Dec 30, 2012

Gucci Guilty Intense Eau De Parfum: Review

Gucci Guilty Intense Eau de Parfum Spray (available here) - from $61

An intensified olfactory experience, Gucci Guilty Intense adds a twist to Gucci Guilty, making it more provocative and more sensual. Guilty Intense is a warm yet striking oriental floral, which opens to a natural rush that is mandarin - imbued with a modish transparency, shimmering alongside an audacious fist of pink pepper.  The middle notes and floral signature of the lilac flower have been enriched with violet accents and made even more feminine with hints of powdery notes.  Intensifying the alluring concoction of heady lilac and geranium gives Guilty Intense the vibrant burst of peach resulting in a feminine eau de parfum. The base of addictive patchouli and the unique ambery dry down have been greatly enhanced for a darker and more provocative trail.

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A flanker to the original Gucci Guilty, the packaging design is an enhanced, more opulent version of the original gold packaging.  The original's muted metallic casing has been transformed into a richer, more opulent gold, its precious amber juice becoming bolder and darker. The sleek fusion of bolder gold metal and smoky grey glass, the signature interlocking Gs a window onto a delicate amber juice; the flacon will prove as covetable an accessory as the latest Gucci bag.  The perfume bottle in the photos is a small bottle, part of a coffret, and the packaging is different from the predominantly gold regular-sized spray bottle.

Gucci Guilty Intense Eau de Parfum EDP Designer Perfume Fragrance for Women Deluxe Sampler Coffret Indian Beauty Makeup Blog Ingredients Reviews Best Winter Night Perfume Ingredients
Gucci Guilty Intense Eau de Parfum EDP Designer Perfume Fragrance for Women Deluxe Sampler Coffret Indian Beauty Makeup Blog Ingredients Reviews Best Winter Night Perfume Ingredients

Gucci Guilty Intense Eau de Parfum - Fragrance Notes

Notes:  Mandarin, Pink Pepper, Peach, Lilac, Geranium, Ambery Notes, Patchouli.
Style:  Audacious. Provocative. Alluring.
Guilty Intense is a perfect winter's day perfume.  A spicy floral with notes of patchouli and amber, this definitely won't be the first pick for anyone with a sensitive nose.  Despite being quite intense, Gucci Guilty Intense is a very grown-up rounded fragrance. The initial notes, immediately as I dab it on, are a bit sharp but settle down quite fast into a spicy floral with hints of sweetness from the violet.  The base notes of patchouli and amber soon float up adding a warmth and muskiness to the fragrance.  I love to add a few drops to my wrist, and that gives a much subtler, lingering effect to this perfume.  The perfume, despite being quite strong, doesn't really last the whole day on me, fading off by about 3 hours but never quite disappearing.  I would keep Gucci Guilty Intense for cooler winter days, but used sparingly, I think it would work just as well any time of the year - and of course, this would make a great evening/night time perfume.

Gucci Guilty Intense Eau de Parfum - Ingredients List

Gucci Guilty Intense Eau de Parfum EDP Designer Perfume Fragrance for Women Deluxe Sampler Coffret Indian Beauty Makeup Blog Ingredients Reviews Best Winter Night Perfume Ingredients

I haven't tried the original Gucci Guilty yet to compare this to, but I seem to love amber-patchouli bases and spicy fragrances, and Gucci Intense is definitely one of my favorites.

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How To: Dark Vampy Nail Trend For Winter/Fall

Darker nails, much like darker lipsticks make an appearance every year around the fall/winter season.  For a really long time, though, I won't even look at a darker nail colour.  I had tried a couple of plums and berries, and they just looked terribly dated and aging on my hands.  I would never have bothered going beyond the "safe" neutrals if not for a Lakme black nail polish I picked up instead of a liquid eyeliner.  I loved it, and I have been hooked to the dark nail trend ever since.  Black might not be everyone's first pick when it comes to a darker nail, but for a similar effect without the goth factor, a "vampy" shade would be just right.

How to Wear Best Dark Vampy Nail Polish Colours Indian Beauty Makeup Blog Favorite Chanel Malice Accessoire Rouge Noire Provocation Winter Fall Trend Fashion

From the deep, dark, reddish-browns, burgundy, and plums to purples, browns, and even black, I lump just every dark, almost-black nail polish into this category.  Done right, I think vampy nails can look quite classic, and doing it right definitely isn't rocket science.  Start with scrubbed, clean well-moisturized hands and follow these basic steps.

