Monday, August 29, 2016

Aura Vedic Ritual Skin Lightening Mask Review

Hi Friends!



Hope you all are doing well. Today I am going to review a face mask from Aura Vedic, ‘Ritual Skin Lightening Mask’.  I have been using this mask for past three weeks, it is paraben free and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. Please keep on reading me for a detailed review now :-)

What the product claims:



This gentle facial mask formulated with pure natural actives deeply penetrates the skin to lighten the complexion and clarify dark spots for glowing and radiant skin.

Ingredients:


Turmeric, Extracts of red sandal, Saffron, Neem, Tulsi, Licorice, Nagarmotha, Amla, Mulberry, Papaya Enzyme, Sorbitol, Potassium Sorbate.

Price:



150(INR) for 50gm

Availability:

You can get it from here Click Here

My Take on the product:




The product comes in a white plastic tub packaging with screw lid cap on the top. The mask is covered with aluminum foil from inside for extra protection which secures the product from leakage as well as wastage. Yellow and red paper labeling outside that includes product name, brand name, ingredients, price etc. Packaging is decent enough handy to carry around anywhere you want.  While opening the tub, you could smell a mild herbal fragrance which is not too over powering for sensitive noses I guess. The product is yellow in color with tiny brown beads. The consistency is very thick so the application is not smooth and easy, you can easily notice the separate oil layer so it is necessary to mix the product before you going to apply, for an even and easy application you can try this mask on slightly wet face . It takes 15 to 20 minutes to dry but doesn’t give the tightening effect after drying and afterthat you have to rinse it off with normal water.  While application it gives a slight tingling sensation which goes away within sometime. I have been using this mask for past 3 weeks. It gives an instant healthy glow immediate after washing face with smooth and soft skin. I couldn’t notice such lightening effect on my skin yet but yes it gives a radiant looking skin which looks healthy and smooth with regular usage. It doesn’t contain parabens and any harsh chemicals so I was not worried about my sensitive skin areas near nose and chin and yes it doesn’t irritate my skin or I couldn’t see any rashes or itchiness near that area. So obviously it is suitable for sensitive skin too with no breakouts which is a plus point of this product. My skin is generally dry but in the summer time it tends to get combination skin but I am happy to see it doesn’t make my dry after application.

Pros:

·         Contains natural ingredients
·         Paraben free
·         Travel friendly, handy packaging
·         Gives healthy glow
·         Makes skin soft and smooth immediately after application
·         Doesn’t cause skin irritations
·         Doesn’t make skin dry
·         Very affordable

Cons:

·         Couldn’t see such lightening effect on skin
·         Application is not easy for the thick consistency

Verdict:

Overall I am satisfied with the result I am getting from this product which is very affordable, gives a healthy glow instantly with soft and smooth skin. Though I haven’t noticed such lightening effect on my skin but the other benefits I am getting within this price range is truly remarkable so definitely recommended!

Rating:

3.8/5

That’s all for today friends!

Bbye
Dona


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial with Tape[Guest Post]

Hi friends!


Eyes are windows to the soul and therefore they are the essential part of your facial features to highlight your beauty. A delicately applied cat eye makeup is the trendiest way to enhance your beauty so that you step out of the house and mesmerize the world with the flicker of your eyes.

CAT EYE LINER WITH TAPE:

Applying a perfect cat eye liner in an expert’s t style is what every lady longs for but it sounds tough rather impossible for many to do it themselves. Don’t lose hope!  Here we will make it as easy as ABC for you .All you need is bear two things in your mind:
1.       Perfect cat eyeliner is the best iconic look that you can wear without putting too many efforts on the rest of the makeup.

2.       If you follow some easiest tips and tricks, that are shared here, taken from the top makeup artists, you can achieve a perfect cat eye makeup look without putting in too much of hard work and practice. You just need a scotch tape along with liquid eyeliner to serve the purpose.

You might find this idea of using a ‘tape’ quite odd, in a makeup technique, but it’s the best trick to applying cat eyeliner without any flaws and fears .A tape is used as a stencil in the procedure of the eye makeup thus pinpointing the exact angle with perfection giving it the flattering edge.

Tools:

1.       Liquid eye liner
2.       A scotch tape

STEP 1:

Cut a small piece of scotch tape; about an inch long. Now, press it on the back of your hand a couple of times, just to make it less sticky for your delicate eyelids.

