15 Mar 2018

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Vya Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

Hi All,

I hope the month of March is treating you all well. I am busy with my shifting plans plus follow up appointment for my fractured leg. So few weeks back I received the Vya Naturals Vitamin C Serum which I have regularly used for 2 weeks at night and here am with my review. Let me tell you all, this is the first time am using a vitamin C Serum and am so so happy with the effects. First let's see what Vya stands for and their objective as a skincare brand.

Vya Naturals products are formulated using natural ingredients that are not only safe and non-toxic but also effective. All formulations are original, created by the brand, and tested on people, not animals. Vya Naturals uses therapeutic- grade essential oils, natural plant-based butters, natural clays and plant-based waxes. And they definitely DO NOT use parabens, sulfates, artificial colors, artificial dyes, mineral oils, formaldehyde, animal ingredients, artificial scents, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, mineral oils, or petroleum.

The brand name stands for
● Vimal (pure)
● Yajus (reverence)
● Ayush (healthy life)
Vya is reverence for a pure and healthy life.

Also let's see what are the benefits of using a vitamin C Serum in general
  • Promotes Collagen Production
  • Creates Bright, Healthy skin
  • Reduces discoloration
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Acts as an antioxidant
  • Gives even toned skin
Brand Claims - Vya Natural's Anti Aging and Skin Brightening Serum contains 20% Vitamin C to reduce uneven skin tone, dark spots and hyperpigmentation.


The Vya Naturals Vitamin C Serum is bottled in an amber coloured glass bottle with a dropper to use. I like dropper bottles as compared to dispensers and caps for serums. The Serum is water based and we need to use two pumps for each usage. The dropper is very helpful for this purpose.

As stated earlier, I have used Vya Naturals Vitamin C Serum for 2 weeks regularly, at night time only. The very first day I used the serum, I felt a very mild itching sensation, although I didn't scratch my skin 😛. After applying the serum, the skin feels even toned. The serum is water based and I tend to use a little more every time. The serum gets absorbed like a charm, and you can use a moisturiser on top of it. 

Now coming to the efficiency of the product and it's effects on the skin. I have seen lightening of my new acne scars from day one of the application. Although the pigmentation around my mouth has also lightened a lot, it took around 7 days to show effects on it. Also keeping in mind one time application per day, am quite happy with the results. Also the old acne scars take time to lighten. Also my skin has become a bit even toned on the cheeks where it's uneven.

The directions for usage say that you can use it day and night, but I would highly recommend night time usage only, as just one time application yields amazing results. Also if you want to use during day time, you should use SPF. Also if you are planning to use on a long term basis I would recommend giving a regular break of 1 week and continue using the product.

The In
  • Water based serum suitable for all skin types
  • Helps lighten the acne scars
  • Helps lighten the pigmentation
  • Contains Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel extracts
  • Makes the skin even toned
  • Gets absorbed quickly and can be used beneath a moisturiser and SPF
  • Compact packaging although not travel friendly
  • Free from parabens and not tested on animals

The Out
  • I didn't find any
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 1295 INR for 30ml with a shelf life of 18 months. Available on major shopping portals and vya Naturals website. Currently on 15% discount on Amazon

Overall speaking, Vya Naturals Vitamin C Serum is a good option to lighten the pigmentation and acne scars on face and neck and speed up the healing process of the skin. Plus the Serum being water based makes it easier to use it underneath a moisturiser and/or SPF. But it's highly recommended to use SPF while using during day time and for long term regular usage it is recommended to give in a break to the skin at regular intervals. I would love grabbing the product on a discount though.

*PR sample
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12 Mar 2018

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VanityCask Spring Fling Edition - March 2018 Unboxing and Review

So as you all know, subscription boxes help us save some big bucks while letting us try some brands and then we can indulge into full size products and try out the brands. VanityCask is one such subscription box which allows us to try out high end brands at just 999 INR per month. The brand Votre has been a part of the box since long and am loving it to bits, majorly due to the high price tag it has. And yes, VanityCask has also let me try Gulnare brand which otherwise I wouldn't have got to use. So let's see what the VanityCask Spring Fling Edition has in store for us.

Sova Brahmi & Hibiscus Hair Massage Oil
This oil treatment is soaked with the goodness of sixteen time-tested cold pressed oils of roots, seeds and stems to calm your nerves and strengthen the roots of your hair. Brahmi, the “herb of grace” soothes and relaxes the mind while giving deep nourishment to your scalp. Hibiscus accentuates hair growth and has anti-greying properties.
Key ingredients - Til, Brahmi, Bhringraj, Mehendi, Amlaki, Kumari, Neem leaf and Jasund phool.
Quantity: 30ml
Apart from the product, VanityCask Subscribers get a discount of 10% on The Siva Rituals Vous Salon, Mumbai and is valid till 31st March.

