Nykaa Haul

Nykaa.com is a makeup lovers favorite website, at least I can vouch for that. It is one of the best websites to shop for makeup, skincare and haircare. You can find almost all beauty brands on Nykaa and go bonkers over shopping from them.

I have bought products from Nykaa frequently and I thought it will be great for me to  start sharing all of my purchases from the website. So check out my video on few of my buys.

 

Product mentioned and their prices:

  • L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara Rs 680
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil : 011 Sable Brown Rs 185
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner Chocopop Rs 295
  • Faces Glam On Perfect Noir Eyeliner – Black Rs 399
  • Color Essence Liquid Lip Color Intense Long Wear Candy Orange Rs 350
  • Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain Haute Latte Rs 900
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color : Crazy for Coffee Rs 425
  • Colorbar Nail Laquer : Free
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo Instant Hair Refresh Clean & Classic Original Rs 649
  • L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 Night Cream Mask Rs 1215

Have you tried any of these products?

x

Asha

Clinque’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation Review

Yet another foundation finds a spot in my collection and this time it is the Clinque’s Anti-blemish solutions.

While strolling at Sephora’s Clinique counter I was approached by their sales assistant , which I usually dislike since I don’t like someone after me to buy just because they have to reach their target. However, this time the girl was unusually pleasant as she waited for me to ask her rather than her blabber. So I asked her if she could recommend a foundation for oily-acne prone skin to which she responded by taking me to the anti-blemish solution collection. After trying out different shades, I picked up Fresh Deep Neutral #17. foundation

So after using this foundation for some time I have come down to these observations:

  • Packaging is nothing fancy for an expensive foundation. It is sturdy since is a plastic bottle so you don’t need to worry if it falls.
  • Has a nozzle which makes it hygienic and easy to use.
  • It is easily blend-able and gives medium coverage which is build-able.
  • The shade matches my skin tone, however, I do feel the moment I apply it I look a bit orange-ish which eventually oxidizes and I don’t look oompa-lumpa anymore.
  • It helps to control my oil, but surely not a magic potion which stops it.
  • Doesn’t feel heavy rather feels light & natural.
  • Since it has salicylic acid it does help in diminishing existing blemishes as well as stop new from forming.
  • I do need to set the foundation with a powder to lock it in else it would melt in the Delhi heat.

Pros:

  • Treats Blemishes since has salicylic acid
  • Oil free foundation.
  • Light weight

Cons:

  • Expensive for a 30 ml bottle.
  • No spf

It retails for Rs Rs 2450/- for 30 ml bottle.

So all in all I do like the product, mainly because it helps to fight blemishes. To check out a demo do watch my youtube channel.

Have you used this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Also, I’m hosting my first every giveaway on my youtube channel, please do check it out 🙂

x

Asha

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

 Removal of makeup is one of the most important step for making sure your makeup looks amazing. If you do not remove all that product from your face every evening/ night you probably (read always) will end up messing up your skin. I have personally suffered plenty of times by not taking this simple step. Well, now that I have learnt my lesson I’d like to introduce you to my makeup removing buddy Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.

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Clinique Take The Day Off

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Solid cleansing balm

 

There are two ways I use this for removing my make up:

1. I scoop out a pea size amount of balm and rub onto my palm to warm the product. I then apply it all over my face gently and my makeup starts to melt.

2. I wet a cotton round and swipe it over the product directly into the tub. I then apply the product infused cotton round all over my face to breakdown all the makeup. *This method was introduced to me by the Sephora sales girl and I quite like this method*

After any of these method I wash my face with any gentle cleanser and water.

Pros:

  • Huge tub to last long
  • Melts my makeup easily, waterproof makeup as well.
  • Doesn’t dry out my skin.
  • Didn’t break me out which is a huge plus

Cons:

  • Can be considered unhygienic because of the tub shape. I personally don’t find this as an issue since I don’t have to share it with anyone.
  • Expensive. But the tub is huge.

The product retails for Rs. 2750/- for 125ml at Sephora.

