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Things to remember while buying Make up Products

In one of my posts, I shared Tips and tricks for smart shopping. In this post I am going to share the things you should remember while buying Make up Products.

Make a List :


Making a list is always first on my list. Always Always make a list. Not just saves Money but also Time.

Free Make overs:


If you are not sure on what to buy, go and try the Make up at the stores. There are free make overs at the malls,give them a try. Almost all the Make up stores are more than glad to help you decide which make up suits you.

Try it on by yourself:


When you get a rough idea on what to buy, try them out by yourself. Because its you who puts them on everytime. This will help you know how it looks on you and also to practice the techniques if you didn’t know earlier.

Walk Around:

If you are sure on what to buy, go ahead and pick it up. If not then walk around. You dont have to buy every store you go to. But be nice to the sales people at the counter. Meanwhile check how the make up looks on you in Natural light. If this helps you decide go back and own them.

Take a Friend along:


It is always fun to take a friend along isn’t it. And the best, they can help you decide.

Once you decide on what to buy remember to quickly check for these things:

Expiry date: 


  • Make it a habit to check for the expiry dates for anything you buy.
  • Check for the Packaging. If the packaging is ideal for your needs. But this can be missed.

5 Tips and Tricks to shop smart

My heart broke into pieces when i had to give away almost all my make up products as I was sure i would not finish them with in the expiry date. I noticed I had 3 or 4 of the same products and the products barely used. Okay now I dont even have to say it out loud I am a Make up addict. Not as much as i do make up but I love buying them. I still remember the days when I wanted to do the research about blogging and stuff, I got hooked to these beauty and make up blogs. And these blogs and the tutorials make make up so easy that i bought all the possible products to try it on.


The problem came where i was waiting for weekends to shop for the products I wanted to try certain style of make up and Don’t forget my online shopping orders too. Thousands of money went into that. And what happened to all that stuff. When it came I tried it on, and when it did not turn out as good as i thought, it found its place at the back of my drawer. It lied there dusted and forgotten. And the cycle repeats. This was my make up saga 2 years ago. So what happened 2 years ago that changed my perspective about shopping? The obvious thing. I was broke. I could not afford any of these products and i was forced to use whatever i already own. Believe me, you will come up with the most innovative and creative ways to use the products. So thats it, I had to be broke to stop me from this obsession. Well I am not saying even you should be broke too. But being smart and saving money doesn’t hurt anyone. I am hoping these tips will help you to be a smart shopper.

  1. Make a list:


Yes make a list  of all the things you want to buy for yourself. Now take a good look at that list and Differentiate between the basic essentials and the ones you fancy to own. For example, face/body washes, moisturizers, lotions, shampoos, you get it right! what includes here. The Things you fancy to own are, you dont need them ,you just want to buy because you saw them online or because of the attractive packaging or you want to start using that particular product. Once you get this sorted you will now have a clear idea on what to buy first.

2. Budget:


This is the most important thing in every aspect. BUDGET. As we are talking about the Make up and beauty shopping set a budget for that. This is what I do, I set a budget for my personal expenses and that includes my shopping too. Once I am done with buying the essentials, I have an idea on how much is remaining. I either spend that on buying what comes in that budget or save it for next time. A bonus tip, Always Carry cash with you while shopping, it helps you stay with in the budget.

3. Research: 


Now this is where all that obsession with blogs and you tube videos comes in handy. Before you decide on what u want to buy, do a bit of research online. There are many reviews of the same product from the professionals and a clear description of the products. Check these before you step out to buy anything. See what you liked about that product and cross refer whether it is your style or it suits you, then decide. It saves both time and money. As much as we get tempted seeing the videos and reading the reviews online, it is important to check with yourself whether you will use that product or not. One more thing, go through your drawer just to be sure that product you eyeing to buy is already not in your vanity .

