Spring time Blush Picks! 2016

Hello folks..hope everyone is enjoying the early days of spring! I am a blush lover and have way too many of them in my collection. My favorite bit of putting on some makeup is choosing blush. I usually wear whatever blush I feel like irrespective of the season but this year I thought I’d pick up 5 blushes to use in the first month of spring. In today’s post I share with you my 5 picks!

Spring blush picks!

Spring blush picks!

The Kiko Milano Rebel Bouncy Blush is a limited edition product from Kiko but it is still available on their website as of today in case your interested! The shade red passion wine is a deep pink with mauve undertones and is not the usual spring time appropriate color..but I am a bit of rebel when it comes to things like that 😉 It has a very interesting cream to powder finish on the skin and works well for light makeup days.

The Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Pink Buttercream is one of my all time favorite blushes! It is a baked blush with swirls of light pink,apricot and a tinge of violet. The texture and staying power of this blush is fantastic. The blush leaves a lovely pink sheen on your cheeks.

Shades of pink and peach!

Shades of pink and peach!

The Japonesque Velvet Touch blush in 03 is pretty much the timid sister of NARS Orgasm blush. This shade is a lovely pink with fine gold shimmer particles which do not look translate into a glitter party on your cheeks. The packaging is stellar and this shade will suit fair to medium skintones beautifully.

The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is quite famous on social media. I did not quite get the hype about this blush till I actually used it 🙂 It is one of the best peachy blushes I own. The quality is top notch and the shimmer in this blush is barely detectable. It leaves your cheeks looking warm and healthy!

The Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink is another fabulous blush from the drugstore. It is not very pigmented and therefore you can go crazy with your blush brush in the pan 😀 and I kind of like that about this blush! It leaves a lovely light pink sheen on the cheeks. This is my go to blush when I am in a hurry since I don’t have to worry about applying it carefully and also since the pink color is kind of neutral and goes with any look.

Hope you enjoyed going through my list! What are your favorite blushes for spring?

Until next time..ciao!!

Kiko Milano Rebel Bouncy Blush

Hello folks!!

If you have been following this blog for the last few weeks, you must be aware of the Kiko obsession that has taken over here! Today is the last of the Kiko related reviews for a while..but I will surely be buying more Kiko products since I was extremely pleased with what I have tried so far from the brand. Let us take a look today, at a gorgeous blush which was released as part of the Rebel Romantic collection!

 

Kiko Milano Rebel Bouncy Blush

Kiko Milano Rebel Bouncy Blush

First off, the packaging is lovely!! It does not have much weight to it, unlike the lipstick I reviewed here from the same collection but it is still gorgeous. (I am sucker for rose gold anything!!). I like the pattern on the compact as well. Overall, the packaging gets an A+ for the sophisticated vibe.

This product is a cream blush and usually I avoid cream blushes since they spoil faster than powder blushes. However, the color of this blush totally sucked me into buying it! It is the perfect shade for fall. I picked up the blush in the shade 04 Passion Red Wine.

Kiko Rebel Bouncy blush in 04 Passion Red Wine

Kiko Rebel Bouncy blush in 04 Passion Red Wine

As you can see, the color is stunning! Although the blush is described as bouncy, I didn’t find it to be particularly soft to press down. In fact I found the texture quite interesting. The blush picks up from the pan onto your finger tip as a thick ‘tough’ cream but the moment you spread it on your skin it blends in beautifully. I have been applying this blush with my finger tips and have not tried using a brush since I am afraid a brush might pick up too much product.

The blush is described as a satin matte blush and  it looks very natural on the skin. It has just the right amount of sheen and is not a dead matte shade on the cheeks. The color is intense and you need very little of the product to give your cheeks some color. I have a medium skintone and this blush works really well. If you are extremely pale I guess you need to be very careful!!

Swatch of passion red wine

Swatch of passion red wine

The blush lasts really well too. I found that it  lasts perfectly for around 8 hours. Overall, I am really impressed with this product! If you would like to try it out, I suggest you head over to kiko and order now since this is part of their rebel romantic limited edition collection.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Until next time..ciao!!

Kiko Milano Double Deco Blush in Kissimmee

Hello everybody!!

In case you haven’t heard of the awesome brand called Kiko let me introduce you to one of Europe’s awesome offerings to the makeup world. Kiko makeup is known for its affordable prices, quality products and their limited edition items have the loveliest packaging for an affordable brand. For a long time I have drooled over some of their limited edition stuff available only in Europe..that was until I found out that they now have a US website where you can order online 🙂 I picked up 3 limited edition items (which I will review through the course of this month; before they sell out!). The blush I am going to talk about today is from their summer collection called Miami Beach Babe, and currently all the items in this collection are 50% off! So go check it out 🙂

 

Kiko Milano Double Deco Blush in Kissimmee

Kiko Milano Double Deco Blush in 03 Kissimmee

Most of Kiko’s items are priced at slightly above drug store prices. The double deco blushes retail originally for 14$ but with the current slashed prices they are only 6.90 a piece which is a really cool price to pay! The packaging is plastic but the compact is nice and sleek. I am not sure if I like the Barbie pink color though 😛

Once you open up the compact, you’ll find a nice big mirror which is always nice if your on the go. The blush pan is split in a funny way; 3/4th of the pan is the matte pink blush and the remaining area of the pan is an interesting shimmer shade.

