Review: Loccitane Hands Scrub!

 

Review aka Little Story Time:  Loccitane Hands Scrub!
I have inherited the driest hands from my mother and she from her’s. It’s so embarrassing because my maternal grandpa and my dad even my boyfriend has the softest hands. My boyfriend especially has the baby soft hands. And whenever he holds mine, he would tell me that he feels like, he’s holding rough and tough construction workers hands instead of a girl’s. So my femininity goes down the drain whenever I hear that. Even though he means it as a joke, he isn’t wrong. I decided, last year during Summers that I need to fix this. I deserve baby soft hands too.IMG_3496
I have dry-dehydrated hands that sometimes, turns little grey ish(I know gross) but happens especially during the Winters. Also, I have a habit of washing my hands bit too much so that doesn’t help. Makes my skin drier. So when I went to the Loccitane counter last summer in London and told them about this problem they suggested to try this scrub out. I wasn’t convinced until they made me try it out in the shop itself! The Sales lady said after using it my hands would feel as baby’s bottom and she wasn’t lying. After I gave it a go in the shop it felt so soft similar to baby soft skin. I seriously couldn’t stop feeling the softness of my hands! It look away the flakiness and there was no grey ness either. And Voilà beautiful soft hands under a minute. It definitely after that became my hands food.
I have been using it for over 9 months now and my hands situation is so much better compared. The thing with this, like any other product is you need to be persistent with it. And I am super lazy, which isn’t good for my hands. The Sales lady asked me to use it twice a week. I haven’t done that sometimes I have skipped a week or two in between as I forgot. Either way I have seen a significant change in my skin’s texture. I made my mom hooked too and she has drier hands than mine and absolutely loves it.
Now Some Fun Facts!

How Loccitane recommends to use this?
1 – Squeeze a small amount of body scrub onto your palms before you bathe or shower.
2 – Apply to your skin and massage in circular motions, always from your ankles up to stimulate skin micro-circulation.
3 – Focus on areas that tend to be rough (heels, knees, elbows, shoulders…) I only use on my hands, as its too expensive to use all over the body.
4 – Completely rinse off the product.
How I use it? I use the spatula given with the product. Take one teaspoon of it in my dry hands and massage it thoroughly through my knuckles and cuticles for a minute. Then wash it off without towel drying my hands. I let it air dry. That bit is annoying but its worth is, as you need to let the Shea butter oil to sink in. Once my hands are dried I use the hand cream from The Shea Butter Range, which I absolutely love. All these stuff I do especially at night and go to bed. It’s a little nighttime treat to myself. Otherwise it’s no use for me as I said earlier I wash my hands so much it wouldn’t really help. But at night it can do it’s magic while I have my beauty sleep.

How long it lasts? It took me more than 5 months to finish my first tub, then again I used it 2-3 times a week.

Price: One size available i.e.100ml in UIMG_0497K- £15 and India- 1790INR.
Ingredients: Has 15% Shea Butter Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Sugar.

Where do you buy it from?
India- Nykaa.com or Loccitane Indian Website. Thankfully  Loccitane isn’t too hard to get hold of in India now.
UK- From its UK website or Debenhams, Lookfantastic.com and loads of places stock it up. It’s easily available.

Now go and give your hands a little treat. They do so much for us. That’s what I would do after I am done with this post.

Hope you all have a good night! XOXO

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Favourite Lip Stuff of 2015!

Recently I wrote a blog post on my Makeup Favourites of 2015. Check that out if you haven’t already!! I didn’t include the lippies there, as the blog post would have got too long to read. And like most of us nobody has time for reading long rants about stuff! It gets boring to read and also to write. So I decided why not seperate these in two posts.

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Here comes the list of Lippies:

