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Review: L'Oreal Paris True Match BB Cream 'G1 Honey'

The BB cream craze has definitely reached its pinnacle in India. With the bouquet of BB creams *where BB stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm* available in the country from majority of skincare and beauty brands, we're kind of spoiled for choice. The latest to join the BB wagon is the L'Oreal True Match BB cream which comes in 3 shades especially created for the Indian skin tone and a number of claims.
So let's get on to the review then.



Disclaimer: The following product was sent by L'Oreal for the purpose of a review on Style File. The thoughts and opinions that are expressed below are honest and of my own.





Packaging:

The BB cream comes in a cream tube with a metallic gold screw on cover and a thin nozzle inside. The outer packaging is attractive and sophisticated with black and gold lettering and contains 30 ml of the product.

Price:

Rs.550/-



Product:

The BB cream has a smooth, creamy texture which allows it to be applied and blended easily. It does not have any fragrance to it which is great for those who tend to be sensitive to product fragrances. It is portable and non-fragile which makes it easy to carry around with you.



Results:

* Pros:

- The texture of the cream which makes it easy to apply.
- The instant brightness and smoothness once the cream is blended.
- The attractive packaging.
- The way it moisturises the skin without making it greasy *even on my oily skin!*
- SPF 35 + which makes it perfect for sun protection.

*Cons:

- The cream needs to blended in well or else, will leave a whitish cast
- Only 3 shades being available. I think a couple of more options would have been better.


Swatch of the product when blended


Rating:

 7.5/10

My advice:

While it does not live up to its claims of 24 hours moisture and re-toning the skin, I think it does a great job in terms of skin protection and texturization. So if you're a BB lover, you should give this one a try as well !

Beauty essentials: What your makeup stash needs.

When I had just begun blogging, the makeup I used was absolutely minimal which was a swipe of lip gloss and kohl at the most. As my outfits grew more elaborate and as my accessories began to increase in order to match the outfits, so did my makeup stash. What started out as nicking my mom's classic red lipstick has led to owning 3 different shades of red. That transition from the kohl rimmed eyes to a silver smokey eyes has been a process of learning about my own skin type, what look suits me and the best products for me.
This post is especially for those who are starting out in makeup and beauty. I'm no expert myself but with whatever knowledge I have, I hope to help you with starting out your very own makeup stash like I did.

Pre-purchase:


  • Find out your skin type. The skin consultants at Clinique stores do a great job in this area *My experience with them is here* and based on this, you can find the best products for your type of skin.
  • Find out your skin tone. The makeup artists at MAC stores are great to determine your skin tone so that you know exactly what shade of products you should in the future.

Next step, the list of beauty essentials: 

  • Foundation & Concealer


You can skimp on a variety of products but never on foundation and concealer. Once you've got your tone and type sorted out, find out whether it is cream, liquid or powder foundation that will suit your skin type best. If you use a liquid or cream based one, use a powder to set it evenly. A few dots of concealer on dark spots and under your eyes can make a world of difference to your face. 

  • Eye liner & Kajal:

Kajal, kohl, eye liner, gel liner, Lakme, eyeconic, Maybelline gel liner

Probably our most used products, Kajal is used to rim the eye which adds a sort of definition to your eyes and furthermore to your face as a whole. Eyeliner, the more tricky cousin of kajal, is for the same purpose of rimming the eye. Liquid eyeliner is tougher to use in the start and requires precision to draw in. That's why gel liner is a better alternative, lasts for hours after you apply in and can be used in a number of ways.

  • Lipstick:

The beauty lover favorite, Lipstick definitely needs no introduction. It adds the perfect pop of colour to compliment or clash with a look. The few shades that ever makeup stash needs are Fuchsia, Classic red, Hot pink, Coral, Neutral pink, Nude which is great when you're starting out to glam up even the most ordinary of outfits.


  • Lip balm & Lip gloss

lip balm, lip gloss, maybelline, baby lips, berry crush

Lip balm cares for your lips in all sorts of ways - by protecting them, nourishing them and repairing them. A lot of balms come with colour and gloss as well which doubles up as not just a skincare product but a makeup product as well. Lip gloss generally comes with fancy things like glitter and shimmer which is great to add a shine to your look.

  • Neutral eyeshadows:

neutral eyeshadow, au natural palette, sleek makeup, neutrals

Neutral eyeshadows are great to begin experimenting with eyeshadow without too much of risk. You can try out a number of styles with just a basic few shades and you do not necessarily need an entire eyeshadow palette like me, even an eyeshadow trio or quad can do the trick for basic eye makeup.

