April 29, 2016

Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil (review)

A light and rich beauty oil for face, hair, and body.

Gold Camellia Beauty Oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids to deeply moisturize skin while the 24-karat gold flecks add a luminous glow. Camellia japonica seed oil and squalene quickly penetrate to hyd
rate and protect skin, rice and macadamia nut oils deliver antioxidant protection, and licorice root contains anti-redness benefits.

Formulated without:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

Tatcha is an expensive Japanese brand. I purchased a bunch of their products from the website, sticking to mostly minis or travel size bottles first. I have had mixed experience with these products. While some of these are super amazing, a few of them are over priced for the amount and the results  they deliver.

A self proclaimed skincare junkie, beauty oils are my first choice of products to try, especially if the brand carries. With my dry skin, it makes the most sense to me.

Now, with my little research on the internet I found this piece of information.

Japanese Camellia oil is best when obtained by cold pressing wild-harvested seeds of the Camellia japonica flower (called Tsubaki in Japanese) without any chemical or heat refining. Japanese Camellia oil is a rich source of Palmistic and Omega-6 Linoleic fatty acids, as well as numerous anti-aging polyphenol antioxidants.

Color: Colorless, clear. There are some bits of Gold flecks floating in it.

Texture and Consistency: Thin, light weight, not too greasy, sticky nor too thick/viscous yet emollient enough.

Scent: It has a mild herbal scent to it. It is not over powering, but not my favorite.

Application: I apply 3-5 drops, all over my clean face and massage it a little in circular motions using my finger tips. I also use it by mixing a drop of the oil with my full coverage foundation, to thin it out and give it serum like consistency.

Feel and Effect on Skin: The oil feels super light on the skin. It is thin and spreads very easily. It is absorbed almost instantly and does not leaves a very greasy residue. The skin looks nourished and healthy, but not oily. There is no color to it. It did not break me out nor did it clog my pores. I did not see any 'glow' due to the gold, though the oil on face did change the skin texture making it look more moisturized, soft, supple and healthy.

On mixing with foundation, it helps with application, making it look more natural and flawless. It does not alters the staying power or interferes with the coverage of the foundation.

Packaging: I have a mini/travel size bottle. It contains 10 ml of oil. The bottle is made of glass with beautiful purple ombre, gradient like design. The dropper is very generic and functional. The full size bottle is pretty much same, but the dropper is a little fancier on that one. It is more like a pipette with a press down button. The gold bits floating in it give it a more luxurious and expensive look, though I don't think that these gold bits help in any way. They are settled at the bottom of the bottle and on shaking the bottle they just float.

Verdict: I have used many oils on my face from different brands. This Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil reminds me a lot of Tsubaki Beauty Oil from boscia. The Tsubaki oil from boscia smells a little better and that too contains Camellia Seed oil. There are no Gold bits in Tsubaki oil though.
This oil is light weight, not too viscous or dense and thick. It is absorbed almost instantly revealing a nourished, moisturized and soft skin. It helps in healing the raw patches that I get after using treatment products that contain AHA or Lactic acid and glycolic acid.
I still have to figure out how the Gold bits in it help. These bits or flecks just float around when the bottle is stirred. They don't completely mix with the oil to actually show any result after application.

A very good and nourishing oil for day time use as well as to mix with makeup products. This would also work great in warmer months when heavier oils are not so comfortable to wear. Also, I do think this will work good on oily and sensitive skin due to its light, thin texture.
I do think it is little over priced because I pretty much get the same effect with boscia Tsubaki Oil and it is way cheaper in comparison to this Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil.

Other beauty Oils that I love and enjoy 

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April 26, 2016

Beauty Buys/Haul - Sephora VIB Sale 2016

'BEAUTY BUYS' is just another term coined for the infamous 'HAUL'. It is the list of things I buy, try and the ones you will hear me 'yak', 'blab', 'review' about in next few posts!!! Call this a 'Preview'.

Sephora had their first of the two major sales that they have every year. The Spring Sale saw some amazing releases and launches targeting towards Spring and Summer. A good range of Foundations, Highlighters and Palettes. Not to mention every single brand came out with their version of Color Correcting products. Also some new brands like Milk Makeup, Ouai, The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder entered with unique, interesting products, while some brands like Nude Skincare (that I love so much!) when off the shelves. There was this amazing Sephora Disney Collaboration, that had the cutest packaging!

I personally tried to stay away from Makeup and Palettes, because of the overwhelming amount of the stuff that I already own. I tried my best to ignore that there were some amazing highlighters in the market. Also, I was very selective and picky with skincare. I always try to not rotate more than 3 skincare products of same kind as they have a shelf life, cleansers being an exception.

