Essential oils hold a very special place in my heart because they are a one-stop solution to a multitude of skin and hair concerns. One brand that has really impressed me with their wide selection of essential oils, including sandalwood oil, avocado oil, and citronella oil to name a few, is Ryaal. Today I will be talking about the Ryaal Essentials Argan Oil which was kindly sent to me by the brand to review, in the form of a tiny royal blue glass bottle full of golden goodness.
The Ryaal Essentials Argan Oil is 100% pure and natural and is also cold pressed, which helps to retain the goodness of the Argan nuts in the best manner possible. This stunning blue bottle comes with a handy dropper that prevents wastage of the product, and you can add a precise amount of the oil to your homemade hair masks and face packs. I have already tried adding a few drops of this oil to my favorite hair mask and my hair felt so much softer than usual that I couldn’t stop running my fingers through my tresses. I also tried using this oil as a serum for the dry patches on my face, and as expected, the richness of the oil eliminated the dryness entirely.
This oil has a very faint, nutty smell, which means that the brand has not tried to enhance the natural scent by adding perfumes to the mix. Such a wonderful product does not need any additives to make it shine, it is perfect as it is and I am glad that Ryaal focusses on retaining the natural goodness of the oil. Texturewise, it is not too thick, and, in fact, does not feel heavy on the skin at all. A few drops of the oil can be used as a daily serum to keep the skin hydrated and baby soft. If you have oily hair, then you can mix it in with your conditioner and if you have dry ends then you can apply a small amount to your hair after drying to make them glossy and smooth. The options are endless with this marvelously versatile product!
The Ryaal Essentials Argan Oil is available on Amazon in bottles of different sizes ranging from 15ml to 1000ml. The 15ml bottle is priced at INR 199, which is pretty reasonable for pure Argan oil. I am really grateful to Ryaal for sending me a sample of this fantastic product and I will definitely be purchasing more oils from their amazing range soon!
I never knew that sheet masks could be so addictive until I received a lovely package from Mond’Sub which contained two of their amazing sheet masks for me to review. I have already reviewed the Mond’Sub Anti-Wrinkle and Moisturizing Facial Mask in a previous blog post, so today I will be talking about the Mond’Sub Gold Facial Mask from their Crystal Collagen Mask Series.
This facial mask differs from the usual sheet masks because instead of being a thin sheet, it is a thicker, jelly-like sheet of gold. It comes drenched in a mildly scented serum that claims to rehydrate and brighten the skin and also to accelerate the cell renewal process. Other benefits of the mask as stated by the brand include tightening and lifting of the skin along with the reduction of wrinkles. Although the packaging states that first time users should use these masks on three consecutive days for best results, I had just one with me so decided to make do with it. As soon as I placed it on my skin, my face felt relaxed and the serum provided some cooling action as well. I left the mask on for around 30 minutes and when I removed it, my skin looked visibly brighter! The mask also lived up to its claims of tightening the skin and it felt more supple and youthful to touch.
If I could change just one thing about this product, I would make the eyeholes a little bit bigger but I do not have any other cons to state about this facial mask. I will definitely be purchasing some more in the future to reap the full benefits of the product. I am extremely grateful to Mond’Sub for sending me this lovely mask to review and for introducing me to the wonderful world of sheet masks!
Sheet masks have taken the world of skincare by a storm and I must admit that I am late to the party. I have been meaning to try these out since a long time but somehow never got around to it. Imagine my sheer joy when Mond’Sub kindly sent me two of their much-loved sheet masks to review. Even before I knew it, I was ripping open the packaging of the Mond’Sub Anti-Wrinkle & Moisturizing Facial Mask from their Collagen Silk Mask Series. Here are my views on this lovely product that transformed my skin within a few minutes.
This mask is primarily meant for mature or prematurely aging skin and promises to fight wrinkles while moisturizing and brightening the skin. Although I do not have wrinkles yet, my skin was feeling a bit tired and dry the day I tried out this sheet mask. As soon as I opened up the packaging, a clear serum oozed out, this is the nourishing fluid which the mask is soaked in. Be a little careful while removing the mask from the packaging to prevent the liquid from leaking. Once the mask is out, just peel off the transparent film and place it on your face with the blue side on the top. Now peel off the blue layer and let the mask sit on your face for around 15 minutes. The packaging contains the list of ingredients and instructions for use on the back so all the information that you need has been provided by the brand.
As soon as I placed the sheet mask on my skin, I felt a cooling sensation spread throughout the surface of my face. I believe that this cooling property helps to reduce irritation and redness and calms down the skin. Once the mask is in place, you just need to sit back and relax for some time. The mask adhered well to the skin, although it was slightly big for my face. Once I managed to get the eye holes in the right place, it was quite comfortable to wear and I could go about my work while it pampered my skin.
