I usually tend to throw away my tarnished artificial jewelry because cleaning it is too much effort for the price of the actual item, however, this choker necklace I purchased from Shein.com tarnished so quickly and was so perfect for my style that I decided to give some DIY tips a shot.
So I used a trick I found on YouTube which is so simple yet so effective! I took a bit of toothpaste (I used Glister toothpaste from Amway but I think you can use any white toothpaste) and rubbed it vigorously throughout the length of the necklace – you can use a brush or your fingers for this step. Then I rinsed the necklace with plain water and patted it try. Although the polish of the necklace is still not as bright as it was when it was brand new, most of the dark discoloration has vanished and I can definitely use this necklace again.
So here is the final result-
I’m not sure if the picture does justice to the final outcome but most of the dullness and dark deposit is completely gone! So if you have some tarnished jewelry in your stash that you are not willing to part with, do give it a good rub with some good old toothpaste!
When it comes to makeup, each year brings some unique trends and I thought of recreating a few of them for you. I am starting off this series of the hot makeup trends of 2017 with a tutorial on how to create the bitten lips effect. If you are not aware of this trend, it is basically a gradient of color created on the lips, with the center of the lips being the darkest and the outer boundaries being quite pale. This trend gives a natural flush to the lips, as opposed to applying a bold color all over them. Here are a few simple steps with the help of which you can recreate this trend at home using only two products.
Step 1 – To make the color gradient more striking, you need to start with a pale base to work on. If you have naturally pale or light lips then you can skip this step but if you have darker or pigmented lips then apply a thin coat of concealer that matches the color of your skin. Place a few drops of concealer on the lips and gently pat them in with your fingers to get rid of any darkness.
Step 2- Now, apply a dark pink or red lip color of your choice to the central portion of your lips. You can either choose a dark lip tint, a matte lipstick, or a lipliner for this step. Make sure that the formula does not dry down immediately and gives you some time to blend the color. I used the Wet n Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in the shade Berry Red for this step.
Step 3 – With the help of a cotton bud, gently spread the color outwards to create a natural gradient. You want to leave the center of the lips darker than the edges but make sure that the edges don’t look too pale. If you feel that the color is too dark then you can apply a dab of concealer to the edges to create the perfect contrast. And, there you go! Your bitten lips are ready! I would recommend pairing this lip look with nude makeup for a soft effect.
Isn’t it amazing that you can create a look that has taken international runways by storm with just two affordable products? Do let me know if you try to recreate this look and share the pictures with me too 🙂 I will be back soon with my rendition of some of the other hot makeup trends from 2017!
Travel sickness, motion sickness, whatever you may call it, it is a curse that takes away half the fun from wanderlust. If you have never experienced any kind of motion sickness whatsoever, whether on a Ferris wheel or on a drive up a hill, consider yourself extremely lucky. The rest of you, I feel your pain because I have suffered from many an arduous journey myself. Here are a few of the things I have learnt over the years about coping with travel sickness, hopefully, my fellow sufferers will find these tips useful too.
Over The Counter Medication – If you suffer from extreme travel sickness then I would highly recommend asking a doctor for a prescription. Over the counter drugs work way better than natural remedies when the sickness gets out of hand. Make sure to go through the list of side effects and dosage instructions. If the medicine needs to be taken after a meal then make sure to eat before you take it, otherwise, it may have quite the opposite effect.
Audio Books/ Music – No matter what you do, do not read a book or look at your cellphone during a long and winding journey. Sometimes, you may not even be comfortable talking to others when you have a queasy feeling in your stomach. Carry some good music or an audio book to keep you distracted and entertained. Do inform your co-travellers regarding your woes so that they don’t think you are being rude and help out if the need arises.
Eat Some Chips – Believe it or not, if you have a long drive ahead, it may help to eat foods that absorb liquids, for example, potato chips or bread. Refrain from drinking too much water and definitely stay away from sodas, milkshakes and other dairy products. Pardon me for being gross, but the less slush in your tummy, the better. This will help in keeping your food down and will reduce the chances of you actually getting sick.
