Sep 30, 2011

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios (Review/Swatches)


Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios (Knock on Wood, Cool As Cucumber, I Got Good Jeans, Don't Steal My Thunder) - Reviews and Swatches

Coordinating trio shades takes the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look. The "how to" palettes are created to highlight, define, and accentuate specific eye colors to create unique looks.

wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd
wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd
Don't Steal My Thunder (grey-black palette)
Cool As a Cucumber (green-plum palette)
Knock on Wood (plum-brown palette)
I Got Good Jeans (yellow-blue palette)
Wet n Wild makes some of the most affordable makeup lines while still providing some pretty good quality, and the Color Icon eyeshadow trios are a perfect example of this.  Each palette consists of three clearly marked, coordinated colours that make it easy to get the perfect eye makeup in no time.

wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd

The packaging is plastic with a see-through top that makes it easy to identify the palette/colours if you are in a hurry and/or have a cluttered makeup stash :D   Included in the package are two applicators - a sponge-tipped applicator and an equally small brush.  While I don't find these applicators particularly useful, they can get the job done if you have to use them.

wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd

Swatches:  I have 4 of these palettes, and I am posting photos and swatches of each of these.  All swatches are without any primer/base and are dry swatches.

Knock On Wood:  Plum and brown palette with a beautiful pink highlighter shade.  A perfect choice for anyone who loves the neutral shades and/or prefers subtle colours.

wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd

Cool As A Cucumber - Combines a forest-green lid shade with a darker taupe-plum crease shade.  A pretty pale green highlighter completes the trio.  Perfect for creating darker eyes without going to the dark smokey eye.

wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd

I Got Good Jeans - A fun palette with a brighter yellow lid colour and a deep blue crease colour.  The highlighter shade is a light blue.  The golden yellow and dark blue would look great on darker skin tones.

wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd

Don't Steal My Thunder - A grey lid shade, a black crease colour, and a white highlighter shade make up this stormy palette.  Great for anyone who just loves to do the smokey eye.

wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd

 The eyeshadows in the palette are all quite soft and pigmented and are a dream to apply and blend.  They have a soft satiny finish that I quite like since I am darker and prefer a satiny finish to matte to bring a bit of light to my eyes.  There was hardly if any fallout with these shadows nor did they crease/fade/or smudge (I use NYX HD eyeshadow base).  Bottomline, wallet-friendly makeup that won't leave you disappointed.

Cost:  About $3.00 for a palette.

And this is a look I tried with the Knock on Wood palette:

wet n wild eyeshadow palettes knock on wood i got good jeans dont steal my thunder cool as a cucumber reviews swatches eotd

Makeup Stack Up!

Dior Serum De Rouge Lipstick - Mocha Serum (910)

Rouge Dior Serum De Rouge in Mocha Serum (910) - Reviews/Swatches

A luxurious lip treatment with SPF 20 and with 10 times more concentrated skincare ingredients, this provides moisture, volume and smoothing benefits for your lips, immediately upon application, and day after days.


dior serum rouge lipsticks reviews swatches fotd mocha serum lips treatment 910

I picked this up a couple of months back, after having gone back and forth about whether or not to buy this - the very expensive pricetag versus the supermoisturizing feel - it was a tough decision.  I hadn't tried anything from Dior, so I finally caved into the temptation and bought it.

The lipstick comes packaged in a sleek long tube decorated by a crisscross pattern which for some reason reminds me of bamboos.  It is the typical Dior pattern seen in their eyeshadow palettes and their gorgeous blushes.  To use, take the cap off and twist the end of the tube to get the product out.

dior serum rouge lipsticks reviews swatches fotd mocha serum lips treatment 910
dior serum rouge lipsticks reviews swatches fotd mocha serum lips treatment 910

Mocha Serum (910) is a reddish-pink with a hint of brown to it.  I had tried a couple of lipsticks already on my lips and add to it the store lighting, and what I thought it was when I bought and what it turned out to be under normal light..well...lesson learnt, shall we say?  With a name like Mocha, I should have known there would be some brown to it!  While I like the shade, I don't think it's the best shade for my skin colour.  My natural lip colour is dark, and this looks a bit reddish brown on my lips.  Not one of my favorite colours, but I do think it's a very autumn colour.

dior serum rouge lipsticks reviews swatches fotd mocha serum lips treatment 910
dior serum rouge lipsticks reviews swatches fotd mocha serum lips treatment 910

Quite aptly named serum, this is not your ordinary lipstick - it's creamy, moisturizing, almost balm-like in consistency but still giving a decent swipe of colour.  It's not very opaque, definitely sheerer than a regular lipstick, but is not in the gloss territory.  The colour in the tube is very true to what it looks like on my lips, though since my lips are unevenly pigmented it doesn't give a very even coverage.  It has no shimmer or glitter, but I do feel it's not completely glossy and reflects light like it has a bit of frost mixed in.

dior serum rouge lipsticks reviews swatches fotd mocha serum lips treatment 910
Please ignore my skin colour/appearance -
I had to tweak the photo colour quite a bit to get the colour
on the lips somewhat accurate looking.




