February 29, 2016

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask - Review



A powerful, highly effective exfoliating treatment to address a dull, aging, and congested complexion.

This powerful yet gently exfoliating treatment works in three ways: exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme, peels with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and polishes with aluminum oxide. It reveals smoother, younger-looking, radiant, and revitalized skin

This is one of those products that show results instantly. I have been using this mask for more than a year and it has never failed to deliver.

This is an exfoliating mask, that peels the dead skin with the help of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy acid) and Enzymes. So it is better to use this during evenings, as exfoliation with acids and enzymes can make skin more sensitive to sun and in turn leading to pigmentation.

Color: Pumpkin Orange when it was very new, but after a month of use it turned Brown. It is still effective. 

Texture and Consistency: Gritty, grainy slightly sticky gel 

Scent: It smells of Pumpkin, like the filling of a pumpkin pie.

Application: I use it on bare, slightly moist skin. I take a nickel size dollop of this product and spread it all over my face. With slightly wet fingers, I massage the product gently in circular motion. I let it sit for few minutes (the recommended time is 3-7 minutes). I re-massage it again with wet fingers and then wash it off with water. I use it thrice a week. 

Feel and Effect on Skin: On application and massage, the skin feels warm and there is tingling sensation. It is not the minty cool tingle, it is the warm slightly uncomfortable tingle. For the first few times, it was very uncomfortable and I could not manage to keep it for more than 5 minutes. Later uses made me more used to it and now I can comfortably handle the product for 10 minutes. I would not want to keep it longer than that. Also, the massaging has to be very gentle, because the grainy part is very sharp and abrasive. Wet fingers provide slip to the whole process.

The results after washing off the mask is amazing. The skin feels clean, bright, smooth and clear. The pores appear smaller and I have noticed my hyper pigmentation under control after using is thrice a week for a moth. The skin appears very bright and glowing and radiant. 

Longevity: Luckily the effects of the mask are not just for few minutes or hours. It has improved the texture and tone of my skin to a great extent. 

Packaging: This is a plain old, plastic tub packaging. I would have preferred a tube any day. 

Verdict: This is a wonderful product. It can address any issue from dull, congested, uneven skin tone and texture to enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation. The Pumpkin Enzyme and AHA slough away the dead skin cells, making the skin appear radiant, glowing, bright and smooth. 

Another fantastic product from Peter Thomas Roth. I just love the Peter Thomas Roth Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask (review) and the Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask is another gem from the same brand. Peter Thomas Roth Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer (review) and Vitamin C Brightening Serum (review) are two other products that I have tried from the brand and they are nice too, but not my very absolute favorites.


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February 25, 2016

HOURGLASS Ambient® Lighting Edit Palette


This wardrobe of powders, blushes and bronzer is designed to give you a flawless, finished complexion with multidimensional color, with everything you need to finish, brighten, highlight and contour. All products in the palette are universally flattering and deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making you appear softer and lit from within. The curated collection features the new Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light, a sheer, illuminating powder. It also features Ambient Lighting Blush and Ambient Lighting Bronzer, both of which feature optically transparent particles and allow for seamless blending, color transitions and natural contouring.

Set includes:

- Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light
- Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
- Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
- Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
- Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
- Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light


This palette was a Limited edition Holiday offering from Hourglass, but as it is still available, I thought I would share swatches. Also, every color in this is permanent. The palette was not well appreciated in the beauty community because the product quantity was very less and the price was hefty. I too felt the same and did not buy it initially. Later during a mini vacation in Florida I picked this palette and I must admit this palette is the best TRAVEL palette I have purchased. All the colors in this are very flattering and the palette is very compact with a decent size mirror.

True to the nature of Ambient Powders, these are no different. Finely milled, pigmented and beautiful, the quality of the product in travel palette is exactly same as the ones in full size compact.

As the pan size is tiny, I use a small, soft brush to pick and apply the product. I love the Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt Brush, Sephora Pro-Air Brush #55, MAC 165 highlighting brush for blush, bronzer and highlight application. I have a small face, so these brushes work very well for me. For setting my under eye concealer, I use a real technique Setting Brush. I do admit, it gets difficult using a big fluffy brush for apply the all over powder, but for the ease of travel and the options I get for blush and under eye setting powder I am ready to live with the flaws. 

Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light: These have been released in full size now. The Strobe Lighting powder in this palette is different. The one in the palette has less shimmers and looks more polished on the skin.

Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light: I love this all over my face as a finishing powder. It just gives that soft glow and luminosity on skin. I have this in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. The size of that palette is perfect and I wish this Edit palette had pans of that size.

Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light: I use this to set my under eye concealer. It has the right amount of yellow in it and the powder is so finely milled and soft. It does not settles in the fine lines and provides the needed brightness. The Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder has been my all time favorite setting powder, but that can get messy to travel with.

Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure: This blush is a neutral soft plum blush. Like all Ambient lighting Blushes, this too is finely milled, pigmented and blends beautifully. It works with every look and suits variety of skin tone.

Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush: This is my very favorite blush. It absolutely melts in the skin giving a healthy glow. I have it in full size. (review here)

Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light: I am not a bronzer crazy person, but this product made me start loving bronzers. It did not makes my skin look dirty or muddy. It really made me look like Golden Goddess! Well, not exactly Goddess, but it made me look good. I have this in full size as well. (review here)






I like the palette. I regret not buying it during the Sephora Friends and Family Sale. That would had saved me some money. In any case, it is an excellent pick.

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February 22, 2016

CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (review)


A transformational, lightweight makeup remover that goes from balm to oil to milk to melt away every trace of makeup—a makeup artists' best friend.

This makeup remover effortlessly dissolves even the most tenacious makeup and sunscreen. Its non-greasy, non-drying, lightweight formula nourishes skin, cleanses thoroughly, and rinses off completely, so all that’s left is a fresh, dewy glow.

Ophthalmologist tested and ideal for all skin types. It effectively helps lift pollution to purify and refresh skin.

Color: White or rather colorless. It just looks white in pot.

Texture and Consistency: Thick, dense, Vaseline like solid.

Scent: Odorless

Application: I get a little more than dime size product, rub it between my fingers and gently massage it on my face. It turns from its balmy consistency to oil and dissolves all the makeup. After that I use water to cleanse it further and the oil turns into this milky thing. Later I rinse it off with water completely. This is usually my first cleanse.

Feel and Effect on the Skin: I like the way it feels on my skin. Especially the whole massaging thing. It is not heavy on skin and just floats beautifully. It is solid when applied but later the transformation to oil is amazing. It removes every single trace of my makeup without any tugging or pulling. There is no greasy residue, but I do follow with a second cleanse using a gel cleanser.



Verdict: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is a very good cleanser. It is not the most unique one in the market. It has all the good qualities. It is odorless for anyone who is sensitive to scent. I don't mind a good scented cleanser personally. The product didn't break me out, it did not clog my pores, was not heavy on skin nor did leave any residue. It also removed the stubborn mascara and the price is good.

Well, it is not super drugstore cheap, but very good in comparison to others I have tried. It is there in the mid price range and the performance is excellent. The ingredients are not bad either. A big thumbs up from me.

Bunch of cleansing balms and Oils that I have tried.


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February 19, 2016

tarte Swirl Power Contour & Bronzer Brush - review


A blush and contour brush designed with a flat bamboo handle and soft, synthetic bristles.

This innovative, pro-quality brush features a flat and versatile, kabuki-inspired design to easily sweep on allover cheek color. The easy-grip handle can be tilted down at an angle to sculpt and slim the contours of the face. Use it to sweep on your go-to blush shades, holding it as you would using a standard blush brush, and tilt the handle down at an angle for a thinner, more precise surface. It’s perfect for applying your favorite bronzing or contouring shades so you can define and flaunt your best facial features.

This is the most unusual shaped face brush in my collection. I was very excited to see a brush that would make my contouring game a bit more easy.

I am not much into this  everyday full face contouring thing to begin with. I just find that it looks very unnatural on me in real life. Occasionally, I do use this technique around my jaw line to make my round face look little slimmer, but that whole 'crazy clown contouring' thing is a big no-no. 

I do enjoy bronzing in summers. I love the way it imparts a warm golden glow to my already warm toned skin.

