Body Shop Hand Cream – Review

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Hello Everyone!

I am very particular and finicky about moisturising my hands after every wash, which I do 6-8 times a day. I like my hands clean, moisturised and smelling good all the time. The Body Shop Hand cream is what I have been raving about. Today’s blog post is all about this newly found love of mine…

With a light, gel-like and absorbent consistency, these juicy tubes will have your hands hydrated and scented with uplifting fragrances.

It comes in various fragrances to choose from!!

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The one I picked is Frosted Cranberry and here are my views on it.

Texture

It comes in a smooth gel-like consistency, absolutely non sticky or non greasy! You just need a drop of this cream on your freshly washed and wiped hands for the magic to begin! You can use this in summers as well as winters.

Quality

Once you start applying, It feels like a non-greasy non sticky substance which your hands would quickly absorb, leaving a coat of soft and silky finish all over. It gives an instantly visibly soft fresh feel. The moisturization last well for about 3-4 hours and once you start using it, its addictive! (In a good way I mean) It feels so good on your hands that you would want to use it soon again!! Also the soft scent left behind is a treat!

Apart from all the goodness, it also comes with SPF 15!! I would surely encourage all you hand cream lovers to give it a try once in your lifetime for sure!

Price

INR  495/- for 30 mL (Though the price is hight, due to which I myself was contemplating the purchase but the tube would last you much longer and the quality is totally worth it!)

Rating 

5/5 Highly Recommended

Do try it out and let me know what you think!

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Maybelline Fit Me Face Range – Review!

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Hello Everyone!

First of all, a very Happy New Year to eachone of you lovely readers! With the onset of this beautiful year, Maybelline has something new and exciting to share with us. Its a range of face products, the Fit Me! range, consisting of :

  • Foundation
  • Compact
  • Concealer
  • Bronzer
  • Foundation Stick
  • Blush

But here in India we only have Foundation, Compact, Concealer and Blush to try! I was really excited when I first saw its launch on Instagram, It somehow looked very new and exciting to me!

The foundation comes in 16 shades but in the stores I could see only 6 shades. Probably we have lesser shades launched in India. Luckily the shade matching my skin tone was available.

What Maybelline claims:

” Beyond matching skin tone, it fits skin’s texture.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

A natural complexion sets the stage for whatever look you’re planning to rock. With Fit Me!® Dewy +Smooth foundation you’ll get a flawless foundation that’s all your own with light to medium coverage and a dewy finish.

WHAT IT’S BEST FOR
  • Contains SPF 18.
  • Hydrating skin.
  • Normal to dry skin ” 

I picked up the foundation and the compact and here are the reviews for it:

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Maybelline Fit Me! Specifications

 

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Maybelline Fit Me! Packaging

Packaging

Fit Me! Foundation

It comes in a classy packaging, a transparent bottle with a black cap, somehow reminded me of the MAC liquid foundation cases, with the difference being, this one is has a cuboid body whereas the MAC Foundation case is cylindrical. Also both of them do not have a nozzle or a pump to control the amount of product that comes out which was a turn off when I first saw it! I generally like bottles with a pump, its lot more easier to regulate the quantity.

Fit Me! Compact

It’s black and transparent packaging is quite sturdy. It has 2 layer compartments, one for the compact and the other for the sponge and a mirror attached. Its designed in a travel friendly manner and I so love travel friendly products as I am travelling often.

 

Quality/ The Look

Fit Me! Foundation

The foundation has a matte and smooth finish on application, It felt quite like the Lorea’l Liquid Powder Foundation . It doesn’t feel creamy, it will take some effort in blending for an even application. Also It tends to look slight flaky if you do not blend well. In-spite of hard word done in the blending process, it looked quite flaky around the nose and close to the chin. It took about 20-30 minutes to set and look natural. Also it doesn’t cover pores as well as it claims. My overall experience with it is just satisfactory! It provides light to medium coverage and is best suited for people with normal to oily skin, for dry skin people, the product will tend to be too flaky.

My Shade – 115 Ivory Ivoire

Fit Me! Compact

Now this one is surely not similar to any other compact I have come across so far! What makes it different is that its a perfect blend of a compact + shimmer. The shimmer is subtle enough to be worn all over the face . It gives a very slight sheen. Its light and spreads evenly. It gives light to medium coverage matte effect and meant for people with normal to oily skin type.

My Shade – 120 Classic Ivory

Staying Power

The foundation and the compact both last well upto hours after which it just looses its charm.

Price

Fit Me! Foundation : INR 525/-

Fit Me! Compact : INR 475/-

Rating

Fit Me! Foundation : 3/5

Fit Me! Compact : 4/5

Why it couldn’t make 5/5?

  • The foundation tends to look flaky and needs time to settle and look natural.
  • The foundation doesn’t cover pores very well.
  • The foundation bottle needed a nozzle!
  • The sponge in the compact case is too thin for a proper application, I every time have to run for a powder brush.

