Month: January 2017

INGLOT MATTE LIPSTICK #440 REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hey, my gorgeous friends! How are you all doing? I have been really busy the past week as it was my Inaya’s 2nd birthday! I am happy and sad both about it and I am sure all my fellow mommies will understand what I am talking about! Anyways today I am here with a product review. I am reviewing a lipstick today, Inglot Matte lipstick in the shade 440.

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Product claims

The perfect opaque super matte lipstick for any occasion. Vitamin E, macadamia oil, and avocado oil moisturise and nourish the lips. Long lasting formula provides the ideal matte, smooth, even finish.

Ingredients

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Price and availability

Price is 75AED  ($10) for 4.5 gm and available at all Inglot outlets.  Available in 40+ shades.

My review of the Ingot matte lipstick 440

If you know me you know I used to be someone who always goes for pink, peach and other nude lipsticks. It’s just recently that I started using more bold and brighter shades! I have used the Inglot matte lipsticks in many other shades before.I have even tried this purple shade but I didn’t buy it because I thought I will never use it! I wouldn’t have used it then but now things have changed and I have started using more bold, bright and deep colours. Hence I finally bought this deeper shade from Inglot Matte lipstick range.

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The lipstick comes in a black outer box which has all the information written like the ingredient list, expiry and shade number which we will obviously throw away so no use. The actual lipstick has a classy black metal like and sturdy packaging with the brand name written on the lid. The shade number is written on a sticker at the bottom of the bullet. I actually don’t prefer shades to be identified as numbers and I believe you too don’t like it that way either. The only way to identify a particular shade is to open the top and check other than remembering the shade number. The cap shuts tight and hence is travel-friendly.

It contains ingredients like Castor oil, Macadamia oil and Avocado oil which helps to moisturise and nourish your lips.

The texture of this lipstick is matte, real matte! If you are in search for a true matte lipstick, then this one is for you. Since it’s matte, it has a slightly dry texture too. Hence there is a chance for a bit of tugging. Exfoliating and moisturising of the lips is very important otherwise your lips will look dry and patchy. But this lipstick does not settle into fine lines.

The shade 440 which I am talking about today is a deep purple shade, which will bring that bold and quirky side of you outside. This shade will be flattering on most skin tones, especially for the dark skinned beauties. It has a fruity fragrance, not an overpowering fragrance but sweet and pleasant.

Just one swipe and you are left with an opaque colour. Can expect a little bit of dragging when applying but nothing that cannot be fixed. .If you want the shade to be more intense then you can do two or more swipes. Covers even pigmented lips. Does not transfer or bleed.

The staying power is also quite impressive. Stays for 5-6 hours with light meal and drinks. When you have heavy meals it fades from the centre. It fades leaving a beautiful stain behind. I cannot say it fades evenly but you can easily fix this by just swiping your fingers.

After 6 hours it fades leaving a beautiful stain behind. I cannot say it fades evenly but you can easily fix this by just evening out the colour with your fingers.

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Swatches of Inglot matte lipstick #440

 

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thebeautymascot/inglot matte lipstick #440

 

In love with

  • True matte formula.
  • The sturdy black casing which is travel-friendly.
  • Great colour pay-off.
  • Lasts for 5-6 hours and leaves a stain behind.
  • Contains some amazing ingredients like Castor oil, Macadamia oil and Avocado oil.
  • Does not transfer or bleed.

Not in love with

  • The slightly dry texture, which might leave your lips dry. If you have dry or flaky lips then this will accentuate it.
  • Exfoliating and moisturising are very important for a clean and smooth application.

I have used the Inglot matte lipstick in many other shades before and I really like it! I have to admit that if you don’t exfoliate and moisturise your lips properly this will end up looking patchy and dry. The shade #440 is no different. The stain this particular shade leaves behind is also something I love and is beautiful. I rate it 3.9/5. Despite the dry texture, I would still say this matte lipstick from Inglot is something you should at least try. The quality of this lipstick is brilliant. 

Have you tried the Inglot matte lipstick? Which is your favourite shade? Which is your favourite matte lipstick?

 

 

ALOE VERA SHEA BUTTER WHIPPED DIY BODY BUTTER

Hey my beautiful friends, how are you doing today?

How is winter so far? Cold, colder, coldest? However it is, your skin might be the most suffering one. When people with oily skin can’t explain how dry their skins are God save the dry skinned ones. It is not funny, I know! But one thing you can do to your skin to save it from the trauma (big word? Maybe I will use the word pain?) is to moisturise. By moisturising, I mean really deeply moisturise. If you thought you need expensive and chemical-loaded creams for this purpose, then my friend, you have plenty of other options. Today I am going to talk about one such option which is super moisturising, great for you skin and you need only very few ingredients to make it which also means it is cheap and it is so much fun to make it too!

