Floral Nail Art – Stamping # 5

 

 

 

 

 

These are the products used:

Base colorMaybelline Superstay Gel Nail color in shade ‘Extreme Blackcurrent‘ (Dupe- Revlon Colorstay nailpolish in shade Bold Sangria )

Stamping plate – Born Pretty L-015

Stamping polish – Born Pretty

Stamp – Born Pretty Clear Jelly Stamper

Top coat – Born Pretty top coat

 

Check my other Floral nail arts (and Tutorials) HERE

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Empties Vol. 7 + Mini Reviews

 

 

 

  1. Lakme Blush & Glow Lemon Gel Facewash – Lakme Gel Strawberry facewash used to be my favorite during college days. Lakme launched a couple more fragrance in the same range and Lemon is one of them. The citrusy fragrance is nice and refreshing especially during these sweltering months. This is a decent facewash, not very drying, not overly moisturizing. (Price: Rs 99 for 50 g, Expiry : 2 years).

2. Bella Voste Nail Enamel Shade 59 GL – I received this nailpolish in one of the beauty boxes sometime last year. This is a beautiful golden glitter top coat with small golden glitter and silver hexagonals in clear base. I had barely used this topcoat when its cap broke leading to drying of the polish. I don’t have a proper golden topper right now but some other similar topcoats I have tried and reviewed are: Maybelline Colorshow Bling Thing and Maybelline Colorshow Gold Gluttony.

3. Forest Essentials Kokum Butter & Honey Lip balm – FE products feature in almost all of my empties posts. I am obsessed with the Sweet Narangi Juice lip balm by FE (Reviewed HERE) and this time I gave Kokum Butter & Honey variant a try. There are only 3 vaiants in Forest Essentials lip balm (besides a newly launched Lip Cream)- Sugared Rose Petal, Sweet Narangi Juice and Kokum Butter and honey. The texture and hydration is exactly like the narangi one, only the fragrance is different. (Price: Rs 695 for 4 g, Expiry: 2 years)

4. Biotique Saffron Youth Dew Visibly Ageless Moisturizer – I got this moisturizer in winters and it worked perfectly in hydrating the dry, parched winter skin. Even though it doesn’t say but this is suitable only for colder weather and tad too much oily for summers (even on my dry skin). The product lasts long and only a teeny bit is required. (Price: Rs 270 for 50 g, Expiry: 3 years).

5. Wow Freedom Cleansing Foaming Feminine Wash- Got this along with my menstrual cup. I really like its floral fragrance. I am not a big fan of foaming products but I like the fragrance so much that I have already purchased another full size backup. If you don’t like fragrance in your feminine wash, this might not be for you. The product does its job well. (Price: Rs 199 for 60 ml, Expiry: 2 years).

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

Dandelion nail art – Stamping # 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the products used:

Base color – StudioWest Dynamatte nail polish in shade ‘Slate’

Stamping plate – Zjoy- 001

Stamping polish – Born Pretty

Stamp – Born Pretty Clear Jelly Stamper

Glitter Top coat –  L’Oreal

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Leaf nail art – Stamping # 3

 

 

 

 

 

These are the products used:

Base color – LYN nail enamel in shade ‘Keen on this green’

Stamping plate – Born Pretty L-015, Zjoy- 001 on ring finger

Stamping polish – Born Pretty

Stamp – Born Pretty Clear Jelly Stamper

Top coat – Born Pretty top coat

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr wear: Galaxy Girl 25 ~ Review, Swatch

 

 

I am an eyeliner hoarder and other than nailpolish, eyeliner (colored eyeliner) is what catches my fancy at any store. I am a fan of Colorbar’s eyeliner and after Colorbar, Sephora is my next fav brand. I have already reviewed a gorgeous brown-plum eyeliner by Sephora – Love Affair HERE. In this post I am reviewing another gorgeous shade from the same range- Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr wear Galaxy Girl.

 

Price: Rs 900 for 1.2g

Expiry: 3 years

 

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr wear Galaxy Girl Review

Sephora Contour eye pencil come in black sharpenable pencil with black plastic cap. The end of the pencil is color coded which makes it easier to spot if you have multiple shades from this range. The shade name is written towards the end of the pencil, at bottom of other details. Since this is a sharpenable eyeliner and not retractable, it leads to product wastage whenever you sharpen it.

Galaxy Girl shade is medium dark black base color with beautiful bluish green microglitter. The glitter is more intense than Nykaa Glamoreyes eyeliner. The overall color looks dark grayish green. This comes under glitter section of the range and the glitter is very subtle and not OTT. The dark gray base color makes this a gorgeous work-wear shade if you like to experiment. Pigmentation of Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Galaxy girl is amazing and 1 swipe gives full color intensity. The texture is super creamy and glides easily. It does not tug or pull at the eyelids.

