Friendship Day 2016 Celebration with Caprese Bags

Hello Friends,

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It’s Friendship Day on 7th August and co-incidentally my birthday too. Most of the years my birthday falls on the same day as Friendship day. I truly value my friends and love making new friends. But over a period of years I realised making friends is easy but keeping them is a real deal. I have handful of friends who I come back to everytime when I am happy or sad. These guys have been with me through thick and thin. I am not very good at keeping in touch but inspite of this, some of my friends never fail to surprise me. They love me; respect me for the person I am. I want to thank all of my friends for being such a sweetheart and being my support system. What I have realised is that being a blogger has truly blessed me with some amazing people like Bidisha Banerjee, Ketakee Indap, Lisha, Priyanka, Clementia, Rajshree and there are so many more. These girls are true gem of a personality. I would never want to lose my friendship with them. Recently, when Bidisha visited Mumbai, we shopped, ate and laughed together in the streets of Linking rd, Bandra. It never felt that I met her for the first time. I have known her for years but after meeting our bond grew even stronger. She is now married and lives in Michigan, USA. Inspite of our long distance friendship, we always keep in touch through Snapchat, Whatsapp…Ohhh and how can I forget my first FACETIME with her. Whenever we had a chat it felt like I am talking to my soul sister. That’s what I love about our bond. And that’s what I believe every friendship should be. Distances should Only make the hearts fonder. On that note, I would love to show you a video from the brand called CAPRESE. I am sure we are all aware about CAPRESE BAGS. Bags are known as our BFF’s. Simply because they carry our load. A load of things like our makeup, jewellry, diary, hairbrush, cell-phone and list goes on. We cannot imagine our lives without our handbag. It is an Essential just like my Bestie. I am completely head over heels with the latest launch by CAPRESE. Do have a look at the video and share it with your besties and make them Smile. This is truly adorable. 🙂

Happy Friendship Day to my Lovelies!

LOTS OF LOVE, HUGS & KISSES ! <3

 

Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review

Hello Beauties,

Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review

Its been such a long time that my hand is even shaking to pen down my thoughts. I had no motivation lately coz of the hectic work schedule, friend’s engagement party, monsoon trip. All of this kept me busy throughout the weeks. Oh also how can I forget that I shifted to a new place last Sunday. But today I want to speak about a perfect Sunday that I spent in Bungalow 9, Bandra on 17 July. I was invited for the Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Event and I was really curious to know about the new product. I thought it would be a boring day where there would be a speech, goodies will be given and then we can leave. Guess what? It was a super engaging and fun event. We were engaged into games and activities back to back. There was team effort and active participation from all the bloggers. All girls gel around very well due to the team building activities. There were goodies for every activity, which was also a great motivation. In the meanwhile, bloggers were called one by one for product testing. We had our whole day scheduled. Time just flew away and then we had to wrap up. We clicked a lot of pictures before leaving and it felt like it was a graduation picture where all of us got in the frame and clicked a Happy Picture. Everyone had a great time and left with a happy face.

Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review

 

Product Description

New Fair & Lovely Powder Cream is an expert product that brings together fine brightening product and advanced multivitamin fairness cream for: Instant Bright Look, Powder Smooth Finish, All day oil control, 14 hrs fair look, Matte Non-oily feel.

Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review

Price – Rs. 115 for 40 gms and Rs. 55 for 18gms.

Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review

My Experience with FAL Powder Cream– I wore the product for the entire event and looked fresh and bright whole day long. I thought maybe I should try and spend a whole hectic week of my usual work-life and then decide on how it fares. So my usual Monday to Friday is at work spending 9:30am to 6:30pm. I applied the FAL powder cream at 8am and it felt like a moisturising cream, I applied it in dots on my forehead, neck, chin and cheeks. My face looked bright and fresh and the cream settled in quickly giving me a smooth, matte, bright look. There was no oiliness or stickiness whatsoever. There is no coverage or foundation in this cream. So even though it mattifies well, there was no need for a powder touch-up. I like a bit of coverage in my creams. So I ended up using my compact on this cream and was done for the day. During my lunch, I checked in mirror if I need any touch-up but my face was still matte and fresh. So I continued with work and around 5pm my friend asked to catch up after work for a friend’s house party. I thought now atleast I have to touch-up. To my surprise, the face still looked fresh and I only re-applied my kajal and lipstick. I reached home around 11pm and while washing my face I realised damn my face doesn’t look like I work all day. I usually use bbcream on an average day and I know how dull my face looks at the end of the day. I was super impressed and happy with the product and wore it to work daily. On days when I apply make up, I love using this as a face primer and trust me it works like magic as a face brightener + primer. There is no sunscreen protection in the cream, I wish they would add some SPF to the product; it would have been All-in-one. Overall, I Enjoyed the FAIR & LOVELY Powder cream. It is super affordable, it makes your face look bright and matte for the whole day, on my combination skin there was no traces of oiliness found. I wouldn’t say this cream would make you fair and white, no cream can do that. But it definitely makes you Bright. This would be a perfect product for a college goer to a working woman. After all who wants a heavy foundation feel every day?

Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review

Pros

  • It indeed gives a 12-14 hrs bright look.
  • Face looks bright, fresh and matte.
  • No oiliness.
  • Suitable for all skintypes.
  • No powder touch up required.
  • This would work excellent as a face brightener + primer.
  • Can be used under make-up.
  • Also makes a nice moisturiser.
  • The cream is light-weight and disappears in the skin.
  • Skin feels smooth and soft.
  • No break-outs.
  • Good quantity.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Perfect for everyday wear.
  • Very affordable.
  • Available in smaller packs
  • A unique formula/product.
  • Suitable for all seasons.

Cons

  • Does contain Parabens
  • No coverage.
  • No SPF.
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review
Fair & Lovely Powder Cream Launch Event + Product Review

Rating – 4.5/5

Recommendation – I am so glad that it is not like those typical product which claims to make you fair. It gives you a fair, bright and matte look for 14hrs. It would be perfect for college girls as well as working women. As the product is very pocket friendly, this is very well-suited for its audience. The product easily would last a month even if used daily. I will highly recommend this product if you are bored of the regular bb/cc creams. This product will be a value addition as it’s actually a unique product.

 

Dress your Best with Modabridal.co.uk

Hello Divas,

Wedding Guest dresses 2016
Wedding Guest dresses 2016

Dresses are my weakness! I enjoy buying dresses from international websites because I am so sure I will never find the print, pattern, quality in Indian market. Don’t get me wrong! But you may already know how difficult it is to get a beautiful gown in Indian market. So my birthday is approaching and I am collecting things for myself. If you know me already every year I’ve been wearing a beautiful evening dress/one-piece on my birthday. That’s because birthday is the only day when you are pampered more often than unusual (unless you have a Prince Charming or something :-P) Also I loveeee to dress up like a Princess on my birthday  even my birthday cake comes with the name “Princess” on it. I spent crazy hours on the internet to buy any stuff. You know being a blogger makes you a research expert looking out for reviews and images etc. So today, I want to talk about this website called Modabridal.co.uk. I have been drooling over the collection on their website. They have everything from Wedding dresses for the Brides to Special Occasion dresses like a Prom dress, cocktail dresses or a simple maxi dresses. Apart from dresses they have a wide collection on shoes and accessories like Veils, Tiaras, Jewellery sets. Isn’t that awesome? This is like buying your whole outfit from a website without running to different shops.

About Modabridal.co.uk

Modabridal.co.uk has started way back in 2013. Since then, our company has already focused on creating formal dresses, wedding gowns UK, costumes, jewelry and other made goods. We have never taken our focus off of these kinds of items while at the same time adding new apparels. We know that their constant improvement, adaptation and revision make them the leader in their field.

Our company specializes in producing evening dresses, wedding dresses or gowns, embroidery and a lot of good products which can be customized based on your specific requirements. We also offer the same price as lowest as possible to our clients whoever and wherever they are.

While giving you the best we can give, we also aim to provide you with fantastic products and top quality at very affordable prices. With our excellent customer service combined with our desire to improve, you are in the right place to shop. Through working with us, you can always get in a win-win situation.

Modabridal.co.uk offers excellent customer service together with fashionable items to their clients with different sense of styles. It does not matter if you are an individual client who looks for a perfect item at a very affordable price or if you are a wholesaler client who is after boosting your revenue. Our company can help you. As we continue to grow, we can maintain our high standards and we are always looking for ways to improve.

Currently they are running upto 90% off on all dresses which kept in awe. I was keen on trying and shortlisting few dresses for birthday. I kept on discovering more on the website and found that they also have dresses for mothers on the website. That is really cool!  It gave me an impression that they have a dress for every kind of women and occasion. They are definitely not very cheap but I would say they are not even expensive. I remember spending 4,500 INR on my last to last birthday dress. I am not saying go buy a dress for 5k. Not at all, but you can consider buying on special occasion like if you are a bridesmaid or on Christmas, a cocktail party of your bestie etc. Let me show you a glimpse of few dresses that I liked from every section.

