June 29, 2010

NARS MULTIPLE - COPACABANA


NARS MULTIPLE IN COPACABANA

Nars The Multiple is the original all-in-one, cream-to-powder, multi-purpose
makeup stick. With fingertip application, The Multiple highlights, sculpts, and
warms eyes, cheeks, lips, and body in an array of shades from sheer accents to
mauve and bronze.


NARS COPACABANA (Heavy Swatch)

I like NARS Multiples in general. I love the texture and the convinient case it comes in. I have owned Multiples before and this is a totally different color from whatever I have.

Copacabana is best used as a Highlighter. Its a described as Glistening Pearl and true to its name it has this Silvery sheen, which is not Stark White. The stick itself has some sort of greyish tone to it.
I was tossed between LUXOR and COPACABANA and finally went with Copacabana.
Luxor is described as iridescent pink and it sure does has some hint of pink in it, which I didn’t want because it might have altered the color of my blush or restricted its use as highlighter over certain shades only. Its just my thoughts after swatching the product in store. I may not be right.

Copacabana is a silvery highlighter. Its totally different from South Beach which is a Shimmery Apricot color and gives this warm Sunkissed glow. Copacabana being a Silvery Highlighter might give a Moonkissed glow????????

The Multiple can be used either on the brow bone or cheek bone, over cupids bow, on bridge of nose and also on some parts of body, which I never use.
The texture is lovely. Its smooth and creamy, yet firm enough, easy to spread and blend. Its a cream to powder formula which will end up giving a satiny finish. It has no offensive smell.

The end result on cheeks remind me of Benefit’s Highbeam, which is a nice highlighter, but I had some trouble blending it initially. Consistency has a lot to do with products like Moonbeam and Highbeam. They tend to turn a bit thick and goopy in longer run. Now I am pretty comfortable in using them aswell.

The major difference between end result of Copacabana and Highbeam is the finish. Highbeam gives a dewy look, this one does not gives a satiny finish and highlights the area beautifully.


NARS COPACABANA MULTIPLE (Sheered)

The application technique

I use my fingers to apply this. I can’t apply any of my Multiple with brush. I find it difficult to pick the product. If you have any suggestions please share.

I 'Dab' the product and slightly rub it in. If I over blend it, the moisture or cream that holds the tiny sparkles or shimmer, just melts in the skin and I am left with scattered tiny sparkles all over. As it is, there is no base color holding the shimmers. (I hope this description is making any sense)

Drawbacks/Cons

Apart from the hefty price tag, the product has a tendency to dry in the longer run and being a cream product, it comes with some sort of expiry aswell.

Overall a great product and I think it would work on many skintones. I do have a feeling that it might turn ashy on some darker skintones, but again it depends on how and where you want to use it.

June 28, 2010

Philosophy - Eye Hope™ Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream




Philosophy - Eye Hope™ Advanced Anti-Aging Eye

The Claim



What it is:
An antiaging eye treatment that reduces puffiness.

What it is formulated to do:
Philosophy Eye Hope™ Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream
provides moisture and protection for the delicate eye area. It is designed
to diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness, and minimize the appearance of
fine lines and wrinkles. A dose of antioxidants fortifies skin against
future damage.

What else you need to know:
This formula contains beta glucan, an agent that has been shown to help address aging concerns such as wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity and tone. In this product, beta glucan works synergistically with a team of age-fighting counterparts to deliver
serious results.

My skin is Brave...It reacts badly to very few skincare products, especially the ones that have Salicylic Acid in them. It reacted badly to this Philosophy - Eye Hope™ Advanced Anti-Aging Eye.

How I Used it

Once at Night
Duration: 4 weeks

I had 3 samples of 2ml each that I got from Sephora. 6ml of product is a good amount for an eye cream and it lasted easily for a month.

Texture: Semi-liquid. Not to thick like cream, nor too runny. Pretty much like a serum.

The thing was absorbed easily and it was not greasy at all. It didn't provide much moisturization though. Infact, the under eye area felt dry.
On application, it burned my under eye area like nobody's business... The burning did subside after 10 minutes, but those 10 minutes were very uncomfortable. I did continue to use it and after a week, the burning was changed to stinging. I think I got used to that whole burning thing.

In the past, I had tried Origins Plantidote Mega Mushroom Eye Serum and it would make my eye water or sting only if the product accidently entered my eye. I still use that serum (only once) because it works for my dark shadows, but it lacks the moisturizing properties. Unfortunately, this too lacks the moisturizing properties.

