All You Need to Know About Facial Gua Sha Tool

What is a Gua Sha tool?
It’s a traditional Chinese medicine tool used to scrape body skin. Facial gua sha is a modified version of it.

How does it works?
It is targeting a stagnant energy in the body, that is the cause for inflammation. Rubbing the tool against the skin helps in breaking this energy, reduce inflammation and thus promotes healing. It also helps in blood circulation.
It was also believed that it helps in getting rid of body heat and negative energy.

What are they made of?
Authentic Gua sha are made of natural materials like, gem stones, animal bone, animal horn etc. Mostly used Gua sha are made of jade or rose quartz or mineral rich stone and shaped in order to fit the contours of face.

However, unlike Jade roller, Gua sha is not about the contact of the stone with skin. It’s about right scraping techniques.

What do you need to use this technique?
Firstly, a gua sha tool. Your favourite skin care product. Be it mist, serum or cream.
Apply the product before using the tool.

How to use it?
With gentle strokes, massage your face with the tool, while applying light to medium pressure. Use the flat surface more than the edge.

Order of massage would be:
1. Neck
2. Jaw line
3. Under eye are
4. Nose bridge
5. Brow bone
6. Forehead

Can we use it daily?
Professionals recommend three times a week for around 15 minutes.

Benefits:
1. Upward strokes helps in lifting and firming the skin.
2. Increased blood flow.
3. Removes stagnant lymph from tissue. This helps in reducing puffiness.
4. With regular use, reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Reduces tension in face, neck and shoulder.
6. Helps in better absorption of the products.

Special Tips:
1. Always apply a cream or oil before using Gua sha. Using the tool on dry surface causes more friction and thus cause more damage to skin.
2. If you have inflammation or pimples or open wound, do not use the tool on them. Use it round them.
3. If you have sunburn, do not use the tool.
4. If you use retinol or any chemical exfoliation, you should be extra cautious while using the tool.
5. Make sure you apply little pressure. If you apply more pressure than needed, this can result in skin breakage.
6. Be careful with the edges. If the tool has any damage and has sharp edge, please get rid of the tool immediately.

 

Beauty Co Glow Mask Peel Off Mask Review and Swatch

Skin care people are always always drawn towards new skin care products. I have been trying out different face masks lately.

This glow mask which I am reviewing today, is something I wanted to try from quite long time. Just because of it’s ‘fanciness’. It has stars and glitters in it guys…!!! Does that not sound fancy enough???

Let’s see whether this fancy product is worth being a skin care junkie’s fantasy…!!!

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Brand : Beauty Co.

Category : Skin care >> Face Mask >> Peel off mask.

Variants:
There are 4 variants available. Click on the picture to shop.

    • Charcoal Glitter Glow Mask

    • Green Tea and Aloe vera Glitter Glow Mask

    • Lavender and Chamomile Glitter Glow Mask

  • Mix Berries Glitter Glow Mask

I bought the last one – the berries one.

Price: 850 INR for 100 g. (Each variant has been priced differently. ) I bought it in a sale. there was 50% off and bought it at 450 INR.

Online Link to Purchase:

Shelf Life: 2 Years

What Company Claims, Ingredients, Direction to use, Caution:

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Even though it contains glycerine which is moisturizing + berries extracts which are rich in antioxidants, it does contains added fragrance. Certain artificial fragrance can irritate the skin/ eyes.

Cruelty Free:
Yesssss

Packing:
Each variant comes in different colored packing. Berries one comes in a pink pack. The outer pink cartoon has the details mentioned in golden font. Pack looks quite girly.

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Product comes in tub packing. Again the tub color depends on the product inside. It has the lid inside for double protection. The outer lid or the cap is tight enough to carry this tiny box while travelling, without fear of spillage.

All the details like ingredients, shelf life, how to use, caution etc have been mentioned on the outer as well as the inner pack. I personally like the tub or the container which has all details mentioned over it because we hardly save the outer cartoon for long. If the details are mentioned over the container that helps in long run.

This also comes with a spatula to take out product and to apply. This avoids your hands from getting messy while applying.

Color:
This is red mask with pink undertone, which does reminds you of berries.

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Fragrance:
If you have tried those fellero chocolates, especially strawberry flavour, this smells like that. But kind of artificial one.
But the fragrance is quite strong. Once applied it takes some time to fade away. But  that time is enough for your eyes to start watering especially if you have sensitive nose.  My eyes start tingling and watering whenever I have used this mask.

Consistency:
This is neither runny nor thick. Gel like consistency. The glow mask has shining or glittery particles. Stars and glitters. They are technically doing nothing for the skin. They are just making the mask fancier.

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My Experience:
As I mentioned, as soon as I start applying the mask, my eyes start tingling. Within few minutes they start watering. But thankfully the fragrance gets faded away within five minutes.

The mask takes minimum 20 minutes to solidify or to work completely.

