Skin Care for Dummies

Saturday, June 25, 2016

I think we know each other for quite some time now, so CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

"I dread skin care, like, I avoid it like plague, I am not best friends with my skin which I should be considering I am 28."

I grew up in a household that didn't bother much about beauty or skincare and this, in turn, limited my "MAKEUP" exposure to just kajal. I started wearing BB cream when I turned 23 and went on to become full blown makeup addict by 25!

Last year when I was in Bangalore, I used to follow 99-steps night time skin care routine. Post my move to Cochin, the steps just shrunk to washing and moisturizing before bed, all thanks to my 12-9 work shift and a house that requires 24x7 attention!

I am listing some products that I use almost every single day before bed.

*Maybelline Eye & Lip Makeup Remover l INR 225 (70ml)

The first thing I do when I hit my crib is to remove my kajal and any other makeup I have on. I use the trusty Maybelline makeup remover; this an oil based makeup remover that removes my eye makeup efficiently.

*This product might have been discontinued.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser l INR 795 (200ml)

As for the face makeup, I use The Body Shop Vit E cleanser. I was never a big fan of the Vit E range, but this product is really good in cleaning the face. Point proved by the fact that this is my third bottle. One small con is that the product leaves an oily residue on your face.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash l INR 695 (250ml)

I purchased this for my hubby as he has acne issues, and when the boy refused to use it, I took over and I have been hooked ever since. It leaves my face squeaky clean and dry. If you have dry skin, this may overly dry out your skin. As for the acne fighting claims, I am not the right person to judge, I do have occasional hormonal breakouts, but I haven't noticed any difference in my skin texture or breakout patterns on regular usage of this product.

BiPha Ayurveda Almond & Jojoba Under Eye Cream l INR 420 (25gm)

Ending the night with some eye cream from BiPharma, it is very thick and smells like oil. The product is enriched with the goodness of coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera and shea butter. The product claims to reduce dark circle and puffiness. I have not seen any results owing to how inconsistent I am with this step.

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense l $39 (1.7oz)

My final skin care step is to moisturize, I may not need this step as I have oily-combo skin, but post the Tea Tree face wash, my skin feels dry. I take a dollop of product and massage it gently on my skin.


I do try to use facial oils, and the one I have been using once in a blue moon is Lancome Advanced Genifique serum, but I don't have enough time for the goodness of oil to seep in before I hit the bed, so I do use the product only when I have extra time in hand.

So do you have an elaborate makeup routine or are you plain lazy like me?

Foundation Matrix for NC 42

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Buying foundation online can be a daunting task, especially when it's a high-end foundation. I have put together a shade suggestion list which you can refer if you are looking to place an online order.

Skin Type: Combination-Oily [Requires blotting in 4 hours]
Skin Concerns: Pigmentation around the mouth area
Skin Undertone: Yellow-Golden
What do I look in a Foundation: Matte, long-wearing, humidity-proof (Coastal-area problems)


  • All foundations contain 30 ml product unless mentioned.
  • Products marked in YELLOW are what I have tried out either as sample or in-store. I do not own these, with an exception of MUFE Ultra HD which is still with my relatives in Canada.
  • Brands that are not available in India, I have purchased from Sephora US or Nordstrom US.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
INR 2290
Good oil control, Medium-Full coverage, Nice colour match, Cakey, Needs an applicator to apply
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
INR 2290
Very orange, Full-coverage, Sits funny on my skin, Long-wearing, Extremely plasticky smell, Oxidises
MAC Face and Body
Nice colour, Very dewy, Tacky on touch, Transferable on clothes
Estee Lauder Double Wear
4N2 Spiced Sand
INR 2790
Long-wearing, Sweat-proof, Good colour, Heavy coverage
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
INR 3000
A shade dark, Long-wearing, Light on skin
Inglot YSM
INR 1100
Spot on colour match
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless
$ 48
Accentuates dry patches, Long-wearing, Good colour match, Sits funny on textured skin (around the mouth)
Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless
322 Golden Honey
INR 475
A tad ashy around the mouth, Long-wearing, Skin like finish
Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua
$ 47
Becomes ashy as the day progresses, Pink undertone which makes the color look off
L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte (US)
108 Caramel Beige
Long-Wearing, Skin like finish
L'oreal True Match
Demi Matte
 INR 1025
Minute shine (glitter), Ghostly white cast
L'oreal Infallible (India)
INR 1126
Leaning towards pink undertone, Dulls the face
153 (Y405)
CAD 50
Spot on color match. Makes me oily within 2 hours!
MUFE Mat Velvet +
A tad darker
Dior Forever Perfect
Honey Beige 040
Ashy around the mouth area
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow
A tad bit dark
PROBABLE SHADES             
Becca Ever-Matte Shine-Proof
Too Faced Born This Way
Sand [Too neutral]
NARS Sheer Glow
UD Naked Skin
L'oreal Infallible Pro Glow
209 Caramel Beige [One shade dark]



