Monday, May 2, 2016

#ProductReview: Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream

The Bajara's Brand that is known for its herbal ingredients based beauty products has newly launched the Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream that I have been using since the past several weeks. In today's post, I will be sharing my review of this new introduction from Banjara's with you.

About Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream:

Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream Review
Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream Review

  • 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 and younger looking skin.
  • SPF 15 and PA++ provide broad spectrum protection from Sun damage. Now wear your skin with pride.
  • Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream works 3 ways:
  1. Protects
  2. Repair
  3. Hydrates
  • An Ayurverdic Proprietary product
  • Price: 100 INR 
  • Net Weight: 40 gm
  • Shelf Life: 3 years from the date of manufacture.
  • Directions for use: Apply a small quantity of the cream on your cleansed face in dots and massage gently. Use twice daily for best results.

Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream Review:

The first thing that attracted me towards Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream was the fact that it is an ayurvedic proprietary product and had natural ingredients like Olive oil, wheat germ oil and Pomegranate. As you know, I always favour products that have minimal of artificial and chemical ingredients so this product fit right into this category.

I have been using this cream twice daily for several weeks and here is my experience. 

Things I liked about Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream:

1) Sturdy packing and travel friendly- The cream comes in a slender tube with a nozzle opening which is easy to carry around without any danger of spillage and leaking.

 Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream Review
2) Easy to apply- The nozzle tip makes it easy to take out the required amount of cream and easily apply without any danger of excess cream coming out.

3) Only a small quantity of the cream is needed per application. A few dots are enough to hydrate the face and neck.

4) The cream has a light texture and consistency of a serum and spreads easily on the skin.

5) Gets absorbed in the skin easily and is non-greasy.

6) Hydrates the skin and makes it soft and supple making the skin look well moisturized and fresh.

7) Has a pleasant subtle smell that leaves a lingering fragrance on the skin after application and is not too strong as to cause irritation.

8) Contains SPF 15 and PA++ that provide the skin protection against the harmful rays of the sun.

9) Can be easily used as a makeup base as the cream evens out the skin and moisturized.

10) An ayurvedic proprietary product with all natural/herbal ingredients like fruit extracts, olive oil, pomegranate, wheat germ oil etc. and no artificial and chemical additives/preservatives.

11) Suits all skin types.

12) Is suited to be used in all seasons.

13) Affordably priced at just 100 INR for a 40 gm tube as compared to the other creams in the market.

14) Easily available both online and in the physical market.

15) Non-allergic.

16) After using it for almost a month, I can see the improvement in the skin texture and health of my skin. It is more evened out, glowing and healthy!

Things I didn't like about Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream:

1) Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream, although easily available online, is not easily available in the physical stores in North India.

All in all, Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream is a great new product from brand Banjara's that is not only pocket friendly but also is skin friendly with all herbal/natural ingredients as well as sun protection. I am loving using this cream and know that I will be a returning user. 4.5 out of 5 to it from me and recommended to everyone.

If you are looking for a cream that not only repairs but also moisturizes and protects from the sun then Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream provides the complete solution to your skin!
Go use, enjoy and see the difference in your skin. I am sure you'll like this cream as much as I did.

I received the product for review from the brand and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


Have you used  Banjara's Skin +ve Beauty Cream? If not, then will you be giving this product a try?
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Friday, April 29, 2016

#BookReview: The Texan's Twins (Texas Rodeo Barons #4) by Pamela Britton

Title and Author:  The Texan's Twins by Pamela Britton
No. of Pages:
Series: Texas Rodeo Barons #4
Publication Date: January 2014 (Harlequin)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Cowboy Romance

Book Review:
The Texan's Twins by Pamela Britton is the first book by the author and I really enjoyed reading it. This series is written by different authors and while the stories are all standalone, there is an ongoing mystery of the missing mother of Jet and his sisters.

I loved reading Jet Baron's story who hates working for the family oil business and is more interested in rodeos, flying helicopters and  working on the family ranch with horses. He is likable and hit with the ladies but then he falls for Jasmine who is a single mother of twin girls. She has just moved here and is the new employee in his family's oil company. 

They get off on the wrong foot but soon Jet's caring nature begins winning over Jasmine's skittishness. The setting is Texas and Pamela builds a realistic world of ranches, horses, rodeos, barbecues, oil mining and the rugged feel of the countryside.

I enjoyed following Jet and Jasmine as they try to figure out their feelings for each other. Jet is a sincere guy who genuinely wants a life with Jasmine and her twins. The heartbreak, romance and family drama are all so endearing that I was left wiping my eyes then feeling hopeful and then smiling watching these two stumble and then get up again.

The twins are so cute. I loved reading about their antics and could visualize them as they were portrayed.

We meet the characters from the previous books in this series again and it was enjoyable meeting them again and watching them so happy in their lives.

Not much is disclosed on the background mystery of the missing mom in this book but still the romance is so admirably narrated that I didn't feel any dissatisfaction.

