18 Jul 2019

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Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum Review

Ilana Organics is a brand which was on my wishlist since long. I have also been shopping regularly from Qtrove.com and have also blogged down my Qtrove Review. So when I had a coupon code for shopping above a certain cart value I immediately shopped for Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum. I am penning down the review after using the serum for 3 weeks of usage. So let's get started with the review of Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum.

Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum Review

Brand Claims and Ingredients

Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum Review

Packaging, Texture, Fragrance
The product is housed in a transparent glass bottle with a dropper. I don't understand why the product is housed in a transparent bottle when serums and products with essential oils are supposed to be stored in amber coloured glass bottle. Anyway barring this point let's continue the review. The texture of the serum is extremely light weight. You need just 2-3 drops for each usage so the product will easily last 6-7 months. The fragrance is the serum is citrusy of lemon with a hint of tea tree essential oil. Do check the ingredients of the Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum so you will get an idea of the fragrance.

My experience
I get small zits these days and haven't experienced any cystic acne since June. I have been using the product ever since receiving my order from Qtrove. I use the serum in evening or at night as a part of my night skincare routine. The texture of the Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum is extremely light weight and for each use all you need is 2-3 drops. If you use more than 3 drops the skin becomes overtly oily and the serum just sits on the skin.

Coming to the efficiency of Ilana Clarifying Serum, it shows effects on minimizing the zits in just 2 days. Over a period of regular usage it helps to banish the small sized acne and prevents them from recurring. I didn't experience any tingling sensation or any sensitivity to the essential oils added in the serum. Also speaking of the texture it gives to the skin, it leaves a glossy hint to the skin without any sticky feeling. Although I didn't experience any cystic or big size acne since June, I think Ilana Clarifying Serum will definitely help reduce the cystic acne with regular usage of a few weeks. Also when we stop using any product with tea tree essential acne is bound to reoccur.

Ilana Clarifying Face Serum Review

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 770 INR for 15ml with a shelf life of 2 years from manufacturing date. Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum is available online on Qtrove.com, Amazon.in and Ilana Organics website.

Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum is a good option to tackle acne and keep it acne free with regular usage. Moreover the light texture of the serum makes it suitable for daily usage. The fragrance of the serum is also not overpowering or lingering. The serum helps to reduce acne in just 2 days of use. The only thing I don't like about the serum is that it could have been housed in an amber coloured glass bottle. So would suggest to keep the serum away from sunlight.
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17 Jul 2019

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Colorbar Nude’IT Rose Clay Mask Review

Hello, everyone, I am Savita Sharma this is my first guest post on skincarevilla. I love to try new face masks and what better than summers to try and test facial masks. Today, I will review a face mask by Colorbar. Colorbar recently came up with a skin care line. This is my first ever purchase from their skincare line. Ready to use clay-based masks are always my choice. Ingredients of this one attracted me. Keep on reading to know my experience.

This facial-in-a-jar hydrate restores and calms your skin for a powerful boost of radiance. With 100% natural rose water, grapefruit water, licorice, aloe vera, green tea extract, and wheat germ oil, the Nude’ It Rosé Clay mask is the ultimate drink for your skin.
No parabens. No silicon. Only nourishing love.
Actives from France and Spain.

FREE FROM Parabens, Silicons


  • A nourishing, conditioning face mask that can be used by both men and women.
  • Enriched with 100% natural rose water, grapefruit water, licorice, aloe vera, green tea extract, and wheatgerm oil.
  • Hassle-free application that lasts only 15 minutes.
  • Contains a complimentary brush for an even application.
  • Dermatologically tested.

The face mask comes in a cardboard box. The tub is made of frosted glass with a plastic rose gold screw cap. There is also a free small face pack brush. The packaging looks luxurious.

Mask is baby pink in colour.

Mask is extremely soft like a cream. Very easy to spread evenly on face.

It smells like roses.

HOW TO USE Colorbar Nude’IT Rose Clay Mask
Apply a thin, even layer on your face, avoiding the eye area and lips. Drink rosé for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, massaging your face in a circular motion to activate the mask’s exfoliation power. Use 2-3 times a week.

Always, always, always cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser before applying a mask – even if you have no makeup on! Masks only absorb deeply into clean, damp skin.

SUITABLE FOR - All skin types.

AVAILABILITY - Nykaa, Amazon.in

PRICE - 55 gm - INR 450

I loved the packaging and colour of the mask. It feels luxurious. It is very easy to apply with a brush. The texture is smooth with no particles in it. This pack is hydrating so it's good for dry skin. I don't agree with facial in 15 mins claim by the brand however it does make face clean and supple. No extraordinary glow. It does add some brightness which is temporary. It helps in removing mild suntan. I leave this mask on for 15 mins or till it drys. The face does not feel dry after washing. Overall, it is a decent mask to try.

PROS of Colorbar Nude’IT Rose Clay Mask
  • Luxurious looking packaging.
  • Environment friendly glass packaging.
  • Smooth texture.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Drys off quickly.
  • 97% natural.
  • Important information is provided on the tub.
  • Cruelty-Free.
  • Vegan.
  • Dermatologically tested.
  • Complimentary brush.
CONS of Colorbar Nude’IT Rose Clay Mask
  • Some may find it pricey. 
  • No extraordinary glow.
  • Heavyweight tub.

NO!! I am a sucker for face masks so definitely going to try new ones. I don't rebuy a mask unless and until it is perfectly good for my liking.

Love 😇 till next time.

About the Author

Savita Sharma is a author of www.myvibe.in who loves to try new skincare, haircare and makeup. She recently started her blog to share her vibe. She believes in being honest, genuine and transparent in her writing.

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15 Jul 2019

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Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil Review

Hello my lovelies! Using oils on face is literally in trend these days. So your girl is here with her review on  Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil. I'm sure you all must be aware of how rich Rosehip oil is in fatty acids and Vitamin A. Also Rosehip oil  can improve skin texture and  reduce the appearance of acne scars or stretch marks. So now let's see how this oil from an amazing brand worked for me.

Price- 580 INR for 30ml.

Shelf life- 1 year from date of manufacturing.

Availability- Nykaa , Juicy Chemistry.

Ingredients- rosa canina(rosehip) oil. Ingredients are from organic farming.

What Does It Says-  Rosehip oil (Rosa canina) is a sweet-smelling oil derived from the seeds of rose bushes. It has a high concentration of essential fatty acids which are beneficial to the skin. It has a high content of Vitamin C, and is an effective antioxidant which helps reduce the appearance of scarring, hyper-pigmentation, and skin damage.

How To Use-  For a relaxing massage: Warm the oil in your hands or place the bottle on warm water, add your favorite essential oil, to massage and ease your tense muscles and relax your joints.
As a hair oil: Gently massage form scalp to tip, leave overnight for deep conditioning.

Color- Orangeish - Yellowish

Texture- Runny (obviously) and slightly thick for does not feel heavy on my combination skin.
Fragrance- It slightly smells like castor oil to me. It has a different scent neither floral nor earthy. One thing I know is that it will not bother sensitive nose for sure.

My Experience with Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil
I bought this oil almost 10-11 months ago. I was not just looking for a hydrating serum but also an oil which can help me lighten my "light" acne scars. I'm very much disappointed by this oil . Had I just wanted hydration from it I would have used any other oils like oOive or Almond. For the first 2 months I used it as a night moisturizer by mixing few drops in my Innisfree Aloevera Gel. I used to wake up with hydrated face but again I was not looking for hydration. After those 2 months I started using it on its own for next 3 months and still it didn't lighten my scars even a bit. Next thing I did was giving  up on it and starting using it on my scalp instead ( I'm very patient that way). It really nourished my scalp and made my hair look more healthy ans softer . Finally I was relieved that it is of some use. If not for face but definitely  for hair. If you're some one who has very dry and rough hair then I would really recommend this oil to you. Now let's conclude some pros and cons for this oil.

Pros of Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil

  • Nourishes your hair.
  • I love glass packaging.
  • Makes your skin soft.
  • Will work for every skin type.
  • No artificial colors and preservatives.
  • Cruelty free
  • Certified Organic

Cons of Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil

  • I have very few and not much noticeable scars but this oil didn't even helped me even a bit to lighten them.
  • Leaves yellow-ish tint , so you can not use it in the morning.

Will I recommend Juicy Chemistry Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil
Nope! if you want to use Rosehip Oil for hyper pigmentation or scars lightening  then a big no! it did not work for me. Well if you just need a facial oil for some basic hydration then it's good. Also you can try it as a hair massage oil. Well let me tell you guys that I will definitely try rosehip oil again but this time from some other brand, maybe from Moolit Beauty or The ordinary.

Have you ever used any Rosehip oil  if yes, then from which brand?  Do let me know in the comment section below.

About the Author

Shivani Shekhawat is a content writer who loves all things beauty. She is skincare junkie and a lipstick lover. She also runs her own blog Lace Your Beauty where she shares her brutal honest views on various skincare and makeup.
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12 Jul 2019

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15+ Paraben free face cream with SPF

We have been hearing about the paraben free products often these days. Moreover we even have paraben free cosmetics taking over the beauty market. Why are people taking paraben free products seriously and do we really have paraben free products? Let's see what the buzz is about.

Parabens are synthetic compounds used in health and beauty products, which work as preservatives and prevent the growth of mold and bacteria in a product. Preservatives increase the shlef life of a product thereby inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, and Ethylparaben are the most commonly used parabens in skin care products as well as makeup.

The chemical structure of parabens resembles that of estrogen which get absorbed into your skin. So, parabens can mimic the effects of estrogen. Studies haven't completely proved the effects of paraben on human body but people are being safe rather than being sorry.

Now coming to the paraben free face cream with SPF topic, SPF is inevitable, if we don't want our skin  to suffer the after effects of harmful sunrays, UV rays. So using a paraben free face cream with added benefits of SPF is like a cherry on the cake. Using an SPF moisturiser is important not just in the summers but all round the year Protecting the skin is a key step for a happy, healthy looking complexion! So let's take a look at the list of paraben free face cream with spf.