Peeling off the mask was slightly painful. Rest of the points I will categorise in terms of pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Travel friendly packing.
  • The glitter particles are not harming your skin. I was slightly sceptical about it. They are chunky small particle with sharp edges, especially the stars. But they didn’t harm the skin when applied or when peeled off.
  • Skin was left super clean.
  • After peeling off the mask skin wasn’t left dry. Which most of the peel off masks do.
  • Glycerine is moisturizing.
  • Berries have antioxidant properties.

Cons:

  • Peeling off mask was slightly painful. Can’t complain much as I have used the worst ones.
  • Strong smell irritates my eyes. If you also have sensitive nose, please consider this point.
  • Contains added fragrance.
  • Has preservatives.
  • Has Color pigments (CI 12490).
  • This mask takes lot of time to dry.
  • Washing off left over mask needs extra care. The glitter particles might scratch your skin if you rub your face while washing.

Does this works the way what it claims?
IT works on wrinkles – I don’t think there is any mask as such exists that works on wrinkles. Wrinkles appear as and when skin ages. This claim is something I can’t buy.
Working on scars – I have used this mask thrice so far. May be too soon to say but it has not made any changes to the scars as such.

Will I Repurchase?
Since my eyes start watering due to the fragrance, I won’t be buying the same flavour. But I would like to try other variant. May be charcoal one.

Will I Recommend?
If you have sensitive nose then it would be a no.
This is a decent buy. It does leaves skin clean and doesn’t dry your skin. If you want to try fancy glitter mask which is not doing any harm to your skin, go for it.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 2.5/5

You can watch the demo here 😉

Everything You Need to Know About Piercing

Piercing, my second favourite body art. First being, tattoos..!!

Well, I have always loved accessories. Getting my ears pierced to flaunt some nice pieces of jewellery was in my list and I did get pierced. Let me share my experience and things I learnt through it.

  • Types:

There are two types of procedures to get pierced.
a. With piercing gun
b. With needle

Let me tell you more about them.

a. Piercing gun:
Here, they use this tool to puncture your ears. The earring with sharp end is placed on the gun. Keeping ear in between, the tool is pressed just the way a gun is trrigered.

Pros:

  • It’s very quick.
  • Doesn’t hurt.

Cons:

  • Compared to needle piercing, this method is quick and thus it damages skin cells more.
  • Gun needs to be properly sterilized to maintain good hygiene.

b. Needle:
This is oldmethod. A needle is used to puncture the body part to pierce the ornament.

Pros:

  • It’s slow and thus very less damage to skin cells.

Cons:

  • Compared to gun, it’s a bit time consuming.
  • It’s slightly painful than the gun one. But totally bearable.

My first piercing was done using piercing gun. (Which costed me 400 INR for both the ears.)

Second is done using needle. (Total cost was 1200 INR for both the ears. You will know why it was expensive in next points. )

Now that I have experienced both the types, let me share my experience with you.

  • Hygiene:

Make sure you get your piercing done from a good place. Hygiene being the primary point to take care, make sure the gun or the needle used are thoroughly sterilized.
During the first one, I was so excited that I didn’t do my homework about the piercing and care etc. By the word of mouth I just knew that the gun piercing is quick and painless. When I look back, I remember the person at the studio hadn’t even sterilized the gun..!!!
Second one as I said was done by needle. The needle was a new one, removed from sealed packing in front of me. The one who did my piercing had wore fresh pair of gloves. The earrings which were used post piercing were also sterilized. Once the piercing is done, the fresh piercing was cleaned using sterilizing solution.

  • Jewellery/ Ornament:

Ornament they put post piercing is something they give you. It’s included in the total charges they charge you for the piercing. Because the ornament should have a specific thickness. The choice of ornament will be totally yours. But make sure the studio/ shop has good number of choices to make. For the first piercing, I had been offered studs. For the second, I wore theses half rings. Theses half rings are easier as compared to the studs. Because studs hurt or poke while you sleep on them. But theses rings won’t. Also moving rings is easier as compared to studs. Studs usually have press locks. Which usually tend to become loose. Only con I can think about half rings is that the hair strands tend to stuck in them. If you happen to pull hair up to tie the bun, heavy chances are that you will be pulling your earrings along with them. Thanks to hair that gets tangled in half rings.

Bonus Tip:

The ornament or the earring in my case, should not be removed for a month. Reason being, the piercing ultimately which is a wound, can heal real quick and the hole might gets closed faster while it’s not healed completely. One of my friends had removed the earring in the night while the wound was just a week old. She couldn’t put it back in the morning because the hole or the wound was almost covered.

  • Post Piercing Care:

Post piercing care should be taken seriously. You got to wash the pierced area with warm salt water twice a day. This will make sure there is no bacterial infection.
Bonus point – Please wipe the salt water. If it gets accumulated, it will leave dark mark. If there is moisture, there is good chance you might get minor infection.

  • Healing Process:

You got to move the pierced ornament while the wound is healing. This will make sure the ornament doesn’t get stuck in the wound and helps in healing too. Bonus tip here is – make sure you have applied oil while you move the ornament. While it’s dry and if you try to move it, it is going to hurt more as it gets stuck when it’s dry.

