Orange Copper -70 lipstick from Artedco Cosmetics

 

 

 

 

 

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Orange Copper 70 from Artedco Cosmetics

 

 

 

 

Today’s review is about the Perfect Color Lipstick – “Orange Copper -70 “ from  Artedco Cosmetics, a German cosmetic brand that has presence in almost 78 countries of the world. It was founded in 1985 by Helmut Baurecht in Karlsfeld near Munich  and now it  is one the largest cosmetic brand in Germany. 

 

 

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Orange Copper -70 on me

 

 

Perfect Color Lipstick range from Artedco cosmetics is available in 71 colours, with vitamin E and high pigmentation in the range.  The collection is packed with vitamin E and castor oil

 

 

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Ingredients

  • OZOKERITE
  • PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL)
  • LANOLIN OIL
  • MICA
  • RICI – NUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL
  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL RICINOLEATE
  • OC- TYLDODECANOL
  • PARAFFIN
  • DIISOSTEARYL MALATE
  • ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE
  • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE
  • CETYL ACETATE
  • PHENYL TRIMETHICO- NE
  • SILICA
  • TALC
  • CETYL ALCOHOL
  • CETYL RICINOLEATE
  • BENZOPHENONE-3
  • GLYCERYL OLEATE
  • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE
  • ACETYLATED LANOLIN ALCOHOL
  • CELLULOSE
  • PROPYLPARABEN
  • PARFUM (FRAGRANCE)
  • ASCORBYL PALMITATE
  • TOCOPHEROL
  • TIN OXIDE
  • CITRIC ACID, BHT

 [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) CI 15850 (RED 7 LAKE), CI 15850 (RED 6), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 45380 (RED 22 LAKE), CI 45410 (RED 27 LAKE), CI 73360 (RED 30 LAKE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)]

  • Art.No. 13.x; No. 01, 03, 04, 05, 17A, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25A, 26, 29, 31A, 32, 35, 36, 38A, 40, 59, 70, 73A, 77, 84, 87, 91A, 92, 110, 124

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Experience

I wanted to get my hands on the orange – copper metallic lipstick since metallic makeup become a rage among the beauty enthusiast of the world.  It is the trend of the 90’s that has made a come back, where similar copper orangish hues was quite popular  among the ladies. While looking for it in the store, the beauty advisor from Artedco cosmetics suggested me “Orange Copper -70 “ from their Perfect Color Lipstick range. It turned out to be a beautiful hue against my brown skin and the sparkles in the lipstick got me attracted, immediately.

 

 

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Swatch on hand of Orange Copper -70 from Artedco Cosmetics

 

 

The beauty turned into a beast just as instantly when I applied it alone on the lips. The reason for it was because the swatch on the hand is misleading and can turn out to be totally opposite. However, I’m fine with taking this risk as I  simply hate (and even don’t recommend) using, * already opened samples of lipsticks on the face as it has too much bacteria and germs from being used on numerous people. So, Orange Copper – 70,  completely washed me out and made me appear a sickly girl in need of blood.  In order to remedy it, I reapplied it along with some red lipstick as a base and dabbed Orange Copper – 70 all over my lips to make it, pop which actually fulfilled the purpose of a lip strobe for me.  Viola! Problem solved, it looked better paired with red lips as base. 

 

 

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I didn’t found the texture to be very creamy, it was grainy and coarse, a thing that I didn’t expect but perhaps due to the presence of MICA, which gave it a glittery overall look, it appeared like that.

 

I didn’t find the lasting good, it was transferring on the glass while I sipped and drank and didn’t last  more than 1 hour. However, the mica particles stayed and gave a sparkly effect to the lips. 

The shade doesn’t complement the brown skin, Indian/Pakistani skin tone and need a darker base to make it look good. It is better suited as a strobe and I don’t recommend using it alone on the tanned skin. 

Back to the supermarket trip, I didn’t realise the lipstick has not mentioned the ingredients on the box. The casing of the lipstick and even on the lipstick just a number is mentioned at the bottom. Many weeks later, when I checked the ingredients of the lipstick, I found out that it has got PROPYLPARABEN in it. Propylparaben is a category of Paraben, which was introduced in 1923 as a preservative in cosmetics/personal care to increase the shelf life of the products as it prevents bacterial growth.  Parabens came to spotlight, when in 2004, a small study found traces of Parabens in breast cancer tissue, further study into the matter revealed that it could enhance the spread of the disease and is not a direct cause of breast cancer or tumours. It is important to know that Parabens are not water soluble and can penetrate our skin to get absorbed in our blood stream because it is a endocrine deceptive chemical that mimics estrogen, it could disrupt the hormonal functions in the body.  

Many studies have been conducted in this regard. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review , in its report  dated October 7, 2019  has published that Parabens are safe in the formulation doesn’t exceed the 0.8% combined in making a product. But, this might be partially true if parabens are combined with other agents that could have a harmful effect on us. Moreover,  FDA  admits that at the time it has not enough information showing that  Parabens as it is now used in cosmetics have any effect on human health , it goes by the policy of insignificant data means a safe product until proven otherwise. Similarly, the EU goes by the same policy but it has banned certain Parabens until a conclusion about the safety of the Parabens can be reached. 

It is true that in small quantities parabens could be easily broken by the human body, it reaction with other agents is debatable until a conclusive evidence regarding its safety could be reached. Till then, who ever is using it is a guinea pig. Sounds scary! 

Price:

It is about $16 USD and in Pakistan it is for PKR  1,290

Packaging: 

Black shiny bottle 

Finish: 

Pearly/Glittery Finish

Texture: 

The texture is coarse

Lasting:

The lipstick stays on well for 1 hour. It vanishes if you eat and drink leaving only mica crystals behind

 

 

 

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The lipstick comes off leaving MICA crystals behind.

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My Verdict 

4.5/10

Pros: 

  • Beautiful orange copper shade 
  • Glitetry due to the presence of MICA 
  • Contains Castor Oil 
  • Highly  Pigmented 
  • Can be used as a lip strobe
  • Doesn’t crease

 

Cons:

Contains Paraben  (Major) 

Can’t wear it alone

Not transfer proof 

 

Rouge A Levres Color Riche Matte – Haute Rouge -347 From Loreal Cosmetics

 

 

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Today’s review is about the Color Riche Matte lipstick – “Haute Rouge – 347from  L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics which is a French giant in personal care and is the world’s largest cosmetic company. 

Color Riche Matte collection claims to have the boldest and most moisturising matte lipsticks ever. The luxurious collection is packed with Jojoba and Camellia oil and is available in 16 different  shades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients 

  • G902498
  • Dimethicone
  • Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2
  • Hydrogenated Polyisobutene
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • Tridecyl Trimellitate
  • Ozokerite
  • Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil
  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer
  • Isostearyl Isostearate
  • Kaolin, Isohexadecane
  • Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer
  • Nylon-12,
  • Alumina
  • Polyethylene
  • Silica
  • Calcium Sodium Borosilicate
  • Synthetic Fluorphlogopite
  • Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate
  • Geraniol
  • Aluminum Hydroxide
  • BHT
  • Magnesium Silicate
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil
  • Rosa Canina Fruit Oil
  • Hexyl Cinnamal,
  • Hydroxycitronellal
  • Tin Oxide
  • Methyl-2-Octynoate
  • Tocopherol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Propyl Gallate
  • Citric Acid
  • Parfum / Fragrance

 [+/- May contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine], (F.I.L. B189857/1)

 

 

 

My Experience 

 

 

It is said  in the beauty circles that, “ You can never go wrong with a red lip! ” I keep this in my mind and try to get as many red lipsticks as I can to satiate my never ending desire for it.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Loreal – 347 Haute Rouge on me

 

 

 

 

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics is one of my favourite brands when it comes to lipsticks and after the Color Riche Matte addiction was introduced, I knew that I have to get my hands on it. 

Obviously, the first lipstick that I bought from the range was none other than Haute Rouge -347, which is the boldest red in the range. It is a classic red that is very flattering on the brown skin tone due to its blue undertones. The lipstick swatch on my wrist came out so stunning that I instantly fell in love with it, and stood there swooning over the  matte beauty on my wrist.  Haute Rouge – 347  has a very intense pigmented formula as the single swipe  provides enough coverage. 

 

 

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Multiple layering of Haute Rouge -347 to give for a dramatic effect

 

 

 

 

 

The lipstick stays incredibly long as well, mine stayed well through snacking and sipping and faded just a bit. Apart from the stunning colour, its texture is one of the best things despite being a matte lipstick, it is very hydrating due to the presence of Jojoba and Camilla oil in it which makes the lips as if they are getting a luxury treatment. 

I consider that Haute Rouge -347 complements the brown skin, Indian/Pakistani skin tone really well  and looks very good as it is a blue toned lipstick which appears a deeper shade of red on us. 

In short, wearing Haute Rouge -347  alone is enough to illuminate the whole face! 

A big thumbs up to L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics for creating this gorgeous beauty ! 

 

 

 

 

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Single swipe of Haute Rouge – 347 on my hand. Is not that so pigmented?

Price: 

 It is about $12 USD and in Pakistan it is for PKR  1,999 

Packaging: 

Stylish matte packaging with a gold trim. 

Finish: 

Matte finish, fit for  a red carpet look. 

Texture: 

The texture is very creamy as it is enriched with Jojoba and Camilla oil for hydration and comfort.

Lasting: 

The lipstick stays on well for 6-7  hours.

 

My Verdict 

10/10

 

 

Pros: 

  • Beautiful red shade enriched with Jojoba and Camilla oil 
  • Highly  Pigmented 
  • Feels comfortable and lightweight on lips
  • Very creamy and moisturising 
  • Lasts long time 
  • Doesn’t crease

Cons: 

None at all 

PRECIOUS METALS LOOSE EYESHADOW PIGMENTS – VIOLET VENUS FROM LUSCIOUS COSMETICS

 

 

 

Today’s review is about the Precious metals loose eyeshadow pigment – Violet Venus  from Luscious Cosmetics which is a pearlised pigment powder for eyes.  It is made in Public Republic of China and retails for PKR 795 at a net weight of 0.42 oz (12g) in Pakistan. 

 

 

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The eyeshadow pigments are made in the Public Republic of China 

 

 

The Loose eyeshadow pigment is available in four categories as follows,

  • Moonstone 
  • Violet Venus 
  • Supernova 
  • Star dust 

 

Each box contains a trio of different eyeshadow which is a plus. For example, Violet Venus contains; 

  • Blue 
  • Copper
  • Violet

 

 

 

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Trio of the eyeshadow pigments – Violet Venus

 

 

Luscious  Cosmetics is a Pakistani cosmetic brand launched in 2007 by Mehrbano Sethi, who was inspired to start her own venture in the 90’s due to dearth of pigmented lipsticks in the market in those days. Luscious Cosmetics is  a cruelty free, vegan makeup brand and is not tested on animals nor any animal products are used in it. The most important point is the brand that is not heavy on the pocket. It is good to see that the brand’s mission is even centred on the same philosophy that the product should be affordable and of high quality.

 

Luscious Cosmetics Mission:

 

The company was founded with the purpose of creating high quality cosmetics with an affordable price tag, but without ever compromising on ingredients or ethics.

