NYX Micro Brow Pencil | Review

 

‘ When I was little, I never knew eyebrows would be this important’…

… Hell, if I knew I would’ve taken it easy as a teenager…. years & years of having over plucked my brows! Oh, come on ….I bet you’re guilty of it too! ;P

One of the trends that has been really interesting over the years is how the whole ‘Eyebrow’ game has changed – right from the Hairy Tick of the 1950’s, the Super High Arch of the 60’s, the Low & Loose in the 70’s to the Big & Heavy in the 80’s (thanks to Cindy Crawford!), we saw the Sweet’n Low in the 90’s, the High Brow in the 2000’s and finally the Hairy Moly that we’re all obsessed with in 2016!

If you ask me which one appeals the most to be, I’d pick the Hairy Moly, aka the Natural Brow. I feel it’s the most beautiful & agreeable shape for everyone….no matter what your face shape or age.

When I got involved with makeup a few years ago, I had no clue how important the brows were in really framing the face…. and to be honest I’ve reached a stage where I’m totally comfortable having NO makeup on my face & just filling in my brows a little…you see the brows are my ‘must-have‘ for me on the face!

With a zillion products floating in the market to help you get that perfect brow, I too thought it’s time to try one of the fine-tip brow pencils… & the first one I chose was the NYX Micro Brow Pencil.

It must have been my lucky day, ‘coz I ended up with my ‘PERFECT’ brow product! ❤

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review

 

Description
“Build full beautiful brows with our ultra-thin Micro Brow Pencil. So precise it coats even the finest hairs with color for a natural-looking finish.”

 

Ingredients
Polyethylene, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Ozokerite, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, C20-40 Alcohols, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Zinc Stearate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcrystalline, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Tristearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510). 

 

My Thoughts
There’s nothing about the NYX Micro Brow Pencil that I do not LOVE. Let’s just start with that.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review

The packaging is a 10/10 for me. It’s sleek, convenient and very practical. The long, thin tube has a fine-tip pencil on one side & a spoolie on the other end. Not to forget, this brow pencil is sturdy, ideal for travel & can be chucked into the slimmest clutch bag!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review

 

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review

The texture again is a winner for me. It’s stiff & creamy at the same time. Glides on really smooth & effortlessly. The best part is that it’s not over-the-top pigmented, which means that if you’re a beginner, there’s a slim chance you’ll ever go overboard with this one.

Longevity is fantastic…it lasts on me all day till the very end when I wash it off.

Application is again quick & easy. You can create both carved & bold brows or the everyday natural wispy brows, depending on how hard you’re pressing down on the pencil.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review

The color range is pretty decent too – there’s a total of 8 shades to choose from:

  • Ash Brown
  • Taupe
  • Blonde
  • Auburn
  • Chocolate
  • Brunette
  • Expresso
  • Black

 

The one that I have is Black. It’s the perfect match for my dark brows & I know you might think oh-no black sounds too much, trust me, it’s not that pigmented!

And finally, here’s the Before & After pictures because this post won’t be complete without it….my apologies for the awkward images!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review

 

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review

 

Price: $10.00

Size: 0.003 oz

Where to buy in India: Amazon.in or Nykaa.com

 

Would I recommend it?

YES, go grab one asap! You will thank me for it ;P

 

And if any of you use this product let me know by leaving a comment!

 

Until next time
xoxo

We are finally on Instagram!

 

A very warm hug to all my lovely people ❤

It’s been forever that I’ve wanted to have an Instagram account for this blog, but we never got around to creating one….until now! We’re finally on Instagram, so please check us out @ beautyandthebeing_ofc and we’d love if you would support us by following ❤

Here’s the latest we posted….muah!

beautyandthebeing Instagram
A simple ootd featuring some of my all-time favourites…. Guess foxy-boot ripped jeans, Zara striped tee, foldable RayBan round metal sunnies, Burberry Body EDP, Soludos palm tree embroidered smoking slippers, Charles & Keith croc finish wallet, rose gold Fossil watch and my wedding ring (in the name of jewellery)!

