Dr. Charcoal Non Electric Air Purifier | Review

Since the past few years, I have been suffering from frequent allergies, which are extremely annoying and often render me useless for a couple of days. In order to reduce the allergens and humidity in my house, I have tried a number of solutions and products, and today I will be talking about one such product that has actually helped resolve my allergy issues to a large extent. This amazing product is the Dr. Charcoal Non-Electric Air Purifier. Read on to find out more about this product.

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Dr. Charcoal Non-Electric Air Purifier is basically an activated charcoal based product that absorbs allergens, humidity, odours, and pollutants. It comes in small sacklike pouches with the activated charcoal filled inside them. These pouches are available in 3 sizes – Small (75 Grams), Medium (200 Grams), and Large (500 Grams). I had purchased the large pouch several months back and the brand kindly sent me a medium-sized pouch recently. You can choose from among the three sizes based on the size of the space where you want to use the product. These pouches can be placed in the fridge, shoe cabinets, different rooms of the house, wardrobes etc. The product is completely non-toxic and simply works on the natural adsorption properties of activated charcoal. Instead of just masking bad odours with the means of chemicals, like most room fresheners do, this product actually absorbs the odors and eliminates pollutants and allergens. This is something that I can vouch for because the frequency of my allergies has gone down drastically ever since I started using this product.

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Priced between INR 299 to INR 799, these non-electric air purifiers are definitely a good investment because they last for up to a year and can be reactivated by placing in the sun periodically. If you are someone who suffers from an allergy, or your home always has a damp smell to it, or you have a little baby at home who needs to be protected from pollutants, then the Dr. Charcoal Air Purifiers are a must buy for you. Basically, this product is a must buy for everyone and I highly recommend it!

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WiseShe Cheek Contour and Powder Brush | Review

Makeup brushes for me are truly an investment because the right ones will last you for years and have the potential to make your face look flawless regardless of the brands of makeup products you use. This is why I am extremely wary of buying the generic makeup brushes available in stores and on Amazon, because streaky brush strokes, rough bristles and brush hair that shed all over the face are some of my biggest nightmares. While I largely invest only in Real Techniques and Zoeva brushes, my interest was piqued when I noticed the WiseShe brushes launched by Anamika, the blogger behind WiseShe. I picked up the WiseShe Cheek Contour and Powder Brush recently and here is what I think of it so far.

WiseShe Cheek Contour and Powder Brush | Review

First of all, it is the little things that often show the quality of a product even before you start using it – in this case, it was the sturdy cardboard box with a velvet cushioning inside that made me feel that WiseShe is a brand that cares about its customers. The handle of the brush is beautifully crafted with a circular wooden pattern that somehow reminded me of the wands from Harry Potter 🙂 As for the bristles, they are synthetic ones and are SUPER soft to touch!

WiseShe Cheek Contour and Powder Brush | Review

This brush with its extremely soft bristles is perfect for applying blush because it picks up a very small amount of powder that helps in giving a natural flush to the cheeks. It is also ideal for dusting off the setting powder after baking and can be used for contouring if you are looking for a natural shadow on your face as opposed to something intense. While my other contouring brushes pick up a lot more product, which helps in quickly creating a more pigmented look, blending in the colour takes a lot more effort with them, whereas this brush significantly reduces the blending time for me. Also, the long and sturdy handle makes the application of makeup fairly simple.

WiseShe Cheek Contour and Powder Brush | Review

Available at a discounted price of INR 500 on Amazon, this brush is quite worth the money considering the price of brushes from international brands. I am eyeing the eye shadow brushes from the brand already and am hoping that they release a foundation brush soon too. If you are a beginner in makeup who is looking for a reliable, good quality brush or someone who just wants to expand their brush collection then picking up the WiseShe Cheek Contour and Powder Brush is a must!

Click here to buy the WiseShe Cheek Contour and Powder Brush.

Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel | Review

Guest post by Sneha Narayanan from Sneha’s Expression (snehaexpression.wordpress.com)

Today, our guest blogger Sneha talks about a product that really helped her acne-prone skin. Read on to find out what she thinks about the Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION AND USES:
Rustic Art’s Aloe vera gel is an all-purpose gel. It has no added colors, no fragrance, and is naturally fresh. It can be used as a moisturizer or an astringent and it heals acne, infections, inflammation, minor cuts, and burns. It also balances excess oil, and can be used as an antiseptic, an aftershave or a nappy rash cream too!

