Drugstore products will always be my favorite!! I have a close relationship with Maybelline, for it was the first brand I started using when I had put my initial steps in the beauty world. It’s affordability and good quality never seizes to impress me! I got my hands on the new CITY KITS face and cheek palette in URBAN LIGHT, have been using it for a week now and here is what I think!
We are not very far from the onset of wedding season. I am so thrilled to share with you all some really useful makeup looks. I love opting blingy looks when I am going out to attend weddings, I just feel that’s the best time to bring those glitters in action.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was all about catching up with pending tasks… this week is surely going to be serious blogging. Lots of posts coming your way 🙂
Lately, I have been loving a lot of gold and bling looks. I created this one with lots of gold and a pop of turquoise and I can already tell from your response on my Instagram post that you guys loved it!! This was intended to be up last week itself but my video editing software refused to cooperate!
A deep plum makes an amazing eye shadow and suits quite a lot of skin tones. This is one of my favorite eye shadow shade. Here is a look that I created using a deep plum eye shadow and some glitter. It’s a perfect look for evening outings, parties or weddings. I have tried to make tutorial extremely simple. Hope you enjoy watching!
Palettes are my favorite! Most brands recently have come up with amazing face palettes. I got one from Maybelline and it’s in the shade 10 (Light to Medium), they also have a variant for medium to deeper skin tones which is numbered 20. I have been using the Maybelline Master Contour Palette for some time now and here is what I think…
The shape and size of this palette is same as the maybelline nudes collection palette (the nudes, the blushed, nudes, the rock nudes…) which I think is superb for the fact that it is extremely compact and travel friendly and of course maintains a symmetry in your palette corner.
It comes with 3 pans, with the purpose and order of use defined on it. It clearly states 1. Contour, 2. Blush, 3. Highlight, also at the back of the palette, there are clear instructions for the usage which makes it really user friendly.
It also comes with a brush which I will only use as an eyeshadow blending brush. Unfortunately it’s absolutely not suitable for the intended purpose. Again there isn’t any mirror which is so sad.
The contour shade worked really well for me. It’s highly pigmented and easily bendable. I like using it along the jaw line, slightly beneath the cheeks and along the nose. It does a good job in sculpting the face.
I really loved the pretty pastel pink tone they have given to the blush. It is perfectly wearable, super pigmented and again blends really well. The contour and the blush duo is my favorite in this little black box.
I had high hopes here but unfortunately I feel this is the downside to the palette. The highlighter doesn’t have any gleam to it. Even upon building it upto 4 layers, a faint glow is all that you get. I prefer using it over a cream highlighter or on the eyelids.
$9.99 to $12.99 (I saw it for $9.99 at Walmart and $12.99 at Rite Aid)
Why it couldn’t make 5/5?
- The highlighter isn’t fierce enough.
- The brush that comes along fails miserably
- The packaging lacks a mirror
Hope you found the review useful, you can also go ahead and do a DIY Face Palette, like I did some time back, the video below will help you know how.
OTHER PRODUCT REVIEWS
New York being the home town of Maybelline has a huge… like HHUUGGEE.. range of products to offer.. unfortunately in India we get a limited access to their products. I am sure I would visit their counter very often than any other place during my stay in the city.
I was astounded when I first saw their gigantic collection.. I so wanted to have it all at once!
Letting the self control take over, I chose the much raved about pore eraser cream (have been longing for this since the longest time) and one of their new born baby, the color sensational creamy matte nudes lipstick in the shade Almond Rose.
Almond Rose is such a pretty shade, I knew, I wanted it as soon as I saw the name and the swatch sticker…. Even without swatching it on the back of my hand and taking a closer look at the shade, I knew it was coming home with me.
The pore eraser cream on the other hand is one of the highly effective and affordable makeup primer.
The detailed review of the products would follow very soon once I am done analyzing them.
Hope you had a great festive week and I am sure the Diwali excitement must have taken over already… I have been experimenting with a variety of looks these days… Thanks to the festive month! I decided to try on a medium brown smokey eye makeup with a nude glossy lip color. Since I had worn this look for a day outing, I decided to keep it demure yet substantial, so I skipped using a pair of false lashes. Had it been for a night party, I would have surely added a pair of false lashes.
