- Micellar water – This product has become a must-have in my routine, one swipe on a cotton round and even my heaviest makeup products break down. Remember always remove your makeup after your home to prevent clogged pores!
- Face Wash -This face wash is lightweight and foaming. I like to rub it into my damp face in circular motions using my fingertips. I do this twice a day, and it helps significantly with my oily spots!
- Scrub-This scrub has been a go-to since my early teenage years. My mom first introduced this to me when I started getting acne bumps. With a light bit of steam and pressure in circular upward motions, this products smooth out your skin and works wonders! Use three times a week for the best results
- toner- This toner tingles as you apply it, but the best part is that you can actually see the pore shrink. Since scrubs open my pores up, I use this right after!
- Masks are the best pick-me-ups for the skin! Although I don’t get time to do this every day, I try to use a make once a week depending on skin issue. I use a variety of brands, but my favorite is creme as it has the best sheet masks!
- This product has greatly helped with my combination skin. Its lightweight and water like, unlike most of the heavy creams most people use.
- This product doubles up as a foundation, so I use it when I’m going out to run errands, go to class, or out for a quick lunch during the day.
- Prep the face with a moisturizer and a primer. A good primer pick is thepore professional primer.As you apply each layer of product, let the coat prior dry!
- Start by applying a foundation for a base. Hello Happy Foundation by benefit is a good pick!
- Conceal under eyes with Maybelline age rewind concealer and blend it to match the face naturally.
- Let it dry! The best way to avoid the cake face is to let products dry!
- Use a cream contour stick (I use the Maybelline fit me foundation stick in coconut) and make a light line going diagonally from the base of your cheekbone following down its natural curve and stopping where your eyes start. Draw a light line under your jawline to give it a sharper look, and also the corners of your forehead if it is too large in your opinion. Blend all the cream contour with a stiff headed brush. Make sure to blend up when on your cheekbone area and forehead. However, blend down on your jawline!
- Use a blush, right above your contour and blend it out to touch your contour. I recommend any blush from the NARissist wanted cheek palette, depending on your skin tone.
- Use the benefit gimme brow gel to set your eyebrows.
- For eyes use a light brown eyeshadow as a base (naked basics color primal works best!), follow that with a pink color that matches your blush for the crease and blend the eyeshadows to avoid harsh lines.
- Then, use a brown kajal and line your eyelash baseline, I recommend the loreal smoldering eyeliner. Now, use a thin-tipped brush to smudge your line.
- Finally, take a brown eye brush pen and create a winged tip, I recommend the Kat Von D tattoo liner in brown.
- End the look with a pink lip! I recommend the Givenchy lipstick linked here.
- Not eating a balanced diet
Growing up with an Indian family, it was easy to forget about the worries of eating. Mummy did that for us! Indian moms are pros at cooking homemade food every day for breakfast lunch and dinner, as well as making sure the whole family eats on time. But now you cant take Mummy Ji to college with you… Going from whole grain roti to white bread at the dinning hall will make you gain weight! So be sure to learn how to cook from your mom, or if you live close enough ask her to pack your food every 2-3 days.
- Not knowing when to say NO
Whether it’s your friends begging you to go to a club meeting or your best friend waiting on facetime you will always be faced with tough choices. There are a million fun things to do, and a million people convincing you to waste time with them. Learn to say no, it’s okay to put yourself first. Events pop up every week in college, but your midterm exam only pops up once that semester, who will you say yes to?
- Not keeping a Planner
I can’t survive without a planner! I need to know what I’m doing all week in advance, so I don’t get distracted from work or miss out on the fun! A planner can help you remember dates and learn time management. Not everything has to be all work or all fun, as long as you learn to manage your time!
- Coming in with a set major
Yes, they make you pick a major during applications, but the truth is if you force yourself to stick to one thing you’ll question yourself later. You don’t want to be a 40-year-old business woman who came back to fill in pre-reqs for MED school. Explore your first semester, and talk to your advisor about the courses you enjoy, this should be a guiding line for them. For example, I have always hated plant related biology, and chemistry isn’t my favorite either. However, I love human biology anatomy and physiology; also I had a love for psychology. After a lengthy conversation with my academic advisor, I was set on a Neuroscience major! No matter how ridiculous or specific your likes are, there is always a major out there for you!
- Too much coffee
You would think coffee is the solution to everything, and for a while it is. But the headache reliefs and energy bursts coffee gives are just temporary. It’ll end up that you got a sugar rush with the help of coffee, that faded off to turn into a sleepy energy deprived mood. Moreover, coffee before studying for an exam is horrible for you! as in many cases caffeine causes anxiety. Try something different like jade citrus mint tea from Starbucks; the citrus provides a boost in immune health while the mint refreshes you!
- Not joining clubs
College is quicker than you’d expect. In a blink, you’ll be getting ready to write a grad school application, and that’s where your sorority won’t cut it. A major related club is an asset to add to your application. It shows schools that you put in the time to do what you love and enjoy it enough to start applying it! The best way to build up your application is to begin freshman year. Before you even get to college keep a list of 3 sororities, two major related clubs, and two clubs of interest. It seems like a lot, but you won’t have time for it all and will end up eliminating what’s not important by the end of the year. The point is to explore everything enough, that you find one or two things you can passionately write about on applications.
