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Sugar Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the Blues Review

Hello Divas,

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review

How’s the weekend going? Well, Mine is good …so far! Weekend means different for different people. For me its going for shopping, hanging out with friends/bf, chilling at home etc.  Some weekends are just like sitting at home chilling and enjoying online shopping. It’s raining cats and dogs in Mumbai and the climate is amazing. It is perfect to sit down with a cup of coffee and scribble.  So today I am scribbling about a fresh new product, this one is from Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues. I am a sucker for Royal Blue things, whether it’s a blue top, shades, eyeshadow, eyeliner or a kajal. I think it just compliments my skintone a lot more than other colors. My life revolves around colored kajals/eyeliners. I do love eyeshadows but on days when I am in a hurry, my hand always reaches out to colored eyeliners. I have been using this kajal a lot lately and thought it’s time to pen down my thoughts.

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches

Product Description

A true blue that looks fabulous on all skin tones, Still Got The Blues is edgy yet incredibly classy at the same time.

Let your eyes do all the talking with SUGAR Twist And Shout Fadeproof Kajal! Just twist the easy applicator and rim your eyes with its intense formula and you’re good to take on the world. With a specially-designed anti-slip grip gives you a super-steady hold, its creamy consistency & preservatives-free formula makes it suitable for the waterline as well as the lash line. This high-performance multi-use product combines the benefits of a kajal with those of a gel eyeliner and does not fade or smear for more than 10 hours!

How to Apply: Open your eyes wide for precise application & gently rim your waterline. This wonder product can also be used as an eye liner thanks to its creamy consistency.

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches

Benefits: A single product with the power of two, this power-packed kajal is enough to create the eye makeup look you desire whether you want to keep it simple or dramatic. It gives a velvety finish that is long-lasting & completely fade-proof so you can enjoy the night (or day) and not worry about smears or smudges.

Additional Details: The SUGAR Twist & Shout Fadeproof Kajal is available in 2 intense shades viz., Black Velvet (Black) and Still Got The Blues (Dark Blue). It is free of mineral oil, preservatives, paraffin & parabens. Does not require an additional sharpener. Made in Germany. Size: 0.35 gm.

List of Ingredients: Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide,Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides Isododecane, Polyethylene, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnama.

Price – Rs. 399 for 0.35gms

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches

Packaging – It comes in a very sleek form with a grip. The kajal comes in the retractable form and there is no sharpener required. I like the fact that they have given a soft grip to hold the kajal. It makes it easy to draw the line on your lids as well as waterline. Also there is no product wastage due to sharpening.

My Experience with Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues-

I like this more on my lids than on my waterline. The shade is more like a navy blue color on me and stays around 9-10hrs which is brilliant. On my waterline, it doesn’t show up in one swipe, I need to swipe atleast twice for the blue to show up. As I have very watery eyes, the kajal stays only 4-5hrs on my waterline but it doesn’t smudge. It is richly pigmented and gives a metallic sheen on application. The sleek pencil makes it easy to play around and create different looks like a wingliner. I can make wing or double wing lines very easily with this kajal. Many prefer retractable kajals which makes it a total winner as there is no product wastage due to sharpening. Avoid putting too much pressure on the kajal, it has a tendency to break. If you are someone who likes to smudge the kajal you will adore this one as it gives an amazing look after it gets smudge. This product is free from mineral oil, preservatives, paraffin & parabens. Sensitive eyes, girls who wear contact lenses or glasses can definitely give this a try. It didn’t harm my eyes or caused any itchiness. I wore it for whole day long. Any eye make up remover can be used to remove this kajal. Though its not mentioned anywhere that it is waterproof. Yesterday, it rained heavily and I got drenched in the rain. Surprisingly, my kajal remained intact and I was super impressed with the formula.

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches

Pros

  • Great Pigmentation
  • Metallic sheen
  • Two swipes is enough
  • Long staying power
  • Soft cushioned grip
  • Gives a smokey look when smudged
  • Doesn’t sting eyes
  • Can be used both on waterline and lids
  • Good for sensitive eyes
  • Easy to remove with a make up remover
  • No need to sharpen/Retractable kajal
  • Decent pricing

Cons

  • Doesn’t stay long on water line.
  • Tendency of breakage if given pressure.

