March 17, 2011

BENEFIT - POWDERFLAGE



Benefit Powderflage is a lightweight powder that camouflages fine lines, dark circles, or spots. It can be worn alone for light concealing or layered over a cream concealer for extra coverage. The powder ball and brush are small enough to pop into your purse, so you can touch up anywhere.

This set contains:
- 0.11 oz Light-Diffusing Powder Concealer
- Mini Fantail Brush
- An application lesson



I love Benefit Products, well most of them. This unfortunately is not the best product they have in their line (at least for me). The concept of the product is cool, so is the nifty, little packaging. The inside content of the packaging is not so good.

I have been using this product since past many months. It didn't do the job for me since day one, but I was biased as I love the brand and kept giving Powderflage trial after trial in hope that it would work.

Over to the review:

The Color: Pale Pinkish White

The Texture: Finely milled, silky soft Powder

The Application Technique:

I apply it over concealer as setting powder, using a fluffy brush like MAC 224. Any fluffy eye brush would work. Just a tiny amount of product on brush, tap it to get rid of the excess and then dab dab dab.

The Feel: The powder feels soft and is not heavy at all. It makes the under eye area white, which is something I don't like. Also, it did settle in my fine lines. If I use a little extra product, it just gives a very unnatural cake'y' effect. If I use less, it does nothing.
It did help the corrector-concealer combo set well, but did not help in longevity of the duo.



The Packaging: This comes in a funky, ball kind of packaging, which I must admit is cute. Along with it comes a little fan brush, which is crapy in quality, but size wise it is pretty precise. I wish the bristles were a bit on softer side. The brush picks up right amount of product and deposits the powder perfectly.
This whole thing, along with instruction chart is nested inside a barrel kind of cardboard packaging, which I think is totally unnecessary.

The Verdict: I expected a lot more from this product. A little brightening effect was something I was hoping for, obviously along with setting the concealer and making it last long. It performed very little. It was just like any other white setting powder, just a tad light in weight.

I have been using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and in comparison to that, this one pales and fails.

Not a Happy Consumer here...Sorry Benefit!

March 9, 2011

KORRES - Evening Primerose Eye Cream



Evening Primrose Eye Cream helps instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. The unique formula diffuses the light with a brightening, concealer-like effect. SPF 6.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petro-Chemicals
- Phthalates
- GMO
- Triclosan

Properties:

Evening Primrose triple action eye cream that reduces fine lines and dark circles while shielding from the sun’s damaging rays

• Evening Primrose oil rich in linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid, provides hydration and nourishes the delicate skin around the eyes.
• Ruscus extracts work synergistically to increase blood microcirculation, quickly and visibly diminishing dark circles while also moisturizing the skin.
• Zinc oxide, a natural sunscreen, prevents premature aging by providing sun protection

I got a really good and decent size sample of Evening Primerose eye cream, when I placed product order for my mom at the Korres website (Korres is very generous with their freebies!!) I was already using another eye cream, so I didn't get a chance to try this right away. Now, that I have been using it from past 4 weeks, I am definately in a position to talk about it and share in my experience.

Duration: 4 weeks plus

Usage: Twice a day AM and PM

Texture: Thick, Heavy and Dense Cream. Not a very light weight cream.

Color: Yellowish white.

Fragrance: Nothing specific

Application Technique:

I use my ring finger to gently tap in the cream under the eye and then massage slightly with the balls of my fingers in tiny circular motion, till the cream disappears.
I use ring finger, because it provides adequate amount of pressure and there is no tugging or pulling.

Feel:

The cream does moisturizes the area well. It is hydrating and soothing, but being thick in consistency, it takes a long time to sink in the skin. In fact it is not fully absorbed. The eye area does feels a bit heavy. It does not stings or itches when it gets into the eye.

It leaves a waxy film like thing under the eye. I think this is what they mean by "concealer like effect" in their claims. This is kind of annoying, because I cannot wear it under any make up. It looks weird! Also, it left the eye area bit heavy.

