Nip Fab Hyaluronic Fix

Nipfab body gel reviewnip fab hyaluronic fixNot surprised how Hyaluronic, as an ingredient has expanded into other skin care and even some lip glosses. It makes sense, hyaluronic increases the hydration level of the skin. I can’t decide if I need this particular moisturizer or not. Is it enough on it’s own? Would I want to include another step to moisturize? Tons of questions in my head as I picked this to take a whiff. This smell…is something else. It reminds me of some kind of coconut cocktail concoction. Definitely on the sweeter side. I like it so it came home with me.

The texture is very light watery gel. It resembles Hydraluron’s texture, but feels cooler and less tackier on the skin. I reckon this will be lovely in summer too. It sinks into nothingness. My skin is too dry to forgo a thicker moisturizer. So yes, to me this is an extra step. It acts just like a serum for your body. Hasn’t quite made into my everyday routine, but is quite relaxing on the days I do use it. Specially like it post shaving/epilating/waxing.

Available at Boots, ASOS, Amazon.

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Fresh Cherry Lip Tint | Etude House

Fresh Cherry Lip Tint in OR201Etude House Lip Tintetude house lip tint in peach

The one I have is Peach (OR201), most beautiful natural lip tint I own and the most natural looking colour in this range of four colours. It looks more orange in the bottle than it actually is. The formulation is a milk-like texture. Best to apply on dry lips, before lipbalm. I think this is one of those products that will look different on everyone, according to how pigmented your natural lips are. Mine turns a orangey red. It can definitely be layered to achieve a stronger color. Lips look even on one coat. It goes on like a gloss would but settles down to a tint, leaving the lips matte but moisturised. The moisturiser doesn’t stay longer than few hours, I occasionaly feel the need to apply a lipbalm after but the stain itself stays on for about 4-6 hours, depending on how much eating and drinking is involved.

The applicator is a standard spongy doe-foot applicator. Very easy to apply. I love the vase-shaped plastic bottle. Korean cosmetics have such cute packaging, don’t you think? This product is quite an old from Etude House, still quite hard to get it in the UK. I got mine from Amazon for £4.65! See it here.

Alpha-H Micro Cleanse

Alpha-H reviewAlpha-H micro cleanse reviewAlpha-H micro cleanse reviewSo far, my favorite product in the bunch. I already know this is going to be featured in my 2015 yearly favorites. Alpha-H generally makes amazing skincare products, the uber popular liquid gold is or has probably been on every beauty-blogger’s wishlist, anyone who needs to get rid of blemishes that is.

Micro cleanse is basically a granular scrub with glycolic acid. The texture is white, gritty and smells minty. As much as I dislike granular scrubs on my face, really can’t diss it on that alone. The moment you put it on, the skin will start feeling slight prickly and tingle, which is normal and for me, quite pleasant. I like that feeling because I associate it with acid peels done at a spa or a skin clinic. I think the first ever AHA product that I used was Freeman’s facial enzyme pineapple mask, a gorgeous gloopy tingly mask. BUT the exfoliation factor on the Alpha-H micro cleanse is atleast double the strength.

Directions: Dampen face and apply exfoliant. Massage over the entire face, avoiding the eye area and remove with a warm damp face cloth. Apply exfoliant twice a week and follow with your preferred moisturiser.

Some things to remember when using any exfoliant is not to go overboard. People with active acne might not like using this since it’s granular and it will hurt. On the day of using micro cleanse, I make it a point not to use any other exfoliators in form of moisturizer, toner, blemish lotions etc. Currently I am using the Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream (£35/50ml) on it’s own at night and the Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ (£29/50ml) at daytime. They are both lovely moisturisers but don’t stand out to me as anything special really. I am sure they are made with great care and with good ingredients but for that price, I can’t justify buying them. Not right now, anyway. I have used liquid gold, but not nearly enough to write about it. The Balancing Cleanser (£25/200ml) is nice. I don’t see myself getting the full size, even though it’s quite affordable, it just didn’t feel like it did anything. But I have only used about 1/3rd of it in my 30ml tube. I might do a proper review later on others. Overall to me, Micro Cleanse is worth the price at £26.50/100ml.

Micro Cleanse and other Alpha-H products are available at Beautybay and Cult Beauty.

Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream

boots botanics hydrating eye cream

Currently, I am trying to evaluate my skincare. Do I really need an eye-cream? From the book “Pretty Honest”, I have learned not everyone benefits from an eye cream. It’s nothing your moisturizer can’t do, as long as it’s safe to use around the eye. I have always had quite dry eye area, and I feel like my current face moisturizer (AphaH essential hydration cream) is not moisturizing enough. Even with the addition of Hydraluron. In two hours and usually always after waking up, it’s dry. Could be a deeper health-realted problem? I drink enough water too!

Anyway, I have used up the Botanics Hydrating Cream. It was a nice basic moisturizer. It didn’t leave the skin shiny, just hydrated. I works well under make-up. Doesn’t have any fragrance, parabens. Think it’s best not to expect any radiance-improving factor from this one. If it’s just hydration you need, maybe consider this for £4.49 and available at Boots.

More from Botanics: Botanics Facial Oil

Vector Force Leave-in by L’Oréal Professional

Loreal Vector Force ReviewI realized two things midst photographing this picture. A)This tube has been used everytime before I blowdry, for a little over a year and it’s only halfway through. Hoarding things I don’t need will nag my guilt gland to death, hence, I don’t think I will get to use any of those lovely new types of heat protectants anytime soon (Rare Blends from Ojon, have been eyeing that one!)

B)All the products mentioned in this post are from L’Oréal Professional line. So naturally, I feel the need to put it out there – this is not sponsored.

Vector Force is a cream heat protectant. I like using this right after a hairwash, when the hair is damp and towel dried. It pays (in a good blowdry) to take some time to coat it evenly with fingertips, excluding the scalp. The consistency is quite runny, one has to wonder who thought of putting it in a tube. Since it dispenses from a flip-top, puddle in cap is going to happen. The product basically will help someone looking for frizz-control, moisture along with heat protectant. The smell is not very pleasant, but it doesn’t linger either.

It tends to tug a bit on dry hair and won’t spread as easily as it does on wet hair. Using it after styling is a no-no unless you just need to moisturise the ends or brush away baby-hair.

It’s currently unavailable in the UK. In India, from Purplle.com

B. Clean Melting Gel Cleanser

B. Clean Melting Gel Cleanser reviewB clean melting gelb clean melting gelb. clean melting gel reviewI am surprised how good this turned out. It’s a thick clear gel that turns into oil when you massage it on to face and then milky when water is added. This is what I imagine the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel or the Ole Henriksen Melting Cleanser to be like, but at a fraction of the price ..£3.47! Packaging is basic, in a flip-top tube and doesn’t have any added properties -Antioxidants, Essential Oils, Anti-aging etc. No added fragrance in here but it does smell lightly of something (medicated? but it’s not) I can’t think of a word. I like how it warms up on application. Almost like a thermal mask.

It takes off make-up well. Let me demonstrate, by painting my hand.

b clean melting gel reviewIn the picture, I have painted several types of make-up. Top three is a lipgloss, lipstick and lip stain, the black stain is a Mascara, bottom two rectangles are foundation, concealer, liner and eye-brow pencil. Now let’s take that off. (more…)