22 Oct 2018

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What's in my Travel Skincare bag?

Ever since turning to minimalistic skincare routine, things have been pretty good for my skin. I use aloe gel day and night, I am absolutely not using any oil on face. Once in a while am using the same face pack on my face and same face wash since many months. Let's get into what all I carried in my bag for a one week trip.

Plum Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash
Am about to finish this off and I used this once at night before hitting the bed. So far this has been good to my skin and am happy with the results.

Skincare Villa Green Tea mint Cleanser
Many people rave about it, let me also fall in love with it. So I carried my own creation this time, I absolutely didn't feel excited about using this one. But hey can anyone tell what's the hype about this one.?

Prakrta Aloe Vera Gel
As you guys know am using aloe gel since past 3-4 months. I have Kaira Naturals aloe gel with me but it's refrigerated so I don't want to have any temperature differences in it. Hence carried this one.

Plum Green Tea Clarity Renewal Night Gel
This is a new purchase and am absolutely loving this. Carried it in another container as I don't want to carry glass packaging. Used it every single night on my vacation and am in love with it.

SoulTree Face mist
I carried the face mist in an empty spray bottle of The Nature's Co rose mist. I absolutely didn't like TNC rose mist, but the small spray bottle is so cute and it's a keeper for me.

TNC Pepper cleansing lotion
I carried this one with a lot of doubt in my mind whether I I will be able to use a cleansing lotion or not but I used it around twice and had a good experience. The only thing is the lotion tingles a bit if left for more time before wiping off.

Plum Green Tea Clear Mask
My absolute favourite mask, am carrying in another empty container. Used it twice in one week and my skin is super clean and healthy till now.

Votre Under Eye Cream
The cute small tub takes up so small space in the bag. I have Juicy Chemistry under eye cream with me, but am yet to review it and one don't want it to get damaged or anything. Plus it leaves stain, so carried this one. This is super nourishing and ultra moisturising, but I didn't use it :(.

Biotique Morning Nectar Moisturiser
I absolutely like the fragrance and non sticky feeling of this lotion. This is on my empties list so I carried this one and am happy with the results. Although I don't like the fact that Biotique says that it's a preservative free product when it contains water as an ingredient.

So this is all what I carried with me for a week trip to my husband's hometown. I am glad I could actually follow my skincare routine and didn't give a break. I am absolutely loving the aloe gel effects on my skin and I cannot stop raving about it.
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15 Oct 2018

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Skincare and Haircare Empties #12

Am happy to be posting another empties post today. It's a mix of Skincare and haircare which I have been using over the past free months. Let's get started.

The Nature's Co Fuller's Earth Face Pack
I have used this face pack when I had acne and it nicely cleanses the skin while drying out the acne. I like the subtle fragrance of multani mitti it. It also contains turmeric, which is good for giving a glow. Overall a nice basic skincare face pack.

The Nature's Co Corn Exfoliating Face Pack
I was bowled over by the effects of this face pack. It gives such a radiant glow to the skin and the smoothness it imparts is unmatchable. However once we wash off the mask it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth (like the ones when we apply raw aloe vera gel from plant). The scrubbing corn particles are also very large and we need to scrub very carefully so as not to hurt.

Mom's Therapy Coffee Body Scrub
A coffee scrub which ends up moisturizing the skin without exfoliating. The oil content in it is so much that the dead skin cells tend to stick to your skin instead of getting exfoliated. However it is good to apply it to body and especially back part where instead of scrubbing more of oiling is necessary.

Diya Naturals Cleansing Powder
I love the earthy fragrance this Cleansing Powder has. I feel like eating it up eveyrtime I use it. I also used this Cleansing Powder as a body scrub and as well as an underarm scrub and detox mask. I love how it instantly brightens and deodorizes the underarm.

Satthwa Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
I have a detailed Review of this shampoo posted in previous week. It's a repurchase for me and a cult favourite.

Puresense Macadamia Deep Nourishing Hair Cleanser
Another good Shampoo for dry, frizzy hair. I had won this shampoo in a Twitter giveaway and used it on and off for about one year. The hair Cleanser is good for dry frizzy hair and it actually gives the hair a much needed bounce and softeness without weighing it down. However once we use it up on the scalp and hair it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, seems like some effective penetrators end up in mouth too. Everytime I used it I tilted my head back so as not to let the shampoo (I dilute in water and then use on hair) on my face. I didn't repurchase the hair Cleanser for this exact purpose. It's a good one otherwise.

So out of the above list only one was a repurchase, the Satthwa Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo as I really found it worth the price. Happy festivities and see you all in my next post which will be posted soon.
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11 Oct 2018

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Nature's Destiny Miracle Lip Balm, Rainbow Glow Gel, Detox Spa Soap Review

Few weeks back I received some products from a brand named Nature's Destiny. The products are handmade and natural and they have everything ranging from lip care, body care, face care to hair care. The first product I tired from their range was a Miracle Lip Balm, later I tried the soap and gel. So after using them for a few weeks here is my review about their products

Miracle Lip Balm
True to it's name this lip balm is the best ever one I have tried from handmade range. The star ingredient in this lip balm is flax seed oil. When applied at night the lip balm gives softness and moisturization to the lips for almost two days (if you don't wear a lipstick or tinted balm from another brand). I love using it as a sleeping lip mask which makes my lips ultra soft and nourishing. The lip balm fragrance is a bit unbearable due to flax seed oil, but I absolutely don't mind it keeping it's efficiency in mind. And I mostly end up using it at night so once I sleep who cares 😁.
Key ingredients - almond oil, flax seed oil, grapseed oil, vitamin E oil
Price - 100 INR for 8 gms

