Snap Shot II – Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream Review

Beautiful Jar, disappointing product. Take your time when deciding on this beauties!

Beautiful Jar, disappointing product. Take your time when deciding on this beauties!

Hi lovelies!

I’m back today with another snapshot post. I chose Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream because I have nothing much to say about this. I got this as I am absolutely freaking out about my impending wrinkles and the salesgirl suggested this was right for my skin type (combination). Also, the jar is classy. Very Tiffany. The product’s texture, though, is more suitable for a tube or dispenser as it is not very rich and veers more towards the lotion spectrum.

I expected the kind of visible results I have experienced anti aging creams around the same price range (i.e. origins; clinique) when I bought this. Unfortunately, this does not even come close. It feels way too dry on the skin once applied. I need to mix this with a little bit of olive oil (try apricot if you have oily skin) so that my skin stays hydrated. The smell, like the calendula herbal extract toner, is very grandma’s-poisonous-medicine type. The advantage is that it really wakes you up. Great for mondays 😛 Please note that this is advertised as a fragrance free product so consumers are not allowed to complain about this. I’m just being mean. PMS.

All in all, this was not good value for around 65 dollars (smallest jar available). I could not return this, alongwith a host of other products I binged on but was not happy with, because I got them from a duty free. However, I have learnt that Kiehls has a product return policy even on its used products so look into it before purchasing! Whatever you do, just don’t buy an entire skin range from them when you only have 10 minutes to spare.

That’s it for now lovelies! I wish you more beauty product hunting success than I have had lately 😛

Have a wonderful week and makeup well until next time 🙂

Love,

WBVANITY

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Vintage Vanity – Lancome Color Fan Eye Shadow Palette Review

One of my very first high end makeup kits - got me hooked from the word go!

One of my very first high end makeup kits – got me hooked from the word go!

Hi lovelies!

You may have figured I’m a fan of Lancome skincare by now! Interestingly, I was introduced to the company through its’ makeup range. I got the Lancome color fan palette for my birthday way back in 2010.

This was one of my first very first high end makeup kits so I hold it very close to my heart. Literally. I still have it 😛

It turned out to be one of those rare eyeshadow powder palettes that you could pick up 10 years from today and find it wearable! The color selection is great – it has all the shades that you need to dress  your face up or (down) at any time of the day 🙂

Th shadows have great pigmentation and and never creased. I used this without a primer and it stayed in place until I took it off even in the sweaty months of july! The look is slightly shimmery, but it is subtle enough to be worn during the daytime. The purple and filigree (top right) were my favorite – I even repurchased filigree separately for a comparatively hefty price of 20 USD three years ago! You can cake filigree on for the smokey eyed look, apply it with a thin liner brush for highlighting your inner lids/lower lash line or put one layer over your lids for work to give yourself a fresh look. If you’re feeling adventurous, put filigree on the inner lid and blend the purple in to cover your entire lid. It looks very high fashion 😉

I didn’t get to use the other four shades much. There was absolutely no quality issue, it was just that the baby pink, green, blue were too light to be distinguishable on my skin tone. They all come across whitish so I used them for brow highlighting and face contouring. The brown on the other hand wasn’t dark enough to be used for smokey eyes and just gave me a sickish look 😛 If you are fair skinned though, you don’t need to worry about it and feel free to buy this with your eyes closed!

Despite a few shortcoming, I was (and still am) a fan of this palette. Its’ great value for money (right now it is listed for 50 USD), is packaged so adorably and the velvet pouch it comes with gives it the additional oomph factor 🙂 I truly hope Lancome relaunches this with vibrant colors replacing the light tones for brown girls in the coming years!

You can order this online (its on sale almost everywhere!) for 20 USD. The only reason I hesitate repurchasing it is because it is not available on sephora or the other more reliable beauty suppliers so I am wondering if they are fake or expired! If you live in a part of the world where returns aren’t an issue though, you should definitely get this 🙂

That’s it for now lovelies!  Next week, I’ll be back with a Kiehls product review from my latest makeup hoarding session 🙂 See you then!

