“Dussehra” is an Indian festival. Today, on this very auspicious day, I wish you all a very happy “Dussehra” or “Vijayadashami”. May God take all your worries, pain & sorrow away and bestow you with a prosperous happy & healthy life.
Today, I started my day watching a motivational youtube video of Shri. Gaurgopaldas and I thought sharing with you guys. I like when he said,
“Great personalities are not born in the maternity ward but created by choice.”
India is well known for its diversity, different cultures, and various regional languages.
If you have any Indian friends around you then you might have heard about the “Diwali” or “Holi” celebration a lot. But Have you heard about “Raksha Bandhan” also knows as “Rakhi”?
Since Rakhi is just around the corner I thought sharing its importance and why Indians celebrate it with enthusiasm.
So it is the Hindu festival but these days seems it has become very popular among Indians irrespective of religion. It is a very unique way to celebrate the love of a brother for his sister. Quite interesting, right!
Again I would like to mention that Indians usually follow their regional yearly calendar to check auspicious date or time called “Mahurat” to perform or to begin any ceremony. So like I said they go by their timetable, and as per the Hindu calendar, it is “SHRAVAN” month. A very divine and sacred month.
What is so special about Rakhi and why Indians celebrate it?
The history of Raksha Bandhan lies in a Hindu mythological great epic story “Mahabharata”. Even if I wish, It would be hard to explain each n every character and the storyline in detail here in this post. So leave it for some other day.
Instead of getting into story details, Let’s see how people love to celebrate it.
“Rakhi” or “Raksha Bandhan” is celebrated in the month of “Shravan” (July 23-Aug 22) as per the Hindu Calendar. On this day girls get one more day to flaunt in their best outfit. A day for a brother to express his caring n loving attitude towards sisters.
A day starts with a very beautiful morning. One can feel the festivity in the air. First ray of sun touching the soul with great joy. I wish I could express that enthusiasm in the words.
Great importance to a “Rakhi means Band”. A colorful thread. Sister ties “Rakhi” on the wrist of their brothers and in exchange brother promises his sister he will stand by her side in any circumstances. It also means brother will always protect her sister and save her from evil eyes. Sisters also pray for their happiness.
The best thing is like I do not have any brother but we still have cousins (Brothers). So there must be many girls/women like me who do not have real brother. Yet they get to celebrate it with the same amount of love. Again not just about cousins, even you have somebody in your life with a “brotherly” figure. You can definitely celebrate it with a mutual understanding.
A very unique right? Yes, Indeed it is!
Let me know how you celebrate or express your love for your brothers or siblings. Hope you like today’s blog.
This time I did something very different eye-makeup. I know this would not be new for many of you but for me. I have always loved warm or brown eyes n still like it as it is a great choice for everyday look.
Keeping my ideal preferences aside I thought I should try something distinctive look. Let me know what do you think about it.
Please forgive me if my brows or any other make-up application is not up to the point as I am still learning it. However, I would like to mention products I have used just in case if you might find it helpful.
Today I am going to review liquid foundation By Bobbi Brown. I usually prefer compact powder foundation over liquid but this time I really wanted to try liquid foundation.
In the picture below, you will see Bobbi Brown stick foundation next to a liquid one. I did not intend to order both but it kind of happened that I ended up having them in my makeup kit. So there is a short story behind it and if you wanna know then skip the review and scroll down till the end.
I am going to present my thoughts on liquid foundation and the stick is just for color comparison purposes.
Bobbi Brown Skin long-wear weightless Foundation SPF 15
Before I start I would like to mention my skin type. I have a combination skin with T-zone oily occasionally.
“16-hour, medium coverage matte formula” – I really can’t comment on this as at the max I wear foundation for 8-9 hrs or less. So as far as I know it, it won’t budge even in the hot sunny summer of Texas.
The best thing is, It has SPF 15 in it. Little extra protection from the UV rays.
They say it is “Sweat-resistant” but my nose and chin get sweaty in summer all the time so I will rule out this claim as “Sweat-resistant”. In winters, it might be true😉.
When I got this foundation home my face was actually breaking out very badly. I could see so many dark acne marks on my face. Then I saw so many people rave about this foundation and I made up my mind to splurge on it. I am very pleased with my decision. So YES!!! It does not cause acne. It’s my personal experience telling you.
Besides, I like this liquid foundation has about the right amount of consistency, not thick but not runny as well. I am not a fan of it. Apart from its consistency it gives a very natural finish and is definitely buildable.
