Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Colour Comfort Lip Color Lipsticks Inspired by Carmindy Swatches and Review


I really wanted to review these lipsticks as they are one of my favourite brands of lipstick that I like to wear during fall and winter because I tend to get really dry lips in winter and I want some thing really moisturizing and pigmented at the same time, for my lips. These lipsticks directly hit the spot as they are very smooth and soft almost like a lip conditioner but not too super soft and creamy like some lipsticks; which I do not like at all as they are very difficult to manage. Plus they are very pigmented and come in sheer and full cover finishes. They have good lasting power but of course not super lasting power, but they stay on for quite long if you apply a lip liner before and rub in a coat of lipstick with your little finger and finish off with a last coat of lipstick.
I really like the packaging of these lipsticks, they are not made of plastic as usual lipstick instead they have steel covers and have some product in the clear bottom so its easy to know the true colour of the lipstick, which reminds me of the MUA lipsticks or the W7 lipsticks.

The shades that I picked up were the ones that I usually like to wear in the fall like deep reds, plums and berries. On the top row from Left to right the shades are:
Garnet, Sangria, Soft Red, Plum Rose and Sparkling berry.
On the bottom row from left to right:
Sunbeam, Sunburst, Champagne Rose, Pink Blossom, Lilac, Soft Orchid.

Soft Orchid is one of my favourite its a rich and creamy vintage pink colour looks amazing on the lips.


Sparkling Berry is a deeper pink with very very fine coral pink sparkles in it.


Lilac is a very creamy deep lilac shade.


Pink Blossom is a brighter pink coral colour.


Champagne Rose is also one of my favourites, its a nudey gold with a hint of pink.


Sunbeam is a nudey gold with a hint of peach.


Sunburst is a gold coral lipstick with a shimmer finish.


Plum Rose is a deep plummy colour with a sheer finish


Sangria is a beautiful intensely pigmented deep red. Amazing shade for the fall.


Garnet is a deep red with pink undertones. It is more smooth and pigmented than it appears in the pic above.


  Soft Red is a true red colour with a slightly more than a sheer finish for a softer and more wearable finish.

All in all these lipsticks are great value for money and come in so many beautiful shades. I will definitely repurchase these lipsticks and there are few more colours I want to get my hands on.
These lipstick have all natural products and are Paraben free. If you prefer Paraben-free products then this is the way to go. And they have such a wide collection of shades that you'll definitely find shades that you fancy.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Causes/ Reasons For Blemishes and Acne Which You Might Not Know


Acne, blemishes, ugly breakout are every one's nightmare. No matter how much we try to run but each one of us has to experience them one time or the other. Most of us experience them during teenage when our bodies are going through hormonal changes but some times people do experience them even till their late 20s. Most of the time the blame for bad skin, acne and blemishes is put on the hormonal changes but in reality there are so many reasons that can cause breakouts on facial skin.



Stress:
Stress can be one of the major reasons for acne and breakout. Most of the time people under severe stress can have a lot of skin problems.

Leaving Makeup On Overnight:
I think every one of us has their nights when they are too tired to take off their makeup and we just can't be bothered to go to the washroom and cleanse off our face, instead we kick off our shoes and straight to bed. But the thing we fail to realize is that one night of laziness and we will be punished for a whole week or more of bad skin. So it is always advised to remove eye makeup and cleanse off your face to free the skin of all impurities before going to bed.

Excessive use of Face Primers:
This might be a surprise to a few of you and not really good news for the Face Primer loving people but the excessive use of face primers is not good for the skin. As face primers are basically barriers that fill in the pores and lock in moisture and sebum (facial oil) and prevent oily break outs on the skin. But they can also block the pores and bacteria can get trapped in causing inflammation. Plus the skin excretes oil and moisture for many reasons one of which is cleaning the pores but as it is locked in by the face primer the impurities can not be removed from the skin. So it is advised to avoid every day use of face primers.

Reaction to Certain Products:
Some times we don't realize that a certain makeup product might not be suiting our skin type or we might be allergic to some ingredient in a product which might be causing break outs. It could be anything from a foundation to a blush/bronzer etc. So if you feel you might be having acne due to some makeup product and you are not sure from which then try not using one of the products for a couple of days and then do the same other products and eventually you will know which product was causing the skin irritation.

Uncleaned Makeup Tools/ Brushes:
Cleaning and disinfecting your makeup tools and brushes is very crucial as they get contaminated with bacteria and using dirty brushes again on your skin can be very harmful as you are applying bacteria to your face along with the makeup. Cleaning brushes and tools regularly is very very important if you are also using the same tools on some one other than yourself to avoid contra-actions. The brushes used for liquid/cream/gel products are very important to wash and disinfect as liquid/gel/cream mediums are perfect conditions for the bacteria to grow.

Shared Makeup Products:
Blemishes and acne can also be caused due to sharing makeup products like stick foundations, cream blushes, makeup tools etc. So always disinfect your products. And it is advised not to share products like mascaras as they are the best medium for bacterial growth and are not easily sterilized and can cause  condition from mild irritation of eyes to very swear conditions which can also lead to loss of eye sight. Mascaras should never be used over six months. Throw away the mascara after six months, doesn't matter if its finished or not, by that time it will be swarming with bacteria.

Not Disinfecting Products:
If you are using cream/liquid/gel products on some one other than yourself always make sure that you dont double dip your makeup tool in the product as it will transfer bacteria and germs to the product. Always use a Q-tip/ Palette knife or some thing to get some product out on to the back of your clean hand or a clean makeup mixing palette. Afterwards disinfect your makeup products even the powder products like eyeshadows and blushes with a spritz of rubbing alcohol to kill all the germs. Don't worry the alcohol dries quickly with out damaging the product. But make sure to avoid the contact of rubbing alcohol to your skin or eyes as it will dry your skin.

Unclean Hands:
Unclean hands is also a major reason for bad skin as throughout the day we touch many things which are carrying germs and bacteria and then when we rub or scratch or touch our face without washing our hands the bacteria is transferred to our face ready to cause inflammation, blemishes and acne. So make sure you wash your hands frequently during the day and never touch your face right after handling money as it is carrying the contamination from so many people.

If you are suffering from very bad acne try to include plenty of water in your diet. Multivitamin are also really good for healthy skin. If the condition gets really bad you need to consult a doctor for a superfacial ointment. But never use any ointments without the consultation of your doctor and never ever excessively use steroid containing ointments on your skin as their excessive use will whither your skin.

Hope this was helpful for you guys as I have spent a lot of time writing done my expert opinions :) .  Cheers!

Disclaimer : All the pictures in this post have been taken from the internet for the purpose of showing the examples of different looks.