DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

A few days back I reviewed the DearPacker Home Remedy Masks and I couldn’t stop raving about them. Today, I will be reviewing another variant from the brand, the DearPacker Lab Collection Masks. Read on to find out whether these sheet masks managed to impress me or not!

DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

The DearPacker Lab Collection Masks are available in 3 different formulations on Nykaa.com – Anti-Pollution & Clearing, Anti-Aging & Firming, and Anti-Dry & Hydrating. I picked up the Anti-Pollution & Clearing and the Anti-Dry & Hydrating variants. Unlike the home remedy masks from the brand, the Lab Collection masks have a more “professional-looking” packaging. The sheets themselves are more opaque and are made of cotton as opposed to the home remedy sheet masks that look more translucent and feel more jelly-like. The lab collection sheet masks are also bigger in size, and so I had to fiddle around a bit with them to make them fit my tiny face.

As for the formulations, these masks did not feel as hydrating on my skin as the home remedy masks and they tend to dry up faster as well and lose their squishy feel within 10 minutes. They do make the skin look brighter and hydrated but they do not have that wow-factor which the home remedy masks have, at least not on my skin. In fact, I noticed a few bumps on my skin the day after using the Anti-Pollution & Clearing Mask, although I cannot be hundred percent sure that the mask caused this or whether it was a good thing (toxins coming to the surface) or a bad thing.

DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

Overall, I would say that if you are looking for good sheet masks then it might be a better idea to go for the DearPacker Home Remedy Masks instead of the Lab Collection Masks. The Home Remedy masks are available at the same price (INR 100 per mask) and they come in a number of variants, so you will be able to pick up something that will be perfect for your skin type. I am definitely going to stock up on the Home Remedy Masks but won’t be repurchasing the Lab Collection Masks.

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DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

For the first time in my life, I have found a sheet mask that fits my face perfectly, one that I do not have to fiddle around with while application and that stays put on my face even if I walk or prance around. I am talking about the DearPacker Home Remedy Masks which are exclusively available on Nykaa.com. I recently picked up a bunch of sheet masks from the DearPacker Home Remedy and Lab Collection ranges, and here is what I think about their home remedy masks.

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

The DearPacker Home Remedy Masks are sheet masks enriched with ingredients that are commonly used in home skincare remedies, such as yogurt, chickpea, turmeric, cucumber, and honey. Each of these sheet masks is formulated specifically for different skincare needs such as soothing, brightening and clarifying the skin. They come in cute and colourful packaging that I love, and the mask comes soaked in a thick serum that does not spill everywhere when you open the pack, and is less messy compared to other sheet masks.

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

At the time of writing this blog post, I have only tried the Fenugreek and Cucumber Sheet Mask, and this product truly wowed me. This sheet mask provides a cooling sensation to the face and calms down the skin and any angry breakouts. It feels extremely hydrating on the skin when the mask is on the face, and when I remove the mask after 15 minutes, I am greeted by extremely bright skin, which is at least visibly thrice as bright than before using the mask. The serum that is left behind on the skin can be patted in easily and leaves the skin feeling extremely hydrated without feeling clogged.

DearPacker Home Remedy Masks | Review

Overall, I am super impressed with these sheet masks and will be posting mini-reviews of each of these variants here or on my Instagram profile. They are priced at INR 100 each and if you buy them in bulk then you can avail great offers on Nykaa.com. If you are wanting to add a boost of radiance to your skin right before a special occasion, then picking up a couple of these sheet masks is an absolute must for you!

Click here to buy the DearPacker Masks from Nykaa.com

Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa | Review and Swatches

A few months back, Nykaa had released a range of nailcare products specially formulated to provide nourishment to the nails. I recently tried out the 7-in-1 Nail Spa from the range, which claims to provide the following 7 benefits to the nails – Strength, Hardening, Protection, Smoothing, Hydration, Nutrition, and Shine. Read on to find out whether this product lived up to my expectations or not.

Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa | Review and Swatches

The Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa is basically a slightly translucent, milky nail polish that provides a “My nails but better” look with two coats. It can be worn on its own or under another polish as a base coat. The formula is not thick, spreads easily on the nail and provides some shine too. It has a mild fruity scent which is quite pleasant. The formula contains Acetyl-Methionine and Keratin-like Peptide to prevent breakage and Hexanal to harden the nails. It also contains amino acids to stimulate growth, vitamin E and violet extracts for hydration, and argan and Baobab oils for nourishment.

While I have never suffered from growth issues, I do experience chipping of the upper parts of my nails quite frequently. After using this nail paint, my nails have not chipped or broken at all, and I am pretty pleased about it. Additionally, when used as a base coat, this nail product extends the life of nail paints by at least 2 days.

Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa | Review and Swatches

Overall, I am satisfied with this product purely because it strengthened my nails and prevented breakage. While it does provide a nice shine too, I personally prefer using it as a base coat, so the shine is lost on me. Priced at INR 249, this product is definitely worth the buy if you are suffering from weak nails that are prone to breakage.

Click here to buy the Nykaa 7-in-1 Nail Spa.

Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara | Review

So it had been a moment and a half since I last tried a new mascara, and while I tried and tried to go for a brand other than my trusty Maybelline this time, I ended up adding the Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara to my cart. To be completely honest, what drew me towards this mascara was its red and black packaging, and I did not read even a single review before purchasing this product because I know that Maybelline knows its mascaras. Read on to find out whether the gamble paid off!

Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara | Review

Ok, so the wand of this mascara has pretty short and stubby bristles which form a cup shape at the bottom to hold more product and to reach the very roots of the lashes with ease. I don’t know whether there is any push-up drama involved or not but this mascara gives a lot of lengthening drama in just one coat! It literally doubles the length of the lashes! However, if you want extra volume then you need to go in with 2-3 coats, but things may get a bit clumpy if you don’t brush out and separate the lashes with the wand while application. I personally love to go in with 2 coats which leave my lashes extra long and slightly more voluminous, without looking too over the top. The wand works well on the lower lashes too and separates them really well without making them clumpy. Also, I went for the non-waterproof formula because I don’t like tugging at my lashes to remove waterproof mascara, and this formula lasts all day on my lashes without crumbling or fading away.

Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara | Review

Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara | Review

Overall, this product does have drama and some may find it a little bit too much for daily wear (but I don’t). None of the Maybelline mascaras have disappointed me till date and I am happy to report that this one is no exception! At INR 550, it is a little bit pricier than some of the other mascaras from Maybelline, but I feel that this one is excellent for those who want slightly thicker and much longer upper and lower lashes. If you are in the market for a new mascara then you must try this gem out!

Click here to buy the Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara.

Skincare Lust List – Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Range

So I recently received a sample of the Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Serum and Cream along with a Nykaa order and boy, I have never wished harder that I had a fortune to spend on skincare without burning a hole in my pocket! While I could only get 2 uses out of the sample packs, I could already see a massive difference in the texture of my skin. Read on to find out more about this amazing range!

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The Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Serum contains 9 active ingredients and claims to combat the signs of ageing while providing a smooth texture to the skin. To be honest, this was the star of the duo that I received. This light-weight serum literally sinks into the skin and instantly makes the skin feel extremely smooth to the touch. It visibly reduced my pores and was completely non-greasy. My skin felt tighter and more supple, which were perhaps the anti-ageing properties of the product in action. I know that it sounds too good to be true but this serum literally stole the thunder from all the other serums I have used to date.

innisfree-cream.jpgThe Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Cream also contains 9 actives and claims to brighten, tighten, and hydrate the skin. This product has a creamy consistency but applies really smoothly on the skin and moisturises the skin extremely well without being greasy or heavy. It does not look shiny on the face and in fact has a semi-matte finish a few minutes post application. It also has a slight tightening effect on the skin, but I feel that the serum makes a more drastic difference to the skin than the cream.

The only downside of these products is their price. The serum is available at INR 4200 for a 50ml bottle and the cream is priced at INR 3400 for a 60ml jar. Since these products are definitely pricey, I would recommend investing in the serum alone. Also, it would be better to grab these when there is a deal on Nykaa (which I currently have my eyes out for). All my friends reading this should know by now what I need as a present for my next birthday and you should coax your friends to buy you these skincare gems as well!

Click here to buy the Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Serum.

Click here to buy the Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Cream.

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Nykaa Get-Set-Click Creme to Powder Compact | Review and Swatches | Hazel Glory – 03

A quick touch-up on the go is something that every woman understands the value of, especially when you have had a long day at work and have to go out to a nice place right after. While the blessed souls can just powder their noses and head out the door, my skin has an aversion to pressed powder and immediately turns cakey and weird when it comes in contact with any compact. Therefore, for hassle-free touchups, cream compacts are my saviours. I recently picked up the Nykaa Get-Set-Click Creme to Powder Compact for these quick touch-ups and here are my thoughts after using the product for a few days.

