Thursday, December 31, 2015

Maybelline Colorsensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick Review 1: Nude Thrill & Nude Flush

"Deck your lips with lots of lip balm - fa la la la la, la la la la

'Tis the season of liquid lipstick - fa la la la la, la la la la

Choose we now, from a variety of shades - fa la la, la la la, la, la, la

Through the wear time, chapped lips we bear - fa la la la la, la la, la, la"

Yes I know, it's not Christmas, it's almost the New Year. But that song was stuck in my head, so there! That being said, it looks like 2016 is going to be the year of the liquid lipstick - every brand seems to be coming out with their version. This also means that there are going to be lots of different formulas out there, which is quite exciting - despite my thinnish lips, I rather like the matte formula in general.

One of the newest releases is from Maybelline, as part of their Colorsensational line. I like this line - they have some of my favorite shades ever (the Vivids Range - super flattering on deeper skins!)  - and so I was really interested in them. I played it safe and picked up the two neutral/nude shades in the line.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush Review (Faerie Whispers Collection)

I know I've been away for a while. Whoops! At first I was recovering from surgery (it's been 3 weeks since I had it) but I guess the real reason would be... games. See, The Hubby and I got a Playstation 4 over Thanksgiving and we've kind of been hooked onto it (if you value your free time, don't get one of these. Seriously). I've been playing Dragon Age Inquisition and man I'm hooked onto it. It's so addictive! You get to meet people, and kill demons, and collect herbs; there's crafting, and loot, and a questline. Plus bears! And dragons!

(I'm getting way off track here, aren't I?)

That doesn't mean I've stopped all things makeup. I wanted to get this review out because the Faerie Whispers collection was only just recently released, and I think it's got a lot of great stuff!

The collection has seven eyeshadows (in a new, Foiled formula), four lipsticks, four lip glosses, two blushes and two beauty powders. I found most of them rather meh to be honest, because I already own similar shades to the products that did interest me. Well, most of them. Because when I saw the Cheek Pollen blush, I knew I had to have it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Five Not-Really-Makeup Products I've been Loving Lately

The other day I was using something (that I'm going to talk about more) when it struck me how integral it had become to my daily routine. It wasn't makeup, but it still kinda-sorta had something to do with makeup... does that make sense? I guess you could call these the backstage helpers for makeup products. You don't see them directly, but what they do very much influences the final result.

When I use something on a daily (or almost daily) basis, I have to tell everyone about it. The best part is that these are all affordable!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sephora Ombre Obsession Face Palette Review

I don't hear a lot of people talking about the Sephora brand, in general. Which is kind of a pity, because they do have some great stuff. For the holidays, they've come out with several releases. The one that was most interesting to me was this palette, of course, given that I'm obsessed (get it? 'Cause it's in the name...) with blushes.

I stumbled across this palette entirely by accident. I'd gone to my local Sephora to swatch the Urban Decay blushes (having side-eyed them for the longest time ever) and of course ended up roaming around, when I saw this. Swatching it in-store impressed me enough to make me pick this up.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick Review

Oh man, this review is long overdue. It's quite shameful really, that I haven't yet talked about a product that's become a staple in my collection, something I keep reaching for over and over.

When I got these, Kiko was relatively unknown in the U.S. because it wasn't easily available here. Since then, however, Kiko have launched a few brick-and-mortar stores in the States, and more excitingly, have a U.S website from where you can buy their products from! (This has been very exciting for me... and difficult, because how do I stop myself from wanting ALL THE THINGS?)


Friday, December 11, 2015

A quick update about where I've been

Hey everyone!

I know I've been MIA the past week or so. As I mentioned previously, I've been struggling with some health issues of late, and this past week I underwent minor surgery to rectify the issue. It went well (knocks on wood) but I've been a little loopy with painkillers, not to mention the anaesthesia :) I'm getting better daily and hope to be back to my regular posting schedule before the end of the year.

I've begun to realize that I noticed my symptoms a while back, but I was too afraid to go see a doctor. I was scared of potential bad news. It was silly of me, because I could have resolved my health issues earlier if it wasn't for my fears.

Learn from my experience - if something is wrong with you, don't ignore it. It won't go away on it's own! It's best to see a professional about it, and get it solved as soon as possible.

I hope all of you are having a great weekend!

-Aditi

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color Review: Russet Luster & Deep Plum Luster

Sephora's in-house brand tends to be rather overlooked (with understandable reason - I mean, everyone goes to a Sephora to buy from the makeup brands, right?). But one thing that keeps coming up each time I visit my local Sephora is their lip collection; I've heard a lot of good things about their lip products, and they're considered the hidden gems of the brand. I was browsing across the internet when I came across a mention of their Luster Mattes being a 'dupe' for the Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer, albeit with a more matte finish. Heck yeah I was intrigued!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows Review: Part 2

Continuing from the previous post, I've got a few more of the NYX Prismatic eyeshadows. I spoke about these quite a bit in the last post, so today I'm going to jump right into the review!

