Month: May 2016

LUSH DARK ANGELS REVIEW

Black….Black and more black!

No! No! I am not being  racist here, why I say this, you will know as you read this post. Today I am going to review a Black facial cleanser from Lush cosmetics, which comes in the normal Black pot of Lush and it has a name “dark angels”.  Everything is black about this cleanser!

 

thebeautymascot/lush dark angels

 

Lush says about the Dark Angels

Black sugar and charcoal gently exfoliate and absorb excess oils to leave dull, oily or acne-prone skin feeling fresh and matte. Even oily skin can be sensitive, so we’ve made this one soft and soothing to calm redness and irritation, too. Its rhassoul mud base deep-cleanses to help prevent breakouts while vitamin rich cold-pressed organic avocado oil nourishes skin to leave it soft and lightly hydrated. Use all over for perfectly smooth, bright skin. An angel indeed!

Ingredients

Rhassoul Mud , Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) , Glycerine , Powdered Charcoal ,Black Sugar (sucrose) , Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate ,Fragrance , Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus) , Rosewood oil (Aniba rosaeodora) , *Linalool , *Farnesol . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Price and availability

Price for 100g is 75AED which is almost 20$ and dark angels can be found at all Lush stores and also online.

My take on the Dark Angels

Solid cleansers always attract me , and if it comes from Lush I ought to try it out, main reason it does not contain any preservatives or parabens. When I picked up Dark angels I had high hopes as with any Lush product. The packaging as said earlier is the normal black pot as all Lush products. I bought the smallest tub. The weight of which is 100g. The color of the cleanser is black and the texture, now I don’t think it has a solid consistency nor liquid it comes somewhere in between, kind of powdery solid (What??) I really like the smell of Dark angels, can’t make out what the smell is, not charcoal anyways, but a nice soothing smell.

 

thebeautymascot/lush dark angels

 

The method to use is very simple, take a pea-size on your palm and make a paste by adding warm water. Massage it onto your already dampened skin and rinse off with warm water. I keep it for some time before rinsing for better results.

 

thebeautymascot/lush dark angels
Take a pea-size of the dark angels
thebeautymascot/lush dark angels
Add warm water and make a paste

If you have a white as pearl kind of sink, you are about to faint at this point. Because the application itself is messy, but you can avoid it by taking extra care while applying or making it in a paste form. Even if you take that one step of extra care, your sink is still not safe. Once you rinse off the cleanser, you hardly remember your bathroom sink was once white. It is so messy, leaves black stains all over. Wait, no! that is not the worst part, after rinsing if you expect beautiful glowing immediately and look yourself in the mirror, this time you are definitely fainting, if you missed the chance last time. Why because the dark angels stains not only your sink, it leaves black residue on your face too. Too black that after using it  l have to get another cleanser to remove the stain. I use micellar water to remove the stain, otherwise the black residue refuses to move even if I rinse my face for the 245788990th time irrespective of whether I use normal, cold, warm or even hot water (do not use hot water though). I told you its all black!

 

thebeautymascot/lush dark angels
When using micellar water. 

Using a toner after cleansing can also help remove stains but not as effectively as a cleanser or micellar water. I think its better to use the dark angels in the shower, and it stains bath tub too.  Forgot to tell, it also gets inside your pores making the situation even worse. The dark angels is not just a facial cleanser, it can also be used for your body. I have used it on my body and it stained my body too!

 

thebeautymascot/lush dark angels
When using a toner

The above two images are of cotton pads used to remove the stains using micellar water and toner. I am sorry its gross, just wanted to show how mush it stains.

The dark angels is an exfoliating cleanser, but I strongly recommend rubbing with a very light hand. The particles in it are too harsh it can tear your skin (now that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it can damage your skin if you are not gentle). Hence this facial cleanser is not a good choice for people with sensitive skin.

If you ask me why there is too much of negativity today I can point out some really awesome things about the dark angels too. The dark angels leaves my skin smooth and beautiful (after I get rid of the black stain ofcourse). It removes dead skin cells, removes excess oil from my face, but does not leaves my skin dry, it locks in moisture and my skin feels really amazing. No wonder it has such amazing results, the ingredient list is so nice, the main ingredient Rhassoul mud helps to soften the skin, reduce oiliness, remove dead skin cells and tighten pores. Next charcoal helps in cleansing and detoxifying your skin, Avocado oil which helps to moisturize, soften and heal your skin along with the amazing anti-aging properties. Sandalwood oil brighten and lighten skin tone and also in treating blemishes, spots and scars. Rosewood oil has anti-aging benefits. Now if this mask contains all these amazing ingredients it should be showing some awesome results. The girl at Lush said this one is perfect for darker skin as it lightens the complexion, but it did not show any visible change in my complexion, to be honest.

The dark angels has a life of 3 months, after which it will not be suitable to use. When the sales girl told me this, my husband was like come on, this is not going to last until then but after using this for quite some time now, I am damn sure my small pot of 100g will not be over by 3 months, even if I use it every single day, which I do not recommend, since the exfoliation is too harsh to be used everyday.

