Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Video: Ombré Red Lip Tutorial for Fall/ Winter/ Festivals

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Finally, a video tutorial! I am super duper excited about this video! I decided to a make-up tutorial for my first video as this one think which I like the most, and, I am sure a lot of also like watching make-up tutorials! 

I drew inspiration for this look from Kenneth Cole's Autumn/ Winter Collection Show in New York Fashion Week Fall 2013. Check for pictures here. The look has matte Ombré Red lip. The make-up artist has kept the rest of the look very simple. I have slightly tweaked it to suit my dark hair, eyes, brows, etc. I created a soft winged cat eye and used a little bit of blush on the apples of my cheek. This look suits Fall/Winter and the Indian festivals a lot. I gave Ombré Lips a try and hopefully it turned out well! 

List of products used: 
Face:
  • YSL Le Teint de Touche Eclat foundation in BD50 (Review here) + Guerlain Parur Aqua Radiant - Feel Good Foundation #23 (Review here)
  • MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC42 + Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder #2 (review here) under eyes
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42 for concealing spots 
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural Medium-Dark 
  • MAC Powder Blush in Plum Foolery (Review here)
Eyes: 
  • MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • MAC eye shadows: Retrospeck, Wedge, Brun
  • Bourjois Smokey Eye Pencil in Ultra Black 
Lips: 
  • MAC Lip Pencils: Currant & Kiss me Quick 
  • MAC Lipsticks: Diva & Ruby Woo 
Brushes:
  • Face: Sigma F82 for foundation, Sigma P82 for under eye concealer, Sigma E05 for spot concealing, Chanel Powder Brush #1, MAC 168 for blush
  • Eyes: Sigma E 60, E 70, MAC 222
  • Lips: Lancôme Lip Brush #9
Here are some pictures: 




Check out my video below to know how I did the look: 


I hope you enjoyed the video and liked the look. Do share your views about the video quality (which is not the best) in the comments below. Also, if I should continue making videos? 

Have a lovely week. 

Lots of Love 





Thursday, 17 October 2013

Review: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Hello Everyone, 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

When I had just started buying make-up, I never thought about a separate powder for under eye area! Well, yeah that eons ago. But, recently I succumbed to at least try an under eye powder. I was aware about both Benefit's Powderfladge & Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening Powder. Read reviews of both and there were more or less  similar views about these two products. And then I saw make-up ace Charlotte Tilbury using this product on her model in one of her videos. I did not wait for a second and bought it from www.strawberrynet.com. 

You have seen this product in action in my under eye concealing routine here

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder 
A lighter-than-air powder used to set Secret Brightener, Secret Concealer and Secret Camouflage, while adding an invisible lightening boost. 
  • Transparent while color lightens and brightens 
  • Micronized pigments will not settle in fine lines or accentuate shadows 
  • Instantly delivers a soft touch and weightless feel on the the skin 
  • Creates the appearance of the most naturally perfected skin and maximizes wear and coverage 
  • Formulated for all skin types 
  • 0.14 oz or 0.4 gms 

It comes in two shades: 

#1 for fair to medium skin tones
#2 for medium to tan and darker skin tones 

I bought #2 shade for myself, which is a pale yellow shade with micro shimmer particles hither-tither. I am still on border line, if I really like this product or see magical brightening effect. However, it does set my MAC Prolong Wear Concealer into place very nicely and increases the wear time of concealer (this concealer is as it is a long wear concealer). I have actually no issues with this product, but, I am not loving it either, as I don't see any significant difference in my under eye area after applying this product. Or I am expecting a little too much from this product, being intimidated with the name, while it's prime function is to just set the concealer. I use a fluffy brush like MAC 224 to apply this powder, but, the website recommends using a flat synthetic brush. 

Price: INR 1954/- on www.strawberrynet.com for 0.4 gms of product. 

Below are some pictures of the product and before/ after pics: 




Before: With just the concealer  
After: With LM Secret Brightening Powder
I hope you all found the review helpful. Have you used this product or any other under powder? Do share your experiences in the comments below. 

Have a nice week ahead (Friday actually).

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Review: MAC Lipmix in Crimson

 Hello Everyone,

Hope you all are happy and healthy.

When I saw Nikkie of NikkieTutorials wearing this amazing red lip color in her several videos, I decided I wanted this product. This is a Pro product from MAC and is available only at Pro Stores. 

Lip Mix
A highly pigmented opaque cream used to mix and customize lipstick, to create any color, texture or look desired for lipcolor. Contains soothing emollients to help condition the lips. Available in wide range shades in Crème texture. 

Crimson is described by MAC as dark blackened red. 

