Astaberry Fruit Face Wash Review

Hey guys,hope you are all doing well. Today I’ll be reviewing a budget friendly face wash that I received as PR Samples.
I’ve previously reviewed a few facial kits from Astaberry and those has been much loved by me and my mother. This time it’s a face wash and it’s equally good as the facial kits.


What Astaberry Fruit Face Wash Claims?
This unique facial cleanser improves skin’s elasticity, firmness and moisture content. Red grape extract helps reduce fine surface lines and replenish depleted moisture.
Price:
Rs 90
Notable Ingredients:
Apricot (Prunusarmeniaca)Oil: Antioxidant. Supplies glycolic acid, combats free radicals, rejuvenates epidermis.honeyGlycerine
Red Grape(Vitisvinifera) Extract : Helps in building the skin structure and in keeping the skin soft & supple

Ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate, CAPB, Glycerine, Atlas G 1823, Grape Extract, Proplyne Glycol, Celquat 240C, EDTA, DM Water, Perfume, Preservatives, Color
My Experience:

The Face Wash comes in a bright red tube with a flip cap and dispenses the exact amount required to wash your whole face and neck. The consistency of the face wash is jelly like and has a pale red colour. The face wash lathers up nicely and even though I had the impression that it’s too mild, it left my skin feeling clean.
I have a combination skin and my skin feels too dry after using this face wash. However, since I prefer using a moisturizer throughout the year, it’s not much of a problem for me, but I don’t think it’s going to be suitable for dry skin beauties.
Overall, it’s a good budget friendly face wash. I’ve rarely come across any wash that costs less than 100 bucks and cleanse the skin so thoroughly.
Pros:

Pocket friendly
Travel friendly
Cleanses thoroughly
Cons:
Contains Paraben
Contains Sulfate
Where to buy:
Official Site, Flipkart, E-bay

Denver Black Code Deodorant Review

It’s been a while I haven’t reviewed any products ‘for him’, so today I’m taking a break from reviewing products from my own stash and putting some light on a product that my boy friend has been in love for a while.

Over the time I have had him tested a series of Denver products for me and so far he hasn’t found one Denver Deo that he didn’t like and this time it’s Denver Black Code Deo which comes in a bottle that cannot get any more masculine. Just as the brand claims, there’s something really mysterious about the whole packaging and for some unknown reason it reminds me ‘Black Panther’ (the Marvel character).

What brand claims?

Secrecy is seductive. Less you reveal, more people would wonder of your next move. Savor your hush-hush with an unforgotten scent of enigma and manliness introduced by Denver Black.Code deodorant.

Experience:

One of the most notable things about the packaging is that the bottle doesn’t come with a cap; instead you have to twist the opening for the nozzle to spray. The fragrance has a hint of mystery and seduction and it lingers until my boy friend comes back from office and hops into the shower. However, the Black Code Deo sprays a bit more gas than the other deos from the range which caused my boyfriend to finish up one bottle in a month. Nevertheless, if you ask me, I’m so in love with the bottle that if I were him, the packaging itself would have made me repeat purchase this deo.

Price:

MRP: Rs199

Where to buy:

Official website, Amazon, FlipkartSnapdeal, Purplle

Rating:

4.7/5

*PR sample but the opinions are completely honest.

The Face Shop Real Nature Pomegranate Mask

Most of my readers probably know by now that The Face Shop is my least favourite of all K-Beauty brands, and it’s it gives me immense pleasure to say that I’ve found one TFS product that satisfied me.

Since am 27 and I don’t indulge in an anti-aging skincare routine yet, I like adding products containing Pomegranate in my regimen occasionally because they are really great for skin firming and anti-aging treatments. So whenever I apply a pomegranate sheet mask (from any brand) the only thing I expect from them is elasticity. However, this time I got a lot more than I bargained for, for good.

Ingredients:

Water/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Extraxt, AlcoholDenat., Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phaseolus Radiatus Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica BarkExtract, Rumex Crispus Root Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Carbomer, Peg-60 HydrogenatedCastor Oil, Triethanolamine, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Parfum/Fragrance

My Experience:

Currently my skin is at its worst. Whenever I come back from a trip, I recover my skin within 2-3 days. This time however, I came back with a terribly irritated and tanned skin with so many tiny bumps on my both cheeks. Before I could start the healing process, a series of family mishaps kept happening and am still not sure if they are over yet (I really hope they are). It’s been almost 2 months that I came back from my trip and since I didn’t get the opportunity to heal my skin, the irritation kept getting worse over the time. I finally started taking caring of my skin from the day before yesterday and I am currently in the process of developing a potential healing skincare routine which I’ll share once am certain that it’s working.

So I used this sheet mask the day I resumed taking care of my skin and I applied it after exfoliating and toning and left it on for 35 minutes. The fitting wasn’t that great, the sheet was too large for my face, there were wrinkles around my cheek and the chin area kept hanging down my chin. Even though the thick cotton mask was drenched in enough serum, there weren’t any serum left inside the packet which was okay with me as I’m better off without that tacky feeling.

Since TFS masks contain Alcohol Denat I was expecting a tingling sensation on my irritated areas just like the TFS Red Ginseng Mask gave me, but I was glad that the sensation didn’t occur. I removed the mask before it dried out completely and was surprised to see that the size of my bumps and the redness has been visibly reduced. Wasn’t elasticity and moisturization the only effects that I expected from the mask? It later occurred to me that pomegranate is actually good for oily and acne prone skin so it pretty much summed up. And it doesn’t just stop there. The following morning I woke up with a bright skin with a lot less bumps and redness. If you’ve forgot by now, I haven’t yet de-tanned after I came back from the trip.  So I was more than just glad to check my visibly brightened, even, extremely moisturized and calm skin. However, as the morning turned to afternoon and the Kolkata humidity and heat started rising, the bumps started swelling once again leaving me with the reddened skin by the evening. The brightness on the other hand lingered until the next day (which is today) and am writing this review late at night enjoying a radiant skin.

So, overall, am extremely happy. Even though I’m a bit sceptical about repurchasing it because I try staying away from products that contains alcohol and now am left with a sweet and bitter feeling because I just fell in love with a product that contains alcohol.

Where to buy:

Nykaa, Cosmetic-Love

Price:

MRP 100rs

Pros:

  • Brightens
  • Firms
  • Calms irritated skin
  • Provides immense moisturization
  • Pocket friendly

Cons:

  • Contains alcohol
  • Fitting is a bit pain

Rating:

4.7/5

 

Tony Moly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack Review

Being cursed with a terribly sensitive skin that gets tanned like nuts, I’m really good at the de-tanning game. My go to DIY de-tanning mask is a mixture of gram flour and tomato- gram flour being used as a base and tomato as the de-tanner. However, I cannot possibly carry my ingredients with me during my trips so I keep the Tonymoly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack Samples handy in my kit, especially when I travel to destinations that gifts you with a tanned skin.

What Tony Moly says: 

Tomatox Magic White Massage Pack contains fresh tomato and vegetable extracts. With the bright red granules of oxygen bubble, it purifies the skin and then provides a large amount of oxygen deep into the skin, instantly leaving the skin fair, smooth and delicate with an even tone.

Tomato is rich in vitamins and minerals. It can get rid of the toxins of skin. The product is especially suitable for sensitive skin. Vitamin A and lycopene, the anti-oxidizing ingredients of tomato, are widely used in the pharmaceutical sector to help control puffiness and relieve chafing.

Therefore, this product is suitable for sunburned skin, skin with accumulated melanin, as well as dull skin due to poor blood circulation or bad living habits.