The packaging is nice, as the pump is the most hygenic thing for creams and lotions and foundations.

I didn't notice much difference around my eye area during my one month duration of using the product. May be one month is too less to notice any difference, but I couldn't bear any more stinging...Had to Stop...

p.s: Eye Creams, like Skincare products would work differently for different people. This didn't work for me, but it might become HG product for some body. Asking for sample before committing to full size product would be a wise decision.

MONDAY MORNING...


My Saturday was like this...

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone is doing good... Me? I am great...
The weeks are passing by so fast...I am happy, because we soon will see Fall/Winter, which is my favorite part of the year, but that also makes me a bit paranoid, because even before I know I will be celebrating my next birthday and getting a year older...

Anyways, Saturday we had been to Ocean City. It was so so Hot and Humid. We were baked like Potatoes and then Broiled in our car, that was like pre-heated oven in that open parking. It was a good day though, with friends and families and kids.
Sunday saw me in mall...Obviously! I had to cool down after this Hot Saturday...in blasting A/C for free...lol!

Did a little damage at Sephora. Oh btw, I did manage to get a LE DIOR Shimmerskin Powder in Copper Diamond at Sephora. Can you believe this? It was released in Fall 2008 and was an instant sellout at that time. Finding something which was that old, in a busy Sephora is a MIRACLE in beauty world. I wanted it so badly. No one was ready to swap or sell.

I am getting so good at Rambling....Proud of myself...lol!!

Wish you all have a Fantastic week ahead....Keep yourself HYDRATED...

xoxo,
dazzling...sparkling...me!!

June 26, 2010

STILA - It Girl Eye Shadow Trio Palette


It Girl Eye Shadow Trio Palette

Anybody obsessed with makeup knows ‘Orgasm’ and ‘Kitten’ have two meanings.
Never trying any of these and calling myself a beauty blogger is close to CARDINAL SIN!
Well I am on Sin side….Never tried Kitten eyeshadow from Stila. This palette gave me chance of trying 3 shades for just 10 bucks! Can’t beat that…


Lame, Chloe, Kitten

A trio of Stila's award-winning eyeshadows in a chic palette.
Stila's award-winning eyeshadows are recognized for their high-quality formula and
texture, which can be worn wet or dry.


Lovely Warm shades

The palette includes three shades:

Lamé -- shimmering gold
Chloe -- shimmering bronze
Kitten -- shimmering nude pink


Swatches of Stila eyeshadows in Lame, Chloe, Kitten

These are a little smaller than the usual Stila Eyeshadow. Its almost the size of MAC eyeshadow. All three are beautiful tucked in a palette, which is sturdy and snaps shut well. No Cardboard and Magent business here.


Pure Love!!!

Lame: This is a lovely, lovely Gold Color. By now, most of you know I am such a sucker for Golds. The texture is smooth and soft. I find the color in Lame is bit powdery in texture. Its not buttery kinds. Its very Shimmery too. This would make a very nice lid color.

Chloe: This is a Shimmery Bronze Color and has more Golden hues to it. It has no red undertones and this one reminds me a lot of the Cocomotion Pigment. The texture is smooth aswell and this one is not as powdery as Lame. It would make a nice warm lid color or outer crease color.

Kitten: The infamous Kitten!! Its a Shimmery Pink Champagne color. I honestly don't understand the hype. Its like many other colors I have seen. Its a beautiful one, no dobt. I guess Kitten was released way before other dupes or similar color from various Brands popped. This one makes a nice lid color or inner tear corner color to brighten the look. This can be worn alone with a lovely winged liner or layered over various colored cream bases. Pretty Versatile color.
The texture is soft and smooth again, but still not the most buttery one.


Swatches of Stila It Girl Eye Shadow Trio Palette

In my swatches, the Kitten one looks very pale and shimmery, I believe due to the flash. These colors are very nicely pigmented and blend easily. I did experience some fall outs though. As these can be used both wet or dry, I can take care of the fallouts.

The palette is a lovely one, but I would not use all the colors in conjugation with each other. The finishes of all shadows are shimmery, so my end result would be 'Disco Eyes'. Its a nice collection of Lid colors and at $10, I should not be complaining!!

The palette is available at Sephora website for limited time only.

