Monday, August 27, 2012

Update And Haul

UK! So beautiful when it is still hot and getting a bit windy! Especially as seen from my very cool naval-barrack-converted-seaside apartment! But...

Where are the bread tags? And why don't the traffic lights make that sound when they turn green, while I stand all dazed waiting for the sound and everyone else is crossing the road?! Oh well, at least people still drive on the 'right' side of the road and spell things the right way. I do have to do some mental math for converting miles to kilometers though.

I am out of touch with the whole world, both real and virtual. I have no Internet (using free wifi for basic stuff), no TV (waiting for the freight) and no mobile. I am loving it this way but I am sure the world will get me sooner or later. I have deleted my Twitter and FB accounts because I just don't feel like it. Let's see how long this lasts!

Back to blogging and picking up from where we left off with a haul post! My haul from India (where I spent 5 great weeks!):
One of the many things I did in India was to fall for the whole 'fairness hype' of the Indian beauty market. I picked up so many fairness products. Well, they sure are safe, if not totally effective. I am very happy with my natural skin colour but what I really look for is something to even out my skin tone and things with good SPF, both of which are the features of these 'skin lightening' products.

I bought heaps Lakme stuff because I love the brand. I have a soft spot for it because it is the brand I grew up with, so did my mother! It is not easily available overseas, so I stocked up. The best thing about Lakme is the ease with which I can find a perfect match for my skin tone. You have to be as dark as me to wear the lightest shade! So, if dark skinned gals and guys are looking for a foundation match, Lakme will have something for us!
A few things I picked up from the Absolute range: The Absolute range is expensive for Indian money but it is affordable (still not cheap) if you convert to foreign money (roughly INR600 or $10 or ₤8 is the cost of each product), which is why I indulged! 

Lakme Absolute White Intense Skincover: This foundation is the star of my haul! It is like a BB cream, thick in consistency but gives a great coverage and a matte finish. It leaves my face fresh and clean, natural finish with all the pesky spots well covered. SPF 25 is good. It does stay all day on my face (promises 16 hrs). Shade range is minimal with just 3 shades. Love it, already thinking if getting it posted from home.

Lakme Absolute White Intense Wet to Dry Compact: It is nice but not great. Just a another finishing powder really.

Lakme Absolute Lip Last: Long lasting liquid lipstick comes in a click type thingy that dispenses the product to the brush (like YSL Touche Eclat). It does last long and feels good on the lips. It has a nice tint-like finish, still creamy, no shimmer. The shade I picked up is a gorgeous pink called Day Kiss.  I wish there were more light pink toned shades to choose from.

Lakme Absolute Forever Silk eyeliner: Awesome pigment, great staying power and it is a twist-up automatic eyeliner (no sharpening). Winner! Got it in Electric Violet, so pretty! Need the green.

Lakme Perfect Radiance Daycream and Cleanser: The most attractive thing for me about the day cream is that it promises to remove tan and prevent tanning (I can tan blotchily). The day cream has a good SPF and has a kind of mattifying effect that makes a great base for makeup to sit on. It gives a temporary 'fair effect' but not in an unnatural way. Kind of like a bronzer which gives a sunkissed glow, this one gives an illusion of fairness! I do like it! Cleanser is decent too.

Lakme Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Foundation: Thumbs down. It has very fine shimmery particles in it which is responsible for the 'radiance'. I hate those things in a foundation. It is not glittery but it is like a highlighter that I might use only on my cheek bones. The matching compact is good.

Lakme Invisible Finish Foundation: I picked this up instead of my staple Perfect Liquid. It is nice-ish everyday foundation but it sweats off easily.

Lakme Flawless Matte Complexion Compact and Lakme Kajal: Old favourites. The compact always lives in my handbag.

Lakme Fairy Dust eyeshadow: GWP with all these buys. It is a shimmery green powder shadow. Not very pigmented, but it is alright.

Maybelline Clear Glow: MNY's BB cream for Indian market. Affordable price, really cheap when you convert to dollars or even otherwise. But it is a huge fail of a product. Think watered down Garnier BB cream with less coverage and even less staying power. 

Maybelline: The Colossal Kajal: Wow! Really great eyeliner and really cheap. It is a big hit in India, where the Kajal wearing demographic is large and critical. It is deep black and has a great staying power (surely 6+ hours). Great for waterline, no smudging, no running even on waterline. Want more of these as I am half through it. Not worn anything else since I bought it!

Well, after indulging in all these fairness products, my MAC Studio Fix powder in NW 35 may have become a tad dark for me!

16 comments:

  1. Welcome to blighty :) except for strange traffic lights it's nice to see you back on my dashboard

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    1. Haha, thank you :) It is nice to be back!

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  2. Ooh love the Lakme haul! I should check that skincover thingy out. Glad you're settling in Su :)

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    1. Hey Ki! The skincover thingy is good. Do try it if you get a chance :) Lots of Indian beauty bloggers are raving about it!

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  3. Glad to see you back and to hear that the move went well! It's always interesting to hear about different cultures and how people adjust - I hope you will share more stories with us!

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    1. Hey Larie, glad to be back too :) Loving all the new things here, which somehow seem familiar!

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  4. I hope you're doing great and that the move went well. That's a serious haul that you have there!

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    1. Monika, I am doing great, thanks :) Yeah, I went a bit crazy with buying stuff!

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  5. I've heard so many great things about Lakme, can't wait to hear more! No Twitter, I would go mad, surely. Glad to see you back writing here, I missed you.

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    1. Lakme is a good brand, deserves more attention :)
      Haha, I do miss Twitter sometimes too. I can't stay away for long :D

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  6. I'm glad to see you getting back on line a bit more. :)

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    1. I'll be all over the interwebs, soon :D

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  7. Gday!! Nice to see you online again and so glad that everything seems to be going well for you so far! I hope to see more posts in the future!

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    1. Gday Sarah! Everything is fine and I am really glad for it :) Hoping to blog more too!

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  8. Su!! Glad to see you're well and it's nice to have you back. :)

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    1. Hey Liz! I am well, and really glad to be back :D

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