'Blending' is the key to get the most flawless, natural looking face after makeup application. Be it eye shadows, blush, bronzer, foundation etc, none of these will look good if not blended properly. 
This tarte Swirl Power Contour & Bronzer Brush is amazing when it comes to the task of blending.

Brush Head: This brush is rectangular and flat. Well, not exactly rectangular, but it is not rounded like most of the Bronzer brushes. When it comes to the shape, it is very reminiscent of the NARS Ita Brush or the freebie brush that comes with the Benefit Hoola bronzer, but little tapered at the top and way more dense and fluffier. It is a cross breed between Ita brush and a Kabuki brush. I would call it 'Itabuki', just for fun. The brush head is broad and measure approximately 50 mm wide. 

Brush Handle: The handle is wooden and made of Bamboo. It is sturdy and well made. It has a unique shape and is easy to hold. The grip is good, but contouring with this kind of handle would need some practice. I found it very difficult when I started. The brush doesn't stand upright on its own, but then it does not rolls either. 

Bristles: The bristles are synthetic and cruelty free. They are super soft and not scratchy. The density of the brush is decent. It is not too thick and compact. It does not picks too much color which is good and the color deposition is not like a harsh line. It is very diffused to begin with and in turn makes the whole blending ritual easy and breezy. The bristles splay enough to blend nicely. 

Cleaning is easy and the brush dries quickly. It holds its shape and there is no shedding.


My thoughts: This is a good brush, but unfortunately it did not work for me. The head of the brush is too big for my very small face. Also, I could not work comfortably with the handle. I liked the softness and the way it deposited the product, but the size was way to big for my liking.

This did work wonderfully for my friend and she just loves everything about this brush. It blends beautifully! I too think I could have managed to work with it had it been a bit smaller in size. Love the concept and the shape. 
Some other contouring and bronzing brushes that I have tried


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February 15, 2016

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Radiant Primer (Peach)


A makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin's texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear. Perfect for balancing skin, it is lightweight, creamy and leaves a more even toned appearance. This primer for all skintones leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths the look of the skin. 

Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer is available in 10 formulas to target every texture and tone concern: 

Texture: 
Mattifying Primer reduces shine for oily skin. 
Smoothing Primer evens the skin's texture. 
Hydrating Primer preps normal skin and restores balance. 
Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts. 
Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes. 

Tone: 
Radiant Primer comes in 5 shades. Blue, Pink, Yellow, Peach and Caramel. It adds radiance to every skintone, ranging from Light to Dark and every tone in between.

I picked the color Radiant Peach for my medium to tan skin. Even the Yellow Primer looked like it would work when I tried at store, but as I always use Peach toned corrector for my under eye dark circles, I though the Peach primer would work much better. 


Color: Peach

Texture and Consistency: Smooth, soft, non sticky, non slippery, not very thick, light weight, not too runny creamy lotion.

Scent: Nothing noticeable 

Application: I use few dots all over my face and smooth it out using fingers. I try not to rub the product too much or it ends up pilling and balling. 

Feel and Effect on Skin: The consistency is not too thick, so the product spreads easily and disappears almost instantly. This does not feels sticky or slippery at all. The product if left for too long without smoothing, ends up drying on face. This is the part where I was hoping to see the color correcting magic, revealing a more radiant, even toned skin. Nothing of that sort happened. The product just blended and disappeared. It did not leave any white or ashy cast. There was no magic. 

Packaging: Soft squeeze tube, with a matte finish. The color of the tube corresponds to the color of the product inside. So mine was peach colored tube. 





Verdict: The whole 'color correcting' part was absent. I did not notice any difference in my skin tone nor did I notice any radiance. I was not expecting any sort of 'glowing radiance' like Becca Backlight priming Filter would give, but I definitely was expecting a more even toned face. As 'just primer' it was OK. On well moisturized face, with this primer on, my foundation went on smooth and it lasted for decent 6 plus hours. It did not break down my makeup and there was no patchiness by the end of the day. The makeup wore off evenly. 

I also noticed that if my face was not moisturized enough like I usually do an hour before using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream or similar product, this primer on its own did not perform good. The foundation clinged to dry patches. There was no extra hydration, 'pore filling' or 'line filling' with this one (I was not expecting it to have any of these properties). The product did not break me out. 

