Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser : Review

I love Forest Essentials products  and in this post I am reviewing an amazing staple product in my skincare routine- Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser.

I have reviewed some other amazing Forest Essentials product HERE

Forest Essentials Delicate Facial cleanser comes in two variants: Kashmiri Saffron & Neem and Mashobra Honey, Lemon & Rosewater . I have tried both the facewash in their smaller packaging (50ml) and I liked Kashmiri Saffron more so I bought a full size product.

Price:    Rs 1075 for 200ml

                Rs 295 for 50 ml

 

Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser review

Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem Face Cleanser comes in two packaging: 50 ml and 200 ml. I bought the 50 ml one before buying the full sized product. The 200 ml packaging comes in a big rectangular plastic bottle with pump dispenser. The bottle is transparent so the amount of product left in the bottle is visible. The pump dispenser has a cap making it spill proof and travel friendly.

Forest Essentials ace in the packaging department. Half of the ‘luxurious’ feel is because of the packaging only. The FE bag they give you after billing and packaging at the store smells divine. They spritz some perfume in it and add some flower petals. The packaging of the products itself is luxurious (how many lip balms come with a mirror, for example? Read about the lip balm HERE)  

The fragrance of this facewash is amazing. It smells luxurious and exotic, giving a spa-like feeling. It smells refreshingly of saffron and rose water which lifts your mood instantly, feeling soothing and relaxing.

This is an amber colored gel facewash which does not lather up much but cleanses the face effectively. The consistency is runny and there is no problem in dispensing the product from the pump. It feels moisturizing and does not make the skin excessively dry. This is a gentle facewash without the harsh effects of chemicals. The skin feels soft, smooth and supple after washing. But I would not recommend this to people with excessively oily skin.

Even though this is an expensive product but it lasts really long. I use 2 pumps each in morning and evening and the bottle is only half empty after 3 months! I am sure it will easily last 6 months, or more.

Forest Essentials products are cruelty free and doesnot contain parabens.

 

 

 

 

 

I dropped the bottle before clicking the picture, hence the bubbles 

 

 

Overall, Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem face cleanser is a gentle, gel based cleanser which cleans the face effectively leaving a moisturizing feel to the skin. The skin feels soft and supple. The fragrance is lovely and the packaging feels luxurious. Even though it is pricey but it will easily last 6 months, or even more. Skip this facewash only if you want a squeaky clean finish, are acne prone and oily skinned. Otherwise, this is an amazing facewash which will work best for dry/combination skin type.

xoxo, Blossom

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25 : Review

 

Forest Essentials is my favourite brand for skin care and I love LOVE the products. One whiff of the products and it takes you to heaven! Even the fragrance inside/around the store is irresistible. I have already reviewed Forest Essentials lip balm HERE and I am reviewing another holy grail product from the brand in this post- Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli.

 

This Light Day Lotion is a silky light weight lotion that steeps into the skin easily leaving it soft and smooth with a non-greasy feel. It has an SPF 25 due to Yasada Bhasma, which is a natural sunscreen and an herb infused derivative offering long-lasting protection from the harsh rays of the sun leaving skin supple, toned and fresh.

Pure Lavender water, which is therapeutic and calming, nourishing Oat kernel extract and stimulating Neroli oil combined with zinc, known for its healing and regenerative qualities, to firm and clarify the skin. It also contains Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha and Gokharu along with Almond, Wheat germ and Olive oils, which not only provide nourishment but also prevent the skin from the damaging effect of free radicals.

 

Price: Rs 1750 for 40ml

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli SPF 25 Review

FE Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli comes in golden square shaped, plastic bottle with pump dispenser. The packaging itself screams luxury and prettifies your vanity. It comes in pump packaging with a golden lid. The bottle is sturdy, light weight and easy to travel with. However, the packaging is opaque which doesnot let you know how much product is left inside the bottle.

The texture of this lotion looks thick in consistency but it blends like a dream. One pump is sufficient for entire face. It is highly emollient and blends easily. It is non greasy and gives a matte finish making it perfect for summers. It absorbs quickly and even though it contains SPF 25, it does not leave any white cast behind. Forest Essentials Neroli and Lavender day lotion smells divine. It has a soothing fragrance of lavender. But unfortunately (fortunately for sensitive noses) the fragrance doesnot linger for long. This lotion feels just perfect, neither too heavy or nor too light for my combination skin in summers. However, I will not be using this in winters when my skin gets excessively dry.

Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender & Neroli contain an SPF of 25 which is always an added benefit. But you should always apply additional layer of sunscreen, preferably of higher SPF when stepping out in sun.

The only downside of this amazing product is its price. This is an expensive product but one bottle will easily last an entire season as only a tiny quantity is required every time (1 pump is sufficient for face).

Forest Essentials products are cruelty free and does not contain parabens

 

 

 

 

Overall, I will highly recommended Forest Essentials Day lotion Lavender and Neroli for oily skin/ combination skinned beauty. This product is perfect for summer months. This lotion smells heavenly and blends like a dream. It mattifies the skin and does not feel heavy. Added SPF is always a benefit. However, this is expensive. But one bottle will easily last 3 months at least. I will definitely repurchase this when it gets over.

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Empties Vol.1

 

1. The Body Shop Banana shampoo: To be honest, I was quite relieved when this bottle got over. I HATED this shampoo. Even though it smelt nice, is parabens free, has the goodness of bananas etc etc, this shampoo led to massive hairfall, especially while washing. I still have the conditioner from the same range and that is not as bad as the shampoo, but I would still skip repurchasing it.

2. Maybelline Colorshow Glitter Mania Pink Champagne nailpolish: I love glitter nailpolish and Maybelline launched Glitter Mania  range a few years back. Pink Champagne is a beautiful rose pink glitter polish. You can check the swatch in THIS post.

3. Yardley Red Roses talcum powder: I love Yardley talc and I always keep repurchasing in different variants. This one smell beautifully of red roses and you should try it if you love the fragrance of rose.

4. Forest Essentials Sweet Narangi lip balm: This is a repurchase and I will keep on repurchasing it till eternity (or till they discontinue the product) 😀 This is my fav lip balm which also helps in lightening of the lips. Read the full review HERE

5.  Marks & Spencer Magnolia Hand & Body lotion: I have used coconut and cocoa butter variant of the range before and I loved it. This one was okay and not that great on my dry skin. It didn’t provide deep nourishment and left the skin feeling dry after half an hour or so. I will skip repurchasing this variant.

Garnier White Complete Range: Review + Free samples to claim!

Garnier White Complete range has been around for quite sometime now. It consists of a facewash and a cream. It used to come as Garnier Light range but now they have changed the name. I have been testing this range and I am reviewing both the products here.

And if you want to claim a free sample and try this range yourself, there is something for you at the end of this post (#7dayGarnier Challenge) 🙂

 

Garnier White Complete Fairness Face Wash

 

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garnier white complete fairness face wash price

 

Price: Rs 145 for 100g

 

Garnier White Complete Fairness Face wash comes in attractive white and yellow tube packaging with flip cap. The packaging is sturdy and travel friendly. The facewash has a very refreshing citrus smell, but it doesn not linger for long.

The facewash is pearlish white in color with creamy consisitency. It lathers well and leaves the skin squeaky clean after rinsing. I use a little more than pea-size quantity for my face. It doesnot feel heavy or leave any residue behind on the skin and rinses off easily with water.  It leaves the skin absolutely clean and fresh and removes every last trace of oil and grime from face. It however felt drying on my already dry skin, but oily skinned beauties will love this facewash.

I remove my eyeliners with oil based removers and therefore I need to wash my face and leftover oil on skin with a good facewash. Garnier White Complete fairness facewash is perfect for this. The skin feels thoroughly cleansed and refreshed after using this product. This facewash is absolutely perfect for removing makeup, grime and dirt after the long day at work.

I can not comment on the fairness aspect for overall skin tone but it did not help much in my blemishes and pigmentation on cheeks. But I really love this product to cleanse my face after removing makeup.

I’d recommend this facewash to everyone looking for a cleanser to remove every last traces of oil and dirt from skin. Overall, I feel this is an awesome budget friendly product to remove that last trace of oil and grime from the skin and I’d definitely recommend this to everyone!

 

Garnier White Complete Multi Action Fairness cream

 

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Price: Rs 160 for 40g

 

This cream claims to provide instant whitening and long lasting fairness. The skin looks even, feels fresh and moisturized with a natural glow.

