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12/26/14

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Hey,Everyone! Just wanted to wish you all a Merry MERRY Christmas! Hope you had a lovely & blessed day with your loved ones. Sharing a few family pics we clicked today. Most of them came out a lil' blurry, coz it was a quick photo session after a long day of lunch & fun with the family.
Bubbles was very sleepy here, so he wasn't in the mood to smile (he looks depressed actually.... haha!) He smiles & tries to talk now! =D


12/17/14

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick ~ LOTD, Swatches

Hello, Everyone! How have you all been? It seems like I haven't done a post like this in sooo long! This is my first LOTD after childbirth and, as you can see, the little one woke up from his afternoon nap. He was actually fussing there. Face/Neck scratching & hair pulling.....Ahh, where are those mittens?!!! And I had to wipe off that lipstick fast fast, because......
MAC Lady Danger Lipstick (Matte) ~ Described as Vivid bright coral-red. I got MAC Lady Danger mainly because I wanted an orange version of MAC Ruby Woo, my most favorite red lipstick EVER, and the vivid coral is punctuated by just the right amount of red to make it exactly what I had in mind. Well, almost exactly what I had in mind.....


12/12/14

NEW! Lakmé Lip Love Lip Care

In the world of lip care, finding the perfect balance between colour and care is often a difficult one. While lip balms moisturize your lips, you still need a lipstick to add that dash of colour. Lakmé now brings together these two attributes in one amazing product- the first ever dual-core lip balm stick – Lakmé Lip Love Lip Care. The launch of this brand new lip care innovation by Lakmé comes along with the announcement of Shraddha Kapoor joining the Lakmé family. 

“Lakmé Lip Love lip care is a fantastic innovation by Lakmé and is sure to become my beauty staple as it offers a perfect balance of colour and care. I am thrilled to be associated with this iconic brand that offers world class beauty innovations to the contemporary Indian woman.” said Shraddha Kapoor.

These sticks are available in four lovable variants – Cherry, Strawberry, Peach and Vanilla which come in attractive packs (3.8gm) and are priced at INR 200/-


12/2/14

Baby CZ Guest Blogs ~ 3 Pweety Presents For Girls

Hewwo! 
I am now 7 weeks old! Can you believe my indecisive parents haven't decided on my name yet?! But they're getting there! =)

Today, I'll be showing you 3 Pweety Presents you can gift your special girls during this festive month, be it your wife, girlfriend, sister or mom! These are just the ones I got for my Mommy, and only to give you an idea, so you can always pick your own shtuff.

Let's get started!

1. A Hand Cream ~ In a cute container - like a Castle! Every girl wants her own castle. This is from Etude House. Mommy will do a detailed post on it shortly, stay tuned. 
If not hand cream, then perfume!

11/29/14

The NEW Maybelline Baby Lips

There are 6 new additions to the Maybelline Baby Lips family!

 

Baby Lips Electro Pop, gives your pout an absolutely chic neon kick! This range of Lip Balms are a new addition to the trending Baby Lips Family!

This new launch is available in 4 deliciously bright shades - Fierce N Tangy, Berry Bomb, Oh Orange and Pink Shock!

This range consists of Bright color pigments and an exclusive lip-renew formula guaranteeing an electric color effect. The balm has a perfectly balanced blend of effective ingredients, including honey, collagen, and a high concentration of shea butter. The combination of vitamins in these moisturizing ingredients, along with Maybelline New York’s exclusive Botanical Cell Repair Concentrate, boosts the look and feel of lips, keeping them smooth for eight hours!

Price: Rs.135

Maybelline Lychee & Watermelon Baby Lips

Price: Rs.165




11/20/14

Etude House Princess Happy Ending Collection Haul & Photos

Etude House meets Disney's Fairytale Princesses - Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine. This Limited Edition collection is another one of Etude House's many gorgeous creations. They outer boxes are made like little books....so CUTE! And I have to mention again how awesome the reasonable prices are! Why isn't this brand in India yet???!!!
The only sad thing is, I missed out on the lipsticks because they sold out everywhere. I know I'm still on my Lipstick Ban, but the packaging is too pweety! (Pic below). I also didn't get anything from the Jasmine pieces - a mascara & nail set.
Etude House Princess Happy Ending Belle Rose Cheek Blusher ~ The packaging! ♥_♥

Price (each): $9.26 = Rs.574

I don't know if I'll ever have the heart to touch that design!