The matte and shades in Kissimmee

The matte and shades in Kissimmee

The way the blushes are in the pan could be problematic if your used to using a big brush for applying blush. I didn’t find the placement too troublesome. The 2 shades are lovely! The matte pink is warm to neutral and hence can be pulled off by a lot of skintones. The shimmer is a peachy brown shade which looks lovely as a blush topper. I haven’t used the shimmer shade on its own since I am always tempted to layer the matte blush with this guy whenever I use this blush 🙂

Swatches

Swatches

The blush is described as being a silky and melting duo. The powder is finely milled but I wouldn’t call it silky..but the quality is good none the less. It blends really well and stays put for an entire 8 hour work day which is awesome for the price. So would I recommend this blush? Absolutely!! Especially for the current sale price 😉

If you love the packaging and the blush do check it out before they are sold out. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more Kiko Makeup reviews!!

Are you a Kiko makeup lover? What are your recommendations from the brand?

Until next time..ciao!!

Essence Blush up! Powder Blush in Heat Wave

Hello folks!

I am back! Well its been a crazy fun first half of the month with travel and family ….and now I am all excited to blog :). Today lets talk about a blush that caught my eye in a drugstore in Turkey. I couldn’t resist picking up the ombre blush from Essence in the shade Heat Wave. It kind of reminded me of a MAC limited edition ombre blush that was released sometime last year.

Essence Blush up! in Heat wave

Essence Blush up! in Heat wave

Isn’t it a beauty to look at! 😉 If your familiar with the brand Essence then you’ll know that they are well known for making fantastic products for really great prices and this guy is no exception! This blush cost me no more than 5$ if I remember correctly.

The blush is essentially 3 different matte shades in one. One end of the pan is orange and the other end is a warm hot pink. The middle section where the 2 shades merge is a beautiful orange pink shade that would look great on many skin tones.

Heat wave close up!

Heat wave close up!

I love how intensely pigmented this blush is! That could be a problem if your not careful though. All it takes to get some color is to gently touch the surface of the blush with your brush. I doubt I will hit pan on this blush even if I wore this every single day! Unlike many intensely pigmented blushes, this one is awesome in the blending department. As for wear time, it gets a gold star in that department too! I did not notice any fading for 9 hours straight 🙂

Swatches from left to right; orange side, pink side and the middle of the pan

Swatches from left to right; orange side, pink side and the middle of the pan

As you can see from the swatches above, the shades are so pretty and they are not as scary intense as they look in the pan. With some blending all the 3 shades impart a lovely healthy vibe to the cheeks.

Another positive about this blush is its packaging.It is sturdy and great to throw into your purse unlike many similarly priced drugstore blushes.

Overall I am really impressed with this blush and I am tempted to label it as a hidden gem from the drugstore! However, if you are allergic or sensitive to talc this sadly may not be for you. The very first ingredient is Talc (as with many powder blushes in the market).

Hope you all are having a great week!

Until next time..ciao!!

My current travel makeup bag !

Hello folks!

September was a really busy month with lots of work related stuff along with quite a bit of travel sprinkled in! October looks like another travel busy month for me and so I thought of sharing with you guys what makeup items I plan to carry with me for my trip next week 🙂

Travel makeup bag :)

Travel makeup bag 🙂

I really love my old ‘beginning to get tatty’ makeup bag! It is by this Thai brand called Jim Thompson whose products include bags and  silk textiles with lovely prints. I have had this bag for years and picked it up in Singapore. It is a sufficiently large bag which flattens really easily so you can slide it in between clothes in your suitcase to lessen any impact on your items as your suitcase is thrown in and out of planes 😉 Now lets take a look at what is in this bag!

  1. Ck One mascara

I recently reviewed this mascara on the blog. I did not like it initially, but it has really grown on me and I have been using it almost every time I wear make up these days…so it has to come with me on my travels!

2.  Milani Ultra Fine Liquid Eyeliner

This is an oldie but a goodie! I was introduced to this inexpensive but awesome liner by the Youtuber Emily Noel. I love how intense and dark the liner is! It is perfect for those days when you want to do nothing but liner and mascara for the eyes 🙂

3. NYX Dark Circle Concealer

I find this concealer to be quite under rated…not too many people talk about it ! It is awesome for correcting any darkness around your eyes since it has that perfect salmon peachy pink tone to neutralize any dark circles. It is available in multiple shades so you can chose one according to your skin tone. A dark circle concealer is always a good idea when travelling (which means change in time zones and limited sleep!)

4. MAC Limited edition Creamsheen in Mystical

I always like to travel with a nude/my lips but better shade since those are my go to low maintenance lip options everyday. This is one of my favorite my lips but better shade..It was part of the aquatics collection that came out in the summer of 2014 I think.

