Friday, 29 January 2016

Soft & Romantic Make-up Look | ft Tom Ford Orchid Haze Palette |

Hey Guys, 

So we went out shopping over the weekend stealing some time out and I wanted to be all decked up as we were going out after almost a month! Yep! January didn't start well for us and we were highly stressed out and this outing was like a stress buster. Anyways, moving on to the look! 

I wanted play with my Tom Ford Orchid Haze quad and wanted to create very soft and hazy look paired with soft rose-y pink lips, which didn't look over the top for roaming around in a mall! Rosey-mauvy hues in the quad make it perfect for a soft and romantic look. To ground the look and as wide elongated eyes look very flattering on me, so I decided to wing out my liner a little bit and extended it till the inner most corner. To follow the soft romantic theme, I decided to leave the lower lash line, which gave the look a very innocent feel (according me :-D). 

I paired soft rosey-mauvy hues in eyes with soft focus flawless skin, which I achieved using Becca Back Light Filter Primer and MUFE Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, and rose petal soft pink lip color using Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #501. 

I kept rest of my face very soft as well to go with the romantic theme - for my bronzer I used Chanel Borronze Universal Bronzing Base (Review here) and Lumière D'été Illumination Powder (LE, view in action here), Rose Initial JC Blush for (Review here) naturally flushed look and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Moonstone. 






 A couple of closeup shots of my eyes: 



Complete list of products used: 

Face: 

  • Becca Back Light Primer Filter 
  • MUFE Ultra HD Foundation (liquid) Y405 or 153 
  • Chanel Poudre Universal #40 (review here
  • Chanel Bronze Universal (Review here)
  • Lumière D'été Illumination Powder (LE, view in action here)  
  • Chanel JC Blush in Rose Initial (Review here
Eyes: 
  • Tom Ford Orchid Haze quad 
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper 
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion 
  • L'oreal million lashes mascara 
Lips:
  • MAC Lip Liner in Soar 
  • Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #501 

I hope you guys liked the look and found a few tips and tricks that I have shared helpful. 

Lots of love





Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Review: Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation

Hey Guys,

Can't believe that January is almost over and I am still enjoying not so hot and humid weather of Mumbai and wishing it to not get over, ever! While that's never gonna happen, I bring to you a super long lasting foundation which I have been wearing quite a lot ever since I got it few months back! 

This foundation was a rage when it was launched internationally. However, it was never launched in India, for reasons best know to them! So, I bought this foundation online a few months ago based on online swatches and reviews and ended up buying a shade darker. However, I manage to work with it and it doesn't look awkward on me. 


This is serum based, highly fluid, sheer foundation which claims to provide a fresh and soft focus, naturally glowing, second skin like canvas. This foundation is loaded with lotta ingredients (blend of hyper oxygenated and cranberry oils), vitamins and minerals, which I am not aware how good/ bad they are for skin but most importantly it comes with sun protection of SPF 25+ which is always a plus point. 

This is my second Dior foundation - Diorskin Flawless Finish foundation was my first Dior foundation which I love - and Nude Air Serum foundation is no exception. I love how light weight and long wearing this foundation is - a great foundation for everyday wear, especially for work, almost undetectable if you are able to find a good match for yourself as the shade range is very limited - only 8 shades to cater to 1459932 hundred thousand women, which is very disappointing. 


Lets talk about the packaging of this foundation - come with a sturdy glass bottle (it has sustained many air travels) with a dropper to dispense out the product, which is quite in these days. However, I don't find this dropper packaging practical and hygienic - also I feel as the product if exposed to environment there are chances of oxidation of the product (but, I am no expert). 



The formula of this foundation is very very runny and it literally drips down the face. I usually place the product on to my face directly from the dropper. And just when I place the product on my face it starts dripping and when I start blending the foundation, I get that serum-y feel from the foundation as if I am blending a serum and not foundation! 

It sets quickly to a matte finish on my skin, which more combination with dryness on my cheeks and around my mouth. Few days back I was suffering from sever cold and I had severe dry patches around my nose, which this foundation exaggerated horribly. So, a heads up to my dry skin friends - exfoliate well and moisturize deeply if you want to play with this bad boy! This foundation also doesn't do anything for my pock marks from old acne. 

Another heads up for my friends with sensitive nose - like other Dior foundations, this foundation also has a floral fragrance, which could irritate you! 

This is surely a sheer coverage foundation - so don't expect it to cover you dark spots and pigmentation - but it covers enough to get an even skin tone which what I look for from an everyday foundation. 

As you can see from my bare face below - its quite problematic with dark spots and uneven skin tone and darkness on my chin.  


In the picture below, I have filled in my brows and concealed my under eye dark circles and set only the under eye area with powder and you can see that rest of my face is quite matte. However, I used my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder to 'set' the foundation. You would also notice that this foundation has evened out my skin quite nicely except hyper-pigmentation from old acne and redness around my nose.


I usually leave my base at this for everyday purposes - but for the sake of this post I concealed all the problem areas and this is how the foundation looks like with full face of makeup and this is what I call a more practical glowing look for those who live in humid weather. Let me know in the comments below if you wish to know more about my 'a more practical glowing make-up look', I will be happy to share :-) 


And this a close-up after few hours of wearing this foundation and you can see this is looks as is and doesn't look patchy or oily!


