Month: February 2016

Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review

Good Morning cupcakes,

Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review

Today, I am going to write about my much loved lip balm from Sephora. It’s been quite a long time that I hauled and I realised I didn’t even review a single product from Sephora. I am surprised I didn’t yet and I am on the verge of finishing this amazing lipbalm already. So I thought its high time I write about it or else all I could show you is an empty lipbalm. Sephora Super Nourishing lipbalm is addictive!  And I can’t live without this lipbalm. I have tried so many lipbalms from different brands but I am stuck to this. Find out why?

Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review

What it is:
A balm that moisturizes and nourishes lips.

What it is formulated to do:
This hydrating balm keeps your lips soft, comfortable, and looking great. Rotate the stick container to slide product up and down like a lipstick. Contains shea butter, beeswax, grapeseed oil, vitamin E, and meadowfoam seed oil.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

What else you need to know:
This product is not tested on animals.

Price – Rs. 580 (approx) for 3.5gms

Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review

Packaging – The packaging is simple yet sweet with the white and black covering. It’s a twist up lipbalm, the lipbalm is completely in white. Don’t go on my pictures its not 3.5gms, I am halfway with my lipbalm. It can get over anytime sooner.

Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm Review

My Experience with Sephora Super Nourishing lipbalm-

 This lipbalm is my Holy grail! It makes my lips soft and nourished without any stickiness. I have used so many lipbalms from different brands but nothing worked like this one. It keeps my lips smooth and makes it lipstick ready. I make sure I apply this lipbalm before I put on any lipstick to avoid any dryness or flakiness. This lip balm is not tinted, it’s a clear lipbalm. It smells heavenly and I am not kidding when I say its addictive. I reach out to my lipbalm every hour because of the vanilla fragrance. This is always in my handbag, so that I can reapply on the go. The lip balm somehow gives a very healthy and plumper effect to the lips. You can also opt this if you are looking for a clear gloss for your lips. No doubt! I finished it so soon. I am sure to restock this one. The only downside would be the price. But it’s Sephora! What do you expect?

Pros

  • Makes my lips soft, smooth and indeed nourishing
  • Gives healthy, plumper lips
  • Heavenly vanilla fragrance
  • Very addictive
  • Travel friendly
  • Hygienic packaging
  • Beats dryness and flakiness
  • Works as a great lipprimer
  • Free from animal testing
  • Dermatologically tested

 Cons

  • Price
  • Availability (only at Sephora Stores)

Ratings– 4.8/5

My Recommendation– The next time you go to Sephora do pick this lipbalm you will totally understand why I wrote what I wrote. Because of this lipbalm all other lipbalms are just lying out there in my stash. I am definitely getting another one as soon as I finish this.

SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches

Hello my Sugar’s,

SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches
SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches

Sugar Cosmetics has come up with a new premier range of lipsticks. I am quite excited to announce and share a little something I know about the new launch. It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid lipstick is the name of the range and the shades 01 THE BIG BANG BERRY (Wine), 02 BREAKING BARE (Rose Pink), 03 MAD MAGENTA (Magenta), 04 CORALINE IN THE CITY (Orange-Coral).  They are priced for RS. 599 FOR 3.5gms. It is available on www.sugarcosmetics.com. Thank U Sugar for keeping it reasonable! I got the shade 04 Coraline in the City. It’s a beautiful Coral-Orangey shade.

SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches
SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches

Product Description

SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches
SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches

Creamy and moisturising, SUGAR It’s A-Pout Time! Vivid Lipstick combines the look of a classic matte lip with the benefit of incredible comfort. Enriched with micronized pigments and silica micro-beads, this matte lipstick glides on easily and settles to a gorgeous matte finish. FDA approved, this lipstick is free of mineral oil and parabens.

SUGAR It’s A-Pout Time Vivid Lipstick has a creamy consistency that moisturises and spreads evenly on the lips. Available in 4 stunning shades that are highly pigmented and light-weight, it provides maximum coverage in just a few swipes.

SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches
SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches

Coraline in the City is an orange-coral matte lip colour shade for the adventurous woman.

