Nivea Men Sensitive Aftershave balm as primer!

Hey beautiful!

After coming across many youtubers and bloggers talking about this, I decided, let me share what I feel about this men’s product.

I was on the lookout for a budget primer and I came across reviews of this product. Trust me! I was scared when testing this on my sensitive combination skin. So, let’s move on to how it fared for me.

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Price & quantity: INR 235 for 100 ml. I got it from Amazon.in at INR 191. (Discount lover! 😛 ) Compared to other primers, this is cheap and has ample quantity.

Availability: Available in drug stores and also online all over the world.

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Fragrance: ‘Manly’ is the word. Traditional aftershave lotion smell. It vanishes after a minute.

Texture & color: It is runny, white in color. Glides easily on the skin. Takes time to seep into the skin but you can work with your foundation or bb cream after applying it.

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Packaging: Comes in a white plastic bottle with labelling and usual instructions. It has a screwed type cap which is sturdy. No leakage so travel friendly.

Description: The extra gentle and alcohol-free formula contains soothing and healing ingredients like Chamomile, Vitamin E and Provitamin B5 that help care for sensitive, just shaved skin. It is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves it feeling soothed and moisturised.

Skin compatibility dermatologically approved.

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How It Works

Redness-free and irritation-free skin that improves over time.

How to use product

Apply liberally on the shaved area and massage into skin.For best results, shave with the Nivea Men Sensitive Shaving Gel or Foam.

My views: I had used a BB cream, as its texture is thicker than foundations and can be used to test whether it glides easily or not. Primer is supposed to make a smooth canvas on your face, fill in pores and hold your make-up for longer time.

I apply my primer on moisturised face. At first sight, it made me look oilier. I had used it as I use my moisturiser. Waited for a minute to let it sink in, but it didn’t quite do so. So I went ahead with my BB cream. I blended everything with my fingers and I must say, it does work. The BB cream easily blended on my skin. My face didn’t have the flaky patches. I got the dewy finish which I prefer during winters. You can top it up with compact for matte finish.

What I felt-

  1. Smoothens the skin
  2. Fills in small pores. Don’t know about large ones as I don’t have any.
  3. Moisturises the face as it doesn’t have any alcohol,so no more drying effect.
  4. Provides a cooling effect
  5. Controls oil easily in winters for 4-5 hours for combination skin
  6. Didn’t cause any reaction on my eczema-prone sensitive skin.

Dry skinned beauties may need a moisturiser underneath. Oily skin can skip moisturiser entirely. Girls who have sensitive skin, can try this.For summers, I need to test it, but I guess, compact will be necessary.

Overall verdict: You can buy this! This is cheap, works well and is travel-friendly. It fills the pores to some extent and is good for all skin types.Here’s the link if you don’t find it in Indian drug stores:

Nivea for Men Sensitive After Shave Balm – 100 ml

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Do tag me if you have used this.See you all in my next post,take care,bye 🙂 :-*

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Top 5 Face Make-up of Year 2015

Hi lovelies!

Now that the year is coming to an end,I want to come up with a list of products which I found to be affordable and actually works for what it is made. 🙂 So without any further delay,let’s get started!

  1. Miss Claire lip creams

This was featured in so many Youtube beauty channels that I had to get it myself.I got shade no. 17A,a beautiful peachy pink. These lip creams are matte finish but doesn’t dry out the lips.Pigmentation is damn good.They are available only in few places,I guess,Khar beauty centre,Mumbai and Impressions,Karol Bagh.Retails for INR 195 but you will get them for a discount in these stores. Online its available on  Paytm,but its triple the original price. :-O I will review them soon.

2. Sivanna colors shimmer highlighters

This is also made famous by many beauty gurus.I am yet to order it .Perfect dupe of Bobbi Brown shimmer brick set.Pigmented and affordable and has many options for you to choose.Good highlighting palette for face and eyes.Retails for INR 400 but usually sites offer discounts continuously. Links are given below if you want to check them out on sites.

