NOTD.. :-)

Hey Folks,

Happy Monday! Sorry I haven’t been posting very frequently.. I am wrapping up my thesis writing and also moving {closer to makeup stores ;-)}.. I hardly get time between writing, packing, etc.. So, the next few posts will be simple like this one and not detailed reviews..

This week I am sporting this beautiful coral nail paint.. It’s the Covergirl Outlast stay brilliant nail gloss in ‘coy coral #255’.. It costs between $4-$5 depending on what store you purchase it from.. Costs much less if you buy them during sale..

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Here is what Covergirl has to say about this line of polish.. “Go topless! Get seven days of glossy color, no top coat needed. Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss’ 3-in-1 Formula combines a smooth finish, even color, and wear-resistant glossy shine without the need for a base or topcoat.”

“At a Glance,

  • Base, color, and top coat in one
  • Glossy color that can last as long as one week
  • The longer you wear it, the glossier it gets”

I did notice shine without any need of top coat (as shown in images above).. Yesterday was Day-1.. I’ll have to get back to you on the longevity of this nail paint at the end of the week.. We shall see how well it lasts.. Take care and have a great rest of the week.. ūüôā

Update: The nail paint wore beautifully for a full 6 days with only one minor chip on the right hand despite the fact that I was mostly packing and cleaning the old apartment..

Here are some pictures taken on day 7 since application..




Underestimated makeup product: Brush guard!


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The brush guards are a gift from makeup heaven! Lol.. They just make our lives so much easier.. The price – $10 is so worth it especially considering the amount we invest on brushes..

Basically, these are covers for brushes developed by Diane.. She developed this concept in collaboration with her friend Malcolm, who is an engineer.. This idea sparked off during a dinner conversation and the result is a brilliant invention..


I use them for 2 purposes:

1. To reshape brushes after washing.. just slip one of the brush guards appropriate in size to the brush and wait for it to dry.. Voila.. the brushes are back in shape and are perfect to use (especially useful for large face brushes and blending brushes for eye)! Using brush guards also enables you to store the brushes upside down while drying.. just place them in a jar or a cup..

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2. To protect my brushes while travelling.. Covering brushes with the brush guard prevents damage to the bristles..


They are available at Ulta, Sephora, and I highly recommend the variety pack to start with.. Happy brush cleaning.. ūüôā

Cream contour product for all skin tones upto NC40-NC42…

After seeing the success of¬†my article on contour product for NC40-42, I figured I should try a few more contour products.. So, here’s my review of the much loved Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel bronzing makeup base (earlier known as Bronze Universel).. Hope this is helpful to you..

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Chanel is probably one the few companies that makes a good cream bronzer.. The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel has been a favorite of makeup artists for many years.. The only downside is that it comes only in a single shade.. I purchased it from Nordstrom and it cost USD $48.00.. It comes in a huge plastic jar containing 30g of product, which will last forever! It is well worth the money considering the cost per gm of product compared to other brands such as MAC, Benefit, etc..

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The container looks like frosted glass and has a black plastic twist-off lid.. The lid has the classic Chanel logo in gold while the container has the words Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel embossed in black.. The packaging has a lid inside that helps seal the container from air and hence prevents drying out of the product..

The product¬†has a rose scent which may be a problem for those sensitive to scent.. I absolutely love the scent and almost every time I use it, I make sure I smell it.. ūüėČ


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Image:¬†Unblended swatch on a portion of my wrist that’s pale from wearing a watch..¬†

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Right: Blended out.. The pale area on my wrist now blends in with the rest of my hand.. 

The product is a gel-cream which is a warm brown shade.. It works on most skin tones upto NC42.. This product may be too light for anybody deeper than NC42 skin tone.. It can be used on its own or under or above foundation.. With a light hand, it makes for a great bronzer and gives a beautiful glow to my skin.. When layered and topped off with a powder, this develops into an excellent contour product..

It blends beautifully on the skin and is easy to apply.. It can be worn on its own to add warmth to the skin and to even out the skin tone.. It leaves behind a diffused, bronzed effect.. ¬†It stays put all day and doesn’t look orange/red on my skin.. With this product, it’s important to use a good brush that doesn’t shed.. I personally prefer the Real Techniques contour brush.. It gives a lovely finish to my skin.. I highly recommend this product if you are on the market for a natural looking¬†cream bronzer/contour product..