I swear by Forest Essentials products and after reviewing the Kashmiri Saffron & Neem face cleanser and Lavender & Neroli Day cream, I am reviewing another product of my skin care regimen- Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & Saffron.
FYI, Sandalwood & Saffron variant is for dry skin
Jasmine & Patchouli is for oily skin
Price: Rs 2575 for 50 g (updated price)
Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood & Saffron Review
Forest Essentials night treatment cream comes in a plastic jar (which looks like glass btw) with beautiful golden screw cap. The golden cap makes the packaging luxurious. The plastic jar is housed in cardboard packaging with flip open lid.
The fragrance of all Forest Essential products is heavenly. It smells mildly of sandalwood which is calming especially before bedtime. The fragrance has therapeutic effect on me and helps in instant relaxation. The night cream is ivory colored with gel-cream texture. It doesnot feel heavy on my dry skin. It melts on the skin and sinks in easily. But I would recommend oily skinned people to steer clear.
The texture feels just right on my dry skin, neither too heavy nor too light. The cream absorbs instantly making the skin well hydrated and supple. I wake up to soft, plump, radiant and smooth skin. My skin texture has improved and skin is glowing over the months of continued usage. The quantity is sufficient and only a small amount is required. However, it doesnot work on blemishes and pigmentation even though it claims to. So, if you want something for pigmentation issues, it is useless to invest in this cream, no matter how glowy it makes your skin.
The only con I could find with Forest Essentials Sandawood & Saffron night cream is the price. It is fairly expensive but makes the skin radiant so you do see it working.
Overall, I LOVE Forest Essentials Sandalwood & Saffron night treatment cream and this is my favorite night cream so far. It smells like heaven and has calming effect. The texture is neither thick, nor thin. It melts on the skin and absorbs instantly. It doesnot feel heavy on my dry skin, but oily skinned beauties should steer clear. Forest Essentials has Jasmine & Patchouli night cream variant for oily skin which I will review later (even though I donot have oily skin :P). It provides intense hydration but never breaks me out. This night cream makes the skin supple, soft, radiant and plump. My skin texture has improved with continued usage of this cream. However, it doesnot work on pigmentation so don’t buy this especially for pigmentation concerns. Also, the price is expensive but then all Forest Essentials products are so, which is why they call it ‘Luxurious’ Ayurveda 😀 😛
I LOVE The Body Shop products and this time I tried the Moringa Softening body lotion. Read on to know how it fared on my dry skin.
Price: Rs 750 for 250 ml
Discounted price: Rs 575 for 250 ml
The Body Shop Moringa Softening Body milk review
The Body Shop Moringa body milk comes in a plastic transparent bottle with black colored spray nozzle. The transparent bottle makes it easier to know the amount of product left in the bottle. The spray pump has a black cap making it easy and spill proof to carry. The ingredients list and other details is written at the back of the bottle.
TBS Moringa body milk is a light weight, cream colored lotion with runny consistency. The thin consistency helps in proper spraying. It has an amazing floral fragrance which is light and not overpowering. The smell lingers on for few minutes before dissipating. TBS Moringa body milk is easy to spread and absorb. It doesnot feel sticky like some other variants of The Body Shop lotions (I am looking at you, Strawberry Puree lotion). However, I feel it was bit low on moisturizing on my dry skin and I would definitely need something richer for winters. However, it was just okay for summers, providing enough hydration to the skin to not feel uncomfortable.
Now coming to the packaging, I am not a fan of spray moisturizers and TBS Moringa spray nozzle felt bit hard to use and doesn’t spray effortlessly. You have to put in some effort to spray the lotion directly on the skin. So I had to spray the lotion on my hands and then spread it on my skin. And while spraying on the hands works fine, it feels unnecessary to have spray pump especially when the lotion is so liquidy that it can be directly poured from the bottle. Plus it needs 3-4 pumps of the spray nozzle to cover one hand, which might be an issue if you are short on time.
If you are looking for a face lotion, I HIGHLY recommend THIS product
Overall, this a lightweight lotion with amazing floral fragrance. It gets absorbed well and doesnot leave any stickiness on the skin. But I would probably not repurchase this as I find this bit low on hydration for my dry skin. The spray mechanism feels luxurious but honestly it is not my type. I prefer simple pump dispenser/ no dispenser at all. Also the spray mechanism is quite an effort to use. But I would definitely suggest this to oily skinned people who need a bit of moisturization especially in winter months. Also, these are available at reduced prices at the moment, but for the MRP printed on the bottle, I find this a little expensive. This is a perfect body lotion for hot and humid days when you want just enough hydration minus the feeling of heaviness. This is not a MUST TRY product but oily skinned people should check this out.
