Friday, November 30, 2012

Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black Review, Swatch & EOTD

Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black Review, Swatch & EOTD

by Chand

Hello Everyone!
There is no end for my greed for eyeliners, colored or black, I love them all. Street Wear Eye Definer in Black shade is the latest entry into my stash. Move on to the complete review to know about it better.

What does the Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black Claims:
An eye-definer in that lovely tone you were looking for, this pencil style eye liner provides great smudge-free wear that stays on for a long time.

  • Smooth application eye definer
  • Delectable colouring that stays for a long time
  • Pencil styling, comes with a top

Price & Quantity: Rs.165 for 1.14 g

Shade: 08 Black

Shelf Life: 18 months

My Experience with Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black:

Packaging: The usual styled pencil made of wood and a black colored pencil tip. The whole pencil is colored silver with details printed in black. There is a portion at the end of the pencil colored in black, I guess to indicate that the eyeliner is black too. The pencil has a clear see-through plastic cap to cover the open end of the pencil.

Colour, Texture and Staying Power:
The color of this eye definer is black as mentioned in the title before, but however it is not the exact black that any one would want. It is a sort of faded black. This eye definer does not give that heavy jet black around the eyes, I do not think that my eyes catch any attention with this eye definer.
               The texture of this eye definer is smooth, but not creamy enough to give the color in one shot. It glides well on the lash line (I have tried it only on my upper lash line). The pencil is not hard on the sensitive skin of the eyes. Repeated swipes on the lash line did not hurt my eye lid.
            Staying power is just about 4 hours with some smudging observed on my eye lid. I usually apply my daily cream on my eyes before using any eye product. I believe it is because of the cream, this eye definer smudged on my eyelid. Else, this product is not creamy enough to get smudged.

Read:  Deborah Milano 24 ORE Eye Pencil Review, Swatches and EOTD

How it works: Drawing a line with this pencil around the eyes is just very simple and easy. No much talent required as it will not go around messing the look. But it requires quite a few swipes. After about 4-5 swipes on the lash line there is some amount of black visible, But by then my application turns out to be real thick and broad. And then I will have to again shape the line I drew, which will subsequently make my eyeliner more thick. Well, sometimes I like this brad thick eye liner look when I am in no make up mood for my eyes. No tugging or clumping of the product on the lash line.
       It is easily washed with plain water, a little rub with the fingers and it is gone. But if at all it gets into the eyes it stings very badly. I had this experience. It pricked for about 4-5 minutes. I have not come across any eye product which behaves so badly on the eyes. Street Wear Eye Definer looses all its points here.

EOTD with Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black:

PROS of Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black:

  • Sleek pencil structure.
  • Easy to draw a line on the upper lash line.
  • Comes with a plastic cap for the open end of the pencil.
  • Glides without any tugging and clumping on the eyes.

CONS of Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black:

  • Stings the eyes badly if it enters the eyes.
  • Not creamy enough to give the bold black look to the eyes.
  • Staying power is not very good for an eye liner product.
  • Requires sharpening which will lead to wasting of product.

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 1/5

Do I Recommend Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black?: No. I do not recommend this product to any one. Don’t ever use this product on the water line.

Would I Repurchase Streetwear Eye Definer in Shade 08 Black?: No.

Have you tried Streetwear Eye Definers?

NOTD: Revlon Peacock Blue

One week of a taupe shade on my nails and now am back to brights ;) But keeping in mind that it is F/W 2012, I got myself this deep shade of Peacock blue from Revlon...
You like?

