Review: Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

Hey guys,

I picked the Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara being the makeup hoarder that I am, did I really need it? No, not really but I did anyway.

Maybelline’s probably known best for their wide range of mascaras. From black to blackest black to black noir. I don’t even get that, but here are my thoughts.

Product Description:

Total Temptation™ Washable Mascara builds lashes for full and soft volume.

Give in to Total Lash Temptation! Build on bold volume to create irresistibly soft, separated, and dense lashes coat after coat. Features a creamy and whipped formula infused with coconut extract. Packaging may vary, what you receive may not be what is reflected on site.

My experience:
The description claims to give you full buildable lashes with soft volume. What I’ll tell you is that is absolutely true! It definitely gives you lush thick lashes. I wouldn’t say ‘soft’ volume – but when you do compare it to Mascaras like Colossal Big shot Mascara, this definitely looks soft.
Pros:
  • Layering is definitely possible and it does not give you spider lashes!
  • Easy fiber wand, does not look intimidating to use.
  • This Mascara is not too tedious to remove with micellar water after a long day!
  • It gives me full fat lashes that are curled for 8+ hours.
  • Does not smell of coconuts, ophthalmologist approved!

Cons:

  • Ugh, this Mascara flakes on me so bad, it always smears down as soon as I reach work!
  • I get that it’s not waterproof but I do have a washable Mascara that performs perfectly fine with this weather (the winter)
  • The packaging is beautiful, I love the color but it does get dirty if you’re a messy user!
  • I picked up the waterproof mascara but the my surprise the tube was dried out! So disappointing!
  • I tried to make it work and used the mascara topped with my washable formula, the mascara still flakes and smudges!

I was so pleased with the wand shape and size, I was praying that this Mascara would becomes my holy grail. Unfortunately, I would never recommend this – even though it make me happy for the initial application process. It’s not one wasting your time upon, I’d recommend to L’Oréal Lash Paradise!

Price: $8.99
Let me know if this post helped you in the comments below!
Avec amour,
Ranita S Sheetal

Review: Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder

Hi guys,

I picked up the Fenty Beauty Universal blotting Powder a couple of months back, I’ve been on the lookout for a multifunctional product. Say, one that could minimise pores, control shine, go translucent & NO flashback! I don’t think that’s too much to ask for, right?

So, just read below what my humble opinions are on the Universal Blotting Powder.

Product Description:

Don’t be caught without the perfect blot. Take it from Rihanna, who blots on the fly to stay photoready 24/7. This Fenty Beauty mattifying powder contains an exclusive pore-diffusing complex that absorbs shine and gives you a natural matte refresh for an instantly filtered look—so you’re always ready for a shine-free snap.

Invisimatte’s translucent matte powder is completely traceless against all skin tones and won’t cake, clog pores, creep into fine lines, or disturb makeup. And get this: It extends the wear of your foundation, too. Invismatte’s sleek, magnetized compact attaches to its perfect partner, the Portable Touch Up Brush, meaning that it’s easy to keep your shine-stopping essentials within reach. So touch up, touch up again, and bring on the photo ops—when we say translucent, we mean it.

Fenty Beauty is 100% cruelty free.

Ingredients:

TALC, SILICA, ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDRATE, SQUALANE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL MYRISTATE, HYDROGENATED POLYCYCLOPENTADIENE, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), HEXYLENE GLYCOL.

The product claims to block shine, go traceless on any skin, won’t creep into fine lines, won’t move your foundation & extend the wear of your foundation. Wow! Those are a lot of claims.
PROS:
  • The compact powder comes with a thin foam/sponge applicator that distributes a generous amount of product onto your face & is definitely washable & reusable.
  • The product is sturdy and travel friendly
  • Comes with a mirror inside
  • Back home I had combination skin and this product worked wonders during the hot days! It definitely blogs out the sweat and isn’t too heavy on the skin.
  • When used with a beauty blender and packed into the skin this product minimises the appearance on pores.
  • It’s a translucent, which means it would work for every skin tone!
CONS:
  • So once I’ve moved to New York, my skin has become even more dry & flakey, despite exfoliating. The powder does not work for me at all. It pulls off the foundation from my skin and makes my skin super dry. I do not gravitate towards it now.

Would I recommend this?

No, for someone who has dry skin. I think this would fair well with normal/oily skin.

Price: $32, 8.5 gms

I hope this review helped you out! Until next time!

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

Review: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick

My current favourite liquid lipstick is the Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick. It has high staying power, it’s opaque, lightweight so lightweight & lasts for so long with comfort.

I’ve been following Jeffree Star for quite a while and for all that talk, I wanted to see if his lipsticks were even close to living upto the ‘mark’.

