20 Jun 2018

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How I am using Multiple Facial Oils at a time?

Some days back my dear friend Urbi sent me some Kama Ayurveda samples to try out. The one product which has really impressed me is Nalparamadi Skin Brightening and Lightening Oil. I have used it quite a few times as per the directions of usage and I am happy with the results. Now you will be thinking we are talking about multiple facial oils and what am I talking about is Kama Ayurveda oil??😑. Right! 

Coming back to the post, Kama Ayurveda Nalparamadi Thailam needs to be washed off after half and hour and that's how the lazy person in me applied it on the areas of concern (read areas of pigmentation) on my face as an overnight treatment. After that I thought why not try out some other facial oils on different parts of my face. That's how my experiment started and after 3 weeks of experimenting I am sharing my experience. This is something similar to multi masking wherein we apply a mask according to the skin problems and make the most of the masking routine.
I chose other two oils which are Prakrta Serum Of Youth and Bio Bloom Facial Oil. Now you might say how and why I have chosen these oils. I would say I have tried to compile every question and query in the post, so let's head straight to the next section.

Bio Bloom Facial Oil I picked up on the recommendation of Shalini, a beauty blogger I actually adore and respect. I used the facial oil for around 2 weeks only to find out it tightened the skin on my cheeks where I have acne marks and acne scars. If you have been through bad acne phase you might be knowing the acne hole sort of thing wherein the area where once acne was, gets deflated and results in uneven skin tone. I was happy with the results of BioBloom Facial Oil. 

Coming to the Prakrta Serum Of Youth oil I have used the oil several times and have even reviewed it on the blog. Prakrta Serum Of Youth gives bright, glowing skin with regular usage. Coming to Kama Ayurveda Nalparamadi Thailam it reduces pigmentation and acne marks right from first usage and gives amazing results within few weeks. So one day I tried using all these facial oils on different parts of my face and am happy with the results. I apply facial oils according to the concern areas of the skin as an overnight treatment.

How I apply Multiple Facial oils at a time?
1) I apply Kama Ayurveda Nalparamadi Thailam on the areas of pigmentation that is near my nose, around my mouth.

2) I apply BioBloom Facial Oil on my cheeks where acne scars are more prominent.

3) On my remaining face I apply the Prakrta Serum Of Youth. 

4) I massage each and every oil into the concerned area and leave it as an overnight treatment. I don;t use any oil mentioned above during day time!

How did I choose the oils?
1) Each and every oil mention above I have used as an overall treatment for my skin for a minimum of 3-4 weeks' times.
2) I have gauged the individual oils' effectiveness on my skin. Also each individual oil is good for the skin as a single treatment.

Now you might say these oils suit you and work for you so how do WE do it? I have tired to compile a pointer (not exactly guide, since am not an expert) sort for you to choose and use multiple facial oils at a time 

1) Assess the areas of concern on your face. List down what all you need and which areas to work on.
2) Make a list of Facial oils you have used or which suit you. Test individual facial oil on your face for a minimum of 3 weeks and asses the results.
3) Choose a minimum of two (without that it wouldn't be multiple right) and a maximum of 4 facial oils for usage. Don't go overboard and use many facial oils.
4) Apply the facial oil meant for concerned problem area on your skin. 
5) Don't try any new facial oil in between the multiple facial oils experiment. Or don't try to add any new oil, into the experiment, which you haven't tried earlier. 
6) Do not mix two Facial oils and use as a single one. Each facial oil is a unique combination according to carrier oils with or without essential oils. Some essential oils don't blend well with each other. So don't try to get a full fledged result with two or more oils mixing together.
7) Your skin is unique so try what your skin accepts and loves.

I hope this post helps you in reaching your skincare goals. If you have any questions do comment below and I will answer each of it. Have a happy skin day!
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14 Jun 2018

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Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel Review

Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel smells amazingly well so much so that you might feel like eating it. This is the only product I am excited about from the brand's range. I had received a sample size in one of the VanityCask Boxes and after using it for a couple of weeks later month here is my review.

