Kiss Products USA- So Wispy & True Volume Lashes Review

Firstly I have to admit that prior the blogging phase in my life, I always thought Fake lashes are one of those products I will never use. However after I started understanding beauty products in depth and realizing that these type of products are purely for enhancement of beauty for example if you are attending a wedding or a special occasion and want to stand out and give that look to your face then fake lashes do that job perfectly for you. Also if you notice, the eyes look more defined when you see the celeb photoshoots, well thats not only photography and makeup but fake lashes too!

I first started using these lashes when by Emarati colleague insisted that I must try them. Always ready to try something new so fake lashes were worn on her wedding day. At first it was a bit heavy on the eyes but once I started using lashes, there was no looking back! So today I am reviewing So Wispy & True Volume collection by Kiss Products USA.

So Wispy Collection

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So Wispy collection is one of those collections that features good thick lashes that not only give you a beautiful look but also make it look as natural as possible. Four sizes available 01, 02, 03 and 04. Since my lashes are already long, I wanted to add a good volume so I chose number 02 and found it a perfect fit. You can always alter these lashes as per your eyes. You can trim the lashes too in case you find the size to be a bit bigger. The lash band is very fine and blends in with the lash line! Kiss lashes are made of 100% human hair called Remy hair so it looks as natural as possible. You can totally wear them with contact lenses and these are easily removable with any oil based make up remover.

Kiss So wispy lashes are designed for all types of eyes..so whether you have almond shaped eyes, small eyes & large eyes suits everyone. The only possible feedback for So Wispy collection is that it doesn’t include Lash Glue so you need to get that separately.

True Volume Lashes

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If you not looking for longer lashes but want that thickness than these lashes are certainly for you. The good thing about Kiss Lashes is that these are tapered at the end so they look really fine and blend with the natural eyelashes so well. I really love the HOT from this collection as it  gives both volume and length equally. This collection is sold with the lash glue so I would say its a perfect starter kit for all those who want to practice false lashes application. I found this collection lighter to wear than the So wispy collection.

Overall, for a drugstore brand Kiss lashes have truly impressed me. You can re-use these lashes so they should last you about good 3-4 applications and as mentioned earlier they can be worn with contact lenses too. The tapered tip technology (with exclusive Japanese innovation) of lashes bring a huge difference as it gives more natural look as opposed to those crazy thick lashes available in the market. You can experiment on these with colored mascara prior application on your eyes and tadaa you’ve got colored lashes! These products are a blessing for those with sparse eyelashes so forget the mascara and get some Kiss Lashes. Kiss lashes are budget friendly products with costs ranging for 20-50aed for each pack.

Confused on how to apply these lashes? First time and need tutorial? This Tutorial by Celebrity make up artist Kristofer Buckle using Kiss Lashes is straight to the point. Click here to watch.

Now flutter in style! ❤

Get your Kiss USA eyelashes from leading supermarkets/hypermarkets & even pharmacies such as Aster, Boots and Bin Sina.

 

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Budget Fridays- Garnier’s Ultra Doux Honey Treasures Oil Replacement

I should not be sent for supermarket runs.. like seriously not. I end up buying drugstore beauty products more than the shopping list handed to me. Anyways so on my last errand I stumbled upon Garnier’s Honey Treasure range. I started reading the contents and was really impressed as a drugstore product can contain Royal jelly & bee propolis. So I decided to get myself Garnier’s Ultra Doux Oil Replacement for fragile & damaged hair.

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About The Ingredients

honey : Besides nourishing, honey does keep hair really soft & natural. Its antiseptic & antibacterial properties are known worldwide.

Bee propolis: A natural shield that the bees produce for their hive. It has an antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal & some antiviral properties.

Royal jelly: You may or may not have noticed but Royal jelly is one of active ingredients in many cosmetics. For haircare products, it’s considered to be a great nourishing concentrate, due to its protein, vitamin B5 & lipids concentration. Royal Jelly has received recognition for its ability to restore hair from the roots and give it that gorgeous bouncy look.

Review

Dove use to have a oil replacement therapy tub which sadly isnt available anymore. However I think I have found its replacement. Garnier’s Ultra Doux Oil Replacement worked wonders on my very fragile hair. The fragrance is fantastic and the smell the mellow tones of honey which is sweet.

