Friday, 19 September 2014

MAC Fix+ : Review

Hey Dolls!

Today I have MAC Fix+, a skin refresher / finishing mist, to review for you.

MAC describes this as a "soothing moisture mist that refreshes the skin and finishes makeup.
The bottle is to be held 12" away from face and then sprayed evenly. It can be used before or after makeup. As you can see below, Fix+ is composed of mostly water and glycerine, chamomile, caffeine etc which are good sources of anti-oxidants for the skin. 

Fix+ comes in a sleek pearlescent white see-through bottle with a black spray lid that has a twist mechanism as you can see below.
The spray it comes with is just so good for letting out a super fine mist of the product preventing over or uneven spraying. The packaging is also sturdy enough with no leakage and so great to carry it around in the purse or while travelling. Love it!

As for the product itself, it looks and feels exactly like water but has a light refreshing scent. Fix+ can be used in a lot of ways!
I love spraying it on right after cleansing my face and before starting with my regular skincare products. I feel it acts as a lovely hydrating toner and gives me a nice fresh feeling.

I also love spraying it onto my eyeshadow brushes while applying loose pigments. It really holds up the product well and makes it last for so much longer on my eye lids.

While using it for setting makeup, if you get a little too much on your face it becomes really sticky and makes you look like a grease ball! It makes the face shiny and greasy.

The only technique that works for me is spraying about 2 pumps from very very far, so as to only feel a very light airy mist settle on my face. I feel using this technique after applying makeup really intensifies the makeup and makes it ever so vibrant. It just brings together the whole look and makes your makeup pop! So I could call this an after makeup primer. However I havent noticed if it does make my makeup last longer as I normally wear long lasting makeup!

This is also a knight in shining armour during times I tend to over-powder my face. Just 2 sprays from afar helps take away that powdery look.

All in all this is a great multi-tasking product! Before purchasing this I had never imagined I would ever need this product ever. However now it has earned a place right on top of my dresser as I reach out to it so often. This has become a beauty staple for over a year now ^_^


Thursday, 18 September 2014

BareMinerals Original Mineral Veil : Review & Swatches

Hey Dolls!

BareMinerals Original Mineral Veil is a loose finishing face powder. It is described as the "ultimate, translucent finishing touch to your makeup which melts into your skin, infusing it with softness and light, giving the look you see with a soft focus camera lens."

It comes housed in a plastic jar that has a twist-around mechanism through which the powder can be dispensed onto the lid. 
This original version of Mineral Veil appears to be light pink in color but is actually translucent on application which makes it suitable for all skin tones. It is super finely milled and extremely soft to touch. 

Why I really love this powder is because it not only does a great job in absorbing excess oil, but at the same time it is not harsh like many other finishing powders that tend to rip off all the glow from my face. In other words, this powder absorbs oil from my face in a very gentle manner retaining the natural glow of my face. It leaves a matte finish but is not at all drying and stays put for a long time before I feel the need to touch up.

 It is so sheer that you really cant feel you have something on but it definitely has pore-minimising and soft-focus effects on your skin making it look flawless. It is very lightweight and doesn't clog pores. This powder would be suitable even for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. For those with dry skin there is a hydrating version of Mineral Veil.

Mineral Veil retails for $21 and is also available in Illuminating, Tinted and Hydrating versions.


Benefit Hoola : Swatches and Review

Hey Dolls!

Though a bit late, I finally managed to jump into the Benefit Hoola bandwagon and now I can definitely see why this bronzer has been so popular and raved about :)

This guy comes in a typical Benefit cardboard box along with a mirror and a brush. Normally I never use the brushes that come with blushes or bronzers as they are mostly shitty. However this brush is flat, narrow, soft and picks up the product really well. I love how it fits right under the hollows making it a nice brush for contouring. 

Hoola is a finely milled, matte bronzer with a neutral medium brown shade. It is very finely milled which makes it blend like a dream without looking patchy. It is matte which is exactly how I prefer my everyday bronzers and it is a neutral medium brown which makes it almost a universal shade. 

