Maybelline New York Gigi Hadid Matte Lipstick – Erin | Review and Swatches

Unless you are living under a rock, you must have heard by now that the Maybelline Gigi Hadid collection has finally launched in India. When I saw the international reviews of this collection, I felt that the range was just a marketing gimmick – old products in new packaging, and decided that I will not give in to the beauty of the blush-colored products. However, when I heard both Shreya Jain and Corallista talk about the Matte Lipstick in the shade Erin, I was sucked in! This lipstick is the classic example of “YouTube made me buy it”. Read on to find out whether I loved or regretted the purchase.

Maybelline New York Gigi Hadid Matte Lipstick - Erin | Review and Swatches

There is no denying that the packaging of the Gigi Hadid collection is BEAUTiful. The blush pink packaging is classic and feminine without being cheesy or too girly, and the lettering on the packaging, and even the cardboard box that holds the product, is holographic, making the entire process of unboxing and looking at the goodies inside all the more exciting. The actual lipstick is a gorgeous shade of deep mauve, with a very very faint trace of brown in it. This shade is more of a nudish mauve on my pigmented lips and medium skin tone, but on fairer Indian skin tones, it will look slightly bolder- a shade that you can wear when you want to make a statement without going overboard with a bright red or purple. This shade of mauve is quite unique, and will go well with neutral or cool toned makeup and outfits. Perhaps a little too deep for daily wear for some, but definitely a great choice for a day out or even an evening event.

Maybelline New York Gigi Hadid Matte Lipstick - Erin | Review and Swatches

The formula is one of the better lipstick formulas from Maybelline, it is intensely pigmented, offering opacity in one swipe, and has a creamy matte texture when swatched. On the lips, it gives a pure matte finish, while being comfortable and not drying the lips. It is not completely transfer-proof and will fade a little every time you eat or drink something, but it does fade gracefully and evenly. The pigmentation starts to fade after 3-4 hours of wear but does visibly stay put for around 6-7 hours. Overall, there is not much I can complain about regarding the formula, and I am sure all the matte lipstick lovers will agree.

Maybelline New York Gigi Hadid Matte Lipstick - Erin | Review and Swatches

While the other reds and nudes from the Gigi Hadid lipstick collection did not wow me, Erin, a gorgeous mauve, was definitely a good investment. The price point of INR 550 seems reasonable to me too. While I won’t be purchasing anything else from the range at the moment, I have heard good things about the eyeliner as well, and although these products were repackaged versions of existing products in the USA, for India these are new because the original products weren’t ever launched here. If I am to judge the collection based on this one lipstick, I would say that it is worth the money to try out a product or true, especially if you are a makeup enthusiast.

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Kadakslap Popcorn – Popcorn that delivers a slap of flavour|Review

I LOVE popcorn – not only while watching movies but also for mid-meal snacking when the hunger pangs strike. However, lazy me does not prefer to pop her own kernels, which is where the delicious popcorns from Kadakslap come into the picture. The brand provides a plethora of flavours that add a slap of deliciousness to your day with their crunchy, light-weight, and healthy popcorn.

Kadakslap Popcorn Review

From the classic Butter and Cheese flavours to the more unique variants such as Sour Cream and Salty Sweet, each flavour of the Kadakslap popcorns offers something new to the palate and provides a healthy alternative to the deep fried and fat-laden snacks such as chips and nachos. Only the best non-GMO kernels from the United States are used by the brand and each packet of popcorn is free of gluten, MSG, artificial colour, and cholesterol, and has a high fibre content too. I also love the colourful, comic book themed packaging of the product which is quite a refreshing change from the standard packaging of snacks in India.

Kadakslap Popcorn Review

Kadakslap Popcorn Review

Not just the variety of flavours, but also the extremely affordable price of these crunchy, buttery snacks makes a bag of Kadakslap popcorn the best option for those who love to munch while they work or laze about. One packet will cost you between INR 5-20 and will leave your tongue and tummy completely satisfied – like we say in Hindi, these munchies are total Paisa Vasool 🙂 They also have tins of gourmet chocolate and caramel popcorn (INR 100 each) for the connoisseurs of the snack, for whom the regular flavours just won’t do.

