Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cosmedic... A Dermatologists' Take on Cosmetics...

Ever wished if whatever products you are using on your face and body were actually recommended by dermatologists? Better still, wish they were formulated and "created" by dermatologists themselves? If yes, then fret no more... Your wait is over...

I was lucky enough to be contacted by Cosmedic, which is the cosmeceutical division of Future Skin... They sent me some information brochures and some products for me to try out... I have been trying them out since a week now and am quite impressed with them. Dunno if you all have been able to see any marked improvements on my skin since the past week or so :) I will be reviewing the products one by one...

This is just going to be an introductory post though...

Cosmedic is founded by dermatologist Dr. Kiran Lohia who is a Columbia University graduate and a United States trained M.D, specializing in Dermatology. She is also American Board Certified with a further degree in Aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Lohia is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, European Society of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology, International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology among others. Having additionally completed a Diploma course in Cosmetic Science through the U.K. Society of Cosmetic Scientists, Dr. Lohia has the distinction of being the first physician with both advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Chemistry knowledge.

Cosmedic has launched advanced skin therapeutics that are the first worldwide to be formulated, tested and approved by dermatologists. Led by a team of dermatologists, physicians, chemists and ayurvedic physicians, Cosmedic has sponsored R&D centers in France, USA and Italy to create the latest technologies in dermatological science. Our proprietary skin technologies are proven against prevalent issues such as pimples, pigmentation, dry skin and allergies. In fact, we are the first company in India to commission clinical trials on Indian skin for each and every one of our products to ensure rapidly effective and safe results!

On an ethical standpoint, Cosmedic believes in safety and honesty. Cosmedic creates products that are baby friendly, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and gentle enough to be used in your regular skin care regimen. All our solutions are approved by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which is a worldwide organisation that certifies products that have not been tested on animals. We are also certified by Vegetarian Society, UK, which guarantees that all our skin solutions are 100% vegan. Please see for more details. 

Stay tuned for my reviews coming up :)

Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Strawberry & Aloe Vera Exfoliating Face Wash Review

by Chand

Scrubs always attract me, owing to the fact that scrubs polish the skin. I picked this product with the attraction towards the scrub that is visible through its package tube.

Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Strawberry & Aloe Vera Exfoliating Face Wash Review

Claims about Lotus Herbals Berryscrub:
For skin that looks as great as it feels, try our BERRYSCRUB. The creamy lather cleanses and natural exfoliators polish your skin to reveal dazzling complexion.

Active Herbal Ingredients:
Strawberry Seeds: Exfoliating agent removes dead skin cells. Prevents formation of blackheads and gives instant glow.
Aloe Vera: Excellent moisturising and skin healing properties, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
Lemon Extract: Antioxidant, natural skin cleanser.
Orange Peel Extract: Good antimicrobial and anti- inflammatory properties.

Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Strawberry & Aloe Vera Exfoliating Face Wash Review

Price and Quantity: Rs.125 for 80g

Usage Directions: Massage over wet skin concentrating on rough spots like nose tip, forehead, etc. Wash off. Follow with Lotus Herbals ALPHAMOIST for best results.

Shelf Life: 3 years.

My Experience with Lotus Herbals Berryscrub:

Packaging: Lotus Herbals Berryscrub comes in a soft press able plastic tube which is partially see-through. The tube has a flip cap with a hole for the product to run out. The details about the product and brand are printed on the top side of the tube body with an attractive shiny finish.

Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Strawberry & Aloe Vera Exfoliating Face Wash Review

Colour, Consistency & Fragrance: The color of the scrub product is transparent base with brown-orange mixed type of scrubbing particles. The base is like a gel.
The consistency is very thin and runny. You tilt the tube, all the product inside the tube runs from one side to another. Though the base looks like a gel, it is very watery.

Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Strawberry & Aloe Vera Exfoliating Face Wash Review

The fragrance of the product is somewhere in between mild to strong. The name of the scrub says Strawberry and Aloe vera, forget aloe vera, there is no smell of strawberry too on my smelling senses. There is some amount of sour fruity scent indicating the lemon and orange extracts being present.
How it works: Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Face Wash lathers minimum. The scrub granules are of mixed shape and sharpness. There are some which are a little big than needed for face scrubbing and they are sharp too. These scrub the face a little more that needed. The package says All Skin Types; definitely no, the scrub is a little harsh on the dry skin. Also it is not suitable during winter for removing the dead skin flakes. This is a good product for oily skin. My skin felt more dry and stretchy after washing with this product.

But, I have found another way of using this product, as a body scrub. This gives a very good massaging sensation when rubbed on the body. You can skip your usual body wash the day you introduce this Lotus scrub. It scrubs and washes too very well. The much needed scrubbing for heels, elbow, knee joint, and back of the neck is done by Lotus Herbals Berryscrub Face Wash.


PROS of Lotus Herbals Berryscrub:

  • Easy handling tube package with flip cap.
  • See though tube.
  • Mixed type of scrub.
  • Gel based.
  • Available at good price.
  • Makes a very good body scrub.
  • Removes dead cells and leaves the skin soft when used as a body scrub.

