Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Méditerranée Chanel Collection 2015 - My Picks - Photos and Swatches

Hey Guys, 

Few weeks back I was very depressed and stressed out because of my hectic work schedule. I had no time for anything but work and travel. But, one day me and husband decided not to give a s**t to anything else and just have fun and roam around the streets of South Mumbai with hand in hand. 

Same day, I also went to Chanel to see their new collection for Summer 2015, the Méditerrannée, was already on display and I went crazy shopping. The collection is inspired by vibrant colours of Mediterranean - vivid skies and blue sea - bronzed glowing skin and mesmerizing eyes with bold nails and colorful lips. 

Without further adieu here are my picks with first impressions/ review, as I have them all. 

Lumière D'été Illumination Powder, the signature product from the collection, in Camellia flower pattern. Chanel never goes wrong with the patterns such signature product. Remember Power Signee the Chanel Illuminating Powder and several others. I can keep staring at how beautiful it looks in the pan. 

When it was launched worldwide, I was contemplating whether it would show up on my medium-tan skin. So, I tried it on before buying and roamed around the Palladium Mall and it just freaked me out how beautiful it looked and the 'glow from within' glow was just immaculate. 

The Lumière D'été Illumination Powder is an illuminating bronzer that gives the most gorgeous sun-kissed glow without getting baked in actual sun. Its golden-bronze shade with a golden sheen that's just enough for a sophisticated glow. Apply on its own or as topper on your regular bronzer. I like it most with my Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing base. 

Without rambling further lets jump to some photos: 

I was also very intimidated with the glossimers when the collection was launched internationally for how nicely pigmented they were. I went ahead and bought both, Rose Paradis and Algria from the collection. Rose Paradis is a re-promote from the permanent line while Algria is limited edition. 

Rose Paradis is a rosy-pinky red with very fine shimmer with coverage just shy of opaque/full coverage but light weight and non sticky. 

Allegria is a beautiful warm red with same opaque coverage as Rose Paradis. 

I also picked up the Stylo Eyeshadow crayon (my first ever) in the shade Laurier Rose, which is rosy-coppery shade that goes on so smoothly and stays through the day on my oily lids. 

And the final product from the collection is the nail polish in Coquelicot, which a beautiful creamy poppy orangey red. I was contemplating between Coquelicot and Lavanda, but, when I tried both in the store I did not how Lavanda looked on my fingers and settled for Coquelicot. 

Its been quite sometime the Méditerranée Collection for Summer 2015 is in stores, so call the store before you start your journey to one and only Chanel store in Mumbai. 

So my friends, how do you like this kind of first impressions/ review kind of post, I will surely post a pic of wearing all these beautiful picks from the collection. So, stay tuned for that. 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Two Miraculous Skin Care Products I am Hooked To!

Hey Guys, 

My travel woos continue and I don't want to bore you more with that. 

In last few months I tried a lot of new stuff, make-up as well as skin care. I generally refrain from posting about skin care stuff here for two basic reasons, I generally don't alter my skincare often and I don't find myself knowledgeable enough to write about skin care stuff. 

Alpha H Liquid Gold and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate are two skincare products that I am extremely happy to have stumbled upon.  

When I saw YouTube beauty gurus, Sharon and Karima, rave about Alpha H Liquid Gold, the other day, I was quite intrigued to try it out. So, I researched online about it and everyone had amazing things to say about it. Then Luxola, which is a Singapore based online beauty shop, had a kit of decent sized 5 Alpha H products, and Liquid Gold (50 ml size, which is quite decent and I still have about half the quantity left which would last me about 1-1.5 months) being one of them. So, I decided to get the kit instead of full sized bottle and thought of it as an opportunity to try few more products from the Australian skincare brand. 

Alpha H Liquid Gold is a Glycolic Acid based skin resurfacing treatment that helps fight fine lines, acne, dark spots, unevenness, etc. to reveal skin that you dream of. The most active ingredient of Alpha H liquid gold is Glycolic Acid, which, if used appropriately, has many skincare benefits that are readily available online. You can check the full ingredient list below in the pic: 

Apply it in the night like you apply your any other face toner and wake up in the morning with fresher, smoother and recharged skin. Yes, Alpha H liquid gold did work for me. My pores have reduced, lightened dark spots (from previous acne) a lot and no more dry patches around my mouth and nose. I now have a much more smoother, healthier and firmer skin. I do get hormonal break-outs now and then, but, with Alpha H Liquid Gold, I noticed they go faster and the scars also fades faster. It does sting a bit on irritated areas the first time, but, after repeated use you would get used to to it and it stops stinging! Check out below, how, the brand recommends to use it: 

The product is colorless and odorless liquid, is resembles water and is very thin and runny in consistency. I take few drops on a cotton wool and apply it all over my face, neck and décolletage. When I applied the first time, I was shocked to see the cotton wool afterwards. It removed almost every bit of dirt and murk sitting on my skin. I use it twice a week at night and I can visibly tell the difference next morning. But, a word of caution, don't forget your sunscreen following day as it exfoliates skin very deeply and exposing new skin surface to sun is not a good idea. 

