Sep 29, 2013

Chanel Rouge Allure Moire Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches

From the world of Le Rouge Chanel, a new colour range unveils a unique luster for lips.  Experience eight luminous Rouge Allure Moire shades, inspired by the softly glimmering effects of silk moirĂ© fabric.  Radiant new shades of Le Vernis and Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss complete the collection.

Chanel Rouge Allure Moire Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches

I found the Chanel Rouge Allure Moire Makeup Collection at my local Nordstrom counter - became available today, according to the SA there.  The makeup collection includes new shades of Rouge Allure lipsticks, 2 lip liners (Le Crayon Levres) and Aqua Crayons, and 2 new Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss - Reflexion and Controversy.  All included in the collection are 2 new nail polish colors - Rose Moire and Rouge Moire.  Here's a look at some photos (in store lighting isn't the best) and some swatches.

Sep 27, 2013

Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa Gel

Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa Gel - Review
Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa Gel - $45

Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa Gel is a scrub - and a bit different from the usual ones.  It doesn't have any scrubby bits in it and from what I figured out, it doesn't use any AHA/glycolic acid, etc., for exfoliation.  Instead, this is a gel formula that is massaged on to cleansed, dry skin, and as it's rubbed into the skin it rolls up into small flecks/clumps and picks up dry, dull skin bits as it moves along.  I have tried gommage scrubs at a counter before, but this is my first time buying one and using for any prolonged period of time.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Anarchy

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick - Anarchy - Swatches, Photos

Sephora has been having these Urban Decay lipstick samples as part of their GWP lineup off and on for quite some time now.  I checked swatches online and figured none of those were colors I would ever use.  A few days back, though, I was at the Sephora store and decided to get swatches of the Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks.  The formula seemed quite nice, and I loved how bright and pretty the colors looked.  My next couple of orders from Sephora got me a couple of these lipstick samplers, and here's my favorite among the lot - Anarchy.

Sep 26, 2013

On my Nails: OPI Under My Trench Coat

Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat Nail Polish - Photos, Swatches, NOTD, Review

On my nails today is Sephora by OPI - Under My Trench Coat.  This is a dusty greyish taupe with very fine gold shimmer scattered throughout.  Truth be told, this looks quite unimpressive in the bottle, and had I not bought this online I doubt if I would have ever bought it.  The color is a soft neutral color on my nails, and the gold shimmer shows up as subtle flashes only under sunlight or artificial lighting.  I used two coats to get a perfect, opaque finish, and topped with a clear topcoat.  Scroll on for more photos.

Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipstick (Sample) - RS308 - Iron Maiden

Shiseido RS308 Shimmering Rouge Lipstick Iron Maiden - Swatch, FOTD

I love Shiseido skincare - the Pureness Matifying Moisturizer is my favorite for summers in India - but I haven't had much experience with any of the makeup.  A friendly SA at Macy's Shiseido counter gave me these samples a long time back, but for some reason I never bothered using them until now.  Okay, it's not some reason - I just didn't think there were any good :-|  Except they are awesome!  The lipstick I have tried on today is from Shiseido's Shimmering Rouge range - RS308 (Iron Maiden).  It's a vibrant fuchsia-purple color with fine silver shimmer mixed in.  The formula is sheer and moisturizing, and the scary-looking color translates to a bright wash of color on the lips.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks - Photos, Swatches

Update:  Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks (2016) - swatches HERE
Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks - Swatches - Photos
Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks ($22)

Urban Decay's Revolution Lipstick is a rich, buttery lipstick packed with the signature Urban Decay pigment-rich color.  Made with a nourishing blend of jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter to keep lips super moisturized and cushiony soft, the Revolution Lipstick glides on without dragging or skipping and hugs every curve.  Just one swipe gives a big, gorgeous lay down of color, and with shades that range from gorgeous nudes to bold brights, there’s something for everyone.  Here's a look at some photos and swatches.

