Friday, 27 November 2015

Studio West Pure Passion Radiance Blush in Dusty Rose – Review


Hello Beauties!!!

Been feeling low and unwell for last few day, thanks to the frequent change in weather and hence out of action. And while I am still recovering, was kinda missing doing a review post so though of reviewing this Studio West Blush that I have been using for a while now.

Alright so by now we all know about Studio West cosmetics from Westside. Their products are divided in two variants, “Pure Passion” and “ Maya”. Maya is for all things glittery and is more of a festive collection while Pure Passion is an everyday wearable range.  Dusty Rose is one such blush from the Pure Passion range. As the name suggests it’s a nice earthy pink which adds instant freshness to the face. This blush has a good amount of gold shimmer added to it which is very fine and does not look harsh or gaudy and highlights the cheek rather well and is great for day wear. In fact I have replaced my cheeky glow blush with the this one since a couple of weeks and just love how it looks J This shade will look good on fair to medium skin tones and is not for deeper skin tones.
 

The texture is soft, smooth and blends easily. In terms of color payoff, these may not be the best but isn ‘t bad either and is quite buildable in case one need a prominent dash of color. The staying power is superb and even after 6-7 hours stays looks as fresh as it did immediately after application.

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Packaging wise this comes in a nice black case with a transparent lid so you can easily see the color. Packaging is quite sturdy with the standard Studio West branding thus making it travel friendly. The only flip side is it does not have a built in mirror so you always have to make sure your carrying a mirror along in your travel.

Overall I quite impressed with the Dusty Rose blush and since they are not too heavy on the pocket, I am certainly going to try some more shades from Studio West. After all who doesn’t like products that so good and affordable at the same time.
 

Ratings: 4/5

Price: INR 425/- for 5gms

Monday, 23 November 2015

Nov 2015 FABBAG - Unboxing and Overview



Hi Everyone!!
My first video on YouTube is up!!! I have done a Fab Bag Unboxing and Overview video. Do watch it and give it a thumps up and also subscribe for more exiting videos ☺️☺️☺️
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Monday, 16 November 2015

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash – Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser Review


Hi Everyone!

Today I am reviewing Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash – Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser.
 

From the Makers: With an uplifting blast of grapefruit plus vitamin C, Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser is a rich, creamy lather that powerfully clears blemishes and blackheads. Eliminate oil and dirt without over-drying or irritating skin. Formulated with MicroClear®, a patented technology proven to cut through oil quickly to speed acne medicine straight to the source of breakouts.

  • Uplifting Pink Grapefruit scent
  • Vitamin C
  • MicroClear® technology

Ingredients: Active Ingredient:Salicylic Acid 2% Inactive Ingredients:Water, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG 15 Stearyl Ether, Glycolic Acid, Steareth 21, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetyl Lactate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Panthenol, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Peel Extract (Grapefruit), Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Yellow 6, Red 40, Fragrance
 

My Take: Neutrogena is a well-known brand and has established itself as one of the leaders in skincare product. Their products have rarely failed to impress me and so while I picked up this face cleanser, I was sure it only meant goodness for my skin.
Just like the name this cream cleanser comes in a cute bubble gum pink /grapefruit coloured tube with a flip cap which fits really well making it travel friendly. I have carried it along on a couple of weekend trips and there was no spill over at all. As soon as you open the tube you are hit with this refreshing fragrance of grapefruit . Even the actual product is pink in colour. The consistency of the cleanser is creamy and thick and a gentle squeeze on the tube just lets the right amount of product out. It spreads nicely but does not lather too much though its creamy. So if you are someone who is used to too much foam then you may not like this cleanser.  I do not have acne but my T zone does get oily at the end of the day and this cleanser helps keeping oil under control and cleans my face really well. The menthol in this products gives a very nice cooling effect. Now I have read somewhere that menthol actually stimulates oil production, and if this is true then it will only make things worse for oil skin but I have been using this for almost 2 months now and have no complaints at all in fact I like how my skin feels after using it. In winters or cooler climate I feel this will slightly dry your skin and hence recommend using a moisturiser immediately after cleaning your face with this cleanser


While I love the Neutrogena cleanser I have used other cleansers or face wash that are far more mild and gentle on skin. So I may not buy this one again but do give it a try.
I personally feel that if you have acne then you need much more than just a face wash and while the cleanser will not do any miracles it will help in keeping acne under control if not get rid of it. Another word of caution, since this cleaner has salicylic acid it may not suit people with sensitive skin.
 

Rating: 3.5/5

INR 1275/- for 177 ml

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Vichy Thermal Spa Water Review


Hello Girls!!

The product I am reviewing today is one of Vichy’s famous product – THERMAL SPA WATER
 
 
Product Claims: Extremely soothing and infused with antioxidants, Vichy Thermal Spa Water is a natural solution for boosting skin quality and health. A unique combination of 15 rare minerals gives Vichy Thermal Spa Water its remarkable ability to fortify & protect the skin from environmental aggressors .

