Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask Review

After hearing and reading so many ravings about the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask, I finally got my hands on it, all thanks to Daisy Skin Fix who introduced a series of Korean Skincare brands in India that was previously not available in our country. Dear Klairs happens to be a K-Beauty brand dedicated especially to sensitive skin beauties. While most of their products claim soothing and calming effect, they also leave out potential acne triggers, irritants and preservative that average brands use. Also thanks to Daisy Skin Fix who provided me with a ton of free samples from Dear Klairs with my purchase, now I know that the products are true to their claims. They have been a great help to my hyper sensitive skin that was severely irritated when I used them.

So back to the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask Review, it was the fourth day of my series of ‘calming down irritated skin’ series and the last one before I visited the derma.

What is it:

1) Special formulated moisturizing face mask for intensive hydration

100% pure organic cotton to minimize irritation and upgrade adherence. Directly delivers soothing essence to your skin. With main ingredient hyaluronic acid, you can see the long lasting and trouble soothing effect.

2) No stickiness, Refreshing texture

Without any stickiness, the moisturizing face mask finishes of with refreshing texture. Abundant rich ingredients will be delivered to your skin after 15~20 minutes. Different from any other moisturizing face mask, even the most sensitive to troubled skin can use it without worrying about worsening problematic matter.

3) Eco-friendly Product

The truthful brand, Klairs is eco-friendly cosmetics. Against animal testing, no alcohol, no paraben, no artificial coloring. Low irritation to the skin with safe and great ingredients, especially safe cosmetics for sensitive or trouble type skin.

How to use:

1) After washing, apply the toner.

2) Pull out mask sheet from the package and unfold it.

3) Carefully fit the mask over your face.

4) Remove mask sheet after 15~20 minutes.

5) Gently pat down any remaining leftover residue into your skin.

*In summer or hot weather, please put Klairs mask in the fridge for 3~5 mins before you use it.

Then it quickly helps your face soothe some troubles such as a sunburn and skin troubles.

Claims:

89% customers who purchased Klairs rich moist soothing mask repurchase it afterwards.

Klairs rich moist soothing mask is made 100% Pure cotton. It also contains half bottle of

Rich Moisturizing Essence. If you use it, it would be like applying half bottle of Rich moisturizing essence on your face. In addition, as you might know, the essence is absorbed better and faster than hands if you use Klairs rich moist soothing mask sheet.

My Experience:

The ingredient list was more than enough to impress me. The CosDNA analysis came up pretty clean, like the cleanest any of my analysis has ever been, just 1 acne trigger and 1 irritant. It leaves out a lot of irritants widely used in regular brands, especially alcohol. Darn! It will be really hard to go back to brands like Innisfree and The Face Shop (their basic ranges that contains alcohol).

I kept my sheet mask in the fridge for a while before using it on my face and I was glad that I did. The mask was a bit wide than usual sheet masks but it didn’t bother me that much. There were half cut eye areas like the Benton Snail Bee Sheet Mask which you can keep down or you can cover your eyes and chill. The sheet was a bit thicker than regular sheet mask and it felt cosier. Now I often keep my sheet masks in the fridge before using it, but this time, the chilling sensation was next level. I could literally feel my angry skin cells calm down. I have never enjoyed sheet masking this much before.

I took it off after 30 minutes and my skin was immensely hydrated. The redness had disappeared and by the next morning my skin looked brightened and the bumps looked smaller. The hydration and brightness lingered for another 2-3 days to my immense joy and I could only celebrate finding out my Holy Grail sheet mask.

Pros:

  • No paraben, no alcohol, no artificial colour
  • A clean ingredient list
  • Against animal cruelty
  • Eco Friendly
  • Budget Friendly

Cons:

None

Price:

MRP 135Rs, $1.99

Where to buy:

Daisy Skin Fix (India) and they have free shipping on all order and they load you with free samples

Wishtrend, Sokoglam (Worldwide)

Rating:

5/5

Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask – BHA Review

Those of you who are tired of me complaining about my skin issues for some time now, GOOD NEWS: I have finally visited another doctor. Even though he prescribed me an oral medicine and some medicated skincare products all of which are known for acne problems whereas I am pretty much convinced my infection is fungal and not just acnes, I am still hopeful that his prescription might actually work. He promised that my skin will be clear in 2 months and I freaked out as 2 months is a long time. But then a friend reminded me that I’ve already had this infection for 3 months now, so I better tolerate another 2 months.

