Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E mask review

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.

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

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

 

Disguise Cosmetics Feather Light Matte Liquid Lip Cream Pretty Nude Review

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:

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.

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).

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.

Suganda Skincare White Lotus Moisturiser Review

Suganda is a skincare brand I explored recently.

I was familiar with the brand, since I follow most of the Indian natural skincare brands. I bought this product while there was an offer running. The products of this brand reminds me of Korean skincare products. The ingredients are mostly actives that are used widely in Korean skincare. That itself is quite remarkable for an Indian skincare brand. But this is also a recent trend and formulators use these ingredients, whether or not it is required in a product.

But for few exceptions, moisturisers from Indian natural skincare brands don’t usually come in a variety of textures. It is usually balmy or an oil based cream/lotion. It can suit many skin types but not all climates. For example, I have never come across a moisturiser that suits the intense humidity of Kerala. That’s why I formulated a water based pudding like cream (you will find it in the Insta page) which is light and fluffy and perfect for the hot, humid climate.

I chose to try the moisturiser for this reason, eventhough Suganda also had interesting products like BHA and AHA serums.

Before getting to the review of the Suganda White Lotus Moisturiser, let us talk about moisturisers.

Why are moisturisers important in skincare?

Moisturiser is essential in skincare, especially if you have oily skin. You might wonder why. Do you know that dehydrated skin produces more sebum and makes skin extra oily?

The requirements for a healthy skin changes with climate, food habits, hydration requirements of the body, stress and your overall wellbeing. Incase the skin is dehydrated, sebacious glands over produce sebum to compensate for the dryness. Don’t confuse oiliness with hydration/moisturised skin.

A well moisturised skin will be balanced and will not be dry or oily. The type and ingredients of a moisturiser varies with your skin requirement.

Dry skin needs multiple layers of moisturisers to maintain suppleness. Directly using oily serums or creams will not help, as this forms an occlusive layers on the skin without any hydrating elements underneath. This can further dry out the skin. You should add a water based moisturiser or serum, followed by a thicker cream or oil to form a barrier that locks the moisture underneath.

If you have oily skin, you might want to opt for toners and oil free moisturisers that would help in balancing the sebum.

Lack of ample moisture on skin can also lead to wrinkles, spots and premature ageing.

Also sunscreen is not a moisturiser. It has to be applied on top of a moisturiser for better coverage and protection.

Suganda White Lotus Moisturiser

Ingredients

White Lotus Moisturiser Ingredient List

My take on the Ingredients

There are many interesting ingredients that are generally not found in Indian natural skincare products. Sodium Palmitoyl Proline is a substitued amino acid which serves the purpose of skin conditioning.

Reading upon white lotus extract, I found that it is known for calming and relaxing effects. Even used as an opiate and is an aphrodisiac. In the Suganda moisturiser, it serves as an anti inflammatory agent.

Vit B3 or Niacinamide is one of the popular ingredients in Western skincare. It helps in reducing dullness, uneveness, fine lines etc. Vit B5 or Pantothenic Acid helps in improving smoothness and softenss of skin. It is deeply hydrating and can stimulate healing process of skin.

Also there is Hyaluronic acid, which is one of the celebrities among moisturising ingredients of recent times.

White Lotus Moisturiser review

A water based moisturiser is usually in a gel form in the market. But this one is is a translucent serum with is slightly runny. The texture is somewhere in between the watery Neogen essence and viscous and slimy, Cosrx snail mucin.

The perfect viscosity

Best things about the texture is that it is non sticky and gets absorbed as soon as it is applied on skin, which is great when you are in a humid climate.

The fragrance of the essential oil mix, is quite relaxing. Not too intense to bother any sensitive noses. But there is also an option to order this without fragrance.

If you have dry skin, you definitely need to layer this up or use a slightly heavy moisturiser on top. Try to use as less as possible first and then use more if required.

