Estee Lauder Double wear stay in place shadow cremes..

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The next in the creme eye shadow series is the Estee Lauder Double wear stay in place shadow cremes… These have unfortunately been discontinued and used to cost $17.50 USD… You may still be able to find these in ‘the Cosmetic Company’ store near you for a cheaper price..

I own two of these.. A green base and a greyish silver base.. The packaging is quite chic and is a heavy glass jar with a golden colored lid with the Estee Lauder logo embossed on the top.. The product itself is quite soft to touch and is quite smooth in application.. However, it does set in a couple of minutes to a budge proof shadow.. Again on me, these do tend to crease a bit after a few hours thanks to my oily eyelids.. Works well on me with an eye primer though..

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Because of the pigmentation on these, these jars will last forever because of how little one needs to achieve the desired color intensity..

SWATCHES:

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L to R: 03 Precious Jade and 02 Silver Leaf (Indoor lighting)

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L to R: 03 Precious Jade and 02 Silver Leaf (Natural daylight)

I especially love the gorgeous Jade color.. Reminds me of Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow by MAC.. Makes for a great base when using that shadow.. 🙂

Happy Friday!!

Maybelline color tattoo eyeshadows..

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The next product in my series of cream eye shadows is the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr cream gel shadows.. These are saturated in color and can be used alone or as an eyeshadow by increasing its intensity.. These are available in 9 shades as of now and I have 7 of them.. These are on the drier side compared to other cream shadows like MAC Paint pots, Buxom, etc..

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Each color costs between $6 to $8 USD depending on where you buy it from.. Hence, these are a better value for money compared to higher end cream shadows.. The packaging is similar to MAC paint pots – heavy glass jars with plastic black screw top lid.. They are smooth in application and although I have never tried wearing these for a whole 24 hrs, these are long lasting.. especially since they dry up and set quickly.. These are meant to be crease proof but again they tend to crease on me without an eye primer since I have oily eyelids.. With a primer though, these last well on my eyelids.. The color range is quite good..

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L to R: 35 Tough as Taupe, 55 Inked in Pink, 25 Bad to the bronze, 10 Fierce and Tangy, 40 Tenacious Teal, 20 Painted Purple and 30 Pomegranate Punk… Indoor lighting..

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L to R: 35 Tough as Taupe, 55 Inked in Pink, 25 Bad to the bronze, 10 Fierce and Tangy, 40 Tenacious Teal, 20 Painted Purple and 30 Pomegranate Punk… Natural day light..

My favorites are 25 Bad to the bronze, 55 Inked in Pink, 40 Tenacious Teal and 30 Pomegranate Punk…

MAC Paint Pots..

Hope you all are having a great weekend.. I was staring at my stash of cream eyeshadows / bases and though of sharing my views on the different ones I have.. It’ll be kind of a series on cream eyeshadows..

So, the first one is Paint Pots by MAC.. These are basically MAC’s version of cream eyeshadows.. They are available in 16 shades as of now on their website and new ones are often released as limited edition and as part of different collections.. I have three of these from their permanent line and they are at least a couple of years old.. These retail for $20.00 USD each for 5g of product and come packaged in a heavy glass jar with a black plastic lid.. I personally do not like the packaging for travel and avoid carrying it..

Here’s what MAC website has to say about them.. “A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with M·A·C shadows and liners.”

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L to R : Indianwood, Constructivist and Blackground.

Indianwood is a gorgeous true gold color and looks gorgeous across many skin tones.. One can wear this alone for a simple, one shadow look… It works particularly great for Indian weddings along with the shade I’ll describe next..

Constructivist is a purplish-brown bronzey color that looks lovely paired with Indianwood on the lid and constructivist in the crease..

Blackground is a greyish black eyeshadow base.. It is not the most pigmented black but can make a decent base for smokey eyes for added intensity..

Swatches:

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L to R : Indianwood, Constructivist and Blackground in indoor lighting.

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L to R : Indianwood, Constructivist and Blackground in natural day light.

These are easy to blend and are quite smooth to touch.. Just make sure to blend immediately before it sets.. This product will work great for people who don’t like to spend much time on their eye makeup.. You can carry this and use your finger to apply the product all over the eye lid for a one color look.. When layered with an eyeshadow on top, it definitely intensifies the color of the eyeshadow..

