Dearpacker Royal Black – Black Tea & Black Rose Mask : Review and Swatch

I am a sucker for skin care products. Especially Korean skin care products are something I really love. Reason being, Koreans are amazing when it comes to skin care. They are quite famous for their amazing, spotless skin and the way they take care of it.

The face shop is a Korean skin care brand that has made it’s place in Indian skin care industry. With their amazing, yet affordable skin care range, it has succeeded in stealing all skin care enthusiasts’ hearts. Recently, The face shop had limited edition offer of it’s colloboration with Dearpacker. They had a combo of one product of each brand, with amazing discount prices. Needless to say, I added one to my cart and hit ‘buy’ button.

Lets know more about the combo and of course my experience with it.

They had 5 combos targeting different skin needs.

 

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I went for black tea and black rose mask combo.

It came in a transparent, sturdy pouch. This zipper pouch is sure making space in my travel bag. ! The combo has a cleanser from The Face Shop and the mask from Dearpacker.

I will save a separate review post for the cleanser.

Brand: Dearpacker

Category: Face Mask

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Price: 3390 INR for the 100 ml mask. But in the combo offer – 1499 INR (cleanser of worth 999 INR + the mask).

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Online Link to Purchase:

Shelf Life: 3 Years

Ingredients:

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It has avocado oil and glycerine which are moisturizing.
Fruit extracts, fruit and flower oils which are good for skin.
Has alcohol..!!!

Added fragrances too..!!!

***And I have no clue why they have mentioned it as sheet mask, whereas it is clearly a face pack with cream consistency.!!! ***

Packing:
Outer cartoon looks royal with the black and golden combo. It has kettle, royal crown and saucer prints. Reminds me of Disney..!!

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Directions to use, warnings, ingredients and other details of the product has been mentioned on the cartoon. ‘Directions’ mentioned on the pack is quite confusing. It describes the steps to use a sheet mask instead of a face mask..!!!

Inside of the outer cartoon has all the details printed in Korean language (I am totally assuming it as Korean because this product is made in Korea. I am not able to read it 😛 )

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Product comes in this sturdy plastic jar. The cap of the jar has the same design as that of the outer cartoon. A spatula is also provided with the mask. So that you don’t have to dip fingers to take out the product.

Fragrance:
This has a very strong fragrance. It smells like Ayurveda medicine. Strong smell of green tea and hint of citrus note. I really didn’t like this smell. It is so strong that my eyes were watery. It lasts for some time and slowly fades away. If you have sensitive nose, I would say just try the tester once before buying it.

Color: It is light brown in color. You can see dried petals in the mask.

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Consistency: It has gel like consistency. Neither thick nor runny.

My Experience:
My eyes were all teary at first when I opened the jar and tried applying.
Also it gave me tingling effect to my skin. I was really scared that it would damage my skin. It has that strong smell.!
But the smell started fading and it was quite mild in sometime. I left it on for 10 minutes or so and washed with water.

Pros:
1. Travel friendly packing.
2. It didn’t cause any breakouts.

Cons:
1. Falls on the pricier side. Since I got it in an offer, I am not complaining.
2. It has a very strong smell. Sensitive nose ladies, stay away.
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Will I Repurchase?
No. I don’t like strong fragrance products. So it’s a no.

Will I Recommend?
It didn’t do any magic on my skin. Since it also falls on pricier side, I am not recommending this to you.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 2/5

For The Dark Patches Around The Mouth

You must have noticed or might be facing this skin issue – dark patches. Also called hyperpigmentation. Especially around mouth area. You guys know that melanin is something that defines the tone of our skin. If the melanin content is high at some spots than usual, causes hyperpigmentation.

There are multiple reasons why this skin issue occurs. Majorly,

Sun exposure:

Spots caused by more exposure to direct sun is called sun spots. These are dark brown spots that might take time to appear visibly dark on your skin. But once they are there, they are quite hard to remove completely. A good care with the help of appropriate creams and scrubs is what it takes.

Melasma/Chloasma:

This is caused due to hormonal changes. They usually appear on forehead, cheeks and upper lips.

Due to skin breakage:

This is quite common dark spot faced by many. This is due to pimples, burnt skin or any skin abrasion. These dark patches are high in melanin. Takes long time to fade.

Weather:

If you have noticed, our skin behaves differently in different weather. For example, skin lacks hydration during winter.

Some of us tend to wet the lips and around it with saliva. But, unfortunately saliva makes skin even more dry, as it evaporates quickly.

If you also have this habit, stop doing that…!!!

If you feel your skin needs instant hydration, carry a travel size good moisturizer with you in your little handbag. Apply it whenever you feel the need.

Because more dry the skin, more chances of pigmentation.

Considering the skin around mouth is way more thin and delicate, let’s see how we can take care of it:

Exfoliate daily:

When I say daily, it should definitely with mild scrub. Because the more you scrub, more harm you are doing to your skin. But, scrubbing in moderation is necessary for good skin.

Mild scrubs on other hand, gently exfoliate and remove impurities plus dead skin cells. Doing this everyday, on the effected area, should help you lighten the skin tone.

Use concealers:

Concealers are the ones which helps to hide skin issues. (More about concealers here. Type, how to use etc etc.)

Try a moisturizing skin whitening cream:

Moisturizing, because skin that is dry is prone to suffer from such patches.

