Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lakme Insta Liner Review

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are in the best state of your health.

When you interact with someone, the first thing that comes in contact is your eyes, so it should be accentuated.  Isn’t it?  After-all beautiful eyes have the propensity to cast a magic spell on to the observer and drawing the eye-lines will make your eyes more attractive and add extra beauty to your facial look.  So if you desire to express yourself with your eyes then liners are just for you.

Today, I am going to review one of my all-time favorite liquid eyeliners from Lakme, a brand that needs no introduction.  Lakme is one of those brands that have never failed to impress us with its good quality products.  I like trying different kinds of eyeliners always, but Lakme eyeliner is the product that I am using for years and you can always find it in my vanity.  So I just thought to share my experience with the product.

Let’s get right into the review.

Product Description:

What it claims?
The company claims that Lakme Insta Liner is water-resistant eyeliner.

How it is used?
It is easy to use.  Swipe the liner brush over your upper eyelids closer to the lashes to get your desired look.  You can use it to create an ultra-fine lashline definition, a feline flick, or a dramatic look.

I wonder how the brands like “Lakme” miss this part.  Yeah, this product does not contain any list of ingredients in it.

First Look:
The product comes handy in a tiny nail polish kind of thick glass bottle with a screw cap that has a thin applicator brush, with a smooth tip, attached to it.  The bottle is transparent and the color of the cap is sleek peach.  The packaging of the product has remained the same ever since it has been introduced in the beauty market and it is convenient for travel purposes.
Texture and Consistency:
The consistency of this product is well which is neither too thin nor thick and is light in weight.  The texture of the liner is very smooth hence it glides on eyelids smoothly.

The liner is deep black in color and one stroke is enough to get that dark black color.  This is perfect for everyday use.

My Take:
My personal opinion is that this product is absolutely amazing.  This eyeliner not only makes my eyes pop immediately but also gives a dramatic vibe to my eyes and makes me stand out as well.  I tried a number of different eyeliners from other brands, but I always come back to this product simply because it is smooth, pigmented, smudge-free, and pocket-friendly, and what else a person wants?  The applicator brush that comes with the product is precise enough to draw lines over my eyelids in an even stroke and I use this to create various looks.  Though one should check the brush while purchasing this liner because sometimes the brush bristles are uneven which doesn’t help in precise application.

This product has the right consistency and it really lasts me for quite a long.  The pigmentation of the product is well.  I don’t need to layer up the product over my eyelids to get the deep black color.  One stroke can do it well without cracks.  The liner is glossy when applied, but it gives matte finish as soon as it dries out.  I have to say that it takes a little longer to dry out, but I am okay with it.  The staying power of this liner is quite good.  It stays all day long and does not fade.  The formula of this product makes it smudge-proof.  As the company claims, it is slightly water-resistant and by that I mean if I get in contact with water in any case and if I rub my eyelids then it gets off, so I make sure not to rub or touch my eyelids if my eyes get in contact with water.  Overall, this is a great product.  I would say I am in love with this liner.

Pros of Lakme Insta Liner:
  • Smudge-proof.
  • Travel-friendly.
  • Easily available.
  • Decently priced.
  • Easy to wipe off.
  • Easy application.
  • Deep black color.
  • Feels very light on eyes.
  • Stays on for really long.
  • Define the outlines well.
  • Does not flake after drying.
  • Gives matte finish after drying.
  • Convenient applicator brush.
  • Water-resistant to some extent.
  • Perfect eyeliner for daily wear.

Cons of Lakme Insta Liner:
  • Price is missing.
  • The ingredient list is missing.
  • Takes little long to dry.
  • Stings a bit if it gets in contact with eyes.

Will I purchase it again?
Yes for sure! It is one of my favorite liquid eyeliner which is economical and a quality product overall.

Will I recommend it?
Yes, I will.  If you are looking for a quality product for daily use at an affordable price then this eyeliner is perfect for you.  You can buy it from here.  Also, this is one of the best eyeliners for makeup beginners out there.  I’ll definitely recommend this product to all the beauties out there.  So, go and grab it for yourself.