STEP 2:



Place this tape on your eyelids carefully starting from beneath the outer edge of your lower eyelashes ending to the outer edge of your eyebrow. Remember, it must not touch the outer corner of your eyebrow rather place it a little away from the end of the eyebrow. It will help to make the trendiest wing here.

STEP 3:



Start applying the liner from the middle of upper eyelash .Starting line must be a little thick carrying it to the outer edge of the tape. Use short strokes to reach the end. Place your little pinkie finger on your cheekbone to maintain your stability while you move your fingers up.

STEP 4:

The strokes you make to the outer edge must be thinner and straight, using tape as a stencil. Don’t worry about the little mess that might happen on the tape because it is going to be removed along with the tape anyways.

STEP 5:




Let it dry for few seconds and when you are sure that your liner has stayed, remove the tape softly.

STEP 6:

Starting from the middle of your upper eye lash again, make thin short strokes towards the tear duct of your eye. Make sure that this line must be closest to your upper eye lash and thinnest as well. This line tends to determine the width of your eyeliner. You can either apply a single long stroke or work with short strokes to reach to the point.



Here you go with your perfect cat eye casual look.

CAT EYE PARTY LOOK





If you wish to carry a party look, same procedures would be followed starting from an inch long scotch tape stick to your eyelids carefully starting from beneath the outer edge of your lower eye lashes and ending it to the outer edge of your eyebrow. Remember, it must not touch the outer corner of your eyebrow rather place it a little away from the end of the eyebrow.
  • ·         Apply an eye primer to make your eye makeup stay.
  • ·         Blend your desired light colored eye shadow on the eyelid.
  • ·         Do the natural contour of the inner eyebrow bone structure.
  • ·         Put on a little darker tone of the shade you wish to apply on the outer edge of the eyelid, following the tape stencil.
  • ·         Make sure that you blend it pretty well to develop a natural but stunning look.
  • ·         Ignore the mess of eye shadow’s residue on tape and apply the eyeliner as defined above.
  • ·         Add more volume to your beautiful lashes by adding lasting waterproof mascara.
  • ·         Let this makeup settle for few seconds and remove the tape carefully to reveal the dramatic cat eye look.

Now, you are ready to flaunt your perfect eye makeover style to the world. Remember, eye makeup is an art, so, be an artist and experiment different styles. This tape technique will help maintaining your expert’s look.

That's all for today!

bbye
Author: Jennifer(Contributor)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review on Ma Earth Botanicals Rose Facial Scrub




Hi Friends!



Hope you all are doing well. Today I am going to review a face scrub from Ma Earth Botanicals which I am using for past two weeks. I generally use face scrubs thrice in a week and most of them are homemade, because of my sensitive skin near nose and chin area, I mostly avoid harsh face scrubs and those are loaded with chemicals which causes serious skin irritation and rashes. This rose face scrub which I have received has very mild scrub particles and it is very gentle on my skin. 

Now let’s start with the detailed review 

What the product claims:



A truly luxurious gentle powder exfoliant to buff and cleanse all skin types. Prepared using a complex blend of ground Rose petals, powdered nuts and plant extracts that are deeply nourishing and provide relief from dryness. Regular cleansing with this fine powder helps to brighten skin and bring glow and radiance to the face. Gently and thoroughly removes dead skin cells and grime, leaving skin deeply cleansed.

How to use:



Mix one teaspoon with rose water or milk to form a wet paste. Using circular upward movements, gently scrub the paste over your face and neck, avoiding the eyes.  Its best to leave on as a mask for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Ingredients:



Avena sativa (Oats), Rosa (Rose), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) nut shells, Silybum Marianum (Milk), Rosa Damascena (Rose) essential oil, Pelargonium (Geranium) essential oil 

Price:



275(INR) for 40 gm 

Availability:

You can get it from here Click Here

My Take on the product:




The product comes in a transparent plastic tub packaging which has a black screw lid on the top. There is a black color paper labelling outside the tub which contains all the information about the product including price, ingredients etc. It has white colored inner lid inside for extra protection. The Product is off-white in color,dry powder form with tiny scrub granules which is not at all harsh in nature. Scrub has an amazing rose fragrance which is very soothing and it lingers for sometimes even after rinsing off the product from skin. As it comes in dry form we need to make paste either with rose water or milk, I prefer to mix it with milk and make a paste of it, I then gently massage (don’t rub the scrub) the paste all over my face and neck for 5 minutes and leave it for another 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off with normal water. So according to their instruction we can use this product in both ways, as a mild scrub as well as a face pack. Though it has mild scrub particles, it is very effective in removing dead skin cells and makes skin clean and soft. Though it is temporary but it gives an instant radiant glow with immediate effect after application. It makes skin very smooth without drying my skin. As you all know I have sensitive skin near nose and chin area, I was little skeptical about that if it cause any irritation but I am really happy to see it didn’t as because it contains only natural ingredients which is absolutely safe for sensitive skin too. I am using this scrub thrice in a week and I can see a very cleaned, soft and smooth skin after each application. 

