Now that Fall is just around the corner, I'm trying to use my spring stuff a bit before it gets pushed back in the stash even though I admit that this was perhaps the first year when my spring was too fall inspired (deep lip shades in summers were a strict no-no earlier...but now? Baaaahhhhhh!!!!) This summer I wore everything from bold lips to deep nails, I dunno just craved for all things bold and the consequence was..the summery stuff sat pretty waiting for its turn to be flaunted.
Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Porcelain Party was one such summery beachy buy. There's something about white nail paints that reminds me of beaches and washed out denims and just for that cool breeze-feel I got myself a white nail paint after aaaaaaages...!!
What It Is : With trendy, super stylish shades, these nail colors add oodles of attitude to your overall look. Presenting 40 attractive shades, the Maybelline Color Show Range let’s you mix, match and experiment with color!
Benefits: Nail colors have a gel-based formula for increased staying power • Is chip-resistant and comes with an easy-flow brush • Available in 40 different shades
How To Use/Apply: Step 1. Apply a clear base coat to help prevent your nails from yellowing and to extend the life of your nail polish color. Step 2. Brush one coat of lacquer from the center of your nail starting from the base to the tip. Step 3. For the cleanest look, leave a small space at the base of the nail, then apply polish to the rest of the nail.
Price: INR 110/6ml (initially 75/-)
It comes in a regular round, glass, Color Show bottle with the shade name and number on the cap. The bottle is nice, cute and travel friendly. However, I'm not a big fan of the brush. The brush is responsible for its streaky application (and the formula could be as well). I've noticed its not with every Color Show nail polish. The other shades I own from the same range have a decent brush too (I just love the brush of Lakme Gel Stylist nail paints though,they are fluffy enough to paint your nail in just one coat...aaahh)
The texture is nothing to boast about. I didn't like it at all.You don't get nice, smooth and opaque finish even in 2-3 coats. God knows how I managed to take decent pics in which I have 3 coats plus an additional touch up one finished with a top coat. Though it dries fast, It is very streaky..Period!
Shade: THIS was the reason why I gave it a shot. I have been wanting to try a China Glaze White Out/White On White, Sally Hansen White On, O.P.I Alpine Snow/Non-Stop White etc. but when I came across this in a store I though let's try a budget version just to see how white looks on me..I have no problem with the shade though but the Nail polish is disappointing.
Staying Power: Another disappointment!! Even after putting so much effort to get a clean finish..Porcelain Party gets scratchy and dirty on the very third day. It looks so tacky that you wouldn't have it on even if it doesn't start chipping..and no my hands weren't put to much labour..still!!
My Take: I would not recommend Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Porcelain Party even though the white is a nice white simply because of the its finish and longevity as discussed above. Sad??? No, I'll give the ones in my wishlist a try now :D
Out of all the good habits I've ever had, removing makeup before sleeping should be awarded as the best one. Back in the college, when makeup just meant "fair and lovely" tube (gosh that pink and white tube is so vivid in my memories), I always returned home to wash off my face firstmost probably with the bathing soap.
(maybe second,first I washed hands :P)
Times passed.. makeup no more meant the humble pink-white tube, soaps were cutely replaced by cleansers and cleansing milks and now Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water!!!
The importance of removing every trace of makeup calls for an altogether dedicated post but to keep things short and sweet, below are the pointers telling why makeup removal should be holy grail for anybody who applies any cosmetic product on their face:
Clogged pores become larger as the skin looses it's elasticity since it is dry,thus cannot produce collagen and repair itself.
Not being able to repair skin means aging of the skin earlier.
The skin becomes dull and wrinkly.
Overnight makeup may result into infection and rash.
Bottom line...Never leave makeup on !!
Heading over to the Product of the day:
Price vs Quantity: INR 175/125ml
Garnier Micellar Water comes in a see-through plastic bottle with a bright pink flip-open cap. The packaging is clear,practical and girly!
Garnier Miscellar Water is said to be a dupe of the much raved Bioderma Micelle Solution which is a French pharmacy product and much pricier than it's Garnier counterpart.
Garnier Miscellar Water works on the principle of micelles which are tiny oil particles suspended in soft water. Micelles are attracted to dirt, grime and oil and they draw out impurities without making your skin dry. Garnier Micellar Water claims to clean all your makeup and that "no rinse is required" after that. The brand also promises 200 uses from the bottle.
