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Bridal Beauty: LOTD, Basic Questions Addressed and Some Tips & Tricks

Bridal Beauty -  A New Section On I Simply Love Makeup

Till a couple of days back I had no plans of starting this section on Bridal Beauty... I am not really a huge fan of wedding extravaganzas, intricate designer bridal lehengas or huge jadau ornamental sets... I am more of a minimalist where marriage is concerned and hence I am not sure if I would be able to do justice to the to-be brides who are looking for help in beauty and makeup and planning for a Bollywood style wedding ceremony... 

Entry #2 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Shilpa

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Contest Entry #2 - Shilpa

Walking the red carpet is a dream that many of us secretly fantasize about. I Simply Love Makeup in collaboration with Inglot gives you a chance to Bring Out Your Inner Diva by participating in this makeup contest and standing a chance to win glorious Inglot goodies...

Out of the entries, in no particular order I am presenting to you all our second contestant Shilpa...

Makeup For The Annual Day Celebrations in College

Makeup Look For The Annual Day Celebrations in College

One of the most enjoyable and hence the most looked forward times during college was the Annual Function we had. It was a week long affair and it meant no studies, loads of timepass, practice sessions (if you were participating in something), loading up on junk food and attending all the fashion shows, orchestras, dramas and a host of other activities... But the most sought after event would be the dance night/evening, when the whole campus turned into a club (of sorts) and DJ mixed numbers would blare out of stacked up speakers and we would pretend to be high on Rasna and lemon squashes and dance the night away...

Tiny MAC Purchases and Rants...

My Tiny MAC Purchases & ISLM Rants

It has been raining here in Pune (and Mumbai) non stop since a month now and we have been left pining for the sun... I have found an escape route... I plan on traveling to Bangalore just for some sun and get back to the daily, rainy grind of Pune all soaked up... Just the thought cheers me up and I am getting this queer urge to start humming Soak Up The Sun by Sheryl Crow ♪♪♫...

But no amount of rain can stop best friends from meeting up and catching up on gossip and some well deserved shopping... Thus this Sunday saw the three of us, two besties (P & K) and me meet up for lunch at German Bakery (newly renovated after the blast) and some MAC shopping :) One of the besties (K) stays in the US and she has a hard time finding MAC foundation shades for herself there... It seems finding NC shades is a little tough there and hence (being a responsible beauty blogger), I took up the whole responsibility of making sure she finds her true shade and …

REVIEW: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart Valentine

Review of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain In Sweetheart Valentine
Guest Post By: Shabby

Well guys if you still don't know about the Revlon kissable balm stains then you are missing a great product big time. This is one product which has taken both the international as well as Indian blog-o-sphere like a rage. These are basically balms with colors but not your average tinted balms these leave a stain your lips and also these are glossy. Interested?

Meet The Bloggers: Apoorva of Get Set Blush

Meet The Bloggers: Apoorva of Get Set Blush
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to yet another episode of Meet The Bloggers in Season 2 :) Now before I start with introducing today's blogger, let me first thank all of you for such an overwhelming response I received for the Meet The Bloggers form that is now shared with you all to fill up and enable us all to know about you and your blog :)

So... Ladies and gentlemen today Apoorva of Get Set Blush is being featured... Let get to know her a little more :)

Entry #1 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Sugandha

Bring Out Your Inner Diva - Makeup Contest Entry #1 - Sugandha
Walking the red carpet is a dream that many of us secretly fantasize about. I Simply Love Makeup in collaboration with Inglot gives you a chance to Bring Out Your Inner Diva by participating in this makeup contest and standing a chance to win glorious Inglot goodies...

Out of the entries, in no particular order I am presenting to you all our first contestant Sugandha...

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: I Find Dove Ads Disturbing...

Why I Am Not A Huge Fan of Dove Ads

I know this post of mine might just whip up a storm but I truly mean what I wrote in the title.

