Floral and fruity fragrance
Fresh and sweet
I love perfumes that are floral or woody but definitely not fruity. When I got Guess Eau De Toilette as a gift on my birthday, I had to try it. The top note is fruity, the heart is floral and the base note is vanilla and sandalwood. The sweet fruit scent of raspberries is beautifully covered by the acacia and lilies and then the base notes do the magic. Overall, it a beautiful blend of fragrances that only a brand like Guess could have made. The packaging is so pretty that it makes the perfect gift for a woman or teen. It has a glass packaging with a spray. The perfume appears light pink in colour from the transparent glass bottle. It has a long-lasting fragrance that lingers around for a while in the air and in the clothes. I love the way this perfume sets in to give diffuse different fragrances as the day goes on. Every note of this perfume is strikingly sweet and feminine. I usually wear it on special occasions and every time I've worn it, people have asked me about the perfume I've used. This perfume is sure to turn heads and I would strongly recommend buying this perfume. It is not one of those perfumes which jolt your olfactory senses and leaves you a headache. But, it is one of those fragrances that people will remember and relate you with when you use it. Though it is expensive, it is going to last you a really long time. It's been over a year since I am using it and the bottle is only half empty. So, do not consider price as a factor to skip this awesome perfume. It is nothing like I've ever used before. I am starting to love fruity fragrances after using this perfume from Guess.
Wide range of shades
Creamy, velvety consistency
Matte metallic finish
Lightweight and non-greasy
Comfortable to wear
Not true to shades
Does not last long
Diana of London 2000 Kisses Lipstick is a creamy metallic matte lipstick. It claims to be everyday wear as it is lightweight and long-lasting. It comes in a tube with an applicator which is actually good. It has a sheen like metal but still looks matte after it sets. This lipstick comes in 30 shades which is awesome because you get to choose from a wide range of colours. This liquid lipstick has a creamy texture and does not feel dry unlike most of the liquid lipsticks. It feels a bit sticky after applying but allow some time to dry and set so that the sticky feel goes off. There are so many similar shades in this and so I do not find it useful to buy closely related shades as it may end up looking like the same. I only wish it had better contrast among the shades so that it was easier to differentiate among them. However, you can go for it if you like metallic lipsticks that are not over-the-board shimmery or shiny. This lipstick has an interesting name (2000 kisses) maybe because of the staying power. It does not go off with a coffee or a glass of water. But if you are munching on oily food without minding your lipstick, it may get washed off or fade easily. The thing I like about this lipstick if you need not wear a lip balm or vaseline beneath as it has a creamy formula. Also, it does not leave the lips dry and cracked after removing the lipstick with a makeup remover. If you are looking for a budget lipstick with a metallic matte finish that does not dry your lips, then this could be your pick.
Has antiseptic properties
Contains lemon and turmeric extracts
Exfoliates and cleanses skin
Easy to use
For all skin types
When I first used Lotus Herbals Lemonpure Turmeric and Lemon Cleansing Milk, I had high hopes from the product as it was from one of my favourite brands, Lotus herbals. But, this product disappointed me in a few ways. I shall be telling you about that at the end. First, let me tell you about the pros of this cleansing milk. This cleansing milk from Lotus Herbals comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser and a lid to avoid spilling of the product. It can be easily carried around while on the go because. The pump bottle makes it easier to dispense just enough amount of product required for removing the makeup. It has a great citrusy fragrance that uplifts the mood. It has a great list of ingredients such as turmeric, lemon and other ingredients that has numerous benefits for the skin. It helps in exfoliation and deep cleansing of the skin too. It does not dry out the skin and helps in maintaining the moisture even after it is wiped off. It removes makeup effectively but stings a bit if enters the eyes. You can use it by massaging this cleansing milk for a few minutes on your face and neck and wiping it with a damp washcloth or cotton pads. The main drawback of this cleansing milk is that it forms a sticky layer after wiping it with cotton. It also has paraben in it, which is strict NO for me as I am totally against harmful chemicals in my cosmetics. So, even though it performs well, I would not recommend it due to the presence of a carcinogenic substance in it. Otherwise, this cleansing milk could have been one of the best for the price and quantity offered.
Helps makeup last long
Evens out skin surface
Flawless makeup base
Fills in pores and fine lines
Contains vitamin E
I always use primers before applying makeup if I am getting ready for a big event. On regular days, I like heading out with just a bb cream or compact on my skin. While window shopping online, I stumbled upon this primer from LA Girl which was being offered at a deep discount. I immediately added it my cart because I really wanted to try this. LA Girl Pro Prep Primer is a professional makeup primer that claims to give you a flawless look. It comes in a tube packaging with a small orifice to dispense the primer. It has a balmy texture and can be easily spread on the skin. It makes the pores and fine lines disappear and gives a smooth base ready for the rest of the makeup application. It has vitamin E which is a beauty vitamin that nourishes the skin and prevents it from damages due to free radicals. This primer blurs the imperfections so that it does not show up after applying makeup. It also softens the skin. I love the touching my skin after applying this primer. It is one of the affordable makeup primers available in the market. You can get it at a deeper discount if you buy it when it is on sale. Applying foundation over this primer becomes easier as it glides on the skin and blends to perfection. If you have open pores like me, then run an ice cube all over the face, then put on this primer and then proceed with the makeup. This small trick will give you a flawless look and help the makeup stay for a longer time. I only wish the quantity was a bit more because I keep using this product every now and then.
New electrifying shades
Decent staying power
Easy to apply
Makes hair shiny
Temporary hair color
Stains during wash
Crazy Color Semi-Permanent Hair Color Cream is a temporary hair colour that can be applied with or without the help of a professional. It is easy to use and the results are astounding. It comes in a 100ml plastic bottle with a funky brand label. It is formulated in a way that suits all hair types and hair colours. It comes in 35 stunning and bold shades that give scope for experimenting with your hair. unlike other hair colours that require a professional application, this hair colour cream from Crazy Color can be used with ease by yourself. The only requisite to get the desired result is that the hair needs to be pre-lightened or bleached before using this hair colour because it hardly shows up on dark hair. The conditioning agents in this hair colour gives a shiny and smooth appearance to the hair and do not make it dry. It has a great colour payoff when applied properly. It is better to get the help of a professional in case you are not sure how to use it. The only drawback is that it stains a lot. So make sure you wear old clothes so that you do not stain the new ones. Also, use a towel or a thick cloth over the pillow for a few days as it would stain the pillow covers too. It is recommended to use a colour safe shampoo and conditioner after colouring your hair. By following these steps your hair colour will last for at least 1.5 to 2 months. I would suggest trying the purple, red and the peacock blue colours from this range if you want to make a bold statement.
Contains the goodness of green tea extract
Contains natural ingredients
Easy to use
Safe for sensitive and acne-prone skin
Makes skin smooth and supple
Provides a deep hydrating effect
I was on the lookout for a daily moisturizer that would suit my sensitive skin. That's when I stumbled upon this Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream, which claims to be 100% eco-friendly and free from parabens, phthalates, urea, colourants or any other harmful substances you can imagine being added to your skincare. This cream comes in a green tub packaging with a sturdy lid. It is actually travel-friendly but I am not so fond of dipping my fingers in the tub to get the product out. It just feels so unhygienic to me. Anyways, talking about how effective the cream is in fulfilling the moisturization needs, I would say that it is a genius! It gets absorbed in the skin in a few seconds and feels so lightweight. It does control grease and oil for a certain amount of time and keeps the skin well hydrated. It would definitely suit all skin types as moisturization is absolutely essential for both dry and oily skin types. It contains fresh green tea leaves extract that provides the skin with a boost of anti-oxidants. It provides nourishment to the skin and helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Regular usage of this cream will help in fighting the signs of ageing and slow down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It does even out the skin a bit but I cannot say that it will be effective for skin lightening or spot correction. I have combination skin that gets acne and small white bumps due to lack of hydration. This moisturizing cream from Innisfree has put an end to all those skin issues and has helped me in getting a clear and glowing complexion. I would strongly recommend this cream despite the price factor.
72 shades available
Prevents feathering of lip color
NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners are matte finish lip pencils with high colour pay off. I ue this lip liner every now and then whenever I am wearing a similar shade of lipstick. It gives a nice matte colour that you can even fill in your lips as a lip shade. I love creating ombre lips with this lip liner by working it with a lighter shade. It comes in the form of a pencil that can be sharpened and used again. The main advantage of pencils over retractable ones in that you can sharpen it to draw thin liner wherein it is difficult to do so with the retractable ones. Another advantage is that the pencil form lip liner goes a long way wherein the retractable ones finish fast as the quantity of pigment is very less. The one think I dislike about this lip liner from NYX is that it clumps a lot. I have to heat it using a candle for a few seconds to get the pencil working. Otherwise it is a great product and I would surely recommned this.
Defines and separates lashes
Washable mascaras are better than the waterproof ones because it is easy to apply and comes off easily. Maybelline New York Volum' Express The Falsies Washable Mascara is one of my favorites of all time. It has a purple pink packaging comes with an in-built want attached to the lid. The brush is perfectly designed to give your eyelashes great volume. I love how it makes my lashes look volumized in just one swipe. It is extremely pigmented so be careful if you are applying this with the makeup on your face. It does not clump or budge like other mascaras do after a while. Even if it does after a certain period of time, you can put in some eye drops and mix it to work like before. It separates the lashes and builds volume that almost looks like you've out on false eyelashes. I would definitely repurchase this mascara some time soon.
