The Wedding Makeup Guide – How To Look Your Best On Your Wedding Day

One thing that can act as a major dampener on your wedding day is makeup gone wrong. If your eyeshadow is a bit too smoky, your lipstick a bit too vampy, or your foundation a bit too pale, you may end up cursing your makeup artist for the rest of your life- whenever you flick through your wedding album. Here are some steps that you can take to make sure that you don’t look like a cakey, pale, or over-shimmery disaster on your big day.

  1. Decide what you want – There are a lot of factors that will determine the most suitable makeup for your bridal look. These factors include the time of the ceremony, the weather, your outfit, the wedding theme etc. Once your outfit and jewellery are decided for all the functions, skim through a few makeup looks on the internet and shortlist the ones that you like for each event. Take these images with you and discuss with your MUA whether they can work with what you have picked. This is what brings me to my second point – the makeup trial.
  2.  The Makeup Trial – If you have the time and the money, I will highly, HIGHLY recommend getting a makeup trial done. Try out multiple makeup artists if you are not satisfied with the first MUA you pick. Makeup trials allow you to gauge not only the skill of the MUA, but also whether the two of you can work with each other without guns being pulled out. Trust me, I have heard many a horror story of MUAs bullying brides and brides having emotional breakdowns due to the same. A makeup trial is the best time for the MUA to understand your preferences, and to add his or her professional expertise to make them more suitable for you. Take multiple pictures in different lighting, with and without flash, to figure out whether the final look works for you or not.


  3. The Balancing Act – While some MUA’s can be bullies, most of them know their art well. So if they tell you that the amount of makeup that you are normally comfortable with will not show up at all in the pictures, nine times out of ten – they are right. If you are someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis then all the contouring, the false lashes, and the colourful eye shadows might overwhelm you, but remember, you are not a bride on most days. The lighting at the venue will tone down your makeup and your outfit and jewellery will balance it out. So basically, do listen to your MUA with an open mind, most of their suggestions will be right, however, if they insist on making you two shades lighter than you are or decide to put all the colours of the rainbow on your face, run for your life (which is why a makeup trial is important because who can run in their wedding shoes?).
  4. Hair – Your hairstyle is something you might not give much thought to as compared to your clothes, your shoes, and your makeup. However, a good hairstyle can make or break your entire look. Pick a hairstyle that goes well with your makeup and outfit. This will also depend on whether you will have a chunari on your head or not, so choose accordingly.


  5. The Venue For The Makeup – Most wedding MUA’s these days offer the option to come to your home or the wedding venue to do your makeup. However, this blessing can also be a curse in disguise. Your house or the wedding venue can be very chaotic and the environment can fluster you while getting ready. Also, the MUA could be late due to a number of reasons, which may bring out your inner bridezilla. Furthermore, the dim lighting at most hotels is quite unsuitable for getting your makeup done as you may look totally different once you step out. So unless you have a punctual MUA and a quiet, well-lit place at your home/venue, it may make more sense to visit the makeup studio, where there will be more staff, more products, and more resources in general, to get you ready on time.


  6. Budget – Budget can be a huge determining factor in which MUA you pick but I will highly recommend selecting one that uses makeup of well-known brands. Personally, I feel that MAC products work really well for wedding makeup and are long-lasting too. If you do not find an MUA in your budget that uses MAC makeup then you can go for Lakme products instead.
  7. Prepping – Your makeup will never sit right if your skin is not in good shape. You need to up your skincare game several months before the wedding to look your radiant best. Check out my bridal skincare post to find out how to take care of your skin when you are a bride to be.

These are my tips on how to get your makeup on point for your wedding day. Let me know what you want the next post of the bridal series to be in the comments below!

