July 31, 2012

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum - Review

I had always wanted to try this brand, especially because of the rave reviews I had read about the products. Had picked a few products in January and after using them for a generous amount of time, I am in position to review it and give my two cents.

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum

A moisture-locking treatment that delivers a luminous glow.

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum is a red-carpet favorite and an essential step towards Kate's signature radiance. Ideal for normal-to-dry skin types, this wondrously effective treatment moisturizes skin and protects against photoaging, regenerating tissue to promote firmness and elasticity. Skin is left looking youthful, healthy, and fresh.

This advanced formula harnesses the power of HSC complex to help cells retain moisture, delivering spa-quality results.

To begin with... I hate this product. It did nothing for me. I mean when we think Serum, we think something that would actually protect, nourish and make the quality of skin actually better. This however is just a fancy Primer!


It was a huge mistake that I didn’t read the ingredients. The SA talked me into buying this and I must say the name “Quench” sounded so good for thirsty, dry skin. The Product is loaded (over loaded) with Silicones!

Color: Clear
Consistency: Thick Liquid
Texture:  Slippery (just like silicone based hair products)

Scent/Fragrance: None

Duration :  AM only on clean face for few days (didn't work for me)

How I used it: Pea size amount (literally) for the whole face.
Feel on skin: Just like a slippery primer. The product has too much silicone and hence it has that slippery texture. On skin, it glides smoothly and appears greasy for few minutes, though later it sets itself. 

Effect on skin: None. It claims it hydrates, but in reality it was not moisturizing or hydrating. It was heavy, greasy and just felt like its ‘sitting’ on the skin. Didn’t actually sink in the skin nor was absorbed by the skin.
Initially when I started using, I used a little more than pea size (Garbanzo bean size) and it made my skin very greasy. Later I reduced the amount. This helped in reducing the greasiness, though the skin still felt clogged and heavy.

It is an OK product if used as a face primer instead of Face serum.  I am lucky it didn’t break me out, but I can see this one heavily clogging the pores and won’t be surprised if it gave bad acne to anyone with acne prone skin.

A huge disappointment for the  price and the Claims. I would suggest trying out some samples before actually buying a full size bottle.
Disclaimer: This skincare product is not sponsered in any way. These are my personal experience with the product. This may or may not work for you.

July 23, 2012

Lovingly Picked.... Rebecca Minkoff Bags/Purse

I have been really waiting for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Most of the websites online usually have sales all round the year to get rid of the stuff from past season, but this particular sale has Limited Selection of Products from the next season on sale for a limited period of time.

Many designers design specifically for this event and Beauty Brands have special Nordstrom Exclusive gift sets and products. I didn't buy any make up this year, as I have an over load stock of them. Just basic Jeans and Leggings, nothing fancy in clothing department. They had great selection of shoes and some nice cardigans as well.

Nordstrom Card holders usually get the preview Catalogue 10 days before the actual sale starts. I personally am in process of building a functional and decent Bag/Purse collection, so I concentrated all my energy and money on them.

My Picks:

Rebecca Minkoff 'Desire' Studded Satchel in Color 'Charcoal'

Rebecca Minkoff 'M.A.C.' Crossbody Clutch in Color 'Royal' with Antique Silver Hardware.

Rebecca Minkoff 'M.A.C.' Crossbody Clutch in Color 'Black' with Black Hardware.

The 'Desire' bag was pretty much sold out on day one, but luckily I could get it in one store and they claimed it to be 'last one' (I think they always say that)
Was also confused between to two M.A.C bags too, but then ended up keeping both of them.

Detailed reviews to come soon. Very much pleased with my purchase.

Did anyone of you scored anything good from the sales?

July 13, 2012

Coach Scarves and Sunglass

Just a little Purchase from Coach Factory Outlet. Never purchased any scarf from this brand. These are just Simple, Square Silk Scarves. Beautiful, light weight and absolutely soft and silky.

Love the cute, Beachy print with shells, Starfish and Crabs. These are not very big scarves and I plan to use them as Ponytail scarf or to tie around the handles of bag.

The colors are so apt for summer! Just love the combination of Pink, Orange, Red.

This particular Pony tail scarf looked Gray in color (above). In natural light it is actually Military Green (Below). My least favorite of the lot.

A pair of Sunglasses... Love the Case. Strong and Sturdy...

How is summer treating everyone so far? I got a chance to visit some beautiful places around Chicago area. I moved last year mid summer in Chicago and got busy setting up my new place. This year I am utilizing my summer.

Stay Hydrated and have fun...

July 2, 2012

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion (Review)

With Summer in full swing … along with Sun, Sand and Beach comes another essential ….

The Sunscreen.

As a skincare routine and complete precaution we all should be using sunscreen all around the year, though I have seen many skipping this step in cooler months.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 55 PA+++

What it is:
A highly nourishing sunscreen lotion for the face and body.

What it is formulated to do:

Prevent sunburn, cell damage, and premature signs of aging with this UVA/UVB-blocking skincare essential. Formulated with rose apple leaf extract, it delivers an excellent antioxidant effect and fortifies skin against UV-caused DNA damage. The sand- and perspiration-proof, water-resistant blend is PABA free.
A fantastic Product, with excellent results.
I am an avid user of sunscreens, because of my issue with hyper pigmentation and so I know if a sunscreen is good, better or Best…
There are multiple good things in this product, which I find missing in some of the other ones that I have tried before.
Consistency: Liquidy
Color: white
Fragrance: Actually lovely, unlike any other I have tried in the past
Texture: Smooth n silky and light weight
Application: Shake the bottel vigourously before using. The product spreads smoothly and blends very easily. It sinks into the skin right away, without leaving the skinsticky or greasy which one of the major issues with all the sunscreens that I have tried in the past. Neutrogena was better in terms of greasiness, but this one just tops.
Effect: It gives a smooth, matte finish without leaving the skin itchy or dry. It does leave the skin bit light or white (in my case). So I have to apply tinted moisturizer or a foundation powder or a bronzer to even the skin tone.
Lasting Power: Lasts for long time and does not stings my eye. The product claims that it retains SPF after 80 minutes of activity in water, though it is difficult to tell if it really does. When I say Long lasting, means it does not wash off within minutes.
The current available product at Sephora is the one with SPF 60 PA +++ and the SA at Sephora told me it was the same product, modified with higher SPF.
An  excellent product for sure. It is pricey considering the cost of other Sunscreens that are available at Drugstore. This is meant to be a face and Body product, but I tend to use this on my face and neck and Neutrogena on my hands and legs just to save some money.

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