Brand Claims - Hello Hydration! MCaffeine Neem Caffeine Glow - a gel so good, it hydrates your skin and protects it from further damage. Dullness and blemishes can be a result of dehydrated skin. Without the oiliness, the gel provides essential moisturization and nourishment. Neem works like magic in treating acne, scars and hyperpigmentation. Hydrating Aloe Vera soothes and cools the skin, repairing the sun damage. Caffeine works to evenly tone the skin, revive and re-energize it. Vitamin C & E nourish the skin, improving the overall health and texture. Lightweight and easily absorbed, this gel is your new found secret to a happy skin.

Ingredients - 

My experience
The product is housed in a cute, frosted glass jar with a double plastic lid to prevent leakage. I like this compct packaging and this is a sample sized product. The full size product is also housed in a glass jar. 

Now coming to the consistency of the product, it is exactly like an Aloe Vera gel but with an amazing fragrance. It has a very slight green hue which can be seen in the jar where in the product quanis more, but once you take the gel on your hand for application there is hardly any hue or hint of green. I really like how this gel smells.

Now coming to the efficiency of the product, the product actually imparts a glowing skin upon immediate application. I really wonder how can a gel make the skin glow instantly, but it's just the hydration part which it performs well. The skin immediately looks hydrated and healthy. The Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel is exactly like an Aloe Vera gel, gets absorbed instantly into the skin without leaving any sticky or greasy feeling. Some time ago in May I had carried it during my travelling and it sweated a lot after applying the gel. This only proved that the gel intensely hydrated and moisturized my skin. I have, however, not found any significant effects on my acne or pigmentation even with regular usage of 3 weeks. So I cannot say whether it satisfies all claims. I however am happy with hte healthy gkow it imparts upon application which lasts for an hour or so.

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 449 INR for 50ml with shelf life of 2 years. Available on the brand website, Amazon and other major shopping portals

Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel imparts a healthy glow to the skin with intense hydration and moisturization. I live how it makes it skin even toned, plump as well as hydrated. The glow lasts for an hour or so and the gel is more like aloe vera gel wherein a couple of months usage will gauge the efficiency of the product in areas like acne and pigmentation. The fragrance of the product is amazing but it does irritate the sensitive nose area of my skin. Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel will suit normal, oily, combination and acne prone skin. Dry skinned beauties will require an extra layer of moisturizer. Garb this if you need a glow, else otherwise I would not say it's a must have product.
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13 Jun 2018

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The Eco Store - Shopping Experience and Review

Being an avid online shopper, I shop almost all of my skincare products from online portals. Who doesn't love online shopping, adding products to your cart, paying with a click and the products are delivered right at your doorstep? But online shopping does have it's own disadvantage if we think about the environment we are living in. The amount of plastic, fuel surcharge for shipping the products, packaging material used. While some of you may say some brands are available only online, I couldn't agree more. 

Ever since I shifted to Bangalore, I used to drop in by a store which sells eco friendly and organic products be it related to food or cutlery or skincare. But I never shopped any skincare products from them. Last month I wanted an Aloe Vera gel and then I decided to check the skincare products in Bangalore based The Eco Store. I was stunned to see brands like Rustic Art, Soul Tree, Mittise, BonSoul, Vedantika Herbals on their shelves. The store itself is made with a purpose of providing the local artisans or artisans who make organic and eco friendly products, a platform to sell their goods. How many of us think io having a shop like this? But very few people build the idea into a store like this.

Let's see what is the objective and purpose of the Eco Store 

Our Vision is to participate in initiatives that are aimed to provide sustainable livelihoods by promoting products made by NGOs, through an effective Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) model. The concept is to provide sales channels to rural farmers, artisans, and women's groups who make high quality products, which are Eco friendly and Organic in nature. By sourcing only Organic, Natural and Eco Friendly products, we are trying to give our bit to save our environment for our next generation and at the same time helping people lead a healthy life. 

