Friday, 25 July 2014

Things I want to tell my Teenage Self


This is a very different style of post for me. Its much more personal and a little rant and ramble driven.
Though I'm the last person to dwell on the past, like every other human being, I sometimes wish I could go back and change certain things.

  1. Take care of your skin. This is something I wish I did, y'know, not just washing my face, but maybe a bit of toner of moisturizer would have helped keep my skin decent. The second part of this would be - don't take anything for granted - this should be a life motto, but in particular with my skin, I just took things for granted, and now I'm paying for it.
  2. Always wear SPF - As much as you love being tan and prove a point to the fair and lovely obsessed - don't damage your skin while doing this.
    This is embarrassingly true. I've always maintained that dusky/dark/tan whatever you want to call it is as beautiful and lovely as fairer complexions, but when I was younger, I was all about going out in the sun and getting as tanned as possible, without sunscreen. Ugh, I still believe in the cause wholeheartedly, I just wish I wore sunscreen. 
  3. Do NOT Thread Your Eyebrows. This one is a bit of a controversial one I know, especially when threading is all the rage now in the beauty world. But the people who used to thread my eyebrows made it thinner and thinner everytime I went to them. You can see the evidence staring you in the face - practically no eyebrows. Pluck child, don't thread.  
  4. Keep 'em bangs long - Bangs are still around, but its different now that it was then. Everyone had these short bangs swept to one side that just didn't work for my face shape. It only made my face look wider - so please. NO. 
  5. Take it easy on the kajal. Seriously. Can you SEE THAT? Panda eyes alert - except only at the bottom. Not pretty.
There are honestly a lot more things I would like to tell my teenage self, like the benefits of concealer, and a bit of lipstick or tinted lip balm, but they just don't seem as important. 
What beauty mistakes would you tell your teenage self to avoid? 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Almost-Foiled-Eyeshadow-Stick



Let me introduce you a to a product I've had for a while now, and recently rediscovered.
Since the highly metallic - almost foiled eyeshadow is now all the rage, I thought it was an appropriate time to talk about this wonder product.
The Kiko Longlasting Eyeshadow Stick in 6 is an Antique gold that reflects darker in the crease - making it a great single eyeshadow to use all over your lid. The texture is creamy and bendable by both hand and brush, and it goes on opaque at first swipe. It is such intense shimmer on your lids, that it looks like you've used a very glittery eyeshadow without the glitter or the fallout.
Another great thing about this product is how well it stays put. Normally eyeshadows crease on me instantly, but this goes on and stays put for a good 8 hours before it begins to fade.
It makes a wonderful lid colour, but makes an even better inner corner highlight giving you that very bright, very awake look.
Seriously though, look how shineeeeeeeyyy.

Now, the only downside is that it isn't easily available. Europe or UK have Kiko as far I'm aware, and I'd suggest asking someone to get you any shade from this range, its amazing.

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Night Out #8



These Night Out/FOTD posts are becoming some of my favorites, should I make this a weekly feature?
On Friday, I went with a couple of friends for the opening of the Chennai International Fashion Week, we got to see Rocky Star's Resort Collection, followed by some terrible wine and amazing spaghetti cabonara at a pub nearby. It was a really good evening.
But ofcourse, let me go over the contents of my face.
As you can see, my skin is currently healing/drying so I have lots of texture there.. sigh. I used MAC's Strobe Cream all over my face as a base, I dabbed a bit of my Bobbi Brown Corrector under my eyes and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer to conceal my scars.. once I was happy with all the blending, I used the Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi to highlight under my eyes (in a V shape) on my chin, centre of my forehead and nose. I set the highlighted areas with the Kryolan Translucent Setting Powder. I used my Nars Casino Bronzer on the outer perimeter of my face as a bronzer - it also helps add some dimension making my face less err, round. I contoured with my favorite Inglot 357 Matte Eyeshadow and used the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful on the cheeks.
For the Eyes, I used the Kat Von D Monarch Palette, the gold shade all over the lid, a dark brown in the outer half and crease to blend it out. I used the matte black from the palette as eyeliner and followed it up with tons of Maybelline Hyper Curl Waterproof Mascara after curling them.
For Lips, I used my L'oreal Matte Moisture Lipstick in Raspberry Syrup which has got to be my favorite lipstick, ever!

Sooo, what do you guys think?