Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Avene Thermal Spring Water - REVIEW

Hello Chicas!
I watched "12 Year's A Slave" yesterday and how awesome is that movie... totally deserved all the Oscar's it received. Also its amazing how Lupita  Nyong is just a movie old but was totally killing it on the Red Carpet this award season. I feel in love with her powder blue Prada Gown.. she totally owned that gown.
Anyway, getting back to business, today I'm reviewing the "Avene Thermal Spring Water". For those of you who don't know, Avène is a unique French dermo-cosmetic brand dedicated to each level of skin sensitivity; from sensitive, intolerant to allergic.

Very low mineralised, rich in silica and trace elements, the Avène Thermal Spring Water has been clinically proven to be naturally soothing, anti-irritating and anti-free radical.
Get instant relief just by spraying a fine mist of the Avène Thermal Spring Water whenever your skin feels tight and uncomfortable.
In order to preserve its purity, the Avène Thermal Spring Water is bottled at source and manufactured in a sterile unit at the Avène Dermotological Hydrotherapy Centre.

The Product

I purchased the small 50ml version for Rs.540/- because i wanted to test it out first before splurging on a full sized bottle. It comes in an elegant white spray pump bottle that works in the same mechanism as a deodorant/anti-perspiration spray.

While some people may think that spending 500 bucks ($9) on a tiny bottle of water is crazy but it has end number of uses which makes this water precious. Some of its uses listed are as follows:

  • after shaving
  • rash
  • after make-up removal
  • post surgery
  • during travel (especially in flights)
  • after sports activities
  • damaged skin
  • redness of the face
  • after hair removal
  • sunburn
Interestingly, i recently had a mishap with my epilator and my skin was inflamed and raw and was burning like crazy. I sprayed this over the affected area and it instantly calmed the skin and reduced the redness and inflammation. 
It is said that Avene Thermal Spring water is no ordinary water. It is bacteriologically  pure, has low mineral content, and has a large variety of anions and cations and trace elements. The 2 to 1 Calcium/Magnesium ratio makes it exceptional among dermatological thermal spring waters and may explain its skin healing promoting action. 

I love how the spray works. Now, i have use facial mists in the past and all they do is splatter/ squirt water on your face. This one however, works wonderfully. It sprays a super fine mist of the thermal water on your face evenly without splattering unevenly. To increase the skin cooling properties, i pop this in my refrigerator and the effects are blissful.
While i wouldn't say that my skin has improved or make any tall claims, i simply love how the mist feels on my skin. It also seems to hydrate my skin.
This is not an absolute must have in your make-up kitty but one that will come handy especially during the fast approaching hot, humid, summers (cringe).

Will i repurchase?

Absolutely. I will buy the full sized one once im done with this one. My skin does deserve some tender love and care.

Have you used the Avene Thermal Spring Water? What are your thoughts?? COMMENT!!


Monday, 3 March 2014

Real Techniques Stippling Brush- REVIEW

Hello Chicas!!
Sorry for Missing in action for a long time. A sudden surge of laziness took over me and even though i had tons of reviews pending, i just kept procrastinating. Anyway, diving right into business, im reviewing the Real Technique Stippling Brush today. Now my love for the Real Techniques Brushes is known by all. They are all of fantastic quality and are really really affordable and im so glad that this brush does not disappoint.

The Brush ($10)

The stippling brush is similar to the other Real Technique brushes and comes with a pink aluminium body with a rubberised bottom that can stand up on your dressing table. It feels well made and doesn't reflect its meagre price at all.

The Bristles

It is a dual fibre, ultra plush, synthetic brush that boasts of creating air-brushed, high definition results with all types of make-up. 
As you can see from the pictures that the brush is made up of two kinds of bristles. First there is the longer white bristles and the shorter black bristles. The longer thin (white) bristles are thinly arranged while the shorter, black bristles are densely packed. This is what makes the stippling brush perfect for applying sheer coverage foundation, blush, highlighter or powder.
I love using it for applying Highlighter though. The reason being, the white bristles pick up the perfect amount of product (coz we all know what happens when we go overboard with highlighters..Shiny Disco Ball) while the shorter, denser bristles nicely buff the product into my skin giving me the perfect glow.
The bristles are stiffer than other brushes which makes the buffing action easier. However, when i first used the brush, i was over enthusiastic with it and ended up scrapping way too much product. After that day, I'm more gentle while using this baby.

Final Verdict

Another gem by Samantha Chapman. What can i say, she truly understands the woes of a girl on a budget who refuses to compromise on quality.
My Highlighter's new Best Friend or rather new BFF!!

Do you own the Real Techniques Stippling brush?? Love it or Loathe it?? Comment!!