While buying a skin whitening cream, look for below ingredients:

  • Vitamin C
  • Kojic Acid
  • Arbutin
  • Azelaic acid
  • Licorice Acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Grape seed extracts.

These ingredients help in reducing the melanin production in your skin. This making your skin look pale.

Try out below home made packs:

Here are some natural bleaching agents you can find at your home. You just have to apply a layer of fresh juice or mixture of ingredient with water to form paste. Wash with warm water.

  • Lemon Juice
  • Potato Juice
  • Turmeric mask
  • Cucumber Juice
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Tomato Juice
  • Milk Cream

Laser treatment:

If you have severe patches, post a good consultation, you can go for laser treatment. This treatment is going to lighten the patches. But couple of things to consider here are – it is expensive and it is not permanent.

Dermatologist:

If none of these home remedies work, kindly consult a good dermatologist to get your skin issues resolved with prescribed medication.

Hope you find this post useful. 😘

Home Remedies to Say Good Bye to Blackheads

Last week, Mygirlypedia had asked this one single question on all it’s Social Media channels -What is that one beauty problem which you are facing and which you would like to get home remedies for?

Deal was – you ask and we answer. 🙂

Thank you for responding to it with bunch of beauty issues of yours. Mygirlypedia would love to answer you all, one by one. So, today let me just start with a beauty query which was common among most of you – Blackheads.

In this post, I am gonna tell you what and how these blackheads are caused. What can be done at home to get rid of them. Ready??? Read on then…!!! 🙂

What is a blackhead???

Technically, blackheads are type of acne. As the name suggests these are tiny black bumps on skin. Caused due to clogged hair follicles.

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How are blackheads formed???

Ok, so, our each and every skin cell has these two glands – One for hair and one for oil secretion. As you guys know the oil secretion is necessary to keep the skin hydrated. You guys also know the skin type, where this oil secretion is excess. Do you???  – Check Your Answer is here. 😉

So when dry skin cells and oil secreted, get trapped inside the skin cells, it forms the bump. When this bump is closed, it is called whitehead. But when it opens, it looks black thus called blackhead.  Simple…!!!!

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What causes these blackheads???

Below are some of the major reasons for blackheads –

  • Medication
  • Hormonal changes
  • Excess oil secretion
  • Dry skin
  • Bacterial infection
  • Excess dairy products consumption

Blackheads are formed on these body parts –

  • Face (Especially on nose)
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Back

How do they look like???

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Did you just say ewww???? Well, not your fault. They do look like that. As I said before blackheads are form of pimple. Unlike pimple, these are painless. Due to their dark pigmentation, they can be easily noticed.

Home remedies for blackheads –

Even though there are methods where post giving nice steam to face, with blackhead remover, people just squeeze out the blackheads. But honestly, it takes time and it is painful. Hence listing some of the easy breezy techniques here.

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Exfoliate

Scrubbing away those dead cells can give your skin cells a chance to breath. Thus saying bye bye to blackheads.

Here are some home made scrubs you can try out.

Baking soda paste – 

Baking soda has the property to balance pH level of skin. Mix a table spoon of baking soda with water. Apply this on effected area. Massage gently. While giving mild scrubbing effect, it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores and clean the skin cells.

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Turmeric paste – 

We all know how this magical ingredient from our kitchen shelf has helped us with our beauty issues. Turmeric paste applied and massaged on effected area, effectively kills bacteria and cures skin.

Green tea leaves – 

Take out that green tea powder from a tea bag and apply it as mask. Gently rub it while washing it off. While purifying the skin cells, it also wash away dead cells.

Peel off masks – 

There are multiple peel off masks you must have heard of or tried of. You just need to apply a layer of a mask. Let it dry. Once it is dried, peel it off. It might be painful but it does removes blackhead effectively.

Since we are discussing home remedies, the best peel off mask you can prepare at home is using egg white. Apply a layer of egg white on effected area. Let it dry. Peel it off. You can visibly see the  blackhead on the peeled mask. Eww. But your skin looks wow…!!!

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Plus, egg white is used for anti aging also. Bye bye blackhead and of course bye bye fine lines.

How to prevent blackheads –

As they say, prevention is better than cure. To avoid this nasty skin issue, follow these simple steps.

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  1. Wash your face regularly. This keeps skin pores clean.
  2. Scrub away dry skin cells at least two times a week.
  3. If you have dry skin – here are the skin care rules to keep it health.
  4. If your skin secrets oil more already, here is the guide to take care of your skin.
  5. Normal or combination skinned beauties, try to use oil free products to avoid blackheads.

I hope this post helps you totally to get rid of blackheads. anddd hello beautiful skin…!!!! :*

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Green Tea

Hello,

One of my intentions of this year being the healthier and fitter version myself, I have started with some of good healthy habits. One among them is drinking green tea…!!! Yes. weight loss or fitness discussion is incomplete without mentioning this magical drink called green tea. I have seen and heard people consuming this tea without knowing what actually it does to our body. How it actually works… Everybody knows that green tea is healthiest drink for body. But, what not everybody knows that drinking green tea has disadvantages also…!!!

I have gathered some information from people who have been consuming this ‘healthy’ drink since good long time and from other resources. Let me share you the information I got about Green tea.

Green tea’s origin:

Green tea is mostly popular in eastern countries like Japan, Thailand, India etc.

