Simple Make up for acne prone skin – Desi style (Indian Style)

Short post alert!

Hello, my beauties,

I know how hard it is to look put together for acne-prone skin when we go out to attend a wedding or even a casual event. As far as makeup is concerned, I believe less is more. So I am using fewer products and trying to look more elegant even with minimum makeup (no extra steps to hide acne).

Here, I have not used any filter as well. I love these simple steps while getting ready when I break out badly.

Kindly watch the below #youtube short video and let me know what you think.

I hope you like it.

Thank you.

COLORBAR – Matte me as I am lipstick review

Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world. So definitely, it implies red lips. What do you think?

Colorbar is extremely well-liked among urban women and is one of India’s leading brands of cosmetics.

Colorbar Prank 001

Colorbar was the brand I always wanted to buy, and especially their Red lipstick range. I have seen my friends rocking in Colorbar Red lips for the last couple of years. Yes! I used to envy them until I got one. 

I must admit, it is one of the most alluring and beautiful lipstick I have ever come across. Believe me guys, Colorbar Prank 001 is the most stunning and mind-blowing color with an amazing formula. I am sure this is a universally flattering color.

I have also reviewed other red lipsticks including my favorite from MAC Ruby Woo and Smashbox Bawse.

Colorbar Prank 001 lipstick with little sharpener

Colorbar Prank 001

The company describes it as a “Matte Me As I Am Lipcolor that combines rich matte with intense moisture. For luscious creaminess with a light texture, just use one stroke. A multi-tasking, extra-long-wearing, extra-pigmented formula provides a smooth coverage that easily adapts to any lip look. This cult-favorite matte lip pencil has the spontaneity of a pencil and the feel of a tattoo, giving it the instant impact of pure lipstick. It is time to let your lipstick speak for itself and make a sexy runway statement!”.

Everything is so right about the formula. Indeed, it’s very light, creamy, and insanely opaque. 

Long-lasting, smudge-resistant lip formula with full-color payoff. It’s a lightweight formula that does not feel heavy on the lips.  A water-resistant formula that lasts all day.

Presenting you little model (my daughter) who said yes for this photograph and she is wearing Colorbar Prank 001 lipstick.

After a very long time, I realized I have found such an incredible Red lip crayon that stunned me with its performance, which is under Rs.800-900 (INR) compared to the skyrocketing prices of high-end brands such as MAC, NARs, or Smashbox, etc. Unbelievable! Wished I could grab other shades as well when I was in India.

Unbelievable! Wished I could grab other shades as well when I was in India.

I would recommend it to all my friends. If you can get your hand on it, then please go n grab it. Yes, it is for dry or chapped lips as well. You won’t complain about patchy lips. 

So, have you tried it? If yes then let me know what you think about it.

Thank you.

Why I am not a fan of Lipsticks by SUGAR Cosmetics? – Honest Review

This year I got a chance to visit India and, meet my near and dear ones after 5 years. Being a makeup addict, I could not miss a chance to buy a few Indian makeup products and review them on my blog. 

So today we are going to talk about Sugar Cosmetics which is an Indian Brand and their lipsticks ‘Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick’ which is a true matte and their Satin Lipsticks.

‘Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick’ by Sugar Cosmetics

I see my Indian girls buzzing up for Sugar Cosmetic products these days. Especially, their liquid lipstick line ‘Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick’.

But honestly, when I tried their liquid lipstick in the store. I felt like it was ripping up my skin and was so hard. My lips literally got shrunk within 15 min after application and I could not even talk properly. OMG! Without wasting a second, I returned it, right after I purchased it. So, girls, if you have chapped lips like mine, please stay away unless you want to buy them and try them. 

It was so dehydrated and hard on my lips. It started to burn and could not stand it for more than 15 min. It might be transfer proof but honestly, Sugar cosmetics should work hard on liquid matte formulas if they really want to cover all lips types. Strictly not for me. 

I don’t know how my Indian fellows are getting along with it. For me, Big No for Sugar Cosmetics ‘Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick’ MRP Rs. 499 (INR). 

