12/24/19

December Makeup Haul


Thought I should pop in here before Christmas just to say, 'Hi, Hello!' *waves with hands tucked inside fleece jumper sleeves*

The fog & freezing temperature here in Gurgaon are giving me a headache.
Either that, or it's my credit card bill this month 🙊

After I did the 'shopping from my own makeup collection', that I blogged about in this post, I just suddenly started craving new makeup, especially palettes & brushes. I headed to Shopper's Stop one evening, hung around the makeup aisles until I could see no more female SA's (meaning: it was after 8 pm, and they'd all left), and I decided that was a sign I should head home too - because they'd be kicking me out soon, not because I'm female 😄
With these....


11/30/19

IKEA India Haul (Decor) ~ My First Time


By popular demand, here's my IKEA Haul, that I did while in Hyderabad.

My first ever visit to an IKEA store. That too, years agter I wrote this post in 2013! So it is a monumental day...haha.
For those who don't know, there's only one IKEA store in India right now.

Firstly, OH MY GOD! It was an overwhelming, one-of-a-kind experience shopping there!
The store was HUGE! So huge, it felt like an industrial factory. 
I read it has a "Cafe", and this cafe is like a food court! You could literally live in the store for days! 😁

I loved the furniture & a lot of heavy things, but sadly we could only pack small things in suitcases.

IKEA could be opening their 2nd store in Gurgaon, which is where I'm at. So....I shall wait.
Maybe, then, I'll move into a brand new house, and fill it with Ikea everything, who knows.

In the meantime, here are the little things I managed to pick up in less than 2 hours.......


11/26/19

When I Shopped From My Own Makeup Collection


Have you seen posts & videos that say, "Shopping My Stash"?

What you do is shop from your drawers & see what useful products you can find,
which you have most likely forgotten about.

I was doing a FLASH SALE on my Instagram & also discarding some old stuff,
in hopes to de-clutter & live a more organised life overall.

And here's all the stuff that I found.....


I was thinking about buying brow stencils, and look what I found! LOOK!
Brow stencils set & more from Too Faced Brow Envy Kit
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon
Mistine Natural Eyeshadow Palette
To define & highlight bows:
 Deborah Milano Extra Pearl Stick Eyeshadow & Tony Moly Panda's Dream Contour Stick

10/5/19

Favourite Baby Beauty Products 2019


Ziizayne is turning 5 years old in less than 10 days, and I'm quite surprised that I have never done a baby beauty post!

There isn't a lot of baby bath/beauty brands here in India, so I seem to rotate among only a few brands. Also, I'm staying away from skincare products that have Parabens.

This year, these baby bath & beauty products are my favourites.....

10/3/19

How To Be A Fun Mom.....


"How To Be A Fun Mom"

01. Star In A Meme.



Inspired by: funniest meme by my favourite comedy account 
on Instagram: @classicalartshit






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9/30/19

Handbag Haul ~ BOW Edition


Hello! :)

I have nothing important to say, except that I completed the entire REIGN tv series. It's about the queen of Scotland & queen Elizabeth..... so much drah-ma, and I was hooked to it! 
Now it's over, and I'm feeling as EMPTY as these brand new handbags that reign my world ;p

I've christened only one of them - the black one.


LYN Mary Jane XS Bag

9/18/19

MINISO Haul ~ Everyday Beauty Stuff


Miniso is one store a family can go to, and everyone finds something useful to buy. 
This is my 2nd haul from Miniso, and I have not used the hand towels I got with during my 1st haul over a year ago! What I'm drawn to at their store are the little things, like cotton pads & swabs...and little household items.


Travel Kit Adventure Time Princess Bubblegum, Rs.190

Adventure Time Bath Sponge, Rs.190

Hand Sanitizer Gel (potpourri), Rs.100

Toothbrush set, Rs.190  
This is one from a 3-piece toothbrush set for Ziizayne. I'm using it for my eyebrows ;p

Spunlace Cotton Square Pads (180 pcs), Rs.190 ~ These are better then the Pink Panther ones, in case you've used them.

Cute Pet Hand Towels, Rs.250 each I think ~ My favourites! 
Will use them as face towels too.

100% Cotton Swabs with wooden grip, Rs.150

Lollipop Pink Perfume, Rs.460 ~ I fell for the baby pink bottle.



Have a good week, everyone!

Speak again soon.....

xo,



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9/6/19

Now Reading : The Prettiest Book I've Ever Seen!


Most times, it's word-of-mouth that sells me a book.

Then, on rare occasions, I see a book at a store, and it just makes me feel something....

It calls out to me......

Not only because the blue on the cover is my favourite shade of blue, btw.

9/5/19

LYN Accessories Brand in Delhi


Last time I was in Bangkok, I chased this brand from one side of the city to another, hoping I’d find a pair of shoes I’d bought some time ago. I didn’t. 
I found out they’d stopped keeping a lot of shoes & were more into handbags. 

