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If you know me you definitely know that I'm obsessed with face packs and masks be it DIY or readily available ones in the market. I'm a sucker for face packs and I pick something everytime I shop :P
I love powder and clay based face packs a lot because they work wonders for my oil mill (read combination skin). When I got a chance to pick some products from SSCPL Herbals I was sure I wanted to try their Modelling masks because they look incredible! :)

And I love SSCPL Herbals website a lot lot lot because when you want to know about their product you just have to go to the product page on the site and there you have everything listed out! Their products are of professional quality, they work wonders and are perfectly affordable. I'm already bowled over by this humble brand which focuses on natural and organic skincare & haircare products. Well today's review is going to be about their Vitamin C Modelling Mask.


What SSCPL Herbals Say About Their Vitamin C Modelling Mask

Get help with tan removal, open pores and pH balance.

The concept was to have a paraben, SLS\ES free and natural solution for instant glow that is skin friendly, non toxic and easy to use. Hence we  are here with a product that has 100% natural ingredients and is intended to instantly moisturize, hydrate, detoxify and tighten you skin for a natural glow and radiance.

What do you get?

A total nourishment for a dry and lifeless skin, the Vitamin modeling mask helps to lighten the tan, balance skin pH and work effectively on open pores. It helps impart a lasting radiance and it also contains orange peel that is well known for its skin lightening properties. Suits all skin types.

What It Contains?

Orange Peel, Kaolin, Allantoin, Seaweed Algae Extract, Bentonite

Price & Quantity: INR 190 for 40 gms
Buy from SSCPL, Amazon

My Views About SSCPL Herbals Vitamin C Modelling Mask 

Firstly SSCPL Herbals Vitamin C Modelling Mask is a completely natural product that is free of bleach, parabens, SLS, SLES, dyes and other chemicals. It is made from natural and botanical extracts - their products are majorly made from botanical extracts. Also it's made in India :)


The SSCPL Herbals Vitamin C Modelling Mask comes in an silver\aluminium zip lock pouch that's further sealed too. You don't have to worry about storing it and it's a travel friendly pack as well. The product is a dull white powder which has to be mixed with water and applied on to skin. Once mixed with adequate water it forms a thick paste. You will have to apply a thick layer for perfect distribution of product.


The brand recommends to apply the pack on cleansed skin after applying a toner. I exactly followed their instructions although it's the first time I'm hearing that you need to apply a toner before a face pack. It dries to a complete white mask after 15-20 minutes. The best part is it's a peel off mask and it can easily be peeled off after drying unlike some bogus ones which don't even peel a bit!


The SSCPL Herbals Vitamin C Modelling Mask gave me a tingling sensation due to the active ingredients present in it which also means it works! After applying this mask my skin definitely looked brighter and appear a lot clean and fresh. My skin also felt a bit tightened and toned. As the SSCPL Herbals Vitamin C Modelling Mask contains clay in it, it also helped in getting all the greasiness off my face. My skin felt less greasy for almost a week after using this pack which is amazing. The effects of the mask are temporary and the glow it gives lasts for 3-4 days and fades after that but it doesn't bother me because I can re-apply it after that :D
Also no face mask gives you lasting effects anyways!!

Overall it's a very good mask if you are looking for something that works great in giving your brighter and glowing skin and also works on tightening it.

Rating: 5 out of 5



~ Product was sent by brand for consideration, honest review as always!
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Body odour is a huge downside of summer and the smelly underarms literally keep you from being active and stepping outdoors. While sweat cannot be stopped as it really helps your body you can definitely prevent your underarms from smelling bad. Here are some of our practical tips to combat underarm odour this summer :)


Deodorants

Deodorants are your first and best bet to prevent body odour and prevent your underarms from smelling awful! While summers lead to a lot of sweat which in turn makes your underarms a breeding ground for bacteria, a good deodorant can definitely keep them smelling good and fresh. You can also opt for some natural chemical free deodorants like this one!


Exfoliate Your Underarms

Exfoliating your skin regularly helps get rid of dead skin cells and prevents growth of virus & bacteria. Use a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice to exfoliate your underarms. This concoction not only helps in exfoliation but also helps in maintaining the pH balance thereby preventing excessive sweating and odour.


Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

Make a mixture of 1 teaspoon of mild (3-5%) Hydrogen Peroxide with a cup of warm water and use this solution to wash off your underarms. Alternatively you can also spray in on your underarms using a spray bottle. The Hydrogen Peroxide helps in maintaining the pH levels there by preventing the growth of microbes. It also helps reduce sweat.


