Dec 31, 2013

[3 Winners Giveaway] Share Your Magique Moment and Get the NEW L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique!

At Sweet And Bitter Blog, let's start the new year with a great note. Here is a way three winners from India can win the new L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique!




L'Oréal Paris launches Kajal Magique – the first ever Kajal from the brand. 

What is so different about Kajal Magique?

Kajal Magique is supremely black & gives your eyes the extraordinary care it deserves. It is powered with a new generation formula and mineral pigments for a deep intense colour. It's Precise. It's Intense. It's Bold.  

You can speak volumes with your eyes and the best way to highlight them is with the ever-favorite kajal. L'Oréal Paris, the world’s #1 beauty brand launches Kajal Magique, its first ever Kajal in India. L'Oréal Paris as a brand is known to create products that match the needs of the contemporary Indian women, and this kajal is the perfect tool to craft gorgeous eye looks. So go bold, smoky, or let creativity take over your eyes.

L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique is supremely black and doubles up as a darker-than-night eyeliner. It is powered with a new generation formula and mineral pigments for a deep intense color payoff. Along with providing a great finish, it is also enriched with ingredients like Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil Esters and Vitamin C Derivative, which provide extraordinary care and a soothing feeling to the eyes. Since it is ophthalmologically tested, it is safe and suitable for contact lens wearers. Designed to last for up to 12 hours, Kajal Magique is smudge proof, waterproof and non-transferable.




All you need to do to win L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique:
1. Share with us your Magique Moment! Something that might have changed you, something that you might never forget, something that you might tell your children, something that will put a smile on your face when you are old with no teeth! LOL. Share THAT moment with us in comments below. If you are not able to comment in G+ then please post your comment on Facebook (link).

2. Like Sweet And Bitter Blog on Facebook Page and share your FB name in comment.


The giveaway ends on 7th Jan 2014 and is India only!

So, don't waste another moment and post your comment because.....

You are worth it!


Disclaimer - L'Oréal Paris will be directly sending the winners the L'Oréal Paris Kajal Magique.

Last Empties Post of the Year 2013!


Looking back at the year (no, I am not going to count on how good or bad it was because it is all mixed up for me!), the best decision was to start doing Empties Post from May. I had loads of product which I had for years which I was not ready to throw away and saving few drops in each. But, when I started doing Empties Post, I used those last few drops and throw away the bottles which I could not re-use. My bathroom shelves have loads of space now. All thanks to you!

This month I finished The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter, The Body Shop White Musk Mist which always stayed in my makeup bag, Nature's Co White Lily Scrub that came in Nature's Co Beauty Wish box and used one of the Sheet Mask from Innisfree.


Innisfree Haul with Santa's Gifts!


You remember the post from Instagram about the Innifree haul? (here)

This is the second time I got products from Innisfree and even this time, I asked someone to shop for me! I am yet to visit the store so, it is really difficult to get things for a person like me who is much bothered about the ingredients. I decided to stick with the offers going on at that time. 

The offer going on that time was buy 6 and get 6 for Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack and Buy 7 and get 5 free for Sheet Mask (I think so..)



Wondering what these round things are? They are the Capsule Recipe Packs. I got all at least one of each  Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack variant. The Capsules are nothing but face packs having the consistency of conditioners, can be used twice on an average and priced at either 
. As I got them on offer, they were for Rs 50 each. And not all are for me. Shhhhh...

Dec 30, 2013

The Body Shop Camomile VS L'Oreal Gentle VS Maybelline Makeup Remover

Biphase Waterproof Makeup Remover India Review



I was using my NYX Green Tea remover for long, and when it got over, I got three bi-phase removers. 

Why I prefer Bi-Phase Removers? Because they are lot easier and far more effective than any makeup removers that I have used. The creamy ones hardly worked for me and always stung my eyes. The oil cleansers available in India are all mineral oil based and hurt eyes and make them cloudy. 

Why are Bi-Phase Removers good for you? I remember that once a girl asked the SA asked at the counter - "Can I get a kajal that stays on all day but easy to remove? I have to set a war to remove with Maybelline Colossal one." 
And that set me thinking, isn't that the point? It should be easy to remove; otherwise, it will just smudge! And no matter how tough it is to remove the eye makeup, never start a war. When you are young, you will not know the difference. But, as you tug and stretch your skin, you are inviting fine lines and wrinkles sooner. And once they come, they won't go. The only possible thing is to make sure to use an eye makeup remover that is gentle and take off your makeup in one gentle swipe.

The ones I am comparing today are - 
  • The old trusted Maybelline Makeup Remover Eye and Lip
  • The gentle L'Oreal Dermo Expertise Lip and Eye
  • The newly launched The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover for All Skin Types.
So, instead of going for a separate review, I decide on a quick comparative post.

Bi-phase removers have part oil and part watery to remove waterproof makeup. L'Oreal and Maybelline have the oily part colored blue, but the oil part in The Body Shop Camomile is transparent. Look carefully at the below image and you will see a separating line the text 'With Community Fair Trade Camomile' for The Body Shop.

Shake it Baby! You have to shake the bottle to make sure that both parts mix. Shake the Bi-phase remover and here is how they look after shaking. L'Oreal and Maybelline separate in seconds, but The Body Shop Camomile takes some time to separate.

The Press and Glide. Take cotton wool and wet it using remover after shaking them. Lightly press the cotton over your eyes for 3-5 secs. Slowly glide away the cotton wool to remove the makeup. If you dab for longer, then you might not have to glide as well!

Dec 25, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Sweet And Bitter Blog!


Merry Christmas Dear!

I hope you are having wonderful time with your loved ones and family. I am sure you got loads of great gifts this year.

Sorry, I could not post anything. Today I wanted to show what I got myself for Christmas but I left my camera battery in the multiplex I went to watch a movie (In India, most multiplexes, deposit the camera battery to avoid piracy). I did opened my gift and used it as well. If I get up early tomorrow, I will click some photos of what I got for myself in the morning and post them after I come back from office.


I also got some nice things from Sephora, Bobbi Brown and Forever 21.


Dec 22, 2013

Quick Blog SALE ~ Eyeshadow Palettes

I found them today and realized that I have hardly used them. So, I decided to sell them off just in case you need them



I am no charging extra for shipping.

1. MUA Heaven and Earth - Swatched once and never used.
Price £ 4.00 (~ Rs 404) plus international shipping etc.Sale Price - Rs 250
Booked by Monalisa Patro


2. MUA Undressed - Swatched once and never used.
Price £ 4.00 (~ Rs 404) plus international shipping etc.
Sale Price - Rs 250
Booked by Iswarya Laxmi


3. MUA Undress Me Too - Swatched once and never used.
Price £ 4.00 (~ Rs 404) plus international shipping etc.
Sale Price - Rs 250
Booked by Karishma Singh


4. The Body Shop Smoky Copper - This is a Limited Edition launch by The Body Shop
Priced at 1995. I purchased for Rs 1000 and used for 3-4 times.
Sale Price - Rs 650


5. Wet n Wild Vanity - This is also another Limited Edition product.
Sale Price - Rs 180
Booked by Iswarya Laxmi

Maybelline Insta Glam Box Has Everything To Make You Glamorous Everyday Around The Year!


Last Sunday afternoon, something hit me and I made two online purchases. I got the packages by Wednesday (Thank you God for the timely delivery.) 

"I will open them on Christmas" She thought......and it was just a thought.....

On Friday night, I opened my Nykaa box and found this pretty box. Maybelline India for the first time in India, launched a BOX specially for Christmas. While this is a normal thing around the globe - special packages in pretty boxes containing makeup - this is the first time in India.

Maybelline India also made sure that everyone is happy with their box so, instead of packing a bunch of products together that will make all girls look like sisters, they created 3 boxes with three color schemes - Red, Coral and Pink.

I chose the Maybelline Instaglam box in Coral simply because of the lipstick they provided.

Happy Happy Happy Meeeeeee.......




Now, lets look what I have got in Maybelline Instaglam Coral Box....


Dec 21, 2013

The Body Shop December Update ~ Christmas Gifts, 50% Off SALE and NEW Blueberry

Just a quick post on what I found in The Body Shop today. The Christmas specials are now in store. Enjoy Gingerbread Sparkle, Cranberry Joy and Vanilla Bliss. Last year I got the Gingerbread Sparkle Body Butter and Exfoliating Heart shaped soap. Love them both ~ a lot. 


I am waiting for the gifts to come to store. I have them even in my Christmas Wishlist. Keeping fingers crossed for now...



