These are the strangest times! As I look back at life just 2 months ago, it was bursting with excitement, travel plans, meeting people and what not..so much has changed! We have been in lockdown for more than a month now and makeup is something I wear only when I step out, so I have been bare faced for more than a month now. I do miss the excitement of playing around with my collection, so I think I’ll make an effort to wear some makeup during the weeks to come..even if it’s just to do laundry 😀
The Kiko Milano Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara is definitely not going to join the stay at home makeup party! This mascara and I have an intense love hate relationship. The intial days were rosy and full of love. I found the mascara to live up to it’s claims of being volumizing for the first week . It also gave good definition and length to my lashes. I have pretty decent lashes to begin with, so I liked the extra volume and length this gave.
The packaging is pretty nice..a geometric glossy black tube. Week 2 …things started going down hill. The mascara formula started getting increasingly clumpy. The brush started getting clumps of product on it..my lashes started getting clumpy to the point that it looked better with no mascara.
Funny thing about this mascara is that once in a while it performed like it did in week 1 and sometimes like how it behaved in week 2. I dunno if its got to do with how the product coats the brush but this darn thing never gave consistent results. Some days you win the mascara lottery and some days you do not!
I also found it hard to keep the mascara tube from getting a ring of dried up product at the opening. At the 3 month mark, I finally decided to part ways with this guy. I have heard many people rave about this mascara , so it could be user error, old tube, personal preference etc that heavily decides if this is your best friend in the mascara department.
I am a big fan of Kiko Milano products and currently I am using another one of their mascaras which is working out far better than this one for me! Stay tuned for a review coming soon!
Overall, I am not a fan of this particular mascara and won’t re purchase. Have you tried the Kiko Milano extra sculpt volume mascara?
I love a good nude lipstick and when I saw that Essence had come out with a range of nude lipsticks I was ecstatic! Essence always does a good job with their lip products so I was pretty sure from the get go that these would be good. Thankfully I was not wrong 🙂 I picked up 2 shades from the lipstick range and also picked up a gloss from their nude pumping gloss line.
The this is nude lipstick range comes in 6 shades ranging from a peachy pink to dark burgundy brown shades to cater to various skintones. I picked up the shade 02 Happy which is a nice warm pink and also the shade 06 Real which is a brown based red. I got the shade 06 Big Bang from their line of glosses.
The lipsticks have a matte formula but they are really creamy at the same time making it very comfortable to wear. They glide on very smoothly and give a nice coat of opaque color on the lips. The only downside of this formula is that it is not very long lasting on the lips…but that is a trade off I don’t mind if it means the formula is more comfortable to wear on the lips.
I am also not a big fan of the scent. These lipsticks are heavily fragranced and smell like a fruity floral cocktail. The gloss is also perfumed to death. I wish Essence would tone that down or just do away with fragrances in lip products.
As you can see from the swatches, the shades are beautiful. I really like the gloss color too..it is nothing special but a nice warm pink gloss that is fuss free to apply. The gloss claims to be a plumping gloss but I didn’t notice any plumping effect. It feels very cool and tingly on application that is all there is.
Otherwise the gloss formula is quite nice! It is not too thick and goopy and although it has some stickiness it wasn’t overtly sticky like some other I have tried in the recent past.
Overall, these are some really nice lip products from Essence and is worth the money in my opinion. They all cost less than 5$ and that is an amazing price tag 🙂
Have you tried these new Essence lipsticks and glosses?
I love exploring the skincare aisle at T.J Maxx. I always find interesting brands that are not found in the drugstore or Sephora. It has almost become a hobby to wander aimlessly in the beauty section there :D. One such awesome find several months ago was the Le Petit Olivier Cleansing Foam. I was in the market for a new cleanser and this one was advertised to be soap free and formulated for dry sensitive skin types…so of course it came back home with me.
This turned out to be perfect for my dry and sensitive skin. I experience zero irritation, no redness just clean skin without that super stripped feel. It was gentle enough to use twice a day when needed since it never left my skin screaming for a moisturizer immediately!
