Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro: Sapphire Straits ~ Review & Swatch

 

I have a few Sugar Tip Tac Toe nailpolish which I never seem to be able to review on the blog. Sugar has a wide range of nail lacquers under different finish and this is from the metallic range. I have reviewed another metallic shade from this range- ‘Deep Down Diopside‘ (beautiful sea green color) and a few shades from the Arabian Nights range HERE. In this post I am reviewing a gorgeous blue shade – Sapphire Straits.

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Sapphire Straits Review

  • Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer come in cuboidal glass packaging with black cap.
  • The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging with all necessary details on the sides. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker along the side of the cardboard packaging, so it is difficult to sort if you stash the polish along with its outer packing.
  • The brush is short and straight ended which makes the application messy around the curve of nail bed. I like U-shaped brush like in THIS nailpolish.
  • Tip Tac Toe Pro nail lacquer is amazingly pigmented and gives full coverage in one coat itself.
  • Like any metallic nail color, this nailpolish is bit streaky so you need to apply it carefully to avoid visible brush strokes.
  • Sapphire Straits is a gorgeous metallic icy blue color. The shade looks nothing like sapphire (which is dark blue)
  • Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer Pro dries really fast. One of the fastest drying polishes I have tried (and I have tried many! :D). This makes it perfect for times when you want to apply in jiffy.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail polish have Nine-free formula: No parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Forest Essentials Shea Butter & Pomegranate Lip Cream Review

 

So Shea Butter & Pomegranate Lip cream is one of the latest launches from Forest Essentials, and since their lip balms is my absolute absolute favorite (Reviewed HERE), I HAD to try this lip cream. Read on to know how it fared.

 

Price: Rs 675 for 10 g

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Forest Essentials Shea Butter & Pomegranate Lip Cream Review

  • Unlike their lip balm, this product is marketed as Lip ‘Cream’ and so comes in a different packing than the lip balm. It comes in a white and silver tube packaging with attractive floral art. The applicator is the slanted tip with hole to dispense product (much like the original Vaseline/ Himalaya lip balms). The applicator part is covered with a black screw cap. The back contains all the product details.
  • Also unlike the lip balm, it does not come in additional cardboard packaging.
  • Texture is exactly what the name suggests- creamy. Being a cream it has more slip on the lips than the usual balms and may feel a bit off at the starting especially if you apply more than required quantity, since we are accustomed to applying waxy lip balms. But after sometime the lip cream absorbs nicely and feels more comfortable.
  • Forest Essentials Shea Butter & Pomegranate Lip Cream does its job well. It makes lips soft and supple and heals chapped bits.
  • Forest Essentials is a heaven for amazing smelling products. But surprisingly, this lip cream smells too sweet and artificial for my liking. I was expecting some hints of pomegranate or any other natural fragrance, but the smell disappointed me!
  • It stays for 3-4 hours easily.
  • The quantity is much more than the lip balms (10 g vs 4 g), and only a teeny tiny amount is needed for 1 application. So this product will last a fairly long time. It is still bit expensive for a lip balm/cream , but this is what is expected from Forest Essentials, as after all it is ‘Luxurious’ Ayurveda, right?

Overall, Shea Butter & pomegranate Lip cream is just okay and does its job fine. It is not a lip balm but a cream so do not expect same texture as the balm. It has more slip at the starting but settles down to comfortable finish after sometime. It does its job nicely, makes lips soft and supple. However, the smell is off putting and feels too sweet, artificial and strong for my liking. As compared to the lip balm, it has more quantity and lasts longer. Only a little quantity is needed for one application. But I will still stick to my fav lip balm FE Sweet Narangi Juice, and probably will not repurchase this lip cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Even lesser quantity is enough on the lips)

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 

L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse lipstick – Rose Blossom

 

L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse were launched quite a while back and I immediately bought the shade Rose Blossom from the range. I had completely forgotten posting about it, but since this range is still available on counters as well as online, I am reviewing this gorgeous shade Rose Blossom in this post. Better late than never, right?

