Monday, September 1, 2014

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream - Review

Today I am reviewing 'The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream'. I usually use Nivea hand creams, they are great value for money, so affordable and easily available.

I don't spend a lot on hand creams and this is a first for me. I am glad to say I am not disappointed. 

The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream comes in two sizes (100ml and 30ml) and I have the 100 ml. It took me a while to adjust to this smell. I would not say its bad, but it was my first time trying something almond, so was a bit different for me. I have grown to love the smell, so much so that I find myself sniffing my hands after applying it. 

What the company says : 

This effective daily hand cream cares for nails as well as hands and contains two manicurist's essentials: sweet almond oil and panthenol.
  •     Moisturising
  •     Conditions nails
  •     Sweet almond scent

I love that this cream absorbs very fast into the skin and  leaves hands non greasy, which is  a big plus for me. I am obsessed with the smell. The cream leaves my hand feeling soft and smooth. I love that this cream moisturizes for long and you don't have to rush and apply  the cream immediately after washing your hands. 
I love the packaging too, looks luxe (similar to L'occitane). I have nothing bad to say except that this may not be for very dry hands.

This can be bought from The Body Shop.

The Price 
100 ml - 17.95 AUD
30 ml - 9.95 AUD

Have you tried this hand cream ? What are your thoughts ? Which us your favorite hand cream ?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Facial Mists / Water / Toner and Different Ways to use them !

I have to admit that I love products with spray, toners with spray, face mists, spray body lotion, spray sunscreens and the list goes on.

This post features some of the facial mists/waters/toners and the different ways to use them.

FabIndia Rose Facial Water
  • Use it as a toner before moisturizer 
  • Use it to refresh your skin during the day 
  • Spritz on a cotton pad and place over your eyes to relax them 
  • Use this to dilute face masks before applying

Lush Tea Tree Water
  • Use it as a toner before moisturizer  
  • Use it as a cleanser too, its good at removing dirt 
  • Use it to refresh your skin during the day
  • Use it on itchy scalp. I havent' tried this one though, I saw it in a LUSH video HERE
  • Use it as a toner before moisturizer 
  • Use it to refresh your skin during the day
  • Use this to set your makeup

MAC Fix +
  • Use before makeup
  • Use it throughout the day to refresh your skin
  • Use it to set your makeup
  • Use it after makeup  to take off the powdery look and for a dewy finish
  • Use it on your makeup brushes to blend the foundation 
  • Use it on eyeshadow brushes to make the eye shadows pop and appear more vibrant

    Do you like spray products ? Which facial toner/spray do you recommend (leave them in the comment below)?

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Weekend Pamper Routine !

In today's post I will be sharing with you my 'Weekend Pamper Routine'. I do like to have some pamper time during the weekend. I have some products I use before shower, some in and some post and that's the order I will be taking you through them. So, lets get on with it :)

Pre Shower
 I usually start with applying coconut oil to my hair (Check my post on ways to use coconut oil). I give myself a good head massage and leave the hair oil for 5-6 hours or more. Just before the shower, I scrub my face and follow up with a deep cleaning face masque, either Mint Julep Masque or Origins Charcoal. I have spoken about my favorite masques HERE

In Shower 
I wash my hair as usual but once a week, I apply a hair masque. I have been using Schwarzkopf Ultimate Oil Elixir^ since a while now and only recently started using Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair Intensive mask*. Both of them smell lovely and make my hair soft. I love that you only need to keep these masks for one minute. I have recently blogged about this Dirty Works Glow Girl Buttery Salt Scrub*. I use it 1-2 times a week. Love the texture, smell and how it makes my skin feel after using this. 

Post Shower
I follow with a hydrating leave in masque like Racinne Ultimate Acqua Blanc Brightening or Origins Drink Up Intensive.

Hope you enjoyed my weekend routine.

How do you unwind yourself ? What are your favorite pamper products ? Have a great weekend.

^ I won this product in a giveaway.
* This product was provided for consideration. However, I was not paid for it. My reviews/opinions are always honest.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lip Tints/Stains galore !

One of my dearest friends had requested a post on lip tints/stains last year. At that time, I was not well equipped to do this post, I only had a lip stain (read : Revlon Just bitten kissable balm stains) and a tinted lip balm. 

I have a few more lip stains/tints kind of things in my collection now and in today's post, I will share with you my thoughts on the different ones I have tried. 

Rituparna, this is for you :)

Lip Balms and Lip Stains are terms used synonymously however, I do think they are slightly different. 

Lip tints, in my opinion, give your lips a subtle tint/flush (e.g. a tinted lip balm, sheer products) and Lip stains are products that leave your lips with a stain behind (e.g. long wearing lipsticks), or products that are sold as stains (e.g. marker type products). They can be drying as usually are long wearing.

I have categorized the different products I have tried (in the order 1 to 5, as numbered in the pic above)

1. Cheek and Lip tint - Featured in the pic above is Benetint, a cheek and lip stain by Benefit. Don't be scared by the color, this comes out as a very sheer flush of red color (it is buildable). If you are looking for a very natural color, then this is a good one to go for. 

  • Love the packaging
  • Smells gorgeous
  • 2 in one product, can be used both as a blush and lip tint
  • Benfit does them in other colors as well
  • Not moisturizing, however not too drying either
  • Pricey

2. Tinted Lip Balm - I have been using this Burt's Bees tinted lip balm for a while now and I completely love this product. I have it in 'Hibiscus'. Its comes out as a gorgeous peach MLBB color, perfect for when you cannot be bothered with a lipstick but want some color.
  • Natural
  • Very moisturizing
  • Not long lasting
  • Subtle color 
  • One of the best lip balms out there IMO
  • Available in other colors as well
3. Lip Crayons (lip balm stains) - The market is full with the crayon products, every company has their own version. The only lip crayons that I have tried are the Revlon Just Bitten lip balm stains. I have tried the original release and also the newly released matte variant. These are moisturising on the lips (like lip balms). The originally released were sheer, while the recently released matte ones are pigmented and creamy. If you fancy the whole crayon thing, do these give a try. I prefer the latest matte release.
  • Moisturizing
  • Mint flavor and fragrance
  • Leaves a subtle stain behind
  • Easy to apply 
  • Affordable
  • Stay for 4-6 hours
  • Twist up (no need for sharpening)
  • Lots of shade variety

4. Lip Lacquers - Super pigmented, liquid Lipsticks that pack a punch and leave behind a stain. The only liquid lipstick that I have tried is Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar. It is a gorgeous, bright color. 
  • Pigmented
  • Creamy and Opaque
  • Leaves a stain behind 
  • Not drying, not moisturizing either
  • Exfoliation of lips prior to using is a must
  • Available in bright to nude shades

5. Lip Tint - The lip tint featured in the picture above is the Lush Santa Baby Lip tint (Christmas Collection 2013). It comes in a little pot like lip balms/tints from Lush. Santa Baby is a beautiful bright red color. The texture is quite creamy and comfortable on lips. Blot it for a softer stain like look.
  • Super Pigmented 
  • Little goes a long way 
  • Leaves a stain behind
  • Exfoliation of lips prior to using is a must

Hope you liked the post.So these were the lip tints/stains I have used. 
Which are your favorite lip stains/tints ? Any recommendations (leave them in comments below) ?