4. No Discounts/Sales:


This is a real tester. How many times I walked through the make up counters and bought the stuff i didnt need because they were on sale. It was like “oh they are on sale we should buy them” so what if we dont need them. if its there we will use them isn’t it?.  Actually, the excitement of picking up stuff on sales goes away as soon as we reach home. When you dont need it what is the point of paying even the discounted price for it. Be strong. Stick to your list. And walk away ever so proudly from those counters without buying anything you dont need.

5. Buy Later:


When in confusion always buy later. Come home and wait for a day or two. By then you would know whether you want to buy it or not. If you are really sure you want to pick it up go ahead and buy or if you still in dilemma Take along a friend/someone whose decision you value and take their opinion. This way you can make a fun day out of it too.


For your regular products, you can check for online offers. If you buying anything new always buy it from the store or remember the name and number and order online.

Shopping should be fun not a regrettable or painful experience. I hope with these tips you will make your shopping experience a smart and fun one.

Stay wise and shop wise.:-)

Budget Make up Haul

This post is for the reference to those who are on a budget for make up or the one who wants to buy the make up products for the first time. Few days ago, I went to one of the Health and Glow stores in bangalore and picked up the make up essentials which I thought are the basic products every one should have. I wanted to check whether I could buy the products without compromising on the quality. I kept the budget for Rs.1000 + Rs.500. For the daily look and the party look. Here are the details of the Haul.


Maybelline Clear Glow (All in one) Fairness Compact powder

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal

Maybelline The Hypercurl volume Express

Maybelline Baby Lips

Revlon colorstay Links Eye shadow

Colorbar Lipstick (Peach crush)

Maybelline Clear Glow (All in one) Fairness Compact powder

Price : Rs. 199/-


This is my second purchase from the same line. I was looking for a compact powder to carry it along while travelling and for the touch ups. As the loose powder is a bit difficult to use. The first one was the #02 Nude Beige. This time I picked up #04 Sand beige. My skin changes its color whenever I change my location. This serves the purpose for me. It sets the make up and mattifies and gives a very light coverage. East to carry it around. Ideal for Travel.

Maybelline The Colossal Kajal

Price: Rs. 199/


Again this is my second one. I used this when it was launched and I forgot how it was. When I saw this I wanted to give it a try again and see how it works. Well, it works good. Easy to apply. One stroke is enough and can be applied on the water line as well. Staying power is good.

Maybelline The Hypercurl volume Express

Price : Rs. 300/-


This is my first product from the maybelline mascara range. It does not curl the lashes as claims but defines them for sure. If you are looking for just highlighting then this is a good one to try.

Maybelline Baby Lips

Price: Rs. 175/-


Well, I dont have to say how it works, I am sure most of you already used or using this one. I picked up baby lips Color Tropical Punch. This gives a slight tint on the lips.

Revlon colorstay Links Eye shadow

Price :Rs. 195/- and Rs. 175/- (Blue shadow is Rs. 175/- and the pink is Rs. 195/- ).


I was looking for single eyeshadows for a long time but did not get a chance to pick any. When I saw these I found them so cute and picked up the blue shade. It came in the budget and I could just pick whichever shade I wanted. When I picked up the Blue shade, SA (Sales Assistant) says, I have to pick atleast 2 shades. As my heart was already set on the blue shade, thought I will pick another one. Picked a Pink one. Coming to how I liked them…Not much. It has shimmer and can spread all over the eye area. Though the colors look good, I dont like the way it looks on me. Didnt get a chance to use them during night and I think they look better for the party / casual Make up.

Colorbar Lipstick (Peach crush)

Price: Rs. 299/-


I loooove this lipstick. It Peach shade and instantly brightens my face. This became my go to lipstick these days. It glides on smoothly and moisturizes. Does not dry out the lips. Though does not stay for long I dont mind re applying it. At this price I would say give it a try.

This is my Budget haul. All these products costed me Rs.1542/-. There are variety of options for you to pick any without compromising on the quality. There are online discounts. If you want to go to store and pick up then you can personally try it out on your own. You can skip the eye shadows and can replace them with BB cream or anything you looking for. Stay wise and Shop wise.