Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lakme!!!

I love blog sales and swaps. Especially if it allows me to get my hands on hard to get items. lakme cosmetics is hard to come by in the states. Even though I live a hop and a skip form Jackson Heights and a easy bus/train ride from Oak Tree Road and Little India in Jersey. Not to mention all the other Indian stores in Manhattan, Flushing, Bellerose etc. You get my drift... Food is mainstream, grocery is easy, clothes is everywhere, but cosmetics ooo so hard. :( What gives? Aside from the kajals that is...and even that is becoming a challenge! Thank goodness for Jamilla from Makeupforprofessionalasianwomen.com. She had a little blogsale and was kind enough to bestow on me all her Lakme goodies. Yay! First off, I'd like to say that I've been lemming the Lakme peacock palette since before it was created lol! And last time I went to India I was shopping with my husband and nephew (my bargaining bodyguards) but they were getting antsy at all the makeup so I kept it to a minimum of 2 lippies, a blush, and a shadow liner. (I kept running away to the grocery stores buy kajal on the side!) So if any of you know where to get S. Asian makeup in NY/NJ tell me and I'll run there!
Anyway this was my loot, Bridal sutra collection Enrih Matte 661 and 526 and the Peacock eye color quartet.
I got an enrich lipcolor from the Free Spirit collection in D417.
And because she is so awesome and knows how much I love Lakme she threw in the Purple Oasis eye color quartet.

This is my first time trying their shadows. And they are very pigmented and velvety soft. They do have a little bit of fallout if you apply too heavily. The Purple Oasis palette below is very frosty, so I'll need to use a light hand with these and mix it with darker matte shades.
The Peacock collection is as the name suggest a very bold combination, but it does allow for flexibility. I love the colors. The gold is very unique, it's an antique earthy gold. Peacock palette below

I've tried their lipsticks before, these all smell of strawberry. Below is 661, 526 and D417


526 is a bit too dark and brown for my coloring. But it would make a nice nude for someone of a darker completion. 661 is a pinky brown based nude which works well for me. These matte shades remind me of Revlon matte in that they feel very soft and creamy and are really pigmented. You'll need to make sure your lips are very moisturized and primed when wearing these or you'll see lines. My favorite is D417 it's a bright red orange color. It is not the shiniest lipstick but looks natural and light.

Some things I love

I've been lusting after this palette for a while now. And I finally indulged. The YSL 5 color harmony for eyes in 3 Tawny.
It reminds me of my beloved Eve Pearl shadows in that it's velvety smooth a dream to apply, albeit with a lot more shimmer! That's ok. I like shimmer. The colors are really well coordinated and there are a number of looks you can do with the pallet from everyday to smokey eye. I love it. I also got the Bare Escentuals mini set for $18 with the Buxum lash mascara and the Eve Buxum lip gloss. They were sold out of this color in regular size and I love it. It's a nice neutral pink perfect for quick no fuss looks. The Buxum lash I already love for giving superb length and separation at a reasonable price.
Above is the YSL 5 color harmony eyeshadow in #3 Tawny followed by Eva Buxum lipgloss

Eve Pearl haul part II

As many of you know. I loooove Eve Pearl products.

In particular, I love her eyeshadows. Those buttery smooth, ultra pigmented, all skin tone friendly gifts from the heavens. Yes they are that good! So I finally got my hands on Au' Natural and Pretty 'N Pink and I did some swatches for you! I also got the Eve pearl Priming Moisturizer. All I can say is that this is by far the lightest primer I have tried to date. It feels like nothing is on and works just as good as Smashbox in terms of slip and as good as Makeup Forever in terms of longevity. Best thing? I didn't break out from it, and my skin loooves to break out. Especially I was freaking out because of the mineral oil listed on the back but nope my skin is fine. It has some good for you ingredients like Vitamin E, Wheat proteins, and Aloe. Anyway, the only downside? These palettes are $40 and tiny. (yes I know they are super pigmented, but eek) The good thing is that she has deals every now and then so do sign up for her email list and you'll know when it happens!

Au'Natural
Pretty 'N Pink

It's soo cold! My hands were cracking, here's what I did!