11/18/14

Keeping It Simple Skin Care Products

SNORING. I don't do it, and I can't can't can't sleep with people who do. Oh, the things I do to make husband stop snoring - when he does snore, only sometimes, when he's very exhausted (Thank Goodness!) I pinch his nostrils so he'll breathe through his nose, and when I can't reach his nose, I take his hand and shake shaKE SHAKE it really hard until he stirs.
However, during the last 2 weeks, husband told me that I'd been snoring! Multiple times! So you can  imagine how exhausting it has been in MommyLand. That means I can no longer spend more than a few minutes doing my face each day, and the number of products I'm using have reduced.
Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes, Rs.50 (7 wipes) ~ I ran out of Cleansing Oil, and my favorite MAC Cleanse Off Oil was Out Of Stock the last time, so I've been using different types of wipes & cleansing pads. These are my favorite, coz they do the job efficiently + they remove waterproof mascara as well. 
Clean & Clear Morning Energy Energizing Lemon Face Wash, Rs.99 ~  Simply, a nice refreshing facial cleanser. It is not the same as my favorite Clean & Clear Morning Energy Skin Brightening Facial Scrub, but they look and smell similar.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Rs.599 ~ I needed a new eye cream, and this has been working quite well on the fine lines under my eyes. It has Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid - two ingredients that are famous for reducing wrinkles.
ZA True White Emulsion, Rs.899 ~ I'm really liking this. It's like a serum-cum-moisturizer. It has a runny consistency and makes my skin look dewy and luminous.
La-Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector, Rs.890 ~ I couldn't rave about this little tube enough. It is my go-to when I get a horrendous pimple. I recently got a huge on my nose, and it disappeared in 2 days without any scarring.
Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm, Rs.100 (Free with a Nivea Body Lotion) ~ I was surprised how effective this is! After my delivery and stay at the hospital, my lips cracked like anything. This healed them completely.
Water ~ And lastly, good ol' H2O. Lots & LOTS of it! I think I drink about 3 liters per day.

So, that's all I'm currently using. 
No special (read: pricey) Cleanser, 
No Scrub, 
No Toner,
No Night Cream 


Good news is, my skin is doing okay. It just shows that we don't really need a lot or pricey products to maintain healthy skin.



What simple skin care products are you loving these days?


Okay, I gotta go! My son is waking up now. 
I guess now I have to keep my blog posts simple too, and I shouldn't blabber to muc....



11/5/14

New Bourjois Products

Bourjois Smoky Stories Palette
01 Grey and Night
02 Over Rose
03 I Love Blue
04 Rock This Khaki
05 Good Nude
 06 Upside Brown
07 In Mauve Again
08 Ocean Obsession

10/31/14

Introducing Baby CZ.....

HELLO! First of all, I missed you all!!! I feel like I haven't blogged for many months! And if you don't follow my Instagram & Facebook Page and was wondering where me & my baby disappeared to, Baby CZ is a BOY!!! High 5 to all of you who've been commenting "I think it's a Boy."  =)
And I kinda knew from the beginning - more on that at the end of this post. Since some of you want a delivery story, I'll quickly jot down the highlights (Sorry in advance for any typos & if my story-telling seem rushed!) .....

10/9/14

Back To MAC = FREE Lipsticks!


I'm sure you already know this. Take back 6 empty (or just old & useless) containers to MAC and get 1 Lipstick from the permanent line absolutely FREE!

You can take back anything with Back 2 MAC written on the box. I took 13 (just in case), and brought back 1 (the lipstick) for the next exchange.

My Pile: Cleanse Off Oil, Fix+ Spray, Cream Colour Base x 2, Studio Finish Concealer, Fluidline, Lipstick (Patisserie), Lipglasses, Brow Set.

I got 2 lipsticks. TWO! Oh. the joy! Especially since I'm on a Lipstick Buying Ban. Yes, I've been a good girl, since the last time I had to cheat =D


I picked Lady Danger & Relentlessly Red.

 Yay! High 5 to all the clever ladies who guessed correctly on Facebook & Instagram! =)

10/8/14

Lakmé Launches Face Magic Skin Tints


Lakmé reinvents one of its timeless favorites with an innovation that offers women the best of both makeup and skincare- the new Face Magic Skin Tints Soufflé and Face Magic Skin Tints Crème.  A perfect mix of a makeup and skin care, all you need is a dab of these two in one products for instant glow and daily protection.


