Clinque’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation Review

Yet another foundation finds a spot in my collection and this time it is the Clinque’s Anti-blemish solutions.

While strolling at Sephora’s Clinique counter I was approached by their sales assistant , which I usually dislike since I don’t like someone after me to buy just because they have to reach their target. However, this time the girl was unusually pleasant as she waited for me to ask her rather than her blabber. So I asked her if she could recommend a foundation for oily-acne prone skin to which she responded by taking me to the anti-blemish solution collection. After trying out different shades, I picked up Fresh Deep Neutral #17. foundation

So after using this foundation for some time I have come down to these observations:

  • Packaging is nothing fancy for an expensive foundation. It is sturdy since is a plastic bottle so you don’t need to worry if it falls.
  • Has a nozzle which makes it hygienic and easy to use.
  • It is easily blend-able and gives medium coverage which is build-able.
  • The shade matches my skin tone, however, I do feel the moment I apply it I look a bit orange-ish which eventually oxidizes and I don’t look oompa-lumpa anymore.
  • It helps to control my oil, but surely not a magic potion which stops it.
  • Doesn’t feel heavy rather feels light & natural.
  • Since it has salicylic acid it does help in diminishing existing blemishes as well as stop new from forming.
  • I do need to set the foundation with a powder to lock it in else it would melt in the Delhi heat.

Pros:

  • Treats Blemishes since has salicylic acid
  • Oil free foundation.
  • Light weight

Cons:

  • Expensive for a 30 ml bottle.
  • No spf

It retails for Rs Rs 2450/- for 30 ml bottle.

So all in all I do like the product, mainly because it helps to fight blemishes. To check out a demo do watch my youtube channel.

Have you used this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Also, I’m hosting my first every giveaway on my youtube channel, please do check it out 🙂

x

Asha

Ice Cube Trick – Acne

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A girl who has been suffering with acne for a while must have tried a lot of potions and creams, treatments and remedies, chemicals and natural stuff. You name it and it all will be under the list of “tried stuff”.

That girl in question here is me.

There are few great products and few great home remedies that have helped me tame my acne prone skin. Lately, I have tried a new skin regimen which I feel is helping my skin a lot without taking any oral medication. One of the major help that my skin is getting from is the ICE CUBE REMEDY.

Yes, I have been using this technique for a while and I have noticed a change after every use, especially, the morning after. 

The technique is quite simple, all I do is wash my face clean, grab one ice cube and then rub it all over my face in circular motion. I hold the ice cube for couple of more seconds where ever I can feel a new breakout is “about to happen” or even on areas where there is already a guest sitting. 

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Any one out there who is suffering from acne, I would highly recommend him/her to try this method and see the results. I have researched a bit over the internet and have found that there are no side effects, however, some did mention that they noticed white heads over their effected area which eventually subsides. 

This method is pocket friendly and has great results for absolutely anyone. Acne prone skin or not try this since Ice also helps to tighten your pores and give you firm looking skin. 

Pros-

  • pocket friendly
  • soothes the skin
  • reduces inflammation
  • tightens your pores aka firm skin
  • glowing skin
  • helps to combat acne
  • Helpful for hormonal acne sufferers (like me)

Cons-

  • Redness right after use (for best results try it before bed time)
  • Whiteheads for some people ( a form of detox they say)

Have you tried Ice cube method before? What has your experience been?

x

Asha

Summer Powder Foundation Routine : Summer Chic

Hey Gorgeous!

Summer calls for a powder foundation routine. There are days when I just don’t feel like applying a creamy foundation and like to have something light weight. Those days I grab my Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder to help my skin look better than it actually is.

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The product comes in a compact tub which has a “shaver” that scrapes out the product once you twist it. A pretty cool way to get my freshly milled power out. I really love this product because it does not break me out, helps to cover my blemishes and also helps in keeping me oil free for few hours.

Having an acne prone skin and oily skin sucks but you got to deal with what you have right?

I have uploaded my demo video on my youtube channel so you can see how I apply this foundation.

Have you tried this foundation? Which is your favorite powder foundation?

x

Asha

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Mini M.A.C store rant + Mini NewU Haul

Hello Gorgeous!

As the title suggests, it a rant and a haul. So here goes the story:

I went to the mall with the sole aim of drooling over and purchasing the Cinderella collection from M.A.C. But guess what happened! I was told this collection was not released in India and will not be since “they” think it will not be good for Indian skin tone.