INGREDIENTS:
Aloe Vera, Lemon Extracts, Natural Preservative of TCLS (Tumeric oil, clove oil, lemongrass oil)

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MY EXPERIENCE:
I had acne a few months back and started using this gel after trying the variants from Patanjali as well as Aloe Veda, and I must say I have got hooked to this. As I have used three tubs of Rustic Art’s Aloe Vera gel and am about to open my new tub, I decided to review this amazing gel.
I have oily and sensitive skin. No cream or moisturizer suits me except this. It balances excess oil and also has antiseptic properties. I use this gel as a night cream. I wash my face and apply it before going to bed. I also apply a thick layer under the eyes, so you can also use it as an under eye cream for dark circles. It’s lightweight and soothing.
You can also apply it as a day cream. It’s a must for all oily-skinned beauties. It doesn’t have any chemicals or parabens, which is an added bonus. My brother uses it as an aftershave and it works well for that purpose too.
While this gel is good for removing zits, it may not be as effective for severe acne. When I was undergoing treatment for Acne Vulgaris, the doctor prescribed me Doxycycline, and I used this gel as a moisturizer and it worked well.
The only drawback is the packaging because if two or more people use the same tub, it may be unhygienic.

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Shelf life: One year

Color: Transparent

Smell: Odourless as no perfume/fragrance is used.

Price: INR 200 for 100 gms

It is available online. You can purchase it through different online portals like Amazon, Nykaa, Flipkart etc.

RATING:
4.5/5 (0.5 deducted for packaging)

Hope you found this review useful! Click here to buy the Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel.

COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo | Review

I have known about the COLAB Dry Shampoos ever since their launch in the UK, thanks to the brand’s association with famous YouTuber Ruth Crilly, and its fab reviews by Zoella. I was happy to notice recently that the brand is finally available in India, and at decent prices too! I picked up the Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo from the range that comes in a black spray can, because you all know, your girl can do with some volume in her hair! Here are my thoughts after using this product.

COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo | Review

The COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo claims to provide an instant lift and body to the hair, and I am happy to report that this product actually lives up to its claims. The formula comes out in the form of a white powder that sucks up all the greasiness of the hair and provides texture and volume that lasts for at least two days. Once you work the product into your hair, it does not leave a white cast. The only downside of this product is that it provides a lot of texture to the hair, which is nice if you have fine and limp hair to begin with, but can also make your hair rough to the touch, so you may have to be careful with how much product you use in one go. It also has a strong perfumey scent that may irritate you while application, but it does not linger in the hair.

COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo | Review

Overall, this product reminds me a lot of the Batiste XXL Volume Spray, which is one of my favourite volumizing sprays. The COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo is perfect for those with limp hair and greasy roots, if they want a ton of extra volume and a decent amount of hold in their hair. While it will take away the shine and make your hair look slightly rough, I am personally fine with it because it literally gives the illusion of double the volume at my roots. Priced at INR 629 for a 200ml can, this product is a must buy in my opinion, and you can get it for even cheaper on some online shopping sites like Myntra. Have you tried anything from COLAB yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation – Mauve 1 | Review and Swatches

I have finally found a true nude for my lips, the perfect “My Lips But Better Shade”. It is the shade Mauve-1 from the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation range. While it is clear that this lip shade is my go-to these days for when I have no other makeup on or when I have gone heavy on the eye makeup, here is how this product fares in other aspects.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation - Mauve 1 | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline Lip Gradation Lipsticks are twist up crayons with a sponge on the other end to create the “gradient lips” effect. Because the shade Mauve-1 is a perfect nude for my lips, I cannot really create a gradient effect with this shade, but I basically bought this product for its colour and formula anyway. The shade is a taupish-mauve, which has stronger brown undertones than pink or mauve undertones. The formula is pretty opaque and has a very unique velvety matte texture that glides easily on the lips. Since it has a velvety texture, it is somewhere between a creamy matte and a flat matte and does transfer a little when you eat or drink.

It is pretty opaque on the lips in one or two swipes and the thin crayon tip allows precise application. I personally find the formula pretty comfortable but it does exaggerate any lines or dryness, so if you have really dry lips then you would need to hydrate and scrub them prior to using this product. It stays on the lips for a good 4-5 hours, and fades evenly with time. It does stain the lips a little but since this particular shade is so light, it is pretty easy to remove.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation - Mauve 1 | Review and Swatches

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation - Mauve 1 | Review and Swatches

Priced at INR 550, the product is slightly pricey considering it is a Maybelline lipstick, but I don’t mind paying the amount for the formula. If you want a lip colour that you can put on without giving much thought to and simply heading out the door, then you must pick up this lipstick.

