I have recently been crushing on my latest purchase from M.A.C. As you may know I’m a professional make up artist, so for me no amount of make up is ever enough. I always find myself digging into my kit looking for a particular tint-tone-shade of a lipstick/ lipgloss/ eyeshadow etc. only to realise that it’s missing and that I need to buy it. To explain my point better to y’all I will cite an example-
So ‘Red’ is not just one colour for a make up artist ( you must think I’m crazy). There are so many variations of the colour red- such as, coral red, blue toned red, pinky red, maroon red, rusty red etc etc…. the list goes on. I think now you must be getting the gist of what I’m trying to explain.
Anyhoo, so recently I felt the need to buy some nice bright shades for my lipstick collection. I bought 5 lipsticks, all of which are bright, bold and beautiful. M.A.C lipsticks are priced at Rs.1450 a pop. I know they are a little bit on the pricy end but for me they are like an investment as I end up getting a lot of wear out of them for myself and my clients.
Here are a few pictures of the summer bright lipsticks I picked up :
1.) RELENTLESSLY RED
Texture – matte
Colour- the most perfect pinky red.
Colour payoff – strong
Stay on time – 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
Colour- deep rusty red
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
3.) LADY DANGER
Colour- super vibrant orange red
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
4.) RUBY WOO
Texture- retro matte ( basically means super dry-powdery matte)
Colour- the truest blue toned red available in the market
P.S. – This is my most favourite red lipstick in the whole wide world 😀
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 6-7 hours (then it requires a touch up)
5.) CANDY YUM YUM
Colour- super vibrant blue pink
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up
I hope this gives you ladies some inspiration to wear these crazy, sexy bright lip colours and step out to beat the crazy Delhi heat.
HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BUDGET FRIENDLY FOUNDATIONS :
WAKE ME UP FOUNDATION, RIMMEL LONDON.
I really like this foundation by Rimmel London. I’m in the colour ‘400- Natural Beige’. You need the tiniest amount for the entire face. It contains tiny specs of shimmer in them which provide a lovely radiant glow when the product is nicely buffed into the skin. I personally prefer wearing this foundation for a night out because I don’t like wearing products on my face with shimmer in them during the day time. This foundation in particular looks gorgeous in dim light/yellow light.It claims that it provides an anti-fatigue effect and I couldn’t agree with it more. It really does uplift the skin and makes it appear more radiant, glossy, plump, dewy and more hydrated. Use either your clean fingers to apply the product or a buffing brush. Unfortunately this brand is yet not available in India but you can easily get your hands on this online on amazon.com or on feelunique.com
Within the price range of Rs. 800 – Rs. 1000.
Provides sun protection as it has SPF 15.
Gives medium to buildable coverage.
Gives a lovely dewy effect to the skin.
Comes with a pump, completely non messy.
Has a tendency to stick to dry patches and can sometimes make the skin appear blotchy.
Doesn’t work for blemish prone skin.
DREAM LIQUID MOUSSE, MAYBELLINE NEW YORK.
This is a brilliant foundation in this price bracket. I’m in the colour ‘Pure Beige, Medium 2’. If you are new to the world of make up and are just starting to wear foundations, then this will be a great buy for you. It gives a satin matte finish, which basically means that it appears very natural and skin like. The key point to keep in mind while wearing this foundation is – the more you buff it into the skin the better it looks. The mousse-y texture applies beautifully with fingers. Just warm up the product first by rubbing it between your fingers and then apply onto your face. Two drops of this good stuff is more than enough for your entire face and neck. Maybelline being one of the most popular drugstore/ departmental store make up brands this product is widely distributed and available at all their counters.
Within the price range of Rs. 550- Rs. 650
Excellent for all skin types but especially for combination to oily skin.
A little goes a long way.
Provides a very natural and yet air brushed finish to the skin.
Medium to full coverage.
Blends very easily into the skin.
The pump comes with a lock mechanism which makes it leakage proof. Just twist the pump to the left to lock it.
Doesn’t have an SPF. Make sure you wear a moisturizer underneath it with an SPF.