It retails for Rs. 110 for 9 mL.

Shelf Life:
Thirty months.

Stay Blessed, Be Happy..!! :-)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

L’Oreal Paris Kajal Magique - Supreme Black Review

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are having a great time.

They say that "eyes are the window to the soul" and thus everyone tries to dress up their window best with eyewear (spectacles, sunglasses, and contact lenses) and/or makeup products.  If you ask women about the one makeup product that they love the most to use, the most common answer you will get to hear is the “kajal (kohl).”  After all, "eyes speak louder than the words", so they should be emphasized. Isn’t it?

I myself an avid Kajal lover and it is a staple to my makeup routine.  If I won’t wear it a single day, people start asking me “have you cried?” “is there something wrong with you?” and some other questions alike.  I have been using Kajal for almost 14 years now and thus I would say it is my calling card.  I’ve used various brands so far and some of them include Attitude by Amway, Lakme Eyeconic, Maybelline Colossal, Elle 18 Eye Drama, Lotus, VLCC, etc.  I was looking for another brand of Kajal to try hence I’ve recently opted for L’Oreal Paris Kajal Magique - Supreme Black and today I am going to review this product from L’Oreal, a very well-known brand since ages.

Let’s get right into the review.

Product Description:

What it claims?
The company claims it gives a deep black and precise line to create an elegant look.  The new generation formula is powered with mineral pigments for deep intense color.  This is smudge-proof and waterproof.

How it is used?
It is easy to use.  Draw a precise stroke along your waterline.  Add a stroke on the upper lid to complete the look.

The full list of ingredients is not mentioned in the product, but yeah it is enriched with Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil Esters and Vitamin C Derivative.

First Look:
I absolutely adore the packaging of this product.  This Kajal pen comes sealed in a pink and black colored cardboard like packaging with a plastic case.  The same color theme is followed by the actual pen as well that makes the pen look attractive.  It is retractable and the cap shuts pretty tightly.  The packaging is sleek and smart; user-friendly, and easy to travel with.

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I won’t say it totally creamy, but the product really has a “slightly creamy” texture, hence it glides on eyes smoothly without tugging or pulling.

The most important thing that matters about the Kajal is its pigmentation and this product doesn’t deliver that.  It has dark black pigmentation, but it is not “Supreme black” as it claims.  I have used more black ones than this.  You have to swipe it 3-4 times to get the intense black color.

My Take:
It’s been a while now that I am using this product and my experience is fine.  This product needs layering up, around 3-4 strokes to get that deep black color so I am quite disappointed with the pigmentation part.  I mean I want to love it, but I just don't for this particular reason.  On the other hand, I would say that the formula is smooth so I don’t need to tug my eyes to apply it.  On my lash-line, its stays smudge-free for 7+ hours and on the waterline it stays well for about 6-7 hours, after that it starts fading off.  Once the kajal gets set, it doesn’t budge from its place so yeah it is smudge-free to a certain extent, but not up to 12 hours as the company claims.

It comes in a retractable twist-up style packaging which makes it comfortable to use and thus there is no product wastage due to sharpening.  It contains some really good ingredients such as Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil Esters and Vitamin C derivative which take care of my eyes.  It does not cause any irritation to my eyes and does not lead to watery eyes.  The formula of this product is suitable for everyone including the contact lens wearers and yeah it is waterproof.  Overall, this is a nice product and I am satisfied with it.

Pros of L’Oreal Paris Kajal Magique - Supreme Black:
  • Waterproof.
  • Non-transfer.
  • Glides smoothly.
  • Travel-friendly.
  • Decently priced.
  • Easily available.
  • Gives matte finish.
  • Does not tug the eyes.
  • Does not smudge soon.
  • Retractable packaging.
  • Ophthalmologically tested.
  • Can also be used as eyeliner.
  • Suitable for contact lens wearers.
  • Does not irritate or sting my eyes.
  • Contains good ingredients like olive oil, Vitamin E etc. which cares for eyes.

