Saturday, March 31, 2012

Coastal Scents Sale Alert Flat 30% Off on all makeup brushes!

Ladies--May I have your attention please!- Coastal Scents is back with one of its fabulous sales and is offering 30% Off on all their Makeup Brushes. Coastal Scents brushes have become my current beauty staple,they are good quality and at very affordable prices (starting at $1.5). You can check out my Coastal Scents Haul details here.


If you are looking for some good quality brushes on a budget I suggest you check these out.You can come back & thank me later :)

Dia Mirza at The Body Shop Select City walk unveils Top 10 Iconic products!

Dia Mirza Brand Ambassador The Body Shop India Unveiled the top 10 iconic product from the brand at The Body Shop Store in select city walk.

The Body Shop® celebrated the TOP 10 cult products that have withstood the test of time and emerged as iconic best-sellers. Dia explained why she is totally addicted to them.

Winning the hearts of our customers across the world, 10 special products have stood out.The Body Shop India celebrated these icons with their Brand Ambassador Dia Mirza and The Body Shop® loyal customers from across India who shared their love for these cult products!

Dia Mirza at The Body Shop Store in Select City Walk
Dia Mirza Unveiled the 10 iconic products from The Body Shop

Friday, March 30, 2012

7 Must Visit Beauty stores in Bangkok

A close friend of mine is flying off to Bangkok &  asked me if I could suggest some good makeup & Beauty stores to shop from in Bangkok.
If you check out the stuff I hauled on my last Bkk trip, you'd know that I had done a a PhD in beauty shopping :P !!
So I thought I'll share some shopping nuggets with you guys as well. Read on to find out What makeup & beauty stuff  to buy while in Bangkok.

Bangkok has a whole range of makeup & beauty stores to serve every taste & pocket.To give you a brief idea I'll break down the beauty shopping hangouts in three-

  • Drugstore chains like Watsons & Boots
  • Local brands-Beauty Buffet, Oriental Princess ,Saboo handmade soaps
  • International Brands- NARS,MAC, bobby Brown,Shu Umera ,Clinique, Dior, Cle de peau Baute, Etude House

Watsons & Boots are popular chemist stores and carry a wide range of drugstore makeup brands. Head to MBK Mall and both these outlets are on the same floor few meters apart.
Watsons is mass market store you can find all your essentials at reasonable prices here.Its good if you want to buy Korean products ,BB creams,IN2IT makeup etc, you can also find Maybelline /L'oreal /Revlon here.Testers are limited fro Revlon / L'oreal & Maybelline. Prices are much lower for these brands at Watson than other store.

Boots is present in most prominent locations and has some amazing bath & body products. The prices are very tempting and Boots often runs promotional Buy 1 Get 1 offers, so keep an eye out for these.You can buy Boots' in house makeup brand-No. 7,Soap & Glory here. If you are looking for Bio Oil,Toni & Guy hair products, FCUK body cream,Eucerin etc this is the place to stock up on it. Boot's  Natural Collection & Boots Therapy is a great buy, product quality of these bath & body products is comparable to The Body shop at a fraction of the cost.

Tip-Boots outlets at airport (domestic terminal I think) usually don't offer Buy 1 Get 1 offers & the product selection is rather limited.If you like something at the outlet in main city snag it up quick!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Summer collection in Sarojini Nagar Market Delhi!

You know the Spring-Summer'12 collection has hit the market when you see burst of bright colors, floral dresses and summery tops in Sarojini Nagar Market.

If you are Delhi Diva (specifically from South / South west Delhi) chances are SN market has been your street shopping haven at some point.The awesome selection of export surplus stock from International brands,the super pocket friendly price and vibe of this place make SN a must visit. Despite mushrooming of malls and international shopping sites SN still remains HG budget shopping destination for many Delhi Girls.

You can pretty much snag a whole new wardrobe in under INR 2500/- 
The dresses in the pics below are priced around INR 300- INR 500/-

Isn't this royal blue cut work dress really stunning.
I love this white lace dress,very lair Waldorf, isn't it?!
This aqua dress with ruffled neck detail is oh so pretty!

Tips for shopping in Sarojini Nagar market for clothes,footwear,accessories and home decor items.

