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Meet The Bloggers: Jeevitha From "Of Pretty Things"

Jeevitha Cyril of "Of Pretty Things" On Meet The Bloggers

You know the best part about Meet The Bloggers?It not only gives a platform to newbies and even established bloggers to advertise and let us know about their blogs but also for readers of ISLM to know about up and coming blogs. Of course you guys already knew this but what you didn't know was how it helps me discover newer blogs and the days I am like getting super bored at office, I scroll back to all the old Meet The Blogger editions and visit each site one by one... It's like therapy...
Honestly guys... I love you all :) You are like family now...

Why am I getting all soppy and sentimental today has got no rational reason behind it... It's just one of those days when you feel extremely grateful to God for being there for you and when you feel really thankful to everyone you know for giving you so much love...

REVIEW: MUA Undress Me Too Palette

Review of MUA Undress Me Too Palette
Guest Post By: Shabby

Well don't know about you guys but since Urban Decay has launched NAKED and NAKED II palette and NARS their famous ORGASM blush I feel the Beauty World has become rather obsessed with these cheeky and catchy names for their products. So when I heard MUA's UNDRESS ME TOO palette was a dupe for the NAKED II from Urban Decay I simply had to get it. Well one more reason was that I was not ready to shell out 40$ for the naked one.

Well read on to know what I feel

Slow Down Signs of Aging with Antioxidants

Antioxidants And Their Role In Anti-aging         
Guest Post By Nicki Anderson

Although antioxidants have been around for a number of years, many people are unsure of the real benefits. You’ve likely purchased products that promote antioxidants. However, you may wonder if you’re actually getting any benefits at all? The truth is antioxidants offer numerous benefits and can easily be obtained through a healthy diet.

Entry #17 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Dipti

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #17 - By Dipti

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 seventeenth entry by Dipti... This is her third entry...

Bridal Beauty: Tutorial For A Bridal Eye Makeup That Goes With Everything

LOTD & Tutorial: Indian Bridal Eye Makeup
Marriages they say are made in heaven. Weddings on the other hand are a result of conspiratorial planning, procrastination, deep analysis and a balancing act of keeping all parties concerned placated. Trust me when I say that I speak out of experience! My wedding had three communities involved and myriads of people directly or indirectly being affected. As a result for me my wedding was somewhat like an Annual Day function in school wherein I was rushing off to my dressing room every hour to change. I changed 3 outfits during my wedding ceremony in 4 hours flat! 

Bombay Shopping...

My Tiny Shopping From Bombay

My trips to Bombay have always been special... There is something about the city... But last Saturday when I was on my way to the Metropolis, I couldn't help but feel a little shudder... The city that I once knew to be safe for it's women was now somewhere lost in the gruesome crime that was committed on Thursday... I wasn't really sure if I would feel the same for the city anymore and I knew for sure that I would be on high alert every time I crossed Parel/Mahalaxmi...

Entry #16 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Kasturi

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #16 - By Kasturi

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 sixteenth entry by Kasturi... This is her second entry...

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Should Women Be Obligated To Wax/Shave?

Women And The History of Hair Removal
Guest Post By: Catherine
Do you think women have an obligation to keep their legs shaved?" It's one of the more controversial questions posed by popular dating website OK Cupid, which determines potential mates based on compatible answers.

One dating blogger identifies the catch-22 of this particular question: like many men, he prefers the look and feel of a clean-shaven leg - but he finds the implications of a depilatory "obligation" unsettling. For men and women alike, the problems of female body hair and its removal are implicitly intertwined with gender equality. As Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman discusses, many women are uncomfortable baring body hair, but they too are equally unwilling to condemn it.

Entry #15 For Bring Out Your Inner DIva Makeup Contest - By Dipti

Bring Out Your Inner DIva Makeup Contest Entry #15 - By Dipti
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 fifteenth entry by Dipti... This is her second entry...

Makeup Masterclass By Natasha Nischol In Association With Lakme Absolute - My Learnings...

Some Tips & Tricks I Saw At The Lakme Makeup Masterclass

As you all might know by now Lakme had arranged for a Makeup Masterclass of sorts to help us bloggers to get to know the intricacies of makeup and what goes behind achieving a classy and a beautiful look. The session was conducted by Natasha Nischol and she worked her magic on the gorgeous Sarah Jane Dias.

Natasha showed us how we can easily transition from a day look to a night avatar wearing a Red lipstick and the transformation was really amazing... I wont really get into all the details about the steps and the products used as they have already been blogged about by other bloggers who were there...

Entry #14 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Poonam

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #14 - By Poonam

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 fourteenth entry by Poonam... This is her second entry...

The Week That Was (LOTD & Tutorial): I Am So Loving Nudes & Neutrals...

