30 Oct 2015

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Four Seasons Collagen Lifting Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask Review, Price

My skin is getting dry with the dry winds blowing in full swing. I usually don't use lotions and moisturizers on my skin with the fear of getting pimples. I know oily skin too needs moisturization, but then fear wins over wisdom.

I recently tried the Four Seasons Collagen Lifting Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask with claims to hydrate as well. So let's see the review of it.

Product claims
This anti wrinkle functional sheet mask contains essence derived from natural Marine Collagen that provides abundant nutrition into the skin to create firm and shiny skin.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Dipopylene Glycol, Panthenol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Xantham Gum, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Hamamellis Viginiana Extract, Tripheyl Trimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine,Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Capryly Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrytate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Allantoin,  Ceteth-20, Ceteth-10, Cetearyl alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance

Directions for use
Apply mask over cleansed and toned faced. Keep for about 15- 30 minutes. Do not rinse, massage remaining essence onto skin. Discard mask after single use.

My experience
The fragrance of the mask is little salty sort and sheet has ample of essence. I had a little problem adjusting this mask compared to the previous one I tried. I readied my skin after cleaning and toning. I applied the mask for about 15 minutes and removed it carefully. After applying the mask I had a little burning sensation as if my skin was cooling after putting on the mask.

The essence was a little watery as compared to Aloe Waterful Soothing Mask which I tried earlier. It had sufficient essence left in the package also. After removing the mask the essence got absorbed in skin very easily. I could feel a tingling sensation as the essence was getting absorbed. Skin felt smooth, hydrated and soft after the essence got absorbed fully.
The fragrance faded away as soon as the essence was absorbed in the skin. My skin was hydrated for about 7-8 hours after which I washed my face.

The In
  • Travel friendly
  • Affordable
  • Intensively hydrating
  • Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin
  • Essence gets absorbed quickly without leaving any residue or sticky feeling
  • Contains collagen for anti aging effect.
The Out
  • The anti wrinkle effect to be seen cannot be expected in just one mask
Availability - Available on Skin18.com.

Price $0.85 on Skin18.com website

Shelf life - Not mentioned

Overall thoughts
The essence is very light weight in nature and gets absorbed in the skin easily. Doesn't leave sticky residue behind. It intensely hydrates dry skin. Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin. Overall a good mask in this fall season for moisturizing and wrinkle care.

Yes, at a discounted price.

Yes surely if you have a dry skin. And if you need hydration and relaxing effect.
It is suggested to at least use 2-3 mask per week for a visual skin result.

NB- Product sent by brand for review. Honest review
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27 Oct 2015

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Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask Review, Price, Availability

Korean skin care believes in taking care of skin rather than applying more of makeup to hide skin problems. We all know BB, CC creams were first made in Korea and now they are an integral part of almost every girls' make up kit.

The website Skin18.com, founded by Eugeine Shek, aims to bring Korean skincare to people all over the world at an affordable prices. Take a look at the range and you will be spoilt for choices and will feel like buying all the stuff. Currently there are many discount, freebie offers on the website. They provide free shipping on over $40 purchases.

Let's take a look at the mask which I tried from skin18.com that is Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask Whitening effect.

Product claims
The whitening functional mask sheet contains essence derived from natural aloe that soothes irritated skin and provides abundant moisture to create radiating, smooth skin.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf extract, Panthenol, Triphenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Viginiana Extract, Dipotasium Glycyrrhizate, PEG-60 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Polycrylate, Sodium Hydaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Alianton, Ceteth-20, Ceteth-10, Cetearyl alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance.

Directions for use
Apply mask over cleansed and toned faced. Keep for about 15- 30 minutes. Do not rinse, massage remaining essence onto skin. Discard mask after single use.

My experience
The fragrance of the essence in mask is quite good. I don't like much fragrance in beauty products. I used the mask in morning. I applied the mask on cleansed and toned face to maximize the effects. The mask fits quite properly (at least to me) with a few folds. The mask gives a soothing effect and cools off the skin instantly. This is the first time I have used a mask, that too Korean. I kept it for around 30 minutes (greedy me :P) and removed it slowly and properly. Little essence was left which I dabbed on my face so as not to waste it.

