Haul Series Part 2 – Drugstore Makeup!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Sunday, 10th November 2013

Hello Everyone!

So this is the part two of my Haul Series! I went to the mall with a few friends and somehow we ended up in a NewU store! That store is dangerous. Once you go inside, it is next to impossible to come out without purchasing something!

So guess what happened? Yes, a HAUL happened! 😛

Here is what I bought :

1. Lakme CC Cream – Rs. 250/-

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This was featured in my October Favorites! My skin has been making its own decisions lately. It has been acting oilier on some days and dry on the others! So on those almost dry days, I turn to this!

2. L’oreal Infallible Foundation – Rs. 1250/-

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I wanted a foundation with decent coverage that looked natural and would stand the test of time! This seemed perfect so I picked it up!

3. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – Rs. 475/-

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I was very confused between the Colorbar Full Coverage concealer or this one! I do not need to cover blemishes and acne spots since I make my skin behave so, I decided upon a highlighting concealer for my under eye area!

4. Faces Long Wear Eye Liner Pencil ( Metal Brown ) – Rs. 349/-

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I swear by this eye liner! Brown is less harsh than black. This must be my 4th or 5th repurchase. Enough said!

5. Nail Polishes :

Lakme 9 to 5 Long Wear Nail Color in Beige Suit – Rs. 200/- 

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This polish goes fully pigmented in one swipe. It is perfect for all the working ladies who do not have enough time to pamper themselves but still want to look put together. It is a beautiful peachy nude shade.

Maybelline Color Show Nail Color in 218 Crazy Berry – Rs. 75/-

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This is a beautiful berry shade that is perfect for the fall/winter time and will complement berry lips beautifully!

Maybelline Color Show Nail Color in 401 Constant Candy – Rs. 75/-

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During the fall/winter time, I usually gravitate towards dark nails or nude nails. This is one of those pale pink nude shades that look great with any outfit!

L’oreal Nail Polish in 409 – Rs. 225/-

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This is a deep wine, bordering on black. I love the pigmentation on these L’oreal nail polishes and the flat brush applicator is very user friendly!

6. Colorbar Emphaseyes Eye Blending Brush

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Because I wanted to try some of the Colorbar brushes…..

It is tapered on one side and flat on the other, unlike conventional blending brushes that are round and fluffy. It feels soft and easy to use. I am most likely going to use it for under eye concealing.

7. Freebie! Maybelline Manicure Kit.

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Isnt it just so exciting when the store manager decides that you’ve burnt enough of your money to deserve a free gift? 😛

It looks like a sturdy, good quality manicure set that would be just perfect to travel with! 😀

This is it for my haul but lots more coming soon! So stay tuned.

Check out my posts :

Haul Series Part 10  – Huge Drugstore Makeup Haul

Haul Series Part 9 – Kryolan Makeup Haul

Haul Series Part 8 – Forever 21 Haul

Haul Series Part 7 – Jewelry And Handbag Haul

Haul Series Part 6 – Big Shoe Haul

Haul Series Part 5 – Gigantic Sarojini Nagar Haul ( Thrift Shopping )

Haul Series Part 4 – Sleek And Chambor Makeup Haul

Haul Series Part 3 – The Body Shop Haul

Haul Series Part 1 – Dirt Cheap Makeup Haul

Other Interesting Posts :

Product Empties

One Dress Five Ways

My Experience With Acrylic Nails

A Little Trouser Haul

Oily Skin Remedies

Frizzy Hair Remedies

How To Smell Amazing All Day

Huge Sarojini Nagar Haul

What’s In My Bag

Quick DIYs For Beautiful Skin

What Is Your Acne Trying To Tell You

Thank you very much for reading! :-)

For any other query, feel free to write to me at queriesforaishwarya@gmail.com

Amazing Inexpensive Products! <3

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Friday, 6th September 2013

Hello everyone, today I will be talking about my favorite drugstore products that are inexpensive and perform just as well and even better than high end products. These products are readily available and easy on the pocket! Now who doesn’t love that?