Dior claims regular usage of this product (regular = daily) makes the lips softer and smoother, a claim I have not yet put to test, but it is amazingly moisturizing.  Creamy, glossy, and leaning on the sheerer side.  Perhaps because of the creaminess, the colour tends to disappear from my lips in about an hour or two.  I would put the staying power, especially for this particular shade, in the gloss category.  Would I buy another shade from this range?  Right now, no, because I found equally good moisturizing lipsticks that give a bit more coverage and stay on longer, but never know!  If you don't mind the slightly sheer coverage and the pricetag, you might want to give this a try the next time you are anywhere near a Dior counter.

Dior Serum De Rouge lipsticks (available here) - Cost:  $34.00 (Rs. 2150 in India)


Sep 29, 2011

The New Kid On The Block

Remember the dark, handsome cutie neighbor I had posted photos of earlier?  Well, now I have a new neighbor, and he loves the camera :D

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Sep 28, 2011

Lush Shower Jelly - Whoosh


Lush Shower Jelly Whoosh - Review

Anti-jetlag jelly for keeping you calm, cool and focused. If deadlines pass you by and you're left spinning at the end of each day, you need a pot of WHOOSH! It's an ultra-refreshing essential oil blend of lemon, lime and grapefruit juices with revitalizing rosemary and balancing geranium, which we put in there to wake you up a bit.


Lush Skincare Shower Jelly Whoosh Reviews Ingredients
Lush Skincare Shower Jelly Whoosh Reviews Ingredients

I am a bath/skincare products junkie and a total Lushie, and shower jellies are among the most unique I have tried in this category.  They fall somewhere between a body wash and a soap, and as the name implies, they are jellies - wobbly and squisy and a total blast to use.  Whoosh is a blue jelly that brings up visions of the clear blue sea mixed with citrusy freshness.

Lush Skincare Shower Jelly Whoosh Reviews Ingredients
Lush Skincare Shower Jelly Whoosh Reviews Ingredients
To use, I take about how much I have shown in the photo above - just pinch a roughly 1-inch cube of jelly - and smash it into bathing gloves or loofah.  Work up a lather and use like just about any regular body wash.  You can also take a big chunk of jelly and use it directly on skin, but I prefer my smash-and-lather technique to avoid wastage - the slippery jelly has a tendency to disappear down the drain :D

To be quite honest, beyond the novelty of using a jelly to bathe with, this is quite similar to any citrusy smelling, refreshing body wash.  It leaves my skin smooth, but I do find it a bit more drying than some of the Lush soaps I have tried.  It also takes a bit longer to wash off compared to soaps.  I love the smell, though, it doesn't linger on my skin beyond the bath.

Ingredients:
Lush Skincare Shower Jelly Whoosh Reviews Ingredients

Verdict:  I love the smell and find it a fun change from my usual boring bath routine, but beyond that I don't find this any different from the usual Lush body washes.  It is less drying than the average body wash or soap, but compared to some of the Lush soaps this might not be the best pick for a dry-skinned person.  You can store the jelly in the fridge and use it for a cooling, refreshing change on a hot summer day.   Save the tubs - exchange 5 clean, empty tubs to get a fresh face mask of your choice free.

Lush Skincare Shower Jelly Whoosh Reviews Ingredients

Cost:  $10.95/240 g and $5.95/100 g (Available at Lush stores and online)


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Sep 26, 2011

Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion - Charmed Life

Our exclusive Charmed Life is a positively sexy blend of juicy guava, sparkling pear and creamy vanilla musk, inspired by taking chances, having fun and savoring life's fabulous moments!

bath and body works signature collection charmed life fragrance moisturizer lotion reviews ingredients

The Charmed Life body lotion is the newest launch in the Bath and Body Works Signature collection, and like most of their other lotions I have tried, this one too is a light moisturizer that provides enough moisturization for about 7-8 hours and leaves skin smelling awesome.  This creamy white lotion smells of vanilla without being overly sweet, and the smell stays on my skin for a long while.

bath and body works signature collection charmed life fragrance moisturizer lotion reviews ingredients

Overall, I quite liked this lotion.
- Love the fragrance - I am not too sure about the sparkling pear/guava but I could definitely get a warm vanilla smell that wasn't too sweet.
- Provides light moisturization that is perfect for the day time.
- The travel-size bottle with the flip-open cap is perfect for carrying around in the bag.
- Currently available for trial at $1.00 at Bath and Body Works in-store and online.

