Thursday, 27 December 2012

Review: MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Breezy for a chilly morning!

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are having a great week. 

I woke up to a chilly and breezy morning today. It was quite chilly for Mumbai standards and really enjoyed the morning with a hot ginger tea with family. 

MAC Sheertone Shimmer blush in Breezy is a beautiful raspberry shade with very subtle pink-fuchsia shimmer which glides like a breeze on your cheeks. MAC describes this blush as plum with pearl, which to me is quite right but more berryish than plum. It looks extremely scary in the pan but not on the cheeks. The shimmer in it is very subtle and doesn't look chunky at all, in fact it gives a nice glow. It gives me an effect as if I am just in from a chilly weather outside. 

It is insanely pigmented and it is very easy to go over the board with this blush. Just a tini tiny bit goes a long long way. You need to tap access from you brush and the brush generally picks a little too much product. The other option could be to use a fan brush or a duo fiber brush to have better control. 

Though it is a cool toned shade, it compliments my warm complexion very well and doesn't look ashy or garish on me. So, I can see this blush suiting a wide spectrum of complexion. Though, girls who have redness on their cheeks will have to be little careful as it could enhance the redness. 

Price: INR 1150/- 

Overall, its a lovely raspberry-plum shade which would suit a wide range of complexions, despite it being a cool toned shade. But, a word of caution for over doing, be careful and tap off the access. 

Here are some pictures, swatches and me wearing this lovely blush. 

I hope you all liked the blush and the blush on me. How are you all spending your winters? I am loving them in Mumbai... such a lovely pleasant weather.... 

Lots of Love

Twitter: @eesha_thakur22

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Make-up look - Gold meets Ruby!

Hey Everyone

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

I am sorry for being away uninformed as internet connection at home had some problem which got repaired last night. I had plan to post this look just a day before Christmas, but, it just couldn't materialise because the of no internet! Nevertheless, I am posting it, exactly a day after Christmas as holidays are still not over and we have yet another big event i.e. the New Years eve party, to come.

I have metallic gold eyes with winged eye liner and dark red lips and fairly neutral cheeks. I really loved how the red lips have brightened my face and the whole look. This look is great for day time as well as for night time.

Unfortunately, I do not have the tutorial for the eye makeup, but, its very simple like many of my previous posts.

Products Used

  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Dark 
  • Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base (Sample) 
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli 
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer # NC42
  • Nars Bronzer in Casino
  • MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul 
  • MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl 
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as base 
  • MAC eyeshadows in Cork (blending color), Brown Down (darkening the outer crease and corner and under the lower lash line), Vanila in the tear duct
  • MUFE Metal Powder #1 
  • Clinique Gel Liner in True Black 
  • Lakme' Kohl Ultimate 
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara - 2-3 coats 
  • MAC Lipliner in Cherry
  • Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Paris 
Here are some close-up of eyes and more pictures of the whole look. 

Hope you all liked the look. 

How did you celebrate the Christmas, for, me it was just like another holiday, but had a great time with family as we cooked a lot of stuff and spent some quality together. What are your plans for New Years Eve? For me its again going to be a family time together. 

Lots of Love

Twitter: @eesha_thakur22

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Chanel Nail Polish in Blue Satin has succumbed me to splurge on Nail Polishes

Hello Everyone

Hope you all had a great weekend and Monday!

I am going crazy with the Nail Polish fever these days and splurging a lot on nail polishes from drugstore, high street to luxury brands, which means a lot of nail polishes posts coming up. When I visited the Chanel store the other day, I saw this beautiful blue shade and tried it on myself and OMG, I was in love it with already. Ok, let me admit, until I tried this shade I had a very conservative choice when it came to nail polishes and would buy mostly pinks or nudes or more subtle shades or sometimes I would also buy red nail polishes. So, when I tried it I had immediately decided that I had to have it and was wondering why was I not try such bold nail polish shades! But, the real trouble came when I asked enquired about the price, which is exorbitantly high (INR 1450/-). I immediately went out of the store and roamed everywhere around, but, continuously kept convincing myself to splurge on a Chanel nail polish and just before leaving the mall, I decided to buy this beautiful dark navy blue shade. AND kept on regretting until I actually tried for a week. 

