28 Nov 2015

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Essence Glossy lipbalm Review

Heya gals,

Today I am reviewing Glossy lipbalm from Essence. Essence is an European brand. Essence cosmetics says NO to animal testing and YES to quality with prices affordable enough to try a fabulous new look whenever you want. They have a full range of beauty products to make you look great. They have everything ranging from skincare to facecare, from lipcare to nailscare and eyes. Read about them here and find them on Facebook here

Brand claims-
Pampering, light formula of the glossy lipbalms in fresh colors gives lips a gorgeous shine with a delicious fragrance.

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27 Nov 2015

26 Nov 2015

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Soc 3D Snail Anti-Aging Moisturizing and Conditioning Serum Review

3D mask means a mask sheet that is well cut and sewed onto a 3D face shape which can fit the shape of your face better than the flat face masks.

Today's post is about the first 3D mask am trying from skin18.com. Let's directly go to the review.

Product claims-
The main element of sticky snail’s muslin is a chondroitin sulfate. It is excellent in skin elasticity and immune enhancement as well as skin moisturizing.

Ingredients - Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Ferment Filtrate, Folic acid, Human oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer, polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Perfume

Directions for use
Cleanse and dry face thoroughly. Open pouch, remove, SOC 3D Facial Mask, and apply to face. Leave on face for 15-45 minutes.Remove mask and pat until essence is fully absorbed.

My experience
I applied the mask after cleansing my face. The mask fit was ok sort but it was better than the earlier ones. Since it is a pre sewed mask it is supposed to fit properly. But then one size doesnt fit all. I wasn't worried about the mask fitting as I was concentrating on the essence.

The essence is very thick in nature and has a very mild fragrance. The essence is transparent in nature and gel sort so it takes time for the skin to absorb the essence. The fragrance is similar to the other masks which I have already reviewed. As soon as we put on the mask the fragrance fades away.
I removed the mask after 15 minutes and dabbed the essence and waited for the essence to dry up. I washed off the essence carefully and patted my skin dry.

I squeezed out the essence after using to take a pic.

My skin felt smooth and the skin tone was evened up. I felt an instant glow on my face. The skin was felling fresh and silky. I washed my face directly before going to bed and then too I didn't feel like moisturising my skin.

The In
  • Travel friendly. It is way too small compared to even other manly packagings.
  • Budget friendly
  • Very mild fragrance
  • Makes the skin smooth and silky
  • Gives an instant glow to the face
  • Skin feels fresh
The Out
  • Didn't find any

Availability Available on Skin18.com.website at affordable prices.

Price - $1 on Skin18.com website. Currently as a freebie on website.

Shelf life - expiry date is provided but I cannot read any manufacturing date as the packaging instructions are in Korean language.

Overall Thoughts
The essence is quite thick in nature and has mild or no fragrance at all. The packaging is very very travel friendly. The mask intensely moisturises the kin and makes it smooth and soft. It will suit all skin types.

Repurchase- Maybe not as I like the Mirum Fresh Fruit Series more :D

Recommendation - Yes as it intensely nourishes the skin and moisturizes it giving an instant glow.

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23 Nov 2015

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Cleomee Donkey Real Milk Oil Mask (Whitening and Wrinkle Improvement) Review

I have tried another mask from the masks sent by skin18.com for review. This mask is a nourishing and hydrating mask. It is formulated to improve elasticity, improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, supports natural cell renewal,prevent moisture loss and brighten skin tone. Let's see the review of the mask.

Brand claims
The essential fatty acid and vitamin elements, enriched from donkey oil and donkey milk will promote the healthy skin and create the beautiful skin tone of your own

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Donkey milk, Dimethicone, Donkey Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Fragrance

Directions for use-
On cleansed and toned skin, place the sheet mask over the skinLeave on for 15 to 25 minutes and remove the mask. Let the skin absorb the remaining essence by gently patting the skin

My experience
The mask fits quite well with folds. The essence is milky and thick in nature and ample in quantity. I applied the mask for about 15 minutes only as my skin is oily.
After removing the mask I rinsed my face with cold water as this mask is not transparent in nature. My skin felt plump and extensively hydrated. Skin felt smooth and sickly for around 10 hours.
Extra essence I discarded as I didn't want my skin to become oily. I was just being cautious...
This mask is similar to other masks which hydrates the skin and gives a smooth finish.

The In
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Makes the skin smooth and silky
  • Extra Essence can be used to treat dry hands and feet
  • Travel friendly
  • More suitable for dry skin
The Out
  • Contains animal extracts
  • Many not suit oily skin

Availability - on Skin18.com as well as Amazon.

