has a smudger
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Gradation is a two in one lipstick cum smudger. It is a product with good intent if you like defined lips, but alone, this product didn’t work for me. It was very dry for my lips and made my lips look flaky. I am quite fond of lipsticks and keep trying new lip products. I even like mixing colors to contour the lips to get that perfect pout. I had got this Lip Gradation by Maybelline, since I love a lot of their products. I liked the mechanics of it. It comes in a matte twisted pencil with lip color on one side and a smudger on the other side. You can use this blender side to mix colors on your lips or to contour your lips with a darker shade. You have to twist the bottom black part and not the top unlike other twister pencils. For a matte lipstick it transfers a lot! I am not fond of lipsticks that transfers on to your cups or hands. I have also noticed it bleeding from the side of your lips which again is a big no no for me. The packaging is cute. But I like to clean my makeup brushes often. There’s no way I can clean this smudger though! So after few applications it will remain dirty. It retails for a MRP of 500/- which I think is expensive for such little product. It’s available in 8 vibrant shades – they all look good on Indian skin tone. The pigmentation is good, but might make your lips dry. It gives the gradation effect on lips which is a big trend now with all the Korean beauty bloggers. You can either mix a different shade or fade the color in the outer corners of your lips. I wasn’t too happy with this product somehow.
very little required
availability issues in retail
If you like contouring your face, you must try the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette. You can use any kind of contouring product – liquid, cream or powder you have to blend well to get that perfect look. When contouring with powder based product, you need to keep in mind less is more. Contour powders are required in tiny quantities but have to be blended well so that it doesn’t look like a patch. NYX Highlight and Contour Pro palette is a powder based contour and comes in a black kit with 8 shades. There are shades for highlighting and contouring and they suit the Indian skin tone well. The kit comes with re-fillable pans so you can easily replace the shades you are done with. I tend to use few particular shades more so the re-fillable pallates are good. Else I have to replace an entire kit! I like the shimmery highlighting shades – I have used them to highlight the brow bone too. The product is long lasting and gives a good finish. The contouring shades are well pigmented and you in fact require a little quantity. Always tap the brush to get off the excess product. Too much of brown on the hollows of your cheek can make the look very different. This contouring product doesn’t feel cakey or too loud. When blended well it gives the sun kissed glowing look. NYX is easily available online in India, so you shouldn’t have trouble in getting this product. I quite like this palate.
enriched with red algae and volcanic rocks
effective in minimizing pores
If you are looking for skin tightening and control oily skin clay masks are a good way to do it. I have used the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refining Mask and wanted to share my experience of it. This clay mask is not too thick or dry. The texture is actually soft in spite of it being a clay mask. L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refining Mask is enriched with red-algae extracts and volcanic rocks that helps in removing dead cells, oil, dirt and minimizes pore size. You can use your fingers to spread it across your washed face or even use any old foundation brush. I find using a brush easier because it spreads the pack evenly all across. Spread the clay mask on your face, and neck leaving the lips and areas around the eye. Leave it for 10 minutes or till its dry. To remove your face mask, wet your hand and massage on the skin. L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Exfoliate & Refining Mask has some granules which helps in exfoliation as well. It also has a lovely fragrance which you might like. The pack was soothing and quite effective. I have used it twice a week for a few weeks and could see my pores minimized. You might experience a tingling sensation on your skin which is because it’s a potent clay mask. I have not seen any reaction or breakout cause of this mask. This L’Oreal Paris clay mask is not overly drying nor does it make the skin flaky. This clay mask comes in a little glass jar with a see-through and a plastic twist cap. If you are looking for value for money, then it’s not. It is an expensive mask and retails for Rs 750 for a 48ml jar. But it works well. If you are looking for good deals for this product check out the online stores.