Now, coming on to the review of the product, the shade is blackened navy with very fine blue shimmer which is visible only in bright light. It has amazing color pay off and pigmentation. Just one coat gives 99% the true color as in the bottle and with two coats it is insanely beautiful. It has rather thin formula but not very watery and applies very smoothly. The best part is that it dries very quickly. You don't have to wait forever for your nail polish to dry. Stays put without chipping for good 1 week, yes, 1 week, no exaggeration. Just a little bit of wear and tear at the ends. Now, you must be thinking that I got this wear time without doing any household chores. So, let me tell you that I got 1 weeks's wear time with cooking full Indian meal twice a day, washing a few clothes and utensils and many other household chores. This nail polish has stolen my heart and leaves no regret for buying such an expensive nail polish. 

It comes in a sturdy square glass bottle. It has square cap and within there is a small brush cap which makes the nail polish application very easy. 

Overall, its lovely shade, lovely formula and amazing color pay-off. If you have the budget to buy such an expensive nail polish, go for this shade. By far, my favorite nail polish ever. 

Here are some pictures of the lovely nail polish (pls avoid my not so good nail application and chipped): 

Single Coat
Double Coat
Double Coat

I hope you all liked the shade. Which is your favourite dark navy blue shade of nail polish? Have you tried Chanel nail polishes, which one is your favourite? Do let me know in the comments below.

Have a lovely remaining week.

Lots of Love

Friday, 14 December 2012

Review: Nars Cactus Flower Cream Blush

Hello Everyone,

Happy Friday everyone! 

It's weekend again and many of us just wait for it to do our shopping. So, here I come with review of a Nars Cream blush to arouse your temptations to make a deeper dent in your pockets :D :D 

Well, unlike my previous posts, where I was raving about plum blush, plum lipstick, etc. for winters. In this post I am breaking the trend and raving about a rather summary blush, at least the name "Cactus Flower" is very summary. Because, its a cream blush its perfect for me during winters when my skin is combination, as I have rather oily to very oily skin otherwise. Moreover, to me makeup is all about breaking oneself free and not follow any particular rules (there are no set rules for makeup). 

Coming to the topic now, Cactus Flower is a described by the company as Delicate Shimmering Poppy, which is quite perfect if you see the poppy flower's pictures alongside the product picture, below (flower pictures sourced from Google Images). The shade is a super bright reddish orange with loads of chunky gold shimmer (read fine glitter). 

The shade per say is very warm and perfect for summers as it gives you warm - sun kissed glow. The shimmer is quite chunky for my liking and it can be seen and clearly identified in the pan and even on your cheeks when the light/ sun hits the face. You can see the shimmer/ fine glitter in the pictures below (picture taken at night in artificial light to highlight the shimmer loaded in the blush). However, during winters when the sun is subdued, the shimmer in the blush gives a nice glow and doesn't look over the top. I find this blush quite festive and perfect for special occasions. 

The pigmentation of this blush is buildable and hence doesn't transform like a patch of blush on your cheeks and does not look as scary as it looks in the pan. You can control the intensity very easily. 

The consistency of this cream blush is creamy but powdery, if you can understand what I mean! It's not as creamy as MAC Blush Cremes or NYX's cream blushes, more creamier than MUFE cream blushes, but in pan form. Even though it's not VERY creamy, it's much easier to blend than MUFE cream blushes. It just blends without taking any extra effort. This being cream blush, it doesn't make my skin look shiny or oily, but, nice and healthy. 

In terms of longevity of wear, it wears extremely well. It did not fade on me for good 7.5 hours. After say about 9 hours it was slightly faded but still not completely worn out. 