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Oxy Pack Review

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Oxy Pack Review

by Supriya

Hello beauties,
Remember this dialogue from Jab Tak Hai Jaan - “Har Aadmi ka ek fitoor hota hai, uska fitoor agar poora nahi hua, toh woh paagal ho jaata hai. Ek Paagal tumhare saamne hai, aur doosre paagal ki yahan pe koi jagaa nahi hai!” {Every man has an obsession, and if it is not fulfilled, then he may go mad. One crazy person is standing before you and there is no place for another one here!}. Don't get confused, I am not to discuss about the movie here, but about the fitoor. Face packs - Yes I am crazy about them. And face pack + aroma magic = deadly combination. I mean, not really!.. I hoard face packs like crazy and will lay my hands on any pack if its ingredient list entices me. So ladies, today I am going to review this beauty called Oxy pack from AM. Read on to know how it fared.

Aroma Magic Oxy Pack Review, Aroma Magic Review, Oxy Pack Review

What does the Aroma Magic Oxy Pack Claims: 
Helps to oxygenate the skin to keep skin cells flexible & regenerated. Removes waste & toxins & boosts circulation. The natural botanicals fight free radicals, helps hyger pigmentation & lightens the skin.

Price & Quantity: Rs.215 for 50gm

Usage Directions: Apply on face & wipe off after 20 minutes. Or mix 1/2 tsp pack with 1/4 tsp of Aroma Magic Enzyme Peel Scrub to make a paste & apply on to face. Wipe off after 20 minutes. Use morning and night.

Shelf Life: 2 years

My Experience with Aroma Magic Oxy Pack:

When you hear words like oxygenate the skin, cell regeneration, toxin removal, helps hyper - pigmentation & skin lightening, you are sure to jump and did that too. Don't you?

Packaging:  This pack comes in a traditional Aroma Magic tub packaging of red and white. Recently the company has brought about a change in their face wash packaging but I don't know about the packs.

Color, Consistency & Fragrance: It is a transparent gel pack with a thick consistency. It smells very mildly of may be grapefruit, seaweed and aloe gel (fragrance is difficult to decipher) and the texture is very smooth

How it works: Aroma Magic Oxy Pack claims to help in all of above areas. It is advisable for all skin types. I cannot claim about oxygenation and cell regeneration, as specific test may be necessary to ascertain the fact. But the product surely lives up to the claim of removal of dirt and dust and leaves my skin looking fresh and clean and brighter. The tub lasted me for a month with alternate day usage. It has not caused any eruptions on my skin. Overall, I am pretty happy with the results.You need to apply it on your cleansed face and keep it on for 20 minutes. The company advices to wipe it off thereafter but I prefer washing it. Since it is a gel formulation, you will feel the cooling sensation on application. After a minute or two, a slight tingling starts, that means the product is working. It doesn't dry off completely.

You can also use it with AM Enzyme Peel Pack, as suggested by the company. I have used it both ways.

PROS of Aroma Magic Oxy Pack:

  • Contains all natural ingredients
  • Helps in toxin removal and skin brightening
  • Does not dry out the skin
  • Suitable for oily skinned beauties too as it is gel based
  • Doesn't irritate or cause any breakout for sensitive skin people

CONS of Aroma Magic Oxy Pack:

  • Pricey for the quantity compared to the other face packs
  • Tub packaging (I apply it using a face pack brush to overcome the hygiene issue)

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 4/5

My Recommendation: I would recommend this face pack to everyone.

Would I Repurchase?: Yes. I am already on my second tub now.

Have you tried the Aroma Magic Oxy Pack? What do you feel about it?

EOTD: Red Smokey Eyes... Yes! RED! :P

Red lipsticks are all the rage now and with everyone looking for their perfect Red, it is now become a norm to see a lot of Red lipstick reviews and a lot of Red LOTD posts... Yes I am guilty of quite a few too ;) But last night I thought of trying out Red on my eyes... Something drastic you say? Not really, if you know how to tame Red on your eyes, you are then another bit closer to achieve the know-all of makeup ;) Now who wouldn't want to do that ye? *Yup the "ye" part was an Irish imitation... Am watching a lot of Sons of Anarchy these days ;)*

Here is the look... Your views are really WELCOME! And I would love you guys to be brutally honest with me :D

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I paired it with Pink Blush and Nude Lips :)

And this is what I used to create this look... Coastal Scents 88 original palette...

