Pure by Priyanka Apricot & Date Fruit Scrub cum Pack review

Today I am reviewing a product from a brand new to me, Myoho Pure by Priyanka. The name itself has a wonderful origin.

‘Myoho’ was derived from the lotus sutra – Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo, which means ‘to revive’. As a true believer and follower of the Buddhist practise, we focus on designing products that work towards reviving your skin and hair.

This brand and products were on my wish list for a while, but I was more into lighter, fragrance free, water based products for sometime and for bath I was just using hand made soaps.But in this hot and humid weather, I felt the need to get some physical exfoliators and turned to Myoho.

Initially I was put off by the varied colours of the product which I thought were synthetic pigments. As I read more about the brand and ingredients, I was convinced of the quality of the products and that they use natural ingredients that imparts colour to the products.

The brand is transparent about the ingredients and have clearly explained that they use synthetic but safe preservatives in the approved percentages to ensure that product remains safe for use and doesn’t get contaminated by microbes.

What I bought from the brand

  • Apricot & Date Fruit Scrub cum Pack
  • Luxurious Glow Serum
  • Honey Vanilla Body Scrub

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Apricot and dates face scrub

Apricot & Date Fruit Scrub cum Pack

This face scrub reminds me of the Forest essentials’ hand pounded organic fruit scrub. There are many common ingredients like dates, apricot, rose, almond oil, peach, fermented fruit pulp, honey and Vit E. Whereas Forest essentials still doesn’t list down their complete ingredients, Myoho has shared their complete ingredient list in the website.

Ingredients:

Dates, Fermented Fruit Extract, Fruit Pulp,Sweet Almond Oil , Peach,Oats , Raw Honey , Argan oil,  Sesame Seed, Shirish Extract, Punarnava Root Extract, Rosehip Oil , Soya Protein Extract , Vitamin E and Rose Extract

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Pure by Priyanka Apricot and Dates face scrub

How to use

The scrub needs to be applied to wet skin and it doesn’t tug or pull on the skin. It can easily be spread it and massaged.  Leave it for a while and wash it off. You can also use aloe gel for a final massage incase you leave it on till it dries up.

My take on the Apricot & Date Fruit Scrub

The scrub has a thick and sticky consistency like a fruit jam, as you can see. Hence a little goes a long way. i was under the assumption that I would have to mix it with curd or aloe gel for easy spreadability. But the consistency is just perfect and it spreads well on wet face.

Unlike the usual physical exfoliators, there are no harsh scrubby particles in this and hence this will suit all skin types.

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The scrub has a sweet smell of the combination of fruit extracts, rose and honey, which is very natural, subtle and appealing.

The dates and apricot scrub has just enough grit to exfoliate the face well and should be used after cleansing.

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Apricot and dates face scrub when massaged with water

Skin feels soft, nourished and a subtle glow is left behind on pat dry.

It can also be used as a body scrub if you don’t prefer extremely gritty scrubs.

The two ingredients that really interested me in this are the Punarnava root and Shirish extract, which I haven’t come across in any skincare product (apart from the ayurvedic ones) yet. Especially Punarnava is something you commonly find in most Kerala homes and I am glad the brand has explored and used local herbs for the formulation.

Rosehip oil is anyway favourite of many and is now extensively found in Indian skincare products.

I am truly impressed by the efficacy of this product and I realised how much i missed the spa like experience such products give. Let me know which of the other two product you would like me to review next.

Have you tried any of the Myoho skincare products? Do share which is your favourite.

Juicy chemistry Rose deodorant stick review

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Juicy chemistry damask rose, sea buckthorn and jasmine deodorant is  one my recent purchases from the brand. I have reviewed similar products from  brands like Vilvah and Burst of happyness before. Here are the links if you haven’t already read the reviews:

Vilvah rose and vanilla natural deodorant review

Burst of Happyness Lavender and Grapefruit deodorant cream review

On the same lines, JC has a range of 3 deodorant variants, out of which I chose the rose one.

To all those who are new to natural deodorants, these are not anti-perspirants, and hence doesn’t hamper the biological toxin removal process. It merely imparts fragrance to the under arms skin and thereby prevents the foul sweat smell. Also unlike the synthetic deodorants, it contains no toxins and generally causes no irritation to the skin (unless you have any issues with the natural ingredients or essential oils used). It also prevents skin darkening which is a general side effect of synthetic deos.

