My mini May haul

Hey everyone… I’m on a budget for this month, as I’m saving up big time for a gift for someone. But in any case, some make-up shopping from the salary is always considered auspicious…Lol..

So, this is what I hauled for yesterday:

1. Chambor Powder Matte lipstick: Brique Rose
2. Revlon Velvet Touch lipstick: Choco Berry
3. Maybelline Colorama nail paint: Marinho

Will review each one of these items soon.

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Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor-Everlasting Rum- Review and swatches

Hello everyone.  This review is about the Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor. I am going to review the shade ‘Everlasting Rum’ from this range.

About Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor: 16 hours of comfortable color and moisturizing shine. All day lipcolor and gloss that works overtime. ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor covers your lips in full coverage color and shine for up to 16 hours, no touch-ups needed. One end smooths on advanced ColorStay liquid formula with SoftFlex for beautiful, comfortable color that won’t kiss off, feather or bleed. The other end brushes on a moisturizing top coat with chamomile and soy extract for all-day glossy softness.


Price: Rs. 875 for 2 mL.

Packaging: The Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor comes in a dual-ended tube, with lipcolor on one side and clear gloss on the other side. The centre part has 2 applicators, one on each side. It has a doe-foot type applicator for the lipcolor and a brush applicator for the clear gloss (Sorry, I forgot to click pictures of the applicators).


Availability: Easily available online and at stores.


The shade: Everlasting Rum is a pink lipcolor, with blue undertones, and a hint of silver shimmer in it.

Usage: First apply a coat of the lipcolor on bare lips. Allow it to dry for 1-2 minutes (it actually dries and clings to your lips). Follow it up with the clear gloss to finish the look. Re-apply gloss whenever needed.
My take on Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor- Everlasting Rum: This is the first shade that I bought from this range of Revlon lipcolors. I also bought True Chocolate later, and I personally like True Chocolate more than Everlasting Rum. Read on to know why. But first, the swatches:

with flash

without flash

Now, since I have pigmented lips (read VERY pigmented, dark lips), my only expectation from any lip color is to provide coverage for the same. Moisturising, long staying, non-transfer and such things come later. Also, pinkish lip-colors don’t always look good on me for the same reason. But after having tried True Chocolate, I thought this also must be a full-coverage lip color, but alas, it is not. Atleast not for me. On most days (whenever I dare to wear this color), I look like a patient who has been in the hospital for months and his/her lips look blue and dry. Seriously, all ICU patients have the same lips after a long stay. 

Very reluctantly, here is how this looks on my lips (please don’t be scared):

with flash

without flash
Pros:

  • Long staying formula. Stays on my lips for 6-8 hours. Though I need to reapply the clear gloss or lip balm every 1-2 hours.

  • Decent color-payoff. Does not fade easily.

  • Resists transferring to coffee-mugs for some time.

  • Easy to carry packaging.

Cons:

  • Price. It is expensive. You may buy a MAC lipstick for just some more money!

  • This shade is not suitable for girls with pigmented lips. It is not a full coverage shade, and if you layer it, it looks too cakey (if that is the right word for a lipcolor).

  • Girls with medium to dark skin tones will look ill in this shade, i.e. it completely washes you out LL

Verdict: This shade is recommended for fairer skin tones, and that too only if you have non-pigmented or slightly pigmented lips. Else, you may completely skip this. There are other better shades in this range.
Rating: 7/10 (-2 for shade and -1 for the price)

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Sunday Pamperings: Body Scrubbing

