Kiss your chapped lips goodbye !

Hi my loves, hope youre all having a fabulous week! Today Im coming up with one of my favorite product for review – A Lip Balm. I feel it is a must have or a staple product that has to be in the purse.

We don’t need lipsticks all the time, a little lip balm to have a smooth & plump lips will do more than a dry, patchy, streaky shade of colors on the chapped lips. Don’t you agree ?

And thats what came into a box of surprise for me, for this Valentines Day 2018. Palmer’s surprised me with their all time favorite Lip balm and a box of candies making the perfect v-day gift !

Palmer's Lip Balm

Doesn’t it look pretty ? Ofcourse Yes ! Alright, lets get in to the review now…

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Ingredients

Key Ingredients –

  • Cocoa Butter : A rich, natural moisturizer that leaves skin soft and silky, transforming even the roughest, driest areas into buttery soft skin.
  • Vitamin E :  A powerful antioxidant that also helps reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and imperfections on the skin, giving a more even and also very toned appearance.

 

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What Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 claims 

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm, enriched with Vitamin E and with the added benefit of SPF 15, helps prevent and also protect chapped, cracked or windburned lips. Moreover, smooth application and a convenient size make this the perfect year-round lip balm.

  • Repairs dry and chapped lips
  • Enriched with the goodness of Vitamin E
  • SPF 15 protects lips from UV rays
  • Free of Sulfates, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Gluten, MI, Phthalates, and Dyes.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Packaging & Appearance

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 has a simple packaging. The lip balm also comes inside a plastic bullet with twist up mechanism. Moreover, the body is quite sleek and lightweight and perfect for travelling. The white body has blue  ( Original ) , red ( Tinted ) and chocolate accents and the white cap on top sits tightly. There is an outer packaging which carries the product details.

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula – Original Lip balm.
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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula – Tinted Lip Balm.

Overall, I loved its packaging, its simple, neat, user friendly and also travel friendly.The lip balm stick is faint yellow in color. It has soft and creamy texture. In fact, I love the fragrance of the lip balm. The twist up mechanism works great, as the lip balm goes down slowly and completely.

My experience with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 glides smoothly so that   you don’t have to rub too much for even application. Also, it doesn’t feel waxy or too runny on the lips. The lip balm is lightweight and doesn’t apply glossy. 

Whilst talking about the Dark chocolate with cherry one, the flavor of this lip balm tastes exactly like a  cherry pop  to me! Seriously, it’s got that same candy-like cherry note mixed with chocolate, and it SMELLS just like a Cherry  Pop as well! Both the flavor and fragrance are strong during application but they fade pretty quickly. 

 

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And they layer a beautiful red-pink tint on the lips, which looks like a natural lip tint. 

Coming to its effectiveness, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 provides a boost of hydration to the lips. It instantly softens dry and rough lips and regular application heals the dry and chapped area on the lips. The moisturization  it provides is quite long lasting. Moreover, its a perfect  one  to be used for overnight. I apply this lip balm at night and in the morning, my lips feel soft and supple. In fact, the lip balm can be used as a lip primer  / a base to have a smooth application of lipstick.  It comes with SPF 15 which is an added bonus.

Direction for use

  • Use a water resistant sunscreen if you are out in the sun  or beach or swimming. 
  • Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Then reapply at least every 2 hours.

“Overall, I am totally impressed with this Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15. It is a great lip balm that provides a boost of hydration and also long lasting .  It can heal dry & chapped lips  quickly, plus it also comes with sun protection, with SPF 15.  A very good lip balm at a very affordable price! Travel friendly, and can also be slipped easily into Jeans pocket. 

I found myself reaching to this product very often, and I feel that Cocoa Butter magic works a lot to me, my skin tends to love them more !

They’re reasonably priced , around AED 12/- and are available at leading hypermarkets and pharmacy . You can easily find them at Carrefour UAE , LuLu Hypermarkets , Boots Pharmacy , Super care pharmacy , Nesto hypermarkets and so on…

Have you spotted any of these new Palmer’s lip care products ? Do you own any of these lip balms? I’d love to hear from you!

 

xoxo

priya

 

(* These products were sent to me for review purpose as a part of Palmer’s Brand Ambassador program, however the reviews are genuine, and are written based on the product being tried & tested!)

