Thursday, 26 December 2013

Eyes or Lips?

Considering it is the Holiday Season, I thought I'd put up two of the makeup looks I've worn over the last week or so. When given a choice between eyes and lips, I usually go for eyes without question, dark smokey sultry eyes are my go-to when it comes to parties. On the other hand, there is something about Christmas that makes you want to bust out the red lip, so this time I've decided to bring to you two looks focusing on different features.

In the first picture - its all about the red lip. Ruby Woo takes centre stage - as it seems the most Christmas Appropriate - This is also a Christmas FOTD. The face is very very simple, MUFE Full Cover Concealer in 10 to hide 'em pesky blemishes, a bit of bronzer - NARS Casino to sculpt those cheekbones and define that crease, and a light dusting of MAC's Amber Lights Eyeshadow right in the centre of the lid, finished off with lots and lots of Max Factor's Flase Lash Effect Mascara (new favorite? I think so)

The second picture, however, is more up my alley. A traditional silvery smokey eye, a nude lip and flawless (well, almost - as flawless as my very blemished face can appear) skin. Creep and Gunmetal from the UD Naked palette over a base of Maybelline's Black Gel Liner blended out with Inglot's 357 Matte.
For the face I used Giorgio Armani Luminious Silk Foundation in 7.5 and a bit of the MUFE Full Cover Concealer over it. NARS Casino made its regular appearance and MAC's Velvet Teddy sealed the deal. Overall, I'm really happy with the way this turned out, very Kim K (as much as I may dislike her - I've got to admit, her makeup artist knows his shit.)

So which one would you chose? Eyes or Lips?
Merry Christmas/Boxing Day everyone!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

FOTD #6 - The High End Face.

Ah the weekend, the best part of life itself. On the agenda for the day was using a bunch of my higher end Makeup which I always keep for special occasions.

Products Used 
MUFE HD Primer in 6.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 7.5
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Bisque
Bobbi Brown Concealer in Honey
NARS Casino Bronzer
Kryolan Anti Shine Loose Powder
Estee Lauder Stay on Shadow Paint in Chained
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara
MAC Rebel (blotted)

And what do you think?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

NEW IN - The Holiday 2013 Edition

So, as is obvious from the Title, I went on holiday with my family to Hong Kong recently (just got back today). It was a really fun trip, with lots of walking, eating and shopping! The place did not disappoint, and I'm going to have some serious trouble stomaching "indian" chinese.
I had this huge list of products I wanted to try, but alas, they darkest shade they had was often too light for me. But I did get to see brands I had only otherwise read about in person, like Aesop, Origins, Philosophy, Laura Mercier, Shu Emura, Diptique, Jo Malone and so many many more.
Anyway, enough jabber and onto what I bought.

  • Bioderma for Oily/Combination skin. Now, I have the original, but since I hadn't tried this.. I thought I might as well take the plunge. Especially since it was a discounted price. 
  • Armani Si Eau da Parfum, okay, I wanted Vera Wang Princess, but since it wasn't available in the Duty Free, I saw this and it was love at first whiff. Oh dear, I do have expensive taste. 
  • Makeup Forever HD Primer in 6. I went there hoping to find the Clinique Superprimers, which hasn't released yet.. so when it came down to a choice between Porefessional and the MUFE HD, mufe went straight into my shopping cart. 
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 7.5. I'm an avid reader and watcher of both Vivianna (VDM) and Liana, both of whom have convinced me I need certain products, without which my life would be incomplete. LSF was one such thing. I was lucky that 7.5 suited me because that's the darkest shade they had in HK. Worth the hype? Only time will tell.
  • Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer in 10. Another VDM influenced purchase - originally on the list with Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer and NARS Creamy Concealer - but as there was no shade for me, they didn't make the cut. 
  • Shu Emura Lash Curlers - self explanatory. The best in the bizz, 'nuff said.
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, I recently found out that I had dehydrated - oily skin, it produces excess oil due to the face its so dry, so this is my attempt at adding more moisture into my skin. I will report back on this one. And the rest. 
So these were my purchases (I may have bought a few - few things at HnM, shuusssh). What do you think? Have you bought anything lately? 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Halloween - A skull

So.. I was thinking of costume options for Halloween this year, and I decided to go with a favorite of mine - the skull.

I used a combination of Maybelline Gel Liner and MAC's Carbon Eyeshadow for this.
Let me know what you think?

And tell me.. what are you going as for Halloween? 

Monday, 21 October 2013

The Perfect Quad

Eyeshadow was my first ever venture into Makeup. I remember when I first went to a MAC store over 5 years ago now.. I bought myself Goldmine. I cherished it considering it was the only makeup I would own for the next 2 years. Once I fully emerged myself into everything Makeup, obviously the MAC Palette was an obsession. I bought myself the palette with 15 inserts.. and it was all I could do - fill it up. I asked for shadows for my birthday - festivals - anything. It contained - highlight colours - lid colours - crease colours - everything one needed for a night out. Because, back then thats the only time I used makeup, when I went out. As I grew older; gone were the days where a smokey eye was all I thought about, I needed colours that would work for both day and night, on their own and paired with others.  
Now, my MAC palette consists of several MAC and Inglot shadows - colours  and my depotted Naked Palette - this way it covers my need for neutrals and colours. 
Recently, after much thought - I decided to place my 4 most used shadows into a quad. (more out of need because once the UD Naked made its way into my palette, I needed to move 4 shades out)

It consists of MAC's Woodwinked, Amber Lights, Club and Inglot's 421 Pearl (Dupe for MAC's Antiqued)
Creating this Quad is probably the most useful thing I've done with my makeup - I can use them alone - as they're four stand out shades, as well as with eachother. It gives me the best choice of everyday colours which can really be amped up for an evening out. It is the perfect quad. Bonus - oh so travel friendly.

What does your perfect quad consist of?

