Monday, June 29, 2009

Steal the Look: Mughda Godse at the IIFA Awards 2009

Mughda Godse brightened up her makeup at the 2009 IIFA Awards with sea blue shadows and coral cheeks and lips. While I'm not a fan of makeup that is too bright or garish, I think Mughda looks quite pretty here.

Get the look:

Eyes: Apply an eyelid primer such as Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over the eyelids. Apply a shimmery, bright ocean blue shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Freshwater on eyelids from the upper lashline until the crease. Apply a navy shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Deep Truth in the crease and along the lower lashline. Apply a black eye pencil to line upper lashline and lower waterline. Finish with black mascara.

Cheeks: Brush a coral toned blush such as MAC Blush in Melba from apples of the cheeks to the ears.

Lips: Apply a nude lip liner such as MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture to the lips. Then apply a coral toned cream lipstick such as MAC Lipstick in Ravishing to the lips.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

MAC Euristocrats II Collection Review

The MAC Euristocrats II Collection, which hit stores this week, is a collection of seven lipsticks, seven Dazzleglasses and four lip pencils - just lips!!

My recommendations from the collection are:
  • Milan Mode lipstick -a rosy pink shade. I initially dismissed this as just another pink and didn't expect to like it so much. However, the pigmentation was great, texture was smooth and the color brightened up my face immediately.
  • London Life lipstick - a slightly dark rasperry shade. It is a great color for dark skin tones. Not an eye popping shade but one that works equally well for work during the day and a dinner date at night.

  • Naked Paris lipstick - a plummy brown. This is a nice "nude" for dark skin toned ladies whose lips already have some pigmentation. On me, it was a "my lips but better" look. Very natural look.

  • Euro Beat Dazzleglass - a very shimmery peach. The color goes on very sheer for a hint of peach on the lips.

  • Rue d'Rouge Dazzleglass - a gorgeous true red shade. This was my favorite Dazzleglass shade of the collection. Without a doubt, it looks gorgeous on tan skin tones. If you love reds, you have to get this!

Now if you can ONLY get one or two items from the collection, my favorites of the collection are the Milan Mode lipstick and the Rue d'Rouge Dazzleglass. Definitely look out for this collection - its worth a check!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Steal the Look: Sonam Kapoor at the 2009 IIFA Awards

Sonam Kapoor is all over the map these days - it seems like there's not a month that doesn't go by where Sonam isn't on some magazine cover, promoting a movie or in the Bollywood gossip columns. Seems like she's slowly but surely dethroning Deepika Padukone as the reigning princess of Bollywood!!

Sonam is one of my personal favorites of all the Bollywood beauties when it comes to fashion and beauty. In my opinion, she has pretty good taste in both fashion and beauty and is less likely than some actresses to show up at events wearing a dress that resembles drapery. At the 2009 IIFA Awards, Sonam tries out a green smoky eye which ends up looking gorgeous and not hideous.

To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a shimmery green eye shadow such as MAC Shadow in Swimming from lashline to crease. Apply a matte black shadow such as MAC Shadow in Carbon in the crease of the lids and in a thick line along the upper lashline using a wet liner brush - extend line out ever so slightly. Apply a black kohl pencil such as MAC Kohl Pencil in Smolder along the upper lashline and in the lower waterline. Finish with black mascara.

Cheeks: Apply a slightly shimmery bronzer such as Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Bali Brown to cheeks and blend well. Add a pop of any highlighting powder to add dimension.

Lips: Apply a light slick of peachy coral lip gloss such as Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Compact in Coral Pink to the lips.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Steal the Look: Lara Dutta at the 2009 IIFA Awards

Lara Dutta doesn't often get accolades for her acting ability but when it comes to fashion and beauty, the star usually gets it right. For the IIFA awards, Dutta combined shimmery gray eyes with mauvey pink lips and cheeks.

To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a shimmery gray shadow such MAC Eye Shadow in Silverthorn all over the lids up until the crease. Apply a black pencil liner such as Clinique Kohl Shaper in Black Kohl into the top and bottom lashes. Finish with black mascara.

Cheeks: Apply a mauve pink blush such as MAC Blush in Breath of Plum to the cheekbones. Apply a shimmery highlighter such Benefit High Beam to the tops of the cheekbones for a bit of sparkle.

