Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor-True Chocolate Review and swatches

Hiya gurls…I am so loving building my blog these days. Addicted to this place now! Thanks to all your love and support.  This review is about the Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor in the shade ‘True Chocolate’.

About the product: 16 hours of comfortable color and moisturizing shine. All day lipcolor and gloss that works overtime. ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor covers your lips in full coverage color and shine for up to 16 hours, no touch-ups needed. One end smooths on advanced ColorStay liquid formula with SoftFlex™ for beautiful, comfortable color that won’t kiss off, feather or bleed. The other end brushes on a moisturizing top coat with chamomile and soy extract for all-day glossy softness.

Price: Rs. 875 for 2 mL of coloured gloss.

Packaging: The Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor comes packaged in a clear transparent box, i do not have the pics, sorry. But the tube is dual ended. The coloured lip gloss is at one end and clear lip gloss at another. They are both connected by a central piece, which has 2 doe-foot type applicators attached to it.

As with any long-stay formula, this also needs to be worn on the lips in 2 steps. First, you need to wear the coloured gloss, and allow it 2-3 minutes to dry. I usually complete other things in my make-up ritual in that time, say combing my hair… then you need to generously apply the clear gloss provided with it. It imparts a healthy shine to the lips instantly. The idea is to ‘stick’ the color to the lips first, then add shine using the clear gloss. The color is smooth, rich and opaque. Goes well with Indian attire. Some of you may find it too dark for your taste, atleast for day-wear.

Swatches:

Swatch without flash

Swatch with flash

Pros:

  • Gorgeous color with good color payoff.

  • Stays for 7-8 hours, with 2-3 applications of clear gloss in between.

  • Does not fade for some time, around 3-4 hours (after which it starts drying, and fading too. Needs to be topped with the clear gloss again).

  • Provides full coverage to pigmented lips.

  • Can be worn sheer and opaque, both ways

  • Easily available online and in stores

  • Complements all skin tones and Indian attire well.

Cons:

  • A bit drying for the lips

  • Accentuates fine lines because of its drying nature.

  • Need to re-apply gloss after every 3-4 hours.

  • Expensive.. It is expensive for a Revlon product.

Tip: Always scrub your lips before wearing a long-stay color from any brand/ range. They generally tend to stick better on scrubbed lips and last longer. Also, this way, fine lines will not be accentuated.



TDIB rating: 8/10.

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Style watch-2

Hey girls,
I’m back with another style-watch post….
This one is about the latest style in wedding dresses….so all those ladies getting engaged/ married in the near future, take a close look.

So, how many of you saw the pictures on our Desi Diva, Sushmita Sen, sashaying down the ramp in a Manish Malhotra creation, with her younger daughter Alisah at the recently concluded ‘Save and Empower the Girl Child’ campaign????

Well, I’m sure you must not have missed it….If you did, take a look at the pic below….

I just loveee her dress, and its the latest “IN” thing in the Indian wedding wear. This style is sure to rock the wedding scene in India for the coming season…

A lehenga with lots of volume and panel work at the border, a simple blouse, and a long, sheer net jacket with intricate detailing. The jacket is best worn with full sleeves. An accompanying dupatta completes the look. The dress may be accessorised with a simple neck piece and earrings…

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Sushmita Sen is wearing a light almond coloured creation with gold and indigo work on the lehenga, and pink detailing on the jacket. Her dupatta is a combination of gold, indigo and pink, with heavy detailing on the border.
Genelia D’Souza wore a similar style for her Sangeet ceremony.

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 Priyanka Chopra is looking stunning in a white, gold and maroon outfit in the pic below.

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Shilpa Shetty is seen here, wearing a white and gold outfit with indigo border.

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So girls, if you (or a family member) are getting married this season, keep an open eye on this hottest style of the season and be the star of the night!
Dazzle your guests (and your man) with this flamboyant dress, and make all heads turn!!!

Please leave comments and suggestions below.

Links to pics: [1][2][3], [4]

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The Versatile Blogger Award!!

I’m sooo happy today, on recieving the first award for my Blog.