non sticky formula
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Glosses are trending with all beauty influencers because it’s so affordable. They are buttery smooth and makes you pout ready. The best part of it they come in 30 shades! That’s quite a lot for a lipstick loving person. These butter glosses give a sheer to medium coverage. You can top it up as a gloss or use it directly on your lips. I would however suggest you to line and fill your lips with a nude liner and then apply it so that it stays in place and covers up pigmented lips. I really like their packaging. They come in coloured cloudy tube, which is the same shade of the gloss – makes it is easy to identify the shades. I loved the shade Strawberry Parfait – its so summery and everyday kind of shade. If you are looking for a dark plum and hot color try the Cranberry Biscotti shade. It looks lovely and suits the Indian skin tone well. They have several nude shades too that you can use for the day at work. One problem that I face with lip glosses is its sticky nature. NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss have a non-sticky formula so they don’t stick to your hair! That’s such a relief! The texture is soft and creamy, it claims it stays long for 6 hours but I doubt that. I have used other NYX glosses and were not happy with them because they neither stay long and had smudging issues. But this one is a better quality and serves right. I had gifted one to my mum and she tends to like it too. You can easily wear it as an everyday lip color because they are quite creamy and doesn’t dry out the lips which many lipsticks can do. It’s easily available on Nykaa.
has natural oils
might require more quantity for very long hair
My mom uses Garnier Color Naturals Creme Riche Nourishing Permanent Hair Color which is a semi-permanent hair color formula. It has no ammonia. I always advise her to pick up hair colors that have no ammonia. SHe has made the move from black mehendi to hair colors! The Garnier Color Naturals hair color are enriched with three nourishing oils - olive, almond, and avocado which are very good for nurturing the hair cuticles. There are several shades you can choose from depending on what you want to achieve. My mum uses the shade called Dark brown because her main purpose is hiding greys. If you are looking for styling you can use shades like burgundy or copper. This hair color lasts for about 8 weeks with regular hair washes. I would suggest you to use shampoos for color treated hair or apply egg protein once in a while. Egg whites helps in protecting the hair color too. Whike the olive oil mourishes the hair, Almond and Avocado oils helps to give silky and shiny hair. Garnier Color Naturals Creme Hair Color is super easy to use – their no dripping, no special equipments required. You can easily do it at home without any help. Mix it in a plastic bowl and apply with a brush. Please use a hand glove, which comes in the pack. Mix an equal amount of colorant and developer in a plastic bowl. Apply and let the mixture stay on your hair for 30 minutes and rinse with water. Apply conditioner provided in the pack and then wash again. Garnier Color Naturals Creme Hair Color is super affordable – it costs only Rs. 180/- and if you shop online you might get it for even less. The affordability of the product makes it great. The colors are more natural and covers greys perfectly.
comes off easily
Masacara can make or break a look. A good mascara should always be in your kitty. Sadly, this Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara doesn’t do a good job at making your lashes look photo ready. It comes in a cute rubber textured bottle. The bristles are quite short you might have to dip in twice or thrice to get a lot of mascara for your lashes. I have short lashes but I don’t like using fake lashes – that just feels so extra! But I do use a mascara to give that needed lift. Unfortunately, this mascara became flaky and chipped off! The short bristle, is okay for the lower lashes though. However, the texture is creamy and dense. But when you apply two or three coats it becomes clumpy – so I didn’t like it! This is not a waterproof mascara nor is it long stay. This mascara didn’t give me any volume or length. It’s rather sheds off, you can pull it out even! I had better expectations, because Essence have some good makeup products. If you wear mascara daily at work or want to use it for a look for a party – this is of no use. If you are wearing it for a short span of time – like clicking a photo for Instagram, then it’s ok. It’s affordable, sells at Rs 449 but I would expect a better product at that price. It’s available online easily.
has SPF 10
good on oily skin
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder is a good daily wear compact powder. Use it on top of foundation or BB cream, and you are good to go. If you don’t have too much of imperfections on your face, you can wear it alone on top of your moisturizer. I kind of like makeup products when they come in cute packaging. This comes in a classic compact pack with a puff and mirror. It’s easy to carry and can slide in easily in your handbag. The brand logo is not just printed but engraved on the top of the compact pack! That makes it look so premium, and its Estee Lauder anyways! The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Powder is an everyday use powder. I have oily skin, I have used this compact on my BB cream and even just over a moisturiser and it is perfect as it locks all the moisture. It has a SPF of 10, so good for daily use. But SPF 10 isn’t enough sun protection in a tropical country like ours, so you better use a sunscreen lotion. However, this compact doesn’t create the whitish layer, thankfully. You can choose from over 20 shades! That’s a lot. I like it when makeup brands cater to women with all kinds of shades. I don’t like it when some brands just decide having 3 shades of bright medium and dark is enough! For Indian skin tones, try the shades RATTAN or cashew, if you are wheatish. However, it is expensive, - again Estee Lauder. It retails for Rs 3600/- and is available online and in most of the premium makeup outlets. That’s a lot of money for. Compact. So if you are a beginner at makeup and looking for affordable options, skip this.
