I’m the kind of a person who lives by the quote ‘Wake up & make up’. I don’t step out of my house without makeup and I feel it makes me more presentable and confident. Today’s blog is about my everyday makeup routine.
Products I use
1. I start by applying the most important part of my daily makeup routine – a sunscreen, as I get tanned easily.
2. To make my face look bright and flawless, I use Pond’s BB cream. This matches my skin shade perfectly and is moisturising, giving my face a natural effect.
3. I set my base with Lakme compact powder. This makes my skin look fresh all day long.
4. I fill in my eye brows using the grey shade from the Maybelline Nudes palette.
5. To brighten my eye lid, I apply a natural shade from the same palette.
[My choice of eye liner, kajal and lipstick depends on my mood and I try different products on different days.]
6. In this look, I’ve used Lakmehine Absolute Seyeliner to draw a simple line on the upper lash line.
7. I’ve applied Faces Magneteyes kajal, which is one of my favourite kajals to define my lower water line.
8. I’ve completed this look by applying Sugar Cosmetics lip crayon in the shade Rose Dawson which is a ‘my lips but better’ kind of a lip shade.
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Kajals were one of the first makeup traditions that have been practiced and it hasn’t lost its charm yet. A typical Indian woman is incomplete without kajal rimmed eyes. Being a kajal lover, one wouldn’t spot me without kajal when am out. I started using kajal when I was in college and it definitely made my deep sunken eyes look attractive. I get excited whenever a new kajal is launched and I love trying different ones. Today I’ll be listing my top 5 favorite kajals which are under Rs.500.
1. Faces Magneteyes Kajal
This is one of the best kajals available in the Indian market yet an under rated product. It is highly pigmented, affordable, glides smoothly and stays longer. This is a must try kajal for all kajal lovers and is appropriate for daily wear. It is priced at Rs. 175.
2. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal
As a competitor for the colossal kajal, Lakme’s Eyeconic kajal was introduced. There have been a lot of comparison between the two products on the internet but I love them both. Eyeconic kajal isn’t as pigmented as the Colossal kajal but it has better staying power. It is priced at Rs. 199.
3. Nykaa Rock The Line Kajal
Nykaa’s Rock The Line kajal is a newly launched product which is highly pigmented, glides smoothly and lasts for a long time. It doesn’t smudge and gets darker in two swipes. It is appropriate for office use as it would stay on the whole day. It is priced at Rs. 199.
4. Maybelline Colossal Kajal Super Black
After using the Maybelline Colossal kajal, I shifted to the super black version which proved to be better than the original one. This is more pigmented and lasts for a long time. This is appropriate for daily use as it lasts for the whole day. It is priced at Rs. 300.
5. Plum Kajal
This is a much hyped gel kajal in a pencil. This is the darkest and stays for the longest time. It doesn’t smudge even when it is applied on upper lash line but it has to be sharpened. This is appropriate for special occasions and weddings. It is priced at Rs. 425.
Hello Makeup Lovers,
Hope you are all doing well. Nykaa is on a roll with their back to back new launches. I recently purchased their Rock The Line kajal which I’ll be sharing my thoughts on.
The kajal comes in a pink and orange ombre cardboard packaging as the usual Nykaa products. The kajal is retractable and has a pink and black plastic packaging with the name of the product written on it.
Rs. 199 for 0.35 g
Gorgeous eyes on-the-go! Nykaa’s “Rock The Line Kajal” gives you intense all day wear, and delivers triple-black pigment! Packed with skin – loving ingredients like Vitamin E & C, this waterproof kajal glides on effortlessly. No tugging, budging or smudging, we promise this kajal will be your holy grail!
Nykaa’s “Rock The Line Kajal” is pigmented, creamy and glides smoothly like butter without tugging. I applied it both on my waterline and upper lash line to test its efficiency. Two strokes gave me the pigmentation I wanted and it stayed on my waterline for 6+ hours without fading or smudging. But the kajal on the upper water line started smudging on the outer corner after 5 hours though it didn’t transfer on my eye hoods. It is perfect for your waterline and I wouldn’t recommend you to apply it on the upper lash line.
