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Sunday, July 31, 2011

LUSH COSMETICS SOFT COEUR MASSAGE BAR RECIPE

Here's the recipe for Lush Soft coeur massage bar,from the makers of Lush cosmetics.




image source lush.com

Watch,learn &Enjoy (The actual recipe starts after the first 30 seconds of the video)

LUSH HONEY I WASHED THE KIDS RECIPE

Hello my lovelies! for all you Lush lovers here's the recipe for Honey I washed the kids- from the makers of Lush cosmetics themselves!


image source lush.com


Watch,Learn & Enjoy!

LAKME` FRUIT BLAST CITRUS RAIN (RANT ALERT!)

First of let me warn you this is a rant post,so if you have love for this face wash or this is your holy grail face wash, stop reading this post immediately.

For the brave- hearts, here's the entire dope on this face wash.The Good The Bad and The Ugly

First of lets start of with The Good- Lakme` got the packaging bang on,its hip,its bright & looks summer ready.They even got all the buzz words- Detox ,citrus,mandarin extracts (my hopes are built up now)


INCOLOR LIP GLOSS SHADE NUMBER 31 SWATCHES

Here are the swatches of Incolor Lip gloss no. 31. It is a deep maroon creamy gloss.This is such a gorgeous shade and the creamy glossy texture ensures that most skin tones will be able to pull it off.Great shade for dressier occasions.

For detailed reviews and swatches of the other shades in this line check out my previous posts.



INCOLOR LIP GLOSS SHADE NUMBER 29 SWATCHES

Hello Gorgeous(es) a few weeks back I raved about a surprise beauty find-Incolor Lip Gloss (click here to read the review & see swatches for shade numbers 05,23,24,26)

I'm so in love with these gorgeous lip glosses,they've beaten all my other pricier lip glosses.These are my current HG lip glosses so I had to snag some more. I picked up shade number 29 which is a beautiful creamy pink ,the shade looks gorgeous on its own,but coupled with Revlon Colorburst Rosy Nude,its just divine.

Its almost shocking how in-expensive these are-at INR 135/- a piece I can snag a bunch without feeling guilty about breaking the bank!

Read on to check out the swatches.

CELEBRITIES SAY THE DANDIEST THINGS!

HERE ARE 10 OF THE DUMBEST CELEBRITY QUOTES-Read and Tell us what do you think?

1.Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life
- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking campaign.Has to be one of the worst celebrity quotes ever.

2.So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?
Christina Aguilera

3.My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt.
- Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice. 

4.I don't diet. I just don't eat as much as I'd like to.

- Linda Evangelista, Supermodel 

5.I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger 

6.Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff. 
- Mariah Carey  

7.I don't really think, I just walk.
-Paris Hilton

8.My wife is a sex object – every time I ask for sex, she objects.
- Les Dawson

10.On my first day of junior high I was in Geography class, and the teacher asked us if anybody knew the names of the continents. And I was sooo excited. I was like, Damnit! It's my first day of 7th grade, I'm in junior high and I know this answer. So, I raised my hand, I was the first one and I said, 'A-E-I-O-U!'.Teacher turned around & said those aren't even consonants,they are vowels" 
-Jessica Simpson

Saturday, July 30, 2011

L'OREAL TOTAL REPAIR 5-GENIE IN A BOTTLE?

So we've all seen the over the top ads of L'oreal Paris Total Repair 5 shampoo with gorgeous Ash flaunting her locks.
Every time I'd see this add somehow I'd think of Disney cartoon with Aladdin & the blue Genie-with Princess Jasmine wishing for gorgeous locks & the Genie saying-Granted m'lady! (cliche`d imagery I know). 

So is this shampoo really a Genie in the bottle?

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME--IRAYA ENLIVENING SUGAR BODY POLISH

"Sugar & spice and all things nice" is what came to my mind when I first spotted this "Enlivening Sugar Body Polish with Malabar spices and Cane Sugar" at Iraya.This is a part of Iraya's 'Spa At Home' range & it lives up to its claim.

