Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Rekindled Love - Woodwinked

Lets all just take a moment here and admit. No one does eyeshadows like MAC does. Sure, Bobbi Brown and NARS have amazing quality, Makeup Geek does brilliant Mattes, Urban Decay makes awesome palettes, but NO other brand has the extensive shade and finish range as MAC.
My love for MAC eyeshadows dates back to my first dabble with makeup - which ofcourse was an eyeshadow - Goldmine. How I loved and cherished it... okay, now that we're over the trip down memory lane. Lets get back to the topic at hand. Woodwinked. *insert angles singing*
Described as a "warm antique gold", its a Veluxe Pearl finish which is every lazy persons dream. Woodwinked seems to have some kind of orangey-duochrome-thing. When you pat it on the lid, it comes off golden, but as you blend it in the crease, it turns a subtle shade of orange - lid colour and crease definition all in one. WIN.
I love it. You need it. Everyone needs this. I'd go so far as to saying - if there was one eyeshadow from MAC every girl should own, its this one. Heck, if I could only have one MAC eyeshadow, I'd say this one.

What do you think?

Monday, 21 April 2014

The Daily Cleanse

Good skin is something we all take for granted. Even if you don't wear makeup, I think taking care of your skin is something that should always be a priority. Coming from an Indian family where "au naturale" is the mantra when it comes to hair/makeup/skin, its difficult for us to imagine what your skin actually requires. 
The one thing my mother always told me to to repeatedly was wash my face twice a day and wear sunscreen regularly, which is half the battle in itself. Once you get past just using soap/face wash twice a day and start using sunscreen, you can slowly add a few more products - or five.

When I started getting into makeup, my idea of taking it off was using a makeup wipe (shock, gasp, horror) followed by washing my face. I did this for over a year before my skin took a turn for the worse.
Whilst on the desperate quest to find something, anything that would help rid my of my blemishes I discovered that the solution isn't in just one product - its an entire set of things. It was time to change the way I look at my skincare. If you can spend tons of money on buying Makeup/Shoes/Hangbags/Clothes, you can sacrifice some of that money for good skincare products.
First up - Cleansing. Cleansers come in different forms - Oils, Balms, Micelle Solutions, Foaming Cleansers etc - your face wash and Makeup remover essentially cleanse your skin However, it isn't enough to just remove your makeup with a makeup remover (please don't use wipes, I beg you) and wash your face. You need to do more. Take it from me, I learnt the hard way. See, its important to get rid of the days dirt and grime before you decide to add things (Products with AHA's [Glycolic Acid] or BHA's [Salicylic Acid]) which are good for your skin. But more on that in a later post...

In the morning, I usually just wash my face with my SebaMed Clear Face Cleansing Foam with a pH of 5.5 (This really helps if you have blemish prone skin. Its one of those products that you need to leave on your face for 3 minutes and then wash it off. I know Caroline Hirrons is dead against Foaming Cleansers, as are a lot of people, but this seems to work for me) and then the other products in my skincare routine.
In the evening, even if I'm not wearing Makeup, I like to start by using my Bioderma Micelle Solution all over my face. I use that to get rid of the majority of my makeup/days dirt (hello polluted and dusty air, my skin thanks you. NOT), followed mostly by the Clinique Take a Day Off Cleansing Balm to get whatever is left off my face. Once I wash that off, I use the SebaMed Cleanser once again to make sure everything is squeaky clean. This is followed by my nightly skincare routine.
Bottom line - clean your face.

What are your favorite cleansers?

