Friday, November 30, 2012

Organic Surge Peach Passion Shower Gel review

I have been on a skin pampering spree for past few months and have bought tons of bath and body and skincare stuff,though I have barely reviewed any skincare products in months.
Usually my bright lipsticks and blushes which quickly get reviewed, ah come on we are all sucker for those juicy lippies, I mean a shower gel or face mask is hardly as tempting ;) Okay so to make amends I officially declare December my Skincare review month and I'll be posting a lot of long over due reviews.

So here I go, usually I stick with my The Body shop shower gels, this time I decided to try out Organic surge and I picked this tantalizingly named shower gel called Organic Surge Peach Passion 

There aren't too many reviews available online of Organic surge products online so I was blind guessing when I bought it online.
It claims to contain Organic peach extract and almond essential oil and calm & condition the skin.Natural anti oxidant Vitamin E helps to calm and comfort any skin irritation.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Swatch Fest! Ritika swatches her 5 favorite Neutral eyeshadow trios and quads!

Ritika shares her 5 favorite neutral everyday wear eyeshadows,all shades are perfect as an all over lid color or can be combined for a dramatic effect.

Ritika is NC 37 in MAC for swatch reference


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Hurry Contest closes ON 30 Nov'12 !
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See No Makeup. Feel No Makeup.™

The future of makeup is here.  New from Estée Lauder, Invisible Fluid Makeup is a technologically advanced intuitive liquid makeup that perfects your skin without leaving a trace.  Harnessing the power of Estee Lauder’s exclusive new, patent-pending IntuiTone™ technology in shades for beautiful skin of every ethnicity, this new generation of foundation guarantees your true-to-life shade match by working with your natural undertones, so skin appears fresh, flawless and radiantly perfected in every light.  So weightless, it is air-infused to let skin breathe.  So different, it will change how you feel about makeup forever.

“Foundation has come a long way over the years, but there were still many dissatisfied women,” said Anne Carullo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Product Innovation, Estée Lauder. “The reason lies in skin undertones. Undertones are what give our skin its unique color and dimension.  Invisible Fluid Makeup is a true innovation because it delivers a veil of visible invisibility to every skintone, working with each person’s natural undertones for the ultimate shade match.  Acting like a weave on skin, the formula allows skin’s undertones to come through, giving the appearance of natural skin, but in a way that is radiantly, naturally and uniquely perfected.”

Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux tested Invisible Fluid Makeup for the first time backstage during New York Fashion Week at the Derek Lam Spring 2012 fashion show and The Row Spring 2012 presentation. This advanced makeup formula delivered a flawless look of fresh, natural perfection to a diverse array of models with a broad range of skin tones.

Revlon Colorburst Lipbutter Red Velvet review,swatches

Revlon Colorburst lip butter 'Red velvet' is a its a super luxe and sensuous oxblood color perfect for the Autumn-Winter season and is currently trending the runways.

Now Girls,don't get your PETA-panties in a bunch, contrary to what your first thought might be about oxblood-it being... well-'Ox' blood!, it isn't actually supposed to have any such gory origins. 
Oxblood refers to a dark brownish red shade, which resembles dried oxidized blood, hence the name 'Oxblood'.

Revlon Colorburst lipbutters with the goodness of hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%
Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth

Red velvet lipbutter has a sheer balmy texture,one swipe creates a hint of sophisticate color ,but swipe it on 3 times and it will give you bold and striking glossy sheeny dark oxblood shade with a hint of burgundy.Thankfully there is no shimmer in Red velvet lip butter and it makes it look very classy.This shade will be perfect for medium to dusky skin tones.

Packaging of Revlon Colorburst Lip butters follows the same design family as the diamond pattern we have seen on the colorburst lipstick and lipglosses.The tube is metallic and the outer casing translucent plastic in the same shade as that of the lipstick,there is also a clear window on top and color coded sticker at the base to help you spot your lippie in a jiffy. The packaging is pretty, albeit a bit flimsy.

