Feb 25, 2011

Avon Pro-To-Go Lipstick - Warm Pink (Review/Swatch)

Avon Pro To Go Lipstick Warm Pink Review Swatch

Decent quality at an affordable price - that is what I would associate Avon with.  Their products are usually simple and good.  With the Pro-To-Go lipsticks, though, the packaging is what attracted me.  The lipstick comes packaged in a sleek black case - glossy black - with a slider button one side.

Avon Pro To Go Lipstick Warm Pink Review Swatch

The button slides the lipstick in or out of the case - no cap.  Apart from the fact that I have not seen a packaging like this in any other lipstick, I suppose it is also useful if you have only one hand free to apply the lipstick - no fiddling around with the cap.  An absolute lifesaver for the busy shopper with hands full of shopping bags :P

Avon Pro To Go Lipstick Warm Pink Review Swatch
Avon Pro To Go Lipstick Warm Pink Review Swatch
Avon Pro To Go Lipstick Warm Pink Review Swatch

This is the second Pro-To-Go lipstick I am trying.  Generally, the lipsticks are good.  Not very moisturizing, but they do not dry my lips out either.  Staying power - maybe 2-3 hours if not eating or drinking anything.  The shade I had bought earlier (Sweet Brown) was quite pigmented/opaque.  Warm Pink, though, turned out to be quite sheer.  It's a brown-pink shade - an almost nude colour that does not give much coverage on my pigmented lips.  It would look quite good paired with a smokey eye on someone who doesn't have very pigmented lips or if used over a lipliner.

Anyway, here are some barely visible swatches :

Avon Pro To Go Lipstick Warm Pink Review Swatch
On my hand - is there somewhere -
just stare and stare :P :P
Avon Pro To Go Lipstick Warm Pink Review Swatch
Avon Pro To Go Lipstick
(Warm Pink)

My take on this:  I do like the Pro-To-Go lipsticks, but I didn't like the shade Warm Pink.  It's just a bit too sheer.  Would work well for someone with less pigmented lips.  The other colour that I have, Sweet Brown, is quite nice, though.

Cost: 429/1.8 g (I bought this on discount and don't remember the exact price, but it was around Rs. 300).

Avon Pro-To-Go (Sweet Brown) review:
Avon Pro To Go Lipstick Sweet Brown Review Swatch
Avon Pro To Go (Sweet Brown)

Feb 22, 2011

The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum


TBS Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum - available HERE

What do you dream for your life?  To save endangered species?  Daring adventures in far away placed?  Or running your own company?  Whatever your dream, Dreams Unlimited exhilirating scent will inspire you.  The exotic combination of citrus, green chili, and white flowers will fire you up with energy and optimism.  Bring your dreams to life.

TBS Bodyshop Dreams Unlimited Perfume Parfum Fragrance Women Reviews
TBS Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum

The notes:  Hints of citrus, green chili, white flowers, and cedarwood.

The packaging:  A tear-drop shaped transparent glass bottle with the TBS logo on the cap.

TBS Bodyshop Dreams Unlimited Perfume Parfum Fragrance Women Reviews
TBS Bodyshop Dreams Unlimited Perfume Parfum Fragrance Women Reviews

Not great at describing perfumes, to me this smells a bit citrusy sweet and floral, fresh and light.  When I tried this in the shop, I didn't like it.  I tried it again a week or two later, and I was still undecided.  I got it only because my sister likes it.  Must say though, I have grown to like it now.  This is something I would use during the day when I want something that smells pleasant without being overly fruity or sweet.  Probably because it is a very light perfume, it does not last long on me - about 2 hours time and it's all gone.

Cost:  Rs. 1495/50 mL and 1195/30 mL

TBS Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum - Ingredients

TBS Bodyshop Dreams Unlimited Perfume Parfum Fragrance Women Reviews

TBS Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum - My Take

A good perfume for the day time but will not last all through the day.  Perfumes are a very personal choice, and likes and dislikes vary from person to person.  I would definitely recommend trying this at the store before deciding on buying.

