6 Priceless Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

6 Priceless Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

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I love my Mom and I think one day is not sufficient for me to tell her how much I love and care about her. She is my pillar of strength and she is a giver, just like all mothers! And there is nothing I can do or buy in this world for her that can hold a candle to what she has done for me. And now that I am all grown up, I can buy her whatever I want. But the irony is she does not want anything. When I asked her about what she wanted, she simply said that she had everything she needed and I should save the money for the future (typical). So this time I have decided to gift her something priceless, something which would cost me nothing but will be invaluable for both of us. Here are the 5 ideas I came with:

1. Go out for a walk with her

My mother loves going out for walks. Despite joint pains, she loves going out for walks. And whenever I visit her, she insists that I accompany her for her evening walk. Sometimes I accompany her but sometimes I don’t. But this time I will go to our nearby park and would probably sit on a bench and chat with her after walking. I love listening to her about her childhood days.

2. Do her share of the household chores

My mother is a busy lady. Before she retired from her job, she managed the whole house, three children in addition to her full time job. She is still the in charge of the house and usually doesn’t easily find time for things other than the household chores. I would love her to take rest even if just for a day. She loves reading so I am sure a good book will keep her company.

3. Take her to an animal shelter.

No matter how busy or ill she is, my mother cooks for a couple of stray dogs on our street. She also loves feeding the birds. On special occasions we visit an animal shelter. I am sure she would love to do this on Mother’s Day. On our last trip, we had a lot of fun feeding the cows. They were mooing loudly¬†and trying to get as big a share of the fodder we were putting in their shared containers.

4. Pray with her

Whenever I visit my hometown, we have a habit of going to a famous temple about 40 minutes away from our home. Ever since I was a child, I would sit in my mother’s lap when she was praying. As I grew up, I sat beside her and it is still my favorite thing to do. So maybe we will visit the temple! If not, we can always sit in our prayer room and pray together.

5. Take her to visit her family.

I love visiting my maternal family with my mother. She transforms into a different person when she is with her siblings. I love seeing that. This is something she won’t say no to!

6. Cook her favorite meal

It’s hard to cook for someone who is not a foodie, has no specific favorite food and cooks better than you. Ha! But I am sure there are a couple of things she enjoys eating which I can whip up quickly in the kitchen.

I think what matters the most on Mother’s Day or on any day in general is to remember and respect the woman who brought us into this world and gave her everything to bring us up in the best way she knew. Just hug her and tell her that you love her, that is pretty much what a mother wants and needs ūüôā

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found my ideas helpful. This is also a handy last minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas list! I am also going to share a list of things we can buy for our mothers!

So what do you plan on doing for Mother’s Day? Share in the comments below!

Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask Catechin – Review!

Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask Catechin Review, Price in India!

I took a little break from trying out mask sheets but I am back on my old addiction! So today I am going to review the mask sheet I tried recently – Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask Catechin. Even though Innisfree has officially discontinued this particular product, it is still available online. There are plenty of similar mask sheets from other brands like The Face Shop, Etude House etc. I think you will find the review helpful!

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Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask – Catechin

Product: Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask Catechin

Claim: A 2-step ampoule mask with Catechin and Green tea extracts to form a protective barrier for clear and youthful skin.

Quantity: 22 ml [2 ml (Ampoule)+ 20 ml (Mask sheet)]

Price: $ 4 | Buy Online

Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask Catechin Ingredients:

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Trehalose, Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-75, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

How to Use Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask?

1. After cleansing, open the deep moisturizing hyaluronic acid ampoule and smooth over your skin according to skin texture.
2. Before the ampoule penetrates your skin, take out the Intensive Sheet Mask and apply over your skin, excluding the eyes and lips.
3. Remove the sheet after 10-20 minutes and gently pat in the remaining essence.

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Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask – Catechin

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Before I start sharing my detailed review, let me clear the question that popped in your head –¬†What is Catechin?

Catechin is a type of natural phenol and antioxidant and belongs to the chemical family of flavonoids. Catechins are usually found in Cacao Beans and Green tea.

