Some Look Alike Products Continued: Nail Polish

As the final note, here's a list of nail polish look alikes. If you know any more knockoffs that aren't on this list, please let me know.

Nail Polish

Chanel Precious = Apt. 5 N-25

Chanel Vamp = Revlon Vixen

Essie Blueberry Crumb = NYC 124A

Essie Wicked = Revlon Vixen

OPI Alpine Snow = Finger Paints Paper Mache

OPI Bubble Bath = Finger Paints Gossamer White or Art Fare Bare

OPI Changing of the Garnet = Revlon Rock Royalty (LE for VMAs 05)

OPI Double Decker Red = Sally Hansen Diamond Honeymoon Red #89

OPI Hawaiian Orchid = Finger Paints All About Art! or Pen and Ink Pink

OPI Im Not Really a Waitress (INRAW)= Revlon Cherry Crush

OPI Jamacia Million = Finger Paints Palette of Platinum

OPI Kyoto Pearl = Finger Paints well Cultured Pearl

OPI Melon of Troy = Wild and Crazy w294 Buffin Bay

OPI Red, Red Rhine= Revlon Raven Red

OPI Tutti Frutti Tonga= Finger Paints Pas-tel Me More

OPI Vampire State Building = Revlon Vixen

Some Look Alike Products Continued: Blush

This is a list of Blush look alikes. At the bottom of the list you can find Wet 'n' Wild counterparts to Nars' multiples.

Blush

Benefit Dandelion = L’Oreal Strawberry Tarte Blush Delice

Chanel Caprice blush = Maybelline Mauve Pulse

MAC Margin = NYX Terra Cotta

Mac Plum Foolery/Nars Sin = L'oreal Color of Hope blush

Nars Deep Throat = Rimmel Apricot Blush

Nars Orgasm = Flirt! Heartthrob, Milani Luminous, Cover Girl Rose Silk Cheeker, Mark. Afterglo, Loreal's LE Front Page Peach

Nars Outlaw Blush = NYC Darling Donner Blush (Holiday '04 Limited Edition)

Nars Sin = Milani Temptation (more deep/brown)

NARS Antibes multiple = WnW (#721) Scandalous

NARS Copacabana multiple = WnW (#724) Flirt

NARS Maldives multiple = WnW Just Peachy

NARS Portofino = WnW (#722) Coy

NARS South Beach multiple = WnW Brazen Babe


Some Look Alike Products Continued: Mac vs. Milani

Here are some Milani products that are MAC knockoffs. I didn't realize how extensive the list was (I love you mmm12).

Mac <-> Milani

Amber Lights = Sun Goddess

Black Tied = Storm

Coppering = Flare

Dementhe, Steamy, Humid = Clover

Electric Eel = Atlantis

Guacamole = Limbo Lime

Jest = Peachy Peach

Juxt = Garden Mist (juxt is lighter and yellower)

Little Madame = Illusion

Mulch, Sable = Java Bean

Nylon = Classic Beige

Parfait Amour = Enchantment

Perverted Pearl = Silver Bullet

Pink Freeze = Taffy

Sable = Java

Shale = Icy Plum

Silver Pigment = Mercury

Sketch = Marooned

Sumptuous Olive =Antique Gold

Trax (minus gold) = Desire

Vanilla = Snow Frost

Vellum = Moonlight

Woodwinked = Golden Bronze

Some Look Alike Products Continued: Eye Products

The list was really big so I broke it down.

Eye Products:

Bare Escentuals Cupcake glimpse used wet/foiled= Milani Illusion used dry(cupcake is more gold than pink, illusion is more pink than gold)

Bare Escentuals Queen Tiffany = Milani Java Bean

Bare Escentuals Socialite glimmer = Milani Clover

Benefit Gilded Chubby Liner/Highlighter = Rimmel All Over Color Pencil in Charm (013)

Laura Mercier Cognac = Milani Spice

MAC Bamboo = Wild and Crazy Wild Guava

MAC Brill = Wild & Crazy Bahama Water

MAC Dark Soul pigment = j.a.n.e. clubbing

MAC D'Bohemia = Wild and Crazy Crazy on You (not nearly as shimmery as bohemia)

