18 Aug 2018

, , , ,

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.

Ingredients
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.

Recommendation
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.
Share:
Read More

12 Aug 2018

, , ,

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.
Share:
Read More

10 Aug 2018

, , , ,

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 

Recommendation
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
Share:
Read More

3 Aug 2018

, , , , ,

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

Recommendation
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 ♥️.
Share:
Read More

31 Jul 2018

, , , , , , , , ,

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?
Share:
Read More

19 Jul 2018

, , , ,

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

Procedure
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

Comment your questions in comment section
Share:
Read More

17 Jul 2018

, , , ,

Vedantika Instant Glow Mask, fails to deliver!

Hi Skincare buddies,

How often do we buy a product by checking it's name? Most often right? Sometimes products do fail to deliver the purpose they are meant to be served. Also not all products suit everyone so before posting this review I would like to let you know am sharing my experience here to just let you know that I don't like all products the products I receive as a PR sample or the ones I buy. Today's review is about a product which not only failed to deliver the purpose but also made my skin dry and stretchy.


Brand Claims and Ingredients


My experience
I like the simple packaging of the product which is not only travel friendly but also easy to use. The product has a twist up detachable cap with an inner lid to prevent spillage of powder. The transparent body of the product also makes it easy to see through the quantity. Am happy with the packaging and labelling part of the product.

Coming to the texture of the powder it is soft, fine multani mitti with some small granules which are tiny enough to provide a good scrub on face. The face mask gets easily mixed with water and application is a bit tricky still. 

Now coming to the efficiency part of the product, the product fails to deliver a glow to the face. Secondly it causes excessive dryness to the skin and gives a stretchy feeling to the skin. I used the face mask with normal water, rose water, milk and still it performed the same way. I also tried applying a thin layer to see if it doesn't give dryness, but it failed. I tried applying a thick layer to test it's glow claims, but as the face mask started to dry it gave me very itchy feeling in the skin and I ended up scratching my skin before a wash off. The only thing I like about this face mask is the cooling effect it gives due to the presence of camphor in it. Also sometimes the effect is so cooling that my skin ends up feeling numb for few minutes. 





Vedantika Instant Glow Mask just does a job of cleaning the skin and removing the skin sebum, which leaves the skin dry. All I could notice was clean skin which a normal diy face pack also gives. The face pack is majorly made up of multani mitti and doesn't serve the purpose of being a glowing face mask at all. Overall speaking a very disappointing product for me.

Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 250 INR for 70 gms with a shelf life of 18 months. Available on major shopping portals.

Recommendation
Vedantika Instant Glow Mask fails to give a glow to the skin, instead it ends up drying the skin and gives an itchy feeling while it dries up in application. Also since I have oily skin, I think it might be useful in summers. I would suggest other skin types to stay away from this face mask. Also I received this as a PR sample, so am going to use this as a body cleanser or powder cleanser on face once in a while. Imagine the dismay had I purchased it 😥.

*PR sample
Share:
Read More

13 Jul 2018

, , , , ,

Life and Pursuits Soak in Goodness Body Lotion Review

Hiya,

Today's review is about a new brand Life and Pursuits. The brand offers certified organic and natural child and family care products. Their products are duly certified by USDA and NATRUE, the most stringent and reputed organic certification programs globally (some products are USDA certified and some are NATRUE certified and some products have both the certifications). So coming back to the product review, I was sent Soak In Goodness body lotion for review and after using it sufficiently here am reviewing it for you all.


Brand claims and Ingredien


My experience
The product is housed in a tube with a flip cap top and this makes it very easy to carry for travelling and plus no fear of contamination. The flip top cap and everything else works just fine with the product.

Coming to the consistency and texture if the lotion, the consistency is very runny, watery and texture is smooth and soft. The colour of the lotion is light yellow with a hue of orange, which resembles like chandan or almond paste in milk, yes it's that authentic. The fragrance is more like sunflower oil, which upon application is more prominent and fades immediately after a couple of minutes. Of course if you apply in large quantity, this being a body lotion, it make take some time to fade away. I don't have any problem with the consistency of the product, even if it's runny, for that please read ahead.

