Woke up in the middle of the night with a few notification on the phone. Two of them, from two renowned makeup brand, literally took my sleep away! First one is a mail notification saying, “Happy National Love-Your-Pet Day. Are you an animal lover too? Give your pet an extra hug and kiss today and… blah blah”. The second one is a tweet notification from an hour ago that I missed checking, “Happy National Lash Day, giving you some lashes goals… blah blah!” This very ordinary Bengali heart got a little shock. Isn’t it Ekushey February, International Mother Language Day?
Isn’t it suppose to be International Mother Language Day?
Right now I’m tussled up, my mind is messed up, my desk is messed up and my whole house looks messed up! This piece of thought I’m trying to document here can go messed up as well. If it does, an early apology.
Just three to four days ago I read an old article written by Amit Basu in Anandabazar Patrika, February’17. It was something like this to start, “Does Ekushey February, International Language Day celebrated by all countries? No, they don’t and that’s not a fault either. If someone doesn’t have a mother tongue what they going to celebrate for? Ekushey February isn’t important to them but a pain. A pain of child without a mother. Even if they try to cover it up with all their resources but how much they can that will always be a question”. I just tried to express a few thoughts of Amit Basu here from his article. Otherwise, the whole article was something that you read in a breath. I enjoyed reading every word from that article.
For the past weeks, life has been poorly-cooked hotchpotch without the zing of a fried dry chilly on the plate. My blogging life and a few more stuff have been rolling over my head continuously and kept me restless yet unproductive. Now when these notifications popped up on my eyes my brain clicked right on the flash of Amit Basu’s article. Took me in a deep thought.
This Bangladeshi Beauty blogger, me, felt criticized in the worst manner. Criticized by myself!
I’m not a good writer to express everything that I feel. But I’m sitting here to write something at least! Probably because I’m hurt from the core of my individuality. As a Bengali soul and Bangladeshi heart. I don’t care if it’s a national Pet day or an eyelash day!
It is Ekushey February and the International Mother Language Day.
…For me! Shouldn’t it be the same globally?
Today Ekush will be celebrated/remembered today not only Bangladesh but in the whole world where ever there are one Bengali soul exist. The war of 1952 (Language Movement) was for the language, Bangla. No Bangladesh was yet to born back then and me too. But the whole world is well aware of this one unique fight for language, winning an alphabet by raining Bengali-blood on the street.
In 1998, the announcement of Ekushey February as the International Mother Language Day was requested to Kofi Anan by two Bangladeshi residing in Canada, Rafiqul Islam, and Abdus Salam. On November 17, 1999, Ekushey February was declared as the International Mother Language Day in UNESCO‘s session in Paris. From February 21, 2000, the day begins to be celebrated in member countries to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. In 2010, the proposal to observe International Mother Language Day on February 21 was passed in the 65th UN general assembly without an opposition focusing on the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.
Ekushey February is now not just for Bangladesh or Bengalis. It is a day of celebration in every country of the world.
The value of International Mother Language Day grows in importance with time when it comes to value the local language of each nation around the world. Yes, it is a pride of us, Bengalis. However, I believe this day is also a positive pronunciation, an approach, and an example for the whole world in the question of preserving local identity.
I pay my regards and respect to the great Language Martyrs of our country on this occasion of International Mother Language Day.
I assume my Title for this article says it all! This Mad Hippie Advanced Skincare – Vitamin C Serum with B Actives (Konjac Root, Ferulic & Hyaluronic Acid) turns out to be the best Vitamin C serum I’ve used so far considering how gently it works on the skin. The other serum I swore by is still holding my favorite position for its fast action but I would rather go with a gentle skincare tan something works fast and hard to maintain.
Mad Hippie, popular as an earth loving skincare brand mostly in the USA. The brand and its ethics are clearly pronounced from its choice of product ingredient to designing the outer packaging. The plant-based ingredients are selected from suppliers with top qualification. Products are vegan and cruelty-free, GMO-free, fragrance-free and non-irritant. The cute and unique packaging is printed using soy inks with 100% wind energy.
The brand has been there for a long time now as I’ve been reading about it on USA skincare blogs. However, I started giving this Vitamin C serum a try since last year, November when Worthee Cosmetics sent a sample product with the news that they are now an authorized retailer of Mad Hippie (along with Paulas Choice, I’ve talked before) here in Malaysia.
