Friday, 11 July 2014

Review: Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Foundation

Hey Guys,  

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Revlon whipped cream foundation is sure very old in the market, but, new to me. I always wanted to try this foundation, but, for some reasons never picked up. So, when I was at my local Shoppers Stop, shopping some stuff for my husband, I sneaked away and tried this foundation.

Initially I was a little bit skeptical about the shade range that Revlon has released in India. Revlon, for reasons better known to them, has released only three shades in India that suit only fair to medium skin beauties, while internationally it has many more shades suiting medium/ darker skin beauties. This is true with not just most of the Revlon, but, with most of the 'drugstore' brands. Limited shade range act as the biggest deterrent for me to try some amazing drugstore foundations. Alas! Through this post I want to request Revlon and all the brands to release more shades, suiting medium to dark skin beauties, in Indian Market!

The SA initially matched me to Warm Golden, which was way too light for my complexion. I tried Warm Golden in the store and wore it back home to see in proper day light, as most of the times store lights are deceiving in choosing the right shade of foundation! Lucky I was, as I did not buy it immediately. Then, I tried Natural Tan and the Assistant at the counter was just not ready to believe that I wanted to try this shade on myself. Anyways, cutting long story short, Natural Tan matched me better, except that it is little less warm for my complexion. However, blending it down to the neck resolve the issue for me. Victory!

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Foundation is like a typical fluid foundation whipped into a more thicker mouse like formula. The foundation is quite runny for a mouse formula, but, it's much thicker than a typical fluid/ liquid foundation. As the formula is quite thick, it feels heavy on skin. The foundation has medium to full coverage, and I need very tini-tiny bit of concealer to hide any blemishes or redness around my nose. For a thick formula like this, it blends really easily and one needs very little product to get the job done. Be easy with the quantity, as it will look cakey and unnatural. The company website says it doesn't needs to be set with powder, but, I do set it with my Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder for a better hold. Revlon claims it to last for 24 hours, which is quite insane. I haven't tested it for 24 hours honestly, and I never will! But, this stays put pretty long on me and with primer underneath this foundation gives me the almost the sweat proof make-up base. Another best part, it photographs really well, giving an illusion of flawless skin! I feel, if available in more shades, this foundation will be a great choice for weddings, as it is long wearing and photographs really well.

The foundation comes in a sturdy glass jar, with a screw cap, which is quite heavy. I find the packaging very inconvenient to carry around, unhygienic and also it will tend to be messy in the long run with the foundation accumulating in the screw threads. if not handled carefully.

Price: INR 800.00 for 23.7 ml which is very economical.

Overall, this is a great foundation for this price, which is long wearing and picture perfect giving an illusion of flawless skin, only if you get your shade match in India. Wish, Revlon releases more shades in India. 






I hope you guys found the review helpful. Which is your favourite foundation from drugstore and if you are around NC40 in MAC foundations, which shade do you use? Do share with me in the comments below.

Lots of Love






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Thursday, 10 July 2014

YSL Gloss Volupte Golden Gloss #15 - Grenade Pepite

Hey Guys

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Gloss Volupte are the latest offering from Yves Saint Laurent, which were released internationally earlier this year. Ever since they were released I wanted to try these. So, when I hit the YSL Counter recently, I couldn't resist myself from picking one of these. 

Gloss Volupte #15, Grenade Pepite, is a pinky-coral color with tiny golden flecks, that are larger than fine shimmer and can be felt when you rub the lips together, that add just the right amount of sparkle. The formula is very light weight and non-sticky and gives a smooth finish. Grenade Pepite has nearly opaque finish, but, the natural lip color still shows through. This shade lasts on me for about 3-4 hours, depending on how many cups of coffee I drink. It's highly moisturizing and hydrating, keeping your lips soft and supple. It has a sweet fruity scent, which isn't too strong to linger on for a few minutes and doesn't bother me at all, but those with sensitive nose may not appreciate the scent! The applicator, patented by YSL, is very uniquely curved with a hole in the center which holds the product. The applicator has a relatively pointed end to allow for a very precise application near the edges and on cupid's bow. 

