Monday, 17 April 2017

Rose Gold Glitter Liner & Violet/ Magenta Lips

I was intrigued by all the glittery and colorful looks that a lot of YouTubers were putting up for Coachella 2017 weekend. I also decided to do a colourful look with glitter, of course a look that is much more wearable. So, I paired a bright & colourful violet lip with rose gold glitter liner. I know, nothing ground breaking about it, but, I liked how it turned out. 

It is quite a simple look that anybody can create to suit his/ her favourite products. All you need is your favourite bright lipstick and favourite glitter with some neutral matte shades. 

For matte brown neutral eye shadows, I used my trusty Viseart Neutral Matte Palette and for shimmer on lids I used Makeup Geek pigment in Afterglow, and New Year's Eve in the inner corner and as brow bone highlight. New Year's Eve has very fine gold glitter which looks amazing in person and glimmers beautifully in sunlight. 

I kept the base simple with Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer and Armani Lasting Silk Foundation in shade 6.5. To hide my dark circles I used Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and to set the base in place I used Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.

I contoured my cheeks and nose slightly with Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in Sunset. For my blush I used Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in shade Bittersweet and used Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop as cheekbone highlighter to maintain the violet and rose gold theme and I royally forgot to include them in the photo below, so, I have included snaps of these products from my archives. Glitter liner was using Lit Cosmetics glitter Oprah and couple of coats of Tarte's Maneater mascara.  

Violet lips are M.A.C. lippencil in Magenta and Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Brilliant Violet No. 45. 

 Here are few more shots of the look

Though, I liked how this turned out, I would do it slightly differently next time. I will notch up the look a bit more by adding Afterglow pigment in the inner third of lower lashline topped with matching champagne gold glitter (I am thinking about Champagne Wishes from Lit Cosmetics) and pat some Afterglow pigment in the middle of my lips for a poutier look. I realised this after I saw the pictures and of course these steps would make this look a lot more bold and out there, but, I am sure it would look pretty. 

I hope you guys liked this make-up look. 

Lots of Love, 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Hot Lips from Charlotte Tilbury - Electric Poppy | My Choice for Hot Pink Lips This Summer

I got this shade, Electric Poppy, last year from Beautylish when Charlotte Tilbury had just launched her Hot Lips range of lipsticks and had preserved it for warmer weather (I mean more warmer months). 

I pulled it out last week and I can't keep it down. It is such a beautiful and scorching hot shade for summers. It just makes the whole look so lively and bright without looking over the top. 

Electric Poppy, named after her muse Poppy Delevingne, is hot fuchsia shade with blue undertones in Matte Revolution formula which I feel is a demi matte and not a flat matte. It glides smoothly like her other Matte Revolution lipsticks without being patchy or uneven and feels very moisturising and does not feel drying at all through the day. The lipstick is slightly shiny on initial application and it doesn't set to a full matte finish. It almost feels velvety to me. 

However, it wears off pretty unevenly on me after a few cups of coffee and a meal, that is almost after about 4-5 hours. I just smooth it out with my finger and its all good again, but, not as good as when freshly applied. 

It comes in her standard rose gold tube with her logo on the top. The bullet is not a standard uniformly thick with oval shaped top. It tapers to lesser thickness towards the top and I like the squared shape of the bullet, which makes it very easier to apply the lipstick. However, I am skeptical about the square shape when it wears down to the point where the bullet gets thicker. (Hope it makes sense) 

Here is the swatch of the lipstick and its just one single swipe. As you can see the lipstick is very pigmented and even. 

And, this is what Electric Poppy looks my medium to tan skin. I am about NC 40 in MAC foundations. 

Overall, I like this lipstick for how bright it is, but, wish it didn't wear off unevenly on me. Nevertheless, it is going to be my go to hot pink shade this season. Although, I am loving this lipstick this season but I am waiting for the weather to cool down a bit. I am already done with this seasons hot weather. 

Lots of Love

Monday, 10 April 2017

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver, For Sure | Review w/ Some Insights from the Brand Itself

A product that actually works. 

A mask that renders skin clean, smooth, soft and fights acne. An amazing product for problematic skin which continually suffer from breakouts like mine. I usually get 1 or 2 acne during the time of the month that are cystic and leave behind spots that take forever to go. First of all the acne itself takes long time to heal and second of all the dark spots. 

So, I constantly look forward to products that are specifically targeted towards acne prone skin, that could prevent acne from happening or at least heal them faster. A friend (Parita) introduced me to this super luxurious skincare brand called May Lindstrom. She used to rave about its Jasmine Garden Facial Mist. If I remember correct she had tried this mask and wasn't wowed about it. IMO, she already has very good skin, so, I don't know what better this mask would have done for her. Check her Instagram feed, its awesome. 

When I read about it online I thought this mask was made for me and took the courage to splurge. And it is like a god send product for me. It helped in curing my acne faster and made my skin look super clean, smooth and my pores also looked smoother, despite having acne spots. I always get compliments for my 'skin' whenever I use this mask. And the best part is, the effect stays put for few days. 

Enough babbling (but, I wanted to set the context), lets talk about the product itself. 

The product comes in a heavy and sturdy glass jar, which, looks very luxurious. As you can see from the photos, it's a powdered product which needs to be activated with water, after which it takes the form of a whipped mousse (which is because of sodium bicarbonate) in it. You can read the complete ingredient list here. Most of its ingredient are natural and organic and a lot of them are from kitchen, e.g. nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper, that are being used in skin care for ages. 

