Saturday, July 30, 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love

Musicalhouses shows you an awesome Bird of Paradise/sunset inspired eye look using the Sleek Curacao Palette - possibly the brightest eye look ever!

Beauty's Bad Habit shows gorgeous eyeshadow swatches of her first love in indie cosmetics, the fabulous Fyrinnae Cosmetics.

You know that cooling sensation when you bite into a peppermint patty? Well it's the same thing when you use the Chantecaille Aquablush in Charming. The Pink Sith explains.

At theNotice, Rae reviews a Benefit BADgal waterproof liner and decides that if bad girls all have to wear BADgal... she'd rather just be good.

Check out the new Too Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection from Too Faced. Gouldylox has swatches and details.

Addicted to Beauty is still dreaming about the crazy hair extravaganza that was the L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy 2011 .

Phyrra's Independent Spotlight for the month of July is One Hand Washes the Other.

Check out Smashinbeauty's Return to Paradise review and swatches.

Tracy at Beauty Reflections wishes Tarte For True Blood Natural Cheek Stain was Hellmouth worthy!

The Beauty Spot tested out the new Rimmel Vinyl Max Lipgloss. See how it worked out!

Have you ever considered Juvederm? Read about the experience of Marcia at Beauty Info Zone to learn whether Juvederm is something that would work for you.

Love bright eye shadows for summer? Make sure to keep lips subtle with this fabulous nude lipstick at Makeup, Beauty and More.

Do you need to perk up your under eye area? Pammy Blogs Beauty's Cover-It Concealer Review series continues with a review of this under eye treatment/primer by Per-fekt.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed swatches Chanel nail polish to prove that all greys are not created equal!

Read the MAC and Sigma brushes dupe guide at Handmade Reviews.

Take a trip to St-Tropez! Nicole from Lipstick and Luxury swatches this limited-edition luxurious nail polish from Dior.

What type of results REALLY come from having a Brazilian Keratin Treatment? Check out Socialite Dreams for the results of the KeraStraight treatment at Ulta.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Eye of the Day Using Faux Gold Mineralize Shadow

I have been really sick for the past week and haven't been wearing makeup. I was feeling a little better yesterday so just had to whip out my makeup box and cheer myself up with some eyeshadow and mascara. Here's the result:

MAC Faux Gold Mineralize Shadow foiled on the lid
Combo of MAC Arena and Expensive Pink shadows in the crease
MAC Vanilla shadow to highlight
MAC Blitz and Glitz Fluidline on upper lid
Nars Larger Than Life Lengthening mascara

Yes, I am wearing blue contact lenses. I have had them forever and need to use them up. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

My New Best Friend - The Sari Saheli

If you have every worn a sari, you know how much of a pain it is to get dressed for an Indian event, most of the time you are already running late, and then you have to deal with wearing a sari...making the pleats, pinning it up so it doesn't fall apart...and if you are like me, the first time you wear the sari isn't always the best so you end up doing it again. 

Ladies, I have found a tool that has been saving me so much time in the past couple months, and after properly using it a few times now, I can honestly say I am so happy to have it! What is this amazing tool? The Sari Saheli!!

Basically this is a sari pleat maker that helps make sari pleats easy and perfectly sized. The set I got comes with the pleatmaker and 2 magnetic clips that help in the pleat-holding process. 

These clips seem like a gimmic, but I have found them to be really helpful while putting the sari on. The Sari Saheli site recommends using them instead of safety pins. However, I think they look tacky. Personally, I use the clips to hold the pleats in place until I can reach for a safety pin and pin the pleats together. 

So how do you use the Sari Saheli? Basically, when making pleats, you tuck in the Sari Saheli at your waist, and then use the clips on the Sari Saheli to hold each pleat as you make it. 

Ok, so I know that sounds kind of confusing, so here is a video that shows you how to do the front pleats on the "skirt" of the sari...these are the pleats that give you room to walk when wearing a sari. This video is in Hindi, but if you don't understand Hindi, this video is still helpful because vieweing the Sari Saheli in action gives a good idea of how to make the front pleats.

This next video shows you how to wear the traditional sari, and uses the Sari Saheli to make both the front pleats as well as the paloo pleats, where the sari paloo is pleated over the left shoulder: 

The Sari Saheli box also incudes a pictoral guide in the box, but honestly, I think the videos on the Sari Saheli website are better. 