Hey girlies…Yes, its Sunday again…and I’m back with another DIY, at-home pampering post. This week, its about body scrubbing.
We are exposed to all kinds of pollutants, dirt and dust on a daily basis. Add to that, the secretion of toxins from our skin, be it sweat or oil. The body skin is also shed on a regular basis. This dead skin needs to be removed at regular intervals, so as to allow new skin cells to grow properly.
Body scrubbing is the most popular and most obvious way of removing these dead skin cells. Buying ready-to-use body scrubs/ polishers is the easiest way out for the lazy us, but these scrubs often come laden with chemicals, artificial fragrances and paraben.
A better alternative is to prepare fresh body scrubs at home, using readily available ingredients according to your skin type, and get the maximum benefits of scrubbing.
The good things about home-made scrubs are:
·         They are easy on the pocket
·         Ingredients used will be fresh ones, in most cases
·         You can make a fresh batch of scrub easily, whenever you want to use one
·         You can make a scrub suiting your specific skin type. With some experience, you will get to know what products suit your skin best
·         These will be preservative and paraben free
And the not-so-good things are:
·         Fresh scrubs have a very short shelf life, so you’ll need to make fresh batch every time
·         If you are travelling, making these can be a problem
·         Home-made recipes take some time to show the effects.
The basic components of a body scrub are:
1.    An exfoliating agent- Salt, sugar, coarse coffee powder, oatmeal. These help to remove the dead skin cells from the surface.
2.    A Carrier agent – Almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or any oil of your choice. These lend texture to the body scrubs and make usage and application easy, and also moisturization to the new surface of the skin revealed after scrubbing.
3.    Essential Oils- Lavender, Orange, Juniper or Grapefruit oils, for healing the skin and adding fragrance (aromatherapy).Lead to relaxation through the smells.
Some recipesfor DIY body scrubs are:
·         Lemon sugar body scrub: mix together 1 cup sugar, ½ cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon rind (grated lemon peel) in a bowl just before bath, soak your body with warm water and then use this scrub. This will help in removing dead skin, and slowly lessen the tan on the skin because of the lemon.

·         Coffee body scrub: this is my favourite of all scrubs.. Mix 1 cup of coarse coffee (e.g. Nescafe coffee), 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Add 4-5 drops of vanilla essence to further add fragrance, though this is optional. This scrub will help rejuvenate and tighten skin.

·         For oily skin (especially for areas like upper back, which suffer from ‘backne’ in summers): 2 tablespoons each of sugar, oats, aloe vera gel, and 1 tablespoon each of honey, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix all ingredients together and scrub oily parts of the body to get clean, refreshed skin.
·         Moisturising body scrub: this is prepared using 1 cup sugar, 1 cup yoghurt and ¼ cup olive oil or baby oil. It leaves skin feeling baby-soft.
·         Rice and tomato wrap: soak half a cup of rice in water for 30 minutes. Then grind till coarse. Puree 3-4 tomatoes, and add to the rice. Use this scrub on the body, and leave it on the body for 10-15 minutes before washing off.
Ideal way of using a body scrub: A body scrub is to be used on damp skin, after a warm shower which helps in opening up the pores on the skin) and should be massaged on the skin in circular motions.
After care: After scrubbing, rinse off with water, preferably warm water, and dry the skin with a towel. Then apply a generous amount of moisturiser suitable for your skin type.
A word of caution: Do not use the same scrubs for the face and the body. Body scrubs are usually more abrasive in nature, and they may be too harsh for the delicate facial skin..

Hope you enjoyed the post. Do try the above methods and let us all know how you found them.

Please leave any suggestions in the comments section.

Tada!!

Kindly refer Disclaimer & Policy before trying any of the above methods.

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Maybelline Color Sensational lipcolor Crazy for Coffee-Review and ALERT!

Hey everyone!
Today I’m reviewing Maybelline Color Sensational lip color in 275-Crazy for Coffee.

About:Crisper color from pure pigments.

Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar.

Price:Rs. 299 for 4g.

Packaging:The Maybelline Color Sensational lipcolors come in a rectangular case, with the lipstick held on a silver base. The lid is translucent brown for this shade.

Shade:Crazy for coffee is a brown lip color with a hint of mauve in it. The lipstick is quite pigmented, and goes opaque in 2-3 strokes. Suits most skin tones.

Texture:The lipstick is smooth in texture, glides on the lips very easily.

My experience: Since I’m dusky, I refrain from wearing very dark browns, as they make my face look muddy. This is a nice shade for people like me, who get bored of only plums and mauves. The lipstick is moisturising, but the staying power is poor.

But the worst part is, my lipstick has developed fungal growth on it. I have heard about the moisture extreme lipcolors from Maybelline having the same problem, but now it seems, even color sensational range is having fungal growth. The fungus is whitish in color, and is growing in small, round patches. My lipstick is not even half used as of now, and is now wasted. Will have to throw it away L

Pros:

·        Smooth texture, easy to apply

·        Pigmented formula

·        Covers lip pigmentation

·        Nice packaging

·        Easily available

·        Nice vanilla smell

Cons:

·        Staying power is not so good. Just 2-2 ½ hours. Starts drying out after that

·        My lipstick has developed fungus

Verdict:Crazy for coffee is a nice brown-mauve shade. But please keep the fungal alert in mind before buying it.

Rating:7/10 (for the shade)

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Chambor Silver Shadow Compact- RR5- Review

Hi everyone…. I know, you must be thinking, oh no, another Chambor review from Ritu. But I bought all these things together, and I thought I’ll review them together for you to get an idea about the different base products from Chambor all at once. 

