Easy Glam - Soft Smokey Eyes with Red Lips

Easy Glam Makeup Tutorial Steps - Soft Smokey Eyes with Red Lips - UD Vice lipstick EZ
Easy Glam - Soft Smokey Eyes with Red Lips

For the longest time, I was a no-makeup person - not in the current "no-makeup" trend way but absolutely no makeup - and then moved on to using mineral powders and liner.  Even now, my idea of makeup is pretty low key, and I rarely venture beyond my comfort zone of brown shadows and neutral lips.  Last week, though, I was trying out some of the lipsticks in the UD Vice lipstick sampler (Sephora GWP) and decided to go with a red lip and paired it with a soft smokey eye makeup look.  It's still a simple makeup look but a little more glam than my usual.  Scroll on for details.

PurErb Clarity Brightening Cleansing Bar

PurErb Skincare Clarity Brightening Cleansing Bar - Review
PurErb Clarity Brightening Cleansing Bar ($10 at purerbskincare.com)
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PurErb is a new-to-me herbology and aromatherapy-based skincare brand that incorporates antioxidant-rich vitamins, oils, and botanical extracts carefully sourced from locations around the world into products that deliver uniquely effective results.  Apart from the skincare line that includes cleansers, toners, facials oils, moisturizers, etc., the PurErb range also include massage oils and tools.  The product that I have been trying out for some days now is the PurErb Clarity Brightening Cleansing Bar.  With a unique formula developed by a Korean Master Monk, the PurErb cleansing bar has quite an impressive array of natural extracts and botanical ingredients and equally impressive claims:  "It brightens, reduces hyperpigmentation, improves elasticity, boosts energy, and promotes a sense of stability. What other facial soap on the planet does that, using all-natural ingredients?”  So of course, I had to give it a try.  Scroll on to know more about this unique cleansing bar.

Lauren B Nail & Cuticle Balm

Lauren B Nail Cuticle Balm - Review
Lauren B Nail & Cuticle Balm (available at Net-A-Porter)
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For a lot of people, a mani-pedi session would be at top of the list of relaxing/fun things to do, but for me, it hovers close to a visit to the dentist.  As much fun as having someone else paint my nails can be, and as much I love a relaxing foot massage, I also have an overwhelming fear of sharp objects nipping away at my fingers.  While I do drag myself to a salon every once in a while, I find it infinitely more relaxing to just take care of my hands and feet myself.  A must-have in my nail-care routine is a good cuticle balm, and so far the Dior Creme Abricot has been my favorite.  It's a bit sticky, though, and best used at night.  For the day, I prefer something lighter and fast-absorbing, and for a while now, I have been using the Lauren B Nail and Cuticle Balm.  Scroll on for more.  

MAC Nordstrom C'est Chic Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Nordstrom C'est Chic Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
MAC Nordstrom C'est Chic Eyeshadow Palette ($65 at Nordstrom)

MAC and Nordstrom come up with some lovely pre-made eyeshadow palettes, and this year has been no exception.  The MAC Nordstrom C’est Chic Eyeshadow palette is an exclusive combination of all matte shadows with a mix of soft neutrals as well as deeper browns.  Some of the colors are a bit light (for my skin tone) and don’t show up too well against my medium-dark skin tone, but overall, there is a nice mix of neutral shades in the palette.  I especially love the rosy/mauve-toned shadows in the palette.  The eyeshadows in this palette include some old favorites from MAC as well as some new eyeshadows that aren't part of the regular MAC line-up.  Scroll on for swatches.

Chanel Fall 2016 Le Rouge No. 1 Makeup Collection - Swatches

Chanel Fall 2016 Le Rouge No 1 Makeup Collection - Swatches
Chanel Fall 2016 Le Rouge No. 1 Makeup Collection at Nordstrom

Chanel Fall 2016 Makeup Collection - Le Rouge No. 1 - launched recently and is available now at Nordstrom (online as well as in stores).   I spotted the collection at my local Nordstrom store and got some swatches to share.  Chanel's fall 2016 makeup theme is all about the color red.  The collection, aptly named Le Rouge No. 1, is the brainchild of the new creative director of Chanel, Lucia Pica, and features products in varying shades of red, some outright red like the lip colors and some with hints of red, like in the Illusion D'Ombre.  As someone who loves warm browns, reddish and rusty tones, and generally most things matte, I loved this take on the rich warm colors of autumn.  Scroll on for swatches of the Chanel Fall 2016 Le Rouge No. 1 makeup collection.