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Colorbar Blushes - Review

What they claim: Available in five shades, Plum Brown, Cosmic Rose, Fuchsia, Peachy Rose and Just Earth, the Blusher accentuates the cheek area giving a glow to the face.

This talc free, silky powder contains a moisture balance formula that is easy to blend and keeps the skin smooth, hydrated and nourished for soft cheeks with just the right hint of color.

Price: Rs. 250 for 6 gms

1. Highly pigmented formula - shows up instantly on the skin
2. Very finely milled texture, has never caused me to break out or resulted in dry patches.
3. Amazing shades for Indian skintones - I have fuchsia (deep pink) & plum brown (pinkish brown) and love both a lot
4. Very economical and it is a nice sturdy packaging.

1. Because it is so pigmented, it is very easy to go overboard and end with clown like look. When using this always dust off excess blush from the brush.
2. The brush provided with this is of good quality, but I don't like it at all for applying blush. It doesn't ble…

How To Hire a Makeup Artist

I have been getting a lot of queries from Brides To Be, on various skin & makeup related issues.
One of the most crucial steps is hiring your MUA for the day.

Every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day & Makeup artists help you do just that. Here are some tips to help you find that perfect makeup artist
Most girls prefer to start their search with their local beauty parlours. Do talk to your friends & relatives too, particularly those whose bridal makeup you really liked, for their recommendations.
Do go through the work portfolio of makeup artists at parlours. That will give you an idea of the kind of makeup style the MUA prefers and whether that gels with yours. Ask for before and after pictures of work that they have done.
Head to the department-store counter of your favorite brand (MAC / Clinique ) and approach the people doing makeovers. A lot of the SAs at these stores are young MUAs who have just entered the feild and are looking for work to practice and …

Jordana InColor Luxury Eyeshadow - Review

What it claims:
Premium Pigments; Matte, Shimmery & Pearlized Triple-Milled; Luxurious Velvety Finish Long-Lasting Stay Fresh Color Crease-Resistant Formula Sponge Applicator Included Price: Rs. 129 per single eyeshadow (2.3 gms)

Where: New Beauty Centre

Colors I have:
Storm Watch: Silver Grey with white shimmerCreme Da La Creme: Warm Ivory with shimmer (I use this as highlighter on the browbone and also in the corners of my eyes)Mimosa: Warm Peachy OrangeSunset: Warm Copper with self colored shimmerCafe Latte: Matt light brownHot Cocoa: Walnut Brown with shimmerMocha Frost: Taupy BrownPros
1. The quality of these eyeshadows is very good, they are very finely milled and go on very smoothly on the eyelid even without a base/primer
2. The pigmentation is awesome! Unlike some eyeshadows which *need* a primer or else they won't show up, these are pigmented enough to show up without the primer too
3. Economical. Unlike most girls, I prefer to get eyeshadow singles rather than pre-defin…

Make Up for Women of Color

Reader Meenu has a query:

I have dusky skin (darker side) and I really couldn't figure out yet as to what color I should use on lips and eyes. I just use same old 2-3 shades to avoid messing up and waste money on unsuccessful experiments.

I really hope you could help me with some useful advice.

Thanks for your question Meenu. You haven’t mentioned what colors you already use, hence I’ll just give you a general recommendation of shades.

There are a number of shades and colors that will make your eyes & lips stand out and complement your skin as well. The most important thing is to choose deeper, more intense high pigment shades of shadow , liner , and blush so that they actually show up and don’t look chalky or fake on your skin.

For the eyes:
Indian women's biggest concern seems to be the dark circles under their eyes, and to correct that, they need extra moisture under the eye coupled with a light coverage of an opaque golden-yellow-orange concealer.Most women of color have…

Lotsa Blog Awards!

I have just been lazy over the last few weeks, but I have to do this now. I have been at the receiving end (pun unintended) of a lot of blog awards & time now to pass on the mantle.

