Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipcolor-Pure Plum-Review and swatches

Hi everyone. Today I’m reviewing another lipcolor from Maybelline. Its the Moisture Extreme lipcolor in Pure Plum.
About the product:
  • Fall in love with color, all over again
  • Crisp Color from pure color pigment
  • Creamy Feel, with a built in lip balm
  • SPF 15 for sun protection
  • 16 Captivating Shades
Price: Rs. 220 for 4g

Packaging: Pure Plum comes in a shiny red case! It is easy to carry, and the name of the lipcolor is written on the bottom panel.
Availability: Easily available online and at stores.
This is just another color in my Maybelline collection…When I think of the color Plum, this is the color that comes to my mind:


Image source: [1]
 I don’t know why they named it Pure Plum….its a pinkish-brown shade, in my opinion. Otherwise, the texture is smooth and creamy and it is a decent lipstick.

And here is the lipcolor on my lips:


Here, I have lined my lips using Maybelline Colorsensational lipliner 630 Velvet Beige reviewed here.

Quickly summing up the pros and cons:

Pros:
  • Soft, creamy feel on the lips, spreads easily
  • Good color payoff, although this shade is not as opaque as Dusky Mauve(check review here), but can be built up with 2-3 swipes.
  • Does not bleed or feather
  • Moisturising formula, no need to wear a lip balm additionally
  • Has SPF 15 for sun protection sun protection.
  • Sleek packaging, easy to carry
  • No shimmers/glitters, although that is a personal preference
  • Suitable for office/daily wear
  • Price and availability
Cons:
  • The color is not PLUM….sad
  • Staying power is not great. It usually stays for 2-3 hours, after which it starts fading. May need to reapply.
  • Does not survive coffee mugs
  • Maybelline tests on animals L
 Rating: 9/10
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Lakme Eye Color Quartet – Tanjore Rush Review and swatches

Hi girls. Today I’m reviewing the Tanjore Rush eyeshadow quartet from Lakme.  

Product description: A versatile quartet of explosive, radiant colors to color and highlight your eyes, thereby giving you the heavenly look of a Diva. It is coupled with a handy applicator designed with a two sided brush that helps pick the right amount of color and apply it smoothly and evenly. For those dramatic, intense eyes, pick up a Lakme Eye Color Quartet.


Price: Rs. 425 for 7g (for 4 shades, i.e. 1.75g of each shade)

This quartet has 4 shades in it, like all other Lakme quartets. I bought this because the purple shade in it matched exactly with a dress of mine that I had selected for a friend’s wedding functions, but nevertheless, I ended up getting my make-up done at the parlor 😛

But I have used this quartet on other occasions than that, and I find it to be quite versatile.

You can create a few different lookswith these 4 shades, alone or in various combinations with each other.

Generally speaking, these eyeshadows have a smooth texture and spread easily. They are easier to work with with an eyeshadow brush rather than the sponge-tipped applicators that come along with it (I have not even used them once, you can see in the pics). They do have some fall-out, but some shades have more fallout than others. Also, pigmentation is good, and staying power is average. Using them with a primer/ base increases the longevity and pigmentation too.

Coming to individual shades.


First one is a deep purple shade with purple shimmers. I generally use it as a crease or outer-corner color. On my skin-tone, it would look over-the-top if worn as an overall lid color, hence I have never used it that way. It has some minor fall-out too. Pigmentation is good too.

The next shade is a dark green shade, with golden shimmers. It looks green in the pan, but on swatching/ blending, the shimmers fall off and the shade turns blackish-green. This particular shade has the maximum fall-out amongst the lot. i generally use it for smoky-eye looks.

Next up is a beautiful copper shade, with copper shimmers. It is the most pigmented of all the shades, and has lesser fall-out than the above shades. It looks beautiful as an over-all lid color, and it compliments Indian outfits very well. This is one shade that can be worn alone, and it speaks for itself.