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Juicy chemistry rose deodorant

Ingredients

Arrowroot Powder, Beeswax, Cocoa Seed Butter, Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate, Coconut Oil, Seabuckthorn OilVit E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Geranium) Oil, Hydrated Aluminium Silicate, Ylang Ylang Oil, Jasmine Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Diatomaceous Earth Powder.

My take on the product

Like all other  products from the brand, the Juicy chemistry deodorant stick also has an amazing blend of essential oils, which gives it a sweet fragrance, predominantly of jasmine. To compare, the Vilvah deo had a stronger rose fragrance which used to linger longer on skin as well.

The packaging is eco friendly card board one with a push up applicator. As you use up the product, it can be slightly pushed up from the bottom to use.

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Damask rose, sea buckthorn and jasmine deodorant

The consistency is what I love the most. The Vilvah deo had a very creamy consistency (the packaging changed from plastic to similar cardboard package now. So not sure if formula also changed). So there was no control of how much you apply. Sometimes in high humidity and warm temperatures, you end up applying more than required.

But with Juicy chemistry deo, the consistency is just creamy enough to apply without any tug but not so creamy that you end up applying more.

I stay in a hot and humid climate, and hence I need to reapply the deo every 3-4 hours on days with excess sweating. There is no sticky feel on the skin and this cream deodorant doesn’t leave any cast on the skin.

Comparatively, the Vilvah deo used to hold up fragrance longer than this. But if you are sensitive to strong fragrance you might prefer the JC variant. Also I prefer the consistency of JC deo to Vilvah one.

Since the product is not so soft, you end up using just the right quantity and hence I am sure this will last me long. It is compact, light weight and hence travel friendly.

I would like to try the other deodorant variants from Juicy chemistry before I find a favourite for repurchase.

A note to JC: I have come across the wrong product content being printed in the JC packages at times. For eg, in the Directions to use section of this product, they have also mentioned the usage directions of the scrub.

You may also like to read:

My favorites and not so favorites from Juicy chemistry

Juicy Chemistry Neem Butter, Pumpkin & Vitamin E Scalp Repair Hair Mask

Let’s discuss face mists : Juicy Chemistry and Blend It Raw Apothecary face mist review

Juicy Chemistry Coffee, Chocolate and Macaroot hydrating mask review

Summary

Reviewer

Anjali

Review Date

2020-08-08

Reviewed Item

Juicy Chemistry DAMASK ROSE , SEA BUCKTHORN & JASMINE DEODORANT STICK

Author Rating

4

 

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Pregnancy Skincare: The Do’s and Don’ts

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Pregnancy and breastfeeding period is not necessarily the time you think about skincare or even get to invest in self care. Still if you are someone used to a routine or someone who wants to start with some skincare to combat all the spots and marks left by the crazy hormones, this post will help you get started.

The Do’s:

  • To start with, a nourishing and balanced diet is what is essential for your skin and overall health of you and baby during pregnancy. So nothing else can help, if you don’t pay attention to your diet. Natural sources of fibre and protein are your friends now and always.

Seeds, nuts, single origin cocoa, greens, local fruits especially banana, cold pressed oils, organic red rice, whole grain flours have to be included in diet along with protein rich food.

  • Hydrate : This must be something even your doctor and mom  keeps saying. It is essential to have plenty of water and electrolytes for a glowing skin and a healthy pregnancy. Coconut water, lime water, herbal waters are all great.

Make sure you use good quality glass or steel bottles instead of plastic ones.

  • Use gentle and minimal skincare products. A good quality, gentle, soap free cleanser, SLS free shampoo, body butters/synthetic free creams, floral waters or face mists, chemical free deodorants, bath salts and a lip balm is the most you really need for self care during this time.

When you need a quick freshen up and can’t leave the baby, just spritz some face mist and it would give you the instant boost.

If you need to relax a bit but your swollen feet is killing you, immerse it in some bath salt in a tub of warm water and you will sleep like a baby.

Body butters can double up as massage balms, moisturisers, nipple creams etc but make sure you find one with little to no essential oil.

Also using a safe sunscreen can help if your skin is prone to dark patches and pigmentation.

Gentle exfoliation using milled sugar or dry brushing (avoid face) can help your skin glow.

Niacinamide, Vit C, rosehip seed oil, propolis, Aloe Vera, Vit E are all your friends during this time.

  • Be happy and embrace all the changes that comes with pregnancy. It is at times nerve wrecking to go through a lot of changes physically and emotionally during this period. But your body is there to support you and your skin is the most resilient organ.

Using cold pressed sesame oil or massaging with body butters can help give your skin the much needed elasticity. So embrace the silver marks on your belly and the dark patches, because with time these will fade out and will just be sweet memories of how your amazing body created a new life.

