Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer – Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

So Sugar Cosmetics recently came out with a range of bronzers, blushes, and highlighters and had all the Indian beauty bloggers going gaga over them. Sugar is a brand that has always impressed me, so I got my hands on the Contour De Force Bronzer in the shade Woody Wonder and joined the fan club. Here are my thoughts on this product.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

First of all, the packaging deserves a special shout out! It is cardboard with a magnetic closure but the beautiful lass on the lid will give you makeup goals, super chic I must say. The product in itself is a buttery smooth formula that glides on the skin and blends beautifully to create a natural shadow on the face. The colour is a warm brown that will suit fair to medium Indian skin tones, it may be a little light for darker complexions. I like the warm tones of the bronzer which give a natural bronzed look to the face without looking orange. I also like the fact that this bronzer does not contain any shimmer, so it is perfect for both contouring as well as for bronzing the face for a sunkissed look.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

The pigmentation is not too over the top, which I actually prefer because I do not like harsh contour lines left behind by hard to blend and overly pigmented bronzers. This one can be brushed gently along the jawline for a natural finish and can also be built up for a stronger contour. It does not look cakey, muddy, or ashy on the skin and provides the right amount of colour to give a chiselled¬†look to the face. Also, although the single bronzers are marketed as minis, the pan size is quite good and I’m sure that the product will last me at least a few months.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

I’m not sure if this picture actually does justice to the product but I hope that you can see the definition it provides to my cheeks. I will definitely recommend this bronzer to beginners as well as to those who like to sport a light contour on a daily basis. With sufficient building up, it is suitable for an evening out as well. Also, at the price of INR 399, you can’t really go wrong with this product, so add this cute little bronzer to your cart today!

Click here to buy the Sugar Contour De Force Bronzer in the shade Woody Wonder.

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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution | Review

Acid peels do sound scary, but let me tell you, once you get hooked on acid exfoliation and see the results, you will be addicted for life! I started dabbling with mild acid peels and acid toners in 2017 and wanted to amp up my game in the new year, The Ordinary AHA+BHA Peeling Solution seemed like the best man for the job. This chemical peel has 30% AHA and 2% BHA that make it a pretty potent exfoliator, just what my skin needs at the moment.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Although the formula sounds a bit intimidating, I wasn’t very afraid of using the product because The Ordinary is one of the most trusted skincare brands in the world. Also, the colour of the formula is a deep beetroot red, but look beyond the scary shade and your skin will thank you later. The product comes in the form of a semi-viscous liquid which is meant to be used as a face mask for no longer than 10 minutes. Within these ten minutes, it provides deep exfoliation and leaves the skin looking glowy and smooth. While I have a bunch of products in my skincare stash that provide instant brightening, this one stands out because it also improves the texture of my skin, and managed to reduce the tiny bumps that I tend to get on my chin and nose with just one use. It makes my skin look more youthful, healthy, and well rested, something that every woman on the wrong side of 25 needs in her life ūüėõ

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

I also love the apothecary style bottle that comes with a dropper that makes the product so easy to use. It makes me feel as if I am running a quirky science experiment on my own skin, which is kind of fun. A few words of caution though – if you are someone who has never tried acid exfoliation till date then this is probably not the best product to begin with because it is too strong. You may want to try out a milder acid based product first. Secondly, ALWAYS do a patch test on your elbow before you put something new on your face, especially if it is such a strong formula. Thirdly, acid exfoliation leaves the skin way more sensitive to the sun than usual, therefore, using a strong sunscreen¬†every day is an absolute must once you start using acid based products. Lastly, I wouldn’t recommend this product to those with sensitive skin, because although it does not burn or irritate the skin, it does tingle a little bit. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, it is best to use this product only once or twice a month.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

While this product is one I would definitely recommend, The Ordinary products are not so easy to get your hands on in India and their website charges insane amounts for shipping. I got mine from an Instagram store called imported_makeup that sells original products and I got the bottle for INR 1200, which seems like a good price for the product. So if you are in the mood for brighter, clearer, smoother skin this year then do give this baby a shot!

Some Do’s and Dont’s for the Bride To Be

The Great Indian Wedding can take a toll on even the attendees, so one can only imagine how flustered it leaves the bride at times. I often receive DM’s on Instagram from brides to be, asking about beauty rituals to follow, skincare tips, hair care rituals, and what not. Which is why I decided to create a list of Do’s and Dont’s for the bride to be, particularly an Indian bride, so that she can be better prepared for the big day.