Oh btw if you guys actually like the look, then let me know I'll pakka se do a tutorial on it! :)

Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner Review

Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner Review

by Shruti

Hi Guys! How are you all? I know it’s been a long time :) Winter hasn’t set yet in Chennai but the weather is pleasant. Let me get straight to the review. A couple of weeks ago I started getting pimples all over my chin and my left cheek. I got so worried and that increased the breakout. I then realized that 3 years ago, when I had an allergic reaction to fluoride (yup, fluoride makes me break out around my lips) my dermatologist in Dubai had prescribed a medicated cream.
     Now this cream dries out the pimples and slowly makes your skin peel. So I ended up having dry patches on my skin which looked awful. Imagine sitting in the office, in AC, and in an hour or so, you see skin flaking. Yuck! I applied lotions and what not, but my skin started burning. I realized that I could use a face spray or a toner to calm my skin and keep it hydrated.

To cut my long story short, I picked up this baby online and it’s helped me in my quest for fresher skin :) I am talking about Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner.

What does the  Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner Claims:
An alcohol-free hydrating toner that cleanses refreshes and soothes your skin.

Price & Quantity:
Rs 150 for 200 ml

Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Lavender Essential Oil

Usage Instructions:
After washing your face and neck, spray the skin toner onto a cotton swab and gently stroke in an upward direction. Avoid contact with eyes.

Shelf Life:
18 months

My Experience with Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner:

Packaging: It comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a white plastic flip top. The top has a small nozzle. Personally, I would have preferred a spray bottle. But this nozzle is small so I guess it would do!

Colour, Consistency & Fragrance: The toner is transparent and runny like water. It smells of lavender and is mild and relaxing.

How it works: It’s like a balm for my irritated and raw skin :D I have this tiny spray bottle into which I have transferred some of the toner. As I mentioned earlier, my skin starts peeling really fast and it burns. I simply close my eyes and spray this onto my face. Let it dry on its own. My skin automatically calms down and I feel much better. Also it hydrates the dry patches of my skin. I use it many times  during the day. It didn’t break me out too. Touchwood!!

PROS of Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner:

  • Great for sensitive irritated skin
  • Contains lavender which soothes acne and calms down irritation
  • Smells amazingly relaxing
  • Controls oil secretion too
  • Gets absorbed really fast
  • No burning sensation
  • Economical
  • Good quantity for the price
  • Easily available in the Fabindia stores and online too
  • Didn’t break me out.

CONS of Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner:

  • Bitter taste :( Please purse your lips while spraying it.

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 4.5/5

Do I Recommend Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner?:
This is an amazing toner for sensitive skinned people like me. However, please do a patch test and then use it for your face. Better safe than sorry.

Would I Repurchase Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner?:
Yes. Actually thinking of making my own toner too. :)

Have you ever tried the Fabindia Lavender Skin Toner? How does it work?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

In The News: L'Oreal to Acquire Urban Decay

Just in...

Cosmetic Giant L'Oreal is all set to acquire Urban Decay...,12OGD,5KQZZL,3BBZ8,1

What does this mean for us? Will we finally start getting Urban Decay in India too?
Can UDPP be finally mine?

We'll have to wait for some insights...

My Bed Time Beauty Routine to Wake Up Beautiful!

My Bed Time Beauty Routine - Steps and Tips

Hey Everyone!
What do you do before you go to bed at night? Watch television or go for a walk.. or munch something? Alright! what do you do to your skin and hair to wake up beautiful the next morning? Have your ever wondered about your bed-time beauty care? Fine, cool. I am not getting sleep now so came here to share my bed time beauty routine with you all. I have been waiting to make this post since long but missed it every time. Check below the steps of my beauty routine; these are what I do before I go to my soft bed every night :) This routine really helps me wake up fresh, energetic and ofcourse confident. I have been following this routine for more than 2 yrs now and my skin and hair have been improved a lot after that. No long steps; these are just the normal ones which we can follow at our home easily. Let us move on to the steps now?

