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M∙A∙C Alluring Aquatic Collection July 2014

26 Jul

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MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection is now in stores in India.

MAC’s description of the range: Sirens of the deep inspire an aquascape of shades, as waves of tarnished olive, seafoam and darkened plum surrender to water’s enticing spirit. Sultry eyes take on a subtle radiance, while luminous Extra Dimension Blush washes over cheeks, creating a goddess glow. Under the sea, nails glisten in aquatic chrome and metallic Nail Lacquer, as Lipstick, Lipglass and Lip Pencil dive deep into colour. Limited-edition teal packaging, dramatically accented with sheer water droplets.

Pricing

Extra Dimension Eye Shadows (mini) – 1,500 INR

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners – 1,250 INR

Lipsticks – 1,350 INR

Tinted Lipglass – 1,350 INR

Lip Pencils – 1,350 INR

Nail Lacquers – 1,050 INR

Eye Shadow Brushes – 1,750 INR

Extra Dimension Blushes – 1,850 INR

 

Do you own anything from the new aquatic collection? I’d love to hear your views about these products.

MAC’s Maleficent Range

19 Jul

Angelina Jolie brought Disney’s Maleficent to life with her awe inspiring performance this summer. And, the makeup addict in me, enthralled by her Maleficent avatar, drove me to watch the movie on the day of its release.

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Her perfect red pout, sharply defined cheekbones, eyebrows, eyes, nose, and chin definitely did cast a spell on me. A spell that wanted me to buy more red lipstick and dig into my contouring powder more than I usually do! So, you won’t believe how excited I was when I heard that MAC introduced a Maleficent collection this summer. I went to my nearest MAC store last weekend but they sadly informed me that they did not have the collection in as yet, barring the lip-gloss. Though I walked away in disappointment, I am not going to give up till I get me some Maleficent potions.

Here are the products that I want to lay my hands on.

Amplified Lipstick – True Love’s Kiss

INR: 1,350

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Pro Longwear Lip Pencil – Kiss Me Quick

INR: 1,650

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Sculpting Powder – Sculpt Soft Taupe Matte

INR: 1,650

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Beauty Powder Natural – Soft Peachy Pink

INR: 1,900

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Nail Lacquer – Flaming Rose

INR: 1,050

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Maleficent Lashes – 36

INR: 1,000

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 So, these are the products my heart is after, from the Maleficent collection. Have you bought anything from MAC’s Maleficent range or do you have your own wish list? I’d love to know.

Let me leave you with my favorite YouTube makeup expert, Kandee Johnson’s tutorial, where she shows you how to recreate Maleficent’s spellbinding  look.

 

And, for those of you who haven’t yet watched the movie, here’s the official trailer that may cast a spell on you, if not for the script, surely for the makeup and effects.

 

Till later lovelies xoxo

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HSN’s 4 Beauty Overnight Products You Should Be Using

16 Jul

Carly Woods,  a HSN (Home Shopping Network) beauty expert writer recently shared a helpful write-up about the products you should be using overnight to keep your skin looking young and radiant. I thought you may enjoy reading it, and you may get some helpful information from it. Please note that I am in now way affiliated with HSN and I am sharing this article because I find it informational.

Here are, in Carly’s words, the 4 beauty overnight products you should be using.

When it comes to beauty sleep, I think we generally fall into two categories; those who have managed 8 hours of sleep a night and those who haven’t. For the ones who haven’t, they consequently have to do a darn good job faking it.

So, why does this happen? Simply put, sleep is an essential component to an effective skin care regimen, a time when our skin heals and repairs itself. Therefore, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin may start to suffer.

If you need help utilizing the small number of hours you do get or you want to ensure you are stretching your 8 hours as far as they can go, you need the right tools. There are specific night time products that can work in harmony with your skin’s renewal process. More than not, these products will be heavier and thicker consistencies. For this reason, washing your face in the morning is equally as important as washing it at night – you need to remove these heavy products or your skin may become congested.

Shop Facial Resurrection Serum on HSN

 

1. Begin With The Base

First, I always recommend using a serum. Facial serums are used to address specific problems such as wrinkles, aging and brightness. Apply a few drops to clean skin and using your hands press the serum into your skin.