 

 

 

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Ingredients of the loose eyeshadow pigments 

 
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Ingredients in the Product

  • Silica (+/-) : Mica
  • Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
  • Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
  • Aluminum Powder (CI 77000)
  • Bronze Powder (CI 77400)
  • Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289)
  • Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)
  • Copper Powder (CI 77400)
  • Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510)
  • Manganese Violet (CI 77742)
  • Ultramarines (CI 77007).

 

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HOW TO USE: 

Use your fingertips or eyeshadow brush to apply the loose pigment eyeshadow to your lids. Use with Angel Eyes Primer for long lasting results.

 

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MY EXPERIENCE

 

 

A few months ago, I started using Luscious Cosmetics, a Pakistani cosmetic brand accidentally as previously I was too scared to use any local brand due to the serious amount of mishaps that happened with me after using local makeup brands. In most of the cases the quality was too poor to use the brand again. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the good quality products from Luscious Cosmetics that I received in the Mystery Box.

 

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Loose eye shadow pigment in the shade cobalt from Violet Venus 

 

The precious metals loose eyeshadow pigments are inspired by the universe as it is named as Moonstone, Violet Venus, Supernova and Star dust.  The eye pigment, Violet Venus has cobalt blue, violet and copper in it which explains the mystery behind its name Violet Venus as violet is another name for purple while the planet Venus has deep orange/copper surface.

Blue is one of my favourite colours and since I have realised that blue looks uber chic on brown skin tone, I have been a huge fan, a sucker for everything cobalt, sapphire, ink blue, royal blue on the eyelid, be it eye shades, eye liner, kohl or mascara.

 

 

 

 

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For a party, I applied the cobalt blue from Violet Venus and found it to be really pigmented as the pigment is made of mica it has sparkling glitters which is perfect for glitter eye makeup especially if applied with a wet brush.  As I had to do an evening makeup, I applied it in multiple swipes, layer after layer to give it a dramatic effect and throughout the party, my eye makeup was the highlight.  It lasted very well too, for 5-6 hours without smudging even though I didn’t apply any primer or glitter glue to hold it. But, I think that you won’t even need a glitter glue because the texture is pretty refined,unlike other eye glitters that fall off easily.  

 

The best thing about Luscious cosmetics, eye pigments is that these are tested for human safety, are vegan, and cruelty free. Some of the eye glitters that I have used in the past consists of plastic based components  that can cause microscopic tears in the skin due to their hexagonal shape cuts. However, due to the inclusion of MICA, precious metals loose eyeshadow pigments from Luscious cosmetics are safe. 

 

 

 

 

 

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I found  the cobalt  colour from Violet Venus to be of premium quality due to its intense pigmentation and long lasting appeal. The amazing thing is that the premium quality and the vegan product come at an affordable price just PKR 795 and the product you get is enough to last long. If you compare this product with the similar product of any high end brand that also includes MICA, it costs 4 times higher than the eye pigments from Luscious cosmetics. So, in my opinion, it is pretty cost efficient. 

Moreover, through my blog, I would like to say that if our local brand (Luscious Cosmetics) is doing well by adhering to the safety standards and producing quality products then we should also encourage it and promote it. By doing so, we will do our nation a favour as well as lesser imported goods means less burden on the national exchequer, less dollars spent on international payments which would eventually help with our balance of payment deficit.

Overall, Precious metals loose eyeshadow pigments – Violet Venus, in cobalt is a perfect eyeshade for evening or daytime.  It looks beautiful on the brown skin tone, lasts very long, is safe , and very affordable. All of it in a local brand – Is not that shocking?  Indeed a pleasant shock! 

 

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Precious Metals Loose Eye Shadow Pigment 

Box: 

The eyeshadow pigment come in tiered, cute box in a trio of different, complimentary  shades in every box. 

Type of Pigment.

It is loose eye shadow metal pigment which is composed of MICA.

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Swatch of the precious metals eyeshadow pigment

Texture: 

The texture is very smooth and the pigment just melts under the fingertips. 

 

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Lasting: 

It lasted very well throughout  the entire party for about 5-6 hours. The fact that I used the Spell Binder Makeup Setting Mist of Luscious Cosmetics (will review about it too)  helped a lot for the eye pigment to stay put. 

Pigmentation:

The product is very pigmented and a single swipe is enough. Although if you are looking for a dramatic effect than wet brushes or multiple swipes are recommended. 

MY VERDICT

10/10

 

Pro: 

  • Composed of MICA instead of plastic based glitters that can cause microscopic tears if not used properly on the eye. 
  • Great Value for money 
  • Very Pigmented 
  • Vegan, Cruelty Free
  • The product has passed the stages of safety testing 
  • The good quality came as pleasant surprise as it is a Pakistani brand. 

Cons:

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There is no downside at all. The product is perfect!

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Enraptured Red – 115, Color Crush Lipstick from The BodyShop

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s review is about Enraptured Red – 115, Color Crush Lipstick from The BodyShop which is UK brand and more famous for its skin care range than makeup. BodyShop products prides itself as the first global brand to fight against animal testing in their cosmetics. All of their skin care and makeup range is vegetarian and free from mineral oils/petrolatum, gluten and crimen.

Enraptured Red – 115 is a smacking red colour infused with a rose scent and made with the finest color pigments which contributes to its intensity. It comes in a 3.5 gm tube and was launched in 2013 for the first time.

 

 

 

 

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MARULA OIL FROM NAMIBIA

 

Body shop claims that Enraptured Red – 115 is enriched with  Marula Oil which it source from Namibia, where the Marula tree grows in abundance.  Marula fruit or Kernal Oil is the essential food and cosmetic product of the Namibian people. The trade helps 5,000 woman of the Eudafano Women`s Co-operative earn a fair income.

Ingredients

 

  • Triisostearin
  • Hydrogenated Polydecene
  • Isocetyl Stearate
  • Mica
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Cera Microcristallina
  • Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer
  • Diisostearyl Malate
  • Sorbitan Isostearate
  • VP/Hexadecene Copolymer
  • Cera Alba
  • Prunus Avium Seed Oil
  • Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil
  • Stearalkonium Hectorite
  • Parfum
  • Propylene Carbonate
  • Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
  • Tocopherol
  • Tin Oxide
  • Citronellol
  • Linalool
  • Hydroxycitronellal
  • Alumina [+/- CI 77891, CI 45410, CI 15850, CI 45380, CI 19140, CI 77491, CI 15985, CI 77492, CI 42090, CI 77499].

 

 

 

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My Experience 

 

Enraptured Red – 115 from Bodyshop is one of my favourite lipsticks in the colour red with glossy finish. I have many red lipsticks but very few meet the standard of comfort and beauty together like Enraptured red. I have been using it, since 2014, and have repurchased it thrice. It has been my companion on the various occasion which made me chose it  for the most important occasion of my life so far, my graduation day, and I attribute my confidence on stage and my good pictures (which I will cherish forever) which came that day to Enraptured red – 115 from the Bodyshop.

 

 

 

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Enraptured red -115 on me

 

 

Red lipsticks are considered pretty bold but even then almost every girl is fascinated by it as it ensues power and confidence. Enraptured Red compliments brown skin (south asian) very well. It turned a stunning shade of crimson, a deep red on my skin tone, perhaps due to the presence of the cool undertones in the lipstick. Even though, I know  it will give a different shade of red on different skin tones, I’m sure, nonetheless it will be gorgeous on everyone as it intended by bodyshop to be a  fit for the red carpet.

 

 

 

 

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The lipstick has a glossy finish due to Marula oil 

 

 

Enraptured Red is super saturated because it is made with the highest quality of the color pigments and a single sweep is enough to brighten the whole outlook. Due to its easy application and the fact that it is a beautiful color, it has become my GO-TO lipstick, especially, when I’m confused about what lipstick to wear, and it never disappoints me and always saves the day.

The texture is super moisturizing and very hydrating as it is enriched with Marula Oil from Namibia. However, perhaps due to this fact that it has a low staying power, but I guess, it is expected of in a non – matte lipstick. Even if it disappears, it does leave a good stain on the lips.

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That is how it looks after multiple swipes if you intend to intensify the colour 

 

It is infused with a subtle rose scent which is very pleasant and a bonus for me as a fragrance lover as scents excite me very much. However, it is so subtle that it won’t be a problem for anyone, who does not prefer to have it in cosmetics/skincare. 

Overall, either you are wearing it alone on along with a heavy or light eye makeup, Enraptured Red will look good and it is my promise after a 5 year old experience or you could say relationship with it.

 

 Price: 

It retails for  PKR  2,600  for  product weighing 3.5 grams

 

 

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What more proof is needed to prove my love for Enraptured red  -115 

Packaging: 

Lightweight and is in a travel-friendly packaging.

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Just a single swipe is so pigmented. Isn’t it a lovely colour.

Texture: 

The texture is very creamy and glides easily on the lips due to the presence of Marula Oil from Namibia 

Finish :

 Enraptured red – 115 from Body shop has a glossy finish.

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Lasting: 

The lipstick stays on well for 6-7  hours, only if you stay away from eating and drinking and don’t have a habit of licking your lips even then it does leave a nice crimson stain behind. 

 

My verdict 

10/10 

Pros: 

  • Highly Pigmented 
  • Beautiful crimson shade  enriched with Marula Oil from Namibia 
  • Provides good hydration and keeps lips soft
  • Travel-friendly packaging.
  • Soft, smooth texture that glides easily on the lips.
  • Feels comfortable and lightweight on lips

Cons: 

  • Doesn’t Lasts long time ( expected in a non – matte lipstick) 
  • Not smudge proof ( expected in a non – matte lipstick)
  • Transferable 

SIERRA – NYX COSMETICS – MATTE LIPSTICK

 

 

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Nude lipsticks are a trend these days and has been the colour of choice for modern women. Nude colours are easier to work on almost every lip shape as it is very easy to achieve variety of looks through it due to its amazing ability to match up with smoky, shimmery  or neutral eyes. 

Today’s review is about the matte lipstick called Sierra, a beautiful nude shade from  NYX Professional Cosmetics, which is a drug store brand and is one of my favourites.

 

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Ingredients on the bottle 

Ingredients 

  • Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, 
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Octyldodecanol
  • Oleyl Alcohol
  • Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla,
  • Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille
  • Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax
  • Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyisobutene
  • Ozokerite
  • Polyethylene
  • Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de carnauba
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Tocopherol
  • Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate
  • Alumina
  • Barium Sulfate (CI 77120)
  • BHT
  • Fragrance/Parfum.

 MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

 

 

My Experience 

 

Sierra from NYX professional cosmetics is a beautiful coral shade with brown undertones, it comes as a perfect nude shade on the brown skin. I’m aware of the fact that most of the brown skin girls struggle a lot in finding the right shade of nude lip colours which complement their skin tones and, no doubt, it is a daunting task as some of them are  either too chalky or too dark and muddy on our complexion.

I, too have been enamoured by the red carpet trend of beautiful nude lips and  been on the hunt for a nude perfect nude shade for myself and after wasting a lot of time and money in the process, I finally found Sierra by a stroke of luck which fortunately ticked all the boxes for a perfect nude lip colour. 

 

 

 

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Sierra on me 

 

For long, I wanted to get my hands on the much admired lip colour from high-end brand but as it was always out of stock, here. I began my search for a similar shade and Sierra from NYX Cosmetics came much closer to it, which prompted me to purchase it, asap (by the way it has gone out of stock too, however you can still purchase it, online in Pakistan, from the link down below).  It came in a cute, black plastic tube which was transparent from the middle to show the actual colour just like other lipstick in the same range. When I applied Sierra alone, without a lip liner, it washed  me out completely perhaps  due to the presence of more coral shade in it than muted brown. The result broke my  heart, but, thank god, it turned extremely gorgeous when I used it again, along with the lip liner, Urban Cafe from NYX Cosmetics. 

