The Lippy Affair

What is the one product that all of us tend to reach for, especially with the slightest hint of winter in the air? That’s right – a decent lip balm. What we generally expect it to do is repair & protect chapped or dry lips. But some of the lip balms simply pose as a thick sticky layer on flaky lips. If you relate to this feeling, know that I am writing this post just for you.

Yes, it is possible for a tiny little lip balm to help you get those perfectly moisturized, healthy & non-greasy lips. The ones that instantly make you feel like a diva at work. Listing down a few things below you must keep in mind for that. But first things first, always try before you buy! If you notice that the dryness on lips still persists; or the balm has gathered in the corner of your lips; or your lips feel heavy; or your hair sticks to the balm on your lips, DO NOT BUY it.

  • Say no to Waxy Lips

Your lips balm may contain wax, but it should not cover your lips such that they can’t breathe!

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  • Not worth it if your lips don’t absorb it  

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  • Contains SPF & has flavours? It’s the cherry on top

 

What brand to buy, you ask?

I have tried a lot of lip balms from various brands, and I still swear by my original Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.

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Hands down, it’s the best balm for my lips. But I am not a fan of the Vaseline Lip Therapy sticks & would not recommend them.

All the lip balms you see below are my personal favourites & keep my lips hydrated for longer period of time without being sticky.

Lip Balms

So which ones are your favourites? Do let me know in the comments below.

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Underestimated “Little Nothings”

Hello everyone! I am back! To all of you who have been checking with me on why I stopped blogging & have been encouraging me to keep writing, BIG HUG!

This one is dedicated to little things we generally tend to ignore or underestimate, but can actually turn out to be the most amazing tools while doing your everyday makeup… especially if your routine has limited number of brushes. That’s right… I am taking about Q-tips/ Cotton Swabs/ Ear Buds/ whatever-else-you-may-be-calling these:

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Believe me, just try the following tips while doing your makeup and you will never look at these little nothings in the same way again.

1)The Perfect Flick

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I am sure I have mentioned this in one of my earlier posts… If you never get your cat-eye flick right, simply dip the Q-tip in a makeup remover & gently swipe the line to get the cleanest flick you will ever make.

2) Stay Where You Are

If your lipstick tends to have a mind of its own & feathers everywhere, take that Q-tip dipped in makeup remover & first use it to create a precise line around your lips. Now dip a clean Q-tip in translucent powder, trace it around your lipstick & it will stay where it is.

3) Quick Smoky Eye, DIY

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Apply your favourite eyeliner (pencil/gel) on your eye lids, & use the Q-tip to gently smudge it out. No brushes required!

4) Bye-Bye Cakey-Creasy

4-5 hours down, and your makeup starts falling apart… What do you do? That’s right, dip the Q-tip in your eye cream & gently sweep it where it’s creasing & see the magic.

5) Fat Lash, Here I Come

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Worry no more. Use a Q-tip dipped in translucent power over those sparse thin lashes & sweep from root to tip before applying your mascara as usual. Notice an instant thickening effect.

Have more ideas to use these for everyday makeup? Do share here.

Oh… and lookout for my next blog post next Sunday!

Mastering the Eye Shadow Application

Cut-Crease-PhotoThere is no right or wrong when it comes to makeup. It’s all about the techniques you use. For instance, there is a little more technique involved in applying eye shadows than simply swiping the powder across your eyes. There are a few things listed below that we tend to do, but if avoided, can help achieve that professional makeup look.

Mistake 1 – Using foundation on your eye lids instead of eye shadow primer

I know… its convenient, right? But foundations and primers are used for different purposes. You will notice that your eye makeup won’t last long enough & will crease faster when you use foundation on eyes. Always use an eye shadow primer to ensure longevity of your eye makeup. Of course you can skip this step if you don’t find it necessary.

Mistake 2 – Using a sponge applicator

Lots of eye shadow palettes come with these mini sponge applicators. These pick up a lot of pigment at once & so are quite easy to use, but can make the eye shadow look caked on. It’s advisable to invest in a separate eye shadow brush that allows you to gradually add the product for an effortless look.

Mistake 3 – Not defining the crease

The “crease” is the line that separates mobile eyelid from the immobile one. This is an important step to achieve that flawless eye look. While you can use any colour depending on your skin tone & the look you want to go for, using a nude matt brown on the crease accentuates the eye shape & works as a border for your eye shadow application.

Mistake 4 – Not blending

Using different colours on your crease, eye lids & brow bone surely adds depth to your eyes. But if they are not blended well, it looks messy & undone instead of smooth & sexy.

Mistake 5 – Not applying / applying excess of shadow below the eye

Applying the eye shadow closely along your lower lash line finishes your eye look. But applying too much of it can drag your eyes down. It’s important to use the right brush here & blend it out.  Check out this link to know more about which brushes to use.

Do try & let me know if you found these points valid & useful!

4 Products You Can Carry Everywhere

Does anyone face this problem or is it just me? I don’t like carrying tonnes of makeup in my office bag or for an outing. Not only does it add to the weight, but one cannot possibly fit in all favourite products. At the same time, I cannot leave home without products I absolutely need or can blindly count on! So this is my take on products that are light weight, do not take too my space & helps me look as put together as possible.

