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Article: budget buys under 10$ that would make you look & feel like a million bucks!

Hey Gals, 
Here’s another interesting article in Cosmopolitan USA September 2013 issue.

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Happy Reading:)

Xoxo,
BeaushionDiva

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35 Fall Fashion Must-Haves That You Can Actually Afford

35 Fall Fashion Must-Haves That You Can Actually Afford

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/13/cheap-fall-fashion_n_3744789.html

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High End Makeup Brushes Dupes!

Hey Gals,

Are you one of those who love makeup brushes, but think they are too expensive? Well, read on to find out about high end makeup brushes dupes 🙂

Before i start this post, please note that I am in no way trying to demean any high end makeup brushes brand. They are awesome and owning them is every girl’s pride. Their quality is not questionable at all. This post is more about finding an affordable option to these high end makeup brushes.

I simply love the below stated brushes but thought they were very expensive for my day-to-day makeup needs. Hence, thought of finding some dupes.

  • Round Kabuki Brush – This brush is mainly used for application of power products like pressed powder. (Sigma’s F82 – Round Kabuki –> 18$)
  • Flat Kabuki brush – As the name suggests, this brush is used for application of liquid/creamy foundation. (Sigma’s F80 – Flat Kabuki –> 18$)
  • Angled Kabuki brush – This brush is awesome for application of blush or bronzer (Sigma’s F84 – Angled Kabuki –> 18$)
  • Tapered Kabuki brush – This is a very good brush for contouring or applying foundation to corner areas around the nose and eyes. (Sigma’s F86 – Tapered Kabuki –> 18$)
  • Sigma also sells a combo pack of these four at 62$ (http://www.sigmabeauty.com/category_s/58.htm)

I checked locally for dupes but didn’t find any kabuki style brushes. They were more of normal bristle non-kabuki brushes. So, didn’t work for me as I specifically wanted kabuki brushes. Hence, moved on to search amazon and eBay for days and finally found the dupes i was looking for! They definitely do a good job if you want to use them for day-to-day makeup needs and gives you a happy feeling of using brushes similar to high end ones 😉

4 Makeup Brushes

Flat Kabuki Brush - for liquid & creamy foundation application

Tapered Kabuki - very good brush for contouring

Angled Kabuki - for blush & bronzer application

Round Kabuki - for powder application

Pros:

  • Goodquality synthetic brush bristles – very soft
  • Firmly held to the base – so helps in ease of application
  • 1 inch of brush length (as compared to Sigma which is more than 2 inches)
  • Black handle (you get white handle as well)
  • Looks are very similar to high end make up brushes.
  • Awesome price. I got 4 brushes for 22$ – whereas Sigma’s one brush is around 18$.

Cons:

  • Unbranded
  • Short length of bristles

In my opinion, though these are unbranded, they are definitely value for money. I was super impressed with the quality of these. I ordered these brushes from eBay (link provided below) and got the delivery from USA within a week’s time!! They were absolutely as per the description provided by the seller. I highly recommend this seller.

Makeup Brushes I ordered –> http://www.ebay.com/itm/380690101035?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_245wt_905

Seller Information –> http://myworld.ebay.com/i2cworld_inc3?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

Please note, i am not associated with this seller in any way and nor i am getting any monetary compensation from him/her for promoting them on this blog post. I am recommending this seller purely in good faith due to my good experience with this product.

So, no more feeling bad of not owning high end makeup brushes, we have a dupe now!

Hope you enjoyed this post and save some money on your makeup brushes.

Do share your experience if you try these brushes or you know of some other affordable options.

Xoxo,

BeaushionDiva

Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick Review!

Hey friends,

Off late, i was hunting for some drugstore lipsticks in matte. So, the search began and I reviewed maybelline, loreal and revlon matte lines. They all ranged between 600-800 INR which i thought was reasonable but a bit on the expensive side. So, the quest was on.

To my surprise, i came across Colorbar Lipsticks. They have the widest range of matte shades i have seen! beats the color range of many high end brands. And their price is unbelievable – 250 INR!

Despite the price being well within budget, i was a bit reluctant in the beginning to give it a try as when you swatch it on your hand, it has that glossy shine to it. The attendant across the counter assured me that when applied on lips, the moisture is absorbed in the lips and it looks perfectly matte. So, i bought one for trial sake. And…….i was so amazed by this product! And then i bought two more!!

So, here’s my review of the product followed by the swatches and names of my shades.

Pros:

  • Has awesome variety of colors in matte shades – conservatively they have 3 shades in red, mauve, pink, peach, browns etc in matte! that’s a wide variety out there!
  • Very moisturizing. Doesn’t feel heavy or dry on the lips
  • Transfer proof!! – something that i was really looking for. Its kind of embarrassing having your lipstick on coffee cups!
  • Good sturdy packaging
  • Affordable price range
  • Doesn’t smudge or cake around the lips. Stays where it needs to be.

Cons:

  • Lasts conservatively for around 6 hours without touchup and in between meals. Not that 6 hrs is not good but i would have loved to have it a little longer than that. As the day progresses, it will fade a bit but wont be off completely. It has staining quality – leaves a stain on the lips.

Colorbar Matte Lipsticks

1) 59 P – Peach Crush

This one is a gorgeous coral peachy pinky shade…more on the peach side. If you are looking for a nice summery look, you gotta have this shade. it looks soo amazing when put on. Plus the matte makes it stand out so well on the face. Totally love it. Btw, this was the 1st one i tried from this range and fell in love with it.

2) 41 M – Raisin Rum

This is a nice combination of pink n mauve. Its like a everyday go to shade. Looks very pretty and goes with anything.

3) 80 V – Hearts & Tarts

I loved this one!! its my favorite! i was dying to own a matte red lipstick that’s not to bright and wearable. This one fits the bill completely!! its a nice red with a pink undertone so it’s definitely wearable and doesn’t look overboard. its one of those red that gives your face a nice lift…if you know what i mean. The matte finish gives a very nice complete look to the face. There was also another red that i was considering while buying this one called Hot Hot Hot. That one is a real bright red with an orange undertone. I personally dont like red with orange undertones…i like them with a pink undertone. So, if you want a bright red, go for Hot Hot Hot.

I loved this product and want to try new colors in this range. Since the price is affordable, i wouldn’t mind adding a few of them to my vanity 😉

If you are fond of matte lipsticks, this product definitely deserves your attention. i highly recommend trying it. If you so try some, let me know your experience.

Xoxo,

BeaushionDiva

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