Nov 25, 2011

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks Swatches - Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick (SPF 15)


YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks - intensely pigmented, irresistible glossy shine, longlasting comforting formula, SPF 15.

Posted earlier as part of another review, I felt these swatches would be better off with their own separate post, hence the repost. Not a new post - just a way to organize the swatches better.

YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiante Lipsticks SPF15 Swatches Nude Beige Sensual Silk Ultimate Lingerie Pink Peach Passion Red Muse Taboo Exquisite Plum Luscious Praline Tender Opera Rose
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiante Lipsticks SPF15 Swatches Nude Beige Sensual Silk Ultimate Lingerie Pink Peach Passion Red Muse Taboo Exquisite Plum Luscious Praline Tender Opera Rose
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks Swatches (L to R):
Praline (24) - Light neutral taupe beige
Tender Peach (26) - Light pinkish peach
Opera Rose (29) - Vibrant rose pink
YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiante Lipsticks SPF15 Swatches Nude Beige Sensual Silk Ultimate Lingerie Pink Peach Passion Red Muse Taboo Exquisite Plum Luscious Praline Tender Opera Rose
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks Swatches (L to R):Peach Passion (13) - Vibrant peachy pink
Red Muse (17) - Bright orange red
Red Taboo (18) - True blue red
Exquisite Plum (22) - Deep rich plum
Luscious Pink (23) - Muted Rose
YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiante Lipsticks SPF15 Swatches Nude Beige Sensual Silk Ultimate Lingerie Pink Peach Passion Red Muse Taboo Exquisite Plum Luscious Praline Tender Opera Rose
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick Swatches (L to R)
Nude Beige (1) - Creamy neutral beige
Sensual Silk (2) - Creamy pinkish beige
Beige Ultimate (3) - Mauve taupe
Lingerie Pink (7) - Light creamy pink

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks (available here) - Cost $34

Other Product Swatches check here.

Note:  Aside from some older swatches/posts that were pending posting I might not be doing very many blog posts for another week or two.  A thank you to those who mailed me regarding this, but it's just me being lazy :)

Nov 20, 2011

Easy Indian Cooking: Peas and Corn Pulao

Saturday was a lazy day - I woke up late, and a quick stroll through Target and a stop at the library later, I was back at home all tired and ready to sleep.  I did want a non-Maggi dinner, though, and made this easy pulao.  It's rice cooked with spices and vegetables - one of the easiest Indian recipes - and it also is my go-to dish when I want a decent-looking meal without too much effort.  While there are some flavorful versions of this using a lot of ingredients, I make it with whatever is in my freezer - and tonight it was frozen corn and peas.  This might not be the authentic/traditional Indian version, but it sure is a quick one.

PEAS AND CORN RICE - INGREDIENTS

Spices - left whole which ensures that the rice doesn't get too spicy, and they are easy to fish out once the rice is done (so you don't bite into it).  If you have a spice/coffee grinder, grind these to a fine powder and use.
5-6 cardamom pods
6-7 cloves
1-inch stick of cinnamon
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
10-12 peppercorns


Rice (Basmati or any other long-grain rice) - 1/2 cup - wash and soak in water for about 30 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
Onions - thinly sliced - 1/2 cup
Frozen peas and corn - 1/2 cup each
Ginger and garlic - finely chopped - about 1/2 tsp each
Cashewnuts - a handful
Green chili - finely chopped - about 1/2 tsp (adjust according to your desired heat level)
Water - 1 cup - bring to an almost boil to add to the rice while cooking.
Salt to taste
Butter - 2 tsp

I cook this in a 2-quart nonstick pan with a snugly-fitting lid.

