My Beauty Junction

Friday, April 18, 2014

Green EOTD with Sephora Blockbuster eyeshadows

Green EOTD with Sephora Blockbuster eyeshadows
Green EOTD with Sephora Blockbuster eyeshadowsI tell you, I am obsessed with the Sephora Makeup Academy Blockbuster palette of November 2013. There is such a variety of colours, enough for as many looks as you would want, and the shades are versatile, from neutrals to brights, and a couple of neons which I have not dared to go near. And the shadows are easy to blend and surprisingly well-pigmented. I need to review this palette in all its glory before the 2014 version is launched.
Green is probably my third-favourite eyeshadow colour after blues and purples. It gives dark eyes a nice pop without being visible from the moon. This time, I picked medium frosty and shimmery greens and a brown-grey eyeshadow, and did not smoke out the look too much.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For readers from India: You can order Sephora USA brands now

For readers in India who want to order makeup brands that are unavailable here, I have some good news.
You must have seen me share my haul posts from Order Makeup UK. This is a venture begun by my beauty-bestie Shivani in order to bring brands from Sephora and Ulta to India. In December, the group had closed down, but they are reopening and are taking new orders from this moment!
OMUK - the name belies what they do - lets you order any brand or product sold in Sephora USA, or Ulta - the brand list includes OCC, Tarte, Benefit, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Burt's Bees, Bumble and Bumble, NARS, Smashbox, Lorac, Philosophy, Hourglass, Kat von D, theBalm, Marc Jacobs, Bare Minerals, Stila, Buxom, GlamGlow, Ardency Inn and a lot more brands stocked in Sephora USA (check out for the list of brands they stock), apart from US-only launches from usual suspects such as Chanel, Lancome and so on.
Read on to find out how to order. And, there is an exclusive early-bird offer below!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hot pink flocking powder manicure with O.P.I. It's All Greek To Me nail polish

Hot pink flocking powder ombre manicure with O.P.I. It's All Greek To Me nail polish
I have never used flocking powder before, despite having bought different colours sometime ago. I was on the verge of doing watermarbling for my birthday - since that is what I did for my birthday last year - and remembered my resolution to try new techniques. A long think and scramble in my stash later, I settled on and NOTD with two flocking powder shades for a sharp gradient effect and gems. A combination of elements there, but if you cannot go over the top on your birthday, when can you?
Flocking powder nail art proved to be the  most labour-intensive manicure I have done. In fact, this is clearly a nail art-fail. Here are the problems I faced.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Estee Lauder and Dior birthday haul, and presents

Estee Lauder and Dior birthday haul and presents
It was my birthday yesterday so I took the day off for a bit of much-needed "me-time". I had ended my shopping ban in the last week of March to pick up some treats for myself. The beauty goodies are mostly skin care and a powder compact - I only use pressed powder foundation, which itself gives me a dewy look soon enough, given how oily my face is. If I dared to use liquid or cream foundation, my face would be swimming in oil, even if I set it with powder. Besides, pressed powder applied with the Beautyblender Pro lasts longest on my skin, keeps me matte for longer and saves time on "setting".
Enough about the glories of pressed powder foundation; here are a few things I hauled, and a few prezzies I received.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Etude House Rosy Tint Lips swatches, review

Etude House Rosy Tint Lips swatches, review
I had received a sample of the Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint along with a Korean makeup haul and was eager to get some full-sized lip products from the brand. I settled on the Etude House Rosy Tint Lips, which were launched last Fall, because this range had shades I thought would suit me best, and the reviews were great. I could not find any vampy shades and the roses on the packaging screamed spring/summer rather than fall to me.
The Etude House Rosy Tints come in eight shades. I bought #3 (Rose Petal) and #7 (Tea Rose) off W2Beauty, which is my favourite Korean cosmetics website because of the sheer amount of samples Alice (founder and owner) sends me and because she also sends candy!

Here is the review and swatches of Etude House Rosy Tint Lip colour.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Harnn Water Lily Detoxifying Face Wash review: Sample Saturday

Harnn Water Lily Detoxifying Face Wash review
This is the second post in my Saturday Sample Review series. Today, I have the Harnn Water Lily Detoxifying Face Wash from my Vanity Trove Box. I have finished the 10ml bottle they sent me and here are my findings.
Harnn Natural Home Spa is a Thailand-based luxury skin and hair care brand that sells around the world. Their USP is:
"A holistic approach to well being by using natural active ingredients to restore the natural balance between body, mind and environment."
For some reason - name, packaging or product range - it reminds me of Thann, also a Thai luxury brand that I love.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bronze smoky eye makeup with Sephora Blockbuster

Bronze smoky eye makeup with Sephora Blockbuster
Oh dear, I seem to have scowled my way through all the photographs for today's smoky eye. Ah well, it was a bit too sunny and I don't think sunglasses are quite the thing when you try to showcase your eye makeup.
Bronze smoky eye makeup with Sephora Blockbuster The only time I now wear neutral eyeshadows, especially brown-based shades, is in-between a spate of bright colours. I really think they photograph - and therefore, look - rather alike and meh on me, especially because of my eye colour and skintone. Still, when you have a different palette to play with, you always get some fun out of the eyeshadows (until they show up in the photographs)!

Here is a bronze smoky eye makeup look I did using the Sephora Makeup Academy Blockbuster Palette.