Different Lighting: From L-R, L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte, Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless, Inglot YSM, MAC Studio Fix, MAC Face&Body, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Chanel VitaLuniere Aqua, NARS All Day Luminous Weightless, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Note: My arms are way lighter than my face, so the foundations may appear way dark on my arm.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Review

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Urban Decay is a US-based brand, well known for the Naked series of palettes. With the success of Naked 1 (neutral-gold), Naked 2 (cool-silver), Naked 3 (rose-gold), Smokey (dark hues), they came out the mini versions of each of these palettes called Naked Basics. Naked Basics 1 (warm-matte) didn't interest me much as Naked Basics 2 which I thought would be a great on-the-go palette. I snagged in from Beautybay during one of their sales at a marked down price.

Vital Stats

Product Weight: 6 x 1.3 g POIDS NET/NET WT. 6 x 0.05 oz
Original Price: $29
Purchased at: INR 1700 (sale) from Beautybay



  • Cardboard outer packaging with a small description and shade names on the bottom side.

  • Inside, you can see your sturdy/lightweight bronze metal case with the standard UD logo. 
  • Inside the metal case, a good quality mirror is provided.
  • The shade names are imprinted on the case.


UD Naked 2 Basics is an all matte palette with 6 shades leaning towards cool tone and with a lot of gray/taupe undertones.

  • Skimp: Yellow-beige
  • Stark: Pink based nude
  • Frisk: Cool light gray
  • Cover: Light brown
  • Primal: Gray-brown
  • Undone: Gray


  • Extremely powdery
  • Blends well
  • Brush picks up excess product
  • Some shades won't show up on tan skin (Cover literally blends into my skin)
  • Nice transition shades for lighter skin
  • Multi-purpose palette. I use Undone as an eyebrow shade and Primal can be used as a light contour shade.


If you are pale, matte, and cool tone shadow loving person, you may love it (that's way too many checkbox to tick), else let it pass.

So, what are your thoughts about this palette?

Currently Loving

Friday, June 10, 2016

I am having major makeup-withdrawal symptoms, with my look being minimalistic (read, boring) 99.99% of times. Listing few products that I have been using consistently over the last month or so. They may not be a life-long love or favorite, but ranks up in the order of daily love.

UD 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag l $20 (Full Size)

The travel size eye pencil was part of UD On The Run palette. The color can be described as a dark chocolate brown  with multi-dimensional glitters. If black is the stronger sibling, brown is the softie in the family. On days when I don't want to do the whole black eyeliner routine, I turn to this pencil as it gives a soft look to my eyes. It's very creamy and is not the best trooper on the water line. On my upper lid, it stays put for 5-6 hours max. Also, a major con (not really for me) is that you need to sharpen the pencil.

Dupe Alert: Chambor Eye Tattoo Liner ET04

Lakme Insta-Liner l INR 100

90's girls would definitely have a major throwback moment with this fatty. Most of you might have owned one of these chubby bottles at some point in your life. I use it to apply bindi, but lately, I have been using this for drawing my winged eyeliner. The thin tip makes it easy for a precise wing and I go in with the Maybelline Colossal Liner to fill in any missed spots. The liner tends to bleed slightly and also takes ages to dry (hooded eye girls beware).

