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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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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.

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

<3

GET GLOWING SKIN WITHOUT MUCH EFFORT

We all want that perfect skin and flawless complexion. No matter how confident we are, a little pampering always goes a long way in boosting your self esteem. Of course nobody says that confidence is confined to appearance but why not make the use of these inexpensive things and restore that glow you were born with?

You were born with beautiful skin. You were born with those glowing cheeks. Why let pollution and stress take away your deserved charm?

It is never difficult to get glowing skin. The only thing which is required is persistence. Trust us on this part, this is the only thing why many people are victim of bad skin. So take little time out and try these easy tips.

LEMON – now surely this is something you have known since ages. But sometimes you need a little reminder that yes you can do it.

Simply rub lemon juice on your face and neck and leave it on for 10 minutes. A lot of people are sensitive to lemon. You can add little warm water to the juice just to dilute it. This will cut the burning effect, if at all you feel. Wash your face  after 10 minutes with warm water. Try this method for 3-4 times a week.

You can also add honey to the lemon and apply it on your face. Keep this pack on for 20 minutes and wash it with luke warm water. A regular practise will not only leave you with glowing skin, it will also help remove dead cells.

TURMERIC- turmeric has been known as a magical beauty thing since ages. Well, our ancestors were never wrong when they applied turmeric on the brides. You are aware of the effects that it creates. Why not try it on yourself?

Get raw turmeric and make a paste by blending it in the mixture. Take little bit and apply on your face. You may add milk if your skin is not too oily. Leave this paste for 20 minutes and wash with luke warm water.

This method is not recommended for pimple prone skin.

HONEY- glow is much related to moisture. Have you noticed how an oiled surface glows? That’s what honey does to your skin. It is a great moisturiser and has antibacterial properties that also fights skin infection.

Apply plain raw honey on your face and wash it off with cool water after 15-20 minutes. Follow this on a daily basis to get soft, glowing and radiant skin.

CUCUMBER- cucumber has cooling and astringent effect on your skin. It hydrates and gives an overall glow.

Cut the cucumber into thick pieces and rub all over your face and neck. Leave it for half an hour and wash it with running water. This should be done daily for greater benefit. The ones who are sensitive to cold and cough can restrict this method to thrice weekly.

Apart from these you can also try aloe vera juice on your face. Above all, remember to keep your face clean and get adequate sleep.

Get that glow!

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