You might want to sit down comfortably with a coffee because this is going to be a long post since I have a lot to share! 🙂

FACE :

1. Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse

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This is my favorite foundation for sheer coverage and it looks really natural. Plus it costs only Rs. 599/-

Read Full Review HERE

2. Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation

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This is also one of my favorites. It looks very natural and this shade matches me exactly! It costs Rs. 799/-

Read Full Review HERE

I really only use sheer foundations since I do not have problematic skin. It is  just really oily. So, I don’t like to cover it up with full coverage foundation. When I do ever want to use full coverage foundation, it is pretty much always Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily skin.

3. Maybelline Clear Glow Compact

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This compact has some amount of coverage and it instantly brightens up the skin. At only Rs. 175/-, this product is a steal. It does not have that powder matte effect and it looks natural on the skin.

4. Maybelline Clear Glow BB Stick

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This is a very easy product to use. Just swipe it on your face and blend. It blends beautifully, looks natural and provides sheer coverage. Very oily people can use this in the winters but in summers it makes the face shiny. However, this is great for normal skinned people and even dry skin over moisturizer. Available only in two shades though, for Rs. 250/-

4. Lakme Absolute Moonlit Highlighter

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I love the bronzer side of this! It gives that beautiful sun kissed look and its great for warming up the whole face slightly with a natural looking glow. The highlighter however has some chunky glitter that I am not too fond of on my cheeks. If you can move past that, the base is pinkish and makes the skin look beautiful and healthy. It looks ethereal in the inner corners of the eyes and both the shades can be used as eye shadow. Retails for Rs. 600/-

There are blushes in the Lakme Absolute range too that are really good!

EYES :

1. Garnier Anti Dark Circle Eye Roll-On

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I don’t like to use heavy duty concealers everyday. This shade is perfect for my under eye area and brightens them up. But, it only gives sheer to medium coverage. If you have really stubborn dark circles, I would recommend the Colorbar Pot Concealer which is worth Rs. 500/- and comes in multiple shades with pink and yellow undertones.

This however, comes in only two shades. “Light” and “Dark”. The light shade luckily is perfect to liven up my face. It retails for Rs. 199/-

2. Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil

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This is a beautiful eye pencil that glides on smoothly and doesn’t tug on the delicate eye area. It comes in multiples shades like blue, green, purple, brown, black, grey etc and I own 3-4 shades. Price Rs. 249/- to 349/-. The only drawback is that you have to sharpen it!

3. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal

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This glides on smoothly too and doesn’t tug on the waterline. It doesn’t need more than 3 swipes in the waterline to show full pigmentation and its very black! All this for only Rs. 200/- 😀

4. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows

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These are extremely long wearing, waterproof cream eye shadows that are really easy to apply. Just swipe them all over the lid with your fingers and you’re done! They’re great for a quick look and stay put all day, even in the water. They come in a variety of shades and are sold for Rs. 350/- each.

5. Maybelline The Falsies and The Colossal Mascaras

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These two are my favorite mascaras and I have never found any other mascara  that works as well as they do! I like to use them together. Falsies for length and Colossal for volume. They give me voluminous lashes that actually look like I am wearing falsies! LOVE! ❤

Falsies – Rs. 425/-

Colossal – Rs. 330/-

I prefer the waterproof versions because they hold a curl better. But, they are a pain to remove! I am willing to bear the hassle of removing them if they make my lashes look amazing! 😛

6. Elle 18 Eye Sparklers Shadow Sticks

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These are intensely pigmented shadow sticks that are smooth and easy to work with. They can be used as a base for your shadows or on their own and they come in 5 shades. They don’t last as well as the color tattoos but for Rs. 85/- a pop, you cannot really go wrong!

