Skin care Tips for Autumn (Changing Weather)

Skin becomes much more sensitive as the temperature drops. The changing weather can really affect our skin, if we do not take proper care of it. And if we are using the wrong products: the ones which are not suitable for the season, it can double up everything from causing acne breakouts to flaky skin and what not!

Just as in summers, our skin needs lighter yet protective, moisturizing alternatives which can be absorbed immediately without being greasy. In the winters too, our skin needs certain kind of protection and proper hydration as our skin usually gets drier easily, more prone to irritations, flakiness and redness.

As we move towards the Autumn season, the humidity levels tend to drop off. Since it’s the transitioning season, the air tends to get drier, so as our skin. As a result,  our skin loses its moisture and gets dry pretty easily. Ideally, we want to amp up our skincare routine and swap our summer products for richer, more nourishing autumn/winter alternatives.

Few Tips:

1. First thing first, it’s important to replace the cleansers as we move from summer into fall. Try to avoid ingredients with glycolic or salicylic acid which would be more drying. It’s better to make these changes before winter starts (in the fall) so it gives your skin a chance to adjust.

2. If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, try to avoid using the harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are deeply hydrating. Also, before bed, gently cleanse your skin and then apply a rich night moisturising repair cream. Look for creams full of antioxidants, as nighttime is the best time to repair the skin. As skin can become a little dryer as the temperature cools, and central heating is turned on, after cleansing at night try adding a few drops of a rich nourishing oil to  night cream for an extra boost.

3. You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as the weather conditions change, its very important that you should update your skin care routine. Find a moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. But choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face.

4. Harsh central heating causes low humidity, which leads to water evaporating from our skin. This can cause cracking, flaking and irritation. Invest in a humidifier to keep the air moist in your home and/or workplace. Also, don’t forget to drink lots of water and moisturize your skin as often as necessary, along with replenishing lip balm and extra-thick hand/foot cream.

5. Hot baths and showers can be an absolute necessity in the coming colder days. After all, there’s nothing more relaxing than a long soak in the bubbles or a nice soothing shower. But sadly, they can dissolve the protective barrier in the skin which will eventually lead to dryness. So, it is very important to moisturize head to toe after getting out of a hot shower.
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or bath oils can help relieving the dry skin that has become itchy and uncomfortable.

6. This is the most important tip, as many women make this mistake. Ladies… Sunscreen is not just for summertime! Winter sun combined with snow glare can still damage your skin. Remember, you still need to protect your skin from the sun all year round, so try to find a good day moisturizing cream that has a minimum SPF15 and a good UVA protection. Use this as a base everyday before applying your makeup.

7. When the weather is changing, sometimes it’s best just to let the skin have a short break. In other words, try to skip aggressive treatments for a little bit, and try exfoliating less (for example, say once a week as opposed to twice) and instead concentrate more on gentle cleansing and moisturizing. Exfoliate (if you must) with an oil-based scrub. Oil-based scrubs are wonderful because they exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the same time.

8. And last, when in doubt, consider all your personal factors together, like: Age, the climate you live in, skin type, etc. and then decide what works best for you. For example, the things I was using 10 years ago when I was living in India, definitely do not work for my skin anymore, in these weather conditions here in Boston!!

Along with all these tips, I’d suggest, to give your skin a healthy and dewy look in this season,  prefer using cream based makeup products. Dewy foundations, cream blushes, contour sticks etc. could be a better alternatives in coming days!

Let me know how do you like to protect and pamper your skin during this time. I’d love to hear all.🙂

See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

Layering Tips for Fall | Autumn Lookbook

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It is that time of year again, when the leaves change color from green to red, orange, yellow or brown before falling. If we talk about fashion, the transition from warm to cold weather means we are officially in the season of layering!

Layering is an art, which if not done properly, can make you look bigger than you actually are! On the contrary, if you learn to master the art of layering, you’ll find that it is a style that not only keeps you warm, but also make your outfits more interesting, overall.

The most important thing about layering is getting a good handle on the basics with a twist of trendy additions to the current wardrobe. Just because it’s getting colder, doesn’t mean we will be giving up on style, it just means that we have to think a little more creatively while getting dressed.

Here are a few tips and tricks I’m sharing that help me staying stylish in this transitioning weather. Also, in this post I’m featuring few Fall/Autumn outfit ideas reflecting my personal style. For more, please keep scrolling…

 
1. Keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim. A thin turtleneck, for example, under a top, blouse or even under a summer dress will definitely keep you warm and can give your outfit a whole new look.

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2. Make stockings you best friends in this weather. You can, for instance, throw a pair of tights or sheer stockings under a pair of ripped jeans or under a pair of shorts to stay warm and stylish at the same time.