Click here to buy the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation. 

Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa | Review and Swatches

A few months back, Nykaa had released a range of nailcare products specially formulated to provide nourishment to the nails. I recently tried out the 7-in-1 Nail Spa from the range, which claims to provide the following 7 benefits to the nails – Strength, Hardening, Protection, Smoothing, Hydration, Nutrition, and Shine. Read on to find out whether this product lived up to my expectations or not.

Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa | Review and Swatches

The Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa is basically a slightly translucent, milky nail polish that provides a “My nails but better” look with two coats. It can be worn on its own or under another polish as a base coat. The formula is not thick, spreads easily on the nail and provides some shine too. It has a mild fruity scent which is quite pleasant. The formula contains Acetyl-Methionine and Keratin-like Peptide to prevent breakage and Hexanal to harden the nails. It also contains amino acids to stimulate growth, vitamin E and violet extracts for hydration, and argan and Baobab oils for nourishment.

While I have never suffered from growth issues, I do experience chipping of the upper parts of my nails quite frequently. After using this nail paint, my nails have not chipped or broken at all, and I am pretty pleased about it. Additionally, when used as a base coat, this nail product extends the life of nail paints by at least 2 days.

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Overall, I am satisfied with this product purely because it strengthened my nails and prevented breakage. While it does provide a nice shine too, I personally prefer using it as a base coat, so the shine is lost on me. Priced at INR 249, this product is definitely worth the buy if you are suffering from weak nails that are prone to breakage.

Click here to buy the Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa.

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick – Naughty Nude | Review and Swatches

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may know that I am a huge fan of the Nykaa So Matte Lipsticks. What’s not to love about these lipsticks? From the magnetic lid and classy packaging to the pigmented creamy matte formula and the affordable price, I adore everything about these lipsticks and I pick up more shades in this formula whenever I want to fall back on something dependable. So when I found myself craving for a new everyday nude lipstick, I picked up the shade Naughty Nude (11M) from the So Matte Range. Here is my review, along with swatches of this shade.

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick - Naughty Nude | Review and Swatches

Naught Nude, is a very unique combination of pink, peach and taupe which looks different under different lights, but is definitely a pinky nude overall. I have also swatched it against the Revlon Color Burst Matte Balm in the shade Sultry and the Nykaa So Matte Lipstick in the shade Taupe Thrill for reference. While Taupe Thrill is a browny nude and Sultry is a deep nude pink, this shade is somewhere in between with slight peachy undertones too.

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick - Naughty Nude | Review and Swatches

The formula is the same as that of the other lipsticks I own from the collection. It is a creamy matte that is fully opaque in one swipe but this particular shade provides a richer finish with two swipes. Since it is a creamy matte, it is extremely comfortable to wear but does transfer a tiny bit. However, it stays pretty much intact for at least 5-6 hours, and if you eat something then it fades quite evenly, leaving behind a nice wash of colour.

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick - Naughty Nude | Review and Swatches

Overall, I highly recommend the Nykaa So Matte Lipstick collection to everyone and the shade Naughty Nude to those with fair to medium skin tones in particular. They also have a large number of shades to choose from which can complement different Indian skin tones and the price point of INR 399 is excellent value for money. Do pick these up if you haven’t already, I’m sure you will love them as much as I do 🙂

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Skin Salad Activated Charcoal Skincare Range | Review

Skin Salad is a brand that I had been hearing a lot about on Instagram, and I was drawn to their packaging even before I tried out any of their products. Therefore, I was quite excited when I received three items from their Activated Charcoal range in my mail recently. All of these items have become a part of my daily skincare regimen, and here is why I love them so much.

Skin Salad Activated Charcoal Skincare Range | Review

1. Skin Salad Charcoal Face Cleanser – The Skin Salad Charcoal Face Cleanser is an activated charcoal cleanser that also contains tea tree extracts, making it perfect for acne prone skin. While most of the activated charcoal face washes I have used so far are quite thin in consistency, this one is slightly thicker and lathers really well on the skin. It leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean and looking visibly brighter but does not strip it dry. The packaging is also super cute and travel-friendly because it has a pump. I have been using this face wash once a day, alternating it with a creamier face wash at night, and it has managed to keep my skin clear and acne-free.

