March Favorites

march favorites 2015Ultrabland Cleanser LushUltrabland Cleanser Lush reviewUltrabland. One step cure for very dry flaky skin. On the risk of sounding a bit farfetched, I have to put it out there, that this put my skin at ease on first application. Not the most pleasant smelling, but it is wonderful for what it does.

E45. This is such a basic cream. Recently upgraded to a massive tub. I would say this one is a Brit version of french pharmacy must-haves. Combined with Ultrabland, this duo has helped me get my skin back to normal. It does nothing else but moisturize.weleda skin foodWeleda Skin food. While herbal scents are not particularly pleasant to me, I like the smell of this. It’s not an usual petroleum based multipurpose balm and feels nice on the face too – not sticky and gross. Atleast on mine, I have very dry skin right now. I wrote about it in a previous post too.
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February Favorites

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1. Thermal Spring Water by La Roche Posay is one of those unnecessary buy feels-so-nice product. Particulary soothing after an eyebrow (or any facial area) threading/waxing session.

2. Hyaluronic Body Gel by Nip + Fab is such a pain to use everytime after shower, but the smell of this makes up for it. More details here.

3. Hand Food and Soap & Glory go hand in hand. Now, say that out loud.

Sloap? What? Nevermind.

4. Amazing Concealer is really amazing. I am worried I talk about it too much so I am going to let you hunt down a page dedicated to it.

5. Rare Blend Oil is extremely hydrating, can be used on wet or dry hair and smells amazing. More about it here.

6. No.7 Precision Lip Pencil in #Nude is the most gorgeous my-lips-but-better colour. It is too drying to smother it all over but makes a lovely liner, as it is intended for.

 

January Favorites

Alpha-H Micro cleanse, January favoritesAlpha-H micro cleanse reviewAlpha-H Micro cleanse. Basically a facial scrub, to be used twice a week. I actually look forward to using this, gorgeous little pick-me-up. It is an AHA product, makes the skin glowy, fresh looking.. everything I expected. This and Pepta Bright together has helped reduce my acne scars tremendously!

Miss Sporty Clar mascaraMiss Sporty Just Clear Mascara. Used as an eyebrow gel. Didn’t know I needed it until I saw it on ThatGraceGirl.com. I don’t have particularly unruly eyebrows but this helps me define and keep the shape throughout the day.

Beauty bay blending spongeBlending Sponge. This makes blending so freakin’ easy. What was my life before this! I found that, no matter how bad the concealer or foundation, a good blending sponge will blend it out seamlessly. I foresee beauty blender in my make-up stash soon. This particular one I have in the picture, I wouldn’t suggest. It is from the beauty bay collection, it works, but look closely, it started showing “tear marks” within few weeks of using it.

Urban Decay Primer. I like wearing this on it’s own. Love how it smoothens and evens out my natural eye shadow. I have not been wearing much makeup this month. It’s been all about even, glowy skin with some concealer and Fresh Cherry Lip Tint in Peach slapped on.

Skincare. Most Loved 2014 Roundup

la roche posay hydraphase, neutrogena hand cream, indeed labs retinolloreal micelar water and age perfect tonerE45 creamE45 cream

Having tried few Indeed Lab products, Retinol reface is my favorite. It’s only maybe two applications away from being empty which makes me sad cos it really did make a difference. Used it in conjunction with Hydraphase sunscreen from La Roche Posay, for 50ml, surprised it’s still not empty. Haven’t come across a body lotion or hand cream that does a better job than the Norwegian formula from Neutrogena, at that price. Oh wait, there is E45, which I like more cos it can be used on the face too.Soap and Glory body scrubsspa sanctuary body souffleSpa Sactuary body butterSLS free shampooLoreal Vector Force ReviewBreakfasts scrub from Soap and Glory is the bomb. Love most of their scrubs but the smell of that one scrub is just so (aptly named) yummy. Spa sanctuary set was a present and I’m so glad it was given to me because I wouldn’t really pick them myself if I saw them in a store. The mande lular smell is gorgeous. Give it a whiff if you see it. The body souffles are light, airy and perfect for summer. The body butters are heavier in consistency and moisturizing factor, nice for colder months.

