Monday, 30 January 2012

10 Ways: Vaseline

          Vaseline is definitely one of my favorite products which is available almost anywhere. It may just look like clear, sticky petroleum jelly, but it hydrating skin is not all that it does. So that is why I (Ananya) rounded up my top 10 ways to use this absolutely fantastic product.

1) Use it as a base on your lashes before applying waterproof mascara: Waterproof mascara can be very, very harmful for your lashes and can be very drying as well. That is why, applying a thin layer of Vaseline can keep your lashes hydrated, but it still allows the waterproof mascara to last as long as it usually does.

2) Use it as a substitute for mascara: Sometimes, wearing mascara can be a little bit of a pain, and removing it is even more irritating. So, wearing a bit of vaseline on your lashes will provide some length and you don't even have to remove it from your lashes with an oil based makeup remover. But please, do not expect it to lengthen your lashes as well as your regular mascara would. I would recommend this only for the days you would like a tiny bit of length and not to much on your lashes.

3) Use it during the night to condition your lashes: If your lashes are too dry from applying mascara or you don't have time to apply a thin layer of Vaseline before applying mascara, applying Vaseline on your lashes during the nights will be of great help. I have also found that the next morning, a tiny bit more length is seen on my lashes.

4) Use it to deeply hydrate and condition any dry patches on your skin: This is what Vaseline is meant to do, hydrate your skin. This really locks in a lot of moisture in dry areas of your skin. I would personally recommend applying this onto your skin at night, because during the day time, when you are at school, college or work, dirt seems to stick to it very easily, which I'm pretty sure you would not like at all.

5) Use it to add shine to dry and dull hair: Vaseline provides a nice amount of shine for your hair on those days when your hair is dull and dry. It puts enough shine onto the hair without feeling or looking greasy (make sure you only apply a bit of product and not a lot on your hair). And relax, this is perfectly safe on the hair, and even if your worried, I'm pretty sure you will wash your hair later.

6) Use it to make your own lipgloss or use it as a lip balm: Definitely, one of my favorite ways to use Vaseline. If you mix a little bit of any loose eyeshadow or pigment or even loose powder blush with Vaseline, it makes a really good lipgloss. you can add more shine with more Vaseline or more pigmentation with more loose eyeshadow or blush or pigment.

7) Use it on your eyelids as a sticky base for pigments or glitters: Vaseline can be a great base for pigments or glitters because of its sticky texture. It also prevents fall-out and keeps the product on your eyelids for the entire day.

8) Use it on the cheekbones to highlight: So here is a fun fact: Marilyn Monroe actually used Vaseline on her entire face before applying makeup because she thought that hydration and glow-yness was youth. So that is why I thought that this would be a more Marilyn Monroe inspired tip. You might not want to use it on your entire face, but using it on your cheekbones really helps to highlight and looks much more natural than shimmery highlighters do.

9) Use it to hydrate cuticles: If you are a heavy nail polish wearer, you probably have dry cuticles. Applying a little Vaseline on your cuticles will keep them hydrated and Vaseline is way easier to use than cuticle oil.

10) Use it as a brow gel: Vaseline can work as a great brow setting gel. It keeps them looking the same way all day, without any stray hairs popping out form no where.

Friday, 27 January 2012

My Makeup Story Tag!!!

I absolutely loved the whole idea for this tag, so I decided to answer the questions of this tag today.

1) How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
Ans: This definitely wasn't a long time ago. About two or three years ago, when I was 11 or 12 years of age.

2) How did you get into makeup?
Ans: When I was 11 or 12 years old, my family decided to go to a trip to Hyderabad. My mom and I had to spend a day shopping, so we did. We happened to enter the only mall in Hyderabad that had a MAC Store in it. Even though I didn't actually buy anything from the store, I definitely sensed a feeling of LOVE for  all that makeup I saw. When I came back home to Bombay, I noticed that there was a MAC Store in my favourite mall as well. I was really excited and I ended up buying a lipgloss and eyeshadow from the store. One of the people who worked there told me that the MAC Venomous Villains Collection was coming out which was a collection inspired by Disney villains from various Disney cartoon, princess-y films. I got so excited and I ended up buying NINE products from the collection. I was mostly into lip glosses before I bumped into MAC, but now, my favorite "type" of makeup is blushes.

3) What are some of your favorite makeup brands?
Ans: Without any second thoughts, MAC, Revlon, Loreal and Maybelline. And I also love Urban Decay for eye products and NARS for face products.

