Pre & Post Makeup Routine

MakeupRemovalApplying makeup these days is becoming more of a necessity rather than just a desire. Whether you love the soft-redness of the blush, the evenness of the foundation or the sharpness of a liner – I think we are all addicted ! { Lately – I can’t live without my Bobbi Brown foundation – go away blemishes ūüôĀ ) The irony is, I rarely ever used any make-up until about 2 years ago. I’ve tried a few¬† make-up products, selected my favorites and have my make-up routine down to the T. However, the one thing I have understood is that, more than what brand/products you are using – the make-up removal process is what matters the most. You could have the most expensive make-up on – but if you sleep without taking it off, say good morning to breakouts ! { what can I say – I learn some things the hard way } I can’t stress enough the importance of a cleansing routine. Here are some of my tried & tested tips –

Pre-Makeup

Rub an ice-cube after washing your face before applying make-up. This makes the pores smaller and allows for an evenness during makeup application. And my favorite advantage – increases the life of the make-up. { I picked this little tip from my dance teacher who used to do this for me for my stage performances }

Infact rubbing an ice-cube on your lips after putting on lipstick, seals the color and helps it stay longer than usual.

Post-Makeup

Instead of using store-bought cleansing creams and wipes, I choose to use the most basic and readily available item at home – milk ! Its gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling soft. If you’ve got a more-than-needed-tan going ( ummm sunburn ) – plain yogurt instead of milk works great. Taking off mascara is the trickiest ( especially the waterproof kinds ). I’ve found that vaseline ( yup – petroleum jelly ) works the best and is the kindest for eye-makeup removal. Take a dollop on a cotton-ball and gently wipe the mascara and the liner. It doesn’t hurt so much if a little gets in your eye as well. But I’d say one thing – use masacra only if you have to – like for an important work day or date night. No point unnecessarily lashing out on those lashes. A slice of cucumber does miracles on puffy eyes after a long day.

Like I’ve mentioned earlier, I am terrified of using products available with ingredients I don’t know squat about. That’s why my cleansing routine consists of simple and uncomplicated things.

 

tipSleeping with your makeup on, is probably the worst thing you can do to your skin. We all have those crazy late nights when all you want to do is come home and crash on the bed. For times like those Рkeep some make-up wipes handy( I use these tea-tree ones ) and a quick splash of warm water. Something better than nothing! And as tempting it might be, avoid wearing makeup to the gym. Makeup will just clog the pores. Let your pores breathe and leave room for the sweat to throw out the dirt. If you absolutely have to, a touch of lipgloss and a swoop of kohl should be just perfect !

 

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Daily Skin Care Routine

 
 
Growing up, one of the lessons I learnt from my mom was the importance of skincare. She always stresses on using natural things, like mud packs or keeping aside a slice of fruit for a natural face glow. I have extremely sensitive skin and occasional breakouts. And the acne-w(b)itch ( tooth fairy’s evil sister ) also leaves¬†behind¬†some blemishes every¬†once in a while . I hate getting facials (I know – whatt?? ) and am paranoid about using chemical based products . Recently, I started using products from The Body Shop’s Tea Tree line and they¬†seem to be helping my skin¬†tremendously.
 

TEA TREE SKIN CLEARING FACIAL WASH 

This really seems to keep the facial oils under control. I love its earthy smell and is has a nice cooling sensation. There’s a little tingling which makes me think that its really reaching the pores. My breakouts have¬†definitely¬†gone down since I started using this.
 
I don’t know if it is just a result of using this night lotion or the combination of other products – but the acne scars on my face have¬†visibly¬†started to lighten. You don’t know how happy that¬†makes me !
 
I apply this after using the face-wash and love how lightweight this is. However, it does tend to leave a little bit of dryness ( if you have oily skin that might not be an issue ) Рso I apply a small amount of my daily SPF moisturizer before stepping out. 
 
I almost never use face masks – just don’t like how they harden up on the skin and have to be scrubbed hard to be removed. But not this one. It remains soft even after 10 minutes of application and easily comes out with warm water, leaving the face feeling softer and nourished.
 
I think I am also going to give the Tea Tree Oil ( good for spot correction ) and the Pore Minimizer a try !
These products are organic ( and so much cheaper than some other popular products out there ) – if you find that these work for you, I’d recommend stocking up when there’s a sale.
 
PS : Some of you asked me to include links/recommendations for buying the looks or products in India.
The good news is РBody Shop has its Indian online shopping site, free shipping options are available and they have tons of  stores all over India. 

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July Obsessions – Round Up !

Here are a few things in my closet that I am currently ¬†super obsessed with ¬†! ūüôā



What are some of the items that you are obsessed with this summer?


P.S: The things remembered necklace with our names engraved on it – ¬†actually belongs to my hub. I had a similar (¬†better – see here ¬†! ) one that I lost a few weeks back ūüôĀ I had gotten it made at a fair long-long time back.. and its gone now . I am really hoping for a Carrie-Bradshawish-Dior-magic to happen and that the necklace would somehow come back to me ūüôĀ But till then – I am conveniently calling this necklace mine !
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