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REVIEW: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Review of Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Guest Post By: Pranali

Finding your ‘Right’ foundation is much of a task. You get the texture right but the shade wrong and other hundred reasons to detest one single bottle that can change your life. (Yes. Makeup is life changing)
Voila! I’ve found my ‘Right’ Texture in a wrong shade. Bourjois Healthy Mix in 55 Beige Fonce or Dark Beige.  If you ever wondered or still wonder how naturally your skin can look even, kill the thought.

Tutorial & LOTD: Easy Festive Makeup Look For Diwali

Tutorial For A Easy Festive Makeup Look For Diwali

And ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the series of carefully planned, spaced and scheduled posts that will greet you for perhaps the whole coming week... Why? Many of you all may know that I am traveling to Delhi this week and will be in the city of the Red Fort! Hola! DILLI! Here I come!

But fret not! I have loads and loads of posts scheduled, ready to come your way and youw ont even know that I am not behind them! I promise :)

And what better way to start the series of scheduled posts than with my next look for Diwali that I feel is younger and more vibrant than the look I did yesterday. And yup its a tutorial!

Sponsored: Gorgeous Designer and Fashion Jewellery Online At Benna

Mesmerizing And Beautiful Fashion Jewellery Online At Benna

Let's be honest... However much we swoon over the latest Jimmy Choos, feign sickness to get off work to be a part of the first day sale at Zara or keep checking for the launch of the latest Limited Edition collection at MAC, the only thing (Ryan Gosling is an exception!) that has the power to make us go weak in our knees is jewellery. Classic, statement, designer, vintage or even thrifted, jewellery in all forms and under whatever category it falls in, is an instant attraction...
So don't blame me when I tell you about my latest find in shopping for jewellery online and you too fall for it hook, line and sinker...

LOTD: Wearable Festive Makeup For Diwali

Wearable and Yet A Festive Look For Diwali

More often than not, when deciding to do a look for the blog, I first work on it in my mind and then do it physically on myself... It somehow makes the execution simpler and also helps me decide on the outfit or at least a part of the outfit that I want to be visible... So a few days back while I was trying to figure out the various Diwali inspired looks that I wanted to do for ISLM, I decided on doing a very wearable look that even though bordered on neutral but looked every bit festive...

Sponsored: A Wardrobe Makeover With TFNC London

Get Yourself a New Wardrobe From TFNC London!

Come October and all I can think about is the promise of festivities... Diwali to New Years Eve, this quarter spells PARTY with a capital P. While shopping and getting my wardrobe ready for Diwali and the wedding regalia sees me doing umpteen visits to the local markets, for western wear I turn towards online shopping. So while going through the popular international online shopping sites, I chanced upon TFNC London and well I was blown away by their collection!

REVIEW: MUA Power Pout in Irreplaceable

Review of MUA Power Pout In Irreplaceable

Guest Review By: Shabby

Few things in life can never be replaced with anything, like the first Kiss, the love and care of parents and the first Love. No matter how hard we try nothing can replace the charm. Today we talk about MUA’s Power pout in shade Irreplaceable. While the shade says it’s Irreplaceable, let’s find out if it can really be an irreplaceable part of your vanity.

LOTD: Karwachauth and the Jazz

Makeup For Karwchauth 2013

One thing that you learn when you marry into a punjabi family is the perfect way of celebrating and observing karwachauth, full Bollywood style! And yes it's fun... Apart from the fasting and stuff, the whole rigmarole of getting dressed up, doing the kathaa, the pooja, the waiting for the chaand, berating it for being late and even the nakhras that we do when the pati insists you at least have a glass of water and you nod your head saying, "nahi abhi chaand nahi aaya hai" is all so Bollywood ;)

Meet The Bloggers: Revathy of Health N Beauty

Meet The Blogger, Revathy of Health N Beauty

Just the other day while going through ISLM's older posts (I don't do that often I swear), I realised how much the blog had grown over the years... The day I started ISLM, I was already writing for IMBB and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and the exposure ISLM got due to it. That is when I had decided I would go on and try to do the same and help out other blogs get exposure through ISLM. Of course it took time for me to conceptualize the section on Meet The Bloggers. But now that it is live, I hope it can serve as a platform for all bloggers to leverage it.

