June 30, 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER – HD CREAM BLUSH - Pink sand 220 (Review/Swatch)


An ultrablendable blush with a natural look and finish made specifically for HD technology. 

Formulated with the perfect balance of oils, waxes, and powders, HD Blush combines the second-skin look of a cream with the ease of a powder. Created for HD technology, this formula blends into skin with no visible texture for a truly natural flush of color. It’s completely weightless and can be worn over or under powder to sculpt and highlight cheeks flawlessly. 


 

Every summer Cream blushes come back in rotation. I do use cream blushes all year around either on its own or as a base to layer on powder blush, depending on the color. In summer though I find it very easy to travel with cream blushes as they last longer and are easy for touch ups on the go. I have owned this for about a year.



Color: Neutral Pink, slightly cool toned.

Texture and Consistency: Creamy, non-greasy, non-slippery. In fact a little on dry side. 

Application: This is where the drama begins. I applied it using my fingers as well as brush. Found it difficult to blend both ways. I used my fingers to apply the product and it dried down pretty quickly giving very less time to blend the product effectively. The end result was blotchy and patchy. I had to actually rub in the product. It dried down to a natural finish. Not too dewy nor too powdery.

I used it with both synthetic as well as natural bristle brushes. 
On using it with a dense brush like MAC 130 short duo fiber, it was very difficult to pick up any product, let alone apply and blend. On using it with Real Techniques Stippling brush, the application was OK, but not acceptable. Fingers still were better.


Feel and Effect on Skin: It works best on bare skin. On application it dries down fairly quickly, making it almost difficult to blend. It is non slippery, non greasy and after blending the end result is blotchy and patchy. 

Scent: None Detected

Color Payoff and Longevity: The Color Payoff is excellent. The colors are buildable. The staying power is decent too. It lasted around 6 plus hours on my bare skin and when used as a base the blush lasted for good 8 hours. 

Packaging: I love the sleek compact. It comes with a mirror which is tiny but handy. The compact snaps shut tight and can ruin nail polish if not careful while opening. easy to travel with.

Verdict: I am not a huge fan of the texture, just because I find it a little too dry for my liking. It can be blended with fingers, though it is extremely difficult to get an even appearance. The color is buildable. I find it almost impossible to work with a brush. I tried both synthetic and natural bristle brushes. I wish the product were a bit more emollient. Also, the color I chose was not the best match for my olive toned skin. It does show up pretty well, but I do find it a bit too cool toned. 
With all the flaws I could find in this, I love this to use as a base. I find it works best as a neutral base for my other powder blushes and make them last longer in summer months and during outings. 

I still love my MAC Creme blend blush, NARS The Multiple Stick, Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée, LE BLUSH CRÈME DE CHANEL (Chanel Cream Blush) better than the MAKE UP FOR EVER – HD CREAM BLUSH. All for different reasons. Either for color, texture or consistency. 

Available at Sephora

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June 25, 2015

Beauty Cravings

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact Laura Mercier $38
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, Bronzing Makeup Base Chanel $48
Chanel Les Beiges, Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Broad Spectrum Spf 15 Sunscreen Chanel $65
Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Brow Wiz' Mechanical Brow Pencil Anastasia $18.90
Nars Translucent Pressed Powder NARS $36
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Becca $41
HOURGLASS Cosmetics 'Arch' Brow Sculpting Pencil Hourglass $32
Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 Supergoop! $28
Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brow Powder Anastasia $20.70

List of few things that I made while browsing through Sephora and Nordstroms website. Usually I tend to get attracted to all the new releases and value kits, but this time around I had a few things on my list that are 'essentials' for me and I want to get these before I go on my summer vacation. Unfortunately there is no Friends and Family sale anytime soon.

I need a cream bronzer, a few brow products and a liquid illuminator that I had tried in tiny set before and I now need it in full size or at least travel size. Also a setting powder that is not in loose form, but in a compact. (Yep! these are essentials in my book. I did throw a few non essentials here and there, but then isn't that normal when you make a list :) :)

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June 14, 2015

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer (Review)

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

A replenishing face primer that hydrates, smooths, and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish.

Cure your next beauty hangover with Hangover, a revolutionary makeup primer that's infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers which work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity, and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer, and more flawless wear. Too Faced harnessed the science of hydration to create a creamy, penetrating primer that acts like an energy drink for the skin by replenishing moisture levels. It can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish, or under bronzers, foundations, and powders to create the perfect canvas.

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

This product is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and silicone-free.


I picked this product to use as a primer around the time when Chicago weather was transitioning from harsh cold winters to cooler spring. My skin being dry was acting really funny with dry patches popping up here and there, making it difficult to apply makeup. 

