Customized for my skin
Fades dark spots
Suites my skin types
Improved texture and appearance
Products absorb well
Takes time to show results
Acne active stings a little
I always used to get fascinated by looking at the US or UK based websites selling customized foundations and lipsticks and other cosmetics. Looking at those products popping up on my social media, the only thought I ever had was, wish there was something specially made for my skin type. Something that would cater to my skin’s need and help me achieve the results that I want. And then, SkinKraft happened.
A friend of mine, who also knows how much I love customizable products, introduced me to SkinKraft. I instantly thought, what? Is this for real? To get myself to believe, I went to their website and read everything about them. 10,000 hours of research, developed by dermatologists, no harmful chemicals, I was super impressed.
I didn’t wait any longer and went ahead to take the questionnaire. It started by asking me about my age group and gender. Moving forward, it asked me details about the major skin concerns I had, the type of skin I had, and the environment I spent most of my time in.
Just so you know, my skin type is combination (oily T-zone) and is terribly acne prone. Because of persistent acne, I also have a lot of acne scars and blemishes. The questionnaire was very, very detailed. It asked me about prescription medicines, eczema, smoking, and drinking habits. I loved how detailed it was, and it did look like they meant serious business.
After I was done with the questionnaire, it took me to the results page. This page showed me the analysis of my skin- the level of problems I had like hydration, wrinkles, acne, tan, etc. Then, according to the report, they showed me what products I needed, what ingredients were there in them, and why those ingredients were chosen. WOAH! Has anyone ever gone in such detail?
I subscribed for one month, because, 1. They are pricey, 2. I wanted to know if they really worked. In the pretty box, I received three products- Syndet Cleanser, Barrier Repair Lotion, and Acne Control Face Cream. I was supposed to use them twice every day, and I did so for a month.
It took the products some time to show results. In fact, in the beginning, my acne increased. But, apparently, that was because the skin was flushing out toxins. Duh! Right now, post a month of regular use, my skin looks much better. Acne was a thing of the past, acne scars are still around but not very dark, skin’s texture has become smooth, and there are no bumps. Now, I’m going to go ahead and subscribe for three months. These products are magical. You should try them too.
Both matte and shimmer shades
Difficult to blend
Maybelline New York The Rock Nudes Palette is a very basic palette, with average performance, at an affordable price. Even when I bought the palette, I wasn’t expecting a lot out of it, and it exactly what I was expecting from it.
So, about the palette, it comes in a tiny, plastic case, with a glass panel in the center. It has 12 shades in it- a mix of matte, satin, and metallic shades. All of the colors can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks. Also, a description of how to mix and match is given on the back of the panel. The palette also has a tiny sponge-tip applicator, which I didn’t find useful, but you may.
Moving on to the shades, as I said, do not expect a lot. There are about 6 to 7 mattes, and the rest are shimmery shades. Most of them are smooth and soft, but some are chalky and gritty. Talking about the pigmentation, the darker shades are obviously better — the lighter shades, hardly visible. The application is not a problem, but blending them is a pain. They are very powdery, and I feel, their performance is terrible if you don’t use a primer beneath. Primer helps a lot in holding the color at a place and for them to stay put.
There’s also a lot of fallout. If you don’t use a primer, you can expect the shimmer to be all around your eyes and cheeks within a few hours. That also explains that these colors don’t ask very long. 4 to 5 is what is max.
If this is going to be your first palette, then probably you want to look for something else. Because it misses out on a lot of basic/transitional shades, but, again, if you own a lot of palettes, this will fit in well in your stash.
Suitable for oily skin
Works as a powder and foundation
Lasts 5 to 6 hours without primer
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation was one of my first few MAC products. I had read such mixed reviews about it, and so I was skeptical. I am a fan of compacts. It’s such an independent product, like you can just wear your compact over your moisturizer and last through the day. And the idea of powder + foundation really impressed me.