The last shade is a golden highlighter shade.  It has the least fall-out of the lot, and can be used as a highlighter shade, or to add golden glitter to any eye look. Decent pigmentation too. I have used this shade in the tutorial here.

swatches-with flash

swatches-without flash

Summing up the pros and cons:

·         Pros:

o   Decent pigmentation

o   Smooth texture

o   Good staying power, especially when used with a primer

o   Many different looks can be created with a single quad.

o   Nice assortment of shades, easy to carry along

o   Affordable price, and assurance of good quality, being Lakme

o   Easy availability

·         Cons:

o   Most shades have fall-out, so you need to be careful while doing face make-up. It is suggested that eye makeup be done first, or use a generous amount of loose powder under the eye to get rid of fall-out later.


o   The green color looks different in the pan and on the skin. It has major fall-out too.

o   All shades are shimmery, so these eyeshadows cannot be used for office/ day looks.

o   The applicator included with the pack is useless.

o   No mirror is provided in the case.

Hope you enjoyed the review and the swatches. EOTDs and tutorials coming soon!

Please comment below for any suggestions/ requests.

Thanks:) 

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Quick and easy Green Smoky eye Tutorial

 Hey girls.. I hope you liked the above eye make-up look. If yes, and if you want to know how this can be done in 2 minutes flat, read on!
Things you’ll need:
1.       Green eyeshadow/ green eye pencil: I am using Lakme Glide on color eye pencil in Peacock Green (reviewed here). If you use a pencil, you may not need to prime your eyes, and thereby save time. If you wish to use eyeshadow, you may need a primer.
2.       Black eye shadow: I am using Inglot AMC 63 eyeshadow refill here.
3.       Golden eyeshadow/ highlighter shade: I used the golden shade from Lakme eye quartet Tanjore Rush (reviewed here)
4.       Black eyeliner, kohl and mascara

5.       Eyelash curler (optional)

6.       Eyeshadow applicator and blender brushes (or any eyeshadow brushes)

Here are the steps:
1.       Apply green eyeshadow/ pencil to the inner 2/3rd of the upper eye lid.

2.       Apply black eyeshadow to the outer 1/3rd of the upper eyelid.

3.       Blend both the shades, focussing on the crease.
4.       Pick up a golden highlighter shade on a brush, and run the brush all over the eyelid (yes, on the eyelid and under the brow too)…easy, right?


5.       Line the eyes with eyeliner, curl lashes (optional) and apply mascara.
6.       Apply the green eyeshadow used in step 1 to the outer 2/3rdof the lower lash line. Apply kohl/kajal. And you’re good to go!


Bat your eyelids and mesmerise the world!!!
Here’s the final look once again:

Hope you liked the tutorial.
Please leave comments and suggestions below.
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Lakme Glide on Eye Color-Peacock Green- Review

Hello beauties…Here I am reviewing a green eye liner pencil from Lakme. It is the Peacock Green shade from the Glide-on eye color range.

About the product: Crushed gemstones sprinkled with the brilliance of precious metals. For eyes that reflect the stars.

Price: Rs. 275 for 1.2g
Packaging: The Lakme Glide-on eye color comes in a sharpenable pencil. The pencil is black in color, with golden imprint on it. It has a transparent cap, and the tail-end is also golden in color.
I bought this pencil only at the spur of the moment, and I do not repent buying it. It is an easy, every day color, without much glitters, though it does have some shimmer, but you cannot make that out from a distance.
The texture is smooth and the glitters are not chunky. The pencil glides on smoothly, although this is not the smoothest pencil that I have used.
On my oily lids, the color stays for 2-3 hours, though it keeps transferring to the upper lids. But I have found out ways to use this pencil in a better way. Read on to know more.
Possible ways of usage:

  • As an upper lid eyeliner
  • As a base for creating different eye make-up looks.
Without flash

With flash
Pros:

  • Smooth texture
  • Glides easily on eyes
  • Good pigmentation.
  • Color payoff is good
  • Easily available online and at stores
Cons:

  • When worn alone, staying power is not very good (Can be increased by priming the lids though)
  • Smudges on the lids.
Hope you liked the review.
Please leave a comment below.
Thanks
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Boroline Skin Cream Review

Hey gurlies! Today I’m going to review the most commonly available and the most loved skin cream in India.
Yes, you’ve guessed it right..it is Boroline!


