Contour like you mean it!

FACT: 12 year olds know how to contour.

FACT: I turned 30 this March but today is the first day I bought a contour kit.

PROBLEM 1: I am Indian, which means my skin is brown. Plus, I am a big girl which means i have a round face. I searched through youtube for a video for round faces and this one by Cody Wren hit the spot! When I tried with my beautiful Cocoa Contour from Too Faced, I was disappointed that the colors were too light for my skin, I had to apply a lot of it to get any semblance of contouring, I feel like it is designed for caucasian skin but I can’t deny that it smells beautiful. It has a light texture and comes with a soft kabuki brush perfect for clean sweeps. Once I declare myself a contouring pro, I will try the Cocoa Contour Deep, maybe it will work better.

Who would have known there are so many steps in contouring? I don’t have concealer or setting powder! Apparently even Wiki How tells you how either all your products should be powder or cream not both. But here I am with a new cream foundation, powder blush and powder contour! Go figure!

Anyhoo, 1st try, do you think I managed anything? I think I managed to get some color, the blue dress pic is without contouring and the one on the right is with.

Products:

  1. My BB cream by Givenchy is thick and of a lighter shade, I am surprised the Sephora webstore is not showing it because I picked it up from Sephora. Anyway, it is really good. It’s thick but light enough. I used that for a concealer under the eyes.
  2. I used my Cocoa Contour from Too Faced for contouring. First I used the light cocoa on the bb cream to pretend that together they are a concealer, and then Medium Cocoa and tons of Dark Cocoa to give myself some cheekbones.
  3. Because it was a midnight experiment, I didn’t put foundation before. But I bought the Giorgio Armani Luminous Skin Foundation, will review it after I have used it for a few days. This is the one for dry skin!
  4. As blush I used Orgasm by NARS. The world has been right about this one. This is a shade for anyone and everyone. Even on my Indian skin, just a pop of it was enough!
  5. On my lips, was Melted Chocolate by Too Faced in Chocolate Milkshake. The shades seem lighter on the lips than on the swatches.

PROBLEM 2: Contouring the nose. Ugh, I have a pug nose, contouring this needs skills, but I learnt quickly that I should steer clear of it, because bad contouring left me looking like my nose is a button I breathe through.

(Note to self: This is a public blog, not your bedroom, dress better next time you wish you take a picture. )

Product Review: Melted by Too Faced

Beauty haul this month was not easy on the pocket. But surely my lips are happy!!

In Dubai, summers are like winters. Long and dry. Lips constantly chapping and I take no step without a lip balm in hand. I have also lost my interest in bright colors, am completely in love with my first Melted Lipsticks by Too Faced.

Not only do they really melt on your lips, they don’t dry up like other matt lipsticks. They are creamy and yet the colors are rich. Did I forget to mention they smell delicious?

Absolutely in love! Worth the money! Tho I am not sure if I would buy bright colors in this, the color seems to be highly pigmented and I feel a brighter color may just look too thick.sohini loves.jpg

Brow Wow No

I decided I needed to pay more attention to my eyebrows. “They define you said my friend.” So I bought an eyebrow pencil from Bourjois which has a brush on top and got down to getting tutored on Youtube. beautybuzz-oct1-2.jpg

Have any one of you seen the videos? The first one began by cutting her brows, I considered that for a bit but didn’t pull through which, I think is a good decision. I have big, full, naturally arched eyebrows. I bear excruciating pain once in six month to get them cleaned but I have never done anything more with them.

Give a woman a color pencil irrespectively, she will want to color. So I decided, I needed to ‘fill in’ my brows. BAD decision. Taking that color off may have resulted in me loosing some hairs up there.

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My 30 year old skin

Here’s the low down. I have great skin. It glows naturally and I breezed through my 20s without much help from the  beauty industry. How breezy? Confession: I have never gotten a facial.

This year, I started regular manicure and pedicures. I am yet to get my first facial.

Over the last year, I saw my skin change.

From normal to combination with a slightly oily T-zone, I am now dry and sensitive.

This is BIG, because suddenly I was thrown into panic mode, where I didn’t really know what went wrong, or what happened. Everything was changing at rapid speed this year, and like everyone may I say, 2015 has been a rollercoaster, and even if my lips were sealed, my skin spoke loud and clear.

“Why do you look so tired?” Everyone asked and I had no answers.

Here is my new and improved routine. If you are 29, I would suggest you understand that a new era of your life is unfolding, and your beauty drawer will never really be the same.

Here’s the skincare breakdown:

Try for a mix of drugstore/Sephora products but choose as much as you can, products without parabens and chemicals. Your skin is now 30 years old and it needs a little bit of pampering.

