The DLG Syndrome

The DLG Syndrome

I know. It doesn’t exist. Why? Because, uh, I just made it up! So Paul did a post on things he keeps (drop everything and go read his post now – right now) and I thought it was such a brilliant idea to write about. Of course, I could have just left a long ass comment on his post but heh heh, I like my two seconds in the limelight like a complete sucker for fame. Who am I kidding again? LilRant isn’t Lil Wayne. I ain’t famous. I might be an ignoramus, but that’s about it.

And enough with the digressing. Why am I like this? I swear I ask myself that a million times a day. Ugh. Moving on.

I keep… things. Besides the usual secrets and stuff. I do keep things. I have what I call the DLG (difficulty letting go) syndrome. I have severe separation anxiety when I have to let go. I just can’t. I agree with Paul when he says we don’t part with books, and I have books from 1994 when I was a toddler learning to draw. I have many, many Enid Blyton books from 1997 – and my first Harry Potter book from ’98. I was so obsessed with it. I don’t remember how long it took me to read that but I remember not letting my dad read it to me because I wanted to read it all on my own. Wow I was bloody innocent back then.

I think my mother has issues letting go too, because she has millions of magazines stacked away in the basement – monthly cooking magazine subscriptions she’s never read or leafed through once (and never tried making any of the dishes listed), old knitting magazines from Jesus knows when, and oh my God, she has a giant cardigan from 1970 when she was a child herself. Surprisingly, no moths have eaten it because it’s hideous and old and ugly. MOM!

My Dad has his textbooks from his residency days. His old journals. His 1986 Vespa. He won’t let go. Okay the problem runs in the family. Although, I understand the attachment to the Vespa. He took a really adorable photo of one year old me, fat cheeks and all, sitting on it. Good times. Good, irritable colicky baby times.

Okay. What else do I keep?

Aha. I have jeans from middle school. When I was obese and basically had no waist. I like to look at them and smirk because I have a waist now. BOO YEAH! I have a windbreaker from 2000 because it’s comfy and I still wear it. Don’t judge me. I have scrapbooks with way too many photos of English soccer player Michael Owen and Australian cricketer Brett Lee. I have journals from the time I was 12 and discovered the joy of writing.

I keep the checks from places I go have lunch or dinner at. I have movie ticket stubs from way back when BookMyShow wasn’t as popular. I have bus tickets from all the times I ran to Bangalore to meet my then boyfriend. 2010, 11, 13. Sigh. I have a dried up rose and chocolate wrappers from the times the said ex boyfriend bought me those. No particular reason. I’m not attached. But maybe I need to throw them out. Hold while I declutter. This is bloody unhealthy.

I have expired makeup. Oh God. I’m looking through my drawers and I have expired mascara. Like, 6 of them. Yikes. I have eyeshadow palettes from 2012 – oh no. I don’t even use them and I still have them. In my defence, no one in India sold makeup from Urban Decay and Stila. There were no Sephoras and I had to beg my best friend to get me makeup when he went home to London. Poor me. Nope, not getting rid of these guys.

I have tickets from the Poets of the Fall concert I went to in August 2015. I even blogged about it and I have the stubs in my wallet. I carry them around like a talisman. *hides face*

I have – erm – a collection of 52 Barbie dolls, showing varying degrees of shabbiness but most of them still have their boxes. Ehehe oh, and I have stuffed animals stuffed away in some corner of the basement because I can’t seem to part with them. I have a box of handwritten letters from the time I had a pen pal. I have old cards – new year and birthdays and stuff. I have, erm, expired perfume. What am I doing with my life!? I have way too much stationery I don’t need and don’t use. I have my broken laptop because I am attached to it. Now I have a new one but I can’t throw away my old one. Sigh. I have a problem.

I could go on.

But I’m gonna go start decluttering now. What do YOU keep?!

Weird Compulsions

Weird Compulsions

The other day one of my favorite beauty bloggers tweeted something and it got me thinking about how right she was. We’ve all become so… accessible.

It is such a weird compulsion.

This whole thing – how when someone texts or calls, you gotta respond immediately or they end up thinking, “Oh she is such a bitch!” – is kind of sad. How we always seek validation, and we don’t even know we’re doing it. It’s nuts. When did it get like this? I like my alone time and it doesn’t mean I’m doing stupid shit. I don’t like being in situations where I’ve to give people an update on everything I’m doing. I mean, come on, even FACEBOOK isn’t as inquisitive as some people are! Like what’s with people texting constantly when you’re out with family? If you don’t respond immediately, you get texts that say – “Whoa who am I now? Nothing. Just time pass. I know you’re getting married and shopping for your lehenga!”

!!!!!!!!!

