Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Huda Beauty Eid Special Set 2018

Hello Everyone....

I wanted to try Huda Beauty products for so long. But they are so expensive in Australia that I never got the confidence of buying them :D :(
Last week, I finally made up my mind to buy one of its 3D highlighters no matter how expensive it was gonna be. I went directly to shophudabeauty.com. The prices there were in USD but even if I convert them in AUD, the products were still cheaper than what we are getting here in Australia.
Then I saw two Eid Special deals there. One was for USD 85 and the other was for USD 65. I bought the second deal and in this post, I am going to share what was there in the set/box.



PRODUCTS IN THE BOX


I got 6 Huda Beauty products, 1 of them was a complimentary gift.


3D Highlighter Palette in Pink Sands

The packaging of this highlighter is to die for. There are 4 big size gorgeous highlighters.

Mauve Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

There are 9 shades in this palette, 3 of which are foiled and rest are matte.

Classic Lashes in Sasha #11

Synthetic false lashes which look dramatic.

Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trendsetter

It's a brown shade liquid lipstick which settles down to be matte.

Lip Strobe in Shameless

A shimmery lip gloss which you can use individually or on top of Trendsetter.

Face and Body Gems (Complimentary)

Gorgeous adhesive gems which you can stick on your face and body.


I am super happy with this box. All the products are worth AUD 220 but I got them for just AUD 90. Isn't it the best deal ever?

I shared this deal on my Instagram account (withloveakanksha) 4 days ago but now this deal is gone as it was Eid special.
I will share reviews of these products individually in coming days. Also, will do makeup tutorial using all these products.

See you all in my next post. Till then, enjoy ;)


With Love
Akanksha





Monday, 18 June 2018

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub Review

Hi Everyone...

We all know how important CTM (Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing) routine is for our skin. But once or twice a week, scrubbing is also important as it takes away dead skin from our skin and leaves our skin soft and supple :)
I have used a lot of scrubs over last few years and was satisfied with all of them. I thought all the scrubs give the same result i.e. giving soft and smooth skin. But after using St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub, my opinion about scrubs has changed ;).
Let's talk about the product now and find out if it's great or worst.


PACKAGING




Nothing fancy about the packaging. A normal squeezey tube which is hygienic and easy to use. All the ingredients and directions are mentioned on the packaging.


DIRECTIONS TO USE

Moisten face with water. Dispense product onto fingertip and massage over face. Rinse with water. For best results, use 3 to 4 times per week.


INGREDIENTS



WHAT THE PRODUCT CLAIMS

From Australia and New Zealand's #1 Scrub brand, this blemish control formula with 100% natural exfoliants deeply cleans pores and helps stop breakouts before they occur.
This product is formulated without parabens, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic.


PRICE

AUD 10 for 150 ml
INR 349 for 170 ml


AVAILABILITY

Australia - Easily available in drugstores and departmental stores.

India - On nykaa.com it's Fresh Skin scrub is available
Blemish control scrub is available on flipkart and amazon but is damn expensive.
I think, it should be available in departmental stores. So, do let me know if you find one.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE PRODUCT

To start with, I would like to say that this is the best scrub I have used till now <3. It made my skin baby soft. I scrub my face at least once a week and all the scrubs I have used till now have made my skin soft but it lasted for a few days only. But when I tried this one out, I found my skin not just soft but super/baby soft. Also, the skin remained the same for almost a week. I am using St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub once a week but you can use it 2-3 times a week according to your skin requirements. I have normal to dry skin. Sometimes, scrubs feel very harsh on the skin due to the exfoliants present in it but the particles in this scrub are so gentle that I did not face any redness or acne after using this. It's an amazing scrub.




PS - Always do a patch test on your arm before using any new product. 



PROS
*Hygienic squeezey packaging
*Parabens free
*100% natural exfoliants
*Makes skin baby soft
*Effect lasts for 4-5 days
*Dermatologist tested
*Did not give me any redness and acne
*Gentle on skin
*Super affordable


CONS
*Tests on amimals


OVERALL VIEW

This scrub is really amazing with great results. I am not sure if I'll buy it again as it tests on animals but if you do no mind that then definitely give it a go :)


RATING
5/5 (as a product)


I hope you like this review. Share your thoughts in the comment section :). Which is your favourite scrub?


With Love
Akanksha





Thursday, 14 June 2018

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette Review

Hi Everyone...

Do you like chocolate? What if it comes in a pink packaging? And what if you can apply it on your face? :O Is it even possible?
YES!!! Because Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette smells like chocolates and it has pink packaging :D. Oh! I just forgot to tell you that eye shadow pans are in Heart shape <3. So much of girly things in one palette. But is it worth to buy this palette? Let's find out in this post ;)


PACKAGING






Eye shadows come in a pink metal box and it has hearts engraved on it. When you open the palette, you will find 16 eye shadows. 14 are in heart shape and 2 in rectangular shape. It has a mirror too. It includes a glamour guide, with 3 looks to get you started. You will instantly fall in love with the packaging <3


PRICE
AU $71
US $49


AVAILABILITY
Mecca Maxima (Australia)
Amazon.com (not sure if it's authentic)
Flipkart.com (again not sure about authenticity)