In 4 days*: Catalase activity, an anti free-radical enzyme responsible for skin's defenses, is increased by 20%

After 7 days: Redness is eliminated and skin dryness score is reduced by 83%.

After 1 month: Significant reduction of the cutaneous signs of irritation: stinging, itching and burning

 My Take: So thermal water is like a new fad.. and I was more than happy to be caught by it. What is Thermal Water? Thermal Water is a mineral water that comes from thermal springs and have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

 While there are a lot of brands who have launched these Thermal Waters, I wanted play safe and hence Vichy was my choice. Now the Vichy thermal spa water comes loaded with 15 minerals and is very high in antioxidants. Since the thermal waters were majorly marketed for sensitive or problematic skin I was not sure how this will work for me since I do not have any skin concerns as such and hence did not expect something miraculous. I simply incorporated this into my daily CTM routine. I use this thermal spa water after cleansing my face and before using my toner.. you read it right, I do use a toner as well after I have used this water because unlike a toner the thermal water  does not help in removing traces of makeup if any.. I cannot exactly point out the difference in my skin since I have started using the thermal spa water but using this water gives my skin an instant cooling and soothing effect. Especially if I have been out in the sun and then come home and use it. It definitely makes my tired, dry & dull skin look  fresh and hydrated.

Apart from this I also use this water to set my makeup and give it finishing touches and also at work, where there are no windows and the closed environment doesn’t allow fresh air to come in, I like to spray this at regular interval and I have replaced my face mist with this thermal spa water.

I cannot comment on the products claim of reducing redness, or acting on irritation or itchy skin as I am not troubled by any of these but yes my skin does feel nice after using the thermal water and I am kinda addicted to it now though honestly it is not one of those must have products as my rose water or other face mist pretty much did a similar job.

In terms of packaging this thermal spa water comes in a white spray can with a blue cap which is very similar to most of the deodorant bottles we have and is quite travel friendly as well, though they also have a smaller bottle of travel purpose. Is fragrance free get absorbed in your skin very quickly.

To sum it up, I will say do give it a try and for those of  you, who have troubled skin and have used the Vichy Thermal Spa Water, I’d like to hear from you on how this product fared.

Rating: 4/5

INR 650/- for 150ml

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream Review


Night Creams have been around for some time now yet many of us have not incorporated them into the daily skin care routine. Hopefully this review helps you take that first step.
So what are night creams and why do we need one??? Well night creams as compared to day creams are more thicker and heavier in texture. They come minus any SPF and since our skin repairs itself while we sleep, these creams are generally made with ingredients that not just nourish but even treat and repair our skin and help in cell renewal process.
Alright so I am a huge fan of night creams and The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Cream is the one I have been using for the last few months
 
Here’s what The Body Shop has to say this cream - With rich wheat germ oil to replenish and revitalize skin while you snooze. A rich, nourishing cream that helps replenish antioxidant and moisture levels overnight, when the skin is at its most receptive. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
So like I mentioned earlier this cream too is really thick and feels heavy on the skin and makes it look a little greasy.. It spreads easily and takes around a min or two to get absorbed into the skin and hence just a pea size amount is sufficient for the face. Which is why one tub will last you for  a very very long time. I have been using mine for the last 10 months (yes that’s how long one tub has lasted). This light pink coloured cream has a very faint fragrance which fades away in no time 
 

With Coco Butter and Vitamin E as its main ingredients this cream definitely does what it claims – it moisturises, repairs and leaves my skin looking healthy and glowing each day.

Packaging wise it comes in a similar coloured plastic tub, which is something I am not too fond of. I don’t quite like to dip my finger into any product as its extremely unhygienic. Anyway, I use a tiny spatula to scoop out the required amount of product every day and that helps in keeping my tub germ free. The tub packaging is quite sturdy and travel friendly as well.

 
Overall I am very happy with the TBS Vitamin E Nourishing Night cream and I am definitely buying another tub. So if you too have dry or combination skin, I’d say go give it a try!!! In case of oily skin this may not suit you but try getting a sample from the store before investing in a full sized product.

Rating: 4.75 / 5 (-0.25 for the tub packaging)
 
INR  1195/- for 50ml

Monday, 9 November 2015

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick in Raspberry Syrup – Review

And my PINK obsession continues.......  
Todays review is about one of my most favourite pink – Raspberry Syrup! It is a gorgeous berry pink colour which instantly glams up your face and even if you are not wearing any makeup just glide this on your lips and you surely will fetch so many compliments. This is a very versatile shade and will look stunning all skin tones.
 
