September 30, 2012

Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector - Review

Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector

NeoGlucosamine® Retinol, Vitamin C and Turmeric help correct an uneven skin tone and reduce the intensity of existing dark spots while optical diffusers create an instant brightness.

  • NeoGlucosamine® gently exfoliates to break up pigment clusters
  • Retinol and Vitamin C help to reduce the intensity of existing dark spots
  • Turmeric and Alpine Plants help prevent new spots from forming
  • Optical diffusers create an instant brightness
The claims: As per the website:

Correct uneven tone and reveal a perfectly even complexion. This potent targeted skin tone corrector diminishes the look of dark spots using active science and proven botanical ingredients to treat and prevent uneven tone.

I have been a loyal user and ardent fan of NeoStrata Bionic Eye Cream. So when these people asked me to review their product, Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector, I was more than happy.
My Skin: Dry, which is prone to hyper pigmentation. I have some old shadow like marks around my chin area and along the line where one applies bronzer. I have no acne scar or any other skin condition. I do not have melasma.

Duration : 5 weeks plus

Usage: PM usage only. Two pumps worth of lotion is enough to cover the whole face, concentrating more on the hyper pigmented part.

Color: Pale Yellow

Texture: Semi thick, like a lotion

Fragrance: Citrusy, not Over powering

Feel on Skin: It spreads easily. Moisturizes well and does not leaves the skin greasy. The pores are not clogged and the skin feels soft and well moisturized. There is no tingling or burning sensation. I was worried that it may peel my skin bad and break me out but thankfully it didn't react. I used this at night only because it has retinol and I cannot stay indoors all the time. This does not has SPF.

Effect on skin: I did see results with initial first two week of use.  It was not dramatic, over night disappearance of hyper pigmented patches, but definitely, some improvement in the darkness and over all skin tone improvement. The skin looked visibly ‘clear’ and ‘bright’.

Package: Good Packaging. It has a pump, which works well. The pump dispenses well and never clogged till the end. Also the squeeze tube can be cut open to use up the content that is stuck on the walls. Believe me, there is a lot of product and (I am cheap)

Verdict: The product is good. I did see quick results in the initial 2 weeks, but later the effect was slowed down. The sun effects of summer on skin and over all dullness was taken care of. I think that if I use this along with Exuviance line of serums, it would show more positive results.

Disclaimer: This is a review based on my personal experience with the product. It may or may not work for you. It was sent to me for consideration by Exuviance. I did not pay for it. The links provided are for easy reference and are not affiliate links.

September 28, 2012

Lets Connect!

I have always been on twitter, tweeting anything random, but not very often. I love to tweet... but it is not my nature to tweet everything and anything! It is just not me... or maybe I don't have a very fascinating interesting life to tweet about all the time. I mean would you guys enjoy a pic of me cleaning my kids lego scattered room?? I doubt....

Pinterest is my personal favorite!! It is such a fun place! There are loads and loads of inspiration. I just love to Pin and Repin...

I did realise that people read my blog, they send me mails asking some questions but not often commenting. A friend suggested that I should become more 'active' on Twitter and should have a facebook Page, for more interaction with fellow bloggers and people who enjoy blogging, sharing photos (enter instagram) and in general shopping!

So very recently I got Dazzle 'n' Sparkle a Facebook Page.. (yeah...:))

Do 'like' the page and show support and share pics of your purchases and stuff. Occassionaly there will be some contests and giveaways, but mostly I intend to make the page just interactive and fun!

So lets Connect!!!

On the side bar are links to my Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest... Yeah, this is a shameless promotion for Dazzle 'n' Sparkle...

Below is a link to follow Dazzle 'n' Sparkle on Bloglovin... (I know, its too early!) and I am learning Google Plus!! Pheww..... thats a lot... right??

See ya there...

September 26, 2012

Statement Necklace

I see them everywhere these days. Every single fashion blogger I follow have these as a part of their outfit. Most of them usually wear the stuff that they get for consideration and hence repeat telecast of same necklace on every blog. The best thing I enjoy is to see how these different bloggers use the same necklace in different ways.

These necklaces can give any boring outfit an instant lift. These come in every size imaginable. Huge, chunky, bold, long multi-stranded or short like a choker. These trendy pieces need to be unique and make heads turn. A conversation starter piece.

