Saturday, October 28, 2017

Everyuth Naturals - Exfoliating Walnut Scrub Review

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are in the pink of your health!

Daily exposure to dust, pollution, and sun can cause aggregation of dead skin cells and when dead skin blocks your pores a number of problems can occur, especially acne, and it damages your skin - making it dull and lifeless.  Hence, one of the best things you can do for your skin is, use a good facial scrub.  What I mean here by “good facial scrub” is that the one that matches your skin type and that suits your skin.   Scrubbing helps to unclog the pores, to break up blackheads and whiteheads, and it deeply cleanses the skin.  It also improves the circulation of the blood, promoting healthy skin.  There are a number of scrubs that I have personally tried, used and liked.  And today I am reviewing one of them named as “everyuth naturals - Exfoliating Walnut Scrub” which is my all-time favorite too and I am using this for years.

Let’s begin with the review.

Product Description:

What it claims?
New everyuth naturals Exfoliating Walnut Scrub has natural Walnut Shell Particles and Nano Multi-Vita.  Natural Walnut Shell Particles exfoliate dead skin cells and skin impurities which may block pores and may cause blackheads and whiteheads.  Nano Multi-Vita helps in nourishing and revitalizing the skin, leaving your skin clean, clear and beautiful.  Natural and gentle for all skin types.

How it is used?
The usage is simple.  Wet your face.  Squeeze out scrub and apply it generously over your face and massage gently in circular movements with the help of your fingers, focusing on areas such as nose and chin for removal of dead skin, for about 2-5 minutes.  Avoid any contact with eye area.  Rinse and pat dry.

Key ingredients:  Natural walnut shell particles, Apricot.
Water, Glyceryl Monostearate, Liquid Paraffin, Walnut Shell Powder, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Starch, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Methyl Paraben, Triclosan, Propyl Paraben, Glycerin, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sunset Yellow C.I. No. 15985

First Look:
New everyuth comes in easy to squeeze tube packaging which is white and slightly brown in color with a flip up cap that shuts snugly with a “tick” sound.

The scrub has thick creamy texture and consistency with visible walnut shell particles and it is slightly beige in color.

Swatch on my hand

My Take:
My personal opinion is that it is absolutely amazing.  It’s been more or less 9 years now since I am using this exfoliating walnut scrub and I love this product.  As aforementioned the scrub has thick creamy texture and consistency along with pleasant fragrance which remains for some time after washing off the face.  I use this once a week or at times twice.  I gently massage my face with tip of my fingers in circular motions and the duration of massaging the scrub is short.  This is really effective in dealing with whiteheads and blackheads.  This gives instantly smooth, supple, clear and fresh looking skin.  Also makes the pores appear smaller and moisturizes the skin.  I have combination type and acne prone skin and this does not irritate my skin at all nor does breaks it out.  Instead, it gently exfoliates flaky skin.

Pros of everyuth naturals - Exfoliating Walnut Scrub:
  • Exfoliates well.
  • Nourishes the skin.
  • Mild and gentle.
  • Travel-friendly.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Easily available.
  • Comes in different sizes.

Cons of everyuth naturals - Exfoliating Walnut Scrub:
  • Contains alcohol and parabens.
  • Contains chemicals.
  • Pleasant fragrance though might bother some people.

Will I purchase it again?
Yes of course!  As I aforementioned I am using this for years and I am its genuine follower.

Will I recommend it?
Yes, I do!  My sisters use this too and they are happy with this product.  I also know a few friends who use this scrub.  So, if you are planning to buy this then definitely go ahead and get it for yourself.  It comes in various sizes even in sachets (7g), so you can try before buying the full sized version.

120/- (INR) for 100 gram.

Life of product:
Three years.

Stay Blessed, Be Happy..!! :-)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The 5-day study plan!