My Experience:

My initial impression on applying the mask for the first time was being extremely pleased by the fact that it spreads evenly and smoothly all over the face. I love applying a thick coat all over my face and one sample contains the exact amount to cover the whole face and neck with a thick coat. I usually wait for around 15-20 minutes after applying the pack and it doesn’t really dry up completely. It doesn’t take as much effort to wash it off like the clay masks usually requires and it’s a relief as I apply clay and charcoal masks frequently and am used to spending so much time washing them off.

I first used three of these samples during my 8 day Andaman trip when my skin tanned at least 3 shades darker and wasn’t in its best state. I cannot say that they magically reduced the tanning like my DIY tomato masks does but they certainly de-tanned, brightened and evened out my skin tone to some extent. The heat was too severe that even reapplying Cushion Compacts with SPF 50 every 3 hrs didn’t work and I ended up getting tanned even some more the very next day after applying the mask pack. However, I’m thankful for the little de-tanning effect I received during my trip under the scorching sun and I would have probably came back with worse skin if I hadn’t applied these masks in between my strolls under the sun.

The second time I applied these masks was during my 10 day stay at Bangalore this summer, I took 6 sample packs and shared 2 with the friend I was crashing with and she loved them so much that she ordered the full-sized pack. To be very honest, I didn’t pick the right time to visit Bangalore this time and ended up getting severely tanned. There were days I stayed in until the sun went down and indulged in a little skincare during that period. Every time I used this mask, I de-tanned a little and flaunted a brightened skin throughout the evening. Nevertheless, I kept getting tanned the following days and it pretty much became a circle.

Final Verdict:

It de-tans, brightens and evens out the skin tone to some extent but I probably won’t purchase the full-sized product as my DIY de-tanning/brightening pack works much better (even though I’m too lazy to make it unless my skin is at its worst). But I’ll keep ordering sample packs every time I travel.

Where to buy:

Cosmetic-Love

Pros:

  • De-tans
  • Brightens
  • Evens out the skin
  • Calms irritated skin (not recover, just calm)
  • Spreads evenly and easily

Cons:

Nothing.

Rating:

4.8/5

A Korean Skincare Addict Tries Out Sephora Collection Eye Mask. Was It Up To The Standard?

Genetic eye bags can be really stubborn and really hard to be treated with skincare products. Unfortunately enough, my eye bags fall under that category and rarely any eye treatment works on them. So this March when I visited Sephora for the first time during my Bangalore visit, I was browsing through their eye mask collections ad chose one that promises to fight wrinkles. Since it was my first Sephora visit, I didn’t know how things work over there and how the sales person helps you chose the right product for you. Maybe they fell for my look, like anybody who doesn’t know me personally mistakes me for a college girl, or maybe they couldn’t see my eye bags and dark circles under my concealer so they told me that it’s not the best choice for me and handed me the Avocado Eye Mask instead. I read the description and it didn’t promise anything at all. Just nourishment and repairing? My under eyes require a lot more than that which I told them, but they assured me that it’s the best one for me. And I thought that they probably know about skincare more than I do and went with the one that they chose for me.

I came home, applied it on my undereyes, became really impressed with the size of the patches that covered a hell lot of my eye area but at the end of the day, they did absolutely nothing to my undereye area, except for nourishing the skin under my eyes. The under eye bags and dark circles remained with their full glory. The back of the packaging read that it is inspired by Asian skincare and I had been wondering if an Asian inspired product can be as good as an Asian product itself? There’s no doubt that Sephora products are pretty good, but it was one product which Asians are better at, and I am someone who is an Asian Skincare geek, I am someone who swears by the products that are the inspiration behind this product, so a part of me was ready to be disappointed while the other part had hopes since it was a Sephora product, and also because it cost me twice the amount than the Korean ones that I use.

However, it’s worth mentioning that the patches were pretty high in standard comparing to the $2-$3 Korean ones that I use. The patches were big enough to almost touch the tail of my eye brows and the cotton sheet was high quality as well. And I can’t help but wonder if a different one from the range would have worked better on my eye bags.

Ingredients:

-Rice Extract: Moisturizes.
-Avocado Extract: Soothes and nourishes.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Triethanolamine, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Piroctone Olamine, Maltodextrin, Polyquaternium-51, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Sprout Extract, Fragrance, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Trideceth-6, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

Price: Rs 320

P.S: I have a Sephora Sheet Mask waiting in my stash to be tested, would you guys want me to compare it with the Korean ones?

March & April 2017 Empties

Hey guys, I haven’t been active in a while. My uncle expired a week ago after fighting for his life for 1 month and 4 days and then 5days after he expired, my sister’s fiancé suffered a major heart attack and is still in the hospitable.  Things aren’t going very well around here and we have pretty much turned insane after everything we have been through.

I legitimately touched my camera after 1 and a half month today because the only way I could go back to being sane is by working. So I decided to do an empty post which resulted in clearing out a lot of clutter around my dresser which has been looking like a dumpster ever since I came back from Bangalore. Most of the empty bottles are from March as I haven’t indulged in skincare since April. My skin is in such a terrible condition that my boy friend jokes that if any of my reader meets me on the street, they’ll end up unfollowing me after seeing my skin condition. I’ll hopefully resume my skincare routine in a week or two, but until then, I’ll share my empty bottle with you guys right now.

I’ve finished and thrown away a lot of samples as I was on a trip for a couple of weeks on March, so I’m going on without them anyway.

I got 6 of them from Daisy Skin Fix and took 2 with me on my trip and threw away the packaging. These masks  didn’t do wonder any to my skin so am probably not going to re-purchase.

Am not a huge TFS fan and I like the Innisfree Vita C mask much better than this one.

Got this from Cosmetic-Love and am absolutely in love. I used it sometime after coming back from my trip and it healed the chicken skin that Bangalore gave me to some extent. I regret just getting one and probably going to re-purchase in bulk.

  • Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Bija:

This one’s a great choice to heal irritated skin and also easily available in India (Nykaa). Totally worth re-ordering.

Received two of this as PR samples and gave one to my boyfriend’s mother. Both the bottles are empty and now both of us want another bottle each.

  • Ancient Living Rose and Orange Face Pack:

This one’s yet to review. I received it as a gift from Ancient Living and loved it. Though it didn’t do any extra-ordinary job on my skin, just a mix of multani mitti, rose and orange peel powder, a well known and much loved blend by us Indians. Because I have a combination skin, I never really used multanni mitti face packs, but this one helped me during my PMS days when my skin suffers oil breakout.

  • Nivia Frangipini & Oil Body Wash:

I have exactly 6 body washes sitting in my cabinet after getting rid of this bottle. I have written this many times that I am huge on toiletries. Most of the bottles are half way down and I use them according to my mood. So now that I need some space on my cabinet I decided to finish the bottles one by one, the decision that had me start doing empty post in the first place.

  • L’Oreal Force Vector Shampoo:

I LOVED this shampoo and it broke my heart a little when the bottle was finished. L

  • Kronokare Flower Power Face Toner:

I have somewhat bitter sweet feelings about this one. On one hand I’m glad that it doesn’t contain alcohol, on the other I’m not very satisfied that the nozzle sprays super fine particles that spreads to an area bigger than my face. Upon spraying 2-3 times, I feel unsatisfied because it’s too fine that I don’t feel the toner touching my skin, so I desperately spray a few more times until my skin feels the toner and that’s how I ended up finishing the whole bottle in a couple of weeks.

