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The Body Shop India responds...

The Body Shop India sent me a response to this post I wrote a few days ago. They say,

Dear Blogger
This mail is in reference to your blog update titled- “Is The Body Shop India selling expired products?
There appears to be some confusion, we ensure all our products are of high quality. The Body Shop International trades in over 60 countries worldwide. We treat each country we trade in with equal respect, ensuring that our products meet the most stringent international quality standards. Our products can be sold for 3 years which is the requirement of all international cosmetic brands.  To meet European requirements we also have to label PAO.  This means Period After Opening. This means once a consumer opens a product it should be used within a  12 month period  This could be on the first day of the three years or the last day of the three years.  Please stay rest assured in the quality standards we apply to all our products. 
The Body Shop prides itself on its social and environmental w…

Is The Body Shop India selling expired products?

I'm sure a lot of you have already read this post by Sweet & Bitter on The Body Shop Sale & also this article in Time of India. If not, please go and read it, especially if you are a TBS India customer.

Basically TBS has been accused of tampering with the best-before tags and paste new ones on top of the old ones and selling them off in their sales. 

On a discussion on FB with other beauty enthusiasts, I found that a lot of people out there didn't really know about the 5 major giants who control most of the beauty market. Between them I suspect they control close to 50% to 70% of the brands out there. And they are: 

Japanese skin care & me

A long time ago I had reviewed Neutrogena Fine Fairness toner, the reason I had bought the toner was to use it in a Japanese skin care technique. Basically the technique involves covering the face with cotton that has been wetted with a thin, watery lotion. You can watch the technique in the video below: 

At that time some readers had asked me to share my experience with this technique. Honestly I forgot about it and a remark by Kejal today reminded me of it. 
Okay, for starters I practiced this technique for two weeks everyday. I would do this in the evening post cleansing my face of all makeup and before moisturizing. 
And after two weeks of doing this daily, my skin felt....

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - Review

It claims: The potent 99.8% naturally-derived and paraben-free botanical elixir works all night to regenerate, repair and replenish the skin barrier for younger-looking skin by morning. The rich blend of naturally replenishing botanical oils including Squalane, Evening Primrose, and a blend of essential oils known for their therapeutic, balancing, and antioxidant effects, works with the skin's natural nocturnal activity to dramatically restore skin by morning.
- Paraben Free
- Fragrance Free
- Mineral Oil Free
Price: Rs. 2750/- for 30 ml bottle
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Camina Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil/Evening Primrose Oil , Simmondsia Chinensis Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil , Coriandrum Sativum Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil/Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosmarinus Offininalis Leaf Oil/Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavendula Hubrida Oil, Cucumis Sativus Extract/C…

MAC Hot Tahiti Lipstick - Review

It claims: Color plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made MAC famous

Price: Rs. 990/- for 3 gms

Shade: Hot Tahiti - Glaze Finish - Soft Reddish Coral

What I liked: 

1. The color! MAC says this is a soft reddish coral. By coral here, I don't think they mean the orange - peach undertone. This coral is like that color of the coral stone - a red pink color. This is a very pretty soft red - pink color that looks very soft & sophisticated at the same time. It's the perfect red for all occasions - office, date, party. It goes with most outfits and occasions. The color is very "kissable". It does seem slightly cool toned to me, although I'm not sure tbh. The bullet itself looks a bit intimidating, but applied on the lips - this mellows down a lot.

Guide to Inglot Cosmetics

Its been what, barely two years since Inglot exploded into the consciousness of the Indian beauty blogger, and has since then stolen their hearts thanks to their quality, freedom system & of course, prices. For those of you who are new to this Polish brand, below is a quick guide to stuff I like in their range, and of course, stuff I don't fancy.

Must try products: 

1. Inglot Nail Enamel (only flakies) - 202 to 205: I only have 203 at the moment which is this gorgeous blue - green aqua type flakie, but I cannot wait to lay my hands on the rest. Priced at Rs. 490/- they are a bit steep, but in my opinion totally worth the beautiful effect!

2. Inglot Freedom system eyeshadows: The colors, the different finishes, and most importantly the price compared to MAC make these a good deal. The only eyeshadow I have from MAC is from the Prolong Wear Range and obviously these don't last as long as that on my oily lids. But with a primer they do good. Try and get the square ones coz they …

Nivea Sun Protection SPF 30 - Review

It claims: 
· The non-sticky, easilyabsorbed formula works as soon as it is applied to the skin toprovide immediate protection.
· It also helps to reduce the risk ofsun allergies
· The fast acting formula with skin’s own Hydramineprovides long-lasting moisturisation for smooth, supple skin.

Usage: Apply before sun exposure enough to give a visible layer before rubbing in, then repeat to ensure adequate coverage and no missed areas
·Apply generously before sun exposure and reapply frequently especially after swimming and towelling ·Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight ·Wear protective clothing and use sufficient sunscreen for unprotected areas ·Avoid contact with fabrics and hard surfaces to prevent staining.
Price: Rs. 299/- for 129 ml flip cap bottle

Other variants: 
SPF 30 (75 ml) Rs. 199/- SPF 30 (125 ml) Rs. 299/- SPF 50+ (75 ml) SPF 50+ (125ml) Rs. 299/- Rs. 399/-

Ingredients: Aqua, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl salicylate, alcohol denatured, benzophenone-3, D…