Friday, 28 June 2013

How to wash your Make-up brushes - Video tutorial

Cleaning brushes is very key not only for hygiene reasons but also to increase the longevity of your brushes. Brushes are most likely the most important component of a makeup artist. I personally don’t mind splurging on good brushes. Hence I’m even more determined to take good care of it, which will make them last a long time .It is recommended to deep clean your brushes every 3 weeks to the max, and spot clean every day. 
The reason why it is so essential to clean your brushes is because they can store bacteria and also transfer those bacteria to your make-up. Despite whether you are a make- up artist or a makeup lover you do have to clean your brushes. A fresh makeup brush ensures the bristles are disinfected and your products are applied with the greatest colour integrity. They are 100 ways to clean your brushes. I’m showing you the most fastest , easiest and cheapest way to disinfect and clean your brushes .
What you need :

  1. Cup or any plastic container
  2. Johnson's baby shampoo or any other mild sulphate free shampoo
  3. Water
This is a small video that demonstrates how I clean my realtechniques brushes .

  • STEP 1 :Mix 4 tablespoons of shampoo and mixed it with 1/3 cup of water .(for more than 15 brushes , )
  • STEP 2: Dip your brush in this solution and start rubbing it against your palm in clockwise and anti clockwise directions.
  • STEP 3 : Run the brush under water and then continue cleaning the brush . Repeat this process twice .
  • STEP 4 : Lay them flat on a towel to lay while you are washing the other brushes. Do not keep them upright as that will let the water seep into the brush barrel and loosen the glue .
  • STEP 5 : Pat dry the brushes and remove excess water . Then you can lay them to dry on a towel under a fan or someplace cool.
I used the real techniques travel cases and hung my brushes upside down. This will let the water come out faster and easier .My brushes dried in less than 2 hours.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP

 Description :
Benefits for pure & clear skin . The Nivea Pure effect total face clean -up is a 5 in one - wash ,scrub,pack,oil remover and spot reducer .
*It is for normal to oily skin.
Nivea Pure Effect total face cleanup is enriched with magnolia extracts which deeply cleanses your skin, and its anti-bacterial formulation helps fight spot causing bacteria.The Nivea Pure effect total face clean has five benefits: face wash, scrub, face pack, oil remover and spot reducer
Healthy, glowing skin within five minutes - that’s what Nivea promises with the Total Face Clean Up. Designed to suit skin types from normal to oily, this Nivea face wash boasts of the ability to clear your face of blackheads, tone the skin and give it a youthful glow. Age-old spots can also be reduced with regular use.So, being a part of the bridal troupe or preparing for a date at short notice, you still get to retain that glow about you. Go ahead, get your skin pampered.
How to use :
Wash - Use it as a facewash daily by gently applying to the face and neck ,avoiding the eye are . Rinse off thoroughly with water.
Scrub - Apply it everyday as a scrub to the moistened face by smoothly massaging in upward circles focusing on forehead ,nose and chin . Rinse off to reveal clearer skin.
Pack-  Use it as a pack 2-3 times a week by lightly applying it on your face avoiding the eye area.leave it to dry for 3- 5 minutes and rinse off with Luke warm water to support the perfect complexion.
My Take !
I'm always on the look for new skin care products and I stumbled upon the New Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP . I truly was attracted with their 5 in one factor . Although most of these products end up not serving all the purposes and are just a selling gimmick to indulge consumers like me.

 I used the Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP as the instructions given , and honestly I really liked it. I love the smell of the Nivea Pure Effect , its very refreshing . It reminds me of the clean and clear morning burst face wash. The Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP has a clay type texture , which helps remove all the dirt , impurities and excess oil that may clog up your pores causing acne or blackheads . 
The Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP consists of small micro beads that helps remove dirt and dead skin to give that natural glow .The micro Beads are not harsh at all , which is a plus for me . I have sensitive skin and the face wash did not aggrivate it  at all .The Clay type texture with the micro beads make it a perfect scrub cum face mask like The body shops oatmeal and honey scrub cum face mask . 
The Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP does not foam up which makes it easy to use it as a face mask .I would recommend to use it in the shower. The steam will open up the pores for a extra deep cleanse. I would certainly not recommend it for dry skin , as the clay might dry out the skin even more .I did notice that my skin looked clearer within a week .
Pros :
  1. The Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP helps remove excess dirt and good for clogged up pores.
  2. Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP 5 in 1 Factor. 
  3. Good for oily skin especially in the summers or during wedding season.
  4. The Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP smells refreshing .
  5. Packaging is travel friendly
Cons :
  1.  The Nivea Pure Effect - TOTAL FACE CLEANUP is a bit pricey. 
Rating: 4/5
Price :199/- (150ml) , Rs;99/- (50ml)

