Thursday, 29 January 2015

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in 'Exposed' - Hate >> Love Story

Hey Guys

I know, I am here after almost 2 weeks. Work load suddenly increased at office and it just became impossible for me to juggle between work and home lost track of everything in the beauty/ blogging world. However, I didn't stop wearing make-up, which is absolutely minimal now a days with just Foundation, Concealer, Bronzer, Blush for the face Mascara and a black kohl on eyes and a bright/ nude/ natural lipstick depending on the day/ mood. One product that I wore most was Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed.

I got this blush last year because a lot of my favorite bloggers and YouTubers raved/ rave about it. It landed in my kitty after waiting for almost 2 months. And as soon as I saw it, I found it to be boring, but, still kept trying it, but, never liked how it looked on me. At that time it never showed up on me. I had to really rub the brush hard to get some pigment showing on me. And then it went somewhere in the back of my drawer and was left unnoticed for many months.

Recently I thought of giving it one last try, and to my utter surprise I instantly loved how it looked on me. I saw the blush very closely to see if there was any change in the formula or texture! This when I realised, what I thought a boring shade is actually very complex. It's brown with noticeable hint of pink and plum with very very sheer sheen thrown in, which makes it even more interesting. 

I like that these blushes are not very loosely pigmented for them to become favorite when in a hurry! But, you can definitely build up the color to intensity that you like. Longevity wise, it pretty long wearing and I did not notice any signs of fading or patchiness for good 8 hours. 

Like it other counterparts, it comes in a mirrored plastic compact of the same color as the blush. I find the plastic a bit of cheap quality, but, doesn't really better so long as the product it worth it! 

Price: USD 26.00 for 0.2 oz. 

Enough rambling and let the pictures do some talking now! 


 






Aand, you guys have seen me wearing this blush recently in my Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips look

Click HERE for break-up of this look
I am sure all of us have these hate stories converted into love stories with make-up and that' precisely the reason I resist to say bad things about any product! This is my recent story and thought, why not share with you guys along with a review! Which is that product you hated it before but love now or vice versa! Do share your love/ hate stories with me down below in the comments. 

Lots of Love

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Review: Chanel Vitalumière Moisture-Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup SPF 15

Hey Guys, 

Now that's really a long name! It's the original Vitalumière foundation from Chanel. 

Of late I my skin is more combination than oily, especially around my mouth and nose. With my regular foundations that are more suitable for oily skin, my skin wasn't feeling comfortable! In fact I could feel my skin creep around my mouth, the dry patches looked more exaggerated than they originally were/ are and overall it was not a very happy situation with my base make-up. 

Then, I started to search online about foundations for combination to dry skin and stumbled upon Lisa Eldridge's video on her top 5 foundations for dry skin. This foundation featured in her video! And the only foundation that I could actually go in a store and try it myself, rather than finding a match online and giving a blind shot to it!  

So, I went to Chanel store at Palladium Mall and tried this foundation in shade B40 and roamed around and watched a movie in PVR with this on. I quite liked how my skin felt with this foundation. No creeping or stretchy feeling and it just felt so good. After the movie I went back to the store and purchased this baby.

The first time I wore this foundation, it was on New Year's Eve, my skin looked and felt fabulous. I was overwhelmed with the foundation. Next morning, i.e. on first day of 2015, started the horror of picking up a lighter shade when I applied it lightly to see how it looked in natural day light. I was freaking out, almost started crying and put this foundation up for sale on couple of FB groups. But, my heart was not ready to accept that I picked up a wrong shade. 

On my first day to office I wore this foundation to office and asked my husband and other colleague if looks unnatural or lighter than my neck. Both said it looked perfect and I also reached settlement with the shade by the evening after watching myself in the mirror 2560 times that day. Ever since, I am wearing this foundation every single day with a darker concealer blended around on my chin area to hide the darkness and unevenness. However, I still feel a shade darker would look more prettier. Which I will try/ buy next season once I have finished this bottle, as can make it work for me. 

