Today while applying lip liner, I thought why don’t I write a tiny post about it here, in my cute girly world ‘My GirlyPedia‘…!!!
Do you remember the ‘coloring books’ which we used to buy when we kids. Those books used to have sketches of animals, flowers, cartoons etc. Our job used to be coloring them with colors of our choice. Those were fun days. Isn’t it??? That proud moment of buying water color with more color cakes, that one separate florescent sketch pen in the kit, those crayons…pheww Never ending childhood memories. Happy tears
I mentioned about those books because what we are going to do with lip liner and lipstick are kind of same. Lip liner, as the name suggests is used to draw lines. You draw outline on your lips inside which you will be filling color with lipstick of your choice. Sounds fun???
Most of the beautician stress on using lip liners because,they perfectly define your lips. They act like boarder and makes lipstick application easy.
You must be eager to know how to apply lip liner to exaggerate one of the beautiful part of your face, ‘lips’:
Like I always say, start with a clean canvas. hehe Apply concealer around and on lips. (I suggested you to apply concealer on lips as well because, concealer neutralize the lip color and hence the lip pencil’s and lipstick’s color pay off will be good. Else, your natural lip color may alter lipstick’s color and hence the result might not be up to the mark. )
Take the lip liner pencil of your choice. (Make sure tip is sharp enough to draw fine lines)
Draw line on your outer corner of your lower lip. (You can draw line bit outside your lips to make your lip look plump.)
Do you know double curve on your upper lip, is called ‘cupid’s bow’. (That”s because of the shape of our lips…!!!)
In order to define the cupid’s bow beautifully, you need to draw an ‘X’ mark like this.
Like mentioned for lower lip, you can draw outline outside upper lip to get plump pout.
Fill in with lipstick by using a good lip brush. (Filling colors within the lines, using thin brushes is easier than the thick lipsticks right?? )
Blend the lip liner and lipstick.
Done. Happy dance
Refer this below image to give a plump look to your lips:
More info about lip liners:
1. There are two types of lip liners available in market. Typical pencil package one and the retractable tube package.
2. I always prefer retractable one. Because you don’t need to run for a sharpener every time to use the product effectively. Also it reduces the product wastage.
3. Always choose lip liner of shade similar or nearer shade as that of your lipstick. This helps in blending step easy.
4. Lip liners are usually of matte finish ones. You can fill all your lips with lip liner and use it as a lipstick.
5. Do not over do the lines. It want to look gorgeous, not tedious.
6. You can also use nu*e lip liners to get illusion of plump lips.
7. Use lip brush to fill inside the lines. At lease till the time you become a pro to fill colors using lipstick.
8. I have mentioned about drawing lines outside lips to make it look plump. But make sure, you draw the corners on the natural lip corners. Do not over do at the corners.
9. Do you know, lip liners make lipstick last longer, without any touch ups…!!! You got one more good reason to use them.
You know every thing about lip liners now…!!! wink
I hope this post will be useful the next time you apply lipstick.
Let me tell you a secret, I am a Disney child… Cartoon movies still make me feel so happy from inside. Do you also like fairy tale fantasy world??? Magical things…??? These newbie lipsticks are nothing less than a fantasy. They remind me of ‘enchanted rose’ of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Don’t you think so…??? *happy* I am sure you too will be happy and thrilled to know about these super cute lipsticks.
A China based company, named ‘Kailijumei’ has come up with this revolutionary idea and it claims to sell “cheap, high quality makeup.”. These lipsticks are hot stuff on Instagram and over the net for the obvious reason.
So, what are these lipsticks all about… These are transparent lipsticks which has got flowers in them. Yes you heard it right. You must be thinking whats the new thing in here… There are several companies who claim that their products are natural and they contain natural stuffs…!!! The super cool thing about these lipsticks are that, they are transparent and you can see the flowers in them. Yes, flowers are visible…!!! Here is a snap for you. Have a look.
Aren’t they super dooper cute…??? They look like some fairy tale lipsticks with magical powers…
Some unique ingredients and decorations, including jelly, gold flakes are infused in these Lippi. Mesmerizing part is the floating flower inside the lipstick…!!! Company claims that these also contain natural products like cocoa butter,botanical extracts,stearic acid,beeswax,candelilla resin,olive oil,citric acid,grape seed oil,lavender oiland 3 kinds of Real Dried flowers in paste.
These are color changing lipsticks. The color payoff depends on your body temperature. The lesser the temperature, more glossy pink the lipstick looks on your lips.
They are claimed to be super awesomely moisturizing. The lucky people who have tried these have found it more like lip gloss/ balm than a lipstick, due to its moisturizing quality. (Dry lips beauties, are you listening…??? *happy dance* )
There are 4 variants available in flower gel lipsticks. I like the girly names of them. *wink*
Barbie Pink Power
Along with lipsticks; ‘Kailijumei’ also got Lip balms, which has 2 variants.
Clear jelly lip balms
Don’t they look like real jelly candies…!!! *Yumm yumm*
Flower lip balm
I know they are super cute. I doubt I will be able to use it once I buy them. I mean they are so cute… Instead of applying, I would love to stare at them without blinking my eyes. *haha*
As these lipsticks are ‘famous’ over the internet, the number of customers is increasing immensely. They are priced for $30 (Approximately 2000 INR) for each. Sad part is, its quite difficult to pick this lipstick if you haven’t done a pre-order.
Now some serious part. Company has recently announced that, they are duplicate lipsticks available which more or less look like the original flower gel lipsticks. But the duplicate ones might contain harmful chemicals. So they have urged to buy from their official website.
These are only info I could find from their website . Even though all the lipsticks are ‘out of stock’ right now, would love to pre-order one. (How can I miss such a mesmerizing lipstick..!!! ) I just don’t understand one thing. How can all natural lipstick can change its color…!!! Well,since I don’t own one, I can not tell whether its actual worth the hype. When I get one, will surely review.
I am so refreshed after the awesome weekend I had. Do you want to know what I did last weekend??? I had been to trekking at ‘Visapur Fort’ and visited ‘Bhaja Caves on Saturday. The scenic beauty, rain, the company of some great friends and the amazing historical caves refreshed my soul.
Last evening, I had been to MAC store (it’s like a holy place for us, the makeup addicts/shopaholics). Bought an eyeliner, which I will review soon.
I must say; as much as I enjoyed my weekend, I missed blogging here at my girlypedia. In order to cover up for the last two days, I am writing this post about ‘flaw covering’ makeup product – ‘Concealer’.
So, what is concealer?
Concealer/color corrector, used to mask dark circles, age spots, large pores, and other small blemishes visible on the skin.
Like I said before, it is used to hide flaws and achieve flawless finish.
When to use concealer?
Concealer is usually used after primer, before/after foundation. But I would suggest you to use it before foundation to get smoother and flawless result.
On which part of face do we need to apply concealer??
If you want to even out whole skin tone of face, you can apply it all over face. Make sure you choose same shade as that of your natural skin tone.
Else, you can apply under eyes, on blemishes, on uneven patches, around mouth (if you have darker skin around mouth), pimples etc.
What are the differences between foundation and concealer?
This is similar to foundation but it is thicker which helps in better coverage.
Foundation is applied on large area of face. Concealer is used on under eyes, on pimple scars and on other types of flaws on face.
Can we use only concealer on face??
Yes you can. You can also use lose powder to get clearer look.
Do we get concealers in different shades???
Good news is yes…!!! There are multiple choices when it comes to shades available for concealers.
I would suggest you to choose a concealer of shade one or two lighter than your skin tone for hiding dark spots. The reason behind this is, when you apply concealer of lighter shade on the darker spots like pimple scars, will even out skin tone…!!!
You can pick a concealer similar to your skin tone if you just want to hide or blur minor imperfections.