Hydrates the skin
Washes off easily
Not for dry skin
Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash is an Ayurvedic face wash for everyday usage. It cleans open pores, pulls out dirt and controls oil production. I have used several Patanjali products and this one is one of my favorites. I use this face wash to clean my face after I come back from outside. You don’t need a lot of quantity. Just a little bit lathers up well to clean your face and neck area. Massage the facewash on your face and neck for 2-3 minutes so that it can take out all the dirt from your pores and leave the skin fresh and clean. Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash is chemical free and natural ayurvedic product. It doesn’t contain SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate This facewash is extremely good for people with oily skin since it controls the oil production. So if you have extremely oily greasy skin please use this face wash. Wash your face twice a day with this to notice quick changes in your skin. If you want a clean fresh skin apply aloe vera gel after washing your face with the Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash. You could also use any light moisturiser after the face wash. Most of Patanjali products are very good as they have natural ingredients and doesn’t react on your skin. However since the Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash helps in controlling the oil production on your skin, avoid it if you have dry skin because it might make your skin drier. Packaging - Patanjali Saundarya Face Wash comes in a tube packaging with a flip open cap making it leakproof and easy to carry. Texture – It has a gel texture and is neither too liquid nor too thick Price – It is very cheap. Retails for Rs. 60/1 for a 60g pack Availability – easily available at retail stores and online sites.
has vitamin E
very good finish
I am a big fan of MAC cosmetic products – it’s a make uplover’s heaven. Their products are little expensive but their quality is extremely good and they deliver on their claims EVERYTIME. M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is a face powder that you can use over your foundation. Or if you are a person who uses only a BB cream or a CC cream, use this powder on top of them to give that natural finish. It is a kind of compact that blends so well in to the skin that you won’t feel it on your skin. It’s very light and smooth so it doesn’t look cakey after application. This is a slow baked powder that sits on the skin well. It suits the Indian skin tone well and is available in 15 different shades. So if you are fair, medium or dark I am sure you will find a shade for you. Mac products have Multi-mineral complex and Vitamin E so it is safe on the skin. MAC products doesn’t give any kind of allergies so don’t worry about braking out or acne. If you like to do nude makeup, use this MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder on top of your foundation and concealer to get that natural even look. It comes in the typical MAC black round box with a puff and a mirror which makes it handy to carry in your bag or touch-ups whenever you need. I love MAC products so I don’t mind paying for it. This product is a little pricey. It retails for Rs 2600/- So if you are new to makeup you might have apprehensions about spending a bomb on a compact but it is totally worth it. MAC products are not easily available in retail outlets. You will find them only at MAC store or on online sites like Nykaa, Myntra and few on Amazon. .
Easy to apply
Not suitable for acne-prone skin
NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick Foundation is a superb foundation. It comes in a convenient stick format that can be used as a foundation, a highlighter, and also a contouring stick. So many things with just one product. It gives a medium to high coverage. It neither clogs pores or look cakey. Stick foundations are extremely easy to apply. It’s always better to blend them with a wet beauty blender or a foundation brush. NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick Foundation is available in 14 shades. So if you are dark, medium fair you are sure to find your shades in this foundation. I like it when brands offer more shades because it’s unfair when you have only 3 shades in a brand and girls come in so many colors. This NYX mineral stick Foundation comes in a glossy black packaging which is travel friendly. It comes in a roll-up plastic stick and has a nice creamy texture. If you are into contouring – use two shades, one that matches your skin and one that is little darker to contour your face. The stick format makes it very easy to contour your face. Make sure to set it with a loose powder once you have applied this foundation. If you have imperfections on your skin, make sure to use concealer. Since this has a creamy formula it gives a glowing finish and not a matte finish. It stays good for 4-5 hours and you might require reapplying after that. More than using it as a foundation I like to use this as a contouring product because it is so easy to apply and blend. I use it on the sides of my face and under the cheek bones and jawline for that perfect blended contour. I totally recommend it for all newbies to contouring.