Guest post by Mohit Gour

Hello Everyone,

Hope your Diwali week is going super.
“It’s the fifth day of Diwali today i.e. Bhai Dooj (a day dedicated to brothers and sisters), and I am really honored to write this post on my sister's blog on this day for the very first time.  My name is Mohit Gour.  I am pursuing Engineering and in final year now.”
This article is an overview of information and contains helpful pointers for study planning.  I would like to share my personal experience here.  My 5-day study plan before exam includes a proportional amount of study along with music, selfies, Youtube, Facebook and other social media platform, khana pina, chilling at the park etc.  I don’t believe in “Rattaficatiion” (rote learning).  I believe in studying 70-80 hours per subject.  Soch samajh ke, chill maar ke padhai karo.  I don’t run to complete my 100% syllabus, but still, I manage to complete almost my 85-95% syllabus.  And this strategy always helps me to solve 70-80 out of 80 marks paper.  So, let’s take a look at the amount of effort required to plan your studying schedule.

1.  Analyze Your Syllabus

Before you start your studies, you should analyze your syllabus which will make sure what you have to study about, what are the easy units/topics for you and what is difficult once that will act as a barrier.  Also, when you analyze your syllabus, it becomes easy to manage your time properly which will save your precious time.

2.  Where and how to start

After analyzing your syllabus, you know what you have to study.  Now, the question arises where and how to start study for a particular subject.  So before proceeding with any subject, first refer to the previous years/semesters question papers of your university.  Check and examine it.  Old question papers provide you an insight into how question papers are prepared.  In old questions papers, you can see that few questions are constantly repeated.   Now, you might think that these questions are constantly repeated so this question will come in the forthcoming exam too and you will start learning it by heart whether you understand it or not.  But, this is not the case always.  So don't do that.  If any question is being repeated again and again, it doesn't mean that question is important.   It means that the portion from which that question is taken that is important.  So prepare that whole portion properly because that has the possibility to come in the forthcoming exam.  Give such portions first priority and later go for other topics.  One more thing to keep in mind is that try to solve the previous years' question papers.  It will help you to understand the question paper pattern.

3.  Don’t be a rote learner

Remember one thing always.  Don’t learn by heart all the provided notes.  Though, you can use your provided notes, books, or internet for reference.  Go through the topic, understand it and then make your own notes.  In this way, you will have a better understanding of the topic.  Don’t panic if you don't understand anything.  Stay calm and take help from someone, use Google or YouTube for better understanding.  You must write and practice what you are studying as much as possible.  Do meaningful learning instead of rote learning.

4.  Group studies

Studying in a group helps in spending time on studies for a longer time.  Also, it is useful, that if your friend has doubt about any topic, you can explain the topic to him and hence can help you be attentive with the subject too and vice versa.  So give your preference to group studies (if you are comfortable with it).

5.  Concentration

The "secret" to studying efficiently and effectively is not putting in long hours a day.  It's the use and application of a slew of smart study strategies, including test/exam preparation, as proven by peak-performing students in Singapore.  You need to allot more or less time depending on the difficulty of the topic.  Change your routine every day as much as possible; by doing that you feel refreshed and thus can concentrate.  You can take help of music too to cope up with concentration.  Since everyone is different, different music can work for different people.  Make your mind stable and then start with your study again.

Drink proper amount of water!

So this is all about my strategies of study.  Feel free to share your opinions and you can share your study plans too. 

Happy learning and all the best with your studies.

Mohit Gour

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Diwali: A festival of lights and happiness!

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all are doing great.

The festival of lights and happiness is just around the corner and the celebrations have already started, so how can someone like me (an Indian who personally loves this festival) skip writing about this auspicious festival called Diwali.

Diwali, also known as Dipawali, is believed to be the most awaited, most celebrated and one of the biggest festivals of India.  This festival is enjoyed by people of every religion throughout India, and the celebrations are similar to those associated with Christmas in other countries.  This festival is no longer limited to India only but is now spread extensively.  It is celebrated with great enthusiasm by most of the Indians all over the world regardless of faith.

There are various stories associated with this festival, but when it comes to India’s major religious community, the Hindus, this festival commemorates Lord Rama's [Rama is the seventh avatar among the Dashavataras (ten incarnations) of Lord Vishnu according to ancient Indian Mythology] return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile.  The people of Ayodhya lighted diyas (earthenware oil lamps) to celebrate his return to the kingdom.  Since then, the festival of Deepawali has been celebrated.  The word “Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas or clay lamps.  It is also known as deepotsav which means festival of lights.

