Thursday, 4 February 2016

Review: Tom Ford Blush in Ravish

Hey Guys,

I am reviewing of a blush in a very very long time. Well, I haven't bought any in a long time.. the last blush that I bought was Tom Ford Ravish from Singapore. When I went to Tom Ford counter I wasn't sure which blush I wanted and loved most, so, I tried 4 different blushes (I don't remember now which others I tried) and liked Ravish the most on me.

I had vague idea that Ravish was not the most famous and talk about blush, so, I wasn't 100% sure about buying despite the fact I really like how it looked on me. I couldn't digest the fact that I was about buy an expensive Tom Ford without checkout reviews on the internet, such technology slaves we have become, that we don't believe our own experience! So, I decided to not be a slave and listened to my inner voice and settled for Ravish.

And, once back home I ripped open all my Tom Ford goodies and the product that I liked most was this blush. Ravish is such a complex shade - its brown, plum, pink and a bit rouge - and as soon as I swatched it on my arm and applied it on my bare face I was blown away, like literally, with my mouth wide open. When I looked at it very closely I could see some pink/ fuchsia shimmer running through it. There's nothing in my collection that is even an mm closer to Ravish. I thanked God for believing in myself and settling for it.

I can see this blush suiting a multitude of complexions and especially on Indian tan/ dusky/ brown skins. However, this could be a little bit too much more intense for those with very fair complexions. I think this could be an ultimate Indian bridal blush complementing wide range of dresses and eye make-up for how unique this shade is.

Ravish is crazy pigmented, so, you have to be careful while applying. I just tap my brush lightly in the pan it picks up enough product. I like the fact that it doesn't kick too much pigment out. The pigments are so finely milled and buttery smooth that no blending is required, whatsoever. This stays put through out the day on me without getting patchy or fading, until I remove it in the evening.

Now, when you are at a Tom Ford counter, you probably know that you are at a luxury beauty stop and you are not expected to be shocked, but, I was when the lady at the counter told me SGD 85.00 (somewhere close to INR 4000.00). I was so sure that I was going to skip it without having checked any reviews online. But, thank God I did not skip as this such a unique colour and is so pretty.

I love this blush despite the fact how crazy expensive these blushes are. If you are and Indian/ Soth Asia and going to be a bride soon and have a budget, give this Tom Ford Ravish blush a go, I promise you will not be disappointed and if you are into bridal make-up you have to have this blush in you kit. However, I am not sure if I am going to spend such a bomb on another Tom Ford blush, I mean rather than hoarding I would like to spend such a bomb (or more) and get myself a Christian Loubotin, I mean why not (dreaming ...).

A small disclaimer: Because I have been taking my pictures very early in the morning when there is direct sun light in my room, the camera was washing out the blush and I had to really build it up so that the camera could pick it up. 












Tom Ford goodies have been the my most expensive adventure ever since I got hooked to makeup. I would now like to try the Moonlight sculpting palette, brow pencils and its newly launched eye shadow palettes for sure and may be a must have shade from his Lips and Boys collection. Well, already have list ready.

I hope you guys like the blush and found the review helpful. 

Lots of Love



Monday, 1 February 2016

Luminous Glowing Makeup + Mesmerizing Bronze Eyes - Date Night Make-up Look

Hey Guys, 

January just went past like zooo...m and we are in February already! Happy February! 

Over the weekend I just played with makeup and while I was roaming around the house with makeup on, we decided to go out for a small drive and little bit of 'us time'. 

The focus of this look was luminous skin and I spent most of my time in perfecting and getting a flawless skin. I was inspired by Charlotte Tilbury's latest video featuring her new lipsticks (watch here).   

Skin Prep starts a night before - For perfecting my skin I started by using my Alpha-H Liquid Gold a night before, which really helped regain the luster and glow back and also helped reducing pores. I love this stuff for it does, but, it didn't do much for my hyper-pigmentation. I am anyways almost at the bottom of the bottle and planing to give Sunday Riley Good Genes which I have heard is good for hyper-pigmentation. Any thoughts on this? Please share below in the comments, I would love to hear them out before buying! 

Cleanse - After morning chores and running some errands I cleansed my skin using Clinique Cleansing Balm by massaging it really really well (yep, I don't use it for removing make-up). 

Toner & Moisturizer - After thoroughly cleansing my skin, I used my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner all over my face, which helped toning my skin and also removed any gunk left over. I then used my Clarins Hydraquench Moisturzing Gel Cream. I skipped SPF as I was just running errands and by the time we left home it was almost evening and hence, the post title 'Date Night Look'. However, use a SPF if your planning to rock this look during the day. 

