August 31, 2010

Clinique: Even Better Skintone Corrector - Review

Clinique as a brand hardly disappoints me with their skin care line. I have used and liked many of their Products and this EVEN BETTER SKINTONE CORRECTOR is no different.

I have been using this product since past 13 weeks or more and the results have been pretty satisfying.

If you have been reading my posts for sometime, you probably know that my main skin concern is uneven skin tone, Hyperpigmentation, Dark Spots. I have no issues with Acne, Scarings etc, but the over all skin tone is very uneven.

Ironically the name of the product is EXACT answer to my problem.

Application: AM and PM
Duration: 13 weeks plus

The Texture: The texture is soft, liquidy lotion (not watery nor thick as cream or gel). It is very light weight Serum, that spreads very easily, which is why not a lot of product is needed. The product gets fully absorbed in the skin and does not leaves the skin greasy or sticky. It does leaves a moisturized feel. If you are someone with oily skin, you might not want to use this under your makeup, but my skin leaning towards drier side, I enjoy its moisturized feel that it leaves.

The Fragrance: It has a mild fragrance, but nothing that would bother. I can’t even pin point what exactly it smells like, but whatever it is, its non bothering.

The Effect: My regular use of this as an AM and PM routine has shown decent difference in my skin tone. It appears more even. If I pick one particular hyper pigmented spot or area on my skin, I would not say its completely gone, but the over all appearance of the skin is good. It appears very clean and Bright. I would not compare it to fading creams, that has Hydroquinone which targets on the Melanine Production of a Hyper pigmented spot.

I also noticed my skin has not developed any new uneven patch or darkness around my mouth area. I must also admit, I didn’t see much difference for the first 4 weeks, but around 6th week the face was telling a different story. I was pretty religious too with using the product.
For the first 3 weeks I was using Philosophy Hope in Jar too, but then I stopped using it because it was difficult to understand which one was working and how.

The Packaging: It comes in a bottle, with a pump. The best thing is, the bottle can be opened and is not sealed. This is good, because it gives me the option of checking the product status when I am running low.

It’s a good product to try if you have a skin condition similar to mine. Regularity and Patience are needed the most, so is liberal use of Sunscreen.

What are your Favorite products for Hyper pigmentation and Uneven Skin tone condition? Have you used this Product? Did you like it?

August 30, 2010


Hello my Dear Friends...

Let me begin by saying, I am not Lazy and I am not neglecting the blog and I do love Make-up and this Cosmetic Journal...but I am just busy being Mommy and Back to School stuff, Bus Adventure rides and Parents- Student Oriendation.....Phew!!!!

Just had a busy week and expect a busier week ahead, with a pre-planned Vacation in the week to follow. Will try and update the blog with some pre-scheduled posts. I really hope you guys stick with me...

Had a chance to see the MAC Nail Polishes, that are released. Nice Colors!! Obvioulsy I like the one that was a dirty muddy kinds. Its called Earthy something. I had already hauled a few nail polishes from Sephora a day before I saw these. It looked pretty close to the Under my Trenchcoat from OPI Sephora that I picked. I may not be sure, but they did look same...

Also lemming the Lithe Pigment, but I will wait till it hits my CCO. From MAC I did haul a bit for a Brush and some regular stuff. Will try and share the pics soon. VOGUE FALL issue came in mail and its really really heavy!! Nice boots and Coats...

Enough Rambling from me...Hope you guys doing good as always..

Have a great week Ahead


August 25, 2010


No idea if this is a Permanent change or LE stuff, but isn't it COOL???


Don't ask me why 'THAT' Title for the blog post. I was just trying to be!!

These are a few goodies from HomeGoods. I like that store a lot. Especially, the Stationaries and bath products they carry. Also I enjoy to 'look', 'read' food products that they have. The homemade Jams, the spices in cute jars and all the other stuff. Never did buy any food products/edible stuff from that store though (freshness issues/expiry dates)

Packaging is always very important for me, when I go to buy bath products. Surprisingly Modern Packaging is something that never attracts me when it comes to Bath Products. Obviously, they are funcational, hygenic and easy, but somehow the SPA like things are more attractive.

