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. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Beauty Resolutions 2015

I have done the disappearing act once again. In keeping with the zeitgeist of the times, I thought I should do a beauty resolutions post

I hope to be a bit more regular (one of my many resolutions for the year.) However moving on, here are the beauty resolutions I have made, some of which are carryovers, some others I hope to get to.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Review: Skin Deep by Pat Thomas

Sorry for pulling a disappearing act once more. But this time my excuse is genuine. I had a baby this July and have spent some majorly sleepless nights, so any free time I got, I spent it sleeping. But to tell you the truth I was majorly missing the blog as well. So here I am blogging away to glory.

So now I am back with a review of a book I think every beauty blogger should read. 

It’s a book  called Skin Deep by Pat Thomas (a journalist – read more about her here) on what goes into the cosmetics and toiletries we use. Skin Deep  lists out all the toiletries we use regularly and the problems a lot of them pose in the long run. 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Remembering the tragedy queen - Meena Kumari

Sorry for the long disappearances which are becoming a bit of a pattern. Have recently shifted to a new home and getting things running there was taking a while. I still need to get myself a camera.  An easy to carry basic one, not the SLR varieties before I can put up pictures again.

However moving on to today's post. Today morning they were showing a Meena Kumari special on DD Rangoli (its a must watch if you are a film buff and miss getting your dose of retro songs). A lot of things they said , about Kamaal Amrohi and her, her drinking, her subsequent death and the work of her life , Pakeezah, was something most of us already know. But watching songs from lesser known movies and seeing how she evolved , the way she wore her hair was a revelation of sorts.

In Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam , one of her most acclaimed works, she starts off as a prim and proper wife of a rich landlord, who is willing to do anything to get her husband's attentions, including hitting the bottle. This is her in all her finery as a newly married thakurain. Perfectly done hair, all the jewellery of the era, neat and tidy saree and kohl rimmed eyes.