My take on Vanity !


People who know me up-close would be laughing out loud at the title of this post…….calling myself a novice is an understatement….am utterly clueless and hopeless when it comes to cosmetics, make-up…..

ok, I admit am no bollywood wannabe….but trust me am really bad….For a 25+ year old, all I ever possessed were a Kajal (love it crazy) and a lipstick. I owned just one lipstick till last year ( I bought 2 of them and one lip gloss for my wedding and that too since my friend S forced me to). If it weren’t for her, I would still be happy and content with that one lipstick of mine…….I never understood what blush and eyeshadow do and till date have no idea on foundations,compacts etc . So much so that my husband was initially shocked to see the little plastic box ( I claimed it to be my vanity case)……. 🙂

Its he who constantly encourages me to try stuff and takes me to stores and pushes me to buy stuff. It isn’t that I am against it…I love kohl and especially the Smokey eye ( earlier clueless about how its done,but not anymore) but its just that I was never keen….all I need is a kohl pencil to make me happy….

I do once in a while venture into beauty stores to try stuff but would get out as soon as possible since am either intimidated or plain frustrated. If you had ever been into beauty stores in India you would relate to the frustrated part……On an average there are 4-5 sales assistants who welcome you into the store the moment you step in and then the drama starts……they compete against each other in eying your attention in a rather crude way and would whisk you off to their counter in a jiffy….I find this extremely irritating…..firstly, I’d prefer to be on my own and can/would ask for assistance if needed…and secondly, I everytime don’t want to buy cosmetics….

But if you think the drama is over at that, then you are mistaken….its just begun….

If you out of modesty do go to a counter, they bombard you with their products and information and I usually feel like running away as fas as I can from the spot…..I feel terrible…..they go this way ;

Maam since you have wrinkles ( I am super duper angry by then, since I know I do not have, come on, am in mid 20’s) use product #1, since you have pigmented skin use product #2 etc… if you can bear them for a minute or 2, your self-confidence is at danger and can sometimes hit rock bottom……And if one is smart enough ( you learn to be after a few visits) and appear disinterested another assistant from a different brand (who has been sneaking ) comes to you and says that she has better products and if you are lured to go to her counter, history repeats itself……

If you are really smart ( happens after a considerable number of visits) and get away from them as soon as you step in the store ( I now just say sorry and move on as soon as I get in) its just impossible to elude them….they proceed behind you as you move …..and by then out of sheer frustration I just leave the place without even buying what I intended to while I stepped in……

And then one fine day I chanced upon a blog and have been maha excited eversince….it literally opened a Pandora’s box for me , its my super duper beauty guide now….its extremely helpful and doesn’t intimidate me…Kudos to IndianGirl for running such a wonderful space…..products and techniques so elaborately explained and reviewed….great job, girl…..and the joy has just started, she now has shopping options for readers in India. Do check it out , I just bought a few of them today and am super excited…..

I met her lovely friend D today to pick up stuff. D is a very sweet, honest and patient girl. For an make-up ignorant like me she went on explaining stuff and answered my silly stupid questions (eg : how do I smudge an eyeliner , how to apply eyeshadow) with great patience….she was very honest which I totally adored….when I asked her if this would suit me or not etc kind of questions….I love it when I get such honest opinions….When S (my husband) and I met D and her cool mom, we instantly felt at ease….and loved the experience….adding to this, she spread the warmth by offering me to call her anytime for any doubts/questions etc……now isn’t she a sweetie ?


3 responses »

  1. Hi Rupa. A very interesting post, which I can relate to. Will be checking out the sites that you had recommended, as I can do with a little more ‘education’ on this matter as well 🙂

    Hey,Spillay am sure they will be of good help , do checkout the blogs 🙂

  2. I could seriously do with some make-up lessons! I have no idea how to apply eyeshadow and blusher. Usually I make do with some powder foundation, eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss. Boring!

    Nice to see you dear 🙂 Am boring too…..kohl and lip gloss…..but you look very pretty…and I guess we women can get never enough of beauty lessons, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. Rupaa, good post… i totally agree witht he experience that we have to undergo everytime we make an attempt to get some cosmetic 🙂

    I remember u just used to carry a Kohl stick with you and never saw a lipstick with you

    You look beautiful anyway 🙂

    Swapna, great to see you here….oh yeah and I know the very pretty lipstick junkie 🙂 … she is my friend 🙂 Hehehe

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