I matched with the shade NC35 at the MAC store and it felt like the perfect match. At the store when I used it, I was wearing makeup. I tested the powder on the jawline, and it did feel like the right match, but I wasn’t sure.
The first time I tried it was over my moisturizer and primer. I used the regular fluffy powder brush to apply it evenly all over my face, and I instantly fell in love with it. It offers medium coverage so it didn’t cover all the spots on my skin but it looked so beautifully natural. I set it with a setting spray and left it on for the day. It lasted very well for about 7 to 8 hours after which I felt it was getting patchy. But, I didn’t mind that.
I love the fact that this powder plus foundation can be used both with and without foundation. With foundation, it looks even better. I am a fan of the velvety matte finish it offers. Although, I do feel it’s a little expensive, and therefore, I use it sparingly. But, I’m definitely never going to stop using it.
Does not crease or cake
Nykaa’s store recently opened in my city, and I went there to shop. One of the many things I bought from there was this much talked about and famous Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. I really liked all the colors, all nudes and beiges, and it was pretty affordable. Also, it has this nice description behind that tells you what all shades you can mix to create different looks.
The packaging is pretty good. It’s sturdy and travel-friendly. Also, 12 colors in a palette are amazing; you can create different looks for office, day-outs, and night-outs. Inside the palette, there was an applicator. It’s very, very tiny and has spongy tips. I have never seen anything so useless. It does absolutely nothing.
Moving on to the shades, half of the shadows are light, and half of the shades are dark. When I was buying this palette, I was hoping to create impressive looks by mixing the lights and the darks. But, just one swatch of these light colors took away all my hope, because they don’t show. There is very little pigmentation. I use these shades sometimes over the black eyeshadow to create a look. On naked eyes, a lot of swipes are needed to make the color stand out.
Dark colors are good. They are pigmented, don’t fall out and stay put for about 5 to 7 hours, with or without primer. Overall, a basic palette at an affordable price.
Easy to blend
16 brilliant shades in a palette
Highly pigmented colors
A bit expensive
Works better with primer
I bought the Warm Neutrals palette when I was just getting started with learning to use eyeshadows. This palette was suggested to me by my makeup junkie friend, and I instantly fell in love with all the shades. I ordered it online and got a great discount. It was definitely a steal deal for me.
It’s a square palette with four shades in each row. There are 16 shades in the palette, and they are a mix of shimmery and matte shades. It’s a compact packaging, fits right into your makeup pouch, and easy to travel with.
For the first few times, I used the eyeshadows on my bare skin, without a primer. Most of the colors offer great pigmentation and lasts about 4 to 5 hours, which is pretty good. Also, these are supposed to be of powdery consistency, but, I don’t see them falling or spreading anywhere. They just remain set where you apply them. The colors are super easy to blend and are not harsh on the skin. Is there anything about these eyeshadows I don’t like? I don’t think so.
Also, when I experimented with the colors with the primer on, my god, I was impressed. The pigmentation, application, blending, and staying power, everything improved so much. Now, I make it a point always to use a primer. I love, love, love this palette.
Good for dry skin
Great shade range
Might get cakey
Not recommended for oily skin
I love trying on new makeup products, and I’m mostly on the lookout for new products which people claim are promising. For the price NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Jar comes at, I did not mind giving this tiny jar a try.
It comes in 24 different shades, and I picked two - Yellow and Porcelain. I got the yellow shade to combat my dark ‘dark circles,’ and the porcelain one hides other imperfections. The kind of dark circles I have, no product has ever been able to hide them completely. However, I was hopeful about this one.
This product, as mentioned, comes in a tiny jar (something I don’t like). I have long nails, so I try not to dig them in. I mostly use a concealer brush or the back of my nails to get the product out. The concealer’s creamy texture is a little hard to blend with the brush, so I use my fingers to dab it in place and set it with loose powder.
The yellow concealer does a decent job in fading away my dark circles (impressive). And the porcelain one is great at hiding my dark spots and blemishes. I bought the concealer a couple of months back and have been using it almost every day ever since. For my dry skin, the creamy texture suits really well. While all this is good, setting the concealer with powder is very very important. The day I don’t do it, the concealer gets cakey and accentuates the fine lines of my dry under eye skin.