Sweat Pads

If you sweat crazily that it ruins your favorite clothing leaving stains and odour then it's high time you use sweat pads. Sweat pads are harmful for the environment but it doesn't bother using them once in a while when you have to protect your favorite clothes :)


Look What You Wear

Your clothing plays a major role in sweat and body odour because artificial fibres can actually block your pores causing excessive sweating. So choose light natural fabrics like cotton, bamboo cotton, wool etc during summer to prevent excessive sweating and odour.


Also make sure you wash your clothes regularly and wear clean clothes every time to smell and feel fresh!

Shower Time

Shower atleast once and if possible twice everyday to keep yourself fresh and comfortable throughout the day. Use a good shower gel or an antibacterial soap that would kill the armpit microbes and keep you fresh all day!


Eat Healthy & Avoid Smoking And Alcohol

Look what you eat and have a balanced meal. Avoid spicy, oily foods, onions, garlic, red meat, fish and foods that have pungent odour as they tend to make your sweat smell bad! Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol as it helps you think straight and avoid sweat - consuming alcohol increases the temperature of your body making it sweat more.


Shave It Off

Always have your underarm hair trimmed and shaved or removed to keep the area clean, fresh and sweat free. Un-shaved underarms serve as a breeding ground for bacteria, producing body odour.


Essential Oils To Your Rescue

Did you know that there are a few essential oils that can help prevent body odour? Well yes there are :) Lavender oil, tea tree oil and peppermint oil can control body odour as they have anti-bacterial properties and also they keep you smelling fresh!
Take 2-3 drops of either of the oils and mix them with carrier oils like coconut or castor oil and apply on your underarms. Alternatively you can also mix a few drops of the essential oils with water, pour it in a spray bottle and use whenever required.


An Indian Cure

To prevent excessive sweating, offensive body odour and to reduce unwanted hair growth ancient Indian women swore by this - wild turmeric powder also known as Kasturi Manjal mixed with White Turmeric powder also known as Poolakizhangu. This mixture has a specific herbal fragrance with anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties and regular use of it can prevent excessive sweating, body odour and minimize hair growth!!


So these are our great tips to combat excessive sweating and reduce body odour this summe. Hope you find them useful, do let me know your thoughts in comments below.
Note: If you have excessive sweating always then it's good to consult a doctor and have it checked to avoid medical complications. The above said cures would work only for sweating due to the climatic conditions and will not really work if you have a medical or skin condition.

Until Next Time

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As you all know me by now I don't prefer using base makeup on an everyday basis and I definitely don't use a foundation everyday. But there are days when I feel like giving some extra coverage to my face and really don't want to go for a foundation. I love using BB or CC creams on those days rather than a tinted moisturizer as these creams do a lot better job at getting me the sheer coverage I love :)
Today's review is going to be about my favourite CC cream in the market that works good for me - Lakme 9 to 5 Complexion Care CC Cream in the shade bronze.


What Lakme India Says About Their 9 to 5 Complexion Care CC Cream

Description

Combines the goodness of your daily skin cream with just the right touch of make-up to give you that perfect look in just a few minutes. CC stands for Complexion Care. This cream combines the goodness of your daily skin cream with just the right touch of make-up to give you that perfect look in just a few minutes. The cream is available in 2 skin tones that work perfectly well for all Indian skin tones. Its skin care benefits include sun protection (SPF 20), moisturizing, brightening and freshness while its make-up benefits are an even skin tone and basic coverage to give you a naturally flawless look.

Application

Step 1: Squeeze some product in the palm of your hand.
Step 2: Use your ring finger to dot the mousse foundation all over your face.
Step 3: Lightly blend the foundation in a downward direction from your hairline to the neckline.

INR 99 for 9 gms and INR 325 for 30 gms

Buy from Amazon


My Views On Lakme 9 to 5 Complexion Care CC Cream

I have tried a bunch of BB creams but this was the first CC cream I tried and I suddenly fell in love with it. It comes in two different sizes and I love picking the smaller one always because it's quite handy and easy to grab on the go! It comes in a rose gold tube packaging housed inside a rose gold carton box with a whole vintage-y look - I so love it :)
The tube has a tiny hole to dispense the product and there is absolute control in product dispersion - so no worries about product wastage.




The Lakme 9 to 5 CC Cream has a mousse kind of texture and it spreads well quickly and easily. It blends like a charm and gives sheer coverage. It really does even out the complexion giving that blurred look to skin and also instantly brightens up your face if you don't have much pigmentation to hide. If you have stubborn dark circles or pigmentation, dark spots then this definitely wouldn't give you flawless looking skin. It mattifies skin and gives it an even toned appearance. It can be built up a bit but more product would make you appear ghostly! It does oxidize after application and gives a white cast but if you balance out your face with makeup then this wouldn't give you a made-up look.