 

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3. Invest wisely in few essential layering pieces. Longline cardigans, Denim jackets, Biker leather jackets, Stylish bomber Jackets are a great deal this season. You can just pair them with any outfit to give it an entirely chic look.

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4. Be aware to match right type of shoes with your outfit, specially in this season. Sandals or flip flops won’t look flattering anymore during this time. Shoes can make or break your entire look, so pair them wisely! Although the trend of wedge ankle boots is dying and block heel ankle boots are taking their place, they’ll still look cute with cuffed jeans or a dress.

 

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5. Last, just try to be more playful with different textures. Its best to incorporate a mix of materials or fabrics when styling a layered look. Using same fabrics; chances are your look will come off as heavy and bulky which can add the appearance of unwanted weight, which each one of us would love to avoid, I’m sure😉

 
These are the tips and tricks which I personally like to keep in mind while dressing up in this changing weather. And I promise, you don’t have to compromise with your style even in the depths of cold, if you’ll learn how to ‘Layer like a pro’!

 
Happy Autumn!🙂

See you soon in next post.

Until then…

Makeup Tips And Tricks For Oily Eyelids

Oily eyelids can be a makeup lover’s worst nightmare. If you have oily eyelids, then you know the struggle of sticking the makeup onto your eyelids, is real.

In general, we all have numerous tiny oil glands at the eyelash line that adds oil to our eyelids. Some of us can get more oil on our eyelids than others.

 

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Bare Eyelids (Up)

Personally, I have a combination skin type. Fewer areas of my face gets more oily over the time, including my eyelids. If I’m wearing eye makeup, either it usually fades away or starts creasing!

To avoid this situation, I use few tips and tricks that work great for me. If you are facing the same problem then please keep reading. I assure you, this one simple trick can make all the difference!

Products you’ll need for this are:

  • Blotting papers
  • Eyelid Primer
  • Translucent Powder

For the demonstration, I’ve used face primer as well, which is totally an optional step. If you want you can skip this step and apply only the eyelid primer instead.

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Note: Products that I’ve mentioned here are just the products that I’m using currently. Its not a sponsored post. You can use whatever products you want as far as they work for you!

Steps To Prep and Prime Your Eyelids Before Makeup:

  1. Before you put anything on your face, make sure you skin is thoroughly clean.
  2. Once you know your face is clean, moisturize your face. While applying moisturizer or  cream on to your face, avoid applying any creams on your eyelids. If you must, then stick to the gels and oil-free formulas and save your oilier creams for the nighttime. Reason, the emollient properties in moisturizers and eye creams will cause your makeup to break down over the time.
  3. Next, use the blotting papers to remove any excess residue on the lids.
  4. When you’re ready to apply makeup on your eyes, start with creating a nice base. Prep your lids with a primer that’s made specifically for eyes.To avoid later creasing, avoid priming your lids with ‘concealer’, something that many of us with dark lids or redness do. If you have dark lids than rest of your face, try using a full coverage eyeshadow primer that prevents fading, creasing, and smudging.
  5. Last, set everything with a thin layer of translucent powder over the lid with a shadow brush. This will help keeping the oil at bay and prevent your eye makeup from slipping and sliding. But keep in mind to NOT overdo this step, as it could backfire later!

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After Prep And Prime (Up)

 

This is pretty much I’ve learnt so far. Hope this post will be helpful for those who are still freshers in this (makeup application) department.😉

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I wish you all a lovely weekend!🙂

See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

Monthly Favorites

August 2016 Favorites

I can’t believe that Summer is almost over and Fall is almost here! And before Summer is officially over, some of us are still trying to get in a few more bbq’s and weekend trips before it ends😉

For me personally, August was filled with a lot of joy and excitement, because half of my family members birthdays fall in August, including me🙂 It was a month of short road trips and celebrations!

In blog corner too, with another month passing, comes another ‘Monthly Favorites’ post. In this Month’s Favorites, I’ve included 4 items which are beauty/skin related and 1 item is health/fitness related.

Please keep scrolling to find out what it is😉

 
1. Gelatin (DIY Face Mask)
2. Panasonic Facial Trimmer
3. Anastasia Mini Lip Glosses
4. Marc Jacobs Decadence
5. Quinoa

 

1. Gelatin (DIY Face Mask)

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This is not the first time that I’ve tried this mask on my skin (Nose/Face) to remove blackheads and dirt. But since in summers, the skin gets clogged with excessive oil very easily and very frequently, its advisable to clean your skin thoroughly as frequently as you can. Because when oil builds up, it pools to collect dirt and dead skin cells. This home remedy of Gelatin and Milk creates a sticky compound capable of pulling out the clog and freeing the pore.

