Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Empties Favourites and Repurchases 2016

Remember me!?

I am still there and have not abandoned this little place on the web. I know, this is my first post in many months and can't believe time just flew away in a woosh. 

Last few months just came and went and kept me very busy. Despite my busy schedule, I did manage to sneak out time for makeup and skin care and I did manage to use up a few products and I am glad that I was able to finish up two foundations. 

So, thought, why not start the new year in this little space on the web with empties post. 

Lets start with makeup - I am so glad that I finished two base products last year. Dior Forever Flawless Finish foundation (Read: Longest Wearing Base for more on this foundation) and IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50+. Dior Forever was my go-to base for office and everyday wear as it would prevent my skin from getting oily and would look natural. I used shade 30 in this foundation. Dior have reformulated this foundation and I would like to give it a go. But, certainly not in near future as I am contemplating at finishing more base products before buying a new one. IT cosmetics CC cream was nice, but, too glowy & dewy for my skin type and the shade was also a little off. I used shade Tan in this foundation, which was little too deep and beige for my complexion. Wish there were more shades in this foundation as I liked using it during drier months when my skin is more combination than oily. 

Next up are three mascaras - I know there are only two in the photos but the third tube of mascara I lost or threw away! Let's first talk about good things. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara is so good. Best mascara ever. It volumizes, lengthens and doesn't budge at all. I already have back-up of this one. I got mine from Neiman Marcus. The one that I lost was Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyes mascara. This was also a great mascara in terms of volumizing but I cannot clearly remember how it lasted on my watery eyes. And the last one was Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess (Waterproof). A major fail for me as it didn't do anything for my lashes. But, because I paid so much for my I managed to work it with a sample of Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara (Read here). 

The other make-up products that I manage to finish were Anastasia Browwiz. These are the only brow products that I have been using for last couple of years. I tried shades Medium Brown and Soft Brown (yet to finish) last year and now I think I have concluded that I like Chocolate shade the most on me (there are two empties of this shade), but, I am also slightly leaning towards Soft Brown as it looks very natural on my brows. Will update if I have decided on which shade I like more. I currently have Soft Brown and Chocolate in rotation. 

Let's now talk about skin care products. My skin did not behave well last year and I tried a bunch of new products. 

First up - Sunday Riley Good Genes - this, as Ruth of A Model Recommends says, is wolf in sheep's clothing. This stuff actually works. As this is an exfoliating product, I see my acne clearing up faster when I use it regularly and my skin looks much more firmer and smoother. I noticed the difference when I ran out of it and I had break-outs and they just refused to go and I finally bought the second bottle for me and I can see my breakouts clearing up and dark spots and pigmentation lightening. I can't stop raving about this product. I use this at night with Sunday Riley Luna Oil or MV Organics Rose Plus Booster and this combo works wonder. I see my skin brighter and clearer and plump next morning. 

I tried a bunch of cleansers last year and the one that really stood out for me were Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Skin Clay Cleaner and Oskia Renaissance Cleanser (I used up a small sample size bottle and recently opened the regular size bottle, which, I forgot at mom's place). The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser is so good. I can see my skin is brighter and clearer after using this. I prefer using this in the evening to take all the grime out of skin. I am on my second bottle currently and I missed it until I had a new one). 

During early 2016, I tried a bunch of MV Organics skin care and finished up using MV Organic Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer. During the first half of 2016, when I used to travel very frequently my skin was very dry and this was my everyday moisturizer. This was also a saviour for me during winters when I was in Indore for 3 weeks for my brother's wedding. My skin was very dry there and it just worked like a miracle and my skin would get super soft and hydrated. Good point about this moisturiser is that you need very tiny amount as this is a very thick moisturiser. Now, that my skin is back to being oily, I don't think, I am going to repurchase it sooner. I used it up as night moisturiser and recently finished it up. So, technically not a 2016 empty! I accept that I am cheating here! 

Also, finished up my Clarins Hydraquench moisturiser jar, which, was like a staple until I discovered Sunday Riley Enzyme Water cream and I am afraid that I love it and consider this to be my holy grain moisturiser. I am almost at the bottom of Sunday Riley Enzyme Water Cream and using it sparingly until I gather the courage to buy this USD 65 moisturiser. Currently, I am also using Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and liking it so far. 