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From where green tea is extracted:

Different types of tea powder are prepared from Camellia sinensis plant. The dried leaves and leaf buds are powdered to prepare tea powder. Different types of tea powder preparation involves different processioning methods. Well, our topic of the day – green tea, is prepared by steaming and pan-frying these leaves and then drying them.

What it contains???

Green tea contains two to four percent of caffeine. Also contains antioxidants.

How to prepare green tea???

There are many brands out there who offer a lot many flavored and unflavored green tea powders and tea bags. Just the way you prepare regular tea, instead of regular tea powder you will have to add green tea powder to milk. But if you are aiming for weight loss, do skip milk and sugar. Just hot water and green tea powder should be enough. If you didn’t like the taste, you can add natural sweetener like honey. Skip sugar my dear honey.

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How  does it tastes???

I have started using Lipton green tea – Tulsi flavor. You just have to dip green tea bag in a cup of hot water for few minutes and close your eyes and drink. Closing your eyes is optional. haha. But, honestly it doesn’t tastes good but health comes before taste you know…!!!

How to consume green tea rightly???

This is something really important in order to get most out of this healthy drink.

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  • Maximum quantity of green tea per day is 1200 ml, i.e. not more than 5 cups.
  • Green tea should not be consumed on empty stomach as it might cause liver toxicity.
  • If you have any medical history or pregnant, consultation about preferred quantity is must.
  • Never sip it in night unless you work as a watchman who is expected to be awake the whole night. You know what I mean.
  • Do not consume right after your meal. At least two hours of difference should be there between meal and green tea consumption. Because green tea doesn’t let your body consume the iron and other beneficial contents from the meal.
  • Consume loads of water on consuming green tea. You will find out why in the disadvantage section below.

Advantages of Drinking green tea:

These are the advantages you will get if you consume green tea rightly.

  • Improves mental alertness.
  • It increases urine output. Thus helps in getting rid of toxins from the body. Detoxification is so important in order to keep body healthy. You can check this post about how to detox body in different ways. 
  • Weight loss
  • Good for skin
  • Stomach disorders
  • Good home remedy for vomiting, diarrhea, headache and bone loss
  • It has been proved that it has anti cancer property. Helps in preventing different types of cancer.
  • Helpful to keep your heart safe from diseases(not from other hear breaks though). Like, blood pressure, blood vessels issues etc.

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  • Good for diabetic patients.
  • Parkinson’s disease can also be prevented.
  • Dental cavities and kidney stones can be avoided by drinking green tea.
  • Cures depression
  • Remedy for inflammatory bowel disease
  • It prevents inflammation and swelling
  • Protects cartilage between the bones
  • Lessens joint degeneration

Advantages of Applying Green Tea:

  • You can also apply green tea on your face to soothe skin.
  • It also controls the damage done by exposure to sun.
  • Puffiness under eyes??? Place a wet green tea bag under your eyes. Puffiness will disappear in some time.

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  • You can also add green tea to the water tub while you are getting pedicure. Along with soothing foot it can also cure athlete’s feet.
  • Green tea can also be applied on gums to stop the bleeding when tooth extraction is done.

Disadvantages of  Drinking Green tea:

Green tea is not as easy as you think it is. It should be consumed rightly in right quantity. Else it will more bad than good to you. If you consume the tea in access quantity all of a sudden, you are inviting more trouble. Here are lesser known facts about it.

  • As I said green tea do contains caffeine. This is not a good content for those individual who have anxiety problems or for those ladies who are pregnant. Hence quantity to consumed should be decided after a consultation from a doctor.
  • If you exceed the limit of green tea intake per day, you will end up upsetting your stomach plus it might also cause nausea.
  • You know, green tea dehydrates your body??? Yes. You will have to drink more and more water if you consume green tea in order to balance the water content in the body.
  • It can increase anemia.
  • If you have glaucoma, green tea does increases pressure inside eyes. Thus worsening the condition.
  • Green tea may prohibit calcium from being absorbed into the bones thus resulting in osteoporosis.
  • Green tea can decrease the ability of your body to absorb iron content. Thus iron deficiency…!!
  • Might cause insomnia.
  • Caffeine can be more hazardous. It might end up irregular heart beats.
  • Green tea causes oxidative stress. Which might result in vomiting.
  • Excessive caffeine consumption has also been linked to muscle spasms and twitching.

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  • Caffeine has also been linked to restless leg syndrome.
  • Green tea is acidic. It might you suffer from heartburn.
  • A study was conducted where green tea extract was found to significantly accelerate the onset of convulsions.
  • Caffeine in green tea can increase the risk of bleeding. Hence those who have bleeding disorders, stay away from green tea.
  • Green tea quite confusing I must say. There are studies which contradict each other, One study says green tea decreases diabetes and headaches. Whereas the other study says it increases them.
  • If green tea is consumed in higher quantity, it will damage liver.
  • The commonest skin allergies associated with green tea consumption are eczema and hives.
  • Green tea higher consumption results in kidney disorder.
  • Thyroid problems might also be caused.
  • One study states that consuming green tea too often can lower fertility.
  • Green tea does improve oral health but it also stains your teeth. Ooops…!!!

So, these are the points I wanted to share with you my dear reader.

I know disadvantage list is longer than the advantage list. But, green tea is not harmful at all if it is consumed in moderation. Right quantity, right way will achieve the best.

