Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Three Looks One Palette - Natasha Denona Star Palette

I am huge fan of Natasha Denona eye shadows ever since I tried here 5 eye shadows' palettes (see here). So, when I received an email from Beautylish for early access, I immediately registered for it and bought it on the date of launch. I had to have it, gurl. Thanks to Beautylish for providing me with early access and delivering it safe and sound in straight 4 days (one of my fav shopping website). 

This eyeshadow palette features 18 new shades - 

 - 4 Crystal (Spectrum, Cosmo, Galaxia & Polaris), 

 - 9 Creamy Mattes (Earth, Flesh, Gemma, Titania, Diadem, Vega, Phoenix, Electra & Atik), 

 - 3 Metallic shades (Bellatrix, Atria and Rhea) and 

 - 2 Duo Chromes (Orion and Supernova). 

Visit Temptalia's post here for a description of each shade in the palette. 

This palette is magnificent and all the shadows are very smooth and buttery - and hence, I guess, a lot of fallout - especially from the shadows in Crystal formula. 

It has a very wide range of shades from neutral blending shades to some popping crease shades such as Phoenix and Electra and smokier shades, Earth and Gemma. I really miss a good browbone/ inner corner highlight shade, a bone color shadow and a black shadow (which I think is a mandatory shade in any palette). Nonetheless, this doesn't take away the glory of this palette. 

The packaging of this palette is so on point - faux leather metallic cover with a decent size mirror inside. This palette costed me a bomb, USD 224.00 (including duties and taxes). 

A closer look at each side of the palette. 

Lets talk about the each formula a bit: 

Crystal formula crumbles a bit when swatched and has chunky sparkle but very smooth and don't feel gritty. Best applied with finger and over a sticky base (like Too Faced Glitter Glue) and I get a more metallic finish than crystal/ glittery finish. 

Creamy mattes are awesome and blend effortlessly. 

Metallic shades are bang on pigmented and VERY metallic. Applies equally well with fingers and brush. For more impact and shine use wet. 

Duo-chrome shadow - IMO - are pretty but easily dupable, especially Orion (a blue-brown shadow which is available in many palettes and as lose pigment). 

There are endless possibilities with this palette. And, hance, it wouldn't have been justified if I had done only one look using this palette considering such wide range of finish these eye shadow palette has. 

For the first look I decided to try spotlight placement of eye shadows (and failed miserably) using shades Flesh, Titania, Earth, Atria and Bellatrix. 

For the second look I went all out smokey using the most obvious choice - Orion (blue-brown duo chrome) as the focal shade paired with Phoenix & Gemma in the crease and Galaxia in the inner corner. 

This post wouldn't have been complete without a look with winged liner and red lips. I used Rhea as the main shade, paired with Electra on the lid, Gemma for defining the crease and Vega to blend. 

Overall, I would say this is not an everyday easy to slap on eye shadow palette. A special occasion palette when I am really in the mood to sit down and spend time on make-up. A fantastic palette for all make-up aficionados and for those who always like some sorta bling in their makeup. 

Hope this post was somewhat helpful and a liked the looks I created using this palette! 

Lots of love

Thursday, 24 November 2016

These Urban Decay Vice Comfort Matte lipsticks are powerhouse of pigment and longwearing

These Urban Decay Vice lipsticks in Comfort Matte formula are here for some serious business. 

They are insanely pigmented, feel so comfortable on lips.. they feel like velvet and almost moisturizing, and once on, forget about it, they last all day without fading and bleeding.

Application is very smooth and even without being patchy and these glides effortlessly on lips. 

I have never come across a lipstick formula like this before. 

I, very randomly, picked two shades Hitch Hike and Afterdark. Hitch Hike is a rosey-terracotta shade and Afterdark is medium berry shade with purple/fuchsia shift. LOVE! 

Hitch Hike is a day time/ work appropriate shade while Afterdark, when paired with a darker lip pencil (M.A.C. Vino or Currant), is a fantastic night time shade. It also gives a very lovely ombre effect if the darker lip pencil is applied only on the outer edges. 

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Hitch Hike

Urban Devay Vice Lipstick Afterdark

Lip swatch of Hitch Hike

Lip swatch of Afterdark

If not for the shades, try these comfort matte lipsticks for its formula. THE BEST.

Hope you guys liked this short (and sweet) review.

