Friday, 29 August 2014

Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash Reviewed!

It's been taking me a while to get around to posting on this blog recently and I really don't like it. I'm going to try and post every week starting now and hopefully stick to that schedule because I love writing these posts. Quite a few weeks ago, while I was in India, Garnier Pure Active sent me a lovely package with their new neem face wash. If you follow me on Instagram you probably know how long it's been since I received the package (why do I delay these posts? ).
Packaging: It comes in a pretty standard tube and the only part that really annoys me with many tubes is the twisty cap which comes off completely. I read that many people have tubes with the twisty cap but mine wasn't so I'm happy. I prefer these flip-top tubes since they're convenient and you don't have to struggle with trying to hold the cap and not misplace it. Since I've left the actual tube back in India I had to turn to google images for some help. (See how the google image has a twisty cap and a different design on the packaging? They must have repackaged these!). I do really like the look of the tube though. It's simple, clean and neat.
Texture: It's a clear gel-like texture but too runny to really be classified as a gel I think. It has a lime green color and I'm not sure what I think about that. Some days I love it because it's bright and fresh but on some others it reminds me of those disgusting snot-like slime things little kids play with. I guess it just depends on your mood. It foams up pretty well and smells really good. I can't describe the smell exactly but it has hints of neem and something fruity in it.
Results: You don't need a lot of this product since it foams up and spreads very evenly on the skin. Once you wash it off, it leaves your skin feeling really soft and moisturized. Garnier claims that it fights bacteria, fights pollution and removes oil. My skin definitely feels cleaner after using it and I've seen neem products work very well on most people with acne-prone skin. However, neem products seem to hate me and give me more breakouts. I was hoping that this one would be different and to a certain extent it was. I just loved the smell and the fresh/clean feeling after using it so much that I hoped it would be good for my skin. It took a few weeks to start giving me breakouts which is a good sign because it means the face wash wouldn't be harsh on someone else's skin (someone whose skin doesn't react to neem in a bad way).

I believe it costs INR75 for a 100ml tube which is extremely affordable so you should give it a whirl if you have acne-prone skin. If this one doesn't do it for you, I recommend the Garnier Pure Active Daily Scrub with Salicylic Acid. That face wash has my absolute favorite for years now and even though it's marketed as a blackhead scrub it works amazingly well on acne.

Extras: That Garnier pen and notebook came in so handy especially since we were making notes, reminders and lists while planning events. Thank you for those Garnier if you're reading this! However, may I suggest changing the graphics on the notebook? The animated pimple-covered faces made me cringe and not want to use it so I tore out those pages while using the notebook.

I hope you guys found this post helpful. If you've used this product before or plan on trying it out, I would love to know more in the comments below. You can also head on over to twitter where you can follow me at @Thesecretlife_T and Garnier at @PureActiveIndia . Tweet us with your opinions about this product in particular or anything else from the range!

Tanaya <3

Monday, 18 August 2014

Review: Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm in Peach

You can also check this post out on Real Beauty Spot where it was originally published.

One of my absolute beauty must-haves is the Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm in Guava so it isn’t surprising that I was very excited to try the new Peach Lip Balm.

Packaging: It’s changed! I think this new packaging is slightly thinner but it may just be an illusion because there’s barely any difference in shape. The new packaging looks more mature and mainstream when compared to the old one but I don’t mind it. On the inside the tube is still the same. A convenient twist-up style tube that twists smoothly. The outside may not look nearly as cute and quirky as the older one but the practicality is still just as good.

Pigmentation, Texture, Finish: The texture feels exactly the same as my Guava Lip Balm when swatched on the hand. It’s very smooth and buttery. However, it’s a whole different story when applied on the lips. This Peach version has a weird tacky feeling to it. I can’t even keep it on my lips for over 2 minutes without getting irritated by it. In terms of pigmentation, it has none. It looks like a lovely peach with tiny shimmer particles in the tube. I expected a sheer peachy color but it just comes off as a clear balm. There’s no color and even the finish looks like a cheap lip balm. It’s glossy but doesn’t give the ‘my lips but better’ look.
Lasting Power: With the terrible texture and finish, I wasn’t even able to keep this lip balm on enough to find out how long it lasts. It can easily last upto an hour or so as long as you don’t eat much.