Now you know all about green tea. Please spread the world about this because I know more people who blindly consume green tea in order to lose weight faster. But unfortunately they don’t know that they are harming their body. Do help your friends and loved ones in their fitness and healthy journey by sharing these tips.

Have a healthy week ahead…!!!

How to Get The Most From A Face Mask

Hey Pretty,

I bought a facial mask the other day… I was wondering how to get the best out of it, How to make it most effective. I found few steps to do so. Here is a quick post for smart masking… wink

Read on to know the quick and easy ways to make the most of facial masks…

💖 Exfoliate:

Before trying out masks, we need to clear the skin surface by exfoliating. Get rid of those dead cells by applying gentle exfoliate.

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💖 Wash face with warm water:

I said warm… not hot… wink Warm water will open the pores and you raise the skin’s temperature slightly. This causes blood vessels and pores to dilate in an effort to cool you down. Dermatologist suggest this because, space between the cells means there’s a greater surface area for absorption. This helps skin to absorb the product quickly.

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💖 Use facial brush:

This is optional. I prefer applying using finger tips.

But you can use facial brush for an even application and avoiding your nails becoming messy.

💖 Apply mask on Damp skin:

Damp skin acts like a sponge and it does quickly absorbs whatever comes its way. Hence, applying mask on damp skin results in a radiant skin.

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💖 Leave it on your skin for good 10 minutes:

When I say good, it has to be reaaaallllly good. Do relax for this 10 minutes to calm down your skin.

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💖 Wash the mask using cold water:

Cold water seal the pores. Thus locking the goodness in the skin.

I hope you find this post useful. Do try these tricks today for that glowing skin and of course to wash away those Monday blues…!!! Happy Masking…!!!

Keep Shining,
Pallavi ❤

Aroma Magic Brightening Beauty Pack Review

I have been reviewing all the face packs from my collection(Read the word collection twice..!!!).

So far I have reviewed face masks/packs from The Body Shop, Khadhi Natural, L’Oreal. Today’s face pack is from the brand, Aroma magic.

Who doesn’t like that soft and glowing skin??? This pack claims to brighten up your skin instantly. Sounds interesting???

Read on to know whether it did its magics or no…!!!

Brand:

Aroma Magic

Flavor or The Purpose of pack:

Aroma Magic Brightening Beauty Pack (Ahemmm..!!! It’s not just a face pack, its a ‘beauty’ pack.. #GotIt )

Targeted Skin Type:

Suitable for all skin types

Price:

INR 375 for 100g

Shelf Life:

36 months

What the Product Claims:

I am 100% free of Parabens, harsh chemicals, alcohol, artificial fragrance and color. The natural goodness of kaolin and aloe Vera hydrate and refine pores, leaving the skin soft and smooth. Extracts of apple, lemon, orange peel and natural fruit enzymes combine together to even out the skin tone and remove dead cells, erasing the effect of the environment. My aromatherapy blend of mandarin, orange and neroli essential oils act directly on winkles, loss of firmness and dry skin conditions thus delaying the signs of aging. I gently purify, soften and enhance the complexion.

How to Use:

Apply a layer evenly on face and neck and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wipe or rinse off gently with water. For best results, use twice a week.

Ingredients:

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Packing:

This is a tube packing. Which is a plus point. As you all know you don’t have to dip in your fingers into the product to take it out. Thus maintaining the hygiene.

The orange colored tube with a white cap is eye catching. Tube looks something like this.

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This is definitely a travel friendly packing.

Aroma:

It has a very strong aroma. Smells like an essential oil. Sometimes I do feel it’s over empowering.

Texture:

Its light and creamy.

What I liked:

  • It does what it claims. It did brighten my face in 1 use.
  • It adds nice glow to face.
  • Leaves skin super clean.
  • It didn’t dry my skin.
  • Ideal for all skin types, as it neither dries or hydrates skin.
  • Skin friendly ingredients.
  • Available in local drug stores as well as online.
  • Affordable.
  • Little goes long way. One pack lasted for around 8 months for me.
  • Travel friendly and hygienic packing.

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What I didn’t like:

  • It didn’t hydrate my skin.
  • Aroma is over empowering. Sensitive skinned beauties do try the testers before buying.

Will I repurchase???

Yes definitely. I can bear the strong fragrance for the good it does to my skin…!! In fact I have already re purchased this pack. This is my 2nd tube. #WideSmile

Will I recommend???

Yes, if you are in hurry and need that instant fresh look, opt for this one. This will add that glow and brighten the complexion withing 1 use.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 4.5/5 (Deducting 0.5 for the aroma)

Happy face masking…. #wink

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Khadi Natural Fruit Herbal Face Mask Review

Hey,

Remember my quick haul with my friend where I had picked up a dud product…??? The product which I’m gonna review today is also been shopped that day…

I have a good collection of face packs. But when see something herbal written on it or something with good packing, I always endup picking it up. So this herbal fruit  face mask is from the Indian brand, Khadi Natural. 

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I had a very bad breakout when I had used their face washes. It was horrifying for me. Those pimples. Phew…

Even though I have bad experience with Khadi products,  I chose to give this mask a try. Read on to know about product and  my experience in detail

Price : 145 INR

Shelf life:

36 months

What product Claims and the Ingredients:

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Packing:

As you can see in the pictures, it comes in steel box. Which can be used further once you finish the mask.