Rainbow Glow Gel
I haven't used any gel mask in the past. So this was the first time I used one. Rainbow Glow Gel mask is to be applied uniformly on the face and is to be kept for 10 minutes before rinsing off. The gel mask gave me little burning sensation when I first used it. Afterwards everytime I used it, it didn't tingle at all. Once applied it gives a cooling sensation to the skin. While washing off it becomes a little tedious task as some gets absorbed into the skin. After wash off all you are left with is a clean, superbly glowing and soft skin. I like the glow it imparts to the skin. The fragrance of the Rainbow Glow Gel is tangy orange which is very refreshing. They also have Rainbow Glow Mask for Dry and Sensitive skin type which is gel based and Ubtan Glow Mask for Oily and Combination skin which is dry powder based.
Ingredients - Aloevera Gel, Cucumber Gel, Laksha, Pattanga, Kashmiri Saffron, Avocado Oil, Rosehip Oil, Orange Extract, Orange Essential oil and Preservative Eco.
Price - 125 INR for 60 gms

Detox Spa Soap
Am a lover of cold process soaps so I instantly liked this one. The earthy fragrance is so amazing. The soap cleanses well and leaves a soft skin behind. It is absolutely non drying for the skin. I love using handmade soaps on my face too and I use this on my face in shower too. So far am happy with this buddy as my shower saviour.
Ingredients - Saponified Activated Charcoal, French Clay, Kaolin Clay, Shea butter, Mango butter, coconut oil, palm oil, poongam oil.
Price - 130 INR for 135 gms

Overall speaking I love the lip balm the most from the above list. Speaking of soap am going to purchase a few as their soaps are moderately priced even after being cold processed ones. The glow gel I wish to try again as I love the watery mask on my face. I really like the approach of the brand in exploring different ingredients in lip balm and innovative masks. Hope to use the brand regularly henceforth. Do checkout the Facebook page of Nature's Destiny

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10 Oct 2018

What is a mini / multiplanar facelift?

There is no doubt that the natural process of aging isn't always kind to the vulnerable tissues of the face and neck regions. These areas are nearly always exposed to the elements and tend to take the brunt of damage from ultraviolet light as well.

At the same time, people are enjoying longer lifespans than at any other time in history. So it just makes sense that as we are living longer, we want to look younger for longer as well!

This has increased the demand for facelift procedures. And since patients choose to seek facelift treatments for different reasons at different ages and stages of life, this has also increased the demand for new and innovative approaches that require minimal downtime for maximum results.

The mini-facelift and the multiplanar facelift are two such approaches that will be discussed in this article.

What Is a Mini-Facelift?

This type of facelift is sometimes nicknamed the "weekend facelift" because it delivers visible results with minimal downtime and no use of general anesthetic.

Dr. Jacono created the mini-facelift to address an increasing need and demand for a facelift procedure that can be done without extended disruption to people's hectic daily schedules.

The mini-facelift can even be done with just local anesthetic while you are in a waking state to further minimize downtime. The mini-facelift can address concerns that arise from skin sagging due to age, tobacco use, sun damage and similar impacts. Typically a mini-facelift is done to address spot areas of concern such as lower cheeks and chin.

Dr. Jacono sometimes calls this procedure the "S-Lift" because it employs shorter incisions than what is called for with a standard facelift. This can further reduce recovery times by reducing bruising and swelling. This S-Lift approach also makes it easier to strategically place incisions to minimize the chances for visible scars.

What Is a Multiplanar Facelift?

A multi-planar facelift is a more comprehensive procedure designed to address multiple areas of concern in the facial and neck areas.

A multi-planar facelift takes its name from the facial muscle groups it targets: the SMAS muscle and the platysma muscle. This type of facelift can address deeper or more advanced needs by tightening the underlying deeper muscle layers of the face for improved results and shortened recovery times.

If you feel like your face could benefit from a full lift, the multi-planar facelift might be the right treatment approach to achieve your appearance goals. If your primary area of concern is sagging, drooping skin in the mid to lower area of the face, a multi-planar facelift treatment might be the right approach for you.

What Is a Deep Plane Facelift?

Dr. Jacono is one of a very small minority of plastic surgeons who specializes in the deep plane facelift. This is a modified, highly specialized version of the multi-planar facelift that works only on the SMAS muscle layer. By targeting this muscle group as a method to lift, tone, tighten and smooth the exterior facial skin, it avoids having to pull on any tissues to achieve the visual "lift" effect.

This is the best approach for addressing smaller areas of concern such as the nasal folds, midface sagging, cheekbone sagging and other midface region concerns.

See Each Facelift Type "Before and After" For Yourself!

You can see examples of all three types of facelifts: the mini-facelift, the multi-planar facelift and the deep plane facelift, and read detailed notes about each procedure, on Dr. Jacono's "Before and After" picture gallery.

Choosing the Right Facelift Approach For You

As you do your research to identify your areas of concern and possible treatments to achieve your goals, you may easily begin to feel overwhelmed by all the new terminology and options!

And of course you need to do your research for the plastic surgeon you select just as carefully as you research your procedure and treatment options!

Your choice of plastic surgeon can not only inform the type of treatment you select, but also will have a huge impact on your results. Your surgeon's experience and training as well as positive patient testimonials can help you feel comfortable and confident that you will get the results you want and need.

