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Five beauty products that are totally worth the money!

When considering which beauty products to buy, you might be wondering whether or not it’s worth it to spend more. Are less expensive products just as effective as their more expensive counterparts? You might be surprised to learn that when it comes to beauty products, sometimes spending more means getting better results.

Find out which beauty products are totally worth the money. From makeup and skincare to hair products, here’s the low down on products that you shouldn’t skimp on when it comes to finances.

Moisturizer

Moisturiser

When it comes to facial moisturizers, you’ll want a quality product that’s filled with nourishing ingredients. Some of the less expensive products on the market tend to have ingredients that can cause adverse effects including drying, acne, or even redness.

If you have oily skin, you’ll need a light moisturizer that’s free of oils and will be absorbed by the skin quickly. On the other hand, if your skin is very dry, you’ll want a hydrating moisturizer that will leave your skin looking dewy and radiant.

For your whole body, a moisturizer designed for the body is ideal, and, like your facial moisturizer, should be designed for your skin type.

Because of the many different factors that go into choosing a moisturizer, it’s perfectly fine to splurge on one that’s designed specifically for your skin.

Primers

There are dozens of types of primers on the market. There’s face primer, eye primer, and lip primer. There are color-correcting primers, primers with SPF, primers that prevent acne, cream primers, gel primers, and even powder primers. With so many different primers on the market, you might wonder, Which one do I need?

It’s wise to choose a quality primer that you can use over the entire face, but if you’re using cream shadows it’s good to invest in a good eye primer. Love red lipstick? You might want to invest in a quality lip primer, too.

When choosing a primer, again it’s important to know your skin type. There are primers that will hydrate, hide blemishes, brighten the skin, and tighten the pores. Understand what you need and choose a primer that will do more than add wear time to your makeup.

Foundation

Foundation

Foundation is one of those products that you can waste a lot of money on if you don’t get one that’s perfect for your skin. This is why it’s recommended to spend a little more on a product that you know will work for you. Spending more on foundation is absolutely worth it.

Inexpensive foundations might provide little coverage, dry out the skin, or end up looking cake-y. In some cases, inexpensive foundation brands do not have enough shades to match your skin tone. Having a foundation that matches your skin tone closely is absolutely necessary for a flawless look. With that said, it’s best to just skip the drugstore.

Not sure which foundation is right for you? Head on over to your local makeup counter and talk to an expert. They’ll help you find the right shade and formulation for your skin tone and skin type. Do you need a tinted moisturizer or a full-coverage foundation? These are questions that they can help answer.

Also, keep in mind that during the summer and winter months, your foundation shade will change. This is another reason why spending more is better when it comes to your foundation.

Hair Brushes

Not only will cheap brushes wear out more quickly than a pricier brush, but the bristles on cheap brushes can actually damage your hair!

The plastic bristles on inexpensive brushes can pull and break your hair, leading to split ends and hair that has completely broken off. Boar bristle hair brushes are gentler on the hair, reducing breakage. They distribute natural scalp oils throughout the hair shaft, boosting shine and hydration. are highly recommended for all hair types. They do cost much more than the cheap brushes, but are totally worth the investment—and in some cases, can last a lifetime!

Shampoo and Conditioner

If you’ve ever tried a drugstore brand of shampoo or conditioner and then switched to a more expensive brand, chances are you notice a huge difference in the two.

According to experiments conducted by Huddersfield University and led by chemist Dr. Laura Waters, expensive shampoos actually do provide better treatment to your hair in comparison to the less expensive shampoos. Most of the cheaper shampoos do not contain conditioning agents, which reduce static after washing. It was also found that the less expensive products make hair attract even more dirt!

Needless to say, by switching to a high-quality shampoo and conditioner, you can go longer in between washings and reduce static and breakage, leading to healthier hair. So, it’s absolutely worth it to spend more on shampoo and conditioner!

The next time that you’re shopping for beauty products, remember that less doesn’t always mean more. From skincare products to hair care, it’s absolutely worth it to spend more on certain brands.