 

 

2. Add The Primer

Especially in the colder months, you want to follow step one with a layer of oil for added hydration. Plus, you will wake up with beautiful and plump skin.

 

3. Don’t Forget To Moisturize!

Lastly, simply apply a moisturizer.  My advice is to opt for a comforting and hydrating formula. I like to see it as a blanket; keeping in the goodness of the serum and oil.

 

4. Last But Not Least – Give Your Eyes Some Love

Don’t forget an eye cream! Try to use a powerful wrinkle reducing formula. Make sure you always use a very tiny amount; overloading the skin around your eyes with too much of a heavy product can cause puffiness and sometimes breakouts.

 

Shop Skin Tightening Cream on HSN

For extra credit…

On days when you have little to no time or just want to fall into bed, try an overnight facial. Now this doesn’t mean you have to lie still with your face up to ensure you don’t cover your pillow in product. You can use facial creams that are highly concentrated and you use like a serum or moisturiser for a powerful whack of goodness.

Don’t forget to check out the top skincare picks, on the Customer Picks page. Also, check out their newly revamped skin care page, that has more tips.

 

Sleep tight!

What would your face say about your current night time routine?

 

 

My October Vellvette Bag

5 Nov

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This is my first Vellvette bag and I while I eagerly awaited its arrival in October, it only got to me in November. But, I guess that was because I only registered with them mid-month. Anyways ladies, here’s what I think of my very first Vellvette bag.

October’s Vellvette bag is called the K.I.S.S edition (keep it simple and sexy).

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What I received

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The BeautyUK Eye Shadow Palette – Naked

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I absolutely love this addition to my bag. I received the full size palette which costs about INR 603. It has 10 neutral eye shadows and they are compact enough to carry around in my bag every day. The colors seem quite pigmented and I know I can create many smokey looks with this palette. So thank you Vellvette for adding this to my bag xoIMG_1477

H2O Oasis Ultra Hydrator

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I received an 8ml sample of this moisturizer. A full size 50ml container costs INR 2400. This moisturizer claims to hydrate and illuminate dull, depleted skin. It also claims to have hydrating marine botanicals that provide instant hydration to visiblyplump and smotthen dry skin. In addion to this, it claims to protect against aging.
I am going to try this product and see if it stands up to its claims. I am not sure if the quantity I received will show me results though. Let’s wait and watch.

Vantiv Energizing Shampoo + Cool Water Shower Gel

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I received two ful sized potions of these two products. Frankly I did not fancy receiving these products as they are affordable and something I wouldn’t pick off a beauty shelf. I am very careful about what goes onto my scalp and this shampoo is packed with chemicals. So I guess I’ll have to find an alternative use for the shampoo. I may just use it to wash my makeup brushes.

The shower gel on theother hand, I may just try. It has quite a strong fragrance that I usually don’t like, but it claims to have Aloe Vera, so I mightas wellgive it a go. But I know, I won’t be picking up these two products ever.

What I liked about the October Vellvette Bag

  • I love the blue pouch my products came in. The size is perfect and it is now going to travel with me in my handbag with my makeup neccessities.
  • I like the fact that Velvette has included some full sized products for us to sample and I consider my subscription well worth it.
  • I love the eye palette as I am a makeup buff and the colors are perfect for the season.

What put me off this month’s Vellvette bag

  • The bag only got to me in November and it had a coupon to invite a friend. I gave the coupon to a friend who realizedthat it expired on the 31st of October. What an embarassment! Attention to little deatils should be the mantra for customer delight. (I have to mention the Vellvette crew noticed this complaint and wrote back to me with a new coupon – thanks you guys!)
  • The products don’t have visible manufactured dates whichmakes me weary of whether they have expired or are about to expire.
  • The shower gel was damaged and half the product was splattered in the packaging. Yuck! Here’s what it looked like when I opened it.

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All in all, I have mixed feelings about the October bag and only hope the bag I get in November makes up for lost feelings of joy.

Please brighten my bag for November, Vellvette!!

The Vellvette Bag

25 Oct

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For all you beauties living in India, here’s something interesting that will make the beauty addict in you swoon – beauty boxes by Vellvet!

