February 26, 2009

CLINIQUE GWP


GWP


THE COLORS


THINK BRONZE


TENDER HEART


ALMOND BLOSSOM


LASH DOUBLING MASCARA

The GWP that i got with my recent CLINIQUE purchase is really a good way to try Clinique cosmetics and skin care. The size is decent enough to last for a couple of uses, and the lipsticks are full size, so thats a bonus!!!!

The gifts came with:

1. Lipstick in Think bronze
2. Lipstick in Tender heart (pretty shade)
3. Lash doubling Mascara (this seriously works)
4. All over face color in Almond blossom (beautiful warm blush and highlighter)
5. Skin clarifying lotion in number 2
6. Foaming face wash
7. Make up bag (lovely)

The GWP had two options. I had to choose between Neutral set and Berry set. The Berry set had the same stuff. Th e color of lipstick and blush were different. I wanted the blush of Berry set, but lipsticks of neutral set. so i had to stick with neutral choice.
Better luck next time.
I would suggest to grab these kind of offers...Anyday!!!

February 25, 2009

CLINIQUE SKIN CARE


PRODUCTS IN 'CUTE' BAG


SKIN CARE PRODUCTS


FACIAL SOAP


CLARIFYING LOTION


MOISTURIZING LOTION


GWP...SUPER COOL

My skin has always been 'combination' skin, more inclined towards the 'oily' side....confusing!!!
It turns pretty oily/greasy in summer and pretty dry in winter....but natural!!!
But recently, i noticed it was dry in patches. Some part of my face was dry, flaky and some parts were ubber oily. I had great difficult time applying foundation. It just used to get inside those flakey patches....eeew!!! gross!!!
No amount of face moisturiser was helping. If i used moisturiser for dry skin, the rest of my face used to get oily...if i tried gel moisturiser the flaky patch would get worse...i was sooo very irritated, annoyed....
Finally, thanks to CLINIQUE skin care expert, she suggested me this regime for oily skin and now i am pretty happy using it since last 15 days. It sure is working for me. I haven't noticed any reactions with them. The regime is simple.
1. Face cleanser
2. Clarifying lotion
3. Dramatically different moisturiser.
All these came in a nice bag. Its a cute bag, not some thing great...but cute!!
I hope it continues to help my skin in this way....may be in summers, i will need a regime change...as of now, its working!!!!

Oh yes, i did recieve a GWP (gift with purchase) and believe me, these gifts are amazing...they definately deserve another post....:)

February 24, 2009

Smashbox BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS KIT- review


THE KIT


THE PRODUCTS


BLUSH/SOFT LIGHTS DUO IN SUPER/MODEL


LIPGLOSS IN COUTURE


EYESHADOW TRIO IN GLOW ON


BROW TECH AND CREAM EYE LINER PALATTE

As promised a review on the Smashbox Beauty Resolutions Kit, that i recently bought from Sephora. I have been using this from past few days maybe 2 weeks...

On to the review:

Blush/Softlights duo in Super/Model: This was the main reason i bought the kit for. As i wanted to try Soft lights this was a good deal. The full size softlights retail for $28. This duo has exactly half the quantity. The colour is pretty similar to Shimmer shade from the permanent line. This is to be applied as a highlighter anywhere on the body. I personally use it over a blush to give a soft sheen. This is pretty fine/finely milled, soft and not at all chunky or glittery. The name is very apt...Softlights...because its soft and gives lovely sheen, which is chic, especially when light hits over it.
The blush is a lovely matte peachy/corally colour. The pigmentation is amazing. The blush and highlight work well together. It does has some scent to it, which is not annoying, but i would have prefered no fragrance blush. The packaging is no problem for me. It has a clear top, no mirror.

Lipgloss in true colour Couture: This is a full size lipgloss and has lovely tomato/coral colour with gold shimmers to it. This being a true colour, has a decent colour pay off, is buildable. The shimmers or colours are not over the top. The lipgloss is less sticky, infact very less sticky in comparison to MAC lipglass and as a result has to be re-applied. I already own a couple of Smashbox lipglosses and i like the product. The individual product retails for $18.

