Reviews - Burt’s Bees Lip Balms - Replenishing and Medicated Variants

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I will be reviewing two of my favourite lip balms in this post.  The Burt’s Bees Lip Balms in  Replenishing and Medicated Variants. I came to know about this brand only from my lovely friend Zara, when she reviewed these lipbalms on Wiseshe. Well, so the huge lip balm junkie I am, i started itching to get these but these are not available in India. Soon, Apothica came to my rescue. A friend was travelling to USA and I asked her to get me some Burt’s Bees products from Apothica. You can take look at my Apothica Haul here.

Anyways, without much silly talks, I will focus on the reviews now.

Featured Ingredient

Pomegranate Oil — Pomegranate fruit extract, from the tree Punica granatum, contains several polyphenols and anthocyanidins which are highly antioxidant, protecting hair and skin.

The Pomegranate Oil (Punica granatum): The Power of the Pomegranate
Say hello to Pomegranate Oil. Picked from the Punica Granatum tree, it contains several Polyphenols and Anthocyanidins; which means a bunch of amazing things that are really good for you. Things like antioxidants that can help shield your skin from everyday environmental stress.

Ingredients
Pomegranate fruit extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, lanolin, aroma (flavor), punica granatum (pomegranate) oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), carmine, benzyl salicylate, cinnamal, citral, eugenol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool.

Price: $ 4 on Apothica
Quantity: 4.25 g

My Experience with Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm is very smooth and nourishing lip balm, which hydrates the lips from first application and keeps them healthy with daily use. By daily use, i don’t mean using the lip balm every 1-2 hours but only like twice a day, in morning and before bed. This lip balm is very moisturizing and leaves a light pink tint on my lips. The tint is such that it can be worn on it own or under a lipstick. If worn under a lipstick, it won’t change the colour of lipstick in any manner. In short, the tint is very faint pink but leaves a glossy shine. It has a slight fruity fragrance which does not stay for long. But the lip balm and its moisturising properties do stay on lips for a long time. It’s very easy to carry and comes in twist up tube. No hassles of dipping fingers. It heals my chapped lips very quickly, almost overnight. The only downside, yeah, you got it right, Burt’s Bees is not available in India.

Will I repurchase - Definitely.




Burt’s Bees Medicated Lip Balm

During my online shopping from Apothica, I got really greedy and wanted to get as many Burt’s Bees products. So instead of just one, I purchased two lip balms from Burt’s Bees. I wanted to try the Burt’s Bees bestseller lip balm, the one with Beeswax, but it was out of stock, so I went for the medicated variant. I am not at all disappointed.

What Burt’s Bees Medicated Lip Balm claims
Tired of chapped lips? Help is on its way. This soothing medicated lip balm provides quick relief to severely dry lips. Camphor and menthol provide a cooling sensation to temporarily relieve chapped lips while rich emollient natural oils moisturise dry lips, leaving them feeling smooth and healthy.

Featured Ingredient

Clove Oil — Eugenia caryophyllus. Extracted from the buds of an aromatic tropical evergreen and has warming, antiseptic, and disinfectant properties.

Clove Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus): Spice Things Up with Clove

Clove Oil comes from the buds of an aromatic tropical evergreen. It’s full of natural warming properties that help recondition your lips while giving them a tasty sweet and spicy flavor.

Ingredients: Active Ingredients - Camphor (0.6%) - External Analgesic, Menthol (0.6%) - External Analgesic
InActive Ingredients -  vitis vinifera (grape seed oil), cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), lanolin, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), illicium verum (anise oil), elettaria cardamomum (cardamom seed oil), mentha arvensis (cornmint leaf oil), eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus leaf oil), mentha viridis (spearmint leaf oil), eugenia caryophyllus (clove flower oil), vanillin, calendula officinalis (calendula flower extract), melissa officinalis (lemon balm leaf extract), ribes nigrum (black currant leaf extract), hydrastis canadensis (golden seal extract), [benzyl benzoate, citral, eugenol, limonene, linalool.

My Experience with Burt’s Bees Medicated Lip Balm

I won’t say much about this lipbalm except that I just love love it. I have this pretty annoying habit of biting my lips when I am stressed or even while working on laptop. Old habits. Sigh! Quite a lot of times after the biting session, I realise that I have been biting and chewing my lips after they start hurting and turn red. At those times, this little baby comes to my rescue. This lip balm is laden with clove oil and feels like a spicy minty lip balm due to the tingling effect of clove oil. Makes up for the Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm which I wanted to try so badly because it’s a peppermint lip balm. It heals and helps to calm down the burning and stretchy painful feeling on my lips (after I realise I have been biting them for an hour while working). Lips immediately feel soothed and the clove oil gives a mild fragrance and tingling sensation which lasts for few hours. I have no complaints with clove oil. But if you have sensitive nose, clove oil may not be your thing. Well, so after I apply this, within few hours my lips start feeling normal and healthy. I can now happily bite and chew my lips, knowing that Burt’s Bees with rescue them everytime. With the winters approaching soon, this is going to be my staple lip balm to kill all the dryness. Pity is that I don’t have it any more. I used it for  a week and then my kid brother took it. L So, yeah, you men out there, you can use it too. It’s not tinted. The Burt’s Bees medicated and beeswax lip balms are more like unisex products, without any tint and can be used by both men and women alike.

