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L’Oreal Paris Lippies ~ Glam Shine Balmy Gloss | Glam Shine Stain Splash | Rouge Caresse

How often do you see L'Oreal lipsticks on my blog? Rarely. Apart from hair colors (more than 50 of them, I think), I don't often seek L'Oreal makeup. The biggest reason for that is because L'Oreal a little bit more pricey compared to other drugstore brands, especially here in the UK. A gel liner costs almost a 1000 rupees! So the other day I went to Superdrug specially to get a Glam Shine Balmy Gloss, but as always, I was 'forced' to get 3 products to make use of the 3 for 2 offer (meaning: I get 3, but pay for only 2).
Thanks to the offer, I found a new favorite lippie that I wouldn't have willingly bought otherwise. I saved it for last.....
L’Oreal Paris Glam Shine Balmy Gloss Die For Guava ~ I picked this one from 6 shades (see all shades here). Die For Guava is a lilac pink. The texture is buttery, and this shade needs to be layered a few times to look somewhat opaque. For now, I'd say it's most similar to Bourjois Color Boost. It is fragrance-free. Price: £6.99  | Rs.694. They cost Rs.400 in India. In the case of 3 for 2, I got this one for free, coz it's the cheapest.


Etude House Minnie Mouse Collection ~ Haul

My Facebook Status, 15th October :
My heart....
in slow motion....
beating.... I'm about to click 'Proceed To Checkout' on Ebay....entire Limited Edition makeup collection in my cart. Didn't "consult" with Mr.CZ first....


{to be continued}

♥ CZ.


I clicked on it.....beating.....I was on the 'Confirm Payment' page within the next few minutes.....beating....Okay, maybe I should remove some items, and order them another time. That way the total amount will be split up and ....No, I want them ALL!  They all belong too-gad-der (together)The phone rang suddenly! It was Mr.CZ saying he'll be home in 5 mins. It was as if he knew I was about to do something behind his back! Long story short, I left the payment page as it was & waited till he got home before clicking the final button. Yes, I chickened out, sheesh!  =D
You don't know how much I wanted to talk about this collection! To say that they're on their way to meeeeee! But you know I'm kind of superstitious. Jinx and all that. What if I post in my blog, and the products don't turn up at my door? I thought, don't count your  chickens  Minnie Mouses before  they  hatch  postman delivers them.

Revlon Photoready 3D Mascara ~ The Verdict

I'm not a fan of 3D movies. I watched Pirates Of The Caribbean - On Stranger's Tide, I think- on 3D at the movies once, and it made me feel a bit dizzy because I'm extremely prone to motion sickness. My high nose bridge also hated those glasses! I tried lifting them up, but then Johnny Depp looked all grainy.
3D lashes. Now that's a different story. I would buy a 3D TV and put on them glasses everyday if, in return, they gave me 3D-looking lashes for eternity. Yes, I would.  



NEW! L'Oréal Paris POPTASTIC Collection

It’s outrageously colorful, it’s outrageously POP.  Rock your beauty must haves for this season with glamorous hot shades from the latest Poptastic Collection by L'Oréal Paris. This collection is the perfect way to completely jazz up your beauty wardrobe. L'Oréal Paris introduces a set of products that will add that extra element of oomph with fun colors and exciting prints so you can live life on the brighter side!

The Poptastic collection has something for everyone. Indulge in the latest shades from the Color Riche Le Vernis for your nails, Glamshine Balmy Gloss for a luscious pout and the Color Riche Eye Pallette to add that extra sparkle to your eyes! With happy hues like pinks, corals, blues and tangerine, you can go bold and funky by sporting a new bright look every day.


The Husband's Secret.....[...and my gifts]

Happy Karva Chauth to all the married ladies! If you don't know what occasion that is, please read all about it here. In India, your fast must be over by this time. It's only around 5:50 pm yet over here (UK).


 A phone call around noon today:
Me: 'Hello?'
Mr.CZ: 'Have you eaten anything?'
Me: 'No'
Mr.CZ: 'Aww....So, I'm thinking about getting you something....but I don't know what color you like....err....something from YSL or Lancome....or....what do you want?"


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Inspired Makeup Look

 "A pale, anorexic young woman who had hair as short as fuse, and a pierced nose and eyebrows. She did not in fact have an eating disorder. She had a wide mouth, a small nose, and high cheekbones that gave her an almost Asian look. Sometimes she wore black lipstick, and in spite of the tattoos and the pierced nose and eyebrows she was ... well ... attractive. It was inexplicable." ~ Stieg Larsson.
This is my attempt at recreating Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander look in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

About the character: Lisbeth Salander is a world class computer hacker (under the name 'Wasp')with a Eidetic/Photographic memory. A survivor of a traumatic childhood, Salander is highly introverted, asocial and has difficulty connecting to people and making friends. She is particularly hostile to men who abuse women, and takes special pleasure in exposing and punishing them.


Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint Berry Pink Swatches, LOTD

On my coffee table, next to my laptop, among all the other stuff that I have to have near me at all times, I keep all my brand new lipsticks. To test, yes, but mainly to keep track (so I don't forget about them). Sometimes, I would use one of them a few minutes before going to brush my teeth and wiping it all off at night. It may seem pointless, but in those few minutes, I get to know the lipstick a little bit more. For over a month now, lipsticks have come and gone from the table. Only one remains - Lakmé  Absolute Lip Tint. It may land in my handbag some days, but it always ends up back on the table. It's always there next to the tissue box, hand cream, mints, etc. What I'm trying to say is, I've been using it religiously. I used to apply it instead of a lip balm every time while watching Breaking Bad. Now even Breaking Bad is finished and gone *sad sigh*, and Lakmé Lip Tint is still on the table, now next to a new box of Kleenex.
Out of 6 shades, I picked Berry Pink. It's such a wearable pink, and I think it would suit a lot of people because it seems to change color and undertones (cool/warm). You don't know how many swatches I have clicked on different days. I decided to re-click my lip swatches because the previous ones didn't come out nicely, but in the new pics it looks too coral-ish.


Bourjois Happy Light Primer, Foundation, Concealer ~ Disappointing!

You know I love Bourjois, and I'm quite loyal to it. But this time, I have no praises for their new releases ~ Happy Light. I got the Matte Primer, Foundation & Concealer, and they just.don'
Bourjois Happy Light Serum Primer Matte: There are 2 types of primers- Matte & Luminous. Luminous is for dry skin, Matte for oily skin. In a nutshell, it flakes if applied over a moisturizer and does so even more when I work Happy Light Foundation over it. When worn without a moisturizer, it looks okay and does mattifies my skin, but emphasizes dry areas. The thing that still makes it useable is, it doesn't have that pore-clogging silicone feel and it does minimizes the look of pores & makes skin feel smoother. I may have to find a super special way to wear this to make it work better, Price: £6.99 | Rs.696.

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation #52 Beige Claire: I was confused between 53 and 52. I swatched both on my neck and asked a Superdrug SA which one suited me better. She picked the darker one- 53. I agreed, but then in the end I trusted my own instinct and picked the lighter one. Boy, did I make the right choice! Because this foundation turns darker & orange-ish when you spread it on your skin. It's a very sheer foundation with next to zero coverage, but I expected that. The deal breaker is it turning orange. Price: £7.99 | Rs.794.

Bourjois Happy Light Concealer #21 Ivoire: There were 2 shades available at Superdrug. I picked the one that's more yellow-toned (the other was pinkish). The texture is thick and creamy, so it has a tendency to look cakey if not blended well. The shade is too light for both my undereye areas & spots, but I knew that when I bought it. I will use this to shape and define my brows. Price: £6.99 | Rs.696.


Flutter...Flutter...Butterflies Everywhere.....

11th September: I posted about 'Flutter' here.
8th October: I got a tweet- "@CZloves the butterflies brushes u r talking about from @superdrug  reduced to 6 pounds!!" from Preethi. (Thank you!)
11th October: I fluttered my wings and landed in Superdrug.
14th October: Present day. Look......


Black Magic Makeup Look {Halloween}

Halloween is in 3 weeks, so I thought I'd do a few dark & crazy looks. This one is inspired by that black sequined fan. I saw it among the Accessorize Halloween Collection one day, held it just like in the pic above, stared at myself in the store floor-length mirror, became indecisive, went home without it.....and life felt incomplete. I went back for it about a week later.
If a girl needs a black sparkly fan, she needs a black sparkly fan


Wall Of Fuchsia + Purple Lipsticks

For your reference, I compiled some fuchsia & purple lipsticks. These are some of the ones I have swatched:

1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Sweetheart ~ More swatches here
2. Maybelline Superstay Infinitely Fuchsia ~ I wore it here
3. MAC Flat Out Fabulous ~ More photos & swatches here
4. MAC Daddy's Little Girl ~ I wore it here
5. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Hot Plum ~ More swathes here
6. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #19 Fuchsia In Rage ~ I wore it here
7. Revon Super Lustrous Va Va Violet + 2 (Maybelline Infinitely Fuchsia) ~ I created this. More here
8. MAC Violetta ~ This a Limited Edition from Venomous Villains Collection. Pics here

I love them all in different ways, but if I had to pick only 2 must-haves: Maybelline Superstay Infintely Fuchsia & Revlon Super Lustrous Va Va Violet. Both drugstore brands, both amazing.

Which are your  favorites? Also, do let me know if you like these compilations. If you want me to do more, which color next?


