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We all love to use organic, chemical free products. Don’t we? For me, I didn't really pay much attention to the ingredients in my skin care and makeup, even until 1 year ago. But recently I have become more aware and cautious about the ingredient lists, especially when it comes to skin and hair care.
Today, I am here with a review on a newly launched product from the house of Satthwa. Satthwa is a brand which is known for products that are made from Grade A pure ingredients without the use of harmful chemicals and parabens. They have recently come up with this “Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo"


So without wasting any time further, lets get into the nitty-gritty details..


Satthwa claims:-
“We took 6 months to research this shampoo as we wanted this to be the best shampoo you will ever use. We have included Argan oil, Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Almond oil, Coconut oil and Botanical Keratin in this shampoo. Together all these oils nourish your scalp and hair. Our shampoo also contains neem extracts, which is known to reduce dandruff naturally. We also wanted to make this shampoo SLS / Paraben free so that it does not irritate the skin and also does not cause damage to scalp and hair in the long run. Made for all hair types! Recommended for both men and women. Sulfate / Alcohol Free!”



Price:
Rs 499 for 200ml

Can be purchased from:-
Satthwa’s official Website, Amazon and Flipkart

The Packaging:-
Unlike most of the shampoos available in the Indian market that come in bottles, Satthwa Argan Oil Shampoo comes in a squeeze tube packaging with a flip-top cap. The tube is huge, sturdy and the cap is leakage-proof making it ideal for traveling.


How does the shampoo look and smell like?
The shampoo is thicker and creamier than your usual shampoos, but that doesn’t make it any less effective in evenly distributing and spreading across your scalp, hair. It smells amazing. I have a sensitive nose and detest strong fragrances, but this one is so divine, so refreshing and lingers even after a day or two of hair wash.



How does the shampoo actually work? Our personal experiences:-
My sister-in-law and I, we both have been using this shampoo for the past two weeks. She has soft, silky, straight hair, whereas I have dry, frizzy, wavy hair.
We have used this without using anything pre or post wash, wit oiling our hair before and also without oiling our hair, without using conditioner after wash and also with using conditioner post wash…and here is our experiences…

My experience:-
As I have already said that I have dry and frizzy hair and herbal, ‘au-naturel’ shampoos make my hair drier. An oil massage and conditioning is must for me.  But I first started using this shampoo without using anything pre or post of it, just to know how the shampoo actually performs without any other help.
As it is SLS free, I didn’t expect it to lather much and yes, it doesn’t lather much the first time, but it does its job pretty well. Lather doesn’t always mean that the shampoo is cleaning better you know. If you are not satisfied, you can go for a second wash; it lathers pretty well during the second wash and that too using a tiny amount. I have to shampoo my hair pretty often, sometimes even daily, thus a tiny coin-sized amount and a single wash is enough for me. It cleanses my scalp well, despite not lathering gallon. But if your hair is dirty or oily, you might need more product and more washes.
Without conditioner my hair becomes very dry and surprisingly it was less dry with this, thanks to the nourishing agents. The oils in the shampoo made all the difference I guess.


Later I started oiling my hair prior or using conditioner post washing my hair with this shampoo and my hair felt extraordinarily soft, bouncy and manageable. With continuous use I am even noticing less hair fall during wash and also my scalp doesn’t flake as much as it used to. The shampoo washes off pretty easily, without leaving any residue.

SIL’s experience:-
She has normal hair and she was even more impressed with this. She didn’t need any oiling or conditioning pre/post usage and her hair felt so beautiful. I just couldn’t stop touching her hair. She loves oiling her hair before shampooing and that made her hair feel even more luxurious. She totally loves this shampoo.
 
Some quick Q&A:-


Does it contain SLS, paraben, silicones, artificial color and fragrances?
No, it does not contain any harmful chemicals, just all natural products and thus making it totally safe for the skin and hair. The fragrance used is natural and is very mild.
Is it compulsory to apply Satthwa premium oil before shampoo?
No, absolutely not! But for best results, the brand recommends to use the hair oil prior the shampoo.
Is it helpful in dandruff?
Yes, the shampoo contains Neem Extracts which are anti-bacterial and also fight dandruff. But you have to give it time to show results.
Is it helpful in stopping hair fall?
Well, I believe no shampoo can totally stop hair fall, but yes, they can control hair fall to some extent. I personally have noticed less hair fall and breakage while using this shampoo.
After shampooing with this shampoo is conditioner necessary?
This totally depends on your personal preference. This shampoo contains ingredients which do condition the hair as well, so you can skip conditioner. But I personally would suggest you to condition your hair after using this.

