Competition: Glambox x Benefit Cosmetics

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Updated (May 31, 2014)

 The winner is Hemangi [@hemangiramani].

You will receive an email with details on prize collection. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Did you miss my previous competition where I gave away a 6 month Glambox subscription? Did you miss the date to subscribe to the special edition Glambox filled with Benefit Cosmetics goodies? Fear not- one of my lucky readers stands a chance to win it!

The Glambox consists of: a voucher for a free brow tint at the Benefit Brow Bar, They're Real mascara, Big Easy BB cream, Fake Up concealer and Porefessional. If you want to know more about these products, read my review here.

Want to win this?

Here's how to participate:

1) Follow me on Instagram (search for: DarkRangerN).
2) Tag your friends to the Glambox x Benefit competition image on my Instagram account.
3) Repost the image on your account (take a screenshot), tag me to it and use the hashtag #KeepingUpWithN

You must follow all the steps to be eligible to win.

Winner will be chosen on random. Competition open to UAE residents only. Good luck!

Review: Rimmel Color Rush Balm

Monday, May 19, 2014

Do you remember the first chubby stick? Neither do I. But what I do remember is that girls go ape over chubby sticks because of the numerous keeps lips hydrated, it isn't a lipstick or a lip gloss but delivers a glossy finish, is available in every possible color etc etc.

Rimmel jumped on the chubby sticks bandwagon and in collaboration with celebrity Rita Ora, developed Color Rush Balms. I love Rimmel. It's one of the drugstore brands that has never let me down. There's always atleast 1 Rimmel product in my makeup bag and this blush has become one of my favorites.

I actually love these jumbo crayon style sticks. One swipe gives you a gorgeous color for the entire day. The shade that I have is called Keep Mauving. 

While the name suggests mauve as the shade, it's got a little more orchid pink mixed in than usual. It is, nonetheless a pretty color. One swipe of this gives you a sheer finish and it's almost a MLBB color. If you layer it on, you'll witness a gorgeous orchid-mauve shade. 

I prefer the latter. The Color Rush Balm stick is great however, it does not survive a meal or drink (in my case juices and water). It does leave a sheer color (no stain as such) but you will have to re-apply. I love the fact that it isn't overtly glossy and a matte version of this color would be incredibly beautiful! 

There are several more shades ranging from a shocking pink to a deep red. 

Have you tried this or other chubby sticks? What's your favorite shade?

Rimmel Color Rush Balm is available at select stores across the UAE.

*The product(s) was sent by the brand/ its reps for a review. All reviews are based on my personal experience & outcome thereby presenting an honest opinion to the readers.

A Bourjois-ful Summer

I love how Bourjois launches pretty shades every now and then. I particularly love the little round pots that house their blushes. A pop of color on the cheek is gorgeous. Blushes aside, a handful of Bourjois goodies landed on my desk.

First up, are the So Laque Glossy and the 1 Seconde nail polishes. The So Laque Glossy in 09 Ciel Mon Vernis is part of the Spring 2014 collection. It's such a beautiful pastel blue.

I usually prefer darker colors on my nails but this color has won me over. It takes about 2 shades to get an opaque coverage.

The polish stayed on for 5 days straight before I noticed slight chipping. Other than that, I totally love this color and the glossy finish it delivers. My new favorite when it comes to pastel polishes!

The next one is something almost every girl loves. Gold and glitter! The Bourjois 1 Seconde polishes have a special gel texture along with a fan brush that allows easy application.

This shade known as 42 Oh My Gold, went on like a dream. I applied this over a dark base so the gold would pop.

Bourjois launched a new fragrance to add to their Glamour range (read my review on the other fragrance here). Aptly named Lovely, this is a fruity floral fragrance that boasts of apples and black currants fused with Turkish rose, jasmine, amber and musk among other ingredients.

When you spray it on, it immediately dispenses a fruity fragrance but allow it to settle, and you will sense the jasmine and musk coming alive.

The final product is the latest offering from the brand, the Volume Seconde Mascara that promises to deliver length and volume to the lashes.

The mascara comes in a waterproof version as well and includes carnauba, bee's wax and jojoba to keep the lashes moisturized.