So I’d say that mainly it’s a pore cleansing DIY mask that I absolutely enjoyed using in the month of August, to get clear and softer skin!

 

DIY Gelatin mask

Note:
Peeling this mask off can really hurt. If you have a very sensitive skin, this mask could potentially be too painful to be worth trying out.

 

2. Panasonic Facial Trimmer

I feel that handheld facial trimmers are really a quick and safe way to remove all the unwanted hair on the face, chin and neck etc.

 

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I purchased this trimmer last month for $19.99 and I really liked it. I’ve used many facial trimmers in the past though, but this has to be my favorite one. Reason: it has a pivoting head that can swing 10 degrees to the left and right while using. It has 2 comb attachments and it is a battery operated portable device.

 

3. Anastasia Mini Lip Glosses

These mini lip glosses are everything!! These lip glosses are from ‘Anastasia Summer 2016 Lip Gloss Set’. I purchased this whole set for $28.00 (USD). It includes six, travel-sized glosses. All six shades are new and limited edition. The formula is ultra-smooth and weightless. If you love really pigmented glosses, this is it!

Currently I’m adding 4 out of 6 in this post, because I haven’t used the other two yet!

 

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(Left to Right)

Blushing is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish.

Caramel is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm undertones and a cream finish.

St. Tropez is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with a ton of metallic gold shimmer.

Tango is a medium-dark, pink-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish.

 
4. Marc Jacobs Decadence

‘Decadence’ by Marc Jacobs is basically an Autumn/Winter fragrance. But this is the one fragrance I believe I wore very frequently in August month, almost on every outing and on every celebration previous month!

 

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• Top Notes – Italian Plum, Iris, Saffron
• Heart Notes – Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Orris
• Base Notes – Liquid Amber, Vetiver, Papyrus Woods

Marc’s scents are well known for their sense of irreverent luxury. But where their iconic fragrance ‘Daisy’ feels very subtle, light and feminine, Decadence feels definitely more mature!

 
5. Quinoa

This is going to be the last item that I’m adding in my favorite list for August month. Although I had heard about this ‘superfood’ many years ago, but never got a chance to try it. Or shall I say It wasn’t readily available in every food supermarket, before it actually got hype on social media after consuming by many celebrities for losing weight!!😀

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Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids.

Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.

Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.

Quinoa contains Iron.

Quinoa is rich in magnesium.

I’m sure if you haven’t tried this superfood yet, you would love to give it a try!

 
This is pretty much what I loved using previous (August) month. What’s on your favorites for this/previous month? Would love to know all🙂

See you soon in next post…

Until then…

Fall 2016 Trend Report: Velvet

Fall is just around the corner. Even though the changing colors of leaves and aroma of pumpkin spice lattes, aren’t quite in the air yet, it doesn’t mean the fashion retailers will wait for it!

The fashion industry works a little ahead of the schedule, which means despite the current warm temperatures, we’re already seeing fall/autumn collections in the retail stores.

With the change of every season, there are always those select key styles, we see everyone wearing. This year, too, ‘Velvet’ is the most popular fabric and major theme of Fall.

If you’re looking to add something with a little texture to your wardrobe, a velvet piece/item could be the perfect choice for Fall addition. Whether it be a pair of velvet booties or a velvet top, jacket or dress, velvet is the most stylish fabric of this season you would love to try. Please scroll down for some style inspo:

 

  1. Velvet Tops/Blouses

 

 

2.  Velvet Bottoms

 

 

3.   Velvet Dresses/Jumpsuits

 

 

4.   Velvet Jackets

5.   Velvet Accessories

 

 

6.   Velvet Ethnic wear

 

 

7.   Velvet Footwear

 

For those who aren’t very experimental and would like to play it safe, a velvet dress is the way to go. However, there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind when wearing velvet.

 

Dos and Don’ts:

The first is that one item of velvet is enough – you don’t have to pair your velvet dress with velvet leggings and a velvet purse.

2. Second, it can be quite tricky to pull off velvet in lighter shades; so if you want to play safe, it’s best to stick to the deeper tones of various colors.

3. Third, always ensure that your velvet clothes are well ironed. Folds and crimps hinder the actual smoothness and beauty of this fabric, making your clothes look cheap and drab, which of course nobody wants😉

Would love to know if you are planning to get something ‘Velvety’ this Fall? If yes, what would it be? Love to hear from y’all!🙂

See you soon in the next post.

Until then…

Foundation Tips/Hacks: Everything You Need To Know

Foundation— although seems a very simple step in makeup application but there’s a reason they call it Foundation! Why you may ask? Because it has the power to bring your entire makeup look together with a flawless and strong base.

