Sisterhood of the world bloggers award.. :-)

I am excited that I have been nominated by the very sweet Natasha from blondebeauty13 for the Sisterhood of the world bloggers award.. I am grateful that fellow bloggers recognize me as one of them.. It means a lot to me.. Thank you Natasha!

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For those not familiar with these kind of blog awards, basically I answer questions set forth by the host (blondebeauty13 in my case).. and then I get to nominate 10 fellow bloggers and get them to answer my questions.. It helps to get to know the bloggers a little better each time.. 🙂 and then the chain continues..

Here are the questions:

1. What’s your favourite makeup brush brand?
Aghhh.. It is really tough for me to choose one brand because the brands vary in quality and pricing! So, I’ll cheat on this one and pick three so I can address various budgets.. 😉 My high end pick are brushes by Wayne Goss, my relatively affordable pick is Sigma and my affordable brush brands are Real Techniques and Elf! I am amazed at how good quality their brushes are for the price..
2. What is your favourite highstreet clothes store?
I am not a very brand conscious person.. My style is quite casual and I like anything that’s comfortable.. The store I like in the US is JC Penny.. I think their clothes are well worth the price.. Other stores I like are Forever21, Macys and Kohls..
3. Favourite highstreet makeup brand?
Hmmm…. hmmmm…. Probably Revlon.. Since many of my drugstore products are from that brand.. I also enjoy products by Loreal..
4. What is on your top 3 high-end makeup wish list?
Lol.. I have such a loooooooong list of high-end makeup wish list!! Top 3 would be Tom Ford eye shadow quad in orchid haze or cocoa mirage or cognac sable, Paula Dorf sheer crease brush (I can never seem to find this brush!) and Chanel blushes!
5. If you could only choose two items of makeup for the rest of your life, which would it be?
I would say Concealer since it can double up as a foundation.. I can always sheer it out if the need be.. The second product is a tie between a setting powder and a lip stain! I need both! lol..
6. Matte or glossy lipstick?
I prefer Matte and creamy lipsticks.. not glossy..
7. Favourite colour lipstick/gloss?
I absolutely love Tarte lipsurgence in Envy! I have finished two tubes of that and am onto my third tube.. It’s my go-to product for any look.. It looks quite natural on my skin tone..
8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
hmm… Its tough.. I am torn between two cities.. Mumbai and San francisco! Mumbai because that’s where I was born and was raised for the most part and my family lives there.. San Francisco for its sheer beauty! Both cities are special to me..
9. If you were to be one of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S characters, which would you be?
I don’t watch much of F.R.I.E.N.D.S on my own.. Hubby, on the other hand is a huge fan! So, I do end up watching some episodes here and there.. I am assuming I have to choose a female character.. I would probably be a hybrid of Monica and Rachel..
10. Lastly, what’s your signature scent?
None. I am not a perfume gal. I do have some.. most of them are gifts or samples.. I use them infrequently.. But, I am fond of Jasmine scented products if that counts!…
I haven’t checked if the following bloggers have done this before but here’s my list of bloggers that I nominate for this award..
1. http://www.missbeautyadikt.co.uk/
2. http://allrosie.wordpress.com/
3. http://yaniquesgillana.blogspot.com/
4. http://littlebitsoph.com/
5. http://kissablecomplexions.com/
6. http://www.everydaymakeupblog.com/
7. http://makeupbyshanamassy.wordpress.com/
8. http://makeupbyeesha.blogspot.com/
9. http://sayhellotogorgeous.wordpress.com/
10. http://goldbeautymua-mevish.blogspot.com/
I’ll just keep it to 5 questions.. 😉 Here we go:
1. What is your favorite skincare product?
2. What made you start blogging?
3. What is your favorite concealer for acne scars or other discolorations?
4. What hair products do you use between one wash to the next, including styling?
5. What is your favorite family of color?
Thank you folks for taking time and making it through this long post.. I hope you had fun reading.. 🙂

Liebster Award Tag!!

I am so excited to share that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Cheyenne.. Thank you once again Cheyenne for the tag.. You can read more from Cheyenne at http://confessionsofamixedbeauty.wordpress.com/

The Liebster award is not really an Award/Trophy but is more of a tag where a fellow blogger chooses 10 bloggers (with under 200 followers) who they think is worthy of more subscribers..

So, she tagged me as one such blogger.. In turn, I have to answer Cheyenne’s questions and choose 10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers who are worth reading and have them answer questions I come up with.. It’s basically like passing on the torch..  🙂

Here are the questions Cheyenne asked:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I basically needed an outlet for my madness for makeup & skin care but did not have people around who shared this passion to the same extent as mine.. Also, I found that there was a dearth of information for women of color, especially for olive-tanned skin tone.. Since there wasn’t much out there, I wanted to try and help others who have/had similar questions and share what I knew.. and so, I started blogging!

2.What has been the most difficult thing about blogging? the easiest?

The most difficult thing about blogging is finding your own style of writing and keeping it fresh for readers.. Also, the time one has to invest in blogging is way more than one anticipates! 😉

The easiest thing about blogging is that you are writing about what you love! That makes it easy and fun.. I am constantly learning new things..  🙂

3. Do you have a favorite beauty brand?

Quite a few actually.. depends on the category of product though.. Overall, I really like Make Up For Ever, MAC, NARS and Inglot..

