Monday, 19 February 2018

Have you ever used a skincare product which has made you feel special??
Purito puts in a lot of effort in creating their skincare product. Take this serum for example the core ingredient (Centella Asiatica) is hand picked.
Ever since I have started incorporating Centella Asiatic in my skincare I have noticed some drastic changes in my skin texture.
This serum by Purito is one of a kind unlike many skincare products this contains 49% pure centella asiatica extracts (many brands use centella water)
Packaging:
A beautiful green bottle with a pump mechanism this holds 60ml of product in it ( quite generous for a serum). Purito has recently revamped their packaging and I like the new design of the containers. The recycled  cardboard box has a full detailed ingredient list, instructions and illustrations  in both Korean and English
ABOUT THE PRODUCT:
This serum has a gel like texture and smells like herbs ( centella asiactica ) Initially when spreading the gel on the face it feels a little sticky but after 2-3 minutes once its fully absorbed the tackiness is gone. This is a very hydrating serum and layers well with other products
Results:
Other then maintaining skin moisture barrier, this soothes the skin and reduces redness. This calms does irritation and also prevents acne. Overall I am quite pleased with this serum and think this is suitable for all skin types due to its light weight gel like texture
this retails for 17$ at Purito website

Thursday, 15 February 2018

All those of you who know me in person or have been reading my blog post for a long time must be aware, that i have been struggling with hair loss for a very long time ( almost 6 yrs )
I have tried out multiple hair growth tonics and hair supplements ans honestly I haven't experienced any noticeable difference so when I saw Cocoa locks One Month Hair Growth Program  i decided to give it a go
The brands motto is "Hair growth never tasted so good.”
And i agree them 100% this Growth Program comes in two formulation/flavours :the Cocoa Locks Hot Chocolate and the Cocoa Locks Shake,
I chose to try out the hot chocolate one because its one my most favourite beverage for winters
A little about my hair:
I have color treated, fine wavy hair which i have been wearing in  a bob haircut for 3 yrs. Long hair require lot of care and i don't have mich time to take proper care of my hair so chopping them short makes it more manageable.

I have been drinking this hot chocolate for almost one month and I am not lying, but this seriously made my hair grow. My short bob has now transformed into a lob ( long bob) moreover i have noticed a lot of baby hairs on my scalp
What I love about this hair growth hot chocolate is that the brand is very honest about their ingredients. There are lot of hair friendly ingredients like iron, vitamins etc to improve hair growth
This is gluten-free gluten me and cruelty free and each serving = 32 calories
Directions in making hot chocloate:
Take 1 or  2 teaspoons of Cocoa LoclsHot Chocolate in water, then add milk with sugar as desired to it ( that's how i make one  for me. On its own this tastes bland so i prepared to drink it with milk and sugar
Though this hasn't improved the volume of my hair ( I still have bald patches on my scalp)this has definitely increased the length of my hair.
The main question will I continue to drink this ? Yes absolutely, I am very please with the results. I haven't noticed any kind of side effects while using this plus I have a feeling that with continuous consumption this will increase the texture and thickness of my hair
you can purchase your very Cocoa Locks Hair Growth Drink here

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Formerly known as O.S.T, Tiam is a Korean skincare brand popular in the skincare world for its Original Pure Vitamin C20 serum ( review of the serum will be posted soon). This cream is actually a rebranded version of 9-5 vitamin crema by O.S.T

An intensive hydrating cream that not only moisturizes but brightens skin.
 Recharge and renew your skin for a radiant, energized look every day.
 
[How to use]
Apply evenly and pat over face avoiding eye area to be fully absorbed.
 Use morning and night.
 Applying cream after My Signature C Source is highly-recommended
 to boost the effectiveness of both items.

