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Product review – Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Lip Care

 

Product review – Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Lip Care

 

Hey everyone, I’m back, I’m back, this time with another product review.

Product claims
100℅ Natural Colours
100℅ Natural Vitamin E
Free from Preservatives, Petroleum Jelly, Mineral Oil and Silicones

 

A lip balm tube with the name Rich Cocoa Butter Lip Care from the company Himalaya Herbals with the logo. The product is placed on a white background.
Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Lip Care

 

I picked up this product after having used Vaseline Lip Therapy Coco Butter lip balm. I wanted to try something new at the same time I wanted it in the same coco butter category. Lotus beauty also does one similar to this, if you need more options. I chose this one as it was the most economical- by that I mean that it was the cheapest and had more product compared to the price and quantity of the above mentioned.

Moisture hold- Himalaya Herbals Rich Cocoa Butter Lip Care keeps my lips nourished and moisture for about two-ish hours (I have the world’s dryest lips) ANNNND it is to some extent water resistant too. I often drink water just after having applied lip balm and it’s quite annoying that it just washes away- this one though doesn’t.

Fragrance- I wouldn’t say that it smells purely of coco, but like a mix of coco and like vanilla. It isn’t over powering, you don’t really smell it on you, but it’s nice to have a pleasant smell.

Taste- I feel that lip balms should give more importance to creating good balms with a nice taste as, let’s face it we do eat a lot of it. This one also tastes a bit chemically not repulsively and it doesn’t linger but it’s not a chocolatey taste.

Texture- The balm glides on easily and it does not feel very dense and heavy when worn. It is a thick consistency but you don’t feel the heaviness.

Final Thoughts- It is a really good purchase for the price and it also lasts a good amount of time. If you have massively fry and chipped/ cracked lips, I would advice that you exfoliate and then apply the balm, coz the balm’s not going to glue the chipped bits to your lips. It also forms a nice base for liquid lipsticks that are too drying. I am really liking this compared to the one I had earlier.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream | Berlin

Hey guys, how are you doing?

First of all I should apologise to you guys. If you follow me on twitter or instagram, I said that there was something special that was coming up here – but I haven’t done that yet. The thing is, I thought that it would be ready… but it isn’t yet. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was. I assure you it will be up sometime soon.

Anyways back to the review today. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, at one time I wished to own one of this. Thanks to my friend who kindly sent me one, I am a proud owner of a NYX lipstick. The color I have here is Berlin. It’s a very pretty brown shade. It’s not really the darkest but for my skin tone it’s a darker nude.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream | Berlin
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream | Berlin

 

Firstly the packaging of the product is amazing. I love the matte black cap and the idea that the entire bottle has the shade that is on the inside makes it so much easier to find it in a mass of lipsticks. The simplicity of the packaging is lovely. The vanilla- ish scent is not too overpowering too and it definitely doesn’t stay- so if that’s what you are worried about, you need not.

 

 

I knew liquid lipsticks would be drying but the problem that I had in this was that it chipped within like two hours of wearing. One the outer side the color stays but on in the middle it kind of disappears. If it was a lighter color wouldn’t really show thaaat much, but since the color is obviously seen – the chipping is also pretty obvious.

 

It dries but it stays for a long time. Touchup is needed.

I hope to try some lighter- but more nude shades and see how that works out.

 

Have you tried NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream? How was your experience?

Leave me a comment to let me know.

(P.S. my instagram and twitter are in the side- just in case you want to follow me there.)

Keep Smiling Always.

Amanda

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Maybelline the Colossal Volum’Express Waterproof Mascara

Hey guys.

Hope you are all well. I just had a Tusli herbal tea- different experience and it tasted weird. Anyways the product I have to review today is the Maybelline the Colossal Volum’Express Waterproof Mascara.

