Aspar

I am a big big fan of lip balms, they keep your lips smooth and soft and help a lot if you are applying matte lipsticks.

If you get your favorite flavour while keeping your lips hydrated then it’s a double bonus.

You will love the tangy taste of this lip balm, for me it is an absolute must in my purse.

Besides doing what it does best it also leaves a wonderful taste.

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Clarins UV PLUS UV+ SPF50 neutral

I love the milky UV PLUS UV+ SPF50 neutral.

It blends so easily into the skin not only protecting the skin against harmful UV rays but also from the free radicals and pollution and dust as you battle city life and commute.

It’s oil free texture is super absorbing and leaves your skin feeling soft and satiny with a nice glow. Apply post your daily skincare regime and before applying make-up.

Great for highly tropical Asian Countries.

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INGREDIENTS (refer to http://int.clarins.com/en/uv–spf50-neutral/C010410024.html?start=1)

Organic Alpine sanicle extract exclusive to Clarins: strengthens the skin’s anti-oxidant system supplying a first line of defence at the surface.

Cantaloupe melon extract: rich in anti-oxidants, it protects the cells from oxidative stress due to UV rays and pollution.

Organic blackcurrant extract: helps to prevent the appearance of redness and tightness caused by pollution and UV rays.

Hyaluronic acid: protects the skin against dehydration linked to depletion of the hydrolipidic film.

Clarins anti-pollution complex: helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of pollution.

Soultree Colour Kohl

At last the package arrived and I was ecstatic to find my supply of colored kohl / kajal neatly packed.

Imagine coloring your eyes:

Moss Velvet, Grey Glow, Nectarine Glow, 24 Carat (Gold)

Mood Indigo, True Blue, Fern Green, Copper Tint, Purple Haze

Robusta Brown, Pure Black, Rich loam (brown)

We Indians love kohled eyes and they are soon becoming and international craze. So why stick to plain black?

Especially when you have home brands like Soul Tree which  use natural ingredients like almond oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, honey, wax, carnauba wax, candelilla, butter ghee, natural vitamin E and mineral pigments.

The brand is well priced and widely available. The BDIH certification makes totally dependable.

The only drawback I see here is it is not smudge proof otherwise it is in my opinion a really great, safe product.

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The Lipstick Index

Colour me red, wine, toffee, orange, mauve. Make my lips luscious.

No matter what the economists have to say a good lipstick is a must

Bags will come and turn into messengers, totes and slings

My lips with forever have colour flings

Watches will slide away with time

Jewellery may be vintage or junk or bling

A selfie will definitely highlight

My pretty pout, kohl eyes

Be it a flowery day dress or a cocktail gown

Hairstyle can be wild or an upscale chignon

My lips have to be the perfect shade

I cannot always find it in me

To burn cash for a clothing that’s just a fad

But makeup will never go away

It will never make me look fat

Give me the lotions, potions, creams and eye-shadows

Without them I am a total nerd

Cosmetics into a woman shoe, concept for fashion and shopping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Baby

Another amazing product from the Fresh Cosmetics Bouquet.

I often have dry lips even during summers and I hate to keep applying lip balm after every few hours. This product  just resolved it.

Apply in the morning for a full day moisturized lips that are soft supple and oh so kissable.

And having an SPF adds value. I use once in the morning and then once before I go to bed.

Being colorless it allows me to apply my matt lipsticks over it. I sometimes use a dark lip pencil and then apply this for a nice shiny but healthy glowing day effect.

I am addicted to Sugar, are you?

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

Just Herbs Elixir

The world is fast turning east for both its spiritual as well as aesthetic well being.

Just Herbs  is an Indian skin care brand that has roots in Ayurveda and has a product line that boasts of products that are results-driven and made from certified organic and wild crafted ingredients collected from across India.

I am especially in love with their Rejuvenating Beauty Elixir.

This small bottle (15 ml) has a genie which restores and nourishes my skin while I sleep.

You can mix a few drops of this serum to your night cream and will see the results in a few applications.

Gotukola (Chinese name meaning “fountain of youth”) and Indian Ginseng are considered most pure, closest to nature colour and complexion promoters in ancient Ayurvedic texts and are known to make skin youthful.