Mettle Satin Lipstick by Sugar Cosmetics

On the other hand, SUGAR Cosmetic’s Satin Lipstick range is workable. I like the formula and feel of the Mettle Satin Lipstick. The company describes it as a Mettle Satin Lipstick – 02 Elizabeth (Rosy Cheeks Pink). I would say it is a peachy brownish-pink semi-matte finish. 

Being said that, if I compare it with the Satin lipstick “Brave” or Matte lipstick “Mehr” by MAC Cosmetics that is super comfy on the lips. I find 02 Elizabeth by SUGAR Cosmetics is a bit drying and susceptible to patchy lips. That I see as the biggest drawback. 

However, maintaining healthy lips can be an aid to pull off the lip game.

As far as talking about this lipstick, it might be great for others. But I believe even this formula is not enough condensed and hydrating to provide a creamy satin texture. But far better than ‘Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick’ liquid lipstick.

People prone to dry or chapped lips throughout the year can buy this lipstick if they exfoliate their lips regularly . Its longevity remains good for 5-6 hrs comfortably. That’s quite great for Indian weather considering the climate, and non-AC public transportation facility (if I talk about my town). 

Hand Swatches

Mettle Satin Lipstick – 02 Elizabeth by SUGAR Cosmetics

Mettle Satin Lipstick – 02 Elizabeth by SUGAR Cosmetics

The company describes it as a high-quality lipstick with a lot of pigment that gives you an opaque satin finish in just one swipe. The Sugar Mettle Satin Lipstick has a creamy texture and is long-lasting and waterproof.

MRP is Rs. 999 (INR) and I think it is a little pricey compared to Maybelline or Revlon lipsticks for their Fan favorite matte or satin formulas that comes under Rs. 500 (INR) easily. 

My final thoughts, I like this lipstick but not as much as I love Maybelline or Revlon lipstick for their outstanding formulas. I truly think that other drugstore brands are really ahead and sit on the top chain for their creamy matte formulas considering their liquid lipsticks or regular bullet lipsticks. 

I have not tried any other products from Sugar Cosmetics so not sure if they are worth the hype in India. 

So, girls if you are a happy customer of Sugar Cosmetics for their matte liquid lipsticks and satin lipsticks. I think I have to agree to disagree with you in approving their matte liquid lipsticks. However, their satin formula is good and workable with off-and-on touch-ups. 

Finally, not a fan of their matte liquid lipstick since I have dry lips. At the same time, I might think to buy their satin lipstick at a discounted price as I am not willing to pay full price.

So, friends, this was my honest review of the above-mentioned lipsticks by Sugar Cosmetics. 

Please let me know what you think about this post.

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ‘Soft & Gentle’- Best Highlighter for Indian skin tone

MAC mineralize skin finish highlighter ‘Soft & Gentle’ is the most sought-after highlighter among beauty gurus, influencers, and make-up artists. There are other high-end brands that offer equally high quality and performance highlighters. So why is only MAC soft & Gentle still making rounds in the beauty realm?

Mac describes it as a luxurious powder that illuminates the face and body and contains M.A.C. Multi-Mineral Complex.

Further, the brand describes it as sheer coverage, a luminous finish highlighting powder. An opulent, slowly baked, velvety soft, dome-shaped face powder with a dewy sheen. Blend all over for a sheer luminous finish to the skin, or precisely buff on to add highlights to the high points of the face. features vitamin E and our M.A.C. Multi-Mineral Complex.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ‘Soft & Gentle’ is a multitasking natural highlighter that gives a subtle glow. It has just the right amount of shimmer that gives a sublime natural inner glow. I believe MAC mineralize skin finish highlighter ‘Soft & Gentle’ is best suitable for Indian skin tone. This is the universally flattering highlighter or can say a blush topper that goes easy on cheeks without making a disco ball face unless you want to have one. 

I have also reviewed Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, the best drugstore brand highlighter. 

Hand swatches

Speaking of price, it retails for $40 and contains 10gm (0.35 us oz.). It’s expensive but worth a try. Usually, I stock up on all these products during black Friday or Christmas sales. It saves huge money. I wish MAC could come up with some affordable travel size kit that includes such best-selling products. 

