The summer season is here and so is the wedding season, the latter calls for endless shopping trips to prep for various events like mehandi, sangeet, wedding, reception etc. A wedding exhibition/fair gives you the option of having everything under one roof. There are numerous boutiques/labels, which take part in these events to showcase their collection. It is also the perfect place to shop for accessories like clutches, footwear, hair adornments, jewelry due to the sheer variety and competitive pricing.
Shimmer is a wedding and lifestyle exhibition, which took place at the Birla Auditorium in Jaipur. There were some amazing stores selling all wedding related stuff. Here’s a look at the pictures from the exhibition –
So during my stay in Delhi, I visited the Sephora store at the Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. I wish Jaipur had a Sephora store too, it is very convenient to have all the makeup / skincare brands under one roof plus you can get detailed information about any product from their beauticians. I was looking for a face mist and some face-sheet masks from a long time, at Sephora I got a chance to try my hands on various kinds of brands , which sell these products.
I loved my first MAC purchase- the Ruby Woo lipstick, it is perfect for outings/festivals and the texture is impeccable. So it was time for another sumptuous buy from the same range, I bought the Mehr matte lipstick which is a beautiful rose taupe shade and is perfect for everyday use. I will be reviewing it soon in the beauty review section.
Though I wasn’t planning to buy a lip pencil, a beauty expert suggested this particular shade and said that it can go with a lot of peach/pink undertones. I prefer thin/ well-sculpted lips instead of the bee sting ones, and after using this product I have realised that a lip pencil can prevent your lipstick from getting messy and slipping off your lips. It also reduces the amount of lipstick required per application.
I had been searching for a face mist that can be used to hydrate the face at any given time of the day and which can be applied onto makeup too. There are a lot of brands selling toners but they are meant to cleanse the skin and their frequent use can lead to dryness. On the other hand, a mist is used to refresh the face especially when we do not have the privilege of washing it. I was looking for a rose based fragrance but that wasn’t available so I bought the Bela flower one. I have been using it almost 3-4 times a day and it really helps in rejuvenating the senses. A blogpost soon on my love for mists ❤️
Sheet masks are a great invention- easy to apply and no need to rinse them off. They hardly require 10-15 minutes of your time and can help in making the skin of your face healthier and more beautiful. I used this mask during a long journey through the mountains, it did help in moisturising my face and reducing the dryness caused by the harsh winds. But the result was a little less than what I was expecting as Sephora sheet masks are priced at 400-500 rupees each, which is four to five times the price of other sheet masks. I didn’t experience any cooling/brightening effect, which could have helped in reducing the fatigue. Therefore, I won’t be buying this particular mask again.
I am more of a no makeup person, my basic makeup regime consisted of three things – Lactocalamine, lip butter and kohl from The Body Shop . It was only after getting married that things like blusher, eyeshadows, bronzer etc got added to my beauty lexicon. And even these were limited to organic, neutral shade palettes from The Body Shop .
For my lips I have been using lip and cheek velvet stick from The Body Shop and a nude lipgloss from Maybelline , if I intend to have a shinier look. The thought of using lipstick and that too in a shade of red wasn’t even in my wildest dreams. I like red as a colour and i have admired girls wearing red lipsticks, but I always thought it is a colour meant for a very fair skin tone and you need to be bold enough to flaunt it. But countless reviews from bloggers, beauty tutorials and recommendations from friends coaxed me in trying the Ruby Woo shade from MAC. (Their signature red shade with a matte finish)
I was feeling sceptical even upto the moment of entering the MAC store where I told their beauty assistant about this being my first MAC purchase and how perplexed I am about buying a red coloured lipstick. She was quite helpful and briefed me on the number of options MAC has in red/pink colour, but it was one line she said which sealed the deal for me- Ruby Woo is a shade which suits every possible skin tone and is the Best Buy from MAC. And, I purchased it.
I have been in love with Rubywoo since then. It is a classic-retro, vibrant shade of red with a flawless matte finish and can uplift the look of any outfit- be it western or Indian. Feeling lazy – no need for an elaborate makeup routine, just glide Ruby Woo on your lips and you are ready. It is glamorous but not flashy, just the perfect shade of red. When in doubt, wear Ruby Woo 🙂
Leave all your preconceived notions behind and try Ruby Woo, it is perfect for all skin- tones.
Have you been using the MAC Ruby Woo? We would love to know your experience, also tell us which are your favourite lipsticks?