Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quick & Easy Makeup Look (6 products only)

Hi Everyone,

I'm here to share a very simple look that I created today & ended up really liking it :-) The best part is that I used very few products for it. Multi-task with these & you're done in about 10 mins!! It's something that you can quickly put together when you're pressed for time. Here's the finished look & how you can go about it - 

1. Concealer & Pressed Powder
2. Black Kohl & Mascara
3. Bronzing Highlighter & Lipstick

1. Concealer & Pressed Powder - Skip the foundation or BB cream & use the concealer only where required. I used the Derma Color concealer & blended it on the T-Zone (Above & between brows, bridge of the nose, under eyes, cupid's bow & chin). Set the concealer with any pressed powder; I used the Rimmel Stay Matte powder for this step

2. Black Kohl & Mascara - Using your ring finger or an eye shadow brush, first apply the bronzing highlighter as an eye shadow all across your moving eyelid. This step will bring the light to your eyes & make the kohl (to follow) stand out! :-) I used the Revlon Highlighting palette in 030 Bronze Glow.

Using the kohl, line your waterline & lower lashline; remember to go slightly thick on the lower lashline. I used the Lotus ColorKick Kajal here. To ensure the kohl stays put, pick up the darkest shade from the bronzing palette on a pencil brush & use it to smudge the kohl on the lower lashline. Pick up more eyeshadow & repeat this if required as the eyeshadow will combine with kohl and hold it in place. The idea in this look is to skip using any liquid liner as it requires a certain amount of precision & time as well. Bring out the lower lashline with thickly lined kohl :-) Add 2 -3 coats of mascara to the lashes (I used the Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara) & later fill out the brows with the same kohl to complete the eyes (brows & mascara are optional steps!). 

I feel the thick kohl looks great from behind my glasses too & brings out my eyes... I wonder why 'silly me' completely forgot to click a picture with my glasses on .. **face palm** .. will put a pic up on my Instagram page soon... Follow me HERE.

3. Bronzing Highlighter & Lipstick - With a blush brush, apply the bronzer/highlighter to the apples of your cheeks & finish off the lips with your favourite shade of lipstick!! :-) I used the Sephora Color Lip Last lipstick in Meet My Pink (No.21).

This will most probably be my last post in 2015 :-) Before bidding goodbye to this year & stepping into the next one, I'd just like to say Thank-You for all the love & support you have shown to my lil blog. I started blogging just this year & I'm so overwhelmed to see the amount of appreciation that's been pouring in. It really means a lot to me!

For me, Makeup means 'Having Fun'! It makes me feel like a kid in an Arts & Crafts store. Makeup for me is about about playing around with colours, creating something new every time, being happy, creative & confident :-) Having said that, I'm confident even without a speck of Makeup on my face. So let's always remember, with or without Makeup - 

You are beautiful, You are YOU....Don't let anything change that :-) 

Have an amazing 2016!! Happy New Year!! 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Fall-inspired Party Makeup Look

Hi Everyone,

Today I'm here to share a quick makeup look that I created, inspired by the dull Greens & warm, autumnal Browns of Fall. I know there's no Fall in India, but let's just roll with it ;-)

Here's how I did it - 

1. Base - If you already don't know how I do this, then you MUST visit the blog more often..lol ;) After moisturizing my face, I applied the Lakme CC cream all over, concealed using Derma Color Concealer & set the base with Rimmel London Stay Matte powder.

2. Eyes - I used all of the colors on the right hand side of the Comfot Zone palette by Wet 'n' Wild. Dabbed the frosted green 'Eyelid' shade all over the eyelid & used the moss green 'Crease' shade in the outer corner of the eye to give it some depth. I used the 'Browbone' shade from the palette to highlight the area beneath the brows.

Then, I lined the upper lashline with Sugar 'Eye Told You So' eyeliner & the lower lash line with Lakme Eyeconic Blue kajal to offset the greens on the eyes. Finished the brows with my MUA eyebrow pencil in 'Brown'.

