Empties from #GreenSurvivor Challenge

I’ve been meaning to do a post with a recap of all my empties from #GreenSurvivor challenge that was spearheaded by Tammy.  The challenge was to come up with 10 empties (Makeup – 2, Skincare – 3, Body Care – 5) before Feb 19th, 2015, and no new beauty purchases until then! I was really worried about the makeup category since those items take forever, and I wear very minimal makeup on a daily basis. BUT I managed to surprise myself by finishing up all by end of January.

Short Description and Review of each empty item as follows (Pics were posted on Instagram with the hashtag #GreenSurvivor if you’re curious). On a side note, I am still trying to figure out if I should regularly review my empties on this blog or just on my Instagram feed (especially those that are sample sized or ho-hum-not-very-interesting products). All my empties so far can be found on my Instagram feed with the hashtag #ruhiempties. Do you like to see empties posts? Please let me know in the comments 😉

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Toner Love – Part I

Toners - Caudalie Andalou Naturals Avene P50 1970

Usually folks try cheaper toners first (similar to cars), and then move on to the Rolls Royces. Whereas I did start off my journey with more reasonably priced toners, it was Yuli’s Panacea Elixir that transformed me into a toner connoisseur (to say so humbly, if I may). For my skincare routine, I rely on not just one, but several toners. I have one to mist my skin before cleansing, another one to use post cleansing to balance skin’s pH, a third hydrating toner to drench my face with immediately before the application of my facial oils, and a final moisturizing mist to seal it all in after the application of the face oils. Oh, and also a separate floral water for mixing my clay masks. Sorry if your head is spinning, but I can explain the benefits of using different toners.

To keep the length of this post manageable, I’ll breakdown this post based on the “type” of toners – This post will cover a couple of toners currently in rotation, and the second part will cover the rest. (Update: Read Part II here)

Warning – This might seem excessive and high maintenance to some of you, but after a lot of trial and error, I am a firm believer of incorporating various types of toners into my routine. Just because this works for me, doesn’t mean it will be the best for your skin. For me, the low maintenance, “quick cleanse, tone and moisturize” approach doesn’t work, unfortunately.

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Yuli Skincare – Modern Alchemist Face Serum

Yuli Skincare Modern Alchemist Face Serum

These days, green beauty lovers are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a face oil. The market place is littered with brands offering so many different types of oils, and chances are that it’s not too difficult to find one that suits your skin type and your wallet. And of course, new brands pop up every single day, with pretty much the same offerings (an oil, a balm, a grain cleanser, a floral toner…). So, herein lies the conundrum for someone new to the green beauty scene – how do you pick one that’s guaranteed to deliver results?

Yuli is one brand I’ve grown to trust over the last couple of years. It’s always exciting to share my Yuli experience, not only due to their unique blends, but also because the brand has somewhat of a cult following. Where sending free products in return for (unspoken) positive reviews is commonplace, this is one brand that actively shuns the practice, and in fact, relies on word of mouth marketing, and most importantly, on the stellar performance of its products. And this is precisely one of the reasons when you come across a review for Yuli’s product, you can trust it’s not paid for (directly or indirectly). After using Yuli’s Modern Alchemist religiously for 6+ months and finishing off about 60% of the bottle, I think I have finally gathered my thoughts.

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Yüli Skincare – Cell Perfecto PM

cell perfecto pm yuli

As promised in the Liquid Courage review, I am back with an update on another extremely popular Face Serum, made by Yüli Skincare – Cell Perfecto PM. Now that I’m having trouble reaching the last few drops through the dropper, I thought maybe it’s time to do a review where I’ll try to justify my stance on this extremely advanced serum, aimed mostly at those who deal with hyper pigmentation and acne scars.

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Yuli’s Pure Mask v. May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver

Yuli versus May Lindstrom masks

Let me start off by saying that even though I’ve used both Yuli Skincare’s Pure Mask and May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver, comparing the two masks is an extremely formidable task. Before the purchase of these masks, I hardly ever used to apply DIY clay masks on my skin. In fact, my mindset was “Why should I have to mix my mask? It should be ready made. Doh!”. It is due to the results and beauty of these masks that I started believing in the power of purchasing masks in concentrated, powder form and then adding the liquid of choice during preparation stage, depending upon the skin condition. A year after using these masks, I no longer wish to purchase ready made masks – although these are fast and efficient, we do pay for the convenience, and a lot of times, these masks need to be used up faster because of the liquid/water content. There are numerous blog posts on both masks; so I thought I would do something different and compare the two instead, especially for those who are new to green beauty and are still in the process of making up their minds – So, which mask wins?

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Currently Loving – Episode 1

I realize so far all my posts have been “single product detailed review” types, and most of the times, I probably won’t get to those until I’ve really used up a product. I don’t like to post reviews until I’ve used a product for at least a couple of months, since my skin is super reactive. So, I’m starting a new “Currently Loving” series where I’ll highlight products that are really working for me. I hope to do these on a monthly basis (we’ll see!)

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Yuli Skincare – Halcyon Cleanser

Whenever the cult brand, Yuli, announces a new product, my antennae automatically stand up for a simple reason – Their products make an impact. Green beauty world has seen lots of cleansing grains, balms and oils, but there exists a huge gap in the cleansing gel space. Growing up, the only type of cleanser I used was the gel, soapy kind. So, I’m of the mindset, if the gel cleansers worked for me as a kid, why can’t they still work for me (minus the soapiness and surfactants, of course) as an adult? I love cleansing grains and balm cleansers, but sometimes, I just want to quickly wash my face and go to bed, and when it comes to ease of use, gel cleansers will probably be on top of everyone’s list.

I’m happy to say that Yuli’s Halcyon Cleanser gets a bright green signal from a girl whose skin changes with every season. I have combination acne-prone skin and even though I love the experience of using cleansing grains and balms, I just can’t trust my skin to behave well without incorporating a “traditional” cleanser (minus the suds). For this reason, I was extremely enthused when Yuli announced a traditionally functioning, gel cleanser.


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Yuli Skincare – Liquid Courage

For a skincare hoarder specializing in face oils, it’s very rare that I’ll actually finish a full 1 oz bottle of any face oil, however good it might be. I am proud to say that Yuli’s Liquid Courage is the very first face oil that was used, and used till the last frikkin’ drop!


Photo Courtesy of Yuli Skincare

Although I bought it sometime last year, it wasn’t until July/Aug of this year that I got around to using it regularly. See, I wanted something trusty. Something that wouldn’t cause my finicky normal/combo acne prone skin to break out. Before I was scheduled to travel to Europe, I finally settled down on this mighty bottle as my armor to combat additional travel related breakouts that I always seem to get! But guess what?

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