Cons of L’Oreal Paris Kajal Magique - Supreme Black:
  • Moderate pigmentation.
  • Needs building up for “supreme black.”
  • Does not stay smudge free for “12 hours” as claimed.
  • Does not have detailed ingredient list anywhere.

Will I purchase it again?
Well, I am satisfied with the product, but I am not looking forward to purchasing it again.

Will I recommend it?
I will recommend this to those who do not want deep black color as other parts of the kajal is quite fine.  But yeah, I won’t recommend this to them who are looking for an intense black color because there are other options available in the market which are jet black in pigmentation in the same price bracket.

It retails for Rs. 290 for 0.35 g.

Shelf Life:
Two years.

Stay Blessed, Be Happy..!! :-)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Inner Conflict: What Caused me to Live in Fear

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are in the pink of your health like me.  I am so thankful to God for this beautiful life he has given and for all the many blessing in my life.  Though my life was not always beautiful; it was filled with dark moments sometimes.  Life has given different kinds of experiences so far.

I was very young (just 12) when I was sexually abused by someone known to my family.  It took me almost 6-7 years to tell anyone what I had been through.

Back then, we used to have water problems often as most of us have not had water connections except the NMC one.  One day we had lack of water at home and we needed to fill it from somewhere.  So I went to the neighbor’s house with my aunt (we have a joint family) to fill the water.  Colony’s other people were also there who had come to fill the water along with that uncle.  A man who used to live in our neighborhood and I used to refer him as an uncle.

I was waiting for my turn and he was just standing behind me with his both hands on my shoulder.  I let him keep his hands on my shoulder because I used to treat him as my uncle only.  But who knew what his intentions were!  Suddenly, he did something that was so strange to me and I was just stumped for a moment.  Then, I twitched his hands back and ran away towards my home.  Everyone was so busy in filling the water that no one has noticed what had happened.

After that incident, I lived in a constant fear.  I had to deal with different emotions that came to the surface.  I was scared about what I would do to him if I saw him again.  That uncle used to visit our home on occasions and like every other parent, my parents used to ask me to greet him.  At times, I used to manage to greet him in any way and other times I did not.  Instead, I used to neglect him and used to run away from there.

That tended to question my parents on my behaviors that “it’s rude” and it should not be done.  This was the thing that not even my family understood and it was not actually their fault, what they could have done.  They did not even know what I was facing and from what situation I was going through.

Looking back, it feels like I lost my childhood in some way.  It was the incident that impacted my life in certain ways.  As I grew older, I stopped going out alone; be it school, tuition classes, shopping, hangouts, you name it.  I used to hesitate to go alone anywhere.  I began to develop self-destructive behaviors and had low self-esteem.  At times, I used to hit my siblings and cousins too.  When a child is suffering from an abuse, this is common.  Children suffering abuse develops a range of self-destructive, maladaptive, and antisocial behaviors.  And the same has happened to me.  In fact, I became aggressive in nature since then.  When someone doesn’t understand my thoughts and words I still became aggressive at times.

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My school journey was not easy at all.  I fought with my inner battle inside all alone!  As I started my college, even though many things had changed over the years, I still had low self-esteem, fear of going out alone, etc.  And you might agree with me that “no one would like to live that way,” I too didn't want to.

I knew I had to do something about this.  I focused on keeping my fear at bay; I fought with my different emotions.  I started with small things and did hard struggle to kick those things off.  Holding in everything was such an effort so I decided to share this incident with someone and I shared this for the very first time with my sister.  As I started narrating the story to her, I burst into tears and believe me I actually felt a lot better after that, after sharing my memoir with her.

And now, I can happily say my hard work paid me off.  Over the years I have learned to love myself.  I am far more confident in who I am now.  I love being me, “Mai apni favorite hoon.”

My message to anyone out there who has experienced something similar is:  (i) just don’t keep it to yourself.  Speak up about it because speaking and talking about our experiences helps us to make sense of our feelings and (ii) never give up because scars can heal, and life can get better.  Mine has.  It may take time, but you can heal no matter what you have been through.

Don’t forget -- “You are stronger than you think!”

Stay Blessed, Be Happy...!! :-)

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