It comes in only 2 shades - beige and bronze and is totally useless if you have very light or very dark skin tone. I hate to admit Lakme being an Indian company has to improve a lot in this department and bring in more shades that would suit Indian skintones.


Overall it's a perfect base for everyday wear that can brighten up your skin and a great choice for this price. It can easily replace your tinted moisturizer giving you sheer coverage, mattified skin and a flawless appearance (provided you don't hav much skin issues). It definitely can't replace your foundation or concealer and it most definitely can't be your best bet if you have dark circles, pigmentation, dark spots or pimples. I like using it on days when I don't feel like wearing much makeup and will repurchase it until I find a good alternative :)
Definitely recommend you to try it atleast once if you like using BB\CC creams!



Swatches


Left: Bare Face, Right: Lakme CC Cream


Rating: 4 out of 5

Have you used BB creams and CC creams? Do you like them?
Have you tried the Lakme 9 to 5 CC cream and did you like it? Do let me know in the comments below, would love to know your thoughts :)

Until Next Time

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For oily skinned girls compact powders are a blessing in disguise because it keeps the face from looking greasy throughout the day and also helps achieve matte-look easily ;)
I always have compact powders stocked up and once I'm hooked to one I just keep repurchasing it! I was a hooked on to Maybelline White Super Fresh Compact Powder until I met this Matt Look Makeup 2-Way Cake :)
Read on to know more about it and how I love using it!


What Matt Look Cosmetics Says About Their Splendid Makeup 2-Way Cake

Say goodbye dull complexion with the Matt Look 2 Way Pan Cake Powder. Its water-resistant, lightweight formula imparts a soft, smooth finish. The long-lasting formula keeps your face fresh for hours and the excellent coverage minimizes your minor imperfections. It absorbs the extra oil on your face for a refreshing, matte look.

Price: INR 249
Buy from Amazon


My Impressions About Matt Look Cosmetics Splendid Makeup 2-Way Cake

As I said I love compact as well as translucent powders because they help me achieve matte makeup looks when I need one! I was about to hit pan on my Maybelline compact and I got a chance to try this one from Matt Look cosmetics :)


Just like all their other products the packaging is BOMB - The Matt Look Cosmetics Splendid Makeup 2-Way Cake comes in a three layer stack casing with two powders and a sponge for application. It also comes with it's own mirror. The packaging reminds me so much of Lakme 9 to 5 Creme Compact because it exactly looks like that! The packaging is handy and sturdy - the mirror is convenient to use it anywhere on the go. The sponge is good but it's not a great choice for applying powders as it tends to get cake-y.



The top rack hosts a yellow toned powder while the second rack hosts a pink based one. I get the idea and it can really work in 2 ways - one making it a versatile choice for both yellow as well as pink undertones while the other being the pink compact serving as a compact powder and the yellow one can be used like a translucent powder (similar to banana powder).



Both the powders are finely milled and they're super light and soft. They spread easily and gives matte skin instantly. It doesn't get cake-y if applied the right way and keep skin oil free for 3-4 hours. If you have normal to dry skin then it might last longer than that for you - my nose gets greasy very soon.


The sponge that comes with the Matt Look Cosmetics Splendid Makeup 2-Way Cake works decently and can be used for everyday use but I find a powder brush works perfect with it. It just makes the job so much easier and quicker :))

Swatches



~ The product was sent by brand for consideration, honest review as always!


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Hello my lovely readers!

I know I haven't been blogging frequently despite of taking the #90dayschallenge and trust me I'm guilty but my personal as well as professional life is keeping me busy and taking time out for a whole blog post is becoming impossible :(
Ok rant over and I'm again trying to be consistent here as much possible, let's see how it goes.
Whatever I love you for holding onto my blog and reading my posts however infrequent they are and I'm super thankful to every soul for sticking around - you are my motivators :))

This post is going to be about an Indian brand called 2 Be Beauty Care I discovered recently (and there are many more newbie brands popping in the market) and I happened to try their products. This post is going to be all about it :)



A Little About 2 Be Beauty Care

So as I said 2 Be Beauty Care is an Indian brand (I'm proud that it's from my state Tamil Nadu) focusing on making skincare products using natural ingredients. Their products are homemade and made in small batches and not mass produced. They are a small scale business who are growing wonderfully! :)
They have an entire line of skincare products and the hot-sellers are their soaps!
The brand was started by a sister duo aiming to make the natural products be available for a larger crowd rather than earning big! :)