Okay, with that out in the open, let me talk about the mask sheet!

The Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask comes in a single mask sheet packaging with one side slightly asymmetrical. There is a tiny sachet of the ampoule attached to it. This sachet is detachable and has a curved thingy to be torn open. There is 2 ml of the ampoule which needs to be applied on the skin.

Must Read: Innisfree Rose Clear Skin (Toner) Review

Before this ampoule is completely absorbed, tear open the mask sheet sachet part and place the Organic Unbleached mask sheet on the face. This helps the ampoule to deeply penetrate into the skin. The mask sheets is easy to place on the skin and feels very different from the usual bleached cotton masksheets.

The ampoule was very runny (I expected it to be a bit heavy and thick). It got absorbed faster than I anticipated!

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Once I placed the mask sheet on the face, it felt very cooling and refreshing on the skin. I removed it after about 15 minutes and went to sleep. I woke up with firm and supple skin. A couple of breakouts had calmed down while the dry spots were hard to find. I loved how my skin felt. The effect lasted 2 days!

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Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask – Catechin

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Repurchase: Yes

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I love the concept of ampoule + masksheet masks. I think they are even more hydrating to the skin than normal masksheets. This mask did not feel heavy on the skin and was very soothing so I am sure people with all skintypes will be able to get a good use from it. I have a couple more of similar masksheets from The Face Shop with me which I plan to use and review soon! I do recommend this mask (if you can find it). Innisfree do fabulous mask sheets!

Have you tried the Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask Catechin? Which is your favorite mask sheet? Comment below!

4 Best The Face Shop Masksheets – My Favorites!

4 Best The Face Shop Masksheets

Three years ago I started this blog to document every thing I did in Korea. There were so many beauty products that were in rage in Korea but little was known about them elsewhere in the world. So I tried BB creams, CC creams, face mask sheets containing ingredients like Bee Venom, Snail Mucin extracts etc. One of the things I got to try most extensively was The Face Shop mask sheets. I have reviewed 40+ face mask sheets on this blog – at least 25 of them being from The Face Shop. So I thought I should share my favorite The Face Shop mask sheets with you!

  1. The Face Shop Vita B Hydro Gel Mask Sheet
  2. The Face Shop Mango Seed Moisturizing Mask Sheet
  3. The Face Shop Supreme Cereal Black Bean Mask Sheet
  4. The Face Shop Real Nature Blueberry Mask Sheet

Let’s look at each one individually!

1. The Face Shop Vita B Hydro Gel Mask Sheet

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The Face Shop Vita B Hydro Gel Mask

Claim: Hydrating & revitalizing hydrogel mask that makes skin look more lively.

Price: 3000 KRW (~3$) | Buy Online

The Face Shop comes with plenty of Hydro gel mask sheets range. The Vita masksheets comes in 3 variations: Vita B, Vita C and Vita E. I have tried all three of these and like The Face Shop Vita B Hydro Gel Mask Sheet the best.

In my opinion the Hydro gel masksheets are more hydrating and firming to the skin than cotton masksheets. They are also a bit more expensive though. But if you can spare some money, I highly recommend this Hydro gel mask!

2. The Face Shop Mango Seed Moisturizing Mask Sheet

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The Face Shop Mango Seed Deep Moisturizing mask sheet

Claim: A deep moisturizing and relaxing mask sheet containing natural mango seed butter forms a protective shield over skin and moisturizes skin from deep within.

Price: 2000 KRW (~2$) | Buy Online

I love mangoes and since they nutrient-rich, I have no doubts that Mangoes are good for skin. So when I came across The Face Shop Mango Seed Moisturizing mask, I knew I had to get it. And I did! It smelled nice and it worked well for my skin. I also tried the The Face Shop Chia Seed Hydrating mask of the same range but I liked the Mango Seed version far better.

