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

 

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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

 

Review : CLARINS One step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

Hi my lovely people out there  ! Hope you are all having a fabulous day ! Today I will be reviewing some cool and luxury skin care product . Its from Clarins. Yes, its the Clarins one step gentle exfoliating cleanser with “Orange Extract”.

This gentle exfoliating cleanser minimizes necessity of cleansing the skin separately! So, it means one step of your beauty regimen is cut into half. But how ? It does the two steps in one single step. 

It “Cleanses” and “exfoliates” in one step ! Sounds, amazing right !!! Keep reading…..

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This is how the product looks !

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The orangey creamy cleanser with tiny micro beads 

What does clarins say ? 

Clarins gentle, spa-fresh cleanser polishes-away make-up, embedded impurities and spent surface cells in one time-saving step — revealing the glowing skin beneath. Orange extract softens, refreshes and revives. Moringa Seed extract purifies and refines while preserving your skin’s natural moisture balance. Gentle Silica Micro beads give clogged pores a breather. Now that’s refreshing!

How to apply ?

Place a small amount of product onto the fingertips of one hand. Gently massage onto damp skin to work into a lather and proceed to exfoliate all parts of the face avoiding the eye contour area. Rinse well with warm water.

My take on this product :

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with orange extract comes packaged in a transparent good quality plastic tube, packed inside a cardboard box. This tube has a fixed white and red colored cap with a flap, which is pretty handy to use.

This exfoliating cleanser is very gentle and can be used on daily basis, for cleansing and rejuvenating your skin, be it morning or evening. I exfoliate and cleanse my face with this every day morning and sometimes in the evenings. It removes all impurities and any makeup residues and cleanses the skin thoroughly. Skin feels fresh and rejuvenated.

It is an orange colored smooth gel textured cream cleanser with very fine granules. It feels soft and smooth to apply; the granules are hardly felt, but do a good job of cleansing and exfoliating the skin. To get best results, I apply with wet hands on a wet face in circular motions. It is very handy for daily use in summer when the climate is hot and humid and my face skin needs mild exfoliating on daily basis. It has a nice smell, which is not overwhelming.

Does not dry your skin. My skin type is Combination, and it works well ! The company claims as it is suitable for all skin tones. As it is summer in UAE, this works well for me !

It does not dry, nor irritate or break out on the skin.

Overall, a great product.

Price Point : A little expensive on the side, but worth it ! Retails for US $38 / AED 170

for a standard size! 

Availability ? 

  • Sephora Middle east
  • Paris Gallery
  • Wojooh 
  • Blooming Dales
  • Clarins counters

You can also purchase this product online.

Will I recommend this product ? Yes, if you want a cleanser cum mild exfoliator for regular use.

Will I repurchase ? Yes!

Would you give a try ? Please let me know your thoughts!

Until then….

xoxo

priya 

 

SEPHORA INTENSIVE INSTANT MOISTURIZER + CREAM – DOES IT WORK???

Hey my loves, hope you are all having a great day ! Today’s review is about a very interesting product from Sephora Brand. As you all know, the summer have officially began and the days are too long now than usual now! :p 

Dehydration, dryness , lack of radiance , no brightness is all that every lady, or woman will face now. So the same thing happened to me as well, I was looking out for a good moisturizer, that should satisfy my skin thirst as well as be the perfect makeup base too.

WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS ONE ? 

Finding that one go-to moisturizer that combines the perfect fit for your particular skin with a price tag you can live with has proven to be a lifelong quest for a lot of us.  Not to mention that once you do find one, you’re skin is likely to change and start needing something else.

Well if you’re one who doesn’t want to spend high-end department store prices on your everyday products, Sephora Intensive Instant Moisturizer might be something to look at.  Described as a light yet very moisturizing cream, it’s oil free and suitable for all skin types.  Of course, all moisturizers will be more compatible with some skin types than other.  

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DESCRIPTION : A continuous source of moisture for stunning skin, even without makeup.

With fatigue, pollution , changes of temperature…… the skin produces less HYALURONIC ACID , a vertible ((natural reservoir)) for the skin’s hydration.

This nourishing moisturizer, enriched in a hyaluronic booster complex , has a dual action:

INSTANTLY, it recharges the skin with hyaluronic acid of natural origins, as if soaked in water, the skin is :

  • Smoother : 87%
  • More radiant : 81%
  • More beautiful : 84%

Day after Day, it helps the skin to produce more hyaluronic acid, for non-stop hydration that lasts up to 3 days after the last use.

The skin quality visibly improves. 

