Concealers that make me look natural

When it comes to concealers I like to keep it simple and natural. I have personally been through the phase of cakey under-eye and I conclude – it is NOT cute. I’ve finally found lightweight concealers that get the job done. To give you guys some background, I have a little bit of darkness under my eye and EVERY concealer creases on me. I have tried everything from the Tarte maracuja concealer to the shape tape one. I have now accepted my dark circles and the creasing issue. So now I have a few concealers that are up right my alley and I wanted to share them with you.

My favorite concealer/highlighter is the YSL touche éclat. My shade is 2.5 luminous vanilla for under the eye and it’s really perfect. The texture is light and it has good wear. I was nervous before purchasing this because of the price ($42) but now I know why SO many people love it! It also covers darkness by highlighting giving a very fresh appearance.

My next favorite is the Garnier SKINACTIVE anti dark circle eye roller. It is very lightweight and thin in texture. I enjoy the roller ball that makes for a fast and easy application. The coverage is light and doesn’t cover everything but I do like it for everyday wear. It also has caffeine that is great for de-puffing and circulation under the eyes. so it is a skincare/makeup item in one.

I have been enjoying the Glossier stretch concealer for that dewy look. It does crease the most out of the three but I don’t mind it. I use the Glossier Wowder to set it, which does not make it look totally matte. I just blot under my eyes to deal with the creasing during the day. The concealer gives a fresh feel without looking too greasy and is perfect for drier under eyes.

Last but not the least, I also love the Maybelline age rewind concealer that a LOT of people rave about. It is totally worth the hype, provides medium coverage under the eyes and is perfect for an evening out. I wear the shade medium which also brightens my under eyes. The sponge tip applicator is great just like the roller ball. A little bit goes a long way with this one. I do feel like it creases the least out of the four and I like the more matte look it gives. I do have to set all my concealers with powder to make it long-lasting and avoid as much creasing.

So this is a short and sweet list of concealers I love. I hope to discover a few more along the way and will make sure to share them with you all. Please feel free to leave any suggestions you have!

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Loving lately

Just wanted to share a few things that have got me excited in the past couple months. Apart from dreaming about my wishlist, I have truly enjoyed the things I have mentioned below.

  1. MUJI Bag: I was strolling through MUJI three weeks ago to get their acrylic drawers for $10 (as if I didn’t have enough) but the deal was too sweet to resist. You can store a LOT in these drawers. I found bag organizers on sale and this particular bag caught my eye. It has a blue denim kind of look and is water resistant (tried and tested over the weekend in the rain). It’s a small bag that is perfect for everyday essentials and I have been carrying it every day to work. It’s just easy-peasy and fulfills my desire to be super organized! You can check out what’s in my bag here.
  2. Trader Joe’s: Since I have started controlling what I consume every day, I have much appreciated and driven miles to find a Trader Joe’s. The variety of snacks they have makes me want to buy everything. And the dark chocolate is amazing. What more can you ask for. Who knew I would get this excited about grocery one day. Loving Trader Joe’s.
  3. Cole Haan Jacket: This jacket has been a savior in the cold weather. Winter has been bearable with this jacket. It is really comfortable and not too heavy for a long coat. It’s made with 100% down/feathers and the wine color I love!
  4. Apple watch: I am glad that I splurged on my apple watch for New Year’s. I am really happy with it. I had the Series 1 which had terrible battery life so I returned it. The Series 2 was definitely worth the wait. It reminds me to do everything!! Like to stand up when I am lounging like a hippo, breathe when I am super busy and don’t have time. I love it! And its looks so chic like all other apple products.
  5. Skin care: Last but not the least, I am loving my skin care routine right now. I look forward to it every morning when I wake up and at night before bed. It keeps me feeling fresh and lively. When you feel good about yourself you can definitely conquer the world. At least I think so. I know I have been saying this for too long. But I am working on getting my skin care routine up soon. Meanwhile, you can follow me on Instagram (@sonalkam7) where I will be posting my skin care edit in pieces.

I hope you also have a few goodies that you have been loving. Please feel to share them in the comments below!

5-minute make-up drawer

I recently gave in and invested in MUJI drawers. I got two of the large acrylic 2-drawers with/ without lid. To tell you the truth, I love them! They are so sleek and neat, they look really classy on my bulky chest of drawers that I got from Wal-Mart when I moved 2 years ago. They are quite functional and store a LOT of products for your morning routine.

