Friday, January 29, 2016

My Sephora US Haul, Gifts with Purchase & Samples

The Fringe Benefits of Shopping from Sephora US is the Gifts with Purchase & the Samples. I carefully picked the samples and mystery/cyber gift bags this year. I had it all planned!
Last year, I willingly picked up skincare samples & perfume samples over makeup. Only to realise, how risky are these skincare samples.
Sephora Haul, $10 deals, Cyber Monday, Gifts with Purchase, Ciate Mani Month 2015
My Sephora Haul with Hourglass Ambient Lightning Powders missing :(

I had my heart stuck on Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Enhancer and I couldn't risk the shade matching. Second on my list was KEVYN AUCOIN The Celestial Powder Candlelight ($44.00 for 0.11 oz)
And to round off my order to $50, I added Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Canvas mini ($10.00 for 0.03 oz)
I am so in ♥!

Later, I saw this Ciaté London Mini Mani Month ($59.00) and I ordered it without thinking of the weight and how much other makeup I would need to cut down. I selected Mistletoe Moments Sample Bag / GWP solely for Burberry Fresh Glow Deluxe Sample.
Last year, I was able to use the same code and get hold of all the bags they had to offer, but this time, one bag was restricted per account.

Ciaté London Mini Mani Month 2015
Cyber Monday Mystery Bag: This full sized Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara!
During the Cyber Monday Sales, Sephora had these irresistible $10 deals. And I restricted myself only to 5!
Too Faced Sexy Lids and Lashes Set, tarte Fanciful Favorites Deluxe Discovery Set, Urban Decay Triple Threat Travel Pencil Set Smoky Matte Edition, bareMinerals Stay True All Over Face Duo and Josie Maran Argan Pure Cleansing Essentials.

Later that week, I knew I was going to receive a $15 off giftcode and I already had something on my mind.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 + $4.06 Tax -$15 off = $47.06) Yay!

Atelier Magnolia Post cards& Sephora Perfume Cards! These go into my collection.
I picked up Anastasia Brow Products too. You can check them here. I had to have all Anastasia Beverly Hills co-ordinated!

My Last order was mammoth (on my wallet) and I tried to pick most of the stuff I forgot or had to cut off. So I had an earful coming complimentary too! :D
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Opal Glow On The Go Opal ($20.00)
tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner  ($24.00 for 0.21 oz)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light ($45.00 for 0.35 oz)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original ($20.00 for 0.33 oz)
I hurriedly added the Cyber Weekend Mystery Sample Bag bcz I was told not to shop anymore. -_-
I heaved a sigh!

Burberry Sheer Fluid, I think I need full size -_-
Truth to be told. Since I purchased from Skinstore & too. I wasn't charged Taxes with respect to the shipping city. With Sephora, I guess everything (taxes, mid 2016you damn!) covers up! :D
My sister who neatly received all these packages and packed them into one bag. :* Thank you!
But she forgot my Hourglass Ambient Lightning Palette & Individual ( which I assumed were lost.)
I should receive mid-2016with my New Ambient Lights Strobing Powders & Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette!

What would I do with out YOU?!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Forest Essentials Revitalising Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub Review.

I bought Forest Essentials since it was on my "To Try: Cruelty-Free Brands in India" List. You can read what I purchased to try.
I do not use granular scrubs or had a scrub free 2015 until I switched to using Forest Essentials Revitalising Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub and I have been using this one for 2-3 weeks twice a week. But what compelled me to write a review is my sneaky suspicion that this contains alcohol (in great amount.)

Forest Essentials Revitalising Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub Review

Why I stay away from Alcohol:
Terribly dries out my skin
Causes itching on spots and acne

Price: 1095 INR. ( I reviewed the 25 grams deluxe size jar in a gift box.)
Quantity: 50 grams

[ Backstory: The last time I went to my Dermatologist was when my face infuriated with ugliest possible rash & Acne due to Sebamed Deep Cleansing Toner in August/September 2015. ] 

Forest Essentials Revitalising Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub Review, Swatches, Price, Buy online India