The colorburst lipbutter lasts for around 2  hours on my lips after which a it fades away with a nice burgundy reddish tint and a hint of glossiness on my lips.

The pricing- In US these are priced at approx $ 7.5 (varies from store to store) though usually you can snag them on a BOGO (buy one get one offer), no such luck for makeup addicts in India we have to fork out Rs 600/- bucks a piece.
The quantity we get in each of these lip butter tubes is also incredibly low at just 2.55 grams,considering these are balmy textured lippies with low wear time, and need for frequent reapplication,there is a very good chance of finishing these up pretty quickly.

Revlon Red velvet lip butter single swipe on NC 45/dusky pigmented lips
 Three swipes, the shade looks much more intense and has a hint of burgundy which my camera is not picking up in the pictures.

Revlon colorburst Red Velvet,its a classy red when worn sheer.It looks very chic and sophisticate oxblood red when you swipe it on 3 times.
Medium to dusky toned Divas would totally rock Red Velvet.Highly recommend it!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Swatch Fest! Neha shares her hottest Red & Magenta lipsticks from MAC and Inglot

Neha M, shares five of her most loved lippies they range from pinks to reds and magenta too!
"I love bright colours but I also like lipsticks that you don't have to think before grabbing for an outing. So here we go:"

1. Faces Satin Matte lipstick in Magenta - A bright hot pink with magenta tones
2. Inglot Shade 126 - A blood red with high sheen
3. Inglot lipstick shade 236 - A light mauve shade with high sheen
4. MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo - A true, classic Hollywood red; very matte
5. MAC Matte Heroine - Limited Edition; a unique purple shade with heavy tones of magenta

Faces Satin Matte lipstick in Magenta Lip swatch
Inglot 126 Lipstick swatch
Inglot lipstick shade 236 swatch

Marc Cain's Autumn Winter 2012

Check out the latest hot picks from Marc Cain's collection

Marc Cain’s Fall Winter 2012 Collection

This season Marc Cain’s Fall Winter collection is chic and simple, uncomplicated and casual, cool and authentic, perfect for the party season!

The colour palette for this season is a mix of fine creams and powder tones as well as strong colours such as red, royal and malachite which are combined with black for exciting colour combinations. The subtle orchestration of the materials is particularly important. Elegant fabrics such as flowing crêpe de Chine are combined with coarse knits made of ultra-lightweight yarn while soft angora and mohair knits are combined with fine nappa leather. Clear patterns such as wide stripes and diamonds play an important role when it comes to the larger items. Striking prints as well as jacquard, animal and graphically reduced  paisley  prints  create  a feminine image as do smart geometrical dots.

Fitted blazers, short cardigans, knee length skirts as well as boxy dresses and track-suit style trousers are particularly in trend. Simple cuts, modern high quality fabrics and unusual proportions create a new sense of style. As Karin Veit, Creative Director Marc Cain explains, “Sophisticated luxury is defined by changing the surface of the fabric.  Drapery, pleats, appliqué, quilting and layering create three dimensional looks.”

Marc Cain presents a relaxed and at the same time, self-confident look which celebrate and newly define femininity!

Available at:

-Corner View, 15th-33rd Cross Rd, Bandra (West), Mumbai, 400050. Tel: 022 26006834 
-Square 1, 1st Gulmohar Cross Road, Juhu (West), Mumbai - 400 049. Tel: 022 26209996 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Swatch Fest! Ikya swatches her 5 favorite MAC Blushes

I am Ikya and I write the blog MAKEUP MONOLOGUES, an Indian beauty and Lifestyle blog; when I'm not busy playing 'bob the builder'. I blog about, well, you know, makeup (shocker!), tips and tricks I discover here and there and ramble about my very happening (not) life! A proud Co Army Brat (to Pooja and many of you, I'm sure) l post about the very happening (really) life of an Army Brat once in a while!
I LOVE animals and bright lipsticks, I can't dance to save my life, I love talking at length about myself (which is WHY I blog!) and THAT'S about it!
PS: Everyone around me is suddenly getting married and there are gazillion posts planned for that too. Pooja has promised to find me a young dapper Fauji and If I'm found single after 2 years you know know whom to blame!
(Editor's note- I'm working on it Iku, I'm working on it ;)
Editor's Note-Ik has shared 5 must have blushes from MAC which will work on most Indian skin tones.Fleur Power. Frankly scarlet and Bite of an Apple are uber tempting

