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Product gone wrong – Lakme Lip Palette

After a disappointing stint with my last Lakme purchase(9 to 5 lipstick) years back, I was keeping away from the brand for a while.

Then we saw a huge change in the brand – new products, packaging etc etc and my trust was slowly coming back.

When I decided to start buying Lakme products again, I played safe by going for eye and face products – Lakme Satin Kajal, Lash Artist Mascara, Eye Quartet, Perfect radiance compact etc.

As the confidence built up, I decided on getting the famous lip palette after reading so many reviews and thinking of the compactness convenience and all that jazz.  This is when reality hit me on the head again.

 

 

I purchased this palette from a New U store after ensuring it was very much in the “fresh condition/period”. It lay idle in my vanity for almost 2 weeks and finally one day I thought of trying. And there i go swatching and trying on the shades in it. That evening, I used one of the shades when I went to the nearby store for maybe around an hour. All this while, I started experiencing some kind of irritation on my lips – not itching, but sort of a slightly burning sensation.

Now, my only thought was to get back home and remove the lippie. At home, I removed it using some cleansing milk and there was no problem. The real shocker came to me the next morning. As I looked into the mirror, I see lot of whitening on my lips..not spots, but crack like appearances. At first, I thought it was my extra dry lips playing up and applied some olive oil throughout the day. Then went on an exfoliating routine, thinking the dry skin on lips should go away…But to my utter dismay, the whitening remained and I was literally in tears.

 Everyday, I would watch my lips closely(praying to all powerful forces) and find no improvement at all. The thought that my lips could be scarred for life was even more frightening. Atlast, I decided on a self imposed ban on (on using…not on buying ;-)) lip stick/ gloss till the time I am cured.

All this while I used only olive oil, lipice lip balm and bio fruit lip balm( when a li’l bit of tint was needed). Exfoliated atleast thrice a week( **still continuing prayers to the Higher Forces**)

Finally after 2 whole months of no lipstick/ gloss( I did try Revlon CB and Bourjois in between just for a few minutes before I bought them), my lips are back in shape. The white marks have totally gone and there are no other irritations.

Was it my lips reacting to the product or was it a spoilt batch of products? I still wonder…But thankful at heart for being able to get rid of the problem.

And now, like a cat who fell into cauldron of hot water, I am far away from Lakme lip products…and I don’t think I would ever buy them or use them anymore.

Hope my lovely readers are doing good :-))

For me, its been a mixed bag. Work is going on good, but a family member met with a bad accident and it was a terrible phase for all of us. Thank god, he is better now and on his way back to recovery, though slowly.

Makeup Fun – THE RECYCLE BUG BIT ME !

Ok! Today is the final day that I’l indulge in some makeup shopping…No, last week was Body care items, now I want to pick up some cosmetics! There is a huge difference you know! Tinted lip balm is not a cosmetic, its a balm so of course it doesn’t count!

I’m sure all of you have this internal battle unable to resist that gorgeous looking lipstick or blush to name the most popular items on every girl’s list…and face 😉

I was organizing my vanity area (I’m calling it an area because it has now grown to encompass all the deep-set shelves of my dresser! ) and when I came to the lipsticks I noticed a dark berry coloured shade which I thought, ages ago before being initiated into this gorgeous sparkly world of makeup, was my MLBB shade! :O I shudder to think of the times I must’ve worn that out in the open, I just thank God I eat a lot and hope that it got wiped off soon!! :((
Well anyway, while I was thinking about that nightmare, I saw the Colorbar Just earth blush that I bought on a whim one day and then realized it only makes me look muddy most of the time! In it’s defence, it does look great on some “nude” days when applied with a light hand and when I have the luxury of touch ups…so put all those pre-requirements together and I’m sure you realize it almost NEVER happens!! 😦
So coming to the main point of this entry, I discovered something! 😀

The bulb inside my brain lit up and I am so very proud of myself and I can’t wait for the next time I go out so that I can wear this new found discovery out in the open! 🙂 🙂
So here is what I did
I used the infamous berry shade of lipstick on my cheeks as a base for a blusher, this particular lipstick is a part of the 9 to 5 series by Lakme (Berrylicious) and is very light and easily sinks in, so no splotchy-ness 🙂
When I applied my blusher over this, it acted like a very easy cream blush and the blush colour popped and looked so much better than the other cheek which had only the blush! 🙂 When worn by itself also, it looked great but didn’t last too long (1-2 hrs and it was gone). It also helped the blush stay one longer, with this combo I got a wear time of around 4 hours but that was under a/c, but I’m sure since winter is coming up, it’ll be the same even normally 🙂
b) I used that same shade of lipstick as an eyeshadow base. Over this, I applied the Colorbar Just earth blush as an eyeshadow and when i compared it to the other eye (I’d worn only the blush as a shadow) it was vibrant, the powdery texture of the blush set and didn’t look chalky and the colour itself looked gorgeous, a pretty pink-ish peach-ish brown 🙂
Whew! So that’s it ladies, My version of recycling the things that I bought on impulse (Bad impulse, No cookie for you! 😉 ) so now I have a gorgeously different shade of eyeshadow and blush each! 🙂

