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 🙂

 

Forest Essentials Sweet Narangi Juice lip balm- Review

Forest Essentials lip balm

For one thing, I keep ‘orange-y’ things at bay- be it a flavor in food or a fragrance. I don’t know why. The Orange candies we used to eat when we were kids, yeah I hated it. Rasna Orange? No thanks. Although I’m a big fan of this color in fashion/beauty. Now Narangi is the elder sister of orange. When I went to the store and sniffed this balm, one word describes it- AMAZING. Now you see, you enter Forest Essentials store, it is already a heaven for your olfactory senses. But more than the smell, the USP of this product lies in its packaging. Classy is the word. I am a sucker for cute packaging. In fact, there were two variants- one without the mirror (which was cheaper btw), they called it ‘for men’ and another one which I bought-‘for women’. I asked the SA about the difference in quality or quantity, there was no difference whatsoever. Only the mirror makes it “feminine”.  But now the variant without the mirror has been discontinued.

Forest essentials lip balm

Okay so I’ll talk about the different aspects one by one.

1. Fragrance

True to its name. Sweet narangi. The fragrance is not overpowering. It fades after about 1 hour.

2. Packaging

Forest essentials lip balm

Super gorgeous, super classy packaging.It comes in a hexagonal cardboard box with black foam inside which holds the lip balm snugly. It has an in-built mirror like there is in blushes, compacts etc. Really helpful when you’re on the go. Plus the sleek packaging makes sure it fits in your purse or jeans pocket. Only gripe is that since it is a tub packaging, you have to take it out using your fingers. Some may find it unhygienic but it works for me. I scrape it out with my nail and then apply it.

3. Quantity

5 g product.

Forest essentials lip balm

4. Quality

The lip balm is yellow in pan but colorless when applied.  This is the lightest lip balm my lips have ever touched.The consistency is like ghee, but much better. Unlike the waxy lip balms (the likes of Vaseline), this lip balm is feathery light. You apply it and after sometime you forget you applied something. It doesn’t feel heavy AT ALL. It instantly makes the lips super soft and leaves a glossy finish.

Forest essentials sweet narangi

It fades after around 2 hours on my lips. I don’t have chapped lips so I cannot comment on that.

Now the main reason I picked this cute piece of pricey balm is that it works on Lip Pigmentation. Yes. My lips got pigmented after I used Maybelline Color bloom for a couple of weeks. I don’t use lipsticks or lip gloss, so I’m not talking heavy pigmentation. But whatever moderate pigmentation I had, this baby is taking care of it.

5. Price

Expensive! 495 bucks for a lip balm, that too just 5 g product. Mine is getting finished so quick 😦

The other variant which is now discontinued in stores was for Rs. 375.

I think they have hiked the price now. Their online site is showing Rs. 595.

Will I repurchase?

Hell yeah! But I wish they hadn’t discontinued the cheaper variant. I was planning on buying that, now that my fancy for cute packaging has been curbed 😉

Overall Verdict: A+

Love,

Blossom 🙂