18 Aug 2018

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Votre Under Eye Cream Review

I had received Votre Under Eye Cream in one of the subscription boxes. Votre products are formulated in France and are PETA and BUAV certified. I have earlier reviewed some Votre products which you can check in this link. I have used this cream for 2 months and here are my thoughts on it.  Let's see how does Votre Under Eye Cream fair in it's claims.

Brand claims -
A pleasant refreshing cream with goodness of botanical active & herbal extract to relax the fatigued & stressed eye muscle and minimize Dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. An absolute eye cream that dramatically improves skin texture around eyes.

Votre Under Eye Creme is an overnight eye treatment cream specially formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes featuring the clinically proven, non-stop skin renewal technology that continuously hydrates, brightens dark circles, reduces puffiness, and smooth's the look of fine lines. Carrot Seed oil, Ambahaldi, Aloe energizes tired-looking eye, Wheat germ brightens dark circles and reduces puffiness, and Vitamin E complex retextures skin to smooth the look of fine lines.

Daucus crota (Carrot Seed oil), Curcuma amada(ambahaldi), Symplocas racemosa(lodhra), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi), Wheat germ oil (Vitamin E), Soya bean extract, prunus dulcis (almond oil), Green tea, cucumber extract, jojoba oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra(licorice extract) Base q.s.

My experience
The product as you can see is a small tiny, plastic tub with a black screw top. It is very small and hence can be even carried in your bag while travelling and even for short trips. Overall I like the small and cute tub.

Coming to the cream, the texture is thick and beige coloured. The cream has a rich thick texture yet it gets absorbed into the under eye area easily. The cream is extremely non sticky, yet very moisturising and hydrating as well. The cream also spreads easily on the under eye area without giving any white cast or sticky feeling. I have been applying the eye cream on the upper lids and I never had a problem with the cream stinging my eyes or any other sort of irritations. A little goes a long way for all under eye creams, even after using for 2 months I ahve finished just 1/4 of the total amount of cream.

Coming to the efficiency of the cream, it instantly hydrates and intensely moisturizes the under eye area. With a regular usage of one month I could see the fine line of my under eye smoothen out. It also reduces the puffiness to some extent. I have hooded eyes so I never expect a cream to reduce the puffiness of my under eye area. After using the cream for 2 months it has shown little to almost nil effect on brightening my dark circles. The thing which I like about the Votre Under Eye Cream is the fact that it makes the under eye area smooth and moisturized. The area does appear bright and hydrated upon application.

The In
  • Intensely moisturizes and hydrates the under eye area
  • Reduces dark circles over a long period of more than 3 months
  • Reduces under-eye puffiness
  • Reduces fine lines and make the under eye area smooth
  • 100% vegetarian / vegan, cruelty free
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Formulated without Petrolatum, Synthetic Preservatives & dyes
  • PETA and BUAV Certified
  • Doesn't irritate the under eye area 
  • Nice ingredients list

The Out
  • Very pricey for the job it does

Price, Shelf Life and Availablility - 1760 INR for 10 gms. Shelf life of 3 years. Available on major shopping portals.

Votre Under Eye Cream is a good cream to moisturize and hydrate the under eye area. It eventually makes the under eye area smooth and reduces fine lines if any. But it does take time to show the effects on fine lines and dark circles. However keeping in mind the price tag I would not say it is a must buy. But if you can grab it in any subscription box or on Votre offers do grab it. It is surely a good eye cream to try out.
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12 Aug 2018

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Tried and Tested methods to get rid of black heads and white heads!

Oily acne prone skin people always have a constant fear of breaking out whilst trying any new product. Sometimes they secretly pray, that it's ok if the product doesn't work but it shouldn't break out 😔. And the constant thing with which some oily skinned people live with is black heads and white heads. I have recently got rid of white and black heads from my nose and adjacent area. It's been almost 2 months they haven't been back (yes I waited that long to write this post). The story goes like this, I applied tea tree essential oil mixed with aloe vera gel to get rid of my severe acne (hormonal) in the month of June. I noticed change in the appearance of white heads and black heads and continued my routine to get rid of them. However I was sure they would be back, but with my dedicated routine for almost 2 months there seem to be no signs of a comeback. I never started anything in my mind and never expected these results, so whatever works for me may or may not work for you.

