Bangalore and Chennai based Fashion and Beauty Blog.

22.4.12

REVIEW: L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in shade W7


Foundation. It is a very essential part of make.up. The very basic. Choosing it right is not the only important thing, applying it correctly also makes so that you like you and not like a ghost.

I think it isn't hard for Indian women to guess what was the first foundation I bought. Of course, Lakme and it took me a lot of time to realise that I looked terrible with it on. I used makeup only for dance programs and well at that time anyway your face is quite literally loaded with makeup so the fact that the foundation doesn't match your skin tone didn't seem to hit. When I did realise it, is when I started wearing makeup regularly to work.(I got through college with just kajal and eyeliner). I realised that I simply had to find a foundation that matched my skin tone and that's when I stumbled upon L'Oreal True Match super blendable liquid foundation. The SA showed my shade lighter than my skin tone(like duh. they all think we wear foundation only to look fair :P) so I insisted she show me a darker shade and made her apply it on my face before I decided. Ladies please note that at a regular Health and Glow this isn't possible and they never have enough shades. I went to Oasis Mall, Koramangala, Bangalore. It has one of the biggest section of makeup brands that  I have seen in Bangalore (ok I lie a bit. I've only checked for makeup at Lifestyle, Central and H&G and compared to those this is makeup heaven)

After checking the shade and falling in love with how blendable it was I bought it and came home.

Why L'Oreal?

Well anything other than Lakme is what I wanted and this really had a tons of shades and didn't contain SPF.

Shade I'm using?

W7 Golden Amber

Cost?

The original price is INR 835. But the mall had a sale so it was 15% off and I got it for INR710.

My thoughts?

After I bought it I read quite a few reviews about it that weren't good. But I liked it. Maybe I haven't tried as many foundations as other bloggers and that could be a reason. I honestly feel it is good. Especially since the last foundation I had was  Lakme one in a shade that didn't match my skin at all.

> matches my skin tone.
> has a matte finish with a dewy look
> no SPF and so it can be used for flash photography
> can be built on for coverage
> if you don't have very dark under eye circles then it covers it and you don't need a concealer. I feel it will do.
> For people who are just starting a basic makeup kit, I think this would be a good one.

What I don't like?

> I have combination skin and so I moisturise my cheeks before using the foundation. But for those with dry skin this might look flaky.
> It has a very orange undertone. I wish it was a bit lighter because sometimes it makes me look tanned.

Would I buy it again?

Yes. I think it is light enough to wear on a daily basis.
But I would also like to try other brands. So any suggestions ladies?

miss kays


(sorry about the clarity- but the cap says W7- Golden Amber)

(easy to pump out nozzle)

(the product)

(partly blended by stippling)

(completely blended)
:)

21.4.12

EXPERIENCE: First Time Shopping Online- UrbanTouch.com.

I am one of those paranoid people when it comes to shopping online. I am very skeptical about the quality of the product that I will get (except for books, can't really go wrong there) and so I tend to never shop online. However I have been seeing a lot of reviews of various online shopping websites and suddenly 'shopping onlie, cash on delivery' is pretty much what every ad on tv is about. It's like this epidemic with jabong.com and flipkart.com and ebay.in and all the ever-so crazy advertisments all over the tv.
SO I finally decided to break out of my shell ( I started a blog on makeup and fashion!! like OMG!! I guess that was the first step) I finally looked at some websites and well urbantouch.com caught my eye. Buying anything online is a bit of a gamble and I'm not yet ready to go ahead and experiment with concealers or foundations from websites because I would like to try those first and check the shade before I buy it.Since it was my first time I decided to play it safe and checked out makeup brushes. Not like that comes with an expiry date or a particular shade. I really wanted a stippling brush and MAC is crazy expensive for a person who isn't a professional in makeup. Atleast this is what I felt. So while looking around, the VEGA Buffer Brush caught my eye and it was on discount!! I also looked in the jewellery section (again, playing it safe) I ordered a metallic long fashion chain.

How was the ordering procedure?
very very simple. Very user-friendly. They have a cash on delivery option and you can also check whether they deliver to your area by entering the pincode

How long did it take to come?
I ordered on a saturday night and It came the following thursday. So about 4 working days, not including sunday. That is pretty fast.

I got a call on thursday checking when I would be at home for them to deliver it.

What condition did it come in?
Mint condition. The chain was beautifully placed in a small box and the brush and this box were in a larger very sturdy box. It was like my birthday came early :) :)

What about the products?

I do intend to review the brush soon. and the chain was really gorgeous and pretty much what I expected.
I also got a small sample of a handmade soap free.







Overall experience?
I liked it. The site is easy to navigate. The delivery is fast and packaging is neat. The products are good.

