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MAX FACTOR MIRACLE CONTOURING PALETTE

Hiya my lovely people? How have you all been?

Can you imagine makeup before contouring? I certainly can’t, my round face definitely needs contouring to look more defined. And I am sure, there is no better way to define your features than contouring. I know you already know that, just saying 😛

I was very much excited about trying the Max factor Miracle contouring palette which I received in my Voxbox by Influenster. Read further to know what I think about this drugstore contour palette.

Product description

High definition, minimum effort. Contour in 3 easy steps. Miracle Contouring Palette is a 8-shade palette, designed by Max Factor make-up artists to suit every skin tone. Creamy soft texture allows for a quick and easy contouring look as formula is easily blendable and buildable.

Price and availability

Price is 138 AED. Available at Souq uae Amazon

Ingredients

  • Squalane
  • PPG-2 MYRISTYL ETHER PROPIONATE
  • Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate
  • TRIISOCETYL CITRATE
  • Petrolatum
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • CANDELILLA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CIRE DE CANDELILLA
  • OZERKERITE
  • COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA/COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CIRE DE CARNAUBA
  • CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
  • PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT
  • C10-18 Triglycerides
  • Propylparaben
  • HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
  • Tocopherol
  • BHT
  • [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA
  • TITANIUM DIOXDE (CI 77891)
  • IRON OXIDES (CI 77491
  • CI 77492
  • CI 77499)]

My experience with Max factor Miracle contouring palette

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The Max factor miracle contouring palette comes in a sleek, elegant and lightweight packaging. The packaging is perfect for travelling. This palette is refillable, now that’s thoughtful. The palette has a spectrum of 8 natural shades to contour, lift and highlight. This is a universal palette which suits all skin types and surprisingly, I have seen this work for almost all skin tones.

Love how pigmented the shades are.If you want, you can also build up the intensity to get the look you want. The best thing about the Miracle contouring palette is the formula. It has a creamy formula which is very easy to blend. Blends like a dream and looks so natural. Even if you are a beginner, this contour palette is taking you places. Because it is so easy to work with it. Quick and easy contouring it is. Being said that, I have found that the highlight shade doesn’t blend as well as the other shades, but it is still okay.

The shades are very pigmented especially the darker shades. But the intensity is buildable and the lighter shades might sometimes need layering. Even after layering the contour looks quite natural. So you have nothing to worry about when adding that extra layer.  It mimics the shadows in your face, so let’s pretend we have a more defined facial features.

You can use a brush or beauty blender to blend this. You can use even fingers as it blends really well. But I personally prefer using a brush because if you use a sponge you will need more product and the contour will be less visible.

The staying power is also quite good. So I don’t see why you must not be giving this palette a try. Since the Max factor miracle contouring palette is designed by makeup  artists I had high hopes and I must say, it somewhat stays to it’s claims.Um, well almost. Too good for a drugstore palette, I must say.

Overall

What I like:

  • Sleek and travel-friendly packaging.
  • Universal palette, so one palette and everyone in the family can share :P. Well, if you are okay with sharing.
  • Creamy, soft texture allows for quick and easy contouring.
  • Formula which is easily blendable and buildable.

What I don’t like:

  • Some shades does not blend that easily,  but still okay.

I think the Max factor miracle contouring palette is a great drugstore alternative if you are looking for a good contouring palette. Since it blends well and is quick and easy, this palette is perfect even if you are getting started with contouring. Honestly, I still love my Anastasia beverlyhills palette more. But compared to ABS, this one is easier to use.

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Swatches 

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Have you tried the Max factor Miracle contouring palette? Which is your favorite palette?

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by Influenster for reviewing purpose. But this has nothing to do with my honest review.

 

 

 

 

JUST HERBS HERB ENRICHED SKIN TINT REVIEW

Hey guys! How are you all doing?

