Category: Reviews

BATH AND BODY WORKS COCO SHEA COCONUT WHIPPED BODY BUTTER

Hey guys! How are you all doing?

I really love using body butters and whipped body butters are my favorites. Especially because of the texture and deep moisturizing. My current favorite is my Aloe vera shea butter whipped DIY body butter . Today I am going to review a body butter which I have been using recently, the Bath and body works Coco Shea coconut whipped body butter.

Product claims

CocoShea blends two of nature’s most nourishing ingredients — vitamin-packed cocoa butter + rich, moisturizing shea butter — for the ultimate collection of skin-loving formulas. With over 24 hours of super rich hydration, our deeply nourishing whipped body butter delivers intense moisture to leave skin feeling moisturized and richly replenished.

Price

$16.50 for 226g/8oz

My review of the bath and body works coco shea coconut whipped body butter

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Have you checked my review of the Coco Shea honey bath and shower jelly? This is from the same range. The coco shea range comes in three variants- cucumber, honey and coconut. The whipped body butter I got is the coconut variant.

The body butter comes in a beautiful lavender colored tub packaging. Some might feel its un-hygenic but I think this is a convenient packaging for whipped body butters. Love the violet color tub. Now, the packaging is travel-friendly if you are okay with the size. I definitely need body butters in large amounts, so I have carried the entire tub with me while coming to India.

The texture is mousse like just like any other body butters, thick, soft and smooth texture. The body butter has a coconutty fragrance. Not a very strong scent, but still leaves a beautiful scent on the skin. It lasts for about 6+hours, a very faint but beautiful scent. Absolutely in love with the fragrance.

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Coming to the main thing , moisturizing. It immediately moisturizes even your dry skin and leaves it soft and beautiful. Not greasy at all. Keeps skin moisturized for a long time. I apply two times, morning and night and that’s enough to keep my skin moisturized. Love how soft and smooth my skin feels after applying this body butter. No wonder it keeps your skin hydrated and nourished, it contains the goodness of shea butter and cocoa butter.

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Overall

In love with:

  • mousse like texture.
  • Beautiful coconut fragrance, which stays for long hours.
  • Leaves skin soft and nourished.
  • Keeps skin moisturized for a long time.
  • Contains goodness of shea butter and cocoa butter.

Not in love with:

  • Contains toms of chemicals.

I am really in love with the Bath and body works Coco Shea coconut whipped body butter. Love how soft and smooth it makes my skin. Skin is deeply moisturized and nourished. Love the faint but lovely coconut fragrance it leaves on my skin. I give it 4.9/5 and I highly recommend this body butter.

Have you tried this body butter from Bath and body works?


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L’OREAL INFALLIBLE LIP PAINT/MATTE

Hey lovelies, how are you all doing?

L’Oreal has been one of my favourite brands since I have started using makeup. Today I am going to review a lip product from the brand, the L’oreal Infallible lip paint/matte. This has been launched some few months back but found this just recently in UAE. I actually wanted to try a few shades but they had no testers for most of the shades so ended up with just one. If I will be purchasing more shades or not, read further to know more.

Product claims

Smooth Matte Finish. High Impact Color. Full Coverage. Comfortable Wear.

Lacquer up lips in high impact matte lip color with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Matte. In one stroke, the designer applicator precisely diffuses vibrant full-coverage matte lipstick to lips for comfortable wear. Available in 6 high-impact infallible matte liquid lipstick colors.

How to:

Outline lips using tip of applicator. Fill in.

Ingredients

ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, POLYETHYLENE, ISOPROPYL LANOLATE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, PEG-40 STEARATE, VP/EICOSENE, COPOLYMER, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE, DIMETHICONE,SILICA [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES, CI 15850 / RED 7 LAKE, CI 77120 / BARIUM SULFATE] FIL CODE D206033/1

Price and availability

Price $9.99 (49AED) Available at Lifestyle stores (UAE)  Amazon Boots 

My review of the L’Oreal Infallible lip paint/matte

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The L’oreal Infallible lip paint comes in a convenient squeeze tube packaging. Easy to carry and travel friendly. Comes with a doe-foot applicator. Now, this applicator is nothing special, just like any other applicator. The applicator saturates well with the colour and applies smoothly,so not a bad thing at all. The formula is light-weight and long lasting. While purchasing I thought this was matte because obviously it says matte, but it isn’t really. This is slightly glossy. It has a slightly mousse like consistency. Starts off glossy but through wear dries down a bit. But does not dry down completely and for that reason definitely transfers onto everything.