MAC Embark = j.a.n.e. Brownie Points, Flirt! Coconutty

MAC Gorgeous Gold = L'oreal's Enlightened Emerald Duo- gold shade

MAC Juxt = j.a.n.e. Rain Forest (found in quad)

MAC Lucky Green = Wild and Crazy Marquis

MAC Medowland = L'Oreal Wear Infinite in Glistening Sea (gold sheen instead of silver sheen on medowland)

MAC Metamorph = Rimmel All-Over Pencil in Hope (less yellow, more frosted)

MAC Naked Lunch = Wet n' Wild Fine Wink

MAC Paradisco = Flirt! Feeling Hot

MAC Rosemary & Thyme liner = L'Oreal Forest liner

MAC Satin Taupe = Rimmel All-Over Pencil in Strength (more lavender)

MAC Shroom = Jordana Beige

MAC Trax = Flirt! Glamourazzi

MAC Vellium = Wild and Crazy Lily Song

MAC Vanilla (shadow, *not pigment) = Wild and Crazy Mist Over Me 3110

Shu ME 945 = Caboodles Smooth

Shu P Brown 76 = Flirt Oh Please!

Stila Barefoot Contessa = Prestige Spark

Stila GoLightly = Jane Magical Mushroom eye shadow (discontinued), Milani Golden Bronze

Stila Grace = Ulta Plum Smoke

Stila Jade = Sally Girl China Doll (discontinued)

Stila Kitten = Wet n Wild Fine Wink, CoverGirl Champagne Eye Enhansers shadow, Sally Girl Silver Lining

Stila Sun = Prestige Champagne

Stila Twig = Milani Spice

Urban Decay Acid Rain = Prestige Wasabi

Urban Decay Asphyxia= Milani Enchantment

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy = Milani Sheer Sand

Urban Decay Mildew = Prestige Iguana

Urban Decay X = Ulta Sunlight


Some Look Alike Products: Lip Products

Well, I been so busy with so many things that I haven't been bale to get back to you ladies. Hopefully after tonight I will be free and will get back to everyone. I just wanted to post this wonderful list of knock-off products that belongs to mmm12 on MUA (thanks so much).

Lip Products:

Chanel Blizzard glossimer = Wet n' Wild Bronzeberry gloss

Chanel Giggle glossimer = Neutrogena Chic gloss

Chanel Twinkle glossimer = Prestige Alloy Vinylwear

Chanel Nude liner = Max Factor liner in Nude, Wet n' Wild #666

Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick = Maybelline Drippin Honey Wet Shine Lipstick (this is also a dead ringer for the old Bath & Body Works Beautiful By Nature sheer lipstick in Red Grape, discontinued)

Dior Lick of Taffy = Milani Luminous blush applied to lips and topped off with Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Cherry Frost (LE)

Lancome Chai Freeze Juicy Tube = NYC Liquid Lipstick Pen in Kerry

Lancome Simmer Juicy Tube= L’Oreal Strawberry Smoothie and/or Butterscotch Drop Colour Juice

MAC Dainty Cake lipstick = NYC Firefly #306b

MAC High Tea lipstick = Rimmel Airy Fairy, Milani Sheer Lipstick in Amaterro

MAC Lovechild lipglass = Rimmel Snog

MAC Love Nectar lusterglass= Milani Coral Shimmer lipgloss

MAC Lust lipglass= L'Oreal ColuorJuice in Passionfruit Squeeze, Neutrogena Chic gloss (slightly more peach and has slight gold shimmer)

MAC O lipstick = Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Copperglow Berry (more cool then O, but still very close), Jordana Bahama Bronze

MAC Oh Baby Lipglass = Milani Serendipity gloss

MAC Prrr lipglass = L'Oreal ColourJuice in Mai Tai (LE)

MAC Plum Liner = Revlon Colorstay Plum liner

MAC Sequin lipstick = Almay Sequin one coat lipstick

MAC Spice Liner = Wet n’ Wild #666 or #712 Liner

MAC VGV (viva glam v [5]) = Milani Sheer Lipstick in Pink Chiffon, Neutrogena Moistureshine Tinted Lip Balm in Clean #20

MAC VGV lipglass = Neutrogena Dreamy lipgloss or Salley Hansen Diamon Lip Treatment in Royal Romance

Nars Dolce Vita lipstick = Revlon Mauve So Moist moistureshine lipstick (more pink, more shiny)

Nars Orgasm lipgloss = NYC Sungold l/g, Mary Kate and Ashley Truly lipgloss- the best knockoff is to just take Milani Luminous blush and brush on dry lips, cover with clear gloss. Works like a charm and is the closest match.