The patch test behind my ear turned out just fine so I decided to finish it off this January. The first time I used this scrub, I was startled with the brightened skin and removal of slight Tan. I jumped at the conclusion of purchasing the full sized jar. I used twice that week and since I had few acne that next week, I abstained from scrubbing.
And while my acne healed and the stage commenced where I actually need a good facial scrub. I let this Walnut Gel Scrub sneak into my simple skincare routine. [You will see my January Project Pan.]
It was that horrendous night of 23rd January when I cleansed my skin with Forest Essentials Cleanser and I scooped out scrub with my fingers, I weirdly smelt of Alcohol. I followed with my Almond Oil and retired for the day.
The morning that followed I woke up with four Bean sized rashes two on the left cheeks, one on the right and one hiding under the chin. See the Picture below. And they were itching and so were my acne, by the mid morning I had got red bumps and blotchiness. I continuously sprayed my face with Rosewater and skipped anything except my night time almond oil. Next day, I woke up just fine, my rashes were gone but not the redness.
Right at this moment, My skin is still dry and inflamed and I have used up the Forest Essential Walnut Gel Scrub for my feet last night!
Alcohol in Skincare, Forest Essentials Revitalising Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub Review, Inflamed cheek
My Inflamed Left Cheek
What made me conclude Forest Essentials Revitalising Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub contains Alcohol:

~ I stay away from Toners. Toners infuriate my facial skin, no matter how gentle or 'Alcohol-free'
~ I can smell Alcohol. Reminds me of Isopropyl Alcohol I use for sanitising my makeup & stuff.
~ If this contains Aloe vera Gel, it should either pill or stay moist holding the granules. BUT instead, it dries completely in few minutes and leaves the walnut shell powder behind. ( Check the image below.)
~ The first time when I used it, I had a weird feeling that it numbed my skin a little. Since the scrub granules are harsh. And I made sure, I don't  over scrub.
~ Key Ingredients? We know the Key ingredients from the very Long products names too.
It's not like you are using Mashobara, Lemon Honey face wash WITH Coconut, Pineapple & Lavender on the Key ingredients list. -_-
Forest Essentials Revitalising Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub Review India, Price, Swatches, Buy online India
No Pill or moisture just evaporated gel & dry walnut shell granules
This loathsomeness is limited to Forest Essentials Revitalising Kashmiri Walnut Gel Scrub. Other Products I am currently using are working fine for me (no rashes at least.)
Moreover, I began my fact finding with the Ingredients which should be concluded soon.

And here is why I am so no fandangle with respect to the Ingredients List.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Beauty Haul | Soap & Glory | Michael Todd

Last year when I hauled from the States, I was oblivious of the process of how things work. This time I over did it, so much so that my makeup refused to fit into a single bag.
I purchased from, NYX Cosmetics, The Balm Cosmetics, Real Techniques, SkinStore, Michael Todd USA, Colourpop Cosmetics, Macy's & my absolute Favourite Sephora US.

I splurged at Sephora US and was $20 away from VIB Status. [ Since I may not purchase anything for 2016, I did not want to attain the VIB Status.]
I have been shopping since October 2015 to December 2016. And now my sister hates Packages!

Soap & Glory The Birthday Box, Clean on Me Body Wash, Foam Call Body Wash, Rich & Foamous Body Wash

The VERY first thing I purchased was The Balm Manizer Sisters Holiday Palette because it was 2015 LE. Duh!
But I wanted to try Soap & Glory but the challenge was acceptance of my card. So after researching, I landed on Skin Store. So here's what I picked up for starters.

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel ~ $10 approx. 690 INR

Soap & Glory Foam Call Dual-Use Shower and Bath Body Wash ~ $10 approx. 690 INR

Soap & Glory Rich and Foamous Dual-Use Shower and Bath Body Wash ~ $10 approx. 690 INR

Soap & Glory The Birthday Box Gift Set ~ $20 approx. 1380 INR

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk ~ $15 approx. 1035 INR

Soap and Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, Soap and Glory Foam Call Dual-Use Shower and Bath Body Wash,  Soap and Glory Rich and Foamous Dual-Use Shower and Bath Body Wash, Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. Price, Where to buy

Soap & Glory in India, Buy online, Prices
Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk ~ Price, Where to buy
Something to replace my Oil Cleansing Method.

Rounded off to $75! I have no idea if purchasing from the US is worth the money of travelling 3 hrs by road to Pune Sephora. I am not that excited about Sephora Mumbai launch, though.

