Category: Reviews

Farsali Rose Gold Exlire Review

I want to get straight to point and give you an over all understanding of this much hyped beauty oil

So I live in the middle east (Kuwait) where this product is not available for shipping and to make it even worse each time I log into the site this product was out of stock. I hope now they have managed to work their stock.

Anyways, I finally got my hands on this oil!

How did I get this oil?

Via - https://www.shopandship.com - who deliver products from those countries, where they do not ship to your specific country. Check them out!

One of my friend who had this account was kind enough to add an extra oil into her cart for me.

So my first impression of this oil was

1. It had strong scent of vitamin c or orange
2. My Skin absorbs the oil on contact
3. My skin feels really soft and hydrated
4. Make up sets in evenly after I apply this oil

INGREDIENT;

– Rosehip Seed Oil
– Pumpkin Seed Oil
– 24k Gold
– Vitamin E
– Lemongrass Oil
– Orange Peel Oil

MY Say:

My day to day skin care routine involves me using various kinds of oils. They add natural radiance to my skin. And I always opt for oil because I believe they are perfect for my skin.

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Oil a combination of a few of my favorite oils as mentioned in the ingredients makes this my most reached for oil for daily use and #didyouknow this oil is for #allskintypes and mostly for dry skin which is me. (I have combination dry skin)

Have had this oil for a while now and I like it. It’s a great day/night moisturizer and absorbs immediately into my skin without looking greasy.

Aside from it being a great moisturizer it adds a very natural and youthful glow. I haven’t noticed any visible tightening/firmness effect whatsoever. May be with continues use it will become visible, I Hope!

So for now I hope you enjoyed reading my post ♥

Love

Kalasini

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

It’s a well-known oil and am sure you might have seen it on Instagram or any of your favorite beauty blogger featuring this or using it.

If you don’t know me, I am a crazy user for oils, love using them on my skin and hair.

I so badly wanted to get hold of this oil. As this product is not being available in Kuwait, it only made me even crazy in grabbing it at sight. So after choosing a minimalist lifestyle this year, I added this product to my “Wish List”.

En route to our vacation to Oman – Salalah during the transit flight, I found myself wondering around duty free shops and passed by a make-up store and spotted Kiehl's!!! My eyes widen and I wore a huge smile on my face as I approached the counter looking at this oil.

I pick up the oil and walked straight to billing counter and yes, returned happy to Kuwait only to try it.

ABOUT THIS OIL!

The oil is light weight and almost absorbs with immediate contact on my skin. I use 3 to 4 drops because my skin is dry in texture. I use this before bed and I love that it’s non-greasy in nature.

Now let’s talk about results

1. After almost using this oil for 2 months my skin feels soft and smooth. I saw results in just one week from using it.
2. After about 3 to 4 weeks my skin feels fresh and supple.
3. Few nights I skipped it to see how my skin feels and I was happy see that my skin had improved in texture.
4. Now I apply it when my skin needs that extra love on those stressful work days.

What I was unhappy about :-

1. I expected my skin to be moisturized and hydrated, but I was not really happy about waking up to my skin dry around my nose and lips/mouth. Well that's probably because I have a very dry skin.
2. I surly have to apply a moisturizer after applying this oil to wake up to a normal skin. Which I don't mind doing, because I usually apply two creams to really keep my skin moisturized.

♥ Would I repurchase it - YES!
♥ Would I recommend it - Absolutely YES!

I hope this post was Helpful! Please Show Your Love By Leaving a Comment♥

Love

Kalasini

Ingredients:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Turmeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rose Flower Oil, Jasmine Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil

Vcare Shikkakai Paste Review

What is Shikkakai?

Scientifically it’s called Acacia Concinna, a climbing shrub native to Asia. In order to prepare it, the fruit shell leaves and bark of the plant are dried, ground into a powder and then made into a paste.

It is mild and naturally low in pH, so it does not strip hair of natural oils which is really good in case you frequently wash your hair or on a journey in trying to grow out your hair. Shikkakai also acts as a conditioner and an infusion of its leaves is used to treat dandruff.

Vcare Shikkakai Paste: Sulfate and Paraben free

When I was grocery shopping in India while on a vacation, I came across this product on the hair care rack and instantly it drew my attention. Of course being a huge sucker for Sulfate and Paraben free products I had to get it and try it.