Lips: Apply a shimmery mauve pink lip gloss such as MAC Cosmetics Lustreglass in Star Nova to the lips.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Steal the Look: Priyanka Chopra at the 2009 IIFA Awards

For those of you that prefer subtle makeup to the smoky, smoldering look, this breakdown of Priyanka Chopra's makeup is for you! If Bipasha Basu is the Bollywood Queen of Smolder and Sizzle, then Priyanka is Bollywood's Girl Next Door. Priyanka's makeup always look perfectly polished, never tarty.

Steal the Look:
Eyes: Blend a shimmery mushroom brown shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Cork all over the lids into the crease. Apply the same shadow along the lower lashes. Apply a champagne shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Orb to the browbone. Apply black liquid liner such as MAC Penultimate Eye Liner along the upper lashline. Apply black mascara to top and bottom lashes.
Cheeks: Apply a rosy pink blush such as MAC Powder Blush in Ambering Rose to the cheeks.
Lips: Apply a creamy rose pink lipstick such as MAC Lipstick in Sophisto to the lips.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Steal the Look: Bipasha Basu at the 2009 IIFA Awards

I don't have satellite TV so I didn't get to catch the 2009 IIFA Awards this past weekend...from the still photos, though, it appears there was plenty of glamour, fashion, dancing and other Bollywood flashiness going on!!

First up, Bipasha Basu looks gorgeous as usual with a contoured cat eye and coral peach lips. I didn't love her blue outfit but this isn't a fashion blog, now is it? So let's continue with the breakdown!

To get the look:

Eyes: Apply a shimmery champagne shadow such MAC Eye Shadow in Femmi Fi from lashes to the browbones. Apply a matte brown shadow such as MAC Eye Shadow in Cork in the crease from inner corner to outer corner. Apply a thick black liner such as Benefit Bad Gal Eye Liner on both top lashes and bottom lashes (including the lower waterline). Using a stiff liner brush, run the brush along the black liner to straighten out the line and flick up the color at the outer corners. Finish with black mascara.

Cheeks and Face: Apply a peachy nude blush such as MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul to contour the cheekbones. Apply a gold powder highlighter such as MAC High-Light Powder in Golden Nectar on top of the cheekbones and blend with the blush. This is a very matte look so be sure to finish your face with a loose matte face powder.

Lips: Line lips with a nude toned liner such as MAC Lip Pencil in Oak. Fill in lips with a peachy coral lip gloss such as MAC Lip Glass in Lychee Luxe.

I saw this Getty photo of Bipasha and had to post it. Doesn't she look pretty in it? Stay tuned for breakdowns for Priyanka, Ash and Mughda!!

Photos via Santabanta and Getty Images

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar

Did you ladies get anything from the online Bobbi Brown sale last week?! One of the things I picked up was the Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar.

Rose Sugar is a super, super shiny gloss in a sheer silvery pink tone. The shimmer is fine so you don't have to worry that your lips resemble a disco ball. As for the color, the website describes Rose Sugar as a rosy pink but to me, it comes out mostly clear with a hint of color. It probably looks a little more rosy on fairer skin tones.

I have mixed views on the lip gloss. On the one hand, I heart how super shiny the gloss is. I can practically see my reflection when I put it on!! I do, however, wish the color was a teeny more pigmented, more pink and then I'd be sold. And the one thing that annoys me about the gloss is how sticky it is - living in the Windy City, I can't walk more than a block with half my hair sticking to my lips!!

Here's a lip swatch - what do ya think?


  • Super shiny
  • Nice, neutral shade for summer
  • Tackiness helps the gloss stay on longer than most glosses
  • Sophisticated shimmer


  • Tiny tube compared to a lot of other department store lip glosses
  • Not much pigmentation compared to lip glosses by MAC or Dior
  • Really tacky gloss - my hair kept sticking to my lips!!
  • Not a steal at $20

25% Off MAC Cosmetics!!!

Here's a little treat for you ladies this week!! I know a lot of you are huge MAC fans and from June 16th to 18th, you can get 25% of all MAC Cosmetics online!!! Just enter SUMO at the checkout.

Now here's a little hint - sometimes if you let your local Nordstroms know about a makeup sale like this one at MAC, they will honor the sale and give you the discount themselves. I did this for Bobbi Brown's sale last week, got the 25% off and didn't have to worry about paying extra for shipping!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cover Girl Perfect Blend Eye Liner

I generally like switching from black eye pencils to dark brown in warmer months so I can have definition around the eyes without a harsh look. I decided to bust out my MAC addiction and explore the eye pencil offerings of some drugstore brands. I have tried L'Oreal's Le Grand Kohl before, which I know and love, but seeing as Cover Girl is making a mark these days with its Lip Stains and other products developed by Pat McGrath, I thought I'd see what CG had to offer.

