Aug 31, 2013

Urban Decay 24-7 Glide On Pencil Eyeliener Smoke - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Urban Decay 24-7 Glide On Pencil Eyeliner Smoke - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Smoke ($19)

Urban Decay pencil eyeliners are among my favorite makeup products.  The uber-black Perversion is a must-have for me, but there are a lot of other colors in the line-up that are quite good but perhaps not so talked about.  Smoke is one such color.  It is quite aptly named and is a grey that really does look like dark dense smoke.  The formula feels smooth on the skin and as with most other UD pencils, especially the non-shimmer ones, Smoke sets quite fast and then just stays on until I take it off with a good makeup remover that is meant for waterproof makeup.

Fall Fragrances at Nordstrom: Valentina Assoluto Eau de Parfum

From sensual grace to magnetic femininity, the master perfumer, Olivier Cresp, has recreated the quintessence of Valentina with an intense fragrance adorned with a chypre signature. A magical formula that comes to life on the skin and transforms into an unmistakable and necessary final touch: a designer fragrance.

Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion

Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion Shea Butter Moisturizer For Dry Skin - Review
Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion ($40/6.8 oz)

Clarins Moisture-Rich Body lotion is a rich moisturizing lotion that intensively nourishes and soothes dry skin.  Though ideal for all skin types, the formula is especially good for dry hands and body and for the winters.  While I am quite enthusiastic about trying out any moisturizer for dry skin, I generally stay with drugstore brands (or something affordable from Whole Foods).  Clarins body lotions are pricier - particularly for me since I use up quite a lot and quite fast - and not something I would generally buy, but this Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion was a smaller/trial size and part of a Clarins skincare kit that I had bought a while back.  So did the Clarins lotion live up to it's claims of being a fabulous moisturizer for dry skin - read on to find out.

Aug 30, 2013

Hanae Mori Eau de Parfum Spray

Hanae Mori Eau de Parfum Spray for Women - Review
Hanae Mori Eau de Parfum Spray ($68)

A lot of times I pick up perfumes without thinking/knowing much about them, either because I found the bottle design particularly intriguing or perhaps because it's just such a raved about perfume.  With Hanae Mori Butterfly, I had a voucher that I got as part of a Sephora perfume set, and I could exchange it for a full size perfume, and to this day, I have no idea what made me pick this up.  I suspect it was the name that fascinated me - there was just something about it - and the clean simple lines of the bottle.  For anyone who might be just as new to perfume houses as I am, Hanae Mori is a Japanese fashion designer (currently retired) - the only Japanese woman designer to have presented her collections in Paris and New York, the first Asian woman to be officially recognized as a haute couture designer, and considered an icon of liberated woman because of her successful career (all thanks to Wikipedia).  Her style inspiration is a butterfly, and that carries on to this fragrance that she has created.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Calypso - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Calypso 337 - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer - Calypso ($34)
c/o Izzy's Perfume & Beauty Shoppe

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Calypso was released as part of the Summertime de Chanel 2013 makeup collection.  It's a bright juicy orange with fine gold shimmer sparkling throughout.  The color seemed a bit too bright for me at that time, and I don't remember if I even swatched it - I might have - but I certainly didn't buy it then.  This year, though, I seem to be a lot more enthusiastic about trying out brighter colors, and when I saw this still available at Izzy's, I had to get it before it disappeared forever!  Scroll on for more photos.

Aug 29, 2013

5 Lipsticks to Try - Maybelline Color Sensationals

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks - Photos Swatches

Maybelline is one of my favorite brands - sure it's a wallet friendly brand and that's the major reason I like Maybelline, but it also helps that some of the products are actually realllly nice.  Like the Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks, for instance.  For anyone on a budget and looking for an easy to wear lipstick, the Color Sensational lipsticks are a good place to start.  A very popular shade is My Mahogany - it's my most worn down lipstick - but if you are the sort who doesn't like peachy-beige shades and/or just are on the lookout for a Maybelline lipstick that is not "My Mahogany," here are 5 other shades that you might want  to try.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick Fiction - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick Fiction - Photos Review Swatches FOTD
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick - Fiction ($34)

The exciting next chapter in the evolution of the iconic modern creme lip color, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Shine provides beautiful, lasting, moisturizing shine in a water-light texture.  It glides on for easy application and is available in a complete range of shades, from delicate beiges to dazzling berries, with hints of shimmer to enhance a glossy finish.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Fiction is a warm berry color with fine gold shimmer scattered throughout.  Not surprisingly for Chanel, the shimmer is beautifully understated, and while it is seen on the lips if I peer close enough, it isn't chunky or gritty at all and just adds a lovely shine to the finish.  The formula is one of the more pigmented Rouge Coco Shines but still has some sheerness to it - sort of like a deeply tinted lip balm - and of course, feels just as comfortable as any good lip balm.  Scroll on for more photos.

