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17/01/2017

Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Blush Palette in Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold


Ever seen something so beautiful, that you skipped a beat? 
Sighed or even gasped out loudly? Me... It happened the first time I saw Taj Mahal. Then, when I saw Hrithik in the song 'Kyun chalti hai pawan...' , when I first saw my super boss in the first company I worked in... The moments started fazing off as I grew older and wiser even. I haven't really had any such exaggerated moments until very recently.

I was looking for a golden highlighter and a pink one. And while searching for those I came across this palette which was named 'ROSE GOLD'. I mean, need I say more? Filsalna to tha hi..! 


It's priced Rs.1350/- Buy it here.
I looked up for its swatches and I was already in love. I couldn't buy this any faster.
And open it even faster!! (On receiving it ofcourse.) Trust me, it even made the "Elizabeth Bennet" in me go "Oh My!" and all drama-queen-like. 

I couldn't stop staring at it. I couldn't touch it for the longest time...scared that I'd ruin it.



Just look at those colours. I didn't care how the product was, I was already in love.
But yeah, for blog-sake, I shall curb in my smitten self and TRY to give a non-biased review.



Firstly, This palette claims to be a Blush, Contour and Highlighter palette. It ofcourse can be used as eye shadows too.
 Just like other Makeup Revolution Palettes, The pigments are extremely soft to feel and a dream to blend in.

What I noticed first was the mirror! Look at the size! Great to travel with. The packaging is very sturdy.
Secondly, this palette will work for all skin tones. Since most of the colours are gold based and warm toned, these are best suited for Indian skin.
For girls with deeper and richer tones who usually struggle to find a good highlighter which actually show up on their cheeks or don't look too harsh, this is a dream come true!



The first four colours are pink/peach/mauve tones. Great blushes and highlighters. These look great on cool tones..



1) A rose pink shade with an almost satin finish. Works great as a blush.
2) An icy peachy pink shade with frosty shimmer. Works well as a highlighter. Will look beautiful on cooler skin tones.
3) A warm toned peachy pink shade. Looks great as a blush cum highlighter. Looks fab on Warm skin tone.
4) A cool toned pink with silver glitter. Works as a blush but eventually the colour fades off leaving silver shimmer. If applied properly and lightly, I like the effect. On wintry days it gives a nice glow.







The right quartet is brown based and amazing for richer and deeper skin tones.

5) Out and out golden highlighter. Looks amazing if applied with a light touch. It's a very yellow gold, hence can look extreme if applied heavily. This requires a very light hand.

6) This is my favourite!!! Not gold but copper! Looks Ah-mah-zing on Indian skin tone. I apply this very lightly as a highlighter. But I love using this as an eyeshadow. It looks gorgeous with ethnic outfits! It looks a bit harsh in the swatch below. But it blends in completely with very slight shimmer. I was scared, this would have chunky glitters but these pigments blends in like a dream.

7) A bronzer shade with slight shimmer. The shimmer does not really show up but gives a sheen if built up while using it as a blush. A great crease or blending eyeshadow shade.

8) A complete matte bronzer shade. A very light for everyday bronzing shade. Works great as an eyeshadow too. 






Needless to say, I love this palette! 
 Makeup revolution houses some amazing powder pigments at reasonable prices and quality that match high end products.

If you are looking for some shimmery Highlighters/ blush/ eye shadows, pick this up without a doubt.
Can't get over the copper shade!! It's Beautiful!!
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Which is your current go to palette?


12/01/2017

FAB BAG January'2017

All my fellow subscribers will know the excitement one feels when you receive the Fab Bag in your mail, I'm sure. Very happy that the first bag for this year reached me in the first week itself.

It took me roughly a min and half to cut open the box and there inside lied this ruby colored clutch style bag. So this time the bag is different. Honestly, I like the colour but the material is quite flimsy. And since it is a clutch style, not much stuff can be stored in it. I like their pouch styles with chain. I use them to store stuff and they even look pretty on my vanity. But this one...nahh. This bag will probably go to my 3 yr old niece.

Without any more blabber, let's dig in...




1) O3+ Derma Fresh Mask- Very excited about this product. I don't own any of their products personally but I got O3+ facials done a couple of times and loved it. Plus it's a decent size to test out the product. Looking forward to this one.

 

2) M[Caffeine] Neem Caffeine Face wash - Again a decent sized sample. Quite happy about that. The ingredients seem sans harmful chemicals. Let's hope this works.


3) Nature's Co White tea Night Cream - Honestly, I am very skeptical about this one. 'Coz all previous Nature's Co products that I have tried failed...miserably! I usually steer clear of this brand. But I have heard few bloggers raving about this one so let's hope this is 'the' product to change my mind about this brand.
 