Keeping all sappy stories aside, I am today giving a shout out to Revathy of Health N Beauty and am urging you all to come and get to know her a little more (if you didn't already!)...

REVIEW: Bourjois Rose Exclusif Lip Gloss

Review of Bourjois Rose Exclusif Lip gloss

Guest Post By: Pranali

Some six months back, I was loitering around Bourjois Counter taking a deep look at the newly launched lipsticks. My eyes fell upon the Rose Exclusif, though I always wanted one. I was not wearing any makeup at all, I tried and Voila! It just bought out the rosiness of my lips.
Maybe that is the reason it’s Rose Exclusif. I had hard time breaking the codes, believe me. You’ll learn why.

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: I Knew You Were Trouble

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: I Knew You Were Trouble

Guest Post By: Sabista

So, shame on us! Let’s take a break from makeup, clothes, shoes, bags etc. and let’s talk about the fifth most important thing in a girl’s life; boys! So yeah, boys are important, but they don’t really top our list of must haves (sorry to disappoint you darlings, but we girls have more important things like the perfect pair of boots or the sexiest looking LBD to think of!). This is going to get all gritty and nasty therefore, I suggest you keep your self-esteem aside while reading this because I will be ripping every girl’s self-esteem to shreds (including mine) with this blog.

The Grunge Effect! A Festive Look Gone All Wrong!

Festive Diwali Look Made It To The Grunge Archives!

I just got back a couple of hours ago from an exciting trip from Bombay! Granted that Bombay trips are something that I always look forward to and it is afterall my current mayka, however, this time around, the trip to the metropolis was octaves higher in excitement and fun :) Let me tell you all what it was all about... It was a BeBeautiful and VLOGON workshop of sorts that was organized by Hindustan Unilever (you know the people behind Lakme, Pinds, Dove, Tresemme etc?). Well yeah they had invited 20 bloggers (fashion/beauty/lifestyle) from all over India for a workshop on how to make good videos and the likes that was facilitated by people from Google/YouTube, people from this big shot media production house and of course Clint Fernandez :)

Basics of Eye Makeup: Must Have Eye Makeup Brushes

Must Have Eye Makeup Brushes

The other day while shopping for groceries and other household essentials, I popped a bottle of baby shampoo into the grocery cart... The pati looked at me incredulously and winked... Ummm... No I wasn't giving him hints I assured him and told him that the baby shampoo was for me... He looked doubly stunned and asked me as to what made me deviate from my trusted banana shake shampoo (He meant the Body Shop Banana Shampoo, ahem!)... I had to clarify that the baby shampoo wasn't for me per say but for my makeup brushes... He just looked on at me, then shook his head, muttered under his breath "What's next? Toothpaste for your lipsticks?" and then walked towards the adjoining aisle...

Ha ha ha... I would have felt pity for me if I hadn't gotten this uncontrollable urge to laugh at his lost and almost defeated expression :P

REVIEW: The Body Shop Bath Gloves

Review of The Body Shop Bath Gloves For Hands-On Exfoliation

I am an ardent fan of The Body Shop. So much so that when the whole issue of selling "expired" products surfaced, I still remained loyal to them. I buy their Body Butters, Shower Gels, Makeup products, perfumes, hand creams and even makeup brushes. However, I put my foot down when going for their exfoliating bath gloves.

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Miss Moving On!

Call Me... Miss Moving On!

Guest Post By: Sabista

There are times when being ruined can leave you devastated and miserable. When all you want to do in life is crawl into your bed and let darkness take over.  You spend your days walking aimlessly around the streets with lifeless eyes and a fake smile, which will later haunt you when you stare blankly into the mirror, trying to practice fake social acknowledgements so that the world and society still consider you sane enough to not be sent away. What we fail to recognise is that sometimes being ruined can give way to build something beautiful in place of the rubble and debris left behind. We forget that until and unless an old building isn’t demolished and torn down to pieces; a stronger foundation cannot replace the outdated architecture that stood there before. 