To test it, I used it on a full face of makeup with foundation,eyemakeup and lipstick.
My findings are:
It is easy to control the quantity required on your cotton pad.
It is colourless and fragrance-free.
You'll need to take some Micellar water on a cotton pad and apply on the makeup area and keep the pad on for sometime for the makeup to break.
It did not sting my eyes. (Hello! Contact wearers)
It took me 2 cotton pads to remove my makeup but I did take a third one for the stubborn waterproof mascara and total satisfaction.
It worked great!!!
It is very economical.
Now my makeup removing routine has been the most infancy one you'll ever come across (definitely not from a beauty blogger) primarily because:
1. I don't wear makeup on a regular basis.
2. I've been blessed with a fairly good skin (thanks dad!). So the lazy me never tried to better it up.
3. I'm a mom of two.. Brushing my teeth and Washing my face off before bedtime itself is a luxury for me.
Still being a fan of double cleansing, I usually wipe my makeup off with coconut oil and then wash my face with cleanser and water.
But since the brand claimed "no rinse", I tried it and honestly \I didn't feel the need to double cleanse. Now that I have very dry skin,I can only assume it fares well and does not dry the normal/combination/oily skin. In my case following it up with a facial oil or moisturizer is extremely important.
Garnier Miscellar Water has definitely made life easier and you are left with NO EXCUSE to skip the makeup removing schedule,whether at home or travelling.
But Oh Yes!!! Don't forget to buy cotton balls/pads..it's of no use without those :P
I know I know..I have been posting much about the brand Sugar lately and I'm not promising this is the last one :D
What to do, I love it when Indian brands come up with good quality makeup and we don't have to sit swooning over foreign cosmetic brands for their quality and variety. Although Sugar products can't be categorized as cheap drugstore makeup as per Indian standards (price wise), the quality they provide justifies the mid-range they are offered at.
Up today is the review of one of their most talked about shade from their Smudge Me Not line..WINE AND SHINE
I would probably be the last one to own this shade but then guys I owned it way before posting this review :P
Price: INR 499/ 4.5ml
Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick in Wine And Shine comes in a peppy-quirky cardboard box that has all the details. How I wish the ingredient list and expiry date were mentioned on the tube itself! Do you save the outer cartons of your makeup products?
Anyway, the product comes in a see through tube and interestingly the product itself is visible in a lipstick bullet shape.The applicator is flexible and allows easy movement along the lips. Small wand size is always good to be precise with your application and this just does that!
Shade:Wine And Shine
The shade is described as Sangria by the brand itself. It the most beautiful deep berry with purple undertones. Its definitely one of the most beautiful liquid lipstick in my stash. I can guarantee that this stunning lipcolour will make heads turn when you wear it. I have been asked about the shade every single time I've worn it. Itadds beauty to your complexion no matter what skin colour you have. Infact, if you want one colour from this range..pick this one up!
Texture,Pigmentation and Longevity It is really smooth to apply. It's neither too runny nor anything mousse-like. It settles to a super-matte finish. Since it is on the drying side, it is highly recommended to exfoliate and moisturize the lips well to avoid flaky application. Wine and Sine is superbly pigmented. You get an opaque colour payoff in a single swipe. Although I usually don't use lip liners with all my lipsticks,with this it becomes indispensable because with such good pigmentation you cannot take the risk of going out of your boundaries.
Now who doesn't wish for a longstaying liquid lipstick? Add to that drugstore liquid lipstick! This is just that!! It stayed on me throughout the day with light meals and coffee...Daaayum it's Smudge Proof..to the extent that you cannot wash it off with a regular cleanser. I have to use coconut oil to get rid of this rigid beauty.
FOTD Here's how Wine and Shine looks on yours truly:
Dupe Alert My love for fuschia-purple liquid lipstick has brought me to the stage where I have dupes of my own buys in my stash. So,cutting it short,if you want to try this but not shell 500 bucks then you can get Incolor Matte Me 405 at the half price. They are very similar in colour,texture and staying power just that Wine and Shine is a little deeper than Incolor 405.
Good skin is a priority! Since our skin plays such an important role in protecting our body, we should keep it as healthy as we can. Fresh and vibrant skin signifies that you take good care of your health internally and externally. Aestheticians and beauticians world world believe that face masks don't just offer results that improve the overall appearance of the skin, they can also be quite therapeutic.This led me try out the very homemade Yami Herbal Face Pack.
