I am a professionally trained makeup artist and hair stylist. I have done professional courses in beauty and hair from Pivot Point India, Alps Academy and Loreal. I had my own salon and have a work experience of more than 10 years. Currently, I am a blogger and write on various parenting platforms.
Wide range of shades
NYX High Definition Blush comes in a black colour square plastic pan. The packaging has curved edges with a bow click, which makes it look very classy. The blush sits beautifully inside the packaging in an aluminium pan. The lid is transparent, making the colour of the blush visible and easy to identify. However, the packaging does not have a mirror or an applicator brush. There are 17 shades in this range. The pigmentation is excellent. It gives a beautiful colour on the cheeks when applied with a fluffy round blusher brush. One swipe of this blush is sufficient to provide enough shade on the cheeks. The blush is slightly shimmery and stays comfortably for an entire day. NYX High Definition Blush has a powdery texture, which gives a dewy finish on the cheeks. It has a lightweight formula which blends well on the face.
Easy to use
Suitable for all skin types
Good for on-the-go use
Revlon Photoready Insta Fix Highlighting Stick is a highlighter which comes in a retractable tube. The tube has a simple plastic transparent cap which makes the shade visible. The highlighter has a creamy texture which blends smoothly into the skin. The highlighter is slightly shimmery. It comes in two beautiful shades – Pink light and gold light. Pink light shade is suitable for light to medium skin tones and gold shade suits medium to deep skin tones. It is very convenient and easy to apply the product. Just swipe it with fingers and blend it on the skin. One swipe gives desired results, but it is buildable for a more dramatic look. It has a lightweight feel with a subtle shine. It does not provide that artificial look and instead offers a very natural look on the face. Revlon Photoready Insta Fix Highlighting stick is perfect to be worn in the day as well as gives a gorgeous look in the evening.
Easy to use
Dry and patchy
Difficult ro apply
Palette dries up
Not suitable for all skin types
NYX Professional Makeup cream highlight and contour palette comprise of three pretty shades that are used together to contour, highlight and illuminate the facial features in a most natural way. It comes in rectangular black plastic packaging which has a transparent lid. It has three inner compartments which contain the contour, highlighter and illuminator. The palette is convenient for doing quick makeup. It is a complete palette in itself which can be used by those who are beginners in makeup. The texture of this product is a bit dry. It blends easily into the skin and gives good results. The pigmentation is quite good and provides excellent colour and coverage in just one go. This palette comes in three shades, with each shade being sufficient in itself. This creamy highlighter works best with a little oil added to it. A bit high priced and not very pocket-friendly.
Potent natural ingredients
Free from preservatives
Removes microbes and pollutants
No artificial color and fragrance
For all skin types
Nourishes and moisturizes skin
Doesn’t wash off easily
Lotus Herbals Phyto Rx Daily Deep Cleansing Face Wash comes in a dark green tube which has a silver flip open cap. The tube mentions all the necessary details on it. What I liked about this product is that it does not have preservatives, fragrance or colour. It has the gel-based formula, and its consistency is neither too thick nor too runny. I have oily skin and using a face wash is very important for me to control pimples outburst. This face wash from Lotus Herbals has tea tree and rosemary extracts which are beneficial for the skin and prevents acne outburst. The face wash deeply cleanses the skin and makes it look alive and fresh. It controls excess oil of the skin and gives a dry and clean feel. The face wash is very cheap and pocket-friendly. It can be used every day without making the skin too dry and stretchy.
Can also be used as blush and highlighter
Blends very well
Great for beginners
Compact and sturdy packaging
Fall out issues
Maybelline New York, The Blushed Nudes Palette, is all you need to create innumerable for your eye-makeup. It comes in a palette of 12 shades ranging from nudes, rose and plums. It has dark, matte and shimmery eye shadows which can be used for almost every type of eye makeup. The palette enables you to use both matte and shimmery eye shadows for those gorgeous looks. Maybelline New York the blushed nudes palette comes in a pretty pink packaging which looks very cute and can be carried easily in a purse. The transparent lid shuts tightly keeping the product safe inside it. The shades are visible from the top. The packaging is very convenient to use. It has an applicator which is very useful in applying the eye shadows. The pigmentation of this palette varies from shade to shade. Some shades are well pigmented while some others are buildable.
Easy to use
Fills in and defines brows
I have very light eyebrows and applying an eyebrow pencil becomes a must for me when I do complete makeup. Lakme is one of my tried and tested brand. I have used Lakme’s eyebrow pencil for a long time. I am delighted with its results. The pencil is tiny and handy. It has a cap and needs to be sharpened every time before using. The pencil is about 4-5 cm long, but it lasts very long. The pencil does not have a very soft and creamy texture. It is a bit hard on its tip. I find this feature pretty okay because it doesn’t mess up the eyebrows. The pencil gives good coverage to the eyebrows and makes them look visible. It is buildable so you can provide a few more strokes to get the desired results. It gives a very natural look to the eyebrows. It is very convenient it use.
Exfoliating lips is required
Gets patchy after a few hours
Maybelline New York Superstay 14H Megawatt comes in beautiful colour coded packaging. It is very convenient to look for a particular shade. The packaging is easy to carry in a purse. The lipsticks have a very creamy buttery texture which tends to melt if not stored properly. Maybelline Super stay lipsticks are available in 17 vibrant shades. The creamy texture of these lipsticks glides super smoothly on the lips preventing bleeding or feathering. Once the lipstick sets on the lips, it gives a matte effect. It does not get smudged, and the colour pay-off is good too. The lipsticks are highly pigmented and buildable also. You can apply a few strokes if you want to get a bright colour. It stays for about 8-9 hours and suitable for everyday wear. Some of its shades leave a stain behind even after removing and needs a good makeup remover to clean them thoroughly. It gives a patchy effect on dry lips.
Wide ramge of shades
Comfortable to wear
High color payoff
Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip is a liquid lipstick that comes in a squeezable crayon shaped tube. The packaging of these super vibrant liquid lipstick is so cute that you can’t keep your eyes off. These beautiful lip colours are available in 17 shades ranging from bolds to nudes. These lip colours are super-pigmented and give a high colour pay-off. The staying power of these liquid lipsticks is up to 8 hours which is so good. They have a light weight formula which remains comfortable on the lips. These lipsticks give a matte look after setting on the lips. They reduce the appearance of fine lines on the lips. These lipsticks are silky, smooth and do not make the lips feel dry. One of the drawbacks of these lip colours is that they get stuck on the tip of its packaging. Wiping the tip causes wastage of the product.
Does not fade
L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza gel liner comes in a cardboard box. The gel liner comes in a tiny glass pot with a small brush for its application. This gel-based eyeliner is deep black and gives a deep black in two strokes. The gel eyeliner needs a little practice to apply with precision. This liner does not get smudged, chipped or faded away. It is water-proof eyeliner. Once it sets properly, it stays comfortably for an entire day. This one is perfect for creating a dramatic effect on the eyes. It can be used to create smokey eyes as well as a regular line to define the eyes. It gives a gorgeous matte-black effect, and the brush is of much help when creating thick lines for the dramatic look. Just a little bit of practice is required to get the hang of using it with a brush. The eyeliner is pretty expensive, but it is used in very tiny quantity and is long-lasting too.
Prevents lipstick from bleeding
Brightens up eyes
Imparts a natural finish
Easy to use
Great for highlighting
Settles in creases
Doesn’t last long
Not for all skin types
Average at concealing
NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Pencil is a pencil which can be used in multiple ways. It looks like a regular pencil which can be sharpened with a sharpener. It is available in three shades, and you can pick any as per your skin tone. It can be used in several ways: 1) Reverse lip liner which is used to create broader and well-defined lips. 2) Nude eyeliner to create bigger looking eyes. 3) Highlighter below the eyebrows to create that perfect arc. 4) Concealer to hide away any marks or blemishes from the face. It has good pigmentation which gives the right colour and coverage in a single application. It is very affordable and easy to carry in a purse or a clutch. It has a waxy texture which blends easily with fingers when used as a concealer. I liked its pencil for its exact application. It works best for quick spot correction.
Smoothens the texture
Helps makeup last long
Suitable for all skin types
Easy to apply
Settles into pores
Clinique Superprimer universal face primer has a white translucent, oil-free texture that does not feel sticky on the face. It forms a very light weight non greasy layer on the face which gets absorbed quickly. It keeps the skin matte, bright and oil-free throughout the day. Its water based formula suits every skin type. It keeps the skin moisturised so unlike other primers, you don’t need to apply any moisturiser before it. Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer does not have any fragrance and it is clinically tested. It does not cause any acne eruption. The primer does not give a smooth base to the foundation. The foundation fails to glide smoothly on it and does not stay for long. I was a bit disappointed by that because it fails to do what a primer should do. It works only as a good moisturising cream with loads of anti-oxidants which are good for the skin.
Two shades in one
Perfect combinations of colors
Easy to use
Silky smooth texture
NYX Ombre Blush comes in a beautiful sleek black round case with a full-sized mirror, which is a bonus. These are gradiant blush inspired by the ombre trend. There are seven pretty combinations in this range. The blush has two beautiful shades blended into one gorgeous shade of blush. These blushes are intensely pigmented and give an excellent colour pay-off. The texture of this blush is not very powdery, but they do come off in the brush in larger quantity. The formula of these blushes is a bit dry and tends to become patchy on the drier areas. The best way to use it with a fan brush. These are too pigmented so one should carefully use it with a very light hand to avoid creating a clownish cheek. These super bold blushes have some application issues that is why I would not say that these are the best. But yes, if applied correctly, they can give the desired effect.
Intense color payoff
Saturated lip colors
Great shade range
Easy to apply
Maybelline loaded bolds lipstick collection comes in a beautiful square blue packaging. The tube inside is a silver square one. The texture of these lipsticks is very creamy and therefore very easy to apply. They glide smoothly on the lips. These lips are highly pigmented and give a very high opaque colour in just one swipe. The shades in this collection are very bold, ranging from electric blues to deep plums to even jet black and very bright white hues. These lipsticks have to be applied very carefully since the colour pay-off is too high. The creamy matte finish of these lipsticks is just excellent. One of the good things about Maybelline is that their products are affordable and pocket-friendly. The quality is superior, as well. Maybelline Loaded Bolds Lipsticks are very long-lasting. They easily stay for about 6-8 hours and leave a stain of colour on the lips after removing. The bold and bright colours with complete opaqueness make this collection an absolute must.
Suitable for combination and oily skin
Covers redness and blemishes
Controls oil production
Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup is a lightweight liquid foundation. It has a smooth matte texture, which makes the skin feel soft. It blends well into the skin if you apply a moisturiser. Clinique liquid foundation gives medium to high coverage. It hides blemishes and pimples well without giving looking too much. A little quantity of this foundation that comes out in one squeeze is sufficient for the entire face. It does not irritate on the acne and gives a healing effect. I find this foundation very expensive. It comes in a travel-friendly packaging with a twistable cap. I find it giving a cakey appearance if you apply it in a little bit more quantity or provide a second layer with it. It is not very durable on its own. The trick to give a natural look and make it more long-lasting is to use it with a primer.
Contains fine velvet pearls
Imparts high sheen
Offers smooth finish
Easy to apply
Medium buildable coverage
Lakme Absolute Moon-Lit Highlighter is a two-in-one product. It has a highlighter and a contour inside it. This beauty comes in a beautiful black case with a transparent lid. This highlighter cum contour has a beautiful weaved emboss. The open cover helps a lot in identifying the colour of the product. This combo of highlighter and bronzer contains shimmers of silver and gold. Lakme Absolute Moonlit Highlighter is one especially for the wedding season when makeup is all about shimmers and shine. The moonlit highlighter and bronzer suit well for the Indian skin tones. The gold bronzer looks gorgeous if applied subtly. This combo can be used as a blush when you pick up both the shades in one swipe of the brush. The pigmentation is just about okay. The shimmers of this product are very fine and do not look too much on the face. The product lasts well for about 5-6 hours. One thing that I liked is its quantity, which is pretty much for its price.
Hydrates and nourishes lips
Offers a natural finish
Easy to use
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge is a 2-in-1 product. I liked this product convenient for my casual outings when I do not feel like applying too much makeup. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge can be used as a lip colour as well as a blush. It has a rich, creamy texture which blends like a dream on both the cheeks and the lips. The rouge is well pigmented and buildable too. It does not seem like too much or overdone. It feels so soft and smooth on the application that it does not feel heavy on the lips or the cheeks. The rouge gives a very natural colour on the cheeks. It does not dry out the lips at all. There is no need of applying any lip balm underneath it. It keeps the lips moisturised. It comes in a round tub, which is very handy and can be carried easily in the purse.
Contains Omega 3 and Vitamin E
Enriched with Argan Oil
Rich color pay-off
Hydrating and nourishing
8 hours of hydration
Great shade range
The packaging of L’Oreal Paris Riche Lipstick is so royal; it looks elegant in its golden bullet-shaped case. L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick offers 42 shades to suits every occasion and every mood. Its fragrance is like that of mild vanilla which fades away soon. The ingredients of the lipstick – argan oil, omega 3 and Vitamin E are beneficial for the lips. They keep the lips well hydrated and moisturised. There is no need to put a lip balm underneath it. These lipsticks do not settle in between the fine lines of the lips, nor does it bleed away. L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick has just the right pigmentation. The shades are very vibrant, and the colour pay-off is pretty good. I found these lipsticks quite long-lasting as it stayed conveniently for about 4-6 hours without a touch-up. I needed a touch-up only after a heavy meal, which is okay.
Brightens up the eye area
Reduces signs of aging
Takes time to show results
I saw this cream for the first time at my friend’s place. She has dehydrated skin and her under-eye area used to look very pale and dull. The fine lines gave the appearance of wrinkles at an early age. For her under eyes, she started using Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream. This cream comes in a very tiny 15 ml jar with a silver twistable cap. The jar packaging is not very hygienic since you need to put your fingers and dig out the cream for using it. It is advisable to use a cotton earbud or Q-tip to take out the cream from its jar. The cream is required in very little quantity. She has been using it for quite some time now and is very happy with the results. The fine lines have got reduced on her face, and her under-eye area looks very hydrated and nourished.
Delivers a naturally flushed look
Fall out issues
Poor color pay-off
Bobbi Brown Blush comes in a black square plastic packaging. The packaging comes without a mirror and a brush which sometimes proves to be a disadvantage when one is travelling or in a hurry. The blush has a smooth surface without any embossing. Bobbi Brown blush is available in 13 shades. The shades are suitable for almost every skin tone. It has a creamy texture which glides comfortably on the cheeks. It has relatively good pigmentation and gives the right colour. The blush blends so effortlessly on the skin that it does not look overdone even with a few strokes. The blush gives a very natural look and does not look powdery or cakey on the face. The blush stays for about 6-7 hours, which is pretty good. It works well for day time as well as nightwear party look. Price-wise it is incredibly costly, but the quality is too good.
Easy to use
Defines and separates lashes
Difficult to remove
I have thin and light eyelashes, and I need to put a mascara after an eye makeup to make them look visible. When I saw, Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Washable Mascara, what immediately caught my eyes was its beautiful purple packaging. The purple bottle has a twistable cap with a long wand. The wand has a big applicator for mascara. The applicator is slightly curved and helps in lifting the eyelashes. The mascara is neither too thick, not too runny. It is dark black and makes the eyelashes immediately visible after applying. Maybelline mascara makes the eyelashes look voluminous and generates the impression of false eyelashes. My eyelashes look gorgeously big, and they spread out like wings making the eye look very attractive. The mascara gives the desired look in two coats. It dries out quickly so there is no need to wait for it to dry. The way it makes the eyes look bigger and beautiful is sure to bring you loads of compliments.
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
For oily to normal skin
Works great for dry skin
Revives dull skin
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is a primer which comes in a glass jar packaging. The transparent glass jar with a black lid looks very attractive. The primer is creamy and white in colour. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base includes shea butter, carrot extract and Vitamin A extract. The ingredients are all good for the skin. This non-greasy and non-oily cream blend smoothly into the skin. The fragrance of this primer is like that of grapefruit and geranium. I felt a lot of difference in my skin. It felt a lot supple and smooth for the foundation to settle on. It moisturises the skin and keeps it soft for the entire day. I could feel that the foundation lasted longer than usual after applying this primer. It does not make the skin oily or greasy. The only drawback that I found is the packaging which is quite bulky and not at all travel-friendly.
Cleanses skin well
Evens out skin tone
Pleasant and refreshing fragrance
Frees skin from pollutants
Does not work well on dark spots
Makes skin dry
During summers and monsoons, my face becomes excessively oily and sweaty. A little carelessness or neglect results in acne outburst. It becomes tough for me to take care of and maintain my skin at this time. I was looking for a face wash which could keep my skin clear of dust and pollutants. I came across Garnier Light Complete face wash at a nearby store and thought of giving it a try. The packaging looks attractive. It comes in a sleek tube with a flip-open cap which keeps the product safe. The face wash works well. It forms a rich lather, even in little quantity. I liked its fragrance, which has a tinge of lemon. After using, my face feels fresh and clean. Garnier Light complete face wash controls sweat and oil for a few hours. My skin looks more brightened. The lemon extract keeps the skin free from bacteria, dirt and pollutants.
Huge variety of colors
Brilliant color payoff
After lipsticks, the nail paints are the next thing that a woman can’t resist to buy. You can have as many nail paints but still can’t stop yourself from having more of them. But what I don’t like in a nail paint is that the nail paint chips off in a day or two. That’s why I chose Lakme True Wear Color Crush nail paints. There is a wide range of colours with 50 plus shades. The colour range includes some beautiful shades of pinks, reds, blues and transparent. The packaging, which is a transparent bottle contains a long brush in its cap. The brush coats the nails pretty well. The consistency of the nail paint is runny, which glides smoothly on the nails. The nail paint dries quickly and does not chip. The nails paints have colour lock technology, which makes it lasts for long. The nail paints are very reasonably priced and affordable.
Treats existing acne
Prevents acne from recurring
Oil-free and oil control
Hydrating and soothing
Cleaner and clearer skin
For all skin types
Dries out skin
Having a clean and clear skin could be the dream of many. Those who have acne-prone skin, know how it is to have an acne outburst now and then. We all want healthy skin but know how difficult it is to maintain the skin, especially when it is oily. Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions All over clearing treatment is like a miracle product for acne-prone skin. The lotion works wonders for pimples. The product comes in a small green bottle with a twistable white cap. The packaging is very convenient to carry and travel-friendly. The lotion has a thin, runny gel-based consistency. The fragrance of the lotion is like some acne medication, but thankfully, it fades away soon after applying. I used it at night after washing my face with a face wash, and in the morning, I could notice a visible difference in the pimples and blemishes. But there is one thing that did not go well with me, which is that the price of the product is too high and is not at all affordable.
72 shades available
Plumps up lips
Prevents feathering of lip color
Helps lipsticks stay put
Easy to use
NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner is in the form of a pencil which require sharpening. The lip liners have a black coloured body with the bottom being colour coded with the shade of the pencil. The texture of these lip liners is creamy and buttery. It has a matte finish, but it does not give a hard look on the lips. Even if the lips are dry, you will not feel the dryness or the lip liner settling in the cracks of the lips. These lip liners have remarkable durability. Every lip liner has a super smooth finish which provides a perfect base to the lipsticks. NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner range has 72 incredible shades. It goes with almost any shade of lipsticks. It glides on the lips smoothly and gives such a beautiful colour and coverage that there is no need for applying any other lipsticks. I like the fuller look that it provides on the lips.
Brand new finish
Plush and vibrant
Creamy and moisturizing
Great color pay-off
NYX Liquid Suede Metallic Matte Lipstick comes in a plastic colour coded bottle with a black cap. The cap has a long wand with a sponge applicator at its end. The sponge applicator is convenient in coating the lips with the liquid lipstick. The packaging is very comfortable to carry in a purse or a clutch. The range includes 12 strikingly gorgeous shades. The shade of the lipstick is well pigmented and gives a good colour pay-off in one or two strokes. It hides away the uneven colour of the lips with its vibrant colour. The creamy texture of the lipstick glides effortlessly on the lips and makes the application very smooth. The metallic matte look of the lipstick gives a glamorous look. It is perfect for an evening look and offers stunning looks for parties. The lightweight formula does not feel heavy on the lips. The lipstick has excellent durability.
Lathers and rinses well
Cleanses scalp and hair
Dries up hair
Not a pleasing smell post wash
No conditioner available in the same range of products
The Body Shop Ginger anti-dandruff shampoo comes in a brown bottle with a plastic flip-open cap. The packaging is not very eye-appealing and looks very average. The shampoo is a clear gel-based shampoo with a distinct fragrance of ginger which once again didn’t go well with me. The Body Shop Ginger Anti-dandruff shampoo has ginger as its vital ingredient. I have never come across any shampoo with ginger until now, which is why I was quite curious to try it. This shampoo makes surprisingly good lather even with a little quantity. Ginger is beneficial in keeping both the dry and flaky dandruff at bay. I used it once a week and found it pretty useful. I could feel a noticeable difference in my hair, and the dandruff was also gone after a few washes. The shampoo makes the scalp feel dry. The shampoo has a lightweight formula and makes the hair clean and fresh.
Amazing shades available
Makes lips dry
MAC Huggable Lipcolour comes in a black twistable lipstick tube. MAC Huggable lip colours are available in the different formulation: matte, satin and glossy. The texture is creamy and buttery, which makes the lipstick glide super smoothly on the lips. The creamy, buttery formula keeps the lips moisturised and hydrated, and there is no need to apply a lip balm. MAC Huggable lip colours are the best lipstick for dry lips because you will not feel dryness on the lips at all. The pigmentation of these lipsticks varies from shade to shade. There are lots of colours available, ranging from nudes, pinks, corals, plums, wines and deep reds. Almost all the shades suit the Indian skin tones. The lipsticks are super soft, which means that you need to be extremely careful in handling them. There is no patchiness and no settlement in the fine lines of the lips. The lipsticks easily for up to six hours.
Can also work well as lip liner
MAC eyeliner brush 209 is made of synthetic fibres. The bristles are firm and short. MAC eyeliner brush 209 is best used for liquid and cake liners- both gel-based and cream-based. This brush creates thick lines, and if you are looking at creating fine thin lines, then this one will probably not suit you unless you have mastered at working with the extreme tip of the brush. The brush is best suitable for creating thick and long lines of the eyeliner. I find it particularly useful for working on a cake and creamy liners. It makes the liner look very prominent. I find it very helpful for working on the lower lashes for applying a thin line of eye shadow. This brush is best for creating eyeliners with eye shadows and glitters. The brush is so sturdy and of such supreme quality that it will last you forever. It’s a one-time investment, so I don’t mind the price of this product.
Sleek and compact packaging
Easy to apply
Light to medium coverage
The gold-themed plastic compact case of Milani Smooth finish cream to powder makeup is eye-catching. The tight shutting lid has a mirror and a white sponge, which makes the application a lot easier. The dense sponge provides a smooth blending to the foundation. The packaging is very travel-friendly. There are 13 shades in this range of foundation. I found the shade range very diverse and suited to almost every skin tone. The cream-to-powder texture of the foundation blends evenly and smoothly on the face. It gives a medium to full coverage, and it might look cakey and chalky if not applied correctly. For very high coverage, it is better to use it with a concealer and powder. Milani smooth finish cream is for heavy evening wear makeup because the makeup layer that it gives is burdensome. The makeup stays for up to 5-6 hours with this product. It comes in very reasonable price.
