L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal HD – Medium Beige & Espresso | Review & Swatches

The L.A. Girl Cosmetics Pro Conceal HD range of concealers has received a lot of love and rave reviews from the blogging community. This got me excited to try out the range because foundations and concealers are my most used beauty products. To be true to my critical nature regarding makeup, I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about this product.

L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer Warm Beige Espresso ReviewThese concealers come in a HUGE range of shades which is highly commendable but can be a bit intimidating to select from. I went for the shade Medium Beige (GC978) to use as a concealer and the shade Espresso (GC985) as a shade for contouring. Colorwise, Medium Beige is quite the perfect match for me, it is a warm beige with a slightly yellow undertone, which should complement Asian and Indian skin tones quite well. Espresso looks like a cool brown in the tube and when swatched, however, once blended, it leaves a slightly orange-brown undertone on my face, which I am not a huge fan of. However, I can still make it work as a good contouring shade, with the right amount of blending and mixing in with a cool toned concealer.

L.A. Pro Conceal HD Concealers Warm Beige Espresso SwatchesTexture wise, these concealers are the closest to the Loreal True Match concealers, which are my holy grail concealers. They are creamy and liquidy and build up well on the skin without appearing thick or cakey. They do provide a good medium coverage, but somehow I am never able to achieve the full coverage that I am able to get with the True Match concealers. You will need a high coverage foundation or excellent concealing skills to build these up to a full coverage. The more natural finish, however, makes these concealers perfect for contouring, because they blend well without leaving any harsh lines on the skin.

L.A. Girl Pro HD Concealer Warm Beige Espresso PackagingThe major qualm that I have with this product is the packaging. Perhaps I am using it incorrectly, but the squeeze tube with the plastic brush at the end doesn’t really work well for me. It either ends up squirting out too much product, or nothing at all. My preferred way of using the product is to squeeze some onto my palm and then apply it to the face with a brush. If you are not picky about the applicator and are looking for a medium coverage concealer that provides a natural finish, these concealer tubes priced at INR 590 might work really well for you. Personally, I prefer these more for contouring than for concealing, but they are decent concealers as well, to say the least.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can check out the entire range of the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealers here.

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara | Review

It is no secret that Maybelline knows how to create a good mascara. Although I have always been a Colossal gal, I was looking to switch things up when I heard Zoella mention the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in her Insta Story. If you hear the queen of makeup showering so much love on a product, you have to buy it right? So, here are my two cents about this mascara.

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara ReviewThe first thing about this product that took me by surprise was the packaging, I wasn’t expecting it to be so heavy and sturdy, which gives it the look of a high-end mascara. The pink body with the black print looks quite sophisticated when compared to the packaging of most of the Maybelline eye products. It has some sort of a princess element to it, in my opinion, or maybe I just haven’t had enough sleep lately 😛

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Packaging Brush ReviewComing to the formula of the product, it is slightly liquidy and less clumpy compared to the Colossal mascaras. It is more of a lengthening mascara than a volumising one, although layering the product will give you substantial volume too, without your lashes looking too fake. I feel that the brush of this product is the shining star, it has thin bristles that really get to the roots of all the lashes and provide even coverage throughout. You will like this brush if you do not like the thicker variants and want something more suitable for a precise application.

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Eye Swatches Try On Review

Due to my sensitive eyes, I went for the non-waterproof version and the picture above shows the result with just one coat. This variant of the mascara comes off very easily with water but stays on all day long otherwise. For a drugstore mascara priced at INR 500, I feel that the performance of this product is fantastic.  I will recommend wearing one coat for a regular day and 2-3 coats for a special event. If short eyelashes are your primary concern then this mascara is the perfect choice for you!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Maybelline New York Lash Sensational  Mascara for INR 375 here.

