Surviving New York Winter | My Current Skincare Routine

 

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Hi everyone! If you guys are following me on Instagram, you’d know I am in New York for the holidays. I was quite looking forward to my vacation, since this past year has been very difficult on the personal front. I was ready to explore the city the moment I landed 7 days ago but jet lag hit me like a train and I have no idea where and how the week just slipped away! I was running on 1-2 hours of sleep though I would spend all night tossing and turning. I don’t know how frequent fliers do it! My brother has joined me from Dallas couple of days so now we’re enjoying the city together. There’s so much to see! Its been very cold (it was – 2 deg.C yesterday!) and supposed to get colder this week (not looking forward to that bit at all!).

 

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Because of the stark contrast in the weather, my skin threw a fit the day I landed. I’ve never experienced dryness like this, not just on my face but on the body as well! One of the first things I had to do was hit the drugstore and stock up – lots of oil, lots of moisturizer and body lotion. I’ve figured out a good skin care routine by now though and my skin has *touchwood* been feeling amazing! Just like you need layers of clothing to beat the cold, you need layering in the winter to keep your skin moist, fresh and radiant looking! I was carrying some Innisfree minis with me from the pomegranate range (with worked very well actually – essence, lotion, cream and eye serum) but they lasted me just 3-4 days about. Which was my plan anyway because I planned to shop for beauty products here.

 

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Step 1 : I start with a combination of gentle cleansers. Because I wear makeup everyday, cleansing is very important so most days I do a 2-step regime. I picked up the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil from Rite-Aid. Its a medium-weight oil i.e its not as light as dry oils but its not super viscous either. It doesn’t emulsify a ton to be honest but cleanses nicely enough while giving such more needed slip to my skin. I’m following this up with the L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Cleanser which has bit of scrubby particles, glycolic acid and produces mild lather – it gets the oil/makeup residue right off without drying the skin.

 

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Step 2 : I know the cleansers are working right because my skin doesn’t feel dry/stretchy after cleansing. For step 2, I’ll add a few spritzes of a face mist, carried the Innisfee Aloe Soothing Mist from India which seems to function alright as a basic hydrating mist.

 

Step 3 : I then take some Innisfree Pomegranate Eye Serum and apply it generously around the eyes. Its lightweight enough that it doesn’t leave any greasy after-feel. It won’t last more than 2-3 days I think so I need to go pick something from the drugstore or Sephora soon.

 

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Glowing skin with Oxylife this wedding season

 

We all love radiant skin; more so this time of the year when there are loads of weddings and parties to attend and we want our skin to look its best! I like to maintain a regular skin care routine so that my skin is always at its healthiest, but due to stress, daily exposure to sun and dust/pollution and festive season indulgences, the skin can get dull and develop dark spots. One of the reasons for skin to look fatigued is the lack of oxygen. Poor oxygen results in skin that looks lifeless and dull. A boost of oxygen is one of the quickest ways to get instantly radiant and healthy looking skin.

I recently tried out Oxylife after seeing it used in professional salons and I’m pleased to report how well it has worked for my skin. When you need an instant fix, there’s nothing quite as effective as Oxylife to give life to fatigued, oxygen-deprived skin!

 

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Current Winter Skin care Favorites!

 

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a few of my current winter skin care favorites. My skin gets very dehydrated in the winters so I’ve introduced some new products in my routine to keep it nourished and moisturized. Hope some of my recommendations are helpful to you.

 

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There are two serums that I’m switching between these days. The Clarins Double Serum is excellent for the winters because of its oil-water hybrid texture. It is literally two serums, housed side-by-side, dispensing out from a single pump. It is an anti-ageing product, with high concentration of turmeric that helps with uneven tone as well as lines and wrinkles. My skin feels instantly softer and smoother when I use this. I alternate this with the Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum which is a little oilier than the Clarins one. It smells absolutely beautiful and supposedly contains actually gold bhasma for age control benefits. I would recommend this one for dry and mature skin. I only use it when my skin is feeling very dry.

 

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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick : Swatches

 

Hi everyone! Today I’m swatching all 22 shades of the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks for you. These liquid lipsticks are well pigmented, dry down quickly and are completely transfer-proof. These do feel very drying though so a lip primer is recommended to make the formula more forgiving on the lips.

Hope you find the swatches helpful!

 

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick - Swatches

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick - Swatches

 

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FOTD : Fresh everyday makeup

 

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Diwali! Today I’m sharing the makeup I wore today, its a fresh everyday look which is super quick to create. I evened out my skin using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh foundation (my shade is 4N1 Shell Beige). This is a new launch and its a sheer foundation with a really nice, healthy, radiant finish. It is super long stay as well! Since this is quite sheer, I used the KIKO Highlighting Pen (medium coverage highlighting concealer) in shade 03 to brighten up the under eyes, centre of the face and the mouth region. I loved how well this blended into the skin. I’m really enjoying trying out new KIKO products at the moment.

 

 

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Everyday fresh makeup - indian skin

 

For the cheeks, I ended up using the Colorbar Feel the Rain blush duo which I’ve mentioned several times in my videos, I love LOVE this blush duo! The dusty rose matte shade gives the most natural looking pink flush to the cheeks while the peachy highlighter adds a really pretty soft highlight. The formula is really good as well, soft blendable powders without any fallout and the packaging with the droplet detailing is another major plus point. Can’t recommend this enough!

 

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I kept the eyes very simple with just mascara; I used the KIKO Volume Sculpt mascara which was a little underwhelming to be honest. It did give decent length but I was hoping for more volume. I filled in my brows with the ColourPop Precision Brow Pencil in shade Bangin’ Brunette. This is a fabulous product! Just as good as the Benefit brow pencil, but at a fraction of the price! And lastly, for the lips, I tried out the new IsaDora Liquid Matte lipstick in shade Berry Babe. Gorgeous berry rose shade with a very comfortable, long stay matte formula, loved this from the first application itself!

 

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