Beauty, Face, Lakme

Hot off the Rack ….Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Serum

A review post after quite a while ..

After the move to Bangalore, I am in search of products for dry skin. In my beloved Chennai, my skin was shining and clear. But the Bangalore air is messing my skin’s pysche. It has been acting up, drying to the point of patches and flaking despite a regular CTM routine. I guess the hydrating strength of the products I was using wasn’t enough . So my quest for products to suit my now crazy skin has officially been flagged off.

The first product in my trials is the Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Reflecting Serum. The pack says this product hydrates the skin to make it lustrous and moistures coats your skin with gloss. It is an aqueous veil with mineral laden glacial water. I sorta lost the plot here with the spelling of “aqueous” .. Anyway there is a foggy picture here(excuse it and jump to the review please) and product details are right below here …

Net Volume: 30ml

M.R.P: Rs.899

Usage: Dab entire face with 3-4 drops of serum and gently pat till absorbed.

Best used with rest of the range.

Well I opened the pack today. It is a very nice looking black packaging. And bottle has a pump fitted to dispense the serum. I had to work it a few times to get enough product. But the pump was a pretty fancy one I say. You need to twist the bottle cap to make the pump appear, then lock it place and then work the pump. This packaging is super travel safe, wont mess your handbag if you carry it on you. It is not as difficult as it sounds but it is packed much better than most face products I have tried. I really like the retro black and white sketch of a woman on the box. It looks like retro and b/w picture is all the fad these days.

Now to the serum itself and my experience on the first use. I applied as instructed on the pack. But I have not bought the rest of the range. And decided to try just the serum. I somehow equate serum to more concentration and therefore assume the “serum” versions of any product are more potent. That’s just me. So lets take a deep breath at my profound logic and turn to my excessively dry skin for answers. And my skin is acting angry. It does not like the serum much. The serum makes my skin feel all the more dry and stretched. I will think very hard before using this product alone. I guess I will use the range in entirety but the effect this product has on my skin makes me question that course of action. Lets see. I have decided on a one week trial period.

Rating: 2/5

And that is for the elegant packaging. I may revise the rating after a period of use or buying the whole range.The latter of which is very unlikely.

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Beauty

Luscious lips in a box ….

When I was a kid, I had gone to visit a cousin , and on her dresser I found something that I still drool over .. it  was a big bright box with lace and ribbon, and guess what it was filled with – LIPSTICKS !!!!


Oh how I swooned over it.. A big box filled with various brands, lots of colors – lovely smooth jewels.. Filled a little carelessly, with lipsticks.. almost brimming with beauty.. OMG.. I vowed to have something like it one day, and started quietly collecting lipsticks.. and now I can easily say I have a lot more than that box, but that was my inspiration. I still keep my lipsticks like that box, a bit messy a bit like a pile.. and when I want to find one .. its not so easy, but hey, its my Box.
Oflate, my lip balms, glosses, lip liners and even some cotton( i have no idea why) has found its way into the box ..and its brimming and pouring over.. So i have some of its contents ( my Fav ones ofcourse) out, for a photo session .. Well,thats actually my way of cleaning the box . When i actually look at the pile, i am getting the feeling its high time i find some method to sort this out .. May be smaller ( yet pretty) boxes .. or a stack of mini drawers.. I dont know yet.. but definitely must do something to keep these better .. Humph!
Here’s a picture of some of my favorite lip products. More clear pictures and swatches will follow soon!!
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Beauty, Eyes, Kajal, Lakme

The cousin – Eyeconic Kajal!

The lovely cousin of a another super product of the same line : The Lakme Eye-conic Curling Mascara.  And i love this one too !

I bought this together with the Mascara and the 2 are a deadly duo. Dead Black. That’s what they are. And they are so easy to apply. The Kajal is very soft and totally smudge proof. It just glides on the eyeline and leaves a very definitive finish.

 Me Likes .

Just like the mascara, the Lakme Eye-conic kajal too is intensely black and butter smooth. Whats more, it lasts for 10 hrs straight! Super! But wait, there is more! It is smudge proof, waterproof , and dermatologically tested ,  so its super safe .. apart from super awesome that is !

As usual, it needs to do its job for my work day.. the long and dreary types.. and last its actual 10 hrs .. but i am yet to test that bit out.. for now, i am rejoicing in its rich black outline. I am gonna give you some pictures later, when i find myself an official photographer ( read husband in his free-time) and get the lighting right..For now, here’s a pic of the product.

And again, at Rs.199 only !!

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Beauty, elle 18, lips, lipsticks

Elle18 Color Pops – Sheer softness!


