NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Berry Strudel | Review

This season is all about experimenting with unique lip colors, from bright blues to neon oranges. However, I feel that one unusual lip color that I am brave enough to sport on my lips is purple. If you are looking for a blue toned purple to add a pop of color to your face then I will suggest going with the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in the shade Berry Strudel.

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This lip gloss lives up to its name and provides intense pigmentation while leaving the lips soft like butter. I admit that this color looks a bit scary in the hand swatch but when you apply it on the lips some of the natural pink color of the lips peeks through, making this purple a bit more wearable. Since it is a lip gloss and not a liquid lipstick, the finish is not fully opaque but is shiny and semi-opaque instead. This kind of a finish is actually good for those who are experimenting with bold colors for the first time because it softens the look. If you wish, you can add a few more layers for a fully opaque look.

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Also, unlike liquid lipsticks, this gloss is easier to apply and more comfortable to wear. It has a decent longevity of around 3-4 hours as well. It also has a strong scent of some sort of a dessert, which I quite enjoy.

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I love that this product provides hydration as well as bold color, a combination that is hard to find. Priced at INR 575, the range includes a bunch of different colors to choose from but I think that this purple shade is perfect for adding some brightness to your outfits for spring and summer.

I hope that this review was useful, buy the NYX Intense Butter Gloss here.

Do check out a look I created using this lip color.

 

Vaadi Herbals Strawberry Facial Bar | Review

Does anyone still use soap for cleansing the face? I personally prefer a face wash because it is easier to travel with and seems more hygienic. To be honest, I only purchased the Vaadi Herbals Strawberry Facial Bar because I wanted to get rid of the shipping charges on my Nykaa order. Since I bought it, I have been using it and here is my review of this product.

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I was primarily attracted to this soap because of the word Strawberry, and the product does live up to its claim on this front. It has a pleasing, sweet strawberry scent that literally fills up my bathroom, you won’t need a room freshener if you purchase this product! In terms of performance, it does seem gentler than the regular soaps and leaves the skin looking bright and refreshed. It gets rid of the oil really well, in fact, its cleansing action is so strong that I would not recommend this for dry skin. It also claims to reduce pigmentation, however, I have not seen much improvement in that area.

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The first thing that disappointed me about this product as soon as it arrived was its size. It is so tiny! Here is a pic that compares its size to that of a lip balm. Agreed that the price of INR 30 is not a lot but I was still expecting something bigger. Perhaps the great ingredients it contains, such as strawberry and grapeseed extracts and almond oil, are the reason for the high price. In any case, the small size makes it harder to work with, although the bar does not dissolve much and is quite long lasting.

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I won’t be repurchasing this product simply because I prefer a liquid face wash. However, if you like solid cleansers and are ok with spending 30 bucks on this tiny bar then it is excellent at keeping the oil at bay throughout the day.

Buy it here.

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2 Minute Eye Makeup For Beginners

If you want to keep only one eyeshadow in your makeup collection then go for a brownish golden shade. This color is the most flattering on all skin tones and can be applied all over the lid for a simple eye makeup look. Here is a look that I created in less than 2 minutes, using only two products, a bronze eyeshadow and an eyeliner.

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This look is so simple yet versatile. You can wear it to work or even to a party with a nice lipstick. If you have sensitive eyes or do not like shimmer in general then you can opt for a matte brown or bronze shade instead. However, I personally prefer some subtle shimmer.

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I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in the shade 25 Bad To The Bronze for this look. This eyeshadow has been a favorite of beauty bloggers for several years. It comes in a pot full of almost solid, cream eyeshadow that blends beautifully with the fingers. It sticks to the lids and does not budge all day, no primer needed. You can use it on its own all over the lid or can also use it as a base color for more elaborate looks.

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I highly recommend investing in a pigmented cream eyeshadow that does not require any fancy tools for application. Just add a touch of eyeliner and your makeup will look so put together without requiring any effort at all. This is my trick for the hectic days when I can’t spend more than 5 minutes in getting ready.

I hope that this makeup tip was useful. Buy the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze here.