Eyeshadow trio in Glow on: These are 3 neutral colours. To be honest i didn't try these, as i already have colours similar to the ones in it. My past experience says that Smashbox eyeshadows are little powdery in texture. Some have poor colour pay off and some are like butter and have great colour payoff. I don't know how this one is. But it is compact enough to carry while travelling. The single trios retail for $28.

Brow tech and cream eyeliner palatte: I like this palatte for all together different reason. I personally hate cream eyeliners as eyeliners, but they are great for smudging out, to create base for smokey eye looks. They have 6 lovely shades all apt for smokey eye look. It has a brow wax and 3 shades of brow powder. The packaging is super compact, sleek and comes with a mirror. Great for travel, especially the 6 eyeliner colours that i use as base. Its amazing!!!

I would say, this is a great deal. Worth every penny!!!!

February 19, 2009

Beauty Buys - Smashbox


BEAUTY RESOLUTION KIT

THE GOODIES IN KIT

My recent visits to Sephora were more to check out the latest collections in cosmetic world. Usually i have a product in mind which i want to buy, but past 2 visits i went with open mind...like with no 'wishlist'.

Its kinda fun, because i could look at other brands which i normally don't do, when i go with a product in mind. I am more engrosed in swatching the things i have short listed...comparing them...and then buying them.

This time i swatched Stila, Smashbox, Urban decay...fun!!!
So while i was at Smashbox counter, i saw this tiny little cute set 'BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS'.

I always wanted to try out SOFT LIGHTS by Smashbox, but as it is a permanent product and with a price tag of $28 it just takes a back seat. This kit had a blush/highlighter duo, half of which was Softlights.....Great!!!!

It also had a Brow Tech and Cream eye liner palatte. So far good....

This also came with a full size lipgloss in a lovely shade...cool!!!

Also was included an eyeshadow trio...neutral shades...

The kit had 4 decent size products for just $24. Not bad...i thought at this rate no harm in giving it a try....Needless to say, i bought it...
I have been using the products from past few days and i must say...prettyy impressive!!!!

Detailed review in another post soon...!!!

February 15, 2009

Haulage is Knowledge...CCO!!!!


HAUL


CUTE FAFI PACKAGING


FAFI QUAD 1


FLASH AND DASH LIPSTICK


EYESHADOW IN COOL HEAT, SOLAR WHITE, GULF STREAM




MSF DUO MEDIUM DARK


SHADESTICKS


SHIMMERSAND SHADESTICK


LUCKY JADE SHADESTICK

Things can't get better than this....man!!! i love these CCO so much....and i hate these CCO sales ladies sooo very much!! They are not bad, but i just hate the way they stand around when you are testing/swatching products...its sooo annoying!!!
Anyways...thats not so important...so far they give me my stuff with all the concessions i am happy...
So, this visit was such a lovely , fruitful one...The CCO stock had arrived and they had amazing selection of products...so many of them...i had to hold myself back shopping for too many things...i had to save money for the upcoming fresh collections!!!

I did manage to add Fafi and cool heat collection to my stash!!!
Over to my steal deal......

1. Fafi quad one...the colours are Vanilla, Pink venus, Hey, Howzzat..This is a lovely quad, but has 2 permanent colors and the other two are easily dupable...but i don't have any of those dupes aswell...also it was FAFI quad!!!)...Surprisingly the texture of pink venus is pretty nice as compared to the permanent one...yeah, its is a lustre...:(

2. Fafi lipstick in Flash and Dash (a lovely glaze red..i was lemming for this one...since lonnngg!!)

3. Cool heat collection eyeshadows in Cool heat, solar white, Gulf stream..(The colours are to die for!!!....oh, Gulf stream..n solar white...OMG!!!)

4. Shadesticks in Shimmersand and Lucky jade.

5. MSF duo in Medium dark (thanks to Xinarox...and her lovely looks....i wanted this since ages!!!)
There were couple of more eyeshadows that i wanted...but the stupid rule of only 3 products...oh, i hate these rules....anywho...i am soo excited for my goodies.....yipeeee!!!!
This was one lovely Valentine day!!!

