23/06/2017

Maybelline Fit me Stick Foundation

Shade: 235 Pure Beige (9gms)
Price: Rs.550/-
Company Claims-  Lightweight, gel stick foundation has an exclusive anti-shine powder core that instantly dissolves excess oil. Maybelline New York Fit Me Stick is an oil-absorbing powder foundation stick that is creamy and blends into a natural matte finish for smooth and even-looking skin. Pores look minimized and skin stays shine-free for ten hours.
*Dermatologist and allergy tested *Non-comedogenic.


The central lighter circle is the anti-shine powder core, which apparently mattifies the skin.




I am a girl who dislikes wearing foundation on an everyday basis. Foundations for me, are restricted to special occasions. But certain uneven tones on my face really irks me. Hence BB/CC creams are really my savior. To be precise Ponds BB cream only.  None of the other various BB/CC creams in the market suit me.
However my skin has been rebelling in the past 3-4 months. On top of that Kolkata summers give “pathetic” a whole new definition. So the sour mixture of hormones and weather turned quite bitter for me ‘coz, suddenly even my trustee ol’ Pond’s BB cream started breaking me out :\

Amidst this, one day, while cleaning my closet, a cute small tube rolled out and it was Maybelline’s BB stick. I had received it as a gift but I had never really used it, since the Maybelline Bb cream didn’t suit me. I just gave it a try out of habit. Surprisingly, I loved the texture of it. A cream to powder finish.  Just what I needed at the moment.
It sadly was expired, so I ordered the FIT ME foundation stick asap, hoping it’d be similar if not better.

 To begin with, the colour matches my skin perfectly and is meant for combination?Oily skin type.
        It has sheer to light coverage.
    It evens out the skin without looking cakey or fake.  True to its claim, it is quite creamy and smooth on application with an almost powder light finish.
      It does not melt when I sweat (Yea some bb creams/ foundations do that and it’s embarrassing as hell) But if wiped it comes off easily.   
It does not cover any spots whatsoever.

I have extremely oily skin, so it does not completely kill the shine but manages to mattify the greasy look a decent amount. I actually like the finish, since it leaves just the right amount of glow.
In this heat, when I sweat like a pig, it does not melt on me. Yeah for that! It can be quite embarrassing with streak marks all over the face. But again since I wipe my face often, it goes off in just one swipe. Retouching is easy, thanks to the stick form and its easy blendibilty. Longetivity could be an issue for some. It stayed on me for 4-5 hours when in AC/cooler weather.

So for those like me, who do not want a full or even medium coverage for everyday wear, but just want to even out the tone, this is perfect.
This may not be suitable for the dry skin, solely for the reason that it’s a mattifying foundation. But it can be used over a well moisturized face.
 
Basically this is good in place of BB/CC creams and not as a full fledged foundation. I am definitely enjoying this stick foundation this summer. I'll even go to the extent of saying I'll probably finish it!

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Which base are you using currently??

Love, 
SS

26/05/2017

The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost

The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost Serum
The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost Serum
Price - Rs.1695/-

The company Claims-  Instant smoothing radiance. With Vitamin C rich Amazonian camu camu and Community Trade Brazil nut oil. For Dull skin.
My skin has been acting bonkers since my delivery. It's been over a year but my skin still can’t make up it’s mind. It’s a postpartum effect that happens to a lot of women. However, my skin was getting even more dull and tired looking and I had to do something about it. I happened to come across this product and The Body Shop was having a massive sale. So what better time!

It’s a very small size tube which holds 30ml of product. Quite an expensive one for the price tag. The bottle comes with a pump which is a huge plus. The product itself is yellow in colour with slight reflective particles. It has a gel like consistency. On applying, it smoothens out the skin texture just like a primer. It feels a bit silicone-y. A check at the ingredient list confirms the silicone present in it. It has a citrusy orangey fragrance, which I LOVE! On looking closely, the reflective particles can be seen doing it’s job, giving the illusion of naturally glowing skin without being fake or glittery.

This however does not stay for long. But it preps the skin for the next steps – moisturizer, makeup, etc. I was surprised to see it smoothen the texture of my skin to give it an almost flawless finish. Makeup applies beautifully on this. It also reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines...visibly.

Honestly, I did not find any major improvement regarding the dullness. But since it smoothens the texture, it does impart the appearance of a more healthy looking skin.

So to conclude, this product does not really serve the purpose for which I primarily bought it but I find myself using it quite frequently because I love how my skin looks after using this and also the smell!