Candies and Mints – If the lack of liquids makes you feel dehydrated then try sucking on some hard boiled sweets or mints to keep generating the saliva. If you have the stomach for it, then go for some candy with ginger extracts because the root is known to prevent sea sickness. You can go for lemon candy too, it is your day to forget your diet for a few hours and indulge in these unhealthy foods. At least there is some benefit of travel sickness!
Always Carry A Bag – No matter how long the journey, always carry a bag to keep things under control. If you do not have a bag, you will worry throughout your journey about getting sick, and that is the last thing you should have on your mind. As hard as it may seem, think of something else, anything else. Sleeping helps some people but worsens the situation for others. Stay calm and breathe, this too shall pass!
These are the tips that have helped me the most in my struggle with travel sickness. Hopefully, you will find these helpful too. Remember, the more you travel, the more your body gets used to fighting travel sickness. So, make sure that the fear of travel sickness does not turn into the fear of travelling!
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.
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.
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.
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!
P.S. – This post is in collaboration with Adore Me, however, it is not sponsored and all thoughts are my own.
Sun exposure is one of the biggest contributors to skin damage and can cause tanning, dullness, and dryness too. However, venturing out in the sunlight is something very inevitable for most of us and, in fact, it comes with its own set of benefits (Vitamin D). This is why I recently purchased the Nature’s Co Aloe Vera After Sun Gel that offers relief from sunburns and cools down the skin post sun-exposure.
This product is an orange colored gel that smells like apricots and has a slightly sticky texture. It spreads on the skin quite easily and gets absorbed within a few minutes, and the stickiness disappears after 5 minutes or so. It provides a cooling sensation upon application that relieves the skin, and it also prevents tanning to a certain extent. My only complaint is that the product has a very liquidy consistency and therefore things can get a bit messy if you are not careful. Perhaps a jar instead of a tube would have been a more suitable option for the packaging.
Overall, I am quite impressed with the quality of this product because it delivers what it promises and does not make any false claims. The fact that it is made with natural ingredients such as aloe vera gel, peppermint extract, and bearberry extract, adds to its appeal. A 125ml tube of this product is priced at INR 425, which is quite good because I feel that one tube will last me the whole summer. I would highly recommend using this product, in conjunction with a sunscreen, to minimize the damage to your skin this summer.
Mascara is one of those makeup items that dries up the fastest and many women go through at least one tube of mascara a month. Before you throw away the next tube, make sure to look at these wonderful uses of mascara wands that will help you reuse the product in a different form! You can clean the mascara brushes with the help of some coconut oil or makeup remover and can use them in these ways instead-
1. Grow those lashes by applying some castor oil to the entire length of the eyelashes before going to bed. A mascara brush will allow you to evenly coat the lashes and to reach the roots with ease. You will see visible results within a week!
2. Love the formula of your new mascara but hate the wand? You can use the product with an old brush that you like instead. If the cap doesn’t fit on this tube then this might become a little tedious but will provide you with fabulous lashes!
3. Use double the action for double the drama. After applying mascara, if you notice some clumps then you can use a clean mascara brush to get rid of them and to evenly distribute the product. As an added bonus, this extra step helps to make your lashes look more dramatic too.
4. Nail the brow game by using a clean mascara brush to remove excess brow powder. A small mascara brush can also be used to groom the eyebrows when a waxing appointment is long overdue.
These are some excellent ways to use your favorite mascara brushes even after the product is all gone. Next time, think twice before throwing away your empties!
One makeup product that is the trickiest to apply during the summer months is foundation. Most medium to full coverage liquid foundations do not work well in hot and humid climates and end up clogging the pores. Therefore, as the temperature starts rising, I switch to mineral foundations, and the Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Foundation in the shade Cinnamon is my favorite.
This foundation comes in the form of a finely milled loose powder. I apply it with my trusty Real Techniques brush after using a primer and cream concealer on my skin. On its own, this foundation provides a medium coverage but I still feel that I need a little concealer for my blemishes and dark circles. A primer is essential to make the powder stay in place, but for the summers you can use a lightweight moisturizer instead. The product stays on my skin for around 4 hours after which I need a touch-up. The packaging is pretty compact and you can carry it around to conceal the shine throughout the day. The tiny holes allow just the right amount of powder to make it to the exposed surface but still be cautious as the powder does tend to go everywhere.
