Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask | Review

Scrubs can be quite tricky during the winters because the skin is already dry but that doesn’t mean that you let the dead skin sit on your face until the days get warmer. The Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask is the perfect solution to this dilemma because it combines the exfoliating properties of coffee with the nourishing goodness of honey. The brand recently sent me the product to review and here is what I think of it after a few uses.

Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask | Review

First of all, I love the name of this product and its super cute packaging which is basically a black plastic tub with a spillproof lid. The whiff of pure coffee will greet you as soon as you unscrew the lid, a perfect aroma to wake you up in the mornings and to relax you at night. The scrub has a semi-thick, semi-liquid consistency with gritty coffee particles embedded in the formula. These particles act as strong exfoliators so I wouldn’t recommend using this scrub every day, it is more suitable for using once or twice a week.

Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask | Review

I usually apply a layer of the product all over my face and let it dry like a mask, this typically takes around 5 minutes, then I wet my face a little and rub the product in a circular motion so that the scrub particles can work their magic. After I wash my face, my skin feels much softer to the touch and visibly brighter, my face feels smooth and non-greasy, but not dry.

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The ingredient list explains why this scrub works so well. The ground coffee helps to smoothen and brighten the skin while the wild bee honey, aloe vera extracts, and shea butter make sure that the skin does not feel parched after using the product. Also, the Kaolin Clay helps to suck out all the grime and grease. The presence of so many fresh ingredients makes this scrub a winner for me.

Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask | Review

Overall, this is an excellent all in one product because it brightens, scrubs, AND nourishes the skin. The price of INR 499 for a 125gm tub seems pretty reasonable too. The exfoliating particles are a little rough so this may not suit extremely sensitive or dry skin but it should suit all other skin types. This scrub will give you happy skin days all throughout winter and beyond, so do check it out asap!

I hope that this review was useful Click here to buy the Ryaal Mr. Beans Scrub from Amazon.

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Loreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliners – All Shades | Review and Swatches

I recently won a giveaway hosted by the lovely Surbhi from Little Reviews and to my delight, I won all 5 shades of the Loreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner! The Loreal Infallible Paints range has been all over the internet this festive season but I didn’t purchase it because I found it a little overpriced, so winning these products in a giveaway was the best thing ever. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on all the colors and the formula of these liners.

Loreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliners - All Shades | Review and Swatches

The Infallible Paints Eyeliners have a liquid matte formula and are available in 5 shades in India – Black Party, Electric Blue, Vivid Aqua, Intrepid Teal, and Wild Green. The shade range is quite good, with an everyday black, an almost black but more fun green, a bright sky blue, and two more wearable blues, although I do wish that they had added a warmer purple/plum shade to the collection as well. The formula is pretty thin but not runny and the pen-shaped eyeliner comes with a very fine felt tip applicator. This applicator allows precise application despite the thin formula of the liquid and those who love a very thin eyeliner will absolutely love it. However, those who prefer a more dramatic liner will need multiple swipes to achieve the desired thickness. This is the kind of liner with which you cannot create a winged liner in one fluid swipe, you need to work in smaller sections. This allows achieving the perfect shape and is great for beginners but may irk the impatient people and those who are pros at applying their liner. I honestly do not mind the slightly longer time needed for application but what I do not like is that the pointed felt tip can poke the eye a little when you are working close to the lash line.

Loreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliners - All Shades | Review and Swatches

All the shades are intensely pigmented and create an opaque line in one go. The formula sets within a few seconds to an almost matte finish. The finish looks more matte in the arm swatches than it does on the eye but it is still one of the more matte formulas out there. I do love the matte finish because I am personally not a fan of glossy eyeliners. The formula is also completely smudge-proof and is also water resistant (will stay in place after contact with water but will disappear if you rub when wet). I quite appreciate this level of water resistance because the color can endure a bit of sweat or watery eyes but you can still remove it with extreme ease when you want to, even with plain water. In terms of longevity, it lasts on my lids for around 8 hours without smudging or budging.

Loreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliners - All Shades | Review and Swatches
From top to bottom – 300 (Black Party), 308 (Wild Green), 306 (Intrepid Teal), 302 (Electric Blue), 304 (Vivid Aqua)

Overall, I am impressed with the formula and pigmentation of these eyeliners but wish that the applicator was less pokey and the color glided more smoothly. I feel that the price point of INR 845 is a bit too steep and would personally recommend purchasing these when they are available for a discount. My two personal favorites are the shades 308 (Wild Green) and 304 (Vivid Aqua) because they are quite different from anything I own. If you prefer liquid liners, just like me, then I would say that picking up one of the fun shades might be a fruitful investment.

Click here to buy the Loreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliners.

Nykaa Salon Shine Gel Nail Lacquer – Viva Mexico 201 | Review and Swatches

I am someone who always needs some color on her nails but hates painting them. Therefore, long-wearing, chip-resistant nail paints are what I am all about. This is why despite hearing mixed reviews about the Nykaa Salon Shine Gel Nail Lacquers, I grabbed two shades during the Black Friday sales because the gel formula and the fantastic shades were too tempting to not try. I am currently sporting the shade 201 – Viva Mexico on my nails and I must say this is one of the best items from my massive Black Friday haul.

Nykaa Salon Shine Gel Nail Lacquer - Viva Mexico 201 | Review and Swatches

This shade is the perfect reddish orange with ever so slight hints of pink that make it somewhat the ideal deep coral for all Indian skin tones. I honestly cannot think of any skin tone this shade will not flatter in the most striking way. In fact, I love this shade so much that if I could re-pick my wedding lehenga, I would go for this color.

Nykaa Salon Shine Gel Nail Lacquer - Viva Mexico 201 | Review and Swatches

The formula is slightly thicker than your regular polish but not goopy at all. It literally glides on the nails and provides opaque pigmentation in just one coat, although I applied two coats this time just for good measure. It takes only a couple of minutes to dry completely and does not smudge even if you go in with 2 coats within a span of 5 minutes, something that I truly appreciate. It is quite similar to my favorite Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color, but I feel that it is EVEN better in the shine and smoothness of application department. The nail color has an enchanting shine to it which is the closest to actual gel nail paints that I have ever experienced. It reflects the light beautifully and the shine lasts for at least 3-4 days before it begins to dull down. Also, the formula is pretty chip-resistant on my nails even though I do a lot of household chores. The first and extremely tiny chip appeared after 4 days and my nails stayed pretty presentable for 7 days.

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Overall, this is the most impressed I have ever been with a gel-like nail color that I have tried and I will definitely be purchasing more shades from the range. The price of INR 325 for the gorgeous 15ml bottle is completely justified due to the opacity, longevity, and shine of the formula. Plus, you can always grab these for even cheaper during one of the many Nykaa sales. If you are someone who doesn’t like repainting your nails in the middle of the week then I must insist that you should buy at least one shade from the range, I am sure you will go back for more once you try it!

Click here to buy the Nykaa Salon Shine Gel Nail Lacquer in the shade Viva Mexico 201.

Greenberry Organics Night Lotion with Anti-ageing & Brightening Extracts | Review

Evening skincare routines are usually way more effective than morning skincare routines because your skin gets a good 8 to 10 hours to absorb the goodness of the skincare products. This is why including an excellent night cream for your face in your P.M. skincare is an absolute must. But what about the rest of the body? Identifying the lack of a night-specific body lotion in the market, Greenberry Organics has launched their Night Lotion with Anti-ageing & Brightening Extracts that provides overnight hydration and rejuvenation to the skin.

Greenberry Organics Night Lotion with Anti-ageing & Brightening Extracts | Review

This night lotion contains a bunch of nourishing oils, along with organic refined Murumuru butter that carries powerful anti-oxidising properties. It also contains pomegranate oil that is rich in essential fatty acids that prevent ageing and keep the skin looking supple and youthful. The consistency of this body lotion is buttery and extremely smooth. It literally glides on the skin and sinks in almost immediately without leaving any streaks or white cast. If you prefer slightly less intense night creams for your face then you can use this lotion on your face too, and who doesn’t love a multi-tasking product, I know I do.

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Efficacy-wise, this body lotion scores full marks. Although it sinks into the skin instantly, it keeps the skin hydrated and super soft for hours. My arms and legs literally feel baby smooth in the morning when I use this product at night. With some body butters and lotions, when you scratch your arm even hours after applying the product, the cream crumbles and gathers, which means that it has been sitting on the surface of the skin instead of being absorbed, but this does not happen with the Greenberry Organics Body Lotion which leaves the skin super moist but without any trace of a greasy residue.