I picked up the Cover Girl Perfect Blend Eye Liner in Black Brown, a dark chocolately brown. On one side of the pencil is the actual color and on the other side is a sponge tip for blending. The pencil goes on very smoothly with little dragging. The color is perfect and no matter how much I layer on, my eyes don't look harsh or tired. The sponge tip is awesome if you apply liner less than precisely as you can just use the tip to soften the line and straighten it out.

The one downside is durability - perhaps because of the smooth texture, the color tends to fade away after a couple of hours so I tend to reapply if I wear the CG Liner to work and need to go to an after work event.

  • Soft texture makes for smooth application
  • Sponge tip including for blending
  • Cheapo eye pencil at around $5, great for the girl that runs out of eye pencils practically every month (me!)!


  • Gets slightly smudgy after a while (similar to MAC Eye Kohls, in fact)
  • Only lasts a couple of hours

Sunday, June 7, 2009

MAC Just a Pinch Gel Blush

I'm on a roll when it comes to lip and cheek stains this spring/summer. First it was the Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint that I reviewed last week and now it is MAC's Just a Pinch Gel Blush.

The Just a Pinch Gel Blush is part of the Rose Romance Collection. It is a gel blush housed in a tiny pot that you can either dip your finger into or dip a brush into. The color can be described as a bright, juicy cherry red color!! But if you're afraid of brights, don't let that stop you from buying this great product. Although it is pigmented, I haven't once applied it and ended up looking like a clown. Instead, it adds a nice bright flush to the cheeks and really wakes up my skin.
The MAC makeup artist used a stippling blush to apply the blush to my cheeks but I prefer using my fingers. Using fingers is easier to control the amount of product and to blend the product than a brush. I just stick my middle finger in (remember to wash your hands!), rub a little product on, and tap tap tap the gel blush onto my cheeks and blend.

So how does MAC Just a Pinch Gel Blush compare to the Bobbi Brown Tint, you ask? They are both tints but a little different. Go for the MAC cheek stain if you want your blush to be a brighter and more noticeable or if you really need to wake up your face in the mornings, like I do! The BB Tint is more suitable for a natural, working out type flush and the color Blackberry as I mentioned is a little more sophisticated and suitable for night than the bright cherry of Just a Pinch.

  • Gel texture is extremely smooth and blendable
  • Very pigmented so a little goes a long way
  • Love, love, love the bright cherry color
  • Even looks nice on the lips as a lip stain
  • Instantly brightens up the face
  • Ain't cheap at $19.50
  • Like most cheek stains, it only lasts a few hours before you need to reapply although I think it lasts a little longer than the BB Tint due to greater pigmentation
  • A little messier since it comes in a pot as opposed to a stick or pen.

Monday, June 1, 2009

L'Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

L'Oreal jumped on the "green" bandwagon and introduced its EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System recently. The system is targeted at color treated hair which requires special care. The shampoos and conditioners don't have sulfates, contain natural botanicals and are 100% vegan. The line is meant to prevent color-stripping and dryness that occurs with sulfates. The EverPure line comes in Moisture, Smooth and Volume for varying hair types.

Now, I've never colored my hair but I wanted to try the Moisture line to see if it had any effect on the hydration in my curly, moisture-challenged hair. I was a bit surprised to see that the shampoo still lathers even though the sulfates have been removed. The ingredients that cause the lather are apparently derived from plant oils (such as coconut and palm oils).

The Moisture shampoo cleanses well, doesn't dry my hair out and I like the gel-like consistency. The thick conditioner moisturizes quite well - the texture reminds me of conditioners from higher-end lines. While I wouldn't say it was the most phenomenal haircare I've tried, it certainly does its job.

Since my hair isn't colored, I couldn't tell you personally whether it preserved hair color well but from the online reviews, it seems as though women really like it for color-treated hair.


  • Very thick, moisturizing conditioner - texture of a body butter
  • Shampoo till lathers without the sulfates
  • Conditioner rinses away without leaving any heaviness or residue
  • One of the few hair lines without sulfates
  • Price is right at about $7 each
  • For those that are sensitive to scent (like me), the shampoo has a slightly musky smell - a little too strong for my taste
  • The term "pure" in the name is a little misleading - 99% of packaged shampoos or conditioners we buy are going to have some degree of chemicals