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The L’Oreal infallible lip paint is really pigmented and glides on smooth and evenly on the lips. As it claims one stroke is just enough for an opaque finish. The lip paint does not settle into fine lines. As I mentioned earlier does not fully dry so your lips does not feel dry at all and is very comfortable on the lips. This stays on the lips for about 5 hours after which it fades but still leaves a stain behind. Now this five hours is when you decide not to eat, drink, kiss or whatever because this transfers. Touching up is easy so I wouldn’t mind that.

I wish more shade options were available. The only shade I am interested to try is peach pit, others I am not really interested even this shade that I own. The shade I own is called stripped brown. This shade is a brown. Stripped brown is from their latest Nudist collection, which are nude shades.

Swatches of the L’Oreal Infallible lip paint/matte

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Glossy when applied, but dries a bit later

Overall

In love with:

  • The light-weight, super comfortable formula.
  • Feels hydrating.
  • Colour is rich and deep.
  • Comes with a doe foot applicator which i quite decent.
  • Wears pretty evenly.
  • Stays for about 5 hours and leaves a stain behind.
  • Doesn’t settle into fine lines.

Not in love with:

  • Transfers onto everything.
  • Only few shades are available.
  • Claims to be matte but is slightly glossy.

Overall I think the L’Oreal Infallible lip paint/matte is a good lipstick if you like any particular shades. Love how comfortable and hydrating it feels on the lips. Though claims to be matte, this is slightly glossy. I don’t mind that since I think I own too many mattes, but still the claim is not true. If i would repurchase or not, maybe I will get the shade peach pit, but no other shades seem to impress me. I think considering the price and the performance, I would say not bad at all. I rate it 3.5/5

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Have you tried the L’Oreal Infallible lip paint/matte? What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

INGLOT AQUASTIC CREAM EYESHADOW REVIEW

Hey beautiful people! How are you guys doing?

If you remember my previous post which was the first impression and swatches post of the Inglot Aquastics cream eyeshadow and the diamond lip tints, I have already mentioned that this post is going to be a review of the cream eyeshadow. And here I am up with the review.

Product claims

Aquastic – water-based cream eye shadows will ensure a long lasting effect with a subtle or stronger shine depending on the application. Even a minimal amount provides strong coverage. Crease and smudge proof.

Launching in 10 shades, ranging from silvers and golds to rose, blue and green.

Even though long lasting, thanks to its water-based formulation, the product is easy to remove, even with plain water.

Price and Availability

$17 (89 AED) for 4.8g and available at all Inglot stores. Available in 10 shades. Check out the shades available and swatches here

My review of the Inglot Aquastic cream eyeshadow

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The Inglot Aquastic cream eyeshadows comes in a transparent tube packaging. The packaging is so convenient, you can carry it wherever you want. Hence travel-friendly.Comes with an applicator you can use the applicator and place the product on your eyelid. But the right way is to place the eyeshadow on the back of your hand and then using a brush apply it to your eyelid. But remember to work fast as it might dry out if you take too much time. There will be ample time to use it and blend it but once it dries it wont move.

The consistency of the eyeshadow is somewhere between liquid and cream. Which makes it an awesome choice to double up as an eyeliner. Has a beautiful shimmer. The eyeshadow is really pigmented. You can also layer it and build up the colour and the shimmer, if you prefer. If you don’t want to use this as an eyeshadow, it also works as a great base under any other eyeshadows. Looks so beautiful, acting as a great base and add a little bit of shimmer. You can also use a sheer wash of colour and shimmer for a less dramatic look too. Has no fragrance.

I actually love how beautiful it looks on the eyelid. Perfect to add a pop of colour too. I own two shades,20 and 15. Shade 20 is a beautiful green shade, while 15 is a beautiful copper shade . This lasts for 8 hours. The shades 15 creases a bit after that and both the shades begin to fade. Otherwise these does not smudge or crease. One of the greatest disadvantage of these eyeshadows is that if you have so many wrinkles on your eyes, then this might make it look more obvious.

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Even though it feels so hard to remove, it really is so easy and that I love about it.This is not water-proof. So if you prefer water-proof makeup then you might not want it.This is water-based and removes easily with water, only by rubbing gently. The quantity is also great and I think there will not be any need for re-purchase any time soon.

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Eotd using shade 20

Summing up everything for those who hate to read

In love with:

  • Beautiful shades available.
  • Comes with an applicator.
  • Easy to carry and travel-friendly.
  • Does not crease or smudge for 8 hours.
  • Can be layered to build up colour and shimmer.
  • Easy to remove.
  • Quantity for the price.
  • Has no fragrance.
  • Can be used as an eyeliner or a great base.