Goodness, after being cheated out of snow we are being hit by wind and cold. My apartment doesn't have adjustable heating so now I'm dry and crackly. Of course I went out on the hunt for some hand creams lol. I bought a package from Crabtree & Evelyn that brings three of their best sellers, La Source, Rosewater and Gardeners hand therapy. I got L'Occitane 20% shea hand cream in Frangipanier and rosebud but my mom swiped the rosebud lol. And I took out a neglected Victoria Secret soothing hand cream I had bought a while ago.
Lets start with the Crabtree & Evelyn ones

La Source smells clean like water and lily of the valley (my favorite flowers yes, I use their lilly of the valley soap and I adore the smell) It's made with macadamia nut oil, shea butter and seaweed extract. It feels medium thick but you feel a bit of lubrication (oil) but I wouldn't say greasy. All you need is a teeny tiny amount.

Rosewater is my favorite smelling one. I love the smell of roses too and this one is a nice light rose smell, this one smells better than the L'Ocittane rosebud which is way too strong and artificial smelling. It features shea butter, macadamia nut oil, rosewater and myrrh.

Gardeners rejuvenating hand therapy smells like fresh pine. This one has the same shea butter, macadamia nut oil plus antioxidants and peptides.

Overall these feel very old world luxurious. And as a set they were a great buy.

The l'Occitane 20% shea butter hand cream in Frangipanier smells lovely. Like baby powder and sweet flowers. It's a bit thicker than the Crabtree & Evelyn ones and definitely not greasy.

The Victoria Secret Soothing Hand Cream I bought a while ago but neglected it because it smells sort of chemically plus milk a weird combo i know. It features soy milk, oat extract, The cool thing is that it's Organic, hypoallergenic, free of parabens, sulfites, petrolatum, mineral oil and paraffin. It feels super light and is absorbed instantly. It does leave a lubricated feeling. This one is the most affordable at $8.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Tarte Natural Lip Stain Swatches!

I love these new lip stains. I can't say that enough.
I didn't get to swatch all of them:( I'm missing Moody from my swatches.
Update. It is now 7:30 and I still have the lipstain on since 2pm. Wow. Not one bit drying. The color I was wearing lust, looks a lot like amused now five hours later? weird. But still very bright on my lips!
Below from left to right is Amused, Lust, Enchanted, Joy and Charmed
They feel oh so smooth on the lips. Really hydrating. The colors are very vibrant. My coworker was wearing Amused for her 6 hours without reapply. It looked glossy and really pretty! I'm in love!
Amused
Charmed
Joy
Enchanted
Lust

Monday, January 25, 2010

Revlon Drugstore haul #2

This is my second attempt at loving the new Revlon collection. I got the Revlon PhotoReady in Nude 004 and the color surge lipstick in Soft Rose. Again the color is a little off, too pink and a wee bit light. Sigh. I give up. It's a great formula none the less!
Here I am modeling the foundation and lipstick. Do you see those lashes? It's Korres Abyssina oil volumizing mascara. Not volumizing at all. but the length separation and curl are amazing whooo!

Illamasqua and Becca pretty!

I got my hands on the Illamasqua cream foundation in CF140. It's a light shade with yellow undertones. Still a little light for me, very creamy needs to be set with a light powder. I had to prep and prime for this one to prevent it from looking cakey and use my mac duo fibre brush. It is nicely mattifying but I'm not sure an oily skin type will appreciate how heavy it feels. And Becca glossy lip tint in Flirtini. Cute name! It's a on sticky gloss, not much color there, but it does feature a nice little subtle shine

As visible above medium to full coverage.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tarte Love

I'm loving Tarte. This morning a found a lovely little surprise waiting in my mail box. The Tarte Femme Naturale Palette!

And boy is this baby wonderful! The colors are so soft and sweet (think pinks and beiges) yet there are some strong colors for smokey nights as well (charcoal, greens, golds) Everything is very earthy. There are three matte shades and the rest are all shimmer. I don't mind, I'm more of a shimmer girl.
Above From left to right is the top row of shadows

Above from left to right are the liner swatches and the bottom row of shadows
There is a good deal of fall out with this product so you need to be careful when applying (maybe a firm brush and pat it/roll it on). Plus it comes with a dual ended brush and dual ended eyeliner. Awesome! And the new packaging features a little sample of the lifted eye primer. It's crease resistant and very creamy. But it does feel a little thick and you do need to blend it in well.

