Spring is IN!

One of the many ways in which I celebrate the end of dreary, snowy and blowy winters is buying all new nail color for an all new season. The flowers, new leaves and warm temperature inspire so many irresistible shades and including them in your manicure caddy is a quick and easy way to feel like a whole new you.

This was going to be a ‘top five nail colors for Spring’ post. But, my favorite makeup brand Estee Lauder’s Pure Color range deserves a post of its own. So here are the top 10 new shades (five bright hues for day and five sultry ones for night) from Estee Lauder that you must try (or lust after) this season. At $20 each, they are a little bit on the expensive side, but they’re versatile enough to carry you through Summer.

Estee Lauder Pure Color: Top 10 shades for Spring.

Estee Lauder Pure Color: Top 10 shades for Spring.

1. Dilettante
2. Absinthe
3. Coral Cult
4. Insatiable
5. Narcissist
6. Viper
7. Explosif
8. Black Turquoise
9. Enchanted Garnet
10. Purple Velvet

Which one’s your favorite?

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Beauty Review: MAC Studio Moisture Cream

A few weeks ago, I shared with you my list of essential makeup items. Each item on that list has made it to a permanent spot in my makeup bag after much research, testing, discussions and expenditure.

Of these, perhaps the most difficult to find was the moisturizer. For years, my skin either got too oily or extremely dry during winters because of the moisturizer. There were even a few times when I applied my whole makeup, and while putting on the finishing powder, I’d realize that my skin was flaking. Then I’d have to remove all of it and start again. Only to find out two hours later that my face is in desperate need of blotting paper.

Finally, a couple of months ago, while visiting the MAC store in New Delhi, I tried the Studio Moisture Cream.

MAC Studio Moisture Cream, 1.7 oz (50ml) - $32

MAC Studio Moisture Cream, 1.7 oz (50ml) – $32

I love their Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15 for summers. But, my skin needed something richer for winters. The answer came in the form of the Studio Moisture Cream. It provides just the right amount of moisture and is a particularly good base for makeup. It doesn’t weigh your skin down or make it dull or oily. I have been using it for about a month now and haven’t seen a difference in the “healthy radiance” of my skin, as claimed by the description on the MAC website.

It is kind of expensive, at $32 for 1.7 oz (50ml). But, you only need a little bit at a time and a jar will easily last you about five months. And I believe that a great moisturizer is definitely worth splurging on since it can really make or break your look. No amount of professional brush strokes or 100s of bucks worth of makeup will make a difference if your skin isn’t moisturized properly.

So go ahead. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

xo

Color ’em nude!

As a fashion enthusiast, the Oscar season is one of the most exciting times of the year for me. Right from the time when new collections hit the runway in September and then early February, my friends and I start predicting which gowns will make it down the runway. And my list almost always has the most vibrant and colorful picks.

Therefore, you can sense my disappointment with this year’s red carpet rundown. Agreed, there were some stunning gowns on the red carpet. Naomi Watts in that stunning Armani Privé and Charlize Theron’s all-white fabulousness were not lost on me. But, I really wished the stars had been more adventurous in their choice or color.

I, for one, have never owned (and hopefully, will never own) an all-white or all-neutral outfit. So, I decided to explore other ways of incorporating the trend in my wardrobe and I realized that bags it will be. Seeing that I am on the lookout for a new cross body bag, here’s are some interesting ones I came across recently.

NudeNeutralBags

1. Rebecca Minkoff Cross Body Clutch – $195
2. Alsace Cross Body Bag – $195
3. Lauren Ralph Lauren Cross Body – $198
4. Sophie Hulme Mini Envelope Bag – $495
5. Salvatore Ferragamo Mini Bag – $595
6. Snake Trim Boxy bag – $45

I love the high end ones, but it’s great to have the option of a stylish bag under $50, like no. 6.

Which one’s your favorite?