You get 10 ml in the tube. I got my product on Nykaa on offer time so it was about 350/- or so. Otherwise its 400/-

Firstly the claims,

  • Waterproof mascara
  • Up to 7x more volume
  • Instantly in just one coat
  • No clumps
  • Colossal Brush
  • Collagen enriched formula
Maybelline Colossal Volum'express Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline Colossal Volum’express Waterproof Mascara

Let’s talk about the packaging of the product- it is in the classic yellow tube. This bright colour is really useful if you have a ton of makeup and cannot identify what you want, this bright yellow is perfect for easy identification. This probably makes no sense but I really thought that the writing on the tube would be in purple (I’m a big fan of purple- blue or this colour not so much) but that was the normal not waterproof one, but I understand, its the inside what counts. The tube is chunky which is also nice and I am not sure if the size of the tube adds difference to the amount of the product that you get inside.

maybelline new york colossal volum'express mascara
maybelline new york colossal volum’express mascara

The bristles of the brush – I’m guessing is synthetic fibers. Its nice to use, I mean I really do not find it difficult to get the product on and with the amount that transfers. Of course if you are somebody who uses like rubber fibers or something that is more flexible- you might not prefer it so much.

Volume vs Length : One of the claims on the product is no clumps – but I do sometimes find that there is some clumping that takes place. Although I prefer that slightly clumpy look – to me looks like there’s more volume. There is some length that is added too. Overall I can feel my eyelashes looking a lot more prominent than any of the other ones I have used.

Waterproof: This is no joke on the waterproof part- you can have hot baths and this would still hold up. Some may prefer waterproof, some may not. But the important reason behind why people do not like waterproof is the removal at the end of the day process. I usually use any oil- coconut oil, almond oil; this breaks down the mascara and then you just need to wash your face with your regular skincare.

Overall, if you are interested in a budget friendly, super cool looking mascara this is your to go option.

Let me know if you have tried this before. I would love to know what your opinions are. Leave me a comment below 🙂

Keep Smiling Always,

Amanda.

 

 

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Handbag Essentials for Summer

        So… summer’s here. And guess what….? The heat’s back in full blast – well not yet actually but we are going to need a serious game plan to survive this heat. On contrary to the rest of the world, summers in India, Chennai for me are not the most romantic. If you have never heard this saying before ‘India has three seasons, hot, hotter and hottest.’ And that’s in no way joke, if the heats manageable the rest of the year, during the summer its another level of disaster. These are some of the things that would help if you had in your bag. 

 

No makeup – As much as we all love makeup, the heat isn’t the best friend to makeup. As an Indian girl, I can’t really sacrifice on kaajal and eyeliner; but the other a full face of makeup shabang, that can take a back seat. As gross as it sounds your skin needs to breathe and let sweat come out, if you don’t you’ll only be clogging all your pores which would result on bumps and pimples. Reserve the makeup for that special occasion or the evening

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 If you absolutely must, go for the bare minimum. You also really do not want your makeup melting through with a full face of makeup.  

 

The outside is pretty harsh, so you’ve got to make sure that you will be as cool and airy as possible. Here are some things that you might want to carry in your bag to make sure you are safe.

 

Stay hydrated : Carry a water bottle wherever you go. Even if it’s empty you can refill. Staying hydrated is important to maintain optimum temperature. You also get so many messages on watsapp and other social media to drink enough water to stay away from chicken pox and heat stroke and other such things. The most important remedy to survive this heat is water.

water bottle summer handbag essential
Summer handbag essentials

 

Wear cool – Cotton is the way to survive in this heat, ditch those jeans and other heat absorbing fabric. Stay away from figure hugging clothes, you need enough room to breathe. Another tip would be to wear light colours and avoiding dark colours would help you stay cool.

