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!

Contents
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.



Ingredients


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

Recommendation
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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3 May 2018

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Top 5 Powder Cleansers to Use + DIY

Powder cleansers are my whole and sole skincare products without which my skincare is incomplete now. If you love using foaming cleansers, the incomplete feeling you get or something is amiss feeling you get when you don't use foaming cleansers, I get the same feeling if I don't use powder cleansers. So now you can really call me a powder cleanser addict and am going to list down my favourite powder cleansers which you cannot miss out at any cost.


The best part about powder cleansers is that you they need no foaming agents and no preservatives. You can choose from a range of products to suit your skin's needs. They also act as a cleanser, scrub and a face pack. What's more you don't need more water to wash them off (water saving tip, bad joke I know 😣). But am truly obsessed with powder cleanser and here is a list of my top picks (which will be updated in future too)

Although a little pricey for the quantity offered, I like the instant glow and freshness this powder cleanser gives. The product also works as a face scrub and gives soft and smooth skin.

I love how simple yet effective this powder cleanser is from the house of Artisanal Skincare. With each use my skin was left glowing and the end of emptying my tub I could see the pigmentation aorund my mouth was reduced. 

This one is a current favorite and helps in diminishing the appearance of black heads plus helps in combatting acne. It gets washed off easily and lasts more than thought.

Diya Naturals Cleansing Powder
I like the earthy fragrance of this powder cleanser, I mostly end up using this one at night due to the presence of lemon peel powder and lemon essential oil in it. Nonetheless I am in love with the packaging of this.

Embar Store Cleansing Grains can be immediately applied as face pack while washing your face. The product dries up quickly too so you don't end up waiting for the face pack to dry. I like the fragrance of the product and end up sniffing it most of the time.

If you want to read a detailed review of the powder cleansers plea click the title of each to read the review. Now it's time for a DIY. For this DIY am going to link up the first ever product of my shop and to top it all this is the best seller product till date. So here the DIY of Oats Almond Cleanser. I hope you all enjoyed the post. If you have any queries or doubts please comment below and I will try my level best to solve them.
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30 Apr 2018

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Skinsense Natural Luxury Tejas Skin Glow Cleanser- Face Pack Review

Hi All,

I am excited to write a review about another amazing powder cleanser which I have been using for a much longer time than thought. Let's hop onto the review to check whether the product lives upto it's claims or not.


Brand Claims - Tejas - Vettiver root and Ranawara flower Exfoliating Cleanser cleanses and nourishes to reveal a clear, radiant, glowing complexion. Formulated with Indian ranawara flower, Indian sweet rose and botanicals,  this face cleanser offers astringent benefits to tighten and diminish the look of pores, while it effectively removes dead dermal cells and impurities, while also hydrating as it locks in moisture to revitalize and promote healthy, supple skin.

Ingredients - Ranwara flowers, mulethi, better, hrnsh and Lentuks



Ideal for these concerns : Free radical damage, acne, sun-tan, large pores. Ideal for these Skin Types: Oily skin, normal skin,combination skin, Acne-prone skin, Mature skin.

My experience
As seen in the pictures, the product is housed in a plastic tub which is reusable once the product gets over. I have had no problem while using the tub. Rather I like how sturdy it is.

Coming to the texture of the cleanser, it's a finely milled one with rice powder like texture. When mixed with water it doesn't form a smooth paste it forms some chunk sort as the cleanser tends to soak up the water. We need to add more water to make a smooth paste. 

After using the product as a cleanser the skin feels clean, soft and smooth. I have even seen reduction in white heads due to mild scrubbing effect of it, when used regularly for 2 weeks. The cleanser has a good texture which is neither all powdery which just glides on the skin nor is just chunks of scrub particles which just end up scrubbing without cleansing. The cleanser does a good job of cleansing without stripping the face sebum and without being harsh at all. It leaves the skin smooth and soft.

I have even used the cleanser as a face pack, as a thick layer. After leaving the face pack for a good 20 minutes the appearance of black heads significantly lessens, skin becomes clear and radiant. I like using the product both as a cleanser and face pack. The product has even reduced my under the skin acne (new skin tantrums 😣) which is a hormonal thing for me every month.

The In 
  • Dual Purpose product, can be used both as a Cleanser or/and Pack /scrub
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth
  • Reduces white heads with regular usage
  • Reduces appearance of black heads when used as a face pack
  • Removes dead skin cells and worlds great as a scrub
The Out
  • I didn't find any reduction in pores as per brand claims, but I never expected the product to do it, so it's not a con for me
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 485 INR for 80 gms with a shelf life of 4-5 months. But I think it will last longer if we don't let water enter it and keep away from moisture.

