Neutrogena Body Oil Review

Moisturizing my skin is such a chore for me, sometimes I get so exhausted!!! But no matter how boring the process is, I try to keep up with it as much as possible. This also pushes me to keep on trying new products, and this time I ended up picking up Neutrogena Body Oil. When I spotted this Neutrogena body oil in NewU, it took me back to days when I used Johnson&Johnson baby oil for my skin. So I decided to give this oil a try.

Price: INR 499 for 250 ml

Shelf Life: 36 months

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Product Description:

Experience Neutrogena Body Oil. Its light sesame formula glides on easy to moisturize dry skin. It’s so sheer it vanishes into shower-damp skin leaving it soft and silky,with a radiant, healthy glow. No moisturizer can touch this experience.

Directions for use:

After Shower or bath: While skin is damp,smooth on a few drops to help seal in moisture. Let your body dry naturally, or simply pat dry with towel.

In the Bath: Add to water and soften your skin while you bathe.”

The Neutrogena Bath Oil comes in their standard packing, transparent plastic bottle with black cap.The oil is light yellow in color. The oil has a strong smell, which some may find pleasant, though it is slightly overpowering and artificial for me. But luckily, the smell is not that strong on skin and mellows down after application on skin.

IMG_1413The formula of the oil is amazingly light. It is a sesame seed oil based formula, something which I have never come across before. It is very easy to work with, and gets absorbed in the skin in the matter of seconds. i use it on slightly damp skin, and it gets absorbed without leaving any greasy feeling. Immediately after application, skin feels soft and hydrated. I tried it on towel dried skin as well, and it got absorbed in skin like a dream! It keeps skin hydrated for couple of hours on its own, and for a very long time if followed by a moisturizer. In summer, it might be able to sustain on its own.

The application is so much easier than those in-shower body moisturizers, as you don’t need to wash them off and this one hydrates much better. I tried it on my skin couple of hours after a shower, and it hydrated my skin equally well. There was no greasy feeling, though it left a shine on the skin. But the shine was not like the one you get with other oils, it was much less intense. I am really enjoying using this oil, and I am so happy that I gave it a try.

Rating:4/5 ( the fragrance is too artificial for my liking)

Will I recommend Neutrogena Body Oil to others???

Yes!!! If you are looking for in-shower hydrating options, this one is a great one to try. The only suggestion is to check the smell before buying so that you don’t find it overpowering later on.

Have you tried the Neutrogena Body Oil??? Which one is you favorite body oil if not this one???

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Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Review

I am using a lot of Clinique skincare products from the last 3 years or so. I like to try out skincare from other brands every now and then, but I tend to go back to Clinique time and again. I religiously follow their 3-step regimen (though I am planning to skip their face wash for a while now) and I have couple of other products from them as well. Today I am going to review the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray.

I got this bottle somewhere in summer of 2014, and have been using it every now and then. The bottle is almost finished and I was not actually planning to review it until one incident happened that made me change my mind. I was not even sure if I wanted to share this small incident with you all, but I now think I do. A little story time…..

I guess all of you might remember how excited I was to get samples from Kiehl’s??? Some time back I decided to give them a try. I decided to use their face wash, toner and much raved about Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I washed my face and toned with the sample provided. So far, so good. And then I applied the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate on my face. First thing I noticed was that the oil smelled rancid. I checked the expiration date and it was good to go. So I applied it without thinking much. Within 4-5 minutes of applying it, I started to have a burning sensation on my face. I checked in mirror and to my horror, my face was red and small bumps were all over my face!!! I immediately washed my face and popped in an anti-allergic. But there was still a burning sensation on my face, so I went through my stash, picked up this face spray and sprayed it all over my face. With in seconds, my face calmed down, and in a minute or two redness went way down. My skin remained in a pretty bad shape for days, but this facial spray really helped to calm my skin whenever needed. So this is the story…..

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Price: INR 2000 for 125 ml (the prices may have changed now)

Clinique Moisture Surge Spray comes in a pale pink plastic bottle with a spray pump. It is a sturdy packaging, and I always like the quality of their pump sprays, which is way better than the Forest Essentials one.

I bought this product in the summers, for that quick hydration that the dry skin needs at times even in the summer season. Although it was effective in calming my skin, I did not end up using much in summer. This could be probably because at home I preferred applying moisturizer whenever I can, and I found it bulky to travel with in my handbag. But it is a great spray to hydrate dry or itchy skin, especially in summer, as it provides a cooling effect as well.

I have used it over my makeup as setting spray as well, and believe me, it works very well in that area as well. It sets my makeup as well as hydrates at the same time. It is also a great product to apply whenever you feel that your makeup is a drying up your skin after a long wear.

