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“HAPPY DUSSEHRA”

“Dussehra” is an Indian festival. Today, on this very auspicious day, I wish you all a very happy “Dussehra” or “Vijayadashami”. May God take all your worries, pain & sorrow away and bestow you with a prosperous happy & healthy life.

Today, I started my day watching a motivational youtube video of Shri. Gaurgopaldas and I thought sharing with you guys. I like when he said,

“Great personalities are not born in the maternity ward but created by choice.”

GAURGOPALDAS #WECAN

Thank you much!

A warm regards,

SONALI VAIDYA

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“Raksha Bandhan” celebration meant for Brother and Sister – A unique Indian culture

India is well known for its diversity, different cultures, and various regional languages.

If you have any Indian friends around you then you might have heard about the “Diwali” or “Holi” celebration a lot. But Have you heard about “Raksha Bandhan” also knows as “Rakhi”?

Since Rakhi is just around the corner I thought sharing its importance and why Indians celebrate it with enthusiasm.

So it is the Hindu festival but these days seems it has become very popular among Indians irrespective of religion. It is a very unique way to celebrate the love of a brother for his sister. Quite interesting, right!

Again I would like to mention that Indians usually follow their regional yearly calendar to check auspicious date or time called “Mahurat” to perform or to begin any ceremony. So like I said they go by their timetable, and as per the Hindu calendar, it is “SHRAVAN” month. A very divine and sacred month.

What is so special about Rakhi and why Indians celebrate it?

The history of Raksha Bandhan lies in a Hindu mythological great epic story “Mahabharata”. Even if I wish, It would be hard to explain each n every character and the storyline in detail here in this post. So leave it for some other day.

Instead of getting into story details, Let’s see how people love to celebrate it.

“Rakhi” or “Raksha Bandhan” is celebrated in the month of “Shravan” (July 23-Aug 22) as per the Hindu Calendar. On this day girls get one more day to flaunt in their best outfit. A day for a brother to express his caring n loving attitude towards sisters.

A day starts with a very beautiful morning. One can feel the festivity in the air. First ray of sun touching the soul with great joy. I wish I could express that enthusiasm in the words.

Great importance to a “Rakhi means Band”. A colorful thread. Sister ties “Rakhi” on the wrist of their brothers and in exchange brother promises his sister he will stand by her side in any circumstances. It also means brother will always protect her sister and save her from evil eyes. Sisters also pray for their happiness.

The best thing is like I do not have any brother but we still have cousins (Brothers). So there must be many girls/women like me who do not have real brother. Yet they get to celebrate it with the same amount of love. Again not just about cousins, even you have somebody in your life with a “brotherly” figure. You can definitely celebrate it with a mutual understanding.

A very unique right? Yes, Indeed it is!

Let me know how you celebrate or express your love for your brothers or siblings. Hope you like today’s blog.

Thank you so much.

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A short post – Sharing my makeup look

Hello friends !

This time I did something very different eye-makeup. I know this would not be new for many of you but for me. I have always loved warm or brown eyes n still like it as it is a great choice for everyday look.

Keeping my ideal preferences aside I thought I should try something distinctive look. Let me know what do you think about it.

Please forgive me if my brows or any other make-up application is not up to the point as I am still learning it. However, I would like to mention products I have used just in case if you might find it helpful.

Face – Smashbox photo finish Primer

Foundation – Bobbi brown skin long-wear weightless foundation warm natural 4.5. You can find a full review here http://revivelifewithme.com/2021/07/30/bobbi-brown-skin-long-wear-weightless-foundation-spf-15/

Blush – Mac Blushbaby

Concealer – Tarte shape tape in 36S (Medium tan sand)

Setting Powder – Too faced Born This way. You can find full review here http://revivelifewithme.com/2021/06/22/too-faced-travel-size-born-this-way-setting-powder-a-mini-review/

Brows – Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil’s

Eyes – Tarte remix pro-palette. You can find full review here http://revivelifewithme.com/2020/10/19/tarte-pro-remix-amazonian-clay-palette/

Eye Liner – NYX Epic Wear metallic Liquid Eyeliner in Teal metal.

Kajal – Faces Canada in Black

Bronzer – Too faced Sunny Bunny Natural Bronzer

Lips – Mac Whirl and mac spice lip liner.

Highlighter – Wetnwild (barely used it)

Setting Spray – NYX Matte Finish

Tips and suggestions are welcome.

Thank you so much!

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BOBBI BROWN SKIN LONG-WEAR WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION SPF 15

Today I am going to review liquid foundation By Bobbi Brown. I usually prefer compact powder foundation over liquid but this time I really wanted to try liquid foundation.

In the picture below, you will see Bobbi Brown stick foundation next to a liquid one. I did not intend to order both but it kind of happened that I ended up having them in my makeup kit. So there is a short story behind it and if you wanna know then skip the review and scroll down till the end.

I am going to present my thoughts on liquid foundation and the stick is just for color comparison purposes.

 

Bobbi Brown Skin long-wear weightless Foundation SPF 15

Bobbi Brown claims that :

LONG-WEAR, LIFE-PROOF FORMULA
• 16-hour medium-to-full crease-free coverage.
• Sweat-resistant.
• Non-acnegenic.

What I think about it :

Before I start I would like to mention my skin type. I have a combination skin with T-zone oily occasionally.

“16-hour, medium coverage matte formula” – I really can’t comment on this as at the max I wear foundation for 8-9 hrs or less. So as far as I know it, it won’t budge even in the hot sunny summer of Texas.

The best thing is, It has SPF 15 in it. Little extra protection from the UV rays.

They say it is “Sweat-resistant” but my nose and chin get sweaty in summer all the time so I will rule out this claim as “Sweat-resistant”. In winters, it might be true😉.

When I got this foundation home my face was actually breaking out very badly. I could see so many dark acne marks on my face. Then I saw so many people rave about this foundation and I made up my mind to splurge on it. I am very pleased with my decision. So YES!!! It does not cause acne. It’s my personal experience telling you.

Besides, I like this liquid foundation has about the right amount of consistency, not thick but not runny as well. I am not a fan of it. Apart from its consistency it gives a very natural finish and is definitely buildable.

But there is one drawback (In my opinion), you will have to try to work on your face as soon as possible because it dries fast. And if you try to dab more liquid onto it. Your make-up brush will not forgive you as it sets very quickly as it’s a matte foundation.

It is not a Fragrance-Free foundation. For me, I don’t mind it because the smell is not long-lasting and fades away even before you realized it.

Coverage is buildable and pretty much good with concealing any pigmentation, acne scars, or uneven skin tone. Being said that, you might want to keep a good corrector handy to hide any prominent acne scars or spots to get that flawless look.

As far as Oxidation is concerned. I have noticed that it has an oxidizing tendency. Now I really don’t know if it is the primer I use make it to react when I go out. But Yes! I have experienced it.

Even though it is a non-cakey foundation, I have noticed little dry patches on the skin if I hold the mirror closely. And Yes! I apply moisturizer generously day and night. so dryness is definitely not an issue here.

Yes! It is pricey $50 USD. So if you are happy with your drugstore foundation then I would say buy it during the “Black Friday/Christmas” sale or just skip it 😀 until you are ready for “Hit or Miss” trials.

Short story behind a stick foundation.