I have tried this product as per the instructions on the tube. You can try in three ways.

Pre wash which is prior wash leave it in for 20 odd minutes and wash it off.

Post wash wherein you leave it like a conditioner in wet hair.

Finishing touches: You can apply on dry hair in replacement of a mousse or gel to keep hair intact.

I preferred pre wash the most because my hair tend to get greasy if I use the product post wash. The fragrance though stays throughout the day, I just loved that.

If you are someone who runs away from getting your hair oiled (like myself). You should definitely try this product out. It has helped in improving the texture of my hair. The product is a great hit for me as it ticks most of boxes. Does the job & low on cost plus my hair smell awesome! Getting this one again!

Cost: 13,50AED

Available at: All leading supermarket & hypermarkets across GCC.

 

 

 

Party On My Nails With Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure Kit

Hello everyone! Today I am reviewing the gorgeous Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure Kit. This is a DIY kit that can be used at home to jazz up your beautiful nails. I was suppose to review this few weeks back but due to poor healthy I had to go all MIA.

Anyways so I happen to use this lovely manicure kit at one of Diwali Parties (Indian Festival). I was thinking this would be a messy experience but it turned out pretty well!

Firstly lets have a look at the contents of the pack.

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I got the Club Tropicana to try which is neon orange with orange glitter. As you can see the contents of the kit, there is Black Light Topcoat mini, Neon Glitter & Base coat nail polish.

The application is pretty easy, apply the base coat twice and before the second coat dries add the glitter on top. The glitter looks bright beautiful & sugar like. Love the rough texture it gives to nails! I tried applying the glitter and leaving the nails without adding the black light top coat, however I noticed that the glitter started to fall and the top coat is a requirement. The black light top coat just changes the look of the manicure. It looks like matte glitter yet shines beautifully in sunlight, if you know glitter sand this looks exactly like that. Coming to the neon part..this manicure is just perfect! The color shines out in UV light and is a difference experience altogether. The black light coat dries off soon which means you could do this quickly. The manicure lasted me for a week and more. I am super happy with the way this manicure turned out a I did not have any expectations.

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My only concern was the glitter, I wish the ciate 3D neon glitter manicure kit contained the funnel that is sold with the ciate caviar manicure set. The glitter spreads everywhere and is difficult to gather if the manicure is not done on a tray. My other minor concern was the removal of the manicure. The glitter had hardened so well on the nails, it almost felt like I had added glue to it. Its a bit difficult to remove but with Sephora nailpolish wrap removers the nails came out clean.

Here is the final result..

Ciate Corrupted Neon Manicure Kit is priced at 150AED and is available at  Bloomingdales, Sephora, House of Fraser, selected Marks & Spencers and selected Virgin Megastores and online at Beauty Solutions Trading.

Love this look? Recommended some more fabulous Manicure kits by Ciate.

The Delectable Ciaté Caviar Manicure–  Indulge luxe-glam fantasies of a decadent ball attended by the glitterati, taking place in an evocative Italian Mansion, where women are dressed to the nines in designer wear. How does one stand out in the crowd? By adorning nails in a layer of luxurious caviar like pearls – of course! Available in Black, White and Rainbow. Ciaté caviar like pearls may be applied over any paint pot. AED 145.

Give Fashion-Forward Nails The Edge– Inspired by London’s urban graffiti artists, Ciaté Very Colourfoil Manicure takes street wear to new heights. Available in Carnival Queen, Wonderland and Kaleidoscope Klash. AED 145

Ciaté Sugar Caviar Manicure– Expose your inner chameleon with Ciaté Sugar Caviar Manicure, a delicious selection of sugar-sweet shades that are good-enough-to-eat.

 

Friday Fragrance Review – Clinique Aromatics in White

Aromatics in White was launched in UAE in September 2015. This product is recent successor of the oldest fragrance range from Clinique which is Aromatics Elixir. I have tried Aromatics Elixir and that fragrance is class apart! So does Aromatics in White match the greatness of Aromatics Elixir? Read to know more..

Clinique Aromatics in White arrives in an all white box with gold details. Continuing with the color scheme the flacon is white with the name of the perfume inscribed in gold & the nozzle too. I am not a fan of fancy flacons because once the fragrance is over, the flacon is of no use. This one is perfect for me.