Ingredients:

bath and body works signature collection charmed life fragrance moisturizer lotion reviews ingredients

Cost:  $ 3.50/59 mL

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Sep 23, 2011

Avalon Organics Exfoliating Enyme Scrub

Avalon Organics Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub with Lavender - Renewal and Vitality - For Sensitive Skin

I find a lot of natural/organic skincare options in the drugstores here, and one of the brands that I have been trying out recently is Avalon.  I picked up this exfoliating enzyme scrub from CVS about 2 months back - it was on sale and I needed a scrub.

avalon organics exfoliating enzyme scrub lavender drugstore skincare natural reviews ingredients
avalon organics exfoliating enzyme scrub lavender drugstore skincare natural reviews ingredients face

This packaging is very basic with a flip-open cap.  Very simple, very functional.   The scrub lists a whole lot of natural ingredients and generally promises serious skincare goodness in tube.

avalon organics exfoliating enzyme scrub lavender drugstore skincare natural reviews ingredients face
avalon organics exfoliating enzyme scrub lavender drugstore skincare natural reviews ingredients face

The product itself is a creamy base with very fine granules that provide excellent exfoliation.  I am assuming these granules are the powdered walnuts (check ingredient list above).  While I have tried so many other scrubs that depend on walnuts for their scrubbing power and many that use resin beads, I have never ever used a scrub with granules that are this smooth or fine.  It's just fabulous.  In fact, the only problem might be to remember not to overscrub mistaking the smoothness of the granules for gentleness!

avalon organics exfoliating enzyme scrub lavender drugstore skincare natural reviews ingredients face
avalon organics exfoliating enzyme scrub lavender drugstore skincare natural reviews ingredients face
 
The scrub leaves my skin clean and soft without overly drying it.  I use this about 2 times a week, and I have never had any skin reaction or irritation with this.  I do take care to scrub very gently - any scrub should be used with just enough pressure to just slide the granules over the skin.  Any more pressure than that is just unnecessary.  The scrub has a bit of a sharp, medicinal smell, and if like me you were expecting something along the lines of the soothing lavender smell found in some soaps/perfumes, this might be a bit disappointing.  It's not unpleasant or irritating in anyway, at least to me.  Definitely one of my favorite skincare products.

Cost:  About $15/100 mL

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Sep 22, 2011

L'Oreal Color Riche Star Secrets Liptick: Kerry's Rosewood (225)

Another of the L'Oreal Color Riche Star Secrets range of lipsticks, the one I am reviewing today is Kerry's Rosewood (225).

loreal color riche star secrets kerrys rosewood 225 lipsticks nude pale peach pink reviews swatches fotd
loreal color riche star secrets kerrys rosewood 225 lipsticks nude pale peach pink reviews swatches fotd

A pale pink lipstick with a hint of peach and tons of silver shimmer in it, the only reason I bought this lipstick was I was in love with Star Secrets range and wanted to pick up just about every colour I could lay my hands on :-|  There I said it...and no, it doesn't feel any better, but let's just move on to the review :P :D

loreal color riche star secrets kerrys rosewood 225 lipsticks nude pale peach pink reviews swatches fotd

Like all lipsticks from this range, the black casing features the signature of the brand ambassador it represents - Kerry Washington in this case.  I love the simple yet classy packaging, plus I have had these lipsticks for a long time now (don't ask!), and the packaging looks just the same as new, so no complaints on that.

On to the colour itself, it is a nude/pale pink colour with silver shimmer mixed in.  The hint of peach to it is not really obvious on me, but I feel it makes a difference and gives it a bit of warmth.

loreal color riche star secrets kerrys rosewood 225 lipsticks nude pale peach pink reviews swatches fotd
loreal color riche star secrets kerrys rosewood 225 lipsticks nude pale peach pink reviews swatches fotd

The texture is quite creamy, and it never dries out my lips.  While this colour might not be the best pick for my tanned darker skin, I would have still loved it but for this shimmer.  The lipstick itself doesn't stay very long on my lips, disappearing in about 2-3 hours without me putting in much of an effort into removing it.  However, it leaves behind the shimmer which then travels all around my mouth.  It's messy and quite embarassing - I look like I made a mess of trying to apply some kind of shimmery stuff around my mouth.  Not.nice.at.all.