I wanted to show you how it reflects on the face, as you can see below in the picture. I have used it on my cheekbones and applied it very light-handed but still, it’s glowing. I like it.

My, Final thought

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle is a beautiful highlighter that gives the most natural look. I highly recommend it to all skin tones except deeper skin tone beauties. I would say, try before you buy. 

Last but not least, my Indian girlfriends, please try this highlighter in your nearest store. I am sure you will fall in love with it. It is indeed a universally flattering highlighter. 

I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family. 

Also, please let me know if you know a dupe of it. I would like to try it and see a difference.

Thank you.

MAC Lipstick ‘TWIG’ and MAYBELLINE ‘Touch Of Spice’ – Identical Match

So, here I am again with a short review. Today I am going to show you that Mac Lipstick ‘Twig’ and Maybelline ‘Touch of spice’ are exact match.

Many influencer vloggers and beauty channels say these two are exact matches (Dupe). Honestly, whenever I try to find a ‘Dupe’ I buy a different lipstick even though it looks the same under store lights. But when you come out of it, the hue changes, and I end up getting a different color of lipstick.

But when I try MAC ‘TWIG’ and Maybelline ‘Touch of spice’. Voila! It’s the exact match. 

In the short video below, you will notice, that these two shades are identical and interchangeable, especially, if you love mattes over satin lipsticks. 

MAC TWIG is a satin lipstick and Maybelline Touch of spice is a matte lipstick.

Thank you so much.

See you soon ♥️

Thank you!

Sharing Soft matte Smokey Eye-Makeup look

“Smokey eyes” is a gateway to slay the iconic “sultry look” and steal the show. I am obsessed with it. It can be glittery or soft matte. I love to go overboard when using brown or black-brown eye shadows. Giving a Smokey effect needs lot of it. At least that way I can finish warm shades I tend to buy all the time.

Talking about the palette I used in this video is from Smashbox “Ablaze” except the kohl.

I usually get engaged with YouTube shorts. So, this video is just 54 seconds short.

If you like the video, don’t forget to like and subscribe to my channel.

Let me know what do think about it.

Thank you so much.

You must know why Tarte magnetic palette is not suitable for Mac pro-refill pans.

Tarte custom magnetic palette

I was happy when I ordered Tarte custom magnetic palette so that I can transfer some of the MAC’s refill pans and blushes to it. Before that, I owned just a MAC Pro Palette Compact that beautifully accommodates their single eye shadow and blush refill pan inserts with no issues.

But the space in the palette was so occupied that some of my eye-shadow pans literally bend from the side due to inconsistent placement of blush and eye shadow pans together including one or two from other brands. I could see that the poor thing was already exhausted and was overcrowded.

PRO PALETTE LARGE / SINGLE (COMPACT)

Initially, I intended to buy one more MAC Pro Palette Compact as I was happy with the quality and it was surely a place for all. But I saw Tarte’s magnetic palette on sale and I instantly added it to the cart and placed the order. 

I never gave so much importance to other details and hence never thought about how a Tarte’s magnetic palette will work for refill pans that have already Magnet attached at the bottom of it. 

You see, MAC refill pans are made of steel and so they provide a tiny magnet glued to them. That’s the reason it can easily accommodate their inserts in their company-made customizable palettes. Now here is the catch, those are surely no magnetic pallets but just cases made up of metal surfaces to attract and embrace the attached magnet of the refill pans. 

Left is MAC Pro refill pan eye shadow and right is ABH eye shadow refill pan

Now, Tarte magnetic palette is indeed a “Magnetic Palette” that holds the metal pans beautifully. As I can say, the refill pan from ABH (Anastasia Beverly Hills) is made with metal and stuck to a palette as if they are made for each other. On the contrary, MAC inserts fell apart and so did not make any sense to even try to fit those into it.

I did not play with Mac inserts or tried to detach the piece of magnet of it. As it was mere waste of time that could have caused damage to those tiny pans. 