4. If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I would love to travel across Europe, especially to Denmark since people there are supposed to be the happiest on earth and also to Ireland – I fell in love with after watching P.S. I Love You!

5. What is your favorite store ?

For Cosmetics, Sephora since there are so many brands under one roof and I like their BI and VIB program..

6. What is the best beauty tip you have?

Instead of buying different colored eye liners, just buy a multi-color eyeshadow palette like the ones from BH cosmetics or ELF or coastal scents (anything cheap) and a soft black eyeliner.. Line your top lashline with the pencil and smudge it.. Apply the eyeshadow of choice over the black liner and voila, you’ll have a colored eye liner.. Or you could swap the black liner and get Duraline from Inglot and convert any eyeshadow into a liquid eyeliner that doesn’t budge!

7. What is your favorite beauty trick?

After applying foundation, wipe over your eyebrows with a cotton bud dipped in a bit of water.. It’ll remove the excess foundation stuck in your brows.. You’ll be amazed at how much better your brows look just by doing this! This works best on darker brows..

8. What is one product you couldn’t live without?

Concealer!

9. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?

Living with my grandparents during holidays.. 🙂

10. If you had to eat the same thing every day for a year what would you choose?

Seafood! Anything with seafood! I love seafood! Did I mention Seafood?!! 😉

Another food I can live with eating every day would be an omelette! Yummy…

11. Where do you buy most of your beauty products?

Mostly online (for products out of my reach) and Sephora..

I really enjoyed answering these questions.. and now for the toughest part, finding 10 other bloggers with <200 followers!

I am tagging the following bloggers for the Liebster Award..

1. http://www.kofykat.com/

2. http://bugsbeautyblog.com/

3. http://perptualprogress.wordpress.com/

4. http://themakeupmanual.com/

5. http://zoegirlbeauty.wordpress.com/

6. http://indianbeautybox.wordpress.com/

7. http://planetfemmina.com/

8. http://gatorglamgirl.wordpress.com/

9. http://redlipstickandbeautyspots.wordpress.com/

10. http://scribblewithliner.wordpress.com/

and the Questions I am asking are: 

1. What is your style of makeup?

2. What is your favorite makeup product?

3. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?

4. What is your favorite skin care product?

5. Why did you start blogging?

6. What is your favorite season? and Why?

7. What inspires you (makeup related)?

8. What is your profession?

9. Amongst Bollywood/Hollywood actresses, whose makeup do you admire the most?

10. What do you love about makeup?

Beauty Blogger Tag.. :-)

I was reading Kofykat’s post (http://kofykat.wordpress.com/) and really enjoyed reading this tag..  She tagged everybody – So I thought this would be a good way for you to get to know me a bit better.. 🙂

1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.

Hmm… that’s a tough one.. I usually do all things possible… The only routine I can think of is that I avoid cream products on my face since I have oily/combination skin..

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?

Yes.. It is directly proportional to how many brushes I am using at the moment.. But, all frequently used brushes go for a deep clean wash at least once in 2 weeks..

3. How long will you last with chipped nail varnish?

I hate to see my nail polish chip.. I rather have no polish than have a chipped one..

I ll usually add a second coat if its just one finger and its early in the week.. But, if its a Friday, I would wait until Saturday/Sunday to take it all off before changing my nail enamel.. So, the maximum I can go with chipped nail varnish is a day.. (unless I am deserted on an island or in a hospital or something)!

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it (i.e., top coat, foundation and so on)?

Never. I always have back-ups way in advance of running out of my fav products.. and have too much stuff lying around that can be worked with if it ever happens..

5. What is your worst beauty habit?

I don’t throw away makeup! I have some beauty products that are close to a decade old.. Yikes!! I know.. I have a hard time throwing away stuff that works! I don’t believe in only using a certain category of product for a certain time (months/years).. I use things as long as they work well… The moment they stop performing, they land in the trash.. 🙂

I am also guilty of sometimes picking on my zits.. (subconsciously while watching tv/videos online).. Although, I try and stop it as soon as I am aware of what I am doing.. 😛

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.

Working out!! lol.. I know.. I am lazzzyyy!!! I just feel too exhausted to work out after coming back from school (read excuses)..

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?

Never.. I hate being late and not looking presentable.. So, I always take my time to get ready ahead of time.. or cut short my routine if I am running late/wake up late.. But I’ll still be there on time.. 🙂

8. Can you commit to spending bans?

Nope… I dont think so.. Although I have never tried one.. 😛
I am a major shopaholic at heart..

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collections?

Very!.. They are neatly arranged on my nail polish rack (by brand and color) and on my vanity table & drawers.. 🙂

10. What is the longest time you’ve gone without writing a blog post?

Hmm… less than a week I think… I usually write multiple posts and they are hanging around in my drafts, if I need any when I don’t have the time to write.. 🙂

I hope this was interesting.. I am tagging everybody reading this! Have a wonderful day / evening.. Would love to hear about you..