So overall, it takes a few tries to get the hang of using this. I don't recommend using it for the first time when you are getting ready to go somewhere. Practice with it a few times at home so you feel comfortable using it. That time spent practicing is well worth it because when you do have to get ready for an event, making the pleats will be much faster and easier than doing it without the Sari Saheli. 

Also, I recommend this for gals who are new to wearing a sari. If you have been wearing a sari for many many years, you are probably so used to making pleats on your own that you might get frustrated using this, so I don't think this is meant for you. 

Oh and one more thing, I was so happy to have the Sari Saheli in my life that Sari Saheli offered to give you, my wonderful Kajal Couture readers, a 10% discount on the Sari Saheli when you purchase online! All you have to do is enter the code "KAJAL" in the discount code box during checkout. Oh, Sari Saheli does ship worldwide so don't think this is something for those in the US only.

Please note that I am not trying to sell this to you, but I genuinely think the Sari Saheli has helped improve my sari-wearing process. That is why I was so excited to tell you about this, and as you all know, when you find something you love, you want to tell everyone about it! =) 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

MAC Semi Precious Lip Stick and Cremesheen Glass Swatches

I know the MAC Semi Precious collection has been out for weeks and this is late, but I thought I would post it anyways. 

                            Left: Cremesheen Glasses                          Right: Lipsticks
                                        Geo Pink                                         One of a Kind
                                     Natural Flare                                        Lush Amber
                                Pure Magnificence                                   Gem of Roses
                                   Looks Like Sin                                  Musky Amethyst
                                   Richly Revered

Anything catch your fancy? Did you pick up anything?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Light Pink Cream Shadows: MUFE Aqua Cream and MAC Fresco Rose

I was shopping through my makeup stash the other day looking to rediscover some products I haven't used in awhile, and I came across my Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Aqua Cream 16...a light pink shimmer cream. Aqua Creams are multi-taskers that can also be used on the cheeks as a blush or highlight, or on the lips. Let's get serious though, most people, including myself, just use them on our eyes.

MUFE Aqua Cream in Shade 16

Once I picked up this shade and started playing around with it, I began to wonder how it compared to my trusty MAC Paint Pot in Fresco Rose.

MAC Paint Pot in Fresco Rose

This began my mini comparison project.

When worn on the eyes, both products are crease resistant, last all day, can be worn alone for a sheer wash of color, or used as a base for powder shadows.

L-R: Fresco Rose heavy, Fresco Rose blended, Aqua Cream 16 heavy, Aqua Cream 16 blended

Although both products are light pink in color, the MUFE Aqua Cream 16 is pretty sheer and adds a light pink shimmer to the skin. Fresco Rose Paint Pot actually adds a bit of pink color and has a slight sheen to the skin and is not shimmery at all. I like both products equally and will be putting them in my makeup rotation for the next few weeks.

L-R: Aqua Cream 16 on the lid, Fresco Rose on the lid

Do you own either product? What do you think?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer Has Me Pink!!

I wasn't planning to review this, since it was a small sample that I was just trying out, but it was soooo bad I had to tell you about it so you can save a few bucks!! What I am talking about? The Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer.

Excuse the poor looked clear on my camera!! In any case, I put a drop on my finger and the primer looked a bit pink. I blended it out and it still looked pink. I figured it would just fade away once blended on my face.

I was wrong. This primer made my entire face pink!! I waited 1 minute, then 2 minutes, then a whole 10 minutes for the pink case to go away. It didn't.

So finally I washed it off and proceeded with priming my face with my trusty MAC Prep + Prime

Monday, July 18, 2011

Opi Black Shatter and Gold

Hey dolls! THANK YOU for all the feedback on my Opi Red Shatter post a few days ago. I ended up exchanging the red for the Opi Black Shatter, and I like it soooooo much better! I did a quick, messy application using a gold base, and here's the result:

Thanks again for your suggestions...I knew I could rely on you!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love

Happy Sunday Reading ladies!!

Read a thorough and honest review of Sigma's new eyeshadow palettes in Dare, Bare, and Flare at Handmade Reviews!

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella has been trying the new Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation and reviews it in depth.

Musicalhouses shows you summer's hottest offering - Benefit Cha Cha Tint!

