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Bio-essence Bird's Nest Nutri-Collagen & Whitening Advancer & Cream Review

Bird's Nest. I'd rather not think about what it is exactly. It's quite icky. Let's just think, birds are cute.

But on second thought, I have put it on my face.

What Really Is Bird’s Nest? Bird’s Nest comes from the Collocallia species of swiftlet birds which inhibit the mountains around South East Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia). Shaped like a bowl and about 3-5 inches in diameter, this intricate web of solidified saliva and other materials is formed by the male swiftlet during the breeding season in April. 

The packaging of this range of products is very attractive, with the pearly pale yellow & gold accents. It is one of the best I've seen in drugstore products. Both are quite heavy. The cream comes with a mirror on the cap & a plastic spatula.


Revlon Rich Temptations CustomEyes Eyeshadows Review, Swatches & EOTDs

About Revlon CustomEyes Eyeshadows:
Easily create and customize the eye look you want with 4 shadows and 1 liner. For dramatic eye popping looks like never before! The dual ended applicator helps you to easily create the eye looks you want. Use the wider side to cover the eye area in shadow and the pointed end to apply the liner shade.

Revlon CustomEyes Rich Temptations


Autumn Makeup ~ On Darker Skin Tone

There were requests for me to do a darker look after my darker skin tone lotd here, so this is for all you darker skin-toned beauties out there. This base is the darkest one I have. It was tough to layer it without it looking patchy, so I hope you won't find me looking too muddy hehe....


How I Deep Clean Makeup Brushes ~ Step-by-Step Photos

On Saturday, I deep cleaned some of my makeup brushes that I use often, and decided to clickety-click the whole process. It's a basic thing, but I hope you pick up some tips at least.

What is deep clean? It is basically washing your brushes thoroughly with soap & water, not a brush cleanser.

  • Things needed ~ A shallow soap dish, water & a baby shampoo. I use Garnier Fructis Strawberry Kids Shampoo right now. I also use Johnson's Baby Shampoo.


Revlon CustomEyes Naturally Glamorous (Like UD Naked Palette?)

It was love at first use with Naturally Glamorous.  I consider this palette to be one of my best buys of 2011. LOVE the knitted design on the eyeshadows! They won't last but, sadly, beauty always fades, doesn't it?


Revlon Colorstay Foundation Combination/Oily Skin Review

I've been using Revlon Colorstay Foundation in for a year now, but I never thought about reviewing it, coz I thought my fotds were enough :p. Truthfully, I think foundation is the hardest makeup product to buy. I personally don't depend on reviews I read on the net when it comes to foundations. I'd rather test them at the stores myself. But a few loyal readers have requested this, so I'm doing it to keep them loyal hehe...

Claims ~ ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex provides lightweight comfort, so you feel like you’re not wearing makeup. Looks fresh for up to 16 hours. Specially formulated for combination or oily skin, this oil-free formula helps control shine all day and gives you flawless looking skin. Makeup looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the SoftFlex ColorStay formula.
Medium to full coverage, with SPF 6 protection.

Also available in Normal/Dry Skin.


Make Up For Ever Très Vichy Look & Tutorial

Better late than never! I've thought about doing this look since January, when I first saw the promo of Make Up For Ever  Très Vichy Collection. I had bought the gingham fabric since then, but couldn't make the bow lashes, coz the fabric with smaller checks didn't match this fabric I'm using right now. Yup, I'm a perfectionist obsessive that way. But thanks to the wonderful Rashmi, who sent me these lashes (post here), I was able to do it without any worries.

Très Vichy was a spring collection and we're almost touching fall, but I'm a bow enthusiast. It would be wrong, almost sacrilegious, if I didn't do it. 

Très Vichy ~ Very Gingham. Prepare yourself for a lot of gingham! :)


Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Strawberry Review & Swatches

"Lips that shine with killer color. This weightless gloss makes lips pop with 5X more shine than patent leather." ~ Revlon.

  • Micro-crystal formula for 5X the shine of patent leather
  • Plush applicator shaped to curves of your lips for smooth, even application of color
  • Revlon ColorBurst’s Elasticolor™ technology for rich color with a weightless feel
  • Moisturizers and anti-oxidants such as sweet almond oil and vitamin E conditions and improves lip texture
  • Available in 15 vibrant, on-trend shades
This shade is Strawberry Fraise #006, a strawberry pink (sheer light red) with silver shimmer.


Free Revlon Bag & Weekend Haul

Got a cute polka-dotted big-sized bag with some Revlon stuff yesterday- CustomEyes Eyeshadows in Naturally Glamorous & Rich TemptationsColorburst Lipgloss in Strawberry Fraise. Also got the L'Oreal True Match Blush in Rosey Cheeks. Reviews and swatches coming shortly. For now take a look at the cool bag- even cooler coz it FREE-hee-hee...

