Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask – Pomegranate Review

Hey guys, I haven’t reviewed any K-beauty products for a while and I’m here to compensate for that. Today I’ll be reviewing the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Pomegranate. Now even though my first concern while sheet masking is brightness, I am well aware that it’s about time I start using anti-aging products as well. To be very honest, I haven’t incorporated any anti-aging products in my regimen permanently but from time to time I indulge in firming treatments- like sheet masks and facials and stuff. Pomegranate is known for its skin firming benefits and thus it had its due share in my regimen.

Price:

MRP 100rs

Where to buy:

Nykaa

My Experience:

Just like any other sheet mask, I used it after exfoliating my skin and kept it on for about 30 minutes. The fitting was a little terrible than the other sheet masks from the same range which is weird. The mask was still wet while I took it off and my face was immensely hydrated and supple. There was no brightening effect and the product did not claim any. The following morning my skin was firm and nourished and behaved well for the following days.

Will I purchase it again?

Given to the fact that I haven’t started any thorough anti-aging regimen yet, I might as well take help from this mask from time to time.

Will I recommend it?

To anyone who is 25+

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Travel friendly
  • Pocket Friendly

Cons:

  • No brightening effect

Rating:

4.7/5

Astaberry Pearl Facial kit Review

Hello everybody, today I am going to review the Astaberry Pearl Skin Tightning Facial kit. Astaberry has got a wide range of facial kit collection and I have already reviewed the Oxy Facial Kit which I loved dearly. The Pearl Facial kit, just like the oxy one comes in a rectangular box with a freebie Papaya Face Wash. The whole thing will last you 4-5 facials and I think for Rs.225/- it’s a great deal.

Description: This kit contains precious pearls along with Soy Protein Extract. Research has revealed that pearls contain a combination of natural substances that help to improve rejuvenation of the skin cells. This treatment is ideal to provide hydration to the skin and make it look firm, soft, smooth & young.

Ingredients:

Key Elements: Pearl Powder, Soy Protein Extract

 Pearl Powder

Rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids.Anti-aging properties.

 Soy Protein Extract

Rich in essential amino acids. Antioxidants & anti-inflammatory agents. Helps in repair, restore & nourishment.

 Skincare Benefits:

Let your skin experience the goodness of Pearl powder with this Pearl Facial Kit from Astaberry.

Improves Skin Moisturization

The rich formulation of wine in this facial kit adds the desired amount of moisture and makes your skin soft and supple.

Replenish Depleted Moisture

This facial depletes the lost moisture of your skin and nourishes it in the most unique way.

Everlasting Glow and Fairness

This facial allows to pamper your skin providing a soothing effect and leaves your skin more beautiful than before. You can get that instant glow and fair skin with this facial kit.

 How I use it:

Gel Cleanser: The cleanser is a shimmery gel and doesn’t foam up. I end up using so much of the gel every time that I worry that I will run out of it while the other contains will be good to go for a couple of more usages. I massage the gel for 2 minutes and wash it off with cold water (even though the instruction asks for wiping with a piece of cloth)

Scrub: The scrub comes with a white creamy textures and tiny granules. Now you guys are aware of my love for scrubs and exfoliators that comes with tiny granules because big granules can permanently damage the skin. I massage the scrub on my entire face and neck for 2-3 minutes and wash it off.

Massage Cream: I let my skin cool down for a couple of minutes and massage my face with the massage cream using my finger tips in a circular motion for around 10 minutes. The massage cream is white and thick in texture and a coin size amount is required to massage the entire face and neck.

Pack: After whipping away the excess cream I apply a thick layer of the pack on my face and neck and wash it off with cold water after 10 minutes.

My experience:

The facial kit certainly does not provide the super brightening and lightening effect I enjoyed with the Oxy Facial Kit. However, my skin feels noticeably firm and tight after using this facial kit. That’s right, the Box mentions anti-aging benefits over and over again and that part of the claim proved to be true. Even though the ‘glow’ wasn’t as noticeable as the Oxy Facial kit, I would still recommend this facial kit to anyone who is 25+.

Where to buy:

 Official Site, Flipkart, Amazon

 Pros:

  • Value for money
  • Does what it claims
  • Comes with a free face wash
  • All the contains comes in tubes, making them super hygenic

Cons:

  • Loaded with parabens

Rating:

3.7/5

 

 

Oshea Cocoa Honey Moisturising Lotion Review

Hello everybody, today am going to review the Oshea Herbals Cocoa Honey Moisturizing Lotion that I have been using for the past couple of weeks. Now I usually did not have any good experience with face lotions in the past, even the Korean ones gave me pimples. So I was a little sceptical about this lotion but went ahead considering that I have never been disappointed with any Oshea Products (neither with the brands whose lotions broke me out).

What Oshea Cocoa Honey Moisturising Lotion claims?
Cocoa Honey Moisturizing Lotion for the face with 2X moisturizing level to ensure moisture during harsh winter.

Added with Cocoa Butter and Honey as an active ingredient, this face moisturizer intends skin moisture retention and elasticity. Licorice and Aloevera extracts in the lotion promote fairer and glowing skin.

Moreover, it works as a protective lotion and maintains the PH balance of the skin. It is nongreasy moisturizing lotion with quick penetration formula that provides soft, silky and smooth skin.

Price and quantity

Rs.225 for 120 ml

Buy it here:  www.osheaherbals.com

Amazon

 

Shelf life: 3 years from manufacturing

My Experience:

 Looking for the perfect day cream is a mission I have taken up some times ago. Some is too greasy, some doesn’t hydrate enough. My initial impression upon my first usage of this Cocoa Honey Lotion was terrific. I thought that this could have been my Holy Grail day cream if it contained a little SPF. I do wear sun block separately but when I go out I layer the SPF like – Day Cream with SPF- Sun Block – Compact Powder with SPF to ensure extra sun protection. The moisturizer is too mild for night time usages but perfect for the day time since it doesn’t make the skin feel greasy and feels light on the skin. So of course an added usage of Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide would have been perfect.

The texture is neither too runny nor too thick and absorbs into the skin pretty easily. On my combination skin 2 to 3 pumps are enough to moisturize my face and my neck. Dry Skin beauties might not be very satisfied with this mild moisturizer but it’s really perfect for combination skin (and oily skin may be?). Over the past couple of weeks I’ve grown only one acne but it took its first peak the evening after I took a 9 hours of road trip, so I’m blaming the travel for the acne instead of this little baby.

The aroma is pretty good too, smells mildly of cocoa which I love. Apart from the amazing hydration and moisturization it provides, there arenot much noticeable changes in my skin tone. Because it contains liquorice I was expecting a little brightened skin tone but I’ve been disappointed regarding that so far.

Will I purchase it again?

I don’t know. The bottles are going to last me long considering the amount am using once a day. And then you guys know I how love experimenting and trying out new products so I might not repurchase. Had it contained a little SPF I would have

Will I recommend it?

Yes.

Pros:

  • Travel friendly
  • Pocket friendly
  • Smells nice
  • Didn’t break me out
  • Hygienic pump
  • Non greasy
  • Hydrates and moisturizes

Cons:

  • Contains parabens
  • Doesn’t contain SPF

Rating:

4.3/5

SkinYoga Coffee Body Scrub Review

Hello everybody, today I’m going to review a product that has been sitting in my stash for so long that I forgot when I received it and with which beauty box. I have earlier talked about my love for toiletries and how there’s literally no space in my left in cabinet for presumably an infinite amount of time. That’s probably why the Skinyoga Coffee Body Scrub has been sealed in my ownership for so long. I mean literally it has been sitting idle for so long that the Golden Pouch has even started losing its colour. That’s one reason I opened it up before I ran out of the other body scrubs I have been using.

