March 29, 2009

MAC Pigments...LOVE-HATE relation

Column 1 Top to bottom: Vintage gold, Golden Olive, Old gold, gold mode
Column 2 Top to bottom: Tan, Choclate brown, Cocomotion
Column 3 Top to bottom: Pink Bronze, Melon, blue Brown
Column 4 top to bottom: Violet, Teal, Fushcia, Cornflower

My love for pigments is not very old...its pretty fresh and new. In one of my last posts i had mentioned how a video on you tube impressed me with pigments.
I have a CCO nearby, so i bought my first few pigments from that place especially because i am new to piggies (i lovingly call them piggies) and secondly because i would never finish the whole jar in this paying something close to $20 per jar was kinda little "filled with guilt"...:). I do prefer buying pigments from CCO over the store.
I never used to ask for pigment samples at MAC store..infact i never used to ask for any sample...but then later i decided i would go ahead and ask for these.

I have collected close to 20 pigment samples in a short period of time, thanks to a lovely MUA at my local MAC.
What lovely colours and boy!!! The MA gave me pretty generous amount of each sample. I don't think i will ever need to buy any more piggies especially from the permanent line, simply because if ever i run out of them my MA will give me some more again....:)
I know this is bad! Samples are for trying out and later we are supposed to buy full size..but its ok...i have given my share of money lots a time to MAC and made them richer by few hundreds of dollars....guess i deserve it...:)
The only thing that i hate about pigments is their ability to mess!!! These are in powder form. So their is bound to spillage and stuff. Also, very difficult to travel with. A little negligence and you get a whole messed up vanity case.
But again, with soo many lovely colors, its worth taking extra care.
Due to their powder form, they can be mixed with other colours to make a totally new color. There are billions of permutations- combinations...the possibilities are endless!!!!

March 25, 2009



This is one stuff i was pretty excited about when i saw the promos and adds on various beauty blog. Knowing the fact that MSFs accentuate my pores, I picked it, but honestly i am not liking it!!
Refined MSF is a warm, peach toned MSF.I really want to like this stuff, because it meets all the criteria that i search in a MSF.
Its finely milled, soft in texture, no over the top shimmers, no huge chunks of glitter...just the right amount of sheen....with soo many good qualities i am still not liking it!!!
I tried this with various brushes like skunk brush, fluffy brush, blush brush. I tried it on its own, over 2 different colours of blush, as highlighter, as all over face colour...YES, all over the face. If you swirl a huge fluffy, face brush in the areas with less peach veining, it gives the face an all over sheen...this was probably the best way of application i liked on myself.
Well, Its OPAQUE!!! I found that using it over the blush as highlighter kinda changed the colour of my blush. It looked ashy!! This left a whitish residue on cheeks. This being opaque i think it works best as all over sheen powder type stuff.
But again, shine, shimmer, glitter its all subjective. It depends on person to person...something that didn't work on me, doesn't means it won't work on everybody...
Currently, i don't know what to do with this one....
swap...or keep??? has some lovely comparison swatches. The opacity of Refined MSF is easily visible in the swatches. Luckily it worked for this lovely gal...i wished it worked for me as well....:)
This definately is worth giving a try though!!!

March 24, 2009

STILA - Pretty face set

Pretty face set

The products

There is always something about these "kits", "sets" that attract me. I find this is one of the very good ways to try a new brand of make up or better add good quality make up in your stash.
Stila has loads of such kits and you can get them at bargain price on this site called beauty crunch.

I got this particular set by Stila called the Pretty face set from Sephora at JCPenney. My JCpenney Sephora has very unusual stuff, that i normally don't get to see at regular Sephora.
The one i picked is in medium shade.
This kit has :

1. Foundation sticks: 2 shades of foundation sticks. The shades have no name, just alphabets!! mine is 'c' and 'd'. One is light enough to work as a concealer and other one is perfect as a foundation for me. They are pretty creamy and work just fine. I use the Sonia kashuk's blue blender sponge to apply this one. Personally i hate any kind of foundation on my face, but then again, there are times you just can't get away with that!!!