 

Price – Rs 1050 for 0.9 g

 

L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse Rose Blossom Review

L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse lipstick come in quite an interesting packaging. It was probably the first sponge tip powder lipstick launched back in the day. L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse comes in attractive gold and red gradient packaging which looks luxurious at first sight. It is elongated, cylindrical, sleek and shuts tight with screw mechanism. Like all L’Oreal lipsticks, it comes wrapped in plastic transparent sheet which contain all the important info about the product.

The gradient color on the packaging is color coded to the shade of the tint, so it is easier to spot if you have multiple shades. The interesting part about the packaging is that the main body of the lipstick contain only the dome shaped sponge tip applicator. The actual lipstick is inside the cap. The sponge cushion is of good quality and does not flake after continued applications. The applicator is different from the ones in THIS and THIS lipstick. Plus it is very convenient and easy to use, especially around edges and corners. The applicator has an inbuilt spring in the tube which ensures proper coating of lipstick on the sponge tip from the cap when you shut it. The shade name is written along the end of the product. The overall packaging looks high end and prettifies the vanity.

When this lipstick came out, Korean gradient lips were in trend and the sponge tip helps to achieve the look, where maximum intensity of color is at the centre of the lips and the intensity fades out along the edges. The sponge cushion tip does a great job in creating that gradient effect.

Since these lipsticks are marketed not as ‘lipsticks’ but as tints, the pigmentation is low but gives a nice blotted effect in 1-2 swipes. It needs 3-4 passes to build the full color intensity. It glides effortlessly and doesnot feel you are wearing anything on lips AT ALL. Unlike THESE lip stains by The Body Shop which are water based, L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse are powder based and even during application you donot feel you are applying a lip product. It is extremely light weight and neither dries, nor hydrates the lips. As this is a tint, it doesnot transfer. The fragrance is fruity which is not bothersome and doesnot linger for long. It gives a soft matte finish which doesnot emphasize fine lines like other matte lipsticks do.

The shade Rose Blossom is a beautiful warm red with orange tones. The blotted effect it gives in 1-2 swipes makes it ideal for daily use.

Unfortunately, L’Oreal Paris Tint Caresse doesnot last very long. It starts to fade after a light meal, and completely vanishes if you have a heavy oily meal. Without meal, it stays for good 5-6 hours.

The price is also a con. It is quite expensive for the product quantity (0.9 g!) it comes in.

Overall, this is a fancy lip product with an amazing and innovative packaging concept, but it is not a necessity in my opinion. I have reviewed similar lipstick shades by Kiko Milano (HERE) and The Body Shop stain (HERE).

 

 

 

 

I’m wearing THIS nailpolish by Kiko here.

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel: Mystical Mermaid ~ Review & Swatch

 

Nykaa launched Unicorn Potion range sometime back and I immediately bought two shades from this range.  Although Nykaa describes this as ‘Holographic’ polish, these are NOT holographic in any sense. A couple of shades may be duochrome but none of them is Holographic. For the record, THIS is a true Holographic polish. I have reviewed a gorgeous lavender-blue duochrome shade- Frosted Fairy from this range HERE and in this post I am reviewing the shade Mystical Mermaid.

 

Product description: Be a mermaid and makes waves with our Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel in Mystical Mermaid. This stunning blue shade is formulated with iridescent pink and silver pearls that give your pinkies an ocean-inspired holographic effect. Dip your pinkies in this magnificent shade and blow some kisses!

