Dec 8, 2016

Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb

Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb
Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb ($38) at Sephora

While I love trying out body scrubs and lotions, I never ever mess around with what goes on my face.  I have oily-combination skin that doesn't take too well to experimenting with skincare, and while I rarely get acne breakouts now, I have had a long struggle with pimples and still have the scars and marks left behind on my skin.  For the longest time, I was using Lush's Dream Cream - a hand and body lotion designed for sensitive skin - as my face cream.  As strange as it sounds, it's what calmed my irritated skin and helped sort out the breakouts.  It's only recently that my skin has calmed down enough for me to branch out with my skincare.  I discovered Belif Aqua Bomb thanks to a GWP sample from Sephora (about the time when Korean skincare was the latest trend), and I fell in love with it right away.

Dec 5, 2016

An Easy Berry-Toned Neutral Makeup Look

Fall Winter Makeup with Berry Neutrals - NARS Grenadines, Coconut Grove

After a couple of days sporting a dark vampy lip, I figured it's time to get back to what I love most - a soft neutral makeup look.  Today's makeup look has a lot of my old favorites - products that I have been using and loving for a long time now, and also old because, well, some of these are now discontinued and unavailable even on Ebay or Amazon. 😛 I bought a lot of makeup when I moved to India a while back (at that time, I wasn't certain about returning to the US) - and most of this was brands I wouldn't find easily in India.  NARS was at the top of the list, and while I am a little - okay, a  lot - embarrassed at how much makeup I have hoarded, I do love my NARS eyeshadows.  NARS Grenadines - a dusty matte garnet shade that looks more like a blush than an eyeshadow and is one of my must-haves.  It doesn't seem to be available anywhere currently, and I am so glad I bought it when I did.  I have seen similar shadows, though, in MUFE and ABH.  Scroll on for products used and an easy how-to on this berry-toned neutral makeup look.

Dec 4, 2016

Clinique Pop Matte & Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color + Primer - Swatches

Clinique Pop Matte - Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color + Primer Lipsticks - Swatches
Clinique Pop Matte & Pop Liquid Matte Lip Color + Primer at Sephora

Matte lipsticks and glosses - or liquid lipsticks - have been quite a trend this year, and it seems like every brand has managed to put out a range or two to cater to this trend.  Clinique joined the fray with it's range of matte lipsticks and matte liquid lip colors - Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks as well as the Clinique Pop Liquid Matte lip colors.  The colors in this range are what I typically associate with Clinique - basic plums, browns, pinks - all of which would work well on anyone looking for an easy but polished makeup look.  Scroll on for swatches of some of the colors in this range.

Dec 3, 2016

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipsticks - Swatches

Tom Ford Makeup - Lips and Boys Lipsticks - Swatches
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipsticks at Nordstrom

Inspired by the men in Mr. Ford's life, the Tom Ford Lips and Boys lipstick collection features smaller-sized (than the regular Tom Ford lipsticks) lipsticks with colors ranging from pale nudes to deep plums and everything in between.  The smooth, hydrating formula uses moisturizing ingredients like muru muru butter, chamomile flower oil, sofa seed extract, etc., for a luxurious yet lightweight lipstick that delivers rich color with a single swipe.  These lipsticks are available in matte, metallic, as well as cream finishes.  With 25 new colors added this year, there are now 50 lipsticks in this range.  Scroll on for swatches.

Dec 2, 2016

DHC Eyeliners and Prefect Pro Double Protection Mascara

DHC Makeup - Liquid Eyeliner Pen - Gel Pencil - Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara
DHC Eyeliners and Prefect Pro Double Protection Mascara 
Product provided c/o DHC

DHC is a Japanese skincare and makeup brand with some amazing products that have quite a loyal following online.  The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a favorite of mine as are their Olive Virgin Oil Swabs (conveniently packaged cotton swabs presoaked in makeup remover).  I hadn't paid much attention to their makeup line, though, until I heard Lisa Eldridge gush over a DHC mascara in one of her videos.  DHC doesn't have a huge makeup line (at least here in the US), just a few basic makeup products in each category.  Their makeup philosophy seems to focus on a clean, polished makeup look utilizing a couple of easy-to-use products.  Thanks to the kind folks at DHC, I got to try out a few of their eyeliners, and of course, the mascara that I was so curious about.  Scroll on for my thoughts on these.