MORINGA GLORY

Ta-da, here it is!

Don’t know if I have said this on the blog before, but I love The Body Shop – it is one of the few bath and beauty brands I buy from, constantly. Perhaps not as often as I used to; stuff’s expensive, and it’s harder still, when your sources of income aren’t guaranteed or stable – no more. – Every once in a while, when I do visit the store – it is because I want to restock on a product or two, etc. Anyway, I chanced upon this particular fragrance, last year at the outlet which is at the domestic airport and haven’t looked back, since.

Light, lovely and summery as this fragrance is – I knew nothing about it when I picked it up. – At the time I bought it, I was on my way to a friend’s wedding in Goa, and hadn’t carried any perfume. (Chunky bottles are difficult to cart around and/or pack, and I prefer not to because what if the bottle breaks?) So I stopped by The Body Shop to get an inexpensive bottle of ‘body mist’ or perfume. As it were, I decided against getting the Shea fragrance (I had tried it before, it isn’t the greatest) – Vanilla would’ve been too sweet (though I usually like the smell of vanilla) and then, my eyes fell on the little Moringa bottle and I was, like, “Hey, let’s get this.”

The funny thing is I didn’t quite bother taking a great, big sniff or even spritz it on and let the fragrance envelope me – well, enough to linger, etc. as I usually would’ve done. Yeah, okay, it’s just a small bottle of EDT but still! That was a first for me. (It wasn’t totally cheap, anyway.) And well, as soon as my holiday began and I sprayed it almost everyday, I was slowly realising that I bought something good. It turned out to be really mellow. All the things I said before, and then some (faintly floral, also; I was worried Moringa would smell like jasmine but as it turns out, I know zilch about flowers!). Mildly-fresh and pleasant, it is unlike any other fragrance I have ever had or liked (so I think). The bottle is travel-friendly; if you’re the type that flutters from fragrance to fragrance, the quantity is just about right, too.

What I don’t dig is the price for the quantity being sold (Rs. 895 for 30 ml is not cheap); I think it is Rs. 925, now? (On a sultry day, you might have to give yourself a spritz every couple of hours.) From then to now, I have only used two bottles of the stuff (toldja, been watching my finances). If my income was stable, I’d be buying this pretty often, it’s handy to have on you.

{ Rating – 7.8 / 10 }

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

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UNDER THE SEAWEED

246 Under the Seaweed

Okay, so I bought a tub of the Ionic Clay Mask (100 ml) from the Seaweed range at The Body Shop a couple of months ago… (February or March?) There are a few reasons as to why I bought it: a) I have used the Deep Cleansing Facial Wash from the same range, before; b) I thought it might be a good addition to my beauty closet, since I normally do not like to get (any) facial treatments done outside – this seemed like a legit product to have at home, and use every once in a while. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, for starters, it was a splurge (Rs. 1,295)!

On the tub, the labelling says that it is meant for combination/oily skin, and that is true… After washing the clay mask off, from when I used it for the first time – my skin felt excessively dry, and sort of wrinkly around the forehead area. Some of the skin even began peeling! (I got worried, and ranted about it on my Twitter feed at the time, uh-huh.) But here is some background, and a pro tip! My skin is oily for sure, and even so – this product dries you out like nothing else. And #2, you must tone and moisturise, after! I also read a few other reviews online, to see if anyone else felt similarly after using this clay mask, and surprise, surprise – there were a few.

Well, that was that, and because I paid so much for this product, and it is The Body Shop after all – I did feel brave enough to start using the product again, after a few weeks. This time, I made sure to use a thinner layer (it is imperative that you do) when applying the clay mask on, and moisturise after. The results were better! (There was no distinct peeling, etc.) And if we are to talk of the present, I have used the product about 4-5 times in total – so now seemed like the time for a review. Because my thoughts however, have been so mixed since I began using this clay mask, here is how I will break it down.

These are the things about the Ionic Clay Mask that you should know if you are considering picking up a tub of the stuff:

  • Remember to space out its usage, once you begin using it. (The label mentions that you can use this mask up to twice, weekly – the answer is no – you probably should not. Once in every two months is fine, and after a bit – you can even start to use it once a month, but definitely NOT every week or twice in a week… Gee, creators at The Body Shop – y’all should know better!)
  • Always tone, and moisturise after. Like I said, I did not know how true this statement would come to be had I not begun using this mask. (Also, use the mask a couple of days before an important meeting or date, whatever, just so that you give your skin time to breathe and deal with the after effects, etc.)

Okay, now it is time to tell you about what I like about this product:

  • About 2-4 weeks after I had used it for the very first time, I noticed that my skin looked nice – in terms of, some of the rando pimples I had had dried out, and the skin that had peeled off grew back sort of healthier.
  • There is a lot of product left in the tub I own, and I think 100 ml could last you a while. (Two years, maybe?)

{ Rating – 6.4 / 10 }

P.S. I have rated this product for exactly what it does – that it draws out impurities, and clarifies the skin. It is one of those products I could have done without, TBH. (I do not think that it could be called a cult product!) At the same time, it’s not as bad a product as I thought before; though on the other hand – it is one I might not consciously buy again.

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

Little Miss Sunshine

229 Little Miss Sunshine

AARGH, it’s that time of the year again! The weather outside is enough to toast you to a fine crisp (okay, perhaps to a slightly melty, moist version?)… ACK. I haven’t been going out too much but this week demands that I do so I’m dreading the sultry weather. Which kind of made me think, Mama’s got to get herself a bottle of face mist, yep!