Nars Pillow Talk lipgloss = Rimmel Vinyl Lip Star in Be A Star

Scott Barnes Flossy Glossy in Meow = Neutrogena Groove Moistureshine

Stila Apricot lip glaze =Prestige Fuzzy Navel Jet Stream Gloss

Stila Jane lipstick = Rimmel birthday suit lipstick (#121, Lasting Finish Lipstick)

Latest Find: Flirt! Bronze Kissed

I recently went make-up hunting and found out that Flirt has some great blushes. I got a set on sale there about 2 years ago and dismissed it because, well, the colours simply did not suit me. My narrow mindedness came back to haunt my make-up obsessed mind and I decided to go and give the line another try. I have to say that I'm very impressed with the line. The make-up doesn't have any fragrance, their make-up is of excellent quality, and it lasts on me at least as long a MAC does.

One thing I like about Flit! is that it goes on sale and I can use any discount coupon valid in Kohl's on the make-up. Also, Flirt! has some great, inexpensive dupes of NARS and MAC. Glamourazzi is a dead-ringer for MAC Trax. I also find that Flirt!'s Heartthrob is the best dupe I have found of NARS's infamous "O." Weirdly enough, while the cult favourite NARS blush didn't how up on me and ended up looking like I had dipped my head in a bucket of glitter, Flirt!'s counterpart was much more flattering and the shimmer more fine. Here is my review of Flirt!'s Bronze Kissed blush.

Once in the store, I tried the blushes. They are very finely milled and go on like a dream. I initially wanted to get Bronze Goddess, but alas! They did not have it in stock. As I was smarting from karma really hating me for not loving the Flirt! line earlier, I decided to get Bronze Kissed. When I got home, I will admit that I wasn't wowed by the colour because it wasn't as intense as the Bronze Goddess.

Bronze Kissed is very subtle. It is a shimmery bronze with pink undertones so that you don't look like a statue wearing it. If you are scared of shimmer, fear not. The shimmer is very fine and won't make you look like what I imagine a visual of an 80's discoball's memoir would look like.

On my skin tone, it is just strong enough to be used as blush. On darker skin tones it would make a great highlighter and I imagine it would look great alone on lighter skin tones. That said, I also use it as a highlighter and find that it adds depth to any blush and gives me a candlelit glow. I like the glow I get from this so much that it has replaced Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick as my go-to/favourite highlighter.

I will admit that I'm not crazy about the packaging. I'm sure the manufacturers were going for a very innovative design but it ended up being plain annoying. However, it's not incredibly hard to decipher and unless you're Miss South Carolina (I'm sorry, I know it's mean but that comment was just begging to be made), I'm sure you'll figure it out.

No Mention of Beetroot, but Apparently Shilpa Shetty Likes Bare Escentuals

I was browsing around, again I need to control this obsession of mine, and I ran into this little scan of an excerpt from New! magazine on www.hennapens.com. There is no mention of beetroot (see earlier post about Shilpa Shetty's rather ridiculous recommendation), but the article states that she seems to like Bare Escentuals. Enjoy!


source: www.hennapens.com

Well, She's Very Pretty Anyway: Miss South Carolina at the Miss Teen USA Pageant

I was doing my usual homage to www.dlisted.com (I seriously love this site) and there was a link to a question asked to Miss South Carolina in the Miss Teen USA pageant. I have never cringed, laughed, and been scared at the same time in my entire life. Since it's beauty related, and, well, if you haven't seen it you have to, I am posting the youtube video as well. I feel so bad for her, but she couldn't even make a coherent sentence?



Now this makes me want to see clips from Miss India. Remember Priyanka Chopra's Mother Theresa fiasco? There has to be more such stuff out there...

I'm Going To Give This A Try: Yellow Box Beauty

I have been dying to try this out for a while and am pretty sure I'm going to get a three month subscription. So before I ramble on, let me just copy the about us feature on www.yellowboxbeauty.com.

