Monday, 28 September 2015

La Roche-posay Anthelios XL Fluid SPF 50+ review


 As I started noticing the first signs of aging I knew what was possibly causing it and I also knew what I had to do next. I have been intentionally skipping this step in my everyday skincare regime as I dislike the thought of greasy skin. Yes, I am talking about the usage of sunscreen on a daily basis because I have had it reserved only for my beach holidays. But now there was no escape and I had to hunt down a product with a high SPF that worked for my combination skin that was light weight that would give me protection from both UVA and UVB rays and above all it would not leave a white cast on my skin. So, did I find my Holy Grail product? Lets see….
 
 

Product name: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Fluid 50+ SPF

Quantity: 50 ml

Price: RS 1400

La Roche-Posay says:

This product provides high broad spectrum sun protection against the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays. Contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.

 









 


My experience:

Everyone needs to wear a sunscreen, even if you are indoors and I only realised this when I started seeing age spots and dark spots around my eyes.

After much deliberation I figured I needed La Roche posay Anthelios spf 50 in my life as reading reviews on the web helped me make a decision. I have used some products from their brand and I really liked them so it was easy to bestow my trust in them this time around. I use this every morning after my cleansing, toning and moisturising routine and then apply this all over my face and neck as a last step followed by makeup to finish off.

This product comes in a very sleek superior quality plastic bottle with a tiny nozzle to dispense the required amount and it is easy to carry around for reapplication as it conveniently fits in my makeup bag. The stuff is runny in texture and be sure to shake the bottle thoroughly before every use. This sunscreen is very light weight, gets absorbed into the skin immediately and leaves no white cast or greasiness on my skin. In fact, I feel my skin looks smoother, plump and evened out after its application. I have noticed that this works as an excellent base for makeup almost like a primer and on a no makeup day too I have observed that even on its own it does not make my face shiny indoors but outdoors it sure does get slightly oily so you will need to carry a compact/ pressed powder to blot the excess shine. I have not experienced any sunburn or suntan when I use it. It just works beautifully and the amazing part is it did not break me out.

Final thoughts:

This is an Ultra-light fluid with a very high SPF of 50+, its paraben free, fragrance free and works for all skin types including sensitive skin and sun intolerant skin. It is water resistant but don’t forget to reapply if you perspire. It gives protection from UVA and UVB rays and it’s great for my combination skin. It sits well under makeup but you will need to powder as it tends to get a little oily as the day progresses. I would totally recommend this product to everyone.

Thanks for reading.

Ravs

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate oil Review


Hey everyone,

I am back with another skincare product review, this is first of its kind on my blog as I have never used a product like this in my skincare routine ever before. I was introduced to this product when my buddies Krithi and Fiona raved about it on their blog.

So, I am talking about a cult favourite product from the organic brand Pai Skincare. Being a combination skin type usage of oil or heavy creams is always unlikely for me and knowing that I still decided to take the plunge. Do I fancy it? Read on….
 
 

Product name: Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate oil

Quantity: 30ml / 1 fl oz

Price: Rs 1900 / $37

About Pai skincare: (As per their website)

Pai BioRegenerate™ Rosehip Oil is rich in concentrated Trans-Retinoic Acid, an essential fuel for the skin's natural repair function.Rosehip is the ultimate skin multi-tasker. With regular use, it conditions the skin, improving skin firmness and elasticity.


High levels of Trans-Retinoic Acid are delivered directly to the epidermis, which converts to Vitamin A to boost the skin's natural healing process.

Clinical studies show Rosehip is effective at improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks, sun damage and fine lines.
 
 
 



 



My experience with the product:

This oil comes in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper to dispense the required amount and I think it works just fine without any hassle. I have been using this product since three months now. At first, I was using this oil every single day before retiring to bed and I was wowed by the results at how radiant my skin looked the next morning. However, I noticed that after a period of 10 days or so my skin stopped reacting to this product and I was hugely disappointed. And then one day I happened to read the instructions on the box and it stated that for best results use it 2-3 times a week and that was it. I rediscovered this precious and it has and will always be part of my skincare.

