What to do when you break out

Very few people are blessed with blemish free, glowing skin 365 days of the year. The rest of us just have to improvise 😛

A while back- two weeks to be exact- I began to break out really bad on my cheeks. They weren’t your average, hormonal pimples, but under the skin, headless cysts. I have never in my life broken out so bad and I knew it was either something different that I was putting on my skin or some changes in my eating habits. After a lot of thought and analysis (yup!) I came to realize that it was a health supplement that my body was reacting adversely against. I stopped immediately and there were no more new breakouts. But there were the old ones that I had to manage and it took me quite some time and effort to get rid of them. So, after being through the big skin turmoil myself, I’m writing out this article to help you lovelies take care of your skin and how to mange it when you break out!

1. Get to the root of the problem 

We often try to treat the pimples that exist but fail to recognize the actual under laying problem. This could be any dietary changes or comedogenic products that might be blocking your pores. Scan all your products for any potential ingredients that you might be allergic to and do not use any new skin care or make up product unless you are sure it’s not going to add to the problem.

2. Use your most trusted products

Always keep some holy grail products at hand for any emergency breakout situation. They could be spot treatment, face mask or acne marks fading cream. I personally have a whole different regime for if I start to breakout and they are superheroes for my skin.

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3. Put moisture back in your skin

So many of us are well versed with treatment products but we tend to forget that these products dry out our skin along with the pimples because they are mainly designed to draw out oils and impurities from the skin. This sometimes leads to scaly, stretchy skin. You know when it hurts to smile? That kind. Invest in a good compensating cream or your favorite moisturizer that is non comedogenic. My personal favorites are Avene Compensating cream and Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 15.

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4. Don’t cake your face!

We all feel a little insecure when we break out and feel the need to cover it up. There is no harm in applying makeup when you are breaking out. Just make sure it doesn’t clog your pores and don’t go over board. Going all out with a lot of product can lead to visibly uneven and patchy skin. Your best bet is concealing the blemishes with a concealer or foundation- whatever is your preference. Apply a thin layer first to see how much coverage you need and build up if necessary. Let the rest of your skin show to give an appearance of a natural finish.

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5. Bright Lips to the rescue!

This works for me, EVERY SINGLE TIME because it draws all attention to the lips, taking away from your blemishes. The trick is to, however, use a bright lipstick for your undertone. If you’re cool toned, use a blue based color and if you’re warm toned, use a yellow based color. It is very easy to identify what tone you are; Examine the nerves on your wrist, if they’re green, you are warm toned and if they’re purple, you are cool toned. If you have a thorough mix of both, you are neutral toned. Which means you can roll with both the undertones!

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Now, the reason for using a bright lipstick for your undertone is that it brightens up your face while blending in with your color. If you use a bright lipstick different from your tone on any normal day, it looks vivacious, bold and vibrant. But using it on bad skin days would actually make your face look stark, emphasizing any unevenness or patchiness.

6. Emphasis the eyes

If you’re not a bright lips person, you can always do a thick eyeliner, flick it out or double wing it. It does the same thing as the bright lips, drawing attention away from any incorrections of the face. This, luckily has no rules. Do a colorful eye or keep it classic. Whatever you fancy!

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7. Rock your gorgeous locks

You know what depresses me more than a bad skin day? A bad skin day along with a bad hair day, particularly if I have somewhere important to go to. I always do my hair perfectly when my skin is breaking out. It makes me feel put together and even though my face is giving me a tough time, my hair is saving the day by being FABULOUS! *dramatic hair flip*

8. NO SHIMMER! SHIMMER IS BANNED!

Now, this doesn’t apply for eye makeup. It’s for any luminizing primer, shimmery highlighter or face powder with flecks of glitter. Shimmer essentially enhances the texture of your skin and also any unevenness that comes with it! It is also guilty of highlighting open pores and marks. Just bid it a short farewell until your skin clears up!

These were some tips and tricks that I follow when I’m having bad skin days and I hope it help you lovelies out with yours too! And always, remember, you are gorgeous even when your skin decides to throw a tantrum!

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*

My little collection of n*de lipsticks for Indian skin

Hello my lovelies! I’ve been so happy for the last few days because I’ve been getting quite a few personal messages on my Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram saying that people find my blog very helpful and that is creatively satisfying for me. More than getting money or getting popular I believe I feel happier when I know I have helped someone. Not in a big, humanitarian way, but its help nonetheless. I would really love to read more feedback and if you guys want any particular subject to be blogged about.