Author Bio

Kelsey LuxAuthority

Kelsey is the editor at LuxAuthority and is trying to balance both her budget and her credit card balance. She likes to live lavish and treat herself when the opportunity allows it. She loves the newest tech, old cars and the smell of rich mahogany and leather bound books as well!

Review : French Lavender Body Oil by EO!

Hey guys,

I am a fan of body lotions as opposed to creams or anything else. But occasionally I like to try body oils and when I came across this one by the brand EO Products (which is one of my favorite skincare brands), in my favorite scent, lavender, I decided to try it. I bought this online on iHerb, a US based site that ships worldwide.

EO French Lavender body oil

It comes in a tinted dark blue plastic bottle with a convenient flip open cap. With oils, you will need only a little for each application. As such, this bottle which contains 236ml should last me several months!. It is not greasy at all and gets absorbed into the skin really fast. It’s moisturizing. It is clear and is a very light weight oil.

Body oils, according to me, should be applied to slightly damp skin for maximum absorption. It’s perfect when you have just stepped out of the bath. The scent of this oil is just so magical and invigorating. Unlike the lavender scented air freshners you come cross that smells horrid, this one is as natural as it can be.

This brand is cruelty free & gluten free and goes by the motto ‘Love life, Live clean’. It doesn’t contain synthetic fragrances, artificial colors/dyes, parabens, phthalates or SLS, which is just great ♡. I have previously tried their Rose & Chamomile body lotion which had made me a huge fan of this brand. You can read that product review here.

Crueltyfree

The ingredients of this oil are, in no particular order – Organic Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, lavender essential oil, lavandin essential oil and vitamin E.

Price : $12.74 (Approx AED 47) for a bottle containing 236ml.

It’s totally worth it and I highly recommend you try this out, especially if you are a huge fan of lavender scent like me!.

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Review : Glamego Feb 2018 Beauty Box!

Hey dearies,

With February’s box, Glamego has just reaffirmed the fact that they are indeed India’s No.1 beauty subscription box. Titled ‘Classy Flaunt’, this time the box contains 4 full sized products worth Rs 2000, while the box itself costs only Rs 299!

Glamego February box

Here are the products in detail :

● Mcaffeine Choco face pack – This comes in 2 variants – gel based for dry skin and clay based for oily skin. I like that Glamego is truly a personalized box. I received the one for dry skin because they asked me my preference beforehand.

Mcaffeine choco face pack

Chocolate and caffeine, both are powerhouse ingredients that bring out the glow in your skin while pumping it with antioxidants. This mask looks just so yummy and smells delicious. God knows how I resisted just eating it up. Lol!.

I applied this creamy mask for about 15 mins and washed off with cool water. It left my skin looking radiant and youthful. I love this brand, which is India’s first caffeinated personal care brand.

This product is worth Rs 359 for a tub containing 25ml.

● Kronokare Pollu-Stop face – This colorless mist is one of a kind, I feel. It helps in warding off pollution from our face. How cool is that!. It’s perfect for those who spend a lot of time outside. It actually acts as an invisible shield against pollution nano particles and thus helps protect, nourish & soothe the skin.

Kronokare Pollu stop face

It has a strong scent which am not really a fan of. The product itself gives a barely there look when sprayed on the face. It can be used before or after applying a face cream. It comes fitted with a fine nozzle and as such spraying with it creates a nice mist.

It specifically says ‘face’ in it’s name because this same product is available for the hair too that helps our tresses fight against pollution. It’s actually one of the products in Glamego’s March box.

This product is free of sulfates, silicone, parabens, fragrance or mineral oil. It’s worth Rs 495 for a bottle that contains 30 ml.

● The Nature’s Co Radiance face cream – This is hands down my favorite product in this box. It’s main ingredient is saffron, something that’s very expensive and wonderful. It smells of saffron itself.

Nature's Co saffron radiance face cream

Saffron helps in making the skin radiant and am so glad I got to try out this cream. The texture of it is so unlike regular face creams. It’s balm like, slightly viscous and yet when applied on skin, it slides on smoothly like a rich cream. A little goes a long way.

