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Pond’s Age Miracle Daily Regenerating Facial Foam - Review

What they claim: A daily regenerating cleanser that helps fight signs of ageing through gentle micro-exfoliation.
Micro-exfoliates aged skin and reveals new skin Cleanses thoroughly without leaving skin dry or flaky Reduces dullness and enhances overall skin radiance
How to enjoy thoroughly cleansed, bright and velvety smooth skin:
Use every morning and evening as the first step in your skin care routine, or anytime for instant renewal and refreshment. In case of contact with eyes, rinse with water.

Key Ingredients:

Glycerin, Water, Sodium CoCoyl Glycinate, Glycol Distearate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Sodium Mrthyl Cocoyl Taurate, Disodium Lauriminodiacetate, Citric Acid, Ceteth-20, Silica, Polyquatemium-39, Perfume, DMDM Hydantoin, Carbomer, Silica/CI 73360, Butylene Glycol, Isomerized Linoleic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Acetamide MEA, Lodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Ammonium Lactate, Retinyl Palmitata, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, BHT

Price: Rs. 225 /- for a tube of 100…

L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Range - Review

What it claims: The 1st Total Repair for damaged hair with Ceramide cement that fights five hair problem- Hair fall, dryness, roughness, Dullness and Splits Ends.

Proven results:
Day after day, it fights the 5 signs of damaged hair to become: Strong, Shiny, Smooth, Silky, Repaired tips

Total Repair 5 range includes-

• Total Repair 5 Repairing shampoo Price Rs. 130 for 200ml and Rs. 72 for 100ml shampoo

• Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner. Price Rs.150 for 180g and Rs. 80 for 90g conditioner

• Total Repair 5 Repairing Masque. Price: Rs. 325 for 200ml

I have tried all 3 products from this range.

Review - Shampoo

Smells nice. Does leave the hair soft and cleans and lathers well. It also was able to remove all traces of coconut / hair oil in one wash itself leaving my hair squeaky clean. I naturally suffer from quite a bit of hairfall, so I don't think this stopped it in any way, but it also didn't make it worse. I liked this one.

Review - Conditioner

I have very fine hair, and …

Vogue India Beauty Awards 2010 - winners

Vogue India just held its first Indian Beauty Awards, and winners have been announced in each category. I read about this breaking news on An Indian's Makeup Blog

What I am very excited about is that Colorbar has made it to the best eyeliner list and so has Neutrogena in the sunblock category! I love both these products and feel that they totally deserve it. Below is the entire list of winners (source)


Cleanser: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser
Moisturizer (for day): Estée Lauder DayWear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15
Moisturizer (for night): Elizabeth Arden INTERVENE Stress Recovery Night Cream
Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 50+
Eye cream: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex
Peel/mask: Clarins Gentle Peeling


Concealer: YSL Touche Éclat
Lipstick (day): Dior Sérum de Rouge, Rosewood Serum 740 and M.A.C. Lipstick, Half ’n Half
Lipstick (night): Lakmé Nine-to-Five Colorfix Lip Duo, Grapevine

Maybelline Color Sensation Lipstick and Lip Gloss - Review

There has been a mad buzz around the Maybelline Color Sensational Range since the day it was launched abroad and India too has been no different. Of course, I am not impervious to all this and *had* to figure out what the fuss was all about.

I picked a lipstick - Tinted Taupe (a shimmery berry brown lip color) and a gloss Plum-tastic (plum berry) to check out the range.

Review - Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick (Tinted Taupe)

Pros: 1. Very moisturising. It just glides on the lips like a balm, and it is totally weightless. Lips feel soft and smooth for hours on end

2. Highly pigmented, despite being sheer (the one I got was sheer). The color payoff was good and the tint lasted for a good 5-6 hours.

3. Shimmer is very fine and does not feel gritty at all.

4. Price is economical. Rs. 299 a tube.

1. The smell. I know lots of people love it, but I just can't stand the toffee smell. I am allergic to it and burst into a bout of sneezes every time I use this lipstick. I find th…

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Moisture Kick Moisture Spray Conditioner - Review

What it claims: Leave-in conditioning treatment for dry, naturally coarse hair.

For weightless rehydration. New BC MOISTURE KICK is perfect to rebalance the hair’s moisture level. The innovative HYALURONIC ACID DERIVATE (amino acid and Milk-Protein Complex) recharges the hair with essential moisture without overburdening it. For soft, supple and nourished hair, full of healthy shine and bounce.