"For years, self proclaimed beauty junkie Nicole Jaffe had fun searching endlessly for new and unique beauty products. After continually finding brands that seemed to always make headlines shortly after discovering them, Nicole realized her true calling, and decided that she should share her great finds with other beauty mavens around the country. So, Yellow Box Beauty, the premier monthly makeup club where you get new makeup at your door every month was conceived. While you're lounging by the pool claiming you just found the next beauty trend or just surfing the web, Nicole is out looking for the next "it" product you can wow your friends with. She does the work, you reap the benefits, all from the comfort of your home."


What's even better is the products featured in the archives. Brands such as Vasanti, Besame, The Balm, Julie Hewitt, and FYLO cosmetics (which I've been eyeing for a long time) have very generous introductions to their brand.

I'm going to subscribe to it and see how much I like it. I will report back on the products and how the service is. If you guys already subscribe, let me know.

Very Easy Blue Smokey Eye

I know I'm stuck on the smokey eye thing of late, so I'll do a bright coloured or neutral tutorial next time. However, I got the Lumiere eyeshadow to finally work for me and I had to show off the blue shadow. In my opinion, this is a fairly easy smokey eye that's just a tad different because of the lining on the lower rim. Pardon the eyebrows, I need to get them done with weekend.

Again, pardon the simplicity of the tutorial as I'm still enjoying my vacation. I hope you like the tutorial.

What I used:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion. This is my absolute favourite primer and with a combination of other things, it helped the Lumiere loose shadows to stick. A good primer isn't always a necessity in the traditional sense, but it makes a lot of difference to the longevity and colour intensity of your shadows.
  • Lumiere Dark Waters eyeshadow. This is a very intense, shimmery blue shadow with black undertones. A similar shadow would also work.
  • LORAC Moonstone . I needed a basic, shimmery champagne as highlight.
  • MAC Blacktrack. I like using gel and cake liners because it gives me great control over how I want the thickness and intensity of the line. I can get my liner to look like a traditional liquid liner or like a smudged pencil liner. A cake or gel liner would be great for this look.
  • MAC 242 brush. I used this to pack on the loose eyeshadow. Make sure you have a brush that will help you build intensity with your eyeshadow.
  • MAC 217 brush. I used this to blend the edges of the eyeshadow. Any good blending brush will do.
  • L'Oreal Voluminous. I love dark, sooty volume with a smokey eye. You could use any volumizing mascara for this look.
  • Loose powder. I used a nameless brand loose powder under my eyes to catch fallen eyeshadow.
  • Angled liner brush. I have the most fabulous liner brush I had extra when I was making a painting. It's a Windsor and Newton brush I bought for around $3 that performs better than any brush out there and has taken a fair amount of abuse.
  • Q-tips. Actually, I only needed one.
Step 1:
I prepped my lids and lower lash line with primer and I let it stay for about a minute.

Step 2:
First, I put a generous amount of loose powder on my cheeks and under eyes. With the 242 brush, I applied Deep Waters from lash line to the crease. For a slightly less dramatic look, you could stop right below the crease.

Step 3:
I lined my entire lower lash line with Deep Waters. Again I used the 242 brush (I seriously adore this brush).

Step 4:
To blend the edges of the shadow on my upper lid, I used the 217 brush to blend out the colour at the crease. The edges are now softer than when I first applied the shadow.

Step 5:
I applied Moonstone as highlight on my brow bone and blended it into my crease.

Step 6:
With the angled brush, I made a think line on my upper lid. On my lower lid, I made the line somewhat thicker. I also lined the inside of my eye (the waterline, where you'd traditionally put kajal). Then, I used a q-tip to gently blend the shadow and liner on the lower lash line.

Step 7:
Finally, I dusted off the powder and fallen eyeshadow on my under eyes and cheeks. I finished the look with 2 coats of volumizing mascara.

