Friday, 18 October 2013

Look Good Even When You’re Sick

I’ve been feeling under the weather for a while now and its played havoc with my skin, not to mention my wedding is around the corner and I just cannot afford to look sick with friends and relatives dropping by at all times of the day.

“Oh gosh you poor baby you look so sick” is just not what I wanna hear right now, ya feel me?

So I got to practice a few fixes and being a blogger what else could I do except share em all with my gals right?

Without much ado, here are a few tips and fixes to look better when you’re sick:

Treat yourself to the right tissues
If you’re coming down with the sniffles, don’t skimp when it comes to facial tissues. You’re bound to be blowing your nose a lot, and opting for lotion-treated tissues will go a long way in preventing a Rudolph-red, irritated nose. Alternatively you can opt to apply moisturiser often to the area that is receiving a lot of friction.

Stay hydrated

When you’re sick, you’re a little dehydrated, too  and that shows on your skin. It becomes flaky, dull and lacklustre. This is the time to slather on an intense facial moisturizer both in the morning and at night to prevent a parched look. 
Bonus: You'll protect your skin against all that nose-blowing friction, too. And tuck a small bottle or tube of heavy-duty moisturizer in your handbag (along with a personal pack of tissues) before you head out for the day. Water provides elasticity to your skin and makes it youthful. Always carry some water or juice to sip regularly when your sick, specially when you've got the flu.

Soothe puffy eyes with teabags

If your eyes get puffy from congestion, sleep with your head slightly propped up to allow fluids to drain more easily from your face. To battle under eye bags, try this tea remedy: Take two cold, wet teabags and place them over your eyes while you lie down for 15 minutes. The result? De-puffed peepers. 

Cool down your eye cream

Try storing your eye cream in the refrigerator. Not only will it feel refreshing on your tired eyelids, it will also help to fight puffiness. 
I suggest the aroma magic almond eye cream for those bags but for more dark circles quick fixes you can read HERE.
A cotton pad soaked in some chilled MAC Fix+ and placed on the lids for a few minutes is also a great way to bring down those bags.
Tip: Alternatively, use chilled spoons on your lids to bring down the puffiness and give you a shot of pretty eyes.

The dreaded rabbit red-eye

Another hallmark of a cold? Pink, bunny rabbit-like eyes. Banish that bloodshot look by using eye drops to lubricate and cool your eyes, reducing redness. It works even better if you have been storing your eye drops in the fridge and the solution is cool.

Tip: Splash cold water into your eyes before you start fixing your face.It serves two purposes; closes your pores and reduces the redness of the eyes.

Prime your face before putting on Make Up

Since you’re bound to blow your nose, sneeze, and rub your eyes a bit more when you’re sick, start with an application of face primer before you put on any makeup; this will add hours of staying power to your look. Lip primers and eye primers are a good idea, too though lip primers can be skipped. 
Tip: I've found I prefer to keep my lips unpainted because of all the liquids I sip when I'm sick and I don't want to ingest a lot of chemicals. A few swipes of tinted lip balm and Im good to go.

Conceal for all you're worth

One of the top tip-offs that you’ve got a cold is a red nose. Opt for a highly pigmented, opaque concealer that is yellow-based and just a bit paler than your skin to camouflage the redness. 

Don't pile on the base or powder

Skip the regular foundation and traditional face powder, since it’s easy for it to look flakey when you’re dehydrated. For some natural-looking coverage, use a heavy duty moisturiser and top it with some mineral foundation, which will conceal and even out skin without looking dry or you simply skip multiple layers and use a tinted moisturiser instead.
However I prefer a couple of layers for such days because of all the wiping I will be doing which will result in removal of a few layers of makeup.

Warm up your skin

If you’re feeling pasty, you’ll want to add a bit of color to your face. But play down any pink ( do NOT use any pink, red, orange eyeshadow) and bring out the warm tones in your skin by using a bit of bronzer and some peach-toned cream blush for a healthier-looking glow. 
Caution: Don't overdo the blush or it will give you a feverish tint and yes I'm talking from experience!

