Jan 23, 2012

Griffin Remedy Restorative Conditioner with Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil

While most of the products I buy and review are quite well known, every once in a while I come across some unassuming brands that don't seem to be so well known in the blogosphere but nevertheless make some fabulous products.  One such brand is Griffin Remedy, a discovery of mine while browsing through the aisles at Whole Foods.  The first product I tried from their range - Griffin Remedy Restorative Conditioner with Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil.

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griffin remedy restorative shampoo shea butter macadamia nut oil dry damaged haircare blog reviews ingredients natural

My hair is quite dry and frizz-prone, and I also colour my hair, which I guess does its part to keep the damage going.  Always on the lookout for the next best conditioner, I like to pick up products with natural ingredients that I feel would actually provide some benefit to my hair rather than just gloss over the damage and give a smooth appearance.  When I saw shea butter, coconut oil, macadamia nut oils listed as ingredients, I just had to pick up a bottle of the Griffin Remedy conditioner.

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The packaging is a simple, sturdy bottle with a flip-open cap.  The conditioner is a thick white creamy product that is a little difficult to get out of this bottle, so I usually stand it upside down.  That apart, I love everything else about this conditioner.

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griffin remedy restorative shampoo shea butter macadamia nut oil dry damaged haircare blog reviews ingredients natural

Griffin Remedy Restorative Conditioner with Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil - Review

This thick creamy conditioner smells quite herbal - am assuming it's the lavender essential oil that gives it this smell, and it's nothing like the artifical sweet lavender smells.  The conditioner itself is thick and creamy, and I use a generous dollop or two for my medium length hair.  Leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse off.  Washing off is easy with no slippery residue left behind, and my hair feels instantly softer.  I leave my hair to dry on it's own, and I find it much more healthy looking and less frizz-prone ever since I started using this conditioner.  I have tried pricier conditioners that did nothing for my hair, so if this relatively inexpensive conditioner does a great job in terms of ingredients and effectiveness, it's definitely a winner!  If your hair is normal or oily, though, you might not need this intensive a conditioner and are perhaps better off with one of the lighter conditioners from this brand (and I haven't tried those so I don't know anything about them).

Griffin Remedy Restorative Conditioner with Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil - Ingredients

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Griffin Remedy Restorative Conditioner with Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil (available here) - Cost $7.99

Encouraged by my experience with the conditioner, I am currently trying out the Griffin Remedy Daily Shampoo with Seabuck Thorn and Orange - will review that in a bit, but I am loving it so far :D  Have you tried any products from this brand?  Do let me know if you have a favorite.

Jan 22, 2012

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush (Plum Wine)

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush - Revolutionary gel formula with a new bouncy texture, lightweight like a powder yet melts seamlessly into the skin like a cream.  Natural sheer wash of colour that is buildable for greater intensity.
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Maybelline released a couple of new products recently, and the Dream Bouncy Blush is one of them.  Never having tried the old Maybelline mousse/matte blushes, I decided to pick one of these new Bouncy blushes when I saw them sitting all pretty at CVS.  Available in a wide range of shades, I initially wanted to pick up Hot Tamale, a coral pink colour, but finally settled on Plum Wine - a deeper plum colour which I thought would show up better on my darker skin.

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine - Review

The blush packaging looks like a large eyeshadow pan with about 5 g of product.  I like the compact packaging and the smaller sizes; I have not used up even a single makeup product to date, and lesser quantity just mean less wastage for me.  The blush has a soft, bouncy feel to it - almost like a dense sponge cake (that's the best I could think up of :P :P).

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Applying the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush is like a combination of a cream blush and a powder - I pick it up with my fingers and just dab on like I would do with any cream blush, but the finish I get is more matte and like a powder.  I amn't the best at applying matte blushes, and I do find this a bit difficult to blend.  I picked up the darkest shade of the lot hoping it would show up better on my darker skin tone, but the colour didn't show up as dark at it did in the pan. It looks like a darker plum-rose in the pan, but on my skin it shows up a lot lighter.  The colour can be layered to be more intense, but I am okay with the more subtle colour.

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maybelline dream bouncy blush makeup cheeks plum wine reviews fotd looks beauty blog 50

So..my experience with the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine?

I don't find it the easiest colour to blend (though that could be mostly my fault) and the colour doesn't show up that great on me, but it does give a very natural effect when I do get everything right, and I like the little sheen it gives to my cheeks without the dreaded shimmers.  The matte finish means it's a great product for the oilier skin types, and while I didn't have a problem with the staying power, I wouldn't know for sure how it would fare in warmer times.

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine (available here) - Cost $7.99

OTHER MAYBELLINE PRODUCT REVIEWS:
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner - Charcoal/Charbon
Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick - My Mahogany
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner - Eggplant/Aubergine
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner - Blackest Black
Maybelline Eyestudio Lating Drama Gel Liner - Sapphire 
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner - Forest 

Korres Body Butter (Guava)

Korres Body Butter (Guava) - Rich, luxurious cream enriched with shea butter to soften, smooth, and nourish the skin with an invigorating blend of tropical fruits.
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moisturizer cream dry skin korres body butter guava ingredients reviews makeup skincare beauty blog

The Greek skincare brand Korres is quite popular for its natural approach to nourished and healthy skin, and while I haven't gotten around to trying anything much from this brand, I did manage to pick up a small tube of the Korres Guava Body Butter.  Korres claims to use natural, herbal ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals, and for someone with sensitive skin like mine, that is a big plus point.

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KORRES GUAVA BODY BUTTER - REVIEW

The body butter has a mild, pleasant smell and is almost like a thick lotion in its consistency. Easy to spread and quite fast absorbing, I find this a perfect daytime lotion for the normal-skinned person. I was expecting this to be a lot more heavy duty, but it is a bit light for my dry skin.  I do find the packaging very convenient to carry around, though, and if you are the kinds who doesn't wants an unscented/mildly scented cream for the office, this would be perfect.

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moisturizer cream dry skin korres body butter guava ingredients reviews makeup skincare beauty blog

Overall, a tad disappointing for a body butter but would be just right for a daytime lotion, especially if you want something that absorbs quickly and doesn't clash with your perfume.


KORRES GUAVA BODY BUTTER - INGREDIENTS

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Korres Guava Body Butter (available here) - Cost $29/7.5 fl. oz.  I got mine as part of a set at Sephora - much cheaper at about $10 on sale :D

Jan 21, 2012

Urban Decay Rockstar 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil and a Dupe

Urban Decay Rockstar Glide-On Eyeliner  - Creaminess from vitamin E, jojoba oil, cottonseed oil, in a waterproof formula that dries down in about 30 seconds for a longlasting finish that will not budge.
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urban decay glide on eyeliners pencils 24 7 rockstar maybelline gel liner aubergine comparisons dupes swatches reviews eotd makeup blog beauty

Urban Decay Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil - Rockstar - is a darkened plum purple colour.  A perfect alternative to the black liner but with a little more depth than a brown - this is my favorite dark liner.  True to the hype associated with the Urban Decay Glide-On Eyeliners, this is a creamy pencil that glides on smoothly and stays on and on.  It doesn't spread, smear, or fade, and the colour stays good for the whole day - I haven't tried this eyeliner in summer, so will update if there is any change.

URBAN DECAY GLIDE-ON EYELINER PENCIL IN ROCKSTAR - SWATCHES

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urban decay glide on eyeliners pencils 24 7 rockstar maybelline gel liner aubergine comparisons dupes swatches reviews eotd makeup blog beauty

Urban Decay Rockstar Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil (available here) - Cost $18

URBAN DECAY ROCKSTAR VS. MAYBELLINE GEL LINER IN AUBERGINE

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While not really an exact dupe, I find the Maybelline gel liner in Aubergine to be quite similar to the Urban Decay Rockstar - just missing a bit of the plum/brown tone to it, though.  The Maybelline liner is just as long lasting, in fact lasts longer than the Urban Decay liner.

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L:  Urban Decay Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil Rockstar
R:  Maybelline Gel Liner in Aubergine
UD Rockstar scores in terms of being easier to use than the gel liner - no need for the extra brush - but that apart, I cannot pick a favorite among these two!  What about you - do you have a favorite purple/plum eyeliner?

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Jan 14, 2012

3 Small Makeup Brushes/Tools That Make a Big Difference!

Everyone talks about the perfect red lipstick and the extra-volume mascara, the flawless finish foundation and that darkest black eyeliner, but behind all the colour and glamour of makeup - if you look right at the basics - you will find the brushes and the tools that help bring out the best in every product.  While I love a good stippling brush or even an egg-shaped sponge, this list is a bit different.  These are 3 makeup tools/accessories that people tend to overlook (okay, well I did until recently) but make a big difference in their own small ways :)

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Err..yes...that's a lash comb, an eyelash curler, and the shocking pink one - that's a lip brush.
#1.  THE LASH COMB - A must-have for a clump-free application of mascara.  Yes, I know good mascaras should not be clumping, and of course, I have heard that it's all about the technique, but I haven't yet mastered the "technique," and I have tried my fair share of good mascaras, but a clumsy oaf like me invariably gets clumps :D   Easy solution:  Use the lash comb to get instantly separated lashes and a much neater and natural effect.  Another tip I picked up from a YT video by the gossmakeupartist - brush the mascara on to a clean lash comb and use that to comb through the lashes - gives a natural effect without the clumps.

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Sonia Kashuk Lash and Brow Groomer
This one has plastic teeth.  Have read that metal ones are better, but am just too scared of them :|
# 2.  THE EYELASH CURLER - Curling lashes is an instant way to make your eyes look wider, brighter, and awake.  From the much sought-after Shu to the most basic ELF, you can find one at any budget - just ensure the curler arch fits the shape of your eyes.  To get the perfect curl, hold the lash curler as close to the base of your lashes as possible and curl.  Then, move the curler a little way up the lashes and curl again.  A step-by-step curl looks more natural than the crimp right at the base technique, at least in my opinion.

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Chanel eyelash curler
#3. THE LIP BRUSH - the SA at my favorite makeup counter made me realize what a difference a lip brush can make to the finish of a lipstick.  Even the driest lipsticks go on smoother for a more controlled and sophisticated application of colour when applied with a lip brush.  An absolute essential, especially, if you have fine lines on your lips or are just generally prone to dry lips.

Sephora Lip Brush
Am sure there are many more brushes and accessories that make everyday makeup just a little more special - these were my 3 must-haves - what's yours?

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Jan 13, 2012

Benefit Cosmetics Primer: Stay Don't Stray for Concealers and Eyeshadows

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows - Dual-action primer that works 360 degrees around the eyes to make concealers and eyeshadows stay put.  Concealers don't crease, eyeshadows stay vibrant.  Comes in a neutral nude shade that is universally flattering!  Sodium Hyaluronate hydrates and fills in fine lines.  Vitamins C and E help fight signs of aging.
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Dont Stray Primer Concealers Eyeshadows Makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Dont Stray Primer Concealers Eyeshadows Makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches

I got this Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray Primer as part of a set - Benefit One Prime Day - so the packaging is a bit different from the original/full-size bottle that comes with a pump dispenser.  Am sure the airtight pump packaging does help keep the product clean, but I am quite happy with the wand-tube kind of packaging that I have.  That apart, the product is all the same.

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Dont Stray Primer Concealers Eyeshadows Makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches

BENEFIT COSMETICS STAY DON'T STRAY PRIMER - REVIEW

The Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer is a neutral-beige coloured product, almost like a thin liquid foundation in it's consistency.  Dabbing it on is supereasy with the wand (am sure it's just as easy to do with the regular packaging - it's dab dab..how difficult can it be??), and it dries down pretty quickly.

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Dont Stray Primer Concealers Eyeshadows Makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray Primer - Swatch

I haven't tried it with concealers, but the Benefit Stay Don't Stray primer does a fabulous job at bringing out the colours in eyeshadows and also at ensuring that the shadows...err...stay and don't stray :D :D  No creasing, no disappearing, no oily lids.  You only need a small amount, and even this tiny bottle would last me a long while.

