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12/25/16

What's Christmas Like?



MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! Hope you're having a day filled with love & happiness.


Well, I didn't really have a Christmas post lined up, coz it's been hectic lately. So I decided to use these pics (where my hair is a mess, btw)

Let's talk about deep, meaningful things in between.

What's your Christmas like?


Mine:

~ Discovering too late that the tree lights are all spoiled. It's okay, I'll get new ones after Christmas, before New Year's Eve.

~ There's a Santa soft toy from Hamley's, that I don't mind my son doesn't appreciate, because I secretly got him for myself. I whisper "Dear Santa, please........" in his ears, which he doesn't really have.

~ Watching Ziizayne mimic the facial expressions & dance moves in Sia's The Greatest. When I was pregnant with him, I used to blast Chandelier in my ears, btw.

~ Making plans to go out, and then decide it's too cold. 

~ Finding out that the geyser is broken while already under the shower.   

~ Watching Ziizayne play with his main Christmas present - a car track thing, and being enthu with one battery-operated car that comes with it more than he is. 


~ Christening my new The Body Shop Body Butters that I was gifted- Vanilla Chai & Frosted Berries. Both yum!

~ Not wanting to eat anything sweet & Christmassy.  Ordered spicy Indian food instead - Laal Maas from Coriander Leaf Restaurant. It's the best mutton curry ever!

~ Wanting to listen to long-time favorite Christmas songs - Last Christmas, All I Want For Christmas.... but finding them too peppy. 

~ Blasting R&B/Rap instead. A new artist I just discovered - NF. Listen to All I Have & Wait if you want to know what lyrics are filling my head.  

~ Feeling gangsta - in pyjamas - trying to ignore the pain from one remaining wisdom tooth. 

~ Waiting for 9 pm  8:30 pm 11 pm, so I can open the new wine - White.



Let me back some of those up with a pic:


12/15/16

Nails That Last....


Don't you just hate it when your nail polish starts to chip off only at the tips after, like, a day? For me, it happens more often, because I use that stainless steel scrubber to wash some dishes & the kitchen sink - so that means my right hand nails go first, pfft!

Applying hard-to-remove glitter nail polish at the tips has solved that problem....


12/3/16

Too Pretty To Use.....


Started from beautifully designed makeup, now we're here! 
*insert see-no-evil monkey emoji*

Alright, we will not talk about those useless but pretty outer boxes we don't have the heart to throw away. 
(When I left the UK back then, I actually flattened a lot of them and tied them together nicely with a rubber band, so I could bring them back here. I have no idea where they are now!)


~ Cath Kidston Notebook, Rs.695

~ Cath Kidston Travel Cup, Rs.945

*Cath Kidston is now opened in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon.

~ H&M Socks in a Christmas Bauble, Rs.399.

~ Victoria's Secret xo, Victoria Rollerball Perfume, Rs.1600 
(approx, as part of 2 for 3 offer.)

~ Forever 21 Pink Bunny-Shaped Slippers, Rs.799




If I know you long-time readers, I'd say you like them all =)

But which one would you keep in a drawer, unused forever?
Me, most probably the notebook. 
I wanna say the bunny slippers, but Ziizayne is always wearing them these days, haha!


Have a great weekend everyone!



*To all you fellow horror movie freaks, have you watched Lights Out? I might watch that tonight ;)




12/1/16

XO, M U S E.



What should I say? That I......

Nah, not that. Don't say that.

What about where I've been?

Nope. Don't go there. You'll bring everybody down.
C'mon! You're overthinking again!

Ummm....You c'mon, genius! Tell me then, tell me what to say. You know exactly where my head is!

Okay....

~ How about you managed to survive on 50 rupees in your wallet since the demonetization. You saw the new 2000 rupee notes only yesterday. You thought they'd be pink, and felt *phus* when you saw they're purple? 

