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Glowing skin is always in

Few months ago, I started developing cystic acne around my jawline and it would never subside or calm down. I switched to various face wash, creams and changed my entire skincare routine but it left me with utter disappointment, the acne would only get worse and not better. I tried few home remedies but I felt that was a disaster to my skin as I started developing fresh acne and my skin texture felt like it was ruptured. Therefore I finally decided to visit my aesthetic surgeon @fauziyadastagir and I explained to her about my experience with regards to acne.During my first visit with her , my face was filled with acne and I was literally in tears while explaining my condition to her. She made me calm down and kept me under treatment with her supervision, she was always there to see the progress during the treatment, she took care of me like her own baby and I am so grateful to have her by my side. Today it’s been a while and I am still under her treatment but I can see visible results. My skin is healing , acne are in control and I feel more confident and bold right now. I could have never thought of taking a selfie like this without any Makeup, this is my bare skin and I am literally not wearing any makeup. A big thanks to @kosmoderma
and @fauziyadastagir for their endless cooperation.

Acne can be caused due to various reasons, sometimes it’s genetic , or may be age factor and sometimes women also develop acne during pregnancy . It’s just a hormonal imbalance and has to be treated. Please get your acne treated and never go ahead with home remedies and salon facials, they are waste of time and money.

God bless you all and have a great day ahead.

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THE LOCKDOWN DIWALI

Hope everyone had a blissful and a safe diwali this year specially while we are going through a pandemic. This year for diwali, I wasn’t sure about my outfit and my entire look , until I saw this layered necklace at @aaranyarentaljewellery . The moment me and my mom spotted this necklace , the first thing that crossed our heads was the Mughal inspired jewelry by @sabyasachijewelry . I have always admired @sabyasachijewelry for their intricate designs and for their perfect blend of modern and contemporary while keeping the traditions alive. My mom knows how much I love Mughal jewelry specially for their antique and royal look and for their craftsmanship. As a teenager , I had watched Jodha Akbar movie several times specially for their Mughal jewelry, I would give attention to every detailing while watching the movie, let it be their costumes,makeup and most important the jewelry. The Mughal jewelry gives a royal touch without making the jewelry look too blingy. Therefore this layered necklace is a perfect blend of modern and traditional , specially the pearls in the jewelry creates a statement and compliments the entire necklace. Hence I wanted to complete my entire look with this layered necklace and I am totally flattered by the compliments I have received on my dm , comments and on whatsapp.

Thank you so much everyone. Your love and blessings means a lot to me and I totally enjoyed this year diwali with my loved one’s and with my family. Yet to enjoy diwali with my friends too, certainly looking forward for that 壟.

Love you all so very much, wishing you all a prosperous year ahead ❤️

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Jewelry: @aaranyarentaljewellery
Picture Courtesy: @vinaychatrani

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La Shield-Sunscreen gel SPF 40

La shield is an Indian brand and is very well known for their range of sunscreen. They also offer anti pollution gel based sunscreen with SPF 50.The fastest and advised by the dermatologist is the La Shield Sunscreen Gel SPF 40.

La Shield sunscreen gel is fortified with SPF 40 and it offers a broad spectrum protection against both ultraviolet A(UVA) and ultraviolet B(UVB) rays.The sunscreen is very skin friendly and doesn’t cause any irritation to the skin and its free from any kind of chemicals, preservatives, alcohol, color additives and fragrance.

This sunscreen doesn’t clog on to the pores and doesn’t cause any stickiness to the skin. This sunscreen is definitely recommended during harsh summers where the rays of the sun would penetrate and damage the skin.

Why sunscreens are essential?

Our skin is very sensitive and it needs protection from the harmful rays coming from the sun specially during the harsh summers, therefore it is mandatory to apply sunscreen as per skin types just 30 minutes before stepping out of the house. The sunscreen should go deeper into the skin and settle down into skin and create a shield against the sun, this process takes 25-30minutes, therefore it is advisable to apply sunscreen well in advance before stepping out of the house.

What happens when we don’t use a sunscreen?

Sunscreen plays a vital role in protecting the skin, however by not applying a sunscreen can cause various damages to skin. The skin can suffer from pigmentation, breakouts,sunburn and suntan. This is because the texture of the skin is disturbed by the harmful rays from the sun. Therefore using the right sunscreen will always save your skin from the damages caused by the sun.