Monday, November 26, 2012

Swatch Fest! Rmyah shares her 5 favorite nude lipsticks

I'm Rmyah of, I'm a shoppaholic, which I realised very recently...if I have a thousand bucks in hand, I'd come and ask you for a thousand more and spend it all on cosmetics :)
Crazy that I am, I know how to value your craziness too :D

These are my five favorite nude lippies which I simply cannot do without.

Maybelline Watershine lipstick shade 56-Sweet Wine
Colorbar Velvet Matte lipstick shade 78V-Creme Cup (Editors Note-My personal favorite peachy nude shade!)
Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick shade 145-Plaza Pink
Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick shade 215-Totally Toffee
Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick shade 235-Warm Me Up

Editors Note-These have to be the cutest swatches ever!! full marks on innovation Rmyah!
I am NC40-42 depending upon the season :)

Expert Speak-Skin care tips for Indian skin

The question that vexed Sigmund Freud till the age of 83 was "What do women really want?
The question that vexes all us Women instead is "what does our skin really want?"
I mean we have all had those days when our skin just refused to make up its mind and acted up really bad, being oily and yet flaky at the same time!!
So today we have Dr. Kiran Lohia, a trained M.D, specializing in Dermatology walk us through the special Skin care tips for our Indian skin.
"Indian skin needs specialized care. As a dermatologist, I have seen all different skin types. However, in my experience, Indian skin suffers the most from its environment. India has very strong sunlight, weather fluctuations and an excess amount of pollution, leading to pigmented, dull and often sensitive skin."

To prevent these skin woes, follow the below skin care tips for Indian skin!
1 – Avoid the Sun!
The sun in India is very strong. It even penetrates the windows in your car and your home. The more sun exposure you have, the greater the risk of pigmentation disorders and the more aging your skin suffers from! So, try to avoid the sun if possible, particularly during the hours of 10am-3pm when the sun is the strongest.
2 – Use Sun Block!
Unfortunately, the sun cannot be avoided entirely. So, always remember to apply sun block of at least SPF 30++ where there is both UVB and UVA protection. UVB protection will help prevent tanning, while UVA protection will help prevent both pigmentation and aging. Remember to apply it 30 minutes before sun exposure and repeat every 3-4 hours so the effect does not wears off.
3 – Omega Fatty Acids Help Protect Your Skin!
Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are increasingly being shown to have a beneficial effect on the skin and the heart. Data has shown that it helps prevent and protect against UV light induced injury while also strengthening the epidermal barrier! Try to eat these super powered macronutrients daily by consuming nuts, flaxseed and fresh fish. If you cannot get them in your diet, then start supplements! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sale Alert! Illamasqua Black friday sale, coupon code inside

Explore the Illamasqua range this Christmas, enjoy 20% off store wide, free UK deliver and Free International Delivery when you spend over 35 pounds.

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6 Black Friday Sales you can't afford to miss!

Girls take a deep breath and grab yourself a seat before you read any further, the season's juiciest sales are here and curated specially for you.