1. Don't skip the base coat...or the top coat.  Base coats are a good idea with any nail polish, but this gets more important with the darker colors as they tend to discolor nails faster.  Also, because even the teeniest chip is so much more obvious on that fabulous dark nail polish, optional but definitely a good idea is also following up with a top coat.

How to Wear Best Dark Vampy Nail Polish Colours Indian Beauty Makeup Blog Favorite Chanel Malice Accessoire Rouge Noire Provocation Winter Fall Trend Fashion
Currently using:  Essie All In One Base Coat and Sally Hansen Super Shine Top Coat
Wait for the base coat to dry completely before applying the nail polish to get the best finish.  Most times, I need at least 2 coats of a darker polish to get a good finish, and I apply each coat in thin layers and allow it to dry completely before adding on the next coat - and that's a safe rule to follow for all polishes!  Wait for the polish to dry completely and then finish off with a glossy, chip-resistant top coat.  I know I said a lot of "waits," and the next rule is just that!

2.  WAIT...some more!  Darker polishes tend to be thicker and dry slower, so if you want a perfect manicure, ensure that you have at least 20 minutes (to an hour) set aside where you won't be opening clutches and chopping fruits...or sleeping.  I have lost count of how many times I have woken up with "textured" nails!

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The only thing that works for me is to find a nice book and get reading - won't notice the time go by and I don't run the risk of ruining the wet polish.  Listening to music would work too - I tend to fall asleep that way, though, and we are back to the "textured nails" :P  Basically, stay hands-free for a good portion of an hour to keep your polish looking glossy and smooth.

3.  Keep it short and keep it clean.  This last one is sort of my personal preference.  I like to keep my nails short if I am sporting a darker nail color (okay, honestly, I like to keep them short all the time :P).  Recommended nail length:  About a 1/4 inch past the finger tip.  To avoid making the nail looks too stubby, keep the edges more rounded rather than a square tip.  Again, that's just my preference, but if you like longer nails and feel they look fabulous with that dark polish, go ahead!

How to Wear Best Dark Vampy Nail Polish Colours Indian Beauty Makeup Blog Favorite Chanel Malice Accessoire Rouge Noire Provocation Winter Fall Trend Fashion
On my nails:  Chanel Accessoire
Since dark polishes are so awfully difficult to get off and tend to stain the skin edges around the nails so easily, I leave a teeny tiny bit of gap all around the edge as I apply the nail polish.  Another tip for cleaner edges, run a thin brush dipped in an acetone-based nail polish remover along the edges to clean up.

That's it - just 3 simple rules (if you can call them rules) that really make pulling off that vampy nail polish so much easier.  As for my current favorite dark nail polishes - last year it was all darker grey/black nails with an occasional dark purple, but this year is all about deep dark plums, berries, and variations on the oddly named but oh-so-popular oxblood.

How to Wear Best Dark Vampy Nail Polish Colours Indian Beauty Makeup Blog Favorite Chanel Malice Accessoire Rouge Noire Provocation Winter Fall Trend Fashion
My favorite dark nail polishes this year
Chanel Provocation
Chanel Accessoire (looks quite different in the bottle/photo)
Chanel Rouge Noir
Chanel Malice
I tried a whole lot of Chanel nail polishes this year, starting with a lot of brighter/pastel shades and ending the year with some lovely dark ones.  Malice and Rouge Noir would definitely be my top picks for a perfect vampy nail, but every nail polish brand has at least a couple of lovely "vampies", so there is sure to be a color for everyone!

What about you - do you switch over to darker nails in the colder weather or do you prefer neutrals?  What's your favorite vampy shade?  Do share!

