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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Impressions of Sigma's Lip Makeup, Swatches + Discount Code

Sigma's makeup brushes are a staple in my makeup routine, with the Diffused Crease Brush (E38), Soft Blend Concealer Brush (F64), and 3DHD Kabuki Brush playing a role each morning as I rush about. However, I had not tried any makeup from the brand before.
I can now tell you that the lippies and the eyeliner are as great as the brushes. The pigmentation and the creamy texture are as marvellous as you would want! I have some swatches further below, though detailed review posts are coming soon.
To mark the 70th anniversary of India's independence, Sigma has a generous offer - code INDIA20 will get you a generous 20% off your order until August 17!

Scroll down for swatches and first impressions of Sigma Power Crayon and Power Stick Lipstick.

First Impressions of Sigma's Lip Makeup, Swatches, Discount Code
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mid-2017 Makeup Haul, Including 10 Lipsticks!

I usually go on two makeup shopping-sprees in a year - the first one is around June-July, and the second one is around Christmas/Boxing Day, to take advantage of the sales.
This year, my haul was mostly from Harvey Nichols (I missed a gorgeous GWP by one day; can you believe it?), Selfridges, and Debenhams. The haul included 10 lipsticks, but just the two eye palettes. But why am I talking about it? You can see my haul for yourself further below.

Scroll down to see my mid-2017 makeup haul from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and Debenhams.

Here's my mid-2017 makeup haul from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and Debenhams.
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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Beauty Empties: July 2017

July has been a stressy month for me, with too much to do in my schedule. I'm hoping that August will be a lot more relaxed. It's also my Dad's birthday month; I got him a lovely set of gifts, only to misplace the lot, and I've turned my place upside down and cannot find the slightest peep of the package. Nor can I remember where I put it. So I've just bought a backup gift. The first box will turn up now, of course.
Be that as it may, it's time to show you the empties of the month.

Scroll down for a look at the beauty products I used up in July 2017, and for my mini reviews.

Beauty products I used up in July 2017, and my mini reviews.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

LookFantastic Beauty Box July 2017 Review

Given that the most exciting item in the LookFantastic Beauty Box for July 2017 arrived all smashed up, I decided not to do a video unboxing. This box contained an excellent curation of products, but was spoilt entirely by the vagaries of the postal system. Ah well, the perils of shipping makeup.
The July 2017 LookFantastic Beauty Box is themed Pretty In Paradise. The box is stunning, and comes with the Elle UK magazine for this month, as well as the in-house booklet.

Scroll down for the contents of the LookFantastic Beauty Box July 2017.

Unboxing and review of the LookFantastic Beauty Box July 2017, a UK subscription that ships worldwide.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Benton Papaya D-Sun Cream SPF38 Review

Have you seen my post on Six Ways of Incorporating SPF In Your Makeup Routine? I mentioned Benton's Papaya D-Sun Cream there; it is Benton's first product to incorporate both physical and chemical sunscreen. Such hybrid sunscreens are my favourite kind - better safe than sorry!
This sunscreen has SPF 38 and PA+++. The PA+++ indicates protection from UVA rays, while the SPF indicates protection from UVB rays. For those who came in late, the former causes ageing while the latter causes sunburn.
The product contains 55% papaya fruit extract, and papaya seed oil (5,000ppm) - did you know that Christopher Columbus called the Papaya the "fruit of the angels"?

Scroll down for more on the Benton Papaya D-Sun Cream SPF 38/PA+++.

Benton Papaya D-Sun Cream SPF38 PA+++ Review
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

No Make No Life Beauty Box July 2017 Review, Unboxing

The sixth edition of the No Make No Life Beauty Box from Japan is here; it contains five full-sized products, of which only one is a makeup item this month. No biggie; I prefer receiving skincare these days.
For those who came in late, NMNL is a monthly beauty subscription from Japan that costs just $29.99 a month, INCLUSIVE of international shipping charges! It costs even less when you go in for a longer subscription.

Scroll down for the review and unboxing of the No Make No Life Beauty Box for July 2017.

Review and unboxing of the No make no life Beauty Box for July 2017.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Travel Makeup Essentials Giveaway 2017

As promised, here is the next giveaway. Since I'm on vacay from this week, I thought the best prize would be an assortment of travel makeup essentials. Cue one of the cutest travel palettes you've ever seen, along with minis and samples that will see you through your getaway.
As usual, entry is via the Gleam widget. Please follow the rules - please read them - as invalid entries will be disqualified automatically by Gleam.

Scroll down for a chance to win some travel makeup essentials!

Travel Makeup Essentials Giveaway 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Six Ways To Incorporate Sunscreen In Your Makeup Routine

Ever skipped sunscreen because it left a whitish cast, or there was no time, or it made your makeup look weird? Or, because it made you oily, or pilled up, or because it made you break out? Makeup wouldn't stay on top?
I've been guilty of eschewing the SPF - for all of the above reasons. Thankfully, now you have products which don't give you any of these problems. Best of all, there are multi-tasker sunscreens which fit seamlessly into your makeup routine. No, I'm not talking about foundations with SPF, or moisturisers with SPF. Au contraire, new generation sunblocks function as primers, setting sprays, essences, and more, as you will see below.

Here are six ways of incorporating sunscreen into your morning routine, without disturbing your makeup.

Six ways to incorporate sunscreen in your morning routine, without disturbing your makeup.
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