Contains Omega 3 and Vitamin E
Enriched with Argan Oil
Rich color pay-off
Great shade range
Doesn't last long
L'oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick comes in 42 beautiful shades that no one can resist buying at least one. I love the shades here. They range from soft to bold colours, all in one brand of lipstick. The pigmentation of these lipsticks in awesome and can cover the lips in just one swipe. It has argan oil, Omega 3 and vitamin E which takes care of the lips. It does not have shimmers but has a semi-matte finish that sets quickly without creasing. You can use a lip liner for an enhanced look. This creamy lipstick is one of my favorites because it does not dry my lips even after I remove the makeup. I would strongly recommend these lipsticks from L'oreal as it has a shade for every mood. The vibrant colour here are sure to make your day. The only con here is the price tag it comes with. However, it's totally worth it!
Brightens up the eye area
Reduces signs of aging
Takes time to show results
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream claims to reduce and repair wrinkles and signs of ageing near the eyes thereby making the face look fresh and youthful. It comes in a glass tub with just 15ml of eye cream in it. For the price we are paying, the quantity is less. However, this is a rich cream that requires only a few tiny dots to do the job. Hence, it's a value for money. Talking about how long it takes to correct the fine lines and wrinkles in the undereye area, I can only say that consistency is the key. If you use this eye cream regularly, it will eventually make it look healthy by repairing the skin. So, consistency is the key to getting the most out of this product. It does not have any harmful chemicals and is also free from parabens and phthalates. Hence, you can bank on this eye cream for the anti-aging benefits you want to reap out of it.
Smoothens the texture
Helps makeup last long
Suitable for all skin types
Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer is a makeup base that is free from paraben or phthalates. It is ideal for all skin types and can be used by almost all Indian skin tones. It comes in a tube packaging that squeezes out the required amount of primer from the orifice. It has a thick consistency, but can be applied easily as it glides on the face. It makes the makeup look even more professional and highlighted. Foundation and other makeup blends well over the primed face. It also helps makeup stay for a longer time. It is non-comedogenic and so you do not have to worry about how safe is it on the skin. The disadvantage of this primer is that it settles in the pores and may cause acne. It is a must to remove makeup and cleanse your face thoroughly with a cleansing oil and a mild cleanser before going to bed.
Suitable for daily use
Easy to blend
Imparts a natural look
Not pigmented well
Revlon powder blush is one of my go-to makeup products I use on regular basis. I love the subtle shade of this blush. It makes my face look like I've just come out of the gym after an intense workout. The pigmentation is moderate but it's just what you need to create a natural look. It comes in matte,shimmer and satin finish so that you can have a say in what you exactly want. The classy coral shade is my favorite among the 7 shades available. If you have used a primer underneath, then this blush will look even more vibrant. It comes in a black brick packing with a transparent lid to show the shade. It also has a pop up mirror on the opaque part of the lid. The blush brush given with this is great for applying the shade. You actually need no other brush other than the one given with this for getting a flushed or blushed look.
Huge variety of colors
Brilliant color payoff
Lakme True Wear Color Crush Nail Polish is a high quality product available at a competitive price. I love the shade range available in this range. I picked a few of these nail paints while building my bridal trousseau because they were easily affordable and has beautiful bridal shades. This nail paint has a great colour pay off and the shades look vibrant when applied. It spreads in an opaque layer in just one swipe and there is no need for you to coat it over and over again. Once you've applied this nail paint, you can forget about it because the colour will be intact without chipping. The brush applicator is perfectly designed to cover the maximum portion of the nails in just one swipe. It dries up in just a few minutes and sets on the nails giving a gorgeous glossy finish. The shades in this range make the hands look even more beautiful. If you are looking for budget nail polishes that stays, then go for it.
Gives flawless makeup results
Perfect base for makeup
Difficult to carry heavy jar
Makeup primer is an absolute essential when you are planning to wear makeup for a long time. This keeps the makeup in place and also eases the application. Loreal Paris Base Magique is a cult favourite makeup primer that does the job really well. It comes in a round glass tub wherein you need to scoop out the required amount of product with your finger in order to apply. A little amount of product is enough to cover the whole face and so one tub goes a long way. It comes in a single shade that suits all skin tones. It does not make the skin oily and can be used by all skin types without worrying about the dryness or acne. It smoothes out the fine lines and wrinkles and evens out the skin tone so that the foundation can be applied without looking patchy. It also forms a layer between the makeup and the skin thereby protecting it from the harmful effects of prolonged wearing of makeup. I would say it's a total value for money and a must-have in every makeup collection. However, grab it while on a discount in the online stores rather than buying it at a surge at the outlets.
Suitable for all skin types
One of my friends wanted to get rid of her dark circles and asked me to suggest an eye cream that works. I was taken away by the effectiveness of VLCC products and so suggest her VLCC Almond Under Eye Cream. I also suggested she uses it for at least 3 months before coming to conclusions. It was not even a month and she said her dark circles have fade away partially and the eyes look healthy and nourished. This eye cream is enriched with the goodness of olive, wheat germ and other potent ingredients. It has chamomile extracts in it that is known for its soothing and calming benefits. It comes in a tub packaging and has a thick creamy consistency. You just have to dot this eye cream under your eyes and massage for a few minutes until it is completely absorbed by the skin. The best time to use this is at night when you can simply apply and leave it to work all night. It comes at a much lower price than the high end eye creams and serums. So, I would highly recommend this product to everyone!
Satiny and shimmery shades
Six shades in one palette
Comes with a sponge applicator
This eyeshadow palette from the Lakme Absolute range is a must-have for all the makeup lovers. If you are a beginner and looking for an eyeshadow palette to start experimenting with shades, then this could be your ideal choice. It comes in an array of colours, most of which are suitable for Indian skin tones. It comes with an eyeshadow applicator too. You can mix and match as you like and play with the shades given in the palette. You can also do cut and crease, halo and many more advanced looks with this one. The eye shadows are highly pigmented and easy to apply. There are no fallout issues with this product. It comes in a cute but sturdy packaging which makes it easier to carry along while travelling. This palette is a total value for money and I would strongly recommend to checkout all the shades it has to offer to find our right pick.
Chunky glitter particles
Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow comes in a plastic round packaging with a transparent lid. It comes in 18 pretty shades. It also has an applicator brush inside for easy blending. The shades are shimmery but the shimmers are not too overpowering. They look subtle and sultry when applied. It is a creamy shadow and so you can even use your fingers to apply the same. Using an eye primer under these shadows will enhance the colour and it will be easy to work on the transitional shade looks. Though this eyeshadow from Revlon is a bit overpriced, you can hoard on some extraordinary shades from this range for using it with other palettes. The staying power of these eyeshadows is superb and can stay without smudging upto 6-7 hours. The shades are mentioned in the form of numbers here, which makes it difficult to recall when needed. Otherwise,I would strongly recommend this for pigmentation, consistency and ease of application.
Removes dirt and impurities
Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam is a mild face wash that claims to prevent acne and blemishes. It is suitable for all skin types since it has a non-drying formula that does not rip off the moisture from the skin. In the 3-step acne and blemish kit by Clinique, this cleansing foam is the first step. It comes in a pump bottle with a lid to avoid spillage. This face wash foams well and gently washes away all the impurities from the skin. It leaves the skin so soft and supple without any stretchy feeling. It does help in controlling acne and keeps oil at bay for a long time. The only turn off is the price, which is quite high when compared to other anti-acne face washes in the market. However, if you want to try this, then I would recommend buying the entire kit to see the difference in your acne conditions.
Highly pigmented shades
Has a dual-ended brush
Expertly curated shades
Milani Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Collection is an eyeshadow and contour palette with 6 shades and an applicator. These multi-use shades can be used to create endless looks with your creativity and makeup skills. The shades are highly pigmented and has shimmer in it. There are 3 eye shadows, two highlighters and a darker shade for contouring. It is available in 10 different combination of shades. It is moderately priced for such an outstanding and versatile palette. The packaging is classy and has a transparent top to reveal the colours inside. The brush given is actually useful in blending the shades and you’ll not need anything else to put on the shades from this palette. The shades are truly long-lasting and is perfect for creating all sorts of party looks and festive looks. I would strongly recommend this palette for all the beginners since it is a total value for money.
MAC Prep And Prime Natural Radiance is a makeup primer that prepares the skin for the smooth and flawless application of makeup. The main job of this primer is to smooth out any rough patches, pores or irregularity in the derma to give a smooth base for the foundation or other makeup products to glide and blend easily. This primer from MAC claims to be made from natural ingredients that not only prepares the skin for makeup but also nourishes it for a natural look. There are two shades available in this - Radiant yellow and Radiant pink. The packaging is as usual great and easy to use. The primer has a gel like consistency that can easily cover the entire face without having to rub it. It has soothing effects on the skin and helps in reducing the redness. The antioxidant caffeine present in this helps in reviving the skin and gives a radiant glow. It's a total value for money!
MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation is yet another bestselling foundation from the brand. It is perfect for people who love dewy makeup look. I have a combination skin and have always used matte foundation because I dreaded that other foundations might cause breakouts. But this one is at par with all my expectations on how a foundation should be. It has a emulsion-like consistency. It is easy to blend and only a tiny amount is required for the whole face. It has SPF 15 which is takes care of the sun-protection part. It comes in a small glass bottle with a lid. The only downside I felt is that the shades are limited to 8 unlike the other foundations from this range which has a much higher number of shades to choose from. However, if you are a fan of dewy makeup that doesn’t look oily or oxidize after sometime, then this product is for you. I am sure this foundation will give you great value for your bucks.
ThermoProtect temperature setting
Two speed settings
Narrow concentrator head
As the monsoon strikes, hair dryer become an absolute necessity for me. Last year, I got a Philips hair dryer as a gift and this has become a staple now. I take it wherever I go and use it almost every now and then. It is a 1000 W dryer that is strong enough to quick dry my mane. The two heat settings present in it can be adjusted according to your wish. If you want your hair to dry faster turn it to the hot setting else, the cold one will eventually dry it up. But, I always use the cold setting as exposing the mane to heat often leads to hair damage. My tip for a great looking, salon like hair is to use the biggest drum brush over the hot setting for the ultimate look. You can also use a nourishing serum in semi-dry hair and dry it with this dryer for a smooth and shiny hair.
Adds dimension to face
NYX Professional Makeup Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder is available in 5 shades to choose from. It has an awesome pigmentation and helps in giving dimension to the face. It is basically a highlighter that requires application on the prominent features of your face so that it looks well-defined and glowy. The only issue with this highlighter is that some of the shades experience fall out. It does not stick to the skin properly or does not blend well. The shimmers are a bit too much for me. But, if you like such highlighters, then go for this one. This highlighter from NYX comes in a plastic case with a transparent lid that shows the shade of the product without having to open the lid. The texture of the product is finely ground powder that glides on the skin to give a glaring glow. Overall, an average product and pricey too!
Heavy-duty lip plumper
Boosts lip size
Gives firmer and fuller lips
Might dry lips
Plumpy and fuller lips are in trend these days. Everyone desires a lusciously thick lips that shows off the lipstick shades beautifully and make the face look even more attractive. NYX Professional Makeup Pump It Up Lip Plumper claims to give your pout a shape and make it look flirty and luscious. It looks and feels like a gloss and the packaging is also more or less the same. It has a perfect applicator at the end that helps in applying the product evenly on the lips. After a few seconds of application, I felt a tingling sensation in my lips. It did not sting much but it felt like my lips are burning a bit. It is available in 9 beautiful shades and can be worn as a lip gloss as well. I cannot say that this lip plumper gave me the best results, but my lips looked a little bit fuller after using this. It is pricey for the quantity and hence I would prefer buying it only while on discount.
Contains pure sandalwood oil
Ideal for all skin types
Prevents drying of skin
Removes dead skin cells
Makes skin soft and smooth
We all have grown up using Mysore Sandal soap at some point of time. Even now, I pick this soap whenever I go shopping. I simply love the authenticity and the fragrance of this soap. Mysore sandal Gold is a premium product with extra nourishing oils and pure ingredients added to it. It comes in a small, palm-sized round bar that smell like sandalwood. It lathers really well and does not leave residue on the skin. I love my skin post-bath after using this soap because my skin feels perfectly cleansed and soft. It has moisturizing oils in it that does not make the skin dry. However, this does not mean that you can skip the moisturizer. It just won’t give you that stretchy feel that we experience after using harsh soaps. The best thing about this soap is that the fragrance lingers for a few hours even after bathing. I would strongly recommend this to people who have never tried Mysore Sandal soap. It’s a proud and authentic Made In India product.
Deep conditions hair
Relieves dryness and roughness
Makes hair soft and manageable
Great for winter dryness
Parachute is a household name in India. Almost everyone of us have a bottle of this coconut oil in our house. Parachute Advanced Ayurvedic Hot Oil is an improvized version of the regular coconut oil from this brand. The packaging of this oil is very similar to that of the normal ones, just that the label is different. So, lets talk about how different is this hair oil from the normal hair oil. The first thing you'll notice about this hair oil is the fragrance. It has a strong fragrance due to the ayurvedic herbs infused in it for effective results. This oil is a bit runny and does not freeze like the normal one. You can massage it on your scalp and hair and wash is after 30 minutes. It works like magic in controlling dryness and frizz in a short time. There is absolutely no necessity to put this overnight. I love this hair oil and keep using it every now and then.
Serum + foundation
Offers a natural finish
Improves skin health
Has anti-aging benefits
Has SPF 40
Might cause acne
I am going to review this insanely expensive foundation from Bobbi Brown. The product is named Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation. As the name suggests, it is a serum based foundation that has hydrating effects on the skin. It might sound like it will suit only dry to combination-dry skinned beauties and it is true that it does. SPF 40 is a great number for a face product. It is also an advantage for people who get tanned easily. This foundation is said to have nourishing properties on the skin and helps in improving the quality of the skin. The coverage is decent enough but can be built by layering. But, do not forget that makeup clogs pores and it is only healthy when you put on to remove it by the end of the day. It might cause acne as it is enriched with oils. Hence, I would not recommend it for oily-skinned beauties. The price is crazy high for a foundation. So, if you can splurge on it, then get it.
Superb color pay off
Long staying power
High-definition gel technology
Availability in revolutionary shades
Easy to apply and remove
Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick is one of my favorite lipsticks of all time. I love the vibrant shades in this range. It is slightly higher in price but you just cannot miss how gorgeous the shades are. It is a wax-free lipstick and hence no sticky feel and clumps. It is a gel based lipstick that gives a matte finish. The pigmentation is great and just a swipe is enough to cover the whole lips. If you use a lip primer beneath, the colour will pop up even better. The hydrating formula of this lipstick does not leave the lips dry after removing it. It has a creamy texture that glides on the lips like a dream and makes sure that you look like one too! I love the yummy fragrance of this lipstick a lot. Wear it at a party or a wedding and you are sure to make heads turn!
Natural oils formulation
Removes waterproof makeup
Gentle on skin
MAC Cleanse Off Oil is a makeup remover that is great for waterproof makeup too. It has a unique blend of natural oils derived from olive, jojoba and other great ingredients that is safe for the skin and conditions it too. It comes in a transparent bottle with a pump. I like the packaging a lot because it is easier and mess-free to pump the makeup remover on a cotton pad rather than dabbing it directly from the large orifice of the bottle, which sometimes leads to spillage and wastage of the product. It can be your go-to product that you can carry anywhere to remove makeup. It helps in deep-cleansing the makeup from the pores too. Its an absolute necessity if you apply makeup on a regular basis. This cleanse-off oil is mild an non-acnegenic. You can go for it without a doubt because it will save your pores from getting clogged due to makeup.
Intensifies the color of eyeshadows
Cruelty-free and vegan
Easy to use
An eye shadow primer is used to enhance the colour of the eye shadow and makes it last long. NYX Professional Makeup Proof It! Waterproof Eye shadow Primer comes in an easy to use tube packaging. It has a sponge applicator which makes it easier to apply the primer on the lid. It is a neutral shaded eye primer that is creamy in texture. It helps in covering the imperfections on the eyelids so that the eye shadow is smoothly applied. It also helps in enhancing the shades when applied. There is a lot of difference in application of eye shadows with and without primers which you can see for yourself once you try this. I feel every makeup lover with medium to advanced makeup skills must have this product. It is totally worth the bucks because the quantity given is going to last you a very long period of time.
Easy to apply
Provides a subtle glow
Ideal for all skin types
NYX professional makeup strobe of genius illuminating Palette is your ultimate highlighting palette if you are looking for one. It comes in a black study case with transparent lid for the shades to be visible. It has shimmers in it which is not overpowering at all. The pressed powder given with the palette suits all Indian skin tones well. All you need to do is mix and match the shades according to your undertones and skin tone to create the desired look. The strobing cream is buttery soft and glides on the skin easily. It gives a naturally healthy glow without much effort. The highlighter can be used on the features that you want to highlight the most. For example, cheekbones, nose, chin, brow bones, collar bones and so one. The shades in this palette are highly pigmented and few strokes are enough to get the desired results. The price is a bit too high but it's a great palette to splurge on!
Contains Mineral Water Blend
Hydrates the skin around the eyes
Good base for eye makeup
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream is an under moisturizer that claims to hydrate and replenish the delicate under skin. It comes in a similar packaging as the Extra Eye Repair Cream from the same brand. It is expensive for the quantity you get. However, this one small tub of eye cream is going to last for a long time. Talking about the positive effects of this cream, it is designed to be moisturizing and nourishing to protect the under eye area from damage due to ageing and stress. I would suggest not to expect anything more from this eye cream. It does not address any other concern except dryness and hydration. It has no to minimum effects on dark circles and crow feet. Although the ingredient list sounds great and I am sure it is good for the skin too. I would rather go for a simple DIY for my dark circles rather than counting on this out-my-budget eye cream.