So I got a chance to try their products and I chose 3 out of the lot - Charcoal Soap, Charcoal Cleanser and Makeup Remover! Oh yeah I'm a bit obsessed with charcoal based products right now :P :D
This is going to be a detailed review about the products I tried :)

My Views On 2 Be Beauty Care Products

2 Be Beauty Care Charcoal Soap

The 2 Be Beauty Care Charcoal Soap is a gorgeous solid bar pitch black in color with a semi-matte finish - Yes I admire this soap bar so much :P :D
It contains tiny scrub particles that exfoliates skin very well without feeling harsh on skin. The soap has a very mild scent and it's not even recognizable. It's neither too creamy nor too solid - just has the right level of creaminess and it didn't melt off even in Chennai's summer, kudos to that!!


The 2 Be Beauty Care Charcoal Soap doesn't lather crazily, it produces just the right amount of lather and for a person who love a good lather like me this soap is definitely a great choice! It cleanses skin thoroughly leaving it squeaky clean. It removes all the grease and grime without leaving the skin feeling dry or stretchy.It works great for both face & body - it didn't give me any breakouts or dry patches. And as I'm almost at the end of the bar it's safe to say that the bar doesn't lose it's shape until the end - it stays firm and good until the last bit :))


And as I said the Charcoal Soap is one of their best sellers and it's actually raved by their customers that it removes tan! Does it really remove it?
Yes it definitely does remove the everyday tan we get and definitely gives a radiant and brighter look to skin. I never thought I would get such feel with a bar of soap but yes :)) It doesn't remove excess or history tan marks but cleans off everyday tan beautifully!
The only con I felt with the 2 Be Beauty Care Charcoal Soap is that the scrub particles are not evenly spread across the entire soap bar - it's there a lot in the beginning and end but kinda disappears in between. I wouldn't pass it as a blame because it's handmade and it's supposed to be imperfect but still I would have loved it more if the soap gave the scrubbing effect all the time :D

Rating: 5 out of 5
Price: INR 80
Buy Here

2 Be Beauty Care Makeup Remover

2 Be Beauty Care Makeup Remover comes in a spray bottle - perfectly convenient and handy! It is a transparent liquid and looks exactly like a bottle of water. The 2 Be Beauty Care Makeup Remover smells exactly like rose water and feels like water too - it doesn't have any greasy feel to it unlike other bi-phase makeup removers.


It's super gentle on skin and doesn't irritate the skin. Neither does it cause any breakouts or dryness. It stings a little on the eyes but settles quickly and doesn't hurt after few seconds. It removes light makeup easily and quickly. It removes non waterproof makeup completely and waterproof makeup like kajal, mascara, liquid lipstick a very little bit - you need to put in some force to remove it completely and even then it doesn't remove them fully. It's hydrating on skin, it is pretty similar to the micellar waters we get in the market except it's completely made of natural ingredients :))

So if you are looking for a micellar water that would remove off light makeup, if you are not much of a makeup person and use a makeup remover only to clear of the everyday kajal and lipstick then this is a good option available in the market. I would say it's one of the cheapest micellar waters available in the market that too without any chemicals. I prefer bi-phase makeup remover anyday!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Price: INR 150
Buy Here

2 Be Beauty Care Charcoal Cleanser

As you all know I follow Oil Cleansing Method aka Double Cleansing once a week and I upped it to twice a week recently after seeing the results. Will do a separate post on Oil Cleansing if you would like to know more - do let me know in the comments below :)

This Charcoal Cleanser from 2 Be Beauty Care is an oil based cleanser with charcoal particles in it. It comes in a regular transparent plastic bottle pack. The charcoal particles are super fine and they help in exfoliating the skin very well. But the charcoal particles tend to get settled down inside the bottle and you will have to shake it a few times during every use to get them out. It has a mild herbal fragrance and I believe it's the fragrance of the oil in it and isn't overpowering.


So I use this Charcoal Cleanser as part of my oil cleansing routine and it works very well in that department! The charcoal particles help in exfoliating my skin gently and cleansing away all the impurities. One huge issue with it is that I'm not sure if it is non-comedogenic because this cleanser broke me out continuously after every use for the first few uses (5 times I believe). But suddenly stopped giving me breakouts after that. So if you have sensitive/oily/acne-prone skin then this one is definitely not for you and I don't recommend it at all because the oil in it is a bit heavy. But if you have patience and tolerance then this can be a very good and affordable oil based cleanser to include in your routine. I feel this would be a good choice for dry skin people as the oil would hydrate their skin well.

