Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Little MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara

Girls, I am back with a hot new review for you all and this one is a Little MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara from MAC .

PRICE - This too has been launched in the Little MAC range of travel size products and is priced at Rs 900.The full size product is available for Rs 6877/- for 8 grams but you can get it at a discount here .

                                           

It comes in a solid black tube and the applicator which is very ergonomically shaped and gives a good grip while applying .

   




  



PROS of  Little MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara 

THE PRICE - The original size is priced at Rs 6877/- for 8 gms  so this one is more pocket friendly if you just want try this product or need a smaller version to carry around.

THE SIZE - It has a very convenient size, easy to hold and slim enough to slip in a little clutch .

WATERPROOF - A little bit of crying or stepping out in the rain will not give you raccoon eyes with  Little MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara .

GOOD PAYOFF  - two swipes and a little jiggle can give you great looking lashes .

FALSE LASHES - Take my word - you do NOT NEED False eyelashes if you use.It gives a tremendous( when I say tremendous , I mean it) effect on the lashes - they look fuller , thicker,longer and blacker - considerably !

COLOUR  - It is a dark matte black

EASY to REMOVE - I just used my Kaya Soothing cleanser and it came off easily so if you use a proper eye make up remover , it should easily come off though it did not get runny when I splashed my face with water

CONS of  Little MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara 

EXPENSIVE  - The little version will not last long and compared to our other brands this is definitely very upscale.

CLUMPING - The product can get clumpy after some time though that does not affect the application much as the wand has good bristles that help in coating the lashes well uniformly .

                                                 

FINAL VERDICT - I love it , I have only used two or three brands of Mascara so far and I am super impressed with its quality and performance .I do not mind paying this much for such astounding results.
I rate it a 4.5/5 - marks deducted for being so expensive .

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Sunprotek 50+ Gel Suncreen Review

                                                  

I have sensitive skin which dries, burns and tans easily so I am always on the lookout for some affordable sunscreens that also work well .Today I shall share my experience about the Sunprotek Gel.
                       
ABOUT THE PRODUCT 

Sunprotek 50+ Gel is a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays by providing physical and chemical barrier to sunlight. Microencapsulation technology has helped to prevent absorption of sunscreen chemicals into the skin and safely increases the residence time of sunscreen on the skin ensuring longer lasting protection.

                                                    

Allantoin : keeps the skin soft, smooth, and healthy. Allantoin also helps protect the skin against various irritants
Vitamin E : has positive effects against skin ageing due to ultraviolet light, and protects cells by reducing itchiness and free-radical damage.
Chamomile Extract : Chamomile has antioxidant, antimicrobial activities, and a potent anti-inflammatory action
Aloe Vera Extract : Humidifies, smooths and reaffirms the skin, eliminates the ageing spots, and also acts as astringent, solar filter.
                                         
DIRECTION FOR USE FOR SUNPROTEK 50+ GEL:

                                                    

Take a liberal amount of the gel on your palm and apply on the exposed part of the skin
 at least 20 minutes before getting under direct sunlight. Clean the skin before applying. Reapply after 3 hours if still in the sun.

PRICERs 536/- for 50 gms , but as usual I got it much cheaper online !

PROS OF SUNPROTEK 50+ GEL

1. It is the number one selling US-FDA compliant sunscreen in India
2. World class formulation, at an affordable price
3. It contains Aloe Vera extract which keeps the skin moist and healthy too .Many physical sunscreens can end up making the skin feel dry and coated; this one does not make you feel so.
4. It is a non  PABA (para -aminobenzoic acid - which can occasionally cause skin irritation)
5. No white cast 
6. Matte finish but not drying
7. The Chamomile, Aloe vera  and Allantoin make it very suitable for my acne prone , oily skin ,it actually had a soothing effect.
8. Effective Sun protection for up to 3 hours, after that you should reapply for better protection
9. Unlike some other sunscreens with SPF 50, I found this saved my skin from tanning more effectively.

                                                      
                                                     

CONS SUNPROTEK 50+ GEL

1. Expensive – At  536 bucks for 50 gm , it lasts about 15 days , if I use it liberally over my face and arms .
2. Stickiness - Slightly sticky feel, immediately on application lasting for 5 mins.

                                                     


FINAL VERDICT - I rate it a 5/5 .I think it is a star performer at this price.I am re buying it definitely.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

COACH The Fragrance for Women

I am back with another fragrance review today.

A brand from New York city that is synonymous with great leather handbags( and I love them !).It started of as a family run workshop by the name of Manhattan Leather Bags in 1941.They started off by making high quality leather bags and soon became a world renowned brand famous for its fine leather  craftsmanship and branched out into designing modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design and became the brand that is known today as "COACH ."