Dec 29, 2012

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss - Merveille (Printemps Precieux de Chanel Spring 2013 Makeup Collection)

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Merveille (available here) - $32

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.  Shades featured in the Printemps Precieux de Chanel Collection are Merveille and Attirance.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Lipgloss Merveille 69 Indian Beauty Blog Review Swatch FOTD Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Lipgloss Merveille 69 Indian Beauty Blog Review Swatch FOTD Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

Described as a lilac rosewood, Merveille is one of the two Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss released as part of the Printemps Precieux de Chanel Spring 2013 makeup collection.  The formula is very typical of the Rouge Extrait line - a thicker lipgloss with an almost colour payoff and a longer-lasting formula than regular lipglosses.  Merveille has very fine shimmer mixed in which adds to the shine factor (no shimmery glittery effect here - just an enhanced gloss).  The double-sided flocked applicator does make it a breeze to apply, though I just prefer using a lip brush to apply this to keep it cleaner.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Lipgloss Merveille 69 Indian Beauty Blog Review Swatch FOTD Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

Chanel Rouge Extrait de Gloss - Merveille - Swatch/FOTD

On me, I get more of the lilac-mauve shade than the rosewood.  I took a whole lot of photos because this seems different from a couple of swatches I have seen online, but it is how it looks on me and in the photos!  Anyway, moving on, the shimmer and the lilac base make this a slightly milky looking gloss on my lips.  It is quite opaque for a lipgloss and does quite well on its own, but I think I would prefer this on a darker base - like the Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutante.  Here's a look at the swatch and how it looks on me.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Lipgloss Merveille 69 Indian Beauty Blog Review Swatch FOTD Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Lipgloss Merveille 69 Indian Beauty Blog Review Swatch FOTD Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

I don't find this a very unique shade - Attirance might have been a better choice in that regard - but this is definitely a good choice if you like subtle mauve-pink shades.  The lipgloss itself is nondrying and does stay around much longer than regular lipglosses.  I prefer using this over a darker base - either a lipliner or a lipstick - to avoid looking too washed out.

MORE FROM CHANEL SPRING 2013 MAKEUP COLLECTION
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Fracas
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Emprise
Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Accessoire
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush:  Frivole

Dec 28, 2012

Clarins Alcohol Free Toning Lotion with Chamomile: Review

Clarins Alcohol-Free Toning Lotion with Camomille (available here) - $21

This toning lotion soothes, moisturizes, and creates a refreshed look as it restores the natural pH balance to skin.  Alcohol-free formula allergy-tested formula contains chamomile that helps soothe skin, linden to stimulate microcirculation, and vitamins A ,B, and E to revitalize, soften, and protect skin.
Recommended for Normal to Dry Skin Types.


Clarins Alcohol-Free Toning Lotion with Chamomile Sensitive Normal Dry Skincare Toner Review Indian Beauty Blog
Clarins Alcohol-Free Toning Lotion with Chamomile Sensitive Normal Dry Skincare Toner Review Indian Beauty Blog

I have always wanted to try out Clarins skincare products, and when I saw the Clarins 7 Wonders Skincare kit at Macys I just had to give it a try.  The first product I am trying out is the Clarins Alcohol-Free Toning Lotion with Chamomile.  With the drier winter air, I have been getting teeny tiny dry patches on my face, and this seemed perfect to add a bit of moisture back into my skin.  The toner has a mild, pleasant smell to it that is instantly refreshing without being too strong.  I use this after my regular face wash - a few drops on cotton and wipe my face and neck.  My skin looks and feels instantly fresher, and this does add that teeny bit of a moisture boost.  I wait a minute for it to soak into my skin and follow up with my moisturizer.  I haven't really seen any drastic difference in terms of my skin's appearance, but I wasn't expecting anything of that sort from this toner.  All I want is some extra moisture to soothe the slight dry flakiness that I was getting, and the Clarins toner helps with that.  I haven't had any breakouts so far with it, either, which is a huge plus for my sensitive skin.  Overall, I would recommend this if you are looking for a mild toner to add to your daily skincare routine - just don't expect any miracles for it - it's just a toner!

Clarins Alcohol-Free Toning Lotion with Chamomile - Ingredients

Clarins Alcohol-Free Toning Lotion with Chamomile Sensitive Normal Dry Skincare Toner Review Indian Beauty Blog

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Dec 27, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pink and Red Makeup Collection - Swatches

Bobbi Brown Pink & Red Makeup Collection (available here)

The Pink & Red Collection isn't about matching lips, cheeks and nails. It's about deliberately mismatching. Color blocking and unexpected combinations - a very modern mix.  The collection includes:
  •  Bobbi Creamy Matte Lip Color - Heart, Hot ($24 each)
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss - Cherry, Pretty in Pink ($23 each)
  • Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint - Sheer Cherry, Sheer Pink ($26 each)
  • Bobbi Brown Nail Polish - Pink Valentine, Valentine Red ($18 each)

