May 23, 2016

New in Beauty - Beauty Cravings

Some really cool stuff in the market!! Both in Beauty and Skincare. A few that caught my fancy.

Charlotte Tilbury 'Instant Hollywood False-Lash Effect' Mascara: Look at the name!! Isn't is Awesome enough to catch any make up lover's attention? This is a new offering from the brand and is available at Nordstrom.

BECCA Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette: One of the most anticipated and much awaited palette in recent times. Becca, Shimmers and Jaclyn Hill are match made in heaven. The palette contains 3 blushes in different finishes and two highlighters. The very infamous Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed highlighter shade in Champagne Pop (soft white gold with pinky peach undertones) and a new one Prosecco Pop (medium warm gold). This is a limited edition palette and the price looks pretty nice too. This will sell out quick! Very quick!!

BECCA Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Eye shadow Palette: There is a new eye shadow palette as well in the collaboration. The colors are warm neutrals.

NAILS INC. Superfood Repair Oil: Honestly, it is the bottle that caught my attention while checking for new products on Sephora website. In my experience all nail oils work the same. Basically, any kind of moisturizing oil does the trick, If is smells good, I am all for it. A horrible smelling nail product is a big NO-NO.

Blithe is a totally new brand for me. I have never used any of their products nor heard anyone talking much about them, but this Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum appears to be very promising. This Korean product is a blend of Serum and Moisturizer. It is an online product only, so there is no way to actually smell or feel the product. This one is on my 'to buy' list once I finish of all the lotions and potions that I am currently testing or using.

Guerlain Radiance in a Flash Instant Radiance & Tightening: The luxury brand Guerlain has come up with some really cool products in recent months. Their Bronzers are one of the best in the market and so are their Meteorites. This new product is a little confusing for me though. It is a gel, that is to be applied after the moisturizer, for radiance and firming. Unique!

KORRES Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum: I don't hear many people raving about Korres, but the brand has its own cult followers. They make some real good stuff. With exception of one or two products, everything I have tried from the brand in the past has worked. This new serum is pretty up there in the price as it boasts of having the best saffron in it as an ingredient. Saffron has always been used in ancient times by rich and royals to enhance their beauty. This one claims to correct visible signs of aging.

Kiehl's Since 1851 'Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng' Mist: I really am curious to know the difference between this mist and the In-flight refreshing mist. They both contain Ginseng, cactus flower and pretty much the same ingredients. They both are refreshing, cooling mists.

GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER™ Mega Illuminating Moisturizer: After dominating the face mask market, the brand has launched a new Illuminating moisturizer. It is as simple as the name. A multi-tasking product to provide hydration and glow at the same time. I am looking forward for a travel size release.

Any new product that is on your list? Would you be buying the Becca Palette?

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May 18, 2016

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (review)

A travel-friendly spray-on serum for dewy, glowing, luminous skin.

This silky liquid spray-on moisturizer of squalane, red algae, and HADASEI-3™ bioactive complex can be misted anytime for a boost of soothing hydration, resulting in dewy, luminous skin. It contains an anti aging complex of sonically extracted whole plant green tea, rice bran oil, and red algae—a trio of moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients that helps fight free radical attack.

The specially designed pump evenly distributes a lightweight mist that is perfect as a setting spray, instantly softening and smoothing without streaking or disturbing makeup. This spray can also can be used to refresh bare skin or cosmetics throughout the day, without buildup or residue.

Formulated without:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

This product from Tatcha is definitely a unique one. Tatcha is an expensive Japanese Brand. I have tried a bunch of their products. While some of them are really unique and worth the price tag, a few of them perform just OK for their price and quantity.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is not a makeup setting spray, but a liquid moisturizing that moisturizes, nourishes and leaves a dewy glow on the face. 

Color: Milky white with very soft iridescence. There are no shimmers, glitter or sparkles.

Texture and Consistency: Thin, light weight, non sticky, non greasy liquid.

Scent: Non detected.

Application: It can be applied both before and after makeup. I usually use it after makeup but for the sake of review I did try a few times before makeup. After makeup, I just spray around 2-4 pumps all over my face and leave it to set. 

Feel and Effect on the Skin: It takes less than a minute for this mist to completely set it. The face looks super hydrated and dewy but not oily. It helps in getting rid of extra powder if any and reduces the cake'y' look that sometimes setting powders leave. It moisturizes the face, giving it a very dewy glow. The 'dewy' part is what makes it different. The product does not just evaporates, but in fact it sets and gives a finished and polished look to the face. 

It also works nice underneath makeup as a base, but I would not prefer all its glow imparting magic to be lost under foundation and other layers of product. 