 
The lipstick is highly pigmented and even one swipe is good enough to show off the actual colour. On my lips this lipsticks stays for about 6 hours after which it starts to fade however leaves a very nice tint on the lips. The texture of the this lipstick is very smooth and creamy and glides effortlessly on your lips giving it a satiny look. With Jojoba oil being one of its key ingredient it keeps lips moist and hydrated and hides lines or chapped or dry lips very well and does not feel too heavy on the lips. Since its so soft and creamy this lipstick does transfer so you may want to dust some loose powder to fix ot and not let the lipstick be all over the place.
 Packaging wise this comes in a beautiful golden bullet with a bottom at the bottom which shows the shade and this makes it extremely easy to pick the lipstick you want to wear. 
Yes it is a little pricey as compared to come of the drugstore brands but you can definitely feel the difference. For the formula and the way my lips feel after wearing this lipstick, I am certainly ignoring the price tag.
The only flipside to this lipstick is that it melts and hence can break very easily, so you have to be careful when carrying it around in your purses or even when storing these at home make sure they are not kept in a warm place with too much sunlight falling on them.
To sum it up, all I can say is that Raspberry Syrup is a shade every girl needs to have in her stash
 

Rating: 5/5
Price: INR 899/- for 4.2 gm

 
 
 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Velvet Matte Mat 6 Review


Hello Beauties!!!  Just in time before the festive season kicked in, Maybelline launched their new range of lipsticks “Colorsensational Velvet Matte “. The shade I am reviewing today is called the MAT 6 from this range.




The minute I saw these at the Maybelline counter I instantly fell for these. These small little beauties are so pretty looking that I actually ended up buying 4 of these(review for all others will follow). I am a sucker of pink lipsticks  and this particular shade of Maybelline is so very gorgeous, deep magenta pink. It’s one of those rare shades that will look stunning on all skin tones and can be worn on any occasion.




 Well though it’s called Vetvet Matt, this one is slightly glossy on application however settles in to an soft creamy texture within a few minutes. This one is highly pigmented and even one swipe gives a great colour to your lips. The lipstick is extremely hydrating and the staying power too is very good.  Even after 6-7 hours there is a nice tint on my lips.
 Packaging wise like I have already mentioned they are CUTE!!! The lipstick comes in a neat transparent bottle with black cap. This really helps identify the shade very easily.  They are so lightweight and compact that you can easily slip them into your clutch or even your carry them in your denim pockets. The bottle comes with a teardrop shaped wand which makes it very easy to apply.


Overall I am totally in love with these lipsticks and the MAT 6 shade in particular. I see myself wearing this shade the most during Diwali. I am sure this lipstick will not disappoint you too.

INR  475/- for 5ml
 
Rating: 5/5

 
 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer Review




INR 600/- for 1.5 ml


The product I am reviewing today is not a new launch. This one has been around in the market for a while now however deserve a mention for the upcoming festive season.

About a year ago I was at some event and got a chance to closely watch a makeup artist do her job. I just loved how bright, polished and pearly her face looked and  was so desperately wanting to know what she had used and that’s how I was introduced to highlighting concealers .. off course the product she used was from a high end brand  but I immediately wanted to get my hands on one. That was the starting point for me to learn more about these. Around the same time or a little earlier Maybelline launched their highlighting concealer and when you are trying something new, you are not sure you want to splurge and that’s exactly why I bought the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer.

 
Maybelline highlighting concealer, in India has only 3 shades and it could be difficult to get a match for  your skin tone. The darkest shade they have is Honey which is slightly lighter for my skin but I had no other option but to buy that one.
The concealer is in a form of a pen with twist mechanism and  has an brush attached on top for application. Now this is something I like but at the same time not too happy about either. Like because you don’t have to search for a separate brush to apply or even dirty your hands but on the flip side the brush over a period of time accumulates dirt and you cannot clean it. Also at times you keep twisting the pen and the product just doesn’t come out or at time it dispenses way more than you need if you are very careful. So packaging wise I am not a big fan if this product.

Okay talking about the product, this one is not for dark spots, acne marks or bumps on face. It provides very sheer coverage to hide all the above. This one is best suited for under eye area (again is you have very dark circles, this will not help) and I also use this on the bridge of the nose or to highlight my brow bone and sometimes around my mouth as well. The texture is not too runny or thick. Spreads and blends quite easily and the fine pearl particles gives your skin a nice soft glowy look and does not make you look cakey. Like I said earlier though the shade is slightly lighter it works perfectly well ( I don’t use this If my eyes look too tired or the darkness is high due to lack of sleep etc) in fact it gives that perfect amount of brightness to the under eye area. The staying power is also nice and lasts for about 5-6 hours post which you will need touch up. I just love how my face gets that dewy glow with this one and yes it photographs really well. So that’s a big plus for me. I have almost stopped using my heavy duty concealers since the time I have had this product. Along with my BB/CC cream I don’t need anything else on regular days.


 So for the price this product comes at, I think it does a fab job and I actually don’t feel the need to have any high end brands. I would certainly recommend you all to give this one a try.

Rating: 4/5