FINAL THOUGHTS:-
I always look out for moisture and nourishment in my hair care products and this shampoo definitely adds moisture and provides nourishment to both my hair and scalp. It clears all the junk out of my hair without making my hair over dry, frizzy. I love that it is SLS, preservative and alcohol free. Yes, I agree that it is expensive, but I don’t mind paying more for a product that actually works. I never really experimented with hair care products, but I am glad that I decided to give this a try.
So, in a nutshell, we are loving it and if you too are looking for a good SLS free shampoo, then you can give this a try :)



Which is your current favorite shampoo? Why do you love it so much? Let us know :)

* PR Sample. But review is honest as always.


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Hello my gorgeous people,
We all know how difficult it is to find good glitter eye shadows in India. The imported ones are way too costly and moreover are easily not available. Few cheaper ones which we get on Amazon or Flipkart are duds. I am not very fond of glitters, but there are phases in my life where I just want it to rain glitters. During one such phase, in my quest to find the perfect glitter eye shadow in India, I bumped into an Instagram store, TS Cosmetics, who sell pressed glitters at an amazingly low price. I saw many fellow beauty bloggers raving and thus felt intrigued and ordered 8 of them. Later 4 were added as I received them as freebies with my second order and thus I’ll be reviewing 12 of them today.


Lets get into the nitty-gritty details…

About the brand:-
TS Cosmetics
is a Lucknow, India based brand founded by Miss Tabassum Saher. The brand provides amazing quality products at affordable price tags.


What she says about her Pressed glitters:-
Requires no glue and have the special formula ‘no mess no fall’. Just use your finger or brush to dip into the product and then illuminate your eye look by tapping or sliding the product to your lid. 


PRICE and Quantity:
Rs 300 for 8gms in each pot. It was Rs. 110 each when I first bought them.
INGREDIENTS
ROSEHIP OIL, carnauba wax, Dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, vitamin e, isopropyl alcohol, properly glycol, polysorbate 80, amaze xt, glitter.

PACKAGING:-
The glitters come in a transparent plastic pot with a white stopper and a black lid. The pot further comes housed inside a black box which has all the details mentioned. Considering the price, I feel the packaging is quite good.


SHADES:-
She has innumerable number of glitter shades under her wings. You name it, she has it or she can make it. Yes, she even can custom make for you. She did for me. The shades I got are:-


ROSEGOLD
AQUA
ROSEY
CAPUCCHINO
BLACK SEA
WHITE GOLD
BLUELAND
PLUM
GRANITE
DIAMOMD
3D GOLD
A CUSTOM MADE BLACK-RED-GOLD


TEXTURE, FINISH and LONGEVITY:-
The glitters are very fine and come in a gel base. The consistency is neither too wet, nor too dry. They are oh so incredibly packed with glitters and one swipe gives the absolute perfect coverage. Like all pressed glitters, this too can crumble down when touching your eyelids so you have to be really cautious when playing around with them. Now, the not so good part, it takes like forever to set on my eyes. Not that I have oily lids or so, but it does take time. If you don’t give them their much needed time to set or start packing them more than needed, the glitters will move all over your eye lid, crease, brow bone and eventually to your entire face wreaking havoc. Your face will end up looking like a disco ball. So be patient if you want to have best out of it.


I wear them and just lay on bed keeping my eyes closed for a few minutes. That’s how it works on me. You don’t really need any product to make the glitters stick, but I have tried over glitter glue and with that they obviously don’t crumble down or move.

HOW I USE and REMOVE:-
These pressed glitters are really easy to use. Acoording to me, it works best when you tap the glitter on your lids with your finger. You can apply with brushes as well, but works better with fingers. With brushes  they also have a tendency to crumble down.
Removing them is as much a pain as every freaking glitter on the planet. You can remove most of it with your normal cleanser. But little specks will still remain stuck here and there which are notoriously tough to get rid of and which time can only remove. 

WORDS of CAUTION:-
One has to be really careful when using glitters on face, especially on eyes. One speck inside your eye is enough to blind you for life. No, I am not scaring you, but just asking you to be extra cautious. By chance if it gets inside your eye, remove every trace of eye makeup immediately and splash water on your eyes repeatedly. Visit doctor if irritation persists.

FINAL THOUGHTS:-
Keeping the mess aside, which is quite obvious with any pressed glitters (even cult-favorite glitter injections sometimes are such pain), I like them pretty much. The glitters are not chunky, not gritty and very feel comfortable on lids. Jam packed with glitters, just a light dip of finger tip into it picks up enough products to cover the entire lid. Just pay attention to the amount you using and also give time to set.  That way you won’t be left disappointed.


