Feb 22, 2013

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass - Archie's Girls Collection - Review, Photos, Swatches, FOTD

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass (available here) - $16.50

Beautiful Blonde-Next-Door Betty inspires a limited-edition colour collection with a soft, innocent sexiness.  Lipsticks in peaches and pinks beam bright under layers of Lipglass in girly shades. Nail Lacquer in Comic Cute and Pep Pep Pep to win Archie's affection.  All packaged in exclusive designs.

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Swatches FOTD Ingredients Lipgloss

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass is described as a "light peach" and is part of the Betty's lineup from the MAC Archie's Girls Makeup Collection.  The packaging differs slightly from the regular MAC Lipglass in that it has a white cap and features Betty on the tube.  This is a beautiful creamy peach with absolutely no shimmer or sparkle to it.

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Swatches FOTD Ingredients Lipgloss
MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Swatches FOTD Ingredients Lipgloss

MAC Summer Sweetheart swatches just like it looks on the tube - a pale creamy peach - if you pile on the lipgloss, but applied normally/slightly sheered out, it just gives a hint of color and just adds a peachy milkiness to the lip.  I find it quite easy to apply and feels quite comfortable on my lips.  I won't recommend applying this too heavily to try to get the color to be more opaque - it will tend to settle into lines.

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Swatches FOTD Ingredients Lipgloss
MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass - Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Swatches
I never use such milky, pale colors on their own on my lips, but just to show how the color would look, I am adding in photo - this is how MAC Summer Sweetheart looks on me if I apply it on its own on my lips - obviously not recommended!

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Swatches FOTD Ingredients Lipgloss
MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass - Archie's Girls Makeup Collection
Not a look I recommend at all :P
To use MAC Summer Sweetheart - or any of the paler lipglosses - I either top it over a lipstick or a lipliner.  In the photo below, I have used a peach-brownish lipliner (swatched heavily on my hand but applied lightly on my lips to just even out the lip color) over my lips and then topped it with the MAC Summer Sweetheart lipglass.  Much better, don't you think?

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Swatches FOTD Ingredients Lipgloss
MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass - Swatches
MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Swatches FOTD Ingredients Lipgloss
Wearing MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass topped over a neutral lipliner.
I applied the liner quite lightly and just enough to even out my lips,
so the final look doen't look too heavy and more in tune with what the lipgloss feels like.
I don't think this is a very unique shade, but if you don't already have something similar and like the effortless natural look that this gloss can give, do give MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass a try.  I didn't have any issues with this settling into lip lines (probably because I don't apply a ton of it, plus I top it over another product) and it didn't dry out my lips either.  The staying power isn't much - barely lasted an hour or two on my lips, but I have to confess I am a snack-addict :P :D

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass - Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Ingredients

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Indian Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Swatches FOTD Ingredients Lipgloss

MORE FROM MAC ARCHIE'S GIRLS MAKEUP COLLECTION:
MAC Powder Blush - Prom Princes (Archies Girls) 
MAC Lipstick:  Oh, Oh, Oh 
MAC Lipstick:  Daddy's Little Girl (Archies Girls)  
MAC Powder Blush:  Cream Soda  (Archies Girls - Betty)
MAC Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches

MAC Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Kiss And Don't Tell Lipglass
MAC Mall Madness Lipglass

Feb 21, 2013

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass (Archie's Girls Makeup Collection) - Review, Photos, Swatches, FOTD

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass (available here) - $16.50

The envy of every girl, Veronica smoulders with a limited-edition colour collection rich in deep, seductive tones. Lipsticks in violet, red and blackened plum play up the va-voom while Lipglass shimmers in shades certain to steal hearts. Nails lacquered in dark berry and navy crème ready for a soda fountain catfight. All packaged in exclusive Archie's Girls designs.

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Pink Mauve Lipgloss Indian Darker Skin Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches FOTD Looks

Mall Madness lipglass is part of Veronica's side of the MAC Archie's Girls Makeup Collection.  MAC describes this color as a "midtone pink violet" with fine golden shimmer scattered throughout.  The color is quite opaque for a lipgloss, and the shimmer is quite subtle and visible only up close and with more layering.  It's a really pretty shade that would look great on any skin tone, and it also feels quite comfortable on the lips.  Here's a look at more photos and swatches.

