L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil Review (This one is for my hairy gal pals)

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This is the travel size. Love it so so much that I need it while I am travelling.

Let’s get real here. If you are Indian/Brown like me then chances of you being hairy is inevitable. This post is solely dedicated to my hairy girlfriends out there. I hear you lovelies. Now if you aren’t hairy(I am super jelly of you) then this post isn’t for you so go choo and check out my some other blog #justkidding.

I would be reviewing this amazing L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. Its L’Occitane’s bestseller, winner of Beauty Bible Awards and Marie Clarie’s Choice. So lets begin.

How long have I been using it?

It’s been 3 years now that I have been a religious user of the Shower Oil. I use it mainly for shaving and sometimes just for shower.

How do you use it?

If you are a user of shower gels, it’s very similar to that. This is the simple way of using it. But there are other ways you can use it too.

What are the other ways of using it? (My preferred way)

Before you are going to take a shower, you can massage it first, like oil onto your skin and then add water and make it turn into a milky/soapy consistency.
Or if you want to shave which is what I use it for.You would have to wet your body and apply it onto your skin. Then shave with your razor and it will glide like a dream without leaving any residue onto the razor. I dislike those products which leave residue on the razor and make the blade blunt and useless for shaving. This doesn’t do that.

What’s the difference between a shaving cream and this shower oil?

The difference is that this a 3-in-1 product. And for lazy gals its perfect when you forget to buy that shaving cream. It does the job for both. It’s mostly made with natural ingredients (enriched with almond oil) unlike the shaving creams you get to buy in the market full of chemicals. For someone who hates waxing and using shaving creams (which irritates my skin) I love using this product. If shaving creams give that burn/irritation while using it then this one is for you. It gives a luxurious spa like feel than shaving creams. Bonus points for that close shave it gives you just like shaving creams.

How does it smell?

Yes, it has a mild sweet almond smell which isn’t overpowering at all. I quite like it. I am really not good at describing smell. Not my forte. Sorry.

Does it leave the skin dry?

No, it doesn’t. It’s very moisturizing even after using as a shaving agent.
As a person who has an extremely dry body skin this product doesn’t dry out my skin.
I wouldn’t say that I don’t need a body cream after using it. During summers I can get away without using any body lotion, but in winter because of my lizard like skin I require extra TLC.

How long does it last?

The 250 ml lasts for more than 3 months. I shave every other day.

Price?

INR (1690) & £16 (UK) for 250ml. It may seem a lot of for a shower oil/gel. But remember, it lasts really long and you don’t need to use a lot each time you shower. It’s also a 3-in-1 product. Its has Almond oil in it and they are expensive. There’s always some kind of offer going on in L’Occitane, which can save you some bucks. So give yourself a little treat and get it. You know you deserve it. And thank me later.

All in all it’s a must have in my shower kit. There’s a 5*****.

Thank you for reading. XX


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MY FAVOURITE AUTUMN/WINTER LIPSTICKS

Autumn or Winter has never been my favourite seasons. I am a July baby so I usually preferred the summer monsoon season that we have in my beloved city Calcutta. But after starting to live in the UK, I saw the beautiful side of Autumn. It’s the transition season. Not quite hot nor truly cold. A/W might be dry, cold and unpredictable, but I do enjoy the make-up looks you can create during this time of the season. In which the dark lips are my favourite. It is a bold and fun way to jazz your look. It’s the season of the vampy-goth-look.

Here are my top favourite A/W lips for you lovelies:

1. REVLON ColourBurst Matte Balm in 225 SULTRY: IMG_3034

• HIGHLY PIGMENTED.

• LONG WEARING.

• MATTE BUT DOESN’T DRY OUT YOUR LIPS.

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VERY COMFORTABLE TO WEAR.

• LOOKS LOVELY ON MOST SKIN TONES.

• HAS A COOLING SENSATION.