I’m not much of a ‘hair-oiling’ person but that one time I decided to take better care of my hair and now I have 7 different hair oils (including one huge bottle of organic coconut oil brought from the country side) sitting in my dresser. So I decided to finish them up one after another, and started with my favourite one. This one’s totally worth repurchasing, but first, let me empty the clutter gradually.

  • Taiyu Silk Moisturizing Cream:

My night time favourite. It works great on both my skin and my sister’s skin and the best part? Since we get it from the pharmacy, we ask our parents to get them, and they get them in bulk for us. 😀

A physical sunscreen that has been my skin saviour for a long time. I would have repurchased if it was SPF 50.

  • Natio Meditate Handcream:

It has a pleasant fragrance and hydrates the hands without making them greasy.

  • Hair4U Solution:

Got this from the pharmacy while I was suffering from a major hair loss problem. I’ll probably repurchase as I have lost too much hair and this one promises re-growth.

  • Soapaholic Mokey Bar soap:

Even though I am not a Bar Soap person, I loved this one. If there’s a shower gel with the exact same ingredients, I’ll probably get hooked.

  • Just Herbs Aloe Massage Gel:

I religiously used it on my irritated skin and I doubt it did anything -_-

This one’s already a re-purchase and I won’t ever get tired of re-ordering this. It helps brighten the skin and plump it up at the same time.

Helps calm irritated skin, so probably going to repurchase.

This one’s an interesting product. It warms up on the skin upon application and works both as a mild exfoliator and a wash-off mask.

I LOVE charcoal face masks and it’s my second favourite charcoal Face Mask so far.

  • KERASTASE K Ultime Masque:

I’m really low-key when it comes to hair care and it took me too much time to finish this sample no matter how soft my hair felt post showering.

This has to be the best Lip Butter I’ve ever used and my heart really broke when I used it for the last time. I got two other flavours from their Holiday Edition which I gave away to my cousin sister and my sister-in-law who loved the lip butters as much as I did.

So, these are everything I finished up in the last two months and I’m glad that there’s some extra space in my dresser and cabinet now that am done with the bottles. Hopefully there’s going to be a little more space at the beginning of next month when I upload my May empties.

Till then…

Bye,

XOXO

 

Top Solo Girl Backpack and All Girls Trip Destinations

What’s better than travelling to your bucket list destinations? Having all girls trip with your best friends, or even better, solo back packing.  I am a newbie when it comes to solo back packing as you can understand that I have a set of Indian Parents who needed much convincing before approving my first solo back pack. To be very honest, it wasn’t completely a solo back pack, I had 3 luggage including my Camera bag and my Laptop bag and I went to a city where I have many friends as well as my sister residing, so it took a little less convincing than what it would have taken if I planned my first solo trip where I haven’t been before or where I do not have any friends residing.

Travelling to a city where I have many friends had its other perks as well- I got company most of the time, especially during the long drives, so it was basically kind of a mixture between a solo trip and an all girls trip. And now that I came back from the trip alive and my parents are finally convinced that am capable of travelling alone, I thought I would better make a list of places I might go back packing next (or with my girl gang), and in case you guys are planning any solo backpacking or an all girls trip, here’s the list.

  • Bangalore: Because it was my first solo trip and the only one so far. I’ve been to Bangalore before with my family and I’ve already visited Mysore, Ooty and Shivsamudram during my first visit. Since I’ve already visited the best spots, I went to long drives with my girl gang instead, once down the Mysore Road and once down the Ooty Road and came back by the crack of dawn each time. Those long drives have permanently made their respective places into the list of my best memories ever. The drives we took were all impulsive ones, we went dining out and then decided that it’s too early to go back home and ended up heading towards the highways. However, if our trips were well planned am sure I would have given Ooty and Mysore another visits and Pondicherry would have been in the list as well. So if you are planning an all girls trip to Bangalore, you know what to do…

Where to stay: Leela Palace Bangalore

  • Andaman: If you read my blog regularly, you guys might know that I’ve been to Andaman with my family last December and posted a detailed travelogue in four parts. Even though I don’t wish to repeat the whole trip, there are certain places in Andaman that I would like to revisit with my girl group- especially Havelock and Neil Island and this time I’m going to have a leisurely trip unlike my previous one. From my previous trip I am very much assured that Andaman is a safe place for girls and I can’t wait to plan my next visit with my girl gang s
  • Maldives: Some people prefers oceans while travelling, some prefers hills, I on the other hand love the woods (they aren’t probably very safe for solo girl or all girls trip), but that was until I visited Andaman. Now I crave tropical destinations as much as I crave the woods. So maybe someday I might be writing a travelogue on Maldives, probably after a solo trip or an all girls trip, whichever it might be, I am so looking forward to that day.

Where to stay: Taj Exotica Maldives

  • Darjeeling: I’ve been to Darjeeling with my family and my extended family when I was in High School. However that trip was ruined when we got a bad news back from home. Going back to those hills has been in my bucket list since then and nothing beats the idea of going on a shopping trip through the Mall Road with your girl friends.
  • Sundarbans: Given to my love for woods and forests, Sundarbans has been in my bucket list forever. It’s kind of weird that I haven’t been to Sundarbans ever, even though I’m born and brought up in West Bengal. I’ve been told many times by many people that it’s not a safe to visit Sundarbans with a girl group. However, it’s one of those places where I dream of repeat visiting, and maybe I’ll tag along with a huge girl gang at least once in my life.

Lastly, no matter how safe the place is known to be, I will always recommend keeping safety measures in mind and a pepper or chilly spray in your pocket.

Just Herbs Livelyclean Honey Exfoliating Face Cleansing Gel Review

When it comes to skincare, I have set my standards so high that rarely any non K-Beauty product successfully impresses me. There are just a few Indian skincare brands that still hold their respective places in my regimen and Just Herbs happens to be one of them.

So today I’ll be reviewing Just Herbs Livelyclean Honey Exfoliating Face Cleansing Gel that I have using for a while and I have a bitter sweet experience with this one.

DESCRIPTION

This every day use foaming face cleansing gel is enriched with Neem, Holy Basil and Turmeric known for antiseptic properties. It provides gentle exfoliation with Arjuna, Symplocos bark and jojoba meal, banishes impurities from the clogged pores. It dissolves and eliminates dead epithelial cells exposing the tingling fresh clean skin beneath with the help of Orange peel. Gentle scrubbing stimulates blood circulation which detoxifies, oxygenates and activates skin immunity. Honey helps in maintaining moisture balance in the skin.

INGREDIENTS

neem*2%, tulsi (holy basil) 2%, arjuna (terminalia arjuna) 2%, symplocos bark 2%, bitter orange peel 2%, curcuma longa 1%, honey 2%, jojoba seed meal.aqua, steam distilled tulsi water, steam distilled orange blossom water, decyl glucoside*** cocoamidopropyl betain, sodium cocoamphoacetate*** lauryl glucoside, soy lecithin, veg. glycerine*, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, natural preservative blend of herbs and essential oils, citric acid (PH adjuster).

APPLICATION

Apply on wet skin scrubbing gently with finger tips in circular movements for 3-4 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. Follow by next suggested product in your JH 6 step regime. Use twice a week. (avoid use on active acne).

Basic lesson:

There are two types of exfoliants- physical and chemical. I know a lot of people might get scared of the idea of chemical exfoliants, but in reality, those are the ones that are good for sensitive skin. Even though physical exfoliators dominate the market (if you overlook the K-beauty market) they can be actually harsh for sensitive skin. Also, anyone should be avoiding any kinds of physical sunscreen that contains, nuts especially walnuts, they can cause permanent damage to the skin.

