Monday, July 01, 2019

Etude house Soon jung pH 5.5 relief Toner Review : Boon for Sensitive skin

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Korean beauty edition:

Etude House Soon Jung pH 5.5 relief Toner

The Korean skincare brand Etude house is famous worldwide now. The brand has been launched in India recently. Right now it is available in Nykaa only.
Coming back to the product I am reviewing today, the soon jung range by Etude house is made especially for sensitive skin. 


It is a relief toner with a pH 5.5. This toner contains 97% naturally derived ingredients. It's low pH level keeps skin balanced and hydrated throughout the day. It is free of potential irritants like fragrance, artificial color and paraben.
Panthenol, a skin benefiting compound is closely related to vitamin B5 delivers deep hydration. While madecassocide, derived from centalla asiatica repairs skin damage.

My experience: With a water like consistency, this refreshing toner deep hydrates and calms/cools down my skin. My skin now feels less angry, it does not dry out unnecessarily. My pores look refined. I feel less sensitive to photo-damage(although I always use sunscreen now). As my skin is very sensitive and can be easily irritated. This toner has been helping me in this hot summer a lot. I recommend this to everyone who is suffering from sensitive crazy skin.

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Best Toners for Dry, Oily, Combination and Sensitive skin types

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We all have different skin types with equally different skin concerns. Still why are we using same generic toner for our skin? I know many people who do not even use a toner and some do not have any skincare routine. Some do not even care to wash their faces before hitting the bed at night. They tell me it is a waste of money and a gimmick.
I would like to reiterate that toners are a necessary part of skincare. Why?
It helps with many skin issues like larger pores, blackheads.
It helps in getting rid of excess oil or any left over cleanser or make up.
It increases the benefits of the products which are used after a toner like serum, essence and moisturiser in any skincare routine.
It keeps skin hydrated and clean. 
It gives glossy effect and helps look younger.
It provides many benefits based on the various ingredients of a toner.

What all are the best toners out there for your skin? well read on...

1. Etude House SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner

2. I have reviewed this Toner here on this post. Check Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Skin Toner Review here
This toner is highly hydrating which restores skin pH level. Suited for all skin types. It contains amino acids, aloe vera, centalla asiatica which soothe the skin making it soft and supple. It is said to be non-irritating as it contains various plant extracts making it perfect for sensitive skin types too.
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4. Missha Time Revolution Clear Toner
The Missha Time Revolution clear toner is a good acid toner with fermented saccharomyces, citric acid, malic and lactic acid in the ingredients. The AHA & BHA in the toner provide exfoliating effect to the skin also taking care of pores. The fermented yeast extract in the toner facilitate for skin renewal process.

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5. Pixi Glow Tonic 

This glow tonic toner by Pixi have 5% glycolic acid. This toner can be used daily. This acid toner helps to exfoliate the skin and gives brightening effect. Aloe vera, witch hazel and ginseng are for hydrating and energising the skin. It is alcohol free with a rose flower scent. Suitable for all skin types.

6. Avene Thermal Water
Avene thermal spring water is made of thermal water derived from deep in the earth. 
It is rich in minerals and is pollution and bacteria free. It has therapeutic properties which helps in healing skin from redness, irritations, skin sensitivity and photo damaged skin. 
This toner is best for sensitive to hypersensitive skin.

Benton snail bee high content skin toner is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. It is formulated with highly effective ingredients and it's ingredients list is very impressive. It contains snail secretion filtrate - helps in healing, camellia sinensis leaf extract - Green tea, niacinamide - vitamin B3, Human ogliopeptide - promotes collagen, bee venom - peptide, betaine, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, salicylic acid - refines and shrinks pore, azelaic acid, allantoin are some other beneficial ingredients. This toner is the star of all the toners. It will help in hyperpigmentation and gives a korean glass skin look.
Benton aloe BHA skin toner is formulated with 58% aloe barbadensis leaf water, snail secretion filtrate and 0.5% salicylic acid in its key ingredients. It targets pores as it have BHA, which means this toner is suitable for sensitive acne prone skin. It fades hyperpigmentation effectively. The inflamed skin people with acne problem can benefit from this Korean beauty. Oily and dry skin people can both use this.

