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2/28/14

Dear Baby CZ.....


When I found out,
The first thing I thought of was a thin white paper stick.
No, it's not my bad habit....
Not even "just like that" anymore (this is for people whom I've partied with in the past.)
It's a lingering thought, but it's only a face of panic in my mind that is slowly fading away.

In short, I didn't handle the whole thing well. I guess not everyone can be all pumped up with joy (How I get Miranda Hobbes even more now!)

NOW:
I'm getting used to it, and I'm starting to feel excited & "normal":

 ~ Wanting to drink a bucket jug of Haldiram's Gol Gappa Water.

~ Hating Garam Masala & Raymond (Everybody Loves Raymond)

~ Sometimes, sudden burst of tears in the shower. Happy or sad, I don't know.

~ Craving Indian wear - Sarees, Lehengas, big chunky jewelry including nose rings. I also want to dress up like my in-laws' maid. I might one of these days.

~ Not loving tea so much anymore (Shocker! You know I'm a tea addict.)

~ Liking Mr.CZ again ;p

~ Enthu about SHOPPING (more makeup, more furniture)....

and BLOGGING again (Sorry I was not all here for days. This + not finding an apartment until now have made me very moody & uninspired. I will make up for it!)

I didn't want to make it all baby talk, so I included some new goodies:
MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick, MAC 239 Brush, Maybelline Lip Polish Glam 9, Paperchase Valentine's Pen With Charm, Primark Hairband.

***This also proves i-Can Pregnancy Test is accurate and it gets a good review from me...hehe! =D

2/22/14

Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist Pink Pout Photos, Swatches

Let me tell you a bad kiss story of a girl I know very well:
This girl went to meet a boy one evening. A boy she'd been friends with for a while, and then began chatting on the phone with. You know, typical romance story. When she came to see me afterwards that same evening, she was wearing a shiny pink lip gloss that was just a little bit lighter than this one. The center of her upper lip was swollen, and the lip gloss doubled it's swell. She must have thought the gloss would cover up the sting from her rendezvous. I said nothing, and just stared pointedly at the elephant's bottom on her upper lip, while she talked nervously. She knew that I knew.
When she couldn't take the awkwardness anymore, she blurted out: "The idiot bit me.", and then we had a good laugh.
Moral Of The Story: Never pick a shiny lip gloss to cover up a bad kiss, ladies! =D
About Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist:
Now get super luscious lips with this revolutionary gloss that incorporates unique light reflecting powders and shiny polymers for a high shine & coverage lacquered finish.
Available in 6 shades.
The applicator is a rectangular-shaped fuzzy thing that collects a good amount of gloss with one dip

2/19/14

Lakmé Absolute Illusion Collection For Summer 2014

Lakmé & Rajesh Pratap Singh,  grand finale designer for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2014, launched Lakmé Absolute Illusion, the latest fashion week collection that will create magic on the runway on 16th March 2014.

Inspired by illusions, the Grand Finale of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 will be a magnificent interplay of light and color through make-up and outfits that are true to the designer’s signature style.
Lakmé Absolute Illusion will comprise of eight metallic shimmer eyeshadow monos and four limited edition nail colors. Lakmé’s trend forecast for the season is dominated by bold lustrous eyes in metallic pearl hues of Pink, Gold, Blue, Black, Starlight and Peach.
Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Eyeshadow can be used wet for a molten look or dry for a metallic finish. The limited edition Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Nails come in four dual tone shades that are sure to be this season's must-haves.
The products will hit stores across India from March 21st 2014 onwards with Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Pearl Eyeshadow priced at Rs.750 and Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Nails priced at Rs.200.



Are we excited about this collection? Your eyes also fixed on that deep green eyeshadow in the 2nd pic? ;)






Lancôme Rouge In Love Rose Boudoir Dupe?

Here is proof that this is my favorite lipstick shade. I've had my eye on Lancôme Rouge In Love Rose Boudoir for months, after trying the first shade I bought, Midnight Rose (post here). When I got Bourjois Rouge Edition Fraise Remix, I fell in love with it, but I didn't realize that the shades are very very similar.....until a couple days ago. Some people might feel disappointed having bought a lipstick shade they already had in the first place, but for dupe-hunting beauty bloggers like myself, it is one of the best feelings. Like you've conquered something. Ya, conquer type of feeling. Like in chess......okay, I know nothing about chess.

2/16/14

Look Of The Day ~ New Haircut

If you read my last post where I talked about my Dream Layered Haircut, you might have been expecting to see the result. So here it is: my new haircut....oh, and my first LOTD post from India! =)
Where I got the haircut: Affinity Salon, New Delhi. It's not the kind of salon I'd want to go back to. It's over-staffed & I didn't like the vibe. Forget about tea/coffee, they're stingy with friendly/welcoming smiles too. A few people have also said the same, and now I know why. They have many branches in Delhi, so I hope the other branches are nicer!

Price: I paid Rs.1250 for wash, cut & blow dry. After seeing the prices in UK, I thought it was a bargain =D
 Color: It's still the same as last time. I used Nice & Easy 106 Natural Medium Ash Blonde & L'Oreal Feria Extreme Ombres Kit F02 Platinum Ombre.
Here, it's 2nd day dirty. I washed and blow dried it on Friday, used my Babyliss Volume Waves Curling Tongs yesterday. I thought I should leave it straight-ish so you can see the cut.
Aren't we all annoyed with that chunky bang? Hehe  =D

2/14/14

Valentine's Day Presents & Handbag Of The Day

Mr.CZ: 'What do you want for Valentine's Day?'
Me: 'I don't know. Surprise me.'
Mr. CZ: 'Uhh....I can't think of anything!'

Me: 'You know what I want.'

Mr.CZ: 'You mean that?'

Me: *Grin* 'Yes.'

Later.....

Me: 'Nah, I don't want that anymore. It's cute, but I know I won't use it. I don't want anything anymore, actually.'

Later.....

Me: 'I know what I really want now. This.'

Mr.CZ: 'Okay, let's order this from Amazon. We may or may not have to pay duty.'


Later.....

Me: 'Nah, I don't want this anymore. I don't want anything anymore. Leave it.'

Later.....

Me: 'Okay then. I want Make-up. Just take me shopping.'

So, we went to DLF Promenade Mall the other day:
Lancôme Rouge In Love Lipstick in 340B Rose Boudoir
MAC Please Me Matte Lipstick
MAC 217 Blending Brush
INGLOT Eye Makeup Base 01
INGLOT Translucent Loose Powder #210
* 2 more things should have been here, but I'm getting them next week. *
Floozie Black patent charm mini cross body bag/purse ~ LOVE this French designer! The bags are so cute & quirky. I found this on sale one day in Debenhams Dundee (Scotland). I'm taking it out for the first time today.
 Me: 'And what do YOU want?'
Mr.CZ: 'Nothing.'

Me: 'What?! You must want something.'

Mr.CZ: 'PS4.'


Happy Valentine's Day to all of you celebrating it & Happy Uncomplicated Day to all who are not celebrating it =D
Looking at this wet & cold Delhi weather, I don't feel like going out anymore. Tempted to just stay home with a movie. On top of that, I have a bad cold and some fever =\
Okies, will talk to you again soon. If you follow me on Instagram & CZloves Facebook Page, you know what is coming shortly, stay tuned! =)


Oh, and I loveeee you......







2/10/14

NEW! Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipsticks

 05 Flamingo Olé!


Looks like velvet liquid lipsticks are here to stay! I hope I have better luck with these NEW Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks than I did with the Topshop Velvet Lips
Love that they've introduced 8 lovely shades!
06 Ping Pong
02 Frambourjoise

2/8/14

Inexpensive Acrylic Lipstick Stand For Rs.273 | $4 | £2

You know what is the best thing about moving back to India and finally settling down in one city? Now I get to shop for home stuff! Haven't got a home yet, haha (sigh, new new problems keep arising), but the new furniture has started to come in. For over a year, I'd browse Ebay for makeup storage things, and just look longingly at them coz I couldn't buy these bulky things in UK. Now I'm like a cow who'd been locked in a shed for too long!

So to kick-start the makeup storage items, I ordered this Acrylic Lipstick Holder/Stand. Just one because I wanted to see the quality first .
It can hold 24 lipsticks.
I love that it's step-step (yes, step-step) and not flat.

2/7/14

The Best Cleanser I've Ever Used ~ Baby Smooth Skin!

