November 21, 2017

NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil

A soft, non-drying matte lipstick, lip liner, and cheek blush in an all-in-one pencil. This ultra-long-wearing matte formula is waterproof, smudge-proof, soft, and non-feathering for up to six hours. The intense pigment and color provides lips with maximum smooth coverage.

It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates Phthalates. It is free of volatile cyclomethicones, gluten, preservatives, and animal-derived ingredients.

I love cream products. Cream Blush and Cream Highlighters are my absolute favorites. I find these give much natural looking finish than powder products. Add to it, an all in one product is a bonus. 

NARS The Multiple have been my long time favorites, but I just wanted to change things and went hunting for a tiny, more compact product. I picked the Bite Beauty Multistick, but on my way to pay at Sephora, I saw this travel size set staring at me in that Aisle of Doom, where tons of tiny, travel size products suck you in! I chose to go with the set. 

I have used one NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencil  in Whisper (part of Sephora Favorites Lip set) in the past and I really liked the consistency. This set contains three colors of the NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil, a great way to try new finish and three colors!!

Color, Texture and Consistency: 

The product is super soft, creamy and light weight. It is opaque, non shimmery and not at all sticky. The product is easy to layer and blends beautifully, giving a seamless finish. 

Scent: None

Application, Pigmentation, Finish and Longevity: 

On cheeks: I apply few dots on my cheeks and use my fingers to lightly tap and disperse the product. The product is easy to blend. It has good pigmentation and the color is buildable. It goes on smooth and the result is not patchy. It did not move my base makeup, but the key is using light tapping motion and applying product in thin layers. It leaves a beautiful color on the cheeks, that look natural and the finish is matte. It does not give a dewy, glowy finish and it is what I was expecting from these matte pencils. The color on its own, lasts for good four hours on me,, but if I set it with a powder blush, it lasts till the end of the day. 

On Lips: I have dry lips, prone to peeling. As a result, I stay away from full coverage, matte lipsticks. These pencils are very creamy and they go on smooth, without patchiness, but I don't enjoy them on my lips as a full coverage lipsticks, because they emphasize my fine lines and it is not flattering. I do like to dab the product and then use my fingers to sheer it out, leaving behind a hint of color, like a stain on lips. I love to top it with gloss too. The colors that are in this set give my lips a very 'my lips but better' look. 

Packaging: The packaging is super cute and convenient. It comes in a sturdy tin container, that has a mirror attached inside the lid. Also, there is a good, compact sharpener. The pencils are mini, because the set is a mini travel kind of set. Pretty neat! 

Nudestix swatches 1. Whisper 2. Pixi 3. Belle 4. Purity

Verdict: I like this all in one product. It is compact, easy to travel with and equally easy for touch ups on the go. I don't even need a brush. Perfect for summer and those 'no makeup makeup' days. I love everything about these, except that I am not a huge fan of products that need sharpening, especially lip or cheek products. These are soft in texture and so much product is wasted. I would have preferred these in twist up jumbo crayon form. Other than that, everything is just amazing!! Good Stuff.

November 18, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide - Beauty and Fragrance

Let me begin by just saying that this complete post was titled "Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations and Wishlist" but then, I procrastinated and did not post it till the very last minute. I was about to hit the delete button and scrap the post altogether, but then I thought why let some cool photo collages go waste?? These products are all amazing and would make great gifts for the Holidays. Obviously, buying them during the Sephora Sale would had been cheaper but then the lazy me was just lazy. No reason!

Here are few products that I have already owned and I think are amazing and worth buying. Few others are on my wishlist.

Viseart makes some really high quality eye shadow palettes. Hourglass Limited Edition Holiday palettes are the best! They make by far the best powders in my opinion. In terms of the quantity the Ambient® Lighting Edit palette is not the best bang for your bucks, but it is the most versatile, travel friendly palette I have ever owned. DIOR Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder, YSL Lipstick, Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm are a few tried and tested old favorites. These would make a great luxury, gift item.
Every year there are some new revolutionary gadgets in beauty world too. Usually hot tools see newer developments and newer models the most. This year, Dyson hair dryer has been quite in news. DYSON Blown-A-Ouai Set is a lovely set to buy for personal use or to gift. It comes with amazing Ouai hair products. I have used a few of these and they are amazing. 

Few boxed gift sets, both skincare and makeup

Fragrances: Gifting Fragrance can be tricky as it is very personal, but it is a popular gift item. I have been gifting my husband one every year and by now I know what he likes. He looks forward to get one every year now. Too predictable and boring... right? But it works for us.
DIOR SAUVAGE, CHANEL BLEU DE CHANEL Eau de Parfum, MAISON MARGIELA ’REPLICA’ Jazz Club, HERMÈS Terre d’Hermès Pure Perfume are a few amazing fragrance for guys. There are many many amazing ones, but these are tried, tested and well loved.

For us women out there I love the CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE Eau de Parfum. It is amazing. JO MALONE LONDON English Pear & Freesia Cologne, MAISON MARGIELA, ’REPLICA’ Lazy Sunday Morning, FRESH Fresh Life are a few that are on my wishlist for this year. BURBERRY My Burberry Blush had the cutest packaging.

 I will try and post a better more specific gift guide in days to come by, but for now this would work. Browse on!

July 17, 2017

KIEHL'S Ultra Facial Cleanser

A mild facial cleanser formulated for all skin types. Thoroughly cleanses skin without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. Dissolves excess oil, dirt, and debris

PH-balanced to maintain skin’s natural balance

Just a little key ingredient knowledge

Apricot Kernel Oil is extracted from apricot kernels and has a very high Vitamin E content. It is found to be highly compatible with the skin. Apricot Kernel Oil moisturizes and softens skin while helping retain clarity and suppleness.

Avocado Oil, derived from the fruit of a tropical American tree, is a rich, fatty-acid emollient. Avocado Oil is known to be the most moisturizing of any fruit oil. It is also a natural source of Amino Acid proteins, Vitamins A, D, E, and potassium. Helps to restore the natural moisture of the skin.

Squalane, a signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.

Kiehl's are usually generous with their deluxe samples. Every time I place my order, I end up getting a tube of this Ultra Facial Cleanser. These make such great travel buddies for me. Even though it is a non exciting, humble cleanser, I thought it should be mentioned and reviewed.

Color: Clear

Texture and Consistency: Soft, silky, non sticky lotion like consistency

Scent: Nothing specific 

Application: I use dime size product and apply it by gently massaging into damp face in circular motions using clean fingertips. It forms a good foamy lather. Then I rinse it thoroughly with water.

Feel and Effect on the skin: I use it as a second cleanse, to get rid of all the oils and residues left from my makeup removing products.  Even though, the company claims that it removes makeup, it did not perform well for me in that department. Honestly, the layers of budge proof makeup we use, I doubt any basic face wash would be able to get rid of it. It cleans my face, without leaving it super dry or stretchy. I use a moisturizer later. 

Packaging: Soft squeeze tube with a flip top cap. Mine are deluxe sample tubes, so that have no flip top cap.

Verdict: This is such a gentle cleanser! It is very affordable and would work well if you have sensitive skin or skin that is going through repair of any kind. It reminds me of Cetaphil gentle cleanser, Fresh Soy Cleanser (sans fragrance), Philosophy Purity made simple. If you are looking for something that would get rid of heavy, waterproof  makeup, this won't work. It didn't for me. As an everyday, daily cleanser this is awesome!

Few other cleanser that I have used and liked

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