Sivanna Shimmer Highlighter (HF302-03)

Sivanna Shimmer Highlighter (HF302-01)

Sivanna Shimmer Highlighter (HF302-06)

Sivanna Shimmer Highlighter (HF302-02)

Sivanna Shimmer Highlighter (HF302-04)

3. Maybelline New York Nudes, the Nudes Palette

Finally a drugstore brand came up with a nudes eye palette at an affordable price.It is a perfect mixture of shimmer and matte eyeshadows.The 12 shades are enough for any daytime or night look.The eyeshadows are well pigmented and last long.Costs INR 900 .You can buy it from the link given below.

Maybelline New York Nudes, the Nudes Palette 

4. L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Pressed Powder

Loreal introduced this compact powder and to be honest,this is the most affordable compact powder when it comes to controlling oil on the T-zone for a longer duration and is pigmented enough for hiding minor flaws.Comes in various shades to suit Indian skintones.Packaging is also chic. 😉 Costs INR 400 but you will get it at a discount online. You can get it below.

L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Pressed Powder 

5. Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper

This baby made so many Indian girls happy.We lacked a good eyebrow product but this came out to be our saviour.Comes in 2 variants-Brown and Gray.Gives natural looking fuller eyebrows in just INR 245.Has a pencil on one end to draw and on other end a puff applicator for filling the brows.You really should buy it.

Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper, Brown

Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper, Gray

This year,I didn’t find any affordable matte lipstick launches under INR 500 from well known brands,that actually last longer and don’t dry out the lips. 😦

Anyhow,if you had missed out on any of the above products,do get them before they get stocked out.  🙂 

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Till the next time,Bye,Happy Holidays 🙂 :-*

Pure Suds Lavender & Chamomile Face Gel Pack review

Heya!

You know my affiliation with the herbal world. 😛 So here I am with the review of the face pack,which was sent as a full-size sample with my haul from Pure Suds.

My skin is sensitive combination type,which needs extra care during winters.I usually avoid using face packs as either they cause tingling sensation or they cause redness.I have used this and in a position to share whether this product fared for me or not.

Availability: Currently they are taking orders through their facebook page ,mobile and E-mail.You can view their product listing from the facebook page.They do ship outside India , but only in Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Phone no.- 09784591628

Email- puresudssoapery@gmail.com

Price & Quantity: INR 250 for 90 g.The quantity will last you a long time as usage wise,only small amount is required during application.They take the payments through bank transfer only.

Ingredients: Attached in the pictures below.

Texture,color and fragrance:  The gel is more on the runny side.It looks dark green in color and when applied on the face,you do look like Shrek. 😀 😛 Fragrance is more on the flowery side but has a freshening feeling to it.It is not overpowering.

What the brand claims: This gel pack is composed of floral waters of lavender and chamomile with green clay and extracts of Pomegranate and Green tea which sooth the skin from sunburns, acne-prone skin, Dark spots and dull skin.

It is mask suited for all skin types as lavender and chamomile balance the skins sebum secretion and prevent our skin from either drying too much or becoming too oily.

One can experience instant brightness, Hydration, Glow, and a soothing calmness after a 5-10 minute application. Wipe off with a damp cotton or rinse with normal water.

Packaging: Comes in a transparent tub with golden screw type cap.The label is attached on the side which gets torn off when you twist the cap. 😦 The plastic can be deformed easily so not exactly travel friendly.I really liked the golden cap though.

My views: I applied this face pack with a brush and kept it for 5 minutes.This face pack is runny in nature so with the brush,it becomes easier to apply and also product wastage is less.I take out some product in a bowl,then use it so as to avoid contaminating the tub.

Within a minute of application,I sensed a tingling feeling,but after washing off my face,there was no redness. Weird,no?For the first time,my sensitive skin stayed calm and quiet.I would say this can suit sensitive skin.The brand claims it is for all skin types,so can’t comment on that but my combination skin felt soft and hydrated.Also,my T-zone didn’t seem too oily that day.Perfect for before party prep-up.I did notice a glow on my face.