1.Leave your Boyfriend/Hubby at the Cinemas /Mall and head to SN with your Girlfriends, men start hyperventilating at the sight of so much girly stuff ,crowd and heat,chances are you'll have to leave the market in under 30 mins if you go with a guy [happens with me every time!! :( ]
2.Travel using metro (nearest Metro stn. INA) /auto instead of bringing your car, parking can be a huge pain during rush hours.
3.Arrive early- the crowd is sparse & the shop keepers want to do clock in the first sale of the day called 'bohni' which is auspicious & serious business for them so they would settle for reasonable price quickly.
4.Wear comfortable clothing & footwear as there is a lot of walking in  crowded space, carry a bottle of water & your shades
5.Bargain-Part of the fun of shopping in SN is the bargaining. But most of the stuff is well below bargain basement price, so negotiate well & do it with a smile & you are sure to score a good deal.Quote a just price so its a Win-win for both you & the seller.
6. Size Labeling isn't accurate on most of the clothes,don't rely on the seller's judgement on what will fit you, take help from your GF to get an estimate of size. When in doubt go for a size larger, you can get it altered if needed.
7.Always wash/ get the item dry cleaned before wearing.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lakme Eye color quartet Desert Rose

Lakme Eye color quartets were one of the revolutionary products from Lakme` stable when first launched I think around 3-4 years back. The extremely fine texture of the shadows, beautiful shade selection and nice metallic and pearlescent finish meant these shadows soon became bestsellers. 
Now the Indian market has a slew of brands flooding in latest products and the choice is enormous, lets see how does this old war horse from Lakme fair in the eyeshadow fight.

The Packaging-The product packaging though pleasing to the eyes is not sturdy and my eyeshadows have borne the brunt of poor packaging by crumbling.The display makes the quad easy to find in the makeup kit ,yet they wont survive the rough & tumble of travel. The applicators provided in the kit are of no practical use.
The shades-The Desert Rose palette has a winning combination of beautiful shades.The 2nd shade from right the peachy copper is a gorgeous shade has an almost foiled effect. The light creamy yellow shade is a good highlight color, the light pink doesn't translate to well on the skin and the metallic sheen makes the pink barely discernible. The dark bronze shade is quire rich and can be used for teeming up with bridal / Indian ethnic attire.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

M.A.C New Launch Prime Focus Range

M·A·C is the high-performance Prep +Prime player backstage at Fashion Weeks. Our multi tasking Prep+Primer fortified skin enhancer SPF 35 functions as Color corrector, face primer & UV protector with light hydrating properties All in one.

Now we are adding Prep+Prime Transparent finishing powder/ pressed to the mix for an undetectable,smooth silky soft colorless aura,in the form of compact cache to freshen up on the go.


Adjust      Light, neutral peach

Illuminate      Pale lavender

Neutralize      Pale yellow

Recharge      Bronzy orange

Levi's introduces Water less Jeans collection for Spring 2012

Heavy on Style, Light on Water: Levi’s® Water<LessJeans Save More Than 172 Million Liters of Water
When it comes to the water used to make Levi’s® Water<Less™ jeans - less is definitely more! The average pair of jeans uses 42 liters of water in the finishing process, Levi’s® Water<Less™ products reduce the use of water in the finishing process by up to 96 percent for some styles.  The Levi’s® brand has already made more than 13 million Water<Less products and saved more than 172 million liters of water.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Parrot inspired EOTD

As a kid I had a feisty pet talking parrot,we found it when it was really small with a broken wing, we nursed him & he lived up to a grand old age.I named it 'Pattu' yeah I know not very innovative name, but back in the day pets had simple names (compare that to the modern day pet names-my hubby plans to name his next Labrador puppy -Leonidas I  !!!)
 Mr. Pattu was one talkative fellow and could swear like a Sailor and whistle a tune or two, he loved his green chilies and loved to repeat my mom's scolding right back at me like a tape record.

Ok I know you must be scratching your head, about why I'm talking about parrots & pets on a Beauty Blog?! Well you see I was feeling a bit nature inspired this weekend & I decided to do a Parrot inspired eye makeup look & here's how it turned out.

 This look was inspired by Red necked Green Indian Parrot

New Launch Keraskin Esthetics-Olea Scrub Gel

The  professional solution to brighter, smoother & softer skin even at home!
Dust, stress, pollution, name it and we face it. Or rather our skins have to bear the brunt of the torture, being the external most layer. Every single day, dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin and combined with these impurities ensure that the skin loses its luster and smoothness. To ensure that even the most fragile skins are respected, exfoliation is performed using mechanical exfoliants of natural origin. Keraskin Esthetics introduces Olea Scrub Gel - Hydrating Exfoliating Gel that restores softness and finesse to the skin for instant and long-lasting comfort. 

Get Gorgeous this summer with AVON

This summer, AVON will brings alive new trends in beauty by introducing their latest range of exotic Ultra Moisture Rich Rose Lipstick and ICE SHEER refreshing fragrances.

Ultra Moisture Rich Rose Lipstick
This exciting edition offers an exquisite range of looks with 10 flattering rose shades. The special ‘Rose extract’ ingredient will soften and hydrate those luscious lips, giving it the perfect summer look. . Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, pomegranate extract, Vitamin A, C & E and Jojoba oil will turn up hydration, softness & suppleness, leading to protection of a lip balm.
So revitalize yourself with this lip Indulgence which includes moisturizers that deliver deep long lasting moisturisation.  

MRP – Rs 299/-
Availability: March 17 onwards

In to the Blue-Eye makeup look

On a Monday morn when all your heart desires is the cool oceanic breeze, sand under your feet and watching the waves crash at the beach.The the blue Oceans beckons you to revel in its cool water- its time for this Blue waves inspired Eye makeup look.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Parachute Advansed launches summer fresh Body Lotion;catch the TVC here!

Parachute has now come up with a new summer variant to refresh the ‘magical romance moments this summer’.With skin so refreshed and rejuvenated, refresh the magical romance moments this Summer! With Parachute Advansed Summer Fresh - beat the heat, feel refreshingly cool with its tingling mint extracts and enliven your senses with a burst of magical fragrance. With skin and you so fresh again, refresh those moments ever so close to your heart!

Love this romantic ad, now I've to go look for a similar waist hanging key chain ;)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Birds of Paradise inspired Eye makeup Step wise picture tutorial

Its time of the year to dare to wear the brightest shades in your eyeshadow palette and here's a look that combines all the hottest shades of the season, bold yellow, tangerine, peach and hot pink! Here's the detailed  tutorial of Birds of Paradise eye makeup Look.

Shades used- I chose 4 super bright shades from 120 eyeshadow palette for this look. Hot pink, bright yellow, mustard yellow & shimmery peach.
Products I used in this look, (I've reviewed most of these products on my blog, if you want to read more about them just hit the Search tab on my Blog.)
  • 120 Eyeshadow palette
  • Glamor Doll eyeshadow Island Chic
  • Coastal scents Hot pot-Buttercup peach (you can use any matte nude eyeshadow)
  • NYX HD Eyeshadow base
  • MAC select moisturecover concealer NC 45
  • Maybelline Hypercurl mascara
  • Half set of false eyelashes from KKCenterHK & QVS Eyelash glue
  • Lakme 9 to 5 eyeliner Jade
  • Revlon Colorstay eyeliner Blooming blue
  • Coastal scents & The Body shop Eyeshadow brushes
  • Sigma F 80 Flat top brush
  • Tiny strip of cellophane tape.

Birds of Paradise inspired Eye makeup look!

The Spring Summer season is perfect for a fresh burst of colors, this look brings together pretty peaches and hot tangerine to create a wearable Summer look. The look is inspired by Birds of Paradise flowers.

 The inspiration- Birds of Paradise flowers

Friday, March 23, 2012

I'm featured in Cosmpolitan's Meet the Internet's Beauty Specialists

What started as a drab Thursday morn  turned in to super awesome one for me. I grabbed the latest copy of Cosmopolitan's March 2012 issue and after ogling at Malaika's stunning Herve Leger bandeau dress & fuchsia lippie I  flipped over to my favorite Beauty section.
What caused my Heart to skip a few beats was the sight of my face staring back at me from the magazine!!!
Yes buttercups, you read it right Yours truly has been featured as one of the New Age Guru in the cosmetics universe by Cosmopolitan Magazine!!!

Here's the excerpt of my interview :)

And on popular demand here's my pic!

Cosmo also featured some of the eye makeup looks from my ongoing Project 101 Eye Makeup Looks,

So bear with me while I go ahead with my imaginary Oscar Acceptance speech-
My little blog owes its existence to some of the most amazing people in my life-
My hubby for putting up with my late night love affair with my blog and my makeup obsession, my brother who helped me with the blogging basics, my Mom-Dad & Mommy-n-Daddy(-in-law) for your constant love, support and encouragement.

And most importantly to the readers and fellow bloggers who inspire me every single day-its YOU guys who make IBC possible with your comments,feedback and encouragement & keep me going! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! <3 <3 <3

A special note of thanks to Meher Bajwa for putting this amazing article together and Cosmopolitan Magazine for giving a great boost to the growing tribe of Indian Beauty Bloggers.

Congratulations to all the fellow Bloggers featured in the Article- Tanveer from Addicted to Blush, Sonia from Beautyandblog, Cynthia from Indian Vanity Case, Rasmi from Indyabeauty & Mehak from Peaches and Blush!!

Girls do grab a copy of Cosmo- before I pick them all up ;) 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nicki Minaj MAC Viva Glam inspired EOTD

My Cupcakes Its springtime & time to say hello to bright & vivid shadows to make way for golds ,bronze & rust eyeshadows of winter time -(though honestly Delhi weather has been so confused-it turns hot one day, next day it rains, then the city turns in to a dust bowl and then suddenly the temperatures drop by 5 degrees!!)

Coming back to today's EOTD, its the 16th look form my Project 101 Eye makeup Looks & is inspired by spunky Miss Minaj who's teemed up with MAC in their latest Viva Glam campaign.
While Nicki has been giving competition to Katy Perry on who is the brightest crayon in the box, she finally came up with a look us lesser mortals could dare to wear.

So check out my Nicki Minaj inspired EOTD & tell me what you think

Monday, March 19, 2012

Coastal Scents Hot Pot Brandeis Blue Review and swatches

Brandeis Blue Hot Pot from Coastalscents is a bright vivid cerulean blue,it has dazzling purple iridescence and a foil finish.

Available at for $1.99.Coastal scents earlier only had numbers for their hot pots eyeshadows, now they have added easy to remember names, the numbering is mentioned at the base of the pan.
You get a 1 inch Metal pan containing highly pigmented eye shadow for multiple applications. Each Coastal Scents Hot Pot™ fits snuggly into either  4 Piece or 12 Piece Empty Magnetic Palettes. These custom palettes contain magnets in a soft neoprene padding which attract the metal pan of the Hot Pot™. This allows you to completely customize your palette to create any look by simply adding interchangeable Hot Pots™ from our vast collection of shades, hues, and finishes.

OFFER-If you buy 12 Hot pots in a single order from Coastalscents you get 1 Empty magnetic palette Free!

Sleek Makeup-50% Discount on Shipping charges-Offer Ends today!!

Hello Sunshine! If you'd been lemming for Sleek makeup but loathe to ay high internatinal shipping charges, lend me your ears 'coz Sleek Makeup is offering 50%  Off on shipping charges. I just placed my order and instead of around $13.5 shipping I paid $7.5 for 3 eyeshadow palettes. I think its an incredible chance to seize some Sleek goodies. But hurry as the offer ends on 19th Mar 2012 (UK time-I guess!)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Delhi Blogger Meet hosted by Divo & Healthkart-hairstyling tips,pics & gifts!!

Divo & hosted 'Tress it Up!' a great interactive session this Sunday in Delhi.The objective was to give us 'gyan gurus' a.k.a 'beauty bloggers'  some first-hand advice to our readers on easy-to-learn and easier-to-do styling tips that won’t cost a trip to a salon.

The session was anchored by Ruchika-founder of Divo Sonali from,Bhavika from Divo's PR team and hairstyling expert-Imran helped spread some very important gyan on some seriously fun stuff, which includes:
  • Hairstyling for different occasions, be it a casual day look or a super glam look for a night about town
  • Finding suitable hair accessories that highlight long locks
  • Tools of the trade – brush, comb, paddle brush – what’s best for what style
  • Tips and tricks to deal with a bad hair day
  • Hairstyles that perfectly complements different face and body types
'Meet The Bloggers' Can you spot me in the group? *wink*wink*

Well I had been camera shy but a Blogger meet was a good way to come out of the closet! LOL

We bloggers are all all ears & click happy bunch :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

INGLOT AMC Lip Paint number 65 Review,lip swatch

Inglot's AMC lip paints are one of the nicest lip products in market.I've pretty much hoarded most of their shades and these are always on my re-purchase list .Texture wise these are in between a lipstick and a lip gloss. The color pay off and lasting power of a lipstick and hi shine of a gloss are rolled in one in this little tub of happiness!.

Inglot's AMC means  Advanced Makeup component and contain higher quality pigments. The AMC lip paints have a lovely range of shades to suit the Indian skin tones. The creamy glossy finish mean most of their shades are versatile enough to be worn on a large range of skin tones.

Swatches on NC 45 skin tone in natural day light

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Get Healthy Glowing Fairness with Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum

Healthy fair skin, which is even-toned, and appears glowing and youthful, is something that is strongly desired by many women.

Achieving healthy fair skin is challenging due to continuous exposure to UV radiation and other environmental insults such as dry air, free radicals and irritants. As a result of these external factors building up, your skin faces steady escalating battle to protect itself, especially with inundated, hectic schedules. This is why a good skin care solution that helps to support and maintain skin health is of critical importance.

Neutrogena®, the #1 dermatologist recommended skincare brand in the US, reinforces that 'healthy skin is beautiful skin', and thus brings to you Neutrogena® Fine Fairness® Brightening Serum to add to your daily skincare regimen. A product that will get rid of the source of growing problems of skin darkening, uneven tone, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, dryness, roughness and dullness of the skin due to overexposure and ageing.

The new fortified complex in the Neutrogena® Fine Fairness® Brightening Serum in synergy with Neutrogena® Healthywhite Complex™- a white lily extract and Retinol, works from the inside out, simultaneously targeting all three elements of tone, texture and hydration to bring out lasting healthy fairness. The naturally derived White Lily extract enhances whitening from within. In addition, it effectively promotes lightening of dark spots via the effective action of Retinol in the epidermis. Double your skin’s whitening power for even-toned lasting healthy fairness. This breakthrough high penetrating formula penetrates beneath the skin surface and helps deactivate melanin production at the source for a renewed visibly brightened skin tone.

Revlon Super lustrous shiny sheers lipstick Rich Raisin

Like Good Girls always seem to fall for Mr. Wrong. I seem to have penchant for falling in love with products which are about to get discontinued!!
Revlon Super lustrous shiny sheers lipstick Rich Raisin was one of the chance encounter with a gorgeous lipstick which sadly appears to be discontinued by Revlon.

But fret not you can still find some of Revlon Super lustrous shiny sheers lipstick at

What Revlon claims about the lipstick.
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Shiny Sheers Lipstick's exclusive LiquiSilk technology has silk-enriched mega- moisturisers and vitamins for moisturisation and a silky, smooth feel.
  • Silky-smooth, creamy sheer color.
  • High-shine finish without the stickiness or tackiness of ordinary lipgloss.
  • Sleek, stick provides precise, non-messy application.
  • SPF 15 for added protection. 
Priced at INR 545/-, the packaging is a nice slim tube with a glass top on the cap to identify the shade. The quantity is not mentioned on the tube but it appears to be around 1.5 grams.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Stock-up on Natural Beauty Supplies for the summer with Just Herbs

Just Herbs is a recently launched line of pure, bespoke and Ayurvedic beauty and spa products which combine aromatherapy with the exacting principles of Ayurveda to create effective formulations with a luxurious feel. This 100% toxin free range, made with expertly selected ingredients from across India is currently available at luxury and lifestyle stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh and is fast expanding to other cities and online.

Just Herbs™ is:
  • Free from Artificial perfumes
  • Free from Chemicals ingredients
  • Not tested on Animals
  • 100% Vegan
  • Made with pure essential oils and plant and fruit extract
Just Herbs, has launched its summer collection of Suncare lotions, Facial gels and face packs made from pure and exotic Ayurvedic herbs. The products are made according to ancient Ayurvedic principles and are mildly scented with aromatherapy essential oils. 

 The Just herbs Summer Collection includes NoSun Jojoba-Wheatgerm Moisturising Sun Protection Gel (for dry to oily skin), Sun’nil Jojoba- Grapeseed Moisturising  Sun Protection Lotion (for normal to dry skin), Just herbs Petal Soft Antitan Rose Face Pack, Just Herbs Aloe Vera Facial Massage Gel and Just Herbs ‘Frugel’ firmskin skin radiance gel.


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