Cost:  About $9.00

On my lips, this is how it looks.  I pair it with a darker eye makeup to avoid looking washed out.  My lips are on the darker side and this lipstick is kind of sheer, so it tends to not look all that pale.

kerrys rosewood loreal color riche lipsticks 225 pale peach nude smokey dark eyes makeup fotd reviews swatches
Eyeshadow used:  L'Oreal duo (Dashing)
Overall, while I love the texture and even the colour, I do have a big issue with shimmer.  Would be a good choice so long as you are not anti-shimmer like I am.  Also since it tends to sheer out a bit (probably because of the shimmer particles), so if you have lip pigmentation issues like I do, then you might want to use a lipliner to even out the colour - or not bother too much about it :D

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Sep 21, 2011

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner - Sapphire

Maybelline recently released new colours in their gel liner collection, and I picked up what looked like the last few pieces from Target.  The one I am reviewing now is the blue-toned Sapphire.

maybelline gel liner lasting drama eyestudio sapphire swatches reviews eotd eye makeup
maybelline gel liner lasting drama eyestudio sapphire swatches reviews eotd eye makeup

Like all of Maybelline's gel liners, this too comes in a glass pot, and a brush is included in the packaging.  Quite unlike applicators included with most products, this brush is actually very nice, so remember to clean it after every use, and it should last a good while.

maybelline gel liner lasting drama eyestudio sapphire swatches reviews eotd eye makeup ingredients


On to the liner itself, it is a purple-blue colour, and while putting it on at home I was a bit disappointed because it looked almost black to me.  After I got a chance to take a look at it under a bit more light though, it definitely is NOT black.

Swatches on my arm:

maybelline gel liner lasting drama eyestudio sapphire swatches reviews eotd eye makeup ingredients
Swatches L to R:  Maybelline gel liner Blackest Black
Maybelline gel liner Sapphire
MAC Fluidline Siahi
The liner goes on smoothly, but it takes a bit of time to dry, so if you aren't patient you could end up with a line near the eyebrow - not a good look :P   It doesn't fade or flake off, and it stays on my lids without smudging or disappearing once it sets.  I have tried it on my waterline, but since it isn't specifically written on the package regarding use on the waterline, I am not too sure about it.

How to Use:

maybelline gel liner lasting drama eyestudio sapphire swatches reviews eotd eye makeup ingredients

I found this a good eyeliner for days when I don't want to bother with an eyeshadow (which would be most days) yet want a bit of colour.  I did try this on my waterline, just for fun, but as I said, I am not sure if it's safe for use that way.

maybelline gel liner lasting drama eyestudio sapphire swatches reviews eotd eye makeup ingredients

Overall, a fun and not-too-expensive gel liner for anyone looking for some colour on the eyes.

Cost:  About $8.

Ingredients:

maybelline gel liner lasting drama eyestudio sapphire swatches reviews eotd eye makeup ingredients

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Sep 20, 2011

Greenie At Work :P

NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel - Big Money (118)

I picked this up at Target for less than a dollar. I know the colour isn't exactly easy on the eye, but it does dry realllly fast, goes on supereasy, and is generally a great nail polish - will pick up some other colour next time, though :D

Green Nail Polish Enamel Colour Big Money Frost 118 NYC reviews swatches notd
Green Nail Polish Enamel Colour Big Money Frost 118 NYC reviews swatches notd
NYC Long-Wear Nail Enamel - Big Money Frost (118)

What about you? What's the craziest nail colour you have picked up?

Sep 19, 2011

Illamasqua Lipstick: Kontrol

Let your lips speak volumes. Indulge in colour-intense lipstick with a highly pigmented formula, available in a choice of flawless finishes, from matt to glossy. Illamasqua Lipstick glides on smoothly and never feels dry, for the perfect all-night pout. A must have for professional make-up artists, and those who want to make a statement.


illamasqua lipstick kontrol purple lavender matte deep dark reviews swatches
illamasqua lipstick kontrol purple lavender matte deep dark reviews swatches

I have always associated Illamasqua with the more daring and bold colours in their makeup, shades with attitude that might not always work for everyone.  The new colour-intense lipstick Kontrol that came out the Theater of the Nameless Collection for Autumn/Winter 2011 is a case in point.  A blue-purple (Sephora describes it as a matte deep lavender) matte lipstick that gives it's best colour with just one swipe, this is one colour that is definitely not for the "ordinary" makeup user (errr..me).

illamasqua lipstick kontrol purple lavender matte deep dark reviews swatches
illamasqua lipstick kontrol purple lavender matte deep dark reviews swatches
The swatch is what you get with one swipe.   The slightly stained colour above
is what you would get if  you used this as a stain with light dabs.
illamasqua lipstick kontrol purple lavender matte deep dark reviews swatches
Ingredients

Verdict:  A matte lipstick that is packed with colour, I would definitely recommend Illamasqua as a go-to brand for full coverage lipsticks.  This colour is so obviously not for me, but if you are the kinds who likes to play around with unconventional colours, this would be right up your alley.  As with most matte lipsticks I have tried, these can be drying and/or can enhance even the smallest dry flake on your lip, so make sure your lips are exfoliated and supersmooth before swiping this on.  You could add a layer of clear lip balm over the lipstick, but that would sort of defeat the whole purpose of a matte lipstick, won't it? :D :D

Cost:  $22.00.  Available at Sephora in-store and online.

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