Product Claims:

De-tans and Reduces Cellulites.

The caffeine enhances fat metabolism and removes liquid and fat from your skin, ultimately reducing the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. The natural oil moisturizes and nourishes your skin. This scrub also treats inflammation and protects your skin from sun damage.

My Experience:

The coffee scrub comes in an attractive golden zip lock pouch. The zip lock does a great job protecting the product from air and water. However, it gets a little inconvenient getting the product out of the pouch. Since I avoid putting my wet hands inside it, I end up spilling and wasting so much product while pouring it in my palm. So I guess the best way to use this scrub is to by transferring it to a convenient container.

Moving on the fragrance. It’s heaven. The fragrance of the coffee is even stronger than the fragrance inside any CCD outlet and am not even lying. You can literally get addicted to it if you happen to love coffee as much as I do.

And then if you can take your mind off the fragrance for a while, you might even discover that it’s probably the best body scrub you’ve ever used. Well at least it’s the best body scrub that I have ever used. The ground coffee scrub gradually keeps melting into your skin with the massaging, which means that you don’t really have to worry about over-scrubbing. While the scrub keeps melting you can also feel your skin getting softer and smoother all the while inhaling the intoxicating coffee smell. Upon washing it off the skin feels deeply moisturized and hydrated because of the presence of the coconut oil and the sesame oil. And the best part? You hop out of the shower totally refreshed!

Since there’s no instruction saying how frequently you should use the scrub, I use it once or twice a week since I don’t want to risk over scrubbing and if I want to be honest I must admit that it’s with great hesitation that I avoid the temptation of using it the rest of the days.

Because I don’t have any stretch marks and stuffs *touchwood* I cannot tell if that part of the claim is true, but it sure de-tans like a pro.

Overall, I am in love. I might repurchase it once I run out but considering the whooping amount of money it costs, I’m not sure how soon.

Pros:

  • Smell…..
  • Paraben free, preservative free, Fragrance free
  • De-tans
  • Works as an amazing scrub
  • Hydrates and moisturizes the skin (but that does not mean I skip the moisturizer)

Cons:

  • Too expensive
  • I am not a huge fan of zip lock pouches (personal opinion)

 

Price:

MRP 1795 Rs for 200gm

Where to buy?

Official Site 

Nykaa

Amazon

Flipkart

Rating:

4.7/5

 

Just Herbs Silkskin Indian Ginseng-Aloevera Moisturising Cream Review

Hello everybody, today I’ll be reviewing the Just Herbs Silk Skin Indian Ginseng-Aloe Vera Moisturising Cream that has been pending for so long. The reason it has been pending is because I purchased it during fall, and it was too heavy on my skin that it broke me out a little. I never had a bad experience with any Just Herbs product so I wanted to give it another try when the weather was a bit colder.

Since the beginning of January I started using it again. Even though I purchased it for my day time regimen as my skin is too comfortable with the Taiyu Silk Moisturizing Cream that I use during my night time regimen, I think that it will be more suitable for night time.

 

What the brand claims:

An emollient cream to protect your skin in by maintaining an optimum oil moisture balance. It smoothens, hydrates and protects the skin, by providing ultra nourishment and an extended hydration. The anti-inflammatory action of Aloe Vera, Indian Ginseng and Holy Basil protects from free radical damage to reveal a soft, supple and rejuvenated skin.

  • Contains certified organic Indian Ginseng, Aloe Vera and certified organic cold-pressed Almond and sunflower seed oil
  • Free from petrochemicals, parabens, SLS/SLES PEG/PPG, Genetically modified ingredients(GMO) and other synthetic ingredients

My experience:

As I said, the cream feels too heavy on my skin. The texture is too thick that it takes a lot of effort to absorb into my skin. So I use even a lesser than a pea-sized amount. Even though that works, an extra layer of serum leaves the skin feeling greasy and that one time I used it after sheet masking, my skin was left super greasy until I washed it off during my night time regimen. So much so that even if I apply it before my toner is completely absorbed into my skin, it becomes a pain to massage it into my skin.

So how does it work?

After about a week of struggling with this cream I finally mastered the technique. After washing my face during my am skincare I pat my skin dry with a towel, apply my toner, pat it and wait for it to be completely absorbed into my skin, skip my serum and then take a very tiny amount of this cream and massage it into my skin.  Doing that, it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and after a while it absorbs into my skin amazingly leaving my skin moisturized throughout the day.

I’ve been using this moisturizer for a while and I haven’t felt any dramatic changes in my skin texture and it doesn’t claim to. It just claims moisturization and that it does too well, along with really making my skin soft and supple.

Will I purchase it again?

I am only able to use it up as the weather is still cold. I am pretty sure I won’t be able to use it a month later. And with that little amount required, I guess it would have lasted me 2 years even if I used it throughout the year. So no, am not purchasing it again.

I’ve got the Just Herbs Aloe Massage Gel sitting in my stash which I am pretty sure is a great option for their summer so I’ll be using that from Spring.

Will I recommend it?

Dry Skin beauties- Yes

Combination beauties- If you are looking for a thick cream (especially for night time regimen) or something to get you through the winter.

Oily Skin beauties –Absolutely not

Price:          MRP 445/-

Where to buy:

Official Website 

Nykaa

Amazon

Jabong

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Doesn’t contain paraben
  • The price tag might look a bit heavy but since a very light goes a long way, the tub will last over a year so I guess it’s worth it

Cons:

  • Consistency is too thick

Rating:

4.3/5

 

Other Reviews from Just Herbs

Just Herbs Gotukola Indian Ginseng Rejuvinating Beauty Elixir Review

Just Herbs Malabar Lemongrass Invigorating Gentle Body Wash Review

 

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask- Rose Review

After my rant about sheet mask mistakes yesterday, I thought it would only be appropriate to review a sheet mask today. So yesterday I was going through my mask stash and since my skin wasn’t asking for anything specific yesterday I went ahead with the one much underrated by me- Innisfree It’s Real Rose Sheet Mask. I don’t know why but I really did not have too much expectation from this particular mask, but at the end of the day I was proven wrong.

What it is

Get supple and radiant skin with the rose It’s real squeeze mask!
1. It’s real squeeze mask – ros
Fragrant roses provide moisture to your skin to make it supple and smooth.
2. Jeju green complex
The Jeju green complex consists of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves, and orchids to keep your skin healthy.
3. Triple-layered sheet
This triple-layer sheet has a long-lasting moisturizing effect so that the essence can gradually be absorbed into the skin.

How to use:

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

 

Price: MRP 100Rs

Where to buy:

Nykaa

Ingredients list: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, alcohol, betaine, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, rosa centifolia flower juice, xanthan gum, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hyaluronate, citrus unshiu peel extact, orchid extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

My CosDNA analysis came up pretty clean with only butylene glycol raising a low 1 potential acne trigger. But then a lot of products contains bulylene glycol and my skin never reacted badly to it.

My Experience:

It was probably the first sheet mask that I tried during my morning regimen as a part of my experiment. I’ve been reading about how K-beauty enthusiasts apply them on the morning and then finish it off with a moisturizer and then with a sunscreen and flaunt the hydration throughout the day. I kept the sheet mask on for about 30 minutes and it was still wet while I took it off. The fitting was average and the rose smell was too pleasant.

The moisturizer that I’ve been using for a couple of weeks now feels too heavy on my skin (review coming soon). So after I took off the mask my skin was immensely hydrated but after using the moisturizer I didn’t notice anything except for the hydration. After I washed my face during my night time regimen, the heavy feeling from the moisturizer went away and the radiance and brightening effect were noticeable. The hydration lingered when I woke up the next day (today) and the radiance is still noticeable while I’m writing this post, though not too dramatic but enough to make me feel guilty to avoid it for so long.