[This pic is from my Instagram. Do follow me, if you aren’t already].

The tub is super tiny, containing only 25 ml. But, guess what?. It costs a cool Rs 550!.

The ingredients list is as follows : Saffron, Aloe Vera extract, Grapeseed oil, Jojoba oil, Wheatgerm oil, Almond oil, cream base, aroma & natural preservatives. This brand is cruelty free & eco friendly.

● Bella Voste Perfect lip gloss – This was one of the products I received in the January box too (read that review here). But I selected a different shade this time. It’s a light, gorgeous pink shade called Pop of Pink.

Bella voste pop of pink

Overall, I love that the general theme of this box is to bring out the best in your skin. I am all about skincare as some of you already know.

I highly recommend Glamego. You can sign up here.

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Naz ♥

Note : This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own & honest.

Review : Everyuth’s Three Latest Skincare Products!

Hello!

Everyuth is one of my favorite, budget friendly brands in India. Today I will be reviewing three of their latest products.

Everyuth skincare products

Golden glow peel off mask – Am not a fan of peel off masks. However, this one sure made me fall hard because the results were such. It says ’15 mins radiance’ on the tube and I have to agree.

Peel off mask

It gives glowing, soft skin. It contains 24 Karat Gold Collagenine Boosters and Orange peel extracts that helps in getting a golden glow.

It smells wonderful, like freshly cut oranges and has such a gorgeous orange color with golden swirls in it. I use it on washed skin that has been patted dry. It’s best to apply a thick, generous layer since that facilitates easy peeling off. If you apply a thin layer, it will dry fast and then kinda stick to your skin.

Then leave it on for 15 mins. It will start to feel dry. Then start peeling downwards from the forehead area. I usually use it once a week. It’s especially great to use right before attending an event since that golden glow is really noticeable..

I highly recommend this product 👍

Price : Rs 105 for a 90 gms tube.

Tulsi Turmeric Face wash – This is an anti acne, anti marks formula. Tulsi & turmeric are both known for it’s anti bacterial & antiseptic properties.

Face wash for acne prone skin

It comes in a light green bottle with a convenient, flip open lid. The product is also light green in color and has teeny tiny pieces of tulsi suspended in it. It smells of turmeric and tulsi mixed together & thus is a strong scent that I didn’t like at all.

Surprisingly, even though it sounds like a product that’s especially made for those with oily skin, it says here at the back of the bottle that it’s suitable for all skin types. I did try it out even though I have normal to dry skin. It didn’t dry out my skin but there was the slightest feeling that it didn’t suit me and thus I immediately applied a skin cream to moisturize my skin.

I passed it on to my father who has oily skin and he really loved it.

Price : Rs 90 for a bortle containing 100gms.

Exfoliating Walnut scrub – I absolutely love this product. In fact, scrubs with walnut shell particles are my favorite because they get the job done and helps in removing dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling and looking soft. It has a lovely soothing scent.

Walnut face scrub

I have been using Everyuth’s walnut scrub for several years now. It used to come in a blue colored tube before. This tube is a new look and advanced formula. It contains Nano Multi vita too, that nourishes and revitalizes the skin. I use this twice a week.

Definitely, this is a highly recommended product 😚

Price : Rs 70 for a 50 gm tube.

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Naz ♥

Note : These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own & honest.

Review : Mediheal’s Dress Code Sheet Masks (2 variants)!

Hey guys,

Recently Skin18 sent me three MediHeal Dress Code sheet masks, as part of their ongoing Reviewer Programme (which you can join too, even if you are a newbie blogger (Minimum requirement : 500 followers), by clicking here). So, here are the masks I got :

Mediheal dress code sheet masks

Two were the same type. So, my review will be for 2 variants. The ones I got were –

a) Black (For Whitening) &

b) Violet (For Tone Up Care)

These masks are very sturdy, high quality but yet so soft and stretchy. They are easy to apply and fuss free. Both of these give a snug fit on the face. They feature masquerade ball mask designs on them and are probably the most beautiful masks I’ve ever tried on!.