Choosing a shade online might be a tricky task or sometimes deceiving checking it on online models. When you try to chat with BB online and if it’s your lucky day you will get the right shade or else 😅 there would be trust issues. I hope you get my point.

Sharing My online chat experience with BB.

BB online Rep. assisted me and suggested Warm Natural 4.5. I contacted them 5 times but out of which 2 said Warm natural and others were telling whatever they want 😂😂😂😂. So finally I chose it and ordered it. And then again I talked to them just to tell them that I need one shade lighter foundation(I think warm natural is bit more yellow for me) and what I got to hear is that “Natural Tan” is the right shade 🤯 for me. Dang, it !!!

Luckily at the same time, I asked her if the same shade goes for stick foundation and Rep. said “Yes!”.

And Finally, I got my money back Yay!! so no worries.

Then I happened to visit a cosmetic company store during my trip to Indianapolis. There I saw this BB stick on 40% off sale. I could not resist and ended up buying this stick foundation in shade “Natural Tan”. So this color is actually a great match for me but I wish it was a liquid one as stick foundation has actually a very poor coverage.

Stick might be a great choice who have fewer skin issues viz light pigmentation or spots.

My Final Thoughts

I would say this is a good foundation but not very best for the $50 USD if I compare it with Estee Lauder Double wear liquid foundation. However, BB liquid weightless foundation has a “Pump” to despense desirable amount of product which so handy even if you are in hurry it makes application job so easy.

BB liquid skin long-wear weightless foundation is far better than BB stick foundation. As liquid foundation really has a nice finish and looks so natural than stick foundation.

Recently I visited the Ulta store, there while talking to one of the associates I came to know that “Oxidation” is a common issue with BB liquid foundation. Just for FYI.

So what do you think about BB foundations? If you have any tricks or suggestions to avoid oxidation then please let me know.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Taking one start off due to oxidation issue and price. Otherwise it is a good foundation and pretty much better choice for acne prone skin.

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My Birthday post !

Short post Alert!

This is going to be a very short post. Yes! it is about my birthday which was on 16th July.

I remember last year 2020, I really wanted to celebrate my birthday with my few (actually very few) friends. But pandemic was a very new word for all of us and everybody preferred to stay isolated as we all were very scared and started to avoid any sort of gatherings. All the enthusiasm was gone. All I was thinking that, hopefully next year would be different.

And this year 2021 my birthday was indeed wonderful and contented because of my family.

16th July 2021 was kind of different birthday for me. Ask me why? Because of my 5 years old daughter “EVA” and my husband “SUHAS”. On my birthday they both were very excited I would say more than me. They wanted to do all those things one could wish for their special day including “piñatas” especially my daughter. Ha ha ha !!!.

They both really made my day.

They are the reason I wanted to celebrate it. Yes! they both are the reason I felt to get dressed and clicked some photos.

Last but not least, I would like to say “Thank you very much to all my friends” who wished me on my social media accounts. It really made me feel star of the night.

A glimpse of my Birthday celebration.

One more Picture of my make-up look !!

I like it very much!

Thank you so much!

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Too Faced Travel Size Born This Way Setting Powder – A mini review

Hello Friends!

Today I am going to review Travel Size Born This Way Setting Powder in the shade – Translucent.

If I tell you that I love make up but have tried one or two drugstore setting powders then you might wonder n laugh at me but it’s 100% true. I was a little bit skeptical about loose-setting powders as I was happy with my Estee Lauder compact. Therefore did want to spend more on just loose setting powder.

I see people rave about Laura Mercier’s setting powder which is actually pricey and would like to see if it worth the hype when I am done with this Too faced travel size powder.

Anyways, this powder will never disappoint you. Trust me! Such a beautiful lightweight formula sets the makeup and gives a natural finish look.

Although I am a beginner, the other day I was trying to play with purple eye shadow and did full-face make-up so please ignore my BROWS. I was very excited to use this little guy to set my face with and it really made me happy. You can see me in the picture below. 

So what does it say?

A lightweight powder sets foundation & concealer perfectly providing a silky and luminous natural finish. The formula is infused with hyaluronic acid, which gives a smoother, more youthful appearance. It also helps brighten and boosts skin radiance. It is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, etc. 

What I think about it?

I am quite happy with this travel-size loose setting powder as it gives a flawless finish and looks natural on the face. It seems it really locks the foundation & concealer efficiently. A very fine powder that can be easily inhaled while applying the powder so make sure to use it properly…he he he !!! I mean yeah it is a very ultra-fine formula and gives outstanding results.

I chose the Translucent shade because I knew it is the only shade that can give me a natural finish. So if you running out of your setting powder I would suggest go n grab one travel size first. You get a 1.5g/0.05 Oz product for $16 USD.

Thank you guys so much for reading my post.

Stay awesome !

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SPF with or without Oxybenzone? Which one is safer and better?

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Oxybenzone is the most common ingredient found in 70% of all sunscreens and personal care products.

Now, what really made me think about its ingredients? Well, when I eagerly wanted to change my old sunscreen because it was so strong that I could taste it all the time in my mouth. Of course, it is bitter in taste!. Don’t know about you but for me, its unforgiving flavor was giving me a very hard time to wear a face mask and was utterly inconvenient for me to continue with it.

So, my quest for better sun protection started at Target store. I never knew or for that matter never tried to understand what is in my SPF as long as it was protecting me from UV rays. And when I saw these labels on Neutrogena sunscreen I was like what the heck is this?. Does it mean I was using unsafe sunscreen on my skin all these years?

So today let’s talk about what is Oxybenzone and why companies are advertising their sun protection products as “Oxybenzone Free”.

What is Oxybenzone?

Oxybenzone works as a sunscreen by absorbing UV radiation. During this process, a chemical reaction occurs and the sun’s UV rays are converted into heat and released from the skin.

Is Oxybenzone safe?

Scientists and Researchers have been showing concern about oxybenzone in particular because it is absorbed through the skin in large amounts.

Oxybenzone causes allergic skin reactions, act like as an endocrine disruptor in many studies. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

Some studies show Oxybenzone is a “potential hormone disruptor” when tested on animals. They have enough evidence that proved it disrupts hormones in animals. But it has not yet tested on humans for various reasons until now. 

Believe it or not, Oxybenzone could be more harmful to children than adults because of the potential for higher absorption.

But just because there are still a lot of test results flagged it does not support its direct relation to human health according to other researchers. Simultaneously, several other (Countries) studies & surveys conducted, Oxybenzone is very dangerous statistically significant associations between oxybenzone exposure during pregnancy and birth outcomes. 

As a result, it is still controversial issue & researchers are investigating more as hard as they can to save the human as well as our planet .

FDA is requesting to conduct detailed study & research on Oxybenzone (and other chemicals )which may pose a threat to humans that measure skin absorption as well as potential impacts on hormone levels, reproduction, and development.

As to express full cooperation & compliance to their studies, companies sell their products with “Oxybenzone free” labels. Nonetheless, SPF contains other chemical elements like Homosalate, Octocrylene etc.

What are the different types of sunscreen?

Sunscreens are categorized into two types Physical (minerals) & chemical.

Physical sunscreens are mineral one which contains active ingredients like Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide. Mineral sunscreens act as a physical barrier on top of your skin, reflecting the sun’s rays away from your body. They are known as safe minerals.