Will I purchase it again?

Sure it won’t be my first choice while sheet mask hauling the next time, but if I’m picking up a bunch, it certainly will be in my cart.

Will I recommend it?

To anyone who wants moisture+hydration+radiance

Rating:

4.5/5

5 Sheet Mask Mistakes You Are Probably Making

 

K-beauty is still a relatively new concept in India compared to the western world. And who can you blame? Apart from the fact that Indian Women usually don’t indulge in much skincare, India also lacks the abundance of the amazing products that South Korea has to offer. We only have Innisfree and The Face Shop (very recently launched) to at least get the idea what the ravings are all about. Sometimes we hear the ravings (and criticism) from the mouth of people who have used only a couple of products from the above mentioned brands (no disregard meant) but are yet to get their hands on the much glorious brands. No doubt, Innisfree is an excellent brand but trust me, there are much, much, much, better brands out there to experiment with. Because you can’t tell what’s really working on your skin until you have tried more than just one brand.

The reason why I’m taking my time to write this article today is because I’ve read many Indian Bloggers giving out misinformation to their readers. I am not here to name anyone bad, but since I have been indulging in Korean Skincare for over 2 years now and I have been studying about it for so long, trying out so many brands and communicating with Korean Beauty Bloggers as well as K-beauty Bloggers from different parts of the world am just using this column to share the knowledge I have gained in this two years.

Today’s post will only be about sheet masks because I have read so many misinformation regarding them and I thought that this was much needed. So here are some stuffs you need to keep in mind if you are someone who indulges in K-beauty or you are looking forward to.

  1. Do not wash your face after sheet masking:

So I was going through a very popular blog reading reviews as I sometimes do during my leisure hours and I came across an Innisfree Sheet Mask review and the blogger was actually complaining about how the moisture didn’t linger after washing her face. I mean why??? Why would you do that? Why would you waste that hard earned hydration and moisture by just washing your face. Sheet Masks are literally sheets drenched in serum or essence. Do you wash your face right after applying a serum? NO. Then why would you do that after sheet masking? You just earned your face an amazing hydration and moisture, so just enjoy it and only wash your face during your next skincare routine.

  1. Do not reuse your sheet mask:

This one I read like million times. Like people actually store that used sheet mask so when they sheet mask the next time and there’s a little serum left at the bottom of the packet, they soak the used sheet in that serum and give it to someone in the family to use. Again, why? If you are indulging in something this unhygienic and feeding your skin with so many bacteria then why would you even indulge in skincare in the first place. The first rule of thumb is to be hygienic. People who actually indulge in Korean Skincare maintain their hygiene like their religion. We don’t even put our washed fingers in products that comes in tubs, we use washed sterilized spatula to be extra careful. So just throw away that used sheet when you sheet mask the next time.

  1. Follow it up with a moisturizer:

Because sheet masks are drenched in serum, not moisturizer. Both have different tasks and your skin needs both. I don’t know how many people use a moisturizer or a night cream after sheet masking but I’ve heard a lot of people complaining that the sheet masks have made their skin sticky and greasy. Yes, because you’ve probably forgot to seal in the goodness with a layer of moisturizer. And no, an added layer doesn’t make your skin more greasy, it just locks it all in.

  1. Don’t leave it on for too long:

I’ll admit that while sheet masks are usually required to be left on for 20 minutes, I do leave them on for 30 minutes sometimes, especially if I feel that the mask is drenched in too much serum. But I do remove it while the sheet is still damp. If you leave it on until it’s completely dry, chances are that the sheet will soak back the moisture from your skin. (This point is actually made by Korean Skin Specialists)

  1. Choose the masks according to your need:

It’s a no brainer that different sheet masks target different types of skin issues like any other product. If an oily skin beauty applies a super hydrating mask, chances are she might break out or get an oiler skin. So choose according to your skin. Whatever your concerns are, there’s something for you.

i.e- Oily skin- Tea Tree Oil;  Acne Prone Skin- Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea;  Troubled/Irritated Skin- Aloe, Bija, Green Tea, Rice, Makgeolli;   25+ – Collagen, Pomegranate (firmness);   Dry skin- Manuka Honey;   Dull Irritated Skin- Green Tea;   Need Brightening- Tomato, Lemon;  Need Purification- Rice, Makgeolli, Seaweed.

To make the whole sheet mask scenario a little clearer, I am discussing how I personally apply sheet masks:

  • While most women around the world apply sheet masks during the morning skincare regimen to flaunt the hydration throughout the day, I personally use them during the night. Firstly because I’m not a morning person, secondly, I stay indoors most of the days and lastly, I feel like the serum is getting to do wonders to my skin while I sleep and I wake up the next morning with a plumped up and super hydrated skin.
  • Never apply them on an unclean face: I actually wanted it to make the 6th mistake point but then I thought that no one can actually sheet mask on a dirty face, can they? While sheet masking on an unclean face is out of question, you might even wanna exfoliate before sheet masking. It actually depends on the amount of time you are sheet masking in a week. For example- I usually sheet mask twice a week (sometimes as often as every day) and I exfoliate once a week, so once I sheet mask after exfoliation, and once after detoxifying with a charcoal pack. If you are someone who sheet mask once in a while, then try doing it post exfoliation. That way your skin can absorb the most of it.
  • Applying serums before the Sheet Mask: Just because you are sheet masking, doesn’t mean you should avoid your regular serum that day, ever heard about serum cocktails? So while the usual regimen says that the serum application goes after the sheet mask, I feel like applying the serum before the sheet mask is more beneficial. That way the goodness of the serum gets locked into the skin along with the goodness of the sheet mask. (This is actually something I learned from Jude Chao from Fifty Shades of Snails)

And lastly, read the instructions before applying the masks. You cannot make the most out of your sheet mask unless you are applying it properly. I hope these informations were helpful. Do drop down a comment if you have any queries and do participate in my Innisfree Giveaway to win some amazing goodies.

Till then,

Bye,

Xoxo

Malavara Lime Vetiver Body Lotion Review

Winter is the perfect excuse to experiment with body lotions. But what if you find your perfect summer friendly body lotion on one of those chilliest days of the year? Disappointing I guess.  Truth is that I have used this body lotion during summer and loved how it absorbed into my skin amazingly. However, when I used it during winter, my skin wasn’t very satisfied.

I wasn’t very much aware of the brand Malavara before I got a set of the body lotion and body wash sample with my Fab Bag. I received them during summer and really loved the refreshing citrus fragrance that was common in both of them.

 

Product Claims:

Malavara body lotions do not contain Parabens or other harsh preservatives. The preservative system used in our products is very gentle on skin, is
included in the Handbook of Green Chemicals and is Whole Foods Premium Bodycare approved

Packaging:

The sample sized bottle comes in a sturdy packaging with a screw cap and I have no idea how the full-sized product looks like. It’s a bit pain to get the product out of the bottle once the level gets down.

Texture:

Neither too runny, nor too thick.

Price: Rs 1, 500.00  for 300ml

My Experience:

It didn’t take me too long to realise that the lotion is water based. It sinks into the skin with very light massaging and feels far from being greasy on the skin. It feels too light on the skin making the skin silky smooth. When I said that it’s summer perfect, I didn’t just say it because of the fragrance, but also because of the lightweight formula. It’s perfect for people like me who likes to moisturize their skin (both face and body) throughout the year and prefers a lightweight formula during the summer that’s not going to feel greasy on the skin. But it’s definitely not for the winter; it doesn’t have what it takes to please a winter skin, unless you know, beauties with oily skin that like to apply a mild lotion without feeling greasy.