Friday, 11 October 2013


Once again, I apologize for my absence. I took a whole bunch of FOTD pictures on my new camera, but for some reason, it just doesn't seem to be working out. I always look like my hair is too flat or my head is squashed.. something I'm still trying to figure out. So I had to go back to my old camera.
Anyway, this was from a week ago, before my skin went to the dogs (AGAIN).
I started off with Bobbi Browns Creamy Concealer in Honey under my eyes, on a few scars etc, and went over the areas I had concealed with MAC's Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in NC43.5 (I think I'm going to be needing a lighter shade) just to set the concealer.
I used blush instead of bronzer which is really rare in my case, but I really like the effect.. I used Chanel's Cream Blush in Presage. For my eyes, I just went with Simple winged liner using my trusty gel liner from Maybelline.
As for Lips, Nivea chapstick!

And that was it. Simple, but the cheeks brought a little something something to the otherwise plain face.
What are your thoughts?

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Night Out #4

As the title would suggest, I went out the other night. And going out after ageeess meant it was time for a fun bright lip!

Products Used.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Honey
MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in NC43.5
NARS Casino Bronzer
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Fuller Fudge
NARS Cordura Duo
NARS Coconut Grove
Maybelline Gel Liner
MAC Mineralize Lipstick in Lady At Play

What have you been wearing? :)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Wing.

Winged Liner. I've been wearing winged liner for a good four years now, which is the longest relationship I've had with.. well, anything. I don't think I've ever left my house without some variation of a wing, because without, as my friends would gladly confirm to you, I look sick-depressed-very-unlike myself. 
I guess I can say that over the years, this has made itself a permanent place in my "signature look"?

If there's one thing I feel I've perfected, its the winged liner, so today I'm sharing with you what I've learned from my daily attempts, success/failures.

  • Stick to gel eyeliner - the consistency works best, if you ask me... especially if you have oilmine lids. Gel liner is also easier to use and work with. I can't stand that cold-wet feeling of liquid liner, so I just shy away from it at all times. 
  • Gel eyeliner usually lasts even through an afternoon nap, in my case, but on days I KNOW I might just end up rubbing my eyes due to the fact that I'm stuck in lab for 14 hours (GC, I'm looking at you), I set it with a bit of black eyeshadow, just along the wing, to ensure it stays put. 
  • I always start with the angle I'm going for first. And do that on either side. This makes sure its even, and it gives me the liberty to decide HOW I want my liner.. thick from the tear duct.. thin from the centre of the eye.. you get the picture?
  • The Brush - in my opinion, you need a brush for good liner, and no, not talking about the applicator that comes with liquid liner. I know most stores like MAC try and sell you an angled liner brush like the MAC 266? Yeah. No. I prefer traditional brushes, like the (MAC) 210 or 211. They're easier to line the eyes with, and give you a really SHARP precise wing. 
Now, I'm not sure if this really helps anybody out? But this just my two cents on what works for me. 
Do you like your winged eyeliner? :)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Lasting Power

So today, I thought we could talk lasting power. Make up that lasts all day long. 
When I know I have a really long day ahead of me I like to keep things simple. 

Especially on days when I know I'm going to be sweaty, and hot.. I stick to the bare minimum. Concealer, and powder, for starters. Something along the lines of a powder foundation which gives you decent coverage is a definite win in my opinion.
Next, with the eyes, I usually just wear liner, but sometimes, just liner doesn't cut it. On days like that, I've discovered Estee Lauder's Stay on Paint in Chained really works. I don't need a primer under it, and it stays put, all day long. (The above picture was taken after a particularly gruesome 11 hour day, mostly spent sweating in the sun.. so excuse the very tired face).
Also, instead of filling my eyebrows, I run some mascara through them.. this tints them ever so slightly and helps them stay put all day.
I avoid cheek products if I know I'm going to sweat.. especially since the place I sweat most is around my cheeks. I also only use clear lip balm, 'cause it keeps them lips hydrated.

In other news, I just got myself a new camera.. the Canon EOS M. Its mostly for my work.. but you can now expect better pictures - quality wise.
Isn't she beautiful? Hopefully, in the next few months I will be acquiring a portrait lens :)

Sorry for the rambly/update kind of post. My mind is currently all over the place. 
Oh, if you're particularly bored, head over here, to view my online portfolio. Sure, MOST of my important project like my graduation project is still missing.. but you can still get a look at what I do? 

Haha, okay, I'm ending this now. 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Fool-Proof Face

Everyone needs to have one of these.. the fool-proof face. On days when you just don't have time to get creative but need to be out the door in 15 minutes, this comes in handy. 
It takes me about 8 minutes at the most, and I must say, I like the results. 

Excuse the weird thing my eyelid seems to be doing.. its not normal, I assure you.

I usually start off with a bit of concealer under the eyes and over any blemishes, I use the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Honey for this. When you need to be quick, I find it easier to use this instead of both this and the corrector. I also find this works better under my foundation of choice for on the go - MAC's Face and Body, quick, sheer and light it blends into my skin without much effort. So set the concealer I use MAC Studio Fix Powder and NARS's Casino gives me that much needed bronzed - sculpted cheeks. Since I've really been enjoying highlighter recently, I've started reusing MAC's Lusture Drops.
For the eyes, I need something super simple and easy, Clinique's Chubby Stick in Fuller Fudge is just that - easy. Run it over your lids a couple of times and blend out the edges with your fingers and you're done. Liner, which I cannot live without - Maybelline Gel Liner. Fill in the brows with NARS Coconut Grove, and the same, swept under the eye.. I usually avoid mascara unless I have AGES. 
Revlon's Lip Butter in Pink Truffle finishes the look, being the perfect my lips but better shade and all... and I'm out of the house. 

What is your fool-proof face?

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

A Load of Veggies

Over the past few months, I've been making dinner for my family almost 4 times a week, apart from this I also make myself lunch on a regular basis. So inbetween all the things I get upto on a daily basis I need an easy way to consume as many vegetables as possible. Now this meal, and I say meal because it's heavy makes a good - hearty lunch. But I prefer it for dinner.
A few years ago, while watching (ogling) Jamie Oliver's show, I came across "bubble and squeak", basically, its a bunch of vegetables, boiled and then cooked in a bit of olive oil (and butter, if you're feelin' adventurous) until it browns nicely. Ever since, it has made it to my dinner menu atleast once a week. 
Thats the main attraction really, the rest are just supporting characters that add nutrition, flavour and texture. 