Just continuing reading to know my thoughts!

Product description:

Our liquid lipstick goes on opaque, dries completely matte and stays on for hours! This product is 100% vegan & cruelty-free! (tips before use: exfoliate with lip scrub then apply to bare lips! Avoid food with oil… and no making out, kisses are ok!)

Ingredients:

Also: Paraben & Gluten-Free / 0.19 oz.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isostearyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Kaolin, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain (+/-) Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)

PROS:

  • Wacky shade range which I highly commend!
  • Love the lightweight formula!
  • No intense fragrance, not that I picked up any!
  • Love, absolutely love the way it lasts all day! I wear this to work every single day and it’s never felt heavy or cakey on my lip!
  • It’s comfortable on the lips!
  • Opaque formula
  • Great pricing!
  • The doe foot applicator helps apply the lipstick neatly & is very soft.
  • It lasts on my lips even after a meal!

CONS:

  • If I had to be picky, the only con would be for the fact that Jeffrey Star Cosmetics is not available in India!

Would I recommend this?

In Jeffree’s words, this is ‘Jeffree Star Approved’ haha, this lies in my top 3 liquid lipsticks! I absolutely adore this and cannot recommend this to you enough!

Shades: Androgyny

Mannequin:

Price: $18

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Shots by,

Eric Samuel

Avec Amour,

Ranita S Sheetal

Review : FENTY BEAUTY UNIVERSAL GLOSS BOMB!

Hey there!

One of my dearest friend, Sheeba picked up two products for me all the way from Canada, (Thank you Sheebss!) she got me the Universal Gloss Bomb & the Universal Blotting Powder. Today’s review is of the Universal Gloss Bomb by Fenty Beauty, so to find out just how much I loved this lipgloss scroll down!

Product Description:

The ultimate, gotta-have-it lip gloss with explosive shine that feels as good as it looks—in one universal rose nude shade.

The stop-everything, give-it-to-me gloss that feels as good as it looks. Gloss Bomb delivers explosive shine in one perfect rose nude shade handpicked by Rihanna herself: Fenty Glow. We’re talking the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone.

One luscious swipe of Gloss Bomb’s XXL wand gives lips more to love, while conditioning shea butter enriches from within. Lips look instantly fuller, with a non-sticky formula that’s super shiny and has an addictive peach-vanilla scent you just can’t get enough of.

Drench lips in the Fenty Glow—it’s the ultimate finishing touch to every look.

Fenty Beauty is 100% cruelty free

Ingredients:

POLYBUTENE, OCTYLDODECANOL, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, TRICAPRYLIN, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, POLYETHYLENE, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, VP/HEXADECENE COPOLYMER, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, MICA, SORBITAN OLEATE, SILICA, OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER UNSAPONIFIABLES, AROMA/FLAVOR, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, TRIBEHENIN, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, LACTIC ACID, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), BENZYL BENZOATE, LIMONENE.

The Universal Gloss Bomb by Fenty Beauty has a 5 Star Review on the website, so it’s pretty evident as to why I had such extremely high expectations from it. The claims such as, ‘Universal’ & ‘ Rose Nude’ drew me even more because that’s something I’m currently digging at the moment!

I’m going to break it down into the usual points below..

  • Love the Packaging, very chic & appealing to the human eye – in my humble opinion.
  • The shade, hmm. Where do I begin? I don’t hate it.. but, it’s not a rose nude. It looks more like a clear gloss to me with hints of glitter.
  • As a note, I’d like to mention that I do have pigmented lips and using a clear gloss makes me uncomfortable especially with the chunks of glitter peeking through.
  • What I can guarantee is that this shade isn’t something unique or brand new, I’ve definitely seen this gloss anywhere & everywhere , just not labelled as – universal.
  • This gloss would be better for someone with pink lips or even toned lips. So, it did not flatter my lips.
  • Now with the shade sorted, let me address the fragrance and quality.
  • The fragrance has a very sweet note to it, it’s evident upon application and fades after a few minutes. The smell was pleasant to me & didn’t bother me.
  • The lasting power of this gloss was that of any other gloss. It’s super nourishing!
  • It wasn’t sticky and is very comfortable on the lips!
  • It works well as a clear gloss over any lipstick and does not change the colour for me.
  • Love the huge doe foot applicator, one swipe can cover your entire lip & still be too much product.
  • I don’t think this product is worth the price or hype, simply because it didn’t live upto my expectations for me.
  • Would I recommend the Gloss Bomb?
  • Hey, despite the colour, I’ve been loving the formula & the product! It’s a great gloss! I’ve been pairing it up with a auburn lip liner and it looks amazing! I use it every other day & it’s in my bag because it’s so nourishing!
  • With that being said, I wouldn’t recommend this, simply because this isn’t extraordinary or unique & there are tons of glosses that are way cheaper ( hint: Colourpop or PAC Cosmetics) and work just as great & come with a ton of variety!
  • But, if this is something you’ve been eyeing or were simply just wondering about the quality or just want to support Fenty Beauty, it would not disappoint. On a side note, if you’ve got pigmented lips like myself, it’s not your one stop shop. You’ll have to make it work. It’s NOT a MLBB shade for medium to dark skin types!
  • Price: $18, 9ml
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  • If you’ve had a different experience or have a different opinion – leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
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  • Ranita S Sheetal
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  • My Final look for the Face Awards India 2018 by NYX Cosmetics!