Packaging:
Tinted glass jar containing 50ml of cream is enclosed in a red cardboard box.( no spatula provided so don't look for one)
Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arbutin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclomethicone, Beta-Glucan, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate,
The cream has a gel like texture, it spreads easily on the skin and has a citrusy scent. Though its light weight it takes a little time to absorb into the skin (1-2 mins).Once the cream is fully absorbed into the skin it does not leave a tacky/ oily residue behind.its suggested to use the cream with the serum.I have personally have noticed that the cream  absorbs a lot quicker into the skin when used with the vitamin C serum.
I have reserved this cream for night time skincare routine due to its highly moisturising nature, also I use my vitamin C serum at night. And I feel that the cream delivers maximum benefits when it remains on my skin for longer duration.
Results:  Soft skin which looks relatively brighter and glowy. It refreshes and refines the skin texture and makes the skin look less dull. While the cream has not made much of a difference on my acne scars, it thankfully prevented more acne and pimples from appearing. I personally like this cream and would recommend it for all skin types. Just a little word of advice. If you have oily skin I suggest you use this in small amount and add more if your skin requires as it takes time to absorbs and initially might feel a little heavy on the skin. Would I repurchase?? Yes because I have seen a lot of serums containing vitamin C but not many creams which have Vitamin C as a main ingredient.





Monday, 12 February 2018

Many of you might be familiar with A by Bom, they make those fantastic and visually attractive flower and leave sheet masks that have been trending on internet lasts year ( I unfortunately haven't tried their sheet masks yet but they are on my wishlist)
Anyways you would be very surprised to know ( I know I was) that A by Bom manufactures a lot more skincare products other than just sheet masks
The Wisely Garden Skin Water is a first step skin toner containing seven plant ingredients with hydrating superpowers including Cactus Flower, Prickly Pear, and Resurrection Plant extracts. This is a gentle yet intensely hydrating toner that improves skin texture and replenishes fragile skin barrier.  It is formulated scent-free, alcohol free, and color-free ( source ~ bemused Korea website)
this is basically a first step toner which  is applied immediately after washing the face, it gives instant hydration to the skin and maintains the moisture and PH balance
This particular toner has a very unique ingredients list
Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Pulp Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Cactus flower prevents loss of moisture from the surface of  skin  it also acts as an antioxidant
Another cactus-derived  ingredient prickly pear nourishes and rejuvenates the skin
I can also spot some other great ingredients like aloe, coconut and lacto bacillus ferment in this toner

Packaging:
This toner is packed in a  cardboard box with an illustration of a cute doll on the top. Inside there is a standard plastic bottle which holds 235ml of product. I found the nozzle like mechanism very practical to dispense out the product.

About the product:
The Wisely Garden Skin Water has a very liquidy, non sticky texture. It just feels like water but once you apply it to the skin it provides extraordinary hydration to the skin .
The claims mass by the brand are true, it is truly fragrance, alcohol and color free
I have been using this for almost two weeks now I love how soft this makes my skin feel. Its perfect for 7 skin method. I know many people apply toners with a cotton square but I don't like wasting my skincare products so I take a generous amount of this toner in the  palm of my hands and then gently pat it on my face
I have oily skin which turns dry in winters and I am totally amazed how easily this reduces the flakiness
In my opinion this is a very versatile product and suitable for all skin types
this retails.for 27$ at bemused korea website
This is one of the latest addition to my ever expanding collection of face cleansers and I am so glad to try out this amazing cleanser.
 The Stemwater cleanser includes bamboo, cypress, and birch extracts, as well as soothing honey extract from Jeju Island, and leaves the skin moisturized and fresh after cleansing.
Earth's Recipe is not one of the main stream Korean skincare brands but they have some really great staple  , HG status worthy skincare products.
This is a very unique 2nd step cleanser. It has a Ph of 5.5 ( ideal Ph level ) and is paraben free
Ingredients:
WATER, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, NIACINAMIDE, DIOSCOREA JAPONICA ROOT EXTRACT, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, SACCHAROMYCES FERMENT FILTRATE, PIPER METHYSTICUM LEAF/ROOT/STEM EXTRACT, SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM (TOMATO) FRUIT EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM EXTRACT, VANILLA PLANIFOLIA FRUIT EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) OIL, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, CEDRUS ATLANTICA BARK OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, JASMINUM OFFICINALE (JASMINE) OIL, MYRTUS COMMUNIS OIL, ROSE FLOWER OIL, FERULA GALBANIFLUA (GALBANUM) RESIN OIL, POLYQUATERNIUM-51, GLYCOSYL TREHALOSE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HYDROGENATED STARCH HYDROLYSATE, RAFFINOSE, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, ADENOSINE, LECITHIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, COPAIFERA OFFICINALIS (BALSAM COPAIBA) RESIN, AUREOBASIDIUM PULLULANS FERMENT, TRILAURETH-4 PHOSPHATE
its described as a sticky cleanser
Packaging:
Standard squeeze tube packaging , I love the chic white tube it looks so classy. The lid is transparent and closes pretty well. A single tube contains 150 ml of product in it.
About the products:
This smells heavenly, its mild and very refreshing ( this is one scent I would love to use in the morning as its so crisp and clean)
The texture is sticky gel like. Its transparent in color but there are tiny white colored particles in the cleanser. I used a small amount of product on the palm of my hand and was surprised how much foam this cleanser created by just a little bit of massaging.