has vitamin E
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter is for Makeup pros who have honed the art of makeup, contouring and highlighting. If you don’t know how to do subtle highlighting, please avoid. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter is a face powder with low-level pearlized pigments. It is a slow-baked highlighter which has MAC’s Multi-mineral complex and is enriched with vitamin E. Highlighters should be used in moderation unless you want to look like a shiny glittery doll! Use only on the high parts of your face that reflects light – centre of forehead, bridge of node, top of cheeks, top of lips. Unless you know how and where to apply it might ruin your makeup. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter compact is available in 7 shades and you can choose anyone depending on the kind of look you want to create. Yu must use a fan brush for that subtle highlight on your cheeks above your blush. Never try to replace your blush with a highlighter – it is a big mistake in makeup. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter is expensive – like any other MAC product. It retails for Rs 2850 and is available only at MAC outlets and online stores like Nykaa, Amazon, Myntra. If you are new to makeup, you might not want to spend all that money on a highlighter. But if you know the art of contouring, highlighting, strobing – you must give this a try since no one makes makeup as good as MAC. I totally recommend it for anyone who like makeup and does it well. You can use the shade Lightscapade – soft candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer. The shimmer is perfect for a light highlighting. So even if you are not very conversant with highlighting it will give you a moderate shimmer on your skin. You can also use this highlighter above body lotion to highlight your arms and legs.
Milani Baked Blush is a wonderful blush that suits the Indian skin tone well. These are highly pigmented and gives a shimmery and matte finsh. The best part of the Milani Baked Blush is they are sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles. It gives the perfect glow and blush to the cheeks without looking too pink or over the top. They do not look cakey and aren’t easily breakable. The blushes are available in 12 colors and comes in tiny cute boxes with a clear top. It comes with a small brush applicator. You could use this blush to even highlight your cheeks. It is travel friendly since it’s a small container. The shade Berry Amore is great for any party look if you style it with bright lipps and rose gold eyeshadow. They don’t look over powering or unnatural on the face. Make sure you re blending it well with a blush brush. I like the subtleness of this blush with the shimmer in it. It works well like a highlighter too. You need just the foundation, concealer, loose powder and the Milani Milani Baked Blush to finish your look. If you are really pressed on time, you can use this as an eyeshadow too. I have done it for a day makeup look and it looked absolutely fine. The container can be small but it lasts your pretty long because its highly pigmented and you only need a little bit each time you use it for your makeup. If you are using this on a day makeup look, you can totally skip the highlighter and keep it subtle with this blush alone. It has a lovely creamy texture that will stay put for long time. It isn’t too heavy on the pocket and is easily available online on Nykaa, Amazon etc.
Protects skin from UV rays
Brightens the skin
Does not clog pores
Easy to apply
Effective only for 2 to 3 hours
Lotus is a popular skincare brand in India. I love their range of sunscreens. The Lotus Herbal Safe Sun Whitening+ BB Mattefying glow fairness cream is light, easy on our skin and has a medium coverage. It is pretty good as an everyday cream. If you don’t like to wear makeup everyday this is perfect for you. It has sunscreen, fairness cream and BB cream blended together so your base is ready in a jiffy. Add a little bit of compact or loose powder on top, some kajal and a lip gloss and you are ready to face the world. I have used this product and it didn’t break me out or leave that whitish layer on my skin. Texture and consistency: The texture feels like a BB cream. But there’s only one shade. If you are light to medium skin toned this one is for you. It gives a matte finish and doesn’t clog your pores Coverage: The coverage is light to medium but you can build upon it. In case you want to hide imperfections on your face you might require concealer. Fragrance: It has a light and pleasant fragrance that you will like SPF: it has a SPF of 30 with PA +++ means you don’t need any additional sunscreen. I would actually prefer little more SPF. If you re someone who spends a lot of time out in the sun you might have to reapply every 2-3 hours. Packaging: Lotus Herbal Safe Sun Whitening+ BB Mattefying glow fairness cream comes in a regular tube with screw open cap – making it easy to carry in your handbag. Price: It is pretty affordable and retails for Rs 175/- for a 20g pack Availability – Lotus products are easily available at retail stores and online sites like Amazon, Nykaa, Flipkart etc