Ingredients:

SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches
SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches

PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, SILICA, POLYETHYLENE,OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, OCTYLDODECANOL, SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, ISOCETYL STEARATE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX,FLAVOR, DIETHYLHEXYL SYRINGYLIDENEMALONATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MICA, TALC, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, IRON OXIDES, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE, RED 6, YELLOW 5 LAKE, RED 7 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE, RED 28 LAKE

SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches
SUGAR It’s a Pout-Time! Vivid Lipstick – 04 Coraline in the City Review & Swatches

My Experience with SUGAR It’s A-Pout Time! Vivid Lipstick 04 Coraline in the City

Starting with the packaging I liked the sleek and classy square finish packaging. The shade Coraline in the City is a beautiful orangey-coral. It will suit any complexion and perks up my yellowish skintone. It reminds me of “MIRANDA”. The colour isn’t OTT it is wearable enough to be worn in office. This shade would look great in upcoming summers giving a sun-kissed look to our complexion. The shade looks opaque in 2-3 swipes. The application is a bit creamy which settles in a semi-matte finish. The lipstick is not hydrating so we need to exfoliate our lips before applying the lipstick. The lipstick stays upto 4-5 hours on my lips post which it becomes lighter and doesn’t totally go off.  That way it is very well pigmented and doesn’t dry out the lips either. Overall, I am quite happy with the new range and can’t wait to try the other shades. I am glad they have kept the price reasonable. I am sure these will sell like hotcakes.

Pros

  • Sleek packaging
  • Sassy shade
  • The shade brightens up the complexion
  • Will suit every skintone
  • Semi matte finish
  • Stays upto 4-5 hours
  • Well pigmented
  • Reasonable pricing
  • Doesn’t dry out the lips
  • Free from mineral oil, D5, parabens & nano-ingredients.

Cons

  • Takes 2-3 swipes

Ratings– 4.5/5

Recommendation – I am head over heels on this shade. I don’t like orangey shades, but this has a good blend of colors which looks fun and sassy on Indian skintones. Now, I am tempted to try other shades too.

*PR Sample – Honest Review – Best of my Knowledge.

Beauty Shopping Experience with Jabong.com!

Hello beauties,

Beauty Shopping Experience with Jabong.com

I know its been like ages that I have pen down something. I have been MIA from Snapchat, Instagram etc. Nevertheless, Life look much sorted now and things started looking up. I got a new job which I will be starting from Monday. I am pretty excited and nervous. I realised that a person should never sit idle. An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. I took a break from my work and I am resuming soon. Well, I want to share my beauty shopping experience from Jabong.com. Like I said, I am going to start with work soon so I thought let’s do a bit of shopping and get myself all worked up. I bought few formal shirts and blouses, got a few scarves. While I was looking for that perfect office wear lipstick, I reached Jabong. Its quite rare that we girls buy cosmetics from Jabong.com. We usually go to that beauty centric website to buy something because we think we’ll get a better discount there. I was eyeing the Lakme 9 to 5 Range collection for office wear shades.

Beauty Shopping Experience with Jabong.com

I compared across all platforms and found Jabong selling the Lakme lipsticks at the cheapest price. I received this at a discounted price of Rs. 360 originally it is for Rs. 450. Quite a deal..Isn’t it? The 9 to 5 range is the best when you are looking for basic pinks, browns and mauves which are wearable and also feels comfortable on lips. I love the lakme 9 to 5 range for the light feel and longevity. I have loads of bright lipsticks and hardly any nude or browns. As usual, my order arrived within 3 days with proper bubble wrap packaging. The lipstick was housed in Jabong’s small cardboard orange box. That is something rare!

Beauty Shopping Experience with Jabong.com

So this is how the shade looks on me.. It gives me a feel of “My lips but better”. The shade Red chaos is nowhere near to Red like you can see. Don’t know what Lakme was thinking while naming the shades? But I am happy with the texture, shade and longevity.  Jabong is my online shopping destination for apparels but now I can trust the website for beauty buying too. I loved the endless discounts they have on major brands. If there is no sale one can always make use of Jabong coupons to buy the products pending in the wishlist. I do this often, I keep collecting things in my cart and as soon as there is any discounts or coupons available. I quickly go ahead and make the purchase. I have bought stuff like NIKE, PUMA, VERO MODA using the trick.  And now I do the same with L’Oreal, Make up Revolution etc. Do check out Jabong.com for the latest offers on clothes, beauty etc. I can’t share everything on blog so those of you who want to see my purchases. Follow me on snapchat: erica.eleganza.  I share my life on Snapchat which includes a lot of shopping of course 😛

*PR Sample – Honest Review – Best of My knowledge!

Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches

Hello ladies,

Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches
Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches

The other day I went shopping to Westside exclusively to shop something from Studiowest. Bidisha from mermaidbidisha raved about this all the time and I couldn’t help but pick few of the stuff to try out this new brand. This brand is not available in all the Westside stores in Mumbai. I picked mine from Korum Mall, Thane. I visited Westside from Borivali and Infinity Mall, Malad. I couldn’t find the counters there. Incase you are planning to visit Westside make sure you first call them up. They do have bath and body products and perfume from Studiowest everywhere but not the beauty counter. By the way I am glad I picked up this brand. I picked up a lipstick from Pure Passion, 2 nailpolish, a blush from Maaya and this Crystal eyeshadow in Goldmine from Maaya again. Maaya is the premium brand from the range.