Would I do it again"
Like duh!! They have some nice discounts on some NYX products. In fact they have a greater discount than many other websites. You just need to keep an eye out for it.

www.urbantouch.com

Happy shopping!!

miss kays

:)

19.4.12

REVIEW: Lakme True Wear Colour Crush in shade 03

Summer!!Blue skies is what I think of first and of course ice cream :):)
Summer means different things to different people. For me it's all about relaxing and having fun. In terms of colour, pastels is what comes to mind. My cousin gifted me Lakme True Wear Colour Crush nailpolish in Shade 03 for my birthday and it's a bright blue. I have never ever worn blue nail polish in my life. I'm a very pink, brown, maroon, basically neutral or girly colours. So this was like something totally different.
Anyway getting into the review

What it claims: Funky Vibrant Range of colours.

Cost : since I got it as a gift, I don't really know how much she paid but in Urbantouch.com I saw that it was priced at 125 INR.

The Colour: In the bottle it looks like the shade of the summer sky- wispy sky blue. All summery with a very fine glitter. It is not a matte finish.
But on the nails I wasn't too excited with it. One coat is not all enough. It barely coats the nail. 2 coats is better and the colour shows but I feel like it's not uniform.Maybe that's just the bottle I got.

Check out the swatches








There a lot more colours in this range.



Would I buy it again?? Probably. but another colour. It looks like a vibrant colour range.

14.4.12

Vaarm aa Cool aa??

Skin tone!! That's what I am talking about. SO So many articles on 'how to choose foundation', 'what is the right foundation for you', 'what mistakes not to make while choosing foundation'. But before you can get into choosing the perfect foundation, you need to determine 2 things- skin tone and skin type.

This post will deal with skin tone and well it's mainly aimed to help the beauty illiterate and makeup amateurs (I was there once, So I can totally correlate). I'm not claiming to be an expert now, Hell no! But i have bee reading up A LOT on various aspects of beauty/ makeup and tons of videos and of course experimenting on my own poor face.

So here are the different skin types

ink (Light) - If you are very fair, burn before you tan, and your skin has pink or porcelain under tones you should choose pink.
Yellow (Light or Medium) - If you are Caucasian and have beige or yellow undertones you should choose Yellow. Asian or Light Mixed Race also fall into Yellow. Most Caucasian women fall into Yellow so if you are unsure select Yellow, like Lauren.
Olive (Medium) - If you are Mediterranean, Latino, a Fair-skinned African American, or dark mixed-race, then you should choose Olive.
Brown (Dark) - If you are African American, deep complexioned Indian or any other dark skin color then you should choose Brown.



(source-http://www.laurenhutton.com/find-you-skin-tone.php)

And how you can determine your skin tone


Question:  Is your skin tone warm or cool?  Here are three ways to find out.
1.   Gently clean the face with a Cleanser.  Pat dry with a soft towel.  Do not rub.                                                                            
      Do not moisturize or use toner at this time.   
Wait 15 minutes.  Then look into a mirror, preferably a large one, where there is direct lighting (not florescent lighting).
Hold a piece of silver foil and a piece of gold foil, both approximately 3 x 5 inches in front of  your face.  The right color metal (foil) will bring a healthy glow to your skin.  The wrong color metal will make your skin look grayish.
If gold suits your skin, your skin tone is “warm” toned.  If silver suits your skin, your skin is “cool” toned.  If you wish, you can use a silver or gold blouse or piece of cloth in lieu of the foil.

2.   Hold a piece of white paper to your face, looking into the mirror.  Your face must be clean and free of all foundation.  Follow the above cleansing procedure.
If your skin looks yellow or golden, your skin tone is “warm”.  If your skin tone looks rosy-pink or bluish-red, your skin tone is “cool”.

3.    Another great way that is used by most professional make up artists is as follows:
Look behind the ear.  Pull the ear forward until you can see the skin in the little crease that is there.  Unless a self-tanning product is used there, it always will have either a pink or yellow undertone there.  Again – if it is yellow, your skin tone is “warm”.  If it is pink, your skin tone is “cool”.  It is hard to do this little trick on yourself, but you can always ask someone to help you with it.
Note:  Genes and gender play a major role in the type and tone of skin that we have.  Other dietary, experiential, environmental and physiological factors may impact the type, as well.  The tone will remain the same, although acne or skin discoloration due to pigmentation imbalances may “disguise” the tone.


Since I have no training or experience is cosmetology I have quoted from some simple websites for reference. I cannot claim to be an expert in the information given and so I have quoted the source as well. Next we'll look at skin type.

Hope this was useful to you because I found it useful.

miss kays

:)

11.4.12

Fashion and the average indian woman/ girl

What is fashion?

The dictionary definition- The prevailing mode or style, especially of dress; custom or conventional usage in respect of dress, behavior, etiquette, etc.; particularly, the mode or style usual among persons of good breeding; as, to dress, dance, sing, ride, etc., in the fashion. 


Today EVERYONE in fashion conscious and wants to wear only whatever is in trend for that season. But isn't it important to look beyond what we see on the outside. What does fashion mean to you.

To me, it merely a way of expressing who I am. I am not a leather jacket, torn jeans kind of girl. So even if that was the latest trend (which it isn't) I would not be comfortable wearing it. You must wear what you are comfortable in. It has got to suit your body type, your skin tone and of course your budget.

Fashion is about making a statement, It's about telling the world who you are.

My tips

>  have a few basic colours and pieces in your wardrobe.
Here is my list of essentials.

