Nov 30, 2012

Snapshot Love: The Yo!

NARS Yachiyo Makeup Blush Brush
Something I have wanted for so long...and it's beautiful!

Previously on Snapshot Love

Travel Bag Essentials: Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes (Pink Grapefruit)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes - Pink Grapefruit - (available here) - $7.95

Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes feature soft, pre moistened wipes that thoroughly cleanse skin of pore clogging impurities, all with an uplifting blast of pink grapefruit. Oil-free and ideal for acne-prone skin, the wipes sweep away pore-clogging dirt and oil in one simple step, leaving skin clean with no greasy residue, so there's no need to rinse!

Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes Pink Grapefruit Indian Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog Review Ingredients how to Use
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes Pink Grapefruit Indian Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog Review Ingredients how to Use
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes Pink Grapefruit Indian Skincare Makeup Beauty Blog Review Ingredients how to Use
Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing WipesIngredients/How to Use
Travel essentials/must-have in my bag at all times -- Makeup and cleansing face wipes! It would be only on the rare bad days that you would catch me without one in my bag, and since I run out of them pretty frequently, it's one product I love trying out newer versions of :D The Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes caught my attention because of their pretty pink packaging, and I love anything citrusy. It isn't too bad on the face cleansing aspect - does a great job of taking off most of my face makeup and grime - but it cannot be used around the eye area so you do need to sort that out separately. It has a fresh citrusy scent that I like a lot, and I think this cleansing wipe is great for oily skin types who want a quick temporary/emergency cleansing option. I won't recommend this if you have sensitive skin, though. Every once in a while, I get an irritated burning sensation on my face when I use this. Not always, but it does happen occasionally, I am assuming on days when my skin is in one of it's crazy moods :P You could try the milder blue ones - Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes.

So, that was my quick review of the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Cleansing wipe. What about you - what's the one (or many) permanent must-have in your bag?

Clinique Chubby Stick - Richer Raisin - Review, Swatch, FOTD

Clinique Chubby Stick in Richer Raisin (available at Sephora) - $16

A combination of super-nourishing tinted lip balm and gorgeous lip color treats lips to mouthwatering moisture and a hint of soft shine. It never needs sharpening—simply swivel up to reveal more of the balm.  Super-nourishing balm is loaded with mango and shea butters. Just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth.  Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance free.

Clinique Chubby Stick Richer Raisin Indian Darker Skin Review Swatch FOTD Makeup Beauty Blog
Clinique Chubby Stick in Richer Raisin
Fabulous lighting in the photo courtesy of the Bay area"storm" :P
Clinique Chubby Stick Richer Raisin Indian Darker Skin Review Swatch FOTD Makeup Beauty Blog

Clinique's Chubby Sticks have been on my wishlist for a long long time, and I finally got a bunch of them just a day or so before the Clinique Chubby Intense came out - talk about bad timing!  Anyway, on to the Chubby Sticks regular version.  If not for their extremely cute packaging/name, I would just call them tinted lip balms.  The Clinique Chubby Sticks feel extremely moisturizing on the lips, and Richer Raisin is one of the few shades that actually has a deeper enough tint to show on my lips.  While Clinique does claim the Chubby Sticks are fragrance-free, the ones I have all have a slight lipsticky smell to them.  It's not offensive or too strong, but I definitely don't find them uncented.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Clinique Chubby Stick Richer Raisin Indian Darker Skin Review Swatch FOTD Makeup Beauty Blog
Clinique Chubby Stick Richer Raisin Indian Darker Skin Review Swatch FOTD Makeup Beauty Blog
Clinique Chubby Stick - Richer Raisin - Swatch
On my skin, this shows up as a sheer brown with a hint of plum to it.
Clinique Chubby Stick Richer Raisin Indian Darker Skin Review Swatch FOTD Makeup Beauty Blog
Clinique Chubby Stick - Richer Raisin - FOTD
This is a darker tint so it does show up even on my pigmented lips.  It is still just a sheer tint and offer much in terms of covering up anything on the lips.