Chemical sunscreens have active ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, and octocrylene. It contains synthetic compounds which absorb the UV light before it reaches your skin. They are known as toxic chemicals.

Why sunscreen is bad for the ocean?

So eventually all sunscreens can be bad for Ocean’s marine life except a very few which has natural elements along with less concentrated active ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. It is recommendable to use micro-sized (or non-nano) mineral sunscreens to avoid nanoparticles as its smaller particles can make ocean water biologically toxic. 

On the other hand, SPF containing oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, and octocrylene with other ingredients like Parabens, any nanoparticles, or “nano-sized” zinc or titanium, etc basically are known to toxic & harmful to corals. 

Along with a global warming these chemicals give us one more reason to sabotage marine (coral) life and to kill it.

What can I do to save the ocean and to protect my skin?

My conclusion is yes I can of course contribute to save marine life. Simple whenever I am not going near the water or swimming I can use the sunscreens Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide.

If I really want to hit the beach or in mood of snorkeling I would definitely try to find out SPF which does not contains following list of ingredients:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor
  • PABA
  • Parabens
  • Triclosan
  • Any nanoparticles or “nano-sized” zinc or titanium (if it doesn’t explicitly say “micro-sized” or “non-nano” and it can rub in, it’s probably nano-sized)
  • Any form of microplastic, such as “exfoliating beads”

Important : I am no expert. All the above information isn’t personally verified but read and studied with the help of material found on google resources.For more detailed information I would suggest to read guidelines mention by FDA & AAD (American Academy of Dermatology association) regarding SPF/Sunscreens and its active ingredients.

Kindly let me know what do you think about this blog and would appreciate if you guys could contribute (rectify info if any) to this post regarding “Octinoxate free” or “Marin life safe” sunscreen.

Thank you so much!

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Mac Studio fix Powder Plus Foundation Vs Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation

Hello Friends! Today I am going to review a powder foundation. I personally feel powder foundations are best as they are so quick to apply and mess-free. But of course, liquid foundations are always going to be on the top hierarchy as they provide a flawless canvas and hence, are simply irreplaceable. 

Important things to mention is, my skin is Normal/combination. I love to wear matte natural-looking foundations with medium coverage. And I don’t mind if some nasty acne/spots peek through it. 

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

On website it says, “a one-step pressed powder and foundation that gives skin a 12-hour ultra-matte finish while controlling shine and without causing acne.” So yes! that’s true. It is such an amazing product by MAC. It is a beautiful matte press powder foundation & lightweight. It indeed feels like your second skin if you get the exact color match. Although it has 53 shades to choose from, one should know what shade to choose without any doubt as even if the light application can give you the desired result.

So my shade is NC 42 – TANNED PEACH WITH GOLDEN UNDERTONES FOR MEDIUM TO DARK SKIN (NEUTRAL-COOL). And unknowingly if I go overboard with it like even 2 layers, instantly my face looks like an orange. Well reason is, I was recommended a wrong shade by the Mac Rep. When I contacted MAC again they suggest NC40. After that, I did not dare to spend money blindly unless I go to the store and try it personally. 

I use it during hot/summer days, as I know my skin easily get tanned so NC42 works good if I use it mindfully.

Anyways, yes it is easily buildable and flawless. Definitely wearable on its own if you wish to skip a liquid foundation like I do (No-makeup look) or can be used as a setting powder.


Here, I am going to validate few points as to what MAC says and what I think after using powder as a foundation without any liquid foundation. 

  • Long-wearing, 12 hours – I don’t think so it is true as I can see after wearing it for 7-8 hrs, I can feel my skin getting little bit oily and foundation starts to wear off so touch-up is needed.
  • Immediately reduces the appearance of pores – Yes, skin looks even-toned and since it is a powder it blends well into the skin so apparently pores might look smaller.
  • Controls oil and shine, 8 hours – Yes, true but touch-up is needed.
  • For all skin types, especially oily skin – Yes, for combination/normal like mine.
  • Stay-true color, 12 hours – Not sure as I never tried it for 12 hrs.
  • Does not cause acne – Yes, very true.
  • Non-streaking/non-caking/non-settling, 12 hours – Yes true but not sure for 12 hrs.
  • Sweat- and humidity-resistant – Yes, up to a few hrs in hot summer. .
  • Photo-friendly – Yes, true!

Price – 15 G / 0.52 US OZ $33.00 (USD)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Estee Lauder double wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation

Best seller and flawless matte pressed powder foundation. Sink into the skin beautifully and I really like the way it blends into the skin with minimum effort. Coverage is buildable to full coverage and can wear as a foundation or over it. 

My shade is 3W1 TAWNY. It is a good match for me. But at least it does not make me look clownish. I use it with my Tarte powder brush to sweep over the face and voila! I get a gorgeous natural finish without any hustle.

It offers 41 shades. I hope there is something for pretty much every skin tone except a few as there is scope for improvement in terms of making more variety of shades. 

On EL website it says,”Versatile formula is silky soft, weightless, flawless. Controls oil and shine. Stays color true.”

So, yes! Double wear by EL is a game-changer compact totally Worth a try. It does not cause acne, better version of compact, non-caking and it surely controls oil and shine but roughly for 5-6 hrs after that touch-up might be needed. 

It is a matte powder (but not ultra-matte) and it has just the right amount of softness in it. Once applied, it gives a very natural look without being heavy on the skin. 

I use it as a foundation, I like to wear sheer/medium coverage finish and never tried to achieve full coverage. I must say I am pretty much happy with what I get from a small compact.

I have been using it for the last 4 years in a row, I always go back to EL no matter how many compacts I try.

Price – 0.42 oz. $43.00 (USD)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Recommendations

Mac and Estee Lauder (EL) both are beautiful compacts. Having said that, the Mac formula is a little bit thicker than EL. This is the only reason always be watchful while using it.

Use it as a foundation or setting powder/touch-ups. However, Mac studio fix would be a better choice during sunny summer days as it provides an ultra-matte finish.

I would say go for EL Double wear Stay-in-Place matte Powder foundation if you want to use it as a foundation for those easy days to get the natural finish during winter or summer.

So this is for now, Thank you so much guys !

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#3 Best seller “Always on liquid lipstick” from Smashbox !

I always get very excited when I know my next post is going to be the topic I really love from the bottom of my heart is Lipsticks. So without further ado let’s jump into it.

Smashbox’s ‘Always On Liquid Lipstick’ Bawse, Out Loud & Baja Bound

A liquid matte lipstick infused with primer oil complex. A non-drying formula that is so opaque and insanely pigmented. A matte finish which so comfortable on lips and waterproof. On top of it, it has a list of huge fan followers. It is a “Cruelty-free” brand. The price is $24 (USD).

What I really think about these liquid lipsticks.

Bawse – It is a beautiful, gorgeous, and “must-have” deep red! Be ready for that ‘red carpet’ look…Yes! I must say, after trying Bawse my obsession for ‘Mac ruby woo’ has lessened for some reason. I would suggest people who are into Reds and haven’t tried this one…please go and grab ‘BAWSE’! It will never disappoint you. Such a universally flattering red shade and will suit all skin tones.

Basically, When I tried to compare it with Mac ‘ruby woo’, I could see that ‘Bawse’ is the winner! Although Smashbox is pricey and has earned its perks by offering an excellent color pay off. One swipe is fully packed with intense color, so lightweight and flawless.

