Sunday

Red French

This post comes after a hiatus of over an year. Am I back to posting regularly? Probably not. But here goes.
Yesterday I was in the mood for something simple and elegant on my nails. I painted the base with a sheer nude polish from W7 and free-handed the red French tips using Revlon Red Hot Tamale. I've recently rediscovered this polish. It had been lying unused in my stash for so long; I had forgotten how amazing it is for nail art.

 The manicure looked good enough with just the tips, but a little extra couldn't hurt. So I added cute little flowers with Red Hot Tamale & Orly-Gumdrop(in the centre of the flowers). I think I will keep this manicure on for quite a while. One of the reasons is because it looks so simple and pretty. But it's mostly because I don't do my nails that often anymore, so I might as well make the most of it.



Saturday

Faces Cosmetics Lipstick- Barely There (101)

Barely There(101) is the first lipstick that I tried from Faces Cosmetics. It's a lipstick, but not a lip colour. I would say that it's more of a lip balm - a transparent, glossy lipstick, without even a hint of colour. 

The lipstick has a great smooth, silky texture, and glides like butter onto the lips. It's also really moisturising. AND, it does not have that disgusting lipstick smell. It is pleasantly scented, much like the Faces Glam On lip gloss, though not as strong.

The staying power of Barely There is almost twice as much as that of an average lip balm.  I will be using this as a lip balm and will definitely repurchase it when I run out of it (which is gonna happen pretty soon, I'm guessing).


Faces Lipsticks cost Rs 499. It's a bit pricey for a 'lipstick', which in reality is a lip balm. But I would recommend getting some other shades, as the product itself is of great quality. It won't disappoint.  Faces Cosmetics are easily available in India. They are even available online at Urban Touch and Health Kart.

*The products in this post were sent to me for an honest review*

Faces Cosmetics- Glam On Lip Gloss(Cupcake-051)

I received a Faces Cosmetics Lip Gloss-Cupcake(051) about a month back for review. It's taken me so long to post it, probably because this was the first Faces product that really disappointed me. 

First of all, the colour. It's too light and frosty. It will look good on really fair skinned people. I'm not one of them, so it doesn't work for me.The formula is not that great either. It's quite thick and....sticky. Which also makes it moisturizing and long-lasting. But I don't like how it feels on my lips. It's sad. If it was just the colour that I had a problem with, at least I would have tried another shade.

I love the yummy vanilla-candy-caramelish fragrance it has though. Anther plus point is that it is enriched with Vitamin E. 
    

Here is the swatch. It's way more frosty  IRL.

Faces Cosmtics-Glam on Lip Glosses are available on Urban Touch and Health Kart for Rs. 449 and Rs.424 respectively.

*The products in this post were sent to me for an honest review.*

Wednesday

Tip Top- Nail Treatments

You guys have been hearing a lot about Tip Top on this blog. I have already posted about their awesome nail polishes and their crackle nail polish. Along with them, Joan had also sent me a couple of their nail treatments for review.

As you may or may not know, the swatches for TCN are done on nail extensions. A couple of years back, I had managed to grow my nails out to a length that I liked. But then I moved to Delhi and joined a new school. And this school just had too many rules. I had to file down my nails, and after that the splitting and peeling and breaking started, and I haven't been able to grow out nails ever since.

So I was pretty excited when I received Tip Top- Miraculous Results and Tip Top- Cuticle Oil to try out. Here are the pics of my natural nails that I have been taking throughout this month.

Day 5 (I can't find the pics for day 1, sorry :L)


Day 15

Day 25

Ok, so first I will talk about the Cuticle Treatment. I usually don't have much problems with my cuticles. That is only as long as I moisturize them twice every single day. I have been using the Tip Tip- Cuticle Treatment for a month now, and I am quite happy with it. It moisturizes not only my cuticles, but also works well for the skin around it. The oil penetrates deeply and soaks in within 10 minutes. Overall, it's a good product, though it did not knock my socks off. To be honest, all cuticle oils seem the same to me.


But the product that I've really fallen in love with is Tip Top Nails-Miraculous Results. I am really excited seeing the growth of my nails this month. The peeling and splitting has reduced drastically! I use two thin coats before applying nail polish. It dries quickly, so the number of coats is not an issue. It also works amazingly as a base coat; it prevents staining as well. I mean, is there anything that this product doesn't do?! I think I will have nice long nails very soon. I really hope I do. It's really tiring to file and shape artificial nails for every swatch I do on my blog. I am already worrying about what I will do when I finish my bottle, since Tip Tip is only available in South Africa.

