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24 September 2020

Product Review: GK Hair Serum - Hair Taming System With Juvexin

gk hair taming system with juvexin pro line review

This product review has been way overdue. I bought the serum from Geetanjali in 2017 and I used it till 2020 (beginning - before the lockdown), needless to say, I had enough time to properly review this particular product. 

I was recommended this serum by the hairstylist doing my hair, I had not previously heard of it of researched it before buying. 

It was expensive, but for the amount of time it lasted for me, I no longer feel that it was a very expensive buy. To be very honest, I had a love/hate relationship with this hair serum. 

This could be the texture of my hair or just me who was at that time venturing into natural and healthier alternatives to daily-use hair care products, but we'll get into all that detail later.

Before I mention any of the details, I want to start out with some basic factors that could be the reason you decide to buy or not to buy this product. 

Product Information

This product has passed the EAC mark.

The quantity of the product mentioned on the bottle/packaging is an estimated value.

This product contains recyclable packaging. This means you can keep the bottle use re-use it.

The product comes with most of the details mentioned in a separate leaflet.

This product is not PETA certified.

This means this product may not be for you if you're a vegan! I'll get into a detailed ingredient check later on in this post, but first, let's look into the product packaging.

Product Packaging

The GK Hair Serum comes in a cardboard-like paper packaging, but it looks good. It's shiny and appeals to the masses.  Please bear with me as I did not intend to review this product and lost its outer packaging and the leaflet that came with it.

For this reason alone, I'll be talking about the product itself that is the bottle and the product inside it. I'm sorry, couldn't go into more details as I bought this product way back and am relying only on my memory for the packaging I lost.

Let's talk about everything that's mentioned on the bottle.

gk hair serum with juvexin review front bottle

Did I mention I also lost the silver-ish shiny cap? Sorry about that as well in case you wanted to see it.

The front of the bottle is packed with the logo of the company, the product name and the product quantity information. Very standard, so that's a good thing.

back side of the gk hair serum with hair taming system

The back of the bottle contains a description of the product:

Anti-frizz smoothing serum

The directions for using the product

Apply sparingly to damp or dry hair

And a standard caution that warns that the product should not be kept somewhere children can reach, should not come into contact with your eyes and is to be stored in a cool and dry place.

Then the ingredients and finally how to reach out to the company along with a barcode.

Thankfully, the expiry and manufacture dates are mentioned on the backside of the bottle and not the leaflet I lost.

Now, let's look at my favourite part. The ingredients.

Ingredients Check

Cylclopentasiloxane: This is a silicone, it is not derived naturally but manufactured synthetically. It's used in hair care and styling products are to make your hair feel soft, manageable and shiny. It provides a slippery feel to your hair. [Source]

Dimethicone Crosspolymer: This is also a silicone, usually combined with silicones like cyclopentasiloxane to control the texture and thickness of the product. Also acts as an emollient. [Source]

Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil a.k.a Argan Oil: This is a natural ingredient. It is full of fatty acids and is a very good moisturiser. [Source]

Parfum: Another name for added fragrance. Usually artificial fragrances. If you're sensitive to parfum/perfume/fragrances this may not be the product for you.

Hydrolyzed Keratin (Juvexin): While it is derived from sheep's wool and is able to penetrate your hair shaft and repair it making your hair smooth and shiny, I doubt it isn't manufactured in a lab. It will moisturise your hair. Otherwise, I don't think its a "bad" ingredient. [Source]

CI 47000 a.k.a Yellow Colourant: This is a colourant, it gives a yellow pigment to this product, however, such colourants are obviously artificial and have no benefits except for what they do. The effects may be harmful.

CI 26100 a.k.a Sudan III: This is a colourant, it gives a red-ish hue to the product. The effects may be harmful.

For the most part, the ingredients used are quite standard to what you may see in hair serums. Silicones, moisturisers and colourants. I hadn't made the decision to go cruelty-free back when I purchased this bottle. 

The main issues I have are with the colourants, I know that sometimes it's safe or "okay" to use is restricted quantities but I'd really rather not if I can find a more natural alternative, preferably something I can DIY. 

