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Friday, September 15, 2017

Long since I checked-in with you guys! How'ya doing?


Bringing you my current favorite beauty products:



Marc Jacobs Highliner in Cocoa l $25

I am so petty that I wouldn't purchase such a costly item on full price 🙊. I received the Marc Jacobs eyeliner as part of a Sephora Favorites kit. The highliner comes in a twistable pencil format. The shade, Cocoa can be best described as a shimmery chocolate brown color. The shade though creamy, doesn't budge and stays on my lids for 6 hours. One con is that the tip of the pencil may become blunt very fast and hence drawing a thin precise line can be a pain. Also, there is a sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil, which I haven't used.

Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar l $30

Recently, for a family function, I go a lot of compliments on my brows! yes, people, BROWS! The Urban Decay brow box has been a brow saver last month. The kit comes with two shades of brow powders, a non-tinted wax, two tiny brow brushes, and a tweezer. The kit also comes with a handy mirror.

The darker brow powder is a warm, dark-brown shade and is suitable for the arch and outer brow, whereas the lighter brow powder is a cool, muted-brown shade suitable for the inner section where the brow hair is sparse. Applying two shades of brow powder gives my brows a very natural appearance.

Tarte Amazonian Blush in Supreme l $7 

This blush was part of last year's limited edition holiday collection blush set, a set of 4 blushes, each weighing 1.5g. I purchased this set from the Tarte's website at a discounted rate ($28). The shade, Supreme can be described as a matte, nude peach. The blush is very pigmented and applies beautifully to the skin. The shade looks very natural on my tan skin (NC42), giving my cheeks a natural flush of color. The product stays on my cheeks for 4-5 hours, post which it fades evenly.

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in LosAnjealous l $18

Dose of Colors is my favorite comfort matte liquid lipstick formula of all time. Non-drying, lightweight, lasts for 8+ hours, doesn't fade or create a crazy white line on my lips. Post heavy meals, the shade lightly wears off from the inner rim of the lips, nothing a good lip balm can't fix.

The shade, LosAnjealous is a bright pinky-red that brightens up my face. The color is something that I wouldn't wear on a day to day basis, but for a function or wedding, the shade is definitely a head turner. I purchased mine directly off the Dose of Colors website.

Zoeva Calli Graphic Liquid Liner l $27

This dream liquid liner came as part of a 4-piece black box.  The tip of the liner is stiff but soft enough to bend at will for that sharp wing. The liquid, however, is not a dry matte, and even on my oily lids, the wing stayed for 8 hours without fading.

Swatches


These are some of my favorites, what are yours?

The Lipstick Tag

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Most of my friends know me as a lipstick junkie, well I am not gonna rebut that title, just for records, I do love my eyeshadows equally as well.

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

Well, it might come as a shock to many, but I do own 50+ lipsticks (drops my head and walks away). This includes all my tube lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, lipbalms, etc. The number might be high for an average makeup consumer, but well, makeup hoarder in me doesn't seem to learn from rehab treatments. No shame!


2. What was the first lipstick you owned?

A Revlon lipstick (Don't remember the name and it is discontinued). Comes in a golden packaging. I purchased my first lipstick in 2010 after I got my first job. I went to Lifestyle and asked the SA in the first counter to show me a beautiful lipstick. She sold me the costliest lipstick Revlon had at that time (INR 760, back then). Being a first-time makeup shopper, I nodded my head in agreement when the SA told me that the dark-brown glittery lipstick looked perfect for my skin tone. I had a rude shock when I went to pay and realized I was poorer by INR 760!

3. What is your favorite lipstick brand?

Makeup For Ever and MAC for conventional lipsticks and Dose of Colors for liquid lipsticks.


4. What is your most worn lipstick?

MAC Creme in Your Coffee which sadly passed away a few months back!


5. What is your favorite finish?

Comfort + Matte = 💖

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?

Dose Of Colors liquid lipsticks in Los Anjealous and Berry Me 2.


7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

Being an extra, currently, I have three lipsticks (MUFE C211, Colourpop Safari, Kat Von D Lolita 2) and Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Lolita in my office bag.

8. What is your favorite red lip color?

The mommy maroon-MAC Dubonnet. I find maroon to be more flattering on my tan skin. I also, love MAC Russian Red, I find that the shade lightens up my face.


