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Hey guys, hope you all are doing well. Today, I will be sharing my views on a range of products that I have been enjoying using for the past few weeks. It has been almost over a month since I started using the SkinCafe lip care products that they had sent me and now I think I am ready to share my final words. I know I took a long time but, that is how I work, I take too much time to review skincare products in order to understand the pros and the cons well and share a crystal-clear view on any product.

I am a lover of handmade skincare products. It gives me a feeling that I am doing something that is the best for my skin. When I received the package from SkinCafe, I was more than excited to try them out. I got three beautiful products from SkinCafe- Choco Chip and Cookies lip scrub, English Trifle lip butter and a Strawberry Shortcake tinted lip balm. Before starting with the review, let me tell you a few words about the brand.

SkinCafe.in is a brand that makes and sells handcrafted lip care products. They have a huge range of products across three categories i.e. lip scrubs, lip butter and tinted balms. All their products are named after some popular desserts. When you go to their website you would probably think that you have come to an online patisserie (check it out yourself, here). All their products are made after you place an order ensuring that you get the freshest products every time you place an order. I really liked this. Their products are cruelty-free, vegan and free from parabens. What more one could ask for? All the ingredients they use are listed on a separate page to avoid any vagueness and to ensure that there is always clarity between the manufacturer and the buyer.

Now that we know enough of the brand, let’s jump into the review-

SkinCafe Lip Care Range- Scrub, Butter & Tinted Balm Review| cherryontopblog.com

SkinCafe Lip Care Range- Scrub, Butter & Tinted Balm Review| cherryontopblog.com

Packaging- I am not going to lie, the packaging is the first thing that made me excited to try out the products. Each product comes in a cute little box with the illustration of a cupcake on each of them. It can give a tough competition to any luxury confectioner. As you open the box, you notice a small glass jar that contains the product. The packaging for all their products looks exactly the same. All of them come in glass jars with a plastic lid and labels. They all come in glass jars that are biodegradable but I did not find them the best things to travel with.

SkinCafe Choco Chip and Cookies Lip Scrub

SkinCafe Lip Care Range- Scrub, Butter & Tinted Balm Review| cherryontopblog.com

Price- Rs 950/- (9g)

Ingredients- Cocoa Nibs, Jojoba Oil

The SkinCafe Choco Chip and Cookies lip scrub is a product that works really well for chapped lips. There was a time when I was suffering from severely chapped lips even in summers. A regular scrubbing with this Choco Chip and Cookies has helped to reduce the dryness a lot. One can definitely notice softer and plumper lips right after using the scrub. I wet my lips first and then scoop out a little of the scrub with my fingers onto my palm and then massage it very gently onto the lips. If you ever feel that the scrub is dry, which happened to me at first, you can mix a drop of olive oil or coconut oil with the scrub and then apply it. The best thing about this Choco Chip and Cookies lip scrub is that it contains very fine scrubbing particles that do not feel harsh on the lips. More than that, this scrub smells divine, exactly like dark chocolate. It’s quite impossible to not lick it once. I tried that and believe me it does not taste like dark chocolate!

SkinCafe English Trifle Lip Butter

SkinCafe Lip Care Range- Scrub, Butter & Tinted Balm Review| cherryontopblog.com

Price- Rs 850 (9g)

Ingredients- Candelilla Wax, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Banana infusion.

I never found a lip balm that has the perfect consistency as butter in order to keep my lips hydrated for the longest time. It was only until I discovered this English Trifle lip butter from SkinCafe. This product does not only make my lips soft but also it keeps them moisturized for a long time. It stays on my lips for good 4-5 hours. Sadly, it does not survive a meal. This product has become my salve for the drier days. I would suggest you guys to try this at least once and you will know what I am trying to say. I never tried English Trifles so I don’t know what to expect from the fragrance of the product but, whatever it is, it smells good. This lip butter does not contain petroleum jelly.

SkinCafe Strawberry Shortcake

SkinCafe Lip Care Range- Scrub, Butter & Tinted Balm Review| cherryontopblog.com

Price- Rs 900 (9g)

Ingredients- Beeswax, Mango Seed Butter, Avocado Oil and Strawberry infusion.

The Strawberry Shortcake Lip Tint Balm from SkinCafe is supposed to be a tinted lip balm as you can tell from the name. This balm has a buttery consistency, glides on the lips smoothly making them soft and supple and adding a subtle hint of pink colour to them. The colour is not as intense as I had imagined but it’s quite natural and perfect for an everyday purpose. This balm makes my lips really hydrated. It smells exactly like strawberries!

