Sunday, 4 March 2018

Collective 6 Months Empties

I've been putting off doing a proper empties post from quite some time now. Somehow something or the other would crop up & empties would go on the back burner. Here I am finally doing a collective 6 months empties. To be honest, I've not used up a lot of products. Anyhow here's the list

Silk Berry Hand & Body Moisturizing Lotion in Rose & Honey

INR 245 for 500gm

I first saw this brand online & bought a bunch of products. Decent lotion, very light weight & non- greasy. Apt for summers. Not buying again.

Palmolive Heavenly Vanilla Moisturizing Body Wash

INR 190 for 250 ml

Super creamy. I loved using this all through winter. Might repurchase.

VLCC Mulberry & Rose Fairness Face Wash

INR 150 for 150 ml

I really want to like this face wash because it does it's job well. But there is something utterly disconcerting about using a pink coloured rose face wash which smells like orange. And not any old orange, it smells like freshly squeezed orange juice. I love the fragrance, it just feels surreal that it's pink coloured. Got on a BOGO offer, still have one more to use.

Silk Berry Time- Control Facial Massage Creme in Cocoa & Chocolate

INR 270 for 250 gm

One more from the same brand. Fantastic, rich cream which doesn't leave your face greasy. I used it up as a body butter because it was too rich for my face.


INR 208 for 100 gm

My HG hand cream. I've been using since a decade & nothing works better on my super rough hands. Will be repurchasing forever.

Ponds Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam

INR 35 for 20 gm

I hated this one from the bottom of my heart. It's way too drying even on my oily skin. Plus I simply hate the signature white beauty aroma. I'm even considering not buying the BB cream again simply because of the smell! Needless to say never buying ever again.

St D' vence Multani Lotion

INR 210 for 100 ml

I quite like this. This is not a lotion but actually a face pack. Confusing name eh? Might buy again.

Vedic Line Anti- Pigmentation Blend

INR 150 for 10 ml

I loved using this facial oil because of the smell- lavender & rosemary. But it does precious little for my skin. Will not be buying again but I am repurposing the bottle. Super cute.

Vaadi Herbals Lavish Almond Soap X 2

INR 28 for 75 gm

The last of my Vaadi Herbals haul from previous year. Nothing to write home about, it's just regular soap. No repurchase.

Patanjali Multani Mitti Body Cleanser

INR 35 for 75 gm

Love this one & the mild exfoliation it provides. Have bought 2 more.

Royal Mirage Soap

Don't remember the price

Decent soap. Not repurchasing again.

Vaadi Herbals Enticing Lemongrass Scrub Soap

INR 38 for 75 gm

Decent enough glycerine soap. Might repurchase again.

Himalaya Herbals Moisturizing Aloe Vera Face Wash

INR 95 for 100 ml

Quite good for winters when I don't want my face to be extra dry. The fresh scent adds to the experience of using this face wash. Will be buying again come winter.

Patanjali Anti-Dandruff Hair Cleanser

INR 110 for 200 ml

I bought this by mistake thinking it was the regular Kesh Kanti one. I hated the Arnica type homeopathy smell this one has. Not buying again.

Garnier Ultra Blends Royal Jelly & Lavender

INR 120 for 175 ml

I've fond memories of using Ultra Doux back in my college days. The only shampoo which helped with my frizzy hair was the one with walnut extract (or so they claimed! ). This one came in a similar packaging & had my favorite lavender scent. Simply loved it! Will be buying a different variant next time.

Sunsilk Soft & Smooth Shampoo Sachets X5

INR 3 for 7 ml

I seem to have an endless supply of sachets! Love these but the product seems to be somehow reducing in the packet itself. It's been more than a year since I bought it. No repurchase until I finish all I have.

Sunsilk Black Shine Shampoo SachetsX 3

INR 1 for 5.5 ml

Same as above.