 

 

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It looks good even in the daytime. I have lost the pictures, where i wore it with smoky eye makeup  😦

 

 

I was introduced to the gorgeous lip liner Urban Cafe by NIVII06,  because of her love for Urban Cafe lip liner,  and also due to the fact that it looked so alluring on her,  I purchased it. Now, I also believe that Urban Cafe lip liner  truly  transforms the nude lipsticks perfect, like magic,  especially for the brown skin tone!

 

 

 

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Urban Cafe lip Liner by NYX Cosmetics

 

I believe that the trick in finding a perfect nude is to find a shade that is similar to one’s skin tone, a slightly darker than the skin tone would do well too, but make sure it is not too dark as lighter lip colours wash you out and too dark a colour would  kill the purpose altogether. 

 

 

 

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Sierra in the centre outlined by Urban Cafe lip liner which is a chocolate brown colour, both are from NYX Cosmetics 

 

 

Sierra, like most of the nude lipsticks looks lovely with dark/smoky eye makeup, as it accentuates the eye makeup very well. I consider that not only does Sierra look gorgeous   in evening but also  it is a sophisticated everyday colour for daytime as well.

 

The texture is super moisturising and doesn’t feel dry because it is enriched with vitamin E for a  matte finish and I found it very hydrating and comfortable on the lips unlike the matte collection of the other brands. 

Overall, Sierra along with Urban Cafe from NYX Cosmetics is the perfect nude as it is an intense, and long lasting lip colour at such an affordable price which makes it a must try.

Price: 

Very affordable. Sierra is about USD $6 in the USA and in Pakistan it retails for Rs 1200 . While the price for Urban Cafe lip liner is Pkr 899 and in USA it retails for USD $8

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Black Plastic Bottle

Packaging: 

Lightweight and has a travel-friendly packaging.

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Swatch of Sierra on hand 

Texture: 

The texture is very smooth and creamy. It glides easily on the lips and doesn’t feel dry.

 

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Finish:

Sierra has a satin matte finish.

Lasting: 

The lipstick stays on well for 6-7  hours. 

MY VERDICT

10/10

Pros: 

  • Very Pigmented 
  • Super Affordable
  • Very creamy and moisturising 
  • Lasts long time 
  • Doesn’t crease
  • Similar to MAC’s taupe 

Cons: 

  • Not smudge proof 
  • Not enough on its own and would need a lip liner to do well ( For example, Urban cafe)

THE BODY SHOP – CHINESE GINSENG AND RICE MASK

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Body Shop  has launched the “Super food “ face masks in its skin care range in 2016.  It is in response to the huge trend in multi masking to cater to different areas within the face. 

The Body Shop  Chinese Ginseng & Rice – Clarifying Polishing Mask is 100% vegan product and is without Parabens, Silicone, Mineral oils and Paraffin.  

I bought the mask for about PKR 5,490 that is around 75 ml or 75 grams. The mask contains the ginseng extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil blended together in the purest form to provide a brighter and supple skin

 

 

 

 

Major Ingredients

  • Ginseng from China – known to have toning and stimulating properties
  • Rice Extract from China – traditionally used to both moisturise and brighten the skin
  • Community Trade Sesame Seed Oil from Nicaragua – rich in oleic and linoleic acid to soften the skin

Minor Ingredients

  • Aqua
  • Glycerin
  • Luffa Cylindrica Fruit
  • Kaolin
  • Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
  • PEG-100 Stearate
  • Alcohol Denat
  • Decyl Glucoside
  • Cera Alba
  • Perlite
  • Butyrospermum Parkii Butter
  • Parfum
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Limonene
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Citric Acid
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Myristyl Alcohol
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Menthol
  • Panax Ginseng Root Extract
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Citral, Citronellol
  • Linalool
  • Menthoxypropanediol
  • Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate
  • Eugenol
  • Dextrin
  • Oryza Sativa Extract
  • CI 77891.

 

 

 

 

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The texture is white and creamy with soft polishing granules

 

How to apply

After removing makeup and cleansing the skin, use the Facial Mask Brush to smooth an even layer of the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask onto the face avoiding eye and lip area. Apply to neck and décolleté if desired. Leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water and a muslin cloth in circular motions to gently exfoliate. Use 2 to 3 times a week. Use various masks in different areas to target specific areas of your face.

 

 

My Experience

 

I wanted to write a review for the Body Shop facial masks, especially the Chinese Ginseng & Rice – Clarifying Polishing Mask that I have been using since a long time. 

Rice masks are popular in our part of the world and the hype is not just limited to South East Asia only. I have used and created many DIY’s through it as well (which I will share on the blog) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Store bought facial masks are convenient and hassle free in our busy routine. So, when Bodyshop launched these vegan, super food masks I was more than happy to get a salon treatment at home, which would provide extra purification and make my squeaky clean skin.   

Chinese Ginseng has been my first choice as I’m very well aware of the brightening and healing properties of rice  masks on the skin. This mask has a white, grainy, creamy consistency like raw rice has been mashed up with oil and water.  The reason it doesn’t feel dry is due to the presence of Nicaraguan sesame oil in it. And after removing the mask, my skin felt  very soft and supple. 

 

 

 

 

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The polishing granules present in the mask act as an exfoliant as it removes the white heads on my problem skin. I’m sure that many of the acne victims are aware that white heads are easily formed on our acne prone skin which most of the times happen to be also oily, at least it is for me, and actually it is one of the causes of acne, if white heads are not taken out in time.  The granules present in the mask are very mild and won’t hurt/scratch the sensitive skin at all which is a plus point.  

The application is pretty easy and the mask is easy to remove as well. It doesn’t dry out like the clay mask so that is a problem that for how long to apply it. I applied it for about 20-15 minutes. To get the maximum results.  

The Chinese mask has a beautiful mild fragrance and won’t not irritate the sensitive people either because it is hardly noticeable unlike the heavily scented British plum rose mask that is so intoxicating. 

I was hoping that Bodyshop’s Chinese Ginseng & Rice mask would lighten my acne marks,  but even though I had been using this mask for so long, I didn’t notice any change in my acne marks just due to it. 

As I live in a hot climate, the skin gets damaged highly by the sun and huge amount of pollution. Chinese Ginseng & Rice mask is ineffective in removing any tanning on my skin, which I thought would do since it is a brightening mask.  

Overall, Chinese Ginseng & Rice is best described as a gentle exfoliator  that cleans the pores, clearing the oily areas, leaving the skin comforted as smooth and silky as a baby.

 

 

 

My Verdict

6/10 

Pros: 

  • Makes the skin radiant after continuous use 
  • Makes the skin soft and smooth instantly 
  • Very light product 
  • It is suitable for acne prone/sensitive skin ( as it suited me ) 

Cons:

  • Expensive ( but lasts a long time, worth the investment) 
  • Doesn’t eliminate the acne scars 
  • Does not remove tanning  

 

LUXE LIPSTICK ” YOUR MAJESTY” FROM BOBBI BROWN

 

 

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Bobbi Brown cosmetics has been launched by an American makeup artist Bobbi Brown in 1991. However, in 1994, it was acquired by the prestigious Estée Lauder, a multinational manufacturer and marketer of prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair care products.

 

Bobbi Brown started the company on brown lipstick and yellow foundation and even after she sold her company to Estee’ Lauder’s son, Leonard Lauder,  she retained Bobbi Brown’s creative control. 

 

Today’s review is about the luxe Lipstick “Your Majesty” from Bobbi Brown cosmetics which is labelled as the most vibrant and boldest lip colour ever produced by Bobbi Brown cosmetics. It is from the Luxe Lip Line which is a luxurious collection, and touted as luxury redefined, and is available in 30 different  shades.

 

 

 

 

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The lipstick is made in Italy under license from Bobbi Brown, USA 

 

Your Majesty is a  beautiful Bordeaux red shade which comes packed in a sleek, dull-gold tube inscribed with the logo “B” for Bobbi Brown. The Lipstick is infused with sumptuous formula containing vitamin A & C which provides ultimate hydration to the lips. It is a non matte lipstick designed for long wear formulation. 

 

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Bobbi Brown’s logo 

WHY IT’S DIFFERENT

 

 

It intensely rejuvenates lips and visibly reduces the appearance of lip lines providing lasting moisture to help relieve lip flaking. Plus, just one swipe delivers maximum-coverage.

 

 

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Ingredients on the box of the tube

Ingredients 

Diisostearyl Malate

 Tridecyl Trimellitate 

Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate 

 Octyldodecanol

 Polyethylene 

Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides 

Microcrystalline Wax\Cera 

Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline 

Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate 

 Ethylhexyl Palmitate 

 Glyceryl Oleate 

 Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 

Ascorbic Palmitate 

Tocopherol 

Tribehenin 

Lecithin 

Glyceryl Stearate 

Sorbitan Isostearate 

 Citric Acid 

Fragrance (Parfum) 

Bht  [+/-Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850) 

 Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140) 

 Red 27 (Ci 45410) 

Red 7 (Ci 15850) 

 Iron Oxides (Ci 77499) 

 Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) 

 Iron Oxides (Ci 77492) 

 Manganese Violet (Ci 77742) 

Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380) 

Carmine (Ci 75470) 

 Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163) 

 Red 21 (Ci 45380) 

 Orange 5 (Ci 45370) 

 Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090) 

Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985) 

 Red 6 (Ci 15850) 

 Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) 

Mica 

 Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410)]

Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

My Experience 

 

 

 

 

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Subtle bordeaux red on me.

 

 

Bobbi brown *Your Majesty* is a fancy, high end lipstick in gorgeous Bordeaux red colour which is similar to burgundy. Bordeaux red being in the family of red/burgundy is a good alternate to red lipsticks especially for night time or fall because being an unapologetically sexy colour it has the power to alleviate any makeup look and can steal the show simply on its own.

 

 

 

 

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Your Majesty gives a beautiful shine to the lips.

 

 

I find it amazing that Your Majesty despite being a non – matte and creamy formulation stays longer on the lips than any other non-matte lipsticks which is no ordinary feat. It’s texture is super moisturising and doesn’t feel dry because it is enriched with vitamin E and C. The rich formulation makes lips feel as if they are getting a luxury treatment — very hydrating and comfortable.

 

True to its claim, Your Majesty is very pigmented and a single swipe provides full coverage through its angular shaped tip. Unfortunately, it came off when I ate or drank but due to its dark colour, left behind a good stain on the lips.

 

Although Bordeaux red is considered a universally appealing colour for women of all skin tones. I think for brown skin girls, it is considerably  an easy colour to pull off as opposed to the pale skin tones because of yellow undertones in our skin tone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After 4 hours 

 

Your Majesty is heavily perfumed and has a floral scent and could be a bit irritating for people, who don’t like fragrances but as a fragrance lover, I’m hooked to it. 

 

One thing that I have noticed is * Your Majesty* doesn’t come off as a vampy or as intense bold colour as it has been claimed on other beauty reviews.  May be it is so because of my brown skin tone or perhaps due to the fact that I have used darker lip colours in similar shade than Your Majesty before. 

 

But, one thing it has cleared for sure that brown girls need not to be afraid of it and for pale girls, I would say that what is life without trying some of these vampy colours in your life. 

