Nykaa Haul

Nykaa.com is a makeup lovers favorite website, at least I can vouch for that. It is one of the best websites to shop for makeup, skincare and haircare. You can find almost all beauty brands on Nykaa and go bonkers over shopping from them.

I have bought products from Nykaa frequently and I thought it will be great for me to  start sharing all of my purchases from the website. So check out my video on few of my buys.

 

Product mentioned and their prices:

  • L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara Rs 680
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil : 011 Sable Brown Rs 185
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner Chocopop Rs 295
  • Faces Glam On Perfect Noir Eyeliner – Black Rs 399
  • Color Essence Liquid Lip Color Intense Long Wear Candy Orange Rs 350
  • Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain Haute Latte Rs 900
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color : Crazy for Coffee Rs 425
  • Colorbar Nail Laquer : Free
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo Instant Hair Refresh Clean & Classic Original Rs 649
  • L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Night Cream Mask Rs 1215

Have you tried any of these products?

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Asha

Clinque’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation Review

Yet another foundation finds a spot in my collection and this time it is the Clinque’s Anti-blemish solutions.

While strolling at Sephora’s Clinique counter I was approached by their sales assistant , which I usually dislike since I don’t like someone after me to buy just because they have to reach their target. However, this time the girl was unusually pleasant as she waited for me to ask her rather than her blabber. So I asked her if she could recommend a foundation for oily-acne prone skin to which she responded by taking me to the anti-blemish solution collection. After trying out different shades, I picked up Fresh Deep Neutral #17. foundation

So after using this foundation for some time I have come down to these observations:

  • Packaging is nothing fancy for an expensive foundation. It is sturdy since is a plastic bottle so you don’t need to worry if it falls.
  • Has a nozzle which makes it hygienic and easy to use.
  • It is easily blend-able and gives medium coverage which is build-able.
  • The shade matches my skin tone, however, I do feel the moment I apply it I look a bit orange-ish which eventually oxidizes and I don’t look oompa-lumpa anymore.
  • It helps to control my oil, but surely not a magic potion which stops it.
  • Doesn’t feel heavy rather feels light & natural.
  • Since it has salicylic acid it does help in diminishing existing blemishes as well as stop new from forming.
  • I do need to set the foundation with a powder to lock it in else it would melt in the Delhi heat.

Pros:

  • Treats Blemishes since has salicylic acid
  • Oil free foundation.
  • Light weight

Cons:

  • Expensive for a 30 ml bottle.
  • No spf

It retails for Rs Rs 2450/- for 30 ml bottle.

So all in all I do like the product, mainly because it helps to fight blemishes. To check out a demo do watch my youtube channel.

Have you used this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Also, I’m hosting my first every giveaway on my youtube channel, please do check it out 🙂

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Asha

Effective Acne Mask Aztec Indian Healing Clay

Masks for an acne prone- oily skin means business. For me masks are also stress buster since taking out time from a busy schedule to focus on myself is bliss.
For past 5 years I have suffered from adult-acne which has made me try out numerous amazing and not-so-amazing face masks. Some has helped me tame my skin while some have not done anything or have made my breakouts worse. When you go on a hunt to find out best acne masks you would get tons of options.
Here I’m sharing a mask which is not only overtly hyped but also has truly helped my skin look and feel better.
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Aztec Indian healing clay with 100% bentonite clay. I have been using this mask for over 5 months with apple cider vinegar. The mask works best with ACV as the label over the mask says and so have a lot of Youtuber and blogger recommended.
Pros:
Helps to keep breakouts under control
Huge quantity in one tub which will make it last a long time
Helps to deep cleanse my skin
Leaves my skin smoother after rinsing it off
Cons:
Can be tedious to rinse off.
I bought this from Amazon.in, you can get it here : http://goo.gl/B2cciE
You can watch my review & demo of this mask on my youtube channel here:
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Have you tired this mask before? What are your thoughts?
Asha
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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

 Removal of makeup is one of the most important step for making sure your makeup looks amazing. If you do not remove all that product from your face every evening/ night you probably (read always) will end up messing up your skin. I have personally suffered plenty of times by not taking this simple step. Well, now that I have learnt my lesson I’d like to introduce you to my makeup removing buddy Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.

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Clinique Take The Day Off

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Solid cleansing balm

 

There are two ways I use this for removing my make up:

1. I scoop out a pea size amount of balm and rub onto my palm to warm the product. I then apply it all over my face gently and my makeup starts to melt.

2. I wet a cotton round and swipe it over the product directly into the tub. I then apply the product infused cotton round all over my face to breakdown all the makeup. *This method was introduced to me by the Sephora sales girl and I quite like this method*

After any of these method I wash my face with any gentle cleanser and water.

