Sara Fatima
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3.5/5

Great coverage, but oily base!

I cannot make up my mind about this product. I’m not sure if I like it or not. The product is exceptional in some cases and in others, it fails terribly.

This NYX Professional Makeup Gotcha Covered Concealer comes in a pretty black tube which is very convenient to use. It disperses the right amount of product every time. The concealer has a liquid consistency but is a bit oily as it is enriched with coconut oil. I have dry skin, so I don’t really mind oil-based products.

For me, a concealer is a must because I have deep dark under eye circles and honestly I have never come across a product that can actually conceal dark circles. I also have a few zits and acne scars across my face. I use this concealer only on the under eye dark circles and nowhere else. I feel because this product is oily, it might end up clogging pores and worsen my acne.

The coverage this product offers is unmatchable. It conceals dark circles like they don’t exist. Its lasting power is also commendable. It stays put for good 7 to 8 hours. But, here comes the downside.

Despite its excellent features, I am not sure of using it often because it’s very, very oily. I need a blotting paper just for this concealer. Also, it transfers. The coverage is great so transferring doesn’t really cause a problem. But because of the oiliness, I am not sure if I can continue using this product. Also during summers, this product should definitely be avoided.

Pro's

Suitable for dry skin

Long-lasting

Full coverage

Con's

Transfers

Oily and heavy on skin

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Reviewed on : Mar 20 2019
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3.5/5

I wish it didn’t give me breakouts!

Honestly, I love this foundation! The water-based foundation is great for everyday use and does not feel heavy on the skin. It absorbs quickly and improves the texture of the skin. The packaging is also good. But, it is acnegenic.

I have acne-prone combination skin. I do thorough research of every cosmetic before I buy it so that I don’t regret my decision. This product, according to what the reviews and the official website have to say, is suitable for normal to oily skin and is non-acnegenic. I wish this were true.

I bought the shade 4, and it is a perfect match. The first time I used this foundation, I put it all over my face and neck using my fingers and blended with the beauty blender. My skin absorbed it pretty soon, and the coverage was good too.

After some time, the texture and appearance improved and it looked even better. My face looked so radiant and flawless and like I had nothing on it- like this was my natural skin. I used it over my moisturizer (without primer), and it lasted for about 5 to 6 hours, after which I could see it disappearing.

The next day, I had breakouts, and not 1 or 2, a total of 5 bumps all over my face. This was not a good sign. I used the foundation once again after a few days, and my acne came back.

There is absolutely nothing I don’t like about this MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation except for the fact that it is acnegenic and people with acne-prone skin should be very careful.

Pro's

Absorbed quickly

Lightweight

Oil-free

Easy to blend

Good for everyday use

Perfect skin tone match

Con's

Not long-lasting

Acnegenic

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Reviewed on : Mar 14 2019
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4.5/5

Beats pigmentation like nothing else.

I have seen people with severe dark circles. I am one of them. But, the difference between them and me is, I have dark circles both over and under my eyes. So, that makes my eyes look darker, and I could never use eyeshadows because the results would just disappoint me. I tried using concealer, but that didn’t help my eyeshadows. And then I came across NYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow Base and thought to myself when nothing works, why will this work? Even then, I decided to give this a try and bought the shade Skin Tone for my wheatish skin.

For the first time, I took some product on the back of my nail, placed it on my eyelid, and blended with my finger. It looked nice, and then I applied my eyeshadow. For a couple of hours it was good, but then the base started creasing, and I took off the eyeshadow. I was so disappointed with this; I really wanted it to work for me.

Then, I gave it another try, applied the base, set it with a little loose powder, and then used the eyeshadow. And, it worked. The eyeshadow lasted on my eyes, without creasing or caking for about 6 hours, before I deliberately took it off. This base served every purpose. It covered the pigmentation, intensified the pigmentation, improved the lasting time, and suited my skin tone as well.

The packaging is also very cute and sturdy. I carry this around, everywhere I go. It is affordable, and the quantity is pretty good as you only need a little product to do your makeup. I’m pleased with this product and would recommend it to everyone.

Pro's

Affordable

Travel-friendly packaging

Long-lasting

Perfect base for eye makeup

Doesn’t crease

Doesn’t let powder eyeshadow fall out

Con's

Should be set with powder

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Reviewed on : Mar 18 2019
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5/5

Rich pigmentation!

This is easily one of the most pigmented eyeshadows I’ve ever had. I bought three shades - Charcoal, Camel, and Cocoa. I use Charcoal as an eyebrow filler because I have very naturally dark eyebrows, like the rest of my hair. And I also use Camel and Cocoa as eyeshadows because I have a warm skin tone. These two shades are perfect if you want a subtle but popping finish. I’m so glad that I found these two shades – they are just perfect for my skin tone.

