Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Review: Nars Blush in Deep Throat

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are doing well and are happy and healthy. 

Nars blush's names are just too much to leave your attention and I have been wanting this blush ever since I used the 'O' blush (read the review here). When a famous cosmetics/ beauty website Strawberrynet replenished it's stock for Nars blushes, I could not resist myself to grab this blush. So, it landed in my stash and I am using it for almost like 5-6 months now. 

Nars describes this blush as 'Flirty, Sheer Peach ', which is quite right, it's peach with slight hint of pink and it's sheer. It's so sheer that it frustrated my soul as it wasn't just getting recognised in any of the FOTD pictures and I had to take almost 100+ pictures to get it right. Yep, I have applied this blush very heavily so that it shows up on the camera and I am really happy that after a number of failed attempts to capture it correctly, I am finally reviewing it for you. 

As this blush is often compared with the 'O' blush and is preferred by many over the 'O' blush, this blush has shimmer which very mush subdued compared with the 'O' blush. The shimmer is very fine and can be categorised as sheen. Great blush for everyday without being over the top. Also, great to add just enough color and glow to cheeks to put together your dramatic eye look. While the 'O' blush is peachy pink with loads of shimmer, Deep Throat is a peach with slightest hint of pink. It adds a nice warmth to your cheeks without being orange or making you look burnt! Like, other Nars blushes this blush is also buttery smooth and blends like a dream. 

As, I have said before, I hate Nars blush's velvety packaging as it is prone to attract dirt and finger prints which over the time looks very shoddy. So, I prefer to keep these blushes in its cover. 

Price: USD 28.00 or INR 1500 approx. 

You can buy these blushes from the Strawberrynet website or from your acquaintances flying. 

Here are the pictures of the blush, swatches and a simple look with me wearing this blush to show you how it looks on my NC40 skintone. 

Overall, it's a lovely sheer shade to have in your kity for a nice everyday put together look or pair up with plum or purple dramatics smokey eyes. I am loving this blush very much as an everyday shade and prefer it over the 'O' blush at times. 

I hope you all found the review helpful and liked the blush on me.

Even though I prefer it over the 'O' blush, I have rediscovered my love for the 'O' blush and I am soon going to update my review of the 'O' blush along with pictures using my new camera, actually my brother's camera.  What say? Read the 'O' blush review here. Let me know your opinion in the comments below. 

Take care and see you soon. 

Love always

Monday, 15 October 2012

Easy brown smokey eyes - Make-up look

Hello Everyone

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Its been a while that I have really done a full fledged make-up tutorial. I wore this simple smokey eyes look to a couple of occasions lately and thought of sharing with you all.

The eye make-up is all about blending and heavily kohl-ed waterlines. I paired this look with glossy nude lips and contouring with lots of highlighting and no cheek colors, and I think this made the whole look very wearable yet sexy. I have kept the cheeks and lips subdued so that the eyes stand out but you are free to do otherwise.

If you want to know how to create this look and the every single product used, then keep reading.

Products Used:

  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Dark 
  • MAC Select Cover-up concealer under the eyes to clean up after the eyes are done
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer to hide blemishes 
  • MUFE Matte Velvet + Foundation #55
  • Dior Skin Nude Loose Powder #40
  • Nars Bronzer - Casino
  • Dior Shimmer Powder Amber Diamond
Eyes: (MAC eyeshadows, unless otherwise specified)
  • Painterly Paint Pot
  • Constructivist Paint Pot
  • Make Your Mark Pro Longwear eyeshadow
  • Cork eyeshadow
  • Ricepaper eyeshadow
  • Carbon eyeshadow
  • Lakmè Absolute Ultimate Kohl 
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara 
  • MAC Lipstick - Hug Me
  • MAC Lipglass - Nymphette 

Stepwise picture tutorial : 
  • Step 1: Apply painter paint pot or your favorite eyeshadow base. You can skip this step as we are using a brown base. I applied it out of my habit! 
  • Step 2: Apply Constructivist Paint Pot all over the lid and a little bit in your crease as shown below: 

  • Step 3: Blend the brown base really well using MAC 217 type of brush. 

  • Step 4: Apply Make Your Mark Pro Longwear eyeshadow all over the lid. 