Inside themail box, the mask or the powder is packed in thin plastic sheet. I have removed the cover so it’s not seen in picture.

The quantity as you can see is almost half of that of the container.

PS: I have used this mask couple of times now.

The lid is very tight thus it makes perfect travel friendly package. But take care of your nails while opening

Fragrance:

It has a very mild fruity fragrance. Which doesn’t irritates. It’s kind of soothing fragrance.

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Texture:

It’s color and texture is just like fuller earth.

My experience:

As written on the pack, I mixed the powder with rose water. Made a thick paste and applied it on my face. It does give a little cooling effect. Dries off quickly.

I felt it’s fuller earth just with added fragrance.  Because the after effect was just that of multani mitti. My skin was left clean and oiliness was totally gone. It didnt lighten the spots on my face though.

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I liked the mask because :

  • Packing
  • Ingredients seem safe and chemical free
  • It did left my skin clean and absorbed oiliness.
  • Pocket friendly
  • As it claims, it gave glow, tightened pores and improved skin tone with just 2 uses.

 

What I didn’t like:

  • It didn’t lighten dark spots.
  • It didn’t hydrate skin.

 

Will I repurchase??

Honestly,  I don’t really like smell of fuller  earth. Since it does the same work as that of fuller earth, I will buy this.

Will I recommend??

If you have stock of fuller earth, you can miss this. This is not a must try product. If you are bored with fuller earth just like me, go for this fruit mask.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 3.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple I Bet You Didn’t Know Before

Hey,

You must have heard – “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Have you ever thought of the health benefits of this fruit, which helps in keeping the medicines away???

Apart from being a tasty and affordable fruit, it has many health benefits when consumed.

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Read on to know the beauty and health benefits of this tasty fruit.

Lets start with the detailed nutritional value of apple.

Calories 52
Water 86 %
Protein 0.3 g
Carbs
13.8 g
Sugar
10.4 g
Fiber 2.4 g
Fat
0.2 g
Saturated 0.03 g
Monounsaturated
0.01 g
Polyunsaturated 0.05 g
Omega-3 0.01 g
Omega-6
0.04 g
Trans fat
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Please note that I have mentioned the tips where we need to apply the apple juice. Rest are the benefits you get when you consume apple.

Health Benefits:

  1. Anti cancer abilities – Protection from cancer causing cells.
  2. Anti cholesterol – Helps body to absorb less cholesterol.
  3. Asthma curing properties
  4. Prevents Alzheimer’s
  5. Immunity booster
  6. Reduces Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  7. Controls Diabetes
  8. Prevents Gallstone formation
  9. Liver detoxification
  10. Cataract prevention

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11. Weight loss
12. Prevents Parkinson’s
13. Cataract Prevention
14. Avert Hemorrhoids
15. Whiter Teeth
16. Prevent Brain Cell Damage
17. Aid Blood Circulation
18. Promote Bone Health
19. Improve Night Vision
20. Reduces Respiratory Troubles

Skin Benefits:

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1. Eating apples result in glowing skin.
2. UV protection
3. Hydrates skin
4. Anti aging benefits
5. It acts as toner if applied on skin.
6. Reduces marks when applied with milk cream.
7. Keeping slice of apple under eyes can reduce dark circles and puffiness.

Hair Benefits:

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1. Prevents hair loss
2. Promotes hair growth.
3. Treats dandruff when you apply apple juice on to your hair post shampoo.

So, these are the benefits of this juicy fruit, which is full of  fibers.

Do include an apple in your diet to get multi benefits. So the next time you are enjoying the apple, you know what it’s doing to you

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask for Oily Skin

Hey,

L’Oreal has introduced two face masks lately. The pure clay masks…!!! I was very fascinated by the masks, the very moment I saw them on social media. I had to try them out.

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The two clay masks address two different skin needs. So the masks which are available in Indian market are-

  1. L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask – Purify and Mattify

  2. L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask – Exfoliate and Refine Pores

If you have oily skin, go for first one. That will absorb oil and give matte look to your skin.

If you have dry skin, opt for second. That will help in exfoliation and purification if pores from within.

The combination skinned beauties can opt for multitasking. That is applying first one over oily T zone and applying second one over dried area.

I have normal to oily skin. So I picked up the first mask, ‘L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask – Purify and Mattify’

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Let’s see how much it did fair to my skin.

Brand : L’Oreal Paris

Range : Pure Clay Mask

Type : Purify and Mattify

Price : 850 INR

Ingredients :

Packing :

The outer cartoon has all the details of the product you need to know.

The mask comes in a sturdy glass tub. The glass is really of good quality. I have done it’s testing. ( You know how #wink)

The glass is a bit heavy compared to its size. So it’s not that easy breezy type bottle to carry. But you don’t have to worry about spilling, as it has good quality cap and one more plastic coverage inside.

Color :

This mask is light pistachio green colored one.

Texture :

It’s creamy. But it’s neither greasy nor oily.

Fragrance :

It has strong smell of flavored clay. It might be due to the added perfume in it.

My experience with L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask – Purify and Mattify:

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As written on the outer cover, I applied the mask on my face post cleansing. The fragrance was a bit empowering initially, but it was bearable. The mask had kind of cooling effect and I didn’t feel heavy when it was on.