Price -$3 on Skin18.com website

Shelf life - not mentioned

Overall thoughts
The mask is hydrating and gives a subtle glow to the face. Makes the skin plump, smooth and silky. I have oily skin but I used it in winters so my skin didn't get oily. But maybe it will be more suitable for dry skin than oily skin. I didn't have any breakouts though.

Repurchase Maybe not because of animal extracts (personal preference)

Recommendation Yes for dry skinned beauties

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19 Nov 2015

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Four Seasons Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask Review, Price

I used the Four Seasons Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask for wrinkle treatment. But I don't have any wrinkles so I didn't expect much from this product. Read on know if it is effective on wrinkles or not?!

Product claims
This anti wrinkle functional sheet mask contains snail secretion filtrate that regenerates healthy skin appearance while giving elasticity to skin and supplying moisture and nutrition.

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtarte, Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Xantham Gum, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Hamamellis Viginiana Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Capryly Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrytate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Allantoin, Ceteareth-20, Glyecryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Cetearyl alcohol,  Cetyl Palmitrate, Citric Acid, 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
I don't have wrinkles so I didnt expect much from this mask. I tried it to see if there is any stretching effect of the mask or not.

The fragrance of the mask is very less so cannot really say like what the fragrance is and sheet has ample of essence. The mask fit quite well with a few folds. I readied my skin after cleansing and toning. I applied the mask for about 25 minutes and removed it carefully. After applying the mask I had a little itching sensation as if my skin was being a little stretched.
The essence was a watery and opaque in nature. There was sufficient essence left in the package also. After applying also all the essence from the mask was dripping from chin area. To avoid the dripping I had to lay down after putting the mask.

After removing the mask I dabbed the remaining essence onto my skin. I could feel a tingling sensation as the essence was getting absorbed. Skin felt smooth, hydrated after the essence had dried up. No sticky residue was left after the essence dried up. The fragrance faded away as soon as I put the mask as the essence has nil fragrance.

The In
  • Travel friendly
  • Affordable
  • Sufficiently hydrating
  • Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin
  • Essence gets absorbed quickly without leaving any residue or sticky feeling
  • Contains snail extract for anti wrinkle effect.
  • Stretches the skin so is effective on wrinkles

The Out

Availability - Available on Skin18.com.

Price  $0.85 on Skin18.com website.

Shelf life - Not mentioned

Overall thoughts
The essence is very watery being opaque in nature and gets absorbed in the skin easily. Doesn't leave sticky residue behind instead stretches the skin for anti wrinkle effect. It intensely hydrates dry skin. Gives a smooth and soft feeling to the skin. I would recommend this mask for anti wrinkle effect as it works on wrinkles by giving a subtle stretch effect to the skin. To see visible effects you have to use more than one mask.

Repurchase - Nope because I don't have wrinkles

Yes surely if you have wrinkles or have stared getting wrinkles.

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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16 Nov 2015

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Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion Review (with Tamarind Seeds Extract and Essential Oil)

I love using moisturizing lotions all around the year, specially for my hands and feet. I don't religiously put on lotions before going to bed but I regularly apply during daytime. Recently I reviewed Aroma Essentials Choco Body Balm which is very good for skin. Today I am reviewing Organic Harvest Moisturizing Lotion with Tamriand seeds extract and Essential Oil

Organic Harvest puts the power of plants in all its products. They have developed a range of high-performance products, combining the power of plants with ORGANIC and NATURAL ingredients.

Brand claims
This gentle and efficient moisturizing lotion containing tamarind seeds extract and plant derived actives with NMF which gives 24 hour moisturization that replenishes and protects the skin's moisture barrier. It helps promote a soft, supple skin texture and leaves your skin feeling resilient and moisture refreshed.

Aqua, Tamarind Seeds Extract, ECOCERT certified Sorbian Olivate, Essential Oil in Cream base

Directions for use
In the am & pm using fingertips pamper your body to have youthful, charming skin.

My experience
This body lotion is a thin white lotion that is neither runny nor thick. It spreads with ease and gets absorbed quickly without leaving any oily residue on skin. It feels as if there you haven't applied anything on skin.

I applied it after bathing and it moisturised my skin for 6-7 hours.
This moisturizing body lotion has Tamarind seeds extract which is known for it's anti ageing effects on skin. This is the first time I am using a tamarind seeds extract product.

The packaging is sturdy with double cap packaging for the pump. The inner cap is loose and comes out easily but the outer cap is tight and sturdy. It is absolutely safe for travelling and spill proof.
The pump dispenser works well but needs to be pumped many times for desired amount of product.
Regarding the fragrance, it is quite pleasing and doesn't linger on for more time. The fact that it is free of harmful chemicals makes it a great option for those with sensitive skin.