First award was from Poohkie who is the author is of the lovely blog Poohkie's Palace. You must check out her blog for her super duper easy make it yourself kajal recipe for the blackest black kajal

I also think I got some awards from Srish of Style Fashion Etc (visit her blog for the latest fashion trends) & Mehak of Peaches & Blush (very sensible makeup advice for Indian girls new to makeup), but unfortunately I can't find those awards now :(.. I am sorry.

PS: This is what happens when your maid just goes AWOL on you for like 2 weeks now. Scatterbrain attacks.

Anyway, I would like to thank my fellow bloggers for all the lovely awards, and my readers for reading my blog :)

I would like to pass on these awards to all Indian Makeup Bloggers. Everyone is doing a gr8 job in their own sweet …

Lakme Gypsy Winter Collection 2010

In case you have been living under a rock and have missed this, Lakme has come up with a new Gypsy Winter 2010 Collection.

ENRICH SATIN ·Richly pigmented lip color that feels like a drape of luxurious satin ·Sunscreen, vitamins and olive extracts leave you with the softest, smoothest lips ever ·Indulge in chilli reds, terra cottas, exotic sangrias and earthy rusts ·Available in 10 shades ·Price: Rs. 225/- SHEER SATIN LIP GLOSS ·Drench your lips into a molten shine, with this smooth, feather-light gloss for hours of dazzling, mirror-like shine ·Infused with moisturizing vitamins so you can treat your lips to an ultra-comfortable, satin finish ·Available in 8 new shades ·Price: Rs.325/-
TRUE WEAR NAIL COLOR ·Inspired by bohemian, rustic gypsy trails this season, wear rich, deep colors with just a hint of shimmer ·From mystic indigos to ruby reds, plush purples to henna gold ·Available in 8 shades ·

I am new to Makeup - Help! Part II

First of all, a big thanks to all the readers who contributed in yesterday's post with their own personal recommendations on makeup & skin care. I am sure Anon must have found it very helpful to hear from you fellow oily skinned gals.

Moving on to your makeup query.

Anon, as you mentioned yourself, that you have very oily skin & will be sitting in front of a holy fire for hours. If you want your makeup (or what ever little you decide to wear) stay on, you need a primer. A primer is generally a silicon based product that forms a film between your skin & the makeup you apply. This barrier prevents the makeup from absorbing into the pores & skin and also it keeps facial oils away from the makeup by absorbing them. It helps your makeup go on smoother and last longer.

Maybelline does have some primers - White Stay UV Base (you can read a review here), that are cost effective. I cannot comment on their efficacy as I have not used them.

If you can do invest in…

I am new to Makeup - Help!

I got this query from a reader who wishes to remain Anonymous:

Hi Tanveer...

I need your help on choosing makeup. Its my wedding in the month of December. I am totally new to make up (on myself). My daily makeup routine includes fair n lovely (if time permits) and Vaseline. So you should now have a fair idea about me... Only on those "special" days i use kajal. That's all i do. I have just one shade of lipstick and one lipgloss which were gifts and have never used :-))) So I am looking fwd for ur help.

Mine is an orthodox family. So no beauticians wud be allowed in the wedding ceremony. It will be my sis who wud do the makeup or probably myself as i trust me to do it better... I have done it for a good num of ppl and have pretty decent steady hands. About my skin... Well I have the problem of dark circles all around my eyes.... And hairy face which I have to wax once a week... Though I dont have acne prone skin, the waxing makes my skin have red bumps for a couple of day…

The No Make Up week Experiment

Some beauty blogs, mainly those written by authors abroad are having a "No Make Up Week".

Basically they are going to live the entire week (20th to 27th Sept 2010) without any makeup, no matter what the event, to explore their relationship and understand their dependency on makeup.

It is an interesting concept, it got me thinking - Why do I wear makeup?

