25 Nov 2014

Does The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet Do All That It Claims To??

Three weeks ago, I swapped the Chanel Hydramax cream in my skincare routine (read about my routine here with a new product, The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. This new addition to the Vitamin E range of The Body Shop seemed really nice, claiming to have a light formula which gave deep hydration, just what my combination skin needed. I have been using this cream since 3 weeks now, in the mornings only, not at night. Read on to know how it fared on me......

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet - review

CLAIMS

"The Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, which is a blend of Wheatgerm, Soya Oil and Shea Butter, is the perfect moisturizer for all skin types! This moisturizer is unique because it is nourishing and super light at the same time due to its Aqua Sphere Technology. Our breakthrough product contains microscopic moisture spheres that act like tiny reservoirs and hold hundreds of times their weight in water. Each jar contains over 2 million aqua spheres delivering a 24 hour feed of moisture to your skin!An instant cooling sensation for all day hydration!"

PACKAGING

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet review

The Aqua Boost Sorbet comes packaged in a glass jar with a screw-on lid. Some people might have an issue with that since you have to dip your fingers in it. Personally, I don't mind it since I use it with clean fingers anyway. And obviously, nobody else is going to get their hands in my cream!

TEXTURE, FRAGRANCE AND EFFICACY

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet review and texture
A blob of the sorbet on my wrist.

At first look, The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost appears to have a "grainy" gel-creme texture, something similar to "ghee" - clarified butter (though ghee is not light pink in colour...lol). Sorbet is an apt term to describe it's texture. It doesn't feel grainy while applying though. Perhaps those "grains" are the microspheres they mentioned? 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet review and texture
Doesn't it look like I'm rubbing "ghee" on my wrist?

There definitely is a cooling sensation when applying the sorbet which I'm not too fond of given that winter is going to start soon (hopefully). It blends in instantly and gives a total matte look. No dewyness, just matte. So those of you with oily skins should definitely try this out. Actually, it feels more like a primer than a cream when applying! You know the kind of "slip" a primer's texture has? I'm unable to explain it clearly, but if you try it, you will understand what I mean. 

The Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet review and texture
And here, all blended in...and totally matte!

The Aqua Boost Sorbet has a weird but mild clinical kind of smell that I'm not too fond of. Thankfully, it doesn't linger on my face, but it certainly does on my fingers. 

As for the hydration, the matte look defies the hydration you get. My skin didn't feel dry or stretched after applying this, though after about 5 hours, the T-zone did start start getting oily. I anyway have combination skin which has got a bit dry now that the humidity levels have gone down and the sorbet fared pretty well on me. Those of you who have really dry skin would find this inadequate. Oh, and it didn't break me out! The rash that I had got was because of a heating face mask!

INGREDIENTS

However, it's not all hunky-dory with The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. Take a look at the ingredients and I'll explain further...

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet - review and ingredients

I know, it isn't too clear, so here are the ingredients taken from TBS's UK website. I like how they have explained the function of each ingredient:

Aqua/Water (Solvent), Glycerin (Humectant), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent), Silica (Absorbent), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent - Emollient), Sodium Acrylates Crosspolymer-2 (Absorbent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Crosspolymer (Film Former), Ammonium Polyacrylolydimethyl Taurate (Emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil/Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil (Emollient), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Menthol (Fragrance/Cooling Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), C12-13 Pareth-23 (Surfactant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), C12-13 Pareth-3 (Emulsifier), Menthoxypropanediol (Flavour), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 14700/Red 4 (Colorant).

The third ingredient, silicone. Didn't I say it felt more like a primer than a cream? The ingredient after that, alcohol! Explains the cooling sensation, as does the menthol in it.Along with the silicone and the alcohol, phenoxyethanol also features pretty high up in the list of ingredients. There's another form of alcohol further down the list as well all of which puts me off a bit, though not so much that I'd stop using it. There are other, high end creams which contain these ingredients as well. 

PRICE

A 50ml jar of the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet costs ₹1195. 