This foundation is my latest purchase, I have worn it just about 3-4 times and what do I say, I’m already in freaking love with this little guy. It’s hands down the best foundation for the summer time. Why did I not buy this earlier?? It comes in two formulations – normal to dry skin and combination to oily skin. I obviously picked up the combination to oily skin formulation. It’s basically a water based and completely matte finish foundation. I get very shiny on my T zone area during the summer months and whenever I wear any foundation/bb cream etc. on my skin, pretty much all of them enhance the shine and oiliness, but fortunately not this guy. It claims that it lasts for 24 hours on the skin. I don’t know about this though, I mean come on! who wears foundation for 24 hours on their face but still i would definitely agree that it’s pretty long wearing and absorbs really well into the skin and stays put. This product is easily available across all Revlon counters.
Within the price rand of Rs. 800 – Rs. 900.
Gives sun protection. Contains SPF 15.
Sheer to medium coverage but it is buildable.
Quick absorbing and long wearing.
Excellent for blemished skin, as it’s completely matte and non greasy.
Brilliant for long- hot- humid days.
Has to be quickly worked into the skin, otherwise can cling to the skin and appear patchy. Work it into one part of the face really nicely before moving to the other parts of the face.
MAGIC NUDE LIQUID POWDER, LOREAL PARIS
This foundation has the most unique formula. So basically it’s a super liquid-y product but the moment you apply it to your face and start to blend it, it almost instantly turns into a powder finish- like a vanishing effect. It’s really interesting. I’m in the colour ‘328 Sun Beige’. I love wearing this foundation when I want my skin to look like it has nothing on it. It’s extremely light weight and non greasy. Absolutely Brilliant for an everyday-office wearing foundation. There is no need to dab any powder on top of this foundation as it anyway leaves a powder finish to the skin. So all in all a really non fuss, quick, easy breezy, one step base. This foundation is not so easily available on all Loreal counters, but you can easily find it online. It’s available on Nykaa.com
Within the range of Rs. 800- Rs. 900.
Gives sun protection, has SPF 18.
Super quick and fast absorbing product.
It’s light consistency provides a very breathable and non- heavy appeal to the skin.
Gives sheer coverage, I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who requires a lot of coverage from their foundation.
Doesn’t come with a pump and as the product is super thin, it can spill very easily.
I wouldn’t recommend it for very dry skin, it can make your skin appear even more dry as it provides a powder finish.
Let’s talk about me feeling nice and bright these days. I have been making a conscious effort these past few weeks to break my habit of wearing clothes only from the deeper-darker-duller colour palette such as; black/navy/grey/beige etc. A few years ago I worked at MAC as a make up artist. While I was working there I didn’t just fall in love with everything make up, fashion and beauty but also fell head over heels in love with the colour black. Wearing only black clothes was a part of my everyday life for two years. Black will always be my one true love in the varied world of colours because no matter what it always makes me look good and feel confident. Anyway, enough babble on BLACK!
Let’s come back to talking about brighter- happier colours. (I digress too much :p)
I recently picked up this gorgeous printed top/ kurti from this label called ‘NO FUSS BY SANDHYA RAMAN’ . I love love love the various colours on this top and also the cloth it’s made out of, which is cotton crape. Trust me guys, it’s the most perfect cloth/material for Delhi summers. It’s super flow-y, soft, crease resistant, comfortable and flattering. I really like the designer’s easy- semi ethnic sense of style and it really showed through in her pieces. The best thing I found about her clothes are her cuts. She does the most flattering cuts for Indian female body type. I paired my kurti with comfy black cotton palazzo pants and didn’t shy away from adorning it with colourful accessories. YAYYYYY for wearing so much colour. 😛
I really like the way this look came out. It’s really easy & comfortable. It’s basically really me. I hope you guys like it as much. 🙂
Spring’s here! spring’s here! spring’s here! YAY YAY YAY !!!
Spring for me somehow is the season of love. I feel like there’s is music in the air, everything seems to be happy and nice. Flowers are blooming, sun is shining, skin is glowing etc etc. One of the reasons why I love spring so much might also be because march other than being the month of spring also happens to be my birthday month. Whoop whoop!!! hehe… So basically all in all I’m in my highest spirits. 🙂
So here are a few pictures of me welcoming spring fashion. This is my go to look during spring/summer. Easy breezy cotton kurti’s/ tops with denim skirts/shorts.
I hope you all make the most of this spring season. Much love ❤
Being a make up artist by profession I often get the opportunity to prep & dress brides for their special day. The other day this got me thinking about how blessed I am. I’m in a profession where I get to contribute a little something in someone’s big day. The look that I see on the bride’s face as I finish her make up and she puts on her jewellery and gets into her wedding day outfit and finally looks at herself in the mirror, that moment is the most gratifying moment in my line of work. The sheer glow that comes from the happiness on her face says it all!
