Ojon Rare Blend Oil

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This one, moisture therapy is for medium textured hair. Other two are Rejuvenating Therapy for lightweight textures and Total Hair Therapy for thick, coarse hair textures. All come in a similar packaging with three part substance. You are supposed to shake it well before use, so all three mix. The yellow color is clearly oil. Not sure what other two (white and blue liquid) are, so I will refrain from guessing. It smells amazing, is concentrated and few drops will go a long way. It’s very easy to get carried away with this stuff. I have end up with limp hair on too many occasions, I just love the smell of it in my hair.

The person at the counter told me that it works as a heat protectant too. I am hesitant because you can’t possibly rely on this for that purpose. For proper heat protection, the hair needs to be coated well from roots to end. Personally, I won’t apply this oil near the crown because it’s just going to get oily quicker. It might work for someone who wants to reduce volume in their hair but otherwise that advantage is irrelevant.

Overall, It works just as Moroccan oil does. Rare blend Oil to me, smells better but is also more expensive.

Available at Boots, John Lewis, Ojon.

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Fresh Cherry Lip Tint | Etude House

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The one I have is Peach (OR201), most beautiful natural lip tint I own and the most natural looking colour in this range of four colours. It looks more orange in the bottle than it actually is. The formulation is a milk-like texture. Best to apply on dry lips, before lipbalm. I think this is one of those products that will look different on everyone, according to how pigmented your natural lips are. Mine turns a orangey red. It can definitely be layered to achieve a stronger color. Lips look even on one coat. It goes on like a gloss would but settles down to a tint, leaving the lips matte but moisturised. The moisturiser doesn’t stay longer than few hours, I occasionaly feel the need to apply a lipbalm after but the stain itself stays on for about 4-6 hours, depending on how much eating and drinking is involved.

The applicator is a standard spongy doe-foot applicator. Very easy to apply. I love the vase-shaped plastic bottle. Korean cosmetics have such cute packaging, don’t you think? This product is quite an old from Etude House, still quite hard to get it in the UK. I got mine from Amazon for £4.65! See it here.

Alpha-H Micro Cleanse

Alpha-H reviewAlpha-H micro cleanse reviewAlpha-H micro cleanse reviewSo far, my favorite product in the bunch. I already know this is going to be featured in my 2015 yearly favorites. Alpha-H generally makes amazing skincare products, the uber popular liquid gold is or has probably been on every beauty-blogger’s wishlist, anyone who needs to get rid of blemishes that is.

Micro cleanse is basically a granular scrub with glycolic acid. The texture is white, gritty and smells minty. As much as I dislike granular scrubs on my face, really can’t diss it on that alone. The moment you put it on, the skin will start feeling slight prickly and tingle, which is normal and for me, quite pleasant. I like that feeling because I associate it with acid peels done at a spa or a skin clinic. I think the first ever AHA product that I used was Freeman’s facial enzyme pineapple mask, a gorgeous gloopy tingly mask. BUT the exfoliation factor on the Alpha-H micro cleanse is atleast double the strength.

Directions: Dampen face and apply exfoliant. Massage over the entire face, avoiding the eye area and remove with a warm damp face cloth. Apply exfoliant twice a week and follow with your preferred moisturiser.

Some things to remember when using any exfoliant is not to go overboard. People with active acne might not like using this since it’s granular and it will hurt. On the day of using micro cleanse, I make it a point not to use any other exfoliators in form of moisturizer, toner, blemish lotions etc. Currently I am using the Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream (£35/50ml) on it’s own at night and the Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ (£29/50ml) at daytime. They are both lovely moisturisers but don’t stand out to me as anything special really. I am sure they are made with great care and with good ingredients but for that price, I can’t justify buying them. Not right now, anyway. I have used liquid gold, but not nearly enough to write about it. The Balancing Cleanser (£25/200ml) is nice. I don’t see myself getting the full size, even though it’s quite affordable, it just didn’t feel like it did anything. But I have only used about 1/3rd of it in my 30ml tube. I might do a proper review later on others. Overall to me, Micro Cleanse is worth the price at £26.50/100ml.

Micro Cleanse and other Alpha-H products are available at Beautybay and Cult Beauty.