Will I recommend it?

If you are willing to pay a whooping amount for a summer body lotion, yes. If you have an oily skin and looking for a mild body lotion and willing to pay a whooping amount, no.

Will I purchase it?

No, I have my favourites that will cost me less than half the amount.

Pros:

  • Paraben Free
  • Refreshing fragrance
  • Perfect for the summer
  • Absorbs super quick

Cons:

  • Ridiculously priced
  • Doesn’t last long
  • It’s a pain to get the product out once the level gets down.

Rating:

3.5/5

How to Battle PMS Breakout

PMS can be irritating enough by itself. The mood swings, the crankiness, the cramps, the bloating and the cravings sometimes get too extreme to tolerate. But you can only wish it just stops there. In a lot of cases it doesn’t. I have always had a combination, sensitive skin which didn’t break out much. I don’t know where it went wrong when all of a sudden I started breaking out during PMSing about 2 years ago. Or maybe I do know. Right after I started blogging, I suffered a massive breakout that lasted 3-4 months. What went wrong was that I was using 3 products containing retinol all together. Retinols make the skin sensitive and there are certain instructions to be followed while applying them (i.e: avoid using them during day time, layer it with a thick moisturize, and be very specific about the amount of retinol you are applying). I purchased the products while I was still learning about the ingredients, and got rid of the cartons before I started blogging. The breakout was terrible and after the bottles ran out, I ordered them once again and that’s when I read the box and figured where it went wrong. It took me antibiotics and detoxifications to recover completely. However, the breakout continued giving me major visits a week before my periods. One cystic acne each month, plus tiny bumps and oily skin.

I thought that a lot of women face it, it’s nothing unusual and it can’t be helped. A few months back when I sent a makeup free selfie to a friend I was pointed out that I have an oily skin. When I checked it myself, boy! I did have oily skin around my nose area, my lip area and my cheeks. The cystic acne appeared the next day and that’s when I figured why my skin was oily. I did some research to find out the reason behind women breaking out before getting their periods. It’s a no brainer that the hormones are the culprit, but how? There’s the hormone that gives you the amazing skin during your most fertile days, and there are hormones that starts clogging your pores, and gives you oil breakout, and dehydrates your skin once you ovulate.

So how to combat? The key is to know your cycle properly, and figuring out how do your PMS affect your skin. For example, there are women who get dry dehydrated skin during those days, and there’s women who gets oily, acne prone skin. So the best way is to download any app that tracks your cycle, and spend a month to figure out how your skin is behaving at what time of your cycle. Usually you get the most flawless skin during your most fertile days, your app will tell you when’s the time. The day after your last fertile day is your ovulation day. Most women go through major mood swings that day and that’s when your skin starts behaving terribly. It can differ from one woman to another and it’s up to you to figure out what you and your skin are going through.

So in this article I’ll share how I battled PMS skin successfully. Your symptoms can differ from mine, but I’m sure you’ll get the idea.

For the starter, let me remind you once again that I am a big time Korean Skincare addict. As you guys might know that people who indulges in Korean Skincare doesn’t really use all the products every day. It usually depends on what their skin are asking that particular day. The brightest day in the city might call for a sunscreen with a bigger amount of SPF, the humid day might want a lightweight moisturizer and skipping a couple of serums might be a good option, chilly weathers might want an extra layer of serum and a thick cream. And if you get a look at their skincare stash, you’ll know that it’s more than just likely that they modify their routine every single day.

So I used this habit of mine to battle my PMS breakout. Right after I cross my fertile days, I switch to lightweight formulas and opt for products meant for oily skin. I switched my regular face wash with the Neem Facewash from Oshea for acne prone skin and even though my skin feels a bit tight until I apply my moisturizer, it really is working. (I usually use the face wash after my regular oil cleanser)

Also, I have realized that it’s the perfect time to use up my Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam which gets rid of the excess sebum from deep within the pores . However, I had abandoned it after a few usages because it contains a high pH level. So a couple of times during that week I bring it out to unclog the pores. I guess a couple of usages won’t tamper with the natural pH level of my skin on a permanent basis.

I exfoliate my skin the day I notice the first trace of oil around my nose area. It helps unclog the pores and this step makes a huge difference.  Clogged pore is a common reason for PMS breakout as they feed the acne causing bacteria. Use an exfoliator with tiny granules. And I would personally stay away from apricot scrubs any day.

After exfoliating, I use a charcoal detox face pack. Sometimes I use it right after exfoliating, sometimes I use it on the following day. I feel like it gets rid of the excess sebum from deep within the pores to prevent clogged pores.

 

The next step, toning, I wouldn’t miss this step for world. It really is important to maintain the pH balance of your skin. You might as well want to avoid a toner containing alcohol, especially if your skin tends to get dry.

And then I avoid using serums to avoid the extra weight on my skin. However, I wouldn’t mind if I had any serum that’s meant for healing, like tea tree oil or something. But the serums that I currently own take no part in battling my PMS skin so I overlook them for a week.

That one time I used a moisturizing sheet mask while PMSing  I got 3 cystic acnes instead of one. It took me a month and a lot of courage for my next experimentation. The next time my skin got oily and there were signs of tiny bumps, I used the Tea Tree Sleeping Mask from Innisfree and my tiny pimples vanished the next morning. Tea Tree Oils are known for healing acne, so if you can, you can incorporate more products containing Tea Tree oil if you tend to breakout in general.

 

Next step, moisturizer/night cream/Sleeping Pack. This is when I switch my regular creams with gels. The gels absorbs into the skin super quickly without feeling heavy. The Aloe Bija Sleeping Capsule Recipe pack from Innisfree has been really good to me with its super healing power. I use it on alternate nights during that time.

Last but not the least, depriving your skin of the moisturizer will result in your skin trying to compensate by producing more oil than required, thus making you breakout even more. If you think getting rid of moisturizers will help, think again. Also since I don’t want my skin to compensate and punish me, I like to keep a mist handy to spray it on my face whenever my skin feels dry.

And let’s not forget, since our skin becomes extra sensitive those days; be extra careful with the sunscreen.

What I THINK will help if you suffer the opposite- dry skin:

Switch to thicker creams, add an extra layer of serum, and use a moisturizing and hydrating sheet mask.

Since skincare on its own cannot do it all, what else to keep in mind those days?

Drink tons of water and indulge in a high vitamin and low sugar diet. Avoiding foods with high level of fats, oils and diary is a real good choice.

And lastly, stay extra hygienic and stay stress free. J

Hope the article was helpful. Do let me know if you have any queries.

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask- Tea Tree Review + GIVEAWAY Announcement

Hello everybody, today I’m going to review the Innisfree It’s Real Tea Tree Mask Sheet. So I have talked about how I tend to break out while PMSing and I am overjoyed to tell you guys that I have finally figured a way out. The way out is actually making some changes in my skincare routine during that time of the month which I’m going to share with you guys soon.

So a little heads up, including a healing sheet mask AKA Tea Tree Sheet Mask is one of those changes. Tea Tree oil has been widely known to treat acnes and I have earlier been too impressed with Tonymoly Im Real Tea Tree Face Mask. So just when I noticed that I’m breaking out a little around my lip area and one in the forehead I checked if it’s that time already. These little predictions of mine are too accurate that even though they get a little annoying sometimes, I have learnt how to use these predictions to treat my PMS breakout. So I noticed these tiny pimples during my night time regimen and I knew that it will only grow in the following days like always. Without making any delay I exfoliated my skin, since it will make the serum in the mask easier to absorb. I threw the mask on my face after toning and lay on my bed for about 30 minutes.