2. Tinted moisturizer: The very famous Stila illuminating tinted moisturiser. It has SPF 15. The kit has shade in No 1. Personally, i find them a bit sticky. i don't hate it, but i am not a huge fan. I would suggets trying samples if possible, before buying the full size, as it retails for $32 i ges.

3. Mascara: Stila Major lash mascara. I have yet to try this one. I already have other mascaras open and in use, so didn't want to open a new one... or else it will dry out!!!

4. Stila Lip glaze: Lip glaze in Brown sugar. It comes with the pen kind of tube with a brush applicator. I personally like this color. Again, liking a shade of lipstick or a lipgloss is pretty subjective. It varies from person to person.
In all a good deal for all 5 products. $25!!!....not at all bad, knowing the fact that the moisturiser alone costs $32 and the lipglaze is a whopping $22!!!
Highly recommend any kind of sets/kits!!!

March 22, 2009






I was soo busy picking stuff from CCO in the past months, that i hardly had any money left for buying the fresh stuff/collection from the MAC stores. So i thought of giving a halt to my CCO purchases and instead check the new goodies.

Brunette, Blonde, Redhead was a very promising collection, but it didn't impress me much (because of the dupable collection) except for a few things. Hello Kitty was never for me. I really wanted at least something to like in that collection especially because i wanted to buy something for collection sake. It definately had the collector item stuff like those mirrors and stuff...but i just wanted some make-up with the packaging. I am eyeing FUN n GAMES blush from the collection, though i know its very much similar to SPACED OUT blush from Neo-Sci-Fi collection. As i use a lot of peach colored blush, i thought having a similar one won't hurt!!!
Anywho, there is something about these Limited edition (LE) stuff that MAC comes out with.
My past experiences have taught me that most of these LE stuff can be found at CCO after few months. If you are not some one who is like 'first day, first show' its good to have patience and wait. Ofcourse this is not applicable if you don't have a CCO nearby. I found that if a LE product is not unique or one of its kind, it just hits the CCO. If its really cool, sells out fast.

So the key is, read reviews, blogs and judge whats gona sell out fast...really fast. Those stuff can be bought by paying full amount, for the rest CCO....!!!!

Oh, the haul...
1. MAC eyeshadow in Flip (BBR collection)
2. Marquise'D lipstick (BBR collection)
3. 226 brush (BBR collection)
4. 15 eyeshadow pro-palatte
5. Empty quads
I didn't wanted to take any chances with the brush and flip eyeshadow. I knew these were selling like hot cakes!!!
Now my next target is gonna be B2M some empties. I have collected quite a few. Talk of saving some moolah by getting freebies!!!!

March 20, 2009


Lightly fill in brows with a mixture of Cork and Espresso Eye Shadows. Apply Constructivist Paint Pot all over eyelid and blend well as a base. Highlight the browbone area with Mylar Eye Shadow using 224 Brush. With a fluffy brush, such as 217 Brush, apply Bamboo Eye Shadow all over the lid. Then blend Saddle Eye Shadow into the crease with 219 Brush and run it lightly along the lower lashline. Line the top and bottom lashline with Stubborn Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil. For the upper lashline, create a thicker line towards the out edges of the lashline, winging slightly upwards for a dramatic eye opening effect. Curl Lashes and apply two layers of Plushblack Plush Lash.

Dust cheeks lightly with a sheer veil of Well Dressed Powder Blush.

Line lips with Subculture Lip Pencil. Smooth Viva Glam VI Lipstick over lips and top off with the newest addition to the Viva Glam collection - Viva Glam VI Special Edition Tinted Lipglass.

MAC cosmetics Viva Glam VI SE

Its time to shop without GUILT!!!