Cosrx Galactomyces alcohol free toner is made of 10% Galactomyces ferment filtrate which the brand claims to have nourishing and hydrating effects on skin and over time provides skin clarity. Galactomyces is a form of yeast which when used in skincare can help with skin brightening/glowing and reducing comedones. All skin types including sensitive skin types can use this.
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Etude house 10 in 1 wonder pore freshener toner is best suited for oily and combination skin types. This is a sebum controlling, pore tightening toner with a pH of 4.5. It clears skin without stripping of the moisture while providing cooling effect to the skin. It contains natural ingredients. The dry and sensitive skin types shall steer clear of this toner.
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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Best Chemical Exfoliation: The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution Review

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My take on The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution while using it for nearly 8 times in past 2 months. 
First of all this is not at all for skincare beginners.
Secondly you actually need to know about the ingredients of all the products you use while continuing to use this product because this contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid and BHA in the form of salicylic acid. You cannot use ascorbic acids, vitamin A and acid toners at the same time while using this. I usually wait for two days to start using my vitamin C cream.
MOST importantly: this makes the skin very sensitive to sun exposure so it is necessary to apply sunscreen every time before stepping out. 
But first let me explain it for beginners in brief about this product and what it does: it is a 10 minute exfoliation solution with a pH of 3.6.
It aims to remove the dead skin by dissolving the glue that keeps it stuck to the skin and then skin looks softer, smoother and brighter. It stings a bit on application and it is advised to not use it for more than 10 minutes.
The BHA (beta hydroxy acids) in this solution gets inside the pores, unclogs them that means no more blackheads. No more blemishes plus pores are smaller.
For me it is a must have product and best chemical peeling solution for those who have built up their tolerance for acids now.
Since I started using it, the tanning has gone.
After using this my skin don't break out anymore.
It took care of fine lines and made the skin more plumper. Before using this I started my exfoliation game with Oriflame Novage peeling solution which I used for 4 weeks, then I jumped to this. Guess I was in hurry.
I read some online reviews complaining about this solution making them dry. On the contrary, it made my skin smooth as it contains Hyaluronic acid. 


I use it at night and apply aloe vera gels and night masks before sleeping. This way I move the pH level from acidic to somewhat neutral. Dont forget to apply hyaluronic acid serum and night masks. I found this way of exfoliation even better than microdermabrasion and scrubbing which made me look dull and dark the next day.
Needless to say, this is best exfoliating AHA BHA chemical peeling method in the market.

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Best snail serums: Mizon Multi function formula snail 80 intensive repairing serum review

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K-BEAUTY edition:

Mizon is one trusted korean brand in the skincare industry. It is quite popular worldwide.
The Korean skincare market has entered indian market as well. 
I am totally loving my new Mizon Snail 80 Intensive Repairing SerumIt contains 80% of snail secretion filtrate and is a multi function formula as it have various beneficial ingredients.
Water, Glycerin, Snail Secration Filtrate, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodiu, Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, Propanediol, BHT, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanolam 

This revitalizing snail serum includes 80 percent snail secretion filtrate to help nourish and promote skin regeneration. It repairs skin damage.  Snail mucin products are very popular in korean skincare, they offer anti aging benefits, works well on acne prone skin, hydrates the skin. It is suitable for sensitive skin, repairs any skin damage due to environmental stressors and gives glowing skin. These benefits all together makes this the best snail serum in the market.

The ingredients also mentioned that it contains niacinamide also known as vitamin B3. It helps in increasing the ceramide barrier of the skin which keeps skin hydrated resulting in smaller pores. Niacinamide reduces inflammation and skin irritations. It protects against sun damage.
This best snail serum also contains chia seed extracts, which also help in restoring moisture, calms the skin and prevents wrinkles.
That is not all, it contains other very beneficial ingredients too. Yes I know it is too good to be true but it contains centalla asiatica and saccharidet (hudration) as well. Centella promotes collagen production and prevents acne. It is helpful in healing the skin of blemishes. 

Overall, I liked this serum plenty. I have been getting compliments about my glowing skin lately. 
It means the serum is working like a charm! I would totally recommend this serum to everyone. This is the best snail serum for all skin types. You can buy it on Amazon.

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Skin Toner Review : Miracle Water for Combination Skin

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K-beauty Edition:

Today I want to share my review on Tonymoly the chok chok green tea watery skin after using it for two months. Tonymoly is a Korean brand which has been recently introduced to Indian market. Right now it is available on Nykaa. I have recently become fan of k-beauty skincare.

