L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Vernis Nail Polish ( For Cannes 2013 ) Shade numbers 822, 821

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Friday, 9th August 2013

What L’Oreal claims :

The Ultimate Glamour : Luxuriously intense rich color for the nails with a long lasting diamond shine.

Limited edition colors brings you the dazzling glamour of Festival De Cannes.

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L-R ( 822 Bronze Parure, 821 Copper Cuff )

My Thoughts :

These nail polishes are a limited edition collection by L’Oreal for the Cannes Festival.

The packaging is sleek and classy and is reminiscent of YSL. As with most L’Oreal products.

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These are beautiful glitter nail polishes that give complete opaqueness in 2 coats. That is great for a glitter nail polish.

822 ( Bronze Parure ) has purpley grey silver glitter with gold flecks on a clear base.

821 ( Copper Cuff ) has copper colored glitter with gold flecks on a clear base.

Both of them are densely packed with glitter.

There are 6 shades available in this range including a gold glitter in black base that I am eyeing.

They also dry pretty quickly which is always a bonus.

Another thing that I love about this is the applicator. It is almost flat spatula-like and coats the nails perfectly.

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Here is how it looks on the nails after two coats.

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Without Flash

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The GOOD :

1. Densely packed with glitter.

2. Dries quickly.

3. Great applicator.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. I really hope they make it into the permanent collection.

2. Some shops may not carry all the shades.

Will I recommend and repurchase?

This will last me for quite some time so I don’t have to repurchase them but I do recommend picking the up when you see them because they are limited edition.

Buy them for Rs. 235 each for 5 ml at any store that carries L’Oreal. Or online here:

http://www.nykaa.com/brands/loreal-paris/loreal-paris-color-riche-nail-noir-5921.html

Sleek Blush By 3 in “Lace” Review, Photos!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Friday 9th August 2013

What Sleek claims :

The ultimate blush palette with 3 complementary shades in one mirrored compact.

  • Layer the varying finishes for greater intensity, or apply alone for a burst of full-on pigmentation.
  • The versatile shimmer shades can be used to highlight areas of the face that naturally catch the light for a luminous finish.
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Please excuse the dirty packaging, I have used this blush palette like no other!

Ingredients :

Mica, Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisosterate, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Polyethylene and Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), D&C Red No. 7 (CI 15850:1), D&C Red No. 30 (73360), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742). Suitable for vegetarians. Suitable for vegans.

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Crochet, Guipure, Chantily

My Thoughts :

I really like the packaging. It comes with a giant mirror and looks classy.

The only problem is that the packaging is matte black so it tends to get dirty easily. Like NARS packaging.

This is one of the best blushes I own. It comes with 3 shades that are so convenient. They look absolutely gorgeous on the skin!

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L-R Chantily, Guipure, Crochet

The left and right one are matte and the center one is a rose gold shade.

The matte blushes look absolutely natural on the skin and the shimmery one catches the light in a wonderful way.

Chantily is a bright matte orange shade.

Guipure is a shimmery rose gold shade.

Crochet is a matte coral shade.

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All of them are amazing. They blend beautifully. This product doesn’t have any offensive smell.

Staying power is also pretty good. The matte shades stay on me for a good 5-6 hours and the shimmery one stays for longer. 

All of them are highly pigmented. However, the middle shade is slightly less pigmented than the other two. I like to use it as a highlighter sometimes or just over the other two very carefully. It provides an amazing glow to the skin without looking OTT

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The GOOD :

1. Extremely pigmented.

2. Awesome staying power.

3. Will last a long time as you don’t require too much.

4. Travel friendly ( comes with a gigantic mirror ).

5. Matte and shimmer in one single palette.

6. Decently priced.

The COULD BE BETTER :

I think the only issue with this is availability.

Will I recommend and repurchase?

Yes! I LOVE this palette! I don’t think I will need to repurchase it anytime soon but I will recommend it to everyone. I want to try other blushes from sleek makeup.

Buy it for $12.49 for 20 gm ( Rs. 758 Aprroximately + Shipping ) here :

http://www.sleekmakeup.com/face/blusher/blush-by-3

 

 

 

Soap & Glory Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss ( Half Naked ) Review, Photos!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Friday, 9th August 2013

What Soap & Glory Claims :

Fasten your seatbelts! It’s Super-Colour™ Sexy Mother Pucker™ with SUPERFILL™ Lip Plumping Spheres and LIPSWELL™ Volume Boost Technology.

