Thursday, 13 November 2014

Revlon Nail art Shiny Matte- Review


Hello there,

We are soon approaching the colder months of the year and that means it’s time for bolder make up. When winters make your skin look paler you need to add some colour and warmth to your skin by choosing the right makeup. My clothing is mostly blacks and greys during winters but I emphasize more on brighter lipsticks and play up with accessories to balance the whole look. There is one more thing that needs your attention and i.e. your nails. Choosing the right colour for your nails is also essential to complete your look.

These days painting your nails with all sorts of different colours and designs is such a fad and everyone is being so high on it. Several cosmetic companies are trying to come up with products that cater to today’s trend for example, someone may not have the time to go to the Nail bar for a perfect Mani or Pedi and get some art work done on their nails or the other reason being it could turn out to be an expensive affair for the time it would last if you do household chores. So, to eliminate all that hassle you can now do your own little nail art with the help of Revlon nail art range.
 
 

Let’s jump to the review now:

During a regular visit to the mall I stumbled at the Revlon counter as I saw this sleek, frosted bottle that read “matte” and then I knew I had to have it because anything in matte finish is totally up my alley. There were some great shades to choose from but I chose this warm dark maroon that comes with a metallic light gold colour to help you create your own version of nail art. It is totally fun to play with but, while I can try my hand on nail art like a pro on my left hand I would need someone’s assistance to do my right hand nails else it would turn out to be wall art ;) and I know it not just me. Ha-ha ;)

Let’s jump to the review now:

Product name: Revlon Nail art shiny matte nail enamel

Shade name: Tortoise shell

Quantity: 7.68 ml

Price: RS 375

This nail enamel comes in a sleek 2 sided bottle. On one side is the matte version of the enamel and the other houses the shiny/metallic version. The matte side has a regular paint brush while the other side has a more precise brush for application which allows you to showcase your artistic side.

Upon a single coat the matte one looks completely opaque and in sometime transitions to a frosty matte finish and you can go ahead with the second coat of matte for a more even finish. This nail colour takes time to dry completely while the metallic one dries a lot quicker.

On the longevity of the nail polish I would say if you don’t do any household chores it would last on your nails for about 3 to 4 days and then begin to chip and lose its sheen. The shade selection is amazing and the pricing seems ok.

Now let me come to the saddest part of owning this. When I took off the nail paint after a few days of wear time it turned my nails yellow in colour yikes! I never wear nail paints at home as I keep them only for the weekends so there was no way that my nails were discoloured prior to this. After a month or so I gathered the courage to apply this again and it did exactly the same thing.

It was so embarrassing to have such discoloured nails that I had to wear a nail polish to cover them as they looked awful in the day light and then impatiently waited till I could have them grow out and chop them off. I am very disappointed with this nail colour and would never dare to apply it again.
 
 

Final thoughts:

If you are a beginner at nail art you could give it a try but I love my nails and I can’t see this happening to them ever again. So I won’t be repurchasing this product.

P.S: I could not find the earlier pictures of the nail art I did with this product and didn’t have the heart to experiment again so just freshly applied one-one coat of both the shades to show you all how the colours actually look on nails. May be you all can use a different base coat and then use this over it. Let me know if this has happened to anyone of you?

Rating: 2/5

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

My current skincare regime!


Hey everyone,

Hope you all are doing great. I just returned from a much awaited and a much needed holiday and now I feel so rejuvenated. I think taking some time off to get away to some place you love gives your thoughts a new dimension and leaves you feeling accomplished. Anyways, it’s been a long while that I had written a blog post and it’s about time I write this one.

You know I am always a curious type to know what each ones skincare routine must be like, what products work for what skin type, what lotions and potions a combination skin could benefit from and stuff like that. As you know I am a beauty and a skincare junkie and I love to try new stuff all the time which can sometimes involve skin turbulence (if I may so call it. I guess I am still holidaying in my mind: D) meaning your skin can react not in a good way to the stuff you may be hoping to work for you but who doesn’t wish to settle for a perfect skincare regime that your skin can fall back upon in times of grave need I guess I now have my contingency plan in place.

Okay, I have a normal to combination skin type that has been recently prone to break outs due to some wrong products and of course the change of climate L

I am going to be sharing my current skincare routine today here on my blog and I hope it helps.

