After launching a makeup line last month, The Body Shop is back with a number of new skin care products. Amongst them are the Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask, British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner, Chinese Ginseng & Rice Toner and Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Powder. Out of the four, I have three products sent to me by the brand and I’ve been trying them out every day for the last 1.5 weeks. Here are my initial thoughts on these new launches.
Now that the first month of the new year is gone, how do you think 2018 is shaping up? For me, it actually started off pretty well. I spent the first week with my family at home and then, the next two weeks I was travelling, saw new places, met new people and learned new things. I feel 2018 is going to be a year of change for me especially in terms of work. Fingers crossed, everything will go well. Now, back to my January 2018 Beauty Favourites.
January 2018 Beauty Favourites
BH Cosmetics Gold Rush Eye & Cheek Palette –
I used this palette pretty much everyday last month. BH Cosmetics makes really good stuff at very reasonable prices and this palette is another of their gems. It has matte and shimmery eyeshadows, a pale pink highlighter, a peachy blush and a shimmery bronzer. It is great for travel and the colours are perfect for those with warm skin tones. Unfortunately, this was limited edition and is now sold out but BH Cosmetics has lots of similar palettes and you can definitely find one that you like.
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Dance With Me –
After a neutral lipstick phase, I am back to loving my reds once again. And my red of choice last month was an old favourite, Dance With Me. It is a deep pink-red with cool undertones and is one of the best shades in the Retro Matte range. Pigmentation is great, the colour looks good on everyone and it stays for nearly 6-7 hours.
Deborah Milano Divine Volume & Curves Mascara* –
This is my first mascara from Deborah Milano and I’m loving it. The mascara gives great length and volume to the lashes, it does not clump, the price is reasonable and the effect lasts for a long time. Recommended!
The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Moluccan Honey* –
I have written about this foundation and other new makeup products from The Body Shop Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0 in this post. I am loving this foundation. Gives great coverage and I love the natural finish.
Simple Kind to Skin Vitamin Night Cream –
I picked up this cream from Boots because I needed something extra to combat the freezing temperatures in London. Simple is a brand that really focuses on ‘simple’ skincare. All of their products are very gentle on the skin but they are extremely effective. Even though this is a night cream, I’ve used it as a day cream as well and what I like about it is the fact that the cream is not at all heavy. It absorbs into the skin immediately but provides hydration nearly all day and night long. I really hope this brand comes to India!
Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil –
One of all time favourite cleansing oils has been the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. I have found a very worthy competitor in the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil. Nearly half the price and just as effective as the Kiehl’s one. This oil takes off waterproof face and eye makeup in only one application and that is quite a feat. If you can get your hands on this, definitely give it a try.
The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Butter & Shower Gel –
The Vanilla Chai range is available only during the holiday season and I’ve been buying it every year since they launched it. I love the slightly spicy, vanilla fragrance and the thick body butter is great for winter.
That was my list of January favourites. I would love to read about yours. Do share in the comments below.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick is one of my favourite matte lipstick formulas. In terms of pigmentation, texture, staying power, that range is absolutely brilliant. When she launched her range of liquid lipsticks late last year, I was obviously excited. A few days back, after much deliberation because all the colours looked so gorgeous, I finally settled for Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Matte Liquid Lipstick Screen Siren. It is a classic rich, ruby red with cool, blue undertones and a red that will work on every skin tone.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Matte Liquid Lipstick Screen Siren
“Darlings, contour your lips in one single swipe for a fuller, velvety soft Hollywood pout! My Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren has all the anti-aging ingredients you need to create high impact colour with a second skin feel. This buildable, ruby red shade glides on seamlessly like a gloss yet feels completely weightless – like lingerie for your lips! This showstopping classic ruby red shade is the perfect colour to make a statement in true Hollywood-style“.
Price – £24.00
By now, you all must have realized my love for matte lip colours be it liquid or normal lipsticks. Whenever a brand launches a matte range, my interest level shoots up and that’s what happened with the new Faces Glam On Velvet Matte lipstick range. These are described as “weightless and soft matte” and I could not wait to try them out. I’ve been using three shades from the range and here’s my take on these.
Faces Glam On Velvet Matte Lipstick
“Indulge the diva in you with the hottest lipsticks of the season as FACES Canada launches the all new Glam on Velvet Matte lipsticks. Creamy and sumptuous, FACES Glam On Velvet Matte lip color glides weightless on the lips leaving a smooth velvety touch with a semi-matte finish. From nudes to bright to bolds, get an intense lip make-up perfect for any occasion.
Price – Rs 549
Jacqueline Fernandez, face of The Body Shop India is out with her second limited edition makeup collection in collaboration with the brand. This time around, The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0 includes a matte foundation, mascara, eye shadow crayon and shine lip liquid. I have five products from the collection and in this post, will be sharing my thoughts on them and showing you a makeup look that I created using these five products. Let’s get started.
The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0
Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (Rs 1195) – This is a matte high coverage foundation, available in seven shades. I have Moluccan Nutmeg and it is the perfect match for my NC43.5 skin tone. This foundation is said to have mattifying clay and purifying tea tree so it should be good for those with oily skin. I was in London last two weeks and wore this foundation extensively. I really like the matte, natural finish, the good coverage, the fact that it is light and does not clog pores and that it does not oxidise. However, I have only used it in freezing temperatures so the real test will be when I wear it in summer. If it stays matte in that humidity as well then I’ll become a fan for life.
Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara (Rs 1395) – This is a two-step mascara, combining a base mascara formula with lengthening fibres. The mascara is available in four shades and I have Texas Topaz, a bright blue. Usually with coloured mascara, the colour hardly shows up on the lashes but this one is different. You can clearly make out the blue and it stays for a long time without fading or irritating the eyes. The lengthening fibres instantly volumises and extends the appearance of lashes. This one is a winner for me.
High-definition Metallic Eye Colour Stick (Rs 945) – I am extremely fond of coloured liners and eye shadow pencils and if you are as well, you will love them. I have the shade Bogota Emerald, a beautiful metallic dark green teal colour. The stick is very easy to use and can be worn both as an eye shadow and eye liner. It is soft, easy to blend and stays for a long time without budging and fading. There are some very pretty shades in this range so definitely check them out. I am eyeing Siberian Quartz and Cyprus Bronze.
Illuminating & Nourishing Shine Lip Liquid (Rs 645) – Basically, these are shiny, moisturising lip glosses but very light and non-sticky. I have two shades – Apple Taffy, a light peachy nude (that does not make me look like a ghost) and Watermelon Fizz, a bright coral. Usually, I stay away from lip glosses but these have been really helpful in winter. They don’t make the lips dry, and the colours and the shine add freshness to the overall look. As with all glosses, they don’t stay long but the colours are really pretty and can be a good option if you are looking for something that’s more subtle. You can also layer them on top of matte lipsticks for the extra shine and to get more wear time.
The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0 Makeup Look
This is the ‘Peacock Look’ that I’ve created using products from the The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0.
Face – Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation Moluccan Nutmeg, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush Feisty.
Eyes – Bogota Emerald all over the lids , Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear eye shadow on the crease, Texas Topaz on the lashes. On the waterline, I’ve applied Bogota Emerald mixed with a dark blue eye shadow and Texas Topaz on the lower lashes.
Lips – Apple Taffy and Watermelon Fizz
Have you tried any product from The Body Shop India Jacqueline’s Signature Line 2.0? What’s your favourite? Do share in the comments below.