March 31, 2010

BENEFIT - 'That gal' Face Primer

This is one of those products that I used as sample and fell absolutely in love it! I got in full size!!

A silky pink primer that makes skin appear smoother and brighter. Prime
your skin to pretty - go from dull to darling with "That Gal"! Wear alone for
clear complexion radiance or apply before makeup for a smooth, effortless
application. Plus you can use it to re-brighten throughout the day.

BENEFIT - 'That gal' Face Primer

Benefit That Gal is a ‘brightening face primer’ . Its not the first time I am using/trying a new ‘brightening primer’. I am very much attracted to primers and tinted moisturizers as I don’t use foundation as a part of my ‘daily routine’. Foundations are restricted to evening parties and some special days. I just feel foundations are too heavy on my skin and I feel ‘too made up’ with foundation on…but that’s me…Personal preferance...

Ok, so back to primers…This is not a new product at all and its been in their line since ages……I believe??
Usually when we talk about brightening product, I have seen that majority of them end up leaving that white cast and an uneven, patchy, blotchy finish on my NC40 skin tone. I call myself NC40, but other day at MAC the artist said I was NC37 and NW30 for concealer. So confusing!!!
I always tend to sidetrack to some other topic…back to primer again..

BENEFIT - 'That gal' Face Primer (mini)

That gal primer is a pinkish, light weight cream with a lovely smell. Its smells like something which I loved when I was a kid, but I don’t remember what it was’. All I can say is that it has a pleasant smell and I like it. Its not over powering or annoying at all.

The Glue Stick Packaging

This spreads easily and does not has that slippery silicone feel. It just feels like applying a moisturizer. It does not even feels like Urban Decay brightening primer, which is sticky initially and sets to a matte finish later. It is not like that cream to powder stuff aswell. Its pretty much like a moisturizer. Didn't make my face oily at all.
It did reduce the appearance of tiny pores I had and made my face even, bright and fresh. I guess it was due to the pink color, the appearance was pretty even. This obviously didn’t last long, but it did a good job of providing a non slippery, even base for tinted moisturizer. This does not provides any coverage, just creates a base.
Like any other primer, it did made my foundation stay put, nothing spectacular or special.

Pink color product

The packaging is weird. Its like glue stick. There is no way I can tell how much product is left in the tube.
It’s a $28 product and I think it’s a bit pricey. These days, with NARS Illuminator in market, many would prefer to use that, to get more glowy, bright effect. I don’t think it’s a logical comparison as both these products are totally different, but many would prefer that at $28, they should really see some difference...

The finish on spreading

I personally liked the product, because I am more into primers and moisturizers. I don’t mind if my scars or moles are seen. I just need that natural nice skin kind of look…if that makes any sense….
This may not be the best primer for keeping that foundation long lasting, but it does makes face appear ‘fresh’.

You can try this product in a sample size, from that $10 kit by Benefit and see if it works…for you. Like any other product this too is subjective. It worked for me, so I am all positive about it. I don’t promise it will work for you as it did for me...or might work too….Try and share your experience…

DISCLAIMER: This product is been purchased by me. I am not affiliated with this company and no one is paying me to review it.

March 29, 2010


This is a Hana Professional Flat Iron 1" sent to me by Misikko, for trying it out and reviewing it.
Misikko is a company, that sells "Professional flat iron" on their webiste

The whole package....isn't it cute??

They sent me a Flat iron, along with a Hana ShineShield Thermal Protectant, Silicon Thermal-Proof Heat Pad and Misikko Heat-Proof Pouch. They also sent some cute fake flowers for decoration.

The pink pouch and the pink flat Iron

I have used it 3 times and its working fine for my hair. I have to click few pictures before reviewing these with you all.

Heat Proof silicone mat and Iron

Now you will see tons of reviews on various beauty blogs for this product, as the company is marketing it and sending it to bloggers for consideration. There is no shady thing or scam.

The Box

I have not been paid to do a review. I consider myself a guinea pig, trying out something totally new and then reviewing it. Oh, the box above, it will make a good box to store hair accessories....

Misikko Heat-Proof Pouch

These are all the stuff the company sent. See this space back for a review on the iron and the shine serum/hair protectant.


