My name is Madhu and I am the author and Editor of DenDiva. DenDiva, as I believe in every woman or girl there is a Diva within. I will be sharing here about all the things I love to do. Be it easy to do nail arts, quick fix recipes. There will also be blogs on various DIYs and other home making aspect as well, like tips to make your life easy by doing simple things in everyday life.
With the winter almost over and spring around the corner, the skin needs more care. And recently I partnered with Neutrogena to try their Hydro Boost Skin Care Line, which is perfect for my needs. All the products here address skin dehydration may be from lack of sleep, stress, to exercise and not drinking enough water. How many of you are guilty of doing that, I am for sure. And hydration is foundation of healthy skin, which we all want. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid this Hydro Boost line replenishes water and helps improve skin’s moisture barrier, resulting in smooth and hydrated skin. I will review some products from this range today, sharing more details and my experience using them. Just before moving forward with the review, just wanted to mention that I have combination skin. My T zone gets oily and rest of face keeps dry. And now it is almost Spring but it is very cold and my skin feels dry all the time. So I personally love to use more hydrating products in this time.
As per Neutrogena – It is a hydrating face serum with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. It is revitalizing serum with multivitamin complex and vitamin E to brighten skin. Hydrating face serum helps improve skin’s natural moisture barrier against dryness. Contains hyaluronic acid which acts as a sponge for skin by absorbing 1,000x its weight in water. This Dermatologist-tested face serum is gentle and non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores. How to Use : I apply if after I cleanse my face, then follow with this serum and then move forward with my skincare routine. And if your skincare is simple, after cleansing, you can apply this serum and them moisturize your face. My Thoughts : – This is a very light weight face serum, so it is absorbed in skin quickly. Doesn’t feel heavy on skin. – Feels very hydrating and gives instant hydration to skin. – The smell is very subtle and has a fresh clean smell which is not at all heavy. – Makes the makeup go on better and skin looks healthy and glowy. – Didn’ t cause any irritation.
As per Neutrogena – It Instantly removes traces of dirt, oil, and makeup. Leaves skin clean, soft, and touchably supple every time you cleanse. Suitable and effective for daily use as part of your regular skin care routine. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion is fragrance-, oil-, and paraben-free and non-comedogenic. How to Use – For use as a part of your regular skin care routine, apply to wet or dry skin and massage gently on face with fingertips in a circular motion before wiping off with a cotton pad or tissue, or rinsing with water. My Thoughts : – This is a very mild cleanser and it can be used everyday. – I use in my morning skincare routine – It cleanses the skin but does not leave it feeling dry. Skin feels soft and supple after use. – It lathers nicely and removes the makeup.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel -$18.99
As per Neutrogena – Refreshing, lightweight water gel that instantly quenches and continuously hydrates skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it boosts hydration and locks it in so skin stays hydrated, smooth and supple day after day. Applies effortlessly, absorbing quickly into skin without leaving behind an oily or greasy feel. Purified Hyaluronic Acid- Naturally found in skin, it delivers pure boost of hydration. Olive Extract- Known for its protective, moisturizing and anti-oxidant qualities, it is a complex combination for fatty acids, which is similar to skin’s natural moisture shield. It integrates into skin barrier, forming a structure that protects skin from excessive moisture loss. It also helps leave skin feeling soft and smooth without tackiness. How to Use - Suitable for Day & Night Use After Cleansing your face. My Thoughts : – This is lightweight moisturizer and doesn’t feel heavy or leave any greasiness. I use in my morning skincare routine. I have done a video showing using it before my makeup. You can watch it here. – It gets absorbed in skin quickly so you can do your skincare/makeup routine quickly – Doesn’t clog my pores, and doesn’t add any extra oil to my face, just the right amount of hydration. – I 100% agree on what is written in packaing, it quenches the skin. It really feels like that. After cleansing the face, it feels dry and once I apply the moisturizer the skin feels as if it has drank water and the thirst is quenched. – Gel based moisturizers are great if you have oily or combination skin (like me). This product is a staple in my skincare routine since last 2 months.
As per Neutrogena – This lightweight gel-cream cleanser with naturally-derived skin smoothers effectively removes dirt, oil and dry surface skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it’s clinically proven to increase skin’s hydration level and lock it in – for instantly soft, supple, and refreshed skin. Gentle enough for daily use. How to Use – Wet face. Apply to hands, add water and work into a lather. Massage face gently. Rinse thoroughly. My Thoughts : – This contains AHA which is a chemical exfoliator, so you definitely need good sun protection after you use this product. Check the image above, its mentioned in package as well. Its very important for proper sun protection after using any chemical exfoliators (AHA or BHA) else you may get sun burns. – This one product didn’t work for me that well. May be because of the season and the fact that my skin is little dry. It made my skin more dry. I may save this for summers, when my skin gets more oily it will work well, I hope.
Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Cleansing Gel – $8.99
As per Neutrogena- Contains hyaluronic acid, a compound found naturally in skin. Works into a silky, easy-to-spread lather. Removes makeup and impurities without stripping skin. Free of soaps, oils, and parabens How to Use – Wet face. Apply to hands, add water and work into a lather. Massage face gently. Rinse thoroughly. My Thoughts : – This is a good face cleanser which is gentle and can be used everyday. – It feels smooth to apply and didn’t feel heavy on skin. – I use this after using a water/oil base makeup remover. It removes the remaining makeup nicely. – After use face feels hydrated and soft. Overall I am really impressed with Neutrogena‘s Hydro Boost Skin Care Line and most products really worked great on my skin. And price wise also they are very affordable. Do try it today and give your skin the TLC it needs!
This new year my resolution is to take care of my skin more. As I advance through years, my skin looks and feels different, compared to what it was like 10 years back (I am in early 30’s). I have my skincare regime in place but it still lacks few products I would like to try this year. And one of the product being, a chemical exfoliator. This is where NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash comes into picture, which I will review here.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) or Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) are the game changers in skincare and are chemical exfoliators. Now if you want more details on these you can look up in Google, there are tons of articles which will explain in detail. What I understand is, there are 2 exfoliators, Physical and Chemical. The exfoliators in which there are tiny granules are physical exfoliators and the ones with ingredients like AHA, BHA are chemical exfoliators. And lately I am really interested to try chemical exfoliators because they seem to out-perform the physical exfoliators.
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash contains Glycolic Acid which is an AHA and anti-oxidant Lactobionic Acid (PHA – Bionic Polyhydroxy Acid). It minimize the potential for irritation. Sometimes chemical exfoliants may irritate someone, since they chemically remove the dead skin cells. So this is a relief if you want to try a chemical exfoliator for first time. And this face wash is formulated to gently exfoliate, unclog congested pores and prepare the skin for your skincare regimen.
So here let me share how I use it. One important point to note with chemical exfoliators is, if you are using them in daytime, you must apply sunscreen before going out. Since they kind of remove the dead skin layer/cells, so you may have the risk of sun sensitivity/sun burn. I have incorporated this in my night time skin care routine. Since my night time skincare routine is little heavy and more hydrating compared to my day time skin care routine and I don’t have the risk of going out in sun immediately.
Using the face wash first removes all dead skin cells, unclogs my pores (which is very important after removing makeup, so that I don’t get breakouts). This is a foaming face wash and has a pump applicator, which is very hygienic. So I wash my face, pump moderate amount of foam and apply to wet skin. Then I rinse thoroughly with water. Its recommended to use 2 times in a day, but I use only 1 time which is night. Then I follow my daily skincare routine of Hydrating face spray, Vitamin C serum, Moisturizer, Face Oil and lip balm. Since it unclogs the pores, whatever skincare product I am applying is soaked in my skin and my skin gets all its benefits.
Price – $40 (but totally worth it, you need not use too much product, it will go a long way)
What it’s formulated without –
Below are some pictures:
1. Before using the face wash
2. After using the face wash
3. After doing my skincare routine, following using the face wash
4. The next morning after using the face wash
I have combination-oily skin. And after using the face wash, it dries my skin a bit. So all the hydrating products I use after it, helps bring hydration and moisture to my face back. So it does as it says, to prepare my skin for the skincare regimen. And I am excited to try this summer, when my skin is in its oiliest best. Hopefully it will reduce some oiliness.
I am going to use this face wash in my night time skin care routine from now. And I will update this post 2-3 months from now with latest pics, because with skincare products that’s the time I normally take to analyze any changes in overall skin quality. But considering the amazing reviews I found everywhere else, you can definitely give it a try without hesitation.
When you are on the Go there are some products which give you that fresh face and you can do easy touch-ups through the day. Today I am going to list few essentials which I am taking these days on my trips all the time! So I am going to share What’s in my Bag today when I go to a day trip to a nearby Amusement park .
I took just a handful of products which I felt I am going to be using for sure. That includes Evian Facial Spray, my compact mirror, Blotting paper to remove any oiliness from my T-zone and a lipstick which I wore that day to re-apply after food.
Evian Facial Spray is a great product to keep you looking your freshest best. You can use it in so many ways, that’s the beauty of it. I use it after I clean my face as a toner. It makes my skin hydrated and has a cooling effect. Then I go on with my regular skin care routine.