3. Cheeks - I used the 'Pearlescent Pink' blush by Wet 'n' Wild (which is a supposed dupe for the NARS Orgasm blush) & topped it off with the Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne Glow highlighter which I've been loving lately.

4. Lips - I mixed an old Oriflame pinkish lipliner with Maybelline Colorsensational 'Bronze Orange' lipstick which is quite a cult favourite when it comes to n*de lipsticks.

This look doesn't need the same products I've used & can be easily re-created if you have similar shades in your makeup stash :-) You could also create this look for your upcoming NewYear's bash!! 

Hope you liked this quick makeup look! :-) Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Until the next post...Ciao!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

'SOAPER HEROES' by Soap & Glory - Review

Hi Everyone,

This post has been long overdue & today I just had to sit down & complete it, to share it with all of you! 

I have watched reviews & skincare videos which include Soap & Glory products & these got me very curious about the brand. I felt like if not anything else, I must definitely pick up something from Soap & Glory on my first trip to Sephora this year (ahem...in August).

I brought home the Soap & Glory 'SOAPER HEROES' set.. lol clever play on words there! ;-) The set has 5 different best-selling products, all in convenient, travel-friendly sizes. After having tried out all of them, for over 3 months now, here's what I think about them :-)

Price : Around Rs.1800/- (... Rs.1820/- if I'm not mistaken...)

Packaging : The packaging is totally adorable & vintage-y! Extremely girly, this packaging is sure to catch any shopaholic's roving eye ;-) The products come tucked safely into a thin plastic moulding which has 'SG' embossed all over it. This gorgeous little gift-box contains small travel-sized versions of Soap & Glory's bestselling products. Let's go through them one by one...!!

1. GIRLIGO Scented Moisturizing Body Mist - 100ml
This body mist has found a permanent place on the side-table in our living room. Why? Cuz it's spray mechanism comes in handy when I have exactly 0.256 seconds to moisturize dry elbows, knees, spots on a 3.5yr old hurricane!! Also, the product doesn't really come out as a mist, it sprays out but settles on the skin like any other moisturizer & has to be blended into the skin with your hands. Having said that, it's quite easily blend-able into the skin & the skin feels nice & soft after using this. Girligo might have a 'girly' name but is much loved by my lil macho man..!!

THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER body butter - sorry I couldnt click this earlier :-(
2. THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER Body Butter - 50ml
One of my favs from this set & a definite re-purchase next time around, would be this Body Butter. With the original Soap & Glory scent, this body butter has a clean & fresh fragrance. Deeply moisturizes the skin without getting greasy. Freshly showered skin soaks up the rich buttery cream and is left soft & supple for the whole day. Love this one!! Recently done with this :-( 

3. FLAKE AWAY Scrub - 50ml
I love the fact that I got this in a small tub that's totally travel-friendly :-) I have used it once every week from the time I have bought it. It's a yummy-smelling scrub with the original Soap & Glory scent. The sugar-like granules are tough but not harsh on the skin. I recommend mixing the scrub with your finger once before using it, in fact I'd say mix it every time before you use it; the oily base tends to separate and come up once the tub is left unused for some time :-) (see pic). This doesn't hamper the product in anyway but mixing it once before application, will ensure all the ingredients combine to give you a great effect!! 

CLEAN ON ME Creamy Shower Gel, HAND FOOD Hand Cream
GIRLIGO Scented Moisturizing Body Mist
4. CLEAN ON ME Skin Softening Shower Gel - 75ml 
Can I just say this has become a family favourite? Our family loved this one so much that I had to pick up a bigger, full-size bottle of 'Clean On Me' when I again went to Sephora in Nov :-) They've stuck to the original SG scent on this one but without making it totally girly!! The body wash is creamy, runny & leaves the skin feeling thoroughly cleansed yet absolutely moisturized... a saviour in the winters!! Full size bottle restocked already ;-)

5. HAND FOOD Hand Cream - 50ml 
I have been guilty of not using this, as much as the other products. I have no excuse other than I'm slightly forgetful when it comes to hand creams. I dont remember to keep re-applying them everytime, after washing my hands. I have used this cream only at nights before I go to bed. It's thick, rich & very moisturizing. Must try for anyone who loves soft, smooth hands...

