Beauty Products I’ve Come to Love
Today I want to share some of my favourite beauty products with the IMBB gang. The special thing about this post is that these products weren’t always my favourites. Here are some of the products that didn’t leave a good first impression on me. But later they turned into my favourites and became a staple in my vanity – a total turnaround.
First up in my list is my Lakme High Definition eyeliner. It is a liquid eyeliner that I got for Rs. 165. It has a hard felt tip that gives you a lot of control, especially for lining the corners of the eyes and the lower lash line. My first impression of it was that it was irritating to my eyes and that it was supremely difficult to use since the hard felt tip picks up hardly any product. So you have to keep going back to tube to get more of it every now and then.
What caused the turnaround – Giving it a second chance, and lots of practice. Now I use it every day to define my eyes.
I would even go as far as to say that if you are hesitant about shelling out mega bucks for a felt tip liner from Revlon Colorstay or L’Oreal, give this liner a shot first.
Second in my list is Johnson’s Baby Lotion. My first impression of it was that it was just another moisturizer and highly overrated. Besides, to my sensitive nose, it smelled “soapy” and left a shine on my face. It felt thick and took a long time to disappear into the skin. It took so long that I wondered whether the lotion disappeared because it had finally got absorbed into my skin or because it had slowly evaporated into the thin air!
What caused the turnaround – Mixing it with my “putty type” sunscreens. I started mixing it with my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock. I find that a small amount of the sunblock is too thick to spread evenly all over my face and neck. If I just use more of it, then it leaves a white cast. Mixing this putty with Johnson’s “greasy” lotion produces a concoction that glides on my skin and gives me the perfect glow. No white cast, no shine – just a nice, healthy glow. I mix about equal amounts of the two between my hands before applying. The soapy smell gets dissolved at some point during mixing.
Now this third product is not exactly a hate-turned-to-love story, but still, I had my doubts about it when I first started using it. I got my first tube of Lotus Herbals lip balm in Cherry after I ran out of my Fab India lip balm. There was nothing not to like about the Lotus lip balm other than that there was an incomplete ingredient list provided on the packaging. Specifically, I wanted to know exactly what ingredient(s) in the balm were providing the SPF 15 that the product claimed to contain.
A Sun Protection Factor is the USP of this lip balm, but the makers conveniently forgot to mention the magic ingredient! I was worried whether this SPF ingredient was safe just in case some of it got into my mouth. It is impossible to avoid getting some of the lip balm into your mouth as you talk, eat and drink. Besides, the lip balm tasted chalky to me as some of it crept onto my tongue. I was going to write to Lotus Herbals asking them about this SPF ingredient. I’m still curious to know, if any of the Lotus Herbals folk are reading this.
What caused the turnaround – Due to regular use, I just fell in love with this product! It is one of the best lip balms I’ve ever used. It keeps your lips soft and supple without feeling waxy. It doesn’t just “sit” on your lips. A large part of it gets absorbed into the lips and keeps them moist, as if from within. It doesn’t dry out my lips in between applications, so I don’t have to keep reaching for it every now and then. It is slightly tinted as well. So that makes it my favourite tinted lip balm. The Vanilla version is next on my wish list.
Another surprise turnaround came about for a Revlon product. I had bought some of their Super Lustrous lipsticks from Walmart where I don’t think they had testers for these lipsticks. One such lipstick is called “The Toast of New York” – a rich toasty brown, from what you can figure from the packaging. What put me off about this lipstick was that the shade shown on the packaging is very different from the actual shade of the lipstick inside. These lipsticks come packaged in a plastic wrap, so it it not possible to just open the cap and check out the actual shade of the lipstick before buying. I was expecting it to be a rich brown that I could use once in a while. But not only did the lipstick look deep maroon on my lips, but also it sat as a thick layer on my lips. That made the whole look too severe. It made my lips look thinner and “cut off” from the rest of the face, if you can imagine.
What caused the turnaround – After a year of letting the lipstick sulk in a dark corner of my vanity, I tried it on top of a layer of Lotus Herbals Cherry lip balm. Not only did the lipstick glide on my lips this time around, but it also went on quite sheer. The colour actually looks brownish red now, more red than brown, but brownish nonetheless. The finish is quite glossy and the look is soft enough to be worn during the day time. I should note that the lip balm itself is glossy and tinted red and must have imparted something to the final look too. I’m quite liking the shade now as it seems to compliment my skin tone well, even if I say so myself. Now I’m going to give my other Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks a whirl. I must add that the staying power of these lipsticks is amazing. Even if you are standing in the midst of a thunderstorm, these lippies will stay put and make your lips look good.
If it is going to be a post about beauty products I love, I cannot leave out nail polish, can I? I recently bought this shade from Maybelline Colorama, called Dusty Rose. I think I got sold on the name of the shade more than how it actually looked in the bottle. Once home, I realised that this Dusty Rose looked more like muddy pink on my nails. It seemed to dull down my hands and brought out all the wrong hues from my skin tone. My hands looked almost grayish with it on.
What caused the turnaround – I figured that the shade wasn’t so bad, just that it needed a bit of oomph, a lift, a pick-me-up. So I mixed some of my shimmery metallic red nail polish into it and voila! The end result is a nice rosy shade that brightens up my hands. It is the perfect Dusty Rose for my skin tone. Pardon the crappy picture – the lighting was playing games with me.
So you see, never say never. What you hate today, you may come to love tomorrow. I can say that for sure. I found my husband, the love of my life, through such a turnaround and I thank the heavens for it.
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