☼ Summer Ready : Makeup Kit Essentials

Keeping your skin and your makeup “Summer” ready is of course very “Essential”.

6-starfish-seashells-beach-sand-wallpaper Nobody wants to look like a cake of foundation at workplace or any social event. In my younger days I was not very good at doing makeup but I had a good sense of makeup. Always hated Aunties at social evenings/weddings/family functions wearing wrong colour foundation and everything from face dripping down in sweat !

Wearing right makeup in accordance with weather is very quintessential.

Following should always be in your makeup bag if you want to be summer ready:

  1. Sunscreen : Never… ever… ever! leave the house without applying sunscreen. Apparently tanning prevention is not its only job, it decreases the risk of skin cancer (no kidding, ask docs) and also stops premature aging of skin and maintains even skin  tone. Gosh! Lotus, Lakme, Ayur, VLCC are some brands to name who sell good sunscreens in India. Use any which suits your skin.
  2. Gel Moisturizer :  Many people have in mind that if they will not moisturize their skin will not produce any oil, however it is quite opposite the more you keep your face hydrated the less oil it will produce. Therefore always  keep your face hydrated by applying light weight moisturizer or gel moisturizer.
  3. Powder: Try to skip your favourite foundation on a hot and humid summery day and use a powder compact instead, if you cannot avoid wearing foundation then top it with a nice compact or translucent powder. Powder mattifies the face and keeps it oil and shine free, increases the staying power of foundation .
  4. Bronzer: Skip blush in summers or use neutral and coral shades, but don’t skip a bronzer. Bronzer will give your face chiseled look making it summer fit.  😉
  5. Mascara: On hot mornings I don’t use kohl ! Come what may, be it smudge proof, waterproof, I just cannot bear the weight of liners and kohls on my eyes, i might apply a dash of liner in evening (if not wearing some heavy makeup) but for morning I’ll always go for waterproof and smudge proof mascara. It will not only eliminate  use of liner but will give definition to my eyes and make them look big, bright, and fuller.
  6. Gloss:  Yes ! Gloss, though I love bold and bright lipsticks for summer but I also keep gloss in my makeup bag. Gloss prevent lips from dehydrating in summer, so it is equally important for me.

So keep your makeup bag summer ready with these 5 essentials things 🙂


☆Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm☆

Nivea Sensitive After Shave Balm: My Experience and Why I stopped using it!

I’m usually not a trend follower. Whenever a new beauty trend starts on Instagram or YouTube I’ll be like, okay We’ll see if we want to do that, and then I never do that.

But when well known beauty guru started raving about the use of Nivea After Shave Balm as Primer I was like………… wooooaaaa!!!! I need that in life, suddenly there was flood of beauty gurus using Nivea After Shave Balm as primer. I mean why would someone not use it

  1. It’s cheap
  2. Easily available
  3. Your Idols trust it and use it.p_20161122_224917

Finally after a few months (yes …months..I’m a lazy person) I ordered Nivea Men After Shave Balm. I was so so so excited about it, I had planned to ditch all my other primers and use this one till eternity. For the first trial, I applied it under my regular makeup, first day first shot everything was fine. After the first successful trial I started wearing it under makeup as primer on regular basis, everything was fine, my makeup stayed on or almost 9-10hours, no breakouts no reactions nothing. After a month there was acne breakout(I have a clear skin, combination of dry and oily, but I swear I never had acne or pimples in my life),as I’m on medication because of PCOS, I thought it’s because of some allergic reaction due to medicines 😦  In the course of next two months I changed my dearest foundations, concealers, changed my medicines etc etc thinking that one of them was causing allergic reaction ( I was like HELL!! Why everyone ditching me, what’s wrong??)

Finally came the day of realization, I and hubby baby were to attend a party out of town, I packed my bags (which included my makeup) but….but I forgot my Shave Balm at home, since I was carrying another primer that time I didn’t think of my Balm much. Surprisingly next day my skin was all normal, no rashes no acne no pimple nothing, clean and clear..That’s when brain started running and did it’s calculations. Next day when we came back I applied after shave balm topped it with foundation roamed around the house, at night I took off my makeup and went to bed, everything regular, next morning, the dreaded morning I woke up with ashes all over my face…..it was burning and turned red!!! *horrified cried for half hour*

So, finally I relised where and what was wrong, it was Nivea men after shave balm!

The product does what it is meant to do i.e heal skin post shave. It has ingredients like Isopropyl Palmitate, Cyclohexasiloxane which are absorbed by the skin, and these ingredients going in the skin means ingredients on top of them too sinking in skin, and this exactly we don’t want. So basically when you apply this balm as primer, it opens all your pores so that your skin can absorb all the balm, and that balm will heal your post shave injuries, but unfortunately with it the makeup too gets absorbed which clogs all our pores and cause breakouts and other allergic reactions.

Now I’m not saying that after shave balm is a bad product or something. It does what it’s meant to do, and it does it very well, but it is definitely not a base for your makeup. Primers are meant to act as a shield or layer or wall on your skin which will make your makeup stay and not sink in. I and hubby both use it post shave (my hands and legs feel awesome thanks to this product) but I definitely do not use it as makeup primer any more, and touch-wood my skin is back to normal! If it works for you as a prime then go ahead and use it, but it’s a big no no for me! Also, I learnt my leasson, not all beauty trends or hacks should be followed blindly ! 😦