April 26, 2017

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant

A lightweight heat and UV protectant lotion for use before your blowout, creating a breathable, protective barrier from hot tools and UV exposure that helps seal split ends and prevent dryness and damage. It protects hair from heat up to 450 degrees. Great for all hair types.

It contains artichoke leaf extract that helps prevent dehydration and protect the hair cuticle, a polymer complex that protects against heat from hot tools and helps to repair split ends and

This product is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and is cruelty-free.

Color: White

Texture and Consistency: Not too thick, light weight, non sticky, non greasy lotion.

Scent: It smells divine! The fragrance is complex. As per the website description, it is a 'Marrakesh Woods fragrance featuring notes of sandalwood, jasmine, and vanilla'. I don't get much of that, but I am tempted to smell my own hair multiple times. I actually would want to buy a perfume bottle of this scent.

Application: I have mid length hair, that are very fine in texture, so I need about nickle size dollop of product. I rub it on my palms and distribute it on 2/3 rd of my damp hair, avoiding the root area. I blow dry and use my flat iron as usual.

Feel and Effect on the Hair: It is very light weight, does not feel greasy or slippery. It does not weighs down my hair. They don't become brittle, dry and crunchy, straw like at end of the day. The softness is maintained. This however did not make my the hair feel bouncy, like it feels when I apply ALTERNA Haircare CAVIAR CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction. Also, I am pretty regular with trimming my split ends regularly, so I didn't notice much difference in split end repairing department. 

Packaging: Soft squeeze tube with a flip top cap.

Verdict: Other than difference in texture of the hair after using any hot tool and amazing smell that the product leaves, there really isn't any way to find out if the product is working as a protectant or not. I like the product and I like the scent of this the most, but ALTERNA Haircare CAVIAR CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction is still my holy grail, just because of the extra bounce it gives (due to some kind of coating) when I use it before using hot tools. This one though smells the best!!

Few other similar products I have tried

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April 24, 2017

L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil

L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil

A decadent body cleanser that is rich in almond oil and features a foaming oil-to-milk texture that leaves skin satiny-smooth.

Formulated without Parabens, Phthalates

Oil bath! I remember as a kid, back home at my native place, we used to apply oil on our body and hair, hours before taking shower, especially in winters. The oil used to be basic Coconut or sesame oil. It used to moisturize the skin and hair thoroughly and then after shower the skin and hair used to feel super soft and smooth. Obviously, it was like a boring chore did not sound fancy, but the results were ultimate! Oils and me have a long, happy relationship. Truly!!

The L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil is a product that I use in winters and in Chicago we have a long winters. In fact as I type this, it is Spring, the heating system is on and I am still using this.

Color: Pale Amber Yellow in bottle, clear in palm

Texture and Consistency: Thick, Light weight, dense but not too viscous nor too runny oil

Scent: Almonds! Delicious sweet fragrance of Almonds! 

Application: It is suggested to use on damp skin, but I use it a little differently. I apply it when the body is dry. The oil spreads easily, but due to its lightly thick texture, it does not has enough slip to massage the product on for long. I leave it on skin for around 10 minutes and then hop in the shower. I find it works better for me this way.

Feel and Effect on the Skin: The oil emulsifies into a milky, liquid once it comes in contact with water. It does not becomes foamy nor there is any rich lather. On rinsing, the skin feels super soft and moisturized. Not a lot of water is needed to rinse off the body. It does not leave behind any greasy residue. The skin does not needs any moisturizer or lotion after drying. 

Packaging: Clear, plastic bottle with a tiny flip top cap. Mine is 75ml bottle. I always get one or two of these in Holiday sets. 

Verdict: This is winter luxury. A warm bath at bedtime is just bliss. It definitely helps in keeping the skin soft, hydrated, moisturized and nourished. Not to mention the scent. The fragrance alone is worth spending extra minutes in the shower. A very calm and soothing spa like experience at home.

I recently found out that this product comes in a refill pack, which is good and can save few bucks.

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April 21, 2017


March is officially the start of Spring, but in Chicago it always feels like the season directly jumps from Winter to Summer with few happy days and whole lot of rains! I keep seeing all these colorful looks and spring friendly outfits on Instagram and here I am still stuck using my winter care products and cardigans! The sun is out to fool us. The windy Chicago is always windy!!! Even in this unpredictable weather, a light, dewy makeup with a little pop of color on the cheeks, bright shades for lips and nails can give a very fresh clean look, which is enough to cheer me up.

I don't necessarily need water proof makeup just yet, but I still prefer using multi-purpose products. Few of my beauty favorites and essentials for spring.

BASE MAKEUP: It is good bye heavy foundation and welcome lighter base. Any product that moisturizes and gives light to medium coverage is my choice for Spring-Summer. SPF is an added bonus. It eliminates the need to apply an extra layer of regular sunscreen.

CREAM BLUSHES AND LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS: Cream products tend to look more natural on me and work better for my dry skin. A cream blush literally melts into the skin and gives that wonderful flush of color, while a cream or liquid highlighter gives that perfect dewy glow and luminosity. Peach colored products don't work for me. A little hint of pink is a must. Peachy Pink works just perfect! I do use powder highlighters and blushes, but I enjoy using the cream ones more.


Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks in Powder Pink, Chanel Cream Blush in Revelation (discontinued) and NARS The Multiple in Riviera

LIP PRODUCTS: I am not into matte, liquid lipsticks. Full coverage, opaque lips are much enjoyed in colder weather. For spring and summer I love medium coverage lipsticks or sheer tinted lip balm kind of products. Also, I love to fill my lips with lip liner and apply gloss on top of it. I have a bunch of favorites in this category.


EYE PRODUCTS: For the eyes, it is just a wash of color along with pencil liner that is smudged to give a soft look and a good coat of Mascara.


Marc Jacobs Matte Gel Eye liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil (all time favorite) and Sephora Waterproof eye pencils (new favorite) are amazing for both spring and Summer. 

FACIAL MISTS AND SPRAYS: A must must must have! Nothing soothes the face like a cooling, calming facial mist. It is more necessary for summers and places that have hotter springs. A setting spray is something that I use year around to keep the makeup in place, while these Facial mists are cooling, comforting and soothing. They give the complexion much needed glow and freshness.


Urban Decay All nighter makeup setting Spray and MAC fix Plus as Setting Sprays (all time favorites) Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Kiehls Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist are beautiful ones to spritz throughout the day.

These are my current favorites for spring and few of these will transition into summer too. What are your Beauty Favorites for Spring-Summer?

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