Goodies I picked

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector: I was looking for something light and easy to wear for the summer, so I opted for this product. I hope the texture is better than the IT cosmetics CC cream.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation: I had got a sample of this for trying, a couple of visits back at Sephora. Loved this product! It is a sheer to medium coverage foundation, more like a better version of tinted moisturizer. This would work so well in Summer and also the color match is perfect! I picked the Shade Suntan.

Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist: Got a deluxe sample of this product and I liked the way it felt on the skin. With summers coming soon, I know this product won't go waste.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil: I got few foil samples of this and I enjoyed the nourishment it gave. Also it has no SPF, so no peeling. I don't care much for the color, as my main intention is to use this as a lip treatment. One of the lightest lip oil I have tried so far.

Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask: I was pretty sure I don't want to buy any masks, but then this one was on my wish list since long time. Also, the Glamglow Brightening mask was not a very great one, so I never picked that one in full size. It is not bad, just not what I was hoping from Glamglow. Excited to see how this new mask performs.

Jack Black Lip Balm: A staple for my son. This is the only lip balm he is ready to apply on his lips. He says it is for the 'guys'. I told him a lip balm is a lip balm, plain or tinted. But I guess the whole Blue and Black packaging along with name makes it more acceptable as a product for him. I don't mind as long as he applies it regularly and not to mention SPF 25 for lips is always good. 

Ouai Hair Oil: The brand is pronounced like "WAY" I believe. I ordered this product thinking it was a spray, more like the Dry Oil Spray that I like from Alterna. Turns out it is more on the lines of Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil and Josie Maran Argan oil Hair Serum. 

Farmacy is a brand of Skincare that is new to me. They have all natural products, that are good for skin with best botanicals and natural oils etc. I was sniffing  this Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray, but then stumbled upon this whole starter kit FARMACY Perennial Picks Skincare Discovery Kit and it was a great way to introduce myself to the brand. All products in this set come nested in a tin tray, giving is such a 'natural, farm feel'. So neat!!

The only 100 point perk sample that I picked was the GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment. I picked multiple of these. Great way to try something new.

What were your picks from the Sephora VIB sale?

April 19, 2016

ALTERNA Haircare CAVIAR CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction (review)

A leave-in hair product that delivers 10 benefits in one simple step, leaving hair perfectly polished.

CAVIAR CC Cream or “Complete Correction” cream is a miracle leave-in product that perfects hair in 10 different and unbelievable ways. It provides moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat protection, light hold, UV protection, manageability, and strength—everything your hair needs to look absolutely beautiful, healthy, and flawless. This 10-in-one formula can be used alone or as a foundation for the layering of other styling products.

Formulated without:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

ALTERNA Haircare makes some of my most favorite hair products. Their CAVIAR range has helped my ultra fine hair to great extent. I love their shampoo, conditioner and dry oil. ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil is not from Caviar range, but it is lightest, dry oil I have ever used. This Caviar CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction is no different.

Color: White

Texture and Consistency: Light weight, non sticky, thick but not too dense cream

Scent: It smells very fresh and fantastic. The scent does lingers on for quite sometime. It is very pleasant.

Application: This is a leave-in product. It can be use din multiple ways and I love to use it on damp hair after my shower and before blow drying. I take around dime size product on my palms and rub it all over my hair around 2 inches away from the roots and scalp. I don't apply it on the scalp or roots. Depending on the size and thickness of the hair, the quantity will vary. In any case, not too much product is needed.
I also use it on dry hair, when they get too frizzy.

Feel and Effect on the Hair: The product is very light weight and spreads easily. It is absorbed quickly and does not leaves oily or greasy patches on the areas where it applied. This product does not weighs my very thin hair down and coats it well providing it enough moisture and nourishment. The frizz is less and the hair appears smooth and shiny. It also helps to de-tangle the hair knots. After blow drying, the hair looks more voluminous and every single strand appears to be thick, even though it is not.

Packaging: This comes in a soft squeeze tube with a pump. The pump dispenses adequate amount and the cap snaps shut, so it is easy to travel with. The smallest size tube has no pump. It just has a screw top cap.

Verdict: This is a wonderful product and it is one of those very few leave-in hair products that don't weigh my hair down and make it greasy by end of the day. There is hardly any build up or residue. Also this works great both in extreme hot and humid weather as well as super cold and dry weather. It makes the hair more shiny, soft, voluminous and manageable. It tames the frizz to great extent and also acts as a heat protectant during blow drying and styling using hot tools. The scent is great which is a huge huge plus, because so many hair care products smell weird, funky and like alcohol. I highly recommend giving this one a try. This comes in a small travel size tube and it a great way to give the product a try.

Some new products that I am trying from this brand are the ALTERNA Haircare CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Milk and Anti-Aging Rapid Repair Spray®

A bunch of products that I have tried from Alterna Haircare till date in widget below (cannot believe I have tried so many!!)

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