My Experience Using the GK Hair Serum With Juvexin

I'll be honest, I know when one buys hair styling products it can be impossible to avoid chemicals and artificial colours, preservatives, colourants etc. The reason I bought this product was for when I would style my hair, and by that I mean when I would use heat on my hair. 

I do not use hair serums daily. I only need one when I wish to protect or rather lessen the hair caused by heat styling. I have naturally curly and fine hair. Silicones do protect your hair against heat damage. 

TIP : I would never use a hair serum believing it will produce long-lasting results for my hair. Hairstyling products moisturise your hair for the short-term, for long-term, you need to work on your diet, stay hydrated and take care of your hair for them to be soft, lustrous and manageable.

I used this hair serum for the time it lasted (3 years) because I used it only when heat styling and I do believe it did its job well. For me, it had one job, protect my hair against heat damage. Which it did as it is filled with silicones.

I would never recommend heat styling every day without a rigorous hair-care regime, and a diet aimed at giving you good hair. But that's just me. My mom had thin and fine hair, and my dad was bald for most of his life. I'm not blessed with good genes so my only option is to take care of myself enough to hopefully not end up being a baldie at a young age.

The pros

  • It protects against heat damage
  • Makes your hair instantly manageable
  • Smells great
  • Might repair some amounts of hair damage (thanks to juvexin)
  • Great for severely damaged hair

The cons

  • It is not cruelty-free.
  • Colourants have been subject to harmful side-effects
  • Silicones can cause build-up if not washed properly
  • It made my hair feel quite dry after 3-4 days (this maybe because I have curly hair that tends to become dry very easily).

Will I buy this product again?

Well, no. The reason being it is not cruelty-free and I made the decision to go cruelty-free as of late. And I'm not happy with the CI 26100 that has been put in a toxic list in Canada. I'm pretty sure it's allowed in India as most toxic substances are 🙄 but that's an issue for another time. 

I hope this helps you make a better decision on whether you would like to purchase this hair serum or not.

I do know that the colourants have been deemed safe to use in restricted quantities but, being the sensitive person that I am, I just don't wish to take a risk.

It is available for purchase on Amazon though if you've decided to get it.

Are there any alternatives you suggest?

Ah, I wish there was a cruelty-free heat protectant serum I could recommend that is available in India. However, I prefer this hair styling cream instead as it is cruelty-free, vegan and uses natural ingredients but it doesn't say it is a heat protectant. I believe the ingredients though should protect your strands though as they are very moisturising in nature. 

Currently, I'm using this hair serum. This one is also not cruelty-free but is a heat protectant, at the time of purchase, I just couldn't find a cruelty-free hair serum, since I only need to buy one once every 3 years I think it's okay to be using this one product. I do plan to review it soon.

Once I run out of this serum, I might buy the hairstyling cream I mentioned or if I have enough money saved up for a Dyson, then that.

I hope you liked my review. I poured out a lot of hours to help make this review as detailed as possible so you can make the right choice yourself! All opinions are my own.

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18 September 2020

Do It Yourself (DIY): Mini Watercolour Paintings

18 September 2020
diy watercolor mini paintings

I love making mini watercolour paintings, they're like little thumbnails. Snippets, if you'd like to call them that. I got into the habit of making mini thumbnails for each design and concept I wanted to explore by learning about design and art over the years.

This one online class I took emphasised on making mini thumbnail to become a better artist and it really stayed with me. Recently browsing through my favourite platform for online learning I came across this class.

It was the same concept, but with a really cool twist with it. She was teaching how to make small polaroid mini watercolour paintings. Being the watercolour crazed person that I am, I just had to enroll myself in her class.

That's where I learned to make these. I honestly loved this class so much that I'll probably try all her classes and paint more stuff. 

Now, let's get into how to make your own mini paintings.

Things you'll need

TIP : When trying to source materials it's possible to have common items that you already own. In such cases, you can use whatever you have. I don't encourage wastage and believe in conscious consumerism. Because all kinds of people, beginners and advanced watercolourists read these tutorials I've done my best to source the materials I use and recommend. If you like other brands, or have some other brands in possession then feel free to use them, these materials listed are for your reference and to make it easier for you to easily source all required materials for this project. I have also attached my kit to make it even easier for you to source materials in this blog post.