Before you buy a product, check with the brand to understand if it is safe during pregnancy and breast feeding.

The Don’ts:

  • Ditch your synthetic deodorants having aluminium chloride and also your chemical laden makeup. Opt for natural or cruelty free vegan products. There are many affordable Indian brands creating such products.
  • Avoid the formaldehyde rich nail polishes.
  • Retinol, Retin-A and Hydroquinones are a strict no.
  • Sunscreens can’t be completely natural but there are many brands making mom and baby safe sunscreens. I prefer mineral based ones to chemical ones.
  • Essential oils and fragrance might cause sensitivity.  Always patch test products having EOs and make sure the product has EOs within the permitted derma limits. Even better is to go for products with no fragrance.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and parabens can be avoided as well.
  • Avoid or have minimal consumption of coffee, tea and products with high sugar content.

NOTE: There hasn’t been any in depth study to prove the adverse effects of AHAs, BHAs, hair dyes and hair removal creams on pregnancy. The cautionary ingredients in these are harmful only in high concentrations. Since pregnancy causes sensitivity for many women and babies might be allergic to such product residues, it’s better to avoid these or use these1 in moderation.

You can find many safe products in my Insta handle or check out the reviews in the blog.

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Suganda Rosehip Moisturiser Review

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A nourishing moisturiser for Summers

If you are looking for an oil free day moisturiser for normal to oily skin, you should head to Suganda White lotus moisturiser review. But incase you need a day cream that is light and nourishing, for normal to dry skin, the Rosehip moisturiser from Suganda Skincare might be the right choice.

The Suganda Rosehip Moisturiser is very different from the white lotus variant. This is not an oil free formula but still is quite light and non-oily. This again comes in a similar glass pump bottle like the white lotus one. It has more of a lotion consistency than a thick cream and a little goes a long way.

The reship moisturiser, as the name suggests has reship oil as the main ingredient, along with jojoba oil. Niacinamide and Hyaluronic acid are two key ingredients in most of the high end moisturisers these days. The light texture makes it convenient to use as a day time moisturiser and you can layer it up for extra care during night.

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This is definitely an expensive moisturiser (Rs 1000 for 50ml) but considering the array of skin loving, anti ageing and nourishing ingredients it contains, the product is worth the cost.

But if you are looking for a product that gives you clear skin with firming or anti ageing benefits in a short span of time, you should invest in AHA/BHA or retinols instead. This is a moisturiser with many actives that gives you such anti ageing benefits only if you use it over a long period of time.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Niacinamide(Vitamin B3), Glycerin, Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate,Trimethylglycine, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Polyacrylate-13, Panthenol, Tocopherols, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane(Turmeric), Camellia Sinensis(Green Tea), Allantoin,  Fragrance(Natural Essential Oils), Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum.

My take on Suganda Reship Moisturiser:

The moisturiser has a light skin tone owing to the rosehip oil. The fragrance is also quite light and calming and imparted by essential oil mix. It feels watery as you massage it in and it barely takes any time to get absorbed. I really like this product and it is travel friendly as well. It suits the hot humid climate most of us live in.

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But I feel my skin loved the white lotus moisturiser better, as the oil free formula feels very cooling and I find the combination of Rose Geranium, Patchouli, Sweet Orange essential oils relaxing.

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Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Review

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I have been exploring many Korean skincare products recently, mostly for the interesting textures and ingredients they offer. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm is a very popular cleansing product and it has gone through several upgrades over the course of time. Being a skincare enthusiast how can I not give this cult-favourite double cleanse product a try.

How is Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm different from other cleansing products?

This is an emulsifying oil cleanser. But unlike the normal liquid oil cleansers or balms that melts into dripping oil form on contact with skin, the Clean It Zero Balm is a soft solid balm in tub which can be stopped out using a spatula. It turns into a light non-dripping oil (can’t really say oil because it doesn’t feel oily at all) when massaged on skin and emulsifies into an easy to wash off non-oily milk in contact with water.

Checkout the texture video snippet on my Insta highlights : TextureTuesday

In short this one product can wash off the dirt, grime, oil and makeup on its own and doesn’t leave any oily residue after wash.

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Clean it Zero: Smooth soft texture

Ingredients

I have grouped similar ingredients together and is not in any particular order.