  1. Mamaearth day cream with SPF 20+
  2. Organic Harvest Day Cream
  3. Biobloom Sunscreen & Day Protect Lotion
  4. O3+ Radiant Whitening Day Cream SPF 30 Brightening and Whitening
  5. Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser SPF 15
  6. O3+ Mattifying Gel Cream Spf 50 
  7. Plum Chamomile & White Tea Sheer Matte Day Cream SPF 50
  8. Mixify Unloc Power Duo Day & Night Cream
  9. Himalaya Herbals Youth Eternity Day Cream SPF 15
  10. Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25
  11. Plum Grape Seed and Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream SPF 30
  12. Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Madurai Jasmine & Mogra SPF 25
  13. Lotus Organics Divine Nutritive Crème SPF 20
  14. Lotus Organics Divine Nutritive Hydrating Lotion SPF20
  15. O3+ Plunge Natural Radiance Glow Cream SPF 15
  16. Plum Day-Light Sunscreen Spf 35 Pa+++
  17. Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Moisturizing Cream SPF25
  18. Soultree Sun Protection Cream with Aloe and Green Tea SPF 30

Mamaearth Natural Radiance Day Cream with SPF 20+

Mamaearth Natural Radiance day cream is a light-weight, non- greasy daily moisturizing day cream. It has a fast absorbing it gives softer, smoother and healthier skin with no white cast. It deeply nourishes the skin without making your skin feel oily or sticky. SPF 20 helps protect skin against harmful sun exposure and UVA / UVB rays. It has Moringa oil and Rice Bran Oil, which protect the skin from harmful pollutants and sun rays. Pomegranate oil in the cream is responsible for hydrating and maintaining the moisture in the skin without any greasy effect. The cream is free from all harmful toxins such as parabens, mineral oil, silicone etc. This would be a good paraben free moisturizer for oily skin.
Price - 599 INR for 50ml

Organic Harvest Daily Day Cream

Organic Harvest Daily Day Cream with SPF 30 has a pretty good formula, which protects and minimizes the harm caused by sun rays. Magnesium salts and Natural Moisturizing Factors purify the skin, keeping it fresh and supple. It is a 100% oil-free cream, which also purifies the skin cells to increase their longevity and helps your skin stay young and well cared.
Price - 1195 INR for 50gms

Biobloom Sunscreen & Day Protect Lotion

Biobloom's Sunscreen & Day Protect Lotion is enriched with Liquorice & Carrot Seed Oil. This Paraben Free Sunscreen is free from all toxic chemicals and protects the skin from external factors. Liquorice protects against sunlight and UV Rays and Carrot Seed provides protein and Vitamin E to the skin.
Price - 350 INR for 100ml

O3+ Radiant Whitening Day Cream SPF 30

This Light weight cream is easy to spread and penetrates into the skin quickly without feeling sticky or greasy. It boosts radiance and glow of the skin while providing a broad spectrum sun protection. The skin immediately looks visibly brighter and moisturized. After 7-8 weeks of using this cream, pigmented spots shrink and fade, the numbers of spots look visibly reduced, and skin reveals a softer and smoother texture. It is formulated & designed in Italy, by world class dermatologists to suit Indian skin type.
Price - 1050 INR for 50gms

Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser SPF 15

This Light Moisturiser is convenient, combining moisturising and protecting ingredients to help care for your skin, moreover it is suitable even for sensitive skin. It contains no artificial colours or perfumes and no harsh chemicals. It contains Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Glycerin, Allantoin, Bisabol and SPF15.
Price - 395 INR for 125ml

O3+ Mattifying Gel Cream SPF 50

The O3+ Mattifying gel cream with SPF 50 helps in controlling excess sebum while providing the skin brightening  and sun protection. The cream has a light gel based formula that provides sun protection without giving an oily or greasy feeling to the skin. It gives a matte feel to the non greasy & whitening formula. It is highly suitable for oily skin and has matte gel formula, which is easy to absorb. It is formulated in Italy by dermatologists. This would be a perfect choice as a paraben free moisturizer for oily skin.
Price - 445 INR for 50gms

Plum Chamomile & White Tea Sheer Matte Day Cream SPF 50

Plum Chamomile & White Tea Sheer Matte Day Cream  has a micro-emulsion formula that helps distribute the sunscreen more evenly onto your skin. It gives a smooth, matte effect without a white cast. While the SPF protects your skin from the sunrays, the special blend of antioxidants help your skin fight the harmful effects of UV.
  • Chamomile soothes and calms skin during and after sun exposure
  • Antioxidant-rich white tea, Gingko biloba and olive leaf extracts help skin fight free radical damage.
  • A little quantity of cream provides full coverage.
  • Soothing fragrance that calms your senses (phthalate-free)
Price - 520 INR for 60ml

Mixify Unloc Power Duo Day & Night Cream

Mixify Unloc Power Duo Day & Night Cream is of a kind product having both day cream andnight cream in a single jar. This single jar of Day & Night cream makes travelling skincare essentials easy. It is formulated for both women and men. It gives a glow and has anti ageing benefits for the skin. DAY CREAM with SPF 50 is extremely light weight and has a non sticky formula with Vitamin B3, Berberry Extract, Noni Extract and Almond Oil. NIGHT CREAM is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Aquaxil, Vitamin B3 & E, Coconut Oil and extracts of Orange, Yogurt Whey, Cilantro & Bitter Melon
Price- 549 INR for 45 gms each