OUT LOUD – A deep orange shade and I never ever thought that this shade would be the best discovery of my life ……. I don’t know why it took me so long to get my hands on this liquid lipstick. Omg! when I first tried it on my lips I was like…Huhh! where was I this whole time before the pandemic…And now since I have found this gorgeous shade…I have to wear a mask every time I step outside the house. However, I am happy that finally I got into orange and not just limited to pink, coral, fuscia ‘n’ reds etc,.

Such a pretty burnt orange so opaque and lightweight with the beautiful color pay off. This shade is for all my beauties who are thinking to invest in some different shades. It is definitely going to suit you irrespective of different skin tones. Again this is a matte formula but not over-drying. 

BAJA BOUND – A pink coral shade that is bright yet gives a very soft look. Recently I have updated my profile picture on WordPress there I am wearing this shade. As per my opinion, it’s not that unique shade and I am definitely not going to recommend it unless you want to spend $24(USD) on it. Being said that, NYX soft matte liquid lipsticks have a wide array of color collections and one particular shade “Antwerp” is similar (but not same) to this shade. Luckily, I have been using it for years so I know it is irreplaceable.

Anyway, Let’s come back to Baja Bound. Again, it is the same lightweight matte formula. Super opaque with excellent color pay off. But guys, I think this shade will look beautiful on light to medium skin tone and my beauties between tan to deeper skin tone, it may wash you out. But as I always say that there are no strict rules for wearing make so suit yourself and feel free to try it.

My final thoughts !

The formula is quite thick & matte once dry so dry/chapped lips beware!. Please exfoliate and prep-prime before application or else, it may settle into fine lines and end up looking like “Zombie’s lips”..ha ha ha !!!

These liquid lipsticks are best if planning to wear often (but not occasionally) in order to utilize the product as much as possible. Else it might end up getting dry or cloggy in a container and then you won’t be able to use it anymore. The game is over!

Seems, these are long-lasting, waterproof, and stays put for pretty much considerable time but not sure if it will survive throughout the day. A quick touch up might be needed. 

My most recommendable color is ‘BAWSE’.

Pigmented lips like mine. These lippies are boon for us! Grab any color you like!

So yes! I would recommend it to my friend and family to buy specific/selected shades!

Please share your thoughts n comments and let me know if you like matte liquid lipsticks too!

Thank you and Namaste !

Check out my other reviews http://revivelifewithme.com/2020/12/11/mac-flat-out-fabulous-vs-mac-velvet-punch-lipstick/ http://revivelifewithme.com/2020/05/13/my-top-3-mac-lipsticks-for-all-skin-tones/

Disclaimer – Revivelifewithme.com is neither a sponsored/affiliated nor trying to promote any company/brand/product on the website. All the contents are solemnly reviewed by me and are not to advertise but just expressing opinion after using the Brands or Products purchased by me. I am not an expert but a blog writer so buying anything would be your free will and my blogs shall not be held liable for any unpleasant results.

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Wish you a “Merry Christmas”!

I wish you a Merry Christmas! I wish you a Merry Christmas!!! and a happy new year!!!! 

The 2020 year has been strange and weird for all of us! I mean who knew words like Corona or COVID-19 even exist. Everyone is trying to look forward to a better future and waiting to get a sigh of relief. 

However, I have noticed one thing, a positive thing…you know what! … We are learning to be more n more patient, to sit down and think about ourselves, to care about family more than before, and last but not least, now we emphasize more on “mental health” than “wealth”. 

And hence it gives us a reason to celebrate 2020, 25th December deliriously happy!

So wish you a “Merry Christmas”! May God give you and your family a lot of happiness, strength, and good health. Let this Christmas spirit shine through your laugh and giggles.

Virtual parties are the best parties this year, so don’t feel sad about it. Instead, raise a toast with all the positive energy that resides in you.

Wishing you a very magical and happy holidays!

“Merry Christmas” !!!.

Thank you !

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What I think about 24K Gold Facial mask?

I remember when I was a teenager, I used to accompany my older sisters or my cousins to the salon and those ladies would suggest Pearl or Golden facial. Mainly if she is a “bride to be” , then it’s compulsory to get the Golden facial done so that bride will look more radiant and brighter on Big day. Now, I really do not know if it is true. However, for the past many centuries using Gold (Extract/foil) in skincare has been a regular practice, even “Cleopatra” was a fan of it. So one day I thought let’s try some Gold mask and see if it really makes any difference in skin texture.

There are tons of different varieties of masks available in the market. I like to use clay masks and have been using it for many years but I stay away from single pouch/sachet masks. I am actually a little bit skeptical about it so never tried any masks except maybe 1 or 2 in my life, though I would like to try some in the future. 

Anyway, for the first time, I had ordered something by keeping my preferences aside and was very curious to know if it indeed works.

I am not an expert but so far what know about Gold, is best known for its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties So, I have been using this for over a year now. I use it after cleansing or exfoliating my face. It comes with a very small spatula to scoop up the product out of the jar without any mess. I apply a thin layer and keep it for 20 min. Then I gently massage the face while rinsing it with warm water. This mask gives me an instant glow. It makes my skin very soft like satin silk. Apparently, the skin is well hydrated and moisturized. Its silky formula looks so luxurious and promising, that it will convince you to add it to your not daily but weekly skincare routine. For me, I feel like getting a spa treatment at home.

Suitable for all skin types. For reference, my skin type is Normal/combination with oily T-zone and not very sensitive. Acne-prone skin, not so sure if it will work for you as I think it has a tendency of leaving some sort of oily/rich moisturizing effect on the skin. It might make your skin more oily which is the last thing you would expect from Gold mask or can cause a breakout. Again, it depends on how you want to incorporate this mask into your beauty regimen. Quantity wise, it is good and will last longer than you imagine..so it is a win-win situation for you and your pocket as well. 

You can see the constancy of the formula below in the picture.

I ordered this mask from Amazon last year and don’t remember the price but I guess it was below $20(USD).

Ingredients : Purified water, Butyl glycol, Silk Amino Acids, Ceramides, Codium Tomentosum Extracts, Hydrolyzed Collagen, LEONTOPODIUM ALPINUM Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, , P-glucan, PORTULACA OLERACEA extract, shea butter, Cereus Grandiflorus extract, Arnica Montana flower extract, sodium hyaluronate, polyglutamic acid, tocopherol (Vitamin E), xanthan gum, allantoin, 24K Gold

I like this mask but not a “must try” product as I did not notice any long term or permanent significant change in my skin tone.

Thank you!

Namaste!

P.S. – I have had been using this Mask for quite a long time before my face started to break out. For the last 3-4 months, I have been fighting with hormonal acne problems. After trying OTC treatments, now finally I am using the “Curology” customized treatment plan. Results are awaited !

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MAC retro matte ‘flat out fabulous’ vs Mac powder kiss lipstick ‘velvet punch’ lipstick

Yes! I know these two are totally different from each other like formula or say texture-wise. But the reason behind this article is to show you the color pay off and to compare powder formula with other matte lipsticks from Mac. So I picked up “flat out fabulous” which is a retro matte lipstick and a “velvet punch” which is a powder kiss lipstick. I could have chosen another matte lipstick shade to describe it against powder kiss lipstick but these two belong to a sort of similar color family more like cousins…Lol!!. For reference, I am NC42(though I think it is a little more orange+ish for my skin).