June 25, 2010

PIGMENT PASSION -- MAC COCOMOTION



PIGMENT PASSION is a series that will feature MAC Pigments, their texture,
the ways I use them and all the fun stuff. One pigment will be posted every Friday
and I will try to share whatever pigment colors I own.


MAC Pigment -- Cocomotion

This was a Limited Edition Pigment released and re-promoted in last few years. I went on a crazy hunt spree for this pigment after the hype amongst Beauty Community began to build up. Got mine at CCO and they still have it.


Swatches of MAC Pigment in Cocomotion

This is a beautiful Antique Gold color, with some kind of Bronze in it. Its a very rich, vibrant looking pigment. There are lovely Gold sparkles in it. The Pigmentation is Awesome!
This Pigment has a nice smooth texture, but I personally get some fall outs. Its not very easy to blend like Overrich Pigments, but still better than many others out there. If I over blend, some of the Gold sparkles separate from the color itself.
I am not so good with pigments, so may be my unskilled hands give me fall outs. Its a lovely color though.


MAC Cocomotion Pigment swatch

Ways I use Cocomotion Pigment

1. All by itself, over the lid and slightly sweeping it to the outer crease.

2. As a lid color over black base.

3. As nail color, by mixing with clear nail polish. It looks pretty!

This is a color, which deserves at least a single try. I am sure, many many people will like it. The warmth in it makes it a lovely color for all skintones. Even Lighter skintoned may love this as wash of color.

P.S: Its a Limited Edition pigment, but tons of site on the internet sell Pigment samples. You can get hold of it easily. Sorry for the in-accurate swatches. I am NC42, so getting Bronzey, Gold, Browns to swatch on myself is bit difficult.

June 23, 2010

St. Ives Facial Cleanser/Make-up Remover


St. Ives Make Up Remover and Facial Cleanser

Whenever I go over board with my fun Shopping (makeup and accessories), I had to cut down on some purchases to balance out everything. Easy things to save on are, Bath and Body Products. March and April saw me splurging on Chanel and other stuff, so when I ran out of my Clinique Facial Cleanser, I randomly picked the cheapest one available at ULTA.

Product Description
This cleanser effortlessly removes even the heaviest make-up while cleaning the skin.


Cleanser with Chamomile

St. Ives is a brand that I have used before. Infact, as a teen I remember scrubing my face with Apricot scrub. During those days, that was all I could afford. Now that I am pretty much settled in life, I have become more 'over - concious' of how 'big, rough and abrasive' Apricot shell is...huh! Call me Snobby B****!

On serious note, I always liked this brand and the one reason for not spending on LUSH products is, its difficult to see $$$s go down the drain, just for fancy color and exotic smelL. I personally feel LUSH or similar kind of products should be reserved for an Occassional Luxurious Bath. Personal thoughts...no rules!!

Ok, back to the cleanser. This one claims to remove make-up. It does removes make-up, but not the eye make-up. Infact, I have yet to find a cleanser, that would completely remove eye make-up on its own. We put so much things on eye, to make sure that the eyeshadows and liner last all day, that expecting a poor cleanser to remove all of that is a pretty ambitious expectation.
Chamomile was first used for its cleansing and Antiseptic Powers. Chamomile
Flowers contain soothing Oils, that help calm irritated skin.

The texture is smooth and soft. Its a cream formula, not to runny nor to thick and goopy. It does not foams at all. I just rub it all over my face like a lotion and after a 2 minutes mini massage, rinse it off with water. The end result is soft and fresh. This does not tugs or irritates the skin. No dry feeling at all. I like the smell too. Its very soothing and refreshing.

Good things worth noticing

Dermatologist Tested
Not Tested on Animals
Does not contain Animal Ingredients
Formulated without Parabens and Phthalates
No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS, the foaming agent)

I bought this at ULTA for $3.75, but I used some discount Coupons, so I don't know the current retail price. So many qualities at a decently affordable price....Not Bad...

p.s: Sorry, for the ramblings in between....

June 22, 2010

BENEFIT - ONE HOT MINUTE - A REVIEW



3 words made me buy this:

1. Natural Glow
2. Rose Gold
3. Radiant skin


Now, who doesn’t wants a sexy glow!! Personally for me, I find MAC MSFs way to shimmery for my taste, though I wished they worked for me.
When I saw this product a few months back, I instantly fell in love with the name, the packaging and of course the claims it made.