It starts to dry after ten to fifteen minutes. After washing it off with water, I could see some visible difference. It actually left my skin clean and the oiliness was gone. It didn’t improve my skin tone or lighten the spots. Anyway that wasn’t claimed by L’Oreal too…!!

But the glow was not long lasting. The glow lasts for 3 to 4 hours for me. #sob Again, it totally depends on individual skin types. I use it two to three times in a week. It has improved my skin in terms of controlling oiliness.

Let me sum up my likes and dislikes about this purchase of mine.

Likes:

  1. Sturdy packing.

  2. Did what it claimed. Helped in controlling oiliness.

  3. Easily available over net. I purchased it from Nykaa.

  4. Little quantity is enough. So this will last quite long.

  5. Did not break me out. Did not cause any side effects like pimples or something.

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Dislikes:

  1. Contains paraben.

  2. Glow it gives, doesn’t lasts long.

  3. Fragrance might irritate sensitive nosed gals.

Will I repurchase??

Yes.

Will I recommend??

Yes I would recommend this to oily skinned beauties. It did work on my skin. I hope it does on yours too.

Mygirlypedia Rating : 4/5

Happy Masking gal…!!!

Home Remedies for Open Pores

Hey beautiful,

Few of my friends were asking me to write a post about open facial pores. So, finally here is the post about and remedies for open pores.

What are open pores???

Skin is made of pores. They help in skin to breath. For most of the ladies,as they age, skin loses its elasticity thus making the pores on face bit huge and visible to n*ked eyes.

When excessive oil and dust get accumulated in these pores, they result in blackheads or pimples. Thus making skin worse.

What causes open pores???

There are multiple reasons, mainly

  • Sun exposure
  • Aging
  • Bad skincare routine
  • Genetic
  • Stress
  • Chemical reaction

How to cure them???

Shrinking the pores is something we need to do to stop this skin problem. Keeping pores clean will make them less visible and avoid further issues.

Let’s check what we can do to say bye bye to nasty pores.

  • Ice


Remember, I had mentioned ice as primer in few of my posts?? Yes, ice gives skin tightening effect and helps in closing pores. You just have to press ice on face or wash face with ice cold water.

  • Egg Whites


When it comes to skin tightening, we can’t miss egg whites. Yes, applying egg whites helps in skin tightening and closing opened pores too.

  • Scrub


Scrubbing is must to maintain good healthy skin. It not only removes dead skin, but also removes impurities from pores.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Use diluted apple Cider vinegar to clean your face. This solution has antibacterial qualities. Thus cleaning, closing pores and maintaining PH balance of skin.

  • Baking Soda


This is an all rounder. This exfoliates, it’s anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties clean the pores and helps in reducing them. Apply a thin layer of baking soda and water paste on face. Leave it for few minutes before washing it away, to get desired results.

  • Lemon


Apply lemon juice on face. If you have dry skin, it does give you tingling effects. Lemon juice is good bleach, cleanses pores and fades pimple scars.

  • Aloe Vera


Applying fresh aloe Vera gel over face, helps in shrinking pores. Moisturizing property of it, helps skin.

  • Fuller Earth


Fuller earth or multani mitti. This along with adding glow, drying pimples, also absorbs all oil and leaves skin pores clean.

I hope you find this post useful if you are combating this skin issue.

Keep shining… 💋

Beauty Secrets Of Arabian Women

Hey,

Almost every country has its own history of medicines and beauty treatments. Today, I am gonna share some of the secrets from the land of Arabs. The best kept beauty rituals for skin, hair.

Ready to know the secrets???

  • Arab women cover their head and face with veil as a part of tradition or their culture when step out of the house. This protects them from dust and direct rays of sun. #HealthySkinHair

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  • They follow a beauty ritual called Hammams. This is traditional sauna bath. Here, they massage the body with essential oils. Then give steam, followed by warm water bath. This helps in detoxification and adding glow to skin.
  • Argan oil is their best friend. The oil helps in fighting signs of aging, helps in nourishing hair.
  • Eating right is the key. Arab women do not eat preserved or junk food like we do. They only prefer fresh fruits or home made healthy food.
  • The most lovely thing I find about them is the kohl they apply. They do not prefer the ones available in market. Instead, they prepare their own kohl at home. Do you know how to prepare kohl??? If not, let me know. I will write about it. #wink

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  • Halawa is the name of the homemade wax they use. This not only helps in removing hair and tan, it also nourishes the skin.
  • Arab women are very particular when it comes to cosmetics they use. They never compromise with the quality of the organic products they use.

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  • Spa treatments are something which they never miss..!! Yes, they are very regular with their spa sessions. After all, that glow of their skin is not that easy to get. #wink

So, what we can do,

  • Cover your face and hair with cloth before stepping out. Protect them from Sun and pollution.
  • If we can not take a spa session regularly, get a good mask treatment for hair and skin at home. (There are multiple posts available on different face mask on Mygirlypedia. Do search in the search box below. )

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  • Hair oiling is must.
  • Do not buy cheap cosmetics. Spend money at beauty store instead of spending later at dermatologist.
  • Eat right ladies…!!!

I hope you find the post useful gal.

Keep Glowing, inside out.

How to Do Facial at Home

Hey beautiful, 

There are multiple beauty treatments available out there…  Facial is one of the famous one. You might have even tried it before. But, I an gonna share a quick post today about facial at home.  That will definitely help you to do less chemical facial with no much damage to your budget. 