There are just few basic rules to follow when sporting a bold statement Necklace.

When wearing bold neck piece, it is advisable to keep other jewelry to the minimum, so as the focus is completely on the gorgeous neck piece.

Statement Necklace look more better on Plain dresses or plain background. Prints can clash with the beauty and design of the necklace.

The ratio of one's body Proportion to the size of the necklace should be taken into consideration. Tall girls or girls with longer necks and not so heavy upper body can carry bigger and chunkier pieces well in comparison to short girls with shorter neck. This is just my observation and opinion. It is not a thumb rule.

Stella & dot Sierra Necklace Stella & dot Campari Necklace Stella & dot Tempest Necklace
Dannijo Medine Bib Necklace (Gorgeous, but insanely expensive!)
Lulu Frost Demeter and Medusa Necklace

Nina Garcia's collaboration with Baublebar. They have some cool necklace at an affordable price.

Everyone needs to have at least one in their jewelry collection. It need not be insanely expensive. They come in every price point. From $10 to designer prices.

If doubtful about the size or not sure how much it will be used, I would suggest picking pieces from H & M and Forever21. Once you get the hang of putting together an outfit or planing a look using Statement necklace as focal point, by all means go ahead and invest in more pricey and unique piece.

My favorite way to wear this piece of jewelry is with a solid Tee or a button down shirt. I would love to wear it with maxi dress, but I am too short to pull that look beautifully. Whichever piece you choose just remember to wear it with confidence and smile.

September 25, 2012

TheBalm - Balms Away Eye Makeup Breakup - Review

A vitamin-infused, skin-soothing eye makeup remover.
TheBalm Balms Away's moisturizing formula easily removes eye makeup, ensuring that your beauty sleep delivers the restful benefits it should. It's made with vitamins A, C, and E, and a blend of plant-derived sterols and lipids that hydrate and restore skin.

Formulated WITHOUT: -
Parabens - Sulfates - Synthetic Fragrances - Synthetic Dyes - Phthalates

TheBalm - Balms Away Eye Makeup Breakup

This is just clear Vaseline in a fancy packaging and high price. Well, not exactly Vaseline, but a lighter cousin. It works perfectly and gets the job done so no complains, except the price you pay for Vaseline. I picked it from TJMax for a fraction of price, so it didn’t hurt.

Texture: Just like Vaseline, but bit lighter.

Color: White

Scent: None

Usage: I use a tiny bit around my closed eyes, leave it for 45 seconds and then wipe it off with a baby wipe. I also use ear buds to clean the corners and run it along the lines where I apply the liner. This helps in not smudging the whole thing and there by effectively ‘picking’ any kohl or liner residue. Avoid getting it inside the eye, because it makes them cloudy, blurry and difficult to see.

Effect: It leaves the area clean by removing any of the eyeliner, mascara and shadow I apply. I usually don’t use water proof mascara, so I have no idea if this works on waterproof stuff effectively. The eye area does not get dry, itchy or red which is a good thing. It acts as a moisturizer. It does leave a greasy residue, but not a thick film of grease. I prefer washing my face with a cleanser after using this product.

Verdict: It is a good product and due to its texture and consistency, easy to travel with without any spillage. It didn’t break me out, which is another plus, as I applied it on face too. I didn’t enjoy it on face though. The best way for it to work effectively is to wait after applying and allowing it to actually break and dissolve the product build up. Also, due to its greasy nature, I don’t think it is a good idea to use this to ‘fix’ any makeup mistake.

Packaging: Cute in a tin like Shoe Polish and Unique like all TheBalm Products.

Price: It is a huge Jar and will last for a really long time. I see it still at many TJMax and Marshalls. I had it, so I thought I will review it. It might help someone. I would call it pricey, because you actually pay for Unscented Vaseline, but otherwise, for the quantity in the jar, TJMax price of $10 is fine.

September 17, 2012

Elie Saab 'Le Parfum' Eau de Parfum

Elie Saab 'Le Parfum' Eau de Parfum

I was playing around with my hubby's 'good' camera (read multiple lenses) and I clicked few pictures of my Fragrance bottles. They did turn out good, but the ones that hubby dear clicked turned out excellent. I just had to share these.