The Power of Anna Sui's Mascara (Seriously, This Could Be A Good Thing)

So many companies use false lashes and digitally enhance their mascara ads. I always used to fall for the Lash Architect ads from L'oreal. One girl I knew in high school believed the hype of lash advertising so much she never took off her mascara. She would pile on the mascara every day to make lashes look like in the ads (direct source here, she told me this). She did this for about 3 months (again, I am willing to use an unsanitized lipstick tester at the MAC counter of your choice to prove I'm not exaggerating), and when she one day removed the mascara, her lashes fell out. Point of the story? Don't believe the mascara ads. Except maybe the Anna Sui mascara in question.

I came across a post about this blog entry on makeupalley (thanks cuddlybear) and I had to post about it. The girl who writes the blog tried to test out Anna Sui's apparently highly potent mascara. She applied 6 to 7 coats. I'm not even going to elaborate, you ladies need to check this out yourselves.

All I know is, I'm going to check this mascara out. It's got some serious potential.

Just a Little PSA before I Sleep: Vincent Longo Is On Clearance at Ulta

In Medieval times, I would probably be pelted with garlic for being such a night owl masquerading as a vampire. I am only now going to sleep. Before hitting the sack (I will have more reviews out tomorrow by the way), I decided to do my part in bringing lipstick to the beauty arsenals of all. Ulta is having a clearance sale on all Vincent Longo items. I went by today and most of the items were marked at 50%. Some Ultas even have the make-up at 75% off. You can also print out a coupon online at www.ulta.com to get $3.50 off your purchase of $10 or more.

A Huge Disappointment: Lumiere Eyeshadows


I got the Lumiere eyeshadows in the mail today and I was so excited. I had ordered the Lumiere buffer brush and three sample eyeshadows. I even had a code, LOUIE (the code still works by the way), that I typed in to get 20% off my entire order. So in effect, I paid a little more than $2 for 3 sample shadows in little jars.

Let's just start off by saying that in my world, all make-up is created equal, with none being more equal than the other. I don't care about the packaging, brand, etc. I just want good make-up. And I thought these Lumiere shadows would be amazing. I had a happy little tale planned out of how I would find my samples in the mail, try them out, be overwhelmed by the fantabulousness (I need a superlative here) of the shadows, and rave about it to all of you. Someone up there in the heavens made me dream this up just to shoot it down. Sick sense of humour they have by the way.

The eyeshadows I had ordered are Graphite, Deep Waters, and Pink Satin. Graphite is a rich slate grey with slight shimmer. Deep Waters is a deep blackened blue with a hint of shimmer. When used wet, the blue becomes this brilliant, metallic lustre. Pink Satin I knew I didn't like because it was a chalky ligt pink that showed up slightly off white on me.

Here's the bad part. The shadows have no holding power. They don't adhere to any primer I tried. I used MAC paints, Indianwood paint pot, and Urban Decay Primer Potion to name a few. I even tried the shadows on bare lids. Every single time the application was patchy. I thought it was because of my MAC 242 brush, which I always use for pigments and loose shadows, and used a sponge applicator. Nothing. And then I tried other means to put the shadow on. Nothing worked.

I had planned on doing a tutorial with the shadows I had ordered. My eyelids are now red from trying to do this. The eyeshadow just will not adhere to my eyelid. One touch and it's gone. Kind of like trying to get a shirt to stay on Salman Khan's self for longer than 2 minutes (notice the sly Bollywood reference. It's ok if you want to bang your head somewhere after reading my highly elevated attempts at humour).

I don't want to say I despise the shadow completely because I love the buff brush I got from Lumiere. However, unless the eyeshadows get replaced by fairy dust I don't particularly foresee a turnaround in my attitude towards them.

In the picture above, I got the Graphite and Deep Waters shadows to stick on long enough to take a picture. The flash then blew the shadows away.

FAQ

In this page, I'll explain my tags and definitions so that you know better what to expect. I will add more information here as time goes by.

