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Thursday, September 29, 2011

NYX EYE PENCIL IN EMERALD CITY 911-GUEST POST BY POOHKIE


Remember those old Onida ads we saw as kids?- The Green eyed Onida Devil spouting "Neighbour's envy owner's pride".Seems the Green eyes never went out of fashion.So when Poohkie decided to Go Green eyed (no not with envy,my laddoos for fun of course),NYX Eye Pencil in Emerald City was the weapon of her choice.

Was it love at first sight? Read on to find out more

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CELEBRITY MAKEUP DISASTERS PART 4-FAKE EYELASHES

My Darlings,I was on my usual lounge mode this Sunday and I grabbed my latest copy of  Vogue for beauty inspiration. It proclaimed Big clumpy eyelashes is the look du jour.I was thrilled to bits!Well cause nothing says instant glamour better than mega fluttery falsies.

But which Celsb abused their faux lashes?Back on popular demand is the IBC Fashion police to spot the makeup offenders,read on to find out more

Agyness deyn-Oh Boy fashion forward bold look is fine but this??! Mommy!!! Booo hoo I'm scared ...

Monday, September 26, 2011

CHERRYCULTURE FLAT25% SALE ALERT

Girls, time to snag all those NYX, LA Colors,Milani goodies on your wishlist.
Cherryculture just announced Flat 25% OFF SALE ! Hurry sale lasts between September 26th-30th 2011.



Sunday, September 25, 2011

THE LIP BALM CHRONICLES-WHICH LIP BALM SURVIVES THE KISS READY LIPS TEST?

Pouty pink & kiss ready lips need your favorite Lip balms for company. So which lip balms stand up to the grueling Kiss-Ready-Lips-Test, read on to find out more

Saturday, September 24, 2011

MAYBELLINE EXPERTWEAR EYESHADOW QUAD-CHAI LATTE

So who wants piping hot Chai-Latte- with a dash of cinnamon? Do  I see quite a few hands raised up?

With tempting name like Chai Latte and a promise for great neutral shades, hopes were bound to be high from this quad.


Friday, September 23, 2011

HOW TO CHECK WHAT SHADE ARE YOU IN MAC -NC OR NW ?

The eternal question foxing all the MAC virgins is "whether am I NC or NW in MAC?" 

Firstly totally forget any any previous skin shade classification you might have had in other brands, because no drugstore brand matches MAC in the variety of shades/texture/range of finishes.
This eventually means that MAC has a mind boggling array of foundations/compacts/loose powders.To make sense of this mumbo-jumbo lets understand the concept behind the skin undertones.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

FOODS & FLAVOURS OF THAILAND-TRAVEL POST

Food is such a vital element of culture, it brings people together and defines a society.Thais have an amazing street food culture and Thais love to snack at all hours of the day and eating is a usual out-doorsy affair.Its impossible to walk 50 meters in any direction without bumping in to a food cart selling some freshly made delicacy.

Thai food is known for its balance of the four fundamental taste senses in each dish sour, sweet, salty, and (optional) bitter.Thai food can be incredibly spicy (a lesson I learnt the hard way).

As any foodie will tell you the way to a traveler's heart is through his/her stomach! With vast range of fruits,vegetables and seafoods available any ardent food lover will be spoilt for choice in Thailand.
Though for a vegetarian the flavors and sights of mind boggling amount of non-veg items (including bugs sold as snacks) could be a shock to the senses & takes some time to get accustomed to.

Green Lipped mussels at Nok restaurant in Phuket

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

THE BEEHIVE STRIKES BACK-CHERYL COLE'S BIG HAIRDO

The totally mean 60's Bee Hive  strikes back. And ever since Amy Winehouse made this her signature look, stars have been fall over each other to snag this hairdo. The latest victim to the Beehive is Cheryl Cole. 

When the hair do is bigger than you head, you know its time to stop.


 image source dailymail.co.uk

HOW TO SHARPEN YOUR JUMBO PENCILS?

For all of you who love your Jumbo eyes & Lip pencils to bits but dread sharpening them, Lakme Dual sharpener comes to the rescue.

