Jul 29, 2013

Must-Have Eyeshadows (Indian Darker Skin) - Bobbi Brown

Best Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows - Makeup Swatches - Indian Darker Skin

If I had to pick a favorite among all the makeup I have, I would have at least a dozen eyeshadows waiting to get on the list.  I rarely use more than 1 or 2 eyeshadows at a time, but I just cannot seem to give up on collecting them - especially if they are brown or taupe :P

Considering I like eyeshadows so much, I decided do a series with swatches from some of my favorite/must-have brands, but as it turns out with all my plans, things don't always work out the way they are supposed to.  So, the brand I am starting out with is one I don't own a single eyeshadow from - Bobbi Brown!  I had only tried the Bobbi Brown palettes so far, and I didn't find them pigmented enough to show up on my darker Indian skin.  Recently, though, I tried the single eyeshadows, and a lot of them seem quite good.  I haven't made up my mind on which ones to pick up, but for now, I got some swatches to share.

Jul 28, 2013

Beyonce Midnight Heat Eau de Parfum Spray

Beyonce Midnight Heat Eau de Parfum Spray - Review
Beyonce Midnight Heat Eau de Parfum Spray
(Product provided for review)

"I want women to feel sexy, strong, empowered and I want them to feel like they can conquer anything. When they walk into a room, I want them to feel like they can leave a lasting impression on everyone they walk past."  For BeyoncĂ©, fragrance is an essential accessory to highlight your inner radiance, confidence and sex appeal. Midnight Heat is the ultimate evening scent, sensual and enticing with just a hint of mystery.

DHC Olive Body Butter

DHC Olive Body Butter (available HERE) - $19
Product provided for review.

Wrap your skin in a decadent veil of hydration from seven botanicals: shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, squalane and argan oil. It hydrates and seals in moisture from natural emollients for ultra softness—from your fingers to your toes.  Smooth over skin daily after showering or whenever skin feels dry. Pay special attention to rough areas.

Jul 27, 2013

It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You! 6-Pc Antiaging Makeup Collection

It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You 6 Piece Antiging Makeup Collection - Photos - Swatches
It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Antiaging  Makeup Collection
(Sample provided for review)

It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You is a 6-piece antiaging collection that truly gives you the power to be Your Most Beautiful You!  It is perfect for anyone who wants to instantly conceal imperfections, diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on their face, blur away pores from view, and achieve a more radiant looking, flawless complexion.  Beginning Saturday July 27, 2013, at 10 p.m. for 24 hours only, The Shopping Channel’s “Today’s Showstopper” will feature these fabulous six must-have pieces that includes the cult favorite Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in a Supersize plus a brand new launch - Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain.  Here's a look at what's included in the collection and some swatches.

Jul 26, 2013

Sneak Peek Vol. 12: NARS Fairy Kiss and Ride Up to The Moon Eyeshadow Palettes (Fall 2013 Gifting Collection) - Photos, Swatches

NARS Fairys Kiss - Ride Up to The Moon Eyeshadow Palettes - Fall 2013 Gifting Collection - Photos Swatches
NARS Fairy's Kiss and Ride Up to The Moon Eyeshadow Palettes ($45 each)
Fall 2013 Gifting Collection

NARS Fall 2013 makeup collection includes a few gifting items, limited edition offerings - 2 new eyeshadow palettes and a specially designed makeup pouch.  I skipped the pouch, but I was more than happy to pick up both the eyeshadow palettes - Fairy's Kiss and Ride Up to The Moon.  The eyeshadows in these palettes include shades from NARS regular line of single and duo eyeshadows but, of course, in much smaller sizes.  The packaging on these palettes is the usual NARS rubberized black compact with the a mirror on one side and the shadows on the other, separated by a clear plastic cover that helps keep the powder from flying around.  I just got these palettes today, so here's a quick look at the shadows, photos, and swatches (reviews in a bit).