Easy to use
Smudges and fades
Very soft tip
NYX epic ink liner is a felt-tip liner that can be used for creating so many makeup looks. It has a soft tip that is flexible to give a smooth line. You can easily control the amount of ink it dispenses through the tip. It is suitable for drawing thick as well as thin liner. It is highly pigmented and gives a matte finish after drying. This liner is very costly when compared to similar eye liners in the market which are equally good. The down side of NYX epic ink liner is that it bleeds and does not stay for a long time. It also smudges easily. I would not go for this eye liner because of the price factor and the low staying power. I would rather choose from a brand that fits my pocket as well as stays for a considerable period of time. Hence, it is totally not worth the money and not recommended.
Easy to apply
Does not smudge
Low range of shades available
Most of us wish there was an eye shadow that can be applied as easy as a kohl or a liner instead of the hassle of choosing a shade from the palette and bending it with x number of brushes. Clinique heard us and came up with a chubby stick shadow tint for the eyes that is easy to use. It comes in a retractable crayon stick which one has to just glide on their eyelids to get the colour. It has a little shimmer in it and the consistency is just right for a crayon type eye shadow. This on-the-go eye shadow is free from any harmful chemicals and so you can undoubtedly pick this. It gives a sheer finish which is perfect for subtle makeup looks. It does not feel sticky at all and sets in some time after the application. The staying power is also good unless you rub your eyes. In that case, you'll have to reapply it. I recommend using an eye shadow primer underneath so that the colours are enhanced and stays for a longer time.
Good staying power
Does not fade or smudge
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner is a felt tip eyeliner perfect for every occasion. It is extremely pigmented and does not smudge or budge. It is easy to draw fine lines or thick lines by just adjusting the angle of the tip. The felt tip ensures that the application is even and the pigments are given out in just one stroke. Graphic eye liner looks or winged eye liner looks, anything can be created with this one. It is waterproof and transfer proof. So, once you have applied the eye liner, wait for sometime to let it dry and set completely. The staying power of this eye liner is a good 8-9 hours. The easier it is to apply the easier it is to remove. Just use a cotton pad with eye makeup remover or coconut oil to remove the eye liner completely. It is totally worth the money and I would strongly recommend this one.
Sleek and compact packaging
Easy to apply
Milani Smooth Finish Cream to Powder Makeup is a compact for everyday use. It comes in a similar packaging to the powder foundation. The golden beige pan has a mirror attached to it and so you can slip it your hand bag for touch ups while you are on the go. It comes in various shades for you to choose from. The powder is finely ground and pressed so that it does not look cakey when applied. It is easy to blend and gives a nice matte finish. The matte feeling stays for a long period of time and thus it is perfect for people like me who have an oily T-zone. It can be worn over a BB cream or even a tinted moisturizer for everyday look when you have little time to apply foundation or concealer. It may not cover all the imperfections but it will even out the skin to a great extent. This is a must-have in your everyday makeup and I would definitely recommend this.
Cleanses scalp and hair
The Body Shop is one of my favorite brands when it comes to skincare and hair care. It is the best cruelty-free and vegan brand across the globe. I have used this anti-dandruff shampoo form the range which is called The Body Shop Ginger Anti-dandruff Shampoo. As we all know that ginger has effective enzymes that is good for clearing out the dandruff. This shampoo claims that it made form a potent ginger sourced from Sri Lanka that helps in clearing out the scalp and fight dandruff. This is indeed true with this product! It comes in a dark brown plastic bottle with a flip top cap. It is a gel-based shampoo and so it might dry out the scalp a bit. But oiling before using this shampoo and conditioning later might help in controlling the dryness and frizz. It did help me clear the dandruff in just a few usages. However, the only thing I did not like about the product is that it made my hair a bit dry and rough. Also, there is no conditioner from this range. But, you can always use another conditioner to restore the lost moisture from shampooing. If you are suffering from severe dandruff, I would strongly recommend this shampoo. It is pricey but one bottle goes a long way.
Cleanses skin well
Evens out skin tone
Pleasant and refreshing fragrance
Frees skin from pollutants
Does not work well on dark spots
Gariner Light Complete Face Wash is an everyday face wash that is recommend to be used before applying the Light Complete Moisturizer. It comes in a sleek plastic tube packaging and has a flip top for the product to be squeezed out. It has a great citrus smell which energizes the senses. This face wash will suit oily skin and combination skin as it sucks out the oil and gives a clear and matte face. It effectively controls oil and sebum preventing it from breaking out. However, dry-skinned beauties should refrain from this as it may dry up their skin even more. It is a great face wash within a budget and is easily available across online and offline stores. If you are looking for a face wash that keeps oil at bay for a long time, deep cleanses the skin, removes impurities and fits the pocket, then this face wash is just perfect for you.
Treats existing acne
Oil-free and oil control
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment is the third step in Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System. This gel based moisturizer contains salicylic acid which is an effective acne-cleansing agent. However, I have noticed that, this cream does not work as effectively on its own as it works when used along with cleanser and toner. It is not a spot-treatment cream and so it has to be applied all over the face. You may use it overnight for better results. It does not dry up or harsh on the skin at all. It keeps the skin moisturized at the same time prevent acne. It works on the existing acne and pimples by reducing the redness and helping it dry up faster. If you are suffering from severe acne, it is recommended to get the entire 3-step treatment after consulting a dermatologist. It is expensive for such a tiny amount of moisturizer. Hence, I would skip buying this for myself.
Ideal for both dry and oily skin
Doesn’t cause irritation and allergy
Provides smooth and natural-looking coverage
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup foundation is one of the best foundations that you can own in your makeup collection. It has lots of shades and you can easily choose the one that suits your skin tone. It comes in a glass packaging wherein you'll have to pour out the required amount of product on a mixer board or at the back of your hands to apply. I like the texture and coverage of this foundation. It gives a nice semi-matte finish and the best part is that it never lead to any breakouts. It feels so light on the skin and thus is ideal as everyday wear. Dry-skinned beauties should use a moisturizer beneath this foundation so that it doesn't look patchy and blend well. It does not oxidize with time and so you can pick this up for the next festive or wedding season when long hours of makeup is required. It's totally worth the bucks!
Suitable for all skin types
Restores youthful appearance of skin
Works well on dry skin
Smooths out laugh lines
Clinique repairwear uplifting firming cream is suggested to be used after the three-step skincare regime of cleansing, exfoliating and toning. This is an excellent day cream that comes with SPF 15 for sun protection. It claims to firm the skin and rejuvenate it making it look youthful. After actually using this cream for myself, I can say that it lives up to its claims. For the first time, you'll notice that your skin has become soft and moisturized with a healthy glow. Upon regular usage, the fine lines and other signs of ageing can be rectified. It is paraben and phthalate-free and controls acne. It suits dry as well as combination skin. People with sensitive skin like mine can go for it without a doubt as it has soothing properties that reduce redness and whiteheads. This cream can be used underneath makeup to make the foundation easily blendable. Overall, it's a value for money as one tub will last for a long time.
Light to medium coverage
Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation is a pressed-powder foundation that claims to give good coverage similar to a liquid foundation. While it sounds great to me because a powder foundation would apparently suit my oily t-zone, this product did not prove to be one. The golden round pan packaging is a bomb. There is an in-build mirror as well, which is an added advantage. The foundation is a finely ground powder that blends easily. But, if you ask me, it cannot replace a creamy foundation when it comes to coverage. It's easy to use and can be worn every day. However, if you are looking for makeup on a special occasion, then you'll be disappointed by this. I suggest moisturizing your skin well before using this as it may look patchy. Also, use a concealer to hide the imperfections as this powder foundation gives very light coverage. I would rather go for the liquid foundation from the range rather than this one.
Clings to the skin
Its monsoon and my skin and hair at its worst during this season. Breakouts, little white bumps, whiteheads, oily T-zone and what not. My skin suffers every atrocity this season has in store for it. I wash my face twice a day with a non-drying face wash. I am always on the lookout for a face wash that says ‘anti-acne’. When I came across Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash while browsing through the shelves in a departmental store, I immediately put it in my cart as it was quite cheaper and had neem in it. This face wash has a gel-like texture and has to be worked on the skin to foam. It smells like neem a bit but the fragrance is not too overpowering. I was disappointed to see that this face wash from Garnier did not live up to my expectations. It clings to the face and does not go at all even after washing it several times. I feel a film of this product on my skin even after I’ve wiped my face with a towel. And the worst part is, it caused me more breakouts. I would never recommend this face wash to anyone. Do not get overwhelmed by the price and the brand factor!
Two shades in one
Perfect combinations of colors
Easy to use
Silky smooth texture
I love blush the most among all the makeup products I own. NYX ombre blush has a unique combination of a lighter shade that forms a gradient with a darker shade. A swirl around the pan of this ombre blush is enough to create a flushed look. It comes in 6 shades that make it easy for everyone to pick what suits them. The packaging is simple and convenient. It is also travel-friendly as it comes in a sturdy round plastic pan. The blush is extremely pigmented and hence we need to be careful to avoid looking like a clown. Just make subtle strokes with the blush brush on your cheekbones to get the desired look. It gives a healthy glow on the face that does not feel made up at all. The blush is made from finely ground pigments that do not fall out or look chalky. This is a must-have in every makeup stash.