    Hi guys, I’ve been busy with packing & the Face Awards so you’ll have to excuse me for my absence on the blog!

    I wanted to share with you my final look for the theme – Carnival.

    Unfortunately, I did not win the title ‘Artist of the Year 2018’ but, this was great learning experience & I interacted with so many talented artists!

    For my theme, I drew inspiration from the Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro!

    Watch my entry here: https://youtu.be/EoG0Xr5LnC8

    A big shoutout to Elienai Studio for keeping the studio open till 2 in the morning just so that I could wrap the look up & Rachel S Sherry for editing my video so patiently!

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita S Sheetal

    Vote for me – Top 6 Face Awards India!

    Hi guys!

    I’ve made it to the top 15 of the Face Awards India by NYX Cosmetics!

    The theme for the Semi Final Round is Drop Dead Gorgeous!

    I drew my inspiration from Frankenstein’s bride, Tim Burton’s characters & Vampires! So, here’s the look I came up with..

    I’ve inserted my entry & link to the video below!

    If you love this look please vote for me so that I can move to the Finals!

    Vote here: Vote for Ranita S Sheetal

    You can vote upto 3 times per email ID everyday until the 13th of June 2018.

    Thank you for your love & support!

    Watch the video here: Tutorial on YouTube!

    A big shoutout to my sister Rachel S Sherry for editing my video & Elienai, Bangalore for shooting the video!

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita S Sheetal

    Lookbook: Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride!

    If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with Tim Burton. I’ve watched every single movie created by this genius. The not so subtle melancholy & grunge vibe each movie portrays is definitely my cup of tea!

    Today, I recreated Sally from Corpse Bride, she’s got a heart of gold. Although I’m pretty sure I’m contradicting myself cause, she’s a corpse. Er.. You get what I’m trying to say..

    I hope you enjoy!

    Watch the video here!

    Shots by,

    Eric Samuel

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita S Sheetal

    REVIEW: COLOURPOP NO FILTER CONCEALER

    Hi there!

    A couple of months ago I shopped off colourpop.com & boy oh boy was I a happy girl! ( that sentence just made me giggle) They did not disappoint. They’re so affordable! I was ecstatic for the amount of makeup I got and the price that I ended up paying!

    I have heard nothing but great reviews of the Colourpop No Filter concealer. It’s known for its lightweight, non drying formulation & affordability. I decided to put this to the test.

    Product description:

    A lightweight, creamy, full-coverage concealer formulated with soft-blurring pigments to create the ultimate matte, flawless complexion.

    Finish Matte

    Net Weight 4.0g (0.14oz)

    My experience with the Colourpop No Filter Concealer:

    • The shade golden 40 is a perfect match! It’s got a beautiful yellow undertone. Colour corrects and brightens naturally at the same time!
    • The coverage provided by this concealer falls from light to medium, build-able!
    • Concealer has a doe foot applicator, it’s quite nifty and gets into nooks and crannies. It applies a generous amount of product.
    • The packaging is a plastic container & is see through, you can see the amount of product you get quite clearly and how much you consume during your use.
    • The concealer has a beautiful light weight consistency & feel.
    • It sits well on my skin!
    • I use this to concealer on my spots as well as to brighten my under eye area. So for me to make that statement it clearly implies that it did not cling onto my acne marks and dry it out like most of my other Concealers.
    • The only problem I noticed is that this oxidises on me. I picked shade 40, to highlight. When you look at the tube it looks like my highlight shade but upon application it’s my exact skin tone. Therefore, the shade on the bottle and upon application differ.
    • The description claims it blurs out pores, but I didn’t notice that on my skin.
    • The shade 40 is a good match to the MAC shade in – NC42.
    • This concealer is definitely not one that can control shine, so I recommend you use a setting powder that you trust on your T-zone.
    • I didn’t not face a problem with shine breaking through because I set it well! If I have a 2/3 hour event I don’t set it strong, I let some shine break through for a natural glow. But in days when I have work for 12 hours straight, I set it with an anti shine powder and it works great with anything!

