Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Review: Lakmé Eyeconic (Coloured) Kajals

  Rs. 250 for 0.35g

It's been ages since I did a Lakmé post. I scrolled back my last 10 posts and noticed there wasn't a single Lakmé post, so let's change that now. Lakmé came out with coloured kajals a while back, and every single beauty blog was flooded with swatches and looks featuring them. I was excited when I heard that Lakmé had come out with coloured kajals - but when I saw the swatches, I was slightly disappointed. They were rather dull and not as bright as I had imagined. When you say blue, I had envisioned a rather vivid blue (kinda like that Maybelline Turquoise kajal which I'll be reviewing soon), and not the midnight blue it turned out to be. What changed my mind? Kareena Kapoor did. While I was in Bangalore, I was in a mall which had life size pictures of Kareena using the kajals in various looks. And they were all so gorgeous!!! I bought 4 of the 5 shades that very day!

Review: Clean & Clear morning energy facewashes

The last time I wrote about Clean & Clear, my review was pretty disastrous. I was just extremely disappointed in what I thought was a good inexpensive brand. I was a little suspicious of the tiny morning energy face washes in the stores, but on seeing Cynthia from my favourite beauty blog Indian Vanity Case rave about what looked like something similar, I was curious to see if they were any good and if maybe I'd dismissed the brand too quickly.

Clean & Clear morning energy face wash with energizing lemon

Rs. 55 for 50 ml

Clean & Clear - "Energize your tired looking skin with this gentle face wash which has BURSTING BEADS that burst with energy and Vitamin C-rich lemon extract. Gives you a burst of morning energy anytime of the day. The rich foam thoroughly removes oil and dirt. It has special ingredients that help prevent common skin problems, without over-drying. Leaves skin feeling clean, clear and beautiful everyday.
  • Oil free
  • Won't clog pores"

Friday, 4 July 2014

Colorama cintilante perolado Prata & cremoso intenso Amanhecer: Review

Rs. 100 for 8 ml

Shelf Life: 1 year

I'm not much of a nail polish person (This is the last time I'm starting a post like that, I swear!). Why? Because it's too much of a hassle. Applying on my right hand's nails is still a bit of a task for me. Waiting for it so dry is another. And chipped paint looks so ugh! But who's going to have the patience to remove it and re-apply? In short, if you're lazy like me, your nails will most probably be bare for 11 out of 12 months in the year (I know - shocking!). So naturally, I don't purchase nail paints very often either. The same goes with these. I got them as a freebie along with my purchases in Bangalore. Actually I was supposed to pick one; but I was soooo in awe of these 2 pretty colours (with an expression very similar to puss-in-boots below), that the attendant quietly slipped me both with a mischievous wink :D
There's not much written on the bottle (that I can read and understand at least!); ingredients included. This brand is marketed by Maybelline/L'Oreal. I took the liberty of renaming the shades (as I have no idea how to pronounce these):

Veet Hydro'Restor Hair Removal Cream for Sensitive Skin: Review

Rs. 95 for 60g

Shelf Life: 3 years

Veet - "Get touchably smooth & soft skin with New Veet Hair Removal Cream in only 5 minutes. Veet's New Formula contains Hydro'Restor ingredients that can help restore skin's hydration levels. Veet's NEW formula is designed to work close to the root of the hair. Therefore your hair takes noticeably longer to grow back and your skin stays smoother for longer. Specially designed for sensitive skin, its formula is enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to ensure maximum care for your skin. For best results, remove the cream with the perfect touch spatula which comes in this pack."

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Ponds pure white Deep Cleansing Facial Foam: Review

Rs. 90 for 50g

Shelf Life: 2 years 

Ponds - "Ponds introduces new skin cleansing philosophy: Black attracts Black! Ponds Pure White Facial Foam is formulated with Activated Carbon. This face wash with 'Black' Activated Carbon helps absorb and lift away the 'Black" dirt and impurities from skin surface and deep within pores, helping to reduce the causes of blemish to help reveal your natural pure white looking skin."

Ok, so I've been AWOL for quite a while. I've been travelling non stop - to Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Trivandrum. If only it weren't for work, I'd be having the time of my life. Now that I'm back, I'm going to make up for what I miss in terms of beautiful scenery, with more beauty-related reviews. Does that even make sense?

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal Oil-Free Moisturizer: Review

 Rs. 225 for 80 ml

Shelf Life: 3 years

Lotus - "Plant derived Alpha Hydroxy extracts present in this light oil-free moisturizer replenish moisture, provide a vibrant smooth complexion and reveal fresh newer skin. The complexion is rejuvenated into looking and feeling younger."

This moisturizer completes my Cleansing-Toning-Moisturizing routine. I was on the lookout for a moisturizer which would ensure that my combination skin doesn't dry out due to my excessive love for face washes in the Summer; while not making my skin to oily either. Does that even make sense? The SA shoved this at me and told me this was what I was looking for. A little bit of persuasiveness from her, the words "light" and "oil-free" in the description; and I had to try it!

Lotus Herbals Basiltone Cucumber & Basil Clarifying & Balancing Toner: Review

Rs. 225 for 100ml

Shelf Life: 3 years

Lotus - "Basiltone is a dynamic blend of basil leaf extract and cucumber extract which restores natural pH balance of combination or oily skin. Helps tighten pores and removes any residue of makeup, pollution or excess oils. As a result skin is clear, clean and fresh."

You can see why I was drawn to this toner. It seems like a miracle product for anyone with combination or oily skin. The "1 min to toned skin" written at the base of the bottle added to its attractiveness. The label on the toner says to follow up the Lotus Lemonpure cleanser with this toner, but I generally like to wash my face with a good face wash before toning. Oily skin needs a good face wash in the summer. I was using Lotus Herbals Neemwash Neem and Clove Ultra-Purifying Face Wash for a long time and I loved it; but then I switched to Lotus Herbals TeaTreewash Tea Tree & Cinnamon Anti-Acne Oil Control Face Wash. Let's see more about this toner:

Lotus Herbals Neemwash Neem and Clove Ultra-Purifying Face Wash: Review

 Rs. 160 for 120 g

Shelf Life: 3 years

Lotus - "Neemwash is described as an innovative premium face wash which uses the goodness of Neem and Clove. It contains active neem slices and neem extract which provides excellent anti bacterial protection to skin. It helps in curing acne, blemishes, or eczema prone skin.
Active Herbal Ingredient - Neem: A universal anti-septic & well known for anti-bacterial properties, helps in controlling pimples, removes excess surface oils, dirt and pollutants.
Clove: It is effective against acne & bruises."

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Maybelline Lip Smooth Color Bloom: Review

 Rs. 125 for 1.7g 

Shelf Life: 3 years

Maybelline – “Discover creamy white balm that blossoms on contact with lips to create your own made to measure sensationally sheer pink/peach color. Lips look instantly revived, fresh and so healthy! Enriched with pro Vitamin E, known as instant natural anti-oxidant and Jojoba oil, lips are continuously nourished making them so soft, smooth and naturally gorgeous.”