22 Feb 2019

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Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask Review

I love using powder cleanser and face packs since ages (lol, not ages, since many years). The versatility of dry powder face packs and cleansers is unmatchable by the ready made one. Being said that, you need to shrug off your laziness to mix in the water to a powder cleanser or face packs and use them 😛. Today am talking about Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask. Did I like using this product as a cleanser or just a face packs? Read to know 😛.

Brand Claims and Ingredients - 

My experience
The product is housed in a square, plastic bottle which has a screw cap. This sort of packaging is easy to use. The product doesn't spill or leak from the container.

Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask has a typical green tea fragrance. I myself make powder cleansers, and have been making green tea mint cleanser since 2 years so I can immediately tell it's green tea fragrance. The product has rice powder as a major ingredient and hence the texture is of that kind. The other two ingredients green tea and neem, are very fine powders.

I used this Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask as a mask only once. Applying this mask was a bit messy as I couldn't apply a uniform layer on my face. As is I love using powder cleansers so I use it instead of a face wash at night and am very happy with the effects it gives to my skin.

Firstly the mask has tiny granules in it which makes it easier to use as a scrub and I mildly scrub the white heads on my skin with this. Regularly using this for 1 weeks has helped me get rid of my white heads along with my regular routine. The mask nicely scrubs off dead skin cells also and you don't need to use a separate scrub. After washing off, the skin feels brightened, smooth and soft. I like the instant brightening effects rice powder gives to the skin. Skin feels squeaky clean and gives a soft glow to the skin regular usage. The tiny zits I had on my skin calm down and start healing immediately after 2-3 days and their size is considerably reduced with regular usage of the mask as a cleanser.

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 750 INR for 60 gms of the product with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on Suganda website

Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask is a good product to use as a cleanser cum mask cum scrub. I love this quality of the product of doubling up a job in skincare. Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask worked better for me as a cleanser than a mask. Moreover with regular usage it has helped me to get rid of my white heads along with my skincare routine. I would highly recommend Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask to oily, acne prone skin types to use this product as a mask cum cleanser cum scrub. It also gives instant brightening effects and heals acne. Also keep in mind, not to rub harshly while using any powder cleanser.
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10 Feb 2019

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Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer Review, Price

Today am reviewing the most raved moisturizer you all are coming across all over Instagram, Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer. Oily acne prone skinned beauties have a hard time finding a suitable moisturizer. Every other moisturizer feels heavy on the skin or leaves oily shine. So using a light weight moisturizer is a must for oily skin. Moreover an oil free moisturizer is like a cherry on the cake. Does Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer fit the bill and suffice it's claims. Did it work for me, would I be repurchasing it? Read on to know.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

The product is packaged in an amber coloured glass bottle with a pump dispenser. The glass packaging is pretty light in weight but due care is to be taken. Also I would not term this as non travel friendly as we all tend to have bubble packaging or special travel bags to carry such stuff. The dispenser works nicely and cap fits in perfectly tight.

Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer has a light weight texture, the consistency is medium runny. I like the consistency of the moisturizer, light yet hydrating and moisturizing. It wouldn't be an exaggeration if I say I have never come across such a consistency of moisturizer. It sinks right into the skin without any greasy or watery feeling. The fragrance is a little herbal sort and nonetheless I love sniffing it 

The product has Niacinamide as one of the major ingredients. Niacinamide speeds up the skin cell turnover and in my case it caused a lot of purging when I started using the product. The reason, existing clogged pores which were brought to surface due to Niacinamide. When I started using the product I hardly had time to take good care of my skin. Just washing my face and a moisturizer was my routine. Also initially I used the product like a greedy person using three pumps.

After a lot of purging, I inculcated the moisturizer in my CTM routine and also reduced the amount of moisturizer I used. The results were very less to almost no purging. Although purging left me with marks all over the face which made me unhappy and I still continued using the moisturizer in my CTM routine. Again when I couldn't moisturize my skin or forgot to use the moisturizer for straight 4-5 days, the purging was still there. So consistency is the key for acne prone skin  which continuously brings the clogged pore to the surface and gets rid of acne.

Honestly speaking, I was not happy with Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer for the purging effects it had on my skin. Although I did experience smooth and soft skin with regular usage of the moisturizer. The product has also reduced the pigmentation I have near my lips and on the edges of my nostrils. 

I wouldn't say this moisturizer will suit acne prone skin (which is prone to clogged pores). It would suit normal skin and combination skin (not clogged one). If your skin doesn't get clogged easily on the skin Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer would be the best pick since the ingredients are good for speeding up the skin's healing and pigmentation. 

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 750 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of one and half year. Available on Suganda Website.