On thanksgiving, Mac was offering 40% off on lipsticks so I decided to buy powder kiss”Velvet punch” lipstick, and of course, I tried their virtual “try it on” with live cam. There I saw a very beautiful & gorgeous fuchsia color on my lips. I fell for it and made a purchase. Now, let’s see what I think about it.

In the picture below, from the left is “velvet punch” and right is “Flat out fabulous”.

Mac flat out fabulous

A Retro matte Cool-toned bright Fuschia lipstick so opaque with excellent color pay off. Single swipe transfers bright Fuschia onto lips. However, lips need to be exfoliated and hydrated beforehand is highly recommended else it would be very hard to apply it. And most important thing is, even if it is a retro matte it will not dry down your lips !. This one is my favorite shade and among other retro matte colors which is pretty long lasting as well …So it’s like if somebody asks me to pick one matte I will definitely choose flat-out fabulous (Ruby woo as well). It is a very gorgeous color and will suit all skin tones. So people who are into very bright colors and ready to flaunt, please go and grab it…I am very happy with this one :). 

It’s retail price is $19 (USD)

Wearing Mac retro matte flat out fabulous
Powder kiss Velvet Punch

A unique powder formula makes it special. It is described as a weightless moisture-matte lipstick that delivers a blur of soft-focus color. It is a cool tones Fuschia not really very bright & less opaque with a low hydration level (for dry lips like mine). On fair and deeper complexion it might look a little brighter but on medium skin tone, I doubt about it. I tried to feel its presence on my lips but I think, it is indeed a revolutionary weightless formula. Being said that, it gives you a powdery feel..all the time. Every powder lipstick may look different on every skin tone. Although, these are the best seller lippies that people have approved. But on the contrary, my personal experience after trying other 2-3 lipsticks shades (at store before pandemic) from the same finish was not good at all. I am NC 42 and I remember I tried some red shade, it was just another Cool toned red that I could get similar shades from drugstore brands at a cheaper price so thanks to NYX . I don’t think it is long-lasting as well.

So finally I am getting very hard time to get along with it. I was expecting a very bright intense color instead I got shade which looks very very regular (not my type) on me, no matter how many layers I apply.

But you can try it and let me know what you really think about Mac Powder kiss lipsticks?

Wearing Mac powder kiss lipstick velvet punch

Its retail price is $21 (USD)

Thank you so much !

Namaste!

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I am going to update the post with swatches soon.

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Tea lovers! This is for you.. Yogi green, black and herbal tea.

“Health is wealth” is a very old proverb and hence very popular across the continents. Looking after health has become our very main goal in life as fast forward technologies and innovation are changing our lifestyle. In old days, people used to do more physical work and eat homemade food so the tea was either refreshment or it was a special beverage during a family “get together” sipping a hot cup of tea and to chitchat!!!

As the years go by, we are becoming more health-conscious and struggle to stay away from a lousy lifestyle…..This is the Golden opportunity for the “tea” industry to come up with unique and different ideas…..As a result, Green, black or herbal tea are becoming more n more popular and gaining attention widely. An exceptional range of “tea” are available in the market to choose from. So thought extending help of hand and get you close to “tea” which you might like to try. 

I am a huge “Green Tea” lover and like to explore different flavors and I think you would like it too!! So let’s take a look. Indulging in tea for me is more about feeling pure about myself…I mean whenever I sip a hot cup of tea, the connection between my mind and body is so instant and I feel rejuvenated. This was the reason I was looking for some good and unique tea after using “Kirkland green tea” for several years. 

One day I went to the store just to explore tea and then something caught my eyes….. I saw the pack of “Yogi Tea” available in so many flavors with health benefits…It blew my mind!! I mean seriously it was unbelievable…I had never seen so many flavors in my life…after a brief pause, I recollected myself and just picked up the “Ginger” flavor as I have always been a ginger tea person! But now I think like herbal too…..!

Anyway, when I came back home, what I really wanted is to see how it tastes. Without wasting my time I started to read the instructions and accordingly I made my tea…now my first impression was mixed up. It was hard to tell if I can remain consistent for the next few days..but then I decided to give it some time and continue it about a week or so… then something magical happened… Guess what? I ordered a variety pack from Amazon which includes the flavors you see in the picture above! Part of me really wanted to try that unique taste and was very curious too!. That was crazy, isn’t it? Yes…I know it!

“Yogi tea” is such an amazing tea and offers 40 varieties of black, green & herbal tea so it all depends on your choice what kind of tea you like. If you ask me I like all the flavors (Tea shown in the pictures) except “Honey Chai Turmeric Vitality Tea” as I feel it has an overpowering aroma of spices..more like cinnamon and has a little bit sweet taste to it. But again it’s all about individual preferences.

Nope! This post is not at all sponsored. But since WordPress is a platform where we can share our thoughts and connect to each other. So I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce this tea to all of you guys! 

This tea is really very expensive and honestly, I did not find any offers/discounts not even on Amazon. So all the best! Let me know what do you think about this article.

I will give it a full five stars and Yes! I would recommend it to my friends and family!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thank you very much !

Namaste!

Uploading few more pick for closer look!

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My Diwali festival look!

HAPPY DIWALI !!!

Finally, my favorite festival has arrived !!! And Diwali is here…..we can celebrate it for 5 days but the first day has its importance so basically, it is the main Diwali day! So my Diwali spirit is high, can’t get enough of it. This is the time we open the closet and search for the most exquisite ethnic wear…if we don’t have it then we can still pull it off best of best look by wearing ornaments and makeup… yes!…that’s the whole idea !!

Yesterday, we had a blast! Enjoyed it thoroughly with my friends and family!! This post is a quick glimpse of my yesterday’s look… I am totally in love with it! I really wanted to share it with you all.

I have already reviewed TARTE’ PRO REMIX Amazonian clay palette and I created this look using two colors “Color explosion” and “ink” 🙂

Thank you so much guys !

HAPPY DIWALI ! Love you all… Stay safe & healthy!

NAMASTE!

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My oxidized earrings collection!

Hello friends,

The Festival season is around the corner! so what are you going to wear on a special occasion? My plan is simple I will choose my dress according to my earrings. This sounds crazy but it’s true folks!! I just love all my earrings and today I am going to show you my selected oxidized earrings collection…well I like to wear it whenever I choose ethnic wear and this kind of jewelry looks so graceful! I get a lot of compliments…So I really wanted to share my look for a quick peek.

Personally, my preferences for earrings are wide, and oxidized is one of them. If you think that the style I am wearing can go beautifully with one of your dresses then please go get it. “We create fashion, fashion does not create us.”

Style 1.
Style 2.
Style 3.
Style 4. (Regular earrings )

Now while choosing these kinds of earrings, I would suggest please see how much it weighs. It can go from lightweight to heavyweight. Make sure you check it first..my past experience was horrible and I could not stand the pain even for an hour…..it was so uncomfortable my ear lobes were cherry red and had steam coming out of my ears for such a bad investment …So eventually all depends on the buyer to select jewelry with a suitable weight.

Why I love these because I think it completes my look! Even if I am running late for any event or party (Especially Desi)…I wear a dress…apply some compact powder…Red lipstick….my fav Kajal!! I am ready to go! when I look in the mirror it gives me confidence…you don’t have to worry about anything else except how are you going to reach the venue in time…!!!!

