Monday, June 26, 2017

Extreme Couponing for Makeup GlamLifeGuru style | CVS Haul | PalsLivesLife

Tati, the GlamLifeGuru, posts videos where she uses Sunday newspaper coupons along with ongoing store sales to get almost free makeup.

It is definitely not easy, especially if you are dyslexic like me and get confused between brand names. But I decided to give it a try anyways. I did my shopping over three weeks, collecting coupons from three Sunday News Papers and other places. I researched CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid, and looked up for best offers combining the cashback bonuses, store coupons and the coupons I had. And I got over $50 worth of products for free from CVS!!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

e.l.f. Brand New Eyeshadows | Sculpting Silk Trio and Best Friend Duo : Review, Swatches and Looks

e.l.f. has recently released duos and trios which retail for $3 and $4 each, respectively.
 The trios are called Sculping Silk Eyeshadow Trio.  They retail for $4 each and there are five options to choose from.
The duos are called Best Friend duo. They retail for $3 each and also have five options.

I picked up three of the duos and two of the trios during my most recent haul from e.l.f. website.
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Overall, I am really enjoying three palettes.
1. Peach Squad has to be my favorite.
I love the matte peach shade in combination with the slightly bronze-ish  gold shimmer.

2. Rose All Day trio is a close second to Peach Squad.
I like that it has a light setting shade, a beautiful rose gold and a dark purplish brown outer corner/definer shade. It feels like the most practical set that is complete on its own.

3. Bestie Brown duo is not bad either. My only issue with it is that, I would have preferred the shimmery shade to be a little bit lighter. Of course, you can combine it with the above two palettes and you will be good.. but on its own, it feels a tad bit too dark for me. May be it is for more of a night time look. I love the quality and color of the brown in this palette.

Now the not so good ones:
4. Soul Mate, the purple duo, is my least favorite among the duos. I like the almost taupe-light purple shimmer shade, and the matte purple shade is very pigmented as well. But I had to work the matte shade a bit to get it to blend out nicely.

5. Fierce Blue trio is definitely not for me. The white shade is great as a setting shade, but not pigmented enough to use as an independent shadow. The sea blue shimmer is not bad. But the darkest blue, the that is supposed to be a corner shade, is first of all a shimmer. And I just could not get it to transfer from either the brush or even my finger onto my eyelids.

I did use my e.l.f. setting spray to wet down all the shimmery shadows before application. And they lasted very well throughout the day.
After about 7 plus hours of wear

Do check out the video:

#PalsLivesLife #elfcosmetics #playbeautifully #review #swatches

Thursday, June 1, 2017

DIY | Papaya Mask | Skincare From My Pantry

Papaya, the humble fruit found on handcarts in India, has gained a lot of popularity in the beauty world. As it turns out, majority of the Indian crop is now a days exported for use in the beauty industry.

My grandmother, every time we had papaya at home, would call me to come and apply the papaya peel to my face. She used to jokingly say that she was told that a portion of any fruit or vegetable that is being cut in the kitchen should be rubbed on your face.. LOL.. of course that is not true for every single thing, but for Papaya it definitely is.

Papaya being a tropical fruit is not readily available all over US. But, ever sine moving to California, it is available quite frequently. I was reading up on detox as my weight just seems to be sky rocketing now a days, and papaya came up as one of the recommendations. And I remembered my childhood days.

So I decided to give this age old skin treatment a try again, but with a twist. I decided that I will use it with the DIY sheet masks that I got as a part of my Mother's Day gifts from Daiso. Check out that video if you are interested.

Initially, I had decided to use only the peel part of the papaya, because that is where most of the enzymes are in a ripe papaya. But my peel looked a little....... well a lot... umm.. BAD... I did not want that stuff on my skin. So I peeled it all off. And then chopped up my papaya.

 I saved the seeds. Seeds are good for improving your digestion. But you can also grind them up with some of the papaya flesh and apply on your scalp to reduce dandruff.

I usually do not like the texture of the innermost lining of the papaya just under the seeds. So I decided to use that for the face pack instead. Use what you usually would have thrown away for skincare. ;)

Then I soaked the DIY sheet mask in the mashed up papaya pulp.
 In hindsight, it would have been better if I would have pureed it in a grinder. That would have made more of the juices accessible to be soaked up by the mask.

But I just rubbed the pulp over my face before applying the mask.
And then I layered the rest of the pulp on top of the mask.

I left the mask on for 20 minutes. I think the sheet mask actually prevented the papaya juice from drying out.

 Even after I took the mask off, it was wet with the papaya juices. So I subbed it all over my problem areas like under-eye lines, crows feet, smile lines and the part of my chin where I get dryness, before washing it off.
I noticed almost an immediate effect in the texture of my skin as well as in the dark patches I have in the inner corner of my under-eye area.
I am actually very happy with the results and super excited to have rediscovered this mask. I am definitely going to continue it atleast monthly as long as papayas are readily available.

I am actually also thinking about doing the two day papaya detox once I recover from the surgery completely.

Nutritional Value of Papaya
According to the USDA nutrient database, 100g of papaya contains the following nutritional information:
9.8g Carb (3% RDI)
1.8g Fiber (7% RDI)
.6g Protein (1% RDI)
1094IU Vitamin A (22% RDI)
61.8mg Vitamin C (103% RDI)
.7mg Vitamin E (4% RDI)
2.6mcg Vitamin K (3% RDI)
Thiamin (2% RDI)
Riboflavin (2% RDI)
.3mg Niacin (2% RDI)
38mcg Folate (10% RDI)
.2mg Pantothenic Acid (2% RDI)
24mg Calcium (2% RDI)
10mg Magnesium (2% RDI)
257mg Potassium (7% RDI)

Papaya is very good for your health. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins like A and C. It actually has more beta carotine, than carrots and more vitamin C than oranges by weight. It also contains folate, and minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and more.

#DIY #papayamask #PalsLivesLife

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Perfect Dupe for Better than Sex Mascara | L'oreal Voluminous Lash Parad...

Better Than Sex Mascara has gained a huge popularity since its release. I had resisted purchasing it for a while because of the whopping $24 price tag for a single tube. 

And then I received my deluxe size sample in my very first or second Ipsy bag. And, just like others, I was super shocked myself by the volume it created with just one application. And no other mascara has even come close in terms of volume. Not even my favorite, Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara.

So, when I noticed the Better Than Sex Mascara for sale in one of my emails from Ulta for under $10, I was going to get it. But upon closer inspection, I noticed that it wasn't the Too Faced brand at all.. It was something else. And, I thought it would be fun get it for my YouTube channel. After all, drugstores copying higher end brands seems to draw people's curiosity, just as it did mine. So, I ordered it. It did take a lot of search on the internet and in my Ulta newsletters to find it, because as it turns out, it wasn't released in stores yet. It is the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Masara.

After I received it, I was surprised as to what a blatant copy of the Too Faced packaging they had done.. 

I hate calling it a copy. But it is what it is.. Even the fonts look similar

And kind of thick, hour glass shaped brush and goopy formula remind you of the Better Than Sex Mascara.

 But the affordable price tag of $9.99 ($7.99 with Ulta coupon), is very very attractive, right?

So, how did this mascara perform in comparison to it's high end predecessor?

With the very first swipe, it felt..... right.. It coated the lashes thickly, without clumping them. The formula felt a little bit wetter than my BTS, but that could be because my BTS is a few months old and this tube was brand new.

With the second coat, it actually seemed to give my lashes more volume and curl.

 I am seriously shocked with the performance of this mascara.. In my opinion, it actually outperformed the high end Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced. 

So, I hope you enjoy the video and do let me know what your opinions are on this product!

#Dupe #LorealParis #VoluminousLashParedise #PalsLivesLife #affordable #Drugstore

Friday, May 26, 2017

e.l.f. Haul | May 2017 | What is new at elfcosmetics

I love e.l.f. I mean who can beat their prices for the quality? 
And I love the promotions they have on their website from time to time. I mean, you get multiple full size products most of the times with your purchase. I got four this time!
And, on top of that you can score cash back on your purchase with Ebates! It is a WIN-WIN-WIN in my books!