  1. Maccosmetic’s Retro Matte in All Fired Up– It’s a beautiful colour. Bright, vibrant pop of colour on your lips. Makes me look so alive. Looks great on most skin tones. But I feel in my opinion that get looks very bright on darker skin tons. It’s a Pinkish with little bit neon ish Deep Red.IMG_3841.PNG
  2. Maccosmetic’s Retro Matte in Flat Out Fabulous – Bought this on later half of the year and feel in love. Such a beautiful and different colour to describe. Is it a pink or a purple or a mauve! God knows!! Long lasting and also doesn’t dry out my lips like other retro formulas.
  3. Maccosmetic’s Lip Liner in Soar – The only Lip Liner I bought and wore this year. It became a sensational because of the infamous Kylie Jenner. And it was sold out everywhere. Because it was so hyped I became very curious about it. So I admit here, I went to 5 different Mac stores in 4 cities to find this one. And finally got hold of the last piece in Mumbai International Airport. Now back to the colour it’s a beautiful pinky nude which I love to wear it on it’s own. Also it’s worth the hype.
  4. Nar’s Matte Lip pencil in Cruella – A true Red on me. How much I wished I got this earlier. Lovely colour and texture. Not like the uncomfortable matte lipsticks. Not too long lasting though but I don’t mind that. It does makes me feel very confident.img_3831
  5. Nar’s Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita – Beautiful Nude that actually doesn’t look make me look dead. Very pretty colour, has a orangish tone mixed with brown thus makes it very wearable. Not very pigmented like the others. I pretty much have the whole Dolce Vita range by Nars. Looks beautiful paired with it’s sister gloss.
  6. Nar’s Matte Lip Pencil in Damned – Its a beautiful plum /berry colour. Perfect for winter and all year round. Good pigmentation. Very lady like. I would say makes me feel bit grown up. Long lasting and leaves a nice tint.
  7. Nars Christopher Kane Lip Gloss in Mezmer – It’s a sheer watermelon colour. Though from the packaging it may seem very bold. It doesn’t come off like that. Its the only gloss that I have used pretty much this year and am not a gloss kinda gal. But this one I particularly loved because it’s non sticky, gives a beautiful super glossy finish. Once the gloss goes off it leaves a beautiful stain on your lips. Also this gloss adapts to your warmth of your lips and customises the colour. So even on pigmented lips like mine it looks great.IMG_3838.PNG
  8.  Ciate’s Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Pin Up – I was late to join the bandwagon of Matte Liquid Lipsticks which were a major hit realise of 2015! And Oh My Gosh It’s so good. I just loved it!! A mauvy pinky nude that’s matte and stays long even after I finish a meal. I couldn’t ask for more.
  9. Revlon’s Matte Lip Balm in Sultry – If theres any one lippy stuff that I have used the most and that is this one. It’s my go to lip colour when I feel nothing looks good on me. It  looks great with smokey or glittery or plain just lippy look. I cannot rave more about it. If you ask me which one you should get out of these. Then I would say you have to try this one out! This is a winner!

P.S. My swatches don’t do justice to these lippies. I know I am bad at it. I would say do check it out in the stores if you are interested in these. Also let me know if you know any of these and your favourite lippies of 2015!!

May we all be blessed with more amazing lippy stuff this New Years!! Have a lovely day/night my lovelies.

See ya in the next post. Till then make sure no lipstick mark is there on your teeth. LOL. xx

2015 Beauty Favourites! 

It’s 2016 but we have some unfinished business with 2015!

I decided to do a 2015 Favourites instead of doing just December favourites, as I would be repeating some of them. Also, I had to do a seperate lipsticks favourites as I have too many and it would a very long blog post. So lets get to it. IMG_3611.JPG

  1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette Bought it on the later half of the year and fell in love. It has six powders and all of these are beautiful. Bit pricey, but you need just a little as its very pigmented and will last for long. Have used it almost every time I did my makeup. I would say go and get it if you it is in stock because its Limited Edition.FullSizeRender-1
  2. Maccosmetic’s Face and Body Foundation Gosh its one of best foundation I have tried on my skin, which works in humidity (as I live one third of the year in India) as well as in the UK (super cold and dry) and gives me a flawless finish. It makes my skin look so good that it makes me happy from within. Plus its waterproof! So rainy season is sorted! Hell YEAH!!
  3. Benefit’s Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer – I would say its better than the Porefessional Primer. It keeps the foundation in place. Also controls the oil from my skin, especially in the humid weather of India. If you have oily skin, then it might be the answer. And I have a oily thing going.
  4. Diorskin Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Booster Blush – It’s a favourite from 2013. I just love how healthy and pretty it makes me feel. Gives a flush of colour like after you had a gym session. And we all know I don’t go to gym so I cheat with this. After application it reacts with your skin and adjusts to tone. I haven’t used anything as beautiful as this. Even though it looks kinda scary at first sight, but its one of my best beauty buys ever.
  5. Nar’s Casino BronzerI used it more as my eyeshadow shade and contour than my bronzer. Even though you shouln’t used bronzer as your contour. But I am a rebel so I did. It’s more of a darker version of the cult favourite Laguna Bronzer. I have used it so much the past year.
  6. Maccosmetic’s Prep n Prime Lip balm Bought it in the middle of the year as I was using a lot of matte lipsticks. I wanted something that would help keep my lips from getting so dehydrated. And this worked as a charm. This is a holy grail product if you are a matte lipstick addict like me. Go ahead and get it and thank me later.
  7. YSL’s TouchéÉclat in No.3 – Umm…..a cult favourite. Winner of so many beauty awards over the years. It corrects and highlights my under eye area. I love the staying power and the colour just makes me look all human again. I don’t think you can go wrong with it.
  8. The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer – Later half of the year purchase. I am very skeptical about highlighters on me, but this one brings out my inner Jlo.
  9. Nar’s Loose Setting Powder It’s just like any other setting powder. But for skin tones like mine, setting powders are bit tricky to find as it can look like a white/grey cast on your face. Nobody wants that look. This doesn’t do that. Controls my unnecessary oils and without changing or oxidizing the foundation keeps it looking fresh and skin like.IMG_3612.JPG
  10. Loreal’s Miss Punky Mascara in Mega Black It gives my lashes wings! Not quite literally but you get the gist. If you want thick, long smoky volumious looking eyelashes you might like this one. I would say I was bit skeptical about this one in the beginning as it made my eye lashes clumpy. But after it dried out a bit I would say it got so better. It’s more of a glam up look. I love it.
  11. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara in Intense Black This one on the other hand was love as first use. This one is not as intense as the above one. But it’s so fluttery and flirty! Makes me feel so feminine. It’s more of a girl next door with pretty big lashes look. I have used up two of these this past year. So that’s saying something.IMG_3575.JPG
  12. Scandaleyes Waterproof Black Kohl – A dupe of the Urban Decay Perversion Eye liner. It’s cheap, drugstore, waterproof, intense black, long lasting. And I don’t know what else you could want from an eye liner. I have gone through so many that I have lost count.
  13. Sleek Eyebrow Pencil in Dark – Dupe alert for Hourglass Arch brow pencil. It’s waxy consistency and the colour match its perfect for my sparse brows. So easy to use. I should have bought it years back. .Sigh…IMG_3569.JPG
  14. Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita Palette – Oh the sparkles! I don’t think I ever loved a eyeshadow palette as much as this one. It’s so pretty. Highly pigmented and feels so luxurious to use.
  15. Maccosmetic’s paint pot in Indianwood – Indian/ South Asian skin tones can rock one thing for sure and that is gold on their eye lids. This is a perfect one in my opinion after searching for the glistening sun shine on your eyelids look. Yup makes me feel like Jlo.