The crisp paper packs, the wooden scoop, the old fashioned tins, Ropes tied around a ceramic pot and everything 'old style' looks very attractive to me. Not to mention the words like "Exotic", "Enriched", "Natural Oils" all add to the 'Purity and Freshness' of the product. Also when I read the names of Herbs and Flowers and stuff that are printed on the pack, it takes me to the Mountain ranges, makes me Virtually Visualise the serenity and Beauty of some amazing places.

Candles is something that is equally soothing in Shower and around Bathtubs, but Unfortunately my Apartment Bathtub is tiny. So Candle territory is not so well explored by me in Bathroom.
As much as I enjoy these stuff, I still feel LUSH is a bit to Heavy on Scents!

Totally excuse the lack of words....I am no writer and these are the only basic words I know to express, but you get the idea... A totally Random Rambling...Obviously!!

Do you enjoy EXOTIC Bath Products, HERBAL Shower Goodies?? Any Brand Suggestions?


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

A totally unplanned purchase! Then again, when is a Beauty Buy planned anyways!!
BENEFIT counter at Sephora was having this CUTE GWP. A Bag (small) and a Luster Duster (full size) neatly nested inside a CUTE paper Bag, on purchase of 2 Items from the Brand. Well, CUTNESS killed me. No seriously!

What is the whole point of having a cute, small paper bag? I didn't care least for Luster Duster, because the color is a pale Pink one, something that Lighter skintones would enjoy (In my opinion, though I have yet to open it)

So for that Tiny Make Up Bag alone, the Goodies I picked:

1. BENEFIT Some Kind A Gorgeous (Deep)
2. BENEFIT Creaseless Creme Shadow (Busy Signal)

I like these H&M seasonal Catalogue/Magazines. The quality of paper is good, something that you don't get for free. So yes, apart from the fact that there are some nice funky outfits combos, that I won't wear, I enjoy looking at them and also its FREE!!

August 23, 2010


Hi my lovelies...

Like always, I start with the same obvious line....Hope you all doing well...

My weekend was good, but Hectic. I was busy hunting was some "summer accessories" and "Beach and Water Related" Product. Let me tell you, it was like searching Pearls in the Ocean..

The thing is, we are going to Disney Resort, Florida during the coming long weekend. I had totally forgot to stock up on the needed summer stuff in summer (Technically, its still summer...but for stores its Halloween)

Anyways, I managed to get some crapy footwear for water parks in Florida and some how managed to get Capris and Cargos...

I had to return the NARS Blush in Madly...It just didn't show up on me at all. I should have learnt the lesson by now, that colors like baby pink and Sea Shell Pink are no good for me...Oh well!
My Sephora stores didn't had the MUFE Metal powder in Golds. I have been excited about this product since ages. Just need to see them in person, before spending. The MUFE lipsticks though were pretty stunning. The texture was ok, kinda appeared on dry side though. I think because the testers are kept open all day, it felt dry to me. As usual UD Naked palette was "Sold out". Did haul something from Benefit, simply because they had a "cute" bag as GWP.

Last week my posts had some comments and that really made me smile. Keep them coming friends....I thank you all from my heart for visiting and leaving the suggestions. Some of them were really very helpful.

Signing off now...Have a great day and week Ahead...


August 21, 2010


Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of
color you can use in place of foundation for a natural finish and a healthy
glowing complexion. It contains a SPF 20 for the ultimate in anti-aging

Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating

A moisturizer with a hint of shimmering color.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating is a lightweight, buildable sheer
foundation formula that delivers a youthful, radiant finish.
Protecting skin from the damaging rays of the sun with SPF 20 protection, this skin-friendly formula contains a unique Dewy Complex that is proven to keep the skin
moisturized and better equipped to combat external aggressors and irritants.
Layer with other foundations for a custom blend and radiant finish. It's

Tinted Moisturizer is one of those products that either you love or hate. People who prefer heavy coverage, usually stay away from Tinted Moisturizers.