Take it from me, I’m a person with a super-sensitive skin and my skin loves chemical exfoliants, and even f I do try any physical sunscreen I go for the micro beads ones.

My experience with Just Herbs Livelyclean Honey Exfoliating Face Cleansing Gel:

Like I said, I have set my skincare standards too high and my skin is much habituated with chemical exfoliants and even with exfoliants that works both as chemical exfoliants (peeling) and physical exfoliants (microbeads).So my first impression after I received the Just Herbs Honey Exfoliating Cleansing Gel with my Fab Bag was that I can’t put it on my skin on a regular basis, I just can’t. Maybe a lot of people can, but not someone with a super-sensitive skin like me, it’s just not safe.

So I have been using it maybe twice a week or sometimes thrice and all I can say is that you are going to be impressed if you use it as a cleanser but you are going to be disappointed if you use it as an exfoliator. Because it does not contain SLS, it does not foam, not even a little bit. If you are someone who uses physical exfoliators or scrubs, you might feel like the particles in the honey cleansing gel are gentle, but since microbeads are my comfort zone, I’m kinnda scared of these particles.

Now I just said that if you are using it as a cleanser you are going to be impressed, because it does a good job for a cleanser all the while exfoliating a little. However, if you use it as an exfoliatar, it doesn’t do much. And then comes a question, if you are not impressed with it as an exfoliator and are using it as a cleanser, is it safe to use an actual exfoliator alongside? I guess no. For it isn’t safe to use exfoliators more than twice a week.

And lastly, I’ve previously mentioned that I’ve got weird tiny bumps on my cheeks since I visited Bangalore and my usual method of getting rid of bumps and acne is to unclog my pores using an exfoliator, and then following it up with wash off masks and soothing sheet masks, and I’ve been using this cleanser as exfoliator since one month, following a couple of other products from the JH6 step regimen as well as wash off and sheet masks and there’s been no improvement so far.

Texture:

Runny

 

Rating:

3.5/5

Summer Semi-Formal Lookbook Ft. Miles London

I’m not the type of a person that enjoys wearing formal, especially office formals, I’m not the type of person either that enjoys being the Office ‘It Girl’, I just love wearing clothes that makes me feel comfortable no matter I’m going for a night out or to office. I don’t remember wearing formal for a single day throughout my working days, not even on the day of my interview. I remember wearing a half buttoned shirt from Levi’s with a pair of Black Denims. My then roommate raised an eyebrow and told me that am definitely not going to land the job wearing that outfit. With a boost of confidence I told her, “If they are going to judge my intelligence according to the clothes I wear, I don’t want the job anyway”. She confirmed that I am definitely not going to get the job with that kind of attitude. But I did, and guess what? It was the first job interview I ever gave!

Throughout the 2 years and 3 months that I worked as a Data Analyst, my attitude towards my work and my work place never changed neither did my belief that my intelligence had nothing to do with the clothes or the makeup that I wear. But then again, am the ambivert that hated having eyes turning around so the only thing I’ve always made sure was to not go overboard with my outfit or my makeup while getting ready for work. I usually chose to wear semi-formal shirts with a pair of denims, peep toe semi-formal shoes and hobo bags instead of office handbags because I love how they can be paired with both work formals as well as casuals.

One of my favourite hobo bags in my collection right now is this vibrant yellow Hobo Bag from Miles London that I have been carrying literally everywhere I’m going- from day outings to my events and meets, and trust me, if I were working right now, I would be taking this to work almost every day. The bag does not just have enough space to stuff literally everything you can need throughout a whole day but has got a lot of compartments to organize everything you are stuffing in. One of my handbag struggles include worrying that my lipstick cap might come off and ruin everything inside the bag so I always carry my makeup pouch inside my bag, no matter I am carrying just one or two makeup products. But this bag has 4 mini compartments, 2 with chains, one in which I keep my mobile phone for my convenience and another to keep my lipstick and compact so that I don’t have to worry about my compact breaking or my lipstick cap coming off.

I’m not much of a leather expert, but it’s not too hard to tell that the leather used to create this handbag is of super fine quality. Also I find it really cool that it has Top handle as well as a long shoulder strap so you can carry it according to your convenience or style. No wonder it has made it to the list of my top favourite handbags. <3

Price:

Rs.2,499

Where to buy:

 Facebook StoreFlipkartSnapdealAmazon

Outfit

Shirt- Levi’s

Denims- Levi’s

Shoes-Khadim

Bag-Mile London

NOTE: Sponsored post but the opinions are completely honest.

Butterly Yours Bhasad Planner Review

If you guys don’t already know, I am a sucker for stationeries. I actually go on stationary shopping expeditions like a school kid, even when I don’t need any. The ones that I usually keep obsessing over are the spiral notepads and post-its, but recently I decided to upgrade my stationary collection with the more useful ones, useful for women (I still want to say girl) my age or for a blogger. I really have been looking for planners and blogging planners and everything that’s required for a blogger and I have come across a planner that’s really cool.

Bhasad Planner:

An exclusive personalised& handy organiser to flaunt for real and feel crazy about. A must have accessory for your desk that makes you J and have your friends going gaga about it Features that make it irresistible are • Helps you prioritize your to-do list and stay organized • Uses ‘The Desi Dilli Slang Lingo’. Who said Organized has to be #NotSoCool • Premium Quality Faux Leather Casing • Comes personalized with your name on it. • Comes in 4 colors- Hot Pink, Shiny Black, Parrot Green and Ferrari Yellow • Best ‘Out of the box’, cool and funky gift So when you buy one don’t be surprised if your friends ask only one question ‘Where did you get it from??’

My review:

The planner came in a cardboard box with the tagline #If I was organized, I’d be dangerous, pretty much sums up my life. I chose the colour pink which happens to be my favourite colour and my name was imprinted in silver colour. Inside there were 150 pages that had 4 sections on each-

BHASAD – Urgent & Important

O TERI KI – important not Urgent

BHAINS KI AANKH- Urgent not important

DEKH LENGE YAAR – Not important not urgent

I’m the bong girl that isn’t much acquainted with Delhi slang, but I loved how they made organizing look like a cool task. People my age and generation, we are youngsters at heart but have started our journey in our respective professional careers; we need these kind of fun and quirky things in our work surroundings to keep our young spirit alive. Okay I admit, my work is already fun, I get to go out and have fun photo shoots, I get to stay indoor and work from my bedroom, I am my own boss, and these kind of cool, quirky stuffs make my work even a bit more fun, in short, this is the most suitable thing in my work space.

But there are people who does not enjoy their work as much as I do (me 2 years ago) and this planner is one of those things that bring a smile to the face they are loaded with work pressure.

Overall, I really recommend it to people that has a similar attitude towards life, like me, or the man on the cardboard box.

There’s just one thing I would have loved even more, if the categories had bulletins because you can have more than 1 important/urgent/not that urgent task for a single day.

Where to buy:

http://www.butterlyyours.com/buy-online-bhasad-planner-diary.html

http://www.amazon.in/Butterly-yours-Bhasad-Planner-Organizer/dp/B01EAL004U

https://www.snapdeal.com/product/butterly-yours-black-faux-leather/666448428703

https://paytm.com/shop/p/butterly-yours-pink-faux-leather-bhasad-planner-diary-cum-organizer-2016-STABUTTERLY-YOUBUTT246689346161FD

Price:

Rs 349

 

 

Fighting Depression With Home Decor

We all have days when we feel low, when we lack inspiration to keep us going throughout the day. Since our surroundings affect a lot on our mood and our mental health it’s very crucial to create a warm and cozy atmosphere at our home, especially for people like me who works from home.