Monday, November 30, 2015

NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows Review: Part I

NYX is one of those drugstore brands that I feel is constantly coming up with new products. I feel like they come out with a lot of lip products, and I've tried quite a few of their lip products (and really liked some of the lipsticks) but I haven't tried any of their eye shadows yet. It's just that having been exposed to shadows from several brands, I tend to look for certain things in my shadows - and till date NYX hasn't really interested me in any of their shadows.

Their new(ish, since I'm sure these have been out for a few months now) eyeshadows totally caught my eye. Shimmery, almost metallic, shadows? Yes please. I'm kind of a sucker for shimmers. Some of the shades totally caught my fancy and I picked up a few to try out.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I hope you're spending time with the people you love, an the ones who love you :)

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.




Bellini
 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-

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette Review

I've been in a bit of a funk lately, and that's caused me some writer's block. That, and I've been kind of pottering around my kitchen trying out new recipes (since I'm totally basic I had to figure out the secrets of a pumpkin spice latte) and so I've been away from the blog for a teensy bit.

Doesn't mean I haven't been not using makeup though. In fact, I've really been having fun playing around with more fall-type shades!

 Now that I've gotten the excuses out of the way, today I'm bringing to you one of the Tarte holiday offerings, their blush palette. Now, Tarte usually comes out with a blush palette each holiday, and I'll totally admit that I may have got this one to complete the set with the ones from the previous years. That being said, the Tarte blush palettes are usually really good value, and a great way to try out their blush formula.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Queen by Queen Latifah Perfume Review

I'm switching things up a little here on the blog today, to talk about something I've been interested in lately: fragrances.
I love 'em. For the longest time I just knew I liked smelling good, but I never knew how fragrances evolve over time. Did you know most fragrances have top notes, middle notes and base notes? Also, the best way to know if a fragrance will suit you is to actually wear it; body chemistry really plays a big role in how a fragrance will turn out to be.

Today, I'm going to talk about one of the first fragrances I picked up when I started to dip my toes into the fragrance world: Queen by Queen Latifah.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette Review (Limited Edition Holiday 2015)

Ahhh, holidays. That time of the year when you want to steel yourself against the new releases but you're powerless because they're gorgeous.

When I first saw this palette, the packaging captivated me (why lie, I bought this pretty much for the color-wheel style packaging!) and I knew I had to have it. So when it came out, I placed the order - instantly, really. Unfortunately I wasn't able to test it out for sometime, but after spending the past week or so testing this out I'm finally ready to share my thoughts!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick Fall 2015 Limited Edition Shades Review

There's something about the Wet N Wild lipsticks that I just can't quit. Well, the brand as a whole, really. They make some really good stuff, and more often than not, their limited edition collections are pretty amazing.

So when I heard about their Fall 2015 collection - Here's To The Wild Ones - umm, I fell hard. One, because the name is pretty awesome, and two, because of the lipstick shades.

What's so special about the lipsticks in this collection, you might ask? One way to put it is this, I suppose: I got 99 problems but a vampy shade of lipstick ain't one (ahem. There is clearly a reason why I'm not in the songwriting business.)

This collection has 6 lipsticks, 6 nail lacquers, and 4 eyeshadow palettes. Unfortunately, my Walgreens was out of everything else, but I was lucky enough to get the lipstick shades I had set my sights on. So, onwards!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wet N Wild To Reflect Shimmer Palette Review - Rose Golden Goddess & Carnival In Rio

Continuing with the Wet N Wild highlighter reviews (I reviewed Hollywood Boulevard and Rose Champagne Glow in my last post here), today I'm talking about the other two (well, technically the other one, but we'll get to that in the end).

While Hollywood Boulevard and Rose Champagne Glow were most definitely highlighters, Rose Golden Goddess and Carnival In Rio are not so clearly defined. They're deeper than the first two, and so their function depends entirely on your skin tone.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Wer N Wild Fergie To Reflect Shimmer Palette Review - Hollywood Boulevard & Rose Champagne Glow

Given that the world seems to be going nuts over strobing - what is even up with that, can I ask - everyone seems to be in the search of the next big highlighter. Or, well, something that does the job without breaking the bank, you know?

Ahem.

I have a lot of love for Wet N Wild products - they really do have some lovely products - and I'm not sure why their highlighters aren't more talked about, really. I'm about to rectify that *dun dun DUN*.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Grunge Review (Limited Edition Fall 2015)

I'm not going to do what I usually do and talk a bunch about this product before coming to a conclusion. Nope, not this time.

