June 27, 2016

boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel (review)

An antioxidant-packed cleansing oil-gel formulated to remove impurities and makeup while protecting the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving skin smoother and baby-soft. 

This cleansing oil hydrates and replenishes, leaving skin silky smooth. A signature, lightweight botanical blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil hydrates, smooths, and protects for the appearance of firm, youthful skin.  

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 
Product is preservative, artificial fragrance, color, gluten and ethanol alcohol-free. 

I have had this product for quite sometime now. In fact as I type this, the bottle is ready to go to empties bin. I love the boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. This cleansing gel, not so much.

Color: It is clear with a slight pink hue to it, which is more visible in the bottle.

Texture and Consistency: Thick, not too dense nor too sticky gel.

Scent: It has rose scent or something that smells like rose. Not very intense and it does not lingers on for ever.

Application: I just use a single pump (approximately dime size product) and apply it all over my wet face. It does not lathers or foams. I massage the product for about 45 seconds and then rinse it off with plain water.

Feel and Effect on Skin: The skin feels clean and not dry at all. There is no residue left, but it feels like the skin gets a layer of moisturizer or oil. The gel is very gentle and it does not rips the skin of its natural oils. The cleansing oil gel did not remove my makeup completely. In fact a lot of it was still left. There is no tingling, minty or cooling sensation of any kind with one.

Packaging: The product comes in a plastic bottle with pump dispenser. The dispenser has a longer spout and it is very well made. There is also a small stopper, that prevents the accidental dispensing of the product, making it a good travel buddy.

Verdict: As a cleanser, it is very gentle and I find it very good for my dry skin. It does not performs great as a makeup remover or as make up removing gel. I prefer to use it as my second cleanse, once I have removed my make up completely. It has no AHA or any enzymes, so I don't have to be too careful applying sunscreen after every wash. This is a good, everyday gentle cleanser, but not a great one. Nothing too phenomenal or unique.

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June 20, 2016

Ouai Hair Oil (review)

A multitasking oil for sleek, frizz-free hair. 

This versatile, luxurious Hair Oil smooths frizz and seals split ends for a high-gloss, silky finish

Formulated without:
- Parabens
- Phthalates

I have been an ardent fan of Alterna hair care brand. The OUAI hair care is new one for me. I was under impression that this is a dry oil in a spray bottle, like the Alterna Bamboo Dry Oil. I have no idea why I thought so. When I saw it, I realized it was  more on the lines of Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil , Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil and Agave Oil Treatment.

Color: Clear, but looks pale yellow in bottle.

Texture and Consistency: Thin, not too slippery or sticky. Not too greasy. It is a light weight fluid.

Scent: Floral and very strong but pleasant to my nose. It smells like Jasmine flower. The scent lingers on for good amount of time. If you are allergic to scents, this one is not for you. 

Application: I take a little more than pea size amount of this oil in my palms, rub it well and apply is on my dry hair. I avoid using it on the scalp. I also use it generously an hour before washing my hair. Just apply it nicely to coat the hair shaft, but avoiding the scalp. It acts like a hair mask. A treatment mask. 

Feel and Effect on Hair: This feels very light on the hair. It is not pure 100% oil. It does has that slippery, silicone texture, but is not super greasy. The product does not weighs my hair down. It makes them appear less frizzy, smooth and shiny. Also, it helps the hair retain its moisture and locks in the natural oils, when I use it before hair wash as hair oil or hair mask. It conditions the hair beautifully. 

Packaging: This comes in a clear plastic bottle and has a pump dispenser. The pump does not dispenses too much product and can be controlled easily. The packaging is very basic. 

Verdict: I love this Ouai Hair Oil. It worked for my fine hair. It is neither too slippery nor too greasy. The scent though strong, does not bothers me. I find it pleasant. It helps tame the frizz and smooths the hair. I like to use flat iron after applying this and the combination of the two gives soft, smooth, silky manageable hair. I think I have used all the good adjectives that I could for this product. 

Big thumbs up!!

A few oils that I have tried in the past
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June 2, 2016

Beauty Buys/Beauty Haul - Buxom, Bobbi Brown

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

Very recently there was Sephora VIB sale and I did pick some goodies, but I had to pick some essentials for my trip to Yellowstone and I hauled again (yeah, every trip we need 'new' essentials!!)

Buxom Full-On™ Lip Stick: Not that I need any more lipsticks and definitely it does not counts as essential, but this one lasts pretty long time on me, doubles up as lip liner and I love the way it feels on my lips. I picked the colors in Brooklyn and Dolly.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks: I wanted a cream lip and cheek product. Just a new one. This time around I went with Bobbi Brown. I chose the shade Powder Pink. It is a lovely color and I am sure to get good use out of it. Would work great as a base below my blush and it is easy for touch up. No brush needed. Just fingers.

Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in Shade no 13 Sand Beige.
The major buzz this month was the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Collaboration and the awesome face palette she came out with. The highlighters in that palette are beautiful, but a little too metallic for my liking. So I chose the Clé de Peau Beauté one. I had purchased a refill pan of this a couple of months back and then my friend happened to love it so much, that I gave it to her. I opted for refill pan again, because the one with fancy case is $40 more!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23: This brush is for applying Highlighter and I don't have anything in this size and shape. I have used it and it is amazing!

Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care: For summer ready, soft beautiful feet. This cream is really nice. It is non slippery, non greasy and smells wonderful. Also, it comes with a foot file, tucked neatly in a draw string pouch. 

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus Blotting Paper: Quite a mouthful! These are just fancier version of oil blotting sheets, nested in a cute thin, mirrored box. It comes with a tiny sponge. I have yet to use it. 

Then there were few freebies. Fragrance samples are always my favorite. Also, I picked a sample of the Korres Krocus Ageless Saffron Serum and the Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro.

I have used many of these products and will review these very soon. Almost everything I have tried is really good.


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