This is one of the most popular series on this blog and I absolutely understand why! Nobody wants to waste their time and money on non- performing products. Great marketing can sell us air and the best of us will fall for it so here is an attempt to save you some money.
Colourpop as a brand has always intrigued me. They came out of no where and with a little, no a lot of help from Social Media took over the Beauty World. It is perhaps the most Insta-famous beauty brand. Recently they offered free international shipping above 30 USD (approx 2000 INR) so I had to see for myself are these inexpensive beauty products worth the buzz.
This word “Daiso” brings such immense happiness to me, perhaps because it helps fuel my endless consumerism! For those of you who are not aware, Daiso is a Japanese 100 Yen store (100 Yen = 60 INR approx), kind of like an american dollar store; with an endless variety of goods at very -very economical costs. My first Daiso Experience was at Singapore at the Vivocity Mall and I wanted to buy the whole store! I had purchased a mix of stationary, home goods and candy then. Its been a while since I have been using that stuff and I have realised in spite of being exceptionally economical they are of great quality. So a few months back my (very accommodating) friend Nidhi, author of Motoholic Works (check out her blog for some amazing motorcycle artwork) was travelling to India from Japan and asked me whether I wanted some stuff from Japan. Obviously I did and I gave her a gigantic – overwhelmingly long list of Diaso products and she got it all!
BB Creams have been big on the Beauty Scene for a while. The concept of BB cream is great since they are promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. Who wouldn’t want skin care and some coverage in one product. When they initially launched in India I tried out the BB creams from Keihl’s and Maybelline but was not impressed. Fast forward to now and I am happy to say L.A Girl is changing my perspective.
Good makeup needs good tools! To design a good tool one needs extensive insight into the target audience and the ultimate result expected. Here is where Samantha and Nicola Chapman come in, they are professional makeup artists and Real Techniques (RT) is their brainchild. In my opinion RT is one of the most reliable and economical brand that makes good quality makeup brushes and importantly, it is available in India.
Today I am reviewing the Real Techniques: Retractable Kabuki Brush. For the longest time I had been looking for a good multi purpose brush and after watching so many videos raving about this one I ordered it from Amazon. I have been using this for close to a year.
I am in awe of the ladies who turn up for the 9 am meeting perfectly made up and looking all golden! Like me, many of you must also wonder if we can achieve that level of self presentation ….but then there is breakfast to be cooked and lunches to be packed. Between the under cooked Poha and swearing at the crazy taxi driver cutting the lane, can we still manage to look fabulous, you ask? Yes, we can!
Enter: MAC Studio Fix Powder plus Foundation.
I am not the kind who buys stuff on a whim, I put in hours of research and read reviews, watch videos and yet I tend to find myself with products that absolutely suck! This is part of the reason why I set up this blog to provide an honest take on these downers.
I have already wasted money (and time) on these, so after you read this hopefully you wont have to !
Let’s talk about the new sensation that has hit the market – Thermal Spring Water. When I first heard of this, I thought clever marketing could sell us just about anything! But then I did some research to understand what is the big deal about this and here are my findings.
What is Thermal Spring Water?
Normal water turns into its fancier counterpart the thermal spring water when it journeys through the great depths of rocky mountains and eventually resurfaces. Through this process the water becomes rich in minerals and carbon dioxide. It is essentially mineral water with healing properties and is purer because pollution is yet to come in contact with it. It is said to contain many benefiting minerals and therapeutic salts.
Reading up on this reminded me of a trip I took to a village in Himachal when I was in school. The family we stayed with had a Baoli (a step well), which had water coming in from the mountains clean enough to drink without purification. The city bred brat that I was… I couldn’t fathom the fact that, this water; that has come in contact with rocks & soil can be directly consumed, so I went whining to mom complaining that they didn’t have an Aqua Guard! Fast forward 20 years, and here I am talking about the benefits of the same. Ironic !
Yes, we are talking about mascara today!
Mascara History: Did you know mascara was invented in 1840 By Eugene Rimmel (The house of Rimmel)! Later in 1913 , American chemist T.L. Williams created the first modern-day mascara by mixing coal dust and petroleum jelly. The product was named Maybelline – a combination of his sister’s name (Mabel) and the product’s main ingredient Vaseline. Clearly the ladies of those times loved long fluttery lashes as much as we do now.
I am blessed with long eyelashes so initially I did not understand what the great fascination was with this wonder product. Only recently I have realized that a good mascara can do wonders for your look.