Greenberry Organics Night Lotion with Anti-ageing & Brightening Extracts | Review

This body lotion combines the best of both worlds in a bottle by being light-weight as well as intensely hydrating. It has earned an irreplaceable spot on my bedside table and has become a winter skincare staple for me. Priced at INR 595 for a 200ml bottle (currently available for INR 500 on Amazon), this body lotion seems like a cross between a body sorbet and body butter from the fancier brands and it is a wonderful hybrid indeed. Do give it a shot if you are in the market for an excellent nighttime winter moisturizer.

Click here to buy the Greenberry Organics Night Lotion with Anti-ageing & Brightening Extracts.

Disclaimer – Product sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash Gel | Review

A lot of us pay plenty of attention to our skincare and moisturizers but often use shower gels without giving much thought to their ingredients. However, shower gels with an abundance of chemicals in them, or those that are heavily perfumed, can often lead to excessive dryness and even body acne. Also, we all tend to skip using a body lotion from time to time, thanks to our hectic schedules and the urge to get more done in the 24 hours that we have at hand. Therefore, a shower gel with all natural ingredients that are soothing and beneficial to the skin is an absolute must-have. The Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash Gel checks all the right boxes for me and is a delight to use every morning.

Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash Gel | Review

This body wash is a pink gel that smells exactly like Gulkand and produces a soothing and not too frothy lather on the skin. It is extremely gentle and does not leave the skin dehydrated or flaky like the body washes that produce a lot of foam. It contains extremely nourishing ingredients such as Jojoba Oil, Rose extracts, and Vitamin-E and is made of 100% natural ingredients.

Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash Gel | Review

This paraben-free body wash is ideal for all skin-types but will be especially beneficial for those with extremely dry or sensitive skin because it cleanses thoroughly without stripping the skin of its natural oils and provides supple and youthful skin after every wash. I also feel that this body wash calms down any active body acne on my back or shoulders and reduces their redness and size too.

Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash Gel | Review

To sum it up, if you love the scent of roses and your skin is in desperate need of some hydration then you must add this body wash to your cart. Also, the travel-friendly bottle that comes with a pump is a winner for me and I will definitely repurpose it once I am done with the product. The price tag of INR 595 for a 200ml bottle may seem a little steep but once you use this all-natural product, I am sure you will never go back to the more affordable but chemical-laden body washes. So come join me in smelling like a rose and feeling fresh like a daisy with the Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash. I am sure you will not regret it 🙂

Click here to buy the Greenberry Organics Rose and Jojoba Oil Body Wash Gel from Amazon at a great discount.

Disclaimer – Product sent by the brand but all opinions are honest, and my own.

St.D’vence Autumn Edition Moisturiser – Ultra-Enriching Body Lotion | Review

I must confess, I am one of those people who are always too lazy to use a body lotion. I may follow a seven-step skincare routine for my face but when it comes to my arms and legs, I assume that they will fend for themselves. This attitude doesn’t give me much trouble during the warm and humid summers but come fall and winter and my skin starts complaining about the dryness and flakiness, and I have to half-heartedly make some room for a body lotion on my vanity. However, this autumn and winter, I have a body lotion with me that is actually a joy to use, and this product is the St. D’vence Autumn Edition Moisturiser, an Ultra-Enriching Body Lotion that is perfect for the colder months.

St.D'vence Autumn Edition Moisturiser - Ultra-Enriching Body Lotion | Review

This nourishing body lotion contains Argan Oil, Avocado Butter, Olive Oil, and Vitamin E, ingredients that I really enjoy slathering all over my skin. Also, the fact that these hydrating oils and many other natural ingredients are the first many names in the ingredients list proves that this is truly a product that celebrates nature’s goodness and does not just use trace natural ingredients as a marketing strategy. It is paraben-free, mineral oil free, phthalates free, and hypoallergenic, basically it is devoid of all harmful chemicals that can damage your skin.

