Oct 31, 2013

Today's Makeup: Bronze-y Brown Shadow and Smudged Green Liner and An Easy How-To

Easy Step by Step Makeup Tutorial - How to Bronze Brown Eyeshadow Smudged Dark Green Eyeliner Peach Lips

Ever since I bought the NARS Ride Up to the Moon eyeshadow palette, the bronze-brown eyeshadow Fez has been one of my most used colors.  I love pairing it with dark green along the lashline, either with NARS Night Porter (also part of the palette) or smudging a pencil liner like the Urban Decay Loaded along my lashline.   Keep the green subtle for a daytime look or go darker for the evenings.  Here's how you can get this easy wear-any-time-of-the-day look in a few easy steps.

Oct 28, 2013

Diorific Nail Vernis Minuit (Dior Golden Winter Holiday Makeup Collection)

Diorific Nail Vernis Minuit 995 - Photos Swatches Review NOTD - Dior Golden Winter Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection
Dior Diorific Nail Polish Minuit ($26)

This gorgeous nail lacquer is part of Dior’s Holiday Look Collection and takes its inspiration from the ultimate refinement of the Palace of Versailles.  Its extravagant architecture and French-style garden fascinated the imagination of Christian Dior, and the stunning makeup collection reflects the majestic golds and rich colors that dress the palace and its gardens.

Dior definitely has one of the prettiest holiday collections this year, and for me, nothing speaks holidays like the sparkling plum Minuit in it's beautiful gold packaging.  This is a complex color that looks a dark burgundy plum under regular daylight and changes to a warmer-toned vampy color under artificial lighting.  The shimmer that is seen so clearly in the bottle shows up just as beautifully on the nails - tiny specks of gold and red shining brightly through the dark base.  Scroll on for more photos.

Current Favorites: Skincare for Hands and Feet

Current Favorites Skincare for Hands and Feet

I rarely do favorites posts, especially with skincare, because I don't make major changes when it comes to my skincare.  I have found a few products over the years that work for me, and I just stick to those.  Boring but effective.  Of late, though, I have been trying to stick to a routine for my hand/feet care - age really does show there - and here's a look at some of the products that I have been loving.  My favorite brands are Crabtree & Evelyn and Burt's Bees, but I do like to mix in some other products once in a while.

Oct 27, 2013

Lakme Fast and Fabulous Nail Polish - Popping Pink (17)

Lakme Nail Polish Fast and Fabulous One Stroke Nail Colour Popping Pink 17 - Photos Swatches Review NOTD
Lakme Fast and Fabulous Nail Polish - Popping Pink #17 (Rs. 175)

I haven't tried very many Lakme nail polishes except for the occasional polish applications after a pedicure at the Lakme salon.  For the most part, Lakme seems to favor shimmery golden colors and not really the sort I care for much.  Turns out, there are some non-shimmery bright summery colors too in the range, and the one I have on here is Lakme Fast and Fabulous One Stroke Nail Color in Popping Pink #17 - a cheery coral-pink.

güd Red Ruby Groovy Body Lotion

Lavish skin with the lively scent of grapefruit and wild thyme and discover that wild thyme isn’t just an ingredient, it’s a promise!  Softens skin, then melts hearts.  Grapefruity scent with a little grr-r.  No parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.  Never ever tested on animals.  No way!

Gud Red Ruby Groovy Natural Body Lotion - Review
güd Red Ruby Groovy Body Lotion ($7)
Product provided for review

güd is the groovier, cheeful-packaging, hipper-looking range from the popular drugstore brand - Burt's Bees.  It launched a while back, and I have tried - and liked - the shampoo and conditioner.  Recently, I got to try güd body lotions, and the one I am reviewing today is the güd Red Ruby Groovy body lotion.  Packaged in bright white and reddish orange colors, this body lotion boasts the moisturizing goodness of shea butter mixed with the lively scent of grapefruit and thyme for fresh, hydrated skin.

Oct 26, 2013

L'Occitane Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette

LOccitane Vanille Narcisse Eau De Toilette - Review
L'Occitane Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette ($75)
Product provided for review

Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette is part of our new collection inspired by the city of Grasse in Provence.  Known by many as the fragrance capital of the world, it is here where precious ingredients from near and distant lands have been combined to create beautiful perfumes for centuries.  A warm, intoxicating fragrance, the Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette is discreet at first, the scent of narcissus swells to reveal a bouquet of white flowers and spicy heart accords.  Rich and radiant vanilla blends with the wilder, untamed notes of narcissus to give it its spirit.

Oct 25, 2013

Avon Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Deep Violet - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Avon Kohl Eyeliner - Get in line with a shea butter-infused formula that glides on smoothly and stays all day.  Smudger makes blending perfectly foolproof.

