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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – So Much Fawn

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So..I’ve been really occupied with my work lately due to which I’ve ignored my baby for long enough! But not any more, I’m coming up with another post about a sultry nail color. Basically, I got the much awaited Sally Hansen nail color from one of the Pakistani beauty pages;  NY The World of Makeup. I’ve always wanted to try it out as there’s decent fan following of it.

Starting off with the nail color bottle, it surely is a unique one. For me, it was a “love at first sight” situation. Coming down to the quality of the brush applicator, it was amazing and wide enough to cover almost 3/4th of the nail in just one coat. Its brush has a round curvy shape which makes it easier to apply.

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I bought this shade named as “So much fawn” which is neither fawn nor pink nor peach. It’s a nice milky brown sort of shade which has hues of tea pink color.

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Moving forward, the quality of this product is a really big turn off! I was not expecting it to be chipping the next day where it says it’s a complete salon look. I was disappointed because, this color gets dried up quickly as compared to others but the chipping story was pure disgust.

The next time I tried a top coat along with it but even it didn’t give me as good results, considering it kept the color intact for 2 days.  It’s a good brand with decent pricing but the long lasting quality of our local brands is much much better than this.

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Alexandria – Color Studio Professional Nail Color

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I am a nail color fanatic. I have started to think I should have had my blog’s name something related to nails. Aaah…just kidding!

I like dark colors in nails but who doesn’t like pretty pinks and sexy reds once in a while? I tried one of the sweet pinks recently named as Alexandria by Color Studio Professional. This shade of pink has purple hues in it and I must say it’s an amazing shade especially for yellow toned skin like mine. It made my hands look fairer by one tone.

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Last time, I used their nail colors 14 months back and they were just fine then, but with time, they’ve improved the quality of their nail colors. The glossy effect in their nail colors along with a smoother texture is a treat to your nails. The applicator brush has also gotten softer than before thereby, giving you great application in just one go.

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The color is of good consistency as just one coat was good enough but I’m a person who loves doing double coat to enhance the color.  Believe you me, just one coat serves the purpose. This little hero costed me Rs.250

My Favorite Reds in Lipcolors

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As promised earlier, I am finally sharing a post on my favorite picks of red colored lipsticks. All 3 are of different color appearances, textures and purposes. Let’s name our 3 heroes; Maybelline Super Stay 24hr “Cherry Pie” , MUA Power Pout “Runway” and Color Studio “Bombshell”.

Starting from MUA Power Pout, the shade Runway is a nice day and evening wear moisturizing tinted lip balm to give your lips an orangish red look. One of the downside of this product is the product durability within the packaging, which is below par; hence I wouldn’t want to own it again despite loving its versatility as even after being removed from your lips, one could see light shades of its tint.

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Coming next is Color Studio’s Bombshell which is a bright red lipstick. Its vibrant appearance makes it a perfect evening and night party kind of shade. It’s going to rock your black colored dress for sure. This product doesn’t have any downsides.

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Last but not the least, Maybelline’s SuperStay 24hr “Cherry Pie” is an amazing rich red color which I’d like to call as wine red rather than cherry red. It’s a really deep red shade which is perfect to complement your light eyes make up which one could wear at a wedding.

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One of the downsides of this product is its dryness, despite having a lip-balm attached to it, the product just keeps drying up with the sensation of tiny flakes on one’s lips. However, the promise of being a super stay product is real as it’s really hard to get this product off, of your lips.

A final comparison of all 3 shades is displayed below

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Essie – Footloose

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We all have a friend in our social circle that is either crazy about Mascaras or Kajal or some other beauty product. For me, I’d say I have similar feelings for nail colors. I anxiously used to wait for Essie’s launch as I was always inspired by their amazing pallet. I have a thing for purples, blues and corals, so I knew it from the beginning which shades I’d be trying out during my first attempt.

I went to the salon and I knew it even before swatching it. I asked for Foot Loose and when I tried it on my pinky, it felt as if I found true love for my nails. It was a moment of pure ecstasy of getting my nails done with a shade which has hues of pink and purple mixed together.

Here you go, find below the display in daylight.

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It came to my surprise that this color came as Hot Pink in broad daylight whereas, the real color of this nail color is shown in the image below.

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So if you’re looking forward to make your hands look sexier and fairer than the usual skin tone, do go for Footloose and you won’t be disappointed at all. You can take my word for it. Everyone in my office, friends’ group and even the other people at the salon complimented my nail color and asked which shade is it. I was compelled to buy this shade. Essie could be bought from their partnered salons at the price of Rs. 750 –  Rs. 850.

L’Oreal Glam-Shine Gloss Brilliance

By now, all of my readers must have learnt this by heart that I am an advocate of long lasting quality beauty products. That’s why I keep on experimenting beauty products even before buying it by using their testers. I had seen advertisements of Maxfactor lip color which was water resistant and food resistant and so I was trying to find something similar that would be available locally.

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I visited L’Oreal’s kiosk at the EBCO outlet at the FORUM. There I found the L’Oreal Glam Shine Gloss Brilliance with an amazing range of colors but there was one that caught my eyes i.e. shade 200. It gave a nice look to my lip which was more or less like a nice pink periwinkle color.

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I knew it in my mind that I’m gonna get my hands on to this shade but unfortunately, I couldn’t find a fresh piece of the same shade since L’Oreal is discontinuing this product and so the likelihood was low. I kept on hunting for the same shade at Scentsation and other outlets and luckily I found it at EBCO only after 3 months of my hunt. Now you all can imagine how much crazy I must have been for this one little magical product.

