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?

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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 🙂

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Asha

Effective Acne Mask Aztec Indian Healing Clay

Masks for an acne prone- oily skin means business. For me masks are also stress buster since taking out time from a busy schedule to focus on myself is bliss.
For past 5 years I have suffered from adult-acne which has made me try out numerous amazing and not-so-amazing face masks. Some has helped me tame my skin while some have not done anything or have made my breakouts worse. When you go on a hunt to find out best acne masks you would get tons of options.
Here I’m sharing a mask which is not only overtly hyped but also has truly helped my skin look and feel better.
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Aztec Indian healing clay with 100% bentonite clay. I have been using this mask for over 5 months with apple cider vinegar. The mask works best with ACV as the label over the mask says and so have a lot of Youtuber and blogger recommended.
Pros:
Helps to keep breakouts under control
Huge quantity in one tub which will make it last a long time
Helps to deep cleanse my skin
Leaves my skin smoother after rinsing it off
Cons:
Can be tedious to rinse off.
I bought this from Amazon.in, you can get it here : http://goo.gl/B2cciE
You can watch my review & demo of this mask on my youtube channel here:
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Have you tired this mask before? What are your thoughts?
Asha
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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: 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

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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?

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Asha

Got Your Myntra App Yet? #ItsPersonal

Myntra has gone “the APP” way and why should you care about that?

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You should if you are someone who has FOMO ( fear of missing out) syndrome, be part of the future now. Well, in all seriousness it should matter to you if you are into –

  1. Online shopping – Do you want to shop in this heat? I bet you don’t. Even though most of our shopping is done at a mall which is equipped with air conditioning I still squirm a little every time I think of getting out during the day. The thought of heat and traffic kills all the pleasure of retail therapy for me. I love this app because it helps me to beat the Delhi heat and traffic while  I shop in the comfort of my Pj’s at home. IMG_3771
  2. Reading articles and getting informed – I get my dose of update from social media and article forums. Myntra app is well endowed with engaging articles. This surely helps me kill my boredom when I travel alone or when I am in mood for some interesting read. For example after reading the below article on Mytra app I was shocked to know that women sported fuller brows using mouse skin. YIKES.       IMG_3773
  3. Window shopping – who doesn’t love window shopping. I surely do. There are days when a window retail therapy helps just as much as the actual thing. This also helps me to plan out my next purchases. When you have exceeded your shopping limit updating the wish list for the next month keeps you busy :). Myntra app is the source of my “planning” aka updating my wish list. IMG_3772
  4. Personal Shopper . This has to be one of my favorite part of this app. It’s like having a personal stylist who helps you in putting a look together. There are so many items of clothing that one is bound to get lost. So while you are looking for a dress for a formal event the app shows you different items that will go well with the outfit.           IMG_3808 IMG_3804 IMG_3806   
  5. Flash sales. Never miss out on any sale. This app will send you notifications of on going & upcoming sale and you can immediately grab things you’d like. Any time a 70% OFF notification pops up it surely interests me and I believe I am not the only one 😉IMG_3802

All these reasons should make you get the Myntra APP now. The future of shopping is already here and #itsPersonal 🙂

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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

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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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

Essential Chic : Smashbox Arched Liner Brush #21

I am obsessed with this brush.

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This brush has a dual purpose use for me. I use it to apply eyeliner & to fill in my brows. Funnily enough I did not purchase this brush rather it found its way in my makeup kit.

I received this brush free when I bought a smashbox kit. Clearly this brush was not in my radar of “To buy”  but BOY am I happy once I got hold of it.

It’s an amazing tool to work with because of its “arch”. While creating a perfect winged liner or a thick liner or a thin liner look this does not block the view while applying the product and therefore gets all my vote.

For my everyday Eyeliner look I use the Maybelline’s Gel Eyeliner & to fill my brows I have been using The Body Shop’s Brow & Liner Kit

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Watch me here work with this brush to do my simple everyday Eyeliner & Eyebrow

What’s your staple when doing your brows & applying eyeliner?

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Asha