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4) Wella EIMI LightWeight BB lotion - What? BB lotion for hair? or is it? Not mentioned on the packaging. huh. I shall assume since it's Wella, it's gotta be fot hair. I'll probably just get 2 usage out of it.
 

5) Sugar Cosmetics Matte As Hell Lip Crayon in Rose Dawson - This is the product I selected. There were Manna Lip crayons too which cost a bomb (almost 1800/-)!! But I wanted this shade and I played safe knowing what I was gonna get. I love these crayons. These can give most of the high end brands a run for their money.
 

So that's all. I quite liked the products. Even the sample sizes are enough to actually test the products.

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Love,
SS

11/01/2017

Skincare, Bath and Body Favourites 2016

On a random note. I have not categorized this post. However these are not all but the best products I used last year.


I'm on the 3rd bottle. Need I say more? However I do not use this everyday. Whenever I feel even a start of an acne or pimple or when my skin isn't behaving well, is when I use this. It can be quite drying though.

I loved using this last year. It's a light everyday face wash with no harmful chemicals. Especially for sensitive skin. 
A light scrub that has minute granules. What I like about it is that the granules donot dissolve with water and hence I can take my time and scrub efficiently. Mainly for black head removal, but I use it on my T-Zone, cheeks and chin. I try to use it twice a week and not everyday since I have very sensitive skin.


Been loving this! I use this once weekly (at least try to). The claims of this product seem perfect my skin type- sensitive, acne prone. And I really like it. Can't say it stops acne completely but It sure does soothens it and brightens the face. 

Another mask I use alternately to the Plum Green Tea one. This is an old school simple haldi chandan combo mask. even better if you can make it home but me too lazy for that :| It brightens the face and keeps it squeaky clean.


Been over 2 years that I've been using this. Does exactly what it claims.
Can't live without it. On my 3rd tube. I use this as a serum. No other Aloe vera gel works on me like this one!
8)  La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
This deserves a solo post. Coming soon.
9) Neutrogena UltraSheer Drytouch Sunblock SPF 50+ 
Been years and tube after tubes. This is still the best sunblock I've tried.


10) Nivea Body Lotion
It's not too greasy, has a fresh fragrance. Also has UV protection. It moisturizes the skin decently. No complaints here.
11) Sure deo roll on
Alchohol free deodorant which actually works to keep odour at bay.

12) Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula
This has been a saviour for my dry cracked feet. The thick solidified cream works like a charm for super dry areas like feet, chapped elbows, etc. 


13) The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body wash and Argan Oil Body Wash
The Body shop Body washes have always been a favourite. I especially like Fuji Green Tea last year. Such a fresh scent! Argan oil variant is amazing for winters.


 14) Biotique Bio Green Apple Shampoo
A shampoo without chemicals is hard to find that actually works. This is one. It claims to be a shampoo and conditioner together. But I use a conditioner after washing my hair with it.

15) Organix Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Intense Moisturizing Treatment 
Ah-maz-ing for dry and rough hair. I have already use 3 tubs of this and still can't get enough!

16) Organix Argan Oil Serum
Smoothens the hair. Controls the frizz. Love the scent.



17) The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Balm
This Lip balm is the bomb.com! It does not sit glossy like many others. This one when applied, after a while gets absorbed into the skin, and actually heaks the skin. It is perfect to put under matte lipsticks.

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Foor makeup favourites, visit my previous blog.

Love,
SS

06/01/2017

Makeup Favourites 2016

Let's get straight to the point...'coz it's gonna be a long one :P

These are a few of my favourite things....

FACE:


     It's a silicone based primer. Very little of it is required and it smoothens my skin like silk!!  Also, pores look a lot minimized!

     Have tried tons of other BB/CC creams. I keep going back to this one. This is perfect for Indian summers and is not too drying during winters too. Amazing coverage and gives a very natural finish. For those with extremely dry skinned may find this a tad bit drying but mix a little drop of moisturizer and it'll be perfect. I feel, it is the best BB cream in market as yet. If you are not a foundation kinda girl, like me, this will be your best friend! Only disadvantage is that it only comes in one shade :(
     OMG!! I think I discovered an HG product. I was very skeptical while buying this ( 'coz it's a lil pricey). But I've heard such rave reviews about this from my favourite youtubers that I had to purchase this. It literally is magic in a bottle! In a powder form, but it has such an amazing coverage! This powder is all you need if you want to even out your skin tone and have a few blemish marks. It comes with a brush which is thoughtful but I don't like it. It pokes :( I use this with my Real Techniques Buffing brush and Voila! An airbrushed finish! It's Magic...I'm telling you.

