16 Jun 2019

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Lakme Blush and Glow Kiwi Crush Face Wash

I picked up Lakme Kiwi Crush Face Wash in a mall just because of the cute packaging and Green colour. I know it's weird 🙈. Anyway coming back to the review I have been using this face wash consistently over the month of May and June till date. I also carried the face wash with me in the hospital when I got operated for leg implant removal 🙈. Let's dive in and see if the face wash is worth buying.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

Packaging, Consistency and Fragrance
The packaging is tube one with a flip top cap. The packaging is green in colour in an see through tube. The fragrance of the face wash feels very artificial and smells a bit like kiwi. The consistency is thick gel sort which is light green in colour. The face wash also contains black granules to resemble the kiwi seeds. I hate this thing about commercial face washes. Although if we rub them between palms they foam and vanish.

My experience
The face wash doesn't foam much and we need a very little quantity for each use, pea sized to be precise for each use. I have been using the face wash since one and half months and I have 1/2 of it remaining so this lasts long that is 3 months one tube. I use the face wash just once a day, usually in the evening or at night before hitting the bed.

Coming to the efficiency, the face wash cleanses well and leaves a bright and soft skin while doing so. I use only once a day so cannot say if it dries out the skin or not. But most of the foaming cleansers dry out the skin when used more than twice a day. Also the face wash gets washed off easily without the slippery feeling accompanied with the foam.

Also while using the face wash I haven't experienced a single breakout. Am saying this because there were times in May month where I was unable to follow a skincare routine and all I did was keep my face clean by using this face wash. And so it does a good job of keeping the face clean and keeping the sebum away for few hours. Overall am impressed with the face wash and would suggest you to pick this up if you like using foaming face washes. Lakme Blush and Glow Kiwi Crush Face Wash won't suit sensitive skin at all since it contains fragrance as one of the ingredients and is in quite earlier in the list.

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 85 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 3 years. Available easily online in India. Get on discount here

I personally like using the Lakme Blush and Glow Kiwi Crush Face Wash as a change from powder cleansers, especially when I didn't have the time and patience to use powder cleansers due to hectic schedule in May and June. It is a good option to keep the skin clean and it also reduced my breakouts to a great extent. However the fragrance of the face wash is too much to order handle which feels very artificial and this face wash absolutely won't suit sensitive skin.

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11 Jun 2019


Project Pan July 2019

Hoarding skincare is a sin I have been committing since many years. But not anymore, I do get tempted and sometimes buy products, but one thing I have also been doing is emptying products on a regular basis and writing a post about them. Project Pan I had heard in case of Make-up wherein you hit a pan of a makeup item, compact or eyeshadow or something else. Although I do feel Project Pan in case of makeup is different as well as difficult as compared to skincare 😉😁. I was highly inspired to do this by my fellow bloggers Archana from ibeautyspy.com and Hiral from pepilio.com

What is Project Pan?
As stated earlier Please Pan is hitting the pan of the makeup or skincare product. In this case am attempting a project pan so as to empty the product.

Why am I doing a Project Pan?
I am doing Project Pan so as to use the products regularly as well as review them, yes review them. Most often I use a product half way and then forget about it, then again I remember I use again. Once I think of review I use the product regularly and then after posting a review I usually forget and get back to another one. I really want to stop this and hoarding skincare.

Which products are on my Project Pan list?
So I have decided to do a July 2019 Project Pan as June is mid way and I can't finish the products till June end. Why have unrealistic expectations 😄?? Following products are on my list. I have kept the number of products minimum since am doing this for the first time.

1) The Nature's Co Multi Vitamin Facial Massage Cream
Only one time use product is left in the tub. It has been lying like this since last year so I have added it to Pan list.

2) Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask
Archana had gifted me this last year and I often forget to use it. I have also planned a review for this.

3) SoulTree Moisturizing Gel
I have been using this since last year and have also reviewed it. I wish to finish this ASAP so I can concentrate on some other moisturizers also.

4) Lakme Blush And Glow Kiwi Crush Face Wash
I have been using this all through May month and it's half way through. I will soon be posting a review of this too.

5) Svayam Urad Face Pack
A very little quantity is remaining of this product and it has been lying in drawer. So I wish to use it up and reuse the glass jar for one of my balms.

6)BioBloom Natural Cleansing Milk
I love using cleansing milk on a regular basis so I bought this at a very low price from Instagram account by one of my fellow bloggers Meenal. I love this product and will be posting a review.

This was my Project Pan July 2019 and I will be posting another post in July once I finish these products. I really wish that I stick to this and help in clearing my stash.
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28 May 2019

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The Soap Factory Activated Charcoal Face Pack Review

I had ordered The Soap Factory Activated Charcoal Face Pack along with the handmade soaps they have. Since I love using handmade soaps I thought I would pick up something else from their range and picked up this one. I have been using a lot of detoxifying face packs lately although that wasn't planned and is just a coincidence.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

Packaging, Colour, Consistency
The packaging is simple with a paper pouch and zip lock. We need to take out required quantity and use the product. Due care is to taken with such packaging like locking the zip pouch tightly and keeping it away from moisture and humidity. The colour of the face pack is dark grey (since it contains charcoal) and consistency is fine powder. Once we mix the dry powder in water it turns out into a smooth paste. While applying we need to make a smooth paste so that application becomes easy and we can apply a uniform layer on the face.