  • Mascara:

Mascara, rimmel, scandaleyes showoff, MAC, zoom lash

As a makeup newbie, I did not realise the value of mascara but thankfully do now. They come is a variety of types mainly for the purposes of volume, length and lash defining and there are even some with colour and glitter as well for a more funky look. A regular black mascara applied patiently and skillfully brightens the eyes, defines them and gives you that fresh-out-of-bed look.

  • Blush:

Blush, Bourjois, blush brush, shimmer, golden, brown

Once your face has got an even tone and shade, a touch of blush does exactly as its name - adds a blush to your face. Choose shades that are not too bright and have minimal shimmer in it. Most importantly while using blush -  use a light hand while applying it so that you can layer if you find it too light. The purpose of a blush isn't to have colour spots on your faces but to add a healthy flush to it.

  • Nail varnish
nail varnish,colorama,MAC,Topshop,NYX,China Glaze


Nail varnish is where you can have your fun with makeup. It is also the area where you don't necessarily need to buy an expensive nail varnish because a good base coat will do the job of protecting your nails and often, the expensive ones aren't much different from the regular ones. Make sure you have a variety of shades - the classic red, the deep hues for winter, the brights for summer and the metallics and glitter ones for a bit of prettiness.

Post-purchase:

  • Store your makeup well and not in direct sunlight. Keep the bottles, tubes, nozzles, brushes and pumps of your products clean and hygienic because it is something that is used directly on your skin and if not cared for properly, could lead to rashes and such.
  • Pay attention to expiry dates, especially of skin based products and do not use them past the expiry date as they could lead to skin problems. 
  • Remove makeup from your skin gently  with a baby oil or a makeup remover and cotton pads. Do not scrub it off harshly or else that could damage your skin.
  • My personal suggestion is, do not use makeup on a daily basis. Your skin needs times to breathe and heal itself so whenever you can, give your skin a breather and keep it makeup free. 


So that's it for my beauty essentials post. For details on any of the above products, I'd be glad to let you know and I do hope my post helps you in making good makeup choices henceforth.
PS: Any feedback and suggestions are always welcomed, dolls.

xo
Dayle

Lakme Fashion Week diaries #4: Shyamal & Bhumika and Bisou Bisou

The final day at Lakme Fashion Week was jam-packed with  a number of shows, collections and of course, celebrity showstoppers. After powering through most of the day with a great lunch, there were two shows that I thought stood out from the rest.

Shyamal & Bhumika

lakme fashion week shyamal bhumika lehenga jacket


lakme fashion week shyamal bhumika anarkali lehenga sherwani turban

 Decadent would be the perfect word to describe the entire collection which consisted of Indian wear such an anarkali suits, lehengas, sarees as well as sherwanis for the men.

lakme fashion week shyamal bhumika saree

lakme fashion week shyamal bhumika lehenga sherwani

lakme fashion week shyamal bhumika lehenga

 They used a number of materials like brocade, silk, chiffon and velvet upon which a variety of embellishment and gold thread work was designed. The colours used were almost all of them and the colour combinations seemed odd to me since I found a number of them did not blend well together. Ethnic accessories like heavy dangler earrings, turbans, mojris and mang tikkas completed the look. Dia Mirza was the showstopper for the collection and looked like the perfect bride in red, gold and flowing curls as she took to the ramp with Shyamal and Bhumika.

shyamal bhumika dia mirza

shyamal bhumika dia mirza


Bisou Bisou 

sheer orange neckline embellishment peplum bisou bisou lakme fashion week

sheer black peplum bisou bisou lakme fashion week

Bisou Bisou, a contemporary Parisian brand by Michele Bohbot was launched by Reliance Trends and showcased its first collection in India at Lakme Fashion Week's final day.

digital prints bisou bisou lakme fashion week

achromatic black and white bisou bisou lakme fashion week

maxi dress bisou bisou lakme fashion week

achromatic black and white bisou bisou lakme fashion week

The collection was very trendy and narrowed on all of the hottest trends of the moment like sequins, peplum, sheers and digital prints. Owing to the fact that the collection was so relatable, I'm sure most of us would love to pick up a piece or two from the collections. There were occasional bursts of colour but the latter half of the collection optimised on the achromatic/black and white trend with all the garments in these shades. That being said, although I found the collection so wearable for an average girl like me; showcasing trends that are currently in fashion seems dated and doesn't provide the punch a collection needs.
Priyanka Chopra was the showstopper for the collection and took a final walk with Michele Bohbot but not before she blew a kiss to the audience. Bisou Bisou has around 33 in-store shops at Reliance Trends outlets so if you like what you see, check them out.

priyanka chopra bisou bisou lakme fashion week

lakme fashion week michele bohbot priyanka chopra bisou bisou

                                                                                                   Photography: Leo Alemao for Style File


A shoutout to my amazingly talented boyfriend and blog partner for the stunning shots at Lakme Fashion Week and all year long as well.

