It’s always a bit of a gamble when a new brand approaches you to try their products. I like to support new brands, but it’s hard to know what to expect. I was contacted by Recherche Beauté and Whyld Skincare almost around the same time – roughly two months ago. Both brands are US-based and ‘clean,’ and both have a chic, millennial-friendly aesthetic. They seemed competitively priced for the quality of the ingredients, and I was excited to try them. I’ve been trying their products on and off for the last couple of months, and here are my impressions:

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Mukti Organics just won multiple awards at this year’s Beauty Shortlist Awards, and I’m so honoured to have been a part of the judging process. I hadn’t tried any of the Australian brand’s offerings before they entered this year’s Awards, and I’m so glad I  got to discover the line via these entries. The first product I tested from the line was their bright green 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant. It was unlike anything I’d tried before, and it instantly caught my attention. The more products I tested, the more impressed I was with all things Mukti. The line uses a combination of potent natural extracts (many of them native Australian) and high-tech skincare actives. All Mukti products are formulated without any of the usual questionable ingredients, and unlike many natural brands where results are gradual, most of these products provide visibly better-looking skin (and hair) after the very first use. Since it’s impractical to review all of the 28 products I tested from the brand, here are my top 5 picks from Mukti Organics: View Post

Omorovicza was one of the first brands I reviewed on this blog, and I’m so pleased to revisit it after all these months. Created by an American diplomat and her husband, a descendent of the noble Omorovicza family, the line is powered by a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters and their patented Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system. Omorovicza uses a combination of natural extracts and safe synthetics to create some of the most luxurious products available. All their products are free from parabens, polyethylene glycol, petrochemicals, silicones, sulfates, synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, microbeads and nanoparticles. The very sophisticated fragrances for their products are crafted using natural ingredients in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world.

I’ve been using the following products for over two months, and here are my impressions: View Post

I’m off to India tomorrow to visit family, and I’ve been spending the last few days planning what skincare items to take along with me. I don’t know if it’s the heat and the humidity, or the stress of being around family, but my skin always breaks out when I’m in India. Needless to say, I’ll be taking as many decongesting products with me as I possibly can! After a lot of planning, I’ve zeroed in on the following products to (hopefully) keep my skin (and the rest of me) zen and balanced:

In-flight Skincare:

I’ll be taking Rodin’s Cleansing Powder with me, just in case I feel like washing my face on the plane. Since it’s a powder, I won’t have to worry about liquid restrictions and such. In addition to the cleanser, I’ll be taking African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm, Ambuja’s Wanderlust Elixir, Julisis Eyemulsion, Yuli Cocoon Elixir and  Slip silk eye mask with me in my carry-on.

A few weeks ago, when I happened to discuss my travel plans with Julia Noik of African Botanics, she recommended that I use their Intense Skin Repair Balm on the flight. Its thick balm-to-serum consistency will be perfect for countering the drying effects of the stale plane air. Ambuja’s Wanderlust Elixir is a recent discovery.  The coconut water- based serum, with its outstanding list of ingredients, instantly plumps and lifts my skin and makes me look like I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I’ll need this not only on the plane but also when I land in India, when I’ll most likely be tired and jet lagged. I’ll do a full-length review of this product very soon. I decided to take the Eyemulsion with me because I remember Julius mentioning that he always travels with it. I still think it’s the best eye cream I’ve ever used. View Post

Yuli ElixirYuli is a brand I’ve only recently discovered, and I love everything about it so far. From their founder’s story of developing the brand after suffering from terrible acne to the fact that most of their ingredients are grown on site, they represent everything I’m looking for in an eco-luxe brand. I’d heard wonderful things about their elixirs from a number of bloggers, so I invested in two of their three offerings to see if they lived up to their hype.

I’ll start this review by pointing out that in Yuli’s case, the word ‘elixir’ is used as a synonym for ‘toner’ or ‘mist.’ ‘Elixir’ (which, traditionally, is used to describe a magical or medicinal potion) is a confusing term in skincare because different brands use it to name completely different products. Just to give you a couple of different examples, Kypris uses ‘elixir’ to describe their oils and Julisis uses it for their treatment serums. This is one of those times where I wish the beauty industry was better regulated and there was greater consistency across brands to make things easier for customers. View Post