Monday, 30 March 2015

Vert Fresh Orange Lip Scrub and DIY Lip Scrubs

Who doesn't like softer and pinker lips? Today's post is going to be all about taking care of your precious little lips.

So recently, I purchased the Vert Fresh Orange Lip Scrub from Fab Bag here. However, a huge disappointment is the delivery, I ordered it on 23/02 while there was a clearance sale going on the Fab Bag website and received the product only on 26/03.




Website Description

Eliminates dry, flaky skin to leave lips wonderfully soft and supple. Feel the citrus fresh orange on you lips. Our best selling Lip Scrub.Net Weight: 10g. 

NO Petrochemicals, NO Phthalates, NO propylene Glycol, NO mineral oils, NO silicones, NO sulphates & NO parabens are used in Vert products .

How to use:
Apply to the moist lips as often as required. Scrub gently, wipe it of with moist cotton & follow up with lip balm of your choice.




The product works great on your lips and you can see the difference right from the first use. It is made of completely natural products with no chemicals and the best part is that when you apply it on your lips it tastes like a Orange based cocktail.

Use your finger, take a small amount of product and rub it on your lips in a circular motion. Focus on areas where there is more dead skin.

It has a shelf life of 13 months but you need to use the product within 6 months as the validity of the product reduces once the seal is broken.

If you have dry lips then use a lip scrub regularly (minimum 2-3 times/week).

If you don't have a lip scrub handy then you can easily make one with simple ingredients which are available in your kitchen. Scroll down for DIY Lip Scrub.



DIY Lip Scrub - 1

What you will need
Honey
Sugar
Vaseline
Olive Oil (optional)

Take equal portions of honey and granulated sugar and mix them together and then add about a teaspoon of Vaseline and mix well to form a paste and you are done!

If you want extra nourishment then you can add a few drop of olive oil too.

DIY Lip Scrub - 2

What you will need
Coconut oil
Sugar
Vaseline
Lemon juice

Lemon helps to brighten the lips and helps in better exfoliation.  Mix all the ingredients to form a paste. If you can get brown sugar then it is suggested to use brown sugar.

Store the lip scrub in your bathroom in a cute looking container and use it anytime you want. If you want to add a little drama then you can add a little food color too.

Friday, 27 March 2015

A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting - Christian Dior

This is the most tricky post and I personally find it difficult to blog about perfumes as there is no good/bad. Whether or not you like a perfume totally depends on you and your style. So, I am just going to recommend and give my opinions in this post.

Today's post is about 4 perfumes by Estee Lauder. I have travel size bottles that I got from their 2014 holiday edition kit. But all of these are available in various sizes. I would suggest purchasing the travel size bottles and make a full purchase only when you are completely satisfied.

Know the Brand
Estee Lauder is an American company started as early as 1946 with only 4 skincare products. They are now a luxurious brand and have a range of skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair-care products. The company is so huge now that they own many famous brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Clinique, Coach and a lot more. Wouldn't it be cool to work with them and get unlimited access to their products as salary? Well, that would be my dream job :)

Availability in India
I found some of Estee Lauder's collection online on www.snapdeal.com. They have select stores in Banglore, Chennai, Gurgoan, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi. Check here for more information.

The 4 perfumes that will be talked about in this post are,
1. Modern Muse
2. Sensuous Nude
3. Pleasures
4. Beautiful





Modern Muse


Website Description
Be an inspiration. Experience the fragrance that captures your style, your confidence, your creative spirit. An alluring contrast of sparkling florals and sleek, sensual woods.
Two distinctively different accords—Sparkling Jasmine Accord and Sleek Woods Accord—provide an intriguing dual impression. It's a true innovation in fragrance design, as complex and fascinating as the woman who inspires it.

THE INSPIRATION

Modern Muse was inspired by the complexity of a modern woman, with the same dynamic contrasts as her life and her personality. Her creative energy and magnetic femininity are captured by its multi-faceted, sparkling floralcy. Her sleek style, strength and sensuality by its sleek woods.

Who is a Modern Muse? She’s confident and independent, soft and strong, feminine yet dynamic. Stylish and original, she inspires everyone she meets—without saying a word.

FEELING
CONFIDENT, INDEPENDENT, INSPIRING

FRAGRANCE TYPE
LUSH FLORAL WOODY

My View
This perfume defines class. It says subtle and powerful at the same time. I totally love this perfume and loves the way it lingers for hours. 
It is just the way it is described on their website - Confident, Independant and Inspiring.