About the toner, I liked it a lot due to the fact that tha brand Tonymoly had a different concept of using fermented green tea instead of conventional distilled water as base of the toner.
The pure green tea (camellia sinensis leaf extract) is 86% which has been aged and fermented for a year during all four seasons. It is known for being a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging ingredient and it contains the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which prevents the sun exposured skin from oxidation. It helps against sun damage, prevents collagen loss and protect against free radicals.

The texture is very runny and watery (thus the name watery skin). It feels very soothing and hydrating on my skin.

Second best ingredient I liked in this magic toner is the Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, which is a stable form of vitamin C perfect for skin brightening. It is collagen booster and is also an antioxidant.

In addition to these useful base ingredients above. It contains rosewood oil, lemon seed oil.

This toner is helping me cope up to external factors like pollution and sun exposure.
It is making me feel confident about my skin.
It has helped me get a smooth and hydrated skin. My pores are more refined now. Tanning has reduced.
I would totally recommend this to everyone regardless of the skin type. I have combination skin and it works well for me.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Best Baking Essential Appliances and Tools - A List of Must Haves

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Before one starts baking, they obviously worry about all the items they need to start serious baking. Whether they have those stuffs in their kitchen or not or what all utensils and tools they are going to need for baking cakes, cookies, etc. For starters who take cooking classes, they might have been told to buy all these things. But where to get the best and affordable? This is the question which could cost many a good nights sleep.
Below is the list of all these essential items you would need and the sources from where you can get the best deals. So take your pick and enjoy baking.

1. Convection Oven (25L is ideal for a family of 5-6 and 20L is for 4-5)

IFB 25SC4 25-Litre Convection Microwave Oven

 Convection Oven

Samsung CE73JD-B/XTL 21-Litre Convection Microwave Oven

2. Measuring Cups and Spoons

8 Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

measuring cups and spoons 
When I was looking for measuring spoons for my baking purpose, these are the cheapest and sturdy sets I found. So I ordered them at only Rs.138 at

3. Set of Mixing Bowls

mixing bowl
A good pair of mixing bowls for cookie and cake batter and sifting dry ingredients, comes handy which are also microwavable. For me Pyrex and Borosil bowls are best till now. Borosil Mixing Bowl Set, 3-Pieces and Pyrex Mixing Bowl and Bake Set, 2-Pieces at You can buy with decent discount in these links. 

4. Cooling Rack for Cakes and Cookies

cooling rack
It is must have if you make cookies a lot, also for cake sand loafs too. The racks which are best would be dishwasher safe and have at least 3 tiers, could hold heavier thing, saves space and easy to clean as well. Norpro Three Tier Stacking Cooling Rack fits all these conditions, and is providing awesome discount rate on them too.

5. Metal and Silicone Spatula

Spatula which could be used as dough cutter, scraper and lifting cakes, pizza, etc is the best spatula as per me. So you must buy it here, Di Solle Sharp Edge - Large Lifting Spatula and as for a silicone spatula for pastry dough and glass bake wares and flexible reach on corners, check out Silico Silicone Spatula Big Cooking Utility Gadgets on at good discounts.

6. Kitchen Board for Bread Dough and Cookie Cutting or Dough Mat

Dough Mat 
This Fondant Dough Pastry Silicone Rolling Work Mat for Sugarcraft Cake Decorating by Kurtzy TM is non stick and ideal for dough, pastry, cookie cutting, sugar paste. Flexible and foldable, comes in (L*W): 28.8cm and 25.8cm. 

Other essential products:

7. Stainless steel cake knife
8. Flour Sifter
9. Spatula or Flat Knife for Cake Frosting Icing
10. Icing Bags and Nozzles
11. Cookie Cutter
13. Cookie Maker Press
14. Blender For Batter and Whisk
15. Cupcake Batter Dispenser
16. Heat Resistant Oven Mitts
17. Variety of Extracts like Vanilla Extract, Mint Extract
18. Grater for Lemon and Orange Zests
19. Cupcake Muffin Molds
20. Pair of Knives for Bread Loaf and Cake
21. Ramekins Sets
22. Parchment Paper, Waxed Paper for Lining
23. Aluminum or Glass Cake Pans and Loaf Pans
24. Electric Stand Mixer
25. Hand-Held Mixer For whipping cream, egg beating
26. Glass Baking Dish and Pans
27. Brownie Pan
28. Cookie Sheet
29. Tart Tin, Tart Pan, Pie Mold
30. Creme Brulee Burner
31. Springform Pans for Cheese Cakes
32. Bundt Cake Pan
33. Yeast
34. Chocolate Compound or Dark Chocolate Slab for making choco chip etc
35. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
36. Air-Tight Containers for storing Cookies
37. Pastry Brush
38. Paper Muffin Liners
39. Baking Soda and Baking Powder
40. Gelatin
41. Whip Cream Powder
42. Unsalted Butter flax seed, apple cider vinegar
43. Fondants

