Monday, 23 November 2015

Try this combo of you are looking for a longest wearing base!

Hey Guys,

Hope you all are having a wonderful year so far. We are almost towards the end of 2015, and I feel like I am writing my first post of the year. Well, only reason - excessive occupation at work and work related travel - leaving no time for me to do anything for the blog. And, not that I am not buying new stuff to try and in the hope that I will write for the blog one day I always take pictures of new products before using them! I use these products religiously but no time to take pictures – I am always running late!

Busy at work and excessive travelling works = long working hours for me. Now, that we are almost in colder months (pretending, as days are still warm in Mumbai if not humid) I need a base that is long wearing, non-cakey almost skin like, non-makeupey and does not make me look like a grease ball by the end of the day.

Well, I don’t wear makeup to work every day, but, whenever I have to visit client locations I like to look more put together without taking attention away from work – that’s for another post. And client meetings always mean longest days of week/ months – 10 hours + excluding travelling.

On such, occasions at work I always used to wear my trustee Dior Forever Flawless Perfection foundation, which is a long wearing foundation itself, but, by the end of a long day it would become shinier if not greasy, even after staying in controlled artificial environment for most part of the day. So, having heard of lot of good things about Hourglass Mineral Veil primer, I thought of giving it a go.

I first wore this combo of Dior Forever Flawless Perfection foundation + Hourglass Mineral Veil primer a couple of months back when it was much more hot and humid! I wore this at about 8 in the morning and when I checked it through the day I was already sure this combo is going to be may holy grail, and my belief was reinforced when I checked my face after getting home at about 9 in the evening. My face was as fresh as it was in the morning and with almost no signs of oiliness on my face. My face was not matte for sure, but, it was not shinny or oily by any means – it was glowing, if I may say so!

I also wore this combo one day during my Singapore trip last month for sightseeing in the evening, it worked equally well in natural environment and Singapore’s humidity is no joke, I tell ya! I sweat like crazy in humidity and that evening was no different, but, when I got back to hotel room after a few hours of roaming around the city, my face was neither oily nor my base makeup had moved!

Having shared my love for this combo, a word of caution about those who want to try this for a occasion where you would take lot of photos. I haven't tested it for flash photography, but, I suspect a flashback as the foundation as SPF and the primer also has active titanium dioxide as active sunscreen ingredient. Do your home work before wearing it for photos and regretting later! 

Ever since, this combo has been my favorite and I use it every time I want my base to last longer! If time permits, I will also try to upload before/ after photo to given you guys a better idea, after all a picture is worth thousand words! 

Now, that we are getting into colder (Mumbai readers, read drier) months I am trying Hourglass primer with other foundations and if find one working equally well, I will report back. Till then, ciao and take care of yourselves.

Lots of love 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Coppery-Bronze Look for Summer | Chanel Méditerrannée Collection 2015

Hey Guys, 

So finally got to play with makeup and take pictures to share the look using some of my picks Chanel Méditerrannée collection for Summer 2015. 

I have been using Lumière D'été Illumination Powder as bronzer non-stop and the stylo eyeshadow Laurier Rose, which is a rosey-coppery shade. This look is largely inspired by the look that the model is wearing for campaign of this collection. Little bit of color in eyes and glossy red lips, bronzed skin and glossy red lips, makes it super summery and much more wearable. 

Products info:

  • Diorskin forever flawless fusion wear foundation #30 + Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhance #SX11 (sample) 
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector 'Dark Peach' + Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 'Ginger' + Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder 
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder 'Dimlight' 
  • Chanel Lumière D'été Illumination Powder (Pictures here
  • Chanel JC Blush 'Mallice' 
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter 'Moonstone' 
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • MAC Paint Pot 'Idyllic' (LE) 
  • Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Croyon 'Laurier Rose' (Pictures here
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette 'Candied Violet' 
  • Urban Decay 24x7 eye pencil 'Ransom' 
  • Maybelline the Falsies Mascara 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz 'Chocolate' 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade 'Chocolate' 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel 
  • Chanel Glossimer 'Allegria' (Pictures here
I quite like this look as it hardly takes any time and still looks glamorous. I finished this look in straight 20-25 mins, which is very fast considering how slow I am when it comes to makeup. 

I hope you liked the look and my interpretation of the Chanel Méditerrannée Collection's campaign look. 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Méditerranée Chanel Collection 2015 - My Picks - Photos and Swatches

Hey Guys, 

Few weeks back I was very depressed and stressed out because of my hectic work schedule. I had no time for anything but work and travel. But, one day me and husband decided not to give a s**t to anything else and just have fun and roam around the streets of South Mumbai with hand in hand. 

Same day, I also went to Chanel to see their new collection for Summer 2015, the Méditerrannée, was already on display and I went crazy shopping. The collection is inspired by vibrant colours of Mediterranean - vivid skies and blue sea - bronzed glowing skin and mesmerizing eyes with bold nails and colorful lips. 

Without further adieu here are my picks with first impressions/ review, as I have them all. 

Lumière D'été Illumination Powder, the signature product from the collection, in Camellia flower pattern. Chanel never goes wrong with the patterns such signature product. Remember Power Signee the Chanel Illuminating Powder and several others. I can keep staring at how beautiful it looks in the pan. 

When it was launched worldwide, I was contemplating whether it would show up on my medium-tan skin. So, I tried it on before buying and roamed around the Palladium Mall and it just freaked me out how beautiful it looked and the 'glow from within' glow was just immaculate. 

