Simple Bridal Makeup!

Hello everyone!

My flat mate just got married, and I was honored when she asked me if I could do her makeup!

This was the first time I got to work on a client after moving to New York!

What’s most important at time like this – is the bride is most comfortable in her attire and makeup!

My friend, Maria had a simple wedding & she wanted to look simple but the best version of herself.

Maria, is not used to wearing a ton of makeup on a day to day basis because she suffers from Lupus, and her skin is currently peeling – so trying something new or going heavy handed with extra layers of foundation on her wedding day would be a big NO NO.

My goal was for her to feel like the best version of herself on her special day.

So, I used simple powder foundation on (one that she has been using and her skin is accustomed to)

With here eyes, I used a neutral palette from ‘Makeup Revolution London’, just two shades – a matte brown to contour the shape of the eye & a shimmer to highlight the inner corner of the eye.

Maria wanted to fill her own eyebrows so I let her do that!

I then lined Maria’s eye and gave her a slight flick to lift her eye and open it. Topped it off with 3 coats of waterproof mascara and layered the lightest pair of ‘Arden Lashes – Whispies’

While I wanted to go with a deep red on Maria (Anastasia Beverly Hills – Heathers) on her lips because I thought it would compliment her outfit and her beautiful face, she was comfortable with a nude shade, therefore I used ‘Elf’s matte lipstick in Brown’.

I avoided highlight because of the texture in her skin & contoured the jaw and cheekbones.

This completes Maria’s wedding look, I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below!

Here’s to wishing Maria & her husband a very happy married life!

Please let me know what you think of this look!

You can follow me on Instagram here!

Avec Amour,

Ranita Sheetal S

Review: Natasha Denona BIBA Palette!

Oh Natasha Denona, this brand costs you a fortune! Why did I still do it you may ask? Here’s why..

Two months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a Master Class conducted by Natasha Denona herself in the big city – New York! So while I got to explore the shadows and techniques really front the creator itself! During the shop we created looks using the Sunset & Cranberry Palette along with a couple of face products. I fell in love with the quality, texture and feel of the palettes that I had to buy myself the Cranberry Palette ($50) cause the Sunset Palette costs $129. Wow! I know!

While I throughly enjoyed my cranberry palette, the last two months, it was my 25th birthday and soon enough I realized I needed an all neutral palette. After thorough research I decided to buy the Biba Palette ( a little gift from me, to me). So did this live up to my expectations?

Here are my thoughts about the Biba Palette..

PROS:

  • Brilliant assortment of neutrals! You won’t find two colors duplicating each other even though they look similar in the pan (they have different formulae hence different levels of payoff)
  • You get the same quality as you do with the ND Palettes
  • The packaging is sturdy, hardcase & comes with a mirror (which I apparently use)
  • A good mix of mattes, cream to powder, powder & shimmer textures and formula
  • Fragrance free
  • You don’t have to apply them wet
  • Swatches beautifully with fingers
  • The mattes are my favorite and blend beautifully and stay intact throughout the day
  • Brilliant intensity of the matte shadows!

CONS:

  • Upon attending the class, the one thing I’ve learnt is that Natasha uses her fingers to apply her shimmer shades. Now for me, sometimes I have nail extensions and when I happened to use a brush to apply the shimmer shades it just wouldn’t show up as intense as it would with the finger (quite disappointed)
  • There is a technique to apply these shadows for no fall down but if you’re new to makeup you would experience fall down because the shadows are so soft and creamy
  • Uh my black eyeshadow popped out of the pan and it was a task to get it back into the palette cause it could’ve easily just broken down and spread onto all the other colors & before you say/think it, no I did not drop my palette for that to happen
  • The shimmers creased on me throughout the day, and I personally think for the amount I’m paying, I should NOT be requiring an eye shadow primer to help or enhance the shadows (She did use her primer on the lids during the class)

Fortunately there aren’t too many shimmers so I can’t be bothered.

