My M.A.C eye shadows- Swatches

MAC eye shadows I own-

1. Cranberry (frost finish reddish pink with bluish undertone)

This was my first MAC eyeshadow along with Amber lights. A very versatile pink shade, more on the dramatic side, can be used for a variety of looks. I’ve worn it paired with purple HERE, with MAC siahi HERE and HERE

2. Plum dressing (true purple-plum shade with veluxe pearl finish)

3. Twinks (deep plum brown shade- darker than sable, with veluxe pearl finish)

4. Amber lights (peachy golden-bronze)

Very flattering golden/bronze shade. Have worn it with brown in the crease HERE.

5. Sable (medium plum brown with taupe undertone with  frost finish)

 

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Red smokey eye look with Coastal Scents 88 Palette + FOTD

Hi everyone!

Today I’m doing a red smokey eye look using Coastal Scents 88 palette.

For this look, I’ve paired softly smoked red smokey eye with maroonish red lipstick in one look and red-pink lipstick in another with a little bronzer applied at the apples of the cheeks.

I’ve paired this makeup with a simple white top to avoid any color clashes.

Red smokey eye with maroon red lips FOTD
Red smokey eye with pink-red lips FOTD
Red smokey eye

Products used for eyes :

1. BeYu eye base (not pictured)

2. Bourjois Kohl and contour eye pencil #03 Brun Expressif (dark brown shade)

3. Coastal Scents 88 original palette (encircled shades)

4. Maybelline colossal volume mascara

5. Brushes- Faces eyeshadow brush, MAC 222(For blending), unbranded angular brush

Coastal Scents 88 palette- shadows used for red smokey eyes

Red shade- all over lid

Light peachy shade- Browbone, inner corner

Dark brown shade(Appearing dark grey in the picture)- Crease, lower lash line

Red smokey eye

Steps-

1. Prime eyes using primer/base and apply brown eye pencil all over lid and smudge.

2. Apply red eyeshadow all over lid.

3. Using blending brush, smoke out and blend the red eye shadow at the crease using dark brown eye shadow.

4. Apply highlight shade (light peach shade used here) under brow bone and inner corner. Blend with the crease color.

5. Apply lots of brown kohl on water line, smudge at lower lash line using angular/pencil brush.

6. Finish with lots of mascara. (I’ve skipped eye liner here as I prefer smokey eye looks without eye liner)

Finished eye makeup – Red Smokey eye look

Red smokey eye
Red smokey eye
Red smokey eye
Red smokey eye
Red smokey eye

Products used for face-

1. The Body Shop oil free foundation #06

2. Chambor Silver Shadow compact ‘RR2 Rose Pale’

3. Revlon Bronzer

4. MAC Select moisture cover concealer NC45.5

5. Brushes- The Body Shop face and body brush, Vega blush brush

6. The Body Shop sponge (for foundation)

Products used for face- red smokey eye look

Products used for lips-

1. Nivea fruity shine ‘pomegranate’

2. Lakme aquashine ‘Sangria’

3. Maybelline color sensational ‘Hooked on Pink’

For maroon red lips- Lakme aquashine ‘Sangria’

For red-pink lips- Lakme aquashine ‘Sangria’ + Maybelline color sensational ‘Hooked on Pink’

Nivea fruity shine lipbalm 'pomegranate', Lakme Aquashine lip color 'Sangria'
Maybelline color sensational 'Hooked on Pink'

Finished look-

Red smokey eye FOTD
red smokey eye FOTD
red smokey eye FOTD

What lipstick would you pair with red smokey eyes? Let me know your commentd by replying below.

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Spring/Summer look#3 : Parrot green smokey eyes FOTD

Hi everyone!

My coastal scents 88 original palette arrived finally and here is a quick look I did today.
This a parrot green smokey eye look paired with dusty pink lipstick and bronzer on the cheeks.

On a well moisturized face, apply light foundation , set it with compact and apply a little bronzer on the cheeks. For the eyes, prime the lids and apply MAC Smolder and smudge, apply parrot green eye shadow on outer 2/3rd of lid, lime green on inner 1/3rd and blend at crease with dark brown eye shadow. Apply black liner on upper lash line and finish off with a coat of mascara. Apply dusty pink or peach lipstick on the lips.

This is the finished look –

parrot green smokey eye FOTD
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Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick : 'Hooked on Pink' swatch, review and FOTD

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in shade “Hooked on Pink”.

Price: Rs 299

Quantity : 4.2 g

Maybelline color sensational lipsticks are one of the best lipsticks among the drugstore brands available today. Ever since they launched, they’ve been a popular pick for young girls and women alike because of their wide variety of shades and decent quality and an affordable price.

maybelline colorsensational "hooked on pink"

The shade I have is #65 Hooked on Pink which is a warm fuchsia shade definitely on the brighter side but a more wearable fuchsia for Indian skin tones because of a warm undertone. It is one the shades that I reach out for the most these days. It brightens up my face and I can wear it without foundation and eye makeup too. One of my must-have shades for the summer!

maybelline colorsensational "hooked on pink"
maybelline colorsensational "hooked on pink"
Maybelline colorsensational Hooked on Pink
maybelline colorsensational "hooked on pink" swatch ( L-R : Swiped once, swiped 3-4 times)

The GOOD about Maybelline Colorsensational lipsticks –

1. Sturdy and chic packaging- I like carrying it with me and doing touch ups cos of this reason 😛 Easy to spot the shade due to colored sticker at the end of the lipstick.