Clinically, proven tolerance and effectiveness, non- comedogenic. 

PACKAGING:

It comes in a transparent glass jar with WHITE cap. It is not a very comfortable packaging to take the product out (compared to pump type pack). The white  cap gets hand prints which require cleaning.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE SEPHORA MOISTURIZER:

This moisturizer absorbs into my skin very nice and quick. It makes me feel soft and smooth. It goes on creamy and smooth into the skin immediately, without any greasiness. It leaves me hydrated the whole day.

I always apply this on my face before using foundation.  I use this as my night cream as well. I cleanse my skin and apply this before bed. If the skin is very dry, I feel a burning sensation when applied initially. But after a day or two, this moisturizer will make the skin smooth and free from dryness.

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It is the best moisturizer I have ever tried. It is a very simple moisturizer with very subtle and clean scent. The fragrance is sweet and refreshing. When I apply this moisturizer, I feel moisturized the whole day. I also apply this to my hands. It feels very silky.

According to me, this product does a very good job for this price. Without a good moisturizer the foundation will also look very cakey and patchy. I feel it is a very good investment. 

The HYALURONIC ACID provides with instant radiance to the skin and makes the face well moisturized! And I have been using this for the past one whole month, it works very well. 

WHERE TO BUY ?

It is available across all the sephora counters, and can be availed online. 

http://www.sephora.ae

http://www.sephora.com

Retails for AED 89.

WILL I REPURCHASE ? Yes, Definitely !

CONCLUSION : It seems as though the biggest benefit you’ll get from this moisturizer  is as a decent moisturizer for all types of skin.   So if you want a decent affordable moisturizer, go with Sephora Intensive Instant Moisturizer. 

Would you buy it ? Let me know !

until next post,

xoxo

priya 

 

Himalaya Herbals FAIRNESS CREAM Review

Hey my loves, hope you are all doing well ! Today I will be reviewing the Himalaya Herbals Natural Glow Fairness Cream ! I have never tried fairness cream in my life. This is the first time ever, trying out. I don’t believe in using the fairness cream from my original skin color to Absolute Fairness, which people commonly tend to misunderstand.

WHAT IS FAIRNESS CREAM ACCORDING TO ME ? 

 I use fairness cream as anti-blemish cream. I have observed that fairness creams can be used to reduce dark patches, scars and tan. But one must be careful while buying a fairness cream, because most of the creams use bleaching agents and other harmful chemicals to keep their promise of “visible fairness within a fortnight”, which can not be true. Himalaya herbal is a well-known brand which is famous for some really good products at much lower prices than some other high-end brands. I trust  Himalaya herbal!

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WHAT DOES THE PRODUCT CLAIM ?

An advanced formula enriched with a Phyto-Vitamin complex, containing a combination of ALFA ALFA , SAFFRON and other essential vitamins. Alfaalfa & Saffron improve skin tone and brighten dull skin complexion. In combination these ingredients provide your skin with an even skin tone, nourishment and glow, naturally!

They say, 5 Visible Results in 4 weeks ( Sounds Amazing right !)

  • Evens skin tone
  • Helps reduce blemishes and dark spots
  • Helps reduce under-eye dark circles
  • Nourishes skin to keep it healthy
  • Moisturizes without leaving skin greasy.

MY EXPERIENCE & WHY I LOVE THE PRODUCT?

The product comes in a standard Himalaya tube, with a green cap. The whole packaging is quite nice. The cream is white colored and smells awesome. It gives you a bright non-greasy, smooth finish like any other fairness cream. The cream is quite thick, but gets absorbed into skin easily.

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This is how my skin looks, when applied generously .

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However, my skin feels stretchy after applying the cream. So, I have to apply a lot of moisturizer along with the cream. I have combination to oily skin. This cream, however, lightens dark spots up-to some extent. Skin indeed looks fresh after application.

And i absolutely love the smell of this cream, the saffron smell makes me feel so fresh!

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT THIS FAIRNESS CREAM ?

Almost all the fairness cream among the multiple brands have claims on their own, but when it comes to Himalaya, there are only 2 things.

  1. Does not contain BLEACH 
  2. Free from parabens.

WHAT I LIKE THE MOST ?

  • The cream does not contain any bleaching agents or any harmful chemicals (at least they claim so).
  • It is a herbal product.
  • Makes skin look brighter.
  • Absorbs quickly, leaving a non-greasy smooth finish.
  • Smells wonderful!
  • Lightens dark spots up-to certain extent.
  • Pocket friendly 
  • Nice, slim packaging.
  • Since it is non-greasy and brightens your skin instantly, it can be a good makeup base.
  • Another good thing about Himalaya as well as this product is that they do not test on animals.

WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT?

  • It does not moisturize your skin . People with dry skin, should definitely use this along with a moisturizer.
  • Does not contain SPF. A sunscreen must be used separately.
  • Does not make you fair ! Just brightens up your skin tone, evens out by reducing the blemishes and dark spots. 

MY RATING FOR THIS PRODUCT : 4.7 / 5

WILL I REPURCHASE ?

Yes, definitely ! This has become my go-to product. I prefer to apply on my face and set it with light dusting of my favorite MAC Select sheer pressed powder. Skin feels amazing.

Definitely worth buying ! How many of you are using it ? Whats your take on the product ? Let me know your thoughts too !

Until then,

xoxo

priya 

What’s New : Orsay – A New Flagship store open!

Hey Loves, hope you are all doing good! I would like to share my awesome experience I had yesterday at the flagship store opening of ORSAY, at Ibn Battuta Mall , Dubai.

The lovely & the lively event was held by ” The Idea Agency”, Dubai. In a nutshell, ORSAY is a German Brand worth 1.65 billion brought to U.A.E by Rubaiyat, Saudi Arabia’s leading fashion retailer.

Rubaiyat, Saudi arabia’s most renowned retailer created by Abdullah Binzagr and family, introduces ORSAY. ORSAY stands for YOUNG , FASHIONABLE, good value outfits, in which women can express their individual femininity at all times.

They have almost 640 shops present in 30 countries. One of the store is already opened in SAHARA MALL , Sharjah and the second store opened in Persia Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai.

The special grand opening ceremony highlighted by an amazing fashion show featuring the brand’s Spring / Summer 2017 collection. As you all know, the summer is gearing up in UAE, so the latest trends have to be a must for us ! 

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ORSAY – Flagship store is now open !

A little something about Rubaiyat : 

Celebrating 37 years at the forefront of the luxury retailing, Rubaiyat is a pioneer in bringing the fashion world’s leading brand names to Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Bahrain and enjoys the status of being the kingdom’s foremost leading luxury goods retailer , having expanded its product range from men’s fashion, ladies and children’s wear to include accessories, fragrance, crystal, silverware and designer home furnishings as well as jewelry and watches. 

Also Rubaiyat exclusively represents and operates more than 50 standalone franchised boutiques throughout Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

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And the celebration continues with the Brand Manager

What the Brand Manager says? Romana Pristavu, Brand Manager, said; “ORSAY designs outfits for modern, self-confident women who wish to dress according to their personal taste and style, always staying chic, feminine and trendy. We offer our customers highly fashionable clothes and accessories which can be perfectly combined in themes, ensuring that they can always dress femininely no matter what the mood and occasion.”

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Me, my daughter with the Brand Manager Romana 

What does the Vice president of Marketing says ?  Antoun Abou Jaoude, Vice President Marketing, Rubaiyat, said: “As an established representative of more than 60 international luxury brands in Saudi Arabia, we are delighted to announce the launch of ORSAY into the UAE. ORSAY will cater to the UAE market where women freely express their taste and style in fashion. Our collections suit a broad range of women who look for charming, stylish and inspiring outfits for every occasion. ORSAY will offer in the region a well-coordinated product mix from Europe and Asia, resulting in a wide and constantly up-to-date selection of feminine outfits at an excellent ratio of style, quality and price We have initially opened two shops in the UAE and we are looking to expand the outlets in the coming years.”

My Overall Experience : The store had great summer / spring collections. As you all know spring & summer are meant to be flowery, light, pastels, neon and subtle colors. they had all that which was amazing. 

From a business formal, casuals, party wear, Evening dresses, to bags,clutches, accessories and scarf everything was on top point. Now, coming to the main area of focus, the PRICING !

I don’t have to comment on that part, as i request everyone of you to go and check personally, as they have amazing prices for the quality they offer. To give you a hint, there’s a price range for everyone. If you want to shop for AED 150, as a budget, go grab ! You get it for that price with better quality compared to other stores. Doesn’t it feel, so great. I honestly feel like going to store again on a weekday particularly during the noon, where the mall is quiet so that I can have some peaceful time for shopping. 

Overall, I am giving a 5 Star Rating, for this beautiful store! 

Last but  not the least, I cant take my eyes off the lovely gift they offered. A beautiful work bag in black, A light pink scarf and a pen drive ! Thank you Ms. Flor  for the pleasant invitation for the beautiful event. I would also extend my lovely wishes to The Idea Agency for collaborating with the leading fashion retailers. 