 

Hope to see you on Instagram 🙂

 

Much Love,

xoxo

Accessorize Lipsticks and Intense Lipglosses

 

Accessorize Lipsticks and Lipglosses

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS awesome people!!! ❤

Hope you’re all in a festive mood…all set to say goodbye to this year and welcome the next with a bang! ;P

Before you roll your eyes at me, I know I’ve been missing again … but I promise I have a good excuse and a happy, exciting news too actually – We are moving House!!! YAY!

So with that being said, it’s been absolutely crazy…but I thought I’d share with you a couple of GORGEOUS holiday lip colours from one of my absolute favourite brands – ACCESSORIZE

Today I’ve got four lippies and two lip glosses from their range to share with you…so let’s jump right in!

Accessorize Lipsticks Review
Accessorize Lipsticks – Love Sick Shade 2 (Left) , Passionate Shade 6 (Center), Infatuated Shade 7 (Right)

 

Accessorize Love Sick Lipstick Review
Accessorize Love Sick Lipstick – Shade 2

 

Accessorize Love Sick Lipstick
Accessorize Love Sick Lipstick – Close up

 

Accessorize Passionate Shade 6 Lipstick
Accessorize Passionate Lipstick – Shade 6

 

Accessorize Infatuated Shade 7 Lipstick
Accessorize Infatuated Lipstick – Shade 7

 

Accessorize Lipsticks Review
Accessorize Lipsticks – Side by Side

 

Accessorize Lipstick Swatches
Accessorize Lipstick Swatches in different lighting – Love Sick Shade 2 (Left) , Passionate Shade 6 (Center), Infatuated Shade 7 (Right)

 

Accessorize Head Over Heels Shade 4 Lipstick
Accessorize Head Over Heels Lipstick – Shade 4

 

Accessorize Head Over Heels Review
Accessorize Head Over Heels – The most GORGEOUS & FESTIVE Red!

 

Accessorize Incite Intense Lipgloss
Accessorize Incite Intense Lipgloss

 

Accessorize Fever Intense Lipgloss
Accessorize Fever Intense Lipgloss

 

Accessorize Head over Heels Lipstick and Intense Lipgloss Swatches
Accessorize Head over Heels Lipstick, Incite Intense Lipgloss and Fever Intense Lipgloss – Swatches

 

What I Love about Accessorize Lipsticks & Lipgloss:

  • Highly pigmented and opaque
  • Smells divine…like Butterscotch ice-cream!
  • To-die-for packaging! ❤
  • Great colour pay-off and longevity

 

Until we meet next

xoxo

Roberto Cavalli Exotica Review

A very warm welcome to all my lovely readers and a big hug… hmphh! I’ve missed you guys and needless to say – my sincere apologies for being MIA!

I have SOOOO much to share with all of you and I thought today’s post would be a great way to kick-start things ;P

So I turned 30 this month… ahem ahem! … but what a GORGEOUS year it’s been 🙂

This birthday was a truly special one since my Mum’s in town too visiting us, plus I finally bagged the promotion I had been hoping for…yay!

Back to the birthday… hubby boy was an absolute sweetheart and showered me with tons of gifts to ring in the coming year and I thought what better way to welcome you all than to share one of my new beauties ;P

I’m the kind of person who LOVES beautiful scents, so it’s no surprise that I love collecting perfumes. I’ve always loved woody, musky, deep fragrances and never really had a taste for sweet, floral or tropical scents, but I guess with age things change and so has this!

I found a new love in this alluring scent that Karan gifted me –  Roberto Cavalli Exotica …. isn’t the bottle just Yummm!?

Roberto Cavalli Exotica Review

I remember how I squealed with glee as I unwrapped this baby and boy was I in love! The bottle in itself is so very sexy and beautiful… the gorgeous deep metallic pink flacon with the branding in gold makes this the perfect piece for my vanity.

Roberto Cavalli Exotica Review

There’s a contrasting black and white tiger print motive around the neck of the bottle and it seems like a LOT of thought has gone into designing this edition. Not just that, the actual crown on the bottle is an artistically designed textured RC (the Cavalli logo) in gold that gives this perfume bottle it’s elegance and luxurious feel.