The first answer that popped into my head is that it fun. It is fun to play with so many colors as well as your features. Everyday is a new day and a chance for you to experiment. Kind of like how we behave with clothes. We wear colors and dresses depending upon our mood at that point and to reflect that state of mind. It is the same with me when it comes to makeup. I see makeup as an accessory to my clothes, like a good pair of shoes or a fantastic jewellery, it helps to polish and finish up the look. An ordinary white Tee with jeans can go from drab to fab by just wearing a snazzy watch & lots of eyeliner.

I have bee…

Book Review: Beautified by Kyan Douglas

What the book claims: Enough with the guys. Ladies, it’s your turn to experience the thrill that comes from being groomed and made gorgeous by beauty expert and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s grooming guru, Kyan Douglas. In Beautified, Kyan shares the techniques he uses as a veteran stylist—and answers the questions posed to him by the show’s legions of female fans—to cover all the essentials that will put you on the road to being beautified (translation: looking good and feeling good), including:
hair hints on the right cut for you, at-home coloring and highlights, the perfect blow-out, proper product use, and solving problems like overprocessed locks, crunchy hair, and the inevitable bad hair dayskin secrets on facials and masks, righteous daily routines and pesky pimples, and special challenges such as tanning, tattoos, and piercingsmakeup must-have advice on shopping, tools, and products, and how to use everything from foundation and concealer to blush, lipstick, and eye shadowgr…

Maybelline Unstoppable Expresso Liner Swatches

HD wanted to see swatches of this product. I have swatched the Maybelline Unstoppable Liner in these picture just once.

Yes, what you see below is a single swipe, done at one shot.

The pigmentation and colorpayoff for this liner is just mind-blowing. 2-3 swipes on the eye gives a dark, deep, intense chocolate brown color that I just can't get enough of.

Thanks Rima for introducing this gem to me :).

Read the original review here

Have a great weekend everyone!

Maybelline Unstoppable Liner in Expresso (Brown) - Review

What it claims: Waterproof liner glides on to define your eyes effortlessly for ultra-smooth application.
Smudge-proof, stay-put formula won't budge until you want it to Self-sharpening packaging swivels up and down so point is always sharp and ready to define Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, ophthalmologist-tested How to use: Apply along your lash line from the inner to the outer corners.

Price: Rs. 200

1. I bought this after reading a comment by Rima on a post. She had recommended this for its long wearing abilities, and she was absolutely right. I apply this at 7 in the morning, and at 8 in the evening, I still have this on both my upper & lower lash line. Just as pigmented, and dark. No smudging.
2. No sharpening. I quite like twist ups just for this convenience. Makes it a good product to carry with you when travelling.
3. The Brown color (Expresso) is pretty pigmented dark coffee brown and shows up well. It is a matt shade with no shimmer.
4. Come…

NYX Concealer in a Jar (Glow) - Review

What they claim: NYX Concealer in a Jar is a lightweight, emolient-based concealer that hides imperfections and discoloration naturally -- without looking caked on or clumpy. Super concentrated so just a little will do the job.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil, BHT, Microcrystalline Wax, Nylon-66, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Silica, Butylparaden, Fragrance, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ceresin, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexarosinate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sequioleate, Tocopheryl Acetate. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ultramarines.

Price: Rs 500 for 7 gm tub

Where: Beauty Centre in Mumbai

Shade: I have Glow (CJ06): This is a light shade concealer with a pink undertone. But I do remember that the counter had another 2-3 shades other than this. One was Tan or Beige I think with yellow undertones.

1. Very creamy, easy to blend texture makes it a dream to apply on blemishes on the face. But it is thick enough t…

Preventing Sunburn through Diet

Most of us think sunburn / tanning happens when we step out into the sun without adeqaute protection in the form of sunscreens and hats. But we never look to our diet for protection.

Research has proven that we can make fun in the sun safer for us - through our food. In a study recently published in Nutrition Reviews, Dr. Shapira has shown that a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, like the diet eaten in Mediterranean regions where skin cancer rates are extremely low, can help protect us from sun related skin damage.