Dove ads are disturbing...

Keeping my fear of creating controversies aside (I just hate confrontations and heartburn), let me delve deeper into my feelings and elucidate on what I am trying to say here...

Back To College: Everyday Makeup For College

College Appropriate Makeup With Maybelline
College days they say never come back... It is for most of us the best days of our lives... And honestly, nothing can beat the fun, the feeling of partial independence, the all grown up feeling and the feeling of finally starting to stand up on our own feet. Add to that friends that you make for life, moments of coy flirting with the guys in the "other" class and the hope and expectations one has from life to come and you have summed up College Life for most of us :)

Basics of Eye Makeup: Winged Eye Liner, Types And Tutorial

How To Master The Winged Liner Look

Winged liners have got to be one of the most successful resurgent trends in makeup history and not without merit. It has the ability to glam up your look like nobody's business... Hence, ladies if you haven't yet joined the "revolution", leave everything you are doing right now and jump onto the bandwagon...
I hope this Winged LinerTutorial comes to aid :)

EOS Lip Balm... I Jumped Onto The Bandwagon Too!

Preview of the EOS Lip Balm...
In my head, temptation strikes in two ways... One where it makes you go "OMG OMG OMG OMG it's so pretty... I want it too..." and the other that makes you squeal "awwwww cheeeeee, that's so cute... I want it too..."
And well the EOS lip balm invariably fell into the latter category.

Get Featured On Meet The Bloggers...

There is so much happening in my life right now... Ok they aren't really really happening but I have so much going on inside my head and I want to do so many things that I feel 24 hours in a day is just not enough. Hi5 if you feel the same way sometimes...
I am now looking at leveraging my Personal Style Blog. If you already didn't know about it, its called Vogue Wooed and you can check it out here...

Featuring: Kryolan Professional Lipstick in LC107

Featuring: Kryolan Professional Lipstick in Shade LC107
It has been raining incessantly here for the past few weeks... We haven't seen the sun in ages and the days are gloomy as hell (I am assuming hell is dull, grey and sad)... Nothing makes me crankier and cribbier than the rains and I am having the toughest time trying to keep from snapping at everyone who tries to talk to me... And thus to keep myself sane and of course the others "safe", I have been indulging in bright pink lipsticks in the hope that it would help me cheer up at least for a tiny bit...

My Look For Maybelline's InstaGlam...

My Look For Maybelline's InstaGlam Page
Who doesn't love leafing through pages after pages of sheer glossy fashion and runway trends... So while leafing through one of the various fashion mags I subscribe to, I chanced upon an ad of Maybelline Hi Shine Lip Glosses. The product is fabulous no doubt but what really caught my eye was the makeup on the model and the way she had posed for the picture... It just kept running through my mind for days to come...

Shopping When Down In The Dumps... I Stopped! How and Why?

Finding Alternate Means of Lifting One's Spirits and Shopping Isn't One of Them!  My Story...
I make it a point to never go shopping when I am feeling low.

Yeah I know!

It totally defies the logic we women live by but this is a conscious decision I took about 4 years back with a lot of deliberation. Like all such history making and logic defying decisions, this too has a story behind it and to truly understand the workings of my mind, you will need to go back a few years (or fast forward your life in some cases) and come to a point in time where you received your first pay check/salary.

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Is Blogging Dictating My Social Networking Habits?

Coffee Break With ISLM: Blogging & Social Networking Platforms
Facebook and Twitter are wonderful platforms. The moment I open my eyes in the morning, instead of kissing the pati a good morning, I roll over to my phone and check the latest updates that I have received and people have shared with me on the aforementioned social networking platforms. It gives me a gist of who is wearing what today, who wore what yesterday (guilty!), whose blogger is giving them trouble, who is switching to an alternate blogging platform, who is a Forest Essentials fan, who is a TBS addict (guilty again!), who got themselves new lippies, who is traveling where (ummmm yeah that's me again!) and well who attended which event...

