Friday, 7 October 2016

Review: Kiehl's Turmeric-Cranberry Seeds Energizing Radiance and Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masks

Hello everyone,

When I posted pictures of masks on my IG, a lot of my friends wanted to know how I felt about them! And after that I vanished from the internet. I was under tremendous work pressure and had no time to think about anything else, and, blogging got pushed down the priority list and I must say I missed it!

Now, that the work pressure is less and I am back into blogging senses, I want to start with the review of these two masks, which I have been using for past few weeks.

But, before we talk about these masks my hats off to the Kiehl's for its genius idea to launch travel size jars (~ 30 ml) of these masks as well. These travel sized mask jars costed me INR 1350/- each, which is quite economical for experimenting and trying.

Let's first talk about the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Mask. First of all, I LOVE how it smells - it reminds me of kesar-pista kulfi which I LOVE and I can't get enough of its smell. I don't have to tell anyone how beneficial turmeric is for its antiseptic properties and is being used for ages in many beauty treatments (apart from day to day cooking in Indian kitchens). 

As you can tell from the photos, this mask comes in a bright orange coloured glass tub which is quite sturdy - I can say so because it survived a fall! Its a clay based mask infused with turmeric - which helps in healing skin problems and cranberry seeds - for mild exfoliation (one complain though, these cranberry seeds stick on to my skin after the mask dries completely and I have to scratch them away). As this is a clay based mask, I feel this would be more suitable for those with oily skin, yay for me (but, I currently have pretty normal skin). I mostly use this mask twice a week in the evening for a deep cleanse. This mask gives a very soothing cooling sensation to skin which I find very relaxing after a tough day at work.

When I used this mask for the first few times, it worked wonderfully for me. I didn't notice any dryness or tightness in my skin after using this mask. In fact, my skin was a lot softer and smoother and I could see that my skin looked brighter and fresher. But, then after a few uses (5-6) I couldn't see much difference and I stopped using it. And, during my PMS my skin freaked out and I again started using this mask I notices my breakouts dried a lot faster. So, now, I start using this mask about 2-3 times a week prior to my PMS date and see very few hormonal breakouts (of course it depends more my hormonal balance during that month).

In a nutshell, I like this mask when my skin is problematic and breaking out and those with dry skin should stay away from it. To conclude, I would say that I am not very overwhelmed with this mask, I like it but not love it and I am still on fence if I would again purchase this mask. I would rather experiment and try other clay based masks for deep pore cleansing.  

Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masks is formulated as a protective mask to fight affects of pollution and strengthen skin against pollutants. Orange acts as an antioxidant which prevents damage from aggressors and Cilantro helps to strengthen skin's barrier to keep skin replenished and hydrated and supplied with essential nutrients that get damaged because of pollution. 

Its a wipe off and overnight leave on mask and I have tried this mask only as a wipe off mask. As this is a treatment mask, the longer you leave it on skin the better it is. When I use this as wipe of mask, I leave it on for good 1-1.5-2 hours, after which I wipe it off using a dampened wash cloth and do my daily skin care routine. I usually apply retinol after this mask (either Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil or MV Organics Rose Plus Booster) and the next morning my skin is super fresh, hydrated and plump. 

If you see the ingredients list carefully it contains sugarcane extract and as sugarcane extract is generally associated with glycolic acid (a type of AHA), which, is a commonly used chemical exfoliant these days, we see the brighter and radiant skin. And hence, use of sunscreen with at least SPF of 30+ becomes mandatory the next day to preserve skin's brightness and radiance. 

If you ask me, how, I like this mask over my Oskia Renaissance Mask, my answer would be both equally. Both are treatment masks with AHA's (however, Kiehl's doesn't say so explicitly) and deliver on its claims. However, a little bit biased with Kiehl's considering its price and ease of availability. 

I hope this review is somewhat helpful. Let me be honest, it took me forever to channelise my thoughts to write this review after such a long gap from blogging. If you find any missing info, please bear with me and shoot your questions at me I will try to respond with max info possible at the earliest. Also, share your experiences with me if you have used any of these masks. 

Lots of Love

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Review: Tom Ford Crimson Noir Lipstick

Hello Everyone,

There's something about owning a Tom Ford lipstick. I had literally pull a lot of courage together to spend eons on a lipstick, about INR 4000.00. Although, this is not a new lipstick but its new to me and if already own this one, high five friend, you can gauge my excitement. 

Technically, Crimson Noir is not my first, but, you only have to own one to get addicted to. Crimson Noir is a deepened blue red with very minute microscopic shimmer. When I saw the bullet I thought it would be a bang on in your face deep red (imagine MAC Diva), but, it is not. On my naturally tanned skin its a muted deep red. 

The formula is balmy and moisturizing with amazing pigment for such a moisturizing lipstick and long wearing. On me it lasted with a lovely stain after couple cups of tea and a full meal. I was surprised by how moisturizing it was through out the day. I don't think I have anything similar to this in formula as well as color. 

I think enough babbling, lets see the products and how it looks on my MAC NC40 skin

If you are wondering, the highlight is Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Gelee in Modern Mercury. 

I hope you liked this post. Which is your favorite Tom Ford lipstick? 

Lots of Love

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Current obsession | Orange/ Warm Orangey Red Lipsticks

Hello Everyone, 

The weather in Mumbai is so awesome - chilly winds, rains and a hot cup of tea. But, I hate the gloominess this weather brings.