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

I strongly believe that sunscreen is the skin’s best friend and have tried a good number of sunscreens in my life, however, I had never tried anything from the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Range even though I had heard great things about the products. I decided to finally rectify this and grabbed the Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion, and here is what I think about it.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

There is a wide range of Aroma Magic sunscreens available in the market, with varying SPF values and consistencies. I chose the cucumber lotion because it seemed like the perfect choice for the upcoming warm season and also because I prefer a sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30. This lotion is light-weight and liquidy, it spreads like a dream on the skin and gets absorbed quickly, leaving the skin hydrated but not greasy at all – exactly what I look for in a sunscreen.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

The product is an all natural mineral formula and has an earthy herbal scent that I quite like. It provides protection against UVA and UVB and also claims to lighten pigmentation. I am not too sure about the second claim though because I haven’t used the lotion long enough. It is also not waterproof, which is fine by me but may bother those who live in extremely humid regions. What I love though is that the lotion provides a semi-matte finish on the face and makeup sits really well on top of it.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

The presence of nourishing ingredients such as wheatgerm, coconut, and soyabean oils as well as anti-ageing skin foods such as Vitamins B5, C, and E makes this sunscreen lotion a lot more than just a sunscreen, it is basically a wonderful day cream for normal to oily skin. The description at the back of the tube shows how much thought has actually gone into making this product and it is unbelievable that it is priced at an extremely affordable INR 160 for a 50ml tube.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion | Review

Overall, I am extremely happy with this sunscreen lotion and can foresee that I will be going through multiple tubes of the product this summer. I absolutely love the quirky packaging, the affordable price point, the light-weight consistency, and the matte finish of this lotion and would highly recommend it to those who suffer from greasy skin. Now I know what the fuss is all about and absolutely stand by the words of those who sing praises of this sunscreen lotion!

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My Eye Cream Wish List

Can someone, anyone, please explain to me why eye creams are some of the most expensive skincare products out there, and why are so many excellent eye creams not available in India? I have been using the Mama Earth Eye Cream for several months, it is very nourishing and soothing but I feel that my under eye region is craving for a little bit more. The fine lines are irking me and the dark circles never go away, thanks to the lack of sufficient sleep. However, every eye cream that seems like something that would help with the situation can either not be shipped to India or is insanely expensive 🙁 Anyway, here are the eye creams that I have been eyeing, and hope to buy one day when I have all the money in the world to spare.

1. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Treatment 


Kathleen Lights says that the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye treatment helps a lot with dark circles, and when Kathleen Lights says something, I trust her blindly. This cream is available in India on BUT it costs a whopping INR 3200! I guess I will have to save up for this one.

2. Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream


Kaushal Beauty swears by the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream and the ingredients do seem promising. This one claims to brighten the under eye area and depuff the much-hated bags, and I wish that this was available in India. The websites that do ship it to India have crazy shipping charges and you will have to shell out anywhere between INR 3000-4000 including shipping. Wish someone got it for me for my birthday!

3.  Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream 


The Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Cream has been featured in various “top eye cream” lists over the years and this one claims to work on both fine lines and dark circles. It is priced at INR 2,200 on Amazon for a tiny 14ml tube, but I am not sure whether the product is the original one because the reviews on Amazon India are not that great.

So these are the eye creams I have been lusting over at the moment. If you know of a relatively inexpensive eye cream available in India that works on fine lines and dark circles then please let me know in the comments below. In the meantime, I will start saving up for at least one of these!



Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

Guest post by Huda Pervez from MakeupManiac

Hello everybody!

Today, I will be reviewing the Max Factor Brow Shaper. Personally, my favorite way of filling in my brows is with a brow pencil and I have tried quite a few, including NYX, Benefit, and Anastasia. Hence, I was pretty excited to put this product to the test and see it if matched up to some of my favorite brow pencils!  If you want to know my thoughts on this product, then keep on reading!

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

This brow pencil has two sides, like many other brow pencils, with one side being the actual pencil and the other side having a spoolie. The brow pencil itself is pretty thin and I was really impressed with that. I also like the fact that that you have to twist to get the pencil out instead of sharpening because I feel that sharpening wastes so much product.