Pros:

  • Suits all skin types
  • Fragrance-free
  • Free from petrochemicals, parabens, SLS/SLES PEG/PPG, Genetically modified ingredients(GMO) and other synthetic ingredientsserum-shoot-pic-339x490

Key ingredients:

gotukola ext 4% indian ginseng ext. 4%, garden cress ext.1%, rosehip seed oil (vit c source) 2%, wheat germ oil (vit E source)1%,eucalyptus leaf ext 1% fumittory ext. 2%, liquorice ext. 2%, indian senna ext (botanical alternative to hyaluronic acid) 1%,naagkesar ext. 2%, certified organic cold pressed safflower oil (vit E source) 2%, colloidal oats 3%, certified organic cold pressed moringa seed oil (vit A & C source) 2%, allantoin 0.1% (plant derived) Other ingredients: certified organic aloevera juice, certified organic veg. glycerine, potassium sorbate, soy lecithin, sodium benzoate, natural preservative blend of herbs and essential oils.

 

Sally Hansen Hand Cream

Rough hands are a sad sight. They are also very uncomfortable and even in some cases painful. If not cared for properly the skin can get chaffed and infected.

It is also quite a task to keep your hands well moisturized. Indian women have so many chores around the house that aggravate this condition and creams to soften the hands is the last thing on their minds.

It was quite a pleasant surprise to receive SALLY HANSEN 18 HOUR PROTECTIVE HAND CREMEin my Fab Bag.

It’s faint tangy orangy scent was the first thing I noticed about the product.

The ingredients Shea Butter, Vitamins A, E, C and Grape Seed Oil formula promise to deliver fast relief, maximum moisture and incredibly soft skin for up to 18 hours and that is exactly what this cream does. It keeps your skin moisturised for a nice long period.

I have used the product and found it extremely hydrating and moisturizing especially in winters.I love the way the cream gets immediately absorbed and not being too greasy it is a useful product even in most tropical areas.

Totally recommend this one for both day and night use.

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Sally Hansen Air Brush Shimmer

Stockings are not for everyone. But there are these days when you are not at your best and yet there is that rocking party you absolutely have to go to, or the hot date you have been looking forward to, or show off to Miss Snob who is forever flaunting her long legs.

You just have to put your best leg forward and all you need to do that in style is to get all shimmery and glamorous.

There is this one product which has never failed me.

Sally Hansen Air Brush Shimmer

No matter what I am wearing I can step out in style with a little spray on my legs. This easy to operate spray is water and sweat resistant, long-lasting and looks heavenly.

So next time you are invited to that A-list party spray on and kick some shimmer.

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La Splash

With the make up going bold and bright the neons are fast becoming a craze.

And what better when you have the neon (see bold) color on your lip that is matte and stays long after Cinderella lost her sandal.

The LaSplash Lip Couture is a creamy lipstick which is very smooth and on drying gives a complete matte finish making it look really chic. What’s even better is it stays on for a long long time.

I would recommend you to exfoliate your lips and apply a primer or some lip balm a few minutes before applying the lipstick.

My favorite shade is ‘Forbidden‘ and just like its name, it is like the forbidden apple that Eve was too tempted to resist.(BTW they have a shade called ‘Till Midnight’ how apt)

Wear it for a happening party and you are sure to make the gals go green with envy and the guys are sure to notice those lips.

What’s a girl without a little bold, vibrant and show-stopping drama. Go on get bold.

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Valmont Prime Regenera I

It was by chance that I discovered this product.

I was expecting my baby and my skin had started drying up and becoming flaky. I used to have red breakouts and  my husband got me a travel sample thinking it would help my skin.

The product is expensive but works well for what its worth.

By applying a small pearl in the morning you ensure that the skin is nourished for almost 12 hours.

It works like magic and has restorative properties that start showing effect almost immediately. It’s Cellular Prime Complex  restores the elasticity of your skin and leaves your skin looking healthy and radiant.

Initially I thought it was a bit rich and creamy and was afraid it would make my face look oily but if you have very dry skin it gets absorbed into the skin quickly and does not make you feel like you are wearing a heavy cream.

Use it first before applying a sunscreen. Can be used both during day time and night-time as well.

There have been other variants of this product but I am still loyal to this version.

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Sea Soul CC Cream

This came in my Fab Bag subscription. Not sure on how to use it best I just started using it over my regular sunscreen Bello Photostable Sunscreen Gel . 

Just a small pearl of this cream and it works its way beautifully into the skin.

It stays an entire day and gives you the no makeup look.

Just cover it with regular compact powder and you are good to go. I use it every time I step out (even in the most harshest sunny days).