Thierry Mugler Womanity Eau de Parfum

Thierry Mugler Womanity Eau de Parfum - Fall Fragrance Picks - Review
Thierry Mugler Womanity Eau de Parfum ($58 - $98)

Thierry Mugler Womanity is the first sweet and savory fragrance creation.  An engaging, mysterious and unique scent full of contrast built around the theme of the fig fruit, a powerful symbol of femininity, with an exceptional fig and caviar accord.  Designed by Thierry Mugler, the bottle is a sculpted work of art with multiple secret symbols created for a woman who leaves her mark.

Fragrance Notes:  Fig leaves, fig, caviar, fig tree, rockrose.

Sep 23, 2013

Clinique All About Shadow Eyeshadow Quads - Swatches, Photos

All About Shadow Quads feature four versatile, complimentary shades to wear alone or layer together in different combinations. For dark skintones, lighter shades will impart a more dramatic look and dark shades for a more natural style. Dark shades look more dramatic on fairer skins; light ones look more natural. These powder colors are formulated to be crease and fade resistant, and are ophthalmologist tested for contact lens wearers and those with sensitive eyes. This set includes a mirrored compact with illustrated instructions plus two sponge-tip applicators.

Clinique All About Shadow Eyeshadow Quads - Photos, Swatches
Clinique All About Shadow Eyeshadow Quads ($28)

I haven't tried very many Clinique eyeshadows apart from a blush-eyeshadow set that I got as part of a GWP some time back.  In general, though, I love the subtle, wearable colors that Clinique makes.  Do the newly reformulated "All About Shadow" eyeshadow quads live up the trend?  Scroll on for photos and swatches.

MAC Antonio Lopez 6-Color Eyeshadow Palettes - Teal, Violet, Creative Copper - Photos, Swatches

MAC Antonio Lopez 6-Color Eyeshadow Palettes - Teal, Violet, Creative Copper - Photos, Swatches
Antonio Lopez for MAC Makeup Collection 6-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes ($43.50)

The legendary fashion illustrator's vibrant energy and love of life inspire a striking colour collection featuring:  Eyes x 6 Palettes, Lips x 3 Palettes and Face Palettes perfect for highlighting natural tones and contours.  Each palette's packaging features an exclusive drawing by the artist, making these limited-edition objets d'art to be treasured.

Found the Antonio Lopez for MAC makeup collection lying quite ignored over at the Nordstrom counter.  Guess everyone bought everything they wanted or most products were just sold out or something - or it was just my lucky day 'cos I could swatch away peacefully with nobody bothering me about buying anything :D  Here's a look at the three eyeshadow palettes - Teal, Violet, and Creative Copper.

Hanae Mori Eau de Collection No. 8

Fragrance Review - Hanae Mori Eau de Collection No. 8

Hanae Mori Parfums Eau de Collection No. 8 (product provided for review) is the grand finale of the remarkable Eau de Collection series.  Inspired by the aroma of Japanese cherry blossoms and filled with notes of Kyoto cherry blossom, plum nectar, and passion flower, No. 8 is a delicious gourmand fragrance.  Reminiscent of lush flower gardens in Asia, topped with fruity delicacies from Europe, this sweet scent is a blend of east meets west- a signature of Hanae Mori’s fashion.

Chanel Nail Polish: Paradoxal (509)

Chanel Nail Polish Paradoxal 509 - NOTD Swatches Review Photos
Chanel Nail Polish Paradoxal (509) available at and provided c/o Izzy's Perfume & Beauty Shoppe

Chanel Paradoxal is a dusty greyish purple nail polish with reddish violet shimmer mixed in.   The shimmer, of course, is typical Chanel - visible only when the light hits it, under sunlight or artificial light, and more obvious in the bottle than on the nails.  The color was launched a couple of years back and is, I think, a part of their permanent line of nail colors.  I have lost count of the number of times I have added this to my basket and put it back because it seems such a dull-looking color.  I finally got this about 2 months back and didn't bother using it until recently.  Such is the appeal of the color :P With the weather starting to cool down here, though, I find this a perfect color to use.  Scroll on for more photos.