Health & Glow Cocoa Body Butter

INR 250 for 200 gm

Where do I begin with this one! Nothing seems to be working for this product except for the gorgeous cocoa butter smell. It does not spread or even absorb on my skin. After an eternity of rubbing into skin, it somehow forms a tight layer on my skin which is far from moisturizing. Hated it! Never buying again.

That's all for now. Will be back again with next month's empties post.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

ADS Wine Lip Gloss Review with Swatches

So I've been hauling a lot of makeup this past month. Somehow I get this crazy urge to shop towards the end of the year. I've had my eyes on the Chateau Labiotte Wine Lip Tint from quite some time now. But they were priced insanely. So I did the next best thing & got dupes of the same. I have bought & used a lot of ADS products in the past  & been sufficiently impressed by them. When I saw these on Amazon I didn't think twice & ordered immediately. Buyers remorse? No way! These are freaking amazing.

I initially bought it because I loved the bottle but the product inside is equally good. They last a good 6 hours on my lips including meals. I've not kept them on for more than 6 hours at a stretch but something tells me these would last forever. With a lip balm underneath, these are comfortable & don't dry out your lips like the horrible Incolor Matte Me ones. The colour selection is great too- very fall appropriate.

INR 365 for 6 lip tints of 8 ml each

Colours starting from bottom upwards

18 - This one's a dark vampy colour. Will go very well with fall & winter.

02 - A beautiful magenta

13- This one's a red veering towards orange.

08-This is a pretty plum colour

15 -A classic, bright red

01 - This one's a bright, happy coral

ADS Wine Lip Gloss comes with a regular doe- foot applicator & gives opaque, even coverage in a single swipe. I'm mighty impressed! Shade 01 is the lightest colour of the entire lot & seems a bit more sheer in the swatch but goes on full power on the lips. As with all matte lip colours you need a good oil- based makeup remover to get rid of it. A plain old cleansing milk will just not do.


Pretty colours & prettier bottles.

They apply smoothly & last forever. There is no fading whatsoever.

Value for money


Smells a bit chemically when first applied but the scent fades away within seconds

If you cannot tell yet, I'm madly in love with these. Go for it!

Monday, 18 December 2017

Affordable Makeup Haul from Cuffs And Lashes

Hello people. I hauled some makeup recently & decided to share. A lot of these are brands I've been meaning to try from quite some time now. All of these products were bought from a site called "Cuffs & Lashes". I first heard of this site on YouTube & checked it out. After ordering, I received my package in 4 days flat! Everything was securely packaged in bubblewrap. Let's start

Kiss Beauty 3D Lip Gloss in Shade 10

INR 99

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream in Shade 24

INR 211

Blue Heaven Splash Lip Color in Shade 306 Pink Rush

INR 135

Kiss Beauty BB Gloss in Shade 1

INR 119

Blue Heaven Gossip Matte Lipstick in Shade 12

INR 134

Kiss Beauty Lip Oil in Shade 8

INR 114

Kiss Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Shade 14

INR 99

Blue Heaven Artisto Velvet Matte Lipstick in Shade 410

INR 114

Kiss Beauty Color Blur in Shade 8

INR 90

Matt Look Cushion Powder Lipstick in Shade 06 Antique Velvet

INR 224

Hilary Rhoda Gel Lipstick with Gold Leaf in Shade 03

INR 184

Blue Heaven Strawberry Lip Balm

INR 18 for 2 gm

Me Now Super Matte High Precision Lip Pencil (Set of 12)

INR 248 for 12

Mars Highlight Cream Palette

INR 276

ADS Luxury Banana Powder

INR 147 for 20 gm

Mars Blush Palette 2

INR 206

ADS Pro Star Printing Eyeliner Pen

INR 165

Miss Claire Glimmersticks for Eyes in Tahitian Blue E- 07

INR 53

ADS Pro Illuminator Makeup Base in Sunbeam

INR 202 for 30 ml


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

One New Thing- Fair & Lovely BB Cream

If you have read my blog for a while, you know that I struggle with overbuying especially skincare. I know a lot of bloggers buy, review & then give away products either for free or through blog sales. I'm a little iffy on giving away used products & the whole point of doing empties was to use up what I had. While that is helping somewhat with the skincare, my makeup is not reducing at all. In the interest of finishing more makeup products, I'm starting this new series- One New Thing. I will be digging up one old makeup product (bought at least a year ago & still unused) & use it continuously for a week to gauge how best to use it. And then incorporate it into my routine. Let's see how things go.