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Pink Mauve Lipgloss Indian Darker Skin Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches FOTD Looks
MAC Mall Madness Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Pink Mauve Lipgloss Indian Darker Skin Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches FOTD Looks

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass is one of my favorites from this collection!  The lipgloss feels nondrying, and while the stickiness can be a little bothersome if you have hair flying around or you are snacking on something extra-crumbly, it does help the color hold on to the lips better.  This is opaque enough for me to use without a liner/lipstick, though of course, adding one would just make this lipgloss look so much prettier.  I haven't had any issues with this settling into lines, either.   The lasting power is about 2-3 hours.  Here's how MAC Mall Madness Liglass looks on me.

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Pink Mauve Lipgloss Indian Darker Skin Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches FOTD Looks

Overall, between the really pretty, easy-to-wear color and the comfort factor on my lips, I would definitely recommend Mall Madness Lipglass as one of the top picks from this collection (right alongside Kiss and Don't Tell).  I am a lipgloss girl, though, so I just might be a teeny bit biased :D

MAC Mall Madness Lipgloss - Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Ingredients

MAC Mall Madness Lipglass Archies Girls Makeup Collection Pink Mauve Lipgloss Indian Darker Skin Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients Swatches FOTD Looks

MORE FROM MAC ARCHIE'S GIRLS MAKEUP COLLECTION:
MAC Powder Blush - Prom Princes (Archies Girls) 
MAC Lipstick:  Oh, Oh, Oh 
MAC Lipstick:  Daddy's Little Girl (Archies Girls)  
MAC Powder Blush:  Cream Soda  (Archies Girls - Betty)

Feb 20, 2013

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap (available here) - $16.50 

Seaberry Exfoliating Soap gently buffs away dry, dull skin while cleansing the body to even skintone and reveal a radiant glow. The nourishing formula is fortified with seaberry oil, a powerful antioxidant rich in omegas that restores and softens the skin. Natural exfoliants of cranberry, bamboo, and bitter orange help diminish dehydrated skin, while shea butter nourishes and hydrates. Triple-milled to last longer, it produces a rich, non-drying lather for a luxurious cleansing experience.

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap Bath Body Products Skincare Reviews Blog Organic Natural Ingredients

After a rather positive experience with the Fresh lip balms, I wanted to try out more products from Fresh skincare/bath and body products range.  One product I have been using for a nearly month now is the Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap.  I love a good body scrub but am too lazy to put in even the minimal effort that a proper body scrub requires.  Exfoliating soaps are my short cut solution - not as effective but something is better than nothing, isn't it?

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap Bath Body Products Skincare Reviews Blog Organic Natural Ingredients
Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap Bath Body Products Skincare Reviews Blog Organic Natural Ingredients
Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap Bath Body Products Skincare Reviews Blog Organic Natural Ingredients
Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap Bath Body Products Skincare Reviews Blog Organic Natural Ingredients

The first thing I noticed about the Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap is the size - the bar is quite huge, and while I did initially find it quite luxurious, I had to later, quite reluctantly, chop it into 2 much more manageable halves!  The soap has bits exfoliating particles - orange, cranberry, bamboo - scattered throughout.  It has a mild, pleasant smell and easily works up a soft lather.  The exfoliating bits tend to be a bit scratchy, but being dry skinned, I just find scratchiness quite satifying :P  I do think those with sensitive skins might want to use a generous amount of water to ensure the bar doesn't get too scratchy.  The soap washes off easily, and while I would never go so far as to call any soap moisturizing, Fresh Seaberry Soap definitely is one of the most nondrying soap I have tried.

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap - Ingredients

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap Bath Body Products Skincare Reviews Blog Organic Natural Ingredients
Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap - Ingredients

I really cannot find a fault with this soap.  It provides a gentle amount of exfoliation that works perfectly for daily use, and it doesn't dry out my already very dry skin.  I do have to follow this up with a moisturizer, though normal skins may be able to skip the step.  I would definitely repurchase whenever I manage to finish this bar!