 

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Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks – Review

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks

Hi Everyone,

Maybelline has recently launched a new range of creamy matte lipsticks in 20 shades, tough I have come across only 12 of them! I personally prefer matte lipsticks as they are long lasting. But the only reason I ever give it a miss, is how dry and sometimes even patchy it feels during and after application. I picked 4 shades:

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Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks

 

 

1. Peach Personality – It’s a nude orangy peach lipcolor perfect for day or office wear. I have noticed this shade turning slightly patchy, but works well if you apply it with a brush or just rub it slightly with a finger. You can see me wearing it here.

2. Lively Violet – This one is a soft mauve, a shade I have never worn before.

3. Rock the Coral – A bright coral which I often wear during dinners and parties, Its highly pigmented, lasts really long but one thing disappointing about this shade is that it changes color to a bright magenta pink after a few hours! You can see me wearing it here.

4. Mysterious Mocha – A soft brown, browns I usually don’t wear, this is by first buy!

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Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks

Here is my take on the product:

Packaging

It comes in a matte black hard plastic case with a strip of color.

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Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks

 

Texture

The lipstick feels extremely smooth, silky and creamy during and after application. And the look is rich matte. Ever since I have started using this creamy matte range, I have quit using my other matte lipsticks!

Color Stay

The color stays easily for 8 hours, I don’t have to give it a touch up every now and then.

Fruity Fragrance

All the shades come with a soft fruity fragrance which makes you want more of it. I absolutely love the soft scent which lasts for about 30 minutes even after the application.

Price

Rs 325/-

Maybelline is always so pocket friendly!!

Rating

4.25/5 (Highly Recommended for Matte Lipstick lovers)

Why it couldn’t make 5/5?

1. Slight patchy look in the shade peach personality

2. Its prabably too soft and fragile, 2 of the 4 lipsticks already broke (got separated from the base, but still very much in a usable condition) inspite of my careful handling!

 

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Maybelline Creamy Matte – Rock the Coral

 

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Maybelline Creamy Matte – Lively Violet

 

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Maybelline Creamy Matte – Peach Personality

 

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Maybelline Creamy Matte – Mysterious Mocha
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Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper – Review!

Maybelline Fashion Brow

Hi Everyone!

I recently bought this, much talked about maybelline fashion brow duo shaper. I have been longing for something like this. I did come across a brow pencil from MAC which costed about Rs. 1400/- but didn’t feel like spending that much on it. Since here in India we have very limited options for eyebrow styling, this one surely deserves a place in your vanity kit.

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Its Micro-mechanical pencil delivers precise application for evenly defined brows and Smear-proof formula wears all day.

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Maybelline Fashion Brow – Powder

 

Maybelline Fashion Brow
Maybelline Fashion Brow – Pencil

 

Packaging:Very interesting I must say, there is a thin mechanical pencil at one end and a sponge with the same colour mineral pigments at the other. The pencil helps in filling up gaps and provide a definition to the brows, whereas the pigmented sponge on the other end smoothens out the harsh lines.

Price: Rs. 245/-

Availability: Online, Lifestyle, NewU stores

Stay time: It easily stays on me for the whole day till I don’t wash my face. Its even smudge poof.

Rating: 5/5

How to use?

1. Use the pencil to fill in any gaps and to shape the base line of the brow.

2. Run the pigmented sponge brush over for a more intense and natural look.

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Maybelline Fashion Brow – Swatches

 

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‘The Nudes Palette’ by Maybelline – Review

The Nudes Palette

It’s been a month since the new Maybelline eye-shadow palette called ‘The Nudes Palette’ is in town and its been available in the stores since a week now! I finally managed to get my hands on it!!

About 2 months back I accidentally stumbled upon it while I was surfing the net and since then, have been counting days for its launch in India.

 

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Maybelline “The Nudes” Palette

Packaging

After a very long I have come across a really attractive, handy packaging for eye-shadow palettes. It’s sleek and compact enough, almost the size of my palm. It has a plastic body so you don’t really have to be extra careful handling it. It’s absolutely travel friendly and can slip in conveniently in your sling bag. It comes with a little sponge brush. Many of you might just toss it away… but, this can be helpful in smudging the shadow on the lash lines. While playing with eye-shadows, a blending brush is a must. I wish there was one in this palette too. It would have added on to its completeness.

Texture

I found all the shades from the nudes palette really smooth and appropriately pigmented. It easily glides on to the eyelids and there isn’t much problem of eye-shadow fall off. It doesn’t even crease and the application remains the same throughout the time.

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Maybelline “The Nudes” Swatches

Colour Payoff

It stayed for about 8 hours on my eye Lids (with primer). And approximately for about 5-6 hours without primer. I would recommend that you use an eyeshadow primer as it not only makes the shadow last longer but also make the colour stick to the lids better.

13 Looks in one palette

The best thing about most of the Maybelline eyeshadow palettes is that it comes with a little lookup guide at the back. So even if you are a new bee in the world of makeup and don’t know which color combinations to go for or which shade to apply where, the guide at the back will come to your rescue!!
The shades can be worn as duos, trios or quads depending upon the occasion and the kind of intensity you want. I am so thrilled and excited to try all the 13 looks that can be created with this 1 single palette.