Regarding scars and acne,I can only say,wait for atleast a month to show the results.I don’t have much such issues on my face.

My rating would be 4/5.The product does what it claims atleast in my skin-type.Price & quantity is sufficient.The packaging can definitely be improved .You can try this product if you are looking for a quick pampering to your skin,that is herbal. 🙂

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Pure Suds Rose velvet rich body butter review

Hey beautiful!

Winter is almost round the corner and what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Fluffy warm clothes,hot chocolate and dry skin. 😛

In my case,I also start worrying about onset of my eczema,which thankfully,I have managed to keep it away by strictly following a fixed skincare. If you want to know what I do for my eczema-prone/ dry /sensitive skin,follow the link. I have also shared tips for people suffering from eczema. Check it out here.

Body butters are thick moisturisers or creams,which stay for a longer duration. Also they are ideal for all people specially those who have severe dry skin due to its thick nature.

About the brand: Pure Suds Skin Treats brings to you a world of luxurious hand-crafted soaps minimizing the use of harsh chemicals on a daily basis. Promoting minimally processed skincare which include a range of cold-process hand-crafted soaps, Body butters, Sugar scrubs, Face scrubs, Lotions and Lip balms. All of which is prepared in my little studio in Rajasthan to delivery all over India.

Availability: Currently they are taking orders through whatsapp, facebook and email. Contact them on-09784591628 and mail them on puresudssoapery@gmail.com. They ship only in India,and if you reside outside,either get your friend or family in India to parcel it to you.

Price and quantity: INR 899 for 150 g which is cheap considering it is organic and how much it is costly when you buy high end body butters of same quantity.

Ingredients: Olivem 1000, oliwax, borage oil, soya-bean oil, Shea butter, sesame oil, glycerine, cetyl alcohol, essential oil, phenoxyethanol.

Cetyl alcohol can be found in many skin products. This is a thickener and is added to make the product glide and slip easily. Olivem 1000 is a emulsifier for natural made formulations so that water and oils bind together. ( Let’s be scientific  😀 )  Oliwax stabilises oil-water emulsions. Phenoxyethanol is a mild preservative which is just 0.7 % .

These chemicals don’t bear any harmful effect as far I know and are required for creams and body butters. 🙂

Packaging: Comes in a transparent jar with golden screwed cap. The labels are on the side bearing the name,ingredients,product description and rest of the usual details. The plastic jar is very sturdy to carry around and looks classy sitting on the shelf. 🙂

Texture and color: It is whipped cream,white in color.

My views: I apply this just after bath so as to trap moisture and at night before sleeping. This keeps my skin soft throughout the day. It doesn’t impart greasy feeling which is a plus point.It gets absorbed into the skin in a minute or two. The fragrance is very light on the nose and lingers for sometime.So sensitive noses needn’t worry. 😉 When applying,quantity required is less otherwise it may get sticky.

Overall verdict is go for it. It is organic,tackles dry skin,is cheap and looks sassy.

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Biotique bio aloe vera face & body sun lotion review

Hi beautiful!!

Autumn has arrived in India and there is a slight dip in temperature,specially at night, which is making me crave tea all the time.But the Sun is still shining brightly and daytimes are usually hot.

In summers,I had combination-oily skin and preferred using gel sunscreens for a matte and cooling effect.But nowadays my skin has turned drier and I am having combination-dry skin. :-\ I never skip sunscreen,specially for my body.Face can be covered with a scarf which I usually do to combat pollution,dust and sun. Infact,most of the Indian girls look like a dacoit during summers sporting covered faces. 😛 😀

In search of a slightly moisturising sunscreen for my body,I ended up with Biotique bio aloe vera sunscreen.It actually saved me time,now that I can skip moisturiser for my body.

Availability: Easily available in nearby stores and online.

