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

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?

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

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

Saem Healing Tea Garden Green Tea Cleansing Water Review

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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

My Experience:

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • None except availability

 Price: 9.89$

Will I repurchase/recommend?

Definitely!

Availability

Cosmetic-love.comJolse.com

Rating: 4.8/5

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

 

ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Cream Review

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

What it is

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

How to apply

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

Ingredients:

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

My Experience:

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

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

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

Will I purchase it again?

The whole range, in full sizes.

Will I recommend it?

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

Where to buy:

Cosmetic-Love , Sokoglam

Price:

$20 for 75ml

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Contains alcohol

Rating:

4.8/5

 

Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack Review

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

[Features]

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

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

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

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

[How to Use]

Prepare your skin with skin toner after washing your face.

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

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

My Experience:

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

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

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

Price:

$2.18

Pros:

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

Cons:

Nothing

Will I re-purchase and recommend it?

Absolutely

Rating:

4.8/5

Where to buy:

Cosmetic  Love

The Face Shop Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam Lemon Review

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

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

Ingredients:

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

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

Price:

Rs 300 for 170 ml.

Quick Overview:

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

My Experience:

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

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

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

Pros:

  • Budget friendly

Cons:

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

 Will I repurchase it?

 Never

Will I recommend it?

 No

Where to buy:

 Nykaa

Rating:

 3/5

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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

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

 

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

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