After continuously mentioning it in earlier posts, the time has come to give luminous silk foundation the credit that it truly deserves!
I cannot stress how much I LOVE this foundation and there are hundreds of women out there who share my love for this product!  Armani has really nailed the formula in this foundation. Please note: it is the sheer formula so it will not work for girls looking for a full coverage to cover imperfections. You may be able to cover small spots & blemishes but if you’re looking to hide scars or bumps then you’ll need to go for something like MAC or GA’s other formulas. I bought this foundation after coming across Huda Kattan’s review on her website I follow Huda religiously (Errr…stalkerish tendencies? I hope she’s not reading this! :D) and trust her in-depth accounts of every product she reviews. I initially applied Luminous silk on my face with the sigma F80 buffer brush but I wasn’t too happy, I thought my face looked bare. But then I applied it on with the beauty blender and I was an instant lover!
Packaging-wise, the foundation comes in a glossy black box which unveils a matte glass bottle with a black lid and pump which I like for hygienic reasons. It is simple yet stays true to its brand; simple, chic and upscale.
GA Luminous Silk really photographs beautifully; no white cast or odd looking skin tone with this one. Your skin will look like your own skin but better with a healthy from-within-glow. I recently also converted my sister to using this foundation. She had been a MAC or nothing girl for the past few years but after trying out this baby she was sold! So I would highly recommend Luminous Silk to women looking for a new foundation that gives the natural dewy finish. I personally use the shade 6.5 and 6.25 which is equivalent to Mac NC35 and NC40. Sometimes I mix the 2 colours to get a customised shade. One drawback about this product is that it is not a less is more type of formula. I usually have to use 3 pumps to achieve the look I’m satisfied with. And to me, 3 pumps of the foundation is a lot.

The way I apply this foundation is by dotting it with my fingers all over the face and then blending in circular motions like you would a face cream. Afterwards with a damp beauty blender dab in quick light stamping motions all over the face.GA Luminous silk foundation is available via Armani beauty stalls at all major department stores around the world. It is available in the US for and in the UK for  .It is available in India online at for Rs.4,465.

Hello, lovelies! This post is much overdone! I felt like I went on a mini-sabbatical but my true calling; blogging has yet again pulled me back 😀

So the post is all about oils! The beauty industry is bombarded with a surge of natural products, one of them being facial oils! Facial oils are packed with antioxidants, omega fatty acids, polyphenols and other fun stuff that our skin love. I have reviewed 4 of the oils that have stood out for me although I have tried my fair share over time. I must add that what works for me may not work for you. Purely because our skin type and needs can be very different depending on the geography, climate, age and texture, hence certain oils will react differently on different skin types.
I have narrowed down to the 1) Boots Botanics 100% organic facial oil 2) Tarte Maracuja oil and 3) Bodyshop Seeds of life oil 4) Trilogy Rosehip oil

1) Bodyshop Seeds of life facial oil

This product was always in the back of my mind ever since Kaushal from Kaushal beauty, who is one of my favourite bloggers mentioned how much she loves it in one of her videos. I usually don’t just up and buy things but I trust Kaushal’s insight and thoughts on beauty products so I caved and went ahead and bought the oil.
The packaging is white and looks really classy and upmarket. The bottle is glass and has a gradient shading with a dropper and looks super serious and up the market.
Now let’s talk about the product itself.
The oil feels light. It warms up slightly on touch but not like most oils. The packaging recommends 1 or 2 drops but I love my oils so I usually take 3 or 4 depending on the consistency of the oil. It spread nicely and sinks into the skin rather quickly. Within half a minute I would say without leaving any residue what so ever. There’s no scent to the oil and look like the colour of extra mild olive oil which is pale yellow. My overall thoughts are that this oil is a perfect moisturiser replacement  if your skin needs that extra TLC and attention. I also feel it would work great as a makeup base.

2) Tarte Maracuja oil

I bought the Tarte Maracuja oil on an online shopping spree from Sephora. Sephora is usually my go to a page like it would be for most bloggers I am a believer in the power of vitamin C and how it brightens,  livens & revives dull skin hence I got this oil. The Maracuja oil felt thickest compared to the other three but it’s consistency is unique. It feels like a thick gel-ish serum the first few seconds it touches the skin and then liquified further with warmth. This oil warmed up instantly on touch and spread evenly leaving a light residue. But it lives up to its name. It does brighten the skin and I feel it made a difference within a few days. My skin felt nourished and light and brighter.

3) Boots Botanics 100% organic facial oil

This was the very first facial oil I got and I have two! So that says a lot! I absolutely love this oil. I always keep going back to it when I need that intensely nourished feel to my skin. This oil sinks in within a minute but leaves a little yellow cast which I feel is only detectable to me. I’m strange like that I notice way too many things. I used this oil for a good month and I must say my skin looked the happiest when I did. The key is consistency with this one. Your skin will start feeling brighter and clearer and if you’re fair toned you’ll start seeing your cheeks getting rosy when you laugh which I rarely see! So this oil really works. For those looking to try it, just be consistent with it.
Tip: apply the oil on the damp skin for best results. I usually sprayed some Avene thermal spring water beforehand!

4) Trilogy Rosehip Oil

I got onto the Rosehip bandwagon when I heard Kate Middleton is a fan of Rosehip oil and specifically uses this brand in her beauty regime. If Kate loves it, of course, I had to try it, Duh! However, I must say I was slightly disappointed. The oil is brown in colour which is expected since it’s pure Rosehip extract. The smell is mustardy and pungent; again expected. The feel is very rubbery like. It’s hard to explain the rubbery bit but picture the feeling you get in your hands when you’re trying to warm up your hands in a cold room. Now imagine using a moisturiser and it’s keeps rubbing without giving you that moisturised feeling? That feeling!
It takes a good 2 minutes for the oil to sink in and it leaves a slight residue. Does it work? I applied this oil before going to sleep and I woke up with oilier skin. Usually, the oil sinks in and dries up during the night but this one didn’t. Maybe I used too much oil? I don’t want to categorise it just yet because I did not use it more than 3 times for the reasons mentioned and to really judge a product you’ve got to give it 15 days to a month. Unfortunately, this will have to be the least favourite of all of the oils I’ve used. Sorry Rosehip :(

So this concludes my Facial oil post and there are a few more on my list that I would love to try. I shall let you all know how they fare when I get my hands on them! :)
One I’m really looking forward to trying out is the Sunday Riley Luna sleeping night oil, Kiel’s midnight recovery concentrate and Mega defence barrier boosting essence oil by Dr Andrew Weil from Origins.

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