                                     

Today I shall review COACH the Fragrance for women , EDP .This perfume was laucnhed in 2016 and the nose behind it are  Juliette Karaueuzoglou and Anne Flipo.

What COACH says about this Fragrance ;

"Coach introduces a timeless and universal creation that is for the modern woman Coach EDT. A woman of all ages, from all walks of life. A woman of character, with a strong sense of individuality. A woman with an authentic, effortlessly elegant style. She is true to herself, which makes her simply cool. Her adventurous and free spirit take her on a life journey of endless possibilities. She is the author of her story and for every new chapter that she writes, she signs her scent. Coach Eau De Toilette is a modern, classic fragrance inspired by New York City’s spontaneous energy and downtown casual chic style."

PRICE - Rs 4550/- for 50 ml .It is available in 3 sizes - 90 ml,50 ml and 30 ml

                                       
Coach the Fragrance campaign features the
actress Chloe Grace Moretz (source -fragrantica.com)

PRESENTATION - The EDP comes in a pretty light pink carton containing a  solid pale glass bottle that bears the signature coach design details, a little leather tag hangs from one side , the iconic turn -lock coach handbag closure is turned into an atomizer and the bottle has the famous emblem of "Coach driven by horses " engraved upon it .
All in all , the first impression is very impressive and very classy .
                                                  
FRAGRANCE NOTES - According to their website :

TOP NOTES - The opening notes consist of Raspberry ,Pink Pepper and Pear
MIDDLE NOTES - Turkish Rose ,Cyclamen and Gardenia
BASE NOTES - Cashmeran ,Musk,Sandalwood,Suede

                                                   

PROS of COACH the Fragrance of WOMEN

1. Very attractive packing - You will fall in love just by looking at the lovely bottle.Great for gifting .

2. Good Sillage - Since it is an EDP, it has a good sillage ,wafts and spills to more than an arms length .

3.Staying Power - It lasts on my skin for at least 4 hours easily even in hot weather but does not stay for more than 6 hours on the skin.

4.Scent - It has powerful floral notes that linger on for long. Most people describe it as a Rosy scent but on my skin and to my nose, it has sweet and powerful musk,leather and spice with Sharp Raspberry and Pear in the opening notes on first spraying which after 10-15 minutes changes to a mostly floral and fruity note with a lot of Gardenia.I love the middle notes and base notes more as they are quite subtle and mellow .

5. A modern , spicy, Fruity Floral Fragrance that speaks Spunk and Energy.

6. I think this can be safely called a Winter Fragrance as the humidity and heat make sit quite strong.


                                                        

CONS of COACH the Fragrance for Women

1. Expensive like all EDPs

2. Every one's skin chemistry and olfactory receptors makes the perfume smell different on two people.This perfume that most people feel gives Rose and Raspberry ,on my skin - it gives a lot of Raspberry, Pear and Suede .The base notes that linger on my skin was mostly Cashmeran. The opening notes were so powerful that they gave me a headache !
Surprisingly though they did not affect anyone else in my family so I think this was more my hypersensitivity to some ingredient and may not be a con for others.

Also because it is a strong fragrance, instead of spraying on my pulse points, I started using it indirectly.


 

Spray in the air just in front of you an walk into the perfume cloud, this worked for me better .

3. I love roses but this hardly gave me a Rose scent which was a big disappointment for me.


FINAL VERDICT - I rate it a 3 /5 .Even after trying it many times , this fragrance did not grow on me.It has a nice dry down of Gardenia and Cashmeran but that comes much later and the opening sharp notes always make me wince .

Have you tried Coach as a brand , what are your thoughts ?

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Little MAC RUBY WOO Retro Matte Lipstick Review

Ruby Woo is a cult name in the world of women's fashion.Ruby Woo, the iconic red lipstick from the famous international brand MAC,is their single most selling product.When they introduced the travel size pack for some of their best selling items,I just lapped  it up as soon as I got to visit to the MAC store.

MAC Ruby Woo is a  blue toned cool matte red 
                                           
Previously even Revlon had the mini sizes which I so loved .The great thing about Mini lipsticks  is that you can easily slip more than one in a small purse and also the smaller size and lesser product means they would not expire before you finish the whole product or get  bored of the same colour.
Coming to the review :

                                                            

PRICE - Rs 900/- for 1.8 grams.It is the same trademark black oval bullet with Mac written on it just like the full size version.

                                                       

PROS of Little MAC RUBY WOO Retro Matte Lipstick

LONG  wearing formula - It easily lasts 4 hours without peeling or patchiness but with eating and drinking,there is slight fading .

MATTE finish - Since I have full lips, I prefer matte formulae,also non glossy ones look more appropriate for office wear (Yes, some ladies do wear red to the office !).So matte is my favourite finish.

INTENSE colour payoff - One good swipe of the wand gives good colour and two is almost more than enough for prolonged wear.