Bobbi Brown Pink & Red Makeup Collection - Swatches
Matte Lipstick - Heart and Hot

Bobbi Brown Pink Red Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Creamy Matte Lipstick Color Heart Hot Lipgloss Pretty in Pink Cherry
Bobbi Brown Pink and Red Makeup Collection - Swatches (L to R)
Creamy Matte Lipstick - Heart, Hot
Lipgloss - Cherry, Pretty in Pink

Bobbi Brown Pink and Red Makeup Collection - Swatches
Sheer Color Cheek Tint - Sheer Cherry and Sheer Pink

Bobbi Brown Pink Red Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Swatches Sheer Color Cheek Tint Cream Blushes Stick Cerry Pink
Bobbi Brown Pink and Red Makeup Collection - Swatches (L to R)
Sheer Color Cheek Tint - Sheer Cherry, Sheer Pink

Bobbi Brown Pink and Red Makeup Collection - Swatches
Nail Polish - Valentine Red and Pink Valentine


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Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Envoutante (Spring 2013 Makeup Collection): Review, Swatch, FOTD

Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Lipstick Envoutante (available here) - $34

The next generation of Rouge Allure Intense dresses lips with unmistakable attitude.  The formula includes concentrated, ultra-thin pigments to offer radically intense color with full coverage and a satin finish, leaving lips supple and protected with lasting comfort.  Shades featured in the Printemps Precieux de Chanel Collection are Fantasque, Preciesue, and Envoutante.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick Indian Beauty Blog Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Berry Plum Dark Colour Envoutante 116 Review Swatch FOTD Looks

I have not been terribly enthusiastic about Chanel's recent offerings on the lipstick front, but curiosity wins over levelheadedness every single time.  Chanel Rouge Allure Intense lipstick in Envoutante is just another such case.  Part of the Printemps Precieux de Chanel Spring 2013 Makeup Collection, Envoutante is described as a shimmering violet plum, and that's just what it is.  Scary dark in the tube but sheers out considerably on swatches/lips.  In the store lighting at least, the colour looked like it would be a nice berry/plum shade for my darker skin.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick Indian Beauty Blog Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Berry Plum Dark Colour Envoutante 116 Review Swatch FOTD Looks

The lipstick has fine silver and violetish shimmer scattered throughout the deep plum base.  Typical of most Chanel lipsticks with shimmers in them, this too is very subdued and almost nonexistent on the lips and swatches.  That to me is a huge plus point, but if you like a fair sprinkling of the shiny things, you might want to swatch in store before buying.

Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Lipstick - Evoutante - Swatch/FOTD

As I mentioned earlier, the color does sheer out quite a bit on application, but the light-weight formula allows the intensity to be beautifully built up to a deeper shade on the lips if you want to.  The shimmer is really not visible unless I go really close and check for it, but it adds a bit of a glossiness to the lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick Indian Beauty Blog Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Berry Plum Dark Colour Envoutante 116 Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick Indian Beauty Blog Printemps Precieux Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Berry Plum Dark Colour Envoutante 116 Review Swatch FOTD Looks

On me, I find this a little difficult shade to wear.  Despite being sheerer than what it looks like in the tube, Envoutante is still a darker shade than what I generally wear.  Apart from the comfort factor, though, I also feel such shades do better with a perfect skin/base - something I am yet to learn - and can look a bit aging, otherwise.  This is just my personal opinion based on what it looks like on me.  I have a friend back in India who always wears these darker shades, and they look amazing on her.  She is a tad darker than I am and has beautiful glowing skin (so jealous!), but that just proves my point!  Texture-wise, the Rouge Allure Intense lipsticks range from very to slightly drying on my lips depending on the color.  The darker shades go on beautifully and do last much longer than regular lipsticks (not through meals but don't disappear completely either), and they are much less drying than the lighter shades from this range - again, this is my opinion based on how it works on me (because a lot of people seem to love this formula).  Overall, a nice buy if you like sporting the darker, berry lip trend for the winters.  This also would work nicely sheered out as a stain for the summer/spring season.

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Fracas
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Emprise
Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder
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Dec 26, 2012

MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches

MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection (available here) - Gorgeous eyes, from sheer and ethereal for day to intense and illuminating for evening. Shadows in complementary tones offer pigmented effects for a season of creative colour play. 12 stunning shades spotlight the eyes making them glow with brilliant accents. 

MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Blue Willow, Sweet Acting, Jet Couture, and Flicker

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MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Blue Willow - Light icy blue
Sweet Acting - Midtone pink
Jet Couture - Charcoal Black
Flicker - Pastel yellow

MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Day Gleam, Jet Couture, and Blonde Streak

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MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Day Gleam - High pearl powder in NC30 shade
Jet Couture - Charcoal Black
Blonde Streak - Light Cream

MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Blue Willow, Enlightening, Smoky, and Angelic

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MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Blue Willow - Light icy blue
Enlightening - Deep Silver
Smoky - Deep silver blue
Angelic - Off white

MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Deeply Dashing, Day Gleam, and Smoky

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MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Deeply Dashing - High pearl powder in NW55 shade
Day Gleam - High pearl powder in NC30 shade
Smoky - Deep silver blue

MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Amethyst, Light Touch, Sweet Acting, and Deeply Dashing

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MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Amethyst - Purple with silver undertone
Light Touch - High pearl powder in W10 shade
Sweet Acting - Midtone pink
Deeply Dashing - High pearl powder in NW55 shade

MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Angelic, Enlightening, and Blonde Streak

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MAC Pressed Pigments Makeup Collection - Swatches
Angelic - Off white
Enlightening - Deep Silver
Blonde Streak - Light Cream
Also included in this collection:  215 Medium Shader Brush

P.S:  I don't use MAC foundation, but I have been told my skin would fall in the NC45 range.  Links have been provided for information only and are NOT affiliate links.

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MAC Apr├Ęs Chic Collection (available here) - Natural glamour is effortlessly in its element with MAC's face and color collection to heat up winter looks.  Included in the collection are
  • 5 shades of Mineralize eyeshadows (Ice, Winter Pursuit, Silver Birch, Frost at Midnight, and Fireside)
  • 2 shades of Mineralize Skinfinish (Stereo Rose and Porcelain Pink)
  • 3 Mineralize Blush (Amber Glow, Alpine Bronze, and Gentle)
  • 5 Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm (Stay Warm, Slightly Nude, Pure & Tender, Nice & Simple, and Rosy Romance)
  • 5 shades of lipsticks (Hot Chocolate, Apres Chic, Haute Attitude, Cozy Up, and Warm Companion)
  • 2 Nail Laquer (Hangin' Loose and Dangerously Fun)
  • Also introduces Pro Longwear Eye Liner in 5 shades (Black Ice, Rich Experience, Mountain Air, Night Trail, and Snow Shadow)

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Mineralize Eyeshadows
Silver Birch, Winter Pursuit, Fireside, Frost at Midnight, Ice

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection Spring 2013 Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Swatches Eyeshadows Silver Birch Winter Pursuit Fireside Frost at Midnight Ice
MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Mineralize Eyeshadows
Silver Birch - Grey base with peach veining
Winter Pursuit - Copper base with grey
Fireside - Deep plum with grey evening
Frost at Midnight - Deep blue/grey base with purple veining
Ice - Light peach base with white veining

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Pro Longwear Eyeliner Pencils
Mountain Air, Rich Experience, Black Ice, Night Trail, Snow Shadow

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection Spring 2013 Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Swatches Pro Longwear Eyeliner Pencils Mountain Air Rich Experience Night Trail Black Ice Snow Shadow
MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Pro Longwear Eyeliner Pencils
Mountain Air - Vibrant Teal
Rich Experience - True BrownBlack Ice - Rich Black
Night Trail - Deep Navy Blue
Snow Shadow
- Purple Violet
Buried Treasure - Powerpoint Eye Pencil (swatched..err..by mistake :P)

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Lipsticks
Hot Chocolate, Apres Chic, Cozy Up, Haute Attitude, Warm Companion

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection Spring 2013 Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Swatches Lipsticks Warm Companion Haute Attitude Cozy Up Apres Chic Hot Chocolate
MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Lipsticks
Warm Companion - Beige with gold pearl
Haute Attitude - Midtone blue pink

Cozy Up - Deep caramel
Apres Chic - Pinky brick red
Hot Chocolate - Dirty Plum

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm
Stay Warm, Slightly Nude, Rosy Romance, Pure & Tender, Nice & Simple