But there is one drawback (In my opinion), you will have to try to work on your face as soon as possible because it dries fast. And if you try to dab more liquid onto it. Your make-up brush will not forgive you as it sets very quickly as it’s a matte foundation.
It is not a Fragrance-Free foundation. For me, I don’t mind it because the smell is not long-lasting and fades away even before you realized it.
Coverage is buildable and pretty much good with concealing any pigmentation, acne scars, or uneven skin tone. Being said that, you might want to keep a good corrector handy to hide any prominent acne scars or spots to get that flawless look.
As far as Oxidation is concerned. I have noticed that it has an oxidizing tendency. Now I really don’t know if it is the primer I use make it to react when I go out. But Yes! I have experienced it.
Even though it is a non-cakey foundation, I have noticed little dry patches on the skin if I hold the mirror closely. And Yes! I apply moisturizer generously day and night. so dryness is definitely not an issue here.
Yes! It is pricey $50 USD. So if you are happy with your drugstore foundation then I would say buy it during the “Black Friday/Christmas” sale or just skip it 😀 until you are ready for “Hit or Miss” trials.
Short story behind a stick foundation.
Choosing a shade online might be a tricky task or sometimes deceiving checking it on online models. When you try to chat with BB online and if it’s your lucky day you will get the right shade or else 😅 there would be trust issues. I hope you get my point.
Sharing My online chat experience with BB.
BB online Rep. assisted me and suggested Warm Natural 4.5. I contacted them 5 times but out of which 2 said Warm natural and others were telling whatever they want 😂😂😂😂. So finally I chose it and ordered it. And then again I talked to them just to tell them that I need one shade lighter foundation(I think warm natural is bit more yellow for me) and what I got to hear is that “Natural Tan” is the right shade 🤯 for me. Dang, it !!!
Luckily at the same time, I asked her if the same shade goes for stick foundation and Rep. said “Yes!”.
And Finally, I got my money back Yay!! so no worries.
Then I happened to visit a cosmetic company store during my trip to Indianapolis. There I saw this BB stick on 40% off sale. I could not resist and ended up buying this stick foundation in shade “Natural Tan”. So this color is actually a great match for me but I wish it was a liquid one as stick foundation has actually a very poor coverage.
Stick might be a great choice who have fewer skin issues viz light pigmentation or spots.
My Final Thoughts
I would say this is a good foundation but not very best for the $50 USD if I compare it with Estee Lauder Double wear liquid foundation. However, BB liquid weightless foundation has a “Pump” to despense desirable amount of product which so handy even if you are in hurry it makes application job so easy.
BB liquid skin long-wear weightless foundation is far better than BB stick foundation. As liquid foundation really has a nice finish and looks so natural than stick foundation.
Recently I visited the Ulta store, there while talking to one of the associates I came to know that “Oxidation” is a common issue with BB liquid foundation. Just for FYI.
So what do you think about BB foundations? If you have any tricks or suggestions to avoid oxidation then please let me know.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Taking one start off due to oxidation issue and price. Otherwise it is a good foundation and pretty much better choice for acne prone skin.
This is going to be a very short post. Yes! it is about my birthday which was on 16th July.
I remember last year 2020, I really wanted to celebrate my birthday with my few (actually very few) friends. But pandemic was a very new word for all of us and everybody preferred to stay isolated as we all were very scared and started to avoid any sort of gatherings. All the enthusiasm was gone. All I was thinking that, hopefully next year would be different.
And this year 2021 my birthday was indeed wonderful and contented because of my family.
16th July 2021 was kind of different birthday for me. Ask me why? Because of my 5 years old daughter “EVA” and my husband “SUHAS”. On my birthday they both were very excited I would say more than me. They wanted to do all those things one could wish for their special day including “piñatas” especially my daughter. Ha ha ha !!!.
They both really made my day.
They are the reason I wanted to celebrate it. Yes! they both are the reason I felt to get dressed and clicked some photos.
Last but not least, I would like to say “Thank you very much to all my friends” who wished me on my social media accounts. It really made me feel star of the night.
Today I am going to review Travel Size Born This Way Setting Powder in the shade – Translucent.
If I tell you that I love make up but have tried one or two drugstore setting powders then you might wonder n laugh at me but it’s 100% true. I was a little bit skeptical about loose-setting powders as I was happy with my Estee Lauder compact. Therefore did want to spend more on just loose setting powder.
I see people rave about Laura Mercier’s setting powder which is actually pricey and would like to see if it worth the hype when I am done with this Too faced travel size powder.
Anyways, this powder will never disappoint you. Trust me! Such a beautiful lightweight formula sets the makeup and gives a natural finish look.