 

Sunscreen all the way – Staying in the sun means getting burnt to a crisp. Unlike the rest of the world we here do not want to get tanned. Don’t harp too much on fairness but it’s important that you keep yourself safe from sun inflicted skin problems. I use the Lotus sunscreen, this has a gel consistency and it seeps through the skin and stay unlike regular cream sunscreens that would wash away with sweat. It also has SPF 50 which is needed for a place like Chennai. Carrying sunscreen with you if possible would be ideal as you can top it up during the day.

sunscreen for skin protection
Sunscreen is an absolute must in the summer

 

Umbrella – scarf (Dupatta): I started using an umbrella because I started arriving in the peak of the day at like 1 in the afternoon and walking in the sun took a toll on my not only by burning me to a crisp but also draining me out energy completely. Since then carrying an umbrella has become a staple in my bag.

umbrella and scarf
protection from the heat

Scarfs are helpful in helping to prevent radiation reflecting directly on the skin. But this is also an option if you can not really carry an umbrella if you feel it’s too heavy or so.

Perfume: I would not suggest the regular kind of deo or perfume to top on sweat. But if you could get your hands on natural perfumes such as sandalwood oil, youd prefer that so much more. These kind of perfumes/ oils let out more fragrance as you sweat more and the smallest amount is enough to last through the day.

Check out my post from last year on the same topic.

Let me know how the summer where you stay in the comments below.

What are your tips and tricks to survive the heat?

Keep smiling always.

Amanda

 

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Oatmeal Pancakes

This week I had the kitchen to myself to make lunch – like do whatever I wanted. Instead of doing something like pasta (which is my fave!) I wanted to make something healthy at the same time finding all the ingredients around my house. So I decided to make something using oats. I am not the biggest fan of oatmeal in the usual method using milk and I wanted to make something more creative. I came across this recipe using oatmeal for pancakes but they had egg in it and it was the kind of sweet version. I wanted a savory version- I can’t have sugar as like an entire meal. So this is what I came up with.

oatmeal pancakes
Oatmeal pancakes

Ingredients 

Oatmeal

Wheat Flour ( 1/4 quantity less than how much oats you take)

Onions – sauted in oil

Salt – to taste

Sugar – a pinch

Oil or butter

Optional

Peppermint leaves

Curry Leaves

Pepper Balls

Tomatoes

Finely Chopped Green Chilles

Side for eat with 

Idly Podi

Method

If you are taking one measure of oats, you take 3/4 amount of wheat flour using the same measuring cup.

Take a pan or a vessel, and roast the oats until warm. Add these oats in a mixer and blend until powder finish.

Mix the oats and wheat flour in a bowl. Add a bit of cut onions and any of the other optional add ons into the mixture. Add salt to taste and a pinch of sugar.

Add water to the mixture until a it becomes a liquid consistency and not too runny.

Heat oil or butter in a pan, using a laddle pour the batter onto the pan. Wait until the edges turn golden and flip for the other side to cook evenly.

Make in small circles for convenience to flip.

Serve with idly podi

Let me know if you try this out.

Leave a comment down below.

Keep Smiling always

Amanda.

 

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Street Wear Color Rich Perfection Foundation

Hey guys,

Hope you are doing well.

Today I have a foundation review over here. Sometime back I picked up the foundation from Street Wear a baby brand from Revlon. This collection from Revlon targets the younger audience as it is for the younger audience who began experimenting with makeup and who are on a budget.

I read a couple of reviews before I got this product- they were very mixed, so I wanted to get it and try it out for myself. At the same time I was searching for a foundation that wasn’t too much coverage but still gave that bit of difference to the skin. The drugstores here really need to train their sales person on providing their customers what they actually they need- for example one tried to convince me that I was in the shade at least two shades lighter that I what I picked up. Everyone here is just so obsessed with being fair.

#streetwear #colorrich #foundationreview #perfectionfoudation
Street Wear Color Rich Perfection Foundation

Colour: warm beige

Price: 170 Rs – 180 Rs

So to the product now:

Packaging: At an initial glance, the bottle looks good and like a more expensive one because of the glass bottle. They have their logo stuck on the outside with the product name. The color on the outside and the actual product is not much different.