Related post: My review of the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in #046 Metallic Shimmer | Review and Swatches

You know that you are a lipstick junkie when you have two lipstick shades from the same brand that are almost identical. What can you do, they each have a tiny difference that makes it absolutely essential for you to have them both! I have already spoken about the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade #122 Stylish on this blog and today I will talk about its lighter twin, the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade #046 Metallic Shimmer.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick #046 Metallic Shimmer

This lipstick is a reddish copper shade with lots of shimmer in it. The formula is creamy, and semi-opaque and stays on the lips for 3-4 hours. In the bullet, and even when swatched, Metallic Shimmer and Stylish look pretty similar. The only difference is that, on the lips, Stylish looks a little more brown/maroon while metallic shimmer looks slightly lighter, with orange undertones.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick Metallic Shimmer Stylish Arm Swatches

I wouldn’t say that you absolutely need to buy both the shades but investing in at least one of them would be a good idea. They are both warm-toned colors that will look great on medium Indian skin tones. This is why I love the Rimmel Lasting Finish lipsticks, they come in a ton of colors that are excellent for daily wear, when you need something more than a nude shade.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick Metallic Shimmer Lip Swatch

Priced at INR 275 only, these lipsticks are some of the most affordable ones in the market and they deliver excellent value for money. I would highly recommend checking out the shade Metallic Shimmer, and the range in general, I am sure you will love it too!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in the shade Metallic Shimmer here.

How To Cope With Travel Sickness: My Journey

Travel sickness, motion sickness, whatever you may call it, it is a curse that takes away half the fun from wanderlust. If you have never experienced any kind of motion sickness whatsoever, whether on a Ferris wheel or on a drive up a hill, consider yourself extremely lucky. The rest of you, I feel your pain because I have suffered from many an arduous journey myself. Here are a few of the things I have learnt over the years about coping with travel sickness, hopefully, my fellow sufferers will find these tips useful too.

  1. Over The Counter Medication – If you suffer from extreme travel sickness then I would highly recommend asking a doctor for a prescription. Over the counter drugs work way better than natural remedies when the sickness gets out of hand. Make sure to go through the list of side effects and dosage instructions. If the medicine needs to be taken after a meal then make sure to eat before you take it, otherwise, it may have quite the opposite effect.Avomine Travel Sickness Drug Medicine
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  2. Audio Books/ Music – No matter what you do, do not read a book or look at your cellphone during a long and winding journey. Sometimes, you may not even be comfortable talking to others when you have a queasy feeling in your stomach. Carry some good music or an audio book to keep you distracted and entertained. Do inform your co-travellers regarding your woes so that they don’t think you are being rude and help out if the need arises.
  3. Eat Some Chips – Believe it or not, if you have a long drive ahead, it may help to eat foods that absorb liquids, for example, potato chips or bread. Refrain from drinking too much water and definitely stay away from sodas, milkshakes and other dairy products. Pardon me for being gross, but the less slush in your tummy, the better. This will help in keeping your food down and will reduce the chances of you actually getting sick.
  4. Candies and Mints – If the lack of liquids makes you feel dehydrated then try sucking on some hard boiled sweets or mints to keep generating the saliva. If you have the stomach for it, then go for some candy with ginger extracts because the root is known to prevent sea sickness. You can go for lemon candy too, it is your day to forget your diet for a few hours and indulge in these unhealthy foods. At least there is some benefit of travel sickness!
  5. Always Carry A Bag – No matter how long the journey, always carry a bag to keep things under control. If you do not have a bag, you will worry throughout your journey about getting sick, and that is the last thing you should have on your mind. As hard as it may seem, think of something else, anything else. Sleeping helps some people but worsens the situation for others. Stay calm and breathe, this too shall pass!

    These are the tips that have helped me the most in my struggle with travel sickness. Hopefully, you will find these helpful too. Remember, the more you travel, the more your body gets used to fighting travel sickness. So, make sure that the fear of travel sickness does not turn into the fear of travelling!



Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm | Review

If you are a fan of the old school tubes of lip treatments then you will definitely love the Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm. This product stands out among the tubs and sticks due to its unique packaging. In the age of creamy, solid balms, this product brings a refreshing change with its glossy, almost oily texture. In fact, I would say that it is an affordable alternative to the luxurious lip oils that have made an entry into the makeup world.

Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm Packaging

Just like all the other products from Anatomicals, this one comes in a vibrant and quirky packaging that is bound to liven up your vanity. Texturewise, it is like an oily lip gloss, but in a good way. As it is a liquid and not a traditional balm, you will need to reapply it every 2-3 hours to keep your lips moisturized. It is not very intensely moisturizing or thick, instead, it leaves your lips lightly hydrated and glossy. As an added bonus, it smells like coconuts, a perfect scent for summer!

Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm Swatch Review

Priced at INR 399 for a 15ml tube, I think this lip balm is a good investment for those who do not like the feel of thick balms on their lips. It doubles up as a clear lip gloss and provides a juicy look to the lips. If you are a lip balm junkie, this product will definitely add some variation to your collection!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Anatomicals Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm here.

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Loreal Paris Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipstick in Aishwarya’s Delicate Pink | Review and Swatches

While rummaging through my lipsticks the other day, I realized that while Loreal makes some stunning dark lip colors, it tends to struggle with the lighter pinks. One such disappointing pink lip color from Loreal is the Collection Exclusive Color Riche Lipstick in the shade Aishwarya’s Delicate Pink. This special edition lipstick was supposed to be a velvety matte flush of pink but ended up being a disaster on my lips.

Loreal Paris Collection Exclusive Color Riche Aishwarya's Delicate PinkLoreal seems to have put in a lot of effort into the packaging of this collection and it has a soft, almost velvety matte feel to it. The formula is similar to the packaging in terms of texture, however, the pigmentation fails to impress. You need 3-4 swipes to get an opaque and even color all over the lips. The disaster doesn’t end there, the product almost instantly settles in the creases and highlights every flaw of the lips in the most unflattering manner! The situation gets worse with time as the color becomes patchy and uneven. Basically, you cannot really apply this product without a very opaque and creamy lipliner underneath it.

Loreal Paris Collection Exclusive Aishwarya's Delicate Pink Lipstick Arm SwatchIf you have already purchased this lipstick and don’t want to waste it then I would recommend using it on top of a lip liner. It is such a shame that the formula does not work well because the color is absolutely gorgeous and would look particularly stunning on those with a lighter skin tone. I hate writing negative reviews for brands and Loreal is one of my favorite ones, but this product is, unfortunately, a dud. If you do not believe me then check out the lip swatch below, it leaves nothing to doubt.

Loreal Paris Collection Exclusive Aishwarya's Delicate Pink Lipstick Lip SwatchPriced at INR 995, this lipstick is definitely not worth the money, which means that my hunt for the perfect rosy pink lipstick continues. If you have any recommendations for me then please leave them in the comments below!

Although I do not recommend it, you can buy the Loreal Paris Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipstick in the shade Delicate Pink here.

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The Lakme Eyeconic Kajal in Deep Black | Review & Swatches

I know that the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal has been around for a long time, however, I never tried the shade, Deep Black, because I felt that there were more affordable drugstore options for a simple black kajal. Lakme recently dropped the price of this product to INR 180, and I thought that it was finally time to give this one a shot. This is going to be a thorough review because I have already finished up one pencil and am on my second one at the moment!

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal Deep Black Packaging

This Kajal pencil is a retractable one, which is perfect for a lazy girl like me who tends to lose all her sharpeners! The formula is super creamy and the shade is jet black, I feel that it is creamier and blacker than the different variants of the Maybelline Colossal Kajal. The only downside of the tip being so soft is that it tends to break if you apply too much pressure, so be gentle while using this pencil.

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal Deep Black Hand Swatch

In terms of longevity, it lasts for about 4-5 hours, after which it fades around the corners of the eyes. The color stays put on the rest of my waterline for a good 8 hours. This is neither smudge-proof nor waterproof, however, the formula is extremely gentle and better suited for sensitive eyes than most smudge-proof kajals. My eyes tend to get irritated very quickly but they don’t react at all to this kajal because it does not tug at the waterline while application and does not contain any ingredients that may sting the eyes.

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal Deep Black Eye Swatch Review

As I mentioned before, this eye pencil is available for INR 180 as of now and I really hope that Lakme does not increase the price again. I would go ahead and state that this is the best affordable kajal in the market, in my opinion. If you are stepping out of the house only for a few hours and do not really need something that is budge proof, the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal might be the perfect product for you!