These are just like their name. TINTED MOISTURIZER! Duh! No Brainer…

Laura Mercier’s range of Tinted Moisturizers are most talked about. They come in 3 types.

1. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
2. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 -- Oil Free
3. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 -- Illuminating

This can be a bit confusing, as the tube of primers and moisturizers all appear same. More Choice..More Confusion!
I chose the regular version.

Now, personally for me, my main issue with my facial skin is the uneven skin tone. I don’t have major acne marks or things like that to hide, but my chin is little darker than the rest of my face. My cheeks are pretty light. I tend to tan uneven and all I need is something to make my skintone appear even.
Foundations tend to give heavier coverage and I don’t like the all over feel of it. I prefer to restrict the use of foundations for special occasion.

Laura Mercier Tinted moisturizer is more of a sheer foundation. It does provides very sheer coverage, which is enough to make my skin appear even.
The product spreads easily and blends well. I use it by doting the product all over the face and then blend it with Sonia Kashuk’s Blending Sponge, which is damp. Sometimes I use my fingers too.
These have an SPF of 20, which is awesome for everyday use.

It does not appears patchy and lasts whole day. It has SPF, so by end of the day, the my face becomes bit sticky, but that ok. Its end of the day. The best thing is, the brand has good color selection. The MA at Laura Mercier Color matched me to shade Caramel, which appears very dark in tube. She said, its tinted moisturizer, so it will spread and blend sheer. It is a perfect match for summer, though I feel maybe in winter, I might need a shade lighter.


This is another of their Moisturizer, that has Illuminating Property. These come in 4shades and I have 2 shades, both as part of samples the MA gave me.

These too like the original version, spreads and blends well. They leave a lovely Luminous sheen. The sheen is not OTT glittery. It gives me a dewy look, but I am pretty positive, it will make oily skin people look more greasy. Also the SPF part makes the whole product a tiny bit sticky.
The MA told me, that the Illuminating part aka fine shimmers may reflect light and make me appear lighter if photographed. This did make sense because, even the color golden radiance which is so dark appears light on skin. The difference was noticeable. Even though the color matched me, it made me look Dirty. I would prefer the Original formula.

These come in Convenient, slim, easy to carry, lightweight squeeze tube, but it sometimes dispenses a lot more product than needed. Shaking the tube before use is advisable. Also setting the face with Loose Powder or setting powder is a must. I use MAC Mineralize Skin finish Natural to set the Moisturizer.

Cost wise its expensive. I mean $42 for something that I use everyday. …. I need to find dupes!!

A good product, if you are looking for light coverage and daily use.

August 20, 2010



This is one blush that I always heard was a good choice for warm toned ladies. It is supposed to be a 'Summer Blush' because of its warm tone.
It’s a burnt Orange, very Vibrant, Pigmented blush with micro gold shimmer. It is such a Beautiful color in the Pan. I don’t have anything like this in my Blush Collection. The only Orange cheek Product that I own is MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend blush.

Swatch of NARS Blush in Taj Mahal

The texture of the blush is soft and fine. Like all NARS blushes it has an amazing Pigmentation. Taj Mahal Blush is true to its color. It does not turns red, pink, peach or for that matter to any other color on blending. It blends in well and lasts for long hours.

The application is kind of tricky. The color is Burnt Orange, so on my skin tone, if I apply more, it makes me look sun burnt. If I apply too less, it looks like a warm, orange bronzer (like Pumpkin) , which is not very flattering. If you are lighter skin tone, the ‘orange’ part of the blush is visible, but on my skin tone of NC42, which is really tanned now, it does not gives the flush that I was expecting. Even though this is a summer blush, I think it would be more flattering on me when I am a bit less tanned.

The blush looks beautiful in the evenings though. The shimmers are gold toned and they are soo micro fine that the glow imparted is beautiful.