Kadakslap Popcorn Review

Kadakslap Popcorn Review

Overall, the Kadakslap popcorns check all the right boxes for me by being inexpensive, delicious and healthy. They are a must try for every popcorn lover out there and even if you are not the biggest fan of popcorn, try these once and you may actually be converted into one! Meanwhile, if you spot me somewhere with a bag of these munchies, you can drool all you want or can buy your own pack because I am not sharing my Kadakslap popcorn with anyone 😛

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Disclaimer: Products sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

My Eye Cream Wish List

Can someone, anyone, please explain to me why eye creams are some of the most expensive skincare products out there, and why are so many excellent eye creams not available in India? I have been using the Mama Earth Eye Cream for several months, it is very nourishing and soothing but I feel that my under eye region is craving for a little bit more. The fine lines are irking me and the dark circles never go away, thanks to the lack of sufficient sleep. However, every eye cream that seems like something that would help with the situation can either not be shipped to India or is insanely expensive 😦 Anyway, here are the eye creams that I have been eyeing, and hope to buy one day when I have all the money in the world to spare.

1. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Treatment 


Kathleen Lights says that the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye treatment helps a lot with dark circles, and when Kathleen Lights says something, I trust her blindly. This cream is available in India on BUT it costs a whopping INR 3200! I guess I will have to save up for this one.

2. Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream


Kaushal Beauty swears by the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream and the ingredients do seem promising. This one claims to brighten the under eye area and depuff the much-hated bags, and I wish that this was available in India. The websites that do ship it to India have crazy shipping charges and you will have to shell out anywhere between INR 3000-4000 including shipping. Wish someone got it for me for my birthday!

3.  Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream 


The Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Cream has been featured in various “top eye cream” lists over the years and this one claims to work on both fine lines and dark circles. It is priced at INR 2,200 on Amazon for a tiny 14ml tube, but I am not sure whether the product is the original one because the reviews on Amazon India are not that great.

So these are the eye creams I have been lusting over at the moment. If you know of a relatively inexpensive eye cream available in India that works on fine lines and dark circles then please let me know in the comments below. In the meantime, I will start saving up for at least one of these!



Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

Guest post by Huda Pervez from MakeupManiac

Hello everybody!

Today, I will be reviewing the Max Factor Brow Shaper. Personally, my favorite way of filling in my brows is with a brow pencil and I have tried quite a few, including NYX, Benefit, and Anastasia. Hence, I was pretty excited to put this product to the test and see it if matched up to some of my favorite brow pencils!  If you want to know my thoughts on this product, then keep on reading!

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

This brow pencil has two sides, like many other brow pencils, with one side being the actual pencil and the other side having a spoolie. The brow pencil itself is pretty thin and I was really impressed with that. I also like the fact that that you have to twist to get the pencil out instead of sharpening because I feel that sharpening wastes so much product.

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

The shade I got is ‘Deep Brown’ and this is the perfect shade for me. They only have 3 total shades in this brow pencil, which is a major downside.

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

On application, the consistency of this was a little waxy, which I liked. It was easy to build up and wasn’t too dark or harsh on the brows. Since the pencil is so thin, it really helped me be more precise and get in all the little spaces in my brows. With this pencil, I have so much control over how I want my brows to look as I could leave them looking natural or go all out by building the product up. I always like to go through my brows with a spoolie when I’m done, to blend out any harsh lines, and the small size of the spoolie helped me achieve that!

Overall, I am very impressed with this brow pencil, taking into consideration the fact that it’s only for $9.80 and works just as good as many of the drugstore and even high-end brow pencils.

What is your favorite brow pencil brand? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading! xx

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me complimentary by Influenster for testing purposes, however, all opinions are my own.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams – Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches

I know, I know, I am too late to the party. In fact, the bandwagon has left without me, but I FINALLY bought myself not one but two NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, and even though there are already a ton of reviews of this product on the web, I thought that maybe some of you will care for my two cents? I have become a huge fan of nude lips lately, so I went for two nude shades, Zurich and Abu Dhabi, which look very similar when you see the packaging but are actually quite different when applied to the lips.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are cult products that almost every beauty blogger raves about. They have a matte but comfortable formula, a slightly moussier texture than a liquid lipstick but similar pigmentation and longevity. If you are a matte lipstick lover like me then they are the perfect alternative to a super dehydrating matte lip colour for the winter months. They glide on like a dream, provide an opaque colour in one swipe, set within a few minutes, and stay more or less in place for up to 5 hours. It is no wonder that this lip cream formula has been a favourite of all makeup lovers over the years.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches

Coming to the negatives of this product, the formula does tend to cling to any dry patches on the lips, so an exfoliator is a must if you have chapped lips. Also, it is not completely transfer-proof and the colour does fade a little each time you eat something. However, they do fade quite gracefully, without becoming patchy or streaky, and leave an even wash of colour on the lips. Also, they have the strong scent of candies which you may not like if you are sensitive to fragrances but I do not mind it because it fades within some time.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches
Abu Dhabi

The shade Zurich is a pinky nude which is deep enough to suit most Indian skin tones and is a nice everyday colour. Abu Dhabi, on the other hand is a paler, peachy nude with brown undertones. It is a true nude for my skin tone and may wash out deeper skin tones. I personally enjoy it with darker eye makeup or on no-makeup days.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches

Overall, I do enjoy the formula and colour of these lip creams and love that they are matte but not dehydrating. The price of INR 600 seems a little steep considering that there are dupes from Miss Claire and other brands available at less than half the price but I have personally not tried those yet. The shade range is also amazing and I am sure everyone will find a colour of their choice. So if you are looking for a comfortable matte formula for your dry lips this winter then the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams might be worth a shot.

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balms | Review

I do love all my liquid lipsticks but what my lips crave for during the cold weather is a nice nourishing lip balm. I had been seeing rave reviews of the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balms online so decided to try these out, and believe me, my lips have been thanking me ever since.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Balms | Review

I bought the Original formula and the Dark Chocolate and Cherry Tinted formula. Both of these smell heavenly, like desserts, and are extremely nourishing too. I do not like the thick lip balms that form a coating on the lips but these are nothing like that and actually melt into the skin of the lips. They just create a nice glossy coat of oil on the lips that keeps the lips hydrated for a good 3-4 hours. I tend to get dry patches on my lips during winters and these lip balms resolved the problem within 2-3 days of use. I also love the fact that these lip balms contain SPF 15 as well. The only complaint I have with the product is that the tinted lip balm is not pigmented enough and will barely show up on your lips unless they are extremely pale, just look at the swatch below for reference. Other than that, I love everything about these lip balms and they have become my favourite lip balms of all time.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Balms | Review

These lip balms are available for INR 130 only and are suitable for even those on a tight budget. In fact, now I am tempted to try out the body lotions and other products from Palmer’s as well. If you haven’t tried these lip balms yet and your lips are suffering in the harsh weather then do try these out now, I am sure you will love them 🙂

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Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer – Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

So Sugar Cosmetics recently came out with a range of bronzers, blushes, and highlighters and had all the Indian beauty bloggers going gaga over them. Sugar is a brand that has always impressed me, so I got my hands on the Contour De Force Bronzer in the shade Woody Wonder and joined the fan club. Here are my thoughts on this product.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

First of all, the packaging deserves a special shout out! It is cardboard with a magnetic closure but the beautiful lass on the lid will give you makeup goals, super chic I must say. The product in itself is a buttery smooth formula that glides on the skin and blends beautifully to create a natural shadow on the face. The colour is a warm brown that will suit fair to medium Indian skin tones, it may be a little light for darker complexions. I like the warm tones of the bronzer which give a natural bronzed look to the face without looking orange. I also like the fact that this bronzer does not contain any shimmer, so it is perfect for both contouring as well as for bronzing the face for a sunkissed look.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

The pigmentation is not too over the top, which I actually prefer because I do not like harsh contour lines left behind by hard to blend and overly pigmented bronzers. This one can be brushed gently along the jawline for a natural finish and can also be built up for a stronger contour. It does not look cakey, muddy, or ashy on the skin and provides the right amount of colour to give a chiselled look to the face. Also, although the single bronzers are marketed as minis, the pan size is quite good and I’m sure that the product will last me at least a few months.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

I’m not sure if this picture actually does justice to the product but I hope that you can see the definition it provides to my cheeks. I will definitely recommend this bronzer to beginners as well as to those who like to sport a light contour on a daily basis. With sufficient building up, it is suitable for an evening out as well. Also, at the price of INR 399, you can’t really go wrong with this product, so add this cute little bronzer to your cart today!

Click here to buy the Sugar Contour De Force Bronzer in the shade Woody Wonder.