The USP of these mask sheets is that they are 100% organic, 100% pure cotton, and 0% bleach. They are also free from the 7 additives (sulfate, mineral oil, alcohol, artificial coloring, animal-sourced ingredients, triethanolamine, benzophenone). So these masksheets can suit even sensitive skin. Highly recommended!

3. The Face Shop Supreme Cereal Black Bean Mask Sheet

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The Face Shop Supreme Cereal Black Bean mask

Claim: A mask sheet made of pure cotton that contains Korean Black Bean extract which keeps your skin elastic and delivers rich nourishment to tired and dry skin.

Price: 1500 KRW (~ 1.5$) | Buy Online

Finally one of the least talked about masksheets from The Face Shop, I like The Face Shop Supreme Cereal Black Bean Mask. There are actually 3 variations of this: Black Bean, Brown Rice and Soybean.

I could not find the Soybean mask while I did not enjoy The Face Shop Supreme Cereal Brown Rice mask as much. But the Black Bean mask was really good. These mask sheets are free from parabens so they get a thumbs up from me. I think it is worth a try!

4. The Face Shop Real Nature Blueberry Mask Sheet

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The Face Shop – Blueberry Real Nature Mask

Claim: A highly nourishing mask sheet containing blueberry extract to help regain skin softness and youthful impression. The air pockets within the sheet contain handful of nutritional essence, providing natural moisture and nourishment to skin.

Price: 1000 KRW (~ 1$) | Buy Online

And last but not the least, let’s talk about the most affordable and well performing mask from The Face Shop – The Face Shop Real Nature Blueberry mask. I love the scent, I love how hydrating it feels and also enjoy the cooling effect it has on the skin.

I also enjoyed the Red Ginseng, Green Tea and Mung Bean mask sheets from the Real Nature mask range.

So that is the list of my favorite The Face Shop masksheets! I plan to do a compilation of my favorite mask sheets from all the brands I have tried. Would you be interested?

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Creams – Review, Comparison!

Hi everyone! Today I am bringing a comparison of the Etude House BB creams. When I first started exploring Etude House makeup, I came across the Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB cream. Since BB creams were new in the market I gave it a go. It did not work as per my expectations. Next they launched the Etude House Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB cream. Then came the Etude House Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB cream. And last year they added Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit BB cream. The latest addition to this range is the Etude House Precious Mineral Cover & Bright Fit BB cream.

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Even though they belong to the same range, they all perform differently. So here is a comparison of the Etude House Precious Mineral BB creams!

1. Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream

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Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit Bb Cream – Honey Beige

Claim: BB Cream formulated with Pearl Powder with an improved adhesive texture to promote moist, radiant looking skin while protecting against UV damage and wrinkles.

Quantity: 60 g (2.11 oz.)

Price: 15 $

Shades: Light Beige (NO2), Natural Beige(W13), Honey Beige (W24), Sand Beige (W15)

I have reviewed the Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB cream twice at a gap of 15 months. And my experience has been pretty much the same. It is a BB cream with satin to dewy finish and is hydrating to the skin. It gives a bit of a whitecast to the skin. This would suit dry to normal skin especially in winter. Despite having dry skin, I did not enjoy using this BB cream. It was one of the bestselling product from Etude House at one point. And it was the first BB cream in the Etude House Precious Mineral range. But now they have better BB creams than this one. So I’d say skip this one!

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2. Etude House Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB Cream

Etude House Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB Cream

Etude House Precious Mineral Cotton Fit BB Cream

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Claim: A BB cream formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 / PA++ that moisturizes, smooths, protects, and corrects with perfect coverage.

Quantity: 60 g (2.11 oz.)

Price: 18 $

Shades: Light Beige (NO2), Natural Beige(W13), Honey Beige (W24)

I heard about this BB cream just when it was launched and ran to the store (since I was in Korea at the time) to try it. It turned out to be a bit dry for me and the SA also told me that this was geared towards oily skin. One of my close friends picked this up and gave it rave reviews. She wore it in summer without any qualms. It gave her oily skin a matte look and also gave her medium coverage. And this BB cream lasted for about 6-7 hours on her before fading. So if you have oily skin, you can definitely try this out!