L'Oreal Glam Shine Lip Gloss : Coral Strass, Sand Crytal, Rose Crystal

I bought these cute little lip glosses long ago at the airport. These are a pack of travel size lip glosses by L'Oreal. They are pretty decent sized perfect to put into your purse. The travel pack comes with 3 glosses compatible with a variety of skin tones from pale to olive and deeper skin tones. All of them have a bit of glitter in them. Though this glitter is not overwhelming its a subtle shine. The applicator is the classic heart shape applicators of the glam shine collection.

Coral Strass:
Coral Strass is an iridescent color. Its a clear gloss with a soft pink shimmer. Its more obvious when you swatch it but on the lips its not as apparent. This color is great to top over any lipstick to go from day to a more glam evening look.
Sand Crystal:
Definitely for the more deeper brown skin colors this is grey brown color that would work as the perfect nude for darker lips. This definitely is more pigmented that the other two colors. It can be added to any cool toned lipstick to warm it up a bit.
 Rose Crystal:
Exactly like the name this gloss is a dusty rose pink color that would flatter a lot of skin tones. Its one of those colors that can be worn day or night. It is great to top off a matte lipstick to bring it to life. The lip gloss by it self also looks great.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Strea -NANOCEUTICALS - NANO WHITE - First Impression

Description :
Nano white is the perfect combination of 3 effective and safe active ingredients - ascorbic acid , alpha - arbutin and Licorice extract.This Formula works synergistically to break up any hyper pigmentation with efficacy and good tolerance.
Thanks to this combination , NANO WHITE fights against pigmentation disorders :

  • Acting on the melanin Overproduction ,
  • Protecting from UV damages
  • Working as a powerful antioxidant and regenerating Vitamin E

This advanced whitening serum is the perfect formula to flight against hyper pigmentation - Dark spots and to improve the overall healthy of your skin .
How to use :

Apply 2-3 drops of NANO WHITE serum with the help of the Dropper to the entire face and massage gently till the penetration of the serum .
My First impression  !

This serum was recommended by my dermatologist as a primer before applying make up . I have allot of weddings coming up next month . Since my skin is very sensitive and make-up does seem to irritate it resulting in redness or acne .  The Strea NANO WHITE  is a serum that hydrates the skin at the same time it acts as a barrier between my skin care and make up . The serum prevents any bacteria to enter into the skin. 

The NANO WHITE also cures any skin pigmentation disorders . It can be applied after your normal skin care and also on its own . It looks like oil but after you apply it on your skin it feels like water and easily absorbs into the skin.It is very runny just like water, which makes it easy to work with. This is also where the dropper comes into use as you will not end up wasting the product or  creating a mess.

 It has a mild fragrance like flowers but the smell disappears in no time .My skin does look glowy not greasy or oily which I like . The main function of NANO WHITE serum to keep your skin looking healthy .The redness has reduced allot with this product.  I would recommend the  NANO WHITE for people who wear make - up allot or people who live in dry countries.
Available in Dr Reddys Pharmacy 

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula - Tummy Butter for Strech Marks Review

Description :
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter for strech marks is a all over body butter helps improve elasticity and suppleness of stretching skin during and after pregnancy.Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula For Tummy Butter Stretch Marks this rich cream concentrate helps improve elasticity and suppleness of stretching skin during and after pregnancy or weight loss .Palmer's Cocoa
Butter Formula for Tummy Butter it contains theobroma cacao (Cocoa) extract, mineral oil, microcrystalline wax, dimethicone, fragrance, vitamin E and carotene.

