Thursday, 15 December 2016

Review of MAC Liptensity in smoked almond

Hi everyone,

On a recent visit to the MAC store to restock on my brush cleanser I happened to casually ask the MUA(Makeup Artist) as to when the Liptensity lipsticks were launching in India and he said TOMORROW! I just screamed with joy on the inside J The guy was very kind enough to let me swatch and take pictures of these striking lipsticks. He also told me that being a regular at our store, I could even purchase them before they hit the shelves tomorrow with every chance of my favourite shade being sold out... and that was enough to lure me in to the offer and I brought home this gorgeous beauty called smoked almond.

I usually don’t experiment with lip colours as all I ever wear is Mehr again from MAC. Either I purchase it or get the same shade upon returning six empties as a part of Back to Mac offer. I have always loved a good  n*de lipstick over bold colours as I feel out of my comfort zone wearing them. However, I do love a red lip (Russian Red) once in a while.

 (from top left to right: Smoked almond, Toast n butter, Doe, Medium rare and Driftwood)

This shade is a beautiful warm toned bright rose brown colour which will look great on all complexions. These lipsticks hold intense amount of pigment and this gelled base melts on contact with the lips providing fully saturated colour on one single swipe.

It wears beautifully on the lips without drying them out and even fills in the lines on the lips giving a very fuller finish. It survived a drink and a meal still leaving a decent colour on the lips. I have got a wear time of 4 hours after which I had to re-apply. I have extremely dry and chapped lips and I did not have any issues when wearing this lipstick  however, as they are semi-matte/satin I would suggest you wear a lip balm underneath or prep your lips with a lip scrub before application. The colour is very opaque and glides  on smoothly.

These lipsticks come in 24 stunning shades . A colour for everyone I must say. Love their packaging as you no longer have to read the label to figure the shade name. I have nothing bad to say about these except for the fact that these are Limited Edition. I really really hope that Mac brings them as permanent because they are incredibly lovely.

These are priced at Rs 1850/ $21/£17.50

Quantity: 3.6gms

Hope you are able to grab your favourite lip colour before they get sold out.

Thank you for reading as always.


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Zelens Z Pure liquid cleansing balm - Review

Hello Everyone,

I am back to blogging after a long hiatus and it feels so good to be penning my thoughts down again!! If you are a new reader? Hi, I am Raveena and I am a beauty blogger/owner at Cheeksnblush. Welcome to my world of pretty little things that bring me immense joy. While I was away from my blog for close to a year I did not put a fence on my e-commerce activities of buying more makeup and skincare... Ha. So, here I am with a new product review that has been tried and tested by myself.

Brand: Zelens by Dr Marko Lens

Product name: Zelens Z-pure liquid cleansing balm

Quantity: 125ml

Price: £ 50

About the product:

 With 20 years of research in skin aging the founder of Zelens Innovation Dr Marko Lens is driven by his clinical experience as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and his deep knowledge of formulation chemistry combining active biotechnology ingredients with pure molecules derived from botanicals.

Zelens products are substantiated by rigorous independent clinical testing conducted at renowned institutions.

Zelens do not test on animals and also do not use animal derived ingredients. All products are free from parabens.

My take on the product:

While the brand intro was picked up from their website here the review part is my very own. I am no aesthetician and may have little to nil knowledge on the ingredients so my reviews are based solely on my experience with the product.

Irrespective of the fact that you wear makeup or not, having a cleansing routine is of paramount importance and if you wear makeup like I do then, cleansing can become a little ritual. Which means there is going to be a first cleanse followed by the second because you need every bit of that gunk out of your face before you hibernate.

This facial cleanser from Zelens is lush. This liquid balm has a mild citrusy smell that is just very fresh and nothing overpowering I must mention. I love the packaging of this product as it comes in a soft rubber like plastic-y bottle (travel friendly) with a pump that lets you control the quantity you need without contaminating it.I apply it on to dry skin and rub my palms together to induce some warmth because only then I have noticed that the cleanser glides effortlessly for a proper massage and then clean my face with a hot flannel while you could also add a few drops of water to emulsify it into a milky texture and rinse off … Tada… your face immediately looks brighter, feels softer and plumped. I cannot rave enough about this product as I love it that much. My skin feels like it’s been given a boost of moisture and this has helped me save on my serums and moisturisers as I need such tiny amounts to follow up with. This cleanser removes makeup effectively but why would you want use this beautiful product to do that? I rather use bioderma micellar water or a cleansing oil to do that job and then use this for a second cleanse. oh yes, this product did not break me out and neither clogs the pores.

FYI I have normal to dry skin. However, I would not recommend this product for oily skin types as it can be a little heavy. Also, people with sensitive skin may want to consider trying a sample first because of the essential oils and mild fragrance present in it.

                                       (cleanser emulsifies upon adding water )       

Final thoughts:

This shiso-infused cleanser is a joy to use. I love products that show instant results and this one does. Use it as a first cleanse in the morning or as a second cleanse in the evening to feel the luxury this stunning item serves for the equally luxurious price tag. If you can care to cough up some money on a cleanser you must check this out. I am going to get good use out of this fall/winter. Yes, I would happily endorse it.
P.S. I have purchased this product and the review is not paid  for either.

Thank you for reading as always. :)