Review: Giorgio Armani ‘Black Ecstasy’ Mascara

Eyes are the most important and attractive facial feature. Actually, the whole eye area: eyes, lashes and eyebrows. In makeup terms also, an eye look can make or break your entire makeup look.

That being said, not all of us, are Pro in makeup, specially when it comes to eyes. I tell you, no matter how hard I try to work on that ‘smokey effect look’ on my eyes, I always manage to mess it up in the end 😀

Jokes apart, all I am trying to say is, if you are too busy to do your eye makeup on every occasion or you don’t know how to do eye makeup in the first place, you still can get that attractive eye look just by keeping these 3 points in mind:

1. Always ‘always’ keep your eyebrows well groomed and in the best possible shape that suits your facial features.

2. Figure out which color of eyeliner will go best with your eye color. And then decide what would be ‘your’ signature eyeliner look (bold, thin line or maybe winged) that will help accentuating your facial features.

3. And at last, go for a mascara that will not only fulfill your need but give your lashes that required volume that can make your eyes look pop as well as bold yet classic at the same time.

This is pretty much I do, because I know applying eye makeup anytime I want is not my cup of tea, specially when I’m running late or I don’t feel like doing much work. I prefer to skip eyeshadow part and stick to these 3 rules for those times, rather than making myself a laughing stock 😉

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Talking about Mascara, I’ll definitely say that I am very specific about choosing a good mascara. I like to have a little dramatic lash look ‘without’ using the fake lashes. Hence I do a lot of research before buying one 😀 and I prefer to get travel size of the required product first, just in case you know!

 
Recently, I received a sample of Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara from Sephora. I used this mascara for a full week and I am ready to share my thoughts on this product. Please keep reading…

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I received this mascara in Travel size in shade ‘Obsidian Black’. According to the brand: this ‘Black Ecstasy’ features a lightweight formula with a unique brush which achieves the ‘ultimate volume, length, and curl in a flash’.

 

It does feel super light when you first apply it on your lashes. The pigmentation and coverage that it provides is of great quality. Application is easy too. The lashes don’t get crispy and stay really flexible which means that it’s really comfortable to wear. The mascara dries quickly, without heaviness or crusting. The lasting power of this mascara is incredible. Also, it comes off very easily with the eye makeup remover.

I’m wearing single coat of mascara here in the pictures. You can notice very little clumping around the edges. It’s not a very good build-able mascara. If I am going to wear 2 coats of this, it surely clumps a bit more but the good thing is that it never flaked on me. (Although few users did complain about flakiness of this mascara but I didn’t see any flaking around my eyes until now.)

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The brand also says ‘Curl in a flash’, you can clearly see in the picture it wasn’t able to hold the curl (for my not-so-short lashes), even if I did use the eyelash curler before applying the mascara. The curling effect is definitely lacking.

So, in my opinion, if you are someone who really like that lightweight feeling mascara without going too bold then I think this is a great option for you for achieving that everyday natural look. It doesn’t make the lashes stiff at all. It’s that flexible!

For me, I’ll enjoy using the rest of my sample, but I definitely would not justify spending  $32 on a full-sized tube. What about you? Have you already used this mascara? What do you think about it? Lemme know!

Hope y’all are having a very good time, specially those who are busy in Holi (Festival of colors) preparations. Its snowing right now here in Boston. Maannn…. can’t wait to get rid of this winter already 😀

Hope you have the Best Holi of your life ❤
See you soon in the next post.
Until then…

Silicone Makeup Sponge: Yay or Nay

If you are a trend-stalker like me then you must’ve heard or read about this weird makeup trend by now! And if not, then don’t worry at all. You have come to the right place.

Please continue reading to find out what this current hottest makeup trend is?

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Silisponge

Although the beauty blenders have been the biggest thing recently, the next big beauty trend is already popular in the makeup community. It is a ‘Silicon sponge’… yes a sponge to apply makeup, which possibly is made of silicone. It is also known as ‘Silisponge’ which appearance-wise looks a lot like a breast-lifting bra insert. You’ve got to be kidding me! Right? 😀 I know that was my first reaction too.

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This trend is all over the internet these days whether Youtube or Instagram. Everyone is raving about this makeup application tool. I, personally didn’t use this (weird) thing on my face yet but people who have already used it shared some benefits of this makeup application tool over the beauty blenders.