My skin was hydrated and I was happy with the first time results. Hydrated skin looks so good and feels oh so smooth. I didn't feel the need to hydrate my skin for about 24 hours. After the using the mask I avoided washing my face for whole day and washed at bed time directly.

The In
  • Contains aloe which has proven benefits for skin
  • Pleasant fragrance
  • Travel friendly
  • Mask is sufficiently large to fit all face types
  • Hydrates the skin sufficiently
  • Gives a smooth feeling to the skin
The Out
  • The whitening effect as such was not felt but with just one mask you cannot expect that.
  • You need to use at least 2-3 masks in one week to see amazing results .
Availability - On Skin18.com website at affordable prices.

Price - $0.85 on Skin18.com website

Shelf life - Not mentioned

Overall thoughts
I was overall happy and satisfied with the mask. It's also very easy to use as well as travel friendly. You can take it anywhere you want, without any hassles. It gives soothing effect according to its claims and makes the skin smooth and evens the tone of the skin.

Repurchase - Yes, but at a discounted price!

Recommendation -  Yes if you are or are not a fan of Korean skincare then this is a must try. It is something new to try out and keep your skin healthy.

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25 Oct 2015

Another Leibster Award

The Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers who have been on the scene. This is a way to acknowledge their hard work and encouraging them to do their best. I have received my second Liebster award from Shwetali who blogs at Not so hard to be pretty.

Shwetali's blog is basically a beauty blog where she shares her reviews on beauty products, makeup looks and much more. Shwetali basically started her blog to make new friends and she has already made a lot of friends!!! Thank you Shwetali for nomianting me for Leibster award.

Let's begin for the Rules for Liebster Award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and comment on their blog
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Nominate 10 bloggers that you think deserve the award, and notify them
4. Answer the 10 questions you are given, and give 10 more for the bloggers you nominate to answer
5. Make a copy of the rules in your post

Questions given to me which I pass on to my nominations.

  1. What do you specially do on weekends?
  2. Have you ever thought of being full time blogger?
  3. Which is your favorite place to visit?
  4. Home made food or street food ?
  5. What was your first thought when you woke up in this morning ?
  6. What cheers you up ?
  7. What do you order or not order at restaurant ?
  8. What question do you hate to answer ?
  9. Have you ever dance on stage?
  10. What have you always wanted? did you get it?

Now my turn to answer the questions posed by Shwetali.

What do you specially do on weekends?
I usually take naps, try new dishes, schedule one or two blog posts and skin pampering on weekends.

Have you ever thought of being full time blogger?
I may think of becoming a full time blogger after completing 2 years of blogging!

Which is your favorite place to visit?
My favorite place to visit is Switzerland.

Home made food or street food?
Bobh depending on mood. Street food whenever we go for shopping and home made food whenever Mom is over my place.

What was your first thought when you woke up in this morning?
I will use less of internet today!!

What cheers you up?
A comment on my blog post :) cheers me a lot. It helps me keeping.up the spirit. If you are a blogger and reading this you would definitely agree with me.

What do you order or not order at restaurant?
I usually order food items or cuisines which I love eating. Seldom do I order which I haven't eaten. I never ever order non-vegetarian items.

What question do you hate to answer?
Sometimes I never want to tell the truth ( for good reason ofcourse) and someone urging me to do so, is the thing or question I hate.

Have you ever dance on stage?
Yes, a whole lot of in school and college gatherings.

What have you always wanted? did you get it?
I always wanted to visit US but still haven't. I hope to visit soon.

My nominations are as follows-

Sangeeta who blogs at BeautyNyx
Komal who blogs at A Beauty Palette

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24 Oct 2015

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Aroma Essentials Skin Brightening Mask Review

I have a little pigmented skin below my lower lip and faint post acne marks. I try my best to remove the pigmentation and acne marks but stubborn people not heeding to anything. I tried the skin brightening mask from Aroma Essentials and am amazed at the effects. Read on to know my experience.

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22 Oct 2015

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Aroma Essentials Sebum Control Gel Review

Hi folks,

I have tried the Sebum Control Gel from Aroma Essentials and am ready to post my review. Basically I have never tried anything sort of gel to control my sebum secretion in the past. I always used facewash to control my oily skin other than CTM. I usually don't use facewashes meant for oily skin as they tend to dry up the skin in hope of controlling the oil secretion.
Let's see the detailed review of the product.