THE LAZY GIRL'S GUIDE TO MAKE PEAS AND CORN PULAO IN 6 EASY STEPS :P

easy indian cooking fast quick recipes rice spices pulao pilaf peas corn
1.  Melt the butter and add in the whole spices.  Stir for about a minute or so, until the spices give off their aroma.
2.  Add the ginger, garlic, and chili.  Saute for about a minute.
3.  Add cashewnuts and thinly sliced onions.  Saute till the onions turn transparent.
easy indian cooking fast quick recipes rice spices pulao pilaf peas corn
4.  Add the thawed peas and corn - saute for about 2 minutes.
5.  Add the washed and drained rice.  Saute for another 2 minutes, mixing carefully so as to not break the grains.
6.  Add the water, salt, stir, and soon as it comes to a boil, cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the rice is done.
The rice is done when the grains are cooked through and the water has all evaporated.  This would take about 10 minutes.  The grains should be separate and not mushy or broken.

easy indian cooking fast quick recipes rice spices pulao pilaf peas corn

I served this with raita (yogurt mixed with finely chopped onions, carrots, and/or cucumbers).  That was my quick and easy dinner, and the desert was a yummy chocolate ice cream.  Do you have any other easy-peasy, clean-out-the-fridge recipes that I could try?

Other food/recipes here.

Nov 18, 2011

Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Shea Butter Body Wash


Burt's Bees Milk and Shea Butter Body Wash - Moisturize while you cleanse with natural plant-based cleansing complex with milk and shea Butter, rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A and E, to nourish skin.

Burts Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk Shea Butter Body Wash Dry Skin Moisturizer

Just as much as I love trying out body butters and lotions, I also love trying out body washes, the more moisturizing the better.  I have very dry and sensitive skin, so these are products I am always looking out for, especially in the winters.  My latest trial is the Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Shea Butter body wash.  With the goodness of milk and shea butter, this seemed just what my dry skin needed!

Burts Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk Shea Butter Body Wash Dry Skin Moisturizer

This is a creamy white body wash that smells like to me like dry coconut - not really my favorite.  It gives a soft, gentle lather - actually lathers much less than regular soaps or body washes, probably due to it's ingredients.  It's quite easy to wash off and definitely does leave my skin dry, though I am not sure if it provides any extra moisture.  I guess the shea butter and milk extracts counteract any drying effects, but this is quite a mild soap anyway.  If you love a lot of lather and a squeaky clean feel after a bath, you might as well skip this body wash.  I do appreciate how gentle it is on my dry skin, but I do wish it smelled like something other than coconuts or was fragrance-free.

Burts Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk Shea Butter Body Wash Dry Skin Moisturizer

Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Shea Butter Body Wash - Ingredients

Burts Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk Shea Butter Body Wash Dry Skin Moisturizer


Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Shea Butter body wash (available here) - Cost:  $0.99 (for the travel size bottle) and $8 for a full-size version.

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Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and Conditioner
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Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme
Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract  
Burt's Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion 
Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (Swatches)


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Created with 50 percent moisturizing ingredients suspended in a sophisticated waterproof formula, this brilliant collection of eye essentials offers long-lasting color and a dreamy, creamy feel when applied.

Sephora Urban Decay 24 7 glide on eyeliner pencils swatches Zero Ransom lust Gunmetal El Dorado 1999 deviant Flipside Electric stash graffiti yeyo bourbon Rockstar binge lucky Covet Oilslick
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils - Oil Slick and Rockstar

How To Use the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

These cushiony, creamy eye pencils deliver powerful, vibrant color that slides on smooth and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won't budge. Line eyes with a hint of color or go for the full artistic, multi-hued effect. Truly inspired, these pencils go all day and all night.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glid-On Eye Pencils - Swatches