These glosses come in transparent plastic tube with golden cap and YSL logo on steel strap right in the middle of the tube. The name of the gloss is written only on the paper packaging and not on the tube, tube only has the number. The These are pricey at INR 2250.00 for 0.20 Fl. Oz., but, these are totally worth it. I recommend you guys to try at least one of these to appreciate the quality. 

Here are some pictures and swatches of Golden Gloss Volupte #15, Grenade Pepite: 








I hope you guys liked the review. Have you tried these glosses? Share your favorite shades, I would like to try more of these glosses. 

Lots of Love






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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Review: Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed

Hey Guys, 

Hope you are happy and healthy. 

I spoke about this product from Chanel in my Haul Video HERE

Soleil de Tan Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid is a oil free and fragrance free sheer, weightless liquid that instantly brightens skin and evens out skin tone. Light Reflective pigments provide radiance and luminosity. Botanical extracts soften, smooth and moisturize skin. 


It comes in a sturdy frosted glass jar which is quite heavy duty. The quantity is huge, 30 ml or 1 Fl. Oz. which would last a long time, as you need a tiny amount to get the effect. 

Price: INR 2900.00 for 30 ml or 1 Fl. Oz. 


I wish the packaging was a little different to incorporate a pump, as pouring it from the jar becomes messy and also the jar neck and cap looks dirty as the product accumulates in the threads, thereby causing wastage of the product and also making it travel unfriendly. I would highly appreciate if they change the packaging to make it more travel friendly and less messy. After all, when you shelling a bomb from your pocket you would want everything to be perfect. 


When this Chanel product landed in my stash, I was already using a small sample for about an year. I waited for about an year. Actually there's a small history behind waiting to finally purchase the full size bottle. I used to have MUFE Liquid Highlighters and was totally loving it, but, over the time the oil started separating and started smelling horrible and I had to literally throw those away without using much. So, I was very skeptical about buying the full size jar of Chanel Illuminating Fluid and dislike it later. So, I requested the SA to sample out a little bit of this product. After using it couple of times from this little sample vial, I waited for about a year to see how it behaved. And to my surprise, the product was as good as it was about an year back. There was no smell and no ingredient separation. So, I went ahead and bought the full jar for which I had to shell extra as Chanel has increased the product prices manifolds in India. 


Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed is a warm golden bronze liquid highlighter that can either mixed with the foundation for an over all glow or used as cheek bone highlighter for a subtle highlight. I have been using it with either ways but like more when I mix with my foundation. I love how my skin glows without making it look like a shinning decorating balls or a glittery disco ball. On my warm NC40 skin tone in MAC foundations, this doesn't give me any color but a glow as if my skin is glowing from within. This blends miraculously on the skin and doesn't look patchy of cakey. When noticed very minutely, it has tiny gold particles that disappear into ethereal glow when mixed with foundation. In the blended swatch below you can notice these tiny gold particles, but, these are visible when I blended a very heavy quantity to capture blended effect in the picture. As it's an oil free product, it didn't make my skin oily over the day. So, I have found a complete winner in this Chanel Illuminating Fluid. 

Soleil Tan de Chanel Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed

Soleil Tan de Chanel Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed
A lovely reader wanted a comparison of Soleil Tan de Chanel Illuminating Fluid with the Dior Amber Lights highlighting powder. When swatched together they look similar in color, but, the later being more reflective and it is more appropriate to use it a cheek bone highlighter than all over and the former gives a subtle sheen when used as a typical cheek bone highlighter. 



You can see me wearing the Chanel Sunkissed all over with foundation in my previous post HERE. I am wearing it as a cheek bone highlighter in the picture below, of course, a little heavily than I would really like to wear it normally, to capture it well in the pictures. 
Wearing Soleil Tan de Chanel on cheek bones
Have used Soleil Tan de Chanel Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed? How do you like it? Share your experiences in the comments below. 

Lots of Love 






Saturday, 28 June 2014

Look of The Day: Sun Kissed Skin and Golden/ Bronze Eyes

Hey Guys

Hope you are happy and healthy.

