Jul 30, 2010

Shiseido The Makeup Lip Liner Pencil - Rose Vintage (swatch)

Shiseido The Makeup Lip Liner Pencil - Rose Vintage 16
Shiseido The Makeup Lip Liner Pencil - Rose Vintage (16)
I got this lip pencil as a sample GWP - free with a Shiseido purchase
Shiseido The Makeup Lip Liner Pencil - Rose Vintage 16
Shiseido The Makeup Lip Liner Pencil - Rose Vintage (16)

What I love about this lipliner:
*The shade - it's a pretty mauve-pink that doesn't seem too bright for my darker skin tone.
*Lasts long - fades off over time but never completely goes off.
*Does not dry lips out or pull/tug while filling in.
    So yes, this is a really good lip pencil!  Am not sure about the pricing or availability of this particular product. I could not find it on the Shiseido site.  I am not sure if it has been discontinued or if it is available only as samples. 

    Shiseido The Makeup Lip Liner Pencil - Rose Vintage 16
    Shiseido The Makeup Lip Liner Pencil - Rose Vintage (16) - Swatch

    Lip swatch:

    shiseido the makeup lip liner pencil reviews rose vintage swatch
    shiseido the makeup lip liner pencil reviews rose vintage swatch
     L - Only lipliner
    R - Lipliner topped with Chanal Praline lipgloss. 

    Jul 20, 2010

    Chizu Saeki Lotion Mask

    I learned about the lotion mask in the book The Japanese Skin Care Revolution - Chizu Saeki.  The lotion mask is a simple yet efficient way to restore some much-needed moisture to the skin.  The theory is that as the skin hydrates and plumps up, the pores get closed and the skin appears smooth and nourished.  I tried it and loved it, so thought of sharing it here.

    Items Needed for the Chizu Saeki Lotion Mask 
    1.  Cotton: I use the Body Shop Cotton Squares which I bought specifically for this purpose - larger size square ones which come in a pack of 50.  Each cotton square can be separated into 3 layers.  Bodyshop also sells smaller sized round cotton pads, and while those are good for general use, they don't work very well for the lotion mask.

    Chizu Saeki Japanese Skincare Revolution - lotion face mask - cotton squares
    Body Shop Organic Cotton Pads 
    Chizu Saeki Japanese Skincare Revolution - lotion face mask - cotton squares
    Body Shop Organic Cotton Pads
    Chizu Saeki Japanese Skincare Revolution - lotion face mask - cotton squares
    Body Shop Organic Cotton Pads

    2.  Water: Use clean water without too much of mineral residue in it.


    3.  Softener/Alcohol-free toner:  I use Shiseido The Skincare hydro-balancing softener (review here).  The book does not recommend any specific brand but suggests using an alcohol-free product or one with very low alcohol content in it. My friend has tried the same using Fabindia Lavender Toner, and she loves it.


    Chizu Saeki Japanese Skincare Revolution - Shiseido Skincare Hydrobalancing Softener - Technique How-To
    Shiseido The Skincare Hydrobalancing Softener

    Chizu Saeki Lotion Mask Technique - How-To: 
    • I use 2 cotton squares for each time.  The number and method will need to be adjusted according to the size/shape of a different cotton.
    • Wet the 2 squares with water and then squeeze out the water by pressing between palms.
    • Place the 2 squares over each other and dispense about 2-3 squirts of the softener over the top square.  Don't put the lotion in just one area.  Instead, try to cover a larger area of the square.  Press the two squares lightly so the softener spreads down into both squares.
    • Now separate each square into 3 layers and use these layers to cover your face.  Wet your face before placing the cotton square.  It helps the cotton stick better to the skin.
    • Lie back and relax for at least 5 minutes. I keep it on for about 10 minutes. Remove and discard the cotton squares.
    • Moisturize as usual.
    The basic principle of this mask is to cover the skin with a thin layer of moist cotton.  As the skin stays in contact with the cotton it absorbs the moisture from the cotton and plumps up.
    Try this for 3 days, and you are going to see an awesome difference in your skin. I felt like my skin looked so healthy. My friend met me after I had been using this for about 5 days, and she immediately remarked on how good my skin was looking.  And no, I had not told her I was going to try this, so her reaction was totally unbiased.

    LINKS PROVIDED IN POST ARE FOR INFORMATION ONLY AND ARE NOT AFFILIATE LINKS.

    Shiseido Hydro-balancing Softener

    The Skincare is a line of Shiseido's skincare products catering specifically to normal skin - provide hydration. My skin being a ridiculous mix of dry forehead and oily nose and cheeks, I am currently trying out a mild softening lotion meant for hydrating skin with a moisturizer meant for oily skins. I picked this particular product after reading Chizu Saeki's book.  My logic was pretty simple, Japanese author, Japanese brand :P

    Shiseido Skincare Hydrobalancing Lotion
    Shiseido Hydro-balancing Softener

    Softeners/softening lotions are are similar to toners, but serve a slightly different purpose. Toners generally (according to me, that is :P) are recommended for an astringent action on open pores and to remove any makeup/cleanser traces left behind after cleansing the face. Softener/softening lotions on the other hand work on hydrating the skin and provide it a bit of moisture so it better absorbs the next step - the moisturizer. I suppose that should make rose water a good softener :-)

    Cleansing - Softener - Moisturize:  that's how the Shiseido program works.

