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Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection Product Photos & Swatches

Illamasqua Toxic Nature for Spring/Summer 2011
Unpredictable, uncharted and unnatural, Illamasqua unleashes Toxic Nature for Spring/Summer 2011, a colour collection born from a visionary concept of nature fighting back against the genetically modified society that plunders it. Illamasqua has created the Toxic Nature collection through a palette of lurid shades, corrupted hues and glistening muted tones that offer intoxicating versions of their original selves.

“Having an artist background highly influenced this collection. The medium of paint when it is in various states [mixed on a palette, on a canvas, the colours mutating when you wash your brushes] inspired the product colours of Toxic Nature. Blends, washes, dabs, drips, daubs and splashes of colour are evident in the imagery of the collection.” Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director.

Like nature itself, it’s not all sweetness and light. Shades of mint, mushroom, plum, orange and rose are distorted with rich textures and pops of acid-infused brightness that command attention and draw you in…

  • Nail Vanish (£13.50) ~ Bacterium & Gamma
  • Sheer Lipgloss (£13.00) ~ Torture
  • Cream Pigment (£17.00) ~ Hollow, Dab, Mould
  • Artist's  palette for mixing and matching the Cream Pigments 

Lakme Cheek Artist Peach Blush Review, FOTD & How To Apply It

I've been using nothing but Lakme Cheek Artist Peach Blush for the past 1 week, and the verdict is in. 

I have used a blush like this a while back, No7 Blush Tint Cream Blush, which I adored. So this brings back good memories (of the blush and shopping at Boots in London)


Lakme Fantasy Collection Fantasy Shimmer Liner Review, Swatches. EOTD

About Fantasy Shimmer Liner:
Steal the secret to those twinkling eyes with a gel based liner infused with micro-fine glitter particles. This rich sparkle liner lets you line, layer or blend without smudging or spreading.

Available in 8 colors: 
Glimmer Blue, Mystic Mauve, Moonshine Topcoat, Astral Green, Indigo Star, Pink Crystal, Bronze Melt, Midnight Moon.

I will be reviewing Midnight Moon & Bronze Melt.

  • Midnight Moon ~ Black with silver shimmer
  • Bronze Melt ~ Sparkly Bronze


Urban Decay Brow Box Honey Pot Review & Swatches

Let's take a break from all the fantasy, shall we? I badly needed it! :)

Urban Decay Brow Box is my new favorite toy. I am hearting this little thing. It is like a treasure box. It's got everything your eyebrows need.

It comes with 2 shades of brow powders- light brown & a dark beige, clear wax, teeny tiny tweezers, and a teeny tiny angled brush.

Shades available:
Brown Sugar- Dark
Beige Betty - Medium
Gingersnap - Auburn

I got Honey Pot- Blonde. I almost went for Beige Betty-Medium, but I'm glad I didn't coz it would have been too dark for me.

You push the bottom drawer (which is attached to a spring inside) to release the wax. So cute!  


Lakme Fantasy Collection Shadow Artist Shimmer Stick Astral Blue & Glimmer Green Review, Swatches+ EOTDs

What is Shadow Artist Shimmer Stick?
Let your eyes share magical moments with light beams. Creamy color pencils laced with super fine glitter, reflect light and bring a mesmerizing sparkle to your eyes. Edge, smudge, line, shadow, color or blend. Keep the mystery alive.

Available in 4 shades:
  • Astral Blue
  • Starry Night
  • Glimmer Green
  • Moon Beam

Lakme Fantasy Collection Botanica Eye Color Quartet Review, Swatches & EOTD

A heavenly quartet of radiant powders explode to color, shape and highlight your eyes. Inspired by the mysteries of the forest, these botanical shades usher in a rush of fresh color! Brighten your eyes with dewy green, petal pink and gold pastels.

