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Jovees Revitalizing Avocado Night Cream Review

The Skin has its own cycle of renewal and rejuvenation and it is at its peak at night. So, a skin care regimen before sleeping at night is imperative for the skin. Regular cleansing, toning and moisturizing at night before sleeping is the key to a healthy skin, though the products have to be chosen as per one’s skin type. I advise all women over 25 to include a night cream in her beauty regimen, it helps the skin regenerate and pucker up after a hard day. Also, it helps in moisture replenishment and regeneration of new cells.

Today, I am going to review a night cream from Jovees, which I have been using for past four months.

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The Look: White cream, somewhat stiff. I would have preferred it more creamier and little bit soft in texture. It is very stiff and is hard to blend it into the skin.

The Smell: Nice herbal smell , gentle and soothing.

My Take: I use it daily at night before retiring to bed, after cleansing and toning. The cream is somewhat stiff in texture, and  requires some time to sink into the skin, after being absorbed, the skin feels soft, moist and the effect lasts till morning. It does the job of moisturizing effectively and did not cause any breakouts on me.

Summary: Overall a decent night cream. It should suit normal to dry skin types. Oily skinned women should stay away  from it, as it might cause clogged pores. If you want a good moisturizing night cream , then go for it.

Product Score: 3.5/5

Price: INR 195 for 50 gms

 

 

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Jovees Ayurvedic De-Tan Scrub

I thought, it would not be a good beginning to my post, if It is not preceded with my due apology for being MIA( missing in action) for long. I hope you would forgive my sporadic way of post publishing… as I have re-located abroad and resultant uncertainties, have had their impact on my blog.

I hope you are patient and put up with me, until I try to steer my blog, back to its normal track 🙂

The Product: A ayurvedic de-tan scrub from Jovees.

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The Look:  White and creamy with suspended granules.

The Aroma: Classic, little strong ayurvedic smell , not irksome .

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My Take: Well it is very mild, yet strong enough to slough dead skin cell and for this attribute, I might end up using it forever. Well, a call for those who like mild scrubs! It does not irritate the skin and at the same time does its job well.

As for the de-tan effect, I cannot actually comment as, I expected it to be a great scrub and brightener. Also, I did not have any sun tan to begin with. It does have a polishing and brightening effect after its use though, and effectively removes superficial white and black heads, rendering a smooth and soft skin with a mild after glow.

Overall, a good scrub suited for all skin types including sensitive skin types. Also, it is very cheap In India and definitely worth a try.

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Product Details :

Jovees Ayurvedic de-tan scrub is very special ayurvedic recipe and carefully processed so that the herb and precious natural ingredients do not lose its potency. It has high quality scrubbing granules that have been processed to make sure it helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, helps remove tanning, stimulates skin micro circulation, and helps mitigate blemishes and superficial white and black heads. It shall give fair and radiant look to the skin. Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Method of use : Moisten face and neck. Apply all over the face and neck. Massage gently with fingertips for 2-3 minutes. Leave on for five minutes. Rinse thoroughly and put dry.

Ingredients : Walnut Shell Powder, Wheatgerm Oil, Black Plum, Carrot Seed, Aloevera, Turmeric extract, Lemon Peel extract, Rose Petals extract.

Product Score: 4/5

Price: INR 145

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Lakme Clean Up Face Mask Clear Pores Review

I happened to purchase this by mistake , instead of the scrub from this range, I picked this up and when I reached home, I realized my folly 🙂 . This face mask is a part of the lakme skin range suited to oily and acne prone skin.

The Look: A very smooth textured clay mask, that spreads evenly and smoothly all over the face.

The Smell: Very fresh smell, nothing pervasive.

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My experience: Actually, this is a dud ! I did not like the way it feels on the skin. I have oily acne prone skin and it seems to clean well, but otherwise renders no effect on my complexion. It doesn’t reduce zits or black heads either, and reduces oiliness to some extent. I do not have good words for this product and feel, that I have wasted my money on it. Also, I feel it contains a lot of chemicals.

I do not recommend it !

Price: INR 110 for 50 gms

Product Score: below 3

 

 

 

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Make-Up Bits and Bytes : What are Make-Up Foundations ?

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Finally it is 9.30 Pm, Friday night  and I have started drafting the post……. A hectic day in fact !

Foundations are meant to provide a base to apply make-up, hide fine lines, even out the skin tone and hide blemishes if any, but that depends on the amount of coverage it provides.  They also protect the skin from environment, harsh lights and also the sun light. There is a lot of variance in texture and consistency among various types of foundations. The color, coverage and consistency are the main deciding factors when it comes to selecting foundations for different situations and skin types.

The Various Types of Foundations can be…

  1. Tinted Moisturizers
  2. Liquid
  3. Cream
  4. Cake
  5. Stick
  6. Cream to Powder
  7. Powder

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Also, ingredients of a foundations should be a deciding factor when it comes to selecting foundations according to skin type. Some of the variations in this category are emollient based, water based or mineral based foundations. One important aspect of foundation is that, it is meant to enhance the skin appearance and if the skin by itself is good, the effect of foundation can be magical. So, Good skincare is where beauty should begin 🙂

Now , let us delve deeper into the various types of foundations ……..

