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Best Beauty Products | Current

Hello, all! Hope you're having a good week. I've been busy apartment-hunting for a while, and we finalized on one today. So relieved, and you know what I learned? I mean I've always known it, but now I know without a shadow of a doubt! 

When people say: "It's not about the money."

Translation: "It is about the money. Maybe we don't know it yet.
It's a-lll-w-a-y-s about the money. Wake up, silly woman! Stop wondering how MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick would look on you!"

Okay. So I've been using some amazing products for the past month, so wanted to share with y'all: 

L'Oreal Extraordinary Skin Boosting Oil: Favoritest, this! Best not-so-pricey premium facial oil in the Indian market right now, which also smells the best. By that, I mean it doesn't have a strong scent. Clarins Facial Oil & The Body Shop Oils Of Life have a similar strong scent, and they are super duper pricey. Hi, The Body Shop, Rs.3095? Really?
Formulated with 3 Oils:
Desert nut oil : Deeply nourishes
Geranium essential oil : Replumps skin layer by layer
Rosa canina fruit oil : Illuminates the skin 
 Will do a detailed post on this.
Price: Rs.1550  from Lifestyle

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream : OH-EM-GEE! I'm so mad at myself for not trying this sooner. The back of my right hand was damaged until this came along. I will post before & after pictures in a separate post.
Price: Rs.300 from local supermarket

Dove Moisture Go Fresh Beauty Cream Bar with Green Tea & Cucumber Scent ~ Hello, simple soap! I started using this only because I ran out of face wash, and was surprised by how gentle and non-drying it is. Recently, I was doing research (ya, let's call it that) on anti-ageing facial cleansers, and I stumbled on an article on Oprah, where they said that expensive anti-ageing face washes are a waste of money, because they don't stay on your skin long enough to do anything. Don't you think that makes total sense? I think this is where I'll be saving my monies ;D
Price: Rs.46 from local supermarket

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm ~  It's a pinky beige that's become one of my favorite nude lippies. Swatches to come.
Price: Rs.710 from Sephora

Maybelline Lip Gradation in Coral1 ~ This color! So bright, so pigmented! The finish is creamy to matte, so dry chapped lips will need extra work before application. Will wear this in a look sometime.
Price: Rs.500 from Lifestyle

Ardell Luckies False Lashes ~ Looking for falsies that aren't too long, that look like mascara-ed lashes? These are them.
Price: Rs.375 from Jabong

Any special products you'd like to share with the rest of us?

Enjoy your Friday!

See you again soon :*


Keeping It Simple Skin Care Products

SNORING. I don't do it, and I can't can't can't sleep with people who do. Oh, the things I do to make husband stop snoring - when he does snore, only sometimes, when he's very exhausted (Thank Goodness!) I pinch his nostrils so he'll breathe through his nose, and when I can't reach his nose, I take his hand and shake shaKE SHAKE it really hard until he stirs.
However, during the last 2 weeks, husband told me that I'd been snoring! Multiple times! So you can  imagine how exhausting it has been in MommyLand. That means I can no longer spend more than a few minutes doing my face each day, and the number of products I'm using have reduced.
Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes, Rs.50 (7 wipes) ~ I ran out of Cleansing Oil, and my favorite MAC Cleanse Off Oil was Out Of Stock the last time, so I've been using different types of wipes & cleansing pads. These are my favorite, coz they do the job efficiently + they remove waterproof mascara as well. 
Clean & Clear Morning Energy Energizing Lemon Face Wash, Rs.99 ~  Simply, a nice refreshing facial cleanser. It is not the same as my favorite Clean & Clear Morning Energy Skin Brightening Facial Scrub, but they look and smell similar.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Rs.599 ~ I needed a new eye cream, and this has been working quite well on the fine lines under my eyes. It has Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid - two ingredients that are famous for reducing wrinkles.
ZA True White Emulsion, Rs.899 ~ I'm really liking this. It's like a serum-cum-moisturizer. It has a runny consistency and makes my skin look dewy and luminous.
La-Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector, Rs.890 ~ I couldn't rave about this little tube enough. It is my go-to when I get a horrendous pimple. I recently got a huge on my nose, and it disappeared in 2 days without any scarring.
Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm, Rs.100 (Free with a Nivea Body Lotion) ~ I was surprised how effective this is! After my delivery and stay at the hospital, my lips cracked like anything. This healed them completely.
Water ~ And lastly, good ol' H2O. Lots & LOTS of it! I think I drink about 3 liters per day.