Lakme Botanica Quartet consists of 4 Shades, all with a pearl finish:
  • Beige 
  • Brown (?)
  • Petal pink or burgundy
  • Dewy green or parrot green


Lakme Fantasy Collection Enrich Satin Lip Color Review, Photos & Swatches

Cast a spell in satin. Rich color takes life in a luxuriously creamy stick that brings satin to your lips. Enriched with sunscreens, vitamins and the goodness of olives, your lips will have a story to share. Indulge in a pod of beautiful shades ranging from floral pinks to shimmering peaches.

Available in 8 shades.

♥ Very silky, smooth, glossy and moisturizing. I like the finish of these better than YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks. What?! Yes, I really do.
♥ Don't dry out my lips
♥ Pretty long-wear. They don't wear off completely, but leave a tint on lips
♥ Inexpensive at Rs.225

- Smell. I've mentioned the smell in my first review of these lippies. It bothers me now because I want to wear one of these a lot. The best way I can describe it is old-fashioned classic lipstick scent. 
- Packaging. It's nice, but I wish they had prettified them a little for this collection at least.


Shades ~ 132, 134, 135


Lakmé Fantasy Collection True Wear Nail Color Review, Photos & Swatches

Flash around those enchantingly pretty nails. Happy nail colors in mellow pink, hot pink, soft lilac and mauve, bring gorgeousness to your fingertips. Brush them on your nails and bring magic to any look.

Available in 6 shades. 

The 3 shades I got are ~ 250, 247, 251.

I LOVE these. I can't stop gushing over them. Consistency & finish are top notch. Not too thick, not too runny & very glossy. Brush is the ideal size, which makes application effortless & almost smudge-free. Most importantly. they dry quickly

The shades, oh-my-pêche! The best shades from Lakmé, in my opinion. They are perfect for summer. I adore all of them, especially 250. I reckon #251 will be on my toenails all year.

Lakmé Fantasy Collection Nail Color 250, 247, 251

250 ~ Coral pink. Pink guava-ish. 
247 ~ Pinky beige/nude (meaning:with a pink undertone) with shimmer
251 ~ Raspberry color

Lakmé Fantasy Collection Gold Dust Shimmer Bronzer Photos & Swatches

Lakmé Gold Dust Shimmer Bronzer

Be born again as an enchantress. This pure-pressed bronzing powder kissed with a golden shimmer blends beautifully to flatter any skin tone. Sweep it once all over your face or body and enjoy a glamorous glow that’s straight out of a fairytale.

Price ~ Rs.450/-

3 shades in 1

Lakmé Fantasy Collection Cheek Artist Peach Blush Photos & Swatch

Get those dreamy rose-kissed princess cheeks. This multi-purpose stick glides magically over your cheeks for a natural blush. Feminine and fun, these colors blend beautifully on all skin tones. 
Available in 2 shades Peach Blush and Kiss of a Rose

Price: Rs. 395/-

I'll be showing you Peach Blush. I still have to test the wearability and see if it breaks me out or something, coz it's a cream blush, but so far I'm loving this cutie. This shade is so pretty!

Lakme Fantasy Collection Cheek Artist

It has a protective plastic cap 


What's In My Makeup Bag?

If shoes say a lot about a man, then a makeup bag says a lot about a girl, I think. Even if you don't own a very nice looking handbag, a cute little makeup bag can make you feel so much better. It's the heart of a woman's handbag. It has to be pretty. An ugly-looking makeup bag negates the best or expensive makeup products in it. 

This is my makeup bag right now and it's the best one I've ever had (I've had some not-so-pretty ones in the past.)

I adore it! I love the floral design and color combination . Respect to the person who designed/made it. I bought it from that place I went to last year and the year before that (I'm tired of saying it =D) for no more than Rs.400, I think.

There were many so many designs and colors, it was really difficult to decide which one to buy. wish I had bought 1 or 2 more.

Lotus WhiteGlow Serum & Micro-emulsion Review

I know there's been too many skin whitening product reviews over here lately, but I promise this is the last one for a long long time. Some people want to know what I think about these products, so I just want to get it over with and do one final 2-in-1 review.