Without taking too much of your time I would like to post the pointers
1) I applied a thick layer of 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil mixed with one teaspoon of Aloe vera gel on my nose and adjacent part where black heads and white heads were more prominent. I use this mask as a sleeping mask and washed it off in the morning with lukewarm water. I continued this regime for around 5-6 days till no white heads were felt by finger touch. Tea tree oil stinged me a lot initially, but in order to get rid of my acne I used it. But later on after seeing effects on my white heads and black heads I continued inspite of stinging effect. 
2) I continued doing my CTM routine with SoulTree Cleansing Lotion, Rose water and SoulTree Moisturizer (Tulsi sandalwood one) every day without fail.
3) Once the white heads and black heads reduced in apperance I took steam for 2 minutes (once a week), wiped it off my face with a cotton ball and sprayed rose water on my face. This makes sure we dont let the pores open. I let rose water dry up naturally on my skin rather than wiping it off like a toner.
4) Now the main part, maintaining this condition was the real Herculean task of all. I was already using aloe vera gel since I started getting breakouts due to hormones in mid June. So I continued using that itself without any other cream. In between later in July end and August starting week I used Rosehip Oil to get rid of my acne scars.
5) I use floral waters even after washing my face and they have helped a lot in the reducing the pores and minimizing the comeback of white heads and black heads.
6) With this regime (after a dedication of 2 months) I am even seeing some of my pores actually closing , I kid you not 😀.

So to sum up the points
1) Cleanse your skin daily. Never skip your CTM routine no matter what. (Thankful to Divya one of my fellow bloggers for inspiring me to do so)
2) Use floral waters, like rose water, lavender water as toners to help reduce the appearance of the pores. Let the floral water dry up on your skin after spraying. Can be used in excess also :D
3) Use light weight gel based moisturizers meant for oily, acne prone skin. Do not use moisturizers which have 'suitable for all skin types' mentioned on them. I can understand the curiosity or sheer attraction of using a certain moisturizer, but once your skin is 'black and white heads free' then only.
4) Take steam once or twice in a fortnight for not more than 2 minutes. Spray floral water after wiping off your face with a cotton ball. Let the floral water dry up on your face naturally. Dont wipe it off.

Things to remember
1) 2-3 weeks into this regime and I could see my nose and adjacent area smoothen out and my nose is so shiny I am not even able to take pics of after effect.
2) I also use Plum Green Tea Clear Mask regularly which has Glycolic acid in it.
3) Since I am using aloe vera gel for more than 7 weeks I feel my skin is less oily hence there is no chance of white heads and black heads forming again.
4) Aloe vera gel is hydrating for skin but I miss applying cream on my face, so once a week I do a facial massage with a good facial massage cream using a particular technique. 

Products I use
1) Kaira Naturals Aloe vera gel with Hydralounic Acid
4) SoulTree Tulsi Sandalwood Gel
6) DIY Lavender distilled water
7) SoulFlower Tea Tree Essential Oil

So this was my long story and regime to get rid of black heads and white heads. Your skin is more a result of dedication than a miracle. Use the right products and your skin will love you back💕🌿.

Do leave your comments below in comments section.
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10 Aug 2018

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Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser Review

Hi All,

Today's post on a very different product from a brand which you might have heard. I am an ardent lover of powder cleansers, as you might be knowing. I even use foaming ones in between when am lazy to mix powder cleansers and use. But I have never tried any cream cleansers. The truth be told, we have been told or warned that cream cleansers are only for dry to normal skin types. But as is I was not fancied by them so using them was out of question. So when Juvena Herbals sent me their best seller Mint Cleanser for review, I used it with a little skepticism. The fear of getting breakouts is a constant for person who has oily, acne prone skin. But this cleanser has proved me wrong. 

Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
The mint cleanser is housed in a white plastic tub, with a screw lid. The tub is nothing fancy and is very simple which carries all product information along with the manufacturing address and bar code. I wished the jar was a bit fancy to make the packaging a bit luxurious or attractive looking.

Coming to the cleanser, it has ultra white, shiny, glazy look. It does seem a bit artificial at a glance. The fragrance of the cleanser is herbal and has a smell of laung, pudina. Although the fragrance is strong it isn't irritating. I like sniffing the herbal scent which feels very authentic. If you have ever used a dantmanjan, the old version ones, ut smells exactly like that.

Coming to the texture of the cleanser, even if it looks glazy, it is extremely non sticky and gets washed off easily. You can even test it using a small amount on your finger and holding it under running tap water, to test it. The main thing which I liked about the cleanser is that a small amount is sufficient for ecah usage.

So coming to the usage, it is to be used like a cleansing milk, take a small amount and spread evenly on your skin, massage a bit and wipe off with a damp cotton pad. Once we start wiping it off with a damp cotton pad it's texture turns into watery milk, which again is extremely non sticky. 