  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks with a special blend of pure cocoa butter, vitamin E, Shea butter and bio c-elaste
  • Bio C-Elaste is a powerful combination of collagen, elastin, centella , sweet almond oil and argan oil
  • This rich cream concentrate helps improve elasticity and suppleness of stretching skin during and after pregnancy
  • It absorbs deeply and evenly to leave your skin soft and silky smooth
  • Ideal for deep moisturising and overnight use, this emollient base is especially effective for drier, rougher areas of the body such as elbows, knees and cracked heals
How to use:
Take the desired amount on your fingers , warm up the product between you hands and then apply it to the areas that have stretch marks or  rougher areas of the body such as elbows, knees and cracked heals. Apply it everyday for speedy effect .
My take !
First dirsclaimer I'm not pregnant and neither do I have stretch marks on my tummy . I suffer for really bad dry skin on elbows and knees . Also I have stretch marks on the tops of my hands . I have herd amazing review on this particular product from the Palmer's skin care range . This product is made of all natural ingredients which makes it safe for pregnant women which is their target audience. This is another reason why I like this product more . I have really sensitive and I know how much we all are a sucker for those fragrance body butters , they do no good and in some cases my end up irritating your skin .The texture is very luxurious , its not creamy at all. It is like a body oil , a tad bit greasy but it does not feel sticky and absorbs pretty well into the skin . 
This product has no added fragrances or any ingredients that  may irritate sensitive skin - which in other words is ideal for me .The smell is not bad at all for an all natural product , although disclaimer it does not smell like cocoa or chocolate . It smells like jasmine or almond oil .I have been using this product since a year and I can see visible changes . I only use The Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula - Tummy Butter only in the winters , and would not recommend it for summers as it might get a bit greasy . 
Price :513/-
Rating 4.5/5
Website :Here

NYX MegaShine Lip gloss - Lollipop, Natural, French Kiss

I love lip glosses, especially for everyday going out to the mall kind of make-up. I stumbled upon NYX Megashine a few years ago and started looking it up. After much deliberation I came to the conclusion to buy 3 shades, Lollipop, Natural and French Kiss. The glosses are all sticky so if that's not your cup of tea its alright. They smell sweet without being over powering. Lets get into it then.

This lip gloss I had high hopes on because it looked so pretty in the swatches and the container. Its a nice golden beige color that has a bit of a peach undertone.  Sadly it does not look good on my pigmented lips and olive complexion. It makes my skin look brassy and not at all cute in photographs. You can wear this with a clear gloss on top to cut down on the shimmer or only on the center of the lips for some umph. I think this would suit pale skin tones best !

My absolute favorite of them all has to be natural. Its is a nude brownie pink color great for my pigmented lips as it helps to cut down the purple tones. It fades into a beautiful tint on the lips and lasts really long. It will suit a lot of skin tones and is great for an everyday look. Double thumbs up for this gloss. This one has no shimmer

French Kiss:
Again like lollipop this turned out to be a disappointment. there is way too much shimmer in it and it tends to not flatter my lips or skin tone. I think people with thinner lips and pale skin should go for this. I have pretty full lips hence it becomes too over powering. Indian skin tones should stay away from this one as the silver shimmer does not flatter the yellow tones in the skin.

1) Lasts Long
2) Smells good
3) Highly Pigmented
4) Cheap
5) Available online
6) Sturdy Packaging

1)  Sticky
Price: 237 rps
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Friday, 21 June 2013

Mikyajy fragrance / Perfume Atomiser Review

 This is absolutely an amazing innovation .I have seen the Travalo which is almost the same but sadly not available in India or Middle east .The Mikyajy perfume atomiser is available in 3 shades . Pink , purple and red .
They fit in your purse ,make-up bag , wallet or pocket easily. It is a perfect little thing that your can keep it in your bag to spruce up your day with your favourite perfume .The Atomiser directly pumps from a standard perfume bottle. With our patented system fragrance is never affected by exposure to the air and decants magically from one sealed bottle into another in just a few seconds, without any assembly or parts.
I always used small perfume samples in my bag but they would leak or break . Also many brands do not make travel size versions of every perfume.
The versatility of the Mikyajy perfume atomiser makes it so unique .They are also handy to use up the last little remnants of perfume in your bottle .
 I made a small video which clearly demonstrates how the Mikyajy Perfume Atomiser works . 
STEP 1-Take both the lids off the perfume.
STEP 2-At the bottom of the Mikyajy Atomiser there is a small little rubber opening that sucks the perfume by creating a suction .Place the this rubber opening onto the perfume . Make sure the opening of the perfume is aligned with the rubber opening on the atomiser.
STEP 3- Start pressing it down slightly.You will notice the perfume starts filling up into the atomiser.
Price -29AED