Every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM lipstick and lipglass is donated to the M·A·C AIDS FUND to support men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS.
In 1994, M·A·C introduced VIVA GLAM, an outspoken deep red that was universal in its appeal and its glamour. In 1997, a second lipstick was created VIVA GLAM II, a lightly pinked mauve. VIVA GLAM III, a foxy brown plum lipstick was launched in 2000. VIVA GLAM IV, a heartful rose charged with gold, was introduced in March 2002. In March 2004, Viva Glam V makes its debut, a clear, smooth, pure neutral pink with a delicious Lustre finish! VIVA GLAM VI, the newest member of the VIVA GLAM family, is a warm terracotta-plum with pearl finish. Wear it alone or finish it off with a coordinating coat of VIVA GLAM VI Lipglass. In the spirit of all Viva Glam, every cent raised goes to the M·A·C AIDS Fund to support the fight against HIV and AIDS.
A lavender-lovely Fergie asks us to enter a new kind of dream scape, to feel the “Yes we can!” of tomorrow, and to push forward on behalf of every man, woma n and child affected by HIV /AIDS

Lipstick ($14.00)
Viva Glam VI (Special Edition): Soft blue pink (lustre)
Viva Glam VI: Warm terracotta plum with subtle pearl (lustre)

Lipglass ($14.00)
Viva Glam VI (Special Edition): Soft pink-tinged mauve (frost)
Viva Glam VI: Warm plum with multireflective, mulitidimensional pearl (frost)

Available in stores and online from March 19, 2009

March 16, 2009 new LOVE

CORALISTA my love!!!

NARS Deep throat, MAC Springsheen, Benefit Coralista

Its MAC Grand duos everywhere...MAC lovers are raving about it...all major blogs covering every tiny bit of details about these and not to mention, the lovely swatches. Me on other hand always knew from the day i saw the promos, that these were not for me...Why?? Simply because they don't work for me. They are way too shimmery and crumbly for my taste. I am not a huge fan of MSFs or mineralize blushes. They make my pores look big and, i seriously don't have any visible pores...does that makes sense??
Anywho, i was torn between my lemming for CORALISTA blush by Benefit and all the hype about MAC grand duos. The reviews and people's love made me think shud i try the Mineralize stuff again?? I am glad i didn't go by the hype and instead agreed to listen my heart...

I bought CORALISTA...its a lovely lovely colour...yay!!!

The blush has crazy cute packaging, but definately not a durable one. It also has a tiny bit of scent, but thats pretty mild.This comes with a tiny brush which is of no use....I tried swatching, but with my horrible art of cliking swatch pictures, it turned out crap...and i chose not to put them on blog...just didn't want to pass on bad pictures for this lovely goody....amazing soft texture, not OTT shimmers and lovely peachy pink color!!!!
I did post a comparison picture of Coralista with NARS Deep throat and MAC Springsheen. None of these are similar in person...which definately is a good news!!!!

Love my Coralista!!! Highly recommended for people who love coral/peachy/peachy pink blushes....

March 15, 2009

Haulage is Knowledge...CCO!!!!

Royal Asset collection

Royal asset Smokey eye palatte

Springsheen Blush

Springsheen sheertone shimmer
Yeah...CCO again....This is bad...n definately not a good sign in times of recession!!!
The stuffies i picked were mostly the things i had seen hugely in many blogs and the ones that scored pretty good in makeupalley reviews. I always wanted them.

First one is Springsheen blush, which is a sheertone shimmer blush. It is a lovely coral color. I knew its similar to other NARS blushes. Many said its close to Deep throat..but i find it darn close to Torrid blush.
The second thing i picked was a Smokey eye palatte from the Royal assets collection. This was the 2007 Holiday collection. Now my CCO had both the smokey eye palatte from 2007 and 2008. I was in dilemma as to which one to pick. But as i had satin taupe and a black eyeshadow i opted for the 2007 palatte. It has more grey shades...which i love. Also the packaging is gorgeous enough to atleast own something from that past collection.