Nykaa Get-Set-Click Creme to Powder Compact | Review and Swatches | Hazel Glory - 03
This product comes in a sleek packaging with a sponge and a mirror. The creme compact has a very smooth finish in the pot, and it applies equally smoothly on the skin. It provides a medium, buildable coverage that should be able to cover small spots and scars as well as dark circles to some extent. I went for the shade 03 – Hazel Glory, which is a warm-toned beige that matches my skin tone pretty well. The cream formula blends really easily on the skin and is quite light-weight too. After a few minutes, it settles down to a matte, almost powder finish, without the cakiness that too much powder can impart to the skin. Hence, the formula is the best of both worlds, it is not heavy or greasy like a cream foundation but is not crumbly like a powder either. The initial few minutes that the product blends like a cream allow for the formula to seamlessly melt into the skin, thereby preventing any creasing. I enjoy this product more for spot touch-ups and for evening out my under eye area than for overall application on the face, but the formula is definitely suitable for that as well.

Nykaa Get-Set-Click Creme to Powder Compact | Review and Swatches | Hazel Glory - 03

Nykaa Get-Set-Click Creme to Powder Compact | Review and Swatches | Hazel Glory - 03
Product blended out on my wrist

To sum it up, I feel that this cream to powder compact is a great on-the-go product for refreshing or enhancing your daily makeup look as and when needed. The price point of INR 599 is pretty good too considering the quantity of the product and the fact that it comes with a mirror. While I personally like to apply this product with my fingers, the sponge they provide can be useful for blending if you are using the compact on your entire face. I would say that if you are not a powder person then this product will be a right fit for you, and the fact that the brand has released 7 shades that range from light to deep makes it easier to find the right match for different skin tones. So grab yours now and I hope that this compact will become your new handbag buddy 🙂

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Nykaa Get Inked! Sketch Eyeliner | Review and Swatches

Nothing says bold like a jet black matte winged eyeliner, and the Nykaa Get Inked! Sketch Eyeliner in the shade 01 – Onyx is what I have been using lately to achieve this look. While there are a whole bunch of reviews in the blogosphere about this product, here are my two cents about the product for those who are still on the fence about buying this eyeliner.

Nykaa Get Inked! Sketch Eyeliner | Review and Swatches

The Nykaa Get Inked eyeliner comes with a super thin felt tip applicator in a pen packaging. The thin tip allows extremely precise application and is perfect for those who prefer a very thin line of eyeliner for daily wear. Multiple swipes are needed to create a thicker line or a wing, which can be a little annoying if you are impatient like me, and the trouble is filling all those tiny gaps between the swipes if you do not draw them perfectly close together. However, once you have mastered using this product, the formula will definitely not disappoint. The formula is completely smudge-proof and waterproof and dries to a deep matte black within seconds. The colour payoff is amazing, as is the longevity. I have worn this eyeliner for more than 10 hours without it budging from its place, which is why it gets my nod of approval.

Nykaa Get Inked! Sketch Eyeliner | Review and Swatches

Nykaa Get Inked! Sketch Eyeliner | Review and Swatches

Priced at INR 450 but usually available at a discounted price on Nykaa.com, this eyeliner is definitely a good investment for its quality. If you use an eyeliner on a daily basis then this product will be great for you, because felt tip eyeliners tend to dry faster than the bottled eyeliners. A perfect matte eyeliner that I am sure you will love!

Click here to buy the Nykaa Get Inked! Sketch Eyeliner.

Nykaa EyemBold Kajal | Review and Swatches

Back in the golden days, a swipe of the kajal crayon thingy from Lakme in my waterline and I would feel so made up 😛 Then came the era of retractable kajal pencils and what not and the thick smoky line of kajal got replaced by a thin black line that did not venture beyond the waterline. However, Indian eyes are best complemented by the thick line of kohl, the old-fashioned and the best way, which is why I recently purchased the Nykaa EyemBold Kajal to go back to my favourite eye look that I had abandoned several years ago.

Nykaa EyemBold Kajal | Review and Swatches

For the longest time, I refrained from buying this product because I had heard that it irritates the eyes and I have fairly sensitive ones. However, luckily for me, the formula does not sting my eyes at all and I only feel a slight sensation if the product enters the area near my tear duct. As you can see in the swatches below, the pigmentation is on point, and the product creates a jet black line in one swipe. The formula is waterproof and almost completely smudge-proof. I am someone who has to spend long hours at the office and even the most long-lasting kajals tend to bail on me due to watery eyes. This one, on the other hand, stays pretty much intact throughout the day and the intensity of the pigment stays the same for at least 8 hours.