I actually know one such person. Super cute and super insecure. How do you deal with that? If you know someone that gets severe separation anxiety from not getting texts back? You ignore them and then you calm yourself down and then you text them back. Right? Wrong. You’ll find yourself the victim of this weird compulsion and composing a reply and sending it anyway. Gah. This makes me so mad. Why must we stay and please every freaking person??! Does it really matter if people think you’re rude as fuck and that you use them and that you aren’t a good person? If you don’t get back to them immediately? NO. It doesn’t.

What’s worse is we know this. And we still let it bother us and we let ourselves stay accessible. UGH. This makes me so mad.

I made a new resolution: I’m gonna stop thinking about what people say about me if I don’t reply. If I don’t take calls. And I’m going to give myself more time and work on being a better person. It’s not necessary to talk everyday. It’s not. If you have a mature relationship with your people, they’ll get you. And that’s how it should be.

Are you a victim of weird compulsion too? Let me know.

Makeup 101 For Beginners – Set Your Face

Makeup 101 For Beginners – Set Your Face

…aaaaaand the scorching hot Indian summers are finally here. Bummer.

I have fairly normal skin but it does tend to get oily around the T zone area, specially in the summers. Which means I’m often left looking like this unless I set my face.

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How attractive.

Sunscreen is the key to keeping your face alive all summer. It’ll also delay the ageing process. The other thing you can do is use a BB cream with SPF in it. And make sure to set your face.

I finally got my hands on the RCMA No Color Powder and it’s worth every bit of the hype. It’s only $12 for a 3 oz bottle. (I got mine from BeautyTales.In – my go to sellers for most of my makeup besides Shop and Box.) I’ve used Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder as well, but it didn’t do the job as well as this RCMA one does. Also, since it’s a NO COLOR powder, it won’t change the color of your makeup.

Now I’ve had people say that the no color powder doesn’t really absorb oil but it does, for me. It also reduces the appearance of pores and under eye wrinkles and sets the makeup beautifully. Your makeup won’t budge once you set your face with this baby.

It’s so finely milled and so lightweight it feels really comfortable on the skin. Plus, a little goes a long way.

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The only downside though? The packaging sucks balls. It looks like one of those salt shaker thingies. Nor does it come with a powder puff. Now, if you’re into baking, you could use a beauty blender and it works really well. Use a large powder puff to set your face. Or a powder brush. Make sure you don’t use a lot because this could take away the intensity of the makeup. 

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That’s it for today – and remember to stay hydrated!

STFU Saturday – “HONESTLY!”

STFU Saturday – “HONESTLY!”

When I buy makeup online, I religiously look at the reviews and make sure I check out a lot of options before picking one. While browsing through the ten billion foundation options Sephora offers, I came across one that I really liked. 

The Kat Von D lock it tattoo foundation. I asked my makeup artist friends and they both said no to getting this, but this review kind of had me sold.

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Whoa.

I mean come on. A foundation that survives an HOUR of sex has to be amazing, right? Honestly, people and their reviews are so funny!

On a serious note – I’m looking for a foundation that won’t make me look like a drag Queen – recommendations?

Makeup 101 For Beginners – Brow Talk

Makeup 101 For Beginners – Brow Talk

First off, thank YOU Cara Delevingne for bringing the full brows back. But by then the damage had already been done. I was 17 when I started tweezing my brows and this salon lady once plucked them to oblivion and my brows never grew back since.

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..also, woman crush everyday.

That being said, let’s start with the basics.

Once you’ve got your brows tweezed and plucked and all the other torture methods we women put our brows through are done and over with, you might wanna fill them in.

Here’s what I like to use:

1. The Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz. I use dark brown. Which is a couple shades lighter than my actual brow color. If you were to use the same shade as your brows, they’d end up looking flat and dimensionless. If you’re blonde, pick a color a couple shades darker than your actual brow hair color. If you’re someone with dark brows, pick one a couple shades LIGHTER.

2. Dark Brown eyeshadow. I use the shade Colombia by Cargo cosmetics. It is a perfect matte dark brown and it doesn’t have a ton of fall out. You may use a Dipbrow pomade – I stopped using mine because it dries out and makes my brows look too drawn on for my taste.

3. Angled liner brush. Any flat angled liner brush would do, as long as the bristles aren’t too soft. 

4. Clear brow gel. This will set your brows in place and keep them from budging. I like to use the Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel. If you don’t like this one, you could use any other alternative, as long as your brows don’t feel like chips. The Body Shop makes a great one.

5. Concealer. I like sharp bitch brows so I always use concealer to clean up the brow bone area. It also highlights slightly and makes the brows stand out. 

While filling the brows in, make sure you start with your left brow first if you’re right handed. And vice versa. You don’t want this:

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Pinterest got THAT right.