HOW I USED THIS PASTE: I oiled my hair with virgin coconut oil and went into shower to try Vcare Shikkakai Paste. The paste is dark colored and smells very organic and natural. It surly took me back to childhood during those years when I grew up with my Grandmother and she used the powdered form to wash my hair. #goodolddays

So I squeezed the paste, rubbed it between my palms, applied all over my wet hair and massaged on my scalp using my fingertips.
After 2 to 3 mins, I rinsed it and felt my hair squeaky clean. Shikkakai is known to be a good cleanser.

MY TAKE: I love the product and will surly be repurchasing it. Although I live in Kuwait and have not found this product in the stores yet is making me very sad :( Any of my reader’s in Kuwait if you found this product here, please let me know and I would be very grateful.

Thanks for reading and lots of love

Kalasini

Sunsilk Refreshing Dry Shampoo

Sunsilk refreshing dry shampoo

I had been looking for a dry shampoo for a while now! I hate washing my hair often because I have dry skin combination and it can get very irritating.

I needed something that can keep my hair clean and crisp for 3rd days hair, and avoid washing my hair. I had purchased a few dry shampoos but none really won my heart and it went right into the bin from the first time I used it, and if I did not like them. So getting into the post, what I was looking for in a dry shampoo:

1. Fresh feel
2. Smells fresh
3. Light on hair and scalp
4. Leave my hair soft and shinny
5. Does not leave a white powdery residue on my hair and scalp

And I am glad to let you guys know that all above wishes are granted because of this awesome Sunsilk Refreshing Dry Shampoo and I am happy to share this product with you.

Hope this post helped you and take care!

XOXO
Kalasini

Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel for Face – Review

Mirror Mirror Let Me Glow

It’s been a while, I have been looking for a good bronzer for my skin type (Dark to Medium Skin Tone) something light, perfect and not too obvious on skin. And I am really excited to share this product with you because in every way I have fallen in love with the product. I was really convinced in buying MAC bronzer but I am glad I walked into Body Shop to find what I was looking for “Bliss Moment” and then I thought to myself, things we have under our nose and yet not see.

Good News!!! This light-weight moisturizing bronzing gel suits all skin tones, giving that natural-looking, honey-bronzed glow it surly is enhancing my naturally darker skin tone.

This is why I love Body Shop; it contains Community Fair Trade Honey from Ethiopia and Beeswax from Cameroon, as well as organic Aloe Vera from Guatemala.

What the Product Promises:

Best if you want to: Get an instant bronze glow with a moisturizing, honey-enriched gel.

Best for: all skin tones

How it works: Moisturizing Light, non-greasy formula Suits all skin tones

Only Con

I believe its too dark for lighter skin folks unless you have gotten a tan. One other way lighter skin folks can use is mixing with a lot of moisturizer.

My Verdict

~ Light weight on skin
~ The glow looks very natural and dewy
~ Moisturizing
~ Long Lasting

FULL INGREDIENTS

Water (Solvent/Diluent), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenyl Trimethicone (Emollient/Hair Conditioner), Glycerin (Humectant), Steareth-2 (Emulsifier), Steareth-21 (Emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Beeswax (Emulsifier/Emollient), Honey (Natural Additive), Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (Emulsion Stabiliser), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Viscosity Modifier), Phenethyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Isohexadecane (Emollient/Solvent), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Polysorbate 80 (Surfactant), Caprylhydroxamic Acid (Chelating Agent), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Sorbitan Oleate (Emulsifier), Sodium Hyaluronate (Humectant), Iron Oxides (Colour), Mica (Opacifier), Titanium Dioxide (Colour).

Thank You for reading and show me some love by leaving a comment below!

Love

Kalasini

 

Pond’s Age Miracle Intensive Cell ReGEN Super Serum Review

I am never falling for advertisements of beauty products ever again! Honestly, I got this product for its packaging ( sleek & classy ) and advertisement and of-course reading a few good reviews. This product has been a part of life for at least 7 months, and I have pumped out the product only 15 times you want to know why, then keep reading…

Must say they have done a good job in packaging, but what can package do to skin, Nothing! The pump system is very convenient to use as it allows in getting just the right amount you need. I want to keep this short and sweet as possible. So here it goes!