Friday, 18 April 2014

Faking the Glow - MAC Strobe Cream

MAC's Strobe Cream is one of those products that have been around for ages, with almost always positive reviews, but its something most people seem to overlook as its a part of MAC's permanent line - belonging to the skincare section. I first spoke about it here as more of a first impression on the product. After two months of constant use I have fallen in love to the point where there is no turning back.
There are some products that I would repurchase till the end of time (Chanel Vita Lumier Aqua, Chanel Pondre Universelle Libre, NARS Casino Bronzer.. I think I'll post about this) and the Strobe Cream recently made it into that list. Applause all around.
Strobe cream is essentially a moisturizer, which has a pearly pink-lilac sheen to it. Now, don't let that scare you, when it meets skin it blends in beautifully giving you that very natural "glowing from within" kind of glow. Once you put on your foundation, concealer and powder over it, this still manages to come through and make the skin look really healthy. Every skin related compliment that I've gotten recently (and those are few and far inbetween normally) have been when I've been wearing this. Coincidence? I think not.
This product does have skincare benefits also, so thats one more excuse for you to buy/want/need this - all in the name of it being good for your skin.
I typically wear it over a moisturizer as my skin is pretty dehydrated, but I have worn it on its own during warmer days and it is decently hydrating skin. I reckon if you have normal skin, you can get away with just this, if you have oily skin and find this too heavy, MAC has a Strobe Lotion I think? Which is a lighter version of this.
Quick fact - it costs INR 1950 for 50ml, but I think they have a smaller size.

Next on the glow inducing wishlist? Le Blanc De Chanel (always out of stock - which makes me want it more)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Current Favorites

I give up on my hair. Its official.

When I first started this blog, I used to religiously post my monthly favorites. I love watching favorites videos on youtube, but somehow unless you're buying makeup regularly or have an extensive makeup collection, your favorites end being pretty much the same products - which there is no point in repeating month after month. So, I thought I'll post a more of a "currently loving" or "what I'm loving" type thing.
Also, included for your viewing pleasure is all of these products on the canvas that is my face.
For base, I've been loving the MAC Strobe Cream - it adds some serious life to my dull and dehydrated skin. Foundation wise the Bourjois Happy Light Foundation hasn't left my face since it has some into my life. Light and longwearing, perfect for summer! Another more recent favorite of mine is the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, I can use it under my eyes, to hide my spots and scars without worrying about it fading away because this things lasts.. long.
I've been contouring with the Inglot 357 Matte so much offlate that I've temporarily moved my bronzers to the back of my face drawer.
For the eyes, I've been reaching for my Makeup Geek Eyeshadows a lot! Creme Brule is the perfect transition shade for me, so I start with that, I then use Cocoa Bear to intensify the crease (sometimes I mix it with Mocha) and vanilla bean to highlight. For my lid, the Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow in Cognac has really been a go-to. I generally pat it onto my lid with my fingers. I also use MUG Corrupt as a smudgy liner towards the outer corners of my lashline. For mascara, a new discovery of mine has been the Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara which gives unbelievable length and separation, its also surprisingly light and not at all  mascara-ey (if you know what I mean?)
And lastly, for lips, I haven't stopped wearing the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry. Once again, long lasting, compliments BB Cognac and easy to wear.

So, these are my favorites, what are yours?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Colour Coordinating - Lip and Cheek

When I got my Chanel Cream Blush in Presage - and used it on my cheeks, it reminded me of another product I used to have but threw away because it was over 2 years old. The Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Cabo Coral, I loved it so much. I used it on my lips and cheeks pretty darn often.
I'm not really a matching kind of girl - but when I saw the Chanel Blush, a similar lip colour was something I was sure I could get on board with.
So when I saw Lily Pebbles post about the new YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush things - something hit me - my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp! It was pretty identical in the tube, and when swatched, you couldn't really tell them apart - both matte and creamy. It was meant to be.
In the above picture, I am sporting my Chanel Presage as well as NYX Antwerp. Though subtle, I think it really works with my skintone.

What do you think? Do you like this whole colour coordinating thing?

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Do-It-All Concealer

How often do you see individual product reviews on Colliding Interests? What's that? Never? Well, not never, but very very VERY rarely. When I love a product it will be mentioned time and again (Chanel VA, Armani LSF, Anastasia DipBrow, y'know the drill). But when its a really cannot-live-without-it product or a major disappointment (MUFE HD Primer) I review it individually.
SO, lets talk concealer - its something I would prefer not to have to live without. I have tons of pesky acne scars and under eyes that have seen better days; safe to say, I need concealer.
In my quest to find the perfect concealer I have gone through MAC's Moisture Cover Concealer, MAC Select Cover Concealer, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (2 of these) and MUFE's Full Cover. :rantstart: Let me just say that I have been matched to the wrong shade in ALL of the above concealers by instore MUA's. Even a couple of months back, when I was trying the ProLongwar Concealer, the MUA tried to match me to NC45, seriously? DO I LOOK LIKE A 45?! :rantover: 