The essence was almost transparent and even though there was enough essence on the cotton mask, it wasn’t drippy. The fitting of the mask was not as good as the other masks from the range. It wrinkled up around my nose area making my sheet mask selfie too horrible to upload. Usually my sheet masks dry within 30- 35 minutes but it didn’t. However, I removed it in 30 minutes and noticed a visibly clear skin. The tiny pimples were shrunked and by the next morning they disappeared. Now since I applied it just when my skin started suffering from the oil breakout I can’t really tell how it will work on mature cystic acnes. But the result I noticed was impressive enough. I finished it off with a sleeping pack and unlike any other sheet mask it didn’t make my skin too hydrated the following days. I have heard that tea tree oil makes skin a bit dry and I can’t really tell if that’s true. But my skin was neither dried, nor too moisturized. Also my skin tone didn’t get brightened the way it usually does following sheet masking. I guess I should just be happy with the clear skin.

So will I be purchasing it again? I might as well be using one each month.

Will I recommend it?

To anyone who suffers from acne or wants something to heal their skin once in a while.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ethanol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Tee Tree Leaf Juice(200mg), Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tangerine Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, The green Tea Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Where to buy:

Nykaa

Now the most important part, THE GIVEAWAY:

So am going to give away a handful of Innisfree products to one lucky reader of my blog. The products will be selected based on the winner’s skin concern.

This is what you have to do to enter.

  1. Share this post on your Facebook timeline tagging Beautifully me. ( Post must be public to consider)
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  4. Follow me on Instagram
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  6. When everything is done, comment “done” under this post.

That’s it, good luck. Winner will be announced on 6th February so that you can flaunt a flawless skin on Valentines Day 😀

**Giveaway is no way sponsored.

*** Open to Indian residents only.

EDIT: Winner Jayanthi Partasarathy has received her prize…

The Nature’s Co Kiwi Hand & Nail Cream Review

Hand creams are very essential for me during the cold weather since my hands tend to get darker during that time. Long before I was a conscious beauty addict I couldn’t figure out a remedy and used to hate how my hands and fingers looked during the winter. Since the past 3-4 years I started using hand and nail creams and have noticed that it actually helps.

So today I’m going to review one of my favourite Hand and Nail creams that I have been using since the last to last winter- The Nature’s Co Kiwi Hand & Nail Cream.

Price: INR 445 for 125ml

Ingredients:  Kiwi extract, Shea butter, Kokum butter, Olive oil, Wheat germ oil, Apricot kernel oil, Sweet almond oil, Avocado oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin – E, Coconut oil, Grape seed oil, Vegetable Glycerin.

My Experience:

As I said I have been using this cream since last to last winter, and have been really loving it. I actually use it every day post showering without fail, and I mean to use it before going to bed but I often tend to forget about it. And am amazed to think that if this cream makes my hands soft and supple and prevent dry cuticles and darker skin with only one time application, how much softer my hands would be with proper usage? Worth thinking, and worth putting it next to my pillow so that I don’t forget to apply it before going to bed.

The cream comes in a plastic tube with a flip cap and the texture of the cream is a bit too thick. Only a pea sized amount is required to massage both hands and wrists. However, when I do remember using it before going to bed, I like using a bit more product which makes the hands a bit greasy but since it’s bedtime I don’t really mind.

With a year of usage I have actually forgot what dry cuticles and dark hand feels like. My hands are soft and supple and am really looking forward to the day I won’t be forgetting to apply it before my bedtime anymore.

Will I recommend it?

I will recommend it to anyone who suffers from dry cuticles or dry hands in general.

Pros:

  • Makes hands soft and supple
  • Prevents dry cuticles
  • Prevents hands to turn darker during the chilly weather
  • Smells pleasant
  • Absorbs with light massaging if using in the right amount.

Cons:

  • The only con that I found with this one is that the tube is too bulky. I guess it can be available in smaller size with their beauty wish box but the full sized amount is so not travel friendly. It would not make a mess inside your bag but who would want to carry this big of a tube just for two tiny palms? Not me. Also, since I don’t share it with anybody else, I doubt I would be able to finish the product before the expiry date. And not everybody would like to pay a whooping 445 Rs for a hand cream, which brings me back to the one and only con, with a smaller size available, all of this issues would have been fixed once and for all.

Where to buy:

Official Website

Nykaa

Amazon

Flipkart

Rating:

4.7/5

Innisfree Capsule Recipe Sleeping Pack In Aloe & Bija Review

This is probably my first sleeping pack review since I couldn’t get around to review the last two sleeping packs. I purchased them while on a trip and used them up before I got to click the pictures. Apologies for that, I’m going to order them once again and surely gonna review them this time, I promise.

So… What Is A Sleeping Pack/Sleeping Mask?

Sleeping pack is one of the hypes from Korean Beauty Market. There’s a lot of sleeping masks out there in the market targeting different treatments. There’s sleeping packs claiming brightening, there’s sleeping packs claiming anti-aging, and there’s sleeping packs claiming treatment to troubled skin. And whether they are any good or not, depends totally on the specific mask.

My initial idea of sleeping packs is that they are a bit more potential than regular night creams and the two that I’ve already used are a bit heavier and a bit stickier than night creams. But that didn’t bother me at all, in fact I loved it. And then again, usually sleeping packs are meant to use twice a week, so I think of it more like a twice a week treatment. And lastly apart from delivering the claims, the previous sleeping masks used to give me super plump skin the following few days, so yes, I love the concept of sleeping masks.

Innisfree Capsule Recipe : Aloe & Bija

What it is

  1. Skin trouble and soothing care with bija and aloe ingredients (Containing 100ppm of bija oil, 1,000ppm of aloe vera leaf juice extract and 1,000 ppm of aloe vera leaf extract)2. A texture that absorbs into the skin freshly and moistly

    3. A sleeping pack that softly absorbs into the skin

 

How to use

Apply the desired amount and gently spread onto the face at the cream step. Leave on overnight and wash it off next morning.

 

Ingredients:

WATER, GLYCERIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, ALGAE EXTRACT, ECLIPTA PROSTRATA LEAF EXTRACT, ULMUS DAVIDIANA ROOT EXTRACT, AMARANTHUS CAUDATUS SEED EXTRACT, ARCTIUM LAPPA ROOT EXTRACT, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, HIBISCUS ESCULENTUS FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TROMETHAMINE, C12-14 PARETH-12, TRISODIUM EDTA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, LECITHIN, BETA-GLUCAN, ALLANTOIN, TORREYA NUCIFERA SEED OIL, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, CI 19140, CI 42090

My Experience:

[Picture taken after 3 usages]

As you can see, it’s actually a gel, a sleeping gel. Initially it feels a little sticky on the skin but with light massage it absorbs into the skin amazingly. I had the idea that sleeping packs are usually heavy on the skin, but this one was super light and I guess that makes it a perfect choice for oily skin beauties. At first I was a bit sceptical about what to expect from such a lightweight gel, but then I discovered its soothing power. I have a combination skin that doesn’t breakout except for that time of the month *touchwood.  So when I got a couple of bumps, I discovered that this sleeping pack actually helps sooth my irritated skin. I know, I just told that sleeping packs are usually used twice a week, but since it didn’t have any particular instructions like that, and because its lightweight I used it a little more frequently than twice a week and I got impressive results. Within two days of usage (at one day interval) my skin was visibly clear, calm and the oil breakout actually vanished. I guess I should be stocking it up for that time of the month.

Will I purchase it again?

Yes

Will I recommend it?

