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What the brand says: Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth, supple and hydrated day after day. Our award-winning and best selling water gel formula absorbs quickly and instantly delivers intense hydration. And it contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin and acts as a sponge, absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This formula leaves skin more supple and smooth. Plus, it’s an oil-free moisturizer, so you can wear it alone or under makeup as a smooth, velvety primer.
Price & Availability: It is priced at ₹849 for 50g of product. It is available online at Amazon and Nykaa . Offline, you can find it in your local pharmacy or local store while sells Neutrogena products.
Packaging: The Neutrogena Hydro Boost comes in a bright blue plastic tub with a metallic blue twist up cap. The tub is not too huge and just about fits in the palm of the hands. The packaging feels quite sturdy and is travel friendly as well. I’m not too fond of products which come in a tub as I need to dig my fingers in it to take the product out and that can get a little unhygienic. Other than that, this tub looks nice and colourful sitting on the vanity!
Texture: Aptly named water gel, the texture of this Neutrogena moisturiser is a cross between water and gel. It feels extremely light and thin like water, but the consistency is that of a gel. It has a strong fragrance which may irritate some people, but it doesn’t linger. I don’t mind this as it smells quite fresh to me. The gel absorbs very easily into the skin.
Application & How I use it: As the Neutrogena Hydro Boost is a gel based moisturiser, it spreads very easily on the skin. Not a whole lot of product is required, which means that this will definitely last long. I usually scoop out a small dime size amount of it and apply it all over my face and neck. It gives a nice, cooling sensation when applied and absorbs very quickly! As the winters are approaching, my face tends to have a few dry patches. This gel instantly hydrates those patches and my skin feels soft and supple. It does not feel greasy on the face at all and gives a velvety finish to the skin.
My Overall Experience:
I tried the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel for about 3 weeks – applying it both day and night. I really liked this product. It moisturised my skin quite well, especially during this semi-cold season. This gel did not irritate my skin or clog my pores at all and I didn’t get any breakouts after using this. My face usually gets oily within 5-6 hours of me applying any moisturiser in the morning and this did not make it oilier any sooner. I applied this before makeup as well and it worked very well under that also. I prefer to use this in the morning as I feel I can apply something a little heavier at night.
I’m so happy I found this gem just at the right time. This is perfect everyday moisturiser for anyone with oily/combination skin. If you have dry skin, then this might not be moisturising enough for you. The price is slightly expensive when compared to other Neutrogena or drugstore moisturisers but I feel it’s worth the price. My skin has definitely been feeling more hydrated and soft ever since I’ve started using this.
|• Available easily online||• Comes in a tub, can be unhygienic|
|• Hydrates skin very well||• Costly for a drugstore moisturiser|
|• Does not clog pores; no breakouts|
4.5/5 Coffee Beans
I’ve also heard that this is a great alternative to the Clinique Moisture Surge, but I haven’t tried that till now. Let me know if you want me to try that and do a comparison between them for you guys 🙂
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The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter is a cleansing butter/balm kind of thing for the face. I’ve always been intrigued by such balms but as I have super oily skin with open pores, I’ve been scared to try them out. Cleansing oils usually clog my pores, feel heavy on my skin and end up breaking me out terribly. This cleansing butter claims to be suitable for sensitive skin, so I decided to give a try.
What the brand says: Cleanse and nourish your skin with our rich cleansing butter. A luxurious way to remove every last trace of make-up, while purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, leaving it soft to the touch.
- Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers
- Camomile extract from Norfolk, England
- Clean and silky-soft feel
- Removes all types of make-up
Price & Availability: It is priced at ₹1095 for 90 ml of product. It is available online at The Body Shop website (It keeps going out of stock though). Offline, you can find it in The Body Shop stores across India or in The Body Shop kiosks in Lifestyle. I got mine from The Body Shop store in Khan Market, Delhi as it was always sold out online.
Packaging: The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter comes in a pretty silver circular tin which is not too huge. The tin has a screw on lid which securely protects any product from getting out. However, the packaging feels a little inconvenient if you want to use it in the shower. The product doesn’t take up much space and is definitely travel-friendly. But instead of taking the whole thing while travelling, I would probably scoop out some of it and put it in tiny travel jars.