DIY BB Cream
(You can have a look at the tutorial HERE)
Maybelline Fit Me Blush – Medium Nude
Lakme Absolute Gloss Addict
(You can read the full review and can check out the other shades HERE)
Maybelline Fashion Brow – Brown
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Lakme Iconic Kajal – Brown
(As the eye-shadow base and to line the lower lash line)
Maybelline Nudes Palette BUY HERE
(ShadeNo. 1 – In the Inner corner of the eye
ShadeNo. 5 – In the crease
ShadeNo. 8 – In the outer V of the eye and outer 1/3rd of the lower lash line
ShadeNo. 7 – On the upper lid)
Tips For Wearing Brown Smokey Eye Makeup during the day
- DO define your brows. DON’T go too dark.
- DO conceal your under eye area if you have dark circles else the brown smokey eye makeup will make you look like Manjulika 😛
- Skip dramatic false lashes, if at all required, you can use the individual lashes or a good mascara can do the needful.
- DO NOT make the inner corner of the lower lash line too smoked out. (not suitable for a day wear smokey look)
- Opt for a medium brown over a dark brown look.
- Keep the blush very subtle. DONOT use a bright pink one at all!
Hope this post was helpful, let me know what you think in the comments section below.
There are times (well, most of the time) when you want to reach out for an ultra quick nail art solution. This nail art can be a good quick option.
Nail Polishes Used
Maybelline Orange Fix
(I got this shade from Nykaa at a great deal of 25% OFF, you can check out my next post on nail polish haul from Nykaa)
Maybelline Bling Thing
All you need to do is, On 2 generous base coats (Orange Fix used here) you need to apply a glitter top coat (Bling thing used here) at the ends. You can apply the top glitter coat with a sponge like I did, for high glitter density OR simply with the nail polish brush.
Bronze can be a very interesting option when choosing a smoky eye effect. It gives the required drama without being exaggerated. Also one thing to be kept in mind is, a smoky eye is paired best with a soft pastel lip shade, can be glossy, matte or creamy. In this look, I have paired soft bronze smoky eyes with a creamy nude brown lip shade.
For the eyes I have used the quad from ‘The Nudes Palette’ from Maybelline, reviewed here.
For the face, As usual uses a sheer coverage for a more natural look. I absolutely detest a veneer of foundation or compact, the reason for which I use it is to give a finish and control oil or shine on my face, absolutely NOT to redefine my complexion.
For the lips I used a shade created and invented my ME 😀 (I mixed all the leftovers and got this beautiful shade), but I can help you find a dupe of it, its Maybelline (yes maybelline again! I am such a Maybelline Lover! I hope they notice this and start sending me free makeup 😛) Totally Toffee Lipstick, you can use it for a very similar look.
Maybelline Fit Me Compact (Reviewed here)
MAC Suchi Flower as Blush
The Nudes Palette by Maybelline Shade No : 1, 4, 9, 6 (Reviewed here)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Dupe: Maybelline Totally Toffee Lipstick
Summers are my absolute favourite for the fact that all the colours are at my disposal and I have the power to use them in anyway! Here is a quick summer makeup which is quite colourful and gives a fresh bright look.
Coloured eye-liners have always been my obsession. They instantly add an exciting twist to your makeup. The eyeliner I am wearing here is Maybelline Colossal Kajal in the shade Crushed Emerald. Though the colour is attractive and beautiful, but the fact that the product smudges after a few hours and doesn’t retain the sharp neat look, disappoints me. Otherwise it can be happily worn for a few (4-5) hours.
One of the base I often use for summers is the Loreal Liquid Powder which is reviewed here. I really like it for summers for its all-day-shine-free look.
The lip colour is from one of my favourite range, the Lakme Gloss Addict Lipstick in the shade Coral Lustre, reviewed here. This range is all about sheer translucent shades which work so well during summers (well, even winters!). You must have one of the shade from this range. It’s a must have!
A detailed list of products used in this look are listed below.
Loreal Liquid Foundation (Reviewed here)
MAC Suchi Flower Blush
MAC Suchi Flower Blush
Maybelline Colossal Kajal – Crushed Emerald
Maybelline Drama gel eye-liner – Black (At the outer corners)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Lakme Gloss Addict Lipstick – Coral Lustre (Reviewed here)