Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Current Skincare (and one hair care) Empties - April 2016

Hey Guys, 

Been a more than a month I posted anything, here and on my other social media platforms. I wasn't very busy or occupied really, but, was little disoriented because of some not so serious health issues, which had cause my skin to explode and it was reoccurring even after taking lot of precautions. Anyways, I shall not bore you all with this. 

Past few weeks I finished a few skincare items and once hair care products which I thought of sharing to inspire some of you, empties post are always inspires me.  

1.            Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm 

This was my first time trying this product after hearing a lot of rave review. When I used it for the first time, I fell in love with it. Later I thought it was not worth it and started using less frequently and it took me more than 4.5-5 months to finish it, a few days back. However, this was always my companion during my Delhi travel for how easy make-up removing and evening cleansing becomes. Ever since, this product is finished and I went to Delhi (imagine Delhi’s hot and dry weather) without it, I missed it so much. I took my Sunday Riley’s cleanser and it made my skin so dry and stretchy. So, I decided to purchase my second tub and when I used it again today, I realised I can’t part with this cleansing balm.

I was actually contemplating at buying Sunday Riley’s Blue Moon or Eve Lom’s balm, but, it would have taken forever to reach me and I was not ready to wait. But, I will surely try both of these balms this year.

2.            Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliator

This cleanser guys is so good. I use it as a physical exfoliator every couple of days. This is primarily my evening cleanser after removing my make-up. I tend to get less hormonal breakouts and whatever few I get, they clear up quickly and makes my skin smooth and soft. I am on my second tube, as we speak.

3.            Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner

Even though I don’t see major difference in my skin whether I use toner or I am a strong believer of toners, for, it helps removing every single trace of make-up and gunk left over. And, if I stop using toner I get more breakouts.

About Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner, it’s not our regular transparent water like toners, it’s milky and translucent. Company recommends it for all skin types, however, for my oily-dehydrated skin it was a little bit more, especially when I am in Mumbai during day time. It worked awesome for me when I used it during night time and during drier months. And it does fantastic in removing last trace of make-up and gunk. I am on fence about it. But, I may still give it a go considering my frequency of travel to Delhi, as it worked fantastic for me there too.

4.            Alpha-H Liquid Gold

I loved this stuff. It made my skin super smooth and plump. I used to use it every 2 days along with my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. You can read about it more here.

5.            Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel

Wonderful at clearing acne, but, it leaves my skin dry. I am using Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment Gel and I am liking it so far.

6.            Forest Essentials Eye Cream with Anise

It’s a thick eye cream, great for those who suffer from dry and dehydrated under eye area. The company also claims its effectiveness in smoothing fine lines. But, I didn’t notice any difference in fine lines around my eye area and it took some time in getting absorbed.

7.            Moroccan Oil Intense Hydration Mask

This is the first time I am discussing any hair care product on this platform. 1. I was not fussy about hair care products and 2. I never found any product worthy of any mention.

I tried this super expensive mask only out of curiosity and I must admit I love this product. I also tried the shampoo, which was horrible and made my hair super dry. Now, that I have finished one tub of this mask, I am still contemplating whether I really need this mask. 

That is all for now and I shall see you all here very soon. 

Lots of Love, 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Current Favourite Perfume | Chanel EDT Chance Eau Vive

Hey Guys,

So, the weather has finally started warming (read heating) up in Mumbai. Last weekend was horribly hot for March and I am so not liking it. And the weather has started showing its effects on my body - I have upset stomach for last couple of weeks - severe acidity and I can feel the heat in my body. My face is exploding with break outs and zits. Not a very pleasant start to summers, for sure. My stomach is much better today I can see that my zits have also dried a bit. Sorry, for such a sad intro but I am really freaking out because of it! 

However, there is one thing that is keeping me calm and refreshed in this not so pleasant situation - Chanel EDT Chance Eau Vive. I love fragrances but never indulged in designer perfumes and never even read about them. Recently I have developed an interest in perfumes and I now have two designer perfumes. The only perfume that I used to wear was Davidoff Cool Blue all these years and whatever my friends/ family would gift. I don't consider myself well educated to review a perfume, but, however naive I may sound I wanted to share my thoughts and excitement of owning a designer perfume on my blog. 