My skin feels visibly brighter and clean. This effectively removes all the sebum from the skin surface while maintaining hydration and retaining skin moisture. I am so surprised to see how soft my skin feels after every use.
I once used this to remove makeup and was shocked how well this cleared my skin of all the dust and makeup  
I am very impressed with this cleanser and skincare brand in general because the ingredient list is simple, the packaging is aesthetically pleasing, its parabens free and the PH is perfect.
this retails for 13$ at bemused korea website

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Swanicoco Shining Luminous Mask Pack - whitening
I was very impressed by the firming mask so I decides to try out rest of the masks u had in my stash by Swanicoco to see if others

Packaging Swanicoco Bio Nature Daily Swan Mask Pack has the same cute medicine jar  packaging only its grey in color
This has the same centella aciatica like scent to it. The essence is clear and water like.
This particular sheetmask has a thick cotton sheet. When I took the mask out of the packaging i noticed that there wasent any left.
The fit if this mask is not suitable for my face, it longer( has an  oval shape horizontally)
This Claims to whiten skin
Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Hydrolyzed Collagen, "Polysorbate 20/Sucrose Dilaurate/Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract ", Glutathione, Collagen Amino Acids, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, "Arginine/Alanine/Tyrosine/Histidine/Leucine/Methionine ", Erythritol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Copper Tripeptide-1, "Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract/Glyceryl Caprylate/Ethylhexylglycerin", Pentapeptide-20, Alpha-Arbutin, "Ethyl hexanediol/Pentylene glycol/1,2-Hexanediol", Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, "Caprylhydroxamic Acid/Propanediol"
 Results: unfortunately didn't do much for my skin in terms of whitening/brightening. My skin looked exactly the same like it did before so I would purchase this mask for hydration as the serum is adequate for oily skin but not for brightening
you can.purchase this at beauty tap website
Swanicoco Bio Nature Daily Swan Mask Pack
I really am enjoying trying out various types of sheet masks by swanicoco, each sheet masks smells the same buy performs differently. I love the fact that these sheet masks leave a soft matte finish to the skin which makes it easier to layer up moisturizer on top
This sheet mask has nice soft fabric which os very thin and sheer. It contain adequate amount of essence in it.
Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, rh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-11, Silk Amino Acids, Neofinetia Falcata Callus Culture Extract, Erythritol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Solanum Tuberosum (Potato) Pulp Extract, Ipomoea Batatas Root Extract, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract, Asparagus Officinalis Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Oenanthe Javanica Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Potassium Hydroxide, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Propanediol
The fit Is definitely nice and better as compared to other cellulose mask. Kt adhered so well to my skin. I wore this sheet mask for 30 mins and then patted the the remaining serum to my face
After taking off the mask i noticed how soft amd bright my skin looked. ⠀
These retail for  $5  which is bit steep for a sheet mazk but i like this sheet mask particularly foe it brightening properties  this is going to be a repurchase for me
you can purchase this mask here at beauty tap website