It claims to remove makeup, which I am not so sure about since I use this as my second cleanse when I wear makeup and, on days when I wear zero makeup. The only negative of this product is the scent, but it is not over powering which makes this use able. I wish they had left the fragrance out…then this would have been even better for sensitive skin!
I really like that the ingredient list is short and sweet. Here is the Ingredient Deck:
Glycerin is a well known moisturizing agent and I love that it is the second ingredient here right after water. PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil is an emollient which helps condition the skin and keep it nice and soft. Sodium Cocyl Glutamate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Cocoamphoacetate are all foaming agents responsible for giving that nice lather you get without the harshness associated with SLS. Glucanolactone is also another good ingredient in my book. It is a gentle exfoliant which works similarly to glycolic acid.
Overall, I really like this cleanser and would happily repurchase. I am now really interested in exploring other products from this brand too!
Hello! These days I find myself drawn to the makeup aisles at T.J Maxx. They seem to have a lot more makeup from well known brands these days. I have found everything from Becca, Estee Lauder, Kevin Aucoin to K beauty stuff there. I recently found the PUR Cosmetics midnight masquerade palette at T.J Maxx and decided to give it a whirl since I have not tried anything from the brand till now.
The palette comes with 4 face products on one side and 6 eyeshadows and a tiny strip mirror on the other side. Overall it is quite compact and I like the layout. This palette smells like delicious buttercream frosting by the way! It is quite mild but it makes me hungry every time I open it.
The face products consist of 2 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. I like the lace patterns on these although they will eventually fade away with use. I feel these work best if you have a deeper skin tone. On my medium skintone I can just about carry off these products. I have to use a fluffy blush brush and be extremely careful since these are quite pigmented. The bronzer is shimmery and I might mostly use this as eyeshadow since its too bronzy on my skin. The highlighter gives a really nice subtle glow to the cheeks and I love it. It is almost my skintone so it meshes well to give a natural glow.
The set of eyeshadows on the other side of the palette are equally impressive. They are very pigmented and I love all the shades included. My favorite is the shade Mash Off which is a lovely green gold.
The swatches below are with a brush and a single swipe. Quite impressive I think!
Overall, I really like this palette. The palette is made in China which I didn’t actually expect and noticed only after purchase. However, so far I do not have any skin reactions or issues with the palette so all is good in that department. The price tag I got this for at T.J Maxx makes this an amazing steal since the products perform so well. If you do find it at your local T.J Maxx give it a shot especially if the colors appeal to you!
Hello folks! I have been obsessed with colorful eye looks for the past month or so. This called for more toned down lipstick shades which were either close to my lip color or slightly muted in tone. I have been constantly reaching for four lipsticks from my collection a bit more than the others lately!
The Maybelline mattes have an awesome formula for a drug store lipstick! They are really comfortable on the lips and glide on real smooth. I use 2 shades from the line; Touch of Spice and Lust for Blush. Touch of Spice is my favorite of the 2. I can put this on with any eye look, or for any occasion. It is my favorite my lips but better shade! Lust for Blush can look a bit weird on my skin tone especially with a tan. But I like to use this in conjunction with more brown based lipsticks or brown based glosses. The balance of white, pink and brown pigments then get balanced 🙂
Similar to Lust for Blush is the Urban Decay Comfort matte in Backtalk. The color is a bit more mauve and has more of a white base compared to Lust for Blush. I feel they are very close dupes though! I like to use this mixed with other lipsticks..it always gives surprising results!!
Last but not the least, I love my Milani lipstick in Plumrose. This is an old love of mine that remained hidden for a while and I am so glad to have this back on my daily makeup stand. The shade is beautiful..it is a true deep rosey pink that will suit a wide range of skintones. The only thing I don’t like about this guy is the watermelon scent.