I personally haven’t found much use with these on their own since I have very oily eye lids and these tend to crease badly on me.. However, when I use a good eye primer (such as NARS) and layer this on top with or without powder eyeshadow, these tend to do ok on my eyes.. So, these might work better on individuals with drier / normal eyelids who don’t have issues with creasing.. Maybe I should try one of their pro long wear paint pots instead which are supposed to be crease proof..

Overall, these make good eye bases for most people..

LAURA MERCIER Rouge Nouveau Weightless lip creme in ‘MINK’…

I recently read about the Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau weightless lip creme (phew! that’s a mouthful) from Karen (http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-beauty-cat/laura-mercier-cafe-rouge-nouveau-weightless-lip-colour/) and immediately felt the impulse to buy it.. At the time, I went into Sephora to check out the shades ‘Cafe’ and ‘Star’.. and returned home with ‘Mink’.. 🙂

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There are 15 shades available in this range and the finishes range from Sheer to Matte to Creme.. I did not get Star since it was a sheer finish and it would do nothing to my pigmented lips.. Cafe was a good shade but I fell in love with the way Mink looked against my skin tone.. It costs $24.00 USD but I feel its worth it.. Of course I would’ve loved them even more if they were more affordable.. 😉

The packaging looks and feels quite luxe.. Metallic good quality packaging with the brand name inscribed onto the lid..

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Back home, I had to immediately take pics for the blog and try it on! WOW – that was my reaction! It is the most beautiful shade of orange-red that I own with such a gorgeous texture.. It goes on extremely smooth and needs to be layered depending on the coloring of one’s lips.. Layering this product does not feel cake-y unlike most lipsticks and is extremely comfortable on the lips (even though its a matte finish)!! The best thing about this lipstick is the feeling of not having anything on the lips.. its very light in that sense.. Also, it lasts long on the lips and keeps the lips moisturized – I just top it off with clear lip balm if needed (a few hours down the line)…

I had to travel recently to NY for a week and although I carried a few lipsticks, all I used was this lipstick! 6 days straight! that’s a record for me since I tend to switch lip color up almost every day.. 🙂

Swatches:

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Left – Indoor lighting; Right – Natural day light

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Me with my favorite lipstick of the moment on three days last week.. 🙂

Sephora Color IQ Experience!

Sephora was having the Color IQ last weekend and I did not want to miss it! How many of us have the wrong shade of foundation?? I am sure quite a few.. Even though we have the PROs in stores like Sephora, MAC, Nordstrom, etc to guide us, there is always a margin for human error, especially if its not matched in natural day light… I have a bunch of expensive foundations that just sit around because they do not match my skin tone in natural light.. So, I was excited that Sephora had this instrument that could measure your skin tone and predict best foundations based on the skin tone..

So off I went.. The lady at Sephora was friendly and asked me if I knew how this was done.. I denied and she explained that basically the instrument measures the skin tone at 3 different parts of the face and takes an average of the skin tone to predict best foundation matches..

So, she took the measurement on my forehead, apple of cheek and jawline.. and within a minute I had my skin tone! 3Y09.. I had various recommendations and I chose a foundation sample based on my skin type (Oily/combination).. Chose hourglass immaculate foundation in “Beige”.. It is a great match for my skin.. I would highly recommend trying the color IQ out if you are on the hunt for a new foundation that actually matches your skin tone.. For those with Boots store, I am almost sure Boots also does something similar to match their foundations.. Good luck!

Favourite Lip Stains..

Beaute cosmetics is a Canadian makeup brand by Makeup Pro Artist Beau Nelson that was started in 2008.. It is quite a luxury brand and is known to be used by hollywood actresses such as Kristen Stewart, Nicole Richie, Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Moretz, Leslie Bibb, Emma Roberts, Christina Hendricks, Hilary Duff, Dianna Agron, Anna Paquin, etc..

One of my favorite products by Beaute is their Liqui-gel stains! They are available in 4 shades – I have 3 of them:

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L to R: Neon, Harlot & Fever..

These liqui-stains come in glass packaging and look classy on the vanity table..

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L to R: Swatches of Neon, Harlot & Fever..

These retail for USD $29.00 + international shipping charges..

Neon as the name suggests is a bright, neon color! Almost a fluorescent orange in the bottle.. But once you put it onto the lips, it almost adapts and turns into a pinkish orange.. a very flattering color unlike the neon in the bottle!

Harlot is a beautiful berry color.. and looks great on any skin tone.. It leaves behind a pinkish-berry stain..