I read mixed reviews for this product, but finally decided to give it a try. I picked this one in March and since then I have used it pretty consistently.



A sexy-in-seconds face powder. This loose, rose-gold finishing powder is the
final touch for a "gaze at me" glow. It contains a sheer tint that works on all
skintones—anytime, anywhere. Get radiant skin in one hot minute!



I am totally in love with this product as it provides just the exact amount of luminosity, without being OTT shimmery or glittery. The end result is NOT Dewy. I am not in my twenties, so obviously my definition of glowing skin might be different than theirs.



This powder is finely milled, in fact very very fine. The color has this tint to it. It is a rose gold color. Its neither very white like Vanilla pigment or NARS Albatross, nor it has too much pink in it. It is also not overly orange or brown. The color is lovely!!
Once applied, it leaves in a fresh, glowing, radiant skin without accentuating any pores. As it has this needed warmth to it, it DOES NOT LEAVES A WHITE or ASHY cast, which is something that no warm/olive toned person would want. There is a mild scent to the product, which is not annoying.



The Application

I use a fan brush, to pick the color and apply it on the temples, on my cheek bones, on the bridge of nose and cupids bow. The fan brush that comes with it is not so great and is too flimsy, but it still can be useful for applying the product on the bridge of the nose. I can see this working on many persons with various skin tones. The color hardly shows up when blended. This is like the last finishing touch to my face make-up.

For using it exclusively as Cheek Highlighter, I use MAC 165 Brush, which helps to pick more product and gives a more precise, controlled application.

I also use it with 116 brush over a matte Blush like MAC Gingerly. It transforms a flat matte cheek to a Glowy cheek.

I prefer to use it as Highlighter during daytime, but I like to use it lightly with a Fan Brush all over face during night. Using a Powder Brush or a huge fluffy brush will make you look like a Disco Ball...Fan Brush is a must in this case.



The Packaging:

The packaging is very Vintage looking and the box is made of metal, which is nice, because the boxed powders tend to look ugly in longer run and the cap of the box becomes loose. Its not the most practical packaging though.
This is a loose powder product, so it can be difficult to travel with, but I use the tape technique (securing few holes with a clean tape)to make it easier to carry. Only needed amount comes out of the tiny holes. Either ways, every powder make-up is messy.

I personally find this to be an amazing product and if you are someone who likes glowy skin, without looking oily or greasy, this might be worth giving a try.
This is something that gives a flawless, polished finish, without actually being to loud. A little powder goes a long way. Its working for me and my skin tone and I am happy.

BEAUTY BUYS -- STILA, NARS, TARTE



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

I cannot pass a LE sale product, especially if the product is related to Make-up.
Stila came out with this It Girl Eye Shadow Trio Palette in Warm for just $10. I had to buy it! It is online only and to get free shipping I had to add $40 more in the basket….which is never a hard task.

Goodies I picked:

Stila IT GIRL EYESHADOW Palette
Stila Smoky Eye Talking Palette - The Emeralds
NARS Multiple in Copacabana (LOVE)
Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess (Original)

Tried everything! Reviews and Ramblings to follow soon…

June 21, 2010

MONDAY MORNING...



Morning Lovelies....

Official Summer starts today..... My family has been in Summer mode since April...I don't know why they choose to skip Spring...
I have successfully managed to manage my son at home all by myself, since past two weeks without going insane....Kids 'NEGOTIATE' so well...and mine very well knows what a 'BRIBE' is...

Anyways, apart from my Mommy Rambling...I did buy few goodies online, just to curb my appetite to spend. Not make-up though. Blogging has been slow. Not too many posts. I don't get time and I am tired by end of the day. Weekends are busy entertaining others or getting entertained by others....

I need to go now, my son wants a cookie... He just had his breakfast and still wants a cookie... Growing kids....I am so much in mommy mode as you can tell...

Have a great week ahead...

xoxo,
dazzling...Sparkling....me!!!

June 18, 2010

PIGMENT PASSION -- MAC VINTAGE GOLD



PIGMENT PASSION is a series that will feature MAC Pigments, their texture, the
ways I use them and all the fun stuff. One pigment will be posted every
Friday and I will try to share whatever pigment colors I own.