I just loved this product for it's pigmentation, long wearing properties and it's versatility of use. It can be used on its own, mixed with another shades to create different shades, as a base under a red lipstick or mix it with little bit clear gloss for lacquered lips. I used it under Ruby Woo and it was bang on there. I have seen world famous celebrity Make-up Artist Lisa Eldridge using it with Ruby Woo recently on models for a shoot. 

The finish of lipmix is matte but not drying. It stays forever, even after a sumptuous meal. On me it lasted the whole day, more than 8+ hours. It did not fade, bleed or move from its place. I think this will be a great product for brides and the coming festive season in India when you don't want to miss the mouth watering delicacies because of your make-up or worry about reapplying/ retouching lipstick after a meal! 

It comes in a lot of shades, the next shade that I want to try is Fuchsia, which is just too good of a shade to miss. 

It comes a transparent plastic tube which is quite convenient to locate the shade. You will definitely need a precise lip brush to apply this product. This could be a cause of inconvenience to many who like to apply there lipsticks directly from the bullet. I generally squeeze a tiny bit of product on the back of hand and apply using a my Lancôme lip brush. I sometimes also squeeze tiniest amounts directly on the brush and blend. I usually outline my lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry to have more control. 

Price: INR 950/-

Below are some pictures, swatch and an FOTD with this product (For a full list of products used in this look click here): 






I hope you all found the review helpful and liked the shade. I cannot wait to try the Fuchsia shade. Have you tried lip mixes? Which is your favorite shade? Do share your thoughts with this pro product with me in the comments below. 

Have a lovely week ahead. 

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Review: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Suspicious

Hello Everyone 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Presenting to you another amazing shade from Chanel - Suspicious. This shade was launched with Fall Collection for 2012 last year and added to permanent range.  Suspicious is a raspberry- red leaning more towards red in cream formula. Packed with pigments, Suspicious has amazing coverage and luscious shine.  Perfect for Fall and Indian Festivities as I see it going well most of the Indian dresses and colors. On my nails, Chanel Nail Polishes usually last for about a week with minor tip wear without actual chipping and this nail polish is no exception. 

Price: INR 1500/- for 13 ml of product.

I do not have similar shade in my small collection of nail polishes neither have I seen a similar shade so far. However, check The Beauty Look Book for some amazing pictures and comparisons. 

Here are some pictures and swatches on my nails: 








Isn't that a gorgeous color? I am in love with this particular shade and I am wearing this right now when I am writing this post. Loving it how beautiful it looks on my Indian outfits. 

Hope you all are having a great weekend. My eye infection & redness has subsided a bit and feeling much better than I was feeling a couple of days back. 

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Review: MAC Lipstick in Dubbonet

Hello Everyone 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

MAC Dubbonet is one lipstick that deserves much love, a stunning red that looks awesome on Indians, or I should say is made specially for Indians. So apt for the festivals and 1920's Gatsby inspired look. This lipstick is oh so just awesome. It doesn't scream red like MAC Russian Red or Ruby Woo, but, it is red enough to be eye catching. 

Dubonnet is described by MAC as Deepened Claret, which to me is warm brownish red. As the formula is Amplified, color payoff is freaking awesome, which, however, you can tone down by using a lip brush. I am totally in love with this shade specially for how fresh it looks on me. 

Wear time is no problem at, like with all lipticks with Amplified finish. You can easily wear it in the morning and it will stand good for 6 hours + without requiring any touch up. So, I thought this lipstick is great for the on going festive season, where you definitely don't want to constantly be worried about your make-up. 

Here are pictures, swatches and FOTD (you have seen me wearing this look here) with this lipstick on: 



Left: Single Swipe, Right: Multiple Swipes
For a full list products used in this look, click here
In the tube the shade was similar to MAC's Dare You (review here) and Runway Red. But, when swatched, Dare You is more Berryish Red with very fine Ruby shimmer and in Creemsheen formula and Runway Red is bluish deep red with slight accents of brown in Satin finish, while Dubonnet is Brownish Red. 

Here are the pictures and swatches of these three lipsticks together for comparison: 

Left to Right: Runway Red, Dubonnet, Dare You

Left to Right: Dubonnet Single Swipe, Dubonnet Multiple Swipes, Runway Red and Dare You
Overall, Dubonnet is for you if you like bold colors but are afraid of screaming reds. This will brighten up your complexion and give you a brighter look. 

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

Outside this post, my brother has taken my camera (it is his camera only) to a biking expedition, so, I will not be able post new looks until I get the camera back next week. Also, my eyes have got some allergic infection which is quite horrible, as my eyes are refusing to stay white and stop watering, and my ophthalmologist has advised me to not use any eye make-up until the allergy is subsided, which again may take about a week. Until then I will upload old reviews/ posts that were pending for a while.