Himalaya Herbals Youth Eternity Day Cream SPF 15

Himalaya Herbals Youth Eternity Day Cream has a light, non-sticky and fast-absorbing Youth Eternity Day Cream helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines and re-plumps your skin, leaving it looking healthier and younger.  It is infused with Edelweiss Plant Stem Cell Technology that improves skin hydration and boosts elasticity
Price- 499 INR for 50ml

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli contains pure Lavender water, which has therapeutic and calming effect on your skin. The nourishing oat kernel extract and stimulating Neroli Oil, heal and rejuvenate the skin. Yashad Bhasma, a natural sunscreen and herb infused derivative is the source of SPF 25, which offers protection from harsh rays of the Sun.
Price - 2025 INR for 40ml

Plum Grape Seed and Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream SPF 30

Plum Grape Seed and Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream is good  combination of sun protection, everyday hydration and nourishment for the skin. It lends easily, stays light and long. It gives a non patchy and no white cast after application. It contains healing sea buckthorn oil & nourishing grape seed oil. This Light Stay Day Cream is the perfect blend of natural protection, light texture and pleasant skin feel.
Price - 475 INR for 60ml

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Madurai Jasmine & Mogra SPF 25

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Madurai Jasmine & Mogra  is a light daytime moisturizer containing Jasmine which tones and evens out the skin. Mogra, which is a lightly scented variety of Jasmine, has a soothing effect on sensitive skin. Yashad Bhasma a natural sunscreen and herb infused derivative is the source of SPF 25, which offers protection from the harsh rays of the Sun.
Price - 2025 INR for 40ml

Lotus Organics Divine Nutritive Crème SPF 20

Lotus Organics+ Divine Nutritive Creme is fortified with 'nutritious super food'- Irish moss which has the ability to alter your skin. This crème provides your skin the right amount of nurturing and protection it deserves. SPF 20 protects the skin from the harmful UV rays. Skin is moistured, soothed and purified at the same time. Imagine paraben free face cream with spf along with organic ingredients.
Price - 725 INR for 50gms

Lotus Organics Divine Nutritive Hydrating Lotion SPF20

Lotus Organics Divine Nutritive Hydrating Lotion is an ntensely hydrating lotion filled with nutrients. It is enriched with a super food - Irish moss. It quickly melts into the skin and protect it against water loss. It not only nourishes the skin but also reveals natural radiance. The formula has 100% certified organic actives.
Price - 595 INR for 50ml

O3+ Plunge Natural Radiance Glow Cream SPF 15

O3+ Plunge Natural Radiance Glow is a multi tasking cream with SPF 15 that gives skin an instant glow & vibrancy. It has vitamin rich Pomegranate extracted from the tropics. It gives a glow to the skin and evens out the skin tone. The oil free formula absorbs easily into the skin without making it greasy or oily.
Price - 740 INR for 50gms

Plum Day-Light Sunscreen SPF 35 Pa+++

Plum Day-Light Sunscreen has an airy, non-comedogenic formula, which doesn't leave a white cast. The product is fortified with Aloe juice, calendula extract, Green-tea, Niacinamide, Argan oil and plant betain.  Aloe juice and calendula extract calm irritated skin whereas Green-tea provides antioxidant and has acne-fighting ability. Niacinamide helps even out skin ton. The product is quite travel-friendly and is housed in easy-to-use flip-top cap packaging. All Plum products are paraben free so this is undoubtedly a good paraben free face cream with spf.
Price - 575 INR for 50ml

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Moisturizing Cream SPF25

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Moisturizing Cream is a 24H rich hydrating cream. Although the claims seem to tall, it leaves the skin visibly plumper, soft and radiant with beauty. The formula of this cream is tested under dermatological supervision and is especially developed for Normal to dry skin. It has botanical based ingredients such as maple sugar extract, organic agave sap extract, betaine, organic shea butter, organic witch hazel water.
Price - 950 INR for 50ml

Soultree Sun Protection Cream with Aloe and Green Tea SPF 30

Soultree Sun Protection Cream has Olive Oil and Green Tea extracts, which help in resisting harmful effects of UV rays.  Aloe Vera gives a soothing as well as hydrating effect to the skin whereas Vitamin E extract, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Carrot Seed Oil are rich in antioxidants, which protect the skin. It is free of complex chemical UV filters and is suitable for Dry to Normal Skin. Soultree products do not contain Parabens, Silicones, Lead, DEA/TEA, Phtalates, SLS/SLES, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Fragrance. Soultree products are Certified 'Natural' by BDIH, Germany. This is one of the best paraben free face cream with spf.
Price - 650 INR for 100gms

So we hope this list of paraben free face cream with spf is useful for you and we again remind you to use SPF regularly.

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9 Jul 2019

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Raw Beauty Deodorizing Underarm Salve Review

Hey my lovelies!  How's monsoon treating you all? I love this season but hate the humidity it brings. Well today I'm here with a different product, a different summer essential "Raw Beauty Deodorizing Underarms Salve". Raw beauty is a Clean brand based in Jalandhar which makes Body Care Products Made With Organic Ingredients and run by Sunayana Walia . This Underarm salve comes in three variants- "naughty" ,"happy" and "Epsom salt and clay". I chose naughty because it has spicy woody fragrance. so without wasting time let's jump to the review.

Price- 390 INR for 35 gms.

Shelf life- Best before 9 months from Mfg Date.

