June 20, 2016

Ouai Hair Oil (review)

A multitasking oil for sleek, frizz-free hair. 

This versatile, luxurious Hair Oil smooths frizz and seals split ends for a high-gloss, silky finish

Formulated without:
- Parabens
- Phthalates

I have been an ardent fan of Alterna hair care brand. The OUAI hair care is new one for me. I was under impression that this is a dry oil in a spray bottle, like the Alterna Bamboo Dry Oil. I have no idea why I thought so. When I saw it, I realized it was  more on the lines of Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil , Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil and Agave Oil Treatment.

Color: Clear, but looks pale yellow in bottle.

Texture and Consistency: Thin, not too slippery or sticky. Not too greasy. It is a light weight fluid.

Scent: Floral and very strong but pleasant to my nose. It smells like Jasmine flower. The scent lingers on for good amount of time. If you are allergic to scents, this one is not for you. 

Application: I take a little more than pea size amount of this oil in my palms, rub it well and apply is on my dry hair. I avoid using it on the scalp. I also use it generously an hour before washing my hair. Just apply it nicely to coat the hair shaft, but avoiding the scalp. It acts like a hair mask. A treatment mask. 

Feel and Effect on Hair: This feels very light on the hair. It is not pure 100% oil. It does has that slippery, silicone texture, but is not super greasy. The product does not weighs my hair down. It makes them appear less frizzy, smooth and shiny. Also, it helps the hair retain its moisture and locks in the natural oils, when I use it before hair wash as hair oil or hair mask. It conditions the hair beautifully. 

Packaging: This comes in a clear plastic bottle and has a pump dispenser. The pump does not dispenses too much product and can be controlled easily. The packaging is very basic. 

Verdict: I love this Ouai Hair Oil. It worked for my fine hair. It is neither too slippery nor too greasy. The scent though strong, does not bothers me. I find it pleasant. It helps tame the frizz and smooths the hair. I like to use flat iron after applying this and the combination of the two gives soft, smooth, silky manageable hair. I think I have used all the good adjectives that I could for this product. 

Big thumbs up!!

A few oils that I have tried in the past
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June 2, 2016

Beauty Buys/Beauty Haul - Buxom, Bobbi Brown

'BEAUTY BUYS' is just another term coined for the infamous 'HAUL'. It is the list of things I buy, try and the ones you will hear me 'yak', 'blab', 'review' about in next few posts!!! Call this a 'Preview'.

Very recently there was Sephora VIB sale and I did pick some goodies, but I had to pick some essentials for my trip to Yellowstone and I hauled again (yeah, every trip we need 'new' essentials!!)

Buxom Full-On™ Lip Stick: Not that I need any more lipsticks and definitely it does not counts as essential, but this one lasts pretty long time on me, doubles up as lip liner and I love the way it feels on my lips. I picked the colors in Brooklyn and Dolly.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks: I wanted a cream lip and cheek product. Just a new one. This time around I went with Bobbi Brown. I chose the shade Powder Pink. It is a lovely color and I am sure to get good use out of it. Would work great as a base below my blush and it is easy for touch up. No brush needed. Just fingers.

Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in Shade no 13 Sand Beige.
The major buzz this month was the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Collaboration and the awesome face palette she came out with. The highlighters in that palette are beautiful, but a little too metallic for my liking. So I chose the Clé de Peau Beauté one. I had purchased a refill pan of this a couple of months back and then my friend happened to love it so much, that I gave it to her. I opted for refill pan again, because the one with fancy case is $40 more!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23: This brush is for applying Highlighter and I don't have anything in this size and shape. I have used it and it is amazing!

Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care: For summer ready, soft beautiful feet. This cream is really nice. It is non slippery, non greasy and smells wonderful. Also, it comes with a foot file, tucked neatly in a draw string pouch. 

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper: Quite a mouthful! These are just fancier version of oil blotting sheets, nested in a cute thin, mirrored box. It comes with a tiny sponge. I have yet to use it. 

Then there were few freebies. Fragrance samples are always my favorite. Also, I picked a sample of the Korres Krocus Ageless Saffron Serum and the Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro.

I have used many of these products and will review these very soon. Almost everything I have tried is really good.

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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