Fever is my favorite of the lot (after Harlot).. This is my second bottle of Fever and I have a back-up for it.. thats how much I adore this shade.. I absolutely love how this color looks on my tan (NC40-NC42) skin tone.. Its gorgeous alone or as a base for red lipsticks to extend their longevity..

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L to R: Neon, Harlot & Fever.. Stain that it leaves behind after wearing off..

The product comes with a doe-foot applicator.. However, I don’t use it for application.. I use a lip brush (Sigma L05) for applying it on the lips.. The number of hours these last on the lip depends on the number of layers you add..

Another brilliant feature of these products is that they can be layered to achieve the depth of color one needs.. Just let the first coat dry before adding the next one.. So, a single shade can give you a range of looks depending on the intensity of the stain.. You could also use these on the cheeks for a long lasting blush.. or use it as a base under your powder blushes.. I absolutely love the versatility of these products..
These will always be much loved in my collection..

MAKE UP FOR EVER (MUFE) Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks..

MUFE makes quite a few different lipsticks such as Rouge artist natural and Rouge artist Intense.. However, I absolutely love the MUFE Rouge artist Intense formula! Look no further if you want a highly pigmented lipstick that lasts long on your lips.. You will be blown away by the amount of pigment in these lipsticks.. It’s a gorgeous lipstick formula that packs punch in a single swipe.. They are available in 3 different finishes (matte, pearly and satin) and there’s a whooping 50 shades to choose from – ranging from pale nudes to black! So there’s something for everybody! These are paraben free and cost $20 USD each at Sephora..

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I own four of these..

Packaging : The lipsticks are packaged in a classy black and silver bullet.. with MUFE logo on the cap.. and a label with corresponding lipstick color, number of the lipstick, kind of formula, etc at the base.. I store these upside down on my lipstick rack since the colored labels make it very convenient to pick the right color..

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L to R : # 25 satin Caramel, # 26 satin Brown beige, # 42 satin vermilion red and # Mat 7 matte bordeaux

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Swatches:

Top row : # 26 satin Brown beige and Mat 7 matte bordeaux

Bottom row : # 25 satin Caramel and # 42 satin vermilion red

Of these, my absolute favorite is Mat 7.. It looks beautiful against my skin tone and is a classic berry-wine color..

These lipsticks can be on the drying side for the lips but I think that’s one of the reason they last so long on the lips.. I would highly recommend moisturizing the lips with a hydrating lip balm before applying these lipsticks..

MAC Viva glam I lipstick..

MAC Viva Glam I lipstick was the first Viva Glam lipstick launched by MAC way back in 1994.. I was less than 10 years old then!! Since then, MAC has launched 5 others so far.. The best feature of these Viva glam lipsticks is that the entire amount goes into charity (MAC AIDS fund) to support men, women and children dealing with HIV and AIDS… I personally feel its a great thought and initiative… One more reason to buy these lipsticks and not feel guilty!!

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Viva glam I is a beautiful deep blue-based red color that would be flattering on most skin tones.. It has a matte finish and looks gorgeous on the lips.. It costs $15.00 USD for 3g of product.. It is extremely pigmented and lasts long on the lips.. I absolutely adore this color..

All the Viva glam lipsticks are packaged in this black and red bullet unlike the regular MAC lipsticks which are packaged in black and silver..

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Swatches: 

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In Natural sunlight (I absolutely love this color)!!!

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In artificial indoor lighting

Zoya’s Dita nail polish..

Hey,

Figured I haven’t done a nails look recently! So, here’s Zoya’s nail polish in ‘Dita’.. It’s a cute cool toned pinkish red color.. Zoya’s website describes this as “Soft yet saturated purple-toned medium berry-red creme. For when you want a classic shade other than red.” I personally feel its more of a deep pink color than red.. It has a cream finish and has an opacity of 5 with 5 being the most opaque in Zoya nail polishes.. Usually, pink nail polishes don’t flatter my skin tone but this is an exception and I think it would suit most skin tones..

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Image: In Daylight

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Images: Indoors (Artificial lighting)

On my ring finger, I just added a coat of wet & wild A004 ‘Glamorous’ from Fergie’s collection on top of Dita..

As always, I am wearing Seche Vita nail fortifier, base coat and top coat… Also, all Zoya nail polishes and nail polish treatments are free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP and camphor which is wonderful for the nails…

What color are you rocking this summer?