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When to Splurge and When to Save: Makeup Products

2014/04/18

There was a time when I wouldn’t think twice about paying an absurd amount of money for a makeup product I liked. That was a stupid time. Makeup has always been my weakness. Hence, it is all the more important for me to be smart about it. It is essential to know which products you can save your pennies on and which products you should shell out more for.

When to Splurge and When to Save on Makeup Products

When to Splurge and When to Save on Makeup Products

  • Foundation: Splurge. A good foundation goes a long way in creating the perfect flawless look. After all, it creates the canvas you will be working on. However, if you already have good skin, you can skip foundation altogether and go for lighter versions of it like tinted moisturizers and BB creams, which are much less expensive.
  • Concealer: Same philosophy as foundation. You would do well to splurge on this and go for a good quality one, especially if you have a lot of marks and blemishes to conceal.
  • Powder: This really depends on you. If the only purpose is to set your foundation, you can go for a cheaper one. However, if you are using powder for coverage as well, you might want to consider a pricier and higher quality one.
  • Mascara: Mascara has a very short shelf life. You should replace your mascara every six months. Hence I feel it is pointless to spend an exorbitant amount on mascara. Many drugstore brands make great mascaras which do the job equally well, sometimes better than luxury brands.
  • Eye liner, kajal and eye shadow: You can definitely save your money here and go for drugstore brands. Invest in a high quality primer instead to make any eye shadow last longer.
  • Lipstick: Save! There are so many drugstore brands out there making great lipsticks. I agree, nothing beats the feel of a luxurious lipstick, but when you buy so many different colors and all the hot shades of a season, the costs can add up. A good workaround would be to splurge on classic shades like a red and a nude, and save on seasonal shades like oranges and oxbloods.
  • Blush: I’d say save. In fact, save more by doubling up your lipstick as a blush. Despite owning many blushes, I often use my lipstick as blush simply because it is convenient and I don’t have to carry an extra product with me.
  • Nail polish: Nail polish has a limited shelf life. After a while, it tends to separate and become all goopy. Besides, we all love buying many different shades. So I’d say, save. No need to buy absurdly priced nail polishes. Instead, use a pricier top coat. It goes a long way.

Hope this helps you in your next makeup shopping excursion! Do let me know in case I have missed something, and please comment below in case you have a question :)

In the next post we shall talk about what to splurge on and what to save on in terms of skincare.

Until next time, stay stylish.

Neha

10 days to the Wedding!!!

2014/04/12

Yes. Just 10 days to my wedding. I wanted to blog everything about my wedding preparations but but but who knew it would all happen so sudden. It got fixed exactly a month ago and imagine shopping for your wedding in just ONE month!

And trust me this 1 month has been nothing less than crazy. For someone like me who enjoys shopping, to go with a shopping list (read task list) was such a drastic change. Going to shop was more like going on a mission. So I have a few tips for brides who get such less time to plan their wedding:

1. Make lists. Lots of them. You know what make up you have to buy, yes but still write it down.

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Wedding diary (source: confetti.co.uk)

2. Keep a diary at all times so that you can add to these lists as and when you remember something/anything.
3. Once you know what all you have to buy, make lists according to markets. Makes life so much easier. Trust me.
4. Always tick off the things off your list when bought.
5. If you want to keep track of the money spent, mention the same when ticking that thing off your list.
6. Store all your wedding shopping stuff at one place for easy packing later.
7. First thing to shop for should always be your wedding dress because that takes the longest to get ready. (mine is still not ready)

This is all I can remember right now. Do you have any tips for the would be brides? Let me know in comments below :)

The Urban Paradox

2014/03/16

The pursuit for perfection is exhausting. Yet we are all so obsessed continually with the idea of presenting a perfect exterior to the world that we lose complete vision of our own surroundings. The world around us can be falling apart, and we would still be thinking about that presentation or that meeting. Well, that’s how we all have become and I guess we all are living with the urban paradox of trying to be perfect in an imperfect world.

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Clicked by : Amrita Rana

Styling and makeup by : Neha Kapoor

Dress: Bombay High | Shoes : Tibetan Market in Bangalore

Bag: Anonymous Co. | Pocket-watch pendant : A small shop in Fort

Heart ring: Accessorize | Bow ring: Forever 21

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