Overall, I liked the range of products from SkinCafe. The fact that they are purely vegan, cruelty-free and free from harsh chemicals like parabens, excites me a lot to keep using them forever. I would highly recommend their products. They are worth a try. A regular use of this range of products has changed my lip care regime completely. My lips do not feel dry anymore. The price of the product may be on the higher side but they are totally worth it. If you are sceptical about trying them for the first time and also hesitating to pay such a price for a new brand, then you can try their Lip Care Combos which would be a smart choice. Each these combos contain three products from each category (scrubs, butters and tinted balms). Each combo is a set of three products of 3g each and retails at Rs 900. You can buy SkinCafe products online from their official website.

Have you used any SkinCafe product?
Let me know your views in the comments.

I am always unboxing packages, swatching makeup products and sharing my first impressions on different products on my Snapchat. If you want to be a part of the fun every day, then add me on Snapchat. My username is sayantinee. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. I have one more post coming soon on your way before I take a short break (my exams!) from blogging. Till then, be safe and keep smiling!

Hi, guys! Today I am here with another review. Himalaya Herbals has recently launched a body lotion that claims to be a lightweight,  soothing, refreshing and at the same time hydrating. Let’s see if the Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion is actually true to its claims.

As summer is here with all its glory and intensity, we all are hunting for the most lightweight skincare and makeup products, aren’t we? Moisturizing is an important part of out skincare regime that we often tend to skip during this hot and humid weather. We might feel that we don’t need that extra moisture as the skin is always sweaty and moist, but the fact is that we still need to hydrate our skin right after cleaning our face and body. Cleansers or soaps has a tendency to remove the excess oils from our face and body, sometimes leaving them dry. Adding a layer of moisturizer will ensure your skin regains the moisture that was taken away by the soap/cleanser. Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion is exactly what you are looking for this summer. This product moisturizes your skin without making it greasy.

Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion Review| cherryontopblog.com

Price- 140 INR (200ml)

Ingredients- Aqua, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol & Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Menthyl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, CI19140, CI42053.

Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion Review| cherryontopblog.com Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion Review| cherryontopblog.com

Packaging- The Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion comes in a white plastic bottle with a teal coloured flip-open plastic cap that closes tightly. The packaging is totally spill proof and travel-friendly. There is nothing exceptional about the packaging, it is like the patent Himalaya Herbals packaging.

Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion Review| cherryontopblog.com

Texture and Consistency- The texture and consistency of the Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion are really suitable for the summer. It is light-weight, has a lotion-y texture, not too thick nor too runny. I love it because it easily gets absorbed into the skin and does not at all feel like I have applied anything on my body. 

Fragrance- This product has a very refreshing, summery scent to it. The fragrance is not overpowering and lasts long.

Ups-

  • Sturdy packaging.
  • Light-weight.
  • Long-lasting.
  • Gets absorbed easily into the skin.
  • Refreshing fragrance.
  • Makes the skin soft and supple.
  • Apt for summers.

Downs-

  • May not suit someone with very dry skin.
  • Does not contain SPF.

Overall, I liked this new launch by Himalaya Herbals. The weightlessness of this lotion makes it my favourite lotion for summers. It barely feels like a lotion when applied, thus, it does not feel greasy. I have normal to dry skin and this body lotion provides the adequate amount of hydration to my body. It makes my skin touchably soft and hydrated. The best thing about this product is that it lasts long, for almost 5-6 hours on me. It also has a mild cooling sensation to it which makes me feel fresh every time I apply it. This product is meant for all skin types but I think it won’t suffice the needs of an extremely dry skin. I wish it had some sort of SPF to it.

Have you used the Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion yet? I hope you found this review helpful. Do pour in your thoughts in the comments. See you again in my next post. Till then, be safe & keep smiling!

Disclaimer- Product sent by the brand in exchange for an honest review. 

If you are following my daily activities on Snapchat (Add me, Please? Username- sayantinee) then you must know about the gorgeous package I received from Fiama Di Wills a week ago. That box contained one of their precious gemstone shower gels that they launched recently. This Precious Gemstone Bath Collection consists of three of the Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels, namely, Aquamarine Agleam, Shimmering Diamond and Ravishing Ruby having the properties of the gemstones they are named after. This collection is designed by the very talented and acclaimed designer Masaba Gupta.