The first thing I dug out was Fair & Lovely BB Cream. I bought it when it was first launched, tried, didn't like & then threw it at the back of my closet. I found this too pale & extremely drying even on my oily skin. It does require more work but I've finally found a way in which this will work on my skin. I first apply a generous quantity of Patanjali Kesar Chandan Aloe Vera Gel & when it is still moist, apply a teeny bit of Fair & Lovely BB Cream & blend. Then I set it with powder & this gives me the most matte looking skin ever. Since I apply very less it doesn't give a white cast. I have oily skin & it's perpetually shiny especially in summer. I'm so glad I've found a way to use this dud of a product. Hope to include this in my empties soon.

Do you struggle with finishing makeup products? Comment below.

Monday, 17 July 2017

May & June Empties

Hello all & welcome to yet another edition of empties. I've been doing a collective empties post for 2 months from sometime & I am thrilled with the number of empties generated. I even have a makeup empty which is not a mascara this time around! Let's get started

Biocare Papaya Gel

INR 200 for 500 ml

I bought this a long time ago to use as moisturizer during summer. Bad move as it smells very masculine & I totally hated it. Plus at 500 ml, it seemed like I just couldn't see the bottom of this huge jar. How proud am I on finishing this! Definitely no repurchase.

Aloe Veda Activated Charcoal Deep Pore Detox Face Wash (Sulphate Free)

INR 210 for 100 ml

I had bought this when I was going through a charcoal phase. It somehow lathers really well despite being sulphate free & the zesty lemon scent gives a boost of energy. I'm not too picky about face washes being SLS free- I mean they barely stay on your skin for 2 minutes- but if you are then definitely pick this.

Vedic Line Papaya Bio Gel Serum

INR 200 for 65 ml

Stellar product- it deserves a review of it's own. I like everything about it except for its scent. Definite repurchase.

Nature's Essence Bridal Glow Pack

INR 100 for 50 ml

I bought it simply because it had Rose written on it. I avoid buying clay based masks because I feel that I can simply DIY better ones in the comfort of my home. I did notice a subtle glow post usage but no repurchase.

Patanjali Amla Hair Oil

INR 40 for 100 ml

This has got to be the cheapest & thinnest oil I've ever used. I added equal amounts of coconut & castor oil to it because I just don't like using thin oils. Works well but nothing spectacular. No repurchase

Patanjali Divya Badam Rogan Almond Oil

INR 100 for 60 ml

My new favorite almond oil. Will be repurchasing soon.

Kamadhenu Laboratories Kumkumadi Oil

INR 100 for 10 ml

I doubt if this is Kumkumadi oil as it smells very strongly of turmeric. It even leaves a yellow tinge behind. No way in hell!

Sunsilk Shampoo Sachet

INR 3 for 7 ml

My go- to shampoo. I do feel the sachets are over- priced though.

One bottle of hotel shampoo

Finally, I've hit bottom on the hotel stash. Only have conditioners left now

Streax Perfumed Body Mist in Peach Love

INR 120 for 100 ml

The last of the 3 bottle set I had bought. Needless to say, my least favorite. Glad to see it gone, not repurchasing again

Khadi Henna & Thyme Hair Tonic

INR 310 for 210 ml

This did absolutely nothing for me. Somehow the more Khadi products I use the less impressed I am with them.