The product is expensive, but a pump or two from the narrow nozzle is enough for the face. The easily spreadable texture and consistency helps in sparcely using the product. I will update later, on how long one bottle lasts for me.

My skin was quite oily in my teen years but never acne prone. Using natural skincare products and taking care of my skin over the years has balanced out the skin. I would say my skin is quite healthy. But this is in Bangalore. When I visit Kerala on vacation, the humidity just makes the skin dull and lifeless. One or two pumps of White lotus moisturiser helps in controlling this effect of humidity on skin. It is quite calming on skin and doesn’t take time to sink in. There is no tightened feeling on skin after using this, which is common to gel based moisturisers.

I am sure this product would benefit all skin types, especially if you have problematic skin. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Yes, this product has Phenoxy ethanol as preservative, which is a popular alternative to parabens these days. But I am not complaining, because a water based product needs a strong preservative and usually preservatives adds up to less than 1% in a formula.

And let us be realistic, travel friendliness of a package depends on how you travel. I carry all my skincare products (even the ones in glass bottles and tubs), everywhere I go. You just need to be a little careful and pack it well, that’s it.

Final thoughts

Suganda white lotus moisturiser
Little bottle of potent ingredients

I mean, how fantastic is that a home based skincare brand came up with such an amazing texture. Congrats Bindu on creating basic skincare products packed with actives that really makes a difference on skin. I shall surely write more on this product in Insta, after I finish it up and see any noticeable difference on my skin. For now, it is a great moisturiser for humid climate, that suits especially normal to oily skin type.

I use it as a day time moisturiser under sunscreen. I don’t have to wait for this to sink in before using next product, which makes it perfect for working day mornings. At night I prefer a thicker cream. Also owing to the cost, I don’t want to layer it much and use it up faster.

 

 

Amrutam Kuntal Care Hair Spa

A quick review of a new product I have been trying for the last couple of months.  Kuntal Care hair spa, from the brand Amrutam, is one of a kind hair care product. I also got few travel sized products along with it including a face cleanup liquid and body lotion..

Amrutam Kuntal Care Hair Spa

Ingredients

Bhangraj 500 mg, Amla 100 mg, Neel 100 mg, Brahmi 50 mg, Gudahal 50 mg, Balchhad 50 mg, Mehandi 50 mg, Nagar motha 50 mg, Nimbu chhilka 10 mg, Seeta fal 10 mg, Long oil 0.1 ml, Olive oil 0.1 ml, Eucalyptus oil 0.1 ml, Ghrit kumara and Excipient Q.S.

The full ingredient list is not mentioned in the label. When I checked, the brand replied that this is to prevent other brands from copying their recipes. I found it to be a lame reason and not being transparent to consumers about what ingredients are used, is definitely not a practise allowed in countries with stricter cosmetic laws. Every consumer has the right to know what they put on their body and even the luxury skicare brands of the country includes the full ingredient list in their labels.

I am sure this product has a preservative as it is has water content. But whether it is of natural or synthetic origin can be known only if the brand reveals the complete ingredient list. It is written as ‘Authentic ayurvedic formula’ in the label. Ayurvedic products are self preserving owing to the formulation method. If the product is genuinley ayurvedic, the brand shouldn’t have problems revealing the ingredients, as the formulation method is not something that can be copied easily.

So I have my doubts and I hope the brand addresses this.

On a side note, love the branding and their unique product labels.

My experience of the product

The texture of the Kuntal care spa is quite interesting. It has a non oily, thick, slurry like consistency. More like the consistency of left over rice water as it thickens up with time.  It is like a thickened kashayam. I am not a fan of the smell as it is quite strong and very herbal. But the consistency is great for a hair mask. Slippery enough to spread it from root to tips.

Kuntal hair spa is a great conditioning mask for hair and is very easy to wash off. Not using a hair cleanser can weigh down your hair if you have oily scalp. But if you have dry scalp, you can skip shampoo as well. I have thin, straight hair and I skip oil on the days I use this. I cleanse it off using a natural hair cleanser. Also I have not seen any significant changes in hair fall. Probably it will take prolonged use of the product to have a reduction in hair fall.

The mask conditions the hair well and leaves it soft and tangle free after wash.

Overall

This is a great starter product for haircare. But this is not an alternative for oiling. For the long term health of your scalp and hair, oiling is necessary.  This is a great travel companion as well and can be used on days you skip oiling.

Have you used this product? If so do share your experience in comments.

Formula Botanica Review : Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation Course

Formula Botanica

Hi folks. Today I will give you a brief idea about the Diploma in Organic Skincare Course by the online formulation institute, Formula Botanica. Many of you who follow natural skincare bloggers might already have come across this institute, but for those who doesn’t know, let me tell you about it.

Formula Botanica

This is an accredited online organic skincare school based in UK. The courses they offer are self paced and they have students from all over the world. The courses include Certificate, Diploma and Advance Diploma in streams like skincare, haircare, cosmetic preservation etc, to name a few.

Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation

This course is for beginners in formulation and is divided into 8 modules. Each module has two or three submodules. Apart from the course material, the website also provides a student librabry which has study resources and, an online classroom hosted in Facebook. This online classroom is where the students interact with other students and feature their products for suggestions. The course duration is 2 years and the final project has to be submitted within this time frame.

What does this course offer

Formula botanica provides a framework for us to get started, in the Diploma course. So don’t expect to be spoon fed on formulations. The course in itself is quite basic and simple. Each module needs to be unlocked by passing an online test of previous module. You get three attempts to pass this quiz. You can finish all these course material in no time. Each submodule has a basic formulation video, course notes, video notes and any additional info documents.

The real work starts when you start researching on ingredients and for mulations. Formula botanica facilitates the students to start exploring more on the topics. Google is the real guru here and the amount of information you research will be directly proportaional to the progress in the course.

The final test will be the only time you submit a formulation to the tutors and it will decide whether you pass the course and get the diploma certificate. The best students and their work will find a place in the Student Hall of Fame.

This course doesn’t give you the license to sell in shops and it doesn’t equip you to test the products yourself. It is all about how to approach natural skincare formulation, in a systematic manner.

Who should take this course:

If you are someone who is looking for DIY skincare recipes or want to take formulation as a hobby, I would suggest you check Youtube videos and blogs. There are so many recipes and information online that you can try successfully. You can also sign up for the Certificate courses offered by Formula Botanica or take up the course by School of Natural skincare.

But if you want to take it up as a profession you should definitely go for the course. Incase you are already a formualtor and would like to learn in depth, go for the Advanced diploma. But incase you like specifically to learn about product preservation, face mask formulation etc, they offer certificate courses.

Time, space and investment : These three factors are essential to successfully complete the course. Researching about ingredients and formulating, will require alot of time. Then you need to buy the raw materials and equipments, and as you know organic ingredients are expensive. Then you need to set up a small lab in your home and start your formulation experiments.

My experience with the course:

I went through many months of procastination before signing up for this course. I reached out to many students of Formula Botanica to get a better idea of the course. I have been into natural skincare for about 5 years now and I have been blogging for more than 3 years.  So for me, this feels like a natural progression. Having used natural skincare products of many many brands over the years, I know the existing gaps and I hope to fill them with high quality skincare products one day.

Since the course is self paced, I take it up over weekends mostly. Each student approaches the course differently, so there is no hard and fast way of learning. I have a full time job and family responsibilities. So I take it up mostly when I have enough time to spare.

Formulating a product is a tedious process. You end up wasting most of these expensive ingredients initially. A slight temperature change, measurement variation, pH variation can all affect the quality of the end product. Documenting all these observations is another task.

You can find my formulations on our Insta . I also share easy formulations with the blog subscribers.

So far the tutors have conducted two video live sessions. In these sessions we interact with other students, all over the world and share our views on certain ingredients, formulations or products.

Coming to starting a business, from what I understand getting a license is a costly affair. Some people go for it and some of these licensed formulators even demotivate other home based formulators from selling their products. So this path obviosuly comes with hurdles, but there is also a strong community that supports you when in need.

Some things I learned:

  • If a product is hydrous(containing water), preservation is essential for the safety of the consumer.
  • An unpreserved natural skincare product containing water content, pose safety issues to the user. Preservation is essential for product stability and shelf life.
  • The formulation process can alter the characteristics of ingredients. The benefits of ingredients might not be transferred to the end product. Hence the claims by skincare brands may not hold true for the end product, if the right formulation method, temperature requirements are not followed.
  • No skincare brand in the market is supposed to make claims of their products having healing effects.
  • These days most products, lists the ingredients not present in the product, to attract customers. ‘No parabens’, ‘No fragrance’ etc are common in Indian market. This is banned in EU, which has one of the most stringent laws on cosmetics. Brands should rather be transparant about the ingredients present in the product and as customers, we should read the label and avoid the ones that doesn’t display all ingredients.
  • A transparent brand claiming to be natural will disclose full ingredient list including the list of allergens in the Essential oils (if present in the stated proportions) and not just the active ingredients.
  • Essential oils are not to be messed with. They can do more harm than good, if used directly on skin and not within the dermal limits. This varies for each essential oil.
Now let me answer some questions you folks sent me in Insta about the course:
  • I did their sample class, didn’t find it intriguing. So is the course worth it.

The community feeling and the exposure to all the wonderful formulators around the world, is the best part of the course. As I said, the course material is pretty simple and straight forward. The video classes are going to be similar to the sample class. So it is upto you to decide, what you are looking for and choose accordingly.

  • Are ingredients and equipments easily available in India?

Again, it is upto you to decide what ingredients and equipments to work with. Basic ingredients used in the course material like oil, hydrosol, waxes etc are available in Amazon and with many other suppliers. Incase the ingredients you are looking for are not available, you can get it imported from some other place.

  • How is the level of diffculty in teaching method? Can someone with no experience in formulation actually formulate with this course?

As I mentioned, the course is very simple and apt for a beginner. Yes, this course is especially designed keeping beginners in mind.

Formulation is not an easy task. Many successful products in the market are a result of years of experiments and lab tests. The consumer safety should be given utmost priority. Your interest, patience and effort is what matters to successfully complete the course.

Incase you have any further doubts, please comment below and I shall reply soon.

Homemade grape wine in 3 days

Grape wine recipe

Make wine at home

It’s the season of grapes here and what better way to enjoy grapes than make wine out of it. The traditional wine preparation method takes months and extensive processes throughout. The recipe I tried takes just 3 days of preparation and the wine gets stronger with each passing day.

Grape wine recipe
Homemade grape wine

Recipe

Black/pink seedless grapes – 1kg

Sugar – ½ to ¾ kg

Clove – 4

Cinnamon – 1 small piece

Cardamom – 3 pods

Water – 1 litre

Yeast – 1 tsp

How to prepare the grapes

Soak the grapes in water overnight with a tspn of vinegar.

Wash it well and strain.

Boil about 1.25 litres of water and keep it closed until it reaches room temperature.

Preparation

In a pressure cooker, add the grapes, water, sugar and spices.

NOTE : If grapes I sweet you can reduce sugar to half kg or less as per taste

Do not put the weight on the cooker. Keep in medium flame until it steams. Turn off heat. Open it only after 24 hours.

Next day same time, open the lid and add 1 tsp yeast. Stir it once and close and keep for another 24 hours.

Open it next day and strain it in a big sieve or muslin cloth. Mash the grapes with spoon or hand and make sure the pulp passes through the sieve.

Strain it again in a muslin cloth and pour the wine in a well dried glass or ceramic jar with tight lid. Keep it in a cool dark place.

The wine will not be very strong at this point. So it is suitable for kids and people who likes the sweetness. The more days you keep it, the stronger it gets.

NOTE: Don’t shake it before you open.

You will get around 2 litres of wine with this measurement. I added cane sugar instead of regular sugar.

 

Best summer moisturizer : Indulgeo Essentials Squalane Face Oil

Let me introduce you to a new brand, Indulgeo Essentials. I always a headache to find the right moisturizer for summer, that doesn’t slide off with humidity and sweat.  If you have oily skin it is quite difficult to find the one, that doesn’t make the skin extra oily. Indulgeo Essentials has one of the lightest face oils in the market, that is quite apt for summer.

Squalane

             Summer moisturizer

Squalene is a naturally produced in human body. This natural sebum helps in retaining moisture and maintains elasticity of skin. But with time, the amount produced by skin reduces. This depletion in natural sebum production is one of the reasons why ageing is accelerated and wrinkles and fine lines starts to appear on skin

Squalane is plant derived especially from sugarcane and olive. Inaddtion to Squalane, this moisturizer comes with options to choose extra ingredients based on the target issue.

Squalane with ROSE OIL for natural Hyaluronic Acid

Squalane with FRANKINCENSE natural Retinol

Squalanewith NEROLI, ORANGE & CHAMOMILE OILS Natural Hydroquinone

I bought the third variant.

Moisturizer review :

 

This is the lightest face oil I have tried. It gets immediately absorbed on application, especially when applied to wet skin. So I usually follow it after using face mist. It will suit sensitive and oily skin. The oil comes in a smallsmall  dropper bottle. The fragrance is light and is predominantly of neroli.

Face oils generally doesn’t interest me. I prefer creams to oils. Oilsmostly forms an occlusive layer over skin to prevent loss of moisture but creams with water part, helps in adding hydration as well.

But this face oil is lighter than most natural creams as it is not weighed down by butters. I use the Indulge witch hazel face mist or any hydrosols before applying this, so that skin remains hydrated and healthy during summer.

I bought it during offer time and got it at a great price. There is 10% discount for the first purchase from their website but I would suggest you wait for an offer, to save more. 

Hope you liked this post. Do comment what your summer favourites are.

Korean Skincare Products : The textures in skincare

Korean skincare products are quite different from our Indian skincare products interms of the ingredients and texture. More and more skincare brands across the world, are trying to implement similar formulations in their product line owing to the popularity of Korean skincare.

Korean Skincare Products:

We are familiar with creams, oils, gels, balms and powders and all these have different textures and penetration capabilities on skin. Toners are the lightest of all as they are herbal waters and balms are at the other end of the spectrum.

But when it comes to Korean skincare product texture and its feel on skin is equally given importance. Serums (not just oil based ones), ampoules, essences and sheetmasks come into picture and even within these, the textures differ greatly from product to product. Also chemical exfoliation is preferred over physical exfolication and the AHAs, BHAs and PHAs are loved by most. Terms like glass skin and honey skin came about with the nourished, hydrated, smooth and supple skin which gives a dewy look, achieved with the right products and commited routine.

Textures in Korean Skincare:

Korean skincare gives immense importance to hydration. The layering of products is aimed at retaining the moisture for longer periods, which would eventually help in plumping up the skin and thereby delaying the signs of ageing. The lighter product texture makes it ideal for layering multiple times based on skin type and needs.

A little goes a long way with these products. A drop or two is enough for the face. Also I prefer emulsion and products with water instead of balms. Especially because balms even though concentrated, forms an occulsive layer on skin to prevent lose of moisture but it doesn’t provide any hydration. So if your skin is already dry, it will make it overly parched and oily.

Since this post is on textures, I am not going for a detailed review of these products. I am only including the products I have tried and liked.

Slimy : CosRX Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence

This essence has a texture similar to aloe extract, semi liquid, viscous and is somewhat slimy on touch. Eventhough it has 96% snail mucin as the major ingredient, it is not sticky on skin but takes a little time to get absorbed completely. No color or fragrance.  Snail mucin is known to heal acne, pigmentation, scars and marks and moisturize the skin well.

Watery : Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence

Unlike CosRX snail mucin essence, this one is watery. No color or fragrance and is extremely light (just like water). If not for its efficacy, the texture would have been a let down for the price. What makes this product popular is the high percentage (93%)of naturally fermented ingredients. It is like a skin tonic.

Watery gel like Emulsion : Skin Food Yuja Water Serum

I don’t even know the right words to explaing these textures. When I say gel, you might imagine something like aloe gel, which is not the case.

This serum is not as watery as Neogen essence, not slimy as CosRX essence but not as thick as a lotion either. It is light emulsion with no oiliness and has organic Yuja (a citrus fruit) extract as the major ingredient.

Light serum : CosRX Triple C Lightning Liquid

This antioxidant rich serum contains 20.5% pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and 72% black chokeberry. This serum is lighter than water, in the sense that it gets absorbed as soon as it is applied. The texture is so light that it just have to be pushed lightly to skin as it won’t remain in skin periphery to massage in. Also it has a faint ascorbic acid smell. This is a cult product as it has fresh Vit C from natural ingredients as well as pure vit c which helps with pigmentation and full skin. 

Apart from these, even the sheet masks comes in different textures. Some are gel like and wobbly, some are like fabrics drenched in essence, some have dispersed ingredient particles in it and so on.  Many of the Korean and Japanese sunscreens also have a light milky gel like texture unlike the common ones that leave oilines or white cast on the skin

So that’s it for this post. Hope you liked it.

Let me know what else you would like to know about Korean skincare regime.

How to buy Korean skincare products in India

Korean skin care has been popular for while now and the Korean skincare products has a huge consumer base in India. Korean 7 skin method, double cleansing, sheet masks, layering of products, fermented ingredients, glass skin and honey skin have all been and remain in trend.

For those of you who are already familiar with the Kbeauty products, the major concern is where to buy these products from. There are many re-sellers in India, who stock up these products and sell them at a higher price in India, especially via Instagram.

This blog post is about how I bought products directly from websites without paying any extra charge on price or customs.

Jolse | Korean Cosmetics Online Shop

Jolse is an Online cosmetics platform, where you can purchase Korean skincare products at a cheaper price. They run offers for most of the popular brands like Cox Rx, Etude House, Skin Miso, Missha, Innisfree, Neogen to name a few. In addition to this you get a discount when you first sign up.

It has been almost an year since I purchased from Jolse, and I have not used up wither of these products yet. These days they have better offers. Currently there is a free worldwide shipping + free gifts offer with every purchase.

How I purchased products without paying Shipping charge or Customs charge:

If you keep your purchase to within 35$, you can skip the

You can find the billing info below:

In total for a 41.82 order I payed 30.96 USD including shipping charges.

To give you context, Indian sellers like Beautybarn sells the CosRX product for 1450Rs, where as here I paid around just 1060Rs for it.

I got the products within 2-3 weeks and I faced no issues with the order.

So if you want to get hold of the products fast, you can go for trusted resellers in India. But if cost is your concern, you can go for sites like Jolse.

Some other sites you can check are TesterKorea, Koreadepart and Sweetcorea. You can add to cart all the products you wish to buy and see which of these sites provides the cheapest option.

Soko Glam

Soko glam and Charlotte are the most familiar names in Korean skincare. I have watched almost all her Youtube videos on Korean skincare and products.

If you are a beginner in Korean skincare, you can get curated skincare products for your skin type or concern from Sokoglam. Also most of the high performing products available here are exclusive to Sokoglam. You will not find them in other sites.

Charlotte is also involved in creating highly effective skincare products by teaming up with popular skincare brands. Two of such products are the Neogen real ferment micro essence which ahs 93% fermented ingredients and CosRx Triple C lightening liquid, which has 20.5% pure vit C.