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Aloe vera shea butter whipped DIY body butter

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Today I have decided to talk less so let’s just jump to the ingredients used.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Shea butter (you can buy here )
  • 1/2 cup C0coa butter (you can buy here )
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil(you can buy here )
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil/almond/olive oil (I used Avocado oil, buy avocado oil )
  • 5tbsp Aloe vera gel (you can buy here )
  • 15-30 drops of Essential oils (I use lemon, lime and sweet orange)
  • 2tsp Vitamin E oil (optional) (you can buy here )

How to make the DIY body butter

  • The first step is to melt the kinds of butter and oils. For this take a double boiler and add shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, avocado oil and Vitamin E oil in it.
  • Bring to a medium flame and stir constantly. When all the ingredients are melted remove it from the flame and let it cool a little bit then add the essential oils of your choice.
  • Next place this in the refrigerator and let the mixture cool, this step is very important, otherwise your body butter cannot be whipped properly. Keep it in the refrigerator for 1 hour. The right state is when the centre part is still soft but the side is hardened. That is when you know your body butter is ready to be whipped.
  • Next, add aloe vera juice and using a hand mixer, whip the mixture until is becomes soft and fluffy. Keep it in the refrigerator for another 10 minutes and viola! a very luxurious body butter is ready!
  • Store in a glass container.
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When the ingredients are melted
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When it is ready to be whipped

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Shelf life of the DIY body butter

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This body butter stays for up to 8 weeks without refrigerating. You can also store it in the refrigerator if you like.

How to use DIY body butter

Apply a very small amount on your body. The body butter gets absorbed really fast into your skin leaving it soft and moisturised.

Some points to remember

  • You can skip the Aloe vera juice if you wish and just make a normal Shea butter DIY body butter. If you are using natural aloe vera plant then scoop out the flesh and run it in the blender and then add to your mixture.
  • If you don’t have a double boiler, place a glass bowl on top of a steel vessel filled with water and place it on the stove. Add the ingredients to the glass bowl.
  • Shea butter needs a little more time to melt than the other ingredients.
  • I have added lemon, lime and sweet orange essential oils if you are using these then remember that these oils are photosensitive hence it is not a good idea to use it during day time when out in the sun.
  • Since this DIY body butter contains a lot of oils and different kind of butter, you only need to apply a very small amount. Hence a little goes a long way.
  • Make sure the utensils used for whipping are dry.

 

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I have used Aloe vera because it

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Reduces acne
  • Lighten blemishes and marks
  • Heals external wounds, helps with sunburns and soothes the skin.
  • Reduces tan.

The Aloe vera Shea butter whipped DIY body butter is a superiorly moisturising body butter which can be made very easily and is cheap. This is perfect for the winter season when your skin is extremely dry. You can also use this as a moisturising hair mask. Have you made body butter before? If you make this then do let me know.

 

 

 

 

LUSH POWDERED SUNSHINE (SUNSCREEN IN POWDER FORM)

What is one think you hate about sunscreens? I would say the sticky, greasy feeling it gives and sometimes white cast. I am quite sure these might be your reasons for not wearing sunscreen or at least hating the poor thing. But hey, you know right, sunscreen is an inevitable part of your beauty regime. Not only when you are outdoors, sunscreen is necessary even when you are indoors. Today I am going to express my thoughts about a sunscreen, a powdered sunscreen.

Why I was particularly intrigued about the powdered sunshine is because it came in powder form. I never knew there was a sunscreen in powder form. And then when I visited a Lush store in Dubai, I discovered it. Plus the kind people from Lush were kind enough to offer this one for free. The staff at Lush in Mercato mall invited me for a shop tour and this was one of the items I received.Please keep reading to know what I think about the powdered sunshine from Lush cosmetics.

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Product claims

Perfect for those picky about feeling sticky, this light, loose powder keeps you safe in the sun and gives skin a matte, subtly shimmering tone. Venturing outside, calamine powder – rich in naturally protective zinc oxide – will reflect broad spectrum uv rays whilst bright citrusy lime and lemon oils sourced from the Southern Italian peninsula fragrance skin with a fruity, earthy aroma that captures picnic weather.