Bliscent Daily Cleanser
Shine bright like a diamond with this daily cleanser. Natural saponin found in Oats, Adzuki Beans and Hibiscus will gently exfoliate your delicate skin. Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and rich in antioxidants. AHAs encourage fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin, giving you a natural botox! Bentonite Clay will draw out toxins and reduce the size of open pores.
Key ingredients - Adzuki Beans, Hibiscus powder, papaya pulp powder, rice flour and Frankisense.
Quantity: 15 gms
VanityCask Subscribers get a 15% discount on entire order on bliscent.com valid till 31st March.

MOND'SUB Skin Beauty Collagen Forehead & Nose Masks
MOND’SUB Skin Beauty Collagen Forehead Mask is moisturizing, makes your skin look smoother, keeps it firm and brightens the forehead. MOND’SUB Skin Beauty Collagen Nose Mask controls oil on your nose, tightens, nourishes and moisturizes the skin. Under the nourishing environment, it can control oil of your nose, improve, tighten, nourish and moisturize skin effectively.
Quantity: 1 Mask Each 
VanityCask Subscribers get a 50% discount on entire order on mondsub.in valid till 31st March 2018.

Vôtre 3 In 1 Creme Cleanser
Cleanse and rejuvenate your skin with Vôtre’s 3 In 1 Creme Cleanser. It removes dirt, impurities, make-up and excess oil effectively. It provides deep cleansing and toning. It moisturises your skin and keeps it hydrated. It cleanses your skin making it soft and supple. It improves your skin texture and brings a natural glow.
Key ingredients - Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Omega 3, Aloe Vera
Quantity: 30 gms

MYGLAMM Two Of Your Kind - Long Lasting Enamel Duo
Ultra-shiny, long wearing and sensational shades that team up together for a true colour or playful nail art. Gel effect polish glides on effortlessly and easy application. Highly pigmented to provide exceptional coverage and with a plumping agent to level out any imperfections on the nail.
Quantity: One set of two nail polishes Nude in Nice shade number 24, 23

Overall thoughts
I liked this month's box as it has everything ranging from hair care, face care and nail care. I especially liked the powder cleanser as well as the creme cleanser meant for normal cleansing as well as makeup cleansing respectively. Moreover the Myglamm nail shades I have received this time are different than the ones received last time. So it's a good thing that VanityCask curators have paid attention to detailing of the contents. Moreover additional vouchers for shopping from the brands seems like an icing on the cake. I liked VanityCask Spring Fling Edition. 

Also, you can place your orders on the website VanityCask.com directly and pay via Neft Banking, Credit And Debit Cards, Paytm, Mobikwik, LazyPay. They also have COD facility wherein you pay once you receive the box. They also have a referral program wherein if your two friends buy VanityCask box with your referral code, you get one box free. And this referral program doubles up for each number of friends *2. The more friends you refer, the more free boxes you get! 

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8 Mar 2018

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Shopping Haul featuring BioBloom, Diya Naturals and Stay Wild Child

Hello Everyone,

The past few months have been very depressing for me. Accidentally fracturing my leg, made my life literally a disaster. While recovering from the major surgery, post surgery exercises and now a bit of walking, I kept on blogging just to keep myself a bit busy and motivated. After all, there might be no one in the world for you, but your blog will always be there for you, wherein you can pour your heart out and follow your passion.

Ok, so coming back to the post, I have shopped for some products which I always wanted to grab. So basically the introduction part is the reason for the shopping (forever guilty!!). So without wasting much time let's hop on to the shopping list. Before that dp check out my Plum Goodness Haul which I did in December/January

Diya Naturals (450 INR)
I had shopped with Diya Naturals before going on my vacation (which got extremely extended) that is in November 2017. I absolutely love the lip balm and the oats cleanser. As you all know I have a soft corner for powders cleansers and so far am loving this one.

Stay Wild Child Products (552 INR)
This brand was on my wishlist for so long, like from last year. So when I spotted the offer on Nykaa, I immediately grabbed the offer. I bought the Chamomile Night Cream and Neem Face Pack. The Chamomile Night Cream is infused with Aloe Vera and some amazing oils, whereas I love sniffing the Neem face pack as of now.