I recieved ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ this morning from Neha of Beautiliciuos Blogger (check her Blog here )
Here’s a BIG thank you to Neha….You just completely made my day!



The rules of this award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and give them a shout out
  2. Pass on the award to 15 bloggers
  3. State 7 Random facts about your self
  4. Post the award pic to ur blog
I’m passing on this award to the following blogs:

All about ladies at  http://allaboutladies.com/

7 random facts about me:
  1. I like cooking as much as I like make-up
  2. That I wanted to be a fashion designer, but ended up being a doctor
  3. My face is an oil factory…
  4. I love my brother the most in this world….He’s the best guy in my life…
  5. I love adventure sports..
  6. I spend most of my money on Perfumes & cosmetics.
  7. I have done bridal make-up for 2 brides, and party make-up for 5 friends, and I have not done any professional courses for the same.
Tada everyone!

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Chambor Single Blush-63 Soft Plum-Review and swatches

Hello beauties….Today I’m reviewing the Chambor Single Blush in shade no. 63, Soft Plum…

Product description(as on company website here):

Ultra-fine and simple to apply, the basic blush which is formulated to glide weightlessly onto the skin to provide sheer, sun-kissed colour. Builds effortlessly and spreads evenly.

Ingredients: Vitamin A & E


The website also lists the following points/ claims:
·         Convenient to carry & used for re-touch

·         Lasts for long period of time

·         Water resistant – Long Lasting

·         Comes in Powder Form, Can be converted to Cream form by mixing it with Foundation or Moisturizer

·         Excellent blending & adherence capability

·         Non Comedogenic

·         No animal ingredients


We’ll evaluate the product based on all the above claims one by one as we go further with the review.

Price: Rs. 495 for 6g.

Packaging: The Chambor Single Blush comes in a cardboard box (sorry, I do not have pictures of the same, but it was a simple cardboard box in the same color as the outer case of the blush itself). The blush is encased in a plastic case, in the regular blue Chambor’s color, and has the Chambor rose imprinted in silver on the outside. Inside, the case has a mirror and an applicator, which is useless. I have never used it (the plastic covering is still intact). On the back side, the shade number, weight of the product and company name are printed. The case shuts securely, so the packaging is travel-friendly too.

Color and texture: I think most brands these days are having a hard time interpreting colors. The name says Soft Plum, but its not a plum coloured blush (I picked it up after swatching though, and not just by the name, but still)…it is a peachy blush, with lots of silver shimmer. The texture is smooth, and it blends into the skin easily. The shimmer particles are finely milled, and not chunky. But the silver part of the blush overpowers the shade altogether. You see more of the silver shine and less of the color. On my dusky skin, it looks like a wash of ‘silver’ blush on the face, even if I use it with a very light hand. I now mostly use it as a highlighter shade, works perfectly that way!

The staying power is good, especially so with a primer and foundation.

Ways in which this can be used:

  • as a blush (ofcourse!)
  • as a highlighter for the cheek bones and the bridge of the nose.
Swatches (applied with a heavy hand):


Coming to the claims now:

·         Convenient to carry & used for re-touch? Yes, the packaging is travel friendly, the case does not open up in the bag.

·         Lasts for long period of time: Yes, quite long. Actually, the longevity also depends on whether you are wearing a base (primer/ foundation) underneath or not…

·         Water resistant: true.

·         Comes in Powder Form, Can be converted to Cream form by mixing it with Foundation or Moisturizer: I had not even thought of this aspect before doing this review. And being oily skinned, I don’t think I’ll ever need to try this in cream form. Powder form is best for me.

·         Excellent blending & adherence capability: yes, blends well, and stays put on the skin for quite some time..around 4-5 hours or more.

·         Non Comedogenic: It has never broken me out, so this should be true!

·         No animal ingredients: Can’t be tested at home!

Apart from the above points, some more pros and cons are:


Pros:

  • Easily blendable, soft powder.
  • Good staying power
  • Can be used as a highlighter
  • Travel friendly packaging
Cons:

  • Looots of silver shimmer particles. The true shade of the blush gets lost somewhere in the shimmer particles.
  • Has some fall-out in the pack. But not much on application.
  • Brush provided in the packaging is useless
  • Price may be bothersome for some
Final verdict: This shade, in my humble opinion, is not meant for dusky skinned beauties. You may easily give this a pass. I am not going to repurchase it.