Oily Skin beauties- definitely

Combination skin beauties- You can try one out and decide for yourself if it works for you [Reminder: I myself have a combination skin]

Dry skin beauties- You are definitely not going to like it unless you breakout during that time of the month like me. If you do, then you can give it a try

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Travel Friendly
  • Refreshing
  • Paraben Free
  • Improved packaging comes with a lid

Cons:

Nothing

Price:

MRP 150/-

Where to buy:

Nykaa

Rating:

4.9/5

Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack: Seaweed Review

Hello everybody, today am going to review the Innisfree Seaweed Capsule Recipe pack. Now if you are not aware of the capsule recipe packs, they are tiny little packs from Innisfree that comes in two catagories- wash off masks and sleeping packs. Sometimes the capsule packs are the tinier versions of some full sized products (i.e- the Jeju Volcano capsule recipe Pack) and those works as great sample packs.

When I visited the Innisfree Store in Delhi exactly an year ago, I picked up three capsule recipe packs- a wash off one ( Jeju Volcano)and two Sleep Packs (Rice and Pomegranate)  . Back then, these capsule packs had no hard lids which made them really hard to save. While the brand says that they can be used 3 times, in reality they can be used 5-6 times. However, since I was travelling a lot back then, I couldn’t save any of them past 3 usages. The wash off mask turned hard as rock while the sleeping packs became too thick to apply thus I ended up with a lot of wasted products. So when I did another haul online, I ordered one wash off mask and one sleeping pack and I was really excited to see the revamped look of the capsule packs. They have done a pretty good job with them, putting another hard lid over the foil-like lid, adding layers of instructions (the ones that sadly differs from the official website) making them a lot easier to save and making them my best buddies while travelling. You guys know how I love packing sample and trial sized products for tours right?

Getting back to the review…

As I just mentioned, the instruction at the back differs from that of the official website.

The Official Website Says:

How to use

  1. After washing your face, spread and massage the mask evenly on your face. Rinse off the mask with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes. Massaging will relieve your facial muscles for more comfortable looks. Choose the capsule that best suits your skin.
    2. Insert the lid into the slit of the container and close it to keep it fresh for your next use.

While you can clearly see that the instruction at the back of the pack has no mentions of massaging. And I don’t think that the micro granules are going to work without the massaging, like really, the pack is meant to exfoliate.

What it is

A capsule recipe pack containing seaweed to improve your complexion
1. Heat your skin naturally with seaweed!
2. Exfoliate dead skin cells for clean skin.
3. Enriched sizzling formation provides skin solutions.
4. A massage pack containing seaweed to heat and exfoliate your skin

Ingredients:

Just dab it on! Jeju seaweed with wrinkle- smoothing properties

The regenerative properties of ocean plants, rich in minerals and nutrients from Jeju island, promote skin vitality

and enhances its natural self-defense system for a powerful anti-aging effect.

 Price:

MRP 150/- Rs

My Experience:

As you can see, the manual at the back of the product forgot to mention that the product is going to heat up while applying, so when I first applied the mask I was like ‘Oh my goodness! This pack heats up while coming in contact with my skin’! I was ecstatic. I might have freaked out as well, but having being a Korean Skincare Junkie for over 2 years, I have seen (and used a lot). I have used gel exfoliator that bubbles up on the face while coming in contact with water, I have used oil that turns into a white liquid and washes off while coming in contact with water, I have seen Korean Skincare products do miracle, so quite obviously I didn’t freak out. I felt the pack pleasantly heating up, more like warming up on my skin. But since the instruction failed to mention the massaging part, I didn’t. I used it as a regular pack, massaging only a little right before washing it off just like I do with any other wash off masks.

The initial effect was refreshing, like too refreshing. My skin felt squeaky clean and fresh. But there was no brightening effect and the product didn’t claim any.

According to the official website, it has got anti-aging properties. I am 27 with no aging signs *touchwood, so I really can’t tell how well it worked according to the claims. But even then, I like including anti-aging products in my regimen every once in a while and really planning on incorporating some for the long run since I believe in taking precaution before the damage is already done.

Final Verdict:

So far there’s not a single Innisfree Product that didn’t work on my skin. And I’m really impressed with the revamped look of the packs. You can easily save the products and carry them while travelling.

However the instructions are really misleading. Firstly because the mask has just one job – exfoliating (which it does really well since my skin got exfoliated even when I used it before reading the right instructions), and without proper massaging, the pack is quite useless. Secondly, over exfoliation is really bad for the skin, it can cause more melanin secretion resulting in a darker skin and can even damage the skin. So a person unaware that it is actually an exfoliation pack can use it a day after using another exfoliator, which actually happened to, I used it a day after using my Goodal Phytowash exfoliator and the dark skin lasted for a few days. So misleading instructions can really cause a lot of trouble, and I suppose it happened right here in India (I apologize if am wrong).

However, with proper instructions, this pack can make a hell one of an exfoliator and now that you have read the right instructions, I think you really should go for this one. The micro-fiber beads are excellent for exfoliation and I don’t think they are capable of doing any damage that over exfoliation and bigger beads can do and I really liked the heating up experience. Plus, the pack smells yummy.

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Pocket Friendly
  • The kind of product that I will pack while travelling
  • Can be used 5-6 times
  • Smells pleasant
  • Didn’t break me out

Cons:

I don’t think that Innisfree is at the fault for the misleading instruction. But overall it really is a con.

Where to buy:

Nykaa

Rating:

4.7/5

Skin Type of the Author- Combination and super sensitive

BioBloom Lavender Hand & Body Lotion Review

Hello everybody, today I’m going to review the recently launched Bio Bloom Hand & Body Lotion Lavender because it’s still winter and we all need to take extra care of our skin.

Bio Bloom is an all organic brand free from chemicals and most importantly Parabens and Artificial Fragrance. I have used their Eucalyptus Foot Cream and I’m already in love. The Hand & Body lotion didn’t disappoint as well. It comes in two sizes- 50 ml, and 100 ml and I am going to review the smaller one which is really very easy to carry and will fit in your smallest handbag.

The bottle comes with a spray nozzle and it cannot get any more hygienic than that. However, I’m not very impressed with the runny texture. Obviously it requires a lot more amount to be applied than any body milk with a thicker consistency. So I ended up finishing the bottle within 3-4 weeks (thus perfect for packing for long tours) and since it comes for 199 bucks am not sure how many people will drop that amount for a bottle that will last them hardly one month.

Coming back to the brighter side, the lotion absorbs into the skin super quickly with light massaging and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Now even though my skin doesn’t get dry by the end of the day as I have a combination skin, I am pretty sure dry skin beauties will need to reapply it within 6-7 hours. So I guess this can be a perfect choice for oily skin beauties and also a pretty good choice for summertime. Yes, I am the type of person who loves to apply body lotions (light weight ones) even during the summer as I love my skin hydrated.

Price : INR 199/-

Quantity : 50 ml

Shelf life : 24 months from MFG

Where to buy:

Official Website

 Pros:

  • Comes in a hygienic bottle
  • Travel Friendly
  • Refreshing lavender fragrance
  • All natural ingredients
  • Chemical Free
  • Potential ingredient list

Cons:

  • Runny

 

Overall Verdict:

I know I just said that am not sure how many people will drop 199 bucks for a body lotion that will last for about 1 month, but looking at the ingredient list, I might admit that it’s worth paying. However, I would not suggest dry skin beauties to purchase this one for the winter.

Rating:

4/5

Note:

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

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Lime Review

Hello everybody, hope you guys are doing fine. Today I’m going to review the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Lime because Innisfree launched in Nykaa last month and I just cannot stop myself.