Coming down to the beauty of this product, it does stay on for long and for even better results, I use it along with a complementing lip color to enhance the lasting results. Be it water, food or washing your face this product doesn’t go off unless you use a makeup remover or moisturizer. So ladies, you all can take advantage of this product as it’s about to be discontinued and has amazing variety of colors and it does last more than 6 hours with or without food.

Shown below is the Before and After look:

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I like to wear this lip gloss during night events and weddings as it gives a sheer touch to your lips and who wouldn’t want to pout their lips to attract some attention? 😉 It costed around Rs. 1200, I’ve been using it for more than 2 years now and the container is still half full.

But seriously, sometimes I wonder why would L’Oreal discontinue an amazing product like this when it has amazing technology invested in it and a strong customer base, due to which the most demanded colors go out of stock. 

Bourjois Volume Clubbing Ultra Black Mascara

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Mascaras have always been my love only for weddings or night parties where I can have a glam look to my eyes. I usually avoid wearing Mascara during day or normal events as I have really nice curvy lashes naturally. So, whenever I feel like giving my eyes a little bit of volume, that is the time when I wear Mascara.

I usually like Maybelline New York as it’s a brand of Mascaras and offers a wide range of great mascaras (based on my observation and opinion). However, for a change, recently I tried this Bourjois’ Volume Clubbing Ultra Black Mascara which was gifted to me by one of my good friends and it came out just OK.

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It gave my eyes a nice look but it might not be suitable for quite a lot of females as it has a thick texture and the result was a thick heavy lash rather than giving it a long lash look. At first, you’d think that perhaps, the liquid has gotten dried up, but that’s not the case. It was difficult for me to apply as it was a bit too clumpy. Its clots were making it difficult for me to apply it properly on the lash. Moreover, it even made my lash go a bit lower in the opposite direction rather than lifting it up. So, if you’re thinking it’ll give you a long lash look too, you’re mistaken.

Below is a visual reference of the look I had after applying it. I personally don’t like applying mascara on the lower lash, hence the lower lash is as it is.

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I like Mascaras that give a long yet a little uplift look. I don’t believe in overusing mascaras like Falsies, that just create long lashes, thereby giving your eyes a fake look. I’ve heard some nice reviews about Bourjois as a brand but this one didn’t amuse me much. But at the same time now, I am curious to try their other products if their products are worth buying or is it just the hype that has gotten PR traction!

Till then speak with your eyes which your lips can’t! 😉

Fifth Avenue and Tart Deco – ESSIE

It’s high time that I share my craze about nail colors with my readers. I am a person who just loves collecting nail colors or get my nails done whenever I visit a salon with bright colors and the likes.

Talking about Essie, I had received one color from my cousin who came from US. I read quite a lot of reviews about new shades getting launched globally and was wondering when it would be available in Pakistan.  I was always amused by their extensive range of color palette with so much of detailing.

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I like to wear almost any color but my recent two favorites are Fifth Avenue and Tart Deco. I always wanted to check if red nail colors look good on my skin, but I even wanted to try a nail color which had hints of an orangy shade. Choosing the right kind of nail color has always been a tiresome job as it’s always not necessary that it would compliment your skin.

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Therefore, I tried the swatch of Russian Roulette and Fifth Avenue and I knew it my preferred choice was the latter one. It is a nice mid red tone nail color which makes your hand look fairer than actual. It’s a perfect nail color to wear on special occasions or I’d say Valentine’s is near so, it’s a perfect flirty shade to seduce your partner.

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On the other hand, I wanted to try the milky shades which weren’t that translucent and its 2 coats would be enough to give it a finished look. I tried a few nude shades but then my eyes spotted the “Tart Deco” nail color which forced me to get my nails done with it there and then. I have always thought that these milky shades might make my skin look dull and dark but when I experimented, the case was completely opposite.

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“Tart Deco” is a nice milky peach shade which gave a natural look to my skin color and was something lovable. It’s a nail color which I can wear to office in my formal dress code without any hesitation due to its subtle hue.

I wore this on my convocation event.

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There’s one last thing which I’d want to share with my readers; Essie has a long lasting nature and is famous for sustaining the nail color. I strongly recommend opting for an Essie manicure from a partnered salon as their base coat and top coats are really effective and they make the nail chipping near to zero which the nail color can’t do alone. If you think that the nail color application might be too expensive, then you could buy one and take that to the salon or you can buy their base coats and top coats from the salons only. Just so, everyone knows “Essie” is a salon product and is only sold by their partnered salons.

Bombshell by Color Studio Professional

Ever since the last year, the craze for Reds has been quite the “in” thing and still it is pretty much in the fashion trends. All ages of people especially young teens has also been involved in pulling it off really well.

I experimented with quite a few products with the red tint but was unable to find the right kind of texture in a moisturizing lipstick until I found the Color Studio Professional’s “Bombshell”.

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Let me tell you; before Bombshell, I had bought three other red colored lip wears which really didn’t satisfy me as much as this one.

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It’s an ultimate deep red color which looks great on Asian skin tone. A lot of people have this misconception that red colors only look good on fair people, which is untrue. My skin color is pale to wheatish and this color gives a perfect look to my face despite being bright red.

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A positive thing about this product is its long lasting nature. However, the downside is its smudgy quality if not dealt with care while eating food at the weddings or parties.

This lipstick is decently priced at PKR 550. Pretty soon I’ll be posting a comparative review about different reds of diverse brands.