Introduction – Hello World!

Hello, I am Pranjali. I love music, books, makeup, travel, baking and much more. I am very blunt in real life I hope to bring out the real me when I blog, honesty always gives you an edge. So far I have been unsuccessful, with all those drafts I always find a way to edit out the harshness. Life on the other hand does not give you that liberty. To improve my blogging skills, I have enrolled in the Blogging 101 course which WordPress has introduced. I am in dire need of some tutoring.

The very first assignment is to write about the reasons for blogging, an introduction.

Here are the top reasons I want to blog.

I have loads of free time, with very few people to talk to (most of them are busy). I feel the need to express myself, write about things I love and use my free time to make something worthwhile.

Have you read a book called “Sense And Nonsense”? I did as a child and was absolutely inspired by the concept. I co- wrote a comic book for my school friend and it was quite funny (other kids thought it was funny too) and then went on to write another short story which was well received by my friends.  I do not have a literature degree and I am often grappled by sentence structure and some very basic grammar problems. I hope to improve my ability to write with the aid of the internet and some feedback.

I love reading and would like others to know about good books I have read. I have some book reviews on my blog and I want to include reviews of all the books I read. I have read several books but the numbers of reviews are few. Besides I have only written about books I liked, I want to write about the ones I did not like as well.

I love doing makeup and reading makeup blogs. I want to be a part of the makeup blogging world but I am completely clueless about tutorials, photographs which play a very important role. I have tried doing photographs but they turned out pretty bad. I would like to showcase my skills with makeup and my product knowledge. I know there are countless blogs about makeup but I would still like to create my own space.

My goal will be to start writing reviews of my favourite product, doing tutorials and little bit of creative writing as well.

I have seen my photographs get the most views and I love to travel so I would like to make a photo blog.

I like the idea of baking too, there is so much to create. Perhaps I can blog about my baking adventures!

Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara Review

Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara

I have been using the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara, waterproof one. I love the volume it gives to the lashes but at the same time it looked like I have mascara on. More than two coats of the colossal mascara and it would clump. It is a disaster when I have to remove it.  Some of the mascara always remains on my lashes despite cleaning. I have a bi-phased remover from Chambor so I don’t think it is a remover issue.

I was in a desperate need of a new one and I was sure I would get a non waterproof mascara.

I got the Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara and I simply love it!

eyeconic-mascara

It has a curved brush which helps me curl the lashes just a bit. It lifts the lashes as you turn the brush. However I prefer using the lash curler before using the mascara.

It doesn’t make the lashes hard to touch (maybe because its washable).

It has not clumped on me at all, Yippee!

Most of all it doesn’t look overdone so I can wear it more often.

It’s not waterproof so very easy to clean. My eyelashes will thank me 🙂

Downside:

Now the downside is that you have to be careful while using the brush especially with the lower lashes, it tends to touch the skin.  I don’t use mascara on the lower lash line so this one does not matter to me.

Beware the mascara not dry fast at all. Do not  flutter your eyelashes or close your eyes after you are done, it will transfer to somewhere else on the eye.

Not waterproof therefore cannot wear it in the rains! I haven’t really tried this though.

I would recommend this mascara because it is not expensive ( Rs. 250) and does a good job.

Edible Lip Scrub Recipe

Exfoliation of lips is as important as moisturizing them.

Why bother to buy expensive lip scrubs when you can make one at home? Its cheap and extremely easy so lets start :

What will you need?

  • 1 tsp Sugar (granulated or crushed)
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 drop Vanilla essence
  • Mixing bowl and a toothpick
  • Small lip balm container, emptied and sterilized (dip it in boiling water)

 Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl and fill it in your favorite small container. I like to make this in small quantities as I have to dip my fingers in the container to use the scrub. It smells really nice, the sugar does the exfoliation and the honey will moisturize the lips besides you don’t have to worry about it accidentally getting into your mouth because it is edible too 🙂

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 Rub the scrub on your lips and then wipe it off, don’t wet your lips first because the sugar granules will dissolve. Follow with a lip balm. Enjoy smooth lips in a jiffy!

 You can experiment with this recipe by replacing vanilla with peppermint oil or other food flavors that you like example: pineapple, strawberry etc.

A non-edible variant of this scrub is to use Vaseline petroleum jelly instead of honey.

Tips To Reduce Lip Pigmentation

I love wearing lipsticks and experimenting with a range of shades especially pink. When I was new to makeup I would often buy lipsticks and would be disappointed when it wouldn’t turn out the same way as the swatches or in the pan. That is when I realized that the problem is with my lips and not the product. I have pigmented lips and that means most light shades look terrible on me. After some searching on the internet, I found quite a few tips that would help me.

Here I have complied a list of tips to reduce lip pigmentation, how to cover up pigmentation by makeup.

Tips to reduce lip pigmentation:

  • Sun Protection: Not just your skin but lips needs sun protection too. Use a lip balm with SPF to reduce pigmentation due to sun damage.
  • Moisturize: Moisturize the lips always. I cannot stress this point enough. Licking your lips will make them dry, don’t do that.
  • Remove Makeup: Remove lip makeup at the end of the day.
  • Exfoliate: I know this is sounding like basics of skin care but these are applicable to lips as well. Remember do not exfoliate too much, lips skin is sensitive. If lips are cracked avoid exfoliation.
  • Expired Products: Check the expiration date on your lip products. Expired goods can cause a lot of damage.
  • Tea/ Coffee Consumption: Avoid excessive tea and coffee. I am a tea addict and this one is really tough for me.
  • Smoking: Smoking causes pigmentation of lips, remember nicotine stains!
  • Biting Lips: Avoid sucking, biting of lips that basically cause lips to become dry and chapped which results in pigmentation.
  • Vitamin B: Include Vitamin B in your diet. Deficiency of vitamin B is known to cause pigmentation.
  • Hormonal Changes: Hormonal changes are a big cause of pigmentation of lips and skin. See a Dermatologist if simple remedies don’t help.

Some home remedies to reduce pigmentation:

  • Apply honey or glycerin and lime juice overnight. Lime juice is natural bleach and honey moisturizes the lips.
  • Apply a mixture of castor oil and lime juice overnight. If you cannot bear the smell of castor oil overnight, keep it for 30 minutes and then wash it off.
  • Rose water and glycerin is a great combination to get natural pink lips.
  • Overnight application of beetroot juice also helps.
  • Diluted clove oil heals chapped lips and has pain numbing and antiseptic properties. Remember it has to be diluted otherwise it can sting. It gives a warm sensation when applied. Olive oil can be used to dilute clove oil.


Makeup tips to cover pigmentation
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  • Layer the lipstick: Apply a coat of lipstick, then blot it with a blotting paper or tissue paper and then apply another coat of lipstick. This also helps making the lipstick last longer.
  • Use a Lip liner: This helps in covering the pigmentation on the rims of your lips. You can use a nude pencil rather than using a different one for each colored lipstick.
  • Nude lipstick Base Coat: Just as it says use a base coat of a nude lipstick and apply your lipstick on top.
  • Use Matt Lipsticks: Matt lipsticks are better in coverage rather than the sheer ones or glosses. If you like gloss, use opaque ones. Example:  NYX lip creams, Chambor lip glosses.
  • Use a concealer: My favorite method to hide pigmentation is to use a concealer first before applying lipstick or gloss. Concealers are drying in nature hence use a lip balm underneath. Mac has a special lip concealer for this purpose: Mac Lip Erase. It has concealer plus lip balm. Although I find it expensive and a regular concealer can get the job done.

I wanted to put some before after pictures but I am not feeling very brave right now!

Hope this post helps you.