Mermaid Evening Dress
Mermaid Evening Dress
Sequin dress
Sequin dress
Lace Up Wedding Dress
Lace Up Wedding Dress
Cocktail Dress
Cocktail Dress

 

Bridesmaid Dresses
Bridesmaid Dresses

One of the important factors while doing international shopping is the shipping policy. They have two shipping methods and they ship worldwide, one is DHL and EMS. DHL usually takes 2-4 business days while EMS takes 3-8 business days. Also if there is any quality issue with product they give a refund if supported with evidence like a photo/video of the product. Alternatively, you can live chat or send a mail to customer service for any doubts or clarifications. If you wish to buy any of the dresses above you can get it on Modabridal-Dresses Online UK.

Hope you like my post. Let me know which dress is your favourite and what is the occasion you would like to wear it?

Lots of Love,

Ric

<3

Sugar Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the Blues Review

Hello Divas,

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review

How’s the weekend going? Well, Mine is good …so far! Weekend means different for different people. For me its going for shopping, hanging out with friends/bf, chilling at home etc.  Some weekends are just like sitting at home chilling and enjoying online shopping. It’s raining cats and dogs in Mumbai and the climate is amazing. It is perfect to sit down with a cup of coffee and scribble.  So today I am scribbling about a fresh new product, this one is from Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues. I am a sucker for Royal Blue things, whether it’s a blue top, shades, eyeshadow, eyeliner or a kajal. I think it just compliments my skintone a lot more than other colors. My life revolves around colored kajals/eyeliners. I do love eyeshadows but on days when I am in a hurry, my hand always reaches out to colored eyeliners. I have been using this kajal a lot lately and thought it’s time to pen down my thoughts.

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches

Product Description

A true blue that looks fabulous on all skin tones, Still Got The Blues is edgy yet incredibly classy at the same time.

Let your eyes do all the talking with SUGAR Twist And Shout Fadeproof Kajal! Just twist the easy applicator and rim your eyes with its intense formula and you’re good to take on the world. With a specially-designed anti-slip grip gives you a super-steady hold, its creamy consistency & preservatives-free formula makes it suitable for the waterline as well as the lash line. This high-performance multi-use product combines the benefits of a kajal with those of a gel eyeliner and does not fade or smear for more than 10 hours!

How to Apply: Open your eyes wide for precise application & gently rim your waterline. This wonder product can also be used as an eye liner thanks to its creamy consistency.

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches

Benefits: A single product with the power of two, this power-packed kajal is enough to create the eye makeup look you desire whether you want to keep it simple or dramatic. It gives a velvety finish that is long-lasting & completely fade-proof so you can enjoy the night (or day) and not worry about smears or smudges.

Additional Details: The SUGAR Twist & Shout Fadeproof Kajal is available in 2 intense shades viz., Black Velvet (Black) and Still Got The Blues (Dark Blue). It is free of mineral oil, preservatives, paraffin & parabens. Does not require an additional sharpener. Made in Germany. Size: 0.35 gm.

List of Ingredients: Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide,Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides Isododecane, Polyethylene, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnama.

Price – Rs. 399 for 0.35gms

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches

Packaging – It comes in a very sleek form with a grip. The kajal comes in the retractable form and there is no sharpener required. I like the fact that they have given a soft grip to hold the kajal. It makes it easy to draw the line on your lids as well as waterline. Also there is no product wastage due to sharpening.

My Experience with Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues-

I like this more on my lids than on my waterline. The shade is more like a navy blue color on me and stays around 9-10hrs which is brilliant. On my waterline, it doesn’t show up in one swipe, I need to swipe atleast twice for the blue to show up. As I have very watery eyes, the kajal stays only 4-5hrs on my waterline but it doesn’t smudge. It is richly pigmented and gives a metallic sheen on application. The sleek pencil makes it easy to play around and create different looks like a wingliner. I can make wing or double wing lines very easily with this kajal. Many prefer retractable kajals which makes it a total winner as there is no product wastage due to sharpening. Avoid putting too much pressure on the kajal, it has a tendency to break. If you are someone who likes to smudge the kajal you will adore this one as it gives an amazing look after it gets smudge. This product is free from mineral oil, preservatives, paraffin & parabens. Sensitive eyes, girls who wear contact lenses or glasses can definitely give this a try. It didn’t harm my eyes or caused any itchiness. I wore it for whole day long. Any eye make up remover can be used to remove this kajal. Though its not mentioned anywhere that it is waterproof. Yesterday, it rained heavily and I got drenched in the rain. Surprisingly, my kajal remained intact and I was super impressed with the formula.

Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches
Sugar cosmetics Twist and Shout Fadeproof Kajal -02 Still Got the blues Review & Swatches

Pros

  • Great Pigmentation
  • Metallic sheen
  • Two swipes is enough
  • Long staying power
  • Soft cushioned grip
  • Gives a smokey look when smudged
  • Doesn’t sting eyes
  • Can be used both on waterline and lids
  • Good for sensitive eyes
  • Easy to remove with a make up remover
  • No need to sharpen/Retractable kajal
  • Decent pricing

Cons

  • Doesn’t stay long on water line.
  • Tendency of breakage if given pressure.

Rating – 4.8/5

Recommendation

I enjoy using this kajal on a daily basis. It is always in my make up pouch. Out of 5 working days, I used it 3 times a week. It can be your go-to-kajal where you have to leave in a hurry. If you go to see you get 2 in 1 benefits for 399 bucks which is not a bad deal at all. I highly recommend this product!

Which is your favourite product from Sugar Cosmetics? Did you try this kajal?

P.S – Product sent for consideration. My review remains honest & unbiased.

 

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

Hello ladies,

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

It’s the onset of monsoon and onset of sickness for me. I have never been so sick in my whole life. I don’t know what’s wrong with my health. Its been a week and more and I had fever, cold, headache, vomiting and it goes on.  Blame it on the weather. Anyway, lets talk something nice. So the nice factor here is that I went for the Organic Harvest store launch event on Saturday. It was a lovely event where we were asked to wear accesories and there was a hair-stylist who did my hair. The whole ambience gave a very “alowha” feel. I met a few bloggers and we clicked lots of pictures. They S.A briefed me about the products and new launches. Finally, I left with my goodie bag. I have heard a lot about their products especially these cute little EOS lipbalm inspired from Organic Harvest. I am so happy Organic Harvest has come out with their version of lipbalm. Some of the stuff I received is the Anti tan Scrub, Anti Tan mask and the Sunscreen lotion. I am yet to try out the others. However, I started using the lipbalm from the day I got them. I have already made up my mind on the lipbalm and here is what I think…

Product Description

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

The lip balm with the goodness of Shea butter that locks moisture and prevent your lips from drying out.

Price – Rs. 149 (introductory offer) for 10g. 0.35oz

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

Key Ingredients

Certified Organic lanolin, Shea butter, BHT and food grade strawberry flavor. No Color Added-Color of the product may change due to the use of Organic and Natural ingredients.

Usage

You can apply it by closing your lips together like you are going to kiss something, or simply smile with your lips closed, and apply the dome to both of your lips at the same time.

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

Packaging

Like I mentioned, it looks exactly like EOS lipbalm. This is yellow in color and it comes in an egg-shaped form with branding on the top. The packaging is pretty cute and unusual. It is very light-weight and handy. You can easily put it in your handbag and apply on the go. It smells really nice. How I wish it to be edible!

Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review
Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm Review

My Experience with Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair Lip Balm-

I started using the product from the time I received it. I usually apply lipbalms in the night and exfoliate my lips in the morning. That way it gives me lipstick ready lips in the morning. The formula of this lipbalm is matte and not glossy that I totally adore. I was really done and dusted with glossy lipbalms. It is a clear lipbalm without any tint. I was not looking for a tinted one anyway. It works extremely well on my chapped lips and helps them to stay smooth. This lipbalm stayed around 4-5hrs after which you may like to re-apply. My lips are always dry and I can never think of applying lipstick without exfoliating. This lipbalm keeps my lips nourished and keeps me from the hassle of exfoliating. It has a yummy fragrance and doesn’t give a waxy feeling. The fact that is made of natural ingredients makes this a steal. It is free from Paraben, mineral oil, Paba and Animal Ingredients. The SA told me that it helps in reducing darkness of your lips. I didn’t really believe her as there is no SPF. But now that I am using it I have seen slight difference in my lipcolor. The dark pigmentation has faded a bit and my lips look much healthier. Honestly, I have used EOS lipbalm and didn’t like it much. But I end up liking Organic Harvest Shea Lip Repair much more than I originally planned.

Pros

  • Heals chapped lips
  • Lightens pigmented lips
  • Matte smooth texture
  • Has Shea butter
  • Very cute and hygienic packaging
  • Doesn’t dry up your lips
  • Stays for 4-5hrs
  • Doesn’t melt
  • Travel friendly
  • Doesn’t give a waxy heavy feeling
  • Paraben, mineral oil and cruelty free
  • Natural ingredients used
  • Easily available
  • Preps up your lips for lipstick
  • Affordable
  • Good quantity
  • No added color
  • Yummy fragrance

Cons

  • No SPF
  • Only Key Ingredients mentioned.

