We all have had days when we hate to remove our make-up and trust me on most days we hate to got through the whole process of removing face makeup. Recently I noticed my skin was not as smooth as it used to be courtesy parties. Though I should not blame it; because the real reason was just wiping my face with a tissue and sleeping with at least the base layer.
Most dermatologists stress on Makeup removal as something more important than putting good makeup and it should be a part of your makeup regime. It is as important as brushing your teeth at night otherwise your mouth bacteria will start acting up.
After figuring out a lot of things, I found out these top 5 reasons never to sleep in your Makeup –
- Clogging Pores
We all know what makeup does to us, it covers up all our pores giving us the perfect flawless look. We have become so used to the age old foundation and what not on top of it we have our face primers, highlighters, pressed powders, contouring colors. Your skin may belong to any category but clogging your pores is never a good idea if you want to make your skin shine. It starts with small break outs and coverts to pimples and blemishes very soon.
- No No to Foundation
Most doctors say that the base is the worst product to leave on to your face and it should be removed daily for regular application. When makeup like this is not properly removed it results in the breakdown of collagen, wrinkles, clogged pores, and acne flare-ups. And you might be still blaming it on your junk diet.
- Eye Makeup
With the amount of love we create our dramatic eyes it is equally important to spend and equivalent amount of time removing every layer of the smokey eyes or the cat eyed liner. Eye make up can do more harm than most other products, it can easily result in red eyes, eye infections, irritation and heating of eyes. Mascara is supposed to damage your eyelids too when not removed properly and never sleep with artificial lashes the gum can spoil your tender skin.
- Lipstick sticking to the lips
Your left over lipstick will increase the chapping of your lips many fold. Many lipsticks contain drying waxes which help the lipstick to last longer on to lips. Ideally you need to remove your lipstick and put a nice lip balm on your lips after removing the lipstick to keep your lips baby soft.
- The Best part
So after all this you must be wondering what really is required that you remove your make-up. You have various options to choose from – make up removing wipes and makeup removers. Make sure you pick up something that is oil based so that your make up comes off very easily. You just need to take a cotton ball and cleanse your face and eyes. Sometimes eye makeup gets more rigid and takes more time. After cleaning just apply little night cream on your face and non- tinted lip balm for best results.
L’Oreal has introduced a new range of colorful eye pencils with gel liners under the Cannes collection. These are called L’Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliners. While this is a breath of fresh air and is very different from the L’Oreal Kajal magique and the different colored eye pencils from Lakme, Maybelline or Faces cosmetics.
The product says, ‘Indulge your eyes in silk with Silkissimeby Infallible. Glide on smooth intensity with our first silk inspired liquid pencil. The smudge-proof formula lasts for up to 16-hours of intense color from dusk until dawn. Gives a delicate, silky shiny look with ultimate perfection in a single stroke. Available in 8 vibrant shades.’ The shades are –
- Pure Purple
- Cobalt Blue
- True Teal
These L’Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliners are a gel liners which are way too creamy. Since the product needs to be sharpened for re-use which is not user friendly. Tip breaks away very easily only on a single usage. Though you may use it as a base but creating a fine line with these eyeliners is a big issue.
I feel not very comfortable with the idea of sharpening eye pencils because then they loose the fine tip finish. Though I am pretty impressed with the wide variety of colors and I would have tried them all but my experience was not too great with the four I got.
The best part is that stays for quite a long time. Once you put this on you do not have to refresh it throughout the day. It can be on its own and doesn’t smudge later. The color is well defined and you can give it a try if you have a thing for colors like I do.
Price – INR 575 for 1.10g
- The colors
- The gel finish
- The ease of application and availability
- Too expensive
- a lot of it goes waste in breaking
- sharpening is not easy and since the tip breaks it cannot give an even finish after the first use
Style Meter – 7/10
This Summer/Spring collection of Lakme Fashion Week brought about a new trend on the runway – Illuminate. Illuminate by definition means something that has an inner glow that shines and sparkles by itself. If you are someone keeping track of international makeup trends you would have definitely followed up on the illuminate technique of makeup and its product.
LAKMÉ ABSOLUTE ILLUMINATE is a collection by Lakme where it has a got a collection of new face makeup with a lot of shimmer and shine. I am loving how illuminate technique is making its way in our lives and I really like the collection.
Lakme Illuminate Collection has –
- 11 Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist
- 3 Lakme Absolute Precision Artist Eye Liner
- 2 Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette
- 15 Lakme Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer
Gel Stylist is a set of 11 nail paints which are good to go with all your outfits.
The Lakme Absolute Precision Artist Eye Liner is a retractable pencil with a rubber grip from the Lakme Illuminate Collection. The pencil is shaped differently unlike most other kohl pencils. The texture is creamy and something between a pencile and a liner. Since it has a great finish you can use it in various ways. You can easily outline your eyes and give a little oomph your eyes in just a few minutes. it is creamy enough and does not bleed easily, once you have got the perfect color with a few strokes it does not transfer. The pencil glides almost perfectly and has three colors – Burnished Brown, Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue. It is priced at 850
The Lakme Absolute Lip Shimmer is a new range of shimmery lipsticks from the illuminate collection. I always like shimmery lipsticks but I am not too fond of Lakme lipsticks because of a distinct strong smell they have. I find it in most of their lipsticks like this one too. These lipsticks are available in 15 shades and I am sure you can take your pick. These colors have a varied range of red and pinks. It is priced at 700.
