Dear Klairs Rich Moist Facial Soap Review

Hey guys, am back with yet another K-beauty review and this time it’s the Dear Klairs Rich Moist Facial Soap which was sent to me as a PR package.

What the product claims:

The Rich Moist Facial Soap is a light pink facial soap that contains calamine powder to provide excellent soothing for sensitive skin.

Argan oil and Yermar mate, which contains over 5 times more polyphenol than tea tree, effectively moisturizes and delivers antioxidants to the skin.

Ingredient:

Calamine, Yermar mate, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Almond oil

My experience:

The Rich Moist Facial Soap comes wrapped in an eco-friendly brown paper and as the product claims, is a pink facial soap. I’ve rarely used facial soaps as I stick with foaming cleansers but I was surprised to see how easily and amazingly it lathers up. If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know that I’ve came back from Bangalore with a terrible skin. Both my cheeks are filled with weird tiny bumps and I’ve been avoiding applying anything even mildly harsh on my skin. Since the Rich Moist Facial Soap claims to work excellent on sensitive skin I’ve been religiously using it twice daily and the bumps seems to minimizing ever since I started using this facial soap. It’s really gentle on my super sensitive skin and I feel like it deep cleanses my skin as my toner soaked cotton pad didn’t pull out any residue and I went back to spraying my toner directly on my face instead of applying it with a cotton pad.

Apart from this, the facial soap didn’t perform extra-ordinary skincare task, didn’t help me with de-tanning or skin brightening and it didn’t claim to. It’s a gentle facial cleansing bar that soothes the skin while deeply cleansing it and I am pretty sure it will be worth a try for sensitive skin beauties.

Will I purchase it?

Yes

Price: Rs. 720 Rs. 620 for 120mg

Pros:

  • Deep cleanses
  • Perfect for sensitive skin
  • Probably will last long
  • Eco-friendly

Cons:

Nothing. (Might look pricey but I have a feeling it will last too long)

Rating:

4.7

Where to buy:

Daisy Skin Fix

*Product sent for review purpose but the opinions are completely honest.

 

Fab Bag April 2017 Review

Hey guys, I received the much awaited April Fab Bag ‘Spring Fling’ today and I am blown away. The bag is just perfect considering the spring theme, a cute, sturdy, floral pouch that you would want to keep in your handbag throughout the summer.

I have been looking for a perfect compact powder for awhile, something that contains physical SPF and paraben free and Sugar Cosmetics hard my wish and created one, and Fab Bag heard my wish too, and included one in my April Bag.

So here’s everything that I received this month:

  • SUGAR As Nude As It Gets SPF 15 Compact: 02 Cappuccino (Rs.699/-) FULL SIZE

The compact comes in three shades and I chose the middle one. I haven’t used it on my skin so I can’t really say if it will match my skin tone but so far I’m in love. It contains Titanium Dioxide (physical sunscreen) something that I’ve been on the lookout for awhile. When I go out in the sun I usually layer my skin with at least SPF- 1) a day cream containing at least SPF 15 2) A Sunblock or cushion compact containing SPF 50 3) A compact powder containing SPF 15 and this one is just perfect for the 3rd step.

  • Hedonista Fresh Face Scrub (Rs.1045/- for 105 gm) SAMPLE

I LOVE Hedonista products, I have used their Chocolate Face Soufflé and I was hooked. I have got really high expectations from this one.

  • Sand for Soapoholics Monkey Bar Bathing Soap (Rs 325/- for 100gms) SAMPLE

I am a shower gel person but lately I’ve grown a thing for handmade soaps. And this one seems so yummy that I just can’t wait to use it when I shower next.

  • Ayorma Radiance Glow Deep Exfoliator (Rs. 499/- for 100 gm) SAMPLE

This is my 3rd Ayorma Sample that I received with Fab Bag and I wasn’t very impressed with the previous ones. I will still give it one try hoping it’s better than the other ones.

So that’s it, that’s everything I received with my Fab Bag this month. The Compact Powder itself makes the bag worth it and if you are looking forward to get one for yourself, ordering this month’s Fab Bag is the smartest way to get it. The bag’s overall worth is somewhat around Rs1300 and since only 1 product is full-sized, I would have love a fifth sample.

You can get your April Fab Bag here:http://www.fabbag.com/

Vanesa Pour Home French Fusion Room Freshener Review

Hey guys, today’s review will be a bit different from my usual posts; I will be reviewing a room freshener for a change. You guys might be aware how much I love lighting scented candles to uplift my mood, using a room freshener with an amazing fragrance is one more thing that works for me. There’s something about fragrances that takes your mind to a better place.

I received the Vanesa Pour Home French Fushion Room Freshener in my P.A box and I have been loving it so far.  The floral fragrance is perfect for this spring/summer time and uplifts my mood in an instant. The fragrance lingers for around half an hour or a little more but the freshness lingers for a few more hours.

About Vanesa Care:

Vanesa Care is a leading aerosol manufacturing company. It has recently launched POUR HOME room fragrance range known as ‘French Flora’.  It also has another variant ‘French Fusion’.  These room fresheners are crafted with International aroma for your home freshness.

Price: Rs125 for 130gm

Where to Buy:

 Amazon

 Will I recommend it?

Yes

Pros:

 

  • Budget friendly
  • Easily available
  • Pleasant floral fragrance

Cons:

Nothing

Astaberry Papaya Sunscreen Creme SPF 18 Review

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well. I am back with yet another sunscreen review because you know summer?

So I received Astaberry  Papaya Sunscreen Cream SPF 18 as a PR sample and as soon as I went through the ingredient list I knew that it contains both Chemical Suncreen (in the form of Benzophenon) as well as physical sunscreen ( in the form of Titanium Dioxide). Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve a super sensitive skin that reacts terribly to chemical sunscreens. However, I still decided to do a patch test and the skin on my elbow started stinging bad in just a matter of time. So the sunscreens went straight to my mom whose skin survives almost everything.

I really think that SPF 18 isn’t enough for Indian Skin especially if you tend to spend long hours in the sun, it can be a good option for people who usually stays indoors during the daytime. My mother if you ask me stays out in the sun for 2-3 days a week and stays in the rest of the days. She’s also got some stubborn blemishes that become worse if exposed to sun a little too much.

The sunscreen comes in a yellow coloured tube with a flip cap and is travel-friendly. The consistency of the sunscreen is runny, just like a typical chemical sunscreen and blends really well. Even though it behaves really well on my mom’s skin, I have a feeling that it might turn a little greasy on oily skin. If you already didn’t know, chemical sunscreens sometimes double as a primer, and this one’s one of those chemical sunscreens. It doubles as a moisturizer too in case you don’t have a very dry skin. About the dark spot removal claim, I’m not very sure because my mom’s blemishes are really very stubborn.