The main thing I love about these Bobbi Brown eye shadows is how rich the pigmentation is. I usually don’t have to apply so much, especially during the daytime. But I do double or sometimes triple coat it when I want a dramatic smoky look. It’s really easy to blend. Sometimes, I just use my fingers instead of blending brushes, and they still turn out great.

These eyeshadows are super silky, which makes them easy to apply and blend. I’ve been using the same shades for a while now, at least for six months. I’m surprised that I haven’t finished up everything already. I get a lot of compliments from my girlfriends since I started using it. And now, I’m looking forward to trying out more shades.

Pro's

Long-lasting

Matte finish

Highly pigmented

Easy to apply

Con's

A bit expensive

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3.7/5

Works decently

Before I bought Biotique Bio Bhringraj Therapeutic Oil For Falling Hair, I was already familiar with its brand. And there are some products which I have used and really liked. So going for this hair oil for my hair fall, I did not feel like I was taking any risk.

The hair oil comes in a typical Biotique semi-transparent plastic bottle. It can be taken around but you need to be careful because the oily is runny so there is a high chance it will leak. The texture of this oil is light, semi-water consistency which can be easily applied and washed off. And it has a very distinct herbal fragrance which I don’t prefer.

I use this hair oil four times a week. I apply it on dry scalp, massage it for ten minutes, keep it overnight and wash it off the next morning. I have been doing this for over two months now.

Biotique Bio Bhringraj Therapeutic Oil is one of the lightest hair oil I have used this far. It does not make my hair feel heavy or sticky. And the best thing about it is I can wash it off easily. I don’t need to use shampoo 2-3 times or wash my hair 2-3 times.

Every time I use this hair oil, my hair feels very soft, well nourished, and my hair fall is reduced to some extent. It helps me maintain my hair without frizziness and flyaways. I think for a hair oil to do these things is an accomplishment in itself.

However, its claims on hair regrowth and reducing graying is very far fetched. I have not seen any changes in that area. But then, I will continue to use it because I am satisfied with the results it is giving.

Pro's

Easy to wash off

Affordable

Light texture

Makes hair soft

Nourishes dry ends

Reduces hair fall to some extent

Controls frizziness and flyaways

Con's

Not travel-friendly packaging

Not effective on hair regrowth

Not effective in reducing graying

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4.8/5

Works amazingly well on damaged hair

I had bleached my hair to make it pink. And that taught me one life lesson – never to bleach my hair ever again. I enjoyed the pink hair just for three weeks, and then it washed off, leaving me with blonde corn hair. I got The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum, hoping it’ll do something.

I also got a trim because my tips were very dry. Now, along with other hair care products, The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum is something I use. Ever since I got it, I have been using it consistently, never missing a day.

The serum comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The pump dispenser makes it a whole lot more convenient to use and is also travel-friendly. The fragrance of the serum leans towards fruitiness. It is not very strong, though.

After four weeks of use, my hair is in such a good place. I mean, the damage hasn’t vanished entirely, but the rubbery feeling on the strands has sobered down a lot. My hair looks shiny and healthy. But of course, when I touch it, the texture remains damaged. What I’m trying to say is, it gives an illusion of amazing hair. Which works well for me.

If this serum works this good on highly damaged hair, I can only imagine how it will be on natural hair. I am totally buying this serum over and over again.

Pro's

Non-greasy

Travel-friendly packaging

Improves hair’s health

No heavy chemicals

Adds shine and softness

Nourishes dry hair

Con's

Comes in only one size

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4.6/5

My signature scent

I am very particular about how I smell, so I make sure I smell good all the time. Even on days when I’m just at home, I need to smell fresh. I love CK One. It has been my signature smell for more than two years now.

This perfume has top notes of pineapple, green notes, mandarin orange, papaya, bergamot, cardamom, and lemon. Middle notes of nutmeg, violet, orris root, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose, and freesia. And base notes of sandalwood, amber, musk, cedar, oakmoss, green tea, and green accord.

Once I started using it, I never felt like changing how I smell. It is one of the best perfumes I have used, and I’ll probably keep using it. After all, it is my signature fragrance.

I do wish though that the packaging is tweaked a little. The whole glass bottle looks classic, but the screw cap and the separate pump-spray is just a mess. After I place the pump-spray on the bottle, it is left with no cap to protect the pump from accidentally getting press. That’s why I can’t take it around.

If that can be rectified, I see no fault in it. Calvin Klein CK One Eau De Toilette is best for summer and spring.

