Monday, 26 August 2013

Review: Nars Blush in Luster

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all are happy and healthy.

Love that natural peachy glow that can make you look sun kissed, Nars Luster is for you. Described as "Sheer Golden Apricot", it's a sheer apricot-peach blush with fine gold shimmer.

Its a no fuss blush which pairs really well with bright lips or smokey eyes and looks amazing on warm and olive skin tones. This is the kind of blush when you want a look which doesn't look like "Oh hello! I am wearing a blush today!". I love pairing this blush with smokey eyes and red lips. Whenever I see this blush I feel that this blush is made for a red lip day! 

Amazing texture which is buttery smooth and you need a tiny amount to get it going. However, on my tanned skin it is like barely there. It hardly shows up, but, imparts a lovely warm glow. I love how well it stays put on me, without fading or moving.

Price: INR 29.00 for 48 grams.

Overall, its a lovely blush when you want a barely there touch of blush when you are wearing a smokey eye or a bright lip. May not show up well on darker / deeper skin tones, though.


Without Flash in Natural Light
With flash




Hope you all liked the look and found the review helpful.

Have a lovely week ahead .

Lots of Love






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Monday, 19 August 2013

Review: Chanel Nail Polish in 'Dragon' - You can't miss this 'Dragon'

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Today I bring to you an iconic nail polish from the House of Chanel, Le Vernis Nail Color #475 Dragon. You can't have a better red than Dragon and I can't imagine the day when Chanel discontinues this (hope that day never come, as it is I am very annoyed with Chanel discontinuing Lip Lacquers and especially Dragon). 

Dragon is a true red with no blue or orange undertones or overtones to it, a creamy, intense, deep red color in it's purest form. Highly pigmented that just one coat give you the full intensity of color as you see in the bottle. The formula is just amazingly creamy, just right thickness and flows like a dream on the bed of nail to give you flawless finish. No wonder Dragon is Chanel's iconic nail polish shade. 

When it comes to staying power, I tried it with two coats on one hand and single coat on other coat. To my surprise, it performed almost similar with single and two strokes, with minor tip wear in 3 days with single coat and full week with two coats with minor tip wear without actual chipping. 

Price: INR 1500/- 

Overall, this is one shade from Chanel that you must try if you are a nail polish fanatic. You just can't miss this red nail polish. 

Here a couple of pictures and nail swatches of Le Vernis Nail Color in Dragon: 

In natural light without flash



I hope you liked the post and found the review helpful! 

Have a lovely week ahead! 

Lots of Love







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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Review: Guerlain Rouge Automatic Lipstick in Champs Elysees

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Guerlain Rouge Automatic Lipsticks are not new in the market, but, my first Guerlain Lipstick ever. Launched in April 2011, Rouge Autmatic are a sensation and are being raved about by bloggers and YouTubers across the world. Rouge Automatic lipsticks are named after famous Guerlain creations and places. 

I bought this beautiful shade called Champs Elysees (#165), named after a street in Paris, France, arguable the most famous and expensive real estate street of the world! Champs Elysees lipstick is a beautiful reddened raspberry pink shade with nuances of fuchsia shimmer which one would expect from a luxury brand of Guerlain. I don't have singly color which is similar to Champ Elysees.

With a semi opaque and glossy finish, this lipstick doesn't disappoint in longevity. It stays put through a long day of 8 hours easily with couple of cups of coffee/ tea and a full meal. It stayed strongly on my lips for 8 hours and refused to fade or budge. Highly moisturizing and hydrating long wearing formula that it almost felt like a lip balm initially and also doesn't dry out the lips through out the day. Applies smoothly and glides like an ice skate on lips without tugging or pulling the lips.

Packaged in a gold square tube which, I think, is a plastic or semi metallic, with a slider button which helps to take the bullet in and out of the tube. If you push the button down, the bullet comes out. Innovative packaging! But, wonder why Guerlain did not consider having name of the lipstick on tube.

Price: INR 2450/- for 3.5 gm

Overall, Champ Elysees, like it's name, is a lipstick which is 'high' performance in every department, be it longevity, moisturizing, texture and just about everything that you expect from heftily priced luxury lipsticks. If you want to start your Guerlain Rouge Automatic lipsticks, this is the shade which you should start with.








 



With Flash
With Flash


With Chanel Glossimer in Jalousie
Hope you all liked the review and found it helpful. Have you tried Rouge Autmatic Lipsticks? Which is your favorite? Do share with me in the comments below.

Hope you all had a great Sunday!

Lots of Love







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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Tutorial: Teal Feline with Contrast Lips and Cheeks

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

I did this look today inspired by The Aubergine Feline Flick tutorial by very talented Makeup Artist from Mumbai, Neeraj Navare (click here to see his tutorial) and my dear friend Rashmi's recommendation that if there is ONE beautiful teal eye pencil it's Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil  in Covet (click here to read her post), who also arranged to get this beautiful pencil for me from USA through her friend. So, I had inspiration and the product to re-create the look with a twist. 