Are there any different forms of concealer???
Yes… There are multiple liquid and solid/ cream form of concealers.
What are the types of concealers???
This is safest type of concealers when you think of experimenting. This is used to even out skin tone. It vanishes the uneven skin tone.
This is a savior for those beauties who have dark blue or purplish areas on face caused by pimples, broken veins, or rosacea. If the under eye area is darker, this concealer can be used.
This is used to neutralize red zones on your face. By red zone I mean, blemishes, acne, red spots. But it is recommended not to use it on dark spots and under eye circles.
Big question – How to apply concealer???
Apply primer to minimize the pores.
Choose a concealer of lighter shade.
Put few drops of concealer under your eyes. Using a makeup sponge, gently blot the concealer into your skin. (You can also use your fingers to pat and blend the concealer)
Apply foundation of the shade similar to your skin shade.
Blend it to get flawless look.
How to avoid looking caked up??
You need to prepare your skin before applying concealer, in order to avoid looking caked up. Apply primer/ moisturize face before concealer.
So, these are the questions popped into my mind about concealers. If you want to know anything more about this magical product, do let me know. Love to help you. Angel smile
I did my schooling from a Christian school. You must be knowing the strict environment in a typical school. We weren’t supposed to grow our nails that time. But, one of our teachers used to apply nail paint which use to compliment her outfit’s color. She used to make us jealous by dressing up and we used to hate our boring uniform and our short nails. Once I was done with schooling, I started exploring the world of nail art. During my college days, I had this huge craze of trying out different and weird nail paints. Some colors (florescent colors I would say) used to be so weird that, I remember one of my friends saying “Can you please remove that nail paint?? It is hurting my eyes.” *haha* But, never mind, I like it, so I will flaunt it. *wink*
If you are also a fan of nail art and someone who takes care of their nails like a baby, you will like this post. Read on to know more about nails, fun/ weird facts , how to take care of nails.
Some Facts about Nails:
1. Nails, hair are made up of keratin, a type of protein.
2. Nail growth is more in summer as compared to winter.
3. Men’s nails grow faster than women’s.
4. Every part of your body sweats but Nails never sweat.
5. Your nail’s natural color can say a lot about your health.
6. Did you know, nail biting is a nervous symptom and it is called Onychophagia.
7. Your sleep and stress also affect your nail growth.
8. Cuticles not only protects nail bed from germs, they also locks in moisture and keep the cuticle healthy.
9. Nails of the hand which you use most grows faster than the nails of the other hand
10. Longer the fingers, faster the nail’s growth. Hence the middle finger’s nail grow faster and thumb’s nail slower.
11. 10% of skin problems are caused due to nail problem. *surprised*
12. Your toenails are twice as thick as your fingernails.
13. Interesting point. You must have heard elder people saying, “do not cut your nails after sunset”. Have you ever thought why. I had googled to know about it. It is because, during old days the lamps were the only source of light after sunset. One might get hurt while cutting nails with insufficient light. Hence, they used to say not to cut nails.
How to make your nails stronger and healthier:
1. Dip them in warm oil(coconut or any cooking oil) for a while. Wash them with warm water and apply good moisturizing cream.
2. Use some good quality cuticle serum and strengthening serum.
3. Nails do not breath since they are dead cells but cuticle and nail beds do. Nail polish suffocates the nail bed. So do not apply nail paint for couple of days before changing nail color(I know it might be hard for some.) and let them breath. *deep breath*
4. Stop using nails as a tool. *ouch*
5. Follow good diet.
6. Stop biting your nail or I say Onychophagia…!!!
Few Facts about Nail polish:
1. Nail paints were introduced by Chinese with 2 basic colors – Red and Black.
2. In ancient Egypt, women’s nail paint used to symbolize their status. Red being the upper most class.
3. Initially the ingredients of nail polish were: beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, and vegetable dyes.
4. Do you know what inspired to invent modern days nail polishes??? Car paint. Yes, Revlon was the first company who introduced nail polishes and they were inspired by car paints.
5. The most expensive nail paint costs $250,000. It has 267 carats black diamonds in it.
6. You must have heard about different finishes like matte finish, glossy finish. Can you believe there 13 different types of finishing in nail paints.
7. If you never open the nail paint bottle, it will last forever. The opened bottle will last for couple of years. Reason behind this is the evaporation of certain materials when nail paint is exposed to air.
8. Nail polish you choose says a lot about your current mood.
Different uses of nail polish:
1. Apply transparent nail paint on metal accessories to prevent them from rusting.
2. You can paint the keeps with nail paint to differentiate.
3. You can use your old nail paint to seal an envelop.
4. You can stop a run in your tights from getting bigger by applying transparent nail paint from outside , inside over the run.
5. You can apply transparent nail paint over labels of any food box or medicine box to prevent labels from smudging.
Certain nail paint tips:
1. Always apply base and top coats while painting your nails.
2. Keep nail paints in refrigerator to make it last longer.
Tried and tested tips to cure yellow nails:
Use baking soda and water paste to whiten the nails.
Take hydrogen-peroxide and water in 3:1 ratio and dip nails in it for a while. This will whiten nails.
I am sure if you are among those who loveee their nails and nail polishes, you have enjoyed reading this post a lot… If you are not a nail art lover, do enter the world and explore. I will promise you, that you won’t be bored here. *wink*
Are you a lover of perfumes??? Are you looking for a sweet and mild fragrance??? If so, you will definitely fall in love with this one…
I love how these sweet fragrances lift my mood up and make me so happy. May be this is the reason I always always end up adding them to my mist/perfume collection.
Today’s pick is this beautiful mist from ‘The Bath and Body Works’,’Midnight Pomegranate’ body mist.
This is a gift from me to myself on my birthday last year. After all, self love comes first right…!!!
Packing is cute and girly. The small stars and the maroon pomegranate design makes it look like a magic. The bottle is transparent and sturdy. The transparency helps us to see the quantity of mist left in the bottle.
This is travel friendly but some might not find it handy as it is not too small to carry it around.
The spray nozzle is of good quality. Its been an year and still its working properly. I am stressing this minute point because, I have certain other mists whose nozzles are awful. You need to put a lot of pressure to sprinkle the mist. *cry* But a little pressure is enough to make it work.
The bottle’s cap is sturdy and fits properly. You must be knowing the pain of taking care of non sturdy and lose caps. *sob*
The sturdiness of the bottle have been tested. In fact on the day I had bought. Unfortunately this mist fell from my hand while keeping it in my bag. *shock* But, it wasn’t broken at all…!!!
Price: I bought this on an offer prize of 700 INR for 8 fl oz/ 236 ml. Without discount, it might costs from 900-1500 INR.
The fragrance is very sweet and I feel it like a dream. The moment I tried this at the shop, without any second thought I bought this wonderful mist. *Happy dance*
Like I had mentioned in my previous post about mists, this doesn’t last for a very long time. Its staying power is around 2 to 3 hours.
If you ask me what are the pros and cons, here are the points.
Pros of Bath and Body Works – Midnight Pomegranate body mist are:
1. Amazing fruity sweet fragrance.
2. Staying power is 2 to 3 hours. I am listing this in pros because it is a mist and almost all the mists have less staying power compared to perfumes.
3. Pocket friendly.
4. Travel friendly.
5. Nozzle is of good quality.
6. Transparent bottle makes it easy to keep an eye on quantity left.
7. Not tested on animals hence its is a cruelty free product.
Cons of Body Works – Midnight Pomegranate body mist :
1. Ingredient list is not mentioned.
My Girlypedia Rating: 4.8/5
I would love to repurchase this mist after I finish this one.
If you love mild fruity fragrance like me, do give it a try… *smile* I am sure you will love this one.