PS: Always remember to sanitize the lipstick you use because that’s going to go on your cheek and your eye so we don’t want any breakouts or infections! I use Sanitizing wipes or plain old sanitizer on a dry tissue/cotton ball.
PPS: If a berry shade could do so much, you can just imagine what some pinky shades could do, so go on, have a blast n hope you come up with great colours!
Thanks for reading, hope you stayed with me through all my rambling and found it useful 🙂
Post by Keerthi 

Lakme’s Beautiful Brides at LFW

: Kick starting the bridal season for the year, Lakmé Studio unveiled its bridal look book for 2011 by demonstrating  three gorgeous looks from across the country at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011. With a complete collection of eight stunning bridal looks, this look book is a must have for every Indian bride to make her big day absolutely perfect.
Eight Bridal themes that form the look book by Lakmé Studio include looks for the north Indian bride, Tamil bride, Muslim bride, Kannada bride, Gujarati bride, Catholic bride, Bengali Bride among others.
Encompassing bridal looks from regions across India, Lakmé Studio unveiled three captivating  looks defining a Punjabi bride, a Muslim bride and a Tamil bride. Keeping in mind the contemporary Indian woman these looks depicted  confident and individualistic women who are not afraid of experimenting with their looks while remaining true to their culture and heritage.
Draped in magnificent bridal creation by  eminent designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee and complimented perfectly by  exquisite jewellery by Cappuccino  Collections, these three gorgeous models were transformed into the most beautiful brides by Lakmé Studio experts Sudeep Grover and Pallavi Symons. They demonstrated distinct Punjabi, Tamil and Muslim bridal hair and make-up on each of these gorgeous models. Each look  not only defined their  distinct personality but also represented their rich traditional attributes.

Kareena Kapoor – The new face of Lakme Absolute.

Lakmé since its inception has always celebrated beauty and as an ode to the contemporary Indian woman, Lakmé presentsABSOLUTE – a high-performance long wear make up range. This premium range of cosmetic has been specially created for the woman of today who leads an international life with a soul that is Indian at heart. Kareena Kapoor a mesmerizing beauty, a caring sister, a devoted daughter, a talented actress and above all an epitome of the confident Indian woman, has been chosen as the face of Lakmé ABSOLUTE.  She is a perfect fit for the brand as she embodies the quintessential essence of beauty, which the brand represents. As the face of Lakmé ABSOLUTE, Kareena will be part of the brand’s campaign and unveil the Absolute looks at the Lakmé Grand Finale by Manish Malhotra at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2011 (August 16 –21, 2011).

Lakmé ABSOLUTE is the brand’s high performance long-wear makeup line with world class products that last up to 16 hours. Designed by Lakmé make-up experts Lakmé ABSOLUTE offers the best in long-wear benefits coupled with do-good skin care properties enabling the contemporary Indian woman to be magical in her everyday life.

Manish Malhotra is the Grand Finale Designer at Lakme Fashion Week!

Lakmé, the contemporary Indian beauty expert, has announced iconic fashion designer Manish Malhotra as the Grand Finale Designer for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2011, scheduled from August 16 – 21 in Mumbai.

Manish Malhotra is the first Lakmé Grand Finale designer who showcased his Shimmer Shine Sparkle collection way back in 1999 and presented the Free Spirit Collection in 2007. This year, he is poised to bring to life the high performance long-wear makeup range – Lakmé ABSOLUTE
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Lakme presents Fusion Body Massage

Soothe your mind body and soul with Lakmé Studios new Fusion Massage.

Get set to relax your mind, body and soul as Lakmé Salon launches its very first ever Fusion Massage. Exclusive to Lakmé Studio, this massage is a brilliant combination of six massage techniques including Thai, Swedish, aromatherapy, Lomi Lomi, Lymphatic drainage & Shiatsu.

Depending on your lifestyle, Lakmé Studio has designed three variants of this massage – Detoxifying
massage, Stress Relief Massage and Relaxing massage, with each one lending itself to ease your body
and senses.

Lets look into each variant and how it helps

Lakmé 9 to 5 Day Forever Silk Eyeliner and Kohl Ultimate

This summer, Lakme has introduced two new products for bright and sparkly eyes all day!

Lakme 9 to 5 Day Forever Silk Eyeliner and Kohl Ultimate

Lets see what the company has to say about the two new launches

“You can’t rely on the weather or the traffic, but what you can rely on is the eye make-up range from Lakmé nine to five which promises to keep you looking fresh through the day! Nine to Five adds to its rangeForever Silk Eyeliner and Kohl Ultimate. ” The smudge-proof, water-resistant formula ensures a long-lasting finish.

Forever Silk Eyeliner

Forever Silk Eyeliner comes in scintillating metallic shades and the soft formula glides on effortlessly. One neat stroke and you are set for the day!