Sephora Urban Decay 24 7 glide on eyeliner pencils swatches Zero Ransom lust Gunmetal El Dorado 1999 deviant Flipside Electric stash graffiti yeyo bourbon Rockstar binge lucky Covet Oilslick
Left to Right:  Zero, Ransom, Lust, Gunmetal, El Dorado, 1999, Deviant, Flipside
Sephora Urban Decay 24 7 glide on eyeliner pencils swatches Zero Ransom lust Gunmetal El Dorado 1999 deviant Flipside Electric stash graffiti yeyo bourbon Rockstar binge lucky Covet Oilslick
Left to Right:  Electric, Stash, Graffiti, Yeyo, Bourbon, Rockstar, Underground, Binge, Lucky
Sephora Urban Decay 24 7 glide on eyeliner pencils swatches Zero Ransom lust Gunmetal El Dorado 1999 deviant Flipside Electric stash graffiti yeyo bourbon Rockstar binge lucky Covet Oilslick
Top:  Covet
Bottom:  Oil Slick

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (available here) and at Sephora stores and online - Cost: $18

OTHER URBAN DECAY SWATCHES
Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette (Swatches Only)
Urban Decay Naked Palette (Swatches Only)
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 (Swatches Only)
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (Swatches Only)

Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette - Sephora Exclusive (swatches)
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Urban Decay Glide-On Eyeliner - Rockstar
Urban Decay Glide-On Eyeliner - Perversion

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain


Benefit Cosmetics Benetint - Rose-tinted lip and cheek stain; kiss-proof, see-through color that lasts for hours.  Originally created for an exotic dancer in the 1970s, Benetint has soared to cult fave status.  It's loved by celebs, makeup artists and gals around the world.  It's the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle!.

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip Cheek Stain Reviews Swatches Makeup Looks FOTD

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint lip and cheek stain is the first "stain" I am trying out - a liquid that stains the skin instead of just lying over it.  The Benetint I have is a smaller size bottle that is a part of the Benefit Feelin' Cheeky! Minis set.  The packaging, though, is the same as the full-size bottle - similar to a nail polish bottle, complete with a brush applicator.

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip Cheek Stain Reviews Swatches Makeup Looks FOTD

The Benetint stain is a deep rose watery liquid that leaves a rosy red stain on the skin.  It smells strongly of roses, and while I don't have a problem with it, this might be an issue for people with sensitive noses.

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip Cheek Stain Reviews Swatches Makeup Looks FOTD

How to Use the Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain

Brush three strokes of Benefit’s popular rose-colored tint on the apple of your cheek and blend quickly with fingertips.  Do the same on your other cheek.  Dot on lips & blend with fingertip.  For a deeper “pop” of color, repeat.

I found this drying on my lips.  It left a bit of stain - not really a deep rose stain - but my natural lip colouring is unevenly pigmented, and I wasn't really expecting much in terms of colour from a lip stain.  On my cheeks, this does give a perfectly natural flush. Because this stains the skin immediately, there is not much room for repair if I get it wrong, so I won't use it when I am in a hurry till I am better at makeup. This is how the Benefit Benetint looks on me (used as a cheek stain) - I think I need to apply the stain a bit higher..this got a bit lower than I wanted :P

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip Cheek Stain Reviews Swatches Makeup Looks FOTD
It didn't show up well on my lips and dried them out, so I have only used Benetint as a cheek stain.
On my lips, I used MAC Evolution Revolution lipglass from the Bloggers' Obsession collection.

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain - Ingredients

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip Cheek Stain Reviews Swatches Makeup Looks FOTD

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain (available here) - Cost $29.00 (for the full-size bottle) or as a part of the Benefit Feelin' Cheeky! Minis.

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Nov 17, 2011

Avon Simply Pretty Mini Eyeliner in Blue is Really Small, Says a Lil' Birdie


Avon Simply Pretty Mini Eyeliner in Blue - Line, define, and redefine your look.  Retractable pencil that doesn't pull or tug.  Won't smudge or budge.