Result:

This did moisturize, but I did not notice any difference under my eye for dark circles. Also, as the claims said, it did not Brighten at all. The waxy thing that it left behind was the concealer effect and it was annoying. My mom did notice some difference for her wrinkles n fine lines, but nothing for the puffiness. This does has SPF, so it can be a protective cream for day time.

Packaging:

The cream comes in a tube. Mine is a sample tube, so it looks a bit different from the original big tube. The quantity of full size is very affordable. You get a lot of product for the money paid.

Verdict:

I didn't like the product at all. It did not work for me. It did not perform as it claimed. I do like Korres Products, but this one was a miss.

March 7, 2011

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque



This product was the second of the two products sent to me by the Cellnique Company for consideration. This was months ago. I did review the Serum, but the Masque did undergo some testing.
Its very difficult to actually see or pin point on any long term results or benefit using JUST a product like Masque. Face Packs or Masques are more a part of collective skincare regime.

This unparalleled scrub masque is formulated with bio-captured fresh fruit enzymes and acids complex. It works effectively in exfoliating dead cells, optimizing cellular renewal performance and deep pore cleansing, thus revealing a softer, fresher and healthier skin.


The Claims:

Exfoliates dead skin cells and deep pore cleansing
Optimizes cell renewal performance
Slows down aging process
Instant lightening, brightening and whitening effects

The Color and Consistency:

This is a Grayish White, fluffy Cream.

The Scent:

A very Obvious, strong Fruity Scent. Pineapple to be precise.

The Texture:

A Grainy, Light weight, Fluffy, Clay like Cream texture.

The Application:

Duration: Once a Week for 15 minutes

Technique: I apply it on Dry skin, using my fingers. It is very light weight and spreads very easily. Not too much of product is needed, as it is very spreadable. I leave it for 15 to 20 minutes undisturbed. The masque does not dries completely. I remove it off by moistening my face with water and then by scrubbing it gently and lightly using circular motions of my fingers. Later I rinse with tepid water and pat dry.

The Feel:

Mild Tingling Sensation. I noticed it during initial two applications. Then I believe my skin got used to it. Its very mild and lasts for just 30-60 seconds. Also, as mentioned above, the masque does not dries completely like any clay mask, even though it has Kaolin as a part of ingredient. As a result, the skin does not feels itchy, dry or stretched after removing it off.

The Effect:

There is no redness or dry patchy spots after removing the mask. No Itchy, Dry or Stretched Skin. It feels soft and smooth. The skin looks fresh and clean. It looks Plump.

The Contents and Active Ingredients:

BioCELL eL
Advanced Bio Renewal Masque contains 20% BioCELL eL, Cellnique’s exclusive acid complex formulation that uses AHAs to accelerate cell renewal rates, enzymes and vitamins to neutralize and prevent possible irritation by the acids.
Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs)
AHAs are known to have the ability to rejuvenate skin by exfoliating dead cells from the skin,this further causes the skin to grow new cells to replace the damaged cells. AHAs also helps in wrinkles and photo-aging.
Enzyme
  • Papaya enzyme + Bromelain from pineapple fruit extract
  • Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple plant, Bromelain helps digest keratin protein and promote exfoliation effectively. Skin appears smooth and brightens after the dead skin cells being removed.
  • Papain, an enzyme derived from papaya, helps exfoliate damaged and dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores that can result in skin eruptions. It is able to whiten and soften the skin, heal wounds and prevent the subsequent development of pimples.
Full Ingredients List
Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Kaolin, Glycolic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol,
C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Papaya (Carica papaya) Enzyme (Papain),
Phenoxyethanol, Trithanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Pomelo (Citrus grandis) Peel Extract,
Pineapple (Ananas sativus) Fruit Extract, Acrylate / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,

The above Ingredient Information is totally from the Cellnique website. I do know one thing for sure. Products that contain AHA and enzymes are usually the ones that are not always suitable for sensitive skin. Many experience Redness and Peeling. In fact, AHA are a part of peeling treatments.
This masque did not leave my skin red at all. It was great, because I could get the benefits of AHA without actually suffering the issue of AHA. I could get a clean, fresh and glowy skin without the actual itchy or red patches.
The Packaging:

This comes in a sturdy, wide mouthed jar. The lid is like a mirror, but is actually not a mirror. A handy tool. I would have preferred a squeezy tube packaging any day over the jar, simply because this whole jar concept is a bit un-hygenic.