Their handbags are amazing! I like almost every design 😍
They are designer quality at 1/4th the price.

9/4/19

Life Without Instagram......


To my Instagram family.......

I miss you too
I'll be back soon.

I deactivated my account for various reasons. 
Mainly for me to not be distracted by the rest of the world (...and nonsense-but-hilarious memes) & spend too much time on my phone.

SELF DISCIPLINE, they say. 

Honestly, I don't miss it at all. I guess it's because I don't really like social media & what it has become lately.
But I miss interacting with my blog readers & other bloggers there in dm's & stories.

My screen time hasn't decreased much tho, because I play Solitaire on my phone now 😄 


7/31/19

If I Woke Up As A Man,If All My Makeup Could Talk | WEIRD Q & A


Typing this while watching Money Heist. 
Would I be okay in a hostage situation? Am I capable of robbing 2.4 Billion Euros?
 I pretend to ask myself, when I already know the answers.


Anyway......

One day, when I wasn't feeling well, and needed some distraction, I posted a Questions tag on Instagram : 'ASK ME A WEIRD/RIDICULOUS/EXISTENTIAL QUESTION',
and I'll be answering them in this post. It's been a month since. If you think you procrastinate too much, I'm a reminder that there are worst procrastinators out there.

7/23/19

Makeup Look


Few days ago, I managed to be a little patient while applying my makeup, especially eyeshadows & snuck in a photo sesh.... which, thankfully, wasn't interrupted by the dark & gloomy weather.

Usually, I've stopped wearing foundation & other face products, and my eye makeup is always... well, just the bare necessities, nothing time-consuming.

Face: 
Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr' Foundation #190 Neutral (doubled as concealer too) & MAC Studio Fix Powder NC25
Only a bit of 4U2 Love Me More Blush M4 I know You (yes, I do ;))


Eyes: 
Coral, in the center of lids Black wings - Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 Palette
Glittery blue on outer corners is Mediterranean from Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette
Glitter is Peri Pera Twinkle Liquid Shadow in #002 Candy Cane
Black Kohl is Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Pencil 
Brown liner pencil on lower lash line is Lakme Eyeconic Pencil
Falsies (came in a set,forgot the brand name)

7/11/19

Favourite Shoes & TV Shows



Just a light-hearted post is for everyone who wants to know what tv shows I'm watching these days. But let's mix it up with my favorite things & props.

All are either on Netflix, Prime or Hotstar. I'll mark the ones I'm hooked to with a ☆


English:

✩ Fleabag ~ This is the funniest show I've ever watched! It's a British drama-comedy
I've only watched 5 episodes so far, and I laugh out loud every time. Watch it, ladies.

☆ Big Little Lies ~ Season 2 is a bit dullsville till now, hope it gets better.

Divorce ~ Just started watching. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Stranger Things ~ Currently on Season 2

7/5/19

Pimples? Then You NEED This Product!


How many social events did you have to attend with a massive cystic pimple, that you can't conceal? 
Maybe it's too painful, maybe it's too big, maybe you don't want to antagonize the little b*tch more with makeup.......

One time, in Dundee, before heading out, I thought about putting a piece of cotton & then a band-aid on top of one gross cystic pimple I had. I can't recall whether I really did it, though. Knowing me, I probably did not have band-aid.

You even dread people staring at it, because they say pimples/sty get bigger/worst.

Worry no more. Now we have the answer to all that: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch.

It will protect, peel & heal those damn pimples in no time!

The patches, that look like glue drops, are fantastic & really work. The also come in 3 sizes.

Ingredients

6/25/19

The Skincare Ingredient That Works Like A Charm


Have you ever used something, and thought, 'Where have you been all my life?!'

You use it on a recurrent skin problem - you'd even rubbed your own tears on this problem (just to see) -  and it's the ONLY product that showed immediate results?

C I C A

Real Name: Centella Asiatica
Nickname: Cica 


It is also called Tiger Grass, because tigers roll their bodies on it when they're wounded (Don't you just LOVE information about the wilderness like this?) How do the tigers know this, is what I'm wondering.

 Cica is dominating most of Korean skincare's Ingredients decks lately. The brand, Some By MI, has launched a serum made with Snail Mucin & Cica, and I can't wait to try that out!

I'm now using the Innisfree Bija Cica Balm, which has proven to me that it does work like a charm.

6/22/19

Anastasia Beverly Hills Now In India


I was (and still am) so bored with the beauty scene here in India, because everything on my wish list isn't available here. I hadn't bought an eyeshadow palette since the Revolution Flawless 4 Palette, like, over 1 year ago. I don't even want to go makeup shopping anywhere in this city anymore.

So, when news got out that Sephora India was bringing Anastasia Beverly Hills, or 'ABH', to our shores, I was like, "Ahhhh......water!"


6/15/19

Why Use An Eyelash Serum?


Apply Castor Oil.
Apply Vaseline.
Apply a mixture of castor, coconut & olive oils.
Eyelash surgery, where they'd sew individual hair on your eyelids.
....................
....................

