Nov 21, 2013

Today's Makeup: Orange-Red Lips and Shimmer on the Eyes

Today's makeup - Orange Red Lipstick Chanel Incandescente - Olive Shimmer Eyeshadow Mystere

There are some lip colors I would never ever try, and a bright red lipstick ranks #1 - a purple or green lipstick would be less scary to me - and while I have bought a red lipstick or two over the years, it's a color I definitely lack the confidence to carry.  A while back, I got a sampler of some Chanel reds, and it has stayed untouched until now.  Today, though, I decided to give these a try, starting with Chanel Incandescente.  Described as a "fire red," this color looks a bright orangey-red on my lips, and I have paired it with a wash of olive-beige shimmer on the eyes and a soft peach blush.

Nov 19, 2013

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick - Swatches

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks - Swatches

Givenchy Rouge Interdit is more than a lipstick: it's a fashion accessory with a designer signature. The black and silver tube is an objet d'art adorned with a ribbon at one end that unlocks this beautiful piece. Wear anytime, in any circumstance. When applied, it immediately soothes and softens.  Its fine, spreadable texture melts over the lips.  An exceptionally smooth, longwearing lipstick, it adds light-reflective color to the lips as it nourishes and hydrates with powerful antioxidants.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick - Swatches

Guerlain Maxishine Lipgloss D'Enfer - Swatches

Guerlain Maxi Shine D'Enfer Lipgloss - Swatches - Candy Strip 468 Coral Wizz 440 Pink Clip 461 La Petite Robe Noir 463 Prune Zip 471 Praline Blop 401 Browny Clap 402 Brun Buzz 403 Rouge Shebam 420 Tangerine Vlam 441
Guerlain Maxishine Gloss D'Enfer ($30)

A lip gloss with intense color, high shine, and a plumping effect.  Guarantee your lips a shimmering, radiant, and plumping finish.  The oil composition creates a moisturizing barrier to ensure an intense softness.  Additionally, each shade presents varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity.  The perfect partner for a desirable, appealing smile, Maxi Shine offers tailor-made effects for beautifully enhanced lips.


Guerlain Maxishine Gloss D'Enfer - Photos, Swatches

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact - Swatches

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick - Swatches - Garance 06 Gala 21 Garconne 25 Gabrielle 60 Grenade 65 Gigolo 70 Gina 20 Greta 22 Gipsy 41 Gemma 64 Garcia 66

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact is a shimmering, ruby-powder lipstick tucked inside a chic, Parisian case.  The compact marries beauty with high design, and with one click, you will have a luminous lipstick and mirror at your fingertips.  Designed by Lorenz Bäumer, the most talented jeweler from the Place Vendôme in Paris, it is the ultimate accessory of mystery and seduction.  The lipstick contains a ruby-powder formula that interacts with the light and creates a jaw-dropping pout of perfection.  At first glaze, lips will be left defined, smoothed, plumped, and hydrated.

Here's a look at some quick swatches:

Nov 18, 2013

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush - Emotion (87)

Chanel Emotion 87 - Joues Contraste Powder Blush - Swatches Photos Review FOTD

It's been a while since I reviewed a Chanel blush - haven't really bought one after the cream blushes.  This weekend, while browsing through the Nordstrom beauty counters, I spotted a new (at least to me) Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush - Emotion (87).  I am not even sure if this is just a random new release or if it is part of the fall/winter/holiday 2013 collection.  Emotion is a matte blush - unlike the usual Chnael JCs which have a fine shimmer mixed in - and the color is a pink with slight mauve tones to it.  It's a lighter color, but the blush itself is quite pigmented.  The soft formula is easy to pick up on any brush and just as easy to go overboard with!  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipsticks - Swatches

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipsticks - Swatches - 101 Beige Mousseline 102 Beige Plume 103 Brun Creatéur 104 Brun Cachemire Rose Taffetas 202 Rose Dressing - 203 Rose Dentelle 205 Fuchsia Irrésistible 301 Magnolia Organza 304 Mandarine Boléro 306 Carmin Escarpin 307 Grenat Initié
Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick - 103 Brun Creatéur

Enjoy perfectly defined lips that last as long as you do—and a genuine leather goods item. This lipstick-as-accessory delivers intense colors and a semi-mat finish all in one stroke. And as the first lipstick to come in real leather, it imparts a soft, supple touch and sensual feeling.