CONS of Lotus Herbals Berryscrub:

  • Not a good face scrub.
  • There are some harsh scrub particles which are not suitable for face scrubbing.
  • Suitable for oily skin, not good for dry skin.

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 3/5

Do I Recommend Lotus Herbals Berryscrub?: Yes. Though not a perfect face scrub, it is a perfect body scrub.

Would I Repurchase Lotus Herbals Berryscrub?: Yes. I am on my third tube.

Have you tried the Lotus Herbals Berryscrub? How does it work on you?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Flu During Pregnancy May Trigger Autism

 Birth of a child with autism can be caused by health conditions of pregnant women. Flu during pregnancy may trigger autism, especially the flu is transmitted. Doubled risk having a child with autism compared with mothers who did not catch the flu. Although the study did not demonstrate a causal relationship but experts say pregnant women should get the flu vaccine.

The study was conducted by a team from Denmark and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that analyzed more than 97,000 children aged 8-14 years who were born in Denmark between 1997 and 2003. Only one percent of the children were diagnosed with autism spectrum.

The research team interviewed the mothers about the presence or absence of infection and high fever during pregnancy and after childbirth, as well as whether they have ever put on antibiotics.

The question posed to mothers reached 200 questions to seek information about different types of infections during pregnancy.

Although the study was not designed for a case of the flu, but it turns out the women who claimed to have suffered from the flu while pregnant two times greater risk of having a child with autism. Those suffering from fever for a week before the third trimester, the risk of having a child with autism tripled.

Animal studies indicate infant brains infected when the mother's immune system during pregnancy to be active, such as fighting infection. This means that the mother's immune system may play a major role in the development of the baby.

"Research on the link between flu during pregnancy and autism are very attractive because of the scientific evidence in animals that autism is linked to immunological factors that affect infant brain development," said Dr. Susan Hyman, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics subcommittee autism.

However experts say the evidence that the flu during pregnancy triggers autism are less strong. Because it's women who have children with autism do not blame themselves.

"Quite a lot of the symptoms are mistaken for influenza fever and not all women infected with influenza virus notice. Addition, the link between antibiotics and autism has never been found," he said.

Provision of drugs during pregnancy is limited, but expectant mothers suffering from high fever or flu should not be afraid of seeing a doctor to get proper treatment.

In general, pregnant women can increase their immunity against illness by getting a flu shot and get enough rest. Flu vaccine is not only effective for the mother but also will protect infants until six months after birth.

Pollution Increase the Risk of Autism in Children

Autism that occurs in children is not clear cause and how to prevent it. Risks associated with autistic children, since children in the womb until the age of one year are exposed to air pollution from highways or other sources more prone to develop autism compared to children whose exposure to lower pollution. Pollution increase the risk of autism in children.

The researchers revealed that chemicals in pollutants will trigger genetic changes in the conditions of autism. Although it does not cause autism directly, but it does increase the risk.

"There is evidence that the immune system is associated with autism and pollution affected the same way," says lead researcher Heather Volk, assistant professor of the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, USA.

In his research, Volks and his team analyzed the association between air pollution exposure in 279 children with autism were compared with 245 healthy children. The children were participating in a study on the risk of autism, genetic and environmental.

To measure the high pollution exposure in children, the researchers interviewed their mothers. While air pollution levels of water quality data obtained from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Children who are exposed to high levels of pollution in the womb for two times greater risk of suffering from autism compared with children whose exposure is low. Meanwhile, children are exposed to pollutants from birth until the age of one year, mainly highway pollution, three times greater risk of developing autism.

Strongest relation to nitrogen dioxide is suspected or known to the smog (fog containing air pollutant).

Toxins from the environment that causes abnormalities in the function of the immune system that is associated with autism. According to Geraldine Dawson, an expert on autism, some research shows people with autism find any abnormal immune system.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Make up for medical purposes

Make up for medical purposes
Stylists each season offers a trendy make up, and a new palette to create it.
All changes can not keep track, but every woman, regardless of her mother-heroine from the African tribe or the Secretary of the U.S. president, know what make-up and simple ways of application.
Habit to paint the face appeared, probably at a time when our ancestors were covered by a fig leaf, planed wooden spears and ran for a mammoth, making animal sounds. In addition to all of this was a bright frightening face painting. So make-up has been created not to attract the opposite sex!

Times have changed. And cosmetics are used not only on the battlefield and before going on a hunt, and for medical purposes.
An interesting example of the use of make up for medical purposes was ancient Egypt, where the cosmetics did not ignore neither male nor female.
It was used primarily to emphasize their status and beauty of the face, as well as to attract the opposite sex, and anti-bacteria.
In the journal Analytical Chemistry, scientists who have studied the issue of cosmetics and its importance in the ancient world, said that the Egyptians used a mixture of beauty to fight infections and diseases.
It was believed that the "magical makeover" using crude antimony is able to attract the patronage of the gods Ra and Horus, and protect against eye diseases.
In this case, there is an opposite opinion, they say, of what use cosmetics, which includes toxic lead compounds, can we talk?
Still, the healing properties of the "magic make up" the Egyptians have been proven!
Christian Amator the University of Pierre and Marie Curie and his colleagues studied the composition of cosmetic mixtures, the remains of which were found in the objects that make up the exhibition Louvre.