I need to figure out a better tool to apply this. Also, how much quantity I pick matters too. I am liking the blush but Honestly I am not soo crazy about this now.
Its too early to just say that its not working. I need to spend some more time with it and try out various brushes.

Do you have NARS Taj Mahal or any Orange toned Blush? What do you feel about it? Any tips you guys can share?

August 18, 2010


This is a very old purchase, probably more than a month. I had won a LORAC Palette in a Giveaway and I was so impressed with the quality, that I did a little research on the brand. I placed an order on their website and I must say, the service was very nice. It took around 5 days for my items to reach me.

Goodies I picked:

1. Snake Charmer Palette:

This palette has 4 eyeshadows and one blush. Everything wearable!!! The colors are lovely and the texture is Fantastic! The eyeshadows are soft and really pigmented.

Before ordering, I did a little google search about the quad and found that it was a well loved one and is supposed to be a dupe for DIOR Iridescent eyeshadow palette, which was also a well hit, sold out item from its time. Don't believe me?? Ok, check Karlasugar's Blog here. Now, the queen of swatches can't be wrong.....:)

The packaging though is painfully tacky...

I picked 3 of these. One as Custom Purchase for my Friend, one for myself and for all you lovely people who follow my blog and spare some time from your busy schedules to read it.

2. Lipsticks:

I ordered their creme formula in two shades. PREMIERE and CRUSH. Both of these are very comparable to MAC lipsticks. They have the sheen of lustre, still having a great pigmentation. Texture wise they are a cross between Satin and Creemsheen. They smell very much like MAC lipsticks and the casing is sturdy, yet functional.

I would say, my first impression with these lipsticks are great and I would not shy away from trying other colors too.

Have you tried LORAC products? What do you think of the brand? Are there any hidden gems I need to try??

August 17, 2010

MAC Color Forecast - Color 4 Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Color Forecast - Color 4 Eyeshadow Quad

This is an absolutely Stunning quad, that was released by MAC in the Spring of 2010. The quad has a beautiful set of warm colors, which are wearable and easy to work with.

The colors and the Finishes

* Aztec Brick – Frosted true copper (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
* Creole Beauty – Frosted dark golden brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
* Flip – Bronze gold (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
* Manila Paper – Pale frosted white gold (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

The finishes are all lovely and the shadows are soft and easy to work with. Its great to see all the colors workable and wearable in one quad. At my CCO, I also saw Notoriety Quad, which had one lovely color, but the others were just pain in *** to even swatch.

MAC Color Forecast - Color 4 Eyeshadow Quad Comparisons
MAC Dreammaker, Rice Paper, Bold n Brazen, Romp, Bronze, Flip

Urban Decay Half Baked, Blunt

Note: I mis-marked the Creole Beauty and Aztec Brick in above picture. The first picture is correctly marked/labelled.

The colors or the quad in general is not the most Original concept. Most of the colors look pretty common and dupable. They reminded me of some colors that I already own and surprisingly, even though they appear same, they are not similar. I did forget to pull out Mulch, Amber Lights in the picture, but in real life they all are different.

MAC Color Forecast - Color 4 Eyeshadow Quad and
LORAC Little Black Palette

The LORAC Quad is pretty much on the same lines (color family), though the color are obviously different.

It is a great quad, especially if you love Neutrals, Golds or are a warm toned person. This is still available at CCOs and at $25, 4 shadows nestled in a magnetic quad....You won't regret...I promise...

As I add one more Palette to my Stash, I just clicked this pic below, a drawer that hold some of my palette.

I admit, I cleaned and organized it before clicking...:)

August 16, 2010


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

This is my recent purchase from my Local CCO (Cosmetic Compant Outlet)

The collection at my CCO is Amazing...and this time was no different. Products from Spring Forecast were well displayed and I could see tons of MSFs and Mineralize Blush duos. The store also had new pigments in Universal Mix and one more brown in new packaging . I don't remember the name of the collection though. All the Creme Blend Blushes were easily available.

