Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Plum & Copper Eyes

Hi Everyone,

Creating a new look and playing around with different colours is my thing!

I have worn glasses since the beginning of time and always balanced out my bespectacled face with a bold lip-colour. Not that it isn’t interesting, but I wanted to do something different with my eyes too.

Somewhere last year I began experimenting with eye makeup and gosh! I realized there was so much I could do…with or without glasses on! I will soon be coming up with eye makeup for glass wearers, but read on to see what I did when I was wearing lenses that day. You could definitely rock this look with glasses too!

This is what I did -
  1. Once my base was done, I primed my eyes. (Read my post on how to cheat on eye primer with lip gloss, here).
  2. I dusted my moving eye-lid area with a Plum shade. I used CoverGirl eyeshadow quad in Dynamite Drama 223.

3. I warmed up my crease area with a Copper shade. I used Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks eye shadow in Copper.

4. I blended these 2 shades together with an Oriflame eyeshadow brush. I don’t have the blending brush, but this one serves the purpose. Keep blending, until the 2 colours seem to blend seamlessly into one another. 

5. I highlighted my brow bone using a matte White shade from the same CoverGirl quad.Next, I applied my eyeliner using Miss ClaireArtist Pen Eyeliner and winged it out a bit.

6. To finish off the eyes, I used Lakme Eyeconic Kajal in Brown to line the outer 2/3rd of the eyes and a white eye pencil from a local brand to line the inner 1/3rd.

Lastly, I used MaybellineColor Sensational Moisture Extreme lipstick in Bronze Orange as my lipstick. It comes off as a beautiful nude on me and remains understated so that the eyes do all the talking!

Hope you guys liked this look! Please do recreate it sometime and send me pictures! Ciao!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Experiments with Makeup - Lipgloss / EyePrimer

I am a Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur and a Home-maker. I would like to believe that I juggle all my roles to the best of my abilities. I multi-task and expect my makeup to do that too! LOL So I experiment to see what other roles makeup can play, other than the one it is supposed to. Sometimes I fail, other times – JACKPOT!!!

This little guy – Lakme Absolute Plump and Shine upto 6HR 3D Gloss - was a gift. I loved the classy packaging overall but thought the colour would be a tad bit light on my lips. I tried using it over lipstick but then the tacky texture of the lip-gloss put me off. 

Recently I got myself an eye-shadow, which was a gorgeous shade but was pretty sheer. I knew I had to pack it on to get the true colour and also that with my oily lids, it would crease badly on me in about 1-2 hrs.  I didn't have an eye primer at hand (read – I'm too stingy to buy one!!) BRAINWAVE – Why don’t I try using my 'long forgotten' lip gloss on the lids as eye primer? RESULT –

EUREKA!! The above picture was taken after about 2 hrs after application of the gloss and eye-shadow.

How I used it –
1.       I took the tiniest…I repeat …tiniest blob of the gloss and applied it over my eyelid.
2.       After a few seconds, I dabbed my eyelid with a bit of baby powder to take off excess shine and stickiness from the gloss.
3.       Applied eye-shadow as I normally would. 

Gosh, it not only stuck on, but also showed up true to colour. The gloss itself was acting as a pale coloured base. I didn’t need to pack on the shadow and it didn’t crease on me for the entire time I was wearing it. I applied this makeup as an experiment in the afternoon, while my baby was sleeping. After he woke up, we went for a house party and came back post mid-night. There you go!! More than 9 hrs of great wear!! I am so happy that this little experiment of mine was successful. Try it out for yourself with the glosses that you use. If it works, then 'By God ki Kaasam', you’ll never have to buy an eye-primer ever again!!

Disclaimer – Your eyes are sensitive. Please be careful and use your discretion while experimenting with makeup.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Chambor Extreme Matte Lip Colour - Indulgent Bordeaux

Hi Everyone, 

I am Neha and I'm a Lipztick-aholic! Phew! Now that I have confessed that and got it off my chest, let's get to the review of my latest love (in lipsticks of course!!).

I have always loved budget makeup products but sometimes I'm okay with going slightly...slightly over-budget, when it comes to a beautiful product that I absolutely must-have. This, my friends, is one of those. I'm talking about the Chambor Extreme Matte Long Wear Lip Colour in the shade Indulgent Bordeaux.

Price: Rs.795/- (when I bought it)

Packaging is simple, yet sturdy. The skinny lip crayon (Yes, I’m going to call it that and you’ll know why, soon) comes with a colour-coded packaging with a transparent cap. This packaging is nice and easy when you have more than one shade from the same range. In a rush? Quickly pick up the shade you like, without even reading its name!

Talking about the shade, it's a beautiful, deep wine colour as the name ‘Bordeaux’ suggests. This is one, richly pigmented crayon, so all you need one swipe and you're done! The formula is buttery, goes on smoothly on dry lips like mine & settles to a matte finish. Having said this, I have never felt uncomfortable with my dry, chapped lips with this on. If you have extremely dry and chapped lips, then try you might need to use a lip balm for a couple of mins and then wipe off before applying the crayon. 

The lipstick stays on for a good 4-5 hours without fading, which means a 'BIG thumbs-up' for staying power! After meals and drinks, the lipstick tends to fade a little but still leaves behind a strong stain, which I am absolutely okay with. As long as, it does not leave me with bare, pigmented lips in full view, I am a happy camper!

I have never owned a colour like this before, as I’m more of a ‘different hues of pink’ kinda person, however this lip colour made me aware of the lovely, so-called “Vampy” shades, that might really look nice on me. I absolutely love it now, since it fetched me lots of compliments. 

On the down side, I have an issue with the price. For Rs.795/-, I’m getting a lip-colour that cannot be twisted up like the Revlon or Clinique Chubby Sticks. It needs to be sharpened hence leading to wastage. It pains me to see strips of this beautiful colour on the sharpener, when I do that. So, to sum it all up…

Thumbs Up for –

·         Gorgeous colour
·         Deep pigmentation
·         Not bleeding when used without lip-liner
·         Really Matte
·         Non-drying formula

Thumbs Down for –

·         Price (Yes, I love lipsticks, but I have a home-budget to manage)
·         Being a ‘Has to be sharpened, non-twistable’ lip colour (Now you know why I call this a Crayon!)