MORE SCRUBBY REVIEWS:
Lush Spice Curls Soap
Lush Porridge Soap
Thann Rice Grain Soap
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Scrub
The Body Shop Passionfruit Scrub
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Scrub
Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
Thann Sea Foam Aromatherapy Cool and Refreshing Salt Scrub 

Feb 19, 2013

5 Fruity Floral Perfumes for Spring/Summer

The signs of spring are sprouting everywhere - from the grass that looks extra green to the clear blue skies on bright sunny days.  Last week, our local Whole Foods even had hot dog stands set up outside for people to enjoy while soaking up the sunshine.  Of course, I stay in California, and depending on who you are asking, we might not have had a winter to start with :P   The beautiful weather has had me reaching for shorter sleeves, softer colors, and of course, lighter perfumes.

Perfumes for Women Must Have Best Top 5 Fruity Floral Fragrances Blog Picks Reviews For Spring Summer

This time of the year, I reach for more playful, light fragrances that feature soft florals and refreshing fruity notes to match the freshness in the air.  Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special or just a change from your winter signature fragrance, here's a list of some of my favorite fruity florals.

Coach Poppy Flower Eau de Parfum
(available
here
- $45)

The Coach Poppy Flower perfume mixes the sweetness from violets and lychees with a hint of citrus from grapefruit and mandarin.  The floral notes are subdued and pleasant with rose and lily being the ones I detect more.  A beautifully rounded perfume that is as bright and cheerful as it's name.

Perfumes for Women Must Have Best Top 5 Fruity Floral Fragrances Blog Picks Reviews For Spring Summer Coach Poppy Flower Eau de Parfum EDP Spray

Notes:  Sweet Freesia, Violet Leaves, Wet Ivy, Juicy Grapefruit, Mandarin, Lychee, Cassis, Jasmine Petals, Water Lily, Rose, Amber, Apricot Skin.
Style:  Chic. Vibrant. Whimsical.

Burberry Brit Sheer Eau de Toilette
(available
here
- $52)

The Burberry Brit Sheer is one of the few fragrance where the notes listed in the description do actually match what I smell.  There is a charming simplicity to this perfume with a freshness from the pineapple and the fruity sweetness from the litchi.  Soft floral notes from the peach and peony mix with subtle woody notes making this a perfect pick for spring.

Perfumes for Women Must Have Best Top 5 Fruity Floral Fragrances Blog Picks Reviews For Spring Summer Burberry Brit Sheer Eau de Toilette Spray EDT

Notes:  Bright Yuzu, Pineapple Leaves, Litchi, Mandarin, Grapes, Pink Peony, Peach Blossom, Nashi, White Musk and Creamy Amyris Woods.
Style:  Seductive. Hypnotic. Sparkling.

Givenchy Ange Ou Demon Le Secret Eau de Parfum
(available
here
- $56)

Givenchy's Ange Ou Demon gets its floral notes from jasmine mixed with a fruity sweetness from the cranberry tempered by the musky notes that open up as the perfume settles down.  This might seem a bit of an old-fashioned scent, especially going by the bottle design, but used with a gentle hand, I think this would make a nice fragrance for the first few days of spring when the nights are still cool.

Perfumes for Women Must Have Best Top 5 Fruity Floral Fragrances Blog Picks Reviews For Spring Summer Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret EDP eau de Parfum Spray

Notes:  Cranberry, Green Tea, White Peony, Sambac Jasmine, Blond Woods, White Musks.
Style:  Fresh and luminous.

Gucci Flora Eau Fraice Eau de Toilette
(available
here
- $49)

Gucci Flora Eau Fraiche opens with a burst of citrus which soon mix with floral notes from the rose and sweetness from the patchouli.  Despite being a sweet citrusy fragrance, this has a lightness to it that keeps it from being too heady or cloying.  This would make a great fragrance for a bright and sunny spring day.

Perfumes for Women Must Have Best Top 5 Fruity Floral Fragrances Blog Picks Reviews For Spring Summer Gucci Flora Eau Fraiche De Toilette EDT Spray

Notes:  Citrus Accords, Kumquat, Peony, Rose, Osmanthus, Pink Pepper, Sandalwood, Patchouli.
Style:  Playful. Fruity. Floral.