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Best New Appliance Gifts for Newlyweds

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Coffee Maker/Coffee Bean Grinder 

Morning coffee or tea is a must for Indians. These are the low cost and less maintenance products which is a boon for coffee lovers, if your friend is a coffee addict then it is the time to appreciate their addiction and gift them this product.

Black & Decker CBM3 Coffee Bean Mill

Stainless steel cup and blades
Safety lock on lid
One pulse speed operation
60 grams capacity
Warranty: 2 years on product
Power: 150 watts; Operating voltage: 220-240 volts
Rs. 2290
Buy Black & Decker CBM3 150-Watt Coffee Bean Mill at at Best Price

Philips HD7457/20 Coffee Maker
Capacity: 1.2 litres
Metal finishing
Innovative water level indicator with light guides
Drip stop to interrupt the brewing whenever you like
Dishwasher-proof parts
Detachable filter holder
Power: 1000 watts; Operating voltage: 220-240 volts
Rs 2500 for this Best Coffee Maker by Philips
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Toaster and Sandwich Maker and Grilles

You can present a toaster and make their breakfast options easy. Its a must have in every household. You can never go wrong with gifting essential appliance like this one.

Black & Decker ET122 Cooltouch Pop-up Toaster

Electronic browning control
Buttons: frozen, reheat and cancel
Automatic pop-up
Crumb tray, 2 slice capacity
2 year warranty, Rs 1599
800 watts, 220-240 volts

Philips HD2388/00 Sandwich Maker

Cord winder
Non-stick plates
Easy to clean
Vertical compact storage
Anti skid feet
2 year warranty
700 watts, Rs 1808
Buy Philips HD2388/00 700-Watt Sandwich Maker at
View Best Grills reviewed earlier by Appliance Shelf here

Air Fryer

This is the new innovation in the appliance market. It promotes healthy cooking practices and takes less time and oil/butter to cook the food. This is surely a best gift option and a must have for health conscious people.

Havells Prolife 1230-Watt Air Fryer

2 ltr basket and 4 ltr pan capacity
Aluminium non stick coated food basket
Safe, healthy, oil free cooking
Basket release button, cool touch handle
60 minute timer with auto shut off for precise cooking
Adjustable thermostat control for multiple cuisines
1230 watts, Rs 12450, 2 year warranty

Kenstar Oxy Fryer

3L capacity
Hidden handle
30 minutes timer
Oil free cooking
Price Rs 7990

Induction Cook top and Electric Rice Cooker

Saving LPG is a big problem with housewives, inductions and electric cookers are introduced for the same purpose. You can also help them save money by presenting them this new innovation as it is budget friendly plus consumes lesser electricity.

Pigeon Rapido Cute Induction Cooktop
Push button
7 Preset Indian menu
Dual heat sensor, elegant design
Automatic shut-off
1800-2000W, Priced at Rs.1764 only.
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Air purifier

Air Purifier is a good product for those living in commercial or industrial place also, it is a boon for those living in polluted places or working in those areas. It ensures pure air and filters it, good for those with newborn babies. It's beneficial for those facing respiratory problems and asthma.
Extremely silent operation
Produces Ozone gas, an environment friendly and highly reactive oxidant, which is sprayed effectively through a fan
Neutralizes stale and foul odour rapidly and supplies fresh air
Do not require any service or change of parts, 3 mode selector 
Eradicates bacteria, viruses and harmful germs without leaving any ramnants
Power 9.6 watts, Rs.5690 only
Buy Kent Ozone Wall Mountable Air Purifier on at Best price

Philips AC4014 30-Watt Air Purifier

ABS Plastic
Advanced filtration technique
Smart sensor, Healthy air protect alert
3 step light indicators clearly show air quality level
3 step fan speed, 1/4/8 hours easy to set timer
2 years warranty, power 30 watts
Buy Philips AC4014 30-Watt Air Purifier at Rs 26095 at

Hand Blender

Help your friends (newlyweds) in their breakfast preparations, a product efficient in making whip creams, baking batter for cakes and delicacies, omelet, and many more stuffs, all you have to do is present them just a single Hand Blender.