Here’s how you fill in brows:

1. Use the spoolie to brush through the brows and tame the stray hairs.

2. Using your brown eyeshadow on an angled brush, start working your way from the head of the brow to the tail. Don’t go over the brow margins or you’re going to end up with sharpie brows.

3. Fill in the head of the brow using the brow wiz. Make little vertical strokes to give the impression of brow hairs.

4. Clean up the brow bone area with concealer. Blend.

5. Use the brow gel to set your brows. Voila!

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See the difference?

Do y’all think I should start a YouTube channel? It’s difficult to explain brow routines in a blog post but I tried my best. 

FAQ: “Where Do You Buy Makeup From?”

FAQ: “Where Do You Buy Makeup From?”

I get a ton of questions about where I buy my makeup from, (specially) from my Indian readers. So I thought I’d do a whole blog post about it. 

First things first, it is really easy to get scammed when you’re buying things off Instagram sellers. I remember being so mad I even told y’all to never buy anything from ANY Instagram seller. Well, I was wrong and there are stores that sell authentic stuff. I’ve checked personally. I recommend checking out these pages:

BeautyTales.In
The Makeup House

IMPORTANT TIP: DO NOT TRUST PAGES THAT ASK YOU TO PRE-ORDER. YOU’LL TOTALLY GET  SCAMMED.

I also buy makeup from three other actual websites:

Beauty Bay – they carry Urban Decay, Too Faced, Anastasia Beverly Hills, to name a few.
BeautyLish – they carry Jeffree Star, Charlotte Tilbury and RCMA, among many others.
Shop and Box – which puts you in touch with your own personal shopper, and you can buy anything, ranging from food to shoes. I cannot rave about this enough. Plus you pay thiugh PayPal. Win win.

There are a few Indie brands that deliver to India:

Makeup Geek
NeimanMarcus.com – which carries high end makeup like Tom Ford, Le Metier de Beaute and Kevyn Aucoin.

I hope this helps!

Review: Girlactik Matte Lip Paints

Review: Girlactik Matte Lip Paints

I’ve been into a lot of “indie” brands lately. And to be honest, I feel like these brands pay a lot more attention to the ingredients, they listen to their customers and are mostly always vegan and cruelty-free.

Today we’re talking about the Girlactik lip paints. It took me so long to get my hands on these, it’s nuts.

Price:

These retail for USD 23 each, which means they’re slightly pricier than the other liquid lipsticks on the market. Except maybe for the Stila Stay All Day Liquid lipsticks which retail for $24 a piece.

I got mine for INR 1950 each, from Beautytales.in.

Packaging:

The outer box is really pretty, with the Girlactik logo printed on the side, with a little cut out slot which lets you see the color of the lipstick tube inside. The tube itself is a sleek frosted one with a pewter top. It comes with a standard doe foot applicator.

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Aren't they beautiful?

Each tube contains 7.5 mils (0.25 fl oz) of product. Which is a good amount of product really, and you can justify the price. To give you a fair comparison, each of the Kat von D ones contains 6.6 mils, the Lime Crime ones contain 2.6 mils each, the Stila ones contain 3 mils each and are priced at $20, $20 and $24 respectively.

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The Girlactik ones and the Kat von D ones.

Swatches:

The two colors I own are called Allure and Demure.

Allure is a muted medium brick red, a dupe for the Kat von D Double Dare.

Demure is a muted medium brown, nearly a dupe for the Kat von D Lolita.

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Texture:

These lipsticks have the one of the best formulas out there. They are velvety, moussey and glide on real smooth. These don’t flake and you can even layer them.

Application and wearability:

They are super pigmented, super opaque and feel weightless on the lips. The cool thing about these? Only one application delivers solid, opaque color. You don’t need to dunk the applicator in midway through your application. They also dry really fast and last a very, very long time. I got a straight eight hour wear out of these guys.

Rating:

5/5 – SO GOOD!

Would I recommend them?

Go grab some now! They work on every skin tone, too.

February Favorites 2016

February Favorites 2016

Like I mentioned earlier, February’s been insane. I mean, where did it even go?! It was a good month, though. You know. I got my hands on loads of makeup, I saw my cousins and a couple of friends after a LONG time and I did travel a lot. Which means I don’t really have a lot of favorites to talk about. Anyway, here goes.

1. Cinema Secrets Foundation Palette, series 300: I honestly don’t know what I was doing without this guy in my life, because the coverage is amazing and it wears beautifully. Each little pan in the palette contains 0.09 oz of product, which may not seem like a lot, but then a little does go a long way. I recommend using a BeautyBlender for best coverage. The palette retails for USD 36.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Dark Brown: I really like taking time to do my brows, and I prefer the Brow Wiz over the DipBrow. The spoolie is amazing.