Overall, for this price, the NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Jar does a great job and can be used every day. A little product goes a long way, so you do not have to worry about the quantity also. I will surely recommend it to others.
Easy to blend
Precise application with wand
Looks natural on the skin
My skin type is combination, and it is terribly acne-prone. Every time I have to buy a product, I do thorough research and then decide as to what product is going to touch my skin. I read some really impressive reviews about the NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand and decided to give it a try. For my dusky skin tone, I went with the shade Tan.
I like the fact that this concealer is not expensive. One reason why I bought it without hesitation was that if it were not going to work for me, I wouldn’t regret spending a lot of money. Talking about the packaging, it is good. I like that it comes with a wand for precise application, and the applicator carries out the right amount of product every time.
It is a lightweight, creamy texture that is easy to blend. I blend it with my fingers or the sponge, and both do a decent job. After blending, I set it with a loose powder to avoid caking and patchiness. I do not have very noticeable dark circles and have a few dark spots. The concealer offers medium coverage and stays on for about 5 to 6 hours, post which it starts cracking underneath my eyes. I really like the concealer for what it does. It is affordable, offers medium coverage for my dark circles and spots, does not settle into fine lines, and the quantity is also good. I would recommend this product to everyone.
Reduces hair fall
Nourishes dry scalp
May not blend well with natural body scent
The serum spills from the nozzle
My experimental self went overboard with hair styling, and now, I’m left with very dry and very damaged hair. I now only use herbal products. Biotique Bio Mountain Ebony Vitalizing Serum For Falling Hair is something I picked up recently for my hair fall, frizziness and dandruff.
It comes in a signature plastic bottle of Biotique, which quite honestly, I am not a very big fan of. Reason being, the serum is very watery so, when I pour it on my palm, it always spills. If it comes in a pump dispenser, this won’t have been a problem. The fragrance isn’t as appealing as others in the market because this serum is herbal. But it isn’t so bad, and the smell doesn’t last for long.
I have been applying it daily for a month. When I’m applying, I massage my scalp for at least five minutes, which is very relaxing. After the massage, I leave it to dry, which is for 5-10 minutes and start combing my hair.
It gets absorbed quickly without making my hair greasy or sticky. This serum has succeeded in nourishing my dry scalp and taming my dandruff effectively. My hair fall has visibly reduced too. Regarding hair growth, it is not a miracle potion, so I haven’t noticed any difference in my hair length. And since my hair is damaged and rough, there isn’t much change in the texture. But I believe that it won’t be the same on normal hair.
I am quite happy and satisfied with this serum. Biotique Mountain Ebony Vitalizing Serum For Falling Hair is a serum to look out for.
Fresh scent that lasts the whole day
Does not make hair glossy
Streax Professional Vitariche Gloss Hair Serum came to me as a blessing! My scalp is very oily but the tips? Totally a different story. It is dry with split ends, and I am to blame for it. Reason? Hair colors.
For years, I have been wondering what I should be doing for my dry ends. Now that I have sobered down on my hair coloring, I have started to “try” taking care of my hair. One of the products I am using for it is this serum. I chose Streax Professional Vitariche Gloss Hair Serum because it is silicone and paraben free.
The bottle it comes in can be easily carried around. The pump dispenses the correct amount, and it is shut tight, so there is no worry about spillage. For my hair length, I use three pumps. I apply it only on the tips of the hair strands. The scalp is a restricted area for this hair serum.
Coming to its efficacy, Streax Professional Vitariche Gloss Hair Serum does work well in smoothening and moistening the dry ends. I really like the fresh scent it leaves on my hair, which lasts the whole day for me.
I don’t have problems with frizziness, so I cannot comment anything on that. But the glossiness is average.
I used to have lots of tangles on the ends on my hair. But when I apply this serum on damp hair, the combing session is easier.
