Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review-Essence Long Lasting Lipstick –On the Catwalk

Hello Beauties,

Today I am giving my opinion on Essence Long Lasting Lipstick 04 –On the Catwalk. It is a red color lipstick and red is one of my favorite colors. The shade of lipstick is a beautiful pinkish red not very loud and bold red. It is a good creamy lipstick which provide moister to lips. The texture of lipstick after application resembles like a tinted lip balm but slightly more pigmented then a lip balm. You need to apply two to three of swipes to obtain optimal color. Lips look bit glazy and shiny after application.

This lipstick comes in black packaging with a center rim to indicate shade of lipstick. It is a soft creamy glossy lipstick in texture but does not does not bleed at all. This lipstick works well with pigmented lips and gives a full coverage and radiant look. Essence sells this product with “Long Lasting “tag but I certainly did not find it long lasting at all. It remains on my lips for about max 2-3 hours and afterwards it fades off and just remain on outer peripherals of lips. If I fill my lips with lip liner before then this lipstick surely stay for much longer time.

Price-Approx. 2.95 Euro

Shelf Life- 2years
· Beautiful Shade
· Steady packaging.
· Does not dry out lips.
· Affordable price.
· Lasting power is so poor.
· Leaves uneven patches.
· Availability in India.
· Transfers a lot.
Rating- 3/5


Final Verdict-This is a beautiful color, and I love to play with colors so I like this lipstick except the overhead of reapplication.

Stay Beautiful
Shikha Agrawal

Friday, January 31, 2014

DIY-Remedy for acne, blemish and wide pores

Hello Beauties,
Today I am writing about an amazing cure which I found for my frequently occurred problem. As I have already mentioned in my previous posts that I have a sensitive but dry skin. And because of my sensitive skin I occasionally get one or two pimples per month. I was using anti acne cream like clear gel which includes clindamycin to cure my acne problem. It suppress active acne but does not do anything for the marks which acne leaves here I am writing the recipe of a wonderful face pack which works as a miracle drug for acne marks ,blemish and wide pores. It has significantly reduced and lightened my blemishes which I had on the rare ends of my cheeks.

·         Honey-½ Teaspoon
·         Milk-½ Teaspoon
·         Nutmeg Powder-a pinch
·         Cinnamon Powder –a Pinch

Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl and make a thick paste .Apply paste using face pack brush on the affected areas and leave it for 30 minutes. Afterward wash it with Luke warm water.

**All these ingredients are easily available in our kitchen.Nutmeg has major antifungal and antibacterial properties that work as an astringent and clean out pores. The cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that will bring the blood to the surface which will plump your skin as well as dry out problem areas. and honey serves as a natural anti-biotic. **


Stay Beautiful
Shikha Agrawal

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Exfoliation -The Secret of Smooth, Glowing and Healthy Skin

Spa @ Home
Exfoliation -The Secret of Smooth, Glowing and Healthy Skin

Hello Beauties,

Today I am discussing about how I indulge in a spa at home. I love to exfoliate my skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leave skin radiant and smooth. Exfoliation has the added benefit of increasing blood circulation, drawing blood and oxygen to the surface of the skin. It encourage youthful, energetic glow that is coveted by so many. So exfoliation should be an unavoidable part of your beauty routine. Friends here are some tools which I am using regularly to pamper my skin by exfoliation.

 Loofah is one thing which I use regularly. It goes very well with soaps and body washes. I sprinkle few drops of body wash on damp loofah and gently rub it in a circular motion it provides mild exfoliation and removes dead skin and dirt. It is one thing which can be used regularly to exfoliate skin. For daily exfoliation of skin using body washes we should opt for loofah with very soft weaving. Now a days many types of loofah are available in market from coarse to soft loofah made up of either synthetic or gourd fibers.

Exfoliating gloves are designed for use with or without scrubs, and most of them can be used on every part of your body. But I don’t prefer to use them on my face. Since they are very coarse in texture. Before buying exfoliation glove one need to get assured that it should fit properly in hand. They work very well with body scrubs. You need to add few drop of scrub on damp glove and then with gentle pressure rub it on your whole body. Once in a week I prefer to exfoliate my body with glove. They are quite coarse in texture so they should not be used on a daily basis and we need to be quite careful while using it.

 Do not use exfoliating gloves on sensitive areas. Rinse the gloves often while exfoliating to wash away dead skin cells and other debris. Add more soap or scrub as needed. Clean and dry your gloves per the care instructions on the package. Some gloves are suitable for machine washing, while others must be hand washed and hung to dry.

Facial cleansing brush is an automatic brush which either come with batteries or electric cord. It gently rotates on the skin area and provides deep cleansing of pores. I use face cleanser as part of my mini facial routine every fortnight. I have seen many significant changes after using it. It removes dirt very quickly and minimizes black and white heads formation. After cleansing with this brush skin became far more clean and soft.

