Product Review – MAC Girl About Town Lipstick

Mac Lipsticks are the hipsters of Lipstick World. They are stylish, come in classic as well as modern colours, are sleekly packaged and while they don’t come cheap, if a girl really wants one, she can just about afford them.

Today I am penning my opinion about one of the rather popular colour – Girl About Town. It’s a blue toned bright pink and the best way I can describe the shade is that if the colours Fuschia & Hot Pink had a love child, it would be this colour.

The lipstick is an Amplified version (meaning it’s a moisturising consistency with an excellent colour pay-off). The result on lips is rather glossy than matte with an opaque finish. The name does its colour justice – while the colour screams, “Hello everyone! I am here”, it retains it’s fun element by still being playful and not too severe like a classic red lip might be. Could be as easily worn with sunny dresses in summer as with a layered look in winters.

Now, I am sure there are a plethora of reviews on this lipstick out there already (I mean, I haven’t exactly discovered electricity here, haha) but this being the latest buy of mine (not recent though) I just had to throw my two cents in.

I must confess I buy make up & hoard them but hardly use all of them like a normal girl would, rather just picking one product out now or then and admiring rest of the gems in my drawer where I like to look every time I need a little pick-me up. But I had not touched make up at all in past few months. It is such a bright and fun colour and I was so down in dumps that I just could not bring myself to even try this on. Now that I am slowly easing back into normalcy, I decided to pick this baby up and put it on, and was pleased with the results.

I however feel that with a colour like this, one might want to go easy on their eye make up. You know, winged eyeliner & tons of mascara and let the lips do all the talking (But hey, if you feel like it, glam up the eyes too and do your thang! 😀 ) The colour should easily wear for 4 hours but I am yet to test that out.

Anyway, here are some shabby attempts at trying to show you guys how this lipstick looks in real.

Mac Girl About Town – $15 (Rs 900) // Vanilla Scented, No Taste

The lipstick does have tiny flecks of shimmer in it, but they are hardly noticeable once put on.

Bare Lips. 

Let’s ignore the embarassing close ups of my nostrils and focus on the colour, shall we? (You see the unevenly done lips? Yeahh.. that happens when you slap on a bright lipstick without bothering to look in the mirror.*cough*)

The lipstick smudged out & worn as a stain (which is how I usually prefer to wear a deep colour on my lips.)

Little tip :~ Apply the dark lipstick at the centre of the lips and smudge it outwards with fingers to give a fading stain look. Top it up with a lip balm if you feel like it!

My thoughts?

Love the colour but not as an everyday staple, at least for me. Still, a must have in a girl’s make up bag for fun occassions.

Phew! That took some typing. 😀

Anyway, what are your all time favorite MAC Lipsticks? Any point that I could have mentioned & missed out on? Please let me know.

xx

Product Review – Eve Lom Cleanser

I am a skin freak. I am one of those people who might put anything in their mouth without really fussing too much about it but don’t let any thing close to their face unless they are absolutely sure it would help-more-than-harm the skin.

I was gifted a 30 ml jar of this pretty looking thing called ‘Eve Lom’. At first glance, I thought it was a moisturizer but realizing it was a cleanser, I put it back in the drawer (and back of my mind).

Day before yesterday, having run out of my Cetaphil cleanser, I reached out for this instead. I found the consistency a little too waxy for my liking. The product felt more like a yellow balm. I rubbed it in my skin and wiped it off with a facial wipe. And as I feared, I didn’t like it. It left my face feeling greasy and dirty. (Being the impatient imp I am, I did not bother to read the instructions given at the back of the jar. :/ )

Yesterday out of curiosity, when I googled this product up, I realized that not only is it a cult beauty product, but quite a pricey one at that as well! (Kinda explains the pretty packaging).

One is actually supposed to massage their face with it and then wipe it off with a muslin cloth a couple of times soaked in warm water and then pat it dry using a cold wipe.

Now, not having a muslin cloth at my disposal, I picked up a soft t-shirt of mine, inverted it and used it as my facial aid (Yeah, I am lousy like that..) and voila! The cleanser turned into a milky consistency at the touch of water and left my face feeling squeaky clean and hydrated!

My thoughts?