"Iraya is led by a team of dedicated professionals and is the culmination of ancient Indian knowledge and advanced international expertise. It is the realization of years of extensive co-operation between Iraya's team of botanists, cosmetologists and Ayurveda doctors who delved deep into the ancient books to find the right synergy of herbs for every product. These formulations were then tested extensively through volunteer groups and clinical trials were conducted in India and France to test the efficacy of the products. After extensive R&D the formulations were refined to suit the needs and sensibilities of the present day consumer."


IRAYA VANILLA & WHOLE MILK LIP BALM (SPA FOR YOUR LIPS!)

I'd shared my Iraya haul with all of you in my previous post, continuing in the series here's my next drool worthy buy-Iraya Vanilla & Whole Milk Lip Balm.

Now for a hard core lip balm addict like me, our routine beeswax /petroleum jelly based lip balms don't  inspire awe,but this is exactly where this one stands out. 
Not so much in its product formulation but how it leaves your lips feeling supple and a very calming herbal/nutty/vanillaesque fragrance on your lips & a lingering smell & pleasant exotic aftertaste which always makes you reach out for more.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

7 FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT MAYBELLINE

Ladies I'm so glad you all loved my post on Facts you didn't know about Lakme`.Second in my series of "Facts You Didn't Know About Your Favorite Beauty Brands" is a brand with the catchiest of Taglines-

'Maybe she is born with it, Maybe its Maybelline'.  

Ever wondered how the brand got its name? Or what's the connection between "Wonder Woman" & Maybelline? No??!
No sweat, time to tighten up your seat belt and ready for a thrilling ride in to the history of this great beauty brand 'Maybelline New York'

1.The Maybelline Company was created by a young New York chemist Tom Lyle Williams in 1915. When a kitchen stove fire singed his sister’s lashes and brows.The 20 year old William, noticed his younger sister applying a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust to her eyelashes to give them a darker, fuller look.
He adapted it in his small laboratory (on borrowed $500)and produced a product sold locally called Lash-Brow-Ine.
So you must be wondering, that still doesn't explain the brand name. You see William's sister who was inspiration for this new invention was named Maybell.

So William decided to name the brand->Maybell + Vaseline=Maybelline.

Check out some of the oldest Ads for Lash-Brow-Ine. Notice the company name was Maybell Laboratories.

image source www.flickr.com

Monday, July 25, 2011

IRAYA FRESH COCOA & MILK FACE MASQUE

When was the last time you ever slathered a luxurious face masque, with the goodness of cocoa ,hazelnut and delighted in its subtle fragrance and enjoyed a zen like calm descend on you?

Well in my case it had been ages and my skin desperately needed a pick me up and I was up for some skin pampering. Lo & behold 'IRAYA FRESH COCOA & MILK FACE MASQUE'

Sunday, July 24, 2011

MY IRAYA HAUL

Hi to all the beauties out there. I hope you are having a great weekend. Last weekend I'd posted pictures of my Haul and so many of you wrote back to me eagerly asking all about my Iraya & Body shop Goodies.

Iraya makes an excellent range of Ayurvedic & spa products.Iraya's products are used in some of the most exclusive spas in the world.

Iraya has 5 major product lines-
  • Botanicals
  • Bath & Shower
  • Spa at Home
  • Ayurveda
  • Fresh 
So here are all the Iraya items I picked up Enlivening Sugar Body Polish with Malabar Spice and Cane Sugar, Lavendar hand crafted glycerin soap,Vanilla & Whole Milk Lip Balm and Cocoa & Milk Fresh Face Masque.

I'm thrilled with all the Iraya products I bought. They are unique,smell great and actually leave a luxurious & calming feeling upon use.I'll be doing detailed posts on all these items shortly.

SALE ALERT-Iraya is running a 20% discount on purchase of Rs 1000/- and above. Citibank credit card customers can get up to 5% additional discount.