 

Price: Rs 199 for 9 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Nykaa Unicorn Potion Nail Enamel Mystical Mermaid review

  • Like all Nykaa Nail Enamel, Unicorn Potion range comes in sleek rectangular packaging with brand name at front and product details at the back.
  • Unicorn Potion Nail enamel range has an interesting packaging with elongated and pointed cap (copy of Louboutin nailpolish?). The rose gold color of the cap with chrome finish is attractive.  The pointed cap makes it bit difficult to store compactly, but otherwise the packaging is stunning and looks quite fancy.
  • The shade name is stickered along the side.
  • Mystical Mermaid is a surf-blue color with slight pink iridescence. It has blue and pink microshimmer which gives an overall pearl effect. This is a soft color and looks really subtle and pretty.  All the shades in this range have a blue shimmer shift which is visible from different angles.
  • The consistency of this nailpolish is on the sheer side and needs 3 coats for full coverage. I like to wear this nailpolish on its own without any base color. Wearing a white/ black base color will change the color of the nailpolish.
  • There is a slight streaking so you have to apply carefully.
  • The brush is long and picks enough quantity for one coat application.
  • Staying power for these nailpolish is amazing and lasted 5 days with minor chipping on my hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO, Blossom 🙂

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum 24 Karat Gold Review

Forest Essentials is my Holy Grail skincare brand and I cannot say it enough! I was not big on Ayurvedic formulations for skincare as I always thought it is messy and smelly but Forest Essentials has changed the game entirely. One sniff of its products and you will float on clouds heading towards heaven. I have tried a few Forest Essentials products and none have disappointed me… (Well.. except for one, which was from Men’s collection actually… But that’s a post for another day). So I was on splurging mode when I bought this beauty home. Read on to know how it fared on my dry skin.  

Price: Rs 3795 for 25 ml

Shelf life: 3 years

 

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum 24 Karat Gold Review

Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum comes in similar packaging as their Day lotion (which is also my most fav summer moisturizer, reviewed HERE). It comes in cuboidal gold colored plastic packaging with gold colored cap. It has pump dispenser which pumps just the right amount of product. The bottle is sturdy, light weight and easy to travel with. However, the packaging is opaque which doesnot let you know how much product is left inside the bottle. Although, the pump dispenser is removable and can be opened to check the amount of product. All Forest Essentials products scream luxury and this product is no different. The bottle comes in cardboard packaging with all the necessary details. Since it contains 24 karat gold, the Soundarya range of Forest Essentials comes with a picture of Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) sitting on lotus flower, which looks attractive and promising TBH. The consistency of the serum is exactly like an oil. This is basically a facial oil disguised in the form of serum. It is saffron colored which doesnot impart any color on skin after applying. The smell is diviiiiiiiine you guys. I know i say it for all Forest Essentials products, but you gotto gotto got to sniff this one for sure. It smells wonderfully of sesame, liquorice, sandalwood and saffron. Being an oil, it does make skin oily and doesnot absorb instantly. 1-1 .5 pumps of product is sufficient to cover my entire face and spread it properly. But I don’t like the oily feeling which lingers for atleast a couple of minutes as oil takes sometime to absorb, so I asked the SA if there’s any other way this product can be used, and he suggested to mix it with Forest Essentials Aloe Water (Mini review HERE) on the palm before application. It was only after I finished the aloe water, I discovered the best way to use this. I had the FabIndia Rose water lying around and I spritz some Rose water on my face after applying this serum. It helped in quickly absorbing the oil in skin. So do use it with Facial mists or Rose water spray for better absorption. Forest Essentials products come with power ingredients and the Soundarya Advanced serum is no different. It does helps in brightening of the skin and adding a glow after regular usage. It makes the skin plump, radiant and nourished. But sadly it didn’t help with my blemishes (sun spots) on cheeks. Since this is an oil, I wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin beauties. Coming to price, yes it is bit pricey. But it contains 24 karat gold Bhasma and one bottle will last you a long time as only a tiny amount is needed to cover the whole face. Plus, it does give results and make skin brighter and radiant after regular use. I wouldn’t mind repurchasing this.    

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

 
 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Arabian Nights Collection : Golden Green 75 ~ Review & Swatch

 

Sugar cosmetics launched Arabian Nights collection in its Tip Tac Toe Pro nailpolish range a few months back and I immediately purchased two shades from this range. I have already reviewed the shade Beauty with Bronze (stunning bronze color) and in this post I am reviewing a gorgeous shade Golden Green.