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 Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray Primer - Eyeshadow with and without primer.

A definite winner for me, Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer is available here and costs $26 for the regular full-size bottle (or pick up a smaller size as part of one of the many sets at Sephora).

BENEFIT COSMETICS STAY DON'T STRAY PRIMER - INGREDIENTS

Benefit Cosmetics Stay Dont Stray Primer Concealers Eyeshadows Makeup Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches

OTHER BENEFIT PRODUCT REVIEWS:
Benefit Cosmetics Feelin' Cheeky! Minis (Sephora Exclusive)
Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain
Benefit Cosmetics Posietint Lip and Cheek Stain
Benefit One Prime Day Mini Set (Sephora Exclusive)
Benefit Porefessional Pro Balm
Benefit Cosmetics 'That Gal' Brightening Face Primer 

Jan 12, 2012

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry/Damaged Hair

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry/Damaged Hair - claims to repair hair damaged by chemicals, heat, or just harsh combing or brushing.

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry Damaged Haircare blog reviews ingredients

I have naturally frizz-prone hair, and the problem gets compounded since I colour my hair, which means I am always willing to try any product that claims to help reverse or repair hair damage.  The Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry/Damaged Hair is one such product.

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry Damaged Haircare blog reviews ingredients

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry/Damaged Hair - Review

This leave-in damage repair product is a gel-like product - easy to dispense through the convenient nozzle.  A drop or two is sufficient for my hair; just scrunch it into damp or dry hair (I prefer the damper version).

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry Damaged Haircare blog reviews ingredients

Results:   My hair seems a little more settled whenever I use this, doesn't appear so frizz prone or dry.  I don't find this a miracle cure for dryness or damage, though.  I firmly believe haircare is more than just one product, and at least for my dry/damaged hair, repair starts with a good shampoo and conditioner and, of course, regular deep conditioning.  I won't replace all that with the Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry/Damaged Hair, but it sure is a good product to try out if all you want is something to make your hair appear a bit less dry without too much buildup.

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry/Damaged Hair - Ingredients

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry Damaged Haircare blog reviews ingredients
WATER/EAU, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, POLYQUATERNIUM-37, PANTHENOL, PANTHENYL ETHYL ETHER, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL/SEBACIC ACID COPOLYMER, WHEAT AMINO ACIDS, PHYTANTRIOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/LAURYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PPG-1 TRIDECETH-6, QUATERNIUM-80, DISODIUM EDTA.

Avon Advance Techniques Damage Repair 3D Rescue Leave-In Treatment for Dry/Damaged Hair (available here) - $12

Product provided by brand.

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Avon Glimmersticks lipliner - Red Brick 
Avon Ultra Color Rich Moisture Seduction lipstick - Plum Gorgeous
Avon Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick - Kicked Up Coral
Avon French Manicute Kit (Review)
Avon Nail Enamel French Tip NOTD
Avon Step Into Sexy Eau De Parfum Spray

MAC 187 Duo Fibre (Stippling) Brush

MAC 187 Duo Fibre (Stippling) Brush - A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.
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The MAC 187 Duo Fibre brush is perhaps the best known of the MAC brushes - and I am sure its atrocious $42 plus price tag adds to the curiosity - but it sure does seem to be quite sort after.  Having read so much about how this is the "perfect brush to apply foundation," I finally succumbed to the temptation and picked this up some time back - in fact, this and the MAC brush cleanser were my very first MAC products :D

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MAC 187 - Duo Fibre - What is it?

The MAC 187 is a duo-fibre brush - contains two kinds of fibres - the synthetic white fibres and natural goat hair which are the black fibres.  The black natural fibres are shorter and provide volume/density to the brush.  The white synthetic fibres are what should be used to pick up the product.