Special Mention:-
Tabassum Saher, the girl behind all the amazing products, is such a sweetheart. After I finalized my order I asked her bank details and also messaged her my address (the way Instagram shopping works). I was supposed to make the payment the next day which I totally forgot and remembered only after I received the parcel. Yes, she sent the parcel without even receiving the payment. She didn’t know me, it was my first ever order, yet she trusted and sent them to me. No one really does that in today’s world. I will remember this forever. She is very responsive and friendly. Just ping her with any query and she will be there to help. :)

Now, time for a few eye and lip makeups I created using TS COSMETICS Pressed Glitters ;)






 Do you love using glitter eye shadows? Which ones are your favorites? Have you used TS Cosmetics glitter eye shadows? Let us know :)


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We all dream of fluttery, bambi-level eye lashes. Don’t we? And to fulfill our dreams, the market is filled with varieties of false lashes, from wispy to full-on-drama, from synthetic to mink lashes, you name it and you could have it. Recently, mink lashes have taken the beauty world with their ‘more-realistic’ and ‘more-comfortable’ approaches. Yes, they are supposed to be more comfortable, lighter, fluffier, realistic, natural looking and yes, a lot expensive than regular synthetic lashes. 


So when I saw an Indie brand making their own mink lashes that too at a really affordable price tag, I couldn't stop myself from ordering a few. 

And today after using them for quite a few times, I am finally here with the review. So presenting TS COSMETICS 3D MINK LASHES… J

About the BRAND:-
TS Cosmetics
is a Lucknow, India based brand founded by Miss Tabassum Saher. The brand provides amazing quality products at affordable price tags.

WHAT the BRAND says about their
100% mink eyelashes. 100% cruelty free
People will stare make it worth their while
3d intense fluff eyelashes

PRICE:-
INR 1,050.00. I got them for INR 330 when they were first launched in August end last year. 

Where to Buy From?
From TS Cosmetics Instagram Page and Website.
PACKAGING:- 
Each pair of lashes comes housed in a round plastic case with a transparent lid. The brand and shade names are mentioned on a card kept inside the case. The case though looks and feels very sturdy, is actually quite fragile and the lid of 2 cases already off when they were sent to me.



MY EXPERIENCE WITH TS Cosmetics Mink Eyelashes:-

Fortunately I am blessed with naturally long, curled lashes and I don’t really need falsies that much. I just wear them during shoots for that extra drama or in weddings or events where I wear them just because I want to wear them. Yet, I have tons of them and keep buying even more. Also, being a professional makeup artist, I have to buy lashes for my clients and thus I keep looking for and experimenting with different varieties from different brands.



Talking about these, ohh my God, these are the most dramatic eye lashes I have ever used on myself or anybody else. They are incredibly long, voluminous and fluttery. All of the four lashes are so glamorous, full and dramatic and definitely not for the faint-hearted people. The lashes always hog the limelight and become the centre of attention, because they're stunning and dramatic.


But, you need a strong lash adhesive for this one. They have really thick bands, which if not properly glued, keeps lifting up from the corners. Being thick bands, sometimes it becomes really hard to maneuver the lash band into precisely where you want it. You have to apply a thick layer of glue, wait for a while and then keep it pressed on the lash line till the glue dries up fully. A little here and there and they will just fall right off.
Being so full and long, these feel a little uncomfortable for the first few minutes. But once you get the hang of it, it won’t matter much.
The ones I got are Lash Me, Isabis, Blinkex and Adebel. The one I love the most is ‘Lash Me’, the most wearable of the lot. 





HOW I CLEAN THEM:-
I just use tweezers or fingers to peel off the left over dried glue. I don’t use water to clean. If I feel that my falsies have become loaded with mascara and glue and it is no longer possible to just peel them off, I soak a cotton ball in micellar water and keep it on the lash for a few seconds. The micellar water loosens the mascara and glue. Then I slowly wipe the lashes off any residue. I dab with a tissue to soak excess and let them dry naturally.

WHY YOU SHOULD BUY THEM and Why you should not!
These are extremely long, fluttery and ultra voluminous and thus, if you are looking for a show-stopping look and are comfortable with full on , heavy lashes, then you can definitely try these. But, if you are a first timer, someone who is trying to ease out in the world of lashes or someone who is fan of natural looking falsies, then these are not for you.

My Final Thoughts!
These are super glamorous, fluttery, full and way beyond my comfort level. No, by this I don’t mean that they feel extremely uncomfortable; just that they are huge and just look too big on my eyes. I don’t have much space between my eyes and brows and I feel these don’t really look good on me. I generally use them for professional shoots. Fashion shoots often call for extra drama and these scream ‘drama’. But again, seeing the current price, I doubt if I will ever buy anymore from the brand. HUDA Beauty lashes are available almost at similar prices, Kingdom of Lashes and Glowmiere Lashes are available at much lesser rates and quality wise these 3 brands are way better, so I would naturally incline towards those. These are no wonder good, but not worth Rs. 1050. The price hike is unbelievable. Had it been somewhere between INR 500-700, it would still have seemed fine.