Availability- To place your order @rawbeauty2018 DM her on Instagram or whatsapp).

Ingredients- Organic coconut oil, Pure unrefined beeswax, Organic arrowroot powder, Naturally occurring baking soda, Pure essential oils of Clove, Patchouli, Cedar wood.

How to use- Take a tiny pinch and rub on your clean underarms after bath. In winters, take pinch and rub between your fingers to melt and apply.

Packaging- It comes in a tiny transparent glass jar which is tightly secured with a screw cap golden in color. Also it comes with an information card which has everything mentioned in it about the salve.

My experience  with Raw Beauty Deodorizing Underarms Salve
I bought this salve in last November end but didn't use it regularly because it was winter time. Now I'm using it from last 3 months consistently. It smells of clove and some light woody fragrance. If you have sensitive nose do not worry, the fragrance is very mild. This amazing mild clove fragrance stays for whole day. Well some people might not like this clove fragrance. One can opt of other 2 available variants. Now coming to it's efficiency, it does what it claims. I'm someone who neither sweat much nor less. For me it controls sweat for the whole day and fragrance also lingers throughout the day though very mild but yes it does stays. Texture is creamy so a little pinch of the product glides smoothly onto skin. It does not feel sticky or uncomfortable at all. The moment you apply it it just sets with the underarm skin. It Feels like a comfortable transparent layer of good fragrance which absorbs sweat like magic ( I like this clove scent a lot). Now talking about the Ingredients, arrowroot powder  helps all the active ingredients to penetrate the upper levels of our skin as it has amazing moisture absorbing qualities. Coconut oil helps reduce inflammation, keeps skin moisturized and also has antimicrobial properties which  protect the skin from harmful bacteria. Essential oils like clove, patchouli oil and cedar wood are present for the fragrance purpose but all of them have their own benefits. Patchouli oil helps soothe inflammation. So next time you go for waxing or shaving you know you have patchouli oil. Cedar wood  oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties whereas clove oil  which is rich in antioxidants and also in antibacterial properties. Last but not the least our very own and well known baking soda is a good exfoliator. Now let's conclude some pros and cons.

Pros of Raw Beauty Deodorizing Underarms Salve

  • Inhibits bacteria.
  • Absorbs sweat.
  • All natural.
  • Prevents bad body order.
  • Cheap ( a little goes long way).
  • Mild fragrance.
  • Controls sweat for whole day long.
  • Non- sticky.
  • Creamy texture

Cons of Raw Beauty Deodorizing Underarms Salve

  • May be availability

Will I Recommend Raw Beauty Deodorizing Underarms Salve?
YES! do buy this if you love using chemical free products or are sensitive to chemical laden deodorants. Don't let the quantity and price mislead you. This 25 gms will last you for more than 4 months if used daily. My lovely people skin under your arms is very thin and usually sensitive (regular shaving/waxing) so do not torture it with chemical laden deodorants.

Do you guys use natural deodorants? do let me know in the comment section below.

About the Author

Shivani Shekhawat is a content writer who loves all things beauty. She is skincare junkie and a lipstick lover. She also runs her own blog Lace Your Beauty where she shares her brutal honest views on various skincare and makeup.
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6 Jul 2019

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What Is Skin Fasting? It’s Time to Give Your Skin A Break!

Skincare Industry is growing day by day with the increase in demand of skincare products. With the increase in demand, the brands are being pushed or forced to bring in new launches with each passing month or week. How many times have you, yourself as a skincare fanatic said "I need something different, something revolutionary in skincare", many times right!? I am no different, I am exactly the same as you are, if I check some new products (ignoring the fact that how luxurious packaging is or not) I get tempted to buy them, especially if the ingredients are different or it's entirely a different blend of ingredients.

Coming back to the topic, a latest skincare trend which is doing rounds is Skin Fasting. Yes, it's similar to the fasting which we follow for body fasting. For body fasting we consume certain foods or juices apart instead of the normal food we intake. Similarly in case of skincare, we fast the skin that is we don't apply anything to the skin. Now there maybe a little bit of alterations in the skin fasting depending on how well your skin responds to or reacts to the skincare fasting. Let's see how skin fasting is done and should you do a skin fasting!

What is Skin Fasting?
Skin Fasting means fasting the skin from the skincare products for a certain period of time so that the skin breathes and takes care of itself. The underlying thought or motive behind Skin Fasting is that the skin needs a break and heals and repairs on it's own (which is very true!!). Our body or mind needs a break on a regular basis in order to function in a proper manner and skin is nothing different. The term Skin Fasting was originally conceived by Mirai Clinical, a Japanese Brand.

How to do Skin Fasting?
Skin Fasting may include ditching the intensive 10 Step skincare routine or ditching the entire routine entirely. Experts believe in using cleansers and moisturizers while on skincare fasting instead of following an extensive routine of toner, serum, moisturizer, sealant, eye cream and all. For those who follow a simple routine of CTM may choose to follow just cleansing and ditch the toning and moisturizing step. Skincare Experts suggest using the sunscreen during skin fasting, although it's a personal call. Some experts also suggest that night cream and eye cream are an indispensable part of your skincare routine, no matter what!