The product is a body lotion, which can even be used on face too. Now, I like such products which serve dual purpose job, literally I mean you save on money, you save on time, you save on your luggage space while travelling 🤷. I have used the product both ways like a lotion as well as a face moisturizer. The lotion takes time to sink in the body and leaves a watery residue for a couple of minutes. Whereas when using it as a face moisturizer, it instantly gets absorbed in the skin without any watery, oily, greasy residue on face. It gets absorbed in seconds and after an hour or so you won't even feel like you had applied anything on your face.


Coming to the effect of lotion, it is more of hydrating than moisturizing lotion for both face as well as body. I especially like this fact when I use it as a face moisturizer. Just a pea sized amount is enough for moisturizing my face. To be honest most of the times I reach out to this to apply on face. After applying on the face, it gives a nicely toned, soft and smooth skin. It can even be used in layering of skincare (if at all you like it) since it is barely there when you apply it. I haven't had any breakouts while using this.

Coming to the consistency discussed earlier, the consistency is what makes the product so light and eases it's absroption in the skin. Although yes when we open the cap the lotion immediately oozes out, but this is what makes the lotion light weight and there is no point in expecting it be thick in tube and light on skin at the same time. But yes product wastage does break heart, I know, but extra product can be easily lathered on face or body when applying vice versa. Overall a good body lotion which is certified organic and best suited for oily, acne prone skin. This product is NATRUE certified.



Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 600 INR for 100 ml with a shelf life of one year. Available on Amazon and brand website.

Recommendation
If you are into organic or certified skincare then you should try this one. Life and Pursuits Soak in Goodness is a good lotion for oily, acne prone skin which is a multi tasker too. It is more of hydrating lotion and can be easily fit into your layering skincare routine. The light weight consistency makes the product ooze out from the tube but since it a multi utility one excess can definitely be slathered on body or face ♥️. Grab this if you have oily acne prone skin and are looking for a basic moisturizer as well as a hydrating lotion.

*PR sample
Share:
Read More

2 Jul 2018

, , ,

Plum Green Tea Clear Mask Review

Hello Skincare buddies,

We often hear about some products from a Brand which are best sellers and are much raved about. Today we are talking about one such raved product, Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask. I have read a lot of good reviews about this one and decided to pick one, so when Plum was having a sale last December I picked up the whole Green Tea Range (except the gel). Now coming to my current skin condition, I thought of using my foaming cleansers and gave up on using powder cleansers for 2 weeks. I immediately had two cystic acne on my face 😣. So I treated the acne with the mask now and had also used it earlier when I didn't follow my skincare routine due to my fractured leg. 


Brand Claims and Ingredients 


My experience
The mask is housed in a glass jar, and a bit non travel friendly. Nonetheless the jar is classy and luxurious looking. I like the packaging though. The face mask is beige in colour and has a refreshing fragrance. Almost all of Plum's Green Tea Range has similar fragrance. The face mask is easy to apply and spreads easily on the face.

Now coming to the experience, when I applied the face mask for the first time, it cleansed my pores thoroughly well and after washing off my face I was sweating, so you can say the mask cleansed my skin pretty well. After that I used the mask on and off. 

After keeping the face mask for a pretty 10-15 minutes I could see well cleansed, bright skin. Moreover it also makes small zits disappear immediately. Recently when I had two cystic acne I used this face mask and it immediately reduced the size and pain of cystic acne. I even used it as spot treatment and that worked all too. The skin instantly becomes smooth, soft, clean and bright. The mask when used after some days gives a bit of tingling sensation, hut it's all because of the glycolic acid it has which is beneficial for acne prone skin. Also beauties who have sensitive skin might find this a bit irritating mask, as it gives a little burning sensation. I am saying this as I had some burning sensation near my sensitive nose area. 



