Wednesday, December 7, 2016

GOSH | Kiss Me Matt Lips

GOSH Kiss Me Matt Lips

GOSH Kiss Me Matt Lips

004 Flirty Kiss

005 Irresistable Kiss
I flipped when I heard that GOSH is finally available locally in Kuwait. GOSH Darling lipstick is a cult favorite among the beauty world and I always wanted to try the brand. Alas! It was hard to get hold of so I was always grumpy about not being able to try it.

Anyhoo, now that GOSH is here I have discovered my first favorite product from the brand. Their Kiss Me Matt Lips*It is a lipstick-crayon hybrid that released a couple of months ago. It comes in six beautiful colors, provides easy application with its square-ish flat tip and oh-my-GOSH pigmentation! They are also fragrance and paraben free.
Quick Info: GOSH is a cruelty free brand.

However, there is a catch. The name is a complete bummer. Clearly these lippies are NOT "Matt". They apply smoothly and have a soft touch creamy finish. More like a semi-matte look which is incredibly comfortable to wear. I totally dig the formulation as I am not crazy about the matte lip trend anyway. Although matte lip lovers will be disappointed (and cheated) as the name is confusing. So beware.

Now onto the colors I own, there is 004 Flirty Kiss and 005 Irresistable Kiss. Flirty Kiss is a beautiful pink, a touch cooler in tone. It translates really well onto the lips and is a perfect day wear shade. I thought I was going to love this color as it is more wearable and 'safe' BUT...

Irresistable Kiss stole the show. Hands down. A deep wine red. Classic vamp shade. It is such a strong, powerful color and I am totally obsessed with it. I applied this on my lips the other day and then worked through the rest of my makeup accordingly. I would totally recommend you pick this up if you wanna step into the bolder shade category. Besides, it's perfect for holiday season.
Swatches - GOSH Kiss Me Matt Lips 
I haven't found any fault with these yet, except maybe that they aren't transfer-proof. Otherwise, the finish is semi-matte, and has great color payoff. The packaging is travel-friendly too. 

GOSH is available exclusively at Lifestyle stores across Kuwait.

Have you tried GOSH? Which products are your favorites?! 

Thank you for reading. See ya!

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*PR sample

Friday, September 9, 2016

Blog Giveaway - 2

It is Giveaway time again! This year I complete 3 years of blogging in this little space of mine and I am super happy about managing to blog, albeit occasionally, for another 365 days. And while I am glad about my own determination, I'm also extremely grateful to every one of you who reads what I've got to say. Every single view means a lot to me and if I manage to help out even one person with any of my reviews, that knowledge makes my day.


So here is this little gift I have prepared for you. 

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Carina
2. Clarins HydraQuench Creme-Mask
3. Maybelline White SuperFresh Compact Powder - Pearl
4. Bling Nail Appliques 
5. Makeup Revolution Powder Blush - Sugar

Unlike last year, I have chosen these particular shades of makeup items on my own and I hope you approve. These will suit almost all skin tones.

Now onto the giveaway details. I have added this Gleam.io giveaway app below which will enter you into the draw. Last year, I had kept it on all of my social medias, and it was sooooo exhausting to go through all the entries manually. This year everything is auto-magic! LOL.

Fayhalicious 3rd Blog Birthday

Your only mandatory entry will be to enter your email address where I can contact you if you win. The others are all completely optional, and will only give you an extra entry each. 

Please note:
  • There will be one winner only.
  • The winner will be contacted within 1 week from the date on which the giveaway ends.
  • The giveaway ends three (3) weeks from today. That's September 30, 2016.
  • The giveaway is international so everyone has a fair chance of winning. However, please note that if the courier refuses to ship any of these items to your country due to any restrictions, I will have to draw another winner unfortunately. 
  • I'm only responsible for the shipping from my side. Once the gift is shipped, the winner will have to bear any customs/taxes on their end.
Any spam/giveaway accounts will not be allowed to enter. While I have kept this giveaway in an automatic giveaway bot, I will still be ensuring genuine entries are validated. Also, following for the sake of the giveaway and then unfollowing when it ends is not cool. I do have a list of people who had immediately unfollowed me as soon as the winner was announced last year. So if you are of them, beware. And don't blame me. LOL. I understand your unfollowing me if you do not like my content and such but do I need "giveaway loyalists", really? Nope.