So, continuing my reviews of Chambor products, today I’m reviewing Chambor Silver Shadow Compact powder in the shade RR5 for all of you.
About Chambor Silver Shadow Compact: A compact is a must have for all women of today. Chambor brings to you Silver Shadow – a magical compact powder which will give you the flawless finish required in a jiffy.
Chambor Silver Shadow is made up of Translucent Loose Powder which has excellent blending ability, smooth application & a silky after feel. Also acts like a perfect base and gives you a healthy look.
Ingredients: Vitamin A & E
·         Gives a matte finish
·         Allows make up to stay longer
·         Fresh look in 2 minutes
·         Hides minor skin blemishes
·         Convenient to carry
·         Water resistant – Long Lasting
·         Non-Comodogenic
·         No animal ingredients
·         Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist Tested
Price: Rs. 795 for 16g, plus a 16g refill.
Packaging: The Chambor Silver Shadow Compact comes in a triangular case, but the compact cake inside is round. The color of the case is the regular Chambor blue, with the silver Chambor rose printed on top. A round mirror is included on the under-side of the lid.
The refill pan can be placed in the pan, once one pan is finished.

The refill
Applicator: The compact comes with a soft fluffy cotton applicator. I mainly use it for touch-ups.
Shade: I am reviewing shade RR5 here which, going by online swatches, is the darkest shade in this range. 




Texture: the compact powder is finely milled, and very soft to touch. It blends easily on the face.
My experience: I am quite satisfied with this compact. Even though the shade is nowhere a match for my skin tone, but it still never looks mismatched. I wear this compact to work daily. It never looks white on my face. Maybe this is because I apply it lightly with a powder brush and not the applicator.
I use the applicator only for touch-ups during the day. This compact keeps the skin looking fresh, but does not mattify it completely. Also, my skin does get shiny after 1-2 hours. It provides light coverage.
Tip: To prevent the applicator picking up too much shade, never discard the thin plastic sheet that separates the compact from the powder, which you get when you buy a compact. This way, the puff will never pick up extra powder when lying idle in the case.
Pros:

·         Soft texture, blends into the skin easily
·         The shade does not make me look white, contrary to other base-makeup products from Chambor
·         Does not break me out
·         Suitable for daily wear
·         Provides light coverage
·         Easy to carry
·         No animal ingredients
Cons:

·         Does not mattify my skin as much as I’d want it too.
·         Needs to be touched-up every 1-2 hours
·         Price may be on the higher side for some, but it comes with a refill pan, so you get a total of 32 grams for the price of 16 grams.
·         Only 4 shades are available
Verdict: I am satisfied with this compact, and for daily wear, I think its quite good. Not a must-buy, though.
Rating: 7/10
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Chambor Radiant Touch-up Concealer 02- Review

Hey girls….After the very frustrating post yesterday about the Chambor Enriched Revitalizing Make-up liquid foundation yesterday, I thought I’ll share with you all another product from Chambor.

Today I’m reviewing the Chambor Radiant Touch-up Concealer in the shade 02.

About Chambor Radiant Touch-up Concealer:For the Radiant Quick Fix    

Chambor Radiant Touch Up Concealer is a creamy concealer made using ingredients that have been selected to be kind to the skin and the environment. The product has a texture with a light, creamy feel to even out and correct minor discolouration of the skin. When applied, the texture feels pleasantly fresh on the skin and quickly turns into a fine film.

·        Vegetable Oil and Mineral pigments – for performance and stay true colour.

·        Light /creamy texture that turns powdery when blended.

·        Fine protective film.

·        Karite Butter, known for their emollient properties causes radiance.

·        Hyaluronic acid, known for its moisturizing properties.

·        Natural Fragrance.

Price:Rs. 650 for 3 mL.

Packaging:The Chambor Radiant Touch-up Concealer comes in a tube, with an applicator attached to the tube. To dispense the concealer, you need to click the button on the other end of the tube.

Applicator:A brush-type applicator is attached to the tube itself. The applicator is white in color, and is very soft and flexible. Application with the applicator is very easy.

The shade: I am reviewing shade no. 02, which is meant for medium skin tone, I guess. But this shade has pink undertones in it. No yellow undertones in this shade.

Consistency:The consistency of this concealer is somewhere between creamy and liquid, but more on the creamy side.