Dont’s-

1. Don’t use any new skincare/haircare product in the month leading up to the wedding. Whether it is a hair color or a chemical peel, perform patch tests and then start using the product at least 3 months prior to the wedding. This will ensure that you do not suffer from a horrible reaction or end up with a hair color that does not suit you at all on the night before the wedding.

2. Don’t let your makeup artist make you 3 shades fairer than you are. I have heard of horror tales where makeup artists bully the poor bride into wearing a foundation that is way too light for her or an eyeshadow that is too gaudy. How you look on your wedding day is something you will cherish forever, so make sure to go for a makeup artist who has good reviews and who is also accommodating of your own tastes. Remember, nobody looks beautiful just by painting extremely light foundation on their face.

3. Don’t choose stilettoes as your bridal footwear. While heels add a certain amount of grace to a wedding lehenga, stilettoes come with the risk of making you stumble and hurting your feet. Opt for comfortable wedges instead and try them on for a few hours beforehand so that you know for sure that they fit snugly on your feet.

Do’s –

1. Book a makeup trial with your MUA. It may cost you, but nothing is more expensive than looking like a nightmare on your own wedding day. A makeup trial is the only way to know for sure that your makeup artist is able to accommodate your choices, complement your natural beauty, and give you a look that goes well with your outfit and theme of the wedding. There are some MUAs out there who think bridal makeup only means a dark lip and smokey eyes, avoid them like a plague.

2. Try out all your wedding outfits a week prior to the wedding. You may have purchased your wedding outfits over a span of months and some of them may even be heirlooms. Try out each and every outfit a week or two prior to the wedding, just to make sure that they still fit well and that there are no broken zippers. You may have put on or lost a little weight in the lineup to the wedding, so this will give you some room for alterations and will prevent last-minute panic.

3. Feed yourself! Don’t get obsessed with losing 5 kgs in the week before the wedding. A flat belly is not more important than your health. Eat fruits and vegetables in good quantities and avoid dehydrating food items such as caffeine and salty snacks. Nobody would want the bride to faint on the stage, would they?

So these were some do’s and dont’s for the bride to be based on my experience. Let me know if you would want me to start a bridal series with this kind of content to answer the queries of the beautiful brides to be.

 

 

Schwarzkopf Spa Essence Hydrating Cream Masque | Review

The struggle to keep my hair tame yet voluminous is genuinely real, and the product I am going to talk about today is helping me achieve this goal these days. The Schwarzkopf Spa Essence Hydrating Cream Masque is supposedly what they use in salons when you go for a hair spa, but it was available on Amazon, so I picked it up to use it as a regular hair mask. As per the instructions, you are supposed to apply this along with a serum on shampooed hair and then steam the hair, but I use it like a standard hair mask i.e. I leave it on for around 15 minutes after using a shampoo and then rinse it off.

Schwarzkopf Spa Essence Hydrating Cream Masque

The ingredient list of this product seems to be full of chemicals, but this hair mask does work really well, and I am definitely a fan. It claims to nourish and hydrate the hair while preserving its natural bounce and that is exactly what it does. Post using this product, the ends of my hair look SO much healthier and all the unruly frizz that they tend to possess completely vanishes! Also, the effect of this hair mask lasts for days, which makes it perfect for those with frizzy hair who want to have a low maintenance haircare routine. Also, it has a mild and pleasant fragrance that should not irritate most people.

Schwarzkopf Spa Essence Hydrating Cream Masque

This product is priced at INR 580 for a giant 500 ml tub, which is extremely affordable in my opinion. The hair mask will suit most people, except for those with very greasy or weighed down hair. It does have a bunch of chemicals but if nothing else is working for your frizzy hair then this product is worth trying out. Also, if you can recreate the whole spa routine at home then you will probably see even better results. I personally love it because it actually adds volume to my hair while hydrating them and that is extremely rare for hair masks. Two big thumbs up from me, especially during the cold winter that we are experiencing at the moment!

Click here to buy the Schwarzkopf Spa Essence Hydrating Cream Masque from Amazon.

Bahala Handmade Soaps | Review

If you have been following this blog for some time, you might know that I am not the hugest fan of solid soaps and prefer body washes instead. I never purchase soap bars for myself, but when I received the Bahala Handmade Soaps in a giveaway hamper from HoneyPot, their fragrance was so alluring that I HAD TO start using them asap! So here are my thoughts on these lovely handmade soaps.