MY REVIEW ON LA SHIELD SUNSCREEN GEL SPF 40:

This sunscreen comes in a 60g tube and a small amount is needed for the entire face and neck can last upto 2-3months and it is priced at Rs.730/- for 60g. It is slightly expensive but no compromises on the skin, specially a city which has harsh summers and pollution, this is suitable for oily and combination skin because the texture of sunscreen is very smooth like butter and it spreads evenly on the face and neck, it mattifies the face quickly and locks the oil on the face and creates a shield against the sun rays, It is oil free and it is dermatologically tested therefore the sunscreen doesn’t clog on to the pores and neither the dirt settles on the pores.

Gel based texture and spreads like butter on the skin.

It is available on nykaa and it was delivered to me within 24 hours, also I would recommend la shield anti pollution sunscreen with SPF 50 for those who travel on daily basis and their skin is exposed to the sun.

HOW TO USE:

After face wash, toning and moisturising, apply an appropriate amount on face, neck and other exposed area of the skin 30 mins before sun exposure.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Overall I am beyond satisfied with this sunscreen and a big thanks to nykaa for having all possible brands and providing a speedy delivery. It didn’t cause any irritation to my skin or any breakout. Those with oily and combination can go ahead with this sunscreen, also I will mention below few other sunscreen for different skin types. Please feel free to give your recommendations and suggestions, you can get in touch with through email at ginihairandmakeup@gmail.com.

SUNSCREENS FOR DIFFERENT SKIN TYPES:

Estee Lauder UV Protector SPF 50 – Good for dry skin.

Avene Day Protector UV SPF 30- Good for sensitive skin

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50- Good for sensitive and oily skin.

Kiehl’s Ultra light Day defines sunscreen with SPF 50- Good for severe acne prone and oily skin.

The above mentioned sunscreen are available on nykaa.

Looking forward for your suggestions and recommendations.

Thanks and lots of love,

Gini Sachanandani

Throwback Memories – Mumbai

It was back in 2014 when I decided to pursue my higher studies in fashion in Mumbai -the city which is known as the hub for fashion. The course was designed for two years and I barely had time for anything, because my studies would keep me on my toes and I always had assignments, submissions and deadlines. Living in hostel in Mumbai taught me a lot and gave me exposure and strength to become invincible and an independent woman. Most of my relatives and other family members would always fill my mother’s head about the idea of getting me married but my mother always felt , marriage can wait where as career cannot and today I am so proud of the woman I have become today. I feel I have come a long and there is more waiting for me. Thanks to my mom , my family and my friends who stood by my side when I lived in Mumbai and dealing with my mood swings. Living in Mumbai wasn’t easy but obviously one can learn a lot , because the city is believed to be a busy city and everybody is busy with their routines. While studying fashion I always had a chance to be a part of the fashion shows happening around the city. Today I was just reminiscing my days in Mumbai and I all I could think of was fashion shows and the glamorous evenings with celebrities and media around.

LAKME FASHION WEEK 2014

While studying fashion , I developed interest in makeup and styling because makeup was a part of the curriculum and I was always fascinated with the idea of learning makeup from the best Makeup artist across Mumbai. After flying down to Chennai, I worked for few years before I decided to go on my own and become a freelance Makeup artist. Today it has been two years and the journey so far has been incredible. Not to deny, still there is long way ahead. I have had good and dark days, days where I actually repented on the idea of considering freelance Makeup Artist as my career. While I am still battling my own struggle, few of my fellow Makeup Artist were bold enough to ambush me on my face and told me that I shouldn’t address myself as a Makeup Artist, I was astonished and began to wonder their obnoxious statement. Who is anyone to decide on who we are? Who has given them the authority to actually pass such a statement? I have my certificates well in place and I certainly don’t stress on what others have to think about me. Everyone has their own struggle and they are battling pretty well. With integrity and hard work, one can reach the ladder to success. The best way to deal with such negative people is to ignore them to the fullest and not be affected by them. The world is ours and there are people who will acknowledge and appreciate our hard work and integrity. My mom always taught me to turn a deaf ear to such pointless statement and to never look back at them. Silence and ignorance is a bliss. Once you’ve mastered that, you will automatically start climbing the ladder to success. Today, we hear of so many well known successful people, and their journey has been a rocky path and not a bed of roses, even they were mocked by their seniors or family members, but they decided to focus on what is important rather than doubting on their skills. It is important to keep your goals fixed and never be shaky about your dreams. The struggling phase is always a bad phase but never doubt on your dreams and never apologise for dreaming big.

Sending you all loads of love and motivation. Stay blessed and stay positive.