Sephora Mango Creamy Body Wash l INR 520

I am a big time scent person and my showers be like:
My Instagram Page

I love burning BBW candle, playing Yellow Brick Media soothing music while taking my hot shower.

This body wash smells like mango and doesn't dry out my skin, but I am not a big fan of the cost per utilization. I tend to squeeze out more product as this shower cream doesn't lather nicely. My BBW shower gels ($5 on sale) last longer and lathers up nicely with less product. I will not be purchasing this again, as I feel it's too expensive for daily use.

MAC Lipstick in Twig l INR 1450

This is my go-to lip shade since I purchased it last month. If you are a tad bit tanner than me (For ref, MAC NC 42 Studio Fix Powder) the shade might clash with your skin tone. The color can be described as a dusty pink with a matte finish.

Lotus  Safe Sun Matte Gel l INR 395

This sunscreen isn't greasy like many other sunscreens in the market. The gel-like consistency doesn't create an ashy white cast nor does it sit funny on my skin. Also, the product works well as a base for my foundation.

Colourpop Eyeshadow in Desert l $5

Fancy an eyeshadow look to the office? I have been using Desert on my lids for the past few weeks. The shade can be described as a light satin flesh-tone beige. As with any Colourpop shadow, the consistency is very mousey and very easy to blend. I have reviewed it here.


1: Sephora Mango Body Wash 2: Lakme Insta-Liner 3: UD Eye Pencil 4: MAC Twig 5: Colourpop Desert 6: Lotus Sunscreen
So what your favourites?

5 Waterproof Makeup to Try

Monday, June 6, 2016

Taking your date out for a swim on the first date? You ain't gonna smudge even the eyeliner boo, cause ain't you smart enough to have heard of waterproof makeup? No?? Well read on!

Image: Google

1. Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara l INR 450

I am blessed with long lashes and I don't usually wear mascara , but if I were to pick a waterproof version of mascara that would allow me to watch my favorite rom-com even while balling my eyes out, I would definitely choose Maybelline Falsies mascara. No one wants to take a pretty raccoon out for a second date. The Falsies mascara gives good length and volume to my eyelashes and it is pretty affordable too.

2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation (4N2:Spiced Sand) l INR 2790

A long wearing foundation that doesn't budge come what may, rain, sweat or even the swimming lesson! Comes in whooping 20 shades to suit any undertone from warm to neutral to cool. The foundation doesn't oxidize neither does it separate. Finish is super matte which in turn looks pale, I have to add a little blush to make to look lively. After 4-5 hours, my natural oils starts peeking, nothing crazy, making the look more demi-matte or satiny. Without a mattifying primer, I have to go in for my first blot in 7 hours which is a good wear time considering the area that I live in.

3. MAC Piantpots l INR 1850

If you have experienced  eyeshadows creasing on your lids, adopt a MAC painpot.  Paintpots serve multiple purposes, from covering the veins on the lids to letting the vibrancy of the eyeshadow to shine through to holding the eye makeup for hours. Painpots will hold on to the eyelids and will prevent eyeshadow from creasing while you are breaking a sweat on the dance floor.

4. Chambor Extreme Wear Liquid Lipsticks l INR 845

The liquid lipsticks are far more long-wearing than your regular lipsticks and these Chambor ones have cleared the water test with flying colors. They dry to a matte finish that can be a little too drying for some. I have reviewed the lipsticks here.

5. LA Girl Matte Makeup Setting Spray l $7

I use makeup spray to remove powderiness from my face, to mattify, and hold my makeup. Use a setting spray to increase the staying power of your makeup by 3-4 hours. Tried tested and the Girl with a pearl earring approved.

Water Test

A: Initial Swatch; B: Under Water for 5 Minutes; C: After Rigorous Wiping
I let the product swatches to set for 30 minutes before running the swatches under the tap water for 5 minutes straight. The Falsies mascara did feather a little, but the other swatches stayed put.

I started rigorously wiping the swatches with my fingers, and the Estee Lauder foundation started to pull off, whereas the MAC Paintpot swatch and Chambor Extreme Wear lipstick swatch came out as clear winners.

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