Price:

90 rupees for 100 ml

Where to buy:

Official Website, Flipkart, Paytm

Pros:

  • Pocket friendly
  • Travel friendly
  • Blends really well
  • Can be a very good option for people that don’t have a sensitive skin.
  • Paraben free

Cons:

  • Not suitable for sensitive skin
  • SPF 18 is not enough for people that stays long hours under the sun(but they have options to choose from the Astaberry Sunscreen range).

Rating:

4.5/5

NOTE: Press samples received for review purpose but the opinions are completely honest.

MISSHA Real Solution Tencel Sheet Mask Vitamin Complex Review

Hey guys, since I am back home from my trip I realized that it’s high time I get back with my K-Beauty reviews. I’ve already mentioned that the weather in Bangalore was ripping my skin of hydration and the entire whole trip took a toll on my skin. No matter what I was applying on my skin it was going to being dehydrated in a few hours. However, I did not let my irresponsible schedule tamper with my skincare routine. I applied de-tanning face masks at least thrice throughout the trip, used sheet masks too many times and kept spraying my face with a mist whenever I could.

One of the sheet masks that I used over there was Missha Tencel Sheet Mask Vitamin Complex which is meant to provide natural gloss to dull and dry skin. Since my skin was tanned along with being dry, I used a Tomato Wash Off Mask from Tonymoly before applying the sheet mask. The fitting was okay and it took about 20 minutes to dry up. There was some leftover serum inside the packet that I used on my arms under my body butter.

Since I used it during my morning routine, the hydration lasted until evening. My face was somewhat brightened, even though not too much thanks to the tanning but overall my face looked far better than it was looking before applying the sheet mask, as if my skin just got it’s life back.

I’m pretty sure it will work way better if used in moderate temperature.

Where to buy:

Cosmetic Love

Price:

$3.26

 

Bangalore Travelogue…

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well. If you are following me on Instagram you’ll know that I had been staying in Bangalore for a few days and I came home the day before yesterday. It feels so good to be home, sitting in the comfort of my own bedroom and reminiscing the previous week. If you have read the first half of my Bangalore trip you’ll know that I really did not enjoy the first half of my trip. I wrote the post all the while hoping the next half to be be a little more eventful, and am really glad to say that it was indeed. Right when I finished off my first post I got a call from my friend to get ready to reach the location she’s going to send. I saved the draft, got ready in about 5 minutes and went out. A little about my friend- she never gives details, if there’s a plan she’ll just say there’s a plan, no details will be provided no matter how much asked. So I reached the location she sent only to find out that she didn’t have any plans. She was standing there with her flatmate waiting for me to come and decide where we are going.  After a long duration of discussion we all agreed that we are going for a long drive, to where? Another long duration of discussion. At last we started without making our minds hoping to find our way to wherever we are going. After about an hour long drive we found ourselves on Mysore Road. While my friends suddenly jumped to the conclusion that we are going to Mysore, me being the ‘plan destroyer’ declared that am not going anywhere without a proper plan. So we headed to ‘Rasta Cafe’ a popular Dhaba residing at Mysore Road. The Dhaba was as pleasant as the drive itself.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to click any decent picture, firstly because I was carrying my boyfriend’s camera instead of mine which I was finding a little tough to operate and secondly it was almost midnight and I couldn’t adjust the ISO on my boy friend’s camera. We were exhausted as well and didn’t even have the patience to keep trying to get a decent picture. We ordered two Pizzas- A Hawaiwan Pizza and Rasta Cafe Special Pizza. We were so hungry and exhausted that I don’t even remember how they tasted. They didn’t taste bad actually, only the Hawaiwan Pizza didn’t contain anything else than Pineapple and Cheese (and of course the crust and pizza sauce) and I was just disappointed because I love my Hawaiwan Pizza with a lot more toppings along with Pineapples.

The next day I stayed in throughout the day time, published the drafted post and by the time I finished working on it, it was already evening. I don’t exactly remember what I did that evening, probably dined out and slept it off.

The following morning I decided to be a little more active. When I planned to visit Bangalore I actually planned to try out all the Korean Restaurants over there but I have been hanging out with my friends who didn’t take much interest in that particular cuisine so I decided to go on that expedition alone. I switched on my GPS and went to a Korean Restaurant called The Himalayan. Before heading to the restaurant I went to Sephora to exchange my Hightlight Contour Duo and then took a prepaid auto to the restaurant. The ambiance of the restaurant and the service was equally good. There weren’t many customers may be because very few people wants to explore Korean Cuisine (maybe I’m wrong) but when I tasted the food I could think of no other reason as of why the place was less crowded. Anyway since I was alone I ordered just one dish called Dub Bap which comes along with a lot of side dishes (restaurant review coming soon). I don’t know how others might feel about the dish but being a Korean Cuisine lover I enjoyed the dish heartily. The whole time I kept wishing my boy friend was there, we could have ordered a couple of more dishes because I have the tendency of ordering a lot of dishes and then pushing the plates and bowls toward him once I’m done tasting them (he’s not exactly a person who stuffs his stomach with too much food but certainly eats more than me).

 

When I was completely full and there was no way I could stuff my mouth with another spoonful of rice, I paid the bill and left. I went out in the city a few times but hadn’t really explored so I tried walking back as much as I could. When I was back to Forum Mall a couple of my friends texted (the culprits that ditched me) and I took a seat in front of the mall and kept chatting with them until my battery almost drained. Right when my phone had about 11% charge left and I realized I didn’t bring my powerbank, I sprung and took an auto because I wasn’t sure if I could get back home without the help of GPS.

My friend came back from her office an hour later and then we headed to a pub, sat for an hour like we had nothing to do with our lives and came back home with takeaway.

The next day was probably one of the most remarkable days from my Bangalore stay. A college friend who moved to Bangalore came back from her trip and we made plans to hangout. We met at the Garuda Mall, hand lunch at Beijing Bites, talked about work and life and stuff until the sun was a little compassionate on us. We went street shopping to Commercial Street and whatever caught my eyes I was like “Is this available in Kolkata? If it is, then there’s no way am going to create a fourth luggage containing all the things I shop”. There were so many ‘Health & Glow’ shops and I peaked inside to see that the brands available in the shop are all available online. So I didn’t waste my time going inside but it’s only the day I came home that I came to know that there are sheet masks available in the shops. I don’t think that those are the Korean ones but you guys know how much I love comparing different sheet masks to the Korean ones. I am probably going to ask my friend or my sister to bring me some when they come home. Anyway I picked up a cotton top and my friend picked up a shrug and a top from a local shop and then we parted our ways. I came to pick up my bags from my friend’s place and took a cab to my sister’s place. I was going to spend the weekend with her.

I didn’t have many activities at my sister’s place but her institute is so darn gorgeous. There’s nothing more I like than being surrounded by trees. We just slept in and strolled through her institute and clicked pictures throughout the Saturday. We went to dinner along with her fiancé at a Chinese restaurant and again my boyfriend’s camera betrayed me. There’s something about his camera that messes with me in low lights.

