October 19, 2013

Get to know me : Beauty & Skincare Tag

Get to know me : Beauty & Skincare Tag

I saw this going around and thought I should post one as well.


1. Do you apply your foundation with a brush, sponge, or fingers? 

I always prefer a damp sponge for my dry skin. However, I might use a brush in the beginning and then smooth out any streaks using a sponge.

- What foundation do you use?

I use a lot of foundations, but MAC Face and Body is my go to foundation.

2. Do you apply your eye shadow from light to dark or dark to light?

I prefer light to dark. Not in case of smokey eyes where I would pick up a dark all over lid and then a lighter shade for transition.

3. Do you prime your eyes or face?

Eyes- yes, face- rarely. I have dry skin and I have never really noticed a big difference when I have primed my face to when I haven’t. For eyes I have used MAC’s paint pots and mostly, Urban decay’s primerpotion which is the best!

4. Concealer before or after foundation?

I do both. It is weird, but for me concealer under eyes works after foundation and concealer on blemishes/acne works before foundation. So, I’d say concealer-foundation-concealer is what I do which of course reduces to foundation-concealer when my skin is acting very good.

-  What concealer do you use?

Again many depending on the coverage I am looking at. But mostly, it is MAC studio finish.

5. On an average, how long does it take you to do your makeup?

Quick daily look takes me around 10 mins., which doesn’t include bronzing and any eye shadows.

6. Do you wear makeup everyday and everywhere?

Full makeup - only at work or on special occasions. Otherwise, minimal, which is kohl lined eyes, casually done eyebrows and lip balm. So yes as I never leave the house without anything on.

7. What release are you most excited about? (Makeup)

I am excited about the MAC Riri hearts collection. It does sound outdated but in India it is yet to launch. L

8. What’s your weakness? Shoes, purses, clothes, jewelry, eye shadow  lipstick or other?

With time my obsessions keep changing. Right now it is with lipsticks.

9. Do you whiten your teeth?

Thankfully, I don’t need to. If I can then I make sure to brush my teeth after every meal.

10. Wax eyebrows, or pluck?

Always pluck. I don’t know how to thread and cannot rely on others to do it either (learnt this the hard way).

11. What do you use to contour?

 Chanel’s soleil tan de chanel – perfect cream bronzer for me.  

12. False lashes, or natural?

I would love to wear false lashes 24x7 – but they take a lot of practice and thus, a lot of time to put them on. Also, people here in my country don’t take you seriously if you have them on.

13. Favorite makeup brand?

 It is not about the brand, it is about the product. I have favorite products from different brands. No single brand can be all over perfect right?

14. Liquid eyeliner, pencil or gel?

When I am in a rush- pencil otherwise gel. Love the precision, control and pigmentation that a gel liner can give you.

15. Lipstick, lip-gloss or chap-stick?

Matte lipsticks if I go out and lip balm is I am just around like running errands etc.

- What is your favourite lipstick?

Right now, Limecrime’s Velvetine in Red Velvet (does a liquid lipstick count?)

16. Pigments, pressed or cream eye shadow?

Creamy – again for my dry lids. 

17. If you had to wear only one thing, excluding foundation; what would it be?

Eyebrow product

18. Favorite color?

Currently, electric blue

19. Favorite color combination?

Nude shimmery eyes with neon pink lips and Chocolaty brown smokey eyes with peach blush.

20. Natural or Dramatic? (Eye Makeup)

Naturally dramatic. ;)

21. Do you care more for quality or name brand?

 Quality (& sometimes packaging). =D

22. Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?


23. What do you think of makeup?

I enjoy every bit of it. For me it is more about creating different looks, being innovative and trying out new things and not just about enhancing your beauty. There are endless possibilities for what all you can do with makeup.  It is all about having fun and being happy in your skin.


24. How many times do you wash your face daily?

I am very strict with my skincare routine. I wash my face twice every day – AM and PM- this is the least I can do.  

