Thursday, 28 July 2016

Review: Tom Ford Crimson Noir Lipstick

Hello Everyone,

There's something about owning a Tom Ford lipstick. I had literally pull a lot of courage together to spend eons on a lipstick, about INR 4000.00. Although, this is not a new lipstick but its new to me and if already own this one, high five friend, you can gauge my excitement. 

Technically, Crimson Noir is not my first, but, you only have to own one to get addicted to. Crimson Noir is a deepened blue red with very minute microscopic shimmer. When I saw the bullet I thought it would be a bang on in your face deep red (imagine MAC Diva), but, it is not. On my naturally tanned skin its a muted deep red. 

The formula is balmy and moisturizing with amazing pigment for such a moisturizing lipstick and long wearing. On me it lasted with a lovely stain after couple cups of tea and a full meal. I was surprised by how moisturizing it was through out the day. I don't think I have anything similar to this in formula as well as color. 

I think enough babbling, lets see the products and how it looks on my MAC NC40 skin

If you are wondering, the highlight is Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Gelee in Modern Mercury. 

I hope you liked this post. Which is your favorite Tom Ford lipstick? 

Lots of Love

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Current obsession | Orange/ Warm Orangey Red Lipsticks

Hello Everyone, 

The weather in Mumbai is so awesome - chilly winds, rains and a hot cup of tea. But, I hate the gloominess this weather brings.

To perk up the mood in this dull and gloomy weather I have really been liking these firey orange and warm orangey red lipsticks. No bias, I love them all and it was quite fun to wear them all this week to prepare for this post.

When I laid all the orange and orangey Red lipsticks that I have in my stash to take photos, my husband asked me 'aren't all these same?' I tried hard to convince him that these are different, but failed. Only a make-up enthusiast like me would understand how different these shades are. I wish the lighting was better and it was bright sunny day, it would have been easier to capture the difference and my arm swatches would have looked a lot better. However, the difference in shades is more noticeable in my face swatches (IMO). 

Left to Right: MAC Lady Danger, MAC So Chaud, Nars Annabella, Rouge d'Armani Lasting Satin Lipstick #401, Armani Lips Maestro #401
Top: Jeffree Star Anna Nicole, Armany Rouge Ecstacy Lacquer Lip Gloss #400

Bottom to Top: MAC So Chaud, Lady Danger, Rouge d'Armani Lasting Satin Lipstick #401, Nars Annabella, Jeffree Star Anna Nicole, Armani Lips Maestro #401, Armany Rouge Ecstacy Lacquer Lip Gloss #400
I will try to briefly explain each of these lipsticks:

M.A.C. So Chaud is described as a matte bright reddish orange but this pulls out more orange and its yellow and neon undertones are prominent on my warm tanned skin tone. 

M.A.C. Lady Danger a cult classic from the brand and Nic's (from Pixiwoos) favorite is deeper reddish orange/ coral in it and it looks exactly like this on me. This one is satin in finish and is more shinier than So Chaud, but, not glossy at all. 

Rouge d' Armani Lasting Satin Lipstick #400 is a true reddish orange - more red than orange in - glossier in initial application than a traditional satin finish lipstick, but, sets to a stain alike in few minutes. 

Armani Lip Maestro #400 is a fiery orangey, warm and bright red, the lipstick's couter part in (nearly) a liquid lip version. This picture is from the past and you can find the look here. It sets to a more

Jeffee Star Anna Nicole is a true orange with red undertones and it is a flat matte finish. This pic is again from the past (but recent) and you can find the whole look here.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Annabella is a warm red and deepest in this lot. I also see a bit of pink hue in it.

Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lip Lacquer Lip Gloss #400 is a warm red, but, it looks more of an orangey - red on me and is glossiest of the lot.

Too much orange and red, and I am sure you all must be confused by now! So, guys what you all think, are all these same or different? What ya think about my descriptions? Is it even closer to what it looks? 

Happy weekend! 

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Made these raved about mascaras work, that, otherwise didn't work (for me)!

Hey Guys, 

A lot of times we are so intimidated with some products that we just want them to somehow work. We try all the hacks possible to make them work, sometimes we succeed sometime we don't. Generally, I am very positive person with immense fighting spirit and I don't give up on anything easily. So, this post is about one such small incident from my tryst with and for the love of make-up! 