According to them:

1. This see-through, patty-like tool has a non-porous silicone surface (made out of silicone and encapsulated in a super-flexible material called thermoplastic polyurethane) that won’t soak in your foundation, highlighter, or cream blush. That means, because of its smooth texture, you don’t have to use as much product, so no more wastage of products while makeup application.

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2. This sponge works best with liquid base products on dry skin. It costs about $5-$10. It is way easier to clean. All you have to do is to rinse it off with soap and water and you’re done!

3. It lasts longer than a makeup sponge; just replace it when it starts to look weathered. But unfortunately the beauty blenders should be replaced after a few weeks or months (depends on the quality) of use.

4. The silicone sponge is the safer option for your skin because of softer texture. Although the beauty blenders are said to be antimicrobial, the beauty blenders still has pores and can absorb anything that is small enough to get in. When you are dabbing that makeup onto your skin your pores are open which means you may also be dabbing any germs and bacteria that is sitting on and hiding inside of the sponge. The silicone sponge on the other hand is non-porous and it’s made of silicone. Nothing can be absorbed and it can easily be cleaned.

The only limitation the makeup community could see until now is in terms of blending. Even though the silicone sponge gives you full coverage, the beauty blender provides better flexibility by getting in those hard to reach corners like around the eye area which is little difficult to achieve with the silicone sponges. Thus, the entire makeup community has given the green signal to use this sponge on your skin!

I haven’t tried this makeup application tool yet. Have you? What do you think about it? Whatever it is, please share your experience. Would love to know more about it. 🙂

Hope y’all have a happy weekend and Happy month of March! See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

 

Monthly Favorites

Happy Friday 🙂

I am back with another Monthly Favorites post.

All the things I’m mentioning in this post are entirely beauty related that I’ve tried and used this month and can not wait to share with all of you 🙂

Let’s begin!

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Clinique ‘City Block’ Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub

The first thing I am talking about is the Charcoal clay mask from Clinique. As the name tells, it is a clay mask which works as a scrub too.

I liked it enough to add into my favorites list because, in terms of effectiveness it does leave your skin smooth and manage to get off excess dead skin and dirt from the pores.

Although I didn’t see any side effects of using this mask in winters (as my skin gets drier in winters), I do feel this mask would be perfect for summers (just because it manages to take away all that excessive oil from the pores). But since I wear makeup frequently, I think its a good option to use this mask once a week to cleans the skin/pores completely.

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Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

The next thing I tried (first time) this month is the charcoal cleansing strips for blackhead removal. Until now I was using the regular (white ones) pore cleansing strips from biore, which weren’t as effective as these ones are!

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Just from looking at the pore strip, I can tell that it did a great job at getting all of the junk and blackheads from the outer skin of my nose.

Sephora Collection Almond Foot Mask

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I absolutely loved this foot mask guys and you know why 😉 So it had to be a part of my monthly favorites list!

And if you are someone new to my blog and wondering what I’m talking about, please feel free to click this link:

https://outfitsandmakeupblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/review-sephora-collection-almond-foot-mask/

MAC Mini Lipgloss

This one right here, ‘Rags to Riches Dazzleglass’ is a lipgloss from the MAC Mini Lip Gloss set from their ‘Nutcracker Sweet Holiday Collection’. There are four of them in the set but this one quite right there, made a special place in my heart 😀

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Why you ask? Because this one looks super shiny and sparkly and glossy at the same time. But… (Yes there is a ‘BUT’).. to be honest, the formula is not very great. The texture is rather tacky, but the color and the sparkle is too irresistible to avoid wearing it (guilty).

On the other hand, the other three shades from the set are not bad at all texture wise but they don’t seem any different to me from the color point of view. They are more likely redundant shades for me.

Eyeko London Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner

Currently I am settled on this eyeliner. This might be the first eyeliner in my life which helped me creating that (almost) perfect wing that I always wished to have 😀

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If you haven’t read the review on this one, please click on the following link:

https://outfitsandmakeupblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/review-eyeko-london-eye-do-liquid-eyeliner/

MAYBELLINE Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation

I’ll not say that this is the best foundation available in the market out there, but this definitely is one of the best options in this price range, specially if you are thinking to use it in this season.

