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The Lipstick Tag

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Most of my friends know me as a lipstick junkie, well I am not gonna rebut that title, just for records, I do love my eyeshadows equally as well.

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

Well, it might come as a shock to many, but I do own 50+ lipsticks (drops my head and walks away). This includes all my tube lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, lipbalms, etc. The number might be high for an average makeup consumer, but well, makeup hoarder in me doesn't seem to learn from rehab treatments. No shame!


2. What was the first lipstick you owned?

A Revlon lipstick (Don't remember the name and it is discontinued). Comes in a golden packaging. I purchased my first lipstick in 2010 after I got my first job. I went to Lifestyle and asked the SA in the first counter to show me a beautiful lipstick. She sold me the costliest lipstick Revlon had at that time (INR 760, back then). Being a first-time makeup shopper, I nodded my head in agreement when the SA told me that the dark-brown glittery lipstick looked perfect for my skin tone. I had a rude shock when I went to pay and realized I was poorer by INR 760!

3. What is your favorite lipstick brand?

Makeup For Ever and MAC for conventional lipsticks and Dose of Colors for liquid lipsticks.


4. What is your most worn lipstick?

MAC Creme in Your Coffee which sadly passed away a few months back!


5. What is your favorite finish?

Comfort + Matte = 💖

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?

Dose Of Colors liquid lipsticks in Los Anjealous and Berry Me 2.


7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

Being an extra, currently, I have three lipsticks (MUFE C211, Colourpop Safari, Kat Von D Lolita 2) and Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Lolita in my office bag.

8. What is your favorite red lip color?

The mommy maroon-MAC Dubonnet. I find maroon to be more flattering on my tan skin. I also, love MAC Russian Red, I find that the shade lightens up my face.


9. How do you store your lipsticks?

I store my lipstick babies in clear acrylic containers. I purchased mine from Amazon.


10. Which lipstick are you currently lusting after?

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick. I have heard so many good things about Bite Beauty lipsticks. Also, would love to try the new ABH lipsticks.

11. Favorite balm/treatment?

Maybelline Baby Lips, all day, every day. I love how easy and comfortable they are on the lips.


12. Best luxury and best drugstore lipsticks?

NARS in the luxury category as it is creamy, opaque in full swipe, and long lasting. At 32 dollars (2340 INR), they are definitely a luxury. As for the drugstore category, I feel, Maybelline has some of the best lipsticks in the market and props to the wide range of colors and finishes.


13. Best MAC lipstick?

MAC Twig or MAC Creme in Your Coffee is my jam. For NC42, finding an MLBB is quite a daunting task, and these two are perfect for pairing with a smokey eye or office look.

14. Most disappointing lipstick?

Makeup Geek liquid lipsticks. The one major thing that I look out for in liquid lipsticks is the longevity and sadly this liquid lipstick does not perform in that category. Also, I am not a fan of the consistency and feel of the lipstick on my lips. I have to reapply the lipstick every 3 hours and it wears out in a very aweful way.


15. Lipliner, yes or no?

Yes and No! I don't apply a liner underneath the lipstick but, I love wearing the liners as is with a lip balm on top. MAC has some of the best lip pencils that I know of. The shades Soar and Spice are definitely universal colors.


16. Best lipgloss?

Not a gloss-kinda person and I don't own any gloss.

That's it, folks! Do leave your answers to the tag in the comment section below.

May Favs and Flops

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Hello, MID-June. This year is just swooshing past like my monthly bank balance. It took me a while to click the lackluster photos { Kerala Monsoons ⛈, you can challenge me another day} and hence, the 10-day delay in posting. So, here are my favs and flops for the month of May.

FAVS


Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer l $25

Ok, for the first time in forever, I have to nod my head in agreement. There is a reason why the whole beauty community is raving about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and that reason is: It's Freaking AMAZING!!! *stops hyperventilating*

I purchased the shade, Tan Sand which is exactly similar to my skin tone, I don't necessarily use concealer 2 shades lighter under my eyes, it's more of a natural hide-those-dark-circles kinda process for me. This shade works perfectly well for that purpose. The product does smell nice, and the wand on the applicator is huge and can dispense too much product if you are not careful.