Ever since I stared wearing make-up and learned about all the brands, I wanted to try the Armani Eyes to Kill mascara water proof (to be able to wear during monsoons). To rest my desire, I ordered the mascara from Selfridges, paid so much duties and shipping to realize that this was not worth the hype at all. This was just a dud. No volume, no lengthening, no blackness! Nothing close to what it is hyped about. And then started the struggle to somehow make it work to subside the pain of shipping and duties gone in vein. 

Then I remembered about another dud, the Legendary Lash mascara by Charlotte Tilbury. I got a sample of this mascara from amazing Beautylish with my latest order. I tried the mascara as soon as I opened my Beautylish package in the evening and I washed it all off in a few minutes. Guys, the drama was legendary, the volume, the lengthening and pigment was impeccable and there's nothing close I have tried before. However, many YTers claim this to be a dupe for Chanel Le Volume, which I have't used in hot minute, so no comments on that. 

Next day I wore to office to experience the horror of my life. The mascara rolled all over my face. This was awful guys leaving me embarrassed! I was very disappointed that such a beautiful mascara didn't work for me and it went somewhere back in my stash. You can probably make out from my arm swatches as to how pigmented and jet black Charlotte Tilbury mascara is. 

So, when my Armani mascara failed and was trying to figure out a way to make it work, I remembered a wedding tutorial by Charlotte Tilbury herself in which she had topped mascara with a water proof top coat. Just like we seal our nail polish, I guess. And, then I experimented and tried the Armani Water Proof mascara over Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lash mascara and anxious waited for that moment to see the mascara all over my face, but, fortunately this wait never got over and by the evening there was sense of victory. Yes, I made it work. No mascara fallout/ rolling over. Ever since, this has been go-to lash make-up. 

In my eye's picture below trying to show the mascara in action, I have worn just one light coat of the Legendary Lash mascara and topped with the Eyes to Kill Water Proof mascara and you can see the volume and pigment. 

I feel that this was quite an expensive experiment and I wouldn't recommend these mascaras, individually, to anyone. Decide for yourself, if you want to try the combo, but, IMO why would anyone in his sane senses buy a water proof mascara from overseas to use as a water proof top coat. I would not at least. But, if you do not struggle with mascara's running down your face, do give the Charlotte Tilbury Mascara a try. Charluotte Tilbury, if, you ever read this post please release a water proof variant for your Legendary Lash mascara. PLEASE! 

I hope you guys like this post. Do you have any such experiences of making product work, which otherwise were a dud? Lets chat in the comments below. 

Lots of Love

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Review: Marc Jacobs Trio For A Flawless Base

Hello Everyone, 

If you have read my recent posts, then you must have read about my raves about the Marc Jacobs Trio. I have used this Trio in my last few posts and have been using it quite regularly offline also.

I got my Marc Jacobs products from Neiman Marcus >> here. They charge heavy shipping, but, you get your stuff delivered in 4-5 business days straight and best part to me is that they collect all import duties at the time of shopping, so, no surprises and uncertainty (on the amount of duties to be paid) at the time of delivery.

I had my eyes on these products ever since they were launched, so, when Neiman Marcus started carrying Marc Jacobs beauty I placed my order and this was just in time when I got the highest increment in the organisation. So, this was treat to myself from myself :-D

I treated myself with the Face III buffing brush, the Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer and the Marc Jacobs Re-marcable Foundation Concentrate.

Lets talk about each product one by one

1. The Face III Brush  

This is a humongous and thick buffing brush with densely packed synthetic hair. Because of this is such a huge brush, foundation application was never so quick, it buffs out the foundation in no time. However, this is a bit of a con also, as it becomes difficult for me to buff foundation on my forehead and the foundation goes little too far and gets out of control.

This is a great brush for buffing out this highly pigmented foundation into the skin.  I have also tried this brush with my other medium coverage foundations such as Dior Forever Flawless Skin foundation and MUFE Ultra HD Foundation and it worked as good as with the Marc Jacobs Foundation. Not the softest brush that I have used. I felt the stiffness of synthetic hair when I stippled and bounced the brush on my skin, which was never the case with my Sigma brushes. But, there was no scratchiness or stiffness when buffing and sweeping the foundation, for which this brush is actually made for and marketed as by the brand.