I did this summery look focusing on sun kissed glowing skin and bronze eye with a pop of glitter.





Products Used:
Face:
  • Chanel Soleil de Tan Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed + Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation 
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer for blemishes and dark spots
  • MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC42 
  • Chanel Bronze Universal Bronzing Base
  • Guerlain Terracota Bronzer #20 
  • MAC Powder Blush in Sunbasque 
  • Dior Amber Diamond 
Eyes: 
  • MAC Indianwood Paintpot 
  • MAC eye shadows: Woodwinked, Texture + Soft Brown, Brown Script, Ground Brown, Solar White, Reflects Antique Gold
  • YSL Shocking Eye Liner Pen 
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara
  • Chanel Kohl in Claire 
Lips:
  • MAC Crosswires
  • MAC Lychee Luxe 

I hope you guys liked the look. 

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Video: Urban Decay Naked III Palette Tutorial

Hey Guys,

Hope you all are happy & healthy.

As promised, here is a tutorial using Urban Decay Naked III Eye Shadow Palette. This look is great for a night out or for a party, skip the double wing and switch it up for a day appropriate look. Hope you like it!





Products Used: 
Face:
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation #24 
  • MAC Prolong Wear Concealer in NC42 (for under eyes) 
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42 (for blemishes) 
  • MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden 
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blushing Bride
  • Estee Lauder Powder Illuminating Gelee in Modern Mercury 
Eyes: 
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion 
  • Urban Decay Naked III Palette - Limit, Nooner, Darkside, Blackheart, Strange, Dust 
  • Bourjois Smokey Eye Pencil in Black 
  • Maybelline Volume Express the Falsies Mascara in Black 
Lips: 
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lipstick in Orchidee 
  • MAC Lipglass in Cultured 
Check out the video for a tutorial: 


Hope you guys like it!

Lots of Love






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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Make-up & Skincare HAUL!

Hey Guys

I indulged in some makeup and skin care shopping and also got some stuff from USA. I really wanted to share the stuff with you guys and also thought, you guys would be interested in a haul video.




Stuff mentioned in the video:
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in #40 Dorè - Translucent 3
Lancôme L'Absolu Velour Intense Lipcolor in Velours de Grenade
Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge SPF12 - No. 132 Caprice
Urban Decay Naked III Palette
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Graffiti
MAC Eye Shadow in Brown Script

With the Chanel stuff the SA was so generous to give me a sample of Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation in #50. I LOVED the finish of this foundation, which is so smooth and feels like velvet. #50 is too pink for my skin, which you can notice in the picture below. My neck and face do not match. What do guys suggest? Have you tried this foundation? If you are NC40 in MAC foundations, which shade do you use?


Hope you enjoyed my first ever haul video. Let me know what else would you like to see other than my regular tutorials.

Lots of Love






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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Review: Laura Mercier Cavier Stick Eye Shadow Pencil - Amethyst

Hey Guys 

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Laura Mercier Cavier Stick Eye Shadow Pencils are not new in the market, but, I could have had my hands on it only now. I bought the shade Amethyst, which is a beautiful shimmery mauvy taupe shade.

Cavier Stick Eye Shadow Pencils come in twist up retractable pencils. The pencil has signature LM brown packaging with a small cap like thing at the end which is the same color as the pencil. I really like this simple and slick packaging which is great to carry around.

This pencil has an extremely creamy texture which is very light weight and doesn't budge or fade throughout the day. When I say throughout the day, I mean it. I took it to the weddings that I had been to during the first fortnight of May, and this was the only 'eye shadow' that I took as it was horribly hot there. I used to apply it all over the lids and slightly blending it in the crease and it would not crease or fade at all through out the day!

I also like using it as a base under my Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Fauve, which is like a perfect combo. I wearing this same combo in the FOTD.

Price: USD 26.00 for 0.05 oz.

Overall, Laura Mercier Cavier Stick Eye Shadow Pencil in Amethyst is a great product which is worth trying, and I am sure one will not be disappointed.