7. Maybelline Diamond Glow Eye Shadow Quads

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This is my favorite quad. I like neutral shadows and this makes everything so easy. You can achieve a light natural look and also a smokey look with this quad. They are intensely pigmented and easy to blend. The first shade is a beautiful highlight shade and the third shade is a beautiful rose gold! 🙂

They come in quads of different colors too. Available for Rs. 450/-

Read Full Review HERE

8. Inglot Eye Shaodows

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They are very pigmented, stay on all day, easy to blend and come in a plethora of shades! A pan costs Rs. 300/- for one eye shadow and a pot will cost around Rs. 450/-

9. Maybelline Gel Eyeliner

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This works just as well as the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner and is a hell of a lot cheaper! Intensely black, can be used as a liner or as a dark base all over the lid. It is waterproof and will not budge throughout the day! Price Rs. 500/-

LIPS :

1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

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They are my go to lip products! In fact I have used them so much that the lettering has come off and they have lost their pointy shape!

They stain the lips, stay all day and are comfortable to wear. The darker shades are more staining than the lighter ones. The glossiness will wear off in a while but the stain stays. I keep applying my regular lip balm throughout the day if I feel the need for moisture!

They retail for Rs. 600/- each.

2. Colorbar Lipsticks

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1. Colorbar Soft Touch Lipstick in “C 40 Citrine”. This is a great wearable reddish orange.

2. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in “60 OR Obsessed Orange”.  This is a straight up neon orange.

3. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in “63 P Shy Cherry”. This is a berry toned deep pink.

4. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in “61P Thrilling Pink”. This is a mauvy nudey pink.

The Soft Touch lipsticks from Colorbar are really easy to wear and last for 3-4 hours. Priced at Rs. 325/-

The Velvet Matte lipsticks are slightly drying but still comfortable to wear. They work well over a lip balm too and last for 3-4 hours. Priced at Rs. 250/-

All these come in multiple shades! There is a shade for everyone! 🙂

3. Maybelline Lipsticks

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1. Maybelline Superstay Lipstick in “Non Stop Red”. This is very beautiful pinkish red. – Rs. 525/-

2. Maybelline Colorsensational Moisture Extreme Lipstick in “BR41 Windsor Rose”. This is a wearable sheer red. – Rs. 250/-

3. Maybelline Colorsensational Moisture Extreme Lipstick in “CB41 Coral Pink”. This is a true coral pink shade. – Rs. 250/-

4. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in “840 Coral Lustre”. This is an orange with shimmer. – Rs. 399/-

All of these lipsticks are great and all of them have a separate formula.

-The Superstay lipsticks are extremely long wearing but slightly drying.

-The Moisture Extreme range is almost as moisturizing as a lip balm and yet the lipsticks are beautifully pigmented. They are the most comfortable to wear but do not wear for a long time.

-The regular Colorsensational range has a watery shine and semi matte texture and they are also comfortable to wear.

4. Elle 18 Lipsticks

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1. Elle 18 Lipstick in “42 Coral Romance”. This is a beautiful nude coral.

2. Elle 18 Lipstick in “27 Rosy Blush”. This is bright red orange.

They have a balm in the center and wear for about 2-3 hours. Available in several shades and at Rs. 100/- each, you cannot really complain!

NAILS :

1. Lakme Nail Polishes

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The absolute range dries really fast and makes life quick and easy. But it may chip off on the 2nd day. Still worth it due to the crazy dry time! – Rs. 199/-

The Color Crush Range will dry in a few minutes but it will stay on longer. – Rs. 150/-

2. Revlon and L’Oreal Nail Polishes 

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Revlon Top Speed nail polishes dry really quickly too and this silver shade is fully pigmented in just one swipe! Rs. – 210/-

L’Oreal nail polishes dry in normal time but these glitter ones dry quickly, I love them, the packaging reminds me of YSL and they are also available in plenty of shades! – Rs. 235/-

Read Full Review HERE

HAIR :

1. Matrix Biolage Deep Smoothing Serum

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Works just as well as a high end serum. smells great, reduces frizz, makes combing easier and makes the hair shinier.