The business part now 😁, the product shows amazing effects on the small zits which I got during last month. They vanished in just one day 😀. The bigger acne which I had on my jawline took 3-4 days to reduce in size and eventually vanish (with a mark though). The cystic ones do take 7-8 days to just flatten and then vanish after a span of 3-4. Last month was a bad phase for my skin and I thought of immediately putting this mint cleanser to test. If you know, I have hormonal acne and I do get one or more breakouts no matter what I do. The one thing which has impressed me is the fact that inspite of being a cream cleanser, Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser helps in deep cleansing the skin without any sticky, or greasy feeling. It was able to cure my small zits, medium size acne and cystic ones over a period of two and half weeks. The cleanser leaves the skin squeaky clean without a hint of sticky or greasy feeling. I use the cleanser just once a day, sometimes twice, not more than that. 

Although while using the cleanser, I didn't get any new breakouts. I couldn't continue using it for one full month as I started using some other products and eventually forgot to use this 😔. All in all Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser helped me a lot to tame away my acne during a rough phase of my skin (early July), which is more of a hormonal thing. I will recommend using this to people who have extreme acne problems, and are looking for a quick fix. Although everyone's skin is different and a patch test is recommended for all. Also I haven't tested whether it removes makeup or not.

The In

  • Nice herbal fragrance which is non lingering, non bothering
  • Inspite of being a cream cleanser, non sticky, non greasy texture
  • Deep cleanses the skin while leaving it squeaky clean
  • Gets wiped off easily
  • A little goes a long way
  • Tames away small zits, medium sized acne in one week
  • Didn't break me out
  • Prevents black heads and white heads from coming back
  • Product lives true to it's claim of helping oily skin conditions

The Out

  • Incomplete ingredients list (base ingredients not mentioned)
  • Packaging can be made attractive and luxurious
  • Glazy texture if can be replaced with natural looking cream would be better
  • Non availability on major shopping portals

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 200 INR for 45 gms with a shelf life of 2 years. Available through whatsapp, facebook and service cum retail outlets of Juevna Herbals in Gorakhpur and Varanasi. Gorakhpur +91 94152 82407, +91 551 234 2443, Varanasi +91 70073 07779, +917499999099 

I liked the fact that Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser changed my notion about cream cleansers. The best part is it also made my small zits and medium sized acne vanish over a span of one week. The product also prevents white heads and black heads from coming back. Rather this is one of the products which helped me eradicate white and black heads along with my dedicated routine with other products. Do get this if you have severe acne problems. As long as a product works and gives me exceptional results, I don't mind whether it's natural or not. And as we say don't judge a book by it's cover, don't judge any product by it's packaging 😀.

*PR Sample
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3 Aug 2018

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SoulTree Cleansing Lotion Review

I have an eternal love for cleansing milk or lotion. Applying the smooth lotion on my face and gliding it off with a moist cotton ball is my favorite thing to do. Plus most of the times (read all the time) I don't wear makeup so removing the dirt and grime from skin becomes more easy then. I have used quite a few cleansing lotions and loved each of them. But this one has bowled me over by it's amazing results. Let's head straight to the review.

Brand claims and ingredients

My experience
The packaging is pump up which has a lock, so that we can lock it while travelling or when not using it. The pump works fine and is good at dispensing the right amount of cleansing lotion. The bottle in itself is bulky as it's a 200 ml lotion. But since this product has worked wonders for my skin I don't mind carrying it 😍.

Coming to the consistency of the lotion it is little runny and has milky texture. It has an amazing fragrance. The lotion being runny in consistency, very little needs to be applied on the skin and works well. While applying the lotion we need to massage the lotion well, but even then the lotion doesn't get absorbed on the skin and this is where the magic begins. 

The lotion easily glides on the skin surface and deep cleanses the skin very well as we remove it with a damp cotton pad. With a regular usage of 2-3 weeks I have seen my white heads, black heads, acne marks fade away. For black heads and white heads I did try some other techniques, but this one has kept them from coming back. Also the lotion has some serious toning properties and you will be amazed at how much difference it can actually make to your skin. I haven't used this lotion to remove makeup, although it does a decent job of removing bb cream which I use sometimes. I doubt the capacity of lotion in terms of removing eye makeup. 

Also don't expect the lotion to make your skin soft and smooth. Unlike other cleansing milks I have used this one works great on surface to remove the dirt and grime. I really appreciate the efforts put in by Soul Tree team to make such an amazing cleansing lotion. And the main thing is this lotion suits dry to combination skin and still works amazingly well for oily acne prone skin. I have never been so impressed with any skincare product like I have been with this product.