~ How about you're listening to August Alsina's 'I Luv This Sh*t' & 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' as you're typing this? Shuffling between: I'm just trying to chill cause I'm way too drunk to be talking like this I'm way too high to be tripping like this
I'm way too young to be living like this & ज़मीन पे न सही तो आसमा तोह आ मिल 

~ How about you're now hooked to a new tv show - The Missing, Season 2?

~ How about Ziizayne now yells 'Mummaaaaa!', says 'Oh-kay!', 'Shoes', and 'Moo!' when he sees cows?

~ How about you're now only into black or nude/muted rose nail polish shades, and you find corals & pinks almost repulsive? This is when they should probably understand your state of mind.

~ How about you think the new Lakmé 9to5 Mousse Lip & Cheek Color are awesome?

~ How about you're kinda obsessed with the word 'Quinoa' - keeen-waaah!  

~ How about you've decided you're going to become a Lawyer? The kind that would carry night vision goggles & have a snitch in prison.

~ How about you found inspiration in the most unlikely place.... the most hopeless situation.... the most unlikely person.....?

~ How about........












Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Lace Belt: Forever New
Shoes: Heatwave
Bag: Palomino
Earrings: Forever 21
Heart Ring: Accessorize
Owl Ring: Accessorize 
Watch: Michael Kors
Black Nail Polish: Colorbar
Lipstick: Lakmé 9to5 Mousse Lip & Cheek Color in Blush Velvet



♥ 


HAPPY DECEMBER, everyone! =)

Feels darn good to be back. I've missed you all so much!


Love You for still being here & Thanks a million for all the emails/messages that some of you sent my way when I was in hibernation

Speak again soon! xx

................




~ ........ quoting Walter White - 'I am awake.'?




8/11/16

3 Days Of Giveaway: Day #1 ~ CUTE & GIRLY (CLOSED)


Hi, everyone! Hope you're all doing good.

Finally I'm able to get this up, after procrastinating for months - okay, years! 

 I've decided to split my giveaways into 3 parts

*** This giveaway is OPEN WORLDWIDE.***

In this series of giveaways, there won't be any makeup items, because most times a lot of readers say they don't use a lot of makeup (like eyeshadow palettes). So I thought I'd put together cute, useful things that everybody would put to use. Hope you'll want them all.... and adore them when you WIN them! ;)

Here's the 1st set of Prizes:

~ Forever 21 Sleeping Cat Makeup Bag with pom pom zipper

~ H & M Pink Pom Pom Handbag Accessory ~ In this post, I asked you if you want the pom pom to be included in a giveaway and many of you said YES. I went back to get another one, but it was sold out =(, so I got something similar - it's less pink and it has gold instead of rose gold hardware, BUT it's bigger! =D

~ Romantic Rose Mirror

~ Hello Kitty Lip Balm



To participate, please fill in the Rafflecopter below:



In case you're confused, there are only 2 mandatory Rules:

1. You have to be a subscriber or follower of Indian Vanity Case via Email, GFC or Bloglovin' (all linked on the right sidebar there) 

2. Comment below telling me which is your favorite item out of these prizes.




THANK YOU for participating.

GOOD LUCK, everyone! =)


(THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED & WINNER HAS BEEN PICKED.)




7/30/16

Bangkok Hangover | Be Right Back


Hello! =)

Just a quick picture post to say that I haven't forgotten about you all and that I'll be right back.

If you don't follow me on Instagram & Facebook, you may not have known that this past week I was in Bangkok with my childhood friend to shop - the focus being her wedding gown & wedding stuff - but of course it didn't stop there. We're both born shopaholics, I know that now =D

Shop. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

Literally. 

(....and yes, we were stopped by customs at the Delhi airport.)


Kiss Me Doll box contains a Bambi Scarf
Best Friend box is a glasses case. For prescription glasses, but my sunglasses fit too.
Long pink thingies are pens
Panda is a power bank
Princess Mirror & Comb (shown in 1st pic) from Daiso Japan

Crystal Petit Spoons & Forks + Teddy Bear set from Daiso Japan for only 60 Baht (Rs.120) each

Too Faced Love Flush Blush in How Deep Is Your Love & Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette




Before I sign off, there's a story of miscommunication....

At a wedding dress store:

Me: "She (my friend) doesn't want this design, because her sister wore something like it."

Store Manager: "Yes! Sister can!"

Me: "No, her sister already got married and wore a dress like this."

Store Manager: "Yes, sister....you....can! Can!"

Us: "Oh, okay, okay."


I had to hold my breath to keep myself from rolling on the floor laughing! 




Talk again next week! :* :* :*

Also, giveaway will be announced then. Stay tuned.





6/22/16

Hong Kong Beauty HAUL


Sasa
Watson's
Colourmix
Bonjour
Etude House
Facesss

Those are name I shan't forget.
Because they had everything I wanted to get.
Nanaladida....then show off on the net.

.............

Let's start with ze CUTE.....

Tony Moly

- Panda's Dream Clear Pact ~ Compact powder in shade 02
- Panda's Dream Contour Stick 02 
- Panda's Dream Contour Stick 03 ~ This is a perfect shading stick for my skin tone. Love it!
- (FREE with purchase) Panda's Dream Special Kit containing: (1)The Chock Chok Green Tea Watery Cream, and (2) Panda's Dream White Magic Cream.

*I gotta hide these from the baby real good, coz he crazy about Pandas!*

6/14/16

20 Months In Mommyland....



Me: "Baby, say Mommy. Mommm-mmmy. Can you say Mommy?"

Ziizayne: "tuhpaashukarruhkuh..."

Me: "No, baby. Say, Mommmm-mmmmeeeee."

Ziizayne: "kafuhrraratuh...."

Me: "C'mon baby pie, you can say it. Say Mama..."

Ziizayne: "tuhtuheeeyo..."

Me: "Maaaaa......"

Ziizayne: "taotaofuhfuhshuh...."


Me: "Okay, then."


About 10 minutes later:


Me: BABY, NOOOOO!!! HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU NOT TO STAND ON MY LAPTOP???!!! YOU WANT ME TO SLAP YOU?!!!

Ziizayne: "Mamamamamama....." *Jumps on me, grabs my face &presses his drooly mouth on my cheek* 

Me: "Awwwww....are you saying Mommy? You are so smart, my baby!!!"


******

And that's the only time he ever really said that. He says "Mom-mom", but to my utter disappointment he means his pacifier or sometimes food =D

He can say "Cars" (his obsession) & he tries to say "Shoes",  but no "Mommy". Little bugger.

He is 20 months old today. Yup, a toddler who can't even lie still when I change his diaper! You should see me after his bath time. I always look like I'd just crawled from the Sahara Desert.


Will have to end this post abruptly guys.

We're in Hong Kong at the moment. Wanted to take this one to Disneyland

He watches Lion King, Tangled, Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, from start to finish like he can understand everything, so I hope he'll be thrilled! 

As for me, I didn't pack much from India (not even an eyeshadow palette!) *grins*


Haul?
Disneyland photos?


They're coming. Promise.




6/2/16

LOTD: You Know......?


You know I can't remember the last time I wore blackish smoky eyes?


You know I've stopped wearing bold red & fuchsia lipsticks for a long time?


You know I want to binge read 'The Girl On The Train' before the movie comes out?


You know I get this  strong urge to lie back on the floor at a shopping mall, yoga flap my arms and legs in & out, and shout "THIS IS THE FEELS! I FEELS! I NO CRAZY!"?


You know the top I'm wearing costs less than all the products I'm wearing on my face?



Makeup Products  I Used (Pic below):

5/30/16

Birthday Confessions & Haul


Today's NOT my birthday. It came & went a week ago, but I couldn't find the time to get this post up then. Now I'm doing the usual should I/shouldn't I post thing.....and then I post it.