I can stare at these forever... :D




Do you wear false lashes? Which one is your favorite brand of falsies? Have you used TS Cosmetics 3D Mink Lashes? Let us know :)
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Good fragrances are like fresh condiments, they add their very own flavor to your mood. I am a fragrance fanatic and love to collect as many as I possibly can or my pocket would allow, be it a perfume or a body mist. Today I’ll be reviewing one of the recent additions to my body mist collection, the “The Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist”. Subtle fruity fragrances are my absolute favorites and they have this immense power to enliven my mood even when I am at my lowest. And no, this is no exaggeration. 


So without blabbering any further let us get into the review…

The Packaging:-
A simple glass bottle with a spray pump dispenser and a silver cap. As it is a glass bottle, it feels heavy and you have to be really careful carrying and handling this; one slip and its gone. The labeling is simple and pretty. 



Price:-
Rs. 695.00
for 100 ml. I got it at 50% off during sale.

MY Experience with The Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist:-
When it comes to choosing fragrances, I am very skeptical. I have a sensitive nose and strong fragrances make my head spin..
This is one of the most subtle body mists I have ever used. The strawberry fragrance feels so sweet, very feminine, light and refreshing.  It has no second notes, just true strawberry. It will begin by smelling strawberry and will end by smelling strawberry. Don’t worry, its not overpowering and you won’t smell like a house of strawberry gourmet. The longevity of the mist depends on the weather, your activity level and also how much you sweat. I don’t sweat much. But I generally have to spend the day out in the sun for work and the fragrance lingers for a good 3-4 hours after which it needs layering. When I stay indoors it definitely lasts longer. I love spraying it on my neck, behind ears, on my wrist and a little on my clothes as well. I love how my clothes smell at the end of the day. It doesn’t stain the fabric. The spray dispenser allows only minimum product dispense and it spritz very uniformly. 


Summing Up The LIKES And DISLIKES:-

What I LIKE About Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist:-
  • Iconic TBS strawberry smell
  • Delightful, sweet and feminine
  • Subtle and refreshing 
  • Ultra-fine mist
  • Has a decent staying power
  • Gentle on skin
  • No staining clothes
  • Decently priced
  • Easily available

What I Don’t Like About Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist:-
  • Glass bottle. You have no idea how frightening it is for me. 
  • Not very travel friendly.
     
Final Thoughts:-
This, though was an impulse buy, has made a permanent place in my heart. It is mild and mood enhancing and a perfect 'pick-me-up' when I want to smell nice, but not too noticeably. This doesn’t feel or smell artificial or give me headaches, but is very pleasant and welcoming. It also prolongs the smell of the body wash, body sorbet and body butter of the same strawberry range products when used together. I just wish it came it plastic bottles, the glass one scares me.
So if you are a fan of Strawberry fragrances and are pro at carrying glass bottles, you can definitely give this a try.


Rating:-
4/5 :)

Which is your favorite body mist? Have you tried any of The Body Shop's mists? Let us know :)
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So, how is the summer treating you so far? Super amazingly? :P
I am not a summer person, to be precise, an Indian summer person. I absolutely hate May and June in India and the last 2 weeks were terrible and intolerable beyond words. Yesterday we had a fun gathering and guess what? It was a morning event. Being an introvert and also a summer hater, I did my best to avoid attending it. But fate had something else planned and I had to go.
For the event I quickly thought up a look. I didn’t want a heavy makeup, yet wanted something that will be different, look fabulous and most importantly will go with the sultry summer.


The look came out pretty nice and I thought why not share it with you all. In any case, someone complained that I only do dramatic night looks and not an easy morning one. So everyone, here it goes... 


For this look, you can do your base first and then move on to your eye makeup. I didn’t go for a heavy base and a layer of BB cream over my usual moisturizer just worked fine. However you can use foundation, concealer and everything else that you want to use.

Now lets move on to the eye makeup:
Groom your browns and apply a wash of skin colored eye shadow all over your eye lid.


Now take a coral brown eye shadow on a fluffy brush and move to and fro on your crease.
On the same fluffy brush take a warm pink eye shadow and just apply it on the socket line, concentrating more on the outer corners. Blend and merge the eye shadows well.
Now once everything is nice and blended, take a champagne satiny eye shadow and just pack it on the centre of the lid. Blend the harsh lines.
Now that your lid is done, let us move on to the lower lash line. For this I opted for a bright blue eye liner pencil, you can go for any other color or just your usual black as well.
Now taking a smudger brush, smudge the stroke of liner a little. My brush had some residue of black kohl, and thus it added little of the it which gave a nice gradient look. So you can try that as well. 
Finally add loads of mascara/ natural looking falsies to round off the look.

 

CHEEKS and LIPS:-
A swirl of a peachy coral blush on each cheek. Again, highlighter is optional. For lips I went for a peach colored lipstick. 

