Monday, May 30, 2011

I havent had anything like this before - DELMONTE !


The ad is so catchy that it will leave you humming the song all day long. Yes I am talking about the new Delmonte Juices that have hit the Indian markets. Everyone from my family loves juices and you will always find two boxes of Tropicana juice in our refrigerator. This time however when we spotted Delmonte juices in Hypercity we decided to give them a try.  
Perfect for summers and perfect for kind of therapy for glowing skin – Juice therapy.  Any fruit juice is chocked up with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

Tempting isn’t it ?? WAIT A MINUTE. . !!!  
I absolutely disliked the taste. . the juice looked nice and pulpy with bits of pineapple in it but when I tasted it ... I felt like I am having a slurry of canned pineapples. . . HO HUM!!  So much for Fresh fruit juices. . . Maybe the other flavor might be good. . . ? ? ? ?


Have you tried DELMONTE Before ? ? ? 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Himalaya Herbals Protein Shampoo and Conditioner


PRODUCT: Himalaya Herbals Protein Shampoo
TYPE:  For Oily to Normal Hair
PRICE & QUANTITY: 55 Rupees for 100 ml

What the product claims?
Enriched with extracts of protein-rich herbs, our new shampoo range nourishes your hair, giving you the three essential benefits that your hair needs - strength, reduced hair fall and protection from everyday damage.
A mild formulation for those who have an active lifestyle that requires frequent shampooing. Gently cleanses and provides your hair its daily dose of proteins. Keeps your hair soft, smooth and healthy.

Key ingredients:
Chickpea: Rich source of natural protein.
Amla & Black Myrobalan: Natural hair tonics that strengthen hair roots.
Licorice: Helps promote hair growth.




PRODUCT: Himalaya Herbals Protein Conditioner
TYPE:  For Normal Hair
PRICE & QUANTITY: 70 Rupees for 100 ml

What the product claims?
Enriched with extracts of protein-rich herbs, our new conditioners nourishes your hair giving you the three essential benefits that your hair needs - strength, reduced hair fall and protection from everyday damage.
A gentle formulation that conditions and keeps your hair silky smooth, soft and tangle-free. Nourishes your hair with natural proteins giving it a healthy shine.

Key ingredients:
China Rose & Lotus: Effective natural hair and scalp conditioners.
Chickpea & Oat: Rich sources of natural proteins.


My take on the product:
ON THE SHAMPOO:
I am very much into the smell of this product. It is just right – herbal and mild and not over empowering. The good thing about this shampoo and conditioner is that the active ingredients are all herbal.  
I like the fact that I can use this shampoo everyday – since its a mild gentle shampoo. It is perfect for summers when my hair turns greasy due to sweat, dust and pollution almost everyday.  It does the job of cleaning the hair all naturally.
It is good to see an Indian brand launching shampoo for oily hair – Kudos for the effort!
I have dry scalp so I use moisturising shampoo – but I will definitely use this for the summers so that I can shampoo my hair frequently. 
Another nice thing about this product is that it is safe to use on artificially colored or permed hair. This shampoo will be great to wash your hair after you have them colored. I use henna to colour my hair and this shampoo is great to wash my hair right after I rinse the henna off.
The herbal ingredients do not compromise on the cleansing ability of the shampoo and it is successful in effectively removing the dirt and oil from my hair.

ON THE CONDITIONER:
A conditioner is a must for my hair after shampooing since it keeps my hair soft, manageable and tangle free.  This conditioner is successful in serving all the three purposes.
The one thing I noticed on the product was that it is a scalp conditioner. It says on the directions that you need to massage the conditioner onto your scalp and wet hair. I have not tried applying this conditioner on the scalp simply because I think the rule is NOT to apply conditioner on scalp. Let me know if you have applied this on your scalp. Does it make any difference?
Anyways, this conditioner is also gently formulated with active herbal ingredients –making it safe to use it frequently.
The conditioner is creamy thick and white in color. It also coats the hair tips well and after rinsing it off the water, the hair is soft and manageable and tangle free.
 It also smells nice and like a typical herbal product. The fragrance lingers on for a moment. 

Love it or chuck it? –
I would say love it ... will definitely buy it when I need a break from my other shampoo. It is also great for women who would like to go – ORGANIC!  :)
  
PLEASE NOTE :  This product was sent by the company for consideration.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Garnier Skin Naturals - Sun Control Daily Moisturizer

Hello everyone!! Today I bring another Garnier product review – this time it is Garnier skin naturals – Sun control daily moisturizer with Mexoryl SX + vitamin E. I don’t remember when I picked this one up but I have this one for quite sometime now.  After almost finishing this product I think it’s about time I review it. 