I bought it from different places and so its price varies but two of them I bought from Amazon at great price.

Let me know what do you think about this post! Please share your earring style so that I can explore it more.

Thank you so much!

Namaste!!

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Favorite body wash from “Bath & body works”, for him as well!

Hello my friends !

“Bath and body works” store is all about fragrance! As soon as I enter, I totally lose control over myself!!.. I literally want to smell every product present in the store and yes including Men’s collection too… Eventually got my hands on it!

And fun part is, not only during Christmas but whenever I go to mall, part of me always want to see what’s new in store. It is so exciting task!! yay!…. but everything glitters ain’t gold likewise every fragrance can not be pleasant…..so exceptions are always there as sometimes I think some of them have very overpowering fragrance and it gives me an instant headache!!

I can not buy everything at once(of course not ) but it is a gradual process of trying out products that feel good and love throughout a year. So this post is all about sharing my take on these fragrance full products.

from left “into the night” for woman and center “forest” & right “ocean’ from men’s collection
“Into the night” from Woman’s collection

Such a romantic name ….wow! Just love it!….. Ok about this one… I have a very special thing about it… because I have tried their couple of body wash fragrances and I always come back to this….they have such a huge collection of body wash and body cream…but I found creams are not that moisturizing as they claim…I mean I even tried a few of them… apparently, their creams do not do any wonder…no at least not for me! however, I keep hand cream which comes in a small tube and very handy! Anyway, Let’s not deviate from the topic…So come back…(He hehe )…I always enjoy taking shower when I see my best body wash in the bathroom caddy. Their all moisturizing body wash products are super creamy with a rich lather. The fragrance is very feminine and it has been described as a “blend of dark berries, midnight jasmine & rich amber”. So if you wish grab one or gift one!

Key ingredients – Infused with shea butter, coconut oil & cocoa butter.

Price – $13.50 (USD) for 10 fl/oz

3-in-1 hair, body wash from men’s collection

Amazing fragrance and little goes a long way…absolutely stunning. My hubby loves this collection. But don’t go overboard with it..you might get a feeling as if used whole bottle in one wash…yeah! It is very strong. So “Forest” has been described as “A crisp blend of bergamot, sage & crushed cedarwood” so marvelous fragrance. “Ocean” is “An invigorating blend of blue cypress, vetiver & coastal air”.Both are super refreshing. Even though it says 3-in-1, I am not sure if you can use it for hair and face so the choice is yours. Everybody’s opinion on this would be different so see what suits you best!

Key ingredients – Vitamin E, shea butter and aloe.

Price – $14.50 (USD) for 10 fl/oz

These products are super fun to try and at the same time very wonderful to gift somebody. I am sure he/she is going to adore it. I would give it 5 stars and yes! would recommend to friend & family !

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Namaste !

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Lancôme ROSE SORBET CRYO-MASK $39(USD). Does it really work?

Hello Guys!!!

How are you all? Hopefully, everything is going great at your end… Today I am here to review a very unique Cryo- mask by Lancôme so “1..2..3… eyes on me.”!!

This time I wanted to try something to get rid of enlarged pores which are not that large but when I see my face is going through some really bad acne (breakout) from past three/four months and kind of leaves unwanted nasty black spots followed with some pores, as a result, skin does not look smooth as it was before. Irrespective of skin color, everybody wants that flawless canvas and radiant face …. So me striving to get my skin better and to minimize the appearance of pores.

They say(Lancome), its pore minimizer and glow booster…so let’s see what it is!! I am going to write my honest review and experience after using this mask for about 1 month! Again it varies from person to person so no hard feelings! 

Let’s see what is it? Why Lancôme invented this Sorbet cryo-mask.

A five-minute cooling face mask that instantly re-energizes skin and reveals a rosy glow as it works to tighten pores, smooth skin texture and even skin tone. stated by Lancôme on its website.

When to use it? 1.Cleanse 2.Prepare 3.Active 4.treat(Apply mask) 5.Target

How to Apply? Apply the face mask by gently patting a generous layer on a clean face.After 5 minutes, rinse off with warm water.

How I use it? 1.Cleanse 2.Apply this mask 3.Toner 4.Serum 5.Moisturizer and final step, I use my acne spot treatment cream. I am not sure if this is the correct method to use this mask. But I suppose it should so I continue the way I like it instead of scratching my head and think about what they say. However, I strongly think the end result should be the same.

It has been over a month now since I have started using the product and I can see that mask is becoming my best buddy. Why? because it gives that extraordinary cooling effect on the skin..just calm, relaxing and soothing!!! It has a wonderful rosy smell, not overpowering which I love the most… Sometimes I just open the jar to inhale the rosy scent….quickly freshen up my mood n mind. 

It is actually a decent, very different product that gives instant freshness and glow!!!! Yes! the unique formula makes it a very special mask …so its texture! It is a pink sorbet with a matte finish. You can check the texture below.

But at the same time, I doubt it works as a pore tightening mask, apart from its mind-blowing texture and scent! For me…it does not do its job of minimizing pores!! I did not see any improvements instead when I remove it, I feel my skin has some kind of rawness as if a layer or film has built up on face… It does not feel hydrated or for that matter moisturized!!! I get it, its mattifying mask but then it fails to serve its purpose and does not make skin smooth & supple.

For me, after using this mask for 4 weeks…It did not change my skin texture, with no significant changes. I am not at all happy with this mask except for its cooling effect which is the best part and I enjoy it…and yes I would see if I can get this product at discounted price so that I can use it as a cooling mask to calm down my irritated skin caused by acne. Otherwise, it works like any other drug store mask. Before you buy, make sure you try a sample or trial size pack. I would not recommend it to my friends who are looking for a serious pore-minimizer/tightening mask.

I would give it 2 stars!

Rating: 2 out of 5.

NAMASTE!!

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A Healthy Indian snack Phool Makhana (aka fox nuts or lotus seeds )

Makhana, fox nuts or lotus seeds

Hello Friends !

The first thing first is that, I have changed my domain name from revivevanitywithme to revivelifewithme because I strongly felt during this pandemic it is important to cover essential topics and not just vanity. So henceforth, I have decided to share my take on various topics including health, diet, skin/hair care, and of course cosmetics too!

These days, life is becoming a bit sedentary… if we think, we have very fewer choices left as far as physical activities are concerned. So Yes!! Yoga or Gym at home will be an excellent choice to make during these days as it will add plus points to live a life perfect & stress-free…on top of it if food habits are right then it would be the best combination to balance it with the desired output. 

It is one of the great snacks to satiate those untimely hunger pangs and no more guilt trips!!!!!! My 4 years old daughter often likes to eat Makhana over popcorn. Being a mother I am so glad that she is learning to make healthy choices…. And this was the one more reason I wanted to write about this. When we visit the grocery store, aisles are filled with packed food/ready-made or ready to eat (instant) products being marketed with “Healthy” labels but irony is, it is one of the most highly “unhealthy” food available on the earth!!!

So don’t worry let’s talk about something good and totally natural….!

Here it is our superfood(snack) “Makhana” also known as “Fox nuts or lotus seeds” which comes from a plant “Euryale Fox “. It is a very popular snack in India from ancient times and hence it has a very rich history and importance in religious ceremonies. In India, during fasting or in festival seasons you will find it in almost every Indian kitchen. It is one of the best options available snack which is super nutritious and healthy. There are so many things to tell you about it but I am going to comprise it with mainly writing about its health benefits and other key roles if we incorporate Makhana in our diet.