 

Overall “Your Majesty” is majestic enough to give full on glam look and is suitable for any skin type. 

Price: 

It is about $40 USD. In Pakistan it retails for about Pkr 7,000  

Packaging: 

Sleek, travel-friendly golden packaging.

Texture: 

The texture is very smooth and moisturising that leaves the lips supple and soft.

Pigmentation: 

A single swipe provides maximum coverage.

 

Lasting: 

The lipstick stays very well  for about  6-7  hours. Unfortunately, like most of the other lipsticks it fades as you drink or eat however,  does leave behind a good stain. 

My Verdict 

10/10

Pros: 

  • Very Pigmented 
  • Very hydrating 
  • Lasts long 
  • Doesn’t crease
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines 

Cons: 

  • Fades away if you eat/drink 
  • It is not transfer proof. 

NYX Professional Makeup Face & Body Glitter – 05 Gold

 

 

 

 

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Today’s review is about the NYX Professional Makeup Face & Body Glitter – 05 Gold.
It comes in 12 beautiful shades that is used for the body makeup as well.

Glitters in cosmetics have made a come back after the 80’s disco trend and this time it is meant to stay.  It is a popular accessory in makeup and is no longer reserved for the fairies. 

 

Traditionally,  glitter was made from Mica but  after the World War II,
when glass glitter became unavailable, an American machinist and cattle rancher,
Henry Rushmann, in 1934,  introduced a method to turn scrap plastics ground into glitter  

 

From there onwards, in the commercial consumption, variety of glitter are produced using finely milled plastic dyed into various iridescent colours.  

 

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Gold Glitter Code

How to Apply 

From Nyx Cosmetics 

 

 

To douse yourself in glam, apply Face & Body Glitter over our new Glitter Primer— an amazingly light and creamy primer that acts as an adhesive to keep glitter in place. You can also mix it with our Multitasker Mixing Medium to create even more sparkly looks.

Ingredients

 

All shades contain the following unless otherwise noted:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • Polyurethane-11

MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Black 2 (CI 77266)[Nano], Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

 

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The Glitter is made in Taiwan.

Ingredients of the ICE GLITTER

Isononyl Isononanoate, Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Euphorbia Cerifera Cera / Cire de Candelilla, Ceresin, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Copernicia Cerifera Cera / Cire de Carnauba, Polyethylene, Beeswax / Cera Alba / Cire d’abeille, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHA, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

For use on Eyes only: Blue, Teal & Silver

For use on both Eyes & Lips: Ice

No use on Eyes or Lips: Rose, Copper, Gold, Crystal, Bronze, Red, Violet & Gunmetal

 

 

 

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My Experience 

 

I just love glitters!  Since childhood, I have been fascinated by Bling, Bling. Be it glitter pen, glitter stickers, glitter this or glitter that,  you name it and I had it and still own quite a few of them. 

We have been told through out our childhood that every thing becomes better with a bit of a glitter. So, it is no surprise that the recent resurgence of glitters in cosmetics compelled me to own one. 

 

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Does not it look beautiful?

 

 

I have been using similar sparkly glitters eye shades but the blinding glow provided by NYX Professional Makeup Face & Body Glitter is matchless. It instantly adds an extra oomph to the entire look which led me to the conclusion that  the ultimate sparkling look can only be achieved through loose glitter.

 

 

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Nyx Face & Body Glitter Gold – 05 on my eyelids

 

 

Contrary to popular belief, it is quite easy to apply the glitter on eyes, a bit of a fall out is expected but it is advisable to take a little bit on the cap of the bottle first, and then transfer it to any hard surface, where you can mix it along with the glitter glue. (for example, cover of the eye shadow palette) any thing sticky like a foundation, transparent face primer, or lip gloss would do well to mix it smoothly. 

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It goes really well with traditional clothes.

Trick to use

 

 

To create a glamourised look, first apply any matte colour in a slightly darker shade than your chosen glitter colour to cover your entire eye lid. Then, accentuate the outer corner of the eye with any intense colour. Lastly, cut the crease and apply a bit of a glitter mixed in primer/ glitter glue (or anything stated above of your choice) in the middle of the lid and drag it towards the outer corner.  Viola!  You are done. 

It is very important to know that NYX COSMETICS DOESN’T APPROVE  GOLD TO BE USED ON THE EYE, for the following reasons 

  • Its not yet tested 
  • It is made up of finely cut plastic particles and not MICA – that could  create problems if it accidentally, god forbid, gets into the eye. SO AT EVERY COST AVOID USING It ON THE INNER CORNER OF YOUR EYES
  • Plastics are dyed in different chemicals and fine cuts can cause microscopic tears in the skin –
  • It could irritate the sensitive skin – if not used properly. 

 

No matter the risk, it is worth trying for a display of femininity, and a bit of a drama to your outlook. It is very easy to create a dramatic and sparkly look with it. Douse yourself with the NYX Professional Makeup Face & Body Glitter and a red lip and you are ready for a kill!

Guaranteed !

Price

Affordable. It is about $6 USD ( for 1 glitter bottle) in USA. In Pakistan, it retails for around Rs 1,000  for one 

 

Packaging

Lightweight and comes in a shaky bottle. 

 

Pigmentation

It offers an excellent pigmentation . 

Texture

The texture is grainy but not very rough 

Lasting

It lasted very well on my lids for about 6 hours straight with out any fall out.

 

My Verdict

6/10

 

 

 

 

Pros 

  • Very Pigmented 
  • It looks ethereal
  • Affordable
  • Easy to apply
  • Lasts long time 

Cons

  • GOLD – Not tested on Humans – MAJOR 
  • PLASTIC BASED – NOT MICA 
  • Nyx Glitter range is confusing. It says Face and Body Glitter but some can be used on the eyes and some can’t which is not even written on the Glitter bottles.

PINK PUNCH – COLOUR SENSATIONAL LIPSTICK FROM MAYBELLINE NEWYORK

 

 

 

Today’s review is about the lipstick in the shade Pink Punch from the Colour Sensational Range  of Maybelline New York which is now a subsidiary of the French cosmetics giant L’Oreal cosmetics. 

 

 

 

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Pink Punch is a Semi- matte finish lipstick. It is a stunning pink (hot pink) colour that has cooler undertones and a purplish hue to it. It is one of those flashy, hot pink colours that are the considered the focal point of bold  makeup. 

 

 

 

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The Colour Sensational range from Maybelline Cosmetics is extremely affordable priced at 1299  in Pakistan and can can be used every day due to its easy application.

Maybelline New York claims that the  Colour Sensational range in enriched with honey nectar and has 20 other shades in the range.

The confusing thing that I found is the name Pink Punch that is available in Colour Sensational, Baby lips and Color Show as well. These are three different lipstick range that has been introduced by Maybelline.

However, this blog is definitely about the Pink punch from Colour Sensational range. These are following ingredients that has been used in the making of Pink Punch and it is always a good idea to read it before purchasing any cosmetics product.

Ingredients 

  • LANOLIN LIQUIDA / LANOLIN OIL
  • SESAMUM INDICUM OIL / SESAME SEED OIL
  • OLEYL ERUCATE
  • CERA MICROCRISTALLINA / MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX / CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE
  • PPG-5 LANOLIN WAX
  • ACETYLATED LANOLIN
  • CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE
  • ALUMINA ( It is  a controversial element and is considered unsafe to be used particularly in the lip products. However, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel considered the Food and Drug (FDA) evaluations to determine the safety of these product. CIR has emphasised that Alumina/Aluminium Hydroxide are used in concentration of up to 6% and 5% and toxicological concern is far below that alarming levels)
  • DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE
  • PARFUM / FRAGRANCE ( it is used to hide the original smell of the product- chemicals are used) 
  • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
  • ACRYLIC ACID/ISOBUTYL 
  • ACRYLATE/ISOBORNYL ACRYLATE COPOLYMER
  • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE
  • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE
  • PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE
  • SILICA
  • CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE
  • BENZYL ALCOHOL
  • POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE
  • MEL / HONEY / MIEL
  • TIN OXIDE
  • ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE
  • ACRYLATES COPOLYMER
  • DIMETHICONE

MAY CONTAIN

  • MICA
  • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE
  • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES
  • CI 15850 / RED 7
  • CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE
  • CI 45380 / RED 22 LAKE
  • CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE
  • CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE
  • CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE
  • CI 75470 / CARMINE
  • ] F.I.L. D38427/2

My Experience 

 

 

 

Pink Punch from Maybelline Newyork  is one of the first pink lipstick that I began to use since I got interested into Makeup.  I found this baby on a random super market trip and the swatch on the hand made me swoon over it.

And, thus, began my love affair with it! 

 

 

 

 

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It has since then become my go-to lipstick.  Hot Pink/ dark pink as a lipstick is a bit tricky colour for brown/ south- asian skin tones.  Because it is very bold and flashy most people are pretty afraid to carry it especially on a daily basis.

(Amongst those people, I was also the one before I used Pink Punch ) 🙂

But, Pink Punch from Maybelline has totally changed my outlook on hot pink colours  because it compliments the wheatish/brown skin tone so beautifully.

 

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The lipsticks comes in a square shaped box that has a some what similar colour to that of the actual lipstick shade.  As soon as you open the lid you will be welcomed by the bubble gum, sweet fragrance from the lipstick which is quite mesmerising, It is  Semi – matte and has a smooth texture.  The lipstick provides hydration and  moisturisation to the lips due to the presence of the Honey nectar in it which helps the lips to remain soft and moist through out.

For a novice,  it is a very safe colour and pretty easy to apply. The pigmentation is awesome and a single swipe provide enough coverage and is enough to last a long time. 

I completely adore this Pink Bliss. I use it like 2-3 days in a week. I also love to experiment with it and sometimes pair it different lipsticks of completly different colours and Believe me!  I’m never disappointed.

 Due to my sheer love for this, I have finished 5 tubes of it and the sixth is about to end soon.

 

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Although Rihanna has applied a different lipstick but Pink Punch is a similar shade and looks absolutely ethereal on brown beauties.

 

This is something awesome that I found while searching for the blog. Any one who is enamoured by Rihanna’s frequent use of pink lipsticks (that looks absolutely gorgeous on her ) will find Pink Punch from Maybelline a solace because it is similar to those flash, fruity  shades that she loves to wear.

 

 

Price: 

Very affordable. It is about $6 USD and in Pakistan it is for 1299.

discount is going on these days of about 10% on Daraz Pakistan and it is for 1,169 so avail the opportunity

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The square  cap indicates the shade of the lipstick in these Color Sensational range of Maybelline

Packaging: 

It comes in a funky square case that matches the pink hue of the lipstick. I found it to be lightweight, and travel-friendly.

 

Texture: 

The texture is very smooth. Pink Punch is a semi matte and the reason that it glides  easily on the lips is the honey nectar enriched formula. Hence, the lipstick is super comfortable and doesn’t feel patchy or dry.

 

 

 

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A single swipe on the hand shows how pigmented Pink Punch is.

Pigmentation: 

It is very pigmented and the hue resembles  like  Purplish pink.  It is because of the great pigmentation that I can apply the lipstick in the  single swipe.

Finish:

 It has a glossy finish due to its semi- matte texture.

Lasting: 

The lipstick stays on well for 4-5 hours.  It is transferable and doesn’t stay at all if you eat or drink anything. 