Lakmé Face Magic Skin Tints Soufflé
Perfect for everyday use, Lakmé Face Magic Skin Tints Soufflé adds a distinctive quotient to moments in your day. This water-based solution is easy to blend and offers a combination of makeup and skincare that is perfect for radiance and protection. Offering an instant glow, this SPF solution has cucumber extracts that keeps the skin cool, moist and protected from the scorching sun. That’s not all! The soufflé also comes in different shades to fit every skin tone from Shell, Pearl and Marble, this face magic soufflé is everything you need to add that magic in your day.
Price – 160 INR
Fill level – 30ml

 Lakmé Face Magic Skin Tints Crème
Lakmé Face Magic Skin Tints Crème is a convenient, flawless and easy to use everyday product.  For girls who like keeping it natural, this crème not only acts as a base but also works as a moisturizer for your skin. Silky, smooth and delicate, Lakmé Face Magic Skin Tints Crème offers higher coverage and superior blending. This SPF solution with cucumber extracts offers an instant glow whilst protecting you from the scorching sun. Its water-based solution and silky delicate makes it the perfect offering of makeup and skincare for all your special occasions. With shades of shell, pearl and marble, this crème is sure to put flawless back into your skin.
Price – 330 INR
Fill level – 27ml




Lakmé Face Magic Skin Tints Soufflé ~ Marble, Pearl, Shell

 Lakmé Face Magic Skin Tints Crème ~  Pearl, Marble, Shell




10/7/14

5 The Body Shop Favorites

Many years ago, I used to play Scrabble online. Sometimes my opponents & I would end up chatting a bit while playing - Where are you from....What do you do.... general stuff. And one day when I was playing with a female opponent.....
Opponent: I work in Body Shop.

Me: Oh, I loooove Body Shop! =)

Opponent:  =)   

Me: "So what are your favorite Body Shop products?"

Opponent: I meant Auto Body Shop =D

Me: Oh! LOL! =D

Awkward! We stopped chatting all through the game. I don't remember who won that game, though. But let's all assume I did ;p =D

So that's a lil' Body Shop story, and now I'll tell you about the 5 The Body Shop products that I've been loving lately.....






10/4/14

Maxi Dress Outfit & Maternity Shoot ~ For Bubbles....

 
Bubbles, you're so heavy!
It makes me want to bend on all fours to get you off my spine....
Like a cat - MEOW!
Okay, we should do a "Maternity Shoot"
I dress up and pose and show off how big we've gotten,
You try not to headbutt my bladder like you want to evict it.
Hmm....How.....Where?
Most people seem to go to serene forest-type places....
with trees and daisies and magical-looking sun rays 
that kiss their flower headbands delicately.
And they hire pro photographers.
No, we aren't 'most people'.
No, we are not going to a forest.
You & I will do low-budget DIY shoot.
But, on the bright side.....
We'll get to wear high heels.....

9/30/14

Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: Just Black, Just Green

'This long-lasting, multi-tasking eye pencil gives you 3-in-1 benefits of an Eyeliner, Kajal and an Eye Shadow. It helps you to achieve the mysterious smoky-eyed look which will last for up to 12 hours. It comes with a built-in smudger that is as soft as a cushion which can be used to demystify the art of smoky eyes. The intense color and matte texture of the pencil adds definition and drama to your eyes. It has waterproof property and does not transfer.' ~ Colorbar.
You know how sometimes you tightline your upper lash line, but you don't want it to transfer to your waterline below? Maybe you want to use a white/nude pencil on that area, or you just want to leave it bare. It used to be almost impossible with other kajals and most kohls.....until now. Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal dries in seconds and sets into a rubber-like finish, which is waterproof & transfer-proof.
I got 2 out of 5 shades that were launched:

Just Black 001: Intense black. Let's call it Lakmé Kohl Ultimate's competition. If you want a slightly more transfer-proof pencil, I guess you could pick this one instead.

Just Green 003: A shimmery forest green, which would make a really nice festive/fall liner.

9/28/14

My Instagram Beauty Stories #01

I love Instagram, and post quite regularly on there. It's like mini blogging, with just photos and less talking. I thought I'd share some of the makeup & beauty pics that I picked out randomly for all of you who don't have an Instagram account.
 
Lipstick Ban Picks: Deborah Milano Rosetto Milano Red #14, MAC Sheen Supreme Bare Again, Essence Almost Famous, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #36, Colorbar Velvet Matte Obsessed Orange.

*I pick some lipsticks from my stash as part of my Lipstick Buying Ban



Feeling colorful with blushers: Sleek Flamingo, NARS Angelika, NYX Pinky, Majolica Majorca Pink Macaron, MAC Pink Swoon.

Matching! :)

Happy Sunday, Everyone! Just a little post before I go on to do my Sunday chores, and catch up with the new season of Grey's Anatomy.


9/26/14

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Haul & Swatches


Revlon recently launched the much-awaited Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamels in India. One look at the cute little perfume flacon bottles with round ball caps, and you might just want to grab all of them!