On a long day at work, after partying all night, while running out of time to get ready in the morning; have you ever thought, how dreamy our day would be if our makeup would never fade…!!! Makeup with no touch ups…!!! To make this wish of makeup geeks come true, here is some new cosmetic treatment called ‘Permanent makeup’. By this procedure, you will have perfectly shaped eyebrows, kissable lips and perfect eyeliner all day long…!!! Sounds like a dream right… happy tears
My beautician had introduced me to this word ‘permanent makeup’ few years back. I was very much fascinated by the way she use to draw perfect eyeliner on her eye lids. I was curious to know how she manages to draw such perfect lines every time. I was surprised to know that those lines were permanent…!!! I must say her eyeliner was dark black and glossy. perfect She later explained and answered all my queries regarding the procedure, pros and cons. Today I will be sharing the info I had got, with you…
You too must be curious to know what permanent makeup is all about… Well, read on to know more…!!! wink
It is considered as micropigmentation(just like tattoo). This procedure involves needles to inject pigment granules beneath upper layer of the skin.
Most popular beauty enhancements are:
This treatment is done in the supervision of dermatologists, cosmetologists, aesthetician, nurses, and tattooists.
They apply anesthetic to skin before starting with it.
Various devices, including the traditional tattoo coil machines, the pen or rotary machine (includes the digital rotary machines) and the non-machine or hand device are used.
Pain during the procedure depends on one’s pain threshold.
It again depends on individual that how long the color lasts. Depending on that, one or more touch up sessions are required.
This treatment is for those makeup lovers:
Who desire a soft, natural enhancement to their appearance
Who can’t wear traditional cosmetics due to allergies and skin sensitivities
Who are active at sports like swimming, swimming, hiking, biking etc and still want to look dolled up all day.
Who sweat a lot and due to which who need regular touch ups.
Who find it difficult to apply makeup
Who are lazy to apply
Who are vision challenged people
Who are fed up with busy people
Who’ve lost hair due to chemotherapy, accidents, burns, or cosmetic surgery.
Who have a difficult time applying makeup due to age or conditions, such as arthritis.
It solely depends on from where and by whom are you getting it done. The more skilled the person is the more it might cost you. But approximately it costs:
Per procedure: $400-$800
Per hour : $150 to $250
Approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours
How long does it lasts:
On some it lasts for lifetime without touch ups. On some it might fade and need regular touch up sessions.
Everything has +ve and -ve side.
Best part of Permanent makeup:
Doesn’t fade due to humidity and other weather conditions.
No need to invest on makeup removers.
Saves money which we spend to buy different makeup products.
The side effects that might be caused due to the permanent makeup:
The chemical/ pigments involved might cause your lips to swell.
Eyebrow after effect
The skin around eye is very sensitive and delicate. The anesthesia given around eye might burn cornea.
The eyeliner drawn might cause bruises.
The artificial blush/ eye shadow application done as a part of permanent makeup might cause skin irritation. The pigments, if doesn’t suit your skin, it will affect large area of your face. This will have to be corrected with face surgery.
These are cosmetic tattoos. If the needles used are not hygienic, it might cause harmful diseases.
Pigments may cause allergic reactions to certain people.
Make sure you choose someone well expertise in these procedures. Or else you might end up being a disaster…!!!
I personally feel, after some time we might get bored of same makeup. I am someone who love experimenting different eye makeups. It might look good all day long but it will be boring to carry same makeup every single day.
Undergoing MRI scan might become a headache. Its advisable to let your MRI technician to know about your permanent cosmetic in order to avoid skin irritations.
There are plenty of women who opt for permanent makeup. If you really really feel you need this, if you are ready to undergo all these procedures, if you are ready taking risks, then only get this cosmetic make over done by an expert.
I would personally advice you to be happy in your own skin. Be happy with what you are blessed with. You are pretty, the way you are…!!!
You must be enjoying a great relaxing weekend. Make sure to relax your soul along with your body today…!!! It is much more important.
By the word ‘relaxing’, I remembered a hand cream which is very relaxing and refreshing for my hands. Read on, to know more about the cream in detail.
It is one of the best hand creams I have used till date. As I had mentioned in my last post about ‘Hand care’, hand cream is a must when you want to keep your hand happy…!!!
This a fab India product, named ‘Intensive hand cream’ in lemon flavor.
Let’s start with the review…
What it claims:
An intensive, non greasy formulation that combines natural extracts with essential oils. While lemon lightens the skin, glycerin softens it. Regular application ensures your hands remain supple and smooth.
Price: 290 INR for 120 ml (112g)
Shelf life: 3 years
This hand cream comes in a yellow tube packing. The white cap is flip flop one. I always prefer tube packing over a tub one. Tube packing is more hygienic, as there is no need to dip your hand in cream unlike for the tub pack.
It is sturdy and does not take more space in your hand bag. Hence, I can say it is travel friendly.
The white cream is non greasy and glides easily. It does keep your hand moisturized but doesn’t feel oily. Little goes long way so value for money as well.
It has a strong smell of lemon. This might be a con for those who doesn’t like strong fragrance.
It keeps your hand soft for 3-4 hours. . I prefer using this after whenever I wash hands.
It is available in all FabIndia stores and over online.
Does this stands to what it claims?:
Non greasy: YES. This is non greasy.
Intensive: YES. This is moisturising.
Lightens skin tone: NO. I haven’t found this one true.
Softens hands: YES. It softens very dry hands too.
My overall experience:
As I had mentioned in my earlier post, most of the time I spend in AC environment. That makes skin and hair dry. sob sob But, this hand cream is one of the essential stuffs I carry in my hand bag. Anywhere and everywhere. I will surely buy this again.
Available in fabIndia stores and online.
Value for money.
Cruelty free. Not tested on animals.
Does not lighten skin tone.
Strong lemon fragrance might be a problem for those with sensitive nose.
Do I recommend the fabIndia intensive hand cream?
YES. If your hands are really dry and looking for a good hand cream, this is the one for you.
Will I repurchase the fabIndia intensive hand cream?
Of course dearie…!!! My hands are thankful for this pick. wink
We, the lipstick lovers have got a lipstick for every mood of ours. One right lipstick can make you feel like queen of the fashion world.!!! I have plenty of pink, red shades in my lipstick collection.Today, I have picked this beautiful pinkish red shade cutie for the review. (We girls are typical when it comes to differentiating the color shades)
Sometime back, one of my friends had loved the chambor liquid lipstick on me. She wanted to buy one from same brand. Since she is not so much into make up and stuff, she wasn’t sure whether she will be able to carry the lipstick. So, I asked her to go for neutral or natural shade to start with. When we had been to store to shop a lipstick for her, she ended up buying this beautiful shade. I loved the shade and the mild glossy effect it gave to her lips. Let me tell you a secret. When it comes to shopping, I believe in one rule, “If you can’t stop thinking about it, go and buy it…!!!” Yes I am a shopaholic and I am really crazy for lipsticks. So, the very next day, I bought same one for myself. Read on to know whether it made me a happy shopper or no…!!!
This beautiful lipstick is from one of my favorite brand, ‘Chambor’. The range name is “Moisture Plus”. The shade I have picked is 383. As the name suggests, it is a very moisturizing lipstick range. There are total 20 shades available in the range. Lipsticks with so many shades makes me a happy girl. Sooo many options to choose from.!!!
So, shall we start with the review… *smile*
What it claims:
An innovative dual action formula with a nourishing core to hydrate lips and prevent dryness, surrounded by a soft, ultra-moist color for a smooth radiant finish.
Shade – 383
Price: 745 INR for 4.5g
Shelf life: 3 years
First thing first, the packing. It comes in typical lipstick bullet packing. The plastic used is sturdy hence no worries of breakage.
This is tiny and it is travel friendly.
