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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Be Talk: MAC lipstick Chilli Review, Swatch, FOTD

Brand: MAC

Line: Matte

Shade : Chilli

Weight: 3 g / 0.1 US oz

Price: USD 15, € 19,50, INR 990

From the MAC website:

Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.

Me Talk

Well well, last year- 2013 was probably the year RED was born again! I mean yes! Never before had I seen ladies around to go so crazy over this forever sexy shade! It was as if -all of a sudden-after years of fearing the "Over the top look", ladies have kicked all the barriers and made red their best friend! There were suddenly a flurry of Reds to be seen on pretty pouts- red-reds, orange-reds, bluish reds, matte reds, glossy reds and so on! Amidst this red-fare, I bought the MAC Chilli-the "my kind of red" !.

OK-so the "my kind of Red" is off course a complete matte shade with an exact tomato/red jalapeno/paprika hue. 

This is one shade that will rock fair/wheatish skin tones for sure. I have been hunting for this shade for a long time but all the reds I bought missed this color target by a few nanometers (this is where Science meets makeup! In Physics too-we define colors in nanometers! :D) . But swatching the MAC Chilli in the stores made me grab it and run to counter. Later the SA brought me a sealed pack-or else I might have ended up buying the tester :D :D.

Like all MAC-Mattes, this one goes creamy and doesn't dry the lips. But do moisturize your lips before using any lipstick. I always advice ladies to use lip-liners or you break a major makeup rule! Especially with reds-one needs to be extra careful. Any peachy brown, brick or earthy brown liner may be used with this lipstick.  No need to speak about pigmentation- MAC lipsticks always score 10/10 on that.


So summing up


1. A flattering red shade for almost all skin tones that can be a safe bet for everyday wear. Can be worn to jazz up a simple or formal outfit for work.
2. Creamy matte texture that glides smoothly on lips and doesn't accentuate fine lines
3. Lasts for about 3-4 hours and fades thereafter
4. Doesn't stain lips
5. Great pigmentation
6. Awesome vanilla fragrance

It is almost 1.5 times costlier in Europe than in US or India!!!! Not fair!!!! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Be Talk: Celeb Style: Stars at the Renault Star Guild Awards 2014

Well well- its January and while you are still snuggling up in your blankets-Stars are stomping down the Red Carpet! So get up and have a look at what Bollywood stylistas sported at the Star Guild Awards 2014  which took place at the NSCI stadium in Worli, Mumbai, with the show being hosted by Salman Khan.

Oh! And I heard, Salman and Shahrukh And Salman and Vivek Oberoi hugged each other (No!!! OMG-it was not a 3 people hug-a-thon silly! What are you thinking?? ) 

...Probably scientists this year will find out that global warming is postponed-or that dinosaurs are coming back :D :D :D

Huma Qureshi..Err should I call it a wardrobe malfunction ??

Explain us the reasons for buying this dress Sonakshi??

Nearing perfection \m/

Again top grades-and extra grades for successfully experimenting with a saree (or a Mekhla? IDK)

When the EX gets married-its time to look extra gorgeous :D

Girls go eat-this lady brought curvy IN!

Deepika..what exactly are you doing?
I so like it when someone experiments with saree!!

And drumrolls for the DIVA- no arguments-she hit the ball out of the park this time!

She got featured in an Alabama blog!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Be Talk: KIKO Purifying Mask review

Quantity:  55 ml 

Price:  5.90 Euro (Germany)


Purifying re-mineralizing mask, provides a long lasting matte look to the skin while reducing blemishes. Ideal for combination to oily skin types and in case of blemishes and impurities. Thanks to plant micro-sponges and clay, it absorbs excess sebum without drying out the skin, and with a light massage it helps to remove dead cells.     Mineral salts and trace elements revitalize the complexion leaving the face mattified. 

Clinically tested : Hypoallergenic, Non comedogenic, Paraben free.

Me Talk:
I say that this is probably one of the few products I have used, that keep their promises. I apply at least once a week and whenever my skin lacks lusture and needs some urgent intensive care. The result I find everytime is a visibly clearer skin, reduced pimples and an instant freshness. It comes in a tube and so its hygienic, easy to take out and use. The mask dries in 5 minutes and then I wash it off to discover my pampered skin beneath. It has a creamy and mild-grainy texture-which acts like a soft scrub when I wash off. It suits my skin type to the T and I never had any problems of irritation or breaking out after using this mask. And at this price- I never thought I would get something as useful! Usually, apart from drugstore masks-which I usually find to have no striking effect-masks from companies like Biotherm, Clarins, Lush or L'Occitane are pretty expensive-and mostly have no trial sachets. So, if they don't suit you-your money is wasted. But this one-I say has enough quantity and quality packed within the coin-purse-budget!!!! (I just coined this term-meaning that you can buy it out of the coins in your coin purse :D :D :D).

1. Super effective- instantly rejuvenates skin-giving it a glow and freshness.
2. No side effects-like irritation, inflammation or break out
3. Extreme value for money. If used regularly-it will take at least 3 months to finish the tube. And the price you pay is below 10 Euros!
4. No funny smell
5. Comes in a tube-so non-messy an easy to use
For the Indian girlies-this is not available in India. But you can surely shop online!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Be Talk: Review Swatch FOTD Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick Atomic Pink

Hey Dollies!