Pros:

  • Huge tub to last long
  • Melts my makeup easily, waterproof makeup as well.
  • Doesn’t dry out my skin.
  • Didn’t break me out which is a huge plus

Cons:

  • Can be considered unhygienic because of the tub shape. I personally don’t find this as an issue since I don’t have to share it with anyone.
  • Expensive. But the tub is huge.

The product retails for Rs. 2750/- for 125ml at Sephora.

If you’d like to see how I use this cleansing balm then check out my YouTube video:

Have you tried this product before? what are your thoughts?

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Asha

Blue Smokey Eye : Video

Hi guys,

I’m getting the hang of “smokey eyes” lately. Somehow, I have always thought it was very difficult to create but one has to make an effort to learn something. After a lot of attempts I created a blue smokey eye look and made a video of it which I wanted to share with you.

I used Makeup Revolutions palette for this look. Even though I used a shimmery blue shade in this video I somehow feel it looks more like purple-ish or lilac due to my lighting. If you feel the same do comment below. I plan to create another look using a purple shimmery color in the same palette. Somehow this video is a bit blurry which i realized during the editing process, so please excuse me for that. Hope you will love this simple smokey eye look :).

Products Used:

Mac: Untitled Paint
Makeup Revolutions Salvation Pallete : Welcome To The Pleasure Dome
Makeup Revolutions : Long Way From Home
Makeup Revolutions : Using My Power
Makeup Revolutions : Never Doing What I Am Told
Makeup Revolutions : Pleasure Dome
Sephora : Contour Eye Pencil 24 Hr Wear
Inglot : #77 gel liner
Lancome : Hypnose Drama
Estee Lauder : Double Wear Concealor 04 New Medium Deep
Max Factor : 04 Pink Princess
Maybelline 110 Mirrored Mauve

 

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Asha

Dream Closet : Pinterest Inspired

Pinterest is the answer to all my problems these days and I’m sure it is just not me who thinks this way. Let’s just take a moment to thank the internet universe for Pinterest. No matter what I am searching for I always end up on this site, eventually spending hours.

Currently, I’m obsessing about walk-in closets and thought of sharing my dream list here in pictures straight out of pinterest. I have a board now dedicated for it  so I can  be inspired when I’ll be getting mine done in the near future.

There are few pointers that I will be considering, such as

  1. I want a spacious walk in closet which should be inviting enough to lift my mood after a hectic day.
  2. The lighting should close to natural day light.
  3. Ofcourse a huge mirror.
  4. A good couch to be placed in the middle to sit on and ponder over what to wear when there is nothing to wear..get it 😉
  5. Dedicated sections for everything : clothes, shoes, accessories and makeup.
  6. Small area for The Man 😀
  7. A place to keep my “next-morning” outfit ready.

Below are few images that I absolutely adore and wanted to share with you:

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Credits: Pinterest via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118923246388770118/

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Credits: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118923246388770117/

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Credits : Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118923246388770158/

I plan to keep on adding more to my pinterest board regularly so if you want to see it please come join me here

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Asha

L’oreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation Review & Demo

For any beauty junkie a flawless base means having a great foundation. There are plenty of great high-end foundations that can give you an air brushed look, however, this post is for a drugstore foundation which is not heavy on your pocket (and even on your face).

Within drugstore category L’Oreal is on of the high-end brand. They tend to create great products which is economical in comparison with luxury brands.

I have been using L’oreal’s Infallible 24h Foundation for over 2 months and I must say I am in love with it. My shade is 320 Toffee Caramel.

L’oreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation

L’oreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation

I’ll list down the pro’s so that you know why I love this product.

  1. Right consistency for a liquid foundation. It is not too runny or too thick. It’s just perfect to blend easily.
  2. Does not clog your pores. Sits on your skin but doesn’t block the pore to result in breakouts. Acne-prone humans, listen up, a foundation that doest break you out is your friend.
  3. They have wide range of shades, so us brown girls should be happy as we are able to get a shade that matches our skin tone.
  4. The coverage this foundation provides is amazing, it is also build-able.
  5. The product is long lasting so you do not have to worry about it fading away. However, you need to make sure you powder your face to keep it intact.
  6. The foundation photographs beautifully. Even in flash photography. No white cast.
  7. It is budget friendly. It retails for Rs. 1325 for 30 ml bottle. You can buy it here.
  8. It has a pump which makes your life easy.

And of-course, the cons :

Cons:

  1. It is transferable. You need to powder it after the application. This step helps in to lock in the product. I have wiped the product off while using a tissue paper, have got it spread in my white t-shirt : ugh the horror.

That’s it, no more cons to this foundation in my opinion.

