Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BIODERMA Sensibio H2O (Cleanser review)

It is almost three weeks of NO BLOGGING! I never knew moving to a new, single family home could be so tiring, overwhelming and expensive!

I did follow the beauty world on Instagram and the most attractive of the lot were the Tom Ford Fall 2014 collection especially the neutral, nude palette, that seems to be always sold out. It is border line annoying when designers make products in such low quantity! I mean being popular and getting sold out quickly is one thing, but to actually trace a product where and when it appeared first and then getting sold out like within seconds is just so lame! I love Limited edition stuff, but Sorry! No time to keep every minute track when the product appears online....

Enough with the whining and rambling.

Anywho, today I will be reviewing a product that probably every single makeup lover uses and uses everyday. Makeup Remover.

Over the years, I have tried multiple types. Makeup removing wipes, Cleansing milks, Cleansing oils, Cream based cleansers, Balms etc. Micellar water or Michelle solution is something that I discovered maybe 2 years ago and I have been religiously using it since then. Just never got a chance to talk about it.

This is exactly like its name! It is like clear water. Same texture, consistency, weight all like water. No greasiness, no stickiness. No mixing of multiple liquids of various viscosity and density. Plain watery solution. As simple as that. No need to rinse and this can be wiped of with a cotton pad or a tissue. The product is soap free and alcohol free.
The Micellar water contains tiny Micelle particles that help remove the makeup or any oil or sebum from the skin. I have no idea what is a Micelle particle. It is just too much science. I got the information from the internet.

Bioderma is a brand of my choice or rather I have never tried Micellar water from any other brand. There are some other companies that sell similar products and I am keen on trying them in future. The one I use is Bioderma Sensibo. This one is specially targeted for Sensitive Skin. The company makes one for Oily Skin (Sebium) and another for Dry/Dehydrated skin (Hydrabio) as well.

The product is amazing! It removes even water proof mascara and is very gentle on the skin and eye. I soak my Shiseido Facial Cotton pads (review) with the product and leave it on my eyes for 30-45 seconds to let the makeup dissolve and leave my skin. Then I wipe it off gently. I do this a couple of times depending on what type of makeup I am wearing, till the cotton pad look cleaner and free of makeup trace.

This one is for sensitive skin and even though it does not dries my skin to the point of feeling stretched, it does feel that my skin could use a coat of moisture. This is fragrance free. I would love to buy the Hydrabio next.


An amazing product, that is loved by all the makeup artists. Easy to travel with. Just need to transfer in a smaller bottle. The only issue is I cannot buy this in a store here in USA. I have to order it online on Amazon. Other french pharmacies that make Micellar water can be purchased from Amazon as well. Avene, La Roche-Posay, Vichy are few that are popular! Similar products that I would love to try can be found at Sephora are from Lancome, Ren, Caudalie and Dior. The last 3 are more Cleansing waters. I assume that they work in similar fashion as micellar water, but are not the same. More research needed here. 

Have you tried any other brand of Micellar water? Are they any good? Any suggestions?

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Shiseido Facial Cotton (Review)



Reviewing Facial Cotton??? Like Seriously???? 

This was the reaction, when I told my friend I was going to review cotton. The thing is we are in process of moving and re-locating and most of my makeup as well as 'products to review' has been packed. I cannot take any pictures nor do I have much time to devote on the blog. I wanted something simple to talk about for the next few days on Dazzle 'n' Sparkle. 

What better than talking about a product that has been one of the most used, most loved, holy grail stuff for me. 

But then again, Seriously! Talking about Cotton.... ???


Shiseido The Makeup Facial Cotton
An extremely soft, gentle way to apply liquid skincare products.

This exclusive Facial Cotton is 100 percent natural and uniquely manufactured for a consistent soft, smooth texture. It allows for maximum absorption and assists in the application of Shiseido softeners.

I came across a glowing review of this product back in 2011. Blogger curiosity made me buy one packet and I must say it was one of the best purchases made and has attained the HG status and is a staple in my routine.
In comparison to the traditional cotton balls or drug store cotton pads, these are thicker, much softer, stronger and durable. The best part is they do not leave behind little cotton fibers all over the face. This one quality alone makes it worth the price tag.

I personally use these pads to remove my eye as well as face makeup. I usually do not need an entire pad to remove eye makeup, so I cut it into two and use each half for each eye, but for my face I do need two whole pads. I don't wear full face and full eye makeup every day. So depending on frequency of usage, one pack lasts for about 2+ months for me.