I am someone who prefers light to medium coverage foundations rather than full coverage ones. Now when I heard about the Just herbs skin tint which is makeup and skincare in one, I was really interested in giving it a try. I mean, what could be better than a foundation that takes care of your skin whilst giving some coverage. Now I have been trying this for some time and let me tell you more about it.

Claims by the brand

  • Part-skincare part-makeup
  • Compliments skin shade and blends easily
  • Blurs imperfections, masks large pores and primes blemishes
  • Nurtures skin tone and provides sun protection
  • Works well with your six step regime
  • Suits all skin types

Price and availability

120 AED (aprox. $33) for 40ml product. Available online at the official website

My review of the Just herbs herb enriched Skin tint

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The Just herbs herb enriched skin tint comes in a light-weight glass bottle with a pump dispenser. The bottle is quite sturdy hence you don’t have to worry about travelling with it. I even carried it with me during my trip to India. But I have a problem with the pump dispenser. The product does not come out properly and when it does, too much product comes out. So I remove the cap and then take what is required. I don’t trust the pump and I hate wasting anything, especially makeup 😀

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The just herbs herb enriched skin tint has a creamy texture.When I saw some demo videos of using the product, I felt that this does not blend properly. But to be honest, the skin tint blends so well into the skin, giving a velvet matte finish. Love how natural it looks, as if you have no makeup, but as if you have beautiful and radiant skin.

The skin tint comes in just one shade, a light shade with pink undertones. But works well on most skin tones. I have tried it on fair, medium and dark skin tones and found that it works well on all skin tones. But works best for fair and medium skin tones.

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after blending

Speaking about coverage, it gives medium coverage, a minimal medium coverage, I must say. So if you need a full coverage or if you have to hide severe acne  or blemishes this is not for you. But you can use a concealer on top of it just as you would while using any other light to medium coverage foundations. And remember this one can actually help in drying out newly formed acne, so you leave it there and let it help you with that issue.

The Just herbs herb enriched skin tint feels very light on the skin. Does not settle into fine lines or dry patches. Diminishes the appearance of large pores. So if not as a foundation, you can use it as a base underneath your foundation.

The best thing about the skin tint according to me is the ingredient list, super impressive ingredient list. Don’t forget to go through the ingredient list. It is organic. Mineral oil and Paraben free.

The skin tint also helps in controlling oil for hours. It has a herbal smell, which reminds me of henna leaves (not of the powder, but the real fresh leaves) .  The skin tint claims to provide sun protection, but the SPF is not mentioned. I believe even if it does give sun protection, the spf level will be low. Hence I  use a sunscreen.

The skin tint stays on your skin for about 6-8 hours. You can either apply it as such or you can set it with a powder. Both ways, I love it!

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Overall

In love with:

  • Travel-friendly packaging.
  • Blends into the skin so well, whilst evening out skin tone and providing a radiant glow to the skin.
  • Suits all skin types.
  • Blurs imperfections, large pores. Helps control oil.
  • Organic and contains some really amazing ingredients.
  • Light-medium coverage which stays for 6-8 hours.
  • Contains SPF.
  • Feels very light on the skin.

Not  in love with:

  • The pump dispenser does not work properly.

Final verdict

Once I started using the Just herbs herb enriched skin tint, I have been using it almost everyday. And why not, part skincare and part makeup remember? You will definitely replace this with your everyday foundation. I even  use it on special occasions. But if you need full coverage, then you will be disappointed with the coverage, just gives a light to medium coverage. But you can also use it as a base under your makeup as it not only blurs the imperfections, but also contains amazing ingredients which helps in taking care of your skin.

The skin tint not just gives a glow outside, but  nourishes your skin from inside. I highly recommend this to all and I give it 4.9/5. Wish the pump dispenser worked well too!

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Some might find it a bit expensive as you might think a bb or cc cream can be used instead, but ingredients guys, ingredients used are just brilliant.

I love the product. Have you used it? What are your thoughts?