Check out the Tip Top-Facebook Page to learn tips and tricks to grow long, healthy nails. You will also find lots of nail art pics, information about nail conditions, fun contests, etc.

*The products in this post were sent to me for an honest review*

Friday

Tip Top Rikki Brest- U Crack Me Up

Hey guys, this is my 200th post, yay! And today I'm showing you the Tip Top Rikki Brest- U Crack Me Up Polish in Black. 

Pink and black is one of my favourite combinations. So I used Viviana-Naughty Pout as a base. I then painted on a medium coat of U Crack Me Up on each nail. The cracks appeared within seconds. I love the effect of this. Sometimes cracks are too big, such it looks like a messed up mani. Some polishes create cracks that are so small that the base colour is hardly visible. But the Tip Top Nails crackle is perfect (Why am I not surprised? :P) The cracks are neither too big, nor too small.

The finish is obviously uneven, so a couple of thick layers of top coat are a must.  U Crack Me Up comes with a top coat attached to it, as you can see in the third photo.  I really loved this polish...I want more!



I wanted to show you how this compares to ChG- Black Mesh and the Kelier crackle from Born Pretty. But the Kelier has thickened up beyond imagination, and I can't get the bottle of Black Mesh to even open up. It's been stuck for months. I hope U Crack Me Up doesn't meet the same fate :L

Don't forget to check out the Tip Top Nails Facebook Page.  It's really awesome. If you love nail polish, you will love this page. Also, if you need any information about nail conditions, that's the place you will find it :)

Tip Top also offers a range of nail treatments. I have testing a couple of them for about a month. I will be posting about that soon :)

*The products in this post were sent to me for an honest review*

Tuesday

Faces Cosmetics Eyeshadows- Pink Sequin

Today I have for you the Faces Cosmetics Glam On mono-eyeshadow in Pink Sequin. 

I am really loving the Faces eyeshadows. Pink Sequin is a beautiful light pink shimmer that is really wearable. It's a great everyday colour that will suit most skin tones. It's not as pigmented as some of the other Faces eyeshadows, but in this case, it's actually a good thing. You can use it either wet or dry, works well both ways. 
The staying power of these eyeshadows is amazing. Even with my oily eyelids, they don't crease for about 5 hours. Faces Glam On mono eyeshadows are priced at Rs. 249 for 2g and are easily available.
You can buy Faces Cosmetics online at Urban Touch and HealthKart.

*The products in this post were sent to me for an honest review*

Saturday

KKcenterHk- Full Nail Water Decals

KKcenterHK offered to send me some more decals to try out. Of course, I jumped at the offer :) I love animal prints, so I chose this set of water decals to share with you.

This was the second time I was using full Nail Water Decals . It turned out much neater this time, IMO.  I applied a layer of clear polish first, as decals adhere better to polish.  For a full review of the decals, you can check out my earlier post here.

The packaging is simple and cute. Just how it should be. 

A set of 10 decals costs $4.74. Really affordable, so if you are a fan of nail art, you must try them at least once. They are a much cheaper option than going to a nail salon and spending $$$$$ on a similar manicure.  Nail Water Decals are available on the KKcenterHK website here and there are lots of designs to choose from. They also sell nail polishes(matte, cracked, glitter, magnetic & more), nail art materials, cosmetics, eyelashes, wigs, hair extensions, sunglasses, shoes, shawls and a whole lot of other stuff.

*The products in this post were sent to me for an honest review*

Wednesday

Faces Cosmetics Eyeshadows- Smoky Look

Faces sent me a few more products for review. Today I'm showing you the eyeshadow duo in Smoky Look. 
I love the sleek packaging of these duos!

Both the colours included are really cool toned. The first one is a light periwinkle blue. It's a shimmer, but at the same time it's quite muted. It was slightly chalky when applied dry. But that's not a problem because I tried applying it wet, and it was just perfect. Blended beautifully!  It was less pigmented than the other Faces eyeshadows I tried, but it's buildable. The swatch below is a dry one.

The second colour is a deeper blue, with the tiniest bit of purple in it. This colour is really fresh and vibrant. I love it! It had the fantastic pigmentation that I associate Faces Cosmetics with. It looks amazing, both wet and dry.

I was impressed with the staying power of these eyeshadows. I used them without eyeshadow base and the did not fade or crease for 5-6 hours. They are also water resistant. The duo eyeshadows come with an in-built mirror and an applicator brush, which is useful for touch-ups.

Faces eyeshadow duos are reasonably priced at Rs. 399 for 2 x 2g. They are easily available. Even if you are unable to find them in stores, you can purchase them online at Urban Touch and Health Kart.

*The products in this post were sent to me for an honest review*