Product and brand information: Boroline is an over the counter antiseptic skin cream. The brand was launched in 1929 in Kolkata by Gourmohan Dutta. Boroline can be used for cuts, cracked lips, rough skin, and for minor skin infections. It is a combination of the antiseptic boric acid, the astringent and sunscreen zinc oxide, and the emollient lanolin. [Source]
Ingredients and their uses:


            1. Boric acid It works as a mild antiseptic, and it can be effective in the treatment of some skin conditions such as acne and mild rashes. Boric acid also works on yeast and fungal infections [Source]

2.      Zinc Oxide- Zinc oxide is widely used to treat a variety of skin conditions like diaper rashes, skin infections, in products such as calamine cream, anti-dandruff shampoos, and antiseptic ointments, in sunscreens, etc. It is the broadest spectrum UVA and UVB reflector that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA [Source]

3.      Mineral oil

4.      Paraffin wax

5.      Lanolin and perfume.

Packaging: Boroline originally came packed in green aluminium tube ever since it was launched. They recently added the new white pot to the existing packaging. The new packaging has a round white pot with a green lid. IMO, this packaging is more user friendly. Scooping out the cream is easier from a pot than squeezing from a tube.

Price: Rs. 40-50 (not sure) for 40g.

Every Indian household has used Boroline at some or the other time. It is such a versatile cream, that it silently sits in everyone’s cupboard.

Pros:

  • Moisturises skin

  • Heals cracked heels, dry lips, dry rough skin (e.g. on elbows and knees)

  • Can be effectively used as a night-treatment for skin. The skin feels soft the next morning.

  • Can be used on babies for nappy rashes

  • Price.

  • Easily available

 Cons:
  • Can be a bit too greasy/heavy for use in summers

Verdict: Boroline skin cream is a must have for everyone!

How do you use this cream? Leave a comment below..

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Vega Premium Eyelash Curler Review

Hey gurlz! I’m back with another review, and this time its a make-up tool. And a very essential one!

An eyelash curler is that one tool which not many girls pay attention too, and which can make a substantial difference in the way your overall look goes.

About the product: Vega Premium Eyelash Curler is adored by professional make-up artists and even celebrities. This premium quality eyelash curler is easy to use and quickly gives your eyelashes a desired curl. It does a great job of curling your lashes and makes your eyes look wider and brighter. The plastic handle provides a secure grip during use.
Price: Rs. 99 (now increased to Rs. 120 maybe)
Packaging: Vega premium eyelash curler comes packaged in a plastic box which can be retained to store the curler safely. The curler has a black handle for easy grip, and rubberised ends for curling. Also, the spring mechanism is easy to use, without any jerks.

Availability:Easily available online and at stores.
My experience: In my opinion, I bought this curler a bit too late. Only after purchasing this did I realise what I had been missing from my make-up routine. Though I am blessed with naturally long and curled lashes, this just adds more drama to them and makes my eyes look gorgeous. Curled lashes give that awake look to the eyes, if you know what I mean. I’ll talk less in this review, and let the pictures do the talking for you.
So guys, here are some before and after pics for you.
Before curling

Curling eyelashes

After curling
Pros:
  • Classy look with the black handle
  • Easy to use
  • Curls lashes effectively
  • Does not pull the eyelashes
  • Easily available
  • Affordable
Cons:
  • None. But I don’t know if one day, the rubberised ends may get worn off. Then I’ll need to replace the curler.
Will I repurchase Vega premium Eyelash curler?: Don’t know, as this will last me a long time. I may only discard it if I get bored with it. And then I will purchase some other brand’s curler. No complaints with this one though.
Recommendation: Yes, absolutely. An eyelash curler is a must have in every girl’s vanity!
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MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Review and Swatches

Hi friends.
It’s probably the day of my favourites. I am back with another favourite product of mine, and this time, it’s a liquid foundation. I’m reviewing MAC studio Fix Fluid Foundation for you guys here! Continue reading to find out why I love it.
mac studio fix fluid foundation review
mac studio fix fluid foundation review
Claims:A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF-15. Comfortable and long-wearing, lasts for upto eight hours. Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specially treated micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil. Contains special skin conditioning ingredients. Oil free.
mac studio fix fluid foundation review
Price: Rs. 1700 for 30 mL.
 