The In
  • Contains tamarind seeds extract
  • Free of parabens
  • Sturdy and travel friendly double cap packaging
  • Pump dispenser packaging
  • Spill proof packaging
  • Not so lingering aroma
  • Gets absorbed easily in skin even if applied in excess
  • Doesn't leave the sticky or oily residue
  • Neither runny nor thick consistency. It is of perfect consistency
  • Easily available online
The Out
  • Quantity offered according to price is less
Availability - Available at all leading stores. Available online on Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Purplle, ShopClues, Satvikko, NewU.

Price and Shelf life- 595 INR for 100ml with a shelf life of 2 years

Overall thoughts
It is a great moisturizer which is light weight but moisturises well. It is free of chemicals and is non sticky, non oily and spreads with ease. It is a perfect choice for winters as well as summers. It will definitely suit sensitive skin also. If you like using non sticky body lotion then this surely is a best option. But people with severe dry skin may feel the need to apply twice.

Repurchase - Yes, but at a discounted price.

Recommendation - Yes, because of tamarind seed extracts and the fact that is free from chemicals.

NB- Product sent by brand for review. Honest review.
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13 Nov 2015

The Glitterbug Giveaway

The Glitterbug giveaway is finally here. The Glitterbug is a brand which makes handmade jewellery products, you can read more about them here. 1 winner will win the earring, earring cuffs and temporary tattoos shown in pics below!! To enter the giveaway follow the Rafflecopter widget. 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 page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Terms and conditions

  • 1 winner will win The Glitterbug prizes shown in pics above
  • Winners will be selected randomly using the widget.
  • The giveaway runs from 13th Nov 2015 till 27th Nov 2015. See the widget for number of days
  • Winners should contact within 48 hours to claim the hamper otherwise another winners will be chosen.
  • This is a sponsored giveaway and am responsible only for holding the giveaway. Prizes will be sent by The Glitterbug team. Am not responsible if you don't receive the prize.
  • Giveaway is open to Indian residents with a valid Indian postal address. If you can provide a valid Indian postal address of your relatives you can take part in the giveaway.

So what are you waiting for, take part in the giveaway and stand a chance to win these jewellery from The Glitterbug. You never know, you might be the lucky one to win the jewellery.

Good luck everyone :)

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12 Nov 2015

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DIY winter skin recipes

Today am going to share two DIY for dry skin. Winters have already started in India and stripping oil from our face and body. We often apply lotions and moisturizers to keep dryness at bay.
Sometimes I like to make DIY recipes for skin also. Here we go without much gyan...

Banana mask for skin
You will need a ripe mashed banana and sugar. Mix this together to form a thick paste. Massage gently onto your skin and let it dry a bit. Rinse with lukewarm water.
I usually use a banana which I have forgotten to eat and instead of throwing it away I apply to hair or to skin :D
Banana is a great moisturizer. The mask will make your skin soft and smooth.

Almond hand cream
For this you will need coconut oil, almond oil and beeswax. Take 1/4 part of bees wax, 1/2 part coconut oil and 1/2 part almond oil. You can use sweet almond oil also. Melt the beeswax in double boiler. After it melts add coconut and almond oil. Heat well till all the ingredients are mixed well. Pour in a container while it's cooled a little bit. After cooling fully it hardens. Don't pour hot mixture in glass container or plastic ones.

Tell me your secret skincare recipes or tricks
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10 Nov 2015

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Aroma Essentials Green Tea facewash Review, Price

Out of all the products I received from Aroma Essentials this is the last I am reviewing. I have been using the Green Tea facewash for past 8 days. Read on to know my experience.

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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8 Nov 2015

My third Leibster Award acceptance and nominations

I cannot believe this is my third Leibster Award. This time Shilpa who blogs at Alive and Kicking has given me the award. It's been only 9 months I am blogging and have been nominated 3 times for Leibster award I am very very happy :D

Shilpa blogs about everything it takes to complete a life right from beauty, health, fashion, food, shopping,
parenthood, relationships to blogging campaigns. She is an inspiration to many newbie bloggers. Thanks a ton Shilpa for considering me for the Leibster award.

Now the rules for Leibster award.

  • Thank the person who nominated you and comment on their blog.Include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think deserve the award and notify them.
  • Answer the 11 questions you are given
  • Give new questions or same for the bloggers you nominate to answer.
  • Make a copy of rules in your post.

My questions to the nominees

  1. Who has been your motivation in the blogging world?
  2. What do you wish you were better at?
  3. Any cute childhood memory.
  4. What's your favourite pastime?
  5. On which social platform can we find you most active?
  6. Define yourself as a person in one sentence.
  7. What is your unfulfilled dream till date?
  8. What is the most important thing you learnt from blogging?
  9. Which kind of attire you prefer in daily routine?
  10. Did you ever have any unpleasant experience related to blogging? If yes, brief about it
  11. How did you decide the name of your blog?

