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.