• MINTY SMELL. (I LOVE THAT)

• PRICE- 800(INR) £7.99(UK)


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2. IMG_3039MAC MATTE HEROINE:

• HIGHLY PIGMENTED.

• LONG WEARING.

• MATTE BUT DOESN’T DRY OUT YOUR LIPS.

• TRUE PURPLE.

• COMFORTABLE TO WEAR.

• LEAVES A BEAUTIFUL STAIN.

• HAS A TYPICAL MAC LIPSTICK SMELL. (sorry cannot describe it)

• PRICE- 1450(INR) £15.50(UK)

IMG_3038.JPG3. MAC SATIN RETRO:

• MODERATE PIGMENTATION.

• LONG WEARING IF YOU DON’T EAT.

• DOESN’T STAIN THE LIPS AS SUCH.

• COMFORTABLE TO WEAR.

• MOISTURIZING.

• SATIN FINISH.

• PRICE- 1450(INR) 15.50(UK)

• HAS A TYPICAL MAC LIPSTICK SMELL. (sorry cannot describe it)

• MY MOM’S FAVOURITE LIPSTICK FOR A/W.

IMG_3043.JPG 4. NARS AUDACIOUS AUDREY:         

• HIGHLY PIGMENTED.

• LONG WEARING.

• VERY CREAMY AND MOISTURIZING.

• MATTE/ SATIN FINISH.

• LOOKS GREAT WHEN LIGHTLY PATTED ON THE LIPS.

• LEAVES A STAIN.

• SMELL NOT TOO SURE.

                                                                     • COMFORTABLE TO WEAR                               • PRICE- £24 


IMG_3040.JPG5. MAC MATTE DIVA: (MY 5* FAV LIPSTICK)

• HIGHLY PIGMENTED.

• VERY LONG WEARING.

• MATTE BUT DOESN’T DRY OUT YOUR LIPS.

• LOOKS GREAT EVEN WHEN LIGHTLY PATTED ON THE LIPS.

• LOOKS BEAUTIFUL ON MOST SKIN TONES.

• COMFORTABLE TO WEAR.

• LEAVES A BEAUTIFUL STAIN.

• HAS A TYPICAL MAC LIPSTICK SMELL. (sorry cannot describe it)

• PRICE- 1450(INR) £15.50(UK)

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MAC MATTE VIVA GLAM III: (If you are thinking of doing a goth look, but dark lips are your cup of tea. Then this a great one to start off wIMG_3042ith.)

• HIGHLY PIGMENTED.

• LONG WEARING.

• MATTE/ SATIN FINISH.

• GIVES YOU THE SEMI GOTH LOOK.

• COMFORTABLE TO WEAR.

• HAS A TYPICAL MAC LIPSTICK SMELL. (sorry cannot describe it)

• PRICE- 1450(INR) £15.50(UK)

MAC MATTE RUSSIAN RED: 

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(My first ever MAC lipstick and also the first red lipstick that did not look against my skin tone.)

 • HIGHLY PIGMENTED.

• VERY LONG WEARING.

• MATTE AND IT DOES DRY OUT THE LIPS (but not too much).

• LOOKS GREAT WHEN INTENSELY APPLIED ON THE LIPS. (HOT)

• LOOKS BEAUTIFUL ON MOST BROWN/INDIAN SKIN TONES.

• COMFORTABLE TO WEAR.

• LEAVES A BEAUTIFUL STAIN.

• HAS A TYPICAL MAC LIPSTICK SMELL. (sorry cannot describe it)

• PRICE- 1450(INR) £15.50(UK)

Hopefully I have inspired some of you to try dark lips this season. Remember everything takes its sweet time. Don’t rush and put a dark colour intensely cause that would scare you off. Instead start by dabbing some of the dark lipstick onto your lips, so it isn’t too intense and slowly build on it. And there’s nothing to feel awkward about. Just take baby steps towards it and trust me, you can definately rock Dark Lip like a Parisian.  Good luck. XOXO


MAKE-UP LOVER? YES PLEASE!!

