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Green Eyeliners - Comparison & Swatches

Hey Gals,

I know, I have been MIA for a few days. Things are just little hectic right now. Hopefully I will be able to resume regular blogging soon enough..

I thought I would share with you guys, a few swatches & comparisons of the green eyeliners that I have.

Which are your favorite green eyeliners?

How to wear Fuchsia Lips

They are definitely this spring’s hottest trends – everyone is sporting fuchsia lips or at wants to. While they aren’t as tricky as red lips to carry off – the bright pink does present an issue by themselves, as it is a strong lip statement. Wear fuchsia lips with 1.Black, white, cream (ivory), dark navy blue clothes. 2.Simple black, dark blue or brown eyeliner. I tend to not use any eyeshadows when doing a fuchsia lip. Just mascara & thin eyeliner on upper lash line. 3.Let your skin be matt – I tend to avoid shimmery highlighters with such a bright lip. 4.If it feels too bright & scary – layer clear gloss on top to tone it down.  If the lipstick is too cool toned, try topping it with a gloss that has some gold shimmer. 5.During the day you can pair this with a summery outfit (white kurta or a summery dress) & during the night pair it with a black outfit (sari, kurta or top) 6.A lip liner - Dark shades generally need a lip liner to make them appear structured, use a lip brus…

Neutrogena at Star Bazaar

Girls, if any of you is planning to avail the 30% off offer running on Neutrogena at Star Bazaar stores - please take a good look at the expiration dates.

I almost bought their Skin Clearing Spot Control treatment yesterday. Waiting at the payment counter, I happened to read this:

MFD: 08/08
Best used before 3 yrs from manufacture.

I decided not to purchase it. I know, it hasn't expired as yet, but I am not buying a product that is gonna expire in another 6 months - that too an acne control product. I probably would have bought it had the SA been honest enough to let me know the real reason for the 30% discount. But hiding it - it seems like cheating.

Maybelline Colorsensational Moisture Extreme Lipsticks - Review

What it claims: Infused with hydra-nectar technology for creamy satin feel and pure undiluted pigments for superior crisp color, the all-new luscious selection offers the ultimate sensational experience from glide and texture to coverage and look --- you'll surely go gaga over lipsticks  like never before!
Price: Rs. 220 /- 
Shades: This range has some 20 odd shades. 
What I liked:
These are very smooth, creamy, moisturizing lipsticks that are also extremely pigmented. The texture is amazing - these are light & moist
They are priced well & have a lot of interesting shades, a lot of which are very nice for Indian skin
They are a mix between creamy & matt lipsticks - the pigmentation & coverage of a matt lipstick & the moisture of the creamy one. 
It also doesn't settle into lines, & lasts 2-3 hours once applied (provided you don't eat) 
Luckily for me, it doesn't have that caramel scent that the colorsensational lipsticks do. In fact these are very lightl…

Lakme Glide on Lip Pencils - Review

What it claims: Glide On is a lip pencil that glides on smoothly, stays creamy, and keeps lipstick, gloss, and lip tint from feathering out of bounds. Use it to define your lip-line or fill your lips with a coat of sumptuous color in shades of barely-there nudes to crushed ginger shades. It can also be layered with Enrich Matte Lipcolor for added intensity.

Price: I got these at Rs. 250 a piece; I believe the prices have been increased now.

Pros: 1.Very creamy, very smooth lip pencil – this is the one lip pencil that never dries out my lips.

2.Pigmented – this is a highly pigmented pencil & 2-3 swipes provides pretty good coverage even on naturally pigmented lips

3.Long lasting – this pencil stays on for 3-4 hours

4.Nice shades – I really like the shades in this range – they are prefect & will suit almost all

Cons: 1.Doesn’t work so well with gloss – the color starts to melt into the gloss altering the gloss shade & also doesn’t last as long.

2.Lips need to be smooth & flake fre…

Forest Essentials Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Sesame Oil – Review

What it claims: The key process for any oil, when it comes to quality, is 'Cold Pressing'. This means that the oil has been extracted by a natural method which doesn't damage essential fatty acids. • Cold Pressed • Organic • Nutrient Rich • Unrefined Cold pressed black unrefined Sesame oil, is regarded as one of the best oils for massage. It has high lecithin content renowned for mood elevation, and is extremely nutrient rich for nourishing and toning the skin. Price: Rs. 395 for 200 ml bottle Where: Forest Essentials has a store on Juhu Tara Road, as well as in Paladium. Pros: I got this after reading Anamika (Wise She)’s review (which you can read here). I am a big fan of using sesame oil for the face. Earlier I was using a local brand called Endranium (got it from hypercity) – it was working fine for me, but it did tend to feel a little greasy & thick. Plus there was no information on the method of extraction. 1.Extremely light – it absorbs instantly into the skin, doesn…

Diana of London Shooting Stars Eyeliners - Review

What it claims: An eyeliner dedicated to all women who wish to enhance their beautiful eyes. With exceptional luminous effect, mysterious glow and extra soft, smooth and brilliant texture.
Gives maximum pay off, glides on easily for long wearing "stay in place" color. Glittering eye liner allows you to wear in various applications and modulate your looks as you like. Can be used as an eyeliner, eye shadow, or a high lighter. Adds intensity and color to your eye. Available in ten rich vibrant colors.
Application Tips -Start at the inner corner of your lid and apply along your entire lash line following the contour of your eye. -Apply over entire eyelid and blend to give a dramatic eye shadow effect.