3. Becca Under Eye Corrector: I don’t have a panda eye problem, but my under eye area tends to look dull sometimes, specially after I’ve stayed up all night lurking (kidding) – this baby helps.

4. ColourPop x KathleenLights Where the Night is Quad: I’ve been obsessed with the metallic eyeshadows that ColourPop does, for a whole year now. And all the shades here are beautifurrrrrrr.

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5. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks Anna Nicole and Posh Spice: I mix them together, and I’ve been wearing this lip combo so much it’s become my signature lip.

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6. Reader’s Digest February Edition: The one month my subscription fails to reach me, of course it’s the one that has amazing content. The Making of a Jihadist literally gave me goosebumps.

What have y’all been loving this past month?

Review: OFRA Cosmetics Four Shades of Romance

Review: OFRA Cosmetics Four Shades of Romance

I think Chopín died and became every OFRA lipstick, because these guys just glide on like a symphony. Excuse my overly dramatized comparison, I’m just in a uh, musical mood today.

Before I start rambling, let’s jump right into the review.

Price:

This limited edition set of four lipsticks retails at USD 39. (I got mine from Beautytales.in.)

Packaging:

These guys come in a cute little drawstring bag. Each lipstick comes in a clear tube with the logo printed on it, and a silver top. The whole thing weighs 8 grams (27 fluid ounces). The applicator is standard doe foot one. It’s not flexible, like say, the Stila ones.

Swatches:

The four shades that are included in this set are –

Atlantic city, a classic red with a blue undertone.

Venice, the boldest color here, a vibrant orange red. Almost an exact dupe for the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Anna Nicole.

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As you can see, they look almost identical.

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Santa Ana, a beautiful berry rose.

Paris Rendezvous, a coral pink exclusive to this set.

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Here’s how they look swatched on my lips.

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Whoops. Excuse the typo. *Rendezvous

Texture:

They’re definitely on the mousse-ier side, again, as opposed to the thin liquidy formula that you see in, for example, a ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip. They’re thicker and more moist than the Tarte ones.

I did noticed some inconsistency. Santa Ana had a thinner formula than the other three.

Application and wearibility:

These apply beautifully, but uou need to go back in with the applicator a couple times for a nice opaque finish, since it doesn’t pick up too much product. But, once you’ve got the lipstick on, it’s pure Zen.

They do transfer, but not as much as the Tarte ones. Also, they wear beautifully, even Santa Ana. They are moisturizing, and because they never fully dry down, they won’t tug at your lips, or even flake. Win win!

Avoid oily food because oil will by default, remove any liquid lipstick. 

Rating:

4.5/5 because the tubes were small. I want more!

Would I recommend them?

Heck, yes! Go get them. You NEED. Plus, OFRA is cruelty free and vegan so they never harm bunnies. My favorite shade? Paris Rendezvous. It looks like a romantic chick flick on me..😍

Review: Tarteist Lip Paints

Review: Tarteist Lip Paints

Tarte finally jumped on the liquid lipstick bandwagon *drum roll* with their new-ish Tarteist Lip Paints. I’ll go right ahead and talk about what I think of them, and show y’all some swatches.

Price:

These retail for $20 at Sephora. I got mine from Shop and Box. (You can reach them here.)

Packaging:

The box that each lipstick comes in matches the actual color of the lipstick in the tube, and it has gold stripey lines across the whole box. The tube is a standard clear one, typical of a liquid lipstick, and contains 6 mils (0.20 fluid ounces) of product. The applicator reminds you very much of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams’ applicators.

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Close up of the applicator.

Range of Colors:

The Tarteist Lip Pains come in 14 shades, ranging from nudes to pinks to reds to berries, including a limited edition shade called Fomo – which I picked up. I also got hold of TBT. God, the names.

Texture:

The formula is thick, whipped, moussey and reminds you of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams.

Application and Wearibility:

They go on really smooth, they do settle into fine lines but they don’t go cakey. There’s no patchiness nor streakiness whatsoever. The best part? They’re super hydrating for a liquid lipstick and buildable. Usually, with liquid lipsticks, you can’t reapply unless you wipe the whole thing off, but you can layer when it comes to these lip paints. Also, they never dry down completely, leaving them prone to transfer.

I wore TBT for six straight hours, and only the top layer came off, but it left behind a nice tint – which I realized that I did actually love.

Swatches:

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tbt is a medium rosy plum and is a gorgeous MLBB shade on me.

Fomo is a muted berry plum.

Rating:

3/5

Would I recommend these?

Not really. Unless you love liquid lipsticks as much as I do, and you love hoarding. NYX sells the exact same stuff at a fraction of the price. Much as I love Tarte, you tend expect better.