Lots of Love,

WBVANITY

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My Favorite Mistake – Diorskin Nude Air Serum Review

 

The much talked about Nude Air Serum finally became mine! Read on to see if I'm rebuying it :)

The much talked about Nude Air Serum finally became mine! Read on to see if I’m rebuying it 🙂

Hi Lovelies!

My inability to refrain myself from spending money on makeup I don’t really need has led me to quite a few fun purchases over the past months 🙂 I’ve already started reviewing the Kiehls products and hope you’ve found them useful! I’m moving onto the rest this week onwards as I am in a position to comment on them authoritatively :P.

Although my Clinique has been a go-to foundation for over 6 years now, I picked up Dior’s Nude Air serum because a little change in one’s regular look is a must every now and then 🙂 I was in a rush so relied on the salesgirl completely to make the right recommendation for my skin tone.

She selected medium beige.

Unfortunately it did not turn out to be a right match for my undertone (yellow). But I do have a tricky complexion (pale wheatish) and this isn’t the first time this has happened to me so whatever.

This gives my face a geisha-ish effect which I do not like. To make the foundation more presentable I need to apply a lot of it on my neck and collarbones so that the contrast with my original skin tone is not so stark. Kudos is due to Dior here though because once I’m done blending my skin does not look grey or fakely white! If I wasn’t an “unfair” complexion promoter, I wouldve loved this 😛

In general, I’m upset about this because I don’t want to be wasting a relatively expensive product ( I had to pay around 60 USD for 1 oz) on body shading!

All this aside, Dior has still made an impression. The finish is very porcelain dollish. Coverage is definitely full and I do not need concealer to hide my blemish marks. Initially the watery texture was a turnoff but I got used to it. Also, true to its’ name it IS so light on the skin, it feels like I’m walking around with no foundation on. It definitely holds it fort (even in the heat) until makeup removal at the end of the day. I did however use a primer so don’t forget to do that! Also, it is commendable that it suited my combination skin type without causing breakouts given its’ serumy qualities 😛

I like its’ smell a lot too – it says I’m rich very loudly 😛 hehehhe. Also, because of the texture, you need apply a very small amount on your face. If I didn’t have to waste this on my neck etc, this would easily last 18 months. Finally, one of its’ biggest pros is that it gives a contoured finish to the face just like Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau ( I’ve reviewed it here). Perfect for the busy ladies!

I’m not a big fan of the vial, it looks like my Kiehls skin tone corrector’s long last sister. If presentation was a bit more outstanding in line with Dior’s design philosophy, I would’ve proudly displayed it on the table for as long as I lived 😛

So in short, I would love this, had  I gotten the right shade. But because I didn’t, I won’t be buying it again :/

I’m so glad I got to post today. Yay! Next up, Kiehls 😉

Until then, makeup well beauties!

Love,

WBVANITY

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Tried and Tested Extravagance! Givenchy Parad’ Eyes Fluid Eye Liner Review

I adore the bottle and the extravagant color payoff!

I adore the bottle and the extravagant color payoff!

Hello lovelies!

I hope you’re enjoying the changing weather as much as I am 🙂 As promised many months ago, I will delve deep into my dressing tables to give you the best and worst of the designer eyeliners I’ve tried!

I bought the Givenchy Parad’ Eyes Fluid Liner (#1 Dream in Black) a year and a half ago during an eye allergy. I wanted to change up my routine a bit, as I had been using using Clinique’s liquid liner since 2007!! As it turns out, I had to go back to Clinique ( and continue to use it this day :P)

Why? While the texture of Givenchy’s eye liner is fine and application was commendable – for instance I could make veryyy thin lines for day wear or the dramatic winged look for evening outings it did not stay on for long enough. After about 2 to 3 hours of application it would start coming off from the inner corners of my eyes. I did use this over primer, concealer and at times eyeshadows. However, I have combination skin so that may have contributed to the problem! Also, I had an eye allergy so bear in mind my eyes were probably more watery than the average eye. Nevertheless, Clinique and even drugstore brands that I tried (l’oreal) worked fine during this time.

However, this eyeliner gives one of the most dramatic color payoffs I have seen in black liners so it is perfect for the smokey eyed look! Just make sure you do not accidentally allow it to bleed into your eye when applying- it will burnnnn and you will have to redo your eyes from scratch!