Remember in my interview with Cosmo I said I would never dedicate an entire blog post to a face wash? Well, this one is an exception, because this face wash, or scrub, is outstanding! I rarely finish a tube of cleanser. I get bored of them easily, and I always keep around 3-5 in my bathroom. But now I think I'm ready to commit to one ~ Clean & Clear Morning Energy Skin Brightening Daily Facial Scrub. Look how much is left in the tube. I don't know what I'd do without it! Sometimes I'd use it just so I can smell it and feel it's goodness on my face, and that translates into a disciplined night time cleansing routine, no matter how tired I am.
About: MORNING Energy Skin Brightening Scrub is formulated with BURSTING BEADS and a unique blend of caffeine, lemon and papaya. It invigorates your senses and helps brighten your skin’s appearance. Skin appears instantly refreshed and leaves you ready to face your day. Oil-free.

2/5/14

Love To Lounge House Shoes

Since I'm living out of a suitcase, and all my high heels are still packed in a luggage, I decided to feature my leopard print (Or is it cheetah print? I always get confused between the two!) lounge ballet shoes adorned with grosgrain bows & 'jewels'. I ADORE them so much that I'm afraid they'll get dirty if I wear them too much. Therefore, I will wear them only when I know the house has been vacuumed and mopped properly =D

2/4/14

14 New Beauty Products On My Nightstand ~ From India & UK

For the last couple of weeks, I've been seriously craving GLITTER. I wanted some glitter eye shadows, badly. I have some, but they're all in our old apartment far away (and they are not very interesting.) I was so excited when I found some yesterday in Lifestyle. If you are not at all interested in glitter jhatakness, worry not, there are more things you can look at, coz it is sort of a Collective Haul post.
Faces Stackable Sparkle Glitter ~ Look! Aren't they super cute stacked up like that?! Colors: Silver, Gold, White, Blue, Pink, Purple. I know exactly what I'm sprinkling on my eyes first. Price: Rs.499
Faces Sparkle Dust in Light Pink ~  I noticed this before the glitters. These also come stacked, but I just a single for now. Price: Rs.200-something.
L'Oreal Stain Splash in Lolita (Nude) & Marilyn (Fuchsia) ~ Quite disappointed with these, coz they don't have as much color payoff as the first shade I'd tried, Princess (swatched here)
Lakmé Gloss Stylist in Pink Pout ~ Thought I should give one of these a try, since I have not got new Lakmé products in a long time. Will swatch it and let you know if it's worth the Rs.700 price tag.

2/2/14

New PINK Blogging Camera | Hello Kitty Box | Minnie Mouse Socks

15th Nov '13, Friday:
Sometime in November '13, I spotted this camera in one of Shifa's (Get GawjusInstagram photos. In that moment, my life changed. By that, I mean I went CRAZY! You know I love them PINKS. It was like I was meant to see it, coz I'd been thinking about a new camera.
After googling, I found out it's a Special Limited Edition that launched in late 2012. It was sold only by a few sellers online, and they either seemed dodgy or money-hungry. Oh, and one Ebay UK seller stated that it's only "Virtually Used", whatever that means. I wanted Brand New!

16th Nov '13, Saturday:
After hours of googling.... 
Mr.CZ: 'It's okay. You have to let it go now. When it's not available anymore, what can you do?'
Me: 'No. I WILL get it. I don't give up easily on something I really want.', I said patiently & confidently like some kind of tycoon, but in my head: I was lying on the living room floor, pulling my hair, and crying 'Whyyy?!!! Ahhh!!!'
A few hours later that same Saturday evening, I found a seller! Awesome price, brand new + I get 1 extra lens. Pure, unadulterated happiness. Husband was relieved too, I think. ('Okay, now she will stop whining about it, and stop making that wretched face.')

19th Nov, Tuesday:
It was delivered! 3 days after ordering. Now you'd think it's a happy ending. Well, not yet. I had to wait for almost 2 months to see it! It was delivered to Delhi, and I was still in Scotland. Brother-in-law sent a pic of the sealed pink box, and I just had to look at it and count the days.....
18th Jan '14:
 I un-boxed it, and it was just like I imagined. Pretty. Pink. Perfect.
About Nikon 1 J1: It's a mirrorless camera, not a DSLR. But it performs almost the same. Came with D-ZOOM KIT: 10-30mm + 30-110mm. Records Full HD MOVIE 1080/60i. Please go to Nikon website for full specs.
About The PINK: This is a very pink pink. The other pink that was launched later is an icy pink.
 Flash pops up with a click. Uber cute! ♥