Vaadi Herbals Deep Pore Cleansing Milk

INR 155 for 350 ml

This cleanses very well & I simply love the lemongrass smell. Might repurchase again.

Biotique Bio Avocado Stress Relief Body Massage Oil

INR 135 for 200 ml

This smells kinda like eucalyptus oil & I didn't like it one bit. Took forever to finish.

Banjaras Papaya Water

INR 50 for 60 ml

Bought it because I was bored of using rose water. This smella like Rasna & was an instant turn- off for me. Struggled to finish it somehow

Balaji's Rose Petal Powder

INR 45 for 100 ml

Had bought a long while ago to DIY ubtans. Decent stuff.

Vaadi Herbals Lemongrass Scrub Soap

INR 38 for 75 gm

Pretty nice. One more to go

Vaadi Herbals Heavenly Lavender Soap

INR 38 for 75 gm

My favorite from Vaadi range & the last one of the lot. Will be repurchasing soon.

L'oreal Base Magique Primer

INR 1200 for 15 ml

My first & best primer. Might repurchase after I finish my current one. The price though is way too much.

Elle 18 Nail Pops Base Coat

INR 50 for 5 ml

Decent for the price. I just hate the bottle shape though - makes it difficult to get out the product.

Colorbar Lipgloss in Ripe Apple

INR 400

This used to be my go- to lipgloss for the longest time. Sadly I haven't used it in a long time & it's almost finished.

Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara

INR 250

Nothing great. Going back to my trusted Maybelline mascara

Unbranded Nail colour

Pretty cheap

Completely dried up.

Nabeel King of Rose EDT

Don't remember the price

God! I just couldn't stand the smell of this one - it reeks of alcohol. The pitfalls of shopping for perfume online.

Phew! I'm exhausted. Maybe will start posting monthly empties from next time.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

March & April Empties

Hello all, I've managed to finish relatively less number of products as compared my previous posts; mainly because I've been travelling quite a bit. Anyhow, let's get on with the empties.

Khadi Herbal Shampoo with Vanilla and Honey

INR 135 for 210 ml

I really enjoyed using this shampoo & this has got to be the best smelling shampoo I've ever used from Khadi Herbals. It's got Rockside Laboratories written on the side which makes me wonder if this is manufactured separately. Looking forward to repurchasing.

Patanjali Divya Badam Rogan Almond Oil

INR 100 for 60 ml

My second bottle of this oil which should tell you how much I love it. I've switched over entirely from Dabur Rogan Badam Shireen to this one. Will be repurchasing after I whittle down my stash.

Sunsilk Soft and Smooth Shampoo Sachets X 2

INR 3 for 7 ml

My favourite shampoo! Although I think it's overpriced- you can get the same amount of shampoo at 1 Rupee as well. Will be buying forever.

Aloe Veda French Lavender Luxury Shower Gel

INR 180 for 300 ml

Smells fantastic & completely non- drying. Have one more variant of this one.

Vedic Line Lavender Gloss Serum

INR 200 for 100 ml

I really want to like this product but it gives a very shiny look on my oily skin. Maybe that's what they mean when they say "Gloss Serum". I can see this working amazingly well on people with dry skin. Despite the soothing fragrance, no repurchase.

Brihans Green Leaf Aloe Face Wash Gel

INR 90 for 120 gm

I loved the effect of this face wash though it doesn't remove makeup at all- not even compact. It somehow didn't break me out even though it didn't clean as well as I wanted it to. What gets annoying after a point, is to scoop out the product with your hands EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Will repurchase if the packaging is changed.

Nature's Essence Walnut Foot Scrub

INR 150 for 100 gm

This was part of a Manicure & Pedicure kit which I got as a free gift with purchase. It's so mild, ain't nobody's foot getting scrubbed with this thing. I used it on my face & it provided mild exfoliation at best. Also, it's a gel scrub & doesn't get washed away easily. It smells amazing like all Nature's Essence products but no repurchase.