Recommendation
As a powder cleanser lover, I love everything the Skinsense Natural Luxury Tejas Skin Glow Cleanser- Face Pack has to offer, it's fragrance, it's texture, it's double duty efficiency. Moreover I liked the fact that it helps in minimizing the appearance of black heads. I like to use it both as a cleanser as well as face pack equally. If you are into powder cleansers go grab this fast and even if you are not into, I would recommend grabbing this.
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25 Apr 2018

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Sort your personalized gifting woes with Canvas Champ

We all know how difficult gifting is! At least for me it is. How and what gift to choose, wether the person whom am gifting will like it or not? Sometimes I like some gifts but not the colour combination they have, sometimes they are out of my budget, sometimes I run out of gifting ideas. Recently I thought of gifting my husband something, because of my fractured leg, he had a busy and hectic time and was juggling his office and my doctor appointments and all. 



I earlier had a chance to get our wedding picture printed on a canvas amd I thought of giving it a try. Since with a fractured leg I couldn't go out and but something I opted for online gifting solution. I had always wanted to gift my husband a customized my with his picture or a T-shirt. But then t-shirt does wear off and with a little kid in the home the mug too might break. So I thought of gifting him a pillow with his own photograph.

I placed my order on Canvas Champ and headed straight to the pillow section. Since we travel a lot I thought of gifting him a pillow so that his neck doesn't pain. I selected a small pillow 12"X12" pillow so that it would be easier to carry around while travelling. Canvas Champ also has an option to select the pillow size according to your preference. I then selected the image which I wanted to be printed on it. Once we select an image, we can also choose the back colour of the pillow. The options to choose back colour of pillow are white, yellow and grey (not dark colours though, we get to see the actual colour while making a selection). Afterwards we will also be shown a previous of the pillow so as to get an idea. After selecting everything, we proceed to checkout.



I placed my order on 8th March 2018, the pillow went for production house on 10th March and my order was shipped on 15th March 2018. I received my order in 2-3 days after shipment was dispatched. At every point of product status update, I received an email which kept me updated about my order. The product came in safely packed box and to my surprise my husband was at home to receive the pillow. I told him to open the package, else otherwise my son does that, lol. He was taken aback and happy after seeing his favourite picture on the pillow. My son immediately grabbed the pillow and was onto bed acting like he had fallen asleep πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

Overall speaking my shopping experience with Canvas Champ was very easy and smooth. I had even called their customer care number as my friend also wanted to place an order for the printed pillow, I was happy with the interaction of customer care. I would highly recommend you all to give Canvas Champ a go for your personalized gifting solution.
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23 Apr 2018

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VanityCask Shades of April Edition 2018 - Unboxing

Another month brings in new VanityCask Box. VanityCask box is a luxurious beauty subscription box which allows us to try some luxurious brand products before trying out the full sizes. Let's head start to the curation story and the contents.



Curation Story
Get rid of all your beauty woes with VanityCask's Shades of April Edition! Boost your gorgeous skin with Sova Chamomile and Coorgi Narangi Body wash. Brighten up your lackluster skin with Mcaffine Uplift Trance Face Cream. Indulge and pamper your skin with Mond'sub 3D Pearl Mask with Vitamin C and Deep Brightening and Whitening Facial Mask and The Nature's Co Cool Cucumber Face Wash. Finally, get the ultra shiny glamorous and sensational nails you have always wanted with Myglamm Two Of Your Kind - Long Lasting Enamel Duo.

So am not going to talk about the ingredients and how well the products fare and what all they cost, I would like to write this post a little bit differently this time.





With the summer being around, The Nature's Co Cool Cucumber Face Wash is a perfect product for the VanityCask Box. The body wash from Sova, a luxurious brand, is also a good pick keeping summers in mind. The Mcaffine Uplift Trance Cream is a light weight cream which gets absorbed easily into the skin without leaving an oily or greasy residue, this again is a perfect pick. The Mond'sub masks are also amazing keeping in mind the suntan and scorching summer in mind. The Myglamm Long Lasting Enamel Duo shades are quite good keeping the theme in mind.

The VanityCask Boxes, are packed in a sturdy black box which are very useful and reusable for storing your skincare or makeup or haircare products. They make a perfect travel companion and not to mention the pink, silk potli bag. What I would like to suggest to VanityCask Box team would be including a variety of products from different brands as well variety of products. From past three months we have received the Nail Enamel Duo and mask sheets. There are many other unexplored brands and types of products like Facial serum or Lip serum or some other interesting types. Including those might create a curious component for the subscribers. The brands choice and all is entirely good, especially The Nature's Co, Sova and Mond'sub brands. What is lacking is different type of products, something exciting and worth the 999 INR price tag.

*PR sample
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