Not in love with:

  • May accentuate the wrinkles on the eyes.

Overall, I think the Inglot Aquastic cream eyeshadow is not something that wows me but still I think it is nice to own a few shades, if you spot the shades you love. Definitely not a wrong choice, but not a must-have either. I give it 4/5 considering the quality of the product and I think it’s worth trying.

If you would love to see the swatches of all the 10 shades available for the Inglot Aquastic cream eyeshadows please check here.

 

 

 

INGLOT NEW LAUNCHES (AQUASTIC CREAM EYESHADOWS & DIAMOND LIP TINTS)

Hello gorgeous people! How are you all doing?

Inglot just recently launched two range of products in the UAE, one for eyes and other for lips. In this post I will be showing you the swatches of both of these. I am not getting into detailed reviews but will be talking about it which means this is kind of like a first impressions post, kind of not fully. But this post contains a  lot of pictures. My next post will be a review of the Aquastic cream eye shadow which will be a detailed one so for now enjoy the swatches.

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Inglot Aquastic cream eye shadow swatches

This cream eye shadow from Inglot comes in a transparent tube with an applicator. I don’t think it’s wise to use the applicator directly to apply the eye shadow. Instead, take the eye shadow using the applicator and place it on the back of your hand and and then use a brush, pick the product and apply. It is shimmery, blends well and lasts long.

Priced at $17 (89 AED) available at all Inglot stores. Available in 10 shades, ranging from silvers and golds, to rose, blue and green.

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Inglot diamond lip tint swatches

This diamond lip tint is almost similar to the Inglot HD lip tint matte, but this one has shimmer. Perfect if you are a fan of the metallic lip trend. Glides on smoothly,opaque finish and no streaks. Lasts long. Lips does not feel dry at all. If you sport your favourite shade just grab it! Worth every penny.

Priced at $18 (110AED) available at all inglot stores. 10 shades available.

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So these are the latest launches from Inglot. Have you tried any of these? Or are you planning to? My next post will be a detailed review of the Aquastic cream eye shadow so don’t forget to come back for it! Hope you liked this post.

 

 

 

 

MAX FACTOR VOLUPTUOUS FALSE LASH EFFECT MASCARA

Hello my dear friends! How are you all doing?

Even if I don’t wear makeup, one product I always use is mascara. I very rarely use false lashes so the right mascara is very important for me even when I have a full face of makeup. Max factor is one brand which I think is so underrated. They have some really amazing products. So I was very excited to try the Max factor voluptuous false effect mascara. If you are equally interested in trying this mascara then please read further to know what I think about it.

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Product claims

Create wide-eyed impact with the Lash Uplift Brush, designed to capture and lift every lash for a Voluptuous False Lash Effect.

  • The helix shape enables a 360° application.
  • The wide fins grip and lift each lash, loading it with more formula.
  • The long bristles twist around the brush for more lash separation
  • The boost tip coats more of the tiny hard-to-reach lashes.

How to use

  • Push the fins deep into the roots.

  • Wiggle at the roots to coat and comb through lifting lashes to the tip.

  • Separate the lashes with the 360° tip.

Ingredients

Aqua, Acrylates Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Triethanolamine, Polyethylene, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Synthetic Wax, Oleic Acid, Tocopherol, Alcohol Denat, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Ethylparaben, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Trisodium EDTA, Glycine Soja Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Silica Dimethicone Silylate, Glyceryl Oleate, Methylcellulose, Sulfuric Acid, Sorbic Acid [+/- CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492

Price and availability

Available at  Superdrug Boots Lifestyle (UAE) price £11.99

My review of the Max factor voluptuous false lash effect mascara

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The mascara comes in a beautiful teal and gold packaging, teal body with gold accents, I love it. But what I really love about this mascara is the wand. The wand stands out from others mainly because of the shape of it. It has a helix shape which enables a 360 application. The brush is also a bit longer than your normal wand. Now since the wand is a bit longer, you need to be careful before getting used to using this.  Otherwise chances are that the wand might touch somewhere. But you easily get the hang of it so no worries.

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The colour of the mascara is deep black and that is another plus point.  I am using the shade black. One more shade is available brown black. After using this my lashes are separated and curled beautifully, gives them length and volume. But more than one coat is required for that dramatic fluttery lashes. Not really happy with just one coat. The wand makes it easier to reach even the hard to reach lashes so you can coat all your lashes.

The Max factor voluptuous false lash effect mascara lasts through out the day.  Doesn’t clump or smudge.