We currently have products from the following categories
  • Organic Food
  • Organic Vegetables
  • Organic Gardening Supplies
  • Natural Cosmetics
  • Handmade Jewellery
  • Art & Craft

The Eco Store has a unique policy of accepting online orders wherein they hand deliver fresh fruits and vegetables apart from groceries and other products within 8 km distance around the store. By hand delivery, I mean they don't pack your order items in a box, they simply carry it in a bag, which upon delivery needs to be returned to them. I find this something unique, wherein no packaging material is used and still products get delivered to your doorstep. They also have delivery areas mentioned on their website and you can check it here. You can also check out their Facebook Page

Now, coming to the skincare products I shopped by actually dropping in their store are Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel, BonSoul Aloe Vera gel and Mittise Aloe Clay Cleanser. I was so excited to see the skincare collection and wanted to go berserk by doing some major damage to my wallet 😂😂.

Apart from this I also availed their online shopping service and shopped for following products
  • Soul Tree Tulsi and Sandalwood Moisturising Gel
  • Soul Tree Cleansing Lotion
  • Soul Tree Pure Rose Toning Mist
  • Neev Masoor Dal Face Pack
  • Bindus Herbal Orange Peel Powder

I always wanted to try Soul Tree products and other new brands hence I grabbed all of these. After ordering online I received an email stating my order details and my order was delivered immediately that day. I so wish we have many eco stores like these and/or The Eco Store in Bangalore itself has many branches all over India. What say? I would highly recommend you all to drop in by The Eco Store if you are in Bangalore anytime. I am definitely going to continue shopping the skincare and food products from their store.
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29 May 2018

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Votre Multi Vitamin Face Masque Review

I had received a sample size of Votre Multi Vitamin Face Masque in one of the VanityCask Boxes. I have used it quite a few times and have loved it's effects. Let's head to the review to see how it fares.

Brand Claims - Enriched with rich properties of botanical extracts and essential oils, this extra-ordinary face masque rejuvenates the skin and improves skin elasticity. It also removes pigmentation marks and blemishes and reduces skin ageing. The multi Vitamin masque make your skin healthy and glowing. This MultiVitamin infused Masque contains vitamins like K,C,E, B5. This masque is proven to lighten the appearance of dark spots, correct uneven skin tone, and significantly brighten the complexion. The highly concentrated treatment formula is also proven to replenish and preserve hydration for 24 hours, promote suppleness and smooth skin texture so you get youthful-looking, luminous skin. An exclusive brightening complex derived from vitamin C is proven to reduce and prevent the appearance of dark spots and even skin tone, while natural botanical extracts help to visibly firm and smooth wrinkles. The formula is further enriched with papaya extract, notable for its hydrating and calming properties.

Ingredients - Actinidia deliciosa (source of Vitamin C ,Vitamin K) , Persea americana (source of Avocado) , Carica papaya (source of Papaya), Fragaria ananassa (source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B ), Olea europaea (source of Vitamin E, Vitamin K) , Punica granatum (source of Vitamin A, B5, C and E.), Citrus sinensis (source of Vitamin C, vitamin B1),Base q.s

My experience
The sample size product is housed in black plastic tub, although a full size product has a transparent plastic packaging with a silver lid. I usually apply this face pack in the evening or at night, since I tend to be lazy for dry powder face packs. The product looks like a clay mask with a brownish, yellow hue. The face pack is ready to use and is a little bit tacky to take out from tub.

Once we start applying to the face it spreads easily but not evenly. We need to constantly try applying the face pack evenly. Recently when I opened the tub u could see the face pack has hardened a bit and lost a little bit of moisture. Nonetheless it still gets applied on face due to the fine texture. I would say consistency needs to be a bit runny so that application is easier, but if it's a clay based product, it would be difficult to use after many months.

The face pack once applied gives a little tingling sensation in first 2-3 usages. Once the skin gets adjusted to the pack it doesn't tingle. Although any sensitive area might get a slight burning sensation which calms down after some time.  After 10-15 minutes of washing off, the face feels hydrated, deep cleansed, brightened and smooth. With regular usage I did notice fading of my acne marks but no significant effect on pigmentation.