The In

  • Deep cleanses the skin to remove light makeup and dirt
  • Contains Aloe, Rose, Liquorice, Sesame oil, Apricot Oil
  • Has subtle floral fragrance which is soothing
  • Inspite of claiming to be suitable for dry, normal skin, perfectly suits oily skin
  • Gentle enough to be used on daily basis twice 💕
  • Fades acne marks and blemishes
  • Tones the skin to a certain extent
  • Has helped me keep my black heads and white heads away (it has that deep cleansing action 😍)
  • BDIH Germany certified, which needs renewal every year
The Out
  • I didn't find any

Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 395 INR for 150 ml with a shelf life of 30 months. Can be spotted on online portals and organic stores which stock up eco friendly products. I got mine from theecostore.in

I would totally recommend SoulTree Cleansing Lotion to everyone who is looking for a good makeup remover and a good skincare product. SoulTree products are BDIH Germany certified, which needs renewal every year, so you can stay assured about the quality product you get. The product inspite of claiming to be suitable for dry to normal skin, perfectly suits oily skin. This is already on my repurchase, cult favourite, must haves and travel list ♥️.
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31 Jul 2018

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Skincare Empties #10

Hi All,

Am really really happy that am able to empty more and more products and keep on getting to know what works for me and which products are good and which are good enough to be repurchased. Let's head straight to the list and see which all products are worth the hype.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask is my cult favourite and I have already stocked up two tubs as there was 25% off on Amazon. It's a good face mask if you have oily acne prone skin and get breakouts. The mask even treats nodule acne and cystic acne. 

Blend It Raw Jojoba Oil
I ended up using this one for my hair after keeping it for longer than 6 months. I made up a Shea butter hair mask for my hair and used this oil in it along with rosehip oil from Blend It Raw. This also can be used as a leave in conditioner or a normal hair oil too. Be sure to use very little as less is more with this oil. Although I won't be repurchasing this one and will be trying some other brand for Jojoba Oil.

Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel
I picked up this one from theecostore.in for my skin, but after looking at the incomplete ingredients list I used it on my hair. After using it for a few weeks in my hair as a pre wash mask it makes my hair less frizzy and also gave it some soft curls. I am going to repurchase this one for my hair.

Bonsoul Aloe Vera Gel
Bonsoul Aloe Vera Gel is a good gel for face. They use fruit derived malic acid as a preservative and use organic aloe vera gel. Although I ended up doing more of experiments on my face with this one. I will be repurchasing this one.

I find this gel ok sort. It is a very hydrating gel which ultimately brings a glow to the skin. However the fragrances and preservatives used are not fully disclosed so I would like to skip this one.

Kama Ayurveda Rose Water is pure love. I had won this one in Madhu's giveaway on Instagram. This reduces pore size and acts as an excellent astringent or toner for skin. I might repurchase this.

Keeping in mind the high price tag of this product I will skip this, but yes the fragrance and consistency of this mask is amazing. I would love grabbing this one at low price 😉.

So this was my empty list, what all did you empty in past few months?
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19 Jul 2018

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Quick and Easy Semolina Muffins - Eggless and made in cooker

Many of you asked me recipe of semolina muffins I made yesterday. I made them on the go without any measurements and they came out nicely, although today I tried with measurements so that I could write this post. I made sweet muffins which were more of a twisted version of @alisha_o408 Alisha's Rasoi Recipe Of Vanilla Choco Chip cake. Moreover I made them in cooker so I don't know how they will fair in microwave or oven but they won't take much time to cook hardly 5 minutes 🙈, also when using a microwave use the microwave safe moulds. 

Ingredients for four small muffins

  • 1/4 cup condensed milk (if you don't have condensed milk take 1/3 cup water and add 3 teaspoon powdered sugar)
  • 1/4 cup water (just enough to make the milk runny) 
  • 3 teaspoon cooking oil/ or melted butter
  • 1/2 cup semolina, preferably chiroti suji
  • 2 - 3 teaspoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tbsp each baking soda and baking powder

1) Mix condensed milk, and water together. Don't add much water else batter will be runny.
2) Pour in the semolina and mix well, without forming lumps
3) Add the oil and mix well. Mix in all purpose flour if you feel the batter is runny. 2 teaspoon is enough for this recipe.
4) Keep aside for 5-7 minutes.
5) Preheat a small cooker for 5-7 minutes on medium flame by removing the ring and whistle.
6) Line the muffin moulds with oil first and then drizzle the flour onto it.
7) Seive in baking soda and baking powder and mix well.
8) Pour batter in each mould, fill around 2/3 of each mould
9) Open tell cooker and keep a stand inside and arrange moulds inside. Take due care not to burn your ✋
10) Heat on medium flame for 10-15 minutes. Check the muffins by inserting a tooth pick.
11) Remove and garnish

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