Rating – 4.8/5

Recommendation

I enjoy using this kajal on a daily basis. It is always in my make up pouch. Out of 5 working days, I used it 3 times a week. It can be your go-to-kajal where you have to leave in a hurry. If you go to see you get 2 in 1 benefits for 399 bucks which is not a bad deal at all. I highly recommend this product!

Which is your favourite product from Sugar Cosmetics? Did you try this kajal?

P.S – Product sent for consideration. My review remains honest & unbiased.

 

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

Hello ladies,

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

It’s the onset of monsoon and onset of sickness for me. I have never been so sick in my whole life. I don’t know what’s wrong with my health. Its been a week and more and I had fever, cold, headache, vomiting and it goes on.  Blame it on the weather. Anyway, lets talk something nice. So the nice factor here is that I went for the Organic Harvest store launch event on Saturday. It was a lovely event where we were asked to wear accesories and there was a hair-stylist who did my hair. The whole ambience gave a very “alowha” feel. I met a few bloggers and we clicked lots of pictures. They S.A briefed me about the products and new launches. Finally, I left with my goodie bag. I have heard a lot about their products especially these cute little EOS lipbalm inspired from Organic Harvest. I am so happy Organic Harvest has come out with their version of lipbalm. Some of the stuff I received is the Anti tan Scrub, Anti Tan mask and the Sunscreen lotion. I am yet to try out the others. However, I started using the lipbalm from the day I got them. I have already made up my mind on the lipbalm and here is what I think…

Product Description

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

The lip balm with the goodness of Shea butter that locks moisture and prevent your lips from drying out.

Price – Rs. 149 (introductory offer) for 10g. 0.35oz

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

Key Ingredients

Certified Organic lanolin, Shea butter, BHT and food grade strawberry flavor. No Color Added-Color of the product may change due to the use of Organic and Natural ingredients.

Usage

You can apply it by closing your lips together like you are going to kiss something, or simply smile with your lips closed, and apply the dome to both of your lips at the same time.

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

Packaging

Like I mentioned, it looks exactly like EOS lipbalm. This is yellow in color and it comes in an egg-shaped form with branding on the top. The packaging is pretty cute and unusual. It is very light-weight and handy. You can easily put it in your handbag and apply on the go. It smells really nice. How I wish it to be edible!

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

My Experience with Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm-

I started using the product from the time I received it. I usually apply lipbalms in the night and exfoliate my lips in the morning. That way it gives me lipstick ready lips in the morning. The formula of this lipbalm is matte and not glossy that I totally adore. I was really done and dusted with glossy lipbalms. It is a clear lipbalm without any tint. I was not looking for a tinted one anyway. It works extremely well on my chapped lips and helps them to stay smooth. This lipbalm stayed around 4-5hrs after which you may like to re-apply. My lips are always dry and I can never think of applying lipstick without exfoliating. This lipbalm keeps my lips nourished and keeps me from the hassle of exfoliating. It has a yummy fragrance and doesn’t give a waxy feeling. The fact that is made of natural ingredients makes this a steal. It is free from Paraben, mineral oil, Paba and Animal Ingredients. The SA told me that it helps in reducing darkness of your lips. I didn’t really believe her as there is no SPF. But now that I am using it I have seen slight difference in my lipcolor. The dark pigmentation has faded a bit and my lips look much healthier. Honestly, I have used EOS lipbalm and didn’t like it much. But I end up liking Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair much more than I originally planned.

Pros

  • Heals chapped lips
  • Lightens pigmented lips
  • Matte smooth texture
  • Has Shea butter
  • Very cute and hygienic packaging
  • Doesn’t dry up your lips
  • Stays for 4-5hrs
  • Doesn’t melt
  • Travel friendly
  • Doesn’t give a waxy heavy feeling
  • Paraben, mineral oil and cruelty free
  • Natural ingredients used
  • Easily available
  • Preps up your lips for lipstick
  • Affordable
  • Good quantity
  • No added color
  • Yummy fragrance

Cons

  • No SPF
  • Only Key Ingredients mentioned.