At the risk of looking completely ridiculous, here is a picture of me with the mask on. Now that you have had a good laugh (:P), it is time for my final verdict on the product. Once I removed the mask, there was some residual serum left on my skin which I massaged in and then rinsed my face with water. I could immediately notice that my skin was firmer and more supple than before, which means that this sheet mask will definitely be great at reducing wrinkles. It provides the right amount of hydration without making the skin oily and is pretty gentle on the skin too. Priced at INR 200, the Mond’Sub Anti-Wrinkle & Moisturizing Facial Mask is the perfect quick boost for dull, tired, and aging skin. It is available at a discounted rate on various online stores, and you can purchase it from Nykaa at INR 129 only.
If you wish to explore the world of sheet masks then Mond’Sub has an excellent range and I will soon be reviewing their Gold Facial Mask as well. Meanwhile, you can catch the latest updates from the brand on their Instagram page – @mondsubindia
I hope that you enjoy this sheet mask as much as I did, stay tuned for more reviews!
You may or may not like makeup but everyone needs a little bit of skincare, and the more natural your skincare products are, the better. This is why I was extremely thrilled to receive two amazing face washes from Aaranyaa, a brand that relies on natural ingredients to bring out the radiance of the skin. Aaranyaa sent me their anti bacterial Neem Tulsi Face Wash, as well as their Tea Tree Face Wash, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I have been carefully testing out these products from the past few days and here are my thoughts on both of them.
Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash – This face wash comes in a bright green packaging and is meant for combination to oily skin. It contains the goodness of Neem and Tulsi, which are known to have powerful anti bacterial properties and are excellent at combatting acne. The product comes in the form of a clear green gel and has a herbal smell. It lathers quite easily and cleanses the skin very effectively. It leaves my face feeling fresh and squeaky clean, without a stretchy feeling that some face washes tend to cause. I have noticed that this product keeps the oil under check for at least 4-5 hours and I believe that with regular usage, it might completely eliminate excessive oil production. This face wash is an excellent option for those with regular hormonal breakouts because it is not overly drying yet removes the greasiness very effectively.
Aaranyaa Tea Tree Face Wash – The Tea Tree Face Wash is meant for normal to dry skin and contains tea tree oil, which is an all in one cure for most skin issues. This face wash is gentler on the skin than the Neem Tulsi one and it leaves the skin more hydrated. I am thoroughly impressed that Aaranya has created a face wash with tea tree oil which is suitable for dry skin because most tea tree oil ranges that I have encountered are meant for oily skin. I usually have oily skin but sometimes I suffer from dry patches and this face wash is perfect for those days. In fact, I even asked a few friends with dry skin to try this out and they loved it! The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil in a moisturizing face wash is something new for me and I am enjoying it a lot. As an added bonus, this face wash has a citrusy scent and a cool green packaging which I absolutely adore!
These face washes are priced at INR 195 for a 110 ml tube and are perfect for daily use because they are Sulphate Free. I am so glad that I got an opportunity to try out this new brand and I will definitely be purchasing more products from their collection. If you enjoy herbal skincare then these face washes will surely impress you, and with two different face washes for different skin types, there is something for everyone. I honestly do not have anything negative to say about these face washes and I am in skincare heaven right now! 🙂
You can buy these wonderful products at Aaranyaa’s website. I am sure you will love them as much as I do.
Sun exposure is one of the biggest contributors to skin damage and can cause tanning, dullness, and dryness too. However, venturing out in the sunlight is something very inevitable for most of us and, in fact, it comes with its own set of benefits (Vitamin D). This is why I recently purchased the Nature’s Co Aloe Vera After Sun Gel that offers relief from sunburns and cools down the skin post sun-exposure.
This product is an orange colored gel that smells like apricots and has a slightly sticky texture. It spreads on the skin quite easily and gets absorbed within a few minutes, and the stickiness disappears after 5 minutes or so. It provides a cooling sensation upon application that relieves the skin, and it also prevents tanning to a certain extent. My only complaint is that the product has a very liquidy consistency and therefore things can get a bit messy if you are not careful. Perhaps a jar instead of a tube would have been a more suitable option for the packaging.
Overall, I am quite impressed with the quality of this product because it delivers what it promises and does not make any false claims. The fact that it is made with natural ingredients such as aloe vera gel, peppermint extract, and bearberry extract, adds to its appeal. A 125ml tube of this product is priced at INR 425, which is quite good because I feel that one tube will last me the whole summer. I would highly recommend using this product, in conjunction with a sunscreen, to minimize the damage to your skin this summer.
As the heat intensifies, makeup takes a back seat because the skin begs to breathe! As dramatic as it may sound, many people suffer from the worst skin during the summer months. Any form of instant relief is highly appreciated during the days of terrible breakouts and redness that accompany the warm weather. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion is one such instant remedy that calms down my skin.