This nifty little beauty tool is a must have priced at INR 30/- and available at Lakme` counters across India, its a one stop shop for all your liner sharpening needs.


Monday, September 19, 2011

HOW NOT TO DO YOUR MAKEUP FOR EMMYS

Paz de la Huerta's look is bad at so many levels that it can actually be an exhibit for beauty beginners on how not to do your makeup for Red carpet events.Frumpy hair, uneven complexion, strange choice of muddy lipstick and a blush which looks more like sun burn. Well ladies don't try this look ever. Puhleeeeez I beg of you!

RED ALERT AT EMMYS!

Guess who is painting the town red this season? All these hot gals in their super hot red dresses scorched Emmy's red carpet


Left to right
1.Lea Michele 2. Kate Winslet in Elie Saab dress 3.Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan 4.Giuliana Rancic in Roberto Cavalli


Left to right
1.Kerry Washington 2.Adrianne Palicki    3.Kathy Griffin     4.Nancy O'Dell

Sunday, September 18, 2011

REVLON ILLUMINANCE CREME EYESHADOW SKINLIGHTS

Have you ever craved for a makeup item for long and suddenly had a déjà vu moment and realized you already have a pretty good dupe sitting in your makeup stash?

Well it just so happens that I'd been lusting after MAC paint pots.I was looking for a smooth creamy nude for a wash of color on my eyelids.I had been unable to make up my mind whether to buy in Painterly (creamy nude) or Groundwork (Mid-tone neutral taupe in Satin finish).
Painterly is perfect for fairer skin tone but, on my NC45 skin it looks ashy.Groundwork looks gorgeous on its own but its deeper undertone mean it doesn't gives that wide awake look to my eyes.

So in the midst of my esoteric makeup blues, I was playing around with my Revlon Illuminance Creme Eyeshadow palette in Skinlights and suddenly realized Voila, all the shades I was looking for are right here in front of me!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

WHAT'S ON YOUR MAKEUP LUST LIST?

Ladies its official I need a Big Multiple 'O' to help me sleep! 
Before you let your imaginations run wild, well I'm talking about 5 ITEMS ON MY MAKEUP LUST LIST- which have been giving me sleepless nights.


1.NARS The Multiple in shades Orgasm & Mauvi.Its an iconic product meant for multi purpose usage on the cheeks, lips ,eyes & even body if you are the adventurous kind. Its got a creamy formula and sheer color blends effortlessly to create accents, contours or highlights on all skin tones.The stick form makes for easy application and the product is beautifully pigmented & super blendable.Its been voted "Best Overall Highlighter” 2011 InStyle "Best Beauty Buys”
 

 image source narscosmetics.com

Click here to read in detail and check out swatches of NARS the Multiple at Temptalia.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

NYX ROUGE CREAM BLUSH IN GLOW-GUEST POST BY POOHKIE

Hello my Lovelies, so you all loved Poohkie's Guest post on NYX Round Lipstick Lala & Perfect. Poohkie in NYX Wonderland found the eternal Glow in the pot of NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow.So how did the love affair pan out?
Read on to find out more

You can visit POOHKIES PLACE to read more about the charmed life of Poohkie.
Claim/Description: More delicious than peaches and cream? We like to think so. Our velvety smooth mineral Rouge Cream Blush offers a sheer wash of radiant color. The glorious payoff is dewy, sultry and long-lasting. Available in cream blush 12 shades (according to the NYX website).

TRAVEL PICS-LOCAL ART GALLERY IN PHUKET

I love oil paintings and while I can't afford Renoir, Monet,Van Gogh or Tyeb Mehtas of the world I do love to put up artwork in my house.The whole experience becomes all the more exciting when you see a local  artist paint,interact with them and see how they approach a particular painting.

A beautiful artwork can become a truly memorable souvenir of a wonderful trip.
One of the must buy item on my wish list on my latest trip was to buy an oil painting (Yes ladies believe it or not , I did sacrifice my makeup purchase wish list of NARS The Multiple,MAC Semi Precious lipstick & Dior Addict lipstick for this!).