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

The shade I got is ‘Deep Brown’ and this is the perfect shade for me. They only have 3 total shades in this brow pencil, which is a major downside.

Max Factor Brow Shaper | Review

On application, the consistency of this was a little waxy, which I liked. It was easy to build up and wasn’t too dark or harsh on the brows. Since the pencil is so thin, it really helped me be more precise and get in all the little spaces in my brows. With this pencil, I have so much control over how I want my brows to look as I could leave them looking natural or go all out by building the product up. I always like to go through my brows with a spoolie when I’m done, to blend out any harsh lines, and the small size of the spoolie helped me achieve that!

Overall, I am very impressed with this brow pencil, taking into consideration the fact that it’s only for $9.80 and works just as good as many of the drugstore and even high-end brow pencils.

What is your favorite brow pencil brand? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading! xx

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me complimentary by Influenster for testing purposes, however, all opinions are my own.

Click here to buy the Max Factor Brow Shaper

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams – Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches

I know, I know, I am too late to the party. In fact, the bandwagon has left without me, but I FINALLY bought myself not one but two NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, and even though there are already a ton of reviews of this product on the web, I thought that maybe some of you will care for my two cents? I have become a huge fan of nude lips lately, so I went for two nude shades, Zurich and Abu Dhabi, which look very similar when you see the packaging but are actually quite different when applied to the lips.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are cult products that almost every beauty blogger raves about. They have a matte but comfortable formula, a slightly moussier texture than a liquid lipstick but similar pigmentation and longevity. If you are a matte lipstick lover like me then they are the perfect alternative to a super dehydrating matte lip colour for the winter months. They glide on like a dream, provide an opaque colour in one swipe, set within a few minutes, and stay more or less in place for up to 5 hours. It is no wonder that this lip cream formula has been a favourite of all makeup lovers over the years.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches

Coming to the negatives of this product, the formula does tend to cling to any dry patches on the lips, so an exfoliator is a must if you have chapped lips. Also, it is not completely transfer-proof and the colour does fade a little each time you eat something. However, they do fade quite gracefully, without becoming patchy or streaky, and leave an even wash of colour on the lips. Also, they have the strong scent of candies which you may not like if you are sensitive to fragrances but I do not mind it because it fades within some time.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches
Abu Dhabi

The shade Zurich is a pinky nude which is deep enough to suit most Indian skin tones and is a nice everyday colour. Abu Dhabi, on the other hand is a paler, peachy nude with brown undertones. It is a true nude for my skin tone and may wash out deeper skin tones. I personally enjoy it with darker eye makeup or on no-makeup days.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams - Zurich and Abu Dhabi | Review and Swatches

Overall, I do enjoy the formula and colour of these lip creams and love that they are matte but not dehydrating. The price of INR 600 seems a little steep considering that there are dupes from Miss Claire and other brands available at less than half the price but I have personally not tried those yet. The shade range is also amazing and I am sure everyone will find a colour of their choice. So if you are looking for a comfortable matte formula for your dry lips this winter then the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams might be worth a shot.

Click here to buy the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer – Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

So Sugar Cosmetics recently came out with a range of bronzers, blushes, and highlighters and had all the Indian beauty bloggers going gaga over them. Sugar is a brand that has always impressed me, so I got my hands on the Contour De Force Bronzer in the shade Woody Wonder and joined the fan club. Here are my thoughts on this product.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

First of all, the packaging deserves a special shout out! It is cardboard with a magnetic closure but the beautiful lass on the lid will give you makeup goals, super chic I must say. The product in itself is a buttery smooth formula that glides on the skin and blends beautifully to create a natural shadow on the face. The colour is a warm brown that will suit fair to medium Indian skin tones, it may be a little light for darker complexions. I like the warm tones of the bronzer which give a natural bronzed look to the face without looking orange. I also like the fact that this bronzer does not contain any shimmer, so it is perfect for both contouring as well as for bronzing the face for a sunkissed look.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

The pigmentation is not too over the top, which I actually prefer because I do not like harsh contour lines left behind by hard to blend and overly pigmented bronzers. This one can be brushed gently along the jawline for a natural finish and can also be built up for a stronger contour. It does not look cakey, muddy, or ashy on the skin and provides the right amount of colour to give a chiselled look to the face. Also, although the single bronzers are marketed as minis, the pan size is quite good and I’m sure that the product will last me at least a few months.