MAC PIGMENT - VINTAGE GOLD

This was instant LOVE! I picked this one from my CCO, totally based on its external appearance and name. Vintage and Gold...both things just called my name...
It is a PRO Pigment, that was a part of the Overrich Collection. The color is described as 'Tarnished Green with Gold pearl'. The description is pretty true to the color. Its a lovely Dirty, Olive'y' green with Gold shimmers. The shimmers are finely milled and they mix so well with the green, almost giving it a fine metallic finish.


Vintage Gold Pigment Swatch

When light hits the color, the gold sheen that is imparted is so elegant! The color is in the same family as Henna, Sumptous Olive, Mink and Sable, but prettier. The finish is fine, metallic and rich Gold!

The pigmentation is obviously awesome and its very easy to blend with practically no fallouts.


Vintage Gold (different lighting)

Ways I use Vintage Gold Pigment:

1. As lid color, all by itself.

2. Blonde's Gold in the inner lid, Vintage Gold on the middle and outer lid, with Museum Bronze in Crease. This is the most common way I use.

3. Over a dark black base. I use a black liner, smudge it and then apply Vintage Gold.

4. Vintage Gold with Humid in Crease and Gorgeous gold in the inner corners.

Ways Vintage Gold can be used.

1. With a Vibrant Orange like Firespot and Purple like Hepcat.

2. With Copper and Teal colors.

I can visualize all fantastic looks with this color, but I am too timid to try these and have practically NO confidence in carrying a bold look. I am one of those people, who is not able to give full justice to this lovely color!

June 17, 2010

RANDOM RAMBLING....


All of us are Beauty Junkies.....We love Cosmetics, make-up, Fashion, Collections and Deals related to them.

What is the FIRST Beauty related website, you see/open/refer/check every morning other than your own site/blog (if you have one).

I check Youtube, Temptalia, my own blog and then everything else.....

What about you?

June 14, 2010

NARS -- PENNY LANE CREME BLUSH (Review)

This is my first time using any creme blush from NARS. I have tried and loved NARS Multiples, so I was pretty positive that I would like the creme blushes too.
The product no doubt is a nice one, but the color is a wrong choice for me.


NARS CREME BLUSH IN PENNY LANE

This blush is creme to powder kind of blush. Its light weight, non-sticky and blends beautifully. I use my fingers to apply this. It is soft and does not dries quickly. It gives enough time to blend and then turns into a satiny, powdery finish. The creme blushes from MAC are very thick and sticky, which I don't like. Also Stila Convertible was pretty sticky. I have the creme blush from Illamasqua, which I like. Its light weight and non-sticky.
There is one MAJOR difference that I noticed. The Illamasqua creme blushes give a dewy, wet kind of look and the NARS Creme blush gives a matte, satiny look.


SWATCH OF PENNY LANE

The color I have is Penny Lane and its one of the most neutral, blush color I have. Its a very pale peachy, mauvey, Pink Blush color (crap color description, I know). The color pay 0ff is Ok. Its a pale blush to begin with, but the color is buildable. On my NC40/42 Skin, it did show up, but after applying 2-3 layers. I would prefer using it as base under my blushes. Its pretty natural color, so I could use it almost under every color blush, without actually messing/altering the original color.


PENNY LANE (Blended)

The staying power is nice, like every NARS Blush. I liked the formula, but I don't think that this color is must have kinds. Its one of those shades, that you need when you want that "no make-up look", just to give some definition to the face and cheeks. Its like "my cheeks but better" kind of thing...lol!!

The packaging is usual, Black, rubbery NARS packaging, with a mirror. Its so natural in color and less pigmented, that you could just throw it in purse and apply without using a mirror. You really need not be very careful while applying this.

Sometimes, its great to have less pigmented products. They do come handy!! At $26, its very pricey and honestly NYC Creme Blush Stick can do a similar job (using as blush base), if you get the right, muted, neutral color.

This would be a good color for lighter skintones, but for skintone like mine, I could use it only as blush base. For $26, I would want something that I can use on its own or in multiple ways.

p.s: For getting an idea about my skin type, skin tone etc, please refer the 'About' section on the navigation bar at the top of this page.

MONDAY MORNING....


Pic Credits: Web

Hia All....

Hope you doing good today....My Hubby was feeling exactly like the above pic when he left in the Morning...lol! Seriously, Weekends have bad effect...especially the ones, where you are at home for 2 whole days!!

My weekend was very productive though...I cleaned a closet, did my pending jobs and all the typical boring, household chores. The entertainment part was FIFA and NBA.
I did get my High by Shopping Online...Once an addict, always an addict. I ordered some small stuff from Sephora and Lorac for myself and a friend.