Price & quantity: INR 199 for 120ml. (y) Pretty reasonable and this bottle will last you for atleast 2 months based on the usage.I apply it only once on the exposed parts before going out.My work is usually indoors so I needn’t reapply.

Ingredients: Aloe vera,sandalwood oil,sunflower oil,almond oil,zinc and rest is lotion base.This is going to be my favourite as it is entirely herbal and preservative free.Also,this is dermatologically tested.

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Fragrance: I could smell sandal.After applying it,the smell will go away in a minute.It is not overpowering.

Texture: White runny liquid which feels light on the skin and leaves a cooling sensation.Also,it doesn’t feel sticky.

Packaging: Biotique has come a long way in terms of packaging.Now it is sporting white and green bottles.This plastic bottle is white in color with self color design on it.The label has all the details about the product.It has a green cap screwed on the top.Even though it looks sturdy,but if by mistake you leave the cap even minutely loose,then it will leak.Also after opening the cap and using it,there is always some product sticking around the opening,which looks messy. So for travel,I will say wrap this lotion in a plastic for safety.

Claims: SPF 30 broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen.

My views: I have been using this regularly after bath in the morning.This sunscreen has kept my skin moisturised and I haven’t tanned a single bit with this.Also,I use this like I use a moisturiser.Even after 2 months,my bottle is half full. 🙂 This hasn’t caused any reaction nor it disturbed my eczema skin.

SPF 30 is normal for daily use that involves 1-2 hours in sun i.e. public transportation or quick market tours.  In India usually people prefer public transport.Since this is broad spectrum.this will prevent sunburns or ageing.

This bottle says it is for normal to oily skin for face.I usually don’t use this for face but once I tried this.This worked quite fine when my skin was dry. Yes! you read it right.I will say this works for dry skinned beauties as well,but if you are having flaky dryness,stay away as this will make it look worse. :-\ My T-zone needed little compact powder after using this.My suggestion will be use this for body.For face,opt for gel sunscreens for oily to combination skin and liquid or cream based for normal to dry skin.

Overall verdict is 4/5.I would have given it full if its packaging been more safe.Otherwise,at this price,you are getting broad spectrum sunscreen so a definite buy. 🙂

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Hope you are keeping up well.Stay healthy and cheerful always.Happy Halloween to all. 🙂

Juicy chemistry Peach & strawberry oats face scrub review

Heya!

It’s Friday here.Well! ignoring the time gap between the countries,it is Friday evening now. 😛 After a long time I am posting something,thanks to my hectic office schedule (sarcasm) .

I am back with another review and as you know,I have a penchant for everything herbal and organic.Today I will be reviewing a face scrub sent to me for review purposes from Juicy chemistry.You may have heard about them in my earlier posts where I have reviewed their products.Here are the links if you want to see what I have reviewed.

Hair masque review

serum review

face & body wrap review

I took my time in deciding whether this face scrub is worth it or not.

Availability: It is available through their whatsapp contact (+91- 9655663566) and facebook page only. They are building a site,which will solve the availability issue later on.They ship globally too.

Ingredients: Everything you can eat. 😛 Not really,but I did taste it,I won’t lie. 😀 It indeed contains oats and sugar.Apart from this,it has honey,almonds,coconut oil,olive oil,peach fragrance oil,strawberry fragrance oil,jojoba oil,dried strawberries and vitamin E.

Fragrance and texture: It smells like oats,sugar and strawberries.Texture is granular like.You can see the grounded oats & sugar crystals.

Price: INR 300 for 75 g. Shipping charges extra.

What they claim: It exfoliates the skin gently,leaving it soft and supple.Absorbs dirt and grime and tackles dull and flaky skin.It improves skin tone and texture.

My views: I have used it after coming back from the office using public transport . I mentioned this specially,because India doesn’t have ACs in every public transport.Also pollution and dirt is more in the evening and traffic jam is ughhh!! Imagine the misery my skin goes through.