Yes, there are days when I want to do nothing but lay idle, totally ignoring the fact that I have plenty of work to do, there are days when I get depressed over absolutely nothing and there are days when I find no inspiration to keep me going. Sometimes, just sometimes that’s excusable, often times not. To fight my desire to stay in the bed all day and do nothing I try creating an ambiance in my home that can lift up my mood. Writing takes so much patience, and your mind needs to be not just in a better place, but in the best place. My surroundings reflect in my mood and my mood reflects in my writing, so in order to get inspiration from my surroundings, I always try creating the perfect ambience where I can feel better even during days when I feel low.

  • Wall Paint/Wall Art:

The colour you are surrounded by plays a very crucial role in lifting up your mood. I try surrounding myself with colours that makes me happy- different shades of pink. However, since I indulge in indoor product photography way too often, I have my bedroom walls painted in light shades. My work space is currently under construction and I am planning to paint them all white.

You can also decorate the walls with amazing wall arts that reflects your personality.

In contrast to my light shaded walls I opt for bright curtains that lift up my mood. Have you heard of colour therapy? You can actually fight depression and heal with the use of colours- red, yellow, orange, blue- or in my case pinks or mauve.

  • Candles/Fairy lights:

Usually I start writing in the evening after having a cup of afternoon tea or coffee. The first thing I like to do is light a scented candle (or sometimes just a pillar candle) and put it beside my laptop on my work table. Nothing lifts up my mood better than a lit candle especially during the winter.

There’s something about fairy lights that brings joy and happiness, isn’t that why we light them during festivals?

You can get scented candles from online shopping sites.

  • Pictures/ Paintings:

This is probably the best way to be inspired from your surroundings. Don’t we all love keeping our screensavers that reflects our goal in life, or pictures that makes us happy? From pictures of our loved ones to the car we dream of purchasing someday, they have all been our screensaver at one point or another. Yes, we can use our wall as an empty canvas and fill it with pictures and arts that inspire us.

  • A well kept bedroom and work place:

There’s nothing worse than walking into an unorganized bedroom after a hard day at work. It’s almost as bad to walk in to a messy desk; literally kills my mood. So I organize my work desk before opening my laptop to work and since am a lover of stationeries, I love having notepads and planners on my desk.

So these are the things that not only lift up my mood but help me fight depression as well. Hope you guys found these useful, do let me know if you try any of them J

Missha MISA Cho Gong Jin Eye Cream Review

Hey guys, today I will be reviewing the Missha’s Cho Gong Jin Eye Cream that I took with me during my Bangalore trip. As you guys might know that I use any skincare product for at least 21 days before reviewing it because that’s how long it takes our skin cells to turnover. However, this time I used the cream for 10 days because I actually ordered 10 samples and each lasted just 2 usages-morning and evening.

I have mentioned this previously that my eye bags and dark circles are genetic and stubborn and it’s a fact that genetic dark circles are almost impossible to treat with eye treatments. Out of the many eye creams and eye patches that I have tried the only eye cream that has previously worked on my eye bags are Epique Eye Cream. I haven’t come across any other eye cream that made even the slightest of difference, that was until I ordered the Missha’s Cho Gong Jin Eye Cream from Cosmetic-Love.

Product Description:

Add up to against maturing homegrown eye cream firms the eye range by focusing on wrinkles and loss of flexibility. Supplement rich cream applies onto the skin to fix wrinkles and improve the skin’s general wellbeing and flexibility. Recharges and firms skin utilising an uncommon formula that was precisely defined utilising standards of oriental prescription to guarantee extraordinary food. Mixes uncommon oriental therapeutic fixings with advanced science. Ginseng concentrate is enhanced with gastrin discharging peptide atoms, isolated, and decontaminated, after which the chemicals are made into fine particles considering further entrance into the skin.

HOW TO USE:

Morning and night, after emulsion, apply the desired amount of product around the eyes and lightly pat the product in with fingertips. Can also be applied around the lips, or wherever deep wrinkles are a concern.

Gongjinbichaekdan Story

Gongjinbichaekdan was developed by adding black ginseng and Rehmannia glutinosa to the Gongjindan prescription in Dongeuibogam, the ‘Mirror of Eastern Medicine.’ It strengths the skin to fight against aging by itself and delivers a rich nourishing effect to the skin.

  Solution of wrinkle around eye region

Cream texture that maximizes nourishing effect and adheres around eyes area nicely, filling up wrinkles for healthy and firm eye area.

  Rich nourishing care

The ‘Gongjinbichaekdan’ prescription that provides the rich nourishing effect of decoction fills and firms up the skin.

Ingredients:

Phellinus Linteus Extract, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Dimethicone, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cyclohexasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance(Parfum), Potassium Hydroxide, Mica (CI 77019), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dextrin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Ethyl Hexanediol, Soy Isoflavones, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Pueraria Mirifica Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Tin Oxide, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Velvet Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Betula Alba Bud Extract

My CosDNA analysis came up pretty clean with only 1 acne flag for Butylene Glycol, 1 for Dimethicone, 2 for Stearyl Alcohola and 2 for Cetearyl Alcohol. Most of the ingredients with acne flags exists in pretty much all beauty products and my skin doesn’t react badly in contact of them.

My Experience:

As I said, my dark circles and eye bags are extremely stubborn and nothing works on them. However, with just a few days of using this Cho Gong Jin Eye Cream there were visible changes in my under eye area. My eye bags and dark circles came under control and I looked like a normal person without sleep (you can only imagine how terrible my eye bags usually looks). Within a week, I was able to hide my eye bags with a little concealer and by the time I finished up my samples I was pretty sure they would have disappeared with another week of usage. But anyhow my under eye area looked way better throughout my trip even though I was sleep deprived throughout and trust me when I say it that it takes a lot for an eye cream to do its job on my weirdly stubborn eye bags and this baby did its job.

Will I purchase it again?

If I compare, the Epique Eye Cream worked a little better on my eye bags. Who am I kidding?! It took the Epique cream less than a week to make my eye bags and dirk circles disappear. And they re-appeared looong after I stopped using the cream. Unfortunately, I lost the cream during my previous Bangalore trip ( 3 years back) and it broke my heart so bad I did not repurchase it. I know, weird!

Both the Epique Eye Cream and Cho Gong Jin Eye Cream costs fortune and if am spending that kind of amount for the full-sized product, maybe I’ll go for the Epique Eye Cream. Also I haven’t reviewed the Epique so it will of course be my first choice.

Will I recommend it?

Yes

Price:

$50 for 30 ml

Where to buy:

Cosmetic Love

Pros:

  • Worked on my really stubborn eye bags
  • Contains Titanium Dioxide- physical sunscreen
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • Costly
  • My dark circles and eye bags went back to their normal state after I stopped using the cream, but then again I haven’t used them for a long period either.

Rating:

4.7/5

Salebhai Website Review

Hey guys, today I will be reviewing a site that sells a variety of range of products: from sweets to beauty products to home decor, and the list goes one. It’s a one of a kind website that sells the speciality of every region from India. If you are a Bengali but residing in South India or North, or West for that matter and you are craving rosogolla, you can actually order none other than K.C Das rosogolla from their site. Same goes for every other region, no matter your roots are in Gujarat, or Nagaland or U.P no matter which part of India you are from, you can stay away from your home and can still enjoy the specialty of your hometown, yes even if you are staying abroad.