If the refill pan inserts are glued to the tiny piece of a magnet then make sure you simply buy a customizable palette that is non-magnetic (has metal surface). As we all know “The opposite poles of two magnets will attract one another when they are brought together, but the same poles will repel one another”. Now, who knows which is the North or South pole of the magnet when we buy such items.

So, finally, I would like to conclude my post here. 

As mentioned earlier, make sure you check what kind of refill pans you have and accordingly buy the one which is suitable. 

If you have MAC refill pans then it would be recommendable to buy their pro refill palettes only. 

If you have pans that have no attached piece of a magnet at the bottom of them then probably Tarte’s palettes would be suitable for them.

I wish I had known this before. Perhaps I missed the point and could not understand the technicality of it. Anyway, guys, I am glad Tarte’s custom magnetic palette open my eyes and made me think over some basic points before buying any random custom palettes. 

I hope you find this post helpful and understand why Tarte’s magnetic palette is not useful for Mac pro-refill pans? Or for any of their Inserts.

This was my experience.

Let me know in the comment below if you think this is a helpful post.

Thank you so much. 

 

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer $34 (USD) Yay or Nay?

Buying make-up products can sometimes become brain work.  Especially, choosing high-end products. Now, expecting satisfying results from such costly products seems viable. But sometimes, it does not go well with our profound feelings. 

Choosing make-up products depends upon our analysis of various shades, colors, and formulas. Being said that, examining our skin type & textures is equally important too. As we all are aware that textured skin might look like a disco ball after wearing shimmery products. Similarly, sometimes using shimmery bronzer can make us look terrible and unpleasant. 

What do you think? This Too Faced bronzer is worth the hype? Is it really suitable for all skin types and colors? Does it really a natural looking bronzer? 

So, Let’s see. I, hope this post will give you a closer look and the performance of the Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer that can help you to decide if you should add it to the cart before you hit the “place order” button.

My skin is acne-prone and getting a lot of skin issues even if I switched to any make-up product. Thankfully, this bronzer did not cause any breakouts. So, rest assured. My skin tone is medium-Tan and some nasty acne has left large pores as well. I have a normal/combination skin type. During summer as usual it gets more oily (T-zone) and use matte-setting spray in intervals during daytime outings. 

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer, gives a subtle shimmery bronze look. Since it is not a matte bronzer, the formula is beautiful enough to get the summary tan bronzy cheekbones.

If interested you can also check other blog posts.

What it does do?

With this dual-shade bronzer, which has a little pink undertone to replicate the flush of a true tan, you may achieve a natural glow.

The Too Faced company claims that it creates a luminous, sun-kissed finish and dual shades are buildable for a customized glow. 

The Formula

The formula is quite pigmented and buildable. It’s indeed beautiful, soft, and apply effortlessly. Dual shade is definitely a game-changer thing that gives a hue of natural glow. The bronzer blends perfectly and gives a gorgeous glowing effect. 

What do I think about it?

For me, it has been a neutral experience. I mean, as I have mentioned earlier, I have been facing acne issues for the last 2 years. It has made my face a little bit textured. Having said that, textures are consistent not very prominent. But still, I try to stay away from shimmery formulas be it bronzer or luminous/dewy finish foundations.

I could see Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer was in the beauty influencers’ goods books. So, I had to try it. It has indeed lived up to my expectations. It is beautiful and suits my skin tone well. A single light-handed application of dual shade will give a natural flush of rosy tan. A darker shade can be used to contour the face as the lighter shade can be used as a nude blush for a no-makeup look. 

As we all know often bronzers end up looking like an orange fruit if not meant for a particular skin tone. On the contrary, this bronzer has the right amount of orange hue that offers a flawless bronzy look. 

I used it all year round. I don’t see a reason to not use it in winter. However, I also love to use my other matte bronzers interchangeably. 

This is the only gleamy bronzer I owned.  Glad that it turned out to be a great bronzer. So, for me, it was worth spending $34. But there will be always a black Friday sale that can save your pocket from getting empty. 