Skin Salad Activated Charcoal Skincare Range | Review

2. Skin Salad Charcoal Face Mask – The Skin Salad Charcoal Face Mask complements the face wash perfectly and sucks out all the gunk and grease from the pores. This face mask has a very unique bouncy texture which I love and the refreshing scent of tea tree. The formula is in the form of a cream with chunky and gritty scrub particles embedded in it. Therefore it acts as both a mask and a scrub. It is truly deep cleansing and detoxifying, which is why you should restrict its usage to once or twice a week. Also, it may be a little dehydrating for those with dry skin, so make sure not to leave it on for more than 3 minutes. Personally, this is my favourite product from the range and it truly rescues my skin when it feels dull and clogged.

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3. Skin Salad Charcoal Body Cleanser – The Skin Salad Charcoal Body Cleanser is just like the face wash in a body wash form. It has the same refreshing tea tree scent and the cleansing properties of activated charcoal. The tea tree extracts have soothing properties that help to calm down irritated or acne-prone skin and prevent body acne. It lathers really well and leaves my skin feeling super refreshed and the packaging with a pump is a bonus.

Skin Salad Activated Charcoal Skincare Range | Review

Overall, I am really impressed with the entire range and am looking forward to trying out more products from Skin Salad. All the products are priced around the INR 400-600 mark, with discounts available on Amazon, which make them quite affordable for the quality. I will highly recommend all these products to those with oily and acne-prone skin, particularly the amazing face mask!

Click here to buy the Skin Salad Activated Charcoal Face Cleanser, Face Mask, and Body Cleanser.

3 Habits That Will Transform Your Skin Within a Month!

You may invest buckets of money in high-end skincare products and make regular trips to the salon but may still be noticing dullness, acne or pores on your skin. What is it that you are doing wrong? Perhaps you have not incorporated these skin-changing habits into your lifestyle! And what may these be? Read on to find out!

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1. Applying Sunscreen Every Day – “But it isn’t sunny today!”, “I will just cover my face with a scarf”, “I’m stepping out only for a couple of hours” – If these are the excuses you fall back on for not applying sunscreen then you are doing gross injustice to your skin. You need to apply sunscreen DAILY, regardless of the weather conditions or your schedule. Those pesky UV rays are everywhere, and you need sun protection all day long. These days, sunscreen products are available in a number of formulations, from gels to matte lotions and hydrating creams, so pick the formula that suits your skin type the best and hold on to it for dear life!

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2. Using a Toner Every Time You Cleanse – Every time you wash your face or use a face mask, the product unclogs your pores and removes all the gunk from them, but after this is done, your pores are still open. This is where a toner comes into the picture. Using a toner helps to close back your pores so that they don’t remain exposed to dirt and pollution. This could be something as simple as rose water or a slightly more intense Vitamin C toner. If you are experiencing bumps and craters on your face then a toner is what you need.

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3. Removing Your Makeup Every Night – Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t makeup that destroys your skin but not letting your skin breathe at all. Leaving makeup on overnight is perhaps the worst thing you could do to your skin. No matter how exhausted you are, your skin is even more exhausted and needs to be decongested and allowed to heal overnight. I am a strong believer in double cleansing, so first break down your makeup with a micellar water or cream cleanser and then follow it up with a face wash. Top it up with a toner and moisturiser. This skincare ritual may seem too tedious but trust me, it takes only 5 minutes and will make your skin look so much better the next day.

Making these 3 skincare habits a part of your life can truly make your skin glow from within and look so much healthier. If you have been struggling with skin issues for a long time then do pay heed to these rituals and I am sure your skin will thank you for it!

How Vitamin E Can Save Your Skin!

Vitamin E is a miracle skincare ingredient that can work wonders for dry and damaged skin. It is a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties and is also known to reduce UV damage caused by prolonged exposure of skin to sunlight. It is also proven to be extremely effective in treating skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis.

While Vitamin E is naturally present in the skin, factors such as sun exposure and aging can reduce the Vitamin E levels in the skin. This is why you need to incorporate it into your diet as well as in your skincare, especially if you have been noticing dullness and dryness on your skin. Nowadays, there are a lot of skincare products available in the market that contain Vitamin E as a key ingredient. Here are some of my favourite picks from The Body Shop Vitamin E range that are excellent at repairing damaged skin and restoring a youthful glow to the face.