It comes in powder form in a plastic bag housed in a huge tub.
The ingredient list of the product is pretty impressive comprising of almonds,pistachios,orange peel potato starch and the likes. All these ingredients are not new to us in terms of skin care.
I like the fact that unlike its other homemade counterparts, it needs to be applied only for 10 minutes. I have generally used herbal face packs that mentioned a wear-time of 15-20 minutes. It says it is suitable for all skin-types but I would recommend preparing it in milk if you have dry skin whereas people who have oily skin can mix the powder in curd to form a paste.
Unlike the ready to apply face packs in the market, this one has to be prepared and that makes it a little less convenient and less travel friendly. Like most natural organic products, it doesn't smell pleasant. Moreover, the smell doesn't go even after washing it off. I would suggest using a nice smelling moisturizer after this to not get perturbed.
Since I have dry skin, I mixed the powder with some milk to form a paste and applied it on my face and neck for 10 minutes (although I clicked the picture after just applying on my face only). Then I scrubbed it off and washed my face with lukewarm water. It made the face really clear and bright and scrubbing it off worked as exfoliation. The skin was soft and supple. I followed it up with a moisturizer (had to ward off the smell)! If you follow me on instagram,I posted a picture of this face pack quite a while ago. But since skin care products take a lot of time to show up ( more so if they are organic/ayurvedic) the post is coming up now after few uses of it. If you are ready to deal with the mess of making an all herbal paste for a clearer,brighter skin..dive in!
P.S. The product was sent to me but my review is honest.Read Disclaimer
Sugar Cosmetics is making waves in the Indian cosmetic industry with their new launches every now and then. Their range of lip products is also impressive ;from matte to cream lipsticks and from lip crayons to liquid lipsticks you can find it all under the Sugar umbrella. I have tried their lip crayons Rose Dawson and Voila
and I can say, I like how smoothly they apply and yet how matte they end up in a matter of few minutes. Another major like about these is that pigmentation isn't an issue with them nomatter how light the shade is and so is the case with their staying power too. Off late I've become a sucker for staying power. I can gladly skip a lip product even if I like a particular shade to death, if it doesn't stay put for a considerable amount of time...not a reapplying girl :/
Coming back to today's product...Sugar Contour De Force Palette. The brand launched two variants of their bronzer-highlighter-blush trios: 01 Subtle Summit and 02 Vivid Victory.
I chose 01 Subtle Summit basically because I fell for the shades of bronzer and highlighter...I'm not much of a blush person anyway!
Price vs Quantity: INR 799/12gm
The trio comes housed in a cardboard box with a magnetic closure and a mirror. The purple box looks sassy till it is closed. On opening the packaging isn't anything luxe. I'm not a fan of cardboard packaging anyway but since it is sturdy I guess it will be more travel-friendly than it's plastic counterpart. I've always been a big fan of palettes rather than singles. They are easy to carry around when you are travelling and even if you are not moving around just carrying one palette in your hand that suffices the work of three different products makes it worth. The con with this palette is that all the details (ingredients,manufacturing date,shelf life etc.) are given on the outer black case and not on the trio palette itself. Secondly, what irked me was that if the contents of the trio had their own names when they come in singles,why weren't the same printed on the palette too? Correct me if I'm missing out on something!! Tip: Write the major details like expiry and stuff at the back of the palette with a thin permanent marker! Atleast I'll do that!
01 Subtle Summit
01 Subtle Summit
Bronzer- Taupe Topper
The bronzer and highlighter like I said was the major reason I delved into this palette rather than 02. It is a cool toned,muddy brown and I like my bronzers like that. Even though we are warm toned, I somehow feel that warm bronzers end up looking orangey and fake. Whereas,this creates a perfect shadow like contour. The texture is smooth and that assists nice blending.
Highlighter- Champagne Champion
The highlighter of this trio is a gorgeous champagne..rightly named! It is what a highlighter should be. It is intensely pigmented and would look beautiful on a spectrum of skintones. Given the bomb it is, it's highly recommended that initially a lighter hand is used to apply and don't forget to dust off the extra product that your brush picks up to avoid looking like a ball of shimmer.
