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.

Shade: While staring at the numerous swatch galleries on Google, Desert Rose repeatedly stood out to me. It’s like... 

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Tanaya <3

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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 http://t.co/AT9uXWM7Mp

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

Monday, 9 June 2014

Harringtons Pet Food - for all the wonderful Cat Lovers!

(Warning: This Post Contains A Lot Of Photos And Cuteness)
About Harringtons Pet Food :"With our history in manufacturing, we think we understand the importance of giving your pets the best possible food, using quality ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible, and free from artificial colours and flavours.
We have therefore focused on values which are reflected in the production of Harringtons:

       No compromise on quality or ingredients used.
       No wastage associated with 'big company' cost structure.
       No expensive, unnecessary packaging.
       Good honest Yorkshire value.
Harringtons does not carry out, approve or fund invasive animal testing. We may from time to time carry out palatability testing to assist in the development of new products. This is simply to check that they enjoy the taste of our new product. The pets we use mainly belong to our directors, staff and customers and they remain in their normal home environment whilst tasting our food for us."
If you follow me on instagram you're definitely aware that I have an adorable little cat. Recently, the people over at Harringtons Pet Food noticed my cat and sent over a packet of their Natural Cat Food in the Chicken with Rice flavor for the lucky little feline to taste and review. While I still believe that he's really smart and has learned to (or at least tries to) imitate human activities, he is yet to learn how to use this laptop. So while he's still in the process of mastering this device, I have taken over the responsibility of reviewing his food and typing his thoughts. 
When he first saw the packet he was quite eager to try the food. I'm guessing he could smell the food through the packaging (can cats do that? I'm not sure but my cat tends to find properly packaged cat food and rip open the packets too). Surprisingly, he got sick the next day and I was worried it may have been this cat food. A few days later he had the Harringtons Cat Food again and he's been eating it since that day but hasn't fallen sick again so I'm pretty sure it was something else he ate or just him feeling a little under the weather. In fact I think the food has been really good for his health and weight. 
He seems to love the food since he licks the bowl clean within minutes of refilling it. It's kind of sad since Harringtons Cat Food is available only in Europe and they made an exception and sent over a package to me from UK. However, I won't be able to get hold of this food for him again until I visit UK. For those of you that live within Europe (especially within UK) this cat food would be very easy to find. After observing how much my cat loves it I would definitely recommend you to go get it for yours!

 Do any of you guys have cats too? If you do, send me some pictures on Twitter! Would you be trying  out Harringstons Cat Food? Let me know what you think about this post (has it been helpful to you?) or my cat (Isn't he adorable!? Hahaha) in the comments below.

Tanaya <3

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Coco Mademoiselle Review

Recently I wrote an article reviewing the Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum by Chanel on a website called Real Beauty Spot. I loved working on the review and I hope you enjoy reading it too. I've posted an excerpt here and you can read the whole post here. So go ahead and check it out and also leave me a comment here and/or on the other website so I know you've read and liked it :) 

"This perfume is one of the classics in the world of fragrances. Since it’s launch back in 2001 (and then the Eau de Toilette version in 2002) it was predicted to double Coco’s business and brought in about $21 million in it’s first year according to Women’s Wear Daily. While I’m not usually interested in the business/financial part of perfumes, that information left me more curious about this fragrance than ever.

Packaging: The bottle pictured here is the 1.7oz Eau de Parfum version, which comes in Chanel’s signature rectangular glass bottle. The bottle looks tiny but has a good weight to it. Not the kind of weight that makes it impractical to use but the kind that feels luxurious while handling. The simple design with the gold-edged label at the center oozes of elegance. Ordinarily I wouldn’t be so impressed by such a simple design for a perfume bottle but Chanel makes it work.

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Maleficent x MAC collection

Can you believe that I have no idea what the movie Maleficent is about? Well I know Maleficent is the name of the character played by Angelina Jolie in this movie and that it's based on a Disney story but I don't think I've ever watched the original Disney animation. If I did, I definitely can't remember it. Anyway, the point of saying all of this is that even though I don't know much about Maleficent I still can't wait to watch this movie! Most of this curiosity for the movie is sparked by the posters and how fabulously intriguing Angelina Jolie looks as Maleficent. The horns and makeup are just so perfect. Mac has launched a new makeup collection that puts together the whole makeup look of Maleficent. How amazing is that? Not everybody would be able to roam the streets everyday with the complete Maleficent look (although that would make a wonderful statement in street style wouldn't it? ) but it would be great to tone down the look and use it for events and such.
Products (clockwise from top) : Maleficent #36 Lashes, Maleficent Eyebrows in Fling, Maleficent Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle, Maleficent Eyeshadowx4 and Maleficent Lipstick in True Love's Kiss. 
DuJour also did an interview with the makeup artists that created this look and you can check it out at http://dujour.com/article/maleficent-mac-makeup/43688 They talk all about the 50 pairs of horns they had to make for the movie and other fascinating details about the whole look.

Let me know what you think of this new MAC Collection and also the DuJour article in the comments below. Have I mentioned how much I like reading the comments you guys leave? Because I do! So go ahead and write me something to read. 

Tanaya <3 

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