Saturday, 20 August 2016

ZzzQuill!!

Hey all! Today I am gonna talk a little about sleeplessness.


I was a girl who could fall asleep in a few minutes and sleep through the night like a baby. But as years passed, I developed sensitivity to sound and light. I would wake up at the faintest noise or light. But that was still ok, because all I had to do was make my room super dark and have something that puts out some white noise. But then a few more years later, I started having trouble sleeping because if stress, exam tension, assignments, other life issues.... I never realized that I became a poor sleeper in a matter of a few years. I am trying to figure out what prevents me from having a good sleep and working in it. During this journey, I found that listening to soothing music helps a lot. Also if I was nervous about some big event, I found that visualizing positive outcome of the event helped tremendously. Another supplement that really helped was #zzzquill. I have never taken medication to sleep well, and so was a little skeptical to try it out. But I am glad I did, and thanks to @influenster for I producing me to this product. #zzzquill helped me sleep in about half an hour and I really slept well on the nights I used to this.
I am happy to say that I will have #zzzquillas a backup option in my night stand, just in case!


I got to try out ZzzQuill for free in exchange for my honest reviews.


Do any of you have issues sleeping at night? Do share your experiences and remedies!!


All reviews are my own honest ones!!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Summer skincare routine!!

Hey everyone!
Summer has begun and so has the heat, sweat, tan, oily skin...etc. I often get caught saying that I can tolerate any amount of heat when compared to the snow and cold weather. But come summer and I am here complaining about the heat and sweat! Its a love-hate relationship between me and summer!
A lot of things change in the lifestyle of a person during summer months. The food we eat, fruits we get, we tend to gorge up on cherries, mangoes, plums and all the other summer seasonal fruits. Our attire changes as well to a much light colored, loose fitting, airy and short ones.
While I was aware of all these changes, what I was unaware of, until recently, was that our skin care regime has to change during summer as well!
I have only recently (over the last 4 years) started paying attention to my skincare products/routine. And all these years, I used to use the same products all year round. Just a few months back, I realized (thanks to YouTube gurus!) that I am supposed to switch up my skincare.
So today's post is dedicated to my summer skin care routine. I am by no means an expert in skincare, (Still researching and trying new products, though I will get there one day ;) but I still want to share my routine and the products that i use during summer months!!
Hope you enjoy this post!

First things first, cleansing the skin is very important, as it is essential to remove all the sweat, dead skin, dirt, products like sunscreen, makeup accumulated during the course of the day. I have been enjoying the benefits of double cleansing of late. Double cleansing is, using an oil based cleanser, like a cleansing oil or cleansing butter and massaging it all over the face. This process loosens the dirt and makeup on the face and also the massage increases the blood circulation on the face. After massaging the butter/oil for about a minute or two, yes A MINUTE OR TWO is important to really cleanse the skin well, I use wash cloth soaked in hot water (as hot as your face could take) and wipe away the oil, repeating the hot wash cloth wipe 3 to 4 times to get rid of all the oil. This process really relaxes me and preps me for a good night's sleep.
And then I usually use a foaming cleanser (not sure if using a synthetic foaming cleanser after an all natural oil cleanse is a good idea, I am researching this aspect at the moment and will update you guys) as a second cleanse, to remove the oil that remains, if at all any (I get paranoid because, I dont want to leave any excuse for the pesky acne causing bacteria to thrive on my face - Gross)!
Products I use for cleansing:

First cleanse:
1. The body shop camomile cleansing butter
2. Lush cosmetics ultrabland - trying a sample of  this one out currently, and I seem to be liking it
3. Burt's bees cleansing oil with coconut and argan oils - testing this one out too.

Second cleanase:
1. Clean and clear essentials foaming facial cleanser
2. CeraVe foaming facial cleanser (Not pictured, sorry :(


At times, if I feel the need to physically exfoliate, I substitute a facial scrub in place of the second cleanse foaming face wash and get my skin exfoliated.