Blush- Peach Peak
In the pan, it looked like dusty mauvy pink and I was wondering why the hell it's named Peach Peak. Buton applying it didn't come off as cool-toned as it appeared in the pan. It does have a peach undertone to it..but basically it is a muted dusky pink. I like that it is absolutely matte and a nice daytime blush.
As I mentioned,palettes are my thing and if all the contents of the palette are more than satisfactory then it's a win-win situation. Both the contour and highlighter are my favourite out of this palette (only because i don't use blush much). The staying power was great when I applied these directly over my foundation, whereas the effect wasn't that long lasting when applied over pressed powder for obvious reasons.
I do find 800/- bucks a bit steep for drugstore but then sugar isn't a cheap drugstore brand anyway so....
I'm skipping FOTD this time..lemme know if you want to see how it looks on me!
Haven't been much into the makeup scenes lately although Mauka bhi tha Dastoor bhi(I had opportunity and practice/ritual both)
I was out of town for a week and had taken a few new purchases along oh-so-excitedly. I wanted to try them all in the serenity of my hotel room while enjoying the poolside view and the city outside. But life isn't sweet enough all the time to turn your plans into reality. My younger one had some medical issues and the priorities obviously shifted.
Anyway long story short the planned detailed reviews and pics with elaborate makeup gave way to shorter and sweeter ones in lesser glam avatar :P
Few days back when the world was celebrating (read hauling) Black Friday Sales, your's truly wasn't left behind. today's product was picked up during that blissful period only. we are talking about the Sugar Matte As Hell lip crayon in Voila.
It retails for 799/- but during the Black Friday sale it was on offer at 499/- plus I got 10% off for my first purchase from the Sugar Cosmetics site..amounting it to INR 449/-
This is a second purchase from the same range of Sugar Cosmetics. Rose Dawson , the first purchase made me like its formula and staying power although being a light shade.
Voila is a beaauuutiful mauvy nude..very my kind!! Its a perfect MLBB shade, though I think it might wash out beauties above NC40 skin tone.
Caution Alert:Swatch before you buy!!
The range and formula isn't new to me. I like how it glides like melted butter on lips and then settles to ultra matte finish...a bit toooo matte though.
Matte enough to accentuate every line on your lips.
Although its a my-lips-but-better shade..its welll-pigmented and stays on for 5+ hours and survives a meal too....LOVE that <3
Much love to all of you..!!
Start decorating your Christmas Trees if you haven't already..!!
Heeeyyyyyaaa lovelies.. Here's hoping everyone's doing well and with the chill in the air, the bolder makeup is seeing the broad day light out of the stash. Seriously speaking, deep dark shades and not worrying about the melting foundation are the only reasons why I love winters. Otherwise, I'm not a big fan of layering up. Even the smallest task seems huge when it's cold outside. Winter would be the favourite season of the homo sapiens who have the luxury of cuddling in a bed with their favourite book and coffee by their side. For a mom of two.. it's simply not!!! So what ends up being most pleasurable is not feeling overboard at the thought of deep rich colours. Speaking of choice of colours, I have my own pantone colour of the year every season that might remotely have nothing to do with its official counterpart. This year it's ox blood...slash..deepest wine... slash...dark burgundy...slash...deep maroon with a black undertone. I was getting intrigued by so many brands for this particular shade from lime crime to ABH to much pocket friendly nyx..but since I knew I wouldn't wear this every now and then I didn't wanna spend so much on it. So after searching high and low I landed to our good old Maybelline. ( If you are looking for a gorgeous purple lipstick from the drugstore..a la Mac Heroine..Click Here) The lipstick in question is Maybelline Creamy Matte in the shade Burgundy Blush.
Price: INR 575 /-
I have nothing great to reveal in the packaging department because: A) Maybelline Creamy Lipsticks aren't new in the market and there is a possibility you already own one of its variant. B) Maybelline hasn't explored any new territory in the packaging department. Comes in the regular Maybelline colour sensational tube with a cool brown matte translucent cap. The sticker having the shade name is colour coded.
THE reason why I bought this lipstick is its ultra gorgeous dark chocolate with a hint of deep burgundy (ox-blood) shade. This is EXACTLY what I was hunting for.Burgundy Blush is a pretty close dupe of Lime Crime Wicked and Anastasia Beverly Hills Heathers. I can even trace its similarity with Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania which is a cult favourite fall lippy. It is clearly the deepest shade in my stash and I can see myself wearing it hell lot this winter.