 

 

 

 

 

MY VERDICT

9.5/10

 

Pros: 

    • Affordable
    • Gorgeous pink shade suitable for all skin tones.
    • Highly pigmented.
    • Feels comfortable and lightweight on lips
    • Enriched with honey nectar
    • Provides good hydration and keeps lips soft
    • Doesn’t settle into fine lines or crease.

Cons: 

    • Doesn’t lasts long on the lips
    • It is transferable and not smudge proof 

 

 

While writing this blog, I found that this particular colour has been discontinued by Maybelline New York. However, it is still available on Amazon for people living outside Pakistan. In Pakistan, you can get it from Daraz and leading super markets  (LIKE NAHEED, CARREFOUR etc) as these would still have it in stock. But, I suppose not for long.

 

 

POUT MAKER – LIP CRAYON FROM LUSCIOUS COSMETICS

 

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Today’s review is about the Pout maker – Lip Crayon from  Luscious Cosmetics  which is a matte lip liner designed to contour and enhance  the shape of the lips.  

Luscious Cosmetics has 14 different colours in the POUT MAKER™ LIP CRAYON range that are on a 60% sale these days.

One the budget, it is very pocket friendly. The lipstick that has a Net weight of  0.04 oz (1.2 g)

Luscious Cosmetics claims that the Pout maker- Lip Crayon is formulated with Argan oil.

What is Argan Oil ?

 

The naturally occurring plant oil is derived from the kernels of the fruit of the Argan tree which are native to South west of Morocco. It is valued for its abundant cosmetic and medicinal substances for centuries by the Moroccan people. 

Now, touted as “Liquid gold” by the beauty experts around the globe and used in various cosmetics and skin care products. 

It is proven that there are plenty of health benefits in Argan oil that is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E and A and  phenolic oils and phytosterol compounds which support healthy skin and hair. 

The benefits include protection against inflammation and skin healing as it is rich in Vitamin E ( tocopherol). It reduces the ageing process both when applied over skin and taken orally. 

However, its best features is to provide hydration, moisturisation and protection against sun burn as well as skin damage due to the presence of the essential fatty acids and powerful  antioxidants

Ingredients

 

  • Isononyl Isononanoate
  • Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 
  • Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone 
  • Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax
  • Polyethylene 
  • Ozokerite
  • Argan Oil
  •  Silica Dimethyl Silylate
  •  Tocopheryl Acetate

May Contain: +/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), (CI 77492), (CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

 

Claims by Luscious Cosmetics on

Pout maker – Lip Crayon

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Heartbreaker – Lip Contour Crayon

My Experience 

 

 

I got two lip crayons in the Mystery box, Charmer and Heartbreaker. 

 

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The first time, when I applied it . I was in a rush to reach to the party in time and in the  hurry,  I mistook the lip crayon for  lipstick instead of the lip liner. I made the mistake as all the previous lip crayons that I had were supposed to be applied as  lipsticks.

However, on the box of the Lip Crayon, Lip Contour Crayon  is mentioned clearly.

Like other crayon lipsticks, It also features a built in sharper that could be used to sharp the crayon to maintain its  shape  and would be helpful in  contouring the lips. 

 

Heart Breaker

 

OH! I Love it 

 

Being a sucker for Red Lipstick. I’m always on the hunt for beautiful red lipsticks.

And as the saying goes;

 

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

 

So, i  think that the heart breaker just found me 🙂 

 

Heart breaker is a beautiful colour and compliments the brown skin tone really well. Literally, I fell in love with it. I mean after Ruby woo from Mac cosmetics. Yeah, I know that’s kind of BIG. 

(You can imagine how beautiful it is as Ruby Woo is the bench mark in red lipstick) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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True to its name its very matte and is difficult to apply and sticks to the lips.

It is claimed to be touch proof and long lasting product infused with Argan oil. But, I didn’t see any use of the presence of the  Argan Oil in it as it was just as difficult to apply. 

 

Though I found it comfortable of the lips as I didn’t feel my lips dry (perhaps due to the   humid and hot weather that day)

As I have a strange Habbit of  using a mouth wash before leaving the house. I tried the same after getting my makeup done. I  swirled the mouthwash  around my mouth and as I finished,  to my horror, my lipstick just cracked from everywhere and the flakes  came off from the lips. In in instant was all gone! 

Obviously to remedy this, I  reapplied the lipstick and it stayed put as long as I refrained from eating and drinking. 

And that being a foodie was not a very long time for me 🙂  

After I digged in to the food, obviously, the lipstick was all gone , as I imagined but it vanished without leaving behind a stain which prompted me to apply a third coat on the lips.

So, judging by the amount of times, I reapplied, I presume that the lipliner if used as a lipstick won’t last any long.

 

 

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Charmer

 

So, Charmer looks like a pretty brown/nude shade. But on  application it seemed more like a beige foundation stick applied to my lips. However, teaming it with a suitable lipstick could work.

I paired it with Sierra from Nyx cosmetics and the color turned out to be really beautiful muted nude/brown. ( I would write a full review on Sierra as well)

For me, if applied alone it was Nay!!  as it washed me out and didn’t suit my brown skin tone at all. 

However, I think that it can be used as a contour or a lip primer more likely.  Also, to lighten the dark lip liner could be used. But, Unfortunately for brown skin tone it won’t serve the primary purpose for which it is developed..

 

 

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The texture was similar to that of heart breaker that is matte and very sticky. It is because these both are from the same range. 

 

 

 

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Outline of the lips from Charmer

 

 

Price: 

Very affordable. It is about 6. 62 USD ( 158.43 exchange rate)  in the United States and in Pakistan it is for Rs 1050

 

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Packaging: 

Travel-friendly packaging. Features an inbuilt sharpner.

 

 

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Texture: 

It is a bit difficult to apply and doesn’t glide on easily.

(Which is expected of any matte lipstick/lip liner) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sierra from Nyx Cosmetics- It went really well with the Charmer lip liner from Luscious cosmetics.

 

 

Finish:

Matte – sticky finish 

 

 

 

Lasting: 

Long Lasting – Only, if you don’t drink or eat anything. 

MY VERDICT

4/10

 

 

Pro: 

Great Value for money 

Presence of Argan Oil 

Matte Finish

Cons:

Doesn’t last if you eat and drink

POWDER BLUSH – DOLL FACE – LUSCIOUS COSMETICS

 

 

 

 

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Blush has a fascinating history. The ancient Egyptians were the first one to incorporate blush in their beauty regime. They used ground ochre on the cheeks as compared to Greeks, who favoured crushed mulberries on their pale faces. It was used to provide a healthy beautiful flush on their face which eventually became a status symbol among the rich. 

By the Middle ages, the blush declined in the popularity as it was associated with brothels and prostitutes. Thus, Pale skin was a signifier of wealth in Europe. 

However, Elizabeth 1  of England popularised blush once again and endorsed the use of cosmetics. The courtesan imitated the look of the queen by painting their faces with chalky white powders, red rouges, red lips, and yellow hair. It was no surprise that all these characteristics were present in the Virgin Queen.

In those days the component used in the blush were Madder, Cochineal, and ochre-based compounds but mainly, vermilion (mercuric sulfide) was the most popular choice of the fashionable court lady that was extremely toxic  and could poison a person if digested.

Because of the toxic materials, Queen Victoria discouraged the use of the cosmetics. However, the blush was reborn in  20th century and become extremely popular in the warm shades in the 60’s. The bright makeup rage brought the funky shades of red and pink in the 80’s and after that it never stopped and since then  the blush has come in a variety of shades.

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Today’s review is about the powder blush  Shade 026 Doll Face from Luscious Cosmetics and which I have got in the mystery box  from the 10th Anniversary collection.

 

 

 

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Rosy cheeks are considered the epitome of beauty and we have all has seen a glamorous women applying blush as final touch in the beauty advertisements.  Doll Face 026- is a very pretty pink shade that gives a natural colour to the face. The texture is very matte  which means you can wear it everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

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Formulated in Japan and manufactured in Thailand though the brand is from Pakistan 

Ingredients

 

The ingredients that are used in it are as follows;

  • Talc
  • Mineral Oil
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate
  • Zince Stearate
  • Dimethicone
  • Boron Nitride 
  • Squalane
  • Diethylhexyl Syringylidenernalonate
  • Methylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • BHT
  • Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI77007), Tin Oxide.

 

Luscious Cosmetics has 10 colours in the Powder blush range available both in shimmer and matte textures that are on a 60% sale these days. The formula is  blendable and on the budget, it is very pocket friendly having a net weight of .0.21 oz (6 g) and would last a very long time. 

 

 

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For centuries, the main aim of the blush is to make ladies appear young and healthy by providing a natural flush on to their face.  These days, we have a lot of  neutral colours which can be used as a  contour as well but the powder pink and hot pink that were favoured by our mothers and grandmothers remain the classic.  Doll Face – 026 is one such classic beautiful colour.

 

 

 

 

The problem that most of the brown girls face is that the blush seldom  shows up on their face. After the application, it just vanishes on to the skin. But Doll Face from Luscious cosmetics is very pigmented and true to what it claims. On swatch testing, thankfully it showed on my wrist ( after multiple swipes) and on the face (after I applied the foundation) it came out beautifully as well.

 

To be very honest, Blush is one beauty product that I have been quite scared to use because of my oily and acne prone skin. My mind had been conditioned that the blush will aggravate the acne situation. Precise, due my brown skin tone, it is one product that has been pretty tricky to master. But the Doll face – 026 has got a  pleasant surprise for me not only  it accentuated my natural curves without making me appear like a clown but also did not gave me any breakout afterwards.

 

Price: 

Very affordable. It is about 7. 25 USD ( 158.43 exchange rate)  in the United States and in Pakistan it is for Rs 1,150. But the surprise is that it is on sale these days and priced at around PKR 460 

 

 

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Packaging: 

 Compact plastic box. Travel-friendly packaging.

 

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Texture: 

 

The texture is very light and velvety.

 

 

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After 3-4 swipes

 

 

Finish:

 

It has a  matte finish. A bit powdery

 

 

 

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Close up of the blush – Beside it is the raspberry lipstick from Luscious Cosmetics

 

 

 

 

Lasting: 

Average Lasting – Can last for around 4-5 hours (in air-condition room)  

 

 

MY VERDICT

9/10

Pro: 

  • Great Value for money 
  • Easy to apply 
  • Can be worn everyday
  • Natural  

Cons:

  • Bit powdery

Raspberry Lipstick from Luscious Cosmetics

 

 

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Today’s review is about the Raspberry Lipstick which is in the summery,  pink color from Luscious Cosmetics that I have got in the mystery box. 

 

 

 

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Claims By Luscious cosmetics on Signature Lipstick – Raspberry

You will Fall in love with it!!!!

 

 

 

My Experience

 

 

I’m a big fan of pink lipsticks after Red lipsticks because ;

  1. Pink lip colour induces life on the face
  2. It looks good on every skin tone
  3. It is a summer friendly colour (We have summer 11 months of the year in Pakistan-Literally)
  4. Pink lip colour can be worn easily in the day time

 

 

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Swatch on Hand

 

 

I have a lot of pink lipsticks. And the funny thing is these are almost in the similar shades. It is something that I have failed to comprehend.

The beauty of the pink lipsticks  ( listed above) is  that these are  brown girl friendly and unlike red lipsticks which most of the girls (especially the teenagers, who are afraid to wear it) can be worn easily.