I got this "mini eyeliner" free ages back with some Avon purchase, and I found it a few days back while cleaning and had a discussion about it with my two new roommates :P

Avon SImply pretty mini eyeliner makeup reviews swatches
"Isn't this Avon mini eyeliner a little too small?" I asked..munching on the chocolates.
Avon SImply pretty mini eyeliner makeup reviews swatches
Avon SImply pretty mini eyeliner makeup reviews swatches
Err..no...they are extra-large, omega-3...never mind :-|
Avon SImply pretty mini eyeliner makeup reviews swatches
Moral of the story:  Don't bother talking makeup with the husband or the birds :P
It's a powdery blue colour that looks awful on my eyes, so no EOTDs, FOTDs, or any other TDs, but for all the curious cats, here's a swatch:

Avon SImply pretty mini eyeliner makeup reviews swatches

That was my brilliant post for the day.  I have been busy doing other things..useful things...err...nothing in particular...but how has your week been so far?

Other Avon Reviews:

Nov 15, 2011

Tossing Out The Old Mascara: Do you follow the 3-month rule?

Mascaras, once opened, have to be replaced after about 3 months - that's the makeup rule.  I don't use makeup that often, about 2 times a week at most, so I find it a little difficult to part with an almost brand new mascara just because it's 3 months old.

Old Mascara Discard 3 months makeup shelf life

I got my Covergirl Natureluxe mascara some time in August, and it's November now, so I guess I should be switching to a new tube now - but I was just wondering, does everyone follow the 3-month rule or do you think it's okay to stretch it a bit?

Nov 14, 2011

Wet n Wild Cool As a Cucumber Can't Wait for Summer

It's barely autumn here, but spring 2012 trend forecasts are already popping up all over the blogosphere - corals, orange, peach - and it's quite a distraction on dreary gray days.  I tried a darker eye makeup look with the Wet n Wild Cool As a Cucumber eyeshadow palette, but the rest of my makeup went the summer route with peachy pink lips and a hint of a coral-peach blush :D

Wet n Wild EOTD FOTD Makeup Looks Cool As Cucumber Eyeshadow Palette Summer Peach Pink lips blush
Products Used (click for product reviews):  ELF black eyeliner applied thickly close to the lash line and blended for a base.  Used the plum shadow from the Wet n Wild palette as an all-over lid colour and blended the green shadow over the center of the lids.  Curled lashes and applied mascara.   YSL Rouge Volupte (Luscious Pink) topped with Chanel Nakkar lipgloss on the lips.  Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation and a very light brush of In Love blush for the face.

Wet n Wild EOTD FOTD Makeup Looks Cool As Cucumber Eyeshadow Palette Summer Peach Pink lips blush

I went a bit overzealous with the blending, and the green and the plum kind of merged into one dark all-over lid colour, at least in the photos.

The Wet n Wild products provided by the brand. 

MAC Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleanser


MAC Brush Cleanser cleans, disinfects and conditions the brush fibers so that brushes will last longer. Convenient to use, specifically designed to extend the life of high quality brushes, the MAC Brush Cleanser leaves brushes smelling fresh and clean, and helps shorten their drying time.

MAC Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleanser Reviews Ingredients How To Use Directions
MAC Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleanser Reviews Ingredients How To Use Directions
Most people would list their first purchase from MAC as an eyeshadow, a lipstick, or perhaps a brush, but I am pretty sure I would be the only person who would answer "a brush cleanser" :D

How to Use the MAC Brush Cleanser

MAC Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleanser Reviews Ingredients How To Use Directions

MAC instructions on using the brush cleanser are written on the package, and I have added the photo above.  I use it a bit differently.  I pour a bit of the solution on to a clean paper tissue.  Then, I rub the brush into this tissue, and all the makeup residue comes clean off the brush and on to the tissue.  Wipe the brush on a clean dry paper tissue and leave to dry - clean, dry brushes in less than 5 minutes.  I don't rinse out as instructed by MAC.  Here's my very dirty MAC 187 brush coming out clean after using this brush cleanser:

MAC Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleanser Reviews Ingredients How To Use Directions
MAC Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleanser Reviews Ingredients How To Use Directions
MAC Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleanser Reviews Ingredients How To Use Directions

Needless to say, I am pretty much in love with the MAC Brush cleanser.  It's a lifesaver, specially since I like to have a clean brush every time I apply foundation, and I don't always have the time to wash the brush between uses.  My brushes come out clean and soft, and there is no noticeable residue from the cleanser left behind on the brushes.  I do, however, feel it is best to clean brushes with a gentle shampoo and water and leave the brush cleanser for times when you are hurried for time.