 

Sunday was even lazier than Saturday. We cooked, ate and slept and when it was almost time for me to leave, we dressed up and headed to an Ice Cream parlour called Polar Bear. I might freak out a lot of people by saying this, but I don’t really enjoy ice creams very much. However, I heard great things about the parlour from my sister and her fiancé and I thought that the place deserves some pictures in my blog. Again the camera betrayed me, luckily the ice creams didn’t. The Pizza Ice Cream tasted amazing and the Tiramasu was good as well even though I was expecting something like the Japanese Matcha Tiramasu. Next we went to a famous sweet shop called Kanti Sweets to get some sweets for my family and relatives. Around 6 or 7 my friend’s flatmate picked me up from my sister’s and we went home only to decide what we are doing that night. We made an innocent plan to get some dinner at a nearby Tibetan Restaurant called Peace. However as soon as we were done dining, my friend said ‘let’s go for a quick drive and then go home’. The quick drive lasted hours and when we reached Salem, Tamil Nadu the two of them started deciding if we are going to Kannyakumari or Madurai. Me being classic me broke in the conversation to declare that the only turn we are taking is an U turn. And we reached home exactly at 4 a.m. At that point I shocked my friend and her flatmate by going through my extensive night time skincare regimen that I never compromise with.

The next day was my last day at Bangalore and no matter how much I wanted to sleep in, my friend woke me up for breakfast. I packed my bags and lay idle till 3 in the afternoon without even getting up for lunch. At 3 I made plans with the college friend again and sprang up like a Ninja, got dressed in 5 minutes and left for Brigade Road. We went to have some Waffles at Waffle Stories that she’s been raving about for some time and when I tasted the Mixed Berry Waffle I knew why. We strolled the streets for some time gossiping and then we headed towards Forum Mall. Upon reaching Forum mall we headed straight to the food court to have some chicken drumsticks from Beijing Bites.  Next we went to Sephora (fourth time for me during my 11 day trip). My phone battery died around 8.30 p.m before I could book a cab so I took an auto home. Originally the friend I was staying with had plans for dining out with me but since we were both exhausted we ordered online and called it a day. The next morning I had my flight back home at 10 am and I came back like a zombie because I didn’t get any sleep the previous night.

 

 

Oshea Herbals UV Shield Sunblock Gel SPF 20 Review

I’ve earlier talked about the difference between a sunblock A.K.A physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen. Physical Sunscreens are usually hard to blend and leaves a white trace but suits even the most sensitive skin, on the other hand, chemical sunscreens doesn’t suit everyone but if it does, it blends really well and can even act like a primer.

Sunblocks usually contains Titaniam Dioxide or Zinc Oxide or even both so when I received Oshea Herbals UVShield Sunscreen Gel SPF 20 I went through the ingredient list and found phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid which is a chemical sun screen agent. Usually chemical sunscreens react terribly on my skin so I am very careful about sunscreens. I did a patch test and my skin wasn’t irritated. I still wasn’t convinced so I did another patch test and my skin still wasn’t irritated. Finally I got the courage to apply it on my both arms and the skin on my arms was just fine. So on fourth day I applied the sunblock gel on my face and have been using it ever since.

What The Product Claims:

An oil free uvscreen gel made with ext. of porphyra umbilicalis a natural U.V. protection factor, vertiver, aloevera, carrot, cucumber & chamomile is ideal for specially in hot and humid weather. It not only protect you from all forms of sun damage like tanning, sun spots and premature ageing but also lightens skin by regulating its skin darkening pigments.

My Experience:

I am that kind of person who would never go out in the sun without applying a sunblock containing SPF 50 because my skin gets tanned like nuts. Usually I opt for cushion compacts for the best protection and since those cannot be applied on arms and other exposed areas I use a different sunblock on my body with a lower SPF. On days I stay indoors I opt for lower SPF sunblocks as well. So when I found out that the Oshea Sunscreen Gel SPF 20 suits my super sensitive skin I thought that I finally found my Holy Grail SunBlock for my body and my indoor days.

The sunblock gel is super lightweight unlike regular sunblocks and settles down on the skin within a few minutes. No greasiness like a sunscreen or white traces like a sunblock. I liked the effect so much that I took it with me to my Bangalore trip intending to use it on my body but then ended up using it on my face as well. Since it contains SPF 20 I tried re-applying it every 2 hrs if I went out in the sun because the heat was overwhelming. I thought SPF 20 wasn’t enough to protect my skin from the scorching heat because if you know me you’ll know that I wear layers of sunblocks: A day cream containing SPF- Sunblock with at least SPF 50 – Compact Powder with SPF. However the day cream and compacts I packed with me didn’t contain SPF (my bad) and I was worried actually about the amount of tanning my skin will receive. Luckily for me the tan wasn’t that bad, maybe it was my patience of re-applying it every 2 hrs or may be the sunblock is just as good, I am in love.

However though, if you are someone who stays out in the sun for long hours I would recommend getting a sunblock gel from Oshea with a higher SPF. If you are someone like me who usually stays indoors (unless I’m travelling) you should really, really give it a try.

Price: Rs.180 for 120ml

Where to buy:

Official Website, Amazon , Snapdeal, Flipkart, E-Bay

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Travel friendly
  • Doesn’t make skin oily or greasy
  • Absorbs amazingly
  • Suits my super sensitive skin
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Contains paraben

Rating :

4.8/5

*Press Samples received for review purpose but the opinions are completely honest.

 

 

Follow Me To Bangalore

If you guys are following me in Instagram, you’ll know that am currently staying in Bangalore. This trip is unlike any of my usual trips and there are many reasons why. Firstly because it’s my first solo trip and secondly because it’s my first laid back trip. Usually when we travel we have compact schedules and we visit as many places as we can in a day. However I’ve always dreamt of a trip where I can get enough sleep and spent enough time at places that I like. Finally it happened, but it’s just too laid back that am already bored.

When I first planned this trip I actually planned to stay around a month but due to certain circumstances the trip shortened to 11 days including the day I landed. A couple of friends (from my two different friend circles) planned to join me sometimes during my trip and stay for a week or so, needless to say they both bailed. The reason I planned such a long trip in the first place was to stay for a while, meet up some bloggers from here and get to know how different the blogosphere in Bangalore is from Kolkata. I thought I would get to know like minded people during this prolonged trip. However the travel span shortened to 11 days and I am sitting with my laptop on my 7th idle day because now am hopeless that this trip is going to be anywhere near fruitful.

I landed in Bangalore on 24th morning and so far all I’ve done is catch-up with old friends and meet their friends. The day I landed I went to the Forum Mall, Koramangala and went to Sephora. I thought ‘What an amazing start!’.  However the store was newly opened and it wasn’t much stocked up. I got a Sephora Sheet Mask, a Sephora Eye Mask and a Sephora Highlight and Contour duo, which by the way I chose the wrong shade that I noticed upon coming home. Most of the evening was spent teaching my friend how to operate a DSLR so that I can get some decent pictures to upload on my blog. Later we had dinner from the food court and called it a day.