Sugar Contour de Force Bronzer - Woody Wonder | Review and Swatches

I’m not sure if this picture actually does justice to the product but I hope that you can see the definition it provides to my cheeks. I will definitely recommend this bronzer to beginners as well as to those who like to sport a light contour on a daily basis. With sufficient building up, it is suitable for an evening out as well. Also, at the price of INR 399, you can’t really go wrong with this product, so add this cute little bronzer to your cart today!

Click here to buy the Sugar Contour De Force Bronzer in the shade Woody Wonder.

Some Do’s and Dont’s for the Bride To Be

The Great Indian Wedding can take a toll on even the attendees, so one can only imagine how flustered it leaves the bride at times. I often receive DM’s on Instagram from brides to be, asking about beauty rituals to follow, skincare tips, hair care rituals, and what not. Which is why I decided to create a list of Do’s and Dont’s for the bride to be, particularly an Indian bride, so that she can be better prepared for the big day.


1. Don’t use any new skincare/haircare product in the month leading up to the wedding. Whether it is a hair color or a chemical peel, perform patch tests and then start using the product at least 3 months prior to the wedding. This will ensure that you do not suffer from a horrible reaction or end up with a hair color that does not suit you at all on the night before the wedding.

2. Don’t let your makeup artist make you 3 shades fairer than you are. I have heard of horror tales where makeup artists bully the poor bride into wearing a foundation that is way too light for her or an eyeshadow that is too gaudy. How you look on your wedding day is something you will cherish forever, so make sure to go for a makeup artist who has good reviews and who is also accommodating of your own tastes. Remember, nobody looks beautiful just by painting extremely light foundation on their face.

3. Don’t choose stilettoes as your bridal footwear. While heels add a certain amount of grace to a wedding lehenga, stilettoes come with the risk of making you stumble and hurting your feet. Opt for comfortable wedges instead and try them on for a few hours beforehand so that you know for sure that they fit snugly on your feet.

Do’s –

1. Book a makeup trial with your MUA. It may cost you, but nothing is more expensive than looking like a nightmare on your own wedding day. A makeup trial is the only way to know for sure that your makeup artist is able to accommodate your choices, complement your natural beauty, and give you a look that goes well with your outfit and theme of the wedding. There are some MUAs out there who think bridal makeup only means a dark lip and smokey eyes, avoid them like a plague.

2. Try out all your wedding outfits a week prior to the wedding. You may have purchased your wedding outfits over a span of months and some of them may even be heirlooms. Try out each and every outfit a week or two prior to the wedding, just to make sure that they still fit well and that there are no broken zippers. You may have put on or lost a little weight in the lineup to the wedding, so this will give you some room for alterations and will prevent last-minute panic.

3. Feed yourself! Don’t get obsessed with losing 5 kgs in the week before the wedding. A flat belly is not more important than your health. Eat fruits and vegetables in good quantities and avoid dehydrating food items such as caffeine and salty snacks. Nobody would want the bride to faint on the stage, would they?

So these were some do’s and dont’s for the bride to be based on my experience. Let me know if you would want me to start a bridal series with this kind of content to answer the queries of the beautiful brides to be.



