS & SPENCER FLORAL COLLECTION MOISTURE RICH SHOWER CREAM

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