Jul 25, 2013

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow - Panama (566) - Photos, Swatch, Review, FOTD

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow - Panama 566 - Photos Swatch FOTD Review

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadows launched a while back, and I picked up a few colors - mostly brown neutrals - a while back.  I have been using them quite often too, but I just cannot seem to get around to reviewing them ever!  Never mind, baby steps, one shadow at a time - so the color I am reviewing today is the Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Panama (566).  The Diorshow Monos come in the classy Dior compact packaging with a useful-sized mirror inside, and the surface of the shadow features a tweed-Dior embossing on it.  I have been restricting myself to one teeny corner on the shadow to avoid spoiling the design, but it will have to go away eventually!  Also included in the packaging are two sponge applicators and a velvet pouch that holds the compact, both of which I seem to have misplaced already :P

Lady Gaga Fame Eau de Parfum Spray - Review

Lady Gaga Fame Eau de Parfum Perfume Spray - Review
Lady Gaga Eau de Parfum Spray (available HERE) - $19 - $65
Embrace Lady Gaga Fame, the sultry, black eau de parfum. First of its kind in fluid technology, it is black like the soul of Fame but invisible once airborne. This black fluid exudes a lustful, floral, fruity essence for fabulous little monsters.  Enriched with tears of belladonna, a black veil of incense, and pulverized apricot, this fragrance may cause illicit fits of extravagance, unrivalled rushes of adoration, and prolonged moments of ecstasy and rapture.

Jul 22, 2013

YSL Top Secrets BB Cream Skintone Perfector - Photos, Swatches

YSL Top Secrets BB Cream Skintone Perfector - Dark Light Medium - Photos Swatches
YSL Top Secrets all-in-one BB Cream Skintone Perfector (available HERE) - $50

Hydrate. Conceal. Correct. Protect. Prime.  YSL Top Secrets all-in-one BB Cream Skintone Perfector primes the skin to conceal imperfections with nonstop hydration for all complexions. SPF 25.  Available in 3 shades - Dark, Light, and Medium.  I was pretty excited about this product since I find YSL products, especially their foundations, awesome.  Turns out, though, it's only available in 3 shades - none of which are any sort of a match for my skin tone.  I did get some swatches, though, to share :D

YSL Fall 2013 City Drive Makeup Collection - Photos and Swatches

YSL Fall 2013 Citry Drive Makeup Collection - Photos - Swatches
YSL Fall 2013 Citry Drive Makeup Collection (available here) - Photos - Swatches
Electric hues and classic colors bring the YSL Fall 2013 Makeup Collection - City Drive - to life with looks that captures the alluring vitality of downtowns around the world and the thriving cultures that define them.  The collection is inpired by the extreme and edgy city girl who pulses within the city.  Inspired by the lights of the city and by the underground movements, she dares to wear Steel Chrome, Neon Green, Asphalt Black and Electric Blue for her eyes.

Jul 21, 2013

Bobbi Brown Telluride Glow Makeup Set (Nordstrom Beauty Exclusive) - Photos and Swatches

Bobbi Brown Telluride Glow Makeup Collection - Nordstrom Exclusive - Photos Swatches
Bobbi Brown Telluride Glow Makeup Set - Nordstrom Exclusive - $85
Inspired by Telluride, one of Bobbi's favorite vacation spots, this limited-edition set has everything a woman needs to transition her look effortlessly from summer to fall.  It features a 6-pan eyeshadow palette with matte, shimmery and metallic shades, Bobbi's award-winning Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Extreme Party Mascara, both in blackest black, shimmer-infused Bronzing Powder and Lip Gloss.

Jul 18, 2013

Bobbi Brown Navy and Nude Eye Palette - Swatches

A nude eye with a shot of navy liner is the epitome of cool for summer and beyond. Our latest palette is packed with eight skin tone-inspired shadows, including sparkle, shimmer and metallic shade - plus the perfect hue of inky blue (that doubles as an eyeliner). Featuring a double-decker compact with a marbleized look in cobalt and black.