So the last couple of days have also been a teensy bit difficult because I was filming a video for Youtube but the lighting wasn’t good, there was problem with the editing and then I got a bout of hormonal acne. I don’t usually get acne but I knew that this time I would break out because I was getting severe cramps. I was in pain and it was difficult to even get out of bed. It was just me, my bed, a hot water bag and Youtube! ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT LONG.

I wanted this post for a long time but never really got to it. Now that I don’t feel like filming or doing a tutorial because of my spots, I’m here for you with the best nude lipsticks for Indian skin which I own. There are a lot of other lipsticks available in the market today, but I do not recommend what I have not tried or swatched on my lips. So I apologize in advance if your favourite nude is not mentioned!

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Above is the swatch of the lippies. I’ll just list them down starting from top to the bottom so its easier to identify.

  1. Colorbar Definer Lip Liner in Creamy Nude 006
  2. Bourjois Levres Contour in 12 Facetieuse
  3. Colorbar Lip Pencil in Nude Pink 007
  4. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme 306 Rose Velvet
  5. Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Creme in Deep Earth
  6. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 240 Undressed
  7. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 700 Nude Delight

Colorbar Definer Lip Liner in Creamy Nude is a really good nude lip liner for Fair to light skin. It has that really classy nude feel to it. It is creamy but not really glossy. It may not show up on pigmented lips though and might wash out really dark skin tones.

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Bourjois Levres Contour in Facetieuse is hands down the best nude lippy I’ve ever tried. This is my go to product when I don’t know what I want to put on my lips but still want to look polished and put together. It gives your face a really posh appeal like an off duty super model! This lip liner shows up on ALL skin tones and even on pigmented lips. The only drawback is that it looks a little darker on very fair skin but I think the brown is making a comeback in a big way so you’re good!

Colorbar Lip Pencil in Nude Pink is a tricky color because it is, as it’s name suggests, a nude with pink undertones. The first time I put it, my face looked like the life had been sucked out of it. I have a neutral skin tone leaning more towards yellow and sometimes very pink undertones make my lips look stark. This lip liner however, gets better as the skin tones get darker. Which means it is a good pick for people that have more colour in their skin.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose Velvet is the first lipstick I ever tried! Which is why it has a special little place in my heart. It is a cream finish lipstick with a gorgeous mellow, peachy brown color. The color is not as dark as you see in the swatch. The lipstick I have is quite old and the color has built up over time. It has a very playful, sheer to medium pigmentation which can be built up as you like. I hate creamy lipsticks with a vengeance but I’m in love with this one for years now! It looks best when paired with the Colorbar Creamy Nude lip liner! If you just want one lipstick has a lovely peachy nude color, give this one a chance!

Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Creme in Deep Earth. This is the lipstick I never got down to reviweing! 😛 I did review the other color in this which is Deep Blush but this one just slipped my mind! The color of this is a neutral pink that looks stark when you put it on but just give it some time to settle while you wing out your eye liner or do your face up and blot it with a tissue for an I-didn’t-even-try beautiful neutral lips. It looks very natural on me and my cousin who has more colour in her skin loves it too! So I guess it suits most skin tones pretty well!

The Rimmel Lasting finish Lipstick in Undressed is a little difficult to pull off, even by me. The color looks delicate and is a very made-for-work sort of shade. I can picture a busy woman with her pencil skirt, busy typing away on her laptop, wearing this color. It has a matte finish and is comfortable enough to wear over a balm. Sadly, this shade is for fair to medium skin only and can wash out darker skin tones. It is also not for bad skin days as it doesn’t brighten up the face or give it a put together look.

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Lastly, The Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight! I honestly don’t know what I was thinking buying a nude lipstick lighter than my skin tone! I saw some reviews of UK blogs and blindly bought this with the Undressed lipstick in a hurry. It COMPLETELY washes me out and I’m very sure it’ll wash out even fair skin tones. So unless you are Snow White with the pinkest cheeks in the whole wide world, this will make you look dead! I however found it perfect to mix with very dark lipsticks to give a nice light, creamy color and it works fabulously for that. I did the Kylie Jenner lip colour with this (not the swollen lips!) by mixing a berry pink lipstick with the Nude Delight and still mix it with darker colors to get a unique color that no one can copy! *heeheehawhaw*

That was all for this post! I hope you find your perfect nude from amongst my list of nudes! 😀

Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*