Among them, the scientists found four lead compounds, and found that these elements help to dramatically accelerate the production of nitric oxide tissue cells of the human body that stimulates the immune system and helps to cope with the disease.
Today in Egypt and all Arab countries "magical makeover" has not lost its relevance.
For the "magic make-up" cosmetic use treated antimony (Kohli, Kaya, kadzhal, kudzhal), which is produced in the form of black or gray powder and pencil. Due to its composition, it is a means of stimulating growth of hair eyelashes and eyebrows.
Gray powder is applied at night for internal mucosa of the lower and upper eyelid, after removing makeup. It helps relieve stress and remove redness.
Black antimony has the same properties, but it can be used for day and evening make-up, like a pen, and in the form of shadows.
So make up for medical purposes is possible not only in ancient Egypt!

Look at yourself in the mirror without fear

Such a desire, I think, there is a minimum of 40 percent of women who see themselves in the mirror.
And in this case, size does not matter.
Small breasts can be as seductive and sensual, like a big - important the correct and regular maintenance, which includes the use of cosmetics and exercise.
Courting the chest, you can kill two birds with one stone: to make it supple and gives volume naturally.
So, get started!

Fit simple exercises: push-ups against the wall (just make sure Feel work the pectoral muscles), alternately pushing away from the wall with an offset to the left and to the right.
Daily care Breast skin is very delicate and subtle, so it requires regular and delicate care.
The first: Start caring about breast with choice of cosmetics designed specifically for the bust. It will be enough serum and cream. Use it twice a day, morning and evening. First apply the serum, and then a layer of cream or lotion, round and round them in the chest, including the nipple.

Avoid contact with warts and nipples, if in the number of active substances - it protects against irritation.
Apply cosmetics to the skin with light massage movements, the chest is better to use the horizontal motion in the form of eights. These techniques will help to improve blood circulation and accelerate the effect of cosmetics.
The second: Twice a week, use a mask. For greater efficiency wrapped up with cling film or foil.
Third: Every day, choose the time to do breast massage combined with peeling. To do this, take a little shower gel, containing fine particles skrabiruyuschie and massage the breasts in a circular motion.
This will help to prepare the skin for the absorption of beneficial ingredients of cosmetics.
Do not forget the douche: direct the flow of water from the bottom of the chest up, and then to the side - so you do modeling massage.

Fifth: If you are not going to help all of the above, then you can ask for help in the aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery.
I would still prefer to fix the shortcomings of the first four ways: its always closer to the body than the foreign implants.
Just make the effort - and you'll get the desired result!

3 steps to maximize the beautiful eyelashes

3 steps to maximize the beautiful eyelashesLargely determine the long fluffy eyelashes expressive look.
Add to it the charm and mystery.
Fortunately, for those who do not like their "fan" enough tricks to fix this point.
So, let's take them in order.

Step 1. Care Properly take care of your eyelashes. To do this, choose a colorless gel for care, which consists of ceramides, protein, vitamin E, provitamin B5. These components strengthen, nourish hair, promote better growth and recovery.
Apply the product before bed to thoroughly cleansed eyelashes and the base of the upper eyelid soft pat until absorbed.
Gel can replace olive or castor oil.
If you use the gel before staining ink, it will help increase the volume of hair. But be sure to wait until the gel is dry, otherwise the ink can go smoothly.
Step 2. Tightening Tightening of the cilia helps to make the eyes bigger and brighter. Therefore arm ourselves tool and proceed to the next step on the way to the perfect lashes.
Heat the eyelash curlers hot air using a conventional dryer, tighten them first at the bottom, then the middle of the hair and on their end.
Comb lashes special brush and proceed to the next step.
Step 3. Ink Before you apply mascara, powder the eyelashes or apply a shadow brush. This is required for thickening hair "design."
Then lift the chin and clearly make small movements from left to right, lifting up the brush to paint over each cilium could.
Do not forget the hair in the extreme corners, they also need to pay attention.
Now you can in the shortest possible time to give their lashes maximum volume and length.

How to stimulate the fat burning?

How to stimulate the fat burning?Exercise regularly, follow a diet and still can not lose weight? The problem in the metabolism!
To restore it, the following tips:Eat regularlyEat five times a day, every three hours, always on time.
Studies have shown that people who consume 1100 calories per day in two meals, lose weight more slowly than those that consume the same amount of food for 5 receptions.

