Collective Haul from my new favorite brand.. ;-)

I have been meaning to try out the IT cosmetics line for quite some time now.. and finally convinced myself to try two products.. So, I ordered the Vitality lip blush gloss stain in ‘Inspiring Red’ and Your lips but better (YLBB) waterproof lip liner stain in ‘Romantic Rose’.. The products came in and I was sold….

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Next, I wanted to try  some of their face products.. I had heard great things about the Bye Bye pore anti-aging powder and the CC cream.. I searched online to find the right shade for the CC cream but there was a dearth of information for women of color.. So, I bought the shade ‘tan’ by eyeballing.. and fortunately it ended up being compatible with my skin tone.. I have also had my eye on the Naturally pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow palette for quite some time now.. and of course, I had to have it.. 😉

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I wanted to get some more things that were unavailable on their website at that time… So, I ordered the Vitality Lip flush 4-in-1 reviver lipstick stain in ‘Love story’ and the Tightline full lash length black mascara primer from Ulta’s website…. My local Ulta store didn’t carry IT cosmetics.. So, I just ordered these products without knowing what they would actually look like..

I have tried all the products and I absolutely love them! No product has disappointed me so far.. It’s soon become my new favorite brand from a brand that I had not heard of until recently.. Detailed reviews to come soon.. 🙂  Do let me know if you would like me to review any particular product first..

P.S. I got an email today from IT cosmetics informing that they are now available at all ULTA stores!!! YAY! Time to head to Ulta again… 🙂



One of my favorite go-to lip products..

It’s funny and amusing how I have gone through almost two tubes of this and haven’t written a blog post dedicated to this shade in particular… It’s the Tarte Lipsurgence in ‘Envy’.. For a full review on the line and seeing swatches of other shades, please check out

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Envy is a deep pink with a berry undertone.. It’s a lovely product that goes well with any look, especially when I am unsure of what to add to my lips.. It goes equally well with a classic winged liner as it does with a smoky eye..

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Image: Envy in indoor lighting

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Image: Envy in day light (more true to color)

Medium to deeper skin tone gals, if you haven’t tried ‘Envy’, I highly recommend it..

I hope you all are having a great week so far.. It’s been very busy for me.. One more week before I submit my thesis to my committee! Yikes..

NARS Narsissist Palette..

Today I am featuring the much awaited NARS Narsissist eyeshadow palette.. This palette features 15 NARS signature eye shadow shades which are pretty much on the neutral side.. You get 0.003 oz of each shadow ranging from nudes to browns to taupe to purple to greys… The palette costs $79.00 USD and looks gorgeous in typical NARS packaging..

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It has the following shades which are no where mentioned on the packaging!

0.003 oz x 15 eye shadow in: All About Eve I (flesh toned neutrals), Madrague II (matte caramel), Fez (velvety cocoa), Bali (neutral), Coconut Grove (deep brown infused with reflections), Madrague I (matte cream), Nepal (soft sheer rose), Ashes to Ashes (shimmery violet based brown), Brousse II (black violet), Mekong (espresso infused with gold), Bellissima I (shimmering beige with subtle glitter), Lhasa (lavender grey), Bad Behavior (deep pewter), Dogon II (charcoal black), Pandora II (matte black)

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Image: Palette in natural day light..

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Image: Palette in indoor lighting.. 

There was a lot of  hype surrounding this palette, especially at the time of release.. However, after release there were mixed reviews for this palette… This did not deter me because I have wanted to try NARS eyeshadows for a long time and really wanted to like this palette.. I really enjoy their eye shadow primer, lip products, blushes and foundations.. Unfortunately, this palette did nothing for me (See swatches below)..

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Image: Swatch in indoor lighting……

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Image: Swatch in natural light..

I bought the first palette in Sephora and played around with it trying to make it work.. However, the pigmentation on these eye shadows is extremely poor (as seen in the swatches), except for 2 shades Fez and Brouse II.. The first 4 shades in the palette almost look the same on my skin tone.. Also, the last 4 shades which look different in the palette don’t look much different on my skin tone.. Most of the other shades are too sheer…

However, just to eliminate the possibility that I got a dud, I took the palette back to Sephora and got it replaced… Story repeated itself.. Pigmentation is sooo poor.. I expected NARS eye shadows to deliver… and they failed.. badly… especially for $79.. Drugstore eye shadows offer more pigmentation than these for a fraction of the cost.. The only shadow that really was as per my expectations was Fez, the first shadow in the 3rd column.. Really smooth and pigmented.