I also apply after I have put my makeup on, it makes my face look dewy and make the powder & dry makeup products look not powdery or have a drying effect on the face. And I spray little on after doing my touch up in middle of the day when I need.
When I stay at home I spray it on, even without makeup, on a hot day or a cold day to give that hydration my skin needs. So its become a skincare and beauty essential for me.
So that’s what I carry in my Bag today. Do check Evian Spray today and let me know if you like it.
Ever since I saw the Hair brush tool which straightens your hair and styles it, I have been really interested to give it a try! Because it will be so easy if you can style your hair as you brush through. So today I will review Miropure Hair Straightening Brush which does that!
In the box you will get :
1 x Hair Straightener Brush
1 x User Manual
1 x Heat Resistant Glove
1 x Bag
1 x Hair Styling Guide
It has Unique Anti-scald Design with Heat Insulation Tips to Prevent Accidental Burns. The built-in flexible spring design is more in line with the current massage comb structure, the hair comb can be moved up and down when combing hair will help avoid pulling hair and hurting scalp, it also help to dissipate heat.
It has a 360 degree swivel cord which makes it so handy while using.
There are 2 buttons or modes available Ionic & MCH Heating. First its suggested to use Ionic mode and detangle the hair and reduce frizz and then use MCH mode to style with heat.
It works between 110V-220V, makes it convenient for traveling.
There are Five Heat Settings for Different Hair Types: Straightener Comb can be adjusted from 150C/300F to 230C/450F.
It is suitable for all hair types: thin, fine, bleached, wavy, curled, kinky or hair full of knots
Hair Straightener comes with convenient automatic turning off feature to provide extra security. It turns off automatically after 30 minutes of idle time
I have done a video review and Demo of using the Brush, you can watch it below for more details.
With the summer season almost over, my skin has taken a beating this time. Since we traveled a lot and I had to walk everyday in hot afternoon to pick up my daughter from school. So the only way to look great is to focus mainly on skincare. Makeup can melt away with sweat, but if the skin looks great, makeup or no makeup you will feel and look amazing. So today I will review a new Facial I tried which is so unique and interesting you must know about it!!
This is my first time trying Exuviance products and I wanted to try their so famous Performance Peel for some time now. And I will get it soon because I have heard rave reviews about it. And when I got the chance to review their Bionic Oxygen Facial, I was so excited! Oxygen facials are great for skin, gives a youthful look and make skin revitalized and refreshed. But this is not like your regular facial and that’s where the uniqueness comes in to picture.
How to Use
First I clean my skin with my regular cleanser. Then I pump out little product and apply all over my face. Immediately I can see a light layer of foam forming on face. And in no time my face is filled with foam and bubbles. There is a slight tingly sensation, but that’s just the foam forming, not at all uncomfortable.
As soon as the foam is formed, it also starts to disappear the same way. Slowly all the foam starts to fade away. And it easy to keep a track and know when to clean up. The facial is very quick and easy. The total facial takes about 5 minutes. And within 5 mintues all the foam disappears and you know that you can rinse off your face in water and your facial is done!!
And once I cleaned off my face,after first use, I can visible notice the change in my skin texture. It felt lot softer and looked smooth. It looked & felt as if I had gone to a parlor and done an 1 hour facial!! Definitely worth the price of $65. And you need a tiny amount, so the product will go a long way. Great for quick skin care and BEST for traveling. You can do quick fix skincare and facial in 5 minutes anytime anywhere. A spa like facial in your home or hotel is so convenient no doubt.
It works amazing on my combination skin. I can see my pores looked smaller after I used it as suggested. I used 2 times in a week. My skin is so smooth and soft and feels hydrated & refreshed! Going to repurchase it for sure. Do try it today and see the difference.
My search for a everyday wearing eyeliner is officially over since I came across Marc Jacobs Highliner. Where were you all my life!! Why I love Matte Gel Eye Crayon from Marc Jacobs so much, read on to know more.
When comes to applying eyeliner in my water line, its a struggle for me. My eyes tend to get watery and gradually the eyeliner is smudged and kind of washed out after some time. So I kind of stopped applying eyeliners in my water line since they kind of irritated my eyes too. When I tried Marc Jacobs Highliner, it was so comfortable in my eyes I started applying eyeliners in my waterline too. They glide on smoothly, and there is no tugging or pulling of eyes. They are so creamy in texture, and that’s how an eyeliner formula should be!
