I am super excited to share with you my latest skincare found. It’s the Sheet Mask!!
I’ve always been much of a taking beauty regimen at home kind of person, for this I keep looking for new products and this time i stumbled upon Sheet Masks and officially in love with it!! and wait there’s a little surprise for you towards the end of the blog.
What is a sheet mask??
Sheet masks are face-shaped sheet fabrics soaked in nutrition-packed concentrated serum. The sheet is made up of variety of materials including papers, fibers or gel types. These sheets actually create a barrier for the concentrated serum from quick evaporation and extends the time frame for the penetration of all the beneficial ingredients deep into the skin and basically “force feeding” your skin.
How to select??
Well the sheet mask industry is full of choices and types of sheet masks. All you have to do is to choose the mask sheet according to your skin condition or concern, whatever it is you have got a sheet mask in every price range.
Moisturise your eyes and lips as the sheet mask do not cover eyes and lips and you don’t want to keep those portions bare for long.
Place the Sheet Mask
Start placing it from the top of your forehead and place it downwards.
There must be some extra serum left in the packet you can put that on your hands and neck. (Why to waste the leftover!!)
Track the time
Keep the sheet on your face not exceeding the time mentioned on the cover usually 10-20 min, if you go beyond that time the sheet may dry and start absorbing the moisture from your face instead.
Taking it off
Gently pull off the sheet mask. I usually squeeze out extra serum left on the sheet and apply that all over my face, neck and hands.
Massage the serum on your face or pat them for better absorption.
Do not wash it off, you can keep it on as long as you want.
If you need extra moisturisation you can put moisturiser of your choice on it.
How often to use??
The whole key behind the getting most out of sheet masks is consistency. It’s Korea’s Top Beauty Trend to use one sheet mask a day, they use sheet mask every single day. Well one sheet mask a day for a year sounds a bit expensive, you can always go for one sheet mask a day for a week and find the difference or apply 2-3 times a week.
Check out any sales in the sheet mask, stock it up, and use as often you want.
DIY Sheet Masks
Surprise!!! Yes you can always make your own sheet masks at home.
This one is my favourite DIY: The Skin Brightening Sheet:
Take cotton pads, cotton paper, tissue, rice paper, silk or blank sheet mask. Take a bowl, add half a cup of freshly brewed and cooled green tea. Add 5 drops of almond oil, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, few drops of rose water and 1 teaspoon of glycerin. Dip the sheet mask into the solution, until fully saturated. To remove the excess, wring it lightly. Gently lay down the mask onto your face. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then remove. Wash off the excess residue with plain water.
Please let me know which is your favorite sheet mask.
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Hello my beauties, How have you all been doing? I know it’s been ages since my last post. To be honest I had been super duper busy lately and couldn’t manage take out time to get back to you. Thankyou so much for all your lovely comments, texts, mails regarding my blogs I really appreciate that; it’s really great to see you all being benefited by my blogs and I love you all so much!!! To begin back with my blogs I thought of starting up with the BB, CC and DD creams which I learned all over. So, here we go!!
The market is so flooded with these alphabetic beauty formulations, you can literally dive into it. Brands from high end to low end each has come up with it’s own BB, CC, DD or the coming up EE or GG cream and still you find yourself confused to make a choice among them. Well, my beauties I’m going to tell you all you want know about these alphabetic creams- and what they actually do?
“BB, CC, or any alphabet soup creams can be excellent all in one products for some women, but for many companies the labels are just marketing,” says Board Certified NYC Dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt. So while choosing these creams you must always check the active ingredients of the product fitting into your needs.
BB : ‘Beauty Balm’ or ‘Blemish Balm’
This multifunctional soup was originally formulated in Germany in 1960’s, where a dermatologist developed a cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments or surgeries. It was then introduced in South Korea and Japan in 1985. This all-in-one formulation became a sensation in South Korea and spread all through Asia. What BB creams do? Anti-aging components, including peptides and antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C Moisturizing workhorses like hyaluronic acid and glycerin Ingredients such as licorice and arbutin that help even out skin tone Light-reflecting mica to give skin a luminous finish Silicone-based ingredients, such as dimethicone, that help smooth the skin, acting much like a foundation primer does Effective sun protection, with broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher.