Multi Action fairness cream for glowing skin :

1.Instant Whitening – provides instant whitening
2.Sun Protection with SPF 19 PA+++ – Protects skin from further darkening by harmful UVA and UVB sun rays
3.Long Lasting Fairness – Fairer skin over time with regular usage

 

My review of Garnier White Complete Multi action Fairness cream

The cream comes in a white opaque tub packaging with screw lid. The packaging is travel friendly but the tub packaging makes it bit unhygienic. Garnier White Complete Fairness Cream has a light whipped texture. It is highly emollient and absorbs completely into the skin without leaving any greasiness. It has refreshing citrus fragrance. The cream has an instant brightening effect and does not leave any whitish cast on skin. This cream is mattifying and contain SPF 19 PA+++ making it ideal for sultry summer days.

This is a non-oily cream, so girls who need a non-oily moisturizing cream should definitely check this one out. I have dry skin so I find this cream not nourishing enough, but my brother has oily skin and he loves this!

Overall, if you are looking for non-oily, mattifying day cream with instant brightening effect, do check this one out. I would recommend this more to oily skinned people as dry skinned people like me will need an additional moisturizer over it.

 

7 Day Garnier Challenge Get Free Sample of Garnier White Complete Cream & Win Excting Garnier Gift Hamper MaalFreeKaa Free Sample of India

 

And if you want to try this cream yourself, take the #7DayGarnierChallenge where you can claim your free Garnier White Complete Cream sample and share your reviews after 7 days. Follow the steps below to claim your free sample:

  1. Go to this site http://7daygarnierchallenge.com/ and fill the form. Write ‘Blossom, Insane Dissections’ as blog name (last step in the form)
  2. You will receive the sample on your address. Try the cream for 7 days and share your experience of the product by commenting on this blog post below or on Twitter. Don’t forget to hashtag #7DayGarnierChallenge and tag @GarnierIndia and @Blossom2507 if you share your review on Twitter.
  3. At the end of the contest, Garnier will pick a winner amongst all those who reviewed the product by commenting on my blog post or on twitter and the winner of this challenge will win a Garnier Gift Hamper!!

So go ahead, claim your free sample and start reviewing it! Looking forward to reading your reviews 🙂

 

xoxo

Blossom

*Disclaimer: Products sent by brand as part of #7DayGarnierChallenge.

 

 

Garnier PureActive Apricot Exfoliating Face Scrub: Review

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I am not a girl with night time routine or day time routine, or any skin care ‘routine’ as such. I am  a face wash- moisturizer kind of girl. Anything additional, that too on a daily basis seems too much of burden to me. I apply scrub on my face occasionally when I feel my skin is getting dull. I feel that with my skin already being dry, additional scrubbing and tugging might dry it out even more. But the Garnier Pro active Apricot scrub was a pleasant surprise.

 

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Garnier Pure Active Exfoliating scrub Review

This scrub comes in a squeeze tube packaging with flip open cap. The cap is sturdy, leak proof and travel friendly. The image of splashing apricot on the tube is cute.

The fragrance is amazing. I dont know exactly how to describe it. Slight fruity, fresh, apricot-y types. But the fragrance does not linger for long.

The scrub is white colored with orange colored apricot seed granules. The texture is very creamy with soft, fine granules of apricot seed which does not feel harsh on skin at all. Of late all the Garnier products I am using are quite creamy. The creamy texture of the scrub feels just perfect on the skin.

The scrubbing particles are evenly suspended and does not feel abrasive. This scrub cleanses well leaving the skin fresh, soft and clear. This scrub does not leave the skin dry like other scrubs but I still feel the need to apply a moisturiser. I don’t have blackheads, but as this is not a heavy duty scrub, it may not remove blackheads that effectively.

Price: Rs 70 for 50g 

 

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Overall, this is a great budget scrub for dry skinned beauties. It exfoliates pretty well without making the skin dry and is easy on pocket. The amazing fragrance is an added bonus. But this is mild scrub and may not be that effective on blackheads.

xoxo

Blossom

*Disclaimer: Product sent by brand for review.

Fabindia Lavender Cleansing Milk Review

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Hello girlies

I was never a skin care enthusiast. My skin care routine was limited to only moisturizing and that too in the morning. But the pigmentation spots on cheeks and the occasional under eye dark circles have made me conscious of my skin.

This is my first cleansing milk and let’s see how it fared against my dry skin.

What it claims?

A gentle cleansing milk with grapeseed oil and lavender essential oil that penetrates deep to cleanse and moisturize your skin giving it a healthy glow.

Key Ingredients

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Directions for use

It says to apply on cotton swab and cleanse in an upward direction, but I apply it directly on my face in circular motion. I remove it with a cotton swab or a damp sponge and finally wash off with water.