While I do wish I had waited a day or two and picked up some of the newer Chubby Intense, I really do like these older Clinique Chubby Sticks quite a lot.  The formula has been awesome at keeping my lips flake-free and moisturized.  Richer Raisin, in particular, is a darker tint and a perfect rich plum-brown shade for the cooler winter months. Used on it's own, the color doesn't stay around much, but I use this under some of the drier lipsticks of a similar shade, and my lips have been having a pretty smooth winter so far :D

Nov 28, 2012

Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum: Review

Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum (available here) captures the irresistible charm of a mysterious and intensely sensual woman. Captivating and caressing, Jasmin Noir is a rich mix of voluptuous floral and precious woody notes with accents of almond and licorice. This infinitely addictive essence is sublimely revealed by jasmine, a flower whose beauty is as pure as it is tantalizing. This scent embodies the very heart of the Bvlgari brand, reflecting the richest and noblest codes of a luxury jewelry legacy. The deep black and luminous gold bottle beautifully honors the heritage of prestigious allure.

Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum Designer Fragrance Perfume for Women Reviews Ingredients Fall Winter EDP Indian Makeup Beauty Blog

Bvlgari Jasmin Eau de Parfum Fragrance Notes

Green Sap, Gardenia Petals, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Satiny Almond, Precious Wood, Licorice, Tonka Bean Absolute.  Style:  Seductive. Sophisticated. Refined.

Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum Designer Fragrance Perfume for Women Reviews Ingredients Fall Winter EDP Makeup Indian Beauty Blog

The Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum is a warm woody floral with hints of almond and licorice and with no cloying sweetness to it.  The opening notes, to me, are definitely jasmine and gardenia, but with a hint of green to it - not a fruity green, but a more leafty/tree green.  Notes of almond and tonka bean mix in with a hint of woodiness as the fragrance settles into the skin.  The overall effect is quite sophisticated and grown-up, and despite being a "Noir" this is definitely a fragrance that can be worn on a cool winter day just as easily as in the night. Over 2 to 3 hours, the notes fade quite a bit but blend in beautifully and linger on as a soft hint on the skin as the fragrance dries down.  Bvlgari Jasmin Noir is an easy to wear floral and a definite must-try if you love jasmine-based fragrances.

Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum - Ingredients

Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum Designer Fragrance Perfume for Women Reviews Ingredients Fall Winter EDP Makeup Indian Beauty Blog
Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum - Ingredients

Nov 26, 2012

Karl for Shu Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek Palette: Swatches, FOTD, Review

Karl for shu Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek Palette (available here) - $65

Once upon a time, while the town was being decorated for Christmas, a small miracle took place in the atelier of Karl Lagerfeld's castle - "mon shu girl" - mon shu girl escaped from his sketchbook - a "dessin" came to life!  Spreading colorful times and holiday sparkle to girls all around the world, mon shu girl dons Karl Lagerfeld's iconic look and awakens the sleeping beauty that lies deep within.  This holiday season, shu umera and Karl Lagerfeld send a miracle of color and beauty that is a gift for every girl.

Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye Cheek Palette Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection Eyeshadows Blush Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients Review FOTD Looks
Wearing the Khaki Eyeshadow from the Karl for shu Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek Palette and the Glow-On Blush.
The Karl for Shu smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek Palette features a luxurious mix of classic and modern colors in limited edition colors and case inspired by Karl Lagerfeld himself.  Chic colors and velvety smooth textures create a mesmerizing beauty inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s fashion designs.  The palette features an inner mirror with a charming touch - mon shu girl’s shadow appears as a translucent silhouette.  The ‘SUKL’ logo and graphic red and black dots are embossed on eye shadow.  The mon shu girl appears against a classic red background on the palette case setting the tone for this moody palette.

Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye Cheek Palette Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection Eyeshadows Blush Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients Review FOTD Looks
Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye Cheek Palette Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection Eyeshadows Blush Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients Review FOTD Looks
Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye Cheek Palette Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection Eyeshadows Blush Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients Review FOTD Looks

The Karl for shu Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek Palette includes 5 eyeshadows and 1 blush:
  • Silky smooth eye shadow in glitter black and deep khaki (2, 3)
  • Pressed eye shadow accents in elegant light silver, mint green, glitter beige (3, 4, 5)
  • Dusty rose glow-on blush (6) on the cheek to give an impression of sophistication.
Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye Cheek Palette Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection Eyeshadows Blush Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients Review FOTD Looks
Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye Cheek Palette Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection Eyeshadows Blush Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients Review FOTD Looks
Also included in the Karl for shu Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek palette are 2 small applicators:
1 sponge-tipped applicator and a dual-ended brush.

Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek Palette - Swatches/FOTD

The Karl for shu eye and cheek palette in Smoky Velvet has a mix of 2 silky smooth satin-shimmer eyeshadows and 2 predominantly glitter eyeshadow accents in silver and gold.  The lone matte eyeshadow is a matte pale mint green shade.  The first two shades - black and khaki green  - are buttery smooth, intensely pigmented, and have fine shimmer scattered throughout yet are easy to blend.  The two eyeshadow accents are mostly glitter and are best applied by patting down the color on the skin.  The minty matte shade works well as a highlighter shade as well as for blending along the crease.  The sixth shade is a dusty rose blush that is insanely pigmented and definitely one of the longest-lasting blushes I have come across!  Here's a look at the swatches.

Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye Cheek Palette Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection Eyeshadows Blush Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients Review FOTD Looks
Karl Lagerfeld for shu umera Smoky Velvet Eye Cheek Palette Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection Eyeshadows Blush Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients Review FOTD Looks
Karl for shu Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek Palette - FOTD
Used the Khaki eyeshadow all over the lid and the Black shadow toward the outer corner.  Used the mint green to blend alogn the crease and under the brow.  Black shadow also used along the lower lash line.  Glow-on blush on the cheeks, though, that's mostly hidden thanks to my hair :P
Additional makeup used:  L'Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Nature's Blush
Smashbox Onyx eyeliner along waterline
Chanel Inimitable Intense mascara
Korres Quercetin and Oak Face Primer
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in BA54
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Hightlighting Concealer (Honey)
My favorite from the palette has to be the blush - just a tiny bit of the blush gives tons of colour, and it just stays on and on.  Among the eyeshadows, as someone who loves a smoky eye, I have to pick the khaki and black as my winners.  The khaki eyeshadow is so soft, it's almost like a cream eyeshadow but also needs a heavy-duty primer to stay in place on my oily lids.  The Karl for shu palette does the grown-up version of shimmer - it's sparkly yet doesn't fly around the face and in a way is quite subdued!  The two shadow accents in gold and shimmer would work great as an all-over-lid sheer wash or can be used to add  a touch of sparkle to a darker eye.  My one complaint with this palette would be the size of the blush - the only brush that fits into the pan is the one included in the palette, which makes application and blending a bit difficult.

With it's unique packaging and a fun mix of colours, the Karl for shu Smoky Velvet Eye and Cheek palette would make a great holiday gift for anyone who appreciates a bit of colour and sparkle this time of the year!

Product provided for review.

Nov 23, 2012

Crabtree Evelyn JoJoba Oil Body Lotion: Review

Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil Body Lotion (available here) - This sheer moisturising body lotion, blended with first-pressed golden jojoba oil - Simmondsia chinesis - a desert botanical well known for its skin moisturizing properties, and sweet almond oil and oat extract, leaves skin feeling soft and supple.  The formula absorbs easily, is moisturizing and conditioning, and has a fragrance that is a blend of lavender and green herbs with a hint of citrus.

