Recently I visited my nearest T.J.Max store for wee shopping and this palette caught my attention. I bought this palette to gift to my sister.
The name Avocado Toast is self-explanatory. You might have guessed the colors until now.
Yes! It has a beautiful combination of greens and shimmery warm colors. One can wear it on “Earth day” for sure. The best part is, all colors are very pigmented and can be a great companion to pull off a sultry smokey look.
Wear a classic green or tropical look, or any mattes with a shimmer. You are definitely going to like it.
BH cosmetics Avocado Toast is a combination of mattes and shimmers and indeed a tropical feast to the eyes if you wish to.
A palette of 16 eyeshadow colors. The Avocado Toast Palette, which has 16 matte, shimmer, and glitter tones, was created as a compliment to everyone’s favorite weekend brunch. Bright green tones, creamy earthy hues, and silky neutrals are all included in the palette, which has a one-application intensity and a buildable, blendable, and exceptionally long-lasting consistency.
BH cosmetics Avocado Toast is a combination of mattes and shimmers. The colors are quite pigmented and great for what I got in the store for the price of $7 (USD).
At this point, not sure if you can grab this palette in any other stores. But if interested I would say, give it a try and visit the nearest T.J.Max.
This palette is must-have palette for a party animal. You are gonna love it.
So, guys let me know if you have tried this palette ever and kindly share your experience with us.
MAC mineralize skin finish highlighter ‘Soft & Gentle’ is the most sought-after highlighter among beauty gurus, influencers, and make-up artists. There are other high-end brands that offer equally high quality and performance highlighters. So why is only MAC soft & Gentle still making rounds in the beauty realm?
Mac describes it as a luxurious powder that illuminates the face and body and contains M.A.C. Multi-Mineral Complex.
Further, the brand describes it as sheer coverage, a luminous finish highlighting powder. An opulent, slowly baked, velvety soft, dome-shaped face powder with a dewy sheen. Blend all over for a sheer luminous finish to the skin, or precisely buff on to add highlights to the high points of the face. features vitamin E and our M.A.C. Multi-Mineral Complex.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ‘Soft & Gentle’ is a multitasking natural highlighter that gives a subtle glow. It has just the right amount of shimmer that gives a sublime natural inner glow. I believe MAC mineralize skin finish highlighter ‘Soft & Gentle’ is best suitable for Indian skin tone. This is the universally flattering highlighter or can say a blush topper that goes easy on cheeks without making a disco ball face unless you want to have one.
Speaking of price, it retails for $40 and contains 10gm (0.35 us oz.). It’s expensive but worth a try. Usually, I stock up on all these products during black Friday or Christmas sales. It saves huge money. I wish MAC could come up with some affordable travel size kit that includes such best-selling products.
I wanted to show you how it reflects on the face, as you can see below in the picture. I have used it on my cheekbones and applied it very light-handed but still, it’s glowing. I like it.
My, Final thought
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle is a beautiful highlighter that gives the most natural look. I highly recommend it to all skin tones except deeper skin tone beauties. I would say, try before you buy.
Last but not least, my Indian girlfriends, please try this highlighter in your nearest store. I am sure you will fall in love with it. It is indeed a universally flattering highlighter.
I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family.
Also, please let me know if you know a dupe of it. I would like to try it and see a difference.
MAC described “Lens Blur” as a bright rich violet. A pillow-soft, matte, pressed-powder eye shadow with an ultra-creamy texture that delivers a beautifully diffused, blurring effect on lids.
It is a soft-matte, cool tone berry color eye shadow.
MAC ‘Lens Blur’ Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow has a gorgeous matte berry color with cool undertones. It had a soft consistency that was slightly powdered yet felt more velvety, almost smooth to the touch, but not as opaque as I was expecting. It provided semi-opaque, buildable color coverage.
I love this powdery eyeshadow and glides smoothly across the lid. However, it is not as pigmented as it looks in the pan.