3. Etude House Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB Cream

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Etude House Blooming Fit Bb cream

Claim: A signature BB cream that gives a shiny and glossy look with mineral pearl ingredients.
3-in-1 formula with Whitening + Wrinkle care + UV protection (SPF30 / PA++) functions.

Quantity: 60 g (2.11 oz.)

Price: 18 $

Shades: Light Beige (NO2), Natural Beige(W13), Honey Beige (W24)

With sheer to medium coverage and a dewy finish, the Etude House Precious Mineral Blooming Fit BB cream is everything the Bright Fit BB cream was not. All of the Precious Mineral BB creams do give a slight whitecast to the skin though. Since that look is sort of preferred in Asia, so I would say just go with it. I enjoyed using this BB cream last year and even repurchased it. I used it in both summer and winter. I used it alone in summer without any moisturizer while I applied it on top of my day cream in winter. It worked well for me. If you have normal to dry skin and like dewy skin look, do check this out!

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4. Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit BB Cream

Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit BB cream

Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit BB cream

Claim: A BB cream formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 / PA++ that moisturizes, smooths, protects, and corrects with perfect coverage.

Quantity: 60 g (2.11 oz.)

Price: 18 $

Shades: Light Beige (NO2), Natural Beige(W13), Honey Beige (W24)

The last one that I tried from Etude House is their Precious Mineral Perfect Fit BB cream. This BB cream had the coverage of a foundation – medium coverage and had the consistency of a BB cream. It worked well for my dry skin but I think it would suit most skin types. It settled to a satin finish and stayed well for 5 hours on the skin before needing touch-ups. Highly recommend it!

5. Etude House Precious Mineral Cover & Bright Fit BB Cream

Etude House Precious Mineral Cover & Bright Fit BB Cream

Etude House Precious Mineral Cover & Bright Fit BB Cream

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Claim: This is a cover & bright fit BB Cream that smoothly glides onto skin with its Double Fitting Concealer Technology

Quantity: 35 g

Price: $ 12.40

Shades: Light Beige (NO2), Natural Beige(W13), Honey Beige (W24)

Probably the new and improved version of the Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB cream, the Etude House Precious Mineral Cover & Bright Fit BB cream is a light weight BB cream with light to medium buildable coverage. It is not cakey and looks very natural on the skin. Like its probable predecessor, this one works best for normal to oily skintones. I do recommend it!
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Overall I would say that the Etude House Precious Mineral BB creams are worth trying. Most of them offer buildable medium coverage. And for international customers, Etude House have released these in 3 shades: Light Beige N02, Natural beige W13, Honey Beige W24. In my opinion, the skin tones who can find their match are NC 15 to NC 42 (same for NW). All of them do give a bit of white cast on flash. If you have oily skin, then go for the Cotton Fit or Perfect Fit BB cream but if you have dry skin, go for the Blooming Fit, Perfect Fit or Cover & Bright Fit BB creams! Etude House also make Precious Mineral Cushion foundation so check them out if you are into cushion products!
Have you tried the Etude House Precious Mineral BB creams? Which is your favorite BB cream at the moment? Comment below!

6 The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Sheets You Need to Try!

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6 of my favorite The Face Shop Real Nature Mask sheets

If you have been following this blog for some time, you are already acquainted with my love of mask sheets. I have tried masksheets from so many different brands but the segment that I have explored the most is Korean brands. The Face Shop, Etude House, Holika Holika, Innisfree, Mamonde, Hanskin, Tony Moly, Missha you name the brand, I have tried it (especially drugstore brands). But the brand that I have tried in depth, in terms of face mask sheets, is The Face Shop.

I have tried their Real Nature mask range, Hydro Gel mask sheet range, Baby Face mask range, Essential face masksheets range, seed masks and the Supreme Cereal mask sheet range. And I have tried most of the flavours available in the range. So naturally I know what The Face Shop mask sheets are all about. So today, I thought why not share 6 of my favorite The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Sheets! I am also planning to do a post on my favorite masks from The Face Shop out of all the ranges they have (stay tuned for that!)