I changed the look a bit with a nearly failed and not so neat neutral cut crease and added a punch of glitter (to cover up the failure of cut crease :-P). While Neeraj used rest of the make-up from the same color family, I obviously could not and hence created a striking contrast with Fuchsia lips and cheeks. Teal & Fuchsia contrast is very common in Indian Tradition dresses, especially Banarasi Sarees, which is my favorite color combo and not to mention Banarasi's are my favorite silk sarees. I loved this beautiful contrast in makeup too and loved how youthful and fresh this look is! You may also wear red lips and a warm apricot peach blush with this eye make up to make it look more sophisticated. 


List of products used to create the look: 
Face: 
  • Lancome Teint Idol Ultra Foundation 
  • MAC Prolong wear concealer in NC42 + Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder #2 (to conceal under eye darkness) 
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42 for hiding blemishes
  • MAC MSF Natural Medium-Dark 
  • Nars Bronzer in Laguna
  • Nars Powder blush in Desire 
  • Lancome Rose Moonlight Blush as highlighter on top of my cheeks and cupid's bow
Eyes: 
  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre 
  • MAC eyeshadows: Vanilla, Cork, Brun, Teal Pigment, Reflects Glitter in Transparent Teal 
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Covet
  • Inglot Kohl in Black 
  • Chanel Kohl in Clair 
  • Maybelline the falsies Mascara 
Lips:
  • Guerlain Rouge Automatic lipstick in Champs Elysees 
  • Chanel Glossimer in Jalousie 
Step by Step tutorial on how I created the look: 
  • Step 1: Started with priming lids with MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot 
  • Step 2: Applied MAC Vanilla eye shadow all over as a was using a Sigma E60 brush 

  • Step 3: Applied cork in crease using MAC 217 brush 
  • Step 4: Created sharp line (which was supposed to take the shape of my crease, but turned out almost straight) using MAC 266 brush and MAC Brun Eyeshadow 
  • Step 5: Blend the line with MAC Cork using MAC 217 brush 
  • Step 6: Pat MAC Naked Lunch eye shadow in the middle of the lid using Sigma E60 brush 
  • Step 7: Trace Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Covet on upper and lower lash line. Under the lower lash line leave the inner third blank. 
  • Step 8: Applied MAC Pigment in Teal using a wet angled brush to avoid fall out
  • Step 9: Applied MAC Reflects Glitter in Transparent Teal in the inner third of lower lash line which we left blank earlier using the same wet angled brush 

  • Step 10: Filled the brows using MAC Brun eye shadow and applied two coats of Maybelline falsies mascara to finish the eyes. 






I hope you all liked the look and the contrast of Teal and Fuchsia. 

Have a lovely week ahead. 

Lots of Love







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Monday, 12 August 2013

Tutorial: Smokey Plum Look using MAC Plum Dressing eye shadow

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

I did another look just before leaving for the vacation using this beautiful plum shade from MAC called 'Plum Dressing'. I created a smokey look which, I think, is very glamorous yet wearable. Paired it with rather simple lips and cheeks. 

Pictures and swatch of Plum Dressing: 



And the look:


Full list of products I used to create the look: 
Face: 
  • Lancome Teint Idol Ultra Foundation 
  • MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer in NC 42 + Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder #2
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC 42 for hiding blemishes 
  • MAC MSF Natural Medium-Dark 
  • Nars Laguna Bronzer 
  • Nars Orgasm Blush
  • Nars Albatross Highlighter 
Eyes: 
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly & Artifact 
  • MAC eye shadows: Plum Dressing, Twinks, Deep Damson, Sweet Lust
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Zero. 
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara 
  • MAC Brun eye shadow + MAC Clear Gel for setting the brows in place 
Lips: 
  • Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Rosey Nude
  • MAC Lipglass in Nymphette 

Here is the step by step pictorial on how I achieved the look: 
  • Step 1: Primed my lids using MAC Painterly Paint pot
  • Step 2: Applied MAC Artifact Paint Pot using fingers
  • Step 3: Applied Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Zero and smudged it into outer 'V' using MAC Deep Damson eye shadow. I used MAC 219 brush for this step. 
  • Step: 4: Applied the same Urban Decay 'Zero' eye pencil in the water lines. Then using MAC 219 brush smudged MAC Deep Damson eye shadow under the lower lash line leaving the very inner third blank. 
  • Step 5: Applied MAC Twinks eye shadow in the crease using MAC 217 brush 
  • Step 6: Applied the same Twinks eye shadow under the lower lash line (in the middle) using MAC 219 brush
  • Step 7: Applied Plum Dressing eye shadow on the lid where ever the Artifact Paint Pot is visible 
  • Step 8: Applied MAC Sweet Lust eye shadow under the inner third of the lower lash line, tear duct and under the brows 
  • Step 9: Finished the look by applying good two coats of Maybelline Falsies mascara and filling and setting the brows.  




I hope you all liked the look. Have you tried MAC Plum Dressing eye shadow? I just love how gorgeous this shadow is. 

Have a lovely week ahead. 

Lots of Love








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