What the Product says:

For Wrinkle-Free, Spotless Skin with a Youthful Glow, Wrinkles and age spots, begone! This water-based serum, enriched with Intelligent Pro-Cell Complex™ and 20X concentrated CLA*, boosts your skin’s capacity for young cell regeneration. The result? Visibly reduced wrinkles and age spots in 7 days!

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone crosspolymer, Cyclomethicone, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Water/Aqua, Glycolic acid, Potassium hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Isomerized linoleic acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic acid, Palmitic acid, Myristic acid, Acetamide MEA, BHT, Cholesterol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Pentaerithrityl tetra-di-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Retinol, Sucrose distearate, Pentasodium aminotrimetylene phosphonate, Perfume/Parfum, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Butylene glycol, Propylene glycol, Iron oxides, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Benzyl salicylate, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Hexyl cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexane carboxaldehyde, Linalool, CI 77491, CI 17200.

My Say

1. The produce is very light and glides on like a premier making my skin very fake like layer.
2. My skin feels very funny dull after application in other words matte.
3. Not hydrating at all and feels very plasticity
4. My skin was the same before and after application I did not see results :(

Again it did not work for my skin and I have oily/dry combination skin around T-Zone and I am medium to dark skin.

I wouldn't recommend this product if you have limited budget and are looking for the perfect anti-aging serum and creams. I picked this up for around 3.750 KWD ($13) not very sure as its been really long.

I believe this has worked for few other bloggers and honestly I wished it worked for me as well. That's all for now loves!

Take Care

Love

Kalasini

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation Review & Swatches.

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation Review & Swatches.

If you who know me, you know me well enough, that I love Body Shop products at least most of them :D. I was searching for a lighter foundation that can help me get the coverage that I need and stay light on my skin which I can use everyday. If you are looking for one of those then you’re reading the right blog post. This is my first blog post and I am glad I am writing this for you ♥

Lets get to the details shall we:

Product - The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Cream Compact Foundation.
My skin type: Dry to Oily combination. Depending on weather and crazy T- Zone area where oiliness and dryness are subject to change.
Price: 3 Kuwaiti Dinar ($ 10)
Availability: All Body Shop stores.

FULL INGREDIENTS:
Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate (Emollient), Titanium Dioxide (Color), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Light stabilizer), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Emollient), Polyethylene (Opacifier), Isononyl Isononanoate (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides (Emollient), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (Opacifying Agent), Polysilicone-11 (Film Former), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Boron Nitride (Bulking Agent), HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer (Anticaking Agent), Beeswax (Emulsifier/Emollient), Aluminum Hydroxide (Opacifier), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Stabiliser), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Isostearic Acid (Emulsifier), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (Binder), Lauroyl Lysine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner). [May Contain: Iron Oxides (Color), Mica (Color)].

Now lets see what the Product Promises

The cream-to-powder mineral foundation contains pure minerals and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil for an immaculate, matte finish. It has an ultra-bendable formula and contains a custom brush for flawless application.

o Medium to full coverage
o Smooth, matte finish
o Integrated cruelty-free brush
o Contains SPF 15
o Fragrance & Paraben-free

My Say:

I Love this product because I can apply this on a daily basis and not use foundation every day if you know what I mean it’s light texture and curtly free brush “I love this part” makes it easy for application and blends well on skin. I don’t have breakouts neither it sinks into pores. It feels super light on the skin, if you know what I mean.

The coverage is not that great to be honest. It’s between good to medium coverage foundation depending on applying one coat or two with two you sure will get enough coverage but you may have to use a concealer to cover any spots. Brush is fairly OK not all great, but I like it!

You need to touch up every 3 hours and I have no problem with it because the packing is perfect to carry it around. I’d rather touch up on a daily basis instead of using foundation everyday all day. It’s not resistant, it comes off easy but I notices that when used with a compact powder its stays for longer hours. And its not water proof so it’s easily washable.

Coverage: Good to medium coverage.

Smell: Earthy clay kind a smell to it. Me Love!

Pros:

o Paraben free
o Doesn’t break me out
o Comes with cruelty free brush
o SPF 15
o Light Creamy foundation which blends well and it matte on skin
o Love clay-ish smell
o Available in 7 shades which includes shades matching Indian skin tones. Horayyy!

Cons:

o Light-medium coverage – can be fixed with double application and using powder on top
o Not long lasting – vanishes after 2-3 hours – Can make it last longer by using compact powder
o Not resistant – comes off easy.