Friday, 9 February 2018

so swanicoco sent me a total of 5 masks to try from there skincare range i have already reviewed one of them so i will be reviewing two of them in this post and the other two in next post
Dr. Syul by Swanicoco 2GF Bio Mix Mask Pack. This mask retails for $4.
Major ingredients
 EGF, FGF, amino acid 6 complex, hyaluronic acid
 Bio cellulose high density structure gives perfect fit on skin with nutrition and moisture delivery.
  Combine EGF and FGF 1:1 ration for enhance elasticity and healthy skin care.
Unlike all the swanicoco sheet masks i have tried  this does not smell like centella aciatica the scent is mild and close to rice pudding ( yum yum )
The has a hydrogel material ( the  eye patches type one) , this adheres to the skin so well . The cut out of this mask is perfect. It fit the contours of my face so well.
The mask is sandwiched in a perforated plastic cover and a soft fabric like material.  I wore this one for 30 mins then patted the excess essence on my face ( there was a lot of it left in the foil packaging )
The essence is watery and absorbs very easily into the skin, I didn't notice any clogged pores or pimples after using this mask
This seriously made my skin so soft and bouncy. I really love this mask from swanicoco and would repurchase it
you can purchase this mask here at beauty tap website
SWANICOCO - Overnight Intensive Recharging Hydrogel Mask Pack - wrinkle care and whitening.

I have previously tried out hydrogel masks and I love how intensely hydrating and cooling on the face. Though the current cold weather is not ideal to try out a hydrogel mask ( I catch cold easily) I still wore this mask at night
This has the same signature centella asiatica  scent ( I have noticed that all swanicoco masks smell the same)
This is a 2 piece hydrogel masks which has a beautiful iridescent gold color. mask is sandwiched between two plastic covers and has an embossed honey comb design on one side ( gives the hydrogel adherence so it sticks to the face )
This mask has honey , propolis extract , hydrolyzed collagen , gold , sodium hyaluronate
The fit is good. Its easily adjustable and the cut outs for the eyes nose and mouth is good proportion. The clear essence feels a little heavier than water,

 I wore this mask  for  30 mins and noticed that this brightens complexion and deeply hydrates the skin. ( there was some left over essence in the foil which, i  patted on my arms and face)
Would I repurchase? Yes !!! Absolutely
you can purchase this mask here

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

 Cre8skin recently added some new products to its skincare range  today I am reviewing Cre8skin Salmon Oil Mask, they have a cream with similar name which I really enjoyed using. You can read my review on it here
 Packaging
These sheetmasks are sold in a pack of 5, the foil packaging has a  matte black outer cover, and feels quite expensive and visually pleasing to the eyes.

There are illustrations and instructions on how to correctly use the mask stated on the packaging, even though they are stated in Korean you can easily translate it with the help of Google Translate
Inside the sheet is made out of thick
 cotton like material. The sheet feels so soft on the skin soft. What impressed me most was the essence It feels so gloopy, slimy and thick ( reminds me of a certain cocoon balls containing cream) but absorbs unbelievably well into the skin. The color of the essence is off white and initially feels sticky
This masks contains two very interesting ingredient's  salmon oil + salmon egg extracts thankfully does not smells fishy at all ( has a bit of a strong fragrance to be honest) this sheet masks claims to whitening skin, provide  anti-wrinkle care and moisturize skin.
My thoughts
I loved the fit of the mask, It adjusted easily on my face and I didn't have to fold up an sheet. The masks though thick didn't feel suffocating on the skin. This sheetmask came drenched in essence. There was a lot of leftover essence in the packet. I wore this for a good 1 hour and even after that duration the mask was moist. The essence quickly dried down to a complete matte finish. My skin felt so soft, smooth and bouncy. The brightening effect was quite visible too. The essence though thick didn't clog up my pores or cause breakouts
I am thoroughly impressed with this mask and would definitely repurchase it im future. This masks is suitable for all skin types.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Finally found a mud/clay mask fit for winters. I love mud/ clay masks but I only use them in summer. Because mud masks are popular for clearing up pores and over drying and any thing which sucks out moisture is a big no for me in winters.