I've read every article on eyelash thickening tips, but never tried any. I have never even seen Castor Oil in real life, but I swear I've been meaning to get it for my lashes since I was 18 years old!

I've only tried using Vaseline, which did improve the density of my lashes, but it always made my vision blurry when it got inside my eyes.....

....and now, I'm finally using the Etude House My Lash Serum....


This lash serum seem to be very popular, and it's one product with a lot more good reviews than bad ones. I think it's because it's not an overpriced eyelash product, that arouses high expectations. Everybody can try it, and keep buying it - like a convenience store lip balm.


Ingredients (taken from Etude House website)Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, ethanol, glycerin, phenoxyethanol, polyacrylic acid, tromethamine, blood not -32, blood not -6, disodium this dithiol this (???), dangyak extract, carbonate, biotin, sodium hyaluronidase, Maltodextrin, Ginseng Extract, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, iris extract, Aloe Vera leaf extract, Yellow No. 4.

*I see no Parabens on this list, whereas I've seen some sites list the common parabens. So, I really don't know.

6/12/19

38 Years Old, A Romance Novel Life & Unending Shopping Addiction


Life's been more exciting than any vacation I've ever been on. 
Not necessarily good or perfect, and I fall down a lot, but when I'm up & my antennas aren't disrupted (and I dress up a bit), it's something else.

Hot & intense, unpredictable & 'Romance Novel-esque' ;)
(This is gonna prick some people..... *ahem*)

It's true what they say, life really does begin in your late 30's, because that's when you know, without a shadow of a doubt, who you really are & who/what you WANT.

These days, my soul screams for the things it craves at 3:55 am

Either that, or Ziizayne has kicked me in his sleep again.


As some of you know, my birthday happened too soon again, and I am officially 38 years old now.
  I know I'm 3 weeks late with my mandatory birthday post & it's been sitting idly in my drafts since.

So, for all of you waiting to see a Birthday Haul....

Aside from my entire outfit here, I collected some things before my birthday:


5/24/19

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink ~ POET, DREAMER, PHILOSOPHER, ROMANTIC


They're beautiful, but they are my least favorite liquid lipsticks, till date.

I was drawn to the shade range, but the formula is not one I want in a liquid lipstick - or any lipstick, for that matter.

They are too sticky, and feel sticky forever! Literally, like 50% dry paint. I dread sticking my top & bottom lips together when I'm wearing these, so I end up pouting like a fish.

BUT, they do last forever too. They are truly waterproof & are the hardest to wipe off - even at the end of the day. You'll need more than a tissue.
(Kudos to the ladies who do video swatches of these!)

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Swatches: Poet, Dreamer, Philosopher, Romantic


Poet & Dreamer are my favorites.

Philosopher makes me look like a corpse. 
(I got it when I was lilac-obsessed.)

Romantic is one of the most intense fuchsia pinks.

4/30/19

Serving You Some TEA......


Since some of you have been saying that I don't post personal stuff anymore, I thought I'd do a non-beauty related post, and serve you some rather tepid personal "TEA"......

  I'm functioning well again, after I finished watching Criminal Justice. I can sleep (almost) peacefully again.

  Made In Heaven is another TV show I was hooked too, but it didn't stress me out as much.

 If I gain weight, it's because of the coconut crackers in these pictures.

 I get up at 7:00 am to get Zii ready for school. Then I go to bed at either 12:00 am....or 4:00 am. 2019 is just gonna go *like that*, and I'll wake up one day & Zii is 10 years old.

♡ Speaking of Zii, he doesn't want to go back to school after ever weekend, so we have the same argument every Sunday night.

♡ It's my birthday month again. I'll turn 38, but currently feel about 42. Although I'm still drawn to kiddish things, as you can see.

♡ Somebody wrote: "LEARN TO PARK, FUCKER" on my car's bonnet, probably with a car key, or a coin. This was last year, and I'm now still driving around with that poetry.
  
On a positive note, I live in a world of unicorn coffee mugs, and heart-shaped teacup saucers, and lilac-coloured ice-cream....


Biscuits ~ Gone Mad Gery Coconut Crackers
(Really gone mad over these! I first tried the cheese ones, which are now in a cabinet, feeling neglected.)
Available on Amazon HERE.

Ice-Cream ~ London Dairy Ice-cream with Yogurt Berry Delight.
Available on Big Basket HERE.
(The berries-looking balls are actually those khatta-meetha thingies I picked up randomly from a store just because they looked like raspberries.)

Heart-shaped Candies ~ Heartbeat Lychee flavoured candies.. 
(Stolen from my son's stash.)

Tea ~ Brooke Bond Red Label. Favorite. Always.

Kiss Me Tea Cup & Heart Saucer ~ I bought from a Hallmark in my hometown.

Crystal Dessert Spoon ~ Daiso Japan. More pics HERE.

Macaron Spoon ~ Came with a pink ice-cream tumbler.






Speak again soon! ♥




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