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My sleepy eyes without any mascara

 

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Two coats

Overall

In love with:

  • The wand which has a unique helix shape, perfect for covering all the lashes even the ones hard to reach.
  • Truly black colour.
  • No clumps.
  • Gives length and volume to lashes.
  • Lasted throughout the day.
  • Doesn’t smudge.

Not in love with:

  • One coat will not be enough.

So as you might have already guessed, the Max factor voluptuous false lash effect mascara is definitely one mascara that I love. I am happy how my lashes appear to have length and volume after using this and I would recommend this if you are interested in trying the mascara. I give it 4.5/5.

Have you tried the Max factor voluptuous mascara? Which is your current favourite mascara?

 

 

SOAP AND GLORY NO CLOGS ALLOWED REVIEW

She said “A face mask which is self heating plus it turns blue on massaging” and I am sold! This is how I bought the soap and glory no clogs allowed super self heating deep pore detox mask. That and they had a buy one get one offer at Boots. Soap and Glory products have never failed to impress me. But if this one gets my love or not, you will find out as you read further.

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Product claims

SUPER SELF-HEATING DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

No Clogs Allowed™ is perfect for weekly use on areas prone to blackhead build-up or more often as a deep-oil-emulsifying face mask and all-round scrubby WONDER!

– 1-minute Hot Poreclear™ Technology – a fast-acting, smoothing and polishing blend of micropumice, salicylic acid and hot clay
– Glycerin – to help skin feel soft and supple
– Surface-polishing micro beads
– Strategically formulated for oily/combination skin

Price and Availability

Available at Boots priced at £11.50 for 100ml

Ingredients

Zeolite, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pumice, Laureth-3, Tribehenin, Salicylic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1)

What I think about the soap and glory no clogs allowed

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The Soap and Glory no clogs allowed comes in a tube packaging. Nothing special, white tube with some green some black and some pink here and there. Not a very fancy one but still okay. You have to squeeze to get the product out (obviously you know that)

It has a very refreshing fragrance. Something like a citrusy fragrance. The smell lasts as long as the mask is on, but not bothersome, atleast not for me.

The mask is white in color which is supposed to turn blue when you scrub. Always remember to shake the tube really well before applying the mask otherwise the product will separate and the mask will come out gooey. Otherwise the consistency of the mask is perfect for application.

Method of applying is also simple just like you would do with any face masks, on a clean and dry face, massage a grape-sized dab of the product. Then wet your hands and scrub gently and uniformly. Leave it for 5 minutes and then wipe it off with a warm, wet washcloth. You begin to feel the heat immediately after applying which goes away after a few seconds. Not uncomfortably hot but trust me, it feels ah-mazing! I wish the sensation lasted long though.

The product claims to turn blue when you scrub and I was so excited about it. But honestly speaking it didn’t turn blue. Not that it hasn’t turned blue at all but a very very slight change. One which can hardly be noticed. Sometimes there are just certain blue spots here and there. Anywho I was expecting a magical color change which never happened. But atleast the heating sensation was magical. The word magical might be an exaggeration, so I am not using magical but yes a very nice experience.

The soap and glory no clogs allowed contains pumice which is a very powerful exfoliant, great for removing dead skin. Another key ingredient is Salicylic acid which is excellent for treating pimples, fighting acne and fading any scars and blemishes, reducing skin inflammations, opening clogged pores and shrinking large pores, promotes anti-ageing and reduces oily skin. Also contains grape seed oil which helps in treating acne and pimples, great for skin tightening and prevents skin ageing.

I am quite impressed with the results too. My skin feels so smooth and soft after using this mask. My face feels like it has been deeply cleansed and remains oil free for the whole day. After you have removed the mask there is a cooling sensation left behind which stays for some time and is quite refreshing. On continuous use I did notice a change in my blackheads and my skin felt better.

Overall

In love with:

  • The self heating feels so good. Love the feeling when it’s on and when I take it off, very refreshing.
  • Skin feels soft, smooth and clean.
  • Controls oil.
  • Skin improves on continuous usage.
  • Refreshing fragrance.
  • Skin feels refreshed.

Not in love with:

  • Does not turn blue as claimed, might not be an issue for most of you.

Overall I think the Soap and Glory no clogs allowed super self heating deep pore detox mask does a wonderful job in deep cleansing my face leaving it smooth and soft. This mask also works great as a facial scrub. I love how my skin feels after using this and now I have been using this for more than a month (once every week) and my skin has improved. I really like this face mask and I give it 4.6/5 and I recommend this mask for all beauties with oily/combination skin.