Obviously, no one has the time for make-up in the morning. There have been times I have landed on my desk like a street urchin. But these drawers have helped me to pick exactly what I need to look my best and get a head start to my day. I make sure I have at least 5-7 minutes every morning to prep myself.

To give you a break down of my routine- After my skincare (which isn’t included in these 5 minutes because I consider that part VERY important), I start with Glossier priming moisturizer. This makes for a really hydrated base which works best for the gloomy and colder days. Then I have been truly loving my Chanel CC cream in 40 beige to give me a natural “dewy” look. And my t-zone doesn’t get oily through the day which is a plus. Sometimes I switch it out for the Vitalumière Moisture rich fluid makeup SPF 15 in 40 beige. This is equally good but I do need to use blotting paper once in the day. The good thing is both have SPF.

For my everyday concealer, I have been using the Glossier Stretch concealer in 30 Dark. I apply both using the IT cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection brush #7. The kabuki side of the brush applies any cream product flawlessly and the other side is great for concealer. It gives a no-streaky application.

Once I have my base on, I apply the medium shades in the Chanel Les 4 Ombres in 266 Les Essentiel in my crease to give definition. Then I use my Hourglass Ambient lighting blush in Luminous flush which is the perfect shade for a natural “flush”. Then I use the Becca Skin Perfector in Opal on the high points of my cheeks, cupid’s bow and all the good stuff. Or it is the Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone. Then I wear any lip color lying in my top drawer. Lately, I have been seriously loving the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in 214 Message. Another favorite has been the Glossier lip gloss which isn’t too goopy and great for everyday. Unfortunately, this is sold out. I alternate both with my YSL rouge volupte shine in 48 Smoking plum. It is still one of my favs. All of these are great for winter as they do not exaggerate dry lips and are quite moisturizing.

There you have it! This has been my go-to or 5-minute make up: whatever you call it. I hope you enjoy these products if you choose to buy them. I will definitely be following up with my recent skincare routine so stay tuned!

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Food for my skin

The holidays can be really stressful and leave no “me” time. After 10 days of being away from work, I did get me time but I also got lazy time. To be honest I neglected my skin care a lot just because I was so drained out and lazy. In fact, I should have been proactive about this; considering I love piling on layers of hydrating products on my skin. As a result of this, my skin started acting up. I broke out on both cheeks and obviously I had the famous chin pimple. It’s safe to say now that the chin pimple is going nowhere.

For the colder months, I have begun a series of great serums and facial oils that have helped my skin get better if not perfect. These serums/ facial oils might not be new but I just wanted to share what I have been loving recently. I have used these for almost a month and a half now. Some of them for longer and they have taken my routine to the next level.

I have been enjoying the Glossier serums and new serums from The ordinary by DECIEM. These are so great and moisturizing. My skin has become so much better and the texture is smooth. I haven’t been breaking out much after I started using these. Also, reviewing the Sunday Riley JUNO oil, I have to say I really like it. I put it on every other night and my skin feels so good the next morning. The days I don’t use this I use the MISSHA Super aqua cell renew snail sleeping mask. This overnight mask is so luxurious and super affordable. I really like this between the days I use the face oil. I would suggest anyone who is passionate about skin care to try serums that really suit your needs. They are great way to get your skin feeling healthy and looking better. I know skincare takes time to really show its effect but trust me once you have the routine going it’ll all be worth it.

Besides this, the new year has really gotten me thinking about my health and how I feel everyday. To be honest, it has been hard to get into routine. I am trying to eat right and may be throw in some exercise with that. I am feeling well and enjoying eating more greens. It’s really surprising I haven’t craved crazy amounts of sugar that I usually did. I hope the last 17 days of your new year have been great and productive. Keep moving because we have a lot to achieve and enjoy this year!

What’s in my bag?

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all are enjoying this time of the year with your family and friends. My family is back in India, so I will be spending christmas with my friends in Philly.

So I wanted to share what I have in my handbag when I travel or just for work. I will be posting my travel essentials soon, so stay tuned for that.

I have been carrying my green Kate spade crossbody with a flap. I believe this style is currently sold out and I couldn’t find it online. I got it during the labor day sale this year when they were trying to get rid of the older styles. I know a lot of people like zippered bags but this one does not have one. But works just fine for me. Nothing has fallen out of the bag considering that I am quite clumsy with all my belongings.

