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Sunday, October 30, 2011

SAY GOODBYE TO DRY WINTER SKIN WITH VLCC PISTA MASSAGE CREAM

The Winter chill is slowly building up in Delhi and so is the accompanying dryness and flaky skin.Regular moisturizers just don't seem to work and skin needs deeper hydration.
Of late I'm using VLCC  Skin Defense Pista Massage Cream to soothe my dry skin.
Its a multi action cream meant to provide cellular protection and hydration to the skin and contains exotic ingredients like Pistachio,nutmeg to gove a radiant glow to the complexion
So let's get you the full dope on this cream which could be a savior in winter months.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

SIGMA FLAT KABUKI F 80 FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hi everyone, I just want to share the pics and first impressions of my new Sigma F 80 buffer brush.
F80 is part of Sigma's Sigmax brush line for high definition makeup application.

URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION ON SALE FOR USA BASED CUSTOMERS

All you girls based in USA, head to www.urbandecay.com now the UDPP comes in new squeeze tube, Urban decay is offering last chance to grab these vintage bottles at discounted price of only $ 10, plus free gift with every purchase. So hurry & grab these little genie-in-a-bottle.


Friday, October 28, 2011

BIOTIQUE BIO KAJAL REVIEW AND SWATCHES

I wanted to give my eyes some downtime from the transfer resistant waterproof kohl.I wanted a herbal kajal which I could use on my water line and to tight line which contained sweet almond oil to soothe eyes and boost lash growth.My search took me to Biotique Kajal.

What Biotique claims about the Bio Kajal-
"This soothing eye liner is made in the traditional Ayurvedic manner, blended with pure sesame oil, sweet almond oil and extracts of eclipta alba, Indian gooseberry and berberis aristata. Nourishes the eye, area and leaves eyes sparkling.Also promotes eyelash growth."

The kajal is organically pure and preservative free, Dermatologist tested for safety (shouldn't be Ophthalmologist tested??)  The product is not tested on animals. "This is not a cosmetic product, it has therapeutic properties"





HEIDI KLUM'S HALLOWEEN LOOKS

Heidi Klum loves her Halloween parties alright! Every year the girl has turned up in one head turning costume after another.Heidi's 2011 Halloween costume (still under construction,bodysuit) shows her covered in flesh and sinew. If you think that is whacked out, wait till you see pictures of her previous Halloween outfits.


Dressed as Transformer alien-bots complete with hydraulic crane operated shoes

Thursday, October 27, 2011

INGLOT EYESHADOW PEARL 409 REVIEW AND SWATCHES

After snagging lots of bright and vivid eyeshadows, I've decided to build upon my neutral eyeshadow collection.One of the latest neutral earth-toned shadow to be added to my collection is this beautiful Inglot eyeshadow in Pearl 409.It is a dark bronzey chocolate brown,cool toned with pearl finish



Refill pan packaging



 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

HAPPY DIWALI

Hey Everyone, wish you and your family and loved ones a very Happy Diwali.



FABULOUS AT 50-FIVE WOMEN WHO ARE ROCKING IT!

Whats the similarity between Château d'Yquem and these Fabulous 5 beauties ? 

Like fine wine these Divas seem to be getting better with age! These women have regaled us with their beauty and allure for decades and, proven age  is just a number.
So lets get started with our list of Fabulous at 50!

Rekha (a.k.a Banurekha Ganesan) Actress.Age 57 years


Nigella Lawson  English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. Age 51 Years


ELF USA SALE ALERT- 40% OFF ON STUDIO LINE

Head off to www.eyeslipsface.com toget 40% OFF the ELF Studio Line. Valid only on ELF USA site.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

INGLOT FREEDOM SYSTEM BLUSH 32 REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hello my lovelies, its Diwali eve and we are all busy planning for the big festivities for tomorrow.Now that I've ticked off lots of To Dos off my list for the Diwali prep, I can tell you all about my latest blush acquisition.
So its time for swatches and detailed reviews :)

I'd picked up Inglot Powder Blush in shade number 32 in a refill pan from Inglot's Freedom System collection.I've used Inglot AMC Cream blush and loved it, so always wondered if powder blush would be as good.
Inglot powder blush are buttery smooth, very well pigmented and flatter a range of skin tones.