So I tested its efficacy and I am not disappointed. I used it with water instead of milk and then also it worked. It left my skin soft without causing any redness.Also I felt fresh and my skin looked clean.I believe it will work for all skin types. Mine is sensitive combination skin and so far it has worked.

I cannot comment on skin tone or texture as my skin ,thankfully is currently on the better side. It does exfoliate as I noticed my skin looked radiant after usage.

You need to take only a small amount,pea sized for your face and neck and it is sufficient.So this will last atleast 2 months or more depending on how much you take.

Overall verdict is go for it if you want a daily cleanser that has no chemicals .

PS: Patch test recommended.

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Bio organic & natural nature inspired body lotion review

Heya!

I know I didn’t post anything for over a while.I wasn’t keeping well,courtesy the weird monsoon over here.Humid weather took a toll on me.

However,I did manage to come up with a review for another herbal product from India.But this time,it is our body I am talking about.Free from any chemicals,this body lotion will keep your skin soft and freshen you up,literally.

I got this as a sample from the BON team.If you are following my posts regularly,I have done 2 more reviews of their products earlier.The links are given below.I have been liking their products actually and intend to buy them once my sample gets finished. 😛 

BON aloe vera gel reviewlink

BON aloe vera cinnamon orange gel review- link

So let’s find out whether the Nature Inspired body lotion worked for me or not.

Availability: You can order through their online store or websitesite . Within India,they have opened a store in Tamil Nadu as far as I know. They do ship internationally but it will take 11-14 days as written on their site. 

Price & quantity: Rs. 320 for 100g.Free shipping within India. This is reasonable.

Ingredients: Organic Almond oil, Calendula oil, Chamomile oil, Organic Aloe Vera gel, Rose oil, Vegetable Jojoba oil, Organic Neem oil, Natural Glycerine, Organic Coconut oil, Organic Corn oil, Wheat germ oil, Certified Shea Butter, Vitamin E & Natural Preservative. Contains No Harsh Chemicals. No alcohol, No animal products, or sulphates.

Fragrance: It is quite fresh actually,almost like you are walking on a grassland and sniffing grass. 😛 I can’t make out the smell but its really freshening herbally.The smell is indeed organic like.

Texture: Pale green color lotion like consistency.It isn’t runny.

Packaging: Comes in a plastic flip-flop bottle which I find convenient and hygienic to use.It is travel friendly too.

Their claims: This organic body lotion of ours is really Nature Inspired. Enriched with a unique blend of avocado and aloe vera, two ingredients known to have remarkable properties in moisturizing the skin, this body lotion is a great skin therapy on its own that will keep the skin’s moisture level balanced and the skin conditioned on a daily basis. In addition to the fantastic healing properties, this lotion comes with an elegant aroma that is has a mild perfumery tone. This elegant craft is a 100% Handmade Body Lotion.

Directions: Take required quantity of Bio Organic & Natural’s Nature Inspired organic Body lotion on the palm of your hand. Apply on towel dried skin after a shower/wash & massage gently focussing on the dried areas of the skin. Better result may be seen upon regular use.

My views: I used it at bedtime when the AC was on.My skin tends to get drier in ACs so tried it to test whether it stays true to its claims.And I am happy to state it does.

My skin did feel soft in the morning and the smell lingers if you smell it closely. 😛 This will work for normal to dry skin.But if you have flaky or excessing dryness,you may need to apply it more.

On my eczema hands,it didn’t pose any problem but I do need more thicker creams for my hands.

The body lotion is perfect for everyday use.When I use it after bath,then I don’t need to reapply it throughout the day.I would say,switch to herbal alternatives because this lotion actually works,so if you find it ,grab it.

PS: I am sharing honest reviews and I haven’t been paid to do a review.For me there is no bargaining when it comes to doing a review on skincare and make up.

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Hope I was able to help you decide whether to go for this or not.If you have any questions,do ask me in the comments section below.Till the next time,bye,cya, :-*