Patience is the key when it comes to some skincare products, especially when some unusual ingredients are involved. Similar was the case of Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer for me. I have used the moisturizer for about 8 weeks now and it purges me initially. I would rather use this moisturizer as a part of my CTM routine rather than using as a standalone day moisturizer. The moisturizer is best suited for non acne prone skin types (except dry skin of course, it can be used as a serum by dry skin). Although am still scared of the purging and would not repurchase this one. Although that's my personal opinion and some may be comfortable with the purging. As of now am using it on and off and am half way through the product.

*PR sample
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5 Feb 2019

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Skincare Empties #14

Hi All,

Starting another month of the year 2019 with an empties post. I have been hoarding skincare products like anything since last year only to realize how little product we need for each use. So basically there is no point in hoarding two tubs of moisturizer which are 50 gms. It surely goes a long way when it comes to face moisturizers or face packs or face oils. So in order to save the products from expiry I have used some products in an alternative way. Let's get into the post.

Moolit Cleansing Cream
This is an early version of the cream and it is all set to get revamped. Keeping products in fridge has it's own disadvantages, we often forget to use the product. I didn't want that to happen to this beauty. Also emptying this product means am all set to buy the new version. Utkarshini you reading 😂.

Stay Wild Child Chamomile Night Cream
I really love this night gel, I had purchased it last year around March and liked it so much that I ended up buying another tub. I forgot to use this one and so to keep dryness at bay I used it as a body moisturizer. I don't like the fragrance of this night gel. A nice pick if you have oily acne prone skin.

The Nature's Co Saffron Radiance Cream
I like the texture of this cream. I had received it as a freebie when I purchased Biobloom face oil from Shwetali. The cream will be suitable for normal to dry skin types. I used very little quantity each time and this small tub lasted me around one month. Sometimes I used extra amount on my neck so as to empty.

Gulnare Zesty Lemon Face Exfoliator
I like the squeaky and smooth feeling this scrub leaves on the face. Although the ingredients are simple and it can be a DIY. I had received it in one of my VanityCask boxes

Sand Soapaholics Face Puree
It was gifted to me by Archana of IBeautySpy. I thoroughly enjoyed using the face cleanser. Since the expiry of the product was in April I had to finish it soon. I might repurchase this one.

Juicy Chemistry Under Eye Cream
My favorite eye cream has expired in this month and am going to let it go since it's dangerous to use expired products for eye. I might buy this one in near future. I wish the brand has an option of 5 gms since we don't end up using a lot of product for under eye for each usage.

So that was a teeny tiny empties list and am going to review some more products soon.

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24 Jan 2019

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Greenie Mill Rose & Vanilla Body Lotion Review

Few weeks back I won a giveaway from Greenie Mill in which the winner could pick up three products for themselves. I informed Madhu from Greenie Mill that apart from the seabuckthron facewash she could send anything which she wants to. So she sent me this body lotion. After about using half the bottle am writing this review.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
The product is housed in a plastic pump up bottle. The pump dispenser is very small so you need to pump up lotion endlessly to get the desired quantity of the lotion. The bottle is secure, sleek and travel friendly.

The product has an extremely non greasy, non buttery, non oily texture and is extremely light weight. The consistency is medium and neither thick nor runny. It gets applied easily on the body and gets absorbed even faster than that.

The product has a rose fragrance which feels duly authentic and is not overpowering or easily fading one. The main ingredient of the lotion is Rose distillate hence the authentic fragrance.

I have been using this lotion as a night routine on my hands and legs (sometimes I even apply to my face, for which I would blame my laziness). The lotion is not overtly moisturising and sticky. It cures dry patches with regular use in winters. It is suitable for summers as opposed to the harsh winters. Also this lotion is more suitable for people with normal skin and not meant for dry skinned beauties.

The product is free from parabens, synthetic fragrances and other nasty chemicals.

Few days back I had a severe itching on my legs and I applied this lotion to test it. Within seconds of applying the lotion the itchiness vanished and my skin was feeling very soothed and calmed down. My son urges me to apply this lotion to him also and so far am having a good experience.

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 300 INR for 100 gms with a shelf life of 1 year from manufacturing and can be ordered on greeniemill.com

Greenie Mill Rose & Vanilla Body Lotion is more of a summer time body lotion rather than the one to be used in winters. I wish the body lotion was a bit emollient in nature so as to suffice as an all year round body lotion. Considering the price we pay for the lotion, I would recommend picking it up in summers. Also the high price point can be attributed to Rose distillate being the major ingredient in the lotion. It has rose essential oil in it as well. I am already on an empty spree so am using this lotion in winters also.
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19 Jan 2019

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Sachi Rituals Earthy Element Brightening Face Masque Review

I love clay masks, ask me why? Oily skin! I like experimenting with face packs and cleansers the most when it comes to skincare. After trying the Sachi Rituals Earthy Element Brightening Face Masque for a few weeks here is my review.

Brand Claims and Ingredients -

Packaging - The product is housed in a black plastic tub which looks classy and is easy to handle. 