Other TBS Product Reviews:
Mango Body Butter - Bodyshop
Super Soft Lips the Body Shop way - TBS Lipscuff and Lip Care (01 Translucent)
The Body Shop Peppermint Purifying Foot Mask
The Body Shop Precious Pearlescents Eyeshadow Trio (Discontinued/Limited edition) Swatch
The Body Shop Cotton Squares
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil 
The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter
The Body Shop Almond Oil Nail and Cuticle Treatment
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz Cream
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Scrub
The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues
The Body Shop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream
The Body Shop Olive Body Butter
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Hand Cream 
The Body Shop Tea Trea Mask
The Body Shop Travel/Mini Brush Kit Review
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Shea Butter and Sesame Oil Body Balm  
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu and Green Tea Bathing Salts
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo for colored hair 
The Body Shop Passionfruit Scrub
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Scrub
Bodyshop Cassis Rose EDT

Feb 21, 2011

Dove Fresh Moisture Facial Foam - Cucumber and Green Tea Scent (Review)

Dove Fresh Moisture Facial Foam (Cucumber and Green Tea Scent) - Ages back, I had tried the Dove soap, but I have never really tried any other skincare product from Dove.  With the claim of 1/4 hydrating milk, their face wash seemed to be a safe thing to try in the dry Bangalore weather.  This comes in a small 50 mL tube - two colours - blue and green.  I picked up the green tube (Cucumber and Green Tea) since there were only two tubes of those, and I will pick up the blue one next time.

Dove Fresh Moisture Facial Foam Wash Cleanser Cucumber Green Tea Scent Indian Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog Ingredients Use Review
Dove Fresh Moisture Facial Foam Wash Cleanser Cucumber Green Tea Scent Indian Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog Ingredients Use Review
Dove Fresh Moisture Facial Foam (Cucumber and Green Tea Scent)

The simple no-fuss packaging is a squeeze tube with a flip-open cap.  It seems sturdy enough and not prone to accidental opening in a bag, but I have not tried carrying it around.  The product itself is lotion-like in consistency.  There is a very faint scent - so faint that it's almost not there.  I am not sure if I liked that or not - am not accustomed to using nonscented/barely scented products, so this is something I am still confused about.  The lather is creamy and soft.  The product washes off pretty easily, no annoying slippery films left behind, and does a very good job at cleaning.  In fact, it seemed so mild, I was very unsure it won't have cleaned well, but it is very effective.  No dry stretchy feeling to the skin either.

Dove Fresh Moisture Facial Foam Wash Cleanser Cucumber Green Tea Scent Indian Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog Ingredients Use Review
Dove Fresh Moisture Facial Foam Wash Cleanser Cucumber Green Tea Scent Indian Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog Ingredients Use Review
Dove Fresh Moisture Facial Foam (Cucumber and Green Tea) - Ingredients

Verdict: Fabulous!  A very gentle yet very effective cleanser.  I think it would suit just about all skin types, and a great pick for those with sensitive skins.

Cost:  Rs. 75/50 mL 

Feb 20, 2011

Sublime de Chanel Mascara - Deep Black (10)

Sublime de Chanel mascara is a part of Chanel L'âme d'un Regard collection, and I still have not found any much information on this collection.

chanel mascara sublime de deep black reviews eotds swatch
chanel mascara sublime de deep black reviews eotds swatch

Available in 3 shades: Black, Brown, and Purple.

chanel mascara sublime de deep black reviews eotds swatch

The mascara claims to provide "infinite length and curl."  Thankfully, it didn't make my lashes infinitely long :P :P.  It does make the lashes look longer and it does give a nice curl - at the same time it looks very natural - well, as natural as mascara can look.  I think it dries a lot slower than the other mascaras I have tried, and that's a bit of a flaw for me.

The brush has rows of short sturdy bristles that help comb and coat each lash.  I like these kind of brushes more because they tend to be less clumpy.  This is more like the brush in Chanel's Exceptionnel mascara (which I would have loved except for the fact that it dries up in the tube so fast - or at least it did in the sample I got - and I didn't like that at all) but with more rows of bristles.

chanel mascara sublime de deep black reviews eotds swatch
Sublime De Chanel Mascara (Deep black)
chanel mascara sublime de deep black reviews eotds swatch
Chanel Inimitable Mascara
I don't know if there is a particular technique to be followed for using this brush - I just tilt my head back and wriggle the mascara wand and comb through the lashes.  One coat gives a very generous application - and I never use more than that.  But then, I prefer more natural looking lashes and comb the lashes after applying mascara to take off any extra that I can :P :P

chanel mascara sublime de deep black reviews eotds swatch
chanel mascara sublime de deep black reviews eotds swatch
On my eyes - have not curled my lashes - the curl is what
the mascara gives with just one coat.
I got the nonwaterproof version - I always buy the washable versions only - no waterproof ones for me.  This washes off VERY easily with just water if you rub it a bit - and of course, with makeup remover or soap, it disappears in no time.  For me this is awesome - I hate having to do any work to take off my makeup - but I think a more water-resistant version (so it stays on with a bit of water splashing) might have been good for people who do step out of their houses.