The In
  • Multi vitamin face pack, one of its kind
  • Contains fruit extracts of papaya, strawberry, pomegranate, Olive, Avocado, orange
  • Gives brightened, deep cleansed skin
  • Gives smooth and even toned skin
  • Gets applied nicely although not evenly
  • Gets washed off easily
  • Downside out the skin
  • Fades out fresh and old acne marks

The Out

  • Might not suit sensitive skin and/or those who have active acne
  • Tends to harden over a period of time
  • No full ingredients list mentioned

Price, shelf life and Availability - 1260 INR for 100 gms (sample size available on Votre website) with a shelf life of one year. Available on major shopping portals.

The face pack is one of it's kind with different vitamins (fruit extracts of papaya, strawberry, pomegranate, Olive, Avocado, orange) added to the formulation. I quite liked the concept and the after effects of the face pack. Good to go if you want to try it and want the above mentioned effects. I might grab a sample size like this if I ever feel like buying it. But with many face pack options we have nowadays, I rarely repurchase same face pack, unless of course it's quite exceptional!
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22 May 2018

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VanityCask Summer Romance Edition

By now you might be aware of the luxurious subscription box named VanityCask wherein we get to try some luxurious brands which otherwise are a bit costly. I really like the black box which in which all the  products are housed, plus not to mention the silky pink potli which carries the products. Today ee will be checking out the Summer Romance Edition which is curated keeping in mind the summer season. Read on to know the curation story and the contents of the box.

Curation Story 
Come summer time and most of India is taken over by hot weather, and the first to feel the heat is our skin. Team VanityCask and our in-house specialists have spent the last few months researching the best way to fight the heat, while giving you a taste of a premium luxury vacation. We worked towards creating a box that would cater to every problem that your skin and hair face during the summer. The idea was to fulfill your needs while giving you the exotic experience you deserve. Th result is our VanityCask Summer Romance Edition, the ultimate guide to summer luxury!

Votre Day Moisturising Gel SPF-25
Summer calls in for some light weight gel based moisturisers for oily skin types. Sinceany of use sweat a lot during the summer season, a gel based formula is quite apt. I like using Votre Day Moisturising Gel while heading out during day and I like how it hydrates and moisturises my skin while not being sticky at all.
Brand Claims: This product is a blend of gel moisturizer with sun-protection that protects your skin from harmful UV rays. This moisturising gel gets easily absorbed into the skin, controls oil and gives a non-greasy glow. It keeps you hydrated all throughout the day. It protects your sensitive skin from the harmful UV rays with SPF 25. It revitalises your skin, adds a natural glow and is dermatologist tested.
Ingredients: Licorice, Blackberry, OMC, Tea Tree, Neem, Base q.s

Sova Shea Butter & Kumari Body Lotion
Summer season doesn't mean we have to skip body lotions, and to make the skin feel moisturized without any stickiness this lotion comes to the rescue.
Brand Claims: Woven with the wisdom of the traditional Kumari plant to replenish your skin and rich Shea Butter to make it divinely silky, this lust-worthy lotion with soya extract, macadamia nut, and jojoba oil leaves your skin illuminated and youthful for all the years to come.
Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Macadamia Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Soya Extract, Beetroot Extract

MCaffeine Liquid Funk Caffeine Shower Gel
Who loves bathing with cool water and a shower gel. I really liked the idea of a shower gel in the summer edition of the VanityCask Box as we tend to sweat a lot and for a quick shower, shower gel is very handy.
Brand Claims: Get acquainted with the whirlwind of energy with this Caffeine infused shower gel. MCaffeine Shower gel keeps you refreshed, energized and charged. Caffeine infused in the gel, removes the dead cells and gives your skin a healthy glow. It cleanses the skin while its bubbles and intoxicating minty scent will leave you feeling refreshed and revived.
Key Ingredients: Caffeine, Taurine and Vitamin E

Mom’s Therapy Herbal Hair Pack
Hair, from my point of view needs extra care during summers as we sweat a lot and dust pollution tends to accumulate and wreak havoc of the hair texture. Hair packs go a long way in maintaining the texture of the hair just like a face pack for face. I am really happy to receive the product in the box.
Brand Claims: Mom’s Therapy hair pack with the power of 9 herbs, nourishes the hair and enhances hair growth. It is an effective remedy for common hair problems like dandruff, hair fall and premature graying. It revitalizes the hair, making it healthy and lustrous.
Ingredients: Amla, Neem, Reetha, Fenugreek seeds and Rose petals