How often to do Skin Fasting?
Again this is a tricky question to answer. Skin Fasting is done for a minimum of 1-4 days in a month and may go up to doing it the whole month. It again depends on your lifestyle, skin condition and your skincare routine. Some beauties may be comfortable with ditching the entire routine for 1-4 days and some may choose to follow just cleansing and eye routine for 1-4 days. It's all about your skin, so you need to decide and check how well your skin responds to the Skin Fasting and follow it accordingly.

My personal experience
In Nov 2017, I had fractured my leg and was on bed rest for 2 months which automatically got me into Skin Fasting mode. To be honest, during those 2 months all I did was wipe my face with a lukewarm water. I didn't experience big cystic acne which other wise I get even after following a good skincare routine.

Should you do a Skin Fasting?
The most important question is Should you do a Skin Fasting? If you are someone who is using a lot of products and still thinking about how to get your skincare game on point, it's time to give Skin Fasting a go. Skin Fasting is not only a method of fasting the skin but also about checking how your skin feels after you stop using certain products. If your skin has stopped breaking out after stopping the products, it's time to trash those products. Skin Fasting was also coined as a term in order to reduce the number of products you use. So if you are into an extensive routine, try Skin Fasting and see how it feels. It was also coined as a term to save money, so you might actually save some bucks by following Skin Fasting. For some people Skin Fasting may actually cause flare ups, so such audience can skip Skin Fasting and continue using their products.

The bottom line
Skin Fasting is the latest trend on the internet to fast the skin of skincare products and routine so as to give it a break and help it heal and repair on it's own. The time duration for Skin Fasting can be anything from 1-4 days to a month or weeks. Also skin Fasting is not for everyone and can be followed depending on your current routine and products being used.

Have you every tried Skin Fasting, purposefully or accidentally? Let me know in the comments section.
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5 Jul 2019

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Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask Review

Juicy Chemistry is a brand which is certified organic and not only is actually organic but also stands true to it's values. Juicy Chemistry brand I haven't explored much, maybe due to high price but the products speak for themselves in terms of quality and efficiency. Today am reviewing Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask which was gifted to me by Archana of IBeautySpy.com

Let's head to the review straight away

Brand Claims and Ingredients

The packaging is simple plastic SAN jar which has an inner lid. When I received the product the inner lid was separate which needs to be used later. Somehow I lost the inner lids but never had a problem without them. The transparent jars makes the see through easy and helps in checking the quantity easy.

Texture, Fragrance
The mask is powder form and texture is that of finely milled oats. If you have ever used oats you would know how difficult it is to apply an even layer of mask. The fragrance is that of tea tree and isn't much over powering. The powder mask is very versatile in nature and can be used in multiple ways.

My experience
I started using the mask in the month of June 2019. I wasn't getting much acne during this period but I do get zits once in a while. I used the mask regularly for 3 weeks (weekly thrice) and could notice a considerable difference in the reduced size of my zits. With their regular treatment I could see that I didn't get any big size cystic acne, which I usually get around that time of my cycle. Also the mask makes the skin very soft and even toned after each use. When applied as a mask, after fully drying out it doesn't make the skin stretchy or doesn't dry it out.

Now coming to the versatility, since the mask isn't easy to apply in an uniform layer on the skin I was often getting crazy while using it. Sometimes I would scoop more than required amount, sometimes I would scoop less product. Sometime my mask would fall in the sink in a bid to apply an even layer of mask, sometimes I would mix more than required amount of water in it. Also since the mask is majorly made up of oats, mixing with water is also a task. So coming to the point, whenever I used to scoop less quantity of product I would use it as a cleanser. Whenever I scooped more than required amount, I applied a thick layer of the product. Sometimes I have use as a cleanser cum mask, using small circular motions on face and leaving it as is for 4-5 minutes and wash off.

I must say no matter which way I used Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask, it never every failed to show effects on my zits and thankfully it did prevent my cystic acne. Rather I didn't experience a single cystic acne while I was using Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask. The only down side I would think of it is that it doesn't work on blackheads and whiteheads as mentioned in the claims. Apart from this I would highly suggest to get the Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask if you experience acne often, big or small size it will tackle all of them.

Overall speaking I would say Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask is best charcoal mask for acne.

Price, Shelf Life and Availability - 450 INR for 25 gms, shelf life of 6 months. Available online on Amazon.in, Nykaa.com and Juicy Chemistry website and app

I would highly recommend Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask if you are facing acne often and need a good solution. The price point of the product is high since the brand uses Eco-cert certified organic ingredients only. Moreover the packaging has been renewed and you get a glass jar packaging. Overall speaking worth every penny spent on Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree and Charcoal Mask 👌.
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3 Jul 2019

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June 2019 Hauls + PR Packages

Hello there,

It's been a long time since I posted a haul and PR package post, in fact I have never done it. I usually buy one or two products per month these days since am unable to finish off the stuff. June was quite a relaxing month for me, many of you might be knowing I got operated in the month of May so June wasn't hectic in terms of my shop and blog front. I bought a couple of products which I was planning to buy since long and I resisted buying these products since months. So I finally gave into the temptation and bought a couple of things. I will also be reviewing the products so am not being entirely selfish 😉. Let's dive in

Greenie Mill  Mangosteen and Moringa Cleansing Balm
I have been into double cleansing now and I wanted to try out the best balms available. If you read my blog regularly you would know I like almost all Greenie Mill Products. I have also used Mangosteen Beauty drops and love them.