Sep 22, 2013

Dior Vibrant Color Powder Blush - Photos, Swatches

Dior Blush - 766 Lady Red 566 Brown Milly 553 Cocktail Peach 849 Mimi Bronze 846 Lucky Pink 756 Rose Cherie 889 New Red 986 Star Fuchsia 676 Coral Cruise 876 Happy Cherry 943 My Rose 556 Amber Show - Photos Swatches
Diorblush - Vibrant Colour Powder Blush ($42)

Dior revisits its legendary blush with a new texture that blends with the skin, leaving only a weightless veil of pure colour.  Red, pink, coral and nude - a new motif with an explosion of colour for the finishing touch to your makeup look.  For a fusion look, use the flat side of a brush to blend color with the skin for a healthy glow.  For a sculpted look, use the beveled end of the brush for professional contouring application at the temples, around the oval of the face and to sculpt the chin.

I found the new Dior blushes at Nordstrom and got some photos and swatches to share.  These are, of course, testers (check the Nordstrom website for the actual packaging - the product comes housed in a compact with a flat brush to apply with).

MAC Retro Matte - Lipsticks and Lipliners - Photos, Swatches

MAC Retro Matte Makeup Collection - Lipsticks - Pro Longwear Lip Pencils - Photos Swatches
MAC Retro Matte - Lipsticks ($15) - Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($19.50)

Inspired by Ruby Woo's overwhelming popularity and one-of-a-kind texture, MAC introduces new bold shades in its Retro Matte finish.  Eye-catching colours like Dangerous and All Fired Up create a look that's fiercely feminine.  MAC also premieres Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in a vibrant colour palette, giving this long-lasting and transfer-proof lip pencil an exhilarating makeover.  Here's a look at some swatches.

Today's Makeup

Today's Makeup YSL - Chanel - NARS - Bobbi Brown - Rimmel - Urban Decay - Givenchy

Weekends are always a mess with me.  I want to do some nice makeup like all the other girls who turn up for lunches or at the mall, but between waking up on time and making breakfast, I never manage to do anything beyond a liner and some lipgloss.  Today was almost the same.  I did go the liner route, but it was raining the whole day today, and I had alllllll the time in the world to get ready, so I spent a HUGE amount of time with my new concealer - NARS Creamy Concealer stick - concealing the million and one specks and spots on my face.  It sure is nice to have clear skin, even if it's only until the makeup comes off :D

Sep 21, 2013

5 Fabulous Orange Lipsticks By MAC

5 Fabulous Orange Lipsticks By MAC - Swatches - Lady Daner - Saigon Summer - So Chaud - Morange - Korean Candy

Some makeup trends stay around forever, and then there are some that pop every year - renamed and polished - but the same nevertheless.  One such trend is the "pop of orange" or "tangerine lipsticks" or any other fancy name for a bright orange lipstick that turns up on fashion shows and trickles down to makeup every summer.  I love how the color looks on all the pretty models, but somehow I have never really found an orange that works for me.  While I am still looking, here are 5 fabulous orange-ish lipsticks from MAC.

Sep 13, 2013

On my nails today: Sephora by OPI - Neutral Beauty

Sephora by OPI Nail Polish - Neutral Beauty - NOTD Photos Swatches Review

I picked up quite a few Sephora by OPI nail colors since they were (are) on sale - at less than $4 a bottle!  Is Sephora really discontinuing this line?  I feel like kicking myself for not picking up more of these, and earlier :(  Anyway, the color I have on my nails today is a neutral - Neutral Beauty - a light warm brown - described as a "opaque honey tan."  The finish is glossy and opaque in 1 or 2 coats depending on how thick the coats are.  I used two thin coats and added in a third just to add depth to the color.  The polish seems to dry reasonably fast, but I would still wait a bit between coats to ensure a perfect finish and a longer chip-free time.