Have lovely weekend everyone! 

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Deep Blue Green Smokey Eyes

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

I bought this beautiful pigment from MAC called Deep Blue Green in my recent visit to Pro store at Juhu, Mumbai. MAC describes the shade as Rich, deep bluish green in Pearl finish. I find the finish very similar to duo-chromes. In the bottle it looks deep blackened blue, but, when on lids its looks more blackened green. This is a total stunner, for its rich pigment and mysterious look. Amazing shade for those who like smokey looks. If you happen to go to the Pro store, do give it a try.

Here are some pictures and swatches of the pigment and a simple FOTD with this pigment.








Products Used:
Face:

  • Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli 
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC 42
  • MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC 42 + Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder #2
  • Nars Blush in Gilda
  • Nars Bronzer in Laguna 
  • Nars Highlighting Powder in Alabatross
Eyes:
  • MAC Paint Pot in Vanilla
  • MAC Pigment in Deep Blue Green & Vanilla (Under the Brows and Tear Duct)
  • MAC Eye Shadows: Carbon, Smut & Contrast
  • Bourjois Smokey Eye Pencil in Ultra Black
  • Le Volume de Chanel Mascara 
Lips: 
  • MAC Hug Me Lipstick
  • MAC Lipglass in Nymphette 
Brushes Used:
  • FACE: Sigma F80 for foundation, Chanel Brush #1 for Powder & Bronzer, Sigma F40 for blush, Sigma E40 Blush for applying highlighter on Cheek Bones, Sigma P82 for applying concealer under the eyes 
  • Eyes: MAC 222, 217, 239, Sigma E65 
I hope you all liked the pigment. 

Have a lovely week ahead. 

Lots of Love 






Friday, 4 October 2013

Makeup look: Gold/ Bronze eyes with Feline Twist and Wearable Red lips!

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Another week passed by and I can't believe that the weekend is already here. 

I did this look today trying the feline flick, though messed up a bit at the flick near the tear duct as the natural fold of my lid extends to the tear duct which is weird. Paired it with a brownish red lipstick, to make it more wearable. I think this look is great for the festive season that is just round the corner in India. 

The MAC Rose Gold pigment that I have used here is a Pro product which I could see on the MAC Cosmetic's website, but the SA at Juhu Pro store was not aware of this particular shade. A dear friend gifted this shade to me recently. 


Products Used: 
Face: 

  • Dior Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Foundation #30 
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC42 (For blemishes) 
  • MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC42 (For under eyes) 
  • Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder #40 
  • Nars bronzer in Casino (for contouring) 
  • Nars blush in Taos
  • Dior Amber Diamond 
Eyes: 

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • MAC Eye shadows & Pigments: Folie, Texture, Rose Gold (p/g), Vanilla (p/g) 
  • Inglot Kohl in Black 
  • Lancôme Artliner in Noir Black 
  • Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir 
Lips:
  • MAC Dubbonet 
Here are some close-ups and more pictures of the look. 






I hope you all liked the look. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Lots of Love 


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Review: Dior Vernis in Blue Label

Hello Everyone

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Blue Label is my first Dior nail polish, you never forget your first purchases right! I bought it last year, yes, the review is pending for almost a year. Reasons, not so good pictures. Picture quality with respect to actual color of the nail polish always disappointed me and stopped me from sharing this amazing navy shade with you all. Isn't that lovely shade. 


Blue Label is a deep navy blue with no shimmer or glitter in it. Cream formula, which give opaque coverage in two thin coats with a luscious shine and almost a cushiony look! The formula of Blue Label is slightly thinner than my Dior Nirvana (Review Here) that gives full opacity in single coat, while Blue Label requires two coats for full opaque look. 

Blue Label is very similar to Chanel's Blue Satin (Review Here), later being loaded with blue/ indigo shimmer which is hardly visible, unless seen with microscope! The difference is not noticeable under normal lighting. It's more prominent only when a very harsh light falls on it (like flash of your camera). 

When I am writing this post, it's the forth day I applied it and it just has minor tip wear & tear without chipping and I don't see any signs of chipping soon too. It clearly lasts for about a week with no actual chipping with my Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat. 

The brush of Dior Nail polishes are curved at the tip, making it easier to apply. However, I feel the brush is slightly bigger and I usually end messing it up on my little finger. 

Here are some pictures and comparison picture with Chanel Blue Satin:


In Natural Light
In Natural Light
Indoors in Artificial Light
Natural Light
Natural Light
With Flash

Without Flash
With Flash
EDIT: Here is the picture of the nail polish on 4th day of wear. You will notice that there is very minimal wear & tear and no chipping at all.



I hope you all liked the nail polish and found the review helpful.

Have a lovely week ahead.

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