Easy to apply
Does not smudge
Low range of shades available
Wobbles may stick inside
Clinique Chubby Stick shadow tint for eyes is an eye shadow pencil which is in the form of a thick pencil. The pencil is retractable; there is no need for sharpening it. The pencil has a silver base for retraction. It has a silver metallic cap which closes with a click keeping the pencil secured inside. The rounded tip of the pencil is pretty convenient to use, and it does not feel harsh on the delicate eyelids. The texture of the pencil is of semi-hard consistency. It does not require too much pressure for its application and glides smoothly on the eyes. These eye-pencils are very lightly pigmented. They do not show much of colour in one swipe. The pencils are layer-able. It shows a very light tint of colour when you apply it once, but the brightness can be build-up gradually in two-three swipes. The eye-pencil stays easily for all day long.
Good staying power
Does not fade or smudge
Takes time to adjust to it
Tip is stiff
Milani eye tech extreme liquid eyeliner is in the form of a pen with a felt tip. The pen-like packaging has a tight cap to secure the liner. The felt tip is firm and less flexible. It is convenient to use and gives a straight, crisp black line in a single application. The pen format is convenient when you are in a hurry and need a quick application of the eyeliner. The best thing about this liner is the shade which is darkest black and makes the eyes look very prominent even without any other makeup. The eyeliner is smudge-free. It does not get feathered or fade out. It is water-proof. It took me a while to remove it and gets removed with the help of a good makeup remover only. The durability of this liner is fantastic. It stays comfortably for the whole day without getting smudged. It is very affordable and pocket friendly.
Erases fine lines
Suitable for dry skin
Suitable for daily use
These days, problems like dark circles, eye bags, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles have become common issues. MAC Fast response eye cream is a solution to this. The packaging of the cream looks very elegant. It comes in a white tube and black cap. It has caffeine and cucumber, both of which are very beneficial for the skin around the eyes. Caffeine and cucumber increase circulation around the eyes. It reduces dark circles with regular usage. Cucumber is known for hydrating the skin. It also has wheat germ oil, which diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. I liked its key ingredients and therefore, thought of giving it a try. I used it for a month and could feel a lot of difference in the skin around my eyes. They appear hydrated and relaxed. The puffiness and dark circles have reduced a lot.
Suitable for daily use
Lip liner is not needed
Moisturizes dry lips
Contains vitamin E
Reduces feathering of lipstick
Average moisturizing effect
Can’t be worn alone
MAC Prep and Prime lip is a transparent and colourless base for lipsticks. It comes in a sleek black tube which is like a lipstick. The lip primer is like a lip balm. It moisturises the lips highly and keeps them nourished. The lip primer helps in making the lips smooth and reduces the fine lines of the lips. It gives a flat base to the lipstick to glide. The lipsticks stay for a longer time and look very soft. It prevents the lipstick from settling between the creases and the lines of the lips. MAC Prep and Prime lip have a very lightweight formula which does not make the lips feel heavy even after putting the lipstick. MAC Prep and Prime lip is an absolute must before applying light and nude shades because the dark or chapped lips are quite visible with them.
Imparts a natural look
Brightens under eye dark circles
Makes your skin look flawless
Continuous dipping needed to apply on larger area
Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer comes in a transparent tube with a black lid. The lid has an applicator, which is like a long wand. The wand has a small applicator at the end. The applicator picks up a minimal amount of concealer at once, which prevents wastage of the product. The concealer has a thick and creamy texture Bobbi Brown Instant full cover concealer is used in very little quantity. The concealer blends super smoothly into the skin, and it does not need a powder to set in. The concealer comes in 15 shades, which suits almost every skin tone. The product is highly pigmented and provides excellent coverage to the under-eye area. After applying, it becomes virtually invisible. The formula is very lightweight and does not weigh down the delicate eye area. The dark circles disappear entirely, and the under-eye area matches very well to the rest of the skin.
Provides smooth and even finish
Blends products easily
MAC Shader brush 242 is a flat slightly rounded at the tip brush made of firm fibre bristles. MAC shader brush 242 is one of my favourite brush for applying eye shadows. It blends the eye shadows perfectly well and helps in creating different looks in eye makeup. It takes very little product on its tip and reduces wastage. The brush feels very soft on the eyelids. MAC Shader brush can be used for both powders as well as creamy eye shadows. I prefer it particularly for creating intense looks and giving a prominent shade on the eyes. It brings out the fierce looks well and is very helpful in building up the darkness with few strokes of the product. The quality of this brush is such that it will last you forever. The brush is effortless to clean and maintain.
Light to medium coverage
May cause acne
I loved the packaging of this powder foundation when I first laid my hands on it. The golden case looks beautiful with the powder sitting comfortably inside it. There are a mirror and a sponge inside it, making it extremely convenient to give a quick touch up. The texture of the powder foundation is very smooth and blends easily into the skin. It is available in 9 different shades. It minimizes the pores and gives medium to full coverage. I have oily skin, due to which I prefer powder foundation. It absorbs the excess oil from my face and gives a silky finish. It is buildable and has a lightweight formula. It stays for a longer duration if set with a setting spray or a compact. I use it without a setting spray and find it quite durable. It is very affordable and pocket friendly.
Sleek and mirrored compact
Perfect look in a single stroke
Bobbi Brown Highlighting powder is one of those classic highlighters which are an essential part of a makeup kit. Bobbi Brown Highlighter is packed in a pretty typical and stylish black case. The embossing of the powder is beautiful too. The highlighter powder has a smooth buttery texture. It glides beautifully on the face with a brush. It immediately delivers a natural luminosity on the face without looking too much. The highlighter gets blended into the skin perfectly well. If you pick up the highlighter slightly with fingers, you will be amazed at the pigmentation. You can build up the colour in a few more strokes and get the desired effect. Even if you use it in a few more strokes, it will not look unnatural. The highlighter comfortably stays for about 7 hours. I loved this highlighter.
Suitable for all skin types
Superb base for concealer or foundation
Works well with concealer
Packed in breakable glass jar
Bobbi brown extra eye repair cream comes in a very bulky packing. It is packed in a glass jar with a twistable lid. I do not like glass jar packaging of any product because it is very unhygienic, and there is a fear of breakage. Apart from that, the overall look if the packaging is beautiful. The cream has a very thick consistency. It is used in tiny little quantity. Just take it on your ring finger and slightly warm it between the fingers before applying it around the eyes. The eyes look radiant and fresh after using it regularly. The dark circles get visibly reduced. The under-eye area gets hydrated, and the eyes look lively after using this cream. The cream is no doubt costly, and the quantity is also very less, but since the cream is used in a very tiny amount, it lasts for quite some time.
Available in different colors
Feels like a balm
Multiple swipes are needed to apply some shades
Possibility of feathering
Some shades have shimmering effects
NYX Pin up pout lipsticks looks very attractive in its black lipstick tube with the brand name written in white. The texture of the lipstick is very creamy. It has a lightweight formula which feels comfortable on the lips. It feels like a lip balm applied on the lips. There is a tasty variety of shades in this range. Some of its tones are very vibrant and beautiful. I found some very unique shades like grey and some very wild shades like blue, so definitely there is a variety in this range. The lipsticks are intensely pigmented, and the shades range from silky, satin to matte. The lipsticks are smooth on its application, and staying power is good too. This classic beauty stays on for 4-5 hours before needing a touch-up. Some of its shades do form patches on the lips whereas others stay smooth on the lips.
Suitable for daily use
Imparts a natural look
Silky smooth texture
No side effects
Crumbles before shelf life
Not pigmented well
Revlon powder blush comes in a black plastic case with a mirror and a brush for easy application. The blush comes in seven shades and three finishes to choose from- satin, matte and shimmer. The blush is powder-based, but it is not too dusty or powdery to fall out. The texture is very smooth and blends well into the skin. The pigmentation of the blush is not very high. It takes a few swipes to reach the desired effect. I like to keep the blush very light and natural, so this blush works well for me. Once applied correctly, it looks very natural. It lasts for up to 3-4 hours without foundation. The longevity of the blush increases with a good makeup base. Revlon Powder Blush is very affordable, which makes it easy to grab one or two shades.
Suitable for all skin types
VLCC Almond Under eye cream comes in a transparent glass jar which is not very convenient to carry while travelling. The jar packaging is not very hygienic also. The cream has natural ingredients like wheat germ oil, chamomile extract, olive oil and vitamin E. The list of ingredients mentions only the key components. It does not give out the complete list of ingredients which should have been there. It has a lightweight formula and spreads evenly on the skin. It moisturises the skin well and keeps it soft. I used it for over two weeks. I have very light under-eye circles, and after using this cream, I did not find any difference in them. The cream is costly too, and without the desired results, I was regretting the decision of buying it. The cream did not work for me, and I was not satisfied with it.
Available in attractive shades
Versatile makeup product
No face blender brush
Bobbi Brown shimmer brick compact is a fantastic product. It has five shades in one compact brick blush. The brick blush has very soft powdered texture. You need to pick it up very carefully to avoid excess and falling out. You need to pick all the shades at once in the brush and then swipe it across the cheeks. It is gorgeous and shimmery. It highlights the cheeks immediately. The soft shimmery powder blush in this compact brick can be used in various ways. It can be used as blush, highlighter and as an eye shadow. Each shade in this compact brick blush can be individually used as an eye shadow. The shimmers work exceptionally well to highlight the eyes for a party. The compact blush blends super smooth and gives a very natural look. The product is of extremely superior quality, which justifies its price.
Makes lashes curled, lengthened, and voluminous
Safe for contact lens users
I love applying mascara and move those winged look on eyelashes. I keep trying mascaras by different brands. When I saw this bullet shaped black mascara by MAC, I thought it is a new range of lipstick because the packaging is exactly like that of MAC lipstick, just that its size is bigger than the lipstick. The cap has a long wand and the mascara applicator brush at the end. The brush has a hollow centre inside to fill it with the mascara and give the lashes a thick coat. The mascara gives a beautifully dramatic look to the eyelashes. It almost looks as if you are wearing false eyelashes. It lasts easily for practically the whole day. I did not feel the issue of smudging or flaking with this one. It dries quickly without itching the eyes.
Long staying power
Defines lashes without clumps
MAC False lashes extreme mascara comes in a beautiful sleek black bottle. It is lovely and travel-friendly. The cap has a long wand for applying the mascara which works best for this beauty. MAC Mascara creates a perfectly dramatic eyelashes. It has a thick mousse-like formula which gives thickness to the lashes. The long wand helps in spreading the lashes and gives them a winged look. It doesn’t flake and smudge on the eyes. MAC False lashes extreme black mascara is perfect for creating the effect of false eyelashes. The long wand is comfortable to hold and gives a fuller effect to the eyelashes. The Mascara is also safe for those who wear contact lenses. There is no burning sensation post its application. The mascara dries quickly, and there is no need to sit and wait for it to dry. The mascara is quite expensive.
Easy to blend
Easy to apply
Drying takes time
NYX Professional makeup multitasker mixing medium is a new translucent gel formula that helps you control the texture, finish and application of your favourite pigments. NYX Professional makeup multitasker mixing medium is such a right product for using the loose pigments which often fade out or crease on the eyelids. It increases the longevity of the eye shadows and the pigments. You can use it to transform your eye shadows into vibrant creamy eyeliners and applied with an eyeliner brush. You can mix it with the loose powdery pigments and use them as creamy eye shadows. This is a magical product which works in many ways. It can be used as a primer for eye shadows and makes them stay longer. The packaging is also lovely and handy.I find it quite affordable because this one can be used in so many ways.
Smooth and even application
Excellent color payoff
I am impressed with the NYX Lid Lingerie shadow palette. The shades in this palette are so thoughtful that there is no need to reach out to another palette. This little pack of six creamy matte shades gives a good colour payoff. The shades can be mixed and matched to create the desired look. The eye-shadows are well pigmented and give the right colour pay off. I like these eye shadows because they are suitable for daily wear. They are buildable and can be used to create different looks. The shades are just what I want for my everyday casual look. They are perfect for creating the no-makeup look, which is my favourite. The palette is sufficient in itself, and the eye shadows blend perfectly well with a brush. For me, it is my go-to product for eye makeup.
Difficult to carry heavy jar
Availability in a single shade
Loreal Paris Base Magique transforming smoothing primer comes in a small glass jar with a twistable lid. The glass jar is very fragile, and there is fear of breakage. The packaging is not very travel-friendly since it is very bulky. The jar packaging is not very hygienic because the primer needs to be taken out by dipping fingers in it. The primer is pinkish in colour and it comes in only one shade. It might not suit every skin type. I have an oily skin so I need a primer when I have want my makeup to stay for a long time. The texture of Loreal Primer is buttery and smooth. It instantly brightens up the face and increases the longevity of the foundation by 3-4 hours. The quantity of this primer is very less and the price is too high. It might not seem worth to many.
Doesn’t cause breakouts
Good color payoff
Easy to use
No oil control
Clinique Cheek Pop has a beautiful transparent acrylic case. The flower emboss of the blush is quite eye-catching. The tight shut lid keeps the blush safely intact and protects it from getting damaged even inside a clutch. The cap does not have a mirror, but the transparency makes it easy to identify the shade. The blush is powdery, but I did not feel that dry, dusty look after applying it. It is quite pigmented and shimmery. The blush doesn’t give a fallout, which is fantastic. It applies smoothly and blends perfectly well. There is no need to worry about the blush being overdone. I liked the peach pop shade for my skin and am very happy with its subtle shimmery effect. The staying power is for about 5-6 hours, which is quite okay. The blush does not form dry patches even after a few hours, and the luminous finish on the cheeks is impressive.
Contours the area around the eyes
Safe for contact lens users
Need to be used consistently
Clinique is a very well-known brand and brings out high-end quality products in skincare. Recently, I had started developing dark circles which were not very visible. I came across the Clinique Smart Custom repair eye treatment and thought of trying it out. Initially, for a week, I thought it didn't work, but after the second week, I could notice some difference. The under eye circles had become visibly lighter. I felt that my skin looked much hydrated and brightened up. The delicate under eye area looked very calm and comfortable. The The overall look of the skin was smoother. The best part that I liked about this is that it does not have parabens, phthalates and sulphates. It is allergic tested and safe for contact lens users. It is free from fragrance, mineral oil, SLS and talc. I wish its price could be a little lower than it is.
Enriched with neem and tea tree oil
Deep cleanses skin
Controls acne and oil
Removes impurities and pollutants
Garnier pure active neem face wash is a cheap and readily available face wash. It comes in a white tube with a twistable cap. It has a gel-based soap-free formula but lathers well with water. This face wash cleanses the skin thoroughly without making it dry. It has neem extract and tea tree oil, both of which are good for the skin. A little quantity is sufficient for washing the face. The face wash has a running consistency and is green in colour. I used it for a few days and found it helpful. After using the face wash, I felt very fresh and clean on my face. The skin looks alive and free from oil. The face wash is suitable for everyday use in summers. It controls the oil of the face and gets it rid of pollutants, dirt and dust.
Medium buildable coverage
Doesn’t get chalky/ashy
The MAC Matchmaster concealer comes in beautiful black packaging. It is in the shape of a stick. The concealer has a light weight creamy formula which blends super smoothly into the skin. It does not cake up on the skin and gives a very natural finish. It works well for spot concealing and dark circles. It is beautifully pigmented and is slowly buildable. Once you match the right shade of the concealer with your skin, you will find the concealer looking like your skin. The Matchmaster stick is more like a pan stick with a thick creamy texture. You can build up its intensity as per your liking. The concealer lasts for more hours when used with powder. It lasts for 6 hours on its own and more with a makeup base. MAC Concealer is a bit highly priced but the quality justifies its price.
Great shade range
Creases and settles in lines
Concealer and powder don’t go well together
Bobbi Brown creamy concealer kit comes in a sleek black case. It has two compartments which have a concealer and pressed powder. The concealer kit is pretty convenient, especially when it comes to travelling. It has a mirror on its lid, which makes the application easier. It has got a fantastic range of 15 shades, which suits almost every skin type. The concealer gives good coverage; it covers dark circles and other imperfections well. Its lightweight formula provides a superb finish and looks very natural. The concealer is creamy in texture and blends effortlessly into the skin. The finish of the concealer with the pressed powder is almost invisible. I loved it for its very natural finish. The concealer stays for about 7 hours on its own and with the pressed powder, its stays for about 12 hours. The only drawback is that its price is too high, which is not affordable.
Great shade range
NYX Professional makeup palette is a perfect travel palette. It contains six eye shadows, one highlighter, one blush and one contour. All the shades are quite wearable. I liked some of its shades for my everyday use. The packaging is nice and sturdy. However, it does not contain an applicator, and it does not even have a mirror, which makes it challenging to use while travelling. Finding an appropriate applicator to go with its long pans can be quite challenging. The shades are highly pigmented and give the right colour and coverage in one or two applications. The blush is very subtle on the cheeks, and the bronzer gives a beautiful matte look. The shimmery highlighter gives a gorgeous look. The shades blend well into the skin and provide a smooth finish. I liked this palette for being super simple and wearable. It saves so much time and energy while doing makeup.
Great shade range
Retractable liner pen
Eyeliner is a perfect makeup essential for me. My eyes look incomplete without it, and even if I am not carrying any makeup, an eyeliner itself does the needful for me. When I came across their beautiful range of retractable eyeliners by NYX, I could not resist it. It comes in 13 beautiful, highly pigmented shades. The packaging is very convenient and sleek. The retractable eyeliner is time-saving. The tip of the eyeliner gives a perfect line for the eyeliner. The creamy formula glides smoothly provides an ideal finish. I liked the brown one, which is like bronze with a beautiful shimmer. The dark blue and green are other shades which I loved. The price is very affordable, and that is why I ended up picking the three shades that I liked. I wear them without makeup, and my eyes look amazing.
Designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Satiny and shimmery shades
Six shades in one palette
Lakme Absolute Illuminating eye-shadow palette comes in a beautiful black case which looks very eye-catching. The packaging comes with an applicator. It is very sturdy and travel-friendly. It is a limited edition with six shades in one palette, and there is two shades option for these palettes. All the shades are gorgeous. Some of them are absolute matte, whereas some others have a shimmery look. The gold and copper shades give a royal touch to the eye makeup, and the silver palette has blue and purples, which provide a very glamorous look. The shades are perfect for creating a different kind of looks and go well with almost any type of makeup. They can be easily worn during the day as well as for the evening parties. The shades are well pigmented, which helps in creating a variety of looks. The price is quite affordable and pocket-friendly.
Easy to apply
Sets brows perfectly
Moderate coverage to light brow hair
I have thin, and light eyebrows and I was looking for a product to make them look fuller. That is when I came across MAC Pro Longwear waterproof brow set. The packaging of this beautiful product looks like mascara. It comes in a thin cylindrical bottle with an applicator inside its cap. The applicator is very much similar to the applicator of mascara. The only difference is that it is a bit small to coat the eyebrows thoroughly. MAC brow set is waterproof. It does not smudge due to sweat or moisture. It stays for a good 8-12 hours, which is fantastic. The best thing that I liked is that it makes the eyebrows look very natural. There is no artificial look. The applicator is convenient and makes it very easy to apply the brow set. There are six shades in which out of which I liked the Bold Brunette the best.
Suitable for all skin types
Works well on dry skin
Smooths out laugh lines
Clinique Repairwear uplifting firming cream works on firming, volumizing and restoring the skin texture. It is an excellent skin which helps in toning the skin. The cream has a thick texture, but it blends well into the skin. It helps a lot in keeping the skin hydrated. The cream gets absorbed into the skin quickly. I bought this cream from a mall and applied it daily. It could see a noticeable difference in my face after two weeks. It works enormously on uplifting the skin. I did not feel any itchiness post its use. I did not feel any oiliness or greasiness on my face after applying it. The cream feels light on the skin. It feels nice and soft to touch the skin after using it. The cream is gentle and useful but I won’t re-purchase it because it is costly.
Ideal for both dry and oily skin
Slightly greasy look
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup is a liquid foundation which comes in a transparent glass bottle with a twistable cap. The foundation has a runny consistency. It comes in 23 trendsetting shades, which are fantastic. The lightweight formula of this foundation helps in spreading it evenly on the face. Clinique Foundation has a very natural-looking finish. The foundation does not settle into fine lines, nor does it give a cakey look. Clinique Superbalanced stays for a longer time with a compact powder. It does not contain SPF. I found it pretty good for everyday office use. It does not give any artificial look and stays all day long. The foundation has a moisturizing formula which does not give any break out on the skin. It is formulated for normal to oily skin. The foundation is non-shimmery and gives good coverage.
Medium buildable coverage
All skin types
Bobbi Brown Face touch-up stick is one of the most effective product for all the makeup lovers like me. Bobbi Brown Face touch up stick is for those who love giving touch-ups and want that perfect look throughout the day. This easy to use touch up stick is most convenient to carry in a clutch and super handy for giving touch-ups. Its creamy texture makes it glide super smoothly on the face, covering all the imperfections thoroughly. It gives medium to high coverage on the skin. The concealer is very easy to apply, pat it on the skin and blend it with fingers. It is suitable for all skin types. Its buildable formula blends well. It stays for a good 8 hours when it is not very sweaty in pre-summers. Bobbi Brown Face touch-up is highly expensive, but with such excellent quality, I did not mind buying it.
Summers are especially horrible for oily skin like mine when there is always a fear to have acne and pimples. The sweat, dirt, dust, and pollutants in the air make it more challenging to maintain the beauty of my skin. I hate the sticky look on my face and sweaty feeling during the day. I always long to have a bright, clean and fresh-looking skin. My skin still looks dull and tired in summers, and no matter what I do to take care of it, there is still a chance of a pimple eruption. I love to use face packs in summers because they keep the skin fresh looking and oil-free. Neem is especially known to be extremely beneficial for the skin and its antibacterial properties keep the skin thoroughly clean. Even as a child, my mother used to insist on taking a neem bath to keep the skin clean. When I saw Himalaya Herbals purifying neem pack on the shelves of a nearby shop, I immediately picked it up. Himalaya is known for good quality herbal skin care products that too at a reasonable price. Himalaya Herbals purifying neem pack has neem, turmeric and fuller’s earth as its key ingredients. Turmeric has been used as a skin healer for centuries. This famous herb is one of the favorite ingredients for many face washes. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric keep the skin soothe and retains its elasticity. Fuller’s earth has been used as a face pack itself since ages and is known for skin tightening, deep cleansing and anti-aging properties. Himalaya Herbals Purifying neem pack helps in cleaning clogged pores, regulates oil secretions and controls acne and pimples. This face pack gives a very cooling and soothing feeling. It improves the complexion, texture and overall look of the skin. It helps in exfoliating my skin, removes the dirt and impurities and makes it clean and clear. I felt my skin getting tightened a bit while I applied the face pack. I applied it evenly on my skin and kept it till it became dry. When I washed it off with water, I felt very fresh and clean. My face remained free from oil for a good 4-5 hours and could see it glowing. It has become a part of my regular skin care regime in summers and since it is very cheap and readily available, I can use it every day.
