Dose of Colors Lipstick Swatches: Karma, Play Date, Coy & Love Potion

I had these Dose of Color Lipsticks sitting aside for months now saying I won’t open them until I have the opportunity to swatch them, sadly by that time – they’ve upgraded their packaging! #slackermovements

None the less, their formulation is the same and the lipsticks are just as creamy and pigmented as ever before.

From left to right: Karma, Play Date, Coy, Love Potion

Dose of Colors Lipstick Swatches

Karma, Playdate, Coy, Love Potion

In indoor warm lighting on iphone 6 with no flash:

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In window lighting on iphone 6 with no flash:

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Extremely tempted to now order the whole collection of 10 PLUS their new MATTE lip collection!

If you’d like to see how these look on a desi-brown skin-tone, drop a message and I’ll swatch them out for you in my next post – won’t make you wait months for it this time either! 🙂

xox

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The Great Debate: Product vs Application

Before you go and shell out some dollars on a new foundation or eye shadow, try re-visting it with a new technique 🙂

A great product is nothing without the right application!

Take my Makeup Forever HD Foundation for example. I use to love this little bottle of magic years ago but lately – it doesn’t wasn’t doing what it use. I assumed my skin changed so I started mixing in some Smashbox 15 Hour wear and decided it was time to invest in a new foundation.

In a rush one morning and my brushes being in need of a good wash, I opted to quickly grab my old buffing brush sitting on my dresser because it was the only one that was clean and unused. Quickly threw some foundation on the back of my hand, sprayed a bit of rose water spray onto my little old buffing brush and effortlessly worked it into my skin.

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15 seconds later I looked into the mirror and voila – there it was – that glow! That glow I fell in love with years ago! The glow that gave my Makeup Forever HD Foundation and Buffing brush the spotlight on my makeup table for years.

Totally just fell in love with my MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundation all over again ❤ ❤ ❤ There’s such a big difference between a regular foundation blending brush and a buffing brush finish when it comes to liquid foundations.

Bored with how some of your own products are working?
Try these quick tips:

– moisten your shadow brush before applying eye-shadow for more intensified colour

– skip the big fluffy brush and opt for one that’s smaller and more compact. Use this to buff your powder into your skin after your foundation for a more flawless airbrush finish

– conceal your lips with your foundation prior to applying lipstick for it’s true colour to show

– use a tiny bit of eye-shadow primer on your lips before your lipstick to hold the colour and make it last all day

xox Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
TheDesiMakeupVixen@gmail.com

Lancome Grandiose Mascara Review

Lancome Hypnose has been my number one high-end mascara for months now so I was super excited when I received the Grandiose Mascara from Influenster to try out!

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GET READY FOR A GRANDIOSE LASH TRANSFORMATION:
FANNED-OUT LASHES, DIVINE CURVES.

WIDE-ANGLE FAN EFFECT MASCARA
LENGTH – CURVE – VOLUME

This grand mascara reinvents a new application technique with its new swan-neck wand. Grandiôse provides length, curve and volume all-in-one as well as access to all lashes from corner to corner and root to tip.

First impressions:

The packaging and wand is absolutely EVERYTHING! ❤ I haven’t seen a prettier mascara. I love the fact that they gave it a bit more weight to add a touch of luxe to it too.

I was EXTREMELY disappointed to see the spiky silicone wand 😦 I’ve had horrible experiences in the past with these and I wasn’t looking forward to going through it all again.

At first the swan neck seems awkward when you’re pulling it out of the tube but you eventually get use to that.

The first week or two I found that the lashes did get a bit clumpy. This could also be that I’m use to layering mascara – throwing on a volumizing formula and then separating with a lengthening brush. However, the more I used it… the less runny the formula became and the clumpiness minimized.

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What I loved about the swan neck was it allowed me to get every little lash (top and bottom) without any mess – I’m usually in a rush while I put on my morning face trying to get out the door to my 3AM bride so I often end up hitting the tip of my mascara wand on the sides of my nose. It’s not easy trying to get those little hairs on the inner corners of my eyes but this mascara gives me control of the playing field 🙂

Overall, I love Lancome and this mascara did not disappoint for a luxury product! I’m in love with the wand and the fact that my lashes don’t feel so stiff the way other mascaras make them feel . This mascara gets my lashes dark, thick, well covered and yet still flexable.

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Bonus: The first weekend I tried it (when it was on the clumpier side) I had two of my clients ask me if I was wearing false lashes! I’m a huuuuge lashaholic so I guess this means this is that perfect balance between having big lashes with a natural look.

xox Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
Lash Stylist, Red Carpet Glamour

Selfie Time!: Before and After

I guess it’s not fair to our clients if we don’t share our own personal before and afters right? 😛 Makeup isn’t about masking yourself, all women are pretty without makeup… And can be pretty powerful with the right makeup ❤

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Xox Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
Lash Stylist at Red Carpet Glamour

Client: Preeti – Bollywood Party Makeup

Just because us artists know what we’re doing when it comes to hair and/or makeup, doesn’t mean we like to get ourselves ready all the time. Sometimes we want to sit back and get pampered just like the rest of our clients ❤

Here’s a short clip of myself and Darick G (#DMGDesignz) dolling up one of our artists for a glamorous Bollywood night out

For Bookings and inquires, get in touch with us through our Services page or email TheDesiMakeupVixen@gmail.com

xox Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
Lash Stylist at Red Carpet Glamour

Goodbye 2014 – Hello 2015! [[ Important Information ]]

Just a reminder loves, these are the [[ LAST THREE DAYS ]] to secure your booking and lock in our 2014 Rates.

As industry standard, prices will be increasing on January 1st 2015 for all NEW bookings (this does NOT apply if you have already received your contract and have secured it with your deposit).

Although it’s normal in this industry for prices to increase periodically to reflect industry standard for current level of service and expertise – it’s actually been about six years since we last touched some of our rates

Please keep in mind, this is not something we do just “on the side”, this is our full-time career and passion ❤

Our 2014 bridal season has been absolutely remarkable. In-between our completely booked year and teaching makeup…

– I am now also certified in Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions by Master Stylist Veronica Tran with a full studio setup (Lash Bookings: Red Carpet Glamour )

– Flew to L.A to train with my Idol, Scott Barnes (Celeberty Makeup Artist/Author/Creator of the J.Lo “Glow”), – AND personally trained with Make Up by Lilit in L.A on her signature smokey cat-eye technique

– on top of my former DressYourFace HD Bridal Makeup Certification

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Looking forward to starting our 2015 season with some amazing brides, more photos on our new camera and a destination wedding at Grand Palladium in Jamaica!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! And remember – “Life has no remote – get up and change it yourself!”

xox
Love, Neelu
Lead MUA for DMG Designz
TheDesiMakeupVixen@gmail.com