The Coming Of Age Of A Beauty Blogger

I started this blog almost a year ago but my love for makeup goes way beyond that. I was the kid who secretly retouched her lipstick after a school performance was over and the bride who silently missed her falsies once the wedding festivities gave way to the daily grind. Between the two phases, I was the teenager with blemished skin, whose peers were as prejudiced as you would expect kids that age to be at recognising the beauty that lies beneath the temporary curtain of pimples. This is how I was introduced to the world of foundations and concealers when I started attending college.

For the longest time, I believed that most skincare products were either ineffective or way beyond my budget. This skewed perception was perhaps caused by poor experiences with certain anti-acne drugstore products as a young kid who didn’t know her salicylic acid from her benzoyl peroxide, and also by the impatience I developed over the years that caused me to reject a lot of products if they didn’t show visible results within a week or so.


When I started blogging, it was primarily to share what I had learnt about makeup and skincare over the years with whoever cared to listen, but in the process, I also stumbled upon great bloggers who offered amazing product recommendations and some lesser known skincare brands who were just starting out but their products were way more effective than the big names in the industry. Thus began a tryst with skincare that made me fall in love with the lotions and potions, the exfoliating acids and soothing gels that actually started to improve the texture of my skin with time. After around 6 months or so, I reached a point where I was completely comfortable stepping out of the house sans makeup, a first for me in my adult life.

It was not just the efficacy of these new skincare products that I discovered but also the newfound patience that came with age, and the fact that I actually starting enjoying my 5 step skincare routine that enabled me to step out of the house without a drop of foundation on my face. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my makeup, but it is now more of a choice and a creative outlet than a daily chore or a self-imposed obligation.


I am extremely grateful for the messages I receive on Instagram asking for product recommendations. Some of these kind followers are brides to be while others are those in their late 20’s who are looking for ways to fight those fine lines. Most of the inquiries that I get are for skincare products, not for that perfect lipstick shade or the best foundation. This means that at the end of the day, almost everybody wants to enhance and celebrate their natural beauty. Makeup does add a special touch for certain occasions by providing a hint of sparkle and a dash of colour but will never look as good if you do not take care of your skin. This is the biggest lesson I have learnt in my one year as a beauty blogger and this is the message that I wish to propagate among all the girls who are struggling to meet the so-called “standards of beauty”.

At the end of the day, I know that I may never get rid of those dark circles completely or may never have perfectly flawless skin, but what the lovely women of substance I follow on WordPress and Instagram have taught me is that I am still beautiful, with or without makeup, and so are you!

All images are taken from Pixabay.



Medicos – V Aqua Blue Water Bank Essential Mask | Review

In the cold weather, my skin literally becomes thirsty for moisture. I can feel the dryness and stretchiness if I do not pamper my face a little bit extra with hydrating creams and face masks. I recently received the Medicos-V Aqua Blue Water Bank Essential Mask from as a part of their blogger collaboration program and this provided a much-needed drink of moisture to my skin.

Medicos - V Aqua Blue Water Bank Essential Mask | Review

This cellulose mask is a sheet mask that fits really well on the face and provides some much needed hydration to the skin. One of the primary ingredients of the serum that the mask is drenched in is Hyaluronic Acid, which is famous for providing suppleness and hydration to the skin, making it plump and more youthful. It also contains Adenosine that helps with firming the skin and preventing wrinkles.

Medicos - V Aqua Blue Water Bank Essential Mask | Review

The mask is extremely cooling on the skin and provides immediate relief to dehydrated or irritated skin. I left it on my face for around 15 minutes and it felt like I had immersed my face in a pool of soothing water. Upon removing the mask, quite a lot of the serum was left behind on my face which I massaged into my skin. My face looked visibly rejuvenated, and my skin felt baby soft and plump, something that is hard for me to achieve in winter.

Medicos - V Aqua Blue Water Bank Essential Mask | Review

This sheet mask is priced at $2.50 but is currently available at $1.80 on If sheet masks are your thing then this sheet mask is a must-have for the colder months for you. Do give it a shot and I promise you that your skin will stay healthy and bouncy all through the chilly season.