Lots of Love

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Hype is real about Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette & some M.A.C. dupes/ comparisons

Hello Everyone,

I fell for the hype around the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette and I agree that hype is so real and so worth it. These eye shadows are buttery smooth and blend effortlessly without any patchiness, whatsoever. 

Whether you like colourful shadows or a neutral shadows lover, I like both, you would love this palette, because you need that neutral blending colour to ground the look or that dark brown/ black colour to add smokiness. But, yes, this palette is neutral eye shadow lover's dream. If you are a neutral eye shadows lover, this palette is all that you need.

I love how sleek the cardboard packaging is and how nicely they have arranged the actual eye shadows based on their colour family - as you can tell they have grouped neutral brown shades (in the left group), cool brown/ black shades (in the middle group) and warm brown shades (in the right most group) together. 

I will be honest I haven't done any hard core eye look with these eye shadows (read very dramatic using 10 different eye shadows), but, I have used almost all the shades in the palette in some way or the other and I love all of them. And of all the shadows, the winner, IMO, is the black. I have not come across such an intense black that is so smooth.

While I was playing with this palette, I also thought of taking out some of my M.A.C. eye shadows to compare and find some dupes. Its not easy to get our hands on this palette in India. 

I thought, the warmest brown in the top row, was similar to Soft Brown or Texture from M.A.C., but, its not. The KVD shade is much lighter and paler than the other two.

Bottom to Top: M.A.C. Soft Brown, Texture and KVD e/s (warmest brown from the top row)
The middle eye shadow from the top row is similar to M.A.C. Wedge in the intensity, the later being more warm. The KVD shade is much cooler and more taupe. I can see this shade suiting fairer/ lighter complexion girls/ boys for contouring.

Bottom to Top: M.A.C. Wedge, KVD e/s (Taupe brown from the top row)
First shade from left in the bottom row is quite similar to M.A.C. Cork eye shadow neutral medium brown, later e/s having more red undertones in it. 

Bottom to Top: M.A.C. Cork and KVD e/s (first medium brown shade from left in the bottom row)
Second e/s from left in the bottom row is again medium brown - slightly warmer and deeper than the first shade. I compare it with M.A.C. Corduroy.

Top to Bottom: KVD e/s (warm medium brown second from left in the bottom row) and M.A.C. Cork
The third shadow in the bottom row is cool / ashy toned flesh shadow. I don't have anything similar to this shade in my collection. 

Fourth shadow in the bottom row is a deep ashy brown and it is very similar to MAC Brun. 

Top to Bottom: KVD e/s (4th from left) and M.A.C. Brun 
Next up is black, and it is the softest and most pigmented black I have ever seen. The swatch comparison vis-à-vis M.A.C. Carbon e/s 

Top to Bottom: KVD Black and M.A.C. Carbon
Last e/s in this group is bone color shade and again I don't have anything similar to this in my collection. 

First, shade in the warm group is a warm reddish orangy brown. I thought this was similar to M.A.C. Brown Script, but, the later has more orange tones in it and KVD has more red in it. 

Top to Bottom: KVD e/s (orangey brown shade) and M.A.C. Brown Script
Second shade in the warm e/s group is a deep mocha color and is very similar to M.A.C. Espresso e/s 

Top to Bottom: KVD e/s (middle shade in warm e/s group) and M.A.C. Espresso
And last e/s in the warm group is a pale peach shade, which is almost same shade as my forearm and again I couldn't find anything similar to this shade in my stash. 

Here's a simple warm brown smokey eyes look I created using only this palette. 

Hope this post was somewhat helpful and interesting. 

Edit: If you made it this far, you probably know that I love this palette and would recommend it to everyone who love makeup, not for hoarding, but as a staple basic palette in your stash. 

Lots of love

Friday, 7 October 2016

Review: Kiehl's Turmeric-Cranberry Seeds Energizing Radiance and Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masks

Hello everyone,

When I posted pictures of masks on my IG, a lot of my friends wanted to know how I felt about them! And after that I vanished from the internet. I was under tremendous work pressure and had no time to think about anything else, and, blogging got pushed down the priority list and I must say I missed it!

Now, that the work pressure is less and I am back into blogging senses, I want to start with the review of these two masks, which I have been using for past few weeks.

But, before we talk about these masks my hats off to the Kiehl's for its genius idea to launch travel size jars (~ 30 ml) of these masks as well. These travel sized mask jars costed me INR 1350/- each, which is quite economical for experimenting and trying.

