Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Loreal Miss Manga Mascara | Review | Before and After Swatches

Hey Dolls!

You guys know how much I love Japan and also how much I love mascaras. So naturally, Loreal Miss Manga mascara was a must have product in my list :)

Priced at $7.99, this mascara claims to be "the secret of big manga eyes by giving mega volume top to bottom.  The cone-shaped 360 flexor brush builds up to 15x overload volume in a flash. Top lashes are amplified, bottom lashes maximised for the ultimate wide-eyed manga look!"

It comes in an almond shaped sleek looking black packaging with a metallic pink lid. Very cute!

The Wand:
The wand of this mascara is cone shaped with uneven and randomly placed bristles which is thicker towards the bottom and thinner on top. Reminds me of a christmas tree :) The cone shape is totally capable of getting the product onto hard to reach nooks and corners as well as on my super short lashes around the inner corners. 

It has fiber bristles which picks up the product nicely and also coats the lashes really well but I wouldnt say it separates the lashes. It rather clumps just about enough to give a spidery looking lashes, which I personally prefer, not clumpy in a bad way at all. The wand is also super flexible being able to rotate 360 which makes for easy application to some extent.


***The swatches above are after using my heated lash curler over the mascara as it weighs down my curls to some extent***

Overall Thoughts:
Loreal Miss Manga mascara is an absolute stunner if you are in for that super black and extra voluminous spidery looking eyelashes. It gives such a dramatic volume and length with one coat itself and so two coats would give you that va-va-voom black and thick eyelash look that is to-die-for! As you can see it does a wonderful job on my lower lashes as well.
The only con would be that it doesnt hold up my curls that well. I wouldnt say it droops my eyelashes completely but it does weigh down my curls to some extent. However it is not an issue as I go over it with my heated eyelash curler. The swatches above are after using my heated lash curler over the mascara.
 I got this in the normal not-waterproof formula and still it manages to stay put throughout the day and surprisingly doesnt smudge! All the qualities of a waterproof formula plus comparatively easy to remove. This is a total win-win product for me and I highly recommend it :)

Lets all hope it releases in India soon!


Friday, 21 November 2014

Wella Oil Reflections | Smoothening Treatment | Review

Hey Dolls!

Wella has come up with their version of a lightweight hair oil called Oil Reflections which claims to have hair smoothening properties. I have super fine textured hair and colouring can really take a toll on my hair making them frizzy and dull looking. Thus I warmly welcomed this bottle of Oil Reflections claiming to bring back smoothness and shine to coloured hair. 

About Wella Oil Reflections:
"This multi-sensorial oil, with macadamia seed oil, avocado oil and vitamin E, known as a natural anti-oxidant, instantly reveals the beautiful, natural reflections of hair color with a very lightweight technology that makes hair feel incredibly light and supple. High, glossy reflections: specifically designed to enhance the shine of Wella Professionals Colour, making it up to 86% more reflective."

Instructions for use:

Conditioning — apply a few drops of oil onto damp hair for an instant, lightweight smoothening effect.
Styling — apply a few drops of oil to wet hair before you blow-dry for additional protection.
Finishing — apply after styling to give hair extra shine, and to intensify colour reflection."

Price and availability:
Rs 850/- for 100 ml. Available in most beauty stores and salons across the country that use Wella Professional products.

This oil comes in a breakable glass bottle with a pump to dispense the product. Since its breakable it is not travel friendly and needs to be handled with care.

It feels like a thick not very runny oil/serum but once massaged onto the hair it is actually quite lightweight and non-sticky. This oil also has a strong sweet smell which reminds me of cough syrup etc which I am not a big fan of but luckily it fades away quickly. The ingredients of this oil, as you can see in the about section, sounds amazing and was the major factor that made me want to try it out. 

Overall thoughts:
I use about 2 pumps of this on my wet towel dried hair before blow drying and this makes my hair more conditioned and a lot less frizzy as compared to blow drying without it. I also use about a pump of this on dry hair and it manages to instantly smooth out frizziness and also adds a healthy shine to my light coloured hair. It does all these amazing things to my hair without feeling like I have some sort of oil in my hair as it is absolutely lightweight and non-greasy. 

Do not use it anywhere around your scalp if you have a particularly oily scalp like mine. Just apply it onto the hair skipping the roots.


Disclaimer: Product featured was provided for review

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream: Copenhagen & Transylvania

Hey Dolls!

I hope you're doing well. The weather here in Delhi has been super chilly lately and its time to take out all the winter clothing and booties. I love winters only and only for being able to layer on clothes "also read hide fats" ;)
Anyhoos, Nyx has added 9 new beautiful shades to their ever so popular soft matte lip creams. Since this fall/winter season is all about deep/dark lip colors, I got myself two of the darkest deepest shades called Copenhagen and Transylvania.