How to Start the Process of Scheduling a Facelift Procedure

The first step to scheduling a facelift treatment, whether a mini-facelift, a multi-planar facelift or a deep plane facelift, is to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Jacono.

During your one-to-one consultation, Dr. Jacono will take your medical history and do a full examination of the proposed treatment areas. He will then make recommendations to achieve the best treatment outcomes with the least downtime and recovery time.

In the hands of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, you may find that you can have a less invasive procedure and still experience the full results you hope to achieve. As well, you will have Dr. Jacono's expert guidance to prepare for and recover from your treatment, which will minimize any outside chance of scarring or other side effects.

JPak Homeopathic Systems for Improved Treatment Outcomes

Dr. Jacono has created a proprietary treatment protocol called JPak Systems TM to reduce swelling and bruising from injectable and surgical treatments.

You can use JPak to shorten recovery time and improve treatment results.

About New York Facial, Laser and Plastic Surgery Center
 Dr. Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S., is an internationally sought-after surgeon, instructor, lecturer and researcher in the field of head and neck, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He serves as Director of The New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in New York, New York to provide cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgical treatments to local and international clients.

Dr. Jacono is double board certified and is one of just 70 surgeons who serves as an Advanced Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Facial and Plastic Surgery. To learn more and schedule your initial consultation at Dr. Jacono's Long Island or Manhattan office, please visit us online at www.newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com.

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A shampoo which gives almost zero hairfall in shower | Review, Price

One major concern these days is hairfall, lots and lots of hairfall. Reasons can be abundant, and medical and dietary remedies do exist. Another major concern for everyone (including me) is shampoo should not cause much hairfall in a shower. Let's see whether Satthwa Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo cause any hairfall or not.

Satthwa Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo Review

I have used one 200 ml pack of Satthwa Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and then writing this review. I have already repurchased the shampoo as it really worked well for me. Initially I used the shampoo on my bare hair without oiling and aloe vera gel as I wanted to gauge it's efficiency. The shampoo cleansed my hair well without drying it. I continued using it this way for some weeks.

After about half way through the shampoo, I did an overnight oiling treatment of my hair and shampooed as usual. The shampoo didn't give me significant hair fall into the shower as other shampoos give me. So I was a happy bunny.

Satthwa Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo Ingredients

Oiled hair require shampoo twice and believe me it didn't cause significant hair fall even after using twice. The foaming agents used in the shampoo are Lauryl glucoside, Coco Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl betaine. So these gentle cleansers in the shampoo are responsible for cleaning the hair as well as not causing any hairfall as they are safe to use in haircare and skincare. The ingredients list of the Satthwa Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo seems pretty clean to me as I checked all the ingredients except Natural Fragrance, which isn't clear. But the shampoo has mild to negligible fragrance so that might not be a problem for many. The fragrance doesn't seem artificial at all and isn't lingering too.

One more thing is the shampoo doesn't work on dandruff or oily scalp much. But the brand doesn't claim to even work on dandruff so that's not a problem for me. It doesn't remove all the oil from scalp and this is where it's magic lies I guess. So I prefer using in on my hair without oiling my hair and it works pretty well for me.

The In
  • Contains safe surfactants which are all derived from glucose and are safe to use in haircare
  • Contains Argan oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil
  • Doesn't shed hair in shower even if you apply oil as an overnight treatment
  • Cleanses the hair and scalp well 
  • Doesn't dry out the hair as well as scalp
  • Has non lingering, non artificial fragrance
The Out
  • Bulky packaging which is not travel friendly
  • Conditioner must for extremely dry hair
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 499 INR for 200ml with a shelf life of 2 years. Available on Amazon.in

After giving Satthwa Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo a try from past 2-3 months I can say that this is a perfect shampoo for me. I used to shed hair in shower with other shampoos, but this shampoo doesn't. So this shampoo is like a saviour for my hair. Although extremely dry and frizzy hair might require a conditioner to take the frizz as this isn't moisturizing or hydrating shampoo. But if your major concern is shedding hair in shower, go for this shampoo. I have already repurchased it πŸ˜€. Also it will be great if brand could come up with an anti dandruff shampoo!! Cherry on cake, what say?
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27 Sep 2018

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Greenie Mill Hemp & Tamanu Gel to Milk Cleanser Review

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I am back with another interesting review about a new brand called Greenie Mill. It is owned by a certified formulator named Madhumita who also blogs at Cute Girly Studio. I like using different kinds of cleansers, foaming, powder, cleansing milk, cleansing cream. I mean like we have a lot of variety so why not 😁. Once in a while I like using a deep oil cleanser or cream cleanser to get rid of the dirt and grime on my skin. Lately I have been using the Greenie Mill Hemp & Tamanu Gel to Milk Cleanser and am head over heels in love with it. Let's read on to know.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
The cleanser is loaded with ingredients which are beneficial for oily, acne prone skin. I will talk about packaging and ingredients in the next section and would like to speak about the product efficiency here. So I have used this cleanser for straight 3-4 weeks, twice per week. That is approximately I have used this cleanser for about 6-8 times roughly. The reason why I use it twice a week is that I don't use makeup at all except very rare special occasions.

I usually use this cleanser during evening when I am ready to call the day off and I don't have to step out of my home. I apply the cleanser as instructed by the brand. While splashing water the cleanser turns milky and leaves a nice squeaky feeling on the face. It doesn't make the skin that soft as you would expect an oil cleanser to do, but it definitely doesn't strip the moisture too.