Contains aloe vera
Can make your skin greasy
Patanjali has some good skincare products but this one might not be it. The Patanjali Beauty Cream contains aloe vera extracts that nourishes and makes your skin soft. I have oily skin and this cream made me breakout. Patanjali Beauty Cream is ayurvedic, like all Patanjali products. This cream contains aloe vera and there’s no chemicals in it and safe for sensitive skin too. But I think this product is not for women with oily skin. I have used several products by Patanjali – Kanti lep (one of my favourites), aloevera gel – and all of them have been pretty good for my skin. However, Patanjali Beauty Cream has an unpleasant texture and it’s hard. It’s not smooth and leaves the skin feeling quite greasy. It kind of was blocking my pores because I found my face sweating more after I used this cream and noticed some acne after using it for 2-3 days. The product claims it acts like an anti-ageing cream – but I found that hard to believe. This beauty cream doesn’t have any SPF content, so if you are using this daily, make sure you are using a sunscreen lotion on top of it while going out during the day. The only plus point of Patanjali Beauty Cream is its price point – it retails for Rs. 50/- for a 75g pack. It comes in a regular tube which is easy to carry. Patanjali products are widely available across the country these days. You will find them in retail outlets, Patanjali outlets and even online like Amazon, Flipkart etc. Patanjali Beauty Cream might work out for you if you have combination skin or dry skin, because I have read many positive reviews about this product. But it certainly is not meant for anyone having an oily skin or sensitive. Who wants extra pimples anyways!
Easy to apply
Provides sun protection
Subtle rose fragrance
Only available in two shades
If you follow all the makeup tutorials on Youtube, you will know how every Beauty influencer swears by a good loose powder to set the make up or ‘bake’ the under eye concealer. I use this too as its helpful and sets your makeup well. The Lakme Rose loose powder is one of the most affordable loose powder you can find in the market now. Lakme is one of India’s oldest brand and perhaps the only brand our moms knew. The Lakme Rose Loose powder comes in two shades – soft pink and warm pink that blends on the skin well. Once you are done with your foundation and concealer, apply the loose powder with a powder brush on your face to set the makeup. You need very less quantity. Tap on the brush to dust off the excess. The best part of the Lakme Rose powder is its price point. It retails at a MRP of Rs. 160 but you can get it on sites like Amazon at 116/- which is super cheap! Many brands offers loose powders with similar qualities but they are priced much higher. It comes in a very basic packaging with a little puff. Bust it is always better to use a makeup brush. It also contains SPF so you have the added advantage. It has a light fragrance that comes from natural rose flower extracts. The Lakme Rose Loose powder also has a shelf life of 3 years – meaning it will last you for ever! I use this powder extensively. On somedays I just pat on the loose powder over my BB cream and I am good to go. It also controls the oil on your skin so chances of your makeup looking greasy or cakey are less when you are using Lakme Rose Loose powder to set your makeup.
Good brush in the packge
Sometimes we are so focused on our eyeshadows and contouring that we forget the importance of good eye brows in a makeup look. I have thin and sparse eyebrows which I used to fill up with a black eyeshadow. Which was a disaster. The natural color of my eyebrows are dark brown instead of black so a black eyebrow pencil looked quite unnatural. But since I switched to the NYX Micro Brow pencil, my eyebrows have had the most natural looks and has never looked dull! NYX Micro Brow pencil is actually tiny and thin. The dual sided product has and eyebrow pencil on one side and an eyebrow brush on the other side. This feature is quite impressive. There are several shades available – I liked Brunette and Espresso since they match my body hair color. You can choose the one that best matches your eyebrows out of the available eight shades. Isn’t that impressive! The brush side comes in handy. The brush helps in blending the eye brow well with the thin hair of the eye brows and create the perfect arch. It is quite easy to apply actually and gives a more natural finish to the eyebrows. The size is so convenient that it fits perfectly in your handbag or purse. It comes in a travel friendly packaging. The only drawback for me is - Quantity of the product is too less. It would have been nice if the pencil was a little bigger. It is around Rs 850 and is quite worth the money. The NYX Micro Brow pencil doesn’t give you the cakey dark finish that you must be dreading! I was very satisfied with my purchase. This is a highly recommended eyebrow pencil that is totally worth the money. I would definitely recommend this to you.