 

 

 

 

This raspberry shade has all the qualities of the signature raspberry color. True to its name. So, I actually fell in love with it !!!!

The color is very refreshing and summery. The presence of Jojoba Oil that has antibacterial, antioxidant properties and works wonderfully as a moisturiser which is the reason, the lipstick is so smooth to apply.

But perhaps, it is one of the reason that the lipstick is not long lasting.  Even if the lipstick fades easily, good thing is that it is beneficial for dry chapped lips.

One the budget, it is very pocket friendly and has a Net weight of 0.12 oz (3.5 g) that would go a long time.

Ingredients 

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

 Petrolatum 

Polybutene

 Ethylhexyl Stearate

Ozokerite

 Paraffin

 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

 Fragrance

 Methylparaben

 Propylparaben

May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

 

 

Price: 

Very affordable. It is about $5. 42 USD ( 158.43 exchange rate)  in the United States and in Pakistan it is for Rs 895 

 

Packaging: 

 Raspberry comes in a sleek & small plastic box. Travel-friendly packaging.

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Plastic Box 

Texture: 

The texture is very light due to the presence of JoJoba Oil. It is indeed very hydrating on the lips and the application is very easy 

 

 

Finish:

Raspberry lipstick  has a glossy pearly finish.

 

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Lasting: 

Doesn’t last at all    😦

MY VERDICT

7/10

Pro: 

Great Value for money 

Easy to apply 

Presence of Jojoba Oil 

Cons:

Doesn’t last long

NYX COSMETICS – MATTE LIPSTICK- ARIA

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The colour purple  has been linked with power and royalty since ancient times. In Phoenicia  , the Ancient Greeks, obtained the purple colour from natural dye known as Tryian Dye from a  species of predatory sea snails, Murex  found in the Mediterranean. 

 

Tyrian Purple obtained from the city of Tyre, that is the port city of modern day Lebanon, was labelled as the colour of the gods and the rulers of the Mediterranean as it was extremely labour intensive and so expensive that only the ruling elites could afford it. 

 

 

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Purple retained the regal status till one English chemist, William Henry Perkin in 1856 accidentally created a synthesised purple from Aniline while trying to synthesise Quinine for Malaria. 

 

During the punk movement,  in the 70’s purple lipstick became a rage by hippies and after that many cosmetics companies started producing purple lipstick it in different hues.

 

Today’s review is about the beautiful berry coloured, purple lipstick named Aria from the  Matte Lipstick range of Nyx cosmetics (Tyrion Purple named Aria, NYX cosmetics seems like fan of Game of Thrones) 

 

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Nyx Cosmetics – Aria

 

The best thing about purple is that it looks good on almost everyone. The magenta berry, Aria has cooler undertones and results in even coverage.

 

 

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Ingredients used in the lipstick

Ingredients 

 

  • Caprylic
  • Triglyceride
  • Petrolatum
  • Polyisobutene
  • Ethylhexyl Stearate
  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate
  • Synthetic Wax
  • Dimethicone ( it can cause skin irritation)
  • Ozokerite
  • Talc
  • Isodecyl Neopentanoate
  • Aluminium Hydroxide
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Barium Sulfate
  • Dimethicone cross polymer
  • Aluminium Benzoate
  • Alumina
  • Tin Oxide
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Phenoxyehthanol
  • Benzyl benzoate
  • Fragrance

The kind of chemicals used in the making of the lipstick seems very scary to me.

My Experience 

 

This is my first lipstick in the  purple shade range that I have bought.  I wanted to get my GO-TO lipstick in a beautiful, striking purplish hue. As Aria is a brighter, magenta berry with cooler undertones.  It compliments the brown skin tone perfectly and is a good alternative to the Traditional colours.

 

 

 

 

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It is very easy to create a variety of looks with this gorgeous beauty as Aria can create a dramatic effect along with some winged eye liner over a champagne lid or simply using it alone on a natural base could be enough to make you ready for a party. 

The texture is super moisturising and doesn’t feel dry because it is enriched with vitamin E. I found it very hydrating and comfortable on the lips unlike the matte collection of the other drug store brands. 

Price: 

Very affordable. It is about $6 USD in the United States and in Pakistan it is for Rs 849 

Packaging: 

Lightweight and is in a travel-friendly packaging.

Texture: 

The texture is very smooth and creamy and glides easily on the lips and doesn’t feel dry.

 

 

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Finish:

Aria  has a glossy pearly matte finish.

 

Lasting: 

The lipstick stays on well for 6-7  hours.  It does fade a little if you drink or eat something but does leave a nice purplish stain behind. 

MY VERDICT

10/10

 

Pros: 

  • Very Pigmented 
  • Affordable
  • Beautiful berry shade enriched with Vitamin E 
  • Very creamy and moisturising 
  • Lasts long time 
  • Doesn’t crease

Cons: 

  • Not smudge proof 

 

Terra cotta Blush Pleasure 01 – Note cosmetics

 

Highlighters in cosmetics have become a craze since the past 5-6 years not only  because it accentuates the natural cuts of the face but brings out a youthful looking glow on the skin making it appear radiant and supple.

Highlighters, Strobing creams, Illuminating Powders all serve the same purpose by and large.

 

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I have chipped it accidentally by scratching into it. Though the glow  looks amazing

 

 

Following are the two categories of the  Highlighters

  • Powder
  • Liquid 

Which are further divided  into 

  • Blinding Highlighters 
  • Subtle Highlighters

The  broader categories in the colour includes the following;

  • Gold
  • Silver 
  • Pink 
  • Purple 

 

Highlighters,  Strobing creams, Illuminating Powders are applied on the following regions on the face and neck;

 

 

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Areas to apply highlighter on Face

 

 

  • Bridge of the nose (to make the nose appear slimmer)
  • Inner Corner of eyes (to make the eyes appear larger) 
  • Cupid’s bow 
  • Apple of the cheek bones 
  • Top of the eye brow
  • Under the brow bone  
  • Jaw line (some girls love to use it there)
  • Collar bones

 

 

 

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Note Cosmetics is a Turkish brand launched in 2014 ( Surprising , isn’t it. I was excepting it to be an old brand) after lot of  research.

 

 

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Swatch on hand in Flash

 

It is a  Halal , cruelty free, vegan makeup as it is not tested on animals nor any animal product is used in it.  Moreover, it is free from alcoholic components as well.

 

 

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Swatch on hand without the flash

 

For Muslim Clients, who are faced with dearth of choices in the Halal Cosmetics,  Note Cosmetics, is a very good choice  due to the variety of products it offers.

 

 

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In Pakistan,  Note Cosmetics has been introduced by Junaid Jamshed (the singer turned cleric) who is famous for the clothing line J. It is rebranded as J.Note in Pakistan.

The best part about Note Cosmetics for the Pakistani girls is the pocket friendly price. I have checked the price of Note Cosmetics in other parts of the world, and, yes, it is pricey as compared to Pakistan especially in the UK and USA which is a rare thing to see. The affordable price range has made me very happy because I had been sick and tired of buying expensive imported cosmetics.   

I hope and pray that after the Free Trade Agreement, between Turkey and Pakistan is signed, cosmetic duty would decrease too though in most of the cases its unlikely as cosmetic is classified as a luxury item. 

 

 

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Ingredients used in the Highlighter

 

Ingredients in the Product

  • Talc
  • Paraffinum Liquidum
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Glycerin, Propylen Glycol
  • Tridecyl Trimelliate 
  • Triethoxycaprycaprtylylsilane
  • Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Xanthan Gum
  • BHT
  • Parfum
  • Hectorite
  • Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil 
  • Cellulose 
  • Phenoxyethanol 
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Benzyl Benzoate 
  • Butylphenyl Methylpropional
  • Cinnamyl Alcohol 
  • Citronellol 
  • Coumarin
  • Geraniol 
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
  • Linalool

 

 

CLAIMS BY NOTE COSMETICS – TERRACOTTA 01  BLUSH

 

 

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WHAT IS MACADAMIA OIL ?

 

Note cosmetics claims that the TERRACOTTA,  01 Pleasure  BLUSH is formulated with macadamia oil.

It is claimed that there are health benefits to applying macadamia oil to the skin. These benefits include moisturisation and the prevention of wrinkles and protection against sun burn, skin damage due to the presence of substances called tocotrienols, which are part of the Vitamin E family.

Macadamia nuts  grow on macadamia trees, which are native to Australia.Similarly to olive oil, macadamia oil is a liquid at room temperature. It was basically consumed by the Aborignes. It is a powerful antioxidants and as it is rich in fatty acids consuming the nuts hydrates the skin and supports skin healing.

My Experience 

 

I had been looking for an everyday highlighter that would not break my bank. While scrolling online,  Terracotta Highlighter 01, from Note Cosmetics caught my attention. 

 

Following are the salient features of the product;

 

 

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Box: 

The box is very sleek.

 

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Terracotta Highlighter 01- Note Cosmetics

 

Type of Highlighter: 

The highlighter though labeled as a blush, is a pretty bronze colour. A single swipe gives a very subtle glow.  It provides a natural color appearance to cheeks with its special formula containing Macadamia Oil that helps to retain moisture.  

 

 

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PLEASURE 01

 

 

Lasting: 

Though I like the subtle glow, it is very unfortunate that it doesn’t last a very long time.  If you have an oily  skin then it won’t last more than 2-3 hours. It gets melted in the face, and disappears like there was nothing. 

 

 

Texture:

The texture is very silky and smooth.

 

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Swipe on the fingers, Single and the double (respectively)

 

 

Also, for brown girls, you have to apply a lot of products for it to be dramatically  visible on the face. Although on the hand it shows up on a single swipe. 

 

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MY VERDICT 

8/10

 

Pros: 

  • Great Value for money 
  • Very Subtle 
  • Compliments the brown skin tone
  • Formulated with Macademia Oil (that provides moisturization, prevents wrinkles and helpful for acne prone skin) 
  • Halal, Cruelty Free

Cons:

  • Doesn’t last long. 
  • Takes a lot of product to show on the face (for brown skin tones) 

 

The DRUG STORE DUPE FOR RUBYWOO- MAC

 

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The beautiful Red – Ruby Woo from Mac cosmetics

 

 

Who doesn’t love – The Rubywoo Lipstick  from MAC Cosmetics 

 

I had been using the RubyWoo since a very long time. It was among the first matte lipsticks in red that I bought at a very exorbitant price on a student budget but never have I ever regretted the investment. 

 

 

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Ingredients in the Mac- Ruby Woo ( It is important to know if you are allergic to any of these ingredient)

It is one of those classic red with a matte finish that compliments every skin tone as it has blue undertone.  Particularly, It is lovely on the Brown/Asian skin, perhaps due to the limited choices for the Red’s (pun intended) 

I think RubyWoo has the ability to make your skin look radiant ( I swear I don’t know the science behind it ) may be because it is a cooler tone red. Who ever possess this gorgeous matte, classic red lipstick knows about its unparalleled status in the *Red Lipstick Genre* In almost every review, I have read so far and my readers will agree, Ruby woo has got 5 stars.  Just because it’s PERFECT.