Prevents lipstick from bleeding
Brightens up eyes
Imparts a natural finish
Easy to use
Great for highlighting
Settles in creases
Average at concealing
NYX Professional is one of my favourite brands because it has a wide variety of affordable products that is every professional would ever require. This wonder pencil from NYX is a must-have in every makeup stash. It can hide imperfections, stop lipstick from bleeding, correct flaws in makeup, enhance eyebrows and many more. It is a pencil with a creamy lead that comes in three different shades. It can be used as a concealer to hide the lighter imperfections as it does not give much coverage. It can be used under the eyebrows to highlight it and make the face look more defined. It can also be linked on the rim of the lips to keep your lipstick from bleeding. It blends easily and does not look cakey or patchy. I always carry this wonder pencil in my makeup stash just in case I might need it during a makeup fiasco. I strongly recommend buying this wonder pencil from NYX.
Easy to blend
Easy to apply
Drying takes time
NYX Professional Makeup Multitasker Mixing Medium is a gel that can be used in more than one way. It is translucent and has balmy consistency. This makes it easier to glide on the skin. This can be mixed with pigments to make your own shade of makeup. If you like a particular shade in your eye shadow palette and want to wear it as a liner, then this can help you. All you need to do is mix this gel with the shade using an eyeliner brush. Then apply it on your eyelids with a firm hand. Viola! You just made your own liner. It helps in enhancing the colours of the shades and makes the texture easily applicable. You can use it in a similar way as stated above to make your own lip liner too! I strongly recommend this awesome product from NYX for all the makeup lovers.
Available in different colors
Feels like a balm
Some shades have shimmering effects
NYX Pin-Up Pout Lipsticks comes in beautiful vintage shades that will suit every Indian skin tone. The packaging is also so simple yet classy. This lipstick has a creamy texture that glides smoothly on the lips. If you have dry or flaky lips, it is recommended to exfoliate the lips and apply a lip balm before applying this lipstick. It has a great semi-matte finish that compliments the skin tone. The pigments are intense and can easily cover the lips in just a few swipes. Being creamy, this lipstick tends to transfer a lot. It settles in the creases of the lips and doesn't look good. It requires frequent reapplication as it smudges every time you eat or drink something. However, it is great for pigmented lips as it will hide the dark patches and pigmentations. For a fuller look, line your lips with a darker shade of lip liner and then fill this lipstick in.
Smooth and even application
Long staying power
Excellent color payoff
NYX lid lingerie eye shadow palette is inspired by the NYX lip lingerie range. I absolutely love the latter and this made me try the eye shadow too. This palette from NYX has a creamy consistency that gives a matte finish. There are so many shade ranges to choose from. If you love pastel eye shadows but are worried about the pigmentation of the pressed eye shadows, then this could be your best pick. It is intensely pigmented and has a great texture. You can simply use your fingers to apply these creamy matte eye shadows. It does not have any shimmer or glitter and thus it can be worn every day. This palette is great for creating subtle looks that go well with formal wear. If you are confident enough, you can even pull-off a pretty pastel makeup look for a brunch or a movie date. Creating smokey eyes is no more a task with these easy-to-blend shades. Overall, it's a value for money and I would strongly recommend buying this.
Great shade range
Fall out issues
Are you on the lookout for a makeup palette that would address all your makeup needs? Then NYX has got one! It comes in various shades to choose from. This versatile palette has 6 beautiful eye shadows, a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush. This is the only palette you'd need for a full face makeup apart from your foundation. You can create as many makeup looks as you desire with the help of the 6 shades of eye shadow given here. I love playing around with this go-to palette. The only issue is that the pigments are not that intense. Also, there is a bit of fallout. I suggest using a primer before applying these shades. It comes in a plastic packaging with a see through lid. This palette is definitely a value for money because it saves you the cost of buying 4 separate makeup products. This makes a great choice for all the beginners who want to learn full-face makeup under a budget.
Available in a wide range of shades
Ideal for all skin types
Protects from harmful sun rays
MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation is one of my favourite foundations of all time. It comes in 19 shades which means there is a shade for every skin tone. It has great coverage and I feel lesser need to apply concealer when I am using this foundation. The coverage is so buildable that you can use it as everyday wear at the same time get party-ready with it too! It contains SPF which fetches it an extra point. There is no need for applying sunscreen while using this foundation. It comes in a tube packaging which easily dispenses the required amount of foundation required. It has a creamy texture that is neither too drying nor too cakey. It suits my combination skin tone and doesn't make it oily at all. The formula of this foundation is so that it will suit dry skinned beauties without making the face look patchy. The gel formula ensures that it does not oxidise with time. I would highly recommend this super-blendable, hydrating and full coverage foundation.
Brand new finish
Plush and vibrant
Creamy and moisturizing
Great color pay-off
I've tried NYX suede matte lipsticks and loved them. When the brand came up with metallic lipsticks, I was intrigued about how it would look on me. So, I bought this lipstick and to my dismay, it did not live up to my expectations. But first, let me tell you what I liked about this lipstick. I love the shades of this liquid lipstick from NYX. They are creamy, highly-pigmented and has a great finish. But, there are so many things that made me dislike this lipstick. One among the list of cons is the texture. It is heavy on the lips and feels a bit sticky. The label says its metallic matte but this feels more like a gloss just that it is too pigmented to be called one. It does not compliment my skin tone at all. It would look great on someone who is fairer and has a glowy complexion because it makes my acne and pigmented around the mouth look prominent. I did not like this product, however, it may suit you. I would recommend trying before buying it.
Doesn’t cause breakouts
Good color payoff
Highlights skin pores
NOT a Cruelty-free brand
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush comes in a small transparent plastic pan with a flip-open lid. It has a wide array of colours that makes your complexion look healthy and glowing. It is extremely pigmented and a few swipes of this blush is enough to give you the desired look. I use it as an eyeshadow at times and it really works well. It is extremely lightweight and does not have to fall out issues at all. You can easily blend this blush on your cheekbones for a naturally flushed look. The only thing I did not like about this blush is that it highlights your pores. Hence I recommend prepping your skin with a pore concealing primer before using it. However, if you looking for a light-weight and easily workable blush for yourself or as a gift for someone, then this will fit in. It is slightly expensive but a great value for money.
Contours the area around the eyes
Safe for contact lens users
Doesn’t cause irritation and allergy
Clinique has recently come up with customized skincare options wherein any individual can customize their skincare according to their skin concern. I tried the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment for the first time at an outlet and was impressed with the results. I have dark circles for a long time and it gets worse sometimes due to lack fo sleep. I am a mother of a toddler and you can only imagine how much sleep I would be getting in a day. My eyes look tired and dark circles are prominent now. When I applied this cream under my eyes, the skin felt instantly rejuvenated. It moisturizes the skin well and keeps it hydrated for a long time. I love the soothing effects it had on my skin. I am definitely planning to purchase this sometime soon. Though it is a little pricey, one tub will go a long time as you will need a very little product for one-time use.
Great shade range
Retractable liner pen
Doesn’t tug or pull the eyelid
NYX is one of my favourite brands when it comes to makeup. I love the versatility of their products and the quality, which is exceptional. I have the retractable eyeliner from this brand which I keep using every now and then. It comes in a lot of attractive shades. If you love lining your eyelids with quirky colour then this is the brand for you. The retractable eyeliner makes it easier for beginners to start off with. You can create winged liner look or graphic liner look with ease using this eyeliner. It glides on the eyelids smoothly as it has a creamy texture. The pigmentation of this eyeliner is amazing. All you need is one swipe across the eyelids and you are done! I have used it for ethnic looks as well and it compliments my skin tone so well. I am a kohl and eyeliner lover and I keep hoarding them every now and then. This eyeliner from NYX is a total value for money and I strongly recommend this to you all!
Great shade range
High color payoff
Glides on smoothly
Comfortable to wear
Smudges and bleeds
MAC Liptensity Lipstick is one-of-a-kind lipstick from the brand that is available in 36 stunning shades. It comes in an opaque packaging with a flat top bullet. You can find beautiful mauve, pink and nude shades in this range. This is so pigmented that all it can hide all the imperfections of the lips. The formula of this lipstick is such that it enhances the colour when applied. It also has a creamy satin finish which makes it easier to glide on the lips. It doesn't settle in the crease of the lips and gives a smooth appearance. The only con with this lipstick, or for that matter any creamy lipstick is that it smudges easily. But reapplying doesn't hurt. It comes in a travel-friendly packaging and you can simply reapply whenever needed. Though it is expensive, this is totally a value for money. I would strongly recommend this for all Indian skintones. There is a shade for everyone here.
Ideal for all skin types
Nourishes and protects skin
Visibly refines texture
Improves fine lines and imperfections
Poor shade range
Might cause acne
MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour Foundation is a moisturizing foundation that is perfect for a dewy look. The shade range is limited to 9 unlike the studio sculpt foundation. This foundation comes in a glass bottle with a screw lid similar to the other foundation from the brand. It has a rich and flowy texture that is easy to blend. A small amount fo the product is enough for the full-face. If you have oily skin, then stay away from this because it may make the skin look and feel even oilier. Do not expect any coverage from this foundation. If you have dry skin, then you can use it with concealer underneath. It has so much oil in it that it would never suit my combination skin and so I skipped buying this after trying it once. I would not recommend this foundation as it does not serve the purpose of covering the flaws and giving a perfect look.