How I use it:

After cleansing my skin at night I spray the Avene Eau thermal spring water all over my face and while my skin is still damp I take 2-3 drops of the Pai Rosehip oil and apply it all over my face and neck with light pressing motions. I do not massage this oil on my skin as doing so breaks me out. I use it 30 minutes before going to bed and it does not leave any stains on the bed linen.

When you first apply it, your face will look oily as the oil takes a moment to absorb but within a few minutes you will notice that there is no stickiness or oil residue left as your skin soaks it all leaving you with brighter and softer skin that is like butter to touch but in a nice way. If you have extremely dry skin you may like to follow it with a night cream or a serum but I just stop here.

I have noticed that after incorporating this dry oil in my skincare has helped me balance the oil production of my skin, my skin is less oily and my break outs are under control, I am yet to see the lightening of the previous scars I think prolonged usage will take care of that too, it controls the redness on the skin, heals any dry patches around the skin. Does not work as an anti-aging product as claimed but slightly softens the lines upon application. It is a brilliant product that I will forever repurchase.

Final thoughts:

It is not available in India so I would be ordering more than one for backup the next time. You are required to use up the product within 6 months from the time you open the bottle. This 30ml bottle will easily last you 6 months. This Rosehip oil is made for all skin types including sensitive and mature. This oil is packed with simplest and purest ingredients with high-performance actives to restore your skins natural radiance. This skincare line is organic and safe. This little gem is a multitasker and can be used for various skin concerns. If you can get your hands on it don’t think twice.

Do you use any facial oils? Do you have a favourite? Please feel free to share about a product that you love the most. I would love to try it.

Thanks for reading.

Ravs

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Drops of youth Bouncy sleeping mask by The Body Shop


Hello everyone,

I am back with yet another skincare product review from the house of The Body Shop. After seeing every other beauty blogger putting up pictures on Instagram holding this green coloured jar and describing it in hashtags such as bouncebackbeautiful, rejuvenated, beautysleep and a few more that I can’t bring back from memory I was intrigued and I had to secure one for myself before I could hear the horror word “sold out”! Read on to know if this is a go get it or just leave it kind of a product.
 
 

Product: The Body Shop drops of youth bouncy sleeping mask

Price: Rs 2295

Quantity: 90ml / 90 grams

TBS says: Discover our new Drops of Youth Bouncy sleeping mask, enriched with Edelweiss stem cells. Designed to be left on overnight, it leaves skin looking and feeling replenished.

-          Youth-enhancing formula for bouncier looking skin

-          Unique bouncy, memory shape texture

-          With Edelweiss stem cells

 

 

How to use: Smooth on to face before bed and allow to sink in overnight. Do not wash off.

My experience: This stuff comes in a super heavy glass jar which clearly means travelling with it is not advisable. This product comes in a gel like foamy texture that is slightly bouncy . Every time I shake the jar or topple it, upon opening the tub the product sits pretty and looks as though you are using it for the very first time.  The texture is not creamy but when you apply it on your skin it is very slippery and siliconish and that is something I dislike in a face product. This product has a plant like smell to it which lingers on for quite a while. very little product is needed to cover the entire face and it spreads easily on to the skin. I use the spatula to scoop out the product that comes along with this and is of big help in my opinion.
 






 

After I smooth the product on my face my skin feels uncomfortable from the very next moment and I just wait and wait for it to get absorbed but it just refuses to do so. The first time I used it and left it on as an overnight mask I could not sleep because it kept sticking to my pillow, hair, face and everything else.

After a few days passed I gathered some courage and tried to use this again but this time as a hydration mask by leaving it on for 15 minutes and then giving my skin a good massage with it and using a hot towel to wipe away the excess product and noticed that this left my skin soft and supple so I figured this was the best way I could be using this mask.
I can not comment on the anti-aging benefits of the product because I have not used it as directed.