The packaging- The regular blush comes in a round black sturdy packaging, the freedom system refill pan comes in a simple plastic casing. Refill pan on its own is not suitable for traveling unless you transfer this in a magnetic palette.

Monday, October 24, 2011

NYX EYESHADOW FLAMINGO REVIEW AND SWATCHES

NYX Flamingo is a sheer finish,  gold & mauve-purple duo-chrome eyeshadow.Its one of those unique shades which are difficult to find and ever harder to explain. I'd imagined Flamingo to be some sort of bright pinky-coral -gold shade but it turned out totally different, a pleasant surprise in fact.
I'd bought NYX Eyeshadow Trio in Golden/Rust/Walnut and in pan Walnut bronze & Flamingo looked so similar that I wondered about having similar shades in my collection, but both shades are very different on application.

Flamingo applies like a sheer wash of gold with light mauve purple undertones on the eyelids. Its too light to be visible on lighter skin tones very well. But duskier girls could rock it. It looks nice & sophisticate as an all over lid color.
The packaging is cute & simple, it comes in a 1 inch square pan and can be depotted for storage in a larger palette.

FLORMAR SUPERSHINE NAILPOLISH IN TANGERINE (NUMBER 12)

Check out my latest Tangerine colored nail polish from Flormar, ain't it pretty? 
Its a welcome break from bright corals of Summer and the bold tangerine with silver reflects is perfect  for mellow Autumn month.
Flormar Nail polishes have become my Budget HG Nail polishes. The quality and streak free finish is miles ahead of other mid segment brands.

I love the sleek packaging and  quite like the sleek shape of the bottle. The applicator wand is precisely designed & helps with streak free application
Flormar has limited nail polish selection available at New U outlets,I really wish they'd bring out more shades.

Priced at INR 75 for 10 ml, these are an absolute steal.


DILLI HAAT ARTS AND CRAFTS BAZAAR-PART 3

Looking to load up your treasure chest with some baubles and trinkets, check out the fun accessories and jewelery at Dillia Haat. From beaded belts, to ethnic jewelery, silver anklets,enamel bangles you will find all that & more at Dilli Haat.

 

DILLI HAAT ARTS AND CRAFTS BAZAAR-PART 2

Here are all the lovely dress material/ sarees/ salwar suits/ stoles and duppatas you can find at Dilli Haat. All of these fabrics are from different parts of India.You can find pashminas/ silk / cotton / embroidered pieces at amazing rates.



DILLI HAAT ARTS AND CRAFTS BAZAAR-PART 1

Hey everyone, last week I revisited one of my favorite hot-spots- Dilli Haat. 
Dilli Haat is a government enterprise and it provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat (village market) in a contemporary setting in the heart of Delhi.Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity. You can find over 200 craft stalls from all over India and food stalls representing different states & their cuisines

So here are the pics,there are so many that I need to break this post into 3 parts- Crafts, Fabrics & Jewelery. So come along with me & savor the inimitable fun of Dilli Haat.

 Snowman lamps - anyone?


Saturday, October 22, 2011

NYX TRIPLE EYE SHADOWS- GOLDEN,RUST,WALNUT BRONZE REVIEW SWATCHES

Get ready for beautiful festive eyes with this Über Gorgeous NYX eyeshadow trio in Golden / Rust /Walnut Bronze.
As promised here's the detailed review & swatches



The packaging is sleek & simple casing, though the shiny case attracts lot of finger prints. The viewing window on top is very helpful for spotting your eyeshadows in a rush. I was wondering if it would be difficult to open the lid on the palette,as many reviewers had complained that the lid is difficult to open, mine is surprisingly easy to open.