REVIEW: The Body Shop Rainforest Coconut Hair Oil

Review of The Body Shop Rainforest Coconut Hair Oil
The pati and I have this ritual, where once a week we both take turns and give the other a rigorous champi... The day varies, the oil varies but the USP is the same... Pamper the other to in turn receive a little pampering yourself... The hair oil that we have been using in the past ranged from the Parachute Coconut Hair Oil to Dove Elixir to even Bajaj Almond Drops... The scene however changed when we tried out The Body Shop Rainforest Coconut Hair Oil for the first time and haven't looked back since...

LOTD: Cut Crease Look Featuring MAC Patina & MAC Antiqued

Cut Crease Makeup Look With MAC Patina & MAC Antiqued
Oh I have so missed doing LOTD posts all this while. No doubt my vacation was simply Earth shattering, however nothing beats the thrill of doing a full face of makeup, clicking pictures and then seeing how they finally turn out to be on a big screen... Ok having mamma ke haathon ka kheer trumps all of that but then you do know what I mean right :)

CONTEST: Inglot Sponsored Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest

Contest Alert! Win Inglot Goodies...
With the Cannes Film Festival just over, we are left with a hangover of Red Carpet Looks... This Makeup Contest is to urge all readers of I Simply Love Makeup to tap into your dreams and bring out your inner divas by creating a Red Carpet worthy glamorous look.

Smokey Eyes... Bold Lips... Shimmer & Glitter... Unleash the drama and live the glamour...

The Basics of Eye Makeup: How To Groom Your Brows

Tutorial on How To Groom Your Eyebrows
I am back! And even though I have not been regular with blogging, I have missed you all like crazy! I swear... And to be fair I have been updating my Instagram pretty often so that you all have a peek of what I have been up to ;) If you still don't follow me on Instagram, I would urge you to do so at the earliest :) My Instagram handle is @isimplylovemakeup.

So anyways... My trip to Manipur was a blast and in all honesty my trips to my native state are always very close to my heart... However, I'll be talking about it in another post and I shall focus this post on the series of posts that I am doing on Basics of Eye Makeup.

Travel Diaries: ISLM Goes To Maipur #2. The journey...

On My Way To Manipur Via Kolkata...
Ok! So the chances are that by the time you guys read this post I would be most likely roaming the streets of this bustling city and showing the pati around, especially little landmarks near where I spent a very significant 3 years of my life... I lived here during the prime of my adolescence and hence there is this special yet unsaid bond that I share with this City of Joy called Kolkata.

On The Cover: Chitrangada Singh For The Grazia India July 2013 Issue

Chitrangada Singh's Makeup On The Cover of Grazia India July 2013 Issue
There is something about the Summer/Resort collection that always makes me want to run around naked in beach friendly attire, soaking in the sun, sipping coconut water (am off alcohol for a while) after another, letting my hair run wild with the sea breeze and simply living it... Well that's exactly the purpose of the aforementioned collection now isn't it?

Well Yeah...

Ask ISLM: Suggestions for Online Shopping Portals for Buying Makeup Brushes

Suggestions for Buying Makeup Brushes Online
Saba asks...
Hi, I love reading your reviews. I have a query. I live in j&k and I want to buy some really good brushes online. Please suggest me some quality brushes and how to buy them.

On The Cover: Anushka Sharma in Vogue India July 2013 Issue

Anushka Sharma on Vogue India July 2013 Cover
The cover of Vogue India's July 2013 issue simply beckons you... It is a fabulous cover, so summery, so cheery, so virginal... And the last adjective that I used in the previous sentence describes Anushka Sharma's (who graces the cover this month) makeup as well...