Product Description-

Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches
Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches

Hi Intensity color, for dramatic eyes. Blends effortlessly to create a complete look.

To Use –

Combine 3 shades to experiment with your look! Using the applicator, apply the dark shade to line the eyelid. Next, blend in the medium shade along the crease & highlight under the eyebrow for a stunning result.

Price – Rs. 425 for 4.2gms

Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches
Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches

Packaging –

The packaging is simple nothing fancy. It looks just like a compact eyeshadow trio should look. The transparent lid makes it easy to see through the shades. It also comes with a black applicator which is good enough for application. However, you will definitely need your blending brush to blend the eyeshadows.

Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches
Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches
Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches
Studiowest Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow M03 Goldmine Review & Swatches

 

My Experience with StudioWest Maaya Cyrstal Eyeshadow Goldmine-

Honestly I am not someone who would pick eye shadows so randomly. But I loved the colour combination of this eyeshadow. It’s a mix of gold, cranberry and brown. It looks so festive. I tried it at the counter and boy it was so well pigmented. I had to pick it up plus it only cost Rs.425. There was just no reason to not pick it up. The textures of these eyeshades are satin soft. The fall outs were very less which really impressed me. It blends out seamlessly. I like the fact that these are so affordable yet has a remarkable quality. Westside have maintained the standards, this range can easily give tough competition to other drugstore brands. They are travel friendly and compact enough to just slip in your pouch. The colors are festive and trendy. The quantity is good enough for the price. Perfect for this shaadi season. It will match most of our heavy lehengas , saarees and anarkalis. You can even create a beautiful VALENTINE’S Day look with this. I love the cranberry shade in this trio. It is such a bridal shade. Overall, I am amazed with the range and looking forward to experiment more products from this brand. How I wish that they start selling online and easily accessible to us. The eyeshadows is definitely a 11/10 for me.

Pros-

  • Great pigmentation
  • Beautiful colors
  • Less fallout
  • Super Affordable
  • Blends easily
  • Satin texture

Cons-

  • Availability

Ratings- 5/5

My Recommendation- Go for Goldmine with your eyes closed. The colors are such that it will come handy on any occasion. A big thumbs up for the pigmentation and texture.

January 2016 Fab Bag Review

Hello Beauties,

JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW

So after winning the December FAB BAG, I wanted to try the January FAB BAG. I cannot deny the fact that this cute little pouch of the January bag was the sole reason of the purchase. I was hoping to get the BBlunt Hair polish, Bellapierre Mineral lipstick or the Laqa nail polish pen. Sadly I didn’t receive any of these, so I am a little disappointed with my January Fab bag. Also I ordered on 11th January and received on 31st January, I always receive my Fab bag’s way too late. I don’t understand why? Why you no hurry up my Fab bag? One of the reasons why I am reviewing the January Bag in February? LOL.. Can’t help it! I was happy with my December Fab bag which included Sugar cosmetics Scarlett O’hara lipstick. Let’s see what’s in my January Bag?

JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW
  • Votre Face Serum Full Size – Rs. 1670 for 12ml.
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW

I have heard a lot about this serum. On my face, serums work better than moisturiser. I like to apply it during night and get up with a brightened face. The fragrance of this is amazing more like roses. It claims to reduce fine lines and brighten the complexion. I am yet to try this out.

  • Natural Bath & Body Clay Mask – Rs. 450 for 100 ml.
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW

This clay mask claims to cleanse, detoxify and exfoliate the skin. I like such travel size product which makes it easy to carry in your pouch. Again the smell of this clay mask is fresh. I am eager to use this as I personally love clay mask.

  • Natural Whipped Cream – RS, 275 for 50ml
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW

This whipped cream disappears in the skin. My skin is on the combination side, it keeps my skin well hydrated and tingling fresh. I guess it’s the lemony fragrance. Again a travel friendly product which is meant to nourish, soften and tone the skin.

  • Seasoul Dead Sea Minerals & Botanicals Massage Candle – Rs. 300 for 50ml.
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW

The product claims to relax, revive and rejuvenate our body. This is enriched with 100% pure dead sea minerals, vitamins A,B,C,E & F for soft supple skin. I like the unique concept of this massage candle. Once the candle melts down we need to use the leftout oil as massage oil. This can be use as a hydrating potion after a bath.

  • Fran Wilson Mood Matcher Lipstick Orange – Rs. 590
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW
JANUARY FAB BAG 2016 REVIEW

I got an option to pick a product at the end of the cart. I guess because they were running low on stock. Hence, I chose this mood matcher lipstick. On application, it looked transparent but after sometime it turned into hot pink tint. Quite interesting..Eh?  This is great to use on days when you don’t feel like applying lipstick.