Avon Kohl Eyeliner Pencil Deep Violet Profond - Photos Review Swatch FOTD
Avon Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Deep Violet/Violet Profond ($7)
Product provided for review.

Avon Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Deep Violet is a soft, easy to smudge/blend pencil that comes with a convenient smudger at one end.  The pencil is a bit hard but applies easily on the eyes.  The color is a rich matte purple.  Scroll on for more photos.

Sneak Peek Vol. 13: Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 Runway Nails Polish Collection

A six-piece nail polish collection featuring new shades from the Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014 runway.  Discover hues of Pale Grape, Rose Pink, Dusky Mauve, Mink, Pale Yellow and Sage Green presented in a gift box.  Formulated with patent-pending technology, Burberry Nail Polish has a protective and long-lasting high-gloss finish with accelerated drying and hardening time.

Burberry Spring Summer 2014 Runway Nail Polish Collection - No. 410 Pale Grape - 400 Rose Pink - 405 Dusky Mauve - 105 Mink - 415 Pale Yellow - 420 Sage Green - Photos Swatches
Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 Runway Nail Collection

Burberry launched their nail polish range this month with their fall collection, but about a month back they decided to do something a bit different - launch the spring/summer 2014 nail collection online for a limited time.  I got the box today, and here's a quick look at the polishes that will now be available only around January 2014.

Oct 24, 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Translucent)

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder Translucent 001 - Review Photos Swatches
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent 001
About $5 depending on where you buy it.

I had been on a search for a good mattifying/setting powder for a while - something not too expensive - and Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder seemed to fit the bill (gets rave reviews from quite a lot of online beauty experts).  I found a rather limited shade range at my local Target and decided to go with the Traslucent shade even though it looked quite a bit light for my skin tone.  The packaging of this pressed powder is quite simple with a clear plastic cover over the actual pressed powder compact.  The only issue I have with this packaging is it seems to be rather fragile, and I have already managed to crack a portion of the cover :(

Oct 21, 2013

Avon True Color Single Eyeshadow - Champagne

Avon True Color Eyeshadow Single Champagne - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Avon True Color Eyeshadow Single - Champagne ($4)
Product provided for review.

Reveal your most vivid eyes with new True Color Technology.  The rich eyeshadow color you see in the compact is the same color you get on your eyes.  Sweep on a solo shade or mix and match for a variety of looks.  Our color-saturated shades are designed for every skin tone.

Avon recently reformulated some of their eyeshadows, and I got to try out one of the True Color eyeshadow singles - Champagne.  The shadow is housed in a sleek black packaging with a sponge applicator included with it.  This color is listed as a matte on the Avon website, but it's a satin-metallic, very pale beige.  Scroll on for more photos.

Oct 20, 2013

On my Nails Today: Specks of Gold with Maybelline Color Show

Maybelline India Color Show Nail Polish - Shocking Seas Tenacious Teal Bold Gold - Easy Festive Dot Nail Art

Maybelline Color Show nail polishes launched in India a couple of weeks back at Rs. 75 a bottle with 40 colors (check HERE) to choose from!  From what I have tried of these so far, the formula seems quite easy to work with, going on quite smooth and nonstreaky.  The colors I have on today are a little out of my usual comfort zone of taupes and browns - Shocking Seas (a bright blue), Tenacious Teal (a surprisingly wearable dark green), and Bold Gold (a metallic opaque gold).  Of the three, Tenacious Teal is my favorite to wear on it's own, but for today, I mixed up the colors a bit with an easy-peasy dotted nail art.

Oct 10, 2013

On my Nails: Sephora by OPI - On Stage

Sephora by OPI Nail Polish - On Stage - Swatches Photos NOTD Review
Sephora by OPI Nail Polish - On Stage

I am making up for my late discovery of the OPI - Sephora nail colors with some last-minute buys from Sephora before the whole collection disappears.  I have no idea how I am going to carry so many nail colors back home to India when I do have to move, but I cannot resist the $10 for 3 deal on Sephora right now!  Anywhoo, the color I have on my nails now is a greyish plum glossy shade - On Stage.  This is one of the best nail polishes I have tried so far.  The color goes on so glossy and absolutely no brush streaks or unevenness - and I assure you I am not the best at applying nail polishes!  Scroll on for more photos.

Oct 8, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches
Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($59)

Experiment with insanely cool brights, not-your-average neutrals, and sexy hits of smoke, all in our decadent, revamped formula. Vice 2 is limited edition with 20 exclusive shades you won’t find anywhere else.