Beauty Tag: My Top 5 Lip Products

My Top 5 Lipsticks
Asking a Makeup fanatic to name her favorite product is a sin... It is outright cruel to expect her to choose a favorite out of her many favorites that she has very lovingly collected over a span of time... It is like asking a mother to choose her most special child... Ok, it isn't as dramatic as that but it is pretty close...
So when I was tagged by Renji of Makeupholic World to list my top 5 lip products, I was at a loss! Renji by the way is this gorgeous dusky beauty with large expressive eyes and lip swatches to die for and hence if you haven't been following her blog, then trust me you are losing out on some quality beauty blogging :)

Cult Status: My Recent Repurchases from The Body Shop And Olay

Recent Repurchases From The Body Shop And Olay
A few weekends ago, while I was in Bombay and meeting up with the girls (Anks, Neha & Raunak), amidst all the food, gossip and parking woes, we did talk some serious talk as well... One of such talks included Neha suggesting that I should do intermittent posts on Products I Repurchase... I loved the idea! I mean what better way to follow up a raving review than with a post that corroborates the fact that I indeed loved a product and recommend it wholeheartedly. And yes ladies, if I am repurchasing something then on ISLM we award it the Cult Status :D

Collaboration Post: Makeup for Office

Work Appropriate Makeup & Fashion In Collaboration With LookingGoodFeelingFab
One major perk of going to work in addition to the paycheck at the beginning of each month is the opportunity it gives me to get all dolled up... At least on the days I am up early ;) Honestly speaking, I find doing makeup for office more challenging than for when I am going partying or anywhere else for that matter... Why? Cause Office makeup requires a margin of deliberation and quite a lot of thought needs to go in in order to look Work appropriate...

ISLM Rants: Travel Friendly Containers Anyone?

Are you into travel friendly containers for toiletries and makeup?
I started with my packing yesterday... If you don't know as to why have I taken up this odious task of
packing up the favorites from my belongings and have started stuffing them in cramped boxes (read suitcases) that are generally stored in the overhead storage spaces, gathering dust and cobwebs, then you should first check this post of mine first... The previous sentence does make it sound like I hate packing doesn't it? Well yeah I do... I abhor packing and then unpacking :/ They are the worst verbs in my English grammar...

So anyways, keeping the post about what it is actually supposed to be... Travel Friendly Containers... Let's move ahead :)

Ask ISLM: Contouring Powders and Red Lipsticks for Fair Skin

Ask ISLM: Red Lipstick and Contouring Powder Suggestions for Fair Skin
Pooja asks...
Next week 3rd july is my anniversary and i love the way you do face contouring and red lips. I am fair skinned and was wondering if Lakme absolut moonlit highlighter would be a good choice for face contouring?or any other product better than that ?I also love Ruby Woo on your lips ...but i have thick lips that tend to dry...would it be a good pick or you would suggest some other red lipstick for me?Thanks in advance...

Travel Diaries: ISLM Goes to Manipur #1. A Little Introduction to Manipur...

An Upcoming Trip To My Hometown In Manipur
When people ask me about my hometown I am generally at a loss and I have a hard time deciding in my mind as to which city should I be telling them about... The flip side of being a fauji's kid with genes from a mix of communities, being married into a third community altogether and having settled in another city is this... So my reply basically depends on convenience and often I am seeing naming my hometown as the city that I know will receive a warmer reception ;) Thus my hometowns range from Bombay to Pune to Delhi to Nagpur to Imphal to Kolkata cause in all practicality I do belong to all of the cities mentioned above.

Featuring Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E123: Simple Blue Eye Makeup Look

Blue Eye Makeup Featuring Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E123
With the rupee doing an all time low, shopping online from foreign sites has almost ceased. I see people cribbing, feeling fidgety and still not be able to do anything about the shopping cravings. But Ellis Faas seems to have come to our rescue. They support currencies like USD, Euro, GBP and Indian Rupee for shopping online from their site! Can you believe it?
And if that wasn't enough, Ellis Faas provides free shipping to India as well. Now this is one brand that actually loves us ;)