Cemera Cuticle Oil Polish Cleanser

INR 50 for 50 ml

I bought this thinking it was from V.O.V. Quite similar but leaves a white residue on nails after removing polish. No repurchase.

Vaadi Herbals Luxurious Saffron Soap

INR 38 for 75 gm

I'd bought 6 of these. SIX. Took forever to finish + the fact that I hated the smell didn't really speed things up. This one's the last of the lot. HAVE TO STOP BUYING IN BULK.

Vaadi Herbals Heavenly Lavender Soap

INR 38 for 75 gm

Smells divine. Will be buying this & the Kiwi soap for all eternity.

Cinthol Deostick in Aura

INR 69 for 40 gm

Oh God! Where do I begin? Nothing works in this product. It does not control sweat. Nor does it deodorize. And the tube packaging has got to be the worst one I've ever seen. I'm all for innovative packaging but not when it makes using the product that much more difficult. Hated this one. Going back to my trusted Sure Anti- perspirant. Am so glad I didn't buy several of these as I usually do.

Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream

INR for 19 ml

I've been using this as a night lip balm for well over a year & yet it was showing no signs of finishing. By the time I finished using this, even an ardent caramel lover like me hated the smell of it. One more thing I'm glad I didn't buy several of. Definitely something to be said for restraint while buying new products, eh? No way in hell!


As always discarding a few more makeup items

Faces Makeup Brushes

INR 495 for set of 5 brushe
Bought this when I was starting out in makeup. Super scratchy bristles but nothing better was available back then. Goodbye!

Maybelline Colorsensational in Hooked on Pink &

Maybelline Colorsensational in Blushing Brunette

Don't remember the price

These were my most used lipsticks at one point. As of now, I've several similar looking lipsticks & I'm soooo over minor shade differences. Plus, these happen to be 6 years old. My lipstick drawer has a little more room now.

Do you track your empties? Does it help in curbing excess shopping? It works for me till I reach the last face wash et al....then I go on a mad spree & stock everything back up. Sigh!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Luster Dark Secrets Charcoal Scrub Review

I'm an out and out face mask junkie. Since I've oily skin, it is relatively better behaved in winters. I squirrel away face mask & packs all winter so I can use them in summer. I will be reviewing a face pack I'm almost finished using- Luster Dark Secrets Charcoal Scrub. It can be used as a face mask as well. I bought it mainly because I was looking for a charcoal scrub & this one boasted of Rhassoul Mud as a main ingredient. It was only when I opened it that I noticed it's striking similarity to Lush products especially Coalface. Even the name starts with "Lus" further confusing the consumer. It even has "Fresh Handmade Cosmetics" written on the tub but I highly doubt this claim since it has an expiry period of 3 years!

INR 295 for 100 ml

The scrub comes packaged in a black plastic tub with a screw on lid, almost similar to Lush products. The tub is housed in a cardboard box on which are printed the details like ingredients, date of expiry etc. The scrub is protected by a foil to avoid spillage.

Luster Dark Secrets Charcoal Scrub is a grey coloured gritty mixture which spreads easily on a wet face. It's a complete nightmare to spread on dry skin. A little goes a long way- I used a lot the first time around and ended up with a very oily face- probably because of the avocado oil it contains. When used in normal quantity, it leaves my face moisturized with a subtle glow. Sadly, the effects are not long lasting & because of this, it's become my go- to pack before last minute parties etc. I look fresh faced in a matter of minutes. It has a floral smell which I don't particularly like but I wash it off before it gets on my nerves. I'm quite happy with this scrub.


Can be used both as scrub & mask.

Exfoliates really well

Provides a subtle glow for about 6 hours post usage.


Imitation might be the best form of flattery but not for entire products. Uncool

There is a discrepancy in the ingredient list on the tub & on the outer cover. It is entirely different. Utterly baffled with this one!

Luster Dark Secrets Charcoal Scrub is a great last minute face pack - I love the results. Which is your go to scrub?