Rating– 4.8/5

Recommendation – If you like prepping your lips before applying lipstick and if you like matte texture. I would highly recommend this lipbalm to you. It saves a lot of time when you cannot exfoliate your lips. Simply apply this lipbalm and you have soft, smooth and clear lips.

Have you tried the Organic Harvest lipbalms? Which one did you try?

 

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!

Hello Sunshine,

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!

So yesterday I went for the Organic Harvest event in Juhu for their store launch. On my way back home I thought I’ll visit the Beauty centre Khar as I haven’t been there from a long long time. I went along with my blogger friend Natasha as she wanted to shop too. I was clear in my mind that I am not splurging more on make-up. I was simply going to accompany my friend. But I also knew that I will not come out empty-hand 😛 I decided I’ll buy some minor stuff like a lip pencil. So we directly went to the Miss Claire section, I saw my friend picking this shade and was very keen to try it out. I thought I’ll pick this for myself too. Also, I bought a Party queen colour elixir lipencil and unique style lip pencil. Natasha mentioned that the shade 17A is a closer dupe of Kylie lip kit range. I am sure it is now..17A is such a gorgeous everyday shade. I couldn’t wait to review the shade that I bought yesterday. And here I am…Mind you! I have started using Miss Claire in the year 2011. Where everyone use to buy Lakme. My first products were VOV, Miss Claire and INCOLOR Cosmetics. That time they weren’t so famous. But now they are all over the blogosphere.

Product Description – It’s not lipstick, nor is it gloss. It’s like nothing you’ve experienced before. It’s lipstick cream that goes on silky but looks soft matte.

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!

Price – I got mine for Rs. 180 for 6.5gms but the price varies from Rs. 120 to 300 depending on the place.  Its easily available in Mumbai stores. Instagram stores have also started selling it.

Ingredients –                         

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & FOTD!

Packaging –  The packaging is exactly like NYX lip crème’s. It comes with a wand for easy application in a tube form of packaging. It is travel friendly and light-weight. The lip cream being thick in consistency doesn’t drip. The packaging supposed to display the shade in the tube. However, I feel the shade is pretty different when swatched or applied on lips. One has to check a tester before buying.

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches

My Experience with Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17A

The shade 17 A is a beautiful peachy browny pink kinda shade which makes it a perfect daily wear. The texture of this lip creams are soft and smooth. The only criteria would be to exfoliate your lips before application. It doesn’t accentuate fine lines and looks very pretty on the lips. It is wet on application which settles into a soft matte texture.  These are thoroughly pigmented. Two swipes is more than enough for medium to full coverage. It hides pigmented lips and doesn’t give a patchy look. My lipsticks usually transfer a lot but with this on my lips I can sip as much as coffee as I want. It doesn’t transfer and stay true to its base. This shade has been compared to Kylie’s lip collection repeatedly. I am so impressed with this shade that I want to get a back up of this so that I never run out of it. This shade will suit fair to medium-dark skintones the most. It has a pleasant vanilla fragrance. It doesn’t feel heavy on the lips. The lip creams survive lighter meals but tends to fade away a bit if you consume oily food. This stays for around 6hrs on my lips which is pretty long lasting. There is variety of shades to pick from this range. I already have 4 shades but this is my cult favourite.

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches
Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream 17 A Review & Swatches

Pros

  • Beautiful peachy brown shade/ neutral shade
  • Suitable to fair to medium dark skintones
  • Non transferable
  • Highly pigmented
  • Medium to full coverage
  • Doesn’t accentuate fine lines
  • Paraben and Cruelty free
  • Soft and smooth matte texture
  • Long staying power around 6hrs
  • Vanilla fragrance
  • Travel friendly
  • Decent wand applicator
  • Good quantity
  • Super Affordable
  • Paraben & Cruelty free.

Cons

  • Shade can be a little different from the packaging. Tester is required.
  • Variation in price range
  • Some may find Availability an issue. (Not a con for me though)

Rating – 4.9/5

Recommendation – I highly recommend this shade if you are on a budget and looking for a Kylie lippie dupe. It a must have shade in my opinion. It is perfect for daily/office/neutral makeup. The only thing I don’t like about the Miss Claire lip cream is the different price range everywhere. If you can buy it in the right price frame then this is a steal. I am getting a back up for this soon.

 

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

Hello Ladies,

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

If you ask me what is that two products that I can’t leave my house without? That would be my jet black kohl/kajal and my lipbalm. I can really survive on these two products, they are my essentials. But to find a good, smudge-proof, water-proof, jet-black kajal is such a task. Somedays I find a jet black kajal then it is not water-proof, if it is waterproof it doesn’t long last. So basically I am always on a hunt for good kohl. Enough of my ranting business! Today, I present to you Sugar Stroke of Genious Heavy Duty Kohl-01 Back to Black. Phewwww! Quite a long name..I know! This is a new launch from Sugar Cosmetics and I was very keen on trying it out. I loved the crayon lipsticks and the vivid matte lipsticks. Sugar has been really a treat for me so far. Let’s see how the kohl looks on me.

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

About Sugar Stroke of Genious Heavy Duty Kohl-01 Back to Black

Eye makeup can be tricky but a stroke of genius can put you at ease. Add to that intense black colour and soft creamy texture and you know you’ve been hooked for life. We’re on about SUGAR Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl – a waterproof Kohl pencil that can add pretty to your eyes in a single swipe. Its wax-based formula spreads evenly and lasts for up to 8 hours. Not just that, it comes with a free sharpener to ensure your eye makeup is always on point.

Bonus: Every Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl comes with its specially designed high quality sharpener that is carefully crafted to help you make the most of your purchase. For more details about the Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl Sharpener, click here.

How to apply: Gently rim your lower and upper lash lines with this creamy Kohl. Open your eyes wide for precise application.

Benefits: This high-performance waterproof Kohl provides maximum colour in a single stroke and lasts for up to 8 hours. Its creamy texture makes application super easy and helps to create varied eye makeup looks in a matter of minutes.

Additional details: The SUGAR Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl is currently available in the shade ’01 Back to Black’. It is free of mineral oil, paraffin, preservatives, volatile cyclomethicones (D4, D5, D6) and animal derived ingredients.

List of Ingredients: Iron Oxides, Black 2, Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Silica, Stearyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Dimethiconol Crosspolymer, Octadecene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Isoceteth-10

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

Price – Rs. 499 also comes with a sharpener. You can buy it from the website or Nykaa.

Packaging – Sugar has kept the kohl packaging very simple with just the brand embedded in white on the black kajal. It comes with a sharpener with a cleaner. I receive a very cute multicolour pinkish pouch with the kajal. I adore the pouch, so handy and fancy. Sugar always wins my heart with the “oh-so-lovely packaging”

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

My Experience with Sugar Stroke of Genious Heavy Duty Kohl-01 Back to Black

The kohl is extremely creamy and soft and it gives a velvety matte finish. I was scared that it would melt in the heat, luckily it didn’t! It is jet black (just like I want), waterproof and long lasting. They say that it is smudge-proof. I applied it on my waterline and it stayed for say around 4-5hrs after which it smudged a bit. If you have very oily lids then it may smudge. I have applied it on my lashline and waterline and it never sting my eyes. Sensitive eyes can gladly pick this up. Since it is highly pigmented you can always smudge it a bit to create that smokey look. It is free from paraben and mineral oil. It comes with a sharpener which has this small cleaner to remove the wastage. Oh yes! If you are someone who likes retractable kohl’s then you may not like this. I personally like pencils that can be sharpened keeping in mind the hygiene issues. I am very bad with retractable pencil, always end up breaking the lead. I really love how intense it looks on me and how bright my eyes look. This is why I just love jet black kohl/kajal.  I have a mixed feeling with the kohl due to the price factor. It is on the expensive side. I wish they have kept it a bit affordable. Below is a picture of me trying out a look with the kohl.

Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD
Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl – 01 Back to Black Review & FOTD

Pros

  • Jet black kohl
  • Creamy on application that settles in velvet matte finish
  • Great formula
  • Long lasting
  • Water proof
  • Free of mineral oil, paraffin, preservatives, volatile cyclomethicones (D4, D5, D6) and animal derived ingredients.
  • Comes with a sharpener
  • Can be used both on the lashline and waterline
  • Doesn’t sting the eyes
  • Sensitive eyes can definitely use this

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Not completely smudge-proof
  • Some may prefer retractable kohl’s

Ratings – 4.2/5

Recommendation – I would like to buy it again for the formula and the velvet matte finish. I love how jet black and smooth it is on application. Creating wing eyeliner is like a breeze with this kohl. You can create many looks. However, I would prefer buying this on discount. If you like jet black, velvet matte formula…trysugar 😉

P. S – PR Sample sent for consideration but my review remain honest and unbiased.

My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!

Hello beauties,

My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!
My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!

Being a beauty junkie, I am always on a look to buy new products.  I would love to go shopping but definitely not in this heat. Also it’s practically impossible for me, considering that I work 5 days a week. I love online shopping more than offline. That’s because online beauty products are easily available and you don’t have to travel from one shop to another. I have noticed that we have very few online beauty shopping websites in India. There were many choices when I started blogging but now there are just 2 or 3 websites. Today, I want to reveal this new online beauty shopping website called “APLAVA”. For the one who is curious to know what APLAVA means? Aplava (pronounced “AAp luv” in original sanskrit) means taking a bath to purify oneself. It’s an ablution process of cleansing oneself. Just as the name suggests, Aplava wants to give its customers an experience of divine purity. Beauty is you! Aplava has this unique blend of some household and foreign brands. If you ask me what struck me to buy from this website? It will be definitely due to some fresh brands like Bodyography, Natio, Kronokare , Mememe, Wild Earth etc.

About Aplava

My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!
My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!

As a startup beauty company, we strive to bring an unparalleled assortment of prestige brands, household names and niche, cult beauty brands, all on one site. Our professional team of Dermatologists and Beauty advisors has cherry picked brands across a broad range of product categories including Skincare, Hair care, Bath & Body, Make Up, Fragrance, Sun & Travel, Intimacy, Shaving, Candles and Aromatherapy, Mom & Baby & Homecare. To make your experience worthwhile and easy, the team has developed a mechanism to advice and recommends products based on your skin type and skin concerns. Use the Personalized Beauty section on your profile page to get customized recommendation for your daily skin routine.

Unlike many other beauty retailers, we work directly with our manufacturers/authorized distributors to bring you over 5,000 products straight from the brands themselves. You can trust that anything you buy is 100% authentic, guaranteed

My Beauty Shopping Experience with Aplava!
My Beauty Shopping Experience with Aplava!

My Experience with Aplava.com –

I ordered for three products from Aplava.com and I received my order within 4 days i.e I ordered on Monday and received it on Thursday. I believe that’s Not bad at all! I was expecting it to come within 7-8 days because that’s what the shipment message said. However, everything came pretty fast and all the products were cutely packed in a box. I also received a coupon code for my next order. There was no damage whatsoever with my order. Also, they had kept me updated by sending sms about my shipment. I was really confused as to what to pick from the whole range. Because my mind said that I should try new brands and my heart said ‘Ohhhh, you always wanted that Revlon highlighting palette.’ I just gave in and bought the Revlon highlighting palette in Rose Glow 020, Faces Ultimate Pro lipstick in Read my lip 07 (badly wanted) and the L’Oreal Magique Compact Powder G2. I checked the expiry and if they were genuine. They were all genuine products with nowhere near to expiry. Now I am sure to go again and again to the website to play with the new brands. Also they have great offers running always. Some brownie points about Aplava is that they send a complimentary sample with every order which is really cool. They offer free shipping over orders above 999. There is so much to like about this website, here I am talking about the personalised beauty advice. We all are different skintypes and also have different skincolor. We always try to find a blogger of our complexion online to know what would suit us? With Aplava’s beauty experts you can take a test and find out what will suit your needs and get them delivered at your doorstep. Sounds easy peasy? Isn’t it? I have so many girlfriends and sometimes its so difficult to figure out what to gift a friend? Once I gifted a lipstick to a friend and she told me she already had that shade. Soooo…. I made a boo-boo! I am so glad Aplava came up with a concept of Giftcards. Now you can gift your mother, sister, girlfriend just with what they want without exactly knowing what they want? Haha.. If you know what I mean? They have giftcards ranging from 500 to 10,000. Oh by the way, they are running some amazing offers on lip-balms online. I am a sucker for lip-balms and I finish it faster than my lipsticks. With so many options you can spoil yourself.

My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!
My Beauty Shopping Experience with APLAVA!

Recommendation: –  To sum it up, I am truly happy and it was a great shopping experience with Aplava. I am soon going to order some more from the website. I think you should totally checkout this website if you like trying new brands and also for the offers.  I couldn’t find any Con. I just want them to get all the drugstore brands like Colorbar, Make Up revolution, Nyx etc so that it becomes easy for us to buy everything under one roof.

Did you shop from Aplava yet? What are you planning to haul?

Love,

Ric

Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review!

Hello All,

Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review!
Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review

I was a little bored with writing on beauty and fashion related topics and thought of exploring the techzone. Don’t get me wrong! I am an absolute “Beautyholic”. But technology attracts me especially if there is something latest in the market or a new invention. I am very keen on discovering new gadgets and products. So I believe the discovery and experiments not only limits to beauty and fashion but technology as well.  Also I feel beauty and technology goes hand in hand. We bloggers need to be up-to- date with any new application, product or platform that comes in the market. Well all done and said, today I am reviewing this boom box speaker by a UK based company called Thumbs Up. I got this as a gift on my last birthday. Since then I have been in love with this every given day. What is the difference between a boom box speaker and a Bluetooth speaker? Read on to know further…

Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review
Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review

Price: – It was a gift, but I saw these on Amazon.in for approx. Rs. 2000

Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review
Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review

This boom box speaker doesn’t have any Bluetooth. All you have to do is to place your phone (Android or iPhone) and it will simply amplify with your phone’s music playlist. Cool, Aint it? Also you can listen to music by connecting this with your laptop using a USB Data cable. I know you can buy a Bluetooth speaker from a JBL, Beats or something if you have an android phone. What about people who have an iPhone? Well, a major chunk of the crowd uses Apple products. This product is great for iPhone users. It has a matte black surface which can be cleaned easily. This may look too big, but it’s not that huge-looking. The music is loud, the output is amazing, great for indoor parties or outdoor trips. I can go days without charging this boom box speaker and the battery doesn’t seem to die. I can guarantee that it will lasts atleast 2-3days without charging the battery. It comes with a small white usb cable charger. I lost mine so I charge it with my powerbank charger and it works perfectly well.

Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review
Thumbs Up Touch Speaker Boom Box Review

So far all my friends loved it and wanted to know where I got this from? So it intrigued me to review on this portable speaker. This is a great investment for all your chilling scenes! 😉 The only drawback with this would be that it doesn’t come with a USB cable charging. Also there is no warranty which I got with this. Its been more than 6 months and it never gave any issues. So if you are an iPhone user and thinking of buying a portable speaker. Try this! If you are an Android user it will work equally well with your phone. Hope you like my review! Let me know your two cents! 🙂

Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit Review – #StaySummerFresh!

Hello beauties,

Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit Review – #StaySummerFresh
Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit Review – #StaySummerFresh

With the rising temperature in Mumbai, it has become extremely difficult to apply even a bbcream in this weather. I like my face matte and dry during summers. I totally avoid foundations even the lighter versions for daily wear. Maybelline has been kind enough to send out this summer essential kit. This makes life so much easier when you are absolutely clueless on what kind of make up do you want or don’t want on your face. I pretty much skip heavy loaded foundations and opt for a sunscreen, a matte compact, a kajal and a light lip gloss or lip balm for my daily/office wear. The Maybelline summer essential kit covers the Maybelline White Superfresh Compact, the colossal black kajal and the Baby lips color lip balm in Berry Crush.

Maybelline Summer Essentials Kit
Maybelline Summer Essenials Kit

This came in a very cute golden bling pouch. Some girls might hate blingy stuff but this is not like those jazzy heavy duty blings. It looks quite classy and chic enough to carry for evening looks. Also this bag is too good, quality wise and spacious too. It also makes a great make up pouch.

Maybelline White Superfresh Compact
Maybelline White Superfresh Compact

Maybelline White Super fresh compact

I have done a detailed review on this compact here. I love how  this mattifies my face and suck in the extra oil. It makes me look young, fresh and bright. Of course I need to do touch up in between but I love how a touch of this makes me look oh-so-fresh. It comes with a cute mirror and fancy white packaging. It comes with UV protection which is an absolute must for me in any compact powder. And the best part is the pricing of this compact, just Rs. 150 for this fabulous product. So pocket friendly and effective. I am sure this would be an absolute hit amongst college goers.

Maybellune Colossal Kajal
Maybelline Colossal Kajal

Maybelline Colossal Kajal

I know many of you might have already tried and tested this kajal. There is a huge fan following for this particular kajal. I absolutely hate kajals/ kohl that smudges. Long back when I first bought this kajal it used to smudge a lot. I believe MNY has improved the formula of this kajal as it doesn’t smudge anymore. My eyes are super watery and no kajal stays on my waterline for a long time. This stays for 4-5 hrs on my waterline which is quite decent for Rs. 150 bucks. Also my mom absolutely loves this kajal. So thumbs up again..MNY!

Maybelline Baby Lips Berry Crush
Maybelline Baby Lips Berry Crush

Maybelline Baby Lips Berry Crush

Now you would say.. “Are you nuts to buy a lip balm during summers?” Trust me babe.. I need a lipbalm 365 days a year. My lips are so dry and chapped that I cannot afford to wear a lipstick without applying a lipbalm. From the time baby lips have been launched here, I have been a loyal lover to Baby lips. The price is Rs. 135 for this beauty. This has been my absolute must and Berry Crush is my favourite. I was really hoping MNY doesn’t send me a lighter or transparent one. I heart the berry one as it gives a healthy flush to my lips and make my face look brighter. It keeps my lips protected, nourished and soft for a longer time adding a hint of color.

Below is a picture of me wearing the kajal, lip balm and white superfressh compact from Maybelline. Do you think I need more make up to look good? Well, I guess not! I #StaySummerfresh with my MNY summer essentials kit. What about you?

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