I’ve been taking a good amount of time to try out this Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum. I was in a conflict if this serum is really that good as I was feeling or it just a dilemma! It’s been more than two months I’ve been using this serum in my skincare routine. Sometimes I’ve been using it as the only serum in my skincare, sometimes in a rotation with other and sometimes with a gap of a couple of days.
Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%) – A vital element in the production of collagen, vitamin C can reduce the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration, while helping offer antioxidant protection from photoaging – a leading cause of skin aging. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a more stable and bioavailable form of Vitamin C than the commonly used L-Ascorbic Acid found in most skin care products. It has the same benefits, without the risk of oxidation and irritation that is often associated with L-Ascorbic Acid.
Vitamin E – Protective antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration.
Ferulic Acid – A natural antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants. When combined with vitamins C & E, Ferulic Acid has been shown to have a compounding antioxidant/UV protective effect.
Hyaluronic Acid – Works to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A naturally occurring substance in the body, hyaluronic acid begins to deplete as we age.
Konjac Root Powder – Exotic flower from Asia, helps to soften & smooth the skin while forming a thin protective barrier. Rich in nutrients such as copper, zinc, phosphorus, fatty acids, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, potassium, magnesium, iron, niacin, folic acid & vitamins A, E, C, D & B!
Grapefruit – Rich in antioxidants & citric acid, grapefruit helps to remove dead skin cells, acting as a natural exfoliant.
Chamomile Extract – Provides a thin protective shield, while naturally soothing and calming the skin.
Clary Sage – Helps eliminate overly-dry or overly-oily skin. Acts as natural toner & astringent.
The Key Ingredients here in this Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum features all plant derivates and vegan anti-aging properties. Not only Vitamin C but I love that this serum is also enriched with other beneficial properties like hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, and actives that work to rejuvenate skin.
Characteristic of Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum:
There are a lot of mumbo-jumbos around the web about vitamin C serum focusing on how it gives you bright and spotless skin. Needless to mention those other vitamin C serums which might work according to the expectation but the price point can give you a punch in the eye.
Does a vitamin C serum really give you spotless and bright (or I should say ‘white’) skin?
– Yes, vitamin C does brighten skin in a combination of science-based ingredients/formula and if you can incorporate it into your skincare in a decent and necessary manner.
Some powerful vitamin C serum gives a visible brightness within a short time but later on, that brightness is just too hard to maintain. Sun and environment will give just the opposite effect of bright skin if skincare ritual is not maintained properly.
To talk about vitamin C, we are always told that allow lights in and the product is spoiled. The vitamin C product itself needs extra care to prevent it from losing its characteristic. Kudos to the stabilized form (based on my little research) of vitamin C and E in Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum that offers the peace to use it without any extra hassle.
The serum does come with a colored bottle like all other Vitamin C serum does. The original color of this serum was a slightly yellowish as the picture shown below. I was skeptical at the beginning but, fortunately, the texture, color or the clarity of it didn’t change a bit until now (3 months approx).
My experience with Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum:
Initially, I love the natural, plant-based formula of Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum and its intensive purposes. The . I can use this serum anytime, am or pm or just in the middle of the day. For being enriched with other skin rejuvenating properties the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum was just an excellent alternative to other serums that I would use at the same time.
This Vitamin C serum has a lightweight texture, gets absorbed by skin within a minute. No stickiness and no greasiness at all. I found it very comfortable on my skin. Thus I started using it during the day under sunscreen or even under my makeup. While I was trying the serum alone I didn’t use any other serum so I can examine the benefits properly. The serum itself is enough to maintain the moisture balance of the skin throughout the day.
For the night I preferred using a heavy moisturizer like Kiehls Multi-Corrective Cream to ensure maximum skin care benefits I was expecting. And sometimes I did add some other targeted serum before or after (as required) Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum. When using it at night my skin just felt extra better and plumped up every morning.
I didn’t notice any visible effect within a couple of weeks or so. But yes, the serum does effectively helps to even out skin tone. I was able to notice the improvement in my skin after 6/7 weeks of use. And in fact, the healthy glow was beautiful even when I was having a hectic life due to traveling here and there. Added antioxidants, hydrants and other actives were surely balancing my skin from growing further age-sign.
You may wonder,
Does Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum helps to fade spots?
– My answer will be yes. However, it’s complicated in a sense as well.
