Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash | Review

All throughout winter, I used hydrating face washes that were super gentle on the skin. As the weather is becoming warmer now, I decided to invest in a face wash that is more suitable for oily skin, because that is what my face becomes in the heat – a greasy mess. I opted for the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash and here are my thoughts on the product after using it for a few weeks.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash | Review

This face wash contains grapefruit, lemon, and aloe vera extracts and is paraben free. It claims to tighten, mattify, and revitalize the skin with its vitamin C and beta carotene, and claims to be best suited for oily skin. The face wash has a gel-like consistency and a citrusy, fresh scent, it lathers pretty well and leaves the skin squeaky clean.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash | Review

Personally, I find the formula a bit too mattifying, at least for my skin – it definitely tightens the pores and leaves the skin completely non-greasy but it does leave the uncomfortable stretchy feeling on my face that I am not a huge fan of. However, I am pretty sure that this product will work wonders for those with extremely greasy skin, particularly those living in very humid areas. If you do not have excessively oily skin, then perhaps you can skip this face wash or you can top it up with some intense moisturiser or serum to restore the plumpness of the skin.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash | Review

The price point of INR 144 for a 100ml tube is quite affordable and the packaging of the product is super cute. For those of you who love a great mattifying face wash, this product is definitely worth a shot, and those with normal skin can also keep this handy for the days when your skin becomes extra oily out of the blue.

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Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

I strongly believe that sunscreen is the skin’s best friend and have tried a good number of sunscreens in my life, however, I had never tried anything from the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Range even though I had heard great things about the products. I decided to finally rectify this and grabbed the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion, and here is what I think about it.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

There is a wide range of Aroma Magic sunscreens available in the market, with varying SPF values and consistencies. I chose the cucumber lotion because it seemed like the perfect choice for the upcoming warm season and also because I prefer a sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30. This lotion is light-weight and liquidy, it spreads like a dream on the skin and gets absorbed quickly, leaving the skin hydrated but not greasy at all – exactly what I look for in a sunscreen.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

The product is an all natural mineral formula and has an earthy herbal scent that I quite like. It provides protection against UVA and UVB and also claims to lighten pigmentation. I am not too sure about the second claim though because I haven’t used the lotion long enough. It is also not waterproof, which is fine by me but may bother those who live in extremely humid regions. What I love though is that the lotion provides a semi-matte finish on the face and makeup sits really well on top of it.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

The presence of nourishing ingredients such as wheatgerm, coconut, and soyabean oils as well as anti-ageing skin foods such as Vitamins B5, C, and E makes this sunscreen lotion a lot more than just a sunscreen, it is basically a wonderful day cream for normal to oily skin. The description at the back of the tube shows how much thought has actually gone into making this product and it is unbelievable that it is priced at an extremely affordable INR 160 for a 50ml tube.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

Overall, I am extremely happy with this sunscreen lotion and can foresee that I will be going through multiple tubes of the product this summer. I absolutely love the quirky packaging, the affordable price point, the light-weight consistency, and the matte finish of this lotion and would highly recommend it to those who suffer from greasy skin. Now I know what the fuss is all about and absolutely stand by the words of those who sing praises of this sunscreen lotion!

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Bridal Skincare 101 – What not to do before you tie the knot

I am back with part-2 of the wedding series and today we will talk all about bridal skincare, aka what products you should use, what skincare treatments are the best, and what you should avoid like a plague before you walk down the aisle. So here we go.

1. Slather On The Sunscreen – Whether you are getting married or not, using a sunscreen daily is an absolute must, especially in India. My fave sunscreen is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. You can also use a day cream that at least has an SPF 30.

2. Drink Up And Eat Healthy – Another advice that applies to everyone in general is that you should drink plenty of water daily and should increase your intake of fruits and veggies. Home-made juices are also a good option, but please don’t drink anything that comes in a tetra pack, it is just not the same. Water will help to flush out all the toxins and the vitamins in the fruits and veggies will give you a healthy glow.

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3. Remove All Makeup At Night – Not only in the days leading up to the wedding, but also during your wedding functions, when you are all dolled up, make sure to remove all traces of makeup from your face at night and then follow it up with cleansing, toning, and moisturising. Follow this rule diligently, whether you come home at 7 p.m or 3 a.m, you can thank me later. My holy grail makeup remover is Bioderma, nothing really compares to it.

4. Mask Away – Using a face mask once a week or so can make a massive difference to your skin. My current fave is the Mama Earth C3 Face Mask which is suitable for normal to oily skin and is excellent at reducing blemishes and pigmentation and providing an instant glow. Start using this at least 2-3 months prior to the big day for the best results.

5. Sleep and Eye Care – Sleeping for at least 8 hours each night is one of the best ways to have your spirits high during the hectic lead up to the wedding, and it will also keep the dark circles and puffy bags at bay. If, however, you are unable to hit the bed on time, make up for it by soothing your under eye region with slices of chilled cucumber, a metal teaspoon put in the freezer for half an hour, or some tea bags. Use a nourishing eye cream twice a day, I recommend the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and the Mama Earth Eye Cream – both are equally good.

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6. Chemical Peels? – Many brides-to-be message me on Instagram to inquire about the efficacy of chemical peels and other intense treatments offered by salons these days. To them I say that such harsh chemicals do have a chance of damaging your skin, so better consult a dermat first. Also, I don’t think that these treatments are necessary unless you suffer from some severe acne issues. You can try acid exfoliation at home instead to lighten any scars or blemishes on the face. I recommend using the Tvakh Vitamin C Exfoliating Water and the Dr. Sheths Basic Brightening Extra Gentle Daily Peel. If your skin is used to AHA exfoliation then the AHA+BHA Peel from The Ordinary is a more potent product that you could try.

7. Pre-Bridal Facials – A pre-bridal facial can give you a beautiful glow for the wedding day but I do not think that going for multiple facials over a span of 6 months, prior to the wedding, is worth the money. I would say that follow a good skincare regimen as mentioned above and go for one facial a month before the wedding day, so that you can make sure that your skin is not sensitive to the products being used. Then go for the same facial a day or two before the wedding. I would suggest not trying anything new on your face during the week before the wedding. So get a trial facial and your makeup trial done at least a month in advance.

8. To Bleach Or Not To Bleach – Most makeup artists and salon professionals insist that bleaching the face is quite important to get a smoother finish with your wedding makeup. Personally, I am not an advocate for bleaching but I did get my face bleached for my wedding day. If you are not comfortable with the idea then put your foot down at the salon and go for a deep exfoliation instead. If you are ok with bleaching your face then make sure you have tested that particular bleach well in advance. The salon I opted for used Oxy Bleach and it didn’t irritate my skin at all.

9. Hair Removal – Get your threading and waxing done at least a day or two before your Mehendi ceremony, and please don’t try a hair removal technique that you have never tried on your body before. Just don’t baffle your skin with anything new in general.

So these are my skincare tips for the brides to be. Some other skincare products that I recommend are the Greenberry Organics Charcoal Face Wash (for acne prone, oily skin), the Glamisha Face Wash (for dry skin), Greenberry Organics Rose Water Toner, Dr. Sheths Vitamin Glotion as a night cream, Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream for normal to dry skin and the Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer for oily and acne-prone skin. If you have any other queries then hit me up in the comments below. Signing off for now and hoping that you have a beautiful wedding!!

Featured Image Credit – Freddie Jazz Photography

 

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 

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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 Nykaa.com BUT it costs a whopping INR 3200! I guess I will have to save up for this one.

2. Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream

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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 

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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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