The next day I went to visit my sister who moved to Bangalore last month. I stayed with her until the afternoon and then when I came back, the friend I am staying with said that we are visiting some of her friends (whom I too am friends with and visit every time I come to Bangalore). We had an amazing time and before we knew it was past midnight. They invited me for lunch at a different friend’s house the following day because apparently I didn’t have any plans yet and my friend had work the next day.

As you can already guess that the ‘lunch at the friend’s house day’ was as idle as it can be. They urged me to stay until dinner but I had too much of spicy food since I landed and I was craving some simple veg-food. Also I had to catch up with my readers so I bid goodbye around 5 ‘o’ clock and spent the rest of the day with my laptop.

It’s probably time I talk about the weather over here. I had no idea Bangalore was so freaking hot. The weather is too dry that even my thickest moisturizers are drying up on my skin minutes within applying and I’ll probably run out of my facial mist right during this trip. No amount of serum layering is helping; even my super moisturizing sheet masks aren’t providing enough moisturization throughout the day. So if you are visiting Bangalore anytime soon, load your skincare kits with super heavy moisturizers and sunblocks. Needless to say, the scorching heat is one of the reasons am not going out during the day too much. The fourth day my friend took a leave and even though I had high hopes that we are going to hangout throughout the day I couldn’t get her to leave the room before 5.30 in the evening. We went back to Sephora to exchange my Highlight Contour Duo but they were out of stock and asked me to visit a couple of days later. Next we went to Garuda Mall and did a little shopping. I got a Little White Dress that’s super cute and probably will be up on my blog in a month or two. Next we came back to Koramangala where I’m staying as of now and had dinner at a place called ‘Truffles’. I had a chicken steak and my friend had some Mexican Platter and the food was super amazing. When we were coming home after dinner, the previously mentioned friends called to visit their place. It was already past 10 and we were sleepy but it was a friend’s birthday so we gave them another visit.

The next day (yesterday) there were a bit of activities. I went to the Snow City with a few friends, even though that cannot be called activities because it’s basically just staying in the snow for an hour, but at least I went out in the city. We had a fun time and later at the evening when my friend came back from work we along with one of her colleagues went strolling the streets, had dinner and came back home.

 

So that was all my leisurely activities in a fast moving city. I spend the day at home today, cooked my own lunch because I have been eating out on a regular basis and hoping that the rest of my stay will be a little more eventful…

NOTE: Right when I finished writing this, my friend called and we went to a long drive to an amazing place. But that will be up on my next blog post… J

NOTE II: Since all my pictures are clicked by amateurs that I taught to operate a DSLR, most of them are either out of focus or blurry.

 

The Saem Pure Natural Mask Sheet- Snail Brightening Review

Hey guys, you might have noticed that am not writing much these days. I’m currently on a trip to Bangalore having somewhat a great time. I’m crashing with a friend (and sometimes with my sister and a college buddy) and needless to say that am trying hard to get her into K-beauty and she’s already in love.

So today I’ll be reviewing The Saem Snail Brightening Mask which is the first product with Snail Slime that I used as well the first Sheet Mask that my friend ever used. Unfortunately it wasn’t that great.

Product Description:

Formulated with snail extract which provides intensive moisture. 4 kinds of white flower complex gives clear and birhgt skin care.

None of paraben, artificial color, benzophenone, sulphate

 

My Experience:

When I first used this mask I was a little grossed out. Surprisingly the smell was pleasant. There was a little dripping of essence and a lot essence left inside the packet so people who love using the extra essence on their arms and neck will be happy. The fitting is pretty good, the eye holes are a little weird but I love how there are less wrinkles.

The mask dries out faster than any other sheet mask I’ve ever used and when I remove it, there’s no immense hydration noticeable on the skin. It looks somewhat like a regular essence has been applied rather than that dewy, hydrated look achieved after sheet masking. A faint brightening effect can be noticed the following morning but not noticeable enough to impress me.

Overall, I’m not very much in love. I have heard great things about products containing snail slime and my first experience was disappointing. (I used another essence and cream later and I’m in love). Considering that different products work differently on different skin, I used one on my friend but sure enough the effects were the same.

Where to buy:

Daisy Net, Cosmetic-Love

 

K-Beauty Mini Sample And Sheet Mask Haul

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well. I’ve done a mini sample and sheet mask haul from cosmetic-love.com as it’s time for me to travel again. It’s going to be my first solo tour as well as my spinster trip and as you guy know how I love packing sample-size and travel-size products while travelling, I ordered a few things I didn’t have in tiny sizes.

 

Starting with sheet masks, because why not? I know I already have enough in my stash to pack one for each day during my trip but I don’t need any excuse to stock up on them.

  • Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack: I had been eying this product for a long time. I first ordered this last September but didn’t receive it. When I mailed them for re-order it was OOS (and I got a refund). So finally I got my hands on this and I have such high hopes.
  • Missha Real Tencel Sheet Mask: Missha happens to be a beloved brand of mine. However I never tried any sheet mask from them. I hope it’s as good as their essences.
  • Etude House Moistful Cream Collagen: 10ml x 2PCS- Again one of my most favourite K-Beauty brands. Etude House products reminds me of dollhouses. I have heard wonderful things about the Moistful range and I couldn’t help but apply it on my face even before I set out for my trip. I love it already. I’m going to purchase the full-size version soon.
  • Missha Chogongjin Eye Cream – Another Missha product. I’m touring for 11 days and I got a 10 set sample of which I already used one. I sample will last you only two usages so I don’t have to worry about the messiness.
  • Tonymoly Tomato Magic Massage Pack- It was freebie sample that I received with one previous order as well. Even though I would have loved to try out new products as samples but I am fine with these ones as well. They came to my rescue when I got severely tanned in Andaman despite of re-applying sunscreen every 3 hours. I tanned at least 2-3 shades darker and whenever I applied this pack I de-tanned to some extent, not too much but enough to recognize myself in the mirror.

So that’s everything I purchased this time, I’m so looking forward to my trip as well as am anxious because I haven’t travelled alone ever before. This time I’m taking my boyfriend’s camera because his viewfinder rotates and probably I’ll have to click my own pictures this time (except for the times I’m meeting up with my sister and my friends that resides over there).  Also can’t wait to review the products I purchased. Till then… Bye… XOXO

 

Satthwa Premium Hair Oil for Hair Fall Control & Hair Growth Review

Hey guys, if you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, you’ll know that I don’t spend half as much effort on my hair as I spend on my skin. My hair vanity basically consists of a Shampoo and a conditioner. Last year when I came home to spend the last of my spinster year with my parents I started losing hair like crazy. Nothing worked. Along came monsoon which is a known culprit for hair fall so I waited for my hair fall to pass thinking it’s just the weather. Then my grandma who used to live with us expired after suffering from a stroke so we had irregular routines for over 2 months and hair fall wasn’t even an issue anyone would focus on that situation. When it was all over and I had the time to look at the massive amount of hair stuck around my fingers every time I touched my head and my hair covered pillow, I lost my mind. I started using oils and solutions that were prescribed to my sister when she was suffering from hair fall. May be I wasn’t trying hard. One day our maid joked about the amount of hair she removes from my room every day and said that with this amount of hair fall, it will take me just a few months to go bald.