Givenchy Le Rouge lipsticks are one of my favorites - I have mini-size versions of the Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in 103 Brun Creatéur - and the formula as well as the packaging is perfect luxury.  These lipsticks have a nondrying, long-lasting matte-velvet finish.  Here's a look at the swatches of the other lipsticks in this range.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Pink in Devotion (No. 6)

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Pink in Devotion No6

Here's a quick peek at one of my favorite lip colors - YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Pink in Devotion.  This is part of a sample/GWP I got from Sephora, and since I stocked up on 2 or 3 of these, it will be a while before I finish and buy a full-size version.  The color is described as a bright hibiscus pink, and the formula of the lipstick is slightly sheer.  It's a beautiful pink that gives an instant pop of brightness to the face.  The formula packs a lot of pigment even with a thin application and stays on the lips for a good 3 hours, leaving a stain even as the lipstick wears off.

Nov 17, 2013

Tom Ford Lipsticks - Swatches

Tom Ford Lipsticks - Swatches
Tom Ford Lip Color - $49

To Tom Ford, there is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip.  It is the focus of the face and it has the power to define a woman's whole look.  Each lip color is Tom Ford's modern ideal of an essential makeup shade.  Rare and exotic ingredients, including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil, create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application.  Specially treated pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.

Tom Ford Lip Color Shines - Swatches

Tom Ford Beauty - Makeup - Lip Color Shine Lipsticks - Swatches
Tom Ford Lip Color Shine ($48)

Tom Ford Lip Color Shine features a blend of soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to condition and moisturize your lips while draping you in a veil of high-shine color.


My local Nordstrom has a small - reallly small - Tom Ford counter which up until recently had only the perfumes.  A few weeks back, I noticed the Tom Ford lipsticks turn up, and today, I found the Tom Ford Lip Color Shines.  Am hoping the Tom Ford brushes will be next!  Anywhoooo, I got swatches of the lipsticks today to share.  The Tom Ford lip color shines are creamy and smooth, and at least a few of these also seem to have quite a lot of pigment in them.

Nov 16, 2013

Juice Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum Perfume - Review
The Viva la Juicy girl never turns down a glass of champagne or the chance to get into the tiniest bit of trouble.

Viva la Juicy is a warm fruity floral that features notes of delicious wild berries and juicy mandarn gently tempered with honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine all wrapped up in woody base notes of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline.  The style is described as "tantalizing, teasing, tempting."  I have to admit I was a bit of a snob with this perfume.  The two bottles that I have in the photo above are samplers/GWPs that I got a while back but hadn't bother to try for a really long time until one day when a tiny spritzer sample vial of Viva La Juicy was all I had in my purse.  Turns out, gasp, I was wrong about the perfume!

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream

Your feet support you each and every day.  How about a little love?  Made with Coconut Oil and other natural ingredients, our foot creme revives and rejuvenates your dry, oh-so neglected feet while rosemary and peppermint extracts refresh your weary soles.  You’ll go nuts for it.

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream - Review
Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream ($9)
Product provided for review

I have been trying the Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme for a while now, and for someone who has really dry skin and drier feet, this is something of a must-have.  Like a lot of other foot creams, Burt's Bees claims this refreshes and rejuvenates tired feet with peppermint and rosemary extracts and moisturizes with coconut oil.  Much as I love Burt's Bees natural ingredients, I don't usually see much of a difference with anything other than the greasiest body butters, but turns out they were right about this cream!

5 Reasons to Love Chia

Chia Seeds - Superfoods - Health Nutrition Benefits

The idea of superfoods has always fascinated me.  Most of these ingredients promise huge health benefits without having to drastically alter existing dietary habits.  A while back, I read a couple of books by Dr. Perricone (yes, same person who started the skincare range) and was obsessed with flaxseeds.  Partly because I couldn't quite figure out whether phytoestrogens were good or bad and also because using flax seeds involved a bit of extra work, I lost interest pretty soon.  Of late, though, I have been really curious about the much-talked about chia seed.  I was more familiar with it because of the Chia pets - I don't think those seeds are edible - but now these tiny black seeds are also quite common in a lot of healthfood stores.  Here's 5 reasons why chia seeds would probably be my next superfood obsession:

Nov 15, 2013

DIY Haircare: Warm Oil Treatment For Healthy Hair

Warm Coconut Oil Curry Leaves Hair Treatment - How to Make Use - DIY At-Home Remedy
Coconut Oil infused with curry leaves
Warm oil treatment to prevent premature greying and reduce hair loss.