My answers to the questions posed by Shilpa

1. Who has been your motivation in the blogging world?
My best friends have been my motivation in the blogging world. I like a lot to write. When I told my best friends that I have started a blog they advised me never to stop writing.

2. What do you wish you were better at?
I wish I was better at elocution in school. I have a severe stage fear and cannot talk infront of a crowd. This is the one thing I wish I was better at!!!

3. Any cute childhood memory
Oh yes, my first school crush <3

4. What's your fav pastime?
My favorite pastime is reading. I can read anything and for any amount.of time. I also like to watch television.

5. On which social platform can we find you most active?

6.Define yourself as a person in one sentence.
My heart knows only two things everything or nothing at all. I hope this sums up everything about me :D

7. What is your unfulfilled dream till date?
Unfulfilled dream as such is not one but are many. I dream of having a mini library, a big bungalow where I can do gardening all day long, wish to learn baking, wish to become a wedding photographer.... Many cannot quote one...

8. What is the most important thing you learnt from blogging?
Most important thing I have learnt is blogging is an expression of yourself and content is STILL the king.

9. Which kind of attire you prefer in daily routine?
I usually prefer a Kurti and Leggings which is utmost comfortable for me. I can also spend the whole day wearing a chiffon or georgette saree :)

10. Did you ever have any unpleasant experience related to blogging? If yes, brief about it.
Yes, after hosting my first giveaway when a participant commented that my blog is not a place for hardwork. Basically if you don't follow all the rules how you expect to win and on top of it blame the blogger!!!

11. Please give a suggestion/compliment/feedback about my blog Alive n Kicking :)
I particularly like how you blog on various topics. I would really like to give a suggestion to you Shilpa that if possible can you change the theme of your blog as well as commenting system? If possible and this is very personal suggestion from the point of view of a blog reader and not a blogger.

Now my nominees are

Aditi who blogs at Serene Sparkle
Gemma who blogs at Jacquard Flower
Anubhuti who blogs at Sense it Eve
Jayshree who blogs at Makeup Review Blog
Purva who blogs at Planet Beauties
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6 Nov 2015

3 Nov 2015

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Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey Real Natural Mask Pack Review, Price

Mirum fresh fruit series provide your skin with marvelous hydration and nutrition. Mirum fresh fruit mask series are especially designed for all the skin types and all kinds of needs with Natural Cotton Crosel Sheet. It is a mask sheet made from 100% natural cotton which means it can attach to the face tightly and help the essence ingredients contained in the mask to be absorbed completely.

Let's see the review of the mask which I tried that is Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey Mask from skin18.com

Product claims
Mirum fresh fruit series provides your skin with marvelous hydration and nutrition. The dense and compact cotton mask sheet can be attached perfectly to your skin.

Is in Korean. English instructions and ingredients not mentioned on the pack.

Directions for use - After cleansing, apply toner on skin first. Take out of the mask and attach it on face evenly. After 15-20 minutes, take off the mask. Massage the remaining essence if any.

My experience
The Mirum Fresh Fruit Honey mask is made up of cotton ans you can actually feel it as soon as you take out the mask from the packaging. The mask has a fruity smell especially like caramel. Maybe it's because of the honey.

The mask fits quite nicely as compared to the previous masks. The essence in the mask is a lot thinner and less as compared to previous masks. The mask intensely hydrates the skin. I didn't feel the need to hydrate my skin for about 16 hours. I washed my face directly at bees besides rinsing my face after the essence had dried up.

My skin was hydrated and flet smooth and soft. I had to consciously keep my fingers from touching my smooth skin. I also felt a little glow on my face.

The In
  • Pleasant fruity smell
  • Conatins honey which provides necessary nutrition for skin.
  • Mask is Natural Cotton Crosel Mask which instantly upgrades the essence absorption of the skin.
  • Instantly improves skin’s hydration
  • Good attachment performance
  • Travel friendly
  • Budget friendly

The Out
Ingredients list in English is not mentioned.

Availability - On skin18.com website here

Price - $1.20 but currently as a freebie on skin18.com website

Shelf life - not mentioned

Overall thoughts
Due to the Natural Cotton Crosel Sheet the mask fits nicely and improves the essence absorption. You don't need to dab the essence as it gets completely absorbed by the skin. The fragrance is pleasant fruity and essence is non sticky and easy to apply. The mask gives the skin a lot of nourishment and smoothness. The skin feels fresh and hydrated. It also imparts a glow to the skin which the product doesn't claim to do. Overall I am happy with the Mirum Fresh Fruit Series.

Repurchase - Yes, would love trying the whole Mirum Fresh Fruit series.

Recommendation - Yes totally especially if you have dry skin and also if you need nourishment for the skin!!!

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