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May Favs and Flops

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Hello, MID-June. This year is just swooshing past like my monthly bank balance. It took me a while to click the lackluster photos { Kerala Monsoons ⛈, you can challenge me another day} and hence, the 10-day delay in posting. So, here are my favs and flops for the month of May.

FAVS


Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer l $25

Ok, for the first time in forever, I have to nod my head in agreement. There is a reason why the whole beauty community is raving about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and that reason is: It's Freaking AMAZING!!! *stops hyperventilating*

I purchased the shade, Tan Sand which is exactly similar to my skin tone, I don't necessarily use concealer 2 shades lighter under my eyes, it's more of a natural hide-those-dark-circles kinda process for me. This shade works perfectly well for that purpose. The product does smell nice, and the wand on the applicator is huge and can dispense too much product if you are not careful.

Comes in a convenient packaging and I apply few tiny dots on the dark circles and blend with my PAC concealer brush. I haven't been able to cover the entire darkness though, reasons being:

a. I am not color correcting kinda person.
b. I use very little product.

This is definitely a full coverage concealer and you can definitely go the whole 9 yards with this one if required.

Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream l $39

Caudalie is a brand that I was introduced to recently. I bought a value set, that contained the moisturizer along with few other skin essentials. I have been loving the moisturizer. The smell is refreshing and the product glides on smoothly and makes my skin plump and hydrated. I am an oily skin girl, and for me, hydration means soft skin.

One major gripe though, I have to use a little more that peanut size product to cover my entire face <talk about being a fat face>, no really, so, I am not sure how long the tube will last. Definitely, purchasing the full size during the November sale.


Inglot YSM Cream Foundation l INR 1100

Oldie but a goodie. This is by far the best medium coverage foundation I own, the color match is spot on and so is the finish. The finish is satin and I wear the shade 52. The shade has the perfect undertone for medium to tan skin. Stays without breaking up on me for 4 hours (Note: I am extremely oily).

FLOPS


Forever 21 Charcoal Blotting Paper l INR 149

How does it feel like to rub paper on the face, well, buy the blotting paper and find it out yourself. This does nothing for my face, leave the blotting part, the only saving grace, the packaging. The outer package has cute yogi cats that lure unsuspecting oily girls into their trap.

Milk Makeup Liquid Strobe in Gleam l $24

My bashing is solely based on the miniature that I received in the Sephora Sunkissed Glow Favs set. First, the roller ball packaging, I mean the product is thick, making it difficult to use with the roller ball. Hardly any product comes out after 5 minutes of vigorous hitting, and then what comes out is a sparkly mess of glitters. I get the whole highlighting trend, but the excessive sparkly glow, well, no thank you ji!

SWATCHES



So what are your May favorites?

Anti-Haul : Summer Edition

Friday, May 26, 2017


Before I actually share my Sephora VIB sale haul, I want to be a Negative Nancy, and share few products with you that I will not be spending my hard-earned quids on.

Tarte Magic Wands Brush Set l INR 3000
Image: Tarte Website

Unicorns and rainbows, as a 30-year-old grown-up woman, Unicorns doesn't excite me as much as ponies. Well, I am way over with this trend and I just don't understand the whole Unicorn Movement. The brush set looks more like a collector's item than a useful tool and me ain't no 5-year old to jump around the prospects of having magical Unicorns on my dresser.

Too Faced x Kandee Johnson 'I want Kandee' Eyeshadow Palette l $45

Image: Allure
I am vary of Too Faced collabs. Let's just ignore the fact that 'Unicorns don't grow in the Amazon' (link), but lately, Too Faced has been a major let down. They come out with similar looking items but in cutesy packaging. It's like recycling the gift you received on your wedding (no, I ain't about that life). The shades look just like so many of their other recent launches, and I doubt if it would be woman of color friendly. The shades seem to have a lot of white pigment and would look chalky on tan skin.

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette l $129

This palette has my name written all over it, but my wallet doesn't agree. I just don't know if ever I would purchase a single palette worth this much quids. My only gripe is the cost, otherwise, I would have purchased this palette with my eyes closed.