Revlon needs no introduction, and it is one of the brands of which I have used the maximum products. Revlon has a vast range and shades of cosmetics. The brand brings high-quality products at reasonable and pocket-friendly prices. Its cosmetics are for every occasion and for every kind of looks. Revlon remains one of my most preferred brands when it comes to lipsticks. When I saw its Colorburst Lip Butter range at a nearby cosmetic shop, I instantly decided to pick it up. This range of lipstick can be easily called as a hybrid of a lip balm and lip colour. This unique formula has a buttery balm which is high in moisture and keeps the lips soft and nourished all day long. These beautiful lipsticks come in 14 different shades, all of which are equally stunning. The denser texture of lip balm, the high moisturising formula, the pigmentation and high colour pay off all are plus points of this beautiful range of lipsticks. The day I apply this lipstick, I can feel a lot of difference in the texture of my lips. They do not feel dry and stretchy. I do not need to apply a separate lip balm when I am using it. The colour coverage works well for me, and it stays comfortably for 4-5 hours. The best thing that I liked about these is that they neither bleed nor smudge. Even during summers, when there is so much sweat, it remains as it is. Recently, I gifted it to my cousin, who has joined college. I suggested to her that it can be used for everyday college look when there is no need for very bright lipsticks. She usually uses coloured lip glosses and lip balms. I gave it to her, and she used it for a few days. Her friends were amazed by her looks because these lipsticks do not look very loud or over-the-top. The fuller and healthier look of her lips helped her gain a lot of compliments, and it boosted her confidence a lot. It works well for day wear and neutral makeup look, and even if one wears it without any makeup for a casual look, it looks gorgeous. The way it glides super smoothly without taking time is the best part, especially in the mornings, when one needs to get ready quickly. The price is slightly on the higher side, but there is no harm in buying a few shades.
Maybelline is one of my favorite brands when it comes to cosmetics. The brand delivers high-quality products, which promise to take care of the skin. I wanted to try a highlighter since I don’t use it very often. I like the finish of the highlighter, especially for the night functions. It gives a very glamorous look if applied correctly. The highlighter should not look over-the-top and should blend well with the entire makeup. I went to buy Maybelline Master Strobing Stick after reading its reviews on the net. The product looked promising. There was a family function for which I thought of changing my looks and wanted to go for highlighter. Maybelline is a tried and tested brand, so I considered it as a safe buy. Maybelline Master strobing stick is an illuminating stick which adds targeted dimension to the face. The illuminating stick has a creamy formula with micro-fine pearls which combine to give a glow to the skin. Maybelline Master strobing stick comes in two shades. This stick provides an excellent contour to the face along with a natural radiance. It is easy to apply and blends well with fingers. The soft texture blends super smoothly and provides an excellent finish to the entire makeup. The transparent plastic packaging makes the shade quite visible and gives a good grip. The small stylish tube can be carried easily for makeup on the go. This amazing highlight stick takes two minutes to apply and blend. The ultimate finish and super glamorous look that it creates is purely visible. The strobing stick can be used either all over the face to give an even glow and radiance or to highlight certain facial features on targeted areas. A gentle and careful blending with fingers is all it requires to create that perfect party look. It has a very long-lasting power and does not get smudged or become chalky. It stays natural throughout the makeup.
I have heard a lot about Chambor from my friends, and I always wanted to try it. I always thought that it is costly and somehow never tried it. I have read a lot about it, and the reviews were very positive. After reading so much about it, I planned to buy it. When I visited a shopping mall, I was very keen on trying it. The new range of Chambor lipsticks looked awesome. I tried a swatch at the Chambor outlet in the mall. The lipsticks look very classy in their black case. The stylish, chic packaging is very sturdy and hygienic. The shades are very exclusive and eye-catching. They have a very innovative formula in lipsticks which has both a moisturizer and matte effect in it. These lipsticks are bright, bold and perfectly matte. I bought one of the shades that I liked and tried it at home. The lipsticks have a high payoff in terms of its color. The shades are buildable, and with every swipe, you can give the desired intensity to create the look you want. The vitamin-enriched formula of these matte lipsticks glides effortlessly and gives comfortable wear. It did not provide that hard look on my lips which normally matte lipsticks do. It hydrates the lips and keeps them soft and nourished. I did not feel the need to apply any lip balm underneath which I usually do. The vibrant color gives a very fuller and healthier effect on the lips. It has good staying power, and I did not feel the need to give a touch-up after a few hours. It is like I applied the lipstick once in the morning and the entire day, I could easily forget it without bothering about the fading away. The quality and the finish of these lipsticks are too high, which makes it worth its price.
From the past couple of months, I had become extremely busy with my daily routine and finding out time for myself was becoming unfathomable for me. Salon visits were also becoming very irregular, and the effect of all this was showing on my face. My skin was becoming dull, and because it is oily, I could see the formation of blackheads on my face. I used several home remedies and scrubs using various kitchen ingredients, but I could not see any difference in the blackheads. Home remedies create a lot of mess, and they are very time consuming also. I did some research on the net and came across a blackhead eliminating face scrub by Neutrogena. Neutrogena is a well-known brand, so it seemed to be a safe bet for me. I have used Neutrogena's face wash and body bath and like them a lot. They are mild and gentle and take care of the skin. I bought Neutrogena's Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily scrub after reading positive reviews about it. The packaging of the scrub is pretty good. It comes in a white, almost see-through plastic tube with an open flip cap. The packaging is hygienic and convenient. The face scrub is a gel-based scrub with tiny micro-beads which helps in exfoliating the skin. The scrub is very gentle on the skin and does not cause any skin irritation or itchiness. It does not make the skin dry or stretchy. The scrub helps in exfoliating the skin thoroughly and gets rid of blackheads too. I used it regularly for a few days and could see the difference in blackheads. The smaller ones can be easily removed with this scrub, and a regular usage reduces the formation of blackheads. My skin feels clean, fresh and refreshing after using it. There is no worry about salon visits, and the dullness is gone from my face.
A friend of mine is a tremendous makeup addict, and I love her collection of lipsticks. She has vast variety of lipstick ranging from glossy, matte, lip colours and lip glosses. One day, while having lunch with her, I noticed that her lipstick remained as it was before having lunch. There was not even a little bit of transfer, and the colour pay off was very good too. I could not stop myself from admiring her lipstick, and I ended up asking her about it. She told me that she was wearing the Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain. She was even carrying it in her purse and showed it to me. The transparent and metallic packaging of the lipsticks is very eye-catching. The sturdiness of the packaging showed by the way it was being carried in her bag. These are liquid lip colours which come with an applicator brush. The brush picks up just the right quantity of the product and helps it to glide smoothly on the lips. Its application is so smooth that it looks like a dream. The no-transfer lip colour formula glides correctly and gives a flawless look. It is long lasting and does not get smudged. I loved its weightless formula and the matte look it creates. The lips do not appear dry or patchy despite the matte finish. The high pigmentation gives a good colour coverage on the lips with a single swipe only. I did not feel the need to provide another swipe of this vibrant colour. The fuller healthier look of the lips is simply gorgeous. All the 19 shades are incredibly stunning, and I found it challenging to choose one or two shades of it. The price range is on the higher side, which sometimes seems too much but with the long-lasting power that it has, I think it is okay to go in for it.
Essence the Gel Nail Polish caught my attention when I saw a cousin of my mine wearing it. She lived in Canada and told me it is quite popular there because of its easy availability and throwaway prices. The shades are pretty good too. I loved its green and blue colour, and it was something I could not take my eyes off. I searched for it online and could get it quickly at online selling platforms. The price is no doubt very reasonable, which made me buy a few shades of my choice. I read about it that it works best with its base coat and top coat, but since I do not generally have time to apply so many layers of lipstick, I decided to go with its single shade only. Initially, I was quite sceptical that it might not work for me without the said base coat or top coats. But anyway, I thought of giving it a try. I tried it and was impressed with the way it glides super smoothly on the nails. The applicator brush works well for it covers quite a lot of area of the nails in just one stroke. I applied two coats of it, and it gave me good coverage and colour. What I really liked about it is that it did not smudge at all and did not get the chip off quickly. It stayed for a good 3-4 days with me, and I had to put a lot of effort to take it off. The nail colours of Essence look super glamorous when combined with a glitter shade on top of it. The glittery goodness shade of this range of nail paint highlights these nail paints so well that you would not like to remove them. With 24 stunning shades to choose from, Essence The Gel Nail Polish surely is going to enhance the beauty of your manicured nails for a longer time.
I am not very fond of Matte lipsticks because they make my lips too dry and stretchy. I feel very heavy on the lips after applying Matte lipsticks. I usually go in for glossy and creamy lipsticks which keep my lips moist and hydrated. One day when I was discussing this issue with a friend of mine, she immediately me to try Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick. She told me that these lipstick give a very matte look yet at the same time do not make the lips dry and dense. She insisted me to try it once. These are not very expensive, so I thought of buying them. I was very attracted to see the golden colour case of these lipsticks on the shelves of a cosmetic shop. The base of the lipstick case shows the colour of the lipstick. There are 24 vibrant shades in this range, which is quite a variety. The colours are suitable for almost every skin tone, and one can easily pick and choose a few shades as per their choice. These lipsticks have grape seed extract along with Vitamin A and C. It helps in keeping the lips moisturised and nourished all day long. The lipsticks are highly pigmented with the perfect colour pay off. The lipsticks give excellent coverage in just one swipe, and there is no hassle of applying it again. The bold and bright lip colours look too gorgeous and can’t be missed on the lips. The creamy formula of these lipsticks makes them glide super smoothly on my lips. My lips are not very dry, and these lipsticks settle beautifully on my lips without forming creases or fine lines. The lipsticks are highly durable and have fantastic staying power. The velvety feel of the lipstick and mild fragrance are some additional benefits of this range. If you are looking for some bold and vibrant lip colours with a matte effect, then you can quickly go for it.
Navratna Ayurvedic oil is a part of our household. It has been used by almost everybody in our house. My mother-in-law used it regularly and is always full of praises for this oil. This is an entirely ayurvedic oil and does not have any chemicals. My mother-in-law keeps telling me how it helps in relaxing her, and the cooling effect is what she likes in summers. I thought of giving it a try one day. I was exhausted and stressed out and saw this bottle on the dressing table. I applied it on my hair and really felt so fresh on my scalp. The dark red and greasy oil does not look very appealing initially. It has the scent of herbs and menthol. I did not like it that much, but when I applied it and felt the cooling effect, I started liking it. It helps a lot in relaxing and de-stressing. The cooling and tingling sensation helps you cool down. It gives a very refreshing feeling. I felt as if a certain weight is being lifted from my head. This oil is beneficial for those who feel a lack of sleep or sleeplessness. It helps in bringing a good night’s sleep, and one can quickly wake up fresh the next morning. It is a perfect nourishing oil, and regular usage brings visible results. It can be used for massaging the body and daily application on the skin. Daily life has become so hectic these days with stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness becoming common issues. This oil helps a lot in dealing with it. It takes away the stress and enables you to relax. The greasy texture spreads quickly and assists in massaging the oil. It is very sticky on the hair and takes time in getting absorbed. The problem with such thick and greasy oils is that one needs to be very careful while sleeping because it tends to leave stains on the pillow cover. I put a towel over the pillow but do not like the towel, catching the oil.
I usually do not apply a weighty makeup base and don’t use a Primer for my regular makeup. Primer helps in making the makeup stay for longer hours. A few months back, there was a wedding in my family, for which I thought of getting a primer for myself. I am a MAC lover and have MAC cosmetics for years. When I saw this MAC Prep and Prime Skin Visage at a mall, I immediately picked it up. MAC prep and prime skin visage primer is a primer which helps even out the skin and prevents redness on the face. It is used before the makeup base to prepare the face for the makeup. To use this primer, shake the bottle and take out very little quantity of it in your palm. You won’t need more than a small pea size of this product. The primer has a thick creamy consistency and is silicone based, which helps the primer glides on the face effortlessly. Apply it in the centre of the face and blend it outwards. Wait for 5 minutes before applying the concealer or the foundation. You will notice that this product does not make you feel the need to touch-up your makeup after a few hours. If you are going out in the sun and feel that your usual sunscreen is not giving you enough sun protection, you can try this primer. It works as a shield for your skin against the sun damage. MAC prep and prime skin base visage is shimmery and doesn’t have a matte look as opposed to other primers. I liked its silicone-based shimmery formula because it gives a natural radiance to the skin. However, the shimmer does not show much after the entire makeup. What I loved about this fantastic product is that it can be used as a sunscreen during the day and a primer during the night. So, if you are not a regular primer user like me, you can easily use this product as a sunscreen and do not worry about the wastage of this beautiful product. So, you are surely not at a loss with it. The packaging of this primer has a pump which dispenses just the required quantity and prevents wastage. It is sturdy, and the black colour looks very sleek. It is very costly, but given the fact that it is required in very little quantity just about a drop and with the superior quality that it has, I definitely don’t mind it buying it.
This beauty caught my eyes through an advertisement for this product. If you see the posters of Lakme Absolute Lip Pout, you would see how amazing they look on Kareena Kapoor where she is wearing an orange colour of this lip colour on her upper lip and a pink one on her lower lip. I certainly could not take my eyes from its beautiful colours. I tried it at a cosmetic shop and decided to pick one, which was very difficult for me because all the shades are stunning. Lakme Absolute Lip pout is certainly noteworthy. Lakme Absolute Lip Pout is a chubby lip crayon which is designed specifically for today’s modern woman who knows how to leave a mark and stand out amongst the crowd. These lip crayons come in the form of a retractable pencil which saves the time of sharpening the pencil every time before using. These lip crayons provide a luscious tint of colour with a cream finish. These gorgeous lip crayons are available in 10 different matte and cream shades. These vibrant and playful colours glide effortlessly on the lips giving a high colour payoff and excellent finish. These lip colours are packed like crayons with metallic caps. The packaging makes the shade clearly visible, making the selection process more straightforward. I picked up a matte shade which is super matte, and one might need to scrub the lips and apply a moisturiser underneath these crayons. For me, it was not the case because my lips are not dry, and matte lip colours go pretty well for me. It does give a dry matte feeling on the lips after applying. What I observed was that these crayons do not get transferred at all and are incredibly long-lasting. These gorgeous shades are suitable for almost every skin tone. Lakme being an Indian brand makes cosmetic, which is specially designed for Indian skin tone. These lip crayons can make anyone look glamorous effortlessly.
Argan oil is an age-old beauty secret known to have transformative powers. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and is beneficial for keeping the skin and hair hydrated. Argan oil revitalises the skin, and it is a well-known antioxidant which helps protect the skin from UV-rays. Argan oil naturally infused the skin with moisture and reduced the appearance of wrinkles. Argan oil is a magical oil for skin and hair and is known to be used in skin and hair care since ages. Whenever I wear lipsticks for longer hours, I feel a certain dryness after removing it. To combat dryness, I have to use either a lip balm or a petroleum jelly at night to make them soft and supple again. When I came across Lakme Absolute Argan Oil lip colour, the name Argan Oil lip colour immediately struck a chord within me. I knew that lipstick with Argan oil won’t make my lips stretchy after using it. I instantly bought one to try it out. This recent launch of Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Lip colour has a beautiful palette of 15 vibrant shades ranging from pinks, reds, peaches and browns. These lip colours look very royal sitting in their golden case with a golden metallic cap. The texture of these lipsticks is creamy matte with a vanilla fragrance in it. The presence of Argan oil is sure to prevent the lips from drying out, which is a big hit with me. It gives a moist finish on the lips, which is not glossy. It provides a comfortable feel on the lips, and those who have dry lips will mainly find these very helpful. The shades are perfect for Indian skin tones. These do get a little transferred, which reduces its longevity and durability. They are priced on a bit higher side but not too much if you compare with other brands. With its superior finish and hydrating quality, I totally find it worth its price.
I generally do not use any concealer and never felt the need to use one. Recently, there was a wedding in my family for which I was wearing a gorgeous outfit. At that time, I needed a perfect makeup base along with a concealer to get that classic look. I searched for several concealers online and studied a lot. It was then that I came across this beauty. Maybelline is one of my tried and tested brands, and it is something that I can easily rely on. That was the reason I thought of giving it a try. I am delighted that it did not let me down. The packaging of this concealer is convenient. It comes in a plastic bottle with a cushion on top. You need to twist the cushion to get the product on it for easy application. The good thing about this applicator is that it is very convenient to use, but at the same time after using it repeatedly it might get dirty with the product depositing in it, and there is no way to wash or clean it. The texture of this concealer is creamy, non-sticky and lightweight. The coverage of the concealer is medium, which is suitable for personal use and without making it look overdone. The concealer blends beautifully into the skin without sitting on the surface. There is a massive rave about it on the net, and the product quality justifies all of them. This is very much affordable and very readily available. There are 6 shades in this range. The shades vary from the one who is covering dark circles to the one which is for illuminating the eyes. One can easily pick and choose it based on the effect that you want to generate. The staying power is almost up to 8 hours, which is pretty good for a concealer. It worked very well for me, and I am very much satisfied with my purchase.
I am crazy for lipsticks and hardly ever leave home without wearing one. I like to maintain a good collection and keep trying various brands and shades. I was just going through some new launches in makeup when I came across Elle 18 Color Burst Lipsticks. I found the price very cheap, and the packaging looked very cute initially, and that is why I thought of giving it a try. The lipstick looks super cute in its packaging. There is quite a variety of shades to choose from. The lipsticks have cocoa butter and jojoba oil, which helps in keeping the lips soft and supple. I did not like the colour coverage on the lips as I was expecting. The lipsticks look very shiny and frosted but the colour pay-off is not very good. I needed to swipe it a few times before getting the desired coverage, which was a bit disappointing for me. The lipsticks do not have good lasting power and wear off quickly within a few hours. It does not remain for long when it is hot and sweaty. These get transferred easily, making them fade away too soon. A re-application is needed after some time, which is very time consuming for me. The packaging is not very sturdy, and I do not find it travel-friendly. It looks more like a lip gloss after applying than a lipstick. It does not give that fuller look, which I usually like in lipsticks. The only advantage of this lipstick is that they are very cheap; otherwise, there is nothing extraordinary in them, and with other better brands and lip colours to choose from, I would not go in for these. I did not like the quality of these lipsticks either. To sum up, it is not that exciting to buy, and one may look for something better.
There are times when I do not want to wear highly coloured lipstick but do want a mild colour on them just to make them look natural without making them look too prominent. I was looking for something which could colour my lips yet at the same time should not make them look overboard for simple casual outings. Maybelline is one of my most trusted brands, and I can always go for it without giving it a second thought. I have tried Maybelline’s lip balms and indeed find them most amazing. They are the best lip balms and heal and nourish chapped lips. They even have SPF to protect the lips from the sun. I love the soft tint that it gives to the lips. When this new range of Maybelline Baby Lips Bright out Loud came out, I was very excited to try it. I picked up its Beaming Violet shade to try it out. This new range comes in 4 shades – Beaming Violet, Striking Orange, Vivid Peach and Pink Alert. The lip balms have beautiful packaging that of a pink plastic roll-on case with the brand name written on it with neon Orange colour. It is very eye catching and sturdy. I find it very convenient while travelling. All the shades are very girlish and beautiful. They work as a lip balm providing light colour to the lips. It does not look like as if I am wearing lipstick, but yet at the same time, my lips are not without colour. It needs a re-application in 4-5 hours since being lip balms, they do not stay for very long. The lips are amazingly soft after using it. The Beaming Violet shade that I picked up is beautiful. It looks gorgeous, giving a lovely, almost pink colour on my lips. I like the way my face lit ups after applying it. It is perfect for my everyday casual look and does not make my lips too prominent during the day. It is suitable for typical office day looks.
When it comes to wearing eyeliner, I always prefer different colours rather than black. Blue and green are my first choice of eyeliners. I try to look for vibrant colours in eyeliners, which should make my eyes look prominent even without makeup. When my eyeliner pencil got finished, I was searching for some lovely bright blue coloured pencil online that is when I came across NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner. I went to its site to know more about these when I noticed this incredible feature of trying the eyeliner online on their website with the Live Try On. You can upload your pic their or use the live camera and try these eyeliners on your face. Isn’t that amazing! I tried its blue shade on the Live Try On, and I really fell in love with it. I instantly ordered it as I couldn’t wait to try it. The packaging is super awesome. These liners come in colour coded tubes with a black coloured cap. The cap has an applicator brush which is super fine to create a thin line. These eyeliners have a creamy texture and have thin running consistency. These eyeliners are highly pigmented, and just one stroke of these is sufficient to give that gorgeous look. This lightweight liquid liner dries very quickly and gives a matte finish. This eyeliner stays exceptionally long and does not go anywhere the whole day. I could easily apply it and forget it for the entire day. The shades are absolutely stunning. The blue has a sapphire undertone which looks gorgeous with its matte look. I just loved the way it transforms my eyes from ordinary to glamorous. It requires a good makeup remover to take it off. I have totally loved this eyeliner and would definitely recommend it to others.
Bobbi Brown is a brand for those who want to go in for high end and luxurious cosmetic products. They are costly but very superior quality. One of my friends is a Bobbi Brown lover. She doesn’t use any other brand apart from Bobbi Brown. I have heard very often about this brand from her. I was looking for some vibrant coloured lipsticks when she suggested me Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip colour. I bought one since it is costly and used it for a while. No doubt the lipsticks is worth its price. The superior quality shows the way it glides on the skin without settling between the fine lines. It is highly pigmented, and the colour off is entirely opaque. It covers the lips entirely, and there is no need to even apply a foundation base on the lips to bring the colour out. The bulky weighted metallic gold packaging of this range of lipstick gives a touch of royalty. The packaging defines the product, and the sleek tube of the lipstick shows the quality of the brand. I really like that this lipstick has vitamin C and E, which is very beneficial for the skin. It helps in nourishing the skin and prevents dryness. The lipstick is so hydrating that I can quickly go for it without a lip balm as well. The texture of these lipsticks is very glossy and creamy. It has a lightweight formula which does not give it a feel that you have applied anything on the lips. It glides very smoothly like a dream on the lips and provides excellent coverage in just one swipe. I like the dense and fuller look it gives on my lips. The lipstick stays on for a good 4-5 hours after which it gradually starts fading away. The best part of this range is that they do not have any parabens, phthalates or sulfates, which are very harmful chemicals.
I use lip pencils regularly, and for me, my lipstick is never complete without a definition given to it by a lip pencil. I love the way a lip pencil brings out the shape of the lips and make them look prominent on the face. Sometimes when I am just going for a casual outing without makeup, I prefer to use only a lip pencil and a lipstick and feel complete with it. I love to keep a variety of lip pencils and keep trying various brands of the lip pencil. MAC is my favourite brand, and my makeup is never complete without using any product by MAC. MAC cosmetic is very expensive, but its quality and finish are so superior that one does not mind buying it. Somehow I did not have a lip pencil by MAC because MAC lipsticks give a fuller look even without a lip pencil. I was excited to try this range of MAC lip pencils because it promises to stay for very long hours. MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a non-retractable lip pencil. The pencil is black in colour with a coloured end which helps identify the colour. The lip pencils are highly pigmented and give a dense colour in a single swipe. It has a lightweight cream based formula which helps it glide easily even on dry lips. This fantastic range of lip pencils comes only in 3 shades. They have transfer resist and smudge-proof formula, which makes the lip pencil stay for the whole day. The vibrant coloured lip pencils help prevent the lipstick from feathering or bleeding away. The smooth, creamy texture helps give a super soft line adhering to the edge of the lips and defining them to the fullest. These lip pencils have become a part of my daily lipsticks and wear them for casual outings as well as formal gatherings.
Keeps my skin fresh and clean Himalaya is a pretty cheap and affordable brand in skin care. That is one reason nobody minds buying its products. All the products by this brand are herbal based, and there are no chemicals in them (this is what the brand’s claims are). The quality is pretty good if not very superior. In summers and monsoons, using a face wash is very essential for me because the sweat and the oil of my face make it look very greasy and sticky. I have used many products by Himalaya and find them pretty decent enough. Some of its products work quite well for me one of them being the Himalaya Moisturising aloe vera face wash which I am going to review today. The packaging of Himalaya Moisturising aloe vera is quite okay. It comes in a transparent plastic tube with a flip-open cap which securely keeps the product inside it. The packaging mentions the list of ingredients clearly. I found the scent of this face-wash a bit strong and artificial and did not like that. The face wash is green in colour and spreads evenly with a little water. It is very gentle on the skin and cleanses the skin very effectively. It does not have any granules which often itch on sensitive skins and can be harsh sometimes. I used it regularly and even in winters because the creamy aloe vera face wash does not make the skin dry even in winters. It keeps the skin intensely nourished and hydrated. I loved the glow that it brought on my face. I love the clean, and fresh feel that it gave to my skin. The presence of aloe vera gives a very cooling effect in summers and prevents dryness in winters. Regular use of it helps in controlling the oil of my face and helps prevent acne.