I use this lotion as a day cream whenever I suffer from hormonal breakouts. It immediately mattifies my skin and the tea tree oil helps in reducing the redness and irritation. It also prevents further acne and shrinks any swellings that are early signs of gigantic pimples.
The formula is very light and almost like a gel. A tiny drop is sufficient for the face and the neck and it keeps the oil at bay for a few hours. I have also noticed that makeup applies really well on top of this lotion. In fact, I often skip primer when I use this product. As far as I know, this lotion does not contain any SPF, so you will need an additional step of applying sunscreen before you step out of the house.
Priced at INR 995 for a 50 ml tube, this product is on the pricier side but it works as a great moisturizer for the days when your skin is too oily and temperamental. I would highly recommend this product to those with extremely greasy and acne-prone skin, the antibacterial action of this mattifying lotion will work wonders for you!
A tiny bottle full of the goodness of olive oil arrived at my doorstep the other day. Yet another goodie from Qtrove! If you read my previous post then you will know that Qtrove sent me a few products to try out and this time it is the Areev Oil Of Olives Body Lotion. Qtrove is a wonderful curated online marketplace that showcases homemade and organic items produced on a small scale. They have a fantastic collection ranging from skincare to food items and I am sure you will find many interesting things on their website. Here are my thoughts on the Areev Body Lotion, a gem of a product indeed!
This lovely body lotion is quite lightweight and sinks into the skin very quickly. This is great because nobody likes the sticky and greasy feeling of heavy moisturizers. The lotion instantly softens and hydrates the skin and makes it super smooth. It has a pleasant herbal/natural smell that lingers on for hours after application. The fragrance is very soothing and the formula is specially designed for sensitive skin, therefore it is very gentle.
I also love the packaging of the product. The shape of the bottle and the unique design of the lid make it look very high-end. It is like a little bottle of potion that I have been unscrewing throughout the day to catch another whiff of the refreshing scent. I think I have found my favorite summer body lotion!
I am so glad that Qtrove provides the opportunity to discover these new brands whose products are even better than those of the established brands. All the products have that homely feeling to them that strikes a chord in my heart. I will definitely be trying out some more products from Qtrove soon!
You can buy the Areev Oil of Olives Body Lotion here, and while you are at it, do check out the other products available on Qtrove’s online store too!
I also have an amazing coupon for you guys! Use the code BLOGMRINALINIM15 at checkout to get 15% off on your first order (for orders above INR 500, paid online).
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Have you ever been bothered by the amount of money you spend on your waxing appointments? Such a recurring expenditure might be concerning for many. Also, booking an appointment and clearing your schedule for the same is quite inconvenient. Another problem faced by some people is that if the wax is even a tad too hot, they suffer from a lot of ingrown hair after waxing.
Shaving and hair removal creams are good alternatives for affordable hair removal at home, but their effects are short-lived and you will be greeted by a sharp stubble within a few days. I personally prefer the Veet Full Body Waxing Kit to get rid of my body hair whenever I want to.
This handy kit contains 20 wax strips (2 strips are stuck together to protect the waxy side), and 4 oil wipes to remove the wax and hydrate the skin post waxing. You need to rub each pair of strips between your hands to warm the wax and then you can proceed with waxing as per the usual method. These wax strips effectively remove the hair and one strip stays sticky for up to 4-5 applications. Therefore, I never need more than 8 strips for my legs and arms. Since this kit of 20 strips is priced at INR 170, you can do the math to see how much more affordable they are as compared to a waxing session in a salon.
A few tricks that will help you with effective hair removal are to always place the strip in the direction of the hair growth and pull back in the opposite direction. Everybody’s hair grows differently, so make sure to follow the growth of your hair. Secondly, pull off the strips in one swift motion to ensure that all the hair is removed. Thirdly, if some stubborn hairs are not budging then bring out your tweezers and pluck them out. Lastly, store these strips in a relatively cool place to ensure that they don’t get overly sticky. If you follow these simple tips then you will get super smooth skin at home.
I find that this kit gives me comparable results to salons, with lesser pain and irritation. It helps to remove the dead skin and tan as well. The only issue is that since two strips are stuck together you can’t use an odd number of strips, and sometimes while you are working with one strip, the other one flies away! Other than this minor problem, I find that this waxing kit is perfect for regular use and also for touch-ups when you are too busy or traveling.
I hope that these tips and the review were useful. Buy the Veet Full Body Waxing Kit here.
The perfect face product is one that removes dead skin and blemishes without leaving the skin parched and bruised. The Votre Microdermabrasion Cream offers effective exfoliation while leaving your skin soft and hydrated. This is a treat for the skin and is a great product for pampering the face with something that feels luxurious, but isn’t that expensive either.