Do you have any recommendations? Not very fond of the smell of rose water so other scents ought to do. (I am thinking of checking out the two that The Body Shop has, and see whatever Forest Essentials has, too. Just hope they aren’t too crazy on the expensive scale? Do you use face mists? What do you think? Greed or need… Purge or splurge… With that, I bequeath you with this illustration. I think it’s cute but it looks like a can of paint, innit? Oh bother.)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

The Twelve Days of Christmas

209 The Twelve Days of Christmas

Can I just tell you how very exciting it was to curate lovelies for this GIFT GUIDE? Extremely thrilling! A few things… I have purposely not created an elaborate gift guide because that would depend on your budget and how much you like the person, etc. That decision is yours! These basically serve as  s t o c k i n g  s t u f f e r s  for your handful of best girlfriends or even your  M O T H E R  or sisters (yep, this is the feminine edition!), or for when you haven’t bought anything for a close someone who came home and you forgot to get them a present.

Of course, I really hope you like the ones I have picked out, there will be plenty of other gift guides out there on the interwebz – this is my first one, HERE, and well, hopefully, because you’re a Jupiter Skye reader, you should like these thoughtful presents… Brace yourselves, for I think I have rambled ever so much – SORRY!

1. Gold stone quartz necklace, Lune – Rs. 1,650

Sreesha Shetty has been written about a lot before, and for good reason! Crafting beautiful, indie pieces for a whimsical dreamer forms the base of her expertise, at Lune, her label. I do not know for certain if this particular piece is still available but you can always e-mail her at shoplune@gmail.com to get something custom-made. This gold quartz necklace seemed particularly festive to me! :-)

2. Gold Floral Tattoo Set (Rifle Paper Co.), Tattly – $6

Okay, I’ve been bookmarking a lot of these all over the place! Because this one is created by Anna Bond (also known as Rifle Paper Co. – yes, her!), I thought it would be fitting to have her Gold Floral tattoo set which is available to buy on Tattly – on this list – especially for all the other lovers of her work, out there. (These are temporary, tu comprende?)

3. Ho! Ho! Ho! Gift Tags, Little One’s Doodles – Rs. 200

For the stationery lovers, and those who love making pretty packages of Christmas presents; this set of fourteen + festive gift tags are for you. The illustrator behind these babies is also working on an exquisite calendar for the next year so you should look out for that, too. (An adorable pick for an office desk!)

4. Fabric covered planner journal (Rubberband), Crossword – Rs. 850

A commendable pick for whoever loves jotting things down; and the pages inside are so smooth and white! This is like the best planner, EVERRRR. (Available in a rainbow of colours, the one I had this year was a macaron pink.) 

5. Party Fox Brooch Pin (And Smile)Etsy – $11.24

Now here’s a cheery fellow (crafted by Viktorija Semjonova) to accompany you this festive season, I think he makes a lovely accessory for those friends of yours who adore water-colour arts and would love wearing little Foxie here over their jacket-lapel or cardigan, or that little cousin/sister whom you want to get something cute for. 

6. Cranberry Scented Lip Balm #1, Kiehl’s – Rs. 495

For starters, their lip balm really is #1! I have a tube of it, and it’s an instant cure for chapped lips, all over town. (I don’t have the Cranberry one yet, but I’m guessing it would smell delicious.)

7. Party Panda Ankle Socks, Forever 21 – Rs. 159

Picked these up last winter (Look at me, acting all fancy, pretending it was so cold in Bombay last November/December!) and I know that Forever 21 still stocks super cute socks (there’s an oxblood pair with black lace details I’m eyeing already)… They are one of the coolest stocking stuffer ideas, ever! I would love to get socks for Christmas, wouldn’t you?

8. Washi Tape, Anupam – Rs. 70

Four very pretty rolls of washi tape, and you have yourselves a cute gift for someone who adores crafting, or stationery in general. (Certain this one is on my baby sister’s list!)

9. Festival Purse, Safomasi – Rs. 1,200

Safomasi sells very lovely things in their little store online, and while you could alternatively order a couple of cushion covers with pom-pom detailing as a set for your mother or favourite aunt, I do think this Festival Purse is très cute – it’s a good gift for someone who is a supporter of such labels.

10. Skarab Necklace (KICHU), Da Flokk – Rs. 2,100

For the Egyptian-loving, cool indie girl toting around charms from all over the world – I would say that you should order this gold scarab beetle charm from KICHU for her. Because, KHEPRI!!!!

11. Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel + Body Lotion, The Body Shop – Rs. 425 and Rs. 695, respectively

This range smells both heavenly and very luxurious, a combination of these two would be ideal for: a) Mother, b) Sister, c) BFF, d) Favourite Auntie, or anyone whom you think will like the scent. (What does it smell like? Warm, nutty, it’s a very enveloping scent, sweet but older. Sophisticated?)

12. Boar Brooch, bhane. – Rs. 900

The brooch pins from bhane. are extremely rare! Rare, because I haven’t spotted origami inspired pieces like theirs anywhere else. Order the animal or bird you think your giftée will fancy because I can’t speak for them. These would be very cool to receive; TRUST ME. 

These were also a bit of a random selection, based on my personal ‘Likes’, and such but I just knowwww you will like to bookmark these for someone else or get them for yourself, if you wish. Christmas feels better when you’re gifting! Let me know what your favourites are, it’s always fun to discuss these things, no?

P.S. This was definitely not sponsored, I feel that I should clarify this? Also, I might be working on an exciting artwork for a close friend… I am waiting for her e-mail, as we speak.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes