Everybody is loving black peel-off masks these days and I keep trying new ones from time to time. The recent addition to my stash is the MondSub Peel Off Charcoal Mask. This peel off mark claims to deep cleanse the skin, remove blackheads, and remove dark spots. Read on to find out if the product lives up to its claims.
First of all, one thing that I did not like about the product is that it also claims to have skin “whitening” properties due to the presence of Arbutin in the formula. Honestly, nobody’s skin needs to be “whitened” and I am waiting for the day when brands stop using this claim as a marketing strategy.
Moving on to the actual performance of the product though, it has all the characteristics of a decent peel off mask. The formula is a slightly thick and sticky black liquid that has a strong odor of chemicals when freshly squeezed out of the tube but the scent fades away within a few minutes. You need to cleanse your face and pat a warm wet towel on it before application to prep your skin and open up the pores. Then apply a thin and even layer of the product on the face avoiding your eyes, hair, and eyebrows. The product dries up within 15-20 minutes and when this happens your skin will feel slightly stretched out. At this point, the mask will start lifting off from the edges and you can pull it gently. Depending on how evenly you had applied the product, it will come off in large pieces. One word of caution is that this mask will pull out a majority of facial hair too, so if you have a peach fuzz then pulling the mask off will be fairly painful. However, the mask does a good job at removing white heads and dead skin, making it worth the pain. Any residual product can be washed off with water and using a toner after this mask is a must.
Overall, this peel off mask works pretty well but is definitely not meant for sensitive skin. It leaves the skin smooth and bump free and the price point of INR 399 is ok but I am a little worried that the product may dry out in the tube before I am able to finish it off. My hunt for a spectacular black peel off mask still continues but I am satisfied with this product until then.
Yet another BB Cream has been launched in India, and this one is from Nykaa! The new Nykaa SkinGenius All-in-One BB Cream is a cruelty-free, SLS Free and Paraben free BB cream that contains SPF 30 and claims to provide a flawless, soft-focus finish to the skin. Here is what I thought of the product after trying it out a number of times.
The product has a creamy formula that spreads quite easily on the skin but takes some time to settle into the skin. It may look a little streaky with a brush unless you take some time to blend it in. However, once blended nicely and allowed to sink in, the product provides an even finish to the skin without feeling heavy or cakey. Although, the formula does have a slightly sticky feel to it. Upon application, the cream provides a cooling sensation to the skin and also hydrates the skin pretty well. This is because of the presence of ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Jojoba and Vitamin E.
The BB cream is available in 5 shades. I picked the shade 04 – Spiced Cinnamon, which is clearly a bit too dark and orangey for my skin tone, as you can see in the arm swatch. Also, the shade oxidises and darkens a little after application. It seems yellow toned initially, but turns orangeish within a few minutes. The only way it can work for my skin tone is if I use it with a fairly bright concealer. It provides a light coverage and a very natural look to the skin but does a fine job at evening the skin tone, removing any dullness or patchiness. On my skin it stays fairly matte for 4-5 hours and the coverage stays intact too.
Overall, this is a nice BB cream that provides a natural, even skin tone along with hydration and sun protection. The price point of INR 349 is fairly reasonable too. The only con of the product is the fact that the shade I have oxidizes and looks too orangey. If you can find the right shade match in the range then it is an excellent product for daily use if you want a hint of coverage and decent hydration.
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful anti-bacterial ingredient that is extremely effective at curbing acne and skin infections. Needless to say, this magical essential oil is the star ingredient in a number of skincare products that are targeted for oily and acne-prone skin. Hence, there are a number of ways in which Tea Tree Oil can be incorporated into the skincare routine. Here are some of the benefits of tea tree oil in its various forms –
Tea Tree Oil Concentrate – Tea tree oil concentrates are the purest forms of the ingredient available in the market. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is an excellent choice because it combines 15% tea tree essential oil with tamanu oil that helps with healing and renewing the skin. The best way to use tea tree oil concentrates is to apply the oil directly to active acne with a cotton swab. As an overnight spot treatment, tea tree oil will help in drying out angry breakouts within a day or two and is therefore perfect when you are prepping your acne-prone skin for a special event.
Tea Tree Oil Masks – Tea tree oil face masks help to suck out all the dirt, grime and sweat from the pores while providing a cooling and soothing sensation to irritated skin. These face masks typically combine the purifying properties of clay with the anti-bacterial action of tea tree oil to ensure the all-round health of the skin. Using a tea tree oil face mask once or twice a week is a great way to prevent new breakouts and to nip acne in the bud.
Tea Tree Oil Scrub – The addition of tea tree oil to scrubs adds anti-acne properties to the exfoliating product. Tea tree oil scrubs will unclog your pores while calming your skin and shrinking the acne. These scrubs remove the dead skin and provide a smoother and more youthful look to the skin. These scrubs are perfect for those with dull and acne-prone skin. I personally enjoy The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub because it leaves my skin thoroughly refreshed and rejuvenated as well as acne-free.
Tea Tree Oil Face Wash – Tea tree oil face washes are some of the mildest ways of adding tea tree oil in your skin regimen. If you are new to the ingredient then a face wash containing tea tree oil is a good way to acclimatize your skin to the oil. Tea tree oil face washes are great at removing excess sebum in the morning or at the end of the day while reducing the appearance of pimples. You can also use a tea tree oil face wash to wash your makeup brushes, its anti-bacterial properties will kill any bacteria on your brushes and will prevent acne caused by dirty makeup brushes.
If you are someone with oily and acne-prone skin, tea tree oil can prove to be your skin’s best friend. You can choose to incorporate any or all of these tea tree oil based products in your skincare routine to get back your flawless, glowing skin.
If you wish to look more put together, fresh, and energized all in one go, you just need to make sure that you smell good at all times of the day. There are many deodorants in the market that claim to last all day, but if you live in a hot and humid environment, you would know that that is not necessarily true. This is where these dinky Cinthol Woman Deo Sticks can come to your rescue. Read on to find out more about the product.
These cream deos come in handy tubes that you can throw into your handbag before heading out the door, for a quick touch up whenever you need one. The tubes have a click lid and a narrow opening for releasing the product. The packaging is very compact and easy to use, the only issue is that if the tube gets squeezed in your bag then the product will leak inside the lid and things will get a little messy.
The product is in the form of a slightly runny cream that sinks into the skin within seconds and provides a refreshing scent for 5-6 hours. It also helps in keeping the sweat at bay provided you are not going to indulge in heavy physical activity. There are a number of scents available in this range and I have used the Swirl and Inspire variants. They both have subtle, sweet scents that are quite different from each other. Swirl has more of a fresh scent and Inspire has a sweet, candy scent.
Priced at INR 60 per tube, these deo sticks are definitely a steal. This product is a handbag essential for me and I cannot recommend it enough.
If there is one brand which has gained a lot of recognition within a few months of its inception and rightfully so, it is MamaEarth. By now, many of you must be aware that this brand not only makes safe and effective products for babies and mamas, it also has an expanding skincare range that can be used by all women. One of their latest launches is a range of face washes, and I couldn’t resist myself from buying their Charcoal Face Wash that claims to provide pollution defence and control excess oil production. So did the product live up to its claims? Read on to find out!
This face wash contains two of my favourite skincare ingredients – activated charcoal and coffee. It is hypoallergenic and free of SLS and Parabens, thereby making it safe for all types of skin. The formula is black and slightly runny in consistency, it lathers quite easily and sucks out the grease and gunk from the skin quite efficiently. After using the product, my skin feels squeaky clean and even has a slight glow. Since the product is meant for oil control, it can be a little drying if you don’t have oily skin but works really well at keeping my combination skin shine-free for several hours. The activated charcoal does a fine job at thoroughly cleansing the skin while the coffee helps remove dead cell and restore the natural radiance of the skin. Other key ingredients include aloe vera extracts, tea tree oil, and light kaolin which definitely help at cleansing the pores while leaving the skin hydrated. The face wash has a very natural scent that reminds me of tea tree oil and charcoal, which means that the brand has not added any strong perfume in the formula, thereby making it suitable for sensitive skin.
The packaging is in the form of a sturdy tube with a flip cap that clicks into place, preventing any leakage, and a 100ml tube is priced at INR 249. This product is slightly expensive but is definitely worth the investment for those with greasy and acne-prone skin, especially those with a busy lifestyle. This face wash receives 5 sparkling stars from me and I am excited to try out other face washes from the brand really soon!
I finally have my hands on the newest baby on the block that every beauty blogger is talking about – the Sugar All Set To Go Translucent Powder! While I am not much of a powder person, I was feeling the need for a powder to blot out the shiny areas of my face towards the middle of the day, and the launch of this translucent powder seemed like divine intervention. So without much ado, here is a breakdown of all the features of this product.
The Sugar All Set To Go Translucent Powder is an extremely finely milled talc that is completely colourless. It can be used for setting the entire face makeup, as well as for blotting or baking purposes. I personally prefer it more for setting my makeup or blotting any shiny patches on my skin. The powder comes with a puff applicator that is suitable for blotting purposes but I feel that you will need a brush if you wish to bake or set your makeup with this product. The packaging is also extremely sturdy, with a flip lid that clicks into place and has a mirror too. This sturdy packaging is really useful for a loose powder because it ensures that the powder doesn’t spill all over your makeup bag.