I hope this blog post gives you some new recommendations for the new year. If you want me to do and indepth review of one of the products do let me know. Also what were your favourites of 2015? Do share!!

See you all in the next post!!

Love and best wishes of 2016! xoxo

BIO-FREAKING-DERMA!

First post of 2016!! Wish you all a Very HAPPY NEW YEARS!!

Now back to the blog post!

It’s just Bioderma but it’s freaking awesome!!!

I wanted to do a quick review on it as it has been long overdue. I posted a picture on Instagram recently and a lot of you asked me to share my thoughts about it.FullSizeRender

I got to know about Bioderma about three years ago via Youtube. All nice/expensive things that I have learnt about were mostly from Youtube. I blame them! And not. Three years back in the UK, Bioderma wasn’t easily available in drugstores like now. So I had ordered it on Amazon, paid a hefty price compared to the actual price you get in France. Hated that. But when it arrived, I loved it using the very first time. After using it, I haven’t found anything that takes makeup off so quickly and effectively. Sometimes I have gone to bed without washing my face and my skin didn’t react the next day. And I have semi sensitive combination skin. So I know.

Some points on Bioderma!:

  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution.
  • Very gentle at removing makeup.
  • Can be used twice, 7 days a week.
  • It doesn’t strip you of your natural good oils completely making your skin feel soft and supple after using it.
  • Skin feels clean and fresh.
  • Works well on all skin types, though they have different varieties of it.  But I have only used the original version.
  • Drugstore price.
  • Now available in both UK(easily) and India(little difficult, but you can get your hands on these)

How do you use Bioderma?

  • I usually take two cotton pads and soak one of them with it, then press the two together and it distributes the solution evenly. (My Tip on getting bang for your buck)
  • Then press the two cotton pads on your respective eyes and keep it pressed for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly and gently in circular motion with the non-makeup side of the cottons take the rest of your make-up.
  • It comes off easily with no dragging or tugging of the skin.
  • I take another cotton pad with a little bit of it, just to make sure all the makeup is off my face.

Only Con: It stinks my eyes a bit.

Where do you buy Bioderma?

If you live in the UK, you can easily get at your local Boots, or you can always order it online at their website. It retails for 250ml for £10.20.

In India you get it at Nykaa.com. It retails for 250ml for INR 890 and 100ml for INR 599.

On the other hand, I buy it from Amazon.co.uk. In my opinion, this is the cheapest place where I get my hands on these. I pay for two Bioderma of 500ml each for £21.49. This bulk buying lasts me for ages. More than a year and half. Bargain!

Unfortunately, this is only available for anyone who is living in the UK.

Why do you buy Bioderma?

I would say its worth the buy. That’s why I made a post on it.  I have suffered a lot from acne and most of it because of me using makeup removing wipes from the drugstore. More than often I had horrible break outs and had no clue why. Since I have stopped using the wipes so regularly (I still use some during my ultra lazy days) my skin has improved and skin has calmed down. A big chunk of thanks goes to Bioderma. It has helped me a lot. If you are suffering from acne then I would suggest please quit the makeup wipes for sure even if you don’t use Bioderma. But it’s sure is best at what it does. Do try and let me know what you feel about it!

See you, until my next post lovelies!! xx