    Shiseido's Hydro-Balancing alcohol-free softener comes in a clearish plastic bottle with a pump mechanism for dispensing. The lid snaps in place. It doesn't leak if you don't leave it standing, but I don't think it would be absolutely leak-proof or spill-proof while traveling.

    Jul 19, 2010

    Chanel Rouge Coco - Venise - Review/Swatch

    Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Venise
    Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Venise

    Chanel Rouge Coco is everything a lipstick should be:  Creamy, moisturizing, luxurious, and colours for just about every skin tone.
    • Texture:  Super creamy and moisturizing.
    • Love the glossy finish - it's just the right amount of gloss and not the dripping wet kind!
    • Colour intensity - Moderate coverage that can be built up.
    • Staying power is about 3 hours.  Doesn't last through eating/drinking.
    • Faint fragrance, much lighter than some of the other lipsticks I have tried from Chanel.
    Chanel Venise is described as rosewood shade.

    Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Venise
    Chanel Rouge Coco - Venise 
    The lipstick suffered an unfortunate accident :(
    Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Venise - Swatch
    Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Venise - Swatch
    Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Venise - Makeup Look
    Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick - Venise - Makeup Look

    Jul 16, 2010

    Review: Lush Colour Supplements - Dark Yellow

    Lush Colour Supplements - Dark Yellow - Review
    Lush Colour Supplements - Dark Yellow

    Lush Colour Supplement is a multipurpose base that can be used as a concealer, foundation, or even thinned down to a tinted moisturizer.  The customizable coverage is provided by thinning out the product, either by applying a smaller quantity or by mixing it in with a moisturizer to thin out the pigmentation.  The product has a creamy consistency and is packed in small glass jars.  You can use clean fingers or a clean spatula to pick up product.

    These colour supplements are available in 4 shades - dark yellow, light yellow, dark pink, and light pink - and because the coverage/pigmentation of the product can be adjusted, these basic colors are supposed to work across a variety of skin tones.  I have read people complaining about this limited shade choice - some have had to blend two shades to get their match.  For me, both the dark and the light yellow colour supplement seemed quite similar and matched my skin tone when I tried it in the store.   I picked the dark yellow colour supplement choosing to go for a darker colour rather than risk an ashy look with a lighter colour.  My swatches below are quite blurred - I took in store with a barely functional phone camera - but you can get an idea about the color range, I hope.

    Lush Colour Supplements - Swatches - Dark - light yellow - pink
    Lush Colour Supplements - Swatches:
    L to R: Dark yellow, light yellow, dark pink, light pink.

    Here's what worked for me with Lush Colour Supplements.
    • I got the perfect shade matching without any problem.  Since the product is so concentrated and would benefit with a bit of sheering down, I do believe one or the other shade would match most people's skin tones.
    • The Lush Colour Supplements are creamy and feel like I am applying my moisturizer.  They blend easily into the skin, just like a cream, but because there are no silicones in it, there is no velvety smooth feel to the skin.
    • Travel-friendly jar packaging. The jar, once the cap is securely screwed on, will not leak and is quite nonmessy, unless decide to open it upside down or something!  It's also quite a small, compact jar so it is easy to travel with.
    • Since the product is so concentrated, a little bit goes a long way.  A few dots are sufficient to provide medium coverage.
    • Suitable for vegans: I am a vegetarian (only because I happen to find vegetarian food tastier), not a vegan, so this is really not a deciding factor for me.  I do respect and appreciate the fact that there are people out there who are so passionate about this.


    What I didn't like about the Lush Colour Supplements:  Per Lush, you can use this as a foundation, a tinted moisturizer, and a concealer.  I tried out all three ways.  The Lush Colour Supplements did not work as an effective foundation, tinted moisturizer, or a concealer, in my personal experience. While it did provide coverage when applied initially, it made my skin very oily, and whatever coverage it provided disappeared in the subsequent oily mess.  I do have oily-combination skin type, and based on my experience, I am guessing this might be a better pick for those with less oily skin.  Also, probably because there are no silicones in it, the product doesn't feel like it's gliding on to skin like velvet, and if you have any dry patches of skin it tends to latch on to that.  

    Lush Colour Supplements - Ingredients (Dark Yellow):  Fresh Rose Petal infusion (Rosa damascena), Soya oil (Glycine soja), Titanium dioxide, Rice Bran oil (Oryza sativa), Stearic Acid, Gycerine, Triethenolamine, Colour 77492, Cetearyl Alcohol, Colour 77499, Colour 77491, methylparaben, propylparaben.

    Jul 8, 2010

    Skincare Recommendations for Oily Skin Types

    I have had a lot of problem with pimples since I was in college, and it just kept getting worse each year.  By the time I was done with college, the pimples were so bad, I don't think I had any normal skin on my cheeks! My granny (!) found out from someone else about using topical antibiotics and that's what finally got rid of the acne epidemic on my face.  The scars from that time are still there on my face, so you can just imagine how bad it was.  I still am very acne prone, and it's very rarely that I have absolutely pimple-free skin. And don't even get me started on the time-of-the-month pimples.