I was hysterical. I lost so much hair that I’m currently left with what would be one portion of two braids. After my maid cracked that joked I decided not to leave any stone unturned except for visiting a doctor (I hate visiting doctors). I started taking vitamin tablets, and capsule oil treatments, tried keeping my hair in braid which I hate to do and which actually gives me headache and switched shampoos. I have no ideas which one actually worked but my hair fall decreased within a week and I was like, ‘why didn’t our maid crack the joke any earlier’?

So while I was suffering from less hair fall I came across this Premium Hair Oil Brand called Satthwa that’s totally chemical free and contains 9 different oils. When I received the oil I had just started enjoying less hair fall and I did not want to take any risk. So at first I applied the hair on my mother who has been suffering from hair fall very recently. I know what you are thinking but literally everything suits her skin and hair so whenever am sceptical about any product I try it on her first which is basically useless because not everything that suits her will suit me and I cannot say vice versa. The very next day there weren’t any hair fall from her end. I can differentiate her hair from mine (even though I inherited her fine, flat, straight hair) and there wasn’t a lose strand that belonged to her. I know it’s too fast for a hair oil to start working but just trust me on this. The next night, I applied it on my hair before going to bed. The following day I skipped the conditioner and my hair was just as soft and smooth, and I had zero hair fall. It’s also worth noting that it didn’t take much effort to wash off the oil from the scalp and hair. Since then I’ve been applying the oil on my hair and mum’s hair every twice a week and there’s no hair stand scattered on our floor, literally none. Our maid is probably too happy. I have been using the oil for over a month now, may be around 2 months already and if am not wrong, I can notice some baby hairs on my hairline. I mean seriously, I’ve lost so much hair over the last year I have no idea what am gonna do if those hairs don’t grow back, and with this oil am really hopeful.

For 599rs for 100 ml it might look too costly but going through the list of oil blends it actually seems reasonable. Besides it’s possibly doing the same thing that my sister’s 6k worth hair treatment did. As for the hair growth claim, my natural hair growth is usually too fast so all I can say is that I started using this oil a week after trimming my hair and my hair has already reached the level it was before trimming. I do have some grey hairs and it won’t possibly turn them black, and one month is too short a time to notice if it has stopped my hairs going grey.

Where to buy:

Official Website

Flipkart

Paytm

Pros:

  • Works like miracle to prevent hair fall
  • Blend of 9 different premium oils
  • Makes hair soft and smooth

Cons:

Nothing

Overall, it’s a magic oil and THE answer to hair fall problem. I would recommend it to anybody who’s suffering from hair fall or to anybody who wants healthy hair.

Rating:

5/5

 

New K-Beauty Site In India- Daisy Skin Fix Haul & First Impression

Hey guys, it’s with great excitement that I am going to announce something really huge (at least to me). There’s an online K-beauty store in India where you can get a massive collection of Korean Skincare Brands, brands you didn’t know were available in India. So rejoice Indian K-beauty addicts, you can now get your hands on a number of K-beauty brands now. You have to no more rely on Innisfree and The Face Shop or ship internationally, you can get them all hassle free right in India.

But first thing first, this is not a sponsored post but the products I received were kind of freebie. You might have noticed by now that this article is a bit different from my usual ones, the reason is my pure ecstasy over the fact that I can now get my hands on a huge collection of K-beauty products without having to ship internationally, this has been my dream for over the past few years. And the best part? They have free shipping on all orders.

How I discovered their site:

So I got a mail from their founder a few weeks back, introducing me to their site- http://www.daisy.net.in/ I went through the site, some of the products I craved for were OOS but I ordered a few sheet masks. For now they are only accepting bank deposit and bank transfer so you have to pay after you have placed your order. Right after I placed the order, I received a personal text from the founder that I don’t need to pay for my order, and within a few days I received my order along with two samples.

If you have been reading my blog regularly, you’ll know that my first online haul from any site is always small, so I settled with just a few sheet masks all the while eyeing their products from Missha, Tonymoly, Skinfood, Secret Key, The Saem and so on.

Skinfood, Tonymoly and Missha are probably my most favourite K-beauty brands. Other brands available at their site are-

COSRX, The FaceShop, Innisfree, Skinfood,Tonymoly, Missha, The Saem, Sulwhasoo, Mizon, Zymogen, Ciracle, Secret Key, Laneige, Son & Park, Nature Republic, Dear Clairs and many more.

After I received my order I had a talk with their founder. Turns out their business is at the baby step right now and only two of the co-owners are doing the entire work- one from Korea and one from India. However, they are looking forward to hire stuffs, adding more payment methods, making the site even more user friendly, getting better deals and including more brands as well as opening a physical store. So I hope it’s just a matter of time that they will overcome the only two issues I found a little bothersome- the payment method, and taking a while to restock OOS products

First Impression:

I have tried out The Saem The Snail Brightening Sheet Mask just today. When I first got introduced to K-beauty, I thought that I will never put Snail Poo on my face. And here I am writing the article with a face full of snail slime. Since I have used it just an hour ago, I can’t tell much except for the fact that I loved the fitting. The eye holes made my face look a bit weird but so far it’s the best fitting mask I’ve ever used.

Is there any product from their site you would like me to review?

 

The Face Shop The Solution Brightening Face Mask Review

Hello everybody, today am going to review the second product from my TFS haul- The Solutions Brightening Mask. For some unknown reason it reminded me of the Innisfree Skin Clinic Vita C Sheet Mask and I kind of expected the same result. Spoiler alert- I was disappointed.

Product Claims:

A basic mask sheet line that provides honest solution to solve skin troubles, The Solution Brightening Face Mask by Faceshop is your ultimate beauty saviour! This face mask features a light-as-air sheet that feels soft and weightless on skin. The serum containing Ceramides provides a moisturizing solution to dry, rough skin. Bye bye bad skin!

  • Enriched with rich essentials to help achieve smooth and healthy skin.
  • This product is dermatologically tested.
  • Created to give you a gorgeous Korean beauty experience.

Additional Information: Beauty treasure for millions around the globe, Faceshop is a South-Korea based skincare line that provides fabulous goodies for your beauty rituals. Ranging affordable high quality products born from botany, this sensational brand believes on creating products that stem from a lovely concept of ‘Science meets Beauty’. In a nutshell, Faceshop is your ultimate dream destination to treat your skin to it’s best beautiful.