Also, due to the regular diet insulin levels remain stable, as a result, you will not be disturbed feelings of hunger and weakness.
No undershot Between five meals are allowed to drink only water and tea.
This is to ensure that the body use fat accumulated previously, and burned them more intensively. The process will be slower if the products to be processed in excess.
Beware of hunger As soon as you receive a feeling of hunger, the body begins to sound the alarm and not work towards burning fat, but in the direction of their accumulation.
Also, when you're hungry, produces cortisol - a stress hormone that breaks down proteins, promotes the accumulation of body fat, and increases the level of glucose in the blood.
Increase thermogenesis After a meal your body is warmed up after a workout.
Accelerated heart rate, blood pressure rises, and the body uses energy to digest food. This phenomenon is called thermogenesis.
Therefore, to each meal helped burn fat, provide the body the right products, in order to take his job. By the way, for the digestion of protein requires more energy than the digestion of carbohydrates.
30 minutes on the exercise Nothing helps burn fat better than movement. Choice for this long and repetitive exercises, which involves a large amount of muscle.
This is possible in aerobic classes, cycling, running. It is important that training lasted for 30 minutes, as in the beginning of muscles burn glycogen (excess glucose), 30 minutes after the beginning of the body derives energy from fat deposits in the body.
Recent studies show that even short, but very intense workouts are effective.
Use natural "burners" of fat These include citrus fruits, green tea, caffeine extract, ginger, pepper, cocoa and raspberries.

Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm in Cranberry Jam

Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care in Cranberry Jam Review

by Chand

Hi All,
Today we are going to check a Chand's review on one of the most favorite lip balms of girls out there, the Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm. Read below for detailed review on the same.

Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm in Cranberry Jam

What does the Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm Claims:

  • Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm
  • Revitalizes dry / dull lips
  • Gives moisturizing shine
  • Softens and smoothens lips
  • SPF – 16
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Non sticky texture

Price & Quantity: Rs.110 for 4.5g (I bought when it was priced at Rs.99)

Shade: Cranberry Jam

Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm in Cranberry Jam
Key Ingredients: Jojoba oil, Safflower seed oil, also contains Vitamin E

Usage Instructions: Apply daily on lips.

My Experience with Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Lip Balm:

Packaging: A circular tube with circular patterns all over the tube is the packaging of Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care lip balm. The tube is a twist up one with a plastic pressing cap. The cap shuts with a click.

Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm in Cranberry Jam

Colour, Texture & Fragrance: Cranberry Jam is a bright pink shade. However, it is not very bright on the lips. The consistency of the lip balm is very thin and it very light on the lips too. Though it is a lip balm, it does not have that thick waxy texture. Maybelline Lip Smooth Lip Balm forms a thin coat like an oil film. The fragrance is exactly similar to the fruity scent. The smell is very light which stays for sometime and then vanishes off.


Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm in Cranberry Jam
How it works: Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care is a moderate lip balm. Those who do not need heavy lip treatment can easily use this product. It moisturizes the lips good enough. It makes a perfect daily use product. The lips do not need any lipstick or lip gloss when this product is used. Maybelline Lip Smooth serves both the purpose, gives the color to the lips and also glossy finish.

It stays on for at least 3 hours with some fading. When it fades, it does not leave the lips dry or flaky.

The re applying of this product is also easy. A little twist up from he tube and a gentle swipe on the lips will do the job. There is no fear of color going too dark on the lips. The product is very travel friendly too. No worrying about the cap getting opened or product spilling out or even melting in its tube.

Overall, I adore this product just the way it is.

PROS of Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Lip Balm:

  • Twist up tube.
  • A little of the product is sufficient for one use.
  • The entire tube will go a long way.
  • Contains SPF.
  • Tinted lip balm.
  • Gives a glossy shine to the lips.
  • Very thin texture.
  • Staying power is good.
  • Hydrates dry lips.

CONS of Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Lip Balm:

  • Does not help heavily chapped lips.

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 4/5

Do I Recommend Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm: 
Yes, you have to have at least one of the available shades from this range.

Would I Repurchase Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm?: 
Not really, I get bored with lip products very soon. I will try other variants of Maybelline lip care products.

Have you tried Maybelline Lip Smooth Color & Care Refreshing Tinted Lip Balm in Cranberry Jam? Which is your favorite variant girls?


Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Shade No.9 Peach Passion Review, Swatches & EOTD

Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Shade No.9 Peach Passion Review

Hi Everyone!
Today, I am reviewing the Deborah Milano Trio Super Iridescent Wet & Dry Eye Shadow in shade number 9, named Peach Passion. I have been using this trio eyeshadow palette from Deborah Milano for more than 3 months and here comes my experience with this product.

Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Shade No.9 Peach Passion Review, Swatches & EOTD

What does the Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow Claims:
Handy palettes containing a trio of perfectly coordinated ultra-iridescent eye shadows for the stylish and sophisticated look of a professional make-up artist. Hypoallergenic

Price: Rs.495

Shade: No 9. Peach Passion

Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Shade No.9 Peach Passion Review, Swatches & EOTD


My Experience with Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Peach Passion:

Packaging: This baked trio eyeshadows come in a beautiful rounded eyeshadow palette with a transparent glass lid opening that makes it easy to view the shades from outside. They have provided a double tipped brush applicator which is bent and small. I loved the packaging the the applicator brush is of okay-okay quality.

Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Shade No.9 Peach Passion Review, Swatches & EOTD
Colour, Texture & Pigmentation: This peach passion trio consists of three shades; one is a deep chocolate brown with tiny shimmers, the next one is a peachy pink shade with shimmers and the last one, looked like an off white shade with tiny pink and purple shimmers on it. Among these three shades, the brown is the most pigmented one and shows up very well. The peachy pink one doesn't show up as brown and makes the palette bit messy with its fallout and the last shade, doesn't show up at all no matter how many times I swipe it; it hardly shows on my lid. When tried wet, these three has a good color pay off. They all have a smooth texture and spreads smoothly over the eyelids.

Swatches of Deborah Milano Trio Eyeshadow in Peach Passion:

Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Shade No.9 Peach Passion Review, Swatches & EOTD

How they work: We have already discussed about the shades and pigmentation; so let me come straight to its staying power. The staying power varies from shade to shade. All these three have different staying powers. The deep pigmentation brown with shimmers, stays good for 6-7 hours and even more when used wet. The two other shades, I cannot clearly guess their staying power as they didn't show well fist of all. The shimmers are visible, but subtle on the lids making these shades look natural. I always loved this deep brown shade personally and overall, I am happy with this eyeshadow palette. Though this is not a best one for the price, the quality of the shades are good; I am just simply not satisfied about the pigmentation of the other two shades.

EOTD with Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Peach Passion:

Sorry I don't remember what I have done with these trio shades :P This was clicked long ago; but I just mixed and matched all the three shades to present this EOTD.

Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Shade No.9 Peach Passion Review, Swatches & EOTD

PROS of Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Peach Passion:

  • Come in an attractive rounded pallete with a see through glass lid
  • The applicator provided is of good quality; not the best, but good.
  • Sturdy and travel friendly packaging
  • The brown in the palette is a beautiful deep shade with subtle glowy shimmers
  • The staying powder is good; especially the brown one stays long
  • Texture of these shades are smooth 
  • When used wet, all the three has a good colour pay off and stays long

CONS of Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Peach Passion:

  • Expect the brown one, the other two shades are badly pigmented when used dry
  • I expected a little more staying power, atleast for the price
  • The peachy pink shade that contains more shimmers, causes fallout and make the palette messy.

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 3.5/5

Would I Repurchase Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Peach Passion?: 
Nope I wont; but I am definitely eying out for the other shades from their brand which are more pigmented compared to this.

Do I Recommend Deborah Milano Hi-Tech Trio Eyeshadow in Peach Passion?: 
I am not sure. If you would like to have one well pigmented shade and two other subtle soft shades on your trio to make a subtle eye makeup look, this might be your perfect pick.

Have you tried Deborah Milano Eyeshadow Trios?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mostly Pictures... Red Lips Are So Liberating!!!

Do you know about the "What Does Makeup Mean To You" Contest that is running here on ISLM? If you haven't entered it yet, then go ahead do it... No idea about the link? Here you go...

Now this is just a random look I did last night... I was itching to wear a Red lippy and so I did this... Those who follow me on Instagram would have already seen this look of mine last night ;) This is why I keep telling you all to follow me on Instagram people! :P

Red Lipstick: Faces Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Claret
Review Coming Up Soon...

Tell me if you like the look :)

Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in #33 Berry Smoothie Review

Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in Berry Smoothie Review

by Preethi

Lotus Herbals has brought in many products that are commendable. Today I'm going to review a lip gloss from their range. This is named as the "Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss". The shade is "Berry Smoothie".

Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in #33 Berry Smoothie Review

What does the Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss Claims:
A unique high-gloss, non-sticky formula, SEDUCTION™ not only gives a wonderful shimmer to your lips but also keeps them soft and supple for a longer period of time. Available in 15 fun shades, its special sponge applicator covers the lips precisely. Additionally, you can use SEDUCTION™ Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss to add that extra zing to your lip colour without altering it.

Price & Quantity: Rs.245 for 5ml

Shade: Berry Smoothie

Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in #33 Berry Smoothie Review

All shades available:
  • ICE CUBE 32
  • JAMOON 34

Key Ingredients: Enriched with botanical extracts of Grapes and Jojoba.

Usage Instructions: Smooth the lip color onto the lips

Shelf Life: Not mentioned


My Experience with Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in Berry Smoothie:

Packaging: The packaging is quite sturdy and simple and is absolutely safe to carry in your handbag. The body of the container is transparent showing the color and the quantity left.

Color, Consistency & Fragrance: Berry Smoothie is a pink colored gloss. The consistency is semi-solid and not too runny, making the application easy. It has mild floral fragrance that does not bother at all.

