Yaay for Olay!

For the longest time I cleansed my face using nothing more than a face cleanser, some water, and my fingers. That was all I needed, right?

Wrong! 

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Ever since I started using the Olay Pro-x. my skin has felt softer and smoother. It also looks clearer. I use it twice and day, morning and evening, and am super-thrilled with the results.

Because of the thorough cleansing, moisturisers and serums work better and are far more effective.

I am currently using the Korres Vitamin C Wild Rose moisturiser, which works wonders at diminishing sport, freckles and any discoloration, and evening out skin tone. I was using Hope in a Jar earlier but stopped as according to the Good Guide it ranks pretty low on ingredient safety.

Before buying any products, I recommend running them through the Good Guide, which lets you know whether that product uses any known carcinogenic products or not. I must admit, I don’t use this website as often as I should, but hope to change that in the future.

Okay, enough off-topic rambling. Back to the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System.

It is fabulous! It is battery-operated, which is why it is easy to use often. I just keep it in my mug along with my toothpaste and tooth brush – that’s how convenient the battery system makes it. I’m glad that there’s no fiddly wire hanging about. This is a great plus, in my opinion, and makes it as easy as brushing your teeth.

You can also use it with any exfoliating product, unlike the Neutrogena’s Wave Sonic Spinning Power cleansing brush, which needs only Neutrogena cleansing pads. I am presently using the Olay exfoliator that came with the brush. I’m not a great fan of Olay products as they make me break out (the products themselves are fabulous; it’s just me), so I tried the exfoliator with some amount of trepidation and it’s been wonderful so far.

The Clarisonic retails at 200 dollars, and possibly cleans a little deeper, but as long as my face is getting a great cleansing, and my skin is looking better, I don’t really care about spending the extra moolah. It’s 6 times the price, for perhaps slightly better cleansing action if reviews are to be believed. But then again, there were a few reviewers who felt like the Olay cleanser was actually better.

The Clarisonic also has an automatic timer which tells you when it’s time to move on to another area of your face, and when to stop. This could be viewed as another pro in favour of Clarisonic, but I don’t even bother about that.  I just use my watch! That’s why I bought it after all.

Although the Clarisonic may have a better technology, for now, if you simply cleanse your face with your fingers like most of us do, perhaps its time for an upgrade. Try the Olay Pro-X, and there will be no looking back! It’s a great product, at a great price. Don’t buy it in India though, if you have a choice. I ordered it online at Amazon.com and had it delivered to a friend, who brought it with him when he visited Bangalore.

 

 

 

 

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Mac Prep + Prime BB Compact

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A BB cream is a moisturiser, sunscreen and foundation all rolled into one. Sounds great, right? It is, if you select the right product. I recently picked up the MAC Prep+Prime BB Compact and was sorely disappointed.

It’s a creamy formula in a compact form, and the problem with that is that is is not easy to apply. It comes with a sponge, and I feel like I need to really dig the sponge into the compact to get a decent amount of cream for coverage. I have read reviews in which it has been recommended that I use a foundation brush, but I’m not sure if doing so is going to help much. It applies best with fingers, but it takes a long time.

Being a tinted moisturiser, the coverage is very light, and it also seems like it doesn’t moisturise nearly well enough. I was told by the MAC sales assistant that I should apply it over a moisturiser, which is what I do now, but that seems to reduce the value of this product. If I wanted a separate moisturise, why on earth do I need to buy this? I could just as well have bought a foundation with SPF.

I have the MAC studio fix compact, which is fabulous! I had equally high expectations from this product, but was sorely disappointed. The colour, Medium Plus, is an exact match, which I’m happy about. So as of now I’m giving it a go.

The 30 SPF coverage is pretty good, but I feel like I’m never really applying enough product to get that much coverage. I also feel like most of the product just gets absorbed by the sponge, another reason why the SA told me to apply moisturiser first.

There is also a BB in the form of a tube, and I feel like that is what I should have gone in for. Anyhow, I’m just using this up until it gets over, and will not buy again.

 

 

Marc Jacobs Zip Clutch

I desperately needed a new wallet. My older one was falling to pieces, and it was anyway pretty useless. It was bulky, and my cash didn’t fit into it because the cash compartment was too narrow for my larger 500 or 1000 rupee notes. I could fit in a few 100 rupee notes, and had to fold in a couple of 500 rupee notes. It was totally impractical, especially since I always liked carrying cash with me in case of emergency, So I had to carry my wallet in a purse, and I always carried cash in the zipper compartment of my bag. Every time I changed bags, I needed to remove my wallet, my phone, my cash, my make up case, my sunglasses case, notebook, pen etc etc, and move it from one bag into another.

I decided I really needed a new wallet when I noticed that every time I was driving the car, perhaps to drop my daughter to a friend’s house, I also had to lug my bag around, even if it was just to be sitting in the car, because I needed the essentials, which were;

My drivers license

Credit cards

Phone

Some cash

So I started my hunt for a wallet that would accommodate all these things, and found it in the Marc Jacobs Zip Clutch.

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First of all, most LV wallets, which I was also considering, are triple the price and are slightly smaller in size (eg. the LV zippy, which was one of my choices). The zippy does not fit 1000 rupee notes. It may fit one note with some difficulty, but not if you’re just dumping them in.

The Marc Jacobs wallet is 8 inches, as compared to the 7.5 inch zippy.

I considered a bunch of other wallets too. In fact, I spent an entire week going through possibly every single website, trying to find the perfect wallet for me. And this was the one I zeroed down to. What can I say? I am in love.

I can use it as a small clutch, and as a wallet. It fits my iphone 4, my cards, my cash, including a bunch of 1000 rupee notes, and one small lipstick tube. Switching bags is suddenly so much easier. I also find myself carrying just my wallet with me all the time, because if I’m stepping out for a short while, it’s all I need.

It’s also something that looks good inside and outside the bag. It can be carried with you at night, even with a dressy outfit, and it makes a perfect clutch.

My husband got it for me at Barneys for 395 USD, plus tax. It’s a third of the price of an LV Zippy, and is much more versatile as it also doubles up as a clutch, and like I already said, it holds a lot more.

I did a lot of research on the durability of the wallet, and many users have written about how they have enjoyed their zip clutches for a number of years.

The leather is gorgeous. It is soft, and the quilted  pattern on the back makes it look rich and luxurious.

There is a flap at the back which I use for sales receipts. There are 12 credit card slots, and there are two bill compartments, There is also another zippered compartment in front along with two small buckled pockets. These compartments are great for small important slips of paper which you don’t want to lose track of, like little credit notes.

 

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It’s also super-stylish. It doesn’t scream the brand and is a high-quality and practical item that will last for years.

I read somewhere about it being heavy, but I haven’t found the weight to be an issue at all. If you have a bag which is anyway heavy, then this will add more weight to it. It is heavier than your regular wallet though, so keep that in mind. My bags have always been fairly light, so adding a marginally heavier wallet is not even an issue.

In a nutshell, it is FABULOUS!