Night Beauty Care, Bed Time Beauty Tips

Brush Teeth & Clean Mouth

Brushing my teeth is the first thing I do every morning after I wake up from sleep and also before going to bed every night. I just can't live without brushing my teeth at least twice a day. It is essential to keep our mouth clean in order to maintain good health and to avoid bad odour. So before going to bed at night, I brush my teeth with a mint toothpaste and goggle with a refreshing mouth wash following by the tongue cleaner usage. Get a baby tooth brush and keep it in your tooth brush stand. Once you are done with brushing your teeth, gently scrub your lips with the baby brush and wash away with cold water. This will make your lips baby soft!


Warm Water Bath

However tired you might be, just have a warm water bath with your favorite fruity smelling shower gel. This will lift up your mood and make you energetic in minutes leaving all the dullness and tiredness behind. I usually have my night bath around 10 pm in lukewarm water. If you are afraid of getting cold, make it a quick warm shower. Having a relaxing warm bath at night relieves stress and refreshes you for a better sleep. Do you have those 'slippery feel giving' shower gels and bars unused, those will take ages to get washed away from skin completely? They may raise your temper in busy mornings; hence spare them for night baths! I love having my night bath with strawberry, pomegranate or citrus shower gels depending on my mood.

  • While having your bath, soak your feet in hot water (in bearable heat) for 5-10 minutes and scrub gently with a foot scrubber or a loofah pad. This will ensure the removal of dead skin cells and softens feet.I don't do it everyday due to laziness :P but at least twice a week is really good.
  • Use a good makeup removing cleanser to remove all the makeup, dust and pollution from your facial skin. Removing make up is a must before you go to bed every night.

    Moisturize Face and Body Skin

    Okay we had a warm bath now to refresh the body, senses and to remove the impurities, sweat and dirt from the skin. What next? The warm water with cleanser would have taken most of the moisture from our skin. To combat moisture loss, I put on my body lotion and face moisturizer soon after I come out of my bathroom. Wipe your skin with a soft towel and apply the moisturizers evenly over your face and body skin. Never ever use creams those others simply recommend because it works on them; everyone's skin is different and you need the apt one for your skin. Heavy moisturizers are good for night usage as you need to keep your skin moisturized for next 8-12 hours (Do you sleep for twelve hours? :P I do many times!).

    • Before putting on your facial moisturizer, spray some rose water or a skin toner over your face to tighten pores and remove the leftover dirt from your skin.
    • If you find any particular moisturizer that suits your skin the best, but still you can't use that due to the 'No SPF' factor, spare it for night usage. I find few of my good working moisturizers turn dewy on my normal-oily skin after 2 hours of application and hence I don't dare to put them for day use; but you see, they fit perfectly as my night cream.
    • Do not forget to apply your foot cream while moisturizing your face and body.

      Apply Lip Balm or Lip Butter

      Our lips turn dry when we fail to moisturizer them. We are needing our lip balm many times in a day but many of us fail to think about the nights our lips face. We need to moisturize our lips heavily at nights, especially in winters if we want to wake up with soft lips instead of the dried and chapped ones. Soon after I moisturize my face, body and feet, the next thing that my hand searches for is a 'lip balm'. I apply a thick coat of my lip balm or lip butter every night to ensure my lips won't turn chapped. As it is night, try to skip the tinted ones and go for flavored ones to refresh your senses! How about a sweet vanilla or sheabutter one?

      Comb & Detangle Hair

      This is one of the main steps of my bed time beauty (hair) care routine. I gently detangle my hair with a wide toothed comb and apply some oil on my scalp if in case I am planning to wash my hair the next day morning. It is highly risky to sleep with ponytails as they may result in thinning of hair or even alopecia in long run. So never ever sleep with tight braids or pony tails. Just detangle your hair and wear loose braids before you go to bed. If you havea  really short hair, then you can sleep with loose hair but in case if you have a lengthy hair, it is better to wear loose braids as the natural oils of your hair can cause pimples if comes to contact with the skin.

