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Friday, 2 December 2016

Top 10 Nude Lip Favourites [Roundup'16]

I'm obsessed with lippies. I usually steer clear from foundations on a daily basis. I'm mostly kohl and a lipstick kinda girl. 
However currently, I'm  loving a no eye kohl/liner look with a dash of blush, mascara and lipstick! 

So I was re-arranging my stash the other day and I realized I have way too many nudes (which means no buying new ones!!)  So, I had to jot down my favourite Nude lipsticks in my stash. Hope this helps you incase you are looking for a nude lippie.

So in no real order or rhyme, here goes:

 
L-R: Lakme 9to5 Coffee Command, Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick 19, Revlon Rosy Nude, Maybelline Warm Me Up, StudioWest Honey Glaze 


In sunlight
In shade


Lakme 9to5 Coffee Command
Price: Rs.320/-
A warm brown with peach undertone. It has a powdery matte finish. This is the closest dupe I've found to the famous 'My Mahogany' which has been discontinued for quite a while now.

Rimmel KateMoss 19: 
Price: Rs.215/-
 A perfect brownish nude with rose undertones. This is my MLBB shade. I have pigmented lips and this covers the pigmentation in 1 swipe itself. It is creamy in texture. It loses the creaminess in a while but it stays for almost 4 hours on me without eating. 
Fades evenly.


Revlon ColorBurst Lipcolor in Rosy Nude
Price: Rs.580 /- 
True to it's name, it is a rosy nude shade. It is almost similar to Rimmel 19, just slightly more peachy. On my lips they look the same. This is more creamy and more moisturising than Rimmel. Has a smoother finish. Even if you have chapped dry lips, this will make it look luscious and flawless. Great for winters especially if you can't bear to wear another super dry matte liquid lipstick!

Maybelline Warm Me Up
Price: Rs.386/-
It does not show up as pink as the swatch but it is definitely a pinky nude. I feel this will suit only fair skinned girls coz' if not worn right or when I'm a little tanned this washes me out. 
PS: A very close dupe to MAC Brave.

StudioWest Honey Glaze:
 Price: Rs.450/-
 One of my favorite nude. Just the right blend of brown and peach. Brightens the face. Opaque in 1 swipe. Creamy in texture. Stays for almost 4-5 hours. I love this range from StudioWest (WestSide Cosmetics).





Fave Nudes: Swatches in sunlight


Fave Nudes: Swatches in shade


Streetwear color rich ultra moist lipstick in Berry dreamy:
 I love this streetwear lipstick range. Cute colours, decent stay and best of all... cheap! You can't go wrong with this one. It applies creamy but after a while it turns semi matte.   

Streetwear color rich ultra moist lipstick in Spellbound:
A little darker nude. It has a slight mauve undertones.

Miss Clare Soft Matte Lip Cream in 31
I could go on and on about this... A true peachy nude. This is one of the newer shades released. Love this one. A beautiful nude that'll suit many skin tones. The color looks beautiful on everyone. I also recommend 17A (A more pinkish nude) Powder matte finish. Lasts almost 5-6 hours on me.

Incolor Matte me 415
 I intentionally did not add more super dry matte lippies coz' it's winter and it's always good to give the lips a break and treat them well. However I HAD to add this one solely for the shade. A deep nude with heavy mauve undertones. Shall suit all skin tones. Dries into a super matte formula. Definitely need to exfoliate the lips first. Also can't re-apply over, since it gets all crumbly after 5-6 hours.

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Which is your current fave nude lippie??


With Love,
Serendipitously yours,
SS

Monday, 14 November 2016

Favourite Lipsticks for Fall/Winter'16

My favourite lipsticks for the Fall/Winter season!

To check the collected swatches you could scroll down directly. For those who want a detailed post, get comfortable. Here goes...

 
1) Revlon Just bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey 001 
 [Price: Rs.750/-]

It's a dusty pink color. As the name suggests, when applied it has a balmy texture but soon sets in as a stain. It's settles into a very pretty mauvy-pink shade. Subtle with a hint of color. I always find myself gravitating towards this shade when I'm in a hurry and don't want too much fuss. This shade goes with everything!
It has a minty scent and feel to it when applied. The scent or the tingly feeling doesn't stay too long in case you're not a fan of mints. The moisturizing effect stays hardly for an hour on me. But the stain lasts pretty long. The darker shades of this range last even longer. 

