Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal Review

I'm fairly sure that y'all must know by now I went on a bit of a shopping spree when I was in India on vacation. Being an eyeliner fanatic (I find it very difficult to go without it!) I had to try these out first.

Lakme is an Indian company that's been around for... well, for as long as I can remember! My mother used to wear their kajal back in the days I roamed around in diapers (from what she's told me). It's also the 'safe' brand, i.e if you're a kid starting out in the world of makeup, chances are someone's going to direct you to a Lakme counter.

Still, with the plethora of choices available in the Indian market today, how does this brand hold it's own?

The packaging is your standard, plastic, mechanical-pencil packaging. The liner itself is retractable (thank heavens! I have several Stila ones that are impossible to twist down) and the twist mechanism works smoothly. The top of the liner is sharpened to a point, but it doesn't come with a sharpener for when the tip is worn down.

The name of the color is written on the little strip at the bottom. This is inconvenient, because, with the exception of the white on, the others all look the same, and there is no way to distinguish one color from the other except for reading the 'tag' at the bottom. Not a huge deal, but some amount of color-coordination would have been helpful.

There are six shades available in this range: Black, Brown, Grey, Green, Blue, and White. I have here four of the six shades with me.

The shades I have are:

  • Grey
  • Brown
  • White
  • Green

White is a stark white (you can barely see it on the sheet!). It's soft and surprisingly smooth and creamy, and glides on easily, even in the waterline.

Brown is a standard deep expresso brown. This is also smooth, and doesn't tug at the eyelid. It goes on well in the waterline, pretty pigmented, without requiring multiple swipes (two to three swipes will be more than enough).

Grey is a warm toned grey with a hint of blue in it. I like using grey for those days when I don't want something as intense as black, and this is a great substitute. The warmness of the color means that it doesn't look very stark against my skin. This is, like the others, smooth and creamy, and glides on the eyelid without tugging.

Green is a deep teal. It's a nice way to add a dash of color to any eye look, and looks particularly fetching when worn with bronzes and golds. I expected this to be more of a forest green, and was a little surprised because it came out teal, but I'm a fan of teal liners so I wasn't too disappointed. If you're looking for a true green liner, though, you might want to skip this. The formula on this one was on par with the others.

Coming to performance, this liner claims to be waterproof, smudgeproof, and is supposed to last up to 10 hours. It is waterproof, and smudgeproof, even on my oily lids, which came as a very pleasant surprise. As to the 10 hour wear claim, it did last a good amount of time on my lash line - 9 hours with minimal fading - but on the waterline it was shorter lived, lasting about 6 hours. It also did smudge a little bit when I wore it on the waterline, and I don't have particularly wet/watering eyes.

Formula wise, they are a good formula - they aren't as smooth or as creamy as, say, the Urban Decay liners, or even the Too Faced liners, but for the price point (they are on par with drugstore makeup) they are fantastic.

Overall, I do highly recommend these liners, and I'm pretty sure were I given the chance and the opportunity to repurchase them, I would!

BGMM Rating: A

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Changes to blogging schedule.

Hey everyone!

I've been having issues of late with the current blogging schedule - primarily because I'd like to test out the products I'm reviewing, and trying to post every day gives me less time to actually try products for their wear and tear. As you can imagine, I've been lagging behind on posting because of this. Factor in classes and my work schedule, and it becomes even more difficult!

As a result, I'm going to be changing my post schedule to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will also be resuming the Weekly Favorites post on Sunday.

This will give me a chance to give you better content, without putting as much stress on me.

Thanks for understanding! Let me know in the comments if there's anything in particular you'd like me to post about.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Lorac coming out with PRO MEGA palette soon!

I'm squealing in excitement because I cannot WAIT for this! Lorac is coming out with a mega version of their famous Pro palettes, called the Pro Mega palette. According to Beauty Logic Blog on Instagram, the palette will be out in November!

Prepare your wallets!

Photo credit: Beauty Logic Blog Instagram
What do you think? Are you as excited as I am?

*Edit - I've been told that the actual source of the picture is Beauty Logic Blog on Instagram. I've updated this post to give the correct source! :)

bareMinerals READY blush review

You ever come across a brand, are unimpressed by it's offerings, then you see something from the brand that others have raved about, decide to try it, fall in love with it, and then decide to try something else from the same brand, only this time around you aren't as impressed?