MY VIEWS

Initially, I enjoyed using this sorbet, the cooling sensation felt nice in the Bombay heat. I'm not too sure how people living in colder places would like it though. Body Shop should have launched this sorbet in summer! After reading the ingredient list, I feel a bit put off. For the very same price, I can buy the SN-T Plant Stem Cell Cream which worked absolute wonders on my skin and which doesn't have alcohol either! (read full review here). I wish The Body Shop hadn't added these ingredients to the sorbet. However, even a high end cream like Chanel Hydramax + Active also has these same ingredients along with parabens (read about it here). So, unless you're very, very finicky about the ingredients in your moisturiser, the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet is a good buy.


Disclaimer: PR sample. Honest, unbiased opinion.

23 Nov 2014

Parachute Advansed Presents The Art Of Oiling With Nargis Fakhri and Moses Chundi

I have always been an ardent believer in the ancient Indian ritual of oil massages for healthy, luxuriant hair. This art however is currently on the decline with people refusing to to oil their hair. When Parachute invited me to the bloggers event which was dedicate to the "Art Of Oiling", I was really glad that this ritual was now getting the attention it deserved and thankful to Parachute for putting it back in the limelight. What I wasn't prepared for, however, was oiling my hair....in public!!! Read on to know more about this super fun event....

Moses Chundi and Nargis Fakhri at the Parachute Advansed Art Of Oiling event


Parachute Advansed Presents the Art Of Oiling
Find me if you can ...

The best part about these blogger events is getting to meet other bloggers. Parachute had flown down bloggers from Delhi and Kolkata and it was wonderful meeting them in person after months and years of online communication with them. 

20 Nov 2014

Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet -

As much as I love my pampering skincare routine (detailed post here), there are times in the morning when I have too much to do and no time to apply one product, wait a few seconds, apply another....you get the picture. It's at times like these that I wish there was one do-it-all product that would make my task simpler. When I heard saw the Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet on Wishtrend. Combining a toner + lotion + essence in one little cotton pad, this product claimed to make things easier for multi-tasking moms and girls on the go....

Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet from Wishtrend - review
With the outer plastic covering

Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet from Wishtrend - review
without the outer plastic covering
You can see the condensation on the box because it is supposed to be kept refrigerated. As soon as I received the courier, I opened the parcel and put this box in the fridge. I really do want one of those cute Korean mini refrigerators for skincare products...

18 Nov 2014

L'Oréal Nude Magique in 320 Natural Beige - The "Your Skin But Better" Foundation

I prefer foundations that give a light to medium coverage and that let the skin (and some of it's flaws) show through. Some of my favourite foundations have been ones with light coverage, like the Lancome Teint Miracle (reviewed here) and the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (reviewed here). So, of course, when L'Oreal launched the Nude Magique, I was really eager to try it out, especially after I read about it's "airy, lighter-than-water" texture. Read on to know my take on the Nude Magique

L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Foundation in 320 Natural Beige - review and swatch

"Nude Magic is a light-weight daily use foundation that gives your skin that perfect nude glamorous finish with a magic, feathery texture. It leaves your skin even and perfectly radiant with zero imperfections.Nude Magic is a light-weight daily use foundation that gives your skin that perfect nude glamorous finish with a magic, feathery texture. It leaves your skin even and perfectly radiant with zero imperfections."

16 Nov 2014

Memebox Superbox #84 Skinfood - Unboxing and Contents

I really love the Memeboxes and thanks to them, I have not only discovered some wonderful Korean products, but they have also helped me in getting my skin in great shape. I eagerly wait for the arrival of each box but because of standard shipping, I end up knowing the contents before the box reaches me. Which isn't usually such a bad thing. But in the case of this box, knowing the contents actually made me want to cancel the box, which obviously, I couldn't since it had already shipped. Read on to know why Memebox Superbox #84 Skinfood turned out to be the most meh box for me....

Memebox Superbox #84 Skinfood

As you can see from this picture (and the others that will come below), I wasn't even enthused enough to take pretty pictures of this box and it's products like I usually do with the other boxes! I had to force myself to take these insipid photos because the products just didn't excite me. Anyway, here are the products: