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Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara Review + photos

Hi everyone!!

Today I’m reviewing LOTUS HERBALS maxlash botanical mascara. I’m very fond of Lotus Herbals products where it is skincare or makeup and after having a more than satisfactory experience with the lipsticks, compact and glosses, I decided to pick up the mascara since I was in need of one some time back. The only mascara I had used prior to this was Maybelline colossal volume mascara and while I liked it very much, I wanted to explore more. Sadly though, Lotus herbals MAXLASH mascara did not fulfill my expectations. Read on further to know why…

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

Price: Rs 245

Quantity: 4 g

What the packaging says about the product : 

(I’d opened the package  in a hurry to try it, hence the torn packaging )

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

Ingredients listed on the outer covering : (see pic above)

 

My take on the product:

It comes in a black tube packaging with a slighter thicker mid section with silver band.  The packaging is neither very attractive nor too bad. The brush on the other hand is NOT good. For one thing it picks up too much product which accumulates on the lashes while applying giving a clumped look. It does lengthen the eye lashes significantly though.

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

The brush is not too dense like other volumizing mascara, it has tiny plastic teeth spaced at a moderate distance. The brush is flexible and can bend (as shown) to fit the contour of the eye lashes. The concept is good but it doesn’t really bend like that and application doesn’t feel very different from that of a non-flexible brush.

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara- brush

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

 

Formula: The formula is too runny. I prefer gel like formulas that don’t look too wet on the lashes and dry fast. This one takes a while to dry. The first time I applied it, I did not realise it was so wet and I applied compact on my face with a big brush and some of the mascara transferred to my skin. The good part is that you need to wipe it with a cotton/tissue and it gets removed easily without messing up that area of the skin. The runny formula and the brush together manage to clump my eye lashes together and then lengthen those clumps to give an open look to the eyes which looks nice when seen from far but close up it does not look good!

It is waterproof and stays on all day and gets removed very easily with a mild cleanser. I don’t like using oil based cleansers and prefer Cetaphil on makeup removal as well. This one comes off easily with Cetaphil 🙂

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara

 

 

The GOOD about Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara- 

1. Lengthens eye lashes significantly.

2. Color is jet black.

3. Waterproof, stays on all day.

4. the brush and formula are not perfect but make it easy to apply

5. Removes easily with cleanser without tugging or pulling.

6. Very reasonably priced.

7. Contains botanical extracts.

8. Feels very comfortable on lashes.

The NOT-SO-GOOD about Lotus herbals MAXLASH botanicals mascara-

1. The brush picks up a lot of product and clumps the eye lashes together.

2. The formula is too runny.

3. Takes a minute to dry on the lashes.

4. Does not separate the lashes, barely volumizes.

 

Overall Verdict: It is one of the most reasonably priced mascara out there in the market and while it gives a lot of length and decent volume to the lashes, the brush and formula need a lot of improvement. The formula is too runny, taken some time to dry and the brush picks up a lot of product and clumps lashes together. It is waterproof , feels very comfortable on the lashes and comes off easily with a mild cleanser also which is a big plus point for me.  Might work for those with very sparse lashes.

I don’t like the clumping but it does feel very comfortable to wear and gives nice length so I’m wearing it on a regular basis but would not recommend it unless you have sparse lashes. Maybelline colossal volume is a better option at around the same price.

Rating: 2.5/5

Will I repurchase: No

Have you tried Lotus herbals MAXLASH mascara? Which is your favorite volumizing mascara? Share your comments by replying below.

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Everyday pink-brown eye makeup look with MAC Sable & MAC Cranberry + FOTD

Hi everyone!

This is a quick everyday eye makeup look I tried today using the eyeshadows ‘SABLE‘ and ‘CRANBERRY‘ from MAC.

Read further to see complete breakdown and steps used to achieve this simple everyday wear look.

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows

 

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows

Products used :

1. MAC Paint pot ‘Painterly’

2. MAC Eyeshadows – Sable, Cranberry.

3. Colorbar I-glide eye pencil ‘Cocobar’

4. Bourjois kohl and contour pencil ‘Brun expressif’

5. MAC Select moisture cover concealer NC 45.5

6. Faces eye shadow brush

7. Maybelline colossal volume mascara

Products used for Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows

Steps:

1. Apply primer or base on lids first. I’ve applied MAC Paint pot ‘Painterly’ all over the lid , crease and blended towards brow bone.

