Monday, June 19, 2017

Shantiniketan Haul


Hi friends!

Hope you all are doing great my lovely ladies. Do we need to find any particular reason for hauling? Logically yes but ‘Dil- Logically” no, :-P and today I seriously have a reason to share my haul with you guys as I paid a visit to Shantiniketan few days back and did some shopping, and moreover I had mentioned about a haul post coming on its way in my last post, so Yeah! Here it is…

Let’s start the haul post with my favorite part which is jewelry! J

I am not much into Dhokra jewelries but this particular metal made jewelry is very famous in Shantiniketan and the artisans are selling these beauties for over many years. Dhokra Damar tribes are the traditional metal-smiths of West Bengal. Dhokra made products have a huge demand in domestic as well as foreign markets because of primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form. I got two beautiful neckpieces and an intricate Ganesha statue from ‘Amar Kutir’, it was once a place of refuge for independence movement activists and has been now turned into a cooperative society for the promotion of arts and crafts, it is near the bank of Kopai River. You can get all your needs like sarees, blouse pieces, skirts, leather bags, jewelries and few household products at reasonable price.

Take a look on these amazing designs




As I mentioned in my last post about the famous ‘Shonibarer Haat’ and shared few pictures with you guys, I got few items like copper made and ‘Gamcha’ jewelries,hand -made note books and few bags from there .

Copper made jewelry designs are pretty common but I got them at very cheap rate so picked up loads of them. I was willing to get some ‘Gamcha’ jewelry as they are in the latest fashion trend so here I grabbed a neckpiece with matching earrings. J



Look at these hand crafted recycled paper made note books J



I have got three bags, Again a ‘Gamcha’ sling bag( I am obsessed with Gamcha nowadays :-P), A ‘Baul’ bag with colorful patch work and a simple orange bag, these are all called ‘Jhola’ in Bengali J, all are fabric ‘Jholas’ (bags).



My shopping was incomplete without buying a cotton ‘Baul Khesh’saree from Shantiniketan. It is a pure handwoven cotton baul Khesh with colorful patch work all over. I am thinking about an outfit post wearing this beautiful saree with matching jewelry. What say? J



Got a pure silk sleeveless jacket in light lavender color with 'Kantha' stitch work which I can pair with any solid color kurta and last but not the least is a colorful silk dupatta, look how pretty this is! J


So that's all for today ladies!!

Hope you have enjoyed my haul post, would love to know your thoughts about the stuffs I got myself.

Bbye
Dona

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A short trip to 'Ranga Matir Desh', Shantiniketan (Land of Red Soil)


Hi Friends,

Hope you all are doing great. Well, I have so many things to share with you guys today J Due to my hectic yet boring everyday routine, I with my family decided to take a small break and paid a short visit to Shantiniketan.

Needless to say it is too hot and humid weather in West Bengal but we bengalis have a separate place in our heart for Shantiniketan, because of Rabindranath Tagore, we born and raised with his songs ‘RabindraSangeet’, poems, novels, dramas since our school days and we can find peace in between the raw nature , red soil, woody plants around and mud houses here and there. Shantiniketan is famous for Rabindranath Tagore and his creation Visva-Bharati University, it’s a small town near Bolpur which is 165km away from Kolkata. Shantiniketan was called BhubanDanga(named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit) earlier.

Last Saturday we booked a cab and started our journey sharp at 8am in the morning. It took almost 3.15 hours to reach our destination, we already had a booking at ‘Shakuntala Village Resort’ Khoai, a serene place near ‘Sonajhuri’ forest. One could find the charm of village through muddy walls, floors, asbestos roof (artificially made) with earth-friendly ambience, overall a rustic landscape for nature lovers J 

'Shakuntala Village Resort'






Dining Area


Authentic Bengal food served in earth-friendly dish covered with lotus leaf and earthen pots



Saturday is special for ‘Shonibarer Haat’ (a market, held on every saturday )here in Shantiniketan, Khoai and luckily this market takes place just near our resort. So without wasting anytime, we freshen up after reaching, had a delicious authentic Bengali lunch and went for the ‘Shonibarer Haat’. Take a look on the photos below and you could have an idea what you could find here at the rural market.

'Shonibarer Haat'



'Adibashi Nrityo'


Me with Adibashi girls


Singing Bauls


Sarees, skirts, jewellery made of 'Gamcha' 


Hand crafted Light lamps


Wooden Musical Instruments


 Jewellery made of beads,seeds


Hand-made note books




Next day morning we planned for visiting the ‘Kankalitala Mandir’ which is 4km away from our resort. ‘Shakti Peethas’ are holy abode of Devi formed due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Shiva carried it and wandered through and It is believed that Sati Devi's bones have fallen here.