So, on medium to deep skin tones, this color might not show up well. But there are other ways you can still pull it off.
You can apply a light foundation on your lid to help this color appear in its original form. You might need a generous amount of shadow for application unless you want to throw a soft color on eyelids in a jiffy.
MAC describes it further, the velvet comfort you love on your lips – now for your lids. Experience a weightless kiss of color with Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow. Enwrap eyes with pillow-soft, matte color using Soft-Focus Filter Technology that delivers a beautifully diffused, blurring effect. The highly blendable, the luxurious formula smooths onto lids with unbelievable slip. Its exclusive Cream Matrix formula allows for an ultra-creamy, exceptionally soft, and gliding texture. This next-generation matte formula is available in lip-toned colors translated for the eyes.
I was looking for a good deep berry color eye shadow under my budget. Last year Black Friday there was a deal on the MAC website for 40% off on eyes. I could not take my eyes off of lens blur and bought a refill pan.
So, I would say MAC’s powder collection is good but since its name “Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow” focuses on being very soft matte appearance that offers very less opacity.
At least Lens Blur is not so bad and I use it happily. But guys If I compare, I wonder, how the lighter shade will appear on eyelids when the opacity is the real issue.
Anyways, since it’s summer, I enjoy applying this shadow during day time followed by eyeliner and mascara. Job done 😀.
It is a permanent eyeshadow that retails for $23.00 (USD) and contains 0.05 oz.
Due to its alleged benefits, charcoal face masks are currently a hot topic among skincare lovers and beauty vloggers. The main component, activated charcoal, which is well recognized for its purifying qualities, they have a dark tint. Masks with charcoal work well to treat oily skin and get rid of dirt.
The internet is still flooded with Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask reviews. I observed that many of them had a terrific experience even after having acne-prone skin and breakouts. So much of a good talk, I found it very intriguing otherwise I would have never thought of buying it. You might have read several times that I am a victim of hormonal acne for over the past 2 years that not saying “goodbye” . That’s the reason I thought this could at least be helpful to keep acne at bay and save my face by clearing gunk or impurities caused by dirt and pollution.
Charcoal masks seem to have gotten a lot of attention for their benefits. They say it helpsremove impurities and make your pores look clearer and smaller.
I wanted to get rid of skin care products that are not helping me anymore or reduce or balance my acne-prone skin. The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask showed me a ray of hope and it was the moment I had to shake hands with this mask.
What does Charcoal Mask do?
When the mask is cleansed, the impurities are gone because the charcoal particles in these masks absorb excess oil and draw out dirt and filth from pores. In addition, the mild coarseness of the charcoal particles gently exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells. Skin that is thoroughly cleansed, supple, and renewed is the end result.
The large surface area of charcoal particles and their propensity to chemically bind with other substances and that’s its special features. The actual charcoal particles are often well tolerated and infrequently cause issues.
How often do I use it?
It is recommended to use it on makeup-free skin, open pores with a warm, moist towel, and layer a mask. Allow to dry and rinse. Use once a week or as often as needed.
I use it once a week or sometimes twice a week after cleansing my face. Sometimes use it alternate weeks after face massage with a homemade recipe.
What it does.
As the company claims, it is Formulated with Bamboo Charcoal & White China Clay, this charcoal mask acts like a magnet to deep clean & draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, impurities & debris.
The formula is without.
As the company claims, Parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin, diethanolamine (DEA), polyethylene beads.
Why do I like it?
Years after the quest for the right face mask, I am going to settle with Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. However, there is a little drawback as this product is pricey and costs $28 (USD) for just 2.5 fl. Oz.
Being said that, you don’t need a lot of product to apply a layer on your face, comparatively for a single application. It is so soft, smooth, and sort of gooey. On top of it, very easy to spread. The formula is awesome that gives a feather-soft feeling after the wash. So far, this one is the second charcoal mask I have tried. Trust me, I am being very honest when I say that this is the best charcoal masque that really works.
It gives a feeling of clean and clear face just after single application.
