Tuesday, September 22, 2015

100 day no buy challenge -Update 2- Makeup Heroes

Guys this is tougher than you think. Its absolutely not easy to not buy any beauty products and make the duds you purchased work for you. I find using up makeup so much more difficult.

Some of the products that have worked wonderfully

Nyx Concealer in a Jar- Good thick creamy formula. Works perfectly well as a base for lipsticks or eyeshadows that do not show up or apply patchy. (Maybelline 14 hr range being a case in point). Nyx is very expensive if you see what its original price was in USD and its price in INR. But even then it is soooo good. People please stop selling makeup to us at twice or thrice its US price. Also amazing range of shades, matched my NC42 perfectly. This product lasts forever as a little goes a long way.

Kryolan Wet and Dry - This powder is still going strong. I admit I used to save this for special occasions. Its 1200 rs for a compact. But due to the no buy challenge I have been using this wet as a foundation. This product is a must buy if you have oily skin. Its finely milled, gives medium coverage, applies like a dream and (hold your breath) lasts in Mumbai humidity. (Kryolan please pay me for promoting this product. Oh wait I am already doing it for free.)

Kryolan Lipstick -LC213 - This lipstick has darkened over time. But no funny smell and no change in texture. I am loving the magenta colour it imparts, deep and yet office appropriate. Nude lips make me look drained if I don't do a full face. Magenta and pinks somehow pick me up. Orange is my favourite colour, but this is not office appropriate.

Diana of London Pure Addiction Lipstick- Warm Passion - This is a maroon, yes I actually paid money for this, but this is not the aunty type shade. Or maybe it is, but the formula is so creamy that your lips will love you for this. I wear this in office (blotted down) and it looks gorgeous. Btw I love this brand, but their products are targeted towards fairer skin tones. I have their Orange lipstick  (called Scarlet Orange) which is love love love. Will review these with FOTD someday.

Ben Nye Coral Crush- This is a multi purpose cream formula. Supposed to be used as an all in one. I have used this as a blush and it is just brilliant. Lovely pigmentation, reasonably priced and blends beautifully. A must buy if you are a warm toned wheatish complexioned girl.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Skincare Staples Review - Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3 In 1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock - SPF 40 PA+++

As a beauty blogger, running out of something is a big huge achievement. Most of us often succumb to a newer product before we are finished with what we have on our shelf. Sometimes it is also a great process of self discovery. We realize that we have it in us to see a challenge/product through.

So without further ado, here is my first empties, since the list is that small, I am doing a review of these products as well. Also reviewing these two since I have used these two for a while now, the gel for about 6 months and the sunblock for 4 years or more. And believe me when I say it, I will always repurchase this. So here is the review.

First up, sunscreen.  Here is what it is really called- Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3 In 1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock - SPF 40 PA+++
Long name right.  But I simply go and ask the shopkeeper for Lotus Sunscreen for oily skin and he gives me this. Always. That in itself is a big plus, easy availability. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

100 day no buy challenge- Update 1

100 days of not buying is definitely not going to be easy. I was dying to peep into a Bharat & Dorris outlet in Infiniti Malad. But I knew there was no way I was going to come out empty handed from there. So I did not even sneak a peek. Aggh.  But I have watched a few beauty videos that will help me finish more products in shorter time.

Watch this video ladies. I have totally followed some of her tips, of keeping only the makeup you want to finish up right on top.

I am  also mixing up more of my lipsticks, layer pink and orange, there you have coral.
Adding some blush on my cheekbones for that I am so well rested look.
I am also finding myself applying moisturiser religiously.

I also found some blog posts and videos to help me in this endeavour. 

Lara's Beauty Bible


Let me know how is your journey going.

While looking through all my lipsticks, here is what I realized. All my lipsticks have an upward slope. Power woman much,
What does the shape of yours say about you.

Monday, August 24, 2015

100 days no buy challenge- From A Keypad Ninth Tourist

Well I just chanced upon akeypadninthtourist's blog following a comment. And look, now I have joined her challenge to buy no more. I was going mad on the nykaa and purplle sale. I will review those websites later, but not that they need much review. Most people reading this blog must have bought something from there. Most of her points rang true with me. So here is what I am going to do.