Coming to the product, the Vitalumière foundation is specially formulated for dull, tired and dry skin. It has ingredients that are specifically target towards dry and uneven areas of skin. It has marine extracts that boosts the skin's radiance and light reflecting pigments that smooth away imperfections. It's a moisture rich and luxuriously light weight foundation that blends seamlessly into the skin for a perfectly smooth, even toned radiant skin. It comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a pump dispenser which is a pretty standard Chanel packaging. 

This foundation quite runny compared to Perfection Lumiere or Perfection Lumiere Velvet and almost watery. But, it is packed with pigments to cover most of my unevenness and hyper-pigmentation, but, the dark spots from acne still peek through, which I usually spot conceal. Instantly after application, it looks very shiny wet but settles down in couple of minutes for a dewy finish. 

Love how my skin feels in this foundation, very hydrating and moisturizing. However my skin starts to look oily after 4+ hours, if I am not in a controlled environment, and requires powdering once in my 9 hour job. But it doesn't look oily to extent of making me look like a grease ball. In Air Conditioned environment, it looks perfect through the day. So, according to me it will be a perfect foundation to those of with dry skin and great for combination skin ladies living up north or in drier areas. 

Enough rambling, lets do the pictures talking: 






Now, get ready for my bare face with just my Clarin's Hydraquench and brows done. 

BEFORE

AFTER
In, the after picture (just one layer) you see how beautiful the finish of this foundation is, very dewy and fresh. As far as coverage is concerned, it covered pretty much everything except the two spots on my right (your left) cheek. Darkness and unevenness around the chin is still visible where it looks slightly ashy, which I conceal with MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC 42. 

Price: INR 3350.00 for 30 ml, which is pricier. 

Overall, I love this foundation and can't wait to wear it when I will be in Delhi next month for a work tour, where it will relatively more cold and dry. However, I will preserve it for winters or when I am travelling in more drier areas of the country/ world. Pricey, but its everything that you want for a dewy look that doesn't look caked up to make you look like a grease ball. 

Which is your favorite foundation for combination skin to get a dewy finish? 

Lots of Love






P.S.: Lisa Eldridge also mentioned about Bobbi Brown's Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturising Balm, which is for dry/ extra dry skin, which I am sure gonna give a go if I get a chance to visit Bobbi Brown store and also her Skin foundation which is good for all skin types!  

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A little MAC Haul

Hey Guys, 

As I mentioned in my previous post that I have joined a new job, I will not be able to wear all those bold and bright lips colors to office. So, went to my not so nearby MAC store to explore some wearable lipstick shades and get some old buddies back. So let's see what all I got!



The first thing that I got is MAC Cosmetics Prep+Prime Natural Radiance Primer in Radiant Yellow. It's a pale yellow gel that blends into nothing. It's a gel formula with light reflecting particles that blurs out imperfections. I will have to really try it on myself before I comment anything on it. But, I really wanted something that helps in keeping skin hydrated as I will now be spending a lot of time in AC and that also prolongs my makeup. Nikkietutorials always rave about this primers and also features in her 2014 favorites. What better reason to try a new product if your favorite Beauty guru recommends it! 


MAC Prep+Prime Natural Radiance Primer in Radiant Yellow
I got two lip pencils that are being highly talked about on YouTube and features in at least a dozen of YouTube Beauty Gurus, Whirl and Soar. Really excited two these new babies out. I got Whirl at old price of INR 950.00 and Soar at new price INR 1400.00. 

I just surfing the array of colorful lipsticks counter for neutrals and medium pinks, I found Mehr and instantly loved the shade and see how beautifully it matches with Soar. (INR 1450.00)

Then I purchased three lip glosses, two of them are old buddies (Cultured and Nymphette) which I returned as Back to MAC as there doe foot applicators broke and were very very old. And I got a new lipglass to go with Mehr lipstick. Oh it's so pretty with multidimensional shimmer! And guess what, I got the all the three lipglasses at old price (INR 990.00).

