At the time these lipsticks were launched, I was not in favor of trying them. The description seemed very confusing to me- are they soft-matte or proper matte and will they last long or will they not? It was hard to decide, and so I decided not to buy them at all.
And then, on my birthday, two of my friends gifted me two different shades from the same range- San Francisco and Prague. Now that I had them home, I gave them both a try. And trust me, I was blown away! These lipsticks are so damn good. There is nothing bad I can say about them. I mean, what would you expect from soft lip creams like these- pigmentation, good colors, and that they last on your lips for at least a little while. These lipsticks do all this and much more.
Starting from the top, the packaging is super cute, and the applicator does the perfect job. These lipsticks have a very nice scent which fades away pretty soon. Next, they are available in more than 35 shades, so you will always find a shade for yourself. The shades I have, both of them are gorgeous and go with most occasions.
Talking about the pigmentation, these lipsticks are great at that as well. Just a couple swipes, and you get good opaque coverage on your lips. On application, the lipsticks feel very creamy, and they dry out with a matte finish. Lips don’t feel dry or anything, pretty comfortable. I would say the darker shades survive a light meal compared to lighter shades. Also, the lipstick doesn’t disappear completely. It leaves behind a soft tint which is pretty good.
As I said, I have nothing bad to say about these lippies. They are great, and I own seven shades of them now.
Wide range of shades
Comfortable for all-day wear
Does not dry out your lips
Although my hair is overall healthy, there are days it doesn’t behave like I would want it to. Especially in the summer and rainy seasons, when the weather is not stable, it gets hard to manage my hair. I was on a lookout for a hair mask that would nourish and deep condition my hair and tame the frizz.
My sister is using MamaEarth’s products for my niece, and I came across this mask while ordering some products for her.
At this point, I was ready to use anything and everything on my hair, depending on good reviews. So, I checked out a few reviews and the claims this product made, and it was everything I wanted for my hair.
I ordered the mask immediately. It came in a brown box. The mask is packed in a big tub which cannot be carried around anywhere. It’s bulky and sturdy. The mask inside is thick and smells a little weird. But, as I said, I was up for anything.
I use this mask on damp hair, for 15 minutes, and wash it off with shampoo. I have already used it four times, and I could see the results from the very first use. It is definitely the most moisturizing and nourishing mask. Although it does not stand up to all its claims, it’s not that bad either.
Okay, to sum it all up, don’t expect this mask to do wonders for you. For me, this mask made my hair feel softer, shinier, and more manageable. It felt like it was getting better. But, this is all the mask did to make my hair feel healthy. The hair fall was reduced, but my hair is still thin and a little brittle.
Overall, this mask is excellent for deep conditioning and extremely dry and dehydrated hair. Thumbs up!
Deep conditions hair
Quick to use
No fuss mask
Controls hair fall
Very thick consistency
Are you all also fans of drugstore products? Well, I am definitely a fan! For the price these products retail at, they sometimes end up exceeding expectations. They outperform and what else can you ask for from drugstore products! Maybelline New York City Mini Eyeshadow Palette is another such outstanding and affordable product.
Everything from the packaging to shade range and performance is commendable about these products. These are little palettes and they fit right into the palms of your hand, that tiny. The palettes contain six shades each. All these shades are professionally curated; they are meant to be with each other types and are a perfect mix of mattes and shimmers. Like, they knew which shade will look better in matte and which requires glitter.
I don’t think I am going to mention anything negative about these palettes because, honestly, I love everything about them. They are available in 14 shade choices… that’s massive! I own about 4 of them, and all the shades in these four palettes can be mixed and matched to create numerous looks. I never face a moment where I find myself thinking that I don’t have a particular shade or I need to more add shades to my collection. These 4 palettes are sufficient to pull off any look, at any time of the day.
Okay, I may be exaggerating a little, but trust me, these eyeshadow palettes are not going to disappoint you.
About the application, I always use a primer underneath. A white primer on the lids helps in improving the pigmentation of these colors, also makes them last super long, say 8 hours minimum. I also always do my eye makeup before the rest of my face. This way, if there is any fallout, it gets washed away. I think the technique matters a lot. And if you are not using the right method with the world’s best makeup palette, it’s going to be a waste on you. So, yeah, I’m very happy with these handy makeup palettes.