 

How to use product

  • Arrange skin texture with toner
  • Take out the sheet and remove the film
  • Spread over face, adjusting from eyes to nose
  • Take off after 10~20 minutes and tap lightly to absorb essence

 Price: MRP 100rs

 Where To Buy:

Nykaa

 My Experience:

When I said it reminded me of the Innisfree Vita C Mask Sheet, I meant that the very first impression of the whole packaging reminded me of the Vita C mask. However, upon tearing the packet I was surprised to see that The Solution mask came attached to a film similar to the Vita C mask. My expectations went higher. The Vita C Mask worked amazing on me and I was hoping the same from it.

The sheet was drenched in enough serum but there were no extra serum dripping from it. I know that some people like it when there’s extra serum left inside the packet, but I am better off without that kind of messiness. The fitting wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t perfect either. There were a few wrinkles but otherwise I was happy with the fitting. I kept it on for about 30 minutes and when I removed it, the sheet was still damp. I didn’t notice any initial change in my skin except for the fact that it was immensely moisturized.

I usually sheet mask during my night time regimen but this once I used it during my morning routine post exfoliating. The brightening effect was visible within an hour and I was really happy with it. I went to bed with a moisturized, hydrated, brightened and happy face. The next morning? It was all gone. No brightness,no immense hydration. I took a 3hrs train to Kolkata that afternoon and by the time I reached Kolkata my skin was back to being its usual self. It was a bit clearer though but I like the brightening effect of a brightening mask to last at least 2-3 days.

 

Will I purchase it again?

Nah…

Rating:

3.5/5

Spoiler alert from an upcoming post:

Do you know there’s an Indian K-Beauty E-commerce site? I mean you can actually get your hands on multiple Korean Skincare brands you didn’t know were available in India, without going through the trouble of shipping internationally. Watch the space 😉

 

Innisfree Water Glow Cushion SPF 50 + PA +++ Review

Cushion Compacts are a gift to us from the K-beauty brands. After BB Creams, CC Cream, DD Cream and sheet masks, they came up with this revolutionary creation which will make you want to pack your regular foundations and sunscreens away. However, I am a little too late to get my hands on one of the beauties since the only K-beauty brand in India is far away from my city and I had to literally quit my job to finally visit the store as I wasn’t able to manage any leaves. I shopped at the Innisfree store like crazy and it’s a little hard to evaluate for me which pick is my favourite one. I came back to my city like a victor, purchasing a small briefcase dedicated entirely to the products I picked up from the store. The cushion compact however is at the top of my favourite list right now.

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The packaging:

I cannot be more happy with the packaging. It’s really easy to travel with. With a film to protect the sponge, the compact cannot get any more hygienic.

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My Experience:

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The Water Glow Cushion Compact is meant to give the skin the much adored dewy finish. I fell in love with the compact after the very first usage. It gives the skin a medium coverage but it is totally build-able in case you want a better  coverage. As for me, I am very satisfied with the coverage I don’t think I’ll need my usual sunscreens ever again. The staying power is pretty good to. It’s an universal rule to re-apply your sunscreen every 3 hours so whenever am out in the sun for over 3 hours I clean my face with a cleansing wet wipes, spray on some mist on my face and apply the cushion compact all over my face and neck. I feel that’s the most hygienic way to protect my skin from the sun.

Apart from the staying power and the coverage, the application is also worth noting. You just have to dab the smooth, soft puff into the cushion and just pat, pat, pat, all over your face. You might notice the whitish tone in the cream post application, that is because most of K-beauty brand sunscreen uses physical sunscreen instead of a chemical one, which is actually great for your skin. However, unlike any other physical sunscreen, this cushion compact blends super easily on the skin, whereas any other physical sunscreen takes a little effort to blend in and leaves a weird white residue.

The best part? when you feel like your cushion has tried up, just flip it over and use it until that end becomes dry too. The sponge is replaceable and when both the ends become dry you just can purchase a re-fill instead of purchasing the whole thing.

Ingredients: 

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Nothing delights me more than seeing the Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide duo in my product list. 😀

 

 

Pros:

  • Travel friendly
  • Contains SPF 50+
  • Doesn’t contain parabens
  • Organic sunscreen
  • Good coverage
  • Gives the skin a dewy look

Cons:

Nothing that I can find, except for it can be a little too pricey for those who are in budget, but that is totally worth it.

Rating:

5/5

NOTE: Reposted article from February 2016

 

The Herb Boutique Zesty Sweet Orange Body Polish Review

Hello everybody, hope you are all doing well. Remember the huge PR package that was sent to me sometimes back?

I have been using the products for a while and it’s about time I start reviewing them as well. Starting with my favourite products inside the box- Zesty Sweet Orange Body Polish.

ABOUT THE HERB BOUTIQUE: The herb boutique is a brand with all things organic. Their products are sulphate, Paraben and cruelty free.  The brand provides products for body and health care. They have body polishers, organic soaps, organic honey, bath salts, hair oil for damaged hair and also variety of organic teas.

I have heard about body polishes so much but haven’t used one before. Needless to say I had no idea what to expect, but since it contained orange zest and orange juice I was really hoping it would remove my horribly stubborn tan that Andaman left me with.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: INR 999/150grams, Available at www.theherbboutique.com

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Awaken your senses with this irresistible scent of citrus from a blend of sweet oranges, vital minerals, and pure almond oil. Zesty Sweet Orange Body Polish will give you a skin that commands respect. Made with only natural products in its purest form, this body polish will rejuvenate your skin.

My Experience:

The Zesty Orange Body Polish comes in a heavy duty jar. As you can see the brand sent me a wooden spatula along with the package, scooping out the body polish really is convenient and hygienic. The texture of the product is thick and sticky with tiny grains. The best part about the polish is that the grain melts after they have done their job, so there’s no need to worry about over-exfoliating. The colour of the product is rich orange and looks and smells yummy. I don’t know about you but citrusy fragrance really refreshes my mind and body. The application of the product is as luxurious at it can get.

The skin becomes super soft and smooth post polishing. As for my tan removal expectation, it indeed removed my tan, but very gradually. If you aren’t much tanned, you can as well expect some brightening effect. Even though it does not dry out my combination skin, I prefer using a body cream throughout the year.

Pros:

  • Does everything it claims
  • Comes with a wooden spatula
  • Chemical and paraben free, all organic ingredient list
  • The grains/granules are super tiny and melts when their job is done, so there’s no fear of over-exfoliating
  • De-tans and brightens skin

Cons:

  • It might seem pricey but since it’s pure organic I think it’s somewhat reasonable

Rating:

4.9/5

Go Get It Girl-March 2017 Fab Bag Review

Hello everybody, today I received my March Fab Bag ‘Go Get It Girl’ and even though the total worth of the products are not very high, I am impressed with most of that products that was inside. This month I’ve got 6 products, among which 3 are full sized.