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels by Masaba Gupta- Aquamarine Agleam Review| cherryontopblog.com

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels by Masaba Gupta- Aquamarine Agleam Review| cherryontopblog.com

There was enough reasons for me to be excited about this collection. Firstly, it is designed by Masaba Gupta who is known for her unique sense of style and iconic designs. Secondly, it is really intriguing for me to use a shower gel that is claimed to be enriched with gemstone dust. A shower gel full of Aquamarine dust? How can one say no to it! Lastly, the packaging! You can’t even imagine how gorgeous it looks in the sun until you have seen it yourself. The box that the showers gels came in is uniquely designed and screams elegance and sophistication. I am totally in love with the packaging.

Before starting with my review and experience, I want to let you know more about the three variants in this Precious Gemstone Bath Collection. Descriptions are sourced from their website.

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels Aquamarine Agleam

Clear and tranquil, aquamarine finds a place in history as a catalyst for beauty and youth. It was also considered a good luck charm for sailors and it was believed that the powers of this precious stone were at its peak when submerged in water. This Fiama Di Wills shower gel is enriched with aquamarine dust and skin conditioners, that detoxify skin to give you a youthful radiance.

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels Shimmering Diamond

A girl’s best friend. That’s what they call diamonds, and rightfully so. A universally accepted symbol of love, this majestic stone has for centuries been lighting up a woman’s eyes. This Fiama Di Wills shower gel is infused with diamond dust and skin conditioners, that gently exfoliate skin to give you youthful, even-toned skin.

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels Ravishing Ruby

A symbol of immortality, ruby for centuries has been believed to have the power to attract health, wealth and success. Derived from the latin word Rubeus, meaning red, this fiery stone now takes a new avatar in this indulgent gemstone infused shower gel. This Fiama Di Wills Shower gel blends ruby dust and skin conditioners, to give you supple, youthful skin.

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels by Masaba Gupta- Aquamarine Agleam Review

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels Aquamarine Agleam Review

Price- 399INR

Packaging- Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels Aquamarine Agleam comes in a bright teal coloured plastic bottle with a flip-open cap that closes tightly and ensures that there is no spillage. The bottle is really sturdy. There is nothing fancy about the bottles, very similar to the regular shower gels by Fiama Di Wills.

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels by Masaba Gupta- Aquamarine Agleam Review

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels by Masaba Gupta- Aquamarine Agleam Review| cherryontopblog.com

My thoughts- The product is quite iridescent blue/teal in colour and the consistency is very nice, exactly like a gel. It’s not runny, so perfect to apply. The gel lathers really well. It has a musky smell which is not very flattering to me. I wish it had a more feminine fragrance. Although the scent does not stay long on me but the freshness and clean feeling last for hours. It cleans the skin really well, leaving it soft, supple and fresh. The thing I most liked about this shower gel is that it does not leave that soapy feeling after shower unlike most of the shower gels.

Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewels by Masaba Gupta- Aquamarine Agleam Review| cherryontopblog.com

I really enjoyed my bath time using the Fiama Di Wills Shower Jewel Aquamarine Agleam. I think Fiama Di Wills has done a great job with the formulation and ingredients. It claims to result in a youthful skin. I found out that this shower gel makes my skin really soft, supple and hydrated. It did not dry out my skin, unlike other shower gels. It is like a conditioner for my skin.

I hope you found this review helpful. If you did then  don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments. Until next time, be safe & keep smiling!

Hi, guys! Hope you are doing great. Today, I am going to talk about my experience at the Club Salon where I went out to try one of their skin care treatments. If you are following me on Snapchat (Username- sayantinee) then you might have seen the whole story behind it. I also shared my thoughts there. I was looking for a good therapy for my skin as I was facing a lot of problems, one of them being dullness. My face was lacking that inner glow and it was looking really unhealthy. Recently, when I was invited to try one of the facial treatments offered by Club Salon, I readily agreed.

I decided to go for the Sarat Bose Road branch as it was more convenient for me than the other four. I went there on last Thursday. I had already an appointment there. It is great to make an appointment before you step in to save time and also you can ask for your preferred staff at the time of appointment. As soon as I reached there I was welcomed by their courteous staff. Then I was requested to make myself comfortable and offered a glass of water which, I felt, was really sweet and comforting.

Then, I was introduced to Doma, who was supposed to do my facial. She escorted me to the facial room. The room was prim and tidy and was smelling nice. There were dim lights which made the ambience very soothing and relaxing. Now, let me take you through the entire regimen, step-by-step.