Foods such olive oil, fish, yogurt, beans, whole grains and colorful fruits and vegetables help to fight the oxidizing effect of the sun. Further studies proved that these antioxidants, especially carotenoids -- fruit and vegetable pigments like red from tomatoes and watermelons and orange from carrots and pumpkins accumulate in the skin where they serve as a first line of protection.

As temperature and humidity get stronger, which aggravates the damaging…

Yay! My hair is in fashion..

After years of struggling to get my fine, frizzy hair to lie down and gather some volume on top; there is now a reason for me to not do it. Apparently it is in fashion now to have hair that looks a little bit frizzy and messy. Check it out here

I, for one, am most pleased and I hope this hair style stays in fashion for a long, long time.

Grey Hair - Why & How to Treat it

Scientist has finally cracked the mystery - why our hair turns grey.

Apparently hair turns grey as a result of accumulated damage, and not wisdom.

Going gray is caused by a massive build up of hydrogen peroxide due to wear and tear of our hair follicles. The peroxide winds up blocking the normal synthesis of melanin, our hair's natural pigment. All of our hair cells make a tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide, but as we get older, this little bit becomes a lot. Grey hair is hair that has been bleached from within, causing our hair turn gray and then white.

So grey hair is actually damaged hair. Preventing this damage from accumulating might be the key to preventing premature greying.

Damage to hair can occur from simple things like harsh shampoos, use of rough hair brushes, exposure to UV rays, constant straightening, coloring or perming.

Sesame oil is reputed to help enhance the color of hair by promoting production of melanin. An ancient Chinese remedy is black sesame seeds. Eating …

Bridal Makeup - Tips

Debasree says "I am basically looking for pre bridal packages for my upcoming wedding in Nov. Would you be able to do an article which includes the services of the package, price etc. Am also looking for suggestion regarding my wedding makeup. Like which foundation,concealer etc to buy. I shall ever be greatful if you help.. BTW am from Kolkata & have combo skin type."

First of all, congrats Debashree on your upcoming wedding!

There are many pre-bridal packages in the market to suit every budget. Most offer services like waxing, bleaching, facials, manicures, pedicures & body polishing as a part. You can refer to your married cousins or friends to get an idea/review of what services are included, as well as cost and value for money, or else call up the salons themselves and get an understanding of what is offered. Most salons are more than happy to offer you customised packages. Do look into them as well.

The least minimum you should get done is a facial / treatmen…

Skin Burns - Home Remedies

Recently my husband had a rather unfortunate accident with steaming hot water late in the night. It was close to 1 am and no doctor was available at that night. He got a rather nastsy burn (which was later identified as a second degree burn by the doctor). But he recovered very quickly (2 weeks) and there was no scarring at the burn site. I believe it was thanks to the few aromatherapy / herbal remedies that we tried, as soon as he got burnt. I thought I would share these with you, for a scarless recovery.

1. Lavender - Cold Water Compress: Lavender essential oil is well known for its ability to heal burns and deal with pain. Just add a few drops of lavender oil to about 500 ml of chilled water, and stir well to disperse the oil. Immerse the burned area in the water for several minutes, or take a soft cloth, soak it in the water, and apply it to the burn. Leave the compress on for several minutes, then resoak and reapply as often as needed.The doctor commented thanks to this compress t…

The Body Shop Nail Buffer - Review

What it claims: A buffer to smooth the top surface of the nails and give them a natural-looking sheen. It has three different surface finishes each with varying levels of coarseness.

How to use: After filing, buff the nails using flat sweeping strokes across the surface. Use the dark grey and mid-grey surfaces gently once every two weeks. Use the pale grey surface as often as required to add shine.