Orpat OHM-207 150-Watt Hand Blender

5 speed and apt for light plus heavy duty tasks with dough hooks and egg beaters separately provided
Modern design
Beater eject separate button
Comfort grip handle, finger strip speed control switch
1 year warranty, power 150 watts
Buy Orpat OHM-207 150-Watt Hand Blender at Rs 639 at

Mixer Grinder/Juicer And Food Processor

Homemakers are fond of mixing spices, grinding and blending to make various mouthwatering dishes. Gift a mixer grinder and churn out yummy juices and various tasty dishes.

Philips Cooper HL7510/00 Mixer Grinder with 3 Jars

Overload Protection
550 W Power Consumption
Wet Grinding Feature
Chutney Grinding Feature
Mixer Grinder
Dry Grinding Feature
1.25 L Wet Grinding

Philips Daily Collection HR7629/90 Mini Food Processor

2 speed settings
1.5L liquidizing jar
650 W power 
2.1L bowl capacity, Rs 4650

Philips HL1631 500-Watt Juicer

Reverse spiral sieve, unique micro mesh filter for maximum juice extraction
Compact design which takes lesser space
Auto shut off for overload protection
Fruit filter for seeds and skin separation 
Powerful motor with reduced noise
Power 500 watts, Rs 1830

Water Purifier

Water purifier is an essential product for any household. You can gift them as per the receiver'srequirement or the condition of the water they usually get supplied in their home. If they use gravity based water purifier, you can gift them UV based or UV plus RO. In case they get bad quality water (taste like brine, salty) in their homes, then it is the best gift and they would be grateful to you.

HUL Pureit WDAM100 Ultima RO+UV Water Purifier

Neon Flash Belt
TDS Modulator
Electrical Water Purifier
Digital Advanced Alert System
RO Protection Lock
Purity Indicator, Rs 19990
Buy HUL Pureit WDAM100 Ultima RO+UV Water Purifier at at Best Price

HUL Pureit WRDR400 Marvella RO 10-Litre Water Purifier

6 Stage Purification
10L Storage Tank
TDS Modulator
Electrical Water Purifier
RO+UV Technology
Taste Enhancers
Buy HUL Pureit WRDR400 Marvella RO 10-Litre Water Purifier at Rs.13491 at

Vacuum Cleaner/Washers

Vacuum cleaner can be handy for cleaning. It will surely help in cleaning furniture, cupboards, curtains, books, shelf, computers, cars, fans, and floor. Presenting this product could turn into a very intelligent idea.

Black & Decker ACV 1205 Car Vacuum Cleaner

Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner
0.7L Dust Capacity
5 m Cord
30 minutes Runtime
Buy Black & Decker ACV1205 DC Cyclonic Auto Dustbuster Car Vacuum Cleaner at only Rs.2099 at

Bosch Skil 8715 Wet & Dry Cleaner

Automatic Cord Reel
1500W Power Consumption
Easy Nozzle Storage
15L Capacity, Turbo Silent Motor
Variety of Task, Possible Suction and Blowing Function
Suction Hose 1.8 m to provide Optimal Working Environment
Free Operation 4 Wheel Structure to Help

Microwave Oven (Grill/Convection)

You can consider gifting a microwave oven. They are safe, fast and convenient. They help in multistage cooking and also come with child safety features. This is gift is a sure delight and a boon for the Newlyweds.

IFB 25PG2B 25-Litre 1200-Watt Grill Microwave Oven

Power Coated Cavity
LED Display
5 Power Levels
Clock:Yes, Grill and Microwave
Weight Defrost and Multi Stage Cooking
22 Auto Cook Menus
Express Cooking Quick Start, Auto Reheat, Delay Start and Child Safety Lock
Buy IFB 25PG2B 25-Litre 1200-Watt Grill Microwave Oven (Black) at Rs.10200 at

IFB 20SC2 20-Litre 1200-Watt Convection Microwave Oven

Stainless Steel Cavity
LED Display
10 Power Levels
Clock:Yes, 10 Temperature Levels
Grill, Microwave and Convection
Speed Defrost and Multi Stage Cooking
24 Auto Cook Menus
Express Cooking Quick Start, Auto Reheat, Delay Start and Child Safety Lock
Buy IFB 20SC2 20-Litre 1200-Watt Convection Microwave Oven (Metallic Silver) at Rs.9460 at
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