Brighten up your Eyes 

Bright eyes make you look younger and your skin fresher which gives a wholesome effect of being in good health health (Exactly what you are not but are looking to be).
Dab pale, shimmery beige or gold creamy eye shadow on your lids and at the inner corner of your eyes to catch the light and to counteract any redness or dullness in the eye area.

Avoid Mascara Malfunction

Sneezes and sniffles mean watery eyes and potential smudging or even running. To avoid a washout, stick with waterproof mascara or use a clear mascara. If your lashes are decently thick, I'd say ditch the mascara altogether because your eyes tend to be irritated when you're sick.
Tip: If you still feel the need to have spiky peepers then take some lip balm between thumb and index finger and apply on the eyelashes to give them definition.

Keep lips smooth and shiny

When you’re stuffed up, your lips have a tendency to get super-chapped. Rub them gently with a warm, wet washcloth to remove any flakes, and then condition with a rich salve or balm. Stick with tinted lip balm or gloss in a neutral tone for a fresh look. 
Avoid matte lipsticks when you do dress up because they not only end up further drying your lips but also enhance the fine lines making you look more tired.

Tip: At night I like to use Neosporin Daily Hydration Therapy which is great for super chapped lips or you can't go wrong with plain old cream from the milk at home!

So these are my couple of pick-me-ups when I'm sick. Share your fixes for a blue feel in the comments below!


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Zap Those Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

In all the recent hoopla about my wedding, my mom has been going round in circles, up the hills and down the valleys in every given direction at all times of the day.

Enter: dark circles and puffy eyes.

Exactly when she needs to look her best, she is suffering from the dreaded duo of Dastardliness :P

So here are a couple of quick fixes I’ve been working on for all those ladies who like to stay up late but dread the undereye bags the next day.

Haemorrhoid cream

Models, actresses and performers have reduced puffiness and wrinkles with haemorrhoid cream for years—the stuff tightens puffy areas quickly and reduces wrinkles.
The odour of the cream can be too strong for some people in which case mix a bit of a strong scented cream into it before applying.  Be careful not to get any of the cream in your eyes.

This is one I’m sure most of us know about even if we haven’t used it before.
Caffeinated tea, which contains natural tannins, has long been used by runway models for reducing eye puffiness. Soak two tea bags in warm water, and then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes, and your eyes will feel fresh.

For many people, tiredness causes dark circles under the eyes and that can add years to their appearance. If you can’t catch up on your rest, place slices of ripe avocado under each eye. It works even better if you can grate the avocado and place it under the eyes.

Teething rings
Babies come with sleepless nights and dawn feedings, leaving mums tired, sleep deprived and severely bag eyed and panda looking.
Fortunately babies also come with teething rings! Put two gel-filled baby teething rings in the freezer until they’re ice cold, then lie down and place the rings on your closed eyelids for about 10 minutes. The cold will not only reduce eye puffiness but invigorate you, too. Make sure to sanitize the rings before offering it to your precious snookums!

Potato and Milk
Grate some raw potato and mix with milk before placing it under your eyes for about 20 minutes. It works better if the mixture is cold. Your eyes will feel refreshed and decidedly less puffy.
This can also prevent dark circles and puffy eyes if used over a period of time.

Spoons for the Office Party
What if you are invited to go out with some colleagues after work and don’t know how to wave away those bags left behind by the long day?? No groceries to help ya there!!

Grab two spoons from the break room, chill them in the freezer or place them under cold tap water till chilled and place them on your eyes for 10 min. Viola! Fresher looking eyes instantly!.......well not instantly but you know what I mean :P
These are some simple, no side effect remedies to help your DDD (dreaded duo of dastardliness). Over a period of use they also help in prevention rather than just cure.
For those who already have advanced case of the DDD applying a paste of ground almonds and milk will also help to lighten the dark shadows and provide relief.