For 2 people - Bubble and Squeak - The Cast
1 medium sized potato
1 large carrot.
1/2 a small cauliflower
1/2 a small brocolli
8-12 brussel sprouts. 
1/4th pumpkin
1/2 a small cabbage
(Now, you don't have to use ALL of these, you could go with anything you have lying around your fridge...)

Boil the veggies in a pressure cooker till they're breaking apart... and mash them (in the original, its mashed on the stove top, however, I find mashing it before just helps cook it faster), add salt and pepper to taste. Now, heat a nonstick pan and drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil and let it heat (you can add butter at this point if you'd like). Get all the mashed veggies into the pan, and spread it out in an even layer. 
While this is cooking, blach your spinach, drizzle it with olive oil and a good amount of paprika. 
It's time to trun the bubble and squeak.. that noise you're hearing? Thats where this dish gets its name.. the point is.. you need to cook your veg on all sides, not just the stop and bottom, so keep turning it.. till most of the surface is a warm brown. When this is done, take it out. In the meanwhile, get your toaster on, throw in a couple of slices of Multi grain bread - because its delicious and crunchy. You can also boil an egg if you want. I personally love my eggs soft boiled with a runny yoke, so I wait for the water to boil, take it off the heat and put the egg in for 6 minutes.
After your bubble and squeak is out, crank up the heat to high. Add a tiny bit of oil, salt, pepper and mashed garlic. When its really really hot, cut a tomato in half, place it in the hot pan and shut the lid. leave it there for a good 2-3 minutes. When you remove the lid, the tomatoes should've charred and cooked.
Now plate up, and dig in!

Fast, easy, and most importantly tasty.
Oh, lets not forget super healthy! Bon appetite! 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

A Little Correct and Conceal

Ah, Bobbi Brown. The company I have to thank for my two little concealer friends. Cute, aren't they? 
I first came across Bobbi Brown's Corrector and Concealer on youtube. The two together really seemed to work. So that year, when I went to Thailand on holiday, I ran to the Bobbi Brown counter to get matched. They matched me to Dark Bisque Corrector, and the concealer in Golden, even though I was pretty sure I was "Warm Honey". That was in 2011. For the record. DO NOT get colour matched on a holiday when you're tanned

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Bisque
The corrector is supposed to correct the darkness under your eyes. Its creamy and slightly thick in consistency. I used to use my fingers with this because I read somewhere that the heat on your finger is supposed to loosed the product a bit, but hello? I have no body heat. (I get cold in Chennai, for reference). But I have found that the Real Techniques Expert Crease Brush is brilliant. It places just the right amount of product and blends it out like a dream. But I digress (whats new, really?)
I'm currently on my third corrector. I got my first one in Thailand, second in Singapore and third one more recently a week after Bobbi Brown opened in Delhi. I need it in my life. I do. 
It eliminates my under eye circles like no other I've tried. 
You're supposed to add the creamy concealer over this and set it, but I find it's too heavy and it creases. Just the corrector set with your normal face powder = win. 

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Honey
Though I was initially matched to Golden, I quickly realized it was too dark for me. (As soon as the holiday tan wore off) So it just sat at the back of my drawer, gathering dust. It didn't work for me over the corrector, but it worked really to hide blemishes. Recently, I've discovered I'm much lighter than I ever thought I was. Taking this break after college and not going out much has help me lose my tan that was accumulated during school, which continued on to college. Honestly, when I see my pictures now, compared to the ones before, there is a rather obvious difference. There is a point to all this, I promise you... My point being, after 2 years, I revisited my Creamy Concealer, and this time I got it in Honey. Honey is the perfect shade match to my face (which is lighter than my hand). It covers ANY blemish of mine and stays put all day long. Its a miracle really. 
And the best part about Honey? It works as a great under eye concealer on its own. 

Have you tried Bobbi Brown Concealers? 

Saturday, 7 September 2013

The Transition Shade

If you're an eye makeup kinda person, you probably know the importance of the Transition shade. If your eyemake were a movie, where your lid and crease colours are your lead roles, the transition colour would play a supporting character. Not as important as the lead, but aids making the lead look better, adding necessary comic timing, advice etc. Without the supporting cast, the mains sort of die away sometimes.
Same with a transition shade. If you like your smokey eyes, and I know I do - the transition colour is your best friend.

What is it?
Typically a shade or two darker than your skintone it helps blend out the darker crease colour and gives your eyes that effortless gradient of colour. Ofcourse this is the case with more natural eye looks - bare in mind.

Shade selection
The two I have here are Buck from the Urban Decay Naked Palette - a matte brown and Inglot's 357 Matte. I use them more than I realize, truth be told. Immediately after I put on my primer/paintpot I place this colour on my crease and upwards, its so automatic that I don't need to think. (I'm talking about neutral eyes, when you're using colours, it changes if you want it too)

A blending brush, ofcourse. I like MAC's 217, but really.. who doesn't? It does all the work for you, a lazy persons dream.

What exactly does it do?
^ read above movie reference. It makes everything better.
Even when you use darker colours like black or dark blue, this helps blend out the edges and make everything look seamless.

So, do you believe in the wonder of the transition shade?