In conclusion, I’m very disappointed in this product. That obviously isn’t my opinion about the whole Fruity Shine range because I still adore the Guava Lip Balm and cannot spend a day without it. I do not recommend spending your money on this Peach version but do give the Guava version a whirl (psst…it’s amazing!). 

Since I've been doing a lot of posts about Indian products I thought a Must-Have Products on the Indian Beauty Market would be fun to write and read. Would you guys like to read a post like that? Let me know in the comments and I'll do one soon!

Tanaya <3

Thursday, 31 July 2014

New Haircare Crush & Staple - Argan Dew Replenishing Hair Mask

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now but I haven't posted much at all recently. I feel so bad about not giving this blog enough time recently but I've been caught up in something very exciting that's coming up and if you follow me on Instagram you probably know about it already. I will do a complete post about it soon but this post is about my new haircare product obsession.

A few months ago, a brand called Argan Dew contacted me and sent over a few samples of their products to try and review. Argan Oil isn't a new discovery anymore and beauty bloggers as well as beauty enthusiasts have been going crazy over this miracle ingredient. I expected Argan Dew to be another one of those hyped up Argan oil products that are nice enough but aren't good enough to rave about. Argan Dew's Replenishing Hair Mask was a much-needed product for my hair. My usual favorite - Matrix Biolage - had stopped working quite as well as it used to( I have no clue why). As a result, my hair wasn't getting the moisture it needed and was getting terribly dry. Argan Dew's hair mask is that weirdly wonderful product that works and makes a difference with one use. I'm absolutely in love with this product and I'm trying to figure out how to get a full size of it (Since it's available only in UK) before I run out of the samples I was given. Update: Soon after this post was published, Argan Dew wrote to inform me that their products are available worldwide through or amazon and ebay. Lucky for us!
Texture, Consistency: The mask has a thick and creamy texture. It has the most divine fragrance I've ever smelled in a hair product which makes using the mask a wonderful experience. If you're not much into fragrances in your products you may not like it but I love it.

Result: My hair feels softer, glossy, healthier and moisturized. It feel so luxurious and soft that I have to actively resist touching it. Hahaha.

I would recommend this product to anyone dealing with dry and frizzy hair or split ends. Although I love the Hair Mask I'm not a huge fan of their Miracle Hair Oil so I wouldn't recommend it.

I hope this review helped you and let me know if you've tried this product yourself. What did you think of it? Will you be trying it out soon? I'd love to hear all about it!
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*The product mentioned in this post was provided for review. The opinions expressed in the post are unbiased and honest. 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Lakme Absolute Gloss Addict Lipstick - Desert Rose

Have you watched the commercials for this new launch by Lakme? With Kareena Kapoor wearing a red and extremely glossy lipstick? When I first saw it I loved the red color but I found the glossyness to be too over-the-top and quite tacky-looking. However, once I saw swatches of the lipstick (or "Gloss Sticks” as Lakme likes to name them) I couldn’t wait to try it! They looked like the perfect amount of gloss and nothing like the exaggerated tacky lipcolor in the commercial.

Packaging: The tube looks absolutely precious! I love the effect created by the clear plastic tube over the metallic one. Lakme really stepped it up with the packaging for this lipstick (I don’t usually like the packaging of any of their other products) making it both practical and elegant. The clear top is really convenient since you can see the shade and easily find the lipstick. The outer black box is quite average. Nothing too fascinating or classy but it isn’t bad either.

Pigmentation, Texture and Finish:  The texture is nice and buttery which makes the color glide on without any efforts or rubbing. It allows the color to be applied evenly across the lips and is responsible for the glossy effect. While I love how glossy the product is, it’s not as pigmented as I had expected it to be. It’s still a beautiful product and I’ve started reaching for it almost everyday now but I’m sad that it was hyped up to be more pigmented than it actually is. The bright side to it not being too heavily pigmented is that it is so wearable. It’s perfect for every day.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

JewelleryBox Launch Event : You're Invited!