Although I am a beginner, the other day I was trying to play with purple eye shadow and did full-face make-up so please ignore my BROWS. I was very excited to use this little guy to set my face with and it really made me happy. You can see me in the picture below.
So what does it say?
A lightweight powder sets foundation & concealer perfectly providing a silky and luminous natural finish. The formula is infused with hyaluronic acid, which gives a smoother, more youthful appearance. It also helps brighten and boosts skin radiance. It is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, etc.
What I think about it?
I am quite happy with this travel-size loose setting powder as it gives a flawless finish and looks natural on the face. It seems it really locks the foundation & concealer efficiently. A very fine powder that can be easily inhaled while applying the powder so make sure to use it properly…he he he !!! I mean yeah it is a very ultra-fine formula and gives outstanding results.
I chose the Translucent shade because I knew it is the only shade that can give me a natural finish. So if you running out of your setting powder I would suggest go n grab one travel size first. You get a 1.5g/0.05 Oz product for $16 USD.
Oxybenzone is the most common ingredient found in 70% of all sunscreens and personal care products.
Now, what really made me think about its ingredients? Well, when I eagerly wanted to change my old sunscreen because it was so strong that I could taste it all the time in my mouth. Of course, it is bitter in taste!. Don’t know about you but for me, its unforgiving flavor was giving me a very hard time to wear a face mask and was utterly inconvenient for me to continue with it.
So, my quest for better sun protection started at Target store. I never knew or for that matter never tried to understand what is in my SPF as long as it was protecting me from UV rays. And when I saw these labels on Neutrogena sunscreen I was like what the heck is this?. Does it mean I was using unsafe sunscreen on my skin all these years?
So today let’s talk about what is Oxybenzone and why companies are advertising their sun protection products as “Oxybenzone Free”.
What is Oxybenzone?
Oxybenzone works as a sunscreen by absorbing UV radiation. During this process, a chemical reaction occurs and the sun’s UV rays are converted into heat and released from the skin.
Is Oxybenzone safe?
Scientists and Researchers have been showing concern about oxybenzone in particular because it is absorbed through the skin in large amounts.
Oxybenzone causes allergic skin reactions, act like as an endocrine disruptor in many studies. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.
Some studies show Oxybenzone is a “potential hormone disruptor” when tested on animals. They have enough evidence that proved it disrupts hormones in animals. But it has not yet tested on humans for various reasons until now.
Believe it or not, Oxybenzone could be more harmful to children than adults because of the potential for higher absorption.
But just because there are still a lot of test results flagged it does not support its direct relation to human health according to other researchers. Simultaneously, several other (Countries) studies & surveys conducted, Oxybenzone is very dangerous statistically significant associations between oxybenzone exposure during pregnancy and birth outcomes.
As a result, it is still controversial issue & researchers are investigating more as hard as they can to save the human as well as our planet .
FDA is requesting to conduct detailed study & research on Oxybenzone (and other chemicals )which may pose a threat to humans that measure skin absorption as well as potential impacts on hormone levels, reproduction, and development.
As to express full cooperation & compliance to their studies, companies sell their products with “Oxybenzone free” labels. Nonetheless, SPF contains other chemical elements like Homosalate, Octocrylene etc.
What are the different types of sunscreen?
Sunscreens are categorized into two types Physical (minerals) & chemical.
Physical sunscreens are mineral one which contains active ingredients like Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide. Mineral sunscreens act as a physical barrier on top of your skin, reflecting the sun’s rays away from your body. They are known as safe minerals.
Chemical sunscreens have active ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, and octocrylene. It contains synthetic compounds which absorb the UV light before it reaches your skin. They are known as toxic chemicals.
Why sunscreen is bad for the ocean?
So eventually all sunscreens can be bad for Ocean’s marine life except a very few which has natural elements along with less concentrated active ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. It is recommendable to use micro-sized (or non-nano) mineral sunscreens to avoid nanoparticles as its smaller particles can make ocean water biologically toxic.
On the other hand, SPF containing oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, and octocrylene with other ingredients like Parabens, any nanoparticles, or “nano-sized” zinc or titanium, etc basically are known to toxic & harmful to corals.
Along with a global warming these chemicals give us one more reason to sabotage marine (coral) life and to kill it.
What can I do to save the ocean and to protect my skin?
My conclusion is yes I can of course contribute to save marine life. Simple whenever I am not going near the water or swimming I can use the sunscreens Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide.
