Monday, November 23, 2015

Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette Review

Hello and welcome to one of this years hottest, most-anticipated releases! That's right, today we're talking about the Lorac Mega Pro 2 palette, the successor to last year's equally hot Lorac Mega Pro.

Everyone who's had the tiniest bit of exposure to the makeup world has heard of Lorac, and more specifically, their famous Pro palettes. These palettes have some of the most pigmented, soft and silky shadows I've had the pleasure of using. The nicest thing about the Pro palettes is the equal number of matte and shimmer shades they have, which makes them incredibly versatile.

The Mega Pro 2 palette takes the Pro palette to the next level - it houses 16 matte shades and 16 shimmer shades, double of what you get in the regular Pro palette. How awesome is that?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sephora VIB/VIB Rouge Sale Haul!

I've been waiting for the Sephora sale to pick up some stuff on my wishlist... stuff that I've been wanting for ages! Some of it were replacements, others were stuff that I wanted to try out.

I'm looking forward to reviewing these soon!

Apologies for the not-so-great pictures! I took them on my phone and we haven't had the best natural light.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Just Catching Up

Hey everybody!

I know I haven't been around for a bit and I'm sorry (I've missed you guys!). I've been struggling with some health-related issues of late and so have been spending my time at doctor appointments. I still don't have an idea as to what exactly is wrong with me, and I'm facing more appointments in the weeks to come. Hopefully it'll all get resolved (and soon!).

I'm going to try to be better at posting, but please bear with me for the next week or so if my posts are sporadic. Thanks! :)

- Aditi

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo Review

Everyone's heard of Lolita - well, to rephrase that, everyone in the makeup world knows that Kat Von D's Lolita shade is one of the neutral lip shades to own. (I'm not too keen on the name personally, but I do like the color).

I actually own the full-size of the first Lolita liquid lipstick, and it's one of my favorite shades to wear (and also one of my favorite matte/liquid lipstick formulas). But when this set came out, I knew I had to try out the 'new' Lolita, especially since it looked like the pink-toned sister of the first Lolita. Since I knew I liked the first one, I didn't mind too much about having a second, mini-size version of it to carry around in my purse :)

The box is deceptively big because the tubes inside are actually the size of the picture of the tubes on the outer packaging. Yeah. Can you believe it? (I hate it when companies do this kind of thing). The full size has 0.22oz of product, so this has about half the amount of product. Together, you get 0.2oz of product for $19.50, while the full size is $20 for 0.22oz. So you're not really saving anything in terms of price, but you get to try two shades for the price of one.

The tubes are also mini versions of the full size. The design of the top is the same as the full size. The application is also the same doe-foot kind as the full size (albeit smaller). I find that the amount of product the applicator dispenses is enough for both my upper and lower lips, so the smaller size doesn't affect application.

The shades in this set are:

Lolita - a neutral brownish rose with mauve undertones to it. This is exactly the shade of my lips, and is a perfect my-lips-but-better for me.
Lolita II - a warm toned, medium pink with brown undertones. It looks more like a terracotta-coral on me.

I prefer the formula of Lolita II to the original Lolita by a little bit, for some reason Lolita II feels a wee bit smoother. It's also a slightly more opaque than Lolita.

As far as the the shade of full size vs. mini size Lolita goes, I swatched them on my lips and noticed no difference at all.

Both of these are, of course, matte. When you apply it has a wet finish but it quickly dries down to a matte finish in about ten seconds or so. I highly recommend exfoliating your lips before application, because the finish does tend to highlight any dry patches.

The formula is smooth, and a little runny in texture (compared to, say, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams). It goes on the lips without any issues, it doesn't feel weird or tacky on the lips. It is a little drying, but it doesn't really bother me too much (and I can only detect the dryness four hours into wear time).

Both of these last a good six and a half hours on me with minimal snacking and drinking. It holds up fairly well through meals too, but I find there's a little bit of fading in the inner part of my lips (I assume it's because of the motion of eating/chewing?) but it's not noticeable like the dreaded 'lip liner' effect. If you eat something oily, though, it will wear off faster. When dry, it's also transfer-proof and doesn't get onto teacups... or people, for that matter ;) 

Here's how they look on me:

If I remember correctly, Lolita II will be a permanent full-size shade sometime next year. So if you miss out on this duo, don't worry - you'll be able to get both of these shades in their full sizes. I think both of these are universally flattering shades - they'll suit everyone - but that being said I can see this looking different on different skin tones. If you're brown skinned though, I'm going to recommend this to you - it's a set of very flattering neutrals in a very comfortable matte formula.

BGMM Rating: Lolita - A-
                      Lolita II - A

Monday, November 2, 2015

Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind Set Review

Around the holidays, most brands come out with really cute, mini-size versions of their products - which is a good thing! These sets usually give you a chance to try out the brand without shelling out too much (plus they tend to be really cute!).