Morning Lovelies...

Monday shines again....Without Sun...:(

This weather is so complicated....makes so many of us Sick...
So I am officially done with my shopping for MARCH...but you know, APRIL happens to be my Marriage Anniversary month...hahah...:) So More Shopping!!!!

I like the way everything is divided in my family...The first half of the year we see many B'days and Anniversaries...Come fall and we have Thanksgiving, Holiday sales and shoppings..Its celebration all around the year....

Ok, I got this Flat Iron sent by Misikko Company, for review purpose. I used it over the weekend and its nice, obviously with some pros and cons. A review can be expected this week. Also, I will review everything I shared with you all in my Beauty Buys gradually. I just share those posts, so that you all can get a rough idea what to expect in following weeks...

Btw, are you all excited for grease paint stick? I don't know which ones to buy, as I have something similar to those colors in cream shadow form or shadesticks...I am eyeing Dirrty though...what are your lemmings from this collection??

I will see ya around...
Stay good...

March 27, 2010


'BEAUTY BUYS' is another term coined for the infamous 'HAUL'. Its just the
list of things I buy and the ones you will hear me 'yak', 'blab', 'review'
about in next few posts!!!

Goodies I picked are:

1. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (This one is good)
2. Philosophy Hope In a Jar Original Formula (Excited to use this one)
3. Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector (I picked this from my cousin)
4. Clinique All About Eyes (I picked this from my cousin)
5. Philosophy Eye Hope (sample)
6. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion for body (sample)

I am done using Korres Serum and Moisturizer. It was very good. I would love to repeat it again, but I did change the brand to try something new. So its Philosophy this time. Also my cousin, who does not uses Clinique as her skincare brand had these GWP samples, so she gave me few. I have used the eye cream before, but Skintone corrector is something new for me. I bought these at the start of the month, so technically its Beauty Buy Set 1. My MD skin Natural is also finished, so I picked Clinique Moisture Surge Thirst relief this time. I have tried everything, except Philosophy one I guess...Lets see how it works...

March 26, 2010


'BEAUTY BUYS' is another term coined for the infamous 'HAUL'. Its just the
list of things I buy and the ones you will hear me 'yak', 'blab', 'review' about
in next few posts!!!
Goodies I picked are:
1. Make Up Forever HD Powder ( This beter live up to its hype...LOL!!)
2. NARS Blush in LUSTER (I have been eyeing this since ages!!)
3. Benefit That Gal Primer (Loved the tiny one from the sample kit!)
4. DONNA KARAN Cashmere Mist Eau de Parfum (Trying to build a fragrance collection)
5. Stella Eau de Parfum by STELLA McCARTNEY (This was on my list since Holidays...)
As my birth month is about to get over, I think I can grab a few more goodies this weekend...what say??

March 25, 2010

Over Rated/Over Hyped Product -- A Tag!!

There is a little difference between 'products I regret buying' and 'Over-hyped product'. I mean products I bought which already had mixed reviews and they didn't work for me go into the products I regret buying category, but the products that I bought just because it was hyped on beauty forums and you-tube falls in to this category of over-hyped products...

So below are my picks...:)

1. MAC MSFs:
Now let me begin by saying 'they all look same to me'///ok..ok, a brown MSF looks different than a pink MSF. Initially I went crazy collecting them and later realised that most of them actually can be used as highlighter, so I don't think its worth paying crazy prices on e-bay or anywhere, if you have missed on any color or collection. To top this pick is the NEW VEGAS MSF, which I was crazy to get, because I had heard that it gave this best glow on cheek...Man!! What a glittery, chunky mess it was!!!! Needless to say, I got rid of it from collection ASAP...

2. MAC Feline kohl:
I knew since day one, that it would budge, because it was a Kohl. I have had Smolder and Stila Kajal. All of these are kohls. So Feline running or making me look like racoon was not an issue. I bought it because it was hyped as Blackest Black....Its ok, I don't think a drop of extra pigment is worth creating soo much of a hype!!

3. Dior Show Mascara:
I didn't buy it. But when I got the chance to try it, I did feel it was over hyped and not worth paying $$sssss...There are tons of drug store mascaras doing amazing could find one there for your lashes...