not easily available in retail outlets
can make lips dry
Liquid lipsticks are a rage currently and every brand offers a wide range of liquid lipsticks. I love matte liquid lipsticks for the wonder finish. Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème offers a lovely collection of shades – there are in fact 29 shades that suit the Indian skin tone perfectly. Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème are highly saturated, pigmented and they stay on your lips for quite a long time. It is a non-transferable liquid lipstick with velvety matte finish. The texture is quite creamy and it dries up fast leaving a perfect matte finish. The liquid lipstick comes in cute little transparent tubes with screw cap with attached applicator. You don’t require to use any separate lip brush. Though I use a lip liner to line my lips. You don’t have to worry about your lipstick transferring on to the coffee cup or water glass. This is a completely non-transferable lip color. Its pigmentation is pretty good. You don’t have to apply several layers. One stroke and its done and stays on your lips easily for eight hours – no 16 hrs as claimed by the brand, though! Liquid lipsticks can leave your lips pretty dry. So the best way to tackle is by using a lip balm. Put one a nice quote of lip balm when you start your foundation, so that the lips are moist. There are shades perfect for the day time and work setting. And some metallic shades are perfect for the night out. It doesn’t make your lips appear flaky nor does it make the lips look wrinkley. Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème are priced moderately. Milani is a cruelty free drugstore makeup brand in US. The products are not overly priced and easily available in India online. You can get Milani products on Amazon or Nykaa.
For all skin types
Evens out the skin tone
Blurs fine lines and wrinkles
Controls excess oil
Bobbi Brown is one of the best premium makeup brands in the world and thankfully now it’s available in India. I have an oily skin and finding a foundation that will give a matte finish is difficult. Many Indian brands however, have only a few shades of foundation – which is tricky if you don’t have that porcelain skin tone! The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation stick comes in 24 shades that covers almost the entire range of Indian skin tone – from fair to medium to dark skin tones. The foundation comes in a sleek packaging in the form of a twister stick that is super convenient to carry. Applying this foundation is super easy. While you can use your fingers to blend the foundation – it is always better to use a wet beauty blender or a foundation brush so that the foundation blends well with your skin and there are no uneven patches left. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation stick blends pretty well on the skin and doesn’t settle in fine lines or look cakey. I use a makeup primer on the skin first and then apply the foundation. You can build I up to get better coverage on the problematic areas on your skin. Additionally, you can set it with a loose powder or compact. It gives a good coverage. Sometimes I use two shades of foundation to contour the face. A little darker foundation on the sides and edges of the face – it’s great to have that sun kissed contoured look. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation stick does a good job at giving a matte finish. It’s a premium brand and thus the price is on the higher side. But the quantity is enough to last you long. This foundation is perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin. If you have dry skin, you could avoid this.
Improves skin texture
Gets absorbed quickly
Does not lighten skin tone
Lakme is such a versatile brand in India. Apart from their makeup products they also have a good range of skin care and skin treatment products. I use the Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Night Crème as a night cream. It has a smooth, light, non greasy texture which is perfect for my oily skin. Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Night Crème comes in an extremely cute packaging. It comes in a metallic gray plastic jar with a silver screw cap. The cream is baby pink in color and has a soothing fragrance. The cream gets absorbed in the skin fast and you don’t have to massage for too long. This cream makes the skin soft and improves the texture of the skin. The cream claims to lighten up the skin – I didn’t see that happening though. Lightening up the skin tone is not what I was looking at. But it’s a good light moisturiser that you can use for your bedtime. Lakme absolute range is a premium range of Lakme and it caters to a lot of skin healing and skin improving areas. Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Night Creme is formulated with precious micro-crystals and vitamins that nourish your skin through the night. Lakme is a popular brand and its products are widely available at retail stores across the country. You can get it online too. It is moderately priced at MRP Rs 390 but you can get it around Rs 270 on online sites like Amazon.