Let’s learn about how it is beneficial and healthy for us!

  1. It is low in sodium and rich in magnesium so far better than what we eat for snacks like packed food viz. chips, Cheetos, etc.
  2. It is naturally gluten free, anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory.
  3. Makhana is low in calories and high in carbohydrates.
  4. It is a superfood as they are low in cholesterol and fat.
  5. It is a good very source of protein and there are so many recipes to make it delicious to incorporate into a daily diet.
  6. They are rich in calcium as well so before the doctor prescribes any tablets, I would say it’s better to eat natural remedies to make bones stronger. 
  7. For my friends who are diabetic, I would say munch on it. 
  8. And last but not least, because of its good nutrition value, it will be your best friend during the weight loss journey.

Recipes !

Possibilities are endless and depend on your personal taste. I would say just think about popcorn flavors and replace them with Makhana as simple as that. Basic idea is to roast it or fry it in little oil (of your choice) and sprinkle some salt. Can also add black paper, red chili powder just to make it spicy if you like!….. Makhana is available in a lot of gourmet stores…I have also tried Mint flavor but not a fan of it… I personally like to fry it in a Ghee (Clarified butter), add some turmeric and salt…Voila! crispy snack is ready !!!!

Makhana snack is very popular in East Asia as well. They have other reasons to believe in it, not just as a food but in their medicines too. I have read a few articles wherein they mentioned it and its usage in medicines !!! Omg…it is one of the holly molly natural product gifted by nature to us…so useful !!!

Now every country/region has some special flavors to blend in and so it makes every snack unique. Therefore, I would say let’s explore the culinary skills and share your experience with the world and with me as well. Thank you so much, guys! If you know any natural superfood and would like to share, please let me know in comment section. I would love to experience it!

Namaste !!!

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TARTE’ PRO REMIX Amazonian clay palette

Hello my beauties !

Today, I am going to review the most beautiful eye shadow palette by Tarte. I know, it has been out there for quite a long time. But I could not stop myself to share it with you all. I do not own a lot of eye shadow palette as I am very particular about it so mostly end up buying single shadows n place it in my magnetic pallets. This way I try to customize it. I always wanted something different eye palette so that I can use it for every day, for any special occasion all in one. And when I saw it, I had to buy it.

This palette has 20 shades to play with including mattes too !!! This is so cool that we don’t have to run to get the mattes for a transition color. Now again it depends on what kind of look you want to create. However, this one has versatile colors and super blendable. Believe me! It is so so pigmented and opaque. There are six finishes Matte, Luster, Metallic, Duo-chrome, Shimmer, and floating glitter.. (So much of Mica …lol…..ha ha ha !!!!!) but it is a really good one to experiment with various eye looks. You can either use your fingertips to apply or can use multiple colors to create a unique look.

You can see the hand swatches below so that you will get an idea of how intense colors are!

Swatches from left to right mixed media, splatter, outside the lines, mic drop, graphic
swatches from left to right graffiti, moonlit, mashup, sway, create

If you really would like to get your hand on this eyeshadow palette! then you should…Christmas is just around the corner!!! I am sure you will fall in love with every color in it…In a hurry!! just sweep it across (Single eye shadow) and ready to go…….Wish I could show you all the colors on me right now but work is in progress 🙂 as there are a lot of colors to work with!!! If someone asks me to pick one color it would be “Create”…such a gorgeous color and whenever I open it, tip of my finger just want to touch it as if it is on Auto-pilot mode..ha ha ha ha !!!!!

I generally do not spend much on eye shadows and searched for something which literally has all in one and I found it. I ordered it from Tartecosmetics.com at a discounted/sale price.

This one is pricey !!!! Make sure you get a good deal or discount so you can bring this beauty home unless you are ready to spend $49 (US Dollar).

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am going to give it full 5 Stars. Yes ! I would recommend it to my friends and family…..Really good one to gift your loved ones too!!!….Thank you so much guys !!

Namaste !!!!!!

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Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Cream! Yay or Nay !

I know the real struggle to get rid of Eczema as there is no permanent cure for it (until now) but can manage to keep it at bay by maintaining the skincare routine and providing the required hydration which can help to win the long term race. It is indeed a crucial task especially for kids who get affected the most by Eczema. We all want best of best for our children, no matter what it takes. On top of it, skin issues make us more worried as we don’t want to put anything on their skin without having trust in what we are using.

When my daughter was a baby and about 6 months old or so, I started noticing very dry patches on her hand, tummy and mostly near folds on legs and it was itchy too….Initially, I thought it may be a result of the wrong body wash or probably some rash. But when I contacted her Pediatrician, she told me about Eczema. Then the next thing I did, I googled it. It was a whole new chapter for me!!!

Her pediatrician recommended a prescription-strength cream and suggested a couple of OTC ointments. So our first choice was Aquaphore which comes in a jar and has tons of good reviews. It is a multipurpose ointment but mainly used for diaper rash. It is a good one but was not for my baby. We end up using a few more other products for Eczema but no satisfying outcome.

Being parents, we were actually a little bit confused and was dwelling on the thought of “may or may not be” but finally gathered some courage to buy it. Apparently, it turned out to be a must-have cream for my daughter. So, Let’s see what is so special about it!

Its active ingredient is Oatmeal. It is the superfood for the skin and body as well. It works as a cooling agent on dry /irritated skin or inflamed skin. It has a perfect balance of pH and so helps to provide a sufficient amount of moisture to the skin. It reduces the itching, acts as a barrier and protects eczema-prone skin from outside weather. On the company website it says:- 

  • With soothing natural Colloidal Oatmeal and dimethicone
  • Temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching
  • Fragrance-free and dye-free
  • Paraben-free and phthalate-free
  • Temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to Eczema and Rashes

The results are very surprising. I mean, it is one of the OTC creams which really works as a good juju!!!!. I must mention here that my daughter is now 4years old and I still use this Aveeno Baby eczema cream for her. No more replacement. This is a holy product for my girl. This one has proved “The one”, indeed true to its promise.

Active Ingredient: Colloidal Oatmeal 1% (skin protectant)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, glycerin, panthenol, distearyldimonium chloride, petrolatum, isopropyl palmitate, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, avena sativa (oat) kernel oil, steareth-20, benzalkonium chloride, ceramide NP, sodium chloride, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract.

Well, I am going to be a regular customer of AVEENO Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream and would recommend to all my friends and family to try it. Final verdict – Yay !!!!!

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Face Scrubs – Save or Splurge! St.Ives vs Clinique!

Mesmerizing brand advertisement with fully edited model’s face by skillful graphics designer….lol !!! very first question we ask ourselves, save or splurge? Big logos & fancy keywords look so promising that we almost convince ourselves to make a purchase. Having said that,it’s all about hit or miss!

Today, I picked up a face scrub to review. A very simple product & necessary step to complete our skincare routine. Just to let you know that I have combination skin with oily T-zone and usually not very sensitive.