SWATCHES





WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE PALETTE
It's an amazing palette with 16 beautiful colours and smells like chocolate (heaven). What else do you need? :D
Eye shadows are of high quality and are infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. There are mattes and shimmer shades with brights, neutrals and pops of colours. The brand is cruelty free which is a big Yay :). The texture of these eye shadows is buttery soft. The shade Divinity is a bit powdery but I won't count it as a flaw because it's a base eye shadow colour. Flaws I found in this palette are that 3 colours (cotton candy, pecan praline & black current) are not very pigmented and you have to really work with them to get the desired result. The textureThe colour Divinity is 


PROS
*Gorgeous packaging
*Smells like chocolate (Yummm...but do not eat it)
*16 beautiful heart shaped shades (mattes and shimmers)
*Cruelty free
*Long lasting (apply eye shadow primer/concealer first)
*Comes with a mirror
*Variety of colours from neutrals to brights to dark
*Separate rectangular pans for base eyeshadow and highlighter
*Ingredients list is mentioned



CONS
*Very expensive in Australia and India
*3 shades (cotton candy, pecan praline & black current) are not very pigmented


OVERALL VIEW
I love this palette because of its packaging, fragrance and shades. I can easily ignore its 2 flaws as it has so many merits :)


RATING
4.6/5


What do you think about this palette? Will you buy it or give it a go? Share your thoughts with me :)
See you guys in my next post :*


With Love
Akanksha





Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Eye Shadow Palette Review

Hi Everyone...

In this post, I am going to give you a quick review and swatches of Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Eye Shadow Palette. This palette has amazing colours - from neutrals to brights to smokey. You can achieve a variety of looks according to your mood/occasion/choice.


PACKAGING




Eyeshadows come in a Barbie Pink cardboard packaging. The palette is light in weight and consists of 10 colours. It includes mirror also.


PRICE

US $45
AU $65

AVAILABILITY

www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com
www.beautylish.com
www.princesspolly.com


SWATCHES





MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE PALETTE

All the colours are very pigmented and are of high quality. I did not really experience any fallout, may be very little in the darkest shades (if you are using good quality makeup brushes). This palette has so much variety of colours that you can create bright eyes, neutral and smokey with just one palette. It's not a pocket friendly palette but not even very expensive. But with the high quality eye shadows, it's worth the spending. I am very happy with the palette as I don't need to carry separate palettes for different looks. It includes matte, shimmery as well as metallic texture.
And the best part is it's Cruelty free :). Also, it's vegan.


PROS
*Pink packaging :D
*Lightweight
*Big size eyeshadow pans
*Variety of shades (bright, neutral, smokey)
*No/very less fall outs
*Cruelty free, vegan
*Long lasting
*Buttery soft
*High quality


CONS
*I really didn't find any :o


OVERALL VIEW
A beautiful palette with beautiful shades. Great options to mix and match and create variety of looks. No problem of fallouts. I am in love with it <3


RATING
5/5


If you love eye makeup then go and grab this palette. You will definitely love it.
See you guys in my next post :*


With Love
Akanksha

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

Hi Loves...

Usually, a girl's signature look in India includes a Kajal. But for me, it's a Mascara. No eyeliner, no kajal, no eyeshadow, I apply only mascara on my eyes on normal basis.
Today's post is about my favourite mascara that makes my lashes thick and long.


PACKAGING


The mascara tube comes in a pink cardboard packaging and the product comes in rose gold metal tube. I think, any girl can instantly fall in love with the packaging as it's beautiful and metallic rose gold :D and who doesn't like a pink packaging :p ?



PRICE

AU $33 for 8g of product
INR 2,680 on Flipkart
INR 1,898 on Amazon


AVAILABILITY

Mecca Maxima in Australia
Flipkart and Amazon in India


MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE MASCARA

I accept that I was attracted towards this mascara and wanted to own it for its name :D. Also, I read so many good reviews about it, so really wanted to try this one out. At that time, I used to be an eyeliner person. I rarely used to apply a mascara. But after getting this mascara, I have become a Mascara Only person <3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara makes my eye lashes voluminous and long. I feel like I am wearing fake eye lashes. You can easily see the difference in the pic below.



See, how long and thick lashes make a difference in your look. It also curls up my lashes. The brand is cruelty free. The mascara is gluten free, parabens free and vegan. This one is not waterproof but trust me, you can cry with this mascara on and it won't go anywhere :D (I mean in weddings). In starting, I used to get spider web kind of eye lashes after applying more than 2 coats. But once you get to know the product and get a hold onto the wand, you will definitely get beautiful eye lashes easily. It comes off easily with make up remover. Just be gentle while removing it and it takes a little time to fully come off. I know this mascara is quite expensive but I think it's worth it.
It comes in Waterproof version also but I opted for this one as, in my opinion, waterproof mascaras are difficult to remove and can break the eyelashes. But, if you have preference for waterproof mascaras, then Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara has that one also :).


PROS
*Beautiful and sturdy packaging
*Cruelty free, parabens free, gluten free and vegan
*Makes eye lashes curled up, thick and long
*Even inner corners of the lashes can be easily done
*Doesn't break the lashes while removing (be gentle)
*Long lasting
*Unique name :p


CONS
*Quite expensive for a mascara
*Not easily available in India
*Can make eye lashes like spider web (if not used properly)


OVERALL VIEW
I am in love with this mascara. From all the mascaras I have used till now, this one works the best for me. I will buy it again :). What more can I say about it? ;)


RATING
5/5 


If you are planning to buy a new mascara and can spend some extra money on it, then you can give it a go. It's different than your regular mascaras :)

Let me know in the comment section below, how you feel about this post? Do you think it is worth it to spend more money on a mascara? do you already own this mascara or have you ever used it?
See you all in my next post <3


With Love
Akanksha