      Pillow Cover & Blanket - Are they Clean?

      Yes, I do check this every night. Most of the people, even if they follow a good skin care routine, experience pimples due to sleeping in pillows without making sure the cover is clean. They won't be having a clue why they are getting pimples whatever anti-acne cream they use. Hence, it is better to wash pillow covers twice every week; this avoids skin problems, acne breakouts and other skin allergies. I always make sure that both my pillow cover and bedsheet are clean before falling asleep! Do you have this habit? If not, cultivate it for your skin sake from today itself.

      Relax Eyes with Cold Cotton Pads

      Be it cucumber juice or rose water,  I always have any one of these chilled and ready in my refrigerator. Once I am done with all the other steps of my night time beauty routine, I dip two clean cotton pads into rose water or cucumber juice, squeeze them and put them over my eyelids. Wow! What a relaxing feel it is! This method treats my tired eyes which works on computer for long hours everyday. Why don't you try it too?


      Close Eyes and Sleep Well

      Now I am done with everything! :D It's time to get deep into the good night sleep. Whatever problems, worries, tensions I have, I just throw them away, take a big breathe and sleep calmly. Once you are done with the above mentioned skincare/haircare steps, automatically you will be getting a happy refreshed sleep.
      And in the morning..?? Someone is going to wake up with gorgeous skin and hair :) If followed every night, you can visibly see changes on your skin and hair appearance.

      Did you like my bed time beauty routine? What is yours? Share below!

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      5 Best Winter Beauty Fixes at Home

      5 Best Winter Beauty Fixes at Home [Do it Yourself]

      Hello everyone!
      Are you enjoying the chillness in the air? It is the turn of winter now and we need to make some changes in our skin and hair care routines to stay beautiful. It is not that though actually; all we need to do is to choose skincare, hair and makeup products which suits our skin type. Not just the over the counter products, if we go for a kitchen raid in our home, we can find many skin friendly ingredients to use in our winter beauty care regime. Today, I am going to share with you five best beauty fixes at home to make use of this winter.

      1. Vaseline for Chapped Lips

      Vaseline has been widely used by people for ages to cure chapped lips. This remedy is well known already but still I am mentioning here; a small tub of petroleum jelly can save your lips from winter damage very effectively. So next time when you go for shopping, pick 5-6 small tubs and give one to each in your family. You can carry petroleum jelly in your handbag whenever you step out as this may help you a lot when you forget to carry your lip balm.

      2. Hot Oil Spa Bath for Dry Skin

      Take half a cup of olive oil and heat it in a double boiler. Wear a bath towel or some short dress and apply this warm olive oil all over your face and body. Massage skin with gentle circular motion for 5-10 minutes. Now have a relaxing bath in lukewarm water. If preferred, crush some rose and tulsi petals and put them into your bathing water along with few drops of sandalwood oil. This hot oil massage come spa bath every weekend beautifies your skin like anything in winter! Olive oil help you say goodbye to winter skin dryness where as the other ingredients in this DIY spa make your skin smell fresh throughout the day.

      3. Moisturizing Rose Body Mist

      Fill up a clean old spray bottle with 1 cup of rose water. Pour in 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and some crushed rose petals. Shake well and store the bottle in refrigerator (not in freezer) Soon after you finish your bath or soon after you return back home from work, when your skin craves for moisture, spray this calming body mist all over, including your face if you wish. This DIY rose body mist instantly soothes the skin and provides moisture without any harsh chemicals.