Hello folks! I have been MIA for 3 weeks and it feels good to be back! A haul post seems like the right way to get back into blogging 😀
For the last couple of years the Western beauty world has been inundated with so many releases that I can hardly keep up anymore! I kind of started feeling a bit uninspired with a lot of the new releases. But I still wanted to satisfy my makeup shopping cravings 😉 and that is when I finally took the plunge into the K beauty world. I have bought makeup products from Korean brands almost 10 years ago when I lived in Singapore so it felt good to sort of reconnect with the K beauty world.
I found the website Cosmetic Love and liked the layout, the ease of navigation and the prices. So I did a trial order first where I purchased a highlighter. I kind of forgot about the website for a while and then went back to place a bigger order from Cosmetic Love in April. The prices were fantastic, unfortunately they have increased their shipping prices and that kind of kills the fun of getting these goodies at a low price. The shipping cost is calculated by weight and it can add up real quick!!!
I decided to place an order anyway and see how it goes..unfortunately for me the heaviest item in my order was out of stock and they refunded only the cost of the item..so I landed up paying a heavy shipping price for small items! A major bummer!!
So here below I will share the items I did get from my order.
Clio Art Highlighter: This was the ‘test’ order I placed with them initially to see how good their services were. Technically not part of this particular haul but thought I’d include it in the picture anyway. This is an awesome highlighter..review coming soon 😉
Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Compact in Shade 02: I have not tried this yet but the packaging is so cute..I love Pandas..who doesn’t right?
Holika Holika Holi Pop Velvet Lip Pencil: I am really impressed by this Lip Pencil. Again full review coming up soon!
Holika Holika Good Cera Lip Balm: It is ok. I didn’t find it mind blowing.
Tosowoong BB Cream: I have not yet tried this but find it intriguing since it is supposed to adjust to your coloring and is available in only a single shade. It costs only 2$!
Tosowoong Sheet masks: I have not yet tried these but saw some good reviews. Have you tried these sheet masks?
It’s Skin Prestige Creme d’ Escargot samples: Snail Cream..I have been wanting to try Snail products for the longest time 😀 Cosmetic Love sells samples of skin care products which is awesome since you can test out if they work for you or not before committing to a full size.
Overall, I think the website is okay except for their shipping charges! If you are able to balance out the weight of your products to pay the minimal shipping charges then give the website a try (and hope that the items you order aren’t out of stock). I am tempted to order more Korean Beauty products. Do you have any website recommendations?
It has been a while since I last blogged. Well I am a new mom now 🙂 and the little man has kept me really busy the last 2 months! I hope to resume blogging regularly, now that little man has got some sort of schedule going with his feeds and naps 🙂
I have been MIA for a while in the blogging world since I was out on holiday 🙂 This year we headed over to Spain and spent 10 days travelling around the country. Spain has been on my to do list for a really long time and I was really happy to finally set foot there this November. We spent time in Madrid, Seville and Barcelona and did day trips to Cordoba and Toledo.
Out of all the places we visited, I think Madrid was my least favorite, primarily due to the weather. It was cold and wet which is not the best weather to be out and about exploring a city.We still managed to see the things we wanted like the royal palace, the mercat , the Prado museum, Retiro Park etc. We also managed to catch up with friends in Madrid which was so much fun 🙂
The best part about Spain was of course the food and drinks 😉
Seville was a charming city in the south of Spain with lovely weather. The sun was out and the temperature was just nice! We did go visit the Seville Cathedral which is huge ( it is the 2nd largest cathedral in the world) and quite frankly a bit overwhelming! The other star attraction we thoroughly enjoyed viewing was the Real Alcazar. Now, if you are a Game of Thrones fan, then you have pretty much stepped into the water gardens of Dorne 😀
We also spent a day and a night in Granada to visit the UNESCO world heritage site, the Alhambra Palace. The architecture and the level of detail in the designs in the Nasrid Palace (inside the Alhambra) is quite something! I do recommend that you book your tickets online and a month or 2 in advance since they sell out real fast!
Our final stop was Barcelona and I loved the vibe of the city! The weather was amazing and we had awesome fresh seafood during our entire stay. We generally enjoyed strolling around the gothic quarter, checking out the Gaudi buildings and checked out the famous La Boqueria. We did enjoy our self guided audio tour of the Sagrada Familia which is synonymous with Barcelona.