Overall if you already have some oils that suit your skin and use them then this isn't for you. If you are interested in including a new oil based cleanser in your routine that is free of chemicals and is affordable then you can try this one.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Price: INR 180
Buy Here

They also have foot soaks, lip balms, herbal shikakai powder, toners and a wide range of handmade soaps that look exquisite and delicious :D
Do check them out for perfectly natural homemade products that are pretty affordable!! :)

Disclaimer: Products that work for me might not work the same way for you even if we have the same skin\hair types. So I always recommend a patch test before using a product to ensure you aren't allergic to it.


~ Products were sent by brand for consideration, honest reviews as always!
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Summer is getting super hot here in Chennai and travelling to work everyday even makes me crazy and dehydrated! :/ So all of you lovely readers please drink enough fluids and keep yourself hydrated to beat the heat :)
Apart from the heat summer also means lot of room for makeup because hey it's bright and fresh! But the major trouble is to keep the makeup in tact in the humid sweaty weather :(
I always pull out my waterproof makeup products in summers and put them to good use :D
Today's post is going to be one of my most favourite mascaras from my favourite brand - Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara!


What Maybelline India Says About Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara

For dramatic, glamorous lashes!

WHAT IT IS: Enriched with a Pro-Keratin formula, this mascara instantly builds volume without clumping. Sweep on this mascara and get angel-like lashes in seconds!


BENEFITS: Achieve a dramatic, The Falsies® lash effect! Unique and flexible mascara wand helps to lift and separate, delivering the look of more lashes. Patented spoon brush loads every lash with extra long fibers, instantly building volume.  Ophthalmologist tested.  Suitable for contact lens wearers.

HOW TO USE/APPLY

STEP 1: Hold brush with the spoon side at the base of eyelashes and sweep from root to tip.
STEP 2. Repeat until the desired look is achieved.
STEP 3. Do not let mascara dry in between coats.

Price: INR 525 for 7.5 ml

My Views On Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara

The Maybelline Falsies Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara comes in a purple chubby tube with a screw cap that hosts the wand - packaging is very similar to their Hypercurl Mascara. The mascara has a slightly curved wand with longer bristles at the root slowly reducing to shorter ones towards the tip - the bristles are also densely packed in the middle to help apply more product. Such wands work greatly because while the longer bristles coat your upper lashes the shorter ones reach easily and coat your lower lashes :)


The mascara has a light-weight formula and creamy consistency which helps it spread easily. It has a slight odd fragrance in this initial few uses but doesn't have any odd fragrance after that. Once applied the Maybelline Falsies Mascara dries quickly (less than 30 seconds) and sets up. Just 2 coats give your lashes a beautiful dense look but it doesn't give much lengthening effect. More coats can give you clumpy lashes though!



The Maybelline Falsies Mascara although doesn't give you those celebrity style curly lashes or definitely can't replace falsies but for those who aren't much of a fan of false lashes will definitely find this amazing!! It adds a nice thickness to your lashes making them look a teeny bit long too.
As it is waterproof mascara you need a good eye makeup remover to remove it completely but that's no trouble at all :) It also comes in a washable version but you still need a good cleanser to remove that one too.

Swatches


Final Verdict




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I'm a crazy fan of deodorants and I can't just pass a day without one even if I don't sweat much! I love using both antiperspirants as well as deodorants for that matter and this is one thing I can't skip despite knowing it's high on chemicals - guilty as charged :/
While I was guilt tripping myself I got a chance from Ikinaki to try out this completely natural and organic deo stick from Vilvah store and I must admit I was thrilled!

But as it's made of natural ingredients I was all judge-y and had a lot of doubts about it. This very suspicion made me put it out for the test :D
So how did it turn out? Was I right? Read on to know :)



What Vilvah Store Says About Their Natural Deodorant - Grapefruit And Ylang Ylang

Product description

Sweating is a natural process and not something that we should stop our bodies from doing. Many mainstream deodorants use aluminium chloral hydrate and aluminium zirconium to block this process and work as an ‘antiperspirant’ to stop sweating. Most of the deodorant contain aluminium which is absorbed directly into the bloodstream when applied on your armpits. It is particularly not safe for women which lead to breast cancer and can cause hormonal imbalance.

Benefits

Make your armpits happy with our natural deodorant range. The deodorant we make are not designed to block the sweat glands. Instead, we use a combination of natural ingredients to help absorb wetness, neutralize odour and making you smell fresh with our essential oil combination.

What It Contains?

Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Vit E, Arrow Root Powder,  Grape fruit Essential Oil, and Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.
All products are free from Animal testing and contains No parabens, No sulphates, No silicones, No GMOs, No artificial fragrance and No harsh chemicals.
All the ingredients used are natural and plant based.