4) What does Makeup mean to you?
Ans: Makeup is definitely a way to cover up your flaws on the outside and to make yourself feel better on the inside. I also find it to be a great way to show off your creativity. Although I admit that makeup being your LIFE is probably crossing the line a little bit, but a little bit of makeup everyday is no harm at all.

5) If you could wear only four products on your face, what would they be?
Ans: BLUSHHHHHHH!!!!, eyeshadow, highlighter (MAC Cream Colour base in Pearl to be exact) and semi-sheer, semi-opaque creamy, shiny, hydrating lipsticks.

6) What do you think about makeup?
Ans: I LOOOVVVEEE makeup. As I mentioned earlier, its a great way to show off your creative side, without having to go overboard.

7) What do you think about drugstore vs. high end makeup?
Ans: Even though I absolutely LOOOOOVE high end brands such as NARS, MAC, Urban Decay and Benefit, I have been gravitating a lot more towards drugstore makeup because of all the new products they are coming out with like the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadows, which are supposed to be exactly like MAC Paint Pots and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. I can't wait for these products to come out in India!!! 

8) What is one tip of advice you would give to a beginner?
Ans: If you are getting into makeup, it isn't the only thing you should think about, because skincare matters a lot too. You need to protect your skin to prevent breakouts as some makeup products can be harmful to your skin. Also, don't be too heavy handed with your makeup and watch a few youtube beauty videos to learn how to choose the correct makeup products and makeup brushes for you.

9) What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Ans: This probably isn't a trend anymore, but it certainly was a trend during the 1990s and early, early 2000's, but it was to make your lipliner darker than your actual lipstick or gloss. So creepy!!!!!

10) What do you think about the beauty community on Blogger/Youtube?
Ans: As long as the beauty gurus are honest, yes I absolutely love it. In fact, I learnt all about makeup and how to apply it only because of the beauty community on the Internet. Some of my favourite youtube beauty gurus are emilynoel83 (aka Emily Eddington or Beauty Broadcast) and amarixe (aka Allison). Some of my favourite beauty gurus who blog are temptalia (aka Christine) and makeup and beauty blog (aka Karen).

11) Who are your style icons?
And:(I changed the question a bit since I have many style icons) Ever since my mom introduced me to her, I really have been loving Audrey Hepburn's style. As for people who are still alive, I really like the Olsen twins, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Aniston and for Indian actresses, without a doubt, Sonam Kapoor. 

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Ananya's Review: MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35

Left Eye: No Concealer; Right Eye: With MAC Studio Finish Concealer

          So today I have yet another review featuring the MAC Studio Finish Concealer. Just incase you wanted to know, I have been using this concealer for about one and a half months. This concealer had gotten sooooo many good reviews, that I just had to try it. This is the only product that I have been using on my face for actual coverage because I have normal skin with only minor blemishes. 
          This concealer is a somewhat semi-creamy formula, which I like, since it isn't too creamy that it just wears off during the day and at the same time it isn't too, well, not creamy that it becomes super difficult to blend into the eyes. Just incase if you wanted to know, this is the shade NC42. Before I started using this concealer, I really thought that I had no dark circles or puffiness underneath my eyes, but after I used it, I was surprised to see how much more lifted and brightened my eyes looked. It also stays on for pretty much the entire day because of its amazing consistency. And even thought I don't actually have any active breakouts or discolouration on my face, I still think it would work great to cover that up too. It does crease a tiny, tiny bit underneath the eyes after about six to six and a half hours of wear, but the creases are hardly noticeable.
         Besides the coverage, this product works as a great base for your eyeshadows too. It really does make your less pigmented eyeshadows pop a lot more and also keeps them looking bright for the entire day. It isn't too sticky as well, but sometimes, with a heavy hand, it can feel a tiny bit uncomfortable. As far as the SPF 35 goes, I really don't care much for that since I already have sunscreen to do that job for me.
          PRICE: Rs. 920 or $17
          AVAILABLE AT: Any MAC Stores near you
          OVERALL GRADE: A

Monday, 16 January 2012

Daily Photos (Ananya)

          Just for the sake of the blog and daily photos, I cut up some paper into little hearts. I thought it looked cute, so I posted it!!! Its really random, but I still really like the way the picture turned out :)

Friday, 13 January 2012

Daily Photos (Ananya)