2. Apply Sable (plummy brown neutral shade) all over lid with an eyeshadow application brush(using Faces eyeshadow brush)

3. Take Cranberry (deep pink with plum-brown undertone) on a soft fluffy brush (using the same Faces brush) and apply in outer corner and crease and blend towards brow bone.

4. Apply compact powder under brow bone for a neat look.

5. Apply brown/black liner, brown kohl and keep the look soft.

6. Finish with a coat of mascara.

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows

 

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows

Products used for face:

1. The Body shop oil free foundation.

2. Chambor silver shadow compact

3. Lakme cheek artist ‘Kiss of a rose’

For lips :

Subtle look : For a more subtle, work appropriate look, bring out the brown in the eyeshadow shades by pairing with a neutral peachy brown or brownish pink nude lipstick. I have used Lakme enrich matte #263.

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows(natural lighting)

Vibrant look : Play up the pinks in the eyeshadow by pairing with a rosy pink lipstick like Lotus herbals pure color lipstick ‘Pink Blush’

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows (Artificial lighting)

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows (Artificial lighting)

Everyday pink-brown look with MAC Sable and MAC Cranberry eyeshadows (different camera mode)

 

Which look did you like more- the subtle one or the vibrant one? 

Small MAC haul : Painterly paint pot and Soft brown eyeshadow EOTD

Hi everyone!

I’d been wanting these two products since a long time and finally got these yesterday. Here is a simple eye makeup I did with it.

Simple everyday eye makeup with MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' and MAC eyeshadow 'Soft brown'

Products used:

1. MAC Paint pot ‘Painterly’

2. MAC Eyeshadow ‘Soft brown’

3. Colorbar I-glide pencil ‘Cocobar’

4. MAC Smolder

5. MAC select moisture cover concealer NC 45.5

6. Maybelline colossal volume mascara

Simple everyday eye makeup with MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' and MAC eyeshadow 'Soft brown'

Simple everyday eye makeup with MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' and MAC eyeshadow 'Soft brown'

Steps:

This is super simple everyday eye makeup.

1. Apply paint pot Painterly all over lid. Apply ‘soft brown’ eyeshadow all over it and blend in crease with compact.

2. Apply brown eye pencil on upper lash line, kohl on waterline.

3. Conceal under eye area, set with compact.

4. Finish off with mascara.

I applied paint pot with fingers first and it looked very patchy and frankly quite horrible. I wiped that off with cleanser and then tried with a random brush and it came out better without any patchiness but still not perfect.  Guess I need more practice to get comfortable in its application.

Painterly is a soft beige color with a pink undertone and soft brown is a light brown with an orange undertone and together they give a neutral eye and also brighten up the eyes.

MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' swatch

MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' and MAC eyeshadow 'Soft brown' swatch

Simple everyday eye makeup with MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' and MAC eyeshadow 'Soft brown'

Simple everyday eye makeup with MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' and MAC eyeshadow 'Soft brown'

Simple everyday eye makeup with MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' and MAC eyeshadow 'Soft brown'

 

Simple everyday eye makeup with MAC Paint pot 'Painterly' and MAC eyeshadow 'Soft brown'

Whats your neutral everyday eye makeup look? Share your comments by replying below. 

Lakme nine to five range new launches: Forever Silk Liner and Kohl Ultimate

Lakmé 9 to 5 Day Forever Silk Eyeliner and Kohl Ultimate

For bright and sparkly eyes all day

June 2011: You can’t rely on the weather or the traffic, but what you can rely on is the eye make-up range from Lakmé nine to five which promises to keep you looking fresh through the day! Nine to Five adds to its range Forever Silk Eyeliner and Kohl Ultimate. The smudge-proof, water-resistant formula ensures a long-lasting finish.

Forever Silk Eyeliner comes in scintillating metallic shades and the soft formula glides on effortlessly. One neat stroke and you are set for the day!

The Kohl Ultimate is a kohl, smudger and sharpener all in one stick. You can create the smoky look with ease by using the smudge tip to smudge the kohl line outwards!