Britain’s hottest selling lip plumping gloss, Soap & Glory’s bestselling Original Formula SEXY MOTHER PUCKER includes ingenious PLUMPING MICROSPHERES that explode in volume up to 10x when they come in contact with water (they’re like tiny, dehydrated little sponges that expand when they get wet) and an exclusive microcirculation-stimulating extract to visibly enhance lip volume. Amazing. Addictive.

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Ingredients :

Polybutene, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Glycerin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Parfum, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Stevioside, Propylene Glycol, Aqua (Water), BHT, Limonene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Carbonate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

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My Thoughts :

I absolutely love the packaging of this product, Soap & Glory is always a step ahead in terms of packaging. All the products look so attractive!

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Coming to the actual product. It smells delicious! Like Nutella. Hazelnutty-Chocolaty.

But this is the stickiest gloss I have ever used. Sticky to the point that your lips will feel stuck together and your hair will stick to it too.

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The company claims 10x more volume which is false according to me. I have thin(ish) lips and I am always looking for good lip plumpers but this one unfortunately disappointed me!

The gloss however is intensely pigmented. I think this is the only shade that is the most pigmented in this range of glosses from Soap & Glory. It looks absolutely beautiful on the lips. The color is so beautiful that sometimes I use it to nude out some of my other bright colors! Even though it is so sticky.

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It leaves a slight tingly feeling on the lips. Nothing too harsh or unbearable. It feels like very tiny pins and needles poking at your lips.

I expected a lot from this product due to the high claims! But it did not live up to my expectations!

You can see the difference for yourself.

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The GOOD :

1. Very intensely pigmented

2. Smells amazing

3. Beautiful packaging.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. Super sticky

2. Does not do near to what it claims. Barely plumped my lips to 2x.

Will I recommend and repurchase?

No. However I do want to try their gloss sticks! 🙂

Price – Rs. 1100 at Sephora, New Delhi.

Glam’s Secrets Stardust Sparkling Lip Gloss 802 Review, Photos!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Thursday, 8th August 2013

What Glam’s Secrets Claims :

Get a total beauty makeover with a brand that offers the most intricate blend of ingredients to weave a top of the shelf beauty brand that promises nothing but quality effects! It is equipped with only the best colours and shades that will ensure that you stand out no matter where. Glam’s Secrets holds the secret on how to look good all the time!

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Product Information :

  • Sheer color and intense moisture
  • Enhances the colour of your lips and gives them a shiny finish
  • Simple, one stroke application
  • With an exclusive blend of moisturisers
  • Comes in a beautifully designed package

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My Thoughts :

This is an absolutely wonderful lip gloss. it comes with a regular doe foot applicator that picks up enough product to coat the entire upper and bottom lip in one application.

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It is by far the most pigmented lip gloss I have ever used. It is almost like liquid lipstick.

The shade number is 802 and its a gorgeous classic red that can be worn alone or over lipstick.

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It is not sticky and almost stains the lips. It stays for a good 4-5 hours. The shine may go away but you’ll be left with a beautiful pigment of color on your lips.

You only need one swipe of this as it so pigmented.

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This is a picture of how it looks like on the lips with only one swipe.

While wearing this you will not have to worry about touch ups however, bleeding may be an issue. So I’d advice you to conceal the edges of your lips and set it with powder to avoid this from bleeding onto your face.

The GOOD :

1. Decently priced.

2. Very richly pigmented.

3. Non sticky.

4. Stays for hours.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. In store availability might be an issue however it is available online easily.

Will I recommend and repurchase?

Yes! However, I might not need to repurchase it very soon because this will last me some time as I do not wear red lipstick everyday. I want to try other shades from this range. I will definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a red lip gloss.

Buy it for Rs. 220 for 8 gm here :

http://www.snapdeal.com/product/glam-secret-stardust-lipgloss-802/1351091?pos=13;16

or Rs. 249 from here :

http://glamssecrets.com/details.asp?poid=193&sid=505205976

Lakme Radiance Compact Review, Photos!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Thursday, 8th August 2013

What Lakme Claims :

  • Vitamin enriched foundation make up in compact powder format to give a radiant look.
  • Contains allantoin complex to soothe the skin.
  • Advanced Micromesh Technology gives a flawless matte finish.
  • Contains Vitamin E & C that moisturizes and protects your skin from pollution.