Nykaa EyemBold Kajal | Review and Swatches

Nykaa EyemBold Kajal | Review and Swatches

Since the product is in the form of a jumbo pencil, it goes on as a thicker line on the eyes as compared to the retractable kajals available in the market. However, it is easy to control the thickness while application by adjusting the pressure you apply against the waterline. Overall, this product can give you a nice daily look as well as a smokier look for a special occasion. Priced at INR 450, this kajal comes with a free sharpener, which I feel is good value for money because a little product goes a really long way and I am sure that this kajal pencil will last me for months.

Overall, the Nykaa EyemBold Kajal receives a big thumbs up from me for bringing back memories of the good old kohl days and making me fall in love with smokier kajal again. Do try it out if you want a bold, jet black kajal that lasts all day long.

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Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner | Review

If you are someone with super long, super thin, knotty hair, then one of the objects that you fear the most would be your hair brush. Getting all those super fine knots out is an arduous task, especially if you use heat on your hair in any form. I go through this ordeal every single day, and the only week when my hair is extremely manageable and easy to brush through is when I get an argan oil hair spa done at my local salon, and they always use Moroccan Oil products on my hair. In an attempt to extend the softening and smoothing effects of the occasional hair spa, I decided to buy Moroccan Oil products for my home-haircare routine, and since the products from the brand are not the cheapest on the block, I decided to experiment with just the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner first. Read on to find out my thoughts about this product.

Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner | Review

This conditioner is in the form of a light cream that smells heavenly, just like the products at the spa that I love. I use it on my wet, shampooed hair and rinse off after 2-3 minutes. Despite being an argan oil based product, the conditioner is not heavy on the hair at all and does not leave behind any oily or greasy residue. However, it detangles the hair beautifully and leaves them less prone to tangling until the next wash. It reduces frizziness and helps my hair fall into uniform waves, which is their natural shape. It does not make my hair unusually glossy and does not fare exceptionally well in the shine department, but it does reduce the roughness of the hair and makes it softer to the touch. I also love the minimalistic design of the bottle and the press lid, which makes the product travel-friendly.

Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner | Review

Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner | Review

Overall, I feel that to replicate the full effect of the professional hair spa, I will have to buy the entire hair care range from the brand, which includes the shampoo, mask, and oil based treatment. However, to extend the effects of the spa or to make the hair smoother than it is with most conditioners, this product is a good choice. The price of INR  1530 for a 250 ml bottle is definitely not budget-friendly but I think it is an investment that I needed to make for my perpetually rough hair. Will keep you posted if I buy more products from the brand. Are you going to try this conditioner? Let me know how it works for you if you do!

Click here to buy the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner.

The Face Shop Sheet Masks | Review

2017 was the year of the sheet mask craze in India, but I am someone who often does not buy a product just because everybody else is buying it. This was the case with The Face Shop Sheet Masks, which everybody raved about but I never added to my cart. However, recently, my skin looked a little dull and tired, thanks to the heat and the long hours in front of a screen, so I decided to finally try out the Blueberry and Lemon Sheet Masks from The Face Shop. Here are my thoughts after using these masks on consecutive nights.
The Face Shop Sheet Masks | Review
The Blueberry mask claims to be a revitalizing mask that is supposed to improve the suppleness of the skin while hydrating it and making it baby smooth. It comes drenched in a serum that smells like blueberries and has a slightly thick consistency. The mask feels extremely cooling on the skin and fits quite well on the face. Upon removal after 15-20 minutes, my skin looked visibly more radiant and felt hydrated. However, although the brand recommends patting in the residual serum into the skin, I feel that the serum is quite heavy and felt like something that would clog my pores. Therefore, I would recommend rinsing off the extra serum if you have oily, acne-prone skin.
The Face Shop Sheet Masks | Review
The lemon mask is packed with the goodness of Vitamin C and claims to add a radiance to the skin. This mask too comes drenched in a cooling serum but somehow this particular serum feels lighter than the blueberry one and gets absorbed into the skin more easily, making it more suitable for oily-skinned people. Strangely enough, after using this sheet mask, I did not notice as much brightness as I had expected due to its claims, but my skin felt extremely smooth and supple. Overall, I was pretty happy with this mask and this one definitely suited my skin way better than the blueberry mask.
The Face Shop Sheet Masks | Review
I will surely be purchasing the Lemon sheet mask again but I am not too keen on reusing the Blueberry mask because the serum felt too heavy on my skin. Perhaps if you have dry skin then the Blueberry mask will suit you better. After using these sheet masks I do get what the hype is all about. The Face Shop Sheet Masks provided me some of the most visible results after just one use when compared to the other sheet masks I have tried, which require multiple uses before the results start showing. Priced at INR 100 each, these sheet masks are an excellent investment to give a boost to your skin right before a special event, provided that you find the right variant for your skin. A must try in my opinion!