The mascara has a special brush that coats the lashes and combs/fans them out thereby giving you the best outcome. On my lashes, this mascara is more about length than volume. It didn't flake (hurray!) or smudge. It's great to use during the day or at work.

So, these are latest gems from Bourjois. Have you tried any of these?

Bourjois is available at select stores across the UAE.

*The product(s) was sent by the brand/ its reps for a review. All reviews are based on my personal experience & outcome thereby presenting an honest opinion to the readers.

Review: Rouge By Une

It's summer and what's the best way to welcome it? With new makeup of course! Think vibrant pinks, sunny yellows and fresh greens...of course, with new makeup comes new set of lip colors and balms.

Rouge by Une is a gorgeous range of lipsticks that will suit all complexions. Une is a brand that utilizes organic ingredients and you'll spot quite a few goodies in the ingredients list.

The latest gem to land on my desk is this pretty lipstick.

Rouge by Une in R08 is a gorgeous red that's not in-your-face red. Yes, the beauty industry is inundated with bold reds but this subtle red works absolutely fine during both, day and night. 

It boasts of a creamy texture and is infused with moisturizing agents such as shea butter, sweet almond oil and bee's wax (the latter of which is making a frequent appearance in several beauty products these days). 

I totally love this color. For me, this lipstick delivers a slightly matte finish with a subtle sheen- those who know me, know that I LOVE matte lip colors. Rouge by Une doesn't dry the lips, survives half a meal (you'll have to re-apply) and overall, is a great addition to my collection. 

Have you tried Une? Do you have a favorite? 

Rouge by Une is available across select stores in the UAE.

*The product(s) was sent by the brand/ its reps for a review. All reviews are based on my personal experience & outcome thereby presenting an honest opinion to the readers.

May Glambox Revealed

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Being a huge fan of Benefit Cosmetics ever since I purchased my favorite product, I was delighted to know that this month's Glambox is a Benefit Cosmetics special! Don't you just love the sound of that? Also, would you like a special discount on your Glambox subscription? Read on.

This special box contains mini samples of some of their best-selling products and a mystery item as well!

You can easily say this is the Best of Benefit in a box! They should've included Benetint, so you all can discover how pretty of a cheek and lip stain it is.

Let's start off with Pore-fessional. This one is popular with girls who have large pores and want to minimize the appearance of it. It also doubles up as a primer so your foundation can go on smoothly. I reviewed it previously here.

Next up is one of the best mascara's I've used, They're Real. This mascara coats the lashes in a jet black color. Use the wand in a regular manner and before you are done, hold it vertically and apply the mascara to the lashes. Instant transformation guaranteed. The only downside to this is the removal process. For me, it takes a while to remove every trace of this mascara from my lashes. But I don't mind it, considering they give my lashes added length.

Want a concealer that conceals pesky dark circles and hydrates the eye area? Look no further. Fake Up launched in Dubai last year and this concealer is infused with Vitamin E and apple seed extract to keep the eye area moisturized. I absolutely love it. Read my full review here.

Benefit Cosmetics jumped on the BB cream bandwagon and created their version of it. They call it the Big Easy BB Cream. While the cream is liquid in nature, it delivers a velvet powder finish, controls oil and keeps skin moisture locked in. The end result is smooth looking skin. As an added bonus, the product has SPF35- say hello to flawless looking, protected skin.

The fifth product is a mystery product! While I know what it is (and it's quiet an exciting one), I will reveal it soon.

If you'd like to get your hands on this Glambox, subscribe today and use this code BENE20 to get a 20% discount off your subscription (code valid until May 18, 2014)! If you haven't tried Benefit products yet, this is your chance to do so.

So, can you guess what the mystery product is?

Review: Dove Hair Fall Rescue System

Sunday, May 4, 2014

If you ask me to list the top 10 brands that I blindly trust, Dove will be one of the top 3. Dove is a brand that is dear to me. I still remember the 1990s(?) ad that featured the classic white & blue soap pack and the litmus test. I also remember the magic of using Dove soap regularly- the result was revealed when a friend in school exclaimed, "You have really soft hands. What cream do you use?". I didn't tell her (Oh, c'mon! I wanted to be the girl with the softest hands!).