  • Step 5: Blend using Cork eyeshadow on a MAC 217 brush

  • Step 6: Apply Ricepaper eyeshadow under the brow bone

  • Step 7: Sumdge the Constructivist paint pot under the lower lashline and top it with Make You Mark Pro Longwear eyeshadow. 

  • Step 8: Smudge any matte black eyeshadow on the upper lash line using MAC 219 brush and under the lower lash line, but very very close to lashes and concentrated most in the outer part of the lashline. 

  • Step 9: Line your water lines using a dark black eyeliner pencil. 

  • Step 10: Apply Ricepaper eyeshadow in the tear duct to open up your eyes. 
  • Step 11: Apply a good 2-3 coats of mascara to finish the look.

Here are some more pictures of the whole look. 

A little secret to tell you about this look. I drew inspiration for this look from Mila Kunis's picture from the cover of Esquire magazine (November 2012 edition), oh year where she is showing of her sexy back! But, this is not a copy cat of her make-up as her make-up is not really visible in the picture. 

Hope you all liked the look. 

Have a great week ahead lovely make-up fanatics. 

Lots of Love 

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

First Impression: Lakmè Absolute Kohl Ultimate

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all are happy and healthy.

I am soon going to run out of my Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil Zero, which I have been using for almost like an year now! So, I bought this Lakmè Absolute Ultimate Kohl as a lot of people have been raving about it since it's launch. Well, the product is worth all the rave and love it's getting. 

Though, I was wearing the Urban Decay Zero almost all throughout the year, I was searching for a really dark black eye pencil. A dear friend told me that no one really makes a blackest black eye pencil. 

I have heard of Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Perversion and Esteè Lauder Double Wear eye pencil in Onyx, they being really dark. Then I read a very detailed review at Corallista make-up blog here and decided to give this pencil at least a try. 

Well, I tried it for the first time today and I was SO.... impressed that I decided to immediately write a First Impression post about it. This product is so creamy that it glides on the waterline like a dream, just one stroke and you get the intensity. Yep, its creamier than Urban Decay 24/7 pencils and it's blacker than Urban Decay 24/7 Zero. The pencil is so insanely creamy then, I broke the point while swatching and then later I accidentally put the sharpener cap and again the point broke and messed up the cap top from inside. You will have to believe me that in either of the cases I did not apply any pressure, it's that creamy. And, I realized this after applying a newly sharpened point in both the eyes. The point was almost 2/3rd the original size! So, ladies and gentlemen please beware of the creaminess of the pencil, if you are a first time user like me :D 

As this is an extremely creamy pencil, it's easier to smudge it if you want to use it as a base. But, this creaminess did not cause any smudging around my eyes through out the day and it was there where it was supposed to be, inside my water lines. It faded slightly near the outer corners of my lower water line, but, by then it was already evening and it was applied in the morning at around 8.30ish. 

So, its creaminess, its blackness and it's staying power won my heart and more so over, its cheaper than many of its expensive comparable alternatives like MAC Graphblack and Urban Decay counterparts (not sure it would be Zero or Perversion). Its price is INR 675/- and the shop from where I bought this had some discount going on, so, I paid only INR 640/-. 

This pencil comes with a sharpener attached in its cap, which, to me is quite handy. You don't have to dig in your stash for a small sharpener. Though, I have a habit of keeping my stuff handy! 

Overall, I liked it very and would say it's a great find. I am more happy because it's not expensive and delivers what it is supposed to. First impression : Absolute Winner! Having said that I would still like to try Urban Decay 24/7 perversion and Esteè Lauder double wear Onyx! 

Here are some pictures and swathes of the pencil : 

Left: Lakmè Absolute Kohl Ultimate, Right: Urban Decay 24/7 Zero
These are my first impression thoughts and I might update the post to any changes, and will also update to a complete REVIEW after having tried for at least a week. So, stay tuned to this post for updates on Lakmè Absolute Kohl Ultimate performance. I will be update my views on Twitter on the performance everyday this entire week, that is until next Friday. (My Twitter ID and the link to my Twitter profile is just after the post) 

Have you tried the Lakmè Absolute Kohl Ultimate? Were you also equally excited as I am? Let me know in the comments below. 

Lots of Love 

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