This serum works beyond my expectations. I am pleased and satisfied with how it works. It is worth at least one try.
Wide shade range
I got this MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 from the store.
It has been more than a month now. I use it every day before I leave for work. My skin leans more towards oily but not entirely. I use the shade NC12. I have some blemishes on my cheeks, and occasionally, I break out.
My experience with this foundation has been quite a good one. I can’t do my face like that makeup artist, but my skin looks flawless. I use a damp beauty sponge to blend it all over. I wish the foundation comes in a more functional packaging. It takes time for the foundation to reach my sponge and it can get annoying — especially when you have used quite a bit, and the foundation is running out.
Other than that, this foundation has never caused breakouts. It stays put for a good 5-6 hours, gives me a dewy, natural finish and blurs the pores on the corners of my nose.
Will I repurchase? I might have to think about it. Because, though I have nothing negative to say about this foundation, I still feel I have used better ones with a much lesser price tag. If it wasn’t for the brand and how it was advertised and promoted, I think I wouldn’t have noticed it.
Does not cause breakouts
Good for daily use
Mild on the skin
Does not make your skin feel stretched out
Easy to rinse off
Does not strip off moisture
A little product required per use
Does not form enough lather
I have always loved products from The Body Shop. It suits my sensitive, dry skin very well. I have been using The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream for over two months, and it has benefitted my skin. So when I went to the store to restock this night cream, I went ahead and purchased The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash.
It comes in a baby pink tube with a flip-open cap, and the texture is creamy. Overall, the size and the packaging is very practical and convenient.
I use it daily in the morning and at night before applying the night cream. Its texture and feel are amazing. My dry skin wakes up like a new skin in the morning. I love how rich this facial cleanser is. It does not dry out my skin, nor does it feel stretchy. It removes all dirt from my face without stripping off its natural oils. And trust me, my dry skin needs every bit of moisture available.
There is nothing in this world that is fault-free, so I do have some glitches regarding this face wash. Compared to other TBS products I have used, this does not stand out. It has a very distinct chemical smell. It does fade away once I rinse it off though. To add to that, this face wash does not form enough lather. Since it is creamy (which I have no problem with), this face wash is a little slippery. Thankfully, it washes off easily.
The positives of this face wash outweigh the negatives so I will still repurchase it unless a better one comes around. For now, I am OK with it.
Easy to blend
Variety of shades available
Can be used as a highlighter and a contouring stick
Gives a dewy finish
Lesser amount of product in the tube than expected
I think NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick Foundation was made for people like me who are super lazy.
The packaging is sleek. It comes in a glossy black roll-up stick, like a giant lipstick. It is easy to use and very portable. The intensity of the coverage is totally up to the user.
I love NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick Foundation as a contouring stick but not as a foundation (unfortunately). I have tried it as a foundation, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. The shade didn’t suit my undertone accurately. I started using it as a highlighter and it works great!
I’ve been using this product for a month now, and it really has become a part of my essential, go-to makeup. I use Porcelain and Caramel shades now for highlighting and contouring respectively, and they’re amazing. One of the things I like about this stick foundation is how easy it is to apply and blend. Both brush and blender work pretty well for me.
It also has a smooth finish and no visible lines after a soft blending session. I would say that it gives a dewy look, too. It feels light enough and doesn’t sit heavily on my skin.
Lasts for 10 hours
No extra concealer/baking powder needed
Evens out complexion
Not suitable for dry skin
Can get ashy around the mouth area after a while
I absolutely love the NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation! Being an Asian woman in my mid-30s, I have developed hyperpigmentation spots on both sides of my cheeks. I need a foundation with above average coverage To cover these spots, so I am very picky when it comes to products I apply on my face.
I really don’t have anything bad to say about this product. It saves me the trouble of using a concealer separately. I have pretty oily skin, and it isn’t a problem with this foundation. Three to four drops of it on my hyperpigmented spots is all it takes to cover them up completely. I prefer to use a brush to blend it out, which also saves me time, especially because my daily routine is kind of hectic.