Let's start with the good stuff... 

....and you will see I went a lil' crazy with the liquid lipsticks....


Starting from the top, clockwise:

Benefit They're Real Mascara Mini ~ Oh my God! I'm doomed, because I will need the full-sized tube. This mini version is around  Rs.800 & the full sized tube is Rs.2400 or so. It is fantastic - long, fluttery & separated lashes like no other mascara I've tried before. (From Sephora)

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Personal Statement (Shocking Pink), Rich & Restless (Mid tone pinky salmon) & Lady Be Good (Warm Mid-tone Nude) ~ Out of stock. Always out of stock. It's a miracle few shades were restocked on my birthday! 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellisissima (Pale Neutral Pink), Patina (Dusty Rose) & Fiore (Hot Pink) ~ LOVE these! (From Sephora)

Chambor Extreme Wear Transfer Proof Liquid Lipstick in 461 (Coral) & 431 (Red) ~ I like the first one I got #403, so I couldn't resist getting a coral & a red. I think I'm done now ;p

MAC Face & Body Foundation in C2 ~ It's time to try out a MAC Foundation for realz. Another product that was OOS for months! I mean my shade C2.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Mat-Finish & Enhanced Radiance Loose Powder 4 in 1 Harmony ~ My favorite & the most pricey (Rs.4000). This has been on my wishlist since last year. There are 4 powders in this - beige, yellow, peach, bronze. (From Sephora)

5/6/16

Best Makeup Brush Washing Mat


I spied with my little eye this round yellow wafer-textured thingy at a home store, I didn't know what it was. I started thinking....

What's this? Round....silicone...more weighty than I thought...I feel like I need it...Rs.250....yup, I do need it. But for what? Oh, there's a picture on the back! Okay, basically, to keep hot pans and baking dishes. That I don't need. Why don't I bake anymore? Hmmm...put it back in the hook...moving on.... we need a saucepan with a lid for making popcorn...but a light pan, so it's easier to shake-shake- shake....why don't they make enough light or pastel cooking pots and pans in this country??! Also, Floral. Vintage floral, not big big sunflowery jhatak floral. Then I'll spend more time in the kitchen! Like Bree Van de Kamp...I'll bake something French, something I can't pronounce yet... coomberfroofrount...and wear a matching floral apron....and I'll ---- 
MAKEUP BRUSH WASHING MAT!


And I ran back to one of the best things I ever discovered ;p


It's amazing, you guys! I won't have pruned fingers after washing makeup brushes anymore, and I'm actually excited to wash them more often now! Plus, the brushes come out cleaner than when I'm only using my palms.

Brands had come out with gloves and fancy mats for makeup brush washing, but those came with hefty price tags. For me, this mat is best and all I'll ever need!


How I use it: I place it in the sink, let some water fill up in those little squares, squirt some Johnson's baby shampoo, and then swirl my brushes on it. Saves so much time! I also rinse them the same way with just water. After I'm done, I rinse the mat and shake off all the water from it, and place my brushes on it for drying.


Price: Rs.250 / $4 (ONLY)

(Have you seen the Sigma mat for $32?!)

From: Lifestyle Home Centre.

If you can only buy them online, I've searched for similar ones and linked them below:

Rectangular mat ~ here
Square mat ~ here
Round mat (my favs) ~ here




What do you think about this? NEED it or not?


Talk again soon & Happy Friday! =)





5/4/16

The Power Of Mascara....


What's the one thing I'd change about my face?
Eyelashes. 
Everyday I wish I'd wake up one morning with the lashes of my dreams - thick, dark,doll-like. 
But I wake up with pronounced puffy, honey-colored eyes that look jaundice-like without an umbrella of prominent lashes.  
That 13 Going On 30 (movie) wishing dust - I WANT!