Have you tried the Soap and glory no clogs allowed super self heating deep pore detox mask? Which face mask is your current favourite?

 

THE BALM MEET MATTE HUGHES LONG LASTING LIQUID LIPSTICKS

Hey friends, how are you all doing?

Today I am up with a new review, a  lipstick review oh yeah!another liquid lipstick. There are millions of liquid lipsticks out there each claiming to be the best. Liquid lipsticks are great but every liquid lipstick is different and it is not easy to find the best one. My review today is about The Balm Meet Matte Hughes liquid lipsticks. Please read further to know what I think about them.

Price and availability

$29 for the 6 piece set of 1.2ml, $17 for individual lipstick 7.2g. Available at The Balm stores, online, Sephora. Available in 18 shades.

My experience with The Balm Meet Matte Hughes

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I own the six piece mini set which contains six shades (obviously :D) which are each 1.2ml miniature of the original which is 7.2g. The Balm Meet Matte Hughes comes in a transparent tube with a silver cap, that retro style packaging which all The Balm products are known for. The names are written at the bottom. The packaging is quite sturdy. The cap is a twist open type and stays tightly shut. Definitely a travel-friendly packaging.

The applicator is is okay, not something that’s as good as Mac Retro Matte but still okay. Application will not be an issue but the applicator picks too much product than what is required as it is quite fluffy. Speaking about the scent, The Balm Meet Matte Hughes has a peppermint scent, which I like, it fades very quickly though. The reason for this scent is because it contains peppermint oil which is used for plumping effect of lips. Due to this reason there is a very very mild tingling when you apply this lipstick which immediately goes.

I really love the formula of this lipstick, very thin, you hardly know it’s there but pigmented at the same time. Just one coat and you are left with an opaque layer with no patchiness at all. And that too only a very small amount of product is required for a full coverage even for pigmented lips. Dries quickly and very comfortable to wear.

It claims to be moisturising and all but honestly speaking I have never found any liquid lipstick to be moisturising. But this one didn’t make my lips extra dry and that just makes me happy. I always exfoliate and moisturise my lips before applying any lipstick. Since this gives a matte finish, I wipe off any excess lip balm before applying. And yes, this gives a true matte finish.

The best part is yet to come. Even after eating and drinking the lipstick remained intact, unless I go for some oily foods. Some shades fade a little, but nothing noticeable. I think the problem comes when you decide to touch up. When you do so, for a few minutes your lips feel heavy and dry. But after some time that feeling goes away.

The staying power is also amazing. Most shades stays put for 6+ hours even without using lip liners. I have found that some shades might fade a little fast but 5+ hours are guaranteed. Fades gracefully and not patchy at all so there will probably be no need for touch-ups.

The shades in my set are Charming, which is beautiful mauve, Sincere which is mauve itself but a little bit lighter than Charming, Committed a dusky pinkish nude, Doting which is an orangey coral, Dedicated which is Magenta and Loyal which is a bright true red.

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Swatches of The Balm meet matte Hughes

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After drying

Final verdict

In love with:

  • Cruelty free, Vegan.
  • Travel-friendly packaging.
  • Application easy to control.
  • Very opaque and not at all patchy.
  • No bleeding or smudging.
  • Comfortable to wear.
  • Does not make lips dry.
  • Matte finish.
  • Does not stain my coffee mug.
  • Fades gracefully.

Not in love with:

  • Some shades settle into the lines of the lips.
  • Touching up is not a good idea as it might leave your lips dry.
  • Some might not like the peppermint scent and the tingling sensation. But the tingling is very very mild.
  • Applicator holds a lot of product.

Overall I think The Balm Meet Matte Hughes is a really good liquid lipstick. The cons that I have mentioned are not a big issue at least for me as i am totally fine with the peppermint scent. Touching up will not be an issue since this lipstick stays all day. I wouldn’t say this is the best liquid lipstick available, but this is definitely one of the best. You can either get the miniature set or get the full size if you prefer just one shade. I rate it 4.5/5 and I think this is something you must try.

Have you used the Balm Meet Matte Hughes? Which is your favourite shade?

 

 

 

 

 

MAC RETRO MATTE LIQUID LIP COLOR CARNIVORES

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If you ask me one makeup product I love stocking up (If I had to choose one) I would definitely say lipsticks. I just love buying them. And most probably you too. Who isn’t obsessed with liquid lipsticks these days! That’s the reason every other brand has its own liquid lipstick range now. Then how can Mac not have one right! Some time back Mac launched their liquid lipstick range. Today I am going to review Mac retro matte liquid color in the shade Carnivores. I actually don’t like the name Carnivores though. Let’s just jump into the review before I start my blah blahs.