Now let's see it....err.... strip?


Smokey Eyes With Zara Puff Sleeve Top ~ LOTD

Another random LOTD for my 1 month Challenge. You may have noticed that I like to put random things on my head heehee. This time it's an Accessorize hairband (shown here). I'd never worn it before, so why not, eh? For the record, I'm not copying Hello Kitty's style! 


Faces Canada Expands In Mumbai & NCR

It is nice to see another international cosmetics brand expanding in India. I'm hoping for a domino effect, coz I wish a lot more makeup brands would do the same. I really like the look of the stores- very MAC-like, but cozier. 

Press Note:
With ambitious growth plan ahead, internationally acclaimed makeup, skincare and personal accessories brand from Canada FACES COSMETICS is all set to storm Mumbai & NCR. After the stupendous success across the length and breadth of India, the brand is all set to launch four more exclusive outlets. Opening exclusively at Crown Interio mall and Pacific mall in NCR and Infinity II and Phoenix Mall (Lower Parel) in Mumbai.

FACES Cosmetics stores across the globe celebrate vanity and beauty through offering a wide range of internationally acclaimed makeup, skincare and beauty accessory products. Exciting promotions, free make-overs, trend spotting, beauty advice, the latest looks, it’s all in here!

Stiletto Hardware For Comfy Shoes!

Some stuff their bras, some stuff their pants, I stuff my shoes. Most of you know I have tiny & slender feet and I don't find grown-up shoes that fit properly. I have bought all types of padding from Scholl- some good, some useless. So, to sum it all up, my feet suffer terribly after a day in high heels. That's why I was more than happy to try out Stiletto Hardware insoles.

About Stiletto Hardware:
"No more walking home barefoot" is the tagline. These insoles were created by Kelly Chung, after she had bunion surgery in 2008. Stiletto Hardware insoles absorb shock and mold to your feet, thanks to a top layer of memory foam, yet are virtually invisible in your shoes. Other features:
  • Sophisticated and thin design
  • Antifungal and anti-microbial
  • Made with Poron
  • Strong adhesive backing but also easy to remove without ruining your expensive shoes
  • Made in USA


The Orgasm & Coralista Look-Alikes (Blushers)

I was organizing my blushes, and thought it'd be fun to compile my shimmery peachy-coral blushers. I hope the photos & swatches will be helpful. Enjoy!


Bows Bows Everywhere....

....Happy Happy me! :)

Bows are so IN these days. They are everywhere! In all shapes & sizes. I get an adrenaline rush every time I see so much bows. Ya, I might actually do my piling laundry later today.

  • Gloves ~ With the winter approaching, I can't help but want some (read: all) of these cute gloves. In the pic, Blugirl (saw these in Grazia Magazine and I fell in lurrrve instantly), other 3 are Accessorize.


He Fancies The Samsung Galaxy TAB 750

This is my entry for Samsung's "It's Time To TAB" Contest hosted by IndiBlogger . Samsung is generously giving away 20 Tablets to 20 winners of this contest.

I have no idea how I'm going to do this! I mean, I have never entered a contest like this before, but I have to do it- one way or another. Why? This is definitely going to sound  cheesy, but I'm doing it for love. ["Ah, love." ~ Ross Gellar.] I want to win it for my hubby, because his birthday is coming up. The man is a gadget freak, so I can think of no better gift than this newly launched Samsung Galaxy TAB 750. 


Arabic Look

I had a tough time picking a title for this! (Changed it from Indian to Arabic after reading the comments :))
This is a look I created for my 1 month LOTD Challenge (3 looks per week). It would look fabulous on a night out. Shimmer all the way to the brow bone. It looks so gorgeous & glam under yellow light. I'd do this makeup if I were wearing a black & silver Indian saree.


Illamasqua Cream Pigment Androgen Review & Swatches

Androgen is part of Illamasqua's recently launched Theatre Of The Nameless Collection AW11.

About Illamasqua Cream Pigment:
Cream Pigment is an intensely colour-rich, crease resistant, matt formula, available in a variety of shades.
It creates the ultimate in textures on the face, eyes, lips or body. Apply with an Illamasqua brush or simply use your fingers for a buildable, water resistant, highly pigmented finish. Layer under Powder Eye Shadow and Pure Pigment for added intensity.

Androgen ~ Coral.

Urban Decay Naked Palette Review, Swatches & EOTDs

I can't believe it took me so long to post this! It's been more than a month since I got this palette (previous post here). I just realized it now! Gosh, how fast does time fly these days??!! I apologize for the delay- to those of you who were waiting for this post.


August Favorites ~ Makeup, Skincare, Haircare Etc

The votes were in, and most of you like Monthly Favorites blog posts. High Five! I like them too! :)

I just wrote August in the title, when in fact I've been using some of these products long before August.

  1. Spring It! Hair Removing Spring Thing ~ I can't live without this anymore! I use it mainly to remove hair from my upper lip, which I have to do often coz I click a lot of lip photos over here. On camera, even a leetle bit of hair look offensive (shown here). Basically, you hold both ends down into a U-shape, roll the spring on your skin, and straighten it to pull out the hair. Quick & painless- once you get used to it :))
  2. Clearasil Acne Clearing Scrub ~ This makes my face feel really smooth. The scrub isn't so big and abrasive, so it wouldn't hurt a ripe pimple. I leave it on as a mask too sometimes. However, it doesn't prevent pimples, coz I have a pimple right now when I'd just used it 2-3 days ago. But in it's defense, I'm getting pimples on and off lately. 
  3. Herbal essences None Of Your Frizziness Serum ~ With anti-humidity technology, it says. I love that it smells like mangoes. Slice, to be precise. It does help tame the frizziness I get right after washing.
  4. Etude House Missing U Hand Cream 'Panda Story'~ I LOVE this panda so much! I should have bought all of them! This one smells peachy and it does not make my hand feel slippery. I'm so afraid to use it coz I don't want it to be finished! (also shown here). Must collect more next time!
  5. Olay 7-in-1 Total Effects Anti-Ageing Eye Cream ~ I'm liking this a lot. It has tiny gold flecks in it, which are unnoticeable when applied. It's not very greasy/oily. The outer corners of my eyes used to be dry-ish and this has moisturized them to normalcy. Fine lines have also noticeably reduced. You can mix this with your concealer, and you've got yourself a YSL Touche Eclat dupe...ish, I think =D
  6. MAC Quite Cute Mineralize Blush Giggly ~ Favorite pink blush of the moment (swatches here). It looks so good especially at night under yellow light. I think it could be my favorite pink blush of all time.
  7. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation #53 ~ This is almost exactly like the original Healthy Mix Foundation, except it is thinner (more liquid-ey) and less oily. It is easier to blend than the original too. Yes, I do like it better than the original. It smells so fruity & fresh, I could eat it. Coverage- Light to Medium. 

Depotting Colorbar Single Eyeshadow

Many months ago, I was depotting my MAC eyeshadows, and didn't stop there. I picked up the only Colorbar eyeshadow I have, and decided to evict it as well. Single eyeshadows disturb me- mentally. 
It had a mirror attached to it, which made the process seem next to impossible, but I was to curious to find out the outcome.

Eyeshadow shade ~ Proudly Purple (swatch & review here)

This is what it looked like before. The mirror is attached to the bottom of the eyeshadow


Sleek Saturday LOTD

I know Saturday is gone here, but I'm on UK time specially for this post. I was invited by the lovely Liloo to join her in her Sleek Saturday Series. The main purpose of the series is to encourage the use of Sleek i-divine palettes- mainly the colors you don't use enough. I thought it's a fantastic idea! I hardly use the only Sleek palette I have- Paraguaya Palette, so I was more than happy to participate.

I created a very simple look....


Illamasqua Theatre Of The Nameless Collection Product Photos

Here's a preview of Illamasqua Theatre Of The Nameless collection products:
  • Pure Pigment in Zeistgeist (Dark Shimmer),15.50 GBP
  • Masquara in Raven, 15.00 GBP 
  • Cream Pigment in Androgen (Coral), 17.00 GBP 
  • Intense Lipgloss in Facade (Grey Pink), 13.00 GBP


Anniversary, Forever New Dress & Bow Shoes

Do you have a really nice girlie dress or top you cannot wear because it's too revealing? For me, it's this dress. It's the most feminine dress I have & I'm in love with the creme de menthe color, but it is very low in the front + it's made like a corset, so it pushes up the twins up too much, like 'Woah!' If you want to go from A to C, this is the type of neckline you should look for.

I wore it on our 4th wedding anniversary, 2 days back. We were staying in, so I wore it for the first time since I bought it- maybe 2 years ago! =\

I don't want the moral police to come get me, so I thought of clever ways to cover what's inappropriate ;)


Mascara Toner, Anyone?

Meet Tsuya Tsuya Angel Eyes Mascara Toner. What? Yes, you heard right. Mascara Toner. It can revive dead mascaras. Leave it to the Koreans to come up with the most interesting & handy products!