The "Triple Eye Shadows for Sex Eyes Only!" bit on the palette,sounds corny & makes the palette a bit tacky to look at.


BOOTS AMAZON FOREST BRAZIL NUT AND VANILLA BODY BUTTER

Calling out to all the Body Butter lovers-come & pay your respects to the Boots Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Butter.
I snagged it on my recent trip to Thailand & you saw my crazy holiday haul. I've been using it for a while now and I find myself reaching for it so often.


It quenches dry skin & leaves it super soft, contains brazil nut oil for lasting moisture without any greasiness. Organic sweet vanilla extract leaves you with a beautifully warm fragrance.(I love its warm fuzzy frangrance...mmm delish!)
Its texture is slightly thicker than The Body Shop Cocoa body butter and you can feel the moisturizer for longer with the Boots body butter.

A very close & much cheaper dupe of this Boots Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body butter is Vaseline Cocoa butter smoothing body butter (not available in India) & Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow Nourishing Lotion


Priced at approx  INR 700 for 200 ml (Boots had offer going on I got 2 on BOGO-Buy one get one free)


P.S.- It tastes yuck!! No Girls I wasn't trying to eat it, accidentally applied it to my lips & yeah it tastes terrible! ;D

BEAUTIFUL SAREES FOR FESTIVE SEASON FROM CHABBRA 555

Delhi Girls who have ever ventured out for Bridal wear / ethnic in Delhi would have surely heard of Chhabra 555.This shop based in Chandni Chowk's plot number 555 is mecca for Indian Ethnic wear.From Bridal lehanga, sarees & salwar suits they cover the whole gamut of ethnic wear for women.

I also did the customary tour & shopping from the store at the time of my wedding.Interestingly the shop is so popular that if you take a walk around Chandni Chowk you'll bump in to a dozen over eager touts promising to take you to 'The Original Chhabra 555' & show you the fanciest lehanga-cholis. Ignore these chaps cause they will take you to just about any other store pretending to be Chhabra 555.



So why I'm telling you all this, chances are if you are planning to shop for some ethnic wear for festive season, if yes,you might want to check out Chhbara 555. They have some gorgeous sarees, I picked out my favorite 8 Sarees from the collection. Feast your eyes & in case if you are interested they also have online shopping available at www.chhabra555.com

Friday, October 21, 2011

QUICK PARTY MAKEUP- GET GORGEOUS IN 8 MINUTES

Gotta get Party-Ready in a jiffy? Try the quick tips below
1. Cleanse & freshen face with your favorite cleansing wipe. I like Kara cleansing wipes and Spencer Makeup removing wipes
Time Taken  1 min

2.Get Fuss free complexion- Use MAC Mineralize skin finish Natural (read Anju's review at www.indianmakeupways.com) or MAC Select sheer powder compact.
Time Taken 1 min

3.Get Bright peepers-Apply quick swipe of all over lid color a brightening eyeshadow. Try MAC Expensive Pink (Read Mehak's Review at www.peachesandblush.com)/ Inglot Pearl 407 Eyeshadow / NYX Flamingo
Time Taken 1 min

4. Lash it up-Apply 2 quick coats of mascara , use kohl only around your upper lashes,don't line you bottom lashes as this draws your eyes down, making you look tired.
Time taken 2 mins

5 Get Glossilicious- Swipe on your favorite red lippie or better still pat on the color with your fingers for the  bee stung lips.If you are a gloss girl then get pretty quicker use your favorite lip gloss.Try Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Bordeaux
Time Taken 1 min

6. Easy Teasy- Back comb your hair, don't have time to do it? back comb only the top layer. Tease your hair & clip on a fun hair accessory.
Time taken 2 mins

Slip into you stilettos & you are ready to Party :)

CHERRYCULTURE NYX HAUL

Hey senoritas, finally received my NYX Haul from www.Cherryculture.com after like 20 days! So here's a quick peek at the goodies.
I snagged NYX eyeshadow trio is Gord/Rust/Walnut Bronze Trio, Guru Trio, Nyx Eyeshadow Flamingo, NYX Jumbo pencil French Fries, NYX Creme Rouge in Natural & Tea Rose plus got a bubblegum lip balm as a gift with purchase.Just feel so happy looking at these eyeshadows OMG I'm smitten <3 <3 <3 

So I'll be posting the detailed reviews, prices, swatches, EOTD  & the whole she-bang shortly. Sorry been too overworked & bleary eyed to do detailed post, will do so over the weekend. Promise!

P.S- Some of these goodies are for the upcoming Giveaway, so watch this space for the Giveaway announcement.
XoXo


CELEB FASHION DISASTER- CELEBS DRESSED AS BIRDS

Birds of a feather flock together- especially if its the birds of the celebrity kind! 

These celebs said PETA be damned I'm gonna be dressed as a feathery bird... looking at these pics ,all I can think of is Hitchcock's production probably didn't need so many birds after all, these celebs would have sufficed.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

ILLMASQUA FREAK PERFUME AND FREAK LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET LAUNCH


The first fragrance from Illamasqua, Freak is a concoction of dangerously exotic unconventional flowers that Illamasqua has unashamedly blended together to celebrate the night.

Freak 75ml Eau De Parfum

£59.00 Price per 10ml £7.87

75ml / 2.54 FL OZ

REJUVENATE WITH MARKS AND SPENCER'S NEW SPA COLLECTION


Rejuvenate with Marks & Spencer
New spa collection with indulging offerings


Experience serenity and calm with the latest spa collection from Marks and Spencer. 
The new spa collection brings energizing body washes, nourishing moisturizers, contouring gels and skin balms to set your mood for an unmatched relaxing therapy at home. The Spa range products gently exfoliate skin leaving it fresh and relaxed. Exotic ingredients like olive stone, jojoba, almond, grape and apricot have been combined to ensure wholesome treat for your skin.
Hit your nearest Marks and Spencer store for an intensive skin care solution.


MAC LIPSTICK CREME IN YOUR COFFEE SWATCH

Creme in your coffee- well who would say no to that?

MAC Creme in your coffee is a cremesheen finish Creamy mid-tone pink brown shade. The Cremesheen lippies have amazing color pay-offf and are super smooth.
Its a beautiful shade which would suit a wide variety of skin tones. Duskier divas would love this shade as it can be a great my lips but better shade.Priced at INR 990/- its part of the permanent collection.
Possible Dupes for MAC creme in your coffee- NYX Round lipstick in B52 & Revlon Rosy Nude (a better dupe for duskier skintones, might not match Creme in your coffee on lighter skin-tones that well)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MAC PAINT POT INDIANWOOD REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Ever wished for the Midas touch- with MAC Indianwood paintpot you can be little Miss Goldfinger and do transformational looks.
MAC Paintpots are highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with M·A·C shadows and liners.



The packaging is typical MAC- sleek, stylish & sturdy priced at INR 1100 for 5 grams its part of the permanent collection.


CHERRYCULTURE HALLOWEEN SALE ALERT

Girls Flat 20% on everything at Cherrycultre.com, the Halloween sale ends Oct 23 2011.


Monday, October 17, 2011

MY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT WWW.SHOPATMAJORBRANDS.COM AND INGLOT HAUL

Girls, remember last week I told you about 30% Off Sale om Inglot at www.shopatmajorbrands.com Just received my Inglot haul today, Yay! So want to share my online shopping experience with Major Brands.

You all know what an ardent Inglot Lip Gloss/Lip paint duo & Lipstick lover I've been for ages. This time however I wanted to buy some stuff from the Freedom system.

Freedom system basically allows you to choose a palette and fill it up with face powder / powder blush / eyeshadows / lipsticks in your pan and custom create a palette.I've reviewed my Inglot Lipstick palette & Inglot Eyeshadow palette earlier, you can click on the links & read more details.
In store you can't pick & choose only refill pans for purchase without the palette.However online you can pick & choose which eyeshadow /lipstick /concealer/blush/brown wax refills you need to buy from freedom system.
The website-The site is user friendly but could improve the eyeshadow swatch quality,many of the finishes and shades are not easy to make out.Overall interface is easy to use.

The package- Everything was securely bubble wrapped. I chose COD- cash on delivery option.The shipping time was 3 days including a Sunday.

The Shipping- Currently the website is offering free shipping.


The Customer service Helpline- Exceptional service, I spoke to an associate named 'Girish' I needed to change 2 eyeshadow shades,the next day after my order (before items were dispatched). He not only took my request but followed up with 4 calls to confirm the specifics of the order.Really appreciate their customer service.

The glitch- while all my items reached me, however one eyeshadow shade Pearl 407 was sent to me in round pan instead of square pan,though the order & invoice states square pan.I already have round eyeshadow palette so not so much of an issue for me, but I can imagine if somebody has a square palette then this could be a major issue.

My Inglot freedom system refill haul! No not all of this is for me, some of it for upcoming Giveaway- Yeah girls Good things are meant for sharing : D and yes existing followers/subscribers get extra points.Watch this space as I'll be announcing the Giveaway soon!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

HOW TO CREATE A BEGINNERS MAKEUP KIT IN UNDER 1000 RUPEES

You want a fabulous makeup starter kit, without busting your piggy bank. So lets see how far can we stretch that 1000 Rupees note & create a great makeup kit for you!

These are my personal favorites you could obviously play with the combinations in this kit depending upon your preferences.

1.KAJAL- Maybelline Colossal Kajal INR 150/- else try Lakme Kajal for only  INR 40/-


2.FOUNDATION CUM MOISTURIZER -Ponds Age Miracle Tinted moisturizer INR 250/-

MY GUEST POST REVLON COLORBURST LIPSTICK IN SOFT ROSE AT PEACHESANDBLUSH.COM

Girls go and check out my guest post on Revlon Colorburst in Soft Rose at Mehak's awesome blog www.peachesandblush.com
Comment & share with your friends & let Mehak & me know if you liked it :)


QUEEN OF THE NILE EOTD USING MAC INDIANWOOD PAINTPOT

I'm in a total funky mood today so I decided to create this Queen of the Nile Eye look. I have not gone over the top to create Nefertiti inspired eyes (will do it another time). So here's a very simple EOTD, I wanted the Indigo blue to be focus of the look.

7 MAC PAINT POTS SWATCHES

Everytime I'd hear the word paintpots, I could almost imagine Master Paul Rubens mixing his paints, doing the groundwork on his canvas & getting all Painterly. You guessed it right I'm talking about the much revered MAC Paintpots.

So while we have seen so many swatches on Temptalia in the past, we girls with Indian skin tones kept wondering would this shade suit me or not? So I decided to go the distance & get all the permanent shades swatched.

The MAC store near my house had around 9 shades in stock including Soft Ochre (Matte neutral beige) & Bare Study (shimmery champagne color) but thanks to Karva Chauth's mehendi design going beyond my wrist to middle of my arm,I was running out of arm space to do the swatches-now that's a real estate issue ;)
I managed 7 shades this time, will do the rest later.


Swatches Left to Right-1 Painterly 2. Blackground 3.Rubensque 4.Quite Natural 5. Constructivist 6. Indianwood 7. Groundwork


Saturday, October 15, 2011

ACCESSORIZE'S LATEST ANIMAL MOTIF EARRINGS AND NECKLACE

You thought owls and Unicorns were only restricted to Hogwarts & Harry Potter? You are so wrong Missy! 
I love pretty animals around my neck! Now don't get your PETA panties in a bunch I'm talking about these super pretty accessories from  Accessorize
The latest range of necklaces and earrings from Accessorize inspired by animal motifs are a must see.You can find furry owls and resplendent peacocks to charm you away.
Available at Accessorize stores priced between INR500- INR 800/-


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