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VLCC Depigmentation Day Cream Review

As hard as it may sound to moisturize each day, particularly during the hot summer months, it is essential for healthy, glowing skin. What is even more essential is a high enough SPF to protect your face from the summer sun. Lazy me likes to combine both the steps and I always prefer day creams that have an SPF. I recently tried out the VLCC Depigmentation Day Cream and here are my thoughts about it.

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This day cream lies somewhere between a creamy and thick consistency. A small amount is sufficient for the whole face and you will need to massage it in to prevent a white cast. Once absorbed by the skin, it leaves the face feeling supple and hydrated the entire day. I am not too sure about its depigmentation qualities but it does brighten the skin with regular usage.

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The formula has SPF 25, which is quite high for a day cream and eliminates the need for a sunscreen if you are exposed to direct sunlight only for a few minutes each day. It also contains some great ingredients such as mulberry extract, turmeric, and glycolic acid, which are known to work wonders for troubled skin. The cream has quite a strong, sweet smell that might bother some people but I am pretty fine with it.

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A 50 gm tub of this cream is priced at INR 405, which is quite reasonable as this tub lasted me for a really long time. The packaging is also very unique and looks cute stacked up with the other products from the range. Overall, I would say that this is a good cream for those with dry to combination skin, as it might be a little too greasy for oily skin types. It evens out the skin tone quite well without being harsh on the delicate skin of the face. A great day cream for the summer months!

Buy it here.

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Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel in Lilac Cupcake | Review

I got the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel in the shade #73 Lilac Cupcake as a birthday perk with my purchase from Nykaa.com, and it arrived just in time for spring. You know that a nail paint is good if you apply the same color twice in a row, and that is what happened with this beautiful periwinkle blue nail color.

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What impressed me the most about this formula is the opacity that it provides in just one coat. I do throw on a second coat for good measure but you can definitely get away with just one. I do not need to say much about the color because it speaks for itself. A milky, pastel blue that is nothing like anything else I own. This color is subtle but bright at the same time and looks really good on the toes as well!

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The formula provides a medium shine and has a wear time of 4-5 days. The pastel range is my favorite among all the Nykaa nails paints, the colors are unique and beautiful. Priced at INR 179 for a 9 ml bottle, this is the perfect nail color for a beach vacation!

Buy it here.

Other posts you may like: My review of the Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel in the shade Lemon Pudding

Purple and Black Cut Crease Eye Makeup

I love my community of readers and really feel grateful for their wonderful ideas and recommendations for new blog posts. One of my readers from my blog on Niume recently suggested that I create a bold purple and black eye makeup look. This kind of a look is something that I wouldn’t normally wear but I love to explore things that are out of my comfort zone and challenge my creativity. So without much ado, here is the look that I created.

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This look might not be very dramatic for some of you but it is something that I would not normally create had it not been for this blog post. However, I was pretty pleased with the final result and I feel that it is quite edgy without being too over the top. For the right occasion, this makeup would look perfect with an all black ensemble.

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I used the crease and browbone shades from the Wet n Wild Petal Pusher palette for my upper lid and used the Loreal Paris Magique Eyeliner for the black cat flick. I added some of the color on my lower lash line as well and intensified it with the Maybelline Vivid and Smooth Liner in the shade Violet Pearl. On my lips, I wore the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in the shade Berry Strudel to stick to the purple theme. Few coats of your favorite mascara will bring this look together perfectly! It is quite an easy look to recreate and requires just a few products.

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I hope that you liked this look, it is something different but isn’t makeup all about having fun? Do let me know if you have any other suggestions for a look that you want me to create because I am really enjoying working on your requests!

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P.S. – I have added links from where you can purchase all the products, just click on the names of the products to buy them.

XoXo,

Mrinalini

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Soothing and Repairing Lip Balm | Review

An annoying thing about some lip balms is that they can be quite thick and can cling to the chapped portions of the lips. Not a pretty look for lips that are already dry and damaged. If you face this problem with your lip balms then you might want to give the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Lip Balm a shot. Bear in mind that this lip balm is expensive and will set you back INR 490 for 4.7ml of the product, so if you are happy with your current lip balm then there is no need to spend so much money. However, if you feel that most lip balms do not sit right on your lips then this investment might be worth it.