On my nails today: Lancome Vernis in Love - Aqua Bleu

Lancome Vernis in Love Aqua Bleu Nail Polish - Photos - Swatches
Lancome Vernis in Love - Aqua Bleu ($15)
Product provided for review.

Inspired by the new trendy Rouge In Love lip collection, Vernis in Love is a high potency nail lacquer perfectly themed to compliment every woman's mood and style. With ultimate brilliance, intense color, and a mistake-free application, your nails will love the lasting shine and pop of color that stays put for days.

The color I got to try out is Lancome Vernis in Love - Aqua Bleu - which I think was released as part of the Lancome Summer 2013 makeup collection.  It's a bright blue with a barely there hint of purple to it.  The color makes for a cheerful summer manicure.  This is my first time trying out one of the Lancome nail polishes.  The formula took me 3 coats to get a smooth opaque finish and lasted 3 to 4 days without any chips (which is pretty impressive for me).  No top coat needed, though, of course, adding one would enhance the glossiness and increase the chip-free time.  Scroll on for more photos.

Aug 24, 2013

Chanel Jeux de Regards Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches

Chanel Jeux de Regards Makeup Collection - Fascination Seduction Eyeshadow Quad - Photos - Swatches
Chanel Fascination and Seduction eyeshadow quads from the Jeux de Regards Makeup Collection
(Info thanks to Teger@Specktra)

Chanel Jeux de Regards makeup collection finally launched in the US (available at Nordstrom stores and online).  The collection concentrates on the eyes, of course, and the products featured are mostly repromotes except for the 2 new eyeshadow quads and an eyeliner.  I have never been a fan of the Illusion D'Ombre formula and have enough eyeliners to last me a lifetime and some more, so I picked up only the eyeshadow quads.  I do have some photos of the other products to share, though.

Aug 22, 2013

DKNY Be Delicious (Paris) Eau de Parfum

DKNY Be Delicious Heart Paris Eau de Parfum - Review
DKNY Be Delicious (Paris) Eau de Parum

Get ready to take off on a scent-sational journey.  DKNY’s Be Delicious Heart Paris promises to transport you to the chicest city one spritz at a time.  This ultra-mod fragrance features a delicious apple essence complimented with a blend of sweet, fruity notes and subtle amber surrounding everything that makes the city of Paris unique.  DKNY loves Paris, the cosmopolitan city of light.  Beautiful and romantic, the capital of art and fashion.

Aug 19, 2013

Today's Makeup: Old and The New

Todays Makeup - Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Fiction Lipstick - Rose Petale Blush - MAC Fluidline Dark Diversion

Today's makeup was a bit of a mix of old and new makeup.  I picked out Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Fiction at random from the lipstick box.  As it turns out, this is another of my hardly ever used lipsticks.  I haven't even bothered reviewing it so far!  Since this is a deeper berry shade, I didn't use anything much on my eyes - just the MAC Fluidline in Dark Diversion, and old favorite of mine.  On my cheeks I added Chanel Rose Petale Joues Contraste blush - my first Chanel blush.

Estee Lauder Beautiful Eau de Parfum Spray


Estee Lauder Perfumes for Women - Beautiful Eau de Parfum Spray - Review
Estee Lauder Beautiful Eau de Parfum Spray
The fragrance of a thousand flowers, a tender bouquet of lilies and roses, marigold and orange blossoms, all warmed with a rich, woody base and brightened with a touch of citrus.  Romantic, tender, memorable.
Fragrance type:  Lush floral.
Fragrance Notes:  Top notes of rose, mandarin, lily, tuberose, and marigold.  Middle notes of orange flower, muguet, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. Base notes of sandalwood, vetiver, and amber.