I hope that this review was useful, click here to buy this product for only INR 144.

Philips Satinelle Essential Epilator | Review

Epilation is one of the less common techniques used for hair removal by Indian women. A one-time investment in a good epilator can completely eliminate the need to rush to salons and is also very helpful for those who travel a lot. Although I do not epilate on a regular basis, I do own the Philips Satinelle Essential Epilator kit (BRE201/00) and thought that I should share my review of this device with you.


What Does The Kit Contain – The kit contains the epilator body, one epilator head, one razor head, one epilator cap to cover the tweezers at the end for precise usage, one razor cap for protection while storage, one brush for cleaning, and one power adapter. The brush helps in removing the fine hairs that may get stuck in the heads and the heads can also be cleaned under running water.


Performance – The epilator works quite well, it removes all the hair from the skin if you bring it close to the skin and move it slowly, against the direction of growth. It does hurt almost as much as waxing and leaves my skin a little red, but the pain becomes less noticeable with regular usage. Make sure to not go over the same area again and again as it may lead to irritated skin. I use it primarily on my legs and arms and it gives a similar performance and regrowth time as waxing.

The razor head offers the option of converting the epilator into an electric razor, which makes this product so versatile. It comes in handy for touch-ups and is also very useful if you prefer to shave certain parts of your body instead of waxing or tweezing. It provides a close shave and leaves the skin non-irritated and smooth.

The Downside – The only con of this product is that it cannot be operated with a battery, and you need to plug it in every time you use it. Although the cord of the power adapter is pretty long, it means that you cannot epilate in your bathroom in case there is no plug point in there and you most definitely cannot epilate in your bath tub!


The Verdict – This epilation kit is priced at approximately INR 3000 in India, which I feel is quite good, considering that it also includes a razor head. It is easy to use and performs as per expectation, the only hassle being the presence of a power cord. I would recommend purchasing this if you want an alternative to waxing. It will last you for years and you can use it regularly for hair removal at home or only when you are traveling. The convenience that it provides definitely makes it worth the money!

I hope that this review was useful, you can buy the Philips Satinelle Essential Epilator here.

MatrikaS The Creative Woman’s Journal | Review

This lovely community of bloggers realizes the power of words and the magic of colors, which is why I am sure that all of you will love The Creative Woman’s Journal created by MatrikaS. I received this amazing journal as a part of their blogger outreach program and have been gasping at its quality and beauty ever since. It is a sturdy, hardbound journal with a red cover and gold embossing, with a feather on top that provides a constant encouragement to write.

Matrikas The Creative Woman Journal

The pages are thick and robust, not the kind that blot the ink or tear when flipped quickly. Most of the pages are lined while some of them are blank, providing a wonderful canvas for the random doodles and scribbles. The sheer quality of the paper will motivate you to fill up this journal with your thoughts, dreams, and memories!

Matrikas The Creative Woman's Journal

I know that most bloggers, and women in general, are obsessed with making lists. The Creative Woman’s Journal also contains several pages full of fun stickers that will add a quirky element to your lists and diary entries. I have already started playing around with these stickers to create some interesting pages in my journal.

MatrikaS The Creative Woman's Journal Stickers

My favorite feature of this journal is the collection of adult coloring pages that have dreamy designs which you can bring to life with vibrant hues of your choice. Do you know what the best thing about these coloring pages is? No matter what colors you choose, the picture always looks beautiful. You can find me each evening, sitting on my window sill, filling in these patterns with my pack of color pencils. An excellent way to unwind and to relive your childhood days!

MatrikaS The Creative Woman's Journal Adult Colouring Pages

If you are anything like me and are always on the hunt for high-quality stationery, The Creative Woman’s Journal from MatrikaS is tailor-made for you. Do check out their fantastic collection to find the perfect stationery that caters to your creative personality.

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P.S. – This review is a part of the MatrikaS Scribble Your Heart Away Campaign but all the thoughts and opinions are my own.

