Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Power Fruits from KDD

This flyer came with today's Arab Times.

I have no idea whether these juices are available in the market yet but I really want to try them all out. :)


Picked this up from a bakala. Only this flavor was available.You can taste the guava and cranberry,apricot and orange flavor with each sip. Not a bad combo of flavors. But the nutritional information doesn't state anything about 'sugar'. Maybe they haven't added any sugar (and the juice doesn't taste as if it has been overloaded with sugar) but the puree and the concentrate used in making this juice must definitely have sugar added into it ,right?

Anyways, don't expect a packaged drink to be too healthy; but this is a welcome variation to the usual sugar loaded ones available in the market. Now I am waiting to try out the other flavors.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

DIY-How to clean your hair brush

When it comes to hair care, a very important factor is clean hair brushes.
And it is not just hair brushes, this applies to combs as well.
You need to clean them atleast once a month.

Here is a very simple yet effective 'Do -It-Yourself' for clean hair brushes and combs.

1. Water
2. Baking soda
3. Apple cider vinegar
4. Dish washing liquid

Take a wide and deep bowl. This should be big enough so that all the brushes would be immersed in the water. Remove all the hair from your brush or comb. Add about 2 teaspoonful of dishwashing liquid. Mix it well. Add about 3 tablespoon of baking soda into it. Give a stir and add half a cup of apple cider vinegar. mix well. Immerse the brushes in this concoction for 10 minutes. Then clean the brushes and combs with a toothbrush. Then rinse all the brushes and combs in clear cold water twice and let them air dry. 

I adopted the above method from a beauty vlogger called Kandee Jonson.

The above quantity was used to clean two hair brushes and four combs. There is no need to follow a recipe as such. You can just eyeball all the ingredients :)

Click here for the link to her video.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bourjois rouge edition velvet lipstick No. 12

I picked up this liquid lipstick during the recent sale in Boots.
I have seen a lot of pics and reviews about the liquid lipsticks from Bourjois and I wanted to try one for a long time. They have a lot of shades to choose from and I ended up buying the No. 12 shade called beau brun.

Now, the company promises light texture, extreme comfort and 24hour hold. It is packaged in a transparent tube and the cap color matches the lipstick shade (which is a big plus for me; you have an idea what the shade is before swatching rather than open up every tube to find out the color).

That is how it looks once you open it. There is a 'chemical' smell which is annoying but is gone in a few seconds.The brush has a slant at the top and this makes the application of the lipstick a lot easier. With this brush, you can actually apply the lipstick tracing the lines of your lips without any bleeding and even the corners of your lips is easily reachable.

The above pic is  a single swipe of the lipstick. You can see that the formula is quite thick and I just simply love the color. The lipstick takes some time to dry and once it is dried it turns matte. It feels light on the lips. But it can show off the fine lines on the lips when it dries ,so one has to moisturize well before applying the lipstick. I have to say that the first time I applied the lipstick, I didn't have any lip balm on my lip and it didn't feel dry & stretchy at all. But after a few hours, I did feel the dryness on my lips.

The colour is buildable. One swipe can give you a lovely shade. Apply on more of the product if you want to go bold. Sometimes I use a lip liner of a darker red shade and then apply the lipstick and just rub your lips together to get a more bolder shade.

It does transfer when you eat or drink. But not so much that you have to reapply immediately. I would say the color fades over the day but still there is a some left on your lips. So this range of lipstick is a great option for parties and other functions.

The lid can be closed tightly and so you can be assured of no spillage if you are carrying it around in your hand bag. 

Each lipstick in this range costs 6 KD.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Body Shop Almond handy manicure set

I love the almond hand and nail butter from The Body Shop (TBS). So when I came across the manicure set , I just grabbed it. :) 

It is packaged in a rectangular tin with an easy to open lid. Nothing fancy here. Minimal effort is required to open the tin. 

The tin carries a 100 ml almond hand and nail cream, a nail clipper, a nail buffer and a nail file.  So, that's my favourite hand cream and a manicure set and it retails for 4KD. Super affordable when you try to add up the price of each when bought separately. Yeah baby...I am buying it. 