You can buy it here.
Revlon Balm stain - Honey

2)  Sugar Vivid Matte lipstick in Mad Magenta
[Price: Rs.599/-]

I jumped right on that Sugar Bandwagon and am super glad about it!
I LOVE their matte as hell crayon lipsticks more for the formula. This range also claims to be matte. However, by the swatch below you can see it's not flat out matte but has a creamy sheen to it. It slowly sets in more as a stain on the lips.Very comfortable to wear though. Not transfer proof but long wearing. It stays on me for 4-5 hours. After which it leaves a pretty stain which eventually fades off evenly.

Buy it here.

 
3) Lakme Absolute Lip Tint Matte in Magenta Magic 
[Price: Rs.650/-]

A deep rich rosy magenta shade with mauve undertone.
This is my favourite matte texture and formula out of all the lipsticks I own! It glides on so creamy and smooth yet sits matte on the lips. It is not drying like the liquid lipsticks and hence are not transfer proof. My lips don't beg for a lip balm or feel super parched even after 4-5 hours. Lasts almost 5-6 hours on me. [A little less if I have a greasy meal] Later leaves a pretty even tint.

The color goes on rich and opaque in one swipe itself. The best thing I love about this lippie is that it hides all the lines and cracks on my lips and makes 'em look smooth and flawless. Please note, the time I was swatching these lippies, my lips were as dry as a desert.

Very comfortable to wear. This shade suits all skin tones and brightens the face. With a hint of pink blush it is perfect for fall/winter!

Buy it here.

 

 4) Loreal Paris in Arabian Night
[Price: Rs.899/-]

Soo, this one's not for the faint hearted. On first glimpse it gives a bold vampy look but once you get over the initial impact, you see the beauty and uniqueness in this. It really is a very classy shade. It is a rich deep maroon with subtle chocolate hints in it. I love it! Frankly I don't get to wear this shade too often. I'm really looking forward to wearing it this winter. This is definitely my New Year's party shade... if I do go to one this year, that is!
The Loreal Moist Matte lipsticks are very comfortable to wear. True velvet matte in texture and very light. After a while I don't even feel like I'm wearing lipstick. Also very long lasting. This does not emphasize dry skin or lines but it's always better to scrub your lips before putting a matte lippie for a flawless finish.

Buy it here.


5) Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip cream in 42 
[Price: Rs. 150-200/-]

Enough said about these lippies already! They're a craze and for all the right reasons. The quality of these lip creams at this price is unbelievable. If I could, I'd buy every shade available. Well I already own 15 shades *guilty*. Check out some of the shades shown here.

Shade 42 is one of the recent releases. And I think it's very different and a flattering shade. The pictures don't really do justice to the colour. It's a maroon with red undertone and slight hints of brown too. Those afraid to wear red can start with this. It's a bright yet not an on-your-face kinda shade. Will suit all kinds of skin tone.




6) Incolor Matte Me in shade 415
[Price: Rs.250/-]
Dupe of Sleek Matte me. This shade is apparently a dupe of the shade Birthday Suit. Please don't quote me, since I do not own any Sleek matte me-s. But from the swatches online, this shade does look quite similar. Typical Liquid lipstick, which sets in completely matte. Once set, does not budge. It is very long lasting. Stays on me for good 6-7 hours. However after 4-5 hours my lips get so dry and patchy that I need a lip balm by then. These are difficult to re apply. I need to rub off the entire lipstick and then re-apply. Coz', it gets very patchy and crumbly after hours of wear. It does emphasize every line and crack on the lip. Hence exfoliation before applying this is a must!
 Still if you are a fan of liquid lipsticks but don't want to spend thousands on it, this is a very good cheap option. I especially love the color. This shows up as a deep nude with mauve undertones on me


[Price: Rs.260/-]

LOVE the shade. It's a purple shade with pink neon undertone. This lippie has probably earned me the most no. of compliments. I think purple shades suit indian skintones beautifully. Shades like these seem very high end. It's awesome that Lakme is coming up with such beautiful shades!

The texture is creamy but sets in a creamy matte finish. Very long lasting. The shade is quite close to MAC Heroine. Not the texture though. These are best if you wanna try out some daring shades. Not too expensive to feel the pinch. Frankly I like these much better than the bomb expensive ones.