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BLUE SMOKEY EYES AND NUDE LIPS

Hello everyone,

I have created this lovely blue smokey eyes for all of you. Please watch the step by step video on YouTube and don’t forget to follow me on instagram

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AN ODE TO THE BEAUTY ICON – EVOLUTION OF RED LIPSTICK

I recently came across an article on the evolution of red lipstick and I was inspired by the history therefore I was motivated to share my thoughts here on WordPress. Recently I created a vintage inspired makeup and hair on Instagram and to complete the look I went ahead with the Bold Red Lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury in the shade red carpet red.

VINTAGE INSPIRED MAKEUP AND HAIR – GINI HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST

EVOLUTION OF RED LIPSTICK :

It was back in 1912, thousands of supporters of the suffrage movement marched past the New York salon of Elizabeth Arden, the brand founder who just initiated her makeup and beauty business two years earlier. She was a supporter of women’s rights and she would handover tubes of bright red lipstick to the marching women. The marching women loved the red lipstick and adopted as a sign of rebellion and liberation.

Throughout the centuries the red lipstick has been used by the elite in ancient Egypt, Sex workers in ancient Greece and by the Hollywood celebrities as a symbol of glamour. Sometimes red lipstick was seen as a sign of commingling with the devil. The makeup was associated with mysterious & frightening.

As women’s rights movement spread across the other side of the globe and this solidarity extended to their makeup supporting the American counterparts. The British leaders favoured the red lipstick which became the symbolic gesture among the fellow activists. It was also Coco Chanel who introduced more streamlined silhouettes and the women were quick enough to drop the restrictive corsets for brassieres and that’s how they embodied the idea of “Modern Woman” in Europe and America. In the UK, taxes made the lipstick prohibitively expensive, women stained their lips with beet juice instead. Women would donned red lips to enter workforce and this showed their resilience in the face of the conflict and that’s how they would retain their identity.

In 1941 and for the duration of the war, red lipstick became mandatory for women who joined the US army. Beauty brands had invested on the war time trend and that is when Elizabeth Arden released her first shade in red lipstick under the name “Victory Red” which became popular worldwide.

Wearing Red Lipstick for a woman in that era was a symbol of self esteem and sense of feminine and resilient.

This beautiful history motivated me in creating a vintage inspired look and I wanted to share my thoughts here on WordPress. Be proud of who you are and be resilient.

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My Skincare Regime

Following a dedicated skincare regime is truly essential in order to maintain the skin elasticity and the natural glow. Therefore it’s mandatory to understand your skin type and select products wisely. Never get flattered by the packaging of the product or by its fame, instead read the product description thoroughly, understand the composition, content and contemplate with other brands and make sure if it’s best suited for your skin. These days reading online reviews has helped us a lot.

Hence I have decided to share my skincare regime to those who have oily and combination skin. I have a combination and oily skin and I had horrifying acnes during my teens, which is why I had low self esteem and I was very conscious in going in front of anyone, because the very first question they would ask me is about my acnes. I would have nothing to reply and I used to wonder in my head why God cursed me with terrible acne?

Acne are usually genetic and it also happens due hormonal imbalances. Acne can occur during any phase in life, sometimes pregnant woman also suffer from acne due to drastic changes in hormones. Hence following a proper skincare regime is a must. Drinking loads of water can actually help in maintaining the skin elasticity and it also promotes good hair growth.

Apart from the above mentioned it’s essential to use the right product for acne. Here are the list of products that I use for my oily to combination skin.

Any face wash with a Salicylic Acid would be blessing for a acne prone skin. It gently removes the excess oil and maintains the sebum level.

Aloe Vera Gel mixed with Tea Tree Oil is a perfect skincare for treating blemishes and scars. It also helps in shrinking the pore size.

Choosing the right toner is highly recommended otherwise the skin can have rashes and redness. Currently I am beyond satisfied with the toner from Innisfree. Read my previous blog on Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin.

Face pack for acne skin.

There are many face pack and face mask offered outside. But sometimes a face pack can be made at home with the ingredients available in our kitchen.

Fuller’s earth and gram flour are the best known for skin since ages, and history has proven from time to time that a blend of these two with rose water are very effective for acne prone skin and it leaves the face with a glow that lasts for more number of days.

This my skincare regime and I follow very diligently and with utmost dedication.

Feel free to share your thoughts and you can connect with me on Instagram or you can reach me out at my email address mentioned below.

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Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin Toner

ABOUT THE BRAND: A promising brand from Korea with 100% natural beauty and is dedicated to share the clean and pure energy of nature thus giving a premium beauty and skincare products. It shares the benefits of nature from the pristine island of Jeju, allowing for vibrant beauty and pursues an eco-friendly green life to preserve the balance of nature. The popularity of the brand has been recognised worldwide because the brand offers a wide range of sleeping masks, serums, toners, mists and face pack..

