Died and gone to highlighter heaven!

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My feelunique.com order came today and I had to write another post out of excitement, even though I posted my ‘Brush Cleaning Day‘ post yesterday!


Primarily I made my order for the gorgeous Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated in Aura but but also added a couple of sneaky nail polishes into my shopping bag too – OPI Nail Lacquer!


Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated – Aura

At first glance I am speechless! This highlighter is gorgeous! To add to my obsessive highlighter collection, this is just a must have. Whilst not for everyone as it is super shimmery and striking, I always love a bit of sparkle and this would look gorgeous on the high points of your face for a night time glam look leaving a gorgeous iridescent shimmer.


The Colour

Aura is described as a “soft pink shimmer with a golden iridescent sparkle” – the perfect rose gold for medium to dark skin tones but can also be blended into the skin for a more sheer glow for paler skin tones. I haven’t used used this on my face just yet but I’m going out tonight so will try it out and definitely report back!


The Packaging 

A thick cardboard box with two compartments; the top compartment has a mirror and the highlighter and the bottom compartment contains a brush.


The Texture

The texture of Aura is slightly chalky straight from the pan, but incredibly smooth and finely milled when swatched. Leaves a sparkly, almost metallic finish on the skin when applied. I feel that it may not have great adhesive qualities when applied to the skin as the product did not seem to stay in the same place, when swatched and seemed to move around quite a lot.

I feel like this would also look beautiful as a light mist over the centre of your eyelids to create a soft sparkle to your eyeshadow and give it that extra pop!


The Price

I bought this at £20.25 as it was on sale at feelunique.com!


Have you guys tried this highlighter out yet? What did you think of it? 🙂


Sachita x

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Brush Cleaning Day!

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It’s the end of the week and of course, this calls for a deep brush cleaning day! I’m super lazy when it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes but I hadn’t done so in a while and they really needed a good clean so I thought I’d share with you guys, my brush cleaning routine, it’s super simple!

I have gone through a variety of brush cleaning products like shampoos and soaps as well as soap bars but I haven’t found any to do as great a job as the BlenderCleanser. Primarily used for cleaning the makeup off your Beauty Blender but I’ve found it works just as well for make up brushes too!

This blender cleanser perfectly cleans the Beauty Blender, leaving it as good as new -with a lovely, light, lavender scent.

With a pump dispenser, it squirts the perfect amount of product to clean your brushes and blender – I tend to use one pump for each brush and two for the more dense brushes. It lasts ages! I’ve used less than half and I’ve probably had the cleanser for nearly a year now.

When I went to IMATS (see my IMATS haul here), I bought another Beauty Blender (for those lazy days) and with it, I received a mini version of the blendercleanser and solid for free! The solid is basically like a bar of soap, I haven’t tried this out yet so can’t compare the liquid to the solid just yet, but will do in a future post 🙂


Brush Cleaning 

So all I do is run the tap of warm water, take a pump of the blendercleanser, dip the brush into the cleanser and swirl the brush into my palm with the water running through the the hairs until all the product is out, and the brush looks as good as new! It’s that easy 🙂


Beauty Blender Cleaning

This one’s a little tricker as you have to be careful not to puncture a hole in your beauty blender (Confession: I have a hole in mine 😦 ) I apply some cleanser onto the blender and gently slide my thumb along the blender, pushing the product away under warm water. And thats it!


How do you guys clean your brushes? I’ve read in some reviews that this cleanser actually removes some of the pink dye on the blender, but it has worked really well for me and I haven’t experienced that, have any of you? I also really want to try a soap bar from Lush to clean my brushes, what do you think?

I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

P.S. I used my new camera for the photos in this post! 😀 Check out my post here if you haven’t already! What do you think of the photos?


Sachita x

Amazing Beauty Tricks with Coconut Oil

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You may have already made the switch to virgin coconut oil for use in the kitchen, but did you know you can also switch up some of your beauty products for this wonder oil? This do-it-all ingredient can be used as skin moisturiser, makeup remover, exfoliant and so much more. It’s been around 2 to 3 years since I’ve been using virgin coconut oil and about three jar-fulls to be completely convinced of it’s benefits! Here’s the ways you can incorporate virgin coconut oil into your beauty routine 🙂

Make sure to use Virgin Coconut Oil for the best results as its 100% natural. I usually use Tiana The World’s Premier Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

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Hair Mask/ Deep Conditioning

Applying a tablespoon-sized dollop onto your hair and really working it into those ends and the scalp, leaving it on for around 20 mins minimum (the longer you leave it the more nourished your hair becomes – I tend to leave it on overnight) and washing it off with shampoo, will add moisture and shine into those limp locks.

Alternatively, after shampooing apply the oil to the ends of wet hair and leave on for around 5 minutes before rinsing giving you a great quick fix with a more hydrated and shiny look.


Frizz Fighter

Rub a pea-sized amount between your fingers to warm it up and apply it to the ends of your hair for all day frizz protection. It also leaves hair super soft and hydrated!


Body Oil

Coconut oil tends to come as a solid in a jar and because of this, it’s creamy, light texture makes for the perfect moisturiser to apply all over your body. Just by taking a finger-full amount for each part of the body and letting it sink into your warm skin when coming straight out of the shower, makes the perfect hydrant for your skin. Using this routine every other day and switching with a cream based moisturiser, would give the oil a couple days to penetrate through the skin before applying it again.


Body Scrub

Mix half a cup of sea salt or brown sugar and an equal amount of coconut oil and use your hands to circulate it around any dry patches on the skin. It removes all the dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling baby soft and its super inexpensive! Add a few drops of vanilla extract, or your favourite essential oil to give your scrub a gorgeous tropical scent.


To Remove Eye Make-Up

One of my favourite, go-to eye make-up removers and yes, it works on waterproof mascara too! I usually remove the make up on my face first with Micellar Water and then move onto the eyes. Taking some liquified oil onto my fingertips and slathering it over my lashes and eyelids, I leave it there for around a minute and watch the makeup melt away haha. Taking a cotton pad, I gently sweep it over my eye to pick up all the make up and it really does come off in one swipe! Rinse with warm water and your done!

Another amazing benefit is that it hydrates your under eye area, preventing under eye bags and dark circles and also helps to increase hair growth on your lashes and brows 🙂


Acne Scarring

Coconut oils is so great at reducing the darkness of acne scarring. Taking a pea-sized amount and moisturising it into your face before going to sleep, really shows results in one week! You’re probably thinking, why would I put an oil on my face if I have acne?! But coconut oil mimics your skins natural oil with less of a chance of clogging pores. It helps to cool down the skin and reduce inflammation and therefore reduces the amount of toxins produced, stopping oxidation so the acne scars heal quicker 🙂


Lip Balm

Chapped lips won’t stand a chance against super hydrating coconut oil. Dap some over your lips before you go to sleep and wake up with hydrated, plump and super soft lips! It makes lipstick application so easy!


Highlighter

Now I haven’t actually tried this one, but I’ve heard that it works really well as a highlighter so I thought I would suggest it. Taking the tinniest amount and sweeping it across the tops of the cheekbones, cupids bow and centre of the nose for hydrated skin which glows from within. A lot of natural make-up brands use coconut oil as a base in their formulas, so it must really work!


Shaving Cream

Forget the store-bought shaving creams! With coconut oil’s skin-soothing properties, your razor will glide so smoothly allowing for a close shave and your legs will be moisturised in the process. I would usually shave out of the shower when using this as it can get quite slippery and combined with water, things could get a bit messy haha. It’s inexpensive, antimicrobial and leaves a lovely tropical scent!


Do you guys use coconut oil? What do you like to use it for?


Sachita x

My Fave Blushes ❤️

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Following on from my post on ‘My Favourite Mascaras‘, I thought I’d continue this short series and write the second post on my favourite blushes, as requested 🙂 My current MAC foundation shade is NC44.5 so I would say I have a medium-tan skin-tone shade, just so that you have an idea of the shades of the blushes.

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Ingot Face Blush #41

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As mentioned in my July Favourites post, one of my all time favourite everyday blushes is the  INGLOT Face Blush #41

INGLOT have such a great range of colours and with their unique Freedom System, it allows you to mix and match colours and products to custom design your own palette. This way you can experience their massive range of colours and pick and choose your favourites! They also come as individual face blushes like you can see in the photos above.

It’s a gorgeous matte brown-red shade and great for summer – it’s so long wearing and gives a smooth application. I usually use the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply this. It gives a nice healthy glow to the face and paired with a gorgeous highlighter, it creates great dimension on the face. I love it!

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush – Peachtwist

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Although a shimmery blush, MAC’s Peachtwist gives the perfect amount of pigmentation for a natural look. It actually creates more of a light sheen rather than a shimmer to your cheeks which can be blended for a sheer look or built up for a more shimmery look. I usually pair this with the INGLOT #41 above, or the NYX Bordeaux below, applying this underneath for a slightly more matte look as I typically go for matte blushes during the day.

As I have more of a medium-tan skin tone, I would think that this blush, being a rosy, peach colour with a subtle gold sparkle, may be slightly too strong for those who have a fairer skin-tone, in which case this blush can be blended out to create more of a rosy glow on the cheeks.


Milani Baked Powder Blush – Rose D’Oro #02

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I love the Milani Baked range, as I mentioned in my July Favourites post, the baked blushes were the first Milani products I tried. With them being super inexpensive I found myself in possession of three of the Baked Blushes; Milani Rose D’Oro, Milani Berry Amore and Milani Red Vino. I am obsessed with all three of these, but the one I tend to reach for most is the Milani Rose D’Oro, just because it’s great for a more natural look and the others can sometimes be a tad intense so I tend to save those for nights out 🙂

They have such a beautiful, silky texture and easy application. Rose D’Oro is very shimmery with an immediate swatch, but once blended it can also create a lovely sheen just like the Peachtwist above. It can be built up to look vibrant as well, and can be used for a beautiful highlight on the hight points of the face. With its golden shimmer, it looks great on more of a tanned skintone and can be paired with a matte blush for a more subtle, everyday look.


NYX Powder Blush – Bordeaux

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NYX Powder Blush in Bordeaux is a deep red-brown with a slight shimmer in the pan but actually goes on the cheeks matte! This blush paired with MAC Retro Lipstick is such a nice combo! Although a slightly darker shade, once blended the colour looks stunning on! I love the NYX formula and the fact that their products are very affordable.

I purchased this blush at IMATS (see my haul video here) and as there were no testers at the NYX stand, I was unable to go in for a quick swatch, but thank god I picked it up! It’s another of my go to blushes and again, like the INGLOT #41, perfect for everyday. I find that I would wear this on less of an oily-skin day or if I don’t have any blemishes on my face, as the slight shimmer in the pan can tend to come through after a few hours of wear.


Benefit Rockateur

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As you may have already noticed, I love anything Rose Gold! The Benefit Rockateur is one their many Box O’ Powders and of course is rose gold in colour. I just find that rose gold compliments my skin tone really well and am always drawn to it, whether it be in make up or jewellery.

The Rockateur generates a healthy flush that brightens up the complexion without being overly shimmery and this one is actually great for all skin-tones! As the colour is build-able, just like most of the other blushes I have mentioned, it can be taken from day to evening really easily. It goes on like a light cream product but is actually a finely-milled powder, creating a lightweight feel to the face. It also comes with a small brush inside making it very travel-friendly. This blush with a gorgeous natural, but lengthened lash using the Roller Lash is perfect!

Another thing I love about this blush is the packaging! I mean look at the packaging! Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m such a sucker for beautiful packaging haha.


Please let me know your thoughts if you’ve used any of the blushes I have mentioned, and I’d love to know your favourite blushes in the comments 🙂


Sachita x

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+]|Review

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I thought I would share with you guys my thoughts on La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo [+]. This is one of my all time favourite face treatments and with my skin type being combination oily and blemish-prone, it’s the perfect treatment!


The Formula

The new ‘plus’ formula has the addition of an ‘Anti-Marks‘ claim compared to the original Effaclar Duo. It’s amazing at reducing the appearance of acne scars or redness on the face, with noticeable differences in no longer than 10 days! It’s a great cream based product and doesn’t leave a greasy residue, containing an effective amount of the topical disinfectant benzoyl-peroxide. It also contains the antioxidant vitamin E which works as an anti-irritant to help reduce blemishes and scars. It has a slightly fresh scent, which I prefer way more than any other benzoyl peroxide based product that can sometimes smell of detergent.


How it’s Worked for Me

As my skin type is combination oily and blemish-prone, this treatment has been a lifesaver! I have been using this for around a year now on an ‘on and off’ basis when I come across scarring on my face. I have seen noticeable differences in my skin and have received so many compliments on my skin with people asking what I’ve been using.

I also find that this treatment works really well as a base for my make up, or as a make up primer. I always use it before starting my make up and it provides a really smooth feel when applying my foundation or tinted moisturiser.