I guess everybody is aware of the skincare benefits of lemons and limes. They brighten up dull skin and when it comes to removing tans, nothing can compete with them. They are called natural bleach. Unfortunately, applying them directly on the skin can be really harsh. I will say ‘don’t do it, just don’t. When it comes to DIY de-tan mask I usually use tomato juice for direct application, and when the tan seems way too stubborn I mix as little as one drop of lemon juice into my mask, but still I won’t recommend it as just because it suits my skin, doesn’t mean it will suit yours. Thankfully they are still applicable, thanks to the professionally formulated skincare products.

Ever since I came back from Andaman, my lookout for brightening products has turned into a craze even after I have successfully removed my tans. After the Vita C mask from Innisfree, this lime mask was next in the queue and I had high hopes. And why not? I mean it contains potential ingredients as Niacinamide and Grapefruit Extract, and Lime Extract and Green Tea Extract and many other ingredients that are known for brightening and skin firming and recovering dry and damaged skin. Why wouldn’t someone have high hopes on it?

However, it did disappoint me when it comes to the brightening effect. Everything else about this mask is super cool. It fits well, it’s drenched in enough serum, it takes as long as 40 minutes to dry out, it smells pleasant and most importantly my skin was visibly clear and hydrated. But since it screams brightening, it was a little disappointment comparing to the Vita C Mask Sheet. So if you are looking for a real brightening mask, you know which one to choose, and if you are purchasing it as a pack of all the sheet masks that comes from the range and applying it for the sake of sheet masking, I don’t think you will be disappointed. And for the plus effect, it did firm my skin; I guess I might have to thank the presence Niancinamide for that.

Ingredients:

Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, niacinamide, alcohol, betaine, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract, citrus aurantifolia (lime) juice, xanthan gum, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hyaluronate, citrus unshiu peel extract, orchid extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

Price:

Rs 100/-

Where to buy:

Nykaa

Pros:

  • Hydrates
  • Firms
  • Makes skin visibly clear and skin tone even
  • Pocket Friendly

Cons:

  • For a brightening mask, the effect is not that notable. Works like any other sheet mask (a good one).

Rating:

4.7/5

Fuschia Detox Face Mask – Activated Charcoal Review

Hello everybody, hope you all had amazing New Year celebrations. My New Years have always been pretty laid back. Besides attending the midnight mass at the Church and spending quality time with my family and eating delicious home cooked meals, there’s nothing special. Oh and I didn’t work on New Year, that does count as a celebration, doesn’t it? But now let’s get back to the regular life with a bang. And since this is my first post from 2017, I decided to do what I’m best at doing, reviewing a skincare product. And that product happens to be the Detox Face Mask Activated Charcoal from Fuschia by Vkare.

Now Fuschia is a very beloved Indian brands. If I’m not wrong, they launched about 1 or 2 years ago and received too much love from Indian beauty addicts soon after their launch. The products are all chemical free, every single one of them does what they claims, and they are pocket friendly. I am personally so in love with the brand and have used about 6-7 products from their range and there isn’t one product that didn’t work for me. So let’s get to the review part.

When it comes to detoxification, nothing does the job better than activated charcoal. They act like a sponge and plucks out all the toxins from deep within the pores. I personally prefer keeping at least one product containing activated charcoal in my skincare regimen all the time. Everybody’s skin needs detoxification and there’s no excuse for depriving your skin of that much needed detoxification.

My Experience:

I have earlier used the Activated Bamboo Charcoal mask from Blossom Kochhar and I was so in love. I had to try the one from Fuschia as will since their products never disappoint. The texture of the mask is a little thick so I make sure to apply it on moist face. If I skip splashing some water over my face prior to applying the mask, it keeps sticking to my finger like a clot and then it dries up super fast. So using a little water does the trick- the mask applies smoothly, and takes about 15-20 minutes to dry up.

The first thing I noticed after washing off the mask is that my skin feels squeaky clean and looks visibly clear. I have been using it every once a week and it does a pretty good job every single time. I don’t have much acne breakout *touchwood, but there are some I get from time to time due to too much experimenting and of course during PMSing and the mask seems to help if applied while breaking out. Just like I said, there’s no excuse to deprive your skin of this kind of detoxification.

P.S:  Washing off this mask is as tough as washing off any other charcoal mask. If there’s no mirror in front of your sink, chances are that you might have to come back to the sink a couple of times.

Pros:

  • Paraben free, SLS free
  • Pocket friendly
  • Travel friendly
  • Does what it claims

Cons:

Nothing

Rating:

4.7/5

Where to buy:

 http://www.amazon.in/Fuschia-Detox-Face-Mask-Activated/dp/B01KVBQ74K

http://www.vkarebiosciences.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=322

Price:

MRP Rs 450/- for the bigger tub (100 gm)

Other PRs from Fuschia:

Fuschia Vkare Activated Charcoal – Face And Body Detoxifying Scrub Review

Fuschia Berry Blend & Apricot Clarifying Intense Moisturizer Review

Note 1: Press Samples sent for review purpose but the opinions are completely honest.

Note 2: Everybody has their own preference but if you ask me, I would have to say that I love the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic ABC pack a little bit more. And one of the main reasons is the texture, the ABC pack applies smoothly and takes about half an hour to dry, while the Fuschia one is super thick and dries a bit quickly. Now am pretty sure there’s people who loves their mask to work a little faster and they might like the Fuschia one better. As I just said, it all comes down to your personal preference.

 

Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist Review

Anyone following my blog knows that I am a devoted K-beauty obsessed. So it wasn’t fair that I didn’t try out the mist concept any earlier. It’s been said that it’s very likely to see Korean women occasionally spraying their face with mists in their office, in the public transport and literally everywhere. While I really hope that women across the world starts taking care of their skin as much they are invested on their makeup, I really wanted to be a trendsetter to those who does not (majority I guess). So in an attempt to be a trendsetter and bravely spray my face with a mist overlooking wide eyes, I carried my newly purchased Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist with me to the Metro Rail. I travelled a lot that day and my skin was too dry and it desperately cried out for the mist, BUT I could not! The thought of wide eyes staring at me scared the hell out of me. So I sat there with a dehydrated skin until my stop, and then as soon as I met my boy friend out the subway I bravely took out my mist in the middle of the road and sprayed it all over my face like my own hero. I couldn’t be more proud! And that was my first mist application in public, and am really looking forward to that day when indulging in a little skincare in the public will be as normal as applying the lipstick is.

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So let’s get to the benefits of a mist. Mists are the lifesavers you can use whenever your skin feels dehydrated no matter wherever you are. I use it on the go, and in the house, when my skin feels dry but am not likely to apply a moisturizer just yet as it isn’t time for either my morning or my night time routine. And the best part is that they don’t mess up my makeup. And even if your skin is not feeling dry, the refreshing feeling that they provide are worth the staring from the strangers, you can take my word for it.

My Experience with Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist:

Since this is the first Mist that I’ve ever used, my experience with mists is basically my experience with Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist. I love how it refreshes my skin, and provides it with hydration without ruining my makeup. I’ve got the 50ml can which is pretty handy and the packaging looks cute. This is the only size available in Nykaa right now but there are other sizes as well.

How I use it:

Whenever my skin feels dry I place the can about 6 inches from my face and spray on forehead, cheek and chin keeping my eyes closed. I avoid patting the mist into my face and I guess not using your dirty hands is the point.

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Ingredients:

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Opuntia Coccinellif.Era Fruit Extract,
Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Betaine, Dl-Panthenol, Propanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol,Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Price:

Rs 450/- for 50ml.

Availability:

Nykaa

Pros:

  • Hydrates the skin
  • Refreshes the skin
  • Travel friendly
  • Budget friendly

Cons:

  • Contains sulphate.

