June 26, 2017

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

A detoxifying face mask that draws out accumulated toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate the complexion.

This Instant Detox Mask brings life to a dull, tired complexion. It clears the pores of impurities and toxins, purifies from pollution, and invigorates lackluster skin. It is enriched with grape marc to detoxify, pink clay and coffee to clarify, and papaya enzymes for a boost of immediate radiance.

It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, and sodium laureth sulfate. It is non-photo sensitizing and noncomedogenic. Does not contain animal ingredients and is not tested on animals

This is a clay based face mask and these kind of Detox masks are more apt for oily and acne prone skin. I am a dry skin person and such masks usually strip every bit of natural oil from my skin. Knowing this, I still use a clay based mask from time to time for pore refining and clarifying my skin in general. 

Color, Texture and Consistency: Pink in tube. Dries down to a dark, pink clay like thing. It reminds me of calamine lotion. It is soft, non sticky, non gritty thick cream.

Scent: It has a subtle lavender scent. It is pleasant and does not lingers on for long. 

Application, Feel and Effect on Skin: I apply a thin layer directly on clean face, leaving the area around the eyes bare, with my finger tips or sometimes using a fancy spatula kind of applicator. I leave it for about 8-10 minutes or till it is completely dry. The skin feels stretched and dry. If left any longer, the mask cracks and makes my face itchy. To wipe of the mask, I loosen it with water and then wash it off completely. The skin feels soft, squeaky clean and all the gunk from the pores is gone. It makes the face look brighter and glowy. It is not a hydrating mask, so moisturizer is needed immediately after that.

I also use it as spot treatment, especially when I feel like a small bump appearing on my face or a 

Packaging: Convenient soft, squeeze tube that matte finish and a wooden lid. Looks very earthy and rustic.

Verdict: It is a good mask. A good clay based mask. I have used similar kind of products before. It did the job of clearing out the facial pores effectively and made the skin look clean, bright and glowy. The mask is gentle, did not tingle or burn. It did not break me out of made my skin itchy. It did shrink and minimize the pores. I have dry skin to begin with and I use tons of creams and oils. Sometimes, it becomes necessary for me to give my skin a deep clean. The mask performs very good. There are other clay based masks that would give similar results. On its own, this did the job well. 

Few other clay based face masks I have used
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June 22, 2017

essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter

Breathtaking glow! This cream to powder highlighter provides beautiful radiance for any complexion. The creamy texture with a powdery finish is easy to apply and blend with your fingers. Apply on cheekbones, on brow bone or on the outer corners of the eyes to add highlighting accents.

Essence is a very affordable drugstore cosmetic brand, with some hidden gems in their line. The Essence Pure Nude Highlighter and Matt matt Lipsticks are some amazing products that perform at par with some high end products out there.

I love a good cream highlighter and illuminator. While I do have found my favorites in Edward Bess All over Seduction in Afterglow, Becca Shimmering skin perfector and Nudestix All Over Face Glow in Hey! Honey, they all have one thing in common. All of these are warm and carry a light golden undertone and color as well.

I always wanted to try the RMS Living Luminizer, a cult classic but I feared it might be too white on my skintone. Marc Jacobs has a white Glistening Glow stick and it is beautiful but it has tons of pinkish purple shimmering particles like duo chrome. This essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter looked pretty similar to me. Creamy white in pan and as it costed next to nothing, I thought why not give a color test run before committing on buying an expensive one. (My little story behind this purchase...Phew!!)

Color, Texture and Consistency: The color is not stark white, instead it has little warm undertones and is beige white. The name of the shade is 'Look on the bright side' and has the number 10. I believe this is the only shade it comes in.
The product is very creamy, smooth and silky soft. It is not like gel. There are no chunks of glitter.

Scent: The product has no scent.

Application. Feel and Effect on the skin: I use my fingers to pick and dot the product on the face. It is a creamy product and blends easily and seamlessly. There is some loss of shimmers on blending, but not much of it disappears. With any cream highlighters, I find dabbing and tapping motion of fingers work better than dragging and rubbing it to blend. It does not rolls, pills or bunches up on application.

