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.



Recommendation
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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8 Jan 2019

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Skincare Empties #13

So starting the year with another empties post. Am super excited for the Year 2019 as I have set some goals for my blog as well as my shop. Let's dive in for the empties post,like. I didn't empty any new products as I have been very inconsistent with my skincare routine. 


Plum Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash
My ultimate favourite face wash at least till the time I find the one which will work better than this one in case of foaming cleansers. This one lasted me around 3-4 months for one time use daily. We often crib about the price and quantity but we seldom understand that 75 ml of a face wash lasts longer than thought. I am going to purchase this again when I empty all my foaming cleansers.

Kaira Naturals Aloe Vera Gel
I am short of words for this aloe gel. It ahs helped me clear up my acne scars slowly. This was a repurchase for me. Kaira Naturals has another variant of aloe gel now which has rosehip CO2 extracts. I might buy sometime, but not soon as I have a lot of products to empty.

Biotique Morning Nectar Visibly Flawless Moisturizer
I had received Biotique Morning Nectar Visibly Flawless Moisturizer in one the VanityCask boxes. I like it fragrance and how it doubles up as a body moisturizer while not making the face oily. However the thing which I don't like about it is that they don't mention full ingredients list. Am not repurchasing this one.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask
Am going to repurchase this one life long maybe. It makes my skin bright and reduces the breakouts. My skin has healed a lot by using the toner, face wash and night gel. I am never letting this face mask out of my vanity. 

Mcaffine Uplift Trance Caffeine Cream
This is hydrating cream, but this brand according to me isn't the one on which money can be spent. Honestly speaking given a chance to try out the products wouldn't be worth my time. It has a weird smell like cologne and I absolutely don't like it.

Blue Nectar Brightening and Radiance Sandalwood Cream
The cream is good and gives a radiant skin, however the sandalwood fragrance is very high for my sensitive nose ot handle. The cream is too good for all skin types and also doubles u as a good massage cream. I won't however repurchase due to the high price point.

So this was my empties list and I am hoping to post another empties post soon.
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2 Jan 2019

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Urvi Naturals Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil Review

Few months back I received the products from Urvi Naturals namely Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil. This is the only carrier oil and essential oil blend which works great for my acne prone skin as well as my dandruff. I have used both the products for sufficient time to write this review.



The Jojoba Oil packaging is square plastic bottle with an inner lid and metallic screw top. The bottle bears all the necessary information and is super handy for travel also. The oil is golden yellow in colour and consistency is light weight in texture. If we massage it into the skin it absolutely leaves no traces on skin. I have used it alone as well as mixed two drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil in two teaspoon of this jojoba oil as a skin treatment for few days when my skin was going through a rough time. It made my acne vanish in 2-3 days while leaving a faint mark on the face. I have also used the above mixture for my dandruff and it helped in reducing the dandruff when used regularly. I have used the Jojoba Oil as a hair serum on my dry hair and the effects lasted for almost a day.
Price - 520 INR for 100ml with a shelf life of 2 years, to be used within 6 months of opening.



Coming to the essential oil, Urvi Naturals is one of those brands offering authentic essential oils without dilution. I have used another brand for Tea Tree Essential Oil and it had the same fragrance as of this one. Also the effective of essential oil speaks for itself. The Tea Tree Essential Oil is packed in an amber coloured glass bottle with a dispenser. The dispenser however dispenses a lot of drops at one go, and that's my only complaint about the essential oil. 
Price - 375 INR for 10ml with a shelf life of 2 years, to be used within 6 months of opening.

I also received a leaflet from Urvi Naturals which mentioned some simple DIYs of the Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil. The most noteworthy thing about this brand is the disclaimer they have put up on labels of essential oils regarding use during pregnancy and in case of children.