Burt’s Bees please come to India. You don’t know how much business you will do here. :-D 

OlenGin Magic Mineral Moisturiser Cream for Dry Skin

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hey Girls, 

How all you doing ? Today's post is about my current favourite  OlenGin Magic Mineral Moisturiser Cream for Dry Skin. Read on to know more. 



The Packaging
 The OlenGin Magic Mineral Moisturiser Cream for Dry Skin comes in a beautiful round frosted glass tub, which is not exactly travel friendly, since it’s made of glass. The packaging is really pretty and looks like a luxury brand. Worth showing off on your vanity table.

Ingredients


 Colour and Texture

The cream is white in colour and very light weight. Literally sinks in the skin within few seconds. There is no need to rub it into the skin and It’s not air whipped nor mousse like. It’s a cross between a moisturiser and cream.

You can read everything about the The OlenGin Magic Mineral Moisturiser Cream for Dry Skin here

My Experience

I have a combination skin with dry cheeks and super oily T-zone. (sighs) So, I am always trying to find products which can hydrate my skin and not make my oily areas more oily. This cream does everything it claims. It has a very light soothing fragrance and instantly hydrates and moisturises my dry skin. My skin stays hydrated till the time I wash my face with a facewash. I use it twice daily, once in morning and at night. My skin stays hydrated and supple 24*7.

I need a very tiny amount for my entire face and neck, let’s just say less then a pea size amount. The amount of cream in the pic below is enough for more then 2 applications. At that rate, it will last me almost 4-5 months.



Availability: It’s not available in India yet but would soon be available on Ebay.

Disclaimer - Product sent by Brand. Honest review. 

Bella in Bloom in Papillion

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Bella in Bloom in Papillion is going to be one of my next buys from edenfantasys. While browsing the Beauty and Body section  of EdenFantasys online shop, I came across this lovely makeup palette from Bella II Fiore. 

Let’s know more about this.

About the Palette  
Bella in Bloom is an pleasingly packaged palette set and very is convenient to travel with. The palette has a magnetic closure and comes with a mirror and 1 lip brush and 1 applicator. The palette contains 4 eye shadows, 3 lip glosses and 2 blushes. The products last an average length of time in use. The lip gloss feels terrific on your lips. Isn’t it a perfect travel mate ?

Ingredients
Face Powder: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyl Palmitate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate, Polybutene, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide, Black Iron Oxides, Yellow Iron Oxides, Red Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, FD&C Red No. 40, Aluminum Lake, Chromium Oxide Green.

Eyeshadow: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Isopropyl yristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide, Black Iron Oxides, Yellow Iron Oxides, Yellow Iron Oxides, Red Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, D&C Red No. 7, Calcium Lake, D&C Red No. 6, Barium lake, FD&C Yellow No. 5, Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6, Aluminum Lake

Lip gloss: Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Ceresin Wax, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina)

Eye shadows
If you will take a closer look at the eyeshadows, you will notice that the colours are such that they can also be used as blush. The way they are set reminds me of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. (Pure lust)

Lip Glosses
The three lip glosses are thick and look almost like a lipstick pressed into tiny rectangles. 2 shades are bright pink and another one is a bit coral shade. The glosses can be applied sheer as well as built up for pigmented lip colour.

Blushes
One is a beautiful cool toned pink and the other blush is dusty rose kind of pink. Will suit every skin tone for sure.

The set comes with 1 dual sided sponge-tip applicator for the eye shadow and another small dual sided lip brush.

The palette is has in-built two magnetic closures and once closed, it closes firmly and does not open even if carried in handbag.

A closer look at the shades 

Disclosure - This is a sponsored post and I was provided a gift card to make purchases. 

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The Balm Time Balm Concealer Review

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Hey Everyone, today's review is about the best concealers I have tried till now. So, without much jibber jabber, here it goes.

My Need for a Concealer

I need concealer only because of my hideous dark circles. My dark circles are very peculiar. They look very prominent in real but almost disappear in pictures..I don’t know how it happens ?? The rest of my face is pretty much ok. I don’t need much of concealing there.  My undereyes are the only problem area.

So, a few things I need, rather we all need in a concealer can be summed up into :

  • ·         Heavy coverage
  • ·         Does not settle in fine lines
  • ·         Stays for a long time without sliding
  • ·         Waterproof
So, all in all, I need a medium to heavy coverage long stay concealer. I swear I am not that much demanding otherwise, but only in exceptional circumstances like these. ;-P 




The Packaging
The Balm Time Balm Concealer comes in a small round plastic tub with screw lid. There’s a small sponge inside the tub but I doubt if it can be used for applying the concealer. I am sorry but the packaging is bad. I just don’t like it. It looks cheap. I hope they better it soon. Just make the tiny pot a bit fancy with black and gold casing. Lol.