I apply this in the morning after cleansing and also at night after removing my make-up. I feel that it can sometimes be slightly drying so I would add the teeniest amount of coconut oil which helps to moisturise and hydrate my skin.

With its gel-ish formula, it is surprisingly lightweight on the skin and it’s kept my skin feeling well-nourished and hydrated. It has a lovely calming sensation so even if a blemish is about to appear, it will reduce the breakout by keeping the area calm and clean.


The Packaging

I love the tube packaging with a tiny needle nosed dropper making it super hygienic. It’s really easy to apply and you only need a pea-sized amount for the whole face. Each tube has 40 ml of product and it does tend to finish quite quickly if you were to use it everyday, so it can be quite expensive to repurchase.


Pros

  • Contains medicated anti-acne ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Reduces redness and appearance of scars
  • Works amazingly as a primer
  • Fragrance-free
  • Oil-free
  • Great spot treatment

Cons

  • Expensive for the quantity
  • No SPF
  • Need quite a lot to use as a moisturiser

Overall

Although I still have a few small blemishes and scars, they have reduced and faded dramatically and there has been a massive improvement in the overall state of my skin. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking to reduce the appearance of scars or dark spots. I love this though, and really haven’t found any treatment which works as well as this does at reducing scarring. Even prescribed treatments from the GP haven’t worked as well as this does – they would always tend to dry out my skin and leave it with a flakey residue.


Other La Roche Posay Products

La Roche Posay ~ 3 Step Effaclar Anti Blemish System

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After experiencing the amazing effects of the Effaclar Duo [+], I decided to try out the Effaclar Anti Blemish System. This comes with a Purifying Foaming Gel, Clarifying Toner and Effaclar Duo [+]. To be completely honest, I felt like the cream worked best on my skin and didn’t seem to notice a huge difference with the other products, which is why I didn’t feel it necessary to write a full review on the whole system.


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La Roche Posay ~ Serozinc

This zinc water formula gives an amazing, calming and hydrating feeling to the face and really helps at reducing blemishes! I’m going to be doing a full review on this soon so watch this space 🙂


I’d love to hear your thoughts on Effaclar Duo [+]? What other La Roche Posay products have you tried that are worth a go?

I’d love to know in the comments below 🙂


Sachita x

Indian Engagement Party |GRWM

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Yesterday we had an Indian function for my cousin who just announced his engagement.

And of course, just like any other Indian function, a great excuse to glam up for the day! I wanted to show you guys my outfit of the day 🙂

So I decided to go for this beautiful royal blue outfit which is from Venisons in Wembley, London. It’s simple but elegant and quite ‘dress like’ so you don’t really need to wear it with the traditional “chundri” like most other anarkali outfits.

It has some gorgeous gold embellishments at the top and a netted layer on the bottom. This really gives that extra sparkle to the outfit – a must for every indian outfit imo haha!

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The bottom is also a very unique style with an asymmetrical netted layer and some gold material from the layer behind, peeping through from underneath.

This outfit is also great for an evening look and can be paired with a nice pair of gold sparkly heels to finish it off. I opted for a sensible pair of gold, flat sandals (of course with some silver diamantes :P) this time as I knew there’d quite a bit of running around to do – and i’m so glad I chose flats haha!

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Wedding season is upon us – have you guys been getting glam recently? It would be lovely to see or hear about your outfits in the comments 🙂


Sachita x

My Everyday Makeup Routine

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This blog post has been highly requested and I have finally come around to writing it. My daily make up routine changes quite regularly and sometimes I tend to use different products depending on my mood and quite importantly, the changes in weather – the weather in the UK is totally unpredictable! I tend to have the same staple items in my make up bag like my primers and setting bases but I love to play around with mascaras, blushes and lipsticks – still gravitating towards the nude shades for everyday.


Step 1 – Prime

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I first spray a light mist of the Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray – For more info on this check out my July Favourites post. Followed by the amazing Smashbox Photo Finish Blemish Control Primer. I take a pea sized amount on my hands and rub it into my face like a moisturiser. My skin type tends to be quite prone to blemishes and honestly this primer is great to minimise and control the oil on my face when I have blemishes. It’s super lightweight and really helps your make up to stay in place all day, paired with the Skindinavia!