  • All things natural - This section is all about natural face masks and remedies you can make yourself at home.
  • Announcements - This is dedicated to any major announcements and changes.
  • Body creams - This section tackles creams, lotions, and oils meant for the body.
  • Bollywood and make-up - This section features interviews and articles I found on make-up used on desi celebs. I will try to expand this to not just Bollywood celebs,
  • Bollywood and style/fashion - This section is dedicated to fashion and Bollywood. It an be my input and critiques, or it can be articles I find.
  • Book review - This talks about book reviews related to make-up for us desi women.
  • Brushes - This section is devoted to make-up brushes and features tutorials, reviews, and advice.
  • Clips - This shows videos that are beauty related but not about desis.
  • Copycat - This section features breakdowns on Bollywood celebs. Unless otherwise noted, I am the one who gauges what which celeb wore.
  • Desi clips - This shows videos that are possibly beauty related but always refers to desis.
  • Highlights and lowlights - This part shows all my posts that critique positively or negatively the fashion and make-up choices by desi celebs.
  • Knockoff products - This part showcases lookalike products from high end to low end.
  • Make-up artists interviews - This is dedicated to interview-lettes I conduct with make-up artists. They're small but informative I think.
  • Make-up for darker skintones - This targets specific products that I think would look great on darker skintones. Feel free to add your favourites in the commend section.
  • Make-up for lighter skintones - This targets specific products that I think would look great on darker skintones. Feel free to add your favourites in the commend section.
  • Make-up musings - This part focuses on reviews and experiences regarding make-up. I'm very honest in my assessment so I apologise if I come across as overly critical. I just want a product to work.
  • Make-up pet peeves - This is dedicated to some make-up crimes ordinary people make or worse (think disdain for dark skin).
  • My opinion... even if you don't want to hear it - This part is for all my miscellaneous rantings.
  • PSA - This announces any sales, product promotions, discount codes, etc.
  • Skin care - This is rather self explanatory and focuses on skin care.
  • Survey - This allows you to tell me about yourself and your make-up world. As I get the results, I will address what you wrote. If you want, I can make the results available in some form or the other so you can see what others also thought.
  • Trendspotting - This features upcoming tends announced by magazines, etc.
  • Wedding make-up. This I hope to expand soon and features make-up advice for weddings.
  • What you like - This is dedicated to your holy grail products. Let me know what they are and I will post them. Just be sure to add why you love the products so much.
  • When good make-up goes wrong - This part is about the killer make-up that gives rather dubious results.
  • Where have I been - This is for when I need to excuse myself as my brain is blowly turned to mush because of grad school.

The Zombie Speaks

I know I have been away for a couple of days. Hopefully tomorrow I will post a couple of updates. I have a fresh order placed for some mineral make-up and one of their brushes that I'm really excited about. I hope the colours live up to my expectations.

Anyhoo, with those colours I was thinking of doing a couple of tutorials. Let me know how you feel about that. Also I wanted to post some reviews on make-up but since for the past couple of weeks I could pass off as the dead come alive because of work and school, I will add the reviews this weekend.

I'm also so sorry I haven't replied to your comments. Will do so this weekend. Hopefully things will die down tomorrow.

When Make-up Artists Attack: Mickey Contractor vs. Preity Zinta

So I was browsing around last night for divine inspiration (that's how I write my posts, this isn't your ordinary blog you know) and an interview with Mickey Contractor in The Hindu caught my eye. In that article, he seems to at one point be hissing and bearing his claws. Not in an outright nasty way, but it's definitely more than a backhanded compliment (you know, when people go "oh! you look so much better now that you've put on weight and your cheeks are so chubby and round. so cute.") The article states:

"In his years of experience, which was the one face for which he needed the least effort? 'Raveena Tandon. She has perfect features. ' And the most difficult? 'Preity Zinta. It was so tough to make her look like a girl! And you can quote me on that." He laughs . . ."

Ouch! I'm not sure exactly why he said what he did, but there wasn't really a build up to this quote. No it fits in the interview just as you read it. Poor Preity Zinta. A make-up artist stating that their client has flaws? I think nothing of it. Having your femininity disregarded by someone who's beautifies you regularly? That has to hurt.

source: www.hindu.com

My Newest Nail Polish Love: Elizabeth Arden Catalina Pink Shimmer

I was at Ulta a while back and they had a fabulous Elizabeth Arden nail polish sale and they also had a coupon. So me being the nail polish fanatic bought a few of them (I somehow refuse to pay full retail for nail polish, but more on that later). I wanted a white nail polish but didn't want it to be too harsh on me and Elizabeth Arden's Catalina Pink Shimmer is perfect. I would say it's a semi sheer pearly white that you can layer for more intensity. Best thing is that I've worn it for 5 days now without chipping.