Roberto Cavalli Exotica Review

Roberto Cavalli Exotica is described as a tropical scent, with a bit of white floral, woody, fruity, sweet and balsamic thrown in to make the perfectly balanced concoction.

To me this is the perfect Summer fragrance and reminds me of being on an exotic, warm location on holiday! A fruity, floral scent that is sweet and oddly spicy at the same time – but don’t let that put you off. It starts off as a bit heavy when you first spray it, however a few minutes later the scent turns very fresh and sensual on the skin.

Roberto Cavalli Exotica Review

Top Notes: Mango

Middle Notes: Firangipani

Base Notes: Sandalwood

I personally feel like Exotica starts off with Firangipani and then moves on to fruity followed by an ending/ dry down of soft powdery and creamy sandalwood. The longevity and sillage is quite good on this one – I’d say it stays on my skin for a good 6-8 hours.

Roberto Cavalli Exotica Review

If you’re on the hunt for a romantic, unforgettable scent try out Roberto Cavalli Exotica. It’s an utterly feminine, yet warm, rich scent… one that will definitely turn heads!

Until we meet next,

Muah! xoxo

*Don’t forget to read about Moschino Funny and Calvin Klein Downtown too! ❤

Eye Makeup Tips and Tricks for Mature Women

 

“Have a better relationship with your makeup and take the time to learn what your products will do. “

-Sam Fine

Makeup Tips and Tricks for Mature Women

So just yesterday I read a very interesting post on a forum from a 50 something year old woman who said she never cared or wore makeup until she was in her late 40’s and now that she’s in her 50’s she struggles with finding a simple eye makeup routine.

She writes further that even though she’s religious and good with her skincare routine and can do foundation with ease, eyeshadow application and liquid eyeliners (in specific) are her nemesis.

I found it so interesting and intriguing rather, because she says she never cared up until now and in her 50’s makeup is something she is looking into to make herself feel more attractive and put together… I say ‘GO FOR IT!!!’

I really do admire this attitude and it makes me so happy to see that a woman in her 50’s is open to experimenting with makeup and is willing to go that extra mile to look good 🙂

So (as you may have guessed), today’s post is for all you lovely ladies out there who are in your 40’s, 50’s or older and face similar difficulties with eye makeup in general.

 

I believe there are some basic issues that you deal with :

• How do you apply eye shadow and eyeliner when you’re older and your hand is not as steady as it once was and your eye sight is not great without reading glasses.

• How do you deal with dehydrated, droopy and sagging eyes?

• What if you have sensitive eyes and they twitch like crazy?

• How do you stop eyeshadow from creasing and bunching up?

 

Let’s jump right in and try to figure out a simple, yet effective eye makeup routine that you can stick to for everyday 🙂

 

1. Moisturise

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I would recommend start by giving your eyes & the area around it some love by simply investing in a good eye cream. As we mature, the area around our eyes tends to look dehydrated, so a great way to infuse life into it is to add moisture into the skin. Simply use your ring finger to dab and pat the cream around the eyes.

 

2. Pick your base wisely

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The key to beautiful makeup application (irrespective of age) is that ‘LESS IS MORE’…always. So if you’re good with concealer, I recommend not taking your foundation all the way under and around your eyes. Use only 1 product – either foundation under the eye or concealer, not both. And don’t forget the inner corners – because more often than not, that’s the area that has the darkest shadow. Use your fingers to smooth the product in.

 

3. Prime!

Woman applying eye cream

If you have an eyelid primer, use it because it will change your eye makeup game! Mature lids tend to be heavier and droopier (mine already are at 29 because I have hooded eyes!), which means that skin will create folds and that’s where the eyeshadow will bunch up. A primer will ensure that your eyeshadow does NOT budge! Use your fingers to gently lift the skin under your eyebrow and use the other hand to smooth out primer making sure you cover the entire lid area. If you have oily skin and your eyeshadow or eyeliner transfers above your lid and onto your cheeks (in case you also apply kohl/eyeliner to your waterline), apply the primer all the way to your brow bone and also take it underneath your lower lash line. This will prevent any creasing or colour transfer.

