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Review : Mad Hippie Exfoliating Face Serum!

Hi!

Last October, I bought Mad Hippie’s Exfoliating face serum from iHerb (Click here to see that haul post). I love serums. That’s no secret. Mad Hippie, though unusually named, is an advanced skincare brand. All of their products have very powerful, natural antioxidant ingredients. The more powerful the ingredients, the better the results are.

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I have been using it for about 2 months now and it’s a good time period to judge the product well. This serum contains 16 active ingredients in it. Those 16 ingredients are : Glycolic acid, Vitamin B5, Lactic acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Sodium hyaluronate, White tea extract, Goji berry extract, PhytocellTec (Apple Stem cells of the rare Swiss apple which have been shown to protect skin cells from age related damages, in combination with a few other ingredients), Gigawhite (A natural blend of six organically grown alpine plants that lessen discoloration by inhibiting melanin production), Melatonin, Caffeine, Biotin, Tocopheryl acetate and Ceramide 3. This product contains no parabens, harmful chemicals, synthetic color or fragrance.

These ingredients work together to help shed dull, damaged skin & discoloration to reveal brighter, smoother skin. Within a couple of weeks, I could see the results!. My skin was visibly brighter. Even my family noticed it when they saw me after a gap of two weeks. There is a bouncy feel to my skin which is really healthy.

The outer packaging has cute floral designs on them. The brand believes in flower power and being close to nature when developing their products. The serum itself, comes in a dark brown glass bottle. It has a dropper, which is one of my favorite kind of packaging for such products. The serum is beige in color. It looks a bit sticky when you dispense it out through the dropper. However, when you apply it onto your face, it isn’t sticky at all. It’s almost liquid like, then. It gets absorbed into the skin, super fast. It smells like apple and coffee mixed together!. Though individually these smells are nice, combined am not a fan of it. So, I am disliking it’s scent however when looking at how amazing the product is, I can live with it!

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The bottle contains 30 ml and will last a LONG time. You only need 2 drops each time. I give two long presses on the cap of the dropper. That dispenses enough amount to cover both my face and neck. The liquid consistency is easy to work with and spreads well. I use this every night right before applying an oil. To read my nighttime skincare routine, click here.

Since some of the ingredients in this serum can cause sensitivity to sun, it’s best advised to use it only at night. Use sunscreens, if you like to use it in the morning. I highly recommend this serum. This is one of the best serums I have ever used. It’s not just about having my skin brightened. It’s about the overall feeling of healthy skin that I just love!.

Price : $27.99 (AED 102.81) for a 30ml bottle. It seems really expensive but in the long run (since a bottle lasts really long), it’s a good investment. Also, iHerb has the lowest prices. It’s best to buy from there. Even Mad Hippie’s own website sells these for $34.99 (AED 128.52).

iHerb ships worldwide by the way. It ships from US, ultra fast. Use the code SCZ695 on your first purchase to receive an instant discount of upto $10.

Have you tried any of Mad Hippie’s skincare products?. If yes, do leave me a comment below.

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Naz ♥

Vitamins that I love!

Wazzup, wonderful people!

You guys know what kind of poor diet most of the people have these days. What with amazing, yet calorie laden food easily available, it’s not anyone’s fault that green leafy vegetables and fruits become ‘unattractive’!. So, I would say, vitamin supplements are a must for everyone. Following are the vitamins I take and highly recommend to you too. Before going ahead, please bare in mind that if you take any kind of medicines, it’s always great to consult with your doctor before adding supplements to your daily routine.

1) Omega 3 Cod Liver Oil

I take this for overall health. Fish oils are amazing. I am not much of a fish lover, particularly not of sardines, which is a good source of Omega 3 oil. These tablets are an excellent source of Vitamins A & D and help in maintenance of good skin, eyesight and ensure healthy immune system.

The one that I use is Omega 3 Norwegian Cod Liver Oil tablets from Natural Wealth.

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A bottle, costing AED 35, contains 100 tablets, which is good for a little more than 3 months because the recommended prescription is 1 tablet per day. The tablets are oval and golden in color, with a distinct smell which I cant really put my finger on. Pretty weird smell, but I wouldnt consider it bad.

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If you have never taken these before, lemme warn you not to ever bite this tablet. The gel inside has a pungent fishy smell, that you wont be able to stand!

2) Biotin

I take this mainly to promote hair growth. I have discussed earlier on this blog about my damaged hair and such. From the haircare DIYs that I do, you probably already know that I am trying my best to restore health and vitality to my crowning glory!. So when I came across Biotin and knew more about it, I knew I had to have it.

Biotin is a water soluble B complex vitamin also known as Vitamin H. It helps in cell regeneration, promoting nail and hair health and preventing hairloss. It is available at any pharmacy in varying concentration. I decided to start with Hair, Skin & Nails tablets from Nature’s Bounty at first.

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Along with Biotin, these tablets contains other vitamins too like A, C, D, E (well, pretty much every alphabet out there!), Calcium, Collagen, Iron etc. The biotin level is the highest though being 3000mcg per serving size, which is 3 tablets. Though it says to take 3 tablets, I took only 1 per day. Let’s do the math, shall we?. So one tablet gave me 1000mcg per day. I think that’s a very decent amount to start with. The tablet has a very pungent smell like yogurt that’s gone bad!. It has a light green color with brownish spots. They are pretty large in size and each bottle, costing AED 80, contains 60 tablets, good for 2 months.

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Within 2 weeks of taking it, I noticed tiny hair sprouting up along the border of my forehead and at the back of my neck. Then it started growing longer over the weeks. The result was very much noticeable in my case. I loved it totally!. Doing haircare DIYs at the same time, really helped along the hair growth I should say. You have to make sure you drink a lot of water too. I mean, if you just have the tablet, do nothing else and wait around for results, it might take a looong time!

When those tablets were over, I went back to the pharmacy but unfortunately Nature’s Bounty was out of stock. So I went for another brand. This time, I chose Biotin 600 from GNC.

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It contains 600mcg of Biotin and no other vitamins. It’s ok. The tablets are small, oval sized white ones, with no smell.

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Each bottle, costing AED 65, contains 120 tablets, good for 4 months. Once this is over I will go back to Nature’s Bounty, because it gave me the best first impression. I would highly recommend Nature’s Bounty over GNC, as it contains other key vitamins too.

Though there are many different levels of Biotin available in the market, I wouldn’t suggest taking more than 5000mcg per day. Our body does not require a LOT of biotin. Moderate amounts like 1000mcg will do the trick. So why take a large amount like say 10000mcg?

3) B Complex

I take these tablets only when I occasionally get mouth ulcer. If you have got mouth ulcer before, you will know how bothersome it is. So if I wake up one not-so-fine day and find an ulcer, I immediately pop one of these tablets and until it’s gone I take it once per day. While we are on that subject, let me tell you that when you get an ulcer and you don’t treat it immediately, there are chances that there will be swelling on that side of the face, along the jawline. Don’t worry. Just take this tablet and the swelling will go down.

The one that I use is Complete B from Puritan’s Pride.

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Each bottle, costing AED 25, contains 30 tablets. They are yellow colored, long and has a sick smell 😛

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All tablets were purchased from Bin Sina Pharmacy, which has a number of branches all over UAE.

So that’s it for now, guys!. Everything mentioned above is based on my experience. You gotta understand that everything works differently for different people :). Do you take any vitamin supplements?. Let me know in the comments..

Love,
Naz =)