31 Jul 2018

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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?
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19 Jul 2018

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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

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

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17 Jul 2018

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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.

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
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13 Jul 2018

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Life and Pursuits Soak in Goodness Body Lotion Review


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.

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
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2 Jul 2018

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Plum Green Tea Clear Face 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. 

Plum Green Tea Clear Mask Review

Brand Claims and Ingredients 

My experience of using Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask

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 of Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask

  • 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 of Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask

  • The fragrance might be a problem for sensitive skin
Price, Shelf life and Availability - 490 INR for 60 gms with a shelf life of 2 years. Available online at 20% or more discount here

Recommendation of plum green tea clear face mask
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?! ♥️

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