March 7, 2009

Haulage is Knowledge...CCO!!!!



SOFT and SLOW lipglass



Fluideline swatches
Daily ritual of visiting my CCO (a bad ritual, i must admit). This time they didn't had much of the stuff. Many things were repeated, nothing that interested me....but then again, i can't come back empty handed...that too from CCO!!!!!

Stuffies i picked,
1. Fluidline in Brassy and Sweet Sage. I think these will make lovely bases for 'pop' of colours.
2. Brush set from some random holiday collection or i guess from those special editions of Nordstroms. It had 187 SE (my main interest), 219 SE, 212 SE, 275 SE, 168 SE. This brush set will need another post for review.
3. Lipstick in Buoy O Buoy (back-up)
4. Lipglass in Soft and Slow (This colour was re-released in Neo-sci-Fi collection).

It was my favourite collection by MAC in 2008. I had voted for the same in Temptalia's poll...:)

March 3, 2009




Define brows with Eye Shadow in Espresso, using 266 Angle Brush. Highlight the outer browbone with Crème Royale Eye Shadow using 228 Shader Brush. Apply Stylin' Eye Shadow over the eyelid using 228 Shader Brush, blending a pronounced thickness towards the outer corner of eyes. Blend Stylin' and Romping Eye Shadows through the outer crease with 224 Blending Brush, applying Milk Pigment to the inner crease. Continue to shade through the inner corner of the crease by blending Romping and Paradisco Eye Shadows up through the browbone. Line the upper lashline with Liquid Eye Liner in Boot Black. Use 228 Shader Brush to create a smudged liner effect through the lower lashes with Stylin' Eye Shadow. Finish off upper and lower lashes with Plush Lash Mascara in Plushblack.

Create a soft glow on cheeks by applying a touch of Fun & Games Beauty Powder Blush with 116 Blush Brush.

Prep lips with Tinted Lip Conditioner in Pink Fish for a delicate stain of colour. Create a soft edge around the mouth with Pink Treat Cremestick Liner. Use Lipstick in Big Bow to fill in lip colour with 316 Lip Brush, and finish with Mimmy Lipglass for a glossy effect.


Lightly groom brows by applying Girl Boy Brow Set. Highlight the browbone with a dusting of Yogurt Eye Shadow for subtle warmth. Use 213 Fluff Brush to blend Romping Eye Shadow through the inner and outer eyelid, and use Yogurt Eye Shadow to highlight the middle of the lid. Use 224 Blending Brush to blend Romping Eye Shadow through the inner crease only, and continue with Milk Pigment through the centre of the crease. Use 209 Liner Brush to line the upper lashline with Blacktrack Fluidline. Use 228 Shader Brush to shade through the lower lashes with Too Dolly Eye Shadow for a soft smoky line. Apply Prep + Prime Lash before a coat of Pro Lash Mascara in Coal Black to create a luscious lashline.

Blend Tippy Beauty Powder Blush over the apples of cheeks and finish by highlighting the tops of cheekbones with Reflects in Very Pink Glitter with 116 Blush Brush.

Prep lips with Pink Fish Tinted Lip Conditioner, and add a slight fullness to lips with Gingerroot Cremestick Liner.Apply Strayin' Lipstick over lips, and follow with a coat of She Loves Candy Lipglass


Define and groom brows with Lingering Eye Brows and Beguile Brow Set. Highlight the browbone with Yogurt Eye Shadow with 217 Blending Brush. Use 239 Shader Brush to shade Embark Eye Shadow over the eyelid, following with Deep Blue Green Pigment on the outer lid. Use 224 Blending Brush to blend Eye Shadow in Soba through the crease of the eye and apply a sweep of Stately Black Eye Shadow through the outer contour only. Apply a thin line of Blacktrack Fluidline along the upper lashline with 210 Liner Brush. Blend Stately Black Eye Shadow through the lower outer lashes with 228 Shader Brush for a smoky line. Finish by applying Too Dolly Eye Shadow to the inner lower lashline with 266 Angle Brush. Apply Prep + Prime Lash before a generous coat of Plushblack Mascara on both upper and lower lashes.

