The cheap and best MAKEUP PRIMER

Nivea Men Balm

A makeup addict would never say that a MAKEUP PRIMER isn’t required. In facts the rule book says it’s a crime not to prime!

Just before I take this post further, let me take a minute and explain you the whats and whys of this product, just in case you are new to this colorful world and are still exploring!!..

WHAT is a makeup primer? WHY do we need it?

Applying primer is the very first step in makeup application. It serves various purposes

  • Minimizes the pores and gives a smother surface for the foundation or powder to glide on easily
  • Your makeup base looks smoother and more natural
  • The makeup lasts longer
  • Reduces redness
  • Softens and smoothens the skin

Nivea Men Balm

The market of-course has a wide variety of mid-high end primers available but I am here to introduce you to the cheapest, best and easily available primer which is  “The Nivea Men After Shave Balm”!

Nivea Men Balm

Yes! That’s right we women have managed to invade in our husband’s grooming territory as well! 😀

Okay, coming back to the subject! Using the Nivea after shave balm, as the primer has been floating on the internet since quite a long time now but, I don’t know why I never took it very seriously…. In spite of the product lying right there on my bathroom counter… It just didn’t strike me or rather didn’t attract me enough to give it a try (only glittery things attract me, remember!..).

It was only last week when I gave it a shot and I was so amazed by the results! The balm did make my makeup routine much happier!

Nivea Men Balm




How to apply?

On a clean dry face, just before applying  makeup, apply a small amount of  “The Nivea Men After Shave Balm”, just like you would apply your regular moisturizer.

Wait for about 2-3 minutes before you proceed on to your makeup routine. You will love LoVe LOVE the result! I guarantee 😀 and if not, you can always wrap it, decorate it, and gift it to the man of the house 😀 In both ways it’s a great buy.

Nivea Men Balm

Availability

EVERYWHERE! Any general store will have it, just in case you want it online, you can buy it online from NYKAA

Price

Rs. 225/- (but available at a discounted price of Rs. 212/ at NYKAA)

Quantity 

100mL

Nivea Men Balm

I am very sure no makeup primer would be that cheap and give amazing results! You ought to give it a try and let me know your opinion.

 



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DIY Highlighting Concealer

DIY Highlighting concealer

I had been looking for a concealer since long, was oscillating between Maybelline Fit Me concealer and the L’oreal true match concealer but then one fine day while I had my creativity hat on, a beauty hack struck me and I ended up with a DIY highlighting concealer!

DIY Highlighting concealer

It’s not only absolutely cheap but also works really well, in fact, I have been wearing it very often ever since I made it.

The beauty of DIYs is that you can customize the product as per your own convenience and requirement. Here you can modulate the highlighting effect by controlling the amount of eye-shadow going in.



You will need

A white highlighting eye-shadow

(The one I used is from a local brand)

Now we don’t really want the eye shadow to be very highlighting, it should be just enough to brighten up the areas where applied

Foundation of your skin tone

(Maybelline Fit Me – 115 Ivory Ivoire)

The highlighting concealers that you get in the market are lighter than your skin tone (and that’s why they brighten up the areas where applied) but here we will be needing the foundation of your matching skin tone, because the eye-shadow when added will lighten and brighten up the shade.

A container for storage

You can get really good containers from Forever21 or NewU stores.

A toothpick for stirring

DIY Highlighting concealer

DIY HIGHLIGHTING CONCEALER TUTORIAL + DEMO




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NYX Butter Gloss | Review & Swatch

NYX_Butter_Gloss_Review

NYX Butter Gloss *sigh*… Isn’t the name itself so luxurious! Well, I had to give it a shot.

I got the NYX Butter Gloss in the shade BLG01 Strawberry Parfait as a gift from the man behind the cause of all the indulgence! My Husband!

NYX Butter Gloss

The shade is a pretty pink with a hint of mauve and gives sheer coverage. It glides on smoothly and evenly giving a luxurious glossy finish! Absolutely wearable for everyday office or college. Here is a detailed review of the product for you all.




Packaging

The gloss comes in a plastic tube of same shade as the gloss, quite cute and simple, nothing much to say.

NYX_Butter_Gloss_1

Texture

AWESOME! LOVED IT! The texture actually feels smooth and buttery with even and smooth application. It doesn’t feel greasy or sticky instead it feels quite light.

NYX Butter Gloss

Colour Pay-off

Well, I was disappointed to see how quickly the color disappears completely on snacking leaving absolutely no traces. So you can say that it last upto 4 hours (without eating/ drinking) and vanishes completely after a meal. It requires re-application throughout the day which isn’t very impressive. Due to it’s poor colour pay-off, It cannot be a great option for functions, weddings or parties.

NYX Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss

Price

Rs. 550/-

Availability

You can buy it online at NYKAA or at SEPHORA stores.

