The Elastizer is quite a raved about hair product in the blogosphere. It is basically a pre-wash conditioning treatment that claims to add elasticity like the name suggests, increase shine and bounce. As most Indians know, we are used to pre-condition hair with oils. But this one is a cream, looks like any ordinary conditioner. I decided to try out the trial pack first, which includes a shampoo and conditioner. There are few other types of kits you can choose from, soft & shiny one is best for medium textured wavy hair.
Agelock, a sub-brand of O3+ (found mostly in salons and spas) has been popping up online. I needed to up the exfoliating factor in my skin regime, thus, this cream appealed to me. Ingredients in this moisturizer is uncomplicated… 8 to be exact. Which is a good thing! They are – Aqua, Cetareth-20, Stearyl Alcohol, Octyl Dodecanol, Sodium Lactate, Glycolic Acid, Pisum Sativum (pea extract) Shea butter, Tocopheryl Acetate.
Before getting into the nitty gritty, let’s remember the harms of over-exfoliating. The way exfoliators work is they remove a very thin topmost layer of your skin. Need I say, you don’t want to do that regularly. Also be aware of any hidden exfoliating ingredients (AHAs, BHAs, Lactic Acid, Licorice Extract, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Kojic Acid, fruit enzymes etc) in your products. Don’t forget about sun-protection!
The cream comes in a 50ml bottle with a pump nozzle. The packaging is nice, light and sturdy. One pump dispenses enough product to cover the face.
The texture is creamy and looks slightly oily on skin. I have noticed many products with glycolic acid leave an oily (sometimes sticky too) film. As did this one. The morning after, skin looked slightly greasy. What’s crazy is, under the slickness, my skin showed a visible difference. That was on second day of use. I use this on alternate days. If compared to other “peeling” creams, this one gave me the best results.
This has replaced my favorite overnight exfoliator – The kaya pigmentation reducer. This definitely works faster than Kaya Pigmentation reducer, whose key ingredient is lactic acid. Lactic acid is slow to work but gentler, so probably best for very sensitive skin types.
Has a light, natural floraly-scent that goes away in minutes.
Best on combination-dry skin. Unless you don’t mind the disco-ball face.
Priced at 650-700 INR for 50 ml.
This scrub is straight up lemons and lime. It can be off-putting if you don’t like citrusy smells. I don’t really mind. This salt based scrub looks like mashed kiwi fruit and comes in a plastic tub.
How to use: Dampen your skin with or without using cleanser first. The texture is too dry to use without some water. Then scrub in a circular motion. Do not scrub too hard or in one direction to avoid scratching skin. Moisturize after.
It’s 90 percent organic, packed with few lovely oils. It is not drying nor is it moisturizing making it suitable for most skin types. My skin leans on the sensitive side but this didn’t hurt or turn it red. Of course you have to be careful, like with most coarse scrubs to not scrub too hard. Overall, it does not impress me. It’s just an ordinary scrub that does the job. Although, I am keen on getting one of the body polishes next. They have five other types -Balancing Lavender, Nourishing Strawberry, Soothing Orange, Pureza body polish and Manana body polish.
This is what the website says about it:
This Unique formulation of body scrub gently exfoliates the dead skin cells with its mixture of organic oils of lime, lemon, mandarin, lemon verbena, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, organic coconut shell powder and crushed Himalayan salts. This unique formulation does not leave any oil residue on the skin like other traditional oil based body scrubs. It leaves the skin completely dry and moisturized after washing. Made especially for those with oily and acne prone skin.
Azafran scrub is available for 200 INR for a 100 gm tub at Azafran store.
Colour of the year “Royal Orchid” is slowly catching up on me. This shade from Lotus Herbals in Pink Doll is a beautiful purple with pink undertones and it definitely looks more purple in less lighting than in the pic above. The formulation is nice, nice flat brush, turns opaque on two coating. It comes in a little 7ml bottle (not 8ml as on their website) and is priced at 120 INR (website says 110 INR). The formulation is nice, not streaky and is Acetone and Toluene free.
How lovely is the design on this? I think it smells even better. Just a light floral scent… not too much, not gone too soon either. It’s a very lotion laden hydrating moist tissue mask and feels cool on skin.
Pur Myso is made by a company called Sericare. It’s marketed as an anti-ageing type. Here’s a pic of the ingredients!
The quality of the cloth is really nice. I don’t have anything bad to say about this. Except maybe, I wish it was available more easily and I hope they make more variations of this in future.
Available at The Skin Store
Priced at 100 INR per sheet.
Okay, in Pune, if you want to eat macarons you have to make them and they are not easy to make if you don’t have the proper appliances. Someday I will make them again but until then, it’s La Bouchee d’Or -this french patisserie that has made me very happy last month.
You move out to a new house and find out your neighbors are aliens. This show is hilarious and underrated. Kind of reminds me of the Adams Family show. My favorite episode was the Indian wedding…it had me rolling on the floor. Literally! I love the cast… It makes me sad ABC cancelled the show after two seasons.. Argh!
MangaJo is the to me, the perfect summer drink and I feel like these have been my favorites as far as I have known them. Love the glass bottles and they have an amazing selection of flavors. I can’t have a favorite flavor, they are all so good! Guys if you have not tried these yet, you are really missing out. Specially if you worry about preservatives and sugar.. They have no nasty ingredients in them and are low on calories.
L’Oreal Professional Force vector Mask is amazing for thinning/easily breaking/fine hair. It’s moisturizing but not as heavy as the Absolut Repair mask (one in yellow packaging). For any other hair concerns, this mask is probably just meh. It doesn’t look or smell anything special but a combination of this with the force vector leave-in conditioner work really well. As much as I love trying out new products, I am always going to have this one on my shelf..or as long as I have fine hair. I must mention that I skip conditioner cos frankly, don’t see the point of it. This mask is my conditioner and I use the layering method to condition. Which is where you condition your hair, from ear down before and after your shampoo. It might sound a bit much but it’s a life-saving trick for someone whose hair breaks easily. Conditioning first won’t dry out ends, then shampoo as usual massaging just the scalp, wash and squeeze out as much water as possible, condition, wash out.
February for me was a stressful month. So every now and then, I found myself reaching for calming products or happy little things to do.
Succulents are a cute little way to prep up a corner, don’t you think? And even just walking around the plant nursery was so relaxing. I picked up this one to keep on my desk.
Zara roll-on perfume is such a lovely little pick-me-up. It doesn’t have great staying power which I think is perfect for work or a train-ride.
Any.do helped me focus. It’s a task-noting app. If you are one of those people who have a million things to do but don’t get them done on time, I believe this app will help.
Click the picture for a link to it. I love how simple it is to look at, use and it has voice detection! It works so good as a widget on my android phone (can’t tell if it works the same way on iOS). Notice the green dollar sign on the right-side of “organize bills” ..it will suggest you app to help with that particular task. Pretty cool!
Lena Dunham’s “The Cover Girl” dance. Have you guys watched this? It’s Vogue’s reenactment of a dance Lena did in the TV series “Girls”. It’s just beautiful. Click the picture for link.