Mar 21, 2014

Clinique Oversized Orange Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Clinique Oversized Orange Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm - Review Swatches Photos FOTD
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm - Oversized Orange

Orange is a color that pops up every year at the start of spring-summer, and sure enough, this year too orange is the new black  must-have color.  While eyeshadows and blushes are much easier to wear, I find orange lips a little more difficult to pull off, and if like me, you are a little color shy, then give the Clinique Chubby Stick in Oversized Orange a try.

Mar 20, 2014

Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Lipstick - Passion

Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Lipstick - Passion - Review Swatches FOTD
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick - Passion
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Chanel red lipsticks are among the most raved about, and I have to admit, they do make some amazing reds.  For someone like me who isn't too comfortable with bold colors, these can also be a bit intimidating because of how intensely pigmented these lipsticks are.  Thanks to some late-night shopping sprees at Chanel online, I have quite a a few samplers of some Chanel red lipsticks, and needless to say, I have barely brushed the surface of even one of these!  Case in point - Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Passion.

Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Face Mask

Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Face Sheet Mask with Hyaluronic Acid - Review
Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Face Mask

Continuing my obsession with sheet masks, the mask I have picked to review today is the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask.  I buy these from Sephora, and these masks are available to buy individually or as a set of 5 (that's slightly cheaper). What's a little different about this mask - compared to other sheet masks I have tried - is that it doesn't come soaked in any serum or essence.  It's a clean, dry-to-touch mask that comes in 2 halves for the upper and lower part of the face.  The mask claims to contain a unique Hydrogel material that helps the hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) and other natural extracts contained in the mask to get into the skin better and provide better hydration than a moisturizer.

Mar 17, 2014

Urban Decay Demolition - 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil

Urban Decay Demolition - 24-7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil - Swatches Photos Review FOTD
Urban Decay Demolition - 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil

Urban Decay Glide-On Pencil Eyeliners are among my favorite makeup products - so much so that I bought the UD Vault when it first came out.  While I can't say that I need/want or will use every color in the UD eyeliner range, there are a couple of colors that I absolutely will repurchase.  Demolition - a deep matte brown - is definitely on that list.  It's a dark enough brown to show up on my darker eyelids, but it isn't as harsh as a black eyeliner, so it's the perfect color for me to use when I want a smudgey/thick line along my lashline and also along the waterline.

Mar 16, 2014

Chanel Cream Blush - Intonation (69) - Swatches, Review, FOTD

Chanel Cream Blush Intonation 69 - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Le Blush Creme de Chanel - Intonation (69)

Chanel cream blush Intonation launched a while back as part of the Chanel Spring 2014 makeup collection - funny how parts of the country are just starting to see some sun but spring makeup collections are already "a bit old" :P  Back to the blush, though, this is a light coral pink that translates to mostly light pink on my skin.  The packaging is classic black Chanel compact, similar to what the powder blushes come in but smaller size - lesser quantity.

Burberry Nail Polish Sage Green (No. 420)

Burberry Nail Polish Sage Green No 420 - Photos Review NOTD Swatches

On my nails today, I have the perfect nail polish for St. Patrick's day - Burberry Sage Green (No 420).  Going by the name, I expected this to be a lighter, softer green, but this is a much deeper green.  It has a creamy glossy finish, and the formula is fabulous - goes on smoothly and streakfree.  I can actually get away with just 1 coat, but 2 coats gives the perfect  opaque glossy finish.  While Burberry Sage Green won't be my first pick for a wear-to-office nail color, but it does look much better than I expected :P

Mar 14, 2014

When TravelMate Essence Gel Face Mask

When Travelmate Essence Gel Sheet Face Masks - Review
When Travelmate Essence Gel Masks ($28)

I love using face masks and I always have at least 3 or 4 different masks with me at any time, but while I find it quite relaxing to put them on and lie down, I definitely don't like the washing up afterwards part.  Yes, it really is no big deal to most people, but I much prefer masks that can be used and tossed - sort of like the peel-off masks.  That's one reason why sheet masks are some of my favorite face masks.  I have tried quite a few of them - most of which I have really liked - and the one mask I always buy is the When Travelmate Essence Gel Mask.  I have always bought this from Sephora, though it doesn't seem to be available there right now :(