The shade is soft red with a pink undertone. It looks natural on your lips. This shade can be carried by everyone.
The texture is soft like butter. It glides like a magic on your lips. Lipstick has two layers. Inner one is the moisturizer and the outer is the pigmented creamy lipstick. It does not highlight the fine lines on lips.
Color pay off is good. You need couple of swipes to get the proper shade on your lips.
Staying power is good too. Tint stays for 4-5 hours with food. But glossy finish fades away as and when you eat or drink.
The very best part I loved about this cutie is the moisture it provides for my lips. Yes it sticks to what it claims. It does give moisture to lips. As I had mentioned in my earlier posts, my lips are usually dry. All thanks to the AC environment in which I work. *sob* I usually apply lip balm prior to lipstick application. When I use this one, I don’t feel the need of lip balm at all. This lipstick is enough to keep my lips hydrated for long time. I feel it serves as a pigmented lip balm more, than a lipstick.
It gives a soft moisturizing finish. A slide moist twinkle it gives, had made me buy this one.
Overall I am so glad I picked up this lovely shade from this amazing range.
Let me some up by listing my likes and dislikes about this lipstick.
What I liked about Chambor moisture plus lipstick:
1. Very moisturizing.
2. Stays for 4-5 hours with food.
3. Texture is buttery soft.
4. Good color pay off.
5. Travel friendly.
What I did not like about Chambor moisture plus lipstick:
1. Contains paraben.
My rating for Chambor moisture plus lipstick: 5/5
If you have dry lips like me and looking for a good moisturizing lipstick, your search ends here…!!! *happy tears*
Hope you find this useful for your next lipstick shopping…!!!
Do you agree that for every girl, her mom is her first style icon. A baby girl is so much fascinated by the beauty stuffs her mom uses. It might be a simple eyeliner or a compact. I remember the basic makeup stuffs my mom uses to use when I was young. I also remember that mom use to use a stone to keep her feet and elbows soft. Daughter wants to know each and every detail of that beauty stuffs right…??? Likewise, I used to ask my mom why does she uses this rough stone on her feet. I had heard the word ‘Pumice stone’ for the first time from her and of course why we need to use it. But, I was never convinced by that, as I was really horrified by the fact of rubbing a rough stone against my skin. Till the day, I started using one(when I grew up haha )
This Pumice stone is a porous material, formed when hot lava comes in contact with water. These are perfect for removing dead skin cells without scratching. Guess what, it was used by Romans and Greeks since ancient times.
I use Vega Pumice stone. I bought it from a local drug store. You can buy one from here
Let me tell you how to use this:
Dip your feet in warm water for a while, to make skin soft. Dry skin removal is easy when skin becomes soft. You can also use pumice stone when you are in shower.
2. Dip the pumice stone in water or hold it under running water. It is easier to slide wet stone across your feet.
3. Once the stone is completely wet, rub it against your feet in circular motion gently.
4. Wash your feet with water and you can see the difference. Feet are softer than before.
5. If you find any need for more scrubbing, repeat.
6. Once you are done with scrubbing, pat dry your feet and apply ample amount of good moisturizer to have a happy feet.
How to keep the Pumice stone clean:
Brush your pumice stone after every use. Since the stone is porous and by brushing it, will keep the pores clean.
After every wash, air dry the stone before storing it back in a dry place.
If you use it frequently, once in a while dip the stone in boiling water for a while, to kill the germs.
When the stone’s surface becomes smooth or stone becomes small, replace it.
Do you know this tool serves multiple purposes???
You can use it as a hair remover. Rub the wet stone against wet and soft hand/legs(where you want to conduct a deforestation process haha) in circular motion for a while. Your hands/legs will be free from hair…!!! This process is similar to shaving. It removes hair from skin surface rather than pulling it from its root. Make sure you don’t pres the stone roughly against the skin.
If you are worried of pills on your sweaters, Pumice stone is a hero. Rub a dry pumice stone against pills on the sweater. The porous surface of stone will remove the pills. Again, please do not rub it rigorously as I am sure you don’t want to spoil the texture of fabric. Do you???
3. Wet pumice stone can be used to clean toilets.
4. Ovens can also be cleaned by this.
5. If you are a pet lovers like me, you know how your home will be full of their tiny furs. Do you know pumice stone can be used to remove the hair from car seats, rugs and mats.???
You can use it as a manicure tool by rubbing it against your cuticle gently before applying nail paint. Do not forget to wet the stone my dear.
A pumice stone whose surface has become smooth is of no use for removing dead skin cells right. Instead of throwing it away, you can use it in your garden. Adding pumice stone in the soil, helps to retain water and hold onto essential nutrients necessary for plant growth.
These can be used as an aroma diffuser. Due to porous surface, they can absorb the essential aromatic oils. They slowly release the aroma in the air making your home smell fresh.
Those were the quick points about an affordable beauty stone, I wanted to share with you all today.
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine OR The slowest form of Poison…!!!”
You might have read/heard a lot of times, “watch what you eat…!!!” Don’t you think that is so true…!!! You might not see the side effects right away but in the long run, it does cause harm to your body.
Due to the busy lifestyle of ours, we tend to eat a lot of junk foods and miss the nutrients which are necessary for our body. Today I am writing down why our body needs vitamins, which and how to fulfill those vitamins shortage.
Why is the need of vitamin supplements to our body:
Our life style:
The life style we have adopted is not at all healthy. The air, water, food everything is polluted. Knowingly or unknowingly, we use more and more chemicals in our day to day life. It does affect our body.
After a certain age or due to some prolonged health issues, our immune system does gets effected. Especially for women, it is always recommended to take supplements and to take a good care of your body starting from twenties.
It might be because of the busy schedule of ours or in order to lose weight. (There is this misconception that we can lose weight by skipping food. Its a biggg no no.)
4. Packed/ frozen food:
Packed and frozen foods are of less or no nutrient values. The vitamins in them are depleted due to the long duration for which they have been packed.
5. Cooking style:
Most of the vitamins (which are already less in amount in raw food nowadays) are depleted when we over cook the food.
Due to polluted air we are inhaling, polluted water/food we are taking, our body needs ‘detoxification’. Vitamins A, C and E are helpful for detoxifying the body.
7. For energy:
If you are an active person who does physical exercises on daily basis, do you know Exercise Increases Nutrient Needs.
The dangerous reason for all the health issues. Stress effects our immune system. Taking supplements will help body to work normally.
Vitamins which are essential to our skin and body:
Benefits of Vitamin A:
As mentioned earlier, it is important for detoxification.
Some like short hair and some girls like me, love long locks. I am blessed with long, naturally straight but thin hair. We girls are never happy with our natural hair texture, are we??? haha Rapunzel being my #HairGoals icon during my childhood, I used to dream of long, manageable, healthy hair. But I don’t like the idea of letting the prince climb the fort using the hair… Ouch I love my hair, I cant do that. hehe
I will be sharing the hair care tips I have used or heard. So, read on to achieve “#GreatHair”
These are big No No, in order to keep your hair in good condition:
1. Over brushing:
Too much is too bad. Brushing couple of times in a day is recommended. As it stimulates the hair follicles and promotes growth. It also helps in spreading the natural hair oil which is accumulated on head over night. But, brushing your hair more often results in dry hair. I have seen some girls who scare me by brushing their tresses so fast and furiously. haha Please stop it because I can hear your locks screaming.
2. Tight hair styles:
The tight hair bands cause tension in hair strands and thus making them brittle. I would suggest to keep your hair open or tie them in a lose bun or something in order to keep them healthy.