Soap & Glory is a brand that isn't easily available in India. So the next time, you spot Soap & Glory, be sure to pick up at least one product to try it out! I got the CLEAN ON ME Creamy Shower Gel for my Sis-In-Law - V & highly recommend that you get your hands on that one first. It'll surely make you want to get more from this brand. 

I apologize for the delay once again...this post should have come in Oct itself & it didn't :-) Hope you liked this post.. do leave me your comments in the 'comments section' below. Have you tried any Soap & Glory products before? Tell me all about them..!!

Until the next post...Ciao!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Makeup Revolution Baked Blush in 'Loved Me the Best' (Review)

Hi Everyone,

Today I'm going to share a quick review on the Makeup Revolution Baked Blush in 'Loved Me the Best'I picked this lil guy up from a blog sale along with a couple of other makeup items. I don't own too many blushes, but from the ones I own, I've been wearing this one very often this winter.

 'Loved Me the Best' has a beautiful blend of swirls of champagne, pink & berry tones. It's finely milled with medium pigmentation. On my oily/combination skin, this stays on for about 4hrs. If you prefer to layer powder blushes on top of cream ones then you'll surely get a longer wear-time out of this :-)

I prefer to wear this blush with deeper lipsticks. 'Loved Me the Best' seems to compliment deep pinks & red lipsticks better. The blush would suit light to medium skin tones however it wouldn't show up well on the rich, chocolate hues of dusky beauties & that's the only drawback of this blush that I can seem to point out. 

Have you tried out any Makeup Revolution blushes? Which ones are your favourites? Do let me know your thoughts & preferences.

Until the next post, Ciao...!!!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Berries & Blue Makeup Look

Hi Everyone,

With some extra responsibilities at home, I'm finding it slightly tricky to spend time blogging :-) So I've decided to write shorter, more concise posts for some time. Hope that's alright with all of you & hope you'll give these as much love, as the other more detailed posts!! Thank you :-)

Today, let's see how you can re-create this 'Berries & Blue' Makeup Look (don't judge me, I'm horrible at naming Makeup looks lol..!!) -

1. Face - Moisturize your face & dab on concealer where required. I applied Chambor Radiant Touch concealer on under-eyes, around the nose, chin & between the brows. Set this with a compact of your choice; I've used the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Your base makeup is in place!

2. Eyes - Line your eyes with kajal, any black kajal will do. A blue one, actually will work great! Now take a blue eye shadow on a smudger brush & smudge out the kajal. The eye shadow will stick on to the kajal & stay on for hours. I used the Lotus Herbal ColorKick Kajal & BeABombshell eye shadow quad that I had received in my Fab Bag. Next, fill in your brows if required. I have used the MakeUp Academy Brow pencil in Brown.

3. Lips - Use any deep berry shade on the lips. I've used MAC Fashion Revival lipstick for this look. It's a beautiful matte shade but I've topped it off with gloss, just for fun! :-) Other lipsticks that I have tried to pair up with blue eyes are - Lakme Creaseless lipstick in 'Wine Order' & Chambor Extreme Matte lipstick in 'Indulgent Bordeaux' .. these are wine & burgundy shades which also go very well with the eyes :-)

4. Optional - To balance out the bright eyes & deep berry on the lips, I used the Elf Contour & Highlight duo, which my friend Krupa from IshtyleAWhile passed on to me in a recent 'makep swap'. You can use a neutral blush like Maybelline Cheeky Glow in Creamy Cinnamon to do this. You can also skip this step if you wish, to make the eyes & lips stand out.

Products used in the look
It's a no-fuss, no-eye shadow look that you can create in a matter of minutes :-) Hope you liked this quick look that I created.

Until the next post, Ciao!!!