REVIEW: Sleek Makeup I-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette

Review Of Sleek Makeup I-Divine Au Naturel Eyeshadow Palette Review

Guest Post By: Pranali

Sleek I-divine mineral based palettes are raved much on the blogging platform. There are Brights, Mattes, Vivid and Shimmery colors. Each eyeshadow has its own interesting texture, you will know while I describe each color. Sleek I-divine Au Naturel is a combination of Matte and Shimmery eyeshadows, mostly neutral or nude. There are 8 Matte and 4 Shimmer eyeshadows. The colors are appropriate for Day, Work and for everyday looks.

TUTORIAL: Smudged Liner Smoked Out Look

Tutorial For A Smudged Liner Smoked Out Look

I have these phases where I tend to stick to a particular technique of makeup for a really long time... My current phase includes doing up my eyes using the smudged liner technique to give myself a smoked out look... Of course the shade of the "smoke" keeps varying from Blacks to Browns to Purples but the base technique remains the same...

NOTD: China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardener in Black Diamond

China Glaze Nail Lacquer With Hardener in Black Diamond

Guest Post By: Shabby

China glaze is a known name in the Nail industry. They have some pretty impressive nail lacquer collections which are safe for the nails and they have some amazing shades to offer too. So today I review a shade I think will make for a great evening wear shade. A metallic black shade which goes perfect with those party clothes. So I hope all of you are ready for this Black Diamond.

Rants, Nice Pictures from HOI shoots & Makeup Looks...

Rants, Makeup And A Host of Pictures

I have come to realise recently that everything tastes 2700 times better when it's a day old... Don't get me wrong but Daal Makhani from last night is somehow thicker and yummier when had for lunch today, the butter chicken from the party yesterday when heated and had with fresh naan tastes anyday awesome-er during the following dinner and well last night's pizza any day makes the best next-day breakfast ever! And so ofcourse we celebrated the start of the weekend with some yummy Pepperoni and Chicken Supreme pizza for breakfast that were essentially the leftovers for last night's dinner ^_^

On The Cover: Vogue's Black Issue For October 2013

Freida Pinto on Vogue's Black Issue For October 2013

The moment I received my Vogue's October issue and I ripped open the packaging, I was left spellbound for a minute or two by what I saw... What lay in front of me was a mesmerizing cover in black with a model wearing an outfit in the same hue and makeup matching it...

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Vogue's Black Issue for it's sixth anniversary and needless to say it is simply STUNNING!

A Must Have MAC Eyeshadow - MAC Cork

Multitasking Makes MAC Cork A Must Have Eyeshadow For Indian Skintones

If you have been in the beauty blogging business for a little while, chances are that you would have by now received a query from your readers about must have MAC eyeshadows for Indian skintone, at least once. And it is one question that today after 3 years of bblogging, still leaves me sweating cause honestly what I deem as necessary may not really be a must-have for someone else. Best is to leave such queries open to be answered by other readers, so that everyone can put in their 2 cents and the person asking the query gets to have an opinion of many... This I am sure helps her pick out products more easily :)

REVIEW: Lakme Eyeconic Kajal

Review of Lakme Eyeconic Kajal

Guest Post By: Marianne

There are those ‘fun’ products like funky nail polishes and show-stopping shades of lipstick that we like to indulge in, and then there are those basic must-haves like your kajal or favourite neutral shade of lipstick that you always have with you, which you keep repurchasing and which almost feel like a comforting old friend. The Lakme Eyeconic kajal could very well be one of the latter types of products for most women.

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: I Am Cheating On My Boyfriend With...

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: I Have Lipsticks; I Don't Need A Boyfriend...

Guest Post By: Sabista

OK! So the title is a tiny bit misleading because I don’t have a boyfriend, which means technically I am not cheating, but let’s keep the discussion of my pathetic singlehood for later. Let’s cut to the chase and get straight to the point. If I had a boyfriend, I would be cheating on him, with my obsession for lip products! Oh, don’t act so innocent! I know you’re doing the same. I know you feel an adrenaline rush too, when you apply a swatch of color on your wrist from a tester for that new, sensational shade that has just been launched in the market. I know your heart starts beating like a hummingbird, the moment you imagine that swatch of color on your lips. I know your makeup bag is bulging with cylindrical tubes of color in every shape, size and shade possibly known to mankind.