At first, she examined my face to determine my skin type. She told me that I have a normal skin which was shocking as I have always known that I have a combination skin! Anyhoo, she also told me that my face is a bit tanned. After examining my face, she chose the suitable O3+ products for the facial. She first cleansed my face with a cleansing lotion and then applied a de-tanning mask made of Eucalyptus and camphor. The mask has a bit of cooling and burning sensation and also a strong scent. She left the mask on my skin for about 10 minutes and then wiped it off with a wet washcloth.

Club Salon Shine & Glow Facial Review| cherryontopblog.com
Step 1- Tan Removal
Club Salon Shine & Glow Facial Review| cherryontopblog.com
Step 2- Peel-off Mask
Step 3- Brightening Mask
Step 3- Brightening Mask

Now, she applied another mask which, I was told, has a skin whitening property. It was basically a peel-off mask that was also wiped off after 10-15 minutes. Next, another mask was applied which had whitening and brightening benefits. After leaving it for 10-15 minutes, she started massaging my face with a massage cream which is mainly made to make your skin glow from the inside. The massage was really relaxing and rejuvenating that I almost fell asleep. It was quite obvious, from the strokes she used, that she is a very skilled lady and also has a lot of experience. I can’t exactly recall how many minutes she spent on massaging my face but it was definitely 15-20 minutes. After the massage was over, all my fatigue was gone and there was an instant glow to my skin which was so evident.

I really liked the hour-long (probably, more) session. This particular ‘Shine & Glow from Agelock’ facial regime will cost you approximately Rs2,900 which is totally worth spending considering the result it offers.

Club Salon Shine & Glow Facial Review| cherryontopblog.com

Club Salon Shine & Glow Facial Review| cherryontopblog.com

Club Salon offers various skin and hair solutions from Agelock to Dermalzone customized facials, Anti-Pollution facials to different hair rituals including Smoothing, Strengthening and Reconstructing rituals etc. They also offer bridal makeovers, Airbrush Makeup for Bride & Groom and other customary services like mani and pedi, haircut and colour, nail arts etc. They also offer complimentary face mapping skin analysis which is great.

Club Salon Shine & Glow Facial Review| cherryontopblog.com

Club Salon Shine & Glow Facial Review| cherryontopblog.com

Club Salon has five outlets in Kolkata- New Alipore (Main branch), Sarat Bose Road, Rash Behari Connector, Kasba, Garia and Saltlake, Sector- V. You can follow their Facebook page to stay updated with their offers and news. You can also go to their website to look for the services they offer, buy products they use for their services and also to make an appointment.

I hope you found this review helpful and this was the ultimate reason for me to share my experience with you guys. Let me know if you ever went to Club Salon before and how was your experience. Until next time, be safe & keep smiling!

 

 Hey dolls, hope you all are doing good. I just noticed that I have not posted any product reviews for a long time. So, here is one for you. I have been planning to review a body scrub for so long and now here it is. Today, I am going to review a very famous coffee body scrub from one of my favourite skincare brands that is Gia Bath & Body Works. If you are following my blog for a long time then you would know that I have reviewed their soaps once on my blog. If you have not read that post, check it now here.
Coffee may not be good for your health but it is really good for your skin. Coffee has the power to reduce tan and exfoliate efficiently. I have always wanted to make a DIY coffee scrub but I failed several times due to my laziness (guilty as charged). But, my wish came true when I found out a jar of the delicious-smelling Coffee Body Polish hiding in my Gia Bath & Body Works products. Gayatri, the owner of Gia Bath & Body Works is too kind to send a freebie with the purchased products. I am really thankful to her for she chose just the right product to surprise me. Thank you, Gayatri di 😀
Now, let’s jump into the review. Let me tell you first that I have been using the Gia Bath & Body Works Coffee Body Polish since April and loving it since my very first use.

The product comes in the plastic jar with an aluminium screw lid which is totally spill-proof. The label mentioning the name of the product, ingredients and price is attached to the jar. The appearance of the product states its handmade attribute. The sturdy plastic packaging makes it travel-friendly. The scrub is very sticky in texture. It smells of real coffee. The moment the whiff enters your nose you immediately know that you have spent on the right product. The Gia Bath & Body Works Coffee Body Polish is high in consistency thus need to be mixed with little water in order to apply evenly all over the body. Because of the intense consistency, a little amount of the product is enough for my entire body. The fragrance lingers for a long period of time which is a bonus for me.