Product claims

Matte reigns supreme! Our fan-favourite M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is back with eight new saturated shades of on-trend muted and deep tones. Whichever one you choose, all promise a big splash of colour in a liquid-suede finish that lingers, virtually impossible to forget.

Price and availability

Price is 135 AED (20$) and available at all Mac stores and online.

My review of the Mac Retro Matte Liquid lip color

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Mac Retro Matte Liquid lip color comes in a transparent packaging with a black cap. The black cap is exactly similar to the ones of their lipsticks. Simple but good packaging. The cap stays tight and hence throw it in your bag and take it wherever you like. Now if you ask me one thing which makes this liquid lipstick stand out from the rest, I would say is the applicator that comes along with it. The applicator is diamond shaped which allows the application much easier. Perfect to line and define the lips. The smaller tip works great at the corners of the lips while the center part makes easier for application at the center of the lips.

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The Mac retro matte liquid lipstick is available in 15 shades from nudes to brighter ones. The shade I am going to talk about today is Carnivores and yes I remember I have already told you this. Carnivores is a vampy deep wine shade, blackened red as MAC calls it. Very beautiful shade. That kind of shade which just boosts your confidence level. It also looks great in photographs too.

This lipstick does not have any particular scent, which is a good thing. The lipstick glides on smoothly and beautifully and gives a beautiful matte finish. The formula of the lipstick is the best part, soft and smooth. I also like the texture quite thick and mousse. The pigmentation is also brilliant. Just one swipe and you are left with an opaque layer. But some shades look slightly streaky or patchy but that can be taken care of. It sets really quick and is not tacky at all. When the lipstick sets the shade becomes a tad bit darker you have to keep that in mind when choosing the shades.The MAC retro matte liquid lipstick applies evenly but some shades might crumble a little bit while touching up. But carnivores does not. But honestly speaking there was no need for touch ups.

One thing most people hate about all liquid lipsticks is drying out the lips. This one is not that drying but not very moisturizing at the same time. It is very comfortable to wear though. Another good thing about this lipstick is that it does not transfer. The lasting power is another great thing. I had light meals, I had dinner and coffee but still, my lipstick remained intact! But that might be a little different for lighter shades. There is a little bit of fading from the center with heavy meals when you use lighter shades. But otherwise, lasts for 6-7 hours without any touch-ups. The MAC retro matte liquid lipstick is waterproof and the real difficulty comes when removing it especially darker shades.

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MAC Retro Matte Liquid lip color swatches

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Final verdict

In love with:

  • Opaque with just one swipe and great color payoff.
  • Amazing quality.
  • Feels comfortable, not that drying.
  • Sets really fast.
  • Amazing applicator, perfect for lining and defining the lips.
  • Really long lasting.
  • Smudge-proof and waterproof.

Not in love with:

  • Since it sets really quick you have to work really fast.
  • Removing is quite a task.
  • Layering is difficult for some shades as it might end up looking patchy.

Overall I think MAC retro matte liquid lipstick is a good one, not one of the best but still worth trying. If you get a shade that you love from this range then you must think no further and get it but if you have too many liquid lipsticks and no particular shade excites you then you can just skip this one! I love the shade Carnivores so I am really happy with it. I give it 3.5/5.

Have you used the MAC retro matte liquid lip color? Which shade is your favorite? What do you think about this particular shade?

 

ARGAN DEEP CONDITIONING RITUAL AT BdB

If someone touches my hair or my head I get really angry. So if someone specifically my brother feels like teasing me he touches my head and I get furious. What I am saying is even when getting hair treatments you really got to be the best to impress me. I just recently have been to BdB blodrybar for an Argan deep conditioning ritual with massage. Blodrybar is one of those blow dry bars which promises in making every day a good hair day. When you don’t want or rather don’t have the time to get your hair styled, just pop in and get gorgeously styled hair by some super talented stylists.

Please read further to know my experience at the blodrybar and why you need a deep conditioning treatment for your hair.

 Blodrybar

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Blodrybar, one of Dubai’s premium blow dry bars, is located in Motor city. Blodry bar is well known for their hair styling services including 5 types of blowouts, 4 different up do’s, 9 types of braids in addition to cuts and colors. But not just that, they offer an extensive range of beauty treatments of all kinds makeup, threading, tinting, manicures, that is quite a great list of services.