It comes with different size of brushes which can be removed and attached easily and it is very easy to clean this brushes after use. It can be used with face wash and face scrubs both. I use cream based face scrub or gel based face scrub twice a week. And every fortnight I provide my skin deep exfoliation using Facial cleansing brush.

Moisterization is a most important step after exfoliation. It is necessary to moisturize skin after exfoliation.

 Dos and Don’ts of Exfoliation

  • Every exfoliation tool should be properly cleaned and dry to remove residues of scrubs and dead skin after each use.
  • We can also prepare our own DIY scrubs for body and face to exfoliate our skin with natural ingredients.
  • Body scrubs and polishes should not be used as face scrubs since they are quite coarse and can lead to damage of tender facial tissues.
  • Apply very gentle pressure while exfoliation of skin and take care of sensitive areas.
  • While using Facial cleansing brush one should be careful of hairline so as to not catch hair in the device and take extra care around the eye area. It is important not to get cleanser in your eyes. Pressing the brush too hard on the skin will stop the brush from moving and impede the effectiveness of the device.
  • One should select Scrubs and moisturizers based on skin types.
  • Extra care should be taken if you have sensitive or acne prone skin type.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize after exfoliation.

Stay Beautiful
Shikha Agrawal


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Binge eating

Binge eating

Bingeing or Binge eating is a disorder in which someone eats far more than required. It is a vicious cycle which knowingly or unknowingly forces a person to indulge in overeating. I feel up to some extent we all Binge. Don’t take me incorrectly, in other words we all crave for different food and when it is in front of us we generally overeat what we like most. But Binge eating as a habit is few levels higher then food craving. It result in overeating of certain food items repeatedly even though we are already full and we know it well. This leads to weight gain and sometimes no weight loss even after exercising.

So here I am sharing few key points which I have discovered while my weight loss journey, which may be useful for you also.


1.     Busy Bee-Be a busy bee, keep yourself engage in other activities so you will not think of food, occupy yourself with things you love. Try to learn new things or do some challenging task which you always procrastinate. In this way you can divert your mind from your craving.

2.     Hide your greed-I always keep all snacks and chocolates which I love most at quite unapproachable place at my home so they will not be always in front of my eyes.

3.     No more cookery shows please-When I watch any cookery show of tempting dish I always have desire to try. And sometimes I try that dish on the same day itself, so I quit watching cookery shows of tempting desserts and snacks, instead I engage myself in exploring low calories salad recipes.

4.     Calorie counters-If you have chart of what all the calories you have eaten in a day how much you are left for, you can easily manage to adjust your craving in a remaining calories bracket this habit will somehow restrict you from overeating.
5.     Substitutes-I know I crave for desserts after having my I satisfy my craving by eating a fig or a date they are sweet and healthy simultaneously so opt for your own healthy options for substituting junk from gem food.

6.     Plan your meal ahead-Make plan of your weekly meals including snacks. This will help you include all nutrition in your diet and this is a budget friendly approach since it will make use of all items available in your refrigerator, specially plan your evening snack because this is most vulnerable time when we eat fried and unhealthy snacks.

7.     Pack some healthy snacks in zip lock bag-Generally when we are hungry we grab anything and start eating make small packs of healthy snack which you can grab when you are hungry and you have no time. Zip -lock begs packing will provide single serving according to your diet and help portion control.

8.     Maintain distance with kitchen and fridge-Sometimes we frequently go in the kitchen and open fridge again and again and see some tempting leftover or piece of chocolate and unnecessary eat them even if we are not hungry.

9.     H2O –Many times we feel like eating something even if we are not have glass of fresh water it may sometimes satisfy unnecessary craving of our stmoch.So always carry a bottle of water with you. If you don’t like plain water you can flavor it by dropping some slices of lemon, cucumber or you favorite berries.




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

L'Oreal Hydra Active 3 sanftes Waschgel / L'Oreal Hydra Active 3 Face wash

L'Oreal Hydra Active 3 sanftes Waschgel / L'Oreal Hydra Active 3 Face wash


Today I am reviewing L’Oreal Hydra Active 3 sanftes Waschgel (face wash). I have already reviewed day cream from the same series of products. I have picked this face wash because I like the day cream and this series of products is specially designed for dry and sensitive skin types which I have. I am using this face wash since last two months.

Product Claim- L'Oréal Paris skin perfecting Hydra Active 3 cleansing face wash, specifically designed for dry and sensitive skin. The skin is optimally cleaned, traces of makeup are removed and a better quality of skin is revealed. The cleansing gel for a comfortable, silky, soft and supple skin. The foaming cleansing gel without soap protects against dehydration. The rich gel texture pleasantly take away light dirt particles from skin .Without perfume and soap Hydra 3 Active Cleansing Gel gently cleanses and provides soothed and silky - soft skin.