About Nyx soft matte lip creams ($6) :  
"Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing."

This lip cream comes in a small transparent plastic packaging allowing you to see the colour inside. It has a twist up cap that contains a furry doe-foot applicator that manages to pick up the product very nicely.

This product is totally builadable and I feel layering the product 2-3 times helps bring out the color more true. It dries up to a matte finish but isnt very drying on the lips. It does manage to last for a good 4-5 hours and leaves a sort of stain on the lips.

This is a deep maroon/burgundy-ish red shade with warm undertones. Its one of those absolutely wearable berry-toned red lippies without looking over the top. This one looks lovely with one coat as well s with 2-3 coats if you are feeling bolder.

This is a super dark rich plum shade that I am absolutely in love with at the moment! However the formulation of this is pretty terrible as compared to other soft matte lip creams. This one applies totally uneven and blotchy and settles into fine lines/flakes accentuating them. Wearing only one coat of this is not at all possible. However blotting it and applying about 2-3 coats helps achieve this lovely even finish. This one also starts fading from the inside corners of the lips giving that terrible fading ring like effect which I dread! So it needs touching up every now and then. The product inside also feels much lesser as compared to its counterparts. 

Overall thoughts: 
These 2 new shades from the Nyx soft matte lip creams are absolutely gorgeous colors. However the formualtion seems to be very different from the older soft matte lip creams. A lip liner and blotting-layering technique is a must for these. Copenhagen is still not bad formulation/application wise but Transylvania has a terrible formualtion which applies unevenly and needs lot of layering to bring out the actual shade. Also Transylvania starts feathering out from the center quickly. I just wish this gorgeous color came with a much better consistency. Other than that these lip creams are absolutely lovely for the price.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

ZA Amino Mineral Refreshing Gel

Hey Dolls!

Ever had an oily yet flaky skin. This is one of the biggest problem faced by people with a combination skin like me. a) Using two different products for my T-zone and cheeks simply doesn't sound feasible and b) Finding a single product that would work for both felt impossible.

Hence this Za Amino refreshing gel is the first of its kind I have found that claims to work for skin that is flaky yet greasy! I instantly gave it a try and I must say it is quite effective. It is a lightweight slippery gel that feels cool and watery on the skin - easy to blend and absorbs quickly. This gel gives an almost instant hydration boost to the skin and acts as water to my thirsty cheeks while feeling extremely light on my T-zone area. Its a dream come true for combination skin :)

Unfortunately Za hasn't launched this in India yet but lets keep our fingers crossed shall we ;)
Also do let me know if you guys know of any other similar products!


Monday, 13 October 2014

Product Rave: Forest Essentials Madhulika Nourishing Honey Lep Facial Treatment Masque

Hey Dolls!


The Forest Essentials Madhulika Nourishing Honey Lep is a facial treatment mask made up of 100% natural goodness including organic honey, orange peels, raw sugarcane, almond oil to name a few. This mask is thick in consistency as that of honey but not as runny. The main ingredient being organic honey in which is mixed a good portion of potent herbs that have been infused in cold pressed natural oils. Mmm.. Sounds delish, doesnt it ;)

This mask is my first ever Forest Essentials buy and boy oh boy there could have been no other better introduction to the brand. I recommend dampening the face with either water, rose water or milk (even better) prior application as this mask is pretty thick and can be difficult to spread out.

How I use this mask is I smooth it out across the face and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes and then massage it using dampened fingers before rinsing it away. I sometimes leave it on for more than 20 minutes as it doesnt dry up on the face. This mask also acts as a scrub when you massage it on as it contains tiny pieces of raw sugarcane and orange peel which are quite soft but nevertheless do an excellent job in exfoliating the skin without being harsh like a lot of other scrubs.

My skin feels absolutely soft and supple after using this mask. I feel it deeply cleanses my pores and removes any flakiness or sun damage my skin. I am obsessed with nourishing face masks and this Madhulika Nourishing Honey Lep does exactly that. It totally nourishes my skin and I end up using this so many times a week, its that addictive!

Talking about addiction, I feel this mask is too pricey for the amount of product that lies within. The packaging is very ethnic, almost royal looking which I love! BUT it is unnecessarily bulky for how much product it actually contains. This huge container has another tiny container lying within that holds the 50g of lep.
Rs.1475 is definitely costly especially when I am almost over with this jar in less than 2 months time!

Other than that this is a highly nourishing face mask that would suit all skin types and I highly recommend this :)


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