What's In My Sister's Makeup Bag

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Meet, the mini-me, my 21-year old cousin sister who inherits half of my makeup if I were to end this #makeuphoarding way of life. Bhavs is your typical bubbly MBA student who is as crazy about makeup #sistergoals and can wing it like a pro. Handing over to Bhavs as she reveals, "WHAT'S IN HER MAKEUP BAG".

For a casual day out, I usually go for a bold winged eyeliner, keeping rest of my makeup quite subtle. I have an oily to combination skin, inclining more towards the oily skintype. So it’s very important to me that the products I use are long wearing and don’t require much retouching.

These are few of the products that I use on a day to day basis.

Patanjali Saundarya Aloe Vera Gel l INR 150

For anyone looking for an alternative for a primer, on a shoestring budget, this aloe vera gel is THE answer. There are a lot of benefits of using aloe vera gel on your skin, no surprises there. Not only does it act as a barrier between the makeup and your skin, it also fills in the pores and wrinkles, creating a perfect canvas for you to work on.
Not only this, I’ve also found that it is very effective in controlling oily skin and shine. As a result, the makeup looks a lot smoother and lasts longer.


Take some product and warm it up between your fingers. Apply it evenly on your face, starting with your nose and forehead and then moving on to the rest of the face. Once you feel the texture getting tacky, you simply have to dab. Wait for 3-4 minutes before you start applying the rest of your makeup.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte And Poreless Foundation l INR 525

This will come as no surprise when I say that this foundation is by far one of my most loved drugstore foundations. For ladies with oily skin, this foundation is a miracle liquid in a glass bottle. A single layer of this foundation is enough for me to correct my skin for a smooth base and gives me the required amount of coverage, but feel free to layer it up if you wish. The formula is lightweight so it definitely feels more skin like and is very comfortable for a everyday wear.


You could apply this foundation using your fingers or a brush, but for me personally, I prefer a makeup sponge, and I use the PAC beauty blender. It does the job quickly and gives me a smooth even base. 

Lakme 9to5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact l INR 400

I started using this compact a year ago, and cannot seem to put it down. It gives me the perfect matte finish that I’m always looking for. I just apply it on my oil-prone area. Although it requires retouching every 2 hours, I am quite happy with the product.


I apply it with a powder brush (which works fine, btw), and have recently started using my makeup sponge to apply it in dabbing motions and it has increased it’s lasting power by eons.    

Lakme Absolute Shine Liquid Eyeliner l INR 250

I am an eyeliner junkie. I go crazy and have tried almost all the drugstore liners available in Indian market, yet I always seem to come back to this eyeliner.
It not only dries matte black but also stays put for a long time. Since I like my eyeliner to be ultra matte and super black, I do retouch it with the Faces Magneteyes Kajal, not only does it make it last longer but also helps make it super dark.

Maybelline Hyper Curl Volume Express Mascara l INR 325  

Who doesn’t love full and voluminous eyelashes! This mascara is perfect for everyday wear and gives me super curly and voluminous lashes, this is by far my favorite mascara. This mascara is waterproof and stays put during the hottest of days, which is basically what every working or college going person's ultimate makeup goal.

Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in High Tea l INR 250

By now you all would have guessed that I love a full matte makeup and so it’s no surprise when I say that I prefer a matte lipstick for everyday wear. The Colorbar velvet matte lipsticks are super matte as they claim. The ‘’High Tea’’ shade is the perfect nude lipstick for me. For a long lasting effect and to avoid any transfer, I usually apply a translucent powder on top of this, or for that matter any lipstick. This trick right here is a complete game changer. It not only helps in prolonging the lasting time of the product but also makes it super matte.

So, hae you used any of the above products?

Lip Products on Rotation

Saturday, April 29, 2017

I am at mommy land (post a bout of bad health), sipping coconut water, munching on tapioca chips while enjoying some time off from daily chores. And that means, no access to my makeup treasure vault back at my place. Stuck with a limited number of items for daily use, these are the lip products I have on rotation:

Maybelline Baby Lips in Lolita l INR 175

The only shade of Baby Lips that I have repurchased not once, but thrice. It is the perfect chapstick with the right amount of color. Quick to just apply on-the-go without having to use a mirror. The color is a pretty, bright pink. The glossy, hydrating feeling lasts for 2 hours, but I don't mind reapplying. Keeps my lips hydrated and chap-free in the stripping AC environment.

Colourpop Sheer Lippie Stix in Safari l INR 350

I have a strong feeling, Colourpop discontinued the Sheer range, as I couldn't find them on their site. The shade Safari is very bright coral, appropriate for tan skin tone. Coral is a tough color for me to pull off, and being a sheer lipstick allows me to wear the product without much discomfort. Keeps lips hydrated and stays put for 2-3 hours. The only concern, product meltdown in the hot and humid climate.

Makeup Forever Artist Rouge Lipstick C 211 l  INR 1540

Got this as part of a Sephora sample kit. Being small and handy, it quickly secured a place in my everyday makeup kit. The color can be dubbed as a mauve, but with more white pigments/more gray tones. If you are darker than NC 42, this color may be hard to pull off. The creme formula is very easy to wear, opaque in one swipe, and stays put fo 3-4 hours. I am not a fan of the smell though, there is something annoying about the smell.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Craving l INR 1450

This is a more pinkier version of another one of my favorites, Brick-O-La. The finish is cremesheen, very comfortable to wear, opaque in one swipe and last for 4 hours on me (without drinking and eating). The shade is a very flattering pinky-mauve, perfect for NC 42 or darker skintones.


Sadly, I am missing a pale skin lipstick from this list. Asking Mr. G to get it for me from my vanity is like finding a pin in the haystack and I better not burn my haystack! Have a great looong weekend ya all! while I go back to sipping my coconut water 😎.

Jewelry Trend Spring 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Instagram is the new Vogue. It is the first place where a trend crops up, and in a matter of weeks, it is all over my feed. Instagram gets brownie point in tempting poor consumers like me who are lured by the influencers to buy the items that they have showcased in their feed. I have been keeping a close tab on the Spring 2017 Jewelry Trends, and here are my favorite 4.
 *On a side note: spring? what spring? we are in midst of full blown summers.*

1. Pom-Pom Earring

I am obsessed with this trend, colorful pom-poms on my dress, slippers, and earring, I can take it all.   Pom-poms are made with multi-colored woolen yarn. If you are crafty, make your own pom-poms while the lesser mortals can salivate this trend from online portals. I would wear my pom-poms earring with monotone outfits to add a pop of color.

Check out Kraftly, Limeroad

2. Chokers

Definitely a spill over from 2016 fall trend, I used to rock the chokers way back in 90's and sadly no one appreciated my fashion sense then. Chokers are basically a neck piece that is tighter around the neck, comes in all sort of material and colors. Pairs well with a grungy look, I would wear these with an off-shoulder top.

Check out Forever 21, Koovs

Image: Forever21

3. Nose Pins

Down south, I see the nose pins taking over, these are bigger and better. Large motifs like lotus or goddess that make a strong statement are a big rage. Nose pin goes well with ethnic wear like sarees and kurtas.

Check out Himaani, Myntra

4. Afghani Jewelry

Kuchi jewelry incorporates elements of colorful glass, jingling bells, coins, etc. in their designs. This category of jewelry has a worn out or rusted silver finish and originally came from the Pashtoon tribes that wandered the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghani chand balis /coin necklaces paired with long kurtha and skirt, it is like me falling in love all over again.

Check out Shringar, Bejeweled Jewels, Oneshineshop

So what are your favorite trends for Spring 2017?

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