A few days back I got invited by JewelleryBox to attend their launch event. Unfortunately, the event is in London and obviously I can't attend. However, they have kindly invited all of you guys to attend! If you live in or around the location you should definitely check it out. There's going to be a preview of the new collection to be launched and an exclusive sale with discounts. Photobooths, fizz, food and fun with a lovely goody bag to end the night. When I heard about the details of the event I really wished I could attend but I can't so I really hope you do. You can RSVP at

Let me know if you do attend and I would love to see your pictures at the event over Twitter and Instagram so be sure to tag me.

Tanaya <3

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

New Skincare Discoveries

A while back I got sent some new skincare products from Mary Kay's new Botanical Effects line to test out and review. It was perfect timing since I'm in India and my oily skin tends to act out in the hot and humid weather here. I thought it would be a real test for these products to help me tackle the oiliness, breakouts and blemishes.
The Botanicals range consists of 4 products that almost make up a complete skincare routine - a face mask, a cleanser, a refreshing toner and a hydrating moisturizer. Each of these products are available in 3 variants depending on whether you have dry, normal or oily skin. I got the range for oily skin. All the products are free from alcohol, fragrance and synthetic dyes.
The mask: The mask claims that it absorbs and controls oil. Since I use this mask along with all the other products too I can't tell if it's the mask in particular that's helping control the oil on my skin but it most probably has a role to play in the overall effects. The tube says it can be used 2-3 times per week but I use it only about 1-2 times per week. My skin definitely feels cleaner and refreshed. It looks hydrated and radiant immediately. I really enjoy using this mask and I even carried it along with me while traveling since it makes for the perfect treat for your skin after a long day outdoors.
The cleanser: This cleanser is great at removing makeup and I use it whenever I'm too lazy to use makeup remover and then cleanse again. It melts off makeup, oil, dust and leaves your skin very clean without making it too dry. I like it but I wouldn't say it's my favorite since it doesn't leave your skin feeling tingling and fresh.
The Freshen Toner: Now it doesn't mention the word "toner" on the bottle but that's what it essentially is. I spray it onto a little piece of cotton and gentle dab/rub it all over my face focusing especially on the areas with blemishes and the Tzone. It removes any last traces of dirt left behind on the skin while calming it and closing up the pores to leave the skin beautifully glowing (and I'm not exaggerating). On several occasions when I've used this toner and stepped out of my room, I've been asked what I did to my skin and what I used because it looks so good.

The Hydrating Moisturizer: I don't really have much to say about this product yet. I haven't used it more than twice and I didn't like it very much those two times. I'm not someone who uses moisturizers except on certain dry spots (and only during winter) so I don't like the feeling of moisturizers on my skin in this hot and humid weather. I might try it out again during winter and let you know what I think about it.

On the whole, I'm really impressed with the three products that I've been using regularly for about a month and a half now and they've really helped keep my skin calm. I still get the occasional breakouts but they're not quite as aggressive and bad as they used to be. I love everything except the moisturizer and I would recommend it to all my readers that have oily/combination skin.

Since I'm thinking of starting a youtube channel, let me know if you would like to see a "best skincare products for oily skin" or a similar video. You can let me know if you would like something like that in the comments below.

Tanaya <3

*Products were sent for consideration for a review. The opinions are honest and unbiased.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Maybelline Color Show Glitter Mania Review - Pink Champagne

I’ve always been a fan of glitter nail paints but they’re almost always way too sheer and no brand ever seems to get the consistency right. They’re too much work since they need a base color, about 2 coats of the glitter itself and then a topcoat to hold those huge chunky pieces of glitter on the nail and not let them peel off. Maybelline recently launched their Glitter Mania range as an addition to the pre-existing Color Show nail paints. With the amazing combination of Glitter and my favorite drugstore makeup brand, there was nothing that could stop me from trying them out!

Pigmentation, Consistency: Although I love Maybelline, I wasn’t expecting much from a glitter nail paint and I was wrong. The glitter is so well concentrated that even one coat would be enough. However, in the picture here, I’ve used 2 coats but the consistency is remarkably opaque even for 2 coats. I see this nail paint as a revolution in the world of glitter nail paints because such a finish was only possible with a hundred coats or a perfect professionally done manicure....
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I have written one more review for Real Beauty Spot and I hope you enjoy it. I had received many requests on Twitter to Review these and I was happy to oblige since I loved them so much. Let me know what you think and if you would be trying them too in the comments below.

Tanaya <3

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