DKNY Be Delicious Eau de Parfum
(available here - $23)

From its adorable rounded bottle to its crispy green apple scent, I love everything about DKNY Be Delicious.  This might not be the most unique fruity floral out there, but the green apple and citrus notes make this instantly refreshing while the floral notes from the rose and violets keep this girly.

Perfumes for Women Must Have Best Top 5 Fruity Floral Fragrances Blog Picks Reviews For Spring Summer DKNY Be Delicious Green Apple NYC EDP Eau de Parfum Spray

Notes:  American Apple, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Candid Magnolia, Tuberose, White Muguet, Rose, Violet, Sandalwood, Tender Skin Accord, Blonde Woods, White Amber.
Style:  Free-spirited. Refreshing.

Those are a few of my favorite scents to wear around spring/summer.  Do you change your fragrances with the seasons?  What's your current favorite perfume?  Do share!

READ MORE PERFUME REVIEWS HERE.

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Feb 18, 2013

MAC Archies Girls - Kiss And Don't Tell Liplass - Review, Swatches, FOTD

MAC Kiss and Don't Tell Lipglass (Archie's Girls Collection - Betty) - available here - $16.50

High-gloss, glass-like finish tinted with pale peach, pink and coral as sweet as Betty herself.  Wear it alone or pair it with Lipstick for a perfectly glossed look.  Limited-edition packaging features Archie's favourite Blonde-Next-Door.

MAC Kiss And Don't Tell Lipglass is described as a "bright coral," and this lipgloss is part of Betty's lineup of the Archie's Girls collection.  The packaging is a bit different from the usual MAC lipglass and features Betty on the tube and comes with a white cap (instead of the regular black).  That apart, everything else is the same, right down to the doe-foot applicator.

MAC Kiss And Dont Tell Lipglass Spring Summer 2013 Archies Girls Makeup Collection Review Photos Ingredients Swatches FOTD
MAC Kiss And Dont Tell Lipglass Spring Summer 2013 Archies Girls Makeup Collection Review Photos Ingredients Swatches FOTD

MAC Kiss and Don't Tell lipglass is a bright coral with a hint of pink to it.  For a lipgloss, this packs a good amount of color.  Unless you have unevenly pigmented lips like I do, the color in the tube is pretty much what you would get on the lips, though a slightly more thinned out version of it.  On my lips, if applied on its own without a lipliner or a lipstick, it gives a reasonable amount of color, but my naturally uneven lip color does show through.  Here's a look at the swatches and how it looks on my lips (without a lipliner/lipstick).

MAC Kiss And Dont Tell Lipglass Spring Summer 2013 Archies Girls Makeup Collection Review Photos Ingredients Swatches FOTD
MAC Lipglass - Kiss and Don't Tell (Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Betty) - Swatches
MAC Kiss And Dont Tell Lipglass Spring Summer 2013 Archies Girls Makeup Collection Review Photos Ingredients Swatches FOTD
MAC Lipglass - Kiss and Don't Tell (Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Betty)
Other makeup used:  Face - Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation
Concealer - Bobby Brown Corrector (Peach), Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch
Cheeks - Mix of Burberry Coral Pink blush and Chanel Brume d'Or
Eyes:  UD Perversion Eyeliner and Chanel Inimitable Mascara in black

The coral-pink pop of color from MAC Kiss and Don't Tell Lipglass makes for a perfect spring/summer shade.  Being a lipgloss, there is a sheerness to the color which makes it much easier to wear on my darker skin tone.  I usually apply this over nude/neutral lipliners or lipsticks to give an even appearance to my lips, though I didn't do that in the photo above to give a more accurate representation of what the color actually looks like on me :P  The texture is a bit sticky, but it's easy to apply and does stay on 2 to 3 hours on my lips (if I don't eat/drink anything that long).  Overall, a pretty color to have around this summer :)

MAC Kiss And Don't Tell Lipglass - Ingredients

MAC Kiss And Dont Tell Lipglass Spring Summer 2013 Archies Girls Makeup Collection Review Photos Ingredients Swatches FOTD
MAC Lipglass - Kiss and Don't Tell (Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Betty) - Ingredients
MORE FROM MAC ARCHIE'S GIRLS MAKEUP COLLECTION
MAC Powder Blush - Prom Princes (Archies Girls) 
MAC Lipstick:  Oh, Oh, Oh 
MAC Lipstick:  Daddy's Little Girl (Archies Girls)  
MAC Powder Blush:  Cream Soda  (Archies Girls - Betty)
MAC Archie's Girls Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches

Feb 17, 2013

Soap and Glory The Righteous Body Butter - Review

Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter (available here) - $5/$20

An award-winning body moisturizing butter with softening shea butter and aloe vera, this body butter was formulated for very dry skin with a new dynamic moisture trap matrix to help hold hydration in longer. Its alluring scent of Soap & Glory's signature Pink Fragrance combines fresh bergamot and mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oakmoss, amber, woody notes and amber and warm vanilla notes on the bottom.

Soap Glory Righteous Body Butter Moisturizer Very Dry Formula Indian Skincare Beauty Makeup Blog Review Ingredients

The Righteous Body Butter by Soap & Glory was a basket-filler purchase that I added in to round up the total to $50 and get that free Sephora delivery!  I also got another tub of it a couple of orders later as a generous GWP from Sephora :D  The body butter is a soft cream that applies easily and despite being labelled "a very dry skincare formula," I find this pretty mild - easily absorbed with no residual greasiness.  The product has a fruity fragrance to it - sort of a mix of citrus and berry - and while it is a bit strong, I don't really mind it one bit.

Soap Glory Righteous Body Butter Moisturizer Very Dry Formula Indian Skincare Beauty Makeup Blog Review Ingredients

I find the Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter a good daytime moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types. It isn't too rich or greasy yet provides a decent dose of moisture to the skin.  For my feet/hands, I would go for something richer, though, especially during the night.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter - Ingredients

Soap Glory Righteous Body Butter Moisturizer Very Dry Formula Indian Skincare Beauty Makeup Blog Review Ingredients

For those of you in India, correction - in Delhi - the Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter is available at Sephora India, in case you want to give it a try :)

Feb 16, 2013

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (available here) - from $14

A cult-favorite moisturizer that effectively smoothes and improves the complexion.  This third step in Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System was designed by Clinique's dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for dry-to-combination skin types. The lightweight "moisture drink" slips easily onto the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving skin comfortable, soft, and healthy looking.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Best Perfect Moisturizer Winter Dry Skin Review Ingredients Skincare Benefits

I have had an off-and-on relationship with Clinique for a while now.  I first walked into a Clinique counter back home in Bangalore because an enthusiastic SA wanted me to try out their 3-step program.  He gave me generous samplers of the face wash, lotion, and the moisturizer, and while I didn't really bother getting the face wash, my skin looked good enough for me to return to the counter for full sizes of the other two products.  For a while, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel was my go-to moisturizer for the summers, and I had a big bottle of the Clarifying Lotion on my shelf.  After a while, though, I moved on to other brands - no particular reason, got tired of the same skincare I guess :P  Fast-forward to a month back, I was going through some really skin days, and I found a sampler of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion lying ignored in one of the GWP bags and decided to give it a try.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Best Perfect Moisturizer Winter Dry Skin Review Ingredients Skincare Benefits

Clinique recommends the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion for the type 1 to 2 skin types (dry to normal-combination skins), and I fall into the type 3 (oily-combination, if I remember correctly) category.  This winter, though, my skin has been really dry, so I very reluctantly started with DDML as my daily moisturizer.  This is a light lotion with no particular fragrance to it (although sometimes I do detect a bit off an oily smell to it - don't know how else to describe it).  This lotion is available in a bottle-with-a-pump packaging as well as a tube, but since mine came as part of a sampler kit, this is just a regular bottle - no pump.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Best Perfect Moisturizer Winter Dry Skin Review Ingredients Skincare Benefits

The lotion is easy to spread and absorbs easily enough, but this is meant for the drier skin types and does leave a bit of oiliness on my face.  I haven't had a single breakout with this moisturizer so far, and I am really impressed.  Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer contains mineral oil (listed right at the top of the ingredients list), and that is the one main reason why I had never bothered trying it earlier.  Either because it is so well made or just that my skin has been dry lately, I found this moisturizer just perfect for me.  My skin has been noticeably healthier and moisturized ever since I started using this.  I might buy the small tube of this once I run of this sample, but since it's already getting warm here in California, I am quite tempted to just go with the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel which I still feel might be a better option for the summers.

