Wet n Wild Blush

I got these 2 products when Rite-aid was having their 40% off their Wet n Wild products. The one I got are the Mega Glo Illuminating powder in Spotlight Peach and Ultimate Mineral Bronzer in Amber Glow. I have always been a fan of this brand. For a drugstore, they make amazing products and the price point is fantastic. According to me, I won’t feel guilty when I spend money on this brand. There are some hits and miss products but mostly they are hit for me.

L to R : Spotlight Peach, Amber Glow

 I was into the highlight powder which lead me to buy the Illuminating powder in Spotlight Peach. The packaging is a simple plastic and the formula is good, very creamy in consistency. There are 4 different colors in the product, light pink shade, deep peachy shade, bronze shade and a highlighting medium peach shade. But when you just swish the brush in all these colors and apply, they give you a beautiful peachy shade. Though it is an illuminating powder, I use them as a blush. It suits my skin tone and it give a beautiful peach glow.

The next product is the mineral bronzer in Amber Glow. I had my eye on this for a long time since everyone was saying that this was a dupe for the limited edition MAC Stereo Rose. First of all, I am not a fan of those loose mineral products. It’s a pain in the a** to maintain and gets everywhere as soon as you open the product and let not talk about the not-so-much travel friendly packaging. Anyhow, I just wanted to see if they are the dupe of one of my all time favorite MAC blush.

L to R : Spotlight Peach, Amber Glow

My opinion, It’s not a dupe :( . The Stereo Rose is an orange coral color whereas Amber rose is a brown coral color. But it does give you the same look of a beautiful sheen but just not the exact color. I do like the color but somehow I am not reaching for this product. Overall, I don’t think you need them in your collection since I rarely use them.

Milani Baked Blush in Bella Rosa

The blush I am loving for the past 6 months is baked blushes. These give such a sheen to your cheeks that it almost looks natural and glowing which I love. It is easy to blend and gives of fantastic color payoff. The affordable blushes which I had my eye on is the Milani brand. They surprised me with their products. The drugstore brands has stepped up way much compared to the high-end brands. With brands like these, I don’t miss buying high-end brand at all and I don’t even tempted to buy them.

I had my eye on Milani Baked blushes for a long time. They retail for about $8.50 or so depending on the place. Though all the blushes looks beautiful, this color Bella Rosa caught my simply because they were matte blushes. And I don’t have this bright color in my collection. I watched swatches and reviews online and finally decided to go for this color. This is a deep pink with a hint of red in it. The color payoff is amazing. The packaging is simple with a gold plastic.

Left : Single Swatch Right : Blended Swatch

The color is very bold so you have to use a very light hand. The way I use it is with a stippling brush and then blend it with a clean brush. You have this beautiful pink color in your cheeks. It looks like you just went outside in the cold. It looks natural on my skin and I freaking love it. :D . Overall, you definitely need this in your collection especially the medium skin tone or darker skin toned ladies.

For the love of Planner

I have been on the hunt for a perfect life planner where you can manage your life, home and blogs in a same place. I have lost the art of writing with pens since I became obsessed with gadgets and smartphones. You never miss the paper until you are forced to deal with a paper and you realize that your handwriting is worst than a school kid :( . I wanted to get back to writing in paper and that is why I started researching about planner. I like the idea of writing everything I want to do. They say that if you write it down, you are more likely to follow it. I want a nice binder where I can print the pages I want. I started researching about it and realized that it is expensive. The ones which I like are super expensive or if its cheap, its heavy and bulky.

There are a lot of different types of life planners out there and every one has a drawback for me. The most popular ones are:

Erin Condren – expensive, like $55 and they are spiral bound meaning you can’t add any pages to it

Filofax – Super expensive. $60 for just the binder and you have to order the printables for like $20 or so. But if you want to print it yourself then you need a new puncher. A5 paper, printer compatable with A5 paper, printables for it. So that will be another $40 or so :roll: . If you check their website, for a nice binder you can spend upto $125 . Seriously, until I am a millionaire, I am not going to buy something that expensive.

Franklin covery – Same story. Expensive binder with a 6 ring or discbound which requires separate punches which costs about $40.

By the time I set up the planner, I would have spent about $200. But let’s not forget the accessories, the fancy pens, the post its, etc. After researching about it, I just cringed at the thought of spending that much money on just a planner. I have never even purchased a dress which is that expensive. I also browsed the ready-made planner sections in Target, Staples and Office Max and all I felt was *meh* . I am the kind of person who likes some thing new every few months and I thought if I could print my own then at least I could change the printables to spice up my planner :D .