The jury’s still out on whether a certain new lash curler looks incredibly intriguing or… incredibly gynaecological, but the real question is: are you ready to start a Revolution with Urban Decay?

Looking for a new blush? Check out my Swatches and Review on Chanel Joues Contraste Blush!

Beauty's Bad Habit shares her technique for using Fyrinnae's infamous Pixie Epoxy eyeshadow base.

You can achieve the perfect summer glow with just one product... shimmer! Steal My Heart shares her thoughts on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks.

Amy Antoinette shares her top tips for transforming hay fever eyes!

Want the scoop on Urban Decay's new Fall Collection? Well, Krasey Beauty has it all, from information to product pics!

Kelly from Gouldylox has a very bad day. Luckily some MacGyvering with beauty products saves the day!

Miss Beauty Nerd goes to the Big Apple and gets her eyebrows threaded at Blink Brow Bar inside Henri Bendel.

Madame B Fatale introduces her boyfriend to Gillette's new razor and skincare products.

Tired of the regular crackle nail look? Jenn over at Spiced Beauty spices it up with a tri-color mani!

If you like bright colours you'll want to check out the latest find from Lisamarie at Beauty Crazed - SleekMakeUP Caribbean collection - and you'll be relieved to know that the swatches are not on her arm!

Makeup, Beauty and More shows some love for the Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in I'm Getting Sunburned.

Lauren from Lovelaughlauren shows us some fab makeup brushes for less than £20!

The Pretty Exclusive shows you beautiful swatches of Geek Chic Cosmetic's N7 Collection & Geek Love Duo, AND has a giveaway to win them all!

Pammy Blogs Beauty is giving away Clinical Organics "Try Me" Packs to two lucky winners! Visit Pammy Blogs Beauty for more details and to enter.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Help...I can't decide!!! OPI Red Shatter Review and Swatch

I finally gave in to the crackle nail polish look and since my favorite nail polish color is red, I decided to get the red crackle, OPI Shatter in Red.

OPI Shatter in Red

I thought this would look amazing over gold (can you imagine that for an Indian!!) or over a vibrant orange or pink for the summertime. When I got home from the beauty shop, I was so anxious to try this out, and somehow I ended up reaching for this peach shade for the base color instead of an orange:

MAC Malibu Peach

So I read the instructions and got started, making sure I waited for the peach shade to dry completely. I actually waited 1.5 hours before topping the peach shade with the shatter red. 

So what was the final result?

So, I don't know what I think about this. The first issue is that the shatter seemed to remove the base color. You can't see any peach because it crackled along with the red. I am wondering if there was moisture on my nails because I did do a few dishes while I was waiting for the peach polish to completely dry. I figured if it was dry enough to not get messed up while doing dishes, it was completely dry. Guess not. The second issue is that I don't know how many base shades this red will look good with. 

I really can't decide if I like this or not. Some moments I look down and think it is sooo cool. Other moments I think it's too weird. I am considering exchanging this red for a black shatter. Can you help me decide what to do? How do you think the red shatter looks? Keep in mind I would use another base shade and make sure it really is dry before applying the shatter shade. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Two Lip Products I am Trying To Finish Up

Sometimes I look at all my makeup and think "how did I accumulate so much!" That happened last week and I decided to try and use up some products. Here are the lippies I am trying to use up:

The first lippie is the Stila Plumping Lip Glaze in Vanilla Mint and the second lippie is the Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Flushed.

The Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Flushed is basically a lipstick but it is in a twist up tube that is halfway between the diameter of a lipliner and a normal lipstick:

Here are swatches of both products:

L-R: Flushed (one swipe), Flushed (3 swipes), Vanilla Mint gloss

The Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Flushed is a fantastic everyday lip color that is on the pink side, not too bright or too dark, so it complements many makeup looks. I really like it for summer because it adds a bit of cool pinkiness to my lips. Although this is marketed as a long wearing lipstick, it doesn't last all day on me. I get about 4-5 hours of wear when apply a sticky gloss on top. That is pretty good wear time, but I expect long-wearing shades to last the whole day... or at least 7-8 hours. 