Aug 18, 2013

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick - Coral - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick - Cheeks and Lips - Coral - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Wearing Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Coral ($22)
Product provided for review.

Josie Maran Argan Color Sticks are dual-purpose lip and cheek products infused with argan oil and provides longlasting natural flush of color to cheeks and lips.  These come packaged in the standard Josie Maran rose gold packaging, sort of like jumbo-sized lipsticks with a twist-up mechanism that brings up the product.  The product is packed full skin-friendly oils (check ingredients list below) and is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, and triclosan.  The shade I got to try out is Coral - a peachy coral shade.  Scroll on for more photos.

Gud Orange Petalooza Body Wash

güd orange petalooza body wash ($7)
product provided for review

A richly lathering body wash with the scent of blood orange and hyacinth.  All in the key of awesome.  Lathers like nobody’s business.  Refreshing, eye-opening scent.  No parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.  Never ever tested on animals. No way!  Squeeze onto a loofah, washcloth or your hands and lather all over. Rinse. Towel off.  Carpe diem, diva!

Aromatherapy: Lavender Essential Oil


It's been a while since I posted anything new in Know The Ingredient series - had almost forgotten about it - but now that I have loads of time, here's my newest edition:  Lavender.  I have always seen lavender mentioned as an ingredient in a lot of soothing/relaxing home remedies, and that coupled with photos of purple fields of lavender flowers stretching away for miles made this one of my favorite ingredients.  Of course, I had never seen/smelled real lavender or the essential oil, and when I did, it didn't quite match the soft, romantic smell I had dreamed of in my head.  Lavender has a fresh, herbal smell that I would describe as clean and sharp.  It's not a smell I like a lot but knowing it's many benefits for oily-blemished skin like mine, I definitely do like it as an ingredient in my skincare.

Aug 16, 2013

My 5 Most Used Blushes This Summer

Best Bright Blushes for The Summers - Photos - Swatches - Dolce Gabbana Sole - MAC Hidden Treasure - Chanel Frivole - Brume Dor - NARS Liberte

There is something about summers and bright colors.  Like today, all I wanted to do was pop on a bright lipstick and dab on some peachy/coral blush even when the most exciting thing on my to-do list for the day was cleaning up my my room and organizing makeup.  Good thing I stuck to the cleaning.  The last time I was "supposed" to be cleaning, I ended up scattering all my blushes on the floor and staring at them - and left them that way for ages after that!  I did get these photos, though, promptly filed away in drafts.  Anywho, now that I remembered, these are my 5 much-used blushes this summer.

It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Radiance Illuminator

It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Radiance Illuminator
It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Radiance Illuminator ($24)
Product provided for reiew

The It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Radiance Illuminator boasts a truly innovative formula with ingredients such as peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, real silk and anti-oxidants that hydrate, condition, and nourish skin while warding off free-radicals all day long.  It gives a healthy, lit-from-within glow, that leaves skin silky, velvety, and supple without settling into lines and wrinkles.  As with a lot of It Cosmetics products, the packaging on this is quite classy.  A sleek, rounded, smooth and polished-to-a-mirror-finish metal compact houses the creamy beige illuminator and also has a mirror on one side.  Scroll on for more photos

Aug 15, 2013

Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick - Fuchsia Frolic, Berry Bliss, Happy Honey

Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick - Fuchsia Frolic - Berry Bliss - Happy Honey - Photos - Swatches - Review
Wearing Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Fuchsia Frolic
Product provided for review.

Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating lipstick ($22) is a 3-in-1 lipstick with a core of lipstick and a moisturizing clear balm surrounding it.  These lipsticks combine the hydrating effects of a gloss, the pigmentation of a lipstick, and the glossy shine from a lipgloss.  This is definitely not a new product - loads of other brands have similar products - but it's the first time I am trying out something like this.  Like most Josie Maran products, these lipsticks too are housed in a classy rose gold-bronze metallic casing.  They are available in 6 shades, and I got to try out 3 of these - Berry Bliss, Happy Honey, and Fuchsia Frolic.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Aug 13, 2013