          So this post does't actually look like a 'Daily Photos' and looks more like a 'Nails Of The Week'. But since this not on my nails for the week and because I took this picture in May of 2011, I decided to post this picture as a 'Daily Photos' post. I think this picture turned out really awesome and I really wanted to post it. Oh and just incase if you're wondering, the nail polish that was on my fingernails was Essie's Lilacism. Its a super, super pretty try lilac shade which I love!!!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Ananya's Everyday Skincare Routine

 The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash
 Neutrogena Multi-Defence Daily Moisturiser
 Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Body Moisturizer
 The Body Shop Body Butter Duo
MAC Gently-Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover and
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Night Calm

          So I was really in a mood of doing a different blog post today. So I decided that I would do my everyday skincare routine not only because I wanted to do a different blog, but also because I really wanted to show the skincare products I use from a day to day basis. As I didn't have too many products which I use on my face, I decided to show you guys the products that I use for my entire body. SO LET US START ALREADY!!!

1) The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash: I use this face wash for day and night. I really like this face wash because it is oh so gentle on the face, which is pretty self-explanatory considering that the name of this face wash is Vitamin E GENTLE Facial Wash. It is the only face wash that has affected my skin in a good way and I love it so much, that I have actually gone through two previous bottles before this bottle in less than 6 months. Before I started using this, I actually did start getting signs of acne on my face. But now the acne is all cleared out and this is the only product I give all the credit to. I also love how it doesn't suck out all the moisture from my face and leaves behind a bit of moisture.

2) Neutrogena Multi-Defence Daily Moisturiser: I love this moisturizer because not only is it a face moisturiser, but it also has an SPF 15 and UVA+UVB Protection in it, which makes it perfect for day time use. I love how it feels on my skin and doesn't leave my skin looking paler like most sunscreens do. It does have that typical sunscreen scent, but I have gotten used to it.

3) Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Body Moisturizer: I use this moisturizer for my entire body during the day time. I like this moisturiser because, for me, it is kinda like two-thirds cream and one-third gel. The formula of this moisturizer is great and it also has a gorgeous scent that kinda smells like men's deodorant (which BTW is not too strong at all). The only two things I don't like about this is that it doesn't have any SPF to it and it also comes in a squeeze bottle rather than the bottles that come with that dispenser-y thing (I have no idea what those things are called but its those things that are attached to the liquid hand wash bottles to control how much product you want... you know what I'm talking about, right?) which makes it very difficult to control how much product you want.

4) The Body Shop Body Butter Duo: I use this product as a night cream for my entire body. Go check out the review to read more about this product: Click Here!!!

5) MAC Gently-Off Eye and Lip Makeup Remover and Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Night Calm: These are the products that I use for removing my makeup. I don't use both of them together but I use each of them every other day. I have been using the Neutrogena one a little bit more since it makes removing makeup much easier. After I use any one of these makeup removers on my face, I wash my face with my face wash. 

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Ananya's Review: Revlon Colourburst Lipsticks

                                            (from left to right) Soft Nude, Rosy Nude, Fuchsia 
                                            Swatches(from left to right) Soft Nude, Rosy Nude, Fuchsia

          So today I'm going to be giving a review on one of my absolute favorite lipstick brands, and that is the Revlon Colourburst Lipsticks. The first thing that I noticed about these lipsticks was their cute checkered design. When I first discovered Revlon I saw these and really thought they were going to be superbly expensive. But luckily, they are not!!! The Revlon lipsticks come in a variety of shades but the ones that I own are Soft Nude, Rosy Nude and Fuchsia. Soft Nude, which is definitely the most popular lipstick from this line of lipstick, is a clean nude with an apricot-y undertone to it. The slight orange tones makes this one of the only nude colours that works on my tanned skin. Rosy Nude, which is my favorite out of the three, is a very wearable, dusty mauve, rose kinda colour. And Fuchsia is an absolutely gorgeous bright hot pink, which surprisingly, is very wearable as compared to any other bright fuchsia there is.
          These lipsticks are creamy and as I like to describe it, one-third sheer and two-thirds pigmented and that, according to me, is the perfect pigmentation I like to have in my lipsticks. Oh, one more thing before I forget is that I love how the packaging has a little colour swatch on the top of the lipstick, which is similar to the actual colour of the lipstick itself. I find that very appropriate for people who have a huge collection of lipsticks and like to stack their lipsticks standing up.
          PRICE: Rs. 550 or $5 
          AVAILABLE AT: Any close by makeup department store
          OVERALL GRADE: A