Price-3.75 Euro Approx Quantity-150 ml

Packaging-The Cleansing gel comes in a standing tube. The design is in  pink and white with white lettering. The hinged lid allows optimal amount and a clean removal. It is milky white gel in color and texture.


My Experience-I have used this face wash for two months regularly. This is a gentle face wash without soap so it does not leather much. It removes dirt from the skin, but this face wash does not remove makeup from the skin and if you have applied eye makeup it can not remove it at all. After using it on a regular basis before my night schedule most remarkable thing is I did not got any pimples or acne. This is the only plus point I found in this face wash. Since my skin is very sensitive and most of the face wash give me some kind of acne and my skin starts breakout. My skin is dry to combination and in this winters it tends to dry a lot. Since this face wash claims to moisturize skin and protects dehydration I did not found these claims true. Immediately after using this face wash my skin tend to get dry and I need to apply moisturizing lotion immediately. It is a perfume free face wash but I find its smell quite annoying it reminds me something smelling like medicine capsules.

·         Travel friendly packaging
·         Friendly for sensitive skin.
·         Affordable price

·         Do not remove makeup.
·         Skin gets dry.
·         Smell may be annoying.
·         Don’t foam much.

Over all Rating- 2/5

Final Verdict-This cleansing gel face wash is not catering moisturizing needs of my skin so I will not buy it again. I will look for another better face wash for my sensitive and dry skin. Friend if you have any suggestions pleases comment below.
Stay Beautiful,
With love..
Shikha Agrawal

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Essence Long Lasting -Wear Berries 09 review

Hello Beauties,
Today I am reviewing a beautiful shade lipstick Essence Long Lasting -Wear Berries 09. Now a day I am in love with pink and purple colors. And in this winter I love to coordinate my lipsticks with color of my scarf. It is one of my favorite color in winter.
This lipstick is in a beautiful berry color which is plumy fuchsia color. This lipstick comes in black packaging with a center rim to indicate shade of lipstick. It is a soft creamy lipstick, and bit glossy in texture. The color is bright mauve which will brighten up your face. This lipstick works well with pigmented lips and gives a full coverage and radiant look.
The shade of this lipstick goes very well with fair skin tone and neutral enough for majority of skin tones. Dusky beauties can also wear it. It is smooth and buttery so evenly spreads on lips and requires two to three coats to complete look. It has no shimmer and glitter, but it provide beautiful glaze.
Product chain of essence long lasting lipsticks comes in 10 different shades.Essence sells this product with“Long Lasting “tag but I certainly did not find it long lasting at all. It remains on my lips for about max 2 hours and afterwards it fades off and just remain on outer peripherals of lips.


Price-Approx 2.95 Euro
Shelf Life- 2years
1.    Beautiful Shade
2.    Steady packaging.
3.    Does not dry out lips.
4.    Affordable price.
1.    Lasting power is so poor.
2.    Leaves uneven patches.
3.    Availability.
Final Verdict-This is a beautiful color ,and I love to play with colors so I lik this lipstick except the overhead of reapplication.
Stay Beautiful,
With love..
Shikha Agrawal

Wednesday, October 23, 2013



This is my first post to Beautiful life, hope you will find it helpful.I have a dry skin and in winters it get even more dry so I was searching for a cream which will fulfill moisturizing need of my facial skin and make it look smoother throughout the day. I have tried many creams but my skin gets dry after couple of hours, so while searching for an optimal solution luckily I came across this one.

L’Oreal, Hydra active 3 series of facial skin care products claims, it is designed for providing hydrating look to dehydrated skins. It provides triple action Hydration, Protection and Radiance. And this cream works very well for my skin.

I am using this day cream immediately after shower when my skin tend to gets more dry, it gets easily absorbed in my skin and a small quantity spreads evenly and nourishes my skin for 6 hours and provide soft supple look. It works well as a moisturizing makeup base and gives a smooth glow. This cream comes in two types of packaging, tube form and tub form with 50 ml of quantity. Its texture is quite greasy with typical mild fregrance but absorbs immediately well in skin and provide an even smooth feel. This cream is specially designed for dry skin and for people having sensitive skin. It provides soft moisturizing coverage at least for six hours, no dry patches appears. I am using this cream since one and half months and texture of my skin is surely improved. So friends I feel this day cream is value for money for girls like me who have dry skin. So I already keep its additional backup in my makeup kit.

 Cost- 4.95 Euro-3.75 Euro
  1. A good remedy for moisturizing needs of dry skin. It Provides Long-lasting hydration. So Normal and combination skin may use it while winters.
  2. Comes in two type of packaging. Travel friendly tube packaging.
  3. Good day cream in a decent price.
  4. Frequent reapplication is not required.

  1. Availability.
  2.  L’OREAL test on Animals.

Stay Beautiful ,
With Love..
Shikha Agrawal