Life, Orders and Purchases

Colourpop: International Payment and Shipping

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I know I’m a little late to the party when it comes to this brand of makeup. Colourpop is now famous for provided luxury type of quality in drugstore range of price, sometimes even for economical.

Since I don’t have a credit card to make online purchases for post International websites that offer international shipping I was pleased to know that Colourpop does accept Paypal which I fortunately activated for my SB account for payment for an exam. The process to activate Paypal is extremely easy. It only requires you to activate your account by making a $12 payment. The amount is debited from your account and is remitted back into your account within 30 days. This option of Paypal enables me to make online purchases from international websites without the necessity of having a credit card. I wanted from Em Cosmetics but it currently does not ship to India. Though some companies accept Paypal not all of them do. This is an option for you guys who do not have a credit card.

When it comes to using Paypal for purchasing from Colourpop, you do not even have to enter address details because of the details provided by Paypal during successful payment. Continue reading “Colourpop: International Payment and Shipping”

Beauty, Beauty guide

Makeup Brush: A Beginner’s Guide

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A decade back the only worth while makeup brush available in India was the professional version of Vega (Indian Brand) which was a shade better than their normal counterparts, and that is not saying much. During my initial journey of makeup, there was not much information available in the internet as to which makeup brushes to use for application of creams and powders. Things are very different today. Many blogs and videos I’ve read show a great number of brushes required but I believe I can shorten the list even more for people just dabbing into makeup. This set can be used for those who are travelling and want to carry the bare minimum requirements.

There are two most basic categories. 1. Face and 2. Eyes

Face: One good foundation sponge is all you really require. Flat foundation brushes or dense buffer brushes tend to give a heavier coverage.The sponge will consume the excess product and ensure that you have an even natural layer of foundation.  If you are going for minimum foundation application, this sponge will be ideal. This sponge can also be used for application of concealer and blending cream blushes. Just apply the brush with your fingers and blend with the sponge It is really getting good use out of your sponge. Colourbar foundation sponge (Buy here) is a good option for people on a tighter budget. If you have a bit more spending capacity, ditch the beauty blender and go for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (Buy from amazon Here)

Powdering your face is key so that your makeup does not slip and slide. Instead of going for the larger brush, go for one that is smaller in size. You could also make do with a blush brush. The reason being the smaller size will have you deposit powder in more precise location such as under the eyes and chin. This brush could also be doubled for a blush brush. Your powder brush could be further used to highlight and contour your face. (Just ensure you clean the brush on a ply of tissue after each use.

Eyes: Unless you are blessed with Cara Delevingne brows, you are going to need to support those awesome eyebrows. If you are trying to limit your products pick a dark taupe eyeshadow (for us brown skin ladies) that you can also double up to contour you eyes, nose and cheeks. Application of the powder is done by an angled brush where the bristles are tightly packed. If you are using an brown eyeliner with you brow brush then you will need a spoolie to blend out your eyebrows.

When dealing with eye shadows, primarily you would require two but I often make do with just one. That is a blending brush. And I still use my Vega professional eye blending brush. Unless I’m going for a colored smokey eye, I can usually make up a night time eye look using my fingers and blending brush. My fingers are substitutes for a flat shader brush. Its usually because I’m very reluctant to wash my brushes after each use so I try to minimize the number of brushes I use. PAC makes amazing brushes at an economical price. Check out Nykaa.com or Amazon.in

No look can be completed without an eyelash curler. Replace the rubber strip regularly or wash the lash curler to keep it clean and hygienic. If you don’t own one use the tried and tested method of a spoon or crimping your lashes using your fingers.

Unless you are rocking a precise red lip, you can skip the lip brush for lipstick application. Use the lipstick bullet or wand of your favorite lip gloss or liquid lipstick to pull your look together.

Remember it will take time for you to get used to applying makeup with the brush. Just be patient, use a light hand and practice.

Good Luck

XO

Life

Teenager to Adult: How to tackle your early 20s

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I know most people tend to write about the significance of your entire 20s, and it is very useful, but having crossed over into the post 25s, I’ve realized a LOT happens during the time you hit legal adulthood at 18.

At 17 you are still in high school, pressured by parents, teachers or even yourself to keep a good track record of grades and curricular activities to make application to graduate school more appealing. Once you get into college, its a whole other ball game. While there are some people who study close to home, there are many starry eyed youngsters venturing out into the world for the first by heading to hostels and dormitories. No amount of advice and prep talk can actually prepare you for how that kind of freedom feels like. I remember eagerly leaving home and living in hostel till graduation and I never felt home sick. I was excited. Looking back, I suppose a part of it was due to the fact that I was going to Manipal University. Whichever college you head to, there are a few headlights that you get hit by.

  1. The freedom you get is a trust that is placed in you by your folks to not screw up. They are setting you free but watch you from the corner of their eye. Don’t screw that up. Its natural to want to experiment a few things here and there in college. I would even advice you to try because it is the only way you know for sure what truly interests you. When to draw the line? Listen to your gut. Its there for a reason.
  2. One true friend is better than a hundred acquaintances.  Finding friends is not easy. You can sharpen your socializing skills here. Meet more people. When you do find them,  keep ’em close. You won’t get them in all walks of your life. Friends are the family you get to choose. So choose wisely.
  3. Unless you’ve done away with your virginity when you were in high school, Its very likely that this is the time period when you are going to be intimate with someone. Try not to fall to peer pressure. Having said that I also would advice on NOT waiting for perfection to walk up. If you have serious feelings for a person who you can be honest and connect with go for it. Having said that, Sex when you aren’t in the mood is a painful and awkward process. Be honest with your partner.
  4. Take your studies seriously. Its why you went there. Keep a decent GPA. The reason being is that most companies will have a minimum requirement of CGPA. One thing I did not consider, which I had, was the percentage conversion. CGPA to percentage could drastically reduce your overall mark which may cause a problem when trying to meet the required criteria.  So depending on your college and job opportunities, do your homework and find out the minimum requirement and trying keeping a few points above that to be safe. You will thank yourself for the extra hard work when you are job hunting.

College is going to open your eyes to whole load of new experiences and people. Try to keep an open mind and not judge. Circumstances and situation greatly change our course of action so be prepared for a few hurdles. Overall this early adulthood is the time when most people turn into the butterfly you are meant to be. This time is unique because you have almost all advantages of being an adult without the worries of adult life (bills, targets, etc). Try to forge your friendships and gather as many memories you can. Life goes by way too fast to not enjoy the moment.

Good Luck!