Blush As Contour? Beauty Trends Of 2017

I recently started a series of blog posts on the beauty trends of 2017 and you guys really seemed to like my post on the Bitten Lips trend. So, here I am with the second installment of the series and today we will talk about the dramatic trend of wearing blush as contour! This trend has been spotted not only on runways but also on the red carpet where some celebrities opted for a bright blush to contour their cheeks instead of the typical brownish bronze shade. Although this is one trend that is hard to sport in the day to day life, perhaps using a rose gold blush in small amounts instead of your standard bronzer can create a softer and more feminine look. For this post, however, I went all in and chose to go with a bright pink blush from my Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in the shade Medium.

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I went into my blush with a heavy hand because I wanted to create a very vibrant look. Creating this look is very simple, you basically apply your blush where you would normally apply your bronzer on your cheeks. If you are new at this, simply suck your cheeks in and add the color in the natural dent created in your cheeks. If you go for a deep colored blush then you will be able to achieve a similar chiseled finish as provided by a bronzer but the final look will be much quirkier.

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I opted for a deep pink lip and neutral eyes (a slightly dramatic liner though) but you can go all out and go for a purple eyeshadow to create a colorful extravaganza 😛 Afterall, this look is all about having some fun with colors. Also, please don’t mind my messy hair, I was in no mood to style them on a gloomy Monday morning!

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For the above picture, I blended the blush really well to create a more wearable look that you can flaunt outside the house. What remains is a soft wash of blush that accentuates the highlighter on the cheekbones really well. Definitely a winner for the days when you want a soft look that does not include any harsh contouring. I feel that this unique trend, if executed correctly, can help replace a bronzer during the spring months, for a more florals inspired pallet.

What do you think of this beauty trend? Would you be comfortable wearing a blush as a contour shade? Let me know in the comments below!!! <3

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation – 301 Warm Honey | Review and Swatches

When a foundation claims to last for 25 hours and numerous beauty bloggers swear by it, you have to try it out, right? The fact that the said foundation is created by one of my favorite drugstore brands, Rimmel, was another factor that encouraged me to buy this tube that comes with the promise of flawless skin. So, did the Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation live up to my expectations? Read on to find out!

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation ReviewI purchased this foundation online, which means that selecting the shade was quite a task. My basic strategy is to go for a darker than medium shade, especially if it is a foundation by an international brand. The shade I went for was 301 Warm Honey, which is a peach toned beige that matches the shade of my skin quite perfectly. Unfortunately though, the foundation tends to turn lighter on my skin with time and gives the appearance of a white cast within a few hours. This was quite a bummer for me because I really loved the texture and coverage of the foundation, perhaps I need to try another shade from the range to form a more solid opinion on the “whitening” phenomenon.

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation 301 Warm HoneyTexturewise, the foundation is quite impressive, it has a liquid consistency but still manages to provide almost full coverage on the skin! This is the reason that I love this foundation so much, it covers all blemishes and gives the appearance of perfect skin without looking cakey. I haven’t really tested the 25-hour claim but I can confirm that it does stay put on the skin for 12 hours without getting shiny or patchy. I would say that the finish is a natural matte that should work with most skin types.

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finsh Foundation Review Swatches 301 Warm HoneyThe foundation comes in a 30ml tube, which is priced at INR 600 in India. I was afraid at first that the tube will make the product go everywhere but it is not as messy as I had feared. In fact, it does dispense the right amount of product with a gentle squeeze. To be honest, INR 600 is a price that I would happily pay for a full coverage, long lasting foundation like this one. If only the white cast issue had not existed, this would have been the perfect foundation for me! I encourage all of you to try out this product but do go to a store and swatch the shades to make sure that the foundation does not change color on your skin. If you find the right shade in this range, you will never reach for another foundation!

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation in the shade 301 Warm Honey here.

 

Indian Wedding Guest – Styling Tips For Summer

If you are familiar with the Indian wedding calendar then you will know that a huge chunk of the wedding season coincides with the months of formidable heat. If you are invited to a summer wedding in India, the question of what to wear proves to be a difficult one. There are several factors that you need to take into consideration before you finalize your outfit for the big day as well as the accompanying events because, at an Indian wedding, a simple summer dress will never suffice! Here are a few tips from my end on the subject, that may help to simplify the dress selection process.