WHAT – Are you kidding me? Let the bazillion girls in India decide if it will suit them or not. You should have got some of it and then should have seen how the sales were doing. Only thing an Indian girl residing in India will do is ask her friends to grab it for her from elsewhere. (MAC India read this as giving your sales to another country.. GRRR)

I was so mad that I did not buy anything from M.A.C. even though I heard few lipsticks calling my name  *Ashaaaa Take me, Take me*

Eventually I headed to a much humble abode of drugstore makeup – NewU. I bought few products from there, some of them were tried and tested by me before and some were new ( read impulse purchase)

So here are my picks –

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Maybelline Baby Lips – Tried and tested before

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This is my 4th tube which I will end up using till its last breath. This stuff is the best lip balm available in the market. The pop of color that it gives me is perfect. Once I apply this to my bare lips it makes them look a nicer version of my own, so it is great for a “no makeup look” days. Rps 150 for 4.5 g

L’oreal Colour Protect Protecting Shampoo – Tried and tested before

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This is my second shampoo bottle after getting my hair colored for the third time ( makes sense?). Last time when I got my hair colored I picked up this shampoo along with a conditioner from same line. Both together were good enough to keep my new hair color happy and intact for a long time. The conditioner did a great job to keep the “oh bit damaged” hair strands conditioned. I wanted to grab the conditioner along with this shampoo but NewU did not have any left with them – bummer! Rs. 145 for 175ml

Lakmé Eyeconic Green Impulse purchase

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Spring is here and this required me to get some pop of color in my makeup bag, yet again. Yes, I need more of those colorful liners – black doesn’t do justice for everyday. This liner is amazing but it’s not smudge proof, so an oily lid or a sweaty day would ruin the look ( Hello Summer). Getting back to its plus points the product has a great color pay off and I love this emerald-green shade. It will suit indian skin tone / olive skin tone beautifully. Rs. 250 for .35 g

Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Wipes – Impulse purchase

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Well, this one I got just because it said “beauty formulas” and “Tea Tree” in the same package. Any acne prone human being will support  tea tree just the way an indian cricket fan supports India during a match. It’s like you have an immense faith in this ingredient which is similar to the faith bestowed on those 11 players on the field. Getting back to its plus points, these wipes are great to wipe away your makeup but you still need to wash your face before hitting the bed. I know it’s a task which every lazy girl hates but an acne prone girl just can take that risk, so i always try to wash my face no matter what. These wipes smell lovely to me since I love the main ingredient and it sort of refreshes my face. Rs. 229 for 30 wipes

So basically, M.A.C Cinderella collection helped me save a lot of money 🙂 but I am still mad since I couldn’t get to play with it :(.

Have you tried any of these above products or the gorgeous Cinderella collection ?

x

Asha

Mumbai Wedding Part II

Hey there!

YES! It is true that Indian weddings are a week long process or have three/four days celebations ( especially Hindu weddings) . We had quite a few ceremonies for this wedding and a lot of sleepless nights when all the “young crowd” would gather in one room.

All weddings give you an opportunity to meet different set of people from all walks of life, who some how are connected with the couple getting married. This wedding was no different from this point. I met so many different personalties here – teenagers and their love interests; brothers and their protective instincts; mothers and their hopes & dreams for their kids; siblings and their unconditional love for each other; hilarious couple and their funny stories and last but not the least an Indian American who was worried her accent would get too Indian’ized by the time she returns back to Seattle.

Right now, as I’m penning down my post the happily married couple have settled down in their new home are starting their new journey together. I wish the couple lifetime of happiness since both of them are amazing ( Well I can surely say that about the bride, not too sure about to groom.. 😛 just kidding)

Just to give a taste of these ceremonies below are some shots. Hope you all will enjoy these pictures 🙂

Mehndi / Henna

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Bridal Mehndi

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Groom who got pranked and his expression

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Brides First look her family members reaction

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Favorite Spring time Lip liners – Spring Chic

Favorite Spring Lip Liners

Favorite Spring Lip Liners

Hello Gorgeous! I can smell spring already ❤ Out of all the seasons I love Spring the most 🙂 🙂 Today I wanted to share with you my 4 favorite “Spring-time” lip liners. During this time I always look for shades that are subtle yet give me good wash of color. All the shade listed below are highly pigmented and are in a way hydrating, however, application of a lip balm prior to filling the color is strictly recommended 😉

  • Max Factor – #04 Pink Princess – This is my go to lip liner for Spring. This liner gives a great color pay off & is very creamy. A perfect pinky shade for any day of the year especially for Spring time 🙂
  • Max Factor – #10 Red Rush – Bold red’s are great for Winter time and even for those glamorous Summer nights, but Red’s are great for spring too in my books. All your lip needs is a hint of red to make them look youthful during this season. Red Rush does the same if you apply it sparingly. Mind you this liner is highly pigmented so if you use it generously you will get the perfect red pout.
  • MAC – More To Love There are plenty of other MAC lip liners which will be perfect for Spring, but my all time favorite has to be this shade. A color that will instantly brighten your look for the Fall when used generously. However, as always I like to apply this one with a light hand for the perfect subtle mauve/blushish pink shade.
  • Makeover – #03. A brand that is not well known at all, which is available in select pharmacy stores here in India, gave me one of my all time favorite nude lip. This shade is perfect for those days when you want to stay away from color and want to rock a nude lip.

Here is the video with the application.