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Synthetic Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol : These are emollients and skin conditioning agents

Onsen-Sui : Japanese Spring Water,

Phenoxyethanol :  naturally derived from green tea to provide a fresh, rose scent. Ethylhexylglycerin: Used with Phenoxyethanol for preservation. Butylene Glycol : solvent and humectant,

Plant extracts: Lithospermum Erythrorhizon (a plant) Root Extract, Tocopheryl (Vit E) Acetate, Fragrance, (preservative), Water, Bambusa Vulgaris(bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (red bush) Extract, Angelica Archangelica(wild celery) Root Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract

Other ingredients: Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/IPDI Copolymer, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates/Methoxy PEG-15 Methacrylate Copolymer

Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Review

The balm comes in 100g and 180g tubs. The current version of the balm is free of mineral oil, paraben, sulphates, mineral oil, alcohol and artificial colouring. The Snow White coloured balm comes with a separate spill proof lid and tiny spatula. Also being a condensed solid, it is travel friendly even though the tub could be bulky.

Coming to the efficacy, this is my second favourite cleanser yet (The first being my bi-phase cleanser formulation just because it leaves my skin soft). But coming to convenience, this stands first since you don’t need any cotton or cloth to wipe off the residue. Scoop out a little product with the spatula and apply it on face. Massage gently for the soft smooth balm to turn into oil. Once the make up is broken down, splash water to emulsify the oil and wash it off easily.

This is a very gentle and very efficient product especially if you are in a hurry and wants efficient cleansing in minimal time. Being alcohol free, the balm doesn’t leave your skin dry and it doesn’t sting the eyes either. I also love the smell of this product.

Overall I found this a wonderful skincare product and I am sure it is going to last me a long time. (A similar sized tub of Goop Gtox salt scrub shampoo  has lasted me over a year).

I bought this with the Klairs freshly juiced Vit E mask from Yesstyle. They had an awesome offer running then, but it took them almost 2 months to ship it.

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Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask review

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Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask, What an interesting name! The Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask is a cult favourite and I have been wanting to try it out for a long time.

Since Sokoglam doesn’t run any international shipping offers and Jolse doesn’t have Klairs, I decided to get it from Yesstyle when they had offers running. I got this and the Banila Co Clean it Zero cleanser at a great offer. I was mostly fascinated by the texture of the Vitamin E mask and all the positive reviews out there.

The Vitamin C serum from Klairs is also a favourite from the brand and this and the Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask is even recommended by Charlotte Cho of Sokoglam and many famous beauty bloggers.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask

Vit E is an anti oxidant and a wonderful ingredient that can be paired with Vit C to enhance and stabilise its efficacy. Vit E also has moisturising and strengthening properties. It can be used on nails, under eyes, hair and the Vit E generally available is a thick viscous liquid.

Now coming the the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask, this can be used as an over night mask or a  day time  moisturiser. All you need to adjust is the quantity you apply.

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Texture:

The texture is quite impressive. I have not come across any other product that has the same feel to it. The unique bouncy texture is referred to as “shape memory cream”. It is jelly like when you scoop out, all jiggly but once you apply on skin it melts and gets a loose watery texture. The cream spreads quite well and gets absorbed easily if a thin layer is applied. You can see the video of the texture on my Insta Highlights.

Ingredients:

The three key ingredients advertised are Vit E, Niacinamide and Adenosine. All three are great for skin health and Niacinamide in particular is a very versatile and one of my favourite ingredients. Adenosine is known for its smoothening and anti ageing benefits and is derived from yeast.

Here is the full ingredients list:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carrageenan, Gellan Gum, Betaine, Algin, Mannan, Ceramide NP, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Phragmites Communis Extract, Adenosine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil

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My take on the product:

To be frank, I am not at all impressed by this mask. I feel there are far better moisturisers by Indian chemical free skin care brands that gives better results.

Here are the reasons why the product did not work for me:

  1. Not a fan of the powdery synthetic fragrance. It is not strong or overpowering but still not a calming fragrance for a sleeping mask.
  2. If you apply a thin layer, it gets absorbed easily but the cream fails to nourish the skin. I have normal skin type that tends to have dry patches during summers in low humidity. But unlike moisturisers that keeps your skin soft, supple for long, this tends to do nothing but give temporary relief.
  3. You need to apply a thick layer for this to work as a sleeping mask. The cream feels sticky to touch and takes a long time to get absorbed. Can easily get transferred to pillows and sheets. So better to apply this a while before you sleep.
  4. Unlike what the brand claims, I did not find my skin to be soften the morning. Eventhough the dry patches around my cheeks feel better in the morning, the t zone gets oily. So make sure you apply thicker layer over dry patches but not so much in areas that tend to get oily.
  5. And lastly, for the price of the product and having to buy it from these sites that takes months to ship it to you, I don’t think it is worth trying out.