Benefit Rockateur Box O' Powder Photos, Swatches

Do you remember The Rock? How he made raising one eyebrow so hip? I tried and I tried and tried some more, but I was never able to raise only one eyebrow. My college friend could do it perfectly, which made me even more displeased with my stubborn forehead. Even now I can't do it. I'm holding a mirror and doing it right now. I always feel I've nailed it, but when I look in the mirror ^_^
The Rock we'll be talking about today might also make you want to raise one eyebrow.....


Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream, Kajal, 3D Volume Mascara ~ Photos

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a fun weekend. I have some new products to show you today. Revlon India has added 3 new exciting products to their PhotoReady range - BB Cream, Kajal & Mascara.
Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Medium ~  Skin Perfector with SPF 30. A lightweight, multi-benefit Beauty Balm that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen into one step. Shades available- Light, Light/Medium, Medium. Price: Rs.550.


And The Beautyblender Is Mine......

Look what arrived in the mail today! How a little spongy thing can brighten up my day is one of perks of being a crazy an incurable beauty addict. Look at the packaging! It sits like a diamond, but it's so much more intriguing.

What it is: It's simply a makeup blending sponge. It was featured in a post here

Price ~ £14.99 | Rs.1474 from Amazon. They've hiked up the price now to original price, £16.50 | Rs.1622.

I'm going to use it right away! Everyday. Until I can tell you, without a doubt, whether it's worth the hype or not.

Easy Bronzed Chocolate Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hi All! 

Are you mad at me for the lack of posts this week? Sorry about that. So many things went wrong during the last few days. Hope this tutorial on my current go-to eye makeup will make up for it. It's easy to do, and the colors go with everything and every occasion, especially Fall.

 1. Apply matte brown eyeshadow only on the crease. Layer it to gradually build the color as desired. If you have a deep socket and a big lid, blend the eyeshadow a little bit down.
2. Apple metallic bronze eyeshadow on lid. Also apply it on your lower lash line. Sort of join then in a C at the outer edge.
3. It should look like that. You can always re-apply both eyeshadows to intensify them. 
4. Take a brown gel liner or pencil and apply on lower lash line starting from outer corner, and bring it inwards but stop somewhere in the middle, not going all the way in. 
5. Use same brown liner on top lash line. Join it in a V with lower liner similar to what I did here. I won't line all the way to inner corner. I will stop at the part where my lash line begins to curve down.  
6. It should look like that. See how it blends with everything because it's brown?
7. Apply black mascara on top and bottom lashes. I could have chosen a better mascara, but they all need to be repurchased.
DONE! =)


Newly Discovered Beauty Products - Part 2

While I finish a make-up tutorial, take a look at some of the beauty products I recently stumbled upon. Most of them I'm going to try out sooner or later......

Zoya Nail Lacquer 'Cynthia' ~ Yes, you read correctly. There's a Zoya nail polish named 'Cynthia'! And it's a deep blue - my decided fall nail color! A few weeks ago, Magali tagged me on a picture of this nail polish on Zoya's Instagram page (Thanks Magali!) Price: Around Rs.1000-1100 in the UK. I don't even want to spend Rs.300 on a nail polish, so you can imagine how torn I feel about it- buy, don't buy? Couldn't I just write my name on my nails? NO! It's not the same!


MSM Cream ~ As I was doing my usual googling of acne and skin problems, I stumbled on a post that opened my eyes wide here. The writer raved about a certain MSM Cream that minimized her acne scars. MSM cream is made with Sulphur, and  is used to treat acne. Some have even called it a 'Miracle Cream'. I am ordering mine soon. Just wanted to know if any of you tried it. Price: Around Rs.1350 on Amazon UK, but it's only around Rs.500 on Ebay.


Giveaway! WIN L'Oréal Paris True Match BB Cream [India ONLY]

Hey Everyone, 
The lovely people over at  L'Oréal Paris India have sent me their newly launched True Match BB Cream to try out, and they also want to send another one to 1 loyal reader of Indian Vanity Case

About L'Oreal Paris True Match BB Cream: True Match BB cream is a smooth milky emulsion with a touch of tint for natural coverage and a luminous satin finish. Available in 3 shades.  
  • Powered with SPF 35 PA+++ and Collagen providing 24 hour hydration
  • 1st Hyaluronic BB cream: Secures moisture for healthy youthful skin.

If it sounds goody, and you want to try it yourself, why not WIN one here & now?!

  • This giveaway is open to Indian Residents Only.
  • Closes on 12th October '13.
  • It's mandatory that you comment below telling us "What would make a BB cream your true match?"  
  • Winner will be picked by moi using, then I'll send over your details to  L'Oréal Paris, and they will ship the prize.

        Enter by filling the Rafflecopter form below:
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Good Luck! =)