Planning on a little giveaway, when I hit 300 followers, which will take some time, because the pace os prettty slow on my blog.

Wish you all have a great week ahead.....Don't forget your sunscreens!

xoxo,
dazzling...sparkling...me!!

June 12, 2010

TARTE -- PARK AVENUE PRINCESS (MATTE)

One major reason I purchased this Bronzer was its packaging. I LOVE the container. I was tossed between Park Avenue Princess (Original), which has some shimmers. I saw this one which is matte and is supposed to be water-proof. This could double up for coutour aswell. So I opted for this one. I intend to try the Original version someday.


TARTE PARK AVENUE PRINCESS (MATTE)

A matte, waterproof, and whisper-light mineral-based bronzing powder.

What it does:
Just like tarte's best-selling mineral powder bronzer,
this matte waterproof bronzer delivers just the right amount of a sun-burnished
glow and doubles as an easy contouring powder. Infused with natural,
skin-softening mineral pigments, this waterproof bronzer helps improve skin's
texture, tone, and clarity all day long while withstanding humidity and
moisture.


The Packaging (LOVE IT!)

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This matte, waterproof bronzer contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like pure water to deliver and retain moisture, vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants to fight free radical damage, vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights free radical damage and prevents oxidative stress and premature signs of aging while brightening skin, and mineral pigments that are known for their soothing and softening properties. This product is dermatologist-tested and cruelty-free.


Tarte Park Avenue Princess, Benefit Hoola, MAC Emote Blush

The issue with bronzers are finding the right shade. I personally don't use bronzer to give that bronzed effect. With NC42 skintone, I am pretty bronzed to be begin with. I need bronzer to contour my cheeks and to even out the patchiness that summer sun does to me.

Benefit Hoola is a nice product. I like to use it often, but sometimes, in the evenings when I try to contour my cheeks, it appears dirty and muddy. Luckily with Tarte Park Avenue Princess, this issue is solved, because, its a matte and secondly, it has some Pink hues to it. Its not OTT.
I like to buff it along with my blush and then the transformation is pretty gradually from bare face to blush on cheeks. I hope my description is making some sense.


Tarte Park Avenue Princess, Benefit Hoola, MAC Emote Blush

I don't know if its water-proof or not. I didn't even bother with that part. The texture is soft and it blends easily, without being streaky or weird.

I find its a nice color. At least it worked for me and served the purpose. Personally, Bronzer reviews don't make much sense to me (at least my reviews). Its more about finding the right color. With Foundations too, its the same, but at least we talk about the texture, the feel etc. With Bronzer, I don't know what else to write.

June 11, 2010

PIGMENT PASSION -- MAC MUSEUM BRONZE



PIGMENT PASSION is a series that will feature MAC Pigments, their texture, the
ways I use them and all the fun stuff. One pigment will be posted every Friday
and I will try to share whatever pigment colors I own.


MAC MUSEUM BRONZE PIGMENT

Museum Bronze is a MAC Pro Pigment. It was released during the 2008 Overrich Collection.
The color is described as Rich Taupe with Gold Pearl and is a Frost Finish. I don't see much of Taupe in it. This looks more like a Golden Bronze color. Its has no reddish undertones like MAC Bronze eyeshadow, but has more golden tone like Woodwinked and more brown like Tempting or Limited Edition Starflash eyeshadow in Go. I should say its a cross between Woodwinked and Mulch/Tempting.


SWATCH OF MUSEUM BRONZE

The texture is very soft and smooth. These Overrich pigments are very finely milled and they blend easily, without any fallouts, which is good for pigments and loose shadows. The color was difficult to capture on camera, because it reflected light due to its golden sheen.


SWATCH OF MUSEUM BRONZE

Ways I use Museum Bronze Pigment

1. Along with Blonde's Gold Pigment on lid and this on the crease.

2. As a lid color, with matte rich dark brown in crease.

3. As outer lid color continued as crease color and then darkened with chocolate brown and black.

This could be used pretty much anywhere for neutral looks, especially the way one would use a shimmery golden Bronze color. I like the fact that it has no reddish tones, nor the gold part turns green.
This color was also released during the 2009 Pigment Holiday sets. A good color to have, if you are warm toned person and wear lot of neutral eye looks and love anything with Golden Hues.

I purchased mine at the CCO. Samples are available on many sites aswell.