Also try these fixes:

  1. Switch your sleep position. Your sleep position may be contributing to those under-eye bags. Thanks to gravity, sleeping on your side or stomach can encourage fluids to collect under your eyes. If you're a side sleeper, you may notice a heavier bag on the side you sleep on. 
  2. Don't smoke, and always apply a sunscreen around the eye area. Smoking and exposure to UV rays both weaken collagen and cause premature wrinkling and sagging.
  3. Apply a moisturizer to the eye area nightly. 
  4. Add a prescription retinoic acid - the vitamin A cream that goes by the generic name tretinoin - to your daily skin care regimen.

So if you suffer from bags or dark circles under the eyes then get started with some of these options and make sure your eyes are the topic of conversation this wedding season!

Photo Courtesy: 
The Official Scope Magazine Blog

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Why the Colorbar Ultimate Eyeliner is the Ultimate

For an Indian girl, a kajal is almost always the first item of cosmetics she buys.Whether for that all important 10th farewell, 1st day of college or the start of a new corporate career, kajal is where she heads.
My first (eyeliner :P) was the thick Streetwear one and while I still use it occasionally, I have moved on to other makes, brands, styles, and colors, which is why in the search I have finally found my HG liner ........................Presenting Colorbar Ultimate Eyeliner.

What the Company says:
Ultimate Eyeliner by Colorbar is a unique product which is perfect for defining your eyes in a lightning speed without any application difficulty. Its professional flexible brush offers great accuracy to line and define the eyes, ensuring an even application. Enables ease of use with the optimal control to give jet black color.

Available in great shades - the green and the blue are very wearable!

INR 499.00

This little pen has changed the way I look at eyeliners.One swipe and Im outta the door.It stays on and on throughout the day until I reach home and wash it off.

1.Great for beginners as the felt tip allows you scope to practice a steady line.
2. Dark Black
3. Line can vary from thin to thick as per preference
4. No touch ups or raccoon eyes
Felt tip makes lining the eyes super easy.Its not very stiff, not is it too bendy.You press harder for a thicker line.
4. Non-smudging
5. Travel Friendly
6. Special non slipping grip to avoid ooooopsies!
7. Does non irritate eyes with contacts (very big plus in my eyes!! excoooooze the pun!)

1. Not waterproof. I do not mind as I am not a fan of waterproof eye liners or mascaras.
2. It gets over pretty soon . If used everyday, it would last you only one month.Which is why the cost pinches you a bit,INr 499 for only 1 ml of the product is a little on the high side imho!

The picture below is taken after 11 hours of application and running around the office. Still no smudges on my upper eyelid.My Lower eyelid though is a different story entirely.The Lakme Eyeconic liner has smudged and run into lines. (Please excuse the cavewoman working on a tutorial and growing them out).


Definitely YAY!!Compared to previous pen type eye liners like Lakme Eye Artist and Bourjois Line Feutre this is a great buy. Colorbar has definitely done a great job. I am buying the Green one next. The black one is definitely re-purchase material again and again and again!!

Thursday, 7 March 2013


It’s never too early to start thinking about how to keep your skin smooth!

With summers just around the corner, its time to air out the sundresses and bring out the shorts (Delight the Barneys of the world eh?!) , time to flaunt the skin that you have carefully pampered through the winter months........but with the long days under the sun, the exposed skin quickly takes a harsh beating. As it gets warmer outside, our skin gets dehydrated and moody, it can be oily one day and parchment like the next.It needs special care to make sure it gets what it needs and keeps looking its best.

We can’t forget about our legs and arms as we change our beauty routines to gear up for the heat. This summer my legs are going to look great, and so can yours with these simple summer-skin upkeep tips.

Dab dont Drag. Pat yourself dry after the shower no matter how much of a hurry you are in.The humidity and the water makes your skin very sensitive and  dragging the towel across the vulnerable skin not only strips it of the oils but also damages it.