The Body Shop India is also having 50% off on a lot of products. The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Shower Gel, Vineyard Peach Body Scrub and Lotion are also having 50%. The last day of the sale is tomorrow but I think it might get extended. If you are not the one who believe in chances then rush to your nearest Body Shop store. I will pray that you get your favorite body butter for 50% off.

And...

Dec 18, 2013

LUSH Shutting Down its Stores in India? [PANIC MODE]

Now, this is one new that is really hard for me to tell. For the first time, I am expecting that what I say here is not true. I got to know that LUSH store is shutting down its operations in India around 10 days back! This came as a big shock to me - what will I do without LUSH Aqua Marina and Dark Angels? These two are just irreplaceable! 






It took me 2 days to absorb the news. I was told that the issue was something related to LUSH UK not supporting new franchise in India but I think the issue is something else. I wanted to post this the same day I got the new but I waited and did some research.

Here is what I found -

LUSH India Website Closed - A few months back, their website was taken down by hackers and they closed down their website. Since then, they have not worked on the website and it is not up yet.

No Update on Lush India Facebook and Now Deleted - I found that they made no update for a long time and then yesterday - BOOM - their page is now DELETED! There is a sister page or fake page with low activity but that is surely not directly under Lush India officials

No Update of Lush India on Twitter - The last update on Twitter is on 23rd Oct which was just a facebook post sync update.

No New Stock at Stores And No Christmas Specials - Till now there is no update on things they are bringing in as Christmas special. On top of it, most stores are having very little products and are not restocking anything

Stores Closing Down across India-  As I could not get what I needed, I asked my friends from two cities to search for the products. They went to the malls that had Lush stores just to find that the stores were GONE!


Dec 17, 2013

NEW!!! Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collection Pink Peony and Tangerine Pop [Review] [Swatch]

NEW!!! Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collection Pink Peony and Tangerine Pop [Review] [Swatch]

 Few days back Maybelline launched the 4 new colors to their Best seller Baby Lips collection. I was curious about them and I could not help but pick two when I already have too many lip balms to finish but hey its NEW and that is a good excuse to get these. LOL

NEW!!! Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collection Pink Peony and Tangerine Pop [Review] [Swatch]

Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collections have fours colors and I got Tangerine Pop and Pink Peony. The colors have SPF 14 to for sun protection. These Baby Lips are made in Thailand and priced at Rs 150 each in India.

NEW!!! Maybelline Baby Lips Color New Bright Collection Pink Peony and Tangerine Pop [Review] [Swatch]


Texture - I also liked the texture of Baby Lips better someway better than the originals. These Baby Lips glides smoothly and just don't sit on your lips feeling heavy. Also, these moisturizes well making lips smooth. These heal as well and made lips softer.

Dec 16, 2013

In Love With...[2]

Winter is here now for sure. I mean, I successfully wore an overcoat in Kolkata yesterday which is a big thing because winter here is just blah. The product of my choice have also changed and here is what I love a lot these days... 


Now, Vedantika is one brand that most of are not aware of. I love their Anti-Acne face mask which just spells magic for my skin. I got these amla candies from Vedantika. Alma is great for skin. I am also drinking amla and cucumber juice (unfiltered). I can clearly see the difference it is making for my skin.



Fresh Oranges are one of the fruits I wait for the entire year. I make sure to eat at least 2 oranges every day.

Orange tints are also what I love for lips. With other orange lip colors, I am using Revlon Rendezvous. (BTW I started watching Prison Break recently and just finished Prison Break Season 2 Episode 10 and it is named -  Rendezvous! These prison escapees are having a seriously hard time now.)


Dec 15, 2013

A Perfume for Mature Tastes - Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime [Review]

Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime Review
Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime [Review]

There is one side of festivals which I do not like - figuring out what you want exactly because there are some 'loved ones' who are hovering over your head forcing you tell them what you want and at that point....at exactly that point.... I am lost. I generally do not like surprises and quite hard to please because I have strict codes to buy things so, this load of deciding is actually self-induced. LOL.

This October, to get my 'Durga Puja gift' (God bless the million festivals and the gifting ritual), I went to Shopper Stop and decided on CH Eau de Parfum Sublime. I try not to buy perfumes in one go. I always let the perfume work on me for some time, see how it reacts and then buy. This time, I just picked it up because it was completely different from everything I have ever tried.


Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime Review Price India

"The essence of the CH Eau de Parfum Sublime woman is based on a combination of sensuality and spontaneity.She is fun, cheerful and charming, charismatic but with a hint of mystery which makes here even more special, intriguing and irresistible. This perfume recreates the traits and qualities of the CH Eau de Parfum Sublime woman. A sophisticated, feminine, sensual, passionate woman with sense of humour.

CH Eau de Parfum Sublime is a modern fragrance which reflects modern femininity with a touch of the vintage. The freshness of the Bergamot, the head note, leads us to the most ingenious side of our woman, and her refined sense of humour. This is accompanied by Passion Flower, because of its sweet, oriental nature which represents a fascinating and unique person, unique with a personality which is out of the ordinary. At the heart of the perfume, the Rose, unique as a flower, conveying exquisiteness and natural beauty. The Orchid, a plant which often clings onto trees and climbs until it is out of sight, leads us to the enigmatic side of her personality. Everything is brought together with Patchouli and Leather which represent the most emotional, sensual and passionate side of the CH Eau de Parfum Sublime woman."

OLFACTIVE NOTES

Top Note
Bergamote, Passion Flower

Middle Note
Rose, Orchid

Base Note
Patchouli and Leather


Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime Review


The first thing you will notice is the cute packaging. The glass bottle has faux leather pasted on it and has blue stitching to make it look like the leather has been sewn on the bottle. A purple slanted bow with three layers of stitched canvas type cloth has the golden C and H dangling from the same. I take double care to make sure that the C and H do not fall off because the tester in the showroom was missing that. I am never ever putting this inside my handbag. Strictly OFF the travelling list!



Carolina Herrera Eau de Perfume Sublime Review


The golden cap has CH engraved on it. The bottom of the bottle has all the details. In case you are doubting the perfume is fake then always check the bottom. In general, the people making the fake perfumes are not able to copy this perfectly


Dec 10, 2013

[Review] Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer, Airbrush Mousse, Power, Cleopatra Kajal and BB Cream

Revlon Photoready BB Primer Airbrush Powder Kajal India Review

It took me a month to review these babies from Revlon instead of the week I promised. And in the review you will exactly know why. So, for today's mega review we have the products from Revlon Photoready Range - Perfecting Primer, Airbrush Mousse, Power, Cleopatra Kajal and BB Cream  - almost everything your face needs. Okay, I missed lipsticks but I have those Photoready blushes which I got from US and reviewed long back. *wink*


Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer 001 Review India

Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer 001 Review 

Revlon - Lightweight primer smooths and softens skin to create the perfect canvas. Reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines. Wear alone or under foundation. Award winning.


My Words - I am not a primer user as I hate silicon texture. Most of the times, I try anything new, I start getting pimple. And, not to mention the oily feel to get the 'glow' effect.So, I generally keep an arm long distance from Primer. 

Luckily, this is this is different. Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer give a smooth canvas feel. This is super easy to blend even when I am not wearing any moisturizers. Does not feel slippery like the silicon based primer.The white gel formula is light and feels like nothing is on your skin. I have used it as eye primer as well and I am happy with the result. The package is hygienic with a pump dispenser which is easy to control.


Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer 001 Review India


Revlon also have a color correcting version of this primer.Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer is oil free, talc free, fragrance free, paraben free.

Revlon Primer comes in a glass bottle which make it a bit difficult for travelling. Priced at Rs 1300 for 27 ml 




Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup 050 Medium Beige Review India

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup Review

Revlon - PhotoReady Airbrush™ Mousse Makeup, an air-light makeup provides a flawless finish, whether it’s on camera or in person. The whipped texture allows you to blend evenly for undetectable coverage, leaving you with a smooth poreless complexion. The formula’s photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to minimize flaws, leaving you with perfectly airbrushed looking skin in any light – indoors, outdoors, or under the flash of a camera. Oil free, fragrance free. Use alone or over PhotoReady™ Primer


My Words - First, let me tell you that this is not heavy though it looks so. Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse comes in a tin can with pressurized creamy foundation that comes out as frothy bubbly mousse. The forth takes time to settle down and in 30 seconds, you get the flat foundation with tiny bubbles left. 

This one took me the longest to review because it contains shimmer. I could not wear this to office everyday! The shimmer is not chunky glitter but adds glow like a highlighter. My tip will be to stay away from harsh lights or direct sunlight while you are wearing it. 

