You probably have seen me go on about my recent holiday to India, I think I may have mentioned it a few squillion times on the blog and twitter. India is such a beautiful country with a really rich and diverse culture. The people were so friendly and welcoming I can’t wait to go back.
I will get to the beauty point, I promise, but below are a few snaps of my travels. We visited Delhi, Agra (where the Taj Mahal is), Jaipur and Bharapatur in the North of India. We did this on an organised tour call The Golden Triangle with Gap Adventures, it was great fun, I’d highly recommend it. We then travelled south to the beachy town of Varkala. It was like a little paradise. I can’t recommend it enough.
Anyways enough holiday daydreaming, on to the beauty chat!! Indian women are so beautiful, my tour guide told me most women don’t wear much make up as it’s so hot it’ll slide off but they do look after their skin. The paler the better seems to be the rule in India. Our tour guide told us we were like celebrities over there with our pasty Irish skin, teenagers were regularly stopping us to ask to get photos with us, it was gas!
The most popular cream over there by a mile is Fair and Lovely, you see it advertised absolutely everywhere. It’s a cream designed to keep skin fair (and lovely!). I immediately assumed it might contain some form of bleach or something but the top five ingredients are water, palmitic acid, stearic acid, niacinamide (vitamin B3 I think) and glycerin. There are a few parabens on the ingredients list though. It contains suncream apparently but it doesn’t state an SPF. I haven’t road tested this but I got it as I do have a few pigmentation problems and it only cost me about €3.50! I also bought a fairness face pack and a pigment eraser to see if I can even out my skin tone, I’ll let you know if any are wonder products!
Ayurvedic cosmetics are very popular in India. Ayurveda is a practice of traditional medicine in India and a popular form of alternative medicine. You can get a lot of ayurvedic supplements and the like in health shops here. I got a lovely face scrub that contains just natural ingredients including aloe and honey. This is the only product I’ve tried so far and I loved it, my skin felt baby soft after. I also got the gold face mask below which contains grapseed extract, cucumber, aloevera, apricot and gold dust! I’m excited to try this mask out mainly to see what it looks like on – gold face!
I saw very little make up in my time there. I mainly saw nail polishes (which I regret not buying!) lipsticks and eyeliner. Eyeliner seemed to be a popular beauty product so I bought the natural Kajal eyeliner below. I have yet to try this out properly but it looks good, I’ll keep you posted!
I don’t think any of these products cost me more than €5. I’m really impressed with the face scrub so far, I am excited to try the rest. So there is my Indian adventure and some of the products I spotted, what do you think?