The sunspots and blemishes I have for a long time they never seemed to fade a bit with this serum. To be honest, those spots eventually never faded with anything so far. There were a couple of spots that I created myself poking some tiny bumps. The serum worked on those spots. My skin went spot free within a week. Normally, it would take me a couple of weeks to get rid of those spots with my regular skincare.
To conclude about this gentle vitamin C serum,
Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care Vitamin C serum is a targeted Vitamin C serum that contains 10% Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. It is also enriched with antioxidants and other skin beneficial active ingredients to revitalize skin. The serum has a lightweight texture that sinks into skin fast without leaving any sticky residue. My skin feels moisturized, balanced and even-toned with a regular use. If used twice in a day the effect is more visible. It effectively helps to fade minor spots and prevent fine lines to grow further. It is a gentle Vitamin C serum that works with time but it does work.
Considering how gentle this vitamin serum is on the skin and it’s not heavy or drying, I believe this serum is suitable for all skin types.
Have you tried a powder face wash before? I haven’t until I tried this Wishrend Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash. Only something similar I can recall is Lush Angels On Bare Skin but that was almost a dough like a cleanser. This Green Tea Powder Wash is a barely new product by Wishtrend, launched in November’17 as far as I can remember. I was sent the product for the testing purpose. I was literally dying to try it out but due to the holidays and all, I had to put it aside. And of course, I didn’t want to experience this unique powder wash in a rush.
Since the middle of January’18, I have included the By Wishrend Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash in my skincare routine. This is simply a daily cleanser that also gently exfoliate skin without irritating skin. Let me tell you how was the journey so far…
There are four kew ingredient in this powder wash as followed –
1. Green tea powder: A powerful antioxidant rich in vitamins such as vitamin A, C, and E. Green tea cleansing is one of the Asian skin care tips for calming and improving skin tone. It gives a relaxing and comforting effect on the skin with the fragrance of green tea.
2. Papain: Eliminates proteolytic enzymes, old keratin, and skin wastes to improve the skin texture.
3. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda): Works as a soft and gentle scrub agent, excellent for blackhead and skin care.
4. Amino acid surfactants (Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate): A weakly acidic surfactant derived from coconut. Great skin-affinity and excellent moisture retention.
Packaging and Texture:
I simply love the clean packaging of this Green Tea Powder Wash. The bottle is pale green, plastic made, sturdy and lightweight and dispense the powder with and ease. The texture of the powder is not fine but smoothly coarse. Once added to water you’ll get a smooth paste.
I find the bottle very much travel-friendly. For each use, two to three pinch of powder is enough. Accordingly, one bottle of this powder seemed to last for a really long time.
How to use Wishtrend Green Tea Powder Wash:
Take an adequate amount into your hand and use a small amount of water to work up a lather. What I do is wet my face first then pat generous amount of the Green Tea Powder Wash on my face directly. Then wet my hand again and with the water on my hand gently I rub the powder on my face. Because it’s not necessary to add much water and also you don’t want a runny paste. The powder melts away within a second and lathers up. I do this to avoid the mess of lathering up the product first on my hand.
I’ve warm water facility on my basin so I usually use lukewarm water whenever I wash my face. This powder wash is recommended to mix with warm water to activate the enzyme properties in it. However, I guess it’s ok to use normal water as well.
I’ve been using this Wishrend Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash once a day (morning mostly) when my skin acts normal. For those days when my skin felt a bit sensitive, I skipped using it to avoid further inflammation os such can cause by baking soda in it (I have got a weird feeling about baking soda).
My Experience with Wishtrend Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash:
First of all, I absolutely love the ‘matcha latte’ smell of this facial cleanser. As I mentioned before, I’ve been using Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash by Wishtrend in my morning skincare routine. When massaging my face with this powder wash, it gives a very gentle exfoliation. My skin feels clean, awake but not dried out afterward.
Baking Soda itself is very popular as a skin exfoliator among skincare junkies although I’ve never tried that method on my skin. Thus I cant tell how baking soda really feels on the skin. However, I liked the feeling of Wishtrend Green Tea Powder Wash. The acidic exfoliation it gives, you can feel on the skin. I can also feel how gentle the exfoliation is. This even feels milder than a regular facial scrub (e.g. Neutrogena Daily Facial Scrub).