All in all, The Texan's Twins is an endearing love story of sacrifices, forever kind of love and the determination to cross all hurdles to get to ones happily-ever-after. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of romance.

I received the book from the publishers, Harlequin via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#BookReview: Next to You (A Phlox Beauty Novel #1) by Julia Gabriel

Title and Author: Next to You by Julia Gabriel
No. of Pages: 283
Series: A Phlox Beauty Novel #1
Publication Date: December 23rd 2014 by Serif Books 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Review:
Next to You by Julia Gabriel is the story of Jared Connor who got burned in a childhood accident and now lives in hiding doing menial jobs despite being a billionaire and Phlox Miller who has returned to her country house to adjust to her changed life and return back as the old, dedicated Phlox. But sparks fly when they meet and it is not something either of them wants.

I love reading romances about reclusive heroes and independent heroines and this one had all this and more in it. The cover, blurb and title are all very interesting and had me intrigued right from the start.

This is the first book by Julia that I have read and it wont be my last!

Her writing style is simple and yet engaging and she had me intrigued and invested in the story right from the start. The plot is beautifully conceived and executed and the author throws well calculated twists and turns in the story to keep the interest alive.

I love Phlox who is geeky intelligent and a strong character. Her life has been spent balancing the expectations of her parents both of whom want different things from her. An accident leaves her battered and struggling with her identity and it was interesting to watch her get up and gain her confidence again. I empathized with Jared at the start but later on could not understand the reason over which they fought and thought they had to stay apart. The other characters like Jared's younger brother and Phlox's business partner and best friend are also some very interesting people and I am so eager to read their story too.

The story is fast paced and held me engrossed but despite the crispness of execution, I felt the intimate scenes were too many and often times did nothing to take the story forward. These could have been toned down a bit.

All in all, I enjoyed reading Next to You by Julia Gabriel and give it 4 out of 5. Seeming a bit like Beauty and the Beast, it appealed to my fairy tale loving self and I recommend it all lovers of romance above the age of eighteen.

I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

#BookBlitz and #Giveaway: A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews

Kiss and a dream A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews 
 She escapes with a dead woman's name and finds sanctuary with a widower reeling from his wife's betrayal. Can a love built on lies survive the truth? Gretchen Foltz honors her late father's request and ends up locked in the workhouse by her greedy brother. Dreaming of a home and freedom, she embarks on a dangerous winter journey. She awakes in a stranger's home. Hiding behind a lie, she discovers a man worthy of her trust. Kian Bryne is struggling to feed his four children. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman stranded on the ice and running from her own demons. With his rich in-laws threatening to take custody his children, he'll make a desperate alliance to keep his family together. When a simple kiss shatters their agreement, he's left yearning for more. Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever? 

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In this scene, Gretchen learns that Kian has a secret dream to be a carriage driver on the island. She has a dream of her own and knows the power of them, so she is determined to help him achieve his goal. "It was a stupid dream. I should sell it, ta pay ya." Kian jerked the covering into place and turned away. "Nein. No." She followed him. "Dream is not stupid. Dream is good." She slowed down to hit the correct sound at the end. Just so he understood. He yanked pieces of oak from the pile near the door and dropped them into her pail. "I help you vith your dream." She pulled out the bigger pieces and returned them to the stack before tugging the handle from his grip. Selecting the right size for the cook stove, she filled her bucket. "You see." "Why?" He stared at the wood pile and huddled in his jacket. She didn't want to think too hard about the why. Instead, she clasped the pail to her chest and hustled for the door. He beat her there and pushed back the snow, so she could squeeze through the opening. Before she exited, he stayed her with a hand on her arm. "Why?" "Because I have the dreams, too. And you are helping to make them true." She ducked under his arm and walked into the cold. More than he knew. Maybe more than was safe for her heart.
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 Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: “What else would she write? She’s never been normal.” All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion and she’s followed that passion into history, the future, and beyond. Sometimes, she incorporates her science background and other times, she allows the magic of love to take center stage in sweet historicals.


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#BookReview: Mail Order Doctor (Brides of Tombstone #2) by Cynthia Woolf

Title and Author: Mail Order Doctor by Cynthia Woolf
No. of Pages: 290
Series: Brides of Tombstone #2
Publication Date:  June 2015 by Firehouse Publishing
Language: English
Genre: Western Romance

Book Review:
Mail Order Doctor by Cynthia Woolf is the story of Julia who travels to Tombstone as a mail order bride thinking herself in love with Dr. Matthew Reynolds and vice versa but is shocked to find that Matthew doesn't even know of her existence!

What will happen to Julia?
Will she get her happily-ever-after?

This is the second book in the Brides of Tombstone series but can be read as a standalone without any issues as experienced by me. I hadn't read the first book but dot easily engrossed in this one.

The blurb and title are intriguing and captured my attention right from the start. 