Do I regret this purchase?

  • Honestly since this cost me $129, I did have high expectations. It’s a 50-50 sort of feeling for me. I don’t hate the palette but I don’t LOVE it. The Biba Palette satisfies my cravings for an everyday neutral palette but the cost is unjustifiable to me personally.
  • Price:
  • $129, 15 x 0.08oz/2.5g
  • Shop at:

    • Sephora

    Swatches:

    Avec amour,

    Ranita Sheetal S

    Review: ELF Liquid Matte Lipsticks in Blushing Rose & Praline!

    Hey, there!

    As if it isn’t apparent that I have a serious obsession with lipsticks through my previous posts, here’s another post to prove it!

    I recently saw the ELF liquid lipsticks on one of the aisles of Shoprite. I was long due for some good nudes anyway and hence picked up two of the shades. Did these lipsticks blow me away? Find out below..

    Product Description:

    This Liquid Matte Lipstick achieves a long lasting, gorgeous matte finish. The slim, diamond shaped applicator gives you flawless application in just one stroke! The formula is enriched with Vitamin E to help nourish and condition the lips.

    Ingredients:

    Praline: Isododecane, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Hydrogenated Polybutene, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Kaolin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve) MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)

    Blushing Rose: Isododecane, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Hydrogenated Polybutene, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Kaolin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve) MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)

    PROS:

    • Sleek Packaging!
    • Doe foot applicator, with a small hole in the middle to help drain out excess lipstick that may get picked up
    • Does not feel heavy/cakey when you layer constantly
    • An opaque formula, you get intense pigmentation with one swipe
    • Lasts throughout the day, even after a good meal, I found that I didn’t really have to reapply my lipstick
    • Easy to layer with any lipstick, over an under
    • NO fragrance!
    • You can constantly lick your lip and it won’t peel or flake off!
    • Versatile – can be used on your eyes, lips & face!
    • Great value for money!

    CONS:

    • I know that the name says liquid matte lipstick but if you’re someone who isn’t accustomed to wearing a true matte lipstick, you may find this on the drier side.
    • While I know I mentioned it does not feel heavy upon layering, you can definitely feel it’s presence on the lip and I did not enjoy it

    Would I repurchase this?

    No, I don’t think I’ve fallen in love with this product to repurchase it again.

    Swatch:

    (Top : Praline

    Bottom : Blushing Rose)

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    SHOP HERE:

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita Sheetal S

    Review: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Mousse™ in 820 Crimson Sky!

    Hey guys,

    In my last post I reviewed the MAC Powder KISS formula and said I’d promised a dupe, well here it is, in my opinion at least!

    My review is in comparison to the performance of the Powder Kiss Lipstick. I’m comparing the with MAC Burning Love

    Read below to see what my overall thoughts are about the Hyper Matte Lipstick!

    Product description:

    Creamy and hyper matte? It does exist, in our pigment-packed, moisturizing lip mousse, which stays smooth for up to eight hours.

    • Vibrant, hyper matte color meets creamy comfort with this lightweight, non-smudging lip mousse that lasts for up to 8 hours 

    • Loads of microfine mattifying powders glide on smoothly, without ever feeling dry 

    • In fact, your lips feel phenomenally soft and hydrated thanks to this lip color, even with the matte factor 

    • Our plush, precision-tip applicator was designed to provide the perfect application—because this much pigment deserves some extra attention! 

    • And, to make the formula extra special, we added a touch of creamy mango and whipped vanilla scent 

    • Available in 14 hyper matte shades

    PROS:

    • Love the packaging, super cute
    • Has a sweet smelling fragrance that does not last long upon its application
    • Love the pigmentation but I do have to say, it’s not as intense as the MAC Powder Kiss lipstick one
    • It last beautifully for 8 hours and even leaves a stain on your lip once it fades by the end of the day or after a meal
    • I love how beautifully I can blend this lipstick to a light sheer/natural finish with my fingers. It looks like my lip but better!
    • It is so comfortable on my lips, I don’t find the need to exfoliate constantly before applying this (but it is recommended)
    • The applicator helps with precise application and the best part about this formula is that it does NOT bleed or feather around the lip
    • It does leave a nice balm feel on your lip after application that makes it comfortable on the long run!