 

Price: Rs 299 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

 

Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail Lacquer Pro Golden Green Review

  • Sugar cosmetics Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer comes in their signature cuboidal bottle with square cap. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which contain all the necessary manufacturing and other details.
  • The brand name is printed at the front of the bottle cap and brand logo at the top. The shade name is stickered at the bottom of the polish. I had some issue with the cap of another nailpolish by Sugar (read about it HERE) and thankfully this nailpolish bottle is fine.
  • Sugar Cosmetics has such fun names for their shades– be it nailpolish or lipsticks. But the name ‘Golden Green’ for this gorgeous nailpolish is rather boring.
  • I am not very impressed with the brush of Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquers. The straight ended brush always makes a mess  around the nail bed during application.
  • Golden Green is a gorgeous moss green color with heavy green, olive-gold and bronze shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and reflects the light so beautifully. The shift in color is towards olive tones.
  • It dries to a smooth, glossy finish and doesnot have gritty or sandy texture (like THIS nailpolish). All the shades in this range have a black jelly base color with different colored shimmers. It looks almost foil like in direct light which takes the beauty of this shade to whole another level.
  • The consistency is just right and pigmentation is decent. Being a jelly base it is slightly translucent in first coat, but gives full coverage in 2 coats.
  • This nailpolish dries fast so you don’t have to wait much between application of multiple coats.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer claim to be non-toxic with Nine-free formula, i.e., no parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.
  • Sadly, it didn’t last that long as I wanted it to. I could see tip wear by the end of 2nd day and chipping after 4 days. The glossiness starts to fade after 2-3 days.

I have a similar shade in Revlon Nail Enamel (swatched HERE)- golden green glitter in black jelly base. The Revlon one has chunkier glitter and Sugar’s Golden Green has fine shimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂

Sugar Tip Tap Toe Nail Lacquer Matte : Carpe Creme ~ Review & Swatch

I got this nailpolish in one of the Fab Bags sometime back and honestly I wasn’t too excited at the shade I got. I have always been biased towards bright and lively colors and I seldom purchase subtle shades. But when I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful the color looks on nails. So ladies, in this post I am reviewing this gorgeous shade from Sugar Cosmetics Tip Tac Toe Matte Nail lacquer – Carpe Creme.

I have already reviewed two other Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquers: Beauty with Bronze (Arabian nights collection) and Deep Down Diopside (metallic range).

 

Price: Rs 249 for 10 ml

Shelf Life: 2 years

 

Sugar Tip Tap Toe Nail Lacquer Matte Carpe Creme Review

  • Sugar Tip Tac Toe Nail lacquers come in their standard glass cuboidal packaging with square cap. This nailpolish being matte, the glass bottle is frosted which looks attractive. Shade name is stickered at bottom of polish. The nailpolish bottle is housed in cardboard packaging which has all the details. The shade name is written on a tiny sticker on the cardboard packaging which makes it difficult to sort.
  • The brush is short and straight ended which makes application messy around the cuticles if you are not careful. I prefer round edged brushes like THIS.
  • All Sugar Tip Tac Toe nail lacquer are insanely pigmented and gives full opacity in single coat. I like to wear two coats just to be safe and to get an even finish.
  • Matte nailpolish (like THESE) tends to get streaky during application but this nailpolish self-levels to some extent making the overall finish look even.
  • Carpe Creme is a beautiful dirty mauve color with grey tones which looks subtle and is work appropriate. The matte effect looks stunning on this color.
  •  Tip Tac Toe Matte nail lacquer looks quick-drying, but give it some time to set as it appears to have dried but is still prone to get dents/ fabric marks.
  •  This is surprisingly long lasting for a matte finish. Tip wear is after 4-5 days which is impressive for a matte nailpolish.
  • The matte finish starts to get dull after 2-3 days giving it a suede matte finish (shown on nails in THIS post) which also looks good on nails.
  • Tip Tac Toe nail polish have Nine-free formula: No parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, xylene, formaldehyde resin, acetone and ethyl tosylamide.
  • This is a gorgeous work-appropriate and subtle color and will suit fair to medium skintones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo, Blossom 🙂