Exfoliating cleanser:
1. Forest essentials narangi and nagkesar ubtan
2. Tatcha polished deep rice enzyme powder

About twice a week, I like using a mask. Two masks that I am currently using are:
1. Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 mask
2. Boscia luminous black peel-off mask.


The second step in my summer skin care routine is toner. The toners I will be referring to are acid toners, which are not the conventional toners, but are exfoliating liquids like AHA - Alpha Hydroxy Acid and BHA - Beta Hydroxy Acids. These liquids chemically exfoliate the dead skin cells and helps make skin smoother and brighter. As someone with combination oily and dehydrated skin, I use both AHA and BHA acids as toner:

1. Paul's choice 2% salicylic acid exfoliating liquid.
2. Pixi glow tonic with 5% glycolic acid.
I am planning to do a separate post about acid toners, so have a look out for that.



The next step is a serum. A serum is a product with a thinner consistency than a moisturizer and is best when used after toner and before moisturizer, that is either a treatment or just rich in anti-oxidants. You can use the toner as a treatment like a retinol booster or vitamin c booster or hyaluronic acid or just a serum with a bunch of anti oxidants to help prevent the signs if aging.

The serum I use are:
1. Keihl's midnight recovery serum concentrate.
2. Paula's choice 1% clinical retinol treatment.
3. I also like to apply an oil as a serum for extra hydration. I am loving using Marula oil at the moment.




The next step in my skin care routine is moisturizer. This step helps seal the goodness of all the previous steps into the skin and keeps the skin hydrated.
During day time, I like to use a moisturizer with SPF, so I dont need to pile products up on my face. A few moisturizers with SPF that I am enjoying are:
1. Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense with SPF 30. This one is an physical sunscreen.
2. Neutrogena Ultra sheer dry touch broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 55. This I use when I know I am going to be spending time outside for long.
3. Earth Recipies waterful sun gel SPF 50+ PA+++. This is a chemical sunblock and really moisturizing!!


At night, before bed my favourite moisturizer is:
1. CeraVe pm moisturizing lotion at night.
I also like to apply almond/coconut oil on my face, just for a change!
After completing all the steps, I like to spray some deionized water on my face. I have used facial mists in the past, but have never really felt any difference.

I am still working on improving my skin care routine. Will definitely do another updated skincare routine post soon!

Also summer = short dress, shorts! So it is very essential to shave regularly, to have a smooth skin and flaunt it. Initially I started off with the drugstore disposable razors, but that turned out to be pretty expensive. Then i heard about Dollar Shave Club, which is a monthly subscription box which contains a handle and a razor cartridge (which has 4 razor blades). You can adjust the frequency of your box. You get the razor cartridge and the handle in your first box, and then after, you get the cartridge alone. Also, I feel that the blades are far sharper than the drugstore feminine razors and I get a smooth shave. I really love these Dollar Shave Club razors and am thinking about order a box for myself. During the process of finding the perfect razor for my husband from the DSC, we ended up ordering a couple extra handles and so I have been using one of the extra handles.

If you guys would like to check out the DSC page, here is the link : https://www.dollarshaveclub.com/blades


Hope you enjoyed my summer skincare routine! What does your routine consist of? Let me know in the comments section. I would love to know yours!

Have a great day!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Sephora Play April 2016

Hey everyone!!

Today's post is about my first sephora play box.

For those who are new to the beauty world, sephora play box is a monthly beauty box containing 5 samples of luxury beauty for $10 per month. You get to try a few luxury skin care and makeup product samples, the full sizes of which, are available at sephora. They also include a perfume sample in all the boxes.

This is the 8th sephora play box, ever since they started this service September last year.

Ok let's jump to the pictures from the April play box by sephora.


I am really interested in trying the clinique prep start eye cream and Sunday Riley good genes lactic acid treatment. I already have the NARS satin lip pencil in rikugien and I really liked the shade on me. It is a great everyday shade!