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION & HIGHLIGHTS: This toner from Innisfree is infused with bija seed oil from Jeju island and salicylic acid which is perfect for oily to combination skin. Torreya seed oil helps to heal troubled skin. The natural salicylic acid is perfect for skin exfoliation and it heals blemishes. The naturally fermented alcohol soothes skin and the scent of pine, juniper and berries and other forest comforts your mind and body. It comes in a 200ml of bottle and it is priced at Rs.1100/-

HOW TO USE: After face wash, pour an appropriate amount of product on to the cotton pad and sweep over entire face, avoiding the eyes and lip area. It is a water based toner therefore it spreads easily on the skin and absorbs quickly.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE PRODUCT: I have always been skeptical when it comes to picking up a toner, considering my skin which is so sensitive and also I have a combination skin with mild pores , therefore this product could never go wrong because it is infused with natural salicylic acid which is a saviour for acne prone skin, hence without a shadow of a doubt just grab this toner and start using it regularly. I have been using this toner for than a month now and I can totally attest to whatever it claims. My acnes have gone down considerably and the size of the pores have also reduced. Thanks to Nykaa for introducing this brand to our country.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and reviews in the comment box below or you can reach me at ginihairandmakeup@gmail.com and on instagram @ginihairandmakeup.

Thanks and have a blessed day ahead. Lots of love.

Gini Sachanandani

Stay Positive, resilient and invincible.

Ever since 2020 has arrived, the entire world has been hit by the outbreak of covid-19. This pandemic has shaken the economy worldwide and has created disturbing waves worldwide. Along with this pandemic we are also facing racial attacks which has been global issue since decades. Why can’t we maintain peace in the world and not trouble the mother earth. Everything has been created by the universe, appreciate it, cherish and embrace it. Never go against what has been created otherwise nature can also be our enemy and that’s what is happening now, yet people fail to understand the rule and sign of the universe. Meanwhile in India the untimely demise of a Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has created shockwaves across the country, the actor who was admired by many after giving blockbuster hits with wonderful messages about suicide, ended his own life by hanging himself. Why can’t our country appreciate talent? They say hard work takes you to greater heights in life. SSR was hardworking and grounded in his values , does he deserve this kind of an end? Nepotism, partiality is everywhere. Let it be in family, school or workplace. Everyone are bread snatcher but we have to be resilient and invincible and be focussed towards our goals. Of course we do have breakdown at times because of work pressure but ending our life is not the solution. It is so sad to see that this talented actor had no one beside him when he needed someone desperately. Has Humanity gone in the drain? While i lived in Mumbai , I was bullied a lot of times because I was raised in Chennai although I was born in Mumbai and they felt that I would only know about idli and sambhar. Of course I love my south indian meal and filter coffee. I belong to a sindhi family but I equally enjoy the south indian cuisine. I always turn a deaf ear to such spineless people and I was focussed towards my goals and routines and in the end I have a family who are my pillar of strength. This talented actor ended his life because of loneliness. Luxurious and endless amount of money can’t fill your vacant space. Please give shoulder to those who want to cry, lift their souls up. We need to save someone’s life and not send them to grave. Let’s not believe in racial discrimination and let’s not ignore talent because of nepotism. Hope George Floyd and Sushant Singh Rajput found their place in heaven. Meanwhile I applaud the bravery shown by Kangana Ranaut towards the sudden untimely demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. As a woman she has set an example and inspiration to many. Her achievements are remarkable. Spread love and be happy.

Sushant Singh Rajput will live in our hearts forever.

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No one is you and that is your super power.

During this lockdown period, I would love to spread positivity and encouragement to everyone around me. Never feel disappointed and discouraged if something didn’t work out they way they should have. Life is all about uncertainties and we should accept life they way it is offered to us. We should be beyond grateful as we are able to spend time at home with our families and loved ones. And without a shadow of a doubt, my prayers and wishes are for the ones who lost their loved ones during this pandemic and also to those who are battling against this pandemic. Let’s hope that our mother earth breathes a sigh of relief and everything shapes up to the best.