The brush handle, ferule and the whole construction is very luxurious to feel.

Because, the brush hair are synthetic it is very easy to clean it and there no foundation stains, whatsoever.

This brush is retailed at whopping USD 55.00 on Sephora and Neiman Marcus. 

2. Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer 

This primer you guys.. This is so nourishing and it smells like fresh coconut, which is yummy. You can see the effect of this primer in my hand's photo below. I usually skip my moisturiser when I use this primer. I mix the primer with my sunscreen when going out about my day. It prolongs the wear time of my foundation per usual, however, I don't see any smoothing action going when this primer is on. 

It works extremely well underneath a matte foundation and prevents the matte foundation from clinging to dry patches. I have oily-combination skin with dry patches around my mouth and nose where my foundation generally clings and looks ugly but with this primer there is no such ugly foundation mess. I once used this foundation with my Chanel Vita Lumiere Foundation - the glow was heavenly as if I was radiating light from withing and it gave me that editorial glossy skin, but, in couple of hours I was a greasy mess. However, works wonderful with my Dior Forever Flawless Skin Foundation, MUFE Ultra HD, Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and it looks extremely extremely good with my Dior Nude Air Serum foundation which is a sheer and a very matte foundation. 

If you have dry skin this primer is a must try. Use it underneath a luminous/ dewy foundation for a heavenly glow but oily skin men/ women stick with a matte/ semi matte/ satin finish foundations with this primer. Worth every penny at USD 44.00. Big thumbs up! 

That glossy finish! 

3. The Re(Marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

This foundation guys is like a photoshop in the bottle. It covers like nobodies business without looking cakey or heavy or clogging pores. It looks like skin but without any flaws. 

Choosing the right shade was a task and did my research thoroughly. It is very important to match the shade with full coverage foundations to avoid it looking fake and mask like. I was confused between shade 44 (Medium Golden) and 52 (Honey Light), but, my mind was more inclined towards 52. So, I ordered both and thought of gifting the other shade to a friend. As soon as my package arrived I tried shade 52 and I was right, it matched perfectly. So, I gifted the lighter shade to a friend who is generally one shade lighter than me. Friend, I hope you also like the foundation as much as I like. 

Lets talk a little bit about packaging. I am generally not fussy about packaging, but, this packaging guys.. sucks. I love the shape of the bottle, quality of glass and design, but, the applicator - a wand with a rounded ball shaped dotting tool. Its unhygienic and very messy. Major thumps down for packaging. However, I must admit I knew about this packaging and its flaws before splurging and can't really complaint about it. 

I usually apply one dot on each cheek, forehead and chin and I get almost full coverage. My most of the concerns are covered, except couple of really dark spots right up my left cheek bone, which you see in my pics below. For a day time look I leave it like this, but, for a really full coverage I use the foundation itself using a precise brush (Sigma P82 to be specific) to cover. I must say it builds up beautifully and doesn't look cakey or heavy, as I said before. I notice my pores and texture look smoother, which is a major plus for me. 

To me this not a flat matte foundation, it has sheen to it like a demi-matte finish. However, this foundation has a tendency to cling to dry patches, which most of the matte foundations do, but for a USD 55.00 foundation, I expect perfection. I have noticed many YTers and bloggers not setting this foundation with powder, but, that's just not me. I have tried all powders on top this foundation (LM Translucent setting powder, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish and my all time favourite Chanel Natural Finish Loose Setting Powder) and it looks equally well. But, with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, I get an amazing soft focus look, which is what I have used in the after pictures below. 

This foundation lasts well on me without looking greasy and shiny. The brand claims it to last for 24 hours, which honestly is too overwhelming and I wouldn't recommend wearing makeup that much longer. On an average day, it looks perfect on me 

The Marc Jacobs Trio
Please excuse my puffy face, it was early in the morning guys. Hope you understand :-)

Sans any foundation

One layer of Re(Marc)able Foundation

Can you see the coverage? Also, see how natural it looks despite being a full coverage foundation. However, it could not hide those dark spots right up the cheek bones in one layer!

Completed look
Covered those dark spots with foundation itself and my skin still looks like skin! 

The other side of my face
I hope you guys liked this post and the review of my current favorite base make-up. Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts? Lets chat! 

Lots of Love