April 28, 2017

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish

A creamy cleansing face scrub. This effective scrub cleanses and exfoliates, removing dead skin cells to leave skin smooth and even-toned. Suitable for all skin types, Face Polish helps remove dead skin cells with purifying microbeads, while emollients soften the skin.

This product is dermatologist tested.

I have been using this product since ages. Long before using all these chemical exfoliators, enzyme face polish and  peels, Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish and Origins Modern Friction™ Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion were my go-to high end scrubs.

Color: Salmon Peach

Texture and Consistency: Creamy, slightly gritty with very fine abrasive grains

Scent: It has a faint scent of some fruit. Very refreshing.

Application: I use about dime size product on damp face, not soaking wet and massage it gently in circular motion for about a minute using my finger tips, avoiding the area around the eyes. If needed, I add few drops of water while scrubbing, so as there is enough slip for the product to move around without getting dry and in turn stretching the skin. I rinse it off with water. Make sure to close the eyes and get rid of every single bit of product. 

Feel and Effect on the skin: This a very gentle scrub. The exfoliating beads and grains are gritty and abrasive enough to slough off the dead skin, but not super harsh so as to rip off the natural oils from the face, leaving it dry, raw and red. There is no tingling or warming sensation. The face feels super soft, smooth fresh, clean and glowing.

Packaging: Soft squeeze, transparent tube with flip top cap.

Verdict: This is a wonderful product. It is gentle enough to be used everyday. I use it about 3-4 times a week. There are tons of scrubs in the market, but for some reason the abrasiveness of this scrub is just right. It works well for my dry skin. Did not break me out not makes my face look raw and red. A good moisturizer or a serum is recommended to use after any exfoliating treatment. Also, make sure to not let the product get into the eyes, as the gritty particles are irritating and they turn the eye red and uncomfortable for couple of hours. I always go back to this when I am not using chemical exfoliants. 

Few other facial scrubs/polish I have used

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April 26, 2017

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant

A lightweight heat and UV protectant lotion for use before your blowout, creating a breathable, protective barrier from hot tools and UV exposure that helps seal split ends and prevent dryness and damage. It protects hair from heat up to 450 degrees. Great for all hair types.

It contains artichoke leaf extract that helps prevent dehydration and protect the hair cuticle, a polymer complex that protects against heat from hot tools and helps to repair split ends and

This product is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and is cruelty-free.

Color: White

Texture and Consistency: Not too thick, light weight, non sticky, non greasy lotion.

Scent: It smells divine! The fragrance is complex. As per the website description, it is a 'Marrakesh Woods fragrance featuring notes of sandalwood, jasmine, and vanilla'. I don't get much of that, but I am tempted to smell my own hair multiple times. I actually would want to buy a perfume bottle of this scent.

Application: I have mid length hair, that are very fine in texture, so I need about nickle size dollop of product. I rub it on my palms and distribute it on 2/3 rd of my damp hair, avoiding the root area. I blow dry and use my flat iron as usual.

Feel and Effect on the Hair: It is very light weight, does not feel greasy or slippery. It does not weighs down my hair. They don't become brittle, dry and crunchy, straw like at end of the day. The softness is maintained. This however did not make my the hair feel bouncy, like it feels when I apply ALTERNA Haircare CAVIAR CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction. Also, I am pretty regular with trimming my split ends regularly, so I didn't notice much difference in split end repairing department. 

Packaging: Soft squeeze tube with a flip top cap.

Verdict: Other than difference in texture of the hair after using any hot tool and amazing smell that the product leaves, there really isn't any way to find out if the product is working as a protectant or not. I like the product and I like the scent of this the most, but ALTERNA Haircare CAVIAR CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction is still my holy grail, just because of the extra bounce it gives (due to some kind of coating) when I use it before using hot tools. This one though smells the best!!

Few other similar products I have tried

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April 24, 2017

L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil

L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil

A decadent body cleanser that is rich in almond oil and features a foaming oil-to-milk texture that leaves skin satiny-smooth.

Formulated without Parabens, Phthalates

Oil bath! I remember as a kid, back home at my native place, we used to apply oil on our body and hair, hours before taking shower, especially in winters. The oil used to be basic Coconut or sesame oil. It used to moisturize the skin and hair thoroughly and then after shower the skin and hair used to feel super soft and smooth. Obviously, it was like a boring chore did not sound fancy, but the results were ultimate! Oils and me have a long, happy relationship. Truly!!

The L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil is a product that I use in winters and in Chicago we have a long winters. In fact as I type this, it is Spring, the heating system is on and I am still using this.

Color: Pale Amber Yellow in bottle, clear in palm

Texture and Consistency: Thick, Light weight, dense but not too viscous nor too runny oil

Scent: Almonds! Delicious sweet fragrance of Almonds! 

Application: It is suggested to use on damp skin, but I use it a little differently. I apply it when the body is dry. The oil spreads easily, but due to its lightly thick texture, it does not has enough slip to massage the product on for long. I leave it on skin for around 10 minutes and then hop in the shower. I find it works better for me this way.

Feel and Effect on the Skin: The oil emulsifies into a milky, liquid once it comes in contact with water. It does not becomes foamy nor there is any rich lather. On rinsing, the skin feels super soft and moisturized. Not a lot of water is needed to rinse off the body. It does not leave behind any greasy residue. The skin does not needs any moisturizer or lotion after drying. 

Packaging: Clear, plastic bottle with a tiny flip top cap. Mine is 75ml bottle. I always get one or two of these in Holiday sets. 

Verdict: This is winter luxury. A warm bath at bedtime is just bliss. It definitely helps in keeping the skin soft, hydrated, moisturized and nourished. Not to mention the scent. The fragrance alone is worth spending extra minutes in the shower. A very calm and soothing spa like experience at home.

I recently found out that this product comes in a refill pack, which is good and can save few bucks.

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