Flushed Long Wear Lip Color

I am not as big a fan of the Stila Plumping Lip Glaze in Vanilla Mint. I like Stila Lip Glazes but from here on out I am going to stay away from the plumping ones. All plumping glosses tingle, but this one tingles for like 30 minutes after application!! That is just waaaaay too long for me. And to top it off,  my lips aren't any plumper. I also didn't like the mint taste. There is not much vanilla flavor, but the mint flavor was very strong. I prefer a mild taste or no taste at all. Some say that mint flavored glosses give you better breath. Really, people? Unless you physically eat the gloss, a gloss can't alter anything in your mouth, so there is no way a gloss can improve your breath. In any case, here is what the gloss looks like on top of the lip color. It has slight sparkles in it, but looks pretty much like a clear gloss. 

Vanilla Mint Plumping Lip Glaze on top of Flushed Long Wear Lip Color 

I have been re-applying both products frequently throughout the day in order to further along my efforts to finish both lippies. I hope they get used up soon! Are you trying to finish up anything?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Makeup Tip Monday: Curling Lashes

If you have been following my blog for awhile you probably know that the one beauty product I can't leave home without is mascara. And before I apply mascara I am religious about curling my lashes. I HIGHLY recommend using a lash curler because the curl factor can significantly impact the size and glam factor of the eyes. So here's my tip for curling the lashes:

For everyday use, curl the upper lashes BEFORE applying mascara. If you curl afterwards, there is a high chance that the curler will pluck out a few lashes, and if you do this everyday, you will be lash-less. However, if you apply mascara and curl only once in blue moon, you won't lose too many lashes. Therefore, when getting ready for a special occasion, feel free to curl your lashes after applying mascara (or  apply mascara, curl, and apply another coat of mascara for extreme lash impact). 

In other news, this is going to be my last Makeup Tip Monday. When I started this feature I had a bunch of tips I wanted to share, but now I feel like it is forced and I don't feel right doing blog posts because I have to. I started blogging because I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences and most of all I wanted it to be fun. The Makeup Tip Mondays feel more obligatory than fun. Therefore, from here on out, I will definitely be sharing my makeup tips and tricks, but it will be whenever I learn something new or feel like sharing something I haven't blogged about before. I hope you all will appreciate that and continue supporting this blog! =)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

June Favorites

Here are my favorites from the past month:

1. Kirkland Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes - These are so effective at removing makeup and cleansing my skin, and they are SUPER affordable! I switch it up between these and MAC wipes, but this was a coupon item at Costco during the last coupon book period so I couldn't help but purchase them again. I LOVE them! My full review is here.

2. Origins GinZing Eye Cream - This eye cream has been a lifesaver the past month. Life has been super busy recently and this magical cream makes it look like I have been relaxing on vacation! It reduces puffiness, helps brighten the under eye area, and helps my concealer from settling in to the fine lines around my eyes. I love this little jar and will be doing a full review soon.

3. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - So after taking care of the skin around my eyes, I have been using this concealer to conceal my dark circles. This stuff is amazing and I already said everything I love about it in my original review

4. MAC Technakohl Liner in Smoothblue - This is one of my summer must-haves. I love using this to line my upper lash line and then add mascara. It is such a quick and easy eye look and adds a pop of color for the summer. Even my hubby loves when I wear this "blue stuff" on my eyes. 

5. Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - I have mentioned this in the past, but this truly is one of the best eye primers out there. It prevents shadow from creasing and fading, and it is invisible on the skin so you can use it under any color shadow. This is especially great for summertime when it is hot and eyelids tend to be oilier than normal.

What products have you been loving recently'?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The MAC 234 and 235 Split Fiber Brushes Are Making Me Do The Splitz!

Hey all! I have been waiting a LOOONG time for the MAC Semi Precious collection and I have been jumping for joy that it is finally here! Why? Because I go cra-zay for brushes and there are a whopping 4 new MAC brushes released with this collection! Today I am reviewing the 2 eye brushes: the MAC 234 and 235 split fibre brushes. First up is the 234 Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush:

As you can see, the fibres are really split in half, one side having natural hairs (the black side) and the other side having synthetic hairs (the white side):

This brush is very similar in size to the 217 eye blending brush, in that the hairs are about the same length, and the base of the bristles are somewhat flattened, not perfectly round like the 224 brush. The 217 is also more rounded at the top:

View from the side:
Top: 217 brush (yes, it's dirty...but it was the only one I had out)
Bottom: 234 brush