I really wanted to try their hair styling service but since I am a hijabi I decided not to and instead chose a hair treatment. They offer a variety of hair treatments like Keratin, deep conditioning, olaplex etc. You can check out their website for more details.

BdB’s professional hair care range by Label M is SODIUM and SULFATE FREE. In addition, their range of heat protection sprays, serums, ionic hair dryers and ceramic straighteners ensure that the client leaves the salon with hair that not only looks good but also feels great.

The Blodry bar is situated on the first floor of Apex Atrium. From the outside I actually wondered if this will be worth it, to be honest. But I really love the interiors which is mainly, with white walls, white chairs, white lamps with a little bit of yellow here and there like some few yellow couches, some yellow lightings. A beautiful chandelier hangs on top of the desk which truly enhances the design statement of the blodrybar. Simple and sophisticated design.

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The main door

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My experience of Argan deep conditioning ritual

Step 1: Consultation with the stylist

One thing I liked about the blodrybar is that you don’t just go and look into the menu and come up with some random treatments/services which you are not quite sure about. The trained stylists there first analyze your hair and based on that (and also your preference) you both can select what service you want. My stylist was Aneela, and I highly highly recommend her. She is brilliant at what she does and her massaging skills are out of the world. Moreover, she is such a sweet person heart. Aneela recommended Argan deep conditioning treatment for my hair.

Step 2: Washing your hair

The next step is washing your hair with shampoo. Aneela did not use any conditioners after shampooing as she said the hair mask she was about to use will deeply condition my hair. You don’t have to worry about your clothes too as they will provide you with a wrap on dress.

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Step 3: Mask

The most important step, the hair mask of course. Aneela used the Luxury of royalty by Crystal Argan oil nutrition infusing mask for the argan deep conditioning treatment. Luxury of royalty is a luxury line of hair products infused with argan oil. She added a few drops of the Argan oil hair and body serum to the mask. She then applied the hair mask on my hair quite liberally then wrapped a hot towel on top. She said the temperature from the warm towel is only required for the mask to penetrate into the hair. She also covered the towel with a wrap to lock in the heat for a bit longer.

While the mask was on, Aneela started her magic. Her neck and shoulder massage was very much needed for a tired mom. It was so good to have a great massage and she was definitely best in what she was doing.

Step 4: Washing off the mask

Final step is washing off the mask. After washing she blow dried my hair. Since I was going to wear my hijab after the treatment I asked her not to fully dry/style my hair. I just wanted to avoid the heat. If you prefer, your sylist will blowdry and set your hair. But Aneela also said it was great that you don’t use such heat tools immediately, it’s okay but best not to.

Aneela also gave a great head massage and as I mentioned earlier if you are not good I can even hit you! okay just kidding but I truly get angry. But the head massage was so good I immediately felt so relaxed and I really wanted to sleep. Now that’s really special because I am someone who sleeps really late.

 Let’s find out what the hair mask claims

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Claims of the hair mask

This argan oil based formula is infused with Vitamin E, Omega 3 and Omega 9 fatty acids. It helps repair the hair and deeply conditions to restore softness and shine, giving the hair long-lasting protection from drying out, leaving it extraordinarily healthy and easier to manage.

Claims of the serum

The composition of Argan, a most stable unique oil, endows it with many benefits which are scientifically proved today. Argan oil presents an exceptional percentage of essential fatty acids, one of which is linoleic acid (omega 6, the most intracellular oxygenation and thus favor the restoration of the hydrolipidic film by increasing the nutriment content of cutaneous cells and ensuring the indispensable moisturizing of the hair and skin. The essential fatty acids fight against drying and the loss of elasticity which encourage the appearance of wrinkles. The skin gains suppleness, elasticity, and tonicity and becomes more resistant. This beneficial action against cutaneous aging it reinforces by a very high content in Vitamin E (tocopherols) hydrating and healing, but especially one of the most powerful biological antioxyders which neutralizes the free radicals. Vitamin E protects the cell membranes against lipid oxidization and thus slows down the process of skin aging.

Results

My hair is normally is dry and frizzy but not very damaged. Immediately after the treatment, I could see how soft and smooth my hair felt. Its one week now after I have done the treatment and my hair is still in a good condition so I am really impressed. My hair is naturally wavy which became more soft and manageable which is definitely a great win! If you have naturally straight hair then macadamia treatment will be a better right choice rather than Argan oil treatment.

Manicure

I also got a beautiful manicure from the Bdb. My manicure was done by Leslie, another sweet girl. A wide variety of nail paints are also available from which you can choose the one you like.

