Lush's Porridge Soap: Just Smell It!

There was a time when I was blissfully unaware of Lush and its siren-like calling that only I seem to hear nowadays. To this day, I can honesty claim that I have never eaten something that tastes as good as Lush's Honey I Washed the Kids smells. I hope that sentence made sense, if it didn't I'm sure you get the gist.
For the cold winter months I seem to have a sudden liking/unhealthy obsession with Lush's Porridge Soap. The smell isn't overpowering or strong and you get a better sense of the true smell when you actually use it. The Lush website claims it smells like molasses and I have to agree. The warm smell feels so soothing on a cold day. I also have to give points to that fact that this soap is not drying and on the more moisturizing side as far as soaps go.

I will admit that I find the oat particles annoying as they come off in the shower and I don't think they're sturdy enough to actually exfoliate any part of my body (either that or my skin is tough as an elephant's). The soap doesn't lather up heavily but I actually like that as my skin usually gets dry because of foaming agents.

Has this replaced my unhealthy need to smell Honey I Washed the Kids every other day? Absolutely not. But the thing about me is that I have love enough for both the soaps.

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Cold Weather Essentials for the Skin

I just got back from India and my skin, no my body, was in a state of shock at the cold weather. As usual, I went back to relying on my faithful items that I knew would keep my skin calm. So if you're cursing at the weather and the divine powers that be are playing a cruel joke on your hopes of it ever becoming warm again, here's a list of some of my tried and tested favourites.

Honey and milk mask. I massage my face with this mixture now and then, leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse it off. My skin feels so much less dry and stretched afterward.

Bliss' An Ounce of Prevention PM is a great nighttime moisturizer that treats flaky skin. You don't need to use a lot of the cream so one pot will last you a while.Neosporin and Carmex. I have the driest lips in the world. Peeling, flaking, bleeding, you name the ailment and my lips have already exhibited that symptom. One of the few strategies that works is a mix of neosporin, which heals chapped lips, and carmex, which softens my lips and keeps them that way.

Clinique's All About Eyes. I don't like th richer version of this cream as it gives me milia, but in the cold weather and biting wind, All About Eyes is a staple that hasn't let me down yet.

La Roche Posay's Toleraine Riche. I know I've raved and raved about this before but it's the gentlest, most calming, soothing moisturizer that I have found. It doesn't have any amazing anti-aging properties but it's so uncomplicated that it gets the job done.

Lush's Angels on Bare Skin. I use this to exfoliate gently every 3 days after using my regular cleanser. It smells delicious and calms my skin.

Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula hand cream. This is another staple that I have been using for years and always seems to do quick and effective.

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Report on the MAC Store in Chennai

I finally dragged my highly strained behind (Bharathanatyam classes remember) to Kader Nawaz Khan Road to the recently opened MAC store to scope it out. I was greeted by a very patient MAC make-up artist called Mariam who took the time to answer all my questions.

The Foundations for Indian Skintones:
According to the make-up artist, the shades specific to India are numbered by 0.5. For example I found out that right now I match an NC44.5 more than my usual claim of NC45. Mariam told me that MAC was working on making the shades globally available.

I was also curious about which eyeshadows were very popular sellers. Since the store only opened in November, she told me they still had to go a while before she could give me 'top picks' at the store. However, she said shadows like Cranbery were very popular. People really took to the golds, silvers, and well, pinky-cranberry shades. Besides the shadows, the kohls were very popular.

I quizzed Mariam about shades she sells often. She told me that Sunbasque was hugely popular. Springsheen was also very popular. Mostly peach shades were very popular at the store.

Red Lipsticks:
I asked Mariam what their most popular red lipsticks were and here's the list: Red She Said, MAC Red, Cockney, and Ruby Woo.

Freida Pinto's Look at the Golden Globes

So the wonderful Julia Coney sent me a press release on Freida Pinto's make-up at the Golden Globes. Here it is then.