Face of The Day: An Easy Everyday Look

Easy Everyday Makeup Look

Last weekend was a bit of a blur for me, not because I was busy but literally a blur because my eyes were so irritated and red.  Nobody to blame but me since it all started with the mascara/eye makeup that I was too lazy to take off before taking a quick nap.  Long story short, my eyes are just about barely normal now, and my makeup routine for the day consists of washing my face and a moisturizer.  So, this isn't a "today's makeup" but photos that I couldn't use in another post.  I have a whole lot of Urban Decay eyeliner pencils, many of which I haven't used even once, so I decided to incorporate those in the look (giving my usual Perversion a skip) and Chanel Rouge Allure in Secrete - another of my hardly ever used lipsticks.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches

Aug 12, 2013

Quick Makeup Tip: How To Apply Foundation in 3 Easy Steps

Makeup Tips How to Apply Foundation in 3 Easy Steps

YSL Rebel Nudes Glossy Stains - Swatches

YSL Rebel Nudes Glossy Stains - Swatches
YSL Rebel Nudes Glossy Stains - $34

YSL Glossy gives you a gloss, stain and lipstick all in one so you can have it all.  Capturing the revolutionary formula of the original, the Rebel Nudes also boast euphotic colored-light technology that gives your lips a scrumptious 3D effect.  Highlight your lips with a lip plumper for a full look.  Then, apply Glossy Stain to the bottom and top lip without blotting.  Allow color to dry on lips for all-day shine.  Repeat for a more dramatic glow.

Aug 11, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner - Photos, Swatches

UPDATE - FOR MARC JACOBS HIGHLINER GEL CRAYON EYELINERS (2015) SWATCHES - CLICK HERE
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Pencil Eyeliner Crayon - Blaquer Jazzberry Ro cocoa Nice Introvert Think - Photos - Swatches
Marc Jacobs Beauty - Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner (available HERE) - $25

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner is a waterproof, long-wearing pencil eyeliner that promises intense color payoff.  The formula combines the smoothness of a gel pot eyeliner with the convenience of a crayon.  The texture is super-smooth and glides on easily offering flawless, precise application that sets in place for all-day wear.  This crayon gel eyeliner is available in 6 richly pigmented shades, including Blacquer, the blackest, shiniest black.  Scroll on for swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Eyeshadows - Photos, Swatches

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Style Eyecon No 3 Plush Eyeshadows Palettes - Photos Swatches
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Eyeshadows (available HERE) - $42

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Eyeshadows are the smaller of the two eyeshadow palettes from the Marc Jacobs beauty range.  Similar to the Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 eyeshadows, these palettes too feature a mix of metallic, satin, and matte shades.  The packaging is not narrow like the 7-pan palette - is more of a rounded palette - but it's just as compact.  Scroll on for photos and swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush - Photos, Swatches

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Shameless Bold Blush - Photos Swatches - 210 Irresistible - 216 Rebellious - 212 Outspoken - 202 Naughty
Marc Jacobs Beauty - Shameless Bold Blush (available HERE) - $30
Also in the pic (left) - The Blush - Marc Jacobs Beauty angled blush brush No. 10 ($38)

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Shameless Bold Blushes are inspired by the designer's tattoos and give you "the permission to pursue all the wrongs that feel so right."  The sleek packaging theme continues with these blushes which are housed in a shiny stylish square compact that with a protective silk pouch.  Also included are a portable blush brush, dot mirror, and an exaggerated button for easy compact closure.  The formula claims to be infused with bio-lipids and essential amino acids, and the ultra lightweight blushes promise silky smooth application and bold vibrant color.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 - Plush Eyeshadow Palette - Lolita, Vamp, Tease, Starlet - Photos, Swatches

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Con No 7 - Plus Eyeshadows Palettes - Lolita 206 - Vamp 208 - Tease 206 - Starlet 204 - Photos - Swatches
Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Con No. 7 - Plush Eyeshadow (available HERE) - $59
In the pic:  The Starlet (204)

Part of the Marc Jacobs Beauty line-up are some fabulous eyeshadow palettes.  The Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadows feature 7 eyeshadows in one sleek, long, narrow palette.  The packaging is definitely quite different from any other palette I have seen.  The shadows included are a mix of matte, satin, and metallic shades that should help create a variety of looks and make for an easy transition from day to night.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Aug 10, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Laquer Lip Vinyl - Photos, Swatches

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Laquer Lip Vinyl Lipgloss  - Full - Sheer - Photos Swatches
Marc Jacobs Lust for Laquer Lip Vinyl - Sheer/Full (available HERE) - $28