My Final Thoughts
Nykaa is one of the few Indian companies which deliver quality products at affordable prices. Their “Rock The Line Kajal” is yet another must have product from their range and would be a strong competitor for the other brand kajals. If you are looking for an everyday use kajal, then look no further than Nykaa’s “Rock The Line Kajal”.
Do let me know your feedback on the comments section below.
Rock any eye look with Rock The Line kajal!
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If you are planning a trip to God’s own country – Kerala, you must definitely add the Elephant Rehabilitation Center to your bucket list. Located at Kottoor near Neyyar Reservoir which is approximately 35 km from the Trivandrum city, Elephant Rehabilitation Center is a treat for nature and elephant lovers. I have visited this place few times and interestingly I had different experiences each time. If you want to know how I enjoyed the place, please keep on reading.
Entrance Fee: 10 INR for Indians and 100 INR for foreigners (additional charges for camera)
Timings: 9.30 to 4.30
Ideal time to visit: 9.30 to 11.30
Nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum Central
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
After paying the entrance fees, we started walking through the neatly paved roads which lead to the place where all the elephants were on their way to take bath. It was a huge river stream with green trees surrounding it. The elephants played in the water, took bath, sprinkled water and it was so fun to watch.
After their bath, they all moved for breakfast where we were allowed to feed them with leaves and take photos. While they were enjoying their food, the trainer shared how old each elephant was and how they were rescued and brought for rehabilitation. After breakfast, a few older elephants were ready for elephant rides accompanied by their trainers. Many kids and grownups seem to enjoy the rides but I was afraid.
The elephants went for a walk into the forest with their trainers after breakfast to collect food (for lunch maybe!). The cutest thing was that they walked behind one another in height order and the younger elephants were quite naughty. They came back carrying branches of leaves in their trunk and went to their respective places. I was astonished to see how well behaved they were.
The younger elephant was being trained by its mother/ elder elephant but it was in no mood to get trained and was playful. There were two older elephants which were throwing sand on themselves. A few steps away were this older elephant that was said to be adamant chewing on her leaves. The best part was that she posed for the camera. Few other elephants were practicing their daily routine with their trainers.
After a tiring walk, we reached the pond again which had a café on a wood house. The view was breathtaking as we approached the wood house. A few monkeys who live in the woods also showed up on that day. Bamboo rafting and motor boat rides were also part of the Elephant Rehabilitation Center.
The Elephant Rehabilitation Center has staying rooms with a/c facilities at nominal rates. They have a vegetarian canteen. The washrooms were very clean unlike other tourist destinations. There were staffs present at each place to direct us and explain various things. They have a stall which has native Kerala products such as sandal soap, turmeric powder, pickles and many more.
Plan your next trip to the Elephant Rehabilitation Center with your family/friends and have a great time. Make sure that your kids don’t bully the elephants as they are unpredictable. Make your trip happy for both your family and the elephants.
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Welcome to a new series – the ‘Wardrobe Essentials’. Women’s wardrobe essentials are a huge topic as women have the luxury of a lot of options to choose from. Today’s blog post will enlighten you on the Western Wardrobe Essentials.
A pair of well fitted denims is a woman’s best friend. If you have found your best friend, you can pair it with t-shirts, shirts, tops and look the best. A pair of black and blue denims is a must. You can choose from the latest trends available and according to your body type.
2. Formal Trousers
Investing in a pair of formal trousers can go a long way. Pair it with a plain shirt and a blazer for the perfect ‘woman boss’ look. Make sure you opt for a dark colored formal trouser as it is easy to style and looks more professional.
A plain white/black t-shirt is perfect for a casual day out. The best thing about a white/black t-shirt is that it can be styled in different ways. Throw on a coat over it and look classy yet comfortable while you travel.
4. Plaid Shirt
A plaid shirt is a fun yet chic piece of clothing. Wear a plaid shirt on a tank top and you are sorted. You can also tie a plaid shirt around your waist for a more casual look.
A flattering blazer is a must have. It is appropriate for business meetings, night outs and works perfectly either way.
6. Black Skirt
A black skirt with solid colored shirts or tops can be office appropriate while pairing it with sequined tops can make you party ready.
7. Denim Waistcoat
A denim waistcoat is a versatile piece of clothing which allows you to experiment with different styles. It can transform a simple dress to a unique one. Wear it on a white/black t-shirt, cotton dress, maxi dress or a white shirt.