  1. The Venue – The first thing that you need to find out is whether the venue is an indoor one or an outdoor lawn. This, along with the timing of the event, will give you a rough idea regarding the range of temperatures that you will be subjected to. For an indoor wedding, you can get away with thicker fabrics and heavier materials, but for an outdoor event, stick to lighter fabrics and dress up the outfit with heavy jewelry.A-line Kurti Kurta Blue Orange Embroidery Wedding Guest Outfit
  2. Your Role – If you are a relative or a bridesmaid then you will have to run around quite a bit throughout the wedding. Remember, the priority is the comfort of the bride, so go for outfits and shoes that you can easily walk in. The above picture shows my outfit for an engagement party. I opted for an A-line Kurti because I needed a breezy outfit for the outdoor event. The embroidery adds the fancy element and my block heels give me a few inches while allowing me to run errands for the bride 🙂
  3. The Timing – The timing of the event needs to be taken into consideration before you zero in on an outfit. If it is a day event then you can opt for lighter colors and minimalistic makeup. For the night, however, choose darker colors and heavier makeup because you don’t want to get washed out by the photographer’s lights! I would recommend bright oranges, greens, and blues for the daytime and dark pinks and jewel-toned colors for the evening. The picture below shows my go-to outfit for an evening wedding ceremony. The dark pink color of the Sari is balanced well by the golden net. This sort of a combination looks festive enough, without being over the top.
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  4. Strike A Balance – You can always create the perfect look by pairing a heavy garment with less makeup and dainty jewelry and vice-versa. Go for a matte foundation, waterproof mascara/liner, and a long wearing lipstick that can brave the sultry heat. If you feel that your outfit is a bit on the gaudy side then leave your hair down to add a casual touch. Basically, balance the different components of your look to create the perfect wedding guest ensemble. Remember, you do not want to outshine the bride, so always add some subtle and simple elements to your outfit.

These are some of my tips to look fabulous this wedding season without breaking a sweat! I hope that you find these tips useful in case you have a wedding to attend in the near future!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

Summer Date Night Outfit Ideas

Choosing a comfortable yet stylish outfit is always a hard task, especially during the summer months. When getting ready for a date, you want your skin to breathe but do not want to look too casual either. I recently styled a summer date night outfit inspired by the cute lingerie sets from Adore Me. Their collection is incredibly feminine yet comfortable, which gave me the idea to slip into this deep turquoise lace dress that is comfy yet chic.

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The subtle see-through elements at the sleeves and the hemline add to the feminity of the dress and the body-con fit accentuates the figure perfectly. The fabric is very comfortable and stretchable, making it ideal for the sultry heat. In the summer, I want my feet to be comfortable too, therefore I went for these chunky brown heels that add a bit of height without being hard to walk in.

IMG_8966.JPG I chose a breezy, ruffled hairstyle that wouldn’t be difficult to maintain and used a few simple golden accessories to add a formal touch to the look. A gold cuff and a gold clutch complement the color of the dress really well and also provide a glam quotient. You can even opt for a sling bag if you prefer those.

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For my makeup, I wanted something simple, with a pop of color. I chose a matte foundation and a nude lip gloss and added the color in the form of a gorgeous duo chrome eyeshadow. I can wear this outfit and makeup all day/night long without feeling sweaty or uncomfortable. With the right amount of mixing and matching, you can make sure that you do not have to compromise on elegance even in the summer months!

What is your go to summer date night outfit? Let me know in the comments below!

XoXo,

Mrinalini

P.S. – This post is in collaboration with Adore Me, however, it is not sponsored and all thoughts are my own.

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Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #20 Sand | Review

I am late to the Maybelline Fit Me party because I have always been a Loreal girl, but now that I am here I might be converting slowly! I purchased the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade #20 Sand several months ago but unfortunately, the shade was too light for me, so I shoved it to the back of my makeup drawer. However, I have recently been using it for brightening up my under eye area and also under my foundation to cover some dark blemishes and I must say that I am really enjoying the product now.

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The concealer comes in a thin tube with a doe foot applicator that allows precise application. The formula is creamy and quite blendable and provides medium to full coverage. The texture is light and the product does not crease even after 8 hours of wear.

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The best thing about the product is that it is quite affordable for the quality. The concealer is priced at INR 500 for a 6.8 ml tube, which is almost half the price of my favorite Loreal True Match Concealer! Although I feel that the Loreal concealer is a little more blendable and buildable, but for daily wear, I will most probably switch to this one because it is almost as good yet so much cheaper.

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The only con of this product is that the shade range is quite limited. There are only 3 shades in the range with Sand being the medium shade. I will be purchasing the dark shade to wear on top of my foundation because clearly, this one is too light for that. It would be great if Maybelline could introduce at least 2 more shades in this range but if you find a shade that works for you then this product is definitely a keeper.

Buy it here for INR 400 only!

Birthday OOTD

So it was my birthday yesterday and I thought that a birthday OOTD was in order. I was going out in the daytime but staying out till night, therefore I needed an outfit that would transition well from day to night. However, the outfit needed to be a little special because a birthday arrives only once each year. So here is what I wore on my birthday.