Have you used Iraya products, which products did you use & what was your experience? Do leave a comment behind :)

GOODBYE AMY

Amy Winehouse the British Singer and Songwriter known for her powerful vocals and eclectic mix of musical genres passed away yesterday. While the causes of her death remain unknown, but suspected drug overdose and binge drinking are being cited as possible reasons for the untimely death of this promising 27 year old star.

Amy Winehouse burst on the the international music stage in 2003 with her hit album 'Frank'. She stormed the Grammys with 6 nominations and 5 wins in 2006 with her hit album' Back to Black' .The star had been battling substance abuse & mental health issues.

Amy made her bold beehive hairdo and exaggerated winged eyeliner her trademark style and a whole generation of young girls followed suit.


Amy in her younger days before her drugs & drinking addiction,in this pic she looks so fresh faced & eyes full of promises...



5 FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY BRAND-LAKME`

So you've seen their ads, used their products and raved / ranted all about them on the blogsophere, but how well do you know your favorite Beauty Brand? 
"Pretty well" I hear you say.. ah hah not so quick my dearies.
Here are 5 fun facts about your favorite beauty brands which I bet you didn't know. So to kick start this special series which brand better than Lakme` which every Indian woman holds close to her heart and every makeup inclined young Indian girl has tried during her growing up years..So lets get started!


1.Lakme` was named after a French opera in 3 acts by Leo Delibes,its a tragic love story set in 19th century British India and Lakme` was the name of the lead character.
The word Lakme` is french pronunciation of Sanskrit word Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth & Beauty)


 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

STYLE EVOLUTION-MALAIKA ARORA KHAN

One of the Best Dressed Yummy Mummy of Bollywood Malaika Arora Khan a.k.a 'Munni' is known for her impeccable sense of style-head turning designer dresses, perfectly smooth flowing tresses, gorgeous skin and her towering sky high stilettos.

But the Diva's styling had much humbler origins, years of donning tacky outfits & jarring makeup back in her early modeling  and VJing days. Malaika has come a long way and found her own glamorous  niche & is a definite Style Icon. So how did Malaika's style evolve & what are her style staples? Read on to find out more

Malaika Now circa 2011
Early Modeling days...need we say more
 

Friday, July 22, 2011

VO5 TEA THERAPY VANILLA MINT TEA CLARIFYING CONDITIONER

I am a huge fan of Gourmand fragrances...so when I saw this big white bottle of Alberto VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying conditioner I took it straight for a fragrance test (I love yummy smelling conditioners, well then who doesn't?) So one whiff of this conditioner and with luscious notes of vanilla,this had to be one of the best smelling hair conditioner I ever chanced upon,I had to snag this gorgeous smelling  baby!!!

So did this Love at first sight lead to a happily ever after?
Read on to find out..

Thursday, July 21, 2011

THE BODY SHOP AQUA LILY BODY MIST

Hey ladies, after seeing my TBS Haul post, so many of you have written to me that you loved Aqua Lily Body Mist, I must say I absolutely adore its delightfully fresh & subtle fragrance.The body mist comes in a simple plastic spritz bottle.

I've used TBS Aqua Lily EDT earlier and loved the clean & fresh fruity floral notes.The EDT has a higher concentration of the fragrance & hence lasts longer than this body mist.The best way to make your fragrance to linger through the day,its best to layer it up,use body wash, lotion body mist & EDT from the same product range. Body mists alone need frequent reapplication to keep the fragrance to last through the day.

Top Notes of Aqua Lily EDT & Body Mist-Green apple, watermelon, dewy bamboo, tangerine and pink pepper
Muguet, lily, rose and violet - combine to create the floral heart notes.
Cedarwood and musk - combine to create the soft amber base notes.