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  1. Kajal/ Kohl/ Eye Pencil

This can be a basic black or brown or blue, depending on your preference. A good kohl pencil is a must have product and can completely transform you. Wear a minimum amount during day time & amp it up according to your eye shape for night time.

  1. Lip & Cheek Blush/ Stains

Nothing like one product that can do two things! Choose the texture & shade you like from any brand you like & glow from within after wearing them. Because these are liquid/ cream formulations, they look dewy on the skin. On the other hand, you could also choose to carry one lipstick that could be used as blush & eyeshadow. Check out this link on how to do that.

  1. Mascara

Go for a volumizing or lash extension one, as per your requirement. Check out this link on how to correctly use a mascara.

  1. Concealer

This is just in case you have any dark spots/ blemishes/ redness you want to quick get rid of.

And voila! You can totally manage with these. What are the products that you can’t stay without? Let me know in the comments below.

Rocking the Glasses

eyeglassSo you wear glasses every day to work… Is that the reason you don’t wear any makeup thinking it won’t really show? Well, think again. Follow these few tips to rock the “Glasses Look”.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing is to first figure out if you want your eyes to look bigger or smaller. For this, wear your glasses and look closely at a mirror:

If you are far-sighted, your glasses would be magnified & your eyes look bigger than what they are

If you are short-sighted, your eyes look smaller than what they are

Once you have established this, half the job is done. It’s more about the technique than the colours. Now use either of the following to effectively apply your eye makeup.

How to make your eyes look bigger:

  • Define your crease with a medium brown matt eye shadow & use shimmery colour on your lids & blend it well
  • Highlight the inner corner of your eyes to make them look lifted & awake
  • Draw a thin line with your liner along the base of your eye lids to frame your eyes. Then flick it out to elongate your eyes.
  • Keep the water line clean or use a nude/white eye pencil
  • Curl your eye lashes so they don’t press against the glasses & use few coats of waterproof volumizing mascara. This will make your eye look wider & open instantly.

How to make your eyes look smaller:

  • Apply darker eye shadow on the outer eye lids in a C-shape & a shimmery one on your lids. The darker the color, the less light will reflect off the surface of the eyelid, making them appear smaller.
  • Draw a line with your liner/ eye pencil on the base of your eye lids & smoke it out slightly use a smudge brush to soften the black
  • Use the liner/ eye pencil close to your lower lashes as well & smudge it out. You may apply some on your water line as well, depending on how comfortable you are with it.
  • Curl your eye lashes so they don’t press against the glasses. Choose a mascara that really separate your lashes.

You face makeup isn’t drastically different when wearing glasses, but do keep in mind:

  • Choose your foundation according to your skin type (The right “foundation”)
  • Use less foundation on your nose to avoid dent marks caused by glasses
  • Choose a light reflective concealer around the eyes to avoid shadow caused by glasses
  • Frame your eyes better by grooming your eye brows according to your face shape

Have more concerns on this topic that I might not have covered above or have more tips? Do drop in a comment.

Wear Contacts and Love makeup?

Contact LensesAgree. Contact Lenses are god’s gift for those who don’t like wearing glasses every day. But they could be quite a nuisance for those who love wearing makeup at work, since it may lead to irritation, wateriness, and itchiness. The good news is, you can avoid the red teary eyes AND wear contact lenses AND feel pretty – all at once! Follow these few tips.

1) Oil-free products

Opt for oil-free products (such as concealers, eye liners, makeup removers) especially for your eyes to avoid a blurry vision and cloudy lens. Invest in products that have words like ‘Matt’, ‘mattifying’, ‘shine control’, ‘shine free’.Oil Free Products

2) Cream, not Powder

Powder shadows can slip between lashes & into your eyes causing irritation. Chuck those, & instead go for oil free cream eye shadows.

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3) Be Mascara smart

You will need to be extra careful with the mascara you use. While thick formulas that dry stiff may give great volume to your lashes, it may flake through the day & settle in your eyes. Go for more traditional mascaras or the ones that don’t clump. Good practice is to always try the product before buying & see how it suits you through the day.
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4) Say no to Pencil

Your traditional kohl pencils may tug at your lid and irritate. Try a smooth gel formula instead. However, always check if the one you choose is safe for the waterline.

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Hope you find these helpful! Have more tips? Do add on in the comments.

Alphabet Creams

Let’s try and clear the confusion here. With so many BB & CC creams in the market with varied properties, lot of us have been in the dark with what would work on us the best & which one should to invest in. After a lot of reading, research & trials, this is what I have found.

First, what started it all – Tinted Moisturizers

Tinted Moisturizers

As the name suggests, these products give a bit of colour (usually sheer) along with moisturizing benefits. In my opinion, this would be ideal for people who do not wish to wear makeup everyday & are not comfortable using foundations. Apply this as you would apply a moisturizer & you’re good to go.

Now, BB creams

BB Creams

What they stand for: Beauty Benefit, Beauty Balm, Blemish Balms, etc

Texture: Creamy & Moisturizing

What it does: Provides added skin care benefits like SPF, extra hydration & anti-oxidants along with a touch more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, but lighter than foundations. These also contain ingredients that help even out skin tone and reflect light to give you that dewy look.