QUANTITY: 50 ml
PRICE: 155 rupees ( hell it was expensive!)

WHAT PRODUCT CLAIMS:
Its special formula blends a moisturizer with selected ingredients:
Formula with Mexoryl SX , a revolutionary patented molecule, to give protection from sun’s UV rays.
Vitamin E to help protect against free radicals and help delay the signs of ageing.
Glycerol and extracts of coriander to retain the skin’s moisture and prevent it from drying while nourishing. 


FACTS ABOUT MEXORYL-SX: ( From Wikipedia)
Ecamsule (USAN, trade name Mexoryl SX, INCI terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid) is an organic compound which is added to many sunscreens to filter out UVA rays. It is a benzylidene camphor derivative, many of which are known for their excellent photostability.
Although there are a few different UV absorbers with the trade name Mexoryl, only two of them are widely used where approved. Mexoryl SX (water soluble) and Mexoryl XL (INCI Drometrizole trisiloxane, oil soluble). Together they show a synergistic effect in protection. The patents are held by L'Oréal. Sunscreens containing ecamsule are exclusive to L'Oréal and its brands.

BENEFITS OF CORIANDER:



Coriander has eleven vital components in the form of essential oils, Vitamin A, Vitamin C along with important minerals like iron and phosphorus. Coriander when mixed with pinch of turmeric powder, it serves as a powerful remedy against blackheads and pimples. The antioxidant and anti-fungal proprieties of coriander are ideal for treating skin dryness, eczema and other skin disorders.



MY- TAKE ON THE PRODUCT: 




This cream comes in a small bottle with screw cap top. The cream is light orange in color and faintly smells somewhat like medicated cream. The smell is not overwhelming though – its fine. The consistency of the cream is also ok – not so runny which is good. I hate it when sunscreens precipitate at the mouth of the bottle.

 

I am scared of using Garnier products on my face so I was extra careful using this product. Most of the times I skipped using this cream for my face and applied it on my arms. Once in a while I did use this cream for my face but I took care that I don’t apply too much of this cream.  I found this cream to be quite OK. It is not that bad and not that good too.  It is good because it didn’t break me out whenever I used it on my face. The thing I didn’t like about it was it is greasy for a while when we apply it, it also takes a while for the cream to get absorbed into the skin. It does prevent tan so that’s a plus point there. Also glycerol prevents my skin from getting dry throughout the day which is also good. Another thing I dislike about this product is that after using this cream for days – the cream kinda gets precipitated at the mouth of the bottle which makes it messy. This cream is good for application on arms and legs – for face I will not recommend it because it makes my face oily after a while.  Also this cream has SPF – 15 only - which I guess will not prove to be too useful in hot humid weathers in Mumbai and other places.  


PLUS POINT:
Plus point of introducing coriander extracts in skin care product.

GOOD POINTS:
Protects from UVA +UVB rays.
Dermatogically tested.
Helps prevent skin darkening and premature ageing.
Vitamin E –delays signs of ageing and protect against free radicals.
Glycerol and coriander extract retain skin’s moisture and provides nourishment.
 Travel friendly, easy to carry around.

NOT SO GOOD POINTS:
 It is expensive for the quantity of product we are getting.
The cream gets precipitated at the mouth of the bottle.
Low SPF factor (SPF 15).
Takes time to get absorbed into the skin. 

Love it or chuck it ? :  I will definitely pass this one. I did not like the greasy feel. 

Have you used this product yet ? Did you like it ? 
 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Himalaya Neem Foaming Face Wash - A review

Today I will be reviewing –Himalaya Neem Foaming face wash. I had used Himalaya neem face wash before. This foaming face wash is something new for me. 


What the product claims:
Unlike soap, neem foaming face wash does not leave your face feeling dry and stretched. Its gentle blend of herbs cleanses your skin deeply by removing impurities and excess oil. Neem, well known for its antibacterial properties, kills problem causing bacteria. Combined with turmeric, it effectively controls acne and pimples. As a result, u feel refreshed, your skin looks clear soft and supple.

Price and Quantity:  195 rupees for 150 ml

Directions:
Moisten face. Apply and massage gently. Wash off and pat dry.

Ingredients:
Each ml contains: exts, nimba 50 mg. haridra 5mg , ushira 5 mg.
Natural herbal ingredients may tend to change color over time. However the product efficacy remains unchanged.

Let’s look at the benefits each ingredients have: ( got it from wikipedia n other sites)

Neem has traditionally been used to maintain a healthy skin, flawless complexion and also to keep skin related diseases and problems at bay. The blood purifying properties found in active neem compounds help to maintain youthful and healthy skin. Skin Disorders treated by Neem Products include Rashes, Eczema, Ringworm, Scabies, Acne , Pimples and Blemishes.