Bahala Handmade Soaps | Review

I received two soaps from the range, the Coffe n Oatmeal soap and the Orange n Lemongrass soap. The former smells exactly like cookies and cream while the latter has the sweet and zesty scent of orange. When you put one of these soap bars in your bathroom, trust me you won’t need a room freshener, that’s how beautiful their scents are, without any fake perfumy notes. Also, these soap bars are nor weirdly shaped or sticky like many of the handmade soaps out there, which is why using them is not a messy affair at all.

Bahala Handmade Soaps | Review

I have used the Coffee n Oatmeal soap quite a lot and it is extremely hydrating and gentle on the skin aka perfect for winters. Coffee has anti-oxidising properties while oatmeal is famous as a nourishing skin food that heals and repairs dry and damaged skin. It froths easily but is not overly drying on the skin, my body feels well-moisturised after using the soap and the calming oatmeal scent lingers on for hours. I haven’t used the Orange n Lemongrass soap much yet but its ingredients are perfect to prevent oiliness and infections, something that will definitely help those with acne-prone skin. I think I will get more use from this in the warmer months because its sweet orange scent and astringent properties are ideal for summer.

Bahala Handmade Soaps | Review

Each of these soap bars is priced at INR 125 but I think that the price is appropriate for how good they are. They have natural ingredients and have improved the texture of my skin more than any body wash ever has. Perhaps this brand has converted me into a soap bar lover! So, if you are looking for a fragrant and nourishing bath experience then do give Bahala soaps a try!

Click here to buy the Bahala handmade soaps from Amazon.

HoneyPot Intimate Wash for Women | Review

Women all around the world are still quite uncomfortable speaking about various issues such as PMS, infections in feminine parts, as well as odor, which is why there is still a lack of general awareness regarding female hygiene. Our delicate areas require special attention to keep them clean, dry, and infection-free, especially during our monthly cycle. HoneyPot Intimate Wash is one such product that can help you in taking care of the most sensitive part of your body.

HoneyPot Intimate Wash for Women | Review

The low pH of this intimate wash makes it more suitable than regular soap for the feminine regions. The formula is extremely gentle and also contains seabuckthorn and tea tree oil to keep the skin clean and fresh. The wash has a pleasant fragrance that will help to curb any odor and it is mild enough to not cause any sort of irritation on the sensitive skin.

HoneyPot Intimate Wash for Women | Review

Priced at INR 162 for a 100ml bottle, this affordable intimate wash is a must-have for every woman. The flip lid and sturdy packaging make it travel-friendly so that you can carry this wherever your work or adventures take you. When we pay so much attention to our skincare routines then sparing a couple of minutes for our intimate regions is something we all can and should do. I will highly recommend trying out this product to keep all the itchiness and irritation at bay.

Click here to buy the HoneyPot Intimate Wash from Amazon.

Dr. Sheth’s Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion | Review

So I decided that I needed some glow on my face and went ahead and purchased the Dr. Sheth’s Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion. This face and body lotion is a fine concoction of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and grapefruit and mulberry extracts that brighten, repair and hydrate the skin. Basically, it contains everything you need to get that healthy winter glow and to keep the dryness at bay.

Dr. Sheth's Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion | Review

This product is quite unique from other face lotions because while it has the consistency and texture of a lotion, it provides the finish of an oil-based serum on the face. It is light-weight and fast absorbing like a lotion but extremely hydrating and nourishing like a facial oil. And yes, it does provide an instant glow to the face post application.

Dr. Sheth's Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion | Review

Although it sinks into the skin really quickly, the oily-skinned ladies need to be a little cautious with the amount they use, because it can give the face a greasy appearance if you use too much. I will recommend one pump for those with oily skin and two for those with extremely dry skin, for the entire face and neck. Also, this lotion is more suitable for the night time so that it gets ample time to work its magic and also because it can cause makeup to slide around if used in the day.

Dr. Sheth's Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion | Review

Overall, I like this product because it does what it claims to do and is a no-nonsense lotion in that aspect. It provides an instant glow, brightens the skin with regular usage, and definitely moisturises it really well. Also, with so many awesome ingredients in one bottle, you can’t really go wrong with this glotion. The price of INR 800 for a 50ml bottle, plus the shipping charges of INR 200 does make this product a tad expensive and I sincerely hope that the brand finds some way to reduce the shipping costs but other than that I do not have anything to complain about regarding this product. So if you are someone who is attracted to skin-loving vitamins like a magpie is to gold then you must get your hands on this gem.

Click here to buy Dr. Sheth’s Basic Brightening Vitamin Glotion.