The Week That Was: My Regular Makeup From Last Week...

Ladies... I have had the most fabulous weekend ever all thanks to Lakme for arranging a superb session of makeup masterclass with Natasha Nischol and Sarah-Jane Dias and of course to my amazing and uber-cool fashion blogger friend Abhilasha of LookingGoodFeelingFabwho personally knows Sneha Arora (yup the designer!) and hence got us some front row seats for her show at the Lakme Fashion Week. But more about it later...

Entry #13 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Sandhya

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #13 - By Sandhya
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 thirteenth entry by Sandhya... 

Entry #12 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Dipti

Bring Out Your Inner iva Makeup Contest Entry #12 - By Dipti

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 twelfth entry by Dipti...

REVIEW: Chambor Hydra Max Eye Renewal Cream

Chambor Hydra Max Eye Renewal Cream Review
Guest Post By: Raunak
With all the beauty bloggers and you tube gurus telling us how we can keep our under eye area healthy and TRY to keep wrinkles away is by taaking care of the area from our early 20s on, I have used an eye cream since I turned 21 and plain castor oil even before that age.
I still go back to using castor oil for North Indian winters or break a capsule of Evion 200 or 400 and apply it under and over my eyes and around my nose.
The best what I have found to work for my skin, eye lashes growth and eye brow growth is castor oil but it gets very messy to apply because castor oil is the thickest oil have ever come across.

Reader Query: Blush Recommendations For NC42 (Warm & Medium/Indian) Skintone

ISLM Recommendations for Blushes that suit Medium (NC42) Skintone

Lydia asks,
Hello Ladies,
I m in love with blushes these days. Can you recommend some for NC42

Blushes transform your look and has the ability to brighten up your face and take your look from a mere 5 to a sizzling 10... I realized their significance a little late in life but since the day I did, I haven't looked back...

Entry #11 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Rmyah

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #11 - By Rmyah

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 eleventh entry by Rmyah...

Bridal Beauty: Makeup For Pre-Wedding Functions Like Sangeet & Mehendi

Makeup Tips For Pre-Wedding Ceremonies Like Sangeet Or Mehendi

In the excitement of the impending wedding, we often trivialize and in some cases even overlook our makeup for pre-wedding functions like Sangeet, Mehendi, various Poojas and the like. Of course in front of the actual wedding ceremony these little functions mean very little but they do form an important and an integral part of the whole regalia...

Entry #10 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Tejinder

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #10 - By Tejinder

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 tenth entry by Tejinder...

Experiments: Another Go At Neutral Makeup & My Struggles With My Canon Ixus...

My Experiments With My Canon Ixus 255 HS And Neutral Makeup

You know what is the most frustrating thing that can happen to a beauty blogger? At least to me? Take all the time in the world to choose an outfit, accessories, do your makeup that actually turns out beautiful and then your camera fails you! Yes it simply fails you... The worst part? It even tricks you!

Entry #9 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Kasturi

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #9 - By Kasturi
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 ninth entry by Kasturi...

Entry #8 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Parita

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #8 - By Parita

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 eighth entry by Parita...

REVIEW: Ponds BB+ Cream

Review of Ponds BB+ Cream
Guest Post By: Marianne
I live in a place where there is no MAC, no Inglot, no stand-alone beauty store. Even Colorbar and Maybelline are pretty difficult to get here! This means I don’t get to try out new launches, except if I resort to online shopping (which, more often than not, results in disappointments with shade mismatches and the like). So, when I saw the Pond’s BB cream on the shelves at a supermarket, that too just days after its launch, I jumped and bought it immediately without even bothering to read any info or reviews on it!

Review: Anne French Tender Care Creme Hair Remover

Review of Anne French Tender Care Creme Hair Remover

Imagine this... You just got a call from your bestie on a Saturday night telling you that your ex has been rumored to be seen with his current at this uber awesome club and that you should also make an appearance to you know scope out the scene... You slam the phone down and open your wardrobe to look for something slinky and hot and yet something that spells casual and chic... You zero onto your black, lace shorts from Zara that you got the other day and find a sheer, cream top to go with it...

REVIEW & NOTD: Maxfactor Nailfinity Disco Pink & Maybelline Colorama Marinho

Mini Review of Maxfactor Disco Pink & Maybelline Colorama Marinho

Guest Post By: Manu
I believe Mix-n-Match does add some spice to your life from the boring monotony. For a person like me, blue and pink adds brightness, why? Blue being “his” favorite and Pink being mine :P I know pretty cheesy reasoning, but for me this be it . 

Experiments: My No Kajal No Eyeliner Look!