MAC Brush Cleanser (available here) - Cost $13

Back to MAC Cosmetics Makeup Return Products Get Free Lipstick
Back To MAC Program:  Because we share your commitment to the environment, M·A·C accepts returns of its primary packaging through the Back to M·A·C Program. By returning six [6] M·A·C primary packaging containers to a M·A·C counter or M·A·C Cosmetics Online, you receive a free M·A·C Lipstick of your choice as our thanks to you. Since 100% of the retail selling price of Viva Glam Lipsticks is provided to organizations that help people living with HIV/AIDS, these colours are excluded from this program.
That was my first buy from MAC.  Are you a MAC fan?  What was your first purchase..and if you haven't bought anything yet, is there a product you really really want to try from MAC?

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Nov 13, 2011

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Spray


Lush toner waters are slightly different from the usual toners.  They are alcohol-free and work by providing a moisture boost to the skin.  These toners are packed with skin-soothing essential oils that help combat tiredness, dryness and blemishes.  The toner waters come packaged in black spritzer bottles. Lush makes three of these:

Lush Toner Waters Skincare Breath of Fresh Air Eau Roma Tea Tree Reviews Ingredients
  • Lush Breath of Fresh Air - meant for dry skin and has sea water, sea weed extracts, and aloe vera to refresh and soothe skin.
  • Lush Eau Roma Water - with rose water for cooling and softening the skin and lavender to balance oil production.
  • Tea Tree Water - perfect for oily, acne-prone skin.  Tea tree oil for acne fighting properties and juniper berry and grapefruit water to soothe and tone skin.

LUSH BREATH OF FRESH AIR TONER WATER - REVIEW

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Skincare Toner Water Reviews Ingredients

Breath of Fresh Air skin toner from Lush is meant for dry skin, with seaweed extracts and sea water to rehydrate and moisturize the skin and aloe vera to provide a soothing sensation.  It smells quite pleasant, with a herbal smell that I cannot really describe more specifically.

How to Use Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner

  • Spritz some toner on to a cotton pad and wipe off any remaining cleanser/makeup from the face.
  • I like to lightly spritz the toner on to my face and let the toner air dry.  Follow with my usual moisturizer.
  • This can also be used to provide a moisture boost with a spritz on to the face whenever the humidity levels are really low.

My Experience with the Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner

I use this product, as well as the Eau Roma water, more often in the winters, and prefer the Tea Tree Toner for the warmer months.  Lush Breath of Fresh Air looks and feels just like water.  My skin definitely feels healthier and less flaky when I use this, and I find this a lifesaver in the winter months when the heater sucks up all the humidity from the room air.  I won't say it makes a drastic difference, but I am sure the natural oils help keep my skin healthy.  This is definitely not a makeup remover and will not remove dirt or makeup from your skin like how an alcohol-based toner would - Lush doesn't claim any such thing, but I know people get confused about it.  Not really a must-have product, but it is a good one to have around, especially on long car trips.  I usually buy the smaller size bottles, and they last a really long while.

LUSH BREATH OF FRESH AIR - INGREDIENTS

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Skincare Toner Water Reviews Ingredients

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water (available here) - Cost $19.95/8.4 fl. oz. and $8.95/3.3 fl. oz.