Usage: Do not douse your face with this product like you would a sunscreen. Less is more so squeeze in a tiny amount & apply a light layer on your face. It may also be used as a foundation base. Although they have high SPF, it is not a replacement for sunscreens.

Ideal for: Young skin that doesn’t need too much coverage. Do not use BB creams if you have lots of acne.

Key Difference: BB creams are your all-in-one product because they’re a combination of SPF, primer, and anti-aging ingredients—plus, they offer light to medium coverage, whereas a tinted moisturizer’s biggest job is to provide hydration, minimal coverage, and sometimes sun protection.

CC Creams

CC Creams

What is stand for: Colour Correction, Complexion Care, Colour Control, etc.

Texture: Lightweight & Fast Absorbing

What it does: They provide a clean, even complexion and cover up dull spots, redness, acne scars, etc. These give more coverage (instant & protective) and are closer to foundation than the BB Cream. They typically have light-diffusing particles, which visually even skin tone.

Ideal for: If your skin is acne prone, have constant redness, dull looking or dark spots then the CC cream is the right product for you.

Usage: The cream is so lightly textured that you can apply a few layers without your face looking like you are making a birthday cake. Applying foundation on CC cream is not recommended.

Key Difference: Unlike the BB cream the CC cream contains ingredients that target troubled areas (packed with Vitamin C and E) rather than maintenance and prevention.

Which product & brand you should buy really depends on your preference & how much coverage you are looking for. Always try the product & see how it feels on your skin before investing. Do you own any alphabet cream that you love or hate or need a review for? Let me know in the comments below.

One Product, Many Uses

There are so many products that are almost vintage in nature, considering the number of years people have been using them blindly. These differ from country to country, but one product that is global in nature is the good old Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. And no, I am not being paid to write this article. 😉 It’s just that I have been using this product ever since I was a child and my mom introduced me to it. Over the years, I have learnt so many different ways you could use the product – & not only to soothe dry skin or chapped lips.

vaseline-petroleum-jelly_bsThis might be one of the most underutilized product especially during summers, but try it in any one or all of the following ways & you may be able to relate to my love for it.

  1. For Women @ Work
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    • Rub some Vaseline on your pulse points before you spray perfume. It holds the scent much longer & ensures you stay fresh all day long.
  2. For the Lazy Makeup Lover
    • Trick – Makeup Stain Remover
    • With a damp washcloth, use Vaseline to easily lift makeup stains (that were a result of not washing face the night before) from clothes as well as pillows, Blankets, etc.
  3. For the Messy Nail-Polisher
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    • Apply Vaseline to your cuticles before polishing your nails. This will help keep the colour off of the skin around your nails. You’ll get a perfect manicure—minus the clean-up.
  4. For Cream-Base Product Lovers
    • Trick – Cosmetics CustomizerPigments
    • Turn your favourite loose pigments into cream eye shadow or blush by mixing them with Vaseline. You can also make a tinted lip balm this way.
  5. For the perfect No-Makeup Look
    • Trick – Lash Conditioner
    • Trade in your mascara for Vaseline. Smooth a tiny amount over your lashes for a fuller set of dark, glossy eyelashes.
  6. For the Chappy Lips
    • Trick – DIY Exfoliator
    • Apply Vaseline generously on your lips & rub a cotton bud to exfoliate & hydrate dry lips.
  7. For One & All
    • Trick – Gentle eye makeup remover
    • Vaseline easily and gently removes eyeliner, mascara, shadow, and even any eyelash glue that your falsies leave behind.

Do you know any such tricks with your favourite product/s that you would like to share? Do let me know.

Sweat-Proof Your Makeup

Sweat Proof MakeupThe inclination to wear makeup every day is directly proportional to the temperature outside. Understandably so… you don’t want to be sweating & have your makeup trickle down at the same time throughout the day. Here is some good news – there are ways to avoid this. The most important being using minimum products, ones that are waterproof & not oil based.

  1. Rub a cube of ice all over your face before putting on any products. This helps close the pores & minimizes oil secretion.
  2. Go for the Primer – this will help your makeup sit much longer on your skin through the day. Click here to know more about Primers
  3. For the base – Avoid using liquid foundations as they tend to melt & cake. Choose either one of these options:
    • Opt for light weight cream based foundations or mousses
    • Opt for tinted moisturizers or BB creams that already have sufficient amount of have SPF
  4. Cream eye shadows & blushes offer a formula that helps it absorb in to skin and last all day compared to powders. Utilize them during summers.
  5. Lip & cheek stains work absolute wonders. They give that colour & yet do not feel heavy on skin. The Body Shop lip & cheek stain in the shade Rose Pink is one of my favourites! It looks very natural & is something I like to wear to work everyday.
  6. If you are not a fan of stains on the lips, go for matt lipsticks
  7. Use waterproof mascaras & kohls/ eye pencils
  8. Using any translucent powder to set your t-zone goes a long way

Do you have more ideas & tips we could use? Do share!