I love using warm oil treatments for my hair, and most days it's just something as simple as massaging warm olive or coconut oil as a prewash treatment.  Every once in a while, though, I like to add in a little something extra to the oil.  My favorite ingredient to add is curry leaf, commonly used in South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine and NOT the same as curry powder.  Apart from the unique flavor they impart to food, curry leaves also have phenomenal health benefits including being rich in antioxidants, iron, flavinoids, etc.  When infused into coconut oil or as a paste, they are also believed to be quite effective in preventing premature greying of hair - not really a big help to me considering I have all the grey hair I need already - as well as strengthening hair roots.  It's easily available in most Indian stores, and here's how you can make your own curry leaves infused warm oil treatment (I am quite familiar with using a microwave and working with oils in a microwave, but if you are not, please ask someone who knows to help you).

Nov 14, 2013

Easy Nail Art Tutorial: Sideways French Manicure with Maybelline India Buried Treasure - Ladies' Night

Easy Nail Art Tutorial - Sideways French Manicure - Maybelline India Nail Polish Buried Treasure Ladies' Night

Have you noticed how some advertisements have a teeny little footnote/disclaimer at the end telling you about what might not be quite accurate in what's displayed in the photos?  Well, I am going to start my post with a small one too.  I have labeled this nail art a "sideways French manicure," but I am not really sure if that's what it's called or if "it" even has a name.  So if any of you know better, please let me know in the comments below :)  That done, on to this really easy nail art:  As would be obvious from the title, this is French manicure for people (me) who cannot figure out the traditional way of doing a stripe along the nail tips.  I don't know how to do it - it looks plain stupid whenever I try it on myself - and the horizontal stripe just makes my short nails look stubbier.  This "sideways French" is the easier version, and because the stripes are along the length of the nail, it also gives an illusion of slimmer/longer nails.

The Smokey Eyes Checklist

How to do Smokey Eye Makeup - Easy Steps - Tips Tricks

Most people associate smokey eyes with "black eyeshadow" and "black eyeliner," and there is no denying that the classic/full-on dark smokey eye is also the most popular.  In general, though, you can do a smokey eye with any color, keeping the intensity darkest near the lashline and fading away towards the outer corner, giving it a smokey hazy appearance - even if it it's using soft neutral browns.  Irrespective of how dark the smokey eye is or what colors are used in the look, I have found that following a few small steps (I don't really want to call them rules) can go a long way in getting the "perfect smokey eye."

Nov 12, 2013

Burberry Nail Polish - Oxblood No. 303

Burberry Nail Polish Oxblood No. 303 - Photos, Swatches, Review, NOTD
 Burberry Nail Polish Oxblood No. 303 ($21)

I finally got my hands on the much-awaited Burberry nail polish Oxblood No. 303.  Part of the newly launched Burberry nail polish collection, Oxblood was the only dark color available at my local Nordstrom, and according to the Burberry SA, it was also selling out quite fast.  I did have a sneaking suspicion she said that just to get me to buy it (to be fair, though, she told me I could reserve it for later and not be charged for it), but it was the one color I was most curious about so I bought it anyway.  The color is a deep, dark burgundy-berry that shows hints of brown tones to it under warmer lighting.  Scroll on for more photos.

Nov 11, 2013

Crabtree Evelyn Citron-Honey-Coriander Skin Quenching Body Lotion

Drench dry skin with our award-winning Citron, Honey & Coriander Body Lotion. A blend of zesty citron scent and softening apricot and peach kernel oils, this lightweight lotion is infused with sugar and fruit extracts to help clarify and smooth skin. So it’s left soft, scented and ready to face the day.

Crabtree Evelyn Citron-Honey-Coriander Skin Quenching Body Lotion - Review
Crabtree Evelyn Citron-Honey-Coriander Skin Quenching Body Lotion - Review

Benefit High Beam - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD


Benefit High Beam Highlighter - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD
Benefit High Beam ($26) is an ethereal pink liquid highlighter that creates a radiantly dewy complexion.
For an angelic sheen, this pink shimmering lotion adds a soft, natural afterglow.
I got the Benefit High Beam highlighter as part of an older Feelin' Cheeky makeup set (also had Benefit's Posietint and Benetint in it).  I don't have much love for highlighters because, yes, they add shine - something my oily-combination skin doesn't need more of - but most also have chunkier shimmer particles that just help magnifying every little pit and pore on my face!  Benefit High Beam, though, isn't anything like that.  This is an easy-to-use thick silvery pink liquid that comes with a handy brush applicator (looks very much like a nail polish brush).