CC : ‘Complexion Corrector’ or ‘Correct & Cover’ or ‘Color Corrector’
The Complexion Corrector cream is loaded with vitamins C and E and are somewhat similar to BB creams in a way however they are generally a lot lighter in consistency and coverage. Definitely perfect for a minimal coverage or a “no makeup” look just focusing on color correction. CC cream is best for those who are acne-prone, have dull skin, dark spots or constant redness What CC creams do? Lighter than a BB cream, CC cream’s primary purpose is to correct color-related skin issues, such as sallowness or redness. Like BB cream, it has SPF as well leading to sun protection.
DD Creams : ‘Dynamic Do-All’ or ‘Disguise and Diminish’ or ‘Daily Defense’
Fresh to the alphabet cream craze, DD creams are a super cream. They combine the power and benefits of both BB and CC creams, however their primary focus is anti-aging and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. They are formulated to yield results with continued use, so a DD cream should be incorporated into daily routines to see improvements in skin. In Japan, there is a DD Cream which is a snail based serum – nothing to do with tinted creams What DD creams do? The anti-aging specialty of the cream works to diminish wrinkles and fine lines throughout use. Additionally, DD cream will balance skin tone and protect the most sensitive areas of your skin.
The whole difference in a jiffy : ❤
Thoughts: If you want a quick one step, I-have-no-time coverage with skin boosters then definitely go for either BB, CC or DD creams, there are tons out there in the market with varying properties, prices, benefits and coverage, it’s quite easy to find the one that is perfect for you. If you’re a foundation kind of person I’m all for that too. You could use a sheer CC or DD as a base then apply your foundation as well, include it in your daily skin care routine as a moisturiser. The possibilities are endless!! Further waiting to get hands on the upcoming EE, GG……………. and so on alphabetic creams and whatever benefits they come up with.
Please let me know which cream is your go to BB, CC or DD in the note down below??
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Hello my beauties!!!!!!!! I am super excited to share my latest beauty haul, full of crazy stuffs from my trip to Thailand.. I’m going to talk only about my topmost latest beauty haul otherwise the whole list is too long. In Thailand we inevitably used to end up in 7 eleven from morning to evening to fetch something or the other and I never used to miss any chance to sneak in to the general beauty supplies section and always came out with a bunch of various beauty products in tester size which is great for travellers for one time use. So, naturally I tested a bunch of them during my whole vacations and brought back all the products which I fell in love with. Their market is hoarded with Asian, Korean beauty products making all the promises for a great skin care which is either unavailable in India or being sold with a very high price tag. I wish they were available here at same price.
1. Snail Cream : Have you heard of it???
In this natural cosmetic snail slime is the main ingredient. Now, snail slime would probably be the last thing you’d want to put on your skin, but snail cream is literally flying off the shelves these days and is actually being used as a beauty aid and is meant to reduce inflammation and redness, stimulate skin regeneration, and lock moisture into the skin. I got Karmart Cathy Doll Snail Bright Cream for myself and Karmart Cathy Doll Snail Gold Cream for my mum. It has 60% snail mucus, super duper cute packaging and has an outlet preventing any contamination over several use. The Asians simply love snail beauty products and made me fall in love with too.
2. Serum : Jenny Sweet White Snail Serum-Korean DD
As I was already loving the snail cream, I gave a try to Snail Serum too. It states that it is an antioxidant, retains moisture and repairs skin cells, also helps in shedding of dead skin cells, stimulates the skin, reduces inflammation and acne, brittleness to fade and moisturizes to prevent dryness, suppresses the growth of pathogens, provides elasticity to the skin, helps in keeping skin younger. I don’t know whether it is working on me this way or not, but yes it gives an extra hydration to my skin. Which is not oily at all, just perfect hydration.
3. Snowgirl Squalane Serum Cream
When the snails weren’t enough of the ingredients in moisturising I came across this product which contains an extract made from shark. To be more detailed, this Serum Cream or Cream Serum contains squalane oil from shark liver. The other ingredients are glutathione which is an antioxidant and a number one ingredient for safe brightening of the skin and is full of beneficial ingredients like mineral oils and fruit extracts. Perfect as a night cream.