This box contains:
1. Sunday Riley good genes lactic acid treatment - 10 ml
2. NARS satin lip pencil in rikugien - Delux sample size - 1.7 g
3. Sephora collection colorful cheek ink gel in Peony - 10 g
4. DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY 2am kiss perfume sample size (probably 1ml)
5. Clinique prep start eye cream - 3 ml
6. Milk makeup sunshine oil - 3 ml

Overall, I am not extremely excited about this month's play by sephora. Nevertheless I will give this box another shot next month and then decide about continuing or cancelling it.

Here are the full prices of the products.


By the way, this is my first ever beauty box!! Yay!!!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I will let you all know my thoughts about each of the products after giving them a fair chance!!

Take care y'all.

Have a wonderful day!

Review: CereVe AM facial moisturizing lotion


Hey everyone!!

I am back with another skin care review.

Despite loving makeup, I one fine day, asked myself "What is the point in buying tonnes of makeup, when your skin is not in good condition?" When the skin has a lot of texture and imperfections (like small bumps, acne scars, spots and redness), I am of the opinion that even a thick layer of a makeup would not conceal them. After trying a lot of foundations, concealers and powders, I realized that I, at this point, did not prefer anything on my face other than moisturizer and sunscreen. Now don't get me wrong here, I DO LOVE MAKEUP! But I feel that makeup should be used as an enhancing tool.
So I decided to focus on improving my skin and after that, start using makeup. Not sure how many of you guys would agree with me.

Talking about moisturizers, one of my favorites at the moment is the CereVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. 


About the brand

CeraVe is a registered trademark of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
Skin naturally contains ceramides. Over time, ceramides become depleted, leading to dry and irritated skin. CeraVe helps replenish the vital ceramides healthy skin needs. It's formulated with a unique combination of three ceramides (called 1, 3, and 6-II). Only CeraVe delivers ceramides through a patented, controlled-release technology that penetrates the skin's surface, to help rebuild the skin's protective barrier and lock in moisture all day. 
What the brand claims
CeraVe AM moisturizing lotion moisturizes and provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Light weight and oil free. Non-comedogenic and wont clog pores.
  • Contains Niacinamide, which calms skin.
  • InVisibleZinc Technology contains microfine zinc oxide that spreads easily and dries with a clear finish.
  • Contains vital ceramides which are beneficial to skin.

Active Ingredients
Homosalate, Meradimate, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Zinc Oxide
Inactive Ingredients
Water, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum


My skin 

My skin has always been acne prone and combination oily. But of late, my skin has become kinda normal and dehydrated. So I am reassessing my skin care routine and changing the products.

My thoughts

I was looking for a new moisturizer and found good reviews for this product and went for it. It comes with a pump dispenser which can be locked when not in use or while travelling, very convenient and love that feature! The consistency of the moisturizer is medium, neither too thick nor too watery. It spreads easily on skin, but of late I find it works really well when I spray a facial mist and then apply my moisturizer. It does have a slight white tint on application which disappears in about five to ten minutes of application. It does have a broad spectrum SPF of 30, meaning the zinc oxide protects against UVA in addition to UVB, so it protects from sun burn and aging, which is very good. The packaging claims that it is suited for normal to dry skin, but I have used this during summer and I was quite comfortable. It did not make my skin extra oily or clog my pores. It is also fragrance free. It contains niacinamide, a cell communicating agent, that helps skin repair damage from pollution and su damage and produce new cells.
Consistency of the moisturizer

It spreads easily

The packaging is travel friendly

The good:
1. Convenient and travel friendly packaging.
2. Has SPF 30.
3. Moisturizes the skin.
4. Contains a lot of skin friendly and beneficial ingredients.
5. Fragrance free.
6. Affordable.

The not so good:
1. NONE!!

I definitely recommend this moisturizer to all who have normal to dry skin. Honestly, I feel even the oily skin gals can use this.

Rating - 5/5.

Have a good day!