Coming to the efficiency of the product, I have tested this product in my whole hormonal cycle (if you know, the periods wala thing πŸ˜”). Usually my skin gets cystic acne or small zits before the onset of my cycle and after 15 days of that time of the month. So I have used this product in the highs and lows of my skin condition. It effectively keeps acne in check, I didn't get a single breakout during this month. My whole skincare routine is pretty much same except the addition of this new member to my Skincare Villa familia. I highly recommend the Greenie Mill Hemp & Tamanu Gel to Milk Cleanser to oily acne prone skin conditions to keep acne at bay and reduce your breakouts. If your skin breaks out due to some other reasons and not due to hormones then I will definitely recommend this one to you. I don't know what you will look into an anti acne product, if not this which can reduce hormonal acne from popping up. It is on my repurchasing list already 🀩.

The In

  • Contains oily, acne prone skin friendly oils like Hemp oil, Tamanu Oil, Neem oil, Grapeseed Oil, Tea tree Essential oils
  • Ease of use pump packaging
  • Effectively cleanses the skin 
  • Makes the skin very clean and clear
  • Reduces hormonal breakouts effectively or should I say zeros in breakouts
  • Amazing fragrance (personal preference)
  • Little goes a long way and lasts for months
  • Value for money product
  • Good quantity according to price (main thing 😜)

The Out

  • I didn't find any

Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 295 INR for 50 gms. Shelf life of 6 months. Available on Instagram at Greene Mill

If you are looking out for some anti acne products I would suggest to give Greenie Mill Hemp & Tamanu Gel to Milk Cleanser a try. It has effectively reduced my hormonal acne and zits. Am happy with the product and this is on my repurchase list already.

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21 Sep 2018

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Bionova Vitamin E Cream Review

Even after been into skincare from the past few years I have never had a chance to use a special vitamin E cream. Not that it never crossed my mind, but with so many brands in the market choosing a good one was a real task. Recently I had a chance to use and review Bionova Vitamin E cream. After using it for 3 weeks here is my review on it.

Brand Claims
ALOTOL ADVANCE is a skin care formula from Bionova with skin rejuvenation and intense moisturization properties. With natural vitamin E as the key ingredient, ALOTOL blocks the free radical activity and protects the skin against acne breakouts that are triggered by free radicals. ALOTOL cream protects the skin against photobiological damages such as sunburns, dark spots premature aging. As an antioxidant, vitamin E stimulates skin cell division and improves the structural integrity of the skin. This product works well on all types of skins.

Cylopentasiloxane, Polypropyl Silsesquioxane, Dimethicone Vinyl Crosspolymer, Natural Vitamin E (source from various oil), Natural Squalene & Nature Identical Fragrance

My experience
The product is housed in a luxurious glass jar. It has an inner lid to prevent product leakage. The outer lid and inner lid are perfect to keep leakages and spillage in check while travelling. I really like the luxurious packaging. The quantity of the product is 50 gms and the jar was filled to brim. Even after using continuously over 3 weeks am not able to finish even 1/4 of it.

Coming to the colour, it is very light beige coloured product. The fragrance can be a bit bothering if you have a sensitive nose like me, but the fragrance is definitely not headache inducing. The texture of the cream is beyond amazing, rich, thick yet non greasy, non oily. The cream gets absorbed easily into the skin without leaving any oily residue. The cream contains natural vitamin E and not synthetic vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E gives only effect to the skin as moisturiser. Whereas, natural vitamin E works not only as moisturiser but also gives additional benefits as skin cell rejuvenation, anti-ageing & anti oxidant properties.

I have used this cream during day and it moisturizes the skin sans oily or greasy residue. During the day the cream sweats a bit so I started using it at night when the skin repairs and rejuvenates. With regular use I wake up to baby soft, plump, smooth and even toned skin. The softness of the skin is too much to handle and I keep on touching my face often (guilty of this though 😝). I have even used the cream on my elbows and to my surprise the cream has even softened and brightened the rough elbows (😝😝). All in all I love the effect this cream has on my skin. I would however recommend using it only once a day for oily acne prone skin, as it intensely moisturizes the skin. Dry and normal skinned beauties can use it day and night. Some days back I had a rash due to a facial tonic, and I didn't skip using this product. To my surprise it soothed and calmed down the rashes in two days.

The In
  • Contains natural vitamin E (alpha tocopherol)
  • Intensely moisturizes the skin
  • Makes the skin plump, smooth and even toned with regular use
  • Gets absorbed easily without any greasy, oily or sticky feeling
  • Softens rough, dry skin patches (softened my elbows)
  • Little goes a long way so Product lasts longer
  • Affordable price according to quantity
  • Value for money product
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Didn't cause me any breakouts
  • Luxurious packaging
The Out
  • Will suit dry, mature, normal, combination skin more
  • The cream sweats a bit during the day for oily skin
Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 675 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 3 years. Available on Amazon.in and Bionova Lifesciences website. Available ClickOnCare.com

I like the fact that Bionova Vitamin E Cream is true to it's claims of giving a youthful looking skin with regular usage. The Bionova Vitamin E Cream not only makes the skin smooth but also softens elbows and rough patches. This will be more suitable to dry, normal and combination skin types. Oily skinned beauties can use once a day as it intensely moisturizes the skin (I have oily acne prone skin). This cream however didn't cause me any breakouts, so rest assured about it's efficiency. Grab this cream if you can, as it gives amazing effects on the skin.

