27 Jun 2018

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Skincare Empties #9


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.
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20 Jun 2018

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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!
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14 Jun 2018

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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 of MCaffeine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel
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 of MCaffeine Neem Glow Gel

My experience with Mcaffine Neem Glow Gel
The product is housed in a cute, frosted glass jar with a double plastic lid to prevent leakage. I like this compact 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 the healthy glow 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 of Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel
Mcaffine Neem Caffeine Glow Gel imparts a healthy glow to the skin with intense hydration and moisturization. I love 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.
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13 Jun 2018

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The Eco Store - Shopping Experience and Review

Being an avid online shopper, I shop almost all of my skincare products from online portals. Who doesn't love online shopping, adding products to your cart, paying with a click and the products are delivered right at your doorstep? But online shopping does have it's own disadvantage if we think about the environment we are living in. The amount of plastic, fuel surcharge for shipping the products, packaging material used. While some of you may say some brands are available only online, I couldn't agree more. 

Ever since I shifted to Bangalore, I used to drop in by a store which sells eco friendly and organic products be it related to food or cutlery or skincare. But I never shopped any skincare products from them. Last month I wanted an Aloe Vera gel and then I decided to check the skincare products in Bangalore based The Eco Store. I was stunned to see brands like Rustic Art, Soul Tree, Mittise, BonSoul, Vedantika Herbals on their shelves. The store itself is made with a purpose of providing the local artisans or artisans who make organic and eco friendly products, a platform to sell their goods. How many of us think io having a shop like this? But very few people build the idea into a store like this.

Let's see what is the objective and purpose of the Eco Store 

Our Vision is to participate in initiatives that are aimed to provide sustainable livelihoods by promoting products made by NGOs, through an effective Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) model. The concept is to provide sales channels to rural farmers, artisans, and women's groups who make high quality products, which are Eco friendly and Organic in nature. By sourcing only Organic, Natural and Eco Friendly products, we are trying to give our bit to save our environment for our next generation and at the same time helping people lead a healthy life. 

We currently have products from the following categories
  • Organic Food
  • Organic Vegetables
  • Organic Gardening Supplies
  • Natural Cosmetics
  • Handmade Jewellery
  • Art & Craft

The Eco Store has a unique policy of accepting online orders wherein they hand deliver fresh fruits and vegetables apart from groceries and other products within 8 km distance around the store. By hand delivery, I mean they don't pack your order items in a box, they simply carry it in a bag, which upon delivery needs to be returned to them. I find this something unique, wherein no packaging material is used and still products get delivered to your doorstep. They also have delivery areas mentioned on their website and you can check it here. You can also check out their Facebook Page

Now, coming to the skincare products I shopped by actually dropping in their store are Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel, BonSoul Aloe Vera gel and Mittise Aloe Clay Cleanser. I was so excited to see the skincare collection and wanted to go berserk by doing some major damage to my wallet 😂😂.

Apart from this I also availed their online shopping service and shopped for following products
  • Soul Tree Tulsi and Sandalwood Moisturising Gel
  • Soul Tree Cleansing Lotion
  • Soul Tree Pure Rose Toning Mist
  • Neev Masoor Dal Face Pack
  • Bindus Herbal Orange Peel Powder

I always wanted to try Soul Tree products and other new brands hence I grabbed all of these. After ordering online I received an email stating my order details and my order was delivered immediately that day. I so wish we have many eco stores like these and/or The Eco Store in Bangalore itself has many branches all over India. What say? I would highly recommend you all to drop in by The Eco Store if you are in Bangalore anytime. I am definitely going to continue shopping the skincare and food products from their store.
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