Eye Makeup With No Kajal & No Eyeliner

A few days ago, leafing through glossy pages of a fashion magazine, I came across this look there the model had a no-makeup look on... I mean it was apparent that she was wearing makeup but the obvious tell tale signs of kajal, eyeliner, bronzer, lipstick was missing... Instead her eyes were defines using nude shades of eyeshadows, her cheeks had a natural rosy flush and her lips were made to look gorgeous all thanks to nude lip liners and transparent glosses...

Meet The Blogger: Arpita of Indian Beauty Center

Meet The Blogger: Arpita Of IndianBeautyCenter

Wow! Here we are again on a Saturday morning (late morning) introducing yet another notable newbie blogger and bringing you guys another episode of Meet The Bloggers... I am amazed at how fast time is flying... We are well within August... Just another month to my Birthday and then Diwali and then the New Year! Whoa! And hence, instead of blah blah-ing some more, lemme make haste introduce to you all today's featured blogger... Arpita...

Come lets get to know a little more about Arpita of IndianBeautyCenter

Entry #7 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Eesha

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #7 - By Eesha

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 seventh entry by Eesha...

Entry #6 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Shreya

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #6 - By Shreya

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 sixth entry by Shreya...

Contest Entry: As Beautiful As Your Work

As Beautiful As Your Work... For Mia By Tanishq... A Contest...

Something was not right... The moment our eyes met, I knew she had been crying... I felt guilty for doing this to her... Partly atleast... I asked her if she was really so unhappy and she just looked at me expressionless... Her eyes were blank and her lips quivering... I knew she was going to cry again... She then rushed to her room, leaving me feeling cold... I wished I could make her understand...

A week passed and she seemed better. The crying had stopped but her smile was still missing... My baby sister was miserable and I could do nothing about it...

LOTD: Featuring Soultree Color Riche Lipstick in Java Brown

Makeup Featuring Soultree Color Riche Lipstick in Java Brown

What does one do when you get sent a lipstick as a PR sample in a shade that you don't really wear? Well I was left at the lurch with a similar situation and I was totally out of ideas about what kind of a look should be done with a brown lippy... If you like the ISLM Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, you'd now realise the motive behind me asking you all to help me with eye shadow ideas that would go with a brown lippy... Aha! So thanks to you all for your ideas and thanks to Soultree for sending me the lippy sample, I am now ready to present to yo guys the look :)

Entry #5 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Sugandha (Again!)

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #5 - By 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 fifth entry by Sugandha... This is Sugandha's 2nd entry for the contest :)

LOTD: Featuring Maybelline Colorsensational Bold Matte Lipstick MAT4

Mini Review & Look Featuring Maybelline Colorsensational Bold Matte MAT4 Lipstick


My face has two sides... Of course we all do... But somehow while on one hand, one side of my face is normal, the other on the other hand is "bitchy"... Nah nah am not saying I am bitchy, what I am trying to say here is that the left side of my face looks bitchy! Somehow it does... No logic there...
So you guys'll realise that I rarely ever show the other side of my face... But while taking pictures for this post and then editing them, I decided to show you guys my other side and leave it to you all to come to a conclusion about it :P

On The Cover: Alia Bhatt on Harper's Bazaar August 2013

Alia Bhatt On The Cover of Harper's Bazaar India August 2013


During my teenage years and my early 20s, Cosmopolitan was a staple for me every month... It still is... But by the time I hit my mid-twenties, a couple of other mags joined the party and today, no month for me is over until I have read and re-read the month's Cosmo, Vogue, Grazia and Harper's Bazaar. This reminds me I need to get hold of Grazia and Cosmopolitan for this month...

The Cosmopolitan this month is especially a MUST-BUY cause of Cynthia of IndianVanityCase winning the Cosmo Beauty Blog Award and being chosen to be a jury member in Cosmopolitan's beauty panel with Mehak of PeachesAndBlush... Isn't it exciting to see your favorite beauty bloggers reach such new heights? :)

Entry #4 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Manu

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest #4 - By Manu

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 fourth contestant Manu...

Bridal Beauty: Makeup For An Indian (Night) Wedding - Tips & Tricks (Part 1)

Tips & Tricks For Doing Your Own Wedding Makeup (Night Ceremony)

India is a country of diverse cultures and hence observes myriads of traditions and practices... One that I am going to talk about today is the time of the wedding ceremony... From the night time festivities of North Indian weddings, to the early morning ceremonies seen in the Deccan region, to the early evening celebrations in the North-East, our country sure knows how to do weddings any time of the day!

And lucky for us, I got this brainwave to do posts on Bridal Makeup for each type of Mahurat...

Meet The Blogger: Renu of My Beauty Junction

Meet The Blogger: Renu of My Beauty Junction

Aha! This is that time of the week when I get down to introduce to you all yet another notable newbie blogger who is not only vivacious and funny, but also fabulously passionate about makeup and all things pretty :) She has always been a tomboy she claims but one look at her blog and she seems to be anything but...