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Overall rating

Overall, I am really happy with the services I have tried from the Blodrybar. Even after a week, my otherwise dry and frizzy hair is deeply conditioned hence it feels soft and beautiful. The staff there are very well mannered and are amazing at what they do. If you have a special occasion or just are need of a great hairstyle or you think your hair needs some special care, Blodrybar is definitely a great choice. I give it a 4.2/5.

If you would love to know more about their various services or how to reach them then please check out their website here They also have some really amazing promotions going on so now is definitely the right time.

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Available at the Blodrybar

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The services were offered to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are completely my own and 100% honest.

 

KIKO MILANO INVISIBLE POWDER REVIEW

Hi guys! How are you guys doing?

If you have read my last post about the products I got from Kiko stores (my haul post here), you know I have mentioned about the invisible powder. So many of you have asked me to review the invisible powder and here I am with my review. I love such translucent powders for the fact that they do not give any extra coverage or in general, does not have any pigment in it. I know most of you prefer it these days! As the sole purpose of such transparent powders is to mattify and set your makeup. So let’s see how well the Kiko Milano invisible powder does its job.

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Kiko Milano invisible powder product claims

Setting and mattifying face powder that banishes shiny areas from the skin.

It creates a sheer veil with a matte finish. The product adheres perfectly to the skin and bestows a delicate and lightweight “second-skin” effect upon the face. It is soft and velvety to the touch. The powder is easy to apply using the soft sponge that’s attached inside the lid.

Ideal for all skin types, especially shiny and/or oily skin. The powder is also perfect for quick touch-ups throughout the day. Non-drying for the skin.

Price and availability

$19 (69 AED) for 13.5g. Available at all Kiko stores and online

Ingredients

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My take on the Kiko Milano Invisible powder
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The packaging is something I love. It comes in a beautiful white jar with the name written in black. The ingredients and other details are written on the outer black box. Now, the first time I used this product I was running late for an event and I closed the lid and put it inside my bag and left. Later when I checked I found that half of the product was wasted as the lid came out and the powder spilled all over. This happens with most translucent powders. But no, it’s not the packaging, it’s me! The genius me failed to find out that the lid has a twist and lock mechanism, you just have to twist the lid to the lock position. Obviously, I didn’t. So you please take care of that! The lid stays tight and you can carry this powder wherever you go with ease, hence travel-friendly.

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When it is clearly mentioned!

The lid has an attached sponge, which I agree, is convenient. But I prefer using a powder brush as the sponge that comes along with the powder picks too much powder than what is needed and you need only a small amount unless you are baking.

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It has a fragrance which I could not understand what it was, not very pleasant but still okay. The fragrance disappears after a few minutes so that should not be an issue.

Talking about the texture, the powder is so finely milled and so soft. When applied on my skin, it does not look powdery at all. It mattifies my skin but still manages to give a velvety finish, true to its claims. I absolutely love how beautiful it makes my skin look and feel. It does not leave any white cast when photographed, the skin looks beautiful.

But…yes there is a but…the Kiko Milano invisible powder might leave your skin dry if you have dry skin, most probably if you have extremely dry skin. For oily and combination skin, this one works like a magic but for dry skin, I fear it will dry out your skin especially if you are baking. Since this is winter, my skin sometimes is so dry, but with proper moisturizing, this works fine. But if I use this for baking and especially if I have dry patches this sometimes exaggerates the flakiness. But otherwise, the powder works fine when baking too.

It stays for about 5-6 hours, then small traces of oil starts to peep out. This can be easily fixed by blotting, though. Touch ups are also very easy using this powder.

I love how soft my skin feels after applying this powder. The Kiko Milano invisible powder is paraben-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested. So I am definitely loving this powder.

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Overall

In love with:

  • Packaging is beautiful and travel-friendly.
  • Soft and finely milled powder.
  • Mattifies your skin and keeps your makeup in place. Gives a velvety finish.
  • Stays for about 5-6 hours.
  • Only a very small amount is required, hence will last long.
  • Paraben-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested.
  • Photographs well.

Not in love with:

  • Might not be great for dry skin as this powder might dry out your skin.
  • Might exaggerate dry patches on the skin.

Overall, this powder is great for oily and combination skin as it not just mattify your skin and keeps your makeup in place but also leaves your skin looking soft and velvety (that’s my favorite part!) But for beauties with dry skin, this might not be the right choice. I give it 4.5/5 and I highly recommend this to all the gorgeous ladies with oily/combination skin.

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Have you tried the Kiko Milano invisible powder? If not, which is your favorite?