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GOSH DONODERM CLEANSING MOUSSE – REVIEW

Hello loves, hope you are all doing good ! Today I’m coming up with an interesting skincare post. We all know, how much we love our cleanser, cos we only need a clean face without anything. keep reading more, to find out why I absolutely love GOSH DONODERM CLEANSING MOUSSE. 

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At the end of a long day, nothing feels quite as good as cleansing your face. Removing every trace of dirt, sweat and makeup allows the skin to breathe, repair and renew itself. 

With so many cleansing options available,  knowing the difference between each type allows you to filter your options and makes the hunt for the perfect cleanser a whole lot easier. If you have a normal skin type, feel free to try any type of cleanser as long as your skin tolerates it.

There are 5 different types of cleansers:

  1. Gel cleansers – Gel cleansers are clear and, as the name suggests, have a gel-like consistency. Generally designed for deep cleansing, they are effective at de congesting clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria, thanks to their antiseptic and exfoliating properties. Best suited for Oily & combination skin. 
  2. Foam cleansers – Foam cleansers are lightweight cleansers that start out as cream or gel and burst into a rich, foamy lather. This type of cleanser removes excess oil as effectively as gel cleansers. Best suited for oily and combination skin.
  3. Cream cleansers – Cream cleansers are usually thick, creamy and contain moisturizing ingredients like botanical oils. They gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Cream cleansers can also come in the form of milk or lotion. Best suited for dry skin.
  4. Oily cleansers – Washing your skin with oil may sound like a recipe for breakouts, especially if you have oily skin, but most experts disagree. An oil cleanser is a gentle way of removing pore-clogging , including waterproof makeup , without drying your skin. Best suited for all skin types.
  5. Clay cleansers – Known for their absorbing power, clay cleansers purify your skin by drawing out excess oil and toxins from your pores. Best suited for oily and combination skin. 

Me, being a Oily and combination skin, I absolutely prefer foam cleansers. So, here’s my complete review of GOSH DONODERM CLEANSING MOUSSE after putting it to use for 2 weeks. 

PACKAGING & TEXTURE : 

The ultra gentle cleansing mousse comes with a smart pump applicator to produce  a soft cloud of foam that gently cleanses skin and leaves it hydrated. 

The texture is ultra light, just a bunch  of bubbles  with NO FRAGRANCE. 

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Why I prefer using this  ? 

  • This is an ultra light foaming cleanser , that is ideal for oily and combination skin.
  • Both men and women can use this mousse.
  • They are also suited well for acne skin , as this regulates sebum production .
  • Effectively removes make up, even waterproof makeup.
  • Leaves the skin perfectly clean with a Matt finish. 
  • Upon continuous usage of this cleanser, reduces the oil and shine on the face.
  • I couldn’t see much results on my pores, however I feel upon consistent use definitely there might be reduction in the size of pores as well.
  • Perfectly suitable for men , as men tend to have extreme skin tones – too dry or too oily.
  • These can be used by people having normal skin tone as well.
  • People with dry skin , will not see much visible effects. It may or may not work.

Trust, the above listed statements is enough to prove for my perfect choice of cleanser. 

Gosh has come up with a complete skin care range for both men and women that includes many amazing products, Micellar cleansing Water , Micellar cleaning wipes , Prime ‘N Refresh eye cream , 24 h Moisture gel , 24 h Moisture cream , Collagen booster serum , vitamin complex serum , T-zone refining serum, Prime ‘N Set spray , Hand & Nail cream, Micellar cleansing water and cleansing mousse. 

Follow @Gosharabia to keep yourself updated with the latest products.

what do you think of the foam cleanser ? whats your type of cleanser ? Let me know…

xoxo

priya

REVIEW : PALMER’S SHEA FORMULA MOISTURE REPAIR RAW SHEA SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER.

I often experience dull, dry, frizz and lackluster hair for days. I try to use different shampoo and conditioner along with the hair serums & styling products that gives some shine to my hair. But after trying a shampoo & conditioner, from the Shea range, it was a total game changer for me. Continue to read on how I revitalize my hair from boring to full of life again. 

 

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Palmer’s Shea formula moisture repair raw Shea shampoo & conditioner :

The first thing that I noticed from the packaging is that both the products contain no sulfates , parabens or mineral oil.