6 of my favorite Рwhich I think can be considered Рthe best The Face Shop Real Nature Mask sheets:

  1. The Face Shop Real Nature Blueberry Mask
  2. The Face Shop Real Nature Red Ginseng Mask
  3. The Face Shop Real Nature Rice Mask
  4. The Face Shop Real Nature Green Tea Mask
  5. The Face Shop Real Nature Mung Bean Mask
  6. The Face Shop Real Nature Acai Berry Mask

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Each of the Real Nature mask sheets from the Face Shop cost 1000 KRW (~ 1$), you can get so many better deals online. My reviews of the individual masksheets are linked below!

1. The Face Shop Real Nature Blueberry Mask

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The Face Shop – Blueberry Real Nature Mask

One of my favorite mask sheets of all time, I do not know why I love this mask sheet so much more than some other more expensive mask sheets out there. It is hydrating to the skin, has potent ingredients and smells nice.

If you are going to pick one face mask then I would say go for the Blueberry mask sheet!

2. The Face Shop Real Nature Red Ginseng Mask

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The Face Shop Real Nature Red Ginseng mask

Red Ginseng is one of the specialties of South Korea and is considered one of the most-try items when you are in Korea. I was not brave enough to taste it in any delicacy but I embraced it in my cosmetics wholeheartedly! I only got one Red Ginseng masksheet but I think this mask with the Red Ginseng extract can definitely improve skin tone when used overtime. So probably pick up many pieces and use masksheets every 2-3 days. For one time use, it felt hydrating overall in addition to completely destroying my dry spots!

3. The Face Shop Real Nature Rice Mask

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The Face Shop Real Nature Rice Mask

Rice is known for its brightening properties and I think Rice mask sheets are one of the most common masksheets out there. I have tried one from Etude House as well but I liked The Face Shop Rice mask sheet far better. It did slightly brighten up my skin after use in addition to making my skin soft and supple!

4. The Face Shop Real Nature Green Tea Mask

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The Face Shop Real Nature Green Tea mask

Do I even need to say anything about the amazing skin care benefits Green Tea offers? I mean of course we can use Green tea leaves on their own but since we are lazy bums let use use Green tea masksheets for their anti-oxidant and cooling properties! This is one mask sheet I would highly recommend for oily skin types!

5. The Face Shop Real Nature Mung Bean Mask

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The Face Shop Real Nature Mung bean mask

One of the most nutritious, but despised cereal, Mung bean is rarely considered in a lot of things to use from the kitchen for skin care. But this face mask made a huge bump on my cheek disappear overnight. It was moisturizing to my dehydrated skin too. The Mung Bean mask sheet is unique, do give it a try!

6. The Face Shop Real Nature Acai Berry Mask

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The Face Shop Acai Berry Real Nature face mask sheet

As we grow old, we love hearing words like anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle, firming etc. And I think the effect of this Acai Berry masksheet will definitely be music to your ears. It is hydrating (duh? most mask sheets are) but it is also firming to the skin. I did feel the effect after one use. Multiple uses might do something spectacular for our skin!

So that completes my list of favorite The Face Shop Real Nature masksheets. Buy Online

Caution: The Face Shop Real Nature masks contain parabens

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Overall, I think that The Face Shop Real Nature masksheets, especially the ones mentioned above, are a good value for money to provide one sweet session of TLC for the skin. These are not magic potions by any means and since each mask sheet is for one time use only, I would suggest considering these mask sheets as going one step further than night cream. I find them so relaxing that I love using them before going to bed and I suggest you do the same. This way the essence has so many hours to hydrate the skin. My skin always looks so much better the next day. The hydrating effect can be felt for upto 2-3 days. So I recommend using mask sheets at an interval of 2-3 days in winter and once a week in summer. I hope you find this list helpful!

Have you tried The Face Shop Real Nature masks? Which is your favorite The Face Shop Real Nature mask sheet? Comment below!