25. What skin type do you have?

Very Dry to Combination

26. What is your current facial wash?

Michael Todd’s honey oat cleanser – is great for my sensitive dry skin.

27. Do you exfoliate?

Yes. 2-3 times a week.

28. What brand do you use?

Scrub as a face mask – Lush’s fresh face mask ‘Love Lettuce’ and as a rinse off scrub – St.Ives Apricot Scrub

29. What moisturizer do you use?

Oils like avocado, almond and olive. And when I am going out, Emrbyolisse Lait Crème Concentrate.

30. Do you use eye cream?

Yes! I have loads of them. I try homemade creams as well. Anything to correct my dark circles and prevent fine lines. Although, no luck so far.  

31. Do you enjoy using face masks? If so which ones

Yes! Face masks is a favorite part of my skincare routine. I apply one every day. I use a lot of different masks every day. The Body Shop’s Oatmeal scrub, Lush’s love lettuce fresh face mask, Homemade Chickpea flour/Turmeric and Honey/Cinnamon, Yogurt/egg, Dermalogica hydrating mask, Mint Julep are the most used ones.

Hope you liked reading my answers and I tag you all – feel free to carry this on and let me know when you do it.


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October 12, 2013

Tiny Beauty Haul - October 2013 #1

Tiny Beauty Haul

Here’s a quick post on a tiny beauty haul I did today. Although, I want to confess I didn't completely stick to my wish list for this month. :( Guess will move a bit of the list to next month. It feels sad when sometimes you cannot budget/plan and when you do, you cannot comply with it. But we should never stop trying.

Hope you liked the pictures, haven’t got anything interesting just some basics.


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October 09, 2013

Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 Palettes

Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 Palettes

Urban Decay Naked palettes are very popular since they launched. They are great for those who prefer neutrals more than bright bold colors on their eyes. Besides, if one is looking to achieve an everyday subtle look say for work etc., these are your go to palettes. The shades move around browns, blacks, beiges and grays.

Most of the shades are very sheer (as you can see in the images above) – I tried to show them as clearly as possible, swiped 10-15 times, yet very sheer. Both palettes have a mix of matte and shimmery shades. Although, I feel except ‘blackout’, all matte shades are sheer. They don’t really have a good selection of nude matte shades. I am able to use them only as a base or as a transition shade only. But not create a look only based on the matte shades. If I do try one, that takes adding like tons of product, still doesn't help to a great extent. All other shades, the ones with shimmer, are pretty opaque and easy to apply and blend as well. One more thing about the matte shades is, these can also be hard to blend. So, while I was trying to get a swatch of these on my arm, it was difficult to move them. I think they should work good when wet, but then I think what is the point. Why not buy cream eye shadows instead. For something so expensive I expected a lot from these. The shades no doubt are very pretty. I love nude shades more than bright bold colors as eye shadows and hence, I bought these. But the formula is just fine. I feel MAC eye shadows are much better. Also, I noticed that with NAKED palettes when you grab the product using a brush the particles of the eye shadow separate. Unlike, MAC eye shadows, you don’t have to worry about that. This leads to a lot of wastage of the product. I am always blowing off the powder/ eye shadow particles from the palettes after every use. Again, if that is the case, why not try pigments instead.

I still enjoy them for the many looks I can create with these alone, but nothing too versatile. Be it for work or party, they ain't bad. I don’t use all of the shades, just some of these are my favorites which I de-pot from this palette easily to another palette along with the other eye shadows that I use more. The brushes that come with these get more love from me. 

Packaging is very good. The NAKED 2 palette has better packaging though because of the plastic tin. The NAKED palette also comes with a deluxe size of original Urban Decay eye primer (which is the most amazing eye primer ever!) and NAKED 2 comes with a sample size of lip junkie lip gloss in Naked (which has shimmer and I hate shimmer on my lips) plus, a brush with both these palettes.