Pros:

·         Scrub particles are not harsh for your gentle skin
·         Capable of removing dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil making skin clean
·         Doesn’t make skin dry after application
Makes skin soft and smooth 
·         Made with all natural ingredients
·         Amazing rosy fragrance which is very soothing
·         Travel friendly packaging
·         Doesn’t cause any irritations near my sensitive skin area.( safe for using sensitive skin too)


Cons:

·         Little bit pricey



Verdict:

Overall it’s a good scrub which contains some really effective natural exfoliating particles, capable of removing dead skin cells along with dirt and impurities making skin clean and smooth without any drying effect. I would totally recommend this scrub to all my friends to try for if you really want to pamper your skin with some goodness of natural scrub ingredients and essential oil to make your skin clean and smooth.

Rating:

4.5/5

That’s all for today darlings!

Bbye
Dona

***PR Sample. Honest Review***

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NYX Matte Lipstick in Shade ‘Bloody Mary’ and ‘Street Cred’, Review, Swatches


Hello Lovelies!



Hope you all are doing great! Today I am here with two lipstick shades from Nyx Matte collection, thanks to Nykaa.com for making NYX products easily available with much reasonable price that is cheaper than NYX products at Sephora. So soon after NYX has officially launched on Nykaa,com, I placed a tiny order.  Along with other stuffs, NYX matte lipsticks were in my wishlist for long, so got two shades from their matte range and after using these lipsticks for past few days, I thought of sharing my experience about these lipsticks with you guys.

So let’s jump into the review now.

What the product says:



Never go without a gorgeous Matte Lipstick! A smooth swipe of this NYX fan fave delivers highly pigmented, richly formulated and long-wearing colour. The formula glides on smoothly and stays put with a non-drying matte finish.

·         Highly pigmented colour.
·         Non-glossy, high-fashion matte finish.
·         Long lasting.



Ingredients:

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de carnauba, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Alumina, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), BHT, Fragrance/Parfum. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

Price:

625(INR)

Availability:

You can get it from here Click Here or Sephora Stores




Pigmentation:

Great pigmentation, needed just one or two swipes to get the full coverage.



Staying Power:

Staying power is pretty decent, can be wearable up to 4 to 5 hours.

My Take on the product:

Swatches of 'Bloody Mary'




Swatches of 'Street Cred'



These lipsticks come in a black matte plastic tube packaging with black lipstick bullet inside and details about the brand and shade name is mentioned at the outer part of the tube. There is a transparent plastic part in the middle of the tube from where you could easily identify the lip shade. I found the retractable bullet is loosely bound and comes out very easily and the lipstick cap is not tightly attached, so not that handy packaging in my opinion.  Now coming to the texture, which is very creamy, not at all glossy but not powdery matte too, it gives a semi matte finish effect after applying into lips which doesn’t settle into lip lines, feels light on lips. It has non-drying formula and never emphasizes dry patches and lines of your lips. Though it settles into a semi matte finish, it bleeds a bit and transferable too so need to take care of that after applying them. These lipsticks are insanely pigmented! Just one or two swipes needed for an opaque intense finish with full coverage. Staying power is also very decent, can stay up to 4 to 5 hours and after that it starts fading. It can survive light snacks, drinks and light meals. ‘Bloody Mary’ is basically a very pretty reddish shade with fully pink undertones which can be suitable for almost every Indian skin tones.  ‘Street Cred’ is a very bright coral again with pink undertones which I think is pretty too and great for summer wear, suitable for fair to medium skin tones.

Pros:

·         Creamy smooth texture
·         Non-drying formula
·         Feels light on lips
·         Intensely pigmented
·         Decent staying power
·         Beautiful shade range
·         Doesn’t emphasize lip lines

Cons:

·         The formula bleeds and transfers too.
·         Packaging is not convenient in my opinion

Verdict:

Overall these lipsticks are having very creamy texture, non-drying formula which does not make your lips to dry as powdery matte formula rather than giving a semi matte finish look. These are highly pigmented, pretty much long wearing and comfortable to wear.