Violet mask

This one contains acai berry, pomegranate & mulberry extracts. Since its formulated with hyaluronic acid & hydrolyzed collagen, it helps seal in moisture & enhance skin elasticity. Other ingredients in this are witch hazel, lavender, olive & fig extracts among other ingredients.

The mask uses advanced fiber material with high transparency and 3D cutting. The special dye used in it (which is harmless) causes no staining or discoloration. Its safety formula combines care and beauty, bringing a new concept of visual mask!. This one really hydrated and nourished my skin.

Black mask

This one is formulated with Pearl powder extract which is known for exceptional whitening properties. Pearl is effective in moisturizing and anti-aging, can protect and revitalize the damaged skin as well as improve upon skin problems. This mask too uses advanced fiber material like the Violet one. Other fantastic ingredients in this are royal jelly, caviar & honey extracts among many other fab ingredients.

Even after a single use, I felt a dramatically refreshed, more brighter look. I am not much into whitening skin hype but I can see whitening ingredients such as Niacinamide listed in the ingredients list.

Btw, I am pretty shocked to see how extravagant this one looks. It has red stones on them!. How gorgeous 💖

The masks are brimming with essence. There was only a little essence inside the packs. Rest were all contained within the masks itself.

The Black mask has a lovely, pleasant scent but the Violet one’s scent isn’t that great. Both are cool to touch and non greasy. I left these on cleansed skin for 20-25 mins. Both contain 27 ml of product.

I do recommend you try these masks. The only problem I found with it is that both has parabens in them. Unlike some of the other sheet masks I’ve tried, these contain no alcohol. So, that’s a plus.

Price : Around $2 (Approx AED 7.35) for each of these masks. They are definitely budget friendly.

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Naz ♥

Note: These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Balancing Essential Micellar Water Mist by Brillare Science!

Happy New Year, dear friends!

I always make sure the first thing I post in a new year is very special. Today am reviewing Brillare Science’s Balancing Essential Micellar Water Mist, which is very special indeed & my favorite cleanser/make up remover at the moment.

Micellar water

Before that, I wish to discuss about the brand. Their unique approach is about focusing on the entire list of ingredient that goes in formulating a product. Keeping the ingredients as natural as possible, using only the clinically verified actives, blending them with target delivery techniques and making them 100% free from harmful/toxic/allergic chemicals. So, it’s free from parabens, formaldehyde, artificial fragrance and color.

It works well for the following :

● Pore rebalance
● Deep cleaning
● Makeup removal

Micellar water mists are known to really deep clean. So, its perfect to use before going to bed at night or even while you are outside. It comes in a very sturdy plastic, handy spray bottle. The nozzle is tiny, so it sprays well and as it’s name says, is a mist.

Micellar water

The product looks and feeks like water. However when the bottle is agitated, it becomes frothy. When I read ‘pore rebalance’, I automatically thought its for those with oily skin. However, it’s thankfully for all skin types.

The way it should be used is to spray 4 – 5 times on to a cotton pad. It immediately starts to foam.

I have darkened the pic so that the foam is more clear.

It feels so soft and silky on the skin and leaves the skin looking very clean, plump and youthful. The key actives are Red Algae extract, Papaya extract & gycerin. It’s smell is absolutely amazing & luxurious!.

These are the sides of the packaging.

Price : Rs 750 for a 100 ml bottle. It’s definitely on the pricey side. However, considering all the goodness packed to it, it’s a worthy investment.

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Naz ♥

Note : This product was send to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own & honest.

Guest Post – Thank Your Skin with Hyaluronic Acid!

If you have been applying layers of powder just to correct your skin’s excess shine, you’re committing a serious mistake. You see, applying powder won’t just make you look cakey, but it can also cause closed comedones (read: acne) and zits. And that’s the last thing you want to happen, right?

Listen, if you want to get a more even and radiant finish, your makeup products aren’t the only things you have to be concerned about. Prepping your skin matters, too. And to tell you the truth, a properly prepped skin can make a huge difference in the coverage and longevity of your makeup.