Overall, I liked this mascara a lot.  It's easy to apply, no clumping, gives a very natural looking effect.  Two coats would be sufficient for anyone looking for a more dramatic effect.  The only reason I am not going to buy this right away, though - have to try the YSL Faux Cils first - have been putting it off for ages now :D

Feb 17, 2011

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (Review)

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter - Review

I had always felt a generous amount of a thick cream like Nivea was all that my hands need.  Never bothered with anything else specifically for the nails.  Perhaps not surprisingly, my cuticles had always been a bit dry.  This is the first cuticle butter I have tried (am going to just ignore the TBS Almond Oil Cuticle Pen).  I don't know what made me pick this up - apart from my obsession with Lush, that is :P :P  No complaints, though, because this is GOOD.

Lush Skincare Hand Cream Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter Reviews Ingredients Natural Organic
Lush Skincare Hand Cream Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter Reviews Ingredients Natural Organic

Lemony Flutter is lemony yellow coloured and smells very lemony too - fresh lemon infusion is the first ingredient in the list.  The consistency is like a thick balm.  I just touch my finger on the surface, and the amount it picks up (or rather, gets stuck on my finger) is all I need for each nail.  I have no idea when I will empty this tub!

I prefer taking a bit of time and applying properly on each nail because the results are worth it.  My cuticles have never ever been dry since I started using this.  As with any skincare product, regular use gives the best results.  When I do get lazy and skip, I notice a difference within a day or two.  I tried this on my elbows (as Lush suggests), but I didn't feel it did anything much.

Lush Skincare Hand Cream Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter Reviews Ingredients Natural Organic
Bring back 5 black pots, get a Fresh Face Mask Free :D
An added incentive for picking this product is it comes in a black tub; return 5 black pots, and you get a fresh face mask of your choice free.  The shelf life of about a year is hopefully long enough because, as I said earlier, I need a very small amount and it will be a long while before I finish the 50 g.

Ingredients:

Lush Skincare Hand Cream Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter Reviews Ingredients Natural Organic

My rating:  Awesome!  I would give it all the stars in the world because it works, and this tub will last me a long long while.

Cost:  Rs. 570/50 g ($14.95/1.5 oz.)

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Feb 15, 2011

The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Scrub - Review


TBS CRANBERRY JOY BODY SCRUB - AVAILABLE HERE (during the holidays only)

Smooth and polish your skin using a gently exfoliating body scrub with Community Trade honey, crushed cranberry seeds and a fresh berry scent. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub Reviews Ingredients
TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub Reviews Ingredients

TBS Claims About the Cranberry Joy Body Scrub:

* Suitable for all skin types.
* Stimulates skin microcirculation.
* Removes dead skin cells.
* Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
* Fresh berry scent

My Experience with the TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub

I am going to make this a really short review and say TBS is absolutely right in whatever they claim:  TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub suits my skin, and I am generously assuming it will suit all except the most sensitive or inflamed skins who shouldn't be using a scrub anyway.  It leaves my skin super-smooth and has a yummy jam-berry smell which I love.  The smell didn't last on my skin, though.

TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub Reviews Ingredients

The scrub feels like a not-so-thick jam and is a mixture of some slightly bigger particles and smaller granules which provide excellent scrubbing effect.  It washes off easily - a big plus point for me.  It does not add any extra moisture to the skin, and I need to follow this up with a moisturizer.

TBS Cranberry Joy Body scrub - Instructions on Use and Ingredients:

TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub Reviews Ingredients
TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub Reviews Ingredients

TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub Cost:  Rs. 875/200 mL (I picked it up at 50% discount).

Part of the Christmas bath and body range, TBS Cranberry Joy Body Scrub is usually available at TBS stores around December-January.  Do pick it up, especially if you see it on discount.  Stay away if you don't like fruity smells :)

Other TBS Posts:

Mango Body Butter - Bodyshop
Super Soft Lips the Body Shop way - TBS Lipscuff and Lip Care (01 Translucent)
The Body Shop Peppermint Purifying Foot Mask
The Body Shop Precious Pearlescents Eyeshadow Trio (Discontinued/Limited edition) Swatch
The Body Shop Cotton Squares
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil 
The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter
The Body Shop Almond Oil Nail and Cuticle Treatment
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz Cream
The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Tissues
The Body Shop Deep Sleep Soothing Shower Cream
The Body Shop Olive Body Butter
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Hand Cream 
The Body Shop Tea Trea Mask
The Body Shop Travel/Mini Brush Kit Review
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Shea Butter and Sesame Oil Body Balm  
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Japan Yuzu and Green Tea Bathing Salts
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo for colored hair 
The Body Shop Passionfruit Scrub
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Scrub
Bodyshop Cassis Rose EDT