Bobbi Brown Navy Nude Eye Palette Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches
Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette (Navy & Nude Makeup Collection) - $60

Guess Girl Eau de Toilette Spray

Guess Girl Eau de Toilette Perfume Spray - Review

Exciting, bold, sexy, playful—you’re guaranteed to get noticed when you enter the room wearing our newest fragrance. With a burst of vibrant fruits and rare flowers, Guess Girl teases the senses, leaving an irresistible and unforgettable impression.

• Top notes: Raspberry Nectar, Melon, Bergamot Mist
• Mid notes: Brazilian Paradise Orchid, Provence Acacia Flower, Lily
• Dry-down: Skin Musk, Natural Australian Sandalwood, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla

Jul 16, 2013

Sneak Peek Vol. 11: Dior Backstage Makeup Set

Dior Backstage Makeup Set - Stylish Move Eyeshadow Palette - VIP Pink Lipstick - Photos Swatches
Dior Backstage Makeup Set - $30
Product available at and provided c/o Izzy's Perfume and Beauty Shoppe

I love mini sizes of makeup products, I love reasonably priced makeup, and I generally love Dior makeup - so when I found the Dior Backstage Makeup Set at Izzy's Perfume and Beauty Shoppe, I was pretttttttttttttty excited.  The palette has mini sizes of two fabulous Dior products - Stylish Move 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette and Dior lipstick in VIP Pink - packed in a simple black pouch.  I have tried Dior minis before - Dior Grege eyeshadow palette in the Dior NewLook Set - and I was pretty sure I would be just as happy with this one too.

Jul 12, 2013

Nautica Aqua Rush Gold Eau de Toilette (For Men)

Nautica Aqua Rush Gold Eau de Toilette Perfume for Men - Review
Nautica Aqua Rush Gold Eau de Toilette - $65
A contemporary update to our iconic, Aqua Rush fragrance enhanced with a fresh burst of Lime, Pitanga and Seaweed Accord. Invigorating top notes blend with Pink Peppercorn, Waterlily and Jasmine Flower and dries down to an addictive blend of Vetiver, Amber and Sandalwood.

Quick Makeup: 5 Simple Steps to To An Easy Daytime Eye

How To Apply Daytime Easy Eye Makeup in 5 Simple Steps

Jul 8, 2013

Chanel Friandise Aqualumiere Gloss (Collection Les Delices de Chanel) - Photos, Swatches, FOTD, Review

Chanel Friandise Aqualumiere Gloss - Delices Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches FOTD Review

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss Friandise is a limited edition Aqualumiere gloss released as part of the Les Delices de Chanel makeup collection.  Chanel discontinued most of the Aqualumiere glosses a while back - at least here in the US - but they do release one or two shades once in a while as part of a smaller makeup collection.  Aqualumiere glosses are thicker than the regular Levres Scintillantes Glossimer, and most of them come loaded with tons of shimmer.  The consistency is quite thick, and these pack a little more pigmentation than most regular Chanel glosses.  Friandise has a peachy pink base with tons of pink-iridescent shimmer in it.  The color looks more pink than peach/coral because of this shimmer, and it adds a lovely shine to the gloss.  Scroll on for photos, swatches, and more.

Jul 7, 2013

NARS Kamchatka Matte Eyeshadow (Fall 2013 Makeup Collection) - Photos, Swatches, FOTD, Review

NARS Kamchatka Matte Eyeshadow - Fall 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches FOTD Review
"Kamchatka is a classic smoke color for smudging, layering, and blending to create a bold statement anytime."
Raquel Grijalva, National Makeup Stylist

NARS Kamchatka eyeshadow is part of the Fall 2013 makeup collection.  There are 3 other eyeshadows in this collection - Yamal (brownish-beige), Namibia (grey) and Bavaria which seems like a muted shimmery teal.  I have a couple of NARS matte eyeshadows that I love, and that's why I snapped up Kamchatka without waiting for any swatches.  The color is described as a "navy smoke" by NARS.  It is a matte, dusty/faded greyish-bluish-purple.   Scroll on for photos, swatches, and more.

