Saturday, September 6, 2014

Beauty Secrets from Myanmar

One of the great things about my job is that I get to travel quite a bit. About two months ago I was in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) for some office work. As a beauty blogger, it has almost become my second nature to explore cultures & countries for their unique beauty secrets. Myanmar did not disappoint at all! I would even dare to say that Myanmar women rival French gals in their ornate & extreme obsession with skincare, and it shows: They have lovely, creamy complexions & not a blemish in sight!


Women in Myanmar invest time & energy in maintaining their beauty rituals. They take a lot of care of themselves and are not shy to admit to it. They also love wearing makeup and dressing up - even if it just for office - and take pride in their local beauty secrets. Below are some things I learnt from them:

1. Tailored, well fitted clothes that accentuate the figure: Myanmar women wear their traditional dress quite proudly to work & official engagements. It is called "Longi" (pronounced "Loungee") and consists of a fitted, buttoned blouse with a fitted maxi skirt. The skirt may have a knee length slit to facilitate walking. Most women get it stitched, however some younger girls do pair western tops with a tailored skirt. I saw a lot of blouses with lace or sheer inserts (a nod to the current Sports Luxe trend in US currently!). Off - duty girls love wearing short dresses & skirts, most of which are Made in Thailand.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nivea fruity shine lip balm in Peach & Watermelon

I don't know if I'm late to this party coz I had no clue Nivea launched new flavours in lip balms: Peach and Watermelon.
Needless to say they came home with me!
I really love Nivea lip balms and think they outshine lip balms from other makeup brands in every way.
Have you tried these?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Maybelline ColorShow in 006 Ladies Night: Review & Swatch

Maybelline recently launched their budget line of nail paints much to the enthusiasm of nail art fans everywhere.

Priced at Rs. 75 and boasting of over 40 shades, the line claimed they had a color for everyone. The first one I selected to try out from the line was an inky blue shade called Ladies Night and quite aptly numbered Double O Six (Get the bond drift?)

Maybelline claims:
With trendy, super stylish shades, these nail colors add oodles of attitude to your overall look. Presenting 40 attractive shades, the Maybelline Color Show Range let’s you mix, match and experiment with color!
Here’s why you’ll love it:
• Nail colors have a gel-based formula for increased staying power
• Is chip-resistant and comes with an easy-flow brush
• Available in 40 different shades

I liked: 

1. The color is deep blue - a nice alternative to black. There are times when I get sick of 'feminine' shades of nail paints like peach & pink & red and crave something that is very rock & roll. This color occupies that niche where it is very edgy yet not so out there that you get branded a weirdo. While in the bottle it appears shimmery, it dries with a sheen finish.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One Minute Reviews - New Launches I love & hate

I've not been blogging actively on beauty for over 10 months now. However that doesn't mean I haven't been trying out the new launches in the market as well as reading other beauty blogs. In the last one year, there have been a ton of beauty launches, and while I will be reviewing products individually over the next few weeks, here is a quicker post of stuff I have enjoyed, and things I haven't loved so much:

Products I've been Loving: 

Ash supposedly wearing L'Oreal Lincoln Rose Lipstick
1. L'Oreal Moist Matt lipsticks: These are my absolute current favorite lipsticks. In fact I overcame my resistance to wearing bright colors for office because these are all I want to wear at all times. The ones I own are Lincoln Rose & Flaming Kiss.

2. Kryolan Iconic Gel Liner: While not a new launch, I would have never discovered these if Sam had not reviewed them here. Needless to say I'm a fan and own them in every color (well, almost, other than black!) and use them almost everyday.

3. Ponds BB Cream*: This is the dead & departed Ponds TM in a new avatar? Maybe! It is delight to use though and is almost tied neck & neck with Maybelline BB stick as my favorite BB formula.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Maybelline ColorShow Glitter Mania in Pink Champagne (607): Review & Swatches

Glitter nail paints are my favorite kind of nail paints. They look really glam, stay on long & oddly enough, if you choose the correct shade - are very office appropriate!

Maybelline recently launched their Glitter Mania nail paints with about 7 shades roughly. Priced at Rs. 120/- for 6ml, this range is a new launch.

There isn't much information on the bottle about the product so let's just dive into the review!

What I liked: 

1. The color! It is a pretty silver with a tinge of pink. In the evening it appears silver, but the pink in it gives it a beautiful rosy sheen that makes it look different from regular silver glitter nail paints. I also think it seems to make the color a lot more wearable than a plain silver which can be too cool for Indian skintones. Another thing about this particular shade is that is actually a very neutral shade and works beautifully for office. While overloaded with glitter, it looks classy enough and the color is neutral enough for office. It will look beautiful but not attract weird attention like a orange or blue nail paint might.

ATB BB series 14: Will Power & Diets

Anorexia / Bulimia is greatly undermined when described as just an "Eating Disorder". It is not just a person wanting to be thinner because they have some fantasy (for eg: When I am thin, I will be .......), for some people it runs deeper. The outward manifestation is physical perfection or a desire to control an unpredictable external world. Internally it swirls in a pool of unresolved emotions ranging from control, anger to denial. It is a pattern of thinking where eating (or not eating) gets associated with strong emotions. 

Anorexics & Bulimics are not the only people plagued with emotional eating issues. A lot of otherwise healthy people use food as a drug.  A drug to relax, to de-stress, to fill up time with, to enjoy, as a substitute for love and attention. While most of us are able to stick to our eating resolutions when things are flowing smoothly, a stressful event throws us off balance and we revert to our older eating habits - seeking comfort in food. We then lose sight of our health goals & feel even more worse about it. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Ideal Beauty Blogger

I recently received a comment on my ATB BB series that got me thinking.

The commenter while congratulating me for weight loss spoke about how earlier she did not trust my opinion as a beauty blogger because I did not look a certain way – in other words, because I was fat and therefore not good looking, she thought that I should not preach about beauty.

To be honest I really don’t have any grudges against her for voicing her opinion. I actually am happy that she was honest enough to admit that the way a blogger looks does impact her opinion of the blog itself. There are probably silent readers like her out there who do feel this way but don’t express it as it sounds politically incorrect. As much as we deny it, there is a lot of thin privilege that operates in society.

There are lots of undercurrents to this thought. If I were to extrapolate it, it would also imply that only those people who can walk the ramp (aka have the dimensions/beauty of let’s say Tyra Banks) can credibly run fashion or style blogs, those who run movie / music review blogs should themselves have a background in media having either created a movie or some music themselves, and for food blogs, they better have been participants in shows like Masterchef. How else will I know if their food recipes taste any good?
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