Rating– 4.8/5

Recommendation – If you like prepping your lips before applying lipstick and if you like matte texture. I would highly recommend this lipbalm to you. It saves a lot of time when you cannot exfoliate your lips. Simply apply this lipbalm and you have soft, smooth and clear lips.

Have you tried the Organic Harvest lipbalms? Which one did you try?

 

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!

Hello Sunshine,

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!

So yesterday I went for the Organic Harvest event in Juhu for their store launch. On my way back home I thought I’ll visit the Beauty centre Khar as I haven’t been there from a long long time. I went along with my blogger friend Natasha as she wanted to shop too. I was clear in my mind that I am not splurging more on make-up. I was simply going to accompany my friend. But I also knew that I will not come out empty-hand 😛 I decided I’ll buy some minor stuff like a lip pencil. So we directly went to the Miss Claire section, I saw my friend picking this shade and was very keen to try it out. I thought I’ll pick this for myself too. Also, I bought a Party queen colour elixir lipencil and unique style lip pencil. Natasha mentioned that the shade 17A is a closer dupe of Kylie lip kit range. I am sure it is now..17A is such a gorgeous everyday shade. I couldn’t wait to review the shade that I bought yesterday. And here I am…Mind you! I have started using Miss Claire in the year 2011. Where everyone use to buy Lakme. My first products were VOV, Miss Claire and INCOLOR Cosmetics. That time they weren’t so famous. But now they are all over the blogosphere.

Product Description – It’s not lipstick, nor is it gloss. It’s like nothing you’ve experienced before. It’s lipstick cream that goes on silky but looks soft matte.

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!

Price – I got mine for Rs. 180 for 6.5gms but the price varies from Rs. 120 to 300 depending on the place.  Its easily available in Mumbai stores. Instagram stores have also started selling it.

Ingredients –                         

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!

Packaging –  The packaging is exactly like NYX lip crème’s. It comes with a wand for easy application in a tube form of packaging. It is travel friendly and light-weight. The lip cream being thick in consistency doesn’t drip. The packaging supposed to display the shade in the tube. However, I feel the shade is pretty different when swatched or applied on lips. One has to check a tester before buying.

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches

My Experience with Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17A

The shade 17 A is a beautiful peachy browny pink kinda shade which makes it a perfect daily wear. The texture of this lip creams are soft and smooth. The only criteria would be to exfoliate your lips before application. It doesn’t accentuate fine lines and looks very pretty on the lips. It is wet on application which settles into a soft matte texture.  These are thoroughly pigmented. Two swipes is more than enough for medium to full coverage. It hides pigmented lips and doesn’t give a patchy look. My lipsticks usually transfer a lot but with this on my lips I can sip as much as coffee as I want. It doesn’t transfer and stay true to its base. This shade has been compared to Kylie’s lip collection repeatedly. I am so impressed with this shade that I want to get a back up of this so that I never run out of it. This shade will suit fair to medium-dark skintones the most. It has a pleasant vanilla fragrance. It doesn’t feel heavy on the lips. The lip creams survive lighter meals but tends to fade away a bit if you consume oily food. This stays for around 6hrs on my lips which is pretty long lasting. There is variety of shades to pick from this range. I already have 4 shades but this is my cult favourite.

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches

Pros

  • Beautiful peachy brown shade/ neutral shade
  • Suitable to fair to medium dark skintones
  • Non transferable
  • Highly pigmented
  • Medium to full coverage
  • Doesn’t accentuate fine lines
  • Paraben and Cruelty free
  • Soft and smooth matte texture
  • Long staying power around 6hrs
  • Vanilla fragrance
  • Travel friendly
  • Decent wand applicator
  • Good quantity
  • Super Affordable
  • Paraben & Cruelty free.