So, that's all I'm currently using. 
No special (read: pricey) Cleanser, 
No Scrub, 
No Toner,
No Night Cream 

Good news is, my skin is doing okay. It just shows that we don't really need a lot or pricey products to maintain healthy skin.

What simple skin care products are you loving these days?

Okay, I gotta go! My son is waking up now. 
I guess now I have to keep my blog posts simple too, and I shouldn't blabber to muc....


Video: My Night Time Skincare Routine ~ No Pimples, No Wrinkles

Hi all, hope you had a great weekend. Mine was half spent on editing & tweaking this video. I wanted to put this up because skincare is one of the most requested posts from readers & this routine is the one that suits my skin the best.

I had major pimple issues (big cystic ones!) in early 2013 (Post here), and ever since I started this routine, I stopped getting pimples & my skin became smoother and firmer.
I wasn't a planned video. Remember when I said I did something else after packing my makeup in this post? Well, I just decided to point my camera at me while I was doing my usual end-of-the-night face routine that night early morning (time flew to 4am!) That night, I was staying alone in Scotland while Mr.CZ was in Newcastle.

Play the video below. Hope you'll find it helpful!

Products Used:

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Cleansing Oil ~ I usually use MAC Cleanse Off Oil, which contains no Mineral Oil like this one, but it was finished. However, this is good too, and my skin has no issues with the mineral oil. I don't know why people say it's bad, considering it's in most baby products.

Clean&Clear Morning Energy Skin Brightening Facial Scrub.

Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micro-Exfoliant Astringent Lotion.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.

Olay Total Effects Day Cream (Normal)

Maybelline Baby Lips Hydrate.

The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Hand Lotion.

If you liked this video, please SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube Channel HERE! Maybe I'll do a Day Time Routine & Special Skin Treatments Routine too someday. I have another video planned when I move to our new apartment. Hopefully, soon!

Mr.CZ & I would like to THANK all of you from the bottom of our hearts for all the good wishes & love on the Baby CZ post! I was so overwhelmed by all the heartfelt wishes & reading them made me feel a lil' more excited about this change in my life =)

I had gone for my first scan & I put a pic on my 2nd blog CZloves: here

Talk to you again shortly.


The Best Cleanser I've Ever Used ~ Baby Smooth Skin!

Remember in my interview with Cosmo I said I would never dedicate an entire blog post to a face wash? Well, this one is an exception, because this face wash, or scrub, is outstanding! I rarely finish a tube of cleanser. I get bored of them easily, and I always keep around 3-5 in my bathroom. But now I think I'm ready to commit to one ~ Clean & Clear Morning Energy Skin Brightening Daily Facial Scrub. Look how much is left in the tube. I don't know what I'd do without it! Sometimes I'd use it just so I can smell it and feel it's goodness on my face, and that translates into a disciplined night time cleansing routine, no matter how tired I am.
About: MORNING Energy Skin Brightening Scrub is formulated with BURSTING BEADS and a unique blend of caffeine, lemon and papaya. It invigorates your senses and helps brighten your skin’s appearance. Skin appears instantly refreshed and leaves you ready to face your day. Oil-free.


New In ~ Skincare, Haircare, Makeup

Last night, we heard a weird siren sound. We thought it's some annoying car alarm (but less annoying than the one in HIMYM - when Lily & Robin were waiting outside the bridal store.) Then we saw red/blue lights flickering through the curtains. I looked out, and saw more than 15 people gathering outside, some men in yellow helmets, and 2 noisy fire trucks right outside the building attached to our building.......


NEW! Lakmé Clean Up Clear Pores With Green Tea Extracts

Lakmé CLEAN UP Clear Pores range is enriched with goodness of Green Tea Extracts that soothe and calm your skin and Salicylic Acid that helps prevent break-outs fight blemishes and reduce irritation.
Lakmé CLEAN UP Clear Pores is an easy-to-use professional clean-up range comes with three unique new formulations:  a face wash to cleanse all visible dirt, a scrub to remove dead cells and a mask to reduce pores and tighten skin.
  • Face Wash ~ Rs.90 for 50gm  | Rs.160 for 100gm.
  • Scrub ~ Rs.110 for 50gm  | Rs.225 for 100gm.
  • Mask ~ Rs.110 for 50gm  | Rs.225 for 100gm.