The cardholders that I am currently using is a red one from Coach that I bought 2 years ago, also during labor day sales. It is the one with their logo embossed on the outside. The other one is from Aldo which has floral prints and gold hardware. Both have lasted me a long time and were purchased for $9 each. Totally worth the price. My handbag always has the other important stuff in pouches. I dislike having my make up just lying around in my bag and I cannot find it when I need it. Its like not finding my apartment keys when it is 15 degrees outside. So frustrating. Anyway apart from two pouches of essentials and my wallet/ cardholders, I always carry a pen, my work ID and a little notepad. You never know when you might need it.

So the first pouch of essentials contains dental floss because hello!  you do not want cilantro from that taco or spinach from your salad to show on your teeth. Then I have an antacid or something for the loosies. I also have meds for cramps during that time of the month. I carry listerine breath strips. They are so small and perfect to travel with. I carry a small travel size of nivea hand and body lotion for the colder months. A hair clip from Sephora for when I do not want to deal with my hair. And a minion flash drive. Its so adorable. And also bath & body works hand sanitizer in black cherry merlot. Do we need an explanation for that?

The second pouch has my makeup/ skincare essentials. I always carry my kate spade mirror that was gifted to me by one of my friends. A travel size bottle of the Versace yellow diamond perfume. This is the only perfume I enjoy wearing and everyday someone asks me what it is. I carry the glossier mint balm dotcom

and the no.1 pencil from their holiday set that I talked about in my splurge post. I also have the Glossier generation G lipstick in Zip and Clinique moisturizing gel in the travel size. For my lips, I have the Fresh sugar rose lip treatment.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and have some ideas about what you might need or want to  have in your bag for the colder months.

Stay warm and be safe for the holidays.

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Products I splurged on this holiday season

I think this is the happiest time of the year for me. Starting with thanskgiving and that ends on New year. I am not really fond of 1st January as every new years’ day I sit back and think about how much time I wasted doing nothing or what steps I could have taken to make the year more productive or just better. Anyway my point is I’d like to keep this heavy thought for later and concentrate on the happy month that we have ahead of us. The month that is filled with food, family, fun and LOTS of SHOPPING!

The concept of gifting during the holidays was alien to me in India. Obviously that did not stop me from shopping but you get the point. When I came to the US it was totally different. The sales just come up for no particular reason. Like your birthday, random weekday or just cause its a sunday! Its like fuel to the fire. But who’s complaining right? Every promotional email I receive, I definitely go and check out the website that sent it. May be put a few things in the bag and then look at my checking account and then close the shopping bag window. This holiday season I bought and also came across some cool things. I would definitely like to share them with you guys. Some things are not too expensive but some are luxury! Hope you enjoy!

1) Glossier Black Tie Set: This set is great as a gift and also just to keep it for yourself. That’s what I did! I couldn’t give the beautiful set away. So, the set includes 4 full size products- Haloscope in Moonstone which looks great on all skin tones. I am a medium-tan and it never looks ashy or too light on me. I love it! The nail polish in #glossierpink which you can literally pair with any outfit. I have been wearing it since two weeks. Next up- lipgloss. They did not go wrong with this one. Its non-tacky and gives beautiful shine to your lips which is long lasting. I love how it ties your entire make up look together. Last but not least, the eyeliner in No.1. To tell your the truth I haven’t been a fan of dark eyeliners. I always felt like it made my eye look small but this shade in graphite is perfect and it looks really good when I smudge it out on the outer corners of my eye. Oh! And I forgot the black ribbon that comes with the box I have already used it to tie my hair at work and I am thinking about it as a choker this holiday season. This set is definitely you affordable luxury. You can check it out and get 20% off with this link

2) Articles of society– ‘Sarah’ Skinny jeans: I love me some comfortable skinny jeans but I can never find the perfect fit. I have been the in-between size for as long as I can remember. Anyway, this pair when they say it’s super soft they are not kidding. The feel of these jeans is so comfortable. I also like the dark sort of patch at the of the legs.  And they fit me very well and they are mid-rise size 6. Love these! They are on sale right now! You can check them out here

3) Facial Hydrating Mists: These are great gifts for your skin care junky friends and obviously for you. The two that I have been loving are the Farmacy skin dew hydrating essence mist and setting spray and the Glossier soothing face mist. I have been keeping the Farmacy mist at my desk at work to keep me refreshed throughout the day. I haven’t used it as a setting spray as such. I enjoy the Glossier one after shower to lock in moisture. Both equally work well for me and I totally recommend them. Check them out here and here