So let’s proceed with a few vital foundation tips and hacks, which I believe every girl/woman should know! And if you are a beginner in this subject, you don’t want to miss this post😉 Please keep reading…

1. Apply all these products in order: Moisturizer, Primer, Color corrector, Foundation and Concealer.

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Generally, when we use Color correctors, there is a tendency that we are likely to follow the traditional guideline to apply them on our skin, but, this is actually a very crucial step to observe and understand before using them!

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For example, if someone says that orange/peach color corrector works best to correct someone’s under eye dark circles and darkness (pigmentation) around the mouth, then it isn’t necessary that it will work good for you as well! So, the best thing to do is to test and try different options with each makeup application before you finalize anything for yourself!

Usually the ‘Pale Pink’ corrector targets blue tone spots on ‘Fair Skin’. ‘Peach’ color corrector targets blue tone shadows on ‘Medium Skin’. ‘Yellow’ targets dark tone shadows on ‘Olive/Tan’ skin. ‘Green’ cancels out redness. ‘Lavender’ cancels yellow tones. ‘Orange-pink’ targets dark spots on ‘Dark Skin’.

 

2. Know your skin type and corresponding foundation formula. Your skin type and foundation formula go hand-in-hand. Also, keep an open mind to update your foundation routine in every season; both shade and formula wise. Foundation shade & formula you’ve been using in winters may not work well in summers and vice-versa. You can choose any one from Powder foundation to liquid foundation to stick foundation according to your preference and skin type.

And then conceal the blemishes etc.

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3. Use the foundation shade with the right undertones for your skin. There are 3 types of undertones for both skin and the foundations available in the market: Warm, Cool and Neutral. Your foundation will only complement your skin, if you’ll pick and apply the right undertone foundation, while the wrong one will make you look washed or ashy. Use your jawbone to test out atleast 3 different shades before finalizing anything.

 

4. Warm up your foundation before application. To make the most of your foundation, warm it up slightly before applying it to your face. This will thin out your foundation slightly, giving you a more natural coverage.

 

5. Start from the middle and always swipe downward. Blend the foundation from the center of your face to outward for a more natural finish. The most coverage is often needed in the centre of your face. Apply your foundation here first, and blend it out towards your jaw and hairline. Also apply your foundation with downward strokes to avoid highlighting the peach fuzz on your face. If you go upward on the face, it will fill in your pores and make them stand out.

 

6. Try to apply foundation in natural light (unless you are doing makeup in night time). Start with a thin layer of foundation and build as required. Foundations come in basically 3 types of coverage: ‘Sheer’, ‘Medium’ & ‘Full’. For example: Full coverage foundations hardly need a build up!

 

7. If you like applying your base with a brush, use the makeup sponge or beauty blender afterwards to buff the tiny strokes and press the foundation into skin for a more natural finish. Don’t forget your neck! Make sure you apply the foundation all the way down to your neck, so that the face and the neck will look the same shade.

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8. Keep the powder only to the T-zone. Powder is great in achieving the matte look (for combination/oily skin) but some of us have a tendency to add too much and that becomes an overkill. Try to powder just along your T-zone instead, because that is the spot where you can get more oily over the time.

 

9. You can always turn your matte finish into a dewy one (if you’ve a dry or combination skin) by adding a drop or two of your facial oil to your foundation.

No.-13-Facial-Oils10. If your foundation is too light or too dark for your skin, you can customize your shade with these lightening (or darkening) products. Finally, don’t forget to set your foundation by using a face mist or setting spray and you are good to go!

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Setting Sprays to set the makeup look:

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These are the tips and tricks that I personally keep in mind while applying the foundation/makeup on my face. I’d love to know if you can add more, it surely will be a help🙂

See you all soon in the next post!
Until then…

Personal Style: A Summer Lookbook

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Happy Friday everyone!

Today’s (short) post is a collection of different outfit ideas, reflecting my personal style.

Most of the items/pieces I wore in this post are already sold out, so I was unable to add their links.

Hope you’re having a good week.

Also I’d like to take a moment and say “Thank you” all for stopping by and leaving lovely comments on my all my previous posts🙂 It means a lot!❤

Please scroll down for more (outfit) details:

off the shoulder denim dress

      Off Shoulder Chambray Dress – Primark | Camel suede Pointed Laceup Flats – Primark

 

culottes and top

                                Top – Express | Culottes – Old Navy | Pointed Slingback Heels – Zara

floral open shoulder top

Open Shoulder Top (Bell Sleeves) – Forever 21 | Denim Shorts – H&M | Gold Chain Sandals – Guess

distress jeans off shoulder

Off Shoulder Blouse – H&M | Distress Jeans – H&M | Metallic Silver Pointed Pumps – Nine West

I wish you all a Happy weekend.🙂

See you soon in the next post.

Until then…