     I don't think I need to explain why. Blends like a dream. Does not crease. Stays on for atleast 5-6 hours. The quality is as good as the high end concealers.

EYES:


     I have everything that may be considered "problematic" with an eye. I have small, hooded, extremely oily eyelids. Nothing and I mean NOTHING stays on my eyes. I finally found this one! This is one eye pencil which actually stays a decent amount and time. I will cry and cry sooo hard if they ever discontinue this!  
[rant start] Maybelline did that to me :| I had FINALLY found my perfect Pen EyeLiner - Maybelline Hypersharp, and then they went and discontinued it.WTF?!? No The Colossal Liner isn't better. It lasts on me for a full 10 mins!! *Baahhh*[rant stop]

    Easy to use. Hassle free. The powder side is a boon. You can not go overboard with it. 1 product I have started using everyday. Made me realize how much of a difference well done eyebrows actually make! 
     Oohhh Love this palette! review coming soon. The product being on this list says it all ofcourse. The quality is amazing. Makeup revolution makes some of the best palettes - eyeshadows, blushes and all.   

    Amazing for everyday use. Please donot use a waterproof mascara if you wear a mascara everyday. Even though you have pathetic lashes like mine. You'll only make them worse. So I wear this only during cooler weather when I know I won't be sweating. It separates and lengthens my lashes so well! However it does not give much volume. 
     Perfect. It gives Length AND Volume. The brush is amazing to get through the tiniest of lashes and it also has a separate comb like side for the lower lashes. It can also be used to separate the clumps. You can read the detailed review here.

BLUSH:

       Perfect color for indian skintone that matches every makeup look. Intensity can be built up. Affordable and good quality. The best kinds :) 
      Dupes of Bobby brown and Revlon Shimmer Bricks. If you're new at highlighting like me, give this a try. A good product at an affordable price. 

LIPS: 


      My current go to and favourite Nude.

      Oh just look at the swatches and you'll know why!
 
      Again. Do I need to explain? Cheap and great quality! I'm never buying NYX SMLC again. Moreover I went crazy and bought 19 shades. No, I don't regret buying any of them.

      Powder matte finish. Just the type I love. These 2 shades are LOVE for me.

NAILS:


      I just wanna get them all! Special mentions - , Lavender Buttercream, Lychee Delight, Lavender Panna Cotta (Matte), Black CherryPie(Matte) for the unique shades!
 
       It has spoiled me for other polishes. It dries in no time at all!! I love quite many shades but Mint for life and Rose Poudre has my heart.

BRUSHES
 
      Amazing quality. Totally worth the hype. I wanna buy the eye brush set too...

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What have been your favourites of 2016?

Love,
SS
 



31/12/2016

FABBAG December 2016 - "THE PARTYHOLIC"

Better late than never no? I received this month's Fabbag a few days back. Been meaning to upload it asap but anyways... Been quite a hectic week!

So I quite liked the holographic checks this month. And thank god I received the black one. I didn't like the other colors (based on the few pictures I came across). Yeah for the first bit! So let's dig in...!


The theme- "The Partyholic" is fitting for the last month of the year. And I'm quite happy with the bag this month. Fabbag has included 2 full size products and 2 "very appropriate"deluxe sized samples. 

 
IBA HALAL FOOT MASSAGE CREAM is a well timed product and I welcome it with open arms! I have extremely dry foot and this could be a savior. It has very attractive ingredients like Olive oil, Cocoa butter, Shea Butter, Jasmine. This is a full size product. This will be my first product from this brand and I know I'll use it up within 2 weeks.

NATURAL HAIR MIST seems like an interesting product. A kind I've never used before. Hair mists could be very useful for summers. I haven't opened this one yet and hence don't know how it smells. Although I could not find any ingredients list on this one. I  feel ok about this one. After all, that's the whole concept about subscription boxes is get to try new products.


 
 This is the product I'm most excited about! I love the brand PALMER'S COCOA BUTTER FORMULA. I already use its other products and love them. In a roller form is even better! This one's getting a permanent space in my handbag! Since it's an oil, even 15 ml will last me a long looong time. 




 CITY COLOR BE MATTE LIPSTICK IN PHOEBE was my choice of product this month. I had chosen Briana from the same line last month. But since it was the first time I was quite skeptical about the product. On receiving it, I loved it! So had to order another on from there. The above swatch is just 1 swipe. Super pigmentation, great staying power. Transfers when touched but stays on me for almost 5-6 hours.


Overall, I'm quite happy with this month's fabbag!
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Love,
SS