Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: Open Eyed Meditations by Shubha Vilas

Meditation is said to calm you down, clear your mind and help you stay happy inside out. There are many saints who guide you towards that state of calm. There are umpteen apps out there to help you meditate too.

I have tried to meditate to accept things life offers that my psyche just simply cannot accept and digest. Instead of hurting myself through suppressed anger I have tried different means of meditation but have not been successful.

And then the title of a book really caught my attention - Open Eyed Mediations by Shubha Vilas

Open Eyed Meditation by Shubha Vilas
Open Eyed Meditation by Shubha Vilas

Now I always heard that for a successful meditation one must sit in a proper poster, close there eyes, focus on their breathing or listen or chant certain words. Someone suggesting that meditation could be possible with open eyes was intriguing.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Water Decal Butterfly And BPS Clear Jelly Stamper Nail Art

When I first saw a clear jelly stamper I knew this would be another milestone in the way I stamped. When I first got my hands on it, I was thrilled, and the reasons are quite obvious.

Water Decal Butterfly And BPS Clear Jelly Stamper Nail Art
Water Decal Butterfly And BPS Clear Jelly Stamper Nail Art

A clear jelly stamper allows you to clearly see where you are placing the stamp pattern on your nail. And what this essentially means is that you have full control when you are doing double stamping, infact now you can go ahead and stamp multiple designs one over the other placing them carefully to create the pattern you so desire.

The clear jelly stamper I have is from born pretty store and comes with two scrapers.

BPS Clear Jelly Stamper
BPS Clear Jelly Stamper

Saturday, February 4, 2017

How To Do A Facial At Home Using Inveda Facial Kits

How To Do A Facial At Home Using Inveda Facial Kits
How To Do A Facial At Home Using Inveda Facial Kits

A facial is very relaxing when done at the parlour by a trained professional. But for women like me who are always short on time for self pampering, INVEDA has launched easy to use home facial kits.

Last year when I was traveling to the US and wanted something that I could take with me for an instant lift me up for my skin, I took along two variants - The Argan Oil & Dragon Fruit facial kit, and the passion fruit and silk protein facial kit.

Ingredients of Inveda Facial Kits
Ingredients of Inveda Facial Kits

These INVEDA facial kits include ingredients like Passion Fruit Oil which protects from damange caused by free radicals, argan oil, panax ginseng extract which improve complexion, ashwagandha extract that prevents fine lines and works against blemishes; Vitamin C known for its action against hyperpigmentation; Vitamin B3 - a very common ingredient in skin care treatments, dragan fruit extract to fight signs of aging etc.

Each kit is priced at Rs 225

Both the kits are very similar and I'll be using pictures of the Passion Fruit & Silk Protein facial kit for this review.

INVEDA facial kits come in a small box with 5 sachets each. This is a one time use facial kit consisting of a cleansing cream, a face scrub, a massage cream, a face pack and a protective serum.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Chrome Nail Trend - How To Use Chrome Powder Without Gel Polish

Shiny, mirror like nails are a huge trend these days, To achieve the look you need to use what is called a chrome powder and a gel polish.

The Chrome Nail Trend - How To Use Chrome Powder Without Gel Polish
The Chrome Nail Trend - How To Use Chrome Powder Without Gel Polish
I am not too fond of gel polishes (though I love the final look!). I just find them tedious to do. While searching for how to use gel polish to create the chrome nail effect I came across which sells Chrome Powder and special top coat that allows you to do chrome nails without using a UV lamp. The products are from Sparkle & Co.

Sparkle and Co. Luxe Nails Chrome Nail Kit
Sparkle and Co. Luxe Nails Chrome Nail Kit

They have a complete kit which comes nicely packed in a black mesh bag. Inside the bag you get

Chrome Nails, no gel chrome nails
Sparkle and Co. Chrome Nail Kit

5 applicator sponge+brush duo
Sparkle & Co. Chrome Powder
Sparkle & Co. Top Pure
Sparkle & Co. Seal
5 nail tips
Instruction Card

The whole process of creating chrome nails is quite simple.
First you need to apply your preferred shade of regular polish. I chose to use black. Once the polish dried I applied an even coat of the Top Pure top coat. Then sit back and let it dry completely - it took slightly longer to dry as compared to my normal top coats. The texture of Top Pure is almost like a gel polish top coat but you don't need to cure it under a UV light or LED lamp.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

FACES Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayons: Put-Me-On, Divine-Rose and Girl-Next-Door Swatches

FACES has come out with a few more shades in their Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayon range. For a full review on the texture and longevity of these crayons you can read my review on Midnight Rose

FACES Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayons: Put-Me-On, Divine-Rose and Girl-Next-Door Swatches

A quick recap - these crayons come with a plastic cap, the pencil is the same color as the product and their texture is extremely smooth and creamy.