The powder dispensing mechanism is your typical sieve-like arrangement with a powder compartment at the bottom that dispenses the powder through the holes. Be careful with the amount of powder you use though, a little goes a long way and you need to work with a tiny amount of product to prevent looking white. If you use the right amount of product, it leaves your makeup looking matte and provides a creaseless, smooth, airbrushed finish. Unfortunately, the product does give a small amount of flashback, so be a little wary if you are going out at night and will be clicking pictures. Also, be careful not to spill or inhale the powder because that is definitely not good for you.
Overall, this is a decent loose translucent powder and I absolutely adore its packaging when compared to the sloppy packaging of some of the other translucent powders that I have tried. The price point of INR 599 is not the most affordable but you can grab it during one of the many offers that Sugar keeps running on its website. If you are a powder lover then it is worth giving this powder a shot and if you are someone who has just started experimenting with loose powders then this may be a nice product to begin with!
I know that an eye cream cannot be properly reviewed within a few weeks of use, but the Dr. Sheth’s Date and Quinoa Eye Cream is a limited edition launch from the brand, so I couldn’t resist telling you guys about it asap. So here is a first impressions style review of the product. I have been using this eye cream for more than two weeks now and here is what I think about it based on my experience so far.
This eye cream has some very interesting ingredients to help with different problems of the under eye area. It contains date seed extracts for brightening the skin, quinoa seed extracts for calming the skin, and hyaluronic acid for providing a boost of hydration. While Hyaluronic acid is known worldwide for its excellent hydrating properties, date and quinoa were new and intriguing ingredients for me.
The formula is in the form of a smooth, slightly thick cream that blends easily on the skin without leaving any oily residue. Personally, I find the texture a little too thick and slippery for my liking and I tend to rub my eyes a little due to the slipperiness I feel. However, this is a minor problem which is specific to me. The product does not irritate the eyes and should be suitable for people with sensitive eyes and skin as well. Because of the slightly slippery texture, I use this product only at night because I do not prefer applying concealer over the thick cream.
My experience so far with this eye cream has been pretty good. While it is too early to talk about the brightening properties of the eye cream, I can definitely vouch for its hydrating and calming effects. It instantly soothes tired eyes with its rich nourishment and the stretchy feeling that I get under my eyes after a long day or a sleepless night disappears completely within minutes after applying this product.
Overall, I will recommend this product to all those who prefer slightly thicker eye creams and suffer from fairly dry skin under the eyes. The price of INR 899 for a 10g jar may seem a little expensive but the quality of ingredients is top notch and eye creams usually tend to be on the costlier side anyway. I will probably do an updated review after a month or so to let you know whether the cream works on my dark circles, so stay tuned to my blog and Instagram for that! Have you tried this new product? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
Everybody swears by them already, but I never tried them before. Simply because I am not a fan of makeup wipes and personally prefer my entire arsenal of lotions and potions for an elaborate skin care routine. However, on my recent trips, the Kara Skin Care Wipes were absolute saviours for me. Here is why I liked this product so much.
First of all, Kara Skin Care Wipes are made with 100% natural and biodegradable viscose fibre which I love. Secondly, they have the perfect amount of liquid infused in them, they do not feel dry or draggy on the skin and nor do they seep out too much liquid to make the skin sticky. The packaging is pretty compact and functional and even after multiple pulls, the remaining wipes retain their moisture and do not dry out. Also, the formulation of the liquid is very gentle on the skin and does not tingle or irritate even around the eyes.
Personally, I liked the Rose & Thyme variant more than the Seaweed & Lavender variant because it seemed gentler yet more effective at removing makeup. With one wipe, you can get rid off the first layer of makeup, but I will still recommend going in with a face wash to remove all traces of makeup that may be left behind. The wipes can also be used to refresh the skin and to get rid of the sweat and grime in the middle of a busy day.
Overall, these are some of the best makeup wipes I have used from among the ones that I have tried during vacations. The price point of INR 85 for 10 wipes is pretty good for the quality and the pack size of 10 wipes is very practical for carrying around. I will definitely be trying more variants from the brand in the future and will report back to you with more reviews. In the meantime, do try the Rose and Thyme wipes and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
While we all may love our Chanel Number 5, most of us cannot afford it for day to day use. This is where body mists and splashes come into the picture and I have recently fallen in love with the Nike Body Splashes. Read on to find out what these body splashes have to offer.