Now, sodium bicarbonate could be a controversial ingredient for some. So, I wrote to them asking about it and the brand's Director for Care, Elli Alarie was very kind to respond to my query and explain more about it. Below is the exact text from her throwing more light on sodium bicarbonate. 

"I would be happy to expand more on this special formula. We include sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in both The Clean Dirt and The Problem Solver. It is important to balance the ph, and so we always use sodium bicarbonate in combination with vitamin C. These, along with mineral rich salts, come together to create the fizzing, mousse effect The Clean Dirt and The Problem Solver are known for. Besides being a fun experience, this reaction also has a positive effect on your complexion. In this state, sodium bicarbonate is neutralized. It provides highly effective exfoliation, brightening and toning the skin, reducing congestion and stagnation, and providing natural antibacterial properties that are helpful in acne prone and reactive complexions." 

She further explained that the ratio of the mask and water is very important:

"Ratio is so important with The Problem Solver. I want to ensure you reach the intended texture for the full benefit. Blend one tablespoon powder with just shy of one tablespoon water so you are able to indulge in a rich, luscious texture, and expand the benefits to your neck and décolleté. This is the ultimate experience. Don't skimp on powder or you will miss out - too much water and you'll find that the formula becomes thin and transparent. In time, I promise this becomes incredibly simple and intuitive, but at least in the beginning, we definitely encourage you to utilize a measuring spoon. I have used The Problem Solver literally hundreds of times over the years, and I still measure every single time for ease. :)"

She also explained about mixing it with a brush for more smoother consistency;

"I would also highly recommend mixing The Problem Solver with our treatment brush, or a flat foundation brush. It makes all the difference in your experience as it activates The Problem Solver and forms a soft mousse, ideal for the blending process, as well as an enjoyable application of the masque. You can absolutely use a spoon, but it will be more difficult to bind it properly without losing the airiness. A brush helps you to achieve the gorgeous texture you are seeking."

I also asked here, if I could play more with it and add rose water, aloe vera gel, etc. to it for further benefits from the mask. I am eager to try this mask with rose water, aloe vera gel and yogurt. 

"The Problem Solver is also beautiful mixed with The Jasmine Garden, fresh tea, raw honey, yogurt or any number of other skin-friendly goodies. Don't be afraid to play. I personally love to add rose water for an extra special treat when I use The Problem Solver. :)"

As you can tell by now, I am very impressed with this mask. The only con of this product is its price - USD 100.00, which is insanely pricey for a mask. But, you get 250 gms of product, I need about 3/4 quarter of a small spoon for one use. If you could justify this price (because I can justify just about anything, so I am not an ideal person to tell anything about it) go ahead and try this mask. The brand recommends using it twice a week, but, I use it only once for how pricey it is and I don't want to finish this off sooner. The brands also recommends using it three days in a row just before any special occasion, which I am going to try soon as we have a wedding in the family in May. 

I hope the review was helpful and thanks Parita for introducing me to this wonderful brand/ mask and thanks Rashmi for developing my interest and making me understand how important in skin care is. 

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Summer vibes with Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion

It took me sometime to appreciate this bronzer. The formula is really weird - it doesn't feel powdery at all and almost feel creamy and it is very sheer and gives a second skin effect. I didn't like it initially but now that I have used it for about a month now, I have developed a liking for it. 

It comes in a standard plastic compact with the company's name/logo on top. The plastic doesn't feel cheap and crapy in anyways and feels sturdy. The product is for USD 36.00 for 11 gms of product. 

There are quite a few shades in matte and iridescent finishes. I picked up second darkest shade - 25I Iridescent Cinnamon, which is a warm medium brown and leans orange. But, it suits my warm and naturally tanned South Asian/ Indian skin well. This shade will suit well to those with about medium-tan skin. I am about MAC NC40 in MAC foundations. Anyone above this shade should go for a shade darker. 

The product has very beautiful desert sand pattern in it that looks very intriguing and pretty. They recommend to swirl the brush in '8' shape against these grooves for optimum product pick up, which I recently learned from Sephora's website and I started appreciating this bronzer. 

The company also claims that the bronzer is waterproof - which I haven't tested, but, this lasts well on  me without fading or getting patchy. 

The Iridescent finish has slight shimmer in it which is apparent when you swatch it (it was very difficult for me to capture the shimmer in pictures), but, it doesn't look shimmery at all on the face.  

Even though the formula of this bronzer is sheer, it can be built up for a really summery tanned effect and this is what it looks on me when I heavily build it up in 2-3 layers. I must say it looks like a bronzer on me but not too heavy or too overpowering. 

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Furion in 25I build-up in 2-3 layers
When applied lightly, just as and wash of color all over using a fluffy brush, it looks barely there and almost washes out in pictures. But, in real life and in general I prefer light application of colored products as it doesn't look too overpowering and obvious. But, it depends on the look I am going for that day. If I am going for the bronze goddess - very bronzey glowy look I would certainly build it up for a fuller intensity color. 

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Furion in 25I  applied lightly
Tom Ford and Nars have also launched bronzers in similar formula as part of their Summer 2017 collection. I am waiting for some reviews to surface on the web before I splurge on them. 

I hope you guys found this post helpful, as I thought, this was just the right time for talking about a bronzing product as we are in the summers already. 

Lots of Love