 

LUSH TANGLED HOT OIL TREATMENT REVIEW

At least once in your life, you might have wished to have a magnificent hair as Rapunzel, long and strong. While a hair as long as hers would have been difficult to carry, a mane that strong wouldn’t hurt,right. Today I am going to talk about “Tangled”, no, not the Disney movie, but the Tangled hot oil treatment from Lush cosmetics.

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And this is just a coincidence that I mentioned about Rapunzel when the name of Disney’s version of Rapunzel and the product I am reviewing has the same name. Now, if you have never heard of Rapunzel, which I think is impossible, just know that she is some girl with magnificent long tresses and that’s all is important here. Actually, even that is not important, I just want to write a good intro, that’s it! For those who read, of course, I mean some don’t right? But you are not someone belonging to that category because you are actually reading it:D And I love you but let’s move on!’

Okay! So I was saying is if you need healthy and strong hair, you have to work for it. A healthy diet and a good hair care routine are very important. Your hair needs conditioning and Tangled is supposed to give that to you! Let’s find out what else Lush claims from this solid hair product before beginning to analyze it it’s true.

Claims 

Out damned knot! This rosewood and ylang ylang treatment is here to tame your tangles. A creamy mix of softening, strengthening oils increase tensile strength and allow you to comb with ease. This hot oil treatment has goodness written all over it.

Ingredient list of  lush tangled hot oil treatment

  • Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cationic Guar Gum
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Citric Acid
  • Perfume
  • Orange Flower Absolute
  • Rosewood Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Oil
  • Benzyl Benzoate
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Amyl Cinnamal
  • Benzyl Salicylate
  • Eugenol
  • Farnesol
  • Geraniol
  • Isoeugenol
  • Limonene
  • Linalool

Price and availability

AED 75 for 20g and available at all  Lush stores also online Hot oil treatment is also available in two different types- Damaged and Kinky.

What I have to say about Lush Tangled hot oil treatment

 

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The Tangled hot oil treatment from Lush cosmetics looks like a lollypop, with a stick at one end and an off-white solid “thing” at the other. This “thing is the real product (treatment). My description might not sound serious but this lollypop form is actually brilliant. Why? because the stick is used to stir and melt the product. There is a black label covering the product, underneath which you get the complete instructions on how to prepare this mask/treatment.

This treatment is actually a mix of different oils in a solid form, so if you are someone who hates oiling your hair, this product is definitely your thing! The Lush tangled hot oil treatment contains some really amazing ingredients like the extra virgin olive oil which increase the tensile strength of the hair and keep your hair moisturized and protected. The next key ingredient is organic jojoba oil which conditions the hair shaft and adds shine and manageability.

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It smells really good, a beautiful floral scent with a hint of citrus which mainly is due to the two ingredients ylang ylang, which has a sweet floral fragrance and orange flower absolute which has a citrusy fragrance. The smell is so good and uplifting. But I wish I could say this about the smell once it melts too. Sadly, it smells weird once the product is melted.

To prepare this treatment, place the treatment in a cup or bowl or whatever you like, Lush recommends using their black pots, your choice. Next, add hot water to the solid treatment and begin to stir gently. Start by adding a small amount of water and add more as required. Continue stirring until this is completely melted, without any lumps. The melting process takes a while, say 5-7 minutes. The end product must be thick and creamy. I suggest not to make it too thick as it might be difficult to remove the treatment from your hair. Next step is to apply this cream to your dry hair. Make sure the treatment is not too hot, but it should be warm. Keep this mask on your hair for  20 minutes then wash it off using shampoo.

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This treatment was way too much for my shoulder length hair. I applied it so so generously and even then I had so much left which I used on my hubby’s hair. To my surprise, there was still left, which I finally convinced my brother to try. So basically this product was enough for a very generous application on my shoulder length hair, a generous application on my husband’s short hair and not-so-generous application on my brother’s hair. But if this was to be used on my hair before chopping it a few days back ( I had really long hair) then it would have been enough for me and my husband. So I recommend cutting this solid treatment into two or three parts (depending on your hair length) or sharing with someone. Remember once you melt it, you cannot keep it for long, maybe for a week.