Good for occasional use
Easy to use
MAC has so many fake lashes option which is great for creating any desired look. MAC Lash 30 is a beautifully hand-crafted eyelash that can be used to create a dramatic look or a naturally glam look. The ends are so naturally curved and cut in a way that it resembles our natural eyelashes. It is flexible and can be adjusted upon the eyelids for a perfect fit. It is recommended to use this with the lash glue from the same brand. These lashes come in a transparent case. It can be used as many times as you want if you take care of it properly. You can customise these lashes in a way that you'd like to. It can bear moderate heat and so, even eyelash curlers can be used to lift and curl these lashes. Though a little expensive, it can go a long way if you care for it.
Delivers a naturally flushed look
Blush is my most favourite makeup because I love how it transforms the entire face by just a stroke. Bobbi Brown blush has some amazing shades that will definitely steal your heart. I love the shade Tawny among the 12 shades available. It gives s a naturally flushed look and a radiant glow as if you've just finished an intense gym session. The packaging is classy as ever and travel-friendly too. The blushes are extremely pigmented. So, just a stroke of the brush can hold enough product for the whole look. I would love to try the peachy shades from this range. However, I experienced some fallout issues with this blush. Just be careful with the amount of blush you take else you might experience a bit of fallout too. The shades are beautiful and will go with every Indian skin tone. I would recommend trying the shades and choosing the one that compliments your skin tone before you jump ahead and place an order for the same as it is expensive.
Wide ramge of shades
Comfortable to wear
High color payoff
Feels heavy on lips
Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lipstick is a one-of-a-kind lipstick that looks like a crayon but is a creamy liquid lipstick. It comes in 17 different shades, which is a number if you are particular about variety. The packaging is awesome because all you need to do is squeeze the lipstick to get the desired amount. It has a creamy consistency which feels almost like a gloss but it isn't glossy at all. In fact, it has a semi-matte finish that does not dry out the lips. On the other hand, it feels a little stick as well as a heavy on the lips. I personally do not like such lipsticks because it does not suit me as the matte ones do. But I know people who can ace creamy, semi-matte lipsticks with so much ease. I would recommend trying it at a Bobbi Brown store before you actually place an order.
Hydrates and nourishes lips
Offers a natural finish
Easy to use
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge is a 2 in1 product that can be used on the lips as well as the cheeks. It has a creamy consistency which makes the shades easy to work with. You can simply dab some on your lips for a tinted and subtle look. You can even work it as a blush by applying a few strokes with your fingers on your cheeks. Due to its creamy nature, it glides on the skin easily to show the colour. I come in 6 different shades which is great for trying which shade will actually suit Indian skin tones. The only con about the pot rouge is that it feels a little dry on the lips and sticky on the cheeks. Hence I recommend using a lip balm underneath this product. Also, oily skinned beauties can use a setting powder after using this as a blush. Overall, it's a total value for money!
Goodness of Shea Butter
Moisturizer + Primer
Enriched with Vitamins B, C, and E
Oil-free and non-greasy
Fragrances of Geranium and Grape Fruit
Smoothens and softens skin
Works great for dry skin
Revives dull skin
For someone who has dry skin, moisturizer is essential. Even the makeup used has to be moisturizing, else it may look patchy and even drier. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is an ultra-moisturizing primer that can be used as a prep before proceeding with your makeup. I do not prefer tub packaging since it feels a bit unhygienic to dip the fingers every time I use this face base. However, let's focus on how good or bad this face base from Bobbi Brown is. Talking about the consistency of this primer, it is luxurious and rich, which is great for dry skinned beauties. I felt it a bit too greasy on my combination skin and dread that it might cause breakouts. Hence, I do not prefer this face base and would happily pass it on to someone whose skin is much on the drier side. It is quite moisturizing and so a tiny amount of product is enough for the whole face. If you are looking for a face primer that is moisturizing as well, then this can help.
Suitable for daily use
Moisturizes dry lips
Contains vitamin E
Reduces feathering of lipstick
People with dry and chapped lips like mine are always on the lookout for products that would keep their lipstick intact without ripping off the moisture from the lips. MAC Prep and Prime Lip wand is a God-sent product for people like me. I love wearing matte lipsticks despite the bad it does to my lips. It becomes parched, dull and flaky if I do not apply coats of lip balm on it. And if it's winters, then the situation is even worse. This little wand costs a whooping 1600 INR but it is going to last you long. So, do not worry about the value for money you get. I usually apply a coat of this lip primer before applying any lipstick. I love how even the most matte lipstick glides like a dream on the lips. It increases the staying power of the lipsticks and enhances the shade. After applying this on my lips, I rarely feel the need to touch up my lipstick because it stays for a good 7-8 hours. The best part of this lip primer from MAC is that it keeps your lips hydrated for long hours, even after you remove the makeup. So, for me, it's a total winner!
Imparts a natural look
Brightens under eye dark circles
Makes your skin look flawless
On days when I do not feel like wearing any makeup, moisturizer, concealer, kohl and a lip tint does the magic. Bobbi Brown is one of the high-end makeup brands that screams class and quality. This full-coverage concealer from Bobbi Brown is a total winner when it comes to doing its job of concealing imperfections. Dark circles, pigmentation, scars and any flaw in the skin can be concealed by this little wand. It comes in a simple yet sophisticated packaging which has a little sponge applicator for ease of application. I just dot this concealer on the under eyes, space between the brows and near the mouth where I have slight pigmentation issues. Using a blender I smoothen it until none of the flaws is visible. I would recommend dabbing some translucent powder over it for an instantly lit look. Despite the pocket pinch, I feel it's a great value for my bucks because I use it almost every day or whenever I head out. I recommend using a nourishing eye cream before using this concealer and do not forget to remove your makeup before you hit the bed!
Provides smooth and even finish
Blends products easily
Only makeup lovers know the importance of the right brush. While everyone may not understand what the different types of makeup brushes used for, a makeup artist would exactly know how to get the best out of them. There are lots of makeup brushes available in the market that are just as good as the branded and expensive ones. However, professionals love their brands and will not give up their standards for any reasons. MAC shader brush is one of the many makeup brushes the brand has to offer. It is a flat brush with tightly packed bristles and a curved end. It is basically used for applying products that need several strokes to blend. For example, a concealer or an eye shadow primer or the eyeshadow itself, all these require blending. This brush can hold the required amount of product without fallouts since its tightly packed. You can use it to prime your eyelids or blend the eye shadows. However, for the price it comes at, I would rather opt for a cheaper brand because it doesn't feel like value for my money.
Amazing shades available
MAC lipsticks are known for their variety of shades and great formulation that suits every skin tone. MAC huggable lip colour is a limited edition lipstick that has a creamy formulation with an awesome shade range. It makes the lips appear fuller and has a hydrating effect. The pigmentation is really great and it doesn't look overpowering at all. The buttery soft formula makes it easier to glide on the lips without drying it blotching. There is a shade for everyone in this range. The reds and pinks are not too overpowering like the MAC matte lipstick range. So, this is an ideal lip colour for everyday use or office wear. I do not use any lip balm or primer underneath this lip colour because of its creamy texture that does the job. It claims to have collagen which is great for the delicate lips skin. You can get a sculpted and plumper lips by this lip colour from MAC. I would strongly recommend this to people who love creamy and satin shades over matte ones.
Can also work well as lip liner
MAC Eyeliner Brush - 209 is one of the MAC professional brushes used for the application of eyeliner or lipliner. It is made of high-quality synthetic fibre bristles that hold the product quite well. I generally use it for applying my cream or pot liners that require a brush for application. You can even make your own shade of eyeliner by dipping a wet eyeliner brush in your favourite eyeshadow pigment and lining it over your eyelids. For lower lash line you may use a smudger or a flat liner brush. I've seen so many makeup artists use this brush for creating graphic or dramatic eye makeup looks. One thing I like about this product is the length of the handle. It is neither too small nor too long for me to hold this brush and work on my eyelids. It has a wooden handle which is quite sturdy to handle and gives a firm grip. Most of the users love wearing eyeliners and so this is a total value for money.
Sleek and mirrored compact
Ideal for strobing
Bobbi Brown highlighting powder is a highlighter that claims to give skin a radiant glow. All the 4 shades it comes in, are overwhelmingly gorgeous! I love the classy packaging of this highlighter. The pattern on the highlighter makes it looks even classier. This highlighter has a very fine texture with shimmers which are definitely not over-the-board. It helps in giving dimension and glow to the face. Of the 4 shades it has, I love the shade pink glow a lot. It is unconventional, doesn't have the same old brown base and gives a beautiful, translucent glow on the face. I'd strongly recommend this for all the brides-to-be to try it on your big day. I can only imagine how dreamy it would look with pastel lehenga and a subtle peachy makeup! Yes, it is pricey, but it is totally worth it if you are looking for a classy addition to your makeup stash.
