September 21, 2013

Origins Eye Doctor

If you are going to use makeup, you also have to take care of your skin. After using eyeshadow and eyeliner our skin around the eye area might get clogged and dry out. So we must keep them clean and hydrated. The Origins Eye Doctor does exactly that.

The area around the eye or the skin around the eye is very delicate. Age shows on the face, when wrinkles and fine lines start to appear. We can't stop them from happening but we can slow down the process. Applying a hydrating cream will hydrate and keep the skin smooth and hydrated. Origins has one of the best eye creams. This one doesn't smell all that good but it does the work. 4'5

September 19, 2013

Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes

OMG! These brushes are the best! Got these from London. We don't get them here in India. You could find an online store which ships to India though. Real Techniques Brushes are made by a YouTube Beauty Guru, Samantha Chapman AKA Pixiwoo.

This is the Core Collection set by Real Techniques Brushes. It comes in a foldable case with four face brushes. The case says what each brush does, so I don't really have to explain anything. The brushes are light weight with a steel handle and a rubber end. The bristles are super soft and dense. My favorite is the buffing brush. It is amazing on the face and blends the foundation really well. These brushes are synthetic haired so they would pick up more product than a natural haired brush would. I feel like these are way better than Mac brushes even. None of hair on the bristles have come out. My Mac powder brush is having hair fall like a dog! So disappointed!

If you live in the US or UK, good for you because you can find this in any drugstore like Ulta or Boots. They are cheep and very good quality brushes. Real Techniques also makes a variety of brushes. Go get yours now! 5/5.

September 17, 2013

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

Bonjour! Lately, I have been into the whole contouring my face thing. Looked at a lot of bronzers so far and as my skintone is on the dark side, it is really hard to find a dark enough bronzing powder to contour with. Most of the bronzers are very light on my skin or as same as my skintone. I'm a Mac NC45 if you were wondering. But I found this gorgeous bronzing powder by Guerlain while browsing. I have heard of Guerlain many times but we don't have a proper store/counter over here in Mumbai. The ones here only have a limited collection. Anyhow, I got the shade 08 Ebony, which is the darkest they had.
The product has a beautiful packaging as you can see. It comes in a compact with a mirror inside. The powder has a pressed logo in the center. The bronzer is a deep brown with small golden shimmer. It has a sandalwood scent which is not over powering, thank God! Phew! I don't like sandalwood. Anyway, the powder is very pigmented. Little goes a long way. It does not come with a brush though. But what strikes me about this product is the way the logo glazes through. J'adore! =D
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With flash.
French makeup is always so très magnifique! And for being a high-end product it has to be expensive, right? I can't say it's worth it, it all depends on your need and willingness to pay but I can say Guerlain makeup is fit for Royalty. 5/5.

September 15, 2013

Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara

If you saw my recent London, Boots Haul video on my YouTube Channel, then you must know I got the Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara. We do get these in India, but it's different. The Indian one has a stiff plastic bristle and it doesn't flex. But I like this one which I got from London.

I got the old and the new one in the shade black. The formula is the same. Just that they have changed the bristle in the new one.

Left to Right: Old, New.
Left to Right: Old, New.
The old brush has a curve and the bristles get longer on the sides of the curve. In the new brush the bristles get longer on the inside and outside of the curve, get it? I think the pictures explain better. I like the new one better than the old one because the longer bristles on the curve can really get in the corner and the end well.

The mascara does exactly what it's supposed to. It gives a lot of volume and makes your lashes look longer and thicker. It also lasts a pretty good amount. It's easy to remove later. They also come in a waterproof formula. It is not at all expensive and its easily available. 5/5.

September 6, 2013

Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot

Paint pots! No, not one of those artistic drawing paints. These paint pots are eyeshadow bases. They act as a primer as well as a eyeshadow. You can apply it on its own or you can go over it with eyeshadow. Mac came up with a bunch of fun shades. They also come in limited edition collections every now and then.

'Dangerous Cuvee' is a part of a collection and its limited edition. So hurry and get the limited edition ones asap before they get over and hopefully this shade will come out again in another collection.

Paint pots in general, come in this glass pot. These pots are a little bigger than the Fluidline eyeliner pots. The paints are creamy in texture and well pigmented. Some of them with shimmer and some matte. The shade that I got had a little shimmer to it. Its a light lavender color with some silver glitter particles. I felt that they could have made the glitter particles smaller and mixed into the color more. Then again it's a very pretty shade. These last all day and not crease. I use this as a base and then go over it with eyeshadow. The shimmer peeks through the shadow and gives vibrance.
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With flash.
As always, it is expensive. You could try other brands for similar shades if Mac isn't in your budget. Maybelline has something called Color Tattoo which are exactly like paint pots and they are much cheaper. 3/5.

Let me know what you think about them and how you use it on your eyes. :)

September 3, 2013

Mac Fluidline

I'm a little late on the 'Gel Eyeliner' train but, i'm on it! Mac Fluidline is supposed to be one of the best gel liners out there. They come in many colors, I got the basic black one to start with.

'Blacktrack' comes in a little glass pot. It is not at all heavy, pretty light weight for a glass pot. As all gel liners, it is thick, creamy, smudge proof and very very black. If you are someone with oily eyelids than this ones totally right for you. For me, I like a eyeliner which stays for a long time. This one was perfect. It stayed on throughout the day and it didn't smudge one bit! The texture is like melted butter. It glides on the skin really smoothy and it is not greasy or heavy.

The color is very black as you can see below. It has a matte effect. One swipe is pigmented enough, you don't have to go over it to make it darker. But if you want you can go over it with a black eyeshadow to make it darker and soften the edges.
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With flash.

It doesn't come off easily. So you will need a makeup remover to get it off. One important thing is that you must close the product as soon as you finish using it or else it will dry. The Mac makeup artist also told me that you should keep the product upside down so that it doesn't dry out quickly. I didn't know that before. The only downfall is that it doesn't come with a brush. You will have to buy that separately.

It definitely is pricey for the amount you get but if you think about its merits - thick, smudge proof, matte black, easy to use, its a small price you have to pay. 4/5.

Take a look at my last post on how I do my Winged Eyeliner.

PS - You can use this on your waterline too! :D
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