I trust Dove. I love Dove. I can recollect the time when the brand first launched its shampoo. I made a beeline to the supermarket aisle and grabbed the product. Within the first wash and there's no exaggeration here, my hair was instantly softer. I kept touching my hair because I couldn't believe a shampoo that claimed to deliver beautiful hair lived up to its claim. While the shampoo didn't tackle other hair issues like hair fall, it instantly became a favorite. The only thing missing was a hair mask. Dove, at the time didn't have one and I used to tell myself that I would be the first to purchase should they launch it.

I can go on and on about my love for Dove (even my parents love it!)- it's one brand that hasn't disappointed me throughout the years. It has evolved, launching different products with the promise of beautiful hair and skin (have you tried their body range? The shower gels and body lotions are amazing!). Read my other reviews on Dove's Purely Pampering Body Cream and Ultimate Nourishment Range.

So, when I was sent the latest from Dove- the Hair Fall Rescue System, I had a smile on my face which read as, "Hi there, ol' buddy."

The Dove Hair Fall Rescue System consists of 4 products: shampoo, conditioner, leave-on-intensive root treatment (or a leave-in-conditioner) and a hair mask.

Dove states that majority of the hair fall occurs at the roots and the Hair Fall Rescue System is designed to combat this particular problem. The products in this range contain Trichazole Actives, which act as a root strengthener or root 'glue' thereby, keeping the hair firmly in place at the roots. Let's get started with reviewing these products, shall we?

I put all 3 products to test for a period of 3 weeks (Dove suggested 2 weeks). While the Hair Fall Rescue shampoo has a slightly thicker consistency, the conditioner is much lighter. Both have a subtle yet pleasant fragrance that tends to linger on long after the hair has been washed.

I usually avoid using conditioner because, let's face it- it's a hassle to slap conditioner on your hair, then wait for 5 mins until it does its work. In other words, I am devoid of patience. Since I wanted to know if this range lives up to its claim, I religiously used the conditioner. From the first wash, my hair was soft to touch.

I don't know what secret ingredient it is, but it's present in every Dove shampoo (and most probably, conditioners). It instantly makes my hair soft, I'm not exaggerating! I know some girls who mentioned Dove shampoos weighs down their hair but it works perfectly for me. This is one of the things I absolutely love about this brand. Even their soap makes my hands soft! Moving on...the star product of this range is the Leave-On Intensive Root Treatment.

Leave in conditioners have a special place in my heart. It gives me great satisfaction knowing there's something that's working around the clock to keep my hair healthy. The Leave-On treatment is no different. Did I mention how easy it is to use? You snap open the mini lid and apply the product directly from the tube. It is clear and has a consistency that is slight thicker than water. It is applied on the scalp as opposed to on the hair. Massage the product and style hair as usual.

It does not leave the hair looking oily/greasy and neither does it weigh it down. I love this. I love the fragrance, the benefits...I love everything about this leave-on treatment/conditioner.

So, what about the results? Dove claims that you will notice a decline in hair fall from the first wash. As much as I love the brand, I have to say that wasn't the case for me. What I did get from the first wash is truly soft hair, which I love. I started to see the results of the Hair Fall Rescue Range close to the end of the 2nd week, so you could say 3rd week as such. I noticed there aren't as many hair strands stuck in the hair brush anymore (you have no idea how happy I am). It's not a drastic change but even a little improvement when it comes to hair fall is appreciated! I've said this a hundred times and I'll repeat once more- my hair is softer and smooth. I am impressed with the results and will continue using this range.

I will be purchasing the shampoo and leave-in conditioner (I'll skip the stand-alone conditioner for now) once my current supply is depleted.

This range gets my seal of approval!

Have you tried this range? What's your favorite from Dove? Sound off in the comments section below.

The Dove Hair Fall Rescue range is available supermarkets and hypermarkets across the UAE.

*The product(s) was sent by the brand/ its reps for a review. All reviews are based on my personal experience & outcome thereby presenting an honest opinion to the readers.

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