I was pleasantly surprised to receive this month’s Fab Bag on first day of the month itself. This is their 5th anniversary edition and the theme for September Fab Bag is ‘The Object of Desire’.
September Fab bag is cream colored with pearl shine. I like how this month’s Fab Bag is quite spacious and I could already see myself putting it to good use 😀
Price: Rs 599 per month (less when you subscribe for 3 month, 6 month or 12 months)
Here is what I received in my September 2017 Fab Bag
1. Tvakh Midas Touch Ultra Nourishing Lip Tint (Full Size- Rs 195)
This is a tinted lip balm with golden shimmer drizzled on top of the lip tint. It has been a long time I deviated from my HG Lip balm (Forest Essentials Sweet Narangi) and let’s see how this one fares. The shimmer gives it a pearly effect on application
2. Tvakh CE-Namon Lip Plumper (Rs 225 for 6 g)
This is also a kind of lip balm with cinnamon and Argan oil. Tvakh Lip plumper has SPF 4. I like that both the Tvakh products are Paraben, Petroleum oils and GMO free.
3. Seer Neroli and White tea Refreshing Soy Milk Enzyme Body Cleanser (Rs 72 for 30 ml)
This is a small size product which will last me 5-6 washes. The smell is refreshing.
4. Iraa Instarenew Multi-Action Under Eye Cream (Rs 490 for 20 g)
This is a long tube with good packaging. This eye cram has a unique blend of exotic algae, grapeseed and cucumber. It claims to visibly reduce wrinkles, crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness. Let’s see how it fares.
5. Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer – 043 Deep Down Diopside (Full Size Rs 299)
I was surprised to see this nailpolish in September Fab bag. Sugar has recently launched a few shades in Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer and this is one the new shade. However, I was bummed to see the shade as I bought same shade in Nykaa Chrome nailpolish just last month and both are exactly the same. 😦
6. Seasoul Moisture Matt Lipstick Lead Free- ML06 Purple (Full Size Rs 530)
This is the star product which Fab Bag folks asked to choose as makeup of the month. I chose a purple color and I was skeptical while choosing as I already have Purple lipstick (reviewed HERE) and I was afraid this might be the same shade, but I am so happy this is waayyy different. This is blue toned purple. This is quite a bold color and I am happy I chose this shade. Plus, this is really comfortable on the lips.
Overall, I am quite happy with September 2017 Fab Bag. The bag is value for money 🙂
Revlon launched Glitzy Nights range last year and I picked this beautiful black-green glitter nailpolish from the range. I have reviewed the Revlon Colorstay range previously and I absolutely LOVED it. You can check the review HERE.
Price: Rs 375 for 8 ml
Revlon Nail Enamel: Splash 507 review
Revlon Glitzy Nights Nail Enamel comes in classic Revlon Nail enamel glass bottle with black cap and gold detailing. The shade name is stickered on top.
The shade 507 Splash is a beautiful black- green glitter nailpolish with golden, green glitter suspended in sheer black base. The nailpolish is loaded with glitter and the brush picks up enough for uniform application. The glitter is medium sized and not too chunky. It looks holographic in bottle, but not too much on the nails. The consistency is thick but it helps in applying the glitter uniformly on the nails. One coat is slightly sheer and 2 thick coats give full opacity. The brush is not great and is rather thin. I hate thin brush in nailpolish as it leads to streaking and uneven application. But Splash being a glitter nailpolish, the streaks are not much visible.
These nailpolish stay put for 3 days with minimal tip wear, which is quite impressive as most nailpolish start to wear off by 3-4th day.
I have reviewed other Glitter nailpolish HERE.
Glitter nail polish are quite hard to remove, especially if you layer this polish a lot. You can remove such glitter polishes easily using the method I use HERE
Overall, Revlon Glitzy night Nail Enamel in shade 507 Splash is a beautiful golden-green glitter in black base. The glitter are medium sized and does not tug or pull. The stay of this nailpolish is impressive and stays on for 3-4 days with minimal tip wear. However, the brush is too thin for my liking. Also, the price is on the higher side. Other than that, this is a gorgeous party color, especially if you like dark colors.
xoxo, Blossom 🙂
Chambor revamped their nailpolish collection sometime ago and launched Gel Effect nail lacquer. There are over 50 shades in this range and I picked up a beautiful cherry red color which I am reviewing in this post.
