Real Techniques Brushes Haul!

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Hello My Lovelies!

Its another haul this time around! And a Real Techniques Brush one to boot :D

I was never a “uses-a-lot-of-brushes-to-do-her-makeup-person” in fact I shied away from brushes and makeup tutorials that used a host of different makeup brushes.

I was always a “uses-only-a-blush brush” kinda girl. But, the more I got into the whole ‘makeup world’, the more I felt the need to step outside my comfort zone.

While I was doing this whole stepping outside my comfort zone there was one brand that was creating a lot of frenzy and caught my eye repeatedly… Any guesses what the brand is? ” Well D’uh Swati you’ve got the freaking brand name in the title of your post! Could you “BE” more daft! ” (says in best Chandler imitation!)

Real Techniques

I always had heard really good things about the brand but when I found that this brand is by popular youtubers Nic & Samantha Chapman a.k.a Pixiwoo I all but sprinted to my computer and placed my order for the brushes.

You can buy the Real Techniques brushes at Feelunique.com . They offer free shipping on orders above $25 and I didn’t have any custom hassles when I placed my order through them and my products reached within 10-14 days!

Here are the brushes that I ordered:-

Real Techniques Core Collection Kit

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

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Real Techniques Blush Brush

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I’ll be posting detail reviews of each set of brushes soon, but most of them are pretty dang amah-zing!

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Nykaa.com Haul!

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Hello My Lovelies!

I’m back! Sorry for being M.I.A! My health took a tumble a couple months back and when I did get better… law school and life as I knew it occupied most of my time.

Anyhoo, I am back! Yay!

So, a couple weeks back I hauled a couple of products from Nykaa.com !

Below I clicked a couple of picks to show you guys a quick look of what I got :)

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GIVEAWAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

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Hello My Lovelies!

The 3 winners to the MAC Lipsticks Giveaway are…

1. Pratyancha Patodkar (Anxious Amoeba)

2. Vidisha Gupta

3. Shweta Manohar

(Note: The winners have been emailed, you all have within 48 hours to mail in your details. Failure to do so on your part will lead to a new winner being announced in your place.)

To all of you who won… CONGRATULATIONS!

To all of you who didn’t don’t lose heart! There will be more giveaways to come soon… very soon! ;)

Thank you all so much for participating!

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FOTD ~ Berry Kiss ~ Maybelline Lip Polish GLAM 6!

IMG_2219 Hello My Lovelies! Its FOTD time! You all know how much I fell in love with Maybelline Colorsensational Lip Polish ~ GLAM 13 (read about it HERE) that gloss opened me up to trying/experimenting a bit with glosses! So, I knew I had the Maybelline Lip Polish in Glam 6 lying around (I had got it with Maybelline Lip Polish GLAM 13) so I thought why not try and experiment a bit with it! Here are the results of my “experiment” ! IMG_2221 IMG_2220 Here’s what I used for this look… IMG_2229 On my Face

1. Lakme Absolute White Intense Skin Cover Foundation

2. Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush ~ Fresh Coral

On my Eyes

1. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal ~ White (on my waterline)

2. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal ~ Brown (underneath my waterline, I smudged it with a smudge brush)

3. I applied the bottom 2 shades from the Sleek Bad Girl Eyeshadow Palette (the bottom 2 shades from the right) on my eyes. I used ‘Twilight’ (the second last shade) a deep purple-y shade all over my eyelid, not going above my crease line. Then I used ‘Rebel’ (the last shade in the bottom line) on 2/3rd of my lid and blended it out like crazy!

4. Next I applied the shade ‘Gullible’ (which is the second shade from the left on the top row) from the Sleek Bad Girl Eyeshadow Palette underneath my brow bone as a highlight color.

5. After that I took my Lakme Shine Line Eyeliner and lined my upper lash line with it.

6. Finally, I completed my eye makeup by applying 2-3 coats of the Maybelline Falsies Mascara. IMG_2112 IMG_2111  On my Lips

Finally I completed the look by applying the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Polish in GLAM 6 on my lips! I love, love, love this gloss! I was not one for berry color lip glosses – who am I kidding? I was not one for lip glosses! Period! – but I really loved this color on my lips! It wears comfortably for over 4 hours, and I had a full on meal during that time, this gloss did not budge! Really impressed! IMG_2206 Finally, here is Jeeva again ! Photobombing me like it’s nobody’s business! IMG_2207 Here’s what he thinks about getting pictures clicked…. #YAWN !

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Repurchase Worthy! Skin & Hair Products!

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Hello My Lovelies!

Do you have certain products that you find yourself repurchasing time and again? Well, so do I !

Here’s a list of my favorite skin and hair products that I find myself repurchasing a lot (all of the products mentioned have been repurchased at least 4+ times by me!).

1. Vaseline Healthy White Lotion & Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow

IMG_2311Vaseline Healthy White Lotion : Oh My God! I loooooove this lotion! This lotion feels so light and right on my skin! It absorbs really quickly on my skin and believe it or not my skin does look lighter the moment I apply it.

P.S. – I am not promoting any ” fair skin ” theory here. I believe all of us have inane beauty in us we just need to tap on it and let it show ’cause it’s there. Fair, white, black, wheatish, brown, black, yellow doesn’t matter. You are beautiful if you believe. And when you believe it shows in your attitude.

Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow : The story with this product is that my mom got it for herself, I wasn’t keen on it then. One day my arms were feeling really dry, saw the “Cocoa Glow” lying around, applied it, loved it! This is great for the winters when your skin is craving moisture! I don’t use it that much during the summers, but in the winters this one’s my BUDDY! (imagine me saying “Buddy” in an exaggerated Indian accent!)

Price ~ Vaseline Healthy White Lotion – Rs. 275 ($4.6 approx.), Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow – Rs. 175 ($3 approx.)

2. Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Tresemme Smooth and Shine Conditioner

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I don’t know why but for some reason this shampoo and conditioner ALWAYS works for my hair!

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo : This shampoo really does a good job of cleaning my hair. I do the usual ‘rinse and repeat’, but the great thing about this is that when I ‘repeat’ i.e shampoo my hair again after rinsing it, I don’t feel it stripping nutrients out of my hair or making it really dry.

Tresemme Smooth and Shine Conditioner : I usually follow up after shampoo with this conditioner, sometimes I skip conditioner altogether because I am in a hurry but when I do apply it, oh god! My hair feels sooooo super smooth and soft and shiny!

Here’s what I doWhen I shampoo my hair I concentrate on washing my scalp, but when I condition I concentrate more on the ends of my hair, or hair below the nape of my neck.

Price ~ Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo – Rs. 170 ($2.8 approx.), Tresemme Smooth and Shine Conditioner – Rs.135 ($2.28 approx.)

3. Ponds Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam

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This has been my go-to, trusty, best friend face wash for a long time! I mean I can have makeup on my face which just wouldn’t quite come off with a makeup remover but this face wash gets it out in a jiffy!

I mean, every time I wash my face this, my face feels cleaner, like absolutely-no-germs-no-gunk-clean-as-hell-clean face!

I can go on and on about this but if I HAD to chose something from this list that I absolutely cannot do without, then this would have to be it! 

Price ~ Rs.160 ($2.7 approx.)

4. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+

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(Excuse the dirty packaging, this has been tossed around in my bags quite a lot!)

This is my go-to sunscreen I usually apply this 15-20 minutes before I have to head out all over my arms, legs, feet whichever part of my body which could get tanned.

This sunscreen has SPF 50+ so I usually don’t even feel the need to reapply during the day, although I do keep the tube in my bag just in case I do need to reapply, which almost NEVER happens.

I don’t apply this on my face when I am wearing makeup, just because it feels quite heavy with makeup and I start to feel that my skin can’t breath!

But other than that this is really awesome!

Price ~ Rs.499 ($8.4 approx.)

Well that’s it for now!

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May Favorites!

Hello My Lovelies!

It’s May Favorites time! I used to do a favorites post every month but for the past couple of months I hadn’t really found anything new and favorite-y product. But May was the game changer! I liked so many products and got reacquainted with a few old ones!

Read on to see my Favorites List!
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1. Lacto Calamine Skin Balance Lotion ~ Hydration (for normal to dry skin) - I am really finicky about the kind of products I use on my face so when one of my friend suggested I should use Lacto Calamine, I thought about it and then thought, ” what the hell! just get it.” And I got it! I am so glad I did! This really hydrates my skin, absorbs really quickly, does not feel greasy at all and most of all it really soothes my skin!

2. Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Polish ~ GLAM 13 – I was never really a ‘gloss person’ but this shade made me a convert! This is my most worn lip product of the month! (I am even wearing it right now as I type this post out!)

3. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara – Usually Maybelline Falsies used to be my most use mascara but for some reason I found myself reaching for this one during the month of May! It really volumizes my lashes and it does not clump them AT ALL!

4. MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation – I have quite dry skin and this foundation does not emphasize dry patches, and it blends like a dream to give an even skin tone!

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5. Sephora Mineral Powder Brush #45 – I love you my Sephora Mineral Powder Brush! This brush is so soft! My skin is kinda sensitive so a brush with rough bristles really irritates my skin! That is what I told the SA at Sephora and she suggested I try this. So, on a whim I bought it and I haven’t looked back! This is such a great brush, I use it to apply my MAC Studio Fix foundation :)

6. Sleek i-divine Eye Shadow Palette in ‘Oh So Special’ – I had this palette lying around for months! But for some reason I didn’t use it as much before. Come May and I got sooo much use out of this! The shades are gorgeous! You can go for a neutral eye, a pastel-y eye, a smokey eye anything! This palette is really versatile! Plus, the quality of the eye shadows is just awesome!

7. Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush in ‘Peachie Sweetie’ – I know, I know another Maybelline product! But I was really impressed with Maybelline products this month! Cheeky Glow Blush in ‘Peachie Sweetie’ being one of them! This blush is really easy to apply, it ha decent pigmentation and does not feel chalky on my skin. This has been my go-to blush for the month of May!

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Book Recommendation ~ ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

“Gone Girl” is a thriller.  The basic premise: Nick and Amy are a married couple living in North Carthage, Missouri.  On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears, and her home shows signs of a struggle inside.

The chapters of the book alternate between voices.  The first chapter is written from Nick’s point of view, and then alternates back and forth with chapters that are diary entries of Amy’s, leading up to her disappearance.  The concept works out really well because the diary entries allow you to learn more and more about Amy as the mystery of her disappearance unfolds.  The author also writes Nick’s chapters just vaguely enough that you aren’t entirely sure whether or not he is innocent in the situation.

I don’t know what more to say about this book besides that it is the most frustrating, gripping, un-put-downable book that has you hooked till the end.

I am the kind of person who buys a book flips to the last page, see what the ending is (because if I die before finishing the book I’d at least know how it ended) and then proceed with the rest of the book. But I didn’t do it for this book! Not even a peak!

There were times when I felt like screaming and throwing the book far away when I was reading it, but I was in it till the end.

Try this!

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