What is facial??? 
A beauty treatment which involves steam, exfoliation, extraction, face mask and face massage. It’s done to rejuvenate skin and get a nice glow. 

Steps Involved 

Step 1

Cleansing 


We don’t want to start with a dirty base right. Let’s remove all the dust/makeup and start preparing the skin. Use a good cleanser of your choice to cleanse the face and neck. 
Step 2

Exfoliate


Lets remove those dead skin cells from your face and neck to get smoother skin. 
You can use Natural scrub made up of brown sugar and essential oil, if you have dry skin. Or simply use the paste made up of brown sugar / coffee powder and water if you have normal to dry skin. 

Please be very gentle while scrubbing. Over exfoliation is never recommended. 

Step 3

Steaming 

In order to open facial pores, let’s enjoy some steam. All you need to do is, boil water and take the steam by facing the bowl and covering head with a towel. You can add some drops of essential oils to water to enjoy even more. 
Step 4

Face Pack


Now that the pores are open, let’s apply face mask to get most of the benefits. You can choose face mask of your own choice depending on the skin needs. Some recommendations for extreme skin types,  
Oily skin – fuller earth + water

Dry skin – any fruit mask

Some people opt for peel off masks. I don’t recommend it personally. Because since you have already done with exfoliation, it will result in over exfoliation. 

If you want to know how to make most of a face mask, do check this post of mine. 
Step 5

Toning 

After a good amount of time, wash off the face pack. Now let’s close the open pores and seal the goodness of face pack in there. In order to do that, opt for a good toner and apply it all over your face and neck with the help of cotton pads. The best toner recommend is rose water…!!! 
More beauty benefits of rose water, here…!!! 
Step 6

Moisturize


Now that we are done with sealing the pores, let’s layer them with a good amount of moisturizer for that extra nourishment. You can chose oil based moisturizer, if you have dry skin. Or water based, if you have normal to oily skin. 
You are done with home facial now…!!! 


If you thinking of getting it done at spa or a parlor, you need to consider few points. 
Please check this post of mine before booking an appointment. 
I hope you find these steps and tips useful for your next spa session. 💋

Keep shining, 

Pallavi 💝

Japanese Beauty Secrets!!!

Hey you,

Japanese women are truly blessed with a fair and spotless skin..!!! They look like a pretty porcelain doll… Isn’t it???

Have you ever wonder what must be the beauty regime of a Japanese woman ??? What must be her secrets to her spotless skin???

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Well, today I will be sharing certain beauty secrets of these most beautiful people.

Watch what you eat:
For Japanese, beauty is not a project, its a life style. They believe in the inner glow you get by eating right. Japanese women do not eat spicy/sugary/salty/ fatty food. (Which are our weakness) Their diet includes fish, green vegetables and tons of fresh fruits. The omega 3 fatty acids present in these healthy food, helps in reducing the body’s production of the inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals are proven to be involved in the ageing process.!!!

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Magical Green tea:
Japanese drink a lot of green tea. Green tea is high in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. This keeps the body healthy and clean from inside.

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Rice is the super food:
Rice is the major Japanese food. Rice helps in skin nourishment, prevents wrinkles and protects skin from UV rays.

Rice water:
Japanese women wash their skin and hair using  water in which rice is been cooked. It helps in making skin glow and hair shine.

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Oil cleansing:
Japanese use oil to remove makeup. It not only removes the makeup/dirt, it also nourishes and moisturizes the skin. This point is been mentioned in one of the oldest book ‘Tale of Genji’ too.

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Less is more:
They do not believe in layered makeup. Instead they believe in cleansing, moisturizing and a good face serum. Thus keeping their skin in a healthy condition.

Avoid sun:
Sun rays cause a lot of harm to skin. It boost the aging process. It tans. Japanese as much as possible, avoid stepping out in hot sun to protect their skin.

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If you can’t eat it, you can’t apply it:
They believe in one rule, if you can not eat it, you can not apply it. If you apply harsh chemicals, they do more harm than good. Japanese say that whatever you apply, end up in blood vessels through skin’s pores. Hence be cautious about what you apply to your skin.

Lotion mask:
Instead of rubbing lotion/cream on your skin, Japanese believe in lotion mask. Where, you need to damp a cotton wool with lotion and place it on face like a mask. Keeping it on face for a good amount of 10-15 minutes will make you achieve most of it and I always prefer a easy breezy, relaxing  mask over rubbing the lotion. wink

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  Massage away your wrinkles:
Japanese never recommend Botox/ any surgical method to stay young. I love the fact that they always always follow most natural method to glow. They spend some time daily to massage their face. They massage in the direction opposite to wrinkles thus they fight against sign of aging ‘wrinkles’.

Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse again:
As I mentioned earlier, Japanese believe in keeping the skin free from chemicals and dirt as much as possible. They cleanse thrice to make sure the skin is super clean. They never skip cleansing before hitting bed.6113270284_3cde3da427_b

 Bath time = you time:
Bath time for them is not just cleaning body with water and soap. Its a ritual. They enjoy their bath time thoroughly. They use relaxing bath salts.

You can check this post about bath salts. 

If you want to know how to prepare bath salts at home,  click here. 

Exfoliation is key:
Rubbing off the old and dry skin does a lot of good to skin. Japanese believe in exfoliating body using natural ingredients like coffee to achieve super soft skin.