If I really want to hit the beach or in mood of snorkeling I would definitely try to find out SPF which does not contains following list of ingredients:
Any nanoparticles or “nano-sized” zinc or titanium (if it doesn’t explicitly say “micro-sized” or “non-nano” and it can rub in, it’s probably nano-sized)
Any form of microplastic, such as “exfoliating beads”
Important : I am no expert. All the above information isn’t personally verified but read and studied with the help of material found on google resources.For more detailed information I would suggest to read guidelines mention by FDA & AAD (American Academy of Dermatology association) regarding SPF/Sunscreens and its active ingredients.
Kindly let me know what do you think about this blog and would appreciate if you guys could contribute (rectify info if any) to this post regarding “Octinoxate free” or “Marin life safe” sunscreen.
Hello Friends! Today I am going to review a powder foundation. I personally feel powder foundations are best as they are so quick to apply and mess-free. But of course, liquid foundations are always going to be on the top hierarchy as they provide a flawless canvas and hence, are simply irreplaceable.
Important things to mention is, my skin is Normal/combination. I love to wear matte natural-looking foundations with medium coverage. And I don’t mind if some nasty acne/spots peek through it.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
On website it says, “a one-step pressed powder and foundation that gives skin a 12-hour ultra-matte finish while controlling shine and without causing acne.” So yes! that’s true. It is such an amazing product by MAC. It is a beautiful matte press powder foundation & lightweight. It indeed feels like your second skin if you get the exact color match. Although it has 53 shades to choose from, one should know what shade to choose without any doubt as even if the light application can give you the desired result.
So my shade is NC 42 – TANNED PEACH WITH GOLDEN UNDERTONES FOR MEDIUM TO DARK SKIN (NEUTRAL-COOL). And unknowingly if I go overboard with it like even 2 layers, instantly my face looks like an orange. Well reason is, I was recommended a wrong shade by the Mac Rep. When I contacted MAC again they suggest NC40. After that, I did not dare to spend money blindly unless I go to the store and try it personally.
I use it during hot/summer days, as I know my skin easily get tanned so NC42 works good if I use it mindfully.
Anyways, yes it is easily buildable and flawless. Definitely wearable on its own if you wish to skip a liquid foundation like I do (No-makeup look) or can be used as a setting powder.
Here, I am going to validate few points as to what MAC says and what I think after using powder as a foundation without any liquid foundation.
Long-wearing, 12 hours – I don’t think so it is true as I can see after wearing it for 7-8 hrs, I can feel my skin getting little bit oily and foundation starts to wear off so touch-up is needed.
Immediately reduces the appearance of pores – Yes, skin looks even-toned and since it is a powder it blends well into the skin so apparently pores might look smaller.
Controls oil and shine, 8 hours – Yes, true but touch-up is needed.
For all skin types, especially oily skin – Yes, for combination/normal like mine.
Stay-true color, 12 hours – Not sure as I never tried it for 12 hrs.
Does not cause acne – Yes, very true.
Non-streaking/non-caking/non-settling, 12 hours – Yes true but not sure for 12 hrs.
Sweat- and humidity-resistant – Yes, up to a few hrs in hot summer. .
Photo-friendly – Yes, true!
Price – 15 G / 0.52 US OZ $33.00 (USD)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Estee Lauder double wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation
Best seller and flawless matte pressed powder foundation. Sink into the skin beautifully and I really like the way it blends into the skin with minimum effort. Coverage is buildable to full coverage and can wear as a foundation or over it.
My shade is 3W1 TAWNY. It is a good match for me. But at least it does not make me look clownish. I use it with my Tarte powder brush to sweep over the face and voila! I get a gorgeous natural finish without any hustle.
It offers 41 shades. I hope there is something for pretty much every skin tone except a few as there is scope for improvement in terms of making more variety of shades.
On EL website it says,”Versatile formula is silky soft, weightless, flawless. Controls oil and shine. Stays color true.”
So, yes! Double wear by EL is a game-changer compact totally Worth a try. It does not cause acne, better version of compact, non-caking and it surely controls oil and shine but roughly for 5-6 hrs after that touch-up might be needed.
It is a matte powder (but not ultra-matte) and it has just the right amount of softness in it. Once applied, it gives a very natural look without being heavy on the skin.
I use it as a foundation, I like to wear sheer/medium coverage finish and never tried to achieve full coverage. I must say I am pretty much happy with what I get from a small compact.
I have been using it for the last 4 years in a row, I always go back to EL no matter how many compacts I try.
Price – 0.42 oz. $43.00 (USD)
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Mac and Estee Lauder (EL) both are beautiful compacts. Having said that, the Mac formula is a little bit thicker than EL. This is the only reason always be watchful while using it.