Cleanser:

Eau Thermale Avene Gentle gel cleanser rinse-off formula for normal to combination sensitive skin type.

That’s quite a mouthful! I picked up this cleanser as I wanted to cease using foaming face washes as they would just leave my skin dry and flaky so, I got myself this beauty and I am super happy to have it. I always wondered if a soap free cleanser could do a good job of washing away impurities but after cleansing my skin with this I am content the way  my skin feels clean, fresh and soft not screaming for a moisturizer for rescue. This cleanser has a mild fragrance which I like and is not bothersome to me but claiming to be for sensitive skin I wonder about the fragrance part.

How I use it:  This cleanser comes with a pump dispenser making it so easy to dispense just the right amount you may need. I just take about 1 pump and sometimes 2 if I am wearing makeup. Though it removes all the dirt and grime from the face but be sure to use a makeup remover to get rid of your makeup first as stubborn and water proof makeup may not be this one’s game.

Quantity: 200 ml / 6.76 FL. OZ.

Price: RS 1400
 
 

Avene Eau Thermal spring water:

Ever since I bought it, this has become a cult favourite of mine. It soothes and calms my skin leaving it fresh and bright. This can be used by anyone and with any skin type and there are tonnes of different purposes that this can be used for. You can refer to their website or instruction panel that it comes with. This is a staple in my vanity and I carry a 50 ml can in my bag at all times it is a must have in my opinion. this stuff travels with me wherever I go including my holidays.

How I use it:

I basically use this as a toner after I have cleansed my face with the avene gentle cleanser. I spritz this on my face generously and then allow it to sink into the skin by itself  and then pat dry the rest with my fingers.

Quantity: 150 ml 5.2 OZ.

Price: RS 1050
 
 

Avene skin recovery cream calming formula:

This is the final product that goes on to my skin and I use this as a moisturizer both AM and PM. This is a rich cream which does not need to be applied generously just a pea size amount is enough to cover my face. It nourishes and gives enough moisture your skin needs without making it too oily. I may consider a different cream for summer though as it may make my combination skin appear oily. But for now I am content with it. This cream comes in a small plastic tube with a nozzle, the colour of the cream is white in colour and has no fragrance whatsoever also it has a calming formula so it will help and subside the redness on your skin.

How I use it:

After cleansing and toning I apply a pea size amount all over my face leaving the under eye area.

Quantity: 40 ml

Price: RS 1400
 
 

That is pretty much the regime I am currently following you may have noticed there are a few things missing in this post I know I know my under eye cream, sunscreen and night cream. I am yet to find the right ones so while my skin is recovering with the help of these above mentioned products I want to stay distant from new stuff for now that could aggravate my skin further.
 
 

I will soon be getting myself the missing products but if you have any of your favourites that have never let you down please share them in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Monday, 6 October 2014

September favourites


Hello everyone,

September has ended and October has begun which calls for a new blog post on all things I have enjoyed wearing/using/loving in the past month. I always tell myself that I am going to resist going to the mall and avoid indulgence but I am always at the mercy of these brands that make me ditch all the promises made to self. (Note to self NO more promises splurge if you can).

Let’s kick start the post now:

Avene Eau thermal spring water:

If you have read my last post you will know that my skin has suffered a lot from breakouts due to highly fragrant products that I involved in my skincare from Forest essentials and that whole experience was shockingly dreadful leaving no hopes of recovery and then I treated my skin to this amazingly amazing product which has been my saving grace. I will do a full review on this later. I would love to include this product in every month's favourites as it is that good. I have recommended this to a cousin and he is all praises for it. It retails at RS 1050 for a 150 ml.
 
 

The body shop India powder brush:

 I was looking for a new powder brush and I visited the MAC cosmetics store and was gobsmacked to know that a powder brush would cost me RS 5000? NO way was I shelling out that much money on a brush knowing that some of their face brushes shed. I wish Real techniques sold their makeup brushes in stores here L so, my next stop was at body shop and I was pleased with the quality and the price it came at and I am very content with it.  I paid RS 895 after my membership discount of 10%.
 
 

Chambor Dazzle Eye pencils:

There is and never will be a day, when I would skip wearing kohl/kajal. I have been using gel liners lately but now, I feel sluggish and lazy cleaning the eye liner brush every single time. So, it was best to switch to a twist-up eye pencil eliminating the action of sharpening. I have used the Chambor Dazzle eye pencil in black in the past and I enjoyed applying them and so I introduced myself to another shade in the same range i.e. Teal dazzle which is a beautiful teal blue that instantly brightens my eyes without much effort as they glide easily and stay put for a really long time. The are easy for touch ups and awesome for travelling.
 