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection Spring 2013 Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Swatches Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm Stay Warm Slightly Nude Rosy Romance Pure Tender Nice Simple
MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm
Stay Warm - Creamy light pink
Slightly Nude - Nudey coral with subtle pink
Rosy Romance - Bluish plum with subtle pink pearl
Pure & Tender - Plumy creamy nude
Nice & Simple - Bronzy gold with multidimensional pearl

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Mineralize Blush
Amber Glow, Alpine Bronze, Gentle

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection Spring 2013 Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Swatches Mineralize Blushes Amber Glow Alpine Bronze Gentle
MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Mineralize Blush
Amber Glow - Warm peach
Alpine Bronze - Midtone caramel
Gentle - Raspberry with gold pearl

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Mineralize Skinfinish
Porcelain Pink, Stereo Rose

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection Spring 2013 Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Swatches Mineralize Skinfinish Powders Porcelain Pink Stereo Rose
MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Mineralize Skinfinish
Porcelain Pink - Soft pinky coral with gold veining
Stereo Rose - Coral with golden/bronze shimmering nuances

MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Nail Lacquer
Hangin' Loose, Dangerously Fun

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MAC Apres Chic Makeup Collection - Swatches - Nail Lacquer
Dangerously Fun - Berry toned blue red
Hangin' Loose -Dirty pink nude
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P.S:  I don't use MAC Foundations, but I have been told I would fall somewhere in the NC45 range.  Links have been provided for information only and are NOT affiliate links.

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Dec 24, 2012

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole (Printemps Precieux de Chanel Spring 2013 Makeup Collection)

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole (available here) - $43

This unique powder blusher imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks.  Remarkably silky texture for easy application and subtle shading.  Accentuate cheekbones for a youthful look.  Softer tones around the eyes soften expression and rejuvenate.  The shade Frivole is part of the Printemps Precieux de Chanel Collection for spring 2013.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks

The newest Chanel Joues Contraste blush Frivole is a bright-ish orangey-apricot blush, and unlike the other Chanel blushes I have tried so far, this seems mostly matte - well, completely matte to me, but I have read reviews stating there is some shimmer somewhere. The packaging is the usual black compact with a small brush included.  

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks

Depending on the light, Frivole looks almost orangey to a paler apricot in the pan. On swatches, the colour is incredibly easy to blend - I still haven't found the shimmer - and the color looks is a soft apricot-peach combination on my skin tone.  The blush is pigmented, but the colour itself is not too bright and the overall effect is quite subtle on my skin.  I can build up the colour, if I want to, but it  stays soft rather than a brighter, intense orange that I was expecting it to be.  To me, this is definitely a spring-time blush - the subtle flush of peach won't be my first pick for the December weather.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole - Swatch/FOTD

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole (applied quite generously to show up up in the photo :P)
Additional Makeup Used:  Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad, Chanel Noir Intense Eyeliner
Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara, L'Oreal Nature's Blush lipstick
It's only been a few days since I bought this blush, and I am still undecided on whether I like it or not.  I was expecting it to be much more pigmented, but at least on my skin tone, it's anything but pigmented!  I love natural-looking, subtle flushes of colour, but with the weather being all gloomy and dull of late, I am really not in a mood for barely visible blushes.  Plus, I miss the beautiful shimmer that Joues Contraste blushes usually have.  Frivole blends beautifully, and even when I packed on a ton of it to show up in the photos, it didn't look the slightest bit cakey in real life!  This is an insanely early Spring makeup collection, so I should probably wait and watch - by March I just might be head over heels in love with Frivole :D 

On the bright side, the lack of shimmer means it pairs beautifully with the Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating powder to give a fabulous glow.  For lighter skin tones, I think this would be an easy way to wear peach/orange shades that get popular every year around spring and summer.

Also part of the Chanel Spring 2013 lineup
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Accessoire
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Fracas
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Emprise

Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover: Review

Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover - This 100% oil-free formula gently and effectively removes washable mascara and eye makeup without oily residue.  For best results, slightly moisten a cotton ball or tissue with the remover. Gently press and hold for several seconds against your closed eyelid. Gently wipe off. Rinse eye area with water. Wait five seconds then wipe with tissue.

Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil Free Makeup Remover Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

The Maybelline Expert Eyes 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover hopped into my shopping basket on a random Target trip some time back.  I rarely, if ever, use waterproof makeup, so something mild like this claims to be is quite sufficient for my needs.  Plus, it's inexpensively priced at about $4.  Using this is fairly easy - as directed, dispense on to cotton rounds and use to wipe off any eye makeup.  I always follow this with a face wash - my eyes get irritated quite easily and at the slightest excuse, so I prefer not to depend solely on a makeup remover for getting every bit of eye makeup out.

Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil Free Makeup Remover Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

I find this quite a gentle eye makeup remover - good in terms of not irritating my eyes with use - but it does take a bit of an extra effort to remove some of the more stubborn bits of makeup such as mascara or eyeliner, and as I mentioned earlier, I don't even use waterproof makeup.  It does remove all my eye makeup but does take a teeny bit longer than some of the other makeup removers I have tried.  I almost always use kohl liners and generous amounts of mascara, so I would prefer something a stronger.  Being oil-free, the Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil-Free Makeup Remover should be good for those who have issues with the film that oil-based removers can sometimes leave behind in the eyes, and if you use very light eye makeup, this might suit you just fine.

Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover - Ingredients

Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil Free Makeup Remover Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

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Sneak Peek Vol. 4: Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Sticks Holiday Gift Set

Clinique Whole Lotta Color Chubby Sticks Gift Set (available here) - $34.50

Five juicy shades of Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in a smile-worthy set.  Give lips mouth-watering moisture and a hint of soft shine. Five shades of award-winning Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm are just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth. This set features a beautiful range of bestselling shades to take you through the holiday season and beyond. Shades included in the set:  5 x 0.04 oz Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Oversized Orange, Curvy Candy, Richer Raisin, Chunky Cherry, Super Strawberry.

Clinique Makeup Whole Lotta Love Chubby Sticks Moiturizing Lip Balm Holiday Gift Set Orange Curvy Candy Richer Raisin Chunky Cherry Super Strawberry Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Clinique Makeup Whole Lotta Love Chubby Sticks Moiturizing Lip Balm Holiday Gift Set Orange Curvy Candy Richer Raisin Chunky Cherry Super Strawberry Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches Ingredients

Clinique Chubby Sticks have been around for a long time now.  Cute packaging (and name), moisturizing lip balm-like effect, and a sheer wash of colour have made the Chubbies quite popular.  I hadn't gotten around to trying them, though, and the Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Set seemed like a fun way to try out a bunch of Chubby Sticks.  These aren't the newer Intense version, are the regular/older versions and quite sheer in terms of pigmentation.  On my pigmented lips the darkest shade - Richer Raisin (review here) - shows up the best, but if you have moderate to no uneven pigmentation on your lips, these would give a lovely wash of colour.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Clinique Makeup Whole Lotta Love Chubby Sticks Moiturizing Lip Balm Holiday Gift Set Orange Curvy Candy Richer Raisin Chunky Cherry Super Strawberry Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Clinique Makeup Whole Lotta Love Chubby Sticks Moiturizing Lip Balm Holiday Gift Set Orange Curvy Candy Richer Raisin Chunky Cherry Super Strawberry Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Sticks Holiday Gift Set
Shades Included:  5 x 0.04 oz Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Oversized Orange, Super Strawberry, Curvy Candy, Richer Raisin, and Chunky Cherry.
Clinique Makeup Whole Lotta Love Chubby Sticks Moiturizing Lip Balm Holiday Gift Set Orange Curvy Candy Richer Raisin Chunky Cherry Super Strawberry Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Sticks Holiday Gift Set - Swatches
(L to R):  Chunky Cherry, Richer Raisin, Curvy Candy, Super Strawberry, and Oversized Orange.
I find these Chubby Sticks absolutely adorable, and they keep my lips from getting dry even in this winter air. While the colour payoff is almost negligible on my pigmented lips, I still like to use them under a drier lipstick of a similar shade or over it once the lipstick starts to fade off.  Do give these a try, especially if you like sheerer lip colour and/or don't have very pigmented lips.

Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Stick Set - Ingredients List

Clinique Makeup Whole Lotta Love Chubby Sticks Moiturizing Lip Balm Holiday Gift Set Orange Curvy Candy Richer Raisin Chunky Cherry Super Strawberry Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches Ingredients
Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Sticks Holiday Gift Set - Ingredients List
For anyone curious about it, Clinique's regular full-size Chubby Sticks are 0.1 oz and cost $16. The Chubby Sticks included in this set are about half the size at 0.04 oz, but there are 5 colours to try out, and I personally prefer smaller-sized makeup.  Plus, the packaging makes this a nice pick for gifting!

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