The Matte Gel Eye Crayon is available in 12 shades. Some are great for everyday use like the neutrals and the vibrant ones are great if you want to dress up or go for a bolder look. I got the shades
(Earth)Quake 41 – It is a dark brown shade
Pink of Me 59 – It is very light pastel pink shade
And you can use these in so many different ways. I use them as eyeliner, eyeshadow and for different purposes as well.
– You can apply in your water line as regular eyeliner
– You can apply in lower lash line and smudge for a smokey eye look.
– Apply on your entire eyelid as a eyeshadow color and blend with fingers
– Apply in upper lash line or tight line for a intense eye look.
The pigmentation & color payoff of these Highliners in top notch. So pigmented and you don’t need to reapply or go over it again and again. It stays on for many hours which makes it great for everyday wear. And you don’t need any sharpener you just have to twist at the bottom to get more product, which makes it so convenient. Try it today and I am sure you won’t feel like going for any other eyeliners!
Disclaimer : I received the products complimentary for testing purposes, but all the opinions and my review is honest & unbiased.
Do you love when 1 product can do multi-tasking. I do, fore sure! And its perfect for trips and vacation, you bring one makeup product which can do various functions. So today I will review such an unique product which not only performs job of 2 or 3 but 5 different product, which is Julep Cushion Complexion!!
When I learned about the product 2 features intrigued me, one was the 5-in-1 Skin perfector feature and other was it is infused with Turmeric. And being from India I know the benefits turmeric have on skin. We use turmeric for many home made skin care masks. So I couldn’t wait to try it.
This multitasking skin perfector has a natural, demi-matte finish with buildable medium-to-full coverage that conceals, corrects, illuminates, blurs & brightens. So these are the 5 tasks it performs. And I will share how it performed in all these areas.
Coming to shades, it is available in 18 different shades, so covering a good range of skin tones. I got 5 shades to review which are
Nude 200 – Medium Nude with Cool Undertone
Cashmere 210 – Medium Cashmere with Cool Undertone
Sand 220 – Medium Sand with Neutral Undertone
Beige 230 – Medium Beige with Warm Undertone
Camel 240 – Medium Camel with Warm Undertone
The shade closest to my skintone was Camel and I also used Cashmere for Highlighting and Concealing.
The packaging of the product is very sleek and high quality. Looks like a high end makeup product. I love the fact that you can see the shade from outside as well, very convenient for pick and go when you are in a hurry.
It comes with a convenient cushion tip applicator allows for easy and precise application, even on the go. You can use it to spot correct and conceal, or all over as a foundation. As with any other product where you have to twist to get the product on the applicator, for first time the twisting is bit more. Later on with less twists you can get the product out.
How to Use :
1. First I used the shade Camel as my foundation. I applied the product all over my face & neck. Then I blended it with my finger tips, with a dabbing motion. They advertise the product that it blends nicely with fingers, so I chose to do the same. And it did blended nicely with only fingers, so makes it great for everyday use or while traveling.
It is said to also add a blur effect, means you don’t need a primer separately. So I didn’t use primer before applying the product. And I did note it made my skin look smooth and pores looked smaller.
2. Then I used the shade Cashmere to Conceal, Correct my under-eyes & highlight as well. The shade was little brighter than Camel was perfect for that. And again I blended with my fingers with gentle dabbing motion. It gave me a medium coverage in concealing and highlighted very well.
The ingredients include
1. Turmeric Extract : It provided long term brightening benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. We Indians use turmeric in everything, starting from food to medicine to skin care & in many home remedies.
2. Camellie Seed Oil : Contains skin-calming properties and provides nourishing & moisturizing benefits. (Sourced from Jeju Island, South Korea)
3.Soft-Focus Powders : Blur the look of fine lines & imperfections while creating a smooth, demi-matte finish that’s never flat.
So that’s how it looks once I have blended everything nicely. It stayed on for a decent amount of time without fading. The only place it faded was on my eyelids, since they get oily. Rest of my face looked the same even after 5-6 hours. And my T zone didn’t get oily too as it gets normally.
Overall a great product with so many great features. Definitely try it today!!
Having smooth hair-less body is everyone’s wish, mainly when you have to go out. Or if you plan to wear that little black dress you need hair removal prior to that for sure! Recently we went for a beach day and for some reason I couldn’t go for my regular hair removal process which is waxing. So this Shaving Gel from Busy Beauty came in handy and groomed me in the last minute.
Having a shaving gel handy is very helpful when you are traveling or you want to shave when you want to in the comfort of your home. And the best part of this product is, its shaving without water, means you don’t have to lather, rinse or wash. You don’t even need shower mirrors when shaving.