The bag itself has a classy look in it and is pretty high quality. Here’s everything that was inside the bag.

 

  • Seduction Las Vegas Lipstick 09 – Deep Red (Full Size Rs.180/-)

Not a huge fan. Even though I chose the shade myself, I wasn’t impressed when I noticed how bad my swatch bleed and transferred. Before even I finished photographing the other products from the bag, all that was left of the swatch was a stain. Never happened before.

  • SUGAR Tic Tac Toe Nail Lacquer-003 Burn Your Beiges (Full Size: Rs199/-)

When the nail lacquer launched last month (or lat to last month?) I was thinking of getting myself some shades from the range. But then I thought that Fab Bag will send me one pretty soon anyway, so let’s wait and find out what shade they send and then go on ordering the other shades lol.

P.S: I love this shade.

  • Kronokare Flower Power – Face Toner (Rs.295 for 100ml)

I’ve got a 50ml sample and LOVE it. It’s my favourite product from the bag. Just the day before yesterday I was talking about how I’m on the lookout for an alcohol free toner that has a spray nozzle. I guess my search ends here.

  • Moha Herbal Shower Gel –(105/- for 100ml)

Goes straight into my travel essentials.

  • Natural Bath & Body Beautiful Day Mist (Rs.325 for 200ml)

I’m getting stocked up with this body and hair mists from Natural Bath & Body thanks to Fab Bag. I haven’t used the previous ones yet and I think that if I wait a little longer I’ll own their whole mist range.

  • Ayorma SPF 40 Sun Block (Rs.349 for 50 ml)

I’ve got a 10 gm sample of this. I’ve previously received their night cream sample and it didn’t work for me. For some strange reason I’ve got a pretty good feeling about this. Hope this will work on my skin.

So that’s everything I go this month, you can get yours from here:

Fab Bag

 

 

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Aromatic Skin Toner Review

I’ve raved so much about the importance of toner in all my skincare routine posts. You might feel that it’s an extra step, but once you include a toner in your routine you’ll figure out the difference it makes. Not to mention that they maintain the pH balance of our skin, the right toner can as well minimize the pores and even control break out. But there’s one catch, alcohol based toners can rip your skin out of its natural moisture making your skin dry so avoid using them at all cost. I know many people use toner to remove whatever dirt and makeup are leftover after cleaning their face. I personally think that if your toner drenched cotton pad is taking out dirt or makeup residue from your skin, you are not cleaning your face right. As you can guess my toner drenched cotton pad NEVER gets a trace of dirt or sebum or makeup from my double cleaned (and usually exfoliated or wash off masked) skin, I love spraying my toner all over my face instead of using a cotton pad.

I have been using the Kama Ayurveda Distilled Rose Water for a long time and was on a lookout for an actual toner that was alcohol free. The Aroma Magic Skin Toner caught my eyes from the shelf of the Salon I go to. I’ve purchased so many products from Aroma Magic from that Salon and have loved most of them. I picked up the toner, read the level saying ‘I am 100% free of alcohol, paraben…’ I didn’t read any further, it was mine.

Product Description: Aroma Magic Aromatic Skin Toner for all types of skins. Aroma Magic Aromatic Skin Toner is an alcohol free antiseptic skin toner. It closes pores, softens facial lines, restores skins natural pH and provides radiance and refreshed feeling.

Features:

  • An alcohol free antiseptic skin toner
  • Closes pores, softens facial lines, and restores skin’s natural pH level

Price: Rs. 170 for 200 ml or Rs. 100 for 100 ml

My Experience:

 The level at the back of the bottle said to spray it on your face. So of course you’ll expect a spray nozzle inside. To my horror, there was no nozzle at all. I tried using it by putting a cotton pad on top of it and shaking it, but so much products were spilled. I had no idea why would they package such a wonderful toner in such an useless package. Was it because it costs just 100 bucks? I Googled reviews from other bloggers and found out that their bottles do contain a nozzle, if not a spray nozzle. Was it just mine or have they changed the packaging? If it was just mine then was it a manufacturing defect or was my toner not a genuine one? I can vouch that the salon I got it from won’t sell fake products. So I don’t know what happened in there.

Then I came up with an idea. I had so many empty bottles of the Kama Ayurveda Rose Water mini version. I washed one up and poured the toner into the bottle and tada! I can spray an alcohol and paraben free all natural toner on my face, perfect! Does that sound unhygienic? May be, but at least am getting to use the product now.

The toner is super watery which is why so much product got wasted when I tried to use the first time. I have used rose waters and toners with my finger tips many times but with this toner it is just impossible. The toner has a mild fragrance which I don’t like or dislike, I don’t bother about it at all. However, upon religious usage I have noticed that my (hormonal) breakouts and the occasional weird bumps have been controlled. It says it’s for oily skin, and I have a combination skin which gets oily during my hormonal days, so I limit the usage of this toner to once a day, while during my daytime regimen I continue using my Kama Ayurveda Distilled Rose Water.

I absolutely love it. If you are someone who prefers using a cotton pad for applying a toner, you are supposedly going to love it even more for it works like a hero on clearing away excess oil and sebum. Oily skin beauties- this one’s for you, combination skin beauties- you can give this one a try.

Will I repurchase?

If it came with a spray nozzle or at least a normal nozzle I would never purchase any other toner ever. Considering it doesn’t, maybe I’ll continue pouring it in my empty rose water bottles, but I will still be on the lookout for my Holy Grail toner that comes with a spray nozzle (or at least any nozzle).

Will I recommend it?

If you can pour it in any spray bottle, or if you can come up with your unique method of using it, please give it a try.

Where to buy:

Official Site, Purplle, Nykaa, Amazon

 Pros:

  • Controls oil
  • Controls breakout
  • Removes excess sebum from the skin (okay I tested that once)
  • Paraben, Alcohol, Chemical Free
  • Super Cheap

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with a nozzle
  • Thus not travel friendly

Rating:

4.5/5

 

The Face Shop Real Nature Red Ginseng Face Mask Review

In case you already don’t know, I’m not a huge fan of The Face Shop products. As I’ve earlier said, I’ve had their character masks shipped from Korea long before they launched in India and I didn’t have the best impression. TFS is a midrange Korean Skincare brand that comes off really cheap; however I feel like there are brands that costs the same and works way better on my skin. When they launched in Nykaa I had to do a little haul, because you know, am not having to ship them internationally.

So the first product I tried was the Red Ginseng sheet mask.

Product claims:

The mask sheet drenched with emulsified moisturizing serum with revitalizing Red Ginseng provides skin with a boost of energy and vitality.
Formula is without added parabens.