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Bronze for every Budget

Without hesitation I can say a good bronze cream eyeshadow is a definite must have for everyone. From a makeup noob to seasoned players. It can be worn on its own for a quick I've put in SO much effort - effortless look to a stay-put-all-day base under your eyeshadows. 
I currently own three, and as it happens they're from three strata of brands. Hence this post came into being.
Bad to the Bronze, Indianwood, Chained

Bad to the Bronze, Indianwood, Chained

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
I don't need to introduce this product to anyone really, they're all over the blogosphere, and this shade in particular has been getting a lot of hype. I don't buy a product unless I've read atleast a zillion reviews.. which is why when I bought this I was nothing short of disappointed. For starters, the colour.. is not what I expected at all. Yes, I saw it and swatched it in the store but somehow it just doesn't work on my eyes. Or is it my skintone that brings out a more taupe-ashy almost silvery brown colour to this supposed bronze that just is not flattering. I've seen this on other people, and it looks completely different. Now my only issue with this isn't just the colour, I don't like the texture of this one in particular. I have other shades from the Colour Tattoo range which are fine, brilliant even. But this one drags on my eyelid, it applied uneven and patchy, and it also creases terribly (even with a primer underneath it and eyeshadow over the top to set it). I have tried every possible way to make this work for me, but sadly it doesn't.
This being said, its just me. It still looks beautiful on other skintones and other people. I've used it during photoshoots and it has photographed beautifully.
For the price, I would definitely say as a range, this is amazing. And the variety of colour is really applause worthy. (INR 350)

MAC Paintpot in Indianwood
Ah, Indianwood, I have nothing but fond memories associated with this. Its the perfect gold-bronze in my opinion, with an orange undertone that really brightens your face almost instantly.
This was my first ever venture into cream eyeshadow, and its probably my most used eye product till date (other than liner) If you layer this under MAC's Woodwinked or Amber Lights, you've got yourself a winner and I guarantee a few compliments in the least.
As far as texture goes, paintpots in general are a bit dry, which works perfectly for my oilmine lids. This lasts a reasonably long time (think 6 hours) before it fades ever so lightly. Mind you if worn on its own. If I wear it over a primer or under an eyeshadow I have no problem what so ever. (INR 1100 when I bought it, not sure if the price has increased now)
I've love this shade to bits and I never thought I would another shade that works better for me than this...

Estee Lauder Stay On Shadow Paint in Chained
...until I found this one. 
I often just skip luxury makeup brands, mostly because (a) the price and (b) the newer products aren't that easily available here (c) when you're new to makeup and you want to collect try so many different things, luxury brands just don't come to mind (atleast mine). But once you past that initial phase of pokemon -gotta catch 'em all- syndrome you start picking and choosing more carefully. 
If you would like a cream eyeshadow with a texture like no other, that is long wearing and so beautiful on the eyelids you never want to take it off - this one is for you.
Estee Lauder's Stay on Shadow Paints first caught my attention in the beginning of the year when the rave reviews hit every blog I read and Chained made it to my wishlist almost immediately. They've recently been launched in India (INR 1950) and I have to say they're worth every penny. 
I've used it on its own and it lasted 12 hours on me (oilmine lids, remember?) without fading or creasing. Worn over primer it will probably be longer. In terms of texture its like nothing I've used before. It almost like chocolate mouse (complete with bubbles et all) and applies like a dream using both fingers and a brush. You can really sheer it out or pack on the colour, as per your preference. 
..and the love affair with Estee Lauder begins.

If I had been asked my favorite bronze eyeshadow a month back - it would have been Indianwood, but now its without a doubt EL's Chained. 
Next on my wishlist? Chanels Illusion d'ombre in Ebouli and Benefits Bronze have more fun. Like I said.. pokemon syndrome.

What is your favorite cream eyeshadow formulation?
Let me know!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Evening Portion - The Finale

I think this will be the final post of the "Evening Portion" Series. I hope you guys enjoyed it :)
I thought I would finish off with something easy. I also wanted the Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks to be seen in action. 

Products Used
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck (transition)
Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks in Bad Girl Bronze
Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks in Bullet Proof Biege
Maybelling Gel Eyeliner
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Show Off Mascara

I have got to say, these shadow sticks really are impressive. I recently got the Clinique version (which is the original), I'm thinking of doing a comparison post? Let me know!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Start September with a Scramble.

Eggs, joyous eggs. The one thing I don't see living my life without (other than qoco). Versatile, soft, beautiful, delicious.. I could go on with the adjectives. 
Of the variety of egg-related-dishes you can make, the most easy is the scrambled egg, not to mention its fast and its tasty. 
(Although, its also so easy to screw up, undersalted (yuck), over cooked (ew) and rubber (*gags*) are just some examples of the crappy scrambled eggs I've tasted around the world [sounds fancy, don'it?])
It can be anywhere from rich and luxurious (Made with cream and butter) to healthy (made with milk and pepper). But if you want to up a notch and make it so scrumptious that you will thank the Good Lord for every bite you take.. read on. 

FYI. This is a "healthy recipe". Guilt Free and so so good for you, and your taste buds. 

The cast.
An egg (per person, or 2, or even 3, depends on how greedy you are)
1 small onion (chopped into the tiniest pieces your fingers will let you [onions, not fingers]
Half a capsicum (like the onion)
1 small tomato (be careful here, with all the red, keep those fingers close to you)
1/2 cup of grated broccoli (this is NOT an option. add it, you can thank me later)
1/2 a cube of Processed cheese (this is very optional)
1/2 a cup of milk. 

Start with a tea spoon of olive oil, saute your capsicum, onions and broccoli until golden (in that order, or else it will be ruined. I'm kidding. Not
Now that your veggies are golden and looking pretty - add in the tomatoes. Salt and Paprika (to taste). 
Just when the tomatoes start to cook add in the milk, and grate your cheese over it. Mix it all together and add your egg. Now, this is where you need to be really, really careful. Since we've added tomato and cheese, its going to slow down the scramble and make it too runny, so decrease the heat to low and keep stirring. 
When you think its ready (scrambled and a little runny, in my case) take it off the heat and place it over a piece or two of toasted whole grain bread (texture - check, crunch - check).
You could drizzle some ketchup and mustard over it, actually you should - need to.

So, try this out and you'll love it. 

Saturday, 31 August 2013

August Favorites '13

I can't even begin to understand why this year is on fast-forward. C'mon Universe, whats going on?
I've been LOVING the very natural barely-there make up, so these are my top picks for the month!