Now, you’re probably wondering: How do I prep my skin?. One of the best things you can do is exfoliate your skin. Getting rid of dead skin cells can make your skin more even, allowing you to apply your makeup easier.

Another tip is to make sure your skin is moisturized. Look for ingredients that have hyaluronic acid as it has a really potent hydrating property. It can provide a long-lasting moisture so your skin stays plump and smooth even after you apply your makeup.

And you know what else?. Hyaluronic acid isn’t just great for moisturizing the skin. It also has the ability to fight signs of skin aging. By locking in moisture, it can prevent the skin from sagging. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so you won’t have to layer too much foundation on your skin just to hide them.

With its ability to strengthen the skin’s barrier, regular use of skin care products with hyaluronic acid can increase your skin’s protection against UV rays, too. With so many benefits, this is one of the best ingredients you can use on your skin.

Still not convinced?

Here’s an infographic about hyaluronic acid you might want to check out :

Hyaluronic Acid

About the Author :

Hannah

Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to providing honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Click here to check out her latest article.

Thanks to Hannah for sharing this amazing infographic and article with my readers ♡

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Five Skincare Treatments to Try to Reduce Your Body Fat!

Skincare and weight loss are two of the top things that concern most people today and the industry is booming with no signs of decline in the coming years. Skincare companies are on the rise, since the demand for beauty and wellness products and services is ever surging and with new technological upgrades and breakthrough in skincare and fat reduction, the needs are expected to boost. Treatments that provide both skincare and fat reduction are ever popular, as they hit two big birds with one stone. These treatments are highly sought- after and success stories never run short.

The combined power of skincare and fat reduction makes these treatments not only appealing but cost- beneficial in a sense. Here are the top treatments that offer this dual effect:

1. CoolSculpting

What is Coolsculpting? This latest fat reduction with huge skincare effect treatment is one of the most popular procedures in non- invasive and non- surgical treatments. Through a patented cooling technology, targeted fat areas are frozen and then natural fat cells reduction is induced. This treatment also takes off pesky cellulites under the skin that results in a smoother, younger look.

2. Cellulaze

Hailed as the very first FDA-Approved cellulite “cure”, Cellulaze works by inserting a small laser tube under the skin, the laser heats up and melts fat lumps and pockets while softening the bands of tissues that keep them together. As cellulite or fat is reduced, the skin outside is also improved and given a fresher look. The skin also ends up being tighter, keeping sagging and fine lines away.

3. Vanquish

This non-invasive, non-surgical, painless and generally comfortable procedure has many people wanting for more. Vanquish made a good name in the industry with countless of procedures done annually in different parts of the world. This treatment works with the use of Radio Frequency (RF) directed to target fat cells. Heat is applied to the target area and destroys fats without damaging the skin. The result is an optimum reduction in body fat and a tighter, smoother skin.

4. ZWave

Introduced in the market and approved by the FDA in 2015, ZWave is one of the well- known innovative treatments for skin care and weight loss. This treatment is also non- invasive and non-surgical. It works with the use of high energy radial shockwaves to target areas for fat reduction and cellulite management. Many beauty experts are giving positive feedback to ZWave with great potential to provide the required result for many.

5. Mesotherapy

Although not performed in the United States as it is not approved by the FDA, mesotherapy is a popular procedure in many countries in Europe and Asia. It uses vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes injected under the skin to break down fat and manage cellulite problems resulting in fat loss and tighter skin.

Treatments vary in effect and cost and there is not one that can serve as a cure-all for cellulite and weight loss. Hence, a practical expectation must be set and caution must be observed in undergoing any of these treatments to avoid problems.

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Three ways that LED Light Therapy can help you!

There are many factors that may make the skin age. While it is natural that as people grow older, so will their skin, there are also certain things that can speed up that process of aging.

While flowers and trees may benefit from exposure to the sun, the same cannot be true for the skin. Sun exposure is most probably the main culprit of the skin aging. Good thing that with the advancement of technology, there are now many treatments available that can result in younger-looking skin.