8. Maxi Dress
A maxi dress is one of the most stylish wardrobe essentials. It is comfortable yet stylish and can be worn to parties, beaches, dinner etc.
9. White Shirt
Nothing can be compared with a crisp white shirt. This can be paired with denims, trousers, skirts with a pair of blazers, waist coats, scarf or a statement jewellery.
One little black dress for all occasions is a must have. There are a lot of styles available such as the skater style, empire cut, body con etc. Choose the style which flatters your body type and you are good to go.
Hello makeup lovers,
Hope you are all doing well. Today am back with another trend update – makeup trends of 2017. To know what the makeup trends of 2017 are, please keep on reading.
1. Red lips
Red lips have always been in style and will be in 2017. But the secret to stay ahead of the makeup game in 2017 is to sport red lips with no – makeup kind of makeup. Clean and fresh skin with bold red lips is the latest makeup trend.
2. Glossy Lips
It is officially time to retire those matte lips because; glossy lips are making a comeback. It is definitely a refreshing change to sport shining and youthful lips. Invest in a lip gloss and apply a coat on your matte lip sticks to convert them to glossy lip shades.
3. Glitter Lips
Make way for glitter dusted lips in 2017. This trend is easier to pull off than you may think. All you need to do is apply lip gloss on your lipstick and pat some glitter with your fingers or you can buy a glitter lipstick.
4. Ombre` Lips
Ombre` lips are fun to create and gives a young and sporty look in a few minutes. Shop for some colourful lip colours and mix and match them for a cool yet stylish look.
5. Glossy Eyeliners
If you have practiced your liquid liner with much difficulty, take a breath. Liquid liners are here to stay but with a twist. Eye liners with glossy finish are going to dominate 2017. So get your hands on it ASAP!
6. Metallic Eyes
With gloss and vinyl eye liners dominating 2017, metallic eye liners will also play a major role. Metallic eyes in different colours can be used as statement makeup. 2017 is clearly going to be a year to shine.
7. Graphic Eyeliners
Get ready to replace smokey eyes with artistic graphic eyeliners. It is time to play with different colours and designs on your eye lids.
8. Bold Blush
Blushes are going to make it big in 2017. I’m not talking about the natural looking blushes but the bold ones applied with a heavy hand. You don’t have to worry anymore when your blush is seen.
9. Face Gloss
By now you would know that gloss and glitter are so much in trend. But eyes and lips aren’t the only parts of your face that should shine. It’s time to get glossy all over with face gloss that will give your cheekbones or collarbones a youthful shine.
10. Healthy Skin
Take a break from baking and contouring in 2017. Opt for healthy, radiant and conditioned skin paired with bold eyes or bold lips.
Ripped jeans have been trending for quite a while now. They give an edgy look to the casual jeans and make it trendier. Unfortunately, ripped jeans are costlier and if you don’t want to shell out money on ripped jeans, you can make your own pair.
1. Try on the pair of jeans and mark the place where you want the rip with a marker. Make sure the jean is not a stretchable one for better results.
2. Cut the marked rip using a fabric scissors.
3. For more natural rips, use a vessel scrubber and scrub the ripped area. This will give a torn out look to the jeans.
There you go! You have your own pair of ripped jeans.
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Today’s blog post is a fashion trend update for 2017. As a year passes by, a lot of things change especially in the fashion industry. So if you want to keep yourself updated with the fashion trends of 2017, keep on reading.
From the bold and beautiful to the classic and restrained, straight and narrow, 2017 will be a year of stripes. It is gonna be in all sizes and colours on everything from dresses to t-shirts/shirts.
2. Slogan Tops/Tees
Tops or tees with slogans on them are a big trend in 2017. So if you find any favourite logo tees/tops, grab them soon and stay ahead in the fashion game.
3. Statement Earrings
Statement earrings was a huge trend in 2016 and was welcomed by party goers so much. The best thing is that they are still going strong in 2017. It’s time to add more statement earrings to your collection.
The floral trend is here to stay in 2017. Floral gowns, floral jackets, floral party wear are gonna make you trendy this year. If you aren’t a floral fan, invest in at least a floral scarf for the perfect touch.