Price: INR 590 for 60 gms
Buy From Vilvah Store


My Views About Vilvah Store Natural Deodorant - Grapefruit And Ylang Ylang

As I said I was so in to try out the Vilvah Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang Deodorant because I was super curious to know how it works and lasts! This deodorant from Vilvah comes in a roll-on deo stick packaging and the deodorant is super creamy. It has to be stored in a cool place (atleast not in a humid place) and used a bit carefully in order to avoid product wastage. The deodorant just melts when it contacts your skin - it's that creamy as it contains cocoa butter :)


The Vilvah Grapefruit & Ylang Ylang Deo is a burst of fragrance with strong citrus notes and if you love citrus fragrances then you MUST TRY THIS!! It smells so fresh and the scent is super natural, doesn't have any added artificial fragrance which is great. The fragrance is strong in the beginning and fades slowly as the day passes.

Don't worry if you aren't a fan of citrus fragrances because the Vilvah Deodorant comes in 5 different fragrances - Rose & Vanilla, Lavender & Sage, Lime & Bergamot, Orange & Cinnamon, Grapefruit & Ylang.


Generally the commercial deodorants we use  prevents us from sweating by blocking the pores which isn't a good practice. This causes darm underarms, itching if you have sensitive skin, rashes due to the chemicals and many other common side effects. The Vilvah natural deodorant is completely natural and they don't claim to keep you sweat-free - they just promise to keep the odour away which is an honest claim if you ask me :)

The fragrance of Vilvah Grapefruit & Ylang Natural Deodorant lasts for almost 10+ hours with slight fading during winters which is a great deal and it lasts for 2-3 hours during summers as it doesn't control sweating! The fragrance still lingers until even the end of day but it can be felt only by you once in a while and doesn't really spread around. So if you are looking to pick it up for summer then re-application is definitely necessary atleast 2-3 times in a day!


It doesn't control sweat, it doesn't promise to either but definitely eliminates body odour and keeps your underarms smell fresh althrough the day :) The quantity is more and one pack would last for a month or even longer if used everyday.

Personally I feel it's pricey for a deodorant but as it lasts longer than all of it's commercial chemical-laden counterparts, functions better and most importantly doesn't have any harsh chemicals I definitely would recommend it!

Final Verdict:




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Author: Lakshmipriya Ashok
Read Time: 5 Minutes
Skin Type: Oily Combination Skin
Product Type: Face\Base Makeup - Foundation
Product Name: Coloressence Aqua Shimmer Makeup Base Foundation

I'm a huge makeup buff but if you know me you might have noticed that I don't use base makeup much! I use foundations only for special occasions as I strongly believe in my own skin and love embracing it despite of the flaws :)
Then why makeup? Because I love it and I'm passionate about it!
Coming to the point today I will be reviewing one of my foundations that I have a love hate relationship with - Coloressence Aqua Shimmer Makeup Base Foundation.
Read on to know what I love and what I hate :)


What Coloressence Cosmetics Says?

The shimmer base foundation adds shine and gives a satin smooth finish for a flawless look. Silky and soft foundation for a perfect complexion and the special particles cover skin flaws and gives a natural skin tone.

The shimmer base foundation adds shine and gives a satin smooth finish for a flawless look. Silky and soft foundation for a perfect complexion and the special particles cover skin flaws and gives a natural skin tone.

Price: INR 225 for 35 ml
Buy from Amazon

My Views On Coloressence Aqua Shimmer Makeup Base Foundation

It was a time I was looking for a dewy glowy foundation and ended up picking this Coloressence Aqua Shimmer Makeup Base Foundation. It comes in a plastic tube that is semi transparent and you can actually see how much product is left. The tube comes housed in a black carton box. The box looks fancy and the packaging is of decent quality.



The Coloressence Aqua Shimmer Makeup Base Foundation has a thick texture and takes bit of time to blend. It has a faint fragrance like the ones our olden days cosmetics had and honestly I don't like it all! It feels like a cheap quality product :/ The foundation has some tiny gold glitter particles that are visible on your skin even after blending well. If you like bright shiny looks then this wouldn't bother you much.


The Coloressence Aqua Shimmer Makeup Base Foundation although takes a bit of time blends well onto the skin giving you medium coverage just like that! You can build it up to get a full coverage easily and that's the good part about it :) Most of the products from Coloressence cosmetics are stage cosmetics and are of HD types and that makes them worth buying at such affordable price.