I would love to share my experiences while I happen to attend a wedding in Mumbai, and I happen to interact with a few makeup artist. Before I go further on my blog, I would like to mention that Mumbai is my birth place and I have a family in Mumbai, however I was raised in Chennai and I have spent the maximum time in Chennai. As we all know, Mumbai speaks fashion and makeup,It is a land filled with opportunities to offer, however the competition can be a bit difficult. I had a reception to attend and I decided to go for a green smokey since I was wearing black sequin gown. I was overwhelmed with a lot of compliments and few of them wanted me to share the details of my makeup. Therefore I decided to go ahead and write a blog on my makeup. As we all know fashion and makeup field can be a bit competitive and challenging and there will be times where we will want to give up because of few negative experiences, but giving up is not the solution to every problem. The key is stay strong, calm and battle silently. Never allow the suggestions and opinions of others to decide on who you are and what kind of future you should actually opt for. If you are overwhelmed with negative people, decide to disconnect from them , there might also be few of them, who may be good on your face, but you will never know what they can do in your absence. Once you smell negative vibes from them, kindly stay away from and remain calm, sometimes staying calm can be your biggest weapon. I have recently faced few experiences in my life and I have managed it by staying calm.Have the capacity to be resilient. Never allow the sound of negativity resonate in your mind or soul. Therefore without further delays let me share the images and details of my makeup look.



FOR THE EYES:
Primer: @morphebrushes – A translucent primer.
Concealer: @kryolanofficial
Eyeshadow base: @nyxcosmetics
INTENSE GREEN SMOKEY EYES:
Transition shade: @urbandecaycosmetics shade “chaser & sauced” completed with shade “Buon Fresco” from @anastasiabeverlyhills.
Shade “Cyprus Umber” – A dark brown shade was used to create a smokey effect.
Gel eyeliner from @inglot_usa was used all over the eyelid followed with #emeraldobsessions palette from @hudabeauty.
Eyeliner and Kajal : @inglot_usa
FOR THE FACE AND LIPS:
I always use a setting spray from @anastasiabeverlyhills before I went ahead with my makeup.
Concealer :@kryolanofficial and @maccosmeticsindia
Foundation: @esteelauder
Setting powder : @lauramercier and studio fix from @maccosmeticsindia .
Strobe cream: @maccosmeticsindia in the shade #pinklite.
Highlighter: @beccacosmetics
Lip mask : @laneigeindia
Lip shade: Blend of #medusa from  @hudabeauty & #honeyerose from @chamborgeneva.
Dipbrow: @anastasiabeverlyhils shade- dark brown.

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Believe in yourself and love yourself, the rest will follow.

MCaffeine – Naked detox green tea night gel

ABOUT THE BRAND : Mcaffeine is a Mumbai based brand and it is India’s first caffeinated personal care brand. It has a wide range of skin care infused with caffeine which gives a boost and glow to the skin. It is perfect for Indian skin and most of their skincare are infused with pure coffee which stimulates blood flow and gives an instant glow.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION : This naked detox green tea night gel from mcaffeine is perfect for oily and combination skin. This detox green tea night gel is enriched with green tea which eases out fine lines and relieves skin from dark spots and pigmentation. It gives a refreshing aroma while applying.

INGREDIENTS INFUSED IN THIS NIGHT GEL :

1. Green tea – Rich in antioxidant that fights free radicals and helps in achieving a natural detox by reversing the effects of toxins and pollution.

2. Rich Caffeine – Helps in skin toning and gives an instant glow.

3. Vitamin C – Helps in smoothens the skin while reducing dark spots and pigmentation.

4. Hyaluronic Acid – Hydrated and conditions the skin.

Since the product is free from SLS,SLES and silicones, the Mcaffeine naked detox green tea night gel is ideal for the revitalisation of skin while at rest. Though it suits all skin types, it is highly recommended for oily and combination skin.

The texture and consistency is gel based.

HOW TO USE : After using face wash and toner, apply an appropriate amount all over the face and wait till its soaks into skin. The skin feels much lighter and leaves an aroma of green tea and caffeine. It works very well in the night. After a long and tiring day, this night gel helps in replenishing the moisture in the skin and maintains the sebum balance. It also helps in reducing dark spots and pigmentation in the skin and gives a fresh glow in the morning.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON THIS NIGHT GEL

I have seen visible results so far and I have been using this night gel since few weeks . It is perfect for oily skin as it doesn’t leave any shine on the face, it soaks into skin in few seconds and leaves an aromatic scent. Also its value for money, I was using night gel from Laneige and I was equally happy with Laneige but after seeing positive reviews on this night gel from Mcaffeine, I decided to give a try and I was fascinated by the raw ingredients infused in this night gel. Overall its a must try product and I am beyond satisfied and thanks to Nykaa for introducing Mcaffeine.

The product is available on Nykaa for Rs. 575/- for 50 ml.

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