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MARC JACOBS VELVET NOIR MASCARA REVIEW

Hello lovely people! How are you all doing?

Just as I was planning to write this post, some old memories flashed into my mind. I first bought a mascara mistaking it to be an eyeliner and had no idea how to use it. I felt so sorry for myself even after figuring out how to use the mascara because I was like “Why in the world would anyone use this thing on their lashes”. Stupid, I know! But now, just like you, I can’t live without my mascara.

Now you can obviously tell that today I am going to talk about a mascara (okay genius they have already figured it out from the title). Today’s review is the Marc Jacobs velvet Noir volume mascara. This product was not purchased by me,  this product was sent to me by Influenster. But as always this has nothing to do with my review, which is only based on my experience trying this.

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Product claims

The lash-maximizing, curvy brush places the most volume at the hard-to-reach center lash line, and the defining tip styles lashes for major drama. The ultra-concentrated black pigment delivers the greatest visual impact, and the flash volume complextm creates instant, smudge-free length and volume in three strokes or less.

Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara gives you the thickest lashes in a blink. This majorly volumizing mascara delivers instant volume for your most epic lashes yet.

How to Get the Instant Look of False Lashes (in three strokes or less!)
– Apply Velvet Noir in multiple coats, while wet, for maximum volume. Use the tip of the mascara want to separate, define and style lashes.

Price and Availability

$26 and available at their Website and also Sephora

My thoughts about Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara 

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The first thing which attracted me when I first saw the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume Mascara was the black, sleek and stylish packaging. Very classy and pretty. The next thing that would grab anybody’s attraction is the wand, which has a somewhat hour glass like shape. Don’t ask me why, but something about the brush made me feel that this kind of brush would be great and I am not wrong.The brush glides on very easily on the lashes, covers all the lashes very well,including the smaller ones. The brush is easy and very comfortable to use.

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But what I like the most about the Marc Jacobs velvet noir mascara is the intense black color of the mascara, very black.The Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara has quite thick, not watery but creamy formula.The mascara applies without clumping. It lengthens, curls and gives my lashes volume. Just one swipe itself delivers great results, but you can easily layer it. Gives that fluttery and full lashes. Does not smudge, smear or flake off throughout the day. It lasts through out the day. But remember this mascara is not water-proof, I honestly don’t prefer water-proof ones as they are very difficult to remove and by trying to remove it, you are going to weigh down some of your precious lashes, that’s so dreadful. The mascara comes off easily with miceller water or oil or any makeup removers.

Most mascaras give your lashes a rigid and thick feeling, if you know what I mean, of course you do! Most mascaras especially the volumizing ones gives that feeling, but this does not. This feels so comfortable.

The only disadvantage  what I can come up with is that, the wand picks a lot of product, so you have to take care about that, otherwise your lashes might be clumpy. If you just ignore that this cute one is a keeper 😛

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Final verdict

In love with:

  • Beautiful, classy packaging.
  • Hour glass shaped wand, which is easy to use.
  • Very black.
  • Thick lengthened and curled lashes.
  • Does not smudge, smear or flake off.
  • Lasts all day (and night)
  • Creamy texture.
  • Very comfortable on lashes.
  • Very easy to remove.

Not in love with:

  • The wand might carry too much product, so might end up clumpy if not taken care of that.

Overall, I think the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara is one of my current favorite ones and why not, makes my lashes look fluttery and full. So girls! you have two choices, either watch and get envious of my fluttery and full lashes or get your Velvet noir mascara and get yours! I rate it 4.7/5.

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.

 

 

 

 

BATH AND BODY WORKS COCO SHEA COCONUT WHIPPED BODY BUTTER

Hey guys! How are you all doing?

I really love using body butters and whipped body butters are my favorites. Especially because of the texture and deep moisturizing. My current favorite is my Aloe vera shea butter whipped DIY body butter . Today I am going to review a body butter which I have been using recently, the Bath and body works Coco Shea coconut whipped body butter.

Product claims

CocoShea blends two of nature’s most nourishing ingredients — vitamin-packed cocoa butter + rich, moisturizing shea butter — for the ultimate collection of skin-loving formulas. With over 24 hours of super rich hydration, our deeply nourishing whipped body butter delivers intense moisture to leave skin feeling moisturized and richly replenished.

Price

$16.50 for 226g/8oz

My review of the bath and body works coco shea coconut whipped body butter

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Have you checked my review of the Coco Shea honey bath and shower jelly? This is from the same range. The coco shea range comes in three variants- cucumber, honey and coconut. The whipped body butter I got is the coconut variant.

The body butter comes in a beautiful lavender colored tub packaging. Some might feel its un-hygenic but I think this is a convenient packaging for whipped body butters. Love the violet color tub. Now, the packaging is travel-friendly if you are okay with the size. I definitely need body butters in large amounts, so I have carried the entire tub with me while coming to India.

The texture is mousse like just like any other body butters, thick, soft and smooth texture. The body butter has a coconutty fragrance. Not a very strong scent, but still leaves a beautiful scent on the skin. It lasts for about 6+hours, a very faint but beautiful scent. Absolutely in love with the fragrance.

