January 30, 2013

Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof - Review

What it is:A collection of jumbo eye pencils that can be used as eyeliners or blended out as eye shadows.

What it does:
These jumbo pencils create a range of effects, from bold lines and blended effects to thin, defined lines. Resistant to water, heat, and humidity, their creamy, high-pigment formulas apply smoothly. From deep blacks to rich and shimmery shades, each is formulated with exclusive waxes and pigments to assure maximum color intensity that stays put for 12-hours.

Matte Eyeliners are my weak point. I love pencil liners and if they are matte, I just cannot resist. This is my first time trying a liner pencil from Sephora.

Color: Matte Dark Brown

Texture: Creamy

On Application: This applies very smoothly. No tugging or drying. The color pay off is great. Just one to two swipes and it imparts the rich color as it is in swatch.

My thoughts: Firstly the pencil is chubby, more like eye shadow pencils from various brands. Reminds me of NYX Jumbo Pencils, Urban Decay Eye shadow pencils and many more from various brands. The chubbiness makes it difficult to apply the liner in a fine line. It makes precise application a difficult task.

The liner is smooth and one to two swipes gives a great color pay off. The liner needs around 30-40 seconds to set and then it does not budge!! A make up remover is needed to remove this.

Swatch of  Sephora Jumbo Liner (12HR Wear Waterproof) 24 Dark Brown Matte

This would make a great base for eyeshadow too and when smudged can be used on its own as a cream shadow. Just like it claims, it lasts for more than 8 hours.

Comparison Swatch: Urban Decay Demolition and Sephora 24 Dark Brown Matte Liner

One issue I had with this product is that it made my eyes water and I had burning sensation. I don't blame the product though. Most of the liners irritate my sensitive eye. Apart from Matte pencils from Urban Decay, most of them have never worked for me.

I won't be buying any more color, but if it works for you there is a plethora of color to choose from. Good Product at an affordable price.

Have you tried this product? Any thoughts on them?

January 25, 2013

Fresh - Sugar Lip Polish (Review)

Fresh Sugar Perfection Set (Part of Holidays 2012 - Available at Sephora)

These kind of kits/sets are a great way to try out multiple products. This costed me $22.50, not a very cheap deal because the Sugar Lip Polish is travel Size (0.28 oz). This travel size is big enough to last for couple of months. Great way to try out before committing on a full size jar.

The Lip Balm in Passion though is a full size tube.

What it is:A sweet treatment that that leaves lips incredibly soft and smooth.

What it is formulated to do:
This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes. It nourishes the lips with the oils of meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

fresh Sugar Lip Polish

I always wanted to try this product, but buying a huge jar and then not liking it would had been a waste. Usually I manage to get samples at Sephora for first trial, but for some reason, I never asked sample of this one.

Over to the review and thoughts on this one.

Color: Brown

Texture: Slightly gritty, thick and goopy.

Consistency: Thick like something mixed in Vaseline.

Fragrance: Nothing specific worth noting, but not annoying or stinky.

Taste: Not tasty like the Lush Sugar Lip Scrub (reviewd here)

Application: Apply a tiny amount on slightly damp lips and then scrub for a minute or so. Rinse off with water.

Feel on Lips: It was like applying a gritty lip balm. The product though gritty is not too abrasive. It leaves a film on lips and does not tastes as amazing as Lush Sugar Scrub. It also didn't slough of too much of dead skin.

My Thoughts: One major difference that I noticed with this Lip Polish and the one from Lush is the consistency and the base used for the sugar crystals, which is essentially the key ingredient.
While Lush uses Castor Sugar in Jojoba oil base, this uses Brwon Sugar in some kind of a waxy, vaseline kind of base. I guess this consistency is due to the use of Shea Butter.

The waxy, vaseline kind of base coats the Brown Sugar and hence it does not feels abrassive enough on lips. Also once the product is off from the lips, it feels like there is lip balm on the lips. This effect though lasts for very less time, so Lip balm is a must.

This would work good for people who have mildly dry lips, as the product is not abrasive enough to slough of large chunks of dry skin. Some one with more flaky and dry lips would want to try a more abrasive scrub.

I would not re-purchase this one, but it is a nice product as instant relief for chapped lips. I honestly have mixed feeling about it. I like it, but I don't love it. This is not a HG material for me.

Any recommendations for a good Lip Scrub? Any favorites?