However I wouldn’t rebuy this even at 50% sale like I did the first time. I’d rather just use my primer.

Suggestion - Can definitely give this a miss. 

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Love.
SS

16/05/2017

Biotique Bio Cucumber Pore Tightening Toner


Biotique Bio Cucumber Pore Tightening Toner
(Price Rs.175/- for 120ml)
 
I was using The Body Shop’s Aloe toner for over 2 years. It’s such a huge bottle and honestly I hadn’t used it religiously everyday. I still managed to finish 3/4th of the bottle but the product crossed it’s expiry date. Otherwise when I realize a product is about to expire, I try to use it in other ways. However, it completely passed me to check this toner’s expiry. I hate wasting products especially the pricey ones. Anyways I have quite liked this one for my sensitive rash prone skin. Very soft and gentle on the skin. Almost like water. Read the mini review HERE

So when I got done with this one, I immediately ordered one online (It was on 30% Off, hence online) But TBS orders take quite some time to reach, and I started noticing the effects of NOT using a toner immediately. For temporary basis, I bought this Biotique toner (The sales woman suggested me this seeing my troubled skin). Biotique products have fared well on my skin before and it wasn’t too pricey so I picked this up.

What this claims-
An Ayurvedic medicine with Therapeutic properties and not a cosmetic product.
A pore tightening toner with Himalayan Waters. For Normal to Oily skin.

Contains-
Daru haldi Root 0.1%, Dhania Fruit 2%, Maju phal 2%, Peppermint Oil 0.85%, Kheera  jal Q.S

No mention of any other chemicals or preservatives. (Now I don’t know if it’s not there or they choose not to mention them...)

Biotique Bio Cucumber Pore Tightening Toner
My Thoughts-
The first time I unscrewed the cap and poured it on my cotton pad, it distinctly smelt of Cucumber and alcohol. I was immediately doubtful about it. Well, let’s just say it’s not a sensitive or gentle toner. It did burn on my rashes and inflamed parts. It felt like a strong astringent. However that could be ‘coz of the peppermint oil present in it. It also felt like an exfoliating toner. My face was freshly washed but it still took off remnants from my skin. Somehow that was very satisfying. It stripped off my skin of any oil or dirt and left my skin fresh and supple. It certainly was quite strong than what I was used to and didn't know what to expect or how my skin would react to it.
Thankfully it did not break me out and hence I kept using this.

Read here to know how a toner changed my skincare game.

3 months since, I LOVE this toner. I never skip on this. Not one day. I have seen such a huge difference since using this. I did receive my TBS toner, but I intend to use this first. And I’m already half bottle down! Even though it’s slightly on the stronger side, it did not irritate my skin. Rather it cools it down and preps my skin for moisturizer. It has helped with my rashes and the texture of my skin. I leaves my face squeaky clean and gets it ready for some fresh moisturizer.

It is very important to immediately moisturize the skin after using this, since it is so stripping. This is great for troubled and acne prone skin. But it’s always better to do a patch test or a trial to check if it matches your skin. If your skin is trouble free and you only want to balance the Ph level of your skin, then a gentle toner should be fine.
I think this toner performs really well. And I found a gem at this price!!

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Love,
SS

13/05/2017

Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Sunscreen Gel with Spf20

Price: Rs.285/- for 100ml 

Kolkata is so hot and humid right now, that even my trusted Neutrogena ultra sheer drytouch sunblock gets uncomfortable and sticky after a while. It's still my favourite for cooler or more comfortable weather. My summer saviour is usually the Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Matte Gel sunscreen. But I gave it to mom. 
I almost repurchased the Lotus one when this super cute cyan coloured tube popped up. An Aloe Vera sunscreen gel sounded just perfect to me. 


The colour is sooo cute, my babe thinks it's his toy! I have to keep it hidden from him!


Now for a little backend info:

SPF protect our skin only from UVB rays. For UVA protection look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in the ingredients because these protect against the full spectrum of UVA rays. So make sure your sunscreen/sunblock protects you from both UVA and UVB.

Ideally, higher the SPF, your skin is protected longer and better. But contrary to common belief, it is not always advisable to use an SPF higher than 50 on a regular basis. Very simply, higher the SPF, higher protection at a cost of more chemicals.
Also fair skin is more susceptible to the harmful rays and chemicals resulting into skin damage. The darker skin suffer less skin damage (comparatively) due to higher melanin pigment.