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17 Sep 2018

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Skincare Empties #11

Hi Everyone,

I am back with another empties post. I had been longing to reduce the number of skincare products I have in my drawer and there is no greater joy than to empty products and see what works for you and what all you need. From past two months I have been following a pretty simple routine, which has not only made my skin clear but also made me realize how I hoard and not use some products which I receive or which I buy. Let's head straight to the post and see what all has worked and what all hasn't.

Skinsense Natural Luxury Tejas Skin Glow Cleanser
I am all heart for this Cleanser. It is so so good for acne prone skin and makes the skin so soft and smooth. I have a detailed review on this so will like to keep it short here.

Blend It Raw Rosehip Oil
I have used this oil for straight 3 months or so only to find that it doesn't work on acne scars at all. In am attempt to empty the product I ended up using it on my hair. The product does give a nice glow to the skin when used as an overnight treatment. I highly recommend Moolit Beauty Rosehip Oil if you are looking to fade away your acne scars and definitely not this one.

Blue Nectar Kumkumadi Brightening and Radiance Face Scrub
I love this scrub a lot. After using this scrub skin is left with a subtle glow and intense moisturization, I skip moisturising my skin after using this scrub. You can read the detailed review posted on blog.

Kaira Naturals Aloe Vera Gel
As stated above I have been following minimalistic skincare routine from past two months and the star product of it has been Kaira Naturals Aloe Vera Gel with 10% Hyralounic Acid. It has helped me fade my acne scars along with Moolit Beauty Rosehip Oil. I have already stocked up on another jar. Need I day more?

Vya Naturals Vitamin C Serum
I have used this serum on and off since receiving and finally emptied. How tough it is to empty a 30 ml quantity and we crib for less quantity for the price we pay. But Vitamin C Serums should be used within 6 months of opening and just did the same. A good serum of Vitamin C if you are looking for an Indian brand. Details already posted.

So this is what all I emptied in past few months and am already using many products which will get over soon. Next empties post sooner than expected. Have a great day ahead.
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12 Sep 2018

Will wisdom tooth removal affect alignment after braces?

Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that grow in the back of your mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. They an extra pair of molars that can become infected and need to be taken out most of the time. These teeth typically are impacted and become trapped in your jawbone or grow in at the wrong angle. A dentist can see the condition of your wisdom teeth by taking an X-ray and examining your gums.

Since wisdom teeth can cause so many problems, they need to be removed. If you have braces, the removal process can be done while you are wearing. However, it is recommended to have them extracted before you get braces. They can be removed by a simple extraction that includes the use of Novocain or a surgical extraction.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

It is believed that wisdom teeth are a remnant from the evolutionary process and were used by our predecessors to grind up rough foods. This diet contained roots, nuts and meats that were tougher than the foods we eat today. Since we no longer eat these types of food, we do not need these teeth. So, when they grow in, they contribute to dental problems.

Wisdom teeth typically do not grow in straight and tend to come in crooked, are impacted or are too big for your mouth. They can also cause cavities and gum disease because you cannot reach them with your toothbrush and dental floss.

When wisdom teeth are impacted, they grow in too far back in your jawboned and can become painful. They can develop cysts, cavities and affect the tissue and teeth around them. Sometimes tumors grow around these teeth and cause complicated issues. Impacted wisdom teeth are also prone to infection, redness, swelling and jaw pain.

What are the procedures for wisdom tooth removal?

There are two sets of wisdom teeth that grow in your mouth that typically need to be extracted. They come in at the back of the top and bottom of the mouth. These teeth can be removed surgically or extracted. The surgical procedure includes anesthesia that is injected into the area around the tooth. If you have a serious condition, the dentist may employ a general anesthetic. The surgery will be completed in a hospital to ensure your safety.

During the procedure, an incision is made into the gum area around the tooth. Since the tooth is large, it is cut into smaller pieces, so the tooth can be extracted. The tooth socket is widened, and it is taken out in pieces. This surgery can be painful and take a long time especially if the tooth has grown in impacted at an angle.

Afterward, the dentist will stitch up your gums prescribe pain medication to control pain. If an infection is present antibiotics are given as well, and you are given instructions on how to care for your mouth. Typically, you need to refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking and rinsing your mouth with liquid.

How do braces align teeth?

Braces shift and align teeth by straightening and aligning them. They are used to correct overbites, crowding and spacing between teeth. They are also used to fix over jetting and underbites. There are several types of braces available that include metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces and dentofacial orthopedics.

Metal braces are the most common and contain several components, including brackets, archwire, elastic ties and rubber bands. The brackets are cemented to your teeth and held in place by wire. When the wire is tightened by your orthodontist, the pressure shifts and adjusts teeth. The direction of your teeth is slowly moved into the correct position. The bone also changes to conform to changes in pressure implemented by the dentist.

When wearing braces, it is important to take care of them, so your teeth remain healthy. You must brush your teeth twice a day and floss as well. An oral irrigator can be used to remove food debris and clear away gum tissue. You should use an antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste to keep teeth clean too. Keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces will maintain them and ensure your braces do their job.

Does wisdom tooth removal affect the alignment of teeth?

If you get braces before your wisdom teeth come in, chances are you will need to have them extracted while they are intact. Your dentist may also choose to remove them proactively to prevent the chance of overcrowding. When these molars grow in with braces, they can interfere with the alignment of your teeth.

When wisdom teeth come in after braces are removed, they can cause your teeth to shift. In some cases, patients can wear a fixed orthodontic retainer to keep the results of their braces intact. These retainers are not visible and placed behind your front teeth. Your dentist will need to take an X-ray to determine how your third molars can be removed after your braces are taken off.