My oily skin gives me a tough time in summers because there is always a fear of pimples and acne outburst due to sweat and oil. It is challenging to get that fresh and clean look in summers. The dirt, dust and pollutants add to the skin oils, and my face looks very dull and lifeless. I use various face-washes and face packs to keep my face oil free. I have used Clean and Clear face wash quite a lot of times. The cheap and easily affordable face wash makes me pick it up several times from the shelves. The packaging is sturdy and travel-friendly too and makes it my constant companion during my summer holidays and summer travelling. I keep a small packaging of it in my handbag while going and make it a point to use it whenever we are travelling by road. It is specially formulated for oily and acne prone skin. Its gentle and effective formula keeps pimples and acne at bay. Clean and Clear face wash cleanses the face deeply and keeps it free from dirt, dust and pollutants. It controls the oil and gives it a fresh look. I do not feel that dull and lifeless look on my face anymore. Even when we are travelling by road, and my face catches a lot of dirt and starts looking greasy, I wash my face with Clean and Clear face wash and can immediately feel so fresh as if I have just left my home. I really liked the new variant of Clean and Clear which has lemon and neem. Neem has excellent antibacterial properties, and its use for skin care is highly recommended. Lemon is known to control oil and prevents pimples. The ingredients of this new variant are perfect for the skin, and it shows when one uses it regularly.
I am so fond of MAC lipsticks that whenever there is a new launch of its lipsticks, I definitely give it a try. I try not to miss any of its range and love to have at least one in my kitty. I love the packaging of this range. It is a black bullet like shaped case much like other MAC lipsticks. MAC Cremesheen lipsticks are two products in one. It works like a lip balm as well as a shiny lipstick. The super smooth, creamy texture glides on the lips so perfectly that you can immediately fell in love with it. Sometimes when my lips are dry and chapped, I feel like applying a lipstick which can keep my lips soft and nourished. Usually, I have to use a lip balm when my lips are feeling dry, but then the payoff of the lipstick does not come out well, and the lipsticks tend to bleed and fade away soon. With this new range of MAC lipsticks, I can easily avoid the lip balm and yet feel confident about the durability of the lipstick. The creamy, gentle formula makes the lips soft and well-nourished and keeps them like that for the whole day. The semi-glossy finish of these lipsticks provides medium to buildable coverage. One can get the desired result in a few swipes without making it look too much. MAC Cremesheen can be easily worn during the day as also for night parties. It has exceptionally superior quality and finish. With 20 high-fashion hues, one can quickly get the shade of one’s choice. My choice is usually pink, and I really liked one of its pink which has a gorgeous sheen. This is definitely very expensive and a high-end product which is worth buying when one wants to invest in high-quality cosmetics.
Lakme is one brand which must have been used by almost every makeup lover. Lakme’s foundation is a very age-old brand. It is our Indian brand and delivers quality products at a reasonable price. I have used Lakme for many years, and it goes on improvising its products with every new launch. Its foundations have improved a lot over the years. When I saw this Invisible Finish Foundation in a nearby cosmetic shop, I was very excited. It promises to give that no-makeup makeup look. This foundation comes in a glass bottle with an applicator in its cap. The foundation has thin running consistency, which spreads and blends super easily. One can quickly put a few spots with the applicator and mix it with a sponge. I use Lakme Invisible Finish foundation for my day makeup or when I do not want a strong makeup base. This super smooth, creamy light foundation glides effortlessly on the skin and gives a lovely finish. Its durability is for 4-5 hours and sets well with a powder compact. It is very lightweight and being liquid in consistency, I can easily give a thin layer with it. The coating is almost invisible, providing suitable coverage to the skin. I do not have any dark spots or many visible marks that is why I prefer light foundations which should just blend well in my skin and should not look any chalky or cakey. There are 5 shades to choose from. The shades are very appropriate and suitable for our Indian skin tones. The shadows have yellow undertones, which looks very natural. After applying and blending this foundation, it provides a very natural radiance on the face. It is very cheap and pocket-friendly. It is most suitable for everyday makeup and does not take time to set.
I used NYX Butter gloss once and immediately fell in love with it. The lip gloss is very smooth and buttery. They give good gloss in a single swipe only. The best part is that they can be used over any lipstick. The lip gloss comes in a sturdy, long pink tube with an applicator inside its cap. The packaging easy to carry in the purse or handbag. The lip gloss keeps the lips hydrated and stays for a good 3-4 hours. It has suitable pigments and some lovely shades to pick and choose from. I can even wear the lip gloss alone during the day for an informal outing. There are 30 shades available and really liked the entire range. Slightly expensive but good for college going girls who like light coloured gloss instead of lipsticks.
L’Oreal Pure Clay Exfoliating and Refining Face Mask comes in a transparent plastic tub with a sea green lid. The face mask has 3 kinds of pure clays and red algae. The clays help in removing the skin impurities, and the algae help in nourishing and moisturising the skin. L’Oreal Pure Clay Exfoliating and refining face mask help in illuminating the face by exfoliating it. It refines and revitalises the skin complexion. The mask has a very creamy texture which does not make the skin dry after using it. It helps in cleaning the skin deeply, keeping it well nourished. The mask needs to be applied in a thin layer evenly on the face leaving the eyes and the lip area. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it with plain water. It does not cause any irritation or itchiness on the face. The mask helps in relaxing the face and skin looks very fresh after it. There is a noticeable difference after using it. The pores look very small, and the skin impurities are not that visible. It is suitable for dry skin and can be used in winters also without making the skin flaky. I loved the glow and freshness that it gives on my face. It is a very expensive mask, and the quantity is too less. But I am very fond of L’Oreal, and like their quality, that’s why I don’t mind the price.
Garnier Color Naturals Creme Hair Color is one of the trendy names in hair colours. They are very cheap and affordable and preferred by the masses. The colours have a variety of shades to choose from. They give good coverage to grey hair and look very natural also. Garnier Colours are easy to apply and can be used at home for regular colouring of grey hair. My mother-in-law uses it regularly. It has a colour tube and a hydrogen bottle inside it. There is a conditioner also in the pack which is to be used post colouring. The conditioner helps in nourishing the hair. Even with regular washes, it lasts for a good 8 weeks and needs a touch up on the roots. However, I do find that it makes the hair dry after using it too frequently and regularly for which one needs to use a deep conditioner. The main advantage is its easy application. There are a pair of gloves inside them. Both the colour tube and the hydrogen needs to be mixed in equal quantities and needs to be applied evenly on the hair. It gives very even coverage. I feel it is perfect for elderly people and men who need to colour frequently and need a root touch up every now and then.
Eye makeup is never complete without a good mascara. Mascara gives a kind of dramatic and defined look to the eyes. I love to apply mascara and keep on trying different brands. I like thick black mascara for that dramatic effect. Essence Lash Princess False lash effect mascara comes in a very cute black bottle. The design on the cap really caught my eyes. It makes it look very attractive. The mascara is very thick and black, which is something that I really like. The applicator brush is very thin and has a small edge on the front. I somehow did not like it because it is straight and does not help in curling the eye lashes. The smaller edge helps in covering the super fine eye lashes in the beginning of the eyes. For a mascara applicator, I usually prefer a brush which is curved up and not straight so this is a kind of drawback for me. The applicator brush has very small bristles and helps in covering the lashes from end to end. This mascara gets dried up quickly and gives a very good coating to the eye lashes. It is dark and makes the lashes look truly beautiful and dramatic. It does not get smudged easily and lasts longer. After applying the mascara, I noticed that it does not take any time to build volume around the eye lashes. It does a fantastic job in that sense. I was worried about the flakiness that usually mascara gives on the lashes but this one doesn’t give that flakiness. It stays for up to 6 hours and needs to be removed with a makeup remover. The packaging is very travel friendly and prevents spillage. It can be easily carried in the makeup kit. The price is similar to other brands.
NYX born to glow liquid illuminator is a “light-weight liquid illuminator that gives skin a refreshed glow and beautiful highlight”. It comes in a tube which is easy to carry. It is a light-weight tube, which is very convenient and hygienic. It can be used in various ways. It can be used as a base for the foundation which will highlight the makeup base. It can be used by mixing it in the foundation and then applying it all over, which will give a subtle shine to the face. The third way of using it is to use as a highlighter over cheekbones, chin and other facial features which one needs to highlight. It has a creamy, light-weight formula which blends easily into the skin. It is used in very little quantity. The colour and the illuminator is excellent, just the way it should be. Once you apply it, you will not be able to make out where it goes. It is super absorbable and does not make the skin flaky or dry. It stays for like forever, and its natural looking radiance will make you the talk of the town. Even after 7-8 hours, it remained intact when I used it, which was terrific. It is not very expensive, and one can easily afford it. It does not have a strong fragrance and does not feel like you have applied anything. It is available in 4 shades – gleam, pure gold, sunbeam and sun goddess. All the shades are stunning. The best time to wear this highlight is at night when one really wants a natural glow and radiance. It needs to be blended quickly, or else it will sit on the skin, making it look very prominent. I really liked this product and would recommend it to others.
Maybelline New York Color Sensational inti-matter Nudes lipstick is the ideal lipsticks for the nude shades lovers. The lipsticks are available in 8 shades, all of which are highly pigmented. All the shades are very exclusive and look very natural and gorgeous. They go very well for Indian skin tones. These lipsticks have a soft buttery texture which glides very smoothly on the lips. They give excellent coverage in a few swipes, and the matte look gives a very classy effect. The formula of these lipsticks is, and it provides a very healthy and fuller look to the lips. The lipsticks work great without smudging or getting transferred. It stays for very long without cracking or settling in fine lines. The packaging of these lipsticks is highly classy and sleek. The cap shuts tightly and keeps the safe lipstick inside. I really liked these everyday wearable lipsticks. The colours and quality of these are just awesome. They give a superior finish. I loved their lightweight formula, and they do not make the lips dry. They are perfectly suitable for everyday office look as well a glamorous evening look. They are not too expensive, and a few shades can be easily bought to have a stunning look.
Lakme eyeliner is one of the first eyeliners that I used. It comes in a small glass bottle with an applicator inside the cap. The eyeliner is in liquid form, and the applicator is very thin, suitable for creating this line. The liquid liner takes a little time to get dry. It is a very dark black colour which defines the eyes very beautifully. The liner runs very smoothly with its applicator. Once it gets dry, it stays for very long. It is one of the most famous names in liquid liners. Lakme eyeliner is very cheap and affordable. It is easy to carry, and the cap closes tightly preventing the liquid liner from spilling. However, it does have a few drawbacks. It is not waterproof, which makes it easy to wipe off. It also gets smudged, which makes it look very shabby. I don’t find it very suitable for summers because sweat makes it smudge easily. It is excellent to use in winters. It can be used easily to create thick or thin lines of the, giving it a different look. The dark jet black colour looks gorgeous, even without any eye makeup. I have been using it for years, and its colour and smooth application makes me buy it regularly.
Lakme 9 to 5 weightless matte mousse lip and cheek colour comes encased in a long cylindrical pink opaque bottle. The cap has an applicator which helps the lip colour glide smoothly on the lips. The opaque bottle does not make the colour of the lipstick visible, which might be a drawback for some. The texture of the lipstick is mousse-like. It is very smooth and light which does not weigh down on the lips. The surface keeps the lips soft and does not make them dry. The lip colour has excellent pigmentation, which provides the right shade in just one swipe. They are quite long lasting and does not require constant touch-up. It does get transferred after eating and drinking and gets fade away. There are 10 shades to choose from. The lip colour dries up quickly, giving a matte effect. It can also be used to colour the cheeks. I did not like it on my cheeks because it takes time to blend and forms a layer on the cheeks. It should be applied very lightly with fingers and spread evenly and quickly before it gets dried. It will have been more affordable if the price is a little lower.
Elle 18 nail pops nail polish come in a very cute looking round glass bottle. It has a tight cap with an applicator brush. The size of the bottle is very small making it perfect to be kept in the purse. There are plenty of shades to match your mood, style and dresses. The applicator is pretty useful for applying the nail polish. The nail polish spreads evenly and forms a smooth coating on the nails. They cover the nails well and give a very good finish. I found the green and the pink one very attractive. The nail polish stay well for about 3-4 days and start chipping off after 3rd day which is fine. The nail paints are too cheap and one can easily afford to grab a few shades. The nail paints are very glossy and two coats are sufficient to give a good colour. They look very beautiful after applying and can go for every season. The gloss and smooth finish is superb and make my hands look too beautiful. The nail paints have number on them instead of names which could make it difficult to remember. The colours are all bright and suit all types of skin tones. They dry quickly after applying and can last up to 2 weeks.
Patanjali Apricot scrub comes in a white tube with a flip-open cap. The scrub has a creamy texture with apricot granules for effective cleansing. The tube is quite sturdy and is travel-friendly. It has a mild fragrance which does not stay for long. The apricot scrub needs to be massaged on the face for 3-5 minutes and then rinsed off with plain water. It is very effective against black-heads, white-heads and deep cleaning of the skin. After cleaning the face with the scrub, the skin feels soft and supple. This scrub is cream based, and it does not leave the skin dry or itchy. It helps prevent acne outburst and keeps the skin oil-free. It is suitable for all skin types. A very affordable and easily product, it can be used regularly. Patanjali Apricot Scrub has wheat-germ and aloe vera, which are beneficial for the skin. The apricot scrub helps in keeping the skin fresh and glowing. I used the scrub for a few days and found it very soft. It is not harsh on the skin and does not result in any breakout. It keeps my skin fresh, healthy, glowing and supple. It is very cheap, affordable, readily available and is suitable for regular use.
Clean and Dry Intimate cleansing foam is for cleaning and maintaining the cleanliness of the private areas. It is an essential product for taking care of feminine hygiene. Clean and dry intimate cleansing foam wash comes in a pink and red bottle which looks similar to a body spray. It has a spray cap on top, which helps in taking out the foam very conveniently. It does not itch on the v-area and helps in maintaining the PH balance of the skin. It cleanses the skin thoroughly and helps in preventing odour and infections. The cleansing foam is very affordable and readily available. Overall, it’s the right product for regular use.
Hair removal is a time-consuming process. It becomes tough at time to visit a salon for getting waxing and threading. At times, I am so busy that I can hardly find any time to go to a parlour and want something quick and easy to remove hair at the convenience of my home. Veet sensitive touch electric trimmer comes to my rescue at times like these. It is very sleek and elegant looking trimmer, which is very easy to use. The expert trimmer is specially designed for sensitive areas like eyebrows, upper lips and sides of the face. With its smooth adjustable head, it can be used very conveniently for trimming the eyebrows. With its precise handle, it makes hair removing a very gentle process. It is waterproof and can be used in the bathroom while taking a shower. While trimming or shaving the hair, its blade does not touch the skin directly, thus preventing the risk of cutting or bruising the skin. Its compact and elegant model makes it very easy to carry in a handbag. It has two attachments- one is a small head with a comb and brush attachments, and the other is a larger head. The comb head is for trimming the eyebrows and the larger if for shaving the hair from the different areas like underarms. The trimmer comes in a small cute looking zip pouch with the attachments and the trimmer in a separate sectioned case. It requires some time to handle it efficiently and get used to it, but once you get the hang of it. You will find it very convenient. One needs to be a little cautious while trimming the, and it is better to practice it to avoid spoiling the shape of the brows.
MAC pigment is another fantastic product from my favourite brand. It is a highly pigmented loose powder which contains ingredients that adhere to the skin. They look like glitter powder which have a super beautiful finish. They are lightweight and gets easily blended into the surface. It is one product which can be used in several ways to create different looks and effects. There are no restrictions on using this product whatever way you choose to apply it, is sure to give you excellent result. MAC pigments come in 40 colours, all of which are equally gorgeous. These pigments can be easily used as eyeliner, eye shadow, eyebrow filler, eye mascara, lipsticks and face highlighter, to name a few. You can use it in any way you want, and it will never disappoint you. Depending upon the intensity of the look you want to create, you can take it in the required quantity. It has a classic metallic shimmery look which highlights your makeup perfectly. The packaging is very sturdy and keeps the product intact. The pigments have long staying power. The shades suit every skin tone. A little bit goes a long way, and that makes it worth its price. This one product which can be used in different ways is an absolute must for all the makeup lovers. It can go with almost any kind of makeup and any kind of dress or occasion. It can be used as body highlighter also.
Tea tree oil has immense benefits for the skin. It works like magic for the skin. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which helps in purifying the skin. It effectively helps in treating skin problems like acne and pimples. It gently reduces skin blemishes and shows visible results with regular usage. It is the best remedy for acne. It works best for oily and acne prone skin. Just apply it directly on the acne outbursts or pimples, and you will notice a visible difference in its size in a day or two. It can dry out the skin a bit so I would not suggest it for dry skin. The Body Shop Tea Tree oil is one of their best- selling products. It has 15% tea tree oil and has several other ingredients as well. It is a bit expensive, but it is used in very little quantity. It reduces the size of the pimple but does not help with the scars. Body shop tea tree oil works well with its other product of this range. It is not 100% tea tree oil, which makes it work slowly, unlike other tea tree oils. The bottle is tiny and has too little quantity. Overall, it is not that worth buying and is okay as compared to other tea tree oils. My friend is using it for quite some time, and she has liked it a lot. It has suited her well, and she is happy with its results. She has minor acne eruptions, and it helped in curing it. It did not work that well for me. I found it too strong, and it made my skin dry, which is usually very oily. I would not like to repurchase it. It can be helpful for some but not meant for everybody.
Healthvit is relatively a new brand, and I haven’t heard it about that much. I was curious to try its activated charcoal mask because I have been reading about it a lot on various online platforms. It did not seem very expensive to me, so I thought of trying it. The charcoal mask is packed in a sleek black tube with a tight shutdown lid on its cap. The packaging is pretty convenient to carry around. It has to be applied on the face directly in a thick layer to make it easy to peel off. Keep it for at least 20-25 minutes and peel it off gently. The mask works best if used after the face wash of the same range by the same brand. The charcoal mask gives a very fresh feel after and makes the skin smooth and clean. It helps in getting rid of dead cells, blackheads, whiteheads and other skin impurities. It helps in deep cleaning the facial skin and brings a beautiful glow on the face. It can be used both by man and women and can be easily used at home. It works well for oily and combination skin. One tube lasts for about 8 – 10 times, which is a little less for the given price and does not make the product very pocket-friendly.
Dabur Gulabari Premium Rose Water is one of the most trusted product in skin care. I have used it for years, and it has several benefits. It can be used in various ways and works well for all skin types. It has a significant cooling effect and helps in rejuvenating the skin. I use it by mixing it in different face packs. In summers, it is beneficial for removing tanning. I use it with a cotton ball dipped in it and dabbed it on my face in summers. It gives a cooling and soothing effect. It works wonders for dark circles and eye puffiness. Just keep cotton dipped in rosewater over the eyes. It relaxes the eyes and refreshes them. Many people feel a little itchiness and find it stingy. If that is the case, then it can be used by diluting it in water. Dabur Gulabari Premium Rose Water also works as a natural cleanser and toner. Regular use of it improves the skin quality and brings a soft glow. It is a very reasonable and herbal product. I use it regularly for cleaning my face with it. It helps in cleaning the dirt, dust and pollutants from the face.
I came across OGX Coconut milk conditioner through online platform. I read some excellent reviews about it and thought of giving it a try. I really like its packaging. The white oval bottle with a golden cap looks very beautiful and sturdy. The ingredients look good too. It contains coconut and egg protein, both of which are very good for hair. The conditioner seems like any other conditioner. It is white and creamy with a thick liquid consistency. I don’t have very rough or dry hair. I just need a conditioner during monsoons when they become frizzy. My hair is wavy, and a conditioner helps in controlling frizz. I used the OGX coconut milk conditioner for a few days. It has a pleasant fragrance which lingers on in the hair for quite some time. The conditioner spreads quickly in the hair and works well through the length of the hair. I found it pretty okay to use and not something very significant. Since my hair is not very rough or chemically treated, so any conditioner works pretty well for me. The same goes for this one. One advantage of this conditioner is that it does not have parabens and sulfates, which makes it quite safe for regular and long term use. The ingredients are right too. From that point of view, it is better than other conditioners.
Ponds Moisturising Cold cream is the first name which comes to my mind whenever someone mentions the term cold cream. It is almost synonymous with the term cold cream reason being it is so popular and is a beneficial product. It is the most used cold cream in winters. Ponds moisturising cold cream is very helpful for dry skins. It is very soft, smooth and has good oil content in it. It is perfect for normal to dry skin and superb to combat winter dryness. It can be used for kids when they have any kind of minor rashes. It is very soothing and does not cause any kind of itchiness. It gets easily absorbed in the skin and keeps it nourished for quite some time. It can be used regularly and even daily without any kind of side effects or allergies. It is very reasonable and pocket-friendly. It is perfect for face and hands when they become dry after washing in winters. I really like its small packaging which fits comfortably in my bag for frequently using in winters. It has fragile consistency, which helps it is spreading, and I love its fragrance, which stays on the skin for some time. I don’t find it too sticky either, and its texture is just fine to use. The oils remain for some time on the skin, but it helps in keeping it moisturised. It can be easily applied during the day as well night because it is not too greasy and oily. It’s worth using it and suitable for regular use.
I personally do not like the brand Blue Heaven, although it is a well-known and popular brand. The primary reason for its popularity is the fact that their products are very cheap and affordable, but at the same time, they are not of excellent quality. They have a variety of products and shades in their range, but the overall quality is not so good as compared to the other brands that we have now. Blue Heaven has come up with a sketch eyeliner, which is like a sketch pen. The pen has a felt applicator tip, which makes it very convenient to apply. Generally, the liquid liners and the cake liners are not so user-friendly because it takes a lot of time and practice to create a fine line along the eyelashes with them. It gets dried quickly and does not smudge on the eyelids. It is highly pigmented and stays for a pretty long time without fading or smudging away. Blue Heaven sketch eyeliner has a waterproof formula which prevents smudging due to sweat. It gives good definition and colour in a single application. I find it useful enough for everyday use when one is usually in a hurry and needs the eyeliner to be precise and quick. The pen provides a good grip, and the packaging makes it easy to carry in a purse. The price is very, making it worth buying.
One of my cousins works in a call centre for a night shift. By staying awake all night, she had started developing dark circles underneath her eyes. Recently, there was a family function, and she was worried about her dark circles which would show because she does not like to apply very heavy makeup. I had read about Clinique Pep Start Eye cream online and suggested her to give it a try. Clinique pep starts eye cream looks very beautiful with its cherry orange coloured tube and around pop-up applicator cap. It is effortless to apply. Just squeeze a little quantity of it till it comes on the applicator cap, gently apply it in circular motions around the eyes and over the eyelids. Remove any excess or smooth out the cream with fingers and leave it. It immediately brightens the under eye area. It de-stresses the eyes and makes them look more bright and fresh. It has a very lightweight formula which keeps the eyes hydrated and makes them look more awake. It can be used twice a day and re-applied as and when required. Once you apply it, your eyes will feel instantly de-puffed, hydrated and tightened. The best part of using this product is that it can be used as a base for the concealer or the eye-makeup. The concealer glides smoothly on it and gives superb coverage to the dark circles. My cousin used it for about three weeks, and the results are amazing. The tiredness of her eyes are gone, and her eyes look fresh and bright all the time. The area around her eyes looks much lighter, with a massive difference in dark circles. She can easily go in for a light makeup without getting worries about her puffy eyes. This is definitely worth buying and using regularly.