Rating: 6/10

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Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipcolor-Pure Plum-Review and swatches

Hi everyone. Today I’m reviewing another lipcolor from Maybelline. Its the Moisture Extreme lipcolor in Pure Plum.
About the product:
  • Fall in love with color, all over again
  • Crisp Color from pure color pigment
  • Creamy Feel, with a built in lip balm
  • SPF 15 for sun protection
  • 16 Captivating Shades
Price: Rs. 220 for 4g

Packaging: Pure Plum comes in a shiny red case! It is easy to carry, and the name of the lipcolor is written on the bottom panel.
Availability: Easily available online and at stores.
This is just another color in my Maybelline collection…When I think of the color Plum, this is the color that comes to my mind:


Image source: [1]
 I don’t know why they named it Pure Plum….its a pinkish-brown shade, in my opinion. Otherwise, the texture is smooth and creamy and it is a decent lipstick.

And here is the lipcolor on my lips:


Here, I have lined my lips using Maybelline Colorsensational lipliner 630 Velvet Beige reviewed here.

Quickly summing up the pros and cons:

Pros:
  • Soft, creamy feel on the lips, spreads easily
  • Good color payoff, although this shade is not as opaque as Dusky Mauve(check review here), but can be built up with 2-3 swipes.
  • Does not bleed or feather
  • Moisturising formula, no need to wear a lip balm additionally
  • Has SPF 15 for sun protection sun protection.
  • Sleek packaging, easy to carry
  • No shimmers/glitters, although that is a personal preference
  • Suitable for office/daily wear
  • Price and availability
Cons:
  • The color is not PLUM….sad
  • Staying power is not great. It usually stays for 2-3 hours, after which it starts fading. May need to reapply.
  • Does not survive coffee mugs
  • Maybelline tests on animals L
 Rating: 9/10
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Lakme Eye Color Quartet – Tanjore Rush Review and swatches

Hi girls. Today I’m reviewing the Tanjore Rush eyeshadow quartet from Lakme.  

Product description: A versatile quartet of explosive, radiant colors to color and highlight your eyes, thereby giving you the heavenly look of a Diva. It is coupled with a handy applicator designed with a two sided brush that helps pick the right amount of color and apply it smoothly and evenly. For those dramatic, intense eyes, pick up a Lakme Eye Color Quartet.


Price: Rs. 425 for 7g (for 4 shades, i.e. 1.75g of each shade)

This quartet has 4 shades in it, like all other Lakme quartets. I bought this because the purple shade in it matched exactly with a dress of mine that I had selected for a friend’s wedding functions, but nevertheless, I ended up getting my make-up done at the parlor 😛

But I have used this quartet on other occasions than that, and I find it to be quite versatile.

You can create a few different lookswith these 4 shades, alone or in various combinations with each other.

Generally speaking, these eyeshadows have a smooth texture and spread easily. They are easier to work with with an eyeshadow brush rather than the sponge-tipped applicators that come along with it (I have not even used them once, you can see in the pics). They do have some fall-out, but some shades have more fallout than others. Also, pigmentation is good, and staying power is average. Using them with a primer/ base increases the longevity and pigmentation too.

Coming to individual shades.


First one is a deep purple shade with purple shimmers. I generally use it as a crease or outer-corner color. On my skin-tone, it would look over-the-top if worn as an overall lid color, hence I have never used it that way. It has some minor fall-out too. Pigmentation is good too.

The next shade is a dark green shade, with golden shimmers. It looks green in the pan, but on swatching/ blending, the shimmers fall off and the shade turns blackish-green. This particular shade has the maximum fall-out amongst the lot. i generally use it for smoky-eye looks.

Next up is a beautiful copper shade, with copper shimmers. It is the most pigmented of all the shades, and has lesser fall-out than the above shades. It looks beautiful as an over-all lid color, and it compliments Indian outfits very well. This is one shade that can be worn alone, and it speaks for itself.