This is indeed a great cleanser. But hilariously over-priced. An average 100 ml jar retails for around  $80 (Rs.4,800). And although, it left my skin feeling great, I feel this is meant for people with dry skin and might add to the woes of girls with oily skin. Also, I feel my Cetaphil cleanser does its job pretty well and is dirt cheap compared to Eve Lom.

Will I re-purchase?

Um, most probably not. But, I might keep the jar with me after it’s finished and look at it time to time, to feel fancy. 😀

What are some of the great cleansers that you have tried?

7 Weapons A Girl Should Carry In Her Arsenal

No I am not referring to beautiful female spies here. Nor am I an individual with violent tendencies who likes to carry arms in her bag just in case she feels like going on a killing spree. I intend to talk about the average girl’s arsenal here – her handbag.

A lot of us are (rightly) accused of carrying bags too big for us, containing things rather unnecessary and heavy. Hercules would be proud. *Smirks*

The other day, while cleaning my ever-so-heavy bag, I began to think about things that I can afford to leave at home and the ones that I feel I must have with me all the time. I came up with 7 absolute essentials (at least for me). Here goes:

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1. Vaseline – I can’t begin to explain what a great life-saver this tiny tub of petroleum jelly is. If you find carrying lotions and balms a hassle, just carry a small jar of Vaseline with you. It can act as a hand moisturizer, a lip balm, an under-eye cream annndd a make up remover. Phew! What’s more, it’s cheap!

2. Concealer – Whoever said “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, was either a man or a woman with perfect skin. I feel perfect skin is a myth. Every girl no matter how great or not-so-great her skin is, needs a li’l help now and then. I personally suffer from the paranoia of developing huge red boils on my nose out of nowhere while people around me watch on in horror (irrational & hilarious, I know), but carrying a concealer with you will ensure you can tackle girly issues like a sudden zit or rings under your eyes after a crazy sleep-over at your best friend’s place easily.

3. Diary & a Pen – This one’s close to my heart. 🙂 I try to carry a cute pocket diary with me so that I can note down interesting quotes I randomly come across or am struck with a sudden inspiration to write a small poem or journal. (I know I know you can do all this on a phone, what to say, I am a romantic at heart.) Besides, I find that carrying a pen somehow shows you are smart and organized you know?

4. Blush – Aah. The pretty pink blush.. You don’t need a truck load of make up if you have clean skin and cheeks with a little colour on them. Blush can make you look pretty and gorgeously flushed in an instant. It also doubles up as eyeshadow – just dab a little on the eye crease for definition and character. Or you can mix a speck of it with vaseline and create a lip stain on the go. This tiny pot of pinky delight never ceases to amaze me. My personal pick is Tarte’s amazonian clay blush in Exposed. It’s a neutral dusty rose colour that I don’t seem to get enough of.

5. Scarf – You might go, ‘huh?’. Hear me out. A scarf can make pretty a accessory to your bag. Just tie it up in a cute knot on the handle. It can also alter the look of your dress in an instant. Besides, whether it’s a sudden explosion of black grimy smoke on your face by that nincompoop of a bus ahead of you, that annoying ketchup stain on your collar that came out of no where or the need to disapparate when you see an annoying relative across the road, your scarf will be your knight in floral armour.

6. Safety Pins – Always handy in case you have to pin the shirt placket to maintain your modesty or hide a nasty rip in your dress. But store them in a little box. These buggers have a way of pricking your fingers every time you reach for something in your bag.

7. Perfume – You need to smell good. Period. As Coco Chanel oh-so-stylishly put, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Who am I to argue with her? Try getting a travel size spray or stick that is easy on your bag and your pocket. Having a lazy day? Just rub some hand sanitizer on your arm pits and spray some perfume on them, your wrists, behind ears and on the crown and tip of your hair and you will feel fresh like a daisy. But for hygienic purpose, don’t make this a habit and take shower regularly. Lol. My pick is D&G’s Light Blue. Smells like summery Greece in a bottle.

Few other items that I think deserve an honourable mention are:

A Hand Sanitizer.

Band-Aid.

Tissues.

Hair Band/Comb

Little Cash 

Sanitary Pad (duh.)

What are your must-haves that you like to carry in your bag all the time?