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White is a great color for both night and day, so I chose this sheer white sleeveless shirt with plenty of bling provided by the golden beads. I paired it with my favorite pair of jeans because comfort is life. Also, I knew that there would be a lot of walking, so I went for these shimmery flats that bring the outfit together.

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As for makeup, I opted for a subtle gold eyeshadow and a brownish red lipstick. I was quite happy with the final result as it seemed appropriate both for the day and the night and added a little sparkle to my special day!

Buy the top here.

Buy the shoes here.

Buy the jeans here.

 

5 Beauty Hacks To Look Good On A Sick Day

We all have those days when our throat hurts, our eyes burn, and our nose is clogged but we still have to make it to work. When all we want to do is snuggle up in a blanket with a hot water bottle then how to look good is the last thing on our minds. However, a little effort will make you feel fresher and less miserable. Here are 5 hacks that will make you look more presentable on a sick day when you are forced to face the world.

1. Dry Shampoo- If you are down with a cold then chances are that your hair hasn’t been receiving much love. Spritz some dry shampoo on your roots to give a bounce to your locks. This trick will make you feel instantly cleaner and more put together.

2. Scarf It Up- Sticking to comfortable clothing is essential on a sick day. A colorful scarf will help brighten up your outfit and your mood while keeping you warm too. It will make you look smart without compromising on the snug factor.

3. The Lip Balm Trick- Some of the most annoying side effects of a cold are chapped lips and painfully dry skin near the nostrils. You can use a lip balm or some petroleum jelly to keep your lips and your nose moisturized all day. Using a lip balm to hydrate the nose is extremely handy when you are out and about.

4. Long Lashes- Even if you don’t apply any makeup to your face, curling your lashes will make your tired eyes look so much more alive. If you are up for it then you can even apply a coat of waterproof mascara to give that extra length to the lashes and to draw attention away from the dark circles.

5. Peppermint Perfume- A perfume with a minty scent won’t only make you smell nice but will also help to unblock your nose. You can even rub a little peppermint essential oil on your wrists and throat to carry around an invisible decongestant with you.

These are some of the tips that help me survive a sick day at work without looking like an absolute wreck. Hope you find these helpful too!

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5 Pressurizing Standards of Beauty

As a person who writes about beauty products on a regular basis, I feel that it is my responsibility to speak about the darker aspects of this world as well. Beauty standards all around the globe are becoming more and more unforgiving by the minute, making it painfully hard for women to feel confident in their own skin. Of course, in an ideal world, everyone should be brave enough to embrace their “flaws” but constant scrutiny at a microscopic level can make the strongest succumb to the pressure. Here are 5 beauty standards that I would banish from the face of the planet if I had supernatural powers (until then, this blog will have to suffice).

1. Greasy roots – So many women feel obliged to wash their hair more often than they want, just to avoid showing up at work with those darned greasy roots. This makes for an arduous chore if you have long, fine hair and live in one of the hot and humid parts of the world. Shampooing the hair is an activity that should help maintain personal hygiene, and greasy hair doesn’t necessarily mean dirty hair. This obsession with super clean, fluffy hair has to go.

2. Hairy Body- Waxing, shaving, plucking and pulling, the pains that women have to endure to ensure that someone doesn’t die at the sight of their hairy armpits! One day when (Wo)man has evolved enough, there will no longer be any hair on the human body. Until then, it would be great if people could learn not to collapse if a few strands of hair poke through the stockings or the eyebrows are not perfect arches.

3. Blemished Skin – Only a small minority is blessed with flawless skin that is as perfect as porcelain. The rest of us do have acne, scars, and redness, and covering them up with layers of makeup does not work wonders for the skin. Of course, we like applying makeup when we want to conceal our blemishes, but do let us be if our skin needs to breathe. Most of us are well aware of our imperfect skin, so concerned comments about the bumps and pores do not really serve any purpose.

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4. Chipped Polish – Let us face it, chipped polish is and will always be a reality. Nobody carries a bottle of nail paint around for a quick touch up every time they need to use their hands for ripping open packages or scrubbing utensils. It is hard to defy the laws of wear and tear, so let us stop considering chipped polish as a cardinal sin. Who knows, it might be the next hot trend after clumped mascara and messy lipstick.

5. Muffin Tops – It is obvious that nobody would refuse picture perfect abs if they were offered on a platter, however, they are not. Muffin tops are not necessarily the result of a sedentary lifestyle and could be caused due to a lot of factors ranging from hormonal fluctuations to genetics. Starving, Spanx, or an incredible ability to hold your breath should not be mandatory for looking fabulous.