I am not supposed to use any other skincare product on my face for these 2 months, which freaked me out again because I won’t be able to use sheet masks, I won’t be able to review skincare products and I will get bored, because my extensive skincare regimen happens to be my favourite time of the day.

Nevertheless, there are products that I used during this 3 months, products that have kindda worked and products that have been useless, and I will start this boring 2 months by reviewing them one by one.

So, the fourth product from my ‘calming down irritated skin’ series- Innisfree Skin Clinic BHA Mask Sheet.

BHA is excellent for exfoliation. With my infection so severe, I thought it was a bit crucial to exfoliate my skin and choosing a chemical one over a physical one would be a blessing to my irritated skin. Why exfoliation? Because clogged pores are the culprit for chicken bumps and acne and one can actually battle acne and bumps by using a BHA which is also known for melting away blackheads.

Sometimes you can notice new acne popping up right after using a BHA, that is because the BHA brings out any infection that is hiding deep inside the pore, waiting to pop up when it wishes to. Exactly the same way, it also brings out sebum from deep within the pore and thus helps unclog the pores.

By now you can guess why I chose a BHA mask while fighting my irritated skin.

What it is

  1. It contains BHA which cares for rough skin to keep the skin smooth.2. This 100% natural cotton sheet is made from soft cotton hairs around the cotton wool.

    3. It is transparent and thin and has good adherence on the skin, which allows for its good substances to be more effective delivered into the skin.

How to use

  1. After cleansing, use toner to refine skin texture.
    2. Take out mask from package and remove film. Evenly adhere it to entire face, avoiding eye and lip area.
    3. Remove the sheet after 10~20 minutes and gently pat to allow the remaining formula to absorb into skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycereth-26, Betaine, Carbomer, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Abies Sibirica Oil, Juniperus communis Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Disodium EDTA

My Experience:

The mask came attached to a film like the other masks from the Skin Clinic range. I pulled out the mask and applied it carefully. The fitting was good and the smell was different which I can’t exactly explain. It kept it on my face for about 30 minutes and it was kindda dry by that time, not completely dry but almost dry. I did not notice any immediate effects but next morning I noticed that my bumps looked smaller and the redness was gone. By this time I had sheet masked 3 days in a row so I had a pretty brightened skin and if the irritated parts are overlooked, my skin actually looks great by this time (till now). I had a new pimple on my cheeks (not bumps but real pimple) the next morning and I’m guessing that the BHA has pushed out some bacteria. Unlike the other products that has worked, this time the bumps did not grow back by the evening, neither the redness. They did not come back at all, so much so that I visited the derma with some pretty controlled bumps and was worrying that he won’t take my irritation seriously as they look much controlled now.

The next day it was the Klairs Soothing Sheet Mask, and I should be thanking either one of the two, or maybe both for the controlled bumps.

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the sheet mask and might occasionally repurchase.

MRP: 150rs

Pros:

  • Does everything it claims
  • Controls chicken bumps (and maybe acne)

Cons:

Nothing

Where to buy:

Nykaa, Cosmetic-Love

P.S: I’m aware that the post looks haphazard, it reflects my skin condition.

Innisfree It’s Real! Squeeze Bija Mask Review

Hey guys, hope you all are not tired of my ‘calming irritated skin series’ already as there are a lot of products that I have been using to calm my skin and I will be reviewing them all, one by one, the ones that worked, and the ones that didn’t work.

So if you haven’t already read my previous posts, I have been suffering from some skin infections for almost 3 months after using a dirty makeup brush. At first, it was just chicken bumps on my cheeks but eventually they started getting severe. I haven’t been able to take care of my skin because of some family emergencies and I’ve recently started taking care of my skin.

The first thing I used to treat my eczema like skin condition was Picon Cream that is a topical treatment cream. It seemed to work after 5 days of continued usage but after that, there was no improvement. So currently am trying out a lot of home remedies and some calming and soothing products until I get enough time in my hands to visit a Dermatologist. So, along with using neem, turmeric and honey every day, am using products that claim to treat acne, heal irritated skin and have calming and soothing benefits. I have already reviewed a couple of products that seemed to help my skin condition and today it’s Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Bija.