 

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RUBY WOO – BACK 

 

In the make up heaven (USA – I’m so jealous of USA residents), Ruby Woo from Mac cosmetics costs around $18.50 while in Pakistan, it costs around Rs 3875 which is around $25 more perhaps due to the depreciating rate of dollar in the country which is at 157.14

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Magic in a bottle 

 

 

The only downside of MAC, is its high prices which coupled with the high duties on cosmetic import makes it pretty expensive for the makeup lovers in other parts of the world (read 90% of the world)

However, I consider that as Mac is a high end brand for Makeup artists, the high prices are justified as the beautiful colours in lipsticks and the overall makeup range of Mac is just unbeatable. They are always the leaders in the innovative and beautiful makeup products.

 

 

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Revlon’s Really Red – Matte Texture of the lipstick is visible

 

Knowing my “Love” for the RED lipsticks, one of my friend gifted me “ Revlon’s Really Red”  Seriously,  I didn’t know that it would come out as a Perfect Dupe for Ruby Woo (By perfect , I mean 95% similar). Offcourse, initially, for me, even looking for a Dupe for M.A.C was equivalent to infidelity. But after using the , I Revlon’s Really Red” was really happy.

 

 

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Revlon- really red- 006  

 

 On the official website of Revlon Cosmetics,  it is for $8.99 In Pakistan,  it was around Rs 1345 in Pakistan . However, the price difference is huge ,that is a straight $10 difference for international ( US ) clients and for Pakistani 2530 that is about $16 USD.

Come on guys – Stop, Imagining what you can do with $16 – LOL

 

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SWATCH testing – I can’t find any difference between the two, if I would take out the pointers

 

Please excuse my unprofessional face pictures, as I’m still learning the tricks of the trade.

 

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Revlon- Really red

 

 

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Mac – Ruby woo

 

Are not they both Similar ?

 

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One thing that I have realised is that in the pictures, the color seems pretty similar as you can see above. But in reality, there is a slight shine and orange undertone in the Revlon’s Really Red, which is not

I know, This dupe wont satisfy the M.A.C addicts. But there is no harm in giving it  try. 

So, Here are the pros and cons of Revlon’s Really Red

 

Pros: 

  • Great Value for money ( for almost 9 dollar – a full sized lipstick) 
  • 95% similar shade for Brown, Asian Girls ( I cant say for fair skin tones) 

 

Cons:

  • Slightly Orangish Undertone to it 
  • Slight Shiny as compared to M.A.C
  • Doesn’t last long – I have reapply it after ever 15-20 minutes ( I know,I know,it sucks)
  • It is not a M.A.C (eye rolling)

Remove  – Smart Wax roll on – Liposoluble Wax

 

Waxing trip every month to salon is a “ Must” in every girl’s life. A messy and a painful procedure or rather a self torture ritual results in silky smooth skin which lasts a long time is perhaps worth the pain. 

It is because waxing not only removes the hair but also the dead skin from the body which gives it a smooth shine. Waxing has been in practice since the ancient times, when water and honey/sugar would be mixed and heated together which results in a thick consistency that is applied as a wax.  These days, we know it as Sugar Wax .

Fortunately, these days we have  lot of  different wax options available both in hot wax and cold wax. And, the charges in the salon are dependent on the type of wax applied to the client. The painless categories demand exorbitant prices and are usually pretty quick but doesn’t provide the comfort of a DIY ( privacy is compromised). 

The latest waxes like RICA, Lycon and Bean wax are usually used by experts as these are very difficult to handle by the novice. Because these are very sticky and hurt a lot if not performed  properly. Precise, there is no indicator that when the wax should be applied to the body. (For beginners, even the wax strips require a bit of a practice and cause irritation of skin if not done properly) 

For long,  I have been an admirer of the Remove products as these are super easy to use, gives good results and have simple instructions that canbe followed by anyone. 

Today’s review is about the innovative and portable Smart Wax roll on –  Liposoluble Wax. It  claims that the product can be used all over the body.

 

 

What is in the pack?

 

 

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The Smart Roll on – Wax Box

 

 

 

 

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Instructions on how to use the product on the back of the box

 

 

 

The Package comes with the following;

  • 1 Smart roll on heating device
  • 1 Smart roll on  wax
  • 25  Waxing papers
  • 4 Ouch free- Painless , Pre –  Depilatory wipes
  • 4 Post Depilation Cleaning wipes
  • Prospectus (Guide on how to use the product)

 

 

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Wax Bottle to be inserted into the Smart roll on heating device

 

 

 

 

 

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Post Depilation Cleaning Wipe

 

 

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Waxing Papers

 

CLAIMS AND BENEFITS OF REMOVE SMART ROLL ON 

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Instructions on the pack

 

There are proper detailed instructions on the box for the application and usage of the wax which are very effective if followed properly.

 

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Ouch Free – Pain less Wipes ( To be applied at least 10 minutes before application of Wax)

 

The free – Painless Pre –  Depilatory wipes is to be used, 10 minutes before the application of the wax for the skin to be slightly de- sensitised. They are really effective in pain relief during the waxing process even applied before ten minutes for the oils to be penetrated into the skin properly. 

The smart roll – on device is like a a small water bottle in which the roll on wax is inserted after open its lid and using a roll on cap. The lid of the charger should be placed on top and the device is to be plugged. 

 

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Smart roll on heating device

 

 

The wax changes its colour as it gets heated and becomes ready to use from purple to pink on getting heated. The roll on features allows the product to be applied very easily.

 

Wax changes colour from purple to pink indicating it is ready to be applied on to the skin

 

 

 

 

Major Ingredients in Cire Wax 

  • Glyceryl Rosinate 
  • Rosinate 
  • Carthamus tinctorius seed oil 
  • Microcrystalline wax
  • Cera Alba 
  • Steraic Acid 
  • Parfum.

 

 

Major Ingredients in Ouch free- Painless Pre –  Depilatory wipes 

 

  • Carthamus tinctorius seed oil
  • Helianthus annuus seed oil 
  • Eugenia caryophyllus flower oil 
  • Spilanthes acmella (calva) extract 
  • Acmella oleraeacea extract 
  • Gymnema sylvestre leaf extract 
  • Urtica diocia 
  • Alcohol denat 
  • Menthol 
  • Piper longum fruit extract 
  • Aqua 
  • Aloe 
  • Barbadensis leaf extract
  • Potassium Sorbate 
  • Olea Europaea Olive Fruit Oil 
  • Hypericum Perforatum Flower/leaf/stem Extract 
  • Tocopherol 
  • Eugenol 
  • Benzyl 
  • Alcohol 
  • Limonen

 

Major Ingredients in Post Depilation cleaning wipes 

  • Carthamus tinctorius seed oil
  • Steraic Acid 
  • Parfum.
  • Coumarin alpha – isomethyl – ionone.

 

 

 

Warnings

 

It is always good to read the instructions and the warnings before the DIY and before using any product.  I consider it the best part as well, because in the salons  I have rarely come across any professional advise me to not to go for a  certain wax  as they are too focused on money making.

Remove  Smart Wax roll on  has warnings mentioned on the product. The emphasis highlights how much concern Remove shows for the safety of the clients and how much research has been put into formulating the product. 

 

Following are the warnings to be kept in mind before using Remove  smart Wax roll on:

  • Always do a patch test 24 hours before using a product. 
  • Don’t plug in the product/ charger in the water. 
  • Dont apply the product on the same area twice (as it could cause skin irritation) 
  • Dont use the product if you are pregnant, have diabetics, or retinoid treatment 
  • Don’t use it in the menstruation period ( The pain threshold increases in the time period) 
  • Don’t use the skin on the sun burn, irritated, black spotted skin
  • After waxing don’t use cosmetics/ deodorants ( can cause irritation)
  • Keep the wax area away from sunlight after 12 hours (preferably 24) 

 

 

 

 

My Experience

 

The body hair bothers me a lot. Since long I have complained God about the unwanted hair on the body and completely loathes it. It is not just the concept of beauty associated with it but more so it is about cleanliness and hygiene. 

In hair removal, I have been a strong proponent of waxing. As it lasts for a month and more  which means you are stress free for a month.

Since my teenage, I have used a variety of waxing products as far as I can remember. The salons that I have visited applied Rica, Sugar wax, Hot wax beans, hot wax disks, Lyon wax . And for a DIY , I have also used the pre lined wax strips, sugar wax and many kinds of hot waxes (OMG –  I will write about it in an other post)  

For a DIY I was never satisfied with a product. Either it was painful or too messy to handle and took long hours to just finish the job.

When I tried Remove wax, I was totally surprised by its effectiveness and easy to use approach. 

The packet had a pre wax wipes that desensitise the skin consisting of various natural oils.  Like many other wax products, the packet had the post wax wipes. The roll-on  feature of the wax makes it very easy to apply but the best feature that I just love in it is the change of the colour of the wax from Purple to Pink which indicates that the wax is ready to be applied on to the skin. It has got 24 wax strips in the packet which are easily available as a separates as well.

 

 

 

How to use

 

The pre wax wipes are available in the pack for an ouch free session which is to be applied 10 minutes before the waxing session.  And, it actually takes around 10 minutes as wax to turn pink as well. 

The wax bottle is inserted vertically into the electric charger, after opening the sealed lid and changing  it to the roll on. I would suggest keeping the green lid of the charger to be kept on for the wax to be heated completely. Upon getting adequately heated and turning into pink the wax can be applied on to the desensitised skin. The wax gives a silky smooth finish that is equal to the salon effect. At a minimal cost and in hygienic environment in the comforts of your home. 

The packet mentions that it can be applied for underarms or bikini areas but I have not found it to be effective there as it doesn’t stick properly. Perhaps because I’m not a wax expert.

One time wax session last easily  for more than month, and for me it is  1.5 month. Never, have I ever experienced the painless wax session before in an easy to use way.

I wanted to write the review since a long time. But, I have patiently waited to check the full results of the product because honest review is the best review. This is the sacrifice , I made for my readers 🙂 

It is the best product, seriously guys, after I have bought Remove Smart Roll On, I have never visited the salon for body wax ( legs and arms)  again since, the past one year. 

Highly recommended to everyone out there 

 

 

My Faux pa using Remove – Smart Roll- On

 After first use, I was in a hurry to go out. So, I closed the inner seal and put on the roll on lid of the wax.  When, the next time I tried to apply it after getting heated it  just couldn’t come out. Then I realised that the inner lid has jammed the roll on. It gave me a tough time to just separates because of the wax is too strong. By God, I tried, boiling it in the water, using force but nothing would work. Lolz, I had to take  the help of a local Hulk to out the  inner lid. 

 

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Hence, lesson learnt pretty well.  DO NOT CLOSE THE SESSION IN A HURRY AND PLACE THE INNER LID ON THE WAX BOTTLE. 

I would suggest keeping the roll on and putting it inserted into the electric charger and keep in a safe place (out of reach of children) vertically.  So you would not have to do any effort the next time you use it. 

 

My verdict 

 

9.5/10 

 

 

 

Pros

  • Best product for DIY 
  • OUCH FREE – Literally
  • Easy to use – anybody can use it
  • Changes Color to indicate application on skin. 
  • Travel sized 
  • Hygienic 
  • Affordable 
  • Lasts for a long time 
  • Best for sensitive skin
  • Detailed instructions on the pack

 

Cons

  • Doesn’t work on the underarms, bikini areas

 

 

THE BODY SHOP –  TEA TREE SKIN CLEARING FACE WASH

 

Caring for acne prone skin is no less than a combat.  As a victim of acne, I can vouch that finding a face wash to suit your skin type is a real challenge. Tea Tree Oil is an ultimate weapon to deal with acne issues

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash is infused with purifying Tea Tree Oil from the foothills of Kenya. It is a 100% vegan product and is suitable for the blemished skin to be used daily for a refreshed feel.

