Best Full Coverage Face Foundations in India

Today I am going to give out the list of my most favorite foundations that are available in India. These are the best ones that I found in the Indian market do share your favorites too in the comments section.

  1. Revlon Photoready Make up Foundation:

3-1  The Photoready foundation creates a dewy finish and makes the skin look glowy and supple. The foundation gets absorbed so soon that it looks like an extension of your own skin and has a long lasting stay. This is the perfect foundation for the weddings or party season as it gives that very fresh glowy party look. The best thing is that you don’t even need a concealer to hide your patches or zits. Since it comes with enough SPF you wont need a dab of sunscreen either. The packaging has a pump like most other foundations available.

Price: INR 850-1000.

Style Meter – 8.5

  1. Clinique Super Balanced Makeup Foundation:

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This clinique foundation is the best for women with combination or oily skin. It totally understands your skin, if you know what I mean. It gives complete coverage and you would not need any other product like a primer or a concealer. Depending on the oil content of your skin I recommend you may use a basic moisturizer if you need to. It does not break out or create any zits even on the most sensitive skin. It lasts long hours and only a very little quantity is used. It is the best product if you are looking for a more matte finish.

Price :  INR2500 approx

Style Meter – 9/10

  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:

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You all know how much I adore Estee Lauder products and this one is no different. This is one of the best full coverage foundations in the market and I am saying that out of experience. It settles so easily on the skin that you won’t even need a pressed powder over it. The only drawback is that it does not have enough SPF but it is good enough to go for most of your outings. It rests extremely easily on the skin providing a very long stay.

Price: INR 2790

Style Meter – 9/10

  1. Lakme Absolute White Intense Skin Cover SPF 25:

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The package comes in an attractive pump design, since it gets very easy to use, it becomes more travel friendly. It provides very good coverage which is very long lasting. You may need to create a moisturizer or a primer base to make your face more supple or you may just stick to a body oil like me. It is one of the cheapest foundations in my favorites.

Price – INR 630

Style Meter – 8.5/10

  1. Maybeline New York Fit Me Foundation:

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Oh I so love this foundation. It is m favorite in this range. It gives you complete coverage and you do not need any base at all. You would rarely need a concealer and once you blend it you are just good to go. It will easily last for four hours on your face and gives a glowy matte finish.

Price – INR 565

Style Meter – 9/10

 

New Launches by The Body Shop

The Body Shop will give us all the possible flavours for our daily lifestyle. I already love their strawberry and tea tree range and this Pinita Coloda looks quite promising as well. This is a very mild Caribbean flavour to soothe the senses for this season. They have launched Body Butter, Body Scrub and shower gel in this range.

Pinita Coloda Body Butter:
With a deliciously tropical scent this rich yet lightweight cream intensely hydrates skin for 24 hours making it the perfect post-beach body treat.
Price: Rs.1095 for 200ml

Pinita Coloda Body Scrub:
Blended with real shredded coconut this exotic exfoliator with a deliciously tropical scent helps reveal smoother, summer-ready skin.
Price: Rs.1295 for 250ml.

Pinita Coloda Shower Gel:
Soak up the summer feeling with Piñita Colada Shower Gel. Our soap-free, lather-rich formula refreshes and revitalises skin with a deliciously tropical scent.
Price: Rs.450 for 250ml.

Pinita Coloda Body Sorbet:
This ultra-lightweight texture gives you juicy burst of moisture with a deliciously fruity scent – perfect for quick freshen ups on your travels.
Price: Rs.825 for 200ml

The All New Tea Tree Range:

As I already told you that I love the tea tree range and I feel it works great for your skin in Indian harsh summers. It is only from October that our skin starts feeling better and we need a completely new beauty regime with another range.
TBS is always launching something new and exciting. They have morphed the existing Tea Tree Range with new skin-clearing champions and this will target pimples, dull skin, blemishes and patchy skin. They have 3 products in this range:
* The Kickass Cleanser – New 3-in-1 Wash.Scrub.Mask
* The Daily Skin Avenger – New Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution (basically a serum)
* The Blemish Targeter – Tea Tree Oil

Do let me know your experiences with these new products by The Body Shop.