100 mL(3.3 US Fl Oz) priced at  INR 545/- Got this one of 50% off during the ongoing Body Shop Sale.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JUSTIN BIEBER 'SOMEDAY' PERFUME LAUNCH

Justin Bieber fans the world over-REJOICE- The young music messiah has just gone one step ahead to sweep all his young female fans off their pretty feet with the launch of his fruity gourmand 'SOMEDAY' perfume.The perfume hit stores in US in June & is now quickly set to be the hottest selling perfume of 2011.
image source www.justinbieberzone.com

Monday, July 18, 2011

THE BODY SHOP 50% OFF SALE- HAUL PICTURE !!!

LEAD ME NOT INTO TEMPTATION... I CAN FIND IT ON MY OWN!!!

Well I've spent the better part of my weekend with the Angel & Devil perched on my shoulders. The Angel of Restraint preaching virtues of righteousness and contentment & the Shopping Devil egging me on to splurge & feast... with sale season on in full blast & The Body Shop running up to 50% off sale...well ..we all know how that ended...

image source tvtropes.org

So here is all I snagged (after much counseling by the Angel of Restraint) ...Wild Cherry shower Gel, Aqua Lily Body Wash, Aqua Lily Body Lotion,Aqua Lily Body Mist & Born Lippy Passion Berry Lip Balm.

All items except the lip balm had 50% off and the Born Lippy Lip balm had 10% Off. So All this cost me only INR 1071/-, The Shopping Devil has been  goading me to snag some more stuff.. who knows I might make another trip to TBS while the sales lasts :)


So have you had a chance to go to TBS sale yet?

MY WEEKEND HAUL-YIPPEE YAY!!!

Hey everyone, hope you guys had a great time over the weekend and had a great monday. I had a super fun weekend.Did a lot of Mall ratting, went to Ambiance Mall (Gurgaon), DLF Emporio, DLF Promenade & Ambiance Mall (Vasant Kunj) this weekend I shopped for a lot of my favorite goodies, got some relaxing spa treatments and feasted on some yummy yummy foods...all in all got spoilt silly by my hubby :)

I hauled stuff from Benetton, Latin Quarters,Iraya,The Body Shop, Lifestyle,Debenhams,New U etc etc..a few of the shopping bags are missing from the pics..well I was so super excited (& lazy) to gather all my shopping bag & click pics. I'm going to do individual posts on all my goodies so watch this space to find out all about mystery goodies in the baggies below.

Ciao Luv

Pooja

Sunday, July 17, 2011

NYX GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED

Ladies past few weeks saw fabulous participation by all of you in my NYX Giveaway, now its time to announce the winner.

I'd received 220 valid entries. Some international participants had to be excluded as the Giveaway was valid only for Indian residents.

The winner was selected through Random.org and the winner is...POOKHIE!! Congrats Pookhie you've won yourself Nyx Cream Blush (Glow) ,Nyx round lipsticks in Lala & Perfect, Nyx eyeliner (Emerald City) & Cherryculture Bubblegum lip balm!!!

Please mail me your mailing address & contact details to indianbeautycentral@gmail.com,so the items can be sent across to you. If I receive no revert in 72 hours a new winner will be chosen.

Thank you all for participating and watch this space for more upcoming Giveaways :)

XOXO

Pooja @ indianbeautycentral.com





NEW! REVLON COLORBURST LIPGLOSS-BORDEAUX REVIEW & SWATCHES

Lips that shine with killer color. This weightless gloss makes lips pop with 5X more shine than patent leather-with promises like that & after the stupendous performance with Colorburst lipsticks, Revlon had upped my hopes & for over 5-6 months I'd been patiently waiting for the sequel to Colorburst Lipsticks..the Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss to be launched in India.

So after months of agonizing wait when the product launch was nowhere in sight I decided it was time to take matters in my own hands-a.k.a online shopping. I had read some great reviews about these lovelies and I decided to try a berry /plum shade-Bordeaux. i was expecting a sheer, muted wine shade and when I got the tube-boy was I in for a BIG Surprise ? Read on to find out what happened next ?


Saturday, July 16, 2011

OXY BLEACH-A BETTER WAY TO BLEACH

Girls, I can bet growing up we've all used bleach trying to lighten facial hair, look fairer and ended up with itchy skin, turning red & blotchy cause the bleach didn't suit us.. well allow me to introduce a better way to bleach-Oxy Bleach.

Oxy Bleach is a remarkable product from Dabur India Ltd.Oxy Bleach claims to leave the skin with much needed 'oxygenation'. What sets this apart from other facial bleaches from Fem or Jolen (the brands I've tried) is that it comes with a pre-bleach cream.

The pre-bleach cream preps the skin and allows for even bleaching and forms a protective shield for the skin during bleaching and is a boon for those with slightly sensitive skin.

Sounds interesting? read on to get the full dope on this fab product..

THE BODY SHOP UP TO 50% OFF SALE STARTS TODAY

Hey Girls, The Body Shop -up to 50% off sale starts today-the sale is on between 16th July to 25th August 2011.Time to get your beauty staples from TBS.

Brief summary of offers-

Upto 30% off on Bath and Body range
20% off on purchase of any two makeup products
15% on all Body Mists

Members & Citibank card customers are entitled to up to 5% extra discount. But conditions apply on this so check in the store before getting your items billed!

HAPPY SHOPPING :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

DEBORAH AGE RESET ANTI AGE FOUNDATION

Till MAC came to India with its jaw dropping selection of foundations for different skin tones,skin types & purposes, us lesser mortals in India had to contend with 4-5 shades of foundations from every beauty brand.

So after having wasted  tons of money buying foundations,tested in stores under super bright store lights which later either turned ashen/looked oily/super matte/ streaky/darker/lighter on me after a few hours of wear (you know the whole foundation spiel) ...I was super fed up with foundations in general..so on my last visit to Deborah counter after shopping for some eyeshadow I asked for the SA to swatch some foundation on me. She applied Deborah Age Rest foundation in shade no. 03 Apricot on me.

So did I find my foundation holy grail ? Read on to find out more


 
 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

ARE AVON ULTRA COLOR RICH LIPSTICKS DESIGN DUPE OF CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE LIPSTICK?

Are Avon ultra color rich mega impact lipstick design dupe of Cle de peau beaute lipstick?


Well I know that was quite a mouthful title for post, I was browsing through the Avon India's latest product brochure and the first product featured in the brochure are the latest Avon ultra color rich mega impact lipstick in some gorgeous intense shades. 
Something caught my eye and it was the sleek geometric cuts on the lipstick bullet and DING  it rang a bell in my head, I've seen this design before... but where could have I seen it after all these are new launches & none of regular brands have such stylish lipstick shapes...and suddenly like past life regression flashes of some high end luxury lipsticks (ones I've been lusting after) came to my mind Cle de peau Beaute lipsticks !!'

read on to find out more

THE BODY SHOP MEMBERS ONLY SALE ALERT &STORE LOCATIONS

Hey Girls! it time to whip out your The Body Shop membership cards as Flat 50% Off is going on their select products (including the Aqua Lily Range ) for 3 days (13th July to 15th July'11) the store also has a bunch of promotional offers going on currently. Do check it out. The sale for non-members I think should start probably by the weekend. Watch this space for more update.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

LADY GAGA IN BURQA?

Just when I thought there was nothing Lady Gaga could ever wear which which would shock me,  the lady just upped the ante with this  burqa cum dress outfit. Read on to find out all about her dress and to watch a super fun Gaga video.


image source celebrity-gossip.net

Monday, July 11, 2011

MY NYX GIVEAWAY ENDING SOON-LAST DATE 16 JULY 2011

INDIAN BEAUTY CENTRAL'S NYX GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to share with you my first giveaway & its full of goodies from NYX Cosmetics.

IBC has reached 120 posts mark in less than 5 months & this calls for a celebration.I wanted to host this when IBC completed 100th post but juggling between chaotic office workload, home & everything in between it got delayed.I want to thank each one of you for your support which made IBC possible.

So let's have some fun with colors, read on to find all about the Giveaway.


NYX Cosmetics Included in the Giveaway

NYX Cream Blush-Glow (Priced at INR 650/- in India)
NYX Round Lipstick Perfect (Priced at INR 395/- in India)
NYX Round Lipstick Lala (Priced at INR 395/- in India)
NYX Eyeliner Pencil Emerald City (Priced at INR 295/- in India)
Cherryculture Bubble Gum Lip Balm

THE BODY SHOP STRAWBERRY BODY POLISH

Awaken your senses to the smell of luscious red strawberries, give your skin a nice cleansing, exfoliation and lingering fragrance all in once with this Body Shop Strawberry Polish.








DAVID & VICTORIA BECKHAM HAVE A BABY GIRL-HARPER SEVEN BECKHAM

Its a baby girl for the Beckhams- Victoria & David Beckham just had a welcome addition to their brood.

Read on to find out more


image source kelliameling.wordpress.com

5 MOST BEAUTIFUL ROYAL PRINCESSES IN THE WORLD

These are five most beautiful Princesses & Queen in the world,this is not an exhaustive of definitive list. These are Princess Royals & Queens I think epitomize the grace elegance & eternally serene beauties. Scroll down to know more

Princess Grace of Monaco 

 image source deesperfectlife.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 10, 2011

GARNIER SKIN NATURALS GENTLE SOOTHING FACE WASH

Ladies do you wish your face could be fully moisturized and you still feel fresh at the same time? Garnier Skin Naturals Gentle Soothing face wash is the answer to your prayers.

Its my new favorite face wash.Read on to find all about this great Beauty Buy.


NIVEA VISAGE REFRESHING CLEANSING MILK

Nivea Visage Refreshing Cleansing Milk is a beauty staple for me.It works well for Normal to Mixed skin. It contains Lotus extracts & vitamins.It cleanses & hydrates skin. It works as an effective makeup remover at a great price, read on to find out more


DEBENHAMS SALE-RED HERRING SHOES HAUL

Hello my lovelies, it was a full fledged sale shopping day for me, I hauled few shoes & tons of tops,dresses etc etc.I went to Debenhams Outlet at Ambiance Mall Gurgaon and snagged 3 pairs of gorgeous Red Herring shoes .
Debenhams has a great collection of ladies shoes & these beautifies were on 50% Discount..enough to get my pulse racing, read on to more about my haul.



Saturday, July 9, 2011

ROYAL WARDROBE MALFUNCTION-KATE DOES A MARILYN FLYAWAY SKIRT!!

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge's Royal tour of Canada was going with clockwork precision with a flurry of royal meetings,beautiful prim & proper designer dresses and great photo ops.

However The Duchess suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, with a gutsy wind blowing up her skirt and almost exposing her derriere.



5 TIPS TO TRY MAKEUP TESTERS SAFELY IN MALLS AND STORES

Any self confessed beauty junkie will vouch for the adrenaline rush at the sight of new makeup at the beauty counters.Makeup products specifically color cosmetics can be extremely tricky to buy without trying on /swatching them on skin.

However most testers in malls and stores are kept in open and tried on  by hundreds of shoppers, making them contaminated with potential risk of catching bacterial, viral or other infections.

So how to try on the testers safely? Read on to find out more


    image source yoursfashion.info

Friday, July 8, 2011

DITA VON TEESE CLASSIC PIN UP GIRL MAKEUP BREAKDOWN

Dita Von Teese celebrated burlesque performer, actor & model is a classic pin up girl ,with a dash of retro glamour. Her perfectly coiffed hair,luminous skin,winged eyeliner & trademark red ruby lips remind of golden era of Hollywood.


Here's a quick break down of Dita's looks & tips on how to make this look your own.


image source dayloboco.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

DUCHESS CATHERINE-WHERE HAVE ALL THE CURVES GONE?

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge also formerly known as Kate Middleton has been under media scanner for her quick & substantial weight loss in the build up to her wedding.Duchess Catherine appears to be at her slimmest yet on the 2011 Royal Tour of Canada.

  
 (image source mirror.co.uk)

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