How it works: I am personally not a lip gloss person. At times I get attracted seeing their display at counters. So, this was one of my impulsive shopping. But definitely I was not let down by this. The gloss has a doe-foot applicator. The applicator picks up enough product on the first go. Nevertheless, the color can be built with two or more swipes. This is my on-the-go lip gloss..when I don't want anything heavy on my lips.  It does not give heavy coverage, so not very suitable for pigmented lips. I use a concealer pencil beneath to get a neat even coverage. It lasts for 2-3 hours without meals/drinks in between.This can be applied over a lippie but I do not prefer it that way. The gloss contains mild shimmer that doesn't show-up evidently when applied.

See below the swatch on my wrist and how it looks on my lips. (wow that sounds nice lol)

Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in #33 Berry Smoothie Review

Note: I have not applied any lip pencil or concealer to my lips in the below pic.

Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in Berry Smoothie Lip Swatch:

Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in #33 Berry Smoothie Review

PROS of Lotus Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in Berry Smoothie:

  • Decently priced lip gloss from lotus herbals
  • Good quality for the price
  • Color range is wide; you have 15 shades to choose from!
  • Feels light on lips; not sticky or heavy
  • Doesn't dry out lips

CONS of Lotus Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss in Berry Smoothie:

  • Staying power is less
  • Though not drying, it doesn't moisturize the lips as well.

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 4/5

Do I Recommend Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss: I recommend this range to all beauties who love lip glosses.

Would I Repurchase Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss?:
 Yes, I will try other shades.

Have you tried the Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Glosses?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

In The Spotlight: MAC Club Eye Shadow

Welcome to another edition of "In The Spotlight" and today we are featuring MAC Club eye shadow. When you google MAC Club, you come across mixed reviews about this shade and almost negligible reviews from Indian blogs. We Indians are I guess still exploring the possibilities with makeup and tend to walk on the safe path... Especially for products that cost the earth, we like to checkout reviews online extensively and look at swatches after swatches and then finally go with a shade that seems to be the most popular with all beauty bloggers... We all end up with similar shades of eye shadows like Naked Lunch, Mythology, Expensive Pink, Cork, Carbon Black, Folie, Texture, Rice Paper to name a few...

Now this doesn't quite work for me... Why, I don't know but it just doesn't... Now am not saying don't read reviews on beauty blogs, rather if I said that then I would be putting my feet on the "kulhari" myself :P But what I want to tell you all is that read reviews about a product, but check out swatches in person at the store... For example, review of one MAC eye shadow will be the same for all eye shadows! They are awesome! PERIOD... Browse through various EOTDs but swatch them on yourself before yo buy it cause when you go on a swatching spree at MAC you discover hidden jewels like Nylon, Club, Patina, Green Smoke, Ego, Honesty to name a few :)

So anyways, I got myself this magical eye shadow quite a while back and have even reviewed it here...

The "magical" thing about this eye shadow is that on its own its a pretty, light mossy green eye shadow but when you apply it over a black base, then the shade of green that it takes on is just plain exotic and mysterious :)

Take a look at my EOTD below... It's an attempt at smokey eye and quite a good one that too... Yup I have always been the humble one ;) Now would you believe it if I said that only one shadow i.e. MAC Club has been used to create this smokey eye and no other eye shadow.. Not even black... Yes of course I have used a highlighter shade but thats it! The dimensions this eye shadow gives you is just unparalleled and I am totally smitten by it...

Do let me know what you think of the EOTD and the eye shadow :)

Australia, Cigarettes Without the Logo and Colors

Health News: In smoking prevention efforts, many countries are going to act, one Australia. Australia became the first country in the world to require plain packaging for tobacco products. Since that time, the cigarettes without the logo and colors, banned tobacco companies featured in the packaging.

Instead, the cigarette packaging there would be adverse effects picture smoking, and anti-smoking messages. Cigarette companies just got a little place at the bottom of cigarette packs to write down the name and its variants.

Anne Jones, antismoking activities, revealed that plain packaging would eliminate personality traits. "With plain packaging and a massive health message, the image of cigarettes as glamorous product that will disappear," he said.

Prior to this, cigarette packaging is the only medium for tobacco companies to advertise itself. Since 1976, tobacco companies banned from advertising on television and radio Australia. Prohibition of advertisements in newspapers and magazines followed in 1989.

Cigarette companies are also prohibited from sponsoring sports and cultural events since 1992.

Regulation of plain packaging has long been a target of the Australian Government. The effort was led by Nicola Roxon, the health minister at the time, whose father, Jack, died of diseases caused by smoking when he was 10 years old.

Government "State Kangaroo" was also determined to reduce the number of smokers from 16 percent in 2007 to less than 10 percent by 2018.

In May 2011, the board issued a study on cancer Australia plain packaging on cigarette packs. The results of the study showed that packs big role to persuade teens to try smoking.

Australian Government's decision was opposition from the tobacco industry. Consortium of major tobacco companies, such as Philip Morris, Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobaco (BAT), come together to make a plan against the decision.

"Plain packaging has been misconstrued and it's not going to stop because the brand of cigarette smokers will still appear. Addition, the tobacco companies will also seek to remain competitive, partly by cutting prices," said Scott McIntyre, spokesman for BAT.