It gives you a matt effect so for those with dry skin I would really recommend a moisturizer or as in my case I use the  Bello Photostable Sunscreen Gel .  during the day and a moisturizer for evenings prior to application of Sea Soul HD Finish CC Cream with SPF 20 – Light.

It is a complete coverage and correcter cream and helps to correct discoloration by acne, scars, sun damage & uneven skin tones.

Comes in two shades Medium and Light choose according to your skin type.

It is very light and you will like its sheer texture.

Totally recommended.

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Sea Soul Face Mask

As mentioned earlier dry and sensitive skin needs more than average care.

Also one must be extra careful that there is no averse reaction to a product.

Which is why I am a Big Fan of Brands that make small one time use product pouches.

They are the ones that we keep going back to because they have given us the chance to try and trust the product.

And in case where the product is unsuitable the loss is minimal so is the damage.

I was as usual a bit wary of trying out face masks (most of them are known to cleanse but also dehydrate the skin).

When I did try the Sea Soul Dead Sea Moroccan Argan Hydrating Mask I was amazed at the result.

The mask leaves your skin, soft supple and totally hydrated.

As promised it

  1. Smoothens, Lightens and Brightens your skin
  2. Hydrates and Nourishes the skin
  3. Reduces and Cleanses pores
  4. Infuses essential minerals into the skin

I would recommend this for dry skin.

Also the effects stay for a long time and you will not need this more than twice a month.

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Beat the sun

The sun is out and the summer heat is at it’s sizzling best.

Staying indoors is just not a choice for some of us but ouch the skin is going to get all tanned and that is not what some of us would like (especially when you are ultra sensitive to the sun)

So I did try a couple of sunscreens but most of them were so oily that they would only aggravate my excessive sweating.

Then I was in Chennai with humidity at it’s highest and wanted a sunscreen really bad.

The medical store guy took one look at my face and just recommended me this

Bello Photostable Sunscreen Gel

It contains all photo-stable ingredients and ensures SPF 40 and UVA protection.

The Benefits

  • Protects from tanning and sun burns with SPF 40
  • Delays premature ageing
  • Maintains original skin colour & texture
  • pH matches acidic skin mantle
  • Enriched with Antioxidants and Vitamin E
  • Broad Spectrum
  • Non Comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Water & Sweat Resistant
  • Non Greasy
  • Fragrance Free

How to Use:

  • Apply evenly on face, neck and exposed areas of skin
  • Use 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure
  • Re-apply as required, especially after swimming, sweating

And I have not turned towards another sunscreen last two summers.

 

 

Nectar for Dry Skin

I realized all my worst nightmares of aging skin, wrinkles and lose of radiance were soon taking the shape of reality.

I tried various regenerative creams and some expensive facials. The effects were fleeting. My skin started becoming flaky even in summer and the dryness would just not go away.

I was careful trying out new products because my skin would react with immediate fury by becoming red and breaking out.

I had been wanting to try out Clarins for quite some time now but was not very sure how my dear skin would behave.

But on my way back from Paris I just thought I would take the leap of faith.

At Abu Dhabi Duty Free I checked the various products and finally found a combi pack of a serum and cream.

I had researched a bit about the product online and was clear about what I wanted.

So I reached out and picked the products I wanted.

  1. HydraQuenchIntensive Serum Bi-Phase (The intensive hydration product for very dehydrated skin)

  2. HydraQuench Cream – Normal to Dry Skin

Clarins HydraQuench Bi-Phase Serum is a comforting formula that restores the balance.This re-formulated serum has a lighter texture and offers longer lasting hydration When your skin is feeling dry, parched and tight, this SOS treatment rescues and repairs.

The cream is a super skin quenching  that leaves skin feeling light, fresh and soft. The ultra-moisturizing blend infuses skin with long-lasting hydration so that skin looks smoother, supple and more radiant. The HydraQuench cream is effective irregardless of temperature and climate variations, and protects against environmental aggressors and pollution.Use the serum after your bath (for better results use it at night as well). A few drops will suffice. Gently dab it on your face and let your skin soak it in. Follow it by applying the cream.

Simply apply this versatile and easily absorbed cream every morning after cleansing, waiting for a few minutes before applying make-up. The moisturizing cream can also be used before bed to soften and quench skin overnight.

Not to mention the freebies I got (they work very well too ) Mmmm the luxury of french cosmetics………..

I saw the results in just a few applications, would you tell me if this works for you too?

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