 

Chambor extreme matte long wear lip colour:

I was introduced to this adorable darling of a lipstick when buying my chambor dazzle pencils and I have been obsessed with it ever since. Biggest plus for me is they are “MATTE” in texture without the drying effect. They are creamy matte but settles to a proper matte finish. I bought the shade 02 honey rose, when applied gives me the perfect natural looking lips that I always wished for. I am getting a few backups for sure.
 
 

Tommy Hilfiger Eau De Prep:

I needed a daily wear perfume which would be a mix of floral fruity and spicy and this fits the bill perfectly. I am not big on Tommy Hilfiger perfumes but this one is good enough for everyday use.
 
 

I will do a individual product review very soon. There are not too many favourites this month but I am happy to name the few that made it to my September favourites list. If you have any favourites do share them in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

My thoughts on my skincare regime


Hello everyone,

I am doing this sort of a post for the first time on my blog. I see several people request beauty bloggers to do a skin care routine post often well, this one is not exactly a skincare post but you will know what I am meaning to say. I have been experimenting with various products so that I can find what works best for me and what I should never ever lay my finger on. Now trust me this whole process is crazy and insane and you will know why when you read this post.

Ok, I have mentioned a lot of times that I have a normal to combination skin type which means an oily T-zone and my rest of the face being on the drier side.

On a quest to take care of my skin I bought an entire range of morning and night skincare regime from our very own Forest Essentials. Now, I have tried two of their products in the past which I quite liked and reviewed them on my blog and I felt I could put all my trust in their hands to help me pamper my skin so, I indulged or can I say overindulged in doing so.

So, I bought myself the following products:
 
 
 

Day time skin care:

Forest essentials Neem and saffron face wash

Forest essentials Rose water mist

Forest essentials Indian rose and marigold day lotion with SPF 25

Night time skin care:

Face wash and rose mist same as above

Night cream sandalwood and saffron

Forest essentials lightening and brightening Tejasvi emulsion

Forest essentials sugarcane lip scrub

Forest essentials Bhringraj hair oil

Forest essentials Mashobra honey and vanilla shampoo

Forest essentials Mashobra honey and vanilla conditioner
 
 

Wow, now that’s a mega list. Yes, so I used all the above mentioned products religiously for a month and above and here is my honest opinion.

If you have used forest essentials yourself you will know that they are made with all natural stuff without the use of chemicals, parabens, no petroleum, artificial colours and are cruelty free now that being said they are heavily fragrant in fact, so much fragrance that you will feel sick of the smell at some point because it can give you a horrible headache.

After using these products I noticed that my skin was not too happy as it looked dull and lacked the lustre of being take care of. Now these were not the signs I was hoping for but I still continued using them and the result was a face full of acne and breakouts which I am still dealing with. My skin has never been so sensitive to any products I have used in the past but the overpowering smell of these lotions and potions just ruined my skin. I should have picked the first signs my skin was giving me at the very beginning and now I have acne which is becoming difficult to deal with. I have stopped using Forest essentials a week ago and my acne has not subsided yet, looks like the damage is done and I don’t know when I will have my normal skin back again.

And yes about the hair care stuff, I was suggested these products for hair fall and hair growth well, my hair fall was not reduced even by 1 percent as it only aggravated it with its powerful and intense smell.
 
 
 

Final thoughts:

Firstly, these products didn’t work for me but it is not necessary that they may not work for you. Please feel free to try and test their products if you wish to. Sadly, I would not be able to gather courage to try these heavily fragranced products again. I am testing a new skincare brand now and will share more details soon as I can only hope it helps to repair my damaged skin. L People with sensitive skin should be more careful of fragranced creams and lotions.

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Clinique Hydration solutions kit - review


Hello everyone,

Today’s post is about a Try-on kit I purchased from Clinique a month ago and I am ready to review it now. I had gone to the Clinique store to purchase their anti-blemish solutions clinical clearing gel which I have reviewed earlier on my blog and I requested the SA to give me a sample of their under eye cream and she sold me this little kit. Now, I am not very happy about this idea of selling sample size products at a high cost because I remember earlier receiving these sample sizes for free with my other Clinique purchases. There can only be 2 things to it either Clinique is unsure of their own products and that’s why they are reluctant to give away samples or their staff is not generous and want to keep the samples for themselves. :(  Anyway, so I bought this try-on samples and here is my opinion on them.