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mac 187 makeup brush duo fibre stippling foundation application technique blog reviews use

How to Use the MAC 187 Duo Fibre (Stippling) Brush

There must be as many ways to use this brush as there are people who use it, but here's how I use it:
  • To apply foundation, I use this as a stippling brush.  Stippling means applying product in a dotting fashion until complete coverage is achieved.  I do not blend or buff the product, just stipple it on and get an even, light coverage.
  • To apply blushes.  Since it picks up the slightest amount of product, I find this gives me the most natural-looking and controlled blush application.  Also does a fabulous job of blending the product.
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I take a bit of the product on the back of my hand and pick it up on to the brush - no pouring the foundation on to the brush and squishing it into the fibres, please!!!  Then dot-dot/stipple to apply.

Things to keep in mind while using the MAC 187

The first few times I tried using this brush, I used it like any other regular brush - used buffing and sweeping motions to apply the foundation.  I was quite shocked at how bad of an application I was getting, and the brush did feel overall quite flimsy!  Thankfully, it was Google to the rescue, and I found these two very helpful videos by Enkore on how to use the MAC 187/stippling brush.  If you are interested in buying the MAC 187 and/or have one and can't seem to figure out how to use it, do check these out (have added links to the videos):
Needless to say, sweeping on foundation with this brush really is the wrong way to use this brush, at least in my experience.  Do check the videos and give the stippling technique a try - it's well worth the effort.

The MAC 187 is best used to give a light, even airbrushed kind of coverage.  You can, of course, build up on the lighter coverage if you want to.  I also find that the stippling effect works best with creamier liquid foundations and not so much with the matte finish ones and/or cream foundations.  It also does a better job at giving an even coverage on my, otherwise, quite uneven skin :D  As for blushes, both powder and cream blushes are a dream to apply with this brush.  I have used this brush a lot of times and washed it just as many times, and it hasn't shed a single hair or lost its softness.  Overall, a fabulous buy as long as you don't mind learning how to use this properly.

MAC 187 Duo-Fibre Stippling Brush (available here) - $42

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Jan 8, 2012

YSL Spring 2012 Makeup (Swatches)

YSL Spring 2012 makeup collection rolled out some time back, and I got some swatches to share.  Not surprisingly for spring/summer season, the colour palette has a lot of pastels and pinks and sheer blushes.

YSL Rouge Volupte Perle Lipsticks ($34) - New limited edition shades from the Spring Look Collection 2012 - 113 Irridescent Burgandy, 114 Sparkling Fuschia, 115 Shimmering Coral, and 116 Milky Pink

YSL Spring Summer Makeup blog Collection 2012 Rouge Volupte Swatches Lipsticks 113 Irridescent Burgandy 114 Sparkling Fuschia 115 Shimmering Coral 116 Milky Pink
YSL Rouge Volupte Perle Swatches (L to R)
113 Irridescent Burgandy
114 Sparkling Fuschia
115 Shimmering Coral
116 Milky Pink

Voile de Blush (Gel blush) - water-based gel blush that provides a sheer wash of color to subtly tint your cheeks and a glowing, natural look, perfect for Spring time.

YSL Spring Summer Makeup Blog Collection 2012 Swatches Voile de Blushes gel coral pink carmine veil 123 bor
Voile de blush (gel blush $30) - the colours were a little too sheer to show up on my darker skin, so I have added a messier smashed up version of the blushes.  They look just like lip glosses, and for a second I really thought that's what they were!
Swatches (L to R):  1 Carmine Veil
2 Coral Veil
3 Pink Veil

Golden Gloss (Shimmering Lip Gloss) - New shades for Spring: 49 Golden Violet and 50 Golden Peach

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YSL Golden Gloss (Shimmering lipgloss $30 ) Swatches:
Top - 50 Golden Peach
Bottom - 49 Golden Violet

YSL La Laque (nail polish) - Limited edition Manicure Couture duos in two mouth watering color combinations: Bubble Gum Pink and Tangerine Orange (8), Mint Green and Chocolately Brown (7).

