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#1 Jun 7th, 2010, 22:22
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Hi all,

So it seems I am relocating to India from the US. I am from the US and have never visited India in my life. I have, however, lived in Latin America and Europe, so I am thrilled at this new adventure (the good, the bad and the ugly). I am hoping to embrace it to the fullest, but I have 2 brands here in the US that I fear I cannot live without:

M.A.C Cosmetics and Redken hairproducts. Have you seen these sold in Bangalore (or nearby)? Otherwise I think I'll have to ship myself a big box of "stuff".

Thanks for the answers
#2 Jun 7th, 2010, 22:58
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If there is anything in the cosmetic or haircare line where you cannot live without specific products, I think you must bring them with you. For a start, your complexion and hair colour/type may be very different to the range addressed by Indian manufacturers (of course there is a huge variety of skin colours here, but less of hair colour). After having lived here for five years, I still get my favourite shower cream from UK!

You are lucky if the things you can't do without are small and something like a year's supply is easily carried.

This is what I'd like a crate of just now...

1. Tissues. locally-made tissues are not soft on the nose, are small, and have little wet strength; Oh for a crate of Kleenex!

2. Kitchen towel (paper). Again, what is available here has little wet strength and I find it expensive for what it is.

3. Washing powder. It may be a lot cheaper, but washing powders here are very much less effective than in my home country. You might also enjoy having your clothes smelling like they did "at home".

Sorry I can't help on the specific products.
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Mac

MAC is now in India - the product is marginally more expensive than in Canada. I stopped into a Delhi location to pick up more foundation and they seemed to have the fully product line.

The Banglore location is here http://www.maccosmetics.in/?q=websit...ents/&menu=965

Redken's website does not list any locations in India (the closest is the UAE http://www.redken.me/_en/_ae/salon/r...&SearchFilter=).

It is almost impossible to find hair spray in India it seems. Even after checking in a high end salon in Mumbai we did not fnd any. My mom randomly found a bottle in Ritu Wears in Amritsar, so if harispray is a must - bring plenty with you.
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I'm happy to hear about MAC, I guess I'll have to still figure out the haircare situation. I am not too picky about other brands, so I will try and learn as I go.
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Originally Posted by mimi2010 View Post So it seems I am relocating to India from the US. I am from the US and have never visited India in my life.
Eeep! Do try and at least visit before relocating.

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Originally Posted by mimi2010 View Post I guess I'll have to still figure out the haircare situation. I am not too picky about other brands, so I will try and learn as I go.
Some of the Indian brands are extremely good, though at prices equal to saloon prices in the west.

May I recommend you try the "Himalaya Herbals" brand for at least your shampoo and conditioner, it leaves my hair in far better condition than any of the expensive salon brands I'd purchased in the UK; I'm currently having it supplied by my partner who's posted in Iran where it's also popular!
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Ooh, I too love "Himalaya Herbals"! In fact, I bring it back to the U.S. with me because my friends here are hooked on them too.

I've seen Redken at salons but not at stores. However, I don't live there, so wait till someone in B'lore can confirm for you.
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Originally Posted by Haylo Do try and at least visit before relocating.
Ditto that.
#7 Jun 8th, 2010, 01:08
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Yep, my shower gel may not be Indian, but my hair gets washed in Himalaya's shampoo, and we use several of their other products too.
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I think amazon ships to india...I know my spouse is stocking up on clinqiue or estee lauder...I cannot seem to tell the difference....lol
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Another MAC cosmetic fan

Yeah! MAC is available in India. I believe it costs 900 Rs, which is approx 20$. The same price as that in India.

I am an Indian with curly hair so only specific American products work well for my kinda hair..And I only use sulfate free, silicone free shampoo/conditioner/gel..I dont know if any is available in India..But I am stocking myself up with MOP organics/Jessecurl stuff before I land. Hopefully, these brands become available in India too.

Do we have gels from Himalayas that are available?
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3. Washing powder. It may be a lot cheaper, but washing powders here are very much less effective than in my home country.
I think any powder would be ineffective here in noida
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I'd suspect that London dirt is actually more challenging! Seems to have a sort of greasy nature to it.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post 3. Washing powder. It may be a lot cheaper, but washing powders here are very much less effective than in my home country. You might also enjoy having your clothes smelling like they did "at home".
What is this wash powder you speak of?...You mean to tell me you don't walk down to the river and beat your clothes against a rock? hahaha..
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Have you seen the rivers in Chennai?

Actually, we have a special washing stone in our garden, and our maid does indeed rub and smash clothes against it, but this is not a soap/detergent-free process. For this hand washing, the stuff comes in bars. Blue bars.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post For this hand washing, the stuff comes in bars. Blue bars.
... Or round balls, or half-balls, or cylinders, of whatever colour. It doesn't matter. The idea is to smash the rocks anyhow, if I remember Twain correctly .

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