Watch my review & demo on my channel here:

Have you tried this foundation? Which is you current favorite drugstore foundation?

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Asha

Review: FabIndia Skin Hydrating Cream Vitamin E for Oily Skin

A moisturizer for oily skin is not an easy find. I grew up thinking there is no need for me to apply moisturizer since I have oily skin. However, I was told otherwise and should always use it to keep my skin from over-producing sebum.

While working inside the beauty industry I got to learn a lot from estheticians and make-up artists. One valuable information, that I learnt , which I  would like to share with you is that your skin can be dehydrated even if its oily. 

An oily skin means : skin produces extra sebum which is why your face tends to look shiny after a while.

A dehydrated skin means : lack of moisture in your skin. 

So you can have an oily and dehydrated skin altogether. This is the combination I suffered with for a while yet I was not aware of it. I have been dealing with dehydrated, oily and acne prone skin which in itself is a deadly combination. #Bummer

After realizing the situation, I tried moisturizers tackling my skin condition. The first that I used was Dermalogica’s Active Moist which I loved and would do a post about it later. Once I got back to India, finding Dermalogica products in Delhi became an issue ( unless I ordered it online). This made me go on a search mode to find the right moisturizer. 

Then came along FabIndia for rescue. Skin Hydrating Cream : Vitamin E for Oily Skin. This product is amazing at what it claims. shc fab india

The product claims “ An extremely light, moisture whipped cream loaded with age controlling cellular extracts and Vitamin E. It nourishes the skin and protects it against moisture loss.”

Application & Feel

Application & Feel

Pros:

  • Moisturizes without being too heavy, it is extremely light. However, once applied it takes a minute to soak in the skin completely & leaves no trace.
  • Acne-prone oily skin dreads any moisturizer that could potentially lead into break-outs. This moisturizer has not made my face to be a guesthouse to zits. In short no breakout sessions. 
  • It smells great, especially for mornings. It sort of wakes me up.
  • Lasts for more than two months. I apply it morning and night. Time for New one

Cons:

  • Comes in a tub which means you have to scoop out the product. I would have loved it if it was in a pump bottle. 
  • No spf. In today’s age when we try to have products that do multiple things, this cream would have been a bomb if it provided sun protection. ( Though you would not be able to use it in the night then)

It retails for Rs. 180 for 50 ml and is available in all FabIndia store. 

Would I recommend this product to any oily skin twin? YES, I would. Grab this tub and you would love it.

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Asha

Ice Cube Trick – Acne

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A girl who has been suffering with acne for a while must have tried a lot of potions and creams, treatments and remedies, chemicals and natural stuff. You name it and it all will be under the list of “tried stuff”.

That girl in question here is me.

There are few great products and few great home remedies that have helped me tame my acne prone skin. Lately, I have tried a new skin regimen which I feel is helping my skin a lot without taking any oral medication. One of the major help that my skin is getting from is the ICE CUBE REMEDY.

Yes, I have been using this technique for a while and I have noticed a change after every use, especially, the morning after. 

The technique is quite simple, all I do is wash my face clean, grab one ice cube and then rub it all over my face in circular motion. I hold the ice cube for couple of more seconds where ever I can feel a new breakout is “about to happen” or even on areas where there is already a guest sitting. 

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Any one out there who is suffering from acne, I would highly recommend him/her to try this method and see the results. I have researched a bit over the internet and have found that there are no side effects, however, some did mention that they noticed white heads over their effected area which eventually subsides. 

This method is pocket friendly and has great results for absolutely anyone. Acne prone skin or not try this since Ice also helps to tighten your pores and give you firm looking skin. 

Pros-

  • pocket friendly
  • soothes the skin
  • reduces inflammation
  • tightens your pores aka firm skin
  • glowing skin
  • helps to combat acne
  • Helpful for hormonal acne sufferers (like me)

Cons-

  • Redness right after use (for best results try it before bed time)
  • Whiteheads for some people ( a form of detox they say)

Have you tried Ice cube method before? What has your experience been?

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Asha

Summer Powder Foundation Routine : Summer Chic

Hey Gorgeous!

Summer calls for a powder foundation routine. There are days when I just don’t feel like applying a creamy foundation and like to have something light weight. Those days I grab my Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder to help my skin look better than it actually is.

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The product comes in a compact tub which has a “shaver” that scrapes out the product once you twist it. A pretty cool way to get my freshly milled power out. I really love this product because it does not break me out, helps to cover my blemishes and also helps in keeping me oil free for few hours.

Having an acne prone skin and oily skin sucks but you got to deal with what you have right?

I have uploaded my demo video on my youtube channel so you can see how I apply this foundation.

Have you tried this foundation? Which is your favorite powder foundation?

x

Asha

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