Bloopers – Youtube Edition

Hey Lovelies,

While I write on my blog I have the freedom to use backspace and type again. This actually helps me to forget about my silly goof-ups in the long run.

BUT, while filming I can go back to the unedited version and see how I fumbled at a particular point. This is exactly what happened and I complied some of them in a video. Hope you will have a good laugh *at my expense* lol.

x

Asha

3 Quick Summer Hairstyles

Hey Gorgeous!

Summer is officially here and how can I be sure of it? Well, never doubt a person with sweaty palms. *yikes*

Any who, so I made a video with three quick hairstyles for this summer *All of them were inspired by Pinterest*

I can sit over pinterest for hours and still not be sure how I got so lost in internet land for that long. Happened with you?

So These hairstyles are quick and easy to do for days when you are in a rush and for days when you just want your locks to be off your gorgeous face.

Hope you guys will enjoy it. Please do subscribe and comment if you like the video 🙂 x

x

Asha

3 Summer hairstyles

Mini M.A.C store rant + Mini NewU Haul

Hello Gorgeous!

As the title suggests, it a rant and a haul. So here goes the story:

I went to the mall with the sole aim of drooling over and purchasing the Cinderella collection from M.A.C. But guess what happened! I was told this collection was not released in India and will not be since “they” think it will not be good for Indian skin tone.

WHAT – Are you kidding me? Let the bazillion girls in India decide if it will suit them or not. You should have got some of it and then should have seen how the sales were doing. Only thing an Indian girl residing in India will do is ask her friends to grab it for her from elsewhere. (MAC India read this as giving your sales to another country.. GRRR)

I was so mad that I did not buy anything from M.A.C. even though I heard few lipsticks calling my name  *Ashaaaa Take me, Take me*

Eventually I headed to a much humble abode of drugstore makeup – NewU. I bought few products from there, some of them were tried and tested by me before and some were new ( read impulse purchase)

So here are my picks –

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Maybelline Baby Lips – Tried and tested before

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This is my 4th tube which I will end up using till its last breath. This stuff is the best lip balm available in the market. The pop of color that it gives me is perfect. Once I apply this to my bare lips it makes them look a nicer version of my own, so it is great for a “no makeup look” days. Rps 150 for 4.5 g

L’oreal Colour Protect Protecting Shampoo – Tried and tested before

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This is my second shampoo bottle after getting my hair colored for the third time ( makes sense?). Last time when I got my hair colored I picked up this shampoo along with a conditioner from same line. Both together were good enough to keep my new hair color happy and intact for a long time. The conditioner did a great job to keep the “oh bit damaged” hair strands conditioned. I wanted to grab the conditioner along with this shampoo but NewU did not have any left with them – bummer! Rs. 145 for 175ml

Lakmé Eyeconic Green Impulse purchase

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Spring is here and this required me to get some pop of color in my makeup bag, yet again. Yes, I need more of those colorful liners – black doesn’t do justice for everyday. This liner is amazing but it’s not smudge proof, so an oily lid or a sweaty day would ruin the look ( Hello Summer). Getting back to its plus points the product has a great color pay off and I love this emerald-green shade. It will suit indian skin tone / olive skin tone beautifully. Rs. 250 for .35 g

Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Wipes – Impulse purchase

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Well, this one I got just because it said “beauty formulas” and “Tea Tree” in the same package. Any acne prone human being will support  tea tree just the way an indian cricket fan supports India during a match. It’s like you have an immense faith in this ingredient which is similar to the faith bestowed on those 11 players on the field. Getting back to its plus points, these wipes are great to wipe away your makeup but you still need to wash your face before hitting the bed. I know it’s a task which every lazy girl hates but an acne prone girl just can take that risk, so i always try to wash my face no matter what. These wipes smell lovely to me since I love the main ingredient and it sort of refreshes my face. Rs. 229 for 30 wipes

So basically, M.A.C Cinderella collection helped me save a lot of money 🙂 but I am still mad since I couldn’t get to play with it :(.

Have you tried any of these above products or the gorgeous Cinderella collection ?

x

Asha

New Hair Color – Geetanjali Salon Review

Hey there!

I got my hair colored this week and I am beyond excited to have found a great place in Gurgaon for this experience. Geetanjali Salon in Ambience Mall Gurgaon was the place where I went without any recommendation, but I can now vouch for a global hair color from them.

One of my best friend wanted to get her hair colored and wanted to know if I knew any good place for color. I knew a great place in Dubai – Krysalis Salon & Spa and a great hairstylist – Sugandh. I have had my first color and some of the best haircuts from this young talented lady. If anyone is looking for an awesome salon/spa in Dubai then do check out this place. Krysalis has amazing staff and a great ambience. You truly would enjoy being pampered there.

Now coming back to my friend and her desire to find a great place in Delhi/NCR region. I did not have a clue and for the same reason I did a bit of research online to find a good place for global hair color in Gurgaon. I could not really find much so we thought of heading to a mall where we would find few high end salons who might not screw up our hair.

And lo behold we were standing in front of Geetanjali Salon. I asked them if they would take in two clients for hair color without prior appointment and they said yes – *Brownie Point* . We were escorted to our chairs and introduced to our stylist – Mr. Khan. I told him about the exact shade that I want ( Thanks to Sugandh who made sure I take down the shade number in case I wanted to do the same color. Shade is L’oreal 6.35 mixed with 7.35 – mix together 50:50 in case they do not have the color ask for Copper brown) Khan told me he can do it *Brownie Point*

Since, my friend was new to the hair color experience she waned to go with the same shade, however, Khan mentioned it would be a bit loud for someone who is getting her hair colored for the first time. Instead he suggested to go more subtle with the shade but still in the same color family. This made him gain few extra brownie points as he was investing his suggestions and not just looking forward to mint money. *Extra Brownie Points*

After his honest opinion my friend and I had more confidence on Khan and asked him to take take charge of our hair. An application of the color mixture lasted 10 minutes and another 35-40 minutes for it to stay on. During this process the staff offered us refreshments and a cuppa chai was ordered. After 40 minutes time was to head towards washing off the color. I must admit I hate these sessions since I do not like the backwash chairs as they hurt my neck after a while. However, I loved the way it was done. The massage session while shampooing was soooo good, I actually learnt few tips from the person on how to massage your scalp properly while shampooing to stimulate blood circulation. *Brownie Point*

Once I got back to the chair , Khan blow dried my hair and styled them perfectly *Brownie Point*. Needless to say I was in love with it.

So all in all I would highly recommend Geetanjali Salon & Khan in Ambience Mall, if you are looking for a change.

Cost for me – Rs. 4500/-

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Geetanjali Salon – Before the application

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New Hair Color – Copper Brown

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Here is my video describing my experience.

Have you tried Geetanjali Salon? How was your experience?

x

Asha

Mumbai Wedding Part II

Hey there!

YES! It is true that Indian weddings are a week long process or have three/four days celebations ( especially Hindu weddings) . We had quite a few ceremonies for this wedding and a lot of sleepless nights when all the “young crowd” would gather in one room.

All weddings give you an opportunity to meet different set of people from all walks of life, who some how are connected with the couple getting married. This wedding was no different from this point. I met so many different personalties here – teenagers and their love interests; brothers and their protective instincts; mothers and their hopes & dreams for their kids; siblings and their unconditional love for each other; hilarious couple and their funny stories and last but not the least an Indian American who was worried her accent would get too Indian’ized by the time she returns back to Seattle.

Right now, as I’m penning down my post the happily married couple have settled down in their new home are starting their new journey together. I wish the couple lifetime of happiness since both of them are amazing ( Well I can surely say that about the bride, not too sure about to groom.. 😛 just kidding)

Just to give a taste of these ceremonies below are some shots. Hope you all will enjoy these pictures 🙂

Mehndi / Henna

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Bridal Mehndi

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Groom who got pranked and his expression

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Brides First look her family members reaction

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The Liebster Award

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Hello Gorgeous,

This week notquitelondon & relentlesslyred nominated me for Liebster award and I am beyond excited about it :). Please go ahead and check both of their blogs and show some love because they are doing a fabulous job.

Just a brief introduction, Liebster award is an award that gives an opportunity to new bloggers with less than 200 followers to meet other fellow bloggers. Here’s how the Liebster Award works. If you are nominated you:

– Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.

– Inform them of their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog.

– Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and than ask your nominees 11 questions to keep the chain going


notquitelondon questions –

1.Whats your favorite thing about blogging?

Writing and expressing my thoughts about the topic to the world ( And of course getting a feedback on it)

2. Describe yourself in 5 words.

Optimist. Dreamer. Believer. Creative. Moody

3. What would be your 5 desert island make up items?

Sunscreen. Lip Balm with an SPF.

4. Favorite quote?

Death and life are in the power of the tongue : Proverbs 18:21

5. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

Dubai – I lived & worked there for few years and loved it. The city has a charm which is hard to resist 🙂

6. Favorite song?

All of me – John legend ( been my favorite for a while)

7. Favorite blogger?

Cara from MaskCara : www.maskcara.com

8. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

I want a new puppy 😦

9. What’s your favorite TV series, and why?

Big Bang Theory / Modern Family – Just because these series can make me laugh.

10. If you had to give up 1 thing, what would it be?

I would give up chocolates

11. What’s your most treasured childhood memory?

Whenever as a family we would go out to any amusement park or to the beach those are the most treasured childhood memories.


relentlesslyred questions

1. Where would you like to go to vacation?

Greece

2. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas ❤

3. What is your go to makeup?

Sunscreen, lip balm, eyeliner, lipstick/gloss

4. Favorite T.V. show?

Big Bang Theory & Modern Family

5. Favorite color?

Emerald Green

6. Jeans or Leggings?

Jeans

7. Hobbies?

Writing, learning, Editing and lately crocheting 😛

8. Have you ever been to Disney?

Nope

9. What do you do for a living?

Swim in the Marketing Ocean

10. Favorite Lipstick?

Mac’s plumpful

11. How did you start blogging?

I had a desire for many years but never got the time to do it. Last year, I had a strong urge to do it and here I am today 🙂

My Nomination goes to the following 11 bloggers:

Trying everything once

Bare Faced

Past Mistress

Puddles of Avni

The Mosesaly Project

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theopinionofme

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Champagne or Lemonade?

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My questions to these amazing bloggers are-

  1. Morning person or Not?
  2. Tea or Coffee?
  3. Blogging or Vlogging?
  4. Are you living in the same city where you were born?
  5. Do you watch reality tv? If yes which one tops the list?
  6. Love pets? Have any?
  7. Which blogger would you love to meet in person anytime soon?
  8. How much time do you invest for your blog in a day?
  9. Lipstick or Lipgloss?
  10. Foundation or BB/CC cream?
  11. Do you live alone or with your family/partner/friends?

Once you have answered those questions, don’t forget to add 11 blogs that you think deserve this nomination and recognition. ❤ ❤

x

Asha

Favorite Spring time Lip liners – Spring Chic

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Favorite Spring Lip Liners

Hello Gorgeous! I can smell spring already ❤ Out of all the seasons I love Spring the most 🙂 🙂 Today I wanted to share with you my 4 favorite “Spring-time” lip liners. During this time I always look for shades that are subtle yet give me good wash of color. All the shade listed below are highly pigmented and are in a way hydrating, however, application of a lip balm prior to filling the color is strictly recommended 😉

  • Max Factor – #04 Pink Princess – This is my go to lip liner for Spring. This liner gives a great color pay off & is very creamy. A perfect pinky shade for any day of the year especially for Spring time 🙂
  • Max Factor – #10 Red Rush – Bold red’s are great for Winter time and even for those glamorous Summer nights, but Red’s are great for spring too in my books. All your lip needs is a hint of red to make them look youthful during this season. Red Rush does the same if you apply it sparingly. Mind you this liner is highly pigmented so if you use it generously you will get the perfect red pout.
  • MAC – More To Love There are plenty of other MAC lip liners which will be perfect for Spring, but my all time favorite has to be this shade. A color that will instantly brighten your look for the Fall when used generously. However, as always I like to apply this one with a light hand for the perfect subtle mauve/blushish pink shade.
  • Makeover – #03. A brand that is not well known at all, which is available in select pharmacy stores here in India, gave me one of my all time favorite nude lip. This shade is perfect for those days when you want to stay away from color and want to rock a nude lip.

Here is the video with the application.

What are you favorite shades for spring? x Asha

She is Anna Marie Lopes – Bravely Chic

I was planning on my next post to be from wedding series. I will be writing about that in an upcoming post, but, for now I’d love to write about my friend Anna who got honored at SRL Diagnostics “Women of Substance” event today.

She called me to ask if I would like to be one of her guests for the event. I had to say yes (there was no two ways about it) .

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She is a domestic violence survivor – more like a conquerer I’d say. For 6 years she was living in an abusive relationship with her now ex-husband. I can’t describe in words her struggle but all I can say is that she was able to gather the broken pieces and build a new life. A ‘beautiful’ brave new life.

Here is an interview she gave to BBC a while back
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29708612

Apart from Anna there were 4 more women who shared their stories with us.

An Acid Attack Survivor

A Cancer Survivor

A philanthropist 

A Lady Cab Driver ( female cab drivers are rare in India)

Here are some of the images from the event

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Woman of Substance “Anna” all set for the event.

 

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Last minute changes to her speech

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These babies belong to 5 amazing women – One of course is our Anna ❤

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It’s always nice to get flowers

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Selfie is always mandatory!

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Media had their share of questions for her

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These were the Women who shared their inspiring stories with us.

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A personal message was delivered by the lady

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All in all it was a great day for this young lady.

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If you know someone who is struggling or has come out of their struggle then , please, be there for them in true sense. If you are undergoing some issue then ,please, share your story with someone and get help. If these women did not share their story with someone, at some point in their life, they probably would not have gotten their help.

Let’s be kind to one another.

x

Asha

Bachelorette Party : Mumbai Wedding Part 1

Hey,

Long time no see – Long time no post. Well, wedding season kicked in this month for me & that too close friend & family members were having their big day. Last week I was attending one of my close friend’s wedding in Mumbai and I thought of sharing the story here – Behind the scene stories with pictures 😉

Part 1 is dedicated to our Girl’s night out = Bachelorette Party.

Weddings are great fun and this one was no exception. We stayed the night at a hotel since we knew there was lot to catch up on and lot to do. After dressing up we got drinks on the house as a gesture from our hotel for the Bride & her girls *win-win situation*. Later that night we drove down to Four Seasons Hotel – AER Lounge. A gorgeous roof top lounge which was perfect for the night and the view was breathtaking.

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Bride To Be

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She got her Tag on for the night

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Pit-Stop before heading out for the night. Free drinks courtesy *to be bride* charm 😉

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Ofcourse a room selfie before heading out is a must!

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AER Lounge Four Seasons Hotel

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The night that was!

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Group Selfie

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And that’s how you pose

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Bride was in her mood 😉

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All smiles

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Once we got back to our room we got into our PJ’s and had a late girlie night gossip session. By end of the night I made two new gorgeous friends for life 🙂

Can’t wait to show you more pictures of this amazing Indian wedding. Part 2 coming soon 🙂

Have you attended a wedding lately?

x

Asha

Day Time Date Makeup

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Valentine’s Day 2015 is already here. Are you excited? Must have planned your day well in advance. Right? Well, for me I have an Indian wedding to attend in the evening, so our date night has been cancelled 😦 . Still I have got *Sunshine* as my Husband has planned a breakfast/brunch date 🙂

This makes me happy because

1) This will be our first Valentine’s Day as Husband & Wife

2) I love breakfast ( my inner foodie speaking)

I created a simple day time date makeup look – soft eyes & pinky nude lips. This look will look good on any skin tone since it is subtle and enhances ones features. Check out my video to see how I get this look. Happy Valentine’s Day all ❤

x

Asha