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Beautiful Array of dresses lined up !
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Aren’t they cool ? The Jewelry

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Fab collections 
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Some Sexy dresses

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Please visit the store, and I am sure you will find what you want! I cant wait to go to the store again! Lots of love……..

Until next post,

xoxo

priya 

My Top 4 Picks of Himalaya Products for your Little ones…

Hey my Loves, today my review will be about the Himalaya Herbals product- especially for the little ones. When you think of little one or kids, the first thing which comes to our mind is their delicate skin.

Your little one’s skin is extremely soft and gentle which makes it important for you to select the products with utmost care. Their skin is still under the process of development, and they are very sensitive. Doctors suggest using products specially formulated for a baby because the INGREDIENTS used to prepare are very mild and the chances of getting skin irritation or allergy is less.

MY SUGGESTION: It is best to use HERBAL PRODUCTS for your baby as they are extremely safe, hypoallergenic and free from preservatives. Always look for the quality and the expiry product.

About HIMALAYA PRODUCTS:

Himalaya brand founded in 1930 and is a trusted brand in Healthcare, personal care and baby care products. Their skin products are 100 % natural and safe. This brand has a range of products that suit people of all ages and age group with products ranging from hair care, skincare, foot care, baby care and body care. This makes it a trusted brand among people of all age groups.

MY TOP 4 PICKS OF HIMALAYA BABY PRODUCTS :

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1. Himalaya baby body lotion

This baby lotion helps keep your baby’s skin soft and supple and also provides protection against infections. It contains the natural goodness of olive oil, almond oil and licorice.

  • Olive oil contains Vitamin E that helps provide nourishment, protection and softens the skin as it has antimicrobial properties. It has a soothing effect on your baby’s gentle skin.

  • Almond oil is a natural skin softener which acts as an excellent moisturizer to your baby’s skin. Vitamin A present in this oil fights against infections and promotes bone development.

  • Licorice soothes and protects your baby’s skin. It also provides relief against swelling, itchiness and redness of skin.

  • It should be applied liberally on your baby’s skin after bath.

2. Himalaya Baby Shampoo

  • This is a no tear-gentle baby shampoo formulation that helps nourish, soften and improve your baby’s hair shine, leaving it soft and smelling fresh. It contains ingredients like hibiscus, chickpea and khus-khus.

  • Hibiscus has oils which act as natural conditioner that make hair soft and promote its growth.

  • The chickpea is a natural source of protein that nourishes the hair and makes it shiny and healthy.

  • Khus-Khus has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and also provides cooling effect to your baby’s hair.

  • Apply a little amount on your baby’s wet hair, lather and rinse well with normal water.

3. Himalaya baby powder

  • This baby powder helps eliminate dryness and keeps your little one’s skin cool and comfortable. The main ingredients are almond oil, olive oil, khus-khus and natural zinc.

  • Olive oil containing Vitamin E helps nourish, protect and soften the skin. It also has several antimicrobial properties that provide soothing effect to your baby’s soft skin.

  • Almond oil is a wonderful skin softener that helps moisturize your baby’s skin. Vitamin A helps fight infections and promotes bone development.

  • Khus-Khus helps keep your baby dry throughout the day as it has anti-stringent and anti-perspiring properties.

  • Natural zinc has traditionally been used in various Ayurvedic preparations as it contains several antiseptic properties.

  • It should be applied to the delicate areas of your baby’s body like face, knees and elbows after bathing.

4.Himalaya baby bath

  • This is a unique formulation for your baby’s bath. It contains the natural goodness of fenugreek, chickpea and green gram to cleanse your baby’s skin safely.

  • Fenugreek has been used in Ayurveda for its moisturizing properties. It provides hydration to your baby’s gentle skin.

  • Chickpea gently cleanses and soothes your baby’s skin. It is known to cure skin diseases and its antioxidant properties helps fight against dandruff.

  • Green gram helps in making your baby’s skin soft and supple as it cleanses the skin of its dirt without any irritation.

  • It can be applied directly to your baby’s body or with a sponge, then lather and rinse thoroughly.

These four products are my All Time Favorite , and they are absolutely must have when it comes for travel !

I hope my  list of Himalaya baby products will help you in taking the best care of your baby.

Do share your views about how these baby products helped your baby’s growth and development in the comments section below.

Availability : You can find the Himalaya products across all supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies and Himalaya retail outlets.

It is also available online at http://www.himalayawellness.com

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Until next post,

xoxo

priya