Moisturize! The summer air sucks the moisture out of your skin just as much as the winter skin does.  To keep up with the changing climate, you should moisturize your skin with a non sticky lotion at least once per day. Apply your moisturiser onto slightly damp skin, it gets absorbed better.

Use the Right Razor.  A dull razor leaves your skin irritated not to mention the hours it can take to get it done.  Change the blades or replace your disposable razor often during the summer. Opt for razors that contain a moisturizing strip above the blades to soothe the skin.
Shave Often.  It’s a misconception that shaving your legs too often causes the skin to dry out. Actually,if done correctly, shaving often provides much needed gentle exfoliation for your legs. Don’t forget to shave in the direction that your hair grows, going against the grain might give you freedom from having to shave too often but it can 
cause in-grown hair too.

Use a Mild Soap.  Harsh soaps can strip the skin of natural oils. Surprisingly, most antibacterial soaps are too harsh and change the pH of your skin until sebum balances it again , causing your skin more harm than good.  Choose a milder soap for the days you shave. Consider investing in an unscented or hypoallergenic soap.

Dont step outside without a covering of sorts! Indian summers are called so because of a reason and that is the strong sunshine.Do your skin a favour and keep it away from direct sunshine  and if you do venture out make sure to carry scarves, caps or umbrellas with you.Even newspapers can come in handy I tell ya! make sure to cover your eyes with dark sun glasses as the skin around the eyes is super delicate and gets damaged very easily! 

Control your intake of alcoholic beverages. I know Summer means parties but alcohol helps in drying out your system and as a result you are dehydrated.Opt for fresh juices and sparkling water instead!

Till next Time Stay Beautiful Girls!!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Figs and Rouge Aloe Vera and Mint Balm

Is there anything better than soft lips? I think not! Which is why I simply loved my Feb Vellvette Box.It included a full size tub of the figs and rouge balm.This balm is an all purpose emulsion for use on lips, face, hands and the body. And its certified organic!! Which is excellent because there is no way that lip products cannot be ingested by the wearer!! So now at least you know that  whatever the case you are not eating chemicals in the name of staying beautiful.

My February Vellvette Box

My February Vellvette Box was such a pleasant surprise! Yes yes I know its a surprise in the usual sense also but this time it included not one but TWO full size samples! Awesome!!

My box contained:

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Beauty Boxes in my Kitty - My January Vellvette Box

Its a given that Beauty Boxes are all the rage in markets across the world.And why not? They are an easy way to try out some global brands and exciting products at a pocket friendly price. India however seems to be falling behind where these packages of sheer temptation are concerned. The list of names that launched  or were about to launch is long ( Blisscovered , Lushbox, soooooooo many others and don't even get me started on Glossybox!) and yet these boxes remain more of a mirage.

These boxes all offer high end products in sample sizes at a nominal price every month and discounts are offerred if full size samples are purchased through them. The latest entrant on the scene is the Vellvette Box.

The Vellvette Box offers 3 sample from premium brands for a great price of IN399!
It comes well wrapped up in a bubble wrap packet and the cardboard box inside is embossed with a golden logo and wrapped with a sweet ribbon depending on the occasion if any (red for the Christmas box and so on).And they give me a number of discount coupons for the month too!!

So check out my samples for the month of January :

1. OPI Nail paint in Red Lights Ahead Where..... (3.75 ml)

A really bold red that is perfect for the diva in me!!

2. Clinique Clarifying Lotion - 2 

3. Nyassa Belgian Chocolate Sugar Scrub (40 gms)

So there is a reason why I am smiling at the end of the month no matter how aggravating my boss has been and how many deadlines are looming on the horizon....... and that is that my Vellvette Box is about to arrive.
What I love is that in the months when I'm swamped with work and have absolutely no passing acquaintance with anything beauty whatsoever, this little black box gives me a feel of having hauled at the best high-end stores and keeps me sane and happy!!


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