Note: I have normal to combination skin type

It consists of 4 sample size products and they come in a netted silver pouch.

a)      Clinique All about eyes eye cream  5ml

b)      Moisture surge overnight mask 7ml

c)       Moisture surge extended thirst relief 15ml

d)      Clinique moisture surge tinted moisturizer SPF 15 1.5ml

Price: RS 750 for the box which includes 4 samples and a silver pouch.
 
 

Clinique all about eyes eye cream:

As the name suggests it is an under eye cream. I have tried this product in the past when I had trouble free skin and I liked it then because it would keep my under eye area soft and hydrated. Now I needed more attention to the eyes as I have dark circles, dryness around the eyes and some visible lines and this product sadly does nothing. It only acts as a good base for my concealer. So, is that enough to buy a full size product? I would say no.

This 7ml pot would last you a month to help you decide if you should invest in it or not. The product comes in a tub packaging losing all its antioxidants and benefits once opened. This cream takes time to get absorbed into the skin. The scary part is it irritates my eyes if I happen to accidentally rub them, it stings. I am striking this stuff out of my list.

Clinique Moisture surge extended thirst relief:

Well, I have heard a lot of good reviews about this product and was curious to try it myself and the bottom line is I don’t like it. The texture is so silicone like and when I used it on my face it did not feel moisturized in fact it looked and felt more drying. It gets absorbed in the skin in a second only leaving you with dry mattified feeling. Sometimes, I even felt my skin looked and appeared darker with this stuff on. L With a heavy heart I am striking this off the list too.

Clinique overnight mask:

Okie, there are days when you need to pamper your skin and for those days I have kept this overnight mask handy and I am pretty content with the results. I woke up to a slightly softer skin the next morning. This is an oil-free mask and it helps to replenish and hydrate the skin. I use this twice a week and I quite like this product and plan to get a full size tube of it. So, this one stays on my list.

Clinique moisture surge tinted moisturizer SPF 15:

Hmm, I was very reluctant to try this stuff as the shade of this tinted moisturizer appeared very dark when I swatched it on my hand. Nevertheless, I still tried it on and what I felt was that this product is quite thick in consistency almost like a foundation. It blended easily on my skin but you need to work quickly with it as it starts setting. I felt that I was wearing something heavy on my skin that felt sticky and bothersome but overall it looked very nice and it photographed well. I think I am going to buy a full size bottle of it but match my skin tone correctly. So, I am still sceptical but I may give it a shot, not as of now though.
 
 

Final thoughts:

As I said I was hoping to get a couple of these as GWP (gift with purchase) but I was told by the SA that Clinique has stopped offering free samples which makes me think about going back to their brand as it is important to test and convince yourself before buying the full size products as this stuff is not cheap. I find Clarins and Estee lauder being very generous with their GWP offers and I always tell their SA’s to give me a sample of something that will show results as I am one of those customers who will go back and buy their full size bottle if I see good results.

Note: I wrote an email to Clinique mentioning about their no more samples policy and it’s been over a month and no one cared to revert.

 

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Favourites


Hello everyone,

This is the beginning of a new month, Happy September! So, it’s time to list my favourite products for the past month i.e. August. All the things that I have liked using and have been happy about, in the last month are on this list. It is a mix of makeup, skincare and accessories that I enjoyed buying and using. Read on to see what stuff made it to this list.

Evelyn & Crabtree Hand therapy cream:

Dry hands are always an issue for me. No matter what season of the year it is, they are always dry and craving for hand creams. This one has been my current favourite as it is a gorgeous fresh smelling cream which is so refreshing to my senses. I love the way how moisturising it is without leaving any greasiness or residue. It instantly soaks into my skin without having to struggle too much. So, this one makes it to the list.
 
 


Bio derma Sensibio H2o makeup remover:

I have been using Lush 9 to 5 cleanser which is cream based and Clarins makeup remover which is oil based and was pretty content with them but now I needed a water based remover which was very gentle on the skin so it had to be Bioderma sensibio H20 and who doesn’t love Bioderma? I ordered it online from Nykaa.com and I am so pleased with this product. It’s my number one makeup remover of them all now. Wohoo!!
 