Final Thoughts

Yes! I will recommend this bronzer to fair, medium, and tan skin tones and Yay! However, I would recommend my beauties with deeper skin tones to first try it and see if the gleaming look is favorable or desirable as per your expectations.

P.S. I would love to try their other matte bronzers so that I can compare the formula and final look. At this moment I compared it with other matte bronzer I owned from “Hard Candy” a drugstore brand and Estée Lauder.

Let me know which one is your favorite bronzer so far and hooked to it for years. 

Thank you.

MAC Lipstick “Marrakesh” review

If you have been reading my posts, you all know how much I love to review lipsticks. So here I am with yet another lipstick post to share swatches and much more.

I am eagerly waiting to say “bye-bye Covid-19 & its non-stop variants”. I mean seriously, girls like us who are desperate to flaunt newly painted lips, have to hide joy under the mask with a heavy heart. But, what I have learned these days, inner happiness is the best remedy for all worries. So no worries. And I give a big smile and cheer up myself.

Now let’s continue and dive into it.

MAC Marrakesh

MAC describes it as an “Intense orange-brown (Matte)”. It is a matte lipstick that has no shine (not ultra-matte). The shade shown in the swatches might not be the same as it looks in real. I tried to capture the real color of the bullet but daylight did not let me do that. However, hope you will get an idea from lips and hand swatches.

So “MAC Marrakesh” is a pretty matte shade and opaque, and one swipe delivers a punch of color with a smooth application. I prefer to use a straight lipstick bullet for application instead of using a brush and that saves my ton of time.

This lipstick has an excellent color payoff. Having pigmented lips like mine, MAC Marrakesh is the very right choice for us. You can wear it anytime, this gorgeous color will always balance your look beautifully.

Even though it’s a matte lipstick, it is a non-drying formula. Being said that, the formula is neutral. Neither drying nor hydrating. Therefore, I will recommend softening lips with Lip balm or anything of your choice before applying the lipstick. If wearing throughout the day, a touch-up might be needed.

Mac Cosmetics always comes up with innovative lipstick formulas and this one is definitely the lipstick that can never go out of fashion.

Last but not least, special message to my Indian friends. This would be the most beautiful lipstick in your vanity and I am sure you would grab it more frequently before leaving the house.

MAC Marrakesh lipstick’s retail price is $19 (USD) 3G / 0.1 US OZ.

Pictures and hand swatches

MAC Marrakesh
MAC Marrakesh

Thank you so much for reading my post.

Stay safe and healthy!

Namaste!


A short post – Sharing my makeup look

Hello friends !

This time I did something very different eye-makeup. I know this would not be new for many of you but for me. I have always loved warm or brown eyes n still like it as it is a great choice for everyday look.

Keeping my ideal preferences aside I thought I should try something distinctive look. Let me know what do you think about it.

Please forgive me if my brows or any other make-up application is not up to the point as I am still learning it. However, I would like to mention products I have used just in case if you might find it helpful.

Face – Smashbox photo finish Primer

Foundation – Bobbi brown skin long-wear weightless foundation warm natural 4.5. You can find a full review here https://revivelifewithme.com/2021/07/30/bobbi-brown-skin-long-wear-weightless-foundation-spf-15/

Blush – Mac Blushbaby

Concealer – Tarte shape tape in 36S (Medium tan sand)

Setting Powder – Too faced Born This way. You can find full review here https://revivelifewithme.com/2021/06/22/too-faced-travel-size-born-this-way-setting-powder-a-mini-review/

Brows – Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil’s

Eyes – Tarte remix pro-palette. You can find full review here https://revivelifewithme.com/2020/10/19/tarte-pro-remix-amazonian-clay-palette/

Eye Liner – NYX Epic Wear metallic Liquid Eyeliner in Teal metal.

Kajal – Faces Canada in Black

Bronzer – Too faced Sunny Bunny Natural Bronzer

Lips – Mac Whirl and mac spice lip liner.

Highlighter – Wetnwild (barely used it)

Setting Spray – NYX Matte Finish

Tips and suggestions are welcome.

Thank you so much!