Thursday, 12 February 2015

| Tool Thursday | Review: Chanel Foundation/ Powder Duo Fibre Brush # 7

Hey Guys

Starting today, every Thursday, I will bring review of my favorite tools that I use to do my looks. I am very excited about starting a series first time on the blog. Hope you guys enjoy!  

Everyone in their make-up stash has a duo fibre brush, which we all use for blending/ buffing purposes. I have this Chanel Duo Fibre Brush # 7 for more than a year and I have been using it non-stop ever since I got it last year. It's a typical duo fibre brush - a combo of natural and synthetic fibres. I got this brush on recommendation of a lovely friend Rashmi and I must say, she has amazing taste for make-up and generally whatever she recommends suits me.

I love how soft the brush hair are, as they never scratch my face. What I also like about this brush is it doesn't shed hair even while washing it with a baby shampoo and it gets crisp clean in no effort without leaving any stains/ residue. 

As per the Chanel website, this brush can be used for buffing out the liquid foundation or for applying powder products. I don't like using it with liquid foundations, as I feel it soak up the product a lot more. However, I like to buff out my foundation if I apply my foundation using a flat foundation brush. These days I am using this brush every single day after spritzing MAC Fix+ to just make everything look more evened out. I also to apply cream blushes and sometimes even bronzer for a sheer bronzed look. This brush has never disappointed me! 

These pictures are taken after many washes and you can see that the brush fibres are neither deformed nor stained with make-up residue (well, staining doesn't always mean residue!)

I bough this brush about an year back when it was INR 2500.00. If, I am not wrong Chanel face brushes are in the range of INR 3500-4000 these days.

Hope you guys find the review helpful and like the idea of Tool Thursday review.


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in 'Exposed' - Hate >> Love Story

Hey Guys

I know, I am here after almost 2 weeks. Work load suddenly increased at office and it just became impossible for me to juggle between work and home lost track of everything in the beauty/ blogging world. However, I didn't stop wearing make-up, which is absolutely minimal now a days with just Foundation, Concealer, Bronzer, Blush for the face Mascara and a black kohl on eyes and a bright/ nude/ natural lipstick depending on the day/ mood. One product that I wore most was Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. 

I got this blush last year because a lot of my favorite bloggers and YouTubers raved/ rave about it. It landed in my kitty after waiting for almost 2 months. And as soon as I saw it, I found it to be boring, but, still kept trying it, but, never liked how it looked on me. At that time it never showed up on me. I had to really rub the brush hard to get some pigment showing on me. And then it went somewhere in the back of my drawer and was left unnoticed for many months.

Recently I thought of giving it one last try, and to my utter surprise I instantly loved how it looked on me. I saw the blush very closely to see if there was any change in the formula or texture! This when I realised, what I thought a boring shade is actually very complex. It's brown with noticeable hint of pink and plum with very very sheer sheen thrown in, which makes it even more interesting. 

I like that these blushes are not very loosely pigmented for them to become favorite when in a hurry! But, you can definitely build up the color to intensity that you like. Longevity wise, it pretty long wearing and I did not notice any signs of fading or patchiness for good 8 hours. 

Like it other counterparts, it comes in a mirrored plastic compact of the same color as the blush. I find the plastic a bit of cheap quality, but, doesn't really better so long as the product it worth it! 

Price: USD 26.00 for 0.2 oz. 

Enough rambling and let the pictures do some talking now! 


Aand, you guys have seen me wearing this blush recently in my Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips look

Click HERE for break-up of this look
I am sure all of us have these hate stories converted into love stories with make-up and that' precisely the reason I resist to say bad things about any product! This is my recent story and thought, why not share with you guys along with a review! Which is that product you hated it before but love now or vice versa! Do share your love/ hate stories with me down below in the comments. 

Lots of Love

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Review: Chanel Vitalumière Moisture-Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup SPF 15

Hey Guys, 

Now that's really a long name! It's the original Vitalumière foundation from Chanel. 

