Thursday, February 26, 2015

Battle of the black eyeshadows

I have a love-hate relationship with pre-made palettes. I love that you get a variety of shades for a reasonable price, I like that it comes with shades complementary to one another to take the guesswork out of creating a look, and I like that they come in a variety of finishes.

I hate that 99.9% come with a matte black shadow.

I get it. Matte black shadows are versatile. They can be used for smoking out any look, to creating a smokey eye, as a liner, heck, I even use them as a brow powder from time to time. But, y'know, what's a girl to do with ten gazillion of them?

Well, I don't have the answer to that (yet) but in the meantime, I decided to find out of all matte blacks were created the same, or if there's one that was made to rule them all.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Blogger Issue

I love reading blogs. It's an easy way for me to stay connected to things that interest me, especially cosmetics and beauty. Blogs are a great way to get information, and viewpoints - in my case a means of doing some research before purchasing products, but more than that, I like hearing about what other people like and use, and the looks they come up with.

I recently came across this post on British Beauty Blogger (if you haven't checked her out yet, you should! She's awesome) that addressed a lot of pre-conceived notions people have about blogging. The general consensus is that bloggers are 'in it' so to speak, for the money, and the fame, that blogging is a 'middle class privilege' because of the high-tech equipment involved, and worst of all (in my opinion) that beauty bloggers are faff and frivolous. Pah.

While it's true that a few beauty bloggers (and vloggers) for that matter do manage to make money from their blogs, they are few and far between. Most people blog because they love the subject, and they're looking for a way to share their feelings with a world. Personally, my blog serves as a journal of sorts, a way to talk about an aspect of my life that I like.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Traditional Beauty Practices

I've been curious of late about beauty traditions and how they change over generations. It's well known that each decade had a certain "signature" makeup look associated with it; of course, there were also beauty rituals that are no longer followed today (lead-based eye khol, anyone?).

Being from India, there have been many of these "traditional" beauty rituals that are still followed today, and for good reason - they work! Now while I can't explain the science behind it (maybe I should make that my next research project) I'm here to share them with you.

The healthy hair treatments
To this day, I still swear by using a deep conditioning treatment using coconut oil. Warm up some coconut oil in a bowl, and massage it into your scalp from roots to ends. If you can, use, curry leaves (available at Indian stores) and infuse them into the coconut oil (warm the coconut oil with a few curry leaves).
Leave it on as long as possible - I usually leave it overnight (make sure you cover your pillowcase with an old towel!) - and wash it off the next morning.
This leaves your hair soft, smooth and silky, and in the long run makes your hair healthier.