About SaleBhai

Salebhai is a one-stopdestination for food specialities. They have products from 100+ cities, 300+ reputed regional sellers and they do a fresh and timely delivery. All the products that saleBhai offers are 100%. authentic. Sale Bhai an e-commerce platform offers you a diverse range of authentic products from across the country to strike a chord at a price you will love.

My Experience With Salebhai:

Browsing and ordering through the website is really easy. There’s a tab where you can chose regional specialties from, there’s a tab for Sweets & Snacks where you can get almost every sweet & snacks from across the country. Then there’s Chocolate & Bakery, followed by Dry Fruits and the Arts & Handicrafts. You can choose from a variety of mesmerizing art crafts from across the country and it happens to be my favourite section. Next there’s Health & Herbal section where you can get a collection of some of the renowned organic brands from India, most of which I’ve already used and loved. Some of my favourite brands from this section are- Ancient Living, Omved, BioBloom, Vedantika Herbals, Woods and Petals, Sattvik organics, Natural bath & body. Then there’s one category where you can get all the uncategorized products from.

Lastly, there are few more tabs for International Delivery, New Arrivals, Gifting, Puja and Mangoes.

I got myself a pair of Wooden Goblets from Nagaland from the Art & Handicraft section and I am in love.

So if you guys are looking forward to purchase some gift items or you want to treat yourself or your loved ones with some regional delicacies, you know where to look. Thank me later 🙂

P.S:They deliver real fast.

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Saem Healing Tea Garden Green Tea Cleansing Water Review

Hello everyone! I am Anwesha and this is my first post for Beautifullyme.in . I have become a Kbeauty convert and worshipper after I came across our dear Clara’s posts about Kbeauty. Truth be told I had really bad skin condition when I first discovered this blog – dry, patchy, hyper pigmented and yes, severely tanned skin. In short the worst phase possible. So, I thought what’s the harm in trying a few Korean products, especially when everybody is raving about them?  And so, I gathered courage( it took guts to convince mom I tell you!) and ordered my first ever international package from Cosmetic-love.com .

The product that I will be reviewing today is a skin-changing (if not life-changing ) thing for me. I had always wondered about a cleansing agent that would not leave my skin dry or with a oily residue – something as uncomplicated as possible. Cleansing water  a.k.a micellar water is just the product which I was looking for. I had used and loved  another cleansing water by the renowned  French brand Yves Rocher before ordering the Saem Healing Tea Garden one. The only issue with the Yves Rocher one was the sticky residue it left behind after cleansing. During winter months that’s a plus point but during summer it’s just too sticky to ignore.

Anyway, I bought the Saem Cleansing water in Green Tea variant. The bottle is a big 300ml one which has sturdy packaging.  Nothing cute or fancy, just really travel friendly basic stuff. As the name suggests, the product’s consistency is just like water. It has a faint herbal smell. I think it is the smell of the large amount of Green Tea extract that has been added to the product.  I use the product every day twice or thrice as per my requirement. It does not irritate or dry out my skin. It does its job of cleansing to perfection. One thing that I would like to mention, I do not use this cleansing water as a makeup remover.  Internet is filled with articles primarily describing micellar waters as makeup removers. I don’t buy that, sorry! However, I do use this cleansing water to cleanse the last remaining makeup particles or traces of eyeliners after I cleanse my face with a foam cleanser (something which my skin does not like). It removes every single undesirable thing from your skin and leaves it clean and moisturized. No stretchy feeling or rough cleansing.  In fact it does not sting my eyes.

Ingredients:

Purified water, propylene glycol, not blood -7 Caprylic / Capric triglyceride, blood -7 not glyceryl cocoate, can tea (100ppm), baeknyeoncho extract. orange peel extract. lavender extract, jasmine extract, rosemary leaf extract, sciadopitys root extract, district party ex-tract, Portulaca Oleracea extract, sodium citrate, citric acid, disodium this dithiophene this, Butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, echil hexyl glycerin, 1,2-hexane diol, caprylic rilgeul glycol, Trojan polron

My Experience:

I have felt a noticeable change in the texture of my skin as I continued using it every day. My skin is considerably better and does not turn into Sahara desert within 4-5hours of applying moisturizer. It makes my skin soft and smooth without leaving any tacky residue like the Yves Rocher one.  It does not cause acne or aggravate the existing ones. “How?” you may ask my acne prone sisters. My big sis has a persistent acne problem that makes her skin intolerant to almost anything. She only uses prescription stuff like Sebamed, Saslic etc. This cleansing water did not cause any reaction to her acne. She also uses and likes it. For older and mature skin like that of my mom, it is good as well.  A family skincare product you may say. It is a savior for lazy girls like me who do not want to leave the comfort of their bed. Sometimes I am like cleansing my face while half asleep in bed, surrounded by my books. Just cleanse and slap on some serum or moisturizer and go to sleep.  Uncomplicated bliss!

Pros:

  • Gentle but effective
  • Economical and long lasting
  • Improves skin texture gradually
  • Does not irritate or cause acne
  • Has a moisturizing effect and loads of Green Tea and other herbal extracts
  • Travel friendly and sturdy packaging

Cons:

  • None except availability

 Price: 9.89$

Will I repurchase/recommend?

Definitely!

Availability

Cosmetic-love.comJolse.com

Rating: 4.8/5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anwesha Biswas, 24 years old bibliophile obsessed with skincare, perfumes and dogs

 

Getting Over A Heartbreak

Heartbreaks, we have all had them, we have all survived them (or not). What makes them even worse is the fact that you don’t just have heart breaks when you part ways with your partner, you can have them when you break up with your best friend, or that special friend with whom you had a non-existent relationship. It’s the lump in your throat that you feel when you suddenly stop talking to someone you used to talk every single day. It’s the pain you feel when you realize that the name that used to be on top of your chat list has been going down and just down. You cannot do anything about it, except for jumping at every message beep hoping it’s them. We have all been there, some of us recovered faster; some of us took too much time. The time it takes for you to recover not always depends on how strong you are, or how deeply you loved that person, because even the strongest person breaks down and we judge their strength based on if they are showing their tears to us or not.

They say when you face a heartbreak, get busy, as busy as possible, as busy as to not think of that pain, as busy that you don’t even have the time to expect a call or text from them. But truth to be told, you cannot pretend forever that the lump in your throat does not exist. You might take your mind off the pain for a while, but as soon as your head hits the pillow it’s all going to come back. Even if you manage to doze off, you’re going to wake up in the middle of the night and try to figure out if you just dreamt it all, if it was just a nightmare that the person you love so dearly has walked out of your life. And the truth will hit you so hard that you’ll feel like you cannot breathe. If you are lucky, you might be able to doze off again, only to wake up in the morning, may be earlier than you usually wake up and stare at your phone hoping there’s a text when deep down you know, there’s not, there’s never going to be. Sleepless nights and sleepy days, and the more you stress yourself with work, the more you are bound to break down because a part of your brain cannot forget the pain and you are constantly pushing it towards the edge so that you can get busy forgetting the pain. But for how long? How long can you pretend that you are the strongest person who’s not allowed to break down? How long can you push away your thoughts? How long are you going to hold those tears in? How long? Sooner or later you’ll find yourself laying flat in your tears because you have pretended for too long, pretended that it doesn’t hurt.