Anyway, I really want to show you what I'm really excited about. Have any of you seen the new Tarte spring collection? Omg I want it! lol.

Disclaimer: ( All the pictures in the bottom belong to Sephora.com and Tarte.com I'm not trying to violate any copy write laws just sharing the awesomeness)

The Tarte flower child palette, I just love the packaging so cute!


Lash enhancing mascara and primer. The lash primer is something I'm really interested in. I own more than 20 mascaras (sick I know) but not one mascara primer...this one is going in the cart :)

New lip stains and cheek stain!

I think this is the main star of their new collection. I already love their cheek stains and I'm hearing really good thing about this new lip stain. Moisturizing and a lip stain in one, sounds too amazing! Plus I love the packaging. It will fit perfectly in my purse and be super easy to apply. The new cheek stain is such a pretty earthy rose color sounds like my cup of tea.

There is an antiaging cheek stain too. Looks very creamy!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Congratulations Giveaway Winner!

Yay! Kinjal has won the blog giveaway. Thank you to all that followed. I'll look to post more giveaways in the future. Lots of fun :) Hugs to all and a great day!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Benefit Sugar Bomb!

We are ready for spring with Benefits new Sugar Bomb blush. It's a light pink shade that can be used to give cheeks a nice healthy glow. Very natural looking! It does have a light fragrance to it.


I also swatched Tarte's Borba lipgloss in Inside Out. Very sheer, but slightly sticky.

Eve Pearl Foundation and Diva Palette

I love Eve Pearl, her personality, her skill and passion for makeup! Her makeup is so versatile, it makes it easy for anybody to look flawless in minutes! I grabbed her HD foundation in light, it comes with a light and a dark shade for easy contouring/ concealing. The formula is so creamy and looks flawless on. I also grabbed the Diva eyeshadow palette for when I'm feeling sassy! Her products are a bit pricey and the palette is on the small side but... They blend like a dream and are super pigmented. All you have to do is dip the brush in no swishing it around or you'll end up with way too much pigment. That's insane! Very vibrant too, what you see is what you get. And the colors are so fun. These are all satiny. I'm very pleased with my purchase. I ordered two more palettes from her and I'll be posting my review as soon as I get them.



Cargo 50% off haul.

Well, most of the good items are gone. A few loners here and there. This is a great collection that will be missed Specially those blushes! I got a few goodies to review and swatch :)


My favorite buy hands down is that runway pallet hello $25 awesome!! The blushes are fantastic. The eye shadows are fun. Everything goes on smooth and pigmented.
I already own Tahiti and Baja eyeshadow palette and I decided to add a neutral Bahama to the mix. Very sheer light and shimmer and fun warm colors.



Above from left to right is my favorite blush in mendocino, blu ray foundation in #20, blu ray bronzer, blu ray blushes #1 and #2

I already own the blu ray foundation. This is my I have 5 minutes to get ready foundation. Quick and easy and medium to full coverage. I have a lot of couperose (broken capillaries on my cheeks and nose) so I don't even have to wear concealer with this awesome. Now, like most powders it can be drying if you are dry skin already. I'm combination. Most people will ask my what I'm wearing when I wear this foundation because it looks so flawless on me and not drying or too obvious ( I'm combination oily Tzone) the texture is very silky smooth but it's a bit chalky if you don't get your correct color which is hard because their color range is very limited.

I'm happy with blu ray bronzer and blush #2. They are very light and wearable with less shimmer than the original blushes/bronzer. blu ray blush #1 is a bit too chalky for me.
Above from left to right is medium bronzer from the palette, the middle gray smokey eye shadows, blushes in big easy, rome and topeka

These blushes and bronzers are the main reason I snatched up that palette what a steal!


Above from left to right is Cargo plant love lipstick in sagarmatha, and the runway palette eye shadows

I'm not in love with the Cargo plant love lipstick. The shade works for me, but the formula is sooo dry. It reminds me of Nars but even dryer. The good thing is that it is long wearing. Does have a bit of an unpleasant odor. The palette eye shadows I love. They are so pigmented and such fun colors. They blend like a dream.