LM Cavier Stick Eye Shadow Pencil in Amethyst and Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Fauve


Lipstick worn is Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick in Miss Coquelicot #146B
I hope you guys found the review helpful. Have your used LM Cavier Stick Eye Shadow Pencils? Which is your favorite shade. I would love to try some more of these. 

Lots of Love






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Friday, 6 June 2014

Played with make-up in over a month!

Hey Guys

Hope you all are happy and healthy. 

Wow, it's more than a month I posted here! If you are following me on Twitter and Facebook, you would probably know what was going! Earlier in the month I was away for two weeks to attend a few family functions and immediately after I returned we took up minor renovation and painting work in our house. I am now going to buying home decor stuff, of course gradually. So, if you guys know about some really good home decor blogs or websites or if you have some cool home decor ideas and some cool home decor shops, then do share with me. 

Now, that the house is almost set and majority of things are in order, I played with make-up and did this look today. When I started doing the look, I had no idea what I was gonna do, but when completed, it turned out to be a nice contrast of warm and cool toned colors. I really liked how the cool toned lips pop against the warm colors on the rest of my face. 

I must also tell you about the mascara mishap here. I realized all my mascara tubes are dried only when I had to use, so, my lashes look really off here. I am sorry for that but I really wanted to share this look with you guys. 

The copper liner on my upper lash line is Copper Sparkle pigment from MAC Cosmetics and on my lips I have Pink Pigeon lipstick with my trusty Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Moisture, again from MAC Cosmetics. 




Let me know in the comments below, how do you like the look with contrast colors and wish to see a tutorial of this look. 

Lots of Love






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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Review: Chanel Powder Brush #1

Hey Guys,

Hope you all are happy and healthy.

I was searching for a powder brush that is big and has soft hair. A friend suggested me Shiseido's, but it was small for what I was looking for and I tell you it had the most soft hair. But, lets save it for another time. 

I bought the Chanel no. 1 powder brush a long time back and you might have seen me using this brush many times in my videos. 

Chanel no. 1 powder brush is a rounded brush which has perfectly packed hair that pick up the right amount of product. It works equally well with loose and compact powders. It picks up the product and spreads the product evenly without making it look cakey or patchy. I also use this product to apply bronzer when I am not looking for very precise contouring. I usually use a baby shampoo to wash my brushes, and I have washed this brush several times but never experienced any shedding of hair or have experienced the softness of its hair deteriorating. It still feels as soft as it was when new. I am totally in love with this brush and now planning to buy the no. 2 which is angled face brush soon. 

Price: INR 2500.00, which is equivalent to M.A.C. Face Brushes. 

Overall, I totally love this brush and suggest considering this brush if you are looking for a powder brush. 




Hope you guys found the review helpful. 

I am going to start packing for my 15 days vacation back home, where I have to attend 3 major functions, including 2 weddings of my husband's cousins and my nephew's naming ceremony. And immediately we are back we are taking up house renovation. So, month of May is going to be very hectic. A mere thought gives me tiredness. 

Hope you guys have a lovely and relaxing weekend. 

Lots of Love






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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Video: Soft Brown/ Bronze Smokey Eyes with Bright Pink Lips

Hey Guys,

I pulled this look together with very soft brown/ bronze smokey eyes and bright pink lips. Hope you all like it.





List of Products: 
Face:

  • Dior Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Wear Make-up Foundation #30
  • MAC Prolong Wear Concealer NW25
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC42 
  • Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder #40 
  • MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden
  • Chanel Blush in Horizen de Chanel (Review here)
Eyes: 
  • UD Primer Potion in Original 
  • MAC Paint Pot in Quite Natural 
  • MAC Eye Shadows: Romp, Bronze, Espresso, Vanilla, Solar White 
  • Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Clair 
  • YSL Shocking Eye Liner Pen (Review here)
  • Clinique Gel Liner in True Black 
  • Rimmel Brown Pencil in Black Brown 

Lips:

  • Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick in Rose Boudoir 
Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial: 



Have a lovely week ahead. 







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