All in all I can say that you won't be disappointed by the quality products Urvi Naturals offers, be it their carrier oils or essential oils. What bothers me is non amber coloured bottles for carrier oils and a fast dispensing dispenser for essential oils. This is more of a packaging feedback wherein the actual products work great for my skin. I recently purchased Organic Neem Oil from Urvi Naturals and am planning to make a sleeping mask out of the Jojoba Oil, tea tree oil and aloe gel. Will update you guys once I make and use. 
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Top 10 Cleansing Lotions Available in India, Online

Cleansing lotions come in handy for removing makeup as well as deep cleansing the face. Moreover the ingredients in the cleansing milk or lotion can also help in toning the skin as well as help in fading the acne marks. I like using cleansing lotions as part of my CTM routines and I often keep on trying new ones. Today let's take a look at top 10 Cleansing Lotions or Milks which are readily available on major shopping portals. Except the VLCC one all other cruelty free, paraben free cleansing lotions.


SoulTree Cleansing Lotion with Aloe, Rose and Skin toning Licorice
SoulTree Cleansing Lotion works amazingly well for oily acne prone skin and also helps in reducing acne marks and pigmentation. It contains Aloe, Rose and skin toning Licorice. It retails at 395 INR for 150 ml. It is also suitable for all skin types.

VLCC Sandal cleansing Milk
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. However the sandalwood fragrance feels a bit artificial. Retails at 140 INR for 100ml.

Iraya Cleansing Milk With Honey
Iraya has two types of cleansing milks. Iraya Cleansing Milk With Honey has sesame oil, honey, juices of cucumber and lemon. This cleansing milk wonderfully cleanses the skin removing impurities, dirt & grime. Retails at 445 INR for 150 ml

Iraya Lotus Seed Cleansing Milk
I have tried Iraya Lotus Seed Cleansing Milk long back. It is very gentle and works good to cleanse the skin. I don't know whether it will remove water proof makeup or not. I love it's fragrance. It is fortified with Lotus seeds and Liquoric extracts and retails at 445 INR for 150ml

Inatur Olive Cleansing Lotion
Inatur Olive cleansing milk is a creamy and nourishing cleanser which also assists in removing make-up and other impurities. It is enriched with organic Olive oil Chamomile, Geranium Oil, Honey, Lavender and is ideal for all skin types. It retails at 225 INR for 100ml

Organic Harvest Cleansing Milk
Organic Harvest Cleansing Milk removes oil, dirt and grime without over drying the skin. It has lavender essential oil, geranium essential oil and ylang ylang essential oil in cream base. Organic Harvest Cleansing Milk is an organic product. Retails at 545 INR for 100ml and suitable for normal to dry skin type.

Biobloom Cleansing Milk with  Lavender & Apricot
This lavender based natural cleansing milk delicately cleanses and hydrates the skin. It is Paraben Free and also contains apricot & jojoba oils that preserve skin's natural moisture and act as an emollient with restorative qualities. It retails at 440 INR for 100ml

Plum Hello Aloe Cleansing Lotion
Hello Aloe Gentle Cleansing Lotion is a lightly fragranced, gentle cleanser made with real aloe juice, natural oils and glycerin. It is great for removing makeup and grime from your face. It contains Aloe vera, sunflower seed oil and glycerine as main ingredients. It retails at 390 INR for 200 ml.

The Nature's Co White Pepper Cleansing Lotion
The Nature's Co White Pepper Cleansing Lotion increases blood flow at the skin’s surface enabling the ingredients to penetrate immediately and clean more effectively. It can also be used to remove both eye and face make-up. However if you rub this lotion very hard on your skin it might give a burning sensation. Fortified with White pepper extract, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Vegetable Glycerin, it retails at 545 INR for 100ml

Just Herbs Deep Cleansing Lotion
Just Herbs Deep Cleansing Lotion is fortified with Aloevera and rose oil. It is perfect for removing makeup as well as dirt and grime traces. Retails at 495 INR for 100ml.

I hope you find this post useful while getting a new cleansing lotion or milk. I personally love using them during winters since they help banish the dry patches of my skin. Also I find it beneficial to use them since I use light weight moisturizers on my skin since long. 

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20 Dec 2018

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My Current Cleanser Stash 2018



As the year is nearing the end, I would like to mention a few of my favorite cleansers which have I have been using and have also helped in keeping acne at bay. Some of them I have even repurchased. Let's head straight to the post and check the products.

I love using this one especially since the weather has turned cold and dry. I am a fan of cleansing milk and this one has to be my favorite lotion of all.