What is Bija?

If you try looking it up on Google, you’ll be disappointed. But since Innisfree has got a lot of Bija products that are targeted for irritated skin, you can have a lucky guess.

What it is

A refreshing face mask made from the torreya oil to clear your skin!

1. It’s real squeeze mask with torreya oil!
The fruits of the torreya tree have been highly regarded as a precious ingredient.

2. Jeju green complex
The Jeju green complex consists of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves, and orchids to keep your skin healthy.

3. Triple-layered sheet
This triple-layer sheet has a long-lasting moisturizing effect so that the essence can gradually be absorbed into the skin.

How to use

  1. After washing your face, gently apply toner on your face to even out your skin texture.
    2. Then, apply the mask over your entire face, avoiding your eye and lip areas.
    3. Remove the mask after 10-20 minutes.
    4. Remove the mask and gently pat your face to allow the remaining essence to absorb into your skin.

The funny part is that the sheet mask is meant to heal IRRITATED SKIN and the description on their website reads “ Do not apply on wounds or any skin experiencing irritation, such as dermatitis and eczema.” Didn’t I purchase it because I am suffering from skin infection?

My Experience:

I used the bija mask sheet for the first time a few days after coming back from the trip that witnessed my skin catching the infection. I visited a Sephora store and used the make brush the very day I landed in Bangalore and I noticed the bumps the next day. I had the bumps throughout the trip and planned to treat them once I get home. I used the Bija mask after coming back and it dramatically reduced the size of the bumps. I was really glad. However, 2 days after I came back from the trip, my uncle got hospitalized and I wasn’t in the situation to keep treating the bumps. During this time, the irritation got much severe. A month after fighting for his life, my uncle expired (following another series of family mishaps). So give or take, I haven’t looked into the mirror in like 2 months and when things were a little stable, I was horrified when I finally had enough time and patience to glare at my reflection. My bumps were inflamed and bigger. That’s when I ordered the bija mask again because it has worked the previous time.

The next time I used this mask was the second day after resuming my skincare regimen. The first day, I used a Tea Tree Sheet Mask which is great for acne and it was a repurchase as well. The bumps looked calm the next morning but grew back by the evening. That night I used the Bija Mask during my night time regimen (along with using home remedies during the day time). The fitting was almost perfect, the smell was mild and clear and it felt nice since I used it after keeping it inside the refrigerator on a hot summer night. I took it off after half an hour, patted the extra essence into the skin and finished it off with a night cream, following the picon cream on the affected area.

The next morning, the bumps were much, much smaller and the redness was gone (am not sure for a day or a few because the next day was another sheetmask). The effects were much better than the Tea Trea Oil which has previously healed a bad pms special cystic acne.

Overall, am once again impressed with the result. I’m not sure if it will work on acne and pimple because few of my bumps have grown into cystic acnes and this one worked on only the bumps and not on the pimples. So am guessing it does work on irritated skin despite the warning on their official website.

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Budget friendly
  • Hydrates and moisturizes the skin
  • Contains anti-inflammatory ingredients

Cons:

  • Contains alcohol

Price:

MRP 100

Where to buy:

Nykaa

Rating:

4.7/5

My Envy Box June 2017 Review

Hey guys, it’s already the 18th of the month and I received My Envy Box June Edition yesterday which I ordered around the 2nd or 3rd of the month. This month’s box comes in the print that will soothe your eyes in this scorching summer and will remind you of your last trip to the beach.

So here’s everything that was inside the box:

  • Votre Power- Footwear Protection: Rs 600 for 25ml

It’s supposed to clean your footwear with its powerful Nanotechnology enabled protective coating. This sample sized spray  is enough for one pair of shoes and I’ll probably use it on my beloved boots.

  • Forest Essential-Eladi Teenage Day Cream And Night Cream: Rs 264 for gms each

Am deeply and madly in love with these samples already.