    CONS:

      Just by comparison to the MAC shade burning love, it’s not as pigmented. But that does not take away from the fact that the color still looks beautiful!
      You cannot keep layering this constantly as it won’t built up the intensity (it only moves the product around) , if you do – you’ll want to use light layers and give it a few seconds to dry down.

    Would I repurchase this lipstick? Most probably yes! I reach for this more that my MAC one. It’s super comfortable leaves a beautiful stain on my lip at the end of the day!

    Price: $12, 5.9ml

    Swatches:

    Shop from:

    Shoprite, Target, Walmart or any drugstore!

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita Sheetal S

    Review: MAC Powder KISS Lipstick

    Hi guys, long time no see?

    MAC just launched their Powder Kiss lipsticks in India just a few months ago & since it’s been a while in the US, I’ve had the time to experiment with it & type this post.

    Product description:

    • Moisture-matte texture
    • Weightless formula
    • Soft-focus color
    • Backstage-tested,
    • Artist-approved

    So the idea of this lipstick is to create a blotted lip, one that you would get if you tried to buff a Matte lip color out. But, this lipstick provides moisture too!

    PROS:

    • Despite the matte effect it leaves, it is hydrating on the lips
    • Provides a beautiful blotted effect as per designed by MAC Cosmetics – soft focus effect
    • Pigmented
    • Does not have the same signature fragrance like that of the usual MAC lipstick, this, in fact, has a sweet candy note attached to it
    • It can be used to create a stained effect on the lip
    • Smooth on the lip, super comfortable to wear!
    • Leaves a light stained effect in your lip once it wipes out!
    • This looks absolutely brilliant on any skin tone! (I fall in between NC 40-42)

    CONS:

    • Feathered around my lip after a meal, I used a deep shade – ‘Burning Love’ and it looked like I had overlined my lips in a super weird and noticeable way
    • The strong color pay off ended up fading throughout the day, which is not necessarily bad per se, depends upon your preference really
    • You’ve got to exfoliate your lips or it would look textured!

    What do I think of this?

    To be honest, I love the idea! I especially am into the ‘au naturale’ look at the moment, and just mentioning the terms like moisture, balm draws me to this product. But it’s just that the shade that I had is not something that I can whip out of my bag and apply – on the go, I feel like it has to be worked/dabbed into to make it stay put. In short words, the darker shades do need some effort.

    A lighter shade would be much easier to apply without hesitation.

    So although I love the feel of this lipstick, I would not repurchase this shade (maybe a nude) because it feathered around my lip & it didn’t look like the initial application (maybe cause it has a balm-like texture?)

    I’ve found a drugstore alternative to this product that produces the same effect but does. It feather/bleed around. Don’t forget to catch my next post!

    Swatch –

    Shade: Burning Love

    I hope this review helped you out! Please let me know if you have any other queries in the comments & I would love to resolve them!

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita Sheetal S

    Review: Pat Mcgrath Lust – High Shine Lipgloss in Flesh 04

    Hi guys!

    If there’s one brand that I’ve been obsessed with it’s Pat Mcgrath. Apart from her adept make up artistry skills, lifelong experience in the beauty industry backed by supermodels & celebrities, the whole idea behind every product followed high class marketing & not to mention its deluxe packaging, every single aspect draws me to it!

    Pat Mcgrath came out with these High Shine Lustre Glosses & since it’s winter here, I decided to pick up something that’s comfortable to wear in cold NYC.