January 20, 2013

Soap & Glory - The Righteous Butter

I had heard so many good things about this brand, so while I was buying stocking stuffer from Sephora, I picked one for myself. I am glad I picked the small travel size for $5, because even though the product is amazing, I just cannot stand the smell of it. It is so over powering and I just hate it.

As per the yummy description on Sephora

What it is:
An award-winning body moisturizing butter with softening shea butter and aloe vera.
What it does:
This body butter was formulated for very dry skin with a new dynamic moisture trap matrix to help hold hydration in longer.
Its alluring scent of Soap & Glory's signature Pink Fragrance combines fresh bergamot and mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oakmoss, amber, woody notes and amber and warm vanilla notes on the bottom.

Color: White

Texture & Consistency: Light weight, Cream

Application: I applied it on my skin after shower, when the body still has some moisture. This helps the cream to spread easily and sink in quickly. The cream itself is light weight and not at all heavy and thick.

Feel on Skin: Absolutely divine! The skin does not feel oily or greasy and it absorbs the cream beautifully leaving behind a smooth, soft, supple and moisturized skin. It also works wonderfully on dry and tough areas like elbows and knees.

Scent/Fragrance: This was the deal breaker for me. I just couldn't stand the smell. I don't know what is wrong with it or with my olfactory nerves, but it just makes me gag and throw up!

Packaging: Lovely pink tub with a retro feel to it. Something that you would find in grandma's vanity. I would have preferred a soft squeeze tube with a flip top cap over a tub though.

I just wished the product had worked for me. No fault with the product itself and it excels as a Body Butter, to moisturize and nourish.

Have you tried this product or anything else from this brand? Any suggestions for new product? I am curious to try their Facial Scrub. Any thoughts on that product?

January 18, 2013

Benefit - Fine One One - Review

What it is:
A sheer, brightening cheek-and-lip color for instant lift, shape, and pop.
What it does:
Having a beauty emergency? Call Fine-One-One! This lip-and-cheek illuminator glides on sheer in three different shades for a coral pink flush that builds from soft and natural to bright and cheery.

I was immediately drawn to this product the moment I saw it at Sephora. I have not been following Beauty Blogs religiously, like I used to do before, so I had no idea about this new product at all. Usually, I like Benefit Products and so I picked this to give it a try.

Colors: Three stripes of colors in stick form. There is a highlighter or illuminator which is a pale pinkish beige color with gold micro shimmers. The second color next to it is a Pinkish Coral and the last color is popsicle Orange. They are supposed to work in harmony when swiped together to give a 'coral pink flush' on the cheeks. (as per Sephora description)

Texture: Creamy more on dry side of spectrum.

Application: I had hard time applying this product directly from the stick to cheeks. I mean the shape of the stick is such that getting all the colors to be deposited with equal intensity was difficult. This lead to patchy and uneven application on both cheeks.
Next, I tried swiping all the three color on my fingers directly from tube and then applying on cheeks. This way I could control the amount of color deposited.

Color Pay off: Unfortunately, it didn't show up well on me. I had to pile on multiple layers to build the color. I am NC40/NC42  in MAC foundation chart with Olive undertones. With multiple layers, I had to blend a lot and more the blending, more the color was lost giving it a p[atchy uneven appearance.

Feel on Skin: It was not super dry or oily on skin. Didn't blend well and it neither turned from cream to powder finish nor cream to cream. It just sat on skin and even though the color was beautiful, the end result was very unflattering and patchy.

Longevity: Very poor. Barely stayed on my skin for 2 hours and it is not even summer here in Chicago. Also in attempt to get an even and natural flush, I had to pile on the color and blend a lot which made all the gold shimmer (highlighting effect) disappear.

Swatch of Benefit Fine One One (all colors individually)

Packaging: It is cute and sleek, but the shape makes it difficult for an even application from the tube directly on skin.

Swatches of Benefit Fine One One (all colors blended)

I did try it on lips, for the sake of reviewing. It was drying. Usually these multi-purpose cheek and lip tints are mostly drying on lips and I avoid using them on lips as it is. In this case the colors were pretty unflattering for my skintone.

I love the whole concept of a multi-purpose product in sleek packaging and it reminds me of similar kind of product that Benefit had called 'Rush Hour'. I did love that one product and it didn't had this 3 color concept, but was sleek and multi-purpose. I have no idea if they have that product anymore.
Also, NARS multiples have been in market for a really long time, but again they are single colors and not all in one cheek product.

There is room for improvement. Both in packaging and longevity department. Also, this color would work more for lighter skin tones. Darker skin tones will have to pile on the product to build up the color.