Quite a fantastic mask. It does not at all dry out your skin, which is uncommon for a mask of this kind. I can say it is suitable for all skin types except sensitive skin as it might give a burning sensation.
After rinsing the mask off, the texture of the skin becomes soft and supple. The effect is very spurring. I am going to repurchase this mask in the future.
Honestly, I did not see a huge difference in the appearance of the pores or a fading of the dark spots. However, result is phenomenal. My greasy t-zone was matte with no shine at all. The mask had worked as a massive sponge, sucking out all the blockage material and extra oil with it.
I have been using this for the last 3 months and it did not cause any breakout or any skin issues. I am hooked on it and definitely going to buy it again.
So, let me know what is your favorite face mask so far.
Ingredients:Water\Aqua\Eau; Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Leaf Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 20, Peg-100 Stearate, Charcoal Powder, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Peg-150 Distearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Simethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Trisodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol <ILNILN33435> Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.
It was a part of the MAC “Boom Boom Bloom” makeup collection. I am glad that I could grab it when it was launched here in the USA. I love this shade equally as I love Mac Flat out Fabulous and other pink and bright lipstick I owned. So, thought of sharing it with you.
This lipstick is not for the faint-hearted, that was said in jest. I mean, MAC Tsk Tsk! Lipstick is a medium-dark, satin-finished fuchsia with a somewhat cool undertone (limited edition) lipstick. In-person, it looks way brighter than what you see in the below pictures.
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Semi-matte makes it wearable in summer, at the same time very comfortable on lips. A non-drying formula is so opaque and offers excellent color payoff in a single swipe. I am so obsessed with it and that’s the reason I did not feel like buying candy yum yum which is I think brighter shade than Tsk Tsk or other bright shades from MAC. At times I feel, I grab it more often than “Ruby woo“.
I had uploaded a video featuring Mac “Tsk Tsk” lipstick to complete my simple and very basic makeup look. If interest please head out to it.
I wish I could mention dupes but unfortunately, so far, I have not come across any closer shade to it.
Such a beautiful shade to flaunt in Indian Outfit. Believe me, if you are comfortable wearing fuchsia shades then this Kind of shade will be the cherry on top, and be ready to receive countless compliments.
If you know a dupe of it or can suggest any drugstore match (If any), especially from Maybelline or Revlon, etc., then please comment below in the section. That will help my friends to buy available alternatives in their country.
Let’s have a big round of applause for Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. One of the best-sellers and revolutionary blow dry brush you’ll find in the drugstore aisles. This magical brush will save tons of money on blowout sessions if you are frequently visiting salons just for blowouts. It does work perfectly. Best for all hair types. Especially a great tool to manage coarse, frizzy, and thick hair.
I have been struggling to manage my hair since my college days. I still remember my frizzy hair was untamable so I never tried anything expensive. That said, I never thought of looking like a Bollywood diva either. But staring at others’ hair beauty was the only thing I did in college, never gave much importance to how I looked.
Funny thing is, I and my friend used to stop by near a drinking water station whenever possible during breaks and place a hand under the tap water and swipe it across the crown to make stubborn frizzy hair sit tight. Yes! That was a quite silly and momentary solution.
Since I had never seen a tool that is an all-rounder and true to what it says, I was skeptical and was not convinced at first. Even after watching a lot of videos/reviews before buying it. Luckily, I saw a deal on Amazon and bought it at a discounted price. It made me happy to think that even if it does not fulfill my expectations, I won’t feel that bad.
My Personal Experience:
Revlon describes it as a one-step dry and volume styling brush. However, I usually like to use it on dry hair as I feel that way it successfully keeps my hair frizz-free. Otherwise, it’s safe to use on towel-dry hair. I always prefer to use some heat protectant products before styling my hair. Similarly, I don’t feel safe using hot tools on wet/ towel-dry hair unless I am running late for something.
The brush is beautifully designed to style every type of hair. A combination of dense bristles and a hot metal wand actually provide a great hold of hair and give an impeccable blowout.