If you’d like to see how I use this cleansing balm then check out my YouTube video:

Have you tried this product before? what are your thoughts?

x

Asha

Dream Closet : Pinterest Inspired

Pinterest is the answer to all my problems these days and I’m sure it is just not me who thinks this way. Let’s just take a moment to thank the internet universe for Pinterest. No matter what I am searching for I always end up on this site, eventually spending hours.

Currently, I’m obsessing about walk-in closets and thought of sharing my dream list here in pictures straight out of pinterest. I have a board now dedicated for it  so I can  be inspired when I’ll be getting mine done in the near future.

There are few pointers that I will be considering, such as

  1. I want a spacious walk in closet which should be inviting enough to lift my mood after a hectic day.
  2. The lighting should close to natural day light.
  3. Ofcourse a huge mirror.
  4. A good couch to be placed in the middle to sit on and ponder over what to wear when there is nothing to wear..get it 😉
  5. Dedicated sections for everything : clothes, shoes, accessories and makeup.
  6. Small area for The Man 😀
  7. A place to keep my “next-morning” outfit ready.

Below are few images that I absolutely adore and wanted to share with you:

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Credits: Pinterest via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118923246388770118/

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Credits: Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118923246388770117/

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Credits : Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118923246388770137/

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Credits : Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118923246388770158/

I plan to keep on adding more to my pinterest board regularly so if you want to see it please come join me here

x

Asha

Ice Cube Trick – Acne

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A girl who has been suffering with acne for a while must have tried a lot of potions and creams, treatments and remedies, chemicals and natural stuff. You name it and it all will be under the list of “tried stuff”.

That girl in question here is me.

There are few great products and few great home remedies that have helped me tame my acne prone skin. Lately, I have tried a new skin regimen which I feel is helping my skin a lot without taking any oral medication. One of the major help that my skin is getting from is the ICE CUBE REMEDY.

Yes, I have been using this technique for a while and I have noticed a change after every use, especially, the morning after. 

The technique is quite simple, all I do is wash my face clean, grab one ice cube and then rub it all over my face in circular motion. I hold the ice cube for couple of more seconds where ever I can feel a new breakout is “about to happen” or even on areas where there is already a guest sitting. 

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Any one out there who is suffering from acne, I would highly recommend him/her to try this method and see the results. I have researched a bit over the internet and have found that there are no side effects, however, some did mention that they noticed white heads over their effected area which eventually subsides. 

This method is pocket friendly and has great results for absolutely anyone. Acne prone skin or not try this since Ice also helps to tighten your pores and give you firm looking skin. 

Pros-

  • pocket friendly
  • soothes the skin
  • reduces inflammation
  • tightens your pores aka firm skin
  • glowing skin
  • helps to combat acne
  • Helpful for hormonal acne sufferers (like me)

Cons-

  • Redness right after use (for best results try it before bed time)
  • Whiteheads for some people ( a form of detox they say)

Have you tried Ice cube method before? What has your experience been?

x

Asha

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

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

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

Elie Saab Le Parfum Review

Elie Saab Le Parfum is for you to try ( & eventually buy) if you looking for a floral & woody fragrance rather than fruity one. I remember, I caught a whiff of this perfume from a sample placed in one of the magazines and I fell for it.

This luxurious bottle is filled with such an exotic fragrance that makes you truly feel like a model amidst street walkers *check out their ad camping for reference*

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For me, in a perfume, one of the most important thing after its fragrance is its bottle. Elie Saab has created on of the most luxurious looking bottle I must say. From the shape of the bottle to the top cover it oozes out elegance.

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The key notes of this gorgeous fragrance are:

Top Note : Orange Blossom

Middle Note : Jasamine

Base Note : Cedar wood & honey rose 

Pros:

The fragrance lasts a long time. It is *Strong* yet subtle ( if that makes sense)

The bottle is gorgeous. Makes the vanity area look beautiful.

Mixture of floral & woody notes makes it stand out from other perfumes.

Cons:

I really cant think of any. It’s that amazing.

I bought Elie Saab Le Parfum in Dubai a year go for approximately AED 595 for 90 ml. In India it retails for about Rs 7/8000.

Have you tried this one? What are your thoughts? What are your current favorite perfumes?

x

Asha