Friday, 25 March 2016

Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap


Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap

   Fragrance (In addition to appearance) is a big part of what attracts me most to a skincare product and makes a lasting first impression on my mind. So when I came across a very pleasant smelling and attractive Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap around a year ago, I knew I had to give it a try someday. Reviewing the same, the organic, handmade Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap here today. Do read further to find out if it was worth the buy.

   Product Claims: Wouldn’t you like to start your day with a bowl of fresh cream, strawberries & oatmeal? One whiff of our fresh strawberry soap will make you jump off bed & into the shower. This breakfast for your skin does a miraculous job on pimples, oats scrubs all the grime away gently removing excess sebum oils. Cream & cocoa give a thick, creamy lather to this soap. This soap will surely leave you with baby soft rosy skin.
   For all skin types.


Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap

   Price: Rs. 250/-
   Volume: 150 g.
   Shelf Life: 36 months. 
   How to care for 100% vegan organic soap:

Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap
 
Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap

   This soap comes in large bar sizes; you should cut how much you need, and store the unused soap in a cool dry place. This way you can make your soap last for a long time. Keep the soap in a soap dish, so that water drains away & the soap is dry when not in use. Does not contain artificial hardeners & preservatives. Store in a cool dry place for longer shelf life.
   Ingredients:

Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap

   Fresh strawberries, pink clay, fresh cream, cocoa butter, Vitamin E, glycerin, aqua, permitted edible color & aroma, saponified oils of olive, castor, coconut, palm & palm kernel.

Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap

   The Soulflower Sexy Strawberry soap comes in form of a rectangular bar enveloped in a transparent plastic packaging. It has a colorful information sticker with the brand name, name of the soap, a pictorial depiction of key ingredients, list of ingredients, product claims, instructions for usage and price stuck on it. The packaging of the soap is simple and attractive. The soap is quite big, size wise and can be used for a longer duration by avoiding wastage by cutting it and using it in parts. It is opaque, pink in color.
   The Soulflower Sexy Strawberry soap is scented to smell of fresh strawberries. This overwhelming fragrance fills the room while bathing, giving a very luxurious, spa like feeling. It lathers exuberantly and gives a slight cooling sensation on coming in contact with the skin. It is easy to rinse off and does not leave a creamy residue while doing so. It cleanses the skin well, refreshing it at the same time. This soap though specifically meant for those with dry skin suits well to all skin types. It does not cause skin to loose its natural oils but at times leaves a few tiny patches of skin dry. That being said, it does an excellent job of keeping the skin soft and supple and reduces bumps and acne on the skin. I kept my soap in a soap dish and used it as a single big piece, keeping it away from water when not in use. Despite quick dissolution occurring due to absence of artificial hardeners, a single bar of the Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap lasted for 28 days for me. The fact that these handmade soaps are made up of 100 % vegan organic materials, do not contain any chemicals or preservatives and are completely cruelty free is a big positive point in their favor.
   The Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap, priced at Rs. 250/- is definitely a bit pricey compared to other soaps but can be found at a much lesser price due to the frequent discounts, sales and offers on all the major online retail sites from where these soaps can be easily purchased.

Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap

   Pros:
- Simple, attractive packaging.
- Scented to smell of strawberries.
- Gives a cooling sensation while bathing.
- Lathers abundantly.
- Easy to rinse off.
- Doesn't leave a creamy residue on the skin.
- Cleanses the skin well.
- Refreshes the skin!
- Doesn't strip the skin of its natural oils.
- Keeps skin soft and supple.
- Keeps eruption of acne in check.
- Each bar of soap lasts for around 28 days.
- Suits all skin types.
- 100 % vegan, organic soap.
- Does not contain SLS, artificial hardeners or preservatives.
- Cruelty free products.
- Easily available across online/offline platforms.

   Cons:
- Occasionally leaves tiny areas of skin dry and flaky.
- Dissolves quickly.
- Price is on the costlier side.

