Welcome to Sweet and Bitter Blog, I am Shayoni. I believe everything has a sweet and a bitter side, it is how you perceive makes all the difference. Visit my blog where I talk about the same things of daily use like makeup, skin care and everything I like.
Tired of dry skin in winter? I can feel that sister. Most people don’t moisturize regularly but not me. I used to moisture twice a day. I would finish tubs of Nivea Soft Crème. I loved the fragrance, and I liked how it moisturized without stickiness. After I had gone through my arms worth of Nivea crème, I realized this was not solving the real issue. Right then begin my search for a new moisturizer. The fact that I could use my review for blog motivated me more. But, in the last couple of years, I have concluded that nothing works better than oil. I still use crèmes and lotion, but at times you are in a hurry and do not have the liberty to slather yourself with oil.
I have gone through several body oils and here is another one reviewed for you. 😘
Hello from Nainital - The City with Beautiful Lake
This is my second trip to Nainital. Last time it was in 2011 with Mr. Boy (now my hubby) and this time with my Mom. My grandfather has used to come around this area for business, and he always told my mom that one must visit Nainital once in their lifetime. Nainital is no more as untouched as it used it back when my grandpa used to come but I decided to fulfill her dream to visit Nainital. Thankfully we visited during the non-peak season. I love Nainital far more this time than my last visit. There is hardly any crowd and rates for most tourist areas/activities is fixed.
This is a haul post. If you want a travel post, then let me know. Meanwhile, check my Instagram feed. I am spamming Instastories with pictures of the blue sky, blue-green lakes, and yummy food.
The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, Scrub, Shower Cream, Hand Cream, and Body Mist Review
I thought maybe Delhi winter is over, but it is not. The temperature dropped again. I am not complaining here. I am happy. I know that once these cozy blanket days are gone, we will be sweating from all our pores in Delhi summer. Its either ice or fire in Delhi. There is nothing in between. Le sigh.
In this weather, the one thing that encourages me to take a shower is The Body Shop Shea range. I first discovered the Shea body butter back in 2010. It was my first body butter. Back then there was hardly any brand having shea products. The nutty aroma of shea made me feel as I am in a safe cocoon unharmed by the world. (I used to live in a Gurugram PG back then.) I kept the tub beside my pillow. Using it was my everyday ritual. Over the years, I have used all the products from the range of the soap and body lotion. The only thing I haven't used is the Shea Beautifying Oil.
Also, now, we have several shea butter products available in India. So far, I have failed to find anything up to the match of The Body Shop.
Now, sitting in Nainital (where the temperature is lower than Delhi), I realize how much I love this. Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Eh?
Skincare and Beauty Product Empties and Repurchases
2017 wasn't a great year for my skin. (Read: Forehead acne). Majorly because I was hardly taking care of my skin during summer. But, in the last couple of months, I was trying to be more regular. As a result, I was reaching out to my favorites, and hence, this post majorly has products that get over are and were instantly repurchased :D
So, read more to see my favorites and products which didn't make the cut.
Let's start with what got repurchased. The following products are my favorite. Add The Body Shop Rainforest Shampoo in the following list, and you have my 'Favorites That I Always Repurchase List'
I am probably the last person to blog about this. Again, my Envy Box reached Kolkata, and I received it by the time the month was over. I did an Instagram post but wanted to try the products before the review. This was their anniversary edition box, and I love everything about this.
Kama Ayurveda SHUBH Limited Edition Soap Box Review
Kama Ayurveda launched three unique gift boxes for the festive season. I got two, and you must have seen the haul by now. I know that Diwali is over, but the box is still available. So, without any delay, I wanted to talk about this.
The Shubh box has four limited edition soaps inspired by the Pooja thali so, there is Haldi, Chandan, tulsi, and the quintessential nariyal. (Turmeric, Sandalwood, Basil, and Coconut). I am nuts about coconuts so, I had to have this box. Also, there is a Hand Carved Soap Holder made from stone. Each article comes in a box, and all of them are housed together inside a Mughal inspired box making it ideal for gifting.
Price: Rs 1500. Complimentary with purchase worth Rs 4000 from Kama Ayurveda.
Random Shopping Haul (Innisfree, Muji, FabIndia, Aroma Magic, and Other)
Has it ever happened to you that you went out to just shop but end up getting nothing? But, when you thought just to do some window shopping, you discover the best of things? This weekend, I had faced the later. I had zero intention to shop because the shops are overflowing with people buying gifts for their family and friends. I was bored so, stepped out. I discovered some beautiful things that I wanted to show you. The urge is so much that I am writing this on my train journey.
Do you remember Orkut? Everybody had an account in Orkut. I actually signed up to Gmail for an Orkut account. Things were simple. You made friends with people you know. 'Angel Priya' was out of the question. It was fun with the scraps and all. It was easier to know people because everybody would 'Like' pages which you could view. You can check that get to know people. You know what one of the pages I liked back in 2007 was 'I Hate Roses'. There were just 74 people who liked it, but you get my point here. I could never tolerate the fragrance. Then, I slowly started including natural skincare in my life and rose water walked in. But, I was still not in love with them because they all smell artificial. I was not religious with rose waters.
Three years back, I discovered Kama Ayurveda and their steam-distilled Kannauj Rose Water. It made a massive change in my life and I still now use rose water every day. The fragrance is real and absolutely beautiful. So, I have requested the store manager at various stores that they must retail the rose fragrance. It will be a hit. But, they only smiled.
Maybe one of them listened, or for some other reason, they did launch the rose diffuser oil. But, in a limited edition gift box worth Rs 3000. Luckily, they were offering it complimentary with purchase. I took this as a sign and stock up on my favorites and needs. (Haul post)