Crabtree Evelynn Skincare Jojoba Oil Body Lotion Ingredients Review Indian Makeup Beauty Blog

I am a huge fan of Crabtree & Evelyn, and their hand (and foot) creams and scrubs are some of my favorite skincare products.  Buoyed by my generally positive experience so far, I picked up a few products from the Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil range hoping they would work great for my dry skin.  The Jojoba Oil Body Lotion is a slightly runny lotion with a sharp herbal-soapy smell to it.  The smell isn't too bad I suppose, but it's not something I am fond of - smells just too much like some generic hotel soap, imo.

Crabtree Evelynn Skincare Jojoba Oil Body Lotion Ingredients Review Indian Makeup Beauty Blog

The Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil body lotion is incredibly light and fast absorbing, leaves absolutely no trace of greasy residue, yet is quite moisturizing.  This would make a great moisturizer for the summers for any skin type, and if you have normal skin, this would be quite nice even in the winters.  Even with my dry skin type, I find this jojoba oil infused moisturizer quite moisturizing during these cooler months.  This is a lotion, though, and is meant to be light, and if you are looking for some serious hydration for the drier bits like feet and elbows - get a body butter or a cream.

Crabtree and Evelyn Jojoba Oil Body Lotion - Ingredients

Crabtree Evelynn Skincare Jojoba Oil Body Lotion Ingredients Review Indian Makeup Beauty Blog
Crabtree and Evelyn Jojoba Oil Body Lotion - Ingredients
The Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil Body Lotion might have been the perfect body lotion - light yet moisturizing - but I amn't a huge fan of the fragrance especially considering it's from Crabtree & Evelyn - I just expect their products to smell so much better than this.

Yes, I know...the typos...I am sorry but I will change them soon as I get the time to :P

MORE FROM CRABTREE  & EVELYNN
Crabtree and Evelyn Rosewater Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy Cream
Crabtree and Evelyn Citron Creme and Honey Lip Butter
Crabtree and Evelyn Scented Teddy Bear
Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy Cream
Crabtree and Evelyn 60-Second Fix for Hands
Crabtree and Evelyn 60-Second Fix for Feet
Crabtree and Evelyn 60-Second Fix for Hands - La Source
Crabtree and Evelyn Iris Body Cream 

Nov 22, 2012

Les Expressions de Chanel Makeup Collection - Swatches

Les Expressions de Chanel Makeup Collection (available here) - The star of this new collection from Chanel is, of course, the Le Volume de Chanel Mascara (available in coral, plum and brown expressions) but also included are 3 eyeshadow quads - Intution, Eclosion, Variation - and 3 Ligne Graphique eyeliners- Purple, Noir, and Platine.  The collection launched online on the Chanel website quite recently but the products have been available for a while, at least at Nordstrom in stores.  Here's a look at some of the products/swatches from this collection.

Les Expressions de Chanel - Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette - Intution

Les Expressions de Chanel Makeup Collection 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette Intution Swatches Indian Beauty Blog
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow - Intution - Swatches

Les Expressions de Chanel - Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette - Variation

Les Expressions de Chanel Makeup Collection 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette Variation Swatches Indian Beauty Blog
Les Expressions de Chanel - Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow - Variation

Les Expressions de Chanel - Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette - Eclosion

Les Expressions de Chanel Makeup Collection 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette Eclosion Swatches Indian Beauty Blog
Les Expressions de Chanel - Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow - Eclosion

Les Expressions de Chanel - Ligne Graphique de Chanel - Liquid Eyeliner Intensity Definition
Noir, Purple, Platine

Les Expressions de Chanel Makeup Collection Ligne Graphique de Chanel Liquid Eyeliner Intensity Noir Purple Platine Swatches Indian Beauty Blog
Les Expressions de Chanel - Ligne Graphique de Chanel - Swatches (L to R)
Noir, Purple, Platine
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Nov 21, 2012

The Sneak Peek Edition Vol. 2: Sephora Birthday Gift - Mini Fresh Sugar Kisses Lip Treatment Duo

A pair of trial-size lip treatments that nourish, protect, and perfect your pout while leaving a hint of color.  What it does:  This pair of tinted lip treatments provides the ultimate lip care with a blend of softening sugar, moisturizing meadowfoam, black currant seed oils, and antioxidant-rich vitamins.  Ideal for trial, travel, or gifting, these award-winning formulas allow for buildable coverage to customize sheer or rich hues.