*I so want to try these! You know my love for green tea! =) 


Neutrogena Wave Power Cleanser

What do we have here? Something like Clarisonic & Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool, but so much cheaper! I thought you might be interested, because I am!
New Neutrogena® Wave Power Cleanser is clinically proven to deliver softer, smoother skin after just one use! At the click of a button, the battery operated facial cleanser delivers 10 times deeper cleansing than conventional manual cleansing. The ergonomically-designed system applicator comes with disposable, one time- use foaming pads that can be refilled.
 The Neutrogena® Wave Power Cleanser has a three way action:
  • Textured foaming pads gently sweep away layers of dead skin cells to reveal noticeably smoother and softer skin
  • Gentle vibrating motion of the system applicator massages skin. You will feel your pores open for deep cleansing
  • Lather removes dirt, oil and makeup while awakening your senses
Now change the way you look at cleansing. Neutrogena® Wave Power Cleanser is simple to use
Step 1- Attach disposable pad
Step 2- Hold it under running water
Step 3- Turn it on and gently massage your face
Step 4- Rinse your face and wipe it clean 


NEW Product Launches ~ Lakmé, Pond's, Maybelline New York, L'Oreal Paris

Don't we all just love it when new beauty products enter our Indian market? That's because it's so.....rare.

Below are some recently launched products by 4 of my favorite affordable brands. 2 skincare products, 2 make-up products. Only 3 really appeal to me.

Lakmé Absolute™ Bi-phased Make-up Remover ~ It is enriched with the goodness of various antioxidants. The product is designed to break down and rinse off the chemicals in make-up that ordinary soaps and face-washes can't. Hello, it comes with a pump! Me likes it already! Price - Rs.210 for 60 ml.

Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGENFacial Foam ~ Pond's announces the extension of its range with the new Pond’s age miracle™ Cell ReGEN™ Facial Foam, that’ll counter dullness and enhance your skin’s radiance! The new Pond’s age miracle™ Cell ReGEN™ Facial Foam is a unique combination of Intelligent Pro-Cell Complex™, a system of vital Bio-Actives:  CLA, Retinol, Two Retinol Boosters, Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Glycerin with gentle micro beads that come together to deeply cleanse skin and help remove the dead cells and impurities to reveal visibly youthful skin! With the success of of that Regenerist range by that other brand, I'm glad to see a cheaper ReGEN face wash! Price - Rs.215 for 100 ml


365Gorgeous Online Beauty Store Review & Haul (Psst...Giveaway Alert)

I got to experience another online beauty store called  365Gorgeous. 'Coz you gotta be  gorgeous every single day of the year, yo!' It houses brands that aren't available in India like: Bobbi Brown, Essie, China Glaze, etc. Other popular brands include: Maybelline, L'Oreal, Colorbar, Lakmé, Revlon, Lotus Herbals, MAC, Lancome, and lots more.

The Good:
  • 5% OFF on most products like Maybelline
  • Earn Points when you shop
  • Cash On Delivery 
  • Free Shipping above Rs.250
  • Delivery within 2-5 days
  • Products were packed in a little white box & they were bubble-wrapped properly.
The Bad:
  • What really bothered me was, the different shades of a product weren't put together in one page. Like, each lipstick shade has it's own individual page, which is very frustrating. I like to see them all in one page- saves time that way, don't you think?
  • 'View All' option is not there. You have to keep flipping pages. I'm a view all kind of person (read: impatient)
  • Many products I wanted were 'Out Of Stock'

What I put in my cart: 
  • Joy Pure Aloe Oil Control Face Wash, Rs.38.00
  • NYX Trio Eye Shadow in Pink Purple Prune, Rs.520.00
  • Maybelline Crayon Liner Pencil, Rs.118.75
  • Maybelline Hyper Curl Volum' Express Mascara Waterproof Black, Rs.166.25
  • Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Soft Plum, Rs.194.75  (One of my favorites & most-used blushes!)


Yardley English Lavender Gentle Facial Cleanser Review....and Chocolates!

I wish every face wash came with chocolates on the side! Not that I like chocolates that much, but the box is prettier to look at. I look at this box, and the world seems better (yes, seriously!). Hey, also a nice idea for a present, right? Buy face wash/lipsticks/nail polishes/anything pretty & inexpensive (NO, no socks, pleeease!), a nice box from Archies/Hallmark, some mini chocolates, a bow/ribbon, and ta-da! Yes, let's all do that this year!
*Makes memo in phone: Must buy cute gift boxes* Save.
About Yardley London English Lavender Facial Cleanser
A soap-free preparation with soothing Avocado Oil & English Lavender. It cleanser tenderly & removes make-up and impurities. The nutrient packed Avocado Oil supplements the skin's natural moisture and softness, leaving it clean, hydrated, and delicately fragranced with English Lavender.


Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool

I'm trying out the Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool, the dupe for Clarisonic- which costs 3 times more. I have always wanted a Clarisonic, but the price scare the bejesus out of me (You can imagine what Mr.CZ thinks!)
I am loving the pink-ness against the white....very girly.


Disappointing Beauty Products

I do favorite posts and haul posts and influence you to spend money. Bad... bad girl! I love comments like"Reading this blog is not good for my wallet",  and I can totally understand how you feel because I feel like that every single day when I see new things in other blogs and websites. 

So, I'm hoping posts like this one will help you save some money.

Here are 3 of the most disappointing beauty products I used recently:

1. Face Facial Cleansing Buffer: For face? Really?! It's so rough and scratchy I regret using it on my face even once. They should rename it Foot Cleansing Buffer or Hairy Back Cleansing Buffer.


Best Cotton Pads For Skin

I found (or more like my hubby found) these German-made Pads+Microfaser, and I'm having so much fun using them. I love things that are different and have a unique quality, and these cotton pads are that!

Textured on one side. So cute! 

The other side is normal and linty, so I'd rather use it for nail polish remover (maybe)


DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

This cleansing oil is DHC's 'superstar' product. Ever since I came to know about cleansing oils, I've wanted to try this one as it'a very popular and gotten rave reviews.

Claims: Try this amazing cleanser and you’ll see why it’s our most popular product worldwide. Dirt, excess oil, makeup—even waterproof mascara—and other pore-cloggers dissolve easily, leaving your face a grime-free zone that is soft to the touch. Its unique water-soluble formula rinses completely, so you’ll never see a greasy residue. Olive oil and vitamin E help ensure you won’t see dryness either.
Ingredients: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil.


Lakme Fruit Blast Facewashes Photos & Information

I am getting fruit blasted with this basket of Lakme Fruit Blast Facewashes. They were sent to me in this cute basket accessorized with peaches, leaves, ribbons & bows. My kind of presentation! It looks good enough to be carried by a flower girl. I'm thinking about placing it under my Christmas tree and put some chocolates, candies and lollipops in it for grabs :)

 Strawberry, Citrus Rain, Berry Lush, Melon Melt & Pear Butter Mask

They all smell so good (yummy-licious!) that I'm having a hard time deciding which ones I want to use first, at the same time not wanting to confuse my skin.


Lakme Fruit Blast Berry Lush Face Wash

Who likes berries?

They're cute and delicious. How about a daily dose of them?

Lakme brought my 2 of my favorite berries together in this new face wash ~ Strawberries & Raspberries.


Feel juicy fruit extracts of strawberry and raspberry re-energize your face with every wash. While the strawberry exfoliator seeds gently brush away impurities, raspberry & passion fruit extracts re-hydrate skin leaving it tingling fresh with the aroma of natural berries.

I didn't like the Lakme Strawberry Face Wash at all coz it dried out my skin like nobody's business. 
But this one is different. It leaves my skin feeling clean-clean without the dryness and yes it tingles. It smells so yummy. Like mixed fruit jam! 

To see ingredients, click to enlarge

I'm loving it!

Price ~ Rs.125

Rating ~ ♥♥♥♥

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


Perfect Radiance By Lakme

Lakme has come up with its very own fairness range. I tried the Perfect Radiance Foundation at a store a month ago, and almost bought it but refrained coz I wanted to check it out on the net first. Why is it that nowadays it seems blasphemous to buy a product without checking it out on the internet first?

I am already drawn to the packaging of these with all the pink! :)

About Perfect Radiance:

Known for their protective, whitening and soothing powers, it is enriched with lush extracts of White Lily and Sacred Lotus. These extracts lend a sense of purity and balance to Perfect Radiance Fairness range, helping restore your skin’s true complexion. 

Designed to give you truly fair, radiant skin, Lakmé Perfect Radiance fairness cream acts on all 6 signs of skin darkening by:

1.         Fading away dark spots and blemishes due to pigmentation

2.        Lightening Skin Colour

3.        Helping even out Skin Tone

4.       Reducing Oiliness

5.        Fading away Dullness

6.       Keeping Tanning under control

Here are all the products from this range that promises us an even and blemish-free complexion:

So, which of these are you definitely trying out?

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


July Favorites ~ Featuring Colorbar, MAC, NYX, Marc Jacobs, Body Shop etc

I am loving so many things right now. These are just a few of my favorite things. Must-have products and worth every penny!

