As the title suggests, this is a travel themed makeup look. Revlon gave me an opportunity to escape to Stockholm with their new launches, and I readily accepted – I have always been a bit of a travel freak, you know! I was provided with a bunch of amazing new products to come up with a look and this is what I came up with!
For eyes, it was the new Revlon ColorStay Shadowlinks in Onyx, as an all over lid wash and I smoked it out with a highlight colour Bone. I love the new eyeshadows, they are puny in size and big on blend-ability, with good colour pay-off. With a primer, these are some of the best drug store eyeshadows that I have tried. I also love the fact that there are a gazillion shades they come in and are very affordable at $3.99 a pop. I created a cat-eye with Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Black. I literally did this cat-eye in the matter of a minute or two – I’m clumsy, so I used a tape of course but the tip is super fine and precise. I finshed off with a coat of Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara – only a single coat because I didn’t want my lashes to compete with my cat-eye. For lips, it was obviously the new Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm – more or less a staining liquid lipstick. This probably warrants a proper review, but in short, it is a must try. I love the shade Stockholm for fall, a browned berry, which is so spot on for the vamp lip trend that is here to stay!
If you are a Canadian resident aged over 18, you can win all of these products pictured above! Just follow me on instagram and like the picture containing the information regarding the contest. While you are at it, comment to tell me where would you like to “Jet-set” and tag a friend. That simple. Or maybe not, lol! Good luck!
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette (LE) – $48 CAN
Another day, another eyeshadow palette, but a great one at that. Make Up For Ever recently relaunched their eyeshadows with a “gel” formula, honestly, in terms of texture its just powder, but I’ll go with it. Anyhow, this is a fantastic way to test out the much lauded Make Up For Ever’s newest eyeshadow launches for much less; a single eyeshadow retails for $24 CAN, so you get to try out eight eyeshadows for the price of two, which is a steal in my opinion. I also love the make and content of the palette; thankfully it is not just another nude palette, it has a nice mix of colours ranging from taupe, bronze, gold, teal and purples. The eyeshadows are flawlessly pigmented and blend like woah. I love the packaging, it is cute and compact, easy to travel with and along with the equally compact Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette, I have all my travelling eyeshadow needs covered. The brushes included are misleading as they don’t do much, unfortunately. Overall, I think it is a solid palette and worthy of your attention and an amazingly affordable way to try out Make Up For Ever’s newest eyeshadows.
Swatches to follow..
In case you are wondering, what’s with the “update”, you may want to refer to this article. Anyhow, the skinny is that my shopping experience with Indian Roots has been a far cry from perfect; in fact, I have never had such a poor experience with an online shopping channel and as did many of you. I did realize that Indian Roots was a very new business and from what I reckon, these past few months have been a great learning curve for the business as well. These people are really making the effort to improve their practice and I think the attempt is genuine.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – $64 CAN
A 12 eyeshadow ensemble palette with a rose hued theme. The eyeshadows mostly range from pinks of all shades and finishes and a few taupes and a single black shade with reddish glitter. Overall, an encompassing palette with shades of pink, which works fine for olive skin tone like mine. I think this is one and done for all the possible pink hued eyeshadows I could possibly need. The eyeshadows are nicely pigmented and work fabulously together, blending effortlessly. Honestly, I don’t have much flaws to pick out with this one besides fallout of some glitter heavy shades like Blackheart. I love the idea of including taupes in this palette too, in fact, shades like Factory, Mugshot and Darkside are what makes me love this palette, as opposed to just like. The dual ended brush included is also quite functional. Overall, I feel it is a good palette, with rose hued, but not “extremely pink” eyeshadows of varying finishes and is good value for money!
Sephora Collection The Painter: Airbrush Sponge / $15 CAN
So, the Beauty Blender, really did begin a trend of sort, now didn’t it? There has been a surge of numerous different makeup sponges in all sorts of colours popping up left, right and centre. Sephora is not going to leave this party unattended, by any means. This one, as the name suggests, is the airbrush sponge, meant to give a flawless finish to your foundation and whatever liquids you may desire to apply on your face.