Kylie Cosmetics x KKW Collection l $45

Image: Kylie Cosmetics Website

Do makeup companies realize that there are skin tones darker than NC35? This collection was knocked out of the radar when Trendmood posted the first glimpse. 4 shades, and each and every one of them looking like clones with different undertones. The finish is also something that I don't fancy, glossy finish does not go well with my wild hair which has a tendency to get a little cozy with the lips. The only shade I can see work for me is "Kimmie", which doesn't make the kit a worth of a hassle to purchase.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palatte l $45

Image: Ebay

I am over the highlight game, I am sick and tired. I have enough highlighters to last me in this life and afterlife. The last highlighter palette that I invested in was the Becca x Chrissy palette. I have no regrets about the Becca palette as it's more of a face palette than just a highlight palette with blush, bronzer et all. The Huda Beauty highlight palette hype, however, I am not buying into, and if I ever want to switch my career and be a makeup artist (who am I kidding), I have the ABH That Glow palette at my disposal.

So what are the summer releases that you are not interested in?

What's In My Sister's Makeup Bag

Saturday, May 13, 2017



Meet, the mini-me, my 21-year old cousin sister who inherits half of my makeup if I were to end this #makeuphoarding way of life. Bhavs is your typical bubbly MBA student who is as crazy about makeup #sistergoals and can wing it like a pro. Handing over to Bhavs as she reveals, "WHAT'S IN HER MAKEUP BAG".
Bhavs:

For a casual day out, I usually go for a bold winged eyeliner, keeping rest of my makeup quite subtle. I have an oily to combination skin, inclining more towards the oily skintype. So it’s very important to me that the products I use are long wearing and don’t require much retouching.

These are few of the products that I use on a day to day basis.




Patanjali Saundarya Aloe Vera Gel l INR 150

For anyone looking for an alternative for a primer, on a shoestring budget, this aloe vera gel is THE answer. There are a lot of benefits of using aloe vera gel on your skin, no surprises there. Not only does it act as a barrier between the makeup and your skin, it also fills in the pores and wrinkles, creating a perfect canvas for you to work on.
Not only this, I’ve also found that it is very effective in controlling oily skin and shine. As a result, the makeup looks a lot smoother and lasts longer.

Usage 

Take some product and warm it up between your fingers. Apply it evenly on your face, starting with your nose and forehead and then moving on to the rest of the face. Once you feel the texture getting tacky, you simply have to dab. Wait for 3-4 minutes before you start applying the rest of your makeup.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte And Poreless Foundation l INR 525

This will come as no surprise when I say that this foundation is by far one of my most loved drugstore foundations. For ladies with oily skin, this foundation is a miracle liquid in a glass bottle. A single layer of this foundation is enough for me to correct my skin for a smooth base and gives me the required amount of coverage, but feel free to layer it up if you wish. The formula is lightweight so it definitely feels more skin like and is very comfortable for a everyday wear.

Usage

You could apply this foundation using your fingers or a brush, but for me personally, I prefer a makeup sponge, and I use the PAC beauty blender. It does the job quickly and gives me a smooth even base. 


Lakme 9to5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact l INR 400

I started using this compact a year ago, and cannot seem to put it down. It gives me the perfect matte finish that I’m always looking for. I just apply it on my oil-prone area. Although it requires retouching every 2 hours, I am quite happy with the product.

Usage 

I apply it with a powder brush (which works fine, btw), and have recently started using my makeup sponge to apply it in dabbing motions and it has increased it’s lasting power by eons.    


Lakme Absolute Shine Liquid Eyeliner l INR 250

I am an eyeliner junkie. I go crazy and have tried almost all the drugstore liners available in Indian market, yet I always seem to come back to this eyeliner.
It not only dries matte black but also stays put for a long time. Since I like my eyeliner to be ultra matte and super black, I do retouch it with the Faces Magneteyes Kajal, not only does it make it last longer but also helps make it super dark.


Maybelline Hyper Curl Volume Express Mascara l INR 325  

Who doesn’t love full and voluminous eyelashes! This mascara is perfect for everyday wear and gives me super curly and voluminous lashes, this is by far my favorite mascara. This mascara is waterproof and stays put during the hottest of days, which is basically what every working or college going person's ultimate makeup goal.


Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in High Tea l INR 250

By now you all would have guessed that I love a full matte makeup and so it’s no surprise when I say that I prefer a matte lipstick for everyday wear. The Colorbar velvet matte lipsticks are super matte as they claim. The ‘’High Tea’’ shade is the perfect nude lipstick for me. For a long lasting effect and to avoid any transfer, I usually apply a translucent powder on top of this, or for that matter any lipstick. This trick right here is a complete game changer. It not only helps in prolonging the lasting time of the product but also makes it super matte.

So, hae you used any of the above products?

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