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Now let’s talk about the results. My hair is normally dry and after using the Lush tangled hot oil treatment my hair was soft, bouncy and so much manageable. It felt so well nourished and I can say is that was a good hair day and it stayed that way for a few days! The results were the same for the two boys as well. I also loved the beautiful intense floral fragrance it left behind, and the fragrance lasted for a couple of days!

Two things I don’t really like about the lush tangled hot oil treatment is one, it contains SLS and the difficulty to remove when overused. Also if you don’t have the patience to stir and melt this product, then just skip it!

My final verdict

 

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Lush Tangled hot oil treatment is a really good product which leaves your hair soft, nourished and manageable. But if you don’t want to stay in the shower for hours and hours trying to remove this treatment out of your hair then remember not to make it too thick and not to apply it  way too generously. But the real problem according to me is SLS, which is making me go from Wow to Hmm and I am giving it 3.9/5. I will still repurchase it for days when my hair needs some extra conditioning.

So, my beautiful friends, have you used the Lush cosmetics Tangled hot oil treatment? Did you like it? Which is your favorite hair treatment/mask

 

 

PIMPLE TREATMENT FACE MASK

pimple treatment face mask

Hello, my gorgeous friends! How are you all?

Today we are going to talk about a face mask and I am sure you will love it. Before we even start talking about the face mask,let me share a small story with you guys,please don’t worry, its short.

So what happened is, one day I was preparing chicken curry and for that, I was making a paste out of a few ingredients. Then suddenly I thought about the ingredients I have used, they are so good for your skin, then this thought struck me why not make an amazing face mask out of these ingredients. And  there were two big red pimples on my face. So what did I do, I cleaned my hands and face (very important) and applied this paste on one of the pimples. And later that day, I noticed my pimple actually shrunk and is not painful anymore. Eureka!

After a few days, I tried this mask on my face, and I really loved it. Now let”s jump into the ingredient list . Also, don’t forget to check out the benefits of each ingredient on your skin, which I will be writing at the end of this post.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1 garlic glove (you can add two if you are okay with the sting)
  • 1/2 tbsp of chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

How to prepare the mask

Nothing much, just take all the above-mentioned ingredients in a blender, blend it to form a paste.

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How to apply the pimple treatment face mask

When you have spotted those nasty pimples rather than panicking about them, just make this face mask and apply a thin layer on that particular pimple, leave it on for some 10-20 minutes and then rinse it off. This mask is not only great for spot treatment, you can use it all over face and it gives amazing results. But as with any DIY or any kind of face masks, do a patch test. Slight stinging is alright as we have used garlic.

Benefits of the ingredients on skin

Garlic

Garlic as such can be used for spot treatment as it contains sulphur, which helps to prevent infections and reduce inflammations and also contains Allicin, which has anti-fungal, anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits. But if you are like me who can’t stand the stinging sensation of garlic, then you need to try something like this face mask. We use garlic because garlic

  • Help to get rid of stubborn acne.
  • Helps in removing blackheads.
  • Has anti-aging properties.
  • Helps to minimise pores.

Ginger

We have used ginger because it

  • Helps in treating blemishes and acne.
  • Has anti-aging benefits.
  • Helps in skin toning.
  • Gives radiant skin.

Coriander leaves

Coriander is great because it:

  • Acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal agent.
  • Treatment of blackheads and acne.
  • Absorbs excess oil from your face.
  • Has anti-aging benefits.

Tomato

  • Perfect astringent.
  • Treats open pores.
  • Prevents signs of ageing.
  • Natural bleaching agent.
  • Remove dead skin cells and gives smooth and glowing skin.

One tip

One tip for better results is to pour this face mask into an icetray and freeze it. Once set take the ice cubes place it on the pimple/zits for a few seconds. Later rinse your face. You can also massage your entire using an ice cube, leave it for some 15 minutes and then rinse it off.

So that was one amazing face mask for pimple treatment. Let me know if you try it!