The mini Fresh Sugar Kisses lip duo is the 2012 Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift - I don't remember what it was last year, never did get it - so this is the first time I am getting a BI birthday gift.  While the Fresh lip treatments are some of the more popular lip balms, I hadn't tried one until I got this set, and now these are my absolute favorite balms (have already picked up the lip scrub).  I will review these balms some other time, but for now, here's a sneak peek at my very delayed birthday gift!

Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Treatment Duo SPF 15 Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift Rose Tinted Balm Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Photos Ingredients
Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Treatment Duo SPF 15 Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift Rose Tinted Balm Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Photos Ingredients
Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Treatment Duo SPF 15 Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift Rose Tinted Balm Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Photos Ingredients
Mini Fresh Sugar Kisses Lip Treatment Duo  - Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift
Mini Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (L) and Mini Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (R).  Both lip balms come have SPF 15, and at least the plain one I have tried so far doesn't have any weird sunscreen taste or smell to it.

Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Treatment Duo SPF 15 Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift Rose Tinted Balm Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Photos Ingredients
Fresh Sugar Kisses Lip Treatment Duo - Ingredients
Of all the things that I have discovered with moving to the US, Sephora has to be one of my favorites...I do hope Sephora India has similar offers and, of course, online shopping!

Previously on Sneak Peek:  Dior New Look Set at Sephora

Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in Grege - Review, Swatches, FOTD (Part of the New Look Set from Sephora)

Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in Grege (available at Sephora) - A sleek compact containing five expertly coordinated shades for the ultimate modern eye.  Dior re-invents the classic 5-Colour Eyeshadow with new formulas and shades! These versatile palettes can easily create a range of customized looks for day and night. The incredibly soft, melting texture glides over the eyelid, creating a smudgeproof application. The highly pigmented formula creates an ultra-graphic look that's buildable in color intensity.

Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Grege 734 New Looks Set Sephora Indian Darker Skin Swatches Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD FOTD
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Grege 734 New Looks Set Sephora Indian Darker Skin Swatches Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD FOTD

The Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in Grege (734) that I am reviewing here is the better half of the Dior New Look Set from Sephora - the Dior New Look mascara that's the other half of the set is quite okay though I won't be buying it again, but this mini palette included in the set more than makes up for any issues with the mascara.  The colours included in this palette are all neutral, wearable colours that have an almost matte finish.  There is a slight bit of a sheen to the colours, and the finish isn't chalky or dull.  Over a primer, the colours last the whole day with no creasing or fading.  Scroll on for photos, swatches, and FOTD.

Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Grege 734 New Looks Set Sephora Indian Darker Skin Swatches Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD FOTD
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Grege 734 New Looks Set Sephora Indian Darker Skin Swatches Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD FOTD
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in Grege 734- Part of the New Look set from Sephora
This palette might differ from the regular-sized version of the 5 Couleur palette in Grege (the texture of the shadows might be different, but I haven't checked).

Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Grege 734 New Looks Set Sephora Indian Darker Skin Swatches Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD FOTD
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in Grege 734 - Part of the New Look set from Sephora - Swatches
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Grege 734 New Looks Set Sephora Indian Darker Skin Swatches Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD FOTD
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in Grege 734 - Part of the New Look set from Sephora - Swatches
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette Grege 734 New Looks Set Sephora Indian Darker Skin Swatches Makeup Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches EOTD FOTD
Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow in Grege 734 - Part of the New Look set from SephoraUsed the Grey shade (3) over the lid and the darker brown (4) to blend along the crease.  Cream shade (2) used below brow.
Additional makeup used:  Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx
Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing MascaraKorres Quercetin and Oak Face Primer
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in BA54
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting concealer under eyes
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush - Malice
Chanel Troublant Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss on the lips
At $59 for the regular sizes, the Dior 5 Couleur palettes sit firmly on the expensive side of the fence, and I have not tried any of those to comment on the quality.  As part of the $28.50 New Look set (for some reason, Sephora lists the shade as Royal Khaki) though, the 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette in Grege is an absolutely steal :D

Nov 19, 2012

Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods Body Butter - Review

Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods Body Butter (available here) - Moisturize skin with a luxurious trio of sweet apricot nectar, delicate mimosa petals and Tuscan cypress combined with skin-loving shea and murumuru butters, coconut oil and antioxidants. Our exclusive formula creates a rich and creamy formula that leaves skin noticeably soft and radiant. This exclusive formula is supercharged with an dvanced blend of Pro-Vitamin B, CO Q10 and antioxidant Vitamins C and E. The award-winning Twilight Woods, a hypnotic blend of apricot nectar, mimosa petals and Tuscan cypress inspired by the enticing warmth of woods at twilight.  Key Fragrance Notes: Juicy Berry, Sparkling Mandarin, Coconut.

Bath Body Works Tw-ght Woods Body Butter Review Ingredients Dry Skincare Moisturizer Indian Makeup Beauty Blog
Bath Body Works Tw-ght Woods Body Butter Review Ingredients Dry Skincare Moisturizer Indian Makeup Beauty Blog

The Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods body butter was one of the first products - wait, I think it is the first - I picked up from this brand.  The rich, creamy, woodsy-musky fragrance is what made me pick this, and the coconut oil listed high up in the ingredient list was just another bonus.  I thought this thick moisturizer would be perfect for the winters when my dry skin needs a heavy duty moisturizer, but as it turns out, despite being quite moisturizing, it is super-fast absorbing and doesn't leave a greasy film behind!  My skin stays hydrated the whole day, and the fragrance lasts and lasts forever.  My one problem, though, is that what seemed like a great fragrance when I picked it up does seem a tad too strong now - guess, my nose changed it's mind :P  That apart, it's quite a nice body butter, and if you don't mind perfumed body butters, do give this a try, epecially if you have drier skin.

Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods Body Butter - Ingredients

Bath Body Works Tw-ght Woods Body Butter Review Ingredients Dry Skincare Moisturizer Indian Makeup Beauty Blog
Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods Body Butter - Ingredients
Ingredients copied out from the label.  Please cross-check for typos.

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx: Review, Swatch, FOTD

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx (available at Sephora) - $19

This waterproof, long-wearing eye pencil provides bold color that won't smudge or budge for up to eight hours. The creamy, easy-to-apply formula contains vitamin E and jojoba oil to moisturize and protect. The cap houses a unique built-in sharpener—so you'll always have the most precise application.  Formulated without parabens.

The Smashbox Onyx is a matte black eyeliner, and true to it's claims, it does stay on pretty strong on my eyes.  While not as black as my favorite, UD Perversion, this comes close in terms of pigmentation and is just as good when it comes to staying power.  Scroll on for photos and swatches!