Prithvi The Earth Is Our Muse Hemp Balm
I already own a handful of Prithvi products, lip balm, Rosehip cleansing balm and a detox mask. When Ishani posted a picture of the Hemp balm I couldn't resist buying it. She was also kind enough to send me a sample of her detox mask.

Burst Of Happyness What a Girl Wants Cleanser
Burst Of Happyness What a Girl Wants Cleanser I have already reviewed it on my blog when I used it in December 2015. Honestly speaking I liked it way too much but didn't get a chance to buy it again. So when Burst Of Happyness had a sale I immediately grabbed it.

Raw Beauty Back to Basics Hair Cleanser
Raw Beauty products were on my wishlist since long, to be honest since a year. Since I myself make powder cleansers, I didn't buy any powder cleanser from them, since I tend to use any left over cleansers I make. So I thought of giving Back To Basics a try. I have been using Satthwa Argan Oil Shampoo since one year and wanted to try something more eco friendly than it.

Raw Beauty Restore Banana And Moringa Hair Mask
Raw Beauty Hair Mask was also on my wishlist and I thought of picking it up since shipping charges for Back to Basics is high. I have used the hair mask only once so cannot comment on it, I want to give some more weeks before I review it for you guys.

Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum
Ilana Organics brand I wanted to try and what better way to try when you get a coupon code from Qtrove Website. I ordered the Ilana Organics Clarifying Face Serum as it's meant for oily acne prone skin and helps curb the breakouts. I have been regularly using it ever since receiving and will be posting the review super soon

Let's get to get PR packages I received in the month of June 2019

Puremie Skincare face wash
Puremie Handmade Skincare got in touch with me on Instagram for review purpose. I willingly asked them to send the Green Tea Face Wash. I am using it on and off and happy with the results so far.

Puremie Skincare Aloe Gel
Puremie Handmade Skincare was kind enough to send me the aloe gel also with the face wash. I haven't used it yet, will soon try some DIYs and post the review.

Organic Gypsy Soul Moisturizer
Organic Gypsy Soul is another brand who got in touch with me for reviews and sent me two products that is moisturizer and anti acne mask. The moisturizer is amazing and I haven't been able to stop myself from using the moisturizer.

Organic Gypsy Soul Anti Acne Mask
The anti acne mask from Organic Gypsy Soul I have tried once so far and haven't been able to use more than expected so cannot review it immediately.

Urvi Naturals Rose+Vetiver Mist
Urvi Naturals sent me their new launches for review purpose. I love the Rose+Vetiver Mist more than the Rose+Chamomile Mist. I will soon reveal why I feel so.

Urvi Naturals Rose+ Chamomile Mist
Another great mist for using instead of toner and I have also found out a good way to use other than skincare. Will soon be posting about my thoughts on the mists by Urvi Naturals.

So that's all I have received in the month of June 2019. I know I have spent money like anything on the above products, but I badly wanted to try out the brands and so the splurging . I will be posting back to back reviews on the blog this month so make sure you stay tuned for the same.
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2 Jul 2019

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Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color “Crimson Silk” Review, Swatch

Guest Post

Hey you all beautiful people! Welcome me to Skincare Villa 💓 . I’m a huge lipstick lover infact for me makeup means lipstick only. So Today I’m sharing  one of my favourite red shade with you all. Today I’m going to share my views on Lakme 9to5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color “Crimson Silk”. Shade is really gorgeous but what I loved the most is it’s texture and finish. So let’s start with the review without wasting time.

Price- INR 625 for 9g

Availability- It is easily available both online and offline. You can by from here . Nykaa, Amazon, Flipkart. ( Get these when there’s an offer because they are usually on 20-40% off every now and then).

Ingredients- PVP/Hexadecene copolymer, Nylon powder, Cyclomethicon.

What it says- This new generation matte mousse feels incredibly weightless to wear all day, giving your lips a powdery matte finish and your cheeks a blush that completes your 9 to 5 look.

Packaging- It comes in a very basic 9 to 5 range packaging with beige cylindrical bottom and rose gold top. shade name is written at the bottom of the tube. The applicator is doe-foot shaped and has a slight pointy top. I’m in love with the applicator. It has a hole in the center which helps to take nice amount of product.

My Experience with Lakme 9to5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color “Crimson Silk”
Red is such a shade which suits almost everyone and is a must have. This shade crimson silk is a deep red and not a bright shade which will flatter many skin tones. I am honestly amazed by the texture and finish. It is super light on lips, just like it’s name “matte mousse” it glides very smoothly and dreamy on lips and cheeks as well. But remember to scrub your lips beforehand  for more smooth and even application. The fragrance of the lipstick is very similar to vanilla and caramel ( I don’t like caramel fragrances :/ ) but the sweet smell stays for 3-4 minutes only ( I’m glad).

Now talking about it’s staying power , it’s not long. Stays for 3-4 hours with food and starts fading after that and this particular shade leaves a pinkish stain on lips. But the good thing is , it fades nicely without giving you weird dry lines in the inner corner of your lips (I hope you all are getting what I’m trying to say lol). Now last point but the most important when comes to liquid lipstick is it’s consistency. This beauty is thin in consistency and doesn’t looks patchy or uneven. You can use this range as a blush as well and it blends like a dream without making your cheeks oily or dry. On cheeks it stays for nice 6-7 hours.