Cons

  • Shade can be a little different from the packaging. Tester is required.
  • Variation in price range
  • Some may find Availability an issue. (Not a con for me though)

Rating – 4.9/5

Recommendation – I highly recommend this shade if you are on a budget and looking for a Kylie lippie dupe. It a must have shade in my opinion. It is perfect for daily/office/neutral makeup. The only thing I don’t like about the Miss Claire lip cream is the different price range everywhere. If you can buy it in the right price frame then this is a steal. I am getting a back up for this soon.

 

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

Hello Ladies,

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

If you ask me what is that two products that I can’t leave my house without? That would be my jet black kohl/kajal and my lipbalm. I can really survive on these two products, they are my essentials. But to find a good, smudge-proof, water-proof, jet-black kajal is such a task. Somedays I find a jet black kajal then it is not water-proof, if it is waterproof it doesn’t long last. So basically I am always on a hunt for good kohl. Enough of my ranting business! Today, I present to you Sugar Stroke of Genious Heavy Duty Kohl-01 Back to Black. Phewwww! Quite a long name..I know! This is a new launch from Sugar Cosmetics and I was very keen on trying it out. I loved the crayon lipsticks and the vivid matte lipsticks. Sugar has been really a treat for me so far. Let’s see how the kohl looks on me.

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

About Sugar Stroke of Genious Heavy Duty Kohl-01 Back to Black

Eye makeup can be tricky but a stroke of genius can put you at ease. Add to that intense black colour and soft creamy texture and you know you’ve been hooked for life. We’re on about SUGAR Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl – a waterproof Kohl pencil that can add pretty to your eyes in a single swipe. Its wax-based formula spreads evenly and lasts for up to 8 hours. Not just that, it comes with a free sharpener to ensure your eye makeup is always on point.

Bonus: Every Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl comes with its specially designed high quality sharpener that is carefully crafted to help you make the most of your purchase. For more details about the Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl Sharpener, click here.

How to apply: Gently rim your lower and upper lash lines with this creamy Kohl. Open your eyes wide for precise application.

Benefits: This high-performance waterproof Kohl provides maximum colour in a single stroke and lasts for up to 8 hours. Its creamy texture makes application super easy and helps to create varied eye makeup looks in a matter of minutes.

Additional details: The SUGAR Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl is currently available in the shade ’01 Back to Black’. It is free of mineral oil, paraffin, preservatives, volatile cyclomethicones (D4, D5, D6) and animal derived ingredients.

List of Ingredients: Iron Oxides, Black 2, Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Silica, Stearyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Dimethiconol Crosspolymer, Octadecene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Isoceteth-10

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

Price – Rs. 499 also comes with a sharpener. You can buy it from the website or Nykaa.

Packaging – Sugar has kept the kohl packaging very simple with just the brand embedded in white on the black kajal. It comes with a sharpener with a cleaner. I receive a very cute multicolour pinkish pouch with the kajal. I adore the pouch, so handy and fancy. Sugar always wins my heart with the “oh-so-lovely packaging”

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

My Experience with Sugar Stroke of Genious Heavy Duty Kohl-01 Back to Black

The kohl is extremely creamy and soft and it gives a velvety matte finish. I was scared that it would melt in the heat, luckily it didn’t! It is jet black (just like I want), waterproof and long lasting. They say that it is smudge-proof. I applied it on my waterline and it stayed for say around 4-5hrs after which it smudged a bit. If you have very oily lids then it may smudge. I have applied it on my lashline and waterline and it never sting my eyes. Sensitive eyes can gladly pick this up. Since it is highly pigmented you can always smudge it a bit to create that smokey look. It is free from paraben and mineral oil. It comes with a sharpener which has this small cleaner to remove the wastage. Oh yes! If you are someone who likes retractable kohl’s then you may not like this. I personally like pencils that can be sharpened keeping in mind the hygiene issues. I am very bad with retractable pencil, always end up breaking the lead. I really love how intense it looks on me and how bright my eyes look. This is why I just love jet black kohl/kajal.  I have a mixed feeling with the kohl due to the price factor. It is on the expensive side. I wish they have kept it a bit affordable. Below is a picture of me trying out a look with the kohl.

