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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Chambor Dazzle eyeliner pencil-101 Black Dazzle Review and swatches

Hello lovely ladies. Today’s product review is about the Chambor Dazzle eye pencil in ‘101 Black dazzle’.

Product Description: Chambor’s New DAZZLE EYE LINER PENCILS with its innovative formula allows smooth application and perfect color with a one stroke precise application. At a party or even for everyday wear the colorful dazzling pencil light’s up your eyes.
The transformation from a dark room to a magically lit up one will never fail to charm, attract or DAZZLE you.
·         No Animal Ingredients.
·         Non – Comodogenic.
·         Dermatologist Tested.
·         Opthalmologist Tested.

Price and availability: Rs. 480. Easily available at Chambor outlets and also online.

Nett content: 0.28g

Packaging: The Chambor dazzle eyeliner pencil comes in a sleek, plastic casing with a screw-to-reveal-pencil mechanism. The packaging is non-retractable, i.e. once you take out some of the pencil, you cannot put it back in. The cap has floral print on it, and shuts with a click sound. It is travel friendly.

My experience: To begin with, I must tell you that I have oily lids. I swatched this pencil at the store, and instantly fell in love with the shade. I picked this pencil, along with a blush, which I will review soon, and I got a Chambor dual-mirror free! Yayy.
When I came back home, I couldn’t resist applying this to my eyes, even though it was night..Silly no? But coming to the experience now. Just 5 minutes after application, my eyes started to feel too cool. Maybe it has camphor in it. Can’t say. But the sensation was so ‘cooling’, that I had water trickling down from my eyes. I thought maybe it was because of the first time usage. I tried it again next day, and the same thing happened. It’s almost like you are crying! Also, since eyes get watery, the color fades off within an hour or so after application. I learnt the hard way that this eye pencil is supposed to be used on the upper eyelid. On the upper-lids, it does a decent job.

Methods of usage:
·         As an upper eyelid liner
·         Can also be used as a black base for creating smoky eyes, but for that, you will need to smudge it immediately after application

The good:
·         Smooth, cramy formula. Glides on the eyes like butter.
·         Color payoff is excellent. It is a deep black eyeliner.
·         No need to sharpen pencil
·         Multi-purpose pencil
·         Smudge proof and waterproof
·         No animal ingredients, non-comedogenic, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.
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The not-so-good:
·         Non-retractable packaging, so you will never know how much of the pencil is left.
·         May transfer to lids few hours after application if you have oily lids
·         Need an oil-based remover to remove.
·         Price. It is quite expensive for the given quantity
·         Strictly not meant to be used as kohl/kajal.
TDIB Rating: 8/10.
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6 hair trends to watch out this summer

Heya girls!
Summers are here, and the heat is giving us the sweats. Yes, literally!
Maintaining a trendy and stylish hairstyle in the summers is a must. A suitable hairstyle is the most important accessory to the clothes that you wear.
Here’s a quick look at the top hair trends for this season:
A loose plait, as above, looks very stylish and chic during the day. Pair it with a casual, floral-print dresses during the day. Keep make-up minimal. Perfect for a casual date.

 This straight-out-of-bed look is apt for a casual day out with the girl friends. add some mousse to the hair, turn hair upside down and blow dry to add volume. Then pull hair back, fix your bangs with a bobby pin, and you’re good to go! (do not comb your hair) Additionally, you may add hair accessories with small flowers to add a touch of glamour. Add a touch of pink to make-up, but keep it simple.

For a casual date lunch, glam up your hair by pulling it to one side and making a simple plait. Set your bangs in place and for make-up, do not forget the blush!

 The fish-tail braid is touted as the hottest hair trend this season. Suitable for both day and night wear, it goes well with all sorts of dresses.

A bun! Yes, a simple bun can completely turn around the look of a dress by adding that lady-like glamour and still looking young. No accessories required for this hairstyle, it speaks for itself! 

For evenings, up the glam quotient by making a stylish bun, complete with a pouf in the front, and some glamorous hair accessories, if desired. 
So, what is your favourite hairstyle this summers?

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Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Liner-630 Velvet Beige Review and swatches

Hello lovely ladies. I am going to review a lip liner today from Maybelline. It’s the Color Sensational lip liner, shade no. 630, Velvet Beige.

Price: Rs. 210

Nett content: 5grams

My experience: I bought this lip liner pencil a few weeks back, and I must say, I am totally satisfied with it. I use this to line my lips, or to fill them with this lip liner, to achieve perfect lips. It has a very soft, creamy texture. Also, the shade is suitable to be worn with pink and mauve based lipsticks/ gloss.
Some ways in which I use this lip liner:
·         To outline my lips. Then I follow it up with a lipstick.
·         To outline and fill my lips, followed by lipstick
·         To fill my lips, followed by a gloss.
Swatch
The good:
·         Creamy texture, lines the lips easily
·         Suitable for day wear
·         Stays for 3-4 hours
·         Excellent color pay-off
·         Easy to carry
·         Will last for a long time
·        Price.
Swatch
The not-so-good:
·         It is a pencil, needs to be sharpened with a sharpener. So you need to carry a sharpener additionally.
TDIB Rating: 8.5/10.
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Tip of the day!

For skin which glows from within, pamper it with a daily dose of fresh fruits…Eat them or make a smoothie or shake……Whats better is that most fruits that we eat can also be slathered onto the face as face packs….So go ahead,,indulge your skin!! Make the most of seasonal fruits..

Whats your favourite fruit??

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Lakme Invisible Finish Foundation Review

Hello everyone. Today I am going to review the first foundation on this blog. It is the Lakme Invisible Finish Foundation.

Like every other Indian girl, my journey with foundations started with our very own Lakme. Here goes my review. Let us see what I like and dislike about this stuff..


About the product: Invisible Finish Foundation offers perfect blending and full coverage for a flawless almost invisible finish. Water based. With SPF 8. In shades especially created for Indian skin tones.
I have it in shade no. 04. This shade is suitable for medium/dusky skin tone.


Price: Rs. 185 for 25mL.
Packaging: This foundation comes packaged in a translucent glass jar, with a purple lid. Shade number is mentioned on the bottom of the bottle. A spatula is attached on the inside of the lid, as shown in the below pic.



Availability: Easily available at stores, at general cosmetic stores and online.
My take on Lakme Invisible Finish Foundation: I was on a lookout for a foundation for daily wear for myself. I wanted something light on my skin, at the same time providing full coverage, oil control and sun protection. I know, we girls get so greedy sometimes 😛
Before blending
After blending



Pros:

  • Provides medium coverage for marks on my face.
  • Spreads easily on the face. Does not streak.
  • Has a light, pleasant fragrance, which stays all day long.
  • It is waterproof. Not much fading, even if you sweat.
  • Travel friendly packaging.
  • Price.
Cons:
  • Shade selection for dusky skin is not that great. Even though I bought the shade which was the closest match to my skin, it leaves behind a whitish cast on my face.
  • Does nothing to control oil around the T-zone. I need to apply powder frequently.
Will I repurchase this?: No, only because of the shade.
Verdict: If you find the perfect shade, go ahead and buy it. Try this foundation on your full face before buying.
TDIB rating: 5/10.
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