[Price:Rs.450/-]

An everyday nude. Has peachy undertone. Creamy finish. Glides on smoothly. Westside has come up with some really good quality lipsticks. These are not as long lasting coz' of the creamy texture but stays on me for 3-4 hours. After which, I need to reapply. These look very rich and luxurious on the lips

I tend to gravitate more towards purples and mauves rather than pinks these days. Nudes are always there. And i'm going super dark this year rather than red. 

Here's a collected look at all them together:


Left Up-Incolor415; Left Down-Lakme Magenta Magic; Right Up- Revlon Balm Stain Honey; Right Down- Miss Claire SMLC 42

Left Up-StudioWest Honey Glaze; Left Down-Sugar Mad Magenta; Right Up- Lakme Enrich Satin P168; Right Down- Loreal Paris Arabian night

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With Love,
Serendipitously yours,
SS  


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Plum Hello Aloe Caring Day Moisturiser




 It's been a while that I bought my Plum goodies. Check out the entire Plum Haul here.

Plum is a brand exclusively found online. They have their own site and are also available on Nykaa. However keep an eye on their own site, since they keep having some good deals.

Plum claims to be sans all harmful chemicals. Please note, they donot claim to be a natural/herbal product. All ingredients are mentioned in their packaging along with what's NOT in it.



[ Price : Rs.450/-]
 
I use this when I'm home and have no plans of going out since it has no SPF in it. 
It is of a creamy texture - not too thick nor too thin. But here in Kolkata, even the lightest creams can be a greasy torture. But this moisturizes my skin well minus an oily film on my face. 

Especially with the improving weather, this feels very light and sinks into the skin quickly. I have extremely sensitive and combination skin type. Been using this over a month now and it has not broken me out.

The squeeze-y tube is perfect for traveling.
 
My skin does not feel overtly moisturized but it does the trick for good 3-4 hours. 
It does claim to be perfect for dry and sensitive skin. I agree for sensitive skin but it might not work too well in very cold weather for very dry skin.

But for oily/combination skin, this could be blessing!

Personally I think it's a tad bit costly for a moisturizer but if you have sensitive skin then this could be worth a try.

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Have you tried Plum Products?

With Love,
Serendipitously Urs,
SS


Friday, 11 November 2016

Nykaa Matte Nail Lacquer - Lavender Panna Cota

Nykaa Matte nail lacquer - Lavender Panna Cota
[Price: Rs.199/-]

Lets just say Nykaa is killing it with their new makeup range. The Nail Lacquers and Lipsticks are all so amazingly drool worthy. I binged in a couple of polishes, especially for the unique shades. 

But I am on a lipstick ban. So I have been a good girl and controlled on the lipsticks... as yet.

Nykaa Matte nail lacquer - Lavender Panna Cota

[Please excuse the hideous application. I only had a while till my baby was asleep! ]

I am super impressed with the quality of Nykaa polishes. The shades look opaque after 1-2 coats and dry relatively soon. For the price, it has amazing formula. And the shades... Oh my! 
I remember watching Youtubers use Essie polishes and get so envious. But thankfully Nykaa has brought some amazing shades [pastels, brights, neons and now matte!] in India at a reasonable cost.  

I had to get Lavender Panna Cota the minute it was out. And I sure wasn't disappointed. I love the shade! It turns matte quite immediately and dries relatively fast.

Nykaa Matte nail lacquer - Lavender Panna Cota

The laquer stayed fresh- like on my nails for 3 days. It started chipping after that. But no polish stays on me more than that. With a toddler around, I always have to be hands on!

Available only on Nykaa site.

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What do you think? Have you tried any?

With Love,
Serendipitously yours,
SS  



Friday, 23 September 2016

Plum Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash Review | Short and Sweet

Plum Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash: [Rs.345/-]

































































 I'm done with this tube! 

  • It's clear, gel based with green tea minuscules in it which burst when rubbed in. 
  • Meant for oily and acne prone skin 
  • It foams pretty well. 
  • It cleanses my face without drying it out. I don't get that stretchy feeling after, which is always a good thing. 
  • It hasn't broken me out or irritated my skin.

I have combination skin type. However it's intolerably humid in Kolkata so I'm oily most of the times these days. 
I use this twice a day MAX. 
Frankly I can't say much on the "pore cleansing" claim since I can't make too much of a difference. 

But it's a good mild facewash. Considering it is sans all harmful chemicals, it definitely delivers what it claims.

 I really want to try the "aloe" variant next.