Saumya R Chawla

Wipe your mascara wand and wiggle

If I were to make a list of truly dangerous things that affect me on a very personal level; you can be assured that the list will be rather short.

19 Jun 2018

The 10-step make-up routine a la Koreans

I’ll admit, I am shallow enough to be influenced by flawless, porcelain-faced actresses in Korean dramas — I guess watching them in HD does that to a person.

12 Jun 2018

Your make-up blenders need a nice bath, now!

Picture this: you’re crashing at a friends’ place for a couple of days and are in the shower (I swear I was NOT snooping around) when you happen to see a damp beauty blender.

05 Jun 2018

Know them enough to gift them a bottle of fragrance

Yes, yes — I know that I have a lot of opinions…about a lot of things. Sometimes even things I know nothing about; but trust me when I say that this is not one of them.

29 May 2018

Is holiday money real money?

If you’re finding yourself as lost and dazed by work at this point as I am; and are counting down minutes until you board your bus/train/plane or however it is that you’re travelling to get your summe

23 May 2018

All about life, death and hand moisturisers 

As you all already know by now, when the time comes to read my will, the real winners will be 1) those who match an NC40-42 and 2) everybody who loves a good hand cream

15 May 2018

When your sound beauty sleep bites back

Cushions and pillow cases are a serious business in my family. When I moved out of home for college, as a little adult-child hybrid — my parents sent me off on my way with two things: a very serious a

09 May 2018

Summer dressing

Cottons, and linens are our go-to all summer. While going minimal and dressing down is advisable, we must also pay extra attention to footwear, make-up, and bags.

09 May 2018

Of diamonds, sheet masks and litmus tests

I have a bone to pick with you today.

01 May 2018

Why are duty-free shops attractive?

I like to think of myself, by (most) means, a careful shopper. If something doesn’t fit into my dwindling budget or my overcrowded make-up drawers, I won’t buy it.

25 Apr 2018

Au naturel packs for glowing skin 

Why go to a spa when all you that cneed to take care of your skin is in your kitchen. Our columnist lists some easy-to-make face packs at home 

25 Apr 2018

Spring cleaning time for your make-up kits

Humour me when I compare my travel make-up pouch to a little black book that I treasure in the relationship I have with myself. It holds all these gorgeous products I know I’d marry in a heartbeat if they’d just pick up the phone and commit already, a few trustworthy friends who won’t l

17 Apr 2018

I’m not a make-up artist, but I can put on fake lashes perfectly

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that when you are a beauty writer, people are constantly going to keep asking you (cheerfully, politely and not obnoxiously) to do their make-up.“Sure thing,” i

10 Apr 2018

‘Baby, it’s Cold Outside’, and my cheeks agree!

It’s cold outside. I feel it in my toes. I feel it stroking my bare (now dry) legs. I feel it in the wheezy complaint of a taxi’s engine on starting the ignition. I’m in the foothills of the outer Him

04 Apr 2018

Have you tried the no-face-washing, micellar cleanse?

A cursory look into my life comes with the realisation that I’m far from being minimalist.

28 Mar 2018