Thursday, November 26, 2015

H&M Beauty - Smokey Nudes Eye Colour Palette

When I first saw pictures of the revamped H&M Beauty collection, I was stunned. That packaging was as classy and posh as any other high-end brand. Sleek black & white with gold trims, who wouldn't love it right? When the new collection finally made way into our local H&M's in Kuwait, I couldn't even take in all of its beauty - it was even better to look at in person. Though I wanted to buy everything all at once, I controlled myself and zoomed in onto a couple of products that definitely looked promising. A compact eyeshadow palette was my first pick.
H&M Beauty - Smokey Nudes 
H&M Beauty - Smokey Nudes
To begin with, how stunning is the packaging of the palette? It looks SO beautiful as is but sadly leaves behind horrible fingerprints onto its pristine black lid. Nevertheless, it has 9 shades of nude-beige eye shadows that compliment each other nicely. 

There's a single shimmery champagne shade which is just that - shimmery. It has no powdery pigment at all - just chunky glitter. I assume its sole purpose is to be applied on top of your created eye look to oomph up the glam factor. It will sizzle up any boring look in my opinion. Then there are three satin shades that are great for overall lid application. A pretty off white with silver shimmer, a pale copper and a satiny soft brown. They are all decently pigmented.
H&M Beauty - Smokey Nudes swatches
Finally we have the five mattes of the lot. I don't even have any words for the lightest white and the black shade. I must have tried to swatch it on top of each other for over 10 times to even get it to show up on my hand. The other three are again good. There is a cool beige, another beige-brown and a rich chocolate brown. The brown is the most pigmented shade in the palette. 

I swatched them all without primer to show their "true colors" to you, LOL. They definitely apply much more vibrantly when a used over a primer. Their texture is powdery soft and have very little fall-out by the way. I'm actually surprised by this because I assumed this would have major fall-out. I also like how they've included a leaflet that helps you create your preferred choice of an eye look. I tried both of them with a few modifications for my eye shape and they turned out amazing.


The palette is decent and well worth the purchase, especially for beginners who are on a budget. The shades are moderately pigmented and give 3-4 hour longevity without any creasing (with primer). These palettes are priced at KWD 4.9 in Kuwait which I think is great value for money. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

NYKAA | Pastel Nail Enamel Collection

When Nykaa announced that it was launching it own nail polish collection, I was like - so what? No big deal. It was only until I saw a shade which was pretty much perfect for Fall/Autumn that I even bothered to look at the new launch. And then happened a few more pretty colors making up my entire order in no time. So let's talk Nykaa Nails today!

Basic info: Nykaa has 3 different ranges in its nail polish collection namely Pastel, Pop and Shimmer. 

I picked up 4 shades from its pastel range and now we'll admire their beauty in the picture below!
Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel Collection (L-R): Rose Sherbet, Marsala Chai, Lychee Delight, Cotton Candy
Coming to the shades itself, first up we have "Lychee Delight" which is a cool, winter-ish 'more-white-than-grey' grey. Although it wouldn't be my "everyday, anyday" pick, it is definitely a color I like. Then we have a bright barbie pink or lets call it by its actual name "Cotton Candy" pink. Very pretty, very cool-toned and very spring-y. And finally comes my favorite pick of the lot - a warm mid-tone pink with visible brown/burgundy undertones. Rose Sherbet is gorgeous and a must-buy. Rounding up the collection with the first shade I laid my eyes upon - Marsala Chai. It is a perfect wine-brown. It looks elegant against a black outfit! What do I say? It screams Autumn for me. I had to get it.
Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel Collection: Lychee Delight (left), Cotton Candy (right)

Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel Collection: Rose Sherbet (left), Marsala Chai (right)
Speaking of how they actually are in their goods and bads. They are 5-free, have a gel like consistency (me likes!) and thick texture. Except for Lychee Delight, which streaked a bit, all others gave an even and opaque color in one coat. But out of habit, I have two coats on in all the swatches! Nykaa also says that its not tested on animals (great!) and is not having any animal-derived ingredients. None of the colors gave me any staining afterwards either. 

Basically, I have nothing bad to say about these pretties. The color collection is versatile, and everyone will have a shade they'd love. I cannot vouch for the other shades that I didn't buy (yet!) as they may streak a tiny bit like Lychee Delight. They are definitely pricey (INR 150) than Maybelline's Colorama range but I see a lot of colors in the range that are unique so definitely give them a browse. Marsala Chai & Rose Sherbet are highly recommended.

Available at www.nykaa.com.