4. MAC Fix Plus:
People say it gives 'dewy' look. If Dewy= Sticky, I say yes..It does gives that sticky, gross look. Its just a glorified water mixed with something in every way...IMO...

5. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment:
Over priced and Over hyped. Want some lovely, smooth lips...try a mixture of sugar and lip balm or olive oil at home!!!

6. Mineral Veil by Bare Minerals:
I remember when I first started seeing YT videos, everyone was raving about this it gave them that flawless look....etc, etc...
For me, it flew everywhere...there was not invisible veil. I looked same before and after application....It just didn't live up to the hype!!

There are few other products too, mainly colors, that I bought because of all the hype. I know lipstick, blush colors are all subjective. Colors that work for you may not work for me. But few colors that I have don't look good on me and I have not seen many people in person looking good with that either.
1. Lollipop loving
2. Lavender whip
3. Blooming lovely

These colors are so difficult to work with.

Orgasm Blush by NARS is another color, I don't know why is loved my many. I mean whenever I see in pictures, it looks good...but in person, I didn't find it unique or amazing...
NARS Turkish Delight and Striptease are a few other colors that I have tried on, but I just feel they are a bit over-hyped...

These are few of the thing, that I feel is over-hyped and I have purchased most of them because everyone else raved. I guess, past experiences have made me a bit wise and now I don't fall for the hype often, but still there are times when I want to believe in all things good about a product.....

This is a fun tag. Many products may be your HOLY GRAIL product...Just enjoy the whole thing...Take a chill pill!!
Let me know what your favorites are...and yes, no one tagged me to do this, but the person 'vanewpc' who started this tag on youtube replied me to one of her comments, that I can do the tag...hehe, so technically, I am tagged!!!

March 24, 2010


MAC Solar Riche, MAC Emote Blush, CARGO Blu-Ray Bronzer, Benefit Hoola

I am a Olive skin toned person, with heavy yellow undertones. I am NC40 in MAC for summers and I would say I am pretty much happy with my natural!!
I really don't need a bronzer for that bronzed effect or to get that sun-kissed glow.

During those summer months, all I need is a little warm glow and I try to achieve that by applying WARMED MSF by MAC which unfortunately is Limited Edition.
I use bronzers to contour, to carve that fake cheek bone and give my face a slightly slimming effect, which is more of a round shape...

Bronzers, that have shimmers in them are not good for this contouring purpose, especially during the day time.

Selecting a bronzer color can be very tricky. Some make me look orange like a pumpkin and others can make me look dirty, like dry mud smeared all over my face. Some bronzers are light enough to be used as an all over powder for my skintone and some can make me look like Edward cullen in sunlight....all shimmering like Diamonds....LOL!!

I have purchased quite a few bronzers and till date I am confused what exactly looks good. Laguna by NARS didn't work, neither did MAC Solar Riche...both had shimmers...nay for me!!
Cargo Blu-ray was too light in color and drugstore ones always made me orange...At times Emote blush looks decent, but other times it looks dirty....same with Hoola, it looks different in different lighting....I am still in hunt for a decent bronzer that would look good when I contour.

I have heard that The Balm has a good bronzer and Tarte Park Avenue Princess is a good one too. This post is just to share what bronzers I have and what you all would suggest if you have a skintone similar to mine....
I tried to swatch these bronzers...but the camera didn't pick decent pics...I let them go...:)

March 22, 2010


Gorgeous MAC Limited Edition Lipsticks

They are Lovely!! They are Attractive!! They are one-of its kind....They are Limited Edition...

MAC has always managed to trap me with its LE stuff. Sometimes the products are genuinely unique, some times they are just, well CRAP...but MAC still manages to lure me with their LE, Gorgeous Packaging...

They sucked me into buying an Orange Electro and they made me buy that Lollipop Loving....which looks painfully horrible on me! I still can't let them go...they sit there in my collection, unused (most of the times), admired by me everyday. I feel happy to posses them...but is it really worth it??

Do you find yourself holding on to products, just because they come packed in a Limited Edition lovely, cute casings??