Rs. 255/- for 100ml

2. Dove Elixir

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I love the packaging! It smells delightful and does good things to the hair like, add shine, reduce frizz and cure dryness in 30 minutes! It can also be used sparingly as a serum. Retails only for Rs. 185/-

So that is it for my drugstore gems!

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Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation Review!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Tuesday, 13th August 2013

What Chambor claims :

Discover the sheer delight of perfection.

With Chambor’s Sheer Delight Ultra Matt Foundation, it is time to bid oily and uneven skin goodbye. Here is a foundation that gives you the ‘no-makeup’ feeling. It comes with a matt finish that helps you stay shine free all day.

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Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation

  • It is Oil Free
  • Long-wearing formula will keep you looking beautiful for 10 hours without clogging your skin pores
  • Gives a ‘no makeup applied’ feeling
  • It minimizes skin imperfections
  • Finish is Velvety, Natural, & gives an Even toned result
  • Its break-through technology helps to prevent the visibility of creases and lines into the skin
  • An aerated Lightweight jelly formula as smooth as Velvet blends easily into the natural skin colour.
  • Flexible silicone polymers that prevent the setting of creases and lines into the skin and leaves you with a velvety soft complexion.
  • Matte finish – No Shine
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Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation

My Thoughts :

I bought this foundation because of its very enticing name. Anything that says “Matte” instantly catches my attention.

I am in the shade 01 Natural which is the lightest shade in the range and it is yellow based. This is the EXACT shade of my skin tone. There are only 3 shades to choose from.

I like the packaging. It is a navy blue squeeze tube that helps control the amount of product to be dispensed.

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Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation

But, the problem is that the product gathers at the mouth of the tube which I hate so I have to clean it every time I use it. And, there is no way to put any excess product back that you may have squeezed out.

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Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation

The consistency is thick like a cream but not like a heavy moisturizing cream. It feels whipped. This is extremely easy to blend due to the consistency. The best application will be achieved through fingers as the warmth of the fingers will ensure better blending into the skin.

It does not move around on the face during the day and stays put for a good 6-8 hours on me ( with powder and blotting and touch ups throughout the day ). Since I have extremely oily skin, I always set my foundation with a powder.

This provides a soft natural matte finish to the skin. It will cling to dry patches and not blend as beautifully if you haven’t moisturized prior to application . If you have combination skin, you would want to moisturize beforehand. Even oily skin should used a light moisturizer before applying this as it glides better on moisturized skin.

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Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation

This keeps me matte for a good 2 hours which is impressive for how oily my skin is. It provides sheer coverage which is great for everyday as it doesn’t look heavy at all. Bear in my mind that this is good if you want to even out your skin tone but it will not hide under eye darkness, blemishes, dark spots and other imperfections. You will need a concealer to help with all those issues. I like to use a concealer under my eyes when I am using this.

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Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation

Here is how it looks WITH FLASH :

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Chambor Sheer Delight Ultra Matte Foundation

The GOOD :

1. Travel friendly packaging with a screw lid.

2. Keeps me matte for about 2 hours. ( I am extremely oily )

3. Provides natural looking matte sheer coverage.

4. Lasts well in the heat and humidity. ( with blotting and touch ups )

5. Doesn’t break me out.

6. Blends really well.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. Only 3 shades to choose from.

2. Cannot be layered to achieve more coverage as it will look cakey then.

3. Opaque packaging so you cannot tell how much product is left.

4. Slightly oxidizes on me due to my natural oils.

Price Rs. 745.

Buy it at any shop that sells Chambor products like NewU, Shoppers Stop or online here :

http://www.shoppersstop.com/chambor-sheer-delight-ultra-matte-foundation-02-ocher.html

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