YSL Spring Summer Makeup blog Collection 2012 Swatches La Laque Nail polish Limited edition Manicure Couture duos Bubble Gum Pink Tangerine Orange 8 Mint Green Chocolately Brown 7
YSL La Laque ($30) nail polish duos Swatches (L to R)
Chocolately Brown and Mint Green (7)
Tangerine Orange and Bubble Gum Pink (8)
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YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick (Swatches Only)

Woven, Braided, Platformed: The Prada Wedges

I know January doesn't fall into a summer month, but tell that to folks at Prada!  These woven and braided platform wedges from Prada fit right in with the fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2012.  Available now at Nordstrom.

Jan 6, 2012

Colours, Contrasts, and Power Outages

I have had a busy, busy week, and just when I thought things couldn't get more overwhelming, I had a back-to-India experience this afternoon - a power outage :P :P  It took me a while to figure out why the time display on the oven turned off, but once I realized I wasn't getting any work done inside the house, I decided to take a stroll outside.  Who knew a sunny day with bright blue skies could be so cold, but I did get to play around with my camera :D

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Josie Maran Argan Color Stick - Petal Pink

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick - A full size argan oil-infused, sheer color stick that grants a lasting, natural flush to cheeks and lips.  This dual-purpose lip and cheek color provides flattering, subtle color while treating the skin with Josie Maran's signature argan oil.  To be used as a blush or lip color, the color stick leaves a natural and long-lasting dewy finish that complements any skintone while repairing and replenishing the skin.
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I picked up the Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink more than a month back (yes, all you observant souls and Sephora faithfuls - it was during the Black Friday sale).  Josie Maran is among the many brands I read so much about but never get around to trying, and I doubt if I would have ever picked up the color stick if not for the sale - always wanted to try their argan oil first.  Oh well..there's always a next time :D

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A creamy product meant to be used as a cheek and/or lip color, the Josie Maran Argan Color stick comes in a handy lipstick-like twist-up packaging.  The case is a fingerprint magnet, but I love the glossy finish to it.  The product itself is a chubby, creamy stick, and I guess it will be a while before I get to the bottom of this tube.  It has a herbal smell to it - seems to me like a combination of rosemary and eucalyptus - okay, I am not really sure what the smell is, but it is definitely quite mild, and unless you have an ubersensitive nose and are trying to smell it all the time, you would probably not even notice it.

Josie Maran Argan oil Color Stick Petal Pink Blush cheek lips makeup blog looks fotd reviews ingredients swatches
Josie Maran Argan oil Color Stick Petal Pink Blush cheek lips makeup blog looks fotd reviews ingredients swatches

The shade Petal Pink is a neutral pinkish-coral color (more pink than coral) that would look great on most skin tones.  I am darker, and the color obviously doesn't show up that well on my skin, but it gives a natural flush and a dewy look.  I think there is a hint of frost/shimmer in this, but the particles are not really visible, and it just gives a pretty highlighting effect.  To use, I either dab the stick right on to my cheeks and blend with my fingers or dab some on to my fingers and then blend.

Josie Maran Argan oil Color Stick Petal Pink Blush cheek lips makeup blog looks fotd reviews ingredients swatches
Josie Maran Argan Color Stick - Petal Pink (heavy swatch on darker skin)
Josie Maran Argan oil Color Stick Petal Pink Blush cheek lips makeup blog looks fotd reviews ingredients swatches

What I love about the Josie Maran Argan Color Stick

  • Easy to use without worrying about clown cheeks.  Packaging is perfect for travel or for carrying around in the bag.
  • Doesn't cause any skin irritation or breakouts on my oily-combination skin type and lasts almost the entire day (I haven't tried this in the summers, though).  I haven't used it on my lips so can't comment on that.
  • Unlike so many other brands that claim "natural ingredients" that would need a magnifying glass to find on the ingredients list, the Josie Maran Argan Color stick actually lists argan oil right on top of the list.  Plus it's formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs, or triclosan.

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick - Ingredients

Josie Maran Argan oil Color Stick Petal Pink Blush cheek lips makeup blog looks fotd reviews ingredients swatches
Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids - has antiaging properties, is known to help and prevent dehydration, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and sebum production.

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink (available at Sephora) - Cost $22

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