Tinted Moisturizers : They are of use when we need minimum coverage as they are sheerest of them all. They add a little of color and even out the skin tone. When you have very good skin, I guess one can avoid the foundation altogether on a daily basis and opt for a tinted moisturizer instead.

Good TM brands are laura mercier, Stila, The balm, etc…

Liquid Foundation: It gives a coverage that can be sheer to maximum and are easy to apply with a brush or finger tips. They need to be blended properly into the skin, so as to avoid any uneven texture. They are good to suit all skin types and are available in formulas ranging from emollient to mineral based ones. They are easy to mix and are widely used by make-up artists. It is advised to choose the liquid foundation according to ones skin type, hydrating ones are good for dry or mature skin and water based one are perfect for oily skins.

Some good foundation brands are Bobbi Brown, MAC, MUFE-high defination, Estee Lauder etc..

Mineral Foundation: They are great for sensitive skin types, like skin that is prone to allergies, acne, redness etc as they breed less bacteria. It gives long lasting coverage and almost flawless finish without irritating the skin. They are best applied with a brush or sponge and come in liquid and powder form. They are water resistant and contains no talc or parabens.

Some good brands are Bare Escentuals, ColorScience etc..

Cream Foundation: They are good for all types of skin generally, but wonderful for dry skin types and impart great coverage.They can be easily applied with a brush or sponge and imparts rich tone and coverage. They are available from sheer finish to heavy coverage ones and can be layered over liquid foundations to provide more flawless finish, but care should be taken to blend them properly else it might appear as a artificial film on skin. It should be set with powder for a neat and flawless application.

Some standards in the market include Bobbi Brown, Black Opal etc..

Powder Foundation: According to me they are the most convenient and offer a two-for-one benefit 🙂 . They should ideally be applied with a brush or sponge and in case one wants more coverage, a damp sponge can be used for application. They are not suited for all skin types especially dry skins and work best on oily acne prone skin, and also on normal to combination skin types. They are good for usage during summer and high humidity conditions.

Some good names include MAC, Lancome Dual Finish….

Cream to Powder Foundation: They work well on all skin types but are best suited for combination skins. Benefit’s Some Kinda Gorgeous is a well known name in this segment, Sleek Make-Up also has these foundations comprising of thirty shades.

Cake Make-up:  They come in the form of a cake and best applied with a damp sponge. They are best suited for body make-up and for use in stages. Kryolan is a brand that has good cake make-up.

Whoa … that was quite long 🙂 and I am posting it a day late …  ! I have started this series concentrating on the theoretical aspect of make-up and as a general know how on this subject. I hope this post added some more to existing knowledge and find this useful.

Do not forget to share your inputs, suggestions, criticisms in the comment section, would love to learn from you as well 🙂

Love,

Tanmayee.

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Biotique Advanced Fairness Treatment Cream Review

Another addition to the so called FAIRNESS bandwagon ! I feel, such products should be rechristened as brightening or spot minimizing creams. I bought it because the tube mentions it works on pigmented spots, as I have few around my eye area. Well, let see how fair this makes us 🙂

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The Look: A white cream , comes packed in a squeeze tube with a flip open cover.

The Smell: Very much fruity, herbal that is nice .

The texture: Very light, non-greasy and sinks in to the skin to disappear

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My Take: I like this cream because it gets completely absorbed in the skin without casting a film on the surface. This cream doesn’t have any sun protection factor, so I advise to use it in the evenings. I really did not feel any difference after using it 😛 . The product claims to work on pigmented spots to lighten them, and with this hope, I applied it religiously in the morning and evenings for over a  month with no improvement whatsoever:)

so, if you like to use a no fuss creams that keeps your skin non-greasy, you can try it.

Price: INR 80

Product Score: 3.5/5

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Fab India Vitamin E De-pigmentation Cream Review

Since the last year, I have been bothered by two localized age spots around my left eye socket, which however are minuscule and not that apparent on my NC 42 skin tone. Hence, I have been on a continuous quest for a good De-pigmentation cream and during one of my random searches on the internet, I happened to read a couple of great reviews of this product. So, with the faint hope in mind, that it would work, I bought it last year in June 2012 and used it almost for three months as a night cream only to find no change in the intensity of the spots :).

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My Take: The Product Claims to be a de-pigmentation cream fortified with vitamin E.  The consistency of the cream is very stiff and hard to blend in, but it did not deter me from using it, you know the hope that it might prove to be a miracle product.  I somehow did not like its consistency, or the effect it had on my skin. A very weird kind of product, it was not drying or moisturizing either. I felt as though, the cream stayed on the upper layer of my epidermis without getting absorbed.

After continuous usage of around three months, I could observe no change in the look of my spots and not to mention, it made me feel uncomfortable, as though I have a mask on my skin.

I would not recommend it!  Simply put, it doesn’t work!

