Oct 28, 2010

Teeny Tiny Shopping Spree at The Body Shop

Last weekend, TBS near my house had 20% off store-wide for members only.  No idea why only select stores and only select places, but ehhhh...I am NOT complaining :D  Got some stuff for myself and some for my friend...here's my share :D

TBS Organic Cotton Pads Square
TBS Organic Cotton Square pads - I use these for the Chizu Saeki lotion mask (review here).
TBS Spa Wisdom Polynesian Monoi Miracle Body Oil
TBS Spa Wisdom Polynesian Monoi Miracle Body Oil (review here)
TBS Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz Hair Cream Curly Curls
TBS Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz Cream (review here).
TBS Bath Gloves
TBS Bathing Gloves (review here).
TBS Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter Dry Hair
TBS Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter for Dry hair (review here)
TBS Rainforest Moisture Shampoo conditioner dry hair
TBS Rainforest Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Sachets
TBS gift vouchers promotions discounts rainforest moisture range haircare
TBS Rainforest Haircare Range Promotion Gift Vouchers.

Splash: Chanel Ombre D'Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow

Chanel Ombre D'Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow (Splash) - Review/Swatches

A quick and easy alternative to powder eyeshadow, this fluid formula glides on for a long-lasting, lightweight veil of shimmering colour. Bi-phase liquid powder shakes to combine for subtle-to-intense shading, with stay-fresh, crease-resistant results.

Chanel Ombre D Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow splash reviews swatches eotd

Released with the Les Tentations De Chanel Holiday 2010 collection, Splash is a limited edition shade - as are I think most of the shades released with this collection.   Chanel's fluid iridescent shadows are biphase eyeshadows.  eeis, as described earlier, a biphase eyeshadow.   It comes in a glass bottle, a clear liquid on top and the pigments usually settled towards the lower half of the bottle.  Shake the bottle to mix the two portions.

Chanel Ombre D Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow splash reviews swatches eotd
Chanel Ombre D Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow splash reviews swatches eotd

The applicator is a supersoft doe-foot wand.  Use it to apply directly on to eyelids or transfer on hand and use a brush or fingers to apply.  Just remember to shake the bottle before use.

Chanel Ombre D Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow splash reviews swatches eotd

Instructions on the Chanel site:  Shake prior to use. Using built-in applicator, apply a small amount to the eyelid, lashline to crease. Using shadow/concealer brush and/or fingertips, gently blend for a delicate iridescent finish. Use in place of shadow base, if desired, for an intense result. Use to highlight the inner corner of the eye.

I have read this colour described as "pewter."  It seems like a brownish-greyish shade to me, with a sheen to it (not shimmer or glitter).  It leans to the subtle side despite the sheen, subtle and I find it quite usable both in the day or at night.  Under artificial lighting, the sheen is more obvious.

Swatches:
Chanel Ombre D Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow splash reviews swatches eotd

Here's a look tried using this eyeshadow - used it all over my eyelid and lined near the upper lashline with a black liquid liner.

Chanel Ombre D Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow splash reviews swatches eotd

There are five shades available at the Chanel counter at Bangalore:

Chanel Ombre D Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow splash reviews swatches eotd torrent source glacier
L to R:
Forgot the first one :D
Torrent - Khaki
Source - Brown
Splash - greyish brown
Glacier - Pale Blue
While not waterproof, the eyeshadow stays on a really long time without creasing.  This is my go-to eyeshadow for most days since it is easy and fast to apply and is quite a neutral colour.   Unfortunately, it is a limited edition shade, and I do hope Chanel decides to repromote this gorgeous beauty some time.

Chanel Ombre d'Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadows (available here) - Cost:  $32.00 (Rs. 1800 when I bought it in India)

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Oct 27, 2010

Lakme Eye Colour Quartet: Peacock

Lakme Eye Colour Quartet in Peacock:  Versatile quartets of vivid, high intensity powders put together to color, shape and highlight your eyes like never before.