If I am paying such good amount of money for a primer, I expect it to deliver results and notice some difference on my face. There was no radiance or color correction of any sort. I may sound like I am too picky with my products, but with the number of products I try and test and the amount of money I pay for them, they better be good, really good! This one failed to impress me.

A few other primers that I have tried. Some I like, some are just OK.


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February 13, 2016

New In Beauty - Beauty Cravings


A bunch of exciting new product! I love it when the new skincare products come in market. Not huge on Foundation though. I just don't go through them very quickly and once old, they oxidize real bad.

Origins Maskimizer™ Skin-Optimizing Mask Primer: Ever heard of a Mask Primer? A product to be used to prepare skin before applying face mask. It sounds so 'gimmicky' but so unique!! 

Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil: My love for facial Oils!! The ingredient list has so many types of 'honey'. It sounds so interesting that I almost ignored the price tag on it. 

CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream: An eye cream that brightens and hydrates. I love the fact that Clinique offers quality products for a decent and affordable price. Not to mention the bright colored packaging.

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator: I don't know much about this brand except the fact that it has a foundation that is very popular in the Beauty world and the pronunciation of the brand varies from person to person. The foundation illuminator sounds like something I would love to try. Reminds me of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors. 

ALTERNA Haircare is one brand that has been good to me and my hair. Especially their Caviar Range. They have come out with new CAVIAR Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist and I cannot wait to try. 





Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil: I am pretty positive that this is a new product. It is an oil and it has the world 'Miracle'. SOLD!! Whatever little I have tried from this brand I have liked. 

Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil: I always knew Fresh guys would come up with a cleansing Oil. It was about time. Love their Seaberry Moisturizing face Oil. I am sure this won't disappoint.

Laura Mercier and NARS came with new foundation and skin tint. These are not very new and reviews have been floating around. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is Oil Free and gives a Matte Finish while the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation gives a glowy, dewy finish. 

Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist: Another facial mist! This brand never disappoints! and the packaging is so cute!

Anything you are most interested in trying??

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February 10, 2016

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (review)



A makeup primer spray that hydrates and revitalizes skin.

This all-in-one Photo Finish Primer Water gives the benefits of priming, hydration, and sheer radiance. t is packed with revitalizing electrolytes that work to reawaken skin and restore moisture. This enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration, leaving skin looking refreshed and ultrasoft while it locks in makeup. It is the lightest, purest, and most refreshing form imaginable. From the silky-smooth texture of the original, to the super-fine mist of this new water, this primer is perfect for all skin types.

Free of silicone, alcohol, and oil

When this came in the market last year, I thought it would be just like any other makeup setting spray, that has been cleverly marketed as Primer water or Glorified water. Also it reminded me a lot of the MAC 'Mineralize' Charged Water, which is not a primer, but still can be used anytime before or after makeup. The only thing that made me actually want to try this was the fact that it was an offering from the brand that pretty much is known for their primers since ages. My first good primer was from Smashbox. 


Color: Colorless

Texture and Consistency: Light weight, non sticky water like consistency. 

Scent: It has a smell. Not bad. Not floral. Not like perfume. Ok, bad description! but I am not able to pin point on the scent. It is not overwhelming and is not detected on application.

Application: This is a multi tasking product. It can be used as a primer, setting spray and a refreshing spray as well. I have tried using this product in multiple ways. I have used it before makeup to prime the face and prepare it for makeup application, as a setting spray after makeup and also as a refreshing spray. In all these cases I kept the bottle 8 to 10 inches from the face and sprayed on, so as to distribute the mist evenly. I have used this to dampen my brush or Beauty Blender before applying concealer or foundation. Also on top of my highlighter to make it more wet looking and more glowy.


Feel and Effect on Skin: The water was absorbed almost instantly and there was no sticky or tacky feel after that. It did leave a film which was pretty sheer, almost invisible. I could not see it, but I could feel it, little difficult to explain. I personally have dry skin, so this product when used before makeup as a primer was very hydrating and comfortable. The skin felt moisturized, soft and my makeup went on easily without any patchiness. As a setting spray, it was good to get rid of extra powdery cakey'ness'. I did not enjoy this as a refreshing spray. There are other sprays that are more refreshing and fun to use. The best way I enjoyed this was dampening beauty blended or brush for concealer application. It went on super beautifully and the end result was absolutely flawless.