Packaging:
The Yakult bottle packaging gets my full approval. Its cute and easy to travel with. but it has a flaw , it has a plastic covering at the back which cannot be resealed so once the pod is open it must be used within a day or two or else the mask is going to dry up

 SKIN'S BONI YOGURT BONIMINI MUD PACK (WASH OFF MUD PACK) CHARCOAL
 The mask itself is shiny grey black mud which contains contains charcoal powder and has a pleasant scent. One of the note worthy characteristics of this mask is that it contains lactobacillus fermentation solution ( one of the main ingredients of yakult drink)
The texture resembles that of a putty is easily spreadable. There is 15ml of product in a single pack which may seem less but honestly guys i got about 6 uses out of a single pack.

 Ingredients: 

Hazel Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bentonite,  Charcoal Powder (5%), Caprylyl/Caprylic Glucoside, Fermented Lactobacillus solution, Cyclodextrin, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Locust Bean Extract, Marjoram extract, Three Hundred Bloom extract, Black Soybean extract, Disodium EDTA,  Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin Raspberry Ketone, Chlorphenesin, Horsetail extract.

 How to use:

Apply a layer of this mud pack using spatula or fingers all over your face leaving out the eyes. Then wait for it to dry ( I know some people think that its better to remove the mud mask before it dry's completely) but I personally remove the mask once its dried completely.
 
❄ Many charcoal containing products dry out the skin like crazy but this surprisingly leaves the skin soft while clearing out pores at the same time. I feel like this is suitable for all skin types. i have oily skin but my mother tried this and her skin is dry and her skin felt soft too, this removes quite easily with tap water no extra effort required. Just a rinse would do


 SKIN'S BONI YOGURT BONIMINI Wash Off Mud Pack Green

The mask is green in color and has the same charcoal mask like consistency, it spreads easily onto the face. the most distinct characteristic is presence of gree tea leaves in the mask , this also contains lactobacillus fermentation solution

Ingredients

 Green tea (43%), Kaolin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Green Tea powder (5%), Bentonite, Caprylyl/Caprylic Glucoside, Lactobacillus Fermentation solution, Dextrin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Green Tea extract (.08%), Centella Asiatica extract, Witch Hazel Leaf extract, Arundinaceous WHeat (foxtail) extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthum Gum, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, fragrance.

In terms of exfoliation this is definitely the best out of the three, the tea leaves are guide gritty in texture so they feel so satisfying when rubbed on the skin, the scent is nice too
i applied a thick layer of this on my face and after 15 minutes i took this off by washing with like warm water. i used circular motion to exfoliate my skin
Result:
extremely soft skin which looked and felt smooth. i was so happy to see how my this made my makeup look flawless.

SKIN'S BONI YOGURT BONIMINI Wash Off Mud Pack Pine Needles

this mask has a off white color and has a very creamy texture, it feels very moisturizing and refreshing, i liked the mild scent this one has,  there are small particle for scrubbing but they are not as gritty and firm as the green tea version so this provides mild exfoliation

Ingredients: 

Bamboo water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bentonite, Oryza Sativa Bran, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf extract (5%), Caprylyl/capryl Glucoside, Fermented Lactobacillus solution, Cyclodextrin,  Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dipalmitoyl Ricinoleate, Persimmon Tree Leaf extract, extract of Sulfur, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthum Gum, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin,  Raspberry Ketone, Chlorphenesin, fragrance.

this takes some time to dry down but i personally didnt wait for this mask to dry and washed it off after 10 minutes. unlike many mud masks i have tried this once washed off quite easily without much rubbing.

Result: Soft hydrated skin which looked considerable brighter and clearer

i personally enjoyed using all three masks as each variant is designed to target a specific skin problem, these masks are great for the price as they contain a generous 15ml of product inside. i personally got about 4-6 uses out of each pod. i love the packaging and the formula. my only request is that these wash off mask should have a resealable covering so that they can be used over a duration of several days before they dry up in their pod

these are available at yesstyle.com for purchase