Can you believe that it took me a whole 2 weeks to just gather all the information and let’s not forget that I was super obsessive about it, went to all the shops to check for other options and price options. It drove me crazy because I just couldn’t find the right option. The best I could think of is that a five star binder which I at least can bend like a spiral notebook while writing on it. And I also had to get a thick printer paper like a 24 lb one which will be thick enough that I can print it on both sides. But will it work, I still have to decide. I also have a blog section where I plan about the articles and much more for my blogs and I like it.

So maybe I will try to make it work for a month or two and then write a review on what worked for me. I have several printouts which I am exited about. Do you have a system like this? what kind of planner do you use and what works for you? Tell me about it.

Loreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe

With all the eye shadows in my collection, you begin to wonder, Need I more? I use them barely once a month and I have so many in my collection that I seriously don’t need any more of them. But then you read your favorite blogs and there it is, an article where they are obsessed by some product and of course you decided that you need them in your collection. Leave alone that you will have an exact dupe in your collection but it is not this exact product. You begin to talk your self out of it by telling yourself that you actually don’t need it. But then you see the drugstore ad of 40% off on that brand. Still you resist, I really don’t need it. But on a weak moment, you enter the drugstore and you still resist buying the product. But when you look at the product and then you begin to convince yourself. Come on, it’s 40% off, I can never get that exact price, “EVER” :roll: . Yes, and that is how I ended up buying this product :) .

Moving on, This is one of the popular eye shadows of Loreal. I got the color Bronzed Taupe and it is a lovely metallic taupe color with a slight bronze effect. Taupe is described as Brownish grey. And it is a lovely color. The packaging is one of the things which attracted me. The color of the product can be seen at the back of the package. The product is a mineral loose shadow but they are jam-packed in the pot that it looks like a creamy shadow. When you open the lid, it had a cover to protect the loose product. I remember that I hated the loose products because as soon as you open them, It goes everywhere since they are finely milled.

Overall, I do like this product but somehow I am not reaching for this product and also with my dark eyelids, it almost looks like a dark color with a sheen on it. But I do like the color.

Lip Products #2

I have a bunch of new lip sticks which has never been reviewed. I got most of them in sale.

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti

I love the lip butters by Revlon. This is a beautiful orange color. They are the perfect tinted lip balms on the go. They definitely do not stain but the formula is so good to wear. They do seem like a sheer color. The packaging is beautiful with a transparent colored quilt like cover. It looks classy and I love that in my handbag. They retail for about $6.50 or so and I got them in Rite-aid when they had a 40% off sale going on. This is my most worn color during summer. It looks so good with a slight tan.

L’oreal Color Riche Liquid Lipstick in Rose Symphony

This is my first lipstick of this line. I wanted to try this one since it had great reviews though I was confused about what color to choose. After about 30 minutes or so in the shop, I finally decided on this color. It is a Rosy coral color. I think that is how I will describe it. It does show more coral on my lips. They are opaque and creamy but not long-lasting and it does not leave any stain on your lips. The packaging is very interesting. It is gold color with a see through plastic on the side where you can see the real color. This retails for about $9.99 but I got this when Rite-aid was having 40% off and I also had a $1 coupon on top of that :cool: . It was bargain I can’t miss. I do like the formula and I do understand why people like it. As for me, I like the lipstick which stains. So I use the stainable lipstick at home and top this while on the go and that works out for me.

From L to R : Tutti Frutti, Rose Symphony, Abstract Orange, Pretty Natural

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Abstract orange

This is a beautiful pretty burnt orange color with shimmers. This is on the bit of sheer side and it doesn’t stain your lips. I do like this color but the shimmer :eek: gets stuck in your lips once the lipstick wears off and I don’t like that. The packaging is the same black and gold. It retails for about $6 or so and I got this in Grocery Outlet for about $2.50. Since I love the super lustrous lipstick, I decided to try this but unfortunately I forgot to notice that it was a pearl formulation.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Pretty Natural

I was obsessed about having this color in my collection. It is a rosy nude and it has a creme finish. Most of the nude lipsticks I have has a brown or peach tone in them but this is the first lipstick which has a rosy tone and I absolutely love it :D . It suits my skin tone perfectly. The packaging is gold and it has a color at the bottom of the package. The package is very classy and I love them. The formula is amazing. This retails for about $5.50 and it is totally worth the money. I want to add more to my collection.