Use it as a foundation or setting powder/touch-ups. However, Mac studio fix would be a better choice during sunny summer days as it provides an ultra-matte finish.
I would say go for EL Double wear Stay-in-Place matte Powder foundation if you want to use it as a foundation for those easy days to get the natural finish during winter or summer.
I always get very excited when I know my next post is going to be the topic I really love from the bottom of my heart is Lipsticks. So without further ado let’s jump into it.
Smashbox’s ‘Always On Liquid Lipstick’ Bawse, Out Loud & Baja Bound
A liquid matte lipstick infused with primer oil complex. A non-drying formula that is so opaque and insanely pigmented. A matte finish which so comfortable on lips and waterproof. On top of it, it has a list of huge fan followers. It is a “Cruelty-free” brand. The price is $24 (USD).
What I really think about these liquid lipsticks.
Bawse – It is a beautiful, gorgeous, and “must-have” deep red! Be ready for that ‘red carpet’ look…Yes! I must say, after trying Bawse my obsession for ‘Mac ruby woo’ has lessened for some reason. I would suggest people who are into Reds and haven’t tried this one…please go and grab ‘BAWSE’! It will never disappoint you. Such a universally flattering red shade and will suit all skin tones.
Basically, When I tried to compare it with Mac ‘ruby woo’, I could see that ‘Bawse’ is the winner! Although Smashbox is pricey and has earned its perks by offering an excellent color pay off. One swipe is fully packed with intense color, so lightweight and flawless.
OUT LOUD – A deep orange shade and I never ever thought that this shade would be the best discovery of my life ……. I don’t know why it took me so long to get my hands on this liquid lipstick. Omg! when I first tried it on my lips I was like…Huhh! where was I this whole time before the pandemic…And now since I have found this gorgeous shade…I have to wear a mask every time I step outside the house. However, I am happy that finally I got into orange and not just limited to pink, coral, fuscia ‘n’ reds etc,.
Such a pretty burnt orange so opaque and lightweight with the beautiful color pay off. This shade is for all my beauties who are thinking to invest in some different shades. It is definitely going to suit you irrespective of different skin tones. Again this is a matte formula but not over-drying.
BAJA BOUND – A pink coral shade that is bright yet gives a very soft look. Recently I have updated my profile picture on WordPress there I am wearing this shade. As per my opinion, it’s not that unique shade and I am definitely not going to recommend it unless you want to spend $24(USD) on it. Being said that, NYX soft matte liquid lipsticks have a wide array of color collections and one particular shade “Antwerp” is similar (but not same) to this shade. Luckily, I have been using it for years so I know it is irreplaceable.
Anyway, Let’s come back to Baja Bound. Again, it is the same lightweight matte formula. Super opaque with excellent color pay off. But guys, I think this shade will look beautiful on light to medium skin tone and my beauties between tan to deeper skin tone, it may wash you out. But as I always say that there are no strict rules for wearing make so suit yourself and feel free to try it.
My final thoughts !
The formula is quite thick & matte once dry so dry/chapped lips beware!. Please exfoliate and prep-prime before application or else, it may settle into fine lines and end up looking like “Zombie’s lips”..ha ha ha !!!
These liquid lipsticks are best if planning to wear often (but not occasionally) in order to utilize the product as much as possible. Else it might end up getting dry or cloggy in a container and then you won’t be able to use it anymore. The game is over!
Seems, these are long-lasting, waterproof, and stays put for pretty much considerable time but not sure if it will survive throughout the day. A quick touch up might be needed.
My most recommendable color is ‘BAWSE’.
Pigmented lips like mine. These lippies are boon for us! Grab any color you like!
So yes! I would recommend it to my friend and family to buy specific/selected shades!
Please share your thoughts n comments and let me know if you like matte liquid lipsticks too!
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I wish you a Merry Christmas! I wish you a Merry Christmas!!! and a happy new year!!!!
The 2020 year has been strange and weird for all of us! I mean who knew words like Corona or COVID-19 even exist. Everyone is trying to look forward to a better future and waiting to get a sigh of relief.
However, I have noticed one thing, a positive thing…you know what! … We are learning to be more n more patient, to sit down and think about ourselves, to care about family more than before, and last but not least, now we emphasize more on “mental health” than “wealth”.
And hence it gives us a reason to celebrate 2020, 25th December deliriously happy!
So wish you a “Merry Christmas”! May God give you and your family a lot of happiness, strength, and good health. Let this Christmas spirit shine through your laugh and giggles.
Virtual parties are the best parties this year, so don’t feel sad about it. Instead, raise a toast with all the positive energy that resides in you.