Longevity: My makeup went on smoothly, but I did not notice any extra longevity with this. It did hold my makeup well. It was pretty much similar to what I get from other primers. So nothing extra in comparison, but the makeup lasted long enough. 


Packaging: A huge thumbs up for the packaging. The bottle is plastic and the nozzle is excellent. The mist is super fine and it is dispensed evenly by the nozzle. Easy and convinient to travel with.

Verdict: This is a good product and my dry skin accepted it family. It is hydrating, comfortable, light weight and makes the makeup application go easy without any patchiness. It did not break down my makeup and the makeup lasted pretty well for a good duration. This is more on the lines of Hydrating primer than line filling, smoothing or pore filling primer. If you are looking for any of these qualities, something with silicones will only do the job. As a refreshing spray, I would choose other options. Products that are more cooling and calming with mints, essential oils and rose in them like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Mario Badescue Facial Spray or the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist and MAC "Prep + Prime' Fix + Finishing mist. As a final make up setting spray I still prefer the Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting spray or the Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Spray

Next on my radar is to try the Make Up Forever Mist and Fix Setting Spray and the Josie Maran Nirvana Hydrating Mist. Now these are not primers. One is a setting spray while the Josie Maran can be used in multiple ways. 

Nice product and worth giving a try.


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February 6, 2016

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (review)


A refreshing essence that moisturizes the skin and supports skin cell renewal.

Facial Treatment Essence is enriched with more than 90 percent Pitera—the main ingredient used to enhance the skin's renewal process—plus nourishing vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids to promote a healthy skin cell renewal cycle. With daily application, this essence moisturizes, improves texture and clarity, and contributes to a more beautiful, balanced, and glowing complexion.

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- GMOs

I have no idea what I did wrong in using this product. It failed to even show 1% result or difference on my face. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is a product that I have been hearing and reading rave reviews since the day I started blogging which is probably million years ago. Insanely expensive for a toner, I could never bring myself to shell out so much money for 'miracle water' and I am glad I didn't.

Recently, this essence was a part of a Sephora favorites set 'Soko to Tokyo' and it was my golden chance to try this as expensive as gold miracle water.

Color: Colorless

Texture and Consistency: Thin, not sticky nor goopy. Just like water.

Scent: It has a slightly weird scent. Not an unpleasant one. The scent does fades after application. 

Application: I applied it on clean face twice a day as instructed. I took needed amount of product in the palms of my hand and pressed it all over my face till absorbed. 

Feel and Effect on Skin: This is a very thin liquid, just like water so it is a little tricky to apply it without spilling or wasting. Due to its consistency, it hardly takes anytime to get absorbed. The skin feels moist/wet, slightly tacky too for a minute or so and then the product is absorbed completely. There is no stretchy feeling or tingling or any kind of irritation what so ever. It is very gentle on the skin. This did not dry my skin or break me out.

Packaging: Mine came in a trial size plastic bottle. I purchased two sets of Sephora favorites and so I had good 60 ml of product to try on myself and review. The trial size bottle has no pump. I don't know if the full size bottle comes with a pump or not.

Verdict: I don't know if the product inside this bottle is actually the essence or just plain tap water. I purchased mine from a Sephora Store, so I assume it is the real deal. As a blogger, I try many skincare products and I understand that not every product works equally for everyone, which is acceptable. Also, I was not expecting instant result with this like the Pixi Glow Tonic, because this is not an exfoliating toner. I badly wanted to experience the amazing softness and freshness everyone talks about with regards to this product. The hype I guess. This was a little extra disappointing because a product that many people swear by all the time did ABSOLUTELY nothing for me. Even if it had showed mediocre results, it would had been like "meh, didn't work" kind of situation, but this one was just a total failure.