Describe my eyelashes in 20 words or less?
They're so thin & nondescript, it's like the split ends from my hair fell down on my lash line. 


How many mascaras am I currently using/trying?
6. I feel I can now stop looking for THE ONE. I feel I can now stick to 1. But I don't know which one.


Mascaras I keep going back to?
1. Maybelline Volum Express the Colossal Mascara ~ It adds length and thickness, but still separates the lashes.
2. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara ~ The first time I tried it, I didn't like it so much. But after a few weeks to a month, when the formula becomes drier and thicker, I was hooked! 
3. Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curved Brush Mascara~ See a post on it here. I'd buy it again, but it's not available here.


How much time do I spend applying my mascara everyday?
3/4th of my total makeup application time. Apply, wiggle....wiggle...wiggle....comb through clumps. Repeat. 4 time. 


Any special techniques?
Of course! I stand in the bathroom and make the Scream (movie) mask face . Bathroom - because there are no fans & air conditioners in there. Air dries up the mascara too fast & ruins the layering process. Scream mask face - to keep the tops of my cheek bones away from the wet wand.


What's the craziest thing I'd do for thicker, longer lashes?
I'd steal them from my own son, who has my dream long, wispy lashes. Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water....SWAP! I love him so, sooo....much!


Have I considered that surgery where they stitch individual hairs to the eyeli....?
HELL, NO!!! Please. *Shivers*


Have I considered eyelash extensions?
Now that I've been thinking about for quite some time. I'm finally doing it this year. Soon! I can't use mascaras anymore after that, not on extensions.

Meanwhile.... 

4/28/16

Makeup Haul ~ New Launches + Drawer Organizers


I always get weird looks from the counter people at Lifestyle when I'm buying makeup. I don't know why. Maybe I appear too eager, maybe I walk from counter to counter a bit too crazily - sometimes back & forth to "compare", maybe I look too flustered, maybe I take too long to decide which shade I want, maybe I move to another counter while they are bent over those bottom cabinets looking for a product I asked for (they come back up & hey, where'd she go?!) maybe I ask "New launch? New Launch?" like a vendor in a train - "Bhel puri? Bhel puri?" 

Okay, okay, I'll control myself next time. Before I set foot in the beauty floor, I'll coach myself first:
 "Be cool. Breathe. Neutral facial expression. Walk graciously. Duchess Of Cambridge....."


First counter - Maybelline!

The Magnum Barbie Mascara ~ This is similar to The Falsies Mascar, but with a slightly more slender brush & the formula is more packed with fibres. First Impression: Could clump & smudge easily, but if you can handle that like a meticulous woman, false lash kind of volume & length!
Price: Rs.399

Color Sensational 3D Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Quartz Pink ~ A little palette of 5 eyeshadows, in which there is a top coat shimmer eyeshadow. Available in 4 shades. 
Price: Rs.575

Color Show Big Apple Reds Nail Paints ~ A collection of 4 red shades. I picked up R2 Big Apple Red. 
Price: Rs.145

Fit Me Concealer in #20 Sand ~ This is a repurchase. I'd got the first one in the same shade from UK, and they are both the same.
Price: Rs.500

Color Show 3D Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Quartz Pink

4/27/16

OOTD: Dungarees + Summer Beauty Picks


Hi, Hi! =) 

Dungarees are back! I couldn't be more stoked, because I have this odd obsession with overall(s)-type things. To put it simply, I like suspenders. I like them a little too much.

When I become CEO someday, I'll make suspenders part of my office's uniform....we'll have, like, this retro 'Mad Men' kind of vibe. I'll wear them over a white ruffle shirt and a black pencil skirt...and black pumps...maybe cat eye glasses for that "pro look"....I'll sit with my legs on the table - more in a casual laid-back way than a  b**** boss way - and my assistant who's wearing a cabbie hat will barge in and announce, "Forbes. They want us on the cover of their May issue! They said it's very important we bring our own suspenders to the shoot next Saturday."