One of those treatments is LED light therapy. LED is short for Light Emitting Diode and the process is simple. The LED emits infrared light which is directed into the skin. It was actually originally developed as a way to speed up the process of healing wounds, but along the way, they saw the effects it had on the skin.

Here are just some ways that LED light therapy can bring benefits to you and your skin. Take note that there are different colors in the light spectrum and the effects of the therapy also depend on what color is used on your skin.

1. It helps you achieve younger-looking skin – most people would want to look younger than their actual age and LED light therapy can achieve that. When the red light is used, the skin’s blood circulation is boosted, thereby more nutrients go to your skin. Aside from that, the fibroblasts also produce more collagen and elastin, which results in plumper and firmer skin. It can even reduce some pains in some cases and accelerate the healing process and skin repairing process.

2. It can get rid of acne – the sad truth is that not everyone says goodbye to acne after their teenage years. There are still many adults who suffer from this condition. But with LED light therapy, there is now a pain-free and affordable way to combat it. With the blue light, the bacteria that is found deep in the skin, the ones responsible for acne is destroyed. This happens as the light activates porphyrins, which is produced by p.acnes, the acne-producing bacteria. As porphyrins becomes activated, it in turn destroys the p.acnes bacteria, thereby preventing acne in the skin.

3. It can even out skin discoloration and skin redness – if your skin has discoloration or is pigmented, or you have spider veins or skin redness, LED light therapy can be used to treat all of these conditions. When the green light is used, the production of excess melanin is inhibited and it also breaks up the melanin clusters on your skin’s surface to even out the discoloration.

These are just some of the benefits that one can get if they avail of the LED light therapy. All you have to do now is decide on what type of treatment to get, depending on what your skin needs. Whether you want to get rid of your acne or reduce the wrinkles on your face, then can be achieved through this process. Check out this site that offers treatment through LED light therapy and choose which option works best for you.

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Three ways that anti-aging skin care can improve your skin!

If you’ve never thought of having a skin care regimen, you need to rethink your decision. You may think that you will be just wasting your time and most especially money when you buy the products that you see being sold all over the malls and online.

If you don’t know yet, your skin is an organ and like any organ in your body deserves care and maintenance. If you exercise and eat a healthy diet in order for your body to be healthy, then adding a skin care program will just add to making yourself healthy.

If you are still hesitant about using anti-aging skin care, check out the benefits you can have from them below. These are just some of them and there are much more that you can find if you just do a little research.

1. They will make you look younger than your age – who does not want that youthful glow? And did you know that I t can be achieved without having to put on all sorts of makeup on your face? There is a way to get rid of those dark spots on your face, or to reduce the fine wrinkles all over your eyes. Anti-aging products are packed with ingredients such as collagen or antioxidants that help the skin brighten and glow.

2. Using them will make your skin healthier and firmer – do you hate looking in the mirror because you see that your skin has started to sag? Using certain products can make your skin firmer and bring back the elasticity that your skin lost due to aging. There are products that bring nourishment to the skin so that it can actually repair itself faster.

3. They will delay the delay the damage that your skin may get – there are so many factors that contribute to the skin aging. It may be due to sun exposure, stress, genetics, or just you not taking care of your skin for a long time. While there is really no reversing skin aging, much like getting old cannot be reversed, there is a way though, to delay the inevitable. Getting started at a young age can result in reducing the effects of the factors mentioned above.

These are just some of the things that having an anti-aging skin care regimen can bring to your life. Don’t think that you will just need this when you start feeling the effects of aging in other parts of your body. The earlier you start, the better the results will be.

If you are not sure how to begin your skin care, you can start by familiarizing yourself with phytoceramide. This ingredient can bring such effects to your skin that it would like you went under the knife or had Botox without actually having to do it.

Think of healthy, glowing wrinkle-free skin done the natural way. There are many ways to introduce phytoceramide to your skin, whether through cream or supplement. For more information, click here for the best phytoceramide products that you can find on the market today.