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Makeup Essentials: Foundations

Ages back, the only foundation I knew of was the one buildings are built on.  Older, wiser, and many beauty blog follows later, I would say the one we put on our face is just as important.  A foundation (the makeup kind) is the one product which when applied properly can take a face from dull and splotchy to healthy and flawless in no time.  Despite being an essential basic makeup product, foundation is also the most difficult to get right.  I have gone through quite a lot of tubes and compacts myself, and every year I manage to find a new "the perfect foundation for me."  I learn a little with every new purchase, and here are some things all of us need to know about foundations:

Makeup Essentials How To Picking Right Shade Foundation Skin Type

Types of foundations

Stick, compact, mousse, cream - foundations come in a variety of formulations, and it's definitely not a one-size fits all product.
  • Compact foundations:  These generally combine foundation and powder in one easy to apply product - so a better choice for the 5-minute makeup.
  • Liquid foundations:  On my skin at least, liquid foundations give the best finish and coverage.  I feel like the liquid consistency helps them adapt to uneven skin better.
  • Mineral powder foundations:  These seem to give the least bit of coverage, but are great for anyone who is not comfortable with more makeup or is just looking for something more than a powder.

Picking Foundations Based on Skin Type

This is perhaps the easiest mystery to solve.
  • Mature and/or dry skin - creamy foundations that are rich in antioxidants/anti-ageing ingredients, vitamin E, etc., to help keep the skin moisturized.
  • Oily skin - Foundations with mattifying ingredients.
  • Sensitive skin - Look through the ingredients lists for any known irritants, like silicones for instance.
  • Normal skin types - These lucky people can use anything and get away with it.  Let's just ignore them.
Makeup Essentials How To Picking Right Shade Foundation Skin Type

Things to keep in mind while shopping for Foundation

The perfect shade of foundation should mimic your skin as closely as possible.  My big foundation blunder is ending up getting a shade lighter and looking ashy.  Oh well, you live you learn :D
  • Test the foundation shade on your cheek, along your jawline - not on your wrist or arm.  One good method to decide on the shade is to pick the 3 shades that you think closely match your skin, and draw stripes side by side with each of the shades. The shade that disappears into your skin is the one that you need to get.
  • Always check the shade in daylight, never in store lighting.
  • Even if you do find the perfect shade, don't buy it right away.  Apply the foundation and wait at least 30 minutes to check for any oxidation or change in color before deciding on the shade.  I personally prefer to get samples to try out for myself.
  • Also, I try to go to the counter with just my moisturizer on if possible, so I know exactly how the foundation looks on my skin without any other product interfering with it.  I know you can wipe off whatever makeup you are wearing before trying it on, but I like to know how the foundation reacts with the moisturizer I use rather than what is available at the counter.
Makeup Essentials How To Picking Right Shade Foundation Skin Type

That was my checklist for getting the right foundation.  Do you have anything similar that you follow when you go makeup shopping?

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Nov 12, 2011

Thann Rice Grain Soap Bar with Charcoal and Rice Scrub


RICE GRAIN SOAP BAR WITH CHARCOAL - Detoxify skin leaving it revitalized and thoroughly cleansed. Thann soap provides the benefits of moisturizing rice bran oil and plant essential oils.

Thann Rice Grain Soap Bar Bran Charcoal Scrub Reviews Ingredients

A 2-in-1 soap and scrub is one of my favorite products - makes life just so much easier for lazy me :D  I picked up the Thann Rice Grain soap some time back along with the Thann Oriental Essence Rice Grain soap which I gave to my mom.  What made me pick this up was the ingredients list.  The soap is filled with a whole lot of oils including rice bran and coconut oil and has charcoal for the scrubbing effect.