Flat 50% Off at Coastal Scents

Beauty Joint flat 20% Off

THEBODYNEEDS2 for MAC samples and custom in house blends from TBN2

ELF USA Offers

L'occitane India offer

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Swatch Fest-Shruti shares her 5 favorite lipsticks

Shruti is a Bangalore based food blogger extraordinaire,An educator and a homemaker.With a keen eye for Fashion and makeup,Shruti dons many hats with elan. 
She has an awesome repertoire of Indian gourmet delights to easy snack recipes for beginners.Hop over and check out Shruti's awesome recipes at her blog
Shruti shares her 5 favorite lipsticks

1. Oriflame Beauty Power shine (Cocoa Burst ) : Brown shade with glitters in it. Lovely shade for the evening parties.
2. Cover Girl  (Bistro Burgundy): Lovely pinkish brown shade for all the skin tones.
3. Oriflame love lipstick (Love Ruby): Maroon Red shade suitable for all the skin tones.
4. Oriflame Triple Core Lipstick (Ravishing Rose) : Perfect Nude shade for all the occasions.
5. Oriflame Giodrani Gold Ruby Lipstick (Divine Red) Prefect Bright red colour for the candle light dinner.
 All swatches on Medium NC 42 skintone

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Bold, dramatic eyes can make a powerful statement!  
The latest beauty trend advocates emphasis on eyes while keeping the look muted. From ultra-natural to super-glamorous, now is your chance to enhance the beauty of your eyes as Maybelline New York introduces new Hyperglossy Liquid Eyeliner. A single sweep of Hyperglossy liquid eyeliner and let your eyes do the talking.

The Hyperglossy liquid eyeliner is enriched with 24-hr vinyl film formula that gives the glossiest and smudge-proof black line. The hyper reflective polymer and hyper coated carbon black allows the liner to glide smoothly over your eyes leaving an even film of intense color. The patented soft flexible brush does not allow smudging or clumping. 

Kunal Kapoor Launches Fiama Di Wills Men Collector's Edition Pack!

Fiama Di Wills Men and Lonely Planet Magazine India

Invite you to “Surf up a Splash” with the first-ever

Collector’s Edition Soap Series

Gurgaon, November 17, 2012: Innovation is at the foundation of all initiatives at Fiama Di Wills. Be it creation of innovative products or engaging brand experiences, ITC’s leading personal care brand continuously strives to create hallmarks of consumer delight at every moment of truth.

Fiama Di Wills Men takes forward this belief to provide consumers with yet another invigorating and innovative experience. Fiama Di Wills Men launches its first ever Collector’s Edition soap series in association with Lonely Planet Magazine India.

The six exciting Collector’s Edition Packs are inspired by various water sports and specific destinations that are renowned for these rejuvenating and revitalizing experiences. Riding the waves at Jefferey’s Bay in South Africa, a true surfer’s paradise, racing the power of nature at Carlsbad Lagoon, California scudding over the waves on a jet ski, Cliff diving in Acapulco, Mexico to experience the extreme, taking a 3000 ft. plunge at the Angel Falls in Venezuela are some of the experiences that the packs celebrate. The first-ever series fires one’s imagination and appeals to the inner rebel to push further and take one beyond what is considered possible!


Swatch Fest! 'Little Miss Sinner' Shanaya shares her love of super bright lipsticks

Heya everyone :D
Im Shanaya From Mumbai, a Newbie blogger by day and a DJ by night.To know more about me check out my blog -

I love Matte Shades and more than that i love pop of colors :P These are my all time fav shades. I have a medium skin tone.

Swatches from Left to right.
Maybelline The Jewels in 591 Amethyst Ablaze.
Revlon Super Lustrous in 677 Siren (Editor's note- I've been hunting for Siren everywhere, both the lippie and nail polish are awesome shades)

Wet and Wild in 967 DollHouse Pink
Maybelline WaterShine in B24
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa.

swatches in natural light, on fair-medium skin

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MEGA SALES ALERT!! Have you got your shopping list ready for Cyber Monday?

Brands are rolling out the red carpets for their net savvy customers this Cyber Monday
 For the uninitiated Cyber Monday is the first Monday after Black Friday and created by savvy marketeers to prompt people to shop online. It is one of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year.

In the run up to Christmas,with offers galore,its the perfect time to snag those tempting treats on your wishlist
Cyber monday this year is on Monday, 26 November 2012,that means there are loads of juicy offers to be grabbed. I decided to put together a whole bunch of sale alerts together, these are by means not all the sales going out there, So watch this space for some more tempting sale alerts!




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