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Product Review: Origins’ Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask Pods

Photo taken from: Sephora

Many of you may have heard of the new charcoal masks that are out in the markets these days, promising amazing results for your pores and complexion. Well, luckily for you, I recently bought one to test out and have some feedback for you!

I picked up the  Origins’ Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask Pods from Sephora. I decided to buy the pods because they allow me to use them four times and I can easily throw out the packaging without having to deal with a tube or figuring out the correct amount of product to use.  I’ve only used them twice now because of lack of time and energy. Plus, you’re only supposed to use them once every couple of weeks.

The wow-factor of this charcoal mask is that it left my skin feeling incredibly soft, even and refreshed. The crap-factor is that it did nothing for my pores or so I didn’t notice any “wowing” effect on them.

The first time I tried the mask, it took longer than the 10-15 minutes to dry and using it in the shower wasn’t all that helpful because you’re supposed to soak your face with warm water, apply the mask, leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse off. Seriously, who has 15 minutes in the shower to be sitting with a mask on their face? I mean, a girls gotta wash her hair, scrub, exfoliate her skin/face, shave, and all that other stuff. Plus, being in the shower with it on doesn’t allow the mask to fully dry because you’re constantly getting little sprays of water on your face.

The second time I applied the mask (2-weeks later), I decided to take my shower first, so that the steam would open up my pores and then apply the mask. I let it dry while I was blow-drying my hair and then wiped it off with a cold, wet towel to help close the pores and remove the mask. I think the second time around, I got better results.

But like I said, I didn’t notice an incredible difference in my pores. My face was glowing and feeling gorgeous though!

Here’s my overall ratings: 

Application: Quick, easy and a little messy (5/5)
Smell: No smell! Yay! (5/5)
After application results: Soft skin, even complexion but no effects on my pores (3.5/5)
Overall rating: It doesn’t change your pores but it does leave your skin looking radiant. (4/5)
Would I buy it again: Yes! I love how my face looks and feels. Plus, I haven’t noticed any patchy, flaky dry skin where I normally would.
Would I recommend it to a friend: Absolutely!

Buy it here: Sephora

Here’s some info from the website:

What it is:
An active charcoal mask to clear pores.

What it is formulated to do:
When environmental toxins, dirt, and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, and skin looks cloudy. Nature’s complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skin’s overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activated charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, white China clay absorbs environmental toxins, and lecithin dissolves impurities. Skin breathes a sigh of relief.

Coffee & Aspirin Mask


I’ve been Pinterest-ing a lot lately, always looking for new beauty remedies and DIYs. I recently came across a pin for reducing the size of your pores and getting brighter, cleaner skin with a more even complexion. So, of course I had to try it out!

One teaspoon instant coffee, 2-3 aspirins, one teaspoon baking soda and 2-4 teaspoons water to form a thick paste. Apply to face and leave until completely dry. Make sure not to use coated aspirins as it’ll take forever for them to dissolve.

The mask definitely woke me up because of the smell of coffee and it tingled a bit too. But at the end, after washing my face, I realized my skin looked rejuvenated and my pores looked smaller. I was glowing! Definitely a good mask to use once a week or every two weeks!

Try it out and let me know how your skin looked.

(Oh btw, I have sensitive skin and this didn’t bother my skin at all.)


Facial Hair Removal Remedies

Being of Indian descent, dark unwanted facial hair is part of an issue that many women experience. I’ve done some research on the topic over the past few weeks and was able to come up with the following remedies.

Of course, you can pluck, wax or tweeze the hair off. However, sometimes those methods can be painful and cause bumps and scars. I would recommend staying away from shaving your face unless of course you are trying to get a masculine result. 🙂 Shaving not only causes hair to grow back thicker but I’ve seen photos of women having a greyish green shading appear where they’ve shaved; which can make your face look terrible.

So, here are some at home solutions to getting rid of unwanted facial hair. You can apply any of these remedies to any part  of your body. Just use caution to sensitive areas.

  1. Make a paste of sugar, lemon juice and water and apply it in the direction of hair growth. Let dry for about 15 minutes and rinse off in a circular motion. This can be applied twice weekly.
  2. Make a paste of 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice and 4 tsps honey. Mix well and apply in the direction of hair growth. Let dry for about 15 minutes and rinse off in a circular motion. This too can be applied twice weekly.
  3. Mix besan (gram flour) and haldi (turmeric powder) with just enough water to form a thick paste. Apply to the skin in the direction of hair growth. Allow 15-20 minutes to dry. When dry, gently rub off in a circular motion. Rinse with cold water and pat skin dry. This can be applied 2-3 times per week.
  4. Mix turmeric powder with milk and apply to face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Gently rub off moving fingers in a circular motion and rinse with cold water.
  5. Blend one egg white, 1 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tbsp corn flour to form thick paste. Apply to face and allow 15 minutes to dry. Peel off gently and rinse with cold water. This can be done 3-4 times per week.

Well, there you have it; home hair removal without all the expensive costs involved. I’ve done number 3 2-times a week and seem to have gotten rid of some of the hair on my chin and cheeks. Hope you all get the same results. 🙂

Aspirin Mask

I was on YouTube a couple of days ago and came across a video by Michelle Phan. She talks about making an Aspirin based mask. This mask is supposed to help clear your skin (acne and redness).