Goodies I picked:

1. MAC Spring Color Forecast Quad. The Color 4 one with all the warm colors. (This is something which is not to be passed, if you get your hands on)

2. MAC Lustre Drops in Sunrush.

3. Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Blondie Pink (My first ever BB Lip product)

4. Estee Lauder Lipstick in Vintage Mauve and Earthy Nude (My first ever Lipsticks from EL)

5. MAC Fragrances in Dejarose and Africananimal. These smell Divine, but the quantity is just 20ml!!! Its so Tiny. One Fragrance was $18 and other was $20. I have no idea, why they were priced differently though. Both are LE products. The quantity Vs Price Ratio of these Fragrances SUCK big time.

6. Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector. (This has soon become my HG Skincare Item. I have already used 2 small tubes of the same product, which were half the quantity of this one.)

There were many stuff, that I wanted. Especially Eyeshadows. I restrained myself. It was too overwhelming to add any more shadows to my stash. Color 4 quad was something that I wanted since day one. There was no guilt buying this one.
Most of the CCO get similar products. You would want to try your nearest one to get any products you like from above. Also there was Color quad 3 for all you Purple lovers out there...


Hi all you beauties....

Me reporting from base again...Hope everyone is doing good. Me fine...battling my sickness, which technically is not illness (yes, hacking Cough is not something that will fetch you flowers and sympathy). Its just so uncomfortable that only I have to face.

Did some Back to School Shopping for my son and some shopping for my trip to Florida next month. Yeah, shopping should never sickness or health...Right??

I did pick some stuff from CCO, but was not restricted to MAC alone. Tried to branch out again with Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder stuff.
I should be buying NEW stuff, if I have to keep this blog running. You know what I mean....People are not interested in seeing Old stuff or reviews of items available. Everyone wants new stuff, new swatches, new comparisons....I personally don't have money to spend on every collection and I have no PR contacts aswell. Just have no clue what I can post on the blog to keep you all entertained and informed...

Suggestions are really needed. Please do comment and let me know.

I will be around...and you all have a wonderful week ahead


August 11, 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!!! Call this a 'Preview'...

Goodies I picked:

NARS Powder Blush in MADLY and TAJ MAHAL
FLOWERBOMB Roller Ball Perfume

The SEPHORA FALL CATALOGUE 2010 came in mail last week. Everything looks so GORGEOUS!!!

Have you Planned any specific Cosmetic Purchase for Fall??

August 9, 2010


Sheer, weightless liquid instantly brightens skin and evens out skin tone.
Light-reflecting pigments provide radiance and luminosity. Botanical extracts
soften, smooth and moisturize. Oil free. Fragrance free.

This is a product that I was eyeing since long time! If it were a drugstore product, I would have bought it long back to try. Even brands that are sold at Sephora are worth taking risk, because their Return Policy is Amazing, but this being a $48 Department store product, I needed to read some reviews and see some swatches, before spending. I didn’t see many reviews, but looking at the color, I knew it would WORK for my skin tone.

This is a sheer Illuminating fluid / Luminizer or just Liquid Highligher. This is what I wanted Benefit Moonbeam and NARS Orgasm Illuminator to be.

The color is called Sunkissed and just like its name it gives a sun kissed Glow! The color of the liquid is Bronzey Gold. It has very fine shimmers which are so well infused in the liquid that on application it gives a luminous glow, without OTT chunky glitter or sparkles. The end result is not metallic, which is a plus.

The consistency of the liquid is neither too thick nor too thin and watery. It is 'must' to shake the product really well, so that everything gets mixed. It blends in nicely. It has no smell. I use this as Highlighter on my cheek bones. I just use my fingers to dab the product wherever needed. It does not dries instantly, which gives enough time to blend and spread. This sticks well and the color being warm gives a lovely glow when light hits it. I like the fact that it didn’t disappear like NARS Orgasm Illuminator. Like with every illuminators, over blending should be avoided.