Superb base for concealer or foundation
Packed in breakable glass jar
Almost all the eye creams in the market claim to remove dark circles and give you a bright and youthful glow. What makes Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream is that it really works! My aunt, who is in her 40s, swears by this eye cream. It comes in a glass jar, which is 100% breakable and the only thing I did not like about this product. The eye cream has a thick consistency and yet dissolves on the skin. It hydrates the delicate under-eye skin and makes it look healthier instantly. You cannot expect a product to work the moment you use it. Similarly, this eye cream to takes its own time to show results. One should use it consistently to see any visible difference in their dark circles and crow feet. The eye cream is enriched with peptides, humectants and natural plant oils. It is completely free from sulfate, phthalate and paraben. You can always wear it under your makeup, it doesn't affect the concealer. I, personally would never spend that amount of money on an under-eye cream. However, I recommend this to people who want to get rid of their dark circles, puffy eyes and fine lines. If you have the money to splurge, then go for it!
Suitable for daily use
I was taken into surprise when I saw that MAC has its own eye cream too. It retails at 2800 INR for 15ml product. I like the fact that it comes in a tube packaging which is way more easier to use than the tub packaging. The consistency of this eye cream from MAC is creamy and thick. It has caffeine as one of the ingredients, which is great for addressing skin concerns like puffiness and ageing. The moisturizing effects of this cream are great but it is a bit on the greasy side. I did not like it because my combination skin just cannot take oil and grease. It tends to break out every now and then and I cannot risk it by using such an oily eye cream. It might suit dry-skinned beauties but definitely not my skin type. If you are looking for an eye cream that nourishes and works on dark circles, then this might be an option for you. But, if your skin is on the oilier side, then you may skip this under-eye cream.
Available in attractive shades
Versatile makeup product
Shimmer brick cracks easily
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact is a makeup lovers’ dream. I can say this because I’ve used this many times from my sister’s makeup stash. It comes in 5 shades and each brick has five shades that can be used in more than one way. You can apply it on your eyelids as an eye shadow or just swirl your makeup brush on the brick and apply to your cheekbones. I love the flushed look it creates with just one stroke. My sister has the shade, bronze which is a gorgeous palette with shimmery, earthy colour and a distinct highlighter that can even be sued separately to enhance your facial features. The kind of glow this product gives will definitely make heads turn. The consistency of this compact is so fine and luxurious. It doesn’t have to fall out as the powder is really fine. The shimmers are neither too blinding nor subtle with just hints of it. I would strongly recommend this brick compact from Bobbi Brown is you are planning on some retail therapy.
Makes lashes curled, lengthened, and voluminous
MAC Upward Lash Mascara comes in a classy black bullet packaging just like their retro matte liquid lipstick. The only difference is that it has an opaque body, unlike the liquid lipstick that has a transparent packaging to reveal the shade. I know a friend who swears by this product. It gives a lengthening effect to the lashes. For anyone who loves a dramatic eye makeup with long and separated lashes, then go for this mascara. The wand brush is designed in such a way that it will give you a combed effect by separating the lashes and providing it extra length. If you are looking for a mascara for parties, then your search could come to an end with this one. Though it is not so pocket-friendly if you are so much into makeup or put on makeup frequently, then this is worth splurging. I may soon buy this mascara for the upcoming festive season!
Sets brows perfectly
Not everyone is blessed with perfect brows but getting one done is not a big deal any more. There are umpteen products that can make your bros look like a million bucks in a jiffy. MAC waterproof brow set is basically a mascara for eyebrows. It enhances, defines and sets unruly or sparse eyebrows. The packaging is simple, just as like a mascara. But the only thing I did not like about this is the unstrategically designed wand which doesn’t work if you have scattered eyebrows. But, if your brows are thick or decently dense, then this is the best product for you. All it takes is a few strokes and viola! It stays for a good 8-10 hours or even more if you do not mess with it. It comes in 6 shades and the shade Brown Ebony and Bold Brunette would be the perfect choice for Indian skin tone. I would strongly recommend this product if you are looking for an eyebrow enhancer for a perfect wedding or party look.
Medium buildable coverage
All skin types
Works well on the foundation
Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick is a versatile product that can be used to create a flawless finish, hide blemishes and imperfections. It comes in a retractable stick form. The consistency of this foundation is creamy yet light and breathable. It blends effortlessly and gives a smooth and flawless finish. You can layer up if you desire to cover the redness or blemishes. The stick form makes it easier to use than the liquid foundation. It gives a natural look and doesn’t look patchy at all. Even dry-skinned beauties can go for it as it effectively covers the dry patches and imperfections. I have combination skin and this foundation never caused any irritation or breakouts. It stays for a good 8-9 hours without touch-ups. The wide shade choices available ensures that there is a shade of every skin tone. Though it comes with a heavy price tag, it’s worth splurging. This is an ideal product to create some great minimal go-to makeup looks.
Great shade range
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit is a yellow-based creamy concealer plus a pressed powder designed to cover dark circles or any other imperfections. It comes in a classy packaging with two pans in which one has the creamy concealer and the other is a pressed powder to set the concealer. You can choose the shade that best matches you from the 12 shades available. The consistency of the concealer is creamy and hence can be easily blended using a makeup sponge. It does not leave dry patches and does not feel waxy either. It has silica in it which makes blending easier and gives a natural matte look. The product stays for a long time and can be fixed by a few touch-ups as and when needed. Despite the price tag it comes with, it’s worth it because this tiny palette is all you’d want to look perfect on a date or a wedding. You can even ditch the foundation or bb cream and simply top it up with your regular moisturizer and sunscreen. Works perfectly well!
Doesn't blend well
MAC match master concealer comes in a stick form with many shade options. It is a creamy concealer stick that can be used to hide the dark circles, blemishes, pigmentations and other imperfections. I personally do not like this product as it looks patchy after setting with a powder. I have used other creamy concealers that worked great but this one is too difficult to blend. I like the fact that it has so many shades and you can get a shade that matches your foundation. You can even get a lighter shade and use it to highlight the brows and other features of your face. But for me, this did not meet the expectations. The only thing I liked about this concealer is the packaging. Otherwise, I do not find this as a value for money. I would rather go for the MAC Studio Fix Concealer instead of the Matchmaster Concealer.
Long staying power
Defines lashes without clumps
MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara is one of the bestsellers under the eye makeup category. I absolutely adore this product for all the right reasons. It comes in a classy black packaging with a perfect wand. It just takes a few strokes to get long and lustrous eyelashes. But the formula tends to dry up fast so you need to be quick in applying the mascara. It gives an effect of putting on false eyelashes a hence the name. I got the mini mascara with retails at just 900 INR because I did not want to spend on the full-sized product. It is extremely pigmented and lifts the lashes with just one stroke. You can even use an eyelash curler for a dramatic effect. The consistency of this mascara is creamy but on the drier side. I would strongly recommend this mascara for all the makeup lovers out there. Go for it without a doubt!
Easy To Use
We have grown up believing that Dettol means 100% germs-free. It has become a household name now. Dettol handwash has made our lives so easy. This creamy hand wash comes in a plastic pump bottle and can be refilled when empty. A little amount of handwash is enough to clean the hands as it lathers really well. All you have to do is to follow the handwash strokes for squeaky clean and germ-free hands. I love the variants Dettol handwash offers but the original one is a classic, and we mostly use this one at home. You can buy a jumbo refill pack and keep filling the bottle once it is empty. This way, it feels so economical. It claims that it provides better protection compared to other handwashes and the only way of proving it right is through the fact that our hospital bills had considerably reduced when compared to earlier times when every change in weather or contamination made us sick. For mothers who have younger children, this handwash is a must-have because children are more prone to infections than adults as their immune system is not fully developed. I would highly recommend Dettol handwash to everyone!
Many shades available
Mousse foundation usually has a whipped texture that gives a light, breathable yet flawless look. I have a few nude lipsticks from Rimmel London. I chanced upon a Rimmel counter in the mall and ended up buying this foundation because it looked promising and was affordable too. I dotted this foundation all over my face and neck and tried to blend it only to realize that I took so much of product. However, other foundations I have would blend in after some time, but this one was patchy and difficult to apply. I tried mixing a tad bit of Rimmel Liquid Mousse foundation with a moisturizer, and it worked fine. But, it was already off my makeup stash because there were so many good ones lying in it. There are so many shades in this range, and you can easily find the one that matches your skin tone if you try and buy it. However, I wouldn't recommend this foundation unless you want to waste your time blending and look like a freshly painted wall anyways.
I had to attend a family wedding in the month of August, which is generally very hot and humid. So, I was careful about my makeup too. I chose everything that would give me a matte finish, and that's how I ended up buying NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray. It comes in a black plastic spray bottle which costs 875 INR for 60 ml. Because it's functional, I didn't mind splurging on it.
Moreover, it was the need of the hour too. My face tends to sweat a lot during the humid summer months, and no makeup stays for a longer time. This setting spray claims to give a matte finish and hold the makeup for a longer time. After I was done with makeup, I sprayed this all over face and neck, holding it bit far from the face. It made my makeup look matte and did keep it for another 5-6 hours without any rundowns. I use it every time I have to put on my makeup because I prefer matte over dewy due to my combination skin that gets oilier in the T-Zone. This product is a total winner for me, and I would repurchase it once I am done with the current bottle. I would recommend this to everyone who loves matte makeup and wants their makeup to look perfect even during the hottest weather.