Getting Started

use masking tape to secure your watercolour paper in place

I always start by securing my paper with masking tape so that it doesn't move when I'm working with wet paper. You'll place the tape on all sides, and then one vertically and one horizontally in the centre.

This will divide your paper into 4 equal parts. 

Sketch it out

The next step is to sketch all four paintings, you can make anything you like. For me, I followed along with this class. Once your sketches are done, you're ready to start painting.

Start Laying in the colours

start laying in the colours

You'll want to start laying colours at this point when using watercolours always make sure to go from light to darker values. This means you use less colour in the first few washes so that you can build it up later as per your need.

INFO : Never paint two adjoining areas at the same time, the water will make the paint bleed in and your painting may get muddy or produce colours that shouldn't be existing in the painting at all.

Build up your paint

start building your colours

As I mentioned earlier,  laying down you'll be laying down multiple washes of colours. Slowly building them up to the desired result you want to produce.

Making the final touches

making the final touches

Once your paintings are done, you'll be adding some final touches with white watercolour, to build the stars, and moon if you're painting galaxies like I did. I know some people like to use white gel pen or gouache for these but if you are like me, you can even get away with letting these mini paintings dry and then using minimal water and more white colour add all your details in.

Final Piece

I hope you like how they turned out. These particular ones are available in my Patreon shop for you to claim. If you want to claim them as a subscriber gift. Any subscriber who has pledged $50/month on Patreon can claim any gift each month from my patreon shop.

11 September 2020

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Review

11 September 2020
Star Wars the force awakens movie review moodboard

My Rating:

I'll have to admit, I heard about star wars when I was just a kid. I'm fairly new to this... fandom. I had never watched a single Star Wars prior to 2020. And I'm happy to confirm that I did miss out, I finally understand and obsess about the right things in my life. And no, this isn't sarcasm.

Obviously for me, I watched the movie on Hotstar. But it's also available on iTunes/Apple TV and YouTube for rent or purchase on both platforms. I prefer watching my movies on a streaming service if it's available and I'm already paying for it. Helps save money, by not having to rent every movie out there. 

Anyway, please bear with me as I'd never watched Star Wars and do not wish to offend the fans. I might make comments that fans may or may not agree with leading to subsequent triggering... or not. You get the point, right? Forgive my foolishness?

But if you've decided to not read the rest of the review, you should know, I kinda liked the movie.

I actually watched the last one in the sequel trilogy first without knowing that it's a sequel trilogy. And I felt disconnected, it was a good watch and that was that. 

One conversation later; with a friend who has been a Star Wars fan all his life and a series of calling "Kylo Ren", "Kyle" and then being corrected, I watched this movie. 

I have to admit, the more I watched, the more I learned about the Star Wars world the more attached I grew to the characters and their struggles, their small wins, fighting to live another day and the way the characters were being developed.

Star Wars the force awakens movie review and moodboard

What I Liked

If you haven't already watched the movie I suggest you do because you'll like it. As I'm not some critic for me, the movie falls under the fantasy/Sci-Fi category and if those are genres you enjoy, you'll like the movie.

I liked how the movie just flowed, how each character was introduced and the mood it set by doing so. There wasn't a single time in the movie where I felt like it's okay to look away from a scene as I won't miss a lot. This for me is very important. When you're hooked onto it, when you don't want to miss a single second because the movie is that interesting to you.

Also, it would be unfair to mention things I liked about the movie if I didn't mention BB-8, your friendly droid version of having pets in the Star Wars future? But he wasn't just that. He was adorable, yup, that's what he was. By the way, I'm still confused whether BB-8 is a girl or boy droid? 

Spoiler's Ahead

What I disliked

I like watching movies, but more often than not it's just not possible to capture the amount of details that add to the story on screen, for example, what the characters are thinking at that moment when they are interacting with either their surroundings or each other, such details are unfortunately always missed in movies.

Thankfully, you can read up on owing to the novelisation of the movies, which you can order through Amazon or read it on your Kindle.

But I definitely think the movie is worth watching whether you have read the novel or not, I do recommend reading it though if you're one of those who like reading books.

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