The fragrances are revealed when the nail polishes dry. Not just one scent, coz they are categorized into 3 types of scents - Fruits & Florals, Sweets & Spices, and Freshes. I picked up 4 shades to try out.....

9/19/14

MAC The Simpsons Collection Photos & Swatches

I'll admit, I'm not much of a Simpsons fan. I found them cute and all, but I never really watched the series. Then I met someone who's hooked to the show - my Mr.CZ. Boy, is he obsessed! Yes, all the DVDs & figurines in the photos are his. I remember he'd start laughing, and tell me about something funny Homer did/said ("Mmm....bacon.")
Even though I would never skip this collection, I'd say he wanted me have it more than I did. So, in a way, they're for him. Which is weird to say because we are not talking to each other right now.... haha! ;p

Anyways, I'll dedicate this post to him.....and all you other Simpsons fans! Hope you'll like the fun pictures, I really enjoyed clicking them. Cartoon makeup collections are so FUN!  =D
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, M·A·C honours the one, the only, THE SIMPSONS. We are celebrating the country’s favourite animated family and its beloved matriarch Marge with a vibrant colour collection that screams That Trillion Dollar Look. Our classic formulas and finishes you love are to blue dye for with an animated twist. All in limited-edition packaging that can only be described in one word: Eeeeexcellent. ~ MAC.

9/18/14

Cushioned Thong Sandals


I find closed ballet flats too stuffy now that my feet are a-l-w-a-y-s hot, so I have started wearing these thong sandals. They are really comfortable because of those cushioned circle designs.

I got these from the same store in Lajpat Nagar Market - Stelatoes - for around Rs.795. The same time I got the grey pair shown here. If I remember correctly, they were available in other colors as well.


9/17/14

Confessions Of A 1st Time Mommy-To-Be | Q&A


Me: Are you a Girl?
Baby CZ: KICK!
Me: Really?!
Baby CZ: KICK!
Me: Are you a Boy?
Baby CZ: *Silence*
Me: Are you a Boy???
Baby CZ: *Silence*
Me: Okay....Uhm....Is Justin Bieber your father?
Baby CZ: KICK!

*****

9/13/14

Just Arrived ~ MAC The Simpsons Collection


All the way from USA.

Because....well..... I don't trust MAC India & I didn't want to risk missing out on this CUTE collection =D 

We MAC-holics here are tired of seeing 'SOLD OUT' on LE products most of the time - even on the launch day! Some have come to think that maybe....maybe....they only bring the display of Limited Edition Collections to India just for advertisement. I can't say for sure, coz I haven't been here for some time. Let's see what happens with this collection, shall we? =)

9/10/14

Penciled Pink Pout


One day, I wore a deep fuchsia pink dress.
I applied MAC Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick.
Very matchy-matchy!
I love when my lips match my dress or top.
Hubby & I left our hotel room. Yes, this was that time we were on our Babymoon.
We decided to eat lunch first before going shopping.
Chinese. Soupy noodles. Fried Rice. Chilli Chicken.
Waiting-for-the-check time was lipstick touch-up time.
I didn't need a mirror to tell me I had only a fuchsia pink outline on my lips.
I blotted and gently wiped off the edges. 
I reached into my handbag, and.....
AND.....
Oh My Gah! I'd forgotten to toss MAC Flat Out Fabulous into my handbag!
Not only that, there was absolutely no lip product in my bag.
Not even a lip balm (or a Fox's raspberry candy I could rub my lips with!) It's what usually happens when you change handbags!
I freaked a little.
"It's like an ensemble!", I told hubby who didn't see what the big deal was.
"And I thought you're not supposed to buy any lipsticks.", he added.
"I know, but....this is an exception!"
{Or.... I could leave my lips bare and a lil stained like this???.....
Please, woman! It looks like you have some kind of rash!}
We left the restaurant, went down the escalator.....
and we were standing in front of Colorbar.
I told the SA that I wanted a lippie shade that's exactly like the dress I was wearing.

9/5/14

I Transform Into Cersei Lannister ~ GAME OF THRONES

"When you play the Game Of Thrones. you win or you die.
There is no middle ground."

Cersei Lannister: A character created by George R.R. Martin in his books A Song Of Fire And Ice, which has been adapted into one of the most popular tv shows, GAME OF THRONES. Cersei has a twin brother, Jaime Lannister, with whom she had been in an incestuous relationship since they were adolescents. They both have a younger brother, Tyrion Lannister (the little man up there & my favorite character in the show), whom Cersei loathes because their mother died while giving birth to him.
To read more about Cersei, please go here

*** I do not condone incest. ***