I think Korean brands like COSRx and Neogen has much impressive products that shows immediate results.

So overall I wouldn’t recommend this product since you can get great products for affordable prices in India.

You might also be interested in:

Suganda Skincare White Lotus Moisturiser Review

How to buy Korean skincare products in India

Pure Bubbles Soapery Propolis Sleeping Cream Review

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Disguise Cosmetics Feather Light Matte Liquid Lip Cream Pretty Nude Review

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I can confidently say that I found the best matte lipstick for dry lips. Disguise cosmetics makes safe cosmetics free of toxins. I have tried two of their feather light lipsticks and their latest product, kajal.

I have come across Disguise cosmetics lipsticks in few stores but I am not a fan of the smell of their bullet lipsticks. Vanity wagon is a website that usually runs offer on disguise cosmetics products and while an offer was going on, I decided to give the liquid lipsticks a try.

I chose the shades Pretty Nude and Naughty Magenta, one an everyday nude shade and the other, a festive dark shade.

Ingredients:

Isododecane (Solvent), Dimethicone (Emollient), Trisiloxane (Emollient), Diisostearyl Malate (Emollient), Polybutene (Texture), Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene (Emollient), Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate (Texture), Hydrophilic Fumed Silica (Mattifying), Trimethylsiloxysilicate (Mattifying), Mica (Pigment), Disteardimonium Hectorite (Mattifying), Propylene Carbonate (Film-Forming), Ozokerite (Texture), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Emollient), Stearyl Stearate (Emollient and Texture), Stearic Acid (Emollient, Texture and Skin Replenishing), Marula Seed Oil (Skin Repair), Sweet Almond Seed Oil (Skin Replenishing), Avocado Fruit Oil (Skin Soothing), Argan Kernel Oil (Antioxidant), Jojoba Seed Oil  (Skin Restoring and Anti-Inflammatory), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (Antioxidant), Parfum.

May contain nature-identical (lead free) mineral based pigments and lake pigments in varying concentrations as per the shade.

The nourishing ingredients include:

– Marula & Avocado oil (Healing oils)

– Almond oil, Argan oil & Jojoba oil (Nourishing oils)

– Shea butter (Moisturizer)

– Vitamin E (Natural Antioxidant)

The lipsticks are devoid of:

– Toxins

– Lead

– Parabens

– Alcohol

– Sulphates

My take on the product:

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The product comes in a test tube like package and the quantity is just right. The feather light matte liquid lip cream, is very thin and water like on application. It doesn’t dry out immediately on application, like normal liquid matte lipsticks. So it gives you enough time to build up the intensity. It gives a nice flush of natural tone when you apply it once. The applicator carries minimal product which is great as you don’t end up applying more than required. The consistency is so light as the name suggests, and this makes it apt to use on cheeks as well.

Coming to the shade, I expected pretty nude to be more of a nude brown with slight pink tones, but on my lips it looks more like a peach brown. It is very similar to the shade Versatile from Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink. I love the colour and it is a great everyday wear.

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Pretty Nude in shade

This liquid lipstick is extremely comfortable on the lips. I have extremely dry and flaky lips and even creamy matte lipsticks are generally very drying on my lips. Also after few hours, my lips will start to feel the stretch. But none of that with the disguise cosmetics lipsticks. It is the most comfortable matte liquid I have ever used (even compared to NYX soft matte ones).

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Pretty Nude in light

The lipstick is satin matte and it transfers a bit on cups as you drink. But otherwise it doesn’t get removed from the inner part of the mouth like other lipsticks. It can be wiped off quite easily as well with miscellar water or any cleanser with an oil part.

Compared to the other toxin free lipsticks like the Organistick lipsticks I reviewed before, this one is much superior considering the staying power and texture. This one really impressed me and if you want an other mlbb shade suggestion, I would say go with Nostalgic Rose.

By the way I got these lipsticks from Vanity Wagon for much lesser price than the MRP. But considering how good these are, I wouldn’t mind spending full price on these either.

If you would like to see the Magenta shade swatches or the review of their latest gel Kajal, comment below.

Pure Bubbles Soapery Propolis Sleeping Cream, Acai Berry and Moroccan Clay face mask Review

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Pure Bubbles Soapery is a brand I have been following for a long time and finally bought three products from them few months back. Pure bubbles soapery is based in Rajasthan and when I contacted their Insta page, I was asked to connect via Whatsapp and was sent the product catalog there.