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Revlon Lip Butter - 4 Swatches - Creme Brulee, Peach Parfait, Cotton Candy, Pink Truffle

I present to you a very much delayed review post on the Revlon Lip Butters. These lip butters are a mix between a lipstick and a lip balm, with moisture and pigmentation. The texture is very smooth and goes on really well. Below I have swatches of 4 that I own. 
Revlon Lip Butter

Peach Parfait:
My Favorite of them all this is a nice peachy shade to wear over a lipstick of just on its own. It has a little golden shimmer and I would definitely repurchase this one. I used this one the most

Peach Parfait
Peach Parfait
Peach Parfait
Cotton candy:
This is a perky pink, Your typical Barbie Doll color. It does have a blue undertone so it might not flatter olive or dark skins. It also will show heavily on pigmented lips

Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy

Pink truffle:
This is a gorgeous color for Indian skin tones. If you have pigmented lips then this will go beautifully as a my lips but better shade. Its a browny pink that can add umph to an evening look

Pink Truffle
Pink Truffle
Pink Truffle

Creme Brulee:
I was personally very excited for this color but it completely blanks out my lips. This is like a lip concealer and in the swatch you can see how similar it is to my skin color. Maybe it can work for some colors but I would avoid it

Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee

Price: 600 rps

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick - ASIA

 A girl always needs a trustworthy lipstick that she can use at any time without thinking twice. For me it has to be Rimmel Lasting finish lipstick in Asia. I was contemplating Airy Fairy but decided to go for this which by the looks of it is a bit darker. 

Its the classic pinky brown shade that will flatter all skin tones and works well with pigmented lips, which I happen have. The color it self is pretty on its own but can be worn with gloss for a night out.

Since its a cream finish it does not last too long by which I mean you will need to touch up after a meal or sip of coffee. 

The packaging is classic Rimmel. It looks posh for the price you pay. The only down side is that this packaging does not allow you to see the color without opening the lipstick.

The scent is nice vanilla scent not as strong as M.A.C but pleasant. Its all in all a good lipstick to have in your vanity and I would recommend it to wheat-ish and olive skin tones.

1) Cheap
2) Great on pigmented lips
3) Universally flattering
4) Good pigmentation
5) Pleasant smell
5) Sturdy Packaging

1) Cannot see color from packaging
2) Availability

Price 250 rps

Rimmel 3 in1 powder blush - 001 SPRING FLOWER

Rimmel - Spring flower
I am always on the hunt for a new blush. In my search i stumbled upon this gorgeous blush by Rimmel. It is from their 3 in 1 blush collection. The shade Spring Flower is a flattering combination of a soft pink, peach and red toned blush. The palette is versatile for all skin colors
Rimmel - Spring flower
I like mixing up the last two colors to give a nice flush and using the soft pink as a highlight. The last shade has barely any shimmer but the first one definately has a good amount of shimmer
Rimmel - Spring flower

The texture is not too powdery. It gives off a decent amount of pigmentation and I can see this as a day blush and a night blush if you add a bit more of the red blush. 
Rimmel - Spring flower

Rimmel - Spring flower

The packaging is sturdy but I honestly do not care for the brush that comes with it. It is too harsh and makes the blush powder when applying. Personally I'd not use it.
Rimmel - Spring flower

Rimmel - Spring flower

For the price, quantity, packaging and quality I'd give this product a thumbs up ! do try it especially olive and fair skin tones. You wont regret it 

1) Cheap
2) Pigmented
3) No strong scent
4) Universally flattering
5) Sturdy Packaging
6) Nice shade range

1) Brush
2) Availability

Price : 485 rps
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