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Best Red Lipstain: a review

Hey guys!

So I’m no one to tell you this but, red lips are the biggest trend and an evergreen one might I add. Any outfit can be turned around with a touch of red on the lips.

And though over the last few years I have tried a few shades of red, including Maybelline, Lakme and Color Bar, I have finally found a favourite.

It’s not a shock that’s it’s MAC Russian Red. Though Ruby Woo has been time and again been quoted as the best Red out there, my judgement favours the Russian Red.

It’s deeper, being MAC it stays super long and in my opinion will suit almost all skin tones.

Here’s my photo review


(Ignore the lil muffin over my shoulder, it was her birthday and she was pretty excited)

I’ve used Maybelline Colossal on my eyes and MAC Russian Red on my lips. And no, there is no foundation or contouring of any sort. 

Most days I like to let my skin breath.

Let me know what you think in the comments below, what would your favourite red be and why? 

Much love ❤ The Carnelian Cloak 

Morning Makeup : Fish Tail Eyes done right

Hi all

It’s been a while I haven’t done a beauty post, it seems like a good way to go. Cat eyes have been the biggest trend of last year and even though I adore it, I thought variety is always welcome.

A close cousin of the Cat Eye Look is this Fish Tail Eye Look. It’s easy, neat and I’ve done it in blue to make sure it looks refreshing.

How to :

1. We start with a thin black lining of the inner water line on the upper and lower lid. Make it very fine, this is more of a guide.

2. Next we use a blue eye pencil. Starting from the inside line the upper eye lid, following it up in alignment to you eyebrows.

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3. For the lower lid, we reverse the order. Start lining from the outside to the inside, making it thinner as you go.

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4. For the lower half of the fish tail reverse the wing eye in the downward direction.

The key is to keep the bottom one shorter and the imitating the long wings of the vintage cat eyes for the upper eye lid.

5. For the face I’ve used a very simple BB cream, nothing fancy since its a day look anyway.

6. Under eye area. Very important: I have huge dark circles and they’re very hard to cover up so the most effective way is to use concealer and if needed use a coral based lip pencil/eye shadow. Take a little on the tip of your fingers and blend in the under eye area. This helps believe me.

7. And finally a simple cherry lip color.

And here’s how it turned out.

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The products used were
Lakme BB cream
Oriflame concealed
Colorbar Sensuous Nude Lip Crayon
Maybelline Colossal Kajal Pencil
Chambor Blue Eye Pencil
Lakme9to5 Lip color : Roseatte Motive
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Hope you guys liked the look. Leave your comments to let me know how you liked it.

Much love , The CC

The Midi Ring obsession continues

Hey guys!!

November is here and one fashion accessory that has carried forward from spring to autumn has been midi rings. Whether you stack em or make it artsy on all your fingers, its one obsession I’m not getting over any time soon.

Check my new midi ring adds to the wardrobe.

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My manicure is all set for the upcoming festive season in India with Diwali falling on the 10th of this month.

This shade of red goes so well for the festival of lights, don’t you think??

Much love to all ❤
The Carnelian Cloak

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello dear readers

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This week I’ve been nominated for the blogger recognition award by Elma from Trendstopper.

Thank You so much for the nomination, do go read her amazing blog and show her some love. Her beauty and lifestyle articles are so relate-able and a great read every time, and her red velvet cupcake recipe is on my to-do list.

The Award Rules:

  1. Write a post explaining why you started blogging along with a few tips
  2. Nominate some of your fellow bloggers
  3. Don’t forget to comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated

To begin my post about Why I started blogging, I started about a year back. I had always had an inclination and interest towards fashion and writing, so combining the two interests I started this blog. Writing about a girl-next-door’s view on fashion, simple hacks, and more recently easy recipes for every single, independent girl out there.

I’m hardly an expert when it comes to blogging but a few things I have learnt in the last year or so are:

  • Unique content : It’s important to distinguish your blog from the others out there, simply by having a unique style of writing or great pictures or even quirky spin to regular things.
  • Follow and read :  The more blogs you follow and read, the more you’ll learn about blogging. This also helps you network withing your blogging community.
  • Social Media Advantage : If you are aiming at a wide audience for your blog, social media is essential in your journey. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can help you reach a lot more people.

I have come across some amazing blogs, but since I can nominate only a few, here they are:

livecheapfeelrich

bsocialjournal

sarahshireen

trinabina

theficklelemon

ontheluce

beausandbows

lifeofbusynothings

vintagereflection

I have many many more blogs that I follow and absolutely love, but lets just save a few blogs for the next award, shall we.

Do check out all their blogs, they are all beautiful and unique. Travel, Beauty, Lifestyle, Poetry, Food. These nominations have everything.