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Price: INR 230

Product Score: Below 3

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The Nature’s Co. Mixed Fruit Cleansing Cream

I love this brand for its earthy initiative and have liked its shower gels especially. Recently, I got couple of products from them for review and this is one among them.

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The Product Usage: A cleansing cream , which has to be massaged all over the face and washed off with water or wiped off with a moist cotton wool.

The Look: An emulsion which tends to be runny

The feel and aroma: It soothes the skin and the aroma is very berry like, which I adore. The smell is very natural and not over the top.

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My Take:  This is my current HG cleansing product. I usually massage it all over my face and prefer to wipe it off with a cotton wool. It cleans effectively, the result is very much visible on the used cotton swab 🙂 . Also, it works well on makeup removal too and leaves the skin squeaky clean, though it doesn’t remove eye makeup completely.

Pros:

  1. Cleans very well
  2. Soothes the skin
  3. Has a hydrating effect on skin
  4. Shall suit all skin types though people with very oily skin should excercise caution

Cons:

  1. Doesn’t remove eye makeup completely

Price: INR 395

Summary : A great cleanser  for most skin types and does its job effectively. I don’t really mind that it is not as tough on eye make-up, keeping in mind the wonderful job it does otherwise.

Product Score: 4/5

PR Sample. Honest review.

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Aloe Veda Hand And Cuticle Moisturizing Cream Review

Hand skincare is one of the most over looked aspects of beauty regimen of most Indian women. I read somewhere, that one of the first signs of aging reflects through the hand skin, in the form of wrinkles, dryness, shriveled skin texture etc . So it can be deduced that , they also deserve our care and nourishment in the form of hand creams , hand scrub etc.

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The Product : Aloe Veda Hand cream . I have also reviewed a face wash from this brand here

The Look: Very light, smooth whipped cream kind of texture that is white in color.

The smell: Very much like ayurvedic products, mixture of cinnamon , clove etc …

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I would go rather short on this 🙂

Summary: It is a hand cream, of average performance, which is best suited to normal – oily skin. Though it claims of deep hydration,  I feel it would not be enough to soothe very dry and mature hands. So, I would recommend it to young people with no problems of aging hands, to whom it can act as a regular hand maintainance cream.

Also I feel the price is on the higher side for what it offers and again it contains silicone and EDTA etc.

Price: INR 275 for 100 gm

Product Score: 3.5/5

Product sent by brand but the review is honest.

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Aloe Veda Avocado Oil Control Face Wash Review

Face Was has become an indispensable part of our skincare regimen since their advent In the mid nineties. I was a school going girl then :).  I am reviewing a face wash from Aloe Veda in this post.

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The Product Look : A thick gel like consistency , which is not runny . The color is a pale rose pink.

The Smell : Very mild rosy smell, which is really soothing and calming. It is almost similar to the Pond’s White Colored “cold cream”Soap, we used to get in the nineties and the aroma made me nostalgic . I really loved that soap. It seems to have disappeared from the Indian market.

The packaging: It is packed safely, travel friendly with a flip open cap.

My take : Well it cleanses well and is  good on my oily skin, removes all traces of grime perfectly. I do not have very sensitive skin, it did not break me out fortunately 🙂 . The job of cleansing was done well and the skin does feel soft after its use.

Now, the pain is that it contains dimethicone and SLES, both of which are not desired in a herbal product. I am not allergic to either of the ingredients and hence did not experience any side-effects, but those who are allergic to SLES and silicones need to exercise care before committing. Also, it shall suit people with oily-combination skin only.

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The positive points : 

  1. Cleans well
  2. Didn’t break me out
  3. It didn’t feel drying on my skin
  4. Available online

The negative points:

  1. Contains silicone
  2. Contains SLES ( sodium lauryl ether sulphate)

Price: INR 110 for 100 ml

Summary: Well a decent face wash that cleanses well 🙂 , but as it claims to be a herbal product and soap free, I did not expect the presence of silicones and sles . It did not have any adverse effects on my skin as I do not have sensitive skin, but people with sensitive skin need to be very careful.

Product Score: 3.5/5

 

Product sent by brand, but the review is honest!

 

 

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Naturally Upper Canada Avocado Body Wash Review

During one of my random visits to a Faces, Canada store, my eyes landed on these fabulous skincare stuffs. The moment I took a sniff on the testers, I made up my mind to buy a couple of these amazing body care stuffs. So, after sometime of testing and trying, I zeroed upon this body wash and a body butter, which I am loving absolutely.

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The Look : A light greyish white liquid, not creamy though.

The aroma: Very natural and mild, has a relaxing effect. I guess this would appease everyone’s nostrils.

My experience: It lathers luxurious, but less than Palmolive or the Lux ones . It claims to be free of SLS, mineral oil and parabens, which I like. One can actually make out from the fragrance and lather, it doesn’t smell jarring or overtly foamy. I feel it is  better than TBS shower gels too 🙂 . I am really happy with this one, provides essential moisture and doesn’t feel drying or oily on my skin. Love this  .

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Price:  INR 499 for 360 ml

Summary: A must try ! It shall suit all skin types across all seasons.

Product Score : 4/5

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