My experience: I bought this concealer with the Chambor Enriched Revitalizing Make-up liquid foundation. So, continuing from yesterday’s story, the SA, after fixing me with the wrong shade foundation, gave me this concealer. This also looked good on the face in the store, but turned out not so good when I came home.

For a casual party some time back, I wore this concealer above a primer to conceal under eye dark circles, and other small spots on the face. I followed it up with loose powder.  And to my horror, I discovered the next day,  that my face looked white in patches in photographs….Under the eyes, and on the facial spots, this concealer photographed white…  I have not used this ever since.

Pros:

·        Creamy consistency, spreads easily on the skin

·        Does not fade, especially when worn with a primer

·        Long staying

·        Light texture

·        Easy to apply with the applicator

Cons:

·        Since the tube is opaque, gauging the quantity of the leftover concealer is impossible.

·        Quantity is very less. Only 3 mL.

·        This shade leaves a white cast on my face.

·        Only 3 shades are available, so finding the right shade for everyone is difficult.

Verdict:If and only if you find your shade match, please go ahead and try this concealer. Dusky beauties may stay away from this range.

Rating:5/10
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Sunshine Award

Hi everyone…I’m pleased to announce the second award for my Blog from Tanmayee of CelebratingFeminity…check her fabulous blog here

Thanks a ton Tanmayee for dedicating this award to me.

I’m dedicating this award to:

Enjoy guys!!!

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Chambor Enriched Revitalizing Make-up: 302 Enriched Natural review

Hi girls….how many times we pick up a foundation with sky-high hopes and expectations after swatching on the hand and even trying on the face at the stores, and we realize that the shade is a total bummer only when we come home????

Well, it happened a lot with me, until I discovered my HG Foundation….the Chambor Enriched Revitalizing Make-up in the shade 302 is one such dud product for me…I have no good things to say about it from my personal experience (nothing against the Brand, please), but I’ll still try and give you a realistic picture.


About Chambor Enriched Revitalizing Make-up*:

Ensures you keep glowing all day long and look luminous and younger, at the same time, concealing any flaws/imperfections.


 When long work hours and a demanding lifestyle leave your usually healthy/radiant complexion looking greasy and drained, Chambor’s Enriched Revitalizing Makeup ensures that you keep glowing all day long and look luminous and younger, at the same time, concealing any flaws/imperfections. Use this easy-to-apply creamy foundation and create the perfect flawless skin/base you’ve always desired, perfectly creating a natural, no-makeup look this season.


Its ingredients include Hop & Ginkgo Biloba extracts. The HOP extracts firms and revitalizes the skin, giving it a luminous texture & Gingko Biloba Extract to fight free radicals. It even enriched with Vitamin A & E & the SPF 18 component protects your skin from sun damage to give you a youthful and impeccably radiant complexion.

·         Suitable for Normal to Dry Skin

·         Gives an even Flawless & luminous finish

·         Reduces fine lines

·         Enriched with plant extracts comprising of Anti-ageing properties

·         Water resistant – Long Lasting

·         Non Comodogenic

·         Easily gets blended

·         No animal ingredients

·         Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist Tested


Price: Rs. 995 for 30mL.

Packaging:the bottle of Chambor Enriched Revitalizing Make-up is made up of glass and is quite heavy because of that. It comes with a pump dispenser, which dispenses just the right amount of foundation. The dispenser can be secured with the transparent plastic cap.

Consistency:The foundation is liquidy, spreads and blends easily. Does not feel too heavy on the skin.

My experience:hmmm… I bought this liquid foundation some time back, for a few functions of a friend’s wedding… the story goes this way…(very frustrating)

I went to the Chambor counter, and asked the SA to give me a liquid foundation with full coverage. She showed me this and swatched and blended this on my hand. I asked her to apply it on my face as the skintone on the hand and face is always different. She did that…I checked in the mirror…my face looked fine… I asked her to give me a hand-held mirror, and I went outside the store (with only one side of the face covered with foundation) to check my face in natural day-light (store had yellow lights)…the face again looked fine…. I came back to the counter and happily bought this foundation…

Came back home, and excitedly applied this on my face, all the while thinking that yayyy, I have found the right foundation for myself…but NO…I looked like a ghost….my face was completely WHITE…I tried blending with a sponge, puff, foundation brush, buffer brush…everything….but this shade failed me all the time…


The result? I have never worn this shade after the day I bought it… Never ever have I worn it….Phew…

See swatches below…Note the white cast on my skin.



I know so many of you will identify with my experience…

Quickly summing up the pros and cons…

Pros: (from that 1 time experience)

·        Moisturising formula, suitable for dry skin

·        Has SPF-18

·        Claims to be long stay, full coverage, non-comedogenic and free of animal ingredients….Since I have practically never worn it, I cannot comment on all these points.

Cons:

·        Expensive

·        Limited number of shades, so you’ll have to struggle with finding a suitable match, if at all.

·        Shade 302 leaves a white cast on my MAC-NC45 skintone.

Verdict:If you find your shade match, and have dry to normal skin, please go ahead and try this foundation.. Dusky beauties may steer clear from this range, as finding a suitable match is practically impossible in this range..

Rating: I really cannot rate this foundation…


I really hope you liked the review.. 😐

*Information source: Chambor website
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Style Watch: Stripes

Hey girls….wanna know what is the hottest trend in terms of design this season? the stripes….yes, the stripes are back in action.

Check out some ways in which you can sport this trend.

An evening cocktail dress, as below:


Casual day-wear chic dresses:


Some celebs spotted in this trend:

Striped trousers:

Striped summer shirt: 


Tips and tricks for wearing stripes:
  • keep only one element of your dress/ ensemble striped…Never pair a striped shirt with a striped trouser or vice versa…
  • try to keep colours in the striped garment to minimum i.e. 2 colours….Multi-coloured stripes may look over-the-top..
  • keep accessories simple/ minimum….the focus should be on the stripes and nothing else.
  • people with short height should wear vertical stripes to add the appearance of length to their height, e.g. vertically striped trousers.
  • people with extra fat around the waist should not wear horizontal stripes as it will make them appear fuller…on the contrary, thin people can wear horizontal stripes to add the appearance of volume to their body….



Keep the above, simple tips in your mind, and flaunt stripes this season!!!


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MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation NC 44.5- Review

Hey everyone… I’m back with another product review from MAC…As you know, MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation is my favourite liquid foundation. Today, I’m reviewing my favourite compact. It is the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in the shade NC 44.5.

I use NC 45 in liquid foundation and NC 44.5 in powder foundation.

What is MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation?*: A one step application of foundation and powder. Gives skin a smooth, flawless, all-matte, full coverage finish. Long-wearing: lasts for upto eight hours. A real all-in-one. The choice of pros, and a long time favourite of M.A.C. fans.

Price: Rs. 1600 for 15g.

Packaging: Standard MAC packaging. Black carton with white imprint. The case of the powder + foundation is also standard MAC, black matte case with white imprint. Inside, the case is divided into two compartments. The upper compartment has the powder+foundation, the lower one is to store the sponge applicator. The lower part of the case has many holes in it, probably to allow ventilation of the sponge, eh… The case has a round mirror on the inside of the lid. The case shuts securely, and is travel friendly.

Applicator:The applicator is made up of soft latex sponge. It is white in color, and very flexible. Can be washed and reused.  

Shade:NC44.5 is meant for girls with olive skin or yellow undertones, whatever you may call it. It has no pinkish tint to it, and does not leave a white cast on my skin. Blends perfectly with my skin tone.

Consistency and texture: the powder is very smooth to touch, and very pigmented.

I am in love with MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation, but ever since summers approached here in Delhi, wearing a liquid foundation on a daily basis becomes a TASK! I went to the store and tried this foundation, and instantly fell in love with how the skin felt on application of this powder. It makes my skin soft and smooth. The MUA suggested a shade lighter than liquid foundation, and I picked up NC 44.5 for myself. Also, since I have oily skin, I am always on the lookout for products which can make my face look mattified, this one fits the bill perfectly. It controls shine on my face for 3-4 hours when applied with the applicator provided, and for 2-3 hours when applied with a powder brush.


Coverage: provides medium coverage when applied with the applicator, which can be built. Although it does not cover pigmentation completely.

Pros:

·        Keeps skin mattified for a decent amount of time

·        Provides medium coverage, which is buildable.

·        Feels weightless on the skin, perfect for summers. Makes skin smooth.

·        Soft applicator

·        Sturdy, travel friendly packaging

·        The case has a mirror, so you can touch up anytime, anywhere.

·        Available in a lot of shades, so all of you can find your match easily.

Cons:

·        May be expensive for some, but then its MAC!

·        MAC is not available everywhere/ online

Verdict: this is my HG compact, and I’d recommend this to anybody on the lookout for a powder which keeps skin mattified, and also provides some coverage in a jiffy. Perfect stuff for summers!!

Rating: 9.5/10

* Information source: MAC Cosmetics website

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