Forever Silk Eye liner –

v  Soft creamy texture

v  Smudge-proof and water-resistant

v  Ensures 8  hours of great looking eyes

v  Rich in Vitamin E

v  Dermatologist approved

v  Available in 7 shades

v  Priced at Rs.395/-

v  Available at all leading lifestyle stores

FOREVER SILK EYELINER-Blue Cosmos

Kohl Ultimate

3-in-1 smooth kohl stick with smudger and sharpener

v  Moisturizing ceramides will smooth and soften the eye skin

v  Smudge-proof and water-resistant

v  Ensures 8 hours of great looking eyes

v  Dermatologist approved

v  Priced at Rs.650/-

v  Available at all leading lifestyle stores

lakme nine to five Kohl Ultimate

 

I’m keen to try the eye liners but not sure about the kohl ultime (read Rs 650!!!). Which one are you going to try out? Share your comments by replying below.

Note: Above information was sent by PR. 

 

EYE PRIMER : BeYu eye base Review and swatches

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing BeYu eye base which is basically a primer for eye makeup. I had a lot of requests to review this product and I’m sorry for have taken so long to review it! Few months back, when I’d just started with makeup, some google research led me on a hunt for an eye primer. To my surprize and disappointment, most SAs at Revlon, Maybelline, Chambor, Lakme, Maxfactor, Bourjois etc had never even heard of eye primer or eye base.  Finally, one SA told to me go try the  BeYu counter at Pantaloons.

Before this time, I’d never heard of BeYu before. BeYu is a German cosmetic brand that has just started selling its products in India. The price range is similar to Bourjois price range. The SA at BeYu promptly showed me this eye base and at first glance I was a little disappointed by the look of the tiny silver tube. I’d expected something fancier. And on top of that this tiny tube cost me Rs 450!

But all that disappointment was forgotten when I started using the product. Now to the review..

Price: Rs 450

Quantity: 7 ml

BeYu eye base

BeYu eye base

 

Formula : It is a semi -transparent champagne colored runny gel-like product that comes packaged in a small silver tube with a screw on cap. The consistency is thin and light, almost like a liquid and it spreads very easily. It gets absorbed within a few seconds of application leaving behind no color and some shimmer.

BeYu eye base

A very tiny amount is required to cover the entire lid  and lower lash line. Initially, I’d end up taking more more product than needed but after using it a few times, you get the idea of how much is needed. The product has lasted me about 7 months and there is still some left (i guess 😛 don’t know since the tube is opaque).

BeYu eye base

BeYu eye base

BeYu eye base - blended

Eye shadow with and without BeYu eye base

Few days back, the tube had started oozing out a very thin runny liquid every time I tried using it, I thought maybe the product melted in the summers, but it got back to its normal consistency soon. I’m guessing the formula probably separated into liquid and gel. This could be either because the formula is not very stable or because the SA gave me an old product.

Why use eye primer/eye base :

1. It helps the eye makeup stay on longer.

2. It prevents creasing of eyeshadows.

3. Prevents fall out from eyeshadows.

4. Makes eyeshadow and even liners appear more vibrant and pigmented.

5. Delays fading of eyeshadows/liners.

How to apply BeYu eye base: 

Just squeeze a tiny amount (shown in the picture) on the third finger and apply it on the lid and light sweeping motion and take it up to the browbone. Apply the remaining product on the finger to inner corners and lower lash line too.

 

The GOOD about BeYu eye base:

1. Consistency is very light- almost liquid like- spreads very easily.

2. Makes eyeshadows appear more vibrant and pigmented.

3. Helps eyeshadows stay on longer without creasing and fading.

4. Controls fall out from eyeshadows.

5.A very tiny amount is needed to cover entire eye area- product lasts a long time

6. The packaging is sturdy

7. Price justifies the quantity and quality.

The NOT-SO-GOOD about BeYu eye base:

1. Excess  product squeezed out leads to wastage.

2. The product contains shimmer which does not look good with sublte matte looks.

3. Formula not very stable – separates into liquid and gel after some time (or maybe I got an old packaging)

 

Overall Verdict: I feel everyone who uses eyeshadows should use a primer underneath and this is one of the few primers available in the Indian market under Rs 500. The product is very light, spreads very easily and a small quantity is required in each application. It helps eyeshadows stay longer, brings out their color and pigmentation and prevents creasing and fading. The packaging could be better and the formula can be improved to eliminate the shimmer and improve the consistency.

Rating: 3.75/5

Will I repurchase : Not right now. Not because its not a good product but because I want to try MAC paint pot.