I really enjoyed using The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil because of how light it was and how well it kept my skin hydrated. After using the oil, I was keen to try out other products from the Oils of Life range so I picked up the Sleeping Cream (Rs 2495) and the Eye Cream Gel (Rs 2395). If you want to know if the products work for me or not, read on for the review.
MAC has been one of my favourite makeup brands for years and there was a time when I would eagerly wait for each and every one of their collections. There was a maddening urge to grab atleast one Limited Edition piece simply because it was from MAC. But then they started releasing collections faster than I could cope up with and with every new launch, my interest and excitement levels also started going down. The shades looked the same, there was nothing new that was coming out and with much grief, I was forced to take a break from my makeup love. The break lasted for about a year. And then the MACxPADMA Collection came out. One look and I fell hook, line and sinker for that gold packaging.
I was in Sheffield when the collection launched in Nykaa and unfortunately because of the time difference, almost all the products were sold out before I could check the app. Hence, I settled for two pieces – Sumac lipstick (Rs 1500), a dark plum and Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Bordeauxline/Molé Brown (Rs 1320), a dark purple/ plum and cool brown.
Apart from the luxurious and eye-catching gold packaging which I read came right from her kitchen (the design is a copy of her Turkish plates), the best thing I feel about the collection is that it is very brown girl friendly. But do the products actually perform? Read on to find out my views on the stuff that I have.
Yes, there is New Kama To Love! My favourite skincare brand, Kama Ayurveda, is out with a bunch of new products. If you follow me on Instagram, you must have seen the posts and stories where I’ve shown you what they are. There are two foaming cleansers for sensitive and acne-prone skin, a day face cream for sensitive skin and an all-natural makeup remover. If you want to know what I think of each product, read on for the reviews.
New Kama To Love – Kama Ayurveda New Launches
Kama Ayurveda Sensitive Skin Cleansing Foam & Sensitive Skin Day Cream:
If your skin is prone to rashes, redness and inflammation, the Sensitive Skin Cleansing Foam (Rs 795 for 50 ml) & Sensitive Skin Day Cream (Rs 1795 for 50 gm) can be great options. Both products are enriched with sandalwood oil, aloe vera and calendula, ingredients that are gentle on the skin and known for their healing properties. Another ingredient in these products is the Poria Cocos mushroom. It is supposed to be an ancient Asian medicinal remedy for anti-inflammation and also it is said to prevent cellular tissue destruction.
I have been using both the products quite regularly over the last three weeks and here’s what I like about them.
- The cleansing foam is very gentle on the skin and after washing off, it does not make the skin dry and taut
- It also removes dirt, oil and impurities effectively and gives a clean, fresh feeling
- The fragrance is mild and pleasant
- What I like about the Day Cream is that it is light and gets absorbed quite easily. Even though it is a cream, it does not make the skin oily or greasy
- It hydrates the skin quite well and is perfect for applying under makeup because it blends into the skin instantly and creates a smooth base
- No breakouts or pimples have resulted after using the cream.
Kama Ayurveda Anti Acne Cleansing Foam:
The Anti Acne Cleansing Foam (Rs 595 for 50 ml) is enriched with Neem oil, Tulsi and Tea Tree, powerful ingredients that work to prevent acne and skin breakouts. Other ingredients include plant-derived Salicylic Acid to deep cleanse, reduce breakouts and boost the process of skin renewal, Comfrey-derived Allantoin, a mild conditioner and healer for damaged and distressed skin tissue along with Calendula flower and Aloe Vera extracts to cool and soothe the skin.
I am not facing acne problems right now but I’m very impressed by the ingredients list and considering how good Kama Ayurveda’s products are, if you have acne-prone skin, this cleanser should be effective for you.
Kama Ayurveda All Natural Makeup Remover:
The All Natural Makeup Remover (Rs 1195) is probably my favourite product of all the new launches. Firstly, because I am a sucker for anything that has rose in it. Secondly, I love rich, creamy and luxurious makeup removers. Thirdly, because this product is all natural. It has natural oils like olive, jojoba, castor seed, rose and jasmine along with Shea Butter. All these ingredients ensure that the product smells really nice and has lovely, soft, creamy texture.
I massage the cream into my face which melts off the makeup and then I take a damp cotton pad and wipe it off. For stubborn makeup like waterproof eyeliner, mascara and matte lipstick, it takes more than one application to get them off but I really like how smooth and soft the cream makes my skin after wiping the makeup away.
I’ve been waiting for a long time to see what new products Kama Ayurveda comes out with and I’m really happy with them. With age, I am moving more towards an all natural beauty regime and these new products fit into that perfectly. Not only do they care for the skin, they are also effective.
Have you tried any of the new Kama Ayurveda products? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.
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.