Forest Essentials Lightening & Brightening Tejasvi Emulsion: Review

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Pros:

  • Gives you a glowing complexion.
  • Very Nourishing, even the driest of skins, will feel the difference overnight.
  • Rejuvenates and firms the skin.
  • Gets rid of Tan.
  • The Base ingredients list: Cow’s milk, wild turmeric, saffron and cold pressed beeswax makes it a winner product.
  • A little goes a long way.

Cons:

  • A risky affair for oily skin, for its super Greasy.
  • Its only available online and their stores in Metro cities, like my city has only one store, and I gotta travel 12kms to get this!
  • Its got a pungent smell, but this one could be overlooked considering all the goodness its natural ingredients have.
  • Priced a little higher.

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What They Claim:

This unique Emulsion removes blemishes and pigmentation by combining the potent properties of age-old Ayurvedic herbs, pure whole cream cow’s ghee, sweet Almond oil, virgin Coconut oil and Kokum butter blended with purifying and skin lightening and brightening herbs, root and flower extracts. The base of pure Cow’s milk ‘Ghee’, which is aged to extract the desired benefits, instantly provides extraordinary lighting of the skin tone and brightening of the skin.

With regular massage, the skin acquires a noticeably soft, fairer, resilient and ‘plumped’ quality with a radiant glow or “Tejas”

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Source: http://www.forestessentialsindia.com

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How to Use:

Apply on clean damp skin. Take a small quantity and massage well on the face and neck area for 10-15 minutes. Dab off the excess with a hot towel, followed by a facial scrub or cleanser. (In case of very dry skin, a scrub is not required.) Use chilled floral toner or splash cold water to tone and seal the skin.

My Story:

I read a lot about this product online. The internet is scattered with its reviews. Its also won some beauty awards the brand claims. What really attracted my attention was the list of base ingredients like cow’s milk, wild turmeric, saffron and organic beeswax. And if you read how they make it, you would want to try this atleast once in your life.

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Source: Forest Essentials India

I decided to give it a shot. Its mainly recommended for dry skin. And because, winter makes my skin so dry that almost nothing that I apply overnight lasts till the next morning. I decided I opt for this, for this is super greasy. Although the label said otherwise, I decided to keep it overnight. And Voila! It worked Magic! I loved how my skin soaked all that up overnight. All I did, was applied a layer of it all over my face, massaged it for some 5 minutes, used a damp tissue to rub off the extra after 10 minutes. Slept with it. Got up to bright and younger looking skin even in the winters, washed my face with a deep cleansing face wash and sprayed rose water. It worked like magic. Real magic for my winter skin, which was usually dry and flaky before. This is my second tub, and definitely a repurchase for me.

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Price: Rs. 2275 for 50gm.

My Rating: 4/5

Aroma Magic Vitamin C Day cream: Review

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Pros:

  • Smells almost like Oranges, very citrus!
  • Calming and cooling sensation.
  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Makes skin super soft.
  • Absorbs totally into the skin.
  • Has SPF 15. Bingo!!!
  • Has Vitamin C that helps fight ageing of the skin.
  • Non-greasy, gives a matt effect.
  • Regular usage gives a healthy glow.
  • Packed with natural ingredients like lavender, chamomile, aloe, avocado, etc.
  • Artificial Fragrance and color free.
  • Moderately priced.
  • Easy availability.

Cons:

  • The packaging. Comes in a tub and not in a tube.

What They Claim:

I am 100% free of petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic ingredients, artificial fragrance and colour. I am a light non greasy day cream enriched with SPF 15. Packed with natural source of Vitamin C, with pomegranate juice, I protect & strengthen the skin’s upper layer. Shea butter & aloe vera gel balances the skin’s pH level while deeply moisturising it. Extracts of orange & apple, and the blend of chamomile, lavender & helichrysum essential oils, together with avocado oil lighten & hydrate to leave your skin soft & exquisitive every single day.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Cucumis Sativus Seed Oil, Organic Butyrospermuim Parkii, Persea Gratissima Oil, Apple Fruit Extract, Luminess Extract, Pomegranate Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Chamaemelum Nobile Essential Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Essential Oil, Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid).