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How to use a Beauty Blender

Eons ago we would see our mothers using her fingers to blend the makeup on to her skin. It would always intrigue me as I thought it worked well but never was a 100 % look. Somebody sitting in some other corner of the world would have understood that there stays a need or the product that helps the women blend the kind of makeup that they want to.

Beauty blenders the small little foam ball like cotton ball that helps you even out your makeup very well. With contouring being a regular fashion for most of the girls today beauty blenders just can’t come out of our vanity kits. Like we have all other tools like makeup brushes, eyelash curler a beauty blender is a must for all of us.

You got it right today we will be talking about beauty blenders. You may not be very excited but trust me once you get the hands on it; it is like any other tool that we use, it becomes a part of your daily routine. You may if you are like me, will never want to look back. Since it is very easy to use you will get familiar with is very soon.

How to use a Beauty Blender –

1.Take the beauty blender and run it under tap water.

  1. Squeeze the excess water to make sure no water is dripping off the sponge.
  2. Now dot the foundation,concealer,blush over the desired areas of the face.

Why is it the wonder blender?

  • It gets you more effect with lesser quantity of the product, and the pointed tip allows you to get into every nook and cranny—under eyes, around the nose, along the lips.
  • It corrects all your mistakes of a wrong blusher, a dark bronzer or anything else. It just evens out your complete face.
  • It protects you from the sun by giving you full coverage with a sunscreen lotion, you may not realize but a drop of it is just enough.

 

Price

INR 1500 on Beauty Bay
INR 1999 on Nykaa

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Moroccan Argan Oil, the truth unfolded

You all might be wondering the hue and cry Moroccan Argan Oil has created in the beauty circuit. Argan oil which has a consistency like Olive Oil is said to be highly beneficial for the skin and hair. It contains vitamin A which encourages your skin cells to grow thereby making the skin look lustrous than ever before. Moroccan Argan Oil is said to be the best form of Argan Oil available.

I have the truth sorted out for you for Moroccan Argan Oil and I am listing down the best ways you can use it for –

  1. Night Cream

I think it shows best results when you are asleep. After removing your makeup or cleansing your face with a face wash, your face tends to look drier. You can take a few drops of Moroccan Argan Oil and gently massage on your face and neck. You will be surprised to see the glow next morning.

  1. Foot care

You have cracks in your ankle, the best way is to massage your feet with Moroccan Argan Oil regularly twice a day for a few days. Do it after cleaning your feet properly. It will not only smoothen your skin but show a beautiful glow on your feet.

  1. Hair care

I really don’t have to tell this to my girls, we all know that Moroccan Argan Oil can do wonders with your hair. It gives your hair volume and luster. It also gives the beautiful shine in photographs that you are always looking for.

  1. Stretch marks

We all have those shameful stretch marks somewhere or the other on our bodies and you may use Moroccan Argan Oil regularly and remove those stretch marks from your skin. With daily usage it is said to show you great results.

  1. Frizzy Hair

If you have frizzy hair and you survive only on the mercy of the season and silky potions Moroccan Argan Oil can work wonders for you. You may just take a few drops in a cotton ball after washing your hair and highlight your scalp. Once this is done you may get back to your comb or hand combing however you like it.

Moroccan Argan Oil has not disappointed me ever so I am sure even you will have a good time using it. Do share your experiences with it and how else you would like to use this magical product.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

Hello my lovelies, every time that I go lipstick surfing red color is always my go to. I agree with all the girls who say a tint of red color can do wonders for us. I would judge a lipstick by its red color and then decide it is worth buying or no. Recently I stumbled upon this NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream online and I have always fallen for the reds by NYX. So I picked up NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam after seeing the swatches.

NYX used to be my favorite since my high school much before online businesses came into existence. I got one from a big shop in Mumbai and I lost it on the day of bae’s birthday. I was so full of myself that day that I didn’t realize dropping my wallet and also my favorite red lipcolor.