Jul 6, 2013

Sephora Pantone Universe Blush Duo: Coral/Desert Flower - Photos, Swatches, FOTD, Review

Sephora Pantone Universe Blush Duo Coral Desert Flower Photos Swatches FOTD Review
Sephora + Pantone Universe Blush Duo - Coral/Desert Flower

This Sephora + Pantone Universe blush duo was a limited release that came out some time last year.  I bought the Sephora + Pantone Universe makeup set and got full sizes of a bunch of products from the collection, including this blush, but didn't get around to doing anything much beyond swatches.  For someone who writes a blog on makeup, I really am not all that very up to date!  Anyway, I discovered this blush during one of my cleaning sprees, and this suddenly seemed like the perfect shade to try around this time of the year.  The blush duo features two lovely coral blushes:  Desert, a sparkly deeper coral shade with an embossed design and Coral, a matte coral shade.  The packaging is all-white, and the magnetized lid/closing mechanism is pretty similar to that seen in Inglot palettes.  Scroll on for photos, swatches, and more.

A Quick Makeup Tip For Touch-Ups On The Go!

Makeup Tip for Quick Touch-ups on the Go

Here's a quick tip for anyone who travels a lot or just needs to cut down on the amount of makeup in the bag or clutch.  You need:

  • Retractable blush/powder blush.
  • Powder/blush - which you wish to use for touch-ups.

Makeup Tip for Quick Touch-ups on the Go - Blush - Retractable Kabuki Brush
Makeup Tip for Quick Touch-ups on the Go - Blush - Retractable Kabuki Brush
Makeup Tip for Quick Touch-ups on the Go - Powder - Retractable Kabuki Brush

Swirl the brush in the powder or blush to load the color on to the brush, snap the cap on, toss the brush into your bag.  When it's time for a touch-up, just use the color/powder loaded onto the brush for a quick, easy application.  This is a simpler version of the Clinique Quick Blush ($23.50), an on-the-go blush that has color loaded on the cap, but using a retractable brush is cheaper and you can change the blush color or powder as you wish without having to investing too much :)

Chanel Nail Polish Paparazzi (579) - Avant Premiere de Chanel Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches, NOTD, Review

Chanel Nail Polish Paparazzi 579 - Avant Premiere Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches NOTD Review

Chnael nail polish in Paparazzi is part of the Avant-Premiere Makeup collection.  It is a dusty plum-brown nail polish with very fine golden shimmer running through it.  The shimmer, as is common with a lot of Chanel nail polishes, is seen only under artificial lights or under direct sunlight.  It's a subtle shimmer and adds just a hint of bronze-y warmth to the polish.  The formula is fabulous, easy to apply, and gives a nonstreaky finish.  It lasted about 4 to 5 days on my nails with minimal chipping, which I would say is quite good considering I do a whole lot of typing every day.  Scroll on for more photos.

Jul 5, 2013

Hugo Naturals Shea Body Butter - White Tea and Lemon

Pure Shea Butter and Jojoba oil combine in our richest, most deeply moisturizing body balm. Our luxurious Body Butter treats, nourishes and protects even the driest complexion.

Hugo Debra Naturals Shea Body Butter - White Tea Lemon - Review

The beauty/skincare section at Whole Foods is one of my favorite sections, and I love browsing through all the fabulous, not-so-known (at least to me) brands that I find there.   I picked up the Hugo & Debra Naturals Body Butter in Lemon and White Tea during just one such browsing session.  It's a 100% natural gluten-free and vegan product and lists shea butter right up on top of the very short ingredient list.  Needless to say, for someone with dry skin like mine, that is enough reasons to add this to the shopping basket!