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The formula is super nourishing and has a slightly oily feel to it, but in a good way. It gets absorbed quickly and leaves a very thin layer of the product on the lips that stays there for 4-5 hours. It is a transparent lip balm that imparts a natural shine to the lips without exaggerating the cracks and patches. I would not recommend applying a lip color on top of this one because things could get a little slippery. It is better to use this on the no makeup days or as an overnight lip treatment.

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The lip balm has some great ingredients such as shea butter, glycerin, and vitamin E and does not contain any parabens. The formula also contains the famous Vichy Thermal Spa Water and is hypoallergenic, making it perfect for those with super sensitive lips. I like the mild fragrance and the light texture of this lip balm for the summer months and it has become a staple for me. Other than the price which is quite steep, this could be a game changer for those of you whose lips simply do not cooperate!

Buy it here.

How To Lose Weight By Sparing 4 Minutes Each Day!

If your excuse for not exercising is the lack of time then I have the perfect solution for you. Surely you can spare 4 minutes each day? That is all you need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, thanks to the power of HIIT workouts. High Intensity Interval Training claims to burn a large number of calories with just a few minutes of exercise. What is more, these workouts also increase the rate at which you burn calories for the next 10 hours. The big question is whether these claims are true or not.

I personally do not believe in counting calories, but ever since I started following Lucy Wyndham-Read’s HIIT workout videos on YouTube, I have seen a significant improvement in my health. I feel more energetic throughout the day and the perpetual back pain has completely disappeared! I have been working out daily and have reduced my refined sugar and oil intake since a month and a half. Not only are my muscles becoming visibly stronger, I have also lost 3 pounds of weight.

Most of the HIIT workouts do not need any special equipment and Lucy even demonstrates easier steps for beginners. Add a minute of warming up and another one for stretching after the workout, and you are done with your exercise for the day. I understand that everybody’s body and fitness levels are different but this simple regimen has worked so well for me that I had to put the word out there. I am not a trained fitness expert or professional, so please do your research on this subject before you decide to go for HIIT workouts. This is just my personal experience that I wanted to share with you folks!

P.S. – This is NOT a sponsored post. It is my honest opinion on HIIT workouts 🙂

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser | Review

Summer has arrived early this year in India and I already find myself reaching for my face wash more often. I have been meaning to try the Cetaphil face wash for oily and acne-prone skin for quite some time now, however, my local pharmacy did not have it in stock. I had to settle for the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser instead, which is recommended for all skin types.

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This product cleanses the skin without leaving it dry. It does not contain any irritating ingredients and the mild formula is suitable for sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soft and is excellent for removing the sweat without stripping the natural oils from the face. However, it does not help much with reducing oil generation, which is the primary concern for my acne-prone skin. If you want a product that helps with blemishes and pimples then this one is not meant for you. You can probably use some face wash that is formulated for oily skin in the mornings and nights and can use this one if you feel the need to wash your face during the day. Its gentle formula is perfect for unclogging the pores that suffer from heat and humidity. Those with dry skin can use this as a regular face wash, without any need for another product.

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I also love the packaging of this face wash, it comes with a flip lid that prevents leakage and the wide bottle avoids the wastage of the product stuck at the bottom. The consistency is slightly thick and jelly-like which is also great for traveling. Moreover, you can use this product without water by simply wiping it off with a tissue. If you are out and about then this trick makes cleaning the face very simple, although I prefer using water. Priced at INR 215 for a 125 ml bottle, I think this is the perfect summer cleanser for those with dry skin.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can but this face cleanser here.

I will definitely try out the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser and will report back to you guys.

Related posts:

My review of the Loreal Paris go 360 Anti-Breakout Facial Cleanser.

 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in #122 Stylish | Review

 

Sometimes the nude lip colors can be a bit too pale or brown. There are days when you need your lips to look naturally healthy and have a slightly reddish undertone. The Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade 122 Stylish will not disappoint you on such occasions.

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I am a huge fan of the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks in general as they are incredibly moisturizing yet stay on the lips for quite some time. This shade is no exception and I do not need to reapply for 3-4 hours. The formula is quite smooth and provides a semi-opaque finish in one swipe. It is a dusty red color with multi-colored shimmer that looks quite subtle on the lips.