#streetwear #color #rich #foundation #perfection #foundationreview
Street Wear Color Rich Perfection Foundation

 

Consistency: The product on the inside is very watery and difficult to manage. Having no pump on the bottle makes it more difficult in this case.

Coverage: As much as the color match to the outside of the bottle is similar to the actual product, the product gives almost no coverage at all. There is like a sheen- but for me I cant see it as a positive aspect as it looks oily rather than dewy. I use a dry sponge for the application, because I feel at least some amount of the water is absorbed and gives the slightest coverage to the product. You definitely have to set it down with powder  though.

Staying power: This isn’t sweat proof or water proof so that’s something you’ll have to be careful of. This is weird observation though guys, every time I wore this foundation I felt it looked so much better after sometime of wearing it- almost glowy.

#streetwear #color #rich ##perfection #foundationreview
Street Wear Color Rich Perfection Foundation

Colour Selection: The colour range has to improve with darker shades.

 

I am not sure if I’ll re- purchase this after this gets over. For now I’m using this when I can and when I can.

Keep Smiling Always

Amanda

 

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Mild grunge look | Maybelline The Nudes Palette

Hey guys,

Hope you’re doing well.

So if you’ve seen the last post where my friend sent me a gift bag or goodie bag of makeup and makeup related goodies. One of the things that she sent is Maybelline’s The Nudes palette. I have gone multiple times to the store and looked at this palette and did not buy it. Needless to say I was more than surprised and pleased to see this in the bag.

Mild grunge look | Maybelline The Nudes Palette
Mild grunge look | Maybelline The Nudes Palette

 

This look that I did is inspired from grunge looks. It’s not too grungy but a little bit. I like neutrals (like everyone else), I also thought that neutrals are the most easy to carry off for beginners like me and this palette contains the perfect neutral shades. Another inspiration for this look was that I bought these large hoop earrings awhile back after watching Zoe and Joe Sugg’s Rewind calendar shoot and I really wanted to wear hoops too. I haven’t the courage to pull them off outside my house except for a couple of times. I really love them though. The choker was also bought at the same time and similarly I haven’t found the courage to wear them outside, so I wear them inside and take pleasure in looking at myself wearing them. Although these accessories were bought long time back this is the kind of look that I had in mind when I thought of wearing them.

 

So let’s get to the look itself. These are the products that I used.

Mild grunge look | Maybelline The Nudes Palette
Mild grunge look | Maybelline The Nudes Palette

From the top

Primer- I do not know what it is called (sorry)

Foundation- Rimmel Lasting Finish in the shade 400 Natural beige

Lip stick- NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Earrings and Choker- roadside shop

Ring- My friend’s

Palette- Maybelline The Nudes

Mild grunge look | Maybelline The Nudes Palette
Mild grunge look | Maybelline The Nudes Palette

 

This is the order in which I used these shades to get the look.

  1.  Base shadow- all over the lid. Just to make the other colours stand out a bit more for my skin tone.
  2. Outer crease – taking this shade more on the outside of the eyes and a little into the crease
  3. Crease shadow- Taking this darker shade deeper into the crease and giving the eye a little more depth.
  4. Really on the outer end- the smallest amount of black on the end for the dimension.
  5. Glitter shadow- concentrating the glitter on the inner half of the eyes.
  6. Blend blend blend…

 

I hope this ones correct.

Keep Smiling Always

Amanda.

PS. I didn’t use any brushes for this look.

 

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Gift Bag Unboxing

Hey guys,

A couple of months back my friend (check out her instagram) and I got chatting on makeup, and both of us quickly realized that we shared the similar interests in makeup, both of us were just discovering makeup and enjoyed playing around with it. She moved Amsterdam and she asked me if I would like to have a couple of things sent to me.

These are the things that she very kindly sent me.

Gift bag Unboxing
Gift bag Unboxing

Hope you guys have an amazing day.