If you have dry skin and/or are just looking for a good basic moisturizer for the winters, you might want to give the Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion a try.  It doesn't have any added sun protection factors in it, so you would have to use a sunscreen/sunblock separately over this.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Ingredients

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Best Perfect Moisturizer Winter Dry Skin Review Ingredients Skincare Benefits
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Ingredients
List copied from the insert in my GWP kit - please verify/cross-check on actual product packaging
for accurate information.

MORE CLINIQUE REVIEWS:
Clinique - 3 Steps to Great Skin (Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer Type 3 review) 
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
Clinique Derma White Super City Block (SPF 40/PA++)
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel 
Clinique Chubby Stick - Richer Raisin
Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Sticks Holiday Gift Set
Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry 

Feb 15, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Fierce and Tangy: Review, Swatch, FOTD

Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Fierce and Tangy - $6

Dare to wear 24HR shadow.  Ink technology creates 24HR wear shadow for our most intense, long-lasting color saturation.  Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps color vibrant.  Ophthalmologist-tested.  Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.  Illuminate. With fingertips, sweep all over eye from inner corner and work outwards.  For added drama, darken as desired.   

Maybelline Color Tattoo Best Budget Cream Gel Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy Indian Darker Skin Review Photos Swatches Makeup Looks EOTD FOTD
Maybelline Color Tattoo Best Budget Cream Gel Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy Indian Darker Skin Review Photos Swatches Makeup Looks EOTD FOTD
Maybelline Color Tattoo - Fierce and Tangy
Maybelline Color Tattoos have gained quite a fan following since they were released a while back. These have been declared the affordable dupes for MAC Paint Pots, and while I haven't tried the MAC versions to vouch for that, I sure don't mind the "affordable" part :D  I picked up the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy some time last year but really haven't used it much until now.  Like all the other Color Tattoos, this too comes packaged in a glass pot with a screw-on lid.  Assuming these are similar to gel liners, I always make sure that the lid is tightly on and I store them upside down to keep them from drying out.  There is a lot of product in each pot, and I really don't think I would ever use up one to repurchase!

Maybelline Color Tattoo Best Budget Cream Gel Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy Indian Darker Skin Review Photos Swatches Makeup Looks EOTD FOTD
Maybelline Color Tattoo Best Budget Cream Gel Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy Indian Darker Skin Review Photos Swatches Makeup Looks EOTD FOTD
Maybelline Color Tattoo Best Budget Cream Gel Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy Indian Darker Skin Review Photos Swatches Makeup Looks EOTD FOTD

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy is a toned-down orange with very fine shimmer mixed in.  The shimmer doesn't really alter the texture or feel gritty but just adds a beautiful shine and subtle sparkle to the shadow.  The color when applied like a swatch - heavily - is like a splash of orange and looks a bit too loud.  Blended out, the color is a warm rust with very subtle shimmer.  Here's a look at the swatches.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Fierce and Tangy - Swatch (Heavy/Blended)
Maybelline Color Tattoo Best Budget Cream Gel Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy Indian Darker Skin Review Photos Swatches Makeup Looks EOTD FOTD
Maybelline Color Tattoo Fierce and Tangy - Swatch (Blended)
I use the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy as an all-over shade and as a base for brown shadows.  When blended out softly, the color neutralizes the darkness on my eyelids and brings a bit of warmth without looking ashy (which is my usual problem with anything that lightens).  My usual eye look involves applying a soft wash of Fierce and Tangy from lashline to just above the crease and blended.  Then, I smudge a bit of black/brown eyeliner along the upper lashline, kohl on my waterline and I am done.  In the photo below, I have also used a hint of darker brown eyeshadow along the crease.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Best Budget Cream Gel Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy Indian Darker Skin Review Photos Swatches Makeup Looks EOTD FOTD
Maybelline Color Tattoo Best Budget Cream Gel Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy Indian Darker Skin Review Photos Swatches Makeup Looks EOTD FOTD
Wearing Maybelline Fierce and Tangy Color Tattoo on my eyes
If you are darker skinned, like I am, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy is a must-have!  I love how it adds a subtle warmth to my eyes and is a perfect base for brown (and khaki) shadows which on their own pretty much disappear on my darker eyelids.  The color stays on the whole day, and I haven't had any issues with creasing so far.  This would be my perfect eyeshadow base except for one small problem - I find the texture really dry.  The good thing is this would be perfect for oily eyelids, but I would have preferred something that goes on smoother and less patchy.  That apart, I would love to try out more colors from the Maybelline Color Tattoo range!