Been away from blogging for a bit now, and yesterday, while doing some cleaning up, I found this Lakme eye shadow quad which I had not touched in ages. Thought it would be pretty appropriate to get back to blogging after a while with something I have not used in a long long while :D

Indian Makeup Lakme Eye Shadow Colours Quad Quartet Peacock Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD


I have heard a lot of people complain about Lakme eyeshadows, but maybe because I am very new to makeup and have not used that very many eyeshadows to compare this one with, I find the Lakm equads quite good.  Seem pigmented enough to me, loads of colour with one swipe, do not fall off or fly around annoyingly.  Another reason I like these are they are available just about everywhere and don't cost an arm, leg, finger, or anything else too exorbitant :D  I think they cost around Rs. 400 but I bought it ages back and at a discounted price, so I could be very wrong.

Indian Makeup Lakme Eye Shadow Colours Quad Quartet Peacock Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD


The one problem I do have is it is not very safe to travel with - mine broke, and this is the cleaned up version - but considering how badly some other eyeshadows seem to fare, I guess I cannot complain too much.

Lakme Eye Colour Quartet  in Peacock: Swatches/EOTD

Indian Makeup Lakme Eye Shadow Colours Quad Quartet Peacock Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD

On my eyes, I have used only gold-bronze and maroonish-plum colour.  Other products used:  MaxFactor Kohl pencil in Black and Chanel Inimitable Mascara.

This is the only Lakme eye shadow I have tried, and overall, I find it quite good - affordably priced and decent quality.  Have you tried Lakme eye shadows?  Do share!

Oct 20, 2010

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss: Emoi (58) Review/Swatch

Bold colour combines with the smoothest, silkiest gel texture for luxurious wear and deeply dramatic effect. Lips feel comfortable – never sticky or tacky – and look luminous, full and sensuous for hours. The double-sided, flocked applicator is beveled to deliver ultra-precise definition.

Inspired by the Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks, the packaging of these glosses is the same black laquered case.  They are much more pigmented than the regular Chanel glosses but are just as nonsticky.

Comes packaged in a black laquer case - a fingerprint magnet :)

Double-sided beveled wand, as Chanel puts it - is soft and picks up
sufficient amount of gloss.  I don't know what "flocked" is though!

Swatches:
On my hand, I have swatched it sheerer on the left and more opaque on the right.  What I like about this gloss is it can be used either way.  If I use it sheer, it still gives good colour, and if I chose to use it more opaque, it does not look like I have dumped a whole lot of gloss on my lips.  It just looks more pigmented and that's it.  I absolutely hate it if it looks like its going to drip off my lips any moment kinds...absolutely ewww!

Have applied it slightly sheer.
Cost:  Rs. 1850/8g

Nonsticky, generously pigmented, and very classy packagining, this gloss is an absolute must-try from Chanel.  Chanel has another product, Rouge Allure Laque, and if you are a lipstick person, then that maybe a better choice - I think of those as liquid lipsticks :)  For a lipgloss lover, though, Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss are the best best best glosses ever.

Oct 19, 2010

Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches

Les 4 Ombres - Eyeshadow quad - Tentation Cuivree
Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches - Les 4 Ombres Tentation Cuivree Eyeshadow Quad
Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches
 Les 4 Ombres Tentation Cuivree Eyeshadow Quad 

Levres Scintillantes - Pleasing, Charming, Pink Pulsion, Futile

Les Tentations De Chanel Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection Swatches Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Charming Pleasing Pulsion
Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches
L to R:  Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Charming, Pleasing, Pulsion

Rouge Coco Lipsticks - Magnolia and Patchouli

Les Tentations De Chanel Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection Swatches Rouge Coco Lipsticks Magnolia Patchouli
Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches
L to R:  Rouge Coco Lipsticks - Magnolia, Patchouli
Ombre D'Eau - Fluid Iridiscent Eyeshadow - Splash 

Les Tentations De Chanel  Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection Swatches  Ombre 'Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow Splash
Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches
Ombre D'Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow - Splash

Les Tissages De Chanel - Blush Duo Tweed Effect - Tweed Fuchsia

Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches  Les Tissages De Chanel - Blush Duo Tweed Effect - Tweed Fuchsia
Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches
Les Tissages De Chanel - Blush Duo Tweed Effect - Tweed Fuchsia
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish  - Pulsion

Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches - Le Vernis Nail Polish Pulsion - Max Factor dupe
Les Tentations De Chanel - Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection - Swatches
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Pulsion (thumb).  Max Factor has the perfect dupe for it (index finger)Index finger

MaxFactor Vibrant Curve Effect Lip Gloss - Review/Swatch - Artistic (16)

Shade: Artistic (16)
Cost:  I think around Rs. 500- I know I bought it very recently but it was a lot many things together and I forgot the exact price :-(

Is very scary bright in the bottle, but its a gloss, and a very sheer one at that :D  My lips are very unevenly pigmented, and I really couldn't get a proper pic for a lip-swatch, honestly don't think the colour that shows up in the pic would be what it would look like on the lips.  This is the swatch on my hand.




And this is the highly unreliable lip swatch.  I would use this only with a lip liner, but I have taken the pic without one because the colour really wouldn't be the actual gloss colour, otherwise.

This gloss is a very reddish-pink with very fine gold shimmer in it.  The shimmer was nonexistent, though, on my lips. Is just not seen AT ALL.  It gives a very faint reddish-pink tint to the lips colourwise and of course is glossy.


This comes with a nice doe-foot wand, soft and very nice to use - picks up a lot of the gloss too.  This is the one good feature in this lip gloss that I would pick out and point to everybody :D


Unfortunately, the wand will be the only one in the list of likes.  I will not be buying any more of these glosses because:
  • Is a very very sheer colour.  Its a bright beautiful colour in the bottle but on the lips, you get hardly anything.  Just a faint tint of the colour.  I did not find it anything special.
  • The main reason I will never buy this again is:  I HATE THE SMELL/TASTE which I get when I put this on my lips. I did not try this on my lips before I bought it, so I have only myself to blame, but I would strongly recommend anybody planning on buying this to do smell it before you buy, and definitely apply it on your lips before buying.
My final take on this gloss:  This is a shade I do not have and it is nonsticky, add to it the nice wand, I do not regret buying it at all, but I will not be buying any other colour in this range.  And this was the easiest way to claim I used red :D  I will have to learn to tolerate the smell/taste, though.....really, what is it???????

This review, however, is my personal opinion, and I know I am biased, so I would suggest if you were/are interested in buying this, please try at the counter for sure.  It is a good option for anyone who wants a very faint hint of colour and/or are scared to try colours like red/bright pink.  Don't just decide to not buy based on my review of this, but DEFINITELY do smell it before you buy :D

Oct 18, 2010

A Copy Cat: Rati's Black-Brown Eye Look :)

A big thanks to Rati for doing eye makeup tutorials - she is not just superawesome at makeup, but her simple explanations make everyone..okay ME...want to try new things. If you haven't seen the brown-black eye makeup look that she did, you can check it here. This is my attempt at imitating it :D





Oh, and I used these two eyeshadows:

Bourjois Ombre Stretch Eyeshadow

Bodyshop eyeshadow trio.
I used the coppery brownish - err..not the dark brown colour.

I know a lot of you out there do superawesome eye makeup, and I do hope to do that kind of work one day, but for now I am happy Cheshire Copy Cat :D :D :D

Oct 17, 2010

And so, I went shopping today..

I finally did manage to to do some shopping today, and here's what I bought today :)


Chanel - eye makeup remover
YSL - Foundation


MaxFactor - cream blush, black kohl pencil, lip gloss

That black kohl is BLACK!!  I kept waiting for my Avon liner
to finish, but I couldn't resist any longer and am so glad :D
And these are the freebies I got with my MaxFactor purchase

Age Renew Foundation - cream ivory shade - too light for me.  Going to mom :)
Bourjois Eyeshadow Single - Black - errr..forgot to click open picture...sorry..but its a black eyeshadow..:D


Got a Revlon lipliner free with this - is a dark brown colour - but that's what they are giving..


And then a veg. sandwich, Haagen Dazs Dulce Le Leche single serving miniature tub, some fruit yogurt, a baguette - I am quite clueless what to do with it, and a Mars bar...:D :D So, how was your lazy Sunday??