Rating:

4/5

That’s all for today girls!


Bbye

Dona

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review on Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack





Hi Lovely Ladies!


How are you all doing my beauties? Wishing you all a Happy Independence day! J Hope you guys are enjoying this long weekend. Well I decided to sit back and take some rest during this time which I was wanting for so long (due to my busy office schedule), So I am taking long naps, reading some of my favorite books which was in my bucket list and at the same time taking extra care of my skin to keep it healthy and happy! J Now coming to the review part, today I am here to talk about a sleeping pack from Innisfree which I have been using for last two months. This is the first sleeping pack I am trying and I have been eyeing this product for long time.  

Now let’s start with the review.

What the product says:


A sleeping pack containing organic Jeju fresh green tea to keep your skin moisturized and clear while sleeping!

Get more moisture and freshness with organic Jeju green tea and green tea seeds.

1. Dual Moisture-Rising Technology™ derived from organic green tea and green tea seed oil

Green tea extracted from fresh green tea leaves harvested on Jeju Island is rich in amino acids and minerals that help keep the skin moisturized. Seed oil preserves moisture under the skin for an extended period to prevent drying.

2. Natural green tea antioxidants

The nutrition capsules, filled with natural ingredients, provide antioxidants to your skin and quickly brighten skin tone.

How to use:

For the final step of your night skincare routine, apply the product all over your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth. While applying, gently massage the product into your face so that it is absorbed by the skin. Enjoy a good night's sleep and use warm water to wash your face off in the morning.

Ingredients:


The Green tea Extract (73.3%), Propanediol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Betaine, Niacinamide, Tangerine Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Verbena Extract, Orange Extract, Corn Starch, Grapefruit Extract, Tangerine Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Lactose, Mycrocrystalline Cellulose, Sucrose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate20, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Price:


1150(INR) for 80ml pack

My Take on the product:



The product comes in a green plastic glossy tub packaging which has a round big neck with twisted rounded cap on the top. I am totally in love with Innisfree’s simple, neat packaging, though they are made of plastic, they are very sturdy, sleek and classy too. The tub is further covered with recycled paper box which contains the details about the product including price and ingredients. There is a very thin transparent plastic layer which keeps the product secured from inside.  Now coming to the consistency, it has a gel based thick texture which feels very light weight when you apply it on your skin. If we look closely we can clearly see some tiny white beads are mixed with the gel based creamy texture which are not harsh to your skin at all. It has a very refreshing and soothing aroma which I liked a lot, an aroma that I am addicted to. I use this sleeping pack thrice in a week and take a required quantity to massage all over my face and neck. The white tiny beads melt into my skin while light massaging and leaves my skin smooth. The next morning I can see my skin is fresh and supple with softer looking.  I wash my face in the next morning with a face wash. It keeps my skin nourished and hydrated for day long. The best part is that, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive nose and chin area and I couldn’t see any redness or itchiness over that area. Though it is light weighted, you can feel little stickiness or greasiness on the next morning and you could feel of washing your face with a face wash to remove that greasiness but yes it works overnight to remove all the dry patches from your skin making it healthy and glowy. I think for that reason this sleeping pack is perfect for winter season because it can completely protect our skin from any kind of dryness or roughness and give the pure protection over the night absorbing the whole product into the skin making it soft and smooth. I generally use it twice or thrice in a week as I have dry to normal skin.  I couldn’t notice any brightening effect after using this product for past two months though it makes my skin glowy and smooth. 



Pros:

·         Nice green tub packaging with recycled paper box which is sturdy and classy
·         Light weighted gel based pack
·         Refreshing aroma
·         Makes skin smooth and supple
·         Keeps skin hydrated for day long
·         Removes skin patches or dryness
·         Doesn’t cause any break outs
·         Doesn’t irritate sensitive skin area
·         Perfect for dry skin and winter season

Cons:

·         Couldn’t notice any brightening effect

Rating:

4/5

Verdict:

Overall it’s a nice sleeping pack with refreshing aroma of green tea, light weighted in texture gel based formula melts and absorbs into skin very easily with very less effort and making skin soft and supple without irritating sensitive skin areas and keeping skin hydrated for day long. People with dry  to normal skin can try this sleeping pack to get a healthy looking glowy skin removing all dry patches without any breakouts.

That’s all for today darlings!

Bbye
Dona