Rating 

3/5

Why it couldn’t make 5/5?

  1. The gloss vanishes completely after every meal or snacking leaving no trace of color at all.
  2. The price is slightly higher for the given quantity.




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DIY BB Cream

DIY BB Cream

A foundation is not recommended for everyday use, that we all know. A BB cream can be a very good option to give the much needed coverage when opting an everyday base. Of course we have a wide variety of brands offering BB creams but I love the one made by me, the most.

Here is another DIY blog, on how to make your own BB Cream at home. DIYs are a great way to customize your beauty products and needless to say, they turn out much cheaper.

The recipe of this DIY BB Cream works amazingly well for, don’t think I would invest on a branded one after having this made.

DIY BB Cream



Products Used

Nivea Soft Moisturizer

Qty: 3/4 tsp

This moisturizer works well for oily, normal or combinational skin, you can use any other water based or oil based (for dry skin) moisturizer that works best for you. Available online HERE.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Qty: 1 tsp

The shade I used is 115 Ivory Ivoire, you can read a detailed review of this foundation HERE, again this too can be as per your preference. You can increase or decrease the amount of foundation depending upon the amount of coverage you want. Available online HERE.

Aloe Vera-Cucumber Gel from green leaf

Qty: 3/4 tsp

The gel gives the goodness of a primer, helps the BB cream stick to the skin and hence last longer. It is available at grocery marts. Incase you don’t find it, you can use 1/2 tsp glycerin instead.

Container

I used a small nivea soft container, you might as well use a pump bottle for a more fancy packaging. You can get really good containers from Forever21 or NewU stores.




DIY BB Cream Tutorial

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3 Steps To Classic Black & Gold Nails

Black and Gold

Black and Gold is surely a classic combination and looks alluring on nails as well!

Black and Gold

You shall need

Maybelline New York 25 Crystal Clear/Base Transparent

Maybelline Blackout

Maybelline Gold Gluttony

You can buy these shades online from NYKAA





Here is a quick 3 step process to get these sassy black and gold nails to flaunt this weekend.

Step 1

Apply a coat of Maybelline New York 25 Crystal Clear/Base Transparent Nail Polish, this is important as dark polishes tend to leave behind stains on the nails, a base coat can lessen this to a great extend!

Step 2

Apply 2 coats of Maybelline Blackout, let it dry before you proceed to the next step

Step 2

Apply 1-2 coats of Maybelline Gold Gluttony form the gold digger collection (reviewed HERE) depending upon the bling intensity you wish to have (I applied a coat here).

Black and Gold

Wasn’t that simple?! Do give it a try and let me know your views in the comment section below!



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The Blushed Nudes In Action

Blushed Nudes

I have used the Maybelline Blushed Nudes a dozen times now and have loved each and every look! It creates the perfect subtle look exactly the way I like. While reviewing the palette I did mention that the eye shadows aren’t pigmented enough, and the shades aren’t much distinguishable; I guess that’s the whole idea behind the ‘Nudes Palette’ anyway I have been loving it a lot and reach out for it on every occasion! Here is one of the look I wore this weekend using the blushed nudes palette.

You can buy the palette form NYKAA 

Blushed Nudes



Shade A – Used to highlight the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye

Shade B – Used on the upper crease and to line the lower lid

Shade C – Used on the upper lid

Shade D – Used to add depth in the outer corner of the eye

Blushed Nudes

Blushed Nudes

Products Used

Face

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation(Reviewed here)

Maybelline Fit Me Compact (Reviewed here)

MAC Blush – Dainty

Eyes

The Blushed Nudes Palette by Maybelline (Reviewed here)

Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Meilin Eyeliner – Black

Lips

Lakme Gloss Addict Lipstick – Bare Beige (Reviewed here)

 

blushed_nudes

Do try out the look and let me know how well it worked for you 😀



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DIY Cream Blush

DIY Cream Blush

A cream blush is one of my favorite product, it not only gives a more natural look, but is also more long lasting compared to a powder blush; and yes of-course it’s a great option for monsoons. If you don’t have one, you can do it yourself!

DIY Cream Blush




DIY Cream Blush

 

DIY Cream Blush



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Glitter Newspaper Nails

Glitter Newspaper Nails

Here is an attempt to make newspaper reading some fun! And with some glitter topping, it’s surely going to be exciting 😛

newspaper nails 1




I have truly enjoyed doing these nails and I am sure its going to be fun for you too!

Glitter Newspaper Nails Tutorial

 

newspaper nails 2

 



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DIY Pressed Highlighter

pressed highlighter

I love DIYs! They are so much fun and end up giving you a product which is so much cheaper than what it’s sold for… and ofcourse with all the efforts that you put in, in making something all by yourself, makes it even more dear to you! I did a DIY this weekend where I used eye-shadow pigments and turned it into a highlighter and it turned out really amazing!

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