The shade Cinnamon is a yellow toned color that works perfectly for my skin tone. It offers a matte finish that keeps the oil at bay and lets my skin breathe even in the summer months. Spritzing a bit of rose water after applying the foundation also helps with making it sit better on the skin. I have added an image of me wearing this foundation on top of concealer for reference. It is also available in a bunch of different shades but is a bit pricey ($18 for 0.3 ounces). If you are willing to make the investment then this mineral foundation is perfect for oily skin and can cover small blemishes. If you like a more natural finish and do not want full coverage then this product is an excellent choice for daily use in the hot climate.
Have you ever been bothered by the amount of money you spend on your waxing appointments? Such a recurring expenditure might be concerning for many. Also, booking an appointment and clearing your schedule for the same is quite inconvenient. Another problem faced by some people is that if the wax is even a tad too hot, they suffer from a lot of ingrown hair after waxing.
Shaving and hair removal creams are good alternatives for affordable hair removal at home, but their effects are short-lived and you will be greeted by a sharp stubble within a few days. I personally prefer the Veet Full Body Waxing Kit to get rid of my body hair whenever I want to.
This handy kit contains 20 wax strips (2 strips are stuck together to protect the waxy side), and 4 oil wipes to remove the wax and hydrate the skin post waxing. You need to rub each pair of strips between your hands to warm the wax and then you can proceed with waxing as per the usual method. These wax strips effectively remove the hair and one strip stays sticky for up to 4-5 applications. Therefore, I never need more than 8 strips for my legs and arms. Since this kit of 20 strips is priced at INR 170, you can do the math to see how much more affordable they are as compared to a waxing session in a salon.
A few tricks that will help you with effective hair removal are to always place the strip in the direction of the hair growth and pull back in the opposite direction. Everybody’s hair grows differently, so make sure to follow the growth of your hair. Secondly, pull off the strips in one swift motion to ensure that all the hair is removed. Thirdly, if some stubborn hairs are not budging then bring out your tweezers and pluck them out. Lastly, store these strips in a relatively cool place to ensure that they don’t get overly sticky. If you follow these simple tips then you will get super smooth skin at home.
I find that this kit gives me comparable results to salons, with lesser pain and irritation. It helps to remove the dead skin and tan as well. The only issue is that since two strips are stuck together you can’t use an odd number of strips, and sometimes while you are working with one strip, the other one flies away! Other than this minor problem, I find that this waxing kit is perfect for regular use and also for touch-ups when you are too busy or traveling.
I hope that these tips and the review were useful. Buy the Veet Full Body Waxing Kit here.
If you want to keep only one eyeshadow in your makeup collection then go for a brownish golden shade. This color is the most flattering on all skin tones and can be applied all over the lid for a simple eye makeup look. Here is a look that I created in less than 2 minutes, using only two products, a bronze eyeshadow and an eyeliner.
This look is so simple yet versatile. You can wear it to work or even to a party with a nice lipstick. If you have sensitive eyes or do not like shimmer in general then you can opt for a matte brown or bronze shade instead. However, I personally prefer some subtle shimmer.
I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in the shade 25 Bad To The Bronze for this look. This eyeshadow has been a favorite of beauty bloggers for several years. It comes in a pot full of almost solid, cream eyeshadow that blends beautifully with the fingers. It sticks to the lids and does not budge all day, no primer needed. You can use it on its own all over the lid or can also use it as a base color for more elaborate looks.
I highly recommend investing in a pigmented cream eyeshadow that does not require any fancy tools for application. Just add a touch of eyeliner and your makeup will look so put together without requiring any effort at all. This is my trick for the hectic days when I can’t spend more than 5 minutes in getting ready.
I hope that this makeup tip was useful. Buy the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze here.
Summer has arrived early this year in India and I already find myself reaching for my face wash more often. I have been meaning to try the Cetaphil face wash for oily and acne-prone skin for quite some time now, however, my local pharmacy did not have it in stock. I had to settle for the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser instead, which is recommended for all skin types.