The nail clipper is of really good quality. No complaints regarding the nail buffer and nail file too. My most needed stuff is all put in a box - now I don't have to run helter skelter searching for a nail clipper or a nail file.

As you can see from the picture, the tin is about 1.5 inches deep.

I would say, if you remove the plastic that holds the items, there is more room in the tin for some hair clips and lip balms or lipstick or nail polishes. A reusable tin indeed. It can serve as a mini make up kit which can be hid in your desk drawer at work ;)

It makes a good gift too for your BFF :)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Body Shop Camomile sumptuous cleansing butter

How often have you fallen for the blabbering of the sales assistant and bought a product and ended up liking it?
This is one such product from the The Body Shop.

It is packaged in a tin tub with a screw on lid.Very compact packaging indeed for a product that is solid in consistency. As per body shop, it suits all skin types. And the expiry is 12 months from the date of opening.

The cleansing butter is white in color with a very faint smell of chamomile. Its like butter but it feels lighter than butter. It melts when you rub it between your fingers.

Just swirl your fingers in the tub, rub the product between your fingers and apply on the face. It just melts away all the make up. I tried using this product to remove long lasting foundations, waterproof mascara and long lasting lipsticks and it worked like a charm.
It removed all traces of makeup and it did not leave any oily feeling on the face. I did not feel the need to wash my face again. When ever you are trying to remove waterproof makeup or mascara, you need to give the product time to work its thing. So I would say wait for a minute and then gently remove by using a soft towel or kleenex.

I did not have any breakouts from using this product nor did it irritate my eyes.

A little bit of the product goes a long way. So it can last you a long time. And a word of caution here - ma ladies, you can waste a lot of product if you do not know the right amount to use. A couple of trials is all that is required to master it.

My go to, holy grail make up remover is olive oil and Johnson's baby oil. Johnson's baby oil took a back seat when I realized that it is mineral oil. So I was completely dependent on olive oil to remove all my make up. And it does a wonderful job; but it leaves your face oily and you need to follow with a face wash routine to remove the oiliness out of your face. But not with the camomile cleansing butter.

I have read some great reviews about the camomile cleansing oil but the camomile cleansing butter is more travel friendly and weighs less. :) 

I am really happy with the product and so here is a big shout out to the sales assistant in TBS-  'Thaaaaaank youuuuuuuu'

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Body Shop coconut oil hair shine

This was one of those impulse buy product.

I am always on the look out for cures to tame my frizzy hair. Sigh..It has a mind of it's own. Even after a generous application of conditioner post shampooing, it still frizzes out. grrrr.

Ok...ahem...back to my post.
TBS does have a Rainforest range of coconut oil but it isn't like 100% coconut oil.

I spotted this while browsing the TBS. It caught my immediate attention because of two things printed on the tub:
a) coconut oil 

Coconut oil is the best; whether it is for hair, body or for cooking.

Well, it is not entirely 100% coconut oil but has beeswax and other stuff added to it. 

Price: 2.5KD

The packaging is a small round tin tub - similar to a shoe polish tub.Its compact and travel friendly. The product has to be used up within 12 months of opening. It claims to smooth, add shine, condition and repair hair. The product is to be used on dry hair.

The product is pale yellow in  color with a faint pleasant smell. It is not a coconutty smell but a sweet fragrance which I couldn't  put my nose on. It is very thick like a balm and it easily melts when you rub it in between the palms of your hands. The product is filled up to the brim of the tub and is solid. Since in Kuwait, it sits in air conditioned atmosphere always, it is remaining solid. I am wondering how the product will fair in the humid climate in India. 

You have to swirl your fingers in the tub to get enough product on your fingers, warm it up and it melts and then apply to your hair. Your hair also will smell nice the entire day.

I have been using this for a month and I have to say that it does control the flyaways and frizz and imparts a shine to the hair and makes it more manageable. But you need to know the right amount of product to use. Otherwise it will weigh down your hair and you might end up as a oily mess.

I read that this can also be used post hair wash; just apply a generous amount (to be read as - get all greasy and slicky) on the hair an hour before shampooing.

A good product for the price.

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