Friday, 30 November 2012

Easy soft green smokey eyes for everyday

Hello Everyone

Hope you all had a great. I can't believe its Friday already. I had a relatively hectic week and I also have a Saturday working this week. Anyways, in between I sneaked some time and tried this soft green smokey eyes, which turned out quite well. So, thought why not share with you all. This is quite easy to achieve and you can also replace the green with any other color of your choice. Also, as I always say you don't have to have the exact same products to recreate this look. You can use whatever you have and you like. 

Photograph taken right next to the wimdow

Products uses: 
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Dark 
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Stromboli 
  • MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden
  • MAC Creamblend blush in Posey 
  • MUFE Face Illuminator #22
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
  • MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
  • MAC e/s in Ricepaper
  • MAC e/s in Wedge
  • Nars e/s in Night Porter 
  • MAC e/s in Brun (Brows)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Stash 
  • Lakme Kohl Ultimate in Black 
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara 

Below is the step-by-step tutorial to get the look: 
  • Start the look with filling your brows so that you will the extent to which you want to extend your eyeshadow. 
  • Prime your lids with MAC Painterly PP 
  • Apply PP in Bare Study all over the lid ad blend well 

  • Dust MAC e/s Ricepaper over Bare Study using a fluffy brush like MAC 224 

  • Apply UD 24/7 eye pencil Stash - begin from the center of the lash line and wing out a little bit at the end
  • Soften the pencil using a pencil brush like MAC 219 

  • Create an outer V using Nars Night Porter e/s and blend it into the crease as shown in pictures below. Blend the harsh edges in crease using MAC Wedge.

  • Apply the same UD Stash eyeline under the lower lashline and blend using Night Porter. 

  • Apply Lakme Kohl ultimate in both upper and lower water lines and finish off the look with Mascara. 

Some more pictures of the finished look: 

I hope you all like the look and the easy technique to create soft smokey eyes. 

Have a great relaxed weekend. 

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Lots of love

Monday, 26 November 2012

Review: Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lipstick Organdi Rose

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are having a great week. 

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating lipstick in Organdi Rose seem to be an old woman's shade and looks boring in the tube, but, once applied it's neither just an old woman's shade nor that boring for youngsters to have in their collection of lipsticks. 

Organdi Rose is a soft Rosewood Pink shade with very fine gold frost which gives it a matured look. The shade is very wearable and can be worn across the skintones and through out the year. It may look paler on beauties of darker skin. Beauties with fair to medium skin color can flaunt this luxury from Chanel with utmost ease. The shade is great for work, day time simple looks or with darker smoldering dramatic eyes. 

It's staying power is decent for a lighter shade. It stays put for 4-5 hours without fading on me. The finish of these lipsticks is similar to satin finish of MAC lipsticks. It hydrates my lips well and I don't feel the need to apply a balm for 3-4 hours. Although, during the winter's I have to use a lipgloss compulsorily or moisturize the lips really well before applying the lipstick, otherwise my lips start feeling dry after 2-3 hours. 

Chanel lipsticks comes with a heavy price tag. Rouge Coco hydrating lipsticks come with a price tag of approx. INR 2000/- against MAC lipsticks at approx. INR 1000/-. Have it in your collection if you have budget for a 2K lipstick. This particular shade is not a must have but a great piece in collection

Overall, its a nice shade I am addict of Chanel's Rouge Coco Hydrating lipsticks and I like indulging in luxury once in while, although the shade Organdi Rose is not a must have types. 

Here are the pictures and swatches of the lipstick and how is looks on my NC 40ish skintone: 

day time soft neutral eyes and plum foolery blush

soft green smokey eyes
I hope you all found the review helpful and liked the shade on me. Which is your favourite Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating lipstick, let me know in the comments below.  

Have a great week ahead. 

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Lots of love

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Kirsten Stuart inspired look for Autumn/ Winter

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are having a great weekend. 

I saw this YT video by MissChievous showing Kirsten Stuart's make-up at the premier of movie On The Road. Kirsten is one of my favourite Hollywood actresses and I am really loving the way she is varying her looks these days, so, I decided to recreate her look. Below is the picture of Kirsten Stuart for reference. 

In this look, Kirsten is wearing a rather different look than her signature brown/ black smokey eyes and nude lips. The MUA has created soft plum/ burgundy smokey eyes pairing with red lips. The plum smokey eyes are enhancing Kirsten's green eyes very much. When I first saw her make-up I found the combination of plummy eyes and red lips a bit odd, but its quite in trend this Autumn/ Winter at runways and among bloggers and YT gurus. Kirsten seem to be wearing a warm peachy coral blush here which is very sheer and just giving a warmth to her face.  She doesn't seem to be wearing any face highlighter and bronzer. 