I have been eyeing these products for a while, but Soko glam is a site where there is rarely any shipping offers for international shipping. And then came Black Friday sale last October and I purchased these two products. So it is best to wish list the products you like and wait for such special days, if you are not in a hurry. You can save up a lot this way.

But it took around a month for the products to reach me. Actually the first batch of products got stuck in Delhi and didn’t reach me. Sokoglam offered to refund the amount or send the products again. I opted for the products and they reached me within a month. I did not pay any custom for these either.

Their customer support is incredible and there is nothing to worry about incase your product is taking longer to reach you.

That’s it for this small post. Do comment your queries below incase any and also follow us in Insta for more on wellness. Let me know if you would love a detailed post on Korean skincare or review of products mentioned in this post.

My first tattoo experience

In case you are someone who is planning to get a tattoo done or contemplating on it, do read this blog post to know my experience and suggestions.

The story:

I got a tattoo done recently. For someone like me, who doesn’t even visit a salon for shaping eyebrows(owing to the pain of course), getting a tattoo done is supposed to be a well thought out decision. But to be frank, it was quite impulsive.

I love body art and I have always been fascinated by Theyyam, Kathakali and similar art forms in which face painting and body painting plays a prominent role. But in my early adult life I never contemplated on getting any thing permanently drawn on me.

Image courtesy: Google

How I found the artist:

A graphic designer I follow in insta, posted about her new tattoo and the tattoo artist was Sahana. That’s how I came across Sahanatattoos and I loved her drawing style.

I contacted her and came to know that she is in Mumbai. Also she was visiting Bangalore soon for a guest spot. Even then, I did not think I was going to get something immediately. If at all I got a tattoo in the future, I thought I would get it done by Sahana. After few days, she messaged that if I am still interested,  she can draw for me. So I gave her an abstract on what I needed and we discussed it over chat.

Tip: Wear comfortable and loose clothes on the day, so that it wouldn’t rub against the skin and cause irritation. Have a good meal before you start. Keep a bottle of water with you.

Design decision:

My concept of a tattoo was always something small, minimalist and simple. But the essence of the concept I gave, was not something that could be captured in a small and simple design.  I took around an hour to think about it and select one of the two final designs.

I feel that incase you are seeing the design for the first time on the day of tattooing, it is really important to take the time to understand if you are ready for it. Especially if it is a big tattoo, all the more reason to take it slow.

Always go for a unique tattoo designs, something designed just for you, even if it is a simple and small design. If you don’t have any unique ideas, ask the artist to create a new design by taking inspiration from the favorite designs you have come across.

Tattoo
Sahana at work

*Once she started tattooing the outline

The folks at Sculp studio seemed as happy as Sahana that I chose this design instead of the other options.

In total it took around 6 hours for the entire process (It took around 3 hours for deciding the design, resizing the design based on placement and adding details) and many customers came and got small tattoos done with the artists at Sculp studio, in the meantime. I was at ease throughout the process. I spent the time talking to my husband who was there with me throughout the process and watching funny youtube videos when things got real 😛 .

Cleaning the canvas

Once the tattoo was completed, Sahana cleaned it up with a foam cleanser, applied a moisturizing balm and covered it well with a plastic film. There was left over ink over the skin which I cleaned up the next day using a mild cleanser.

Girl with a girl tattoo:

Taken on the next day
Love the details

Sahana incorporated all the details I asked for, in the design. The redness is quite visible in these pics. I shall update new pics once it has healed.

I am very happy with the experience and I like to believe that the universe conspired to make this happen in the best possible way.

Some final thoughts:

People get tattooed for different reasons. Some folks think it is cool, some might want it for emotional reasons or just for the beauty of it. Be very clear about why you want to get one and then it would be easy to choose what you want to get. This is going to be a part of you for the rest of your life and hence is a big commitment.

If you have any questions, do comment below.