9. How do you store your lipsticks?

I store my lipstick babies in clear acrylic containers. I purchased mine from Amazon.


10. Which lipstick are you currently lusting after?

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick. I have heard so many good things about Bite Beauty lipsticks. Also, would love to try the new ABH lipsticks.

11. Favorite balm/treatment?

Maybelline Baby Lips, all day, every day. I love how easy and comfortable they are on the lips.


12. Best luxury and best drugstore lipsticks?

NARS in the luxury category as it is creamy, opaque in full swipe, and long lasting. At 32 dollars (2340 INR), they are definitely a luxury. As for the drugstore category, I feel, Maybelline has some of the best lipsticks in the market and props to the wide range of colors and finishes.


13. Best MAC lipstick?

MAC Twig or MAC Creme in Your Coffee is my jam. For NC42, finding an MLBB is quite a daunting task, and these two are perfect for pairing with a smokey eye or office look.

14. Most disappointing lipstick?

Makeup Geek liquid lipsticks. The one major thing that I look out for in liquid lipsticks is the longevity and sadly this liquid lipstick does not perform in that category. Also, I am not a fan of the consistency and feel of the lipstick on my lips. I have to reapply the lipstick every 3 hours and it wears out in a very aweful way.


15. Lipliner, yes or no?

Yes and No! I don't apply a liner underneath the lipstick but, I love wearing the liners as is with a lip balm on top. MAC has some of the best lip pencils that I know of. The shades Soar and Spice are definitely universal colors.


16. Best lipgloss?

Not a gloss-kinda person and I don't own any gloss.

That's it, folks! Do leave your answers to the tag in the comment section below.

May Favs and Flops

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Hello, MID-June. This year is just swooshing past like my monthly bank balance. It took me a while to click the lackluster photos { Kerala Monsoons ⛈, you can challenge me another day} and hence, the 10-day delay in posting. So, here are my favs and flops for the month of May.

FAVS


Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer l $25

Ok, for the first time in forever, I have to nod my head in agreement. There is a reason why the whole beauty community is raving about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and that reason is: It's Freaking AMAZING!!! *stops hyperventilating*

I purchased the shade, Tan Sand which is exactly similar to my skin tone, I don't necessarily use concealer 2 shades lighter under my eyes, it's more of a natural hide-those-dark-circles kinda process for me. This shade works perfectly well for that purpose. The product does smell nice, and the wand on the applicator is huge and can dispense too much product if you are not careful.

Comes in a convenient packaging and I apply few tiny dots on the dark circles and blend with my PAC concealer brush. I haven't been able to cover the entire darkness though, reasons being:

a. I am not color correcting kinda person.
b. I use very little product.

This is definitely a full coverage concealer and you can definitely go the whole 9 yards with this one if required.

Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream l $39

Caudalie is a brand that I was introduced to recently. I bought a value set, that contained the moisturizer along with few other skin essentials. I have been loving the moisturizer. The smell is refreshing and the product glides on smoothly and makes my skin plump and hydrated. I am an oily skin girl, and for me, hydration means soft skin.

One major gripe though, I have to use a little more that peanut size product to cover my entire face <talk about being a fat face>, no really, so, I am not sure how long the tube will last. Definitely, purchasing the full size during the November sale.


Inglot YSM Cream Foundation l INR 1100

Oldie but a goodie. This is by far the best medium coverage foundation I own, the color match is spot on and so is the finish. The finish is satin and I wear the shade 52. The shade has the perfect undertone for medium to tan skin. Stays without breaking up on me for 4 hours (Note: I am extremely oily).

FLOPS


Forever 21 Charcoal Blotting Paper l INR 149

How does it feel like to rub paper on the face, well, buy the blotting paper and find it out yourself. This does nothing for my face, leave the blotting part, the only saving grace, the packaging. The outer package has cute yogi cats that lure unsuspecting oily girls into their trap.

Milk Makeup Liquid Strobe in Gleam l $24

My bashing is solely based on the miniature that I received in the Sephora Sunkissed Glow Favs set. First, the roller ball packaging, I mean the product is thick, making it difficult to use with the roller ball. Hardly any product comes out after 5 minutes of vigorous hitting, and then what comes out is a sparkly mess of glitters. I get the whole highlighting trend, but the excessive sparkly glow, well, no thank you ji!

SWATCHES



So what are your May favorites?

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