Price: Rs. 400 odd (I got these a year ago at a sale – 40% off)
Pros:      1.There are in total 10 different shades in this range – I have 02 Gold Star & 05 Mystic Star – as they both are very unique shades – they go very well with Indian outfits :)

     2. Highly pigmented & cre…

Colorbar I - Define Eye Pencils - Swatches & Mini Review

I’m not gonna do a “propah review” of these, since I think most of you have these pencils.
These are the older sisters (so to say) of the I-Glide range.
They are comparatively very hard - they also tend to tug & pull at the lid, but also last a bit longer than the I-Glide range. I really like 2 shades in this a lot - Truffle (a shimmery brown) & Moss Green (bright jewel green). I have bought these at a price of Rs. 250. I have no idea what they are priced at right now.


  While they are nice shades, I will not be re-purchasing these, simply because I don't like the hard texture. A lot of brands now offer similar shades.

Faces Pencil Eyeliners - Review

What it claims: Soft gentle pencils in a rainbow of shades. Use them to enhance your natural eye color for dramatic effect or give you that bright-eyed glow. Gentle and safe for sensitive eyes.
Price: Rs. 250 for a pencil (Beauty & More at Khar give 15% off on MRP, I got these from Pantaloon’s sale at 20% off)
Shades available (These are what I have seen; I don’t know if there are more)
1.Solid Black – plain black 2.Sparkly Black – black with silver shimmer 3.Solid Brown – simple brown 4.Metallic Brown – coffee brown 5.Forest Green – jade jewel green 6.Deep Green – dull dark green 7.Grey – matt grey (for a change, this is actually grey like grey should be and not silver toned. Most brands sell silver toned eyeliners under grey) 8.Purple – matt purple 9.Turquoise – deep blue green shade 10.Electric Blue – a bright blue shade

A very funny email - not beauty related :)

This is not beauty related – but I just had to share this with you guys!
It's said to be a true e-mail sent to staff at a well-known management consulting firm - although it's probably too good to be true.
'Dear Co-Workers,

As many of you probably know, tomorrow is my last day. But before I leave, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a great and distinct pleasure it has been to type "Tomorrow is my last day."

For nearly as long as I've worked here, I've hoped that I might one day leave this company. And now that this dream has become a reality, please know that I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support. Words cannot express my gratitude for the words of gratitude you did not express.

I would especially like to thank all of my managers: in an age where miscommunication is all too common, you consistently impressed and inspired me with the sheer magnitude of your misinformation. It takes a strong man to admit …

Lakme Fruit Blast Pear Butter Deep Hydrating Mask - Review

What it claims: Rescue and rejuvenate rough, flaky skin with pears and pure shea butter. Formulated for deep cleansing and intense hydration, this mask complements any skin care routine. Soft, buttery yet grainy textured pears are rich in vitamin C and K that help revitalize your skin. Shea butter helps moisturise the skin, promoting cell renewal.

How to use: Apply thick layer on face for 15 minutes. Wipe off excess with damp washcloth/cotton.

Price: Rs. 150 for 50 gm tube

1.It does help moisturize the skin – the pack is a white cream that emulsifies upon application to a clear layer on the face.
2.Didn’t break me out
3.It does help calm dry, flaky skin.
4.The tiny tube travels well
5.It is not as oily as cold cream and it also absorbs faster into the skin as compared.
6.It works just as well on hands (yea, I tried it – the skin on my hands tends to get very flaky during winters) Cons:
1.It could be more hydrating, it tends to feel a little synthetic, and also the hydration is not cu…

Lakmé Melon Melt Fruit Quench Facewash - Review

What it claims: Ripe watermelon and muskmelon are known for their skin quenching and calming properties. They are also great sources of Vitamins A, B and C, which are essential in having flawless, healthy skin. 

Lakmé  Melon Melt Fruit Quench Facewash is a unique fruity blend of watermelon and muskmelon extracts that will hydrate every pore, while the natural luffa fruit fibers gently brush away impurities, giving your skin a healthy glow. So your skin stays tingling fresh, buttery soft and scented with the heady aroma of melons.  
Price: 50 gm tube costs 70 Rs.
Pros: 1.It smells really nice – it is quite different also from the regular citrus fragranced facewashes. Kind of melony and fruity but not very sickly sweet.
2.The luffa fruit fibers it contains soften up in water and are quite gentle on the face. The product is full of these fibers so you get plenty in a drop for through exfoliation. It did leave my skin very soft.
3.   While my current black/white heads stayed as they we…