And that is it, my look is done and that too in minutes.


At the end of the day I just added some black kohl on the lower lash line, over the blue and on the outer corner of my lids and smudged well with my finger. This instantly transformed the look from a soft glam morning look to a glam night look.


 
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10 Best / My Favorite Mascaras available in India

They say, “Inner beauty is great, but a little mascara never hurts” and I can never agree more. I just love how a good mascara can change the whole look. To me, it is very essential and helps me feel put together. When I am in a hurry, I’ll just put on mascara and black kohl all the way around the inner rim, a totally sexy eye makeup in a minute. Actually, even on days where I really don't feel like wearing any makeup at all, not even kohl, it's the one thing I'll wear. Masacara completes me.



So are you a fan of voluminous and elongated lashes like me? Then you have come to the right place. In today’s post I have compiled a list of best mascaras, my absolute favorites. Hope you all, especially girls who have been asking me about my favorite mascaras, will find this helpful.


L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara:-
Price: Rs 950. Currently available at 750 on Nykaa.


 
I am on my nth number of tube and that says it all. Best part is the brush. The millionizing brush evenly thickens lashes from root to tip. Plus it is jet black with a perfect ‘not too dry, not too wet’ consistency. The result? My lashes look so longer and multiplied.  I see myself repurchasing this again and again.


Jet black, beautiful formula and gives amazing volume, length, curl, anything you could want in your mascara. Just you have to be a little cautious when applying the second coat. And if you wear it properly, you will love the drama, absolutely breathtaking. My second most favourite and I always have a back up of this. Whenever I want dramatic lashes, nothing can beat the beauty of this.

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara:-
Price:-
Rs. 500


This is one of the best budget mascaras available in Indian market. There are two variants, a waterproof and a non-waterproof version. Light-weight, the texture is on the wetter side making it easy to apply. It coats the lashes well and doesn’t make them clump. The applicator it has is something incredible; it has upper Lash and lower lash applicator distinguished so that u won't end messing up your eye shadow in upper Lash and concealer in lower.

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara:-
Price:- Rs 550

Maybelline seems to have quite a few good mascaras, best thing is most of them are under or around 500. This one is a beauty. Available in washable and waterproof formula. Staying true to the name it definitely adds a ‘falsie’ effect to your lashes. The effect stays pretty long too. Drama, that what it delivers.

Maybelline Hyper curl Mascara:-
Price- Rs 300


I started my journey of Maybelline mascara with this one. This is another ‘old, but gold’ product from Maybelline. Black, gives amazing volume and curl and also stays put for long. At such a price tag, what else can I want?

Essence Get Big! Lashes Volume Curl Mascara:-
Price:- Rs. 299


One of the best mascaras at such a low price tag. The mascara adds black, long lash effect in just one stroke. More strokes can accentuate the effect. Absolute bomb! Love the quirky packaging as well.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
Price:- Rs 799


The international best seller has finally launched in India. It delivers voluptuous volume and intense length in just one coat.This is said to be the closet dupe of the cult favorite Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara, which is again my absolute favorite. I would have listed that too, but unfortunately, it is not easily available in India.

L'oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black
PRICE:- Rs. 1200



Though available only online and is on the expensive side in India, but I love how this mascara lifts, curls while adding amazing volume and length in just a few swipes. I wore this for 14 hours at a stretch, and I didn’t face any smudging or flaking problems, it held the curl pretty well too. The formula is semi-waterproof, so it washes off easily with the help of regular face wash/cleansers. But just be a little careful when layering, otherwise lashes might stick together will become too hard to separate.



 
LAKME EyeConic Lash Curling Mascara:-
PRICE:- Rs 338



Looking for a mascara that will accentuate your eyes without adding too much drama? Get this one. It is perfect for a natural everyday look. The consistency is good and the brush is curved at the right angel, adding soft curl, volume and length to your lashes.


Revlon Water Tight Mascara – Black
Price: Rs. 510
A good mascara from the good old brand. The consistency is great, doesn’t clump, doesn’t flake and is water-resistant, long wearing.
 



Note that these are my personal favorites, yours can vary according to your choice and preferences.  If you buy any of these, I would advise you to go to the store and test them at the counter before buying. That way, you won’t be disappointed at the end.



Also, don’t forget to let me know about your favorite mascara. Do our choices match?
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Colorbar Just Smoky Eye Pencil - Just Black Review, Swatches and EOTD
The best kohl pencil in India?

Hello everyone,
We all know how a good kajal or kohl pencil can change our life for better. Isn’t? Being a crazy kajal lover, being a person who can never imagine her life without kajals, I am always in a lookout for best kajals to accentuate my eyes. Due to work I mostly have to stay out in the sun and find myself looking like a raccoon at the end of the day if the kajal or kohl pencil melts even a bit. So, when buying it, the first thing I have to keep in mind is that it has to be smudge proof.