One thing is to consider its weight. First-time users might find it a bit heavy and intimidating to handle and style the hair. But once you get used to it, you will love it every day. For me, it took almost a month to get used to it.
As the name implies, Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is a quick way to fix hair unless you really want a professional touch for special events. I have been using the Revlon brush for over a year and it’s still working great.
But don’t forget to comb your hair before styling it as it may increase hair fall or can get tangled up in the brush. Also, do not forget to use a heat protectant as this brush gets really very HOT.
Last but not least, if you don’t have time to style your hair. Instead of using a blow dryer, grab a Revlon brush and just run it through your hair. Voila! You will see almost frizz-free and manageable dry hair in no time.
I would request you to watch the video and see how thick, dry, and frizzy hair I have. Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is my savior. I would definitely recommend it to my friends. It is one of the best drugstore styling tools available at a reasonable price. It’s indeed a time and money saver for unmanageable and frizzy hair. Please do not forget to use a good heat protectant before using any styling products. This product does what it claims except I think it gives salon-like blowout results on dry hair than using it on towel-dry hair.
So give it a try!
Let me know your experiences if you are already using it.
Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm. The best makeup removing cleansing balm suits all skin types. Awarded by Allure Beauty Expert as the best makeup removal product.
Juggling between which product to use or which one is better than the other. On top of it, having acne-prone skin or fighting acne-related issues makes the situation worst. It is very hard to choose the products, especially when buying skincare products. Believe me, I always step into others’ shoes when I write such posts.
Hence, I can say out loud that this is the best cleansing balm I have ever tried. So gentle on your skin. I have tried a couple of other drugstore brands and a few from high-end. But Clinique’s Take the Day Off cleansing balm stands apart. Once you incorporate it into your makeup removal ritual, you will forget about its price. Would love to keep a backup in case of emergency.
In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical if this makeup removing balm will work to its hype. I started using Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm when I was breaking out badly. I was using minimum makeup at that time and did not want to use any harsh makeup removal wipes either. Eventually, ended up using it more often than the other products I owe.
What makes it a bestseller?
Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm dissolves long-wearing makeup in a minute. The best part is, that it is suitable for all skin types. Every skin type. It will never let you down except for people who have very-very sensitive skin and needs doctors’ attention.
The formula is Non-comedogenic, Non-greasy, Non-drying, and Fragrance-free. Lightweight makeup remover dissolves stubborn eye and facial makeups, as well as sunscreens, swiftly. When applied, it transforms from a firm balm to a silky oil. It cleans deeply and completely. Helps skin seem younger and longer by gently removing the stress of pollutants.
As stated on Clinique’s website, the key ingredients are Safflower seed oil.
This natural emollient is high in linoleic acid and leaves skin feeling soft and nourished. It effectively breaks up natural oils on the face and dissolves difficult-to-remove makeup.
In my opinion, yes it indeed does what it says. The silky formula just melts down the makeup on your face into some luxurious emollient balm. Leaving skin very soft and clean.
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Also, I must admit that price-wise, it is expensive and probably for many of us (including me) cannot always be an affordable option spending USD 36 for 3.8 oz. / 125 ml.
But it’s the winner cannot debate on price.
Clinique Take the day off makeup removing cleansing balm is an amazing product. It is gentle yet very effective and breaks down the makeup and for that, you just need to massage the balm into dry skin with your fingertips. Voila! Your face is clean and makeup free. As I have mentioned earlier this would be the most recommendable product for acne-prone skin. Give it a try!
It is so true. Being an Indian, I am sure many of you will feel connected to the post.
I believe the prowess of harnessing the beauty of the black Kajal (Kohl) and adding it to the eyes imparts a transcendent power. Every person is unique, and so are their eyes. I think it empowers every spirit and lifts it to never give up on dreams. Perhaps its mystical presence gives the strength to steal the show and stand out in the crowd. Or perhaps its presence is enough to tell you to get up and brace yourself for a new day.