Pic by: corremadrid / Joel
Hia all my beautiful beauties...
SPRING IS FINALLY HERE....I am happy that now I can enjoy more outdoors and not go to mall often to spend my Saturdays...This means less money will be spend on impulse buys....The bad thing though is I don't get to wear jackets and coats and stuff, which usually helped me to 'hide' my fat body....anyways....
I got nice gifts on my B'day, but I had to become a year older to get those....
Ok, so on make-up stuff, I am pretty excited about the grease paint sticks by MAC, but on seeing the swatches, I feel I do have similar colors that I can use as eye base from various brands...What do you guys think? Should I buy any of those? What is your list? Anything specific you are eyeing for?
Oh yes, I did get some charms and beads for my Pandora braclet and I was thinking of dedicating a post on that, because I had many questions regarding that and I didn't find the answers to many on internet...So may be in future, if someone wants a few information, my post might help....
I guess I am blabbering a lot asusual....
Have a great week ahead and don't forgot to pay an occassional visit on Dazzle-n-Sparkle!!!

March 21, 2010


I always wanted to own a CHANEL QUAD. I was so curious to know, how different or good is this brand from all the MAC or other stuff I have. When its CHANEL...Its like...haaaa...

The fancy pouch

I had to shell out 60 bucks! *cough* which included the tax for this quad that runs by the name KASKA BEIGE... Now, this being my first Chanel purchase I did my little research on the internet and found Chanel lovers were raving about this quad...


The quad has neutral colors, which is very very wearable, work friendly, everyday quad. The colors are pretty decently co-ordinated and can be worn in conjugation for a simple or a dramatic look.
The quad comes in this fancy pouch, which is made of velvet and with two crappy, sponge applicators, which is useless...Its such a shame that a quad this expensive holds cheap, sponge applicators...


The colors are not highly pigmented. They are medium soft and texture wise there is a mix of matte, satin and color with mild sheen. None of them are glittery or shimmery. Its pretty classy!!!

Swatched without base

I wore it over UDPP and I had to work a bit to get some pigmentation. Next time I did use a brown shadestick and the colors were more vibrant.

Swatches of Chanel Kaska Beige Quad

Colors in number 3 and 4 are my favorite. They are beautiful, but none of them are unique. I personally feel, paying $60 for a quad that is moderately pigmented....and not Unique or Extra special...I don't understand....I guess I paid a lot for the BRAND NAME....

Some people may not agree with my thoughts, but I think, I could get similar effect or a similar eye look using similar colors from other brand...I agree, the quad looks classy and its a great, happy feeling for a make-up junkie to own one...but I won't be buying any of their other quads...

I guess, with this one, my 'CRAZE and CURIOUSITY for CHANEL' quad has reduced as I know its nothing special.....

March 19, 2010


MAC Liberty of London was one collection I was pretty excited about when I saw the Promo Pics. The cute packaging was the main reason, which no doubt is one of the best packaging I have seen after Heatherette.

Gorgeous Packagings...

The colors in the collection are Gorgeous and its amazing to own, especially if you don't own the potential dupes.

Those flowers are ADORABLE....

I liked the English Accents lipgloss a lot from all the swatches I saw online. I did pick that one. Also Blooming Lovely Lipstick looked very pretty in tube. So I got that one aswell.

Just 2 stuff for myself...

My friend did get all the 3 lipsticks released in the collection. I found English Accent lipgloss was kinda similar to Eclectic Edge Lipglass.

Smashbox Pout, Eclectic Edge, English Accent lipglass

I found Eclectic Edge more wearble than the English Accent. The later one is pretty too and has a decent coverage. I personally prefer Eclectic Edge.

Swatches of Smashbox Pout, Eclectic Edge, English Accent lipglass

My friend did purchase all the three lipsticks and I requested her to let me take pictures and compare them to the other similar colors I have. I had seen Xinarox compare all these colors, so I knew I won't be buying any of the lipsticks, but at store, I just couldn't resist the beautiful packaging.

Gladiola and Petals and Peacocks

I find Gladiola more wearable....

Lavender Whip and Blooming Lovely
I was pretty sure that Blooming lovely would work better on me. But I find its difficult to make that color work on me. Either ways, I don't use Lavender Whip so often, but still I feel Lavender whip would work better with my skintone.