Comes in a convenient packaging and I apply few tiny dots on the dark circles and blend with my PAC concealer brush. I haven't been able to cover the entire darkness though, reasons being:

a. I am not color correcting kinda person.
b. I use very little product.

This is definitely a full coverage concealer and you can definitely go the whole 9 yards with this one if required.

Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream l $39

Caudalie is a brand that I was introduced to recently. I bought a value set, that contained the moisturizer along with few other skin essentials. I have been loving the moisturizer. The smell is refreshing and the product glides on smoothly and makes my skin plump and hydrated. I am an oily skin girl, and for me, hydration means soft skin.

One major gripe though, I have to use a little more that peanut size product to cover my entire face <talk about being a fat face>, no really, so, I am not sure how long the tube will last. Definitely, purchasing the full size during the November sale.


Inglot YSM Cream Foundation l INR 1100

Oldie but a goodie. This is by far the best medium coverage foundation I own, the color match is spot on and so is the finish. The finish is satin and I wear the shade 52. The shade has the perfect undertone for medium to tan skin. Stays without breaking up on me for 4 hours (Note: I am extremely oily).

FLOPS


Forever 21 Charcoal Blotting Paper l INR 149

How does it feel like to rub paper on the face, well, buy the blotting paper and find it out yourself. This does nothing for my face, leave the blotting part, the only saving grace, the packaging. The outer package has cute yogi cats that lure unsuspecting oily girls into their trap.

Milk Makeup Liquid Strobe in Gleam l $24

My bashing is solely based on the miniature that I received in the Sephora Sunkissed Glow Favs set. First, the roller ball packaging, I mean the product is thick, making it difficult to use with the roller ball. Hardly any product comes out after 5 minutes of vigorous hitting, and then what comes out is a sparkly mess of glitters. I get the whole highlighting trend, but the excessive sparkly glow, well, no thank you ji!

SWATCHES



So what are your May favorites?

Anti-Haul : Summer Edition

Friday, May 26, 2017


Before I actually share my Sephora VIB sale haul, I want to be a Negative Nancy, and share few products with you that I will not be spending my hard-earned quids on.

Tarte Magic Wands Brush Set l INR 3000
Image: Tarte Website

Unicorns and rainbows, as a 30-year-old grown-up woman, Unicorns doesn't excite me as much as ponies. Well, I am way over with this trend and I just don't understand the whole Unicorn Movement. The brush set looks more like a collector's item than a useful tool and me ain't no 5-year old to jump around the prospects of having magical Unicorns on my dresser.

Too Faced x Kandee Johnson 'I want Kandee' Eyeshadow Palette l $45

Image: Allure
I am vary of Too Faced collabs. Let's just ignore the fact that 'Unicorns don't grow in the Amazon' (link), but lately, Too Faced has been a major let down. They come out with similar looking items but in cutesy packaging. It's like recycling the gift you received on your wedding (no, I ain't about that life). The shades look just like so many of their other recent launches, and I doubt if it would be woman of color friendly. The shades seem to have a lot of white pigment and would look chalky on tan skin.

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette l $129

This palette has my name written all over it, but my wallet doesn't agree. I just don't know if ever I would purchase a single palette worth this much quids. My only gripe is the cost, otherwise, I would have purchased this palette with my eyes closed.

Kylie Cosmetics x KKW Collection l $45

Image: Kylie Cosmetics Website

Do makeup companies realize that there are skin tones darker than NC35? This collection was knocked out of the radar when Trendmood posted the first glimpse. 4 shades, and each and every one of them looking like clones with different undertones. The finish is also something that I don't fancy, glossy finish does not go well with my wild hair which has a tendency to get a little cozy with the lips. The only shade I can see work for me is "Kimmie", which doesn't make the kit a worth of a hassle to purchase.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palatte l $45

Image: Ebay

I am over the highlight game, I am sick and tired. I have enough highlighters to last me in this life and afterlife. The last highlighter palette that I invested in was the Becca x Chrissy palette. I have no regrets about the Becca palette as it's more of a face palette than just a highlight palette with blush, bronzer et all. The Huda Beauty highlight palette hype, however, I am not buying into, and if I ever want to switch my career and be a makeup artist (who am I kidding), I have the ABH That Glow palette at my disposal.

So what are the summer releases that you are not interested in?

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