Jul 4, 2013

3 Ingredients to Fight Dull Aging Skin and How to Use Them

Antiaging Skincare Ingredients - Retinoids - Alpha-hydroxy acids AHAs - Vitamin C - How To Use

Retinoids, vitamin C, and AHAs are some of the most sought after ingredients in skincare, whether you want antiaging benefits or are just looking to brighten  dull skin.  I have very sensitive skin that seems to have a mind of its own about what can be an irritant, so I generally stick to basic lotions and potions - regular moisturizers - and despite being halfway through the 30's, I haven't really embraced much of the antiaging/peel theory.  I do like trying out new creams and samplers, though, and without really intending to do so, I have collected a few products that do feature AHAs, retinoids, and/or vitamin C in their ingredient listing.  If like me you have sensitive skin or are just new to these ingredients, here's a quick guide on how to get the maximum benefit from these products while minimizing the risk of skin irritation.

Jul 2, 2013

NARS Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz (New Small Size - Sephora)

Infused with lush, naturally derived ingredients, this lightweight tinted moisturizer immediately helps thirsty skin feel hydrated. It has been proven to help reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots caused by hyper pigmentation for a clearer and brighter complexion in just four weeks. Oil-free and luxurious, it obscures the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and other imperfections. SPF 30 adds a translucent veil of protection. 

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 - St. Moritz
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 - St. Moritz

Jul 1, 2013

Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral Pot Rouge - Swatches, Photos, Review, FOTD

Our best-selling, multi-tasking cream color just got even better. It's now in a mirrored flip-top compact for on-the-spot application. Blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a just-pinched look. Blot it on your lips for a soft, stained finish.For drier skins, be sure to moisturize skin first.

Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - Swatches Review Photos FOTD
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - Calypso Coral
c/o Izzy's Perfume and Beauty Shoppe

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges are one of the brand's best known products.  A multitasking cheek and lip product, the Pot Rouge comes packaged in a sleek slim compact that makes it perfect for slipping into the slimmest clutch.  I have wanted to pick up one of these for a while now, and fortunately for me, Izzy's Perfume and Beauty Shoppe offered me a chance to try out the Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral. This is a pefect coral shade with just the right balance of peach and pink to it.  The formula is similar to a cream blush - a little thicker and much more pigmented than a lot of other cream blushes I have tried. I use a MAC 187 to apply this, though you could just as easily use your fingers.  Scroll on for photos, swatches, and more.

Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo ($5) is a shampoo treatment that instantly removes up to 90% of dulling residue caused by shampoos, conditioners and styling products.   It cleans hair thoroughly and easily rinses away.  Use it once a week, then go back to your favorite shampoo.  You'll find that it works better than ever.  Works with all hair types.

Neutrogena Antiresidue Clarifying Shampoo - Review

I have frizzy hair that is quite prone to bouts of dullness and looking and feeling quite rough with even the slightest bit of residue on it.  Since I color my hair, most of the time I have to use color-protectant shampoos and conditioners (nothing fancy, I use drugstore - Dove).  About 2 weeks into my hair color, though, I can easily get away with using clarifying shampoos.  Also, I do occasionally, much less frequently than I ought to, indulge my hair in some warm coconut-olive oil treatment before a wash, and a good clarifying/heavy-duty shampoo helps wash off the heavy oils from my hair.  I generally depend on Lush I Love Juicy, but I have been on the lookout for a cheaper, drugstore alternative, and the Neutrogena Anti-residue Shampoo seemed to fit the bill.

NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Makeup Brush - Review

Inspired by traditional Japanese beauty rituals Kabuki Theater, the NARS Kabuki Artisan Brushes meld heritage with modernity, in both concept and function. The multi-functional design of the Kabuki Yachiyo Brush, with its tapered dome head, makes it excellent for defining cheekbones, highlighting the complexion, and blending and diffusing color on or around the eye area. Made with very soft Pen Super Goat hairs, which are ideal for blending pigments. The hand-spun black wisteria handle preserves its unique traditional character.

NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Makeup Brush

NARS Yachiyo Kabuki brush had been on my makeup wishlist for a long, long time.  Up until recently, I had only seen the flatter blush brushes, and right away, the NARS Yachiyo stood apart in both the design and the shape of the brush.  At $50, this also stood apart in the price range from most perfectly good blush brushes, but I just couldn't resist the temptation of a NARS Friends and Family discount and finally picked this up some time last year.   So, does it live up to all the hype and rave reviews?