The Lakme Absolute Illuminate Eye Shadow is available in two variants – Gold and Silver. This is the first time where Lakme has created shimmery eye shadow pallet and I would have them add on to a few more colors. Though I still feel the pallet has very wearable colors and you can use them for most of your outings. You might use them more for highlighting than for the shadow itself. It is priced at 995
Style Meter – 7/10
I am a hoarder for great scents so you can very well understand my love for The Body Shop products. Firstly let me tell you what a body sorbet is – Sorbet is frozen desert made of flavored sweetened water. If you ever had to apply strawberry sorbet on your body, it would feel exactly similar to the The Body Shop Strawberry Body Sorbet.
Recently I picked up The Body Shop Strawberry Body Sorbet from the local store. While I had to choose from the other flavors like The Body Shop Moringa Body Sorbet, The Body Shop Satsuma Body Sorbet and The Body Shop Mango Body Sorbet but since I have never tried something in strawberry scent I went ahead with this product.
The product comes in a soft plastic tube with a flip open cap which is perfect to let out the exact amount you need. It neither sticks nor oozes out while travelling.
The Body Shop Strawberry Body Sorbet has a very soft liquid like texture which is very easy to apply and can be absorbed well by any type of skin type. You gently need to massage it on your skin for best results. It is very light and refreshing and seems ideal for summers or humid climate. It has a fresh strawberry like scent which is light and nice which stays for some time after application.
Although it does not provide enough moisture if you have very dry skin or if you want to use it for winters. It would have been better if it had little more hydrating powers and people with oily and combination skin could have used it any time.
I still feel it’s USP is the sweet and fresh strawberry fragrance. While application it does not smell anything away from strawberries and that’s why it seems to be my favorite.
- light weighted
- easy application
- easily available
- non oily
- not hydrating enough
- can’t be used in winters
Style Meter – 8/10
As winter sets in it brings with itself a lot of skin woes. The skin dries and most people face problems with dandruff. Since we bathe with warm water, the need for an anti dandruff shampoo becomes inevitable. While you are still thinking about what to buy I have a list of 7 best Anti-Dandruff shampoos according to our list. You can pick and choose any brand according to your likes and brand preference.
This my list of a few favorite best anti dandruff shampoo
- Fab India Tea Tree Shampoo for Dandruff Control
Made with tea tree oil, this shampoo helps control dandruff by unblocking clogged hair follicles. It protects the scalp from bacterial and fungal problems, keeping the hair healthy . I have had a good experience with this product. 250 ml for 350
- Lotus Herbals Kera Veda Neemactiv Neem and Reetha Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Neem helps relieve dry and itchy scalp, dandruff and reetha makes the hair silky, shiny and stronger, thus encouraging hair growth. Squeeze out some quantity on the palm of your hand. 150ml for 145
- The Body Shop Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo
This shampoo contains real ginger extracts to remove dandruff. It helps to remove flakes and create a clear feel. It has a very effective flake cleaning as it has ginger root extracts. Since it belongs to The Body Shop you can be sure of what it gives you. 400ml for 1095
- Wella Professional Anti Dandruff shampoo
Wella is a brand known for its professional range. You can surely give this a try when you are looking for a change. 250ml for 550
- Biotique Bio Margosa Anti Dandruff Shampoo
Biotique is a brand known all over because of its natural products. Eliminates the dryness, flaking and itching associated with dandruff. Leaves hair fresh, lustrous and full of natural body. Since it is herbal it can be used daily. 190ml for 152
- Matrix Biolage Anti Dandruff Shampoo
Matrix has become a favorite of various women in a very short span of time. It works very well to remove flakiness and can be used for clean and fresh feel. 200ml for 205
I would love to hear about your favorite anti dandruff shampoo.
With Christmas right here we all want to make our loved ones a little happier. You may or may not believe in Santa Claus but we all believe in gifts during Christmas and for a few days we want to believe that Santa Claus is real. With the Christmas trend setting in we also have the Secret Santa process at our workplaces and why would you not do it for your special someone.
A planner is an age old gift but you can still do it for 2016. You can buy a quirky planner from the various websites or create your own with a collage of your pictures and lovely messages on the cover. What is more lovable than a personalized gift for this festive season!
Trust me, your man loves when you do it in style for him. A quirky boxer is something that he likes and will be able to use it too. Seems better than the gifts that rest in your drawing rooms and are never opened. You will get ample of options from websites.
No Christmas party is complete without daru and none without beautiful glasses to pour your favorite drink. You have a wide variety to choose from tequila glasses to wine glasses and it is just a way of hinting at your favorite bottle.
While Facebook is showing you a list of your best memories from the past year and we can inspiration and create a collage of the best moments. Do not make picture collages but take a pen and paper and note down all the best moments spent with your special someone. Adding a dash of personal touch always makes the gift more special.