I also tried using my MAC 130 brush. It is a stubby, duo fiber brush, apt for cream product. Basically, any dense stippling blush would do the job, if you don't want to use fingers. I am fine with using finger as my tool.

essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter (review and Swatch)

The product when applied heavily looks white but on blending it does not leave any white cast on my medium plus skintone with heavy yellow and golden undertones. It leaves a beautiful even sheen on the skin and it is subtle, not over the top glow. It did not emphasize any pores or textures that I have on the face. The intensity can be build up more by dabbing and gently blending the cream. It can be layered easily. This did not move my base products of face. I use a tinted moisturizer, so not much of a color change is visible. In fact none. Also I enjoy using this on bare skin, just for that happy, healthy morning glow.

Packaging: It comes in a compact with clear lid. The packaging looks sturdy, but I am not crazy about it. There is no applicator or mirror. 

Verdict: It is a nice product and if you are new to cream blushes and highlighters, this is a good place to start. Also, for me it was a great way to try out 'white highlighters' and see how the color looked on my skintone. If you are someone who wears a full coverage foundation, this will move it a little. Most of the cream products move heavy foundation and alters the color. With cream blushes it is less noticeable, but with highlighters and illuminators, it is more easy to spot and notice. 

For the price, it is a good product. Products mentioned in the post:

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June 19, 2017

BURBERRY Fresh Glow - Luminous Fluid Base

A multi-use product that illuminates the complexion to create a dewy glow. Fresh Glow can make dull skin look radiant. It can be worn alone to give a natural glow or mixed with foundation for a flawless finish.

This 55 percent water-infused primer glides across the skin with incredible ease and hydrates instantly. Its blend of mirror-flat intense reflection pearls help to blur minor imperfections for shimmer-free, youthful-looking luminosity.

It is formulated without
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

I had two deluxe samples of this and as soon as I applied it on my face, I knew I will be buying a full size one.

The BURBERRY Fresh Glow - Luminous Fluid Base comes in two colors.

Nude Radiance No.01, adds a fresh, dewy glow to any skin tone. It is a universal shade.
Golden Radiance No.02 gives skin a warmed tone.

I have mine in The universal shade, Nude Radiance No.01. It is a light pearly beige fluid.

Texture and Consistency:
Light weight, not too thick or greasy, non slippy as there are no silicones, pearly fluid. It does not contains any huge noticeable chunks of glitter or shimmers and does not separate like the Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer

It has a light floral scent to it. Like some perfume. It is still not as  strong as the Burberry Powder Foundation though. I don't mind a little scent in my products, but I would always prefer fragrance free makeup. The scent lingers on for good amount of time.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base (swatches and review)

Application, Feel and Effect on the skin:
This is a multi purpose product and it can be used in three ways. As a primer, all on its own as a base under makeup. Mixed with foundation and as a highlighter on high points of the face, on top of foundation.
I use it on its own as a base. I just prefer my fingers and dot the product. I apply it all over the face using light strokes. It contains glycerine and others skin conditioning ingredients like rosa canine fruit extract and cassia obtusifolia seed extract, so it feels very moisturizing.

The product spreads easily and is absorbed by the skin. It does not just sits on top of the skin as an extra layer like most of the silicone based primers do. It moisturizes well, but does not provides any coverage, which it is not supposed to. It does not makes the skin look greasy or shimmery. The primer leaves a lovely luminous glow. It does not fill in the pores, but glow imparted gives the illusion of a perfect, well nourished skin. It was easy to apply foundation and tinted moisturizer on top of it with piling. The foundation went on smooth and even.
I also like using this mixed in with tinted moisturizer and sheer foundations as it gives a soft dewy, glow. The finish is just like lit from within glow. It is not at all glittery or sparkly. It makes my skintone more even and better.

Longevity: I enjoy using this more as a luminous moisturizer and as a glowy base for my makeup application. It did not separate nor did ruin my makeup after hours or wear. I also did not notice my makeup staying any longer. It was pretty much the same like other bases in terms of longevity.

Packaging: I love Burberry Packaging. The rectangular container has the lid that covers 3/4th of the bottle. It has the signature Burberry check pattern on it. There is a pump dispenser to dispense the product.

Verdict: This is a beautiful product. It is not too shimmery and it gives a very nice glow to the skin. I have dry skin and I use sheer to medium coverage foundations. Most of the time tinted moisturizers are my choice. So this works for me. I don't think it would work much under heavy and full coverage foundation, simply because most of the glow imparting factor would get lost. Becca Backlight Priming Filter would be more apt under full coverage foundation, because the shimmer levels are intense in it. 

Products mentioned in this post

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