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This foundation is really easy to apply. What I liked most about this foundation is that it has the perfect level of hydration which gives that flawless look immediate after the application.

If you have dry skin and don’t like to wear full coverage foundations then this is the right pick for you. The coverage is light to medium. Other than that the foundation cover up my pores and blends really well into my skin.

The foundation does what it claims: giving hydration, smoothness, and a natural, flawless, luminous finish.

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Wearing Maybelline Dewy Foundation & Eyeko Eyeliner Here.

 

That’s all with my monthly favorites post today. Let me know what you think about all or any of the products if you’ve used already!

Happy Weekend y’all 🙂

See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

Review: Sephora Collection Almond Foot Mask

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I am not a very patient person when it comes to sit in the beauty salons for hours and hours to get pampered. I like to do things on my own pace. That’s why when it comes to self-care, I like to take care of myself on regular basis.

Generally, I keep my hands and feet well moisturized most of the time. But sometimes, in harsh weather conditions even the moisturization on regular basis won’t help much! Therefore using a good hand and/or foot mask once in a while wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. What say?

I used a peeling foot mask once, last year (a peeling foot mask where your foot skin starts peeling after 2-3 days of using the mask). The result was good though, the peeling (of skin) process was a little gross to me! So I was little cautious this time whatsoever.

During my search for “not-so-crazy” foot mask, I came across to this ‘Almond foot mask’ from Sephora collection. Its a disposable sock mask soaked in rich formulas to deliver maximum result in 20 minutes. It has active ingredients to nourish the feet that comforts and nourishes dry feet and softens rough areas with almond extract.

The packaging of the actual product is really nice, it doesn’t leak and is super easy to put on/use. Smell is very soothing and pleasant, not too strong. The mask also wasn’t uncomfortable at all. There was no fuss or mess. It definitely moisturized my dry feet well and left them soft and refreshed. However, it won’t fix very dry, callous or cracked heels but it will soothe them. I recommend using this and then a pumice stone to get the ultimate soft feet. The price is $5 (USD) for one pair.

You just have to put the socks (mask) on clean, dry feet and leave socks on for 20 minutes (preferably) or more. After removing the socks, you need to gently massage the excess product into the skin. It doesn’t need any rinse.

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(Before using this mask: I stopped moisturizing my feet for three full days, so that I could get the appearance of that dry flaky heels and see the difference after using it.)

Today is the third day after the mask’ing and my feet still feel softer and smooth (Even when I didn’t moisturize them for two full days!)

So thumbs up from my side. I would definitely re-purchase this mask to get that instant luxurious home-spa foot treatment. How about you? Have you tried this foot mask yet? If yes, please share your experience. 🙂

See you soon in the next post. 🙂

Until then…

Review : Eyeko London Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner

This is not my first time trying a liquid eyeliner like this. I’ve used one from L’oreal few years back and didn’t like it at all. Since then I decided to stick to gel liners only. But this one, definitely has changed my perspective!

 

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Eyeko London Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner

Hello everyone. Isn’t it crazy that we’re in second month of 2017 already! Or its just me 😀 . Anyways in today’s post I am sharing my thoughts on the eyeliner that I recently came across. If you too haven’t heard about this product or brand before, please continue reading to enhance your knowledge 😉

 

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I received this item as a sample from Ulta, previous month. Honestly, until now I didn’t even know this brand exists. But I am so glad I finally came across this product! (It is not a sponsored post.)

I am using this eyeliner from a month now, and I am all ready to share my thoughts on this product.

First thing, those who didn’t know about this brand before, ‘Eyeko’ is a British brand. It is the go-to brand for the eyes only. That means this brand doesn’t sell any other beauty products except the products related to eyes.

I love winged eyeliners, but honestly they’re not easy to draw, as you may know. I absolutely love the staying power of this liner and also it is easy to apply. The tip of eyeliner is slightly thicker, which is perfect for both simple or bold liner looks. Also the tip of the liner is sturdy, which I think is a plus, because it helps drawing a perfect clean wing at the outer edge of the eye. So I’d say it is definitely a good choice for beginners, who are still struggling to get that clean-edged wing. The color I received is ‘carbon black’.

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Features that I’ve liked so far:

* This dries fast.