4. Sleeping Masks : Merci Sleeping Mask II
Asians are ardently committed towards their night skincare routine. They not only apply night time moisturizers, they have got sleeping masks too. Sleeping packs are heavy duty night creams that aim to infuse the skin with stacks of nutrients between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. when the skin is most focused on healing and rejuvenation. To repair the dryness and few bumps I had got on my forehead due to air travel, sun exposure and climate change, I applied it for a night and over the night all the pimples were gone and my skin was supple and smooth again. It was a miracle mask.
5. Facial Freckle Remover Cream : Kuam Im 111 cream
Kuan Im is a popular brand of pure pearl cream in Asia. It states that it is effective for acne, freckles, dark spots, acts as a UV sunblock and can be used as a foundation cream for makeup. Let’s see how effectively it’s going to work on me, but it is super cheap just for 17 Baht and safe for the skin. Hope someday I wake up and all my freckles are gone.
6. Essence : Cathy Doll Water Splash With EssenceI would rather call it magic essence, Cathy Doll Water Splash Essence with L-glutathione is an instant whitening cream that can be used alone or as a primer or base for your makeup. It is a very lightweight cream, almost foamy in texture, that is easily absorbed into the skin leaving you with a fairer complexion. The magic happens in 1-2-3 simple and easy steps – apply the essence to your face, rub in circular motion until you see droplets of water and continue to spread it across your face until it dries up and gets completely absorbed by your skin and gives a very natural fair effect. It was fun using it when I had to hide my tan. Wish I had got more of them.
7. Nose Blackheads Strip: Biore Cleansing Strips
These are my HG pore strips now .. forget PONDS or any other strips available. I personally think that it’s best to use this product after showering because after you shower your pores open up from the steam. I’ve even tried the strips on my husband and now he’s also officially a big fan and it works great on him and never had any problems.
8. Bathing Salts : Yoko Spa Milk Salt
It’s an awesome scrub. The smell of sweet milk vanilla hits you once you open the package, and inside, fine granular grains of salt. I adore the milk vanilla smell of it! It makes my skin feels super duper ultra smooth, I love touching my hands and feet after using the salt as though I’ve gone through a luxury bath. It is even mentioned in the back that is being distributed in India. Yayy!!
9. Makeup Starter Serum :NIVEA Make Up Starter 3 in 1 moisturising serum.
The inevitable application of cosmetics on face for 8 hour / day for years contributes to the skin pigmentation, discoloration and dullness. You might be using whitening cream with SPF to the brighten the skin but the skin continues to be dark and have dark spot. Soooo, this is the solution for you!!! The makeup starter serum acts as a shield for skin from harsh chemicals of makeup and claims to restore the skin from the effect of harsh chemical makeup and sun. Isn’t it nice, a protecting shield for your skin from sun and the chemicals. Hope they start selling it in India too soon. 🙂
10. Caring Hair Expert Contour Styling Mousse
The mousse texture of the product ensures easy application and speedy drying as little moisture is added to the hair. It contains hair conditioner which helped to keep my ends soft while hitting the beach. It doesn’t give that ‘crispy’ feel that some brands do. This product great to get those beachy waves or perfect curls. A perfect hairstyling mousse for curls… ❤
The packaging claims that the product is meant to repair damaged hair, split ends, dry hair. It heals split and prevents split ends. Leads to healthy, soft, shiny and easy to comb hair. I haven’t tried it yet, will be reviewing about it soon.
12. Hair Vitamin : Lesasha Hair Vitamin Repairing Serum Capsules Leave on with Seaweed
Another protection and repair for your hair. I came across this capsule while going through the haircare products and as soon as I saw it, I just knew I have to try it. It has a kind of formula that penetrates deep into the hair shaft leaving hair healthy, silky, soft, shiny, frizz free and easy to comb. Days spent at the ocean turned my hair extremely frizzy and difficult to manage and this serum came as a rescue to my hair and my hair was as smooth as before. The leave in serum nourishes and repairs the hair like no other product that I have ever tried, I am super happy with the results.
