ELF BB Cream SPF 20 Review

Details:

Prime, protect, moisturize, and perfect your skin with this multitasking cream. Infused with key anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin E, Jojoba, Aloe, and Cucumber to hydrate and nourish the skin. The smoothing formula minimizes fine lines and provides a natural tint of color for seamless coverage.

Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 4%, Octisalate 5% Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sorbitan Olivate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Chloride, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Talc, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mica, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum) May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

My Verdict:

About packaging, it comes in a very pretty convenient pump that disperses just enough product and is easily controlled. I really like the packaging but the first time you use it, it might take a few pumps for the product to come out.

I got this in the shade NUDE.The consistency of this BB cream is little thick. Always use a moisturizer prior to this for blending easily. I use my Real techniques miracle sponge to apply. The product is nicely pigmented so you will notice some coverage. In my case, it does tone down the discoloration. The downside of this product is that it can wear off during the day. I managed to control that by setting the BB cream with setting powder but it last long. Also, since the product is too thick. I like to mix with little of my face serum.(because I have dry skin). This gives me a dewy look.

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This BB cream is so heavily fragranced. It smells like a sunscreen with a floral hint of fragrance and the fragrance stays for quite some time.

Not to mention that although the SPF 20 is awesome but if you spend time in the sun you should be wearing another sunscreen under your makeup anyway. Also, the heavy fragrance can be sensitive for certain skin types.

I Love ELF but sadly this is not a product that I’d want to repurchase.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Packaging is really good
  • Travel friendly

Cons:

  • Heavy fragrance
  • Cannot blend easily with just the product
  • Thick consistency
  • Not hydrating

Price: $6

Rating: 3.5/5

Top 10 Concealer Hacks

Concealers are a life-changing product. It’s a must in each vanity. Concealers are mainly know for hiding dark circles but there are various uses of this product. I jotted down my favorite ways to use concealers. Hope you guys enjoy it! So, lets go !!

  1. Apply concealer on the edge of the winged liner to correct or sharpen it.
  2. It can be used on eyelid as an eye-shadow primer.
  3. Apply little concealer on your lips to get your nude lipstick to show its true color and also any lipstick will stay longer.
  4. To sharpen the lip lines, apply concealer on edge of the lip line.
  5. Apply color correcting concealer to cancel out any redness and hide those pesky pimples.
  6. When concealing a pimple, first use a green concealer and then cover with a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly.
  7. Apply concealer to different areas of face for highlighting and contouring.
  8. After applying concealer, blot the area with a tissue to prevent any creases around your eyes.
  9. Apply concealer underneath and above your eyebrow to clean up and give your eyebrow a natural look.
  10. To get an intensified and sexy looking collarbone, shrug your shoulders up and trace the natural contours with a concealer two shades darker than your skin tone, and then highlighting them with two shades lighter.

 

Let me know your opinions about these hacks. :)!

Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color-Coral Support

Description:

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Wonder Gel! The first gel formula that doesn’t require a top coat and cures without a lamp, this nail color breakthrough is about to become your nail superhero. Provides up to 2 weeks of color and shine in 1 easy step.

Claims:

  • Up to 2 weeks of color & shine based on consumer grading
  • No UV Light Required
  • No Harsh Removal
  • 3-Free! No Formaldehyde, Toluene, or Phthalates!

My Verdict:

I got this Wet n Wild 1 step wonder gel nail polish in the shade CORAL SUPPORT. I really like this nail paint. It applies nicely and I absolutely love the brush that comes with these. It’s flat and rounded and applies easily.

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The website claims that color will stay up to 2 weeks without chipping. I will say, while it’s possible but I would definitely recommend top coat. It gave my  nails gel like finish which I really liked because no UV required.My manicure lasted much longer with it and I also noticed a pretty big difference in the overall look of the polish on my nail with the top coat vs without (I liked it with top coat more).

This is how it looks after 5 days,

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Overall, I really enjoyed this polish. The color and finish is great. They’re priced nicely and the formula was easy to work with.I want more colors! I’ve fallen in love with this formula because there’s no fuss with it. It dries quickly and lasts very well so that’s all I need in a nail polish.

Price: $4.99

Rating: 4.5/5

What do you think of these? Have you tried them before? Have an opinion on their wear time? I’d love to hear!

Happy Polishing 🙂

5 ways to use Honey

Honey is one of the gentlest things you can put on your face. From young, oily and acne-prone skin to the dry, maturing types—honey has something for everyone.

Here are my top 5 ways to use honey,

Simple honey mask: Honey has moisturizing and antioxidant properties. It can be used as wonder mask. It also gently exfoliates. Apply a generous layer of raw honey to clean skin; relax for 30 minutes and rinse. Click here for a simple DIY using honey.

Honey scrub: Mix a small amount of honey with oats for a body and face scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes.

Lip moisturizing: Due to its moisturizing property, honey is great for lips. Click here for a simple DIY.

For acne:  Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties honey works extremely well on skin that is prone to breakout. It helps heal existing acne and keep new breakouts from happening.

Anti-ageing properties: Honey is beneficial in protecting the skin against ultraviolet rays. Honey can thus be used as a good sunscreen preventing damage to the skin and premature ageing.

 

Ipsy Bag May 2016

For those of you who are not familiar with Ipsy it’s a beauty box subscription for US$10.00 a month. It’s like a little piece of heaven for any makeup lovers. It is such a fun surprise to look forward to each month. I have been subscribed to Ipsy for over a year now but this will be the first time I am doing a beauty box review. So let’s get started.

First of all, I loved the bag for this month. The theme for this month was DESTINATION CHIC. The bag is designed as an envelope. I guess this was the first time ipsy changed their bag pattern. So I totally loved how the bag looked.

Here are the goodies which I got,

Hikari Palette:

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I got this mini palette in the shade Shimmer Bronze RADIATE. I am yet to try these out but the shade looks amazing. The packaging is simple and its travel friendly. Perfect for summer and beach essentials.

Vasanti Cleanser:

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This is a exfoliating cleanser which contains papaya and aloe. Its just a travel size and it contains 20g of product. Again easy and travel friendly for a beach vacation.

Jersey Shoe Spa Hydrating Balm:

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I love lip balm and was so happy to see this one in my bag. It’s a lavender moisture rich hydrating balm. It contains coconut oil lavender oil vitamin E oil which all are good for skin. I used this product couple of times and just love the way it feels on my lips and lipstick glide so easily. I really have dry chapped lips and this was something I needed. I highly recommend this product.

Melow Cosmetic Lipstick:

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I love the packaging. I got in the shade ELECTRO which is a red orange color. It’s a matte lipstick and this color suits on all skin tones. I love the shade. Detailed review coming soon.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara:

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It’s a mini mascara which is good for travel. To be honest I wasn’t excited about this product as I have got Smashbox mascar earlier in my ipsy bag and I dint like it all. There is lot of hype about this X-Rated mascara in the social media so I will give a try and let you all know my thoughts on about it.

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Overall, I loved this month’s bag and very excited to try these products. Already in love with the Jersey Shoe lip balm. Detailed Review on each product coming soon.

Let me know which is your favorite beauty box! Hope you enjoyed it!