Jeffrey used a thick green liner with flecks of gold. He smudged the Jouer Vert eye definer very close to the lashes to frame her eyes, The soft green color complimented her eye coloring while the gold flecks in the liner tied the look together. For additional color, he added Jouer Amaretto eyeshadow in the crease of the eyelid to add definition and blended with a soft brush. The Jouer black mascara was used on both the top and bottom lashes to show off Freida's long thick lashes.

To get Freida's sunkissed look, Jeffrey mixed together foundation and concealer and only used on key spots to blend outward for a soft effect. The Jouer crème highlighter was used on the brow bone and cheek bones to add additional definition and shimmer.

Jeffrey finished the look using the Jouer crème highlighter matched with the Jouer monsoon gloss. The golden tone of the highlighter accentuated the natural pink color of her lips while the sheer deep wine gloss was the perfect compliment.

The Products:

Jouer eye definer – Vert; $20
Jouer black mascara; $18
Jouer crème highlighter – Champagne; $20
Jouer eyeshadow – Amaretto; $20

Jouer crème highlighter – Champagne; $20

Jouer crème highlighter – Champagne; $20
Lipgloss: – Jouer Monsoon; $20

An Accidental Find: No Marks Paste

Kleptomaniacs gravitate towards shiny things, I however seem to gravitate towards anything that promises to do, well anything good for my skin. I mean any-thing. So it's no wonder that I had to try the No Marks face pack (which comes in powder form) when I found it at a gerocery store. One of my friends always raves about the No Marks cream, but I have not found as much success with it as she has.

I used the following ingredients with the No Marks face pack and I got the most amazing results. My skin glowed so much quite a few people asked me what I had done to it. So here is the formula.

  • A few drops of lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • Two teaspoons of milk. You can add more milk to the mixture to get the desired consistency later.
  • A teaspoon of tomato juice. Yes, squeeze one of those tiny grape tomatoes for this one. It's a bit acidic so I recommend trying it out first near your ear to see how you react.
  • A few teaspoons of the No Marks face pack to make a smooth paste

Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off, and there you go.

Incidentally I'm goign to stock up on this No Marks stuff. I really like it. Made my skin baby soft and glowy.

Freida Pinto's Make-up

I was supposed to go to slumdog millionaire before I came to India, but alas, the cold got to me and my friend. I have been dying to go but will be gone by the time it releases here in India. So for now, I'll make do with a breakdown of Freida Pinto's make-up at one of her appearances. And someone please tell me the movie's worth the wait.

Recommended Products:

  • Aveda Inner Lights Tinted Moisture SPF 15
  • Make-up Forever Full Cover Concealor
  • Sally Hanssen
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Sand Castle
  • Smashbox eyeshadow in Bliss
  • MAC eyeshadow in Shale
  • MAC eyeshadow in Brun for brows
  • HIP cream liner in Black
  • CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara
  • LORAC blush in Soul
  • MAC lipliner in Soar
  • MAC lipglass in Pop Mode
Apply tinted moisturizer with a sponge or a brush and blend well. Spot conceal where needed so that you get a flawless base. Set your make-up very lightly with powder so that the glow from your tinted moisturizer is still visible.

It's a very simple look without a lot of eyeshadow overload. So to keep your shadows as true to colour as possible, apply the Sandle Castle cream shadow as a primer.


Tweeze any stray hairs and dip a stiff brush into the Brun eyeshadow and emphasize your brows. Be careful to not make your brows too strong, you want them to be understated but defined.


Apply the Shale eyeshadow on your lid and blend upwards into the crease. Like I said, it's a very understated look.


Apply the Bliss eyeshadow to your brow bone and blend into the crease.


I know I promised a tutorial on tightlining and I swear I'll have it up asap. But until then, line eyes with the HIP cream liner. Make sure to keep the liner as close to the top lashes as possible and line the lower waterline.


Curl lashes and apply Lashblast generously to the top lashes. Then gently coat your lower lashes with a little mascara.


Apply the Soul blush on the apple of the cheek, concentrating most of your blush there. Then gently taper the blush towards the temple.

Line lips with the Soar lipliner and blend it into the lip. Finish off with Pop Mode lipglass.

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