For a price of 31 USD, I did not repurchase it because of the above reasons. But I absolutely adore the liner’s bottle and have kept it on my dressing table since 🙂 So try this at the makeup counter before purchase beauties –  if it doesn’t irritate your eyes, I would strongly recommend you purchase this product (Yeap, big Givenchy fan here  🙂

Have you tried this? If yes, let me know if your experience varied! This is not available locally lovelies, so if you are curious, ring in a favor from an overseas relative/friend or pick it up on your next vacation 🙂 You can find it at Sephora, but stock is limited so hurry!

Until next time, make up well beauties!

Lots of love,

WBVANITY

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Toner Time! Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner Review

This will be a hit with the nature loving beautistas!

This will be a hit with the nature loving beautistas!

Hi Lovelies!

I got hooked onto toners when I was 13 – I wasn’t allowed to use makeup back then but was allowed to indulge in moisturizers, toners and facewashes 😛 the good ol’ days 🙂

I’ve already reviewed my favorite toner(click here for my pick!) but of late I’ve been experimenting a few others, including Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract. I am looking to uproot my existing beauty routine so visited the Kiehl’s counter earlier this year for suggestions. My skin (combination) has been acting up lately, due to which I get red rashes on my face when I wake up. Sometimes they disappear within a couple of hours while at others they turn into a small white pustule that goes away within a day or so.

So whats the verdict?

I will not be repurchasing this – it has its’ pros, it did not exacerbate my skin which is a big deal!

However, I did not notice enough of an improvement in my skin to warrant its 20 USD price tag (this is for the smallest size btw, for a high turnover product like this, I generally pick up the largest bottles once I’m sure I will be using it regularly,  which for this will cost 60 USD). While I did not experience any further breakouts while using this, it did not really work to I prefer toners that moisturize the skin significantly/sooth the texture which this didn’t (it doesn’t claim to do this, so its a case of personal preference for me :). It definitely did not dry my skin out btw, it just didn’t help it either in this respect! Finally, I think I’ve been corrupted by the perfume quality scents of my skin care products so the rather stringent smell from this toner did not appeal to my senses. It is au naturale so its’ an acquired taste 🙂

That’s it for today beauties! I hope you found this useful 🙂 and if your experience with this product has varied, let me know 🙂

Until next time, makeup well 🙂

Love,

WBVANITY

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My Hair and I with Madison Reed

Madison Reed’s pick for me! Go to their website to see their pick for you 🙂

Hello lovelies!

I hope you’re having a wonderful start to the weekend 🙂 Today I’m participating in Madison Reed’s what my #haircolor says about me tag. Yay! Madison Reed is a top of the line hair dye company that creates healthy dyes with a significant proportion of natural ingredients 🙂

I was born with jet black hair – since I crossed my mid-twenties I have been inflicted by a few whites in the crown which I regularly snip away every 2 or 3 months because the thought of another beauty commitment really scares me 😛 While that’s working for the time being, I do accept that in a year or so, this will no longer be a viable option as their quantity will increase. When that time comes, I hope to have access to a brand that won’t damage my hair and will not cause me allergic reactions as my skin is really sensitive.

So what will I be dying my hair once that time comes? Black! I am a strong believer in hair color that you are born with being the optimal one for you as nature knows best 🙂  Secondly,my hair color embodies key personality traits that I’m afraid would wither away if I changed the color. I am driven, stubborn at times when it comes to doing what I want to do and I do not take nonsense from people. Doesn’t dark hair suit this persona wonderfully 😛 also I’m a fan of the au naturale look, so I would like to continue faking the effortlessly well-maintained facade that I regularly purport on this blog 😛

But I do need to highlight that sometimes, a drastic hair dye can change your look for the better. To the extent that there is no going back to what nature chose for you!  Look how the right hair dye job changed Calvin Harris from unnoticeable nerd to hunk 😛

Yeap this is what a good dye job can do for you :)

Yeap this is what a good dye job can do for you 🙂

So when my need for a hair dye can no longer be avoided, what brand will I be using?  Madison Reed. Why? Their products contain a triple care complex that is comprised of ginseng root, argain oil and keratin. I’m a sucker for anything natural so they had me at that 😛 Oh, and because of  skin, and by default scalp, sensitivity,  their committment to the exclusion of harsh chemicals found in the regular dyes is another reason.

