Feb 28, 2015

Lush Blousey Shampoo

Lush Blousey Moisturizing Shampoo for Color Treated Dry Damaged Hair - Review
Lush Blousey Shampoo ($25.95 - HERE)

Ever since I discovered Lush shampoos a couple of years back, I have almost completely ignored other brands.  Which is okay, since Lush does make some awesome products, but for longest time, there was no shampoo that was quite right for my colored hair.  I Love Juicy, Curly Wurly, Trichomania, Cynthia Sylvia Stout - I use and love them all - but they really aren't the best for colored hair, especially when it's freshly colored and more prone to fading.  There are lots of sulfate-free shampoos even at drugstores, but everything I have tried so far just leaves my hair dull and not feeling all that very clean.  Which is why I was quite excited when Lush came out with Blousey - a moisturizing shampoo recommended for colored hair.  Scroll on for more photos and review.

Feb 26, 2015

NARS Audacious Lipsticks - Swatches

NARS Audacious Lipsticks Swatches
NARS Audacious Lipsticks ($32) at Sephora

NARS Audacious lipsticks are a newer addition to their existing line of lipsticks.  From what I can tell with swatching these at counters, the Audacious lipsticks certainly live up to their name,  These go on creamy smooth, are richly pigmented, and seem quite longlasting too.  I don't any of these yet - mostly because I am trying to use up my existing stockpile of makeup - but I definitely have my eye on at least one or two of these shades.  For now, here's a look at some swatches.

On my nails today: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

OPI Nail Polish Lincoln Park After Dark
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

OPI nail colors have been on my wishlist for a while now.  They are quite easily available and not terribly expensive either, but I have been hopping back and forth between places (countries/contients really), and that puts a limit on what all I can stockpile and carry around in suitcases - makeup definitely gets the last priority.  This year, though, I am hoping to finally post some of my OPI favorites here on the blog, and Lincoln Park After Dark should be a good start.  I bought this from Target about a year back, mistaking this for OPI Lincoln Park at Midnight (has shimmer and isn't as dark, I think).  No complaints, though, since this is just the sort of vampy, creamy dark nail color that I love.  Scroll on for more photos.

Feb 24, 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Fluid Color - Swatches

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Fluid Color Swatches

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint  - a long-lasting, tinted formula with the comfort and smoothness of a cream for intense, vibrant eye looks.  The liquid to solid formula provides 16 hours of smudge- and crease-proof wear and can be used as an eye shadow or eyeliner, to create looks that range from natural to glamorous.  The packaging is similar to that of most liquid eyeliners or glosses, and the applicator is a flocked wand (similar to that seen with most lipglosses).  Here's a look at the swatches.

Lancome My French Palette Eyeshdow and Liner Palette - Swatches

Lancome My French Palette Eyeshdow Liner Palette Swatches Spring 2015 Makeup Collection
Lancome My French Palette Eyeshdow and Liner Palette ($58)  - Spring 2015 Makeup Collection

Part of Lancôme's Spring 2015 collection, the limited edition My French Palette is inspired by the atmosphere of a Parisian garden in the Spring.  The palette contains a harmony of matte and iridescent pinks, ideal for fresh and refined smoky looks.  The color can be used on their own for simple romantic looks or blended and layered together to create more sophisticated looks.  The sleek packaging has a lovely Parisian garden motif over the cover that adds to the spring romance theme of the palette.  I couldn't really do justice to the pretty packaging because of the really lousy in-store lighting, but scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Feb 22, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipsticks - Swatches

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipsticks - Swatches
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipsticks - Swatches

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme ($30 - available HERE) - a velvety smooth, ultra-hydrating lipstick that delivers a dramatic punch of vivid pigment and endless hours of luxurious wear.  The formula boasts triple-milled pigments to provide rich color and hydrating ingredients (peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants, including meranti and cocoa butter that leave lips feeling plumped and nourished from within.  These lipsticks are available in 20 shades, all named after iconic women that have inspired Marc throughout his life.  Here's a look at the swatches.

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel Neutral Lipsticks - Swatches

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel Neutral Lipsticks - Swatches
Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel Lipsticks - Swatches

Marc Jacobs Nudes Sheer Lip Gels (available HERE) are the newly launched range of neutral lipsticks from the brand - a small collection with only 7 shades.  The packaging is dull gold rather than the usual black.  The lipsticks themselves feel quite smooth, and while the colors are definitely soft neutrals, they don't seem very sheer (despite the name).  Here's a look at some swatches.  I took the photos under natural lighting so please excuse the difference in lighting and undertones.

Feb 21, 2015

Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour - Swatches

Guerlain KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour ($37) at Sephora 
Because lipstick is the absolute weapon of seduction, our "revamped" version of the KissKiss tube
created by Herve Van Der Straeten is dressed in black lacquer: A little black dress slipped over gold…
-- Oliver Echaudermaison Creative Director

Guerlain KissKiss lipsticks were re-launched a while back, but I got around to swatching these only recently.  These lipsticks are enriched with hydrating mango butter and hyaluronic acid spheres to plump lips and have a satiny, vibrant finish.  They are slightly on the sheer side (some shades more than others) but definitely go on creamy and smooth - perfect if you are on the lookout for more moisturizing lipsticks.  Here's a look at the swatches.

Feb 20, 2015

MAC Typographic Eyeshadow - Review, Swatches, Makeup Look

MAC Typographic Matte2 Eyeshadow Review Swatches Makeup Look
MAC Typographic
My experience with MAC products has been a mix of hits and misses, but fortunately for me, I have learned to weed through online reviews and to swatch in store before actually buying anything.  MAC matte2 eyeshadows get overwhelmingly positive reviews and turns out they live up to all the hype surrounding them.  MAC doesn't seem to make very many eyeshadows in this finish, but the few that they do are definite must-haves.  Case in point - Typographic.  Described as an "asphalt black," this is an almost blackish grey - almost black yet quite clearly not :P   It's just the sort of color the kohl-loving Indian me would love.  Works great as a crease color, liner, and of course, a good pick for a classic black smokey eye.

Feb 17, 2015

Winter Favorites

Winter dry skincare moisturizers creams lip balms beeswax salve favorites must-haves
1.  EOS Summer Fruit Lip Balm: 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free.  Has a fruity-sweet taste and smell.  Scores high on the cuteness factor and is great to carry around in the pocket/bag. About $3 at Walmart.
2.  Bubble Farm Soap Co. Soothing Beeswax Salve (Unscented):  Has an extremely short ingredients list - Olive oil, beeswax, and organic Calendula officinalis flower extract.  Is a solid balm but scoops out easily with finger pressure.  Melts into the skin with massaging though it takes a bit of time for the greasiness to absorb completely.  Perfect if you want something more heavy duty for hands, feet, elbows.  I picked this up from Whole Foods for $10, but this is available online from the Bubble Farm Soap Co. Store and shipping is FREE on everything.
3.  Nivea Creme:  This is a winter must-have for my dry skin.  It's a bit difficult to work into the skin and can be a bit too greasy, so using this as an all-over body cream is reserved for days when I have loads of time and an awful lot of patience, but it does leave my skin feeling "nourished."  I mostly use this as a night-time foot moisturizer.  Easily available almost everywhere and costs about $6 (saw a whole lot of these in the  clearance section at my local Target for around $3).
4.  Dior Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream For Nails (review HERE):  My absolute must-have any time of the year and even more so in the winters.  This is a sticky greasy cream that's best used at betdtime once I am with all my work for the day, but it's amazing how it repairs sad-looking cuticles almost overnight.  Expensive at $27, but a little goes a long way with this cream and I usually stock up during sales :D

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