Oh yes!! It makes teeth appear much whiter!
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
If I had two hearts I would give one to this shade and another to its texture. It is very smooth to apply and it right away settles to a matte finish. The formula is very comfortable and non-drying. Its very light weight and feels like nothing on the lips.
Absolutely non-sticky...Absolute love!
BOMB!! Need I say more.. One swipe is all you need baby!!
If you follow me on instagram, I posted a pic of me wearing this and it looked pretty presentable even after 9 longs hours. It doesn't stain but it doesn't move either.
How it looks on me..!
If you ever wished to have a deeeeeep lipstick for fall..BUY THIS asap!!
I have been been a nude lips lover all my life. Even being a makeup enthusiast, I can't imagine myself wearing a bold lip colour every single day.Also, nude lips compliment a bold eye look very well. So basic neutral MLBB kinda shades are a win-win in any scenario!!
My love for Lakme 9 to 5 Lipsticks isn't hidden. They are most comfortable and lasting mattes I've come across in the this price bracket. Hence,another addition to the family is Coffee Command!
Price/ Quantity : INR 450/ 3.6ml
Coffee Command comes in Lakme 9 to 5's quintessential rose gold tube housed in a cardboard box. Their packaging is another reason apart from their formula and longevity that makes me want them more.
Shade: Coffee Command is reeeelly reeeelly close to my natural lip colour. I mean there's nothing in my collection that matches my natural lips more than this particular shade.
Though the camera made it look more mauvy pink in the image above,I find it more on the peachy side. So, if you are looking for a peachy nude lipstick ,look no further. Also,since it comes out pretty pale on my NC 30ish skin tone, I can see it washing out complexions above NC 40.
Texture: Lakme 9 to 5, I repeat are the most comfortable matte lipsticks in this price range. It is velvet to apply and sets matte. It has no fragrance to bother our sensitive noses.
Pigmentation: Talking about the pigmentation of pale nudes is a tricky thing to attempt. But like its other counterparts, Coffee Command even being a pale peachy nude is well pigmented..just that the shade is light enough and might ask for a reapplication after 4hours of wear time.
If you like peachy nude lipsticks or if you are an eye makeup enthusiast then this is the shade and formula for you since I often like pairing up smokey eye with a peachy nude lip. It might wash you out if you are on the duskier and warmer shade of the spectrum.
Heyaaaa.. THIS is a long pending post guys and given certain health issues,its been dragging for the longest now!! So here's a quick one about what The Husband Man could lay his hands on, on his recent trip to the UK. He was given a long list of vanity and majority of the contents hailed from the drugstore only. Although he is reasonably good in finding products,THIS time he couldn't prove his mettle. I still won't blame, he worked hard but some of the stuff was OOS at boots and some brands were missing from superdrug. So here's all that I could get :
•Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Blush Palette- I’ve been excited about this for long and since Makeup Revolution is a UK brand and everything is available at half the price than here, I made sure to get few stuff.
• Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette in Dia de los Muertos – This palette had the perfect mix of neutrals and brights. I also like the varied textures of the eyeshadows in a single pallette. Can't wait to swatch these on!!!
Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Fixing Spray- Not in the picture!! This is a first time purchase and I have no clue how the product fares. I will surely update on this!
Makeup Revolution Amazing Volume Mascara- Again a first timer with this one and excited to try it on!
•Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Light373 – Who doesn't like a multitasking product? It is such a bliss to carry one product while traveling that takes care of your contour, highlight and blush…TOTAL LOVE ❤️❤️
• Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Vamp - I actually asked for a much deeper shade of lipstick,something on the lines of ox-blood but men being men....meh!! But anyway,this is a gorgeous burgundy with terracotta undertones,just that it's not the one I asked for.
Sleek i-divine Eyeshadow Palette in All Night Long - I got a sample size of this and trust me I'm loving the bonsai version.
Sleek Lip VIP lipstick in Show Off - A full size lipstick as a freebie is what a makeup lover loves. Already reviewed this gorgeousness....GO check it out if you haven't already.
Sleek Dip It Eyeliner in Black - The basic black liquid eyeliner with that hard tip instead of an otherwise much loved brush.
Real Techniques Sponge - A third time purchase..this is my staple, can't do without this!