Kankalitala Mandir'




Locals singing songs



Visiting a local village ‘Adibashi Gram’ near at ‘Sonajhuri’ was so eye soothing in the scorching sunny weather, mud houses with beautiful art work, big woody plants everywhere to give you enough shades.

'Palashbani' 


Mud house







After having our lunch, we took rest for a while and headed over to the very famous ‘Kopai’ River. The area around the river quite often has red soil, which forms ravines on the river bank with weathering.

It is described by Rabindranath Tagore as follows

‘amader chhoto nodi chale anke bankey
boisakh masey taar hantu jal thakey’

Due to the poor lighting, I was unable to click a proper picture of the river and its surroundings. L

Next morning we visited the ‘Deer Park’, Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a large wooded area with herds of deer and makes a natural bird sanctuary.

Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary aka 'Deer Park'



 Deer :)








Our last day evening was reserved for a very special visit to the ‘Baul Akhra’ or ‘Baul Ashram’, ‘Bauls’ are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal, known for their musical tradition, distinctive baul clothes, musical instruments. Lalon Fokir is regarded as the most important poet-practitioner of the Baul tradition and Baul music had a great influence on Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry and on his music too. We landed up at Tarun Khyepa’s ‘Baul Akhra’ or ‘Baul Ashram’, who sung the very famous song ‘Moner Manush’ , witnessed some of the best baul songs from his own magical voice along with ‘Ektara’ instrument, enjoyed to the core! J



Me holding 'Ektara' with Tarun Khyepa in the middle and Anondo Baul

So that's all for today friends! I did a lot of shopping from Shantiniketan:) So you guys could expect a huge haul post coming very soon!


Till then bbye
Dona


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Third Empty Post


Hello Lovely Ladies!



Hope you all are doing great. Today I am here to share my third empty post with you guys. I love to try loads of beauty products to find the best suitable stuffs for my skin and hence most of the time I end up buying new products even before finishing the old ones, I know this is actually not a  good practice but can’t really help it. I guess all my lovely ladies will agree that we all are almost same at this particular point? Well coming back to the topic, this time I have managed to finish some more skincare products and I am really happy for that J

Now let’s see what those products are.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask:

This is one of the best face masks I have ever used. I have dry to combination with little troubled skin near nose and chin area, this clay mask can fight against various skin problems like acnes, irritations, breakouts, a multitasking product which can act as a mild exfoliator, making skin super clean and smooth as well as helps to reduce skin rashes and pimples without making my skin dry. I use this mask twice in a week without fail and I am on my second tub right now. J You can find the full review here Click

Just Herbs Petalsoft Antitan Rose Face Pack:

As you all know I have little sensitivity near my nose and chin area and this mask really gives my whole face a tingling sensation during application but it never irritate those areas post application, no itchiness or redness after washing my face so it can be suitable for sensitive skin also. It helps in reducing sun tan to some extent with regular usage as it really helped my tanned forehead to make it brighter looking and it doesn’t cause any breakouts post usage. I have finished one tub but I think I am not going to repurchase this mask as I want a more effective one. You can find the full review here Click


Ethicare Remedies Akmasq Pimple Care Complexion Mask:

After finishing the first tube, one thing I must say about this mask, it’s a Holy Grail face mask for clearing pimples and other mild skin irritations. It works on controlling oiliness with removing excess oil from my T-Zone area and helps to reduce brown spots and uneven skin tone with regular usage. I am definitely going to buy this product again. You can find the full review here Click 

Inatur Herbals Olive Body Butter:

It’s a decent body butter with a nice soothing fragrance, light creamy texture which absorbs easily into your skin and melts without leaving any greasiness behind. It makes skin soft and supple, it has the ability to give enough moisturizer to my skin removing the dry patches of skin making it smooth and soft. I quite like this body butter but as I love to keep trying varieties of body butters, I am not going to repurchase this for now. You can find the full review here Click

Avene Thermal Spring Water

This is the second bottle I have finished and it is a must have facial spray for me. Its versatile nature makes it a unique spray. It can heal, soften your skin, help to bring out the natural glow, and can be used as a toner and makeup setting spray. Full review is here Click

Soap & Glory body buff:

This body scrub has a wonderful fragrance which is the best thing about this product. It has a mixed smell of sweet chocolates, little bit of vanilla and of strawberry which lasts very long even 2 or 3 hours after shower. It's scrub particles are good enough to pulls out dead skin making skin surface soft and smooth. I have dry hands and most of the body scrubs make my skin dry and I feel the need of using body moisturizer immediately after shower but this scrub works in a different way. It pulls out dead skin but keeps skin moisturized. Though it is expensive, I am going to buy this for sure again.:-)



So these are the products that I have managed to finish this time. Hope you guys have enjoyed my post. Don’t forget to share your thoughts below.