Nov 10, 2013

Hakuhodo J5523 Makeup Brush

Hakuhodo J5523 Eyeshadow Makeup Blending Brush - Photos Review
Hakuhodo Makeup Brush (available HERE) - $18

Hakuhodo is a Japanese brush manufacturing brand that reportely makes brushes for quite a few well-known makeup brands, but they also have their own range of makeup brushes that can be bought online from the Hakuhodo website.  While they do make some very expensive brushes, the J5523 is one of the more affordable brushes from this brand.  The brush has a black wooden handle and nickel-plated brass ferrule that crimps towards the end where the brush hair are held.  The hair used is uncut goat hair, and the brush can be used to apply liquid, cream, and powder products.  Dimensions of the brush (as provided on the website):  Full Length: 151.0 mm, hair length 16.0 mm, and thickness 4.5 mm

Miss Dior Eau de Parfum - Perfume Review

Miss Dior Eau de Parfum - Perfume Review
Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

In 1947, Christian Dior presented his first couture collection and became an immediate global success. Simultaneously he launched his first fragrance, Miss Dior Original, a perfume inspired by love and romance.  Since its introduction to the runway, Dior perfume has continued to be fashion’s finishing touch, representing elegance, luxury, and spectacular creativity.  Miss Dior is an audacious chypre with a citrusy freshness and a jasmine heart.  Sprinkled with fruity notes and underscored by the elegance of patchouli, this chic and daring fragrance is a new classic.


Miss Dior Eau de Parfum - Fragrance Notes

Italian Mandarin Essence, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Indonesian Patchouli Essence.

Nov 9, 2013

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches (Part I)

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches
MAC Eyeshadows

I have been wanting to try some MAC eyeshadows for a while now, but because MAC has such a huge number of eyeshadows, most of which I am not familiar with, I thought of starting off with some swatches first to get an idea about how the colors look on my skintone.  I got these swatches at Nordstrom, and no I didn't buy all these eyeshadows - they are just swatches from the counter - but I am sharing them here so hopefully it would help someone with a similar skin color.  To avoid making the post too pic-heavy, I will be breaking up the swatches into separate posts in no particular order, but the swatches I have here are mostly neutral colors.

Nov 8, 2013

On my Nails Today: Burberry Nail Polish in Dusky Mauve No. 405 (Spring/Summer 2014)

On my nails today, I have - oh wait a minute, what do I have here?!  That's what I was thinking as I was editing photos for this post.  I applied one polish on my nails and clicked photos of a whole different polish to show the details of the packaging and the brush, and realized the two weren't the same only while staring at the photos on my laptop.  "Wah..wah..perils of having millions of nailpaints," said my helpful friend :-|  So anyway, that's the story behind why this post has no photos of the bottle or the brush or anything else.  As for the color on my nails, it is Burberry nail polish in Dusky Mauve, part of the Spring/Summer 2014 makeup collection.

Burberry Nail Polish Dusky Mauve No 405 Spring Summer 2014 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches Review NOTD Beauty Blog
Burberry Nail Polish Dusky Mauve No 405 Spring Summer 2014 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches Review NOTD Beauty Blog
Burberry Nail Polish Dusky Mauve No 405 Spring Summer 2014 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches Review NOTD Beauty Blog

Burberry Dusky Mauve is a dusty, murky smokey purple with strong grey tones to it.  Under artificial lighting, the color shows more of the purple tones while regular daylight brings out some of the greyish tones in the polish.  This is the first nail polish I am trying from the Burberry range - their polishes are a very recent addition to their makeup range - and the formula is fabulous.  This polish goes on creamy and smooth even on the first coat, though I have used 2 coats here to give some depth to the color.  It dries quite fast between coats, much faster than some of the other high-end nail polishes I have tried so far, and the finish is glossy and smooth.  I have not used a topcoat in the photos above, though of course, adding one would definitely add to the glossy finish as well as the lasting power.  A lovely neutral that would work on any skin tone and an easy pick for cooler fall months, do give the Burberry nail polish in Dusky Mauve a try when it launches again some time in January next year.