3. Frequent use of styling tools :
Girl with straight hair dreams of curly/ wavy hair and girls with curly/ wavy hair are crazy for straight hair. I know, we girls are not always happy with what we are blessed with. So, we opt for styling tools. But, the heat for hair is not at all good. You might be applying a good protecting serum before using the heat. But beautiful, can any serum protect your skin from hot tool.? How can you believe that the serum will protect your delicate hair from burning…!!!
4. Combing wet hair:
You might have read or heard lot many times about it. Still, I would like to repeat this point. It is difficult to detangle hair before applying conditioner. When the hair is wet, it is more weak and breaks easily. So, here is the tip. Brush, detangle your hair before washing. This will reduce tangling of hair. Use your fingers to detangle, instead of comb/brush.
5. Skipping Hair conditioner:
Most of you might skip using conditioner, after washing your hair. But this is a wrong thing to do for your crown my dear…!!! Shampoos do drain out the moisture from hair to a certain extent. As the name suggests, conditioners condition your hair by adding moisture and shine. You have to apply conditioner to hair concentrating on end. Do not apply conditioner on scalp.
6. Washing hair frequently: Washing hair frequently results in dry hair. So you can wash your hair twice or thrice (if your scalp is really oily) a week.
7. Taking hot shower:
Wash your hair with warm water instead of hot water. Hot water damages the hair by making it dry and brittle.
Your diet should be healthy and rich in protein and vitamins. Junk foods do not help when it comes to health, hair and skin.
9. Coloring your hair:
If you want to try different colors on your hair, make sure you take a good care of it post coloring. You will have to use products which are meant for colored hair. Deep conditioning is a must for colored hair.
10. Chemically treated hair:
I was really fascinated by the smoothened/ straightened hair looks. The hair looks so neat and in place. I wanted to get my hair smoothed sometimes. But, when I got to know the chemicals and heat involved + the care we need to take for it, I dropped the idea. Girl, if you want to smooth-en your hair please make sure you know the procedures, products involved and you are ready to take care of your hair. Deep conditioning, oiling are must in order to maintain the health of your tresses.
We all know “Smoking kills. Cigarette is injurious to health”. It is harmful not only to your lungs but also to skin and hair. If you want to look good, start by quitting smoking.
12. Skipping haircuts: I have head people saying “If you don’t cut your hair, it won’t grow..!!!” I don’t believe in this logic. Hair growth is from the root, not from the end. I believe hair cut is necessary to remove the split ends and not for growth. Trimming the hair makes hair look healthy and bye bye split ends.
We get to live this life once, live it with no regrets and stress free as much as possible. The more stress, more damage to overall health. Smile when you still have teeth. hehe
Below are some of the tips, which your hair will be thankful for:
1. Hot oil treatment is the savior: Once in a week spend some time oiling your hair. You must have heard about importance of oiling your hair from your granny and mommy. Oiling boosts the hair growth, moisturizes scalp, hence avoids dandruff problems.
2. Invest time on certain hair masks:
There are plenty of hair masks available online. But, would love to tell you guys to go for a natural one. You can apply curd for moisture, egg for shine.
3. Let your hair dry naturally: Again, using hair drier, makes your hair weak on long run. Hence, choose air dry over driers.
4. Choose a hair shampoo with no or less harmful chemicals.
5. Pamper yourself with a spa appointment once a month:
Nothing like a relaxing spa treatment. When you get a good head massage, it makes so so relaxed and stress free. The massage also stimulated hair follicles and helps in nourishment and growth of hair.
6. Take vitamin supplements:
Sometimes, our body lacks certain vitamins. We might not be able to get those in out diet. So, its recommended to consult a doctor and take supplements. Biotin is the popular hair supplements. Consult a doctor for appropriate dosage as per your body need.
7. Apply hair serum or live in conditioner:
If you are working in AC environment, your hair tend to become dry and rough. In order to keep your hair manageable, apply a good hair serums. These serums add shine and conditions the hair. Below are some of the good serums I recommend.
8. Protect hair from dust and sun: Cover your hair with a hat or scarf when you step out.
9. Tie your hair in a loose bun when you sleep:
This will avoid hair from falling all over your face and disturb your beauty sleep. It also avoids tangling.
10. Use a satin pillow case instead of cotton one:
When you sleep, the friction between the cotton pillow and your hair, makes hair brittle in long run. Instead, sleep on a satin pillow case which keeps your hair smooth.
11. Keep your comb, hair styling tools clean.
12. Good beauty sleep:
Body repairs itself while we sleep. Hence a good 7-8 hours sleep is a must for beautiful you.
Tips useful on bad hair day:
There are certain days when your hair becomes oily/ too dry and unmanageable. Below are some tips which will be of use.
1. If your hair is too oily and you do not have time to wash it, do not worry. Spritz some baby powder to your hair. Brush the hair. Powder absorbs the oil and makes the hair less oily and easy to manage.
Thumbs up for messy hair buns.
Use dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is a shampoo in powder form. It removes greasiness and best part is , it doesn’t need water…!! hence the name dry. But, again less is more. Do not use this on daily basis.
How is the weekend treating you.??? I am enjoying my lazy relaxing ‘Me time’…!!! wink
Have you ever thought; when you meet and greet someone, you either shake your hand, wave your hand or do a namaste. So, technically after your face, your hands are the most noticeable part. Since they are notable, it is always a good idea to keep them soft and clean. This post is all about the tips to keep your hands soft and presentable.
Why our hands need a good care.
Hands, being one of the most important part of our body, get exposed more to weather, water etc
They tend to get dry and rough with bad weather or in the AC environment.
Since we wash our hands most of the time, the PH imbalance also causes dry hands.
The harsh soaps and chemicals also have there part in making our hands lose their softness.
How to take care of your hands at home.
1. Exfoliate your hands.
You can find many hand scrubs at store / online. You can also prepare one at home using kitchen ingredients. Some of them are here for you.smile
a. Sugar and honey scrub:
Take honey in a bowl and pour sugar into it to make a paste. Scrub your hand using this paste.
Sugar removes the dead/ dry skin. Whereas honey moisturizes the skin. b. Coffee powder and oil scrub:
Mix both the ingredients in a bowl.(You can use any edible oil) Apply the paste on your hands and exfoliate them. Coffee exfoliates and gives glow to hands. Oil adds moisture.
c. Salt and lemon juice scrub:
Apply the paste prepared by mixing the ingredients on your hands. Scrub them. Salt removes the dryness and lemon gives a bleaching/ lightning effect.
2. Give a good massage to your hands:
Massage your hands and cuticles with this mixture for at least 10-15 minutes.
3. Apply good hand cream:
There are very nice hand creams available in India. My personal favorite is
Fabindia Lemon Intensive Hand Cream. You can buy it from nykaa.com
4. Take care of your nails:
a. Always , always keep your nails clean.
b. Girls, chipped nail paints are a big No No. You can fix them by applying a new quote of same or of different colored nail paint over it. Or you can remove them using a good nail paint remover.
c. Keep your nail short. When the nails are long, they tend to break easily.
d. Get a good manicure treatment once a month.
Its a beauty treatment for hands and nails. You can choose a good saloon to get this done or you can give yourself a good manicure at home. You can buy a good manicure kit online. This link might be useful for you.
In a manicure treatment, the hands are cleaned, a good massage is given, nails are filed and nail polish will be applied of your choice.(ahh sounds so relaxing right…!!! )
There are 20+ types of manicures you can choose from. Book a good manicure pedicure(for foot) appointment over the weekend. One of the best way to relax.
5. Always apply sunscreen on your hands.
Sun rays increases the aging process. Apply a layer of sunscreen to your hands to keep them protected from harsh sun rays.
6. Try to use mild soaps and hand washes.
The dish wash bars have chemicals which harsh on skin. Hence it is recommended to wear gloves. If not, apply a good hand cream after you are done washing.