Use 168 Large Angled Contour Brush to give a soft contour to cheeks with a light dusting of Tippy Beauty Powder Blush.

Define Lips with Naked Rose Cremestick Liner, and follow through by using 316 Lip Brush to shade Lipstick in Fashion Mews. Finish with a glossy coat of Fast Friends Lipglass


Use 266 Angle Brush with Eye Shadow in Cork to add subtle warmth to brows. Use 219 Pencil Brush to highlight under the brows with Crème Royale Eye Shadow. Blend Seedy Pearl Eye Shadow with 213 Fluff Brush over eyelids for a soft, sheer base. Use 239 Shader Brush to shade the inner and centre eyelid with Crème Royale Eye Shadow, following up with Paradisco Eye Shadow on the outer eyelid. Continue to blend Paradisco Eye Shadow through the crease for a soft, peachy contour. Create a fine line through the upper lashes with Her Glitz Glitter Eye Liner. Create a soft halo by lightly shading Paradisco Eye Shadow through the outer lower lashline with 228 Shader Brush. Finish off by applying Pro Lash in Coal Black over upper and lower lashes.

Use 116 Blush Brush to blend a slight contour over cheeks with Tahitian Sand Beauty Powder.

Apply Tinted Lip Conditioner in Popster over lips with 316 Lip Brush. Define the mouth with Beet Lip Pencil for a blast of irresistible berry. Use 316 Lip Brush to apply Big Bow Lipstick before adding a coat of Sweet Strawberry Lipglass


Lightly Define brows with Lingering Eye Brows. Use 242 Shader Brush to blend Crème Royale Eye Shadow under brows for a soft highlight. Use 194 Concealer Brush to blend Hush Cream Colour Base over the eyelids for a peachy base. Use 219 Pencil Brush to apply Crème Royale Eye Shadow with precision by the tear duct to open up eyes. Create an opalescent warm glow on the eyelids by applying Paradisco Eye Shadow with 242 Shader Brush. Continue to blend Paradisco Eye Shadow through the crease with 217 Blending Brush. Define the upper lashline with Glitter Eye Liner in Kitty Power for an unexpected sparkle. Apply a generous coat of Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack to lengthen and separate lashes.

Blend Tahitian Sand Beauty Powder under cheekbones with 168 Large Angled Contour Brush for a soft contour. Finish off the cheeks with a dusting of Fun & Games Beauty Powder Blush.

Provide balance to the lips with Subculture Lip Pencil. Complete the look by using 316 Lip Brush to apply Cute-ster Lipstick and a final application of Mimmy Lipglass.



Use 266 Angle Brush to define brows with Carbon Eye Shadow. Softly highlight over the browbone with Milk Pigment using 275 Angled Shading Brush. Apply Paint Pot in Delft to the eyelid and set with Eye Shadow in Too Dolly with 242 Shader Brush for an intense colour application. Blend Stately Black Eye Shadow through the centre and outer crease. Use 210 Liner Brush to line the upper lashline with Blacktrack Fluidline, giving a pronounced lift while creating a cat shape. Draw a thin line through the lower lashline with Blacktrack Fluidline, using a touch of Stately Black Eye Shadow to soften the edge. Use 210 Liner Brush to line Blacktrack Fluidline connecting the crease and outer corners with a delicate line. Apply a generous coat of Plushblack Mascara on upper and lower lashes.

Emphasize the cheek contour with a dusting of Tippy Beauty Powder Blush with 116 Blush Brush.

Softly balance the mouth with Dervish Lip Pencil, and shade lips with Strayin' Lipstick. Finish off the look with a coating of Nice Kitty Lipglass.


Define brows with Spiked Eye Brows. Use 242 Shader Brush to blend Phone Number Eye Kohl over the eyelid, before setting with Stately Black Eye Shadow with 239 Shader Brush. Use 224 Blending Brush to blend Stately Black Eye Shadow up through the crease, creating smoky effect. Use 212 Flat Brush to create a soft highlight under the brow with Yogurt Eye Shadow. Intensify the upper lashline by using 212 Flat Brush with Carbon Eye Shadow to create a delicate line of matte black through the lashes. Use 228 Shader Brush to smudge a smoky eye lining effect with Stately Black Eye Shadow through the lower lashes. Apply Technakohl in Smoothblue to line the inside rim of the lower lashes, adding an unexpected flash of turquoise. Finish with a dose of Plush Lash Mascara in Plushblack on upper and lower lashes.

Give a slight contour to cheeks by using sweeping Tippy Beauty Powder Blush under cheekbones with 129 Powder Blush Brush.

Softly define lips with Subculture Lip Pencil. Create a soft mouth with Lipstick in Fashion Mews and a dazzling coat of Luminary Lustreglass


For natural brows apply Lingering Eye Brows. Use 242 Shader Brush with Milk Pigment as a highlight under brows. Use 249 Shader Brush to apply Paint Pot in Bare Study and follow with 252 Shader Brush to set the base with Milk Pigment. Blend Eye Shadows in Lucky Tom and Stylin' with 224 Blending Brush through the inner and outer crease only to elongate eyes. Apply Point Black Liquidlast Liner with 209 Liner Brush for a dramatic line along the upper lashline, extending a bit to lengthen eyes. Use 228 Shader Brush to blend Smolder Eye Kohl and Stylin' Eye Shadow through the lower lashes. Also use Smolder to line the inner rim of the lower lashes. Use Glitter Eye Liner in Girl Groove with 219 Pencil Brush through the centre of lower lashes. Apply plenty of Black X Mascara on upper and lower lashes.

Keep blush simple and sophisticated with a light dusting of Tahitian Sand Beauty Powder under cheekbones with 168 Angled Contour Brush.

Finish the look with keeping lips nude by applying Oak Lip Pencil for a bit of contour around the mouth, then use 316 Lip Brush to apply Fresh Brew Lipstick with a glossy duo blend of Lipglass in Mimmy and Nice To Be Nice


Groom brows with Beguile Brow Set. Use 242 Shader Brush under brows with Crème Royal Eye Shadow. Use 249 Shader Brush to apply Paint Pot in Rubenesque on the eyelid, and set with Paradisco Eye Shadow on the inner and outer lid only. Highlight the centre of the lid with Crème Royale Eye Shadow. Softly blend Rule Eye Shadow with 217 Blending Brush through the crease. Use 219 Pencil Brush to shade Lucky Tom Eye Shadow through the inner and outer contour. Apply Glitterpuss Glitter Eye Liner with 209 Liner Brush above the upper lashline. Use 209 Liner Brush to blend Dipdown Fluidline with Crème Royale Eye Shadow through the inner lashes. Finish lining with 228 Shader Brush to shade Paradisco Eye Shadow under the outer lashes. Apply Plush Lash Mascara in Plushblack on upper and lower lashes.

Balance the eye by keeping cheeks natural by using 116 Blush Brush to blend Tahitian Sand Beauty Powder under cheekbones.

Create a monochromatic look by using Stripdown Lip Pencil to balance the mouth first, before blending Fresh Brew Lipstick and Nice To Be Nice Lipglass on lips with 311 Lip Liner Brush.

March 2, 2009



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Get glowing at home with third skin polishing speed plus buffer brush for elbows and knees.


Zap acne and revive skin with a bacteria-blasting light.


Just a 2-second blast of heat heals blemishes 4x faster.


Get a perfect bikini line with this 10-piece kit.


Semi-precious gems help dry hair in half the time.

Save time and money on your beauty routine with these do-it-yourself (DIY) tools.
The Clarisonic brush is on my list sooooon!!!!

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