The coverage is sheer and I was afraid to build it more fearing that it might make me look like a disco ball. 

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse is light, does not oxidize and easy to blend. This does make my face a bit oily after 4-5 hours time so, I makes sure to dab some powder over it. 

The nozzle always throws out much to cover your hands along with your face! W.a.s.t.a.g.e....The nozzle takes some practice to master. Also, the nozzle gets dirty very soon. The product is always left behind on it. 

I am saving this of indoor parties in this wedding season when I just need something to brighten up by dull face.


Dec 4, 2013

November Empties ~ I FiNiShEd What was First Reviewed in This Blog!

Beauty Blog Empties Post November India


So, here is that time of the month which goes on in cycle. The time of the month when I can be happy for how much I have used justifying the money I have spent on them and throw way the empty bottles to make space for new things. And then the cycle repeats. Were you thinking about something else BTW? Life is so much fun when you have a mind which thinks in its own crazy way.LOL


Innisfree Body Shop Everyuth Himalaya Vedantike Mask


Sachets – The last sachet from The Body Shop Sachets is over. 

I am yet to find the full size bottle of Vedantika Anti-Acne face pack so, I am still using the sachets. I loved the face pack and it does help in reducing pimples without leaving behind any marks. Maybe the Jaiphal in it does the magic. 

Palmer Skin Therapy Oil is another great products which I enjoyed using. Definitely repurchasing this. there is also an offer at firstcry.com  - free Olive Grow! 

After reading the posts on The Body Shop Sachets, one reader mailed me about the sachets that Himalaya and Everyuth made *Thank You Dear*. So, I tried the ones I could lay my hands on. The Himalaya Neem Face Pack was good but like other face pack sting when I applied. The feeling went away in few seconds. 

Using Everyuth reminds me of my college days when Everyuth was my most loved brand because of the Creamy Peach Face wash and the Walnut Scrub.


Empty Body Butter Tub Containers


Tubs of Moistuirizers – Finished two of my The Body Shop Body Butters – Coconut and Spiced Vanilla. Yes, it is a proof that my skin is seriously dry now. 

Dec 2, 2013

AVON Anew Clinical PRO Line Corrector Treatment with AF-33 Review

AVON Anew Clinical PRO Line Corrector Treatment with AF-33 Review

Shhhhh – here is a confession – I am yet to use an Anti-Aging cream. Well, I have tried them when I found them nearby but never used to check how effective they are. I am in the wrong side of 25 now and maybe I should start soon. 

When Avon, gave me their latest Anti-Aging product - Anew Clinical PRO Line Corrector Treatment with AF-33 - to try, I thought of ‘using’ this.

But then my views won’t help you decide if the price of 1799 justifies the product. So, I handed it over to my mom who has tried most majorly available anti-aging creams. There is also something else that happened which made me take this decision. I tried this product on the first day I received it. I could feel it working. It did not irritated or sting but I could feel that this thing is potent. I googled about this to discover more about AF-33 and my jaw dropped. Here is what I got to know...

Dec 1, 2013

Sweet And Bitter Blog's 2nd Year Anniversary International Giveaway

My dear baby Sweet And Bitter Blog has completed 2 years now. All thanks to your love and support. Thanks for reading my blog post, posting meaningful comments, sending nice messages and all the appreciating emails. I might have stopped long time back if you were not there with me. 

Thank YOU Darling!

As a token of my appreciation for your love, I wanted to host a giveaway. I was deeply confused so, I posted what should be in the giveaway and  thanks to your helpful comments decided on Korean Cosmetics - Something that is not easily available.

As this is Sweet And Bitter Blog 2nd Year Anniversary, there will two winners for two Months!! 
In total 4 winners! 

So, on 31st December 2013, I will declare the 1st 2 winners and on 31st January 2013, I will pick the other 2 winners.

31st December 2013

Winner A - One Etude House Minnie Touch Highlighter or Etude House Minnie Touch Blush based on choice of winner
Winner B - One color of choice of winner from Etude House 'Minnie in the Nails' Nail Polish


31st January 2013

Winner A - One Etude House 'Play Color Eyes' Palette in either 01 So Hot Play or 2 So Chic Play
Winner B - Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly CC Tint Bar of color of winner's choice


Plus, each winner will get an Additional Surprise Gift! Everyone will get something different so, you can keep guessing! Hehe.....well this is my bitter side *wink*



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