Wednesday, 24 September 2014

My thoughts on my skincare regime


Hello everyone,

I am doing this sort of a post for the first time on my blog. I see several people request beauty bloggers to do a skin care routine post often well, this one is not exactly a skincare post but you will know what I am meaning to say. I have been experimenting with various products so that I can find what works best for me and what I should never ever lay my finger on. Now trust me this whole process is crazy and insane and you will know why when you read this post.

Ok, I have mentioned a lot of times that I have a normal to combination skin type which means an oily T-zone and my rest of the face being on the drier side.

On a quest to take care of my skin I bought an entire range of morning and night skincare regime from our very own Forest Essentials. Now, I have tried two of their products in the past which I quite liked and reviewed them on my blog and I felt I could put all my trust in their hands to help me pamper my skin so, I indulged or can I say overindulged in doing so.

So, I bought myself the following products:
 
 
 

Day time skin care:

Forest essentials Neem and saffron face wash

Forest essentials Rose water mist

Forest essentials Indian rose and marigold day lotion with SPF 25

Night time skin care:

Face wash and rose mist same as above

Night cream sandalwood and saffron

Forest essentials lightening and brightening Tejasvi emulsion

Forest essentials sugarcane lip scrub

Forest essentials Bhringraj hair oil

Forest essentials Mashobra honey and vanilla shampoo

Forest essentials Mashobra honey and vanilla conditioner
 
 

Wow, now that’s a mega list. Yes, so I used all the above mentioned products religiously for a month and above and here is my honest opinion.

If you have used forest essentials yourself you will know that they are made with all natural stuff without the use of chemicals, parabens, no petroleum, artificial colours and are cruelty free now that being said they are heavily fragrant in fact, so much fragrance that you will feel sick of the smell at some point because it can give you a horrible headache.

After using these products I noticed that my skin was not too happy as it looked dull and lacked the lustre of being take care of. Now these were not the signs I was hoping for but I still continued using them and the result was a face full of acne and breakouts which I am still dealing with. My skin has never been so sensitive to any products I have used in the past but the overpowering smell of these lotions and potions just ruined my skin. I should have picked the first signs my skin was giving me at the very beginning and now I have acne which is becoming difficult to deal with. I have stopped using Forest essentials a week ago and my acne has not subsided yet, looks like the damage is done and I don’t know when I will have my normal skin back again.

And yes about the hair care stuff, I was suggested these products for hair fall and hair growth well, my hair fall was not reduced even by 1 percent as it only aggravated it with its powerful and intense smell.
 
 
 

Final thoughts:

Firstly, these products didn’t work for me but it is not necessary that they may not work for you. Please feel free to try and test their products if you wish to. Sadly, I would not be able to gather courage to try these heavily fragranced products again. I am testing a new skincare brand now and will share more details soon as I can only hope it helps to repair my damaged skin. L People with sensitive skin should be more careful of fragranced creams and lotions.

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Clinique Hydration solutions kit - review


Hello everyone,

Today’s post is about a Try-on kit I purchased from Clinique a month ago and I am ready to review it now. I had gone to the Clinique store to purchase their anti-blemish solutions clinical clearing gel which I have reviewed earlier on my blog and I requested the SA to give me a sample of their under eye cream and she sold me this little kit. Now, I am not very happy about this idea of selling sample size products at a high cost because I remember earlier receiving these sample sizes for free with my other Clinique purchases. There can only be 2 things to it either Clinique is unsure of their own products and that’s why they are reluctant to give away samples or their staff is not generous and want to keep the samples for themselves. :(  Anyway, so I bought this try-on samples and here is my opinion on them.

Note: I have normal to combination skin type

It consists of 4 sample size products and they come in a netted silver pouch.

a)      Clinique All about eyes eye cream  5ml

b)      Moisture surge overnight mask 7ml

c)       Moisture surge extended thirst relief 15ml

d)      Clinique moisture surge tinted moisturizer SPF 15 1.5ml

Price: RS 750 for the box which includes 4 samples and a silver pouch.
 