I'm reviewing them together so it'll be easier to compare them, because I've used them together and then separately, and I've concluded that only one of them is a winner and worth buying again.

Lotus White Glow Intensive Skin Whitening Serum

What it is:
Enriched with Grape, Mulberry, Saxifraga extracts and Milk enzymes that are known fairness agents A proprietary formula that distributes via an advanced delivery system It visibly refines large pores, eliminates blackheads and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The result, you have radiant, youthful looking skin. Contains no harmful chemicals.

How to use:
Use morning and evening all over face and neck after cleansing.


Lust List: Sleek Makeup Avoir la Pêche Collection

Now that is what I call Peach (Pêche?) Heaven

I WANT WANT WANT these so badly I feel like stamping my foot and throw a tantrum. Wait, actually I already did that. Ask my laptop.

They look so fabulous & yummy, and I can't get over the fact that they're inexpensive yet inaccessible to me.

Paraguaya i-Divine Palette $10.00

Update on the Riddle Contest

Hey girls,

Just a quick update. I'm sorry if I wasn't very clear on what type of answer I was looking for before.

The answer shouldn't just be "lipstick" or "blush" or "eyeshadow"

You have to name the product. For eg: "Mac (or any other brand) Lipstick" or "Nyx (or any other brand) blush"

Those of you who misunderstood can send your answers again HERE

If you have any questions or doubts regarding that Riddle Contest, please comment here.

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^

Solve A Riddle & Win A MAC Lipstick :)

Hello lovely readers,

Hope you're doing well. You all have been so wonderful and so supportive, some of you from the very first month I started blogging, and I couldn't thank you enough for just dropping by everyday. It's nice to know that I'm not here alone, talking to myself =D. I want to show my gratitude by giving one of you a small gift. I wanted to do this last Christmas, and then Valentine's Day...but couldn't think of a simple but interesting way to do it, until now.

I've hosted many Giveaways before, but this is different, coz there won't be too many rules. You just have to rack your brains a little bit.

Okay, now let's have some F-U-N!!!

Contest is open internationally & to ALL readers of IVC (silent ones too *wink*)
Contest will end next Friday1st April,'11 at 11:59 PM IST, after which comments for this post will be disabled.

Only one Rule: You just have to be a follower of this blog before participating, because this contest is my way of thanking readers.

One reader is allowed to submit ONE comment only. Please answer only in ONE comment. You won't be able to delete a comment coz it will reach me immediately.

*Answers/comments will not be published till the contest ends, to prevent cheating & copycatting hehe. Fair enough, right? I will publish them when the contest ends & will announce the winner the next day. If there's more than 1 right answer, then I will have to pick one winner randomly. If no one answers correctly, well...I will get very mad, coz you don't know me and my blog at all! =D

Prize ~ 1 MAC Lipstick (from the permanent line) of winner's choice. 

All you have to do is solve this riddle:

"Rubies & pearls adorn me,
Oh, how I love my reflection,
There's me, there's me....there's me!
Clickety I go,
Hope you're ready for the show."

Yes, that's a make-up product talking. Clearly a narcissist lol. I have mentioned the product in this blog before an it's one of my favorites. Name the product. The one who guesses right wins the prize. Simple.

***IMP ~ Just so I don't publish the comments for this contest by mistake, please write:

RIDDLE: The name of the product is ______ 
(followed by your email address)

If you WANT to win, think at least 3 times before posting your comment and psst...look for subtle hints.

Good luck all! I hope you'll have fun & enjoy this little contest :)

UPDATE: Sorry if I didn't make it clear before, but you can't just say "blush", "lipstick" or "eyeshadow". You have to say exactly what it is. For eg: "MAC (or any other brand) Lipstick" or "Nyx (or any other brand) Blush"

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^

Lotus WhiteGlow Oatmeal & Yogurt Skin Whitening Scrub Review

Lotus WhiteGlow Oatmeal & Yogurt Skin Whitening Scrub exfoliates the skin gently, removes dirt, impurities, blackheads and whiteheads leaving your skin brighter and healthier with a shining glow. The gentle exfoliating action works on skin discoloration, dull and uneven skin tones and softens the skin giving you a firmer texture.
Oatmeal exfoliates gently, restores the natural moisture balance of the skin and yogurt moisturizes and lightens the skin reducing imperfections giving you silky, smooth and brighter skin.
For all skin types.