I will be using Positano Black – 3 NNA which is predominantly black with hints of brown 🙂 This is Madison Reed’s personalized pick for me based on their online expert recommendations. It barely takes a minute to fill out a short questionnaire to find something that suits your particular needs. You can even chat with their Color Crew if you like!

I’m recommending this brand to my mom, because she cannot use ammonia based dyes (it causes her allergic reactions). She currently relies on natural dyes like hennae, which work, but don’t look great. So, you can imagine how excited she is about this 🙂

At around 25 dollars, this is a steal given that it comes with a 9 piece color kit that promises a salon finish at home 🙂  Oh and they have a deal for about 20 USD for a continuous color plan going on. This includes access to a professional colorist and free cancelation so don’t miss out 🙂 You can also get 15 USD to your credit if you recommend a friend who buys their product. Get 2 friends to buy their products and yours is free. Wohoo!

So stop reading this post,  get on their website to figure out the right color for yourself and start ordering! Let me know how your experience with this dye is 🙂  I almost can’t wait for more whites to show up so that I can finally start using this!

Until next time, make, and dye up well ladies 🙂

Love,

WBVANITY

Zest Beauty MUST HAVES SS 2015! Part 1 – Floral Skincare

I'm going to revamp my skin-care routine this year with Zest Beauty! What are your plans?

I’m going to revamp my skin-care routine this year with Zest Beauty! What are your plans?

Hello beauties!

Hope you’re enjoying the spring sun and are revamping your beauty routine to prep up for the hot days ahead 🙂 This year, because of the shift towards the natural, no makeup look, I am paying priority to my skin – if I can’t cake up on the foundation, I need for it to look good enough to go bare! Having crossed my mid-twenties, however, this doesn’t happen naturally anymore so I’m going to be paying extra care to exfoliation, firming and hydration.

I’ve relied on Zest Beauty to help me meet this challenge because they host the hottest beauty brands and deliver directly to one’s dressing table 🙂 On top of that they are having a sale these days!

The following three products are on my priority skincare wish list! Due to my skin-type (read on to find out what it is!), I limit exfoliation to once every 10 days, use of skin firming products  to twice a week but hydration is catered to twice or more in a day depending on how my skin feels!

1. Exfoliation: Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator –  I have sensitive, combination skin so not many brands leave my skin rash and breakout free. Thankfully, Elemis exfoliators are gentle enough (I have been getting elemis facials for over 6 years now!) and give swift, visible results. I chose Rose because it is mild and leaves my skin exceptionally soft. You can get your hands on this for an equivalent of 29 pounds for 50 ml (which is less than the equivalent of 50 pounds I pay for one-time use in a facial!). This is definitely a worthy investment in terms of value for money (50 ml exfoliators last between 8 and 12 months for me depending on the amount I use. I do have a small face though so keep that in mind!)

2. Firming: Decleor Paris Hydrafloral Multiprotection Expert Mask– in line with the Spring theme of this post, I have my eyes sent on Decleor’s Hydrafloral Multiprotection Mask 🙂  I don’t moisturize much in the summer, because the face sweats in the heat and it clogs up pores so I prefer relying on hydrating skin treatments to prevent aging. This is light enough to be used biweekly so its a winner! This one is a steal for a sale price of 25 pounds so get your hands on it before they run out of stock 🙂

3. Moisturization – Phytomer Pionniere XMF Perfection Youth Cream – Having said that, one must find the right moisturizer to ensure one does not transform into the wicked witch of the east by the time summer ends! I’ve selected Phytomer’s XMF Perfection Youth Cream. It promises an instant anti-aging effect (which I love!) but is light so it won’t be a liability in the humidity.Although this is on the high-end side at a price of 125 pounds, it is on sale for a 111! As a beauty addict, I always spend more on my creams as they are the most important products for youth maintenance so I would not mind dishing out on this.

That’s it for now lovelies! Come back next week to read about my Zest Makeup Must Haves for SS 2015! Until then, stay happy and makeup well 🙂

Love,

WBVANITY

In this post, WBVANITY participates in the ZEST Beauty Must Haves SS2015! For image sources, product and purchase details click here.