Oct 14, 2010

Healthy Bites for the Lazy Soul: Bread Upma

This is for all the good people who agree with me on how not yummm-tasting at all the crust/edges of the bread slices are - regular store-bought bread, at least!  And I hate the end pieces in the loaf too..always leave those for my husband :D



I recently read somewhere, however, that the crust is very rich in antioxidants and is really healthy.  Why am I not surprised...it's not very tasty - obviously had to be healthy!  I still want to trim the edges off for sandwiches, so here's my compromise - trim the edges BEFORE you make the sandwiches.  Store the cut pieces in an airtight container in the fridge.  Use it to make bread "upma" :D :D

Important Disclaimer:  White bread tastes wayy better than the browner versions.  I am using crusts trimmed away from wholewheat bread - which score the lowest on my personal taste rankings :D Use bread slices, or even white bread crusts, to make this and this will taste much better.  This is NOT a superyummy, yummy, great tasting recipe.  Its just a way to use up/eat healthier portions of the bread which I would otherwise be throwing away.  Oh and I don't cook very well, so please don't roll eyes at my recipe...in real life I would just chop up stuff and throw it all together in the pan.  I just tried to make it look decent here :D

You will need:
Crust from 4 slices of bread +1 slice bread from the end (the brown crust one) - chop this into cubes roughly.  If using bread slices, I guess around 3 slices of bread.  Don't use fresh, soft bread for this EVER.
One small onion - finely or not so finely chopped :D
A few curry leaves - optional, if you don't have it or are clueless as to what it is.
Mustard seeds/Jeera seeds - 1/2 tsp - Don't have these...err...ok skip
Green chili - 1 (I am a baby, I use one, adjust to your taste) - finely chopped or if you are a baby slit lengthwise, is easier to fish out.
Corriander leaves - chopped fine - garnish - again optional
Salt to taste.
Cashews/peanuts - if you want it to look pretty or need to make your hubby feel you made something special (?)
Potato - 1 medium potato - boiled, cut into cubes - I just rough chop/mash and add.
Yogurt - 2 tablespoons

A note on the optionals:  You put these in, the "upma" tastes better.  The more ingredients you skip, the closer you are getting to just eating stale bread and boiled potato.

Method:
  • Heat a bit of oil in a skillet/kadai/some vessel - no, not a tawa.
  • When oil gets a bit hot, add mustard/jeera seeds (if using) - wait for this to go cackle-crackle-sizzle-sputter - shouldn't take much time.
  • Add green chili, cashew/peanut if using, and curry leaves (if using).
  • Saute a bit, and add onions.  Saute for about 3 min, until they go a bit pinkish and translucent.
  • Add the boiled potato, salt to taste, and saute a bit..maybe 5 min.
  • Add the bread pieces, add curd, mix it all up quickly.  Take care not to let the bread get soggy.  Cover and keep on medium heat for about 5 min.
  • Take the lid/cover off, mix again, add corriander for garnish if you want to.
 
Oh and you really should add a bit of turmeric if you do not
want an ugly mess like this one.




That's it.  Done.  Eat. :D :D  Hope it turns out okay if you do decided to give this a try :D :D :D :D

Oct 12, 2010

Healthy Bites: Mint-Walnut Chutney

I have a teeny meeny balcony garden - just a couple of pots with some tough tough plants growing in them - which I have mostly ignored now for a couple of months.  Mint is a plant many claim is really difficult to kill - and I have managed to dry them out a couple of times - but they always manage to grow back! Superuseful since I love making mint chutney sandwiches :D

mint walnut chutney healthy food recipe
Fresh mint leaves - from my balcony garden :)
Walnuts - a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids - good for the heart and have anti-inflammtory and antioxidant properties.  Walnuts supposedly also provide a boost to the immune system and have anticancer properties.

mint walnut chutney healthy food recipe

And here's my modified version of mint chutney :D

mint walnut chutney healthy food recipe
This very unattractive chutney is superyummy.  And an easy way to eat healthy.