And, get ready for an hairy arm as my visit to salon to get them waxed is pending for long. But, I just couldn't wait sharing these goodies with ya all. 

Left to Right: Whirl, Soar, Mehr, Cutrured, Nymphette, Viva Glam VI
I can't wait to play with these new goodies. Hope enjoyed this little haul post. Let me know if you want me to do more such posts in future. 

Lots of Love


Monday, 12 January 2015

New Year, New Opportunities!

Hey Guys,

As we are almost half past January, hope the new year is treating you well. 

I have a few updates to share with you guys in this post. 

If you are reading my blog for a long time, you would know that I was on a career break for past 1.5 years. On January 5, 2015, I joined a new job. But before I tell you about it, let me take you about over an year back when my husband joined a new firm, as India Head, an overseas based Contracts Management firm starting its foray in India. Back then we were very excited and head over the heels with this new opportunity. It certainly was a very challenging opportunity and it was the right time for me to take a step back and slow down a bit! However, as the business grew and my husband started to feel the heat of the work load, the Director asked if I could help them on and off to take some pressure off my husband's head and I immediately agreed. I started helping them on and off on a few projects during the later part of 2014. And, during this time the Director again asked me if I wish to join them as their Contracts and Cost Analyst. I was overwhelmed with this offer, but, also a bit anxious as it would be a change in my job profile. Cutting long story short, on 5 January 2015, I joined this new job and now considering this as a great opportunity to learn new things and explore new sectors. 

As of now, I am settling down in the new job and not fully loaded with work. You all know the initial honey moon period which we all enjoy in a new job! But, as the time progresses I will definitely be more busy with my career and new job. However, I will still try to post here as much as possible. But, I certainly cannot stick to a fixed schedule. 

The beauty of the new job is that, as it's still a small firm with only 3 employees in India, the work culture is very informal and casual. For example, we wear formal clothes only when there's a client meeting! Isn't that cool? So, this gives me room to experiment more with 'not so wearable' (bold and over the top) make-up to work. Haha! And moreover the office is close by, which means no traveling in local trains and buses which is like a dream in Mumbai! I mean who wants to travel 1-2 hours for reaching work sweating and totally exhausted with no time for anything else in life. Life isn't just about working at job, right?  

Another update is that, now that as my Mother-in-Law retired from her job in September 2014 (she worked for 40 long years with Government in Higher Education Department), my husbands parents would be staying with us in Mumbai more frequently in a year than they earlier used to. Which is kinda great, because, I will not have to think about keeping things in order back home. Oh, my Mother-in-Law is so good at it. I wonder how she managed all this with her super busy schedule at work. Having said that, earlier when used to visit us I used to take a break from everything. But, now they staying with us for longer duration, taking a break cannot be an option. Which I will soon figure out with them. 

With all these new things happening in my life, I am still figuring about the right time to take pictures for the blog for which morning seems to be the best time, but, I am still getting into the hang of working again with a full house. You know what mean! 

As for my YT Channel goes, I haven't really thought through on how I am gonna manage posting videos more frequently. I wish to build in more flexibility in filming, with some lights, in the evening or at night. But, I am still working on a few options before I take any decision and not sure how its gonna progress. So, I am keeping this hanging for a few days. This is where I need your help and suggestions! 

As, blogging and making videos is just a hobby to me, I don't want to make it a chore and post just for the sake of it. This will help me remain fresh in my writing and I will be able to give you more meaningful content and that't what matter to me at the end of day! 

All said and done, I am sure not gonna stop buying and trying new make-up and of course not stop wearing it either and also not stop digging my stash and rediscovering some older goodies :-D 

I think that is all for now! 

Have a wonderful week! 

Lots of Love





Friday, 9 January 2015

Review: Nars Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil

Hey Guys,

I am probably the last person on this earth who's trying Nars Satin Lip Pencils for the first time. I am always the last person to try new products that are launched by brands. But, this year I am committed to try new and different products, and that's probably one my new beauty resolutions for 2015. We will see how this year unfolds together. 

