Sunday, April 27, 2014

SKINCARE | LUSH Fresh Face Mask - Cosmetic Warrior




For someone like me, waking up to find a shiny bumpy zit on the face every single day is nothing new. In fact, the wonder (or rather disgust) has totally worn off. It has now become something to just sigh and accept. I may have tried countless acne-fighting products from such a vast variety that's available hoping I would find an HG product which would take away all my acne-related problems. Alas, no such luck. 

But there are a few products in my stash that really help in keeping my acne under control. One such is LUSH's Cosmetic Warrior face mask. It has the goodness of raw garlic and tea tree oil which are proven acne fighting ingredients. Add in an all-rounder like honey and you are good to go. Fortunately all these ingredients suit my sensitive skin. 

Its texture is slightly gooey yet spreads easily and it has small pieces of garlic in it that cling to the skin when applied. Me being me, I purposely stick any straying pieces to specific zits hoping it will be more effective. Although I have to warn you of its smell. It is very strong and stings the nose. For those who can't stand strong tea-tree/medicinal type scents, you'll have to skip this. I tend to tolerate anything as long as it benefits me in any way be it for hair or skin so I'm fine with it.

Whenever I have applied Cosmetic Warrior (I always apply it whenever there's a fresh wave of breakouts all over my face!), it has dramatically reduced the redness in just one application. Continuous application for three days straight and my face is clearer with no redness and scars. It dries up the oncoming acne/pimples effectively.

There is one side effect though, it does make the skin feel dry (which can be bad as it will accelerate the production of oil on the face) but I apply a light moisturizer immediately after washing off so that's taken care of. 


Cosmetic Warrior really is a knight (in matte black tub?) who helps us damsels in distress by waging a war against those acne baddies. It is one of my absolute skincare staples. One tub lasts me a little over a month as I alternate between a Warrior and other masks. The validity for each tub is 3 weeks and it is to be kept in the fridge at all times, but I've never had any issues even though I have gone over a month while using it. 

One 75gm tub retails at KWD 4.500 and is easily available at LUSH stores and online (www.lushkuwait.com).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BEAUTY | The Body Shop Bronzing Powder - Warm Glow



A few weeks ago when TBS held its 25% off on all products promotion, I picked up this shimmer bronzer with the hope that it gives me a healthy highlighted effect. It is a bronzing powder, yes, but it is such a light shade that it looks more like a highlighter to me. The shade I have is 02 - Warm Glow. It can best be described as a light brown color with champagne and pink veining. I tried to pick up its full effect but even then the picture doesn't do it full justice. Also, I forgot to capture it while it was still unused but me being me, I had to use it as soon as I got. Duh. Once swatched, it appears to be a subtle peachy shade.

To add a little woe, it is much more shimmery than I'd like it to be. With that being said, this has to be used with a very light hand. I really, truly mean that. The first time I used it, my face was a shining clown. Since the color itself is on the lighter side, it was difficult for me to grasp that I might be packing on much too much shimmer on my face. The result was an extra-shiny face on camera that had me embarassed, LOL.

The formula is pretty pigmented and soft with minor fallout. It has decent lasting power and very little is needed for a flush of warmth on your cheeks. This is apt for summer when you don't want to pack on a brighter cheek color but are only looking for a subtle warm glow. 


For fair skin, this will show up more prominently. Since I have light to medium skin tone, it gives me an overall healthy glow and blends well with my tone. Did this satisfy my highlighter hope? Not perfectly, I'm still on the lookout for a better version with lesser shimmer, but this is a very good alternative for those au naturale looks. 

I've only just started exploring TBS cosmetics & makeup range. I've been a great fan of their skin care and body care ranges for years and I'm mightily impressed with a fair few makeup products that I've picked up for trial.

Warm Glow bronzing powder retails at KWD 6.250 and can be found at all TBS stores.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BEAUTY | Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick - Shocking Coral

You've no idea how desperate I am to rock neon bright lips every single day of my life, but unfortunately that's only the hidden part of me. I don't have enough guts to do that in real. But there comes a day now and then when I pluck up the courage and go neon full blast. That's one of my happy days! And that happy day is today. I have a very pretty neon coral lippie to review. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rimmel | Apocalips Lip Lacquer - Nova

It's the beginning of another Spring and just in time for it, I've a super pretty pink shade to rock on! Before I begin describing Nova, I have to declare - if you haven't tried Apocalips, you're definitely missing out! They are fantastic - a supreme lip product which gives excellent color payoff & last a long while without drying your lips!

Nova is a beautiful fuschia pink shade with no shimmer.  Since it is a liquid lip color, it comes with a sponge applicator with a little dent in it, to suck up more product I think. And you actually really need only one swipe to coat your lips with rich color rather than dipping the wand again and again into the tube for more. And with this color; the lighter your skin tone is, the brighter it will show up. It will turn out to be a brighter bubblegum pink on fair skin but a muted pink on dusky tones.
One thing I'm not sure is whether I like or hate the smell. They smell really weird, I haven't smelt anything like these before on a makeup product. To me they remind of fresh avocado juice. Like seriously! Sure, it isn't ugh but then it isn't very pleasant either. Fortunately it disappears within minutes of applying. I've just accepted it as it is but do wish Rimmel at least makes them smell like vanilla or something.

The lasting power is pretty amazing - upto 8 hours. By then the glossy texture isn't there anymore but the color stays quite strong. If you have dry, flaky lips it is extremely important to exfoliate them prior to applying these because they accentuate the flaky bits. Once the color wears off, it leaves behind a strong pink tint.

There isn't one shade of Apocalips that isn't drool-worthy. All of them are fab and worth every dime you pay. Which is your favorite color? Would you give Nova a try?
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Price: KWD 4.200
Recommendation: All the shades of Apocalips range are worth trying!
Rating: 5/5