MAC Face and Body Foundation in C5
Talked about my love for it here. And I'm not sure what to add to that except you need to try it to believe it. 

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Bisque
This will be my third one. It eliminates dark circles, blends into the skin and stays put even after getting soaked and walking in pouring rain for 15 odd minutes (true story). 

NARS Cordura Duo
Okay, I think I've mentioned this waaaay too many times already, but its just the PERFECT everyday duo. Its just a few shades darker than my skintone, and the darker colour is perfect for a subtle smokey eye and a little crease definition. My love affair with NARS continues...

Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige and Bad Girl Bonze
As far as drugstore products go, I really feel Rimmel's been kicking it out of the park. I don't need to introduce you to the chubby stick/crayon universe. But these bad boys from rimmel are affordable and gorgeously pigmented. They make for great bases as well as just an all over lid colour when you're in a hurry. FYI, I got these on ASOS, on sale. I'm going to try to get my hands on their shadow paints next.

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
Like I said.. barely there. Velvet Teddy is a retro matte lipstick, described as a "deep tone beige" its the most perfect nude for darker-warmer complexions. Seen here.

Real Technique Setting Brush
A multi-tasker. It fits perfectly under the eye to set your concealer/corrector. It also works wonderfully if you want to blend out your eyeshadows. 

Real Technique Deluxe Crease Brush
I use this only with my BB Corrector. I can't even... 
It places concealer in all the right places and blends it out so effortlessly. Le sigh.

The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue
Let me just take a minute here and tell you, this stuff smells amazing. Like spearmint only better. And its just one of those smells that linger. *takes another whiff*
I have very oily skin, with dry extremities. Nose, fingers, toes. This stuff really helps with my dry toes and fingers. Its also really good for elbows and knees.
Only thing you need to be careful of is that its so intense, its greasy. Don't wear ballet flats after putting this on, or walk barefoot, or move in general. (my behind will never be the same after the fall this caused me)

And thats a wrap!
What were your favorites?

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Night Out #3

When I go out with my family, I like to keep things simple. However, I do think that going out for dinner is a good place to really bring on the pretty glowey face. I also did something I've never done before. Use Bronzer, Blush and Highlight. 
I'm a bronzer kinda gal, I like my definition and I like my tan. But on occasion, I like the whole rosy cheek thing too. I hardly very use highlighter, its just something I don't think my face needs (being an oilmine and all) but the combination of these three products is clearly a winner. *insert thumbs up*

I started off with the Chanel's Vita Lumier Aqua Foundation all over, followed by my Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Bisque under my eyes to eliminate those pesky dark circles. I then contoured my cheeks with my NARS Casino Bronzer, a staple my face welcomes.
For Blush I used NARS Taj Mahal, a gorgeous burnt orange blush with a nice sheen to it. I blended that from the apples of my cheeks into my bronzer. I then used my MAC Lusture Drops in Sun Rush over the top and dabbed it with my finger.
Since the cheeks were so heavy, I decided to go with a light dusting of MAC's Woodwinked on my eyelids and blended it out ever so slightly with MAC's Amber Lights.. sticking to the same golden-orange tones. Winged Liner using Maybelline's Gel eyeliner finished the eyes (I just wasn't feeling the mascara). I filled in the gaps of my brows using Coconut Grove by NARS.
For lips, I went nude with MAC's Velvet Teddy.
I powdered my T-zone with the Bourjois Heathly Balance Powder and done!

Earrings - Aldo
Cuff - Forever New

Do you prefer this narrative over just a list of products?
I hope you enjoyed this post!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

NEW IN - August Edition

So in the last month, as you can see, I got some stuff.
My bestfriend/sister/soulmate got me some NARS stuff I've been wanting from Singapore. :)
Also, while my father was in Europe this month, I asked him to pick up a few things for my mom and I. So this is my loot!

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge
Le Blush Creme De Chanel in (62) Presage
Inglot Matte Eyeshadow in 357
NARS Casino Bronzer (repurchase)
NARS Cordura Eyeshadow Duo

This is a collective of the month, I've been using the NARS and Inglot products for well over 2 weeks now. The blush and shadow tint I got today, which FINALLY allowed me to do this post.
(I maaaay be a tiny bit sneaky and get the Estee Lauder Stay on Shadow Paint in Chained too, pretty soon, as my dad was supposed to get it for me, but it was out of stock everywhere. Hopefully I find it here!)

What did you get this month?

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Evening Portion - Feelin' Blue

This week, I decided to go with something a bit more bold. I'm a neutral girl though and through, but it doesn't hurt to switch it up just a little bit. 

Products Used.
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Fluideline in Siahi
Inglot 428 Pearl Eyeshadow
Inglot 441 Pearl Eyeshadow
Inglot 413 Pearl Eyeshadow
MAC Woodwinked Eyeshaodw
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
Rimmel Scandaleyes Show Off Mascara

I'm particularly happy with the outcome of this. So out of my comfort zone, but still a bit unique. 
What are your thoughts?

Saturday, 24 August 2013

A choice of Hues - Red

On this wonderful Saturday morning, I thought I would share with you my favorite red products.

NARS Exhibit A Blush
Described as a "matte red blush", all you need is one verrry light touch of the product in the pan, and both your cheeks are done. It might look intimidating in the pan, but it blends like a dream, imparting the most natural "flush". It reads more as an oragey-red in photographs but let me assure you, this is RED.

Colourbar Nail Lacquer in 83, All Fired Up 2
I've tried OPI, Essie and even China Glaze, but somehow I still favor colourbar over them. Its lasts the longest of all the nail paints I've tried (4 days without chipping, record). Its matte (as in no shimmer), giving it an unfair advantage in my books (quelle surprise) and goes on opaque in one quote. If you love red, consider buying this. Even if you don't, consider it nevertheless.

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick
Ruby Woo is a retro matte "blue-red" lipstick from MAC (Do you see a trend here?). I think this really favors all skintones, on me, I prefer this over Russian Red. When it comes to lipstick, I'm a nude/natural or red lips kinda girl. I don't believe in middle ground. Seen here.