Ravishing and Ever Hip
I have Ravishing and I don't look so good in it was obvious I would never look good in this color aswell.

Swatches of MAC Lipsticks in Ever Hip, Petals & Peacocks, Blooming Lovely,
Gladiola, Lavender Whip, Ravishing
I think that all these colors are beautiful, but they are out of my comfort zone. Everybody has their own favorites and unfortunately I didn't find anything I needed. I have all the three 'potential dupes' which I guess are enough...

The beauty powders were placed in such lovely compacts...but I thought just wait till they hit CCO...I didn't had $25 to splurge just on was sooo cute!!!
Thank you to my fried who let me compare her products for my blog...:)

March 18, 2010

CLINIQUE: Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask - Review

CLINIQUE: Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask

I picked this one at my CCO by mistake. Its a product exclusively meant for oily skin and these days I am seriously a victim of dry, ultra dry and flakey skin. This product is a total no-no for me. I did use it once and it painfully ripped off last drop of my natural skin moisture!! Again, as I said, my fault...its meant for oily skin and me giving a negative reveiw for a product that was not meant for me would be unfair to the product and very mis-leading for anyone who reads my review (and if at all believes in them....)

Then why is this product here?? Well, I would say me and my husband are poles apart from each other when it comes to skin texture...well, we are poles apart in many things, but that is a different!!

He found this product very good and agreed to become my guest reviewer...

So whatever you read from here is totally his experience with this product and not mine. If it does not agrees with your skin, please catch hold of my hubby's have the permission....:)

CLINIQUE: Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask

This is a mask that has Kaolin in it and is a clay based mask. It just took 5 to 7 minutes to dry completely. The skin was soft and felt very clean. The black heads or clogged pores felt clean and smooth. There was mild stretching after washing it off, but then that was taken care of by application of a light moisturizer.
There was a mild tingling effect, but no burning or itching whatsoever.
He only told me this much...also added, that he feels the same when I applied Mint Julep!!!
So, yes...please decide yourself...My experience with Clinique Brand in general has always been Fantastic!! This product is for Oily skin people, and as I told earlier I have dry skin, this didn't work for me...SIMPLE!!!
Disclaimer: This product has been purchased by me.

March 16, 2010

Urban Decay Primer Potion EDEN - Review/Swatch

Urban Decay Primer Potion in EDEN

An eye prep product that provides smoother, longer-lasting, and absolutely
crease-proof eyeshadow—and is now offered in a very-wearable, tawny, matte hue.

The Wand

Eyeshadow Primer Potions from Urban Decay are unmatched in the beauty industry! The genie in these bottles fulfills three wishes: eyeshadow that lasts, more
vibrant and lasting color, and absolutely NO creasing. Apply Primer Potion to
lids before shadow application and it dries down almost instantly, creating
smooth lids that are super-powered eyeshadow magnets. Urban Decay offers several unique shades in their Eyeshadow Primer Potions, but all boast the same
unbelievable function. Eden is a matte-finish, tawny hue and gives you a
stunning "no makeup" look when worn alone or complements other eyeshadows worn in combination. Packaged in a pretty genie bottle, all these Potions are applied
with a magic wand and flocked applicator.

Swatches of UDPP in EDEN, REGULAR, SIN

I am very happy with my old UDPP, but it was curiousity that led me to buy this. After trying it for almost a week, I have mixed feelings about this product.

Color, Fragrance and Texture:

The color is beigey, tawny with lots of yellow undertones to it. Its very much like a light weight concealer. The texture is slightly liquidy, with no smell to it and its very fluffy...(i know you got it).

Primer Potions by Urban Decay

When I swatched this, it looked very opaque, but when I applied it on my eye, it gave a semi-sheer coverage. I have pigmented eye-lids as you can see in pictures below. So if I try to conceal this pigmentation, the EDEN does it, but not the way I want it. I mean the product claims to give a 'no make-up look' when worn alone, but for my eye-lids, it looked weird.