Loreal’s hair expertise range is quite something. What really dragged me in was that all the products in the range are sulphate free. I am not sure if sulphates are really a problem, but the products work. The shampoo, conditioner and mask with golden packaging are the best ones. Vector force cream, which is to be used in damp hair, before blowdrying. It acts as a heat protectant.

Sesiphase reviewAgelock resurface night creamSensiphase does a good job at soothing, like it says. Sometimes, I felt like it was not as hydrating as I would like. Oily skin types, or people who generally prefer a mat look will like this. Resurface night cream is best for dry to normal skin, it’s incredibly hydrating. The exfoliating factor in it is not as potent that you would feel tingling or see any immediate difference. This was my to-go moisturizer many nights where I just wanna go to bed ASAP.

Philip Kingsley Elastisizerbotanics facial oil reviewAzafran SoapElasticizer -Athough discovered at the very end of last year, I have to include it cos it was frankly, a miracle product for my hair. I have written about it here. Overtime, I have started using Botanics face oil everywhere but my face. I love it. It’s a lovely moisturizer, on the face sometimes, can feel a bit too much. I love this one for below the jawline moisturizing. Azafran’s rosemary and cream soap is made of dreams, It’s one thing I haven’t found a dupe of. Still remember the fragrance of this one, it was so good.

I have discovered tons of good stuff last year but this year I really want to try out some high-end skincare. Being 28 now, think it’s time to re-evaluate what my skin really needs. I am currently reading the book “pretty honest” by Sali Hughes and I have to say, for someone who started using an eyecream at age 16, to read that is unnecessary is quite mind-altering. This book has changed my perspective, I now look at toners as scented waters. So I am doing a little experiment of excluding toners and eye cream completely for a month or so. Next post is a little haul and personal goals for 2015.

Makeup. Most Loved 2014 Roundup

boxy town loved products 2014swatches loved lipsticksmax factor lipstick in eternal flameno 7 bb lips in blink pinkno 7 bb lips in blink pinkloreal color riche lipstick in crazy fuchiaclarins joli lipstick swatchmac cremesheen glass in loud and lovely swatchDior addict highshine lipstick in rose backstage

Don’t miss the battered lipstick there. Loreal’s crazy fuschia has traveled with me everywhere and likely this year too. The lightest pink from No.7 bb lips, is a great base for matte lipsticks like Bourjois Rouge Editions. It’s got a little “stick” to it, that helps moisturizing lipsticks not bleed out the edges. It does not transfer as pink as in the swatch, not on my lips anyway.MAC cremesheen glass formulas are great, if you fancy and subtle to medium gloss, this one in loud & lovely is gorgeous. There’s one I don’t have in the swatches. Dior Addict Highshine in Rose Backstage. I am literally, saving this one now because it’s about gone 😦

boxy town 2014 favoritesmaybelline hypersharp eye linerMaybelline hypersharp eye liner

Bourjois healthy mix foundation plus Real Techniques stippling brush is a lovely combo. It’s not the most easiest to work with if you have primer on though, the stippling brush makes an imprint. Without primer, it goes on like a dream. Hypersharp liner has lasted me well over 7 months, it’s not even dry yet. The formulas is lovely, except it doesn’t seem to last very long, maybe about 4-6 hours, but you can layer this on an existing line. I like how thin the tip is, makes it easier to fill in lash gap.lakme caramel meltLakme Absolute Gel Stylistessie allure, barrym jelly in rose hipFrom top left, clockwise is Rimmel sweetie crush in 009/candyfloss cutie, BarryM gelly in rose hip, Sally Hansen double duty base & top coat, Essie in the shade allure, Tanya Burr nails in New York night. Lakme Absolute Gel stylist in caramel melt, that I had when I lived in India has the best nude nail polish for me. It’s just the right consistency and formula. It outgrew my nails!

Paco Rabanne Black XS , Zara woman perfume

Paco Rabanne Black XS is how I would describe, sweet and dark. Another similar fragrance to this one is Loverdose Eau de Toilette spray, which is maybe just slightly less sugary. I love just having those little Zara ones in my bag. To me, they are perfect for work, not too sweet or flowery.

Next post is favorite skincare from 2014!