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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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

Thank you, my mom, my dad, my husband, my daughter, my brother, my in-laws, my grandmother, my uncles, my aunts, my cousins, my grandmother’s sisters husband’s brother’s son’s wife’s aunt…….!

Okay! Okay! just kidding!

While I am really grateful to every single person in my life, here I am thanking two of my blogger friends, Soumya and Shatchya for nominating me for an award (Yay! I have been nominated for the Versatile blogger award!) and of course all the beautiful people who take time in reading my humble blog.

Before I get into what a Versatile blogger award is and 7 facts about me, let me remind you guys to check out the awesome blogs of  Soumya who blogs at Soumya Midhun.com and Shatchya who blogs at Purplish vintage. Both their blogs are truly versatile, not to be missed!  I also would like to thank you guys for nominating me, Thank you! (more…)

HUDABEAUTY LIQUID MATTE- IS IT JUST ANOTHER LIQUID LIPSTICK?

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Everybody in this world is obsessed with liquid lipsticks, I guess! Maybe that’s one reason every other brand is coming up with liquid lipsticks. But when the Queen of the beauty world comes up with something, it must be a thing, right? Come on! who is not obsessed with the fluttery lashes and the amazing lip contours from the HudaBeauty range? And as you might already be aware, the Liquid matte lipsticks are the newest addition to the range. But is the HudaBeauty Liquid Matte just another liquid lipstick? You will find out soon, keep reading.

Product claims

Introducing Huda Beauty’s latest lip beautifier: the Liquid Matte, an unrivaled take on the liquid lipstick. The tried and true comfort-wear formula is infused with an exclusive complex to help maintain the lips’ hydration. The lightweight formula glides on a thin coat of color that intensifies as it sets to a matte, transfer-free finish with amazing staying power. You might even forget you’re wearing anything on your lips at all! Pair it with a complementary Huda Beauty Lip Contour to set off your look.

Huda’s tips for the perfect pout:

1. Prep your lips: To improve the consistency of application, gently exfoliate with a lip scrub. Blot off any excess oils.

2. For maximum impact, line lips using the Lip Contour and fade towards the center.

3. Apply a thin layer of Liquid Matte in the corresponding or lighter shade to fill in the rest.

4. Allow approximately 30 seconds for the color to set and intensify to an opaque finish. Color appearance may vary based on skin tone.

Price and availability

The HudaBeauty Liquid Matte retails for 100AED in UAE and $20 elsewhere and available at Sephoracult beauty Hudabeauty online

My review of the HudaBeauty Liquid Matte

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First, let me share my experience trying to get the HudaBeauty Liquid Matt.  I had to go a few times to the Sephora where it was launched and had to struggle to get one for myself. When finally I passed the crowd around the HudaBeauty counter there were no trying or testing and just a few shades available. So I took Bombshell. Bombshell is a pretty nude peachy-pink shade and I absolutely love nude pinks.

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Coming to the packaging, I really have to rave about the box in which it comes. I absolutely love the packaging, which has an image of Huda’s lips, so adorable. The real product comes in a sleek matte tube which is transparent, it definitely looks luxurious. I also love the doe foot applicator which makes applying the product really easy. Now the smell, it smells like cakes, vanilla to be exact. I really love the scent. If you have a sensitive nose, don’t worry the smell fades away once the liquid lipstick is dry.

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I love the formula of the HudaBeauty liquid matte which is wet and runnier than most liquid lipsticks. Also unlike most or I think all liquid lipsticks, the HudaBeauty Liquid matte takes a little longer to dry. This is an advantage in disguise, you get more time to work with it. Have you had experiences when a liquid lipstick sets so quickly and you are not happy with the lip shape or you wish to build up the color and it ended up looking patchy?  Then this lipstick, my friend, is perfect for you! Brilliant formula. You can coat one layer after other, but absolutely no patchiness. But, there is still a but, when not set the liquid lipstick is tacky. Once set the tackiness is reduced but not completely.

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The HudaBeauty liquid matte glides on really smoothly, feels like butter. The pigmentation is also superb, the shade bombshell which I used is a nude shade, but still is 99% opaque. One swipe is enough. It would be even better if you are using darker shades. The texture is so thin and lightweight. You hardly know you have any lipstick on your lips except when you get that slight tacky feeling, otherwise, the lipstick is so comfortable on the lips.

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The Hudabeauty liquid matte claims to hydrate your lips. It contains some really hydrating ingredients like beeswax and olive oil. However, I am not sure it gives any extra hydration but it does not dry up your lips like most liquid lipsticks. I have used it with and without using lipliners and found that this liquid lipstick stays intact for a long time. I have had heavy meals, light meals, coffee but still the lipstick didn’t fade. It did fade a bit but completely negligible especially when I have used a lip liner. And when it fades, it fades evenly. The other great thing about this lipstick is that it does not transfer at all when set.

The Hudabeauty liquid lipstick comes in 16 different shades and the shades look different on different skin tones. As I have already mentioned I have Bombshell. I don’t know if you can spot, but the color becomes a bit darker when set. Just take a look at the images below.

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When still wet
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When set

Final verdict

In love 

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  • Great pigmentation and excellent coverage.
  • Brilliant formula.
  • So light and comfortable on lips.
  • Long wear quality.
  • Transfer proof.
  • Fades evenly.
  • Great color options.
  • Applies really well.
  • Does not leave your lips dry.

Not in love

  • Slight tackiness.
  • Availability might be an issue.

The Hudabeauty Liquid Matte is the best liquid lipstick I have used so far. If I completely neglect the slight tackiness then this is a perfect liquid lipstick. I give it 4.9/5, highly recommended!

Have you guys used the Hudabeauty liquid matte? Which is your favorite liquid lipstick?

 

 
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