Oils.. essential?


I still remember as a kid, the struggle my mom had in oiling my hair. I used to scream and she still went ahead with it. Now, I wish I hadn’t done that! Today, the whole world seems to have understood the benefits of oils. Oils have two kinds – carrier oils and essential oils. Essential oils – are highly concentrated oils that serve some specific purposes. (Eucalyptus oil, Lavender oil) The carrier oils are like coconut oil, and olive oil. Today I am here to pen my experience on the three oils that were less known to me in the past, the ones that got everyone’s attention in a small span of time! All these three are from a brand called Ryaal, and are cold pressed virgin oils (no added preservatives).

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I ordered them from amazon, where they have a huge collection of essential and cold pressed oils. I received the order within 3 days of placing it, and the packaging was pretty secure. Each of the bottles came on a separate box, and had a dropper also, for easy application.

  • Avocado oil : It has extremely many uses, to list a few – it hydrates your skin, helps in acne and blackhead removal, softens the skin, so on and so forth. Since avocado is not easily available in India, this is a good alternative. The oil seemed extremely pure, and I have been using this as a night serum.
  • Jojoba oil : Acne, sunburns, chapped skin are all just a few things that this oil can help with! I use this for my chapped lips in the night.
  • Argan Oil : Keeping the best for the end, this one is a holy grail! I have been wanting to get argan oil for quite some time now. This oil contains vitamin E and hence is a great skin toner. I also use it as a hair oil for the extra moisture and shine.

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The best part of getting these oils in the purest form, is that you can go about making your own skin care regime – toners, moisturizers, hair oil, etc! I have also created a leave on serum for my hair using the 3 oils!

I had only one problem – which was the fragrance. Having used products with fragrance, this was difficult, but considering it to be all natural and no artificial fragrance added, I think it makes sense!

This is a sure 9/10 and I will be getting more oils (this time essential oils) from them! Check them out here and go on choosing the best products for yourself! Check out their insta page here and show them some love! 🙂

Until the next one,
~The Crank

Summers? Sheet masks to the rescue!


Aaaaand Summer is here to stay! It’s burning almost 40 degrees here. So what happens to your skin? Well, damaged is an under statement. So you definitely want to give your skin a boost, apart from your daily skin routine. Going to the parlor may be a choice, but that’s not my favorite. Some how it doesn’t give me great results, and sometimes I get breakouts too. So I just pamper my skin at the comforts of my home. We have a lot of face masks out there to help us relax, remove all the tan and moisturize the face. I have been using sheet masks for quite some time now, and I find them useful in more than one way.

I have been getting them from Skin18, which offers a wide variety of Korean natural and beauty products. (and I recently bought some during my visit to Hong Kong too). Today I have 3 masks to review.

I recently bought the Mediheal Dress Code range, for which the first thing you would notice, is how beautiful and attractive it looks!

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How cute does it look?! 😀

Jumping into the application. Cleanse your face, apply your toner as usual, and then apply the mask. Have it on for a good 30 to 45 minutes, and then remove it. Do not reuse the mask.

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Dress Code – BLUE (4/5)

  • Has an anti-aging and ant wrinkle effect
  • Improves skin texture and evenness.

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Dress Code – VIOLET (4/5)

  • Makes the skin soft and supple.
  • Keeps your face moisturized (toning effect).

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Dress Code – BLACK (4.5/5)

  • Extremely moisturizing.
  • My favorite among the three!
  • Has some brightening effect too!

Thumbs up for these masks :

  • Extremely affordable (You have great offers on this site!)
  • Almost a spa like treatment before an occasion, without an expensive parlor visits.
  • Do it at the comfort of your house!
  • Looks great! 😉
  • Extremely easy to use. (No complicated steps!)
  • Spoilt with choices, for what your skin needs!

Thumbs down?!

  • They have all their instructions/information behind the mask only in Korean and not English.
  • If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try a little, and wait for some time to make sure, your skin doesn’t react negatively to it.