Price: 590 INR for 150gm

The gentle yet effective sugar granules help scour out the dry skin making the skin really soft and smooth. The scrub is not harsh on your skin at all. It doesn’t irritate or dry out my normal skin. I have not experienced any type of skin allergy or side effects on my skin so far. 150 grams of product is priced 590/- which I think is totally fair for a handmade product. I have been using it for 2 months for twice a week and I think I have only finished up 30% of the product so far. So, this is absolutely a smart investment.

I am in love with this product since I started using it. When it comes to skincare we all need something that contains the right ingredients that prove to be beneficial for your skin. Gia Bath & Body works is such a brand that I can completely rely on. I would definitely suggest you to buy this scrub and to try out yourself. You can buy from their website or you can contact them on their Facebook Page to order directly or for any queries.

I hope if found this review helpful. Write in the comments if you have used any of the Gia Bath & Body Works products and why you love them. Comment below telling which is your favourite body polish/scrub so far.  I will be back again with a new post soon. Till then be safe & keep smiling!

Sorry for the long gap between my posts. I am a little tensed for a few days about my mom’s health. She is entering the phase of menopause and having a lot of troubles regarding the issue. I feel to stay with her chatting above everything. So, forgive me, I make sure to continue the series and talk about almost everything about Back to School necessities before the month ends.
Amidst of the entire bustle, studies and other scheduled works we deliberately forget about the needs of our skin. We forget about the vital ingredients of beauty, nourished skin, and healthy hair. So, I have a few tips that would give your skin and hair the most desired nourishment and glow that works best for school or college goers.
First of all the three basic steps for that natural healthy skin- CTM, which means Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturizing-
  • Cleansing:Cleansing is the most important part of skincare. It, not only removes dirt out of your skin, but also it balances your oiliness (if any), opens up your pores and removes dead cells and gives you that extra freshness and clarity.  There are several types of cleansers available in the market, like foaming face washes, cleansing milk or lotion or even cleansing wipes. I recommend face washes for those who have oily skin and cleaning milk/lotion for those who have dry skin problems. Cleansing wipes are even good as they are handy and very convenient. Those who are sick of oily skin or have combination skin, I suggest using a face wash that contains neem. It’ll control the excessive emission of oil.
You can use raw milk as a cleanser. Just dab a cotton ball into a bowl of milk and apply on to your skin with gentle round strokes. It purifies your skin and most importantly it’s all natural!
  • Toning: Toning is an optional step. So if you don’t get enough time for toning, don’t freak out. Toning just removes any residue of the cleanser you applied before and opens up you pores. It makes the skin ready for moisturizing. Honestly, I always skip this step deliberately.
  • Moisturizing: If you have dryness, do use a moisturizer, so that your skin gets the required moisture. Those who have oily skin, apply a moisturizer that is especially for oily skin, use a gel or water-based moisturizer instead of a cream or lotion.
  • Now, the basic steps are complete. Now you need to apply a sunscreen before stepping out in the sun. Use a sunscreen that has SPF 15 or more. Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before stepping out as directed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Apply one ounce of sunscreen to all over the exposed parts of your body. This step must not be skipped!
 
A few tips:
  1. As the school goers have to spend a long time, almost 6-7 hours, outside the house, they should be hydrated all the time. So, keep drinking water throughout the school hours. It helps your skin to detoxify.
  2. Always keep dry/wet wipes in your bag so that you can freshen up yourself whenever you feel like.
  3. Eat green vegetables. Green vegetables are full of fibers and minerals. Yeah yeah, I know you hate them, but they are your ‘friends with benefits”. Lol 😉 A healthy diet helps you to get healthy and glowing skin and hair. Avoid oily, greasy food. Eat salads and fruits on a regular basis.
  4. Always use a chapstick or lip balm to avoid dried lips.
  5. Plenty of sleep is a must for students. At least 8 hours of sleep is required for our health. It helps to get beautiful, healthy skin.
  6. Exercise regularly. It helps you skin exfoliate by sweating. Plus, it makes you fit and mentally happy and tranquil.
So, what’s your secret of healthy skin?
That’s all for today friends. I will come up with a new Back to School post on tomorrow. Till then keep smiling and be happy. Feel free to comment. If you have a suggestion for me, don’t hesitate, just post as a comment. Please do link your posts in the comment box if you have done similar posts or willing to do one. I would love to add your links in my posts.
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