Price: Rs 325 for 10 ml
Chambor Gel Effect Nail Lacquer 102 Review
Chambor Gel Effect Nail Lacquer come in glass packaging with blue cap. The nail polish is housed in a cardboard packaging containing all the necessary details about price and ingredients. The brush is good and picks enough product for one coat. The edges of brush is curved which makes the application easy and mess free, especially around the cuticles.
Chambor Gel Effect nail lacquer in shade 102 is beautiful cherry red color. It’s the kind of color every bride/ bride to be must own. The consistency is creamy and pigmentation is superb. The application is uniform and non-streaky. 1 coat is opaque enough but I have apply two coats in the swatches below. The ‘Gel Effect’ is instantly visible. The finish is super glossy and has plumping effect. It gives an instant makeover to the nails and it dries quick.
This nail polish ace in every department except the wear time. I generally apply nailpolish in night and with this nailpolish I could see tip wear in some nails by next day only! If a brand is selling its product with “Gel ” somewhere in its name, I expect Gel like wear time in addition to the finish. With this nail polish I could see proper tip wear by 3rd day after application. The shine tends to dull after 2-3 days.
Also, Chambor Gel Effect Nail Lacquer are numbered and not named, which makes it confusing sometimes.
Overall, Chambor Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in shade 102 is a gorgeous cherry red color. The finish is super glossy and has plumping effect. However, the nailpolish tends to chip early and tip wear sets in 1-2 days only. If you don’t mind the short wear time or apply with a top coat, this is a great nailpolish. Plus there are over 50 shades to choose from this range.
It has been a while since I last posted Nail art. I had the pics of this nail art lying and I thought to put it to better use 😛
I love polka dots nail art as they are easiest to do without much effort and look the funkiest. I have done other Polka dots nail art. Do check it HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
This is one super simple nail art and all you need is a bobby pin/ toothpick/ dotting tool and nailpolish of your choice.
I clicked the pics after 2-3 days I did the nail art that is why you can see tip wear on my nails.
I have used Maybelline Colorshow nailpolish in shade Bold Gold.
Do tag me if you recreate this nail art.
My Instagram handle is blossom_2507
Nykaa launched So Matte lipstick range last year in winters and I immediately picked up my favorite shade from the collection. I am reviewing this gorgeous plum purple shade: Mischievous Plum.
Price: Rs 399 for 4.2 g
Nykaa So Matte! Lipstick Mischievous Plum review
The packaging of Nykaa So Matte lipsticks is quite interesting. The lipstick tube is matte, black and cuboidal with Nykaa logo engraved in silver. The shade name is stickered at the bottom. It comes with magnetic closure and this is the first lipstick in this price range to come with magnetic closure. For the price, the packaging is very chic.
Formula wise, these are NOT matte or semi-matte. These are creamy lipstick and so it does not settle into crazy dry-your-lips kind of matte finish. These have a bit of shine when applied and are very comfortable to wear. It glides smoothly on the lips and needs no effort in application like some extremely matte lipsticks. It has a faint vanilla fragrance.
Mischievous plum is a gorgeous plum purple shade with slightly pink tones. The pigmentation is intense and gives opaque coverage in one swipe. However, it does settle into lip lines after a few hours. Being creamy it does transfer on glasses, cups (*ahem* or your better half 😉 ) but even then the color almost stays put until you eat a full meal or oil based food. When it starts to lighten it leaves a beautiful berry pink stain. It stays on my lips for 4-5 hours after which it starts to fade and even at the end of the day I can still see a nice pink stain on my lips.
This is a beautiful color and if you want to try such deep, purple shade for the first time, start with this lipstick as it has pink tones and doesnot look OTT.
Overall, Nykaa So Matte lipstick in Mischievous Plum is a gorgeous plum purple color with creamy finish. The pigmentation is great and applies like a dream in one swipe itself. It stays put for 4-5 hours and fades into a beautiful pink stain. The black, cuboid packaging with magnetic closure is classy. The name of this lipstick is misleading , these are not matte but creamy lipsticks. So if you are looking for complete matte finish, this is not for you. But if you are looking for a bold, purple shade which is wearable and not OTT, this lipstick is the one. This makes a gorgeous shade for Fall.