Do you use sheet masks? What’s your skin care routine like? Let me know! 🙂

Till the next one,
~The Crank!

Depressed? Try Retail Therapy.


Hey,

Weekdays are hectic and tiring. Come weekends, all I want to do is relax, with a book, some music and pamper myself. In addition it is my birthday week, and so I have a bunch of haul. View it on instagram here 🙂

Skin18 is a one stop destination for all K-beauty products, which would be a perfect way to start your weekend. I had already done a post about my previous experience with skin18, check it here if you haven’t read it earlier. I have tried two of their mask sheets (Fresh Fruit Blueberry and Fresh Fruit Honey) which I will be reviewing today.

Both these masks have similar directions to use. I first washed my face, and used my regular toner. Then applied the mask for around 30 minutes. I ended it with massaging my face for a minute. The hydration was real, it felt so good to the skin. Also, the aroma of the mask was a definite plus. Finally, I locked the moisture that the mask gave me by using a night cream.

Pros :

  • Quick restoration of hydration
  • Easy to use
  • Pocket friendly

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Rating : 4.5/5

Till the next post,
~The Crank

Egg for the hair?


Hey guys,

Hope the winters have been treating you guys well. The festive season is around the corner, which motivates us for new better beginnings 😀 We have all heard about the benefits of egg for the hair’s nutrition. Well, I have been eager to make a hair mask with egg for quite some time now, but couldn’t because I’m a vegetarian and taking home eggs is a BIG no-no. Browsing for alternatives, I landed up on a brand called eyova. They are a brand who came up with a solution for hair woes – Egg oil.

I’ve been trying this for almost 2 months now, and would like to share my feedback.

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Claims made by the brand :

• Prevents premature hair loss
• Prevents premature hair greying
• Repairs hair damage
• Reduces dandruff and improves scalp condition
• Improves hair’s shine and luster

I’ve been using the oil, to massage my scalp and also applied a little on my entire hair length. I oiled my hair the previous night, like I use any other hair oil. It gets absorbed into the scalp very very quickly.

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Any oil needs quite some time for it’s effects. The immediate effects that I saw, was that my hair got super soft.

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Now, to the pros and cons.

Pros :

  • Much easier and less-clumsy way of using egg for hair.
  • Makes hair soft.
  • Gets absorbed into the scalp very quickly.
  • Manages frizz/dryness
  • Contains natural ingredients
  • Available online.

Cons :

  • Pricey (Rs 590 for 50 ml)
  • Fragrance is not so good.
  • Requires quite some shampooing for removal (if a mild shampoo is used)

Overall, I would rate it a good 4/5. Check it’s features and buy it online at their official site or on flipkart. You may find some offers now, so go ahead and splurge in this product.

Till the next one,
-The Crank ^_^

Qtrove haul.


Time has proved a lot of stereotypes wrong :

1. Can you shop online?
2. People delivering products home – will it be safe?
3. What if you don’t like the products?

But one thing time can’t erase – the beauty of handmade products. Handmade products have their own value and charm. Don’t we all have a neighbour/friend who is exceptionally good at making handmade stuff, that is cute, and wants to sell it, but is not able to find a proper way to do so. Qtrove is a one-stop destination for all these handmade sellers. This in turn means you have a wide choice between organic and natural products, that are chemical free. (food for the skin and food for the body! :P)

They have a wide range of products from food, beauty products, home decor, accessories and a lot more. I recently had a shopping haul at Qtrove and I wanted to pen my experience.

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All my products 🙂

I bought 4 products :

1. Rose Potpourri ( Iris) – smells like heaven. Can be used for an amazing fragrance in the house, or it makes a great gift when meeting a friend at their place. (4.5/5) You can get this product here.

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The rose potpourri

2. Toner (Organic Mill) – I love this 100% natural toner – that claims to even out the skin. (4/5) You can get this product here.

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Face toner.