2. Decent moisturization though not as much as Chambor lipsticks.

3. Reasonable staying power of 2-3 hours . Leaves behind tint on fading. Lasts longer if no meals taken in that time.

4. Very affordable pricing and 4.2 g product at Rs 299 . This is one of the biggest pro of this lipstick and one of the reasons why it is so popular especially among young girls.

5. Wide variety of 48 shades to choose from (especially nude shades)

The NOT-SO-GOOD about Maybelline Colorsensational lipsticks-

1. Some of the frosty shades are drying and the shimmer settles in the fine lines and is difficult to take off.

2. Darker shades of wine, plum, brown etc not available in this range as in the Moisture extreme range.

3. Not suitable for dry lips.

Would I repurchase :  Yes! Though I won’t need to. Would definitely try out more shades especially nudes since there are lots of them in this range.

Final Verdict : One of the best drugstore brand lipsticks available, it offers smooth texture, decent moisturization and staying power, packaged in a chic and attractive packaging – all for Rs 299 and comes in 45 shades. A must range to explore if you like nude shades.  The shade reviewed is a must-have bright pink for me and a must-try for those looking for a wearable bright pink shade but do not buy without trying it on as its not a universal shade and may not be your kind of fuchsia.

Rating :  4/5

Hooked on Pink FOTD
Hooked on Pink FOTD
Hooked on Pink FOTD

Have you tried Maybelline Colorsensational lipsticks? Which is your favorite shade? Let me know your comments by replying below.

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How to apply Blush/Bronzer :Photo Tutorial

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m doing a tutorial on How to apply blush/bronzer on Anks’s request.  Hope you find it useful.

This tutorial is in 3 steps –

1. Contouring (with darker shade blush, at hollow of the cheekbone)

2. Blush (on apple of the cheek)

3. Highlight(on top of the cheekbone)

blush tutorial- 3 steps

Step 1: Contouring

In this step, a darker shade of blush or contouring powder is applied right under your cheekbones. This gives an illusion of depth or shadow at the hollows of the cheekbones and gives a sculpted look to the face. It also gives definition to the cheekbones, making them appear higher and makes the face look slimmer. This step is also called ‘cutting’.

What to use : Any matte blush that is 2 shades darker than your skin tone or darker shade of foundation(though blending with liquid may require a little more effort as compared to powder) or contouring powder (available in some brands such as M.A.C ). I have used Colorbar ‘Just Earth‘ blush as its darker than my skintone.

Colorbar Just Earth for contouring

How to apply : Use contouring brush or any small brush (such as the one provided with most blushes) since the area of application is small. A sponge with angular tip such as the The Body Shop sponge can also be used.

Pull your cheeks in as shown and apply the contouring shade starting near the hairline , moving down towards the lips, following the contour of the cheekbones.

contouring/ sculpting cheeks
contouring cheeks

The blush should sit right at the hollow of the cheekbones and should start at the hairline midway next to the ears and slope downward towards the mouth as shown.

contoured cheeks

Step 2 : Blush

In this step, the blush color of your choice (should be lighter than contouring shade and close to your skin tone) is applied on the apples of the cheeks. To know the location of the apples of your cheeks, smile broadly – the region that is raised and gets balled up is the ‘apple’ of the cheek.

What to use: Blush shade lighter than contouring shade, closest to your skin tone for a natural look. I have used Colorbar ‘Peachy Rose‘. For this step, use a fluffy powder brush or blush brush. The applicators provided with the blushes are generally not the best. Invest in a blush brush for best results. I am using Vega blush brush.

Colorbar 'peachy rose'
Brushes used : Colorbar brush( the one that comes with the blush), Vega blush brush

How to apply : Using a fluffy brush, apply in sweeping motion starting at the apple of the cheek moving towards the hairline in upward slope. At the top , DO NOT go beyond the cheekbone to the under eye area. Keep at least 1-1-.5 cm gap from the under eye area. At the inner side, DO NOT take the blush right up the side of the nose, again maintain at least 1-1.5 cm gap. At the bottom, take the blush right upto where the contouring shade starts and blend it in with it.

blush application

Step 3: Highlight shade/bronzer

In this step, a shimmery/glittery shade of applied to the top most point of the cheekbones where light would reflect giving a ‘glow’ to the face and highlighting the cheekbones- coupled with contouring, this gives a sculpted and defined look to the cheeks.

highlighter application

What to use : Products sold as ‘highlighters’ , Peach-golden-siver Loose pigments or eyeshadows meant for browbone highlighting, shimmer brick, bronzer. I am using Revlon Colorstay mineral finishing powder ‘Sunkiss Radieux’.

Revlon bronzer

How to apply: This shade is to be applied sparingly and on a very small area i.e the top of the cheekbones. Using an eye shadow brush or small blush brush, pat on the highest point of the cheekbone and take is upwards along the bone as shown.

 

Final look

With contouring –

Blush application with contouring
Blush application with contouring

Blush application without contouring –

Blush application without contouring

For added effect of sculpting, sweep some of the contouring shade or bronzer under the jawline

jawline

What products do you use for the above 3 steps? Which is your favorite blush? Let me know your comments by replying below.

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