For the past few years, Bite Beauty has come out with a tin set of 4 shades in a particular line of their products. If I remember right, there was a set with four of their High Pigment lip pencils, then last year was another set of their High Pigment lip pencils, and this year they kept with the matte trend and came out with a set of four of their Matte Creme lip crayons.

I have to say that Bite Beauty makes some of the most comfortable lip products I own - not very surprising, considering they pretty much only make lip products! Another good thing about Bite is that they use food-grade ingredients in their products.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Quick swatches - Bite Limited Edition lipstick shades - Bellini, Mimosa and Kir Royale

Bite came out with three limited editions shades - which isn't unusual, since they come out with limited edition shades all the time - but what is unusual is that they were available as minis at Sephora. You could redeem your Beauty Insider points for the Bite set that consisted of a mini lipstick (in the limited edition shade), a mini lipgloss in the same shade, and a tiny (but cute!) mirror.

 is a bright, almost neon warm toned fuchsia pink.
Mimosa is a bright, warm toned orange-red.
Kir Royale is a medium pink-toned berry.

The lipsticks are all in their Luminous Creme formula. They are all very pigmented, very smooth, and just glide on to the lips. Wear time is fantastic - without any eating, they last a good 5 hours - and they all leave a stain behind.

The lipglosses are surprisingly pigmented, a little on the thick side, and fairly tacky. They wear well, but they do bleed a little bit so if you plan to wear them on their own, it's advisable to use a clear lipliner with it.

If any of the shades (lipstick) look interesting to you, they're available at Sephora as full sizes. They are limited edition and won't be around forever!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Guerlain Meteorites Perles Des Neiges Review

Oh hai, look at my first ever Guerlain product! (also my only Guerlain product; ignore the sound of my wallet weeping in the corner).

I've long wondered about the Guerlain Meteorites. About anything Guerlain, really. Why do people rave about it? Why are they so well celebrated? What is all the magic about?

On the other hand - that price tag. G-damn, amiright? I felt like there was no way I could justify the price, you know? But I still lusted after them. So much. For so long...

... and then Guerlain came out with their holiday collection. The Guerlain Winter Fairy Tale collection. I like winter (in theory, of course, I like snow in small doses), and I like fairy tales. And then the packaging. If there's one thing they do amazingly, it's packaging. It reminded me of a winter wonderland. A snow globe filled with magic.

It's weighty and feels really good in your hand, despite the packaging being made of plastic. The inside comes with an extremely soft powder puff - and contrary to what I initially thought, the puff isn't meant for application purposes - it's there to prevent the meteorite pearls inside from breaking. (Did you know that the pearls are handmade? I didn't!). The meteorites are essentially a finishing powder - something you apply on top of your setting powder, to infuse some 'glow' back to your face. (Setting powders tend to leave your skin matte, which can look too flat in real life; these finishing powders help the final result look more natural, healthy and fresh).

This year's pearls come in an assortment of bronze-gold, champagne beige and white. The pearls are bronze gold and champagne beige, while the little stars (meant to resemble snowflakes, keeping in tune with the theme of the collection) are white. They look really, really pretty. Everything about the packaging and the product screams luxury (this actually makes my vanity look very rinky-dinky, haha).

Here's a closer look at each of the pearls. Out of the three, the gold has some microsparkle, while the champagne beige and the white star give off more of a sheen. I find that the easiest way to apply this product is to use a fluffy brush. (I use my Zoeva Petit Stippling brush or my Real Techniques Setting brush for localized application, and the Zoeva Powder brush for all over my face).

The above picture has heavy swatches of each pearl. I wasn't able to get a good swatch of the three of them combined, as my finger couldn't pick up enough product and it swatched sheerly. The resulting finish is a satiny-sheen, but (and here comes bad news) upon looking closer, in certain lights, you can see the microglitter.

Yeah, that's right. Microglitter.

I will tell you that in most lighting, this gives me the most glorious glow ever. Truly. I have oily skin and highlighters can make me look very oily very easily but this makes me glow. Like I've been chillin' out with some angels and oh, would you look at that, their wings lightly brushed across my face and whoops, I'm glowing. I couldn't take my eyes of myself!

But... in direct sunlight, you can see the glitter. There's no mistaking it. I made my husband look for any differences in my face and yes, in direct sunlight, he could see it. Natural light? Nope. Artificial indoor light? Nothing. Only direct sunlight.

If you're following me on Instagram (you totally should: aditi_bgmm) you'll have seen me posting a couple of selfies. I've been using these and really liking the results:

But you know what? I have mixed feeling! I like how these make me look, no doubt. But shelling out so much money for a product that you have to be careful with when you go out in direct sunlight seems... kinda silly. I do like the finish in other lighting though...

So if you do decide you want these, here are a couple of tips I learned during use, and from friends:
  • Don't use the powder puff for application. It'll deposit way too much product.
  • Use a fluffy brush that isn't very dense.
  • Apply first to the areas of your face you want to highlight (cheekbones, center of forehead, etc) and then if you want you can use what's remaining on the rest of your face.
BGMM Rating: A-