I bumped into the COLORBAR JUST SMOKEY- JUST BLACK KAJAL when I was searching for a good smudge proof kajal. So could it sort out that smudge? Lets get into the details J

PRICE AND QUANTITY:             
INR 650 for 1.2g. But they are always on discount and can be easily purchased online for around INR 520.

SHELF LIFE:                    
Best before 3 years from the date of packaging.

PACKAGING:-
The kajal comes housed in Colorbar’s signature grayish silver box, which is a color coded on one side.


The kohl pencil itself has a very classy look and feel to it. It is a dual ended sharpen-able pencil which is capped on both the ends, one to protect the kohl and another for the foam smudger. I am not too fond of foam or sponge smudgers, but this one is pretty decent. Brand name, shade name and other details are inscribed on the body in silver fonts. The good thing is the MFD and best before dates are mentioned on the pencil as well, so even if you lose the outer box, it won’t be a problem.

Subtle, classy and no fuss packaging.

The SHADE and TEXTURE:-
The kohl is one of the most intense black kohls I have used. Velvety rich matte black color is what Colorbar claims and actually delivers.



The texture is soft, creamy and goes smoothly without tugging and pulling. I have used many kohl pencils which over time become dry, crumbly and start to break. But this one from the starting day to the day you can last use it, it maintains the same texture. The kajal sets pretty quickly and once it sets, it won’t move. Also, I have noticed that when you smudge a kohl, some feel to waxy and greasy, even few high end brands have such issues (Yes MAC Feline Kohl Power, I am looking at you). But this one feels like velvet and settles into gorgeous matte in no time.
NOTE:- When you are smudging it, you have to be really fast, because it sets quickly and you won’t get the perfect finish if it sets midway. The smudger works pretty nice smudging the kohl.


COLOR PAYOFF and STAYING POWER:-
Velvety rich black color, that too in one swipe. I hardly ever need a second coat. The color is buildable, so if you want a richer color, you can always pack it up. Staying power is pretty amazing all. It wears quite through the day. I use it both on my waterline and lower lash line and it stays for a good 10-12 hours without smudging or fading. Note that I don’t really have an oily lid, but even if you have so, it won’t disappoint you.


HOW I USE:-
Just to line waterline.
To line water line and lower lash line
To tightline.
Line upper lash line.
Apply on upper and lower lash line and then smudge to get a smokey look
All of the above  :P


HOW TO REMOVE:-
I love how it doesn’t budge even on rubbing, but again comes off easily with a makeup remover. No pain at all…

DISAPOINTMENTS?
This comes in a pencil form and hence you have to sharpen it, which leads to wastage of products. But one thing I have noticed that as the pencil is not excessively creamy, it needs less sharpening and thus lesser wastage of product compared to other pencil form kohls.

FINAL THOUGHTS? WOULD I REPURCHASE AND RECOMMEND THIS TO OTHERS?
Absolutely. This is an amazing product and if you are kohl pencil / kajal love like me, you will fall in love with it in first swipe. The color is so intense and accentuates eyes beautifully. Wear it just like a liner or smudge it for a smokey effect, the result will be equally great. Though it seems a little expensive for an everyday kajal, but I don’t really mind paying for a product that actually works. It is worth every penny. I am loving this and see myself repurchasing it as soon as I finish this one.

RATING:-
5/5 J
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Detect Fake Cosmetics

Using makeup has become an everyday thing to us. Be it a full face glam or a subtle kohl and lipstick look, imagining life without a touch of makeup is next to impossible. Not only makeup, we nowadays heavily rely on skin and hair care products as well. Now imagine using a fake product, loaded with harmful chemicals going into our skin, no matter how little we use. Even a stroke of fake kajal or a swipe of fake lipstick or a spritz of a fake perfume can prove to be very harmful.
The number of people falling prey to fake cosmetics, masquerading as original, are increasing day by day. Being in India, we don’t have much access to International brands and so we end up relying on various websites and Instagram sellers and other ‘importers’ to get our makeup fix. We trust them with our money, hoping to receive all genuine products. And that’s where the sellers play their hand and you knowingly or unknowingly fall into their clutches and get just knockoffs in the name of ‘100% genuine and authentic products’.


I get so many messages where people attach a picture of a product from a random seller or page and ask me about the authenticity of it. So today I'll taking about ways to detect a fake beauty product. This is a much requested post and I hope you all find it helpful.