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I reach for this shade when I do not want a very bold look but don’t want my lips to look pale either. You can get away without a lip balm with this product, provided that you do not have severely chapped lips. It offers mild hydration and has a sweet, coconutty scent.

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The best part about this lipstick is that it is priced at only INR 250! I think that the Rimmel lipsticks are quite underrated in India. They offer unmatchable quality for the price and come in a ton of different colors and finishes. Do give this one a try if you are looking for a comfortable to wear, foolproof nude red lipstick.

Buy the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks here.

Related articles-

A makeup look I created using this lipstick.

My review of the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in the shade #180 Vintage Pink. 

The Batiste Stylist XXL Volume Spray | Review

If you have been following my blog for some time then you must be aware that the only boon that I seek from the Hair Gods is that of volume. It seems that the Gods have finally answered my prayers in the form of the Batiste Stylist XXL Volume Spray. This finishing spray is primarily marketed as a backcombing spray and claims to be a volume booster, and (drum rolls please) it actually works!

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You are supposed to spray it evenly on the roots and then work the hair with your fingers or a teasing brush to create a ton of volume that lasts all day long. I have tried this product in the sweaty Indian summer months and it really maintains the volume of the hair and curbs the greasiness. I don’t think that it is publicized as a dry shampoo but in my opinion, it is basically a dry shampoo that also supplies an insane amount of volume at the roots. It absorbs oil and imparts a pleasant fragrance that lasts for a few days.

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To derive the maximum benefits from this product, make sure to start with a little amount and then spray on more as per your need. The product is white in color and if you are not cautious with how much you use, you may end up with a grayish cast. The correct amount, however, blends in quite well and only leaves behind a slightly gritty and matte texture on the hair. Bear in mind that this is a volumizing spray and you will not be able to achieve a super shiny hair look with this one. Priced at INR 749 for a 200 ml bottle that will take care of your hair game for several months, this hair spray will definitely become your favorite if you suffer from fine and limp hair.

I hope this review was helpful. Buy this pretty pink bottle of goodness here.

Related Articles: The Batiste Dry Shampoo For Dark Brown Hair | Review

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Bold Party Makeup using Red Eye Shadow | Tutorial

Hey, guys. I had recently posted about the monochromatic makeup trend and had asked you if you would like to see a makeup look with red eye shadow. A bunch of you said that you would be interested in such a look, so I created it! Here is my red themed monochromatic makeup look, be warned that it is not for daily wear and possibly not for the faint hearted 😛

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I do not own a pure red eyeshadow, therefore I used a red lipstick as my eye base for this look. I went with the Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in the shade Big Apple Red and blended the color all over my lids. This acted as a base color and a primer too, thanks to its stickiness. Next, I softened the red by adding the golden shade from the Maybelline Color Sensational eye shadow palette in Topaz Gold to my inner corners and the brownish shade on my outer corners. I also used the white shade underneath my eyebrows to make them pop. Lots of blending, a bold black liner, two coats of mascara, and voila the eyelids are done! I wanted to create a more dramatic look, therefore I used the brown eyeshadow and the red lipstick underneath my waterline too and smudged it out a little bit. You can skip this step if you want a less edgy look. Here are all the products that I used for my eye makeup.

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As the eye makeup is quite fierce looking, I did not go for a bright red lipstick but a reddish nude color instead. The Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade 122 Stylish is a perfect red based nude that goes with the monochromatic theme without looking too over the top.

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Here is another picture of the final look. Remember that you can easily recreate the makeup looks that you see on the internet with products that you have at hand. There is no need to invest in a red eye shadow for a makeup look that you will sport only once a year. Bronzers, blushers, and lipsticks can all work as eye shadows if you just blend them properly.

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I would reserve this look only for parties, however, you can replace the red color with a peachy coral shade for a summery look that is much more wearable. Just play around with colors and let your imagination go wild!

I hope that you liked this unusual look. Here are a few links to purchase the products that I used:

Maybelline Color Sensational Eye Shadow in Topaz Gold.

Maybelline Color Show Lipstick in Big Apple Red.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick.

Read my post about monochromatic makeup here.

See you tomorrow with another post.

XoXo,

Mrinalini