Product Claims – Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this Matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a Matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some Matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.

Price – 8ml for INR 600

Lip creams are a revolution in the lipcolor segment; I have loved them for their ease of use and rich color. Lip creams come in a packaging like a gloss and dry up like a matte lipstick. The best thing is it does not chap your lips like a normal matte lipstick would do. You might want to use a lip balm as a base if you have superdry and chapped lips like I do.

You can use two lip cream shades and create the perfect ombre lips that are the in thing of the day. Create a base with a lip balm and use a dark shade lip cream for the first color. Add the other lighter shade to create an ombre impression and finish with a transparent gloss.

The color is the prettiest red, it has that English touch to it. It still is quite bright but giving me a desired look every time. It suits very well for my traditional as well as my western outfits. I love to pair it with my black dresses.

Style Meter – 8.5/10

Pros of Matte Soft Lip Cream Amsterdam

  • I love the shade, it is the most wearable red
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • It spreads very evenly on the skin
  • Non transfer, longlasting formula

Cons of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

  • Little extra dry for my lips

How to cure Shoe Bites

Shoes Shoes Shoes!!! we love them much more than we hate them. I keep wondering who was the person who designed a woman’s shoe which is so uncomfortable yet so stylish.  Our feet are never shaped pointed in the front and rounded at the back. Like all of you, even I stand for the quest to find the right shoe every time I go shopping but since I have flat feet buying heels for me is a task at another level. I may buy shoes which look pretty and which are fairly comfortable but then come the ‘shoe bites’ – very innocent piece of my skin which has become a water-bubble and now the problem starts. The blister will remain for a few days and the mark will take months to go. So here is what you can do to cure shoe bites and shoe marks altogether.

How to cure shoe bites

How to cure Shoe Bites –

  1. Butter – Butter has natural healing properties and a shoe bite is usually created by the friction between the shoe and our skin. If you are able to layer your skin and avoid direct contact, your problem is solved. It is advised to massage butter on the prone areas and wash it with luke warm water before wearing a shoe.
  2. Potato juice – as much as it sounds surprising but potato is an age old technique to stay away from shoe bites. You just need to rub the potato slice on your skin. It is also said that potato helps in removing corns as well.
  3. Olive oil and honey – You should mix equal portions of olive oil and honey and create a solution. Use a cotton swab to rub it over the affected area. It will not only help treat your shoe bites but it will also help you to remove your old scars and marks.
  4. White tape – medical tape has worked the best for me. I usually keep my small toe covered with white medical tape before wearing my heels. It makes sure that I don’t get any shoe bites so there is no problem of marks.

These are a few things you can do to stay away from shoe bites but as long as we love stilettos we just can’t avoid shoe bites completely.

BBlunt Full on Volume Shampoo for Fine Hair Review

You all know that I have thin hair and I was looking for something that could easily fix my problem. Today I will post BBlunt Full on Volume Shampoo for Fine Hair Review. I have chosen this product due to good reviews of people after using Bblunt hair products, I have also visited the Bblunt saloon in Mumbai and I quite liked their work. Infact, hair products from a saloon is a new phenomenon in India and I really feel we should encourage such things to come forward.

Bblunt has a shampoo for almost every kind of hair so this time you can pick up customized products to suit your hair type. They have something for dry hair, frizzy hair, curly hair and thin hair so you have a lot to pick up from. My hair is thin and becomes the very next day of hair wash so ideally if I want the bounce every day I need to wash my hair at least 4 times in a week. So I went ahead and got this online from Nykaa sale.

Product description

Specially designed for fine hair, this conditioner moisturizes without weighing your hair down. Enjoy big, bouncy hair that feels alive. Specially created for Indian hair with a unique colour protect formula.

Price:

Rs. 500 for 400 ml.

Shelf Life:

24 months from packaging

Packaging –

The bottle is shaped like an hour glass so it becomes not so travel friendly. The bottle gets heavier on the lower part and you can’t keep it tilted or something. The nozzle may also leak out some extra shampoo more than you require so it leads to wastage as well. The product is available only in one size so you can’t buy other packages.