  • Votre- After Sun Mist: 500 for 50ml

If you already don’t know, am sucker for mists, I love keeping them in my hand bags and occasionally spray on my face whenever my skin feels dry or my skin asks for refreshment. This is an excellent mist for those who stays under the sun for a long hour. I’ve been staying indoors these days and I wish I knew about this mist during my working days. Nothing like going into the office under the scorching sun, and spraying it all over the face and neck once you enter. Working ladies, keep a note.

  • Essence- Nail Paint: Rs 199 for 100ml

I got it in a pretty pink shade.

  • Calvin Klein- Eternity Intense Fragrance: 1 vile

Words cannot express how sensual and flirtatious the fragrance is.

  • Essence- Eye Shadow: Rs 199 for 2.5gms

I got it in the shade Party All Night which is a shimmery bronze colour.

Overall, I pretty much like the stuffs inside this month’s box. There are 2 full-sized makeup products but my heart fell for the sample sized Forest Essential products which I should have saved for my next trip, but I already started using them. The box’s overall worth is above 2k which makes it more than just worth it.

If you haven’t ordered this month’s box yet, get now from here: http://www.myenvybox.com/products/luxury-beauty-box–1-month–june/pages/home

 

Restaurant Review: Hae Kum Gang Korean Restaurant

Another Bangalore visit, another Korean Restaurant. This time it was Hae Kum Gang, the restaurant that usually comes on top if you search for ‘Korean Restaurants in Bangalore’.  My parents never had Korean food before but they are adventurous like me when it comes to food so we headed to the restaurant together. If you’ve are following me on social media, you’ll know that am kindda messed up a little bit right now. If it was some other time, I would have Googled the opening time and then head out. This time, I didn’t and thus we were standing in front of a closed restaurant. There were some nice chairs outside the restaurant so I took a seat and Googled the timings. Turned out, it opens at 1, I checked my watch and it was sometime around 12.15 p.m.  However, It wasn’t long until the signs read ‘open’ and we were standing in front of an empty restaurant with an amazing ambiance.

The chairs were nice, the decorations were nice, the chandeliers were nice, and the widely smiling owner (possibly?) seemed nice too. I got a pretty good opportunity to click around as the restaurant was completely devoid of any people except for us and the owner.

Soon afterwards a few employees came in and took our orders and before we knew, the place was flooding with customers. I checked my watch again, it was just 1 ‘o’ clock and almost every single table was occupied. Wasn’t it an empty vacant room just a moment ago?

Anyway, I ordered Kimbap (my boyfriend’s favourite who wasn’t accompanying me), Bibimbap and my mom chose Chicken Chulpan. Since my dad was the only one in the table that eats beef, I ordered a beef Bibimbap for him and asked them if they can get the beef in a separate bowl so that mum and I can taste the rest of the Bibimbap and they were too nice to accept it.

We didn’t have to wait much for the order to arrive and soon we were served with some amazing side dishes. I took the opportunity to spread my love for kimchi, sweet baby potato and soybean sprouts among my parents and I was terribly successful. The rest of the orders followed shortly and we dig in. Every time I visit a new Korean Restaurant it ends up being a lot better than the previous one and I end up saying that it’s the best Korean Food I’ve ever had. Well, no exception this time.

The Kimbap were the best I’ve ever had. It was my first time trying Bibimbap and Chicken Chulpan so I can’t compare them if they are better than the other Korean Restaurants I’ve tried, but they were finger licking good. My favourite was of course the Kimbap and my parents’ ended up falling in love with the chicken chulpan so bad that they got one plate parceled for my sister.

The staffs were too nice and friendly and willingly to guide you through the meal if you are trying Korean food for the first time or if you aren’t sure how to eat any dish in particular and what sauce to mix with what dish.

The cost was on a bit higher side but I wouldn’t complain as Korean Dishes are still considered exotic in India and besides, some of the ingredients used aren’t available very easily, so it sounds reasonable.

Our total bill was around 2,400 Rs and we had 2 Korean Chicken Chulpan, 1 Bibimbap and 1 Kimpap.

Will I suggest it?

Yes.

Rating:

5/5

Zomato link: 

https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/hae-kum-gang-brigade-road

Hedonista Fresh Face Scrub Review

Hey guys, hope you are doing well, today am back with yet another review of a product that seems to help control my severely irritated skin.