About Aroma Essentials
Aroma Essentials believes in simple goodness for your skin. The products made by aroma Essentials are free of artificial fragrances and ingredients. They are dermatologically tested and not tested on animals. Freshly made products without preservatives is the speciality of Aroma Essentials products

Brand claims
Removes blemishes and brings troubled skin back to clearer look and feel

BHA, Tea tree oil, Aloevera

My experience
Firstly after hearing the word gel it feels quite heavy in nature. But this gel is very, very lightweight. I used it on my acne scars and dry skin around my nose at night for 8 days after washing my face.

The product comes in a tub packaging which is quite travel friendly. The gel is transparent in colour, lightweight in nature and has mild nostalgic fragrance. The consistency of gel is perfect and is neither runny nor thick. It gets absorbed in skin easily. It spreads quite easily on skin and doesn't leave greasy residue. If applied in excess it makes skin feel a little stretchy. The same feeling when we apply aloevera gel on our face. The fragrance fades away after a while.

Now coming to the effects, in the morning my skin didn't feel oily at all and felt fresh. It hasn't shown much improvement on the scars and blemishes. But then I am not worried on this point as it doesn't claim to lighten the skin tone. All you feel after using this gel is your skin feels fresh after each use.

Price - 150 INR for 15 gms
              300 INR for 35 gms

Shelf life - 6 months and needs to stored in refrigerator

The In
  • Smells nostalgic and fades away after application
  • Lightweight gel which gets absorbed well
  • Hydrates the skin decently
  • Little amount is needed so it will last longer
  • It will suit oily & combination-oily skin
  • Doesn’t make the skin look greasy
  • Contains tea tree oil, aloevera which are proven to benefit the skin

The Out
  • Packaging would have been pump or tube sort so as to maintain the hygiene of the product

Available via ordering on Aroma Essentials Facebook page or emailing Aroma Essentials.

Overall thoughts
The product controls the oil secretion (though it doesnt claim to do so) and gives fresh feel and look to the skin. The gel is quite light weight in nature. It doesnt leave greasy residue behind and the consistency is perfect. The only complaint I have is packaging. Would love to have in tube or pump packaging. I would definitely recommend this product for all oily and combination skinned beauties!

Repurchase- Maybe not as I don't use much of oil control gels and facewashes!

Recommendation - If you are a person who likes to use sebum control gels then this definitely is a product for you.

Tell me your thoughts on my review.

Fellow bloggers please leave your latest post link in comments section below for me to checkout!
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19 Oct 2015

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Aroma Essentials Choco Body Balm Review

Hi folks,

The only thing I hate about winters is dry skin and chapped lips. Who else is on the same boat with me??!! Dry skin requires little extra care these days. My hands and feet tend to get more dry than normal days in winters. I tried the Choco body balm from Aroma Essentials and today's review is about that. Let's see the detailed review of Choco body balm.

About Aroma Essentials
Aroma Essentials believes in simple goodness for your skin. The products made by Aroma Essentials are free of artificial fragrances and ingredients. They are dermatogloically tested and not tested on animals. Moreover they are with small shelf life and freshly made to give your skin TLC.

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17 Oct 2015

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Aroma Essentials Papaya exfo - Review

Hi folks,

The October heat is taking a toll my on health, always feeling like drinking some or the other cold drink. I don't drink colas though. With the winter approaching my skin is becoming patchy with some dry patches. My skin is oily and if not cleansed regularly I get white heads and skin tends to look rough, specially on nose area. I regularly follow CTM and once in a while steam my face. But then steaming also has downsides that is large pore size.

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14 Oct 2015

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Sneak peek of Aroma Essentials products I received

Aroma Essentials believes in Simple goodness for your skin. Aroma Essentials provide completely natural solutions for skin and hair without any side effects. Products are a combination of aromatherapy and botanical extracts.

Aroma Essentials products are made of natural essential oils, natural vegetable oils, natural butter and emollients which are non-comedogenic and non-irritant and.hence safe for usage. This ensures that the products give your skin and hair nourishing, refreshing and revitalizing treatment.

All Aroma Essentials products are handmade with natural ingredients. The shelf of almost all products is 6 months so you can really say that they are free of artificial preservatives.