 

Forest Essentials Rose water mist:

In Chennai, it’s mostly hot and humid and to keep up with this weather conditions I now know what to do J just spritz the Forest essentials Rose water mist generously on my entire face and I am sorted. It smells divine and rose water is in its purest form in this bottle as its 100% distilled rose water and nothing else. I am so stocking it up as I am obsessed with this stuff.
 
 

Kryolan Professional lipstick:

Wow! I wore this lipstick the whole of July and so it had to be here on my favourite list. I am super happy that I had a chance to pick this for myself as this colour brightens my face and my day. I have also reviewed this lipstick on my blog earlier and that shows how much I am loving it.
 
 

Marks & Spencer socks:

I simply love everything marks & spencer sells. I believe the quality of their products is their USP. So, that keeps me going back to them for more shopping. I love socks, I love wearing them, I love buying them but, only the cute looking ones J I picked these socks last month and I am totally loving them. Aren’t they adorable?
 
 

iPad Mini cover:

I was looking for a cute looking case/cover for my iPad mini and guess what I found one which is super-duper cute. The front of the case is a magnetic floral print design and the back of it is a lovely matte finish sea green colour. This now looks like a mini diary more than a mini iPad. Ha-ha! But I like it this way.
 
 

Da Milano Black leather handbag:

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that this is a new purchase. This stuff is so elegant that I love flaunting it. There is so much space inside the bag that I don’t have to worry about carrying my beloved things everywhere with me, they all fit in still leaving enough room to sneak in more stuff easily. The best part is that this bag never seems to be heavy on my shoulders even with all that weight it is carrying. Love it!
 
 

Random accessories:

I have been wearing these pins a lot in the past month. I happened to pick them in Goa during my holiday. I think each one cost me a hundred bucks I suppose. Nevertheless, I enjoy sporting them. The fish one on casuals and the yellow stone one on Indian dresses.
 
 

That’s about it from me. what are your current favourites? Do share them in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Monday, 1 September 2014

Chambor eye shadow Trio - Review


Hello everyone,

It’s time for a new post and todays post is on a product that I happened to pick just because I did not want to return empty handed from that counter. You know with me, if the SA’s are courteous and helpful while showing the products I cannot refuse them a sale. So, this was one such purchase. Please read on to see if I made a wise choice or I should learn to say “No Thank you” in future. :D

Product name: Chambor eye shadow Trio

Shade: Nocturnal Blue 93

Weight: 6gms

Price: RS 595
 
 
 
 

My take on the product:

I have purchased several other Chambor products in the past and my favourite being their Dazzle twist up eyeliner pencil in black. This time around I needed to give their eye shadows a chance so I decided to pick this one up.

It comes in a compact packaging with a built in mirror, a two way applicator brush and 3 different shades from the metallic and shimmer family. The case is a regular bluish black Chambor colour and has a floral print embossed to its exterior which I am not particularly fond of. The shades included in this palette contains a metallic dark blue, a metallic teal green and a grey loaded with shimmer. Appearance wise the shade selection is a treat to the eyes as a makeup enthusiast you can create various looks with it.

In this picture I have directly applied the shades on my lids, the inner corners I am wearing the teal green and the outer corner one is the dark blue shade and the lower lash is lined with the shimmery grey one, all without the use of primer and they last on my lids for 1 to 2 hours with a little bit of creasing here and there. I particularly like the shimmery grey one used with my Mac Fix+ to get the best out of it for an evening look.
 
 

The texture of the eye shadow is very smooth, butter like but when you pick it on your finer tip or brush it is just crazy (not in a nice way)the way it looks when swatched on your hand or applied over your eyes. It is so difficult to blend for an even finish and the amount of fallout from these pigmented looking shades is insane. After finishing doing my eye makeup with this trio my rest of the face turns all blue in colour when I tried to wipe off the excess fallout. Not just that, the texture is so gritty and powdery that this stuff keeps falling inside my eyes causing burning, itching and turning them red. Sadly, this product does not work for me.
 