      4. Butter as Hand & Foot Cream

      Yes! Butter works great as a heavy moisturizer. Before you go to the bed every night, wash your hands and feet with warm water and a gentle cleanser. Take a scoop of butter and massage your palms and feet well for 5 minutes. Now put on your cotton gloves and go to sleep. Wake up early in the morning to see your magically soft palms and feet! Butter is a great skin friendly ingredient to challenge winter dryness.

      5. Mixture of Oils for Dry Scalp

      Dry scalp causes several head aches such as dandruff, flaky skin, hair fall and itchiness in winter. To combat this problem, mix equal amounts of coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil and castor oil together. Pour this oil mixture in a clean container. Now take 5-6 vitamin E capsules and poke them to extract the thick vitamin E oil. Pour this oil into the already prepared oil mixture and shake well. Store this DIY winter hair oil in a cool dry place. Use this oil to massage your scalp twice to thrice a week and leave it on overnight. This oil usage will bring dramatic changes to the health and texture of your hair in weeks. So winter? It can never damage your hair with this powerful home made nourishing hair oil.

      Did you find these 5 Easy Winter Beauty Fixes useful? 

      Which one did you like the most?

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      Soulflower Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar Review

      Soulflower Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar Review

      By Supriya

      Hello ladies,
      Ok, those of you have dry, rough hair raise your hands? And now those who are suffering from hair fall and hair thinning, raise your hands? Ahh... I know many hands will be raised. All hair problems in one, and you can take the perfect example of my hair. Dry, thin, dull and breakage. Consulted dermats, hair specialists, ayurvedic doctors, gobbled down medicines like food for months and applied all the tinctures and connotations, but the hair quality won't budge to improve.
                   I was so irritated and bugged up with comments from relatives about the deteriorating quality of my hair and the hair thinning that showed up my scalp from a distance. In desperate need of some quick fix, I started searching the internet, found many waste as well as useful tips. In my quest, I came to know the harmful chemicals in our shampoos and conditioners that lead to hair fall and hair thinning and came across some organic brands for my hair.
              I know you are bored to death by my story and to quickly come to the point, today I am going to review one miracle of a product for hair, which I discovered (!) in my search – Soulflower Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar. Soulflower shampoo bars remind me of those old shikakai bars that my grandmother (maternal) used to use on her hair. She had a thick long mane. After doing some research, I bought two soap bars from Soulflower.

      Product Description:
      All those with dry, flyaway, scanty hair, throw out your hats.Dry hair looks dull, tangles easily & can become easily split at the ends. You need essential oils that stimulate the sebaceous glands in the scalp to produce more oil. Sandalwood & Geranium do that & more! They also work as an antidepressant on the emotional level, soothing anxiety & stress. Jojoba & almond oils nourish hair & it will regain its elasticity, leaving it soft, shiny & with far more body. Formulated to gently clean your hair as well has hands, face & body -- especially convenient when traveling. They're safe for chemical treated, coloured, children’s hair.

      Price: Rs. 250/- for 150gm

      Key Ingredients:
      Geranium & sandalwood essential oils, jojoba oil, almond oil, shikaki, aloevera, Vitamin E, glycerin & aqua, permitted edible color & aroma, saponified oils of olive, coconut, castor, palm & palm kernel.

      Ingredient Benefits:
      1. Sandalwood deep relaxes, has astringent, anti-inflammatory & antiseptic properties. Soothes a dry & irritated scalp.
      2. Geranium essential oil calms & relaxes, prevents hair loss, helps to restore oil balance in the hair glands Jojoba oil..
      3. Jojoba oil helps keep the hair moisturized so that it doesn’t break and can retain length.
      4. Almond oil provides deep nourishment & moisture for dry locks, adds shine to dull hair, makes hair stronger & controls hair loss.
      5. Aloevera gel has anti-inflammatory properties that keep your hair strong & healthy, stops hair fall. Makes hair shiny & healthy.
      6. Shikakai (means fruit for hair) is a natural gentle conditioning agent for hair & scalp. Effective in combating dandruff & extremely gentle, working to not overly strip hair of its natural oils.