On those nights I am not using my Alpha H Liquid Gold, I use Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. As you know, I have been travelling to Delhi a lot, and Delhi's weather is diametrically opposite to Mumbai's weather. And, on top of that spending almost whole day in controlled environment (AC's)  and I am now 30+ so age also has a severe impact on my skin making it dehydrated and dull. I had tried a few samples of this Concentrates' in the past had liked it very much, so, I went ahead and bought the full sized bottle, which comes with a dropper making it much easier to use and control the amount of product. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a blend of pure essential oils and botanical extracts that work through the night to wake to rejuvenated skin following morning. I use about 2-3 drops of the Concentrate after applying Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner all over my face and neck and I can see that my skin is moisturised, plumped and much firmer in the morning. And good news is that, I did not break-out at all after using this, even though my skin is combination to oily (and dehydrated). 

The Concentrate is a colorless , thicker in consistency than Liquid Gold, but non-sticky and light weight oil with aromatic scent (you can smell oils). Doesn't feel heavy on skin and gets absorbed fairly faster (not as fast as regular moisturiser). 

Alpha H Liquid Gold's full sized bottle is priced at about INR 3800.00 on Luxola (unfortunately, both the kit and ful seized bottle are currently sold out) and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is priced at INR 3200.00, Kiehl's stores provide home delivery if your order is worth INR 5000.00 or more. 

These two products have worked miraculously for me and I am totally hooked to these, atleast as long as I don't find an equally worthy product. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Blogging after 4 months | Travel make-up Essentials | Work edition |

Hey Guys, 

If follow me on any of social media platforms, you would know the reason. I joined a new organisation in January and for work I have to travel to Ghaziabad (near New Delhi) every alternate weeks. It took me some time to come to terms with such a hectic work life after a break of 1.5 years. I was just nor prepared (mentally and physically) to travel so much! Gradually, my body as well as my mind is getting used to to it. 

Although, I was travelling and was stressed out, I was still playing with make-up. There were some products that had always been with me so far. Oh, yes I wear make-up to work and at client location I just have to look put together and in no case look shabby and tired. 

I work in a very conservative construction industry so my make up also has to be understated and not catch unnecessary attention. So, I aim for flawless base, some definition in eyes with kohl and mascara and well groomed defined brows. So I carry a long wearing foundation, concealers, a couple of blushes, bronzer to avoid a flat face, face highlighter for a sophisticated glow, a black and a brown kohl with black volumizing mascara for defined eyes and brow products to get a nice and defined brows (read bold brows). 
  1. Guerlain Parur Aqua Feel Good Foundation: I am on a strict no foundation buy for last few months and I am aiming to finish at least two before I buy a new one. This one is nearing expiry so it been hanging with me all the while for last 3-4 months and going good, so, didn't feel like changing to anything else. It came out of my travel make-up pouch only to be photographed for this post. 
  2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealers: I am hooked to this concealer lately and love how beautifully this concealer covers my under eye darkness and also help cover dark spots and hyper pigmentation marks. I use shade Ginger for under eyes and Biscuit to cover blemishes (spot concealing). It works best with a dampened beauty blender rather than a brush (a person preference). 
  3. MAC MSF Natural: A setting powder is a must for me to avoid cakey and avoid becoming a grease ball by the end of the day. And I prefer carrying a compact rather than loose powder for obvious reasons. 
  4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat and Becca Mineral Blush in Dameselfly: I have been travelling with these two blushes all this while as these give me the most sophisticated flush which I find appropriate for work (this is personal choice). Other blushes that made appearances a couple of times are Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed and Nars Deep Throat. 
  5. Nars Casino Bronzing Powder: This has been my go to bronzer lately after I hit pan majorly on Nars Laguna. Although, they are entirely different in tones and shade. But, after using this more often lately, I realized that Casino suits my skin tone better than Laguna. 
  6. Dior Amber Diamond: No other reason but this face highlighter is my favorite of all (I have many, but, I always go back to it). 
  7. YSL and Urban Decay Eye Pencils: I can't think of myself stepping out without a kohl in my water line. Generally, I like black but sometimes I like switching to brown also. 
  8. Maybelline the Falsies mascara (washable): This is the only mascara that I have currently and I don't have the urge to try a new one (actually I have the urge but other things trying a new mascara is just slipping down the list). But, this one is a my old buddy. But, I am planning to get myself a water proof version of this mascara as my eyes get quite watery as I usually struck with allergic cold due to excessive dust and dramatic weather difference. 
  9. Anastasia Brow Wiz, Dip Brow Pomade and Clear Brow Gel: And last but not the least, if you following me on social media, you would know that I am obsessed with bold brows and I can't I am more than obsessed with this combo and so much hooked that I have almost run out of my Brow Wiz. Dip Brow is such an amazing product that it just keeps my brows looking fresh the whole day. 
Now, you may be wondering, why I haven't I shown any lipstick in the photo. That's because I always switch my lipsticks/ lip glosses that are more work friendly. If I were to include lip products also, it would have become an endless post. But, if you guys are interested in knowing what lip products I carry then leave in comments below. 

Other than this I also carry my Lorac Pro Palette, just in case, if I had some extra time to smudge a dark brown shadow under my lower line. I also have some favorite brushes that I travel with, but, that is for another post. Let me know in the comments below if you want to know. 

This may seem a ton of make-up to some of you. But, this is my personal preference and as I just wanted to share what I generally for official tours. And trust this was a fun post for me. 

I cannot tell you, how, amazing I am feeling completing this post as I had been contemplating at writing this for quite a while. I haven't enjoyed writing nay post than this post and I hope you enjoyed reading as well. 

Lots of Love