Apart from the shade being wrong, I would never repurchase any of them - except the MUFE Full Cover which is brilliant, I just need a darker shade. The texture was just off (MAC Moisture Cover), the longevity was crap (MAC Select Cover), it clung to dry patches (Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer [ironic, I know])
and over all just wasn't great.
The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is one that I have been reading/watching rave reviews off - but for some reason never thought to buy it - when I finally made up my mind, it was out of stock. EVERYWHERE. I went back to the store repeatedly, waiting for them to get stock of it - but alas, it was not meant to be. About a month ago when I went for probably the 8th time, the MUA (who I know pretty well, considering how often I go to MAC) offered to give me some to use until they get stock - which is what you see in the above pot. For reference, I am NC42 in MAC. Which is still a tad too yellow, but nothing I can't work with. So for the last month, I have used only this (except the Bobbi Brown Corrector) every single day.
Firstly, a little goes a very long way. Secondly, it covers all my acne scars without looking cakey. It doesn't cling to my dry patches, and stays on pretty darn long (8 hours on last count - without primer).  I can get away with using just this under my eyes - but I prefer using a light layer over my Bobbi Brown Corrector. I have also used this as a foundation, and it performs just as well, if not better - Especially on particularly sweaty days. With the exception of it being a bit too yellow (hardly noticeable to anyone without a magnifying mirror), and the pump (which sucks - but I just pump it into the pot [that's what she said] and use it from there) I cannot find a single fault with this concealer.
This really is the do-it-all concealer. I don't have any product that I would consider "Holy Grail" (the most over used phrase in the Beauty World), but this is probably as close as it gets.

I will be repurchasing this product possibly till the end of time. Its THAT good.
For reference, it costs INR 1500. (WHY MAC WHY WOULD YOU INCREASE YOUR PRICES?!?!)

Have you used this concealer? What do you think?

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Battle of the Lip Balms

Lip Balm, a very boring, but necessary step in your skincare regime. I use more lip balm than lipstick. Mostly because I have a chronic case of dry-flaky-chapped lips. I have been on a quest to find a lip balm that actually works, since I've tried several; here is a round up the good, the bad and the meh.

The Good
Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream - I bought this on a whim because my previous lip balm was disgusting, the first thing that really made my day was the smell - I can't stop sniffing it, it smells that good. When I started using it, my lips were in a gross peeling state, and one night of this seemed to fix that. I've been using it everynight ever since. The Maybelline Baby Lips is the perfect daytime lipbalm. Easy to throw into the bag and reapply, with a formula light enough to wear a matte lipstick on top; it doesn't hurt that it smells and tastes good too! I have the tinted formula in berry, I think.

The Bad
These two Lip Balms I really hate. They are the worst lip balms EVER. First up - La Roche Possay Ceralip (the disgusting lipbalm I was using when I bought the Nivea Lip Butter), a brand I've never had a bad thing to say about, so when I saw this, I thought "why not?!" I'll tell you why not - for one, it seemed to make my lips dryer and more flaky, using this constantly even made my lips bleed because of how dry and cracked it was (gross but true). I really did try, infact, I used it for 2 weeks non stop until my lips were too sore to use it anymore. The Nivea Vitamin E Repair and Beauty (what?) lipbalm is another major failure in my books. It wasn't as bad as the LRP Ceralip, but still dried my lips out. Whats worse is that its a pale pink/grey colour that makes you look like you're dead. No no, NO! Never again.

The Meh.
Neutrogena SPF 15 lip balm (which my mom swears by) and the MAC Tendertone in Purring are exactly that - meh. They do a pretty great job at moisturizing your lips, but on dry/chapped lip days, these won't help - no matter how much I use and how often. Its sad through, because the MAC tendertone smells almost as good (if not better) than the Nivea Lip Butter.

What are your favorite lip balms?