What I am going to say is this - if you're medium to deep skinned and/or have even a faint nostalgia when it comes to the 90's, you need to go right now and get this shade. Do it, I'll wait.

Look, I'll be perfectly honest. Back in the 90's, I was a kid. Heck, I was a tomboy as a child and a geek as a teen (who am I kidding, still have the geek force in me) and if you'd asked me what was trendy in the world of makeup at the time I'd have gaped at you.

This shade, however - this collection, in fact - kinda makes me wish I was more into makeup in those days. I'm definitely one of the many who are elated at the fact that the 90's are making a comeback!

The ColourPop Lippie Stix in Grunge is one of several that ColourPop released as part of their 'ColourPop Throws It Back' collection and hoo boy, have they ever.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Guess who fell sick?

So I fell sick over the weekend and feel quite dreadful at the moment, so I don't think I'll be able to get a post up today. I'm hoping it won't affect my posting for the rest of the week! I'm also hoping to get today's post up tomorrow instead (if I feel better, fingers crossed!).

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, September 18, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows Review (Limited Edition Fall 2015)

For Fall 2015, ColourPop came out with their 'ColourPop Throws It Back' collection (also called, apparently, Back To The 90's) as a homage to the grunge look of the 90's (which I absolutely do not remember because I was full-bodied tomboy during my childhood) so I took it as a chance to re-live the 90's look.

I was very fastidious when choosing what to pick from this collection, because despite it having several lovely shades and sets, I'm trying to stick to colors that I'll actually use. With that thought in mind, I picked up only two of the ten Super Shock shadows available in this range.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 Lipstick Review

MAC's Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 was released online on September 8th (10th in stores) and I knew I wanted it the moment I saw swatches of it. I pretty much ordered it the day it came out, and I've had it for a couple of days now and have been testing it out.

Now, both the Viva Glam Miley lipsticks are available online on the MAC website, and they're also available in stores.

Just as a reminder, all the proceeds from the Viva Glam line (100% of the price) goes to a charity that helps men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. That's a pretty fantastic reason to buy this, but the color also makes a compelling reason!

Monday, September 14, 2015

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Beeper and Clueless (Limited edition Fall 2015)

I'm sure everyone and their wallets (hur hur) must have heard of the new matte liquid lipsticks that Colourpop released, so I'm not going to bore you too much with the details. Suffice to say that they came out with a general catalogue collection, and they released eight limited edition shades for Fall.

I picked up two of the neutral shades to try out (but I also have a couple of the general catalogue shades I'll be reviewing sometime soon).

Giving a bit of background on matte liquid lipsticks - they're the trend that's in at the moment. They range from a thicker, mousse-like texture to a thinner, runnier texture. What they have in common is that they apply onto the lips wet, but dry down. They also generally tend to be long lasting.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow in Dolci Bronze Review (Summer 2015)

Milani, oh Milani. You are one of the reasons why my wallet weeps. I can't resist you... how can I? With all the affordable, wonderful products you have, how is any mortal to resist?

Enough soliloquy, I suppose. The fact is, Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands, and with good reason. So when I noticed that they'd come out with a Dolci Bronze collection for Summer 2015, I picked up a few pieces from the collection. [The collection includes a lip gloss, lipstick, eye shadow, nail polish and bronzer, all in the shade Dolci Bronze. I haven't been able to determine if this is a limited edition collection or not.]

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop Review

Full confession: I didn't know much about Jaclyn Hill before this. I also bought this not for the name, but the shade itself.

I know this is limited edition, but I also know it's still available on the Sephora website, and I'll give you a spoiler alert -

This. Is. So. Pretty.

I mean, I have a lot of things working against me when it comes to highlighters. Oily skin, large pores.. heck, even being brown skinned can work against you when it comes to undertones and like.

So when I really like a highlighter... you better believe I have reason, baby.

Monday, September 7, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick Review

I know MAC's Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 is out on September 8th (online - 10th in stores) and it reminded me that I hadn't talked about the first one yet! So here we are.

I really like the MAC Viva Glam line - they partner with some great people, and I really appreciate the fact that they donate all the proceeds to charity. The latest spokesperson is, of course, Miley Cyrus (if you don't know who she is I really don't know what to say!) and despite the controversy that surrounds her I think she's a pretty good choice.

Friday, September 4, 2015

MAC Fix+ Review

Well, I know this isn't a new product, nor is it relatively unknown. As a matter of fact, it's quite the opposite! I've heard a lot of people use this for lots of different things, but I never gave it any thought because, in my mind, it was just fancy water. (Look who has the fancy water now, eh?) Anyway, my friend Jules, who is easily one of the most gorgeous people I know, uses this as a final step and her makeup is always flawless.