Mond'sub Sheet Masks
Cherry Brightening Facial Mask and Anti-Wrinkle and Moisturizing Facial Mask
Facial masks are a good way to prep up your skin when you are on the go. Since during summers most of us plan for vacations and outings, using sheet masks is a good way of pampering the skin while travelling. This way you carry less and still pamper your skin without disturbing your skincare routine.
Brand Claims of Cherry Brightening Facial Mask : Cherry containing abundant vitamin C which is 50 times tomato’s, this product can soften and beautify skin. Together with several essences and moisturizing ingredients, this formulation can penetrate into the skin, moisturize, smoothen and brighten skin.
Brand Claims of Anti-Wrinkle and Moisturizing Facial Mask : It balances skin nutrients and replenishes skin, nourishing & hydrating skin and increasing skin’s vigor. Formulated with several plant extracted essences, this formula is specially designed for dry skin, mature or prematurely aging skin.

Overall Thoughts
Speaking of the theme, the products chosen are good, right from body care to hair care and face care. Each and every product is useful for the ongoing summer season. I especially like the addition of the hair pack in the box. I would still look on for a full size product from any Indian brand in the box. The black box isvery useful for storing your essential be it skincare or makeup. I am so loving this box at the moment, but I would also look forward to one full size product of any Indian brand at a price point of 999 INR

*PR sample
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8 May 2018

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Bliscent Lip Care Products Review

Bliscent is a brand I always had thought of trying but never got a chance, all thanks to some impromptus shopping online as well as offline. I received Bliscent Hot Chocolate Lip balm and Pineapple Kiss lip scrub in two VanityCask Boxes. So today am going to review both these lip care products. We often fail to scrub our lips but we shouldn't skip doing that. Okay, onto the review now.


My experience
Both the products are housed in SAN jars which have a double lip plus are very sturdy. I sometimes keep on dropping my stuff and these beauties were strong to resist the drops without a single damage. The products carry ingredients list as well as price on lables, which are in bottom of the jars.

The lip scrub is good and has very small sugar granules so as to exfoliate the tender lip skin. The lip scrub does a decent job of scrubbing effect without being too harsh. Due care is to be taken so as not to scrub too harshly as it might hurt. On one occasion I had a mild irritatuon on my lips and this scrub burned that particular area a lot. Nonetheless the fragrance or flavour of the product is amazing and feels like real pineapple, like real, freshly cut pineapple.

Coming to the lip balm, again it's fragrance is amazing, like fresh host chocolate. The lip balm is very moisturising and soothing for chapped lips. It instantly puckers up the lips making them soft, smooth and supple. The moisturising effects last upto one day if you don't lick your lips often or are not into applying lip balms often. This is the best part I feel as I tend to forget reapplication of lip balms.

Now the main part, both the products use lip safe flavour oil, I don't know if it is oil or just flavour or just a chemical. Even though the brand mentions it lip safe, I don't know who marked it is as lip safe (if you know what I mean). According to me mimicking a real fruit or chocolate fragrance can be done only via a chemical. But if we need some lip smacking flavors like hot chocolate or pineapple in our products we have no option other than using some lip safe chemicals. Overall speaking the products are good to use if you don't mind using some lip safe chemicals!

Price, Shelf life and Availability - Lip balm 150 INR for 5 gms, lip scrub 200 INR for 10 gms. Shelf life of lip balm mentioned as 6 months. Avukabon Bliscent website

I really like the cute, sturdy, double lid jars. I like the efficiency of the products as well as the fragrance. If you are someone who is into total synthetic, chemical free lip care products then Bliscent lip care products are not for you. But if you don't mind any chemicals and are a sucker for fragrance of hot chocolate and fruits then these are just perfect for your taste. I would rather skip repurchase due to the lip safe flavour oils used in them.
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