 Give yourself a Vitamin C hit:
Vitamin C is helpful to keep the youthfulness. magical Japanese never forget their vitamin C intake. Adding orange to your diet is a must to fight against the sign of aging.

orange_PNG800 Stay Calm:
Stress, is a monster which not only kills happiness, it also harms the skin. Japanese try and adopt a stress free life. (awww I love them for the dedication they have for maintaining beauty…!!!)

Wooden combs for beautiful hair:
The plastic combs which we use doesn’t make any extra good to hair. sad Japanese use handmade wooden combs. These help in distributing oil and with less fiction.

Bird Droppings:
This is the famous facial introduced by Japan. The Bird Droppings claimed to have certain enzymes which are useful for skin’s nourishment.  (ewww )

Fish pedicure:
I love this. When you dip your legs in a tank full of tiny cute fishes. When they clean your feet by eating the dirt(I know sounds gross) The tingling feeling is cute and enjoyable. Japanese always swear by this for their foot care.

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So, these are some of the tips from ‘The land of Rising Sun’. I would love to try some of these tips for sure. Eating healthy being the toughest one for me, I will have to try harder for it. hehe

Stay Pretty,

 

Pallavi ❤

 

Some of The (Weird) Beauty Tools From Japan…!!!

Hey my beautiful reader,

You must have heard that the Japanese people are the most beauty conscious people you can find. I have listed out  some of their beauty secrets here…!!! Today, I will be sharing some information about certain beauty tools which are invented by them. Read on to know how helpful these tools are.

1. Bigan Beauty Face Expander:
Are you not so happy with your cute little face? Have you ever wonder how you could get a wider face? Japanese have invented this tool. It claims to stretch the facial skin to prevent it from sagging and result -> broader face, firmer and younger looking skin.

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I personally never wished for a huge face. Facial exercise are always a safer option than these tools.

2. Facewaver Exercise Mask:
Did you get scared by looking at this mask??? I did…!!! I remembered the cartoon which I used to watch ‘The Mask’.

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Mask claims to stretch and firms the facial skin. But looking at the mask, I feel that these masks leave marks on your face. They look so tight and uff suffocationnn

3. Futae Compass Make-up Eyelid Brush:
As you can see, the brush of this tool can be moved over your eyelid to draw crease. But moving a plastic brush over delicate eyelids…???!!! helppp

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4. Facial Lift At Once Face Trainer:
All you have to do is, stick the end of this vibrating gadget in your mouth. Because of the vibration, it claims to lift the facial skin up.  No comments

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5. Giant Rubber Lips For Slimmer and Younger Face:
All you have to do is stick the tool inside your mouth as shown in picture. Try to say the vowels ‘A, E, I, O, U”. Company recommends to use it while taking bath to make most of it. I personally feel they are right. You need  to try it in bathroom to avoid looking like a clone to the world.

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6. Ribbon Scalp Stretcher:
As you can see this ribbon comes with 2 clips attached. You must be wondering  “now what??” You got to wear this over head and under hair to stretch out the scalp and facial skin. By this it claims to reduce the wrinkles.

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7. OMNI Beauty Eye Care Eye Slack Haruka Device:
It works with lithium batteries. This is a remedy for sagging, swelling, dark circles etc. You got to place this under your eyes and by the thermal heat it produces, all the mentioned problem will be gone. That to in just 3 minutes(You can wear it while preparing Maggie…!!!)

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8. Rimobul Asian Style Beauty Facial Mask Tool:
Have you wonder you could slice the cucumber thinner so that you could use it more easily on your eyes?? This tool is made for that. It slices the vegetable into thinnest slice. I think this tool will be of great use. Whats say??

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9. Happy Face Trainer:
Are you not happy with your smile??? Buy this trainer to achieve your dream smile. You got use for 5 minutes to lift your cheeks and get that perfect smile.
I feel, when you smile from your heart, trust me you look your best. There is no good or a bad smile as such.

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10. Korea Mask House Slim Lifting Face Chin Cheek Diamond V-Fit Mask:
Raise your hands if you love sharp jaw line. If you want to achieve this feature, try this.

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11. OMNI Nasolabial Iron:
This is iron box for wrinkles. Yes you read it right. This tool heats up and you need to move this over crow’s feet and wrinkles to get rid of them.

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12. Hana Tsun Nose Straightener:
This is used to straighten the nose. Got to insert this inside nose as shown below for 20 minutes daily to achieve the results.

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13. Fullips Lip Enhancer Tool:
Ahemmm… Sometime I really feel my friends are right. I buy mostly the unwanted stuffs. I have made a mistake of buying this one. face palm I dont use this anymore because huge lips on my small face doesn’t  look that great. You must be thinking how to use this. You got to place this on your lips and suck. Due to the suction pressure, blood gets circulated to your lips and thus makes your lips appear fuller.

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14. Beauty Lift High Nose:
You read about straightening nose. Now this is for slimming your nose. crazy right? This vibrating tool claims to slim the fat nose.

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15.  Beauty Voice Trainer:
Wanna be singers, here is a good news. This device can make your voice sound sweet. It positions tongue in such a way that, the voice passage gets opened up thus making your voice melodious.

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phewww…!!! That’s all for today…!!!

How did you find these tools???

Useful??? weird??? funny???

Do comment and let me know.. haha

bye bye,

Pallavi ❤