As soon as you feel these teeth coming in, visit your orthodontist to determine if further action is needed. Wisdom can affect your teeth if your mouth is small, and they come in impacted. If they grow far back into your mouth, they can cause an infection that inhibits the adjustment of your teeth.

On the other hand, removing your wisdom teeth relieves pressure in your mouth. The pain caused by overcrowding and impacted teeth is alleviated, and the swelling in your jaw goes down. Since your mouth does not have extra teeth, inflammation and infections are cleared up. Your molars are protected from cavities, and you can clean the back of your mouth accurately.

Even though wisdom teeth can cause problems for many people, they do not bother everyone. If these teeth come in healthy and intact, they do not need to be removed. They will not cause an infection, inflammation or pain and can remain in your mouth. There is only cause for concern when they grow in abnormally.

Dr. Marissa Crandall Cruz received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, and Dr. Mana Nejadi obtained her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Both specialize in tooth extractions in King of Prussia, PA. You can learn more about their dental practice at www.kopperio.com. 
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Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron Massage Cream Review

Massaging my face with a good massage cream is my favorite routine which I have been following ever since I received my first massage cream. After watching Ankita from Corallista in one of the vlogs I diligently follow my massage routine once or twice a fortnight. It is very important to follow the right massage technique for a facial massage. And it is even more important to use the right facial massage cream. I have long back reviewed the Nature's Co Multi Vitamin Facial Massage Cream which I again repurchased recently. Today we are talking about the Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron Massage Cream. I am sure the ingredients would have amped up your excitement and curiosity. Let's head straight to the review.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
The massage cream is packed in a plastic tub, with a screw lid on top, an extra lid is also is provided for product protection. The massage cream has a faint cream coloured tint to it with a creamy aroma to it. If you have a sensitive nose like me you will be able to sniff the faint saffron fragrance it has and it's absolutely non artificial.

Now coming to the consistency, the cream is thick, emollient with a non-stick, non-greasy and non-oily texture. The cream takes some time to get absorbed as you massage it into the skin. But once you start melting it by your fingers and massage strokes, your skin sips in all the goodness of the cream. I use the method shown by Ankita from Corallista in one of her vlogs. The massage cream is extremely emollient without a greasy feeling. As and when you massage the cream, it exudes an amazing subtle fragrance of saffron. The amount required for each massage is very less and the product does last longer even if used regularly.

As you massage the cream the skin becomes soft while evening out and giving a glow to the skin. After massaging, the directions for usage suggest to wash off the cream and I do the same. Regular usage has helped in giving a radiant glow to the skin while reducing the old acne marks. The facial massage cream gives a nice glow to the skin which lasts upto 2-3 hours. It has also made my skin smoother and even toned. The cream has Gold and Saffron in it and is indeed a skin food if you want radiant smooth skin. I would recommend you all to use it atleast once if you are a skincare junkie and enjoy using facial massage creams.

The In
  • Contains Gold Saffron, they even claim to lab test for gold
  • Fortified with Vitamin A and E
  • Thick, emollient consistency with a non-stick, non-greasy and non-oily texture
  • Gives soft, smooth and immensely radiant skin post massage
  • Reduces the acne marks when used regularly
  • Gives youthful skin with regular usage
  • Certified by Ministry of Ayush
  • Affordable price according to quantity and quality of product
  • Didn't breakout my oily acne prone skin
  • Doesn't make skin look or feel oily after a massage or wash off

The Out
  • No full ingredients list mentioned
  • Packaging can be made luxurious
  • No easy availability in stores or online shopping portals
  • The karat of gold used is not known

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 300 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

If you are looking for a good facial massage cream then Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron Massage Cream won't disappoint you at all. Moreover the cream suits my oily acne prone skin and regular usage has reduced my acne marks to a great extent. The thing which I like the most about Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron Massage Cream is the fact that it gives the glow which everyone expects post using a good skincare product. Given the price tag I would definitely be repurchasing this one once my massage creams get over.

*PR sample
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5 Sep 2018

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Is Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel suitable for haircare or skincare?

If I had to choose only one skincare product I would choose aloe vera gel. And if I had to choose one most under rated Skincare product for oily skin I would still choose aloe vera gel. I have been using aloe vera gel by Kaira Naturals for almost 2 months now and I cannot stop raving about it. Similarly am all love for Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel. I had bought it for using on my skin but somehow ended up using on hair. Read onto know if it is worth using for hair or skin

I started paying due attention to my frizzy hair. I already had Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Oil with me from Blend It Raw. I wanted to use up the oils ASAP as they had been lying for a long time with me. One day I simply applied Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel and Rosehip Oil as a pre shampoo treatment and washed off my hair after one hour with Satthwa Argan Shampoo. My hair had a nice bounce and subtle softeness. Believe me, my hair never had this typr of softeness post shampoo without a conditioner. The Aloe Vera Gel is crystal clear an appearance and has a lemony fragrance. They do have other variants which are high priced plus have some colour in it. The colour may be organic but I like using this plain version.

I am such a sucker at hair care that apart from getting regular trims and shampoo I absolutely do nothing for my hair. I now regularly use Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel as a pre shampoo treatment. I have already emptied one jar for my hair and have stocked up too jars for my hair. Now that question is why not use on face? Usually aloe vera gel has runny consistency and need a thickener as well as preservative to increase it's shelf life. Rustic Art uses Tcls preservative to increase the shelf life of their aloe vera gel. However there is no mention of any thickening agent. I am unsure about this, I don't know whether the TCLS preservative itself has a thickening agent.