The Lumière D'été Illumination Powder is an illuminating bronzer that gives the most gorgeous sun-kissed glow without getting baked in actual sun. Its golden-bronze shade with a golden sheen that's just enough for a sophisticated glow. Apply on its own or as topper on your regular bronzer. I like it most with my Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing base. 

Without rambling further lets jump to some photos: 

I was also very intimidated with the glossimers when the collection was launched internationally for how nicely pigmented they were. I went ahead and bought both, Rose Paradis and Algria from the collection. Rose Paradis is a re-promote from the permanent line while Algria is limited edition. 

Rose Paradis is a rosy-pinky red with very fine shimmer with coverage just shy of opaque/full coverage but light weight and non sticky. 

Allegria is a beautiful warm red with same opaque coverage as Rose Paradis. 

I also picked up the Stylo Eyeshadow crayon (my first ever) in the shade Laurier Rose, which is rosy-coppery shade that goes on so smoothly and stays through the day on my oily lids. 

And the final product from the collection is the nail polish in Coquelicot, which a beautiful creamy poppy orangey red. I was contemplating between Coquelicot and Lavanda, but, when I tried both in the store I did not how Lavanda looked on my fingers and settled for Coquelicot. 

Its been quite sometime the Méditerranée Collection for Summer 2015 is in stores, so call the store before you start your journey to one and only Chanel store in Mumbai. 

So my friends, how do you like this kind of first impressions/ review kind of post, I will surely post a pic of wearing all these beautiful picks from the collection. So, stay tuned for that. 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Two Miraculous Skin Care Products I am Hooked To!

Hey Guys, 

My travel woos continue and I don't want to bore you more with that. 

In last few months I tried a lot of new stuff, make-up as well as skin care. I generally refrain from posting about skin care stuff here for two basic reasons, I generally don't alter my skincare often and I don't find myself knowledgeable enough to write about skin care stuff. 

Alpha H Liquid Gold and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate are two skincare products that I am extremely happy to have stumbled upon.  

When I saw YouTube beauty gurus, Sharon and Karima, rave about Alpha H Liquid Gold, the other day, I was quite intrigued to try it out. So, I researched online about it and everyone had amazing things to say about it. Then Luxola, which is a Singapore based online beauty shop, had a kit of decent sized 5 Alpha H products, and Liquid Gold (50 ml size, which is quite decent and I still have about half the quantity left which would last me about 1-1.5 months) being one of them. So, I decided to get the kit instead of full sized bottle and thought of it as an opportunity to try few more products from the Australian skincare brand. 

Alpha H Liquid Gold is a Glycolic Acid based skin resurfacing treatment that helps fight fine lines, acne, dark spots, unevenness, etc. to reveal skin that you dream of. The most active ingredient of Alpha H liquid gold is Glycolic Acid, which, if used appropriately, has many skincare benefits that are readily available online. You can check the full ingredient list below in the pic: 

Apply it in the night like you apply your any other face toner and wake up in the morning with fresher, smoother and recharged skin. Yes, Alpha H liquid gold did work for me. My pores have reduced, lightened dark spots (from previous acne) a lot and no more dry patches around my mouth and nose. I now have a much more smoother, healthier and firmer skin. I do get hormonal break-outs now and then, but, with Alpha H Liquid Gold, I noticed they go faster and the scars also fades faster. It does sting a bit on irritated areas the first time, but, after repeated use you would get used to to it and it stops stinging! Check out below, how, the brand recommends to use it: 

The product is colorless and odorless liquid, is resembles water and is very thin and runny in consistency. I take few drops on a cotton wool and apply it all over my face, neck and décolletage. When I applied the first time, I was shocked to see the cotton wool afterwards. It removed almost every bit of dirt and murk sitting on my skin. I use it twice a week at night and I can visibly tell the difference next morning. But, a word of caution, don't forget your sunscreen following day as it exfoliates skin very deeply and exposing new skin surface to sun is not a good idea. 

On those nights I am not using my Alpha H Liquid Gold, I use Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. As you know, I have been travelling to Delhi a lot, and Delhi's weather is diametrically opposite to Mumbai's weather. And, on top of that spending almost whole day in controlled environment (AC's)  and I am now 30+ so age also has a severe impact on my skin making it dehydrated and dull. I had tried a few samples of this Concentrates' in the past had liked it very much, so, I went ahead and bought the full sized bottle, which comes with a dropper making it much easier to use and control the amount of product. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a blend of pure essential oils and botanical extracts that work through the night to wake to rejuvenated skin following morning. I use about 2-3 drops of the Concentrate after applying Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner all over my face and neck and I can see that my skin is moisturised, plumped and much firmer in the morning. And good news is that, I did not break-out at all after using this, even though my skin is combination to oily (and dehydrated). 

The Concentrate is a colorless , thicker in consistency than Liquid Gold, but non-sticky and light weight oil with aromatic scent (you can smell oils). Doesn't feel heavy on skin and gets absorbed fairly faster (not as fast as regular moisturiser). 

Alpha H Liquid Gold's full sized bottle is priced at about INR 3800.00 on Luxola (unfortunately, both the kit and ful seized bottle are currently sold out) and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is priced at INR 3200.00, Kiehl's stores provide home delivery if your order is worth INR 5000.00 or more. 

These two products have worked miraculously for me and I am totally hooked to these, atleast as long as I don't find an equally worthy product. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. 

Lots of Love