 

Clinique all about eyes eye cream:

As the name suggests it is an under eye cream. I have tried this product in the past when I had trouble free skin and I liked it then because it would keep my under eye area soft and hydrated. Now I needed more attention to the eyes as I have dark circles, dryness around the eyes and some visible lines and this product sadly does nothing. It only acts as a good base for my concealer. So, is that enough to buy a full size product? I would say no.

This 7ml pot would last you a month to help you decide if you should invest in it or not. The product comes in a tub packaging losing all its antioxidants and benefits once opened. This cream takes time to get absorbed into the skin. The scary part is it irritates my eyes if I happen to accidentally rub them, it stings. I am striking this stuff out of my list.

Clinique Moisture surge extended thirst relief:

Well, I have heard a lot of good reviews about this product and was curious to try it myself and the bottom line is I don’t like it. The texture is so silicone like and when I used it on my face it did not feel moisturized in fact it looked and felt more drying. It gets absorbed in the skin in a second only leaving you with dry mattified feeling. Sometimes, I even felt my skin looked and appeared darker with this stuff on. L With a heavy heart I am striking this off the list too.

Clinique overnight mask:

Okie, there are days when you need to pamper your skin and for those days I have kept this overnight mask handy and I am pretty content with the results. I woke up to a slightly softer skin the next morning. This is an oil-free mask and it helps to replenish and hydrate the skin. I use this twice a week and I quite like this product and plan to get a full size tube of it. So, this one stays on my list.

Clinique moisture surge tinted moisturizer SPF 15:

Hmm, I was very reluctant to try this stuff as the shade of this tinted moisturizer appeared very dark when I swatched it on my hand. Nevertheless, I still tried it on and what I felt was that this product is quite thick in consistency almost like a foundation. It blended easily on my skin but you need to work quickly with it as it starts setting. I felt that I was wearing something heavy on my skin that felt sticky and bothersome but overall it looked very nice and it photographed well. I think I am going to buy a full size bottle of it but match my skin tone correctly. So, I am still sceptical but I may give it a shot, not as of now though.
 
 

Final thoughts:

As I said I was hoping to get a couple of these as GWP (gift with purchase) but I was told by the SA that Clinique has stopped offering free samples which makes me think about going back to their brand as it is important to test and convince yourself before buying the full size products as this stuff is not cheap. I find Clarins and Estee lauder being very generous with their GWP offers and I always tell their SA’s to give me a sample of something that will show results as I am one of those customers who will go back and buy their full size bottle if I see good results.

Note: I wrote an email to Clinique mentioning about their no more samples policy and it’s been over a month and no one cared to revert.

 

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Favourites


Hello everyone,

This is the beginning of a new month, Happy September! So, it’s time to list my favourite products for the past month i.e. August. All the things that I have liked using and have been happy about, in the last month are on this list. It is a mix of makeup, skincare and accessories that I enjoyed buying and using. Read on to see what stuff made it to this list.

Evelyn & Crabtree Hand therapy cream:

Dry hands are always an issue for me. No matter what season of the year it is, they are always dry and craving for hand creams. This one has been my current favourite as it is a gorgeous fresh smelling cream which is so refreshing to my senses. I love the way how moisturising it is without leaving any greasiness or residue. It instantly soaks into my skin without having to struggle too much. So, this one makes it to the list.
 
 


Bio derma Sensibio H2o makeup remover:

I have been using Lush 9 to 5 cleanser which is cream based and Clarins makeup remover which is oil based and was pretty content with them but now I needed a water based remover which was very gentle on the skin so it had to be Bioderma sensibio H20 and who doesn’t love Bioderma? I ordered it online from Nykaa.com and I am so pleased with this product. It’s my number one makeup remover of them all now. Wohoo!!
 
 

Forest Essentials Rose water mist:

In Chennai, it’s mostly hot and humid and to keep up with this weather conditions I now know what to do J just spritz the Forest essentials Rose water mist generously on my entire face and I am sorted. It smells divine and rose water is in its purest form in this bottle as its 100% distilled rose water and nothing else. I am so stocking it up as I am obsessed with this stuff.
 