How to use:
Gently apply the scrub on moistened skin with brisk circular movements on your face and neck, Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Use twice a week.


Neutrogena Fine Fairness Serum ~ Does It Work?

This  light-weight, easy-to-absorb intensive treatment can visibly lighten skin tone as it refines skin texture.
Contains Neutrogena HealthyWhite Complex that helps inhibit melanin production and high purity retinol to enhance cell regeneration, stimulate collagen and refine skin. Anti-oxidants to help neutralize effects of free radical damage and help prevent melanin production. Clinically proven to improve skin tone and clarity, see visible results in just 4 weeks. 

How to use:
Use 1-2 times a day after cleansing. Lightly massage in to boost penetration.

Disappointing Beauty Products

I do favorite posts and haul posts and influence you to spend money. Bad... bad girl! I love comments like"Reading this blog is not good for my wallet",  and I can totally understand how you feel because I feel like that every single day when I see new things in other blogs and websites. 

So, I'm hoping posts like this one will help you save some money.

Here are 3 of the most disappointing beauty products I used recently:

1. Face Facial Cleansing Buffer: For face? Really?! It's so rough and scratchy I regret using it on my face even once. They should rename it Foot Cleansing Buffer or Hairy Back Cleansing Buffer.


New U Haul + FREE Gifts!

I love New U! I want it to get bigger & better, like Watsons, my favorite drugstore. I was shopping there yesterday, and realized that I'm a big fan of QVS. The brand has such cool beauty tools- makeup brushes, sponges and whatnot. I want them all! Especially the sponges, I don't know why!

Here's the stuff I got:

  • Audrey's Wedge Sponges 24 pcs (Rs.95) ~ LOVE! I needed more sponges
  • QVS 2 Facial Cleansing Facial Sponges (Rs.165) ~ I needed (yes, needed) a soft facial sponge to cleanse & scrub my face. Sometimes I need a softer tool than my Body Shop Facial Buffer.


Welcome Summer LOTD

No, actually summer is not welcome at all! But there's nothing we can do about it?!  It got so stuffy suddenly that everybody is feeling ill. Rain is expected one of these days, so let's keep our fingers crossed. Maybe spring will come again and 'stay just a little bit longer' ♪ ♫

Okay, on to the lotd...Bright colors for the eyes are very in right now- green, red, coral, yellow...etc. I decided to go with green, coz out of all the bright colors, it flatters my brown-hazel eyes the most, and this green from my Nyx palette is my favorite.

Best Cotton Pads For Skin

I found (or more like my hubby found) these German-made Pads+Microfaser, and I'm having so much fun using them. I love things that are different and have a unique quality, and these cotton pads are that!

Textured on one side. So cute! 

The other side is normal and linty, so I'd rather use it for nail polish remover (maybe)

The Fantasy Collection By Gauri & Nainika At LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK 2011


March 15, 2011, Mumbai: It was the most eagerly awaited event which ended the vibrant and busy Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 season. The Grand Finale show featuring designers Gauri and Nainika renowned for their stunning creations was presented by Lakmé at a starry elegant extravagant evening.

The Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel was turned into a veritable Fantasyland as it came alive with butterflies and birds cutouts suspended from the ceiling. The backdrop of trees and snaking vines around the arched entry of the ramp along with the throbbing strobe lights set the scene for the fantastic show.

To the strains of the ABBA classic “I have a Dream”, Amrit Maghera descended from the ceiling reclining on a sliver of a new moon to open the opulent fashion presentation.

Gauri and Nainika the designing duo known for their glamorous Red Carpet collections dazzled the audience with 31 creations inspired by the colour cosmetic line Fantasy by Lakmé.