African Paradise Body Conditioner* ($39.95)
Dreaming of Africa? Urges to travel so strong, that it is impossible to wait? No problem, take a sensual trip to Africa right away with LUSH’s newest offering! Made with finest of ingredients courtesy of Africa, which include shea butter, moringa oil, aloe gel, with a spicy kick of clove bud oil and sandalwood oil. If you are not yet drooling already, wait till you take this bad boy to the shower. Body conditioners are much like hair conditioners, you shower like you should and then apply this like a lotion all over your body in the shower. The steam of the shower helps your skin absorb the moisture and the subtle scents. After you are done, you rinse off the conditioner and bask in the glory of your baby soft skin. The consistency is also perfect for use, glides over easily in a perfect amount.
I just wanted to do a quick FOTD with mini reviews of my newest acquisitions and obsessions, which are all things pink. I’m sure you have read about these products before, so nothing groundbreaking or novel here, but of course, my two cents…
First up is MAC Twig, which would possibly be one of the most universally wearable lipstick in MAC’s inventory. It is one lipstick I’d recommend without any hesitations to makeup newbies or oldbies alike. It is a satin finish, so plenty of pigment and a semi-matte finish are a given. It is a great anyone, anytime, anywhere shade!
LUSH Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie – $34.95
Long time no review, so here we are with my latest (or rather dated) musing. I’m an absolute LUSHIE, so it must come at absolutely no surprise that I make a comeback with yet another LUSH product. From someone who lives in the Canadian Prairies, dryness is a constant battle. Anything that promises comfort is more than welcome in my stash. I’m a big fan of LUSH’s shower smoothies, previously having fallen in love with Ro’s Argan and Almond & Coconut smoothie and I was ready to fall head over heels with this one, as well.
If you are a person of Indian origin, Indian living abroad or an Indophile, in general, you most likely miss shopping for “Indian” things (clothing, furnishing, you name it). Well, speaking for myself, I love shopping in India and whenever I go to visit, I end up with ridiculously heavy suitcases. I don’t normally wear Indian clothing – I haven’t ever worn a sari and have only a single salwaar kameez. As I don’t have many Indian friends except those in India, for social functions also, I get away with dresses, easily. But recently, I don’t know, something has changed; I’m falling in love with Indian clothes and how beautiful and intricate they are. And it doesn’t help that online retailers are making it easier for us folks to get easy access to all things Indian clothing. I mainly browse Indian Roots & Pernia’s Pop Up Shop!
So meanwhile, I fell in love with a certain brand of clothing called Nomad from Indian Roots and decided to take the plunge and well, shop away and this is exactly a review of my experience with Indian Roots. My experience, very honestly, was less than perfect and I understand that Indian Roots is a new venture and I hope this review truly comes across as constructive. I want to continue shopping with them, but I want this to be out there, as well.
LUSH Carrot Soap – $6.95
Though its name has carrot, this smells nothing like carrot, but rather a mellow yet perky citrus based luxurious mix. The bunny inside is made of generous shea butter. In the past, I have had a love-hate relationship with LUSH’s soap – love them for their gentleness and don’t love with for the lack of lather. This one, however, is so different; it lathers perfectly, has a beautiful, complex fragrance and is super moisturizing. My must have out of the Easter goodies.
(+) refreshingly sweet fragrance, moisturizing, lathers well.
(-) Limited edition – why, LUSH? Oh, Easter special, that’s why!
Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt – $8.95
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Sensual Rose – $33 CAN
An exceptionally smooth, long wearing lipstick – yes, I agree, it is exactly what it vouches to be. At this point in my beauty blogging career, I have come to a point where I sound like “a pink lipstick is a pink lipstick and what else can I say?” Well, I can say more! This is something I picked out by an accident and can I say serendipity?