      Usage Directions: Use Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar for normal to dry hair. Rub the bar between your hands & apply the lather to your hair or rub the bar directly on your hair. Work the lather through & rinse as usual.

      My Experience with Soulflower Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar:

      To put in very plain and simple... I love it. The shampoo bar has come as a savior for me. It cleanses well, the oils keep my hair from drying too much and about hair fall... it has drastically reduced. I am floored by this 100% vegan shampoo. The bar is red in color; though don't confuse it for emitting any rose aroma. I am completely flattered by the exotic natural ingredients of the soap. It’s very easy to apply. All you have to do is, rub the soap directly on your scalp or you can even lather it on your palms and apply. Doesn't tangle hair and leaves the hair with good volume. Also my hair fall has reduced. The soap lathers very well and I have generally not felt the usage of double application unless I have oiled my hair pre-wash.

      The bar claims to be safe for chemically treated hair, colored, children's hair. This is free from all the chemicals namely SLS, SLES, parabens etc. I now very carefully read ingredient list before buying any product for my hair.

      Since the bar is huge, I cut it into three pieces (recommended) for ease of use and to avoid wastage of product. I have completed using the bar and it lasted me for good three months with twice a week application.

      Pros of Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar:

      • Aroma of the shampoo bar
      • Lathers and cleans very well
      • Does not require much quantity, even for oiled hair
      • Will last easily for a long time
      • The exotic list of ingredients
      • Free from SLS/SLES and parabens

      Cons of Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar:

      • Could not find any but only if they could lower their prices a bit, I would buy this in bulk! (hehe)

      Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 4.75/5 (-0.25 for the price, though not an issue with me!)

      My Recommendation: Go grab it girls :)

      Would I Repurchase Soulflower Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar?: I will be buying this as long as the company keeps making it. I love and love this shampoo bar!

      Have you tried the Soulflower Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar?


      Wednesday, November 28, 2012

      REVIEW: Faces Go Chic Lipstick in Prairie Pink

      The word "Prairie" takes me back to school, to the geography lessons where we studied about Prairie grasslands... Now I wasn't really strong in Geography (Maths was my fav subject #NerdAlert) and so I cannot say that the flashbacks that I get are happy and pleasant but after receiving this lippy from Faces, using it almost everyday to office for the past week, I can say that it has changed the way I feel about the word Prairie and yes in a good way :)

      The Prairie Pink shade from Faces is almost somewhere between Pink and Coral and is a beautiful and a flattering shade for girls with lighter skintones. It has a satiny finish that stays on for almost 4 hours and then leaves behind a faint but a flattering stain. It doesn't feel dry at all and even though the weather has gotten really dry lately, I am comfortable wearing it without any lip balm underneath... Yup! That's a big deal for me especially int he winters :)

      One thing that I really like about these lippies is that they don't have any fragrance! Ok maybe a very subtle odor and that too something like caramel but you can smell it only if you are really trying to! Otherwise, it's quite possible that you'll not notice it ;)

      One con that bothers me about it is that it is not non-transferrable... But then at this price I am really nitpicking :P

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      Oooohhss and Aaahhhss!!!
      1. Beautiful feminine shade
      2. Very very pocket friendly
      3. Even at this price there is nothing cheap about the lippy. The packaging is sturdy, the lipstick as such feels so smooth and glides beautifully on the lips.
      4. There is almost negligible fragrance.
      5. Is not drying at all.
      6. Leaves a beautiful stain behind. I really love lippies and glosses that leave stains behind :)

      1. It gets transferred easily

      It costs INR 199/- *only*

      Oh definitely! I would be crazy not to! I am sooo trying out other shades from this range...

      Would I Recommend?
      If you are looking for budget lippies but do not want to compromise on the quality and quantity, then this sure is a must have for you! This is one range, you can actually buy all shades from...

      Overall Rating:

      P.S. PR Sample. But my review is honest and is in no way biased. My loyalty lies towards my readers.