With stunning eye-catching creations and selection of elegant fabrics, colours, construction and silhouettes, the creative pair showed a breathtaking line of gorgeous evening wear with form fitting bodices that reflected the many moods of a woman. Unbelievable metres of diaphanous tulle, silk and French lace moulded with horse hair and can-can gave the outfits a surreal look. 


Pomegranate Antioxidant Essence By Pure Beauty

This is something I have been using since last September, and I thought it's about time I tell you how much I love it (and most pomegranate skincare products, in general.)
Pomegranates are natural antioxidants. If you don't like to drink green tea, like me (yuck!), it's nice to have an alternative. Pomegranate seed oil has amazing anti-aging properties, and is known as an 'elixir of youth'.

What this Essence promises ~ Formulated with a natural herbal complex made from mulberry root, rice, green tea and pomegranate oil extracts, it allows every skin cell to experience the renewing power of nature, stimulates skin restoration and cell turnover effects. Day after day, it detoxifies and prevents signs of aging, so your skin radiates youthful vitality.

What is Essence? Basically, a serum. Asians prefer to call Serums - Essence.

Usage ~ Massage onto entire face and neck after cleansing. Use day & night.


The Glamorous Jewels Of The Sea By Satya Paul At LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK


March 15, 2011, Mumbai: When the Satya Paul label appears on the ramp the look is truly feminine, glamorous and exciting. “The Jewels of the Sea” collection presented by Satya Paul for Summer/Resort 2011 at Lakmé Fashion Week was an ethnic and western offering comprising saris, lehengas and serene western creations.

Using the inspirations of the theme cleverly, Satya Paul had a mix of Lurex and glitter net for its sheer quality and had prints and embellishments to create the elements of the sea.

Bourjois Liner Feutre Review

Bourjois Liner Feutre in 11 Noir  is a black felt tip liquid eyeliner

I won't drag this review. Either I like it or I don't, right? 

Yes, I do like it. It is like a sketch pen. I can draw anything on my face with it. It is not waterproof, but it doesn't wash off completely when splashed with water. It starts to bleed only when rubbed. 
Long lasting like it claims? Yes, it stayed on the whole day & night (when I went to bed with it once  >.<)


My Frilly Pink Blush Basket

This is how I store most of my blushes & some bronzers. I bought this basket many years ago from Bangkok, together with a matching jewelry box. I love the quilted and frilly pink cotton fabric with white flowers. It is not stuck on the basket and can be taken out to wash. I don't remember how much I bought it for exactly, but I'm sure it didn't cost more than Rs.500.

I don't throw away the outer boxes of the blushes, coz then it's easier for me to find what I want when I can see the names on the top of the boxes.

You can make something like this for yourself if you want. Let me know if you want the pattern details.

It was made by a company called Nantita. I googled it and found their website! How cool! Click HERE to go to it.

P.S: I'm having trouble posting today. Blogger is telling me I ran out of photo storage space (?). Any advice?

♥ Cynthia Z ^.^


New Whitening Skincare Products

I was at the supermarket yesterday, and I picked up some whitening products to repair my winter skin. My  dark spots multiply in the winters, coz I don't sweat. I can also see some of the dreadful melasma forming a map-like shape under the surface on my forehead and sides of my cheeks. Eeks!
So, I have to fight back, and this is my army :):

  • Fair & Lovely Forever Glow For Ageless Fair Skin (Rs.59)~ I haven't seen this before, so it must be new. I bought the smallest one to try out. It has Vita-AHA Complex to darkness, patchiness & darkening. Claims to accelerate cell energy & slow down melanin production.

The Body Shop Cucumber Freshening Water Review

The Body Shop Cucumber Freshening Water is a toner made of:
  • Community Trade Aloe Vera from Guatemala - is renowned for its incredible soothing and hydrating properties.
  • Cucumber extract - is a gentle ingredient to help refresh the skin.
  • Witch Hazel - helps to refresh the skin.
Ingredients: Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Natural Additive), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Sodium PCA (Humectant), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Cucumis Sativus Juice (Natural Additive), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Glycerin (Humectant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Natural Additive), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Methylparaben (Preservative), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative).

How to use: Apply to cotton pad and sweep over face after cleansing. If product gets in eyes, rinse with clean water.

Anita Dongre's Timeless Collection At LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK


March 13, 2011, Mumbai: With summer and the rising temperature during sultry months, there is only one thing women long for – cool comfortable clothing. Anita Dongre Timeless presented by the designer was a perfect summer line titled “Love and Life” in just cool ecru with tiny discreet hints of rose pink, powder blue and pale yellow.

Mul, a versatile fabric and a favourite of Anita, was created especially from the Fair Trade yarn produced by farmers connected with the Shop for Change movement with which Anita is closely connected with.


Manish Malhotra Ended Day 2 At LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK


Manish Malhotra ensures that his collections are always a traditional blend of Indian crafts with contemporary touches. His sensational line ended day two at Lakmé Fashion Week for Summer/Resort 2011.

The 40 gorgeous evening wear creations for men and women were resplendent with the wonderful Chikankari work as well as Karshmiri embroidery especially created in Srinagar and Jammu which Manish is keen on reviving. Adding Rajasthani gotta borders to the swirling creations; Manish ensured his ensembles would be fit for a myriad occasions.

Using delicate summer shades of aqua, green, powder blue and ivory, Manish gave a striking look to women’s wear. Men’s wear created in beige, grey and navy had a choice of lush textures that ranged from tussore to brocade for the sharply tailored bundgala jackets teamed with either slim pants or Jodhpuri trousers.


The Best Of Beauty 2011

I just love Total Beauty Awards! Every year the website editors pick the best of make-up, skincare & haircare products, and the list of nominees, for me, makes a great shopping guide.

Some of the products I voted for (the ones I've used & have served me well enough):

  • Best Blush ~  Mac Powder Blush
  • Best concealer ~ YSL Touche Eclat
  • Best Eyeliner ~ Urban Decay 24/7  Glide On Eye Pencil
  • Best Eyeshadow ~ Revlon 12 hour eye shadow quad
  • Best Foundation ~ MUFE HD Invisible Finish Floundation
  • Best Highlighter ~ Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
  • Best lip balm ~ Burt's Bees Beeswax lip balm
  • Best Lip Balm ~ Revlon Super Lustrous Lip gloss
  • Best Lip Liner ~ Mac Lip Pencil
  • Best Lipstick ~ Mac Lipstick
  • Best nail polish ~ Essie
  • Best powder ~ Mac MSF Natural
  • Best Tool ~ Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler


Lip Ice Strawberry, Orange, Blueberry & Lemon + Sheer Color

What is Lip Ice?
Combination of Lanolin and Mineral Oil will moisturize lips to prevent drying and chapping. Has SPF 15 that will protect the lips against UV rays.

Directions: Apply evenly on lips everyday. Can be used as base for lipstick too.

Ingredients: Mineral oil, Ozokerite, Petrolatum, Octyl Mathoxycinnamate, Octyl Salicylate, Lanolin, Flavor, Dimethicone, Menthol, Camphor.

  • Strawberry- You get a whiff strawberry in this, but without the sweetness that you get from other strawberry lip balms
  • Orange- Smells like orange juice, obviously.
  • Blueberry- It doesn't smell like blueberry muffins, but it does smell slightly sweet. I think this is the best one for men. Hey, if Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl) could publicly apply the egg-shaped eos lip balm with panache, this surely won't make you look less like a man.
  • Lemon - Smells like lemon peel.


Illamasqua Toxic Nature Inspired Look

When I saw the promo pictures of the Illamasqua Toxic Nature Collection, I was blown away by the makeup on the models. Yes, the looks are over-the-top, but they are also some of the most artistic  ones I've seen so far. So, I couldn't help but try them on myself.

My look is a hybrid of these 2:

Only lips from 2nd pic