Before we start, let me tell you that this is my first ever attempt at recreating a celebrity look. I have tried to explain each and every step which I did to recreate this look. Hope I have fared well with the look. 

Below is the list of products used to recreate the look

  • Clinique pore minimizer #2
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer in Dark
  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli 
  • MAC Studio finish concealer in NC42
  • Dior Skin Nude Powder #40 
  • Nars blush in Torrid
  • Nars bronzer in Casino
  • Dior highlighting powder in Amber Diamond 
Eyes (MAC eyeshadows unless specified): 
  • Paint pot in Idyllic
  • E/s Carbon, Cranberry,Soft Brown, Wedge and Brun 
  • Pigments - Blue Brown, Vanilla 
  • Lakme' Absolute Kohl Ultimate - Black eye kohl 
  • Revlon Grow Luscious and Estee' Lauder lash lengthening mascara 
  • MAC Pro Long wear pencil in Kiss Me Quick
  • MAC lipstick in M.A.C. Red
Below is the step by step tutorial to recreate the look. I am starting with the face this time to get the look explaining the reasoning behind using each product: 
  • Start with moisturizing your face generously with your favorite moisturizer. Kirsten's skin in this look is very matte. So, if you do not moisturize your skin well, the matte foundation might look ghastly. I have used Chanel's hydra beauty moisturizing gel here. My skin these days is very dry, hence, I am using a more hydrating moisturizer which I prefer to use otherwise. 
  • Apply Clinique instant pore minimizer. I have used this product because I have some pores on my cheeks just close to my nose. By using this product I will get a smooth canvas of skin to apply further make-up. 
  • Conceal your under eye dark circles using a peachy concealer which would cancel out the taupish bluish dark circles. 
  • Apply foundation. I have used Nars Sheer Glow foundation as my skin is not behaving well with  matte foundation these days. Even if I use a rich foundation, my skin gets stretchy after a while if I use a matte and oil control foundation. 
  • After applying the foundation I normally do my eye make-up so that the foundation get its time to set. After completing your eyes follow the following steps. 
  • Apply a thick concealer on any spots/ blemishes. I have used Studio Finish, as this is the thickest concealer I have to hide my blemishes and spots. Kirsten's skin is flawless and hence you need to hide your blemishes well. 
  • Now set everything with your favorite loose powder. If you are using a matte foundation, you can skip applying powder all over face and just apply it in your T zone and to set the concealer. 
  • Contour, blush and highlight. This is an optional step. I love contouring and highlighting as my cheek bones are not accentuated. So, I need to do it with the help of make-up. Kirsten has quite defined cheek bones which, I do not have, and hence, I used both, bronzer and highlighter. i used Nars Bronzer in Casino to contour and accentuate my cheek bones. After contouring apply a matte finish warm peachy coral blush. Blush is required as both eyes and lips are very defined. If you skip the blush your face may look washed out. Blush will give a definition to your skin. I have used Nars blush in Torrid. I guess MAC Melba will be better option, which, I do not own. After, applying the blush, I used Dior Amber Diamond to highlight the high points of my cheeks. 
Below is the step by step picture tutorial to recreate Kirsten's eye make-up: 
  • Fill in your brows so that it gives you an idea to end your eyeshadows. I have used eyeshadow in Brun to fill my brows. 
  • Start with priming your lids, which I have skipped today, as we are using another paint pot as base. 
  • Apply paint pot in Idyllic on entire lid and blend the edges well. You can instead use Paint Pot is Artifact, Estee' Lauder double wear cream eyeshadow in smokey plum or any plum/ burgundy shade eye pencil like Urban Decay Rock Star or Colorbar eye pencil in Prunella. 

  • Apply Cranberry eyeshadow in the outer and inner third of the lid. Also, apply the same eyeshadow in the crease as shown below. 

  • Using the same brush which you used to apply Cranberry, wing out Cranberry. Also, trace Cranberry under the lower lashline leaving the inner third portion blank.  

  • Blend the outer edges using Wedge and Soft Brown eyeshadows on a fluffy brush like MAC 224. 

  • Apply Blue Brown eyeshadow in the center of the lid where we did not apply Cranberry. Also, apply the Blue Brown pigment in the middle portion of lower lashline and blending towards the edges. 