This product cleanses the skin without leaving it dry. It does not contain any irritating ingredients and the mild formula is suitable for sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soft and is excellent for removing the sweat without stripping the natural oils from the face. However, it does not help much with reducing oil generation, which is the primary concern for my acne-prone skin. If you want a product that helps with blemishes and pimples then this one is not meant for you. You can probably use some face wash that is formulated for oily skin in the mornings and nights and can use this one if you feel the need to wash your face during the day. Its gentle formula is perfect for unclogging the pores that suffer from heat and humidity. Those with dry skin can use this as a regular face wash, without any need for another product.
I also love the packaging of this face wash, it comes with a flip lid that prevents leakage and the wide bottle avoids the wastage of the product stuck at the bottom. The consistency is slightly thick and jelly-like which is also great for traveling. Moreover, you can use this product without water by simply wiping it off with a tissue. If you are out and about then this trick makes cleaning the face very simple, although I prefer using water. Priced at INR 215 for a 125 ml bottle, I think this is the perfect summer cleanser for those with dry skin.
I hope that this review was helpful. You can but this face cleanser here.
I will definitely try out the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser and will report back to you guys.
I recently used the Nivea After Shave Balm as a primer for a makeup look and loved the result so much that I decided to dedicate an entire post to this discovery. Several beauty gurus have showered praise upon this product for its priming properties and they are absolutely right! This balm has a semi-fluid consistency and a few drops are sufficient for covering the entire face. The key property is the sticky texture which allows the foundation to adhere to the skin and makes it stay in place the entire day. The stickiness might feel a little uncomfortable upon application but once you apply the makeup it will be fine.
The mild fragrance may seem a little manly but disappears within a few minutes. This is an extremely affordable alternative to a regular primer and is priced at only INR 235 for a 100ml bottle, which will definitely last you for months. It might not be able to mask giant pores but extends the longevity of makeup by hours while hydrating the skin. Additionally, this product is designed for sensitive skin and does not contain alcohol. So save your money and try this balm instead of splurging on high-end primers. I promise that it will not encourage the growth of facial hair 🙂
Hey everyone, how is the weekend going? You guys are the best when it comes to providing ideas for new posts, and this one is based on a suggestion from the lovely Sanchali (check out her blog here). Sanchali requested that I write a post about creating a natural finish using mineral makeup and wanted to know what are the products readily available in India which can be used for the same. Now, I do not have a lot of mineral makeup and I am definitely not a makeup artist, therefore I did my own version of the look and have used a combination of mineral makeup and pressed powder products.
The look that I have gone for couples nude glossy lips and brown toned eye makeup with smooth, glowing skin and a soft blush.
Here is a step by step description of how to recreate this look:
Step 1: Prime and Conceal
There are two golden rules that you need to follow when you work with powders. The first one is that powders need a base to stick to, therefore you must moisturize and prime your skin really well. I used a very unique product as a primer today, I went with the Nivea After Shave Balm for men! You may be surprised about this but it works as a really effective primer and is so affordable.
The second golden rule is to never apply cream products on top of powders. I needed to conceal a few blemishes on my skin, therefore I applied my favorite Loreal True Match Concealer (N4-5) to my primed skin before moving on to the mineral foundation.
I do not like overly pink blushes for my skin tone, therefore I mixed the blush and the bronzer shade from my Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in Medium. This combo gave a natural blush to my cheeks. Again, I used a Real Techniques brush to apply these products.
Step 4: Eye Shadow
I wanted a soft brown look for my eyes. I first applied the True Match concealer to my lids so that the powders would adhere to the skin. I then applied the bronzer shade from my Makeup Revolution palette to the whole lid and added a layer of the highlighter shade from the same palette, for a little bit of shimmer. I then created a brown eyeliner by using a wet brush to apply the dark brown shade from my Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette to the lash line.
This is the most important step if you want to get a glowing and natural finish with mineral/powder makeup. To prevent your skin from looking dry or cakey, use liberal amounts of a setting spray or facial mist. I have used the Loreal Paris Infallible Setting Spray but you can use any facial spray that you have at hand. This last step makes the makeup blend into the skin and gives a healthy shine to the face.
And that is it! It may seem a little lengthy but the actual application took me only 15 minutes. I am also linking all the products so that you can purchase whatever you like, however, you can easily recreate this look with any similar products that are available. Just remember the two golden rules and invest in good makeup brushes and a setting spray.