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

MAC SELECT SHEER PRESSED POWDER COMPACT NC 45

Being a beauty blogger and MAC Virgin? Well it sounds sacrilegious but true.So what kept me away from MAC so long?
Read on to find out more ...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

GUEST POST-NYX ROUND LIPSTICK LALA & PERFECT BY POOHKIE

Ladies put your hands together and give a big round of applause for our very first Guest Blogger Poohkie!

Poohkie is quarter of a century old,makeup loving shopaholic from Chennai.She has a soft spot  for chocolates and has never met a book she didn't like. A keen observer of the world around, she's a shy Arian who lets us a peek into her thoughts through her blog.
Pookhie is also a favorite of Lady Luck and had won IBC's NYX Giveaway.
I'd asked Poohkie if she'd like to do a guest post & she graciously accepted.You can visit POOHKIES PLACE to read more about the charmed life of Poohkie.

So lets get started on the Review & swatches of NYX round Lipsticks- Lala & Perfect

NYX Round Lipsticks in Perfect & Lala

DOES YOUR MAN SHARE YOUR BEAUTY LOTION POTIONS?

Hello Darlings, its a lazy Sunday afternoon & I was hankering my hubby to take me to the malls...He said "Sweetheart you've already shopped so much on the holiday".

So I made my cutest puppy dog face & said "But I didn't buy any makeup on my birthday, I wanna go to Inglot & MAC!"


Hubby said Ok we'll see in the evening...Awww  with my shopping plans heading downhill I decided it was time for some self pampering. So i scrubbed my face & slathered on some yummy Honey Face Pack from Beauty Buffet (review coming up soon) and flip through some girly magazines.

In walked my Dear Hubby & said "Can I also apply some scrub & pack?!"

Me-Huh I said "why do you want to put on face pack?"

Dear Hubby-"Well my skin's got so badly tanned"

Me-"Hmm but why should I share my beauty potions, when was the last time you got me any beauty goodie?"

Dear Hubby- "Well I did buy you some lipsticks"

Me- "Which ones ?"

Dear Hubby - "Well I don't remember which one but I bought you some from Inglot, also didn't I buy you some stuff from Body Shop"

Me-thinking to myself- Damn that one didn't work, he remembers all my makeup purchases, Ok so I gotta think of a way around this one & quick!

Me-" Ok so I'll let you use my Honey mask, but what do iI get in return"

Dear Hubby- "Ok I'll take you to Select City Walk at 4 pm, you can shop for makeup"

Yay Yippe Yay I did a nice little pirouette &  a High 5 later, sweetly offered to share my face pack.
What a happy turn of events, I finally managed to get some beauty goodies sponsored by Dear Hubby!.


Liz Hurley just spilled the beans on boyfriend Shane's beauty regime secrets including – his love for female toiletries: “He has his own set now. He uses the girls’ ones – they’re much better.”
She also said "“Every guy I’ve ever known has used my beauty products.”

Seems like I'm not the only one dealing with a man intent on personal grooming!! ;)

So tell me have the men in your life ever shared your toiletries?Are their any particular items the guys seem to sneakily use? Shower Gel / Moisturizer /Lip balm ?
Do leave a comment behind :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

5 QUICK STEPS TO CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

Makeup brushes are the most crucial beauty tools used everyday by us, but often we don't give them the pampering they deserve. So here are 5 quick tips to give your makeup brushes quick gentle cleaning to keep them soft & make them last longer.
If you are regular makeup use then you should try & give your brushes their weekly washes.

So lets get started- here's what you need to clean your makeup brushes

1. Gentle shampoo / baby shampoo
2. Lukewarm water
3. Wash basin / sink
4. Small mug / glass
5. Absorbent towel/paper towel

image source http://www.makeupbrush.org

1.Take a glass /mug and fill up about 1 inch depth of lukewarm water,add 1 tsp /few squirts of gentle shampoo & soak the brushes.The bristles of your brush should be completely soaked, but water should not reach the ferrule.

IMPORTANT NOTE-The brush ferrule is the metallic part of your brush which grasps the bristles and binds it to the handle.This portion is glued to the handle. Do not let this get soaked with water at any cost. The glue can loosen up and your brush can break apart from the handle.

2.Soak the brushes for 15-20 mins, take them out one by one and start with the densest brushes as they usually accumulate most product /oil & dirt. (Do this step in the wash basin/ sink area) On the palm of your hand put few drops of shampoo and rub the brush bristles against your palm.You'll see the product built up wash away gradually from the bristles, do this step 2-3 times till the bristles appear thoroughly cleaned 
(Note the makeup residue can stain the wash basin ceramic, preferably do brush cleaning on steel sink)


3.Once you have rinsed your brush, pat dry gently on the towel.Lay it down flat on the towel/ paper towel to dry completely.Try and give shape to the bristles, while draining excess water. Do not put the brushes in brush holder to dry as water will trickle down to ferrule and loosen up the glue & damage your brush.

4.If you have BrushGuard (visit www.brushguard.com) then use it to ensure the bristles retain their shape while drying.You can also buy Brushguard from www.buyincoins.com

5.Let your brushes dry completely before using them. Drying time will vary depending on the density of bristles.Your brushes are now clean, soft & fluffy and ready for use.

Let me know if you found this post helpful.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

WHO WORE IT BETTER?

So have you ever walked in to a party, strutting gorgeous new outfit. Only to find someone else wearing the exact same dress?Well I have and trust me its no fun.

For celebs whose professions are centered on being the IT girls,it could be every celebrities worst nightmare.But you needn't wallow in their misery 'coz you get to chose who wore the look better? So let the fun begin.


Pippa Middleton and Klylie Minogue turned out in the  same navy blue and cream trench coat by Italian brand Fay.Though Pippa smartly wore hers over a striped dress and teemed it with flat ballerina sandals, Kylie feeling the chill covers up her pins in Jeggings and wears classic black shoes.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

IS ANGELINA JOLIE IN A STYLE RUT?

When you have Brad Pitt as an arm candy and a figure & face like Angelina's one would look good even in a gunny sack. 
Angelina while juggling her brood of 6 , humanitarian causes, her acting career and love life has always managed to look stunning. But of late the star seems to be getting in to a style rut. Just when we thought she'd let go of those maternity gown like kaftans she shows up with one more!

THE BODY SHOP BORN LIPPY LIPBALMS

Unveiling  the eternal secret for juicy pouty luscious lips and sultry kisses-Introducing the The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balms

There are lip balms and then there are TBS born Lippies.With the goodness of Zambian beeswax and promises of ethical beauty,this is the ultimate beauty staple comes in delicious mouth watering flavors of
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Watermelon
  • Satsuma
  • Passionberry
  • Pink Guava



MY VACATION BEAUTY HAUL!

My Holiday shopping hangover continues and there is a reason why they say 'Bangkok has them now'. So when you leave a beauty junkie shopaholic unleashed in Bangkok its a recipe for excess baggage & empty wallet!

So here's what I hauled up on my latest vacay! I snagged 10 pairs of shoes & sandals, 6 handbags, 3 wallets, 2 belts, a turquoise necklace, an oil painting, handmade paper lamps, fairy lights,souvenirs,decor items, few outfits and all these bath & beauty goodies.
Now the weird thing is I actually wished I'd shopped some more!!! Argh.. I know I sound like a greedy lil piggy but what to do Bangkok tempts the shopper in me to no end!

This time I had resolved not to buy color cosmetics, till I exhaust my current stash and I'm pretty happy that barring 1 lippie I didn't fall oFf the wagon.Though I swear it took all my self restraint not to go swiping my credit card after swatching all those NARS, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Cle de Peau  Beaute makeup! Oooh I'm getting light headed just thinking about all that makeup.

Go on feast your eyes on the haul pics, I'll be posting detailed reviews soon :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Nourish Body & Bath Products Giveaway Winners Announced

Hello my darlings, I'm back! I had a super fun filled vacation (more on that later). 
Announcing the  winners of much delayed Nourish Body & Bath products Giveaway.
There were 4 items up for grabs and the winners were selected through www.random.org


The participants-




Winner Number 1- Bhumika Thakkar-Congrats Bhumika! You've won yourself a yummy Madras Coffee Madness Body scrub.

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