2013 Beauty Favorites (Part I): Bath & Body, Hair & Skin

Hey all…

Its that time of the year again… Carrying on the goodness, goodbye to whatever went wrong!

And…Yeah! making resolutions that don’t really matter after the first day of the year, or probably the first week! :B

Thinking of how this year flew by, here I am with my favorites in various categories of my beauty routine 🙂

Presenting what all made to my favorite list this year in the ‘Bath & Body, Hair & Skin’ category…


Pictured above (L to R) – The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter, The Body Shop Shower Gel in Watermelon & Eucalyptus, Yes to Tomatoes Volumizing Conditioner & Shampoo.

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter – Would you believe if I said this is my first body butter from TBS! Got this immediately when it got launched, regretting now that its raining offers on this… That apart… the fragrance, the hydration factor & everything about this product makes me want more of TBS body butters now!

Priced at INR 995 for 200 ml.

The Body Shop Shower Gels for Earth Lovers in Watermelon & Eucalyptus – Phew! That was a long name.. Get me some water please! 😛 I randomly picked this one when it was on a 50% discount. A lovely fruity, melon-scented (more melon & less eucalyptus fragrance)shower gel this one, lathers well & requires only little everytime. I somehow never got bored of this subtly fragrant shower gel… easily making it to my favorites list for the year!

Priced at INR 595 for 250 ml.

Yes to Tomatoes Shampoo-Conditioner Duo – Finally I made the switch to SLS/SLES/Silicone-free haircare products this 2013. The problem in the country is we don’t have much options as such in brands barring a few like Forest Essentials. Picked this from FeelUnique & no looking back since then!

Totally love how the duo work on my hair.. restoring their strength, health, shine, volume & yeah.. getting rid of residue thereby controlling hairfall as well… what more can you ask for from a haircare product! 😀

Priced around GBP 9 each. Not available in India. Can be purchased from Feelunique.com

Patanjali Kesh Kanti Shampoo (Not pictured above) – This was a random try & I ended up loving it. You can read its detailed review HERE.

Priced at INR 65 for 200 ml.


Pictured above (L to R) – MAC Lip Conditioner, Lotus Herbals Intensive Sunblock Spray SPF50, Vichy Purete Thermale Softening Exfoliating Creme, Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose, The Body Shop Carrot Moisture Cream, Forest Essentials Aloe & Sandalwood Sunscreen Lotion.

MAC Lip Conditioner – Another random pick from MAC that I ended up totally loving! I had misplaced this tube somewhere & ever since I found this back, I am hooked to it! An unsung hero from MAC’s stable this is. But if you think, why pay so much for a lip balm, you are missing out on a really good product!

Priced at INR 950 for 15 ml.

Lotus Herbals Intensive Sunblock Spray SPF50 – I have written enough about this HERE. This is one product that will make to the favorites list every year, coz I keep repurchasig this everytime I finish one, multiple times in a year!

Priced at INR 285 for 80 ml.

Vichy Purete Thermale Softening Exfoliating Creme – This makes me think, kinda I have found my HG scrub. Works on all major areas a scrub is supposed to be doing. Total love, not minding the price!

Priced at INR 850 for 75 ml.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose – A well-timed launch from Nivea, their lip butters were talk of the town for quite a while. It works well on dry, chapped lips & hence made it to my favorites list. Read full review HERE.

Priced at INR 189 for 16 g.

The Body Shop Carrot Moisture Cream – Nothing can beat this when it comes to the best gift I got this year (besides my baby, but that I gifted myself.. :p). Completely hydrating making it ideal for the dry months. You can read my rave review of this product HERE.

Forest Essentials Aloe & Sandalwood Sunscreen Lotion – We 3 ladies (Nids, Renji & me) shared a FE Ladies Essential Kit earlier this year. Initially I was skeptical about this product, since I already have 2 HG products for sunscreens. A very welcome & different sunscreen this turned out to be! Offers around SPF20-25 as per the SA, making it a perfect indoor moisturizer+sunscreen.

Priced at INR 1475 for a kit containing 6 products. Quantity – 50 ml.

Neutrogena Ultrasheer Dry Touch Sunscreen with Helioplex SPF50 (Not pictured above) – Another favorite, a HG sunscreen for me it is! Full review available HERE.

Priced at INR 480 for 88 ml.

This rounds up my favorites in the aforementioned categories!

Does any product in my favz list feature in yours too?

Do let me know what all products you enjoyed & loved using this year in the comments section.

Looking forward to explore new products in the coming year… Something from your list can make it to mine too! 🙂

P.S. – Bear the hazy pics.. Interior work going on in the house & the family is literally reduced to living in a single room. The workers have been generous enough to give us little space in the drawing room to catch up with some TV! Proud to tell you all that we are closing this year, living in a furniture garage 🙂

Here is Beauty Favorites 2013 – Part II

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