Jan 28, 2016

SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion and Facial Treatment Essence - Review

SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion - Facial Treatment Essence - Review
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion ($70) and SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($99-$290)

Up until about a year back, my skincare routine was limited to face wash and a basic moisturizer.  I had been struggling with recurring breakouts, and this simple routine was effective in calming my skin and getting it to a relatively problem-free stage.  Over the past year, though, with all the hype about Asian and Korean skincare, I have been trying out new products/brands and have changed my skincare quite a bit.  One of my current favorites is SK-II - the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is a must-have for me - and I recently added two more products to my routine - SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and Facial Treatment Clear Lotion.   I use the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion after cleansing my face followed by the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence as the next step before continuing with serum, moisturizer, etc.  Yes, I know that's already a lot more steps than what a lot of us have time for, but I have definitely noticed a big difference with the few extra steps.  Anyhow, on to my thoughts on these two products, starting with the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion...

Jan 25, 2016

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour Lipsticks - Swatches

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color Lipsticks Photos Swatches
Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour Lipsticks ($28 each) at Sephora

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour lipsticks are a new-ish launch, with lipsticks featuring a semi-matte formula and rich pigmented colors.  A blend of waxes and jojoba helps moisturize the lips while the color goes on creamy and smooth.  There is a nice mix of colors in this range from softer neutrals to deeper, darker purples and plums, and the soft velvet finish of these lipsticks gives the colors a more modern feel.  Scroll on for swatches.

Jan 24, 2016

Wake up to an LA Sunrise with the Chanel Spring 2016 Makeup Collection

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Chanel LA Sunrise Spring 2016 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches
Chanel LA Sunrise Makeup Collection - available at Nordstrom
In the pic: Sunkiss Ribbon face palette, Beverly Hills eyeshadow quad, and Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows

Chanel Spring 2016 Makeup Collection - LA Sunrise - hit stores a while back, and I couldn't think of a more perfect start to the 2016 makeup season than this brightly colored collection.  The star of this collection is undoubtedly the Sunkiss Ribbon blush, but this relatively small collection packs quite a punch with green, blues, and purples for the eyes and truly juicy pinks and orange for the lips.  Scroll on for a look at Chanel's potrait of LA.

Jan 5, 2016

Maybelline New York White Superfresh Perfecting Compact Powder

Maybelline White Superfresh Perfecting Brightening Compact with Pure Perlite - Photos Swatches Review
Maybelline New York White Superfresh Perfecting Compact - Rs 150
Product provided for review

Maybelline is one of my favorite makeup brands, especially so in India where good affordable makeup options aren't the easiest to find.  Maybelline India has quite a few pocket-friendly products perfect for someone looking for some basic makeup.  One such new launch is the Maybelline White Superfresh Powder Compact.  Available in 3 shades, this pressed powder compact claims to have brightening and whitening properties, UV filters for sun protection, and oil-control properties.  I got to try out this compact courtesy of the folks at Maybelline India, and I received the shade Pearl (meant for lighter skin tones and hence not the best match for my medium skin tone).  Scroll on for more photos and my thoughts on this new powder compact.