Let's first talk about the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Mask. First of all, I LOVE how it smells - it reminds me of kesar-pista kulfi which I LOVE and I can't get enough of its smell. I don't have to tell anyone how beneficial turmeric is for its antiseptic properties and is being used for ages in many beauty treatments (apart from day to day cooking in Indian kitchens). 

As you can tell from the photos, this mask comes in a bright orange coloured glass tub which is quite sturdy - I can say so because it survived a fall! Its a clay based mask infused with turmeric - which helps in healing skin problems and cranberry seeds - for mild exfoliation (one complain though, these cranberry seeds stick on to my skin after the mask dries completely and I have to scratch them away). As this is a clay based mask, I feel this would be more suitable for those with oily skin, yay for me (but, I currently have pretty normal skin). I mostly use this mask twice a week in the evening for a deep cleanse. This mask gives a very soothing cooling sensation to skin which I find very relaxing after a tough day at work.

When I used this mask for the first few times, it worked wonderfully for me. I didn't notice any dryness or tightness in my skin after using this mask. In fact, my skin was a lot softer and smoother and I could see that my skin looked brighter and fresher. But, then after a few uses (5-6) I couldn't see much difference and I stopped using it. And, during my PMS my skin freaked out and I again started using this mask I notices my breakouts dried a lot faster. So, now, I start using this mask about 2-3 times a week prior to my PMS date and see very few hormonal breakouts (of course it depends more my hormonal balance during that month).

In a nutshell, I like this mask when my skin is problematic and breaking out and those with dry skin should stay away from it. To conclude, I would say that I am not very overwhelmed with this mask, I like it but not love it and I am still on fence if I would again purchase this mask. I would rather experiment and try other clay based masks for deep pore cleansing.  

Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masks is formulated as a protective mask to fight affects of pollution and strengthen skin against pollutants. Orange acts as an antioxidant which prevents damage from aggressors and Cilantro helps to strengthen skin's barrier to keep skin replenished and hydrated and supplied with essential nutrients that get damaged because of pollution. 

Its a wipe off and overnight leave on mask and I have tried this mask only as a wipe off mask. As this is a treatment mask, the longer you leave it on skin the better it is. When I use this as wipe of mask, I leave it on for good 1-1.5-2 hours, after which I wipe it off using a dampened wash cloth and do my daily skin care routine. I usually apply retinol after this mask (either Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil or MV Organics Rose Plus Booster) and the next morning my skin is super fresh, hydrated and plump. 

If you see the ingredients list carefully it contains sugarcane extract and as sugarcane extract is generally associated with glycolic acid (a type of AHA), which, is a commonly used chemical exfoliant these days, we see the brighter and radiant skin. And hence, use of sunscreen with at least SPF of 30+ becomes mandatory the next day to preserve skin's brightness and radiance. 

If you ask me, how, I like this mask over my Oskia Renaissance Mask, my answer would be both equally. Both are treatment masks with AHA's (however, Kiehl's doesn't say so explicitly) and deliver on its claims. However, a little bit biased with Kiehl's considering its price and ease of availability. 

I hope this review is somewhat helpful. Let me be honest, it took me forever to channelise my thoughts to write this review after such a long gap from blogging. If you find any missing info, please bear with me and shoot your questions at me I will try to respond with max info possible at the earliest. Also, share your experiences with me if you have used any of these masks. 

Lots of Love

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Review: Tom Ford Crimson Noir Lipstick

Hello Everyone,

There's something about owning a Tom Ford lipstick. I had literally pull a lot of courage together to spend eons on a lipstick, about INR 4000.00. Although, this is not a new lipstick but its new to me and if already own this one, high five friend, you can gauge my excitement. 

Technically, Crimson Noir is not my first, but, you only have to own one to get addicted to. Crimson Noir is a deepened blue red with very minute microscopic shimmer. When I saw the bullet I thought it would be a bang on in your face deep red (imagine MAC Diva), but, it is not. On my naturally tanned skin its a muted deep red. 

The formula is balmy and moisturizing with amazing pigment for such a moisturizing lipstick and long wearing. On me it lasted with a lovely stain after couple cups of tea and a full meal. I was surprised by how moisturizing it was through out the day. I don't think I have anything similar to this in formula as well as color. 

I think enough babbling, lets see the products and how it looks on my MAC NC40 skin

If you are wondering, the highlight is Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Gelee in Modern Mercury. 

I hope you liked this post. Which is your favorite Tom Ford lipstick? 

Lots of Love