I was attracted to the brand because of the few interesting ingredients in the range, which I am familiar with in Korean skincare products, but not used extensively in Indian skin care.

All the products I bought, came in glass tubs and the labels mantions the major ingredients and usage method. Read more about Pure Bubbles Soapery products below.

Propolis Sleeping Cream

Honey and beeswax are ingredients that we are quite familiar with in skincare products. Propolis on the other hand is not. Propolis is a resin like substance made by the bees to seal their hives. It is basically like a glue that coats the hives of the bees. It is thought to have nourishing, healing and soothing properties.

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Propolis Sleeping Mask

Ingredients:

Distilled Water, Moringa oil, Propolis extract, Kokum butter, Sea buckthorn oil, Pumpkin seed oil,Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydrogenated Olive Oil , Phenoxyethanol, Triethylene Glycol, Olive Leaf Extract, Lavender Essential Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate

My take on the product:

This moisturizer is quite thick and has a yellow tinge. The consistency is perfect for a sleeping cream, but if you have normal skin you can even use it as a day cream. Eventhough thick, it doesn’t leave your skin oily as long as you don’t live in humid climate.

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Propolis Sleeping Mask

The lavender fragrance is quite soothing and apt for a sleeping cream. I carried some of this in a lip balm tin during my Europe trip and it came in handy during extremely low temperatures.

Incase you are using this Propolis cream in humid climate, make sure you use a face mist or apply this to damp face.

Priced at 950 Rs for 50g, this is one of the expensive moisturizers in my stash and I find it to be a great nourishing moisturizer. But if you are looking for anti ageing and visible improvement in skin, one might have to consistently use it for many more months.

Acai Berry Power Packed Face Mask

Acai berry extract and powder are the star ingredients of the product, and acai berry is rich in anti oxidants, vitamins and fatty acids.

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Acai Berry Face mask

Another product from the brand that claims anti ageing benefits, this face mask has a smooth,  creamy and spongy texture. It is easily spreadable and doesn’t dry out like most clay based masks.

Interestingly after 20 minutes, clay globules are left on face with an oily film. It emulsifies with water and can be washed off.

Ingredients:

Distilled water, Aloe Juice, Acai berry extract, Glycerin, Kaolin Clay, Cetearyl olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Cannabis Sativa seed oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitellaria Paradoxa, Propenediol, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol Triethylene glycol, Acai Berry powder, Xanthum Gum, sodium hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Beeswax, Citrus Bergamia, Citrus Aurantifolia

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Acai Berry Face Mask

My take on the product:

I am not a fan of the texture of this product and to be frank I didn’t notice any difference in my skin, after using this. The mask cleanses the skin deeply. The ingredients are quite great and I feel this will nourish the skin well, even though there are no visible effects.

Moroccan clay massage face pack

This is a brick coloured, thick mask with a bit strong but earthy fragrance. It is a scrubby mask with fine walnut granules. Unlike the usual walnut based scrubs, the particles are gentle and hence not abrasive on skin.

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Moroccan Clay Face Mask

Ingredients:

Distilled water, Argan oil, rosehip seed oil, Shea butter, Cetearyl Olivate & sorbitan olivate, ethyhexyl olivate, Glycerin, Moroccan Red clay, Apricot scrub granules, Hyaluronic acid, Phenoxyethanol,Triethylene Glycol, Olive leaf extract, Glycolic

My take on the product:

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Moroccan Clay Mask

It doesn’t dry out or stretch the skin. Skin feels deeply cleansed after wash. I really enjoyed using this one. You can make out a difference in skin, owing to the exfoliation and being a massage mask, this has ample creaminess to massage it well on the skin.

Unfortunately I could use this just twice. It grew mold easily and I had to discard it. Even though I don’t keep these product in the bathroom or anywhere moist, or even use moist fingers to take the product, I wonder why it grew mold so fast. Anyway I couldn’t use it for long to give more feedback.

Overall, Pure Bubbles Soapery is a promising brand and I would definitely try products with actives from their range.

Right now they re running a Republic Day offer in the website. Do check it out.

goop G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo review

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Since in my Insta Q&As most of you have hair care related queries, I decided to review this awesome product asap. The product I am talking about is the G.Tox scalp scrub shampoo from the brand Goop.