Thickness of 4 pads

The pads are made of 100% cotton making them ridiculously soft on skin and delicate around the eyes. The feel is ultra luxurious! The cotton reminds me of surgical cotton that I had used in medicine school and it used to have high absorbing capacity. This particular facial cotton too has maximum absorption quality and so I use relatively less makeup remover or nail polish remover.

This is very good for removing glitter nail polish. It just makes the job so easy! No fuzzy stuff getting stuck on the nails and glitters. (I have found cotton mixed with some synthetic material for removing nail polish and they are sold as nail polish removing cotton pads. Those are pretty good for nail jobs and much cheaper. They are horrible for face though.)

Thickness of a single pad

There is nothing much to talk about this product. Apart from the price tag, all I see is pros and no cons. There are other brands that carry similar product like Shu Uemura and Chanel, but I have not tried anyone of those.

In a nutshell, Shiseido's Makeup Facial Cotton pad is a wonderful and versatile product. They are gentle on the eyes and skin. The pads reduce the amount of products to be used considerably. 

No doubt it is expensive, but worth giving it a try once for removing makeup. The facial cotton is available at any Shiseido counter and online (Nordstrom,  Bloomingdales, Macy'sSephora) . Each pack contains approximately 90-100 rectangular cotton pads.  
Good time to stock up on them is at Sephora Friends and family sale. 

Have you tried this product? What is your preferred choice of facial cotton or makeup removing in general?

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Friday, August 1, 2014

JOSIE MARAN Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée (Review)


I live close to 4 free standing Sephora stores and probably 3 that are inside JCPenny, but there is something special and fun about shopping at a Sephora during vacations at 'tourist' places.

Recently I had posted a Beauty Haul. Products that I had picked at Miami FL during my vacations. I love cheek products and gel or cream blushes are my first choice. I do enjoy powder blushes, but gel/cream a tad more. 




An innovative coconut water-infused cheek gelée with up to 14 hours of color and hydration.

This buildable, blendable blush hybrid provides the natural look of a cream blush with the long-lasting hydrating color of a gel stain. Infused with 50 percent pure coconut water, it instantly hydrates while nourishing with the powerful benefits of vitamin E-rich argan oil. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your skin, this moisture-packed blush instantly drenches cheeks in a cool veil of color.

Formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates

Color: Pink Escape: Cool toned Pink (berry toned pink) 
           Poppy Paradise: Warm toned Pink (coral pink) 

Texture and Consistency: Light weight gel, but does not jiggles like jelly. Non- Sticky, Non-greasy. It has a unique formula. Lot of water content, stain and color set to a firm gel texture.!! All rolled in one.

Application: I apply it in two ways. Firstly, dabbing with my finger and blending it. Super easy! The second way is using a stippling brush or a dense stippling brush. I prefer the MAC 131 or Real Techniques Stippling brush for the same. I find MAC 187 or MAC 188 too flimsy for picking the color and depositing it. Julie Hewett cheekie brush is a unique brush and I love the way it picks a good amount of color, but I find it difficult to blend with this brush. The bristles are too dense and stubby to bend and move around to blend.

My preferred method is brush and tool of choice is MAC 131

Feel and Effect on Skin: I like the way this melts into the skin. Looks so natural!!! It feels light and is non greasy. A few dabs and the color blends easily into the skin, giving a natural flush of color on the cheeks. It is not dewy, but not flat either. The color is pretty buildable and can be layered to get more intense effect. 
This brightens my whole face and gives that happy glow. I see this working on many skintones, but very dark skintones will need an extra layer or two.

Longevity: This lasted only 4 hours on me. I had re-apply. This is the only downside of the product.

Packaging: Mine are the mini versions and they come in a glass pot with twist cap that resembles the actual color of the product.

Verdict: A very lovely product. Natural looking, made with natural ingredients and no sparkle or shimmer It is easy to use too. I like the way it melts into the skin and can be worn alone by itself or as a base under any powder blush. Even though the product claims to have 50% pure coconut water and is hydrating, I didn't notice any hydration or dewiness on my cheeks. 
Apart for the staying power, which is poor, I don't see much negatives in the product. A lovely one for those non-makeup days.

You can find this product at Sephora.

Have you tried this blush? Do you find this better than other gel cheek products or stains?

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