Its common that most of the shampoos contain sulfates or otherwise called as Sodium Laurel sulfate , SLS. However sulfates are too effective and it can dry the scalp, and people like me having an existing dry hair issue, using these kind of shampoos worsen them.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH PALMER’S RAW SHEA MOISTURE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER:

The raw Shea butter included in this range is sustain ably resourced in West Africa, and its well known for its rich and super moisturizing properties. And this shampoo helps to enhance the shine and replenish moisture. If your hair is colored, then absolutely you don’t have to worry, these babies got you covered.  I absolutely loved the smell of the duo, and it can be tolerable to the ones who feel its quite overwhelming. 

MAIN INGREDIENTS :

  • RAW SHEA BUTTER – It deeply moisturizes and repairs.
  • ARGAN OIL – It adds lot of shine.
  • GRAPE SEED OIL – Prevents dullness and protects the color on your hair.

UPON SHAMPOOING & CONDITIONING :

This shampoo gently cleanses my hair and it leaves my hair look well nourished. The shampoo is free from parabens , dyes and silicone and as it contains the raw Shea , it has helped me to tame my frizz hair. I also have a dry scalp, using this twice- thrice a week, it helps to get rid of that dryness giving them a hydration to the hair, and keep them moisturized. 

I prefer to leave the conditioner for about two minutes on the wet hair. This conditioner helps to remove the product build up, and the raw Shea, argan oil and grape seed oil helps to clean and leave my hair feeling refreshed. This conditioner doesn’t weigh down my hair, but is great for leaving hair feeling soft, smooth and restores moisture loss.

However the  shine is seen from using it twice a week.

STYLING : Styling is quite easy after using this. Once i blow dry, the hair becomes very soft and due to its texture, i feel that my hair looks very clean and blow drying or flat ironing or curling them are so easy! 

And above all, they both come in a large 473 ml bottles which will last you quite a while.

Here are few tips , to get that silky , clean hair while using a Sulfate free shampoo :

  1. Thoroughly wet your hair before applying sulfate free shampoo.
  2. Use less product than you think.
  3. Apply more water, instead of more product, the water will help activate the shampoo and spread it through your hair. 
  4. shampoo twice.
  5. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

WOULD I USE THEM AGAIN ?  Yes, definitely.

WHERE CAN I BUY THEM ? They are still not available in the UAE, soon this amazing product is going to hit all the stores. 

HOW MUCH ARE THEY PRICED AT ? Priced at $26, for the duo. And is currently available in the Amazon US and other US and UK stores. 

Being the brand ambassador, of Palmer’s  this product was sent to me for personal use and for the purpose of reviewing them , however all my opinions are honest , tried & tested !

Until then,

xoxo

priya 

 

How Many Makeup Brushes Do You Actually Need ???

Hello everybody, hope you are all having a fabulous day ! Have you heard your friends, well wishers, make up artists , influencer , bloggers, say ” Always get your hands on the best beauty tools ! or Invade in the best tools of your trade!”

“NO MATTER HOW ARTISTIC A PERSON IS, WITHOUT QUALITY TOOLS & PRODUCTS, EVEN A GENIUS LIKE MICHELANGELO WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PAINT THE SISTINE CHAPEL. – KEVIN AU COIN , the top makeup artist and author, from his book Face Forward”.

I often get asked about makeup brushes. How many do you actually need? Which ones do what? Do you have to spend a fortune on them?  No, you don’t need to spend a fortune on them. As for how many you actually need, well, that depends on what you want to do and how skilled you are with your fingers. Some people are perfectly happy to apply their makeup with their fingers from start to finish. 

If you  are someone who likes to use brushes, however, here are the brushes I believe to be the most useful. The 8 set of brushes from T’Ple Professional , to be pronounced as Tee Plee.

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T’ple Professional Brush Set

And to give you an insight of these brushes, they come as a set of 8 brushes, needed for a flawless makeup, along with a brush case.

Let’s talk about the incredibly chic brush case. A super cool chocolate brown with a rose gold zipper pole, and a small zipper pole at the inner side of the case makes it super convenient while on the go, or to keep them on your vanity counter. 

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A chic case ❤

The brushes are made from synthetic fibers that wont shed on your face mid-application. And the best part is, the whole set consists of 5 face brushes and 3 eye brushes. And i always believe that its not that particular ,  the  type of specific brush has to be used for a specific place. Sometimes i feel to use else where, which is for other parts in makeup, that shows how efficient the brushes are designed. 

These brushes are soft and they have a good finish. Each brushes was individually packed inside the case.

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Face Brushes

 

Continue reading “How Many Makeup Brushes Do You Actually Need ???”

Never have a bad hair day, with Activilong !

Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, and having fun.