Texture –

The shampoo is white in colour. The shampoo has a thick creamy texture. You need to dilute the shampoo to spread it easily on water. The shampoo is really creamy and it almost melts in you hands. It is like applying hair cream to clean your hair.

The shampoo lets your scalp feel fresh after every wash and provides definite volume to your hair. Though if you are looking for amazing results this product is not for you. But it is a good regular usage product.

Style Meter – 7.5/10

 

 

5 ways to get rid of Dark Circles and Puffy eyes

Dark Circles and Puffy eyes have become our friends since the time we went into the party scene. Most Saturday mornings at work I over use kohl to hide my puffy eyes. You may have dark circles due to hereditary reasons or your lifestyle. Some times our sleep patterns are bad due to various reasons or we might be suffering because of working late in the nights. I have a few things you could do to reduce your dark circles make you look fresh every morning.

  1. Cucumber Slices – Putting cucumber eyes to soothe your eyes is an age old technique practiced even before under – eye creams were conceived of. You can use freshly cut cucumbers and keep it on your eyes for some time. It is advisable that you sleep after putting them for best results.
  2. Potato slices – Most of us would not know but potato slices can show great results in reducing the puffiness from the eyes. Potato also has a light cooling effect which will make your eyes relaxed after a hard day at work.
  3. Tea bags – Tea bags can be used after they are put in the freezer for a few minutes for best results. You should pick up two tea bags and freeze them for about half an hour. Put them on your eyes and let it do its wonders. It is advisable to use green tea bags. Drinking green tea and putting the tea bags on your eyes will have complete health benefits.
  4. Under Eye Cream – Having an eye care regime is as important as having a skin care regime and you should not abstain yourself from picking a good under eye cream and using it regularly. After all your beauty lies in your eyes.
  5. Almond Oil – Almond oil obviously won’t be able to make you as happy as the under eye cream or green tea bags but it will show good results on regular usage. You just need to take a drop on your fingers and gently massage the eye area. Wash your eyes if irritation persists for long.

 

5 ways to do up an old sari

We all have our mother’s or grand- mother’s beautiful saree collection that none of them wears. Moreover that stuff is so intricate and expensive that they would not want to give away easily. When I got down to open my grand-mom’s wardrobe shortly after she passed away I can’t start to tell you what amazing clothes I saw. She had saved her wedding saree and a lot of other sarees in designs I would not know of. With a few I loved the colors, with a few others I loved their borders and a few were made of such material which had not spoiled in so many years. I had the privilege of getting her wedding saree and all of you know what will be my next pick for a friend’s wedding.

  • Dye

Some clothes get dirty with time or some times a light color would not look as vibrant as it did earlier. The best thing is to go your dyer and dye it in a darker shade. It is advisable to keep the color family same for best results or else you could go with black. One can never go wrong with a sexy black saree.

  • Blouse

Even if you pick up your an old saree I still insist on getting a new blouse. Even if you fit in it might not look as stunning. Opt in for a contrasting print with a plain saree and get it designed with the best back neck and add a latkan with a deep back to add oomph.

  • Silver / Golden

If you are absolutely not sure of the print combination you can go for the evergreen silver or gold depending on the color of work your sari has. Or you may just get a smart golden and silver blouse to avoid any confusion when you are borrowing sarees from anyone.

  • Border

A border can be your savior when you are trying to renew an old sari go to market and pick up a printed border. Since floral and tie & dye is quite in you can go for the same border blouse combination to complete the look. It can help you add bling to a plain saree.

 

  • Stitch

A stitch in time can save nine, literally when you fee you need to add glam to the old sari go for a different stitch. You could get the palla and get it attached to an entirely different fabric to create a new look. Half patterns are still available in the market and stitching also means no draping :)

When I picked up my grand-mom’s saree I went ahead and got a sexy golden blouse and brought life to the purple golden sari.