Prime & Perfect - For my primer I used two primers. I rubbed Becca Back Light Primer Filter all over the face and then used Clinque Pore Minimizer on targeted areas such on my cheeks and around my nose. 

Luminous Base - To go with the theme of luminous and dewy look, I decided to go with my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #7.5. Since, my skin is more on dehydrated and the weather is also less humid, I can get away with all 'luminous' products without getting shiny. 

Correct & Conceal - This is the most important step in my make-up routine, as I have to conceal my dark circles as well as hyper-pigmentation marks. 

To conceal my dark circles I used my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit to correct the darkness under my eyes and MAC Prep+Prime Pen in Light Boost (yellow toned) to brighten underneath. I not only used this pen under my eyes, but also on other areas of my face wherever I wanted brightness (bridge of my nose, forehead and chin). 

To conceal my hyper-pigmentation marks from old acne, I used Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX11 (Love this stuff for spot concealing) using a fine liner brush. 

Frame the portrait - As they say, eye brows frame the face. For my brows I used Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz + dip brow in Chocolate and set the hair in place using her clear brow gel. 

Set the Base - To set my foundation and concealer I used Chanel Natural Finish Lose Powder which doesn't give a flat matte finish. Under my eyes I used my trustee Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Bronze & Rosey Flush - Before I powdered my face using Chanel Natural Finish Lose Powder, I used Chanel Bronze Universal (Review here) and afterwards topped it with Lumière D'été Illumination Powder (LE, view in action here). As I was going was rosey flushed cheeks, I used MAC Cosmetics Blush in Dollymix. 

Glow that Face: For that intense glow and highlight I used Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige (review here). 

Eyes to Mesmerize: For getting the look of mesmerizing eyes I started with my trustee Urban Decay Primer Potion, which a must for me! For my eye shadows I used only one product - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Bette, which is beautiful metallic bronze shade. MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood could be a good dupe. As wide elongated eyes look most flattering on me, I decided to a soft wing using Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Bourbon and Bourjois Eye Pencil in mettalic bronze shade in the lower water line. Per usual I used a black eye pencil in my upper water line to tightline. To finish the look, I applied couple of coats of L'oreal Million Lashes Mascara. 

Rose petal Pout - To mimic the look of rose petal, I applied MAC lipliner in Soar + Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #501 (loving this combo lately, and hence found a place in my second consecutive blog post). 

And, this is the finished look (sorry for some sweaty-droplets as I was over enthusiastic about the look and lets face it, we are in Mumbai and during the day it's nowhere close to pleasant leave alone cold!). 





I hope you guys liked the look and detailed post about how I actually achieved the look. 

Share your thoughts on Sunday Riley Good Genes, as I am on the verge of buying it and I would like to learn as much about it as possible beforehand. 

Lots of Love

Friday, 29 January 2016

Soft & Romantic Make-up Look | ft Tom Ford Orchid Haze Palette |

Hey Guys, 

So we went out shopping over the weekend stealing some time out and I wanted to be all decked up as we were going out after almost a month! Yep! January didn't start well for us and we were highly stressed out and this outing was like a stress buster. Anyways, moving on to the look! 

I wanted play with my Tom Ford Orchid Haze quad and wanted to create very soft and hazy look paired with soft rose-y pink lips, which didn't look over the top for roaming around in a mall! Rosey-mauvy hues in the quad make it perfect for a soft and romantic look. To ground the look and as wide elongated eyes look very flattering on me, so I decided to wing out my liner a little bit and extended it till the inner most corner. To follow the soft romantic theme, I decided to leave the lower lash line, which gave the look a very innocent feel (according me :-D). 

I paired soft rosey-mauvy hues in eyes with soft focus flawless skin, which I achieved using Becca Back Light Filter Primer and MUFE Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, and rose petal soft pink lip color using Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #501. 

I kept rest of my face very soft as well to go with the romantic theme - for my bronzer I used Chanel Borronze Universal Bronzing Base (Review here) and Lumière D'été Illumination Powder (LE, view in action here), Rose Initial JC Blush for (Review here) naturally flushed look and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Moonstone. 