Come lets get to know Renu of My Beauty Junction

On The Cover: SriDevi For Vogue India August 2013

Sridevi on The Cover For Vogue India August 2013

They are calling it "The Ageless Issue" and with good measure after all their cover this month is being graced by the eternally beautiful Sridevi... The Vogue India August 2013 issue surprised us, well at least me by choosing Sridevi to grace their cover and no I am not complaining... I am just wondering if this will start the trend of other fashion magazines following suit and getting ageless and evergreen actresses like Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia and Neetu Singh to grace their covers next...

Just a thought :)

Entry #3 For Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest - By Poonam

Bring Out Your Inner Diva Makeup Contest Entry #3 - Poonam

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 third contestant Poonam...

Reader Request: Lipstick Shades to Suit NC42

Lipstick Shades To Suit NC42

Abidha asks...
Hi Samyukta,

I have been following your blog for sometime now. I really love how you care about girls with low budget and do looks for them.

I do have a question running through my mind for sometime now...I tried to get help from ladies at the counters from maybelline, mac, inglot, chanel, etc.. but they are just interested in making me buy something somehow than help me.

Now to my question: I have only used brownish nude lipstick till now. I want to try some color on my lips like red and pink. I am shade NC42. I always thought red lipsticks are only for fair people. But I read one of your posts where you said red lips are for all. And then I see your pics with such gorgeous lippies (as you call them). I am truly inspired and want to try...but how will I find one if no one will help me..

Please do tell me what colors would suit my skin shade. I would truly and sincerely appreciate your help. God bless

The Week That Was #4: Flushed And Natural Makeup

LOTD: Simple And Easy Everyday Makeup Look

Hola Chicas! I am finally settling into my daily grind once again and I am at last getting over the weekend vacation hangover... In addition this week is going really well with a lot of good news coming in and Pune seeing the sun again! Yayeee :)

CULT STATUS: Repurchases From The Body Shop

My Repurchases: The Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream & Intense Moisture Cream
So... I get these pangs to meet my sister on and off... You know how it is with sisters right :) So this time on I planned a weekend trip to Bangalore to spend some quality time with my baby sister and just relax... But God had other plans and we spent the weekend doing all sorts of things...

From an overnight camping trip at the foot of Savanadurga to climbing it (it is one of the largest monolithic hills in Asia), from spending the night in tents to getting lost in the interiors of Karnataka in torrential rain, from eating voraciously to shopping like a maniac and finally ending up missing my flight back home even while arriving at the airport 1 hour before departure, the weekend at Bangalore was FABULOUS! Plus the weather! Wow the weather... You Bangaloreans reading this post are one lucky lot! :D

Celebrity Makeup: Dia Mirza And Her Makeup Mishap

Something Is Not Right With Dia Mirza's Makeup... Can You Spot It?

Dia Mirza is a stunning lady. She has impeccable style. Her smile always shines though. Her makeup is always perfect... Always until today...

Meet The Blogger: Tanika Gandhi of Makeup Diaries Bombay

Meet The Blogger: Tanika Gandhi of Makeup Diaries Bombay

And here we are ladies and gentlemen with yet another fabulous episode of Meet The Bloggers where every Saturday I bring to you a new blogger whom we all get to know better, together... Our today's guest for the feature is this super gorgeous and extremely sweet Tanika... She is from Bombay and blogs about everything beauty :)

So lets get to know more about her :)

Bridal Beauty: Should You Do Your Wedding Makeup On Your Own?

Hire A Bridal Makeup Artist or You Be Your Own Makeup Artist

I remember when I was getting married, there were tons of things that needed last minute touch ups... But not my makeup... My Kanjeevaram needed another pin, I needed to change my heels at the last moment, I had to adjust my jewellery, the pallu of my lehenga kept slipping, the potloi that I wore for the pheras needed an extra hand to be carried and the most hilarious of all, the pati's pagdi needed attention almost all throughout the ceremony, it just refused to stay in place! But my makeup stayed true to me... It did not budge, it did not smudge and it did not get washed away... Mind you I got married in June, during the peak monsoon season in Bombay and even the humidity that mother nature bestowed upon me (as a wedding gift?) couldn't undo my makeup...

I am extremely proud of that :)

REVIEW: MAC Cream Blush in LadyBlush

Review of MAC Cream Blush in LadyBlush
Guest Post By: Rmyah
These days I’m hoarding blushes… So much that I keep forgetting the ones I already have for the ones that are fresh entrants to my kitty. One such forgotten beauty was my dearly beloved first MAC blush… I cannot even believe I forgot about this one.
For many, their first blushes remain cherished, same is the case with me… My love for blushes started with this darling of mine called “Ladyblush”.