Verdict Time:

If you are looking for a daily use, sheer foundation which doesn't break you out, then its best buy

Will I buy this again - Absolutely Yes! Not a huge fan of using foundation every day.

My Rating: 7 out of 10

Hope this was helpful!

Love

Kalasini

Saffron

Saffron for Skin, Hair & Health

What is Saffron?

“An orange-yellow flavoring, food coloring, and dye made from the dried stigmas of a crocus” - (Dictionary)

The word saffron derives from the Arab word zafaran, meaning yellow, and it was mentioned as far back as 1500 b.c. in many classical writings, as well as in the Bible.

Saffron is a plant, dried stigmas (thread-like parts of the flower) are used to make saffron spice. It can take 75,000 saffron blossoms to yield a single pound of saffron spice. Saffron is largely cultivated and harvested by hand. The amount of labor involved in harvesting, thus making saffron the world's most expensive spice.

Well! that is a good start to write this post, I thought… But you should continue reading this for several reasons. I promise it will blow your mind...

So what really makes saffron the world's most expensive spice? It's not necessarily its flavor or any health benefits associated with the reddish-yellow spice, although it does lend a distinct, wonderful flavor to all manner of dishes. Rather, it’s the cultivation process.

Saffron is harvested in Spain, Greece, India, Turkey, and a few other countries. It can be sold as saffron threads, or as a ground saffron powder.

Although the majority of the world's saffron is produced in Iran, Spain is the world's largest exporter of saffron.

Saffron: Skin Benefits

Along with its exotic flavor and aroma, saffron holds beauty benefits as well. It has natural skin lightening abilities. Saffron can be helpful for your skin in the following ways:

Saffron for radiant Skin:

• Mix 1 teaspoon of wheat flour, 2 to 3 strands of saffron and 1 spoon of Honey & Milk.
• Mild Scrub your face and wipe with a cloth before applying this face mask.
• Apply it while your face is still wet/moist.
• Massage your skin thoroughly in a circular motion.
• Allow it to dry for 20 minutes and rinse off.
• Apply this Mask once a week for maximum results.

Saffron for Fairer Skin: Want to get naturally fair skin

• Soak a few strands of saffron in milk for 2 hours then add a table spoon of Milk Powder mix well.
• Apply this pack all over your face and neck.
• Wash off after 20 minutes.
• Use this regularly and it will make your skin naturally fair.

Treatment of Acne and Blemishes / Treatment of Dull Skin / Improves Face Texture:

The anti-fungal content of saffron makes it effective for the treatment of acne, blemishes and blackheads.

Drop few strands of saffron into your open streamer or pot full of hot water and let the aroma do its job in penetrating into your skin and pores. ( Please be mindful of hot water and make sure to cover your head and face to maximum benefit)

Saffron for Luminous Complexion:

• Add a few strands of saffron to honey.
• Massage your face with this face pack in a circular motion.
• This will stimulate blood circulation by providing oxygen to your skin.
• Using this face pack regularly will give you a glowing complexion.

Treatment of Dry Skin:

• Mix half table spoon of yogurt with saffron water (few strands soaked in overnight).
• Apply all over face and leave it until dry and wash off.

Saffron Tonner: Saffron can help in toning up your skin. All you need to do is soak saffron strands in rose water and apply it on your skin after scrubbing.

Saffron in Bath Water: Saffron strands can be sprinkled in your warm bath water. Let it soak in the water for 20 minutes. Use this water for your bath. This will lighten your complexion naturally.

Wait....adding a few strands of saffron to your glass of milk/hot water can also give you a glowing complexion.

Expectant mothers are often given milk and saffron so that the fetus in the womb gets a fair and glowing complexion. There is no medical theory behind this though!

Saffron: Hair Benefits

Saffron is beneficial for your hair and helps in stimulating hair growth.

Combats Hair Loss: Saffron can be mixed with and milk & honey and applied to bald spots. This will combat hair loss and promote hair growth.

Health Benefits of Saffron:

It’s significant nutrients and chemical compounds which are beneficial in providing medicinal benefits. Let us look at a few of the saffron uses below:

Anti-depressant: The active components in the saffron make our body lose its depressing characteristics making it a dietary necessity sometimes.

Cell formation and repair: Potassium, found in saffron, is a necessary source that favors cell formation and repair.