NARS Blushes - Swatches

NARS Cosmetics Makeup Blush Swatches on Darker Indian Skin
NARS Cosmetics - Blush

Touted as the best and the must-have blushes, NARS definitely seems to be - as they claim - the authority on blushes!   My first NARS blush was Liberte, and I also have NARS Orgasm (a mini GWP), Taos, Seduction, and Boys Don't Cry (limited edition from the Pierre Hardy collection).  Despite it's popularity, NARS Orgasm is the one I rarely/never use.  I get barely any color showing on my darker skin and a whole lot of disco shimmer - not my favorite look.  The limited edition Boys Don't Cry would be my favorite blush by NARS.  I didn't buy it for a while after it was released, but I happened to swatch it one time at Sephora and fell in love with the color and the formula.  I think I got lucky since it went out of stock soon after I bought it.  Anyhow, here's a look at the swatches of some NARS blushes on my darker Indian skin tone.

Mar 10, 2014

MAC Soba Eyeshadow - Photos, Swatches, Reiew, FOTD

MAC Soba Eyeshadow - Photos Swatches Review
MAC Soba Eyeshadow ($10 - refill)

If I had my way, I would pick up every brown eyeshadow and every neutral eyes palette, so it shouldn't be a shocker that MAC's Soba eyeshadow finds a spot in my list of MAC must-haves.  This is a satin finish warm golden brown eyeshadow with a bit of golden shimmer mixed in.  The color is great for knocking out the ashy darkness on my eyelids,  and it's a perfect pick for me to use as an all-over lid color.

Mar 9, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipticks - Swatches

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipticks - Swatches
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks ($30)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipsticks are a new makeup launch from the brand.  These lipsticks claim to transform lips with multifaceted pigments to create definition and a time-release moisture complex to keep them hydrated throughout the day.   Here's a look at the swatches on my darker Indian skin tone.

Burberry Nail Polish: Mink (No 105)

Burberry Nail Polish Mink No105 Photos Swatches NOTD Review
Burberry Nail Polish - Mink (No 105)

It's been a while since I did a nail polish post, mostly because it has been a while since I actually bothered to put on a nail polish.  Yes, I am that girl who has a miniature stockpile of polishes but walks around with nekkid bare nails :-|  Anywho, the color I have on today is one from Burberry - Mink.  A perfect neutral, this is a light taupey brown color that leans a bit greyish green depending on the light.

Mar 7, 2014

Burberry for Women (Classic) Eau de Parfum

Burberry for Women is a fruity oriental fragrance that is fresh and sensual, capturing the understated elegance of the brand's heritage.  Top notes of black currant, bergamot and green apple open up to embrace a heart of cedarwood, jasmine, moss and sandalwood.  Base notes of musk and vanilla round out the scent, making it warm and voluptuous.

Burberry Classic Eau de Parfum for Women Perfume Review
Burberry Classic for Women Eau de Parfum

NARS Pro Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base

NARS Pro Prime Eyeshadow Base Smudgeproof Makeup Primer - Review
NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base ($25)  
I got this as a Sephora points perk or a GWP

Generally, makeup crazy girls (and guys) are a pretty united bunch - we love a good red lipstick and roll our eyes the same when someone doesn't get our obsession with the Naked palettes - but a while back I heard whispers of how the makeup world is divided over, of all things, a makeup primer :P  I always thought the best eyeshadow primer was the Urban Decay Primer Potion, but apparently, there were people out there who said the same about the NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base.  So of course, I just had to find out for myself!

Mar 6, 2014

Quick, Easy, and Simple Everyday Makeup

Everyday Neutral Makeup - Quick Easy Simple Steps

Most times in "real life" when I do get a chance to slap on makeup and step out of the house, I am invariably in a mad rush to reach some place in 5 minutes, so I never get the time to actually plan and coordinate my outfit with my makeup.  That's one reason why I almost always go for looks that involve a quick liner and some tinted moisturizer.  On the rare occasions that I do get the time to put on an eyeshadow, I use a warm brown just because that's a safe pairing with any color.  Today's makeup is just that - neutral brown eye makeup paired with a soft reddish coral gloss and a bright blush.  Here's a look at the products used and a quick and easy how-to.