Price and Quantity
$18 for .25 oz/7.5 grams. It’s a bit expensive but very tiny amount is needed, so it’s worth its price.
It’s available in 6 shades.  



The Texture 
The Time Balm concealer is specifically marketed to cover dark under eye circles and other imperfections while also being an "anti-wrinkle" concealer. The concealer is thick and creamy in texture and very soft.  I had previously tried the Garnier Roll on concealer and the Revlon Photoready Concealer but did not get what I was looking for in a concealer. The Garnier Roll concealer made my under eyes look really dry and wrinkled. The Revlon Photoready concealer stung my eyes very badly, even though I took proper caution not to apply it anywhere near my waterline.

The Time Balm Concealer is very much what I wanted in my under eyes concealer. It’s smooth and thick, provides heavy coverage and does not crease or settle in fine lines. The texture is creamy and I (Dry Skin) can skip my under eye cream before this concealer. Oily skinned girls might need to set this concealer with a translucent powder and need touch ups of powder every few hours. It blends very well and can be easily build up without settling in fine lines. I apply it in dab dab manner and don’t blend it in.  I need a very tiny amount  for both eyes, let’s say less then half of the head of matchstick, i.e the part which burns. At that rate, I am sure it will last me more then a year, even if I use everyday.
 
The Coverage and Long Wear
The Time Balm Concealer falls in category of medium to heavy coverage concealers. I can’t compare it with MAC, because I have’nt used MAC concealers. It’s very pigmented and a very very tiny amount is enough for heavy coverage. Certainly one of the best. Can be easily called as a professional product. I also don’t need eye cream before this concealer as itself is very creamy. Even though it’s very creamy, the concealer stays the whole day and can be later removed with a cleansing milk easily. In short, superb results in terms of coverage and staying power. Full marks. 
Closer Look (Right Eye - Bare, Left Eye - Time Balm Concealer)

The Balm Concealer under both eyes


Will I Purchase again - Yes. For sure.

The only thing is like all good brands, it’s not available here. So, will bug and beg my BFF to bring this concealer during her India visits.

Update - I took a nap for about 2 hours wearing this concealer. It did not budge. 

Disclaimer - PR sample, Review remains honest.

From Israel, with Love. Dr. OlenGin Dead Sea Cosmetics

Sunday, September 2, 2012
Hi Girls,

A small sneak peak of two skincare products I am using these days. Let me introduce you to Dr. OlenGin Magic Dead Sea Cosmetics

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Dr. OlenGin claims as follows 
  
Revolutionizing the magic of the Dead Sea
Until now, the Magic of Israel’s famous Dead Sea was an unexplained wonder. An amazing source of raw minerals that possessed extraordinary healing qualities, that until today, were almost solely used in their natural and most basic form. Realizing the untapped potential of the Dead Sea’s magic, Dr. OlenGinset out to bring the field of cosmetics - a revolution. By combining the Dead Sea’s natural minerals and cutting edge Biotechnology, innovative thinking - we created the next step in premiumSpa, health and skincare products.
All Dr.OlenGin products are highly certified and internationally recognized for their proven quality, and all hold the prestigious “Israel Original Dead Sea Product” certificate, for using original Dead Sea minerals.
As proof of our revolutionary thinking, a variety of our innovative products also hold the “Israeli Diabetes Association” certificate, for relieving symptoms of diabetes.

Since then, we have become one of the most innovative private labelin the world of fully certified Dead Sea Cosmetics. Working primarily with wholesalers, distributors and retailers, we also offer skilled, multilingual marketing and customer service teams that will accompany your every step, to ensure complete satisfaction and fast delivery.

The source of our magic

The source of every unique formula we make lies at the lowest point on the planet, 417 meters below sea level, and is considered to be one of the greatest natural wonders in the world.

This source is the Dead Sea of Israel, the best natural spa on Earth.

Contradictive to its name, it possesses an abundance of life-enhancing ingredients. Over 26 unique natural minerals are found in the Dead Sea, 12 of which are found in no other sea or ocean on earth. These minerals are perfect for skin-related healthcare, and are also scientifically proven to have regenerative properties, vast therapeutic effects and cosmetic benefits.
From Aristotle that wrote of its remarkable waters, to King Herod that lined fortresses around it, and Cleopatra that claimed it as her personal spa - the Dead Sea has always been a wonder and its magical qualities hailed. Now, the essence of that historical wonder, is at your fingertips with Dr. OlenGin’s Dead Sea Mineral based cosmetic products.

I have been using both these products for a week now and will post my reviews after using them for another week. 

Disclaimer - Product samples sent by brand for review purposes.