Besides Australia, the UK, France, Norway, India, and New Zealand are also planning to implement plain packaging cigarettes.

Become Dangerous Too Long Inhale Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has been widely recognized usefulness, especially to relieve stress and even reversed the mood. But you should be careful and limit time using aromatherapy. There unfavorable effects of aromatherapy, become dangerous too long inhale aromatherapy.

Benefits of using aromatherapy by inhaling steam from plant oil droplets are heated. Any vegetable oil aroma is said to have usefulness different

In a study of 100 workers Spa in Taipei, Taiwan, is known to increase heart rate and blood pressure after they breathe in aromatherapy for two hours.

In the first hour of aromatherapy inhalation, blood pressure and heart rate spa workers it down. This is consistent with previous research that suggests that aromatherapy is to reduce levels of stress.

But after 120 minutes, the researchers found the opposite effect. Systolic blood pressure increased again and the heart rate. "This shows the excessive exposure of aromatherapy oils," the researchers said in a report in The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Previous research has linked the increased risk of asthma with a volatile organic compound (VOC), which is widely used in aromatherapy. Inhalation of VOCs that can increase inflammation in the body and disrupt the function of the nervous system that affects the heart.

Yet researchers say that more in-depth research is needed to ascertain this study. Also uncertain whether the fluctuations in heart rate and blood pressure experienced by the respondents in this study can be considered a threat to heart health.

How Men to Faced Nagging Lady

In general, men and women who are more talkative? Surely the answer is women. It was women around the world are immune to the nickname chatty . Women really prefer to communicate verbally. Sometimes this men's problems. Even when faced with a problem, she would talking, while men more often silent and thinking. Because of how men to faced nagging lady.

For men, nagging women create headaches. Just ask your men friends or relatives, in the face of a woman nagging or being reprimanded, they heard was "Blah blah blah blah blah blah casually themselves .." then their headaches and forget what has been said of the woman.

"Women who nag and grumble often can not be refuted or explained by the level of even the most calm. Normally she would blame blame men for many reasons. I is not much to say, just say yes or no. After a long time she is usually tired and stop talking. Usually my girlfriend cranky when it's like this, but the next day I was definitely more quiet chat with and understand the intent of his ravings, " B, 25 years old

"I was often dizzy and tired of a nagging woman, especially when she nags me, gosh .. In such circumstances, I would like ravings soon stopped. So I would nod and agree with everything he asked for. Fact I often do not understand and do not understand the conversation that he was a grumble. importantly nodded a lot, and I could live again, "- Y, 26 years

"Flee .. substantially blurred wherever rather than chewed. Dizziness when you hear her whining or talking without a semicolon. Usually I look for excuses to run away or escape. Told again no sudden affair, or suddenly checking the phone and tell her friends need help, when I'm lying anyway .. Yes, instead diomelin, make a headache, "- P, 24 years old

That's the strategy of the men to save themselves when chatty woman or chewed. Although often subtle, they honestly say, sometimes also with a nagging miss the women.

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review

Hey All,
I am feeling super lazy today from the morning. I was just swatching some blushes and lip glosses, walking around the house to click pictures in different light settings :P without doing any other work. (Signs of a beauty blogger huh) Finally, after the swatch works got over, I washed my face to clear my skin. So after that when I opened my beauty case to find a moisturizer, this cutie caught my eyes. Yes! It was sleeping there since I got this in my hand. No, I don't mean that it is a not-so-good product but I didn't use it much from when I got this from Cosmetic Love (A Korean online shopping site for beauty and makeup products) This lovely cookie blusher in Grapefruit Jelly shade from Etude House owns a cute name, packaging and shade. Go read my detailed review to know more on this product.

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review

What does the Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher Claims:
Liven Cheeks with Spring Color!
  • Synergy between pearl sparkle & vivid color
  • Satiny powder for exceptional adhesiveness
  • Soft, cushiony puff with bow trim
Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review

Price & Quantity: $7.98 for 8.5g

Shade: Grapefruit Jelly

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review

All Shades Available:
  1. Strawberry Mousse
  2. Strawberry Choux
  3. Raspberry Tart
  4. Carrot Cheesecake
  5. Apricot Pudding
  6. Grapefruit Jelly
  7. Rose Sugar Macaron
  8. Blueberry Pie
  9. Sweetberry Muffin
  10. Peach Parfait
(Oh my! I am loving all the shades names very much :D FYI, I am great foodie!)

My Experience with Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly:

Packaging: This is one of the most cutest blushes I own! It comes in a round, soft pink plastic blush pan with a frosted semi transparent lid that shuts tightly. They have provided a cute white puff applicator with this blush and I love it the most. The puff is so soft and has a tiny pink bow on the top of it. Though it looks cute, it is not that useful when it comes to application of the blush. I would suggest a good quality blush brush anytime.

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review

Colour, Texture & Pigmentation: I have no clue why they have named this shade as Grapefruit Jelly but from my view, it looks as a nice matte pink shade which has a slight hint of coral (more on the paler side) with no glitters or shimmers. It is not that chalky but settles matte. This shade looks super natural and is averagely pigmented. And I forget to mention one thing; this blush is fragrance free!