    Product Description from the Website:

    Ethereally erotic colour meets surreally seductive shine in LUST: Gloss. This orally fixating balm glides on, flawlessly soothing and smoothing your lips while evoking three-dimensional lustre. Turn your lips on in ravishingly resplendent hues – ranging from teasing transparencies to negligee nudes to poetic pinks – in 32 never-sticky, sinfully scintillating shades. But beware: Mother’s conjured the ultimate in luxe lip paraphernalia, bound to elicit soft core seduction as unforgettable as the searing memories, passion and pleasure of first love.

    Features:

    – 1 Lip Gloss (0.15 FL OZ /4.5 ML)

    – An exquisite blend of lustrous oils soothes and nourishes, wrapping lips in smooth softness.

    – It delivers a rush of high-shine glossiness, in the non-sticky texture of a lush balm.

    – Its innovative formulation infuses lips with multidimensional shine and gorgeous volumizing effects.

    – Translucent colour glides on beautifully with exceptional adherence.

    – Captivating finishes – ranging from pearlescent, glitter, and opaque to transparent – lustfully complete any look.

    LUST: GLOSS SHADES

    Gloss: Nude Negligee
    Prima Donna
    Aphrodisiac
    Secret Lover
    Wicked Whisper
    Flesh Fantasy
    Flesh 4
    Flesh 6
    Heavy Petal
    Twilo
    Blood 2

    Shimmer: Love Potion
    Dare To Bare
    Peach Perversion
    Faux Real
    Belladonna
    Flesh Astral
    Sunset Rose
    Paraphernalia
    Divine Rose
    Bronze Temptation

    Glitter: Gold Allure
    Bronze Divinity
    Bronze Venus
    Blitz Gold
    Earth Angel
    Future Femme
    Aliengelic
    Pale Fire Nectar
    Carnal Desire
    Astral Flashdance
    Astral Moon Flower

    What do I expect from this? Sheer colour & intense hydration after the colour fades away.

    PROS:

    • Sheer pigment, I absolutely love how this colour just makes my lips look like – My lip but only better!
    • I use this as balm to hydrate my dry lips, it instantly moisturises & hydrates deeply & not just on the surface level.
    • The lipgloss glides on my lips and does not ‘sit’ on top of it. It’s a little tricky to explain but this gloss is my absolute favourite.
    • It’s not too heavy like the my Fenty Universal Lip Gloss. I can layer this many times & the color does not look heavy and neither does the formula on my lips.
    • It smells of vanilla and if you know me, that’s one of my favourite flavours in the entire universe!
    • This lasts as a regular gloss but the after effects are that of a balm! My lips feel so supple even after the gloss fades away!
    • Simple yet classy packaging

    CONS:

    • Honestly, the price is all I can think of, but that’s what you pay for Pat Mcgrath & the quality does not disappoint!

    Although there are no cons to me personally, I did have a close friend try the same gloss on and she found it to be ‘too glossy’ for her liking.

    Would I repurchase? 

    YES! I already have! I have gone through my first tube like water. I have used & abused it every single day & I love it!

    The shade flesh 04 gives me a lush, my lip but better look. I helps with the whole ‘au naturale’  I’ve got going on at the moment!

    Price:

    $28, 4.5ml

    Swatch:

    Shop from : Pat Mcgrath Website

    Hope this review helped you out!

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita S Sheetal

    Lookbook: Professional Shoot Makeup

    Hi guys!

    I don’t know if most of you know but I am currently pursuing my Masters in Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. We had the chance to get our business portfolio pictures to be taken. So after I received my pictures – a good friend suggested that I use them for a blog post to help others with the dos and don’ts of makeup when it comes to business portfolios!

    What a brilliant idea!

    So here I am, sharing the most essential tips for achieving you personal best professional picture! Whoop-de-do!