Mar 3, 2014

Montagne Jeunesse Crushed Raspberry Mango Fruit Smoothie Pore Cleansing Face Mask

Montagne Jeunesse Crushed Raspberry Mango Fruit Smoothie Pore Cleansing Face Mask

I was in a bit of a dry skin phase for the past few months, and I had finally got around to accepting the theory that skin dries out as we age and looking forward to a lifetime of shea butter massages or whatever it is that dry-skinned girls and guys indulge in.  Turns out, it was just the weather because while the aging part is all going on just fine, but my skin is back to it's oily self.  And that means clay masks are back in my life :D  My latest obsession is this Montagne Jeunesse Crushed Raspberry Mango Fruit Smoothie Pore Cleansing Face Mask.  

Mar 2, 2014

Bobbi Brown Art Sticks - Photos, Swatches

Lipstick meets liner - get ready for the greatest multi-tasking lip around. This chunky pencil glides on effortlessly and delivers a creamy matte finish to instantly punch up any look. Available in 8 statement-making shades.

Bobbi Brown Art Sticks - Swatches - Cassis Sunset Orange Electric Pink Cherrywood Rose Brown Harlow Red Bright Raspberry

Bobbi Brown Art Sticks are a fun new launch from the brand.  Well, sort of new, because a quick Google search brought up Bobbi Brown Lip Crayons, but I was quite unaware of their existence :P   Art Sticks combine the wood pencil packaging and design of a lipliner - chubbier versions of the regular liners - with the color and creaminess of lipsticks.  I knew I would love these just because of the supercute packaging, but I also like the soft matte finish and the fun, wearable colors.  These come with a sharpener so you don't have to worry about getting one to fit the plus size pencils.  Scroll on for more photos of the new Bobbi Brown Art sticks and swatches on my darker Indian skin.

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows - Swatches

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows - Swatches - Blanc Satin Beige Mousseline Rose Dentelle Bleu Soie Taupe Velours Khaki Brocart Gris Organza Prune Taffetas Brun Cachemire
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows ($23)

A new generation of creamy, waterproof, long-lasting eye shadow.  These gorgeous shadows glide on instinctively, hugging the curves of the eyelid, and then dry down to a powdery finish for up to 16 hours of long-wearing, waterproof color. The chic, saturated shades can be layered or mixed to create your own unique signature color or ombre combination.

NARS Matte Multiples - Photos, Swatches

NARS brings vibrant pops of color and sensual sun-kissed hues to lips and cheeks with the new Matte Multiple.  Founder and Creative Director Fran├žois Nars takes one of the brand’s most innovative and iconic products and adds a modern twist on the cult classic.  Available in seven shades from ginger pink to golden bronze, the Matte Multiple features a creamy, lightweight formula that delivers buildable, long-lasting, hydrating color for lips and cheeks.  This innovative formula can be applied dry for a soft yet vibrant matte effect or wet for a rich and vivid finish that melts into skin.

There are quite a few multi-use lip/cheek combination products in the market, and NARS Multiples are definitely some of the best.  NARS Matte Multiples are the newest additions - same concept as the original Multiples but with a creamy matte finish.  Here's a look at the swatches on my darker Indian skin tone.

Mar 1, 2014

NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

A high-performance, extremely mild makeup remover that removes all types of makeup, including waterproof.  The non-greasy solution glides across skin leaving a silky feel without any residue.  Natural ingredients calm irritation. Enriched with aloe and cucumber, it soothes the delicate skin around the eyes.  Contains hyaluronic acid known for comforting and hydrating the skin. It’s gentle enough for contact-lens wearers, is non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, and suitable for sensitive eyes.

NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover - Review
NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($25)
Bottle in pic is a sampler/GWP from Sephora

It's been ages since I actually went out and bought a makeup remover.  I was using Bioderma for a while, ran out of it, and have just been too lazy to reorder.  The good thing is I finally got around to using up all the samples that I have been hoarding all this while.  Like this bottle of NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover that was part of a Sephora points perk from ages back.  This is a biphase cleanser with two layers of floating "stuff" and claims to get rid of even the most stubborn makeup without irritating eyes/skin.