My final verdict about the Lush Dark Angels and some tips

The dark angels by Lush has definitely improved how my skin look and feel. But even if I ignore how it stains my sink and shower, I cannot neglect the fact that it leaves black residues on my skin. The dark angels really cleanses the impurities on my skin but leaves black residue due to which I have to use another cleanser to remove the stains. So is it really worth it? I don’t think so!Maybe due to the amazing skin benefits, you can use it as a face mask once a while instead of using it as a facial cleanser, but Lush has some really effective face masks like the Love Lettuce I have reviewed a few days back,so maybe it is a better idea to try them out, instead of this cleanser if you do not want to be look like a coal-miner. So my overall opinion would be to just pass. My rating is 3/5.

But if you want to use it for the benefits there are a few tips I would like to share which might help

  • You can mix it with your normal facial cleanser, which reduces the stain, but not completely. It can also help reduce the harshness while exfoliating.
  • Use a very light hand when exfoliating.
  • Rather than using it is a daily cleanser, use the dark angels as a face mask, also let it stay on your face for some time, say 10 minutes for better results.
  • Always use dry hands when scooping out the cleanser, otherwise the product will get damaged.

 

MASSIVE DRUGSTORE MAKEUP HAUL

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
 

Hi guys, How are you all?

 

If you are wondering where have I vanished, I had to go to India for my dear sister-in-laws wedding and if you have at least heard of big fat Indian weddings, you know what kept me busy for the two weeks! I also was the official make up artist for the bride, so had to do do some shopping prior to my travel. Now that I am back I thought of starting with a fun post, a drugstore makeup haul. Now who does not like make up haul posts,right! I am doing a drugstore one, because I got some amazing products, I can’t wait to share. So let’s begin!

The products I purchased are from Gosh, Nyx and Rimmel London,Karaja and Deborah Milano. I got these from Lifestyle stores.

Gosh Cosmetics

I have not tried any products from Gosh, so thought of trying out a few and ended up buying some awesome products.

 

thebeautymascot/makeuphaul

 

Smokey nudes palette

I have not tried this eye shadow palette yet, but love it even before using. Love the shades, great for both day and night make up. The palette contains 10 different shades and also a double-sided brush. The best part is that Gosh sells this eye shadow palette for just AED 90, I will be using this quite often, I am sure and my detailed review will be up soon.

Giant Blush

I love that this blush comes in form of a stick. Super easy to use and the shade I have is 04 Passion, which is a beautiful pink shade.

Mineral powder

I can’t really comment about this powder at this stage, since I have hardly used it. But so far so good!

Click’n Conceal 

I really love this concealer. Perfect for the under eye, instantly brightens the under eye. I have used this concealer a couple of times now and totally love it. Review will be up soon.

Velvet touch Lipstick 

One range of products which everybody is raving about from Gosh are their lipsticks. I actually thought of buying lipsticks and ended up buying all the other stuff. The lipstick I bought is the shade 010 Matt Smoothie, which is a perfect neutral pink shade which suits my skin tone so well. I have worn this a few times and love how long-lasting these are. Spreads on like butter but gives a matt finish, so good!

Forever lip shine

This is an amazing lip crayon, which has a fine tip when compared to other lip crayons. The shade I bought is 010 Lady like.

Velvet touch lip liners

I bought two lip liners 002 Antique Rose and 003 Cardinal Red, which are the closest match to the lipsticks I bought.

Forever metallic eye shadow stick

Ever since my Inaya came to my life, eye shadow sticks have been a boon for me, so easy to use and blend. So I can’t have enough of them. The shade I bought is Blue.

 

thebeautymascot/makeuphaul

 

Rimmel London

Rimmel London is one of my favorite drugstore brands.

 

image (17)

 

Kate Moss collection sculpting palette

I have been thinking of getting this one for a while now. The sculpting palette consists of a highlighter, a bronzer and a blush.

Magnif’eyes eyeshadow

This is another eye shadow stick which is two sided with two different shades. The shade I got is 002 Kissed by rose gold. Love the name, Kissed by rose gold.

 

image (5)

 

Scandal eyes Lycra flex mascara

I can swear by the Rimmel Scandal eyes Rockin’ curves, love it so so much! But this time for a change thought of trying the Lycra flex, I have used it just once and I can tell this one is no competition to the Rockin’ curves, but just an average mascara.

Exaggerate eye liner

Just a normal eye liner.

Kate Moss long lasting Lipstick

The shade I bought is 106, which is a fuschia pink.

NYX Cosmetics

Nyx butter lipstick

I love this range from nyx! The shade I got is BLS12 Little Susie, which is a beautiful coral pink.

 

thebeautymascot/makeuphaul

 

Jumbo eye pencil

You might now think I am obsessed with eye shadow pencils. The jumbo eye pencil might be your favorite too. I bought my all time favorite shade 604 Milk and also 621A Pure Gold.

 

image (20)

Karaja

Brush No.8

I don’t know about you, I have never heard about Karaja, my bad! I just got a smudging brush from the brand and I must say the brush is really good. A high quality brush.