How to use: Apply to dry face and massage into skin. Rinse off with warm water or remove with a wet muslin cloth for a more thorough cleanse.
Texture: Staying true to its name, this cleansing butter has a solid butter like consistency which melts to an oil when it is rubbed into the skin. It’s like a cleansing balm and doesn’t need to be refrigerated to prevent it from melting. The butter has a very sweet and fresh fragrance. It is not very long lasting so it does not irritate much as well.
Application & How I use it: As I like to double cleanse my face when I wear makeup, I decided to use The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter as my first cleanse. Taking the cleansing butter out of the tin can be a bit of a task because you need to scoop out a small amount of it instead of picking it up like a cream. I would strongly advise to use a clean spoon or spatula to take the butter out. If you want to use your fingers, then please make sure they have been freshly washed.
I used a small wooden spatula to take out a coin size amount of the balm and melted it a bit on my fingertips. It turned into an oil like consistency when rubbed on the skin. Then I massaged it onto a full face of makeup for about 2-3 minutes making sure that I took it down to my neck as well. To take off the mascara, i just rubbed the eyelashes gently with the melted butter between my fingers.
To remove the oil from my face, I took a wet washcloth and wiped my face with it till everything came off and my face felt clean. The butter removed ALL my makeup, even waterproof mascara and stubborn liquid lipstick, without leaving my face feeling any greasy. Just to be doubly sure, I went over my face with a cotton pad with micellar water on it, and hardly anything came off. I followed this up with my go to Avene Face Wash and my usual night time skin care stuff.
My Overall Experience:
I tested this cleansing butter out over 4 days and here is my final opinion on it. So when it comes to removing makeup, especially long wearing, stubborn makeup, I really enjoyed using The Body Shop Camomile cleansing butter. It took much less effort (and 0 cotton pads!) to remove my makeup than it takes when I take it off with my usual micellar. The Camomile felt very soothing on the skin and my skin looked brighter as well. However, when I used it the first time, I woke up to a few tiny whiteheads on my forehead and close to my mouth area. These bumps subsided by the evening and I used it again that night. I had 1-2 fresh whiteheads the following morning. To my surprise, this did not continue for the next 2 mornings and I had no new bumps after that.
So for the time being I’m using this cleansing butter exclusively to remove my eye & lip makeup as I’ve never had better results with anything else when it comes to taking off mascara. For the rest of my face, I’m switching back to my trusted micellar water to prevent any further bumps. I am going to be giving this another shot for face makeup during the winter months when my face is more towards the combination side.
The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter is exceptionally great at removing all traces of makeup especially if you have dry/combination skin or you do not break out easily. It’s a good investment as only a small amount is required for the full face, so it will last you long.
|• Removes all makeup effortlessly||• Broke me out a bit, not terribly|
|• Soothing and nourishing on the skin||• Availability (Sold out online)|
|• One of the few cleansing balms available in India|
3.5/5 Coffee Beans
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Sugar Cosmetics Suede Secret Matte Lipcolour Review + Lip Swatches | Taffeta Terracotta & Tweed Taupe
What the brand says: Work this #MadeInItaly beauty to take matte to the max with a punch of opaque colour in every swipe. Dries quickly to a smooth matte finish without leaving your lips parched – this is your secret weapon to hack a luxurious pout! The SUGAR Suede Secret Matte Lipcolour boasts of a 12-hour stay and comes in a spectrum of highly-pigmented shades that complement a slew of complexions – make it your goal to own every one of them!
Price & Availability: The Sugar Suede Secret Matte Lipcolour is priced at ₹799 for 6 ml. The price is on the steeper side when compared to other drugstore brands but it is not very expensive in comparison to a lot of high end brands. This is the most expensive liquid lipstick that Sugar Cosmetics sells. It is available online on the Sugar Cosmetics website, Nykaa, Amazon, Fab Bag and other online retailers as well. Offline, it can be found at Sugar counters in various Lifestyle stores across India.