Currently I am testing the May Coop Raw Sauce. Another one that I like is the Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener Enriched Pixi Glow Tonic is my all time favorite. (review here)


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February 3, 2016

The Monthly Review - Beauty/Skincare Hits & Misses (January)


The Monthly Review series will feature a mix of products ranging from Skincare, Beauty, Bath and Body, Hair, Nails etc. that I find interesting, magical, unique or just fun to use in that particular month. These products may be recent release or an old discovery. Also, in the series I will mention few products that failed to impress me or just did not work at all.

January is probably the most dullest of all the months. The Holidays are over. It is painfully cold in Chicago. There are no parties to attend. Cash is all time low, thanks to the crazy shopping during the holidays and my weighing scale just manages to show extra pounds on it. The only good thing I would add is I have tons of new products to try from the holiday gifts and shopping.


The Beauty Bits:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette is a limited edition palette and it contains two Ambient Lighting Blushes in Mood Exposure and Luminous Flush, one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze, one Ambient Strobe powder in Iridescent Strobe Light and two Ambient Powders in Dim Light and Diffused Light. I pretty much love every single color in this, but the Blush in Mood Exposure is lovely and so natural! It works wonderfully on my skin tone and I love the fact that this makes a great travel palette and it has a big mirror.

Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt brush is a perfect, small, slightly pointy brush for contouring and highlighting. It works very well for my small face and fits perfectly in the tiny pans of the Hourglass Ambient Edit palette. I use it for blush and highlighting. I don't contour often.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (quite a mouthful) is as excellent as everyone and their mother claims. It is light weight, easy to blend, covers beautifully and stay put. The only issue is getting the perfect color match.

Becca knows their highlighting and Illuminating department very well. The brand carries some of the most amazing Shimmering products. Becca Backlight Priming Filter is a face primer and it worked for me. The makeup goes on flawlessly and stays put. It is one such product that can mess up the look if not used in the right quantity. Don't over apply is the word of caution. A full review to come soon.


The Skincare Bits:

Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is a wonderful Cleansing oil for removing makeup and I like how it smells. This is not a comparison post. The oil on its own performs great and does its job well. It is  an expensive one and whether I buy this again or not is something I have yet to decide. I know I have cheaper options that perform pretty well too. Right now, I am enjoying using this one.

Caudalie bought new face masks in the market last year and obviously, I waited for a gift set to pop at the store. Gave two masks from the set a try and I am loving it. The Caudalie Instant Detox Mask is good and it pulls out the impurities really well. As expected from a detox mask, it is drying but not very harsh for dry skin. The other mask that I tried from the set was the Caudalie Moisturizing Mask. It performed well too. Now, I don't want to get into comparing masks here in this post.  I will do a comparison post in near future and then share my views on which one I like the most and so on.

Nude Skincare ProGenius Treatment Oil. This is a very genius oil. No literally, it is Genius! The contents of it is hydrating, nourishing and just perfect for using everyday or night. If you have dry skin, this particular one will give over night results with the most softest, smoothest and plump skin. I am short of adjectives as of now, but an in-depth review might contain better explanation.

Amore Pacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme. This is such an expensive eye cream that I know I cannot afford to buy it on my own. But, the best part of shopping at Neiman Marcus or Barney's when they have their beauty week or promotional events, is the generous samples of high end products that they include in their goody bags or whatever they are called. This particular eye cream (I have two sample of it) is a wonderful, light weight, hydrating product that I have ever used under my eyes. It is such a delight to use. I will review it soon and the review will be a glowing one, but I won't purchase it again because it is insanely EXPENSIVE!!

Abreva Cold Sore Cream. Chicago weather. Harsh winds. Brutally cold. Sore lips. Nothing works. Abreva is the savior. Period!

These were a bunch of stand out products in the month of January 2016.

Now on to the Misses!

 

There were two products that didn't show their magic for me. 

Tarte Swirl Power Contour & Bronzer Brush: This Tarte brush as the name suggests is specifically designed for Contouring and Bronzing. The bristles are soft, synthetic and the shape is just perfect. I found it was way to big for my small face and even though the shape of the handle and brush made it easy to place the product, I found the handle uncomfortable to hold and in turn difficult to blend. It did not work for me. 

Fresh Soy Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover: I reviewed this one recently here. It did its job well to the perfection but it burned my eyes like hell! 'Fire in the eyes' level of burn. I am glad it was just a sample.


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