I think I have another red lipstick, but two red lip products seemed redundant.
Whats your favorite red product?

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Lets Talk - Bases

When I sometimes hear my friends talk about foundations, I'm puzzled. From "It clogs pores and makes you breakout" to "why would you want a layer of goo on your face", I'm pretty sure I've heard it all. I understand the idea of foundation can be a bit daunting, especially when you see it caked on the face, making the person almost seem like they're sporting a mask. But with a little research and some consideration, I believe any complexion, skintype and foundationphobe can find the right foundation.
These are some of my favourites and errors. (From right - left)

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC43.5
My first ever foundation. First bought it when I was 19 when I was MUCH more tanned than I am now. Its supposed to suit oily skin, and has medium - full coverage in my opinion. When I first put this on, I thought.. "WOW", keep in mind this was before I really got into make up, blogs, youtube etc. It evened out my face beautifully and almost did look flawless. However, it doesn't wear very well, slips and slides on me and has horrible flashback (thank you SPF). It also somehow felt heavy on my skin. Something I hadn't really realized till I got myself my next foundation.
(I JUST finished my second bottle of it, and I will not be repurchasing this)

Chanel Vita Lumier Aqua in B60
This was a purchase made mostly because of the many rave reviews it got on youtube. It was also the first of many such purchases (whoops). As the name suggests this is a water-based foundation, so give it a good old shake and it goes on like a dream. It honestly feels like I'm washing my face. It is fragranced, but it has the most addictive smell - so good. It's light with light - medium coverage, more medium than light and imparts this most subtle yet natural looking glow. Oh boy. Is this a beauty or what. The colour watch is perfect, not to yellow (which I feel is the case with MAC foundations), and works perfectly with my non-tanned skin. Will I be repurchasing this? Hell yeah!

MAC Face and Body in C5
It is the best foundation I have tried till date. Its everything that the Chanel foundation is, only lighter. Its also the most beautifully buildable foundation I have ever used. The colourmatch again, is perfect. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and light and lovely. Oh boy. I have a major crush on this foundation. Will I be repurchasing this? YES. In the larger size.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Toast
I bought this on ebay, after using the websites shade matching thingamajig. It's a bit too yellow for me, its also WAAAY to dark now. It was fine when I was a bit more tanned, but now it just looks so wrong. Its also very light coverage, so sheering it out is not an option really.
I have major problems with this one. Colour, Consistency, Coverage. All three just don't seem to work. I really liked it at first. I even sort of raved about it in a post, but after using it now for 6 months, and once both the Vitalumier Aqua and the Face and Body came into my life, using this became unbearable.
Will I be repurchasing this? Nope. I'm not sure what to do with what I have even.

So there you go, my two scents. Next on my wishlist? Nars Sheer Mat, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk/Maestro and Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundations.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The Evening Portion - Expensive Pink

Among the my many many eyeshadows I own (Its an addiction people) one that often gets neglected is MAC's Expensive Pink. Everytime I wear it, I fall in love with it but then I forget about it. Something needs to be done about my memory..

Products Used
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Expensive Pink Eyeshadow
Inglot 450 Pearl Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Hustle Eyeshadow
Maybelline Gel Liner in Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Show Off Mascara

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Dreamy Prawns a.k.a Mallu Prawns

If you're a seafood lover, living in Chennai, and haven't been to The Marina, I'd say you're living under a rock. I would also urge you to go there, now.
Before you do though, I'm talking about the Restaurant and not the beach. Just to be clear.
Starting from the Calamari to the Fish Lasooni, the Fish satay, even the biriyani, you would be doing yourself, your taste buds and the rest of your life a favour by going there.
What really took my fancy though was their Jumbo prawns/medium prawns tawa fry - mallu style. 
If you like coconut (really, who doesn't? If you don't, you're lying to yourself) and curry leaves, and prawns, THIS IS FOR YOU. 
I loved these prawns so much I had dreams about them. No, I kid you not. So one fine Sunday afternoon, when the sun was shining (smouldering) and the prawns were fresh, a jobless 21 year old decided to try and recreate this marvellous dish. 

As it turned out, its really easy.

The Players. 
1 onion and 2 tomatoes, cut, sauteed and ground to a paste.
Paste of half a coconut
Cut slivers of coconut.
About one table spoon of fresh garlic and ginger paste
Curry Leaves. The more, the merrier. 
Fresh Coconut Oil
Salt, chilli powder and turmeric (all to taste)
1/2 kg Prawns (Medium) Shell free and deveined. 

If you're a herbivore - replace prawns with raw bananas, and contemplate eating prawns while you're at it.

Add about 2 tablespoons of oil and one table spoon of ghee, add the ginger, garlic and a handful of curry leaves (you can be as generous as your palette allows you to be) and saute them until goldenish, add half the quantity of coconut paste and half the onion tomato paste. 

Mix, crank up the heat and wait till it turns an orange-red colour - think Merida from Brave. No? Not there yet? Add salt, turmeric and chilli powder as per your preference. Now, we're talking.

Now add the rest of the coconut paste and tomato paste, and let it cook.. all over again. At this point you could add more seasoning, if need be. Throw in the prawns, you could gently place them too, I just prefer throwing things, makes me feel in control. 

While the prawns are simmering - if they aren't, add some water and let them simmer - toast more curry leaves and the coconut slivers in fresh coconut oil. The smell that fills your house despite the many exhaust fans will be to die for. The minute they've toasted, add them to your (hopefully) cooked prawns (the gravy should have reached Adison from Grey's Anatomy's red, y'know? Don't lie, ofcourse you do). Let it simmer for a last minute or two, and you're done. Congratulate self and dig in! 

So, will you be trying it? You should. 

Friday, 16 August 2013

A choice of Hues - Blue

Though its widely known that the colour green compliments brown/dark brown eyes, I personally prefer Blue. I do love green, but somehow I feel blue brings out the tan in my skin.