While I was making my mind to finally purchase Clarisonic MIA 2 and brush heads to last me for next 2 years. I was looking for Cruelty-Free Alternatives and I stumbled upon Michael Todd USA. My two concerns with Sonic Brushes:
1) Replacing Brush heads every 3-4 months
2) Non-Cruelty-Free Status

Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Deluxe Set, Content, Price & Replacement Brush Heads 

With Michael Todd Soniclear Elite, both my issues were solved. So I placed my order with peace. I bought 4 Replacement brush heads to last me for at least next two years. ( one brush head went missing -_- )

I was waiting for Michael Todd offers/coupon codes and I purchased the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Deluxe Edition in Cotton Candy during the Pre Black Friday Sale for $99 ( value: $199) approx. 6831 INR.

Cruelty-Free Sonic Cleansing Brush, Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Deluxe

Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Deluxe Edition/ Michael Todd Seven-Piece Soniclear Elite Sonic Cleansing System includes:

Soniclear Elite Sonic Powered Skin Cleansing System with C-Boost™ Technology, Charging Stand and Power Adapter
~ Antimicrobial Face Brush Head
~ Antimicrobial Body Brush Head
~ Pedi Treatment Head
~ Shower Extension Arm
~ Hard Shell Travel Case
~ Shower Caddy Wall Mount
And I purchased the Replacement Brush heads for $25 each and I think 35% off on the total.
The Soniclear does not go well with my current cleanser. I am waiting to finish it off soon so I could start using My Soniclear! [ I couldn't be more excited! ]

And there is more Makeup, GWPs and the Samples. I have both my hands full and I won't be purchasing any makeup until I hit a pan and sit down to type out an empties post. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Favourite Lip Colours: 2015

I have not bought a lipstick since, October 2015. I think the last one was Essence Silky Matt Lip Cream, in anticipation and frenzy.
I was selective of colours I used throughout seasons.

Mac See Sheer Lipstick Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Creme in Deep Blush  Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick #16

Kate Moss #16 was my absolute favourite for Spring 2015. Though I wore this all the time in spring topped with a clear lip gloss, the colour grew paler as my skin bronzed in summer.

Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Creme in Blush was my absolute summer favourite. It steads well with my bronzed complexion and really brightened up my face from skin to smile. I even wore this during monsoon to brighten up my grey days.

And My Blindfold Lipstick, because I think I reached out for this one on the blank grumpy days.
MAC See Sheer. This soft, muted colour coordinated with almost everything, even my bare face.
I need more such sheer & muted colours I think.

MAC See Sheer Lipstick Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick #16

Rest of the times, I relied on Tinted Lip balms and I was able to finish most of them. I bought lots of Liquid Lipsticks & Lip Creams, so for me 2016 favourites would revolve more them.
But I am determined to Finish one, just one Lipstick by the end of 2016 :D just so I could buy more.

And recently, I christened my Chanel Rouge Allure. And the pink is like no other! ;-)

Saturday, January 02, 2016

My Anastasia Beverly Hills Haul

I floundered to think of any other way to embark the year 2016 & my 101st blog post. So I am initiating my year with something I lusted all along 2015. And I wanted e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g Cruelty-Free.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is Cruelty-Free. ( Leaping Bunny Certified. )

I was lovestruck with these... Liquid Lipsticks!
Carina had held me for so long but it wasn't available. I had to wait, A Macy's Exclusive and My Secret Santa (A friend from the US) bought me these. Thank you! =)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette in Self-Made (Limited Edition)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Ash Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Carina & Electric Coral

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Carina is Macy's Exclusive could not even locate on the brand website. These aren't available on Sephora either. And Macy International don't ship them.
Taken together, It is pretty hard to get hold of these. But the Liquid Lipsticks are gifted!
The Palette, Brow wiz, & Dip Pomade are from Sephora. Though the Palette is out of stock everywhere now.

I am excited to create infinite looks with Self-Made, the colours are admirable. I solely picked this for the incredible colours. Swatches, Review and Looks will be up soon.
I haven't even opened anything yet, let alone first impressions. I see myself using these pretty occasionally or so I think!

Anastasia Beverly Hills will be my momentous indulgence!