Friday, April 18, 2014

Beauty | Tutorial: A burst of blue + Avon review

Summertime makes me crave jugs of lemonade, cotton dresses and soothing bursts of colour. When the cobalt blue shade became an eye makeup trend this season like at the Marc Jacobs catwalk; I could see myself trying out the trend. So when the wonderful team send me a package from Avon and it included a cobalt blue glimmerstick, it was like they had read my mind.


I figured that reviewing the products alone can be mundane and that bright liners like cobalt can be shaky ground for many of us so I decided to put up a tutorial showing you lovelies just how to use the Avon glimmerstick bright in 'Cobalt Cool' in two different ways! The pictorials are shown with the instructions for each of them below them so check it out.

Tutorial: 'I think I blue it' 


  • Step 1: Start with fresh, bare eyes which are washed clean to remove any oil and dust.
  • Step 2: Fill in your brows. This is a massively important step which adds so much definition to the face which is usually forgotten in the beauty community. Find a shade matching your brow hair and fill in, sticking to your natural hairlines. 
  • Step 3: Apply a thin line of eyeliner on the top lid, very close to your lash line till the end of your lashes. You can use a pencil kohl or gel liner but I've used a liquid liner since it gives me more control for a precise look.



  • Step 4: If you are a winged liner or cat-eye newbie, you'll need this. Place a tiny dot of your eyeliner at the point of where you want your wing to end (I've used a yellow dot to show you where I put mine) and make sure it is in line with the end of your brows. The further away from your eyes makes the wings longer and more exaggerated so place your dot accordingly. Then trace two thin lines from your dot till the eye liner on your lash line (I've used pink dotted lines to show you where I trace mine)
  • Step 5: Once your lines are drawn out, fill it in. Remember to keep your arm well supported so that you can control your line precisely to how thick or thin you want it.
  • Step 6: Ta-dah! Your winged liner is now complete! Make sure you bookmark this page for the next time you want a winged eye liner look.

  • Step 7: Use your Avon glimmerstick bright in 'Cobalt blue' and trace it all over your waterline and your lash line. The colour is buildable so work it in gently till you get the pigmentation you are happy with!
  • Step 8: This is how it looks on me - just one more step to go!
  • Step 9: Use mascara on your lashes for more wide-eyed, defined look for your eyes.


Tutorial: 'Blue skies above'

*Prior to starting the look, make sure you start with clean, bare eyes and filled in brows as show in step 1 and step 2 above.



  • Step 1: Using the Avon glimmerstick brights in 'Cobalt Cool', trace a line on your lid, closest to the lash line till where your lashes end.
  • Step 2: This is what your eyelid should look like. As the look is meant to be fresh and bright, I've kept the line thick enough to notice on the eye but thin enough that it doesn't cover the eyelid completely.
  • Step 3: Place a tiny dot of your glimmerstick at the end of your eyes (I've used a yellow to show where I've placed mine) I've placed the dot lower than the previous tutorials wing placement since I'm creating a more lived-in look that doesn't need to much precision. From your dot, trace two lines to the point where you meet the liner on your lash line.


  • Step 4: So far, this is what it should look like with the slight wing in the end of the eyelid.
  • Step 5: Take a white or nude toned liner and line only your water line (not your lash line) Make sure to do this with a light hand as we do not want our white liner to show boldly but just to open our eyes a wee bit.
  • Step 6: With both lines complete, this is what it should look like.


  • Step 7: Since pencil liners can be a little tricky, I'm using a cotton bud to correct any smudgy bits.
  • Step 8: Apply a mascara to add that definition to your eyes.
  • Step 9: And we're done! This is what the eyes look like finally!

Review: Avon Glimmersticks - 'Cobalt Cool' and 'True Red' 



What I liked:
  • Retractable liners are always a win for me since they avoid messy sharpening and wastage.
  • The packaging of the glimmersticks is neat and attractive
  • The colour payoff of the glimmersticks is fantastic and just as the packaging shows.
  • The consistency of the glimmetsticks are waxy in texture which stays for hours on my eyes.
  • They really are smudge proof and waterproof.

What I didn't like:
  • They can appear streaky on application to the eye.
  • At the price of Rs.399 per glimmerstick, they are expensive products.
Avon glimmerstick swatches: (Above) True Red, (Below) Cobalt Cool
Photography | Dayle Pereira for Style File

Results: 8/10

My advice: I think the Avon glimmersticks are fantastic product albeit on the expensive side and you should pick up the 'Cobalt Cool' shade, especially for the season!


*Disclaimer: The above post is sponsored and all opinions expressed are honest and completely of my own.

xo
Dayle

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beauty | Sunsilk Natural Recharge shampoo review

No matter what season it is, smooth and shiny hair is always great to sport. So when summer comes around, it can get quite challenging dealing with the forces of mother nature *read: sweat, sun and dust* to sport a healthy head of hair. Hence, I bring you a review of a shampoo that I've been testing out for the past couple of weeks and one that I couldn't resist sharing with you. Till date, I've never experienced any extraordinary shampoo from Sunsilk - they've always fallen somewhere in between mediocre to good. So this time around, will the tables turn in favour of Sunsilk? Let's take a look at the review !


Packaging: The shampoo comes in a regular plastic flip-cap bottle which is designed in tones of green, white and gold, which I find quite pleasing to the eye. The bottle contains 80ml of product.

Price: Rs.64

Product: The product is a silvery-white in colour with micro-shimmer particles in it. The consistency of the shampoo is medium to runny, which makes it easier to squeeze out of the bottle and the texture of the product is smooth. The product has a pleasant floral smell to it which lasts long after my hair has dried.

Feel: Refreshing & hygienic

Results:
What I liked:
  • The pleasing package design and the pleasant product fragrance which lasts in my hair even after it dries. Exteriors play such an important role along with the actual product itself and this one has floored me.
  • I find my scalp feeling clean after a single wash and my hair feeling much healthier.
  • After a few washes, my hair felt more stronger and bouncier.
  • The fact that it neutralizes the ph level and is paraben free!
  • At the price point of Rs.64, the shampoo is extremely affordable.
  • Portable and fuss-free to carry with you.
What I didn't like:
  • The claim that it de-tangles hair didn't quite work its magic on me.

Rating: 9/10

My advice: This shampoo is perfect for this season and keeps a majority of its promises. I'm pleased that Sunsilk has now risen a few notches above good with the Natural Recharge shampoo. I've grown to using it ever so often that I'm making sure to have an extra one on my shelf this season. I would highly recommend you give this one a try!



Photography| Raynor Pereira for Style File


*Disclaimer: The above post is not carried out in affiliation with any brand or company. The opinions expressed are honest and completely of my own.


xo
Dayle
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