 

 

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Every month, the Vellvette team sends registered members three beauty product samples in the Vellvette Bag. The products are said to be hand-picked by their beauty experts. They also advise members on how to make the best use of the products sent to them. They also have a magazing that aims to keep beauty enthusiasts informed about the latest beauty and fashion trends.

When you register with them, they give you subscription options as mentioned below:

  • INR 499 for a one month subscription
  • INR 1099 for a three month subscription
  • INR 1999 for a half yearly subscription
  • INR 3599 for an annual subscription (works out to INR 300 per month and is the most cost effective option)

After registration, there is a questionnaire they ask you to fill in to get to know your beauty needs better. They mention on their site that they send ‘exciting beauty and makeup products specially picked as per your preferences’. If thisis true, I am really excited about receiving my first Vellvette box!

Have a great weekend my lovelies and I will be back to review my first Vellvette box, as soon as I get it.

 

My Liebster Award

30 Aug

Hello my lovelies. I am sorry I have fallen back on my posts for the last month, but I have had a lot happening during the last few weeks that hasn’t given me time for myself. I am now back to regular routine and I am delighted because the lovely Michele from Trendy Belle Blog nominated me for the Liebster award! Thanks Michele ❤

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The Liebster award is for blogs with 200 or less followers, to let them know all of their hard work is appreciated! Isn’t that both motivating and touching? I love the blogging community and I am so glad to know everybody I have met via my blog. Thank you all for being so supportive.

Now, onto the rules of this award:

  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
  •  Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  •  Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  •  Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

Here are the responses to the questions that Michele asked me:

One: If you had to describe your style in one word, what word would you choose and why?

Classic. I love formal wear, my LBDs, red lipstick and winged liner.

Two: If you could trade places with any person in the world for just one day, who would it be?

I wouldn’t want to trade places with anyone even for a day. I would never want to miss out on a day of my reality 🙂

Three: What is your dream job?

Owning my own natural beauty and skin care line. I hope this dream becomes a reality one day.

Four: Who was your first celebrity crush?

George Clooney I still have a crush on him 😉

Five: If you got to plan your dream vacation, where would you go?

Ahm.. so many places but I would start with Italy, Rome and Greece.

Six: What is your favorite trend right now?

The heavy smoky cat eye.

Seven: What is your favorite song at the moment?

Hunter Hayes’ I Want Crazy

Eight: What is your go to beauty item that you couldn’t live without?

I can’t imagine a day without my black kohl liner.

Nine: What is something you’d like to do before you die?

Get married and have a complete little family of my own.

Ten: If you could travel back in time and live in any decade, which would you choose?

I think I would choose the 1940s to 1960s because I love the fashion from those decades.

My nominations!

Like Michele, I love reading every blog I follow, so narrowing it down to ten isn’t easy. But here are some of my favorite bloggers who I think deserve an award!

It Girl – Farrah

Beauty on a Budget

Estycare

Twinkling Star (Yasmeen Sana)

Food People Love and Stuff…

Mammu Likes

All Things Lady

All Things Ally

Fashionrealist

Miss Ayo Dele

My Questions for the nominees! 

One: Who do you turn to for inspiration and motivation?

Two: What is your favorite beauty quote?

Three: Which celebrity, according to you, gets their makeup right always?

Four: What is your current addiction?

Five: What is the most expensive piece of clothing that you own?

Six: What does the word ‘beauty’ mean to you?

Seven: What got you started on blogger-sphere?

Eight: Which is the most beautiful destination for a honeymoon, according to you?

Nine: What is your favorite movie dialogue of all time?

Ten: What is your biggest accomplishment?

Thanks once again Michele, for nominating me. And to my followers and readers, thank you for your thoughtful comments and suggestions on my DIY projects and thank you for checking in when I was away. It means a lot to me to have you stay in touch and look out for me. I love you and wish you a  beautiful weekend!

Anushka’s bold n vivid lip statements

8 Jul

If there is one beauty, whose lipstick choices has been catching my attention, it has to be Bollywood’s Anushka Sharma.

This girl sure knows how to draw the attention to her lips and make them the statement of her avatar. I like how she usually keeps most of her makeup understated, and adds a pop of color onto her lips. She has inspired me to reach out for bolder and more vivid shades of lipstick, than I have done in the past.

Here are some of her looks that I adore

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