    Here's a list of products that worked for my oily/acne-prone skin and helped to control pimples and blemishes:




    Lush Fresh Farmacy Soap Cleanser Facial Oily Sensitive Skin
    Lush Fresh Farmacy Soap/Facial Cleanser
    Image Source:  www.lush.com

    The Lush Fresh Farmacy cleanser is a calamine-based soap for sensitive skin. Though Lush recommends Coal Face for oily skin, I found Fresh Farmacy more effective.  I have tried Coal Face a few times, and I found this one better. Fresh Farmacy  is also among some of the more affordably priced Lush products - expensive for a soap, but it lasts a while if you don't leave it in water.

    Lush Dark Angels Facial Cleanser Scrub
    Lush Dark Angels Facial Cleanser/Scrub

    Lush Dark Angels (review here) is a Rhassoul mud and black sugar based cleanser.  I use this more like a scrub after using my regular soap to clean my face.  Make a thin paste with a pea-sized amount of Dark Angels and smear it over my face. Leave it on as a mask for maybe 1-2 minutes before washing it off - scrub while washing off. Amazing at absorbing oils from your skin.

    Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser
    Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser
    Image source:  www.lush.com

    Lush Aqua Marina Facial Cleanser is a calamine and seaweed-based cleanser.  I use it the same way I use the Lush Dark Angels Cleanser.  Make a thin paste with the cleanser, leave it on the face for about a minute.  Wash off.  I find it does a good job at absorbing oils and calming down any redness from my face.

    Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
    Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
    Image Source:  www.lush.com

    Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask is a tea-tree and garlic-based mask. The smell might seem offensive to many people, but I never found it unbearable.  This is my favorite mask, the go-to/must-have if you have oily, acne-prone skin or pesky persistent pimples.  It takes a few times use to start working, but I noticed a definite improvement in my skin with regular use of this mask.
    Lush Mask of Magnaminty face mask
    Lush Mask of Magnaminty
    Image Source:  www.lush.com

    Lush Mask of Magnaminty is one of their most popular masks.  I find it quite a gentle, basic mask.  It does a good job at absorbing excess oils from my skin without leaving it dry.  The scrubby beans bits in the mask make it a little difficult to spread but are great for providing a gentle scrub.  The Magnaminty Mask provides a minty cooling sensation to the skin and helps feel refreshed.

    Clinique skincare 3 step program
    Clinique 3-step program (skin type 3)

    The Clinique 3-step program (review here) is a fool-proof acne solution. Buy it, use it, and bye bye acne. It is expensive but works.

    Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer (review HERE) - Mattifies but does not dry, the Shiseido Pureness Matifying Oil-free moisturizer is the perfect moisturizer for oily skins, during the summer or if you stay in a place with high humidity. 

    Shiseido Pureness Matifying Oil-free moisturizer
    Shiseido Pureness Matifying Oil-free moisturizer

    Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Lotion:  I have only tried a sample size of the Shiseido Pureness Matifying Lotion.  It is a very runny watery white liquid.  From my experience, this lotion is meant for the truly oily skinned category.

    Shiseido Pureness Matifying Lotion
    Shiseido Pureness Matifying Lotion

    Olay Daily Facials 2-in-1 Cleansing Cloths (review here) are my absolute favorite EVER.  I would beg, borrow, steal..anything to get my hands on this. From what I know, its available in UK/Canada, US, and I think Australia. Definitely not available in China.

    Olay Daily Facials 2-in-1 Cleansing Cloths
    Olay Daily Facials 2-in-1 Cleansing Cloths

    Currently I am on my last box of this - they are the ones meant for sensitive skin (not what I had asked for!), and they are good , though I would still recommend the combination/oily line :-)

    Olay Dual Action Cleanser and Pore Scrub
    Olay Dual Action Cleanser and Pore Scrub

    Olay Dual Action Cleanser and Pore Scrub (review HERE) is a creamy cleanser with really fine scrub granules.  It's gentle enough to be used once a day and cleans the skin off any oil while giving it a gentle polish.

    Jul 3, 2010

    New at Lush - Colour Supplements & Serum Bars (Saving Face/Full of Grace)

    Had dropped by to Lush to pick up my shampoo-conditioner. Saw the new Colour Supplements and the serum bars there. Here's a quick look at them - will review later :-)

    Lush Skincare - Serum Bars - Saving Face
    Lush Skincare - Serum Bars - Saving Face - Full of Grace

    This is Colour Supplements - I got Dark Yellow. Comes in a small glass jar..and from what I tried of it, it spreads easily enough. Meant to be used mixed with moisturizer as a tint or straight for more coverage.  Check my review on the Lush Colour Supplements here.

    Lush Color Supplements - Dark Yellow
    Lush Color Supplement - Dark Yellow


    There are four shades - Dark Yellow, Light Yellow, Dark Pink, and Light Pink.  Cost: Rs. 925/20g  These are the swatches: