India First Impressions: Being a Minority

Everyone told me before I came to India that I would be in for a major culture shock. In a lot of ways, that was definitely true. After seventeen hours of flying, I walked up to the visa desk to get my first stamp in my passport. Although the lady at the front desk spoke English, I had a hard time understanding her accent and largely made a fool of myself trying to understand how to complete my visa. I’m fairly certain that she stamped my visa out of pure desperation to get me out of her hair.

Afterward, I grabbed my luggage and headed out of the airport to find my boyfriend who was supposed to be waiting for me. The first thing I noticed was how few people looked like me. Well…. nobody looked like me. For the first time in my life, I realized what it’s like to be in the minority. Not only in the minority, but to be the only person who looks like you. Of course, it probably didn’t help that I’m pale compared to most white people 😉 .

Throughout my first few days in Madurai, (I promise this is 100% true) every time I stepped out of the house people stopped what they were doing and stared at me. When we travelled to a smaller village, kids pointed at me and yelled at their friends to come see me (I only know this because my bf translated for me). At first, it was fun for me. I felt like a mini celebrity lol, but after a few days it felt exhausting. I just wanted to be able to blend in again.

On top of that, I had no idea what anyone was saying other than catching a few words here and there like yes and no which my bf had already taught me. Otherwise, I was completely dependent on my boyfriend translating for me. It’s amazing how blind you feel when you can’t communicate with someone. You feel handicapped in a lot of ways.

However, I think all of this has been a great experience for me. It’s always a good thing to get a new perspective on life and walk in someone else’s shoes for a little while. It’s so easy to take for granted being around people like yourself and not realize how it affects those who aren’t. It’s also so easy to take for granted even something as small as being able to understand those around you. Just something to think about the next time you encounter someone who may be struggling to learn your language or fit in with your culture.

 

Drugstore First Impressions!

*Watch my video on these products here!

So….because I can never go to Walmart for bread and milk and just pick up those items without stopping by the makeup aisle….We have this blog post today! These are some of the products that I have been wanting to try for quite a long time now, and I’m really happy that I finally broke down and got them!

First up, we have the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

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I have heard so many incredible things about this sponge, and it definitely did not disappoint! I actually liked it a lot better than the beauty blender (just personal preference). It’s a lot firmer, and I feel like it applies the makeup better instead of just soaking it all up. It also has three parts to it (the flat side, middle, and pointy end), so you can use it in a lot of different ways. I used the middle part for my foundation and the point for my concealer, and they both blended it out really well.

2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer 

This is one of my absolute favorite drugstore concealers. It really brightens up my dark under eye circles even without a color corrector, and it even covered up the redness on the sides of my nose. Plus, it lasts throughout the day for me better than other drugstore concealers I’ve tried, and the color is really great for my pale skin.

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3. Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder

I can’t really say much about the long lasting part because I just started trying it out, but from what I’ve seen I really like this product. It made my makeup come together really well, and I didn’t find it to be overly powdery when I applied it. It didn’t feel heavy on my face at all.

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4. Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

I LOVE this bronzer. First of all, I can’t get over how cute the packaging is and that it smells like coconuts. It also comes with a mirror and applicator under the actual bronzer which is really nice. The color is really perfect for my pale skin (as in it doesn’t make me look like I have an orange/dark brown line going down my face), and it blends out really well which is great for someone who has recently started using bronzer like me! Even though I thought it was a bit more on the pricy side, I’m really glad I ended up buying it. It’s definitely worth it.