The In
  • Contains Kaolin, Bentonite, Green Tea extracts, glycolic acid
  • Spreads easily and gets washed off easily
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Treats cystic acne as well as zits amazingly well
  • Makes the skin soft, smooth and clean post usage
  • Cleanses the pores well
  • Works as full face mask as well as spot treatment

The Out
  • The fragrance might be a problem for sensitive skin
Recommendation
I would totally recommend the Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask for beauties who often get breakouts. This is a perfect remedy for treating acne, cystic as well as well as zits. Moreover, it also works well as a full face mask and spot treatment. What more can one ask for? Some might feel it as a bub over priced but all I would say is, the price is worth the product plus it's often on discounts. As far as my recommendation and repurchase is concerned I have already grabbed two Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask from Amazon, need I say more?! ♥️
Share:
Read More

27 Jun 2018

, , , , ,

Skincare Empties #9

Heya,

So as I write this post am really patting my back as I have emptied another set of products. I am actually making room for some new products as well as different brands whenever I post an empties list. But this time I have emptied some products which had been in my shelf from a long time. Let's head to the list and see what all is worth repurchasing. Please note my empty post aren't monthly, rather they take couple of months to be emptied.


Ethicare Remedies Glowmed Face Wash
I find this face wash good to work on my acne, but since I used it just once a day I cannot guarantee how it will work on severe acne issues. Sometime I also find this face wash a bit drying. Also if the face wash gets stuck near the nozzle of the tube it forms a glue like thing and it gets difficult to dispense product next time. I cannot say this isn't worth buying or is a must buy. I have neutral views about this.

I like how this product works as a mild scrub while removing dead skin cells. Also it works great as a face pack too. I do feel the product is a bit pricey according to the amount we get. If you like using powder cleansers, they give this a try. 

Sova Chamomile And Coorgi Narangi Body Wash
The fragrance of this body wash is really amazing! The body wash in itself is great as it doesn't dry out the body skin and instantly refreshes the skin. It foams quite well and is truly a spa like product. The sample size lasted me around 3 weeks and you can imagine how the full size product will last then 🤗. I really liked this body wash and if you loke using body washes give this a go!

Soulflower Rosemary Essential oil
Yes, you read it right! I have actually emptied an essential oil which I have been using from the past one and half years. I basically bought this one to tackle my hair loss and it actually worked for me from first use itself. Although now after emptying my bottle, I have stopped using this and am trying some new products for hair growth and hair care.

Oh yes, emptying an under eye cream is such a task, that too 50gm size one! I have used it as a face cream, as a massage cream and as a body cream. It works quite well in hydrating and moisturising the under eye area. I like using this as a face cream and body cream too. It doesn't work well when used a massage cream as it didn't get absorbed that well into the skin as a massage cream does. But since it isn't formulated that way it rather it isn't the creams hob to double up as a massage cream also, I don't have any complaints. Also a small amount of cream I have shifted to a jar to be used as an ybder eye cream. Good to go cream, but people with severe acne prone skin (plus who have a problem with isopropyl mystriate) can skip this as it has isopropyl mystriate as a major ingredient.

W2 Cranberry Hydrating Body Spa
Another good body wash to give it a try. It smells like cranberry, but honestly speaking I don't know the fragrance of cranberry so am assuming it. This body wash leaves the skin soft and smooth, so much so that you might go that extra mile in rinsing thinking some body wash residue is left on your hands and legs. Some may find thefragcabe bothering but it immediately fades away after the shower.

I like the after effects of the pack, as it gives even toned skin, clear, bright and radian look. While shifting my home few months back my mom was here with me and she tried this facepack. She was so impressed with the after effects, am soon buying this one after a few weeks. Out of all the above mentioned products I would label this product as a worth buy and repurchase for me.

Apart from above list I have some products which are almost empty, but then I decided to a separate empties post next month and hence haven't included them here. So I hope you all find this post helpful and do comment your views on this.
Share:
Read More

20 Jun 2018

, , ,

How I am using Multiple Facial Oils at a time?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

14 Jun 2018

, , , ,

Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel Review

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



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

Ingredients - 


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

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

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






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

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