It is suggested to avoid skin care products that have exfoliating effects (retinol, high concentration vitamin C, AHA/BHA, etc.) while using the Wishtrend Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash. Don’t take this as my suggestion at all, just to be honest, I’ve to mention that all this time I’ve been using other exfoliating products but in my pm skincare routine. I love an exfoliating toner for my night time skin care. For the toner, I’ve been using Pixi Glow Tonic and The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution in a rotation. I was also maintaining a cycle of using Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum and Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum. Fortunately, I haven’t faced any issue so far. Maybe because I was using them at night and not just right after the powder wash.
As because it is an exfoliating cleanser, it does help to maintain a bright and even skin tone. Accordingly hepls to improve skin texture. I find this cleanser really helps to keep whiteheads and blackheads on the bay if used regularly. The cleanser gives a proper clean face but you don’t expect it to clean a full-on makeup face.
I simply love this powder face wash if you ask me only about powder face wash types [yes, this is the only powder wash I’ve used so far]. I couldn’t find a single bad side of it. In fact, think this face wash can be the best option for youngsters who are busy in daily life and don’t want to bother with an extra step of exfoliation, be careful not to use it more than once a day.
Nonetheless, If you want me to pick between a regular face wash and a powder wash then I’ll definitely stick to a gel type facial cleanser. By Wishtrend Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash is indeed a good cleanser but activating the powder just feels slightly extra work to me. Forget my personal psychology and do give it a try if you haven’t tried it yet.
Don’t you agree that getting a facial spa is pretty much one of the most relaxing experiences and the perfect remedy to rejuvenate our skin? After all, it’s not easy to take a break from our busy daily life. I find it absolutely rewarding when I can indulge in a facial spa treatment, especially at home. Because you might need one in an emergency! Just like a few days before it was my wedding anniversary. I and Husband were spending time together on a remote side of Cox’s Bazaar (BD). I badly needed a morning facial spa just the very day because ‘Me Time’ is so important. 6 easy step of facial spa and my recent favorite Mamonde Rose Bubble Mask rescued me big time. I thought I would share those key steps to creating a spa-like environment and kick-start your DIY at-home facial mask treatment. Not for an SOS situation only but you can apply this method any time you want; after a long day at work or running errands away from home. A regular facial routine is always recommended by experts to achieve a healthy, glowing skin. Not only facials help even out the skin tone, one can also enjoy multiple […]
Hie there? I hope your new year is off to great start! I’m here literally for the first post of the year and it’s about Fenty Beauty Lipstick. Since Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Launched in the market it was always the hype. Although they deserve that especially for their face products (read my previous article here). Just at the end of 2017, Fenty Beauty launched their Mattemoiselle Plush Matte lipsticks. This was, in fact, my last makeup purchase of 2017. Initially, I was eyeing on Freckle Fiesta. I went to Sephora just on the released date but evening and found out Freckle Fiesta is already out of stock. The sales assistant said it was the bestseller of the day. Has to be, that brow is gorgeous with a perfect warm undertone. However, I wanted Saw-C as well. Because it’s a perfect matte orange shade. I ended up buying Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte lipsticks Saw-C and Shawty. Shawty is a brown as well but in a dark deep manner. I found out when I mix Saw-C and Shawty it turns out just the Freckle Fiesta shade. Jackpot! Thus I had to get those two shade. In the picture below I mixed two shade, Saw-C […]
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For a long time now, it’s a rare case that I visit a clinic for skin treatment. Maybe once a year! Mainly because I don’t really feel the need. Since I started concentrating on skincare a vast world self-care knowledge opened up for me. I’ve been enjoying every bit of it and also because the world of stress makes us opt for compact lifestyle. Life is definitely comfortable if you can get the same service/benefit you want at home while saving time and money both. Am I rumbling a bit too much today? Probably, perhaps it’s because I feel truly grateful for a product that actually works and gives me beautiful feeling. I’m having a serious love-affair recently with Murad Hydro Glow Aqua Peel – Age Reform dual phase Skin Treatment. Earlier, I’ve tried the Hydro-Dynamic Moisturizer from Murad’s Age Reform range. I liked the moisturizer quite a lot too. Yet this time the LIKE-scale is just too way higher! What is Murad Hydro Glow Aqua Peel? – This is a 2-step skin treatment, skin re-texturization, and replenish skin hydration. One box of Murad Hydro Glow Aqua Peel comes with 4 single-use treatment pack. For the first step, re-texturization, there is an oversized cotton swab soaked with Lactic and Glycolic acid. […]