Nars Satin lip pencils took to beauty world by storm, with its everlasting power, power packed color pigmentation, easy application and some amazing unique shades to soon became everyone's favorite. Lipsticks in chubby pencil form. Ever since they are launched, Nars have launched several shades as part of its Limited Edition collections. But, there are some cult classics in the permanent range and Luxembourg is one of them. There are 16 shades altogether from nudes, pinks, corals to deep reds and burgundies. Luxembourg sit somewhere in the middle of Red and Pink. Nars described Luxembourg perfectly as vivid watermelon, yeah, its that vivid reddish pink color which you see when you cut open a fresh water melon. I love how bright and vivid it looks on my complexion. It's the show stopper of any look and one those colors which would draw all the attention to lips.

I have only one shade right now, so, I cannot say anything about these pencils in general. Luxembourg is very creamy, light weight and opaque color. Its more shiny and glossy when freshly applied, for say half an hour or so and then it sets to a satin finish for the whole day. It's extremely easy to work with, when I say this, I mean it! It glide on lips very easily without tugging or dragging the lips. It gives 100% opaque color in a single swipe that sits on my lips the whole day surviving a couple of cups of coffee and a lunch meal, without fading or drying my lips (but not hydrating too). By the end of the day, say after 6 hours, I feel like applying a lip balm. 

The product is a lipstick in a chubby pencil packaging. I wish it came an a twist open pencil form, as there would considerable product wastage in sharpening. A friend suggested to save the wastage (only the actual product, and not the casing) in a drumming jar! Which is cool but again one has to make an effort to minimize the wastage. 

Nars Satin Lip Pencils retail for USD 25.00, for 0.7 oz. or 2.2 gms of product. The price to me is ok, as the quality is incredibly good and I don't regret buying it at all. 

Overall, Luxembourg is an absolutely a stunner, a bright vivid watermelon color with amazing color pay-off, long lasting and non-drying.

Lets see some pictures and and a simple FOTD with Luxembourg








Hope you guys liked the review and was a bit helpful! I am now planning to try a more natural shade from this range! Do you guys have any suggestions to suit my complexion?

Have a lovely Friday night.

Lots of Love




Thursday, 8 January 2015

Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips

Hey Guys, 

I wore this look to New Years Eve (sans falsies, as I removed them before leaving as I wasn't sure of how comfortable I would be wearing them all night) and took some pictures for reviews. I posted a shot of this look in Kevyn Aucoin's Candlelight Celestial Powder, and dear friend Rashmi (from Indyabeauty) asked me to post more pictures and make-up break-down. If you like smokey eyes, then this look is for you. 

So, here are some more shots and close-up shots: 






Products Used: 
Face: 
L'oreal True Match Liquid Foundation N7 
MAC Prolong Wear Concealer NC42
Hourglass Dimlight Ambient Lighting Powder 
Nars Bronzer in Casina 
Tarte Blush in Exposed 
Kevin Aucoin Candlelight Celestial Powder 

Eyes: 
Lorac Behind the Scenes eye shadow primer 
Lorac Pro Palette eye shadows: Taupe, Sable, Slate, Deep Purple, Black, Nude 
Urban Decay Perversion Eye Pencil 
Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express Mascara 

Brows: 
MAC eye shadows: Coquette and Brun 
MAC Clear Brow Set 

Lips: 
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestroe #202 Dolci 

Hope you guys liked the look. 

Lots of Love





Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Review: Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder

Hey Guys, 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

I discovered this Chanel Natural Finish Lose powder last year in June when my trustee Dior Skin Nude Natural Glow Powder got over. When I was searching for a setting powder, I wanted to try something new for setting my foundation but did not want a powder that gives flat matte face. Once I was just randomly watching favorites videos on YouTube, I saw Lisa Eldridge and NikkieTutorials recommend this powder. What better recommendation one needs. So, I decided to give Chanel Natural Finish Lose Powder a try and I have been wearing it non stop ever since I got. When, I researched more about this powder, I realized it has very shades (I hate Chanel for limited shade range) and was really worried if would about getting a proper shade match. I got lucky and got matched to shade Translucent 3 #40. 

The Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder gives me the most perfect satin finish, which sets the like-up like no body's business, improves the longevity of the foundation and keeps the oil at bay through the day. It's even better than my Dior powder (which actually was a powder foundation) in improving longevity foundation and oil control. When I looked at it very closely, I found it has micro-mini light reflecting particles that helps blur out the imperfections such as fine lines and pores (large pores to a small extent) for a beautiful satin finish which is not flat looking. It's a translucent powder with just a tint and no coverage, so, if you are looking for a powder with some coverage, this is not for you. You also apply it over your moisturizer if you are blessed with flawless skin. I apply it all over my face, except, under my eyes. I need very little amount to cover my entire face. I use my Chanel No. 1 Powder Brush with this powder. 

The powder comes in a transparent plastic tub, with a sifter and a powder puff, which is incredibly soft. However, I prefer using a brush than a puff for a natural finish. 

Price: INR 3100.00 for 30gms of product, which is HUGE (caps intentional) as a little goes a long way. For mere a translucent setting powder it's pricey but considering the quantity of product, it will not be pricey in the long run. 

Overall, I highly recommend this product to anyone who's looking for a new translucent setting powder. 

So, lets go ahead and see how the product actually looks like. 







EDIT: Here is the before and after pic. In the before pic, I am wearing my new Chanel Vitalumiere Foudation in B40. As you can see, my T zone looks quite shiny, but, with the Chanel Natual Finish Loose Powder, the shine is much more contained and my face is not flat matte.



You guys have seen me wearing this powder several times in my various previous posts. So, go check it out babes. However, do let me know in the comments below, if you want to see a before and after photo. I took one today, but, the picture wasn't really showing how pretty it looks in real life. But, if you guys still wish I will update the post. 

Hope the review was helpful!





Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Review: MAC Lipstick in Media

Hey Guys, 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Ever since I saw pictures of Khole Kardashian's bold lip look at the Oscars 2014 party, I knew I wanted the exact same shade of lipstick in my life. If I am not wrong, her make-up artist used OCC's Dahlia lip tar. And no surprise, to get my hands on OCC product in India was next impossible thing. So, I went to trustee MAC store and started surfing there ocean of lipsticks! Media was the closest shade that I could find and I immediately picked it up. I wore it non-stop during Dussehra-Diwali vacations and got ton of compliments. So, I thought why not share this beautiful shade with you guys. 

MAC Satin Lipstick in media is a very deep dark wine-red color, but, on my lips it is not as dark as it appears in the bullet. For satin finish, I find it a little bit glossier and settle in the fine lines of lips. However, the lipstick formula is packed with pigment and you get full coverage in one single swipe and smooth enough to glide easily through the lips. I did not notice any bleeding through the edges of my lips, which is quite nice or a dark lip product. Lasting power is quite decent, and it lasts for about 5-6 hours on me with a few cups of tea and a small meal. I see it working fantastic for medium to dark skin babes, but I see it washing out fair skin babes. Excellent shade for Indian brides! 

I bought this lipstick a few months back, when MAC product prices were not ridiculously high. To me, I love this shade, as it's deep, dark and right up my alley and moreover it does not bleed or fade unevenly. MAC lipsticks are now priced at INR 1750/-, which to me is very high for the quality. 

Overall, if you like dark vampy lips that are power packed with pigment like me, then this lipstick is right up your alley, but, expect it to settle a bit in the fine lines. At a ridiculously high price point, decide for yourself if this shade is for you or not!

You have seen me wearing this lipstick in my earlier posts here and here

Before I show you pictures of the product, let me confess that these pictures were taken after I swatched the lipstick once. I accidentally deleted the pictures of unused lipstick! 








I hope you guys found the review helpful. 

Lots of Love