I recently did make up for my client Shradha Jain for her wedding day, she truly made the prettiest bride. So I thought that why don’t l do a blog entry de-coding the look that I did on her. So here is a full list of the products I used to achieve this lovely feline look for Shradha;
GROUNDWORK paint pot – M.A.C (Eye base)
COCOA BEAR eyeshadow- Makeup Geek + CARBON eyeshadow – M.A.C (In the crease)
I thought I will do a #fotd ( face of the day ) post today. Yesterday night was just one of those nights when one feels like doing the whole glam-shabang.
You know what I mean, when you wanna spend an hour or so just doing your hair and make up. Make up is my numero uno vice. I love it, applying make up on myself and on others brings me a lot of peace and creative satisfaction. So basically I’m one of those girls who either will not make the slightest effort to look even presentable, I mean either you will find me in my track suit+converse+high pony tail, the complete non fuss look or else you will find me all dolled up. So there is just no middle ground/path.
So whenever I do decide to wear a full face of make up I leave no stone unturned. I then enjoy each and every step of it. I have always preferred to highlight and focus on my eyes more than any other feature. I spend the maximum time doing my eye make up and everything else I wrap up quickly in 5 minutes. I guess that’s pretty much the case with everyone ( right? ).
So here are a few pictures of the products I used and the look I ending up wearing on my face.
I hope you guys like the look and the products I used to achieve it 🙂
I was born in the month of march which makes me a spring child, but that doesn’t make it my favourite season of the year. My favourite season is hands down – ‘WINTERS’
Along with sharing with you guys what i’m wearing this winter season I thought I’ll add a random little list of things I LOVE LOVE LOVE about winters. So here it goes :- /
STEAMY HOT COCOA
WARM- FUZZY QUILTS
PLENTY CUPS OF COFFEE & TEA
LONG WALKS & WOLLEN SOCKS
CARS WITH BLINKERS
DOGGIES WITH JUMPERS GETTING A BIT PLUMPER
HANDS WITH MITTENS
OVERCOATS & OVERALLS
BONFIRES & CHURCH CHOIRS
WINE UHH SO DIVINE
WARM CAKE AFTER SOME YUMMY STEAK
CUDDLES & HUGS
BOOTS & SUITS
DAYS WITHOUT SUN & MAYBE A LITTLE RUM
CINNAMON STICKS & BAKING MIX
COLD NIGHTS & FAIRY LIGHTS
MUSIC IN THE AIR, A LOVELY CHRISTMAS FAIR
OIL HEATERS & ME BEING AN OVER EATER
WHEN THE MORNINGS ARE HAZY AND I’M OH SO LAZY
What I wore when it was cray cold outside; ( I should have worn boots, my feet froze, dumb move! )
SHOP THE LOOK
I try and list down all the items which I’m able to find online, if I’m unable to find them, then I try to either provide you guys with the location details from I purchased the item or a link to something similar. 🙂
Boyfriend style grey over coat ( I got mine made from a local tailor but found something similar online for you guys)
My skin has been going bonkers this winter. My skin type is basically normal to oily, but ever since this winter has kicked in, I find myself reaching for all things creamy and hydrating through out the day, as if my skin feels thirsty after a few hours and I need to replenish the moisture level of my skin. I think i’m sounding crazy but I really feel that my skin might be going through some sort of a hormonal catastrophe I guess. hehehe!
Basically what I’m trying to get at is that I have had to switch out a few products in my skin care to deal with this dryness situation. Though these days I’m cribbing about how my skin feels dry all the time, I still don’t like products that leave a film of grease or oil on the skin. I like my body oils, creams, moisturisers etc. to be extremely hydrating but not too greasy and slippery. I like quick absorbing formulas way more than those that have a dense formulation.
1. My mom and my sister who unlike me have always had really dry skin switch to a body oil in winters from their regular moisturising lotion and I have never felt the need to do that. My mom recently bought the NUETROGENA BODY OIL- LIGHT SESAME FORMULA. As my regular moisturiser was just not able to help with the dryness I tried to give this a whirl, and guess what- I freaking loved it. It has the most pleasant scent of flowers. What I like about it the most is that it’s a lovely light formula, it gets absorbed into the the skin in a jiffy and it leaves your body smelling of flowers. Now who doesn’t like flowers?? So all in all a great product.