The Coloressence Aqua Shimmer Makeup Base Foundation is waterproof and sweat proof but does melt off a bit after few hours of application. It lasts put for almost 6+ hours provided you don't live in a humid place. For a humid place like Chennai it fades and feathers away within 3-4 hours completely and re-application is necessary. But if you are going to be in an air conditioned place then the foundation would stay on you for the whole day without fading much!


The Coloressence Aqua Shimmer Makeup Base Foundation does feel a bit heavy on skin and is comedogenic so it might break you out if you have super sensitive skin. It does suit my oily combination skin and doesn't make my skin much greasy which is a good thing. For the coverage it gives I'm happy except for the part that you would look like a shimmer ball when you walk in the sun or when someone takes a closer look at your skin - I felt like Edward Cullen from Twilight when I stepped out in the sun wearing this foundation :P (but trust me it wasn't that bad!)

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Accessories For The Grand Wedding Look

You the bride is the center of attraction in your wedding (of course the groom too but not as much as you :P) and looking glam, gorgeous and royal on your big day is very much important :))
So here is a list of accessories that you could include as part of your wedding attire to get that extra oomph look!

Choose them according to the attire, culture, wedding style and of course based on the look you are aiming for to look like a Diva or a Maharani on your D Day♥♥


Hair Accessories

A queen always loves her Tiara and being the queen dressing up your crown is very important :)

Headbands

Headbands are such a versatile head accessory and it's one thing that suits all ages♥ A headband definitely pairs elegantly with your wedding dress (majorly the Christian weddings).


Hair Combs are another simple yet elegant accessory that just oomphs your wedding gown ;)


Tiaras are a traditional and always on trend hair accessory that looks elegant, chic and perfectly royal!


Hair Pins are such a simple way to oomph any hairstyle and paired with a Tiara or a headband you can easily spruce up your hairstyle :)


Rakkodi, Suryan & Chandran, Jada Billai

This is the traditional head accessory set of any Indian Bridal head accessory set especially south Indian. I had a set in my bridal kitty too :D

Rakkodi
Jada Billai
Suryan & Chandran

Beaded head chains

Beaded chains are all the rage even now and they perfectly complement a trendy wedding outfit. They go well with traditional attire as well if styled the right way :)


Jhoomar

Jhoomar is a traditional Rajasthani Bridal Hair accessory that looks so royal and takes your hair dressing to a whole new level!


Maang Tikka\Nethi Chutti


Mathapatti


Face Accessories

Noses come in all shapes and sizes but when you are a bride highlighting your nose is major goals because it totally changes the way you look and doing it perfect will help you look so gorgeous on your D-Day!
Nosepins were all the rage for centuries now and it has evolved over time that today you get it in so many designs from dot studs to cool septum rings. Here is a list of nose accessories for you just to make you look more beautiful ;)

Traditional Nose Pin/Nath

Something that's tradition but also makes your face perfectly gorgeous is the nose pin♥ Wear one that suits you and your face doesn't even need any makeup :)
Naths are a much more grandeur addition to the list than a nose pin;)

Bridal Nath

Grandeur Earrings

Statement earrings are a great choice for a woman anyday and when it's her day why wouldn't it be a perfect way to wear one? ;) Add a grandeur pair of kundan earrings or jumbo jhumkas on your D-Day to make the ensemble gorgeous♥
A beautiful pair of white stone studded earrings would be the best choice if you are having a Christian Wedding :)


Other Accessories

There are so many other accessories that can make you look like a goddess on your big day (if you wish and love accessorizing!) and we did not want you to miss knowing them too so that you can choose!

Baju Bandh (or) Vanki

An accessory that accentuates your arms and make them look slimmer ;) Worn right these can take the look of your bridal blouse to next level!

Baju Band

Vanki

Kamar Bandh or Waist Bandh


If you are a girl you definitely would have tried a waist belt sometime in your life - I did during my first stage drama at school! And that got me hooked on to them forever :P
Being a bride means you want to look perfect and most of us don't get the time to melt that belly fat on time - well a Kamar Bandh comes to your rescue! Wear one around your waist to direct all the attraction to it and guess what it's the perfect way to add some silhouette to your saree too :D

Kundan Waist Belts

Statement Bangles (or) Chudas

Every Indian family has a long tradition connected to bangles/chudas when it comes to weddings and apart from the sentiments bangles are a great way to bring in a positive vibe around!
Although glass bangles tend to have a special place in Indian weddings we shouldn't be skipping the fact that bangles have come a long way! Kundan kadas, silk thread bangles, bridal bangle sets are all the class now and do not miss to include a bunch of it to your bridal trousseau girl!!