I have 3 shades from their latest launch. These are Put Me On, Divine Rose and Girl Next Door.

Put Me On is a gorgeous red with a pink undertone.
Divine Rose is a soft peach shade.
Girl Next Door is a vivacious pink with blue undertones

FACES Ultime Pro Matte Lip Crayons: Put-Me-On, Divine-Rose and Girl-Next-Door Swatches

Lighter shades do tend to enhance dry lips so it is important to moisturize your lips before using any matte product.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

7 Things To Do In Ooty - Scotland of the East

Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is known as the Scotland of the East.
You can picture it as quaint and cold with a calming atmosphere which is reminiscent of Scotland. After a short Air Asia flight to Bangalore, you can reach Ooty easily by driving for a while. For a travel seeker, there are several hotels in Ooty to choose from, based on your budget and duration of stay.

With lush green mountain scape, vast grasslands, sprawling tea gardens and cool weather, Ooty packs a lot for a simple hill station. Known for its pleasant surroundings and welcoming people, it’s perfect for outdoor travel.

Here are 7 things that you can do when in Ooty:

travel, ooty, hill station, air asia,

Visit the Botanical Garden

Home to some of Ooty’s most stunning flowers and exotic plants, this botanical garden will simply leave you in awe. For those with green thumbs, you begin to appreciate the gardens even more. Look out for sculpted shrubs and hedges, rose gardens, picnic spots and walking areas.

Monday, January 23, 2017

5 Must Have Kurta Styles

Kurtas are a staple in every girls wardrobe. Whether you look at the girl next door or idolize the ease with which celebrities like Deepika Padukone make the Kurta look ever so chic, a kurta brings in comfort like no other garment.

I love wearing kurtas to work, to the market and specially for a get together with traditional attire as the dress theme.

Here are 5 must have Kurta styles that will ensure your wardrobe is ready for any occasion.

1. The Straight Cut Kurta 
A straight cut kurta suits all body shapes. It elongates your silhouette and gives a crisp appearance. This is highly suited for work as well as a formal setting. You can bling it up or tone it down as per the occasion. To give it a twist, team it with pants instead of a churidar.
5 Must Have Kurta Styles

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Epilation: 10 Moments You Won’t Have To Miss If You’re Smooth

You all know how much I love my epilators, from the Silk Epil  to the Face Epilator from Braun, I've reviewed and shared my love for these gadgets that make life so much easier!

Here is a fun read from Braun on 10 moments in life that you won't have to miss if you are smooth and fuzz free. Enjoy!

It’s the worst! A last minute opportunity to have fun… an invite from friends, a fun party, a smoothie with your crush…but you have to miss out because you’re, how do we put it, not at your smoothest! We hate those in-between days when stubble means you can’t wear your favorite outfit, or you just feel you have to say no to that exciting invitation.

Here we celebrate 10 moments you won’t have to miss out on if your skin is smooth; because with Braun epilators, you can be silky smooth at a moment’s notice!

New bikini? Check. Shades? Check. Smooth skin? Check. Now we’re ready to dive right in!
Epilation: 10 Moments You Won’t Have To Miss If You’re Smooth

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Envy Box - #Getup&Boogie New Year 2017 Edition

If you are still in the new year celebration mood then here is just the little box to make your day!

My Envy Box came out with a party themed box for January 2017. Here's a look at the lovely looking box and its goodies!

02C2, essence mascara, lip gloss, bombay perfumery

You can subscribe to the box or purchase just a month's box at - use the coupon OEWSHILPA to avail 15% off

And here are all the details about the contents.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Makeup And Jewelry Sale

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  1. All the products shown below are either brand new or used 2-3 times
  2. Sale is open to people with a valid Indian address
  3. Sale will be on first-come first-serve basis
  4. Please comment below with the product you are interested in and drop a mail to with the SUBJECT: BLOG SALE
  5. Payment must be made within 24 hours (PAYTM and NEFT both are accepted)
  6. If the first buyer doesn’t make a payment product will go to the second bidder.
  7. Shipping is Rs 50 for anywhere in India (in case of any change buyer will be notified upon product confirmation)
  8. Tracking Details will be provided, and no claim for any loss or damage during the transit will be entertained.
  9. Once payment is received, product will be shipped within 1-2 days.
  10. Pictures show the true product state, you can check swatches on the blog where available or google online.
  11. Products will be sanitized before dispatch

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