I have also tried using it on skin but it just doesn't sink into the skin and sits on top. I don't feel any soothing or therauptic effect as such when appplying this gel. So I use it for my hair. Apart from hair cair I would not like to use Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel for my skincare. For my skin I use another aloe gel which I will review soon.

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4 Sep 2018

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5 Skincare mistakes which I made and didn't even know!!!

Some skincare mistakes not only make your skin go through a tough time, but also take longer to heal the damage done. Many and many people are turning to skincare and with the amount of brands emerging everyday it becomes difficult to decide which products are good for your skin and which ones to opt for and continue with. Today I am talking about the skincare mistakes I myself have made and would like to share my experience. So without much of my blah blah am sharing some mistakes below.

Judging the skincare product too early
This happens every time I use a new cream. Most of my acne is due to hormones, and when I use a new cream I used to judge and say it causes breakouts where in reality am on my hormonal cycle. When I use the cream regularly, then I get to know it's not the cream but my hormones which broke me out. I no longer judge a product with mere one time usage. However some products can irritate the skin and there is no point in testing the same product again. Try distinguishing between results when using a new skincare product and don't be quick to judge with mere one time usage 

Not using the skincare products meant for your skin type
Most of us are guilty of committing this mistake. How many times have we picked up a skincare product because of it's ingredients or luxurious packaging? Many times! Not using Skincare products according to skin type not only burns your pocket, but also gives rise to new skin problems. Imagine the situation wherein you are using a cream which is meant for dry skin where as you have oily skin. The cream will be rich enough for your already oily skin and may clog pores.

Changing your skincare routine or products often
There is no bigger mistake than this in skincare I think. With the Instagram taking over to the way we see people, it's easy to get distracted by the skincare shelfies posted each day. The longer you follow a skincare routine, based on your skin type, weather and right products, the more the chances of achieving your skincare goals. The longer you use a product, the more benefits you reap, plus you also get to know the product better in terms of efficiency.

Using the skincare products in excess
Do you love using the moisturizer or face mask in excess just because you love the texture of it? Haha this sounds so me. I am guilty of using a day cream in gel form in excess. Don't go overboard with the amount of product needed for everyday use. Sometimes a thin layer of face pack does the same thing as a thick layer does, so why waste the product by using extra each time 😁. Same goes with a day cream and night cream.

Trying to tackle all your skin problems at once
I have committed this mistake in the very early years of my skincare. I was trying to tackle my acne as well as the marks at the same time. The attempt, I ended up using a combination of acne cream and night cream which was too heavy for my skin. The result, clogged skin with more acne and in turn more marks πŸ˜”. Take one day at a time and one skin problem at one time. Please remember skincare is a never ending process.

Hope I was able to relate to some of the mistakes which we often commit without even realising it. It's ok to make mistakes, we should learn from them. After all we all are human being, here to make mistakes and learn a lesson and move on πŸ˜€. Have a happy skin day!
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3 Sep 2018

Can I get rhinoplasty to make my nose larger?

When it comes to having rhinoplasty, the main goal is to enhance the appearance of a person's nose. In some cases, it is intended to improve functioning as it makes it easier to breathe. Most cases involve removing a hump in the nose, making it narrower, or finding a way to alter the nose in such a way that it looks smaller. However, rhinoplasty is extremely personal. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all nose job. Every patient has a unique perspective concerning what will be most attractive. It is a plastic surgeon's job to address any structural issues with the nose and make surgical alterations that will have positive results. If you would like to make your nose look larger, you will need to place yourself in the hands of a competent plastic surgeon who has the experience and prior knowledge needed to get the desired outcome.

Why Make Your Nose Look Larger?

While most people want to make their most prominent facial feature look smaller, some will want to go in the opposite direction. When you look in the mirror to study your nose, you may feel like it is out of proportion with the rest of your face. You could feel that your bridge is much too short, making it look like your nose is barely protruding from your face when you catch your profile. You may not like how narrow your nose is, feeling like it looks like a pin. You want your nose to be fuller. You want to add to its length. Your nose should balance out the rest of your facial features. Your plastic surgeon is the only one who can tell you if it is possible to meet your personal goals for your appearance.

How Can Your Nose be Enlarged with Rhinoplasty?

Your plastic surgeon has the resources, training, and skills to help you to mold your nose to your liking. In order to do so, the first step will be to evaluate your nose to determine areas where it can be enhanced. Thanks to digital technology, your surgeon can show you computer enhanced images that will allow you to see the potential outcome of your procedure. Your surgeon can add length or width by enhancing your bridge. The cartilage and bone structure that supports your nose will need to be altered. Cartilage grafting may be necessary in order to give you the change that you want. Cartilage can be removed from your septum, your ears, or your ribs in order to build up the shape of your nose.

Considerations When You Want to Enlarge Your Nose

As your plastic surgeon reviews your options, your skin will be evaluated as well. You need to understand that you have a fixed amount of skin that is covering your nose. That skin may be thick or thin. It may or may not have the ability to stretch. You cannot go to extremes with the size of your nose. Your skin may not have enough give to accommodate the kind of change that you have envisioned. In the end, the results may be less pronounced. Your nose can look larger, but it may not meet your original expectations.

