Undoubtedly, the biggest makeup launch of 2017 has been that of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. The permanent collection encompasses a foundation with a 40-shade range, one primer, two makeup brushes, three portable makeup brushes, one makeup sponge, one matte powder, ten shimmering highlighting sticks, 20 shades of matte contouring sticks, six powder highlighters, blotting paper, and one lip gloss. I was very tempted to get a Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation but with 40 shades on offer with no chance of me seeing them live, I played safe and got a Shimmer Skinstick in the shade Sinamon.
Here’s a fact about me. I’ve never been much of a tea or coffee person and I rarely have either of them for breakfast. I much prefer a glass of juice and therefore there’s always a carton in my fridge. One brand that I’ve been loving recently is B Natural from ITC Foods and I was actually introduced to it by my mom. She tried the Pomegranate Juice somewhere and came back and told me how tasty and ‘real’ it was. On our next monthly grocery shopping day, we came back with couple of cartons of B Natural’s Pomegranate and Mango Juice. And I’ve been hooked on to them since.
B Natural Range
Why do I like these juices? Because they are made from fruit and not from concentrate. When part of the water, is taken out from the fruit juice or pulp by heating, it becomes a concentrate. B Natural, ITC says, is made directly from pulp and not from concentrate. And therefore, you get that fresh fruit flavor in your juice. The brand also says that the juices contain “no synthetic colors, artificial flavors or added preservatives“. I cannot check those claims but I can say that they taste really good.
The Maybelline New York Baby Lips family keeps on growing each year and this time, the latest addition is the Candy Rush range. Why the name Candy Rush? Because they are not only named after candies but they taste of candy too! Yup, the new Maybelline New York Baby Lips Candy Rush is the first ever sweet tasting lip balm. They are priced at Rs 190 each and available in 4 lip smacking candy flavors – Watermelon Pop, Cotton Candy, Gummy Grape and Orange Jujube.
About Maybelline New York Baby Lips Candy Rush
Experience candy taste & color on your lips with the new Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Rush Lip Balms.These provide a rush of candy color with a kick of yummy candylicious flavour. With benefits of SPF 20, these provide protection against the sun’s rays while coconut Oil and vitamin E moisturize dry lips for 16 hours.
Nowadays, I find myself leaning more towards natural, organic and ayurvedic products for skin and hair care. We all know about the ill-effects of parabens and SLEs so I am trying to avoid them as much as I can. Recently, I was sent some products from the newly launched Ayurveda brand from Shesha Beauty, Ashtapathy, which has a range of coconut oil based shampoos and soaps.
About Shesha Beauty Ashtapathy Range
Harnessing tried and tested Ayurvedic beauty secrets is Ashtapathy. Ashtapathy Herbals is a herbal bath and body care brand from Kerala. In today’s times when purity in products is a rarity, Ashtapathy captures Ayurveda in its purest form and brings the same to you in a subtle way.
All of our products are prepared with the pure and potent coconut oil as the base. The entire range is free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, artificial perfumes and colour additives and are prepared from organically sourced medicinal herbs through a 100% natural process with the guidance of ancient Ayurveda scriptures. Ashtapathy Herbals also takes great pride in the fact that local women make up over 50% of our workforce and all the packaging etc are done through small groups of women across Kerala. We manufacture all products in our own plant at Cochin, Kerala.
For more information on the brand and to buy the products, check out their website sheshabeauty.com.
Finally I bought a Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit! The world is obsessed with these but somehow I never got the “I need to have it” vibe from these products. That was until she dropped the June Bug Lip Kit ($30) in the 2017 Summer Collection.
June Bug is a vibrant orchid/purple color. I am in a purple obsessed lip color phase so anything remotely purple excites me no end right now. Hence this choice. Plus, the color also goes very well with our skin tone and it does not look too loud.
As with all Kylie Cosmetics lip kits, along with the matte liquid lipstick, there is also a lip liner in the same shade. The packaging is different from the regular lip kit packaging and looks more luxurious with all the gold.
Kylie Lip Kits are popular no doubt but these have not really got great reviews. Many people have said that the formula is very drying and some of the colors go on patchy. My experience with June Bug is quite good though. The lip liner is creamy and applies very well. The pigmentation is also very impressive.
The liquid lipstick is really good. The vanilla smell is a bit too strong but I quite like the formula. Pigmentation is brilliant and it applies very well. The lipstick goes opaque in one swipe and lasts for nearly 5-6 hours. It does get a bit drying after sometime though but nothing too uncomfortable. This is my first Kylie Lip Kit so I don’t have anything to compare it against but my experience with June Bug has been really good. Plus, the color is so rad. It immediately brightens up the face and every time I apply it, I get so many compliments!
Have you tried the Kylie Lip Kits? Which one is your favorite? Do share in the comments below.