Sunday, September 26, 2010

Explore the BRIGHTER Side......

Its not unusual to feel "dull" at least once in ones life.This can be dull skin, feverish atmosphere, bad-hair-day and all things imaginable and unimaginable. On such days we avoid going out of the house but sometimes it gets inevitable and going out of the house is just a must.During such times and many more we need to take help of something really strong and magical.

This "thing" could be a gorgeous dress, colorful bandana and skin care. So let me tell you in this post how to brighten up your day.

Disclaimer: - In case you suffer from a skin concern like acne or something that has an active inflammation please consider your senses and may be your doctor before using some of the products mentioned below. Please dont blame me if anything goes wierd. Please note abbreviation NSP means "not sure of the price"


This is for a bad-skin-day or dull skin day.
  • Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial Rs.2525 with combination of multiple levels of exfoliation, this scrub-n-mask does wonders to your skin by giving you the benefits of micro-dermabrasion at home.
  • Clarins Hydra-Quench Cream Mask NSP to give the maximum boost of hydration to plump up your skin.
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Rs.2300, to give a moisture boost and replenish any lost moisture.
  • Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer Rs.1774 in  Blue and Mauve colors to combat dullness and sallowness before applying makeup.
  • Clarins Beauty Flash Balm Rs.1650, to combat dullness and get a beauty boost.Somehow face appears well rested and happy in a jiffy.Its tried and tested by me many times.
  • Elizabeth Arden Intervene 3-in-1 cleanser Rs.1100 which cleanses, tones and primes for better moisture absorption.Love the micro-beads.
  • Elizabeth Arden Intervene Time Fighting Radiance Serum Rs.1680, to illuminate dull skin and make one look younger and glowing.
  • MAC Careblends Essential Oils NSP, before your skin care ritual to look happy and radiant.It comes in combination of Lavender + Sweet Orange and Chamomile + Grapefruit. It really goes well on all skin types and smells wonderfully heavenly.
  • MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Limited Edition with Volcanic Ash and Sugar crystals for some magical change in your skin.Skin felt soft, radiant and sparkly clean.....maybe a little brighter.
  • Estee Lauder Idealist Dual Action Refinishing Treatment NSP, for on-the-go-glow and an alternative to Microdermabrasion and Glycolic Peel.Its safer and more fun in your own hands and at your own agenda.
  • Clinique All About Eyes Serum Rs.1600 combats puffiness and tiredness, giving your eyes a refreshing touch with soothing botanicals and massaging roller-ball.


Makeup fixers are instant, better and removable in case you dont want to take the risk of using skin care and break into rashes. Its a safer bet if done well.

  • Foundations with some sparkle add radiance, glow and mimic a flawless skin. I love Givenchy PhotoPerfexion Foundation (Rs.2200 for 25ml.) and Guerlain Parure White FOundation (Rs.3490 approx.) for their light reflecting technologies. Also Chanel's Teint Innocence Liquid, Lancome Photogenic Lumescence Rs.2700 and from the mass market Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation Rs.920 do wonderful tricks of mimicry and magic. Max Factor Age Renew foundation with lens particles for a lit up glow sets the foundation apart (apart from the colors for Indian skin tones which is difficult). MAC made HyperReal foundation and is discontinued but I like their new Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 which gives a soft glow on the skin.
  • Concealers with highlighting properties are in vogue.I love CLinique Airbrush Concealer Rs.1300, YSL Touche Eclat Rs.2150, Diorflash Concealer Rs.2100 from Dior, MAC Select Coverup Rs.1000 and Shiseido's New Natural finish concealer NSP as they hide the dullness wherever they can.Concealers are as loyal as dogs but you need the right one. Hate cake-y concealers
  • Tinted Moisturizers are good but why waste money in buying one when you can make one at home by mixing an oil free moisturizer, sunscreen and your favorite color matched foundation.This is better as it adjusts the coverage you need.Still I love Clinique's Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15 Rs.1480
  • Blushes in soft and shimmery fluffy textures immediately add glow and brighten up skin making it look awake and fresh. Colors like Clinique Blushing Blush Rs.1550 in Precious Posy, Pink Love, Innocent Peach and Smoldering Plum are the best to give your skin that whisper of color and immediately brighten. Shiseido's Luminizing Satin Face Color Rs.2550 in Petal and Carnation are award winners. Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Cream Blush creates a glowing flush at Rs.1400 and so does Clarins Multi-blush Cream Compact Rs.950 in Golden Apricot and Raspberry. MAC has a plethora of blushes at Rs.1100 approx. but some of my favs are Mocha, Honor, Dollymix, Pinkswoon, Pinch Me up, Peaches, Sunbasque, Ambering Rose and Peachykeen.
  • Bright lipglosses add brightness to your smile and make the teeth appear whiter. Plumping and minted ones uplift lip lines and moods.
  • Mascaras are eye-openers and dont hesitate to use something that volumizing, curling and lenghthening.
  • Primers like Diorflash are great tools to combat fatigue and can be used liberally.

Do feel free to use your own products coz at the end of the day you have to looking amazing and gloqing though your dying within with tiredness. This is not faking in front of others but alleviating dullness and elevating senses. I hate splashing water on the face as its dehydrating for being water and rubbing ice and drinking caffeine based drinks and all and would never encourage it. Instead sip some ice tea or green tea or eat a fruit like Apple to boost up energy.

DO share your tips.

Till then,



  1. Thanks for this list!!! Hopped here after Rashmi recommended this blog so highly and she was right!

  2. hey I have an award waiting for u on my blog...check it out...

  3. oh my god! now i am at a loss as to what to try? LOL! anyway amazing post,thanks for all the insights to new products

  4. amazing recco. i am confused what to buy ???
    but u have a vast knowledge that i have to admit i end up buying some or the other thing :)


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