    DO:

    • Mask the night before, I usually use a good plumping, hydrating or brightening mask. Something gentle to just enhance your glow from within
    • Remember, you don’t have to cake foundation on to look flawless, you can use a thin layer and add extra coverage to spots or areas that need extra concealing with a concealer
    • Always wear Mascara and line the upper lash line to emphasise your lashes and add definition!
    • Don’t forget to fill in your brows with a powder or brow gel because eyebrows frame the eyes. Make sure you fill then with light strokes to make them look as natural as possible
    • Wear a lip colour that is natural to your specific skin tone. The goal here is to brighten or accentuate your features. If you do opt for a nude make sure to not go too light that your lips disappear
    • I tend to go a bit heavy when it comes to a professional shoot that require flash. Flash photography can reduce makeup by 30%, so don’t forget to balance it out with a little extra blush and contour
    • Contouring is KEY as it enhances the shape of your face! If you do not know how to contour make sure to bronze your face slightly for dimension
    • Always powder, I add a little extra just to look ‘poreless’ ( I should warn you this does look a bit OTT, but the results are phenomenal) But, you MUST powder the areas that tend to shine throughout the day!
    • If you are going to wear lashes, like I have here. Make sure they are a natural pair that flatters your eye shape

    DON’T:

    • I tend to avoid eyeshadows. I try to stick to just using my bronzer in the crease to enhance the shape of my eye, nothing more than this
    • Avoid highlighters, as much as you love a highlight from space or just a dewy glow, highlighting your face can make you look greasy. Trust me – been there, done that. Highlighters are not flattering for professional shoots
    • Avoid dark lipsticks (anything that can come off as black or just funky, not that your compelled to but we’re trying to keep it professional here)
    • Don’t try to experiment with your look on this day, try to stick to an au natural or the products you know work best & the look you know brings out the best version of you!

    Quick pointers, would be to wear neutral colours (be it makeup or nails), don’t forget to smile & work with your best angle. But most importantly, be yourself & have fun! This picture is going to float around for a while – so make it worth it!

    I hope this post helped you out! Please let me know if you use any other tips in the comments!

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita Sheetal 

    Review – Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara

    Hey guys,

    Another day, another mascara. I’m sure everyone has heard of the Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara.

    What intrigued me the most about this mascara was the wand design. It almost looks like it’s got million bristles that would promise intense lashes.

    Here’s the product description from the Clinique site:

    Big brush, big change. Oversized volumizing brush transforms lashes from fine and faint to bodacious and bold. Rich colour builds easily to the look you want. Ophthalmologist tested. Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.

    PROS:

    • Fragrance free, perfect for people who wear contacts!
    • Clump free, easy to layer & build – separates easy lash individually
    • Voluminous lashes in the first coat itself!
    • I love the wand, it looks to be a plastic one.
    • It comes in 2 shades – Black & Burgundy
    • The lift that the mascara provides lasts all day & the intensity is beautiful!
    • The wand provides an easy & quick application to the top and bottom simultaneously!
    • The formula wasn’t too wet, you know when you get a new mascara and you gotta wait for it to dry out a few in so you tend to enjoy it? This is pretty damn good from the start!

    CONS:

    • This mascara smears on me during the summers but during winters it stays pretty put on me!
    • It’s difficult to take my mascara off at the end of the day, I tend to have residue when I wake up in the morning.

    Would I recommend this mascara?

    I love how this mascara makes me lashes look it makes it look so fluffy and the wand helps me ‘wing’ out my lashes at the end.

    But I don’t know, even though this makes my lashes look amazing, it’s not something I trust for a special occasion simply because I don’t know when it’ll decide to smear on me again?

    Also, I find it hard to remove at the end of the day with my micellar water!

    I highly recommend buying a travel size/mini size and based on your experience invest in the big one!

    I got my sample mascara after buying my skincare at Clinique!

    Swatch:

     Price:

    $19, full size

    I hope this review helped you out.

    Avec Amour,

    Ranita S Sheetal

    Review: Maybelline Snapscara!

    Hey guys,

    Maybelline’s back again with a new mascara this time.