BioBloom Face Oil (380 INR)
When I read Shalini's review of BioBloom Face Oil I knew I wanted it. Soon after that my fellow blogger and bestie Shwetali opened an Instagram store and this oil was up for selling. I just paid 300 INR with 80 INR shipping for the oil. And guess what Shwetali also sent me some freebies along with my purchase. Am super excited to try out The Nature's Co Saffron Radiance Cream and NBB cream.

So this were my recent purchases and am as excited as you all are to use the products and review them for you all. Also according to the Instagram polls, I will be coming up with a list of top powder cleansers to use plus a DIY for all skin types. Till then take care and live life to the fullest.

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5 Mar 2018

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VLCC Sandal Cleansing Milk Review, Price, Availability

Hello Everyone,

Today I will be reviewing the VLCC Sandal Cleansing Milk. I like using cleansing milks for CTM routines. I had purchased VLCC Sandal Cleansing Milk last time when I had run out of my stock. Also, I had received it in one of the VanityCask Boxes. Let's see how it fairs.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
The product is packed in a plastic flip too cap which is easy to carry and use. I like the compact packaging as well as the size, which makes it travel friendly. The lip top cap fits tightly so there is no fear of leakage too.

The product is thick in consistency and white in colour. The texture is like they of a cream, soft cream. I like that the product isnt runny, else there is always a fear of spillage while using the product. The fragrance of the milk is that of a Sandalwood, but I somehow feel it is more of artificial fragrance, than a real one. The fragrance lingers a bit after using the product, but once you use a toner or floral water after it, the fragrance fades away immediately.

Now coming to the efficiency of the product, it nicely cleanses the skin of dirt, grime and also removes makeup. It leaves the skin soft and smooth and gives a matte effect to the skin afterwards. I have been using the cleansing lotion for quite a while but, the only thing that bothers me is the artificial sort fragrance of Sandalwood, else the product is good value for money.

The In
  • Affordable price
  • Secure, travel friendly and sleek packaging
  • Contains Sandalwood Oil, Indian Bear berry extracts
  • Makes the skin clean, soft and smooth post usage
  • Removes makeup (I doubt about waterproof makeup)
  • Perfect for CTM routines
The Out
  • The Sandalwood fragrance feels a bit artificial
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 140 INR for 100 ml with a shelf life of 3 years. Easily available on major shopping portals.

If you are looking for an affordable and effective cleansing milk, then go for VLCC Sandal Cleansing Milk. It is nice for CTM usages. I however doubt it's effectiveness in removing water proof makeup, since I hardly use any makeup. Overall a good to go cleansing milk.
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2 Mar 2018

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DIY Cleansing Balm


Today am sharing a DIY post after ages. I have tried making cleansing balm at home and I have been successful in my first attempt itself 😂. This version of cleansing balm easily removes makeup and nourishes the skin with the ingredients it has. The cleansing balm I have made is specifically for oily acne prone skin and so I have added the ingredients which accordingly.

Also the carrier oils I have added is a blend which I use in my Coffee Green Tea Facial oil. Since the blend worked great for me as well as many, I made a balm out of it. So without wasting time let's head straight to the recipe.

Things you will need
Shea butter, unprocessed - 13 gms
Almond oil - 5 gms/ml
Grapeseed oil - 5gms/ml
Olive oil - 5 gms/ml
Cocoa butter - 2 gms
Geranium Essential oil - 2 drops
Rosemary Essential oil - 2 drops

1) Take a double boiler and melt Shea butter and cocoa butter.
2) Measure all the oils above and add one by one to the melted butters while stirring occasionally.
3) Let the mixture cool down a bit, then add essential oils.
4) Pour the balm into a glass container and close the lid. Make sure the balm has cooled down fully before putting the lid.
5) Keep the balm I fridge for 10-15 minutes to solidify it.

1) You can totally skip cocoa butter and instead add Shea butter of same weight. I added it solely to make the balm a bit thick in container.
2) You can add oil in gms or ml, I add in gms however. So the final product weighs around 30 gms.
3) 30 gms quantity is more than enough and will last longer. So never make a big batch of 100 gms at once and use over a period of time. Instead make small fresh batches.
4) Do not scoop out the balm with fingers. Always use a spoon or spatula.

To use the balm I scoop some amount with a wooden spoon, and massage it in an upward circular motions on face and neck. I wait for 2-3 minutes and then dip a cotton pad in lukewarm water and wipe away the balm from my skin. I usually do two rounds of wiping. After using this balm I never feel the need to use a foaming cleanser, but if you feel you can use one. After cleansing I splash some water on my face and use my toner or any hydrosol or floral water. Then I apply my favorite facial oil and hit the bed. Sometimes I even skip moisturizing my skin, and I never had a problem with it. Although moisturization is recommended everytime.