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Maybelline “The Nudes” Look up Guide

 

The Nudes Palette
Maybelline “The Nudes” Look up Guide with Steps

Price 

Rs: 899/-

Availability

Since its new and hot selling, its availability is a little limited. Its out of stock most of the times. You can find it in Lifestyle, Shoppers Stop, New U stores or even online at nykaa.com.

Rating 4.75/5 Highly Recommended

Why it couldn’t make 5/5?

The absence of a blending brush makes the pallet incomplete, for every application I have to reach out to my eyeshadow brush. Even while travelling I need to make sure I carry a separate eyeshadow brush, without which the application is not possible for me. Maybe they should have put a brush like the one un urban decay eyeshadow palette 2 & 3 which had a blending brush on one end and an application brush on the other.

Maybelline has also come up with ‘The Blushed Nudes Palette’, you can check out the full review HERE.

 

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L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Review

Liquid Powder

Hello Everyone!

Today I am reviewing L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder. As the name suggests, It’s a liquid compact very light weight and looks and feels absolutely natural.

L’Oreal Claims: Get the ultimate un-makeup look with Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup with SPF 18. Revolutionary liquid transforms on contact, leaving a soft powder like finish. This foundation is so amazingly lightweight it’s like wearing no makeup at all! Just shake and apply – its magic!

Liquid Powder

I am using shade number 316 Nude Beige, you can pick your suitable shade at the L’Oreal counter in any cosmetic store.  I avoid using heavy makeup bases as much as I can. Anything heavy on my face makes me feel tired, I don’t know how that’s related but yes that’s the case with me. It also has SPF 18 which makes it the perfect skin base for this summers!

You can see me wearing it in my blog ‘Casual Everyday Makeup!’

Liquid Powder

I have medium to oily skin during summers due to which I avoid creamy products on the face. This product is recommended for those who have medium to oily skin. People with dry skin may not find it very appealing.

The product review is as follows:

Packaging:  It comes in a glass bottle. I was and still am not very impressed by its packaging. You have to be ultra careful while handling it. Moreover it doesn’t have a nozzle or a pump to control the amount of product that comes out. In order to use it, you’ll simply have to pour the product at the back of your hand with a lot of control as its texture is not much viscous. I hope L’Oreal people would bring in a new and improved packing for easy handling.

Liquid Powder

Texture: It feels really light weight, almost feels like you have diluted your powder compact in water. On application it gives a very soft velvety feel. Gives a Matte finish. But I noticed it tends to look slight powdery / flaky on the sides of the nose,  In fact on close observation it looked slight flaky on the cheeks as well as soon as you apply it ; but in about half and hour, it settles down.

Directions for use:

1. Wash your face and apply a moisturizer.

2. Shake the bottle well, pour it at the back of your hand (2-3 drops approximately).

3. Dot it all over your face and neck and rub it with  fingers. The bottle says that it is not meant to be used with a brush or a sponge.

As per my opinion, you will not see the desired result the very moment you apply it but in about half an hour when the foundation settles down, the perfect texture comes to life!

Coverage and Stay time: It gives light to medium coverage and stays for approximately 6 hours. Perfect for everyday wear.

Price: Rs. 899/-

Availability: L’Oreal counters, NewU stores and online.

Rating: 4.75/5 Highly Recommended

Why it couldn’t make 5/5?

1. Mostly because of its “not so convenient” packaging.

2. Slight flaky look on certain areas the moment you apply it also contributes in not making it 5/5 but that can be ignored slightly as it improves with time.

All in all I truly madly deeply loved it and would really recommend it to all you pretty ladies. I would like to go ahead and declare it as one of my favorite makeup base 🙂

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Maybelline glitter mania review!

Maybelline glitter mania

Matte finish glitter nail polish

Today I am reviewing the Maybelline glitter mania collection. Though this range is a few months old now, but for those who aren’t aware, this post may be helpful.

It comes in 8 shades, I have 5 of these.

This is an amazing glitter collection, makes your nails look dipped in glitter.

Packaging: it comes in the standard Maybelline color show bottles, nice and compact.

Texture: It gives a unique matte look, feels like glitter sand put on your nails, though very unique and attractive but the feel of it can be irritating at times.

Price: Rs. 125/-

Availability: Any cosmetic store or online.

Durability: Once worn, it lasts upto approximately 5 days

Rating: 4.5/5

Why it couldn’t make 5/5?

1. The sandy feel is a little annoying

2. The removal process takes a lot of time (a very common problem of glitter nail polishes).

Maybelline glitter mania

 

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Lakme 9 to 5 Blush Work Review

Blush Work

Hello Everyone, Today I am reviewing Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick in the shade Blush Work (MP10). Its a beautiful coral matte shade with a little golden shimmer that comes in a cute and attractive metallic packaging. But I am not very happy with the product. You will soon know why, But the extremely beautiful shade has still managed to keep its place in my heart 🙂

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