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

Pros

  • Jet black kohl
  • Creamy on application that settles in velvet matte finish
  • Great formula
  • Long lasting
  • Water proof
  • Free of mineral oil, paraffin, preservatives, volatile cyclomethicones (D4, D5, D6) and animal derived ingredients.
  • Comes with a sharpener
  • Can be used both on the lashline and waterline
  • Doesn’t sting the eyes
  • Sensitive eyes can definitely use this

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Not completely smudge-proof
  • Some may prefer retractable kohl’s

Ratings – 4.2/5

Recommendation – I would like to buy it again for the formula and the velvet matte finish. I love how jet black and smooth it is on application. Creating wing eyeliner is like a breeze with this kohl. You can create many looks. However, I would prefer buying this on discount. If you like jet black, velvet matte formula…trysugar 😉

P. S – PR Sample sent for consideration but my review remain honest and unbiased.

My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!

Hello beauties,

My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!
My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!

Being a beauty junkie, I am always on a look to buy new products.  I would love to go shopping but definitely not in this heat. Also it’s practically impossible for me, considering that I work 5 days a week. I love online shopping more than offline. That’s because online beauty products are easily available and you don’t have to travel from one shop to another. I have noticed that we have very few online beauty shopping websites in India. There were many choices when I started blogging but now there are just 2 or 3 websites. Today, I want to reveal this new online beauty shopping website called “APLAVA”. For the one who is curious to know what APLAVA means? Aplava (pronounced “AAp luv” in original sanskrit) means taking a bath to purify oneself. It’s an ablution process of cleansing oneself. Just as the name suggests, Aplava wants to give its customers an experience of divine purity. Beauty is you! Aplava has this unique blend of some household and foreign brands. If you ask me what struck me to buy from this website? It will be definitely due to some fresh brands like Bodyography, Natio, Kronokare , Mememe, Wild Earth etc.

About Aplava

My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!
My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!

As a startup beauty company, we strive to bring an unparalleled assortment of prestige brands, household names and niche, cult beauty brands, all on one site. Our professional team of Dermatologists and Beauty advisors has cherry picked brands across a broad range of product categories including Skincare, Hair care, Bath & Body, Make Up, Fragrance, Sun & Travel, Intimacy, Shaving, Candles and Aromatherapy, Mom & Baby & Homecare. To make your experience worthwhile and easy, the team has developed a mechanism to advice and recommends products based on your skin type and skin concerns. Use the Personalized Beauty section on your profile page to get customized recommendation for your daily skin routine.

Unlike many other beauty retailers, we work directly with our manufacturers/authorized distributors to bring you over 5,000 products straight from the brands themselves. You can trust that anything you buy is 100% authentic, guaranteed

My Beauty Shopping Experience with Aplava!
My Beauty Shopping Experience with Aplava!

My Experience with Aplava.com –

I ordered for three products from Aplava.com and I received my order within 4 days i.e I ordered on Monday and received it on Thursday. I believe that’s Not bad at all! I was expecting it to come within 7-8 days because that’s what the shipment message said. However, everything came pretty fast and all the products were cutely packed in a box. I also received a coupon code for my next order. There was no damage whatsoever with my order. Also, they had kept me updated by sending sms about my shipment. I was really confused as to what to pick from the whole range. Because my mind said that I should try new brands and my heart said ‘Ohhhh, you always wanted that Revlon highlighting palette.’ I just gave in and bought the Revlon highlighting palette in Rose Glow 020, Faces Ultimate Pro lipstick in Read my lip 07 (badly wanted) and the L’Oreal Magique Compact Powder G2. I checked the expiry and if they were genuine. They were all genuine products with nowhere near to expiry. Now I am sure to go again and again to the website to play with the new brands. Also they have great offers running always. Some brownie points about Aplava is that they send a complimentary sample with every order which is really cool. They offer free shipping over orders above 999. There is so much to like about this website, here I am talking about the personalised beauty advice. We all are different skintypes and also have different skincolor. We always try to find a blogger of our complexion online to know what would suit us? With Aplava’s beauty experts you can take a test and find out what will suit your needs and get them delivered at your doorstep. Sounds easy peasy? Isn’t it? I have so many girlfriends and sometimes its so difficult to figure out what to gift a friend? Once I gifted a lipstick to a friend and she told me she already had that shade. Soooo…. I made a boo-boo! I am so glad Aplava came up with a concept of Giftcards. Now you can gift your mother, sister, girlfriend just with what they want without exactly knowing what they want? Haha.. If you know what I mean? They have giftcards ranging from 500 to 10,000. Oh by the way, they are running some amazing offers on lip-balms online. I am a sucker for lip-balms and I finish it faster than my lipsticks. With so many options you can spoil yourself.