Overall, I like how long wearing and light weight this foundation is and it will an awesome foundation for those with Victoria's Secret angels' like skin - for an average woman with hyper-pigmentation, dark spots and pock marks this may not be your best suited foundation, especially at a price tag of USD 53.00 (equivalent to ~ INR 3500.00). For me, this is my everyday foundation and I don't mind my dark spots peeking from the foundation - and when I want a perfect base with this foundation, I use a smoothing primer underneath and load concealer on problem areas - which I haven't done to to show you how exactly the foundation works). 

So, my friends what are your thoughts on 'serum' or 'water' based foundations that are quite in these days?  

P.S.: I am wearing L'oreal matte lipstick in Black Cherry (in case you are curious)


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Everyday fresh, dewy and bright make-up when you feel crap!

Hey Guys, 

This week has been very hectic so far for me. I have taken 2 flights already and have experienced extreme weather changes - Mumbai > Chennai > Delhi and this has definitely taken a toll on me and hence swollen eyes and dull face and I am feeling tired, dull and not 100% up to the mark (feeling crap in a nutshell). 

So, to perk-up the dullness I decided to go for a fresh and dewy look, with minimal makeup on eyes - just defining them. To perk up my complexion I used a dewy-glowy base - I used Becca Backlight Primer Filter, which I hauled from Cult Beauty recently and I am yet to take individual product photos and Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation (Reviewed here). As I was going for a dewy-glowy fresh looking base, I didn't want to use a powder which would have mattified the look. Therefore, to set the base in place I dusted little bit of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dimlight. 

Rosey and pinky tones in make-up help me freshen up my look and I really like how they look on me - hence fresh pink lips - Burberry Rosewood and shimmery-rosey cheeks - Becca Shimmer Souffle Lychee/ Opal with little bit of sculpting my face to take bloat/ swelling off my face using my Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow. I used the highlight shade from Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow palette to highlight my cheek bones (concentrating mostly towards the temples and not bringing it forward towards the nose as this part of my face is already lifted because of travel bloat/ swelling). 

I wanted to keep my eyes defined but simple and not over the top - so I just used a wash of champagne gold eye shadow all over from Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette and sweeped medium tan color in the crease from my Tom Ford Coco Mirage palette. To define my eyes further and create a stark contrast with pale and neutral eye shadows, I tightlined my upper lash line using Urban Decay Perversion eye  pencil and drew a very thin and tiny wing using Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. To balance out, applied just one coat of volumizing mascara concentrating most of the product in roots of the lashes and lightest coat on lower lashes just to take away any foundation or powder - L'oreal Million Lashes Mascara. 

And finally I spritzed my face with MAC Fix+ for an extra hydration and add dewiness in look because why not in this cold weather of Delhi!  













I hope you liked this kind of a post wherein I have explained in detail why and how I used certain products to get the look, rather than just listing and leaving it your imagination.

Lots of love

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Chocolate Brown Monochrome Look | ft Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury

Hey Guys,

HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2016! 

Last year I picked my Tom Ford Coco Mirage palette and ever since I got it, there is no looking back, I have been wearing the same eye shadows every time I wear make-up to office. To many it may be the most boring eye shadows palette, but, for me they work perfect be it a day time look appropriate for work or an amped-up evening smokey eye look. And if you are neutral eye shadows lover/ hoarder, you need this palette in your life!  

All the shades are so beautifully pigmented and are so buttery smooth that I can't express in words, you have to experience it yourself. The pigments are packed in such a way that there is no access powder flying everywhere, which you generally see on edges og any palette (hope you get what I mean). These eye shadows blend like nobodies business and any look be it day time natural look or a more smokey dark brown smokey eye, I can get the look in under 5 minutes. 





Recently, when Selfridges had free worldwide shipping offer going on, I got some more stuff from Tom Ford and couple of Matte Revolution lipsticks, Very Victoria and Birkin Brown. And, as soon I saw Birkin Brown I knew it's an amazing color for a monochromatic look with my Coco Mirage Palette. Birkin Brown is an amazing reddish brown which, I am very surprised, looks amazing on me. 



To maintain the monochromatic theme of this look, I applied a brown eye liner and slightly winged it and left the lower lash line blank and for my blush I chose MAC Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Warm Soul (reviewed here).  To slightly sculpt and highlight my face I used Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow.





And an awkward pose to capture that Film Star glow ;-)



Below is the list of all products I used in this look:

Face:

  • Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Liquid 
  • Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation #40 (which is a bit too dark for my shade - online shopping, ya know) + MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42 to conceal notorious dark spots 
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit + Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer 
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow 
  • MAC Cosmetics Blush in Warm Soul  
Brows: 

  • Anastasia Brow Wiz + Dipbrow in Chocolate and her clear brow gel to set brow hair in place


Eyes:

  • Tom Ford Coco Mirage Palette (losely dusted all shades and darkened the outer corners with darkest brown and under the lower lash line) 
  • L'oreal brown gel liner 
  • L'oreal million lashes mascara (one coat)
Lips: 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Birkin Brown 

I love how this look has turned out and I hope you guys like it too. You can break the monotony of shades use some pop of colors, either in eyes or a bright pink or an intense red lip or wear it more subtly with a more natural lip color. There are way too many options! 

Hope to see you soon. 

Lots of Love,