When I was a teenager, I remember my elder sisters used to keep one small pouch handy all the time. They would put a few makeup products like Kajal, Lipstick, and eyeliner. All the items mentioned were limited to a limited quantity, to be more precise limited to a single number. It was about sharing it until used up entirely, and those are delightful memories to treasure.
Seeing all my sisters and cousins using Kajal (Kohl) more frequently than lipstick or other beauty picks was very usual for me. Acknowledging that it is the only weapon to look beautiful was quite convincing in those days.
It was a pretty common trend and trick to look beautiful for all girls back then and that trend is still on among the young crowd. As I grew up, I could understand the power of the dark Kajal eyes and the paradigm to look irresistible. So, I felt writing down why we all still fall for it that is simply irreplaceable.
Those were the days when we had no idea what makeup meant, or even when looking at the “Bollywood celebrities” we could all see was Kajal, eyeliner, and lipstick.
As I said earlier when I was a teen and was getting to know how to look more (and more) beautiful every passing year. All I was doing was learning how to apply a Kajal more efficiently and correctly than giving importance to my career goal. Silly me!
Even today, I wonder why we still get drawn toward it. I would love to share my experience when I was working in Mumbai (Mumbai) from 2009-to 2012. A long story, but I will make it short. When I left Mumbai and shifted to Pune in 2013, one of my friends called and told me that a Tailor where I used to get my Salwar suits stitched in Mumbai was talking about me. Nope! he did not recall my name or remember any of my facial features except he vividly remembered that “Madam with very dark (Kajal) eyes”. Ha. Ha. Ha! That was it. We cracked up and could not stop. And then I realized how insanely I was using it and now wondering if it was good or bad, but eventually amazing to know that people still remember me by my bold eyes. It’s a great feeling.
Also, when I was in Living in Mumbai, the moment I realized I am getting late for the office. It was natural for me to fill my eyes with dark back kajal and then run to catch a local train. Hardly gave any importance to my hairdo or other facial beautification. Probably, it was the only thing that kept my confidence alive and made me the most beautiful girl in the world. Ha..ha!!!!.. Please don’t take it seriously. That I said in jest.
In India, people still love it, and I think that’s the only tool that wraps up the look before stepping out of the house. So why girls cannot live without it? Why Kajal is so important & an integral part of our lives?What could be the reason for its popularity that started centuries ago in India?
Indian history is quite intriguing, reading about Raja, Maharajas (King), and emperors who ruled India before British rule and has charming tales of their Maharani’s (Queen) & Princes’ beauty secrets and alluring personalities. Striking poses of Queens wearing Jewelry and eminent eyes were enough to illustrate their royal attitude. Surprisingly, many of them can be seen wearing kajal. And I believe they commenced the project of “bold eyes” that got famous among other women. Later, probably that craze spread across the nation, and people started giving so much importance and got smitten by the deep mesmerizing eyes outlined by black Kajal. More importantly, they knew the homemade recipe of it. Interesting fact, right!
I bet, still, people cannot get enough of it and just cannot let that magical wand disappear from their vanity. The moment they realize they are running out of it, there always be a backup plan borrowing from a friend or cousin until they figure out when they can buy it. At least I was one of them.
This peculiar fashion where the eyes tell the story first portrays the unique bond between the eye and its magical relation with Kajal.
Feels great to write down our distinctive style of adopting elements of beauty that interprets our unity and strength. That’s amazing!
Share your thoughts and tell me if you are one of those who love it as much as I do.
A cream that has Oatmeal, no Parabens, harsh chemicals, or Colorants, and the bonus point is, it has a very mild fragrance. And safe for sensitive skin.
Before I start writing, I would say it is safe to use on acne-prone skin unless otherwise directed. As I never forget to mention, I have had acne issues for over two years and I try to be very selective when it comes to applying directly on my face. So this First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream has proven to be a game-changer. Similarly, I would recommend The Best Hyaluronic Acid face cream by Fresh. And let me know what do you think about it.