Here is what she has done, in case more of you want to join her challenge.
 I am adding her list with a different point 1 (hers is too difficult for me to start on just yet, will get to it soon) and  an additional point 3.
  1. No shopping for 100 days for beauty products- No skincare, no makeup, no haircare. I have all the basic soaps, shampoos, conditioners and more. (I am making an exception to buying herbal hair powders like amla powder etc since I am suffering from major hair fall.) I am going to put all the things I like on some kind of wish list. So that i feel a little less bad about not buying.
  2. Using makeup regularly - Unfortunately my workplace is a bit conventional, so no super bright and daring makeup in office. But this is my true challenge, to tone down the bright colors for everyday be it blush or lipstick. 
  3. Learning makeup basics- As a beauty blogger you would think I know this stuff. But no, I would love to learn how to better use foundation for office look. Wayne Goss, Lisa Eldridge, Michelle Phan and Jovita George you guys are going to get more hits.
  4. Paint my nails- I will definitely do this. I have been painting my toe nails religiously now. However finger nails I cannot really do a good job. And the chipping happens before you know. 
  5. Purge- Throw all the old makeup, the stuff I do not use, or is almost dead. 
  6. Stop saving my special occasion makeup-Completely agree on this. The expensive lipstick for weddings is now going to be used. I mean if I spent big bucks on it, I might as well get the most out of it. 
 For skincare, hair care and body care I am going to really use what I have and I have plenty of soaps and a huge Himalaya shampoo bottle, a Schwarzkopf shampoo for when I don't have the time to oil my hair, and a massive loreal liss ultime hair masque jar, I use this as a conditioner.

Will do a post on hair care sometime soon. Till then wish me luck.

Friday, August 7, 2015

My Beauty Drawer and Skin Care Heroes

I have been following all Pinterest boards saying makeup organizer and how to arrange your makeup blah blah. Though all the people there have 20 times the makeup I do, I still do badly with organizing.

I only managed to get a lipstick stand custom made since it was not available anywhere near me.

I only have 12+3-4 lipsticks which are lying in my purse somewhere.

All my blushes together with lipgloss and eyeprimer are now in a box.

I did a post recently about natural skincare regime I am following where I mentioned I do switch between a facial oil and a night cream,

Here are my night creams, these are super pocket friendly and available at your chemist and loaded with prescriptive strength goodies like kojic acid, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. Reviews to follow soon.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Busy Mommy Beauty Routine

Most of the people reading this blog would know that I have a 2 year old son. For those who don’t, well now you do. Also I am still working full time, which means I have no time at all for anything that would qualify as a beauty routine by beauty blogger standards.(which explains why I hardly update this blog) I do have a beauty simple basic beauty regime, that has gotten more natural since my pregnancy and continues to do so. I still have a long way to go my own standards. But here is what I do in the name of cleansing-toning and moisturizing.

To do or not to do. Honestly as an oily skinned person, I noticed a big difference in my skin when I gave up soap and/or face wash for my face.  I was breaking out, getting bumpy rashy and dull skin. I noticed this worsening post childbirth. Pregnancy was a breeze compared to what happened to my skin later. I stopped using soap and irritations disappeared and skin became glowy. No new products added, only products subtracted.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

One Year of Fab Bag 2014-15

I have completed slightly more than 1 year with Fab bag. Not as an employee, but as a subscriber. I have found things I loved, things I hated and things that were just average. But that’s the point of a beauty subscription isn’t it. Ok before I go further here is what I felt.
Let me start off by saying I was off to a bad start with Fabbag. After a 3 month subscription, when I extended the subscription to 1 full year, I was offered a 400rs discount, which I took. Not knowing that this 400 rs discount would lead to me not getting a Clinique lipstick worth 1200. Seemed hardly fair. Besides at no point was this clearly mentioned on the discount card. Not the one to take things as they are. I mailed them complaining and saying how tricked I felt. I thought they would take back my 400rs discount and give me the lippie. They did no such thing. And I still feel a little let down by that.

But but but.. they did send me some good products. They also sent me products that made me question whether they read my questionnaire or not. But these guys seem to have pulled up their socks, and since nOvember I am getting great products. At least I know my fab bag is based on the answers I provided to the questions asked so good going.  Also I had subscribed to 3 months of men’s fab bag for my husband (there I digress again), but that was not half as good as women’s thing.

The hits (some others that are missing simply got over and were thrown away)
 The misses (notice how brand new the misses look. It is because they almost are)

Someday I am going to find out how they actually work and understand the occasional lulls and really fab fab bags as well. So here is the first installment macro review of this beauty subscription service done month by month.