To perk up the mood in this dull and gloomy weather I have really been liking these firey orange and warm orangey red lipsticks. No bias, I love them all and it was quite fun to wear them all this week to prepare for this post.

When I laid all the orange and orangey Red lipsticks that I have in my stash to take photos, my husband asked me 'aren't all these same?' I tried hard to convince him that these are different, but failed. Only a make-up enthusiast like me would understand how different these shades are. I wish the lighting was better and it was bright sunny day, it would have been easier to capture the difference and my arm swatches would have looked a lot better. However, the difference in shades is more noticeable in my face swatches (IMO). 

Left to Right: MAC Lady Danger, MAC So Chaud, Nars Annabella, Rouge d'Armani Lasting Satin Lipstick #401, Armani Lips Maestro #401
Top: Jeffree Star Anna Nicole, Armany Rouge Ecstacy Lacquer Lip Gloss #400

Bottom to Top: MAC So Chaud, Lady Danger, Rouge d'Armani Lasting Satin Lipstick #401, Nars Annabella, Jeffree Star Anna Nicole, Armani Lips Maestro #401, Armany Rouge Ecstacy Lacquer Lip Gloss #400
I will try to briefly explain each of these lipsticks:

M.A.C. So Chaud is described as a matte bright reddish orange but this pulls out more orange and its yellow and neon undertones are prominent on my warm tanned skin tone. 

M.A.C. Lady Danger a cult classic from the brand and Nic's (from Pixiwoos) favorite is deeper reddish orange/ coral in it and it looks exactly like this on me. This one is satin in finish and is more shinier than So Chaud, but, not glossy at all. 

Rouge d' Armani Lasting Satin Lipstick #400 is a true reddish orange - more red than orange in - glossier in initial application than a traditional satin finish lipstick, but, sets to a stain alike in few minutes. 

Armani Lip Maestro #400 is a fiery orangey, warm and bright red, the lipstick's couter part in (nearly) a liquid lip version. This picture is from the past and you can find the look here. It sets to a more

Jeffee Star Anna Nicole is a true orange with red undertones and it is a flat matte finish. This pic is again from the past (but recent) and you can find the whole look here.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Annabella is a warm red and deepest in this lot. I also see a bit of pink hue in it.

Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lip Lacquer Lip Gloss #400 is a warm red, but, it looks more of an orangey - red on me and is glossiest of the lot.

Too much orange and red, and I am sure you all must be confused by now! So, guys what you all think, are all these same or different? What ya think about my descriptions? Is it even closer to what it looks? 

Happy weekend! 

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Made these raved about mascaras work, that, otherwise didn't work (for me)!

Hey Guys, 

A lot of times we are so intimidated with some products that we just want them to somehow work. We try all the hacks possible to make them work, sometimes we succeed sometime we don't. Generally, I am very positive person with immense fighting spirit and I don't give up on anything easily. So, this post is about one such small incident from my tryst with and for the love of make-up! 

Ever since I stared wearing make-up and learned about all the brands, I wanted to try the Armani Eyes to Kill mascara water proof (to be able to wear during monsoons). To rest my desire, I ordered the mascara from Selfridges, paid so much duties and shipping to realize that this was not worth the hype at all. This was just a dud. No volume, no lengthening, no blackness! Nothing close to what it is hyped about. And then started the struggle to somehow make it work to subside the pain of shipping and duties gone in vein. 

Then I remembered about another dud, the Legendary Lash mascara by Charlotte Tilbury. I got a sample of this mascara from amazing Beautylish with my latest order. I tried the mascara as soon as I opened my Beautylish package in the evening and I washed it all off in a few minutes. Guys, the drama was legendary, the volume, the lengthening and pigment was impeccable and there's nothing close I have tried before. However, many YTers claim this to be a dupe for Chanel Le Volume, which I have't used in hot minute, so no comments on that. 

Next day I wore to office to experience the horror of my life. The mascara rolled all over my face. This was awful guys leaving me embarrassed! I was very disappointed that such a beautiful mascara didn't work for me and it went somewhere back in my stash. You can probably make out from my arm swatches as to how pigmented and jet black Charlotte Tilbury mascara is. 

So, when my Armani mascara failed and was trying to figure out a way to make it work, I remembered a wedding tutorial by Charlotte Tilbury herself in which she had topped mascara with a water proof top coat. Just like we seal our nail polish, I guess. And, then I experimented and tried the Armani Water Proof mascara over Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lash mascara and anxious waited for that moment to see the mascara all over my face, but, fortunately this wait never got over and by the evening there was sense of victory. Yes, I made it work. No mascara fallout/ rolling over. Ever since, this has been go-to lash make-up. 

In my eye's picture below trying to show the mascara in action, I have worn just one light coat of the Legendary Lash mascara and topped with the Eyes to Kill Water Proof mascara and you can see the volume and pigment. 

I feel that this was quite an expensive experiment and I wouldn't recommend these mascaras, individually, to anyone. Decide for yourself, if you want to try the combo, but, IMO why would anyone in his sane senses buy a water proof mascara from overseas to use as a water proof top coat. I would not at least. But, if you do not struggle with mascara's running down your face, do give the Charlotte Tilbury Mascara a try. Charluotte Tilbury, if, you ever read this post please release a water proof variant for your Legendary Lash mascara. PLEASE! 

I hope you guys like this post. Do you have any such experiences of making product work, which otherwise were a dud? Lets chat in the comments below. 

Lots of Love