The staying power of this eyeliner is impressive. It does not budge once it sets. It stays put on my eyes whole day (~10 hours). Also, this is waterproof eyeliner, so you do not have to worry if you have watery eyes.

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil does not irritate my eyes. This being a glitter eyeliner, I donot recommend to apply this on waterline since this is a glitter eyeliner.

This eye pencil is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Also, it is not tested on animals.

I have not seen a dupe for this eyeliner in Indian brands yet but it is faintly similar to Colorbar i glide eyeliner in shade Coalmine (comparison in pic below). Colorbar Coalmine is proper grey color whereas this is greyish-green.

 

 

(Nailpolish base color : THIS by Maybelline, Chevron nail art polish- THIS by Avon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Jasmine & Patchouli Review

 

Mr. A’s and my skin is poles apart. He has oily, acne prone skin, whereas I have dry skin in general. But come summers and I start to poke around his skincare products. (This night cream is a find from his section of products) 😀

My current normal-combination skincare consists of only cleansing and moisturizing (+ sunscreen).  I have expressed my love for Forest Essentials products many many times now and in summers these are the products I swear by:  Kashmiri Saffron & Neem face cleanser (reviewed HERE),  Lavender & Neroli Day cream (reviewed HERE) and the Jasmine & Patchouli Night treatment cream, which I am reviewing in this post.

I have already reviewed the Forest Essentials Sandalwood & Saffron night cream HERE, which is for dry skin.

 

Price: Rs 2695 for 50 g

Expiry: 2 years

 

Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Jasmine & Patchouli Review

Forest Essentials night treatment cream comes in a plastic jar (which feels heavy and looks like glass) with beautiful golden screw cap. The yellow colored packaging with floral details looks attractive. The golden cap makes the packaging look luxurious. The plastic jar is housed in cardboard packaging with flip open lid.

The fragrance of all Forest Essential products is heavenly. It smells EXACTLY like jasmine flowers. It feels like you are standing next to a blooming jasmine plant. The night cream is very light lemony-yellow in color with gel-cream texture. It  doesnot feel heavy on the skin at all. It melts on the skin and sinks in easily.

The texture feels light and perfect for oily skinned people especially in summers. It however may not feel moisturizing enough for dry skinned beauties. The cream absorbs instantly making the skin well hydrated and supple. I wake up to soft, plump and smooth skin. My skin texture has improved since I have started using this cream. The quantity is sufficient and only a small amount is required.

The only con I could find with Forest Essentials Jasmine & Patchouli night cream is the price. Like all FE products, it is fairly expensive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorbar Arteffects Nail Lacquer ~ Pepper Pink : Review & Swatch

 

Colorbar relaunched its entire nailpolish collection as ‘1001 shades of Love‘ and I bought a few shades (Haul post HERE). I have previously reviewed a gorgeous burnt orange shade ‘Italian Spice’ HERE. In this post I am reviewing a beautiful speckled nailpolish from the Arteffects range – Pepper Pink.

 

Price: Rs 199 for 10 ml

Expiry : 3 years

 

Colorbar Arteffects Nail Lacquer Pepper Pink Review

  • Colorbar has not revamped the packaging, it is the same as previous bottle, only with a couple of tweaks. The colorbar logo now has a heart instead of ‘B’, and the cap of the nail polish is brown chrome color with new hearts logo of Colorbar on top. Other than this, the packaging and the brush is same as their last packaging (Read more about packaging and brush HERE)
  • Being a speckled polish, pigmentation is semi sheer and gives decent opacity in 2 coat. The semi sheer consistency brings out the hexagonals beautifully.
  • The formula is creamy and non streaky.
  • It dries quick.
  • Pepper Pink is a beautiful soft pastel pink color with matte flecks of small black glitter, medium glitter and large hexagonals of different sizes. The swatches below are 2 coats.

Psssst, check a top coat of chunky black and golden glitter by Maybelline HERE 

  • Pricewise this is a good buy for the quantity.
  • Colorbar claims it is formulated with a 7-free formulawithout formaldehydes, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, paraben, and xylene.
  • The removal part is quite a pain, but you can use a peel off base coat (like the one reviewed HERE), or use the foil method of glitter removal (Tutorial HERE). It will save you a lot of time and effort as the small glitter is hard to remove on its own.

Nykaa has a similar speckled nailpolish collection- Cookie Crumble and you may find a dupe for this nailpolish. Pricewise, nailpolish from both the brands are equally priced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one coat of nailpolish

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