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Coming to the main thing , moisturizing. It immediately moisturizes even your dry skin and leaves it soft and beautiful. Not greasy at all. Keeps skin moisturized for a long time. I apply two times, morning and night and that’s enough to keep my skin moisturized. Love how soft and smooth my skin feels after applying this body butter. No wonder it keeps your skin hydrated and nourished, it contains the goodness of shea butter and cocoa butter.

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Overall

In love with:

  • mousse like texture.
  • Beautiful coconut fragrance, which stays for long hours.
  • Leaves skin soft and nourished.
  • Keeps skin moisturized for a long time.
  • Contains goodness of shea butter and cocoa butter.

Not in love with:

  • Contains toms of chemicals.

I am really in love with the Bath and body works Coco Shea coconut whipped body butter. Love how soft and smooth it makes my skin. Skin is deeply moisturized and nourished. Love the faint but lovely coconut fragrance it leaves on my skin. I give it 4.9/5 and I highly recommend this body butter.

Have you tried this body butter from Bath and body works?


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BATH AND BODY WORKS COCO SHEA HONEY BATH AND SHOWER JELLY

Hello my dear friends! How are you all?

One thing everybody complains about me is that I take long hours inside the washroom . There were people actually asking what I did inside 😛 But that’s until my baby came and now I no longer have time for such long showers/baths. That’s a different story. But if you know me you know, if you are stressed I will say go and take a bath, if you are tired I would say go get a bath. Meaning bath is one ultimate solution for a lot of problems in my case.

Now, how can you blame me when there are such amazing bath products available in the market. But you know what, now you have something not only to make your bath experience awesome but if you are more of a shower kind of person,then to make your shower magical too. I am talking about the bath and body works CocoShea honey bath and shower jelly and you will know why.

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Product claims

CocoShea blends two of nature’s most nourishing ingredients — vitamin-packed cocoa butter + rich, moisturizing shea butter — for the ultimate collection of skin-loving formulas. Fun and pampering, our ultra conditioning bath & shower jelly lathers into a creamy foam and conditions as it cleanses to leave skin looking and feeling soft and healthy.

Price and availability

$16.50 for 8oz. Available at all Bath and body works store.

My review of the CocoShea honey bath and shower jelly

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The Bath and body works CocoShea honey bath and shower jelly is from the CocoShea collection which has just been launched. These products mainly contains Cocoa butter and Shea butter, and you might have already guessed these are definitely going to moisturise your skin. Comes in three variants- pure honey, coconut oil and cucumber. I actually thought of reviewing the shower jelly and body lotion together. But hey, this jelly is so special I decided to do a separate post!

And my sweethearts, its not gel its JELLY!! The formula is completely new for Bath and body works. I wouldn’t say the jelly thing is new , Lush has a jelly soap the name of which I forgot, not exactly the  same formula but similar.

This one comes in a honey jar kind of packaging which is transparent, apt for the honey based product. The scent of this is to die for, at least for me. Has a very sweet smell from which you can make out the fragrance of honey easily. So divine..mmm….The fragrance lasts for about 2-3 hours. If you are obsessed like me you can sniff your body even after that and there is still a faint fragrance and that faint fragrance lasts some time.

Coming back to the formula, the product is all bouncy and squishy. So much fun to play with. Take a small amount on your finger tips and massage onto damp skin. Lathers into a super soft foam. I don’t know if my description sounds boring to you but the actual procedure is so much fun. I actually thought I might need a lot of the product (considering the fancy texture and fun) but to my surprise you need only a very small amount. Oh yeah! It’s going to last quite some time. Yay!

Leaving aside all the fun and fanciness, let’s talk about the cleansing part. After all the main purpose of this is to clean right! Honestly speaking I thought it wouldn’t be good enough in terms of cleansing. But it proved me wrong again and scored ten on ten. Yes, does a wonderful job there too. If you ask me if it dries your skin, then my darlings remember I told you this whole range is about moisturising and nourishing the skin so no drying at all. Since this contains Shea butter, cocoa butter and honey, three perfect ingredients for moisturising your skin, it leaves your skin soft and supple.

One more thing, the first time I started using this I dropped it by mistake and I thought the jelly texture would be distorted (you know what happens to jelly right?) but to my surprise after a while it returned to the normal condition. Even if you shake vigorously or scoop out a lot of product to create a hole, the product ultimately returns back  just like it has been untouched. Now I like that too!

I am totally loving this!

Warning: Even though this is a brilliant product, there are certain issues. Firstly there are chances that you might take more time in the shower than you normally did. Second one is that your hubby/bro/friend or whoever stays with you will definitely steal it from you so hiding it will be a good idea!

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Overall

In love with:

  • The jelly texture, which makes the experience an amazing one.
  • Cleans really well.
  • Non drying, leaves skin soft and supple.
  • Contains Cocoa butter and Shea butter for moisturising and nourishing the skin.
  • Lovely scent.
  • You need only a small amount.

Not in love with:

Nothing at all! Totally in love with it!

The bath and body works CocoShea honey bath and shower jelly is my current obsession! It has made my bath/shower experience awesome while cleansing my skin well and leaving it soft and touchable. I give it 5/5 and I would say go and get it! Highly recommended!

Have you used the CocoShea honey bath and shower jelly? What are your thoughts about the new range? Which is your favourite product from Bath and body works?

 

 

 

 

 

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