  • Apply Vanilla pigment under the brows and in the tear duct. 
  • Apply, black kohl in both the waterlines. Smudge a soft black eyeshadow like Carbon on upper lashline. Kirsten doesn't seem to wearing any eyeliner. Apply the lash lengthening mascara in the outer third of your lashes to enhance the wing and then apply Grow luscious or your regular volumizing mascara all over your lashes. 
Here is the final look eye make-up: 

Below are the steps to follow for lips
  • Before you start your make-up apply a rich moisturizing lip balm. 
  • After you are done with the eyes and rest of the face, wipe of the lips balm using a soft towel and scrub the lips a bit to remove any flakes. 
  • Apply a red lip liner. I have use MAC Pro-Long wear lip liner in Kiss Me Quick. 
  • Apply a red lipstick, which is true red. Russian Red will be the best option or Revlon Color Burst lipstick in True Red. I have used M.A.C. Red, which, I realised much after applying. But, it didn't look bad either, so, did not wipe off. 
Here is the final look, my attempt at re-creating the Kirsten Stuart's: 

I hope you all liked my attempt and hope that I have fared with Kirsten's look. Also, hope you all liked the detailed tutorial. I am liking the dark eyes and lips trend a lot which is very unusual. Mostly, the trend is to use the eye's and lip's shades from the same color family. But, Kirsten's make-up artist doesn't seem to have followed any rule book while creating this look. My hats off to the MUA's creativity. What do you think about the dark eyes and lips in trend this Autumn/ Winter? What do you think about Kirsten's look? Do let me know in the comments below. 

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Have a great Sunday everyone. 

Lots of Love

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Review: MAC blush Plum Foolery and a small personal update

Hello Everyone

Hope you all have been wonderful all these days and had a great festive season. 

I want to start this post with a little bit of personal update for being away from the blog. Last couple of weeks were full of action at home - some were to cherish forever and some were to be forgotten. To welcome the festive season I had a small accident which gave me almost palm size wound on my knee which caught bacterial infection and just got worsened. This happened just before Diwali and spoiled all my plans to celebrate the festival and ruined the mood of the family. My mood was so spoilt that I did not do anything special for the festival and did not even feel like updating anything on Twitter or updating about the incident here. I did not even tell my closest friends about this, just because I did not want anyone to remind me again and again that it has spoiled the festival mood. Then to soothe the matters, we planned a short vacation to Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar just after Diwali, with my and my husband's parents, which was super fun and elevated all of our moods. Then when we returned, I had lot of guests at home from my and my husband's family and it almost became difficult to accommodate everyone in my home but when  you are with family most difficult situations become easy to deal with. They all got together to help me feel better and I will not lie, I had the most wonderful time of my life. It made me forget the accident and the injury and everything bad about it. Today when I am writing this post, I still have the remains of the wound but it's 95% healed and I am back in action full fledged in all terms. I cited this not as an excuse for absence but because I sincerely appreciate you all for being patient with me always. You guys are just amazing and this place just elevates my mood to an entirely different level. 

Here is my favorite picture of the entire trip. I just love sunset/ sunrise colors spread in the sky and in this picture the lovely shades of sunset have come out really vibrant. 

I did shop a little bit just before the festival for self and family. I got a few dresses and of course some make-up. Bought this lovely blush especially for the festival, which of course, I could not use for the festival. Though, I have been using this blush for last few days since I could not control myself from playing with it. 

It's a sheertone shimmer formula blush and MAC describes it as 'faintly plum' which to me is quite right. It's not a full on plum shade, to me it's more of rosy brownish plum with golden shimmer. The shimmer in this blush is little bit gritty but it is not at all over the top. Because, it has a brownish tint its wearable in any season and by a variety of skintones, though, it would fare extremely well with warmer skintones, especially Asian and Indian skintones.  

For sheertone blush, it's pigmentation is insanely good and a little bit goes a long way. It's buttery smooth and extremely easy to blend. I just tap the brush in the pan and apply, you don't have to swirl a whole to get the intensity. Though, you can build it up to desired intensity. Fair skin beauties, be careful while applying as it could be a little dark for you. Always tap off the excess on the back of your hand before applying it on your cheeks. I usually use MAC 168 brush to apply my blushes, but, with this blush even a spars duo fiber brush will also give you the intensity true to the pan. 

Its staying power is great, it stays on me for good 7 hours without fading and even after 9-10 hours I could see the hint of blush on my cheeks. 

It comes in standard MAC blushes packaging which quite okay with me. Its part of MAC's permanent range. 

Price: INR 1350/- 

Overall, its a great blush for warmer skintone beauties out there and if you are afraid of plummy plum blush, then do try this out you will be proud to own it. I am loving it and I am sure everyone will love it. 

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

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

I want to thank you guys again for being very patient and staying around with me. 

I have a lot of stuff planned in the coming days for the blog. I hope it materializes as planned, lots of reviews, looks, both dramatic and wearable, colorful and neutral. So do stay around. 

Have a great weekend ahead. 

Lots of love