I love the fragrance of this cleanser and the squeaky clean feeling it gives. Moreover it is loaded with acne combating ingredients and a must have for my acne prone skin. This also makes my skin very buttery soft. I have already repurchased this cleanser.

Pure Bubbles Soapery Black Out Face Wash
I like using it when I come home after a day out. It is important to get rid of the pollution and dust the skin attracts. I like the non slippery feeling this face wash has and how it gets washed off easily.

My ultimate favourite face wash. I have been using it from the past 4-5 months and believe me it has been working fantastic for my acne prone skin. It is about to empty and am.sure going to purchase it once I empty sufficient amount of cleansers in my stash

Skincare Villa Aloe Cleanser
I am a fan of powder cleansers so much so that I started selling them 😉. None of my creations impressed me as much as this one did. I am using it daily at night and my acne is at bay.

So here is a list of my favorite and currently using cleansers. Some am about to empty and some are absolute favorite. Do comment yur favorite cleansers and types which you like!


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5 Dec 2018

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Plum Green Tea Clarity Renewed Night Gel Review

After using Himalaya Revitalizing Night Cream I thought I had found my holy grail night cream. But how wrong I was. I had also used a sample size of Plum Green Tea Clarity Renewed Night Gel and I thought it was like any other gel cream similar to aloe gel. How wrong I was? I was totally wrong in judging the Night Gel each time I used and then I guess the gel itself decided to prove me totally wrong 😁. Read the review to know more.



Brand Claims and Ingredients 




My experience -
The packaging is pretty nice, heavy frosted glass jar with a double lid. I like the packaging as it gives the luxurious brand feeling 😁.

The night gel is ofcourse gel in texture which isn't runny at all. It has a very light weight texture. The gel doesn't slip on hands or fingers once you try to scoop out from the tub while applying. This texture reminds me of the texture which is when we try adding oils to the aloe gel. However this gel is neither watery nor oily. The gel has a faint hint of green, very faint. The gel as such has no overpowering fragrance, but a faint fragrance which the whole Green Tea range of Plum has. I love the fragrance!

The gel gets absorbed into the skin as soon as you apply it. I am absolutely stumped by the fast absorbing capacity of the gel. The gel leaves zero sticky or oily feeling on the skin. Plus while doing so it also doesn't give a heavy hydrating effect also. The balanced hydration claim of the brand is so true that it absolutely hydrates the skin perfectly while giving zero sticky or greasy feels.


Recently I am not able to follow a consistent skincare routine due to my hectic schedule. Result, I had to deal with some big cystic acnes. So after shrugging my laziness I again started my night skincare routine wherein I used this night gel consistently for 10 days and my acne has reduced completely without leaving a considerable mark. Earlier also I was using the gel but I didn't find any difference in the skin since I had no acne at that time. The gel also leaves the skin very plump, hydrated, even toned. Even in the morning the skin looks refreshing and plump. The major concern is it reduces my acne. As of the clarity claim of the brand I haven't seen a considerable difference in the acne marks or pigmentation. But am not concerned about it the moment. All I can say is this is the best night gel an acne prone oily skin can get.

The In

  • Reduces the size of my existing acne
  • Truly light-weight formula
  • Gel-like texture which is easy to spread as well
  • Absolutely, non oily, non-greasy and non-sticky
  • Super quick absorbing formula
  • Hydrates and plumps the skin over night
  • Very refreshing and soothing for the skin
  • Doesn’t irritate active acnes
  • Skin feels soft and plump in the morning
  • 100% Vegan, PETA certified Brand
  • Paraben-free, phthalate-free

The Out

  • A bit pricey for the quantity offered

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 575 INR for 50 gms often on discounts (I got it at 46% off :D). Shelf life of 2 years and available easily on major shopping portals.

Recommendation
Plum Green Tea Clarity Renewed Night Gel has been a saviour for my skin when I had big acne due to not so regular skincare routine. I have used it on and off only to see that my skin feels refreshing and plump in the morning with reduced acne sizes. What more can an oily acne prone skin ask for? I am soon going to repurchase it.
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