Thann Rice Grain Soap Bar Bran Charcoal Scrub Reviews Ingredients

My Experience With the Thann Rice Grain Soap

This soap looks like something prehistoric man might have used, and definitely not to wash himself with.  The first thing I noticed when I unpacked this oddly shaped soap, though, is the smell.  It has a strong floral smell to it - reminds me of a strongly scented Indian flower (champaca).  The intensity of the smell does fade with time, and it really is not that much of an issue for me, but if you have a sensitive nose, you might want to sniff this before you buy it.  The soap itself is quite good.  It looks like a primitive stone tool and almost feels like a gentler version of a pumice stone.  It's amazing at giving a good scrub but is surprisingly not too harsh.  The oils in the soap balance out the scrubbing effects, leaving my skin smooth and soft.  It also leaves behind a subtle fragrance on my skin.  I do need to moisturize as usual.

Thann Rice Grain Soap Bar with Charcoal and Rice Scrub - Ingredients

Thann Rice Grain Soap Bar Bran Charcoal Scrub Reviews Ingredients
Key Ingredients:
Oryza sativa (Rice bran) oil:
A rich natural emollient, moisturize and soften skin.
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract: A natural scrub to remove dead skin cells for reveal newer and fresher looking skin.
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E): An Excellent Effective Antioxidant with healing and rejuvenating benefits, that helps prevent cell damage by neutralizing free-radicals.

Thann Rice Grain Soap Bar (available here) - Cost:  $9 (Rs. 465/100 g)

Thann definitely makes some fabulous products with a lot natural oils and ingredients which makes them so effective, and this soap is no exception.  If there is one thing I wish Thann would do something about, though, would be availability.  I bought this in India from the only Thann retail outlet (in India) at UB City, Bangalore.  I do wish they open more outlets in a lot more cities some time soon.


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Nov 11, 2011

Midnight Plum: Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel

From the classy square-shaped bottle to the colours available, I like just about everything about the Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel range.  While I haven't had any luck with getting these to stay on beyond 3-4 days without chipping, it's not something I bother too much about.  I do a lot of typing, chopping, etc., so it is a little difficult for any nail polish to last on my nails.

Avon Nailwear Pro Enamel Polish Midnight Plum NOTD Review Swatches Indian Beauty makeup blog
Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel Plish Midnight Plum
Avon Nailwear Pro Enamel Polish Midnight Plum NOTD Review Swatches Indian Beauty makeup blog
Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel Plish Midnight Plum

Avon Midnight Plum is a beautiful dark plum shade that looks almost black at times.  A perfect for the cold, dreary weather here.  It goes on smoothly without streaks and dries without too much problem.  Definitely my favorite for the winters.  I got this free with an Avon order, so that's another reason to love it :D

So what's on your nails this weekend?

Fall Through The Window

Fall Colours at Downtown Toronto
A picture postcard view of downtown Toronto on a cold, autumn evening.  The sunset did change the colour of the sky,
but the fiery reds and yellows on the trees are nature at its best fall colours.
  Pic Courtesy:  Renuka.  Do not copy without permission.
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Benefit Cosmetics Feelin' Cheeky! Minis (Sephora Exclusive)

Benefit Cosmetics Feelin' Cheeky! Minis (available exclusively at Sephora stores and online):  A travel-size set of Benefit's three bestselling cheek products: Benetint, Posietint, and High Beam.

Benefit Feelin Cheeky Minis Trio Sephora Benetint Posietint High Beam Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Benefit Feelin Cheeky Minis Trio Sephora Benetint Posietint High Beam Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Benefit Cosmetics Feelin' Cheeky! Minis Contains:
Benetint - for the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle
Posietint - which imparts a poppy-pink tint to brighten cheeks and lips
High Beam - luminescent complexion enhancer.
Benefit Feelin Cheeky Minis Trio Sephora Benetint Posietint High Beam Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Benefit Feelin Cheeky Minis Trio Sephora Benetint Posietint High Beam Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Benefit Cosmetics Feelin' Cheeky! Minis Set Contains:
0.13 oz Posietint (poppy pink)
0.13 oz High Beam (shimmering pale pink)
0.13 oz Benetint (rose)
Reviews and swatches of the tints in a bit.  Cost:  $15

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