Chanel one being my first designer perfume. Love its opening citrus notes and as the time goes on I can also sense jasmine and white musk. Eau Vive is quite a mild scent and a great elegant one for everyday wear. I love its fresh scent so much that I literally drench myself in it. However, it doesn't last long - 4 to 5 hours max. If you want to read more about it in detail check out its details at Fragrantica here. The baby pink liquor is housed in a sleek glass bottle with a frosted plastic cap, which I adore. It costed me a bomb, but, fragrance wise I would say its not overwhelming, but, pretty decent and I am loving it currently. 

I am in search of a rose scent for this season that is not too strong and rose-y. I am considering Roses by Chloe. Do you have any other recommendations that I should check out, do share below in the comments.

Lots of Love

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Beautylish Haul 2016 | Ft Natasha Denona, Cover FX and Jefree Star | Pictures and Swatches

Hey Guys,

After not buying any makeup for 2-3 months, I splurged this month. Couldn't resist myself from trying Natasha Denona eye shadow. Online reviews and swatches were killing me and so were Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks and ever since Cover FX Custom Cover Drops were launched I was itching to try. So, I caved into the temptation and this haulage happened from Beautylish! Well, not many products, but, I am proud of each piece. 

I love shopping from Beautylish as they have free express shipping on orders above USD 100.00, but, yes you have to pay customs and there is no escape. But, now a days I have learned to live with this fact that my purchases will be subject to customs and I plan accordingly. I am happy in a way that I am not dependent on anyone and no favors exchanged (ya know what I mean) ;-) 

So, my order was delivered last week and all the products were rapped in a Natasha Denona 28 eye shadows palette gift paper sorts, which, I misplaced! Generally, Beautylish orders come with a love short note from the team which I love. 

I haven't really tested this products properly to pass any judgement, but, just by swatching and playing them a little I have first impressions sorts. So, only pictures and swatches for this post. Hope you enjoy! 

First Impressions sorts:

Natasha Denona eye shadows: INCREDIBLE (Detailed review to follow soon) 


Cover FX Custom Cover Drops: Need to try and test more 

Natasha Denona Palette #4
Natasha Denona Palette #4
Natasha Denona Palette #4
Natasha Denona Palette #2
Natasha Denona Palette #2
Natasha Denona Palette #2
Jeffree Star Anna Nicole
Jeffree Star Anna Nicole
Cover FX Custom Cover FX G50
Coveer FX Custom Cover FX G50

I can't wait to try and test these products and hope to post reviews and looks soon. 

Lots of Love 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Rediscovering from stash - old favorites | M.A.C. Lipsticks in Up the Amp and So Chaud

Hey Guys,

It happens with most of us makeup hoarders that we buy new stuff and leave older stuff (which isn't old by any means) to gather dust and die. I am guilty of doing this for past many years. When I started my make-up adventure I was on spree to collect all MAC lipstick, which faded over the years and I branched out to other brands. And when I saw my overflowing lipstick drawer I realized the time for major declutter has arrived. 

When I was decluttering my lipstick stash over the weekend and found these two lipsticks lying somewhere deep down - unused for many months and probably years - which I used to love back then. These were Up the Amp, a bright purple shade leaning blue and So Chaud, a bright Orange. I pulled them out to give them some love this week and both the shades happen to perfect shades for the season. 

You can see from the pictured below that these are hardly used and I feel ashamed of not using these beautiful shades much. 

So Chaud is like in your face bright which I have paired with a smudged kohl and matching bronzy-orange cheeks. 

Up the Amp is a tricky shade for me and it dulls down my complexion very easily so, I generally pair it with a bright pink blush and defined eyes to draw some attention away from lips. I also changed my brow pencil for this look from my usual ABH Chocolate and used Medium Brown which more ashy and cool toned, so that Chocolates warm tones don't conflict with cool toned lips & cheeks. 

Left: MAC Up the Amp ; Right: So Chaud

Left: So Chaud ; Right: Up the Amp

MAC So Chaud

MAC Up the Amp
I love this rediscovering of old favs in my stash of make-up. I hope you like it to. How do you really ensure that you are using old fav stuff? Have you rediscovered something new which was your fav in the past? If you would like to read these posts, I will continue doing this with other stuff as well. Lemme know! 

Lots of Love