The story is straightforward but the author manages to throw some well calculated surprises and had me engaged throughout. The characterization is realistic and I loved Julia's strength, determination and grit but was a bit let down by Matthew. While his objections are understandable but after a while he started looking childish and stubborn not at all like the responsible and mature man he had started as.

I enjoyed meeting Matthew's family and am eager to read their stories. Also I liked Ben and hope to read his love story soon.

The world building is vivid and had me easily transported to the harsh and hard settings of the America of 1800s with mining towns, horse carriages, gown clad women and struggle filled living. 

Cynthia's writing style is fluid and engaging and I enjoyed her narration. Hope to read more from her in the future.

All in all,  Mail Order Doctor is a clean romance with a strong heroine who wins over all her difficulties to get her happily-ever-after. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of western romance. 

I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

#FBQ (77): FREE & BARGAIN books quota!

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This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess. 
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From the #1 International Best-selling author of Looking for La La
A middle age housewife and her ex-cleaner friend try to solve mysteries with sometimes hilarious and sometimes dangerous results!
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Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price.
Explore the first part of the Ram Chandra series featuring the majestic ruler of India, Ram famous for his valour and his rule of the land.
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A dying techer teaches some valuable lessons on life to his student.
One of the best books that I have read in my life time, this one is a must read!
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The most anticipated new novel in the bestselling Harry Potter series!
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10 people are stranded in a house and then start dying mysteriously. One of the best mysteries by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie!
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.
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George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thrones is brought to life in the pages of these full-colour graphic novels. This set contains volumes 1 to 4 of a series that is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year. 


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Simple Home Remedies to whiten blackened and tanned skin!

Sometimes despite our best efforts some areas of our body get neglected and suffer from blackened, hard and rough skin. The most common areas of our body to suffer from neglect are elbows, knees, underarms and our backs. 

Skin blackening can happen due to many reasons like sweat accumulation, hormonal disbalance and blackening/tanning due to exposure to the sun.

To whiten and soften the skin in such areas, we are ready to try and apply all kinds of cosmetics and artificial products but today I'll share with you some really simple and tried and tested home remedies to whiten, brighten and soften the skin.

1) Lemon and Sugar works magic!

Take a lemon rind (nibu ka chilka) and coat the inside with sugar or brown sugar. Leave it for sometime and when the sugar slightly melts, rub this gently in circular motions on the blackened, hard and rough parts of your body for fifteen minutes.

Repeat this two to three times per week and you'll see the skin whitening and getting velvety soft in no time.

2) Lemon and Honey is the secret to the beauty of the Queens

Lemon juice and honey mixture was used by Queens to brighten, soften, tighten and whiten their skin in the times gone by. This ageless beauty tip has been used and is still used by people all over the world with magical effects seen on the skin.

Mix one lemon juice with one tablespoon of honey and apply on your skin. Wash off after 10 minutes to feel the softness and tightness of your skin and also see all the black spots diminishing after a few repeats.

3) Castor Oil's magic

Apply a few drops of Castor oil with lemon on the affected areas at night and wash off in the morning. Do this once a week to get pearly white and satin soft skin!

4) Banana Mash pack for your skin

Mash a banana and apply on the areas which you want to whiten and soften. Leave for fifteen minutes and then gently wash off while rubbing in circular motions to remove the black patches and get soft and bright skin.

5) Lone Lemon is enough!

If you have nothing else then lemon is easily found in almost all homes. So grab the rind of half a lemon and rub gently on the blackened areas of the body and leave for twenty minutes and then wash off to see visible results.

Apply some lemon juice on your underarms after you take a bath and leave it. This not only acts as a natural deodorant by giving off a lemony smell all day but also protects your underarms from germs and from getting black.

6) Besan (Gram flour), Chandan powder (Sandalwood powder), Masoor Dal Powder (Red Lentils powder), Dahi (curd), Haldi powder (Turmeric powder) and lemon (nimbu) ubtan


Mix Besan (Gram flour), Chandan powder (Sandalwood powder), Masoor Dal Powder (Red Lentils powder), Dahi (curd) , 1 tsp of Haldi powder (Turmeric powder) and lemon (nimbu) to form a uniform paste and apply on the affected skin. Leave on for twenty minutes and then wash off.

This is a multipurpose face pack (ubtan) and works wonders in repairing, tightening, brightening and whitening the skin.

7) Aloe Vera's magic

Apply Aloe Vera gel to the blackened areas of your body. This gel not only cools and soothes the skin but also removes the blackishness to leave the skin looking fairer and healthier.


With such easily available natural ingredients at our disposal, whitening and caring for your skin is not only easy but also very cheap and with no harmful side effects.

These above are only some of the ways by which we can get that bright, light, beautiful and clear skin without having to spent big bucks on beauty products.

Go try these simple remedies and see the results for yourself!

If you have any other homely skin care tips then share those too in the comments below because sharing is caring!

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