Hedonista Fresh Face Scrub is a gel based face scrub with desiccated coconut and strawberry seeds. This all natural face scrub detoxifies and brightens your skin giving it a beautiful glow. Great for all skin types. This is a luscious recipe. All natural & handmade with high-quality ingredients and organic oils.

Price:

Rs.1045 for 105 gm

Ingredients list

Aqua, Desiccated coconut, Vegetable glycerin, Walnut shell powder, Strawberry seeds, Xanthan gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, L Arginine, Lactic acid, Sodium Gluconate, Fragrance oil.

NO Parabens, Sulphates, Silicones, Artificial colourants or fragrance, Palm oil, Petroleum derivatives, Phthalates, Amines, PEGs, Formaldehyde.

My Experience:

Personally I prefer staying away from scrubs that contain nut shells, especially apricot and walnut, they do more harm to your skin than good. However, I made an exception when I received the Hedonista Fresh Face scrub with my Fab Bag because I love Hedonista products and since it was a sample size product I thought, well I can try it a few times.

When I first used the scrub, my bumps were in a terrible condition. As soon as I opened the lid I was mesmerized with the strong strawberry fragrance. Yes, I love strawberries. The texture and consistency was a lot different than any other scrub I’ve ever used. It was brownish and jelly like. I scooped out a little scrub with my finger tips after double cleansing my face and scrubbed very, very gently for maybe 1 minute. Now if you ask me why being so gentle? 1stly, I prefer chemical exfoliators over physical scrubs and secondly because it contains walnut shells. If it wasn’t a Hedonista product, and there wasn’t some luxurious other ingredients present, I highly doubt I would be putting it on my face in the first place. But anyway, I did apply it on my face but very, very gently.

After scrubbing away the dead skins I let the scrub sit on my face for a few seconds imagining it’s detoxifying my skin. After I washed my face there was an oily residue on my face. Even though it didn’t bother me much, I usually apply a wash off mask post exfoliating so the residue got washed away along with my wash off mask. The next morning I woke up to a brightened face and a much controlled break out, as if the angry bumps were calmed down for a day or two. I usually exfoliate once a week, especially when I use a chemical exfoliator, but since it helps calm down my irritated skin for a day or two, I’ve been using it twice a week very carefully, and my skin is loving it (seems so).

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Controls breakout
  • NO Parabens, Sulphates, Silicones, Artificial colourants or fragrance, Palm oil, Petroleum derivatives, Phthalates, Amines, PEGs, Formaldehyde.
  • Presumably organic
  • Smells amazing

Cons:

  • Contains wall nut shell
  • Hedonista products are usually a bit on the pricey side, but for some products, the ingredients are too luxurious to make the price look reasonable, but I wouldn’t personally spend a 1000 bucks for a scrub that contains walnut shell

Where to buy:

Official Site,Nykaa, Purplle, Flipkart

Rating:

4.5/5

 

Oshea Herbals Neempure Anti Acni And Pimple Face Pack Review

As you guys might know that I’ve been suffering from chicken bumps on both of my cheeks ever since I used a contour brush at Sephora around 3 months ago. Over the time it got worse as I have been going through some stuff that didn’t allow me to take better care of my skin. However, it’s time I do start taking care of my skin and thus I introduced some healing and soothing products in my skincare regimen that includes ingredients like neem, aloe, bija and tea tree.

Since I started treating the bumps when they were already severe, I know that nothing will work overnight. However, there are a few products that minimize the redness and swelling the night after application and the Oshea Neempure Anti Acne & Pimple Face Pack is one of them.

Product Claims:

This deep purifying anti microbial and antiseptic formula cleanses skin while helping to absorb toxins and excess oil. Regular use of this pack helps get rid of pimples, acne, blemishes and spots. Also make the complexion fair and enhances facial brightness.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS :

Neem and Basil Leaf Extracts: An universal anti-septic and anti-microbial, helps in curing acne, pimple.

Aloe Vera Gel- Excellent Moisturizing and skin healing properties.

Tea tree Oil : Antiseptic, Anti Acne, Antimicrobial properties

Cinnamon : Astringent properties .