 

The Nice:

Three beautiful shades

Comes with a built in mirror and application brush

Travel friendly

The Not so Nice:

Hate the immense fallout

Difficult to work with

Irritates the eyes

Expensive for the quality

Includes paraben

Final thoughts:
 There are several palettes to choose from as they offer some amazing shades but unfortunately, this one put me off and I fear to try the rest. I think I am gonna learn to say “No Thank you” in a polite manner. I wouldn’t repurchase this and I don’t even recommend it.

Rating: 2/5

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Ravs

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Kryolan Lipstick - Review


Hello there,

I have started enjoying writing reviews more than ever as this gives me an opportunity to shop more and explore other brands that I have never got my hands on earlier. The product that I am reviewing today is a brand that I have heard so much about, specially their TV paint stick. Their makeup is used by makeup artists in television, film and theatre and they are one of the world’s first professional makeup brands. This was my first time visiting their exclusive Kryolan makeup store in Chennai at Ramee mall under the Hyatt hotel and I was very excited to see what they had to offer. So, read on to see what I bought and my overall experience.

Product name: Kryolan Professional lipstick

Shade #: LC 130

Weight: 4gms

Price: Rs300
 



 

About Kryolan brand:

There is only one real professional make-up maker. There is only one Kryolan.

Kryolan have been supplying the film, theatre and television industries for over sixty-six years, which makes us one of the world’s first professional make-up brands. We’re still the number one choice for make-up artists today, thanks to our extensive range of over 16,000 high-quality make-up products and accessories.

Kryolan’s chemists have been developing our professional range from our headquarters in Berlin for over six decades. During this time, we’ve created and perfected 750 colour-intense shades in over 16,000 products, which are currently used in more than 80 countries in every continent worldwide.

Also read:

Their products stand out under HD lighting and filming conditions, products are long lasting and comfortable to wear, highly pigmented, ingredients used are of highest purity, colour continuity guaranteed, perfect for professional environment and also suitable for everyday wear.
 
 

My experience with the product:

You know that feeling when you want to own at least one product from every brand on this planet so this time it was Kryolan. I was amazed to see so many different products, vast colour range of lipsticks, eye shadows and rest of the base makeup too. The staff was very helpful however, I asked them to let me explore the store by myself and would call for assistance if needed. So, I tried and tested most of their makeup by swatching and bought myself this lipstick which I loved at once. The lipstick comes in a basic greyish silver tube with a silver hardware finish on the cap and Kryolan embossed to the side of the cap, nothing fancy but it is still likeable. It closes with a click sound which means it is safe to carry in your handbag.

I have always fancied my lipsticks with a shade or tinge of brown in them like a Rosie brown or peachy brown and this shade is a coral brown in my opinion and this shade will suit fair to medium skinned beauties. The formula of the lipstick is neither creamy nor matte its somewhere in between. It glides on super smooth without any trouble. I personally feel that the lipstick appears to look matte but it’s not and that’s what I liked. It does not accentuate dry lips neither settles in fine lines. What I noticed is as the formula is creamy it is transferrable, but it does not affect how the lipstick looks even after transferring this means the shade is immensely pigmented and it stays put even after a cup of coffee. However, after a meal it leaves a stain like finish but it’s still there and that’s what makes it a special one. Even the expensive stuff doesn’t last as good as this economical product.
 


 

The Nice:

Affordable

So many different shades to choose from.

Non-drying

Sturdy packaging

Reapplication not needed so often

Does not accentuate fine lines

Does not test on animals! Yayyy

Highly pigmented

The not so nice:

Availability is a concern as they have very few stores in India.

 

Final thoughts:

I am in love with this gorgeous shade and I plan to pick a few more different ones. They are very affordable so you can play with colours without burning a hole in your pocket.

Rating: 4.5/5

Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ravs

Monday, 25 August 2014

Clinique anti-blemish solutions clinical clearing gel - Review


Hey everyone,

Trying tonnes of different products all the time just to find that one perfect product has never been an easy task. Going by a company’s claims about their products is a risky affair but sometimes you ought to don that guinea pig cap and see and believe things for yourself. In the process of doing so, your skin can go through turbulent times that includes acne breakouts or redness and this thought itself is very scary. L So, when my skin was experiencing one such bad phase I was on a lookout for a product that was allergy tested and fragrance free and that suited my combination skin at the same time. So, after doing some online research and store to store enquiries I finalized this product that I will be reviewing today.