 View from the top:
Top: 217 brush
Bottom: 234 brush

 My overall view of the split-fibre brushes is that they are great if you have a tendency to layer powder products over cream products. Natural hair bristles are best for powder products and synthetic hair bristles are better for cream and liquid products. In my opinion, the synthetic hair side of the 234 brush is great for applying concealer under the eye, and the natural hair side is great for setting the concealer with powder. Instead of using two different brushes, you can achieve two different product applications with just one brush. The same can be said about eyeshadow. I like to use a synthetic hair brush for applying eye primers, and then a natural hair brush for applying powder shadow. Instead of using two brushes, I could use one split fibre brush. I really like the new 234 split fibre brush for this purpose:

The 235 brush has been used everyday since I got it. I use the synthetic hair side to apply my paint pots and I use the natural hair side to apply powder shadow on my lid and on my browbone. However, I can't use the 235 to place small amounts of shadow to small places, because it is quite a large brush.

 View from the top:
Top: 239 brush
Bottom: 235 brush 

View from the side:
Top: 239 brush
Bottom: 235 brush 

With the 235, I still need to use a smaller brush to apply shadow to the crease and outer corner. However, I do like not having to use a completely separate brush for my paint pots/eye primer.

Some people are saying that the split fibre brushes are a gimmick, but I really find them to be useful. They have the same high-quality workmanship as MAC's permanent brushes, and they do retain their shape and softness after washing. Although these brushes were released as part of a mineralized collection, I am not sure if they apply mineral products any better because I don't use too many mineral eye products and I haven't tried the split fibre face brushes yet. In any case, I really like these new eye brushes and they will definitely get a lot of use from me. 

What's your opinion of the new split fibre brushes?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Makeup Tip Monday: Foundation Shopping

I know I missed my tip for last Monday, so please forgive me, but I hope you enjoy today's tip! I find it to be super helpful when I go foundation shopping:

When trying on a new foundation at a cosmetic store/counter, bring a pocket sized mirror with you or borrow one from the counter for a few minutes. After getting color-matched and applying the foundation to your face, take the mirror and step outside the store in to natural sunlight. Looking at the foundation in natural light will give you the best indicator of whether or not the foundation is a true match. A lot of times, stores are dark or have harsh yellow lighting that alters the appearance of foundation and you end up purchasing the wrong shade. 

I once heard that women buy 7 foundations before finding one that works for them. Hopefully, this tip will help narrow that number for some of you. 

Also, Happy 4th of July for those of you in the States. How will you be celebrating?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love

Here's some Sunday Funday reading for y'all! 

Are you a fan of NARS blushes? If so, do you own the shade Mata Hari? At Steal My Heart she shares her review.

Kelly from Gouldylox Reviews shares her first ever makeup tutorial. Part drinking game, part smoky eye, it's easy to do and isn't so over the top you can't wear it to work.

Madame B Fatale shows us her bright eye look using some gorgeous colours!

Musicalhouses swatches the Illamasqua Powder Blushers! Do you prefer the bright, bold blush shades, or the easily wearable, pretty-in-pink shades?

At theNotice, Rae reviews a cult-favourite MAC eyeliner - but isn't feeling the love. Find out why this popular product was such a letdown!

Phyrra falls in love with the Too Faced Eye Love palette and tells you where you can find it.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed begins her fall lemmings early with pictures of the Lancôme St-Honoré Fall 2011 Collection - come add to the drool puddle!

Don't forget My Lips But Better's travel must-haves when packing your bag this summer!

Prime Beauty gets in touch with her Inner Flowerchild while falling in love with BECCA's new Mineral Powder Blushes.

Lauren has been going crazy for coral! Check out her latest lipstick additions!

Want a sneak peek at MAC's latest collection, Semi-Precious? Well, Krasey Beauty has pics and swatches, to ooh and ahh over!

Tracy, at Beauty Reflections, discovers an unexpected gem in MAC Prep+Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer and is really glad she decided to try it!

Fleurissante has found a way to the perfect brows with Le Sourcil de Chanel.

Claire swatches OPI Serene Grand Slam Rally Pretty Pink Set over at The Beauty Scoop!

If you like highlighters, especially at this time of year, Vesna from Beauty addict blog has a few suggestions for you!

Want glowing, gorgeous skin? Specific Beauty has teamed up with Socialite Dreams to giveaway their full regimen to one lucky reader!


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