Product Review - Soulflower Sexy Strawberry Soap

   Verdict: 4.25/5. The Soulflower Sexy Strawberry soap is perfect for an aromatic, luxurious bathing experience, which leaves the skin feeling softer than ever before!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Product Review - Oriflame Pure Skin Scrub Face Wash



   Skincare is the basis of a healthy and radiant complexion, something that all of us desire. We often end up trying loads of products, to find the ones which would fit perfectly into our daily skincare regimen to help us achieve the same. The search for my ideal skincare products recently brought me knocking on doors of Oriflame, a Sweden based company with almost 50 years of experience in field of manufacturing and selling personal care, accessories and nutritional products. Have been using the Oriflame Pure Skin Scrub Face Wash since a long time and reviewing the same here today.

   Product Claims: A deep-acting, exfoliating cleanser which targets spots and blackheads by penetrating pores with powerful anti-bacterial ingredients. Continues to work long after you’ve washed your face. Use daily.

 
   Price: Rs. 499/-
   Volume: 150 ml.
   Shelf Life: 36 months.
   Directions: Massage over wet face, and rinse. Avoid direct contact with eyes. 
   Ingredients:Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Cccamidopropy Betaine, Polyethylene, Decyl Glucoside, Salicylic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum, Oryza Sativa Cera, Methylparaben, Menthol, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Aluminium Hydroxide, CI 42090.


   The Oriflame Pure Skin Scrub Face Wash comes packaged in form of a tall translucent see-through container with a bluish tinge and is provided with a pump dispenser. It has the name of the product, its actions and volume provided mentioned on its front side while its product claims, directions for use, ingredients and manufacturing details are printed on the back. The packaging of the product is sturdy, simple, attractive and travel friendly with the pump dispenser having a lock mechanism which prevents leakage of the product while in transit.
   The Oriflame Pure Skin Scrub Face Wash consists of a semi solid light bluish solution with dark blue exfoliating micro beads interspersed in it. The face wash is mildly scented and only a small amount of it is required to cleanse the face. It produces sufficient amount of lather when mixed with water to cleanse the skin and get rid of dirt, oil and makeup while providing it with a cooling sensation at the same time. The face wash takes a bit extra time rinse off properly due to its creaminess, but despite that leaves patches of my combination type skin dry, especially around my mouth. Its exfoliating microbeads scrubs away the dead skin cells and are gentle on the skin. It provides skin with a fresh feeling, giving instant radiance and glowing complexion. The face wash helps to keep the face oil free for couple of hours, making it ideal for people with oily skin. Also, daily use helps to reduce the eruption of acne. On the downside, it contains many harmful substances like parabens and sulphates.
   The Oriflame Pure Skin Scrub Face Wash can be purchased easily through any Oriflame consultant and also via online retail sites though it would be more prudent to do so during periods of sales and offers as it is priced at the higher side of the spectrum.


   Pros:
- Simple, attractive and travel friendly packaging.
- Mildly scented.
- Has a decent, semi solid consistency.
- Small quantity produces desired results.
- Produces sufficient lather.
- Gives a cooling sensation to the skin.
- Cleanses facial skin well.
- Gets rid of pollution, grime and light makeup with ease.
- Exfoliating microbeads help in getting rid of the dead skin cells.
- Gives an instant fresh feeling to the face. 
- Helps to provide a radiant and glowing complexion.
- Helps skin to stay oil free for hours.
- Keeps eruption of acne in check.
- Available relatively easily across the nation.

   Cons:
- Takes a little extra time to rinse as it forms a creamy layer on the skin.
- Leaves patches of dry skin on face.
- Price is a bit on the higher side of the spectrum.
- Contains parabens and sulphates.
 
 
   Verdict: 4/5. Though a bit on the pricier side, this face wash's thorough cleansing property and preventive action against oil build up is bound to make people with oily skin its loyal customers.
 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask


Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

   Skin 18  is an online shopping store which sells Korean natural skincare products like masks, serums, lotions, moisturizing creams, BB and CC creams, mists and much more. Their warehouses in Hong Kong, China and US help in providing fast delivery of skincare products to women across the globe to help their skin look perfect all the time! Skin 18 provides free shipping over orders of US $ 40 to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Norway, New Zealand, Russian Federation, South Korea, Singapore, United States and Vietnam while over US $ 60 to rest of the countries including India. They also provide free samples of sheet masks wherein one only needs to pay shipping fee without making any purchase, while purchase of products more than US 40 $ qualifies buyers to get more number of freebies. In short, the more you buy, the more freebies you get! Click here to see what all freebies you can get and here to know the rules for getting the freebies. One can also take part in giveaways and quiz/games to win freebies or be a part of their reward program and gather points to get discount coupons for shopping at Skin 18.
   A few months ago, I received a skincare package consisting of six sheet masks and three sample size pouches each of face creams and serums from Skin 18. Today I will be reviewing the Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask, my first ever sheet mask below. Do read up to find how this Korean sheet mask fared on my skin and if it stayed true to claims made by its parent company.

Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

   Product Claims: This Whitening functional mask sheet contains essence derived from natural Aloe that soothes irritated skin and provides abundant moisture to create radiating and smooth skin.
   Aloe prevents freckles, over-pigmentation, and age spots while increasing collagen in the thick skin.  It also moisturizes dry skin and deters secretion in oily skin while contracting pores. In complex skin, aloe also balances sebum secretion in skin to maintain a good level of pH. In addition, aloe absorbs better than water, which adds to its ability to relax the skin.

   Price: US $1.60
   Volume: 23 ml.
   Shelf Life: Not mentioned.
   Directions: 
- Apply the mask over cleansed and toned face.
- Leave on for 15-30 minutes, then remove gently.
- No need to rinse, and massage remaining essence onto skin.
- Discard the mask after single use.
   Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Triphenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Viginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Ceteth-20, Ceteth-10, Cetearyl alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance.
 
Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask
 
   The Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask comes packaged in form of a thin white colored packet which is compact, travel friendly and made attractive to look at with an illustration of the Aloe Vera plant. The name of the product and its brand name is mentioned on its front side while the product claims, directions for use, ingredients, caution instructions and manufacturing details are provided on its backside. All the product related details have been printed in English and in Korean for easy interpretation.
   Before the use of the mask, my facial skin appeared dry, especially around the mouth with quite a few tiny bumps of acne on one of my cheek and a few scattered over the other cheek and the forehead.
   On opening the packet, one can see the mask neatly folded in it, drenched in a lot of excessive serum, which can be used to cover other areas of the body and is very mildly scented to smell like aloe vera. The mask is circular in shape with apertures cut out for eyes and mouth and a flap to accommodate the nose. It has a few cuts in its periphery which helps the mask to mould itself according to the contours of the face. It covered my entire face well apart from a tiny portion between my nose and cheeks, and is easy to apply and stays stuck to my face due to the serum making me go about my daily chores as usual without any hindrances. On applying the mask, I experienced an instant cooling sensation and also a slight itching on my face, but it soon settled and I ended up keeping the mask on my face for about half an hour. On removing the mask, my skin looked a bit sticky due to the residual serum, but brighter and more radiant than before, though it didn't have much of a whitening effect as claimed. It took care of my facial dryness, making my skin look and feel more hydrated and moisturized. The acne on my face looked far less prominent resulting in an overall smoother and more supple skin! It made my skin stay oil free for a longer duration but didn't help noticeably tighten my pores. The airtight packaging and the fact that these masks are meant for one time use only take care of the hygiene issues. Also, the fact that Four Seasons products are dermatologically tested gives additional assurance of safety of these sheet masks.
   The price of these masks though is US $1.60, but huge discounts on Skin 18 cuts the cost to almost half of the original price, making for an affordable buy. Four Seasons masks are available to the overseas buyer almost exclusively through Skin 18. I couldn't find these on any other online portal and the chance of getting these in local stores is almost nil.  

Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

   Pros:
- Simple, compact and travel friendly packaging.
- Mildly scented.
- The pouch contains mask drenched in the serum, which can be used to cover skin over neck and hands as well.
- The mask is easy to apply.
- The mask covers the entire face well, remaining well stuck to it due to the provided serum.
- No cumbersome procedures involved.
- Provides instant cooling sensation.
- Skin feels bright and radiant after use.
- Moisturizes and hydrates the skin to make it supple.
- Evens out the texture of the skin by making bumps and acne reduce in size.
- Helps to reduce oiliness of skin.
- Hygiene issues are taken care of due to air tight packaging and one time use.
- Dermatologically tested.
- Budget friendly price.