7. Wear hand gloves while washing the vessels.
8. Apply cuticle oil/ any essential oil on your cuticle. It makes nails strong and boosts the growth.
Follow these tips to keep your hands young and beautiful…
“A woman’s perfume tells more about her, than her handwriting” – Christian Dior
Raise your hand if you are a perfume addict like me. I have a collection of body mists and perfumes which match my mood. Sweet floral fragrances make my heart melt. Hence I end up buying the mostly sweet girly mists. Which type of fragrance do you love???
If you ask me which are my favorite mist and perfume… I would say “Passion Struck Body Mist from Victoria Secret” and “Zara Woman Black Perfume”. They are amazing. I am pretty sure, girls who love mild sweet fragrance are making note of these cuties’ names. wink
Just like music, a perfume’s fragrances can be classified into 3 notes based on their staying power. Let me give you a quick glimpse of the 3 fragrance notes.
1. Top/ Head notes:
These are perceived immediately on application. (Sometimes, you might have heard the person at store, after spraying the perfume saying” wait for a while to smell the perfume”. This might be because, the perfume might not be a top/head note.
2. Middle / Heart notes:
These are the perfumes, which become pleasant with time.
3. Base note:
These are the perfumes which are not perceived within 30 minutes of application.
Categories Based on Fragrance Type:
They can also be classified based on the fragrance type. The chart below is useful to know more about the categorization.
Sometimes when people look at my body mist bottle and ask me which perfume do I use, I correct them saying its body mist not a perfume. smile Then the obvious question pops in. “What is the difference between perfume and a body mist…!!!” So, today I thought why don’t I share the difference between them here, in mygirlypedia.
So, what is a perfume… Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aromatic components. Where as, body mist is lighter, milder version of perfume with more water content. Which makes it safe to apply directly on skin. Please note, both contain alcohol contents in them. Alcohol content makes the perfume/ mist to evaporate faster.
Below are some of the notable differences between perfume and body mist.
Water content is less
Does not last long
Does not contain oil
Not recommended to use directly on skin
Can be used directly on skin
Some of the tips to be followed, in order to make your perfume last longer:
Fragrance lasts longer on moisturized skin. So, for the oily beauties, the fragrance lasts longer. If your skin is dry, no worries. Apply a good moisturizer before applying the fragrance. Applying moisturizer of same brand(just like Victoria secret body lotion) makes the fragrance last really long. This is the reason, using body wash, lotion and fragrance from same fragrance line is always recommended.
Applying mist/perfume on pulse points is a great idea to make the fragrance last longer. Like for example,
Behind your ear
Bottom of your throat
On your wrist
Inside your elbow
Behind your knee
Always, always store the perfume/ mists away from heat, light and humidity. They break the molecules and hence downgrade the quality of fragrance.
You can apply Vaseline jelly on pulse points before applying the mist. The jelly helps in trapping the fragrance and makes it last long.
Best time to apply mist is soon after you step out of bath. The open pores absorb the fragrance better.
Yes there are certain rules / etiquette to follow, when it comes to perfumes.
You might have observed some of your friends/colleagues wearing strong perfumes to school/office. I am sure most of us do not like the strong fragrances. In order to avoid the inconvenience to others, avoid wearing strong fragrance perfumes to workplace or school.
Too much is too bad, so is not using perfume. I have seen so many people, who really need a good perfume. *phew* Spray a good mist/perfume to avoid body odor.
When the shelf life of a perfume gets over, please dump it. I know most of the girls are emotionally attached to certain stuffs. (I am one among them.. *hehe* ). In this case, you can keep them. But do not use them.
Before spraying perfume on your clothes, make sure it is fabric friendly. Certain perfume leave permanent stain on clothes. *ouch*
These are some of the information I have about fragrances. smile
After the shopping therapy, aroma therapy works best for me…!!! wink If you also love perfumes and mists, do let me know your favorite ones. Would love to try them.
No matter whether you are into makeup or no, you know or might have heard about ‘foundation’… So, today I thought of sharing everything I know about foundation with you guys…
Foundation, as the name suggests it is used for a perfect base. It evens out the skin tone and hides the flaws like acne marks, fine lines etc. Some uses it to change their natural skin tone(trust me, its not a good idea.) Plenty of foundations, of different brands and multiple shades are available in the market. You just have to find the right shade and right type of foundation, to enhance your natural skin tone.
Types of Foundation:
1. Oil-Free, Matte-Finish Liquid Foundations – These are suitable for oily skinned beauties. These foundations covers up the flaws and give you matte look without making you look greasy/ dewy. Beauties with normal / dry skin do not opt for this one. You might end up with dry and flaky skin.
2. Long-Wearing, Matte-Finish Liquid Foundations – These are again for oily skin. They are different from the above one in terms of their consistency. These are more runny in terms of texture and long lasting. Application of these is quite easy.
3. Moisturizing Liquid Foundations – These are for the normal to dry skinned girls. Some of them also have skin repairing qualities.
4. Pressed Powder Foundations – These are like pressed powders. They are well suited for normal to dry skin. They provide you with light to medium coverage.
5. Cream-to-Powder Compact Foundations – These are like a mixture of creamy and powder foundations. These are suitable for normal skin. Its coverage is more than the cream/powder foundations.
6. Stick Foundations – These are Cream-to-Powder Compact Foundations in a tube packing. The packing makes it easier for application.
7. Sheer Foundations and Tinted Moisturizers – These are multipurpose creamy foundations. They add moisture, gives coverage and protection from sun(SPF content).
8. Mineral Makeup – Powder foundation with more coverage.
How to find right foundation as per your skin type:
1. Dry Skin:
If your skin is dry, go for the moisturizing foundations. Using sponge/ brush might make skin dry, so apply it using fingers.
2. Normal Skin:
These are the lucky ones. They can flaunt any type of foundation.
3. Oily skin:
Opt for the medium to full coverage, non oily foundation to avoid the greasy/ oily look. Applying foundation using sponge/ brush is recommended.
4. Combination skin:
You can choose liquid foundation. You can set it by apply powder foundation to your T zone to avoid the greasiness around the nose and forehead.
5. Aged skin:
In order to avoid fine lines and deposition of foundation on wrinkles, go for light coverage liquid foundation or tinted moisturizers.
6. Sensitive skin:
Medium to full coverage foundation is a must. But, I would personally suggest to check the ingredients before choosing one. The chemicals in there, should not worsen the situation. Hence prevention is better than cure.
How to choose right shade of Foundation:
These are the tips I am giving you out of my or my friend’s experience. :
1. Do not buy them online. You might think that the shade you see over the internet suits you. But, unless and until you try it, do not assume any shade.
2. Try the foundation on your forehead instead of on your wrist. The skin texture and color differs from wrist to face. For this, go bare face to store and try the shade which you think suits. Choose the one which matches exactly to your skin tone.
3. Do not buy the shade which is lighter / darker than your natural tone. This will never look good. Lighter shade will make you look like a ghost and darker one makes you look like a tanned face girl.
4. Invest in a good branded foundation. Your skin’s health should be the priority.
Types of Foundation Applicator and how to use them:
1. Foundation Brush:
a. Take required amount of foundation on your wrist/ palm.
b. Dip the brush in it and with upward stroke, apply foundation on your face.
c. You can use your fingers to blend those fine lines.
d. This makes liquid foundation application easy.
2. Beauty Blender Sponge:
a. Dip the sponge in water.
b. Squeeze the excess water. (This will avoid product wastage, as the wet sponge won’t be able to absorb foundation. This also makes foundation light and easy to apply.)
c. Dab foundation on your face using the sponge.
d. You can use either fingers or the sponge itself to blend it.
e. Use the tip for application on or around nose and eyes.
f. Broader end is for application over the forehead, chin and cheeks.
g. This is best for applying liquid foundation.