Product name: Clinique anti-blemish solutions clinical clearing gel

Price: RS 1300 / $17

Quantity: 15 ml
 
 

Product claims:

Our daily treatment gel starts clearing blemishes upon application. Helps prevent new ones from making unwelcome appearance. Making visibly clearer skin a way of life.
 
 
 
 

My experience with the product:

I went to get a spot treatment gel but the SA at the Clinique store said they were out of stock and she suggested me this clearing gel instead. Which can be used both as a spot treatment and for overall application too. Plus, this was a new launch by them. After test application in the store on a live acne that I was suffering from I decided to give this stuff a chance.

Now, what made me pick this particular product was that it was meeting all my requirements of being allergy tested, fragrance free and it was made to cater all skin types. In addition to these points what I also liked about it was it was a clear gel which was not visible when applied.

I have tried and tested this product on my acne and here are my thoughts:

After cleansing, toning and moisturizing I would apply this gel on the areas that needed attention both A.M and P.M. Now what I have noticed is when you start applying this gel on a fully formed acne or blister it does not show results overnight which I was hoping for but it takes a minimum of 3 days to suppress the acne bump and also I observed that just spot applying this 3 to 4 times a day was more beneficial than only 2 times a day. By the way, if applied on an already grown pimple or bump there are chances that the blemish will leave its mark and this gel won’t be of much help to lighten or eradicate those marks. Another thing is that if you start using this gel on acne/bump that is still under your skin and has not developed this works way well in such cases by not allowing or giving it a chance to break out. You can use this under your makeup and even on top of your makeup as it won’t be apparent. The gel is clear and immediately evaporates upon application leaving a film like appearance which is otherwise not visible. You may feel a sense of dryness and stiffness around the area you apply it but it does not sting.
 
 

The Nice:

Allergy tested

Fragrance free

Suits all skin types

It’s a clear gel

Oil free

Travel friendly and can be carried along anywhere in your handbag for spot application.

Can be used both as spot applicator and overall.

Can be used under or over makeup.

Dries immediately on the skin when applied

Works to suppress existing and new acne.

The Not so Nice:

Cannot avoid the blemish marks.

Expensive

Rating: 3.75/5

Final verdict:

I am overall quite happy with this product as it is helping to heal my skin but I only wish it also worked to eliminate the blemishes while its working to put an end to those horrible creepy looking acne bumps… :D

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Ravs

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Forest Essentials- Tejasvi Emulsion Review

Hey everyone,

I know there has been a delay in my blog posts this time as I have been under the weather. I have not recovered yet but I was itching to do a post because writing for my blog is what was going to make me feel better. Today I am reviewing a product from one of favourite brands yes, it is Forest Essentials.
In a given day I have several encounters with a mirror just to see if I am looking the way I looked when I first got ready in the morning but alas! my dull face shatters all my hopes making me very unhappy.:(  Having tried the best of products from various high end brands I was still left wanting more goodness for my skin as the results wouldn't last. so, one day I decided to go the natural way and gave Forest Essential a go and there has been no looking back. Read on to see what I found and how it faired?

Product name: Forest essentials Lightening and brightening Tejasvi emulsion
Price: Rs 1975
weight: 50 gms



What the product claims:
 A emulsion formulated by combining natural moisturizers with selected herbs to provide extraordinary fairness, smoothness and suppleness to the skin. Active herbs includes are very potent antioxidant agents which help in reducing the damaging effect of free radicals. Regular usage of this product enhances elasticity of the skin leaving it lighter, fairer, supple, youthful and a radiant glow or "Tejas".
Ingredient's list:
Aged cows milk Ghee 40%, Kasturi Manjal 5%, Virgin coconut oil 5%, Saffron 2.5%, Peepal Leaves Extract 2.5%, Organic Bee's Wax 2.5%, Jivanti 1%, Banyan Leaves Extract 1%, Akashneem 1%, Base QS.