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It all started two decades back. I remember the first time my grandma bought me this fake toy make-up set, which I even being a toddler loved using it, or as you say it in the make-up world applied it like a ‘serious’ pro. And felt pretty from within. Yeah I was two back then. I am sure like any two year olds I didn’t need any make up, but I had seen my aunt (who is still an make up addict herself) applying it in front of her vanity, thus made this toddler very curious.

As I mentioned my aunt earlier, let me give you a brief there. She’s a classical Bharatnatyam and Kathakali Dancer. So you can understand how much she’s into fashion and make-up. She was my childhood inspiration. I started learning the art of classical dance when I was 3-4 years old……Yes a toddler is made to learn Bharatnatyam if you have a at home Classical Dancer. So I did. I absolutely loved dancing and performing.
And as you do, you also start performing at various places where it is required to be all glamorous and decked up. Thus make up played a significant part in it. Well at least it did in my life. Now being introduced to fun side of make up at such an early age I was never afraid or shy about it. But by saying this, I was never allowed to wear make up outside home, just only during the stage performances and definitely a big no in school.

As I followed into my teenage years, I became shy about make up. Now if you ask me why…I honestly don’t know how to answer or justify it. But at that time I remember none of my friends wore make up and none of them performed either. I guess I just wanted to fit in. That was the time I stopped dancing too cause it made me body cautious. I started having body image issues, as I wasn’t the kid anymore physically that I was mentally. I started to care how people perceived me. I envied those who pulled off certain make up looks. And the days I finally got the courage to try adding a bit more kohl (kajal) to my eyes, my friends would put me down by saying ‘’girls who wear make up are insecure about their looks’’. Well that butchered my confidence with time and my love for makeup for some following years.

When I turned 14, a freshman at high school, mind you still have the same make-up non-lover friends. During that period I met my boyfriend, he then made me feel very comfortable in my own skin and for some weird reason I wanted to look and feel pretty for him. So I started taking baby steps towards make up again. Nothing major just bit more of kohl, which was visible and little bit of stained lip balm. Honestly, at that age no one needs more.
My boyfriend helped me a lot in getting back my self-esteem. Because he never judged and let me be me. Being with him I realised looking and feeling pretty doesn’t mean you are insecure or you want attention from others. It’s just a medium of self-expression. Like doing something fun for yourself, as in self-love. I then realised, it was all along doing it for you than anybody else. Yes it’s true it started again for my boyfriend at that time but it all made sense later.

After finishing school, I went to do UK to do my undergrad. While I was living in London, I met and engaged with people from different backgrounds and cultures and fashion sense and make up sense too. It was a life changing experience. I got to know who I was and who I wanted to be. I stopped being judgemental and started to understand everybody screws up but being afraid of screwing up you shouldn’t stop yourself from experimenting. Gosh this all just became very heavy for a make-up fashion blog.

Well what I wanted to say is make-up too is all about experimenting and sometimes failing. So don’t be afraid. Go out there and buy that really bright fuchsia pink lipstick you always fancied…. mind you it won’t work with every look but for those dull days you can surely dub some of it and look like a million bucks. Do show that beautiful finger of yours to whoever gives you that judgy look for what you are wearing.
So in my twenties, when I look back to those pictures where I wanted to look bad so that I can fit in my group of ‘friends’. I realise how stupid and ignorant I was at that time. Make-up has always been a way self expression and my face was the canvas, where I can create any look I felt that day. There’s simply no more pleasing anybody. So my conclusion is let out your inner Diva. If you fancy that bright red lip then do it, (do mind the your work/school ethics and all) if you fancy glittery shoes then why not!? Just do it (Nike Reference). Life’s too short to be judged by cynical, colourless people.

Life’s Mantra:
You do you and I do me. Thank you very much.