Bonus Tip:

In the process of applying oil and moving the ornament, the earring/ the ornament might get lose. Especially the one with pressed lock. In this case, chances are high that the ornament just fall off. Take care of that..!!! I had experienced this in the middle of a night, while the wound was couple of weeks old. I gathered the courage and put it back even though it was hurting so much. I am so glad I did because if I had thought of putting it back in the morning, the hole might have covered up.! Then I had to get new piercing done at the same place all over again.

  • It hurts:

Every time when the ornament is pulled or gets stuck (in my earrings’ case, they get stuck with hair/ cloth), hurts. Till the time it heals, we will have to bare this inconvenience.
When I had the piercing done with the gun, it had hurt me real bad. Trust me, there were nights when I had though I will just remove it. I had also developed infection during the first piercing/ gun one.
My second one has been a good one. No much pain, no infection as such. #touchwood.

But I must say one thing, no matter what the final look or the vibe theses piercings give, makes it all worth the pain and care we take. It’s not only a symbol of fashion, but also an identity. To shop, wear, mix and match earrings and studs is something I have fallen in love with.

Hope this helps you to choose right method of piercing and all the care you need to take for that one month, while it heals.

Here is a chatty video where I have shared my experiences. Also, flaunted my piercings. Wanna see my piercings I spoke about??? Watch them here.

Easy Smudged Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hello my dear reader,

Adding one more to my ‘eye makeup tutorial’ list, here is the smudged eye makeup look.

We often complaint about our eye makeup getting sumdge. They make you look like a panda. 🐼

The nice day to deal with a kajal which smudges a lot is to use it for this particular look I’m gonna teach you today.

Even though this eye makeup looks best on ethnic wears, it also suits most of Western wears.

Trick for this look is, smudge the eye makeup before it gets smudged. How???

You can use a brush or an ear bud to smudge it.

Just smudging away the product might not give you a desired look. Hence, try adding some more color to it. Adding eyeshadow for this look works the best.

Look, how I achieve this look using a kajal and an eyeshadow.

I hope you find it useful.😊

Double Eyeliner Look Tutorial

Hey,

Day before yesterday, on Instagram, I had asked you guys to vote for the color combo with which I’m gonna create this double Eyeliner Look.

Seems like, there are many who love black and blue colors just like I do. Since black and blue got more number of votes, here I’m doing the double eyeliner look with those colors.

I was bit occupied yesterday due to some family time, so could not post the tutorial as promised that I would, on last evening. 🙄

The products used are:

Watch the tutorial here.

I hope you like the look… 😊😊

Do let me know about your view about this intense dramatic look… 💙🖤

Watch the Video of Garnier Cleansing Water Review

Hey,

You know what is the time consuming or most boring and challenging task of the day for a makeup enthusiast…??? 🤔

Na… Not applying makeup… We love it… It’s removing makeup. Because we know we can hit the bed with our makeup on. It breaks our skin. Hence makeup removal is must but it’s time consuming and borrring. Especially when it comes to removing your eye makeup after a hectic day at office or after a great party. When all you want is to go to sleep.

Well, I have found a quick solution for it. Wanna know how I end my day on a easy breezy note??? Check it out… My new found love…

Brand:

Garnier

Product :

Cleansing water

Price:

175 INR for 125 ml

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Shelf life:

36 months

Ingredients :

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What product claims :

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How to use:

Check the video below where I have demonstrated how to use it. You can also see the effectiveness of cleaning water here.

 

 

Packing :

Comes in a sturdy and transparent plastic bottle. The transparency is helpful to keep a check on the product quantity inside the bottle.

The pink cap is a flip one. Which makes taking out cleanser on cotton pad easy.

Bottle is tiny and strong enough to carry in our travel bag. No worries of any spillage.

Texture :

It’s like water.

Fragrance :

It is colorless as well as odor less.

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Targeted skin type:

All types including sensitive skin.

My take :

The other day I saw this cleanser In one of my favorite shops, where I go for random shoppings. Thought of trying this cute little pinky pinky bottle. So picked it up.

Removal of Kajal and mascara is bit time consuming. Plus, it has to be neatly cleaned with gentle strokes. Because gal, eyelashes are precious. Right??

So, I took a cotton pad and applied cleanser to it. Dabbed the cotton pad on my eyes and swiped it gently with couple of strokes. Woo… Most of the kajal and mascara were on the cotton pad.

I can’t say it will remove whole makeup in one swipe. It takes minimum two to three swipes for a clearer skin around eyes.

It did clean my eye makeup and didn’t burn or dried the delicate skin around eyes.

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Will I Repurchase???

Yes. I think it’s a good deal for the little amount we are paying. Little amount of cleanser goes long way. Thus this bottle is gonna last for minimum one month. Hence I’m gonna buy it again.

Will I recommend???

Yes. Especially those gals who feel like a panda at the end of the day. Lazy to remove makeup. Lazy to wash face. This one is for you. Keep this near your bed.

Mygirlypedia Rating: 4/5