I was majorly into oils last year (from middle of 2015, actually) and got myself Clarins Orchid Oil as my skin was dehydrated because of continuously spending time in Air Conditioners (these are must in Mumbai weather). I liked it, but, not going to repurchase as I am loving my Luna and Rose Plus Booster oils. 

So, this was all about the makeup and skincare empties of 2016. So, of all these products, that really stood out for me were Sunday Riley skincare and Marc Jacobs mascara. And, as already mentioned I have already repurchased these items. 

Hope this post made some sense to some of you out there and hope my empties product list grow longer in 2017. 

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Three Looks One Palette - Natasha Denona Star Palette

I am huge fan of Natasha Denona eye shadows ever since I tried here 5 eye shadows' palettes (see here). So, when I received an email from Beautylish for early access, I immediately registered for it and bought it on the date of launch. I had to have it, gurl. Thanks to Beautylish for providing me with early access and delivering it safe and sound in straight 4 days (one of my fav shopping website). 

This eyeshadow palette features 18 new shades - 

 - 4 Crystal (Spectrum, Cosmo, Galaxia & Polaris), 

 - 9 Creamy Mattes (Earth, Flesh, Gemma, Titania, Diadem, Vega, Phoenix, Electra & Atik), 

 - 3 Metallic shades (Bellatrix, Atria and Rhea) and 

 - 2 Duo Chromes (Orion and Supernova). 

Visit Temptalia's post here for a description of each shade in the palette. 

This palette is magnificent and all the shadows are very smooth and buttery - and hence, I guess, a lot of fallout - especially from the shadows in Crystal formula. 

It has a very wide range of shades from neutral blending shades to some popping crease shades such as Phoenix and Electra and smokier shades, Earth and Gemma. I really miss a good browbone/ inner corner highlight shade, a bone color shadow and a black shadow (which I think is a mandatory shade in any palette). Nonetheless, this doesn't take away the glory of this palette. 

The packaging of this palette is so on point - faux leather metallic cover with a decent size mirror inside. This palette costed me a bomb, USD 224.00 (including duties and taxes). 

A closer look at each side of the palette. 

Lets talk about the each formula a bit: 

Crystal formula crumbles a bit when swatched and has chunky sparkle but very smooth and don't feel gritty. Best applied with finger and over a sticky base (like Too Faced Glitter Glue) and I get a more metallic finish than crystal/ glittery finish. 

Creamy mattes are awesome and blend effortlessly. 

Metallic shades are bang on pigmented and VERY metallic. Applies equally well with fingers and brush. For more impact and shine use wet. 

Duo-chrome shadow - IMO - are pretty but easily dupable, especially Orion (a blue-brown shadow which is available in many palettes and as lose pigment). 

There are endless possibilities with this palette. And, hance, it wouldn't have been justified if I had done only one look using this palette considering such wide range of finish these eye shadow palette has. 

For the first look I decided to try spotlight placement of eye shadows (and failed miserably) using shades Flesh, Titania, Earth, Atria and Bellatrix. 

For the second look I went all out smokey using the most obvious choice - Orion (blue-brown duo chrome) as the focal shade paired with Phoenix & Gemma in the crease and Galaxia in the inner corner. 

This post wouldn't have been complete without a look with winged liner and red lips. I used Rhea as the main shade, paired with Electra on the lid, Gemma for defining the crease and Vega to blend. 

Overall, I would say this is not an everyday easy to slap on eye shadow palette. A special occasion palette when I am really in the mood to sit down and spend time on make-up. A fantastic palette for all make-up aficionados and for those who always like some sorta bling in their makeup. 

Hope this post was somewhat helpful and a liked the looks I created using this palette! 

Lots of love

Thursday, 24 November 2016

These Urban Decay Vice Comfort Matte lipsticks are powerhouse of pigment and longwearing

These Urban Decay Vice lipsticks in Comfort Matte formula are here for some serious business. 

They are insanely pigmented, feel so comfortable on lips.. they feel like velvet and almost moisturizing, and once on, forget about it, they last all day without fading and bleeding.

Application is very smooth and even without being patchy and these glides effortlessly on lips. 

I have never come across a lipstick formula like this before. 

I, very randomly, picked two shades Hitch Hike and Afterdark. Hitch Hike is a rosey-terracotta shade and Afterdark is medium berry shade with purple/fuchsia shift. LOVE! 

Hitch Hike is a day time/ work appropriate shade while Afterdark, when paired with a darker lip pencil (M.A.C. Vino or Currant), is a fantastic night time shade. It also gives a very lovely ombre effect if the darker lip pencil is applied only on the outer edges. 

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Hitch Hike

Urban Devay Vice Lipstick Afterdark

Lip swatch of Hitch Hike

Lip swatch of Afterdark

If not for the shades, try these comfort matte lipsticks for its formula. THE BEST.

Hope you guys liked this short (and sweet) review.

Lots of Love

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Hype is real about Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette & some M.A.C. dupes/ comparisons

Hello Everyone,

I fell for the hype around the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette and I agree that hype is so real and so worth it. These eye shadows are buttery smooth and blend effortlessly without any patchiness, whatsoever. 

Whether you like colourful shadows or a neutral shadows lover, I like both, you would love this palette, because you need that neutral blending colour to ground the look or that dark brown/ black colour to add smokiness. But, yes, this palette is neutral eye shadow lover's dream. If you are a neutral eye shadows lover, this palette is all that you need.

I love how sleek the cardboard packaging is and how nicely they have arranged the actual eye shadows based on their colour family - as you can tell they have grouped neutral brown shades (in the left group), cool brown/ black shades (in the middle group) and warm brown shades (in the right most group) together. 

I will be honest I haven't done any hard core eye look with these eye shadows (read very dramatic using 10 different eye shadows), but, I have used almost all the shades in the palette in some way or the other and I love all of them. And of all the shadows, the winner, IMO, is the black. I have not come across such an intense black that is so smooth.

While I was playing with this palette, I also thought of taking out some of my M.A.C. eye shadows to compare and find some dupes. Its not easy to get our hands on this palette in India. 

I thought, the warmest brown in the top row, was similar to Soft Brown or Texture from M.A.C., but, its not. The KVD shade is much lighter and paler than the other two.

Bottom to Top: M.A.C. Soft Brown, Texture and KVD e/s (warmest brown from the top row)
The middle eye shadow from the top row is similar to M.A.C. Wedge in the intensity, the later being more warm. The KVD shade is much cooler and more taupe. I can see this shade suiting fairer/ lighter complexion girls/ boys for contouring.

Bottom to Top: M.A.C. Wedge, KVD e/s (Taupe brown from the top row)
First shade from left in the bottom row is quite similar to M.A.C. Cork eye shadow neutral medium brown, later e/s having more red undertones in it. 

Bottom to Top: M.A.C. Cork and KVD e/s (first medium brown shade from left in the bottom row)
Second e/s from left in the bottom row is again medium brown - slightly warmer and deeper than the first shade. I compare it with M.A.C. Corduroy.

Top to Bottom: KVD e/s (warm medium brown second from left in the bottom row) and M.A.C. Cork
The third shadow in the bottom row is cool / ashy toned flesh shadow. I don't have anything similar to this shade in my collection. 

Fourth shadow in the bottom row is a deep ashy brown and it is very similar to MAC Brun. 

Top to Bottom: KVD e/s (4th from left) and M.A.C. Brun 
Next up is black, and it is the softest and most pigmented black I have ever seen. The swatch comparison vis-à-vis M.A.C. Carbon e/s 

Top to Bottom: KVD Black and M.A.C. Carbon
Last e/s in this group is bone color shade and again I don't have anything similar to this in my collection. 

First, shade in the warm group is a warm reddish orangy brown. I thought this was similar to M.A.C. Brown Script, but, the later has more orange tones in it and KVD has more red in it. 

Top to Bottom: KVD e/s (orangey brown shade) and M.A.C. Brown Script
Second shade in the warm e/s group is a deep mocha color and is very similar to M.A.C. Espresso e/s 

Top to Bottom: KVD e/s (middle shade in warm e/s group) and M.A.C. Espresso
And last e/s in the warm group is a pale peach shade, which is almost same shade as my forearm and again I couldn't find anything similar to this shade in my stash. 

Here's a simple warm brown smokey eyes look I created using only this palette. 

Hope this post was somewhat helpful and interesting. 

Edit: If you made it this far, you probably know that I love this palette and would recommend it to everyone who love makeup, not for hoarding, but as a staple basic palette in your stash. 

Lots of love