PRICE:-
Most of the time, a fake product will be a lot cheaper than their original counterpart. For example, a genuine HUDA Beauty Rose Gold Eye Shadow Palettewill cost you almost 5000 INR, while you can get a fake HUDA Beauty Rose Gold palette for as low as 500. Huda Beauty Liquid mattes are available for 750/-, that too a set of 4, where an original one costs 1650 INR. Don’t succumb to the desire of getting a cheap copy. Buy the genuine products to get the best results.


 

COPIES:-
There are many variations of fake products. Some are ‘A copy’, some are ‘A+’, some are first copies, few are second and some are even “true” copies. Such an oxymoron!! Some ‘genuine’ fake sellers actually have the decency to mention that on their posts. Remember, copy is just a polished word for fake here; and no matter how negligible the difference is, a fake will always remain a fake. So whenever you see ‘copy’, just run.



PACKAGING:-

Look out for a difference in packaging. Counterfeit products will look and feel fake from every angle. Mostly fake ones will have uneven fonts, inconsistent or different patterns, misspelled words and incorrect shade names. Some powder products even have sponge applicators instead of brushes. Please compare them with pictures on the official website or on blogs where the products are reviewed. Some of the fakes are packed in a way that it would fool even the most experienced of eyes. Moreover, most of the sellers use pictures of the original products, either taken from official websites or stolen from blogs. So ask for current pictures. I even went to the extent of asking them to click original photos using a particular background or with a prop. That way I would know that the pictures were clicked on my request and then I can ‘judge’.
When you are buying something from a store, it becomes easier to spot a fake. They are housed in low-quality plastic or metal casings, often paired with ill-fitting mirrors and sponge-tipped applicators, instead of brushes. Pay attention to the logos and fonts.
In any case if you didn’t understand before and have realized it after buying them, then just do yourself a favor and don’t use them.


 
left ones are fake and right one is original
  

Just look at the quality. This screams fake.

CROSS-CHECK ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE:-
Before purchasing, check on official brand websites to see if that particular product is actually manufactured by the brand. Look out for genuine reviews on the web. See the pictures below, neither MAC nor HUDA Beauty have a volt like that. MAC Cosmetics has the largest fake market in the world. (You click HERE to see how to spot MAC products easily. )

MAC doesn't have such product.
MAC doesn't have such product.
Dior doesn't have such product.

SWATCH BEFORE BUYING:-
Like packaging, the quality of fake products are poor as well. Swatch them before buying. Fake eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks have drier, chalkier consistency than their original ones. For example, a Lime Crime Velvetine liquid matte lipstick has an amazing texture and a fake one which I received once had a very dry, flaky texture. So do your research well before using a product.

Swatch of fake LIME CRIME Velvitine

SHOP WISELY:-
Last but not the least, be mindful where you are shopping. Don’t buy products, from any random stores. I would suggest not even to buy from your local neighborhood shop. They might not know that they are selling fake. Go to departmental stores instead, from the official counters or buy from MYNTRA or NYKAA or from the brand’s official website. There are a few trusted instagram stores / sellers through whom you can order.

Counterfeited products are more dangerous than you can ever imagine. There are thousands of instances where people were even been hospitalized after being affected by the harmful chemicals present in the fake products.
I have even faced statements that, “Oww, I am using this for quite a while now. Nothing has happened.” It didn’t happen today, doesn’t mean you wont be affected in the long run. Show some mercy to yourself; just to save a few bucks you are risking your own health.


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So, how is the summer treating you so far? Super amazingly? :P
I am not a summer person, to be precise, an Indian summer person. I absolutely hate May and June in India and the last 2 weeks were terrible and intolerable beyond words. Yesterday we had a fun gathering and guess what? It was a morning event. Being an introvert and also a summer hater, I did my best to avoid attending it. But fate had something else planned and I had to go.
For the event I quickly thought up a look. I didn’t want a heavy makeup, yet wanted something that will be different, look fabulous and most importantly will go with the sultry summer.


The look came out pretty nice and I thought why not share it with you all. In any case, someone complained that I only do dramatic night looks and not an easy morning one. So everyone, here it goes... 


For this look, you can do your base first and then move on to your eye makeup. I didn’t go for a heavy base and a layer of BB cream over my usual moisturizer just worked fine. However you can use foundation, concealer and everything else that you want to use.

Now lets move on to the eye makeup:
Groom your browns and apply a wash of skin colored eye shadow all over your eye lid.


Now take a coral brown eye shadow on a fluffy brush and move to and fro on your crease.
On the same fluffy brush take a warm pink eye shadow and just apply it on the socket line, concentrating more on the outer corners. Blend and merge the eye shadows well.
Now once everything is nice and blended, take a champagne satiny eye shadow and just pack it on the centre of the lid. Blend the harsh lines.
Now that your lid is done, let us move on to the lower lash line. For this I opted for a bright blue eye liner pencil, you can go for any other color or just your usual black as well.
Now taking a smudger brush, smudge the stroke of liner a little. My brush had some residue of black kohl, and thus it added little of the it which gave a nice gradient look. So you can try that as well. 
Finally add loads of mascara/ natural looking falsies to round off the look.