Have you tried any shadows from the Maybelline Color Tattoo range?  Any suggestions on a color I should try next?

MORE MAYBELLINE REVIEWS:
Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cherry Me (SPF 20)
Maybelline MegaPlush Volum Express Mascara
Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Party Pink
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick:  Hooked on Pink
Maybelline Color Sensatinoal Lipstick:  Yummy Plummy
Maybelline Dream LumiTouch Highlighting Concealer
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream - Medium/Deep
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick - A Bit of Berry
Maybelline The Jewels Color Sensational - Red Garnet
Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Maybelline SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick - Please Stay Plum

Chanel Le Vernis Black Satin - Review, Photos, NOTD Swatches

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Black Satin (available here) - $27

Classic and trend-defining shades from the runways of Paris.  State-of-the-art formula strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant colour.  Applies evenly without streaking.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Black Satin 219 Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Photos NOTD Swatches
Wearing Chanel Le Vernis Black Satin on my nails.
And that's a piece of yumminess from See's Candies.
Black Satin is one of those oh-so-famous shades from Chanel, and I never quite understand why any of those nail polishes are as famous/popular as they are, but oh well, as long as there are people like me to buy into that story...  Anyway, moving on the shade I am reviewing today - Chanel Black Satin.  This was supposedly a "limited edition" released a long while back, and apparently was sold out everywhere in a matter of minutes.  Currently, though, it is easily available at a lot of Chanel counters and at chanel.com.  That's what happens after the hype dies down and people come to their senses :P

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Black Satin 219 Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Photos NOTD Swatches
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Black Satin 219 Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Photos NOTD Swatches

On to the color itself, I have read reviews describing Chanel Black Satin as a true deep dark black with the trademark Chanel shimmer mixed in - the sort of shimmer that you have to look for in the bottle but won't show up on the hand and just adds a beautiful depth to the color.  Sounds mysterious, deosn't it?  Except the polish I have has no shimmer anywhere - not on my hand, not in the bottle.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Black Satin 219 Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Photos NOTD Swatches
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Black Satin 219 Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Photos NOTD Swatches
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Black Satin 219 Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Photos NOTD Swatches

I would describe Chanel Nail Polish Black Satin as a true black, deep, dark, and inky, with no visible shimmer to it.  It's a creamy black nail polish.  Two coats gives me flawless, opaque coverage.  The formula is quite thin and easy to apply.  The finish is glossy, creamy, and opaque, and the color does have a lovely depth and richness to it.  As with any dark nail polish, but perhaps more so with black, the glossiness that comes with a fresh manicure dulls quite easily (needing a little help from a top coat in a day or two if you really want the gloss).  For a dark color, this dries quite fast, but I would still wait an hour two to avoid any accidental dents and chips.  The color seems to suit a whole lot of skin tones, and I think it looks best on nails that are just a teeny bit long - stubby, short, black nails look too goth, imo. 

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish Black Satin 219 Indian Makeup Beauty Blog Darker Skin Review Photos NOTD Swatches
Chanel Black Satin Nail Polish
To be quite honest, the difference between this and some of the other black nail polishes would be hardly any - especially if you factor in the huge Chanel price tag.  Black Satin is a very well done black nail polish, and there isn't a fault I can find with the formula, so ultimately it all boils down to wearing a regular black versus a Chanel black on your nails.  It is a bit of a high maintainance color, though, and not one I reach for very often.  It's best applied about an hour or two before you put your nails on display, and then make sure the day is spent in absolute hand luxury to keep the manicure looking as fabulous as it started out.  I also find the glossy finish dulls in a day or two, probably because my hands live a pretty stressed out life, and dull black nails look really dull!

So, yes, Chanel Black Satin nail polish is a beautiful color, but it does need a lot of patience and a lot of love to carry off.

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