A deep burgundy lipstick?! I know, are you sitting down? On paper, the Lakme 9to5 Lipstick in Burgundy Business and a peachy lip lover like myself look like we wouldn’t get on. But you know what, I love it. Matte, pigmented and just the right tooth-whitening, lip popping blaze of burgundy, I see this becoming quite the winter is coming shade for me. If this was sheer, I’m not sure I’d be as hot on it. But the fact that one quick swipe coats on just the right amount of a your lips but a bit burgundier hue and leaves them feeling nicely nourished, I’m in. It almost looks just like you’ve gone to town on a Kalakhatta gola. Mascara: required, the rest of your makeup: optional.

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One good thing about writing a blog is that it works like a diary, documenting my makeup menus from week to week and acting as a bit of a time capsule for my cosmetics tastes. Every now and again I like to take a peruse through – ignoring the crappy copy and 😉 littered text – and see what I was sporting on my face back in the day. Old favourites are often rediscovered, some choices cringed at and the fact that I’m always going to be a neutral makeup gal is as bright as as day. Here’s a beauty blast from the past compared to a more recent offering…

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There are a few rituals I partake in each time I take a visit to Phoenix. I smell The Body Shop Cocoa Lotion, groan, then remember that I’ve too many lotions at home negating the need for it. I then attempt to colour match myself to L’Oreal’s True Match Le Crayon Correcteur, promptly give up and turn to swatching every single shade of the Faces Glam On Colour Perfect Lipsticks up my arm. More often than not I can’t decide between the shades with about five of them hovering on the edge purchase. Before something silly happens I walk away and turn my attention to something else. But with a bit of encouragement on Twitter, one was pushed into the basket, along with an old Faces favourite and out I walked from my most recent Phoenix jaunt with a bounce in my step and a bag of F.C goodness.

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As much as I love the luxury of an extended skincare routine, which often turns into a bit of a pamper; incorporating treatments, masks, enough lotions and potions to open a small apothecary and takes around 30 minutes – it’s not the most convenient for travel. I spent last week in Thailand chilling out, gulping down some fresh air and being dragged up mountains by my parents. It was an annual holiday I swore I’d never do again once I turned 16, but by 26 I’ve softened and actually enjoyed an international jaunt. It was low-key and the glamest it got was a nightly trip to the local market so my beauty stuff was kept to a minimum and after much consideration I plumped for a streamlined, stripped-back skincare stash:

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You know the whole cliched day to night thing? Add a liner, slick on a bolder pout and you’re ready for a night on the tiles – you know the drill. Well here’s my take on a day in makeup; from morning to evening with a bit of touching-up in between. It’s a bit of a rarity that a day crops up with me out and about till eve with a makeup change required half-way, but it does happen once in a blue moon. And when it occurs, I want to pack light with minimal products that I can whack on sub five minutes in a bathroom, cramped over my compact with less than flattering lighting. Oh the glamour.

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My face base habit has a got a little bit out of control. It wasn’t until I was explaining my makeup collection to my friends and heard myself say the phrase, “Well the top drawer is for heavy-coverage foundations, the next one is for lighter ones, then I’ve got one full of tinted moisturisers….’ saw their jaws drop and tailed off. Yes I’m Gauri, and I have a foundation problem. Surprisingly it’s the step that I shrug off the most, but bottles of the stuff dominate my stash, so I’ve had a bit of a clear out – my friend’s faces are now positively beaming (and looking pretty flawless) – and I think if push came to shove I could live out the rest of my days with just four key cover-ups in my possession to mix, match and buff on. Let’s christen this the ‘Face Base Wardrobe’…

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Is it a neutral? No. Is it pale? No. Is it a pastel? Ummmm, not sure. My current lacquer loves that I’ve been flashing on my fingertips don’t fall neatly into a colour family at all, but sort of make a new category of their own, being of a mix of all the aforementioned shades. Soft, delicate and a nice autumn alternative to the blues I was sporting all monsoon, and the pinks of the past few months. Perfect for both sets of paws, I like to wear them paired with a stack of gold and turquoise set rings for a bit of festive flavour. Sally Hansen’s Triple Shine Nail Enamel in Drama Sheen heads up the pack and is the lightest of the trio. My favourite is Colorbar Nail Polish in Baby Peach, which has a touch of orange to it, making it the most eye-catching. The Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Colour in Caramel Melt is a stunner and the hardiest in formula – five days without even a touch of tip wear, and it’s under Rs.500.

With the arrival of some soft colours, it seems autumn has finally arrived. Well, on my nails at least…






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