Packaging: The Sugar Suede Secret Matte Lipcolour comes in a rectangle shaped box. The outer packaging of the lipsticks is quirky with graphic prints and is similar most of the Sugar Cosmetics packaging. The liquid lipsticks themselves come in a frosted transparent tube with a black screw on cap. The cap screws on securely and minimizes any chance of the lipstick opening up on its own. One can easily see the shade of the lipstick from outside without having to open the lipstick but the frosted packaging does not reveal the exact colour of the lipstick.
Shade: Initially Sugar came out with 10 shades of the lipstick, out of which I bought 2 – 06 Taffeta Terracotta & 07 Tweed Taupe. Both these shades were a little unique to me out of the 10 and hence I picked them out. Recently, they’ve added 10 more shades to their range and I’m definitely going to pick up a few more shades.
06 Taffeta Terracotta – This is described as a ‘Terracotta Brown’ by the company. I found the shade very interesting as it a nice mixture of red and brown.
I don’t wear a lot of bright red lipsticks as I’m more of a nude lip girl and I felt this was the perfect kind of red for me. The brownish tones in this liquid lipstick dull down the red and it comes off as a more muted red lip than a bright one. It’s a great shade for Indian weddings or just a night out on the town.
I really like this shade for my complexion and I feel it’s a very versatile shade as it will look good on all skin tones.
07 Tweed Taupe – This shade is described as a ‘Taupe Rose’ by the company. It is more of a greyish pink tone or like a ‘greige’ tone.
On my lips it looks like a soft lilac colour with very cool undertones. This is a very different kind of nude than what I am used to and is sort of a first for me. Initially I wasn’t very fond of this shade as I’m more into warm undertones, but this shade grew on me slowly and I’ve started wearing it more often.
I feel this shade will look nice on most skin tones. But anyone with a darker complexion than mine (I’m an NC 44 in Mac Studio Fix Fluid) might have to use a darker lip liner for the shade to suit them.
Application & Texture: The Sugar Suede Secret Matte Lipcolours have a thin doe-foot applicator which has a slight outward curve at the edge. This curve makes it very easy to apply the lipstick evenly on the corner of the lips. The lipsticks have good pigmentation and are opaque. Only one swipe is required for an even application and they cover my pigmented lips easily. They go on smoothly on the lips and the texture feels very thin and mousse like when applied. These Sugar lipsticks take a long time to dry – approx 10-12 minutes – but once dry they feel extremely comfortable and don’t suck the moisture out of the lips.
The colour tends to get a smidge darker when the lipstick dries down completely but it’s not that different. The term ‘suede’ suits these lipsticks perfectly as they don’t dry down to a complete matte finish but they give an illusion of a matte lipstick on the lips. The lipsticks are fragrance free and usually don’t settle down in the fine lines of the lips. However, if you have dry/chapped lips, I would recommend you to prep your lips (with an exfoliator or lip balm) before applying these lipsticks.
Staying Power: The Sugar SSMLC lipsticks stay on the lips for a good 8-9 hours easily even after light eating. However, if you eat oily food or something like a burger or sandwich with a lot of sauces, it tends to fade away from the centre of the lips. Reapplication of the lipsticks is easy and does not feel like an additional layer on the lips.
My Overall Experience:
Being a lipstick junkie, I’ve tried many different textures of liquid lipsticks over the years. I can safely say that the Sugar Suede Secret Matte Lipcolours are one of the best ones I own. The texture is very comfortable, the staying power is amazing and above all, they come in 20 shades now! So I’m pretty sure that everyone can find something or the other for themselves in this range. The only downside of these lipstick is the price. They’re effectively for ₹800 and that in my books is a little on the costlier side for a brand like Sugar. The Sugar Rewards system is really good though, you can get money off or certain discounts depending on how much you’ve purchased from them!
|• Extremely Comfortable||• A little on the costlier side|
|• Good shade range||• Takes a long time to dry down|
|• Lasts long on the lips|
|• Easy availability|
4.5/5 Coffee Beans
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