My experience
The face pack when applied in a thin uniform layer takes less time to dry up. I sometimes apply a thin layer or a thick layer depending on the amount of product I take for a single usage. The face pack leaves the skin squeaky clean with a nice glow on the face. 

The face pack gives the skin a nice cleansing effect with a soft and smooth skin. The face pack doesn't dry out the skin at all. It does give a little tingling effect to the skin which goes off in a few seconds without notice. The face packs also gets washed off easily without any hassle and doesn't leave a black film on face.

One thing I have noticed everytime I use the face pack is that my nostrils flare up once I wash off the face pack. I feel a little tingling sensation and itchy feeling in my nostrils everytime I use it. I don't know why this happens. Overall speaking the face pack is a good option to detoxify and cleanse the face on a regular basis.

Price and Availability - 295 INR for 50 gms available on Instagram shop @thesoapfactoryindia

The Soap Factory Activated Charcoal Face Pack is a good face pack to try out for it's detoxifying and purifying properties. I could clearly see the effects of the glowing skin after each use. Moreover the face pack is in dry form so you don't have to worry about the expiration of the product. Also you can carry a small amount of the product in another container while travelling just like I did.

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22 May 2019

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Greenie Mill Charcoal, Lavender Rhassoul Clay Mask Review

I had been lazy with my skincare routine as stated in my previous reviews. I hadn't used a mask since around 1 month to be specific and my skin was really acting up in April due to lack of negligence and proper routine. During this time I decided to put the Greenie Mill Charcoal, Lavender Rhassoul Clay Mask to test so as to gauge it's efficiency. Let's check the review.

Brand Claims
Fed up with acne and dull oily skin? Our charcoal lavender and rhassoul clay face mask keeps breakouts at bay with the anti bacterial power of essential oils. The brightening properties of this mask help to deal with fresh acne spots. This gentle and effective clay mask comes to rescue for your oily skin related problems!!!

Moroccan lava clay (Rhassoul clay), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf(Aloe vera ) powder, Charcoal powder, Kaolin (White Clay), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Buds, Melaleuca Alterniflora (Tea Tree) Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Sweet Basil) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris(Thyme) oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.

Packaging, Texture and Fragrance
The packaging is simple plastic jar with a black lid. We need to scoop out the product with a wooden or plastic spoon. The jar is small and leak proof so no chances of spillage or anything like that. Also the fragrance of the product is amazing ✨. I feel like eating it sometimes. The faint hint of lavender coupled with basil, is quite alluring and everytime I put on the mask I resist my urge to not eat it.

My experience
So as stated before, my skin easily breaking out like anything in April. I hardly had time to take care of my skin due to hectic schedule. When I started using the mask my skin was breaking out heavily on forehead area. As and when u started using the mask weekly once I noticed improvement in my skin. 

My skin appeared clear and clean. I am currently facing no single breakout phase. The mask deeply cleanses the skin and detoxifies it. It pulls out all the impurities and leaves a clear, fresh and clean skin. I thoroughly enjoyed using the mask and will be using it regularly henceforth. 

The mask doesn't get applied in a uniform layer on the face. Sometimes it falls and we need to apply carefully a thin layer. Sometimes I mix the mask in lukewarm water so the oats in it turn mushy and help in applying a uniform layer. Overall speaking I am not a fan of the consistency but am definitely fan of the efficiency of the mask.

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 215 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 6 months. Available online on Greeniemill.com

I really like the Greenie Mill Charcoal, Lavender Rhassoul Clay Mask for reducing the breakouts on my skin and giving me back my clear skin. I really like to indulge in this mask for it's detoxifying and purifying properties. Although I don't like the way we can't apply it in a uniform layer on the skin. But keeping in mind the efficiency this part is negligible according to me. It is one of those charcoal masks which really works, is affordable and helps you in getting clear skin.
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18 May 2019

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Skincare, Bodycare Empties #16

I couldn't empty some products last month as I was very busy with my shop on Instagram. It was so hectic that I also hardly had any time to follow a proper skincare routine. Anyway, I still have managed to empty the products over a span of two months that is March and April and goin to post about it now.

Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron massage cream
My absolute favorite massage cream which not only nourishes the skin but also make sit smooth and glowing. I might pick up again once I clear out my stash of massage creams.

Plum Green Tea Toner
I have a love and hate relationship with this toner. Sometimes I like it sometimes I don't like it. I don't know why and how I don't feel like using it on a regular basis. Also the instructions say that we need to gently swipe the toner on face, this I hadn't read and I was using it wrong all the time. Also I do pat it sometimes on my skin and am good to go. The bottle will last you longer than thought so if you like using a toner plus grab this.