 

CHEEKS and LIPS:-
A swirl of a peachy coral blush on each cheek. Again, highlighter is optional. For lips I went for a peach colored lipstick. 

And that is it, my look is done and that too in minutes.


At the end of the day I just added some black kohl on the lower lash line, over the blue and on the outer corner of my lids and smudged well with my finger. This instantly transformed the look from a soft glam morning look to a glam night look.


 
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Best Kajal / Kohl Pencils available in India Under 500


We Indian women are known to the world for our classic beauty; long black hair teased by the wind, a bindi gracing our forehead and eyes that can pierce through toughest of souls; and kajals or kohls as they say now, play an important role in enhancing the beauty of those peeps.
It has been years since I have bonded with kajals (was probably the first ever cosmetic I used) and if you ask me to pick one makeup product I would have to spend my life with, it has to be a kajal pencil; I can hardly imagine myself without it. Actually not only me, they have become a kind of staple cosmetic for every woman around the globe, accentuating and beautifying eyes since time immemorial.
Coming back to today’s post, many people ask me about my favourite kajal pencils or kohls. This is the most common question I face. A few even said that how come being a kohl lover I don’t have a review or a post related to kohl on my blog. True that! I have never reviewed a kajal on my blog till now. Reason being, the products I use are very common, almost everyone knows about them and I don’t really experiment with different brands of kohls and repurchase only those which I am very comfortable with, and the list is very small.
Yet, your request is my command and here I am today with a list of my favourite kajals, that too in a budget of Rs 500.



So, heres to gorgeous, sultry, intense jet black eyes…

FACES LONGWEAR EYE PENCIL- Solid Black:-
MRP: 399 INR
My most favourite. I have used so many kajals from so many different brands till now, both drugstore and high end, but the love I have for this one is irreplaceable. The color is intense, the texture is beautiful and staying power is amazing beyond words. It even stays on my waterline forever. Once it sets, it will not budge or fade. It has amazing staying power on oily lids as well. Totally in love with this pencil. Black Sparkle from this range is another stunning shade.



COLORBAR JUST SMOKY EYE PENCIL- JUST BLACK:-
MRP- 520 INR
Well, not exactly within 500, but a little higher. But this is my second favorite and I had to include it. Jet black, matte finish, soft and creamy, amazingly pigmented and very very long staying. You can wear it as a eyeliner, a kajal or can also create mysterious smokey eyes by smudging it with the smudger attached on another end. This too is suited for oily lids. But again, it sets super fast, so you have to be super quick when smudging.


FACES MAGNET EYES- Black:-
MRP:- 179INR
This is a bomb in budget. Matte black, easily glides on waterline and lid, super pigmented, smudge-proof and has an pretty good staying power. This is my most favourite within 200 INR. You can hardly go wrong with this. Just one issue, it takes a little more time to set, so you have to be patient. Once it sets, you don’t have to worry for the next 5-6 hours.


LAKME EYECONIC BLACK:-
MRP: 180INR
I totally ignored this beauty until last year, when I had to buy this because the Faces Magnet Eyes was not in stock. And ohh boy! I am hooked now. This is insanely pigmented, so creamy and soft, great for creating a smudged smoky look. I wear this pretty often, especially when I need to get a smudged look, and for once it didn’t disappoint me. I just apply, smudge super quickly for that smokey effect and after that once it sets, it doesn’t move.

 
MAYBELLINE NEW YORK COLOSSAL KAJAL:-
This is not just a kajal, this is an emotion. Yes, I agree that it doesn’t have the intensity or staying power like the ones I mentioned above, but Maybelline Colossal Kajal is very close to my heart. It was my first ever ‘expensive’ cosmetic buy and it reminds me of those days with makeup, when I was just trying to ease out into the world of makeup, buying a decent kajal, a decent matte red lipstick, a blush, etc. I still wear this and always have a backup. They have a super black version of this as well. But to me, this works just fine.


I am done with top 5 favorites of mine, but another one I would like to add to the list and it is Plum NaturStudio Kohl, it has a beautiful gel-liner like performance, is insanely pigmented, smudge proof and long staying. But, I don't have it currently with me to show you pictures. It is priced at 495 INR currently.

So, that’s it, the best kajal pencils that are easily available in India and are my absolute favoritete that the ones I mentioned above are my personal favourites, they work beautifully on me, but that doesn’t mean they will work equally good on you. Our skin types might be different, so the performance of the products might vary as well. I advise you to go to the store and test them at the counter before buying. That way, you won’t be disappointed at the end.
Also, don’t forget to let me know about your favourite kajal pencils. J Do our choices match?
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