Welcome to my dealings with bareMinerals.

bareMinerals are actually a well-known mineral makeup brand. This means most of their makeup is available as loose powder. I say 'most' because they do have some pressed versions (and a liquid foundation out earlier this year, but that's another matter).

If you've been following me for a while, you know that the bareMinerals READY eyeshadow formula is one of my favorites (see reviews here and here). It only seemed natural for me to try out other products under the READY (i.e, pressed) formulation.

To wrap up my views in a nutshell - these are nice, but not without hiccups.

The packaging is made of a black, rubber-like material, very similar to NARS.. As you can see, despite me handling them with care, they pick up fingerprints. And dust. I'm fairly sure if you dropped these into Game of Thrones, they'd be able to pick up the Iron Throne just as easily.

They are, however, sturdy, and if you drop them onto carpet, they won't break/shatter (not that I talk from personal experience or anything...). This also means they're good to travel with.

bareMinerals READY blushes in The Thrill, The One, The Turn On.

The READY blushes, I've noticed, have a very love-lust-romance theme going on. For example, there's 'The Aphrodisiac', ' The Tease', 'The Indecent Proposal', and so on. I'm not sure if it's because the folks over at bareMinerals associate blushing with naughty activities, but I can assure them I blush because I'm embarrassed (shoutout to Mr. D., the only teacher who managed to turn me into a beetroot!) The shades I have are:

  • The Thrill
  • The One
  • The Turn On
(FYI, if you're in a committed relationship, or are married, and try to get your SO to wear 'The One' with you, it's not going to work. Just a heads up.)

I'm a little miffed because the pan size does not reflect the packaging size. Why is there so much waste of packaging? And why are the pan sizes like this? It's so hard to get a blush brush into them! *grumble*. But yes, the pan size does make it a little difficult to get your blush brush in (I use the Real Techniques blush brush, and an It Cosmetics blush brush, and it was difficult to maneuver both into the pan). In a way, the pan size makes it very difficult to overload your brush with the product, which is good, but since the product itself isn't highly pigmented (more on that later), this makes it a bad thing.

bareMinerals READY blush in The Thrill

The Thrill is a warm-toned peachy, apricot-y blush with a hint of pink. This is a satin blush, with no shimmer or glitter in it. It's a lovely shade, and reminds me a little of Illamasqua's Lover blush. It's a great blush for fair skins, but deeper skins can layer and build up the color. Very deep skins might want to skip this.

bareMinerals READY blush in The One

The One is a dusty rose pink blush with neutral tones, leaning slightly warm. This is a satin blush, but has a slight sheen to it (no shimmer or glitter though!). It's a great everyday blush for a lot of people. It does have to be built up though, as it isn't quite as pigmented as I'd like it to be. It's a little stiff, and not very easy to blend out.

bareMinerals READY blush in The Turn On

The Turn On is a bubblegum-y blue-toned fuchsia pink. This is a matte blush, and has no shimmer in it.This is the cool-toned blush among the three, and is also the most pigmented. Despite it being cool, it can be worn by a lot of people. It reminds me of NARS Mata Hari, but the formula isn't as stiff to me.

Let's talk shop, shall we? So, these blushes have the same READY formula as the shadows, but they feel quite different. They are soft powders, and are smooth and silky to the touch, but for whatever reason, it's difficult to apply them from the pan to your face. As you can see from the swatches, they're not very pigmented, which is both a good and a bad thing - it's good if you're fair, as you can't overdo the blush, but for deeper skins, building up the color is needed. Speaking of blending, these do require some amount of effort in buffing out - I think it's because my oily skin adhered to the blush, thus taking more energy in blending it out.

That being said, they are still a lovely formula, and I do like the colors, and I have been reaching for them. I like how it gives me a very natural flush (look at the blended swatches!). I don't mind building up the color, as I find it gives me more control over how much I apply.

It lasts for about four and a half hours on me, after which my oily skin seems to swallow it up, which isn't uncommon.

Overall, a good, above-average blush that does have its issues, but nevertheless, a good buy.

BGMM Rating: B

Friday, August 22, 2014

Zoya summer sale!

Calling all nail polish fanatics out there! Zoya is having a BOGO sale on select summer shades, running now through till the 24th of August!! Check it out if you've been wanting to add some new shades to your stash here!

Happy hauling!