> be aware of the colour wheel so that you don't mix and match colours that don't make sense together
> have a statement piece in wardrobe. Something that is you. A particular necklace or a waistcoat, a bag, a chunky bracelet. It should be something that can be paired with anything to jazz up that outfit.

> always sport a smile

> last but not least, Be You, Be beautiful you :)

miss kays

:)

9.4.12

REVIEW: Elle 18 lip smoothies

I know this has been around for quite a while but I kinda rediscovered it recently.


Elle 18 is one of those long forgotten brands. It's somehow never been given importance. Well not much atleast!!
I rarely seen it talked about or advertised much until the Colour bomb range. I was really skeptical when I saw the ads on tv but I bought a nail colour and loved.
However this post isn't about the nail colour, it's about the lip smoothies.


Enriched with cocoa butter it feels really smooth on the lips and keeps my lips hydrated for quite a bit. There are 6 flavours/ colours and I have 3 of them- peach afterglow,  melon flame and berry blast.


Berry blast-is quite pigmented. It's like a plum brown colour, quite a rich colour as well.


Peach afterglow- just like it;s name has very nice peachy colour. Gives a nice glossy look. Not too much shine but look pretty.


Melon flame- it's the latest one that I picked up and it's a very nice summer colour. I think it would look better paired with a lipstick but as just a lip smoothie, it adds very little colour. A nice pink colour. Sort of natural looking pink and quite a shiny colour. Sorry glossy colour. I really liked it.


All 3 smell great and being priced rs.85/- I think that is quite affordable and it lasts quite a while.


check out the swatches










(left most- Berry blast, middle- Peach afterglow, Right- melon flame)


I seriously love the packaging and I don;t leave home without one of these in my bag. It's great even in the winter.
Maybe it doens't last for hours on end but you just a need little to touch up and keep going
and most definitely something that I would buy again




miss kays


:)

5.4.12

Makeup Haul!!

Ok there is nothing lik retail therapy. I mean seriously sometimes it just feels SO good to go out there and shop!!
Today I walked in Forum to but cookies from CookieMan(you really gotta love those chocochip cookies) and well I've been reading a lot about FACES cosmetics. So many reviews on their eyeliner pencils especially the one in a shade of blue. So seeing the FACES counter I went over to see what the whole hype about the pencil was. I tried a few shades and well I must say the blue was a rich pigmented blue. Such a creamy pencil and beautiful. I would have paid and walked away, and if I had done that, well this post would have been a review on that eye pencil. However My eye caught this beautiful box with a set of 5 eyeshadows, 2 pencil liners, a mascara, 2 brushes, an eye primer and a black cream shadow. I just stopped. The shadow colours were beautiful and perfect for creating an smoky look. I checked with the SA and the box that usually cost 999INR was only 699 INR . 30% off. I just had to have it. so I ditched the eye pencil (I can always go back another time) and picked up this box instead and spent enough time admiring it. Ok enough talking. I'll put up pics for now. and once I've used it I will most definitely review it.





Well the FACES eye makeup set wasn;t the only thing, after the name of this post is a 'haul'. I also picked up the latest, the trendy, the gorgeous, ever-in-style *drum roll please* gel liner by maybelline. The black one (the one I had got lost :( )and the the new Swirl.
For this I must really thank tanveer of addicted to blush- http://addictedtoblush.blogspot.in/2012/03/maybelline-swirl-gel-liner-new-launch.html
I got to know of this product beacuse of her blog. and Health and glow almost always has an offer on any new product especially Maybelline. So I got bot the gel liners with 70INR off. Review of that is also coming up.

I really am in heaven <sigh>

miss kays
:)

1.4.12

March Favourite Products- skin care

Right. So in an attempt to try and be a bit more frequent I've been reading a lot more beauty blogs and trying to gauge the different kinds of articles that they put up. Trying to find some inspiration and of course trying to get out of the lazy rut. With summer around the corner, or rather summer holidays around the corner (no I'm not a student, I'm a teacher so I get hols too) I'm hoping to have a lot more time on my hands to blog.

So this is just a quick list of the skin care and makeup that I've been using in the past couple of months and been enjoying.

SKIN CARE:

Fash face wash- this was recommended by my dermatologist and it really works well. I have combination skin so I can't use a face wash that is meant for oily skin though my T- zone is really oily. So this kind of balances it well. Removes the oil but doens't dry out my skin.

L'Oreal Hydrafresh aqua cream- ok this needs a whole review because it is really good. for my skin. I'm not sure how it will work on oily or dry skin but for my combination skin, it works perfectly. Review on this is most definitely coming up.

Himalaya Neem Face wash- I seem to have fallen in love with this again. It is so good for the summer season removing just the right amount of oil without leaving my face too dry.

Ponds Age miracle tinted moisturiser- This is a blessing for the summer season. With its matte finish and perfect blending capability, it is a hot favourite for the season.

Lotus Herbals lip balm in Cherry- this is a steady item in my bag whether it's hot, cold or raining.

That's pretty much all I use regularly

miss kays
:)