The tradition of lighting oil lamps symbolizes the victory of good over evil.  On this auspicious occasion, people clean up and paint their houses, offices, shops.  They decorate their houses and workplaces with garlands, small clay oil lamps, fairy lights, patterned lanterns to chase the darkness away.  People also decorate their houses with colorful rangoli (it’s an Indian traditional art in which patterns are created using flower petals, chalk designs, colored sand or powders).  People burst crackers to express happiness, but many have now stopped doing so as it pollutes the environment.

People celebrate the festival by getting together with their family and friends.  The festival is celebrated by distributing mithai (Indian sweets) and sharing greetings, best wishes, and gifts for Diwali.  And it is also the time when people set themselves for welcoming the New Year.

Diwali is a festival of five-days celebrated by millions of people across the world on the auspicious month of Kartika (Vikram Samvat) and Ashvin& Kartika (Shaka Samvat) that falls sometimes on October or November, the date varies as it is based on the “ancient Indian calendar/Hindu calendar.”
First day of Diwali:  Dhanteras/Dhantrayodashi.
Dhanteras/Dhantrayodashi marks the beginning of Diwali.  Dhan means wealth and teras/trayodashi is the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Kartika (Vikram Samvat).  It is believed that purchasing new metal on Dhanteras brings good luck and prosperity.  So on this day, people purchase gold or silver coin/jewelry, appliances, utensils, or other things.

Second day of Diwali:  Naraka Chaturdashi/Chhoti Diwali:
A day before Diwali is celebrated as Chhoti Diwali (small diwali).  It is believed that on this day Goddess Kali destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world fear-free which is why this day also referred as Naraka-Chaturdashi.  This day usually involves preparations for main Diwali which includes decorating a house.

Third day of Diwali:  Lakshmi puja. (Main Diwali).
Third day of Diwali is the main day of the festival.  It is the new moon day of the month of Kartika (Vikram Samvat).  As per the Hindu mythology, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Lord Vishnu's wife, symbolizes wealth, fortune, power, luxury, and auspiciousness.  It is believed that she visits her devotees and shower blessings upon each of them.  People worship the divine Goddess Lakshmi on the eve of Diwali where traditional rituals are performed to invite Goddess Lakshmi at home.  People also make preparations to welcome Goddess Lakshmi by drawing Paduka (footsteps) and colorful rangolis on the entrance of their houses.  On this day, people visit each other houses, shoot off fireworks, and spend time with their nearest and dearest ones.  Diwali falls on the new moon (dark night) and because of the lighting diyas, candles and lamps, it looks bright and dazzling everywhere.

Fourth day of Diwali:  Govardhan Puja.
Govardhan Puja is performed a day after the main Diwali.  Many centuries ago, Lord Krishna caused the people to perform Govardhan Puja.  Since then, on this day every year, Hindus worship Govardhan and people also worship a cow.

Fifth day of Diwali:  Bhai Dooj.
In Indian traditions, family bonds occupy an important role.  And amongst them, the special and unique relationship between sisters and brothers have been cherished and celebrated from centuries.  As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that on this day, divine Yama visited his sister's house after a long period of time.  She was overwhelmed to see her brother.  On that occasion, she put a tilak on her brother's forehead and celebrated the day.  Hence this day is also known as Yama Dwitiya.  So yeah, it is the festival dedicated to brothers and sisters.  Sisters apply tilak on their brother's forehead.  Siblings share gifts, meals and pray for each other’s well-being.  This festival symbolizes the bond of deep love between brother and sister.  It is similar to Raksha Bandhan.

Rangoli (with flower petals), made by my sisters and brother.

So, in such way Diwali is celebrated.  It is five days long celebrations with each day having its own importance in various rituals and traditions.

As the following week is going to be a Diwali week, let's show some love and care and wish everyone out there.  Do remember, animals cannot handle the noise of fireworks, so if you choose to shoot off fireworks, take care of them.

Wish you all a very happy, safe, and prosperous Diwali.

Stay Blessed, Be Happy..!! :-)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Clincitop Gel For Acne Vulgaris Review

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are in the best state of your health. :-)

I am back with another post and this time I am reviewing something.  It is going to be my very first review on my blog and of course my first review contribution to the blogosphere.