A hand sanitizer is a very essential product for a mother of small kids. For me, a hand sanitizer always finds a place in my handbag. I can’t think of going outdoors without carrying a hand sanitizer in my bag. My kids play around and touch almost everything being curious in nature, and it doesn’t seem right to me to keep saying ‘no’ to them for fear of catching infections by touching dirty surfaces. Also, I have to give them something or the other to eat when they are playing outside, or we go anywhere for long durations. A hand sanitizer is essential to keep their hands clean and protect them from various germs and diseases. They have also developed the habit of keeping their hands clean before eating or washing their hands regularly, but when we are outside, it is difficult to find water to wash their hands. I keep Lifebuoy Hand sanitizer with me, especially for outdoors. Lifebuoy Hand sanitizer is clinically proven to kill 99.9% germs and keeps a hand free from germs for up to 10 hours. It keeps the hands clean without water. I like the small 50ml packing for staying in my handbag. The open flip cap of the bottle is very convenient and pours just the little quantity which is required. It comes in various fragrances, but I like the fresh lemon fragrance. It is very reasonable and, and for a regular user, it is pretty much affordable.
Himalaya Intensive Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion comes in a white bottle with a green cap. The cap has a flip-open lid. The container is quite sturdy and looks beautiful. The body lotion is white in colour with a thick consistency. It spreads easily and gets quickly absorbed into the skin. Himalaya’s body lotion has cocoa butter, wheat germ oil, grape seed oil, olive oil as its key ingredients. All these are very good at keeping the skin soft and nourished. I liked the fragrance of Himalaya’s body lotion. It is very mild and stays on the skin for some time. In winters, I need to apply body lotion too frequently since my hands and arms become very dry and begin to itch due to lack of moisture. I thought of giving it a try because of its ingredients. Cocoa butter is very beneficial for the skin and nourishes the skin well. Wheat germ oil is a natural source of vitamin E which boosts the elasticity of the skin. Olive oil and grape seed oil helps in restoring and regeneration of the skin. Himalaya’s body lotion worked well for me, and I liked the softness it gave on my skin. There was no dryness or itchiness post its use. The body lotion is also very cheap, and I don’t mind buying it for regular use. It does not leave any stickiness on the hands after using. It might not work for extra dry skin because for that one needs a little thick and greasy lotion. The only drawback is the presence of parabens, which are known to cause cancer. So, I would not suggest its use for a long term basis. It would have been much better if it comes free from harmful chemicals and would be 100% herbal.
Clinique Exfoliating scrub is a skin clearing water-based scrub for tough and oily skins. It de-flakes refines and softens fine lines, leaving the skin refreshed. To use it – massage it gently over wet skin, avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry the skin. It should not be applied to active breakouts and should be used only once a day. The packaging of the scrub is an exquisite green tube with a flip-open cap which is very hygienic and travel-friendly. The brand name is written in silver on the machine. It is a 100 ml tube which looks beautiful on the shelf. The exfoliating scrub is white in colour, it is allergy tested and claims to be fragrance-free. However, there is a particular mild fragrance of menthol. The consistency of the scrub is very thick and chalky. It is meant for oily skin and helps in keeping acne and pimples at bay. It spreads quickly with water while scrubbing. Clinique exfoliating scrub is suitable for every season, it keeps the skin fresh, rejuvenated and alive. It helps a lot in removing the dead cells from the skin, providing it with a naturally glowing and smooth look. It gives a cooling sensation, which offers a very fresh feeling in summers. It is quite expensive, and one should invest in it only if there is a need for a thorough exfoliation. It’s the right product for a daily skin care regimen, and if you use it regularly, there is no need for anything else.
Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours the Brave 30 eye shadow palette comes in the most beautiful golden coloured case. The lid has a mirror inside along with a double-edged applicator brush which makes it very convenient to use. There is a wide range of shades in eye shadow in this palette. The eye shadows in this palette include different shades of brown, beige, blue, deep purple, golden, copper and green. The shades are nicely pigmented and buildable. The vibrant tones are sufficient to create any kind of looks in eye makeup. They can also go with any type of dress, colours and occasions. All these shades are perfect to go with our Indian skin tones and can quickly any kind of look with almost any type of outfit. They can be carried during the day for office makeup or for evening functions makeup like weddings or parties. These eye shadows are very easy to apply. They are smudge free and do not cause an allergic reaction. They get blended smoothly and give right colour and coverage. One can easily use it with a wet or dry brush as per their liking. The eye shadows of this kit are very long lasting, and their exact colour comes out with a good primer and a makeup base. I do not need any more eye shadow palette because this one palette is sufficient for my personal use with its vast diversity of shades. It is very reasonable and affordable. It is usually difficult to collect a variety of eye shadows, and it becomes costly when you want to have a good range, so having a palette like this which has all the shades is very helpful. I find it a handy item in my makeup kit and am very happy with it.
Dafni Go Straightening ceramic brush caught my eyes when I saw a gif circulating on the social media channels where a woman with some very difficult to manage hair is shown straightening her hair with ease while travelling. The launch of Dafni Go Straightening brush definitely created a lot of buzzes a few years back with its convenience to use. It shows that even the most difficult to manage hair can be handled and straightened with ease in just 30 seconds. It definitely is worth trying. I tried it at a friend’s place. It is one product which definitely understands the requirements of today’s modern woman who wants to look good and at the same time is always on the go. For today’s women, it is tough to find out time for oneself given the fact that there is still so much to do and so little time for everything. Visiting salon every now and then becomes very difficult, and if you want to look beautiful and have perfect hair, it is next to impossible that you can visit the salon every morning for styling your hair. If you are working and have unmanageable hair, then having a tool which is handy and practical becomes very essential. Dafni Go Straightening ceramic brush is the perfect tool in this case. This straightening brush is meant for all types of hair. It saves the hair straightening time by straightening the hair within seconds. The brush makes sure that the hair is evenly distributed and each strand becomes straight while using it. It is far more effective than other flat irons. The ceramic base makes sure that it is heated fast while the heat control shows its temperature and helps in controlling it. The brush makes sure that there is no need to take out thin sections of the hair, and there is no need for hair clips. It works so fast like almost you are brushing the hair, and they are straight at the same time. I often feel that straightening with a flat hair makes them straight and flat and they tend to lose their volume, but with this straightening brush, the hair is straight as well as bouncy and voluminous. Its results are simply amazing.
Nivea is a well-established brand in the field of skin care. Its creams and lotions have been tried and trusted by generations. It is known to provide quality products at a low cost, making them affordable for the masses. Nivea creams and body lotions are very nourishing and skin friendly. Nivea lip balm is another helpful product for skin care. The lip bar is packed in a twist-up stick packaging which has a white coloured base and blue cap. The lip balm has a very creamy and smooth texture. It glides perfectly on the lips without leaving any taste. The lip balm has a mild fragrance, which is not very noticeable. The lip balm stays for a few hours on the lips and then gets absorbed, making the lips soft and supple. It is beneficial in winters when lips become extra dry due to dry and cold wind. The handy packaging is very convenient to use and finds a place quickly in the handbag. It has a tremendous nourishing formula which forms a very effective barrier on the lips. It does not feel heavy on the lips like the usual petroleum jellies. I have felt a lot of difference in my lips during winters. I use it very regularly, and there is a visible difference. My lips are not at all stretchy or tight in winters. They do not get cracked any more. They remain soft and nourished. It is very cheap and affordable. One stick lasts for quite long. It can be easily used regularly. It is readily available in the markets. I have also introduced it to my daughter, who uses it daily. She doesn’t feel the itchiness caused by dryness. It is so convenient that even kids can use it.
NYX Shine Killer is a silicone based primer which helps in making a face a smooth canvas for the makeup. Primers help in controlling the oils of the face and keep it matte looking for the entire duration of the makeup. Silicone-based primers usually make the skin drier, and it is better if it is used for oily skin. For dry skin, one should go in for hydrating primers. I am not a very regular user of primers because I personally do not apply many layers of makeup, and neither do I have any such eruptions. Primers are more suitable for professional makeup or when somebody wants a perfectly smooth base and want it to stay for long hours. NYX Shine killer primer has a smooth velvety texture with a silicone finish. The silicone finish gives a matte finish. The transparent looking primer definitely keeps the shine off the face, thus increasing the durability of the foundation. The super sleek black tube of NYX Shine killer primer is definitely eye-catching. Although it is not at all cheap and rather priced on the higher side, one should go in for it if one surely wants a silicone based primer.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation has a glass bottle packaging with a pump on its cap. It comes in 8 shades, which can be blended together to suit every skin tone. The shades are suitable for Indian skin tones. The foundation claims to stay for up to 25 hours, which is a very long duration. It has a thin consistency, which blends smoothly on the face. The foundation does not sit on the skin and gives a natural glow. It does not hide away the skin impurities or dark circles completely. A foundation provides only 35% coverage on its own and to give a higher coverage, it needs to be combined with compact powder and primers. Rimmel Foundation is a lightweight foundation which gives a naturally smooth look. It is suitable for those who have clear skin and an even skin tone. It works well for normal to dry skin. In summers, it needs to be combined with a compact powder to make it stay longer. It works pretty well in winters and helps in keeping the skin hydrated without giving the dry and patchy look. It claims to control sweat, oil and the effects of heat and humidity for up to 25 hours; however, I did not feel like that. Perhaps because my skin is very oily.
I personally feel that a highlighter can either make or break the entire makeup. If applied correctly, it makes one look stunning, but if someone goes over the top with it, then one is definitely headed for a disaster in makeup. I like the highlighter to be very subtle and well blended with the entire look. It looks best for evening makeup when someone needs a glam look. It is definitely not for regular office going look. I have seen that most of the times, people, which really breaks my heart to see even the best makeup appearing weird. Wet N wild megaglo highlighting powder comes in 9 shades. With its silky smooth texture, it can blend very naturally into the skin. It is highly pigmented, and the shimmer makes you fall in love with it. All the shades are lovely and worth collecting. Wet N wild highlighter looks super awesome in pics. It is neither too shiny nor too dull. It makes you look fresh and alive even after a tiring and hectic day. When I used this highlighter for a party, I received many compliments on my looks. My face looked glowing, fresh and beautiful.
Fair and Lovely Instant Glow Clean-up fairness face wash are packed in a white tube with a flip-open cap. The packaging looks like other Fair and Lovely creams. The face wash is white in colour. It has a thick cream-like consistency, which takes time to form lather with water. The face wash is very readily available in the markets and is very cheap as well. It is for normal to oily skin. It helps in taking away the dead cells, dirt and dust from the face and keeps it clean and fresh. I don’t really like Fair and Lovely because I find it too average. It does not deliver outstanding quality products. The face wash makes the skin too dry and itchy. My experience with this brand has never been good. The face wash makes the skin patchy. The face wash has the fragrance of other Fair and Lovely cream, which again is not appealing to me. The face wash leaves a whitish glow on the face. It needs a moisturiser to be applied after washing the face. It claims that it does not have parabens but has many other chemicals. Only for the sake of affordability and availability, one can go for it; otherwise, I would not recommend it to others. I did not find anything unusual in it. The results are also very average.
Garnier Black Naturals Oil Enriched cream hair colour is a very affordable hair colour. It is very cheap and excellent for those who need regular touch up after 2-3 weeks. It comes in 5 shades – Deep black, original black, brown black, natural brown and natural burgundy. I find it very useful for men because they require a touch-up every 3 weeks and they prefer black colour, and it often suits them. For those who have to go in for a root touch up frequently, it is better to buy a colour which is ammonia free. Ammonia is known to cause allergic reactions. The only disadvantage of an ammonia free colour is that it fades away soon as compared to those colours which contain ammonia. Garnier Black Naturals Oil Enriched Cream Hair colour is ammonia free. It is effortless to use and can be used for personal use. I find it best for elderly people and men who have to use the colour for a root touch up regularly. The first reason is that it does not give any allergy so it can be used for those who have a sensitive scalp, which becomes red and itchy after using hair colours. The second reason is its price. Being cheap and affordable, one can easily use it without burning the pocket. The third reason is that it is user-friendly. Anyone who uses colours can easily mix it and use it at home. There is no need to visit a salon for a regular touch up, which again saves time and money. However, I did not like the black shade for women because the darkness is too dark, and for today’s women having black hair colour is not really preferable. It will not go with highlights but is suitable for a black global hair colour.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner s like a sketch pen. It comes in the form of a pen with a super fine, 0.1 mm felt tip. The enclosure is colour coded. The colour of the pen is easily visible from its packaging. It has a black cap which shuts with a click. The pen-shaped eyeliner is extremely handy. It is highly pigmented. One can easily create super fine straight eyeliner along the eyelashes with it. It is best for the beginners who find it challenging to create a straight line of the eyeliner with a liquid eyeliner. This is as easy as creating tracks with a sketch pen. It is available in 6 shades, and the range is mostly green and blue. There is a black and white shade as well, which are gorgeous. The white line along the lower eyelashes adds a beautiful expression to the eyes. These colours are highly buildable. You can build up the colour with one or more swipe to create the intensity of the eye makeup. To get the best results, it is better to use it with a primer or a foundation base. Like other L’Oreal products, this one is of very supreme quality. It does not get smudged or fade away. It remains as it is throughout the day. These get dried almost instantly, and there is no need to sit and wait. These eye liners have a super smooth matte finish. I am very fond of green and blue, and the wild green shade of this range is my favourite. The quantity is very less, and the price is on the higher side and quite expensive too. But I love L’Oreal products and the green and blue shades on this range are so impressive that I find them irresistible.
Summers are it its peak and with my oily skin, using a face wash is very essential for me. I keep trying different face washes and do not try to stick to one. I picked up Ponds White Beauty Daily Spot-less lightening face wash form a nearby chemist. I initially liked it for the sake of the brand name. Ponds is a well-established brand in the field of skin care. It delivers quality products at very reasonable prices. The packaging of the products is also usually very sturdy. Ponds White Beauty Daily spotless lightening face wash comes in a beautiful white tube with a white flip-open cap. It has Pro-Vitamin B3, which is a powerful skin lightening solution. It cleanses the skin deeply and takes away all the dirt, dust and pollutants, giving it a very fresh and clean look. The face wash is in a thick white cream like consistency. It works up a good lather and is used in very little quantity. The face wash is suitable for everyday use and doesn’t cause skin dryness. It suits very well for my oily skin and gives a glowing look. It says it is a skin lightening face wash. I did not find any difference in my complexion, but yes, it takes away the dullness from the face and helps in controlling the skin oils for a good 4-5 hours. It leaves the skin soft, supple and lively. I do not have spots on my face, so can’t say about the spot-less feature which it claims to have. I use it twice a day in summers and monsoons when it is excessively sweaty and oil. The cream-based formula retains the moisture of the skin. I really like its pleasant floral fragrance, which is very refreshing. I find it very useful and gentle. It is very reasonable and can be easily bought for regular use.
MAC Frost Lipstick comes in the signature MAC black case with a bullet-shaped cap. There is something about this case, which makes it look so stylish and so classy. The name of the brand written on the packaging in its signature style makes it look very distinguished. MAC Frost lipsticks have 27 shades, and each one is so pretty that it makes it very difficult to choose and pick one. They are very frosty and shimmery. They make the lips look very prominent. The lipsticks are very glossy and medium pigmented which makes it buildable rather than giving the colour in just one swipe. It is all the better because frosty lipstick can appear too much if they are highly pigmented. The colours provide medium coverage. MAC Frost lipsticks are metallic but yet at the same time they do not look too loud. They go well with medium to light makeup where one wants to accentuate the lips. The texture of the lipstick is very creamy with a shiny finish. The moisturising formula of these lipstick prevents the lips from getting dry. The lipstick lasts for a good 3-4 hours before fading away. These are pretty expensive as the usual MAC cosmetics. The lipsticks do not bleed or get smudged. It does not get settled in between the fine lines giving it a very even finish and smooth look. Like the other MAC cosmetics, these lipsticks are of supreme quality, and I would like to give it a thumbs up.
Fair and lovely BB cream are one of the very cheapest and most readily available brands of creams. It is easily accessible on almost any drugstore. The BB cream, like other creams of this brand, is packed in a white tube with a tight twist and screw cap. I particularly don’t like its fragrance, which is too intense and intolerable. The texture of the cream is too dry and heavy, which makes it very difficult to blend and absorbed by the skin. It makes a face feel dry and patchy. The BB cream comes in just one shade, which is another disadvantage since that shade does not go with every skin tone. The dry and thick cream stays heavy on the facial skin and gives a very artificial look. It looks like a mask rather than a cream. It does not remain for long in the hot and humid weather. It says that it contains SPF 15, but since it does not stay for long in summers, there is no point in using it. I did not like this mask like cream, and I certainly cannot go anywhere out wearing this cream. I find it a total waste of money and even the smallest packaging is not worth buying despite its low price.
I am very fond of 3 in 1 base for a simple reason that they give a fragile base, which is not very visible. I usually use the 3 in 1 base by Maybelline or Revlon. I recently came across Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry compact at a mall. I like its packaging and found its price quite reasonable. Lakme is a well-known brand, and one can be sure about its quality. The price range of Lakme’s products is quite affordable, and there is a good variety of shades too. Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry compact have 6 shades which go with almost every skin tone. The compact is encased in a beautiful black tub with a mirror on its lid and a soft puff to apply it. It is very convenient packaging and the product remains safe inside. The wet and dry compact is easy to apply and serves two purposes. It can be applied as a regular compact powder over a foundation to give it a smooth finish, or it can be used as a foundation if applied with a wet sponge. It is an essential makeup base. For day makeup, when one wants to apply a very light base, it can be used alone without any other base or foundation and gives a very natural glow. For a night or an evening makeup, one can combine it with another base or a foundation to create a formal look. It gives a very smooth finish without settling into creases or fine lines. It gives good coverage on the face without making it look cakey. It is excellent and superior quality and does not make the skin dry or patchy. One can quickly go for it for creating the no makeup look.
Nivea nourishing body lotion comes in a blue bottle with a pump at the top. The packaging is convenient to take out just the amount of the cream which is required without wasting it. The consistency of the cream is neither too runny nor too thick. Nivea nourishing body milk with almond oil is enriched with Hydra IQ and almond oil. It is a vibrant and creamy lotion which helps in keeping the skin well-nourished and moisturised. Nivea body lotion is best suitable in winters. It is the right product to be used after a bath during winters. It can be used every day and helps to keep dryness at bay. This is one product I can’t think about it in winters. My skin becomes too dry in winters, and the itchiness is just too terrible. I have to wash hands frequently because of all the household and kitchen work, which makes my hands very dry in winters. I use Nivea Body lotion for myself regularly and keep it handy on the washbasin to be used immediately after a hand wash. It keeps my skin nourished and soft and there is no itchiness caused by dryness. I find it pretty affordable and helpful product.
Decadence Marc Jacobs Perfume has very unique packaging. It has the shape of a purse with the black coloured cap which has tassels with it. The glass bottle has a green colour. It does look vibrant and high-end product. The perfume has very different notes in it. It has plum which is not used very regularly in perfumes. The fragrance is intense and settling. It lasts for quite long and lingers on behind, giving it a very sensual feeling. The price of the perfume is, and one cannot afford it regularly. The fragrance is nice. It is sweet, gentle, fresh and sincere. The warm, seductive scent lasts all day, but the bottle is too bulky to carry around.
5th Avenue Elizabeth Arden Perfume offers a beautiful bouquet of fragrances which includes linden blossom, mandarin and bergamot, infused with ylang-ylang, jasmine peach, clove and nutmeg. A sense of sweet femininity comes from the inclusion of amber, Tibetan musk, sandalwood, iris and vanilla. Packed in a beautiful glass bottle, this is a perfect companion for my purse. I love its fragrance and keep it in my bag whenever I go out. It is costly and a very high-end product. The scent lasts as long as 4 hours and starts fading away after that. It has a sweet seductive fragrance which lingers on. The different notes make the perfume unique. It is an excellent gift for perfume lovers.
NYX Wonder stick is genuinely a wonder stick. It is a 3-in-1 product. It has the base, contour and highlights all in one. The packaging of the rod is simply amazing and extremely handy. It is a dual-ended stick. One end of the stick has a contour, and the other purpose has a highlighter. Usually, when I have to do heavy makeup and want to do contouring, it takes up a lot of time. With so many layers of the base and cosmetics, the makeup starts looking very heavy and cakey. NYX Wonder stick is a very lightweight base. It has three products in one stick. It is effortless to use. Contouring makes you look glamorous, but it takes a lot of time also. With NYX Wonder stick, contouring becomes very easy. There is a matching highlighter as well, which is convenient too. There is no need to think of colour matching and looking for different products. The stick makes the touch-ups on the go so smooth. The small stick does not take any space in the purse and can quickly be used for a touch up at a party. This wonder stick is perfect for personal use and for beginners. It very provides a very light and smooth base. The stick has a creamy and buttery texture with excellent pigmentation. It just requires one or two swipes to get the right look. The best part is that there is no need to use any separate applicator or a sponge. One can easily apply it with fingers and blending is easy too. It stays for a good 4-5 hours but not very long in summers. It can give a little oily feel on those with oily skin, so it is better to use a little powder if you do not want that buttery and creamy look. It is quite reasonably priced and pocket-friendly too.
Guess is a very well-known brand and does not need an introduction. It was my sister’s birthday recently, and I was looking at a very exclusive gift for her. She is a massive fan of this brand. It is a very high-end brand and makes unique products. I bought Guess For Women Eau De Parfum Spray for my sister who loves perfumes. She was thrilled with the gift. It is costly, but worth giving as a gift to someone whom you love. The packaging is very superior and classy. The perfume is of pink colour. The fragrance of the perfume is very mild and floral. It’s not very strong or overpowering. Guess for women perfume is very sweet, sexy and very feminine. The fragrance is very long lasting. This is one perfume with which anyone will fall in love. Once you start using it, you would make it your signature smell and won’t stop using it at all. It is simply irresistible. It lasts all day long, and you will even find it on clothes the next day. The various notes of this perfume do a fantastic job all day long. Once you open it and spray it, the top note comes beautifully into play. The notes are all listed on the packaging. The middle note has a fruity fragrance of peach. The base note is musk and amber, which is very soft and feminine. This is definitely very expensive but worth for perfume lovers. The classy and superior quality perfume is best for today’s modern woman who is stylish and chic.
Matrix Biolage Hydra Source Shampoo is inspired by the aloe plants which works best against dryness. Biolage Hydra source shampoo helps in optimizing the moisture balance of the hair and makes them look healthy. My friend uses this shampoo regularly. She gets hair colouring on a very regular basis, and as a result, her hair had become very frizzy, extremely dry and lifeless. She was recommended this shampoo by her hair stylist. My friend has thin hair which had become like straw due to over processing. Matrix Biolage Hydra source shampoo helped her a lot in getting the moisture of her hair back. Her hair became quite smooth after the first wash. There is a remarkable difference in the texture and quality of her hair. Her hair has become smooth, soft, shiny and voluminous. She is pleased with it. It does not work for oily or normal hair. It makes oily hair look greasy and dull. It is specially formulated to balance the moisture of dry hair. I used it and found that my hair became very oily and greasy. I did not like it that much. My hair became very brittle after a few washes. So, I discontinued using it. I do not suggest overuse of this product as it makes them very fragile. If you have chemically treated dry and damaged hair, then definitely use it but change the shampoo after a few washes to maintain their strength. It comes in three sizes, and the smallest one is of 250 ml. It is not very expensive too, so one quickly buy it.
We recently shifted in a new locality where we get hard water. I have oily hair, but the hard water made my hair very dry and rough. They had become very brittle too. I was very disappointed with the quality of my hair, which looked more like straw. I changed many shampoos and started using conditioners also, but nothing worked against the hard water. I came across Himalaya Protein Hair cream on an online platform. Himalaya is a well- known brand and is trusted by many for its herbal based products. I thought of using this hair cream. I liked its result after the first application only. It has amla and chickpea, which helps in nourishing the hair and bring back its moisture. It strengthens the hair from its roots to the ends, making them soft, smooth and robust. This cream works in 2 ways – it can be massaged into the hair before the wash and then washed with shampoo, the second way of using it is as a serum where it can be applied on the hair after the wash and left like a leave-in cream or a serum. It works well both ways. I use it before the wash since I want to protect my hair from the effect of hard water. It really helps me like that. My hair has become soft and does not look dry or dull. They do not get entangled easily and remain smooth and soft. It prevents the hair from becoming frizzy which generally happens in the monsoon season. I did not like its use post hair wash since it makes them look very greasy. It should be applied in the length of the hair if anyone wants to use it post wash. It works well this way for dry and chemically treated hair.
Clinique is an established brand and is well-known for its superior quality products. Clinique Liquid facial soap comes in a lovely sea-green bottle with a silver cap. The container is very sturdy and looks elegant. The liquid face wash comes in three variants – extra –mild for very dry to dry skin; gentle for dry combination skin and oily skin formula for combination oily or oily skin. The face wash has a very soft non-drying lather which deeply cleanses the face and removes all the dust, dirt and pollutants from the face thoroughly. It helps in cleaning and removing makeup without causing any dryness. A little amount is sufficient for face wash. It has a very mild and pleasant fragrance which I really liked. Even though it is costly, one bottle lasts for a very long time. It is used in very little quantity. The face wash has a creamy texture. It can also be used during winters, and one does not have to worry about the dryness caused by face washes in winters. I really liked its gentle and mild formula. My skin is very oily, and I was a little apprehensive about its creamy texture, but it worked beautifully on my face. It makes a perfect lather and keeps the skin soft. It does not give any acne eruption and keeps the skin free from oil. During summers, I feel like washing my face twice due to sweat and generally face washes make the skin dry if used every day. This face wash can easily be used twice without breaking the skin. It maintains the oil balance of the skin perfectly and makes it look clean and fresh. The fragrance is amazing and I loved it. I would definitely recommend it to others.
Inglot AMC Eyeliner gel is a gel-based eyeliner which comes in the packaging of a tub. The gel based liner needs to be applied with an eyeliner applicator brush. The packaging is convenient. There is no applicator brush included in it. It has a long-lasting and waterproof formula. How to apply: Take a minimal amount of this gel-based eyeliner in a brush and draw a smooth line on eyelids near the eyelashes. It is super easy to apply. It does not drip and does not get smudged. The eyeliner has a very lightweight, airy and smooth texture, which makes it easy to use. It gets dried quickly and gives a matte finish. The eyeliner is highly pigmented and provides a super awesome jet black shade. One drawback that I find in it is that it dries up quickly if left in the pot for too long. So, unless you use it very regularly, there is no point in buying it. I would not suggest it for personal use because firstly, there are chances of the product getting dried and wasted in the tub if left unused for a while. It has to be used with a separate eyeliner brush which makes it costly and a bit difficult. The good things about this liner are that it is definitely long lasting and if you apply it on a base, then it becomes very durable. It is waterproof too, which makes it best during summers and rains. The jet black colour gives a very glamorous look. It is best to be used with the right eye makeup and a makeup base. Sometimes with oily skin, it can get transferred on the upper eyelid which can be prevented by putting a compact over the eyelids. Overall, a good product.
Makeup revolution Liquid highlighter comes in a glass bottle with a dropper type cap. The dropper helps in getting the highlighter in just the quantity you want. The glass bottle is not easy to carry. The highlighter is a smooth shimmery liquid which is used to highlight specific areas of the face. If you want a glowing sun-kissed look, then you can mix it with the foundation itself and apply it on the entire face. It has a creamy texture which can become a little problematic while spreading it evenly. The creamy highlighter can become patchy if not applied correctly or blended well. Powder-based ones are usually easier to use than gel-based ones. I liked the subtle shimmery look it gives on the face. It makes a face look naturally glowing. I picked up a bronze shade of this highlighter for my evening makeup. I applied it by mixing in the foundation base since I do not prefer too much shimmer. It gets blended easily. For dry skin, it is better if you use a moisturiser before it to prevent patchiness. I loved the dewy and flawless finish it gives on my face. As a highlighter, I did not like it much because it becomes too prominent. For an evening, it lasts well for 4-5 hours, but for more extended hours during summers, it won’t stay that much. It is a bit expensive product, but it gives good results if used well.
Clinique All About Eyes is a lightweight under eye cream. It helps in reducing the dark circles and puffiness of the eyes. It can also be used as a base for eye makeup. The cream can be used twice a day, i.e. morning and night. It works as an under eye night cream. Clinique All About Eyes comes in a pink plastic tub with a silver lid. The packaging is sturdy and beautiful. It is travel-friendly also. I bought the cream when a month back to test its claims. I don’t have very prominent dark circles, but sometimes my eyes look puffy which does not look good with makeup. I bought a small trial pack. The lightweight formula of the cream helps in spreading it quickly. It gets easily absorbed into the skin. It has a creamy formula, which is why I use it very carefully. The peach coloured cream helps in reducing the appearance of dark circles when used as a base for eye makeup. It helps in staying the makeup last for a longer time. I used it regularly for a month but was disappointed there. It does not help in reducing dark circles or puffiness. It is just a temporary solution and works best with makeup only. But when one has to apply makeup, then what the use of it is? The cream is highly expensive, and it does not provide a long term solution. Even if you use twice a day for a month, you will not see any difference in dark circles or puffiness except for few minutes of its application. There is no point in using it as a base for eye makeup at night since there are already various other cosmetics that we use for our makeup. During the day when one is using a very light base and wants to neutralise the effect of dark circles for a few hours, then it is okay to use it. But still, I do not find it worth buying for such a high price.
Revlon has been there over seven decades. It has almost been there forever. I remember my mom used to use it when I was very young. It is one of the first brands that I started using. It is a brand which anybody can buy by keeping their eyes shut. It is one of the most trusted brands of cosmetics. The super lustrous range of lipsticks comes in 82 different shades and in 4 finishes i.e. matte. Pearl, crème and shine. The lipsticks are highly pigmented and provide a good colour and coverage to the lips. They keep the lips moisturised and soft. They don’t make the lips feel dry. They are very long lasting and stay for up to 6-8 hours and even leave a light shade behind. It is one of the best lipsticks that I have tried. The lipstick glides smoothly on the lips and gets blended easily. These lipsticks are very safe to use and do not cause any allergies. The shades suit the Indian skin tone perfectly. It provides a perfect finish and gives a glamorous look. The lip colours are as much suitable for office and daily wear as they are for night functions. The price is too reasonable and one can easily grab a few shades. The packaging of the lipsticks is travel friendly and very beautiful. The crème range have very creamy glossy texture and very suitable for office wear or for long hours. The shades are super awesome and it is difficult to choose one or two. Just a single application of the lipstick and you are good to go. From nude to corals to dark, all the shades are simply amazing and irresistible. It has some very gorgeous shades of red which one must have in her make up kit.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion comes in a translucent frosted bottle with jade green cap. It has a wide mouth which is not too good. The product being a liquid often gets spilled while pouring on a cotton ball. It is not at all travel friendly. Clinique Clarifying Lotion No. 2 is for dry to combination skin. It helps in keeping the skin clean and fresh. It easily takes away dirt, dust and pollutants from the skin. It helps in disappearing fine dry lines. This one has a very strong smell of alcohol which is something I did not like about it for sure. However, I did like the cool effect that it gives after using. The lotion works best when poured on a cotton ball and swiped across the face and neck to clean it thoroughly. It greatly helps in cleaning clogged pores and therefore reduces acne to a great extent. After using it for over a week, I really noticed a difference in my skin. The light acne and pimple marks were gone and my skin looks very clean and fresh. The lotion doesn’t leave the skin dry after using which I thought due to its alcohol content. Not only that, it effectively shrinks skin pores which is one of the most amazing thing that I liked about it. Even if you use it after a face wash, you will see a few dirt particles on the cotton ball. It makes the skin feel alive and rejuvenated. It comes in three sizes, so I would say that you try it out with the smallest bottle and continue its use only if you like it. For me this product is really worth buying and would have been a lot better if it doesn’t have that odour of alcohol. For me that part is a big put off.
Ever since I have used MAC, I have been in love with it. MAC cosmetics range is one of the best range of cosmetics. The products give a very fine finish and look very natural. MAC Satin Lipstick is one of the finest lipstick I have ever used. The lipstick comes in a very beautiful bullet shape black colour pack. The cap shuts tightly making it easy to carry. MAC Satin lipstick keeps the lips moisturised and do not make them dry. MAC Satin lipstick is long staying ones. They are highly pigmented which means they provide good colour and coverage to the lips. The lipsticks glide smoothly on the lips and give a very smooth finish. It has a nice vanilla fragrance which is very mild and gentle. The texture of the lipstick is very creamy. MAC Lipsticks do not become cakey or flaky with time. Its appearance remains throughout the day. MAC Satin lipsticks have 29 vibrant shades. All the shades are very beautiful and glamorous. My favourite one is Captive which is a plum shade. I like it since it can be worn easily during the day also. It looks equally gorgeous at night. I personally use it with a lip pencil but it can be easily used even without it. The lipstick does not bleed or gets feathered out. MAC lipstick comes on the higher side if you look at it price wise but for such a superior quality finish, I think it is totally worth it. The best part of MAC is that they can be used for creating different looks and is suitable for every occasion. The shades are very suitable for Indian skin tones and there is a good variety to choose from. It does not give any allergy or any other reaction and is very gentle on the skin.
Highly pigmented and rich in colour Milani Rose Powder Blush comes in extremely beautiful packaging. The delicate looking rose shaped blush powder sits beautifully in a golden tub with a transparent lid giving it a very royal look. Milani Rose Powder blush comes in 4 shades. The shades are all very beautiful highly pigmented. They provide a rich colour which beautifully highlights the cheeks. Blushes do not give any kind of coverage for the skin. One very important thing to be kept in mind while applying Milani Rose powder blush is that it should be used in very little quantity. Being highly pigmented, it has excellent colour in it. If you use it with a thick blusher brush, you will end up giving that clownish look on your face. It is better to apply it with a light fan brush. It should be applied very carefully and blended well into the skin. The powder gets blended well if used properly. The colours are very deep, which means in one or two strokes you get the desired result. These blushes are good for highlighting cheekbones and chin. My favourite shade in this range is Romantic Rose mainly because it suited me well and gives that naturally beautiful look. The only drawback is finding the right brush and choosing the right technique for it. The blush is very nice but if not used properly, one would end up disliking it. It gives the subtle effect of blush only when applied correctly by using the right amount of it. Build it gradually with by applying very gently with a few strokes initially till you get a good hang of this highly pigmented blush and you are all set. The powder is very fine and sits perfectly on the skin providing it with a very smooth finish. It stays for long without looking cakey.
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle remover comes in a cute light blue squeezable bottle with a white cap. The bottle is quite sturdy and travel-friendly. Sally Hansen Instant cuticle remover is very easy to use. Just squeeze out a very thin strip of this remover and apply it around the nails. Push back the cuticles gently with a cotton-wrapped manicure stick after 15 seconds and wash it with warm soapy water. The product claims to remove dead, hard and overgrown cuticles. I generally do not find time to go and sit in the salons to get my manicure done which often leaves my hand with overgrown cuticles. It looks very untidy when I apply nail polish. Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle remover saves a lot of my time and I can easily do my manicure at home in very less time. The cuticle remover removes the overgrown cuticles very easily. It makes my nails look very beautiful and clean. Now, I do nail art also which comes out very nice. It worked well for me and my nail polish stays longer than usual. The best thing that I like is that it saves my cuticles from getting cut which I really don’t like. I can remove the cuticles very smoothly and hygienically. I don’t need to worry about the skin damage or the fear of getting infections from the way cuticles are generally removed in salons. Hygiene in a salon is a big issue these days and the riskiest services from where one can catch infections easily are the use of common nail cutters and cuticle removers. The cuticle cutters are generally very painful and my fingers start hurting whenever I get it done. This cuticle remover removes the cuticle without any pain. One bottle is surely going to last for long with me since I do not use it very often. I am quite happy with it.
Kumkumadi Thailam is an Ayurvedic oil which has saffron as its main ingredients. It also has sandalwood, vetiver, lotus and extracts of banyan tree as its other ingredients. It is purely herbal oil which acts as a serum for the face. It helps in eliminating skin imperfections and makes it naturally beautiful and glowing. It helps in reducing blemishes, scars, pigmentation, dark circles and reduces fine lines caused by ageing. I heard about it through a friend of mine who started using it after her delivery. She was experiencing several skin problems post-delivery and losing her confidence because of it. She started using at night regularly. It is 100% natural and safe. She has healthy skin, but her skin had started looking very dull and dark. She started using, and I could see a visible difference in her skin within a month. It helped her in getting rid of her skin issues, and she started looking the way she used to before her pregnancy. Apply the oil at night only. It is not advisable to use it during the day. Only 3-5 drops are sufficient to be used for the face. Wash the face thoroughly before applying it. The oil has a saffron colour which leaves stains on the pillow and bed sheets. It comes in a small bottle with a nozzle which prevents spillage of the oil. It has herbal fragrance. The oil is very beneficial for the skin. It doesn’t give acne eruptions and evens out skin tone. My friend is happy with it, and she is still using it. It has helped in lightening the dark spots that she had on her face.
I was extremely impressed by the description given about NYX Primer on its website according to which this primer has a super, silky and fresh formula. It provides a smooth uniform base that minimizes shine and makes application of the base flawless. NYX Cosmetics is one of the world famous brands and this primer has been compared with some of the best primers in the market. NYX primer is a vegan product. It has to be smoothly applied on clean skin. Wait for some time before applying foundation or any product. It comes in a white coloured tube with a twistable cap. The tube needs to be squeezed to take out the primer in required quantity which prevents wastage of the product and is very hygienic. The tight cap keeps the primer intact and makes it safe to carry around. The primer has an oil-free formula which is suitable for combination and oily skin. The primer has a white coloured creamy texture. It is required in very little quantity. The formula of the primer is the very lightweight which does not give a very heavy or greasy feeling. The lightweight formula helps the product in spreading smoothly and evenly. It does not form a separate layer on the skin. It gives an absolute flawless appearance to the skin. I do not apply the primer very often and I have kept it for occasional use when I have to go for wedding functions. It gives a very smooth matte feeling and the flawless appearance of my skin makes me fall in love with it. If you apply it in a larger quantity, it will look very artificial. So, better to take a very little amount of it, to begin with. Also, my skin does not have too many eruptions which make it work well on my face.
NYX Jumbo eye pencil is a very interesting pencil, reason being, it is multi-purpose. It serves the purpose of an eyeliner, a base for the eye shadow and an eye shadow itself. It has a cream based formula which glides smoothly into the skin. The eye pencil is very easy to apply and it is highly pigmented which means you do not need many strokes of it. It has a good range of shades. It comes in 28 different shades and each shade is a beauty in itself. The bean black is the best one since it can be used as a thick black eyeliner and can be used as a dark shade at the end of the eye shadow. It shows an amazing result when used for creating smokey eyes look. Its easy application makes it very handy for creating the smokey effect. The blending is super smooth. It does not become chalky. However, there are a few things that I did not like about it. First is the cap which is very fragile and is not travel-friendly. If I have to carry it around, it will be a little stressful for the fear of breaking the cap and spoiling the pencil. The other thing is that it gets smudged easily and is not very long lasting. It is easy to remove which means that it can be cleaned with the help of simple baby lotion. I feel that though it is easier it does make it less durable because if you wipe your eye by any chance, the pencil shade will come off and you will need a re-application of it. Another thing is that it is not easily available in India. It is a US-based brand and its products are not very easy to grab.
Maybelline color sensational vivid matte lipstick comes in a very classy black and red packaging. The red colour cap with a black base if the lipstick looks very stylish. The lipsticks comes in 7 vibrant shades. I wish there were more shades. All the shades are very beautiful. The lipsticks have a creamy texture which keep the lips moisturised all through the day. They have a super soft texture which gives a very smooth finish to the lips. The lipsticks are pigmented and colours the lips extremely well in just one application. The lipsticks glide super smoothly on the lips and colour them perfectly. The look of the lipsticks is very rich and gorgeous. They give a very stunning effect. They can be easily worn during the day as well as for the night functions or parties. The shades look very matte yet at the same time they do not appear dry on lips which I feel is the best part of these amazing lipsticks. I particularly liked the reds and the pinks of this range and do not like the orange colour as much may be because I do not use an orange colour so easily in my makeup. The colours of these lipsticks are so bright and radiant that it won’t let you go unnoticed anywhere. These are not too overpriced and one can easily pick all the shades. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Lipstick easily stay for 5-6 hours and do not get transferred easily.
Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Day Crème comes in two packagings, one is a small 15gm white tube with a tight twistable cap and the other one is a 50gm silver grey tub with a lid. It is better to go in for the small tube initially if you want to try it out. The cream is a light pink coloured soft and smooth textured cream. The cream a mild floral fragrance which stays after its application. I really liked its fragrance since it is neither too strong nor too mild. The cream glides smoothly on the face and gets absorbed easily. It doesn’t have any SPF (at least it is not mentioned on the packaging). But it does say that it has sunscreen though. The cream gives a whitish look on the face which leaves a feeling of a certain amount of fairness. I do not like such kind of creams which give a whitish look. Those who prefer such creams can go for it. It gives a naturally glowing and illuminating effect on the face. It is good for oily skin and controls the oil of the face for some time. It doesn’t cover any marks or lightens the skin tone after a long term use. The cream gives a temporary whitish appearance for about 3-4 hours. It doesn’t make the skin dry and keeps it nourished. I do not generally like such day creams which give a fairer effect so I did not like it that much. I liked its oil control formula which is helpful during the summers. The oiliness and sweat gives a darker look in summers and makes it look dull. Otherwise, it is good during This sweaty and hot weather since it gives a kind of natural radiance during the day. Those who go out frequently in summers during the day and are looking for a day cream which gives a fairer look can go for it.
Lakme 9 to 5 flawless matte complexion compact has an oil controlling formula which helps in keeping the skin oil free during the day. The compact has a very beautiful packaging with a mirror and puff for its easy application. The compact comes in three shades which are suitable for the Indian skin tones. This compact is better than the ones we used to get earlier by the same brand. It gives good coverage during the day. Lakme 9 to 5 flawless matte complexion compact protects the skin from the sun to some extent. It gives a very clean smooth look to the face which stays all day long. It is very good for daily use and office wear. Lakme 9 to 5 compact glides very smoothly on the skin and blends easily providing a very smooth finish to the face. The compact helps in hiding blemishes and uneven skin tone to a very great extent. Sometimes in summers and otherwise also, during the day, one does not like to use a heavy base on a daily basis. A compact is the lightest and the quickest base which doesn’t show on the face. Lakme 9 to 5 compact is just the right product for this purpose. I prefer using it for lighter occasions and day outings. It suits my skin well and gives me the naturally fresh and glowing look which I want. It is very reasonably priced and is very affordable. One can easily buy it for everyday use. The packaging is travel-friendly and it can be carried easily in a purse or handbag. With a puff inside, I do not need a separate puff to carry for its application. This compact is more refined and improvised that is why it has won my heart.
Bobbi Brown is one of the finest cosmetics range that we get. Bobbi Brown cosmetics provide an extremely smooth and natural look. The products are all very expensive but the quality is extremely superior too. Bobbi Brown lip colours are a very high-end product. The lipstick comes in an extremely classy and sleek black coloured case with a golden band which gives it a very royal look. The cap shuts very tightly which protects the lipstick well. It has a very mild fragrance which goes off easily after its application. The lip colours are creamy in texture which keeps the lips hydrated and moisturised. The lipstick is very skin friendly and does not give any allergic reactions. The lipsticks have 22 vibrant shades which are quite a variety to choose from. The nudes and browns shades are very suitable for Indian skin tones. It gives a semi-matte finish to the lips and makes the lips look lustrous throughout the day. I picked up a brown shade for myself though it was very difficult to choose one given the fact that all the shades are very beautiful. The lip colour glides very smoothly on the lips providing it with a very smooth and even colour. The lip colours are very long lasting and stay for a good 8 hours. It doesn’t get smudged or feathers out. The colours are very rich and one application is more than sufficient. It does not require frequent touch-up. The lipstick is very expensive and not at all affordable but the quality is too good. It gives a very light feathery feel throughout the day without making the lips cakey.
Incolor Matte Me Ultra Smooth Lip Cream comes in a transparent bottle which makes it easier to see the shade. It is a very sleek bottle and very easy to carry. The cap has an applicator wand which is very helpful in applying this liquid lipstick. The consistency is not very thick but just good enough for a liquid lipstick. It is not very creamy and dries up quickly after applying. The lip colour gives a matte effect after drying. These lipsticks are highly pigmented and leave a good colour in just one application. It glides easily on the lips and leaves a very smooth finish. Incolor Matte Me Ultra Smooth Lip Cream comes in 26 vibrant shades providing a good variety of colours to choose from. One of the drawbacks I find in these is that they need to be applied very quickly. These lipsticks dry out very fast and tend to become patchy or crack if not applied faster. I did not find them very long lasting or transfer resist. It requires a touch up soon after you eat or drink something. It tends to fade out soon and looks patchy after some time unless you apply it again. After using for an entire day, my lips felt very dry which I did not like. These lipsticks are very cheap and affordable. One can easily buy a few of its shades for everyday use. I would not suggest its use for a long night function but if you think of using it during the day for a few hours, then it is okay. It is better not to keep very high expectations from this product or else you are sure to get disappointed. Overall an average kind of lipstick.
Lakme 9 to 5 range is especially for today’s office going lipstick who want to look gorgeous and stylish throughout the day in their office. The 9 to 5 range for longer hours and require a very minimal and almost no touch-up. This range of lipstick provides a solution to the office goer’s problem with their lipsticks which is that the lipstick tends to get settled in the fine lines of the lips giving it creases. They need a touch up after 4-5 hours to get that perfect look throughout the day. The 9 to 5 range of lipsticks by Lakme remains crease less throughout the day. They keep the lips moisturised and nourished all day long and the lips do not feel dry by the end of the day. The lipsticks have a super creamy texture. They glide very smoothly on the lips. These are highly pigmented and give a good colour to the lips in just one stroke. Lakme 9 to 5 Crease-less Cream lipsticks come in 20 shades to choose from. The creamy colour rich lipsticks have SPF 15 which protects the lips from sun damage. They have vitamin E oil, olive oil and jojoba oil which keeps the lips healthy. They cover the fine lines completely providing a very smooth finish. The best part of these lipsticks is that they do not bleed however, they do tend to get transfer especially the lighter shades but the darker shades are more long-lasting. The lipsticks are pretty affordable and good for everyday use. I really liked some of its shades and managed to grab a few. They look equally good during the night outings and give a very gorgeous look. The lipsticks come in a very pretty metallic case which is very travel-friendly.