Easy to blend
Great shade range
Primer is a must
Maybelline New York Dream Velvet Foundation - I couldn’t help but buy it. I felt it was a little highly priced, but I just wanted to try this because the name sounded so cool. I got the shade Nude to match my wheatish skin tone. And, my skin is a combination type.
The brand claims that this foundation is velvety, soft-matte, lasts about 12 hours and all other good things. But for me, nothing seems to have worked. There are more problems with this foundation than there are good qualities in it.
The first time I used this foundation was on top of primer, God, was it a mistake. It highlighted my pores so much that my skin looked like a sponge. I tried blending it in, but more blending only made it dissipate. I had to take it off immediately.
The next time I tried it without primer, and it wasn’t very bad. But, within a couple of hours, it oxidized and became two tones darker. Also, it melts under the sun. I wonder if there is anything right with this foundation. I am not going to try it ever again.
Anyway, for me, it did not work at all. But, people with normal skin type could give it a try. However, make sure you read enough reviews before you decide to spend your money on it.
Velvety, soft texture
Does not last long
Doesn’t blend very well
Accentuates fine lines and pores
Not for oily/combination skin
I bought this concealer because it said ‘oil-free formula.’ For my terribly oily and acne prone skin, everything I buy has to be a thoughtful choice so that I don’t end up looking like an active volcano. I got the shade Light/Medium Warm which was a ‘true match’ for my skin tone. I found it a little pricey for the quantity, but because a lot of products don’t suit my sensitive skin, I didn’t mind paying the amount.
So, did I like it? Well, I don’t know the answer to that. It’s a very average product which didn’t cause breakouts. The packaging is average. It comes with a brush applicator which delivers a lot of product. The packaging is not very hygienic, but precise application is possible.
The consistency of this product is very runny. Yes, it is easy to blend it, but it doesn’t offer coverage. It provides sheer coverage, and building up too much of the product makes it look heavy. I have deep dark circles, and this product doesn’t cover them up. But, it does a fair job of covering up every other imperfection on my face, I have to give it that
Overall, it’s an average product that I can use along with another concealer (which I am yet to find) which will cover up my dark circles. It should be a good product for anyone looking for light coverage. It’s just not for me.
Light to medium coverage
My first NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick was in the shade Stone Fox. It is a beautiful deep gray shade with blue undertones. I usually will not go for this shade, but I was cosplaying for comic con. I bought it for that purpose. But I ended up loving its texture and how well it lasted throughout the day.
So, I bought another shade which is less dramatic and suitable for everyday wear. The shade I got is Cherry Skies. It is such a beautiful deep wine red color which complements my wheatish skin tone.
The packaging is very convenient, and the applicator wand makes the whole process easy. The tube is slightly chubby, meaning extra quantity. So for the price it comes at, I’d say it is a jackpot buy.
This lip cream is intensely pigmented and gives a full-color payoff in just one swipe, so only a few swipes are required. That way, this cream lipstick does not feel heavy. And since the texture is creamy, it moisturizes my lips as well. Also, when the lipstick is fading, it leaves a natural plum stain on my lips.
Those were the good things about NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. Now coming to the things I don’t like. This lippie transfers very easily. It does not survive meals, and one huge minus point is, it stains my chin when I’m eating.
During the comic con, I mostly survived on chips and juices, so Stone Fox stayed on me well and lasted longer. But with Cherry Skies, I got to know the real truth of how things can’t be perfect all the time. I still use it, though as I simply cannot resist the beautiful shade.
Easy To use
Offers great pigmentation
Functional applicator wand
Does not survive meals
I got Matrix Biolage Smooth Proof Avocado Deep Smoothing Serum three weeks ago. The claim of ‘anti-frizz control even in 97% humidity’ and the formulation of avocado caught my attention.
Though it comes at a pocket-friendly price, I wish it came in a pump dispenser packaging. Because it makes the whole process of dispensing the serum easy, but with this flip-open cap, the bottle needs to be tilted to get the liquid out, and most of the times, a lot of it gets wasted.