Recipe:
A bunch of fresh mint leaves
Almost double the quantity of corriander leaves
Green chili
Salt
Walnuts - lightly toast them in a pan with no oil, cool, and then use
Juice from one lemon
Water - a bit to help make a smooth paste

Grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste.  Done.  That's all there is to the chutney :D  Spread on wholewheat bread and munch munch.  The walnut gives the chutney a smooth creamy texture, and you won't need any butter on the bread :D

mint walnut chutney healthy food recipe

Do you cut away the corners of the bread when you make sandwiches? I ALWAYS do that :D And, of course, the nutrition in the bread is maximum in its crust (has to be na, since I don't like the taste) which I am throwing away.  What I do now is cut away the crust and store it in the fridge.  I use it to make bread upma :D :D :D

Oct 11, 2010

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2: Review

The Clinique 3-step program is pretty well known to most skincare/beauty addicts, but I was ignorant about its existence until recently, so for anyone like me, here's a short bit.  Clinique classifies skin types into 4 types (I think) based on some simple questions and some looking-at-skin-through-huge-glass tests.  Based on the results, Clinique recommends a 3-step program of cleansing, toningexfoliating, and moisturizing.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2 Best Toner Oily Skin Reviews Ingredients How to Use Skincare Benefits Indian Beauty Makeup Blog

The Clinique skin testing puts my skin type at a type 3 - Combination-oily.  I was given a sample kit of the type 3 products which included the Clarifying Lotion 3.   Clinique consultants will inform you a million times that this is not a "toner."  These are "clarifying lotions" which are "exfoliators," and they remove the dead skin and dirt that lie on the skin surface and give you cleaner healthier skin.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2 Best Toner Oily Skin Reviews Ingredients How to Use Skincare Benefits Indian Beauty Makeup Blog

I found the strong strong strong nail polish remover smell of the Clinique type 3 clarifying lotion quite unbearable.  It works amazingly well, though, at clearing up any oilies, so I would recommend it to anyone who has really oily skin.  I found it a bit drying for my skin, and I never went back to Clinique for a long time.  Recently, I decided to pick up the Clinique Clarifying Lotion type 2, and I am much happier with this one.
  • This one too has a strong smell - maybe a bit less than the type 3.
  • Has a minty refreshing feel to it - which I am actually errr beginning to like.  It leaves a cooling effect on the face for a bit of time and it feels good.
  • This has a HUGE alcohol content to it.  In my opinion, this is precisely the reason why it removed oiliness from the face - just strips off the oil

Clinique Clarifying Lotion - Type 2 - Ingredients

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2 Best Toner Oily Skin Reviews Ingredients How to Use Skincare Benefits Indian Beauty Makeup Blog
Ingredients:  Water, alcohol denat., witch hazel, glycerin, menthol, sodium bicarbonate, ext. violet 2.  And right after I spend a good hour searching for ingredients list online, I find this label stuck at the bottom of the bottle!

Clinique Clarifying Lotion Type 2 - How to use 

Take some product on a cotton round and wipe face with this.  Avoid the area around your eyes.

Now, I just cannot bring myself to say its good to use alcohol-based products....but errr...I am using it, it works great at keeping the oilies away, and errr..what is worse I will still continue to use this, I think.  I am finding this quite useful.  A few months back I was totally against alcohol-based toners, but I am beginning to realize that for me at least, my skin care is going to be a lot about compromising and adjusting and using a combination of products depending on what my fickle-minded skin decides it wants to be.  For now, I am using this on most days of the week and use the Shiseido softener on other days or in the night.  This combination is working good for me right now, so that's how I will be continuing.

If you are a little or a lot fed up with oily skin and the occasional acne turning up uninvited, give this a try.  You just might like it too :)

Normal-skin people and the lucky humans with no acne, I would not really recommend an alcohol-based toner, but you could use this maybe maybe maybe once a week to give you squeaky clean skin.


Anybody with sensitive skins - try it at the store before buying or ask for a sample bottle if available.  I did not have any problem with it, but skin reactions vary from person to person.

Cost:  200 mL - Rs. 1200 and 400 mL - Rs. 2025

Clinique 3-step program - here