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My first try was at the Paris Gallery store, the fragrance at the beginning is tart but has a beautiful depth. Its delicate, sophisticated and a great fragrance that lingers on from day to night. The fresh long lasting fragrance from orange blossom, Patchouli & my favorite rose excites the senses. Also the floral scents are strong on this one but at the end the amber keeps the fragrance last longer and gives that middle eastern touch to the fragrance. For those of you who aren’t fans of the strong amber this one is a perfect fragrance because it is used in a very subtle manner. I fell in love with Aromatics in White at the very first try and kept the tester strip with me as a reminder that I have to get this for myself. Luckily, Clinique Arabia gifted me one the very next week! Couldn’t get luckier than that..

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Overall, Aromatics in White has all the qualities to be the next classic from Clinique. Its already gaining a huge popularity and a perfect fragrance for the women of today. Whether you wear it to work or parties, this scent is sure to be a hit everywhere! The petite flacon design makes it perfect to carry around, especially when travelling.

Available sizes: 30ML, 50ML, 100ML

Top Notes

Sichuan pepper, Violet Leaves & Labdanum

Heart Notes

Roses ,Orange Blossom & Patchouli

Base Notes

Amber, Musk, Benzoin & Vanilla.

Price: 68$- 120$

You can purchase at: Debenhams, Paris Gallery & Sephora stores in the middle east. Also I found this product at desertcart.ae.

Product Review: Asatex Strengthening Shampoo

Living in Gulf countries has its own disadvantages. Our hair are exposed to high amount of heat most of the times. Also the water we get is treated water which is equally harmful for our hair. These are just environmental factors, apart from these stress, unhealthy diet, lack of vitamins and allergies also cause hair loss.

I have lovely luscious hair but of lately the heat has been massively affecting my hair. The amount of hair loss that I have had, scares me. I have tried treatments, oils and what not to strengthen my hair but somehow my attempts weren’t that successful as I thought they would be.

Recently came across Asatex™ Strengthening Shampoo that promises to prevent hair loss, strengthen hair and give a shinier look. You can read the complete press release here

Watch below, unboxing of Asatex™ Strengthening Shampoo.

Product contains:

  • Melatonin – The effect of Melatonin on the activities in the hair follicle has been investigated in various studies.
  • Ginkgo biloba – Ginkgo biloba possesses antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities, as does Melatonin.
  • Biotin – Biotin is an essential micronutrient for normal cellular function, growth and development ASATEX®

My review:

You can never review a shampoo/ hair care product in first try. Its important to test out the product across weeks to actually see how much time it takes to give the result. I followed the same.

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Tested out the product throughout three weeks and noticed a massive difference. Though the product doesn’t claim to eliminate dandruff, it actually does. Also hair loss has reduced massively, I can see the difference just by brushing through my hair. I can’t say anything about glossy hair because I have shiny hair anyways but they feel thicker now. Only disadvantage is that its a bit pricey for a 200ml bottle but way better than getting any treatments done for hair loss.

Asatex Strengthening Shampoo is available at all leading pharmacies in the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar. Also available in KSA under the brand name of Hairdal Shampoo.

Solution to Adult Acne? Spots & Blemish facemask by Skin Republic!

According to a recent UK survey of 92 dermatology clinics, enquiries about acne treatments have risen by 214 per cent in the past year. Stress, pollution and diets rich in junk foods and sugary snacks are believed to help trigger the skin condition, seen mainly Acne is a growing problem among adults and has been highlighted by celebrities including Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz and Emma Stone have all publicly spoken about their struggles with the condition. The survey found that the number of people seeking acne treatment has more than trebled over the past year. More than a third of those people affected were over the age of 35, with nine per cent coming in at over 55. Women make up a majority of patients, according to 84% of the dermatologists surveyed.