Christmas stationery never gets out of vogue, you can pick up from your favorite table accessories like a pen stand, mouse pad or anything else that can be used. You can always get a pretty Santa Claus cap to add to your gift.
Let us know what you finally gave and what did you receive, share your pics below
Very often when I see a lisptick ruining someone’s smile, I feel something needs to be done badly. You all must have seen those aunties who smile with more lipstick smudged to their teeth than the lips itself and yes we do not want to be party to that group. So let me help to avoid making these lipstick mistakes and do it like a pro.
While dark colors show more than light colors it does not mean you have to abstain from your favorite red and burgundy shade.
Common lipstick mistakes
- Dehydration – Winters have come, like literally and if your lips are chapped chances are the lip color will not stay evenly and smudge to your teeth while you talk or eat.
- Lip balm – Lip balm should be a part of your daily skin care regime if you have a tendency of chapped lips, especially before applying any lipstick. You can pick up any colored or white lip balm to moisten your lips.
- Layering – It is a common opinion that you need to apply the lipcolor thrice to get the real color, trust me it ain’t true. Most of the brands have good shades and the tint should come in maximum two swipes. Any matte lipstick will smudge with multiple use.
- Lip liner – Whenever you want to shape your lips well, a lip liner is your friend. Do not avoid a lip liner and two extra minutes off your sleep to get that perfect rosy shape.
- Setting – Even before the pout became a hot tradition we all knew how to make a pouty face to set our lip colors right. You need to set your lips to get it in perfect shape accordingly. Remember to blot the extra color off your lips and create a final look.
While we perfect the art of applying lipstick there are many more who don’t!
With the Diwali smell in the air everywhere it is very difficult to keep yourself away from it. Diwali season being my favorite season and festival of all times has always encouraged me to do something. We Hindus feel it is customary to gift people something when they come to our house or the other way around, we are just genetically trained to give and take gifts during Diwali. Everyone who enters the house during this time of the festivities has something sweet in his hand and we do replicate the feeling each time which an extra ounce of sweet and kilos.
Here I have a list of DIY Diwali Gifts which you can give your near and dear ones.
Nothing can match up to your love for giving or getting a card on a special occasion, remember when we were still in school and making cards for our friends and teachers was something we actually cherished. I am sure most of us still have a small closet with the collection of you self made and gifted cards.
You need –
- Hand made paper
- Sketch pens, glitter pens
- Glitter sticks
- tit bits to decorate
Once you have got your stuff ready all you need to do is get your imagination running, always remember there is nothing right or wrong in art, you can create whatever you like and literally the paper is your oyster.
Again if you do not have too much time but still want to add a splash of color and light to a dull corner of your friend’s house, a wall hanging comes very handy. While you are thinking of wall hangings you have to be sure on exactly what you want to do and the time and money that you are willing to give it. For eg if you want to make a paper Toran or Bandhanwar it does not consume that kind of time and energy but similarly if you are looking at something which has a hard board stand and typical cut outs, you will need a carpenter’s help.
You need –
- Hand made paper
- Sketch pens, glitter pens
- Glitter sticks
- tit bits to decorate
- hard board base to decorate
- Poster colors
You need to get ready with your base and with the help of colors and other trinkets you can get the desired the look of the toran. Here is one with a strong base-
Here is another example without a hard board base –
When you are still exploring for options and want to create something out of your available stuff, candle stands come very handy. Choosing something to decorate a candle won’t be very difficult. You can also pick up simple candles add a sense of your creative skills to it.
You need –
- old glasses which can be made into stands
- some decoration items
- old candles
Pick up your stuff and get together with the paints and brushes and unleash your creative talents
Not having adequate oil in your body is not a boon and so is the excess of it. I have a pretty oily scalp which leads to me having oily hair even the same day as I use shampoo. I am surprised as how active my sebaceous glands are to get me such a hair for over last decades, looks funny but it ain’t. You can ask any girl who goes through this trouble on daily basis so here are a few home remedies to treat oily scalp which should help you like it has helped me with a little practice.
Home remedies to treat Oily Scalp
All you have to do is massage your regular Talcum Powder on your scalp for a few minutes and leave it to rest. You can wash it off after 10 – 15 minutes to get best results. You can repeat this fortnightly to keep your scalp clean and dry (pun intended).
Aloe Vera can work wonders for your skin in every form. You can take out fresh Aloe Vera Gel and a few drops of lemon juice and mix it in your shampoo before washing. You can even make this mixture and store it for a few days in your refrigerator.
With such oily hair you might have to stay away from hair styling products, majorly conditioners. I do not use a conditioner unless it becomes a dire need because otherwise I will not get that fresh shampoo feel even for a few hours. After using curlers and straighteners also you will notice an increase in oil.
Diluted Beer works very well for your hair, you can use diluted beer to rinse your hair after a hearty wash with the shampoo. Beer has excellent properties to make your hair soft and remove excessive oil from your scalp.
Do leave your ideas and experiences below!
Recently Loreal launched Compact powder in the Mat Magique range. Frankly, I am a lover of compact powder and especially with the never ending Indian summers a pressed powder is a boon in your bag. Here