My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!
My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!

Recommendation: –  To sum it up, I am truly happy and it was a great shopping experience with Aplava. I am soon going to order some more from the website. I think you should totally checkout this website if you like trying new brands and also for the offers.  I couldn’t find any Con. I just want them to get all the drugstore brands like Colorbar, Make Up revolution, Nyx etc so that it becomes easy for us to buy everything under one roof.

Did you shop from Aplava yet? What are you planning to haul?

Love,

Ric

Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit Review – #StaySummerFresh!

Hello beauties,

Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit Review – #StaySummerFresh
Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit Review – #StaySummerFresh

With the rising temperature in Mumbai, it has become extremely difficult to apply even a bbcream in this weather. I like my face matte and dry during summers. I totally avoid foundations even the lighter versions for daily wear. Maybelline has been kind enough to send out this summer essential kit. This makes life so much easier when you are absolutely clueless on what kind of make up do you want or don’t want on your face. I pretty much skip heavy loaded foundations and opt for a sunscreen, a matte compact, a kajal and a light lip gloss or lip balm for my daily/office wear. The Maybelline summer essential kit covers the Maybelline White Superfresh Compact, the colossal black kajal and the Baby lips color lip balm in Berry Crush.

Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit
Maybelline Summer Essenials Kit

This came in a very cute golden bling pouch. Some girls might hate blingy stuff but this is not like those jazzy heavy duty blings. It looks quite classy and chic enough to carry for evening looks. Also this bag is too good, quality wise and spacious too. It also makes a great make up pouch.

Maybelline White Superfresh Compact
Maybelline White Superfresh Compact

Maybelline White Super fresh compact

I have done a detailed review on this compact here. I love how  this mattifies my face and suck in the extra oil. It makes me look young, fresh and bright. Of course I need to do touch up in between but I love how a touch of this makes me look oh-so-fresh. It comes with a cute mirror and fancy white packaging. It comes with UV protection which is an absolute must for me in any compact powder. And the best part is the pricing of this compact, just Rs. 150 for this fabulous product. So pocket friendly and effective. I am sure this would be an absolute hit amongst college goers.

Maybellune Colossal Kajal
Maybelline Colossal Kajal

Maybelline Colossal Kajal

I know many of you might have already tried and tested this kajal. There is a huge fan following for this particular kajal. I absolutely hate kajals/ kohl that smudges. Long back when I first bought this kajal it used to smudge a lot. I believe MNY has improved the formula of this kajal as it doesn’t smudge anymore. My eyes are super watery and no kajal stays on my waterline for a long time. This stays for 4-5 hrs on my waterline which is quite decent for Rs. 150 bucks. Also my mom absolutely loves this kajal. So thumbs up again..MNY!

Maybelline Baby Lips Berry Crush
Maybelline Baby Lips Berry Crush

Maybelline Baby Lips Berry Crush

Now you would say.. “Are you nuts to buy a lip balm during summers?” Trust me babe.. I need a lipbalm 365 days a year. My lips are so dry and chapped that I cannot afford to wear a lipstick without applying a lipbalm. From the time baby lips have been launched here, I have been a loyal lover to Baby lips. The price is Rs. 135 for this beauty. This has been my absolute must and Berry Crush is my favourite. I was really hoping MNY doesn’t send me a lighter or transparent one. I heart the berry one as it gives a healthy flush to my lips and make my face look brighter. It keeps my lips protected, nourished and soft for a longer time adding a hint of color.

Below is a picture of me wearing the kajal, lip balm and white superfressh compact from Maybelline. Do you think I need more make up to look good? Well, I guess not! I #StaySummerfresh with my MNY summer essentials kit. What about you?

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Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!

Hello ladies,

Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!
Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!

Few weeks back I gave a treat to myself by buying Colourpop Ultra matte lip liquid lipsticks. These were in my wishlist from quite a long time and finally I gave in and bought three shades Avenue, Scrooge, Bad habit. I am so glad I purchased them and wish to get few more in my bucket. However, this time I am really hoping any of my friends bring it to me from abroad. Because sellers in India charge double the price for this product. I got it at a very reasonable price though from an Instagram seller named Nowandwowchennai. Everything came faster and intact and the product was absolutely original. From the time I have got these ones, all my other lipsticks feel abandoned. Read on to know why… Product Description – Step 1: Make sure your lips are bare and dry! Step 2: Apply matching lip pencil for a precise and perfected application. Step 3: Apply Ultra Matte Lip with the applicator or your favorite lip brush. **For smoothest finish always exfoliate your lips first! This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips smoothly and leaves SUPER intense pigment-rich colour with a bold, ultra matte look. It’s very long wearing and completely kiss proof! We suggest storing these babies upright and shaking before application!

Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!
Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!

Price – on website $6.00 USD (I got it for Rs. 625 from Nowandwowchennai + shipping) Packaging – The packaging is cute and classy. The branding is done in multi-colours and the liquid lipstick comes in a transparent lip gloss form with an applicator. Be very careful while removing the product and try to remove only as much as you need. Remember less is more!

Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!
Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!
Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!
Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!

My Experience with Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue – I always thought NYX makes the best set of lip crèmes but Colourpop has totally changed my opinion. I am absolutely in love with these liquid lipsticks. I wish I can own all the shades from this range. The liquid lipstick is wet on application and settles down into an ultra matte shade. The shade is a deep brown red which looks classic. One of the shades that I’ve been always looking for in Indian brands but never found one. All the shades in this range are so unique and worth a try. The application could be tricky so make sure you are careful with lining your lips. If you are good at it you won’t even need a lip liner. First go with the natural lines of your lips and then fill the center. It stays on forever and therefore only a make up remover can remove it completely. Avoid eating oily food while you wear this or it can make your lips look messy. This is such a beautiful shade for the one who admire darker shades. Your lips look fuller and so pouty all the time. This lipstick brightens up my complexion alone and I don’t feel the need to put any make up. It comes with a word of caution though; exfoliate your lips thoroughly before application. These have a tendency to show your flaky lips. Overall I totally recommend this shade from the range. You are going to enjoy the smooth application.

Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!
Colourpop Ultra matte Liquid Lipstick Avenue Review & FOTD!

Pros

  • Amazing shade
  • Great staying power
  • Highly pigmented
  • Not tested on Animals
  • Unique shade collection in this range
  • Ultra matte
  • Worth an investment

Cons

  • Availability
  • Price aren’t affordable in India

Rating – 4.7/5 (- points only for availability) Recommendation – If you don’t mind paying Rs. 625 bucks on a fab liquid lipstick, try Instagram sellers you are totally going to love the shades. Definitely, worth an investment considering these last forever.              

Skin18.com Haul and Website Review

Hello beauties,

skin18.com website review
skin18.com website review

Summers are here and I have a love/hate relationship with this weather. I love it because it is supposed to be the vacation time of the year. Its time to bring out our shorts, skirts, rompers and flaunt some skin. On the other hand, I absolutely hate the unwanted tans, blemishes and ageing of skin. If you want to enjoy the holidays, you have to take care of your skin. I’ve learned the hard way that Skin comes first and Make up afterwards. Last year, I wholly dedicated and have undergone treatment to take care of my skin and the results are acne-free, no blemish skin. Now I am in love with skincare products. I believe healthy skin can make you look beautiful even without makeup. So our Focus should be Skin first. Having said that, today I am going to review about this Korean beauty website SKIN18.Com. I have heard and experienced myself that Korean skincare products are awesome. We have beauty centre in Mumbai which sells some Korean skincare products but they are not consistent and suddenly out of shelf when you need them. Skin18.com was kind enough to approach me to review their products and the timing was just perfect… Summers!