A Nail buffer is a cosmetic beauty tool that can be used to give the fingernails or toenails a high gloss shine. By rubbing the surface of clean and dry nails with successively finer grit buffers, the nails can appear as if they have had clear gloss applied. Buffing also rids the nail surface of jagged edges and unsightly ridges. Many people even say that buffing stimulates blood circulation and thus the growth of healthier nails. However buffing too often can take off too many layers and make the nails weak.

Price: Rs. 125/-

1. All 3 sides, including the black emery board are very gent…

Lipstick Men?

Read a very interesting article in TOI today on The Rise of the Lipstick Men.

No, these aren't men who use lipstick, but men who not only take care of their skin, but are also using concealers and foundation powders in the privacy of their homes to look better. The aim is not to enhance or beautify, but to conceal imperfections.

I found this, ahem, very amusing to say the least. This is not really new, a lot of times I have seen male movie stars sporting kohl lined eyes (I remember there was a Saif Ali Khan, Diya Mirza movie - the one that has the song Zara zara - Saif wore kohl for most of the movie) and even a hint of pink lip tint (how do you think Shahid Kapoor has such pink lips), but this trend is now moving into the general public.

Honestly I think it is fine. Why should items be gender bound and denied to a section of society. For those who wish to indulge, it is great news. For those who don't, well that's fine too. It is all about choice. And people should have…

Are you scared of oil too?

As some of you might already know, both Anamika & I are great believers in the powers of Oil Cleansing Method. She has oily skin and I have combination - dry skin, yet both of us have benefited greatly from this technique.

But a lot of girls hate oil, as much as they hate the dreaded zit. An oil is the most misunderstood ingredient in skin care products and also the most 'unwanted'  - most girls clamour for products that cleanse every bit of oil from their face, skip the moisturiser or use one that is oil-free and somehow are still victims of acne, skin dullness, excessive oil production, dryness in patches.

Basically what has happened is that by stripping the face of oil by using harsh cleansers and oil blotting sheets - you send your pores into a tailspin who overcompensate by producing even more oil, which you instantly blot off.

Part of this dread is fueled by cosmetic companies. Using oil as cleanser has ancient roots. Greeks would smear and massage olive oil all o…

Choosing your makeup in the morning

Poohkie recently asked me

Since you have a LOT of blushes, how do you decide which one to wear every morning? With the little makeup I have, I end up taking AGES to choose which product to use...
I thought I would just expand her question, and give you a general idea on how I choose my makeup in the morning.

I generally choose my attire for the day first and that follows my choice of makeup.

For office, my makeup routine is fairly simple. The first product I choose is the eyeliner. Sometimes I match it to my outfit (Charcoal grey liner with a grey shirt) or stick to a simple deep dark brown when I am unsure.

Next I choose my lip color, this depends on my mood, my dress and also the occasion. Sometimes I use a light nude rose color, sometimes I use deeper plum or berry colors, smudged lightly onto my lip, or as a gloss.

It is the lipcolor that actually determines my choice of blush, so if I have used a light rose color, I tend to opt for softer pink blushes that match in tone. If I …

Do your feet blush?

I read a very, ahem, interesting post today on makeup products that have been launched abroad that help your feet fake the pinkish blush they had while you were a kid.

Honestly I don't really remember my feet ever being pink, but they are generally in pretty good shape. They do tend to tan rather quickly, because I am too lazy to slather sunscreen on them, and I also hate that sticky feeling I get when we apply lotion on the feet. But I do have a repertoire of great products & some tricks that help keep my feet in good shape.

1. Bleach for the feet: This is my quick fix method of dealing with the horrid tan lines I get on my feet. Since the skin on the feet is pretty thick, I don't suffer any redness and my feet match the rest of my legs in just 15 minutes. It is a little messy, so keep a newspaper handy to place your feet on while the bleach dries.

2. Khadi Dead Sea Mineral Salt Mixture: I use this atleast once a month to make a nice foot soak for my feet. This is a mixtu…