Revlon super lustrous lipstick as the name suggests - super lustrous. It is a creme lipstick that does not have shine or shimmer yet feels so smooth and rich on the lips. It comes in 82 shades out which I have one shade, Raspberry. It is a gorgeous plum shade lipstick that comes in a classic black twist packaging. This lipstick is highly pigmented and ultra-creamy that feels so comfortable on the lips. It moisturizes the lips well even without a lip balm underneath. But, it also bleeds and transfers a lot being this pigmented. The shade is so pretty that I sometimes wear it as a tint by dotting it on the lips and applying a lip balm over it. I would love to try out other shades from this range some time soon.
If you've tried or heard of Clinique 3-step kit for dry combination skin, then you'd know about this product. Clinique Clarifying Lotion is a toner which has to be used after the cleanser and followed by the Dramatically Different Moisturizer. This toner deeply cleans the pores and exfoliates the skin. You can notice significant changes in the skin after using it if you have acne-prone combination skin like mine. It comes in a screw cap bottle with an orifice. All you have to do is dab some cotton in the clarifying lotion and wipe off the impurities from the skin. It has a strong smell as it has alcohol as one of the main ingredients. I am not happy with the fact that it has alcohol and that's the reason I took away 2-stars from the rating. However, talking about the good things it does, it helps to keep oil at bay and the skin feels glowy. It is a great toner that comes with a greater price tag too! But if your troubled-skin needs help, this is a highly recommended product.
Every woman wants to own at least one MAC lipstick in her life. Though expensive, the shade options it comes with is truly amazing. I am talking about MAC satin lipstick which comes in 29 vibrant shades. The packaging is a bomb! The lipstick looks like a black bullet and is made of plastic. This variant has a satin finish which feels like a film of lipstick on the lips with just a stroke. However, this may not suit creasy lips because the lipstick settles in the crease. I am not a fan of sheen finish lipsticks but the shades here are worth trying. I would recommend the shades - twig and retro for everyday wear and the shades rebel and media if you love bold shades.
NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette is a versatile product that is a must-buy for all the makeup lovers. It has 8 shades in which the first 4 is for highlighting and the next 4 is for contouring. It comes in a plastic packaging with a see-through lid. The shades are highly pigmented. All you need is the right brushes or makeup sponges to get the desired effect. If you love to experiment with the latest contouring and highlighting makeup trend, then this is the best palette for you. I am not a pro at makeup but I love trying out a chiselled look with this one. The best part of this NYX palette is that, when you hit the pan, you can just order the particular shade and refill it. With such a versatile palette in your makeup stash, the possibilities are endless. All good things come with a price tag, at least in makeup, it does. This palette costs 2000 INR but it's totally worth it!
Smudger at one end
Transfers a lot
Settles in the crease
Difficult to apply since it is patchy
Not worth the price
When Maybelline launched Lip Gradation lipsticks for the first time, makeup lovers on the internet were all in praise for the product. But, honestly, I did not like this lipstick at all. The reason is, it has been hyped too much that it failed to deliver what it claims to. This lipstick is one-of-a-kind because of its versatility. It has lipstick at one end and a rubber smudger at the other end. The purpose was to create a smudged look as desired by smudging it on the lips. But, when the lipstick itself is so patchy and difficult to apply, smudging with the rubber given will only hurt the lips and do nothing. I did not want to waste the lipstick, hence I mixed a bit of lipstick with vaseline and then applied it on my lips. The shades are pretty though! I used the smudger to create a gradient look with other lipsticks in my makeup stash. Overall, a waste of money and huge disappointment by my favourite brand, Maybelline.
Does not have a strong smell
Easily available online and offline
Great for skincare
Suits all skin types
Suitable for cooking
Great for weight-watchers
Glass jar packaging is not travel-friendly
Pricey for the quantity
Virgin coconut oil has been one of my staples since my baby was born. Till date, the coconut oil I've tried from various brands have been great. Organic India was one among my favourite brands of coconut oil. I've tried their green teas before and the moment I saw it on Amazon on a deal, I grabbed it. Organic India coconut oil is basically cold-pressed, extra-virgin coconut oil that is extracted from the coconut pulp and not the copra. Hence, it doesn’t have that typically strong smell of coconut oil. It can be used for cooking as well as for the topical application. I have used it as a massage oil for my baby and I can say that it’s the best oil one can use for babies. Be it diaper rash or regular massage before the bath, this oil does wonder to the baby’s skin. I have ditched diaper rash creams and ointments and stick only to coconut oil for my baby. It keeps skin moisturized and healthy-looking. It’s the same way for adults, it can be used to remove makeup, heal dry patches and treat dry, itchy skin during winters. I also use it regularly to remove my makeup and it does the job perfectly well. Organic India coconut oil retails at a price of 725 INR for a 500 ml glass jar. It’s definitely pricey when compared to similar brands of coconut oil. However, if you are an ardent fan of Organic India products just like me, you can give it a try!
Suits oily skin
Does not break out
Price too high
Estee Lauder is one of my favourite brands. The double wear foundation is cult-favourite and this compact if from the same range. It comes in a classy packaging with a sponge applicator and a mirror attached to it. The compact glides on the skin and blends really well. It can be used every day to work or on days when you do not feel like putting on the foundation. This gives an even skin tone and hides the spots and blemished to a certain extent. The best part is, it has SPF 10. This does not look patchy and can be used throughout the year. It does control oil but it doesn't stay effective for a longer time during summers. I carry it in my purse for re-application while on the go. Price is a factor here, otherwise, it's a great compact for every skin type.
No ammonia formula
Doesn't damage the hair
The colour bleeds in consecutive washes
Does not stay for more than 2 weeks
Garnier Color Naturals Creme Hair Color is one of the budget hair colours available in the market. People who love to colour their hair but are scared of hair damage can opt for this hair colour. It has no ammonia and nourishing oils added to it that makes the hair silky soft and shiny apart from giving the desired tint. It comes in 8 shades and my mother has been using the Shade 1(Natural Black), which is the darkest shade in the range. This hair colour comes with a colourant, developer, conditioner and a pair of gloves. Once coloured, the shade stays for at least 2 weeks if treated with proper care. The best part is that it costs just 180 INR, which is way too cheaper when compared to other brands. I would love to try other shades from this range in future.
Does not clump
Does not curl or lift the lashes
Who doesn’t love thick voluminous lashes, be it with the help of mascara if not God-gifted? Essence Lash Princess mascara is one of the cult-favourites for the same reason. It comes in beautiful black packaging and the applicator is so convenient to use. It does not clump and gives the desired volume after a few strokes. But if you are looking for a mascara that curls and lifts the lashes, then this might not be of much help. However, using an eyelash curler might help you with that too. It retails at a price of 399 INR for 12 ml which still can be called as ‘budget-friendly’. No wonder, it is always out of stock whenever I try to place an order!
Great everyday shades
Doesn't irritate the lips
NYX Butter Gloss comes in 9 shades and I own one of these shades - Cranberry Biscotti, which is a gorgeous plum shade with a hint of red. However, this review is about the gloss itself and not about the individual shades. Each of the shades is named after popular desserts and they smell like one too! Talking about the texture, pigmentation and staying power fo this gloss, it was at par with my expectations. It’s non-sticky and does not have extra shimmers that tend to look so gawdy and uncomfortable to wear. This lip butter literally glides like butter giving a lustrous shine. It does not have that tingling sensation that I hate the most in other lip glosses. The pigmentation is great for a gloss. It does transfer and it’s not something unexpected out of a lip gloss. However, reapplying this delicious gloss doesn’t seem like a task because of the sweet fragrance every time I reapply it. The staying power is also pretty decent. It stays for a good 3-4 hours if you plan not to eat or drink anything during that time. I am planning to get more shades from this range and I’d also recommend this shade to all the gloss lovers out there.
Controls acne and pimples
Best for sensitive skin
Restores skin pH
Makes skin soft and supple
No soap formula
Deep-cleanses the skin
Worth the price
Does not work on acne scars
Does not remove makeup
Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel came to rescue when I suffered from hormonal acne a few years back. I was so desperate to get rid of acne that I started using every other OTC product that said 'anti-acne'. This proved to be a fiasco because it irritated my skin and made it sensitive. I got Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel on a friend's recommendation. This is a gel, unlike a soapy cleanser which cleanses the skin without disturbing the skin pH. I was sceptical about this cleansing gel because all these years I've been thinking that only cleansers that lathers well, work on acne and pimples. But after using this gel for a while I was forced to believe that soap-free cleansers are more effective. One needs to understand that acne is caused by excess sebum and not by natural oils of the skin.
By using soaps we are only stripping the moisture from the skin which will make the skin sensitive and prone to acne and pimples. The gel comes in a see-through plastic bottle with a twist cap that dispenses just that right amount of product needed for one wash. It should be applied on damp skin and massaged for a few minutes. You'll notice mild foam that rinses off to give soft and supple skin. This gel effectively controls sebum and makes the skin look plump.
After using for a few days, my skin was glowing and looked healthy that even my friends noticed. It is rich in Avene Thermal Spring Water which is rich in minerals and also known for calming and soothing irritated skin. One bottle lasts really long hence it is totally worth the price. However, this cleansing gel cannot remove makeup as a makeup cleanser would do. If you are looking for a cleanser that works on acne and never brings it back, I would strongly recommend this cleansing gel.
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