Positives: Neutral palette (can get a lot of use out of it); beautiful, sleek, compact packaging; convenient palette for travel

Negatives : No eye shadow names on palette; price; lack of pigmentation; color range (many shades are redundant); dark shadows are difficult to blend


Overall, this palette was a fail for me.. I hope NARS comes out with better palettes next time around..

Sephora VIB Rouge social and Haul..

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I have yet another Haul for you guys! I took advantage of the Sephora VIB Rouge social event on the 30th of March and got 15% discount on my purchase.. A discount, no matter how small, is sooo important… especially to suck me in and buy more than what I had intended to! Fortunately, they ran out of a couple of products I wanted to get… I plan to order them online in a few days..

So, lets have a look at what I got..

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1. NARS matte multiple in ‘Siam’.. I went in to check the darker brown tones for contour and realized they were too light for me.. Ended up getting this gorgeous hot, orange-red color.. It’s gorgeous.. I wish they were cheaper!

2. MUFE HD blush in # 510… I had in mind to check out this line of blushes and I am yet to test this out.. Will let you know once I make up my mind on this…

3. After hearing Lisa Eldridge talk about her love for cleansers and masks with lactic acid, I really wanted to try the Philosophy miracle cleanser with lactic acid.. Unfortunately, the store did not have that product on its own.. It was only available as a part of a  3-4 product pack.. The Sephora artist there was kind enough to open one of these packs and make me a sample of this product.. It’ll be under testing soon….

4. I went in to buy the NARS sheer matte foundation in Syracuse but Sephora was out of that shade… So, instead I decided to get a sample of the NARS sheer glow foundation in Syracuse.. Have tried it twice and have enjoyed it.. It’s a tad dark for me.. But might work better mixed with Barcelona which I already have.. Still debating which one to get though – sheer matte or sheer glow.. I did notice that the sheer glow formula was a lot darker in tone than the sheer matte formula in the same color ‘Syracuse’…

5. Random picks:

Of course they have these cute tiny packs of Smashbox primers to test.. I got the one for color correction.. Lets see how it fares…

I couldn’t stop myself from getting these gorgeous colored, waterproof eyeliners from Sephora! I got them in green and bright blue! These are amazing and at a great price…

Also got the Tarte Lipsurgence pigment intense to try.. The packaging looked cute and the swatches looked moisturizing.. Hope this works.. They weren’t cheap!

And finally, I got the free VIB Rouge bag with tiny samples.. nothing exceptional…

Can’t wait to review these products.. Will any of these change my makeup routine drastically??? We’ll see… 🙂

Have a great weekend, Y’all… I am heading to Windy city…

One of the best products for controlling oil production on face..

Hey there, today I am sharing my secret weapon at controlling oil production on my combination skin.. It is a great product and can be used before or after applying makeup.. I prefer using it after my entire makeup has been applied and set in place.. The product I am talking about is the MAC Prep + Prime skin refined zone..

MAC website says “A light, oil-free emulsion that helps cloak visible pores while controlling oil and shine. Applies “wet” for a gentle micro-exfoliation: dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.”

This product does exactly what it claims.. No more shiny T-zone or any other part of the face.. 🙂


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The product comes in an easy to use squeeze tube.. and it is of a great size for travel purposes.. The tip and the squeeze function lets you get only the amount you need at a time.. and keep in mind, you only need the tiniest drop to cover your nose/center of forehead/chin, etc.. It goes on wet but dries to a clear, matte finish.. It costs $21.00 for 15 ml / 0.5 US fl oz..


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Apply a tiny amount of the skin refined zone to the problem area (in this case, demonstrating on my hand)

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Product blended in… You can see the clear difference between the two halves of my hand.. The Left half that has the skin refined zone is absolutely Matte in finish and you don’t see any shine there… It usually stays that way for at least half or more of the day.. The right half of the hand is moisturized and normal.. 😉

You really have to try this product to believe it.. 🙂

Has any of you tried this product? What are your thoughts?