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How to Use:

It is best to use me on clean skin after using a toner. Apply me on your face and neck in gentle circular motions. Use me before applying makeup.

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My Story:

I was looking for a good day cream and my friend suggested me this one. When it is not so winter that my skin is not flaking, and when it is not so summer that my skin is yet to become a oil pot. I needed a day cream that could heal my skin in the transition from winter dry to oily summer. My friend suggested me this one pot. Magic pot I would say. Fights the weather changes! It has SPF 15 is a bonus point, so when I am home and not out in the sun.. I needn’t apply a sunscreen. Added Vitamin C fights skin ageing. Its light, non-greasy texture and refreshing feeling will make you love this product. It absorbs into your skin totally so can be used before makeup too. It has too many natural ingredients to give this one a miss.. From chamomile, lavender, pomegranate, avocado, aloe, apple and citrus extracts. Its packed with goodness. With longer usage, it gives a healthy glow to your skin tone. Its easily available in almost all cosmetic stores. Its very moderately priced unlike all the expensive creams in the market. I have used almost one tub of this like you can see in the pictures, and is definitely a repurchase for me.

Price: 350 for 50gm

My Rating: 4.5/5

Vichy EAU Thermal Spa Water: Review

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Pros:

  • Gives an instant refreshing feeling.
  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Works wonders for both Dry and Oily skin types.
  • Helps reduce acne, sunburns, redness and irritation.
  • Gives a soothing feeling, and a healthy glow.
  • Paraben free.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Easy to use spray bottle.
  • Great packaging, non-drippy and travel safe.

Cons:

  • Availability is a major issue.
  • Its only available online and select stores in Metro city.

What They Claim:

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Source: Vichy’s Official Website

Product Concern: For men and women who want to soothe or refresh their skin, whatever their skin type. Recommended for sensitive skin.
Vichy Thermal Spa Water, naturally powerful: sourced from the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes, Vichy Thermal spa water is rich in 15 rare minerals, and is one of the most concentrated mineral waters in France
Indication: comforts and refreshes sensitive skin, soothes irritation due to dryness and completes a cleansing routine.
Efficacy: it has been declared a spring of public benefit since 1846 and recognised for its soothing and fortifying properties.
Sensitive Skin: tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control. Allergy tested. Preservative Free.
Pleasure: fine and refreshing mist.

Ingredients:

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How to Use:

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Source: Vichy’s Official Website

After spraying, leave it to work for a few moments then gently dry. Use at any time of the day or night.

My Story:

So, last december, i.e december 2015.. My all so oily facial skin suddenly starting flaking. And boom! It was so dry that no matter what I applied before bed time, the next morning I got up with dry, flaking, aching skin. Most of my skincare was targeted for oily skin, so I had to shut them all. I bought the skincare range that was recommended for dry skin. It broke me out on my T-zone, whereas my cheeks were dry, flaky and patchy.Then a friend recommended me buy thermal spring water. The first one I bought was Avene Thermal spring water. Howsoever, that didn’t work for me. So, one fine day I was scrolling through the offers at Nykaa.com, when I saw this offer on Vichy thermal spa water, which said buy one and get one free. I thought, I would try. I purchased. It was February 2016. My skin goes through weather change issues. From dry and flaky in winter to super oily in summers and super sensitive during the monsoons. And, I can vouch for this product. I have been using this for a year now. Its my must product. I use it after I wash my face in the morning. At times, when I am travelling I also use this as a hydrating mist on my face. My personal experiences claim, that this helps reduce acne. I have hormonal pimples at that time of the month, I use this mist it dries out the pimple. I have used three bottles as of now and is a definitely repurchase for me.

Price: 450 for 50ml; 650 for 150ml

My Rating: 4/5

Patanjali Aloevera Gel: Review

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Pros:

  • Its works for both dry and oily skin. Hydrates the dry skin and balances the oily skin.
  • Works wonders for sensitive skin and sunburns.
  • Gives a soothing/ cooling sensation, if applied post waxing/threading.
  • Does not burn a hole in your pocket. Its cheap and affordable.
  • Hygienic and travel-friendly packaging, comes in a tube.

Cons:

  • It has added colours and preservatives
  • The ingredients are not clearly mentioned.