 

Currently this has been my beauty over haul and I am pretty happy with the way my skin has been feeling. This post will be about my night time ritual. But it’s pretty much the same in the morning  + sunscreen.

  1. Exfoliation: Choose something with small granules, not too rough. I love the Caudalie Deep Exfoliation. It does the job, without making you feel like you just ran sandpaper through your face. Get it at Sephora.
  2. Mask: Again, Sephora comes to the rescue with Philip Thomas Roth, I picked up the Cucumber Gel Mask and it is like magic.
  3. You can use pretty much any facewash, though currently I am using Nivea and I don’t really like it.
  4. Toner is crucial. It is. Don’t ignore it. I use Nivea but when I find something I love, I will let you know
  5. Serum: This goes on first, always. Find a great one, invest in it, I love Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery but I finished it, so now I am back to my old favorite, Soundarya Serum by Forest Essentials. I won’t lie, good serums are expensive, but so is your skin.
  6. Moisturization: Avene: One great word, fabulous products. I am currently using their Rich Hydrating Cream. But I also bought their hydration mask and got a repair cream free
  7. Eye Cream: A good eye cream, means lesser wrinkles and no puffiness. I got the Benefit eye cream as a Christmas gift, and who doesn’t love Benefit?
  8. Vaseline petroleum jelly on the lips!
  9. This is a sunscreen I will re-buy all my life. When it comes to sunscreens, Neutrogena knows it. Their Dry Touch Ultra Sheer SPF 55 disappears into the skin in seconds unlike other sunscreen that remain like sticky thick layers.

If you are still with me, you will notice that despite having dry and sensitive skin, all my products are water based, not oil. All are enriched with thermal water or aloe, or something hydrating. This is important, dry doesn’t necessarily mean oily creams and vice versa.

To Dubai

I had a friend come into town. And almost ruin my birthday. I owe a lot to this friend really. When I first landed in Dubai, while my old life was fading away faster than I imagined and I refused to accept change, she held my hand. Which was awesome. She saw Dubai through my eyes, etc etc…till it reached a point where she was under my skin and I wasnt thinking feeling acting anything without sharing it with her. That is the problem of parasitic relationships that we mistake for close friendship. You realise only when the person standing in front of you, that this isnt working or that this never really worked…it was raining on your parade so you asked for shade. But the sun is out and now you gotta walk out. I havent called her even once since she went back, I dont think I need to. She knows. Through her eyes, I fell in love with my Dubai life, my friends, all that I was denying. I realised, i had it all and it was amazing.

Dubai has just been a lot of New Years almost every month. New resolutions, a new sense…my soul and mind has never been so much of a ping pong.

Maybe it is also the age of 28 when you think its time for you to retire but you realise finally that is it only time to spread your wings.

That I am not that fat, or not tht badly dressed…that my friends here are quite amazing and so is my life.

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Cheers shall we?

Of books and men

There is a sense of calm about chilling at my Aunt’s. First…is the panic of no internet…and then finally it is followed by a sense of calm. That some divine power wants me to switch off and enjoy a cup of tea. a book from her bookshelf and a whole load of greenery outside. Some call it sober…I call it dreamy.

Started reading Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil.

ImageHad to take a break and quote these lines. Dimple the hijra said this,

“For example, I know something about love and how lovers want to consume and be consumed and disappear into each other. I know how they yearn to make two equal one and I know it can never be. What else? Women are more evolved biologically and emotionally, that’s well know and its obvious. But they confuse sex with spirit; they don’t separate. Men, as you know, always separate: they separate their human and dog natures.”

I will get back to reading now.

Say hi to DUBAI

So I packed my bags, bought a one way ticket and moved. Just like they tell you in movies and inspirational memes. I had to. Not much was left in Mumbai for me. However, very very thankfully I moved to an amazing style capital, DUBAI.

There were so many apprehensions of rules and laws here….two weeks and I know I have nothing but only gratitude towards the city. At some level, it’s more cosmopolitan than even Mumbai. You get on the metro and you learn a style tip a day.

It’s exciting! Sephora, forever21, I could go on about how cheap shopping is and how that makes it lovely for a girl.

So as a welcome gift I bought myself a kohl pencil from Sephora. Unlike most I have used in the past. This said and did exactly what it had to. Dark colour without smudging.

I am absolutely against kohl that smudges, because that makes me look like I have dark circles. Which is the case with Maybelline Colossal Kajal. It smudges like nobody’s business

Second. I went absolutely inside at bath and body works. They have the cute body mists for only like 30dhs which isn’t much and I was looking for something I could carry in my bag everywhere.

Fitted the bill perfectly and it’s a new flavour I haven’t found in India. If you find it, pick it up because it is the right balance of fruity and aqua which I think is important. Otherwise it becomes to heavy for the nose. I anyway like aqua more. But a mix is the best, always.

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