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review


Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly Review

How it works: Though I loved this blush's packaging, shade and etc, this is not MY shade. I have a dusky-dark skin and it washes me out :( Unlucky me. This shade grapefruit jelly, though looks natural is more on the paler side thus making it not so suitable for darker skin tones. The shade on the swatch is just untrue to how it looks on the pan. This blush gives a natural pink shade to fairer cheeks.(Just pink and nothing else) It doesn't even show up on me and if I try to over build, it washes me out! Even though it doesn't suit me, I wore it a whole day to test the staying power etc. This blush stays good for 5-6 hours (It doesn't show up on me much so I am not sure about this part) and then fades away evenly. If you're fair skinned, you can go for this blush. Those who own a pale white skin can use this blush to give a beautiful natural pink flush to their cheeks! Overall, I would say this is a good natural pink blush for the price. They provide a huge quantity too.

PROS of Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly:

  • Natural pink shade for everyday wear
  • No shimmer or glitter present, thus making it suitable for day wear
  • Glides softly onto the skin and settles into a lovely matte finish
  • Good pigmentation and stays for 5-6 hours
  • Less fallout; this powder blush is smoothly milled
  • This blush has a decent staying power
  • OMG! This blush is such a cutie pie when it comes to packaging
  • Suits fair to paler skin types very well to give that natural pink flush
  • Huge quantity; hence lasts longer
  • Reasonable price 

CONS of Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly:

  • I agree that the applicator puff is cute; but when it comes to blushing, it is of no use
  • This shades washes out dusky-dark skin tones
  • The shade on the pan and the shade on the cheeks looks entirely different! 

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 3.5/5

Do I Recommend PROS of Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly?:
I do recommend this blush to very fair skinned girls who would love to have that bit of natural flush on their cheeks. And if you are a collector of cute looking makeup products, go grab it :D

Would I Repurchase PROS of Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly?:
Nope. Not for me! This shade doesn't suit my skin at all. I may try the other shades in future.

Have you tried Etude House Lovely Cookie Blushers? 

Product sent by the brand for consideration

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple Review

Coloressence 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Shades Pencil in Maple Review

by Supriya

Hello all Lovely Ladies,
So how has your day been so far? Mine was really hectic with a series of work in progress but could squeeze in time to do what I am passionate about – writing reviews. So here I am with yet another review and this time of a makeup product - Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 in Maple.

 Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple Review

What does the Company Claims:

Coloressence 2 in 1 liners do not find any mention on their website. However, the e-commerce site from where I have purchased this product, describes the liner as – “Vivid and vibrant colors in a creamy texture can be used as eye liner pencil and eye shadow too. It gives precise definition to eyes giving a silky and smooth finish”.

Price & Quantity: Rs.150 for 0.05oz (roughly 1.5 gm)

My Experience with Coloressence 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple:

Since I am not much of a lipstick person and stick to lip glosses only. Recently, I developed a liking for lip liners as they give your lips a matte effect, define your lips and cover the lip pigmentation beautifully. So I laid my hands on a lot of lip liners, mostly pinks and reds and a couple of mauve / plum. As evident from the name, this liner can be used doubly on both lips and eye. However, I use it only on the eye – lid and am vary about trying it on the water line.

Packaging: The pencil is of the same color of that of the liner with a semi-transparent-same color cap. This makes spotting the shade easy in between the lot.

 Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple Review

Color, Texture and Pigmentation: This is beautiful shade is a red with pink undertones. Those who are looking for not-so-bold-but-red lip can give this a sure shot try.

Hand Swatch:

 Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple Review

How it works: Now coming to the application part, it is easy to apply and does not tug my lip and eyelids. It is quite pigmented and two swipes are sufficient to bring out the full color. However, you can restrict to a single swipe if you like the tint. It is advisable to exfoliate your lips before application of any kind of lip liner or lip product for that matter. It can be used alone for a matte look and also over a lip balm for a subtle glossy look. However, it does not moisturize the lips.

Lip Swatch:

 Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple Review

The staying power is decent for about 4-5 hours and can survive a light meal, after which a soft tint of color is left behind. During a typical day in office, I do not re-apply the pencil, rather I just top it up with a lip balm (non-pigmented) to give that slight shine.

PROS of  Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple:

  • Does not tug on lip and eyelids
  • Does not cause irritation on eye
  • Pigmented enough to cover lip dis-coloration
  • Good staying power
  • Decently priced
  • Contains beeswax, castor oil and coconut oil (hydrogenated)

CONS of Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple:

  • Does not moisturize lips
  • Baffled by the list of chemical ingredients!

Makeup and Beauty Home Rating: 4/5

Do I Recommend Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple?: I would recommend this liner to lovers of red.

Would I Repurchase Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencil in Maple?: Yes, I really liked the color.

Have you tried the Coloressence Premium Shades 2 in 1 Eye and Lip Pencils?