What they Claim:

Aloe Vera Gel for natural beauty, safety and useful for removal of pigmented spots.

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Ingredients:

Aloe Vera 90% W/V , Base Material – q.s , Permitted Colours – Tartazine Yellow and Brilliant blue , Vitamin E , Fragrance and Preservatives q.s

My Story:

Back in 2011, I was on a 2 month long intensive trip. I had to complete most of North India. I followed no regular CTM then. I rarely used a sunscreen then. Mostly I washed my face only once before bedtime. I was super naive to believe oily skins don’t require a moisturiser. So, basically I was on a trip out of my comfort zone. To think about those days, scare me too.. don’t give me that weird look. Howsoever, it was the 16th day of my trip and one morning I got up to find my skin around my lips super dry, achy and flaking. It was a dry patch. To my horror, even boroline couldn’t cure it. I called my mom up, and she advised me to buy this product. Patanjali was not that famous a brand then. Shops were rare. I travelled 9kms to get this product. That day and this day.. I always have this product for sun burns, acne, dry skin troubles, oily skin acne, post waxing gel, post threading gel, hair mask, face mask and what not. I have used more than 20 of these tubes by now. I would rate this product a 5/5 if the ingredients were clearly mentioned in a more detailed manner.

How I Use This:

  • For Skin: I use this for various purposes.. moisturiser, as a face mask mixed up with other ingredients, to give more details I would have to write another blog post. I ‘ll keep it precise here and write another post on various ways to use this, and link it here. I also use this as a post treatment for waxing and threading.
  • For Hair: I use aloevera gel as a leave-in conditioner at times and also use it as a hair mask mixed up with castor oil.

Price: 80 for 150ml.

My Rating: 4/5.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution: Review

Pros:

  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Gets rid of the tan and hyper-pigmentation.
  • Gives you a bright glow.
  • Lightens acne scars, also helped me with chicken pox scars.
  • Its a clear solution and not very sticky, acts as a wonder makeup base for me.
  • Silicone-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free.
  • Comes with a dropper packaging, very hygienic to use it and only two drops each day runs for almost two to three months.

Cons:

  • Glass bottle: I am always scared, I might break it.
  • Does not work well if you don’t use a moisturizer and a sunscreen along with it.
  • Highly Priced.
  • Availability is a major issue, Available only at Kiehl’s stores and Nykaa.com, our local cosmetic and skincare stores will not have this, so we end up buying this product on MRP.

What they claim: 

A serum that diminishes the appearance of dark spots. Highly efficacious dark spot corrector is formulated to have a visible impact on a broad spectrum of dark spots. This clear and corrective formula visibly diminishes the number and intensity of dark spots and discolorations. With a potent, latest-generation clarifying complex of Activated C, White Birch and Peony Extracts, the formula penetrates skin’s surface to help correct the appearance of dark spots and unify skin tone. With daily, continuous use, skinimg_1852 is visibly brighter, more even and radiant with a visible improvement in clarity. Dermatologist tested for safety and gentleness. Tested on all skin types, including sensitive.

My Story:

So, back in March 2014.. I was affected by Chicken Pox which left me huge marks all over my face. I was done trying it all from medicated skin creams to coconut water. Nothing worked for me. And to add to my fate my skin had become super sensitive and prone to breakouts. Then a friend introduced me to Kiehl’s. I walked into their store to try my hands on it. They didn’t have sample sachets available for this product, unwillingly enough I purchased the whole size product, along with blue herbal moisturizer. It was only one week and I could feel the difference. My breakouts began to diminish in size, maybe because of the blue herbal moisturizer., but nothing really happened to the dark spots. I knew I was expecting results too soon. After about a month I noticed, the tan fading out, the spots lightening. But thimg_1850e Chicken pox spots were stubborn. It took me two bottles to fade that out. And not only that, the texture of my skin got so much better. Its loaded with amazing ingredients.

Just to name two of them, the activated Vitamin C protects our skin from daily sun damage and the Salicylic Acid helped me get rid of acne. Today, I swear by this product. Yes, I agree this is not the sole product I used to get rid of acne and dark spots, I followed a good CTM too. But My Rating for this Product is a total 4/5.

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Price: 4450 for 30ml.

My Rating: 4/5