HYALURONIC ACID DERIVATIVE: a vital ingredient commonly used in body moisturisers. Its molecule is able to balance the water content. Its outstanding hydrating properties result in increased smoothing, softening and combating dryness.

PANTHENOL: penetrates the hair shaft to inject hydration and balances the natural moisture level.
AMINO CELL REBUILD TECHNOLOGY: penetrates deeply into the hair to repair the inner cell structure.

Ideal for: Hair damaged by environment, mechanical damages and damaged by natural wear and tear needs medium care level.
Normal to slightly dry hair.Natura…

I should not have got this...

Buying makeup & skincare products can be very difficult at times especially when you are new to the entire scene. Sometimes we are stuck with products that are such total duds, we totally regret purchasing them.

Sometimes the product itself overpromises and underdelivers, sometimes we get taken in by the words of the SA and end up buying products that are 'Oh-So-Wrong' for our skin.

Below are some of the products that I bought during my initial trysts with makeup, that always make me go - "What was I thinking?"

1. Maybelline Dream Matt Mousse Foundation: This was one of the first foundations I got, used it barely twice. While it offers good coverage, this is just not meant for dry skin. It just amplified every bit of dry flaky skin, and was very difficult to blend despite the whipped formulation. Looked very fake, and very chalky. I am not sure the product was at fault here - I just picked the wrong formula for my skin.

I now am using this as a spot concealor t…

Bourjois Rose Exclusif Lip Gloss 01 - Review

This lip gloss, I had heard, was going to launch in August 2010, but it seems to have already hit our shores. (I like :-) )

What it claims: A transparent lipgloss that self-adjusts into a unique personalized pink when applied to your lips. It adapts to the pH of your lips.

Price: Rs. 525 for 7.5 ml tube

Where: New Beauty Centre, Khar


1. This is a colorless gloss (no shimmer) that turns a real pretty pink on the lips. It keeps getting darker once applied over a period of 2 hours to turn hot pink finally. But it is very wearable bright cool toned pink. Like Barbie pink.

2. Quite long wearing. This lasted on my lips for a good 4-5 hours through lunch. It also leaves behind a nice pink tint.

3. Odourless & Tasteless to me.


1. This gloss is little bit sticky. Not very, but just a little bit. That probably is the reason why it lasts so long. But I don't find this stickiness untolerable. I am quite ok with it.

2. It is a bit pricy for a gloss - that too a fancy one.


MAC Rodarte Controversy

While going through a few of my favourite blogs, I chanced upon this huge MAC - Rodarte Controversy that is splitting the blogosphere into two.

MAC apparently is launching a make-up collection abroad, inspired by Mexico, that has some some offensive names and connotations.

For example, one of the nail paints in this line is Juarez.

Juarez is the world's most dangeous and violent town. Everyday, a number of women are abducted on their way to work at factories and brutally raped and murdered. The police is a silent spectator to this atrocity that has been happening for more than 10 years now. The citizens of this town live in abject poverty and fear.

The other products in this range has equally odd names like Factory, Badlands, Sleepless, Ghost Town that are offensive to Latin people and those in Mexico who have been living in very bad conditions for years.

MAC of course has responded quickly and apologised. They have also agreed to donate a portion of the profits to a charity i…

June Favourites

First of all, thanks a lot for your lovely messages, I am feeling much better now. :-)

I quite missed blogging & connecting with you guys during the last few days, and with my energy levels rising I hope to get back to it regularly quite soon.

In the meanwhile, I thought I would share my June Fav products with you.

1. Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks: My current favourites are Nude Rosey & Soft Rose for day, and Raspberry for night. With Maybelline Colorsensation lipsticks almost at our shores I am waiting to get well soon and check out how they compare with Revlon (They are supossed to be quite similar).

2. Jordana Glitterama Eye Pencils: I quite like these shimmery, glittery eyepencils. At Rs. 149/- a piece, they are quite soft on the pocket. But use a base to get maximum wear out of these pencils, they tend to fade over time otherwise. My favourites are Black Bash (which is actually a dark charcoal grey - black with silver shimmer) and the Dark Blue one (Dark blue with blue &…

Face Balm

I have been hearing about face balms since the last few months. Abroad they have attained a little bit of cult status for people with dry or mature skins.