Available at Sephora for $30 USD

Have you tried this new Product?? What are your thoughts on the concept and the product itself? Do share your views in the comments below.

Disclaimer: I purchased the product myself and the review is my personal experience with the product. The link provided above is NOT an affiliate link and is for easy navigation.

January 15, 2013


I had loads of these hand creams in various sets this Holiday season. L'Occitane has been very well know for their Skincare products containing a good amount of Shea Butter in them.

These super-creamy balms penetrate the skin quickly to protect, moisturize, and replenish dehydrated hands.
Each formula is enriched with 20 percent shea butter and other naturally nourishing ingredients like honey, almond, grape seed, and coconut oil for soft, beautiful skin. From orange blossoms and ripe cherries, to cocoa and bouquets of peonies, each formula is fragrant with a delightful scent you’ll love to wear.

Formulated without Parabens and Phthalates.

These hand creams contain 20% Shea Butter, so these creams are super thick, dense and heavy in consistency.
They are greasy when applied, but get absorbed pretty quickly, leaving behind smooth and well hydrated moisturized skin.

The scent of the original one is light and pleasing.

Apart from the original scent, they also come in bouquet of scents ranging from mango,
dates, Peach, Rose and many more.

Packaging is a silvery tube, with a retro feel to it and as much as I like the smaller 1 oz travel size tube, I just hate the screw top cap. It does look pretty and cute, but it is so tiny and I have hard time putting them back on when the hand is slightly greasy.

Currently I have multiple tubes of this in use and I have already lost caps of two of them. They just fell somewhere in car and now I cannot locate them. A little frustrating.

I also noticed that there are some hand creams from L'Occitane that have gel like consistency and they are not thick creams. I liked how these felt on hands, so I asked the L'Occitane SA and she said, the ones that are not marked with 20% Shea Butter usually are thinner and have a  gel like consistency. None of my kits or sets included that kind, but I would like to try them once I run out of these.
These hand creams are good, but for a great SPA like treatment or night treatment, I found love in Burts and Bees Hand Cream.
Will review them in next posts to follow.

These make great gifts, especially because they are so beautifully and colorfully packed in sets and ready to gift. Also they make great stocking stuffer (i know Christmas is 11 months later). Holidays are the best time to stock up on these because when they come in kits or sets, they become bit cheaper and affordable. Also during Boxing day sale and year end sales, all sets are marked down and great way to stock these up for personal use.

Do you have any suggestions for other Hand Creams? What are your thoughts about this product? Please share them in comments section below. Would love to hear your suggestions.

January 3, 2013

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Caractere

Chanel Rouge Coco - Caractere

I love rosey plum, plummy brown and Mauve shades of lipsticks. They flatter my skintone the best. When I saw the swatches of this color long back when it was released in June, I was sure I wanted it.
But then again shelling out $32 plus for a lipstick is not always easy, especially when there are so many brands that carry amazing colors and texture of lipsticks at various affordable price point.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Caractere

This is a Plummy Brown color with Gold Micro Shimmers. It is a very complex color to describe. It looks more Brown in tube, but on application has more of Plum Rose color with brown mixed. I tried to click the pictures in various light settings, but somehow could not capture the real color in tube.

The swatches although are pretty close to what it looks on my hand and lips.

This is a full coverage lipstick and the texture is creamy, but not slick and slippery. It applies easily and does not sinks in the lines of lips. The color pay off is good. I did not find it super moisturizing. It is not a very dry lipstick like MAC Matte, but there is not enough hydration.

The Gold shimmers are not chunky and OTT. It actually looks better as it gives more depth to the color making it more chic. The shimmers are slightly gritty and I can feel it on application. The color fades evenly but leaves the shimmer bits behind. I actually don't like that, because the shimmers tend to migrate.

The lasting power is decent. It lasted around 5 hours or so. Then I had to re-touch.

The lipstick has a perfume scent, that is not over powering. For the sake of review, I did lick my lips to check if it had any taste. I think it did had a mild taste, but not something that was over powering or gross. It didn't bother me.

Notice the Gold Sparkles

Swatch of Chanel Rouge Coco - Caractere

I love this color so much. The packaging is adorable. It is simple black tube. Very Classic. Very Chic.

Beautiful Complex Color

I am not so very impressed with the quality. This is my first Chanel Lipstick, so probably I was expecting something very amazing. I really had very high hopes.

I know there are many many ardent fans of Chanel Lipsticks, but at a price tag of $32, I guess Chanel could do better.

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