Packaging: it comes in a clear glass bottle with a screw-on black lid. The bottle is heavy because of the glass. And the bad part is that it comes without a pump. You will need to buy an additional pump for almost Rs. 500.
 
Ingredients:
mac studio fix fluid foundation review
I was on the lookout for the perfect shade of foundation, and having tried all available brands like Lakme, Revlon, L’Oreal, Maybelline, etc (I do love these brands for other products!), I was still not satisfied with the shade. I always looked like a ghost in the shades that these brands had to offer to me. All possible foundations left a whitish cast on my dusky complexion. Then I decided to buy a foundation from MAC. Agreed, it is expensive, but it is worth every penny. Trust me. For the first time in my life, I could find a perfect shade for my complexion. I picked up NC45 shade and it looks natural on my face. It controls the oil on my face, gives a flawless finish, provides medium to heavy coverage…well, I can go on and on about this thing!
mac studio fix fluid foundation review
mac studio fix fluid foundation review
Pros:
  • Controls oil on my (oily) face. Need to properly moisturise the face prior to application, or it makes the skin feel stretchy (Probably it is too good at oil-control…haha)
  • Provides medium coverage. Can be worn during the day also, without looking cakey or heavy. Coverage can be built up as per the need!
  • No need to wear concealer for small marks on the face (may be needed for heavy dark circles, though)
  • Looks fresh for 5-6 hours easily.
  • Sweat and water proof.
  • Spreads easily (though it dries very quickly, so you will need to work fast with it.)
  • Has SPF
  • Never broke me out.
  • perfect shade match!!
Cons:
  • Additional pump may be needed, although I have not bought it, and I have no problems till now.
  • Available only at MAC stores.
  • Price. It is a tad too expensive for a foundation.
I am going to repurchase this till I find something even better. But till then, it is my HG foundation! Absolutely. It is my most favourite foundation ever!
Verdict: It is a must buy foundation for oily-skinned girls.
Tip: It is best used with a wet sponge or a wet buffer brush
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Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF-15 Review

Hello friends. Today I’m going to review my favourite facial moisturiser. It has been with me for the last 7 months, and has never failed me. Here’s the review girls. I hope you find it useful too.
About the product:
This non-greasy, dermatologist-recommended lotion keeps skin moisturized for 12 hours. PABA-free SPF 15 sunscreen helps prevent premature signs of aging caused by the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. Its sheer formula absorbs quickly into skin and contains no drying alcohol. Skin is left feeling softer and smoother. For all skin types.
  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-free
Price: Rs. 299 for 115 mL.
Packaging: Neutrogena oil free moisturiser comes in a handy, white plastic bottle with a pump for dispensing the moisturiser. The pump needs to be twisted to lock and unlock and it dispenses just the right amount of product for usage.
The pump
Ingredient list: 

Usage instructions: Apply every morning after cleansing. Smooth a pearl-sized amount over your face and neck.


I have very oily skin, and last year, I was seriously on the lookout for an oil-free moisturiser. I chanced upon this one, and i love it since then. It gives my face the right amount of moisture, without making it oily. I regularly use it as a part of my CTM routine, and I have no complaints till date. I use it every morning (I do not use it at night, as it has SPF. I use a separate night cream).
The consistency is very light, and it spreads easily. Though the lotion is white in color, it does not leave behind a whitish cast on the face. It gets absorbed quickly, so you can start wearing make-up after 2-3 minutes.


Below are other pro’s and con’s:
Pros:
  • Has SPF-15, which makes it ideal for day wear
  • Oil free, so it suits my oily skin
  • Does not clog pores.
  • Did not break me out at all
  • Does not make my face oily like other moisturisers. It keeps me oil free for 2-3 hours.
  • Value for money. 1 bottle will last 6-8 months when used once a day.
  • I think it will suit all skin types.
Cons:
  • Claims to be fragrance free, but it has a very very mild, sweet fragrance, which disappears after 10-15 minutes. It doesn’t bother me though.
Verdict: I am completely in love with this facial moisturiser, and I will keep re-purchasing. I recommend this to all oily-skinned girls..