Packaging

It comes in a see through plastic bottle with flip open cap. The packaging is sturdy and travel-friendly. The quantity is sufficient and will last me many months.

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Consistency is creamy but little on runny side, which I am totally comfortable with as it helps in easy application on the face.

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This is a gentle cleanser and I do not expect it to remove stubborn waterproof eye makeup. Since I myself do not use any makeup except a kajal/eyeliner, I do not have issues regarding this. I only use it to remove grime and dirt from my face at the end of  day, for which it does a good job. (Yay!)

I do not use it to remove kajal/eyeliner but even if it accidentally gets into my eyes, it does not sting. (Yay!) 

It  has a mild smell of lavender which lingers on for some time after which it fades. I like the smell but some sensitive-nosed people may not like it.

It does not dry my skin but I follow it with moisturizer anyway.

I tested this on my Maybelline gel eyeliner and some of my mom’s lipsticks.

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It removed the lipsticks easily in one swipe but even after many swipes and tugging hard, it could not remove the eyeliner completely.

It removes eye shadows easily too.

Price

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In a nutshell:

  • Cleanses the face effectively. Removes grime and dirt off my face completely
  • Price is reasonable for the quantity offered
  • Does not sting the eyes
  • Does not dry the skin and makes it supple & smooth
  • Consistency is creamy but slightly runny
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Mild smell but may bother some who like their products completely fragrance free
  • This is a gentle cleanser. Does not remove waterproof eye makeup.
  • May not suit oily skin people
  • Easily available

Overall Verdict:    A-

20 Holi Tips for Skin and Hair

Holi tips for skin and hair

Holi is here!!! I get very excited when the festival of colors is around. Holi is famous for two things: Color and gujiyas. I have a sweet tooth and homemade gujiyas  are always so tempting, specially the ones made by my mother.Totally mouth-watering. Anyways, coming to the point, Holi colors have harmful chemicals which may harm the skin. And we should use herbal gulals and colors… Duh!  Everyone knows this girl…  But what to do when the person applying color on you is not using one?  How to prevent your skin from getting stained?  To not look like a canvas for modern art with colorful blotches scattered on your face,  protect your skin and hair from the harmful effects of the holi colors by following these tips:

1. First and foremost, never step out to play Holi without smearing your exposed areas with a thick layer of coconut oil/ olive oil/vaseline. (This is my savior every year)

2. Wear long sleeved clothes and full length bottoms.

3. Wear sunscreen. I have noticed my skin getting more tanned on Holi.

4.  Oil your hair generously. It gives the hair a protective covering and shields it from harmful chemicals, dust and dirt.It will also help the colors come off easily later.

5. Cover your head with a bandana, scarf or a cap.

6. Tie up your hair. Tying up gives lesser area of your head to be exposed to colors giving an added advantage to have lesser stains to worry about.

7. Wear cotton clothes. Synthetics will become sticky and body hugging  and denims will be heavy once you have a bucket full of water splashed on you

8. Apply lip balm or vaseline on your lips.

9. Apply nail polish or multiple coats of clear topcoat on your nails to avoid getting your nails stained.

10. Never wear contact lenses while playing Holi. Never ever! The color can come between your eye and lens which can prove very harmful.

11. Apply some oil behind the ears, on earlobes and under the nails, as these are the ignored areas and the color tends to settle here.

12. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from a misfire of color filled darts or water jets.

13. Try to wash off the colors while wet. The earliest, the better. For once if the colors dry, it becomes a bit difficult to get rid of them easily

14. Keep a calamine lotion ready in case of an allergy.

15. Wear socks to keep your heels protected.

16. Stay away from bleaching or highlighting your hair before Holi. The colors can turn the hair a totally unwanted pink, green or purple.

17. Don’t sit in sunlight after playing Holi. The colors on exposure to sunlight may harm the skin even  more.

18.  Don’t get a facial done up to a week before Holi. Facials tend to make skin more sensitive setting you up for inflammation.

19. Always clean your face with a cleansing milk or lotion with a cotton wool after playing with colors. Never wash your face with harsh soaps.

20. And the most important, DO NOT drive if you are high on alcohol or bhang.

Stay safe and enjoy. Have a Happy and Colorful Holi!

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Love,

Blossom 🙂

PS: I can’t get the Damn song out of my head… Holi-est song this year 😀