Well, everyone is familiar with the term "acne" also known as acne vulgaris and it is something that almost all of us have experienced in our lives at some point or another.  In our hectic lifestyle, acne is common.  Besides that sleep deprivation, stress, and PMS tends to trigger acne.  When I was in my adolescence, I suffered from acne a lot and had tried every possible thing that I could think of like soaps, face washes, creams, honey, turmeric, you name it, and I was unable to get rid of those “stubborn acnes.”  So what I did?  I went to the dermatologist and he had prescribed me the ointment called “Clincitop Gel” and this had helped me tremendously that I became a fan of this product since then and I just keep this handy in case I ever need it.  So yeah, today I am going to review this product named as Clincitop Gel (Clindamycin Phosphate Gel USP).

Let’s get right into the review.

Product Description:

What is Clincitop gel?
Clincitop gel is an antibiotic topical gel which is used for the treatment of acne vulgaris, pimples, and bacterial skin infections.  It is an antibacterial acne medicine cream which prevents further growth of bacterial skin infections.

How is Clincitop gel used?
Clincitop gel is safe to apply twice a day.  To apply it, first wash your face thoroughly and dry it.  Apply a thin layer and let it stay.  Apply it before any other cosmetic you might want to use.  During daytime, you can go out with it because it is not at all sun sensitive.  If you are applying it during night time, so you can leave it all night and wash your face in the morning.  Avoid contacting your eyes or on broken skin during application.  Don’t forget to wash your hands after using it.

First Look:
Clincitop comes in a light tube packaging which is white in color with a nozzle and a screw cap.  It is not a beauty product as such, but still, the look has a touch of beauty product.

It’s a pinky tinted cream/gel, not too thick and not too runny either.  It is not visible after few seconds, so the good thing is that you can even go out with it.

* Penetrates into the lesions.
* Stops the growth of propionibacterium acnes and prevents retention of hyperkeratosis.
* Speeds up healing.

* Clindamycin Phosphate IP equivalent to clindamycin:  1.00% w/w
* Sodium methylparaben I.P.:  0.114% w/w
* Sodium propylparaben I.P.:  0.056% w/w

My Take:
My personal opinion is that it is absolutely amazing.  As I aforementioned that it was prescribed by my dermatologist.  He had also prescribed me “Sulphur soap” along with it to clean the face before applying the Clincitop.  Since the time I have started using this, I have not been able to stop and it’s been 7 years now that I am using this product as needed.  The cream is pink in color and has a pleasant fragrance.  The fragrance is not at all bothering and remains for some time after applying the gel.  “When my dermatologist prescribed it, at that time, I used it twice a day for about one and a half month (as I had a lot of stubborn acnes) and my acnes had vanished and I was blessed with acne-free skin”.  It takes time to show visible effects so one has to be patience.  The only condition is to use it regularly for a few weeks to get rid of acnes completely.  It also inhibits the growth of acne in the future.

Now, you might be wondering if it works and shows results in few weeks then why I am using this for years?  So, in order to clear your doubts let me tell you that with PMS, I usually get acne, so I have to keep this gel handy.  Yeah, it dries out skin, but I don’t actually worry much about dryness because I am happy looking at my acne-free skin with a clear complexion.  I apply moisturizer regularly to work on the dryness.

Pros of Clincitop Gel:
  • Clinically tested.
  • Effective on acne and scars.
  • Non-messy.
  • Can go out with it.
  • Pleasant fragrance.
  • Travel-friendly.
  • Budget-friendly.

Cons of Clincitop Gel:
  • Contains parabens.
  • Can’t be applied to wounds/cuts.
  • Dries out skin.

Will I purchase it again?
Yes of course!  I am its genuine follower.  In fact, I have bought my new pack yesterday only.

Will I recommend it?
Yes, I do!  I have recommended this to my sister, cousins, and friends and even they are happy with this product.  So, if you want to use this product, believe me; patience is the key.

51.45 (INR) for 20 gram.

Life of product:
Two years.

So this is my review of the Clincitop Gel (Clindamycin Phosphate Gel USP).  Let me know in the comment section below how you feel about this review and product.

Stay Blessed, Be Happy..!! :-)

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