Hope this review was helpful.

Whats your favourite moisturiser and why? Comment below and let everyone know.
Tada!
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Lotus Herbals Basiltone Toner Review

Hello everyone.  Today’s product review will cover Lotus Herbals Basiltone toner.

About the brand: India is acknowledged the world over for her rich bounty of herbs, and even more for her ancient practices of applying them effectively. Lotus Herbals brings forth the same wisdom, in the form of scientifically developed products that generate the same powerful effect, in a shorter time and last you longer. At Lotus Herbals we actively engage herbal ingredients instead of chemical-based, synthetic and cruel animal tested cosmetics. Our wide range of holistic health-care and enhancement products capture the purity of nature and the strength that lies therein.[1]
Product claims: BasilTone is a blend of Cucumber extracts and Basil Leaf extracts that removes any make-up residue, pollution or excess oils. Restores natural pH balance of combination or oily skin. Helps tightens skin pores
Price: Rs. 185 for 100mL.

Packaging: Comes in a clear plastic bottle, with a spray pump for dispensing the toner. It has a clear cap for the bottle.

Availability: Easily available online and at stores.
Ingredients: Cucumber extract and Basil leaf extract

My experience: Since I have very oily skin, Lotus Herbals basiltone toner was a part of my CTM routine for some time (2 months, to be precise) last year, but then I switched to some other product and this one now is mainly used as a facial mist and to dilute face packs. I have almost used up this bottle full of toner now.
Pros:

  • Fresh fragrance. Smells of Basil and Cucumber.
  • Good to use as a facial mist for oily skinned girls.
  • Easy to carry and use.
  • Instantly freshens up the face
  • Claims to be herbal
  • Easy availability.
  • Also, value for money for the given price.
Cons:

  • Not too good at controlling oil on the face
  • Does not prevent/treat acne.
  • Also, does not tighten pores.
  • Complete ingredient list is not mentioned L
How I use this toner:

  • As a facial mist during the day to freshen up my face.
  • As a toner, but only sometimes.
  • Mostly, to mix/dilute face-pack preparations
  • I also sometimes use it clean up make-up residues under my eyes.
Will I repurchase this?: No.
Recommendation: In my opinion, if you have combination skin or slightly oily skin, this may work for you. For very oily skin, this is not recommended.
TDIB rating: 6/10.
[1] Information source: Here
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Maybelline Color Sensational Moisture Extreme Lipcolor-Dusky Mauve-Review and swatches

Hello Gurls!! I am today going to review one very popular lipcolor from Maybelline. It is the Dusky Mauve shade from the Color Sensational Moisture Extreme range.
About the product: Maybelline Color Sensational Moisture Extreme lip color is composed of crisp color from pure color pigments that give you rich opaque lips. The lipstick feels very creamy, with a built in lip balm that also has SPF 15 for sun protection.
Price: Rs. 220 for 4g
Packaging: Comes in a sleek metallic brown case, with brand and color details mentioned on the bottom. Its a no-fuss, simple packaging, and is easy to carry.
Availability: Easily available online and at stores.
My experience: Well, every Indian girl has tried Maybelline products at some or the other time, and everyone has their own favourites too. I picked up this color along with a few other things from the Maybelline counter, and I must say that I am not in the least bit disappointed. It is a good quality lipstick at an easy-on-the-pocket price.

 Below are the swatches in different lighting conditions:
Without flash

With flash

Pros:
  • Soft, creamy feel on the lips
  • Spreads like butter on the lips
  • Color payoff is good
  • Does not bleed or feather
  • Moisturising formula, no need to wear a lip balm additionally
  • Has SPF, although the pack does not say how much sun protection.
  • Sleek packaging, easy to carry
  • No shimmers/glitters, although that is a personal preference
  • Suitable to be worn to work
  • Affordable price
Cons:
  • Staying power is not something to boast about. It starts fading after 2-3 hours. May need to reapply.
  • Transfers to coffee mugs
  • Maybelline tests on animals L
Will I repurchase this?: Maybe..maybe not..Can’t say..
Recommendation: You may try the shade depending on your liking. Other gorgeous shades available too. 
TDIB rating: 9/10.
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