Find my review on the gorgeous shade of Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick Atomic Pink (no. 190) which I wrote for Wiseshe! (Click on my picture to reach the review on Wiseshe) .

Do let me know your views!! :)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Be Talk: KIKO Makeup Milano review series

Hola Amigos!!

The Christmas holidays are the best season of the year for people like me who like nothing better than wrapping themselves up in a warm blanket, grab a warm mug of hot chocolate and a plate of brownies and chatter away the cozy time with real and virtual friends!

Okay-so this time I decided to tell my makeup lover gang of girlies about a brand which has kept me smitten for about a year! It has a cute name- KIKO- one you can easily remember and certainly would not forget once you use any of its products !

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO was established and founded in 1997 by an Italian professional cosmetics brand that features a range of cutting-edge makeup, face and body treatments. Safe and effective products of the highest quality, created to satisfy the beauty requirements of women, and even men, of any age.

KIKO's identity is rooted in "Made in Italy" values and the world of the capital for fashion, art and design. The research into original textures and colours is combined with research into quality formulas with guaranteed performance, for a perfect fusion of quality and creativity.

The result of cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the latest fashion trends, KIKO continuously renews itself with products that are always new and closer to the multiple ideals of beauty.


To me-KIKO stores are wonderlands of wonderful makeup products available at dreamy prices of below 10 Euros! Yes, in Europe, products from almost all major brands- Maybelline, L'Oreal, Max Factor and higher above, start from 8 Euros (except some nail paints maybe). In the world of KIKO, everything costs between 2-15 Euros!! KIKO stores themselves look like dreamlands-such as these..

KIKO foundation and blushes
KIKO nailpaints

KIKO eyeshadows

KIKO stores actually look like a rainbow gallery!!

Sowww- in the coming weeks, the smitten-me will be reviewing one after another the following KIKO lovelies and share my experience with you all!

KIKO Luscious cream lipstick

KIKO Velvette Matte lipstick

KIKO peeling face mask

KIKO purifying mask
                                                                                                         and many more!!!
Stay tuned!!!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Be Talk: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

Product Name: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

Quantity: 30 ml

Price: 19 Euros

Shade: No. 56

If there is one makeup accessory I go crazy over..its foundation. May be the craze started back in those days when i used to buy wrong shades-one worse than another and my quest to find the perfect foundation had begun that way. Although now I have already found my holy grail foundation - the Maybelline dream satin liquid foundation-my knack for pouncing on more foundation hasn't changed. That's how i found the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation-apparently when I had no plans of buying one :D

What the Bourjois website says about this foundation:
Give your skin a radiance boost with Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation – made from a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula for an even complexion and an instant anti-fatigue result!

Its fresh and instant blending gel texture blends and glides onto the skin for an even, natural finish with no mask effect. Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are smoothed and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours*. Made from an instant anti-fatigue vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula with litchi, goji berries and pomegranates. Available in 6 radiance-boosting shades.

69% more radiance after 4 weeks of use. Hypoallergenic, lets skin breathe. Dermatologically tested
Do notice the smooth and flawless coverage!

Me Talk:I would say-my luck was well struck when I bought this foundation for 19 Euros. The shade matches my skin tone to the T. It stays really long-doesnt turn oily , blends perfectly and never breaks me out. That's all one looks for in their foundation, dont they? The quantity-when you consider the quality is ok for the price. It never looks patchy as the blending is easy and therefore wouldnt burn photos. Whats more, there are about 4-5 shade options, which gives you enough scope to find the correct one for your skin tone . 

To sum up:
Pro Side:
1) Creamy liquid texture, blends easily
2) Spreads easily and so easy to blend
3) Stays all day long
4) Light weight formula-gives no heavy feeling
5) Gives very good coverage-and face looks radiant all day.

Availability- couldn't locate any Bourjois store near my place-have to look up online stores

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Be Talk: Maybelline 14 hr Lipstick in Always Plum- A Nice-for-Office Shade!

Maybelline 14 hr Lipstick in Always Plum

Price: 525 INR/ 10.85 Eur

The Maybelline 14 Hour lipsticks are a pack of surprises. With colors that many other brands hardly offer, Maybelline does the job of successfully packing ample quality as well. When I visit drugstores here, I never fail to check out the Maybelline deck at least once-and find out what new it has got to offer. 

Makeup counters at a typical drugstore in Germany

The Always Plum Lippy description from Maybelline website

Description: I found the shade to be a nice magenta-plum, although it looks kinda vampy-violet from outside the packaging. It turns out to be the perfect matte plum that you sport on your pout in office safely. The staying power of this range is probably one of the best I have used. But like some other lippies of this range which I have found to be not so friendly with dry lips, this lipstick is pretty soft and doesn’t tug at lip lines. But anyway, it is a basic tip to always moisturize lips before wearing any lippy especially matte ones.

Pros. Beautiful shade, very apt for formal wear. Soft texture that doesn’t fell dry on lips. Affordable Price.
Cons: Haven’t found one yet!

  My tired FOTD after a working day :D

Rating: 4/5