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.
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
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.
Both matte and shimmer shades
Difficult to blend
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.
Suitable for oily skin
Works as a powder and foundation
Lasts 5 to 6 hours without primer
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.
Does not crease or cake
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.
Easy to blend
16 brilliant shades in a palette
Highly pigmented colors
A bit expensive
Works better with primer
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.
Good for dry skin
Great shade range
Might get cakey
Not recommended for oily 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.
Easy to blend
Precise application with wand
Looks natural on the skin
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.
Reduces hair fall
Nourishes dry scalp
May not blend well with natural body scent
The serum spills from the nozzle
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.
Fresh scent that lasts the whole day
Does not make hair glossy
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.
Wide shade range