Sep 9, 2013

MAC Pro Longwear - Paint Pots - Swatches

MAC Pro Longwear Makeup Collection - Paint Pots - Swatches

Introducing new shades of Pro Longwear for eyes and face. Ranging from light to dark to perfectly match any skin tone, Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer keep skin fresh and flawless in formulas lasting up to 15 hours. Pro Longwear Paint Pots deliver highly dimensional colour with a luxurious finish while Pro Longwear Eye Liner defines eyes with a dense, water-resistant formula that glides on comfortably and stays for 12 hours, in seven new shades from eggplant to brilliant sheer gold.  Scroll on for swatches.

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette - Photos and Swatches

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette - Photos Swatches
Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette ($46)

An extraordinary range of stunning, high-pigment shadows for rich color payoff in 10 new shades.  Be as rebellious as you want to be with this palette of 10 after-hours approved shadows in the deepest jewel tones, the prettiest metallics, and one scene-stealing pink.  Also included is Too Faced’s signature Glamour Guide containing three eye looks that were designed to take the guesswork out of getting gorgeous.  This set contains 10 x 0.05 oz eye shadow in Dainty, Charming, Girly, Totally Fetch, Miss Sparkles, Ringleader, Gangsta, Instigator, Badass, Jailbird.  Formulated without parabens.  Scroll on for photos and swatches.

Dior 'Rouge Dior' Lipsticks - Swatches

Rouge Dior Lipsticks - Photos Swatches
Rouge Dior Lipsticks - $34

Available in thirty-two shades created by Tyen, Creative Director for Dior Makeup, Rouge Dior illuminates all types of beauty.  Luminous, essential, and perfectly adjusted in pigment and intensity for just the right tone, so that every woman can find her signature color.  Each shade features a name inspired by the world of couture and enhances the smile with a satiny finish, to rival the most refined fabric.  Rouge Dior, a totally couture lip color.  The four It-Shades set the perfect tone for couture elegance:  999 - an iconic red, 743 Zinnia Red - a voluptuous red, 976 Prune Daisy - intense sparkling plum, and 765 Montmarte - a fiery diabolical red.  Scroll on for swatches.

Bobbi Brown Katie Makeup Collection - Palette - Mini Brush Set - Photos and Swatches

Bobbi Brown Katie Holmes Makeup Collection - Palette - Mini Brush Set - Photos Swatches
Bobbi Brown - Katie Palette ($68)

Taking inspiration from the multifaceted life of Katie Holmes, an all-in-one palette for eyes, cheeks and lips lets you transform your look for work, evening and the weekend. A chocolate-colored fabric cover resembling Katie’s favorite daily planner offers discreet style on-the-go.  Apply eyeshadows one at a time or create a soft highlighter for the face by sweeping the brush along the palette’s lightest shades. Pot Rouge also makes it a snap to touch up your lips and cheeks.  Included in the palette are 8 eyeshadows, 2 pot rouges, and 1 pencil eyeliner.  Scroll on for swatches.

Sep 8, 2013

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Makeup Collection - Photos and Swatches

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Makeup Collection is a new capsule collection from the brand.  The products included are a mix of already existing permanent range products as well as some new releases.  Included in the collection are the Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette, lipglosses and lipsticks, a new gel eyeliner - Dark Chocolate Ink, and two blushes.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Sep 6, 2013

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Volupte (165) - Photos, Swatch, Review, FOTD

Gorgeous shimmer and a high-shine glow is delivered effortlessly to lips with just one stroke of Chanel’s best-selling lip gloss.  Available in a wide range of shades, from sheer and natural to sparkling and rich, these look beautiful on their own or over your favorite Chanel lipstick.  Equally beautiful is the conditioning formula's comfort and deep hydration.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Volupte 165 Photos Swatch Review FOTD
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Volupte c/o Izzy's Perfume & Beauty Shoppe

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Volupte was released as part of the Roses Ultimes de Chanel Makeup Collection a while back.  The color is a light, slightly milky, peach with no shimmer.  It is slightly sheer - as is normal for a gloss - but it is definitely among the more opaque Chanel glossimers.  Scroll on for photos, swatches, and more.