My experience with the product:
This product comes in a plastic jar which has another opaque white colour tub inside that holds the product and the screw cap is a lovely golden colour with Forest essentials embossed on it giving it a very luxurious spa like feel when kept on your bath shelf. I seriously want to fill up my shelf with every single product they offer as this stuff is so desirable.
coming to the product, I use this product almost every night after cleansing my face. I just apply some product on my face covering my cheeks, forehead, chin and neck and massage this into the skin for 5 minutes in upward strokes. The product emulsifies and quickly melts as soon as u rub it against your skin making it easier to massage. A 15 to 20 minutes of massage is good if you are going to use this twice a week but in my opinion a 5 minutes massage works fine for me. I may alter the usage based on my skins requirement.
After massaging I leave this on my skin for another 10 minutes so that my skin can reap all the benefits it can and then with a wet cotton wipe I take off the excess product which is hardly there as my dry cheeks absorb most of it. Alternately, you can wring a hot towel and wipe your face too and then follow it with your night cream if need be.
I have a combination skin and I have been using this product from last 10 days and believe me you I am super impressed with this stuff. It is stuff that actually works and when it works it does wonders. I have never woken up with a brighter, softer, plump, glowing skin in a really long time.



The Nice:
100% natural products
Paraben free
Not tested on animals
Did not break me out
Luxurious packaging
Claims of brightening hold true but not sure of the lightening part yet as its been only 10 days of usage so far.
Sturdy packaging makes it travel friendly
Love the ingredients that goes into the making of this product.

The not so Nice:
Not everyone may like the cows ghee smell
Can be too rich and heavy for oily skinned beauties.
Expensive

Rating: 4.5/5

Final thoughts: If you want to wake up with a brighter, softer and healthy looking skin that gives you a radiant glow or "Tejas" then incorporate this product in your skincare regime. I highly recommend it.

Thanks for reading as always.

Love,
Ravs
 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Get ready in less than 5 minutes


Wow! Sounds incredible eh? As much as I like spending time before the mirror doing my makeup, there are days when I have no time at my hand at all. And because most of us are not gifted with that flawless model like skin, we fear to step out of the house without slathering makeup on. But when I am pressed for time and I know that  I can’t do a full face makeup I incorporated these 5 products to eliminate the extra steps yet giving me similar results. :)

So, in today’s post I am sharing the quintessential makeup products I use to get ready in less than 5 minutes.

A tinted moisturiser with SPF:

This is a admirable product as it gives you an advantage of having 3 products in 1  a) Moisturizer b)Foundation/BB cream c) sunscreen. . I personally love Clinique’s moisture surge tinted moisturizer  with SPF 15 as it gives me an even skin tone with a healthy glow without having to try too hard and I love that.

Time taken:  1 minute
 
 

Blusher:

How would this product ever not be a part of any list? Ha-ha: D how can you blush without a blush? Whether you‘re a dry skin or oily, whether your choice of blush is a powder finish or cream based never miss to use them. A blush not only gives your face a dimension but will also perk up your overall look. Pick your chose from pinks, peaches or corals. My current favourite is MAC’s Melba blush which is a peachy coral shade.

Time taken:  30 seconds
 
 

Kohl:

There is no need to panic when doing your eye makeup just use the kohl along your waterline when you  got to expedite or speed up because this is no time to perfect  a liquid eyeliner or try a winged eye liner look. I prefer to use a brown kohl when I am in a speed because brown is more forgiving than a black liner. My current favourite is Lakme’s eyeconic kajal in Brown as it glides smoothly without tugging and it stays put as its smudge proof.

Time taken: 1 minute
 
 

Mascara:

Oh my mascara! Pretty underrated for the excellence it is capable of. Fluttering your eyes was never so flattering if mascara was not invented. A good coat of mascara awakens your dull eyes and adds drama to your face (in a good way).  My current personal favourite is Estee Lauders Sumptuous Extreme mascara. It is a great product as this mascara wand does the magic for me.

Time taken:   1 to 2 minutes depends from person to person
 
 
 

Lipstick/lip gloss:

Keep calm and put some lipstick on! This last product on my list is what you call a deal signed, sealed and delivered. Prettiest of all and easiest to apply is what you call a Lipstick. I never shy away from reapplying a lipstick even if I am standing in a queue of a billing counter in a store or at a restaurants dinner table. I am so addicted to them. So, yeah don’t forget that lippy to finish off your look. I am a lipstick person especially matte finishes and I trust MAC’s Mocha lipstick to do the trick for me.

Time taken: 30 seconds


These are the things I use to achieve a near to perfect look without spending too much time and yes don’t forget to wear that smile before you say goodbye to the mirror.
 

That’s all from me. Got to rush as I just have 5 minutes...!!!! Ha-ha….  Thanks for reading. Stay happy and blessed.

Love,

Ravs