Goop is a brand by Gwyneth Paltrow, the wonderful actress from movies like Iron Man, Shakespeare in love, Emma; which are my favorites. I have mentioned the Nuxe lip balm in many posts and I buy it from cultbeauty, when they have free shipping offer. I came to know of this product first from my fellow formulator, Utkarshini. So next time I got the lipbalm, I added this as well to the cart.

What is special about this Salt Scalp Scrub shampoo? (oooh that’s a tongue twister)

Unlike the regular shampoos that comes in cream, gel or lotion form, this Goop shampoo is a whipped cream that has scrubby Himalayan salt for exfoliation. The texture is very thick, which means that the 200ml tub is going to last forever because you need just a pea size to scrub and cleanse your scalp.

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Goop Gtox Salt Scrub Shampoo

Ingredients:

Salt, Water, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Coconut Acid, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Canarium Luzonicum Gum Nonvolatiles,  Orange Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Schinus Terebinthifolius Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Isostearate, Glycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Maltodextrin, Triethyl Citrate, Dimethyl Heptenal

Why scalp exfoliation is important?

Just like how exfoliating the skin on our body is important to aid cell turnover, scalp exfoliation helps in clearing the oil and dead skin build up. This helps in clearing the dandruff and also reduces thinning of hair follicles due to clogged pores. All the sweat, dead skin, various hair care products and pollution leaves the residue on the scalp which has to be cleared for the health of hair.

But if you have psoriasis, infections, dermatitis, eczema and similar skin conditions, you should stay away from scrubby products and use gentle cleansers instead.

Is this a new trend?

Definitely not. This was a lifestyle for our grandparents, who used  natural bath powders and hair wash powders. These powders when massaged on scalp helped in gentle exfoliation and leaves the scalp squeaky clean. When it came to our generation, we stopped this practise and started relying on aesthetically appealing synthetic products that are easy to apply and wash off, but just makes the pH of our skin and its health go for a toss.

Now an exfoliant need not be a salt scrub itself. Exfoliants like Salicylic acid or Glycolic acid can be used as well, but ensure that you use them in the right concentration that suits your scalp.

My take on the Goop Gtox Shampoo

One of the best hair cleansers I have tried so far. I have had a hard time finding a hair cleanser that is gentle, non-stripping and that which leaves hair soft and clean. This ticks all those check boxes.

Take a pea sized amount of the product and massage it on the wet scalp. The salt in the product is non abrasive, but still be gentle when you massage it.  The product lathers up well and makes a thick creamy lather.  It is easy to wash off. Hair feels clean and soft after air drying, basically beach hair. The salt really helps in volumizing the hair. It keeps the scalp from getting too oily for next few days which is great for people whose hair falls limp after a day or two of hair wash.

The best thing about this cleanser is that you just have to take a spoon full of product in a small container and you can carry it in your purse without worrying about any leakage. The consistency is so travel friendly.

How to make most of the shampoo?

Definitely this product is a luxury buy. It is quite expensive and doesn’t make sense as a daily use product. Using this once or twice a week is sufficient and incase you use hair cleanser daily, you can use a natural budget friendly gentle hair wash on other days.

Is this a great product -> Definitely

Do you “need” it -> Not really

Will I repurchase it -> 100%, until I figure out how to formulate this.

Probably try mixing some well milled Himalayan pink salt with your gentle shampoo and see if that works.

Must have skincare products in your travel bag

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I am back from the one week Swiz-Italy trip and you would have seen the lovely photos in the insta handle. It was great going on a trip with friends and the places we visited were picturisque and culturally vibrant. Before I write about my travel experience in upcoming posts, I thought I would tell you about the products that I carried with me. So read on about the travle skincare must haves.

 

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Travel essentials

I carry my skincare products in this cloth pouch, which I won in a giveaway by Karibykriti a while back. It is quite big to carry all the products and convenient. Since it is cloth, you can adjust it in easily.

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Handmade Cloth pouch

Sometimes when you buy full sized products, you get complimentary travel sized samples from brands. I save these to take with me during trips like these. Also small ziplocks comes in handy a lot. Nykaa sometimes sends lipsticks in such good quality ziplocks and I carried all the liquid products in these.

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Zip lock pouches

  • Cleanser : Always carry a cleansing wipe and a gentle face wash 

Since it was a road trip and we were staying in Airbnbs or dorms mostly, I didn’t want to carry elaborate cleansing products. I would always have cleansing wipes in my hand bag but at the end of the day, I always prefer cleansing my face thoroughly with a good cleanser.