We all know how the hot summer sun is harmful to our skin, and we take due precautions for it. But have you ever given a thought about the effects that sun has on hair??? The sun can wreak equal havoc with our hair as with our skin.

Effects of the summer sun on the hair:

  • You may have healthy, bouncy hair all year around, but come summer and your hair turns limp and lifeless. There are no signs of that bounce anymore, is there? This happens because the high humidity content in the atmosphere settles on your hair and weighs it down, the result  is limp hair.
  • Sweat and dust contributed by summers increase hair problems like dandruff, split ends, frizziness and increased hair fall.
  • The hot summer sun doesn’t show any mercy and dries out everything in its way, hair included.
  • However tempting it may be, washing your hair every day is NOT an option. Similarly, not washing hair which is sweaty for a long time is a sure shot way to increased hair fall.
  • Hair tends to get burnt in the hot sun and can turn brownish. Colored hair too tends to fade if you stay outdoors too long.
  • Do find your hair to be constantly feeling greasy??? This is because of excessive sweat and maybe even due to the sunscreen near your hairline.

How to protect hair in summer ?

Our hair gets harmed in many different ways during summers – overexposure to sun’s harmful rays, sweat, and humidity and of course, spending too much time in a swimming pool. While all of these are reasons enough to lead to a bad hair day and cause long-term damage, a little  care is all your hair needs to stay beautiful!

While you reach out for all products that work wonders on your hair, remember to check out a few things first , Scalp type –oily, dry, dandruff, itchy, combination or any other medical condition . Hair type – straight, curly, wavy, colored, treated, permed, straightened or any other.

According to me, one of the main thing to use is a SERUM, and the serum that I’m completely in love with is from a French brand “Activilong “.

  • It is the Actigloss Nourish Serum Polisher is a light sublimator. Its light texture leaves silky and shiny hair. The ends are nourished, protected and sheathed. 
  • It contains Jojoba and Macadamia. These are the two best oils that are totally suitable for hair and skin.
  • The oils literally give life to your hair, making it soft, shiny, voluminous, and bouncy and a healthy look.
  • This is a very light, thin oil kind of serum. Easy to apply and my hair feels so great.
  • My hair is very dry, frizzy, and I have always had a bad hair day, or most of the times.
  • When I started using this, I felt so much difference in my hair. The split ends were completely taken care.
  • Hair never felt greasy. It smells so good. Easy to apply, you can also easily slip it in your bag as well. 
  • I have used this for almost a month now, and totally loving it. A little bit goes a long way.

How to apply? 

  • Daily spread a dab over ends and lengths. Do not rinse. Style.
  • On daily basis, it protects the hair fiber against external aggression like wind or sun for example, and it sheathes the ends. 
  • After the brushing, it controls frizzes, moisturizes and makes the hair shine.

 

I am completely in love with this product, and it has become my daily essentials as well. I am no more worried of dry hot summers. How about you ?

 

xoxo

priya

 

Set , Sculpt & Strobe with Misslyn !

Hey there ! Hope you are all doing good ! Today let’s begin with some interesting stuffs. We all love the sculpted look with no double chin, no big fat nose, and so on… We do know all this can be done with contouring or sculpting, without workouts !

Today, lets begin our beauty class with some of the amazing misslyn products, which I have personally tried & tested and hence I bring the same for you all. 

We are going to need three products only , with the brush of your choice. Let’s begin.

  1. MISSLYN MAKE IT LAST FOREVER, Matte fixing Powder :

This is a transparent powder ideal for fixing and mattifying the makeup.  Though, it looks white in color, it sets the makeup very well, and doesn’t leave a white cast on your face, even in flash photography. If you feel that your face is oily, just swirl your brush in, and set it on your face. 

Note : It is always better to dab the oil on your T-zone using a blotting sheet or a sponge or a tissue and then set it with powder. That’s it! It stays matte and fixed for good  5- 6 hours, which is a pretty decent time. 

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Now that your face is fully set, and now lets move on to the next step. 

2. MISSLYN BRONZING & CONTOURING POWDER :

The bronzing & contouring powder looks like the BEACH Edition. What ??? Yes, to have a natural tan , this powder gives the perfect sunny summer vibes, resulting it to be very natural.

The best part is they look great on both cool  & warm  undertones. You can use it like a bronzer, on a casual day. Or the perfect contouring technique, 

  • Right below your hairline at the top of your forehead.
  • On the right and left sides of your forehead, near your hairline on either side.
  • Along the right and left sides of your nose.
  • In the hollows of your cheeks (to find them, suck your cheeks in).
  • Along your jawline on both sides, from your ears to the tip of your chin.