It is very easy to use. You can apply it pre-shave, during shave and post-shave. It has moisturizing lubricants and the lotion hydrates your skin to look fresh and feels soft to touch. So I just applied the gel where I wanted to shave (my hands and underarms area). Took a razor and slowly shaved away, it was the fastest hair removal I have done till now and no pain as well. If you go for shaving regularly this will be very useful for you.
It is perfect for sensitive skin. The ingredients contain soothing Natural Essential oils of
Eucalyptus, Clove, Ginger, Oat and Tea Tree.
So there was no razor burn, no shaving irritation and no ingrown hairs.
The product is environmentally conscious with being paraben free, alcohol free, cruelty free and is 100 % vegan.
The package size is TSA approved so you can take in your carry-on without issues.
Coming to the how to dispense the product, it has a pump so makes it very convenient and travel friendly. You just pump out how much you need. And you also need less amount of product while shaving. So it will go for a long time.
The product feels very light weight and applies smoothly on the skin. And I just love the adorable packaging. Its just my style of design. So pretty and a great quality product overall.
You can also get it from Amazon and just read the awesome reviews it has there. When the product is great no doubt everyone will love it!! Do try it today and see for yourself!
I recently got to review some products from BeautyBigBang. They have amazing Makeup, NailArt, Hair and many other products. I have done review videos of 3 items in my Youtube channel. So check out these products and more about them.
“DRAMATICALLY TRANSFORMS THE LOOK OF LINES AND WRINKLES.
4 targeted products to instantly fill + blur” – Revlon
Does it get your attention, it sure got mine! As I am getting mature and older my skin has shown a transformation. So I know, in few more years I will get more lines around my face and nothing will be smooth and perfect. So getting a makeup product which performs multiple tasks is really interesting. So I got to try 4 of the product in this range and 2 of them were very unique and I have never seen a product like this before. So read on to know more about them.
Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Foundation
Out of all the products I tried this one I loved the most. Starting from shade match to doing what it says. So I got in shade ‘330 Natural Tan’ and it was perfect match for me. The packaging is decent, nothing different about it. The product is lightweight and you need a small amount to apply. I tried blending with a damp makeup sponge and brush and it got blended nicely with both. But I prefer the sponge since it gave a fresh dewy look as well. The best part was it filled my pores and made my skin looked smooth. Stayed for a decent amount of time 5-6 hours then showed signs of wearing off.
Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Primer for Face/Neck
The look of the product and the applicator was very unique. To dispense the product, you have to click at the bottom (like a pen) and product will come out in the plastic wide applicator. Use can use the applicator to apply and blend the product itself. The consistency is thick and it didn’t have any tint to it. Will blend and look natural on skin. I could see visible results on this product too. To apply I would suggest apply on those areas which need it, like I only use around my nose where I have large pores. I could see immediately all my pores are gone almost 80-90%. It filled it nicely and my skin looked airbrushed!! I don’t have much wrinkles to see its effect on my neck, but on my face I was really impressed. I also like to use it on those days I don’t use makeup, just to give a smoother looking skin.
Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer
The shade I got in this is ’04 Medium’ which matched me perfectly. About the coverage it gave me a medium coverage on my heavy dark circles. With color corrector it almost gave a full coverage but I could still see dark shadows under my eyes. The sponge applicator is easy for application. I couldn’t notice much of the fill and blur effect as I don’t have much wrinkles around my eyes yet. But I liked that it didn’t crease much and I did set it with little loose powder to last through out the day.
Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Primer for forehead
This product got me really excited before I tried, the packaging looked cool and the concept too. There are no similar products on the market so I wanted to see how it performs. The applicator is like a nail polish applicator i.e. a brush. The consistency of the product is thick. I applied it on my forehead, just a single swipe. Then I could see it has blurred my forehead and make it look smoother, but I could still see me wrinkles and lines. Then I applied 1-2 more coats, which was a mistake. Normally in 1 swipe, the product takes a bit of time to dry. With 2-3 coats it took a lot of time to dry and once dried after touching my skin felt as it it has a coating of wax/glue on it. And when I tried to blend in foundation it didn’t blend at all. So I knew i have to apply only a small amount. So next time I applied a sheer amount, let it dry and then tried to apply foundation. It blended better this time, but still upon touching skin felt like it has a coating of something on it. Bottomline, this product left me feeling unimpressed and kind of frustrated. Look wise, it did made my forehead looked smoother and gave a blurred effect. But I just didn’t like how it sat on my skin without blending in perfectly so that it feels like my skin (if you know what I mean).
So out of 4 product, 3 worked out great for me, 1 not so much. So do try and let me know your thoughts, and if the forehead primer worked for you, any tips that would be great!
Disclosure : I received the products free from CrowdTap for testing purposes. But my opinions are honest and unbiased.
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