      Winter Fairness Face Packs for All Skin Types

      Winter Fairness Face Packs for All Skin Types - Do it Yourself

      Winter is finally in and most of us struggle everyday to prevent dryness on the surface of our skin. No matter what your skin type is, this hard winter can suck all the moisturize and leave your skin dry, dull and damaged if treated the improper way.  Being a normal-oily skinned person, I myself find it hard many times to prevent skin dryness in winter. Though I am on the safer side being an oily skin typed person, the chillness in the air takes away all the moisture from my skin and the results are.. dry and dull skin!
           Oh my! then how would dry skinned people face winter? Though they overcome winter, if not followed the proper skin moisturizing regime, everything left would be wrinkles, fine lines and patchy dull skin at the end of winter. So how can we put an end to dark skin and other skin issues in winter? All of them are mainly caused due to the winter dryness; hence few moisturizing face packs might help. Today, we are going to check few fairness face pack recipes that can be made at home for all skin types. Along with the moisturizing ingredients, we are adding some 'glow' ingredients to the packs for that bright results! Let your skin glow radiantly this winter. Check the fairness recipes below.

      Face Packs

      Winter Fairness Face Packs for Normal Skin:
      • Combine a teaspoon of besan with 2 teaspoons of yogurt and a pinch of turmeric powder. Blend them together well to form a smooth creamy paste. Use this as your face pack twice to thrice a week to cleanse your skin from the deep layer; so that you will have a bright glowing fairness without any impurities or dark patches.
      • Papaya pulp mashed along with tomato pulp also serves as a brightening fairness face pack for normal skin types. Just take them in equal amounts and grind together until smooth.
      • Do you have sandalwood powder in your home? Mix equal amounts of chickpea powder with it. Now add required rose water and a teaspoon of honey to this mixture. Blend well and your fairness chickpea winter face pack is ready to use!
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      Winter Fairness Face Packs for Oily Skin:
      • Fullers earth mixed with equal amount of sandalwood powder should be combined with required diluted lemon juice. This paste should be used at least thrice a week for faster fairness results.
      • Dry orange peels and grind them to powder. Mix required rose water and 1/2 teaspoon of gram flour to 1 teaspoon of orange peel powder and layer it up on your cleansed face. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash away to see the golden glow!
      • Aloevera gel can be combined with fresh orange juice to form a quick face pack that lightens skin with regular usage. Apply it on your skin and leave on for 20 minutes before washing. This winter fairness face pack for oily skin not only lightens skin, but also leaves it soft without leaving any dryness behind.

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      Winter Fairness Face Packs for Dry Skin:

      • Take two teaspoons of milk cream in a small bowl. Put it two pinches of saffron strands and 1/2 teaspoon of red sandalwood powder (Raktha Chandan). Blend all these ingredients together to make a milkish red smooth paste. After cleansing your facial skin, smooth this over and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash away with cold clean water and pat dry. However dry your skin might be, this face pack usage will leave your skin soft, fresh and moisturized in minutes. Daily usage results in baby soft fair skin within 8 weeks. This face pack is very much suitable for brides.
      • A combination of olive oil, lemon juice and rose water helps lightening the skin, without leaving it dry. Mix everything together and apply over your face and neck evenly. Leave on for 20 minutes before washing off. Olive oil is also found to be effective on clearing our acne scars.
      • Take an egg yolk in a small bowl. Put in one teaspoon of chickpea powder, 1/2 teaspoon of oatmeal and finally, 2-3 drops of sweet almond oil. This protein rich egg fairness face pack nourishes your face and keeps dryness at bay. Results? Fair glowing skin without any winter dullness.

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      Note: Sensitive skin types can avoid citrus ingredients in their face packs. Pomegranate juice or carrot juice can be applied to the skin directly to achieve brighter skin fast.

      Which is your favorite DIY winter skincare recipe? Share below!

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