The Cost:

This costs $51 for a jar. A bit on the pricey side for a masque. I would prefer spending the extra bucks on some serums rather than on a jar of Masque. It does lasts for a very long time. Being used only once weekly, would make it last for almost 6 months of not more.

Will I buy Again?

Usually, when we all read product reviews on many blogs and sites that are sent for free, our first reaction is "Yeah, its free...you sure will like it" or "Its pricey!!, but for you its free..." "will you buy it spending your own money...."

Even I have reacted so many times saying " I would love this Guerlain product, if they were free....". Its a basic Human reaction. No issues with that.

Back to Answering the question. I would not buy the product again. I would prefer spending the extra bucks on some serums or stuff that would give me results to sustain in the longer run. Me not being able to afford the product, cannot deny the fact that the product itself is a nice and is of good quality.

More information can be found on the company website.
www.cellnique.com

Disclaimer: The product was sent to me free, for consideration. As always, honest opinions, based on my personal experience. I am not affiliated to the company in anyway. This is not a paid review.

March 3, 2011

Beauty Buys: Sephora Spring 2011



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

A fresh start to buying products for Spring-Summer, but in Winter!
Just a dumb start to this post...:)

Recently I picked a few Goodies from Sephora. None of them were in the I NEED LIST, but definately were in I WANT TO TRY LIST....

Illamasqua Bronzing Duo. The shade is in Glint & Burnish. This Brand has some AMAZING Blushes and I am positive that this Bronzing duo will be pretty good too!! I am really sure about the shade, but we will see. Its just too soon to comment.

Smashbox Bronzer in Sunkissed Matte. This is just too light for me. Infact, this is just too light for anyone! It does not looks like a Bronzer at all! Let me tell you, it is working beautifully for my skintone...How? I will share in a review soon.

The Balm Highlighter, Shimmer and Shadow in Mary-Lou Manizer. I never knew this product existed. One review from Temptalia and I was drooling over the stuff! Looks very Beautifully!


As usual excited to try them all and share my thoughts with all of you.



The new SEPHORA SPRING CATALOGUE is lovely! I am curious to try the Hello Kitty line from them. I honestly admit that I am not a huge fan of Hello Kitty. She is cute, but I guess I am old enough to get attracted to these cutesly stuff. Would Love to try the Fragrance though.













Enjoy the Lovely, Fresh Looks from the Catalogue. I am sure, you guys must have all received this.

Disclaimer: None of the Pictures/photos of the looks are my own. They are from the Sephora Catalogue and is the property of Sephora.com

March 1, 2011

Comparison photos: URBAN DECAY - NAKED PALETTE and few others



These are some similar looking Neutrals that I was reminded of when I saw the Urban Decay Naked Palette.
I don't say that these are dupes. Infact, some of these are not even remotely similar to the colors of the Naked Palette.

They just look pretty all in a group. They scream at me...."You don't need any Neutrals!!!!"



1. Stila It Girl Trio with Shades Lame, Chloe, Kitten
2. NARS Cordura Duo
3. NARS Brumes Duo
4. LORAC Snake Charmer Palette
5. NARS Brousse Duo
6. Urban Decay NAKED Palette
7. NYX The Runway Collection (Champagne n Caviar)
8. Maybelline Chai Latte Quad
9. Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eye Palette



1. Stila It Girl Trio with Shades Lame, Chloe, Kitten
2. NARS Cordura Duo
3. NARS Brumes Duo
4. Maybelline Enchanted Forest Quad
5. NARS Brousse Duo
6. Urban Decay NAKED Palette
7. NYX The Runway Collection (Champagne n Caviar)
8. Maybelline Chai Latte Quad
9. Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eye Palette



I hope you guys enjoyed looking at this little Neutral Family.

 

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