Research from the University of Pennsylvania has found that low-grade, persistent acne is common among women in their twenties, thirties, and forties (yep, that magical time when wrinkles start to appear). While acne may be nonexistent or dormant for years, certain factors like stress, hormones, and diet can eventually cause it to surface, with frustrating emotional side effects. “I’ve seen patients shy away from certain situations—they’ve canceled dates and rescheduled meetings at work—because they’re ashamed of their breakouts,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. More than one in four (27%) of dermatologists say stress, combined with hormones, is the primary cause of adult acne. Whatclinic.com Director, Emily Ross said “It doesn’t matter what age you are, acne can really impact on your confidence and self-esteem. It is greatly encouraging to see a range of treatments available that are in reach of the average.

Whether brought on by lifestyle (stress, diet), PMS, pregnancy, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the result is the same—an increase in cortisol (also known as the stress hormone), which gets broken down into testosterone, a male hormone that pumps excess oil through your pores. “When your hormones are out of whack, your skin’s oil production may go into overdrive, causing an acne flare-up,” says Zeichner.

And it doesn’t take a midlife crisis for it to happen. “Even a moderate amount of daily stress, like balancing a career and a social life, or coming home from work and having to cook dinner for your family is enough to trigger a breakout,” says Ava Shamban, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA and author of Heal Your Skin.

In addition to seeking treatment to control hormone fluctuations, dermatologists recommend using treatments which contain tried and tested ingredients such as Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree.

Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Mask

The Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Mask was formulated to combat problem skin. The hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested formulation contains spot fighting ingredients Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree and Witch Hazel. This mask cleanses the skin’s pores and prevents future breakouts whilst simultaneously tightening pores and stabilising the barrier function of the skin, helping to prevent spot causing bacteria from entering the dermis. In addition, key ingredient Salicylic Acids helps regulate the skin’s oil production without over drying. Sheet masks are one of the most effective delivery systems of nutrients to the skin. Combining the latest advances in mask technology with nature’s restorative properties the

Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Mask treats problem skin, fast. When applied the Skin Republic Spots + Blemish Face Mask acts as a ‘second skin’, providing a continuous and concentrated dose of ingredients. This helps the skin absorb the serum faster and more efficiently than traditional face masks and creams. Sheet masks also prevent spot causing bacteria and dirt being passed onto your skin which could be the case when applying cream masks.

How does Adult Acne differ from Teen Acne?

When dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells mingle, they plug the openings of your pores. This allows an army of Propionibacteria living in your sebaceous glands to set up camp, multiply, and create trouble for your skin. Although this pore-clogging process is the same whether you’re 13 or 35, adult acne pops up in different places than the teen kind: “It typically appears on the jawline, chin, and neck, as opposed to the forehead, cheeks, and nose,” says Zeichner. As the skin has a four-week regeneration period, Skin Republic’s Face Masks are most

effective when used twice a week for the first month and then as required. An application takes between 15-20 minutes.

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Skin Republic Spots and Blemish Masks have a three-year shelf life and are available from Spinney’s, Boots the Pharmacy and United Pharmacy across the UAE retailing for 22 AED

Image and Data source: Official press release

Reviewing Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

I had previously tried Rahua (ra-wa) shampoo and conditioner on my hair and the results were just fab! Even though the shampoo didn’t work that much on me, I was really impressed with the conditioner and by far one of the best I have tried till date. So when I was given some samples of the Rahua Omega 9 hair mask, I had really high expectations from it.

Basically hair masks are needed to rejuvenate and repair your hair. Like our skin, our hair need a lot of care. Ignoring haircare worst mistake one can make. Especially when its summer, one needs to take complete care of hair and ensure that the heat doesn’t affect the hair which may result in premature graying and hair loss.

Coming to Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask, the application is easy. After applying shampoo, rinse and apply the Rahua hair mask from roots to ends. Leave it in for atleast 20 minutes ( even though the pack says 15 minutes, I’d like to leave it a bit longer). Rinse after completion of twenty minutes and style as you like! The website advises using the product once every week to see the difference.

Good thing about this hair mask is that its not too oily and is perfectly balanced. This all natural product contains omega 9 molecules that repair the damaged hair from inside and give a healthy look on the outside. My hair were dreamy smooth and were easy to manage. The effect stays for more than a week (alternate day hair wash) I am loving me hair!

A bit pricey at AED395 but worth the cost because when I get this done at a salon, it costs me anywhere between AED200-250. Rather than that I would prefer doing it at my own time and pleasure..

Product is available at Plathora Hair lab JLT and Harvey Nichols Mall of Emirates.