The last shade is a golden highlighter shade.  It has the least fall-out of the lot, and can be used as a highlighter shade, or to add golden glitter to any eye look. Decent pigmentation too. I have used this shade in the tutorial here.

swatches-with flash

swatches-without flash

Summing up the pros and cons:

·         Pros:

o   Decent pigmentation

o   Smooth texture

o   Good staying power, especially when used with a primer

o   Many different looks can be created with a single quad.

o   Nice assortment of shades, easy to carry along

o   Affordable price, and assurance of good quality, being Lakme

o   Easy availability

·         Cons:

o   Most shades have fall-out, so you need to be careful while doing face make-up. It is suggested that eye makeup be done first, or use a generous amount of loose powder under the eye to get rid of fall-out later.


o   The green color looks different in the pan and on the skin. It has major fall-out too.

o   All shades are shimmery, so these eyeshadows cannot be used for office/ day looks.

o   The applicator included with the pack is useless.

o   No mirror is provided in the case.

Hope you enjoyed the review and the swatches. EOTDs and tutorials coming soon!

Please comment below for any suggestions/ requests.

Thanks:) 

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Quick and easy Green Smoky eye Tutorial

 Hey girls.. I hope you liked the above eye make-up look. If yes, and if you want to know how this can be done in 2 minutes flat, read on!
Things you’ll need:
1.       Green eyeshadow/ green eye pencil: I am using Lakme Glide on color eye pencil in Peacock Green (reviewed here). If you use a pencil, you may not need to prime your eyes, and thereby save time. If you wish to use eyeshadow, you may need a primer.
2.       Black eye shadow: I am using Inglot AMC 63 eyeshadow refill here.
3.       Golden eyeshadow/ highlighter shade: I used the golden shade from Lakme eye quartet Tanjore Rush (reviewed here)
4.       Black eyeliner, kohl and mascara

5.       Eyelash curler (optional)

6.       Eyeshadow applicator and blender brushes (or any eyeshadow brushes)

Here are the steps:
1.       Apply green eyeshadow/ pencil to the inner 2/3rd of the upper eye lid.

2.       Apply black eyeshadow to the outer 1/3rd of the upper eyelid.

3.       Blend both the shades, focussing on the crease.
4.       Pick up a golden highlighter shade on a brush, and run the brush all over the eyelid (yes, on the eyelid and under the brow too)…easy, right?


5.       Line the eyes with eyeliner, curl lashes (optional) and apply mascara.
6.       Apply the green eyeshadow used in step 1 to the outer 2/3rdof the lower lash line. Apply kohl/kajal. And you’re good to go!


Bat your eyelids and mesmerise the world!!!
Here’s the final look once again:

Hope you liked the tutorial.
Please leave comments and suggestions below.
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Lakme Glide on Eye Color-Peacock Green- Review

Hello beauties…Here I am reviewing a green eye liner pencil from Lakme. It is the Peacock Green shade from the Glide-on eye color range.

About the product: Crushed gemstones sprinkled with the brilliance of precious metals. For eyes that reflect the stars.

Price: Rs. 275 for 1.2g
Packaging: The Lakme Glide-on eye color comes in a sharpenable pencil. The pencil is black in color, with golden imprint on it. It has a transparent cap, and the tail-end is also golden in color.
I bought this pencil only at the spur of the moment, and I do not repent buying it. It is an easy, every day color, without much glitters, though it does have some shimmer, but you cannot make that out from a distance.
The texture is smooth and the glitters are not chunky. The pencil glides on smoothly, although this is not the smoothest pencil that I have used.
On my oily lids, the color stays for 2-3 hours, though it keeps transferring to the upper lids. But I have found out ways to use this pencil in a better way. Read on to know more.
Possible ways of usage:

  • As an upper lid eyeliner
  • As a base for creating different eye make-up looks.
Without flash

With flash
Pros:

  • Smooth texture
  • Glides easily on eyes
  • Good pigmentation.
  • Color payoff is good
  • Easily available online and at stores
Cons:

  • When worn alone, staying power is not very good (Can be increased by priming the lids though)
  • Smudges on the lids.
Hope you liked the review.
Please leave a comment below.
Thanks
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Boroline Skin Cream Review

Hey gurlies! Today I’m going to review the most commonly available and the most loved skin cream in India.
Yes, you’ve guessed it right..it is Boroline!