Turmeric paste is traditionally used by Indian women to keep them free of superfluous hair and as an antimicrobial. Turmeric paste, as part of both home remedies and Ayurveda, is also said to improve the skin and is touted as an anti-aging agent. Some may use turmeric in skin creams as an antiseptic agent for cuts, burns and bruises.


Ushira is one of the best refrigerant herbs that cools and calms the entire body and mind. The paste of ushira and sandal wood is applied on skin, in burning sensation. In prickly heat, the paste of ushira, coriander fruit and musta is applied with benefit. The paste of ushira roots is applied by itself to alleviate the burning sensation, excessive sweating and foul body smell. It is also beneficial in various skin ailments to improve the complexion of the skin.


Look at the product:

This product comes in a sturdy plastic cylindrical transparent bottle with green colored liquid in it. It has a transparent cap which comes off to reveal a white pump which dispenses the product. The product has new innovative pump which pumps liquid and air simultaneously through a tiny nozzle. This causes the liquid product to turn into foam. Enough of rocket science!

My view on the product: 


The product lives upto the claim of controlling acne and pimples.  I particularly like Himalaya Brand face washes because they are mild and do not contain harsh chemicals. This face wash is soap- free which is another plus point.
The foam it dispenses is enough for entire face and is very light. It effectively deep cleanses the face and doesn’t dry out your skin. It is also successful at keeping your face oil- free for 2 hours max.
A foamy light face wash ready to use is a boon for us lazy people out there.
Another thing I love about this face wash is the fragrance. It is very herbal- like and pleasant. The smell won’t over power your senses.
This product is travel- friendly since the cap stays tightly secured during your holiday trips. It is not suitable to carry it out handbags – will be too bulky for that.
The product, however, did not get rid of the whiteheads I have. It is also a bit pricey. 
  
Love it or chuck it ?
Love it - yes !  I will definitely pick up this product again ...  :) 

Have you tried this product?? what do you think about it ? ? 

Please note : Product sent by the company for consideration. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Maybelline Goodies :) :)

Maybelline sent all the members of "Beauty Brigade" group goody bags ... Its been a great experience to be a part of this group where all of us get together everyday to discuss anything we like ... I am so glad i made so many good friends through this group ...

Let me share what goodies i got ....
I got a huge blue beach bag ... i love it because my favorite color is blue :) Isn't the bag lovely . . .? ?

I love it because it has very chic print and has shiny purple sequins on it . . .




Inside the bag there was MNY's Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner and Colorsensational lipstick - shade 365 Sugared honey . . .


I like the color of the lipstick they sent . . . 
 Thank You Maybelline !! 

xoxo 

Rids :) 


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lotus Herbals Swift Makeup Stick

Oh! How clearly I remember getting this product I had gone to the beauty store in search of a good concealer for my dark circles and ended up buying this. As soon as I entered the store I headed towards Maybelline counter in hopes of finding a concealer. I was disappointed to find that Maybelline didn’t sell any concealer in India. Just when I was turning away, a SA of the very next counter which belonged to Lotus Herbals started showing me something. I must tell that particular SA was so pushy !!
She got me to buy a lip gloss and other product which is lotus swift makeup. It is a 4 in one product which acts as foundation, concealer, compact providing matt powder finish and lastly moisturizing. She applied the product in the under eye area and it was successful in concealing them to an extent. So I finally got it and after using it for quite sometime now, here’s the review ---

PRODUCT:  Lotus Herbals Natural Blend Swift Makeup
PRICE: 249 rupees
QUANTITY: 10g
SHADE:  730 Creamy Peach




This product comes in a thick lipstick like case which has a transparent cover on the top. The top can be removed and the bottom is twisted up to use the product. It looks like an ordinary stick foundation.
I personally do not prefer stick foundations because they are too difficult to blend making the process of applying the foundation too tedious. 

I tried applying this foundation all over my face but I highly disliked the way it makes you feel.  It makes my face feel very weird. The foundation is not difficult to blend into the skin but it kind of feels very strange and abnormal to me when I apply it all over my face. It made me feel like I am wearing something thick on my face.



I dislike the oily- kind of smell that this product has. Being a huge fragrance fan – oily smell is a total turn off for me. 

 I also dislike the fact that this product stands at the risk of getting contaminated. Everytime we apply this product on the skin the bacteria can keep on lodging itself on the top of the product which may cause acne or break-outs later on. You can’t risk applying the product with your bare hands until they are absolutely clean.    

Since it is creamy and moisturizing, I have broken its stick twice. :)
 
This product is good for covering acne and blemishes on your skin. It acts as a good spot concealer but certainly not as face foundation. 