This bronzer would work easily for pale, light to medium skin tones. It has no orange hues to it and is the most natural looking bronzer I have tried. Absolutely wonderful as an everyday bronzer and is totally buildable for a more defined look as well. 
The only issue with Hoola is the moolah! Yes, this baby retails for $28 which is quite pricey for a bronzer I must say. But a little definitely goes a long way and this is also very long lasting.

Hoola is also available here at Sephora, Delhi. 

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Soap & Glory Hand Food : Swatches and Review

Hey Dolls!

I am rather compulsive when it comes to clean hands and will easily have my hands washed about 15-20 times a day! I just cannot stand dirty hands/nails. This compulsion has taken a toll on my hands making them dry and flaky especially around my cuticles which is why lately, I have been a huge sucker for hand creams. Since I cannot tolerate greasy hands, I am always on the lookout for hand creams that assure soft and nourished hands minus the greasy/sticky feel and Soap & Glory's Hand Food does exactly that :)

Soap & Glory describes this as the most astonishing hand cream ever which is a non-greasy hydrating hand cream with shea butter, macademia oil & marshmallow! Marshmallows in a hand cream? Really??

Here are the list of ingredients:

Hand Food is a thick white cream that melts into the hands and absorbs rather quickly. In spite of its thick consistency it feels quite light and isnt very greasy or sticky. However I also wouldnt say that it is so lightweight that I cannot feel I have a hand cream on. I really love how this leaves my hands feeling absolutely soft and nourished and at the same time it has a lovely fresh scent to it. 

I have been using this for a few months now and though I have noticed the smell of this has deteriorated slightly over time (weird really!), it still does a great job in moisturising my hands. Have any of you experienced the same deteriorating smell over time thingy??

I slather on quite a bit of this all over my hands before going to bed and absolutely love how it works its magic overnight. I use this mostly at night because I generally don't use hand creams during the day except when it is totally needed. Also using it generously overnight leaves my hands feeling soft throughout the day.

I got this 125 ml tube for INR 700/- from Sephora, Delhi. I must say this is one of my favorite hand creams and I totally recommend it!


Friday, 12 September 2014

Benefit Some Kinda Gorgeous: the Foundation Faker

Hey Dolls!

Benefit's Some Kinda Gorgeous cream foundation claims to be a foundation faker which means it feels like foundation but is not really one. In other words it is a very lighweight, natural looking product that kind of helps even out the skin tone. I got this deluxe sized foundation faker in the shade medium in the Benefit kit called Primping With The Stars.

This product comes in 3 shades: Lite, Medium, Dark which might seem like a very limited range of colors. However with this product it doesn't really matter as it has an extremely sheer coverage because of which the shades are kind of universal, fitting a wide variety of skin tones making only a slight difference in terms of either brightening or deepening the skin tone. I got this in medium and it fits me just fine giving a slight brightening effect.

This foundation faker is the first cream foundation I ever tried. Since I have an oily-combination skin I normally stay away from cream foundations. This product on the other hand feels really light as it is oil free unlike most cream foundations. The coverage is more like a 'My Skin But Better' types so it wouldn't be suitable for those looking for a medium to full coverage product.

I love how it makes my skin look bright, even and extremely natural. However I cant see my self reaching out to this one at all mainly because of its consistency which makes it so hard to blend. I have tried making this work using different techniques of application but in vain. Sponges just tend to drink this up and there is literally no product transferring to the skin. With a regular foundation brush it gives helluva streaky finish- totally uncool! With a buffing brush it tends to exfoliate the skin making it kinda flaky and giving it a dry patchy look. This worked for me only when applied in strokes with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Another thing that I dont really like about this product is that it claims to be a cream-to-powder finish which is a good thing for my oily skin but it actually has a pretty weird finish. It leaves a semi-matte finish which doesnt last very long. It also kinda highlights the dry areas in my cheeks and at the same time feels kinda dewy and melts/transfers easily. It just sits on top of the skin which is a total disaster. I tried using it during the winters as well as during the summers but it has failed to work for me at any given time. 
To make matters worse, this foundation faker is also quite pricey. I will definitely not purchase the full size, Never! 


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