Keep smiling always,

Amanda

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Valentine’s Day

If any of you follow Tanya burr (which you obviously do), she did a deep reddish color on her eyes, more on the smoky side. I have only one eye palette and I felt that one color in the palette, that I felt looked similar. Now bear this in mind that this is no where in quality and any of the other categories even close to the one that Tanya used. It was just that the color that she used reminded me of the color that I have.

Valentine's Day Look Attempt #valentines #day
Valentine’s Day Look Attempt

I hope you are having an amazing valentine’s day.

 

Disclaimer: I feel that my disclaimers are more than the post itself. Anyways, I do not own a lot of makeup- that means I don’t own almost any at all. So excuse the lack of contour and concealer and the dark under eyes. I also realized that taking selfies is so hard, no wonder people take so many pictures to get to a perfect one.

How did your valentine’s day go?

Let me know in the comments.

Keep Smiling Always

Amanda

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My Fitness Journey

A few years back I was sitting in the back of my car and looking out of the window, there a came a speed breaker on the road. The car jumped. Along with the car I felt my tummy jiggle. That created a black mark in the way I looked at myself in the mirror and felt about myself. That was when I decided that this pooch had to go.

Earlier, when people used  to talk about fitness and workouts there were only two options to do them- one you go cycling or walking or jogging and second you go to the gym. With the first option, I knew that was not the most conducive option for me. Being in a city like mine, a girl wearing gym wear and running down the road is not looked at in the best way  aka there are creeps on the road. The next problem with working out outdoors was that I am not a runner- I get breathless and uncomfortable and eventually I think I get a little embarrassed to go look like a sweaty pig catching my breath on the side of the road. Next would be that the roads here are not the most workout-friendly. Also for the life of me I cannot get myself out of bed in the morning and go for a run when all I want to do is to curl and sleep.

 

With a gym membership- there are people who don’t really want to spend for one. People like my sister would say that gyms are not the best as the effect is lost once you stop going- you know you stop once you think you’ve gotten to a shape to how you want to see yourself and then you stop working out and then you all of sudden have this massive weight gain and you seem to be consuming more food than ever- that kinda stuff. Also in a way I would say that gyms scare and intimidate me- I mean you are probably surrounded with people with incredible bodies while I will be there trying to do one push up (hopelessly may i add). Another thing that scared me is the gym equipment. It’s not that I heard any story of someone getting seriously injured, but I guess it’s common sense that if you do something wrong with the equipment you could end up with serious injuries. Also my mum really did not believe that I would be consistent in going to the gym.

 

So with all this I didn’t have any idea how I working out would be possible. Any YouTube channel who did home workouts did not have beginner level workouts and were just not motivating enough and I did have massive pain for a week after doing one video. So that didn’t work-out well. Finally I found Lucy who I found when I was watching a video on Anna Saccone’s channel, She is just amazing. She has the perfect videos for beginners. Annnnnndddd guess what she didn’t use any equipment. In spite of this, I struggled to find motivation to do workout on a regular basis. For months I would workout for like 10 days then sleep for the rest of the month.

HIIT AT HOME WORKOUTS
HIIT AT HOME WORKOUTS

 

October 2016 came and my cousin who is 38 years old suffered a heart attack. My dad had a heart attack at 50 years of age. The age at which my cousin suffered an attack dropped massively. That did it. If I didn’t kick myself in the butt and start taking proper care of my health, I would be in for a nice surprise. It was just something that made me push myself and do some exercise every day. By this time it was almost a year since I had first decided to start working out, but as I said it was very on and off. In spite of that I was getting compliments from friends and family or rather getting noticed that I was looking much fit. Just imagine if a few days in a month was helping so much. Think about how much a constant amount of time everyday would result in.
That was the beginning to where I am now. I am by no way at the place where I want to be. But it is a journey and one that I am thoroughly enjoying.

I do want to write a post separately on how Lucy’s videos helped me. Do you have any experiences on working out?

Disclaimer: picture from google pictures

Keep Smiling Always

Amanda.