Ingredients:

WATER/EAU • BUTYLENE GLYCOL • GLYCERIN • GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT • ALCOHOL DENAT. • TREHALOSE • PROPANEDIOL • PANTHENOL • CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE • PHENYL TRIMETHICONE • SODIUM HYALURONATE • CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT • DIMETHICONE • ALLANTOIN • HYDROGENATED LECITHIN • THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) EXTRACT • XANTHAN GUM • PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL • CARBOMER • ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN • POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE • DISODIUM EDTA • CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID • PARFUM/FRAGRANCE

My CosDNA analysis came up a little bizarre with Alcohol Denat raising a red flag getting a huge 5 for being a potential irritant. Yikes!

My Experience:

I’ve earlier mentioned that I suffer from insomnia, and I haven’t got much sleep for over a week now. The sheet mask claimed to energize the skin, exactly what my tired skin needed.

Korean Red Ginseng is known for their anti-aging benefits, anti-inflammatory agents, evening out skin tone and revitalizing tired skin. My hopes were obviously high. Upon tearing the sheet mask pack, the hopes went higher when I noticed the mask drenched in a reddish brown serum. I haven’t used a sheet mask that’s not white or transparent (except for the character masks of course) and I was really excited. The fitting was almost perfect and reminded me of Etude House sheet masks that have tiny eye holes like this one.

I used the mask after double cleansing, exfoliating, wash off masking and toning my face and as soon as I threw the mask on, a minor cut I had on my forehead started burning. It didn’t sting that bad while exfoliating but it literally burned with the mask on. I remembered that the mask contains alcohol, now I was just sure that the amount was really high.

I kept on the mask on for 30 minutes and took it off when it was almost dry. My face was hydrated but not that overwhelmingly hydrated like the other time I sheet mask. I didn’t even have to pat the excess serum; I just went on to my night cream. I read reviews from other bloggers complaining that it made their face sticky; however I didn’t notice any excessive stickiness, maybe because I layered it with a thick night cream before even I felt the stickiness.

The following morning there wasn’t any noticeable change in my skin. No super hydration, no brightening effect, my skin looked energized though. However, my skin did look dewy throughout the next day which I loved, but that didn’t linger past afternoon. Any effect my skin achieved from this sheet mask didn’t linger more than a day, so it’s kind of a fail for me.

Price: MRP 100rs

Where to Buy:

Nykaa

Will I purchase it?

Not really

Will I suggest it?

I don’t know, I personally try staying away from products containing alcohol. I’m really very precise about not using a toner that contains alcohol because that can dry out the skin. Upon using this sheet mask my skin wasn’t immensely hydrated and it became kind of dry a day after so am guessing the alcohol is the culprit. What I won’t repurchase myself, I cannot recommend either, can I?

Rating:

3/5

 

The Face Shop Mini Haul And First Impression

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll probably know that I’ve had a bad experience with The Face Shop in the past. The first time I used a TFS mask was long before they launched in India. I ordered a character mask and even though it was fun, I didn’t notice any change in my skin. After they launched in India I ordered again from Amazon. I was delivered a leaked mask that was manufactured back in 2015. I thought I was done with them but when they launched at Nykaa I changed my mind. I’ve never had a bad experience with Nykaa (*touchwood) so I felt really positive about this order.

Because I have had bad experience with TFS in the past, I didn’t go overboard with the order. I just ordered a Face Wash and 3 sheet masks. You can say it’s a trial haul because you know I’ll eventually end up ordering all of their products if they do any good to my skin. Thankfully I haven’t been disappointed so far. The products were packaged well and all of them were manufactured by the end of 2016 and imported on January 2017 which is cool considering Amazon delivered me products (about a month ago I guess) that were manufactured back in 2015 and imported on 2016 which wasn’t cool at all.

So here’s everything I purchased:

  • The Face Shop The Solution Radiance Face Mask: I LOVE products containing Vitamin C, they work really great on my skin. However, that one time I wasn’t thinking and used a Vita C mask after chemical exfoliating (which is a big NO) I was punished with a cystic acne. So be very careful while using products containing Vita A and Vita C, they can react badly on your skin if used along with AHA and BHA.
  • The Face Shop Real Nature Pomegranate Grenade Face Mask: Pomegranates are known for their firming ability. I’ve used Pomegranate Masks from Tonymoly and Innisfree and they have made my hopes high for this one already.
  • The Face Shop Real Nature Red Ginseng Ginsengrouge: I’ve read articles on how Korean Red Ginseng are great for skin, hair and health. May be I’ll find out some of the benefits after using this mask. 
  • The Face Shop Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam: I really didn’t need a cleansing foam anytime soon. I have been using the Skinfood Egg Pore Cleansing Foam which will last me long enough, and I’m also stocked up with some Indian Organic Face Washes. I really have been looking forward to clearing up some space in my cabinet and a cleansing foam was the last thing I wanted. However, since it costs only 300 bucks I thought maybe it will come in a small tube. I’ve been ordering travel sized products for an upcoming trip and I ordered it without looking at the size or weight mentioned. And now it’s the bulkiest cleansing foam in my stash. I don’t regret ordering it though. I’ve used it once and so far, I like it. 

So that’s everything I purchased this time. I will do detailed reviews on them once I use them up. I’ll also do a bigger haul if I end up loving them. In the mean time do let me know if there’s any particular product you want me to review.

Till then, bye

XOXO

 

Natural Bath and Body Grapefruit & Vitamin C Gel Face Masque Review

Grapefruit extracts are loaded with anti-oxidants and are great our skin. But the bad news is that they can be potential irritant on sensitive skin. I still gave the Natural Bath & Body Grapefruit and Vitamin C Nourishment Cream a try considering their products work really great on my skin. However they broke me out and gave me bumps on my cheeks that took too long to go away. So when I received the Bath & Body Grapefruit and Vitamin C Masque with my Fab Bag I wasn’t happy. I still wanted to give it a try. It broke me out without fail. I wasn’t using any other new product back then but I still considered giving it another try, and it broke me out again. I got weird and tiny red bumps on my face and I never bothered to give it a third try.

What Does it Claim?

Nature’s most powerful antioxidants- Vitamin C, grapefruit oil and plant extracts team up together to create this whitening gel pack. This citrus facemask gently removes impurities and reveals skin thats remarkably lighter, whiter and brighter. Formulated with a precise concentration of Vitamin C that is known for its anti-aging and antioxidant powers, this gel also nourishes collagen fibers to maintain skin firmness. It is combined with Grapefruit extract to enhance its ability to lift the skin complexion and protect it from environmental damage.

Price: Rs. 325/- for 100 ml

My Experience:

The masque comes in a orangish gel like consistency that contains tiny beads for exfoliating. Like the instruction said, I applied the mask on a clean face and I started noticing a tingling sensation on my skin. I guess that’s because of the Vitamin C. I washed off my face after 15 minutes and within half an hour or so, I started noticing weird bumps on my skin. My skin doesn’t usually react to products containing Vita C so I guess it was just the Grapefruit Extract. I’m staying away from them for the rest of my life.

Pros:

  • Paraben and chemical free
  • Spreads and washes off easily

Cons:

  • Broke me out
  • Didn’t do anything it claimed to