To use this product, massage it for a few seconds on damp skin, using circular motions. You will be able to feel the gentle scrubbing action and some of the product will get absorbed into the skin. After around 1 minute, wash it off with warm water. You will be surprised at the softness of your skin after just one use.
The texture of the product is like a gel with tiny particles embedded in it. The formula contains nourishing and brightening ingredients, such as aloe vera and licorice extract. It has a slight smell of chemicals but nothing that lingers on the skin. Unfortunately, I have the old jar packaging but they have now released a new packaging, which is in the shape of a white tube. I think the tube will be easier to use and more hygienic too!
Priced at INR 790 for a 30ml tube, this product is excellent for using once a week to get rid of stubborn pigmentation. It is dermatologically tested and suitable for all types of skin. A little goes a long way with this product and by the time you finish the tube, your skin will be in much better shape.
I hope that this review was helpful! Buy the Votre Microdermabrasion Creme here.
Does anyone still use soap for cleansing the face? I personally prefer a face wash because it is easier to travel with and seems more hygienic. To be honest, I only purchased the Vaadi Herbals Strawberry Facial Bar because I wanted to get rid of the shipping charges on my Nykaa order. Since I bought it, I have been using it and here is my review of this product.
I was primarily attracted to this soap because of the word Strawberry, and the product does live up to its claim on this front. It has a pleasing, sweet strawberry scent that literally fills up my bathroom, you won’t need a room freshener if you purchase this product! In terms of performance, it does seem gentler than the regular soaps and leaves the skin looking bright and refreshed. It gets rid of the oil really well, in fact, its cleansing action is so strong that I would not recommend this for dry skin. It also claims to reduce pigmentation, however, I have not seen much improvement in that area.
The first thing that disappointed me about this product as soon as it arrived was its size. It is so tiny! Here is a pic that compares its size to that of a lip balm. Agreed that the price of INR 30 is not a lot but I was still expecting something bigger. Perhaps the great ingredients it contains, such as strawberry and grapeseed extracts and almond oil, are the reason for the high price. In any case, the small size makes it harder to work with, although the bar does not dissolve much and is quite long lasting.
I won’t be repurchasing this product simply because I prefer a liquid face wash. However, if you like solid cleansers and are ok with spending 30 bucks on this tiny bar then it is excellent at keeping the oil at bay throughout the day.
Night creams are an excellent way to replenish the beauty of your skin which is subjected to pollution, makeup, and harsh sunlight throughout the day. I believe that a good SPF during the day and an excellent overnight treatment are essential for glowing skin, apart from a healthy lifestyle of course. However, when a night cream claims to provide the results of a laser treatment with regular usage, then the expectations hit the ceiling.
The Loreal White Perfect Laser Overnight Treatment, which has recently been rebranded as the Loreal White Perfect Clinical Overnight Treatment, claims to improve the radiance of the skin with faster skin renewal and removal of dead cells. It also promises to even out the skin tone by reducing melanin generation. To be honest, the claims stated on the website sound a little scary, but since I read exceptional reviews for this product, I decided to give it a shot. I am perfectly happy with the complexion of my skin tone, so I was only interested in the expedited skin renewal to get rid of pigmentation and marks. This product is so great at doing the same that I have been using it religiously for over 2 years.
The formula, prior to the rebranding, is of slightly thicker consistency and has a mild, fresh scent. You can feel a film of the product sitting on your face the next morning but quite a lot of the cream gets absorbed by the skin too. It is not heavy and does not clog the pores at all. It provides instant brightness to the skin and with prolonged usage, it heavily reduces acne scars and leaves the skin looking more youthful and evenly toned. I enjoyed the day cream and serum from the old range as well but found this night cream to be the star of the pack. I hope that the new version retains the goodness of its predecessor and I will soon report back about all the products of the new Clinical range.
The night cream is priced at INR 1200 for a 50ml tub that will last you for several months. Overall, this product definitely gets 5 golden stars from me!
Whenever I have some exciting event to go to, life always throws a curve ball in the form of nasty pimples. The Lotus Herbals Tea Tree Clear Face Pack is my best friend when it comes to shrinking these pimples within a few minutes. It is a clay based mask nourished with the goodness of tea tree oil and other herbs that help to combat acne and provide blemish-free skin.
The pack instructs to apply the product to clean skin and allow to dry completely for around 20 minutes and then rinse off. I like that the product does not stretch out the skin or make it excessively dry. It absorbs excess oil and leaves the skin fresh and glowing. I really love how it provides instant brightness to the skin along with working on acne.
A 60 gm tube of this face pack is reasonably priced at INR 165. Lotus Herbals is a brand that has always impressed me with the quality of its products and this one is no exception.