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My Thoughts :

I really like this powder. For the price it is unbeatable!

The packaging reminds me of old Lakme products ( before they came out with the 9-5 and absolute range )

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It is convenient with a mirror and a puff for handy touch ups.

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This is a compact that can be very easily found in the bags of school / college girls. This is the holy grail of many young girls. It is easy to apply and provides an instant matte finish to the skin.

I am in the shade “Natural Pearl”

Since my skin is greasier than burgers nothing can keep me matte for more than 2 hours. This does a good job of keeping me matte for that long. It is finely milled however it will cling to dry patches and it can look cakey if too much is put on.

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It can provide a beautiful natural look as it is finely milled but before touching up with this, it is essential to blot as this is a colored powder and not translucent. So packing it on over an oily face is not the best idea.

The GOOD :

1. Dirt cheap.

2. Amazing for the price.

3. Controls oil.

4. Provides a natural matte finish.

5. Has a tiny amount of coverage.

6. Very easily available

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. Talc smell that may bother some people

I don’t really have any other complaints with this powder, only that the number of shades available is 4!

Will I recommend and repurchase?

This is probably my 10th compact. I am never without this as it is cheap and works effectively! I would recommend it to everyone. Oily skin always benefits from powder and dry skin can use it sparingly to set their makeup!

Buy it Rs. 104 for 9 gm.

Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse Review, Photos!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Thursday 8th August 2013

What Lakme claims :

Feather-light finish easily blends into the skin keeping it healthy, hides pores & evens out skin tones. The new SPF 8 formula protects the skin from sun damage, leaving it peachy-soft & naturally flawless for up to 16 hours.

  • SPF 8
  • Feather light texture
  • Stays up to 16 hours

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My Thoughts :

First of all, I want to take a moment to appreciate that Lakme has revamped their website! It looks better than ever and now you can buy products straight off of the website!

Coming to this foundation. I really like the packaging. It looks classy but its not the most convenient when it comes to usage of the product.

The upper half screws open to reveal the product in the lower half. The upper half has a mirror like silver finish whereas the lower half has a matte grey finish.

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The foundation is super lightweight, it is not heavy at all. This foundation is by far the most easy to blend foundation I have used till date. It just disappears into the skin.

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I have tried using this product with every tool. Flat foundation brush, stippling brush, buffing brush, sponges and fingers and I have found the best way to apply it is using fingers. The warmth of the fingers helps blend in into the skin beautifully. Just dot the product onto your face where you need the most coverage and blend blend blend!

It also comes with a shade card telling how to apply the product

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It leaves the skin feeling peachy soft as it claims and gives a beautiful soft matte look. I have extremely oily skin and this is one of my Holy Grail products. However you have to remember that this is a mousse and you cannot layer it over and over and it will cake up.

I prefer sheer to medium coverage for everyday so this is my go to foundation as it provides very believable looking coverage. It does look really natural.

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I am in the shade 01 Ivory Fair.

It comes in 2 other shades :

02 Beige Honey

03 Golden Medium

I would say this foundation is best suited for people with oily to oily-combination skin. It you haven’t moisturized prior to putting this on it will stick to dry spots making them more prominent so be sure to apply your favorite moisturizer beforehand. However this is so silky smooth that I can see it working for normal skin and even dry skin ( over a heavy moisturizer )

It does have a very strong citrus scent that may bother some people but the scent disappears from the skin minutes after application.

On me it oxidizes a little because I just have extremely oily skin. If you have bearable oily / combination skin, that should not be a problem.

Due to SPF 8, it creates a very slight white cast in flash photography but if you apply a compact without SPF on top that will not be a problem.

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The GOOD :

1. Amazing texture

2. Blends beautifully

3. Great for combination / oily skinned beauties

4. Not too expensive

5. Controls oil to a certain extent

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. Limited shades that may not suit everyone

2. Strong scent that may bother some people

3. Can cake up if applied too much

4. The 16 hour claim is a bit much but then we rarely have to wear our makeup for 16 hours!

Will I recommend and repurchase?

Yes! This is one of my favorite foundations and it is lovely for oily combination skin types!

Buy it for Rs. 599 for 25 gms here :

http://www.lakmeindia.com/product/lakme-absolute-mattreal-skin-natural-mousse#home