Why I recommend it?
First Aid Beauty brand is one of the best brands in the skincare that I have come across recently. Of course, I can recommend other moisturizers as well that I have loved in the past. But why am I overreacting this time? The answer is simple, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream has made up with such a great formula that it won’t let you down if you are struggling with Acne, Eczema, Dry Skin, Dehydrated skin, etc. So in short, it is a versatile moisturizer.
Speaking of Formula, it has quite a rich texture yet is comfortable and easily blendable. Surprisingly, the formula offers excellent hydration without giving that annoying oily feeling. On top of it, works great under makeup (Especially in Winter).
Being a first-time user of “First Aid Beauty” products, I never imagined that I will fall for it. Here I am trying to validate my opinion by its price point. But we will talk about it in the end.
First Aid Beauty claims that Award-winning Ultra Repair Cream is instantly absorbed for immediate relief for parched skin. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive, and the whole family. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal, this soothing moisturizer leaves your skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and comfortable after just a single-use. Suitable for Normal, Dry, and Combination skin type and can be used for Dryness, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Redness skin concerns. So it seems every person is getting benefits from it instead of buying cream for targeted areas.
Intense Rich Cream is so recommendable to people who are looking for the right powerful cream for their dry skin issues.
Just to mention that I ordered the two best seller moisturizers from Sephora. One is from IT cosmetics and another one is First Aid Beauty. Believe me, I stopped using IT cosmetics moisturizer after using this one. I hope, now you can imagine the potential of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and why I am so glued to it.
Yeah! totally agree that this one is pretty much expensive cream costs $46 (USD) for 8oz/226g. Honestly, even I wouldn’t buy it unless I get any discount or special offer. Bingo! I ordered it in the last year December 2021 black Friday deal for 50% off.
So if somebody asks me to recommend the best moisturizer for dry or combination skin? I would say “First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream” without blinking my eyes. Believe me, you won’t regret it.
I would say, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is the most recommendable moisturizer for my friends who are desperately looking for a remedy to overcome the dryness issue.
If you try (in the future) or have already tried, let me know what do you think about the product.
If you have been reading my posts, you all know how much I love to review lipsticks. So here I am with yet another lipstick post to share swatches and much more.
I am eagerly waiting to say “bye-bye Covid-19 & its non-stop variants”. I mean seriously, girls like us who are desperate to flaunt newly painted lips, have to hide joy under the mask with a heavy heart. But, what I have learned these days, inner happiness is the best remedy for all worries. So no worries. And I give a big smile and cheer up myself.
Now let’s continue and dive into it.
MAC describes it as an “Intense orange-brown (Matte)”. It is a matte lipstick that has no shine (not ultra-matte). The shade shown in the swatches might not be the same as it looks in real. I tried to capture the real color of the bullet but daylight did not let me do that. However, hope you will get an idea from lips and hand swatches.
So “MAC Marrakesh” is a pretty matte shade and opaque, and one swipe delivers a punch of color with a smooth application. I prefer to use a straight lipstick bullet for application instead of using a brush and that saves my ton of time.
This lipstick has an excellent color payoff. Having pigmented lips like mine, MAC Marrakesh is the very right choice for us. You can wear it anytime, this gorgeous color will always balance your look beautifully.
Even though it’s a matte lipstick, it is a non-drying formula. Being said that, the formula is neutral. Neither drying nor hydrating. Therefore, I will recommend softening lips with Lip balm or anything of your choice before applying the lipstick. If wearing throughout the day, a touch-up might be needed.
Mac Cosmetics always comes up with innovative lipstick formulas and this one is definitely the lipstick that can never go out of fashion.
Last but not least, special message to my Indian friends. This would be the most beautiful lipstick in your vanity and I am sure you would grab it more frequently before leaving the house.
MAC Marrakesh lipstick’s retail price is $19 (USD) 3G / 0.1 US OZ.