Pros Of Lakme 9to5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color “Crimson Silk”

  • Very comfortable on lips (more than NYX SMLC).
  • Does not dry your lips.
  • Super light on lips and cheeks.
  • Stays 4-5 hours ( I know this is not great but guys even after fading it doesn’t look embarrassing is fades like a lip balm! yes.)
  • Very easy to apply.
  • Reapplication is quite good, won’t make it look cakey.
  • Gives a beautiful powdery finish.
  • Will flatter many all skin tones.

Cons Of Lakme 9to5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color “Crimson Silk”

  • Need to check shade name at the bottom of the tube.
  • Tube is not transparent, so we don’t get an idea of how much product is left.
  • Takes 5-6 minutes to turn into complete powdery matte.
  • Leaves a stain. (Some people might not like it.)

Will I Recommend Lakme 9to5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color “Crimson Silk”
Absolutely yes! Texture and Shade is really amazing guys. Buy one shade and I’m so sure you won’t stop with just one.

What is your favourite red liquid matte lipstick? I’m on a serious hunt to try matte lipsticks from different brand. So do let me know your favourites in the comment section below.

About the Author

Shivani Shekhawat is a content writer who loves all things beauty. She is skincare junkie and a lipstick lover. She also runs her own blog Lace Your Beauty where she shares her brutal honest views on various skincare and makeup.
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22 Jun 2019

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6 Must-Have Skincare Products to Beat Acne This Monsoon

The summer is finally bidding its goodbyes and the pre-monsoon showers have brought in a much-needed relief from the heat. But these dip in temperatures shouldn't tempt you to cut your skincare routine some slack.

If the summer can lead to terrible breakouts, monsoon is equally capable of causing acne. The humidity levels rise during this season making it a perfect atmosphere for the P.acnes bacteria to thrive on the skin.

High humidity levels can also cause oily skin to turn either oilier or even drier. So to take care of your skin, you need a skincare routine that offers acne-fighting capabilities yet manages to leave your skin hydrated and moisturized as well.

Here are 6 products you must include in your monsoon skincare routine to deal with breakouts and acne.

Raw Beauty Neemoi Cleanser
A simple and organic powder cleanser made using just 4 ingredients- oats, neem, tulsi and moringa. Oats cleanse the skin without stripping away the moisture while neem helps fight acne due to its anti-microbial activity. The moringa powder rich in Vitamin A offers protection from pollution while Tulsi helps calm inflammation. Neemoi is a wonderful cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin that you shuld definitely give a try. Shop this from Raw Beauty’s Instagram page @rawbeauty2018.

Fiducia Botanicals Pore Minimizing Toner
Made using peppermint, tea tree and helichrysum hydrosols, this toner from Fiducia Botanicals helps minimize the appearance of pores and control excess sebum. It also includes aloe vera, allantoin and panthenol (Vit B5) to soothe the skin. All in all, it clarifies and tones the skin well, prepping it for the next step. Available on their website.

Greenie Mill Tea Tree And Niacinamide Serum
This is probably the first natural serum in India that boasts of 5% niacinamide as an active ingredient. Niacinamide aka. Vitamin B3 is well-known for improving our skin’s barrier function, balancing sebum levels and preventing trans-epidermal water loss.
Greenie Mill’s serum has a light texture which absorbs quickly into the skin and helps fight acne and reduce blemishes. Use this at night before you apply your moisturizer. Buy this from their online store greeniemill.com.

Soultree Tulsi And Sandalwood Moisturizer
A non-greasy gel based moisturizer that does an amazing job at keeping oily skin hydrated. Formulated using ayurvedic herbs like lodhra, neem, tulsi and sandalwood, it leaves the skin well moisturized without any visible shine, perfect for the humid climate during monsoon.
The 40 ml bottle does look tiny but can easily last 2-3 months. Available on their website soultree.in

Suganda BHA Serum
The Suganda BHA serum has 2% salicylic acid as an active ingredient which will help the skin in shedding dead skin cells and keeps the pores from clogging up, the key reason behind acne.
The serum also has green tea and gotu kola extract which have powerful antioxidant properties and help fight free radicals. Use it 1-2 times a week. Grab this from their website suganda.co

Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree And Charcoal Face Mask
To complete the monsoon skincare routine is this detoxifying and deep cleansing face mask, that absorbs excess oils and performs mild exfoliation due to the rice flour, oats and almond meal.
The oatmeal, rose and lavender keeps the skin hydrated while soothing skin irritations. Shop this on their website juicychemistry.com

Apart from using these products, make sure to stay hydrated avoid touching your face very often. Take care of your skin properly and you will be able to enjoy all the pleasures that monsoon has to offer.

Does your acne get worse during the monsoons too? Do share your favourite products and skincare tips with us in the comments below.

About the Author

Rutu Desai is a freelance content writer for hire who creates engaging, SEO content for bloggers and brands. She also runs her own blog Demure Beauty dedicated to sharing clean and sustainable skincare tips for the urban Indian women

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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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