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So, our face looks sculpted, and the last step is to highlight ! And this is an exciting step for all of us, because, we want the glow baby !!!

3. MISSLYN GLOW FOR IT! STROBING POWDER :

An illuminating strobing powder , accentuating and enhancing , the fine light reflecting pearls, refresh a dull looking complexion for a naturally looking radiance. 

This highlighter or a strobing powder, is the perfect one that compliments all skin tones . Remember to use the highlighter in the spots that catch the light, on your cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, in the corners of your eyes, and above your cupid’s bow. This will enhance your natural features. Don’t spread the product all over your face, or else your glow will turn into a greasy mess. If you have oily skin, skip areas like your forehead or chin, which have a little shine already.

Tip : After you’ve applied the highlighter, blend it out with your fingers, a fan brush, or a damp makeup sponge. To avoid blobs of product and obvious makeup lines, make sure you blend any harsh edges of highlighter so it fades into the rest of your skin.

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Alright, time to see some swatches !

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Hope you have enjoyed my beauty class today ! And here’s a lovely gift for you . 

Logon to http://www.bloggerssouk.com , under my souk,  choose the products of your choice and add them to the cart . Before check out, use code : PP5007, for a 30% discount, worldwide  on all the products from my souk. 

I can’t to wait to see, how excited you are ! Let me know your thoughts !

End of beauty class ,!

xoxo

priya 

MARLAY LOTION FOR SOFT FEET, DOES IT WORK ?

we  all dream of having a soft , well moisturized feet  but sometimes or the other, it is more of a dream and actually not in reality. How many of you go for pedicures, frequently ? I haven’t done so in ages ! Today, I’m going to share my personal experience of using a wonderful product for all your feet problems ,  nails and hand problem , from the french brand MARLAY COSMETICS. 

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This is how the product looks !

What does Marlay Cosmetics say about it ? Revolutionary in the treatment of cuticles and callosities, the MARLAY lotion won an award at the prestigious Lepine innovation contest in 1990.

Based on CELANDINE, a medicinal herb used by French great – grandmothers for its curative virtues, the formula gently dissolves all dead skin for a perfect manicure and baby soft feet all year around.

It is also very effective on corns , calluses and other build-ups of hard skin when reapplied over several days.

What I understood from this ? In short, I wanted to test the lotion Marlay Celandine. The purpose of this lotion? Dissolve the dead skins so that you can remove them and make you feet of an incomparable softness.

Yes, we are not in absolute Glamor, but let’s say we have to go through there to have nice feet!

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This is the actual bottle

To accompany the lotion, the brand also offers cotton pads and a big nail file  which will be very useful to let the lotion put on my feet. 

Texture of the product is like water, too thin and a runny texture, So, be extra careful while trying to pour them.

How to use them ? 

  • Option 1 :  soak the cotton and leave it, like a cloth mask, for 15 to 20 minutes on the areas to be treated.
  • Option 2 : Dilute  2 to 3 drops of lotion  in a bowl of water and make a foot bath for 15 to 20 minutes. I chose the second option, which seemed to me the most practical.

    Small note: you can do it on the feet but also on the hands.

The first option wouldn’t be so  practical , as it’s a bit hard to spend 20 minutes without moving, without dropping the cottons. 

My Experience of using them : 

I first soaked my feet in the water with these drops for about good 20 minutes. I previously had a Wart on my foot, and I had Cryo for that to get removed – such a painful one , you know ! Since then, am extra cautious for my foot, but still i have those dark dead skin present . 

CREAM LOTION
Old fashioned Nail file 

I thought , You wanted it, you got it! So once the laying time has passed, you have to take a trick to scrape. Kind an old-fashioned nail file. And you scrap, scrap and scrap ! Dead skins go off very easily.

In the end, I found the lotion very effective. Well, these are slightly too EFFECTIVE, because when you see all your skins falling, it’s totally scary. There, it is the “soft alopecia” version. It works, but you still have control.

For hands, I have mostly used them as a cuticle oil . But I honestly I prefer them for the foot care than nails, as it is very effective. 

Priced at 35 Euros, a little pricey, but great effect !

( This was sent to me as a PR sample, however my opinions are honest and are tried and tested ).

Have you tried this ? 

xoxo

priya