I’m so fascinated by this product because I’m a fan of anything that transforms! The BB cream only comes in white shade creamy texture and has self-adjusting BB Capsules which get crushed and melted during the blending process and self adjusts to match to the skin tone and magically transforms skin for an enlivened lit-from-within complexion. Isn’t that superb. Finishing off with a translucent powder and you are ready to go!!
The eyebrows are of paramount importance to the harmony of the features. It’s a perfect eyebrow pencil with a perfect shade to match my eyebrows. Bourjois has created subtle and delicate, absolutely undetectable intermediate shades. I would highly recommend it to all. It’s one of the best eyebrow liner.
16. Eyelashes : Mascaras Although I tried to resist myself from fetching mascaras but I couldn’t. I’m so obsessed with mascaras and the additions were required. The mascaras that I fetched are
“Maybelline Volum’Express Mascara The Falsies Big Eyes“ – This mascara has wands for both the upper lash and lower lash, the best part of this mascara is definitly the lower lashes side. The application in the lower lashes makes a huge difference and really does help to achieve the Big Eyes effect! So beauties, time to love your lower lashes with the new wand and see what difference it makes!
“Maybelline Lashionista“ – What i love most about this mascara is that it doesn’t clump even after many layers, which is essentially the key to getting really long lashes with any fibre type mascara.
This mascara is amazing! It’s very black which I love, it gives my lashes both the length & thickness that I want in a mascara!
16. Nailpaints : The finishing touch to the look
All nailpaints from Etude House were definitely cute and fun to play with and Etude House Play Nail 114 PK 023, similar to Prom Queen from same brand, throbbed my heart. Play Nail is a sheer pale pink multi-glitter polish. There are iridescent glitters, silver and coloured hexes in large and small sizes, so it’s really got it all. Uber pretty!
Ah…. This was all about my topmost beauty haul from the trip..!!!
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Hello my beauties, Today I’m going to tell you all my current skincare routine, which I designed after several trials and experiments, and I am completely in love with it !!! I never sticked to any skincare routine as long as my current skincare routine, earlier my skin was super dry especially in the T-zone, oily in upper part of forehead and below the upper lips and used to demand different skin routines for different seasons, but my current skin care routine completely took care of me during whole summers, monsoon, autumn and still doing wonders in winters.
I have never supported any kind of application of harsh chemicals on my skin, even thinking of it gives me jitters. I mean you are literally burning your skin with bleaches just to get the glow, the real skin glow should be from within, right?
Step 1 : Eat Heathy I strongly believe in “you are what you eat”. What goes inside you strongly reflects on your outside. So always stick to a diet that is healthy, organic, fresh, rich in minerals and antioxidants and drink lots and lots of water as it flushes out all the oxidants and toxins generated in your body. Though there’s no shame in doing sneak peak from your diet once in a while but always make sure that you burn them down as well. For a healthy glowing skin you need to eat healthy.
Coming back to my current skin care routine which I’m raving about consists of most of the natural products as I believe that the most powerful ingredients on earth come straight from nature. If you wouldn’t put chemicals and preservatives in your body, then why would you put them on your face? I carry the skincare routine from covering my whole face carrying it down to neck and décolletage, as these portion are equally exposed to the outer atmosphere as much as your face is. You can always do certain additions in the regime once in a while to tame that over dryness or to get rid of that unwanted tan.
Step 2 : Cleanse First and the most important step in skincare routine is cleansing. The reason for getting those scary bumps (pimples) could be the clogged in impurities which should be cleared off. Thus, it is important to remove these bad and oily residues so that the other skincare products that you are going to use later on can penetrate into your skin. I start off cleansing my face by removing any product on my face using a makeup remover or dabbing a cotton pad in raw milk or coconut oil, it gently removes any cosmetic on my skin and followed by a facewash.