Pro's

Reasonably priced

Long-lasting fragrance

Blends well with the natural smell of your body

Refreshing

Not overpowering fragrance

Con's

Inconvenient packaging

Not travel-friendly

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4.3/5

I wake up every morning looking vibrant

After reading so many reviews and articles about the benefits of using a night cream, I finally gave in and bought Lotus Herbals Nutranite Skin Renewal Nutritive Night Cream. My skin is dry and even drier during the winter season. I went for this one after hearing good reviews about this night cream.

When I used it the very first day, I really liked the feel of it on my skin. The texture is rich, and it feels like silk on my skin. Blending all over is easy. Thankfully, this night cream does not leave white casts or any sort of residue.

Now it has been over a month, and the benefits I have received from it are amazing. Lotus Herbals Nutranite Skin Renewal Nutritive Night Cream deeply nourishes my skin, replenishing the dull dryness I had on my face. Now my skin is free from dryness, even drying this harsh winter season. I wake up every day looking vibrant (that’s what my husband says!).

This night cream comes in a glass jar, which is quite risky, considering my kids keep running around here and there all the time. Although I like it very much, I wish this night cream came with a tube packaging.

Pro's

Pleasant smell

Quickly absorbed

Lightweight

Imparts glow

Rejuvenates dull skin

Con's

Inconvenient packaging

Expensive

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4.7/5

In love with the gentleness of this product

The first time I used Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution, I had a terrible experience. I had breakouts, greasiness, and even rashes. So, I stopped using it and went for different cleansers. But not so long ago, I realized I was not using an authentic one. It’s annoying how some sites fool their customers!

I had a change of heart when my best friend gifted me this micellar water along with other cosmetics in a hamper as a farewell gift. During that time I forgot about how bad of a reaction I had experienced. I was enlightened from the first use itself. I removed my makeup with such ease, as though there was some kind of magical spell on my cotton pad. Then when I looked closely, I recalled this product. It was obvious I was using a fake product before.

Since then this micellar water has won my heart, and now I know where to get it. I use it two times every day - once in the morning and once at night. I use it in the morning because it sets my skin and removes all the dirt from my pores that have the potential to become pimples later on. Then I follow it with a face wash. At night it removes all my makeup and also the impurities. I don’t need to wash my face after that because my skin feels squeaky clean.

I am in love with the effortless gentleness of this cleansing water. It does not strip off my natural moisture even if I use it every day. I also use it to remove my kajal, and it does not sting or irritate my eyes. Anyway, Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution will be my first choice!

Pro's

Prevents pimples

Does not dry out your skin

Non-oily

Effectively and effortlessly removes all makeup and impurities

Does not sting your eyes

Con's

Expensive

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Reviewed on : Feb 04 2019
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5/5

Cleared up my skin very well

One year back, I was suffering from a very severe acne problem. So much that I had to go to a dermatologist. I got this Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel through her recommendations only along with several other prescriptions.

The cleanser comes in a transparent bottle which is very convenient and pleasing to look. Though it does not have a dispenser, it has a twisting cap that allows the right amount of usage. And the bottle lasts for so long. I can confidently say, solid four months even after daily use. So, the price is justified.

It has a gel consistency and forms a thin lather. The lather is not much, but it cleanses every ounce of dirt on my skin. And it is very easy to wash off as well.

Like I said earlier, I have been using it for over a month now, and the results have been an absolute delight. My acne is gone, my oiliness is well balanced. I use it twice a day. Thankfully, it does not make my skin stretchy. Instead, I am left with soft and subtle skin.

Of course, this cleanser alone was not the only reason for my skin to be acne-free. But it has helped a lot in clearing up my skin. I highly recommend Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel.

Pro's

Makes the skin soft

Reduces acne and pimples

A little goes a long way

None

Reduces redness

Does not make skin stretchy

Balances oiliness

Con's

None

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Aishwarya Kamal

Sep 21 2018

Is it good for pimples and acne?
(Question for Patanjali Saundarya Aloe Vera Gel )

Sara Fatima Sep 21 2018

Yes. Among many other improvements, aloe vera is known for reducing acne and pimples.

 

Sara Fatima

Aug 01 2018

How To Use Indulekha Bringha Hair Oil?
(Question for Indulekha Bringha Hair Oil )

Amrutha Anmol Aug 01 2018

Massage the oil using your fingertips thoroughly on your scalp. You can also use the comb that comes with the bottle. Simply attach it to the top of the bottle and drag it along your hair while lightly squeezing the bottle. You can leave it on for a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of a whole night. Wash off using a cleansing shampoo. You need to use the oil thrice a week for four months for best results.

 

 

 

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