Other than that, I like how it is working on my hair. Whenever I use it, it makes every strand smooth, and it makes my hair look luscious. It eases down my tangles and controls my frizz. However, there is not much effect on my hair fall.
I also use it before straightening my hair, and it works very well that way too. It is a non-sticky formula, so there is no feeling of greasiness or weighing down of hair. I am quite satisfied and happy with this serum by Matrix.
Makes the hair smooth and luscious
No pump dispenser
I remember loving how Calvin Klein Eternity For Women Eau De Parfum Spray smelled on my mother and she spraying it on me once in a while. I was a kid back then. I have grown up now, but my taste remains the same. I still love the scent of it, and finally, I can afford it. So, I got one for myself a few months ago.
The quality is classic! And I love that about it. Calvin Klein Eternity opens in a fresh watery freesia and alluring flower essence. Then, it settles down to something aquatic and powdery-flower.
My overall impression about it is elegance and warmth. It reminds me of my mother. The lingering sillage is also bliss.
The only problem I have with it is the packaging. For the price it comes at, the packaging is too simple. And to add to it, the press-spray lid does not have a cover, which makes it unfit to take along while traveling.
Just a few spritzes are required
Very simple packaging
No cover for the press-spray lid
It was my mom who left her Lakme Rose Powder in my apartment when she came to visit me for a few days. She forgot to take it with her obviously. But her silliness turned out to be my benefit once I started using it.
Lakme Rose Powder has become one of my favorite baking powders. I used it once, and I liked it. Fast forward three months, I’m still using it and still loving it. All thanks to mom!
It doesn’t matter which shade I use, Warm Pink or Soft Pink, it does the job well. Because I have very oily skin, I always need to set the foundation. So this is my go-to face powder and I love it. I have used other loose powders from high-end brands, but now I can’t look at anything else except this because of its effectivity and affordability.
The powder has very finely crushed particles and it feels really smooth and light on the skin. As one of the Lakme Classics, it is affordable, consistent, and trustworthy.
After I bake my foundation and contouring with this powder, I usually leave it on for about ten minutes. The powder seeps in and adapts really well to my skin, and it is not messy when brushing it off. The pinkish tint really accentuates the base, and it doesn’t look chalky at all. I would recommend this powder to anyone who’s looking for a good baking powder.
Does not look chalky
I am a makeupholic, and I wear makeup every day. Even if it is just a casual day, I have makeup on. Having said that, I need to use a makeup remover every day as well. There were times when l just passed out with my makeup on and I got one or two breakouts. So I make sure that I remove my makeup every night. Over the years, I have used many cleansers but have never stuck to one. This time around I am using Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, and it has been over a month.
I first started using the smaller bottle but then, seeing how well it works, I also got the bigger bottle. I carry the small bottle in my bag and keep the bigger bottle at home. The bigger bottle is a little bulky, so I don’t carry it around. But it is travel-friendly as the dispenser can be locked securely by turning it the other way.
Yes, it is quite expensive, but after experiencing the results, I feel like it is worth it. I have dry skin, so it is essential for me to get every bit of moisture that I can. Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil does not make my skin feel stretchy or out off moisture, and that is one of the reasons I adore it.
I use this cleansing oil every night to remove my makeup and call it a night. It works very well in eliminating everything, even eye makeup, without any irritation. I never had any issues with dryness, irritation, or breakouts when using this oil. I pump it 4-5 times on my palm and start rubbing it gently on my bare skin. The oil becomes a little creamy once it comes in contact with water and rinses off like a face wash. I don’t need to rewash my face nor do I need a toner to set my face. This cleansing oil has made my night routine easier and faster.
So did I find the ultimate makeup cleanser?
Probably. But quite honestly, I do have the urge to try a different product, which I will after I run out of these two bottles. Then again, if the next product doesn’t work like this one, I will stick to this cleansing oil from Bobbi Brown.
Just a little product required per use
Does not dry out your skin
Removes makeup effectively
The pump can be locked
Does not need to be followed up with a face wash
Makes your skin soft and supple
Prevents acne, pimples, blackheads, and white heads
Does not clog pores
Contains artificial fragrance