Beauty guide

Shades of Red – Colors of red lipstick needed by all women

One staple in every woman’s makeup bag has got to be red lipstick. But red lipstick come in every kind of shade and every formulation from most brands. So how to do pick the shade that is best for you? There is the now very known understanding of undertones. And this is about undertones and one shade of red lipstick. Warm undertones go better with warmer shades of red lipstick. But why? Frankly, I think when you wear undertones that do not match with yours, the color pop a lot more due to the stark contrast. So which all red lipstick does one really need.

Putting the kinds of formulation aside, I’m talking about colors of red lipstick. The subtle shade difference that makes the red look different on each skin tone. The difference in the color of red can because of the undertone of your skin. For example, Lady Danger from MAC looks pinkish on my warm undertone and a true red of my friend’s cooler undertone. Now those aside, these are truly the different kinds of red that (I think) every woman needs in her makeup bag.

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Organic skin care: For better or worse

Hey,

Skincare is not something I have had to deal with until very recently because I have fairly fuss free skin. Combination skin type with (lucky me) a high tolerance to most skincare and makeup products. But as I crossed my 24th birthday, I noticed the tiny lines around my eyes loss in overall natural glow of my skin. So as any worried 24 year old would be I set out to try out all the skin care products I could afford. What I kept in mind was that is something Michelle Phan said once, “if it’s going onto your skin directly, invest in good quality product”. I tried every drugstore skincare regime you can imagine. (buy the smallest size available if you are trying the product for the first time. Its economical and effective). Drugstore brands do give result, but they are more time oriented and the fact that most drugstore brands test on animals I decided to try the good ol’ organic route.

India is were ayurveda was born. Most people have rave reviews of the effects of ayurveda be it medicinal or not. The brand Kama Ayurveda claims to inculcate the knowledge of ayurveda directly into the products. So the products are 100% organic, cruelty free, paraben free, limited shelf life and truth be told a tab bit expensive. The company is very similar to Forest Essentials. Kama Ayurveda would be one price bracket below Forest Essentials in my opinion. I already gave a review of two products in my hair care blog Bhringadi for Hair

So my current skin care routine is mostly their products and I must say, they do show amazing results. If you can afford to splurge a little make sure its skin care and its this brand. ( Sensitive skin types can try out their cute little testers)

  1. Face-wash: This is the only only non Kama Ayurveda brand but a organic one none the less. The Body Shop Aloe Calming Foaming Facewash. This particular face wash is for sensitive skin (which I do not have). I use this one because it is least drying of all their face washes. It also leaves my skin really squeaky clean. But it is a pinch on the pocket but lasts forever. Seriously! I am into my second month with this bottle I am only half way through the bottle!
  2. Face-Scrub: This was what drew me to their skin care. The ‘Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub’ has amazing reviews online as well as on nykaa. One time use of this face scrub does not yield any spectacular results but with diligent use, my skin has a lit from within glow. I only need a small amount. I scrub my nose and my forehead (oily T-zone) and wash off with warm water. I use this once every two -three days. Unless I have had an extra dusty day while traveling and need a little deeper cleaning.
  3. Serum: Seeing the results of the scrub, i purchases the ‘Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid’. This is an ayurvedic night serum. The oil is termed as dry oil. Meaning the oil needs an hydrated surface to help spread more evenly. The sales assistant recommended I use the face mist. The process is to the mist the face and then spread 2-3 drops of the fluid over the skin. The fluid does have an ayurvedic scent. I personally do not find the scent overwhelming although I have read other blogs stating that the smell is overwhelming to them. Depends on personal preference. Even if the scent is overbearing, the benefits of this fluid is really worth a one hour of an uncomfortable scent.
  4. Face-oil: Depending on how tired my skin looks and feels, I might layer another product. Until recently I was using the Olay Total Effects Day cream at night because the product is heavily moisturizing for my combination skin. Off lately I have started to use the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formulae Skin Therapy Face Oil. I purchased it online after reading some goof reviews on the product. I apply the oil at night over the Kumkumadi night fluid. I personally do not have any major wrinkles, although I do feel like my skin is extremely hydrated and supple the next day.  The product does have retinol and the product does warn not to use the product prior to stepping out into the sun as retinol increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Hence I use it at night for an overnight treatment.

Depending on how my skin feels, I also might treat myself to a face mask (sheet mask or otherwise). If it is a sheet mask, the product does advice to rub the residue into the skin. But the treatment in the sheet masks tend to feel overly tacky on my skin. I wipe it off with a wash cloth and proceed with the Kama Ayurveda Night Serum.

The whole process (minus the sheet mask) takes about 10-15 mins. Well worth my time for the benefits I get. If any of you have had an allergic reaction to any product I’ve mentioned do leave a message. The information would be most welcome

XOXO

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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