5.Tarina Tarentino conditioning lip sheen in Floriculture

This lipstick has one of the best formulas! It is comfortable and lasts well too. The shade Floriculture can be built up to get a dark lip or worn sheer for a pop of color on the lips. At one point, I used to carry a ton of lipsticks (you know ..to change things up!) while travelling and noticed I use 2 out of the zillion ones I bring along and the 2 are most of the time a neutral one and a more berry/red one. So nowadays, I just take 2 lipsticks in these 2 categories!

6. Laura Geller Balance-n- Brighten in Fair

If you have been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that this is my ultimate favorite powder foundation! I love the finish and find it hassle free to travel with!

7. Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette in Dreamy

The formula of this small palette is buttery! There is no other way to describe it 🙂 The shades in the Dreamy palette are neutral (but shimmery) and can be used for everyday looks. I’ll review this beauty in detail sometime soon!!

8. Japonesque Velvet Touch blush in 04

The shade 04 is a pretty dark pink purple shade which is perfect for fall! As a blushoholic I do find it really hard to take just 1 blush with me 😉

9. The Balm Cindy Lou Manizer

This has become my go to highlighter! Ever since I got it I have almost stopped using the Mary Lou Manizer since this one looks more natural on my skin.

I carry my makeup brushes, cleansers and skincare stuff in other bags..this bag is usually just for makeup. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my travel makeup bag! If you have any tips on how to travel light, choosing makeup for travel or any related tips do let me know in the comments section!

Until next time..ciao!!

Beauty haul from Turkey! Part 1

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned in my last post, I just got back from Turkey which is not only fantastic for its culture and food but also shopping 🙂 Before I left for my trip I did do some research on the local brands and best places to buy makeup and skincare items. Today I will share with you a couple of items I picked up while on holiday there and hopefully this will help you plan your shopping if you happen to be travelling to Turkey soon!

Makeup from Turkey!

Makeup haul from Turkey!

First, I’ll talk about the makeup items! I picked up most of these items from a drugstore in Turkey called Gratis. Its very easy to spot in the main shopping street in Istanbul. When I went many of the items were out of stock unfortunately but I still managed to grab a few things!

1. Cindy Lou Manizer

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a Turkish brand but they were having a 40% off sale on the Balm products and I had to pick this up since the after sale price translated to 10 USD !! Score! 😀  I already have the Mary Lou Manizer and really enjoy it, but after using this one a couple of times I think I prefer this since it looks more natural on my skin tone. More on that in a review coming soon!!

2. Essence Lipliner in Satin Mauve

I have heard people talk so much about these and with good reason! They are super creamy and feel amazing on the lips. Again the price tag made me buy it 😉

3. Essence blush up in Heatwave

This is such a gorgeous orange peach-pink ombre blush! I have not seen these in the US so I picked it up. I have used it a couple of times and so far its been great!

4. Eklips natural fan brush

I think this is an in house brand of Gratis and its supposed to be a dupe for ecotools? It is eco friendly and cruelty free. It was around 1 USD and for that price it works amazingly well! I used it to apply highlighter on my cheek bones and it does a beautiful job. After trying this out, I really wanted to pick up some more brushes from the brand but sadly I didn’t have time to go back to Gratis 😦 If you plan on visiting Turkey do check out this line of brushes!

5. Golden Rose Velvet matte lipstick in number 19

Golden Rose is a Turkish brand and I went to their main store in Istanbul. Before I left for Turkey I checked out Instagram posts by Turkish beauty bloggers to get an idea of the local makeup scene 😉 (I know I know..I sound like I have a makeup addiction problem!) and this was one of the lipsticks that was constantly praised! This cost me around 6 USD and the texture of the lipstick is amazing! Its so creamy and comfortable on the lips..I’ll probably review it soon if your curious about swatches 🙂 The guy who helped me out in the store said that a lot of the shades are dupes for MAC lipsticks. I actually have only 1 limited edition MAC lipstick so I can’t vouch for it but I do like the shade I picked out!

6. Pastel nail polish in number 108? 

I saw tons of nail polish in Turkey for really cheap prices but eventually I picked up only this one since I don’t have this color in my collection. The shade has no name but I think its number 108..again not sure! I have used this once and the quality is really good..no chipping for more than a week 🙂 I think the brand Pastel and even Golden Rose is available in some European countries. The shade 108 looks perfect for summer, don’t you think!

7. Golden Rose matt top coat

I bought this on a whim and its actually quite cool to use! I can see myself using this for nail art! I tried it out once with one of my OPI nail polishes and it really converted the shade into a matt one when I used this as a top coat. It was really cheap and so I  thought it might be gimicky, but it works !

This post got so long I decided to split it into 2 parts! I will talk about some skincare items I got from Turkey in part 2. Hope you’ll enjoyed taking a peak into the makeup items I picked up! Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!

Until next time…ciao!!!