What are you favorite shades for spring? x Asha

She is Anna Marie Lopes – Bravely Chic

I was planning on my next post to be from wedding series. I will be writing about that in an upcoming post, but, for now I’d love to write about my friend Anna who got honored at SRL Diagnostics “Women of Substance” event today.

She called me to ask if I would like to be one of her guests for the event. I had to say yes (there was no two ways about it) .

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She is a domestic violence survivor – more like a conquerer I’d say. For 6 years she was living in an abusive relationship with her now ex-husband. I can’t describe in words her struggle but all I can say is that she was able to gather the broken pieces and build a new life. A ‘beautiful’ brave new life.

Here is an interview she gave to BBC a while back
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29708612

Apart from Anna there were 4 more women who shared their stories with us.

An Acid Attack Survivor

A Cancer Survivor

A philanthropist 

A Lady Cab Driver ( female cab drivers are rare in India)

Here are some of the images from the event

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Woman of Substance “Anna” all set for the event.

 

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Last minute changes to her speech

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These babies belong to 5 amazing women – One of course is our Anna ❤

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It’s always nice to get flowers

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Selfie is always mandatory!

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Media had their share of questions for her

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These were the Women who shared their inspiring stories with us.

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A personal message was delivered by the lady

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All in all it was a great day for this young lady.

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If you know someone who is struggling or has come out of their struggle then , please, be there for them in true sense. If you are undergoing some issue then ,please, share your story with someone and get help. If these women did not share their story with someone, at some point in their life, they probably would not have gotten their help.

Let’s be kind to one another.

x

Asha

Bachelorette Party : Mumbai Wedding Part 1

Hey,

Long time no see – Long time no post. Well, wedding season kicked in this month for me & that too close friend & family members were having their big day. Last week I was attending one of my close friend’s wedding in Mumbai and I thought of sharing the story here – Behind the scene stories with pictures 😉

Part 1 is dedicated to our Girl’s night out = Bachelorette Party.

Weddings are great fun and this one was no exception. We stayed the night at a hotel since we knew there was lot to catch up on and lot to do. After dressing up we got drinks on the house as a gesture from our hotel for the Bride & her girls *win-win situation*. Later that night we drove down to Four Seasons Hotel – AER Lounge. A gorgeous roof top lounge which was perfect for the night and the view was breathtaking.

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Bride To Be

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She got her Tag on for the night

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Pit-Stop before heading out for the night. Free drinks courtesy *to be bride* charm 😉

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Ofcourse a room selfie before heading out is a must!

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AER Lounge Four Seasons Hotel

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The night that was!

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Group Selfie

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And that’s how you pose

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Bride was in her mood 😉

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All smiles

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Once we got back to our room we got into our PJ’s and had a late girlie night gossip session. By end of the night I made two new gorgeous friends for life 🙂

Can’t wait to show you more pictures of this amazing Indian wedding. Part 2 coming soon 🙂

Have you attended a wedding lately?

x

Asha

Elie Saab Le Parfum Review

Elie Saab Le Parfum is for you to try ( & eventually buy) if you looking for a floral & woody fragrance rather than fruity one. I remember, I caught a whiff of this perfume from a sample placed in one of the magazines and I fell for it.

This luxurious bottle is filled with such an exotic fragrance that makes you truly feel like a model amidst street walkers *check out their ad camping for reference*

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For me, in a perfume, one of the most important thing after its fragrance is its bottle. Elie Saab has created on of the most luxurious looking bottle I must say. From the shape of the bottle to the top cover it oozes out elegance.

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The key notes of this gorgeous fragrance are:

Top Note : Orange Blossom

Middle Note : Jasamine

Base Note : Cedar wood & honey rose 

Pros:

The fragrance lasts a long time. It is *Strong* yet subtle ( if that makes sense)

The bottle is gorgeous. Makes the vanity area look beautiful.

Mixture of floral & woody notes makes it stand out from other perfumes.

Cons:

I really cant think of any. It’s that amazing.

I bought Elie Saab Le Parfum in Dubai a year go for approximately AED 595 for 90 ml. In India it retails for about Rs 7/8000.

Have you tried this one? What are your thoughts? What are your current favorite perfumes?

x

Asha

Essential Chic : Smashbox Arched Liner Brush #21

I am obsessed with this brush.

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This brush has a dual purpose use for me. I use it to apply eyeliner & to fill in my brows. Funnily enough I did not purchase this brush rather it found its way in my makeup kit.

I received this brush free when I bought a smashbox kit. Clearly this brush was not in my radar of “To buy”  but BOY am I happy once I got hold of it.

It’s an amazing tool to work with because of its “arch”. While creating a perfect winged liner or a thick liner or a thin liner look this does not block the view while applying the product and therefore gets all my vote.

For my everyday Eyeliner look I use the Maybelline’s Gel Eyeliner & to fill my brows I have been using The Body Shop’s Brow & Liner Kit

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Watch me here work with this brush to do my simple everyday Eyeliner & Eyebrow

What’s your staple when doing your brows & applying eyeliner?

x

Asha