    Do I recommend the Colourpop No Filter Concealer?

    Well I love the formulation, lightness and feel of the concealer and I use it on regular basis!

    For the price, you really can’t complain, this levels up with my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer but my Age Rewind is still preferred over this.

    I would repurchase a lighter shade, say 30? I don’t dislike the product and would definitely recommend this, it’s one for normal to dry skin types.

    Price: $6

    Shop here: https://colourpop.com/collections/concealer

    I hope this post helped you out, let me know if I’ve missed out on anything in the comments!

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita S Sheetal

    Lookbook: Festive Makeup!

    Hi guys!

    Do you know of these coachella inspired makeup looks that’ve been going around your Instagram off late? Well I took some of my inspiration from that and added hues of what’s in for Spring/Summer 2018. I hope you enjoy the look!

    Products used:

    • Eyes – Colourpop Cosmetics Yes Please Palette, I don’t love this palette because the intensity of the pigments fade in minutes, but the colour scheme is perfect for festive/music festive looks!
    • Lashes : Kingdom of lashes in sugar mama!
    • Lips: PAC Cosmetics Eye Gloss in Purple ( works beautifully as a liquid lipstick )
    • Contour – Benefit Hoola!
    • Freckles – MAC Brow Set Go in Bold Brunette with Golden Glitter
    • Highlight – Burberry Spring Summer 2016 Nude 02

    Did you know, did you know? Yellow/Mustard is a big win-win this season?

    Try to include it as a blush, eyeshadow or just on your nails! The shade does sound intimidating especially when including it on your face, but it’s not as scary as it seems when you give it a shot. I know I’m giving this trend a go!

    Model: Natasha ManjunathPhotography: ElienaiAvec Amour,

    Ranita S Sheetal

    Product Review: Nykaa Silicone Sponge!

    Hi there!

    So we’ve seen this Instagram trend take over the internet like a storm last year, right? Girls using silicon bra cups & what not?

    The original company that came out with these silicon sponges was Molly Cosmetics!

    Although I do think this trend is so 2017, Nykaa Beauty came out with these silicon sponges recently. Did this product really change my base game? Find out below!

    Product description:

    Nykaa markets this blender in two ways..

    1. Product is made of high quality silicon, a little product (foundation) goes a long way.

    2. It’s easy to clean & good for sensitive/acne prone skin.

    My experience:

    • So I happened to amazon search silicon sponges and I found silicon sponges from various brand for way cheaper! So in my opinion this product is overpriced.
    • My initial thoughts were, the blender was soft of the face upon touch.
    • I used this sponge to apply my foundation, concealer & powder..
    • So the pro’s to using a silicon sponge is that it reduces the amount of foundation you use by half! Did it do that? Not really. I found myself using the same amount.
    • I tried to spread the product and use only half a pump of foundation but that didn’t blend it at all.
    • I dabbed the silicon blender onto my face & it did sorta work but it looked like my makeup was sitting on top of my face. So it did blend the foundation but not naturally.
    • Secondly, it made my concealer sit on my skin & look heavy.
    • It was also hard to get under my eyes because of the shape & the blender is not pliable, well not like a sponge.
    • The time taken by the silicon sponge to blend my foundation is 2x longer than that with a brush or my beauty blender!
    • Finally, do not use this for powdering, cake face alert!
    • I honestly think Nykaa Beauty is late to the game. But it’s also the only Indian brand that’s got them (probably a genuine brand that you can trust when compared to the ones on amazon)
    • This trend is a fad, which has surpassed a long time ago.
    • This product is cruelty free.
    • A side note: I did not break out upon using this product. I have sensitive & acne prone skin! Because, Nykaa claims the above, so just confirming it for you.

    My opinion:

    Does this product save time in cleaning your sponge? Absolutely. But is does that weigh over the cons? Nah.

    I did try my best to make this product work but alas, succumbed to my brush to save my face !

    Do you know who would prefer this or more so, how I use this? Do you have those times when you just don’t want foundation on your fingers because you have to go out and just want to keep your hands clean? Yes, I use the silicon sponge to spread foundation on and then blend in with my usual tools. I also use this to apply face masks. But I do the above only because they were sent to me from Nykaa & because I have them. You could definitely use your trusty ol’ fingers & wipe your hands with a tissue, the way I use to before I had my silicon blender.

    I don’t recommend this blender & I do not reach for it at all! Save yourself them ₹₹₹!

    I hope this review helped you out!

    Price:

    ₹300/-, per piece

    Available on: http://www.nykaa.com

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita S Sheetal