This DIY balm instantly plumps up the skin and makes it soft and smooth. Also it removes makeup, including eye makeup. It also removes all dirt, grime from skin and makes the skin look healthy.

So this was my experience with the DIY balm which I made and which I also sell. If you want to read the review you can read Shreemayee's review on Shreemayee's Diary. So wrapping up for today, and bringing you more reviews and DIY like these 💕. Have a great day ahead ☺️.
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Why is Natural Skin Care better?

Guest post

Concern and love for skin isn’t uncommon among people as our skin is the organ that is most visible to our eyes. Everybody loves to have a smooth shining and soft skin, right? Hence, skin care products are on a great rise. We tend to spend a big amount of our income on skin care. Be it men, women or even kids, we all use skin care products to keep our skin attractive. Yes, we do expose the delicate skin of our newborns and toddlers to chemical based creams and massage gels assuming that would benefit our little ones. 

 But are we really doing justice to the organ that serves not only as a protector but also regulates our body temperature, helps in sensation and excretes toxic waste? After exposing it to UV rays and pollutants the whole day, we try to pamper our skin by infusing more chemicals in it.  Our poor delicate skin, that is designed to excrete toxins out of our body, unwantedly allows harmful chemicals and toxins to enter our body that may be dangerous to other organs. 

These products have various ill-effects on our health. 

A lot of studies show the chemicals present in cosmetics and skin care products can affect our hormones.  A research also proved that certain chemicals can decrease sperm count in males and alter pregnancy in females.

Cancer in another dangerous outcome of these chemicals and the cases are increasing day by day. There may not be any good research that conclude skin care products have a direct effect on cancer but there are definitely enough evidence to prove that certain chemicals in the moisturizers can cause skin cancer. 
Another important element to be aware of is mercury which has a toxic effect on the human body and can leave our kidneys damaged easily. Though this ingredient is banned in a lot of countries,  there is a chance of it present in  skin-lightening creams that are imported. 

A common product that we use in our day to day life is hand sanitizers or waterless hand cleaners. Though this product has made our life very convenient but unfortunately it has a lot of side-effects. Firstly, it doesn’t kill all the harmful substances and can be a reason for spreading of diseases. Secondly, its main ingredient is alcohol which can cause confusion, hypotension, coma, gastrointestinal bleeding and neuropathy if used for long term. Lastly, they also contain paraben which is associated with breast cancer. Hence washing hands the traditional way, i.e, with soap and water is very important and safe for our health.

While talking of traditional way, I would also like to discuss a few traditional ingredients that our ancestors used to take care of their skin and are 100% safe for us.

Aloe vera – This plant has been associated with healing of various skin problems. From acne to psoriasis, it heals most of our skins issues and makes it look fresh and beautiful. 

Turmeric – The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin helps curing wounds and quick healing. However, one would be happy to see great results in skin lightening when turmeric and gram flour paste with water or rose water is applied on skin. It is a pocket friendly and totally safe scrub used since years. In some communities they use it for bathing infants too.

Coconut oil – Skin moisturizing is very important for a smooth and glowing skin and nothing can beat cold pressed organic coconut oil in it. Night creams and moisturizers that are oil based are always safer and beneficial. 

Neem – Also known as Azadirachta indica is another plant that is used in a lot of cosmetics for its varied benefits. It’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties make it really helpful for making medicinal soaps. It can also be very effective as a mosquito-repellent.

Almond oil –  This Vitamin E rich oil is best to nourish our skin. This oil could be used to massage kids and adults both, for a lively skin.

Apple cider vinegar – This magical ingredient in our kitchen can be a very effective to treat fungal infections and also helps in treating dandruff and giving a healthy scalp. 

Some of the other natural substance good for our skin include, white butter, raw honey, shea butter and cocoa. 

People do find it difficult and time-consuming to use these ingredients for skin care in this busy world. Hence, I would suggest to opt for skin-care products that contain these natural ingredients. Don’t miss on checking the ingredient list on the back of the pack and opt for a product that mentions just natural ingredients and contains no chemicals. Avoid buying stuff that have a long list of ingredients.  The simpler the ingredients to understand, the safer it is for our body.

To conclude, I would say opting for chemical based treatments may give us instant results but going for natural skin care will help us stay beautiful lifelong. 

Hi, Irene Brown here! When I am not at healthy-finds.com, I devote my free time to by hobbies, which are playing the guitar and reading books. I am very dedicated to leaving a healthy life, which is why I joined the healthy-finds team! Thanks for reading 😊
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