Bare eyes

Two dabs of UDPP EDEN

The application is a bit tricky. If I am not careful while spreading it out, it would leave a whitish/yellowish cast on places where I don't need. Like with the regular UDPP, I can use it upto the brow bone and even on my lower lashline. As its clear or does not imparts any color, I don't care if the applicationn is messy. With this one I have to be careful, or else it just discolors lot of stuff and also my eye brow hair.....I don't know if that makes any sense...but yes, I prefer the regular one.

Sheered out (messy application)

This didn't crease, but if you apply a bit more to get more coverage, it does creases. Also I had to be quick while working, because it dries quickly and then its difficult to both spread and wipe of the excess. So the key is use sparingly, quickly and preferably with a brush.
I still prefer my UDPP regular and then top it with Paint pots, Shadestick, Jumbo Pencil, Creaseless cream shadow, or for that matter any colored or nude base to get the desired coverage or pop off color...whatever is needed....
Disclaimer: Personally purchased, paid and used product. Personal thoughts and experience.

March 15, 2010


Morning dear lovelies.....

Its a cloudy one, where I live...East Coast has been not so happy with the weather mother nature has been giving us past few months. It rained heavily on Saturday and the wind...OMG, I was literally planning what to run with if the roof of my house flies off somewhere....To top it all we were without electricity from evening 4 to mid-night. Nothing from the home heating system to my burners were working. I would say it was bad, but it gave me a chance to explain my 5 year old how fortunate we are to have basic necessaties in life and there people who survive in bad conditions....

Anyways...Oh! btw, I have 201 lovely people who visit my blog now. The jinx of 200 Follower figure broke this morning...The whole week I was swinging between 199 and 200....Someone was following then un-following...I was like, comeon...I am not that!!!

Thank you all so very much for giving me a chance to share my make-up obsession and relating with that..

I over slept today, because of the lazy, cloudy weather and that time change. I could never figure out why and how...all I know it create havoc with my body clock and routine. Lots iof work to finish...I will talk to you all later...the whole week...:)


March 14, 2010


'BEAUTY BUYS' is another term coined for the infamous 'HAUL'. Its just the list of things I buy and the ones you will hear me 'yak', 'blab', 'review' about in next few posts!!!

Goodies I picked are:

CHANEL Eyeshadow quad in Kaska Beige (My first ever CHANEL make-up....I am super excited)
LAURA MERCIER Secret Brightening Powder (Interesting product)
BENEFIT One Hot Minute ( I freakin love the name!)

March happens to be my Birth month... so if I get a bit more crazy with Beauty Buys, just don't judge me guys....


March 13, 2010

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye pencil (Swatches)

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye pencils in Rockstar, Binge, Mildew, Oil Slick,
Graffiti, Underground, Gunmetal, Dime
A dynamic eye pencil, in a rainbow of shades.
Glide on color that stays put for the duration of your non-stop, on-the-go
day! These cushiony, creamy eye pencils deliver powerful, vibrant color that
slides on smooth and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then
dries to a long-lasting finish that won't budge. Line eyes with a hint of color
or go for the full artistic, multi-hued effect. Truly inspired, these pencils go
all day and all night.

Who doesn't love these...They have amazing consistency and not to mention the lovely colors. I am personally not comfortable wearing colors like Graffiti, but colors like STASH, ROCKSTAR, MILDEW...Just Superb!!! Also, I find few colors that have these micro glitter in them working not so well on me, because I wear lenses and for some reason these manage to hurt me...

Above are the swatches of few colors that were recently added to their line. Its not very new, but yes, fairly new.
Rockstar: Dark purple
Binge: Midnight Blue
Mildew: Deep forest green
Oil Slick: Black with silver glitter
Graffiti: Bright green with silver sparkle
Underground: Metallic taupe
Gunmetal: Glimmering dark grey
Dime: Glimmering silver

Do you have any favorites from this line or fo that matter any other brand?

March 10, 2010


Tarina Tarantino Lipstick Swatches

Colors shown are:

Candy Jar
Studio 200
Fuschia Lining

Tarina Tarantino Lipstick Swatches

Queen Alice

These are in-store swatches. I don't own all the lipsticks. I do own Cameo and Queen Alice. I personally find them a bit sheer.

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