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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How to coordinate makeup with outfit Vol 2 : Makeup for Blue outfits

Hi everyone!

Few days back I did a post on How to coordinate makeup with outfit Vol 1: Makeup looks to suit every outfit. Today I’m doing the second post of this series on how to coordinate makeup with BLUE outfits –

Just to warn you, this is a long post 😛 and has some ‘theory’ in it. You’re welcome to skip it if you wish and jump directly to MAKEUP TIPS FOR BLUE OUTFITS.

I’m introducing a little bit of COLOR THEORY here which will help you understand how colors can be matched together for the best effect.

There are basically 3 primary colors in pigments- Red, Yellow and Blue. Each of these colors when paired with another give rise to three new colors known as ‘secondary colors’.

Red + Yellow = Orange

Yellow + Blue = Green

Red + Blue = Purple

Now if the primaries are placed at the corner of a triangle each – the secondaries will come in between the 2 primaries they are composed of giving us what is commonly known as the COLOR WHEEL which looks something like this –

color wheel

Now, colors placed diagonally opposite each other are called ‘COMPLEMENTARY‘ colors and as the name suggests- they complement each. Two complementary colors when placed together reinforce each other to bring out the color and vibrance of the other. 

What this statement implies is that for eg: when red and green (complementary colors), yellow and purple and orange and blue are placed next to each other, they create a vibrant bright combination.  The concept of complementary colors is very useful in coordinating colors and we will soon see how.

Just another simple concept to understand color coordination better is that of COLOR TEMPERATURE. Color temperature simply implies the warm or cool properties of a color. We all know that red, orange, yellow are warm colors and blue, green, purple are cool colors. Colors are warm and cool RELATIVE to each other eg- a teal or turquoise shade has a hint of green/yellow in it, thus is a ‘warm’ blue while indigo or navy blue is more leaning towards purple, thus it is a ‘cool’ blue.

Having understood the concept of

1- Complementary colors

2- Warm/cool colors

lets see how this applies to BLUES.

In general Blue is a COOL color but within blues, there are warm blues – blues leaning towards green like teal and turquoise and there are cool blues- blues leaning towards purple like navy blue or indigo.

MAKEUP TIPS FOR BLUE OUTFITS 

1. Never match too much color with outfit- it looks tacky. If you’re wearing a fully blue outfit or a blue top, then go only for a hint of blue in form of blue liner or kohl. Do not do a full blown blue eye makeup – it creates monotony of color and is not visually appealing ! If you want to use eyeshadow, use eyeshadow a shade lighter or darker than your outfit or pair it with another color to balance it out.

2. If your outfit it partially blue with presence of other colors or if your outfit is blue from waist down (eg- Aishwarya Rai’s Cannes Armani Prive outfit) then you can go for full blue eye makeup. The presence of other colors or a different colored top will break the monotony of the blue color.

3. COORDINATING LIP COLOR :

The complementary of blue is orange (From the color wheel). Thus warm colors like orange,corals, peaches, browns complement blue. So if you’re wearing something blue in your eye makeup pair it with warm lip colors like orange, peach and browns especially with COOL blues like navy blue to complement the blue color. On the other hand, if you’re wearing a warm blue like teal/turquoise/MAC Siahi type shade, you can pair with a cool pink shades to complement the warm element in the blue.

For a ‘safer’ look- pair cool blue with pink (cool) lip color and for a more vibrant look pair with peach, brown (Warm) lip color. Similarly, for ‘safer’ look with warm blues- wear warm lip color and for a more vibrant look- pair with pink (cool) lip color.

4. ‘Silver’ is a safer coordinating color to use with cool blues while gold/bronze coordinates better with warm blues.

5. COORDINATING EYE MAKEUP :

When wearing cool blues- wear Navy, Gray or Silver on the eyes. When wearing warm blues- wear teal,turquoise, bronze, green on the eyes.

You can also use colors placed next to blue in the color wheel namely- Green and Purple,  on the eyes and pair with nude/neutral lip color.

Different ways to wear the above mentioned colors in eye makeup. –

1. Colored liner on upper lash line, bare waterline.

2. Colored liner smudged on upper lash line, kohl on waterline.

3. Kohl/black liner on upper lash line smudged with colored eyeshadow, kohl on waterline.

4. Black/brown liner on upper lash line, colored eyeshadow/liner on lower lash line.

EYESHADOW COMBINATIONS :

1. Navy blue / pink

2. Navy blue/silver

3. Turquoise / lime  green

4. Turquoise / dark green

6. COORDINATING CHEEK COLOR:

You can coordinate either eye color or lip color with the blush shade but I prefer coordinating lip color with the cheeks. With pink lip color  go for pink cheeks, with corals/peaches/brown lip color use bronzed/warm pink/peachy brown cheeks.

 

If all the above it too much theory for you, here are some simple combinations –

Cool blue outfit

1.  Navy blue liner, warm pinkish blush, peachy/brown/brownish pink  lip color.

2. Gray liner/eyeshadow, pink blush, pink lipstick.

3. Navy blue/silver combination on eyes, warm pink blush , pink lip color.

4. Green liner, warm pink blush, nude lips

5. Navy blue eye makeup, bronzed cheeks, warm nude lip color.

Warm blue outfit  

1. Teal/turquoise liner , warm pink blush, warm pink lipstick

2. Teal/turquoise eye makeup , bronzed cheeks, peachy brown lip color

3. Teal/green eye shadow , warm blush, warm/nude lip color.

4. Purple liner, warm pink blush, warn nude/pink  lips

5. Lime green/parrot green eye makeup, warm pink blush, warm pink lipstick/peachy coral lipstick.

There are of course many more combinations you can wear with blue, these are just a few I’ve listed here.

Some looks I’ve worn that can be paired with blue outfits ( I’m not wearing blue in many pictures, but the makeup will go with blue outfits)

What to wear with blue outfit : blue smokey eyes look

 

What to wear with blue outfit : blue smudged liner, neutral lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : navy/silver eyes, pink lips

What to wear with blue outfit : smokey blue/bronze eyes, nude lips

What to wear with blue outfit : gray liner, brownish pink lips

What to wear with blue outfit : Sky blue eye makeup with peachy brown lips

 

What makeup to wear with warm blue outfits- Purple smudged liner, warm blush, nude pink lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : teal liner, nude pink lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : warm blue liner, peachy-coral lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : warm blue liner, pink lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : turquoise shadow over kohl, warm nude lips

What to wear with blue outfit : Blue-dark grey eye makeup , pink lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : Green smokey eye with warm pink lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : Yellow/blue/green eye makeup with warm pink lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : Pink and blue eye makeup with dark pink lips

 

What to wear with blue outfit : Turquoise/green eye makeup, nude lips

 

What is your favorite look with blue outfit? Share your comments by replying below.

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?