St.D'vence Autumn Edition Moisturiser - Ultra-Enriching Body Lotion | Review

Texturewise, it has a fairly thick consistency – somewhere between that of a body butter and a body lotion, however, it spreads evenly on the skin and gets absorbed quickly, without leaving any white streaks. It has a feminine, perfumey scent which I absolutely love because I enjoy layering up products to smell good all day long. This scent may seem a little strong when first applied but it does fade to a beautiful and mild floral scent within a few minutes and lasts for several hours on the skin. As for the efficacy of the moisturiser itself, it leaves the skin supple, hydrated, and healthy looking, without any traces of dryness.

St.D'vence Autumn Edition Moisturiser - Ultra-Enriching Body Lotion | Review

I will also like to give a special mention to the packaging, it is so cute and is the perfect size for travelling with! The flip cap, the shimmery label, and the tiny leaf at the front make the bottle utilitarian as well as perfect to fit in with the autumn theme. I do not like to travel with bulky lotion bottles and find decanting them quite a messy affair, so this packaging is a boon for me.

St.D'vence Autumn Edition Moisturiser - Ultra-Enriching Body Lotion | Review

The St.D’vence Autumn Edition Moisturiser is currently available for pre-ordering on Amazon. It is a must-have if you want your skin to stay nourished and hydrated despite the chilly weather. The brand has spent 3 years in extensively researching and planning this product that contains 10 premium hand-picked ingredients sourced by personally travelling around the world. This moisturiser is also making history by being the first beauty product to be available for pre-order on Amazon in the website’s 20 years of existence. St. D’vence believes that every person deserves a healthy body and skin and their philosophy reflects in every ingredient of this product. Currently priced at a discounted value of INR 399 for 300ml, it is quite affordable too. So pre-order yours now, I am sure you will fall for this moisturiser this autumn-winter!

Pre-order Link: http://amzn.to/2iY884z

Amazon Brand Page: http://amzn.to/2jrg11R

Brand Website:  https://stdvence.com

Disclaimer – Product sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

Cetaphil Daylong Sunscreen SPF 50 | Review

Guest post by Piyusha from The Peachy Perspective blog

Hey everyone! Today I will be reviewing the Cetaphil Daylong Sunscreen. Cetaphil is a medicated brand which is targeted towards sensitive skin concerns. This brand has been a staple in my skincare routine for about a year and I recently tried out their sunscreen. Read on to know more about how this fared for me!

Cetaphil Daylong Sunscreen SPF 50 | Review

Price: This retails for INR 1499 for 50ml

My take on the product: I got this sunscreen from a drugstore to try it out because of its promising claims: suitable for sensitive skin. I got this for my face as I have really sensitive skin there. This sunscreen comes in a box and has an orange and white tube packaging. The cap is very sturdy which I quite like. The packaging is travel-friendly and quite handy in my opinion.  The product has a smooth texture and an almost liquid consistency with a slight chemical-like scent which goes away within a few minutes of application. It doesn’t feel greasy on the skin and mattifies instantly after application which I like. I’m unsure about the claim of water resistance as I haven’t really tested it, but considering how matte it looks on the skin and how easily it gets absorbed, I’m assuming it should be decently water resistant.

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Coming to the price point, I feel that this is a bit overpriced. It would have been good if it was priced at around INR 700. Owing to its high SPF, although it blends with ease on the skin, it leaves a whitish cast which I honestly don’t prefer on my face at least! It works for the skin on the rest of my body quite well when I mix it with a moisturizer to aid in blending and to reduce the whitish tinge, however it didn’t work for my face. It broke me out within 2-3 days of continuous usage which I was disappointed about given that this product has listed claims of being ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘oil-free’.

The PROs of the product

  • High SPF
  • No strong scent/fragrance
  • Paraben free
  • Liquidy texture that eases in blending
  • Travel friendly packaging

 

The CONs of the product

  • Broke me out on the face
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t live up to all its claims
  • Leaves a whitish cast on the skin

 
In a nutshell, as contradictory as it sounds, I initially didn’t like this sunscreen but I do quite like this sunscreen these days for its texture, consistency, high SPF, and the fact that it’s so lightweight on the skin, although it does have its share of shortcomings. I would recommend this one if you are looking for a paraben-free sunscreen with a high SPF and a light formula. I wouldn’t repurchase this though as it didn’t work for my face.

Buy the Cetaphil Daylong Sunscreen here.