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“Raksha Bandhan” celebration meant for Brother and Sister – A unique Indian culture

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.

Thank you so much.

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Too Faced Travel Size Born This Way Setting Powder – A mini review

Hello Friends!

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.

Thank you guys so much for reading my post.

Stay awesome !

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Mac Studio fix Powder Plus Foundation Vs Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation

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.

Recommendations

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.

So this is for now, Thank you so much guys !

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My top 3 Mac lipsticks for all skin tones

Hello my beautiful friends !

Let’s talk on very interesting topic today and yess! as you read the caption it’s “Lipstick”. No matter how old we are, no matter if we are Dark ,Brown or white & no matter if we are beginner or professional it will always find its way to our vanity or most of the time in a hand purse. It has earned its place in our heart so on the lips. Look at just any lip products you own even if sitting ideally you will definitely want to swatch it. I know I know ! it’s Tempting. Anyway, time to dig into it.

Before we start I would like tell all my friends that that MAC Lipsticks offer different types of finishes/textures so always recommendable to understand it when you add it in your shopping cart. Some formulas glides so beautifully on lips that it takes us straight to Hawaii & some are so true to its nature specially Retro Matte lipsticks that it needs a lot of efforts to apply it but results are amazing though. No doubt !!!!

Mac Diva

If somebody is already following Mac lipsticks then they will probably laugh at me as Mac Diva is already into the “Limelight” so what’s the point reviewing it now ? yeah I get it girls but every opinion counts so let’s continue. It is an intense reddish- burgundy color as described on the company website but for me it looks like a dark burgundy berry color with a matte finish. It has a huge fan followers across the world. It is the most beautiful & sought after Lipstick from Mac and will take your style swag to the next level. At the same time it is very dark color so some of you might think its a vampy color and I am totally agree with you!LoL!. All skin tone can pull it off it is so comfortable matte on the lips such a luxurious formula and excellent color pay off in a single swipe. Oh! I love to see this one particularly on my brown and dark beauties I can’t take my eyes off it is so irresistible. Formula is long lasting but might need a touch up after 6 hours or so as it’s a creamy matte.

Mac Ruby Woo

This one is the iconic red lipstick which will suit all skin tones without any second thought and have won so many “best lipstick awards” being popular shade it has always been a talk of the town. Such a unique vivid cherry red with blue undertone and again bestseller from Mac. It is a Retro Matte finish lipstick & has opaque application and thus name says it all a very matte or one can say a true matte. Lips to be Prepped n Prime before applying retro matte is advisable that too with a lip liner just to avoid feathering or else it will give you a very hard time for application. Believe me I have tried it in the past without exfoliation and it was totally gross! no one wants to be seen with cracked or chapped lips having lippy on, but look at the brighter side if you get a chance try this one in the store, must have lipsticks guys I bet other girls will envy you after all “lips don’t lie”. Who needs a retouch-up, matte formulas often comes to the rescue so yeah its quite long lasting.

Mac Relentlessly Red

Now this one I do not wear as frequently as needed because I always get stuck between other reds , pinks and burgundies but this one is another bestseller from Mac. Bold and beautiful bright pinkish coral fuchsia retro matte alluring people to stare at your lips. Yes ! that bright and coral plays its magic giving you a fashionista look all the time(AM/PM). Fair to medium,Brown or dark skin tone can easily pull it off being said the shade will show its true color/hues as it is very pigmented n so rich in color. Recommended to try it in the store to check the vibrancy of it, completely a showstopper. However, Relentlessly red is a warm tone lipstick and the formula is little more drying compare to other retro matte so exfoliating lips prior to application is “must”.

All these Lipstick’s retail price is $19 (US dollar) and it is in their permanent line. Swatches of it are shown below and I’ve tried my best to take the natural colors of it.

Swatches from Left Mac Relentlessly Red, Mac Ruby Woo, Mac Diva

I know lip swatches are more appealing than a hand swatches so going to update the post soon. Stay safe stay healthy!!!

Thank you so much !

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MAC BRAVE LIPSTICK

Hello Guys !

Today, I am going to review MAC bestselling Lipstick Brave. It is one of the best seller across the countries by MAC. It is also something about the color which is such a beautiful for every day. Before I start would like to share information of my skin tone. I am moderately fair – medium tan fall under Neutral/Warmer category so for foundation match reference NC42 by MAC, 3W1 Tawny by Estee Lauder & WN46 Golden Neutral by Clinique. I hope these foundation matches will give you an idea about my skin tone. 

A very short story behind the picking up Brave Lipstick as I was running out of my favorite MAC MEHR lipstick & desperately wanted a good replacement just for change. When I visited @Ultabeauty I had to try few MAC lipsticks so when I picked up Brave I instantly fell in love. It is such a gorgeous color to try. I am sure it will suit all the skin tones. But for my darker beauties you might want to try it in the store before you buy. Yesss! There are no golden rules when it comes to choosing/selecting Lipsticks or Make up products. So yes ! It would be totally your choice. 

It is described as a PINK-BEIGE WITH WHITE PEARL on MAC website but I don’t know when I wear it I do not see any white pearl finish noticeable on my lips. I mean it gives just a right amount of shine to lips. So smooth and soft to wear what could we wish more than a healthy looking lips. It is a Muted Pink brown shade and if I try to be a very specific its more brown indoor & pink in the bright lights like in-store lights or day light. Lipstick swatches comparing Mac Mehr & Mac Brave are shown below in the picture.

I will definitely recommend this lipstick to all my friends. Its Satin finish formula and gives a full color pay off. Its is very comfortable on lips ,moisturizing and lasts unto 5-6 hours depends how much you eat or drink so might need a touch up after that. So let me say good bye to you now.

I really love this lipstick so giving it 5 stars. Its retail price is $19 (US Dollar).

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Let me know if you like this review or think it could be better then you are more than welcome! Thank you very much !

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