Heart diseases, blood pressure: Potassium also helps maintains the blood pressure and keeps heart diseases at bay.

Disease prevention: One of the main saffron benefits when used in cooking food is that it contains many plant derived chemical components which are known to prevent diseases. They are also known to promote overall well-being of the body.

Active components: Apart from the volatile oils, there are also non-volatile active components like carotenoid compound that are anti-oxidants beneficial to the body. These prevent free radical reactions which produce harmful by-compounds and diseases. Some of the carotenoids like zea-xanthin, lycopene, alpha and beta carotene are widely appreciated. This is also one of the main uses of saffron.

*How does Saffron Extract aid with weight loss?

Saffron consist "Serotonin" - What is Serotonin if you may ask?

Serotonin is a hormone found in the digestive tract, the central nervous system, blood platelets and the pineal gland (deep at the center of the brain). It is also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine, which is often abbreviated to 5-HT. (Serotonin's chemical formula is C10H12N2O.)

A hormone is a chemical the body produces that controls and regulates certain activities in cells or organs. Hormones are vital for every activity of life, including reproduction, growth, metabolism, digestion and mood control.

About 80% of our body's total serotonin is in the gut, in the enterochromaffin cells - where it regulates intestinal movements. The rest is synthesized in the serotonergic neurons in the central nervous system.

Serotonin cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. Therefore serotonin that is used inside the brain must be produced within it.

Now how it can help one reduce weight

This is one of the most important hormones in the body when it comes to weight loss, as this has a direct influence on how full you feel. Therefore, if controlled correctly, you can be made to feel much fuller than you really are. This is the main secret through saffron extract, with the supplement renowned as being able to cut down your calorie intake. It will decrease all of your cravings, thus reducing the amount of time you snack during the day, and this will all help you lose weight at a gradual, and not dangerous, pace.

According to Bristol University in England, serotonin is involved in:

appetite.
sleep.
memory.
Serotonin also plays a key role in the regulating sleep, learning, increasing body temperature.
mood - Princeton University says serotonin is also known as a happiness hormone because it contributes to feelings of well-being.
behavior.
muscle contraction.
depression.
cardiovascular function.
endocrine regulation.
regulating aging.
bone metabolism.
wound healing - serotonin is a growth factor for some types of cells

Saffron Side Effects

Some possible side effects include dry mouth, anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, change in appetite, and headache. Allergic reactions can occur in some people.

Taking large amounts of saffron is UNSAFE. High doses can cause poisoning, including yellow appearance of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes, vomiting, dizziness, bloody diarrhea, bleeding from the nose, lips, and eyelids, numbness, and other serious side effects. Doses of 12-20 grams can be fatal.

-----Special Precautions & Warnings------

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take saffron in amounts larger than those normally found in food. Larger amounts of saffron can make the uterus contract and might cause a miscarriage.

Not enough is known about the safety of using saffron during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

***Migraines - researchers at the Maryland University Medical Center say that serotonin, among other substances appears to play a role in causing migraines.

Dead Sea Mud Mineral Mask

Dead Sea Mud

Minerals and Mud: Life-giving Qualities of the Dead Sea

There are more than 35 different types of minerals can be found in the Dead Sea's waters, and many people vouch wholeheartedly for the life-altering qualities these minerals possess.

The mineral salts are believed to cure or alleviate the symptoms of ailments ranging from skin problems such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis to rheumatic diseases, like various forms of arthritis and fibromyalgia.

The Dead Sea is the lowest surface on Earth, at 400 meters below sea level. It is located in the Middle East, bordered by Jordan, the West Bank, and Israel. It is more of a lake than a "sea," fed by the Jordan River.

The fresh water evaporates, however, leaving a salt concentration which is seven times stronger than that of the ocean. Beyond tiny microbes, no life can survive in the water. Wow... is'n this cool.

Did You Know?

1. Not only does Dead Sea mud contain these beneficial minerals, but it's also been shown to kill acne-causing bacteria.

2. And there are even claims that they erase stretch marks and cellulite.

3. Dead Sea mud mask nourishes the skin, leaving it smooth and fresh.

4. Dead Sea Mud Mask Stimulates Circulation.

5. Dead Sea Mud Mask Removes Dead Skin Cells

6. Dead Sea mud mask is suitable for all skin types

Many More....

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