 A couple of closeup shots of my eyes: 



Complete list of products used: 

Face: 

  • Becca Back Light Primer Filter 
  • MUFE Ultra HD Foundation (liquid) Y405 or 153 
  • Chanel Poudre Universal #40 (review here
  • Chanel Bronze Universal (Review here)
  • Lumière D'été Illumination Powder (LE, view in action here)  
  • Chanel JC Blush in Rose Initial (Review here
Eyes: 
  • Tom Ford Orchid Haze quad 
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper 
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion 
  • L'oreal million lashes mascara 
Lips:
  • MAC Lip Liner in Soar 
  • Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #501 

I hope you guys liked the look and found a few tips and tricks that I have shared helpful. 

Lots of love





Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Review: Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation

Hey Guys,

Can't believe that January is almost over and I am still enjoying not so hot and humid weather of Mumbai and wishing it to not get over, ever! While that's never gonna happen, I bring to you a super long lasting foundation which I have been wearing quite a lot ever since I got it few months back! 

This foundation was a rage when it was launched internationally. However, it was never launched in India, for reasons best know to them! So, I bought this foundation online a few months ago based on online swatches and reviews and ended up buying a shade darker. However, I manage to work with it and it doesn't look awkward on me. 


This is serum based, highly fluid, sheer foundation which claims to provide a fresh and soft focus, naturally glowing, second skin like canvas. This foundation is loaded with lotta ingredients (blend of hyper oxygenated and cranberry oils), vitamins and minerals, which I am not aware how good/ bad they are for skin but most importantly it comes with sun protection of SPF 25+ which is always a plus point. 

This is my second Dior foundation - Diorskin Flawless Finish foundation was my first Dior foundation which I love - and Nude Air Serum foundation is no exception. I love how light weight and long wearing this foundation is - a great foundation for everyday wear, especially for work, almost undetectable if you are able to find a good match for yourself as the shade range is very limited - only 8 shades to cater to 1459932 hundred thousand women, which is very disappointing. 


Lets talk about the packaging of this foundation - come with a sturdy glass bottle (it has sustained many air travels) with a dropper to dispense out the product, which is quite in these days. However, I don't find this dropper packaging practical and hygienic - also I feel as the product if exposed to environment there are chances of oxidation of the product (but, I am no expert). 



The formula of this foundation is very very runny and it literally drips down the face. I usually place the product on to my face directly from the dropper. And just when I place the product on my face it starts dripping and when I start blending the foundation, I get that serum-y feel from the foundation as if I am blending a serum and not foundation! 

It sets quickly to a matte finish on my skin, which more combination with dryness on my cheeks and around my mouth. Few days back I was suffering from sever cold and I had severe dry patches around my nose, which this foundation exaggerated horribly. So, a heads up to my dry skin friends - exfoliate well and moisturize deeply if you want to play with this bad boy! This foundation also doesn't do anything for my pock marks from old acne. 

Another heads up for my friends with sensitive nose - like other Dior foundations, this foundation also has a floral fragrance, which could irritate you! 

This is surely a sheer coverage foundation - so don't expect it to cover you dark spots and pigmentation - but it covers enough to get an even skin tone which what I look for from an everyday foundation. 

As you can see from my bare face below - its quite problematic with dark spots and uneven skin tone and darkness on my chin.  


In the picture below, I have filled in my brows and concealed my under eye dark circles and set only the under eye area with powder and you can see that rest of my face is quite matte. However, I used my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder to 'set' the foundation. You would also notice that this foundation has evened out my skin quite nicely except hyper-pigmentation from old acne and redness around my nose.


I usually leave my base at this for everyday purposes - but for the sake of this post I concealed all the problem areas and this is how the foundation looks like with full face of makeup and this is what I call a more practical glowing look for those who live in humid weather. Let me know in the comments below if you wish to know more about my 'a more practical glowing make-up look', I will be happy to share :-) 


And this a close-up after few hours of wearing this foundation and you can see this is looks as is and doesn't look patchy or oily!


Overall, I like how long wearing and light weight this foundation is and it will an awesome foundation for those with Victoria's Secret angels' like skin - for an average woman with hyper-pigmentation, dark spots and pock marks this may not be your best suited foundation, especially at a price tag of USD 53.00 (equivalent to ~ INR 3500.00). For me, this is my everyday foundation and I don't mind my dark spots peeking from the foundation - and when I want a perfect base with this foundation, I use a smoothing primer underneath and load concealer on problem areas - which I haven't done to to show you how exactly the foundation works). 

So, my friends what are your thoughts on 'serum' or 'water' based foundations that are quite in these days?  

P.S.: I am wearing L'oreal matte lipstick in Black Cherry (in case you are curious)