Start from left Clinique pep-start exfoliating cleanser and St.Ives oatmeal scrub & mask

St. Ives Smooth Oatmeal Scrub & Mask 

Oatmeal is a self-explanatory word. Instantly indicates a very soothing and calming ingredient for the skin. It is such great a gentle exfoliating scrub available in the market, efficiently removes all the dirt & residual grime after removing makeup or cleansing face. I am so obsessed with this one and do not want to go for any other scrubs. It contains a very tiny and tender walnut shell granules, feels so soft yet strong enough to buff away dead skin cells. The best part is, you can use it as a mask as well to add on extra care towards your beauty goals. I prefer to use it on the cleansed face leaving some dampness to it then massaging it in a circular motion for a minute or so.

  • Best natural exfoliating scrub for all skin types. It instantly provides softness and nourishment after first use. Ready to see your healthy & glowing face with every wash. Does not dry your skin at all.
  • Just need a dime size to scrub & massage the face. It’s a paraben-free & oil-free. Non-comedogenic.
  • It is 2-in-1 oatmeal scrub and mask which makes it extraordinary. The results are stunning. Use it 2 to 3 times a week depending upon your skin type.
  • It is unscented so no to worry about it.
  • Its retail price varies between $4.50 to $6.00 (US Dollars).
  • It is recommendable, so affordable, and must try scrub. Giving it 5 stars for its outstanding work and it’s a cruelty-free.

Rating: 5 out of 5.




Clinique Pep-Start™ 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Here we go!!!! Clinique is a very well known brand for all of us. I have always loved their products especially their moisture surge skincare line. I just love it. I am enchanted by them.

Clinique 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser is a gel cleanser and a scrub mixed together. Gel gets its job done of cleansing the face efficiently with the help of small exfoliating granules. It is a very powerful and time-saving formula, especially when running short of time. But my take on this product is little deviated comparing to what it is explained on the clinique website.

  • It is 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser and exfoliator.
  • Just need a small amount of product, lather it up and massage onto damp skin. The recipe is great enough to take away dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells.
  • Apart from giving a nice glow, the formula is too drying as if it has sucked every bit of oil out of your face. It leaves skin with stretchy feeling and craves for moisturizer.
  • Not at all recommendable for dry skin types.
  • Red alert for a group of sensitive people as it tends to leave dry patches and can cause irritation.
  • Its retails price is $19.50 (US Dollars)
  • Results are not satisfying (at least in my case) and wish Clinique change the formula in the future so giving it 3 Stars.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I hope you find this post useful. If you have any funny experience of your past upscale or high-end purchases which turned out a total flop show, please write down below in the comment section just for fun. Thank you!

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Hair Treatment, Haircare

CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex

Different hair different story, satisfaction is all we need. Hope your struggle ends here after reading this post. A very genuine extraordinary serum/Leave-in treatment by CHI and giving a very miraculous result after every application.

This one works like a magic wand for a coarse or wavy hair like I have. Only serum/leave-in that is proven to be the best in the market so far in my opinion. I have medium hair length very wavy n frizzy, dry & unmanageable hairs. Oh no wait!!! my problems not finished yet….how can I forget about baby hairs (always popping up) is an extra topping to my hair managing wrath. Last year when I saw JC Penny offering a 50% Discount on CHI products then I had to try it, I ordered two and still using the 1st bottle. A little goes a long way just need a dime size to apply on clean hair (after shampooing and conditioning). It makes hair very smooth and beautiful leaving a very light scent to it. Leave in and proceed with styling.

CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex Leave in treatment

Recommended using after every hair wash but sometimes I use it on dry hair too! This Non-greasy formula has many beneficial properties to fight against those unwanted hair issues and suitable for all hair types. Even if I am not into any hair- styling mood, I use it to get that soft velvety touch, feels so good when I run fingers through my hair. Now, I am not sure if it works as a heat-protectant but CHI claims to be the one that protects the hair against thermal styling and the environment. I use “CHI 44 Iron Guard” thermal protection spray after applying leave-in and very pleased with its effect..No more split ends!!!!

Fine or thin hairs beware !!! Don’t go overboard with it. You might want to dispense a very little amount of product to stay away from greasy or sticky hair. It has that power to attract even a tiny strand of hair towards it. Trust me!

Taking good care of hair just not limited to one thing/a product but its a result which goes hand in hand with other different hair masks, serums or leave-in, shampoo & conditioner, heat protectant, hair treatment, hair oil,etc. However, I would recommend CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex to my friends and family. Its retail price is $29.50 (US Dollar) for 6 Fl. oz. and I will give it a 5 star! Thank you so much!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ingredients – Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Dimethiconol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Coumarin, Linalool, Geraniol.

Namaste!!!

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Skincare

GINZING Refreshing Eye Cream To Brighten And Depuff

Hello my beautiful friends !

And they say “Love is when you look into someone’s eyes and see everything you need” but what if eyes are dull, dry and puffy with unwanted dark circles …He he he !!!! no more laughs..It was said in jest so don’t get serious !!!!!!. Anyway, this is so true our eyes are very important part of our body yet sometimes we ignore it. In fact I started taking care of it just couple of years ago. Oh! I was so insane and I definitely owe an apology to my eyes!!!!

Just like our skin , eyes also need a continuous supply of hydration and so they invented an eye creams.This post is dedicated to all my friends who’re really searching of good eye food !!!!This post is not affiliated..and the product I am going to review is my favorite one!!!.

Origins Ginzing refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff. A very gentle cream for eyes yet an effective recipe to fight against dullness, under eye bags, puffiness and dark circles & it is Pricey too. At first I was little skeptical and did not want to add new member to my skin care routine as I was indeed trying to use all the free eye cream samples (Yes! trial size..lol!!!!) I received with my online orders. Oh wait ! now I remember I have also tried one from Sephora brand n it was ok!ok! though. Now let’s focus on our todays review.

So what I love about this product? just after first application one can see a visible difference. Consistency of the cream is so beautiful and light weight no more stretchy feeling no irritation except when try to get close to eyes. It is an excellent eye tonic for all skin types. Very balanced cream having richness of caffeine will make your eyes more awake n helps to regain a healthy look after a few application.A little goes a long way so not to worry at all. I apply twice a day or as needed and I don’t have any reason to dislike it. It does its job very well to get rid of eye bags or puffiness instantly. Just FYI i have a combination skin and also use it under my eye makeup yet no complaints. But girls with very oily skin tone might want to give it a second thought…Not so sure if it will get its job done with under eye makeup. Sensitive girls,I would recommend to check it personally in the store by applying a tester to back of your hand just to figure out its loyalty towards you (if possible avoid it now due to COVID-19).

I don’t have prominent dark circles around eyes as such but I have very tiny white patches under my eyes, even I am not sure about it. Since, I have started using it one can barely notice it. I am so happy & love it to the moon. This is it, my quest for a perfect eye cream has ended, at least for now…

The retail price of the cream is $32 (US Dollar) and did not buy it for the full price…A very big round of applause to me girls ……. It was on sale @ultabeauty store at discounted price 50% off. Yes !!!! damn good deal. Besides, not so sure if it works as an anti-aging cream so that’s the reason I am giving it 4.5 stars.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Ingredients :- “Water\Aqua\Eau, Methyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Peg-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Silica, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Pantethine, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caffeine, Coleus Barbatus Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Folic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Jojoba Wax Peg-120 Esters, Biotin, Tribehenin, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499) <ILN40805> Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time.” Details are in toto, as per company website.

This is it for today! see you soon…. Stay safe n stay healthy!

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