3. Powder sponge:
a. Press the powder against the foundation cake.
b. Press it on your face lightly for maximum coverage.
c. Do not rub it on face, this will remove the makeup instead of settling foundation on face.
4. The natural one – your fingers:
a. You can take sufficient amount of foundation on your finger tips.
b. Apply it on your face with circular motion.
c. I personally recommend this because the blending is really easy and product wastage will be minimal.
How to Apply Foundation:
a. Prepare your face before applying foundation , by applying primer. (Primer is a clear gel, which shrinks the pores. This makes face look more even and clean.)
b. You can use concealer before or after foundation. This hides the marks/ uneven skin tone.
c. Now you can apply the right shade foundation suitable for your skin type.
d. You can use any applicator of your choice, whichever you are comfortable with.
Some more tips:
Always apply foundation on a clean fresh face.
Maintain hygiene. Keep your brushes/ sponges clean. (Will write separate post on how to clean the beauty tools soon.)
Let me tell you one thing, I am a huge lover of Eye makeup…!!! Experimenting new eye makeups and trying out new eye products is one of my fantasies. I can not step out of home without a stroke of kajal on my eyes.
I have a tried a lot of eye liners and kajal till date. If you ask me to pick one among them, would love to pick this black beauty from one of my favorite brands, “Maybelline New York, Hyper Matte Liquid Liner” *Bright Smile*
Do you want to know why…??!! well, Read on… *wink*
What the product claims:
Go Hyper Intense For 10X The Matte Impact
Stepping up the matte trend from lips to eyes, Maybelline New York introduces the Hyper Matte Liquid Liner. This first-ever matte finish liquid eye liner comes in a dip-in brush format and gives the most intense, 24 hour long stay lines. The slim brush has an elongated, well-rounded applicator for ease and comfort in application and gives the perfect amount of product for precise lining. The liner is smudge-proof, water-proof and also heat-proof. Now get ready for an explosion of the purest, blackest, matte-est matte in 20 seconds flat!
My take on Maybelline New York Hyper Matte Liquid Liner:
So, this eye liner, comes in a tube kind of sturdy plastic packing. The two contrasting colors, black and white makes it look attractive.
This is sleek and tiny, hence can be carried in clutch/ handbag. The tube does not leak hence makes it a travel friendly product.
The cost of this is 325 INR for 3g. You can buy it from nykaa.com
The brush is quite thin. It makes it perfect for drawing fine lines.
It is the dark black(as claimed by company), liquid eyeliner with a matte finish. The color pay off is quite good. Since it dries off really quick, you may need couple of more strokes for a perfect line.
What made me fall for this is the staying power. My eye lids are oily. Setting powder is a must for girls like me, before eyeliner application. It was tough for me to find an eye liner which stays for a long without smudging / fading. Yahoooo…. Here it is… I found one… It stays for around 11-12 hours…!!!(A long day at work… *phew*) It doesn’t even fade. Yes you read it right. So, the claim of their long staying duration is true. (I haven’t tried it for 24 hours though.) I am so much happy with its staying power.
I have used it on my water line like a kajal, it didn’t smudge.!!! Hence it is smudge proof…!!!
Removal of the liner is quite easy. It comes out flaky when you rub it with makeup remover. Matte after all.
Overall, I can say it stands for what it claims.
Let me list down pros and cons for quick readers…
Pros of Maybelline New York Hyper Matte Liquid Liner:
Staying Power is really really great.
Color payoff is good.
Dries of quickly.
Thin brush is perfect for drawing fine lines.
True to what it claims.
Cons of Maybelline New York Hyper Matte Liquid Liner :
None for me.
If you are looking for long lasting dark black eye liner, this one is for you. Do give a try.
I have one tattoo each on both my wrists. People keep asking me about the experience, the care that we need to take etc etc… So, I decided why not I write it down all of them so that it will help someone out there, who is really interested in tattoos.
Tattoos are the body art, made by inserting indelible ink into cells. They insert/inject color pigments into your cells.
When I was a child, I was very much fascinated by tattoos. I used to just love flaunting the sticker tattoos which we used to get along with chocolates. The sticker ones used to last for a day or two. I used to feel so bad when the tattoo used to fade. sad
I wanted to get a permanent tattoo since my childhood. But in those days, tattoo studios were not introduced in a town like mine. There were these women who were ‘THE traditional tattoo artists’. They used to have certain designs’ blocks made up of wood. These blocks were dipped in some color and pressed against area where you wanted to get a tattoo. Then they used to take there ‘weapon’, a bunch of sharp needles…!!! They used to dip the needles in pigments and puncture the cells by pressing them against the design which they had drew using the wooden blocks. ouchhh I was terrified by the sight. pheww and yes, their songs would be a complimentory one. They used to sing, in order to divert one’s mind. (Oh please, Even if my favorite singer Taylor swift agrees to sing for me, I cant go through that pain…!!! )People used to get high fever because of this procedure.
Thankfully, now the procedure is sooo much easier. Thanks to the discovery of great equipments to do a tattoo.
As I mentioned earlier, I have got two tattoos. Trust me guys, the feeling is awesome. They are the permanent accessories which you can flaunt all your lifetime. There is no way that you will forget to wear or lose, just like what happens with other accessories of us.
So below are some of the points which I would like to share with you all.
Things you need to consider before getting a permanent tattoo:
Tattoo is something which lasts for lifetime. This is something which we take with us to our grave. So, you need to be very very sure about the design. I would personally would ask you guys do not get any one’s name tattooed on you. Tattoo lasts for life time but relationship might not.
You can design your own tattoo which defines your personality. Do not get a tattoo done only because the design looked cool on someone else.
Be sure where you want to get a tattoo. The area which is bony and exposed to nerves is not recommended for a tattoo virgin. When needle comes in contact with bone or a nerve, it pains more. Go for a part with more flesh and less nerves like wrist, thighs, arms etc.
Do not give priority to money over your health. Research and get reviews of the tattoo studios / artist before choosing one. Make sure the place, equipment and needle are hygienic. Some reputed studio might costs you more but darling, you are worth it.
Make sure you are not allergenic to any colors pigments.
My first tattoo experience:
My first tattoo is a musical note. Music is something which moves my soul… Which makes lifts my mood up and makes my soul happy… So, here is my first tattoo…!!!
I got this beauty done from one of the oldest and reputed tattoo studios in Pune, “Sabby’s tattoo”.
They drew the tattoo design of my choice, on a piece of paper. They place the paper on my wrist. They applied a solution on it. When they removed the paper, the design’s impression was on my wrist. This acts like a reference sketch. They draw the tattoo on basis of this tremporary impression.
I was really nervous and at the same time very excited as I was finally fulfilling one of my childhood desire…!!!
The tattoo artist sterilised the equipments and removed a new needle in front of me. He informed me about the same. This is to make the customer feel safe. After all tattoo procedure is all about hygen.
I know you must be curious to know how painful it was. Because this is the factor which stops most of us to get a tattoo done. Trust me, it wasn’t that painful.
I want to mention here, the pain you go through the procedure totally depends on your tattoo artist. He/ she is the one who controls the tattoo gun. Just an FYI, The tattoo machine’s needle punctures the skin 50 to 3,000 times per minute. I was freaked out by this fact. But, luckily the artist was so curtious and gentle, my first tattoo experience was just a cake walk.
When he started the tattoo machine, I just took a deep breath and showed him a thumbs up. While he was drawing the outline, it was not at all painful. It was not even like an ant bite trust me.
While he was filling the design, it needs constant or repeated puncturing the cells. So that time it pained a little. But it was much much less painful than threading / waxing.
Once the tattoo was done, they covered it up with a gel and asked me to wash it after an hour.
Below are the things which the artist asked me to follow for the tattoo maintenance.