Haathphool or Hand Chains

If you love amping up a bit you can also add haath pools to your look! Apart from jewellery you also get customized floral haathpools these days which look absolutely stunning♥♥


Statement Neckpieces

Statement neckpieces are a great choice to accentuate your neckline and such pieces go perfectly well with simple as well as grand clothing! Yes they're so versatile that way and there are plenty of them to choose from!
Chokers, collar necklaces, BIBs, rani haar, satlada are a few to choose from :) Will be doing a separate post on statement neckpieces so stay tuned ;)



Anklets

Anklets are one special ornament for every girl because it just makes your feet look so beautiful and is an elegant choice to accentuate your feet when you are a bride-to-be!
Silver and gold are the common metals to choose from but they are available in so many styles now just like your necklaces :D
Although it's a traditional Indian jewellery many country brides are getting accustomed to styling them as they are pretty and classy :)




So that's it ladies - we pretty much summed up all the accessories you can include in your bridal look. Now you just have to go and shop till you drop ;)


Until Next Time

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I'm a fan of oils for hair but don't generally prefer them for skin as I have oily combination skin. I occasionally use oils on my skin but trust them when it comes to hair especially a great fan of almond & Olive oil :)
I recently got a chance to try the Nature Sure Rogan Jaitun Tel Olive Oil which is completely natural and is great for hair, skin & nails. Also it's unisex! :D
Read on to know more about this cute bottle of goodness!!


What The Brand Says About Nature Sure Rogan Jaitun Tel Olive Oil

Nature Sure™ Rogan Jaitun Tel is an essential cosmetic care for skin, hair and nails.
Naturally loaded with anti-oxidants, polyphenols and Vitamins A, D, E and K, Rogan Jaitun Tel (Olive Oil) has been mentioned in ancient scriptures and has been used since times immemorial for a glowing and radiant skin.

Nature Sure™ Rogan Jaitun Tel prevents skin dehydration and promotes moisturization to keep skin supple, firm and youthful. It kills acne-causing bacteria, regenerates collagen, fights wrinkles and under-eye dark circles and protects against the skin against attack of free radicals. It is a wonderful moisturizer that exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells.
Nature Sure™ Rogan Jaitun Tel is also useful for lip care, cracked heels, brittle nails and strengthening cuticles. It can also be used as a makeup remover.
As a natural antioxidant, Nature Sure™ Rogan Jaitun Tel is your daily essential for leading a healthy life.
KEY BENEFITS
100% pure and natural beauty booster
Loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols and Vitamins A, D, E and K
Moisturizes skin, exfoliates and removes dead cells
Kills the bacteria that causes skin acne and pimples
Regenerates collagen for a youthful glow and smooth texture
Nourishes hair, lips, heels, nails
Protection against harmful effects of UV rays
Hair tonic & makeup remover
Assured quality from Nature Sure™, a brand that is trusted globally for its products made with 100% pure & top-grade ingredients at GMP- and ISO-certified units

Price: 267 for 110 ml


My Views About Nature Sure Rogan Jaitun Tel Olive Oil

The Nature Sure Rogan Jaitun Tel Olive Oil comes in a beautiful sleek green bottle with black screw cap that comes with a flip lid. The oil inside is protected with a stopper to make it leak proof. The packaging looks so cute♥



The Nature Sure Rogan Jaitun Tel Olive Oil has a very light texture and viscosity, it doesn't feel thick like many other Olive oils which is great! It doesn't have any fragrance and it makes the oil a great option for skin more than hair. It's very light, non-greasy and gets absorbed quickly.
Nature Sure Rogan Jaitun Tel Olive Oil is totally free of chemicals and is non-comedogenic which makes it an ideal option for all skin types.



I have tried and used it in all possible ways and here are my views about it! :)
It nourishes and moisturizes my hair very well and helps keep it frizz free. Doesn't feel heavy or greasy on hair. For skin I use it as part of my OCM routine and it gives me clean and bright skin. It helps prevent my skin from getting too greasy and also keeps it soft & supple. OIl cleansing is really helping my skin in more ways than one!!



It also works as a makeup remover and cleanses all the makeup easily. But you do need to follow up with a regular or foaming face wash to get rid of the greasiness it leaves behind!
I have super cracked heels due to bad maintenance and applying the Nature Sure Rogan Jaitun Tel helps moisturize my feet making the cracks heal quick - also the pain reduces when I use it overnight on my heels. Although it doesn't help in curing them completely frequent usage must definitely bring in a difference!
Overall it's a great choice if you love including Olive Oil in your routine and especially like using oils for skin♥

Rating: 4.8 out of 5


~ Product sent by brand for consideration, honest review as always!

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