The trend of wearing sheer dresses which have often been scandalous is getting stronger in 2017. You can shop for dresses with sheer sleeves and necklines to cope up with this trend.
6. Big Ruffles
Big ruffles or frills are so much in trend in 2017. Look out for big ruffles with asymmetrical dresses, one-shoulder tops and voluminous skirts.
7. Pant Suits
You think you can’t be fashionable at work? Not anymore. Pant suits are going to trend in 2017 and they are perfect for work. Stay fashionable at work and bring out the girl boss in you.
Hope you enjoyed your weekend. This is my first product review of 2017 and it had to be my current favourite lipstick – Sugar Cosmetic’s Matte as Hell Crayon Lipstick in the shade Scarlett O’Hara. This is one of my recent purchases from Nykaa and I wore it on New Year’s Eve, and it fetched me few compliments. Let’s get started with the review…
This lip crayon has a cardboard outer packaging which has abstract prints on it and is artistic. The lip crayon is matte black with a sturdy cap and the colour of the shade at the end. The company’s name along with the shade names are written in white.
Sugar Cosmetic’s Matte as Hell Crayons are priced at Rs. 799 for 2.8 gm of product and a shrpener.
Colour & Pigmentation
The shade Scarlett O’Hara is a beautiful and rich red which would suit both warm and cool skin tones. It is highly pigmented and makes the lips opaque in one swipe. The colour can be built with additional swipes. As it is a lip crayon, it is very easy to apply and add definition to the lips.
Texture & Staying Power
The texture of the lip crayon is creamy and glides effortlessly on the lip. Though it is a matte lipstick, it doesn’t dry the lips. It didn’t stain my lips but it transfers slightly. It stayed for about 6 + hours on my lips and it was as pigmented as it was at first. At the end I removed it with a makeup remover as it cannot be removed otherwise.
My Final Thoughts
Scarlett O’Hara is a lip crayon which can instantly brighten up your look and make you look good effortlessly. This shade will increase your confidence and can be worn with no makeup yet stand out of the crowd. If you are looking for a perfect red lipstick, then you’ve already found it.
What are you waiting for, go grab it ASAP!
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2016 has finally ended. No matter how great or worst it was, we have passed the year on a good note. We have successfully completed a year and are now ready to face the challenges 2017 has in store. If you are someone who wants to make 2017 the most productive year, then you ought to read this.
1. Plan for the next day
Start from planning some simple things for the next day like choosing your dress and keeping them ready, which can help you save time in the morning and will go a long way. Make a list of the various tasks for the next day and complete them in order.
2. Set a Daily Goal
Your daily goal can be either exercising or replying to all clients’ emails. Do not procrastinate your daily goal as achieving your daily goal can make a big difference in your success journey.
3. Write a ‘Stop Doing’ list
Productivity is really about what you don’t do. So write a list of things that are avoiding you from being productive. It may be things like not opening your email when you arrive at work or sleeping with your smart phone in the bedroom.
4. ‘One minute’ rule
Follow the 'one-minute’ rule and do any task that can be finished in one minute. Answer an email, note down a citation, pick up your phone message and so on. Because the tasks are so quick, it isn't too hard to follow the rule but it has big results.
5. Prioritize your tasks
Prioritize your tasks based on their importance. Asking these questions to yourself will help you prioritize better.
a. ‘Where can you cut back?’
b. ‘Where can you save time?’
c. 'What tasks can you put off without much consequence?'
6. When you’re bored, do what you love!
No matter how much you love your job, we humans can get bored. When boredom strikes you at work, listen to your favorite music or doodle or have a cup of coffee.
7. You are your own Competitor
Do not compete with others. Instead compete with yourself so that you can grow as a person. The moment you start competing with others, you have lost the track as you compete with others for someone else’s goal.
8. Stay out of negativity
This digital era is quite a negative one. Not everyone are happy for your growth. Cut off people who spread negative energy. You know your potential and you don’t need any negativity around you.
9. Take a Break
Spend a weekend with your family or friends at a place you love. Spend time with people who would encourage you and lift you. Clear out your mind and get ready for the battle.
10. Treat Yourself
Once you have achieved your daily target for a month, give yourself a treat. Go for a spa or buy yourself a new dress/watch. It is an easy way to keep you motivated.
2017 is your year, so give your best. All the best winners!
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