I use my fingers to apply this blush as the brush picks up more shimmer/ glitter and make it look more chunky. 

Price: USD 28/-, if you are buying from Nars Cosmetic's website and INR 1761/- on Strawberrynet

Overall, I liked this blush, only thing is if they can make the shimmer a little bit more fine for those of you who can or want to wear cream blushes during summers. I will say it's worth the price considering its unique shade and longevity of wear. But if you do not like shimmery stuff, avoid this blush, it will disappoint you. 

Here are some pictures of the blush and how it looks on my NC40ish skintone: 

Natural light without flash

Natural light with flash
All the product pictures below are taken in artificial light without flash

Swatch in natural light without flash

Natural Light without flash

Artificial light without flash
Below are my pictures wearing this lovely blush: 

If you are wondering, these picture were taken just before I got hair cut. I have some more posts for which I took pictures before the hair cut. 

I hope you all liked the blush and found the review helpful. Have you tried any of Nars Cream blushes, do let me know in  the comments below. 

Have a nice and relaxed weekend. 

Lots of love

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Look: Glittering eyes and Vampy lips for Christmas/ Holidays

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are having a great week. 

Holiday season is just the round the corner and inspiring lot of us to create glamorous looks. I love creating looks using glitters for the festive season. Also, vampy dark lips are very much in these days, so paired glittering eyes with vampy lips for holidays/ Christmas/ New Year's Eve. This look is very versatile and can be worn for any party or a night out around the town. If you feel glitter eyes and vampy lips are a little too much, then you can switch the lipstick with a nude or light pink lipgloss/ lipstick of your choice. If you want to recreate the look, continue reading for a full list of products and picture tutorial to get the look. Here, I want to reiterate that you don't have to have the exact same products to recreate this look. 

Oh yeah, if you are wondering, I got this hair cut done on Sunday. 

Here are the products used to create this look: 
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Dark 
  • Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base (Sample) 
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation 
  • Nars Bronzer in Casino 
  • MAC Powder Blush in Plum Foolery 
  • MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl 
  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • MAC Eye-shadows: Cork, Espresso, Brun (eyebrows), Museum Bronze Pigment (Pro Pigment, Sample from Makeupgeek), MAC Pigment in Reflects Antiqued Gold 
  • Nars Single eye-shadow in Mekong 
  • Clinique Gel Eyeliner in True Black
  • Lakme' Absolute Kohl Ultimate
  • Bourjois Volume Glamour Max mascara 
  • MAC lipliner in Currant
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating lipstick in Rivoli

Here is the stepwise picture tutorial to get the look: 
  • Step 1: As always start with priming your lids with MAC Soft Ochre paint pot. 
  • Step 2: Apply Cork e/s in the crease using a tapered blending brush like MAC 217
  • Step 3: Apply e/s Espresso to darken the outer corner of crease using the same MAC 217 type of brush
  • Step 4: Apply Nars Mekong e/s in the outer corner of the lid using MAC 239 brush and blend it well,  using the same MAC 217 brush, in the crease so that there are no harsh lines 

  • Step 5: Now apply e/s Espresso under the lower lashline using MAC 219 type of small pencil brush and then using a very fine MAC 214 type of brush apply Nars Mekong very very close to lower lashline. 

  • Step 6: Now, apply pigment Museum Bronze in the inner half/ two-third of the lid and also trace it under the lower lash-line 

  • Step 7: Now, apply reflects Antiqued Gold using the same MAC 239 brush. I have used MAC Fix+ spray to wet the brush, this help avoid the fall out all over the face. 
  • Step 8: Now, line both the water lines using a dark black kohl, line upper lash line and apply good 2-3 coats of mascara to finish of the look. 

Here are some more pictures of the completed look. The blush just got washed out in the pictures, but, I swear that it does shows up in person and compliments the look very well. 

Hope you all liked the look and the vampy lips. Do, let me know in the comments below and tweet me your pictures, if you try this look. 

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Have a nice remaining week. 

Lots of love