And then there are worse things we do. Sometimes, in order to forget the person who broke our heart, we try to replace them immediately; clinging to the first person we meet after the heartbreak, to the person who tries to bring smile to our face during our difficult times. As healthy as it is to talk to friends and have shoulders to cry on, rebounding in a new relationship is the worst thing we can do sometimes.  We don’t realize that we are using the new person in our life as a distraction from the pain, as a small band aid to a much severe injury. In most cases it does not work out either, because you haven’t allowed yourself the time and space to figure out what’s going on, figure out what you actually want, figure out who you truly are.

So are we not supposed to move on? Yes we do, but we are also allowed to break down, to let out those tears that we have been holding in, to cry it all out until you feel numb. Cry until there are no more tears screaming to come out of your eyes, cry until your pillow cover is wet, cry yourself to sleep. Yes, you are allowed to skip the work, and that meal, you are allowed to mess your life up until you feel there’s nothing left to mess up. Feel human, feel that pain until you are tired of it, until you reach that point where you look back and only see the pain instead of the golden memories that you were crying over. Only then will you realize that those memories are not worth that pain. Only then you’ll look into the mirror and see the strongest person you’ve ever known. You’ll see you, with your raw, naked emotion and you’ll realize that the pain has become a lot more tolerable, it doesn’t hurt as bad as it was hurting just a few days back. The sadness will still be there but you’ll eventually stop waking up in the middle of the night with anxiety. The breakdowns will stop, you’ll still be thinking about them but you’ll have less urge to text them begging them to come back. You’ll feel sad, yet refreshed. You’ll start taking care of yourself, you’ll catch up on everything you have missed out on for the last couple of weeks, you’ll be eating your favourite food and having meals right on time. Yes the sadness will still linger, but not for too long. Soon you’ll realize that you deserve so much better, better than the melancholy feeling and the lump in your throat. You’ll have a better understanding of life and what you want. And that’s when you’ll know that you have completely moved on.

ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Cream Review

Etude House Moistfull Collagen range has taken the K-beauty market by storm. You can only hear amazing things about this range, especially from Korean women. The range contains Small Super Collagen water particles (hydrolyzed collagen) that can be absorbed into skin and keep it hydrated, healthy and plump.

What it is

Small Super Collagen water particles in the Moistfull cream always keep your skin hydrated and leave your skin feeling like jelly.
– 120 hours of Super Collagen™ water effect with proven experimental data
– Improvement on skin layers with outstanding hydrating level seen within 5 days
– Skin gloss lasts 12 hours after application
* Tested by IC Korea with 23 persons of 20~25’s

How to apply

  1. Apply appropriate amount of the cream onto face and smoothly massage from centre to outer.
    2. Gently dab away the left over content of moisture to let skin absorb them perfectly.

Ingredients:

Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Betaine, Kaolin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pca Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Silica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Poloxamer 407, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Phytantriol, Ppg-5-Laureth-5, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Alcohol, Water, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

My Experience:

You guys might know that I stock up on sample products before I travel, so I did some sample haul from Cosmetic-Love before my Bangalore trip and the Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream was one of them. I got two tiny tubs that lasted me the whole trip. For my night time regimen I stayed loyal to my Taiyu Silk Cream but for my day time regimen I opted for the Etude House Moistfull Collagen cream even though am pretty sure that it’s hydrating enough to be used as a night cream (in a moderate temp).

The cream is extremely lightweight, a bit jelly like and spreads evenly. It takes a few second to be absorbed completely, but once absorbed there’s no sticky or greasy residue. It makes the skin plump and bouncy and you can literally notice a healthy skin within a week of application. The hydration lasts throughout the day, and if you are aware how terrible the summer is at Bangalore you’ll know what my skin has survived during those weeks. I don’t think it would have done the job for a night cream if used during those days because the heat there was so terrible that it can even dehydrate the skin of beauties with extremely oily skin, and then there I was, struggling with my combination, sensitive skin. I honestly doubt any of my regular creams would have helped my skin as much as this one did, and it really surprises me to think that this super lightweight cream can give such hydration boost.

Since collagen plays an important part in anti-aging treatment, and I am 27+ and haven’t incorporated any anti-aging product in my routine yet, I guess staying loyal to this product is the best I can do.

Will I purchase it again?

The whole range, in full sizes.

Will I recommend it?

Yes. Someone recently asked me how to survive Bangalore Summer this year and I must say, this is one product you might wanna try out(a full post on how to survive summer skin coming up).

Where to buy:

Cosmetic-Love , Sokoglam

Price:

$20 for 75ml

Pros:

  • Hydrates
  • Makes skin plum and bouncy
  • Evens up skin tone
  • Contains anti-aging benefits
  • Super cute packaging that will melt your heart
  • Non-greasy, does not feel thick or heavy on the skin.
  • Does not contain paraben
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • Contains alcohol

Rating:

4.8/5

 

Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack Review

Hey guys, today I will be reviewing a Sheet Mask that I have had an eye on for some time. I have heard ravings about the goodness of snail extract and even though I was grossed out a little, I still tried out my first snail poo product sometimes back and unfortunately my experience was not as amazing as my expectations were. Luckily my experience with Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask was a lot better. I might disappoint some of you saying that I didn’t take a sheet mask selfie because I looked too ghastly wearing the mask but I hope I can make it up to you guys with the review.

[Features]

[Benton] Snail Bee High Content MaskPack 20g 1 Sheet

Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack is for all types of skin including sensitive and troubled skin types.

This high content mask pack contains Bee Venom, EGF and various botanical based natural ingredients to help improve your rough and damaged skin from various stress and pollution.

In addition to the troubled skin care, cooling, moisturizing, soothing effect, and skin-lifting improvement, this all-in-one multi-care cosmetic has functional ingredients such as Arbutin and Adenosine which help you to achieve clear and more even skin tone complexion.

[How to Use]

Prepare your skin with skin toner after washing your face.

Open the packaging and place the mask gently over the face make sure it adheres to the face.

After 20~30 minutes remove the mask, then pat the leftover ingredients gently into the skin.

My Experience:

You guys might know that I have come back from my Bangalore trip with a terrible, terrible skin and you guys are probably not hearing it for the last time because my skin hasn’t recovered yet. Firstly, because may be the damage is a bit severe, and secondly because I haven’t treated my skin like I usually do after I coming back from any trip. It’s been over two weeks and the tan is still there and so are the weird bumps on my cheeks.

So I used this Snail Bee Sheet Mask a few days after returning when the bumps were at their worst. When I applied it, I was certain that one sheet mask cannot possibly recover this terrible of a damage, but I had expectations that it will at least control. Out of all the sheet masks I have ever used, this one had to be the softest. And this is not the only point where it stood out from the crowd of sheet masks I have ever used. Unlike the regular sheet masks, the main ingredient wasn’t water; it was Camellia Sinesis Leaf Water- green tea. If you think that is impressive enough, wait till I tell you that the eye holes weren’t hollow, there were cut out patches, like you can lift them up on your eyes and relax with the eye patches on, or lift them down and watch your favourite series on Netflix. I wish I didn’t look that ghastly with the mask on so that I could have shown you guys how it works. The fitting wasn’t very good (why I looked ghastly) but it wasn’t that terrible either.

I removed the mask after 30 minutes and my skin was super hydrated and the bumps were visibly minimized. Like something told me that had I got a few more of these masks my skin would have completely recovered by a couple of weeks. Sadly I ordered just one and Cosmetic-Love takes a little time to ship.  So even though it didn’t completely heal my skin, it really did some damage control and I am impressed.

Price:

$2.18

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Contains Snail Extract that’s much raved for their anti-aging benefits and their soothing power
  • Contains Bee Venom that’s known as nature’s botox
  • Affordable
  • Paraben free
  • Works on sensitive skin
  • Has got eye patches

Cons:

Nothing

Will I re-purchase and recommend it?