2. The skin on my face is particularly moody and it has a mind of its own. I don’t put a lot on my skin because my skin is hyper sensitive and the moment I switch out my products my skin’s peace goes for a toss. I have been applying the CETAPHIL MOISTURISING CREAM. I even use this on my clients when I do their make up. It’s super mild, fragrance- free, non comedogenic( in simpler language- it doesn’t clog the pores) and is highly moisturising. When my skin goes ‘cray’ this is the first thing I reach out for. If you too suffer from sensitive skin and can’t afford a really expensive/ high end face cream trust me and give this baby a shot. You will thank me!
3. Once I put on my make up for the day I obviously can’t keep putting moisturiser on top of it. So to re hydrate my skin during the day I spritz on some PURE VETIVER WATER BY KAMA AYURVEDA. It lightly hydrates the skin but again doesn’t make the skin appear shiny or greasy. It calms the skin and has the most relaxing scent in the world. I don’t know how to describe it but all I can say is that it sort of smells like a very expensive spa. It contains certain notes of rose and sandalwood, jeez I love it. It’s climbing the charts in my favourites list.
4. For my lips I have been enjoying the KOKUM BUTTER & HONEY LIP BALM BY FOREST ESSENTIALS. It immediately takes care of my dry lips and is not very pasty in texture, which I love. 🙂 It’s good stuff!
5. For my feet I have been using the MOISTURE THERAPY HEEL CREAM BY VASELINE. It pretty much does what a good foot cream should do. I don’t like applying foot creams during the day for the same reason, I don’t like feeling greasy and sticky. I slather lots of it on before going to bed and as I take my beauty sleep it works its magic on my feet. Makes them soft and crack-free.
6. Last but not the least, for my hands I have been using an oldie but a goodie, the JOHNSON’S BABY LOTION BY JOHNSON & JOHNSON. I like its watery consistency. It makes my hands all soft and supple and quickly absorbs into the skin and of course who doesn’t like the classic baby scent of Johnson’s baby products.
This is how I have been dealing with my skin’s winter woes. Hope it will help you in some way deal with yours.
Me and my locks are the happiest during the cold months of the year. I could describe my hair as fine/ straight/ mid-length/ a tad bit oily and sometimes moody. You may feel I don’t like my hair much given the description but that’s not the case. I’m pretty ok with my hair actually, though sometimes I like to crib about them like all other girls ( guilty :p ). When it comes to hair care, I tend to be a little careless compared to maybe my skin care routine. I like to keep my hair care routine pretty simple and easy. I have a super oily scalp because of which I end up washing my hair at least 3-4 times in a week during summer and about 2-3 times in a week during winter.
I follow a pattern when it comes to getting my hair cut/ trimmed. Come every season change, it’s time for a trim – also a good way to remember when it’s due. I don’t experiment with my hair much; I stick to a basic trim just to clean up the ends. My past experiences have taught me not to experiment much with my hair (it has always turned out to be a disaster. Maybe I will share few pictures with you all on a day I am feeling brave- haha)
Here is a picture of the hair care products I’m currently using and enjoying 🙂
FEW HAIR CARE TIPS I HAVE LEARNT IN ALL THESE YEARS…
> Wash your hair as less as possible.
> Always de-tangle your hair before you step under the shower. Dry hair is a lot stronger than wet hair. Don’t comb your hair immediately after the shower; let them air dry first.
> Never skip the conditioner – hair feel thirsty too. Shampooing strips your hair and scalp of its moisture; conditioner helps retain the moisture level. If you have an extremely oily scalp -much like me – skip applying conditioner on the scalp. You can apply it just on the length of the hair.
> Use a pea-sized amount of serum on the ends of your hair to smoothen them out once your hair is towel dried. If you plan to use any hot tools on your hair, do it only after your hair is semi dry and make sure to use either a heat protector spray or some leave-in conditioner first. (I use the L’Oreal Iron finish leave-in conditioner – does wonders for me).
> Use a tangle teaser or a wide-mouthed comb before you use a regular comb or a paddle brush to de-tangle your hair. If your hair is really knotty like mine, I would recommend investing in a tangle teaser (trust me you will thank me for introducing you to this wonder hair brush). Always start combing your hair from the ends to the roots. This way you don’t end up tugging your hair which causes breakage.
> Last but not the least, eat healthy and drink plenty of water. This will help your hair look shiny and lovely. Let’s face it ladies – we abhor bad hair days.