Another thing I like about the Total Control Drop Foundation is the variety of shades to choose from. Within the 30 shades available, it has a lot of options for generic/common skin tones. I’m lucky enough to be able to use the Vanilla shade without any issues.
Thought the packaging is very convenient for application, the dropper can get a little messy. The foundation gets collected on the dropper and there is a high chance of wasting it.
Despite that, I will recommend this foundation to anyone who is looking for a natural finish look. It works really well in that aspect.
Makes hair soft
Promotes hair growth
Provides deep nourishment
Refines hair texture
Imparts shine and smoothness
Not for oily hair
I have naturally curly hair which tends to go crazy if I do not care for it properly. Over the years, I have managed to look good with constant oiling and applying serums. I have never really thought of a shampoo to be a thing to tame my curly hair. It was at this time around last year that I read an article about this shampoo. Since then, I was very keen on using it myself, but it took time to get my hands on it. Availability is an issue. I got mine from a random visit to a salon to do my eyebrows.
It’s been a while now and trust me, this is the best shampoo for dry and curly hair. It has helped to reduce the frizziness, and my curls seem much more defined. I have bid goodbye to hair serums now.
After every wash, my hair is amazingly soft. It is hard for me to resist touching it and playing with it. I was of the view that my hair would look good only after I set it, but this shampoo along with the conditioner is all I need. My hair looks beautiful. L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Shampoo is a must-try shampoo. However, I will suggest the oily hair beauties to skip it.
Makes hair soft and silky
Deeply nourishes hair
Keeps frizz at bay
Increases hair volume
Rebuilds damaged hair
I have very dry hair that is damaged and brittle from years of coloring and heat treatment. My hair reacts quickly to anything that’s harsh and heavy. So, I am very particular about what I apply on my hair. OGX Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo is mild and suits my sensitive, dry hair very well. I am on my fifth or sixth bottle now. I use it along with the conditioner, and I get the best results.
This shampoo has protected my hair from further damage and helped it regain volume. I also like the fragrance. It is mild and lingers for a long time. The shampoo lathers well, and the bottle lasts me two to three months easily.
I have stopped coloring and going overboard with my hair. Now, I am heading towards all natural, beautiful hair with the help of this shampoo.
Rejuvenates the skin
Nourishes the skin
Light creamy texture
Forms lather easily
Removes dirt and impurities
Does not offer the blush effect
From the first use itself, I started loving this face wash. The moment I squirted the face wash on my palm, the smell tickled my nostrils and I had to sniff it closely before forming a lather. It smells exactly like strawberry, maybe even sweeter.
Since I have oily skin, I was skeptical about the creamy texture, but the face wash isn’t as creamy as I thought. As I ran the face wash through my face, the lather formed easily. I felt all the impurities getting washed off as I rinsed it off with cold water. The after effect of the face wash was what I was dreading, but it all settled well. I did not feel heavy after using it. In fact, my skin feels clean and radiant after every wash. Since I have oily skin, my routine is to wash my face thrice every day. I also use the Lakme Blush & Glow Strawberry Face Scrub once every week.
The only thing I don’t like about this face wash is their claim of giving blush. I feel like that’s bizarre. How can a mere face wash give blush?
Other than that, the results are quite satisfying. I’m happy with Lakme's line of fruit products. I am soon going to try the peach flavor as well (fingers crossed).
Does not cause breakouts
Cleanses dirt and oil effectively
Makes skin visibly radiant
Takes time to reduce blemishes
When I got my hands on this Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Face Wash, I was very impressed by its packaging. It is a white tube with silver, black and pink details. All of these make it look very sophisticated. I do have one complaint though – it is the screw cap. I wish it came with a pump dispenser. That way, it’ll save me some time of unscrewing the lid every time I use it.
I was also very impressed with its claim of having a breakthrough technology to release potent skin lightening vitamins into the skin cells throughout the day and also targeting the six blocks of fairness. I already have a light skin tone, so I was more excited about its claim of lightening blemishes and acne scars, which is a problem I am facing with for quite some time now.