It has SPF 15 which is also good as you won’t need to apply sunscreen separately.

LOVE IT OR CHUCK IT? : This product is definitely a pass for me. I use this product to conceal blemishes. I would definitely chuck it if I were to use it as a foundation.

HAVE YOU USED THIS PRODUCT? ? 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lotus Herbals introduces Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher

Lotus Herbals has come up with new product which is - Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher. I have never tried using skin polisher before but i would love to try this product.Give your skin a treat !! :)

If you are looking for a gentler way to scrub your skin and get that youthful appearance, look no further! Lotus Herbals has introduced Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher that ensures smooth, flawless and younger skin. This innovative skin polisher protects from pollution, dust and exposure to the harsh rays of the sun and helps in restoring the natural glow of the skin.

Lotus Herbals Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher is enriched with active ingredients such as--
Pomegranate - which has skin renewal properties that help increase collagen 
Plum- that infuses powerful anti oxidants into the skin, making it soft and supple. 

It contains ultra fine granules that are non-abrasive and gently rejuvenate the skin by removing dead skin cells. This   skin polisher therapeutically exfoliates and cleanses the skin of toxins and other impurities while protecting against environmental pollutants. Suitable for all skin types, its deep detoxification re-energizes the skin, reduces fine lines and offers wrinkle protection. Now regenerate your skin to a new level of vitality for a more youthful, healthy and radiant appearance, all day long.

Lotus Herbals Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher is attractively priced at Rs 155 for 50gms and Rs 245 for 100 gms.
It is available at leading beauty and departmental stores across the country. 


Now add a breath of fresh air to dull, tired skin by making this luxurious skin polisher a part of your skin care regime!


Please note: product launch information is provided by the company.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lotus Herbals Offer -- HURRY !!!


 

Ladies, let's double up beautifying your lips, but one Moistpetals- Moisturising lip colour and get the 2nd one absolutely free. The offer is valid till 31st May, 2011. So hurry, rush to your nearest store to grab this deal !!

This is the best time to try Lotus Moisturising lip colors if you have'nt tried it before . . . :) 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

L'oreal Paris True Match Mineral Foundation


I remember getting this product after the hype of mineral makeup set in the field of cosmetic products. I was impressed by the claims that mineral makeup made and of all the benefits mineral makeup offered.

Some benefits mineral makeup offers:
  •  Most mineral makeup have SPF factor – so they can act as sunscreens.       
  • They hide blemishes and flaws of your skin – also they look very natural as if you‘re not wearing any makeup at all.       
  • They do not contain any harsh chemicals.     
  • They claim to stay on for long hours.   
  • They can be used for all skin types.

 I was so blown away by seeing the advert of sheer cover and it’s amazing qualities I decided to lay my hands on mineral foundation. After reading many reviews on youtube I decided to get L’oreal Paris True Match Foundation.  

So here’s my view on it –



 This foundation comes in a rather unique packing... A transparent tub bottle with a small kabuki brush attached to the screw tap. This screw cap is further covered by a transparent top. Remove the transparent top and unscrew the cap to find a cover similar to a sieve through which a fine powder is dispensed. You swirl the kabuki brush in the powder . . . Gently tap the brush to remove the excess powder and apply it on your face in circular movements.

The first time I applied it I had my fan on which made the powder fly off a bit. So learn from mistakes and be sure you switch the fan off. I also applied the foundation too much. The first time I applied it – I looked in the mirror to find that there’s nothing on my face. So I applied a bit more and more again – I ended up putting too much of it and it looked ghostly.



So now I take utmost care to apply little of this foundation. This foundation is actually for people with almost perfect skin. I mean it doesn’t give full coverage like other foundations.  It gives a really sheer coverage. It was not successful in hiding up my blemishes nor lightens my dark circles. This was a big disappointment for me because I had shelled out 1100 bucks for this product.

Next thing I observed was that it is good for my oily skin at the time we apply it. The foundation however did not stay on for more than 2 hours. It also oxidized make my face look darker after awhile. Also some amount of the foundation always get stuck to the screw cap lid - that much of mineral powder is lost or wasted everytime.



This is bulky and so its not travel friendly. You cannot carry this bulky thing around in your purse.

The foundation looks natural when applied in small quantities. Another good thing about this product is that it has SPF 15. It also did not break me out because I have super sensitive skin which reacts when I use some new product. 

Lastly I will say I don’t love this product. I use it as a powder to set my liquid foundation. True match foundation they said – WHATEVER !!

LOVE IT OR CHUCK IT: Chuck it! Unless you have perfect blemish free skin and are looking for sheer coverage foundation. 

Have you tried this foundation yet? Did you like it ?? 

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