These are some of the beauty standards that I refuse to abide by on most occasions. It will eliminate a lot of stress if you stop giving importance to these rules each time you get ready. How you want to dress up and how much makeup you want to apply should always be governed by your choice (that may fluctuate each day). So relax and be yourself 🙂

All images are taken from Pixabay.

Why You Need Makeup Brushes

If your high-quality makeup is still not able to provide you the flawless finish that you desire then chances are that this is due to the lack of good blending tools. A great makeup brush or sponge is absolutely essential for blending the product perfectly, to achieve a smooth finish. A poor quality makeup brush makes foundation look streaky and patchy, especially if it is a high coverage foundation with a thicker consistency. Eyeshadow will also sit oddly on the skin if not blended properly.

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The sign of a good makeup brush is that it will not shed and will be soft enough to not leave marks of the brush strokes on the skin. My personal favorites are the brushes from Real Techniques and Zoeva. They may be a little expensive but, unlike makeup, will last for many years if you take good care of them and wash them regularly. This Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio was originally priced at INR 1100 but was heavily discounted on Amazon and ended up costing me only INR 500. The quality of the mini brushes is exactly the same as that of the original ones, only the handles are shorter. Those who want to find out what the fuss is all about can opt for this kind of a kit and I am sure that they will never look back.

Buy it here.

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First 100 Subscribers, Valentine’s Day and Giveaway Possibilities

It has been less than a month since I created this blog and yesterday I hit 100 subscribers, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I love the wonderful community of fellow bloggers that have stopped by to appreciate and encourage me in the first leg of my journey. The best part is that I had not known any of you before I started this blog, so basically, I made 100 new friends. I want to thank each one of you with all my heart.

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The spirit of love is in the air, thanks to the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Even though some of you may not believe in the concept of this day, but I take it as a reminder to spare some time to think about all those who play a crucial role in my life. This is a wonderful opportunity and excuse to put your thoughts into words and express your love for those who matter. They may already know that you care but a little reaffirmation does go a long way!

Extending the same to this blog, I would like to express my love by arranging a giveaway. I am not sure about the details yet, perhaps I will keep it open till I reach 500 (or 300) subscribers or maybe I will announce the winner on my birthday next month. I am not even sure about the prize yet, but it will either be some lip products or eye products or both. Since it is my first giveaway there will be only one winner and only those living in India or having an Indian address will be eligible (I am really sorry that this one is not international but I promise that the second one will be international for sure!).

To enter the giveaway you have to do the following –

  1. Subscribe to this blog.
  2. Subscribe to my other blog ScribblesInGrey.
  3. Follow me on Instagram @mrinalinism
  4. Follow me on Twitter @mrinalinisachan
  5. Comment on this post that you have entered the giveaway and also let me know whether you would prefer eye products or lip products as the prize.
  6. Tweet the link to this post to invite more participants and tag me so that I can retweet 🙂 (Optional)

I will choose one winner at random from all the entries. The deadline for the giveaway and the prize will soon be announced in a separate blog post. Edit: Find out about the prizes and deadline here 🙂

Lots of Love,

Mrinalini

 

 

Loreal Paris Lock It Fine Control Hairspray | Review

I am not a huge fan of hairsprays because they leave my fine hair looking crispy and stiff. However, there are days when I want my curls to hold and I always go back to this product to achieve a natural look. The Loreal Paris Lock It Fine Control Hairspray claims to provide 48-hour hold and it actually does. It does not leave the hair crunchy and hard and you can easily brush through the hair if you need to.

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This product is perfect for daily use as well because it is not too heavy. It does have a perfumy smell though, which I personally like but those who are sensitive to fragrances might have an issue with. A giant 8.25 oz can is priced at around INR 850 in India and is ideal for the days when your hair just won’t cooperate.

Buy it here.

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Soft Pink Makeup Look for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I always prefer to go for a pink and floral themed outfit. This look, however, is also perfect for any date in the daytime or a brunch with the girls. I think that the slight hint of green in the makeup adds a special touch and pairs really well with the shades of pink.

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This look is very easy to recreate with basic products and would go well with pastel colored dresses if you tweak the shades as per your outfit.

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I do not like to spend too much time on getting ready, so I usually opt for a simple look like this.

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These are the products that I used on my face today-

1. Foundation – Loreal Infallible 24H Foundation in the shade 250-Radiant Sand.

2. Concealer – Loreal True Match Concealer in the shade Light-Medium

3. Eyeshadow – Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush in Fresh Coral & the light green shade from the Rimmel Comfort Zone Palette.

4. Eyeliner + Waterline – NYX Eye Pencil in the shade 909 – Vert

5. Mascara – The Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

5. Lips – Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in the shade 225 – Sultry

6. A touch of bronzer from the Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in the shade medium.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day and what are you going to wear?