Consistency, Texture and Color - The mask is a ready to use one which I so needed in these winters. The consistency is neither thick nor thin, it has a nice consistency which makes application easy. The texture of the mask is not smooth. It has some granules (quite small though) which make smooth application a task. Also the granules need to be washed off carefully so as not to hurt the skin. The colour of the mask is like multani mitti, faint brown.

My experience - After applying the mask for the first time, it gives a little tingling sensation which settles down in few seconds. Afterwards I didn't experience any tingling sensation whenever I applied. The mask dries up faster than thought and you need to wash it off in 10 minutes in these winters. After washing off, the face mask gives a good glow and cleanses the skin very well. The thing which I like the most about the face pack is that it doesn't dry out the skin at all. Although being said that this mask would suit normal, oily and combination skin types and is definitely not for dry skin types.

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 480 INR for 65 gms with a shelf life of 6 months after opening. Available on sachirituals.com

Sachi Rituals Earthy Element Brightening Face Masque is a ready to use face pack which gives a nice glow to the skin without drying up the skin even in winters. Being a Clay based mask it is suitable for oily, normal, combination skin types. The fact that it has small granules which make smooth application is tad bit of a task, is the only complain I have about this pack. Also full ingredients list is not mentioned since it says just preservative as an ingredient. The quantity offered is also good according to the price. If you love trying different face packs then go for this one next time.
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14 Jan 2019

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Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream Review

Juicy Chemistry brand has been on my wishlist since ages. I was always confused as to what to buy, the cleansers, face scrub or a pack. When they had a 40% sale in the month of August 2018, I right away ordered the under eye cream. Under eye cream was on my radar after reading reviews of Archana from IBeautySpy. Let's head to the review to check how it fairs and is it worth the money.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
As seen in the pictures, the under eye cream is housed in a tub. Most natural, handmade, organic products have such packaging. I have no complains as such with the packaging. The tub is easy to carry around and the eye cream is not gooey or liquid form so no question of leakage and mess.

Coming to the fragrance of Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream , it has a minty, soothing fragrance. Once you get addicted to such a fragrance it's hard to get off. The product as you can see is, yellow in colour and yes it does tint the under eye area when applied. The texture if the product is buttery and melts when taken on a finger. It gets applied easily although due care is to be taken as it can stain the pillow covers or clothes.

The under eye cream started to show effects in 15 days on my under eye and puffiness. The fragrance is a bit too much to handle for an under eye cream. The cream leaves a ln oily, Yello film behind which makes me very lazy to use it on a regular basis nowadays. Although once we start using the eye cream on a regular basis the fragrance doesn't bother. The under eye cream, has a peculiar grainy texture and forms a thick waxy layer. When I opened the under eye cream it didn't have waxy layer. As and when I started using the cream, it started forming a waxy layer. I was worried and I messaged Juicy Chemistry team, to which they said it is Shea butter solidified and it will melt once rubbed and it does melt once rubbed. 

Also if you try applying a little more quantity than the normal quantity, you will end up with watery eyes. It sometimes also gives mild peppermint sort fumes when applied too much. The thumb rule for this under eye cream is little goes a long way and consistent usage gives results. If you use consistently and then give a break of few days then the effects can be very little. Although am trying to be consistent with this eye cream, often due to the yellow tint I become disinterested. This under eye cream won't suit sensitive eyes or eyes which become watery easily. Overall my verdict would be if you are looking for a good under eye cream for reducing the dark circles and puffiness Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream would be a good choice. For people who don't prefer using essential oil concoction, this cream isn't for you.

The In
  • Helps reduce dark circles with consistent usage
  • Reduces under eye puffiness and evens out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Certified Organic by Ecocert Greenlife According to COSMOS Standard
  • Free from Mineral Oil, Synthetic Fragrance, Colors, Parabens, BHT/BHA, Sulphates, Silicones, and other toxic / harmful chemicals
  • Little goes a long way and product lasts longer
  • Superb ingredients list
  • Cruelty Free
  • 100 % Vegetarian
The Out
  • Not suitable for sensitive eyes
  • Cannot be worn under makeup
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 450 INR for 10 gms, available on major shopping portals and often on discounts.

As far as dark under eye is concerned, it depends on a lot of factors ranging from health problems to gadgets' exposure. An under eye cream cannot fully cure under eye area darkness and puffiness. An eye cream is supposed to nourish and relax the under eye area. Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream does it's job of reducing the under eye darkness perfectly. Although being said that, using an eye cream alone to cure dark under eye would be a contradiction. Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream won't suit sensitive eyes because it results in watery eyes if applied in excess. It is not a cream which can be worn beneath makeup to nourish under eye area due to it's yellow tint. If you are looking to reduce the dark circles then Juicy Chemistry Coffee and Green Tea Eye Cream is a good pick for you. Also since the brand uses all organic and natural ingredients, you can rest assured of the quality product you get.

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