Marc Jacobs Daisy (RM.213.00)
Marc Jacobs Daisy is THE perfume for the girly girl. I just couldn't leave it behind when I left Delhi. If you tend to get motion sickness while travelling and strong perfumes make you feel nauseous, this is the one for you coz the fragrance is so soft & subtle. Plus the bottle design is beyond cuteness, would you really care how it smells? ;)


Reader's Request ~ Skincare Kit For Oily/Combination & Acne Prone Skin

This was requested by a very sweet reader Priyanka J, who has Oily/Combination & Acne-prone skin.

I believe a skincare routine should be simple, when it comes to problem skin. If you have acne, it's better not to confuse your skin more by switching from product to product and "irritate" it
When I get a big pimple sometimes, I feel it has a mind of its own. Like it's saying to me "Don't you let those things gang bang me, or else....=[" =D

Here are the products I'd pick (and I do use most myself) for Oily/combination & Acne Prone skin.

~ Cleansers ~
First and foremost, you have to get a cleanser that is very well suited for your skin type. A childhood friend of mine have been suffering from acne for most of her life - face and body! And the last time I saw her, there wasn't a pimple on her face and she was glowing! So, I asked her what she used. She told me that she read in a magazine that "when you have acne, it's better to use a Foam Cleanser rather than a gel-based one" (hehe...I hope she read this =D)
She then started using Pond's Flawless White Facial Foam, and it made all the difference.
Other cleansers you can use......

Cetaphil when pimples are at their peak and hurt. You gotta have one with salicylic acid like Clean & Clear cleansers for acne.


March Favorites ~ Make-up, Perfume, Haircare, Skincare

♥ Make-up ♥

Koi Make-up Palette

I got this palette a while back but never really used it. I was too busy obsessing over my 120 palette. But recently I've been reaching for it most of the time because the eyeshadow colors are so bright and shimmery, so summer. The quality of the eyeshadows is pretty good too, considering it's an unknown Asian brand. This palette comes with blushers, a tiny mascara and lippies too, but I've never really used them.

Bourjois Hi-Tech Lip Tint in #83 Rose Virtuel

I just love the Bourjois Hi-tech Lip tints, especially the packaging. I had this in Rose Pixel too, but my friend liked it a lot and wanted it so I gave it to her. But Rose Virtuel was always my favorite of the two because it's more pink and a bit more subtle than Rose Pixel, which is more red.

♥ Perfume ♥

YSL Paris Premieres Roses

Since the teaser trailer of Sex and the City movie sequel came out, I've been feeling very impatient. This perfume reminds me of the last two episodes of the series which were shot in Paris. It smells very fruity-floral and girly. Very "Paris" =). I think I will be wearing it till the movie releases in May. Can't wait!

♥ Haircare ♥

Forest Essentials Virgin Coconut Oil

This is cold pressed, organic, nutrient rich and unrefined virgin coconut oil. I love to massage this on my hair before shampooing. My hair does feel softer. Sometimes use it on my body too, especially on my feet.
Price ~ Rs.325 for 200 ml.

♥ Skincare ♥

Body Shop Vitamin C Time release Capsules

As you can see there are only two left =). I love these. They make my skin feel so smooth and I really like the citrusy smell . I use one capsule right after cleansing before bedtime and use nothing else on top of it.

INATURE Herbals Sandal Face Pack

I found this mask in the supermarket. Never heard about this brand before, but I thought the ingredients sound nice. It contains Chandan (Indian Sandal) - Helps to remove dead cells, Kesar(Saffron)- Helps to enhance complexion, Turmeric -for blemish free fair skin. Daily use is recommended. What I don't like about it is that it stings my eyes while I apply it. Really really stings! Red eyes, tears rolling! So i'm not sure if I'll buy it again. But when I'd just started using this, one morning I saw that my skin looked like satin especially my forehead. That happened once! That's why I still like to use it hoping my skin will look like that again.
Price~ Rs.120 only.

Body Shop Pomegranate Body Polish

I like this so much better than the Strawberry Body Polish. I use this 2-3 times a week with the Body Shop Bath Gloves below....

Body Shop Bathing Gloves

I wonder why I have didn't buy these sooner. I think you have more control lathering and scrubbing with these and they could be a substitute for a weekly body scrub.

Rafael Salgado Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Would you look at how cute that bottle is! I love using this to massage my face and body. I've used it to remove my make-up too and it takes off everything, but I still have to wash it off with a cleanser, unlike a cleansing oil. I got this at the supermarket ~ Rs.250 for 250 ml.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

First of all, I just love love love how this smells! And second, it does make my skin feel very clean and fresh. I've always wanted to try this but I had only seen it in the big bottle, so I always hesitated to get it. When i saw this smaller 50 ml bottle for Rs.80, I hesitated no more. 

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^