Depending on the skin tone, this will have different effect on everyone. Lighter skin tone will find this giving them a more Bronzey look and Darker beauties may just get a warm glow. Its not frosty and if Benefit Highbeam was leaving a silvery, whitish cast this would definitely not do that. it’s the base color, the bronzey part which gives it the warmth.

Liquid Luminizers are multi-purpose products and can be used all over the face by mixing with Moisturizer or Foundation. They can be use on body aswell. A good idea, but Chanel Sunkissed is too expensive to use all over. I used it by mixing with my foundation only once to try. The effect was good, though I cannot comment on how it looks in Flash Photography.

It comes in a heavy glass bottle, with a small opening. No brush applicator or pump. It dispenses small amount of product, so wastage is avoided. My concern is if the product thickens over a period of time (which usually liquid highlighters do) it may be difficult to get the product out. Its always advisable to close in the bottle tight.

Its pretty pricey. $48 for 30 ml of liquid. A little goes a long way, if you use it on face a Highlighter.

I am on hunt for a similar, but slightly cheaper product.
Do you all have any idea for a comparable product like this one?


Hi Beautiful People...

Hope you doing well. I am not, because I am sick. It sucks to be coughing like a dying person in some melodramatic movie. I have been having this cough since last 2 plus weeks and my doctor said it will take it own sweet time to go away. My ribs are paining, there is no sleep and I am just so frustrated!!! The whole thing increased this past week...

Anyways, the only thing nice happened that made me smile is Dazzle 'n' Sparkle finally saw 300 Followers mark. It took more than a month to reach from 280 to 300...Slow as a Snail!!!

I am thinking of putting together a Giveaway, but I wonder will anyone participate?? I mean, apart from my a few lovely fellow Beauty Bloggers, nobody will anyone comment "Enter me" if I have a Giveaway....What do you all think?

I have my pictures and Reviews ready, but just feel too sick to post them. Hopefully the coughing should subside by this weekend...

You guys take care and just be safe enjoying this last month of Summer..


August 7, 2010


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 Week
and I will try to share whatever pigment colors I own.

Fuchsia pigment is a permanent MAC Pigment and true to its name its a Bright, Vibrant, Fuchsia (Dark Pink as my Husband calls it. Colors like Fuchsia, Pewter do not exist in his Dictionary)
I have a generous amount of sample, which is still going strong ever since I got it as, a little goes a long way. Its highly Pigmented and has blue/Violet undertones. The finish is frosty and there is not much fallout. The pigment itself is not chunky or difficult to work with, though its not the most finely milled pigment in my collection.

Swatch of MAC Fuchsia Pigment

Now this color is something that is totally not me. I lean more towards neutrals and boring colors. Rainbow eye is something that I am not comfortable with, but using Bright colors in small amounts create a very beautiful look.

The ways I have used it

1. In combination with Goldmine eyeshadow or an Orange eyeshadow like Firespot, NARS Mediteranee.

2. With a Blue Based Purple like Makeup Forever 92 or Violet pigment. It makes a lovely Fall look.

3. As outer Lid color along with Naked Pigment on Lid and Sketch in crease. (I got this look from a blog, like those eye of the day, but I don't remember whose blog)

Now these looks are something that I obvioulsy won't wear everyday, but Occassionally? Yes, I can deal with it.

4. I tried using it as Blush, but it was too frosty and weird. Didn't look good on me.

5. It looks good on lips when mixed with clear lipgloss, though I have used it only a couple of times. I don't know if its safe for lips though. This technique is something that Make-up artists would enjoy as it gives them choise to mix and match.

6. I have even tried using it as a Nail Polish, by mixing with a clear polish. The result on my hand was not flattering enough to go through the messy affair again.

I tried all these things, just because Pigments are Multi-purpose products. As a Consumer, I would prefer to buy a Hot Pink Lipstick, Hot Pink Nail Polish rather than all the mix and match stuff. The best thing about pigment is you can create endless eye color options by mixing and matching, if you are creative enough, which I am not.

A Beautiful Pigment to own, if you love colors. Its pretty close to Hepcat eyeshadow by MAC, when applied Dry.

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