Lust for Laquer Lip Vinyls are lipglosses from the newly launched Marc Jacobs Beauty range.  Available in two finishes - Sheer and Full (more pigmented) - the Lip Vinyls claim to be infused with champagne grape extracts, antioxidants, and essential oils.  The patented pillowed applicator helps with precise application and the gloss gives a high shine finish.  Scroll on for photos and swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel (Lipsticks) - Photos, Swatches

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Lipsticks - Photos - Swatches
Marc Jacobs Beauty (available HERE) - LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30)

The much-talked-about Marc Jacobs Beauty finally launched in Sephora stores.  I found them at my local Sephora and got to play around a bit and get some photos and swatches.  First up are the LoveMarc Lip Gels - Marc Jacobs Beauty version of a lipstick.  These "gellified lipsticks" feature a long-wearing formula, intensely saturated colors, and have a sleek shine finish.  What sets the LoveMarc Lip Gel apart from traditional waxy lipsticks, apparently, is the gellified formula which delivers utmost creaminess, comfort, and color payoff with ingredients such as monoi butter for hydration, myrrh extract works for antiaging effects, and an innovative 3-D plumping agent that adds gentle volume. The vivid shades are all inspired by Marc’s favorite movies.  Scroll on for photos and swatches.

Aug 9, 2013

Gud Floral Cherrynova Shampoo and Conditioner

Gud Floral Cherrynova Shampoo and Conditioner - Review
güd shampoo and conditioner in floral cherrynova
(Product provided for review)

Burt's Bees branched out into the güd range of products a while back, and I have to confess, I have never had any inclination to give these a try.  The products claim to have no parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals in them and feature cutesy packagine with bright origami-inspired flowers and fruits designed on them.  This was all so different from the vintage-appearing, subtle Burt's Bees idea that I just didn't feel güd would be as good.  I have definitely changed my opinion, though, since trying the güd shampoo and conditioner in floral cherrynova.  The cute (yes, now I find them cute) bottles and the mild floral scent has me hooked, and it doesn't hurt that the shampoo and conditioner are a very effective duo.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 - No. 30 - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 - No 30 - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Powder (SPF 15) - $57.50

The much-awaited Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color powder finally released in the US, and I promptly ordered mine from the Chanel website.  The usual black Chanel compact that houses most of the powder products has been changed up a bit for the Les Beiges which features a beige-white top instead.  Inside is a small half-moon shaped brush that fits snugly over a black plastic cover that protects the powder inside.  The packaging is beautiful, classy, simple, and very functional.  The powder itself is very soft, and it has fine, almost invisible, shimmer mixed in.  It also has a lovely fragrance to it.  Scroll on for more photos, swatches, and more.

Aug 8, 2013

On my Nails Today: Chanel Nail Polish Starlet (Avant Premiere de Chanel Makeup Collection)

Chanel Nail Polish Starlet 575 - Avant Premiere Makeup Collection - Swatch - Photos - Review - NOTD

Chanel nail polish Starlet (575) was among the four nail polishes released as part of the Avant-Premiere de Chanel makeup collection.  The color is a dusty peach-coral with fine shimmer mixed in.  The shimmer isn't one of the invisible Chanel shimmers but it's quite a subtle sheen that is mixed into the nail polish.  It adds a warmth and a golden hue to the nail polish without ever making it look too glittery or shimmery.  This is a perfect color for the spring/summer days, but it would look lovely any time of the year.  It's a neutral but definitely not a boring one at all.  Scroll on for more photos.

Aug 5, 2013

Today's Makeup: Keeping it Simple with Browns

Makeup Today - Chanel Les Beiges Powder - NARS Ride Up to The Moon Eyeshadow Palette - Rouge Coco Shine Synopsis lipstick

It's been a while since I posted anything, been quite busy with my work (the one that pays the bills :P), but now that I got some time to spare, I am hoping to do something beyond my usual snacking and sleeping.  Maybe get some cleaning/organization done and get into a healthy-eating-sleeping-early routine.  I am also planning on using a lot of my unused makeup, do some random FOTDs and get into the habit of actually dressing up in the morning rather than lounging around with my hair tied up in a scrunchie the whole day long.  For today, I was trying out a couple of new products - NARS Ride Up to The Moon eyeshadow palette and the Chanel Les Beiges #30 powder.