Apparently, Aspirin is made out of Salicylic Acid which is also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid or BHA for short. BHA is an exfolient and has an anti-inflammatory effect. BHA is used in many anti-aging and anti-acne products. Wikipedia provides the following info: “It works as both a keratolytic and comedolytic agent by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again by constricting pore diameter, and allowing room for new cell growth.[13] Because of its effect on skin cells, salicylic acid is used in several shampoos used to treat dandruff. Use of concentrated solutions of salicylic acid may cause hyperpigmentation on unpretreated skin for those with darker skin types (Fitzpatrick phototypes IV, V, VI), as well as with the lack of use of a broad spectrum sunblock.”

So, after researching it on Wikipedia and Google, and watching the full video by Michelle, I decided to try out this mask. You basically apply the mask to your face and neck, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water. Pat your skin dry and apply a good moisturizer which has SPF 30+.

Here is the recipe:

3-5 aspirin (make sure they are uncoated as the coated tablets take forever to dissolve)
Pure Honey
1-2 tsp of water

Put the aspirin in a bowl and pour 1-2 tsp of water on them. Wait about 2-3 minutes for the aspirin to dissolve. Once dissolved, add some honey. Mix all together to form a paste and apply to skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Apply a moisturizer and you’re ready to go.

The results that I got were great. My skin felt firm and soft and the few acne marks I had seemed reduced.

Lastly, Michelle has also stated to make sure not to apply this mask more than once or twice per week as your skin will become prone to it. Click here for her video!

Feeling Ugly

When I look at people around me; at work, on the streets, in the car next to me, I wonder…how do these people keep themselves looking so perfect? I know that everyone has their flaws and dislikes about themselves. But lately, it seems like there are just too many beautiful people around me.

I know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that beauty comes from the inside. But I am strictly speaking of appearance and nothing else. These people around me are not celebrities or even stunning. But they are beautiful. The grace with which they walk, talk and carry themselves is absolutely beautiful.

And I am jealous! There I said it. I’m jealous, jealous, jealous!

When I look at myself in the mirror, I do not see beauty. I see dry, scaly skin. Thinned out, outdated hair. Fat, disgusting curves and clothes that just don’t fit properly. No matter how hard I try to give myself facials and keep my hands and feet looking neat and clean, I don’t look beautiful. No matter how hard I try to dress well, my clothes just don’t seem to look right.

Yes, I can keep buying clothes to “try” to make myself look professional and thin. And yes, I can keep “trying” to lose weight and eat the proper foods. And yes, I can keep “trying” to apply the right amount of moisturizer and make up to make my face look flawless. But nothing seems to help. By the time I get to work or wherever I am supposed to be going, my face, clothes, skin just look terrible.

So, what do I do? How do I make myself look beautiful? How much more money do I waste on looking beautiful!

I am becoming hopeless. I feel ugly today. 😦

Hydrated, Rejuvenated, Glowing Face

Hydrated, Rejuvenated, Glowing Face

Hydrate, Rejuvenate and make your face Glow!

1. Mash a banana into a small bowl of milk. Mix the two ingredients well until a paste is made. Then apply the paste onto your face and neck area. Leave this on for about 20 minutes and wash off with cold water.
||My Results: The smell is not that great but the result was great. Soft, fresh looking skin.||

2. Take a cold slice of skinned Papaya and rub it all over your face and neck. Leave on for about 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
||My Results: Smells good, nice cooling effect and good results.||

3. Mix equal parts of vinegar and chilled rose-water. Apply to your face and neck. Leave on for about 5-10 minutes and wash off with cold water.
||My Results: Still need to try this. Will post comments in a few days||

4. Mix Pineapple and carrot juice. Apply to face and neck. Leave on for about 10 minutes and wash off with cold water.
||My Results: Still need to try this. Will post comments in a few days||

5. Boil 8 cups of water, 4-6 slices of cucumber, 2 tea bags and dark organic honey. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. Following morning, apply to face and neck area. Leave on for about 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
||My Results: Still need to try this. Will post comments in a few days||

6. Mix honey and Tomato juice. Apply the thick paste onto face and neck area. Leave on for about 10 minutes and wash off with cold water.
||My Results: Still need to try this. Will post comments in a few days||

7. Mix egg yolk and honey. Apply onto face and neck area. Leave on for about 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
||My Results: Smells absolutely dreadful. But the result was fantastic. My skin was extra soft and had a well needed glow to it.||

8. Mix honey, lemon juice and vegetable oil. Chill in refrigerator for about 20-25 minutes. Apply to face and neck area. Leave on fr about 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.
||My Results: Ok! So, I tried this and let me just say Yuck! Horrible smelling combination. It never turned into a paste, therefore, the liquidy substance was quite messy. Overall result was nothing special. My recommendation, DON’T TRY THIS!||


9. Want a natural face-lift? Try this remedy out. With continued use, the results are quite amazing. I’ve been doing this once a week for 2 weeks now. I’m finding my face feeling and looking much more youthful.

Starting off with a basic natural face lift would be impossible without mentioning EGGS. Eggs are rich in protein albumin, rich in amino acids that tone the skin and smooth out the fine lines.

How to prepare it…

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar


  • Whisk the egg yolks until the mass is firm and consistent
  • Add sugar gradually and mix well to combine the two
  • Apply on the face and leave on for 25 minutes
  • Wash off with warm water using a wash cloth