Monday, 9 January 2012

Ananya's Review: MAC Paint Pots

                                     MAC Paint Pots (left to right) Rubenesque and Indianwood
                                MAC Paint Pot swatches (left to right) Rubenesque and Indianwood

          This product, if you haven't already noticed, are the famous MAC Paint Pots. The MAC Paint Pots are some of the most popular cream eyeshadows available in the market today. The MAC Paint Pots are basically supposed to be a cream eyeshadow that is very long wearing which you can either wear alone or below another eyeshadow. I personally, love these and I use them everyday when I do my eye makeup.
          From my experience, the MAC Paint Pots are decently pigmented and very long lasting. I remember this one time when I got my first Paint Pot and swatched it on my hand. For the next one and a half days, it wasn't coming off even with all the soap and water I used. Now don't get scared, even though this product is almost impossible to remove with soap and water, you can easily get it off with ANY eye makeup remover. The MAC Paint Pots have the ability to last a good 10 to 12 hours after applying. One thing that I absolutely love about these is that they can either be applied as a sheer wash on the lid with minimum product on the eyes or can be builded up with a lot of product. I have seen people using this product as a primer and personally I use it as an eye primer too, but I don't think that it has the ability to smoothen out all the tiny creases in your eye out like, say, an Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow insurance would. Also, while working with this product, you have got to be FAST! If you just like to take your time blending eyeshadows into place, you probably won't be able to work with this, because after it sets, it won't move at all. It sets in about 30 to 35 seconds and in 40 seconds it sets completely.
          Overall, I think this product is great for the average working woman who doesn't have time to do her makeup properly every day. Infact, the faster you work with this product the better. And also its great for a fast, pretty, neutral sheen on your eyes, and a little bit of mascara and liner to top this off would be absolutely fantastic.
          PRICE: Rs.1100 or $17.50
          AVAILABLE AT: Any MAC store or counter near you
          OVERALL GRADE: A

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Ananya's Face Of The Day: 7th January 2012

So I haven't really been putting up FOTDs, so I decided to post one up today!

Eyes: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC42 as a primer, MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot as a base, MAC Outré from the MAC Me Over! Collection on the crease, MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow on the lid, MAC Centre Stage Mega Metal eyeshadow from the MAC Peacocky Collection on the lower lash line and outer corner of the lid, MAC Moleskin from the MAC Me Over! Collection to blend Centre Stage eyeshadow toward the crease, MAC Ricepaper on the brow bone and inner corner, Estee Lauder Sumptuous mascara on the lower lashes only.

Face: MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl as on the cheekbones, MAC Gingerly blush on the apples of the cheeks, MAC Studio Finish Concealer to cover any discoloration on the face.

Lips: Estee Lauder lipgloss in Orchid Passion (My favourite lipgloss in the whole wide world!!!)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Ananya's Review: The Body Shop Body Butter Duo

          Body Shop's Body Butter Duo is a fairly new product in India which probably came out a few months ago. The Body Shop's Body Butters are already fantastic, but after this product came out, now their body butters are absolutely unbeatable. I have had this product for about a week or so now and I have been testing it on my skin for about six or five days in total. Just incase if you guys want to know, I prefer wearing this product at night. This is definitely the coolest body moisturizer I have ever seen, since the product is split into two halves. One half is the regular (and amazing!) body butter that you can buy by itself individually and the other half is a thicker and has a more balm-y texture to it, kinda like a lip balm but for your entire body. The thinner body butter texture, which BTW is thick anyway, is supposed to be used for the entire body and I personally find it very moisturizing for the skin. The thicker body butter is supposed to be used for the parts of your body that get dried up the most, like your elbows, knee caps, etc. This product works EXTREMELY well for clearing out the chapped, stone dry parts of your body and the moisture in the skin lasts very, very long.
          Even thought this product works absolutely fabulous and has a lovely scent to it (I have the scent Floral Acai, but there are more scents to choose from), I think this product is suitable for dry to normal-dry to normal skin types. If you have oily skin, I would probably not suggest this since it is very, very, very moisturizing. It would probably make your skin a little too oily and shiny.
          PRICE: Rs. 845, $15
          AVAILABLE AT: Any near The Body Shop stores
          OVERALL GRADE: A