MAC Cromographic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan
This is a BRIGHT blue, and not the most subtle of blue options available out there. I like to use it on my water line paired with a neutral eye and lips.

Chambor Dazzle Eye Pencil in 104 Teal Dazzle
This is incredibly long wearing, even on my oily eyelids. Its a rich blue colour, and completely opaque. It makes for a great eyeshadow base aswell!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Tenacious Teal
I think the colour tattoos have been talked about to death. But here are my two cents - I own four of them, and the crease on me, which really really sucks! But the variety of colour is amazing, especially for the price. This makes the most beautiful base for a smokey eye.

MAC Fluideline in Siahi
This was Limited Edition with the Mickey Contracter Collection. But  it has got to be the MOST beautiful blue out there. Its not quite opaque, and can be easily blended. If it ever comes back in another collection, buy it, you're life is incomplete without it. Kapish?

Inglot 413 Pearl Eyeshadow
Its a light blue with an almost silver-green sheen to it. It shows up on my skin beautifully, and really compliments it.

Inglot 428 Pearl Eyeshadow
You miiight notice a pattern in my choice of blue? Teals and dark blues? This fits perfectly into both categories. Try it, you'll love it.

And thats all folks!
I shall be back soonly with another one of these colour coded posts. Until then!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Evening Portion - Colourin'

I think the evening portion is going to become a regular feature on this blog, and I'm really excited about the posts I have lined up for this. Just FYI, I post every Tuesday. :)

As much as I love my neutrals, I really do love some colour as well. This one is easy enough, you don't have to go the whole hog with full on coloured eyeshadow, this is a subtle way. 

Products Used. 
MAC Groundwork Paintpot
NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple. 
Inglot 438 Pearl Eyeshadow
Inglot 372 Matte Eyeshadow
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
Rimmel Scandaleyes Show Off Mascara 

Sunday, 11 August 2013

FOTD #4 - The Coral Lip.

Nude lips - natural lips, thats what I go for. But a girl can switch things up once in a while right? When I do, its either a peach-coral lip, or a red.
This post features a few newer products I acquired recently, I will elaborate another time.

Products used
MAC Face and Body Foundation in C5
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Bisque
Nars Casino Bronzer (YES ITS BACK!)
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Nars Cordura Eyeshadow Duo
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black
OCC Lip Tar (Not sure of the colour)

Have you tried any of these products?

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Bag Love.

Meet my everyday bag. She's pretty badass. A combination of faux suede and leather, she goes with everthing and adds a little somethin' somethin' to anything.

I got her on ebay, from here.
If she looks familiar, this is very similar to Alexander Wang's Kristen Tote. For a fraction of the price.
Buy her, she will make your life complete. I promise.

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The Evening Portion - Neutral fun.

The Evening Portion is going to be a series of eye make up looks that you could wear as the name suggests on an evening out. Now, I would wear a lot of them even during the day, but thats a personal choice.
I hope you enjoy! 

Products Used

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Groundwork Paintpot
  • Urban Decay Buck Eyeshadow
  • MAC Club Eyeshadow
  • Nars Coconut Grove
  • Inglot S06 Eyeshadow (I think)
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara

Friday, 2 August 2013

Bits and Bobs.

I've had a slightly unhealthy obsession with skulls for as long as I've known.
And with skulls, spikes. I guess its just always drawn me in. Skulls. Spikes. Studs.
They add that little twist to an otherwise normal outfit, and in my case giving it a much needed funk and edge. You see, I hate ordinary. I don't like usual. So I try my best to stay far far away from both these things.
And every little detail matters, every little detail either adds.

Just my two scents for the day.

I've been meaning to put up styling/outfit posts, however, I'm still very unsure.
What do you think?

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

July Favorites '13

And before you can think, it's already August. 
Whats with the fast forward 2013? 

I know the picture is a bit odd, but I loved the way the light was hitting things and the shadow falling everywhere, I think it looks very artsy. Sorry, I'm not sorry. :P

Four years of constant stress coupled with lack of sleep and meals at regular intervals have left me in a bit of a mess, really. Worst of being my skin. For someone who never suffered from acne throughout my teens, I was a bit alarmed when I started sprouting pimples at 20. It hasn't been fun, let me tell you, but the last two months of intensive skincare has helped a fair bit. 

EVERYone has heard about it, and most people LOVE it. I got this around the first week of July, and it has made its way into my daily skincare routine. I use it mainly in the evening, as the second part of a double cleanse, after using my make up wipes. It doesn't sting my eyes, and makes me feel like I just threw cold water onto my face- in a nice way. 

La Roche -Posay Effaclar
What is it? Its a paraben free "targeted breakout corrector". I just apply it exactly where I have a blemish or a pimple, and let it dry. The next morning, its on its way out. IT WORKS. So if you have skin that explodes every time you look at a mango or worry, this if for you. 

I got both here, when they were having a discount on french skincare. 

Collections Lasting Perfection Concealer in Deep(4)
This is unfortunately the darkest shade they had, and its still too light for me, however, its great for the under eye area, as well as spots caused by blemishes. It does NOT budge, but dries even my oily skin out a little. But for the price, WIN. 

MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in 43.5
Holyy..grail? Not sure about that yet. I have oily skin, so as you can imagine, I love me some powder. When I first got this though, I felt it melted away into my skin, so I was a bit aghast. Enter, Real Techniques Buffing Brush. With this brush, this powder goes on great. I've just been using my concealer and this powder all month, and I feel I need nothing else. 

MAC Blush in Frankly Scarlet
I am a bronzer gal through and through, and despite my Chanel Bronzer being in my previous favorites post, we just didn't get along, so she went to my mother. And I have turned to blush for a little definition in the cheek region of the face. Frankly scarlet, is a BRIGHT beautiful blush, if you use a light hand, it gives you the most natural looking cheeks people like me who don't blush naturally crave for!

MAC Paintpot in Groundwork
Oily lids + Paint pot = happy shadows. 'nuf said. 
Its a slightly taupey version of my skintone, and I usually use a sigma large shader brush or my fingers to apply this from lid to brow. 

NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow
I've basically been talking about this in every. single. post this month, well, almost. Its a gorgeous matte darkest brown shade, with no hint of black. Eyebrows? Yes. Eyeliner? Yes. Crease? Yes.

Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial
This is a dusty rose colour, or so everyone claims, on me it looks more like a plumy rose, its neutral, its beautiful, I love it. 

PHEWWWW. That was one long post. And my fingers hurt.
So tell me, what are your favorites this month? 

Sunday, 28 July 2013

EOTD #3 - A discovery.

In an attempt to start using my eyeshadows that I often neglect, I found Inglot 421 Pearl, which is supposed to be a dupe for MAC's Antiqued. I don't own Antiqued, so I can't confirm, but after using it, I wonder why I neglected it in the first place!

Products Used:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Inglot 421 Pearl Eyeshadow
  • NARS Coconut Grove
  • Urban Decay Buck Eyeshadow
  • MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
  • MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Show off Mascara
I love how this colour compliments my skintone. And ofcourse, I HAD to use Coconut Grove by Nars because a day without it seems impossible.

What do you think? :)

Friday, 26 July 2013

The 5 Product Face

The idea of a five product face is daunting to say the least. Keep in mind, I meant this to be "going out" make up, not just sitting at home.. for that I need, well, no products.
When I first heard of this, I thought, HAH, that would be easy, but when I took inventory of what I actually use on a day to day basis, I was a tad stunned.

Somehow though, I managed it, and if I do say so myself, I don't look half bad. 

Products Used
  • MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer in NC44
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in NC43.5
  • NARS Coconut Grove Eyeshadow for eyebrows, and eyeliner, smudged out till the crease. 
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush, mostly blotted out. 
5 Products, simple, easy and still not all that bad.
Would you like to try this?

Thursday, 25 July 2013

FOTD #3 - On most days.

You know when you discover something you like, you tend to gravitate towards it again and again? Be it that slice of cheesecake that basically begs you to consume it, or that dress thats waaay to fancy for the day, but you still insist on wearing it? Yeah, well, thats whats been happening with me and the SAME kind of neutral eye/face make up that I've been sticking too. I do switch it up time and again, use maybe a bright colour under the eye, or a bold lip, but essentially, its still the same.
Its really a habit I need to shake off.. to the point where I've managed to out away all my "daily" items in turn for more bright and adventurous colours which I've been ignoring.
However, I still like this look.

Excuse my weirdass expression in the first picture, but it showed off the eye make up better than the others, so i decided to role with it.

Collections 2000 lasting perfection concealer in Deep (4)
MAC Studio Finish Powder + Foundation in NC43.5
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep (Cheek)

MAC Paintpot in Groundwork
"Naked" from the UD Naked Palette on the lid
NARS Coconut Grove in the crease as well as eyebrows.
MAC Fluideline in Blacktrack
Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off Mascara

Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial blotted out.

I might be switching things up, but my NARS Coconut Grove shall remain a constant in my life, it has reminded my of my love affair with NARS, one I had forgotten. Now, I have a list of products I need SO MUCH. But yeah, soon!

Anyway, what do you think?

Monday, 22 July 2013

EOTD #2 - Au naturale?

In the last 3 odd years, I don't think there has been more than a few days where I haven't worn my usual winged liner.
Thick winged liner is an essential part of who I am, without it, I feel a little bit off.
However, since I've been getting into the more "natural" make up lately, which means I switched up my usual satiney shimmery eye shadows for more matte ones. Around this time, I discovered NARS Coconut Grove. Its the most perfect colour to fill in my eyebrows with, it also makes for very subtle natural looking liner.

Products used:
Urban decay Primer Potion
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep (all over the lid)
Nars Coconut grove eyeshadow (Eyebrow, as eyeliner on upper and lower lashline, as well as crease, all smudged out)
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Show Off Mascara (Upper and lower lashes)

And thats about it, its easy, really simple but still really pretty. Hope you enjoyed this :)

Friday, 19 July 2013

The Ombre

I love ombre. I've loved Ombre ever since I first laid eyes on gorgeously ombre'd silk fabric three years ago. Since then, ombre has gone viral. Ombre fabrics, prints, hair, nails, shoes, even sequins.

When I saw the ombre lips on a picture on tumble, I realized it was something I could recreate, easily, as well as wear, happily.

Products used
MAC Ruby Woo - outer third
Mac Mineralize Lipstick in Lady at Play - middle
Rimmel Apocalips in Luna - right at the centre

I lovvee this, do you?

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Rimmel Apocalips - FINALLY.

I stalk beauty blogs. And I saw Fluer's review waaaay back in January, and when I laid eyes on them, it was love. I couldn't get them out of my head.
I went on ebay, on amazon, but they were ridiculously priced! Which was madness! I wanted them, but wasn't ready to pay a small fortune for them.
SO I waited, not patiently though, let me be clear.
About two weeks ago, when I was going through ASOS like I did almost everyday, I chanced upon the Rimmel Section, and lo and behold! The Rimmel Apocalips! On ASOS! Which meant, decent price + Free shipping! Also, There were and still are on discount. ( 4 GBP - INR 360 = STEAL. Go. NOW)

I got three shades, Celestial, Galaxy and Luna.

Celestial is a dusty rose with a hint of mauve in it.
Galaxy is a purplish plum shade with micro glitter.
Luna is a peachy coral shade.

What are they? Liquid Lipsticks. Non sticky, not heavy in the least, fully opaque, liquid lipstick. Its glossy at first, but dries down to a sort of matte finish. - I love.
These last about 4 - 6 hours on my lips, typically. However, they do not claim to be transfer resistant, so yes, they transfer.
They also have a very obvious scent to them.. fruity, but not really. But the scent dies down the a minute after its applied, so that should not be a problem.

I love these, they have been in my bag everytime I leave the house, because they're that awesome. Yes. Awesome.

Try them, you will not regret it.