Deborah Milano

Lipliner

The shade is 05, which compliments the Rimmel lipstick I bought.

 

thebeautymascot/makeuphaul

These are the products I bought from Lifestyle, UAE. I will be using these products and will let you guys know how I feel.

 

 

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT BIO-OIL

image (1)

I am sure, if you live anywhere in this planet you have definitely heard of Bio-oil, maybe used it? maybe thought of using it? We usually relate Bio-oil to pregnant women or mommies, but I am going to talk not just that, but how well it works for everyone.  So let’s talk everything about Bio-oil and why it is a favorite skin care essential for some beautiful celebrities like Victoria Beckam, Kate Middleton, Priyanka Chopra and Shilpa Shetty. Ah! All my favorite people!

What manufacturer has to say about Bio-oil

Bio‑Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for aging and dehydrated skin. Bio‑Oil has won 284 skincare awards and has become the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 20 countries since its global launch in 2002.

The Bio‑Oil formulation is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, which changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy. This ensures that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed.

Ingredients in Bio-oil

Botanicals

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)

Vitamins

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Oil base

Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum)
Triisononanoin
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate
Isopropyl Myristate
Glycine Soja Oil
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil
BHT
Bisabolol

Fragrance (Rose)

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
Amyl Cinnamal
Benzyl Salicylate
Citronellol
Coumarin
Eugenol
Farnesol
Geraniol
Hydroxycitronellal
Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
Limonene
Linalool

Color

Orange: CI 26100 (Red 17)

Price 

Price of a 125ml bottle is AED 75

What I think about Bio-oil

Bio-oil comes in a bottle form and the oil comes out as drops. It is very easy to control the amount as it comes drop by drop. And trust me you need just two drops for your face and neck. I love the color of the oil, peach-ish orange. I also love the smell of it. I can’t make out what the smell is, reminds me of some spice? But the ingredient list mentions a lot of ingredients responsible or the smell. I know some people hate the smell of bio-oil  (personal preferences huh?)

The consistency o Bio-oil is so light. The reason for the light consistency is supposed to be PurCellin Oil. Out of curiosity I googled to find out what the so called “break through ingredient” really is. What Google found out is that “PurCellin oil is a substance that comes from the preen gland oil of ducks.” My first reaction was “Yuckkk!” which then changed to  “What? Seriously?!”.Then again I went through the ingredient list to find out more , but surprisingly, this oil has not been mentioned in the ingredient list. Now I have decided to move on so lets talk about other things about our star of the day- the Bio-oil!

Once you take the oil in your hands, it is completely transparent. Method to use is very simple, take two drops of the bio-oil and massage it into your skin, just two drops, not more. Once you apply the oil on your skin, you see that it is non-greasy and absorbs into your skin really fast. Even if you have oily skin, you can use bio-oil without much of a thought. Well, you know right, it is just a myth that oil skinned beauties cannot use oil in their skincare routine, a false one! Speaking about bio-oil it is so light and perfect for all types of skin.

Using Bio-oil leaves leaves my skin moisturized and has definitely improved the texture of my skin. I started using Bio-oil when I was pregnant,on my tummy area, mainly to prevent stretch marks. Well let me tell you one thing, it is always a better idea to start preventive measures for stretch marks than later treating it. Bio-oil has definitely helped me and I have very little not-so-visible stretch marks due to pregnancy. At this point let me also tell you that I have had stretch marks due to all the weight loss and weight gain I had during my adolescence. If you ask me if Bio-oil had helped me with getting rid of that, I would say not really. I haven’t expected it to because it is not easy to treat stretch marks which are older. Even the medical prescriptions does not show much results, so don’t expect Bio-oil to do some miracles. But it can definitely help to reduce the amount of strtch marks you get when you use it at pregnancy, and also show some really good results in reducing the appearance of the newly formed ones.

After using Bio-oil on my tummy area, I realized it is so moisturizing and then started using it on my body and later on my face. I have used it during the intense summers and extreme winters in the UAE and loved the results. Bio-oil claims to do a lot of work. It claims to be a specialist skincare for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skin. I can’t really comment about all, but yes it has helped me with stretch marks, dehydrated skin. It has not done much to my uneven skin tone, and I don’t have much wrinkles or anything so cannot comment about aged skin. BUt I really think it can help to some extent because the ingredient list of Bio-oil is amazing. It has some excellent ingredients. I believe, via the powers of Vitamin E, Bi-oil can reduce the number of damaged cells from UV radiation and help to reduce free radicals that attack healthy cells, which would otherwise lead to premature aging and skin damage.

Apart from using Bio-oil for my body, I have used it as a cuticle oil and it works. I also use it on my feet to treat cracked heels, it does not treat cracked heels overnight, but yes by using for a few days it helps. I have heard that some people use it on their hair, but I have not!

My final word

Bio-oil leaves my skin plump and glowing. It has helped me with dehydrated skin and also stretch marks to some extent. It also helps to treat cracked heels. I love products that can multitask, for a low price it is a steal! But I do not agree with the claim of being a miracle product,it does help, but no miracles.