 

Kryolan Professional lipstick:

Wow! I wore this lipstick the whole of July and so it had to be here on my favourite list. I am super happy that I had a chance to pick this for myself as this colour brightens my face and my day. I have also reviewed this lipstick on my blog earlier and that shows how much I am loving it.
 
 

Marks & Spencer socks:

I simply love everything marks & spencer sells. I believe the quality of their products is their USP. So, that keeps me going back to them for more shopping. I love socks, I love wearing them, I love buying them but, only the cute looking ones J I picked these socks last month and I am totally loving them. Aren’t they adorable?
 
 

iPad Mini cover:

I was looking for a cute looking case/cover for my iPad mini and guess what I found one which is super-duper cute. The front of the case is a magnetic floral print design and the back of it is a lovely matte finish sea green colour. This now looks like a mini diary more than a mini iPad. Ha-ha! But I like it this way.
 
 

Da Milano Black leather handbag:

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that this is a new purchase. This stuff is so elegant that I love flaunting it. There is so much space inside the bag that I don’t have to worry about carrying my beloved things everywhere with me, they all fit in still leaving enough room to sneak in more stuff easily. The best part is that this bag never seems to be heavy on my shoulders even with all that weight it is carrying. Love it!
 
 

Random accessories:

I have been wearing these pins a lot in the past month. I happened to pick them in Goa during my holiday. I think each one cost me a hundred bucks I suppose. Nevertheless, I enjoy sporting them. The fish one on casuals and the yellow stone one on Indian dresses.
 
 

That’s about it from me. what are your current favourites? Do share them in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Monday, 1 September 2014

Chambor eye shadow Trio - Review


Hello everyone,

It’s time for a new post and todays post is on a product that I happened to pick just because I did not want to return empty handed from that counter. You know with me, if the SA’s are courteous and helpful while showing the products I cannot refuse them a sale. So, this was one such purchase. Please read on to see if I made a wise choice or I should learn to say “No Thank you” in future. :D

Product name: Chambor eye shadow Trio

Shade: Nocturnal Blue 93

Weight: 6gms

Price: RS 595
 
 
 
 

My take on the product:

I have purchased several other Chambor products in the past and my favourite being their Dazzle twist up eyeliner pencil in black. This time around I needed to give their eye shadows a chance so I decided to pick this one up.

It comes in a compact packaging with a built in mirror, a two way applicator brush and 3 different shades from the metallic and shimmer family. The case is a regular bluish black Chambor colour and has a floral print embossed to its exterior which I am not particularly fond of. The shades included in this palette contains a metallic dark blue, a metallic teal green and a grey loaded with shimmer. Appearance wise the shade selection is a treat to the eyes as a makeup enthusiast you can create various looks with it.

In this picture I have directly applied the shades on my lids, the inner corners I am wearing the teal green and the outer corner one is the dark blue shade and the lower lash is lined with the shimmery grey one, all without the use of primer and they last on my lids for 1 to 2 hours with a little bit of creasing here and there. I particularly like the shimmery grey one used with my Mac Fix+ to get the best out of it for an evening look.
 
 

The texture of the eye shadow is very smooth, butter like but when you pick it on your finer tip or brush it is just crazy (not in a nice way)the way it looks when swatched on your hand or applied over your eyes. It is so difficult to blend for an even finish and the amount of fallout from these pigmented looking shades is insane. After finishing doing my eye makeup with this trio my rest of the face turns all blue in colour when I tried to wipe off the excess fallout. Not just that, the texture is so gritty and powdery that this stuff keeps falling inside my eyes causing burning, itching and turning them red. Sadly, this product does not work for me.
 



 

The Nice:

Three beautiful shades

Comes with a built in mirror and application brush

Travel friendly

The Not so Nice:

Hate the immense fallout

Difficult to work with

Irritates the eyes

Expensive for the quality

Includes paraben

Final thoughts:
 There are several palettes to choose from as they offer some amazing shades but unfortunately, this one put me off and I fear to try the rest. I think I am gonna learn to say “No Thank you” in a polite manner. I wouldn’t repurchase this and I don’t even recommend it.

Rating: 2/5

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Ravs