For more on Lakme Fashion Week, check this out.



xo
Dayle 

Lakme Fashion Week diaries #3: Amit Aggarwal and Pria Kataria Puri

The 2nd day of Lakme Fashion Week was the most exhausting one, I found. Sitting through shows all morning with a solitary mochachino at midday to pull me through the rest of the evening is definitely not the high-fashion image one would have in mind but then again, fashion isn't all pretty clothes and shiny baubles.
I've covered the first half of Lakme Fashion Week day 2 previously so by the time second half of the day rolled around, I thought I had seen it all for the day. But no, I hadn't. The collections in the second half came as a pleasant surprise and proved to be the perfect pick-me-up that I needed.


Amit Aggarwal

moulding metallics gown beadwork drapes bustier sheer for amit aggarwal at lakme fashion week 2013

moulding metallics gown beadwork drapes bustier sheer for amit aggarwal at lakme fashion week 2013

moulding metallics gown beadwork drapes bustier sheer for amit aggarwal at lakme fashion week 2013

Amit Aggarwal, whose first time it was showcasing Indian wear, definitely made an impression with his collection. I found it to be a mix of ethnicity and space-age elements. Metallic shades of gold, bronze and silvers took centre stage. The draping on the bottom half of the ensemble *as seen above* was beautiful and added a certain elegance to it all. Beadwork of the bustiers and sheer necklines were consistent through many of the looks. The slicked back hair and silver ponytail-esque headgear used were in theme with the whole futuristic vibe of the show. Besides that, the ruffles and moulding on the waists and hems of the many a skirt added to it.

moulding metallic gown sheer for amit aggarwal at lakme fashion week 2013

moulding metallics gown beadwork sheer for amit aggarwal at lakme fashion week 2013

moulding metallic gown beadwork embellishment for amit aggarwal at lakme fashion week 2013


moulding metallics gown beadwork sheer for amit aggarwal at lakme fashion week 2013


Pria Kataria Puri

Laser show for pria kataria puri at lakme fashion week 2013

Pria Kataria's show began with a laser show which set the mood for the certainly the most punchy and glitzy show of Lakme Fashion Week.

earthy tones abstract green dress roman sandals halter maxi dress for pria kataria puri at lakme fashion week 2013

earthy tones abstract green dress roman sandals for pria kataria puri at lakme fashion week 2013

earthy tones abstract  gown blue for pria kataria puri at lakme fashion week 2013

                                         earthy tones abstract sequins fur menswear for pria kataria puri at lakme fashion week 2013

Her collection showcased a number of various all elements all brought together on one stage. She stuck to earthy shades but used the occasional neon.The silhouettes were relaxed and flowing with many a kaftan, maxi skirt and halter dress. The print was reminiscent of the scarf print we saw last year as well as a more abstract one. I found the touch of fur used was unnecessary and didn't add much to the looks. Metallics were included in terms of accessories and footwear. And yes, the sequins came out at their shiniest best. She also debuted her menswear collection which included kaftans, cropped trousers and bold abstract prints. Mahie Gill was the showstopper and took to the ramp in an embellished fitted dress with Pria Kataria Puri for the final walk.
   earthy tones abstract bikini fur menswear for pria kataria puri at lakme fashion week 2013

earthy tones bows abstract for pria kataria puri at lakme fashion week 2013

sequins bows peplum lakme fashion week 2013

mahie gill and pria kataria puri lakme fashion week 2013

                                                                                              Photography: Leo Alemao for Style File


For more on Lakme Fashion Week, check this out.

xo
Dayle

Neonise

So dolls, currently the rains are doing their last lap in the city and we're in the period of transition which basically makes it the second summer of the year. With printed pants making a splash this summer, a pair of funky patterned palazzos i.e this beaut really caught my eye when I was street shopping one day. Adding neon rimmed sunnies and bright lipstick while minusing sleeves came together perfectly for the look.







Black graphic print racer back top - Fcuk (London) | Neon printed palazzo pants - Street stall (Bandra) | Transparent sling bag - Self made [DIY tutorial here] | Neon rimmed sunglasses - Gifted (London) | Wedges - Ginger [previously seen here] | Bangles - Street stall (Colaba) | On my nails - Lil' Bling 'Diamonds & Pearls' (London) | On my lips - MAC 'Lady Danger' [previously seen here]



Printed pants are a tad scary to try out as they were for me too so keeping in mind the neon prints, I kept the rest of the outfit in a basic black. My comfy wedges added more height to the pants and the transparent sling bag was clear and minimal enough to keep the focus where it should be - on those palazzo pants.


PS: I'm hosting a Style File + L'oreal True Match BB cream giveaway on my Facebook page right here. It's simple as ever so do join in!

xo
Dayle

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