Absolutely

Rating:

4.8/5

Where to buy:

Cosmetic  Love

Captivating Works Done to Pitch the Beauty of Chennai Silk Sarees

Being one of the most popular and fascinating kind of Indian traditional drapes, Chennai silk sarees are ultimate fave among Indian women, especially during important festivals and wedding ceremonies. These royal sarees are known for their blend of bright shades and intricate detailed work. Have you ever tried to focus on these alluring prints and work crafted over these finest forms of silk? Let’s do it now. These beautiful types of work are responsible for their heavy pricing and magnificent appeal. Known to be the most enthralling and glistening Indian women wears, silk sarees will never let you down and will look gorgeous on every woman regardless of their age and body shape. You will find young women and fashion lovers getting crazy over these classic ethnic staples. So if you are a fashion enthusiast, you would probably love to explore these enchanting clothes and garments. Get yourself in!!!

Here are the four most found and attractive types of work done over these luxurious sarees that can bring you into the limelight at every occasion. Unroll the fashion fad!!!

Border Work

Most women pick border work Kanjeevaram sarees for their clean and breathtaking appeal. These sarees are embellished with broad embroidered borders and intricate detailed work which are perfect to adorn during Indian weddings and other festivals. Buy them to enhance your ethnic closet and style statement in a snap.

Zari Work

These expensive silk sarees are most favoured pick of royal blooded women who are always up for flaunting their incredible elegance and charming appeal. These sarees are crafted with intricate zari work all over the fabric and looks stunning on every woman. Pair these lush drapes with traditional gold on kundan jewellery to get the desired appearance.

Booti Work

If you want to go out of the box and unveil your phenomenal ethnicity, try the dazzling booti work sarees which are known to have small bootis all over the fabric and can be worn at any occasion or ceremony. Check these gorgeous sarees online and take your pick to make the most of the season.

Fabricated Latkan

The additional factor which can take your complete look to another level is fabricated latkan attached at the bottom of the pallu. The style is the perfect way to reinvent your ethnic avatar and fashion statement instantly.

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The Face Shop Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam Lemon Review

Hey guys, I haven’t been writing for a while as there’s been a medical emergency in our family and things aren’t going very great. However, since writing helps me take my mind of things for a while and I somehow managed to get some decent sleep this afternoon, I decided to review a foaming cleanser that I’ve been using for a while.

I’ve said this earlier that I am not a huge fan of The Face Shop products and it’s basically the only K-Beauty brand that hasn’t impressed me. But during that much raved TFS launch at Nykaa I got myself a few products (even though I wasn’t very impressed when I shipped some of their products from South Korea long before the launch) and I’ll be reviewing The Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam Lemon today.

Ingredients:

Water, Myristic Acid, Stearc Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Lauramide Dea, Ceteth-20, Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Fruit Extract (1%), Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Bark Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Glycol Distearate, Peg-40 Stearate, Peg-8, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 5 (Cl 19140)

My CosDNA analysis came up almost clean except for some red flags- a whooping 3 acne red flag for Myristic acid, 2 for Stearic acid, 1 for Butylene Glycol.

Price:

Rs 300 for 170 ml.

Quick Overview:

A mild type of cleansing foam with peach extract , this formula by Faceshop leaves your skin super fresh and clean! This formula penetrates deep into your pores to remove impurities & buildup that can cause clogged pores & ugly blackheads. Enriched with pure Lemon and nine kinds of herb extracts, this lovely foam provides moisture and nutrition that leaves skin soft, clear elastic and youthful. Perfect for all skin types, this beauty essential is an absolute must have!

My Experience:

The reason I chose this particular cleanser from the whole range is that I’m always on the lookout for products that can brighten the skin tone, and since this one contained lemon, I had high hopes.

My first thought upon unboxing the package was that it’s a huge tube for just 300 bucks. However, I wasn’t ecstatic to get a huge tube for that steal of a price; instead, I kept thinking what can I expect from a cleanser that comes for just 300 bucks. My skeptical mind didn’t take too long to be proven right. Right when I used the foaming cleanser for the first time, I felt like the pH level is too high. The citrusy smell felt pleasant, but the massive amount of foam it created reminded me of the Skinfood Egg White Pore Cleanser that has a pH level as high as 10.5. The aftermath of using the cleanser was almost the similar to the Skinfood one, my skin felt dry as a desert.  I continued using the cleanser for 3 weeks because that’s how long I use a skincare product before reviewing and I saw no brightening effect or noticeable change in my skin.

All the while I kept looking for a pH strip to check the pH level but since I couldn’t get my hands on any, I tried Googling the pH level and turns out that the Spearmint and Acerola Cleansers from the same range has a pH level as high as 9 while the average pH level for a cleanser should be 4-5.5. I was genuinely annoyed, I already have one high pH cleanser sitting idle in my cabinet and a second one was the last thing I needed.

Pros:

  • Budget friendly

Cons:

  • Probably has a high pH level
  • Strips skin of the moisture
  • Contains Paraben
  • No noticeable change in skin

 Will I repurchase it?

 Never

Will I recommend it?

 No

Where to buy:

 Nykaa

Rating:

 3/5

Couponsji Review – Online Couponing Site

Back when I was working as a Data Analyst there grew a trend in our office, searching for the best deals for online shopping. It all started when a guy joined our office and told us how he gets the best deal on everything; I mean literally everything, from mobile recharges to gifts for his girl friend. He used to provide us with coupons for everything we used to order and we became habituated paying less for everything. After he resigned, it kindda became a hobby for us to search for deals for things we didn’t even need to buy. Some eventually grew bored, some continued. I being probably the laziest in the office, never even bothered to look for a deal. Instead I kept a close look on who’s getting the best deals on what. I knew who to ask for getaway deals, who to ask for buffet deals, who to ask for recharge deals and who to ask for fashion deals. And guess what? They always had the coupons handy, whether they need it, or they don’t, they just happened to have the coupons with them all the time.

After I resigned I don’t remember hunting for deal even once, but my online shopping craze continued and even got worse ever since I came home to stay with my parents for a year. Who can you blame? I don’t easily get impressed with the shopping malls my hometown has to offer! I have been 100% dependent on online shopping ever since I came home. So sometimes back I remembered the coupon craze from my office days and I surfed a little and came across this site called CouponsJI. The site has got all the coupons you can think of, collaborated in one place. You can either look for coupons by directly clicking on the brand name, or you can search by category. Searching for the best deals has never been easier.

What is Couponsji- Online Couponing Site?

E-commerce site Couponsji offers discounts, coupons, and deals on the already discounted products that can help you save even more. Couponsji is a coupons & deals website that has products under different categories and brands at very reasonable price. Furthermore, this online shopping store gets you all the brands tempting offers, coupons, deals and discounts at one single place. This feature of Couponsji- Online Couponing Site is surely hard-to-ignore and best for frequent shoppers.

Some of my favourite deals:

Ajio Coupons :It’s a site focused on men, women and kids’ fashion. You can get some amazing deals using couponsji website.

Myntra Fashion Coupons: Myntra happens to be my boy friend’s favourite shopping site and since I have no power to control his shopping frenzy, I try controlling the bill by looking for the best deals using couponsji website.

Limeroad Coupons: My favourite site to get hand bags, backpacks, sling bags, shoes and most importantly home decor products. I just love their collection.

So when you are shopping online next time, you too can save some bucks by using couponsji website, am sure it will be worth it.