- Not going planning out a schedule for the next 4 years
Having a schedule planned for the next four years will allow you to stay on top of your game when it comes to picking classes. You’ll know exactly what to choose when, and this decreases the chances of you missing out on a requirement because you’re waiting on an advisor. Moreover, it also gives you a sense of direction for the next 4 years.
- Keeping up the fake smile
College is far! You don’t always have to hide that lousy quiz grade or that drama with your friends. If you involve your parents a bit more in your life rather than pushing them away with a fake smile, chances are they will come to understand and conform to your ways a bit more. Plus, parents are the friends that can’t gossip about you! So your secrets always stay safe…
- Study Groups
STUDY GROUPS ARE A HORRIBLE IDEA. I have no idea which crazy human invented these, but study groups are a distracting mess! You might go in with a study mindset… but in a 7 person group; 3 people will be clueless and ask you questions, 2 will come to watch Netflix, and 2 will distract you all! with MEMES….
- Forgetting about your hobbies
College is busy, and finding your place in the world is hard. However, your hobbies are what keep you sane. Always take an hour a week to keep yourself unique and do what makes you happy! Swim, write, paint, run, shop! Do whatever it is that keeps your heart free, after all, you only live once.
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Benefit Cosmetics is slowly becoming my go to brand! The more I try their products the more I get addicted. But of course like any brand, there are some products I love more than others! Here is a list of some of my top favorites.
1. For the brows
gimme brow+ volumizing eyebrow gel Gimme brow+ tinted eyebrow gel contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition. The custom tiny, tapered brush provides easy, mess-proof application. Poof…fuller-looking brows magically appear!
Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation This lightweight foundation evens out skintone and blurs imperfections with soft-focus optical blurring spheres. With a natural-matte finish and light-to-medium coverage, it looks like skin and feels like nothing at all !
3. Color on Colors !
benetint cheek & lip stain original rose-tinted stain is kiss-proof, see-through color for lips & cheeks that lasts for hours. Originally created for an exotic dancer in the 1970s, benetint has soared to cult fave status. It’s loved by celebs, makeup artists and gals around the world.
4. Blur Away!
the POREfessional quickly minimizes the appearance of pesky imperfections for smoother-than-smooth skin that looks practically “poreless!” Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. The translucent formula contains a vitamin E derivative known to protect skin from free radicals.
Arangetram Season has been here! Every summer 100s of hard working Indian dancers have their Arangetrams. This year one of my closest friend’s is having her Arangetram, and like any bestie, I am way too excited! A significant time for these hard-working beauties, this event ends up being like a mini wedding, and the struggle for supporters and attendees like me comes down to “What should I wear this season?” Here are some ideas on what to wear to your best friend’s Arangetram!
- Janhvi Kapoor’s pretty pink styled Kurti is the perfect mix of stylish and girly. The earrings are my favorite part of the look!!! they really tie it all together.
2. Alia Bhatt’s anarkali is grand, the Manhish Malhotra anarkali with delicate gold details is an easy pick.
3. Aditi Rao Hydari’s yellow and white floral Kurti is perfect for the summer season, and once again take a peek at those gorgeous earrings !!!
4. Athiya Shetty looks gorgeous in this light weight cotton dress that’s just perfect for the summer. The net dhupatta and red lips is really what makes this event worthy! Look fabulous and event worthy without burning up!
5. Kareena looks elegant and gorgeous in this pink heavy embroidered Kurti ! Perfect for those fashionista besties out there…
6. Dark Blue is color that makes a bold statement even without too much embroidery !
Neetu Kapoor was probably my favorite actress from the golden days of Bollywood! Growing up with parents who loved old Indian movies, rubbed off on me too! From the glamourous Rekha to Dream Girl Hema Malini the ladies back in the day were gorgeous and without plastic surgery! But one actress whose beauty is glowing till date is Ranbir Kapoor’s mum Neetu Kapoor. Her round eyes and beautifully structured face, with that flawless skin, is something I envy! And although she recently turned 60, she truly defines “growing with grace!” These are some of my favorite picture of the Bollywood beauty !
For years I’ve been through the struggle of finding a foundation perfect for my Indian skin tone. Brands like Two faced, Mac, Estee Lauder, and Bare Minerals were too thick (clogged my pores too much) or didn’t have a shade that matched my skin tone. Finally! My search has come to an end…. Hello Happy Soft Blur foundation by Benefit is my new best friend!
The foundation is lightweight and doesn’t clog the pores, yet blurs them out beautifully like its name claims. The consistency is a little runny, but personally, I love that as it gives me buildable coverage and makes it easily blendable. I like to build it up for a dramatic party look, but on regular days I want a little less coverage and more brightening for a natural face. The price is quite affordable running up at 29$ at Sephora. The size of the foundation is similar to most other big brands out there (30 ml), so it’s worth the price. Also, can we take a minute to appreciate that adorable packaging! But, all this aside, the biggest blessing is that has an SPF (15) built into it! Thank you Benefit Cosmetics!
The only issue I see people running into is the limited number of tones this foundation comes in. There are only 12 shades of the foundation, and since I found my perfect color in the first go, I didn’t try mixing them.
This foundation worked beautifully for my combination skin. Here is a little about my skin to give you some insight;
- color: 4 (medium-neutral)
- combination skin
- dark brown hair and light brown eyes
- large pores
- uneven skin tone
- a bit of sun damage