Face Balms are basically simple beeswax and oil formulations, made in such a way to provide instant relief to dry skin, while not creating a oily mess on the face. They are super-rich with essential oils and calm the skin instantly. They are also highly portable as they in solid formulations. Unfortunately they are yet to come to our shores.

Quite inadvertently I found my face balm last week.

In a hurry to drop my parents to the station, I washed my face with a bar of soap. About an hour into the journey, my skin began to feel stretched and itchy. Fumbling in my huge bag, I realised that I was not carrying any lotion, and I still had another 3 hours of travel in front of me.

That is when it happened. In utter desperation.

I grabbed the tube of Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm (the one in the light blue tube) and very gingerly applied s…

New Launches in The Body Shop India

Other than the Moisture White Range, The Body Shop has 2 new product launches this month:

1. Delipscious Sheer Lip Colour: Since we women end up ingesting a lot of our lip products (about 4 pounds) over a lifetime, TBS has launched this range of sheer lip colors that are made from 100% food grade ingredients. All shades contain blueberry oil from two blueberries, as well as being enriched with pomegranate fruit seed oils, delectable cocoa butter, sugar derivative, rapeseed oil and vitamin E.

There are 6 shades in this range:
• 01 Sheer Lychee
• 02 Sheer Toffee
• 04 Sheer Candy
• 05 Sheer Elderberry
• 07 Sheer Raspberry
• 09 Sheer Pomegranate

Price: Rs. 595/-

2. The DeoDry Collection: This line consists of deodorants that promise antiperspirant protection as well, with natural ingredients.

More wonderfully & importantly, this range is aluminium salts & paraben free. Aluminium salts in deos & antiperspirants may be linked with breast cancer, you can read the report here.


Lakme Night Fever Lip Artist - Review

What Lakme Claims: Use these color rich sticks to define your lip line or fill with intense color. Enhanced with skin care vitamins for soft, smooth application. Take your pick of the hottest shades from deep crimsons to classic terracottas.
M.R.P. : Rs. 250/-

1. They are quite soft and apply easily on the lips without tugging or pulling
2. Colors are intense, you just need to apply a little bit for the colors to show up and the pencils themselves are not as drying as lip pencils can get
3. They stay on for quite long - I generally use them to fill in my entire lip & top it with gloss. It lasts for a good 3-4 hours. Without gloss, I think it would last even longer.

1. The colors. They could have made some more lighter shades.  I have terracotta, siena and crimson.

Terracotta is a nice peachy coral shade, but on my pigmented lips it shows up as Orange (not nice), but once I layer it with a light pink gloss it looks really fab for both day & night looks.

Siena is too bro…

Lakme Night Fever Eye Magic - Review

PS: Before I start, sorry for the long absence, been a little under the weather with Jaundice.

What it claims: The lightweight, translucent gel comes with quick dry formula that fixes the sparkle in place. Paint crystalline lines for a soft look or sweep the entire eyelid for a jewel encrusted look. Can be used as an eye shadow or as a highlighter for cheeks or any other part of the body in classic shades of gold and silver for a subtle, pearly shine.
Price: Rs. 295/-

1. It does dry pretty fast and stays on for a good 3-4 hours (of partying and dancing), fading very little on the lids. In fact adding this on top of my eyeshadow also considerably increased its adherence. My eyeshadow stayed on longer.
2. Thanks to the fact that it is liquid & quick dry, it is totally non-messy compared to similar shimmer powders for the eye. There is no fallout.
2. Takes any ordinary matt eyeshadow to another level of oomph. It just transforms the entire look.
3. Can be used as eyeliner with …

Make up in your Thirties

The crazy, uncertain days of your twenties are done with. For most part you are now settled in your career, and know what looks good on you and what doesn't. You have a distinctive style now.

But now that you have hit 30, it is no reason to suddenly abandon the crazy color-filled days of your 30s and settle for neutrals in your make-up.

Here are some tips to help you look your best:

1. Foundation: Now is the time to invest in a good, branded foundation. If you notice your skin veering towards dryness or any fine fines, opt for a liquid foundation. If you find the coverage too heavy, you can always thin it out with a moisturiser. If possible get something with illuminating properties. The radiance provided by this will hide all minor fine lines and dry skin.

2. Concealor: Dark circles creeping up? Use a good, branded concealor.

A good foundation & concealor together can take years off your face, and give you a smooth canvas to work with.

3. Blush: Use a peach-brown toned blus…