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eye Shadow Quad - Lagons (29)

 
Part of Chanel's L'ame d'un regard collection (Spring 2011 - Asia) and also to be a part of the Chanel Sophisticated Eye collection 2011 in US.  The shadows in US come in squares instead of the round shapes seen in Asia, but the colours are the same.

chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd


The L'ame d'un regard collection collection includes the following:
  • Les 4 Ombres - Eye shadow quad - Lagons (29) 
  • Le Sublime de Chanel Mascara - 3 colours - Black, Brown, Dark Purple (review here)
  • Ombres Essentielle - single eyeshadow quads - Fauve and Twilight (Pink and Taupe)
chanel single eyeshadows ombre essentielle soft touch swatches twilight lily magic night fauve sophisticated eye collection


Stylo Yeux Waterproof Pencil - twist up eyeliners - Marine and Espresso (Blue and Brown)


Chanel Sophisticated Eye Collection also has the Vanities Eyeshadow quad - swatches here:

chanel sophisticated eyeshadow collection swatches les 4 ombres quad vanities swatches

I bought the quad - Lagons - which is essentially a mix of blues, the theme of the collection being Soulful Eyes.  Like all Chanel eye shadow quads, the packaging is a glossy black case with only the interlocking C logo for a decoration.  The case is housed in a velvet pouch - keeps it safe from scratches and fingerprints.  The glossy case looks very classy but is also an amazingly powerful fingerprint/dust magnet.  And the velvet pouch, a lint magnet!  Despite that, I cannot deny, the packaging is very classy.

chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd
chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd
chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd


The case comes with a big mirror (good) and two cotton applicators (useless).  The eye shadows themselves are covered with a transparent plastic cover, and I would recommend not throwing it away and use it to cover the shadows because they tend to fly all around the case, otherwise.

chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd

The quad has 3 different shades of blue and an almost white shade.  The shadows are all soft and have a very fine shimmer in them - not very obvious except in the deep blue - but it's there.  The shadows are less pigmented than one would expect, and from what I have seen, that is generally the case with most Chanel quads.  The deepest blue is the most pigmented followed by the adjacent light blue and then light grey-violet-bluish shade.  The almost white shade is perfect for use as a highlighter.  If used by layering the shadows over one another, the colours turn out very bright and pigmented, but I prefer it a bit more toned down.

chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd

Swatches:  (Swatched starting from the darkest blue colour and going counterclockwise)

chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd
Without Flash
chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd
With Flash

On my eyes:  I used the deep blue near my lashline and a mix of two other shades over that.  The lightest shadow I used under my brow bone (not that it's seen very well in the photo).  I am not very confident about wearing brighter/nonbrown colours, so I prefer this way of using it.  I like that the quad can be tweaked to go from a toned down application to a more deeper brighter shade.

chanel holiday 2011 us quad les 4 ombres lagons eyeshadow 29 blue swatches reviews eotd

I feel Chanel single eye shadows (Ombres Essentielle) are more pigmented than any of their quads.  Would I label this a quad a must-buy? Not if you have similar shades or if you are not too keen on a blue (toned down or not) look.  Get it if you love the shades and are in the mood for a splurge.

Cost:  Rs. 3050/1.2 g ($57.00)

I have also updated with Chanel Illusion d'Ombre swatches:

chanel illusion d ombre eyeshadows swatches mirifique epatant illusoire ebloui emerveille fantasme
Left to Right:  Mirifique, Ebloui, Epatant
Illusoire, Fantasme, Emerveille



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Sublime de Chanel mascara - Deep Black (10) 
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush - In Love (55) 
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush - Rose Petale (99)
Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler 


Feb 13, 2011

Show-Off Alert: I Got a New Camera

Nikon D3100 SLR Camera
Nikon D3100
And since a haul is always better when you get freebies with it..

I-mobile phone dual sim camera torch
I-mobile Dual Sim Phone (with torch) :P :P - am okay
with the phone I have right now :D
Reebok Watch - I do want the tin it comes in, but I couldn't
find an answer to what I would store in it :|

Feb 12, 2011

Singing the Blues



Guess what just arrived at the Chanel counter today :D :D :D

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Lagons 29 Eye Shadow Quad chanel lame dun regard collection spring 2011

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Lagons 29 Eye Shadow Quad chanel lame dun regard collection spring 2011
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Lagons 29 Eye Shadow Quad


Thanks Fieran :) :) It really is very pretty - will put up swatches soon.

Review/Swatch - Chanel Lagons (29) Quad - here