Hydraluron + Pepta-Bright for Flaky and Scarred Skin

hydraluron and pepta-brightFor unknown reasons, my skin broke out quite badly leaving scars and bumps last month. I have a feeling it was those sleep teas because they stopped soon as I stopped drinking them. Has this happened to anyone else? The ones I alternated between were Pukka Night Time Tea and Clipper Sleep Easy.

Effaclar Duo my trusty Zit Zapper didn’t do much this time. Could have been because it was almost empty? I am guessing the strength reduces with time, which was probably stowed away for over 6 months. Anyway, top that with winter dryness skin and common sense will tell you to avoid any drying ingredients. Pepta-Bright sounded like just the thing I needed. Honestly, for the first week, didn’t feel like it did anything. I only noticed the difference when out shopping one day!

I have been using Pepta-Bright with Hydraluron to help with dryness.
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La Roche-Posay Hydraphase SPF 20

La Roche Posay hydraphase SPF 20A sunscreen that feels like it’s barely there. Now that it’s getting colder and grey, feel like we can get away with less protection factor. This one is perfect for my combination skin. It smells nice, think talc and floral. Reminds me of Paul Smith’s -Rose. As lovely as the fragrance is, might be a problem for sensitive skin types. It also contains plant oils so might not suit oily skin types either.

Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), Other: Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sucrose Tristearate, Polysorbate 61, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

The product is a white fluid, dispenses from a pump nozzle. It doesn’t have that powdery/gritty finish nor does it leave a white film, easy to apply, sits under makeup well. At £14-17, for me it is worth every penny.

Available at Boots, Escentual

 

 

Indeed Labs Retinol Reface

Retinol Reface

Retinol has become a staple in good skincare. Retinol Reface by Indeed Labs is a beautiful cream consistency, to be used as a serum. It’s moisturizing enough for my skin but those with dry skin might want to layer up with moisturiser. This badass wrinkle fighter is a great for a retinol newbie. I didn’t experience any redness, breakouts or any other side effects. It’s best to skin test before use, since some people have reported being allergic to retinol.

30ml of product comes in a tube with a pump-nozzle, has no fragrance. This is easily one of my top 5 skincare items. I love it!

Remember:

Don’t bother piling up this serum. Just dab on visible wrinkles/lines and spread it around. The power of retinol does not increase with the amount. A light layer is all you need.

Follow up with a sunscreen at daytime. Even when it’s cloudy. Re-apply when needed.

Retinol, the chemical breaks down in sunlight. Meaning, it won’t work as well at daytime and you should store it away from sunlight. Research also says that it works if applied under sunscreen. I like to use a different serum for day-time.

Often neglected areas -neck, back of neck, décolleté.

Retinol Reface by Indeed Labs is available at Boots (and they have a 1/3 off offer on right now!) for £13.33.

Azafran Snan – Rosemary & Cream

Azafran Soap

This was sent to me with my Azafran purchase. So glad they did cos I wouldn’t really pick it on my own. This little bar blew me away, guys!  Have I missed some kind of soap evolution? It doesn’t dry out skin and it doesn’t lather much. What I loved most about it was how it smells. Not Herbal, not exactly sweet or citrusy. Quite honestly, new to my olfactory nerves and makes me think of Heidi in the Alps… Milk, cream, soothing and lush. I mean look at it, it looks like a block of cheese. Azafran products are certified organic and use ingredients grown from their own farms! Pretty cool, right?

This is what the website says about it:

Enriched with rosemary freshly picked from our farms and distilled at our site, this oil has potent antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Formulated with this potent rosemary oil and a highly moisturizing mixture of safflower butter, safflower oil , sunflower oil, coconut oil and milk cream, this soap has a mild creamy lather that leaves the skin soft and supple as though the skin is freshly moisturized, with no trace of dryness. This soap is mild enough to be used on the most sensitive of the skin and can be safely used on face and all over the body.

It makes me a little less sad now that Lush is closing down business in India. It’s priced at 200 INR for 100 gm.

Available at Azafran, Natural Mantra and Eco Tokri. You get to choose two samples from Azafran Website but will cost 100 INR as shipping charges for purchase under 3000 INR.