Anyhoooo, thanks so much for being a part of my life, and I appreciate every one of you. Sending you cyber hugs! xoxo

Thursday, September 8, 2016

SoulTree | Anti-Dandruff Hair Care Duo Review

When I see products labelled Ayurveda, Herbal, Natural, Organic or Pure - I immediately zoom into every syllable to make sure that it really is what it claims to be. I love trying out products that are not only good for me but also for the environment. Thus, the brand SoulTree had been on my radar for a few months before I decided to get a few products to try. And so I did.

Today, I am reviewing two of their products together and not separately, because they are obviously a shampoo and conditioner duo which I have used one after the other every time I showered. It was easily the best way to document my experience for both in one single post rather than have two individual reviews. 




First, we have this Neem & Aloe With Cleansing Lemon Peel Shampoo. This is an 'anti-dandruff' shampoo and has a list of amazing ingredients that are natural and in their purest forms. It is also free from SLS/SLES, parabens and any animal-derived ingredients making it an all round vegan-friendly product. It has a sweet, herbal-ish scent that is pleasant without being overpowering. It also has these tiny little particles in it which I'm guessing is the lemon peel. The product comes in a sturdy plastic bottle with no fancy packaging and has a gel consistency. But does it deliver as good as it sounds?

Sadly no. And yes, I am really and truly sad to say this. Not only am I a proud supporter of Indian brands, I also love using as many natural products as I can. So you understand my high hopes regarding SoulTree despite never having tried it before. For the product itself, what I really dislike about it is the way it makes my hair extremely dry and brittle. It is so stiff and rough that I hate having to touch it even accidentally. This shampoo does not foam much either, but that is something I easily overlook. It is the SLS that makes products foam, so any formulation without it will not yield any good frothy base. I usually oil my hair prior to shampooing, and it doesn't completely remove the oil off the hair either. 




Moving on to the Hibiscus Hair Conditioner, this comes in an extremely nice plastic jar which I'm totally recycling. The scent is nice, pleasant and has all the good stuff like shikakai, henna, coconut oil, and of course hibiscus. No extra additives, silicones, parabens etc. But dang, this is another disappointment. Conditioners are supposed to soften the hair, moisturize the strands to reduce breakage, detangle the hair and what not. And this does nothing. Okay I may be lying, to be completely honest. But the maximum percentage of benefit it might have given me would be a mere 20%. Which is bad. Especially if you, the conditioner itself, claims to "nourish, strengthen and provide lustre" to the hair and don't live up to your own words. You suck.

What's more? This whole hair care duo was supposed to be "anti-dandruff" and it does nothing to get rid of that condition either. I have mild dandruff due to my hormonal imbalances and no matter what I do, it doesn't go away completely. I can only try different stuff to ensure that the condition is at its minimum and have tried effective homemade remedies to combat it overtime. However, a good rinse greatly helps to keep the scalp free of any stray flaky dandruff. And nope, this duo didn't do that either.

I have another bottle of shampoo, and a jar of conditioner to go through and I'm dreading using it. Literally. I might give SoulTree the benefit of doubt, and maybe get a different shampoo to try. I think they have a couple more in their range. But to be very honest, I'm really skeptical about them already. Besides, they only have this single conditioner in their range and I'm never getting it again in my life. It is utter useless. While I'm all for natural, chemical-free products, it is equally important for brands to actually deliver positive results and this hair care duo has done me no good. Would it be too early to write off SoulTree from my list? I don't know. Yet. 

If you have fine dandruff-prone hair that is dull and breaks easily, I do NOT recommend this shampoo and conditioner. 

The Neem & Aloe with Cleansing Lemon Peel shampoo retails at INR 295 (120ml), and the Hibiscus Hair Conditioner retails at INR 295 (100gms). Available at Purplle.com, Nykaa.com