I have used it extensively this winter, because sometimes my skin felt dehydrated even after couple of hours of moisturization. But the best use of this spray has been to calm down itchy and irritated skin. I have used it on my face after sun exposure as well, and it immediately calms down the skin.

The best thing about this face spray is its consistency. Although it is watery in texture, it sticks to your face when sprayed and does not run down the face. I have faced this problem with Forest Essentials toner, which when sprayed, runs all over your face. This in turn sticks to your skin and gets absorbed quickly.

The only con for me is that if sprayed a little too much especially in summer, it may feel sticky. Other than that, it is a perfect facial spray and the latest incident has restored my faith in this wonderful product all over again.

Flawed or Fab?

FAB!!!!

Rating: 4/5

Will I repurchase and recommend Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray to others????

Yes to both.

Have any of you tried Clinique Moisture Surge Spray??? If yes, please share your personal experiences with me in the comment box.

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Review

Hope every one had a fun weekend. I am back with another review, and this time it is for Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser for dry skin. One of the major trouble for the dry skinned beauties is to keep their hydrated, so that it does not end up looking scaly and rough. I have very dry skin in winters, and since I am lazy, I keep on looking for easier methods for hydrating my body. This is when I bought this body conditioner from Nivea, and let me share my experience.

Price: INR 250 for 250 ml

Shelf Life: 30 months from date of manufacturing

IMG_0949Directions for use:

Use your normal soap/body wash and rinse off

Apply NIVEA’s In-Shower Body Moisturiser on wet skin while still in the shower

Leave it on for 2 minutes and then rinse off

Dry yourself, and get dressed immediately. Leaves no residues in towels

The Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser comes packed in a blue tube packaging, with a flip cap. The packaging is quite sturdy, but as is the case with tube packaging, it is hard to get the body conditioner out when you reach towards the end. The body conditioner is white is color, and thick in consistency, and has a smell that is some what chemical in nature. The smell stays on body for a while, but the smell could be troublesome for people with sensitive nose.

I use the body conditioner as directed. Firstly, I find that it is hard to wash off. I keep on getting a slippery feeling even when I have washed off many times, and the feeling is relieved only when I towel dry my skin. Secondly, as mentioned on the product itself, it tends to make the floor slippery, and you have to be careful to wash off the floor well.

Now coming to the hydrating part, I started using it before the winters, and it did moisturize my skin. But if I did not follow it up with a body moisturiser, it started to feel dry after 2-3 hours. Not impressed! In winters though, it performed even worse and I had to religiously follow it up with a body moisturizer. All it did for me that it provided a healthy sheen to the skin for sometime but nothing much.

I did not enjoy using the product that much. It might be hydrating enough for normal skin, but not for dry skin. If I have to follow up with a moisturizer after using it, then there is no point for me to add an extra step in shower.

In my opinion, try this only if you have normal skin, and find out if it works out for you. I think dry skin beauties can invest in something better than this one.

Rating: 2.5/5

Will I repurchase or recommend Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser to others????

I will not repurchase it, and will recommend it only to people with normal skin, and see if that works for them.

Have any one of you tried Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser??? If yes, please share how it worked out for you.

 

 

5 Products in my current skincare routine

I have dry combination skin, which is sensitive in nature. During winter, it is more dry rather than dry combination. Also my skin has lots of issues. I have pigmentation, dark spots and roughness every now and then on my face. For a long time, I struggled to even find a decent moisturizer for my skin, as most of them didn’t provided any deep goodness for my skin. But for now, I have at least the basics sorted out to a certain extend. My routine is a very simple one on daily basis. I do certain things once or twice a week occasionally, but they will not be included here. The following are the products currently in my skincare routine:20151219_121953

  1. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap: The first step is of course cleansing. I use Clinique Liquid Facial soap for dry combination skin. Honestly, it is a very regular kind of face wash. It cleans the face just like any other face wash will do. It leaves my face a bit dry after every wash, but takes away majority of dirt while washing. I have been using this face wash for almost 2 years now, from the first time I tried it as a part of Clinique 3 step skincare kit. It is an expensive face wash with nothing much to offer. I am planning to change my face wash after this one finishes, because it is doing nothing that a 100 buck face wash can’t do.
  2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: Well, this is the latest addition to my skincare. It has replaced my Oriflame face scrub, which is almost finished. I have a detailed review about this product recently here. I am totally in love with it and highly recommend it. Though it says it is ideal to be used every day, I am going to use it couple of times a week now and see how it works.
  3. Clinique Clarifying Lotion: This is again one product that I love a lot. A detailed review is here. It works wonderfully well in taking away all the dead skin and leaving your face ready for absorbing the products you are planning to put on. I have been using it for 2 years as well, and may replace it only to try some new products. If nothing works better, this is the one to come back to.
  4. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Serum: I have been using this serum for almost 8 months now. I am about to finish my 3rd bottle, but I haven’t seen any major results. Detailed review is already here. This is one step that I have to seriously reconsider and come up with something better. Any suggestions anyone???
  5. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: This is the final and most important step for me. I am using  Clinique dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, again for 2 years now. This is another product from Clinique that has worked well for my skin. No other moisturizer has managed to hydrate my skin so well, without making it greasy or causing breakouts.

Any suggestions from anyone for the things I need to change in my skincare?? Also I will love to hear about how you all take care of your beautiful skin!

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask Review

Another Review!

Another Skin care product!

Another Clinique product!

Sitting here trying to write this review, I am wondering why I have so many Clinique products. It’s not that I am in love with all the Clinique products ( except the Clarifying lotion I must say), but still somehow I end up buying one or the other product from them over the time. I think their product range silently talks to a person like me who keeps on fighting with dry skin!

I bought the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask last year in the winters. And I still have some product left with me in the first tube itself. So, what does it say about the product? Hmmm….

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Price: INR 2300 for 100 ml

I never used an overnight mask before I bought this one. The whole idea of an overnight mask really appealed to me, and the fact that it belonged to their famous moisture surge range further pushed me towards buying it. The mask comes in pale pink tube with silver cap. The mask itself is a slight pink in color, with no smell to it.

My skin gets a little bit more dry in winters, so I decided to give it an extra pampering. So one night, I put on this mask on my face before sleeping. I just used it like a moisturizer. It instantly made my face plump and hydrated!!! And no stickiness!! I went to sleep like a happy bunny.

The next morning my face felt very soft and hydrated. The mask had performed really well on its promise! But by the evening, I started noticing a breakout on my face.

Nothing to worry, I thought!

It happens sometimes, I thought!

I used the mask again that week, and some new breakouts the next day! 😦

I discontinued the use for couple of days, and decided to use again after my skin healed. And once I again used it, I again had the breakouts! Over the last year, I have tried to use it time and again, with the same results. After I failed to achieve perfect results with it on the face, I started using it sometimes on my dry legs. And it is working fine that way. Probably my face skin is acting too sensitive to the formula, which is making it to break out.

So long story short, Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask definitely does what it claims in broad terms- it hydrates skin well, leaving it soft and plum. But the breakouts after every use are a deal breaker for me.

Rating: 3/5 (Purely because it does what it claims, that is hydrate my skin well)

Flawed or Fab???

Fab with some flaws

Will I repurchase it again??

I will not, but only because of the breakouts it gives me.

In case you think that your dry skin can handle it, you should definitely give it a try.

Have any one of you had similar, better or worse experience with Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask??? Please share in the comments.

 

 

Jergens Ultra Healing For Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer Review

I am back from my brother’s wedding after almost a week. It was such a fun trip with the complete family and relatives that I am already missing being there. Wish I could have been there for a longer time!

Anyways,today I am going to review a product that I have been meaning to try for a long time, but somehow did not manage to do. I have dry skin on my face and super dry skin on my body. Especially the skin on my legs and back tends to get very dry in winters. But lately as the winters started approaching, my skin got drier and drier, thanks to my carelessness to moisturize my body regularly.

So when the things got so bad that my legs started getting a white cast all over, and every now and then I started getting itchy skin, I decided to get into serious mode. I started using Vaseline body lotion as well as Neutrogena Norwegian Formula but it did nothing for my super dehydrated skin. That is when I ordered this product in sheer desperation. I had used some other variant of Jergens years back, but did not enjoy it very much, but I still wanted to try this one.

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I have been using this moisturizer once every day for last 2 weeks, and I am ready to review it. During the first 2 or 3 days, my skin drank this lotion greedily. No matter how much I applied, my skin used to soak it up completely. Not only this, my skin used to get dry after 10-12 hours of application. But after the initial phase, my skin started getting better and I now need way less quantity than I used to. And it keeps my skin hydrated for almost 24 hours now. Not only is it great at hydration, it has made my skin super soft.Amazing stuff!!!! And did I mention this stuff smells heavenly????

I am totally in love with this body lotion and I think I am going to use it for a long time. Although the weather is not too harsh right now, but I would love to see how it performs during the extreme cold weather.

All said and done, in my opinion, this is an excellent body lotion. Any one struggling with dry body skin should give it a try. A big thumbs up to Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion from my side.

Price: INR 339 for 436 ml (Don’t remember exact price and may vary site to site)

Rating: 5/5 (Might be less effective in harsh winter, but as of now it is working great)