Final thoughts:

This product is tacky to apply and may even feel uncomfortable on the skin if you leave it on as an overnight mask but I have found another way around to still get some benefits of smoothening/ soothing the dry patches of my skin. However, I may not repurchase this product because I am not a fan of leave on masks instead I think facial oils are my thing. 
If you can get yourself a sample before purchasing the full size product you could tell for yourself. you may either like it or hate it and for me I am in-between.

Thanks for reading.

Ravs

Monday, 7 September 2015

Better safe than sorry - Stuff you must know about your cosmetics


Hello everyone,

Buying new makeup is always on my things to do list and I have a taste for expensive makeup and if you are living is India, you don’t have access to the best of makeup that is available in the makeup world. So, for beauty enthusiasts like myself have to either settle for brands that are available at stores near to us, or wait for a foreign trip to fill up bags with beauty and skincare products or have my friends and family entertain my shopping list. But what happens when your favourite product runs out before you could arrange its backup... and that’s what happened with me and I had to go looking for a new product altogether and here’s what happened…

This post is not a product review but a bitter lesson I learnt myself in the process of buying makeup and I believe everyone one of us needs to be aware of the fact that in the charm of buying expensive cosmetics we could be tricked. Read on to know how….

Below is the picture of a foundation I had purchased last month at a famous retail store that is the only destination for fragrances, skincare and cosmetics in India selling high-end international brands.
 
 
 

After my favourite foundation got over I was inclined to buy a new foundation Lingerie De Peau from Guerlain Paris. So, I visited this store and tried out a shade that matched my skin tone and finalized # 31 Ambre pale. I was super excited that I was going to own a luxurious foundation that looked and felt so amazing and what’s great was they had my shade in stock and so I rushed to the billing counter to make the payment and just then I noticed the expiration date on the bottle and it had only 2 months left for its expiry. Oh my Ghosh! I wasn’t going to finish this foundation in the next 2 months for sure so I asked the lady if they could arrange me a bottle from their fresh stock. She said most definitely as they had 2 bottles of it in their warehouse and they belonged to the new stock they had received. I was overjoyed and told her I would come and collect the bottle the coming weekend and requested her to call me and confirm that the product in the warehouse had a distant expiry date and she said she would.

Next day comes and I don’t get a call from her so, the restless me calls the store inquiring about it and they say to me that the girl you spoke to is on leave however, your requested foundation is in stock with an expiry date of 2018. I was relieved to hear that and then came weekend and I brought this beauty home. While I was making the payment and admiring the bottle and its box packaging I was not very happy because it looked rather old and worn out but when I checked for the label it had an expiration date that read 2018 and that’s all I was concerned about.
 
 

So, when I came home first thing I did was to open the bottle and test the foundation on my hand and it oozed out like water and that worried me a bit and the fragrant was dull and didn’t smell anything like what the tester foundation I tried at the store did and that raised concern. It rang a bell in my head and I quickly grabbed my phone to check its actual manufacturing and expiration using its batch number.
 
 

You will not believe what I saw… It came like a shock to me that I have been tricked by the store. This stuff expired in 2013 and they sold me a foundation that was manufactured in the year 2010.
 









 

Next day, I rushed to the store to return the product and told them that I have been cheated and I needed my money back and they asked me for time. As I was travelling there was no way I could give them any time and I insisted that I needed a refund right away and then they unhappily agreed to it. I also told them to sit and check all of their stuff in the store and they might be surprised to know half of it might have already expired. I learnt my lesson and I hope you all are careful too.

The reason I am writing this post is so that each one can be aware that there is a way you can check the products authenticity, expiry and the time left before you should use up the product yourself. Do not rely on the labels or stickers put up by the stores just pick the batch number which is listed near the bar code and check for yourself. I did this after my purchase but I am going to do this before my purchase from now on because this stuff is not cheap and I cannot take a chance with my skin.
 
 

In future, for your reference please visit www.checkfresh.com and www.checkcosmetics.com to make sure you are buying genuine products with their true manufacturing and expiry date.

I hope my post helps you girls too.

Thanks for reading.

Ravs