* Easy to use and flows very nicely.

*Doesn’t smudge.

*Water resistant.

* Long lasting.

 

Plus, the brand claims that this product has ‘WIDELASH’ feature to help eyelashes appear longer, fuller and stronger with up to 3 times more volume in just 15 days of regular use, which I am still exploring.

But I tell you this is the first ever product that I tried from this brand. So far I liked it very much and I’m looking forward to try their mascaras too.

Just let me know if you’ve already used one or any other product from this brand.  I’m so intrigued to try out their mascaras 😀

Happy Weekend y’all! 🙂

See you soon in the next post.
Until then…

Monthly Favorites

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January Favorites

So this month basically, all I did, try to stick to the resolutions that I made for this year 😀 So far, so good, I’d say. Also, I tried a few new things this month that managed to be a part of my monthly favorite’s list. Without further ado let’s take a look at this month’s favorites.

Dior j’adore Eua De Parfum

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First item in my favorites list is j’adore perfume from Dior. I got this perfume a little while back. What I like most about this perfume is that it has a subtle floral scent which feels very feminine and elegant. It’s a light fragrance. Not overpowering at all. I have many perfumes which I can wear only on some special occasions, but this one, I could wear on a regular day, which differentiates it from all other high end fragrances.

Viva La Juicy By Juicy Couture

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I don’t have words to describe my love for this fragrance. I’ll just say that this is one of my top 10 favorite fragrances. Its a floral scent, more on the warmer side. I’m officially on second bottle of this perfume.

It’s such a lovely scent that smells so sophisticated and sensual at the same time. Whenever I feel j’adore is little too light for me (if i want to wear it on some special occasion) I just combine it with viva la juicy and the result I get is absolute mesmerizing.

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque

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This hair mask is absolute wonder. This is the best deep conditioner I have ever used. This dry weather is equally harmful for hairs too. This mask keeps my hair well moisturized. It smells wonderful and for me It is worth every penny.

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask To Quench Skin’s Thirst

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I have used Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask from the same brand (origins) recently. And I absolutely loved it. This particular mask I’d say is a short-period version of that overnight mask. If you don’t like wearing masks while sleeping, you can always try this one. I’m totally obsessed with this mask. I get best results if I apply this mask right after steaming my face.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

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Honestly, I am not an avid reader. But I like to read good inspirational/motivational books here and there.

This book that I’ve recently finished reading is a short and very simple book. The basic idea in this book is that you repeat “I love myself” over and over in your head as a mantra. When I say repeat “I love myself” over and over that doesn’t mean being selfish or putting yourself in your own world and forget about everyone else you love. It’s about showing love to everything and everyone around you…by loving you first! I loved reading this book and tried implementing the idea and definitely saw the difference 🙂

Can you suggest any good reads that you loved recently?

And how did you spent this month? Tried anything new? Would love to know everything 🙂

Happy weekend y’all. See you soon in next post.

until then…

REVIEW: Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

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Today’s post is a quick one regarding ‘Vichy Body Serum Milk’. This is my first ever Vichy buy. Its been a while that I’ve been using this product and so far I like it. Let’s take a closer look at this product.

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The serum-milk formula claims to provide 48 hour hydration with a lightweight texture that melts effortlessly into the skin. It is formulated with ‘mother-of-pearl particles’ to supposedly enhance the look of the skin. It also contains nourishing conditioning oils which moisturize and firms the skin. Vichy’s Ideal Body Serum-Milk was made with sensitive skin in mind.

The texture is light. It liquifies like a serum but has a milky (peachy) color to it. It’s not sticky, thus absorbs quickly. Also, this lotion contains very light shimmer particles.

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Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk has a subtle vanilla scent with floral and musk undertones. Honestly speaking I’m not very much impressed by the way it smells. It’s not bad, but its not very pleasant too. But its not that a big deal as this smell doesn’t stay for long. It fades very quickly after the application. The price for 400ml bottle is 29 USD.

I give this product a 4.5 rating because I’d prefer no scent but I love that it has so many great ingredients for body care and I didn’t break out at all. I noticed a difference in my skin after only a few days and I would definitely recommend this. 🙂

Did you already use this one? What are your thought on this product? Would love to know.

See you soon in the next post. 🙂
Until then…

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