Urban Decay Vice 2 eyeshadow palette promises to be just as awesome as the original Vice palette (which had some amazing shadows).  The palette features new exclusive eyeshadows and from what I swatched they do seem to live up the usual UD standards - smooth and pigmented.  The colors are a mix of strong neutrals and brights.  Here's a look at the swatches.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Sets - Black Market, Ocho Loco 2 - Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils Sets - Black Market - Ocho Loco 2 - Photos Swatches
Urban Decay Pencil Eyeliners Sets - Black Market ($36) and Ocho Loco 2 ($59)
Available at Sephora (in-store and online) and on the Urban Decay website.

Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils are one of my favorite makeup products, so I just had to check the two new pencil sets from Urban Decay - Black Market and Ocho Loco 2.  The sets feature a mix of older shades from the brand along with a couple of new pencils.  Here's a look at the photos and swatches.

Oct 7, 2013

NARS Concealers - Caramel and Biscuit: Photos, Swatches, Review

Brilliantly obscures imperfections and dark spots with a creamy, vitamin-rich formula that nourishes the skin for all-day wear. Crease-proof and easily blendable for a flawless, long-lasting finish.
Nars Concealers Stick - Caramel Biscuit - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
NARS Concealer Stick - Caramel and Biscuit
Caramel c/o of
Izzy Perfume & Beauty Shoppe

I have been on a quest for the perfect concealer for a long time.  After a lot of looking around, I picked up the Bobbi Brown concealer-corrector combination, but while it was sort of okay for under the eyes, it didn't work for covering blemishes.  It did give me a better idea, though, about what I wanted in my concealer - a stick/cream consistency and opaque enough to cover my blemishes without having to cake on the product.  With that in mind, I picked up the NARS concealer that comes in a twist-up stick formula (not the creamy concealers that come in a lipgloss like packaging).  I use two shades - Caramel and Biscuit - both meant for medium-dark skin, with Caramel being the darker/yellower of the two.

Oct 4, 2013

Make Up For Ever Lipstick - Moulin Rouge #43 (Sample)

MUFE Rouge Artiste Intense Lipstick - Moulin Rouge 43 - Photos Swatches FOTD

I amn't the most confident person when it comes to anything that moves even the teeniest bit out of the neutral-brown-beige-peach-safe makeup spectrum, and you definitely won't find very many red lipsticks in my makeup stash.  I have a lot of red lipstick samples, though, which have been pretty much untouched - until now, that is.  I decided to finally give reds a try, and the first sampler I tried out was Make Up For Ever Rouge Artiste Intense Moulin Rouge (#43).  The color is described as a satin vibrant red, is intensely pigmented, and even a light layer applied with a lip brush is quite opaque even on my pigmented lips.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Snapshot Love - Chanel Goodies

Have you shopped from the Chanel website recently?  No?  You should.  I have snagged some nice samples - perfumes and mini glossimers - with purchase, but of late Chanel has been sending out awesome little samples in the mail.  A couple of days back I got an adorable tiny bottle of Coco Noir perfume, and yesterday I found another of the little boxes in the mail.

Chanel Skincare - Sublimage Creme - Serum - Eye Cream - Samples
Chanel Skincare - Sublimage Creme - Serum - Eye Cream - Samples

I love the little keepsake box - can't decide what I will use it for but I love it :P  Inside the box were samples of Chanel's Sublimage skincare range - a jar of Sublimage La Creme Texture Supreme, Sublimage Le Fluide Ultimate Skin Regeneration serum, and a tiny tube of the Sublimage eye cream.

Oct 3, 2013

Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad - Chocolate Sensation - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Reveal your most alluring eyes with NEW True Color Eyeshadow. Our quads are numbered so getting those fabulous eye looks are as easy as 1,2,3...4!  With True Color Technology, the rich color you see in the compact is the same color you get on your eyes.  Crease-proof wear, color saturated shades designed for every skin tone, and numbered shades for our easiest expert eye looks ever!  Exquisite stay-true coordinated shades make every eye-look effortless. .176 oz. total net wt.

Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad - Chocolate Sensation - Swatches Review FOTD Photos
Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad - Chocolate Sensation ($7)
Product provided for review.

My best friend back home in India is a huge Avon fan, and thanks to her enthusiasm, I have tried a lot of their products.  The Avon Glimmersticks are my favorite eyeliners!  It's been a while, though, since I have tried anything from the brand, and I am pretty excited I have a few Avon products to review over the next couple of days.  Today's pick is the Avon True Color Eyeshadow in Chocolate Sensation.  The quad is perfect for anyone who loves neutrals and browns - 3 shimmery-satin eyeshadows and one darker matte shade.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.