Packaging: This comes in an elegant glass bottle with purple ombre gradient effect. There is a pump and this is probably the best pump that I have used among any other facial sprays. The nozzle is amazing and it sprays super fine mist. This dispenser/spray is really good.

The product has a light lavender hue. Does not appears on skin though.

Verdict: This is more of a hydrating, soothing and finishing mist. It will set the makeup to give the face that final glow. It is not a 'makeup setting spray' that will necessarily increase the longevity of the makeup. It is not a mattifying product. I have dry skin and it just gives life to my dehydrated skin. Also, it is not uplifting kind of a mist. This is more on the hydrating and nourishing side. This is something that I won't be using on a hot summer afternoon at a beach or on a Disney vacation. I would prefer something more 'refreshing' and 'crisp' mist, if that makes any sense.

A few other facial mists in the market. I am amazed at how many of these I have tried!!!

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May 16, 2016

The Monthly Review - Beauty/Skincare Hits and Misses (April)

The Monthly Review series will feature a mix of products ranging from Skincare, Beauty, Bath and Body, Hair, Nails etc. that I find interesting, magical, unique or just fun to use in that particular month. These products may be recent release or an old discovery. Also, in the series I will mention few products that failed to impress me or just did not work at all.

These months go by so quickly! Very very quickly!! I am so behind schedule when it comes to posting on blog. Spring is the season I work extensively on improving the condition of my garden. Gardening is a new luxury for me. I am enjoying the whole learning and working process. Back to this post.

April is a weird month weather wise in Chicago. Some days are pleasantly warm while some are really, drastically windy and cold. Then we have rains with occasional hail storms. This crazy weather means crazy skin conditions too. Most of my favorites this month were products related to skincare. Well, they always are! I am a skincare junkie or rather I just enjoy taking good care of my skin. 

Clarins Body Oil: I love this oil. It is probably the most thickest oil of the lot that I use for the body. The lightest one being the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil. Clarins Oil though thick in texture somehow works beautifully for me during spring season. It is strange because considering how thick it is it would be more apt for winters. I love how it moisturizes. Once I apply it after my bath, I really don't need to apply any moisturizer till next bath. It is a boon for dry skin.

Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil: I love this stuff and I really enjoy using this as foot cream. We are getting our few days of better weather, giving us chance to wear sandals and flip-flops. This creamy oil performs excellent in getting rid of dryness and cracks from the heels and making the feet soft, smooth and beautiful. The product is prone to separating, but a good massage of tube, with lid closed solves the issue. The creamy oil will leave the feet greasy, so it is more like bedtime foot care regimen with socks on and not something I use before going out.

Sunday Riley Tidal Enzyme water cream has been a part of my night time routine for quite some weeks now and I can safely say it performs good. The cream is very gentle in comparison to other two products that I have tried from the brand. The cream definitely brightens the skin over a period of time. It gets rid of dullness in turn revealing a more glowing and bright skin.

Cura Complexion Catalyst Crème: This creme was sent to me by the company for trying and reviewing. It is a wonderful creme for my dry skin. I posted my review on this one recently here. The gentle creme was a good match to the Sunday Riley Tidal Enzyme Cream. They both made my skin really look healthy. Review here.

Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist: This mist is very light weight and non greasy. It hydrates as well as holds makeup in place. Thoroughly enjoying this product and it can be used during the the day as well because it is not dewy or shiny like the Tatcha Mist and does not imparts extra glow or shine.

Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish' Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder is very unique. It is one of those products that is not noticeable when used all the time, but when stopped using, the difference is clearly noticeable. I have this color in medium. It is very neutral and I was little skeptical that it would be too light for my skin tone. It does not leave any white cast. I use it as finishing powder to set everything at the end. It makes the skin look flawless and very smooth giving this illusion of perfect skin. I just need to post a review soon. 

NYX Butter Lipstick: It is hard to believe that this product is below $5. The texture and formula is comparable to any high end lipsticks. In fact, I find it much better and hydrating than many of the high end stuff that I own. This is not a new product, but I bought is very recently. It is long lasting, smooth and hydrating. Excellent drugstore stuff. 

A few misses:

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15: I have got around 4 tubes of this in different colors lying around. I usually buy these Holiday Sets to try some skincare and the brand always includes one product which is this. As much as I want to love the product, it just peels my lips. I decided to use up whatever I have and unfortunately, it didn't work again this time. Big miss in April!

Alterna Caviar Rapid Repair Spray: I hate to see that this one didn't work for me. I just could not stand the smell of this and also it did nothing for my hair. This is my first fail from Alterna Caviar range. Alterna is my favorite hair care brand. Read my review here. A big miss for April!.

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own based on my personal experience with the products. The post contains Affiliate Links. 

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