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner Pencil Onyx Review Matte Black Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Swatches Review FOTD EOTD
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx - $19
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner Pencil Onyx Review Matte Black Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Swatches Review FOTD EOTD
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner Pencil Onyx Review Matte Black Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Swatches Review FOTD EOTD
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner - Onyx - Swatch
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner Pencil Onyx Review Matte Black Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Swatches Review FOTD EOTD
FOTD/EOTD - Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in OnyxAdditional makeup used
Eyes:  Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing mascara
Face:  Korres Quercetin & Oak Face Primer
Chanel Perfection Lumiere FoundationMaybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush - Malice
Lips:  NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Buenos Aires over Dior lipstick in Lady
The Smashbox Limitless eyeliner pencil in Onyx is a great choice for anyone looking for a matte black liner that stays on without too much of a fuss.  I love the UD Perversion, and it really is quite the deep, dark black, but I have been using Smashbox for the past couple of days, and I don't find myself missing the UD liner at all.  Sure, if I had to pick one, I would stick with UD, but Smashbox would be a close, and equally loved, second :)

Urban Decay The Dangerous Palette (Holiday 2012 Makeup) - Swatches

Urban Decay The Dangerous Palette (available at Sephora) - $36


A limited-edition palette with a cool, edgy vibe that includes six amazing shades of eye shadow and a complementary shade of Lip Junkie Lipgloss.  This palette includes deep jewel tones and seductive neutrals, including Deeper, a metallic dark brown with a bronze pearl, and Ace, a deep gray/blue shimmer — both Urban Decay staff favorites from the 15-Year Palette. This edgy set comes in a black zippered vinyl case with built-in mirror and a silver dagger design.  Formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrocheicals, phthalates, triclosan, or GMOs.

urban decay dangerous eyeshadows palette swatches indian makeup beauty blog holiday 2012 collection gravity deeper mushroom ace loaded evidence
Urban Decay The Dangerous Palette - Eyeshadow Swatches (L to R)
Gravity - deep violet shimmer with multi-colored micro-glitter
Loaded - deep metallic emerald shimmer
Evidence - deep navy blue shimmer

urban decay dangerous eyeshadows palette swatches indian makeup beauty blog holiday 2012 collection gravity deeper mushroom ace loaded evidence
Urban Decay The Dangerous Palette - Eyeshadow Swatches (L to R)
Deeper - metallic dark brown with bronze pearl
Mushroom - warm pale grey shimmer
Ace - deep gray/blue shimmer


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Urban Decay The Vice Palette: Swatches

Urban Decay The Vice Eyeshadow Palette (available at Sephora) -$59

A sophisticated palette all about eye shadow featuring 20 new Urban Decay shades created exclusively for this collection, this decadent collection of shades has a mix of mattes, satins, shimmers, neutrals, and brights, offering a lot of something for everyone.  From breathtaking gold to shimmery green to jet black satin, every shade contains Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendabilitly.  This sleek purple case is beautifully minimal and classic. Press to open and the dampened hinge slowly treats you to a glimpse of the booty inside. The palette also includes a large mirror and double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush.

Urban Decay The Vice Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

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Urban Decay The Vice Palette - Swatches (first row of eyeshadows)Desperation - greyish taupe brown matte-satin
Muse - dark reddish brown with golden and multi shimmer
Jagged - matte black base with gold metallic
Blitz - Bright gold metallic
Penny Lane - bronze metallic w/gold glitter
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Urban Decay The Vice Palette - Swatches (second row of eyeshadows)Junkie - dark green-blue with gold shimmer
Chaos - vibrant royal blue with very subtle shimmer)
Unhinged - electric turquoise blue metallic
Occupy - dark grey-blue metallic
Black Market - dark charcoal black matte-satin
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Urban Decay The Vice Palette - Swatches (third row of eyeshadows)
Provocateur - light greyish pink with lots of multi-glitter
Rapture - dark greyish purple with multi-shimmer
Vice - dark eggplant with subtle red shimmer
Noise - dark reddish-pink metallic with big gold glitter
Armor - greyish brown metallic with silver micro-glitter
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Urban Decay The Vice Palette - Swatches (fourth row of eyeshadows)
Nevermind - light taupe-brown shimmer
Echo Beach - light wheat-champagne shimmer
Anonymous - light whitish-pink nude matte
Freebird - light peachy-pink with silver micro-glitter
Laced - pinky-taupe matte (that just won't show up on my skin!)
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