Also read:  Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 Nail Colors - Photos/Swatches.
Burberry Mink
Burberry Oxblood
Burberry Dusky Mauve 
Burberry Pale Yellow
Burberry Pale Grape


Nov 7, 2013

Today's Makeup and An Easy How-To: Soft Berry Eyes and A Dark Lip

Soft Berry Eyeshadows Makeup Dark Lips Makeup Tutorial

Not sure if it's the weather getting colder every day or all those fallen leaves, but of late, I find myself reaching for darker (than my normal) makeup colors.  It's still quite bright and sunny outside, though, and a vampy lip or a smokey eye seems quite out of place.  A softer plum eye and a deeper tinted lip color helps bridge the gap just right for me.  Among the products I have used, MAC Fluidline in Dark Diversion is well past it's toss-away date, and I really don't know a close enough dupe for this.  Any suggestions would be awesome!  As for the makeup, here's what I used and also an easy how-to:

Nov 5, 2013

Maybelline India's 12-Hour Smudge-Proof Colossal Kajal - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD


Maybelline India 12 Hour Smudge-Proof Deepest Black Colossal Kajal Pencil Eyeliner - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD
Maybelline India's Colossal Kajal - Rs. 175

A friend of mine sent across a few Indian makeup products for me to try - mostly nail polishes and also the Maybelline Colossal Kajal.  This seems to be quite a popular product going by reviews by a lot of Indian makeup/beauty bloggers, and it's an uberblack eyeliner, so of course, I love it already :P  The kajal I have is the newer reformulated version which boasts 12 hours of smudge-proof wear (as opposed to the earlier 6 hours) and deepest black color.   This twist-up pencil comes in a bright yellow packaging that's definitely easy to spot in a bag...or a messy room!

Nov 4, 2013

3 Tips to Find a Good Makeup Brush

For the longest time, the only makeup brushes I had were the teeny ones from the TBS travel brush kit, and that was quite enough for me then - I didn't even have a blush!  I certainly have picked up a few more brushes after that, and I have definitely seen a difference in makeup application with better brushes.  It's not necessary to own a ton of brushes, though, or buy crazy expensive brushes.  A few simple rules will help you pick up the right one for you - on any budget.

3 Tips to Buy Good Makeup Brushes on any Budget

Nov 3, 2013

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye Palette (Limited Edition) - Photos, Swatches

What to pair with a leading lady-worthy lip?  This palette plays the perfect supporting role to any look, from the season's rich reds to alluring nudes.  Featuring a mix of cool and warm colors for eyes with glitter and flat finishes, this ultra-wearable palette lets you choose how glamorous you want to go.  Nine separate shades come in a classic black mirrored compact with the Bobbi Brown crest on the top.  Includes a dual ended mini Eye Shadow Brush too (for scene-stealing eye looks wherever you go).

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eyeshadow Palette - Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos swatches
Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye Palette ($75)

Bobbi Brown's Holiday 2013 makeup collection gets its inspiration from the glamorous and timeless allure of old Hollywood.  The collection includes metallics and gold to provide the sparkle and shine and glossy red lips and nails add the pop of color.  Old Hollywood Eye Palette is a 9-shadow palette that helps create the eyes to complete the look.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick - Photos, Swatches

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick - A quartet of pearlescent colors make up the Nude Glow shimmer brick.  The colors are designed to highlight your skin for a lit-from-within luminescence. Though they're designed to highlight your face, all of the colors can be used as an eyeshadow, too.

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick - Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches
Bobbi Brown Nude glow Shimmer Brick ($45) - available HERE

A while back, when I was in India and when Bobbi Brown hadn't yet launched there, I had read an article or two (at least) recommending Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks as the must-buy product from the brand.  Armed with all this "expert knowledge," shimmer bricks were the first product I had tried out on one of my earliest Sephora visits.  The shimmer in the bricks was wayyyyyyy too much for me, and for the longest time I didn't bother looking at the Bobbi Brown section (thus my late discovery of the Pot Rouges, gel liners, and the corrector - my favorite products from the brand).  Anywho, when I saw the Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick (part of the holiday 2013 makeup collection) on the Nordstrom website, I imagined something just as sparkly and glittery.  As it turns out, I was wrong.

Nov 1, 2013

Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette Charming - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Part of the Collection Nuit Infinie de Chanel, the limited edition Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette in Charming unveils a seductive shade spectrum for the season’s most striking eye looks. From soft beige to rich purple, matte and pearlized shadows create glamorous effects and offer endless opportunities for custom-blending. The emblematic quilted motif of Chanel embosses the silky shadows for an added touch of elegance.

Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming - Nuit Infinie Holiday 2013 Makeup Collection - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette - Charming ($80)

Chanel has released a few 5-color palettes over the years, but either because the colors were just too light or the formula too frosty, I never bought any of those.  Chanel's latest offering, part of the holiday 2013 makeup collection, is a neutral eyeshadow palette featuring a mix of soft neutrals, deeper mattes, and a lovely shimmering bronze brown.  Scroll on for more photos.