I like the Fab bag concept of sending products every month that we do not reckon. And the products are definitely worth more than the price we pay. However, I feel that I usually get the bag late and that’s pretty annoying at times. I liked the VOTRE face serum but I am upset that they didn’t send me products that I was looking forward. Hoping that in future they come out with more interesting products so that I am tempted enough to purchase.

So did you also buy the January Fab bag? What products did you get?

My H(o)aul from Sephora, Studio West, Forever 21 and more!

Hello Sunshine,

HAUL

On this bright Sunday morning, I felt like doing a bit of activity. I have shopped like crazy in last month so I thought let me show you things that I bought and few of them are gifts which I got. By the way this is my first haul post on my blog. I am super shopaholic. These days the courier fella comes daily at my door. My mom has totally given up on me; she knows inspite of telling her so much she is still going to shop. I went bonkers in December and January. I tried to control so much but the deals were way too tempting and I promised myself once the sale gets over. I am going on a diet shopping. Also, Sephora opened their store in Mumbai, the one and only at Palladium Mall, Lower Parel. I won their launch contest and got VIP access to Sephora store and I was amongst the first 5 customer (including Kangana Ranawat) who was inside the store. I also received few goodies and got to get my hands on the products before the crazy crowd outside.  So lets go check what all I have….

HAUL

So I bought the Daily Smooth Soap and Glory Body Butter full size, the fragrance is awesome and keeps my skin hydrated for long. Sephora Rouge Cream lipstick in Mr. Lover R10 which I found a gorgeous shade and Sephora nourishing lip balm which is amazingggg! It keeps my super chapped lips soft and smooth. Love this! The goodies I received were the Benefit Dream Invisible Sunscreen and Thierry Mugler perfume in Alien. Yippie!!!

HAUL

Next I bought the Studio West Cosmetics from Westside. Bidisha from mermaidbidisha was too excited to try this range and suggested that I should check out this brand. So I went to Westside especially to get few of these. Let me tell you they are amazeballs. Especially the eyeshadow trio and lipstick from Pure passion. So I picked 2 nailpolish, 262 tropical crush and 560 Hot coral. Maaya Radiance Blush in M04-Bronze which I use as a bronzer because I wanted one and not a blush. I like this for contouring. Maaya Crystal Eyeshadow in M03- Goldmine. This is such a gorgeous trio, absolutely beautiful texture and superb pigmentation. Pure Passion lipstick in Hint of Brick which is a unique shade, lasting colour for the price.

HAUL

Then I went to Forever 21 and picked up these small cuties. The love & beauty beautyblender/make up sponge, another make up sponge and eyebrow razor (2pieces). The Real techniques brushes are from Amazon and they are soft as fur. It’s the sculpting brush and blush brush. Blush brush is big and fluffy which also makes it a great powder brush. Absolute love material!

HAUL

Here I have 20 make up wedges from QVS, Maybelline superstay lipstick in Non stop red (repurchased), Faces Ultimate Pro Lip crayon in Midnight Rose and Sugar Coated with sharpener. I also picked up a lip contour pencil from Faces, it’s the shade Coral Pink. I got the go chic lip gloss Caramefised free with the purchase. The Body Shop lip balm in Raspberry and Plum Kajal. Most of these are from Beauty Centre. Only the make up wedges is from Westside.

HAUL

Cetaphil daily advance ultra hydrating lotion is my saviour this winter. When everything failed on me, I picked this up and it really works on the drier parts of my face. I am combination skin but the dry areas are getting super dry in this season and this fixed it. Then I got this cute hand mirror from Beauty Centre in Silver. Quite Handy Eh!

HAUL

Last but not the least is the love I received from Michigan based Indian Youtuber Bidisha. She is like my bestie, I loved meeting her and Priyanka. When I met Bidisha I never felt I am meeting her for the first time. That’s because we keep Facetiming each other regularly. I love the fact how generous she has been with the gifts and she just knew what exactly I wanted. I never even had to tell her what I wanted. There is NYX Aria Lipstick, Milani lipstick in Nude Crème, Milani Blush in Berry amore, Fake eyelashes from Kiss, Covergirl SuperSizer Mascara, Glam Chick Make Up Kit, a floral hand bracelet, a cute lil’ pouch with a hand written note. Thank You Doll! <3

HAUL

HAUL

Thats It! I hope you all liked my HAUL! Let me know which one is your favourite? Also if you want me to review any product? I will be more than HAPPY to do so!

Lots of Love,

Ric

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