Nua Sanitary Pads Subscription Box | Review

Subscription boxes are all the rage these days and while some of them offer you luxury goods that you will never buy for yourself in the form of a goodie box, others are way more utilitarian and perfect for the busy woman. What could be more practical and useful for a woman than a box of menstrual hygiene supplies delivered to her doorstep every month? Every woman will agree that thanks to our fast-paced lives, we often forget about that time of the month being around the corner and are caught unprepared without any supplies at home. The Nua sanitary pads subscription box is something that can help you avoid such emergency situations altogether. I recently received a box from Nua as a giveaway price and here are my thoughts on it.

Nua Sanitary Pads Subscription Box | Review

The box contains pads for heavy, medium, and light flow respectively and you can customize your box according to your needs. A box of 15 pads is priced at INR 249 for a month and the price goes down further if you choose to pick 2 or 3 packs at once. You can also choose the frequency of the delivery of the boxes as once every month, once every two months, or once every three months. Basically, you can customize this subscription entirely as per your requirements to be never caught unprepared for your period ever again. The details of all these customizations are better explained on the Nua website, so do check it out for more info.

Nua Sanitary Pads Subscription Box | Review

Coming to the quality of the pads, they are thin, comfortable to wear and slightly scented to keep any odor at bay. Despite being thin, they absorb really well and are quite long wearing. They have well-positioned wings that keep them in place all day long and they do not cause any rash or irritation even if you keep them on for more than a few hours. The pads for heavy flow can really soak up a lot and even the pads for medium flow are good enough to be comparable to the overnight pads from other brands. I also love the discreet packaging of the pads – each of them comes in an individual envelope that is quite different from anything I have ever seen in India, which makes it slightly less obvious that you are carrying around a pad.

Nua Sanitary Pads Subscription Box | Review

Overall, I have nothing negative to say about this subscription service. It may cost you a little more than your standard pads but completely eliminates the hassle of keeping track of your period and heading out to buy pads every month. So if you are someone who is super busy and hates running this monthly errand then I highly recommend that you give this subscription service a shot!

Fall Nails Are Here!

Is it just me or does every girl feel a little more bad ass with a dark and vampy nail color on her talons? My favorite dark shade is oxblood and since fall is here, I can finally flaunt it without people thinking I am a little crazy. On my nails today is the shade Plumtastic from the Colorbar Quick Finish Nail Lacquer Range. This nail paint is richly pigmented and dries very quickly too but unfortunately, the brand seems to have discontinued the range because it is out of stock on almost all websites. However, if you do find it somewhere then do grab it because it is super opaque and longlasting while being pretty affordable too!




What is your favorite nail color for fall? Let me know in the comments below!


SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak | Review

I have recently been obsessed with foot soaks because nothing beats soaking your feet in warm, fragrant water when you wish to unwind after a long day. One of the foot soaks that I have been using lately is the SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak, which is a combination of marigold extracts, sea salt, and coconut oil.

SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak | Review

This foot soak is more of a moisturizing foot soak than a detanning or exfoliating one. It comes in the form of a vibrant yellow crumbly powder which contains bits of marigold petals and solid coconut oil. Upon mixing with warm water, the oil turns into a liquid and the petals remain floating in the water, creating a hydrating and luxurious looking soak.

SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak | Review

My feet feel completely relaxed and moisturized after dipping them in this foot soak for around 10-15 minutes. Like I said, this product is not very exfoliating but the salt and the warm water do help to get rid of some of the dead skin, revealing softer feet. Overall, this is a nice product for pampering your feet but the price of INR 1550 for 200gms of product seems a little steep to me. However, one sachet shown in the picture is of 22gms and gives me 2-3 uses when used judiciously, so it is not too expensive if you do the math. If you like hydrating foot soaks and love colorful bath products then you must give this one a shot!

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak here.