I have been a bit of the Elle18 fan since college days . I used to live on a tight budget and busy days,  traveling often and keeping myself pretty occupied.. Lipsticks and Eyeliner were all the make up I used to sport apart from the mandatory sun-tan and face powder.. And this was the brand that worked for me in so many different ways .. And this post is just about the lipsticks that i used to love, and i continued love them every time they were re-launched ..Actually lots more love since they started coming with this moisturizing core .. But this time round, there is super cutesy packaging as opposed to the earlier “i go to office” packaging.

I like to look neat and presentable even when i do mundane things like cook, wash and clean. And before these came back I had to use a lip balm; a matte lipstick.. Or a nice butter finish cream lipstick so i don’t dry my lips out.. I work a lot in Air conditioned areas and dry my skin, lips, & hair out. A lot. And these are a boon. They moisturize well. And give a nice HINT of color unless a lot of layers are applied. So the look is not over done, but is just well done ..They tend to leave more a sheer finish then a solid color, so they quite natural – at least most shades do, especially my favorite Cocoa Creme.
I got myself three shades and I am totally in love with Cocoa Creme ( long time love) and Rusty (new love). Cocoa Creme is a nice brown, tending towards a dark chestnut shade , but sheer. SHEER is the key word here. And Rusty is a peachy pink! and the last one is the only berry shade i own.. i always think berry shades make me look darker.. they just don’t inspire me much.. But this one, i like. Its called Berry Crush..
SWATCHES:

1. Berry Crush

2.Rusty
4.Cocoa Creme

Don’t miss the sheer finish on the swatches . If you really want some nice dense color.. These are so not for you.. But they sure do a great job as a Balm+lip tint. Also, at a Rs.100 each, they are a steal.


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Beauty, Me, Music, Poetry

Firework….

I think I am just in the mood for words these days. I rediscovered Kipling sometime ago. And then I found Katy Perry. Yes Katy Perry. A few days back, I was watching Madagascar 3 and I heard this amazing song – Fireworks. I have recently discovered Katy Perry and have been listening to her all day long, day in and out. And fireworks is on repeat mode. It is refreshingly relevant,beautifully motivating and very inclusive. Where IF talks about getting up and going on like a strict father, Fireworks talks about the same stuff like a fairy godmother. It makes me feel all happy and renews my faith in myself. It is such a rush. Yes I am super late in discovering this. But I simply feel compelled to share. Even if I am late.
Suggestions of other works like this invited.
Original Video below. Madagascar 3 video below that. Lyrics below all that. Do not miss the Madagascar 3 video. It is a gorgeous visual treat, set to the amazing score of Fireworks.   
Lyrics:

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep six feet under?
Scream but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe

You don’t have to feel like a wasted space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it’s time you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It’s always been inside of you, you, you
And now it’s time to let it through-ough-ough

‘Cause, baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon

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Beauty, Eyes, Lakme, Mascara

Eyeconic !!

Today, i was looking to finish a couple of tasks: go to the library and meet a friend.  But somehow on the way, I landed myself at the local cosmetic store and bought a couple products!!Of late, I have been amassing eye products and decided to try the Lakme Eye-conic Range – the Lakme Curling Mascara.. And the Lakme Eye-Conic Kajal. To complete the eye-product range, I also sampled the Lakme Absolute Shine Line Eyeliner( in Black).

And here’s about the Lakme Curling Mascara. It comes in this curvy container shaped like a tear-drop(from the top), a new nice applicator brush, and the new colour tones that Lakme has started using for the eye-conic range really please the eye .. if you know what i mean .. 


So i give it a shot and find it really amazing. It is super smooth and really dense. Not so dense to look clumpy, but just enough to give your lashes the length and thickness they need. And all in just one coat. A double coat gives an intense black and statement finish.. Just brilliance. When i dress up to the bold look, this one is definitely on my list of must wears.


What adds to the brilliance is the Smart Curl Brush. Its slightly curved and does very well to work just the lashes without getting spots on the side/lids ( Ew! Messy to remove, especially if you have eye-shadow on). Works even better if you want to apply mascara only to the lashes near the ends of the eyes oe reach the lashes near the tear ducts. Most brushes make it difficult to get there, but not this one. I use mascara on the outer ends of the eyes for daily make up, to highlight my lashes and give them a bit of length. My office women still don’t do the full routine, you see.. So it suits me perfectly, for daily use as well!

Only problem with this is that its one tough cookie to clear. You have to put in some effort to get this off your eyes, it just wont leave easy. I used a Revlon Make-up remover and had to struggle with it quite a bit and after, my lashes looked a tad longer. Now am not sure if i got all of it out. But longer lashes? Yay!


And at Rs.250, i think it’s a super hot buy ! Must get .. RIGHT NOW!

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