Step 2 – Base

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Starting with my holy grail of foundations – MAC Studio Fix Fluid – NC44.5I apply this all over my face with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush from the Core Set. This is a medium to full coverage foundation and it’s very build able so depending on how much coverage I need, I apply accordingly. On a good skin day, I apply my favourite tinted moisturiser – NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser – SeychellesThis tinted moisturiser is really great! It gives a lightweight, “barely there” feeling and great for everyday. It doesn’t transfer, and has a radiant, slightly dewy finish which is perfect for a natural look.

Dusted over with the Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – NC45, it sets a great base with a bit of extra coverage for the redness that may not be perfectly covered up.


Step 3 – Conceal

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My absolute favourite concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – CaramelI apply this in a triangle shape under my eyes and take it along the centre of my nose, the centre of my forehead and a touch on my cupid’s bow. I love the Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush to blend this in and sometimes use a damp Beauty Blender when I want a lighter coverage.

Setting my concealer with the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder, I tend to apply this with my beauty blender and leave it to ‘bake’ until I have finished my eye makeup. By baking, I receive a longer lasting coverage and a more matte finish with prevented creasing.


Step 4 – Brows

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I love using the Dip Brow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown for an everyday brow. The shade dark brown matches my brow hairs perfectly and the smallest amount on a Zoeva 317 Angle Liner Brush picks up the perfect, tiniest amount to complete my brows with two or three dips.

If i’m in a mad rush (most days), I grab the Brow Wizz also by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown. One side has a spoolie and the other side, a retractable pencil. I run this through my brows a few times, filling in the gaps, go over with the spoolie and i’m set!


Step 5 – Eyes – Shadow

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Going for a natural everyday look, I like to take the colour ‘semi-sweet’ from one of my favourite palletes – Too Faced Chocolate Bar. I take this colour (3rd in the 2nd row) into my crease for some definition, using my Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush. I tend to just leave it at that with my shadow for an everyday look.


Step 6 – Eyes – Liner

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Depending on whether I want a bold or subtle liner look that day, I tend to use different products. I love using the cult  favourite INGLOT Eyeliner Gel #77 to create a bold and sharp wing using the Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush. I would set the gel with the L’Oréal Super Star Super Liner – a felt tip black liner with a sharp tip.

If i’m going for a more subtle look, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is a great choice! For a full description check out my July Favourites post.

For my lower waterline, I take the NYX Wonder Pencil and run it across to open up my eyes (July Favourites). The Rimmel Special Eyes Pencil Eyeliner Pencil in Black Magic is so great to go along my bottom lash line and I usually smudge this out with the Zoeva 226 Smudger Brush which is great at creating a natural smokey look.


Step 7 – Eyes – Mascara

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Mascara is a must for me and I love to create a “mascara cocktail” to create the perfect lash look! Check out my post, My Fave Mascaras, for a full review on each mascara.


Step 8 – Contour & Highlight

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After brushing off the excess Ben Nye Banana Powder from my undereyes, I take the Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush with the Sleek Makeup Face Form in medium and use the darkest shade to contour under my cheekbones. I love this brush as it gives such a precise contour!

To highlight, I have recently been loving the Make Up Forever Pro Sculpting Duo and the golden highlight is magical! (July Favourites). I feather that onto the highest points of my face using the Sigma E40 Brush; just above my cheekbones, my cupids bow, the brow bones and the tip of my nose.


Step 9 – Blush

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For blush, my go to, everyday shade is the INGLOT Face Blush #41 (July Favourites). It’s a perfect, natural shade and brings a subtle pop of colour to my, usually tired looking, face in the morning haha!


Step 10 – Lips

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Lipstick finishes off this look with a transformation! The difference my make up looks with a touch of colour on my lips is incredible! I love to go for the nude shades for an everyday look and my favourites are: MAC Retro, MAC Amorous (for a more summery day), Gerard Cosmetics 1995 and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich


Step 11 – Finishing Spray

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Putting the whole look together, my go to Finishing Spray at the moment is the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray but if i’m a bit more on the oily side, I tend to use the NYX Matte Finish Spray. Both are great and leave my make up lasting all day with no movement.


That comes to the end of my Everyday Makeup Routine, hope you guys enjoyed reading! Sorry it was really long, but I didn’t want to miss any steps.

It would be great to know your guys’ everyday makeup routines in the comments or if you like or use any of the products I use, let me know your thoughts 🙂

Sachita x