I took this pic in natural light without flash and it's very true to colour. It's such a pretty off-white colour that I can't stop looking at it.

Great Make-up: Yasmeen Ghauri

I have always loved Yasmeen Ghauri (always). I was so happy to come across a breakdown of her make-up. It's such a vampy look but still understated.


The products mentioned aren't available anymore, but I have a couple of suggestions:

  • Instead of Estee Lauder's Rose Tutu blush, Milani Mango Tango dusted on very lightly. I know this is discontinued but you might still be able to find it. Another suggestion is Nars Turkish Red.
  • Instead of Estee Lauder's Silent Red lipstick, Bobbi Brown Chocolate Cherry rouge pot.
  • Instead of Estee Lauder's Gala eyeshadow duo, try Nars Blondie or Bali for a medium, matte taupe. As a highlighter colour you could try any creamy beige.
Face:
Prep skin with the moisturizer and eye cream of your choice. Let it sink if for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Apply a medium, satin finish foundation. Don't forgot to blend into the neck. Apply concealor where needed, making sure to blend the concealor into the foundation. Apply translucent powder to set the base.

Eyes:
As always, I recommend using a base to make the eyeshadow last longer and be more true to the pan colour.

Brows:
The shadows for this look are understated and require the eyes to be framed very well. Tweeze away any stray hairs and comb your eyebrows with a spoolie brush. Fill in your eyebrows where they are sparse. You can then set your eyebrows with some brow gel.

Eyelid:
Apply a neutral taupe eyeshadow from lash line to crease.

Highlight:
Apply the highlight from brow bone to crease. Blend the two shadows together at the crease.

Mascara:
Curl your lashes and apply a lengthening mascara. Yasmeen's lashes are very defined and to me she seems to have some extra clumps of false lashes, but I find that Revlon's Luxurious Lengths mascara gives me a similar effect. Be sure to use a lash come to get rid of clumps.

Cheeks:
Dust a coral blush with red undertones very sheerly from the apple of the cheek to the temple.

Lips:
Apply a creamy deep cherry red lipstick with brown undertones. Make sure that the texture of the lipstick is creamy and adds some shine. You could use a lip liner in a similar colour to deepen it.

image source: www.yasmeen-ghauri.com

Diagram: Placement of the Blush When Contouring

For the tutorial below, I made a diagram to show the are you want to blend the blush out to.

The area within the triangle is where you would ideally like to keep within the triangle. Blend the blush outwards from the initial blush application to the edges of the triangle. Make sure that there are no harsh lines.

Easy Way to Get Intant Cheekbones

There are a various ways to contour cheekbones into existence and I have different preferences depending on my mood. I wanted to post one before but the pics were beyond crap and I didn't like the tutorial in general. So I'm bringing you a new and slightly different version. Also, I know there are many out there whose skin hates cream blush so I'll bring you one soon with a bronzer/powder blush.

What I used:

  • Cream blush. I used Bobbi Brown's Chocolate Cherry Rouge Pot. Any blush on the darker side will do.
Step 1:Start of with clean moisturized skin. I prefer not to scrub my face before doing this because it can get red which spoils the effect. If you want you can do your foundation now, however I skipped the step (yes, I'm lazy).

Step 2:Suck in the cheeks and make the classic and highly elegant "fish face" This way you can see where the cheekbones end. The shadows that show up are the edge of the cheekbone.

Step 3:I added this step to clarify where I'm going to put my blush. I am going to place my blush, about 1/3 to 1/2 away from the outer corner of my eye and draw a line straight down to the part under the cheekbone. From there I am going to follow the line under the cheekbone to the hairline.

Step 4:Dot some blush along the area under the cheekbone. I make the blush more dense as I reach the hairline. Note that the placement of the blush is low on the face, especially compared to using blush for a natural flush on the apple of the cheek.

-Initial Result-Blend, blend, blend! Be certain to blend along the top and bottom edges of the blush "stripe". I added this fuzzy pic (sorry about that, I'll put but a better pic soon) to show you how I start off blending. It' certainly not done yet. You can blend the blush out more as you reach the hairline. Make the blush thinner as you go inwards (in the direction of the nose, mouth etc.). Be careful to not blend the blush out over too large an area as the effect will be lost.