February 10, 2009

Haulage is Knowledge...Sephora


THE KIT


THE PACKAGING


MATTIFIER


PRESSED POWDER


BLUSH


LIPGLOSS


MASCARA

Super duper excited about this one....

So i always wanted to buy the CARGO blu-ray blush. I always looked at this at least once in Sephora store, especially because of the chic black packaging and also for the lovely peachy/pink color with slight gold shimmers...ohhh....just like NARS orgasm/deep throat. But looking at the price tag, i just kept lemming over it. Then came a CARGO gift set which included this blush as part of it..and to my bad luck, i missed getting the kit, which sold out at my Sephora like hot cakes....

Recently on a very very cold Saturday, to kill the 'coldness' and do some 'timepass' i went to my local mall, which had a Sephora inside JCpenney. They had this limited edition set by CARGO in stock and to my utter happiness n joy they accepted the JCPenny gift card which i had...yipeee!!! So after pooling 2 JCPEnny gift cards and a Sephora gift card i did buy this beauty for myself.

The kit includes:
1. CARGO Blu-ray high definition mattifier (oil free)
2. CARGO Blu-ray blush
3. CARGO Blu-ray pressed powder
4. CARGO lipgloss palatte
5. CARGO mascara

The blush, powder, mattifier are super good. The mascara i am not sure. I personally just can't differentiate much between mascaras...as long as a mascara doesn't clumps, i am fine with it....lame!!!
I am not a huge fan of lipgloss that are in palattes simply because it has to be applied with a brush which is not very user friendly....
This line of CARGO has mixed reviews in makeupalley and a few other forums. I didn't buy it because it is this "high-defination" thing...i care least...
Personally i always believe if a thing works for me, it works for me....no matter what the brand is...no matter what people are saying....

Detailed review soon in another post.

:)

February 5, 2009

TOO FACED eyeshadow insurance policy


TOO FACED eyeshadow insurance policy


TOP ROW: with base
BOTTOM ROW: without base

This one is a lovely palatte to look for. This TOO FACED eyeshadow insurance policy looks pretty amazing...good selection of colours, super pigmented and has a great texture...very soft, buttery. They remind me of MAC's Starflash eyeshadow, which were limited edition. I seriously wish this finish was made permanent by MAC.
Anywho, it come with a TOO FACED shadow insurance, which is an excellent primer for the eyes. Especially for people with dry eyelids. Oily eyelid people can still use them in winters. This complete package retails for $35. Yes, including the shadow insurance, which by itself is $17...so, this means the sleek, compact eyeshadow is just for $18!!! Not at all bad for a high end eyeshadow palatte.
I had just read about these in blogs and websites, but yesterday i got a chance to swatch these personally at Sephora and i thought its worth getting a shoutout in my blog. I am reserving this one for my b'dat purchase list...:)
The swatches are from Pursebuzz. Check them out yourself....:)

Pic courtesy: pursebuzz

February 3, 2009

MAC CREME TEAM, WELL-DEFINED AND LIGHTFUL...ONLINE!!


CREME TEAM (PROMO PIC)


CREMESHEEN GLASS


CREMESHEEN LIPSTICKS


CREMESHEEN LIPSTICKS


CREME LINER


WELL DEFINED (PROMO PIC)


WELL DEFINED (PROMO PIC)


PREP AND PRIME SKIN VISAGE

FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER BRUSH

CONCEALER


FOUNDATION

Three lovely collection online now.

*Creme team has lipstick, cremesheen glasses and creme tsick liner. The finishes of these products are supposed to be 'different'. I have not checked anyone these personally. Now that they are online, go check them out!!!
* Well-defined has gel based foundation, new concealer and some brushes. I personally don't use too much foundation, but for someone who uses them on regular basis, this light formulation must be a good news for them
* Lightful is another collection that has been launched and i saw these first time online. I never knew about this. It has some creme, lotion, cleanser and charged water (a stuff that i never believe in).
So many collections, all back to back......interesting!!!
For more information: http://www.maccosmetics.com/
pic. credits: TEMPTALIA
 

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