The Ladies Lounge! Make-up for a couple of big, fat, Mallu weddings!/ What’s in my make-up bag?

I despise packing.

There was a time when I made lists. When I packed a week in advance.

Now, there are no lists.

A day before I leave, I throw random things into a suitcase.

Of course, this does not mean I am careless or unorganized. There is a definite method to my presumed madness. Known only to me and a few others.

The only things that I am really concerned about are my electronics. And I don’t forget them anyway. They are more important than my toothbrush or face wash. Right up there with my passport.

The baby complicates matters slightly.

More things.

More stuff.

More indispensable items that should not be forgotten.

I might have to revisit the list making days for a while.

Anyhoo, I was just raiding my closet and getting all the blingy chiffons and the shiny Kancheepurams out of their comfy, muslin homes.

Sarees that is.

Haven’t worn one in a while now. Over two years. Maybe more.

I haven’t attended a wedding either. For eons now.

I once hated weddings. (That will a story for another post.) But now, I love them!

Dressing up.

Barely-air-conditioned halls.

Maniacal, bouquet busting kids running around un-supervised like tornadoes; wreaking havoc.

Over-made up, too-light-a-foundation, decked -in-gold-from- head-to-toe brides.

Gossipy, pudgy aunties in yarns of expensive but unflattering brocade and silk.

Balding, gassy uncles in perennial search of a tooth-pick.

And poor, harried, sweaty grooms.

Aaah, I love them all.

 

I have a couple of weddings ahead. And I am looking forward to letting my hair down, wearing heavy sarees and loads of jewellery and eating tons of Thalassery Biriyani and other treats which I do not know how to spell and you folks will not know how to pronounce! Smack! Slurp!

My aunts, cousins and nieces have all been calling me (actually badgering would be a more accurate description)- asking me to get this and that, bits and bobs, lipsticks and accessories, serums and creams…. I am the in-house personal shopper, you see.

And make-up consultant 🙂

So, here’s a peek into what I am packing for the wedding. Make-up wise.

I wouldn’t usually pack so much for a trip. This is an extended, all- inclusive version assuming I would be “doing-up” a lot more people than just me!

 

Though it may be considered improper and snoopy, I am sometimes curious to know what people carry around in their hand-bags, vanities and make-up bags.

Aren’t you folks so?

This post is dedicated to all such folks!

 

What’s in my travel make-up bag?

I tried my hardest to pack “light”. To minimize the number of items, I picked multi-purpose products.

Also, a lot of my favorite make-up (read expensive!) items are back home in Doha 😦

 

Squeezed everything into
Squeezed everything into…

 

The basics... One item lissing though- My Khiel's midnight recovery serum and eye cream-lying on my vanity, miles away!
The basics… One item missing though- My Khiel’s midnight recovery serum and eye cream-lying on my vanity, miles away!

 

I am not very fussy with my hair. Might have to purchase a heat- protectant for the trip though.
I am not very fussy with my hair. Might have to purchase a heat- protectant for the trip though.

 

The base products. My relatives' complexions range from almost- Caucasian white to lovely dusky beauties...may have to purchase a couple of darker shades as well.
The base products. My relatives’ complexions range from almost- Caucasian white to lovely dusky beauties…may have to purchase a couple of darker shades as well. And sadly, my favorite foundation – NARS sheer glow is missing 😦

 

Blushes.
Blushes.

 

Lippies.
Lippies.

 

More lip products. Some are gifts to be given..
More lip products…

 

The tools...
The tools… Notice the taped Clinique eye- brush? The last flight did that…

 

Not my most favorite. My ideal pick would be my MAC Mineralise and Rimmel Stay- Matte
Not my most favorite. My ideal picks would be my MAC Mineralise and Rimmel Stay- Matte

 

Eyes.
Eyes.

 

Brows.
Brows.

 

Not too impressed with these Bvlgari miniatures ...Boo. Must admit though, they are handy for travel.
Not too impressed with these Bvlgari miniatures …Boo. Must admit though, they are handy for travel.

 

To match everybody colorful sarees, lehengas, chudidaars, anarkalis.....
To match everybody’s colorful sarees, lehengas, chudidaars, anarkalis…..

 

All I would need is this much- loved, much-used beauty by Elizabeth Arden!
All I would need is this much- loved, much-used beauty by Elizabeth Arden!

 

To clean all the grime off..
To clean all the grime off..

 

There still might be a couple of things missing. There is always some last minute running around to do…..

 

Till next time…

Dr J.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. OHH…..MY…..GOOD….LORD

  2. Hey J….would love to know the lipstick shades… And which palatte is that? Looks good…

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