GREAT coverage, HIDES pigmentation - The colour shows off quite well even on my pigmented lips unlike many reds that show a different tone on pigmented lips  or do not cover the pigmentation well .
                                                       
Colour swatch in two swipes of little  MAC Ruby woo

Great for all Skin TONES - Ruby Woo is a neutral blue toned cool red that does justice to both warm and cool complexions (yellow and pink undertones ).

Good for Occasional wear - This small size is great if you want to use a this bold red shade seldom like me.

The PRICE - The price and the fact that I shall be using this less often kept me away from it so long,but actually this mini version is more pocket friendly as it costs Rs 900/-  compared to the full size Rs 2200/- one.

Its CUTE !!
We women have a thing for stuff that come in small sizes ( maybe that's why we love babies and puppies ) so I mostly find myself hoarding up on tiny, cute things.

                                                                 
                                     
CONS of Little MAC RUBY WOO Retro Matte Lipstick

DRYNESS - The long wearing formula is quite drying like most matte lipsticks and the MAC Sales Assistant recommends to exfoliate and moisturise the lips(or use MAC Prep and Prime Lip primer before the lipstick) to ensure a smooth application and no feathering (settling in between the lip lines) later as the lipstick becomes dry.

POCKET PINCHING  - Compared to some other brands like Lakme, Maybelline or Faces , this mini version is still more costly than the full size version of some other brands .

SIZE MATTERS - Since it is so tiny,getting a good grip can be a problem specially because the bullet is so tiny. You might need to use a lip brush to apply it and also to utilize the complete product.If you are a die hard lipstick fan unlike me then you will need a refill soon.

Thankfully MAC has a refill policy - for every six empty packs returned you can get a brand new product for free !
So save the empties !

This is how tiny the Little MAC RUBY WOO is-it fits right into my palm
                                              

FINAL VERDICT - I rate it a 4/5.

I am very happy with this product - Great colour,coverage and colour pay off but its does make my lips dry and burns a hole in the pocket.

But that's not stopping me and neither should it stop you because it is such a gorgeous colour.
So go ahead Girls and paint the town Red or should I say paint the town "RUBY RED"!


Friday, 27 July 2018

Fragrance Review - Calvin Klein OBSESSED EDT for Men

  I am back with another fragrance review from the house of Calvin Klein.This is a relatively new Fragrance launched in 2017  and the nose behind this perfume is  Ilias Ermenidis ( the nose behinf Givenchy pour Homme, Gucci by Gucci Mustang ,Vera Wang Princess  etc.) and Christophe Raynaud ( the nose behind Azarro Now Men, Cacharel Yes I Am and Antonio Banderas The Secret).                                   


                                                        

PRICE - I actually got it as a gift sample but you can also get it at Amazon.in for Rs 3875/- for 75 ml and also Rs 5450 for 100 ml.
This is how tiny this Obsessed by Calvin Klein looks !

PRESENTATION  

A clear, glass rectangular oval flacon which goes with the brand's unisex image.It has the rectangular shape depicting masculinity but rounded smooth edges showing a softness too.
The clear white bottle gives the impression that this fragrance is apt for summer and day wear .

                                                      

FRAGRANCE PROFILE 


TOP  Notes - Grapefruit,Sichuan Pepper,Oro Blanco, Black Cardoamom,
HEART Notes - Cedar Leave, Labdanum, Firnat, Blonde leather
BASE   Notes -  Patchouli, Black Vanilla infusion , Ambrox Super

        
                                                     

PROS of Calvin Klein OBSESSED  for Men

                                         
1. I feel this is a rather affordable perfume .
2. Although the bottle says "for Men" this is not a very macho fragrance and can be worn by ladies       too !
3. It is a Warm,Oriental ,Woody and Spicy perfume .The opening notes are sharp Spicy and Cedar for me,it then settles to a sweeter but not overtly Vanilla and Amber .I do not notice the other notes palpably.
4. Moderate Sillage and lasting power, more of a skin scent .

                           
                                                        

CONS of  Calvin Klein OBSESSED for Men

1.Some readers may find this expensive at almost 4K for 75ml and sadly it does not last
2.It does not settle to a soft or powdery scent and the spice and wood are overpowering though they do not last long !
3.It smells like a cheap aftershave
4.It does not last more than 1-2 hours and then you can only smell it on the skin.


FINAL VERDICT  - I rate it a 3/5 .

With a name like that I was expecting a  musky ,brooding powerful presence but this one does not talk of that to me.This is the perfume for an outdoorsy person , a free and strong spirit !

Other than giving an invigorating jolt of wood and spice ,it does not do much for my mood or spirits even when my Man wears it though I must confess it smells better on him than me .

It is too sharp to wear on a summer day in the Indian weather but can uplift your spirits on a cold and rainy day because of the warm spice.I still am not going to buy the full bottle after trying this sample.