Step 3 : Face Wash I personally prefer using face wash cleansers that gives me a nice and soft creamy foam, but even to use face wash Ihave my personal technique which gives amazing results, and has even worked wonders on my friends. Splash your face with warm water three times as it opens out the pores, then gently rub the facewash on your skin with fingers forming a creamy, dense foam as foam creates a sliding barrier between the skin and rough hands, reducing pulling and tagging (which causes wrinkles), always prefer using a gentle facewash or oil based cleanser as it makes dirt and impurities to come out and furthermore does not strips the skin of its natural oils, to rinse the face well I again splash my face with warm water four times as it’s always important to completely rinse the facewash as you don’t want any facewash particle to clog into the pores and leading to breakout; and followed by cold water splash seven times to close the pores. So it’s like my 3-4-7 rule, 3 times splash with warm water, face wash, 4 times splashing with warm water and followed by 7 times cold water splash.
Step 4 : Exfoliate Exfoliation is needed to remove dead cells, black heads from your skin leaving your skin feeling soft and bright. I make my own exfoliator at home and it’s great to exfoliate the skin gently, leaves my skin bright, hydrated and exfoliated. To DIY at home leave the apricots pulp and seeds overnight to soak in water, grind pulp and seeds into a paste and use that to exfoliate your wet face in circular motion for two minutes, rinsing out with cold water.
Step 5 : Tone Toners are used to restore your skin’s natural pH levels as well as tighten your pores and preventing pore enlargement, making it more resistant against bacteria and micro-organisms.I prefer applying ice to tone the skin as it helps in tightening my pores and reducing puffiness around my eyes in the morning. It also acts to give a fresh faced look like I’ve just walked in the cold, so my cheeks get that red snow kissed look which I love!!
The toner which I fell in love with this winters is Neutrogena Fine Fairness Toner, it makes my skin feel smooth hydrated and radiant. I have not broken out from it, it’s is alcohol-free, oil-free, dermatologist tested etc. It’s best toner I’ve used yet. I apply toner on my slightly wet face with hands to press/pat toner into the skin instead of cotton pad unless I don’t have to cleanse my face using toner.
Step 6 : Moisturise Hydrate hydrate hydrate your skin. Just as much as your body needs hydration your skin needs hydration too,whether you have a dry,oily or combination skin, a good hydration is a must for every skin, it helps to prevent and reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and scarring by allowing skin to take in proper nutrients from other products. As the environment to which we expose our skin during daytime is completely different from the night time hence the skin care routine.
Day Time Skin Care needs to be light yet provide you enough protection to last you through the day protecting you from harsh UV rays, so, in my morning routine I apply moisturiser with SPF content in it, followed by Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock.
Night Time Skin Repair While we lay sleeping, our cells go into overdrive to help repair the damage incurred during the day (from contact with environmental pollutants and UV radiation, for example). Our blood vessels dilate, allowing an increased flow of nutrients and oxygen to the skin, which helps stimulate the removal of toxic cellular products. So take the time before heading off to bed as an opportunity to feed and pump your skin cells with the stuff they need to optimize healing. I apply organic Argan Oil at night time, it’s amazing benefits have been linked.
Take little bit of argan oil, rub that between your fingers to warm up the oil and “gently” massage all over your face, jawline, neckline upto the décolletage and give your face a mini message by just tabbing your finger tips like you are typing on a keyboard, finish it up by applying castor oil all over eyebrows and eyelashes.
Step 7 : Face Mask Once in a week I apply mask made with an equal amount of honey/ raw honey and lemon juice, lemons are filled with AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells and help clear up blackheads, acne, and discoloration, while honey is a natural antioxidant and antibacterial. To apply this I prep my face by splashing warm water I apply this mask on my partly wet face splashed with warm water, apply the mask,leave it to dry for half an hour and gently rinse it off with warm water, it leaves my skin skin feeling fresh, clean, and moisturized.
Step 8 :Spray Last but not the least it’s very important to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day, it’s same as feeding your body water every few hours even your skin needs to be hydrated. To hydrate my skin I apply thermal spring water that comes in a large and travel size can whenever I feel dryness in my skin at any time of the day. I use Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray. It is absolutely something amazing. It tightens the pores, hydrates, refreshes and a lot more, just like millions of unicorns falling on my skin, I mean it literally gives that kind of feeling. Use it after your moisturiser, during the day, before makeup and whenever you may want.
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