I love my face oils and honestly when I use them religiously overnight, I don't get these dry patches. But being a blogger, I just love to try out new products and somehow those new products were not giving me enough hydration.




The ingredients of hangover primer looked pretty promising. It said Silicone free and we all know that Dimethicone or Silicones are the active ingredients in any product that promises silky, smooth appearance, be it a hair or a skin product.

I was curious to try this newer product because it was loaded with coconut water, some good oils and the description looked like it would provide good hydration.



Color: White

Texture: Light weight, neither too thick nor too runny, creamy lotion

Scent: It smells of coconut and the scent lingers on face for some time. I am OK with the scent but I don't adore it.

Application: I apply it using my fingers. Just a little dime size product is all I need to cover my whole face. I have dry skin so I need this quantity. The product is light weight, so it spreads very easily and is absorbed pretty quickly. There is no pilling of the product.

Feel and Effect on Skin: There is slight tackiness or greasy look for few seconds and then it dries down. The skin feels very soft, hydrated and moisturized. It does not makes the fine lines or pores disappear like the silicone based primer. It makes the facial skin look really plump, healthy and hydrated.

I didn't notice any difference while applying my foundation nor did it increase the staying power of my make up. It did made my makeup go even because the dry patches were not dry anymore, all thanks to the extra dose of hydration.


Packaging: It comes in a soft squeeze tube, with a pump and lid. The pump dispenses adequate amount of product. There is not way to see how much product is left. Once the pump stops squirting product, it is done. In my experience with this kind of packaging, usually lots of product just sticks around the walls of the tube. I am a cheapo or rather I avoid wastage when it comes to product. I cut open the tube and try to use it till the last drop.



Verdict: I love how the product makes my skin more hydrated, soft and supple. Primer technically means a product that preps and primes skin for applying make up, but majority of the primers available are silicone based and so 'pore filling' and 'fine line reducing' is something that is expected of any primer. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer is actually a product that will prime the face by providing extra hydration. 
Some people might find this as a glorified moisturizer and a hydrating product and so may find the product marketed as primer little misleading. (I hope I am making sense). 



The product is a very good one for people with dry skin. If coconut smell is something that bothers you, then this might not work, because the product does has some scent to it. People with oily skin may find it a bit greasy, though it dries down after few seconds. I am dry skin person, so I cannot comment much on this issue.

I personally love this product as it primes my dry skin beautifully by hydrating it. Also it can be used all on its own when the skin feels stretchy and dry. I do find it a little pricey for the size of tube. This is another good product from Too Faced and pretty close to my favorites like Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, Cargo HD Mattifier, Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
All these products prime my face differently, but they all do a fantastic job.

Over all a thumbs up!

Available at Sephora, Ulta

Disclaimer: The product is purchased by me. This post contains Affiliate Links


June 9, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel - Roleplay (Review/Swatch)

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel - Roleplay

A curated collection of nourishing neutral lipsticks for the perfect nude shade.

This covetable lip collection breaks the mold of traditional nude lipstick. Its innovative gel formula glides effortlessly over lips, laying down subtle shades and a sleek shine finish with a delicate vanilla scent. Velvet-like monoi butter, derived from the tropical tiaré flower, delivers supreme moisture while nourishing myrrh extract and antioxidant vitamin E minimize the appearance of aging — including vertical fine lines.

Color: Roleplay is described as dusty rose color and it actually is a rose color, but not too pink. It is more of a nude, mid-tone neutral pink. Very wearable.

Texture and Consistency: I am having a hard time describing this texture and putting it into words. It is a soft, creamy lipstick, but not overly soft. It holds its shape really well. The product is described as a sheer lip gel. I have no idea why is it called as gel. It is slightly thick, but light weight. On application it feels soft, not too thick and lighter than the regular waxy formula. Maybe that is why it is called as gel formula.

Scent: It smells very pleasant like Vanilla. It actually smells very much like MAC lipsticks.

Finish: It is not the most hydrating lipstick, but it does not feel dry at all on the lips. It glides effortlessly. The finish is satin and not too glossy or flat matte. I do have an issue with it. My lips are dry and I find this lipstick even though glides effortlessly, does not gives a smooth finish. It settles into the fine lines and gives my dry lips a little wrinkly look, when used on its own. When layered over a lip liner, this issue is solved to some extent, though not completely.

Pigmentation and Longevity: The pigmentation is rich, even though the brand says it is a Sheer lip Gel. It does not appears patchy on lips and the coverage is good. The staying power is decent. I don't find the need to re-apply it often.