Overall, our trip was fantastic! I hope to go back to Spain again sometime to savor more of the Tapas and drink all the Sherry and Sangaria I can!!
I did do some damage to my wallet while in Spain, especially in Barcelona :D…so stay tuned for a haul post coming soon!!! Until next time…ciao!
Apologies for the lack of posts! It has been a very busy 2 weeks with travelling home, battling flu situations in the house and then a quick trip to Delhi! I was in Delhi, India for 4 days total..which is a shame since the place has so much to see, do and of course eat! I had accompanied the husband on a business trip and because he was so caught up with what he was in Delhi for, we barely saw anything 😦 Plus he was still recovering from the flu and he was tired after work related activities everyday so we did not explore areas too far way from where we stayed.
I tried to make the best use of my time there and did manage to go shopping 😉 and explore the local food scene. We stayed at a really nice part of the city at a guest house/hotel at The India Habitat Centre. The Lodhi Gardens which is a public park was walking distance from where we stayed and so I did spend a good amount of time there. The park houses the tombs of the Lodhi dynasty kings who ruled much before the Mughals.
The structures which house the tombs are quite impressive and the place was teeming with couples taking wedding photo shoots! The first structure that greets you upon entering the gardens is the Bara Gumbad.
The Bara Gumbad
The Bara Gumbad pictured above is a mosque and not a tomb. The facade inside the dome has largely worn off however some regions of the structure notably the area to the left with the smaller domes still has intricate inscriptions.
Inside the Mosque (Bara Gumbad)
Walking further into the gardens , there is a water canal with an ancient bridge build by Akbar the great (a Mughal ruler). The tomb of one of the Lodhi kings overlooks this water body. The structure housing his tomb was decorated with intricate tile work, traces of which you can still see.
Other places I saw include the India Gate and the city in general while commuting from one point to another. I did manage to do a teeny tiny bit of shopping at this place called Khan Market where I was thrilled to see an Innisfree shop! I will post my mini haul soon 🙂 Stay tuned for that!!
Overall, I enjoyed my really short stay in Delhi..hopefully the next time I travel to the city I will have more time to explore the older parts of the city!
Hello folks..hope everyone is enjoying the early days of spring! I am a blush lover and have way too many of them in my collection. My favorite bit of putting on some makeup is choosing blush. I usually wear whatever blush I feel like irrespective of the season but this year I thought I’d pick up 5 blushes to use in the first month of spring. In today’s post I share with you my 5 picks!
The Kiko Milano Rebel Bouncy Blush is a limited edition product from Kiko but it is still available on their website as of today in case your interested! The shade red passion wine is a deep pink with mauve undertones and is not the usual spring time appropriate color..but I am a bit of rebel when it comes to things like that 😉 It has a very interesting cream to powder finish on the skin and works well for light makeup days.
The Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Pink Buttercream is one of my all time favorite blushes! It is a baked blush with swirls of light pink,apricot and a tinge of violet. The texture and staying power of this blush is fantastic. The blush leaves a lovely pink sheen on your cheeks.
The Japonesque Velvet Touch blush in 03 is pretty much the timid sister of NARS Orgasm blush. This shade is a lovely pink with fine gold shimmer particles which do not look translate into a glitter party on your cheeks. The packaging is stellar and this shade will suit fair to medium skintones beautifully.
The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is quite famous on social media. I did not quite get the hype about this blush till I actually used it 🙂 It is one of the best peachy blushes I own. The quality is top notch and the shimmer in this blush is barely detectable. It leaves your cheeks looking warm and healthy!
The Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink is another fabulous blush from the drugstore. It is not very pigmented and therefore you can go crazy with your blush brush in the pan 😀 and I kind of like that about this blush! It leaves a lovely light pink sheen on the cheeks. This is my go to blush when I am in a hurry since I don’t have to worry about applying it carefully and also since the pink color is kind of neutral and goes with any look.
Hope you enjoyed going through my list! What are your favorite blushes for spring?