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  1. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil – Overnight treatments give the quickest and most drastic results when it comes to repairing the skin because the ingredients get substantial time to work their magic without any external factors like sunlight and pollution coming in the way. The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is a rich concoction of Vitamin E Oil combined with Community Trade sesame seed oil from Nicaragua. This product contains the highest concentration of wheatgerm oil among all the products from the Vitamin E range. You need to apply this serum after cleansing and toning your skin and top it up with a moisturiser to wake up to rejuvenated skin that looks well-rested.
  2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream – This Vitamin E Cream has been a cult favourite since its launch and with good reason. It is specially formulated for those with extremely dry skin and true to its name, it provides intense hydration to the skin. It makes the skin super soft and smooth from the very first application and the results only get better with time. It can be used along with a serum or on its own and can be applied in the morning as well as at night. This jar of goodness is a must have for those who want an instant rescue from dry skin.
  3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion (SPF 30) – If you are looking for something light-weight yet nourishing, The Body Shop Vitamin E Day Lotion is the perfect product for you. It has a milky formula that provides hydration without being thick or greasy. This lotion also contains SPF 30 and provides protection from UVA and UVB rays, which make it perfect for daytime use. It sinks into the skin within seconds but continues to nourish and protect it for hours and is an excellent base for makeup too!

If you haven’t discovered the amazing powers of Vitamin E yet then you must try out these products at least once. I am sure that your skin will look so much better that you will never look back!

Click here to buy The Body Shop Vitamin E products.

 

How To Brace Yourself For The Festive Season

The festive season is upon us, and while we have bid adieu to our beloved Ganpati, we are already gearing up for Durga Pooja! While we spend hours and hours cleaning up the house, shopping for pooja necessities and making our favourite sweets, we often forget to prepare our minds and bodies for the hectic festivities. Here are a few tips to take care of the things that are often overlooked during the pomp and fervour of Pujo and Diwali.

1. Haircare – Chances are that you will not be able to squeeze in some spa time once the festivities begin. Now that you have some breathing space, get a relaxing hair spa and even a haircut if you need one. This will make styling your hair so much easier for all the special days.

2. Skincare – Festivals mean oily food and heavy makeup, which can take a toll on the skin. Boost your skincare game well in advance by adding sheet masks and chemical exfoliants to give your skin the festive glow. You should also stock up on some charcoal face masks to deep cleanse your skin after the celebrations.

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3. Food – No matter how tempted you might be to crash diet right before slipping into that stunning saree for Diwali, there are better ways of getting a flat tummy. Make it a habit to drink tonnes of water daily, eat fresh fruit instead of juices, and sip on a cup of green tea after a heavy meal to keep your metabolism running. Try to indulge in moderation and stick to healthy foods for as many meals as possible. This will ensure that you feel energetic and your skin doesn’t lose its radiance throughout the celebrations.

4. Outfits – Now is the right time to pull out, purchase and plan all your outfits for the events ahead. Get everything stitched and altered now, before your tailor dada starts quoting insane charges and has a huge pile of orders drowning him. Also, try out everything and plan the accessories for each outfit well in advance so that you can just grab them and get ready when the festive chaos ensues.

These are some of the ways in which I make my festivals hasslefree. How are your preparations going and do you have any special tips to make the festive season more fun? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

We are all well aware of the benefits of turmeric as a skincare ingredient, but have you ever heard of turmeric in a lip balm? I definitely hadn’t, until I came across the Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour. Seer Secrets has always brought out interesting products with unique and effective ingredients and this lip balm is no exception. Read on to find out how it works at treating dry and chapped lips.

Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut and Turmeric Lip Saviour | Review

The Seer Secrets Lip Saviour comes in a cute packaging – a jar with a screw-on lid which is very travel-friendly. The formula itself looks waxy in the jar but melts when rubbed between the fingers, leaving behind a beautiful oily consistency. It literally glides on the lips, gets absorbed within seconds, and does not look crusty or cakey. It provides a golden sheen to the lips and also has some tiny granules that provide gentle exfoliation during application. These granules may stand out a little on the lips, so you may want to pick them out if using the lip balm during the day.

The formula contains many nourishing ingredients such as coconut essential oil, watermelon extract, vitamin E and Cocoa butter, and therefore provides intense hydration to the lips that lasts for several hours. Of course, it contains turmeric too, which protects the lips and prevents chapping and irritation. The formula contains SPF12 as well and will therefore provide some protection to the lips from sunlight too. I also love the fruity scent of the lip balm that lingers on for an hour or so post application.

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Overall, I love this lip balm because it is essentially like a lip oil available in solid form that literally melts on the lips. It provides intense hydration and protection and can really help with restoring the softness of severely chapped lips. Priced at INR 315 for a jar that will last you several months, this is a product that you must try out!

Click here to buy the Seer Secrets Watermelon Coconut & Turmeric Lip Saviour from Amazon.