Fragrances or Perfumes are such personal things. Everyone has theor own tastes and own likings. It is very difficult for me to describe scents. The top notes, Middle notes, blends etc are best left to experts. I can only say two things about any fragrance. "I like it" or "I don't like it"

The best part of fragrances are the memories associated with it. Be it natural earthy scent that takes you back to a vacation or be it a fragrance in a bottle that reminds of someone special or not so special. In any case the memories attached to a particular fragrance always has a story.

Eli Saab is one of my absolute favorites. It reminds me of a very dear friend and the time I spent with that special person. This one has strong floral notes and is very sharp. It reminds me of Inscence sticks, not in a bad or gagging way. This one lasts whole day on me and it feels more mature. Not at all girly like Juicy Couture.

I really enjoy using this one in summers.

You can find this at Nordstrom

September 14, 2012


Fall and Fashion. These just go together so well. There is something about this time of the year that I love most. Huge fan of Fall fashion!
VOGUE September issue happens to be one of mine as well as every fashion lovers favorite. Last month, I got 'THE BOOK' in mail. Its the September issue of Neiman Marcus Catalog.

Heavy and hefty, filled with amazing pictures of Bags, Shoes, Jewelry, Fashion and Fall collection. This has been one of my favorite to 'see' and 'drool' since it arrived. Few pictures of Jewelry from The Book. 360 pages of pure Art and Color! 360 pages for me to dream n drool!!

Enjoy the pictures!

Disclaimer: All these photos are from Neiman Marcus Catalog. The Book (Spetember Issue). These have been shared for pure enjoyment and fun.

September 12, 2012

Lush - The Sacred Truth Face Mask (Review)

Stock Pic from Lush Website

The Sacred Truth

Love this one!!!! I never had a LUSH store nearby, so I could only read rave reviews about their products. I am so glad I got to try them now.

This particular mask 'The Sacred Truth' is just so Awesome! It worked wonderfully for my skin.

The Sacred Truth contains a powerful combination of rich, softening ingredients like linseed, eggs and shea butter to deeply moisturize and nutritious wheat grass, papaya, green tea and ginseng root to restore essential vitamins and brighten.

Duration: 4 weeks.

Usage: 2x a week, on clean face.

Fragrance: Love the way it smells. It is difficult for me to pin point what it smells like.

Color: Greenish Clay color.

Texture: It has a smooth texture, with few bits and specks of Green stuff in it. I believe its the Wheatgrass.

Application: I applied it on clean face. It is a bit thick, so I added a few drops of water to make sure it spreads easily. I left the area around the eyes as its often done to avoid the delicate area of the skin from stretching. I left it on for 10 minutes.

Feel on skin: This mask does not dries completely, which is a good thing for me, as I have dry skin. There is no itchy feeling, which is usually the case with many masks that dry completely. The skin feels clean. There is a mild stretch in the skin, which can be taken care by applying any moisturizer or day cream. I was not allergic to any ingredient used in it, which is a good thing!

Effect on Skin: The skin feels clean n bright. I could see a noticeable glow. Seriously! Just a very fresh feeling.

Packaging and Storage: It comes in a Black Plastic Tub. Has an expiry date on it. This has to be refrigerated. As it has a shelf life, it is obviously advisable to use up the product before it expires.

Price: It is affordable and not a pricey product. Lasts for couple of uses. It is a great product to pamper the skin.

Verdict: I love this product. Works very well for my dry skin. The natural products in it makes it a great product. There are chances that some people my react to these natural stuff or may get allergic to an ingredient or two (I know of one such friend). Patch test is ALWAYS advisable.

Disclaimer: This is my personal experience with the product. The product has been purchased and tried by me.

September 10, 2012

Simple Joys

I love Fall! It is my favorite season... but Labor Day weekend at Milwaukee Zoo with kid reminded me how badly the greens will be missed! Not to mention the summery decor.

My dollar Store rocks and glass jar decors, that I really love!

The lovely sea themed Candle by Fringe that I picked at Marshalls and the cute "Made in Peru" Turtles and Tortoise, our souvenir from the zoo.

The Beauty!

Couldn't help but share! So adorable!

Will miss this green, but these would look equally beautiful when Orange, Yellow n Red....

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