Prakrta Aloe Gel
My absolute favorite gel which I also used for one of my skincare DIY. I also use it on a daily basis whenever I am at home. Overall a good aloe gel to pickup if you are looking for one.

My ultimate favourite cleanser which I used up during the whole month of April. Please excuse the leaking of the Cleanser since the packaging is not up to the mark. Although the brand has changed the packaging and I can't wait to pick up my next bottle. I already have another one so I will use up it before grabbing new packaging.

Sachi Rituals Earthy Elements Face Mask
A good face mask if you are looking for a change. I used it on my body too for a detox sort of a thing and it made me feel very refreshed.

Nature's Destiny Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion
A good budget friendly body lotion to grab during the summer season. I like how it hydrates the skin without making it feel greasy. 

So that's all for the previous two months empties. Am working on a few new blog posts and don't forget to check the blog often.
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14 May 2019

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Best Paraben-Free Moisturizers in India for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Finding the right moisturiser is a big deal especially if you have acne prone oily skin. The moisturiser for oily skin should be the one which hydrates or moisturises the skin without making it oily and is made into a non comedogenic formula. Following is the list of Best Paraben-Free Moisturizers in India for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin which I have personally tried and tested for my oilt acne prone skin (except ENN creme). The list is in no particular order and has been sorted randomly. Let's get started with the

Best Paraben-Free Moisturizers in India for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Plum Green Tea Matiffying Moisturizer
I haven't used this moisturizer much but I have seen many bloggers rave about this one. It does make my skin a bit oily after some time. However the fact that it contains glycolic acid, green tea extracts makes it a winner for oily acne prone skin. Also the light weight formula makes it easier to use on a day to day basis.
Price - 470 INR for 50 ml

SoulTree Tulsi & Sandalwood Moisturizing Gel 
My ultimate favourite day time gel has to be SoulTree Tulsi & Sandalwood Moisturizing Gel. I have used it during rough phase of my skin and it has proved to be beneficial. It contains neem, sandalwood, lodhra, Tulsi, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel. The price point is a bit high according to the quantity of the gel. However, I have also experienced the tightening effects of this gel on my skin. So if you don't mind the price would suggest picking up.
Price - 450 INR for 40 ml

Gulnare Aloe Vitamin E Cream
Gulnare Aloe Vitamin E Cream is perfect for day to day use in summers. I have used this cream last year and I swear by it's ultimate hydrating effects. It is fortified with aloe, vitamin E and cucumber extracts. The product is organic and easily available on major shopping portals as well as on gulnareskincare.com
Price - 700 INR for 60 gms

ENN Rose Ultra Light Hydrating Creme
I haven't personally tried this creme but looking at the ingredients list the creme seems like a winner for oily acne prone skin. It is fortified with Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Jojoba oil, real rose oil and Vitamin E. Am sure it is a light weight gel like Gulnare Aloe Vitamin E Cream
Price - 750 INR for 50 gms

Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer 
I experienced a lot of purging due to this moisturizer. But as they say purging is just what brings the comdogens to the surface of the skin and heal them. The light weight formula of Suganda White Lotus Moisturizer is apt for oily skin and the fragrance of this moisturizer is out of the world. The moisturizer is fortified with White Lotus extracts, Vitamin B3, Glycerin.
Price - 750 INR for 50 ml

Fiducia Botanicals Hemp & Rose Otto Facial Lotion
Fiducia Botanical Skincare Hemp & Rose Otto Facial Lotion is good moisturizer for oily acne prone skin as it moisturizes the skin while reducing the breakouts. It also helps in healing the cystic acne faster than thought. The only thing you need to keep in mind while using this lotion is that very little goes a long way in moisturizing. So beware of using more than one pump for face. Overall a moisturizer which can be used during day as well as night for oily skinned beauties.
Price - 950 INR for 30 gms

Votre Absolute Hydration Moisturizer
This is a basic moisturizer for Oily acne prone skin. Fortified with Wheat-germ oil (Vitamin E), Pro-vitamin B5, Prunus armeniaca oil (Avocado oil) and Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) it doesn't give an oily sheen even when used in excess. Moreover it is a budget friendly option for day to day use.
Price - 475 INR for 200 ml

Biobloom Face Moisturizer - Vanilla & Cucumber
Fast-absorbing and light weight face moisturiser is perfect for all year round if you have oily skin. Fortified with jojoba oil, vanilla extracts and cucumber juice it is free from any nasties. Moreover the formula is paraben free and mineral oil free.
Price - 399 INR for 100 ml

Vya naturals Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Moisturiser 
Vya Naturals Vitamin C Moisturizer has a lightweight formula that glides on easily. Vya Naturals Vitamin C Moisturizer contains advanced anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage. Vitamin C also helps protect against sun damage and improves collagen production in the skin. It is fortified with Glycerin, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E Acetate, 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate,Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil.
Price - 850 INR for 100ml

I hope you find this post useful and don't forget to visit my Amazon store front to shop my recommendations.
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