Overall, they are not disappointing but over-hyped which increased my expectations. It just takes a bit of practice to learn how the matte shades work on you while the shimmer shades are great to work with. I am not going to repurchase these but will look for dupes for few of the shades that I liked in a much better user-friendly quality. J

I bought these from Beauty Bay


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October 08, 2013

The Body Shop – Cocoa Butter Body Scrub - Review

The Body Shop – Cocoa Butter Body Scrub

The Body Shop has some really commendable bath & body products. One of my favorites is the Cocoa Butter Body Scrub.This looks very delectable with the amazing smell of cocoa butter and the buttery creamy texture. Body scrubbing is one of the skincare essentials and finding a product that does that with ease can be difficult to find.

I have very dry skin and the thought of scrubbing it scares me. So, I wanted a product that would exfoliate and at the same time moisturize as well. This scrub takes care of both. While the ground almond shell exfoliates, cocoa butter moisturizes which is gentle to my skin. The granules are just the right roughness and size.

The cocoa scent is strong and stays on until next shower – which I love. I can use it both in the shower and even on dry skin. Works great both ways. Moreover, this is the best scrub to use in the shower because of the ground almond shells. If you have tried some scrubs that have sugar in it, they melt before you even start scrubbing. I feel sugar scrubs are better to be used only on dry skin. That’s one big disadvantage of sugar scrubs. But with this fine beauty, you can scrub as much as you want without worrying for it to melt in water and the granules don’t clog drains either.  This washes off very easily and my skin is so smooth like it has sloughed off dead skin cells along. Also good to prevent ingrown hair. There’s not even a single thing to hate about this scrub. Brilliant product! I am so lucky to have found this.

This comes in a transparent plastic tub, of 200 ml full to the rim, with a screw lid. Only 1-2 tbsps is all I require for a single use. I have been using this for past 4 months, 2-3 times a week and yet ½ of it is left. INR 995 for 200 ml.

Have you tried this? Do you like it as well?


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Lush - Whoosh Shower Jelly - Review

Lush - Whoosh Shower Jelly

The very first thing you will notice, when you open a tub of Lush Whoosh Shower Jelly, is a blast of a citrus-y strong fresh fragrance and Bam! You are sold. I speak from personal experience. This is one of those bring-you-to-life sort of stuff that you hear about. The sea blue-teal color, the wobbly shape, hence the name, fascinates me. Indeed, this blue will beat your blues. I use this most when I am in low spirits or when I am in some fun or pampering mood. This will instantly activate your senses.

Lush defines this appropriately:
“Looking for the drive to help you take on the world? Let Whoosh shower jelly sort out your cloudy, sleepy, head and give you a boost to wake you up. Our triple-citrus wobbly wash gets you squeaky clean with its invigorating and energizing blend of fresh lemon, lime, and grapefruit juices. And just in case your mental faculty is really struggling, we’ve thrown in revitalizing rosemary and balancing geranium to kick-start your senses even more. What are you waiting for? Rise and shine and get in the shower - the world is yours and the day awaits!

You don’t need a lot. I take a tiny bit of this and apply this holding inside a loofah. Comes in contact with damp skin and lathers extremely well. Then let it do its wonders. The ingredients are loaded with amazing essential oils and lemon juice to keep you wide-awake. The smell lingers forever but isn't too overpowering. I was right to fall in love with this, on the spot.

If you want to take it up a notch, try freezing it before use. Using it cold is best for Indian summers, will give you that (extra) boost you need right after a long tiring day at work. The jelly consistency might bother some, but you will love this product so much and if use it with a loofah, nothing will bother you.

Lush also suggests that this can be used on hair as well. However, I am a little skeptical about that. So, I stick to using this over my body only.

Overall, has no real benefits but is amazing for its fun shape & exciting scent and this outweighs the former. For those who are not keen on strong smelling products, won’t like this and others who try it once, won’t be able to stop going back to this.

This is available at all Lush stores across the world and also online in some countries. I bought this for INR 410 for 100g tub.

Are you going to try this?


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