The texture is lightly creamy, and it forms a good lather. It has a mild fruity fragrance which is subtle. The first time I used it, I thought it would be like just any other face wash. The creamy texture did form a good lather, and my skin felt clean, but it was only after two weeks time that I started noticing the changes. To begin with, it instantly gives a glow after wash, and the fragrance lingers for a while. I have combination skin, so my skin type is tricky. But it manages to reduce the oiliness while balancing the moisture.
My skin feels clean from within, and I haven’t had any breakouts. But concerning my blemishes and acne marks, it still hasn’t shown any visible changes. I think it might be too early to judge, so I’ll give it a month or so. Nonetheless, I am positive that it’ll work effectively if I continue to be dedicated to caring for my skin.
Does not cause breakouts
Deeply cleanses the skin
Brightens dull skin
No effect on present skin problems
As I live in a metro, my skin care needs to be centered around the cause of all my skin problems, and that is pollution. It all starts there. I have been taking care of it by scrubbing once in a week and applying face pack during the weekends. But it is not enough. When I was on a lookout for something I could use every day, I found the perfect face wash for my pollution aid.
Ponds Pure White Anti Pollution + Purity Face Wash is the solution I was looking for. It targets
dirt and gives me clean and fresh results every time I use it. I have oily skin, so this works well on me. I use it twice a day, i.e., after I get up and before I sleep. I think dry skin people can skip this face wash as it tends to dry the skin after use. But if you have normal to oily skin type, you will love it.
The smell is not strong, and the scent fades away after a while. The lather it forms makes me want to keep on blending the creamy texture on my face. Just a pea-sized amount results in good foam and cleanses very thoroughly, so just a little will go a long way.
Another thing I like about this face wash is how it washes off my makeup with such ease, especially my waterproof kajal. I think it’s safe to say that it will minus the use of makeup remover.
The only downfall of this product is that it does nothing for acne, pimples, and blackheads. It does clean the dirt and oiliness so that way, it doesn’t break me out. But for the present breakouts, to my observation, it does nothing.
To conclude, this face wash is a good buy, especially coming with such a reasonable price. I think everyone should give it a try at least once and see how it works.
Easy to wash off
Mild, tangy smell
Not for all skin types
Patanjali Lemon-Honey Face Wash is my first Patanjali product. I am going to review it in terms of the packaging, consistency, and other aspects.
To begin with, when I visited the store, because of the affordable prices, I went overboard, but I was pretty satisfied with my purchases.
The Lemon-Honey Face Wash has a tangy smell. And the color of the gel looks like lemon syrup, which made me feel like I was using actual lemon paste. The packaging is very convenient, and the open flip cap prevents the face wash from getting messy. Overall, the look is pleasing to the eye; not so flashy and all the ingredients are mentioned, so it's easy to know what exactly you are using. As I formed a lather on my cheeks, it blended really well and then I went on with other parts of the face.
Rinsing it was also easy. It didn’t feel jelly or slippery. After I patted it dry, my skin felt clean and even free from oil. I think dry skin will not like it because it removes oil. But since I am from the oily skin family, I loved it. The duration of oil being away is decent as well. I continued using it for a week with other Patanjali products, and my skin felt revived. The tan on my forehead has visibly disappeared, and I didn’t have any breakouts. But I am not sure it will be the same for acne prone skin.
Overall, my skin is benefitting a lot, and I am glad I have found my remedy in an Indian herbal product that comes at such a good price.
Reduces dark circles
Two tones fairer
Fair & Lovely helped me get fairer very fast. I love travelling and make it a point to travel once every two months. The drawback is getting tanned. I bought Fair & Lovely to helped me get de-tanned. It really worked. I got two tones fairer in less than two weeks. I used it twice everyday. It also reduced dark circles along with the puffiness. I love this cream.
Not easily available
My skin is oily and very prone