Rating:

4.8/5

Astaberry Oxy Facial Kit Review

I’ve heard ravings about Oxy Facials and even though I’ve never tried one (as I usually go for the de-tanning Facial whenever I visit the Salon), I’ve seen the wonders that Oxy Face Masks can do. They are like instant brightening packs that change your skin tone in about 15 minutes.

I received Astaberry Oxy Facial Kit for review purpose and experimented it on my mother who never really reacted to any new products *touchwood. She came back from Andaman severely tanned just like me and we had a wedding to attend before even we could detan properly. So I used the Kit on her about an hour before we headed to the wedding, and the facial kit gave her such an amazing glow that skipping any makeup seemed to be the right thing to do.

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The Facial kit comes with 4 mini tubes- Oxy Cleansing Gel, Oxy Scrub, Oxy Cream and Oxy Mask, that will last for about 3-4 facials and there’s a Face Wash inside the box that comes free with it.

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Oxy Cleansing Gel:

A regular cleansing gel that I massaged all over her face and neck and then wiped off using a wet towel.

Oxy Scrub:

A white creamy scrub with tiny granules that won’t hurt your skin. I massaged it for a couple of minutes to avoid over-exfoliation and wiped it off with a wet towel again.

Oxy Cream:

A lightweight, white cream that I massaged on her face for 15 minutes and then wiped off the excess cream with the towel.

Oxy Mask:

A thick creamy white mask which I left on her face for like 10 minutes. It didn’t dry out completely, just like any other oxy masks. I wiped it off using the wet towel and finished it up with a toner and her regular night cream.

The instant effect was mind blowing. Her face was radiant and glowing and there were with no signs of tanning. The radiance and brightening effect lasted for about a week, but the de-tanning was permanent. I know it will work as amazing on me as my skin reacts well with Oxy Masks (I am just waiting for my PMS breakout to go away), so I will be using it on my own face soon.

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Pros:

  • Gives the skin an instant glow
  • Pocket Friendly
  • Comes with a free face wash

Cons:

  • Loaded with parabens

Price: Rs 225/-

Where to buy:

Flipkart

Note: Product received for review purpose but the opinions are completely honest.

Bio Bloom Foot Cream – Eucalyptus Review

A few weeks ago I broke down my winter skincare in parts. If you have read it, you’ll know that I take care of not only my face, but my whole body. I shared how I take care of my skin from head to toe, mostly during winters.  So here I am sharing my review of Bio Bloom Eucalyptus Foot Cream all the while sharing my toe care routine.

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I might have scared you guys a little by mentioning ‘toe care routine’ but truth to be spoken- am really lucky to have never suffered from cracked heels * touchwood. So basically my foot care consists of only one step- Foot Cream.

I have repeatedly mentioned in my blog that I believe in prevention before the damage is done. Thus by Mid November every year, I start wearing socks indoors so that my heels don’t get dry or chapped. And by the end of November I make sure that am going to bed every night with my heals well moisturized.

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I received the Bio Bloom Eucalyptus Foot Cream a few days back and have been using it since the day I got back from Andaman. My heels were a little dry (and a little rough) from all the travelling when I started using it. Within a couple of days my heels started getting softer and by a week my heels turned baby soft.

What I love the most about this Foot Cream is that it is completely chemical free and paraben free, and the texture is great as well. It’s neither to thick nor runny and absorbs into the skin without leaving any oily residue. Also very surprisingly I love the strong Eucalyptus smell. I use it after showering and before going to bed and am not stopping until its spring again.

Now, the whole review was from the point of view of a person who has never suffered from a cracked heel, but if you are someone who does, I would suggest not waiting until your heels are cracked, and start taking care of your heels right away. Trust me; it takes a lot less effort to prevent it before the damage is done.

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Price/- M.R.P: 499/- for 75ml

Pros:

  • Does what it claims
  • Contains all natural ingredients
  • Paraben Free

Cons:

Nothing  except for the price. However, given to the fact that its paraben free and it will probably last 2 winters (even has a 24 months of shelf life), I think it’s reasonable.

Where to buy:

 http://shopping.biobloomonline.com/foot-cream-eucalyptus.html

Rating:

4.8/5

NOTE: Product received for review purpose but the opinions are completely mine and honest.

Oshea Sheasoft Fairness Nourishing Body Milk Review

So you guys might know that I use body lotions throughout the year only replacing them with Body Butters during the winter. But that was until I received the Oshea Sheasoft Fairness Nourishing Body Lotion which kindda changed the game.

I don’t have an extremely dry skin, I just love keeping it healthy throughout the year, but during winter, my skin seems to need more than just a body lotion. Days when I use just a body lotion during winter, my skin tends to get dry by the time I am ready for bed, and by next morning if feels like my skin has been deprived of any moisturization for ages. With body butters, it’s a bit better, I go to bed with healthy skin, and by the time I go to shower the next day, my skin seems to get dry and dehydrated. But with this body milk from Oshea, it feels like all my body moisturization problems have been solved.

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Description:

Quick penetrating body lotion enriched with vitamin E. An unique blend of moisturizer shea butter, Kokum butter and aloevera extract to tone skin. Non greasy formula that hydrates skin all day long,and lightens skin tone.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Shea Butter and Kokum Butter- Excellent skin emollient & skin softening properties. Restore skin moisture & suppleness. Mulberry leaves-conditions dry and patchy skin,lightens skin tone. Licorice-lightens skin tone.

DIRECTIONS : Apply all over Hand and Body. Smoothen till skin absorb it. SUITABLE – ALL SKIN TYPE,Size-250ml.

DIRECTION : Use it twice daily for soft, smooth and brighter skin.

Price:

Rs.225 for 150 ml

Where to buy:

 Official Website

EBay

Amazon

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Texture:

Neither thick nor runny

My Experience:

 I’ll explain why exactly this body milk is a game changer. Firstly, just as the brand claimed, it has a quick penetration formula, and it absorbs into the skin in fractions of seconds. Meaning it doesn’t leave a greasy or heavy feeling and I can bet that it will work as amazing as this even during summer.  Now for the moisturizing power, would you believe if I tell you that it hydrates better than a body butter? That’s right. When I hop into the shower the next day, it doesn’t even feel like my winter skin. So another one of the claims that’s true- it moisturizes for 24+ hours.

And what’s more? It contains Titanium Dioxide, meaning that the SPF 15 is basically Physical Sunscreen and not a Chemical one, and will suit even the most sensitive skin-i.e. mine. And also the bottle comes with a pump and it cannot get more hygienic and easier to use.

The lightening effect might be true since it contains liquorice, but I can’t really tell as I came back from Andaman severely tanned and with horrible allergy and it would have taken me around a month to get rid of the tan and notice the lightening effect, but I preferred giving this Body Milk a shout out already. And the mention of my horrible allergy reminds me to also tell you guys that the body butter I took with me on my trip made my allergy even worse.  But thanks to this amazing body milk, it actually helped recovering from my severely swollen, red, patchy allergy. 3 days of using this body milk and you cannot even tell how badly I suffered from the sun allergy.

One minus point goes to the added use of Paraben. If you are someone who tries to stay as far from parabens (just like me) as possible you might wanna rethink about purchasing this Body Milk as it contains parabens not in one form but two. But if you are someone who doesn’t care about parabens and usually opt for drugstore body lotions (usually they contain parabens in 2-3 forms), I should suggest you to get this one instead, as it’s far better than any other body lotions that I’ve ever used, and it costs the same as the drugstore brands.

Pros:

  • Does everything that it claims
  • Super affordable
  • Hygienic
  • Comes with physical sunscreen- SPF 15
  • So far the best body milk/moisturizer that I’ve ever used
  • Nice floral scent

Cons:

  • Contains paraben
  • Won’t be my choice when I’m travelling

Rating:

4.5/5