 

4. Coming on to Eyeshadow

Senior woman applying eye make up, close up

I say choose whatever colours you fancy! Don’t go by what people say will or will not suit you, because that’s the beauty of makeup!

The only thing I would recommend is that you use cream eyeshadows instead of powders and I’ll tell you why – if you say your hands are not as steady as you’d like them to be, I would choose to give minimum makeup brushes in your hand to avoid chances of poking yourself in the eyes… instead I would encourage you to use products that you can apply AND blend using your fingers (the best makeup tools ever in my books!). There are a ton of eyeshadow cream pots and creams in stick form in the market today, so choose any (I’ve listed a number of them if you’d like to try) :

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow (cream pots)

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Eyeshadow (pot)

Clinique Lid Smoothies

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint (eyeshadow in stick form)

Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon (stick form)

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow (stick form)

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Color eyeshadow (stick form)

KIKO Long-lasting Stick Eyeshadows (stick form)

Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil (stick form)

Charlotte Tilbury color chameleon (stick form)

On days when you want to do nothing fancy, just slap on some cream shadow, blend blend blend with your fingers and you’re good to go!

Another tip for mature eyes is that don’t take color anywhere above your crease, so keep the eyeshadow off your brow-bone.

The thumb rule is to stick to matte shadows and neutral colours… but what the heck, I say break the rules and find what feels good! …errr… ok, not glitter shadows maybe!!! However, if you like a bit shine, opt for shadows with sheen… they really do look beautiful 🙂

 

5. Eyeliner 

mature woman applying eyeliner

Try out powders and pencils and say no to liquid if your hand is not too steady. I would suggest using a soft pencil to line the area just above your eyelashes (really touching the lashes) and then smudging it out using your pinkie finger or a Q-tip or ear bud (works great!).

If you must use a liquid liner, then place your elbow on a flat surface, rest your pinkie finger on your face (on the cheeks maybe?) for added support & then draw a thin line.

I also highly recommend investing in a good magnifying mirror that you can use for makeup application. It’ll make life so much easier for you and makeup application won’t seem so challenging 🙂

 

6. Mascara

Eye Makeup Tips and Tricks for Mature Women

If you’re scared of eyelash curlers, don’t use them. Your eyes are precious and we do not want you to poke them! Simply give your lashes 2 coats of mascara and see what you prefer – lengthening or volumizing and choose your mascara based on that. Also, if you have sensitive eyes, stay clear of fibre mascaras.

Some brands that are known for being good for sensitive eyes are Almay, Bare Minerals, Clinique, MAC, Lancome, Urban Decay and Neutrogena.

 

7. Brows

mature woman applying brow gel

Ladies... don’t EVER forget your brows, because that shapes your face and really brings the focus to your eyes. Fill in gaps using a pencil or powder or simply use a clear mascara to keep them in place. Another great alternative is brow mascaras/gel…yes there are mascaras for your brows! A few great options are the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel, the Benefit Gimme Brow, the MAC Brow Set and the Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara (if you don’t want to add colour).

 

Well, I guess that brings us to the end of this eye makeup 101 for mature eyes and I hope I haven’t bored you to death!

If you give any of this a go, i wish you all the luck!

I’d love to hear what worked for you and what din’t and if there’s anything that you do that helps you, please do share in the comments section down below 🙂

 

Much Love

Ankita

xoxo

THANK YOU for 200!!!

 

Hello Lovely People,

 

Thank You for 200!!!
Thank You for 200 !!!

 

We at beautyandthebeing just hit our 200 subs and are soooooo excited and Thankful to you all!

 

Karan and I feel inexplicable happiness every time we see a new member join in to our blog and your love, the comments and the likes is what keeps us going….trust me when I say that each one of you make our day and there’s no better feeling than to see that you like what we put out there for you to read 🙂

 

I hope with all my heart that this lil’ family keeps on growing bigger and bigger each day…once again Thank You to each and every single one of you! ❤

 

With all our Love,

Ankita & Karan