Fall Fragrances at Nordstrom: Kate Spade Live Colorfully Eau de Parfum Spray

Layered with bright florals, citrus and musk for a dazzling lift of life, the fragrance plays upon the skin the way light plays upon the bottle. It dances and shifts in olfactory notes that vary throughout the day. Inspiring the wearer, it interacts with the world as a slightly mischievous yet eternally chic reminder to live every moment in color. Features bold top notes of sparkling mandarin, pink water lily and star anise; a playful heart of tiare flower, golden gardenia and coconut water; and a sophisticated base of sheer amber, radiant musks and Tahitian vanilla.

Fall Fragrances for Women - Nordstrom - Kate Spade Eau de Parfum Spray - Fall Fragrances - Review
Kate Spade Live Colorfully Eau de Parfum Spray (available HERE) - $75

I got a sampler of the new Kate Spade fragrance Live Colorfully Eau de Parfum Spray while shopping at Nordstrom.  The only other Kate Spade fragrance I have tried out is Twirl, and this is nothing like that.  The official fragrance notes for this perfume include mandarin, tiare flower, gardenia, amber, musk, and vanilla, and the description promises a light, playful, floral scent.  The bottle is a hefty bulky square/cube with a bow-shaped gold stopper.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask

A super-cooling, skin-quenching mask that gently peels away impurities that can cause skin to be rough and dull. Contains Cucumber Extract and Aloe to soothe while moisturizing, ensuring skin feels soft and silky-smooth after every use. Perfect for normal to combination skin.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask - Review
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask

Freeman makes some pretty inexpensive face masks and scrubs, and what makes their products truly attractive - to me - is that they are also available in generous single-use packets.  I bought a whole lot of them on one of my trips to Walmart (my dentist's office is near one - simple joys in life :P), and I have tried out a lot ever since.  The mask I am reviewing today is the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask.  I bought this for about $1, but this mask is also available in a larger (and perhaps more economical) tube for about $4.  This cucumber peel-off mask is a runny, clear gel that dries to a translucent plasticky thing that can be ..err..peeled off.

Sep 5, 2013

Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Brush - Review

Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Cheek Blush - Japanese Traditions Makeup Brush - Review
Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Makeup brush (available HERE) - $48

Hakuhodo is a Japanese brush manufacturing brand that makes brushes for a lot of big-name makeup brands but also sells brushes under it's own banner.  Among these brushes, the ones that caught my eye right away are the ones inspired by Japanese traditions, and the one I am reviewing today is the Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo (also available in medium and small sizes and non-pointed variety).  This brushes is made of white natural bristles - goat hair - and brush head measures about 37 mm in length (according to the Hakuhodo website, haven't measured it myself).  The slim handle is wrapped in cane and feels quite light though sturdy.  When new - before use - the brush head was longish and somewhat thin but fluffs up into a soft round ball with a wash and use.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee - Getaway Red: Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

This buildable, blendable blush hybrid provides the natural look of a cream blush with the long-lasting 14-hour hydrating color of a gel stain. Infused with 50% pure Coconut Water, it instantly hydrates while nourishing with the powerful benefits of Vitamin E-rich Argan Oil. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your skin, this moisture-packed blush instantly drenches cheeks in a cool veil of color.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee Getaway Red Blush - Reviews Photos Swatches FOTD
Wearing Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Getaway Red ($22)
Product provided for review.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee is a gel-like blush - looks like a wobbly jelly but it doesn't really wobble at all and feels somewhat like a softened balm.  It comes packaged in a glass pot and is soft enough to be picked up and applied with fingers.  The cheek gelees are available in a variety of colors, and the one I am reviewing today is Getaway Red.  The color is a true red that starts light and can be built up to quite an intense red, yet it retains a degree of sheerness even if when it's layered giving it a very natural appearance.  Scroll on for more photos.