    If there’s one thing Maybelline is known for is for their assortment of mascara’s of various sorts!

    I’m still on the lookout for a mascara I could use relentlessly every single day and get my every cent out of.

    This Mascara caught my attention, it was unique. It claims to be a washable formula that can be used everyday. Easy come and easy go. Damn, to not have the struggle of ripping out lashes while taking off my mascara every night – what a dream!

    My current mascara has been the L’Oréal Lash Paradise, not that its my absolute favorite but I love the effect I get even though it kinda flakes on me at the end of the day. I hate taking this off, there’s almost residue every time!

    So, did the Maybelline Snapscara do the trick? Check out below!

    Product description:

    Snapscara® Mascara delivers smooth,clump-free volume in an instant. This easy on, easy off formula applies effortlessly and removes in a snap. No rubbing or tugging. It’s an ideal mascara for sensitive eyes.

    Meet a new generation of mascara! Snapscara® is our 1st pigmented wax-free mascara that features a zero-hassle, no clump formula that glides on smooth for clean volume and defined lashes all-day. This voluminous mascara is made without pigment-dulling waxes and the effect is super-saturated lashes with pure color intensity. Easily remove this game-changing mascara with a cotton pad and warm water – it’s never tough to take off. You will never need to rub or experience those dreaded raccoon eyes. This colored mascara is ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact lens wearers.

    Pros:

      Love the fiber wand, the shape and size is my ideal sort of mascara wand types. It narrows down to the tip , which makes it easy to reach every lash. The wand is designed in a way that helps cusp the root and hence lifts the lash.
      The wand helps me get clump free, fluttery & natural looking lashes. This is gives my lashes a beautiful appearance for everyday wear.
      The formula is light & does not clump up. It’s a very ‘liquid’ sort of formulation and got a smooth texture.
    • The mascara makes my lashes look so good, I’m in love! It almost lifts the very corner of my lashes to give eyes this winged eye appearance.
    • The formula is true to its description, it does wash off easy with warm water. Which makes this a great mascara for everyday use for me.
    • I have watery eyes & so flaking and smearing of mascara is something I constantly worry about – when used only on the top part of my lashes this mascara did not flake. We’ll get the smearing part in the cons..
      Love the different shade range, makes it a fun sort of mascara to experiment with!
      This does not have any strong fragrance ( not that I know of any mascara that does )

    Cons:

    • Since I have watery eyes, this mascara is not a good choice for me, I know. But I’ve been wearing it everyday constantly simply because of it’s a pleasure to take of at night! It just comes off like little tubes when rinsed with warm water!
    • When you wear the mascara only on the top lashes (which is what I do) I honestly do not have a problem with it smudging horribly, it looks pretty darn good at the end of the day too!
    • The only problem I faced is when I wear it on the lower lashes, it transfers horribly!
    • The lift that the mascara provides initially, does not last throughout the day.
    • The mascara cannot be built up to create super dramatic lashes. I find that by the end of the day this ends up looking subtle.

    Overall, I know this mascara has quite a few cons. For some that may outweigh the pros. For me, simply because this mascara is so easy to take off when I’m tired, I’ve been using this!

    Now, would I use this if I had an important occasion? Not really, I need something more pigmented and long lasting. But if you just need some daily definition in your lashes – I’d give this one a go, because I don’t mind just dabbing under my eye if I feel that my mascara’s transferred (not by much) sometime throughout the day.

    Price : $7.77

    Shop from:

    https://www.maybelline.com/eye-makeup/mascara/snapscara-washable-mascara?gclid=Cj0KCQiA7IDiBRCLARIsABIPohiWh_bKbP5YUIKUg2iO_tPlhlxNAc9b2Ch-1gguEvRCtBErHWhNYQoaAup5EALw_wcB

    Swatches:

    I hope this review helped you out!

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    Avec amour,

    Ranita Sheetal S