Summer Date Night Outfit Ideas

Choosing a comfortable yet stylish outfit is always a hard task, especially during the summer months. When getting ready for a date, you want your skin to breathe but do not want to look too casual either. I recently styled a summer date night outfit inspired by the cute lingerie sets from Adore Me. Their collection is incredibly feminine yet comfortable, which gave me the idea to slip into this deep turquoise lace dress that is comfy yet chic.


The subtle see-through elements at the sleeves and the hemline add to the feminity of the dress and the body-con fit accentuates the figure perfectly. The fabric is very comfortable and stretchable, making it ideal for the sultry heat. In the summer, I want my feet to be comfortable too, therefore I went for these chunky brown heels that add a bit of height without being hard to walk in.

IMG_8966.JPG I chose a breezy, ruffled hairstyle that wouldn’t be difficult to maintain and used a few simple golden accessories to add a formal touch to the look. A gold cuff and a gold clutch complement the color of the dress really well and also provide a glam quotient. You can even opt for a sling bag if you prefer those.


For my makeup, I wanted something simple, with a pop of color. I chose a matte foundation and a nude lip gloss and added the color in the form of a gorgeous duo chrome eyeshadow. I can wear this outfit and makeup all day/night long without feeling sweaty or uncomfortable. With the right amount of mixing and matching, you can make sure that you do not have to compromise on elegance even in the summer months!

What is your go to summer date night outfit? Let me know in the comments below!



P.S. – This post is in collaboration with Adore Me, however, it is not sponsored and all thoughts are my own.

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Nike Woman Basic Yellow Deodorant | Review

This could be a controversial one. I know that the world is switching to aluminum-free, natural deodorants and that aerosol cans are damaging to the environment. However, most of my readers are based in India, where the eco-friendly deodorants are still hard to find and are also quite expensive. Personally, I hardly ever use deodorants and usually, a body mist works just fine for me. There are of course those days when I have to be out and about in the sun and I do not want to subject the world to body odor. The Nike Women Basic Yellow Deodorant is my go to product for such occasions.


If you are like me and hate the pungent undertones that most deodorants have, you will love this product. It smells just like a perfume and you can’t even tell that it is a deodorant. In fact, you do not even need to wear a perfume on the days that you use this deodorant. The scent is a sweet, candy fragrance with some warmth to it. It is not girly but it is definitely feminine. If strong, floral or musky scents make you sick then you will find this fragrance much more pleasing.


The scent lasts all day long and I feel that it even keeps the sweat at bay. A 200ml can of this product is priced at INR 250 and is available at most drugstores and online too. If you can find a natural deodorant where you live or can make one at home then that is great, but if you are stuck in a situation where you have to purchase a conventional deodorant then I would highly recommend this one.

I hope that you found this review helpful. You can buy the Nike Woman Basic Yellow Deodorant here.


Wet n Wild Petal Pusher Palette | Review, Swatches and Tutorial

This post is a mini tutorial and makeup review merged into one! I recently created an eye look inspired by a stormy sky at dusk and I used my Wet n Wild Color Icon Petal Pusher Palette for the same. Here is my take on this palette and a few pointers on how to create this look.


This is the look I created, the eyeshadow looks dusty purple in some lights and coppery gray in others. I created this shade by combining the eyelid and crease shades from the right row of the palette. I also added the pink browbone shade to the inner corners as a highlight.


In terms of pigmentation and formula, the two eyelid shades and the browbone shade on the left are a little chalky and less pigmented. You may need a wet brush with these colors for maximum impact. The browbone shade on the right is also slightly powdery but very shiny and pigmented. All the crease and definer shades are intensely pigmented and provide a bold color in a single swipe.

16thMay.jpg I think that the look I created is an easy alternative to a smoky eye when you are in a hurry. Also, can we talk about the double winged eyeliner for a moment? I feel that it adds just the right amount of drama and frames the face quite well.


The Wet n Wild Color Icon palettes are very versatile and can be used to create a ton of different looks. Petal pusher contains a nice mix of purples, pinks, and coppers, so you can create everything from a playful daytime look to a sultry smokey eye. Priced at $4.99, this eyeshadow palette is definitely a bargain that does not disappoint!

I hope that you liked this look. You can buy the Wet n Wild Petal Pusher Palette here.

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