That's all for today! :-)

Bbye
Dona


Friday, May 12, 2017

Just Herbs Silksplash Neem-Orange Rehydrant Face Wash Review



Hi ladies!

 


Hope you all are doing well. Today I am here to review a face wash from Just herbs, Silkplash Neem-Orange Rehydrant Face Wash. I generally do have dry skin but it tends to get combination in the summers and I always end up catching skin irritations with mild pimples near my sensitive nose and chin area and any chemically loaded skincare product can make this area itchy or red, so I always try to avoid chemicals as much as I can. This face wash is meant for all skin types, I am using this face wash regularly for past few days which is free from paraben and sulfate and thought of sharing my view about this product with you guys.

So let’s get started.



 
So let’s get started.

What the product claims:

An ideal rehydrate foaming Ayurvedic cleanser with the natural goodness of neem, Chandan(sandal wood) and honey which gently removes the last traces of dust, grime and make-up residue, yet retaining the inherent moisture of the skin. While Sandal Wood is moisturising and anti-inflammatory, Calendula acts as natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent with sun radiation protective properties. Aloe Vera, Honey and Orange peel deeply moisturize leaving the skin with an amazing sense of freshness and a velvety sheen all day long.
    • Especially suited for oily skin.
    • Contains certified organic Neem and Aloe Vera.
    • Free from petrochemicals, parabens, SLS/SLES PEG/PPG, Genetically modified ingredients(GMO) and other synthetic ingredients.
Additional Information: Just Herbs has a wide range of skin care products. All these products are made with 100% natural ingredients which suit all skin types.


Ingredients:

Neem ext., Bitter orange peel, Aloevera leaf juice, Honey, Calendula ext., Cucumber ext., Chandan(sandalwood) ext. Other Ingredients:Aqua, Sandalwood hydrosol, Decyl Glucoside, Cocoamidopropyl Betain,Sodium cocoyl glutamate,Cocoglucoside /glyceryl oleate, Acrylates copolymer, Dicaprylyl ether lauryl alcohol, Soy lecithin,Vegetable Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Potassium sorbate,Sodium benzoate, Natural preservative (Herbs-Essential oil complex), Citric acid (ph adjuster), Fragrance.Certified Organic ECOCERT approved (Natural ingredient from renewable resources)


Price:

345(INR) for 100ml bottle

Availability:

You can get it from here Click


My take on the product:





The product comes in a sturdy transparent plastic bottle with a pump dispenser on the top which is further covered by a plastic cap. Packaging is handy but I didn’t like the plastic cap concept covering the dispenser on the top as it is not a good leak proof system in my opinion. The product has a gel based consistency, totally runny in nature. Face wash is orange in color and has a pleasant refreshing smell of oranges and more like sandalwood we can say. It doesn't lather much but cleans face well, leaving my skin squeaky clean. I have dry skin but it tends to get combination in the summers, so apart from the oily T-zone area my skin behaves weirdly dry and patchy even in the summers, but I couldn’t feel any dryness after washing my face for the presence of honey as it acts as a nourishing agent in the face wash and it can pull out those dirt and impurities from my skin making it clean and smooth from everyday pollution. And yes it doesn’t irritate my sensitive nose and chin area. All you need a pea size of the product for each application, so obviously a 100 ml bottle can serve you for long.

Pros:

·         Contains all natural ingredients
·         Free from parabens, SLS and SLES
·         Gel based perfect consistency for a face wash
·         Gives a soft and supple skin after each application
·         Removes dirt and impurities from daily pollution leaving skin squeaky clean
·         Doesn’t make skin dry and thus maintains skin hydration.
·         Pleasant refreshing smell
·         Suitable for all skin types people


Cons:

·         I couldn’t find any

Verdict:

Overall I am impressed with this cleanser. I have dry to combination skin, and this doesn’t dry up my face but pulls out the excess oil and dirt from oily t-zoned area. Though it doesn’t lather much but cleanses well leaving my skin soft without irritating my sensitive skin area. I would recommend it to all skin type people, give it a try and let me know how you find it.

Rating:

4.75/5

That’s all for today darlings!

Bbye
Dona