Packaging: These lipsticks come in beautiful sleek, beige nude lacquered tubes with a magnetic-closure cap. The brand name is embossed. The packaging looks really chic! The rounded tip of the lipstick bullet fits nicely to the contours of lips (unlike the new Butter Cream 'cut bullet' lipstick from Bite Beauty). There is decent weight to the whole tube in general.


Swatch of Marc Jacobs Beauty Sheer Lip Gel in Roleplay (left) Marc Jacobs Beauty (P) Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Prim Rose (Right)

Swatch of Marc Jacobs Beauty Sheer Lip Gel in Roleplay (left) and layered over Marc Jacobs Beauty (P) Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Prim Rose (right)

Verdict: I love love love the packaging! The color too is a good one. I like it more when it is layered over the Marc Jacobs Beauty (P) Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Prim Rose (review). My only complain is that it enhances and highlights the fine lines on my lips. Other than the luxurious packaging, I don't find it very different or must have. It sure is a light weight formula, but there are cheaper alternatives. It is a great conversation starter and chic to carry, but I don't see any other reason to justify the high price tag. It is a luxury product and good to have one just for the sake of owning one. I don't regret the purchase. 

Available at Sephora

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June 6, 2015

Beauty Cravings

The list!! There is always a list. A few things I am eyeing for the summer. There are tons of beauty releases almost every single week (well, not tons) but there are so many releases and even though I would love to own many of them, i prefer to buy things that I feel I will use. I don't buy things just to blog and never use again.

Tom Ford Beauty Bronzing Powder, 0.3 oz.
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad, Nude Dip
TATCHA Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Exfoliant
Charlotte Tilbury 'Cheek to Chic' Swish & Pop Blush
AERIN Beauty Rose Lip Balm
AERIN Beauty Lip & Cheek Color

Very recently I picked a new Bronzer from Hourglass, but this Tom Ford one looks so perfect for getting that warm glow! I don't think I will be able to resist this much longer.

Tom Ford Nude Dip was one product that I managed to miss when it was released. I am so glad that this stuff is permanent!

Every stuff from my wishlist is not a new product, but I think they will all work beautifully in summer for my skintone.

As I write this post I added that Tom Ford Bronzer in my Shopping Cart. I knew I won't resist it much longer.

June 2, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty (P) Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil (review, swatch)


A collagen-infused, long-wear gel lip pencil. 

These gel-based, barely-there colors luxuriously line, define, and shape your lips, creating the perfect lasting canvas for lip color. Designed to work seamlessly with the full spectrum of Le Marc and New Nudes shades, these liners complement every lip color—no matter how light, bright, or bold. Formulated with collagen to help fill in lines and prevent bleeding, this cream gel formula glides on flawlessly for all-day wear.

Other than MAC Cremestick Liner, MAC Lip Pencil and MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil, I have no other high end lip pencils or lip liners. Most of the drugstore lip liners do the job for me. Jordana Easyliner for Lips Retractable Pencil, RIMMEL LONDON Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner, L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner are few that I own, though Jordana ones are my absolute favorite from the bunch. 

The packaging of the Marc Jacobs Beauty (P) Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil is absolutely lovely! Even though the color is not unique, I splurged on this product all for the packaging! 

Color: Prim(rose) 304 - cocoa spice. This is the shade I chose and it is a rosy pink with hint of brown. It is my lip but better kind of color. There are 3 shades in this line and all of them are very wearable nudes. 

Texture and Consistency: It is a creamy pencil, but not super soft or super hard. It is also not the most moisturizing, emollient lip pencil. This is decently pigmented and have no shimmers at all. All the other shades had good pigmentation too.

Application: Most of the creamy products need warming up a bit on the back of my hand in Chicago winters. Same is the case with this lip pencil. It glides on smoothly and gives full coverage. I can fill the lips well and it goes on evenly, without looking patchy or dry. 

Scent: None detected

Longevity: This lasts on for a really good time. I would say 4-6 hours. Paired with Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Roleplay, this looks beautiful on lips.

Packaging: The main reason for the splurge! These twist up pencils look beautiful with a silvery steel body and the colored end on each pencil resembles the color of the pencil inside. So easy to pick if you own all the three!

Verdict: It is a good pencil. Not too hard and dry nor too emollient. The color too is very common. Almost every brand from high end to drugstore has similar color. The twist up pencil is easy to travel with as no sharpener is needed nor any product is wasted on sharpening. There is nothing very UNIQUE about this product that I can pinpoint. I like the product but I won't be buying any more of these. At this price point I can find more color selection from other brands that are equally good.

Available at Sephora

Disclaimer: I purchased this product myself. The post contains Affiliate Links.


 

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