As a Rule of Thumb, Subtle is Best

All too often, patients require revision rhinoplasty because they went too far with their procedure. They asked for dramatic changes that made them unhappy in the end. When your surgeon makes more subtle changes, it leaves some leeway if you ever decide to revisit changes to your nose. Most importantly, your results will be more natural. Your surgeon is going to work with what you have. That means taking into account cartilage that is available, changes that can be made in your existing bone structure, and using the quality of your skin to your advantage. Even a small change can make a major difference in your appearance. You can have more confidence in yourself when your plastic surgeon listens to what you want, puts talented hands to work, and helps you to meet your goals. 

What to Expect with a Rhinoplasty Procedure

As you consider the possibility of enlarging your nose, you should know what you are getting yourself into. You will need one to two weeks off from work. In that first week, you will see the most bruising and swelling. You will need to wear a splint or cast on your nose for the first week. It is normal to feel like your nose is stuffed due to swelling of your nasal passages. This feeling usually lasts up to a week. You'll need to place gauze under your nose to make sure you absorb any drainage. If you feel that your swelling has gone down enough and you are comfortable with the appearance of your nose, you may be able to go back to work after the first week of recovery. However, you should wait two weeks if you have heavy duties. The same holds true if you are really uncomfortable or your swelling is still pronounced. Taking time off can be difficult for some people due to their job responsibilities. If you need to go back earlier than the recommended recovery time at home, talk to your employer and find out if there are lighter duties that you could do. You can also inquire about working from home while your nose is healing. It will take at least six months for your nose to truly set into its permanent form. At that point, you will be able to fully appreciate your new nose.

Turn to the Plastic Surgery Institute Miami to Learn More About Rhinoplasty

If you are thinking about getting rhinoplasty in Miami, the team of doctors and staff at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami can guide you in the right direction. Your satisfaction and safety are the top priority when you walk in the door. Your surgeon will sit down with you, discuss your goals, assess your health, and advise you about your options. Visit www.psimiami.com today to explore your options.
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1 Sep 2018

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Ikkai by Lotus Herbals Berry Blush Face Souffle Review

Few weeks back I won the Ikkai Beauty Giveaway held on Instagram. Ikkai Beauty is a Lotus Herbals range. Here's what they say, "Lotus brings to you an adorably delicious, single use range of happy beauty products called Ikkai. It's an all organic and fresh, whenever you want it, where ever you want it." They have other variants in face souffle range which is nothing but a face pack and also a scrub range. Let's see how the Berry Blush Face Souffle fair on it's claim and whether it is worth buying or not. They claim to be organic, but am clueless and haven't dug up the ingredients list, and haven't reviewed in that manner.

Ikkai by Lotus Herbals Berry Blush Face Souffle

Brand Claims - The one-and-done Ikkai Berry Blush Face Souffle face mask will charge you up with nutrients & deliver instant whitening in the shortest time. Set aside 10 mins of a week to this adorable mask which is all safe, made of organic ingredients and will leave you brighter, glowing & blushed like never before.


Ikkai by Lotus Herbals Berry Blush Face Souffle

My experience
The product is supposed to be one and done use, means a one time use and throw product. Such products are good for on the go travel companions. The packaging is cute and girly, each product is packed in a colour theme based on the ingredients. The product is supposed to be cut and use and there is no mechanism for storage and we better use it in one go.

The product is baby pink in colour and has a bit creamy consistency. The consistency is not runny and is rather thick and non uniform. The face souffle gets applied nicely on the face but not in a consistent thickness. The product has enough quantity (10g) which will last for two usages. However as instructed I applied a thick layer so that I could also pen down this review. The fragrance of the face souffle is that of strawberry and raspberry. The fragrance does feel authentic and we are tempted to sniff it often. After applying the product, the fragrance is soothing and lingers a lot.

Ikkai by Lotus Herbals Berry Blush Face Souffle

After applying the face souffle all over the face I felt a slight tingling sensation which immediately faded once I finished applying the product all over the face. After keeping the product for 10 mins I washed it off. Washing off is a bit messy due to the creamy texture, it does get off your face easily but not off your hands. After washing off the face feels soft, hydrated and bright (a bit of whitening effect, to be frank) once we spary some floral water or apply a toner it becomes ok. I was amazed at the clarity the face souffle gives and how it makes the face clean and soft. Keeping in mind the one time use and the effects I feel the product is a bit pricey. No doubt it is good option for travelling and on the go beauty treatment. I cannot say anything about the long term effects but the temporary effects of the face souffle are good.

The In

  • Good on the go travel companion
  • Gives instant brightening
  • Leaves skin brighter, glowing & radiant
  • Has extracts of Raspberry and Strawberry
  • Made of naturally sourced ingredients
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Has amazing fruity strawberry fragrance which lingers a bit
  • Cute, compact packaging

The Out
  • Single use products, means more landfill waste
  • Excess quantity of product is difficult to store
  • Pricey for single use product
  • Product wash off is messy

Price, Shelf Life and Availablility - 85 INR for 10 g with a shelf life of 3 years. Available on major shopping portals.

Ikkai by Lotus Herbals Berry Blush Face Souffle is a good treatment as an on the go travel companion, where we can carry the compact, one time use pouch. The quantity offered is good for two usages and it becomes difficult to store the remaining product. Plus the product recommendation is once a week usage, so it becomes difficult to buy several such pouches for regular use. The after effects of the product are too good but one time use product cost is too much. Only if Ikkai thinks of launching large quantity at a reduced price it will be worth buying. I would recommend it to be used only for on the go travel πŸ’•.
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