   Cons:
- The serum provided is a bit on the stickier side.
- Did not result in a visible whitening effect.
- No noticeable tightening of pores.
- Caused minimal itching on my face, though without any other side effect.
- Availability outside Skin 18 is an issue.
 
Product Review - Skin 18 - Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask

   Verdict: 4.25/5. This Four Seasons Aloe Soothing Waterful Oasis Mask is perfect to treat dry, dehydrated and tired skin. It acts as a no fuss facial at home giving the skin a well moisturized, bright and radiant look.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Tickle your taste buds with Box 8 #PizzaPartyWithBox8 #Box8Pizza


Tickle your taste buds with Box 8 #PizzaPartyWithBox8 #Box8Pizza

   Box 8 is an on demand food delivery company of Indian origin which has become a common household name since its inception in 2012, when it first started as a small outlet in a corporate cafeteria to now when they boast of more than fifty outlets spread across Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
   Box 8 introduced a lip smacking range of pizzas to add to their munchtastic menu a few months ago and I got a chance to try a few of their variants. The order that I received from Box 8 contained a Country Roads Pizza with original crust in regular size, a Flame Thrower and a Paneer Tikka Pizza, both with cheese blast ( crust ) in medium size and a bottle of mineral water. Below is a comprehensive review of the same.

Tickle your taste buds with Box 8 #PizzaPartyWithBox8 #Box8Pizza

   Each of Box 8 pizzas were separately packed in attractive and quirky cardboard boxes having a pizza themed print. One can smell the aroma of the pizzas even without opening these boxes which made me want to pounce on the box, but I resisted the urge of doing so, so that I could quickly take a few snapshots of these pizzas to upload with this blog post. All the three pizzas looked very colorful, breathtakingly delicious and were loaded with twice the cheese and twice the toppings. All the variants tasted yummy with the Flame Thrower being a favorite of my taste buds. The small sachets of chili flakes and oregano mix added to the flavor without overpowering the original taste of the pizzas. The pizzas and particularly the cheese blast ones were very filling. The huge number of variants ( 20 as of now ), both, vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian and different crust options do a good job of pleasing different palates and moods.
   Quick delivery of placed orders and various competent modes of placing the order - Phone, Website and Mobile app make Box 8 a convenient choice. Another great thing about Box 8 is that most outlets are open till midnight, a few till 1 am making it perfect to satisfy late night hunger pangs! Pricing of all the products on their menu, in general, is very affordable to the common man with the frequent offers by the company serving as a bonus and a chance to call over friends for an impromptu budget friendly #PizzaPartyWithBox8! The only negative point with Box 8 is that it's limited to serving in 3 cities only at the moment, but they're expanding fast and who knows soon might go live throughout India.

   Country Roads Pizza: Red Paprika, Baby Corn, Onions.

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   Paneer Tikka Pizza: Paneer Cubes, Capsicum, Tomato, Onions.

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   Flame Thrower Pizza: Red Paprika, Spicy Jalapenos, Golden Corn, Capsicum, Tomato.

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   Pros:
- Attractive and quirky packaging of pizzas.
- The aroma of the pizzas literally makes one salivate.
- Variants are loaded with twice the cheese and toppings.
- All options available are more delicious than the next.
- Tasty accompaniments ( Oregano, Chili flakes ) add to the flavor.
- Satiates the hunger and craving for something exotic well.
- Pizzas come in a huge range of variety.
- Different options of pizza bases available.
- On time quick delivery of orders.
- Various modes of delivery available.
- Most outlets are open till midnight!
- Pricing is right on the money.
- Frequent offers like Buy 1 Get 1 Free and discounts further sweeten the deal.

   Cons:
- Outer packaging got soggy by the time pizzas were delivered.
- Available in select cities only.

   Verdict: 4.5/5. Absolutely in love with #Box8Pizza which have started to make me crave for their taste as I summarize this post and have turned me into their fans in just a single meal! 

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