4) Foreo Luna play: I know a lot of people are on the fence about this. But I really like it to use it with my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser at home and while I am on vacation. Its very easy to travel with, literally can go in your pocket. It does a good job of cleaning my face and I haven’t had big breakouts since I have used the combination. Check it out here

5) Royal Apothic Hothouse peonie hand cream: I came across this hand cream at Anthropologie. I was obsessing over it for over 20 minutes while at the store. I love surfing through the beauty section to find eclectic products and perfumes. I bought 5 different hand creams to give as gifts but this one is my favorite one. This contains a fragrance obviously so if you are allergic to fragrance I would just smell this in the store and walk away. Just kidding! Totally up to you! The peonie one is sold out online. But you can find similar ones here

6) Lush Soap in Honey I washed my kids: This soap is life! I got a small sample of this when my friend form Abu Dhabi was here. She recommended it to me and I did not want to commit to a soap without using it. I love this now! I am definitely going back for a large piece of this soap to last me forever! My showers have been lovely thanks to this soap. If you are not a soap person I suggest you become one cause this one is totally worth it! Check it out here

7) A value set I have been totally enjoying is the Mask-A-Holic 5 piece set from Peter Thomas Roth. This set is $75 and comes with 5 variety face masks 1.7oz each and a mask applicator This set will last you a long time! Totally great for multimasking and spending an evening relaxing with a glass of wine! 🙂 It is currently sold out at sephora.com but sign up here to find out when it is back in stock.

8) Sunday Riley Juno hydroactive cellular face oil: This is the most expensive skin care item I own. So I am really hoping it will change my life and make me look like Shay Mitchell. Lol. But seriously, I really want this product to work. I have used it a couple of times. Will update on my winter skin care routine soon and hopefully this will be a part of it! Check it out here

Adios for now!

Lipsticks I’ve been loving this fall

Hey guys! Saying that its been a while is getting old. But with the holiday season coming up I am hoping to post a LOT more. I hope everyone has been enjoying the fall as much as I have. I took my yearly trip to Vermont. The foliage was gorgeous. I felt like I fed some superfoods to my eyes. Do you know what I mean? I am sure you do. Who doesn’t love fall. And make-up?

Let’s get to the lipsticks I have been loving as fall began:

1) YSL ‘Rouge Volupte Shine’ Lipstick: Shade: 48 Smoking Plum- This lipstick is the most expensive lipstick I own. Lol. It is $37, but it is so worth it! It is a sheer, shiny wash of plum tone on your lips. My lips are quite pigmented but the color shows up perfectly. I recommend this for the holiday season if you are not looking for the classic red lip. Also, it smells like candy. Who doesn’t want that, right? You can buy it here

2) Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips: Shade: Secret Salma- This shade is not just a fall shade. It is an all-season shade. It is a pigmented mauvy-pink which goes with anything you wear and is flattering for all skin tones. Perfect everyday shade to work for the fall season. And the packaging just like the YSL is absolutely stunning and luxurious. You can buy it here

3) Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel: Shade: 36 Indian Sari- This is in the high shine finish. The lip gels also have metallic and shimmer finishes. I love this shade for an evening out when I don’t want to do too much. This is just a perfect mauvy tint to my lips with some oomph. I feel like its slightly balmy and feels great on my lips. I’s one of my favorite glosses. You can buy it here

4) Glossier Generation G lipstick: Shade: Jam- Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Glossier. Especially their cleanser and both face masks. This lipstick is matte, balmy and no non-sense. It is great for everyday. I love this shade because it skews towards a purple-y tone. And as the name suggests it reminds me of berry jam. I love it! I like to apply a tiny bit of their coconut balm dotcom before I go in with the lipstick. Works well this way for my dry lips. You can buy it here

5) e.l.f matte lip color: Shade: Berry Sorbet- e.l.f has really great matte lip color. They are not your typical matte lip pencils. They are quite comfortable and do not dry your lips out. This shade is a reddish berry shade perfect for night and day. I have even worn this for a day out in summer without going all out on the eye makeup. It looks really beautiful. Also e.l.f is so friendly to your wallet that buying a few at a time will not depress you later 😉 You can buy it here

Swatches of my fall favs!

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Top to bottom: YSL Smoking Plum, Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma, Glossier Generation G Jam, Sephora Collection Indian Sari, Elf Berry Sorbet