About Skin18.com

SKIN18 believes in skincare instead of makeup.  Skincare products feed natural ingredients and nutrition to your skin while makeup is considered as coverage.  A lady may not have perfect features but still look charming with beautiful skin, imagine a young girl with smaller eyes and big nose will still look good at the age of 18.  Founder of Skin18 concerns about her skin the most, and our mission here is to bring you products that will makes you look forever 18.  It is the best to start your skincare as early as possible but there is never too late just like having exercise for a healthy body.

SKIN18 is very picky on selecting the workable skin healthy products and inviting bloggers, users, clients, reporters to write reviews with testing products is one of the way – please feel free to join Skin18 and share your feelings about skincare.  Ladies – it is time to spend your leisure time on yourself. Our guarantee is to ensure all products placed in our website are good for your skin.

skin18.com
Skin18.com

Skin18 has sent me some 17 samples and I have received it within 15 days from dispatch. That was pretty quick because in Mumbai the customs usually hold the parcel coming any corner of the world. Thankfully, there was no customs charge because it mentioned $5.00 also it was “gift” marked. All the samples were intact and had extremely cute packaging. I love the packaging of Korean products. If you wish to try the samples you can purchase them by paying a minimal shipping fee. Also I love the fact that they have so many freebies, samples, giveaways and subscription box for their customers. They have extremely caring and nice people in customer service. The customer service keep you updated with your order time to time. They have this subscription box where you can choose skincare products according to your skintype and they will send it across to you. For that, you definitely need to tell them clearly what is your skintype?  Here are the products that I have received from Skin18.com

dress code black mediheal mask dress
dress code black
Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask
Snail Repairing Wrinkle Care Intensive Mask
Multi-Vita Brightening Active Mask
Multi-Vita Brightening Active Mask
Red Ginseng White Clean Active Mask
Red Ginseng White Clean Active Mask
Rice Wine Moisturizing and Conditioning Serum
Rice Wine Moisturizing and Conditioning Serum
Pomegranate 7 Skin Scheduler Saturday Vital Mask
Pomegranate 7 Skin Scheduler Saturday Vital Mask
Luke Lemon Tea Tree Nose Cleansing Strip, Mugwort Nose Strip, Hydrogel Eye Patch
Luke Lemon Tea Tree Nose Cleansing Strip, Mugwort Nose Strip, Hydrogel Eye Patch
Ben & Sera Water Light Face Scrub
Ben & Sera Water Light Face Scrub
Ben & Sera JJ Cream Diamond Whitening One Second
Ben & Sera JJ Cream Diamond Whitening One Second
Ben & Sera 7 days Whitening Miracle, 30 days Anti Ageing Project, 15 Days Anti Wrinkle Taeng Taeng
Ben & Sera 7 days Whitening Miracle, 30 days Anti Ageing Project, 15 Days Anti Wrinkle Taeng Taeng

I tried the Red Ginseng White Clean Active Mask and went totally head over heels over this mask. My face look really tired after a hectic day at work and I had to go out for a dinner. I have put this mask on my face for nearly 15-20 mins. And my face looked so glowing, cold, clean and bright as if I have just done a facial. My mom asked me if I have taken a nap while using this mask. Honestly, I didn’t because the thought of getting ready and leaving asap never let me sleep. So I was clear it was the mask.  After few days I tried the Pomegranate 7skin scheduler Saturday Vital Mask and the results were same. Clear, bright, soft, healthy, cool glowing skin post usage. I can now declare that Skin18 products really work and offer awesome benefits to the skin. No wonder Korean beauties look so young and graceful all the time. I am surely going to order more products once I finish all of these.

I am very keen on trying the serums now. I will keep you posted with the progress of my skin with the serums. In the meanwhile, do check out Skin18.com for a plethora of skincare masks, serums, moisturisers and more in affordable price. They offer free shipping on order of $40.00 otherwise it is $3.00. I bet you will love the K beauty.

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 http://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.

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