DIRECTION : Apply a generous amount of this pack on face & neck leaving eyes. Relax till completely dry. Rinse with plain water

My Experience:

Going through the ingredient list I was immensely impressed, neem, basil, aloe, tea tree oil all compacted in just one product? Yes please! I would have been a lot more excited it wasn’t loaded with parabens as my skin is not in the best condition to be loaded with added preservatives, especially parabens. However, since my other products are paraben free I went on applying it.

The product claims that regular use will help fight acne. I have never used a wash off mask on a regular basis but since this one does not dry off the face I think one can try using it regularly if they want.

The face pack applies smoothly all over the face and you can take hulk selfies if you want. It takes a lot of time to dry off completely so you can take A LOT of hulk selfie by that time. I usually wash it off after 30 minutes and my face doesn’t feel too dry. I follow it up with my usual routin- toner, sheet mask (occasionally) and then finally a moisturizer. I do not usually notice any immediate effect after using the pack, but the next morning the bumps looks minimized. Unfortunately enough, whatever product that helps minimize the bumps, I don’t think I have come across any that permanently minimizes them as the bumps grow back as the humid weather in Kolkata takes a toll on my skin.

Final Verdict, I don’t have severe acne issues so I can’t really tell how it might work on acne prone skin. The bumps that I got recently are completely different from acne; however, occasionally one or two acnes pop out amongst the bumps. On the other hand, my bumps are actually severe, and even though this pack hasn’t completely healed them, they do look controlled post application. So am not guaranteeing it will work on everybody like it worked on my skin, but it’s definitely worth a try.

Pros:

  • Contains neem
  • Contains basil
  • Contains Aloe
  • Contains tea tree oil
  • Does what it claims
  • Applies smoothly
  • Washes off easily
  • Pocket friendly
  • Travel friendly

Cons:

  • Contains Paraben

Price:

Rs. 175 for 120gm

Where to buy:

Official Site, Amazon, Flipkart, Ebay

Rating: 4/5

NOTE: PR sample but the opinions are completely honest.

May 2017 Empties

Ever since I started doing empties post, the clutter in my dresser and cabinet started becoming a little bit decent. I haven’t really noticed before that I had so many bottles with little bit products left inside, waiting to be used up and thrown away. Last month I haven’t finished many products but I eliminated a LOT of products that have crossed the expiry date, so much so that I was wondering if I should do a post with products I haven’t been able to finish up.

So here’s everything I finished up this month:

  • The Face Shop Real Nature Blueberry Mask Sheet: It calmed down my irritated skin for a couple of days and looked promising to me. However, I might not repeat purchase because of the presence of alcohol in the ingredient list. Review coming up in a few days.
  • The Face Shop Real Nature Pomegranate Mask Sheet: The best TFS product I have ever tried.
  • Innisfree Skin Clinic Mask Collagen: Since I don’t indulge in an anti-aging routine yet, I love pampering my skin with collagen and pomegranate masks once in a while and this one has made its own place in my routine.
  • Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Bija: Bija is known for healing irritated skin and true to its claim, it calmed and soothed my chicken bumps and a few more of these are in transit to be delivered.
  • Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Green Tea: A repeat purchase that will be purchased again, in fact a few more is already in transit. I have used this mask many times and the most remarkable effect was when I came back from Delhi with a terribly dehydrated skin during the winter.
  • Ma Earth Botanicals Rose Shower Gel: It was indeed a good shower gel but the fact that it claimed to be SLS free but had SLS in the ingredient list annoyed me too much.
  • Lotus Professional Clarifying and Soothing Toner: I had two bottles of these and finished the other one a couple of months back.
  • Taiyu Silk Cream: I have got so many tubes of these scattered everywhere that I’ll probably add one tube with my empties post each month.
  • Malavara Body Lotion: This is one expensive body lotion that I tried only because I got it with my Fab Bag . It’s good for the summer time, especially for oily and combination skin beauties but I’m definitely not going to purchase.
  • Sephora Avocado Eye Mask: A meh experience. I can get better eye masks for a better price from the Korean beauty stores.
  • Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Vitamin C Day Cream: I love Aroma Magic products and it was no different.

I also finished up some hair products last month but I forgot to include them with my May Empties. I would have clicked the picture again if I had the time, but since I’ll be leaving for Bangalore in a few hours and just let them sit on the cabinet and rule the clutter for another month. 😀

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

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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