3. Ardhana peppermint lip balm – This is a chemical free lip balm, that is extremely moisturizing. Only drawback being it has a glass container which is not very travel friendly. (4.5/5) You can get this product here.

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Lip balm.

4. Eucalyptus essential oil (Aroma World) – Well, we all know the benefits of this one. From being a key product of aroma therapy to reliving body pain, this is a miracle oil. (4/5) You can get this product here.

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Eucalyptus essential oil.

They have an amazing customer care to assist you with anything you require. They also have a sale going on for three days including today ( 24th nov 2016 to 26th nov 2016), wherein each day has a specific offer going. Race now, to get some amazing products in the sale! 🙂 Check out the site here. Also use the coupon code “RACHELT20” by December to avail a 20% off on your cart above Rs 400 😀

Check out my instagram handle for a lot of quick updates. 🙂

Till the next one
The Crank ^_^

Korean skincare?


Hey,

So how often, while looking at Korean people have you wondered how flawless their skin is? What do they use to get that kind of skin? In my quest to find the answers to this, I fortunately stumbled upon skin18. And it was my one stop destination.

I recently got a face mask from their site, and here is my honest review about it.

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The sheet mask 😀

I was really really excited to try it out as soon as I received it, but waited for a good occasion to do so. As instructed, I washed my face with a gentle cleanser, and used a toner, after which I applied the sheet mask on my face. It was convenient to use. After a good 30 minutes, I removed the sheet and washed my face.I also massaged my face, to complete the good pampering session. I could feel a real cooling sensation after using the mask.

Pros :

  • Easy to use
  • Clear instructions given
  • Gave a good cooling sensation
  • A good skin pampering session at home
  • Mask covers even face shape ( and is quite big)
  • Smell is mild
  • Very pocket friendly ( they also have a lot of crazy discounts, so very comfortable)

Cons : Nothing I can think of! 🙂

Verdict : A good 4/5. Will definitely purchase it again! Would love to try other variants as well.

Let me know, what you think of the post! 😀 Here is a direct link to this face sheet mask.

Signing off
The crank ^_^

Continuing the Natural Way!


Hey peeps,

Taking the decision of pampering your skin with organic and natural stuff, requires passion, commitment and determination to not turn back into those tempting products that give you results overnight. Natural products take their time in giving results, but once they do, you know that your skin is breathing better and is shining inside out. In the journey of finding good natural products, I have come across a lot of brands – one of which is Fuschia by Vkare. They make GMP certified Natural handmade skincare products which are SLS, phthalate, paraben free and Cruelty free. What more do you need from natural products? 🙂

I have tried and tested three of their products over a few months and here is my honest review about them :
Their packaging looks lovely, and I can’t help posting a picture of their packaging.

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  1. Green tea face and body scrub : At the very outset, it smells heavenly! It is a very mild everyday scrub, which is very gentle on the skin. If you expect a rough scrub to exfoliate like once a week, then this is not your pick. Since it is mild (and smells too good to not use often), I include it in my CTM routine.
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    Le scrub! 🙂

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    It’s texture – reflects the green tea ingredient!

  2. Aloe-orange Gel : I’ve always awed at the different ways you can use the Aloe gel. I have an Aloe vera plant back at home, which I really miss right now, since I’m in a different city. This Aloe gel came really handy now. It is very light, and blends with the skin easily (like a serum) and does not make the skin oily. I use it as a night gel, and then apply a moisturizer on it to lock the gel into the face for a longer time.
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    The gel packaging..

     

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    The texture of the gel 🙂

  3. Soaps : These tiny soaps are a travel friendly option for any person, and come in different colors. My nephew stole one from me looking at how cute it was, and my sister keeps telling me that he loves his bath now a days! 😀

They have a lot more amazing products in store, some of which I would love to try in the coming days! You guys should take a look at their products in their home page and then decide the best ones for you! Do comment on what you feel about them.

Till the next post
The Crank! 😀