I want flawless makeup, too. And so when MAC came out with their limited edition collection of scented MAC Fix+, I was tempted. Veeeeeery tempted. When I saw they had a rose (!!!!) scented one, um, yes please.

Now, despite the fact that I have a limited edition scent, the product itself isn't limited edition, so you can always pick one up should you want it.


The packaging is standard, with the only difference being that the tube is colored (pink, because it's a rose scent!). Otherwise, this Fix+ is the same as the regular one.

The Fix+ is supposed to be a fixing spray, but in my experience I haven't found it to be very good as a fixing spray. That isn't to say it is good at all - you'll see later what I mean.



The spray nozzle is small, with a pinpoint opening. This results in a very fine mist, which means that you don't get too much of the product on your face. I've found this nozzle to be the best one in my experience - all the droplets feel like they're the same size (does that make sense?) unlike, say, my NYX Matte Setting Spray, which dispenses droplets too big for my liking.

The product itself is very mildly rose scented, to my disappointment. I find that my regular old rose water is much more scented than this!  As I mentioned before it isn't particularly good as a setting/fixing spray - I don't find it extends foundation wear time, nor do I find that it controls oil, so it's quite a fail for it's 'marketed' purpose. But what it is particularly good at, and what I've been using it for, has been as a finishing spray. I spray this all over my face once I've applied my foundation, powder, blush, etc., etc. - I find that this spray helps to meld all the products together and give a more natural look. I've also used this to 'foil' my eyeshadows (applying eyeshadows wet makes them more pigmented, and makes the shimmery shades appear almost metallic).

Here's what I mean - the picture on the left is without Fix+ while the one on the right is after application:


You can see how, in the picture on the left, my face looks almost too matte as a result of all the powder on the face. (It has photographed rather well but trust me - in real life it looked horrendously cakey!). The picture on the left looks more natural and skinlike, which I much prefer.

Okay, so those were the positives. The flipside? I don't think this product is all that great. I've been using plain rose water before I got my Fix+ (I decanted it into an empty NYX setting spray bottle) and to be very honest I can't see much of a difference between that and this. Sure, I like the spray nozzle in this, but is it really worth the price? Meh. I'm going to keep using this till it's over, then continue with my rose water.

BGMM Rating: B









Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Maybelline Clearglow BB Stick Review

(Note - I've tried to search and see if this product is still around but I can't seem to find any information. I'll update this post when I find out more.)

Today I'm talking about a product that's from India. I believe this was the Maybelline's answer to the whole BB trend in India. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not sure if this was an Asia-exclusive product or if it was only available in India?

But onto the product itself - this is supposed to be a BB cream, but in a stick form. It's designed for oily skin. It's supposed to have a "sebum-resistant formula" which I took to mean as having oil-absorbing ingredients.

Monday, August 31, 2015

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Topanga and Toucan Review (Limited Edition Summer 2015)

First off, apologies for the lack of post on Friday - I was quite under the weather and the weekend found me in bed recuperating.

Second, I know this post is rather late - what with fall around the corner - but as far as I'm concerned it's still summer. Plus I only got these quite recently so technically this review is in good time :) And given that they're still around should you want them, let's get right to the review.

Also, 250th post! That's definitely a milestone, no? :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On Vacation

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I'll be on vacation starting tomorrow till Wednesday next week. We're heading to Arizona and are looking forward to catching all the wonderful sights! I'll try to post a couple of vacation pictures on Instagram as and when I have time (and a decent internet connection, haha). I'll see you you guys back here on Friday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fyrinnae Liquid Matte Lipstick in Kitten Review

You know matte liquid lipsticks are here to stay when indie companies take a shot at them! And I think one of the more well-known ones from the indie world come from Fyrinnae.

I was interested in the Fyrinnae Liquid Matte lipsticks, especially since they had a shade that was so on point with the greige trend. The shade, Kitten, seemed to always be out of stock but one day when I was browsing the site (am I the only one who does it? Surely not!) I saw it was available and I had to go for it.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad in 05 Good Nude Review

Continuing on my reviews for the Bourjois Smoky Stories quads, today I'm going to be talking about the Good Nude quad. This is an... interesting quad. It's nothing like I expected it to be, but more on that later.

Like I've mentioned before, these are permanent, so you can pick them up anytime, should you want. (If you want to read my thoughts on the other quads in the line, here's Upside Brown and Over Rose)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad in 06 Upside Brown Review

Upside Brown. Such a cute name!

Back in May I mentioned how I really liked the Bourjois Smoky Stories quad... I also mentioned that I'd had them for a while and, uh. totally forgot to review them. I'm forgiven though, right? These are a permanent product, so you can always get them... if you want.