June 9, 2010

NARS -- ORGASM ILLUMINATOR (REVIEW)


NARS ORGASM ILLUMINATOR

NOPE!! This didn't work as expected!!! I so wanted to love this product and I did try my level best to make it work on me, but unsuccessful!!

A complexion enhancer that makes skin look instantly refreshed, radiant, and
glowing. NARS Orgasm Illuminator lights your skin from within! Deceptively
sheer and decidedly luminous, it magically transforms lackluster skin into a
remember-me, luscious complexion. Flirt with foundation, go it alone, or go
neck-and-neck with your décolleté. The effect is, well, orgasmic.

The description sounds Beautiful and the effect would had been Orgasmic, if it had stayed!!


The Color : NARS Orgasm Illuminator

To begin with, the color is Fantastic!! Its a lovely Peachy, Corally kind of color with sublte Gold Shimmers. Even though it looks so deep and dark in tube, when blended, its very sheer.
The shimmers in it is very, very fine and I love it.


Orgasm Illuminator when patted with fingers

The texture is liquidy, lotion kinds. Very light weight and not sticky at all. It smells wonderful, like Orange (maybe??. Don't pay attention to the description of fragrance part for this product).

I applied this as Highlighter on cheek bones and nose bridge. I used my fingers to blend in the product, and it was easily absorbed too, but in the process all the shimmers were lost.
So I tried using my finger with patting motion. There is hardly any color, so I had to build on the sheen. The patting motion helped and after applying a few layers, the glow was visible. I had to turn my face to numerous angles and adjust my cheek to the light to notice that sheen.
Also tried applying this with a disposable sponge wedge, which definately helped in packing the product, but tons of it was wasted.

After all this, within next 20 minutes, all the sheen, shine, glow everything was gone. It literally disappeared!! All I was left was a cheek, with something that only I know I had applied.
That was a disappointment.

The product didn't last on me at all! I also used it mixing with my foundation, but the results were not dewy...they were sticky, like you have your face on those humid, hot days... Not sweaty, but sticky...

Its a product, which has a great shimmer, great color, great texture and great scent...but no staying power. I can use at as base under blush or highlighter, but at $29, I would love to use it all on its own.

For a product, with barely 20 minutes of staying power, its pretty pricey.

Disclaimer: These are my personal thoughts on the product, purchased by me. Things that didn't work for me, might work for you and vice-versa.

June 7, 2010

LORAC - LITTLE BLACK PALETTE


LORAC - LITTLE BLACK PALETTE

A baked eyeshadow and eye primer palette.
Create long-lasting, hot looks for days, evenings, and after-hours in the
city with this must-have palette. Shine in rich golds and bronzes with 4
color-coordinated, mineral-infused, silky-smooth, shimmering Baked Eye Shadows
and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, all packed in a must-have sleek
black case.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:-
Parabens
Sulfates
Synthetic Fragrances
Synthetic Dyes
Phthalates
GMOs
Triclosan

LORAC - LITTLE BLACK PALETTE with PRIMER

This instantly reminded me of the Physicians formula Baked Eyeshadow. The colors are Gorgeous and the texture is very soft. Its not powdery at all. There is this elegant sheen to the colors on application, no sparkles, no glitter, no fall out. They blend in very nicely.
The colors don't have any names and they can be used both wet or dry.

GORGEOUS COLORS

The darker shades can easily be used as eyeliner as the shadows can be used wet too. I used them above Urban Decay Primer Potion and it did last well.


Swatches of LORAC - LITTLE BLACK PALETTE

The pigmentation is amazing as you can see in the above swatches. These are just one swipe, without any base. Awesome Pigmentation!
The colors are not unique, but any neutral eyeshadow lover would love to own these.

This also came with a Primer, which I have not used yet, so I am in no position to share my thoughts.

The packaging is a Thick, Black Cardboard box, with a glossy finish and magnet to snap it shut. There is a good size mirror too. I personally don't like the packaging, as I think its too bulky. Also, these shadows being baked, I find them very fragile and prone to breaking. The bulky packaging is not helpful.
Its not a great idea to travel with this palette, IMO.

I see myself using this quad a lot. Not a must have quad as the colors can be easily duped, but a great quad when it comes to amazingly, soft, smooth and neutral colors.

Disclaimer: I won this quad in a Giveaway by http://www.bestthingsinbeauty.blogspot.com/
 

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