Of late I my skin is more combination than oily, especially around my mouth and nose. With my regular foundations that are more suitable for oily skin, my skin wasn't feeling comfortable! In fact I could feel my skin creep around my mouth, the dry patches looked more exaggerated than they originally were/ are and overall it was not a very happy situation with my base make-up. 

Then, I started to search online about foundations for combination to dry skin and stumbled upon Lisa Eldridge's video on her top 5 foundations for dry skin. This foundation featured in her video! And the only foundation that I could actually go in a store and try it myself, rather than finding a match online and giving a blind shot to it!  

So, I went to Chanel store at Palladium Mall and tried this foundation in shade B40 and roamed around and watched a movie in PVR with this on. I quite liked how my skin felt with this foundation. No creeping or stretchy feeling and it just felt so good. After the movie I went back to the store and purchased this baby. 

The first time I wore this foundation, it was on New Year's Eve, my skin looked and felt fabulous. I was overwhelmed with the foundation. Next morning, i.e. on first day of 2015, started the horror of picking up a lighter shade when I applied it lightly to see how it looked in natural day light. I was freaking out, almost started crying and put this foundation up for sale on couple of FB groups. But, my heart was not ready to accept that I picked up a wrong shade. 

On my first day to office I wore this foundation to office and asked my husband and other colleague if looks unnatural or lighter than my neck. Both said it looked perfect and I also reached settlement with the shade by the evening after watching myself in the mirror 2560 times that day. Ever since, I am wearing this foundation every single day with a darker concealer blended around on my chin area to hide the darkness and unevenness. However, I still feel a shade darker would look more prettier. Which I will try/ buy next season once I have finished this bottle, as can make it work for me. 

Coming to the product, the Vitalumière foundation is specially formulated for dull, tired and dry skin. It has ingredients that are specifically target towards dry and uneven areas of skin. It has marine extracts that boosts the skin's radiance and light reflecting pigments that smooth away imperfections. It's a moisture rich and luxuriously light weight foundation that blends seamlessly into the skin for a perfectly smooth, even toned radiant skin. It comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a pump dispenser which is a pretty standard Chanel packaging. 

This foundation quite runny compared to Perfection Lumiere or Perfection Lumiere Velvet and almost watery. But, it is packed with pigments to cover most of my unevenness and hyper-pigmentation, but, the dark spots from acne still peek through, which I usually spot conceal. Instantly after application, it looks very shiny wet but settles down in couple of minutes for a dewy finish. 

Love how my skin feels in this foundation, very hydrating and moisturizing. However my skin starts to look oily after 4+ hours, if I am not in a controlled environment, and requires powdering once in my 9 hour job. But it doesn't look oily to extent of making me look like a grease ball. In Air Conditioned environment, it looks perfect through the day. So, according to me it will be a perfect foundation to those of with dry skin and great for combination skin ladies living up north or in drier areas. 

Enough rambling, lets do the pictures talking: 

Now, get ready for my bare face with just my Clarin's Hydraquench and brows done. 


In, the after picture (just one layer) you see how beautiful the finish of this foundation is, very dewy and fresh. As far as coverage is concerned, it covered pretty much everything except the two spots on my right (your left) cheek. Darkness and unevenness around the chin is still visible where it looks slightly ashy, which I conceal with MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC 42. 

Price: INR 3350.00 for 30 ml, which is pricier. 

Overall, I love this foundation and can't wait to wear it when I will be in Delhi next month for a work tour, where it will relatively more cold and dry. However, I will preserve it for winters or when I am travelling in more drier areas of the country/ world. Pricey, but its everything that you want for a dewy look that doesn't look caked up to make you look like a grease ball. 

Which is your favorite foundation for combination skin to get a dewy finish? 

Lots of Love

P.S.: Lisa Eldridge also mentioned about Bobbi Brown's Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturising Balm, which is for dry/ extra dry skin, which I am sure gonna give a go if I get a chance to visit Bobbi Brown store and also her Skin foundation which is good for all skin types!