Product and brand information: Boroline is an over the counter antiseptic skin cream. The brand was launched in 1929 in Kolkata by Gourmohan Dutta. Boroline can be used for cuts, cracked lips, rough skin, and for minor skin infections. It is a combination of the antiseptic boric acid, the astringent and sunscreen zinc oxide, and the emollient lanolin. [Source]
Ingredients and their uses:


            1. Boric acid It works as a mild antiseptic, and it can be effective in the treatment of some skin conditions such as acne and mild rashes. Boric acid also works on yeast and fungal infections [Source]

2.      Zinc Oxide- Zinc oxide is widely used to treat a variety of skin conditions like diaper rashes, skin infections, in products such as calamine cream, anti-dandruff shampoos, and antiseptic ointments, in sunscreens, etc. It is the broadest spectrum UVA and UVB reflector that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA [Source]

3.      Mineral oil

4.      Paraffin wax

5.      Lanolin and perfume.

Packaging: Boroline originally came packed in green aluminium tube ever since it was launched. They recently added the new white pot to the existing packaging. The new packaging has a round white pot with a green lid. IMO, this packaging is more user friendly. Scooping out the cream is easier from a pot than squeezing from a tube.

Price: Rs. 40-50 (not sure) for 40g.

Every Indian household has used Boroline at some or the other time. It is such a versatile cream, that it silently sits in everyone’s cupboard.

Pros:

  • Moisturises skin

  • Heals cracked heels, dry lips, dry rough skin (e.g. on elbows and knees)

  • Can be effectively used as a night-treatment for skin. The skin feels soft the next morning.

  • Can be used on babies for nappy rashes

  • Price.

  • Easily available

 Cons:
  • Can be a bit too greasy/heavy for use in summers

Verdict: Boroline skin cream is a must have for everyone!

How do you use this cream? Leave a comment below..

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Vega Premium Eyelash Curler Review

Hey gurlz! I’m back with another review, and this time its a make-up tool. And a very essential one!

An eyelash curler is that one tool which not many girls pay attention too, and which can make a substantial difference in the way your overall look goes.

About the product: Vega Premium Eyelash Curler is adored by professional make-up artists and even celebrities. This premium quality eyelash curler is easy to use and quickly gives your eyelashes a desired curl. It does a great job of curling your lashes and makes your eyes look wider and brighter. The plastic handle provides a secure grip during use.
Price: Rs. 99 (now increased to Rs. 120 maybe)
Packaging: Vega premium eyelash curler comes packaged in a plastic box which can be retained to store the curler safely. The curler has a black handle for easy grip, and rubberised ends for curling. Also, the spring mechanism is easy to use, without any jerks.

Availability:Easily available online and at stores.
My experience: In my opinion, I bought this curler a bit too late. Only after purchasing this did I realise what I had been missing from my make-up routine. Though I am blessed with naturally long and curled lashes, this just adds more drama to them and makes my eyes look gorgeous. Curled lashes give that awake look to the eyes, if you know what I mean. I’ll talk less in this review, and let the pictures do the talking for you.
So guys, here are some before and after pics for you.
Before curling

Curling eyelashes

After curling
Pros:
  • Classy look with the black handle
  • Easy to use
  • Curls lashes effectively
  • Does not pull the eyelashes
  • Easily available
  • Affordable
Cons:
  • None. But I don’t know if one day, the rubberised ends may get worn off. Then I’ll need to replace the curler.
Will I repurchase Vega premium Eyelash curler?: Don’t know, as this will last me a long time. I may only discard it if I get bored with it. And then I will purchase some other brand’s curler. No complaints with this one though.
Recommendation: Yes, absolutely. An eyelash curler is a must have in every girl’s vanity!
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