I wanted a travel sized emulsifying cleanser and I bought one greentea emulsifying cleansing balm from the brand Dermitecture, on a sale. Eventhough I am not into impulse buys, especially from new brands, I decided to give it a try since emulsifying balms are easy to use. The idea is to use the balm to breakdown all the oil-dissolving dirt , later use water to emulsify this and wash it off without having to use a separate foaming cleanser.

Much to my disappointment, the cleansing balm didn’t work as expected. Also surprised that ingredient list was not given in the product. This green balm did not break down to oils during massage and didnot emulsify on contact with water. So that was a let down. (I contacted the brand later regarding this and apparently they missed an ingredient in the batch. They apologised for the mistake and refunded the amount. )

So I relied mostly on the Himalaya Aloe wipes and borrowed face washes from friends.

  • Face mists : This is optional but it keeps you refreshed in hot climate 

Rome and Venice were quite hot and spraying a mist now and then really helps in preventing sun burns. Especially when standing in long queues out in the sun, waiting to enter museums, a bottle of water and a face mist are your best companions. Juicy Chemistry Bulgarian Rose Water is a great option.

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Juicy Chemistry Rose Face Mist

I love their new glass packaging and the spray nozzle is much superior to the earlier one. The droplets are fine and covers your face in one or two spritzes. But I don’t prefer carryig heavy bottles in my handbag and so transferred it to a small travel sized spray bottle to carry with me.

  • Moisturizers : A good cream based one is essential for the colder places 

I always save the tiny lip balm tubs, so that during travels I can carry creams in them. Since most of the moisturisers comes in big tubs or glass bottles, I prefer transferring the required quantity to smaller tubs for convenience.

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Pure Bubbles Propolis Sleeping Cream

I carried with me the Suganda White lotus moisturiser and Pure Bubbles Propolis sleeping cream. My husband and I used the latter mostly because it is thicker and apt for the cold Switzerland climate. Suganda one, as you can find out from the review, is light weight and best for hot humid climate.

You really need a thick moisturiser irrsepctive of your skin type in cold climate. Especially your nose and mouth area will get patchy and dry and it is soothing to use creams thans balms. Pure bubbles’ one served the purpose well.

You can double this as body cream as well but I carried a separate body lotion. If you have flip caps for the lotion, beware. Mine got opened because of the pressure difference and leaked a bit.

  • Body wash : Get a travel sized mini one and preferably gel based for leak proof travel. 

Carrying soap bar is not practical and airbnbs mostly doesn’t provide bath esseintal samples. I bought the mini Indian rose absolute silkening shower wash from Forest essentials.

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Fores Essentials Shower Gel

It is quite thick and the stopper cap is of great quality. A little goes a long way and is very gentle. Requires minimal water to wash it off and can double up as face wash as well. Economical, travel friendly and convenient.

  • Lip balm : ***Essential*** 

My lips are always dry irrespective of the weather and so lip balms are my constant companions. But I didn’t want to travel with butter based organic lip balms, since they melt easily in warm climate. So Nuxe lipbalm , which is my favorite winter care balm, is what I used. It is very thick and the tub is leak proof. Also if your lips get flaky, just add a pinch of sugar to some balm and use it as a scrub.

  • Hair Spa instead of oil 

I didn’t want to risk an oil leak, especially since I was carrying back pack and not a spacious trolley. So instead of hair oil, I carried the travel sized version of Kuntal hair spa that I got for free on buying the full sized version. Since I have oily scalp, I can do without oils anyway and this one being a thick liquid is not prone to leakage.

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Kuntal Hair Spa

  • Hair Cleanser : Don’t forget to carry a travel sized hair dryer 

I didn’t want to take the risk of carrying a liquid shampoo. So I transferred my current favorite Goop Salt Scrub shampoo (checkout my insta post) to a tiny lip balm tub and carried it around conveniently in my pouch. This is a thick creamy cleanser and also a pea sized quantity is sufficient for one time use.

  • Sunscreen : Whether you are in Switzerland or Rome, sunscreen is a must 

I generally use Mom & World mineral based baby sunscreem with SPF 50. But the pump bottle has a very bad nozzle which breaks after few uses. So I bought Lotus Safe Sun sunscreen for the trip.

I used to be the person who travelled minimally and not use any skincare products apart from a lip balm and probably a moisturiser during my trips. But I realized how much skin suffers after I return home, because of the minimal care I take during the trips. My skin would be dull and sun damaged and it would take me a long while to get it back to life. So even if you can’t carry all of these in your travel kit, atleast make sure a good sunscreen and cleanser is something you take.

Let me know your thoughts on skincare during trips and any tips you would like to share.