Love ❤ The Carnelian Cloak

No makeup Look : tips to look your best with no makeup. Literally.

Hello dear readers

So recently I came cross this meme which went something like this – “for your no make up look, you will need these yada number of products”.

It got me thinking if everyone does really go for a no makeup look like that. Because I, for one, don’t believe that sort of an ideology.

When I say no makeup, I mean no makeup.

So, without further ado, here are some tips that help me go makeup free

1. Invest in a good lip balm

I don’t think we pay enough attention to this. I think it’s essential to have that one great lip balm, that suits your skin as well as suits your skin tone.

If you have a dry skin, go for a more cream based balm or lip butter. And don’t just stick to the usual lip balms with orange and pink undertones, try out something more earthy as well.

It could be any good brand, favourite brands being-  The Body Shop, Lotus and Nivea.

2. Minimal concealer, if any

So if its one of those days when you absolutely need concealer to hide away your pimples or dark circles, keep it to minimal. Restrict it to areas where necessary, but also make sure it blends into your skin and doesn’t end up looking like a white blotch.

3. Keep your skin looking healthy

It’s one thing to have a healthy skin. That’s something you have to work on everyday, with lots of water and intake of fiber in your diet, washing of makeup before bed everyday etc etc. But to keep your skin looking healthy on that one makeup free day takes special care.

Know your skin and act accordingly. When dealing with a dry skin, always keep a good moisturiser handy. And please make sure it’s not the kind that looks greasy or catches too much dust.

If your skin is more oily then make sure you wipe your face with a good toner or rose water on a cotton swab. The toner must be mild like the kind with aloevera extracts. Keep them handy and use whenever you need your skin looking fresh.

4. Highlight your eyes with Vaseline

Yes yes you heard me right. So use a little bit of Vaseline on a cotton swab and rub it lightly on your eye lids and lower eye lashes.

It not only keeps your eyes from getting tired for longer but also gives a slight shimmer in the light and makes your lashes more luscious. Best way to keep your eyes moisturised.

Here is my look on my No Makeup Day

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So here are my top four tips for the no makeup day. I recommend you take one day each week and dedicate it as a No Makeup Day. It really helps your skin rejuvenate.

Hope you liked the tips and to give us feedback or add to the above, write to us in the comments below.

Love ❤ The Carnelian Cloak

Skin Care Essentials

Being a resident of a city with one of the most unpredictable and extreme weather stories, taking care of your skin is a difficult task.

Winters make it dry and chappy, While Summers make it oily. So I’ve listed down my five essentials for Skin Care the year round.

1.) Drink Water –

It has been said time and again, and here I am repeating it. But drinking water is honestly the best thing you can do to your skin.
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So have lots of it, even in winters or may I say specially in winters.

2.) Exfoliate –

Twice a week. Atleast. It’s a must. New Delhi is highly polluted and this very harsh on the skin, so use a simple scrub if you must, even a home made one will do. You need to clean the pores and scrub the dirt off.
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3.) Essential Oils –

Whether it is your scalp or skin on your face or your elbows, these essential oils are required, especially in winters.

So when your skin goes dry, avoid lotion instead use a little scented oil (if you have a very sensitive skin, try baby oil), after your shower.
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4.) Wet Wipes:

You should carry a pack in your bag at all times and avoid touching your face without these. Spreads dirt and invites acne.
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Photo credit : http://livesimply.me/2014/08/12/diy-cleaning-wipes-reusable-disinfecting

5.) Minimal Makeup:

While some of us can not imagine a day without our concealer,  it’s necessary for your skin to breathe. And believe me once you take care of your skin, it won’t even be needed. image

Good skin is always in. So take good care of it.

Hope you found the five essentials useful.

Love,

The Carnelian Cloak

Fighting off acne at home!

Over the years I have tried like a million home recipes, cosmetics and herbal products. But they just don’t seem to work. So when my aunt told me about tea tree oil I was like “I know this won’t work, just like the others”. Eventually I decided to give it a go, because frankly it couldn’t get much worse.

I researched a little and turns out tea tree oil has many benefits besides treating acne. It also does wonders for your scalp.

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That’s how my tea tree regime started. A foaming face wash followed by dabbing tea tree oil on acne effected skin with a cotton ball, twice a day. And damn has it shown its effect.

My suggestion would be Body Shop’s tea tree oil skin clearing face wash, followed by a dab of the Tea Tree Oil by Body Shop.

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As an alternative you can try Tea Tree oil facial wash by Lotus and Tea Tree Oil by Fab India.

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This really worked out for me. tell me how it goes for you

Much love, CC

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