Ingredients

  • Calamine Powder
  • Cornflour
  • Octocrylene
  • Magnesium Carbonate
  • Octylmethoxycinnamate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate)
  • Organic Sesame Oil
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • Lemon Oil
  • Lime Oil
  • Patchouli Oil
  • Olibanum Oil
  • Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • *Citronellol
  • *Eugenol
  • *Geraniol
  • *Limonene
  • *Linalool
  • Perfume
  • Synthetic Fluorphlogopite
  • Colour 77492
  • Colour 77491
  • Colour 77499
  • Colour 77718

*occurs naturally in essential oils.

Price and availability

80 AED (6.95 pounds) for 70gms and available at all Lush stores.

My take on the Lush powdered sunshine 

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The packaging of the powdered sunshine is quite simple, a transparent plastic bottle with a black label where the product name and other details like ingredient list, method of using and product claims are mentioned. It has a flip-open cap. Not a fancy packaging, but you know right, Lush has no fancy looking packaging anyways. But the bottle is easy to carry and travel-friendly.

The powder is very very light pink in colour. It has a fragrance that is a mix of citrus and earthy aroma. I think the smell of patchouli is standing out as well. Patchouli has an earthy,  herbal scent. A very soothing and refreshing fragrance. It leaves a very mild scent on your skin which lingers for some time and disappears after a while.

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When you take the powder in your hand, you can feel the powder to be a bit coarse and grainy. When you apply the powdered sunshine on your skin make sure you dab and not rub. You can use a powder brush and just dust some powder on your face. Once applied on the skin you can hardly feel its on. What I wasn’t sure before trying this powdered sunscreen was that if it will look powdery or not and I must say even when I apply quite a thick layer of the sunscreen, it didn’t look powdery at all. Undetectable even on my tanned skin. It doesn’t feel greasy and really mattifies my skin and no white cast.

What I really have a problem with the powdered sunshine is regarding the SPF. SPF 15 is too low especially when I am outside in the sun. But I like to use it when I don’t have to stay under direct sunlight, mainly indoors. As I said you need SPF even when you are at home, so this will do. When in sun, I need an SPF of 50+. I also like using it on top of my makeup just like translucent powder and I must say it does a great job as a translucent powder as it sets my makeup and mattifies. It also gives a subtle shimmer somewhat like the HD powders and I love it. Plus I have the advantage of an SPF.

Lush suggests to re-apply the powdered sunscreen every 2 hours, just as any other sunscreens but I think it stays longer than that. One bottle contains 70g of the product. You don’t have to repurchase for a very long time because you need only a very small amount of the product.

One other advantage of this sunscreen is that you don’t have to wait for it to get absorbed into your skin. Just apply and go. I also like to use this a dry shampoo and I love the beautiful fragrance it leaves on my hair.

Not just that, why I like the powdered sunshine is because it actually soothed my skin irritation. I had a few bumps on my jawline due to an allergic reaction and this product really helped me in soothing it. But please don’t test any new product when you have an allergic reaction.

I think the main reason it helped is because it contains calamine, which we know is a soothing and antiseptic powder and is high in zinc oxide so works perfect as a sunscreen, along with olibanum oil which has toning and antiseptic effects. Also, I think patchouli might have helped as it has an anti-bacterial and cooling effect.

Unlike most Lush products, powdered sunshine has a bunch of scary looking ingredients. The two main ingredients apart from calamine, lime and lemon oils and corn flour are octyl methoxycinnamate and octocrylene. Don’t get scared by the name. Octocrylene is a compound which absorbs UVB and short-wave UVA, also acts as an emollient. Octyl methoxycinnamate which also absorbs UVB from the sun protecting the skin from damage and also helps to reduce the appearance of scars. (I googled :P)

For all those who hate to read a long post, Let’s just summarise

In love with:

  • Non-greasy, no white cast.
  • Easy to carry and travel-friendly.
  • Doesn’t look powdery even on tanned skin.
  • Stay long.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Lovely fragrance.
  • Works great as a loose powder.
  • Mattifies the skin and gives a subtle shimmer.
  • Contains some great ingredients which helps is soothing the skin too.
  • Lush powdered sunshine can also be used as a dry shampoo. So it is basically a multi-purpose product.

Not in love with:

  • SPF is really low, just 15.
  • Powder is a bit grainy.

Overall, if you ask me if I would use it as a sunscreen when I am staying in the sun for a long time, I will not as the SPF is low. But when I stay indoors or when I don’t have to stay under direct sunlight I will use it. It helped to soothe and relax my skin so I would love to keep it. I can use it on top of my makeup as a loose powder and it mattifies and gives a beautiful glow to the skin.Which means this is not a product that must not be purchased, this is a great product but as a sunscreen it is just average. So I leave the choice to you!

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If you have used the Lush cosmetics powdered sunshine please let me know what you felt. Also please feel free to comment and let me know how you felt about today’s post.