Procedures to follow for 15-20 days after tattoo:
Tattoo is technically an open wound. You need to maintain hygiene. Else it might lead to some skin infection. You can wash tattoo with a mild soap, twice a day.
We can not expose the tattoo directly to water and sun light frequently.
It is recommended to apply vaseline before taking bath. This will prevent tattoo from coming contact with water.
Cover the tattoo with layers of clothes before coming out in sun.
No gym or swimming and no weight lifting if the tattoo is on your hands/ arms. These activities leads to expansion of cells, which will effect the tattoo.
They provide you a gel which you need to apply on a clean tattoo twice daily.
The trickky part is, when tattoo starts to heal it itches a lot. As it heals, the upper layer gets dried. But, you should not scratch it. If you do, it will ruin the tattoo. While it itches, just apply the gel provided by them. This will give you a soothing effect. (Even at midnights…!!! )
You cant let any accessories(specially metalic ones) to come in contact with your tattoo. To avoid any skin reaction.
The feeling you get with your tattoo, is amazing. I think the pain you go through to take care of tattoo is worth it.
My second tattoo:
I had opted the same tattoo studio for my second tattoo. Here is my second one.
The semicolon in the heart. It symbolizes a strong heart. Semicolon is used when you need to end a sentence but instead you continue. Same way in life, sometimes we tend to get shattered and give up on certain things. But instead, a strong heart chooses continue to fight. So, the second tattoo is for the strong heart which reminds me “you survived that, you can survive anything… Keep going…!!!”
At Sabby’s, it costs 1500 INR per inch.
My first tattoo costed me 2500 INR. Second one 1000 INR.
Artist will give you the needle they used for your first tattoo. If you opt to use the same needle for your second one, you will be charged 500 INR less. They will sterilize the needle before using it so no worries. I had got the discount on my second tattoo for the same reason.
You can use the same needle thrice. Since the needle wont be that sharp enough for a fine tattoo, you can not use it after that.
Tattoo design is your personal choice. People always have their own opinions about the stuffs. Do not listen to what people think about the design. Some like, some don’t. You are getting a tattoo for yourself, not to impress people out there. wink
So these are the points which came to my mind while writing this post…. 🙂
Feel free to ask your queries regarding the tattoos, if any.
I don’t feel I am perfect at drawing perfect winged eye liner but , would love to share my tried and tested tips with you guys. I will be glad if you find them useful.
So, today I will be sharing some of the tips I follow while creating winged eye liner look.
You must have heard saying “Do not ask a girl with winged liner, why she is late…!!!” wink Yes, it is an art… but not a rocket science for sure… Practice makes you perfect.
Let’s get started then…
I have classified it into 3 steps.
Preparing eye lids:
To begin with, we need to prepare the base. Most of us are blessed with the oily lids. Oily lids make the liner smudge bit fast. Hence, we need to make eye lids oil proof in order to make our liner last longer.
For this, you need a good Eye Primer. It evens out skin tone, absorbs oil and prepares the base.
If you do not have one, don’t worry… Even setting powder will do the job. You can use any setting powder of your choice, which matches your skin tone.
Prepare your eye lids by applying setting powder on them.
Drawing the liner along the eye lash line.
Most of you guys, especially the beginners find it really difficult to draw line along the eyelash line. Let me make this step a bit easier one. All of you guys have must played ‘connecting the dots’ game at some point of time in your life. So, lets bring back that memory here. laugh
Draw dots over the eyelids along the eye lash line.
Now just connect them.
Phewww…!!! Done with the tricky part… right..??
Drawing the wing:
You must have loads of cards, like debit/ credit/ shopping etc. Pick one of them. Place the card in such a way that, the end of your eye brow and corner of your eye are in a straight line as shown below.
Draw a line starting from the eye’s corner towards eyebrow end along the side of the card. Length of the line is totally of your choice. I prefer a small wing. If you guys want to try dramatic long wing look, draw a bit long line.
Now, drawing the triangle.
Draw a line from the eye lash line (which you drew in the previous step), to the tip of the line drawn using the card few minutes back to draw a triangle.
Fill in the triangle.
Wow…!!! You are done drawing winged liner…!!! good job
Couple of mascara swipe, and you are ready… 🙂
Some more tips I would like to mention:
For beginners, I would suggest using gel eyeliners. Once you get used to drawing lines perfectly, you can start using liquid eye liners. Handling liquid eye liners is a tricky part since they are runny.
Do not leave any gap while drawing line along eye lash line on the lid.
Keep ear buds handy to erase the tiny mistakes that tend to happen while drawing lines.
Most important, do not lose patience/ hope. Even I am not so perfect. It needs a lot of practice to be a pro.
You can apply kajal to the water line.
Applying white/ n**e eye liners on the water line will give you a fresh eye look.
So, I was talking about my favorite lipstick umm. I would love to let you guys know, what made me fall in love with this cutie….
Let’s start with the review then…
Since many days, I was looking for a long lasting lipstick. (For being a bit lazy for regular touchups..!! ) While I had been to buy a product of some other brand at a mall near me, these lipsticks and the tag line caught my eyes. “Lip colour… That’s here to stay…!!!”
The Chambor is a well-known brand but its availability is bit a problem. They are available in some of the malls here in Pune. The products I have used so far from this brand have won my heart.
There are 18 shades available in this particular extreme wear transfer proof range.! (Wow… ) Everyone will find their ‘right shade’ in this range.
The 402 shade is a soft Pink. Which suits everyone. It can be carried by any gal since it gives you a more natural lip shade look.
It comes in a transparent flat tube packing. The transparent tube makes it easy for us to differentiate between the shades. This doesn’t takes much space in your handbag. You can even carry it in your clutch or jeans pocket. 😉 The packing is leak proof, thus making it a travel friendly one.
The applicator is soft and makes the application really easy.
The texture is creamy soft and color pay off is so good that, one swipe… and you are good to go…!!! *wink*
It falls under matte lipstick. So the dry lips beauties like me, need to apply a layer of transparent lip balm before applying these.
If not, it will highlight the fine lines on your lips…!!! Just like you can see in the pic below. 😛 But the matte finishing lipsticks works like this so no complaints. 🙂
After applying a lip balm, it looks more like a gloss. (This is how you can use a matte lipstick like a glossy one… )
The price of the cutie is 845 INR. I think they are worth the price.
Overall, I am very happy picking this… 🙂
Recently, the Kylie jenner lipsticks have become the hot stuff in the market. Buying them is not so easy, because of their fastest sale. I tried a lot to buy them, but they get sold out within no time..!!!
What if we couldn’t buy one from her beautiful collection… Here is the happy little secret…!!!
This particular shade of Chambor is exact replica of ‘Posie K’ of Kylie Jenner’s lip collection. Interestingly not only the shade, both lipsticks have same texture. J
Someone has rightly said, “give a woman a right shade of lipstick. She can conquer the world” !!! Every girl who loves makeup and lipsticks, has her own kind of favorite lipstick shade. That one shade and she is ready to face the world. One lipstick that lifts her mood up… Which makes her feel the Queen of the world. 🙂
So, which is your favorite lipstick which you love the most???
Ummm… Mine is “chambor extreme wear liquid lipstick” shade 402. Its a cute girly pink which will suit and can be carried by anyone and everyone. 🙂
I will post a detailed review of my cutie sooonnn…. 🙂
I am Pallavi. A girl who loves all the girly stuffs in the world. A girl who gets happy even with the cool breeze, butterflies everything. The credit goes to the romantic Bollywood movies I grew up watching. Haha needless to say now that I am a fan of Bollywood movies. Especially Sharukh khan’s movies. Do I need to say which is my favorite one among them?? I know you have guessed it by now. Yes, you are right…!!!! it is ‘DDLJ’. 🙂
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