Moisturizes and hydrates lips
Contains shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and olive oil
Intensely pigmented color
Velvety and smooth matte finish
Full ingredients not listed
Lakme is India’s one of the Original makeup brands and their lipsticks are popular over the years. Lakme’s new range of lip crayons comes in 10 different shades that suits the Indian skin tone pretty well. The lip crayons are in the form of thick pencils and they are pretty easy to carry and apply. They need to be sharpened with a sharperner once they get blunt, like any other crayon. The texture of the lip crayon is soft and smooth and leaves a matte finish which stays on your lips for long. The Lakme Lip crayons are nourishing as it contains olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter and cocoa butter extracts. They work as a lip balm and a lipstick together. They are perfect for everyday use. There’s a vast range of colors – some are vibrant and some are perfect for work. Since they are in the thick crayon form they fill up the lips pretty easily. The matte effect makes it stay longer on your lips and are also transfer proof. You can use these lip crayons directly on your lips even without liners. But if you want that perfect glam finish I would suggest you to use a lip liner or even use a darker shade of the lip crayon on the edges of your lips to get the perfect pout effect. They are super easy to carry and hardly takes any space in your handbag. You might need to carry a sharper too in case they are getting blunt. I really liked the shades because they go very well with the skin tones. I have used Mauve Magic and Berry Red and both of them are lovely shades of plum and red respectively. The best part of the Lakme Lip Crayon is however the pricing – they are sold for Rs 222 MRP but I found them for Rs 129 on Amazon. It’s super affordable and is completely worth the price!
For all skin types and multiple concerns
Designed and approved by dermatologists
Free of harmful chemicals
SkinID Questionnaire helps you understand your skin concern
Products maintains pH balance
Improves skin’s appearance
Takes time to work
No sun protection
I came across The Skinkraft skin care regimen sometime back and liked the fact it has soap free, chemical free skincare products. I have oily and sensitive skin so I chose my skincare products very carefully. The Skinkraft skin care regimen kit has three products – cleanser, moisturizer and active. The first step of the Skinkraft skin care regimen is the cleanser – it is a soap free liquid which has no dyes, no chemicals in it. It leaves my skin clean, fresh and supple after washing. I use the cleanser every morning and after I come back home from outside. It is quite an effective cleanser that cleanses well and doesn’t make the skin dry. You can use it to cleanse your face at night before you go to bed. The second step is the Skinkraft moisturiser – it is hydrating and moisturizing yet it doesn’t make the skin oily. I am using it in the summers too yet it doesn’t leave the face oily. You can use this moisturizer before you apply makeup. It leaves the skin soft, nourished and glowing. The most important step is the SkinKrafts actives which are specially customised for you. Once you answer the SKinID questionnaire they suggest you the kind of active that is best suited for your skin type. The acne active helps in controlling acne, fixing patches and blemishes. However, I also use a sunscreen cream after it since it doesn’t have much of sun protection and you must use some sun protection during summers to avoid sun damage. I have been using the product for a month now and have seen visible improvement on my skin. The Skinkraft products have no Parabens, no SLS, no Phthalate or silica – so they are quite gentle on your skin and is perfectly safe to use daily. So far I am quite satisfied with the products.
Over 30 shades
Lasts all day long
Safe for contact lens users
Does not come with a brush
MAC is heaven for all makeup lovers and their range of eyeshadow and lipstick is massive. If you are looking for that glam look for a special occasion you must try out MAC products. Eye makeup is crucial for any makeup look. Eyeshadows brighten up your eyes giving the much needed dimensions. MAC is one of my favourite makeup brands and I use their eyeshadows whenever I am getting ready for a party or an event. Amber Lights a lovely golden hue is one of my favourite and if you like smokey eyes, Carbon is the best black eyeshadow you can use. They have a wide range of shades in eyeshadows you can choose from depensing on your makeup look requirement. They come in these little round single compact boxes with a transparent lid. There are no brushes in it, so you have to use your own eyeshadow brush and blending brush. I find these singles really convenient as they take up really tiny space in your purse. You can get the singles refill and make your own eye palate. Start your eyeshadow with a eye primer or an eyeshadow base and you will be surprised how long these eyeshadows last on your skin. The color payoff is extremely good and you don’t have to use a ton of eyeshadow on your eyelids. If you like blending eyeshadow to get that perfect dimension and depth please use a blending brush and smudge brush. I have used the MAC eyeshadows on both upper and lower lid and they stay for long and doesn’t get into creases or make awkward lines. Some of the eyeshadow shades that you can use as a beginner are – Amber Lights, Woodwinked, Satin Taupe, Cranberry, Star Violet, Mystery, Sable. They all suit the Indian skin tone and are great for doing the rose gold smokey eyes or brown smokey eyes.
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