Tea Tree plant is originated from New South Wales, Australia and is known as the Australian Gold.

In the eighteenth century, when British sailor, Captain James Cook, landed at New South Wales, Australia (which was once the penal colony for worst English, Scottish and Welsh Convicts, who were transported to Australia in lieu of the death penalty) the local inhabitants showed him the miracle tree, that he called The Tea Tree Plant
(biological name – Melaleuca alternifolia)

The Aborigines for centuries, treated various ailments ranging from cuts, wounds, burns, fungal infections, acne, insects bites, athletes foots etc,  from the oil or the paste of the tea tree leaves

In the 1923, Dr AR Penfold, conducted a series of scientific experiments which proved the tea-tree oil’s antiseptic potency 13 times stronger than the commonly used antiseptic in those days. Since then, the oil has been used to treat everything from fungal infections of the toenails to acne

Australia is notorious for wide variety of scary insects but nature always provides relief to the inhabitants in one form or another, in Australia, it was in the form of Tea Tree Plant. 

Today, Tea Tree oil is widely known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. It is used to treat wounds, cuts, acne, cradle cap and is one of the top essential antibacterial oils. These days the Tea Tree plant is cultivated in many parts of the world, namely Kenya, Egypt and USA as its growth is very fast and it thrives very well in marshy areas.

 

 

Precautions of using Tea Tree Oil 

It is important to understand that Tea tree oil is poisonous when taken internally/orally. Swallowing the oil can cause the following 

  • Confusion 
  • Ataxia (loss of muscle coordination)
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach upset
  • Blood cell abnormalities 
  • Dermatitis and;
  • Skin Irritation 

It is advisable to not to use the concentrated Tea Tree Oil in your eyes, ears and on deep wounds or around the mouth.  As it’s a very powerful oil and could easily result in serious problem

 

Major Ingredients in The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

The Skin Clearing Face Wash includes the following major ingredients along with many more;

  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Sodium Laureate Sulfate 
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine 
  • PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Diorite
  • PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polysorbate 20
  • Alcohol Denat.
  • Panthenol 
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil
  • Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil
  • Allantoin, Citric Acid 
  • p-Anisic Acid 
  • Benzophenone-4
  • Menthol
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • Limonene 
  • Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil
  • t-Butyl Alcohol
  • Denatonium Benzoate
  • Tocopherol 
  • Caramel
  • Yellow 5 Lake
  • Blue 1.

The ingredients are not mentioned on the bottle and is available on The Body Shop website. 

 

 

 

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Suitable for Blemished Skin 

Claims

Body shop claims Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash would do the following;

  • Deeply cleanses blemished skin
  • Removes impurities and excess oil
  • Make the skin mattified and less shiny

 

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No mention of Ingredients used on the back of the bottle

My Experience

 

How to apply 

Body shop doesn’t give specific instruction on the bottle. However, Its is important to keep in mind that  little squeeze is enough to clean the face.

I have used the other products from the Tea Tree Range, namely Tea Tree Oil and the Face Mask  and have been fully satisfied which prompted me to try the face wash, although I was very comfortable with my previous one. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash has a gel like consistency and doesn’t really lather up much compared to other face washes that I have used in the past (Neutrogena – Oil Free Acne wash Pink grapefruit facial cleanser is one of my favourite) Surprisingly, I did find it effective in removing the dirt and shine on my skin pretty well. 

Due to the oily, sensitive and acne skin. Most of the acne face washes dries the my skin pretty much which is really bad as the only advantage in having oily skin is that you can evade wrinkles for a long time. 

But, Body Shop – Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash is one that I have considered really mild and gentle to use. Though, I still have to try it in the upcoming winters to check its full effectiveness. 

Overall, Its a good product for acne prone and oily skin and suitable for all climates. 

 

On the Budget 

 

I bought the bottle for about PKR 2,200 ($18 Dollar at 1USD= 123 PKR) in March 18, that is of 250 ml or 8.4 US FL Oz.  My bottle is made in  UK and distributed worldwide by Body Shop, Littlehampton, USA 

 

 

Verdict

10/10 

 

 

Pros:

  • 100% vegan
  • Enriched with Community Trade tea tree oil from the foothills of Mount Kenya
  • Justifies the claims – Makes the skin less shiny 
  • Sensitive and gentle to the skin 
  • Value for money 
  • Best Face Wash for Acne/Oily/Blemished Skin 

 

Cons: 

  • Doesn’t lather up much
  • Could irritate some people due to Tea Tree Oil 

 

REMOVE “RETOUCH PEN- FACIAL LIPOSOLUBLE WAX”

 

 

Gone are the days when plucking eyebrows or upper lips was done with tweezers or thread. Not only those created a lot of irritation on the skin but also caused pain. Thankfully, these days we have plenty of easy facial waxing products available. 

Today’s review  is about * Retouch Eyebrow and Facial Wax Pen * from Remove. It is a gel based pen for eye brows and facial wax made in Turkey

 

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Retouch Pen

 

The Retouch pen consists of the following Ingriedients

  • Triethylene
  • Glycol Rosinate
  • Glyceryl Rosinate
  • Cera Alba
  • Microcrystalline wax
  • Steraic Acid
  • Parfum

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The product comes in a cute looking packaging  with the following; 

  • Retouch Pen of 4 ml 
  • 20  waxing papers 
  • Post Depilation wipes 
  • Prospectus (Guide on how to use the product) 

 

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Remove Retouch Eyebrow and Facial Wax Pen claims the following;

 

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WARNINGS

It is very good that Remove has come up with warnings for the product to avoid any mishaps by  people due to inexperience or lack of knowledge. I consider the warnings are great to mention as the consumers are not just salon professionals but people from all walks of life.  Always read the warnings for any product before using it. 

 

Warnings

 

HOW TO USE

 

Remove on how the product is to be applied

 

The gel should be of room temperature to be taken out of the pen, otherwise it is advised to put it in warm water or blow hot air through a blow dryer. Please be cautious to NEVER MICROWAVE OR BOIL it.

 

 

APPLICATION AREAS

The prospectus shows the facial areas where the Remove Retouch Eyebrow and Facial Wax Pen can be applied. It is also advised to not use it on eyebrows by people, who are not experienced in handling the eyebrows.

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MY EXPERIENCE 

For long I had been searching for a separate, convenient facial waxing product. My concern has always been hygiene in the depilatory products. I have always found reusable waxing strips disgusting as the old hair is stuck on it, if used twice or more. To escape that, I started throwing away the strips by just using once which had put a considerable dent in my pocket.  But not anymore, Thankfully, as the Remove product comes with gel pen, the waxing strips can be easily brought separately at a cheap price, if needed.

The quantity of the Remove Retouch Eyebrow and Facial Wax Pen is enough to last around 3-4 months compared to the reusable waxing strips which is a huge relief for me. However, it would depend upon the hair growth and its texture.

The first time I used it, I had to warm it in hot water for few minutes. The  consistency of the gel is like honey, a little product is needed for every application. It is applied in the direction of the hair growth and pulled away in opposite direction. It took away most of the hair. But, I could not get the smooth finish which I was looking for. The baby hair were still there, that I eventually took out from a reusable strip.  They were so tiny that it was hardly visible on the reusable strip either.  

However, I would say that this is more suited for sensitive skin than reusable strips or threading becuase it didn’t make my skin inflamed.

So in my opinion, the pen is a best product so far for the sensitive skin as it takes 95% of the hair without causing any redness or itching. However, to get a salon effect, you must use it in combination with reusable stripes.

 

MY VERDICT 

9/10

 

Pros

  • Convenient 
  • Travel sized 
  • Hygienic 
  • Affordable 
  • Lasts a long time 
  • Best for sensitive skin

Cons

  • Doesn’t take out baby hair
  • Doesn’t give a salon finish

The Body Shop – Oils of Life “Intensely Revitalizing Sleeping Cream”

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Body Shop has come up with the Sleeping Cream in the Oils of Life range. It is due to the presence of the cold pressed precious seeds oil known for its revitalising properties to make skin glow and healthy. I decided to give it a try.  

I bought the cream for about PKR 5000 in Feb 18, that is around 80 ml or 79 grams.  My bottle is made in France and distributed worldwide by Buth- Na- Bodhaige, Inc.,Monmouth junction, NJ08852, USA 

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Sleeping Cream is 100% vegan product. It is formulated without mineral oil, paraffin and petrolatum. 

The seeds oil used in it has been cold pressed to their purest form and includes the following major  and few minor ingredients along with many more 

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Major Ingredients

  • Black Cumin Oil from Egypt – Known for its concentration in Antioxidants 
  • Rosehip Oil from Chile – rich in Omega 3 and 6 
  • Camellia Oil from China -naturally rich in nutritive oleic acid 

Minor Ingredients

  • Lavender Oil
  • Rosemary Leaf Oil
  • Geranium Oil 
  • Orange peel Oil 
  • Lavandin Oil
  • Marjoram Leaf oil
  • Roman Camomile Oil 

HOW TO APPLY

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Body shop calls it the  “OVER NIGHT LIFE INFUSING RITUAL”

Apple very evenly onto fingertips and massage the face, neck and décolleté in an upward motion.  Avoid eye area. 

I would recommend using a very little product as the bodyshop creams/mask are very concentrated. 

CLAIMS 

Body shop claims its Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil would do the following;

INSTANTLY 

FROM FIRST WAKEUP 

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT 

Skin would feel suppler and velvety  Skin feels smoother and intensely nourished Skin appears rested, more radiant and visibly revitalised. 
  • Body shop claims that the sleeping cream is suitable for all skin types. 

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MY EXPERIENCE 

After I had a unfortunate experience with the facial oil of the same range. I was really heart broken. However, I didn’t know why I was sure in my heart that the sleeping mask would do well. So, I bought the cream  because it also consists of the same three major ingredients like that in the facial oil. My aim was to enjoy the rejuvenating properties of the oils as Bodyshop claims without any side effects (off course i’m talking about the deadly acne).

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Before using the sleeping mask

After using the cream I was pleasantly surprised. The claims that has been made by body shop are fully justified.

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AFTER: The skin gets a nice shine after the sleeping mask is applied

My skin really felt good after the first application, soft and supple. I did feel slightly radiant after using it for a few days. Because, I live in a hot climate, the skin gets damaged highly by sun and huge amount of pollution present in the environment so the sleeping mask did its best to minimise the dullness caused by these factors.

However, I was hoping that the precious Rose hip seed oil present in the sleeping cream would lighten my acne marks or even out the complexion a bit. But it unfortunately didn’t. I don’t know why. But, body shop never claimed that it would do so.

 I used the Intensely Revitalizing Sleeping Cream,  with and without  the facial oil to see what is causing reaction on my skin and it turned out the culprit was the facial oil.

Hence, so far my experience has been good. I have been using the cream since a month now and it made my skin smooth and slightly radiant.

VERDICT

7/10 

PROS 

  • Makes the skin radiant after continuous use 
  • Make the skin soft instantly 
  • Very light product 
  • It is suitable for acne prone/sensitive skin (based on my experience) 

CONS

  • Expensive ( again the quantity is enough to use it for 4-5 months- So justified) 
  • Doesn’t eliminate the acne scars (doesn’t claim it ) 
  • Doesn’t even out the skin discolouration

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