The Nike Body Splashes are long-lasting subtle and classic fragrances that last on the skin for a good 5-7 hours depending on how much you sweat and where you live. They have variants for both men and women and the scents vary from sporty fresh fragrances to sweet or musky ones. The sleek plastic packaging is super compact and light weight, extremely easy to carry around or to travel with. Also, the price ranges between INR 180-220, which is very affordable for regular use.
While Fission is a subtle sweet scent, Up or Down is slightly more zesty. If you do not like flowery or fruity body mists then these will be up your alley. Urban Musk for men is true to its name and has a classic masculine, strong musky scent.
Overall, these body splashes check all the right boxes for me and I love experimenting with a new variant every time. They are very unique when compared to most body mists in the market and their subtle scents are perfect for those who do not like their fragrances to be too overpowering. In summary, they are absolute value for money and I highly recommend that you try at least one of these scents out.
Available at most local pharmacies and drugstores in India.
I admit it, I am a hair conditioner snob. Not many impress me and very few end up being repeat buys. So did the Garnier Ultra Blends Henna and Blackberry Nourishing Shine Conditioner make it to my A-list? Read on to find out!
This hair conditioner claims to revive dull, dry and lifeless hair by providing them nourishment and shine. It contains the goodness of henna, a well-known haircare ingredient in India, and blackberry, a new ingredient for me. The unique combination works though, it leaves the hair looking smooth and shiny and my knotty hair stays slightly more manageable for a few days. It does have a strong fragrance which I like but it might be a bit too much for some. The only downside, in my opinion, is the fact that it does not detangle and soften the hair as much as I would have liked, but if you do not have super frizzy hair then this product should work for you.
Overall, this conditioner delivers good quality for the price (INR 75 for 75 ml). Also, the formula is paraben-free, which is always a bonus. I will definitely be picking up the shampoo from this range to try out the shampoo+conditioner together. But in the meantime, I am happy using this conditioner on its own as well!
If there is one haircare product that you should NEVER travel without, especially if you are a fine-haired, oily scalped gal like me, it is dry shampoo. When I was looking for a travel-sized dry shampoo from Batiste, I was disappointed to find out that they do not stock a mini of their Divine and Dark variant in India. Still being a loyal lover of Batiste, I picked up the mini that WAS available, the Fruity and Cheeky Cherry Variant. Here is why I love this dry shampoo as much as the other variants from Batiste that I have already reviewed on the blog.
First of all, let’s get this out of the way, I love the scent of cherry -so anything cherry-scented has to float my boat. Additionally, this particular dry shampoo, despite not being tinted, does not leave much white cast at all on the hair. The small amount of white cast that it does give can easily be taken care of by brushing the product through the hair. Also, it leaves 2nd-day hair looking extremely fresh and bouncy for the next two days, which is more than what I expect from a dry shampoo. This is definitely what you need when you are travelling to attend a special event or for work and don’t have much time or styling tools on your hands.
Overall, this mini (50ml) dry shampoo spray can priced at INR 299 only is a handbag and travel essential for sure. Whether your hair needs a quick refresh at the end of the day or you want to extend your shampooed hair look for a couple of extra days on vacay, you can’t go wrong with this product!
When the Tarte Shape Tape Concealers hit the market, everybody went gaga over them. Then, in true Makeup Revolution style, the brand released their Conceal and Define Concealers, which are supposed to be dupes of the beloved Shape Tapes. While I haven’t tried the Tarte Shape Tape Concealers yet, I did purchase the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer from Nykaa.com a while back and here is what I think about it.
The Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer comes in a beautiful rose gold packaging and the tube is made of thick and sturdy clear plastic which gives it a very luxurious feel. The wand is a massive doe-shaped one that picks up enough product for the entire face in one go. Personally, I would have preferred a smaller wand to have more control over the areas I want to cover and the amount of product that I want to use, but this wand works too. The formula is creamy yet extremely blendable and is highly pigmented. It provides medium to full coverage in 1-2 layers and does not crease under my eyes, which is usually my biggest problem area.
Shadewise, Makeup Revolution has done a good job and there are 15 shades available on Nykaa. Unfortunately, the yellow toned medium shade that I was looking for (C8) was out of stock on the website, so I went with the peachy toned medium shade (C9) instead. This particular shade is a little too light for my skintone but it does brighten my under eye area beautifully, I can also use it to cover up my blemishes provided I use a bronzer and the right shade of foundation over it. I would definitely love to pick up my exact match in this range for my blemishes next.
Overall, I love the pigmentation, blendability and light-weight texture of the concealer despite the full coverage that it offers. The price point of INR 695 feels pretty justified considering the quality and the stunning packaging. I will definitely be playing with more shades from the range soon and will try and compare it to the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer as well to let you know whether it is a worthy dupe or not. For now, I will just say that this is a great concealer indeed and is definitely worth the buy!