-Final Result-The blush adds depth to the shadow under the cheekbone and gives it more presence. There is no harsh stripe but since the blush is placed under the cheekbone it defines the cheekbone more. For more drama, you can dust some highlighter along the top of the cheekbone and on the apple of the cheek.

InStyle Excerpt: How to Get Aishwarya's Waves

I was browsing around (while I should have been studying really) when I came across this scan of Aishwarya in InStyle magazine.


I haven't tried to do this myself, but hey it should prove interesting.

I just realized the picture's too small to actually read what was written, so here's what it says.

How to Style it:

  1. Create a deep side part and comb a thickening spray (like Bumble and Bumble's) through damp hair to provide curl-retaining texture.
  2. Rub a dollop of leave-in conditioner (such as Neutrogena's Silk Touch) over ends.
  3. After blow-drying hair smooth, curl one-and-a-half inch sections with a medium barrel curling iron (one option: Jilbere de Paris Ceramic Tools Nano Tech), wrapping each section downward toward the neck. When the curls cool, brush out to create a solid wave, then mist with medium hold hairspray (try Sebastian Shaper)

image taken from www.aishwarya-forever.com

Bear With Me And All My Nonsensical Experimenting

I'm trying out a new template (this is not it) and will have it up in a bit. This is my "i'll put something better up in a few days" template. Yeah, I'm really computer savvy by the way. Can't figure out which is the monitor and which is the keyboard.

A Great Palette for a Lot of Skin Tones

I think we have already established that I love make-up. Love as in "I want to marry it" kind of love. Which is a fine, healthy thing for a woman to experience in her life. So I have a wide range of make-up looks that I love and as much as I love perfect neutrals, I also have a strong passion for colourful, bold hues. I am ashamed to admit that I once had the following conversation with someone, whom we shall call Ms. X (sounds mysterious doesn't it?), who remarked on my love for colour.

Me: Hello!
Ms. X: Oh my! *crosses self* Child... You have the devil in you. The devil!
Me: I uh... Hello?
Ms. X: You have them crazy eyes. Just look at you! Your eyes. They're looking at me all funny.
Me: Are you... Referring to my eyeshadow maybe?
Ms. X: Ah! Don't look at me. Sit there, I'll be right back with some holy water-I mean Evian. Stay!
Me: I have facial wipes if that helps.

Alright so I kid (slightly), but once in a while, I find a great product that works for a broad range of skin tones (for the lighter and darker Desi lovely). I have quite a few palettes, and I always end up using only a few of the products there and leave the other ones pretty much untouched. However, with LORAC's Croc palette I can honestly say I've tried all of the included shades and love them. Also, no one tried to sprinkle holy water on me when I wore the shades in the palette and others have actually asked me what make-up I was wearing. Ergo, I thought the palette was worthy enough for a mention here.

The eye shadows are pigmented and come in a shimmery light beige gold, shimmery champagne, shimmery brown with plum undertones, and a matte deep brown with strong plum undertones. The blush is a slightly rosy plum blush with barely noticeable shimmer which keeps it from being too matte. The shadows glide on so smoothly, are very pigmented, and stay put for quite a while even without primer.

The best thing about this palette is that it can be used for a day and evening look, depending on the combination of the shadows. Also, I like to use the matte eyeshadow as a liner on my lower lid. The two lighter eye shadows also function as highlighters and since I'm on vacation and haven't brought along 40 bags worth of make-up, it's great to have them.

The blush is such a flattering shade that I can also see it complimenting a large range of Desi women. For me, it helps chase away the sallow undertones to my skin and makes me look alive.

The eye shadows
In this pic, I've used the shimmery beige gold as highlight, the shimmery brown eyeshadow with plum undertones as an all over wash on my lid, and the matte shadow for lining my lower lid (very thin line) as close to the lash line as possible. I took this picture in bad lighting, with flash, and at night.


In this pic, I used the shimmery beige gold as highlight (dusted on very lightly I might add), and the shimmery champagne as a wash all over my lid. I used the matte shadow to line my lower lash line. I took this pic outdoors without flash. It's a very natural look and the colours are pretty true to life here (even though the lighting kind of washed me out the colours are about the same as how they looked on me).

image taken from: www.sephora.com