Sensuous Nude

Website Description
A new dimension in sensuality for today's woman. Modern, intimate and feminine, like a second skin. Wrap yourself in the sensuality of sultry Woods and Musks, delicate Muguet, Sicilian Bergamot and Baie Rose.

Modern sensuality is natural, comfortable, effortless. The intimacy of touch and bare skin is one of life's most exquisitely sensorial experiences and A fragrance so personal and warm, it seems like one with your own skin.

Sensuous Nude reveals an exciting new dimension of your sensuality.

Modern Notes:Sicilian Bergamot , Baie Rose, Mandarin , Black Pepper

Feminine Notes:Jasmine Petals, Muguet, Coconut Water, Honey, Musk

Intimate Notes:Melted Woods NaturePrint®, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Heliotrope, Vanilla

THE INSPIRATION 

The intimacy of touch and the connection to bare skin is one of life’s most exquisitely sensorial experiences and the inspiration for Sensuous Nude. The fragrance captures this vision of modern sensuality and bares all the warmth and softness of a confident woman at her most open and free.

FEELING
MODERN, INTIMATE, FEMININE

FRAGRANCE TYPE

WOODY MUSK

My View:
It comes in a light pink round bottle and looks adorable. The floral smell dominates this perfume but has the perfect balance. I totally love this scent and I prefer this over Modern Muse. This scores a 4.8/5 from me.

Pleasures

Website Description
One of life's simple pleasures.
Fresh as flowers after a Spring rain, this sheer, shimmering floral is a spirited blend of Lilies, White Peonies and Jasmine, all tingling with the rare essence of exotic Baie Rose.

Never sweet, ever fresh, it delights your senses with pleasure after pleasure.

Top Notes:White Lily, Violet Leaves, Green Accents

Middle Notes:Black Lilac, White Peony, Karo-Karounde Blossoms, Baie Rose, Pink Rose, Jasmine

Base Notes:Sandalwood, Patchouli

THE INSPIRATION
Created in 1995, Estée Lauder Pleasures set the trend for uplifting, airy fragrances and introduced the Sheer Floral fragrance type.

Evelyn Lauder created it to have a sheer, elusive, luminous quality. It captures the clarity of flowers just after a spring rain. This wonderful fragrance has been one of best selling fragrances for many years.

"Whatever the fragrance was to be, I wanted it to have an elusive, textural quality," said Evelyn Lauder. "And we have achieved it with Estée Lauder Pleasures. For the first time, there is a fragrance that unfolds like a flower in the warmth of the sun, surrendering its scent little by little."

FEELING
SHEER, SPIRITED, SHIMMERING

FRAGRANCE TYPE

SHEER FLORAL

My Views
I like the smell perfume but it is too strong for me. It has a pure floral tinge. Not something I would order again.

Beautiful

The fragrance of a thousand flowers.
A rich blend of Rose, Lily, Tuberose and Orange Flower. Brightened with citrus, warmed by woods.

Romantic, feminine, memorable.

Top Notes:Rose, Mandarin, Lily, Tuberose, Marigold

Middle Notes:Orange Flower, Muguet, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang

Base Notes:Sandalwood, Vetiver, Amber

THE INSPIRATION

Estée Lauder's vision, carried out by Evelyn Lauder, was to create a fragrance that made every woman feel she was the most beautiful woman in the room.

Ever romantic, Beautiful is represented by a bride to symbolize a woman at her most feminine, romantic and beautiful.

FEELING

RICH, ROMANTIC, LUXURIOUS

FRAGRANCE TYPE

FLORAL

My Views
This is indeed a beautiful perfume. Estee Lauder never fails to impress you. It is one of the must have in your collection. It has floral and woody fragrance.

Travel size perfumes are great because you can carry them anywhere and they look adorable. The Estee Lauder range lasts long and spraying once is more than enough. If you are going on a romantic outing then spraying these scents would only add more spark. 

Tips to use perfume
A perfume lasts longer when sprayed after applying lotion on the area where you are spraying the scent. Do not use a moisturizer/lotion with a strong fragrance of its own as it distorts the smell of the perfume. It is recommended to use Vaseline.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Wet N Wild - Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection - Comfort Zone

"Her smiles are magic and her eyes are a glimpse of heaven - Unknown"

Kajal is a must-have beauty product for every women and occasionally we need that added glamour and shimmer to illuminate your eyes and face and this product is something which does just that.

The Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Pallete - Comfort Zone. Before, jumping into the product review and swatches and I would like to say that Wet N Wild is one of my favorite beauty brand. It is affordable and the product is made of high quality. The only complain would be about the packaging of a few products.



Coming to this palette, I think it is a must-have palette in your makeup collection even if you are just starting to gain the love for makeup or if you are pro. The shades are deeply pigmented and spread evenly. This palette has the right amount neutral shades and they've added a pop of color for that perfect balance too.




Wet N Wild has put together 8 looks and makes it easier for a newbie in the makeup world. The 8 shadows are split into 2 halves (left and right) and Wet N Wild named each one as Browbone, Eyelid, Crease, Definer. So you know which one to apply where to get a perfect bronzed look or something with a bit of green tinge. The backside of the palette explains each look. If you are a pro then you can experiment with all these shades.


Buy from here - http://www.luxola.com/in/products/wet-n-wild-color-icon-eyeshadow-collection











Swatches:


Pros:
1. Good pigmentation
2. Blends Easily
3. Good for a newbie
4. High quality product - Stays long
5. Pocket Friendly



Cons:
1. Packaging is not sturdy
2. Some shadow falls out no matter how careful you are.
3. The brush is they provide is bad, better use your own







March Fab Bag Review #MakeupForDifference

I will be moving to Dubai next month, so this will probably be the last Fab Bag review for a few months now. I am definitely going to miss the monthly bundle of love sent by the FabBag crew.

This month's fab bag comes in a hot pink bag with a motivational quote,

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself - Coco Chanel"

I know it is no surprise as most of you got similar products in different shades/styles but here is what I received - 4 beauty products and 1 fashion product.

I will miss their cute bags as they come in handy for makeup storage. You never know when you might need one.

1. Palladio Herbal Lipstick - Meadow Sweet (Full Size) 



It is a herbal lipstick which is highly moisturizing so you need not worry about your lips getting dry during the day. It is a creamy lipstick which does stay for quiet some time on your lips (about 5-6 hours easily). It is well pigmented too (1-2 strokes to get the full color)


The shade Meadow Sweet is like a nude shade and looks very subtle and feminine for a medium to fair complexion Indian skin tone. I personally prefer brighter colors for my lips but I am loving the subtle touch it adds. 














2. Soul Tree Kajal True Blue, Full Size



It is an ayurvedic kajal and is made with ghee and has a nourishing effect on your eyes. I really love Soultree products however this was a disappointment for me only  because of the shade. I received the True Blue shade. It is not very pigmented and you need to apply 4-5 times to see the actual color. Even after that you get a light shiny blue which I didn't like. 


So instead of using it as a Kohl or a liner I used it on my lower lash line. It adds a pop of color to your everyday look. Apply kajal (I used the L'oreal Kajal Magique) and apply eyeliner (I used Wet N Wild H2O Proof Liner) and then added this kohl to my lower lash and then applied a generous coat of  Mascara.































3. Inveda BB Cream Fair, 15 ml 



This 8 in 1 cream is a great product for everyday use for those who are looking for a light coverage. It is very creamy and you don't need to add moisturizer to it. (I usually end up adding some moisturizer to other BB Creams from brands like Maybelline, L'oreal). It is actually more like a lotion so be extra careful when you are trying to pump the product out. I got the shade Fair which suits my skin tone and because it feels light on your skin any one from medium to fair complexion can use this. The 15ml product will last easily for about 15-25 applications as you need very little product. A must try for any one who hasn't found their perfect BB Cream yet, this might be the one.





4. Sebastian Hydre Conditioner, 50 ml



I haven't tried this yet but this salon style conditioner looks very promising and I love it all the more as it is a moisturizing conditioner which is also color retaining so it works best even if you have chemically treated hair.

I have heard a lot about Sebastian Professional products and I am excited to try this out. This product also smells great.





5. Fashionography Earrings
I received this cute bow earrings which are great for the everyday college/office look. Love them :)



Comment below and let me know what are your favorite products from this month's Fab Bag. I would love to hear from you.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Kaficko - The urban coffee shop

We recently visited a coffee shop that opened only last December in Road no 12 Banjara Hills, over Good Earth. With cheeky European style interiors this place doesn't fail to impress you with its ambiance. I just felt that the small chandeliers felt a little out of place though.


The wall near the steps has this white painted beautiful cycle put up on their grayish walls which looks attractive.

A few chairs have side support but most of them do not have the side supports which was not very comfortable considering that it is a coffee place and people would come to chill. I would give the ambiance a 3.5/5

 I was really impressed with the waffles and crepes range but I couldn't really try them out as I we went in the evening and I didn't have much of an appetite. I am definitely going back to this place to their breakfast and desert menu.





We ordered a Chilly Cheese Toast and Phad Thai.

The Cheese Toast was crisp and soft and had the right amount of chilly. The Phad Thai on the other hand is one of the best that I have tasted in Hyderabad. The food gets a 4.5/5 from me and the service was great too.

It costs about 1200-1700 for a meal for 2 people.
If you are looking for a place with good food and ambiance to hangout with your friends then this is a place that you should visit you. 

Easy Lipstick Organization

I am a gemini to the core and that means I can be organized and messy at the same time (depends on my mood really!). Lately, I am finding it really difficult to find stuff around at home especially make-up. It could be because of me ageing (well, I m not so old) or not. Then I decided it is one of the side-effects of a happy marriage (Grinning right now). Anyway, I decided to get organized and start with organizing my lipsticks. Guess what was the first thing I did?

I hunted for my lipsticks and it took a full two hours and I ended up finding most of them (I don't know where the rest are!)

Warning: Please try this DIY when you are completely energized as the first step usually take some time :)

Idea 1

Things you will need


1. An empty Box 
I am using an empty diary milk box which is made of metal. You can use a good quality shoe box too.

2. Washitape/Spray Paint
This is to decorate the box and make it look good. You can go wild and use your imagination here.

3. Cardboard
You can use a cardboard sheet which is easily available in any stationery shop. Be sure to use the thin material one as it becomes difficult to create slots later. I used a thick paper shopping bag. You can recycle any old boxes lying around too.

4. Scissor/Blade, Ruler, Pen/Marker

Step1
Arrange your lipsticks in atleast one row horizontally and vertically to understand how many cardboard slots you need to be making. Also, measure the length, width and depth of the box using a ruler.

In the box that I was using, a total of 6 lipsticks fit in vertically and 8 horizontally so I could store a total of 48 lipsticks all together.

So you will need to make 5 slots vertically and 7 vertically. 

Cut out 5 pieces of cardboard with length equal to length (vertical) of the box, the  width should be a few centimeters less than depth of the box so that it can easily      fit in. Divide these 5 pieces into half along the length of the piece. Divide the cardboard into 8 equal portions along the length. Refer to the pic below for more clarity.

Cut out 7 pieces in the same way. The length should be equal to width (horizontal) of the box. The width should be equal to the depth you have taken for the above 5 pieces. Divide these 7 pieces into half along the length of the piece. Divide the cardboard into 6 equal portions along the length. 






You should have pieces similar to the one's shown in the picture. Cut along the markings until half the width of the cardboard.





Once  you cut all the pieces insert the pieces to make slots. First insert the corner 4 pieces as shown in the figure. This makes it easier to support the other pieces.







Once you insert all the pieces it will look like this. Don't worry about the shape as it will get sturdy when you place it in the box.


Once that is done you can either spray paint the box with the choice of your color or wrap around some washi tape.




This is how the finished box will look.



Idea 2

This a very simple idea and it will literally take 2 minutes and looks super gorgeous. All you need is an flat empty transparent box. I used a Ferero Rocher and just added all my lipsticks in there.



Sunday, 15 March 2015

Glitter Mania - Add sparkle to your everyday look

Who doesn't love being pampered? Well, I do and it if your nails can look fab in just 5 minutes then I love it.

I recently came across Maybelline's latest nail pops from the Glitter Mania collection and I fell in love with them. This post will contain review and swatches of 5 of these beauties.



Application
Apply a base coat and then apply a generous amount of glitter mania once the base coat is completely dry. Make sure you wait for atleast 3-4 minutes for them to dry completely. Once dry apply a top coat to finish it. As these nail colors contain glitter application of a top coat is a must else it would give a very rough texture to your nails.

You can use the silver and gold shades to add that extra glam to your nails during weddings.
Tip
After 2 minutes of application, dip your finger tips in cold water for the nail glitter to dry out quickly.

The shades that I tried out are,
All that Glitters, 601
Dazzling Diva, 602
Starry Nights, 603
Paparazzi Purple, 606
Pink Champagne, 607

I do not have the swatch for Starry Nights as I think there was something wrong with the bottle I received, The nail color was very thick and I could never get a smooth finish.

All that Glitters, 601























Pink Champagne, 607























Paparazzi Purple, 606



Dazzling Diva, 602






















While all the nail colors are the great Pink Champagne and All that Glitters are my favorite and I recommend every one to buy them.