Now, by thumb rule, if my skin starts getting damaged or tanned after staying in the sun for 20 mins, an SPF 20 will protect my skin 20 times more. Hence 400 mins i.e for 6.6 hours. And one needs to re-apply sunscreen anyway if you sweat or wipe your face. So I don't see the point of using higher SPF on a daily basis and subjecting my skin to more chemicals, when I am protected for 6 hours approx or I have to anyways re-apply my sunscreen when I'm out 'coz i'm continuously wiping my face. Do I make sense?





Coming back to this product.

1) Meant for Oily and acne prone skin.
2)This serves both my purpose of aloe vera gel and sunscreen.
3) Super light on the skin. Immediately soaks into the skin.
4) Non-sticky and matte finish once absorbed.
5) Did not break me out
6) Can be applied under makeup.
7) Does not make my skin oily.
8) Pocket friendly

  
Putting it straight, I LOVE this sunscreen. It checks all the boxes. Can't get over how cute it looks.  Will definitely repurchase  this for daily use. However in case of a holiday or somewhere out where you know the sun will hit you hard, I'd suggest a sunblock with higher Spf. Neutrogena drytouch and Lotus Herbals safe sun matte gel still topping the list for Higher SPF.   

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Have you used this? Which sunscreen are you using this summer?

Love, 
SS 









22/04/2017

Favourite Lipsticks | Summer Edition'17

Summer for me means glossy luscious lips. 
Goal- Britney's lips in the song "Oops I did it again!"
Sheer, balmy, glossy lips. I have no regrets bidding my liquid lipsticks adieu for a while. The extra drying ones I mean. I can still work with powder mattes and creamy mattes on the days I let my hair down. Glossy lips aren't cute when you have your hair stuck all over them and then you have it sliding across your cheek!

In the past 2 months, I've been leaning towards very fresh and soft colours. And I'm not bored of it anytime soon. I feel a stark color on your face kinda shade gets a lil too harsh in this hot weather. Prefer everything to be eye soothing. 
I've been shuffling between a good range from Nudes to Pinks to Oranges and also a dark shade (a very wearable one might I add).

Fave Lipsticks - Summer'17

Fave Lipsticks - Summer'17

Fave Lipsticks - Summer'17 Swatches
From Right to Left-

The Body Shop Vit E lip balm with SPF 15 - I don't know how many times I've mentioned this. My favorite lip balm ever. I'm one of those few "chosen" ones who suffers from dry and chapped lips even in summers. Sometimes it's so bad the outer rim of my upper lips burn :( Does it happen to you too?This balm actually nourishes the lips, instead of just sitting on top. Has a matte effect hence perfect under lipsticks, also does not alter the texture of the lipstick. And the SPF is a bonus ofcourse!

The swatches start from here:

Colorpop Lippie Stix in Cami - Ohh I love this shade. A perfect nude. A pink mauvy nude which suits my skintone and undertone. A comfortable matte shade.

Maybelline Color Sensational in Warm Me Up - My favourite formula. I love this range from Maybelline. I still can't get over the shade 'My Mahogany'. Anybody remember that shade? Warm Me Up is a close second since 'My mahogany' was discontinued. A pinky brown nude. Will suit every skin tone. A creamy formula.

Revlon Colouburst Lipstick in Rosy Nude - An apt name. The color is just that. A classic Nude and quite a cult Revlon product.
Do you see a pattern here? Yes I love my pinky nudes.

City Color Be Matte lipstick in Phoebe - I received this in Fab Bag. I love the texture, finish, this shade. It has a matte finish. Rich and pigmented. One swipe is all you need. This pink shade is a pleasure in this hot weather. Immediately brightens the face. A very pretty pink  color that everyone needs to have in their collection. I also have Brianda, a very similar shade to Wet n Wild Megalast lipstick in Cinnamon Spice. Fab Bag keeps having these lippies on sale on their website. Do keep a tab. These are good and worth having.

Flormar D36 - Another discovery from Fab Bag. Frankly initially\I did not like this. But I rediscovered this while cleaning my dresser. Exremely glossy and a bit sheer on one coat.Can be built up. Once the glossiness wears off, it leaves behind a stain.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in tutti Frutti - A sheer glossy balm with just the right amount of tint. I have 4 of these. But I thought of adding just this shade. But I love this range. Although I feel they're over priced.

Wet and Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice - This shade is bae!! This shade will complement very skintone! Looks exceptionally pretty on Indian skin. Doesn't look too harsh but is prominent as well. A burnt red with warm brown undertones. Those who shy off of red need to try this. Or anyone who wants to try a bold color but isn't too confident and sure about which one. Pick this one! You'll love it. 

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Love,
SS