Beauty Review: Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser

Like every girl, I am constantly on the look out for a great, reasonably-priced face cleanser. A good cleanser is essential for keeping skin problems at bay. If your skin isn’t clean, you will have breakouts and your makeup will not go on smoothly. Also, if a cleanser makes your skin excessively dry, you’ll need a bunch of other products to rehydrate your skin. Needless to say, we all wish to have that one no-frills, dependable product, that does the job just right.

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Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser is that one product. It is true to its name and is really effective as a makeup remover. It works on eye shadow, eye liner and mascara, all of which can be difficult to remove even with some really high-end makeup removers.

You only need two drops of it at a time. It lathers up beautifully and leaves your face feeling clean and smooth. You do need quite a bit of water to rinse it off, though. But, I’ve noticed that with most Clinique cleasers. I follow it with a dab of moisturizer, since I have combination skin. It also has a slightly medicinal smell that many Clinique products have. It does not bother me, but it might be something to keep in mind before buying it.

Pros:

  1. Cleans the skin effectively.
  2. Allergy free.
  3. Removes stubborn makeup.
  4. Does not dry out the skin.
  5. Two drops go a long way.

Cons: 

  1. Expensive at $20.
  2. Not entirely fragrance free.

Overall: 

4/5. This product is now a permanent fixture in my daily skin regimen.

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Change of Colors!

I’ve always felt that one of the easiest ways to switch your look with changing seasons is by trying some new makeup. The bright pops of pink, peach and neon of summer just don’t work through fall and winter. So, I took inspiration right off the runways and collected some of my favorite new trends in makeup for this post.

Since good makeup products can be quite expensive and trends can change drastically from one season to another, I picked items below $25.

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  1. Estee Lauder Eyebrow Pencil for the strong brow that could actually be attributed to the phenomenon that is Cara Delevingne. Fashion industry’s big names, including Prabal Gurung and Chanel, favored the look on the runway.
  2. Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner is one of my favorites for creating the perfect cat-eye. Seen in a futuristic version for Christian Dior, a strong, statement eye for Anna Sui and a dramatic, blue for Jason Wu.
  3. Estee Lauder Powder Shadow will add that pop of color to your look. Emerald and orange frequented the runway with Givenchy and BCBG.
  4. NARS Nail Polish in silver is an easy and low-key way to incorporate the metallic trend into your wardrobe.
  5. MAC Lipstick in Russian Red and Cyber will get you runway-ready with minimum effort. Seen in collections from Zac Posen and Vera Wang.

Spring is IN!

One of the many ways in which I celebrate the end of dreary, snowy and blowy winters is buying all new nail color for an all new season. The flowers, new leaves and warm temperature inspire so many irresistible shades and including them in your manicure caddy is a quick and easy way to feel like a whole new you.

This was going to be a ‘top five nail colors for Spring’ post. But, my favorite makeup brand Estee Lauder’s Pure Color range deserves a post of its own. So here are the top 10 new shades (five bright hues for day and five sultry ones for night) from Estee Lauder that you must try (or lust after) this season. At $20 each, they are a little bit on the expensive side, but they’re versatile enough to carry you through Summer.

Estee Lauder Pure Color: Top 10 shades for Spring.

Estee Lauder Pure Color: Top 10 shades for Spring.

1. Dilettante
2. Absinthe
3. Coral Cult
4. Insatiable
5. Narcissist
6. Viper
7. Explosif
8. Black Turquoise
9. Enchanted Garnet
10. Purple Velvet

Which one’s your favorite?

Beauty Review: MAC Studio Moisture Cream

A few weeks ago, I shared with you my list of essential makeup items. Each item on that list has made it to a permanent spot in my makeup bag after much research, testing, discussions and expenditure.

Of these, perhaps the most difficult to find was the moisturizer. For years, my skin either got too oily or extremely dry during winters because of the moisturizer. There were even a few times when I applied my whole makeup, and while putting on the finishing powder, I’d realize that my skin was flaking. Then I’d have to remove all of it and start again. Only to find out two hours later that my face is in desperate need of blotting paper.

Finally, a couple of months ago, while visiting the MAC store in New Delhi, I tried the Studio Moisture Cream.

MAC Studio Moisture Cream, 1.7 oz (50ml) - $32

MAC Studio Moisture Cream, 1.7 oz (50ml) – $32

I love their Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15 for summers. But, my skin needed something richer for winters. The answer came in the form of the Studio Moisture Cream. It provides just the right amount of moisture and is a particularly good base for makeup. It doesn’t weigh your skin down or make it dull or oily. I have been using it for about a month now and haven’t seen a difference in the “healthy radiance” of my skin, as claimed by the description on the MAC website.

It is kind of expensive, at $32 for 1.7 oz (50ml). But, you only need a little bit at a time and a jar will easily last you about five months. And I believe that a great moisturizer is definitely worth splurging on since it can really make or break your look. No amount of professional brush strokes or 100s of bucks worth of makeup will make a difference if your skin isn’t moisturized properly.

So go ahead. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

xo

Makeup Essentials: Seven wonders

I absolutely love makeup. From trying out new products to watching “how-to” videos on YouTube, I spend hours on it. After much research and experimentation, I have realized that there are seven products that are must-haves and when in a hurry, I can rely on these to complete my look for day and for night.

7-wonders

1. Mac Studio Moisture Cream – $32
2. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Mousse – $34
3. Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Quad: Spicy – $27
4. Mac Pro Longwear Eyeliner – $19.50
5. Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara – $22
6. Bobbi Brown Blush: Nude Pink – $25
7. Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick – $20

For someone who has a lot of experience with makeup, these seven can make the perfect little makeup kit. And for someone just getting started with it, these are the essentials that you need to get your hands on.