Dettol is an essential part of my household. Dettol has always been there in my house. Dettol is almost synonymous for health and hygiene. With my kids, I have never used any other brand of hand wash. For them a hand wash means Dettol, there is no other name for it. So, much that they almost refuse to wash their hands with if they do not see Dettol hand wash because simply because they know that whenever they have to wash their hands, they have to do it with Dettol Hand wash to make them clean and germ-free. Dettol hand wash liquid is very handy and hygienic. I don’t like to wash my hands with a soap bar because it is exposed to germs and is used by everyone else. With Dettol hand wash liquid, I really feel that every drop is clean and fresh. It is untouched and hygienic. The pump takes out only the little quantity which is required for washing the hands. It does not get wasted or makes a mess on the wash basin like the other soap bars. The bottle looks so nice and mess-free near the wash basin and keeps that area clean. The fragrance of Dettol remains on the hands for a while after washing and gives a very clean and hygienic feeling. It is particularly good for kids since they tend to pick up germs easily by touching various things while playing around. I even keep a small bottle of it in my handbag because I often need it to wash the hands of my kids while we go outdoors. It gives a feeling of satisfaction that their hands are clean and germ-free. The bottle is reasonable and if you buy the bigger refill pack, it becomes very reasonable.
MAC Powder blush is for the professionals and that is how I have come across it. I have been using MAC Powder blush for many years and it is still one of my favourites. The best part is the range of shades. It comes in 35 shades which is the most amazing thing about this beauty. It provides such a huge variety to choose from. I personally use one of its pink shade which suits me the best. It is extremely fine blush and won’t make you look clownish at all. It blends perfectly well into the skin and glides beautifully with a blusher brush. It is better to build it slowly than in one go. The more you blend it well, the more natural it looks. It gives a very beautiful and natural colour to the cheeks and give them a soft glow. It is perfect for every occasion and is suitable for almost every skin time. It does not give any allergy nor causes any acne. It is very good for sensitive skin. MAC powder blush is applied in very little quantity which makes it last long. The blush is stays amazingly long on the face without looking patchy. The powder blush has extremely light weight formula and you won’t feel it on your skin. Its texture is very soft and smooth. It does not have any shimmer which makes it perfect for any occasion even for daily use. It does not leave any patches while fading away. It stays for a good 5-6 hours even without a heavy base. Its look is most natural and most gorgeous. It highlights the cheek bones in a very subtle way. For a heavy night makeup, I usually apply a little bit of glitters on it when I wear it with a heavy dress and it feels good to go.
Moisturizes the lips
I personally prefer lipsticks which are neither too glossy nor to matte. Milani Color Statement Lipstick has a creamy texture. It has vitamin A and C which helps in nourishing the skin. It also prevents the lips from getting dry while you are wearing the lipstick. It comes in a variety of shades and I like all the shades of this lipstick. The shades vary from reds, pinks to nude. It has a very sweet fragrance and has a very smooth texture. It gives a very smooth finish and is very long lasting. The packaging is very cute, light weight and the lid shuts tightly keeping the product safe inside. This makes it very travel friendly and can be kept easily in daily hand bag. The lipstick is highly pigmented which gives a great colour and coverage in a single application. Just one coat and you are done. No need to apply it again and again. Multiple application is not required and even if you do, there will be no patchiness. The lipstick is not transfer resist so fades away easily. A little touch up is needed after eating or drinking anything. Otherwise, it is pretty long lasting. The lipstick is pretty affordable and since the shades are so pretty, I don’t mind spending on it. It gives a very gorgeous look without making it look artificial or cakey. The lipsticks are perfect for office looks during the day. With its moisturising and creamy texture, it doesn’t harm the lips even if applied on a daily basis. The lipstick does not give a heavy feeling and is very good for those who have dry lips. A few shades have a watermelon fragrance which is not that good but overall it’s a good wearable lipstick with affordable price.
I have very light eye brows and I generally do not apply an eyebrow pencil. I do not like the artificial effect that it gives and makes them look too dark. Recently, there was a family function for which I had to apply heavy makeup. I was looking for an eye brow pencil which doesn’t make the eye brow look too prominent. I stumbled upon NYX Micro Brow pencil after a friend’s suggestion. I bought it on her recommendation. The pencil is actually very tiny and thin. The first thing that caught my eyes was that it is a dual sided product where on one end there is a very tiny pencil and the other side has a spool brush for combing the eye brows. I was very impressed by this feature. It saved me from buying a separate brow brush and this also very handy. The brush helps in blending the eye brow well with the thin hair of the eye brows. The tiny pencil on the other end helps in colouring and covering the tiny hair of the brows. There are 8 different shades to match the colour of your brows which is again very impressive. You can chose the colour according to the colour of your eyebrow hair and according to your skin tone. The shades range from lighter to darker. I prefer a shade which is not too dark since it I don’t like to make my eyebrows too prominent. It is supper comfortable to wear and very easy to apply. It easily stays for upto 6 hours or may be more. It does not give that cakey artificial look and looks very natural. The packaging is very travel friendly. The tiny pencil can easily fit in the makeup kit. Quantity of the product is too less. It would be better if the quantity is increased and the product would last longer. It also makes it very expensive.
Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème is a liquid lipstick which comes in a sleek bottle with a double-sided, flexible plush applicator. It dries up to give a soft velvety finish and gives a fuller effect to the lips. It claims to be non-sticky, smooth and stays for all day long up to 16 hours. The lip crème claims to be transfer resistant. The lip crème needs to be applied with its applicator along the lips very smoothly starting from the cupid’s bow of the lips, move it across the lips and fill them with the lip crème completely. This lip crème has a very smooth creamy texture which gets spread across on the lips very easily and gives good coverage to the lips. It dries to give a powdery matte effect. It does not give a sticky feeling after using it. It has a good range of colours ranging from neutrals to bright coloured and darker ones. The shades are very classy, chic and give a gorgeous look. The lip colours do not smudge and do not transfer. It does not give a heavy feeling on the lips. The best part of these lip crème is that they are very long lasting. They actually last for almost throughout the day and needs to be removed with a makeup remover after that. I am very impressed by this feature since most lipstick gets wear off pretty soon. However, I felt one drawback which is it starts giving a dry feeling on the lips after a few hours. So, may be if you apply a lip balm underneath or put a lipstick on it then it won’t give that feeling. Not very a reasonable product, its price is a bit on the higher side. But its long lasting feature makes it worth the price. Overall, a good product with good finish.
A lip pencil with a smudger I always use a lip pencil while applying lipstick. I like the definition it gives to the lips. I usually blend the lipstick and the lip pencil with a lip brush but it is usually very time consuming. Sometimes if I am in a hurry I usually avoid it with effect the lipstick and lip pencil don’t get blend well together. Maybelline is not a new brand and does not need an introduction. Maybelline brings out very trendy products and the products are all of very good quality. Maybelline Lip Gradation Pencil comes with a smudger that helps in blending the lip pencil and give a gradation effect. The smudger makes the pencil hard to resist. The gradient effect is a latest trend which makes the lipstick look as if you have been sucking a Popsicle. Gradient lipstick makes that effect stay for a longer time and it also looks very natural. Maybelline Lip Gradation pencil comes in 8 shades. All the shades are extremely beautiful. The lip pencil have a pencil on one end and a smudger on the other end. Once you apply the lip pencil, you can smudge it easily with the smudger to blend it with the lipstick or give that gradation effect which is trending these days. The pencil is in retractable form which does not need to be sharpened every time. The packaging is very sturdy and travel friendly. Maybelline lip pencil are very long lasting. These are rich in pigments. The lip pencil is very smooth and gives a matte effect. It blends very easily and doesn’t sit on the lips. It has no fragrance. I really liked this lip pencil because it is long lasting and the gradation effect is too gorgeous. It is a bit on the higher side when it comes to its pricing but it’s worth it.
Contours come in three form- creamy, liquidy and powder. The creamy and liquid based ones provide a more natural look whereas powdery ones can sometimes give an artificial look. I had personally used creamy contours till now. Cream based contours take a lot of time to blend and spread evenly. Powdered ones are usually applied in very little quantity and needs to be blended well. When I came across NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette, I realised this is what I was missing till now. NYX Highlight and Contour Pro palette is a powder based contour. It comes in a black kit with 8 shades. Four shades are for highlighting and the other four are for contouring. All the shades are very beautiful. The kit has re-fillable pans. The empty pans can easily be replaced with new ones. This is something I really found unique about this kit because usually one shade gets finished, we need to buy an entire kit just for that particular shade. The shades are very creamy and well pigmented. They blend easily into the skin and provide a natural finish. It gives a smooth finish and do not require a setting spray. The powder shades gets picked up in more quantity with a brush and therefore gets wasted. Very little quantity is required and it gets settled in one or two strokes. It gives a very matte effect. The highlighters are shimmery and can be used for night functions too. If used with a good makeup settling spray, they tend to last for upto twelve hours, I usually don’t use a makeup setting spray and without it these contours lasts for a good six hours. I find it pretty long lasting. The quantity is very good and the quality is very high.
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation comes in a tube form with a twistable cap. It is a creamy based mousse foundation which gives a matte effect. The tube is very small and it doesn’t have much quantity. The packaging is very average and so is the product. The foundation suits oily skin and gets blended well. It doesn’t look greasy on oily skin but it does make dry skin look drier. The foundation gets glided smoothly in to the skin and gives a smooth finish but it gives a heavy feel on the skin. The foundation does not last very long and it is not waterproof. In summers, it is not a very good product. It gets wear off easily and does not last for more than 2-3 hours. There are 11 shades to choose from and one can easily find it matched according to every skin tone. It ivory shade that I picked up suits fir to medium skin tone. It provides medium coverage and conceals light uneven patches. It gives a heavy feel which does not look good when applies under the eyes for dark circles. If you have dark circles and are looking for a foundation to cover it then I would not suggest it. Price wise it is not very expensive but the foundation is not that good either. I am not very happy with it and would not recommend it to others. It is not worth buying it at all.
A makeup setting spray is a very useful product especially when there are some wedding functions where the functions are usually very long and the light effects are also very heavy. A simple foundation spray becomes ineffective and doesn’t stay for long for such functions. I use makeup setting spray very occasionally since I usually do not apply a very heavy base. I picked up NYX Matte finish setting spray because I found it very reasonable. NYX Matte Finish Makeup setting spray comes in black bottle with a spritzer for easy spray. A makeup setting spray is used to set the makeup and make it last long. The setting spray is sprayed from a distance of six inches from the face. It should be used very carefully and eyes should be well protected. NYX Matte finish makeup setting spray has alcohol. It is highly inflammable and has a very strong smell of alcohol. I particularly did not like this feature. It is not safe to be used. The spritzer is not very effective, it sometimes takes out big drops of liquid making it very inconvenient to use. It does not help in waterproofing the makeup and does not help in setting the make up for long duration. The setting spray has a matte effect but it makes the skin very dry. Though it prevents the makeup from smudging but its strong chemical odour is too terrible. It is very affordable but not worth buying it.
I have used several products of Organic India and really like them too. Organic India Virgin coconut oil is a multipurpose oil with several benefits. It comes in a white bottle with a twistable lid. It is a pressed virgin coconut oil which is very good for daily use. It is one of the highest qualities of coconut oil. It helps in healthy functioning of thyroid and endocrine systems. It helps in increasing the body’s metabolic rate and helps in melting away the extra fat from the body. It is excellent for cooking as well as for hair and skin. It is very good for health and should be used in cooking. It is very beneficial when used as a cooking medium. I did not like its taste and smell in cooking. It is good for those who use coconut oil as a cooking medium. It takes some time to develop its taste in food. I use it for my hair and skin. It helps in keeping my skin soft and healthy. It is very good for massaging kids since it is very pure and natural. It keeps their skin nourished and soft. I use it for their head massage also. It is very good for hair and helps in keeping their hair quality and maintaining their overall growth and texture. With its natural ingredients, I am not worried about its long term use. It is very safe to use. I have been using it for quite some time and would definitely recommend it to others. It is a very pure form of coconut oil and totally worth its price.
Strengthens the hair
Makes the hair manageable
Does not lather much
Can be drying for dry hair types
Himalaya Herbal Gentle Daily Care Protein Shampoo has amla, licorice root extract and chickpea as its key ingredients. Amla softens and conditions the hair. Licorice helps promote hair growth. Chickpea provides daily nourishment to the hair and keeps them healthy and soft. It is good for everyday use, strengthens hair roots and reduces hair fall. It comes in white bottle with a green cap which securely keeps the product. The packaging is sturdy and travel friendly. The shampoo has a white creamy texture. I picked up this product for its natural ingredients. Natural ingredients based products are definitely good for everyday use which is mostly the case in summers. It is a mild shampoo which gives good nourishment to the hair. It does not form good lather and needs to be applied again after rinsing. It cleanses the hair thoroughly and removes all the dirt and pollutant. Washing twice with it leaves the hair a bit dry on the same day but the next day they become more manageable and shiny. It requires a good amount of the shampoo for washing the hair since it doesn’t form a good lather which I feel is a drawback for the product. It is very gentle and doesn’t take away the moisture of the scalp. It controls hair fall to some extent. It is reasonable when it comes to the price but given the fact that it is required in large quantity as compared to other shampoos, I feel that it is not so worth its price. I found it as an average shampoo. It’s okay for summers but not for winters since shampooing twice every time would make the scalp dry. The fragrance is nice and lingers in the hair for some time after washing. Overall an okay product.
Natural sun protection
No mineral oil
Himalaya Clear Complexion Whitening Day cream has licorice and white dammer as its key ingredients. Licorice helps in lightening the skin and fade dark spots and blemishes. White Dammer exhibits anti-oxidant properties which helps reduce pigmentation and gives an even skin tone. It is suitable for dry to combination skin and not meant for oily skin. The cream comes in a tub form which is not very hygienic. The tub form usually exposes the contents to air and various pollutants which is not good. I would have liked it better if it would be packed in a tube with a flip cap. Tubs form of packaging is not very travel friendly and easy to carry. The cream has an off white colour and has a nice fragrance. It has a smooth and light texture. It spreads easily and gets absorbed into the skin very quickly. It makes the skin soft and smooth. It does not have alcohol and parabens which makes it safe to use every day. It moisturises the skin and doesn’t make it too oily. The cream sets good and forms a good base with a little bit of powder. It provides a natural sun protection so no need of applying a sunscreen separately. It doesn’t help improve the complexion as it claims to do. My sister used it for quite some time. She has a normal to dry skin and it suited her. She liked the cream and was happy with its results. She is planning to buy it again. Overall, I would say that it is pocket friendly, the packaging is nice but it would be better if it comes in tube form which would make it easy to carry. Its colour, texture and fragrance are pretty good. It is good for daily use.
Makes skin soft
Protects skin against winter dryness
The main ingredient of Patanjali Aloe Vera Cream is aloe vera which is highly beneficial for the skin especially dry skin. It also has olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, wheat germ oil and turmeric extract. All the ingredients are natural and good for skin. The cream comes in a small tub with a lid that closes tightly. The cream is white in colour and has a nice fragrance of aloe vera. The cream has a smooth texture. It spreads easily on the skin and gets absorbed quickly. It is non greasy and doesn’t make the skin sticky after its application. It nourishes the skin deeply and makes it soft and smooth. For dry skin it works well and makes it glow. I bought this cream for my husband who has a dry skin. Aloe vera suits him a lot so I thought it to be a good cream for him. I am happy that I picked it up. It did not disappoint me. My husband gladly uses it every day. It helps prevent in aging, dehydration and provides a good amount of moisture to the skin. It is very helpful in winters. I have an oily skin but it usually becomes dry in winters. I apply some mild cream sometimes in winters. I used this one in winters and was very happy. There was a noticeable difference in my skin and I did not feel the usual dryness caused by winters. However, I do not use it summers as it does not work for me. It does not cause any itchiness and allergies. It is pretty affordable and can be used daily. The tub form of packaging is not very good and hygienic. It would be better if it comes in tube form with a flip cap. Overall, a good cream.
Off late my hair had become very lifeless and had lost their volume. They had started looking very dull and had become very thin. I was on the verge of getting them cut and keeping them short that’s when a friend of mine suggested OGX Milk shampoo. I bought a small bottle of it. Initially I thought it to be very expensive since the size of the bottle is very small and has very little quantity. It comes in a cute white bottle with a golden cap. The bottle is very sturdy. When I saw its ingredients, I was very amazed with it. It has egg proteins in it along with coconut milk and oils. Egg proteins are very helpful for the hair and also coconut. The fragrance is just awesome. Soon I was in love with this deliciously creamy shampoo. It is sulphate free and promises to moisturise the hair. It helps to strengthen and hydrate the hair, leaving it softly scented, super soft and glowing. It works well for oily hair, frizzy hair and hair with split ends. It conditions the hair, therefore, no need to use a separate hair conditioner. It gives intense shine and smoothness to the hair and the fragrance also lasts long. I formed a small hair care routing for myself. I would apply coconut oil at night and braid my hair before going to bed and in the morning wash them with OGX Milk shampoo and let them dry naturally. This helped me a lot and started showing good results on my hair. I was happy with the change. Now, I have used it for over a month and I am definitely planning to continue using it for better results. Its price is on the higher side but since it has helped me a lot I would like to recommend it to others.
I am a big fan of MAC cosmetic products. They are a bit expensive but their quality is so good that I don’t mind spending on it. MAC compact powder has the smoothest finish. It blends so well in to the skin that you don’t feel that you have applied anything on it. It forms a very smooth layer which is not at all visible. It does not appear cakey after applying. The shades suit all kinds of skin tone and appear very natural. The best part is that MAC doesn’t give any kind of allergies. I remember, I once got an allergic reaction after applying makeup which resulted in an acne outburst. During that time it was difficult for me to use anything on my face but when I had to go out for a party, I used MAC. The finish was so good and it gave a good coverage without aggravating my acne any further. Since then I have always used MAC and don’t use any other makeup base. MAC mineralise skin finish natural powder comes in 15 shades which matches almost every skin tone. It has multi mineral complex and vitamin E which is very good for skin. It has super fine illuminating particles which provides a very subtle sheen to the skin and makes it look much better than it is. The best part is that nobody can make out that you have applied any makeup on your face which is something I love about it. It gives a very naturally beautiful look and stays for a longer time. For me it is a must have in my makeup box and something I cannot do my makeup without. For the day outing, I only apply this powder but when there is a party or a function at night, I apply it over a mild foundation.
Prevents acne and pimples
Mild on the skin
Not for dry skin
Patanjali Lemon Honey Face wash Patanjali Lemon Honey Face wash has lemon extracts, orange peel, honey, neem and tulsi extracts as its key ingredients. It comes in a tube with a flip cap. The cap helps in letting out the face wash in the required quantity and also helps in preventing spillage. It is a gel based face wash. It provides a natural balance to the skin and helps in improving the complexion. It has a soap free formula which helps in cleaning the skin gently and getting it rid of dirt, oil and pollutants. It controls the excess oil secretion of the skin and keeps it nourished. It cleanses the skin deeply and provides a natural glow. It is suitable for normal to oily skin. The face wash is slight yellowish and translucent liquid. The fragrance is not too strong and does not last after washing and rinsing it. The packaging is travel friendly and sturdy. It is not meant for dry skin but works well for combination and oily skin. It is pocket friendly and very reasonably priced. It can be used daily and brings good results. It worked well for my oily skin and I felt very fresh after using it. It is a very effective cleanser and works well in summers. My face looks fresh and vibrant after using it. I am quite happy with the overall results of the product.
Rich in Ayurvedic ingredients
Strong herbal smell
Does not spread easily
Patanjali is known for good products at a reasonable prices. This is another version of the gold creams that you usually get from other well-known brands. The cream contains gold or so it claims to be. It contains natural oils, herbs, vitamins & fruit extracts. It promises to even out the skin tone and remove blemishes. It also claims to provide visible fairness. It also claims to nourish, moisturise and bringing glow to the skin. The packaging looks very nice unlike other Patanjali products whose packaging is too simple and unattractive. It comes in a very beautiful golden tub and the outer pack is also golden. The cream has a thick texture with a golden sheen in it. It takes a little time and effort to absorb the cream into the skin which is quite a task. It has an ayurvedic fragrance and is not very appealing. Once the cream is absorbed into the skin, it gives a lighter skin tone like other fairness creams. However, the skin looks normal when the cream is washed off. The fairness is because of the layer which the cream forms on the skin. It does not provide a natural glow or improves the skin complexion for a long term. The effect of the cream is very temporary and it does not work for the blemishes. I found it very expensive and not worth the price. The quantity is too less and the results are also not upto the mark. I bought the cream but was not very satisfied after using it. It is better to invest in a gold cream which is not for fairness. Gold creams are usually good for the skin and I have used it by other brands but this one was quite disappointing. I hope they improvise it and bring something better.
A little goes a long way
Removes makeup and dirt
Available in different sizes
I have an oily skin and summers are simply terrible for me. With so much sweat, dirt and pollution, I usually get one or two pimple every now and then and the worst part is the scars left by them. I have to avoid eating oily food and take care of diet in order to take care of my skin. It becomes difficult when there are some parties or outings because controlling the diet can become tricky at that time and the result is having a few pimples on the face. Clean and Clear is a very old brand and its face washes are very known and famous. I thought of giving it a try. I used it every morning and before going to bed. I must say, it helps in controlling the excess oil during the day and at night also it leaves a fresh feeling while going to bed. In a few weeks, I experienced that the pimples that I had got subsided and my skin looked pretty clean. The oily shine was gone and my face looks glowing. So, here is my review: Clean and clear helps in controlling the excess oil of the skin. It helps in controlling the pimples and is good to be used every day. It comes in a transparent bottle with a tight cap. It comes in various sizes which solves many purposes. The smaller one can be kept easily in the purse while the bigger one can be kept in the bathroom. The fragrance is not very impressive, I hope they improve that too. It takes very little quantity of it to form a good lather. After using it, the skin doesn’t feel dry. It is very effective and keeps the skin oil free for longer time. I am very happy with it and would definitely recommend it to others.
Makes your skin glow
Contains aloe vera
I usually do not use any creams for my face since I have an oily skin. In winters, I was feeling a little dryness on my skin so I thought of using some mild cream. I have heard of Patanjali before and have tried a few of their products. I find it is an average brand. I bought the cream but was slightly disappointed by its packaging. The only thing which appealed to me was its natural ingredients. I tried it for week but found it too greasy and thick. I also had pimples after using it. It doesn’t get absorbed into the skin easily. I gave it to my cousin who is a big fan of Patanjali products and has very dry skin. She used it for a few days and was very happy with it. Her dry skin absorbs it easily and it suited her well. Ayurvedic products generally show results after some time. My cousin bought another tube and after using it for few more days, her skin started glowing. She used it at night time before going to bed and it worked wonders for her. The cream is very reasonably priced. So, my review for this is: 1) It is not suitable for oily skin but good for dry skin. 2) It doesn’t have attractive packaging. It comes in the form of a tube with a cap but the quantity is good. The tube is full and there is not air inside. 3) Pocket friendly 4) Good fragrance and it has the colour of sandalwood. 5) It has aloe vera gel, so if you are looking for a cream with aloe vera gel then go for it. 6) It doesn’t have any chemicals but has all the natural ingredients. 7) It is good for winter seasons and should be avoided in monsoons. It gives better results if it is applied at night. During the day, it can catch dirt on your face.
Estee Lauder is again one of the very high-end cosmetic brands. It is one brand which is very difficult to stay away from. The brand is known to give perfectly smooth finish and the makeup base super flawless base which looks almost like your skin. A very expensive range of products but the products are super fine and very gentle on the skin. They do not cause any kind of allergies or acne outburst and are extremely skin friendly. All the products are of very superior quality and assure good quality makeup. Now, coming to my review of Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup Powder. For my daily makeup, I usually prefer a face powder since my skin is oily and a compact or a makeup powder absorbs sweat and oil from my face. It gives me a very fresh non-sticky feeling throughout the day. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup powder comes in a very sleek and stylish looking black round shaped container with a sponge to apply it. It has a mirror on its lid which helps in its application. It is a very long staying makeup powder which lasts for a good 8 hours. It gives a very smooth flawless base and works best with a foundation. It helps in setting the foundation quickly and provides a very smooth finish. If it is used without a foundation, it doesn’t give very good coverage to the scars or blemishes. But for normal skin with an even skin tone, it works well. It easily stays all day long and does not require a touch-up. It does not get transferred on the clothes. It is easy to apply and doesn’t make the face powdery. It is fragrance-free and is suitable for sensitive skin.
Before I start with my review of Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream, I would like to tell you something about the brand. Miss Claire is a brand which provides a variety of cosmetics at affordable price. Their best products are their lipsticks, which come in a variety of shades at very reasonable prices. I picked up Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream because I instantly liked its shades. It comes in a cylindrical plastic bottle with a black twistable cap. It is easy to carry in a purse. The cap has an applicator brush which works well. The packaging is very attractive and the name of the shade is written below. I really liked its packaging. The texture of the lip cream is very silky and it gives a matte finish on the lips. The lip cream does not leave a dry feeling after using which normally happens with liquid lipsticks. These are hypo-allergic and cruelty-free lipsticks. The soft, light and creamy formula of this lipstick gives a very smooth finish after drying. The lipsticks stay for a good 4-5 hours but require a touch up once you have a meal. It does not get transferred easily and is easy to remove for a re-application or a touch-up. I really liked its shade no. 19 which is a pinkish nude shade. It is perfect for this summer season and for an outing during the day. The other shades are also very beautiful. These are for those who like the no make-up look and use very little or no make-up during the day. With its reasonable price, one can easily grab all the shades and use them for their daily office make-up. They are easily available and give a very natural look. Overall, a good product.
A make-up remover is often an underrated product. We generally, invest a lot of money in purchasing cosmetics and make-up products but when it comes to removing the make-up, we just take a wet wipe to remove it with that or use a face wash and simply hit the bed. We do not bother about thorough cleansing and removal of make-up particles and residue which later on block the pores and result in various skin issues. Once you apply the make-up, it is very important to clean it thoroughly with a good make-up remover and make sure that there is no residue left on the skin. People normally use a moisturiser which again is not very sufficient and does not clean the skin deeply. Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm is a very good make-up cleanser which comes in the form of a balm. The balm needs to be scooped out of the tub with fingers. It needs to be massaged into the skin well for a few minutes before cleaning with cotton and rinsing off. The balm melts into an oil and leaves not even a single particle of make-up behind. It doesn’t even dry the skin nor makes it greasy. The balm rinses clean leaving behind no traces of either the make-up or itself. What I also liked about this product is that there is no scent in it. It is very gentle on the skin. The balm comes in a tub with a lid. It is easy to use and is travel-friendly too. It is a bit high priced and I would not say that it is pocket-friendly but for those who love branded cosmetics and use make-up frequently, it is a very useful product.
I love eye liners. Even for an everyday outing, when I do not apply a base or an eye shadow, I usually apply a lipstick and an eye-liner. I love the jet black eye-liners which makes the eye look prominent. I bought NYX Matte Liquid Liner on a sale and fell immediately in love with it. Its packaging is very beautiful and classy. The black sleek bottle with a super fine applicator brush makes it very easy to apply. The tight twistable cap prevents the liquid liner from getting spilled. It is easy to carry and travel friendly. NYX Matte Liquid Liner has that jet black colour and gives an amazing look to the eye. It is water proof, so even when it is too hot and sweaty, the eye-liner won’t come off. Usually, the eye liners tend to become cakey after some time and they tend to get wear off easily. NYX Matte Eye Liner doesn’t become cakey. It is very long lasting. The long applicator gives that perfect thin line and is easy to work with when one to create a different look with it. The best part is that it lasts throughout the day and does not get smudged. It dries up quickly after applying and gives a very smooth and gorgeous look. It is a bit expensive but since I bought it on a sale, I was very happy. Even when I used it daily, it lasted for almost three months. I was very happy with my purchase and the eye liner is awesome too because normally the other liners gets smudged so easily because off sweat in summers and re-application is time consuming. I would like to recommend it to those who use a liner frequently and it works best in summers.
Visibly brighter looking skin
Silky, dewy finish
Makes skin luminous
Provides even coverage
Does not oxidize
Limited shade range
Lakme recently launched a new range of cosmetics in association with Sabyasachi and this one is a part of it. The new collection contains foundation, highlighters, bronzers, blushes, lipsticks, eye shadow palettes and eyeliners. This entire collection focuses on providing shimmer and illuminate the face. This is a very good collection which provides a dewy and glam look. Lakme Absolute Illuminating Foundation comes in a very classy looking black pump bottle. This foundation comes in 4 shades- ivory glow, honey beam, natural flare and beige glimmer. The lightest being ivory and the darkest being beige. I liked this foundation range because it is meant especially for Indian skin tones. They blend well with the skin. The best part is the smooth finish that it gives. I usually don’t like applying foundations because they give very cakey and whitish look. I normally choose pressed powders for my skin but this new range of Lakme looks so attractive that I ended up buying one of its foundation. I used it in winters when my skin becomes a little dry and appears dull. Lakme Absolute Illuminating Foundation looks perfect at that time. It provides me with the kind of shimmer which I always look for. It is very subtle and doesn’t show like other bases or foundations. It gives good coverage and helps in covering uneven skin tone and dark patches. It solves the purpose of a base as well as a highlighter. It has a thick consistency and does not moisturise the skin. It is perfect for me since I don’t need moisturiser for my oily skin. It needs to be blended with a good foundation brush to give good results. It stays for a longer time and is appropriate for night functions. I like to use it for wedding functions in winters. The shimmery effect looks very glamorous at night. The best part is that it saves my time in applying a highlighter separately.
Milani Baked Blush comes in a golden plastic container having two compartment. One has an applicator brush and the other has the blush. There is also a small mirror in the brush compartment which makes it easy to use. The unique part of this blush is that it is sun-baked on Italian terracotta tiles. It is buildable from sheer to vibrant. It is very lightly applied on the cheeks, chin and nose to give a soft glow. This blush looks very natural on my medium whitish skin tone and doesn’t look as if I have applied anything. This blush is also called Luminoso because it provides a very natural shimmery and glowing look. It doesn’t give that cakey, clownish look of the usual blush. It blends well into the skin. It gives a very luminous look to the face as if the face has a natural shine in it. I really liked it because it makes me look naturally beautiful which is perfect for daily use. The shimmer does not look weird but is just appropriate for the face. It lasts for a good 4-5 hours even in this peak summers and does not needs a frequent touch up. I also gave it my friend as a gift who was very happy with it. It is easy to apply and is used in very little quantity. Normally, whenever I apply a blush, it leaves me with one or two pimples which is one reason, I avoid using them. But this blush suits me well and doesn’t result in pimples. It is not very pocket friendly and not very easily available but the results are very good therefore it’s a good one time buy. One pack lasts for quite some time, so there is no need to fret over the price.
Easy to apply
Not suitable for acne-prone skin
Stick foundation comes in very handy when one doesn’t want to use a heavy makeup base. The three layered base comprising of concealer, foundation and compact forms a very thick layer on the face and eventually makes it look very cakey. On the other hand, if you use three in one stick foundation, it gives a good coverage as well as gives a very natural look. NYX professional makeup mineral stick is of very good quality. It gives very good coverage at the same time doesn’t give an artificial cakey look. It is a super quick way of giving a good coverage. It comes in a very sleek packaging of a black role on stick. My friend uses it regularly. Her skin is normal and she goes for regular parties. She uses it almost every day and showed me this foundation stick. I have seen her photographs and complimented her on her looks. She told me that she applies this only on her face and I couldn’t believe her until she showed it to me. Her face looks naturally radiant when she uses it and from her photographs, nobody can make out that she has applied anything on her face. She is blessed with very good skin and does not have any dark patches. She does not need to apply any thick base or heavy concealing. I tried it at the back of my hand and felt that it does not have a cakey feel and provides good moisturiser to the skin. It does not have that dry feeling either. It blends well into the skin and gives a natural glow. It comes in many shades which suits almost every skin tone. It is quite affordable given the fact that one does not need to buy a foundation, concealer and a compact separately.
NYX Glitter brilliants are super awesome glitter which give a very glamorous and loud look. It has colour pigments which give very intense colour along with heavy glitters. It comes in a variety of shades which can be combined with different shades of eye shadows for different kinds of eye makeup. It is best suited for heavy makeup during weddings and big parties where one wants to carry a loud and heavy makeup. It immediately highlights the eyes and gives a very dramatic look. It is not for daily use but looks brilliant for parties. A friend of mine uses it regularly because she goes for regular parties and has a big social circle. It gives her a very glamorous look. NYX Glitter brilliants are for those who like bold looks. She uses it with smoky eye make-up and the glitters highlight the dramatic look of her eyes. Her eyes look very expressive and the pictures look too beautiful just like a model. One drawback that I felt after trying it for once was that it gets transferred above the crease and ends up spreading all over the eyes. It works best when used with a glitter primer. I would not suggest its use for a day time gathering or else you would like a waking disco ball but yes it is definitely worth using at night. Overall, it is a good product which comes in a very sturdy packaging. It is applied in a very little quantity and since it is not to be used daily, so thinking it as a one-time investment, it is okay for its price. I liked the blue colour best and it is on my wish list to buy this product. The blue colour looks super awesome and gorgeous and is definitely worth trying for me.
Improves skin texture
Evens out skin tone
Gets absorbed quickly
Does not lighten skin tone
The new Lakme Perfect Skin Lightening Night Cream comes in a beautiful packaging. It comes in a beautiful silver coloured tub with a tight lid. The packaging caught my eyes first but the tub is not very hygienic. It has a smooth creamy texture and gets easily absorbed in to the skin. It does not give a sticky and greasy feeling. It does not make the face too oily but provides just the right amount of moisture. The fragrance gives a very fresh feeling after applying. I usually apply very less amount of cream so this one tub will definitely last longer. The tub contains good amount of cream. It has a velvety texture which suits my oily skin. It helps in keeping my skin soft and hydrated. It has improved my skin’s overall complexion and my face looks very radiant and glowing. It suits my skin even though it is oily. It does not causes pimples as most creams cause on my face. I used it for almost a month and I started noticing a change in my skin. My skin looks brighter and glowing in the morning. It looks soft and supple. My skin looks healthy and youthful. I even get compliments for my skin now. The dullness and uneven skin tone is a thing of the past. It is pretty affordable and comes in very good quantity. I would definitely recommend it to others. For me it is worth buying again to continue the improvement that it has bought on my face. The best part is that it is not sticky and is very comfortable to use at night. The cream does not form greasy spots on the bed sheets or the pillow covers.
Moisturizes dry skin
For all skin types
Evens out the skin tone
Blurs fine lines and wrinkles
Controls excess oil
Being a professional in the make-up field and having an experience of more than a decade, I have used almost every brand and almost every kinds of cosmetic. Bobbi Brown is a very high end product. It is a very expensive product and is only for those who like to invest in expensive cosmetics. Bobbi Brown stick foundation actually solves the purpose of a foundation and hold on to the principle that a foundation should match correctly with the skin, so much so that is actually looks like the skin. Once you match the shade and apply the foundation stick correctly, you won’t be able to make out the difference between the base and your own skin. It is so light and so fine! It actually makes your skin look like your own skin only a little better and naturally radiant. Bobbi Brown Foundation stick comes in an extremely beautiful packaging. It is like a roll on stick. It solves the purpose of concealing, foundation and a compact. It makes the skin look flawless and brings a natural glow. It is a super fine base and is best for those who like the nude look. Bobbi Brown stick foundation is very soft, skin nourishing and non-sticky. Its non- sticky formula does not sit on the skin at all. It builds up quickly on the face. After a good application, you would hardly feel any difference between the face and the neck which is the quality test for a good foundation. So, for the makeup lovers who are like to invest in high-end products and do not want a makeup base which will show on your face, Bobbi Brown is definitely for you. It does not give any kind of rashes or allergies and is one of the supreme foundation stick available in the market.
Easy to apply
Provides sun protection
Subtle rose fragrance
Only available in two shades
Not suitable for dark skin tones
I have been using a loose powder ever since I was doing my professional course in make-up and beauty. Loose powders are used on top of the make-up base and is the last step in the base. It gives a perfect finish to the make-up and helps in setting the base. They are used to provide a glow to the face. Lakme Rose loose powder has a pink colour as the name suggest. I usually never use a pink loose powder because it gives a very stage make up kind of look. I don’t like the pink colour on my face but this one is very nice. I tried it first in the back of my hands and realised that it is not so pink. It looks very natural. The second thing that I noticed was that it is very smooth and easy to blend. Once it is blended well into the skin, it does not show. It has very fine particles which give a very smooth finish. When I used it after applying the makeup with a full base, I really liked it. It sets the base very fast and gives it a very good finish. The makeup base doesn’t crack after it. It helps in making the base long lasting. The rose colour provides a very natural and light pinkish shade on the face which doesn’t look cakey. My make-up stayed for a good 8 hours after using it and I had to remove it with a good make-up remover. It is good for the wedding functions when the ceremony and functions are for long hours and one has to stay for the entire night. It is good for a heavy base and or doing heavy makeup. I do not use it for my everyday make-up but prefer it for occasional heavy make-up with some heavy dress like lehenga or saree. The only drawback is the packaging. The box makes it very messy and there are chances of spillage and wastage.
I came across NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer at am online shopping portal. The description and the reviews were very good so I thought of buying it. The packaging looks very cute. It comes in a tight glass bottle and the primer is in the form of a honey coloured liquid with gold flakes in it. It is supposed to give a very smooth finish and helps in setting the make-up. The description also says that it provides a dewy finish with a natural glow. The primer has a very thin consistence and has an applicator. I did not find the applicator useful and it cannot be applied with it. In fact with such a thin liquid consistency, its application is quite a task with the gives applicator. A pump or a sprayer would have worked better with it. It has gold flakes but they do not give any special effect to the face or the makeup. The liquid gets absorbed easily and gives a smooth finish or that is what it claims to be but I found it very sticky on my face. However, I missed that natural glow that I was expecting it to give. It is supposed to neutralise the visible discolouration and redness or at least the description says so but I did not see any such result. The thin consistency of the liquid hardly makes any difference to the face. The price of the product is 17$ which makes it very expensive moreover, since there are no special results, it does not make any sense to buy it. I think it is sheer waste of money to buy this product and one should rather go for buying a better base or some other cosmetics than spending money on it.
I bought Cetaphil Cleansing and Moisturising Syndet bar for my husband. He has very dry skin and washing with any soap or face wash makes it very patchy and excessively dry. It comes in a white coloured soap bar which is packed in a plastic packet with a cardboard outer cover. The packaging is not very attractive. The soap bar looks like a normal white soap bar which is not very eye-catching too. It is meant for dry skin so not meant for my oily skin. My husband used it for a few days and he quite liked it. The soap is not alkaline based and maintains the pH balance of the skin. After using it once, I noticed that it did not give the usually dry patches. After using it regularly, the excessive dryness was gone and skin started looking healthy and normal. He is very happy with it since the regular use of this soap has made his skin normal. It helps in moisturises the skin and keeps it nourished. It forms a rich lather with water. It helps in cleaning the skin deeply and makes it free from dirt, germs and pollutants. It makes the skin soft, supple and hydrated. It has a very mild fragrance. It is a very gentle cleanser. It is suitable for those with sensitive skin. It has SLS and fragrance which is not good for kids. So, I would not recommend it for kids. It is a bit expensive and can be bought from online shopping portals. But its results are good so those who have very dry and sensitive skin can consider buying it. I would definitely buy it again for my husband because it has suited him well. Overall, it’s a nice product and can be used regularly.
A primer is used to provide a smooth base to the make-up. It helps in making the make-up more durable and last longer. It is generally used when there is a wedding function or a party which will last for 6-8 hours. It is used in heavy make-ups when there are many layers of the base. I usually avoid it when I have to apply a lighter base. The more there are layers of make-up, the heavier it becomes and eventually, it starts showing also. It is good for night functions when the lighting is very strong and it needs a very strong make-up base to hide the imperfections of the skin. Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer is from the new rage of Lakme’s cosmetics. This one comes in a very stylish and sleek black tube with a silver twistable cap. The packaging is very light and is travel-friendly. The primer is used in very little quantity and I used Lakme’s primer in a pea-sized amount. It spreads evenly and forms a smooth layer on the skin. Lakme Blur Primer has a light pink shade which helps in giving a very nice glow to the skin. The primer is very light and does not give a heavy or greasy look. It spreads evenly. It gives a velvety feeling and blends beautifully. It helps in covering a lot of imperfections and provides a good base to the make-up base. It helps in making the base stay for longer hours. It helped in controlling the oil of my skin which I really liked. It keeps the skin hydrated and does not give a dry or cakey feeling. It is very important to remove it thoroughly afterwards because it has many chemicals especially silicone which is not good for the skin. I would not recommend it for everyday use or for office make-up since so many chemicals and such a heavy base is not good for skin but it is good for occasional use and party makeup. It is quite affordable and since it is used very occasionally and in very less quantity, it provides the value of the money.
Maybelline New York has recently launched this new Maybelline Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter. When I came across this beauty, I could not resist buying it. I love Maybelline’s cosmetics and this highlighter looks very beautiful in its packaging. It has a transparent lid and the highlighter which is in a cake form sits beautifully in a tub. The packaging is very sleek and stylish. It is travel-friendly and can easily be carried in the handbag. Maybelline Face studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter comes in a single shade which is 100 Molten Gold. It is a very beautiful golden shade with very fine shimmers. The gold shade provides a very fine natural glow to the skin. It gives a very subtle shimmery look. It needs to be applied with a highlighter brush or with fingers. It is easy to blend and doesn’t provide a cakey look. It gives a very smooth look. The best part is that it looks very natural even in daylight. So, it can be used for the day makeup also. It is a perfect highlighter for the evening makeup as well. It has very fine particles and is of very supreme quality. It is suitable for almost every skin tone. It has a very good colour so too many strokes are not required. Being so fine, it gets easily blended in few strokes of brush only. It highlights the facial features so beautifully and provides a stunning effect that it is difficult to take your eyes off. There are no patches after its application. The price of Maybelline Face studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter is slightly on the higher side. But for such a fine highlighter like this, it is completely worth it. The highlighter is used in very little quantity which makes it last longer and for that gorgeous look, who would mind paying a slightly higher price.
I came across Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 through a friend of mine who is using it. She has got hair straightening done many times and her hair have become very damaged due to over use to chemicals. She was recommended by her hair stylist. Olaplex Hair Perfector no. 3 is a hair treatment specifically for damaged hair. It helps in reducing the breakage and improves the overall quality of the hair. Its key benefits include repairing damaged and compromised hair, strengthening and protecting hair structure and restoring healthy appearance and texture of the hair. It needs to be applied in a generous quantity from the roots to the end on dry unwashed hair. After applying, comb it through and leave it for 10 minutes or more. Wash it afterwards with a shampoo and conditioner. One of the good things about this product is that it does not have any harmful chemicals like parabens, sulphate and phthalates. It is completely a vegan product. When my friend showed me Olaplex hair Perfector no. 3, I was not very impressed with its packaging. It comes in a very simple white bottle which looks like a medicine. But she has been using it for 3 months now and has a good review of it. Her hair looks much better now. Her hair is visibly thick and soft. It used to be very rough and damaged earlier and she wanted to get short but now she is very happy with her hair texture. Due to hair straightening, her hair had become very brittle and was split at the ends but now they are very smooth and healthy. Due to the soft and smooth texture of her hair, she does not want to get the hair straightening done again. The price is very high and it is not easily available in the market. If you want to buy, you can search online.
Hydrates the skin
Washes off easily
Not easily available
Not for dry skin
Patanjali saundarya face wash has orange peel, neem, tulsi and aloe vera as its main ingredients. It gently cleanses the skin and removes all the dirt from it. Being an ayurvedic product there are no harmful ingredients in it which makes it suitable for long term use. The face wash is white in colour and it has a very pleasant fragrance of oranges. A little quantity is sufficient for the face. It removes the excess oils of the skin once but doesn’t control them or keep the skin oil free for some time. I have an oily skin and needs to wash my face frequently. Since I sometimes wash my face even twice in summers so it works for me. For frequent face wash, it is a good product because of its herbal ingredients. I don’t like the packaging. It comes in a tube form with a flip cap which is okay but it would be better if it could be a bit more attractive and eye appealing. The flip cap prevents the product from spilling. It is travel friendly and can be carried in purse or hand bag. It is reasonably priced and good for daily use.
A little goes a long way
Refreshes the skin
Does not impart blush and glow as claimed
I have an oily skin and for me using a face wash is must especially in summers and monsoons. I prefer a face wash which doesn’t leave the skin dry or takes away its moisture completely. I came across Lakme face wash on an online platform and since Lakme is a tried and tested brand, I immediately thought of buying it. I am glad that I bought it and having used it for some time now, I am very satisfied with it. Lakme blush and glow strawberry face wash is an amazing product. It gives a very refreshing feeling after the face wash. It doesn't leave the skin dry. It makes very good lather even with a little quantity. It gives a very cooling effect. I like the strawberry fragrance and the strawberry colour of this face wash. It is perfect for summers since there is so much sweat and mud and one needs to wash the face frequently. My face starts feeling sticky whenever I go out in summers and doesn’t look fresh and bright due to excess oil and sweat. When I wash my face with this face wash, I can feel fresh and my face doesn’t look sticky or oily during the day. My daughter also uses it and she is also very happy with it. She has a normal skin and it works well for her. She uses it daily once a day and it gives amazing results for her too. The packaging is very good. It comes in a tube form and has a lid which opens easily as well as protects the product from spilling. It can be carried in the handbags easily. After the face wash, the skin remains fresh for a longer time. The price is reasonable too and it is worth buying it. I would highly recommend it.
Not tested on animals
Does not dry the skin
Not meant for oily skin
Himalaya Herbal Fairness Kesar Face wash has pomegranate, kesar, cucumber and mint as its key ingredients. It has a flowery fragrance. The texture of the face wash is creamy and it is soap free. It doesn’t form any lather. Being creamy it is more suitable for those who have a dry skin. Mine is oily skin so it doesn’t help me much. I usually prefer a face wash which forms good lather to clean the skin deeply. This herbal based face wash is very mild and gentle. It doesn’t leave the skin dry. It maintains the moisture of the skin which is important for dry skin. My experience with it was not so good because it doesn’t make the skin oil free and doesn’t clean the skin deeply. It is not very helpful in summers and monsoons since there is so much sweat and humidity and a soap based face wash is more helpful. It is better to use it in winters when the skin is already too dry and we do not need soap based face washes. During winters, it will be very good to use because of its texture. The packaging is average like other Himalaya products. It is reasonable and affordable too.
Patanjali Neem Tulsi face wash is a soap free face wash. I thought that the soap free formulation won’t work on my oily skin but I was surprised when I used it. It forms decent amount of lather and spreads well. It helps in cleaning the skin deeply. With neem and tulsi as its key ingredients, it helps in controlling acne and pimples. It helps repair any kind of skin damage. I am not a fan of Patanjali and do not like its cosmetic products but this face wash is a decent one and good to use. It helps the skin get rid of grime, dust and pollutants and keeps it fresh for long. It is good to use in summers because it has neem and also aloe vera which cleanses the skin and keeps it well nourished. Neem and tulsi also have anti-bacterial properties which keeps the skin healthy and makes it look glowing. It does not have any chemical ingredients which makes it perfect for daily use. It has a thick gel based