Madhurima of Aroma Essentials sent me some products according to my skin type. I have oily skin with faint post acne marks. At Aroma Essentials products are to be strictly used according to the skin type. The products which we get in market are made with chemicals, usually are for all skin types. But at Aroma Essentials each product is suited for a particular skin type thus ensuring effectiveness.

The products I received are

  • Green tea face wash
  • Choco body balm
  • Papaya exeo
  • Sebum control gel
  • Bright skin mask

I am very excited to use the products and share my experience with you all. I am currently using the sebum control gel and I will soon be reviewing the products.

Have you tried any Aroma Essentials product/s? Share with me in comments section below.

Till then have a great day ahead :)
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11 Oct 2015

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Za true white exfoliating clay - Review

Hi gals,

How are you all? I am going to review Za true white exfoliating clay today (another late review I know)
My skin is oily and requires frequent pampering. But due to hectic schedule am unable to do so. I received a sample sized Za true white exfoliating clay. Initially I didn't find it to be great. As and when I used it frequently it didn't let me down. Let's see how the product is and it's effects on skin.

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7 Oct 2015


Poha Vada Recipe

Hola folks,

Am back with another quick and easy recipe. It's been such a long time that I posted a recipe on blog.

Today's recipe is vada made from Poha that is Poha Vada.

The recipe requires deep frying so people who are conscious about calorie intake may not find this to be a healthy recipe. I personally love, love, love this recipe because of its crispness. Let's get started with the recipe it is pretty easy and quick (lazy me). Let's talk about the recipe now. 

Ingredients for Poha Vada

  • 3 handful of poha
  • Little besan and rice flour
  • 2 small finely chopped onions
  • Finely chopped coriander
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilli powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Tissue paper (for absorbing extra oil)
  • Tomato or tamarind sauce

Procedure for making Poha Vada

1) Soak poha in water and discard all the water and keep aside and let the poha fluff.
2) Add chopped onion and coriander and mix well with the poha using your hand.
3) Add gram flour (besan) and rice flour just enough to make dough. Don't add much flours as the vadas will not fry properly then.
4) Add salt and chilli powder according to your taste and mix the dough with little water. Make the dough not too hard and not tooo soft.
5) Now take oil in pan (kadhai) and heat it well.
6) Make small tikkis out of the dough and keep aside.
7) After the oil is heated sufficiently dip the tikkis in hot oil and fry on low flame till both sides turn brownish.
8) After they are evenly fried on both sides remove them and keep on tissue paper to absorb the excess oil.
9) That's it serve the poha vada hot with tomato ketchup or tamarind sauce.

Please note

  • Serve the poha vada immediately till they are crispy.
  • Add little flour/s else they will not turn crispy.
  • You can also add veggies to the poha vada recipe.

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3 Oct 2015


Omved Deep Facial Cleanser Giveaway

Hi folks,

We received a great response for our previous giveaway. You know Golden Rim got featured among 15 top personal blogs in India. Plus we had a few milestones on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so to celebrate these all we have another giveaway.

If you are a regular reader, you might know I recently reviewed Omved Deep Facial Cleanser. The product is made without any chemicals and is herbal in nature.

Omved has happily agreed to giveaway one full sized cleanser to one of the readers of Golden Rim. To take part follow the Rafflecopter widget rules below and stand a chance to win the awesome cleanser. Please read the terms and conditions before taking part.

The place where the Rafflecopter widget says 'Visit' the Facebook page you should 'Like' the Facebook

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner is Geeta Nair!!!
Winner email me full postal address on jquery.sonali@gmail.com within 48 hours of this announcement!!!

The place where the Rafflecopter widget says 'Visit' the Facebook page you should 'Like' the Facebook page.

Terms and conditions

  • One winner will win Omved Deep Facial cleanser.
  • Winner will be selected randomly using the widget.
  • Winner should contact within 48 hours to claim the hamper otherwise another winner will be chosen.
  • This is a sponsored giveaway and am responsible only for holding the giveaway. Cleanser will be sent by Omved team.
  • Giveaway is open to Indian residents with a valid Indian postal address.

So what are you waiting for, take part in the giveaway and stand a chance to win the cleanser which is free from chemicals and very gentle on skin. You never know, you might be the lucky one to win it.

Good luck everyone :)

Image courtesy- Omved store
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