So, it’s a known fact amongst women, that you can never own too many lipsticks at once; but is that really …

LOTD: Neutral Makeup For A Lunch/Brunch Date

My Makeup Look For A Lunch Date

Hasn't this year been flying past at breakneck speed? Doesn't Holi feel like just yesterday? I am amazed that it is almost mid-October now and Diwali is just around the corner! Phew! Talk about time not waiting for anyone ;) So just as I was browsing through my almost untouched trousseau (It's one of my favorite timepass), I realised I was way behind schedule to get suits stitched for Diwali... Sighhhhh... So this Sunday saw me doing trips to the tailor not once but numerous times as I would invariably forget something or the other... Then after my innumerable rendezvous with the tailor, the pati and I decided to go out for lunch and I decided to go for a desi look for our date :)

REVIEW: Bourjois Cendre De Brune Blush

Review of Bourjois Blush in Cendre De Brune

Guest Post By: Pranali

A Round domed baked blush enclosed in a fat round pot, with a tiny mirror above. If there were any words to describe this blush, I think cuteness will top the list.
I was in search of a Pink Bush that would suit Indian skintones. And I found this Dusty or Mauvish Pink Color. The Color is as Pink to Indian skintone as Bubblegum Pink is to white skin.

READER QUERY: MAC Lipstick Recommendations for Very Fair Complexion

MAC Lipstick Recommendations For Fair Complexions

Neha asks...

Hi Suma,
I am Neha - a regular follower of ISLM. I love the way products are reviewed on ISLM and soo many of them. Recently I too have been bit by the beauty bug and having a new job in hand means now I have the liberty to splurge a little on myself :-)
I am going to do my very first MAC purchase and since they have soo many products I zeroed down on buying a lipstick for starters.
I went through the MAC website and various others to check for swatches, since most colours are gorgeous I got super confused hence wanted your suggestion.Would really really appreciate if you could suggest me a good lip colour that I can wear daily - to office and casual outings(I have a very fair complexion).

PR: Bobbi Brown Launches Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick

New Launch By Bobbi Brown: The Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick is designed for the modern woman on the move. Just swipe it on and go... Its that easy...
- Bobbi Brown

Effortless and high impact - that's the essence of NEW Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. This do-it-all formula glides on tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up and highlight eyes. In subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to 8 hours without creasing, flaking or fading, it's a stroke of genius.

A La Mode... A Monthly Dose Of Beauty & Fashion

A Monthly Dose of Beauty & Fashion With A La Mode

Just when I thought, I had my plate, my hands and my day full, I realised that there was yet another thing I wanted my finger in... So I got in touch with my favorite fashion blogger Abhilasha (of lookinggoodfeelingfab), who happens to be a great friend as well and we started A La Mode... It is a compilation of everything beauty and fashion stands for and it is our attempt to bring to you all something relevant, interesting and exciting very month...

REVIEW: The Body Shop Body Butter In Brazil Nut

Review of The Body Shop Body Butter In Brazil Nut

I have this huge tendency to put on weight, which is why it is extremely important for me to be very careful of what I eat... Those who know me well would know that I gym 4 times a week and go through the whole rigmarole of having at least 2 cups of green tea  in a day, carry a fruit or a green veggie salad for lunch and all that jazz... But if you know me really well, you'll know that I love to gorge on anything sweet, be it cakes, motichoor laddus, doughnuts or even sugar boiled toffees...

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Should I? Should I Not?

Makeup Then... Makeup Now...

Guest Post By: Sabista

The first twenty years of my life I was a stranger to make up. My initial days, I spent as the fat girl at school and the rest I spent as the awkward and tall girl who shared a wardrobe with hippies. Even though I was teased and bullied in life about my weight issues, one thing that was always constant throughout the years was flawless skin! Unfortunate enough for me, I started working late nights; and don’t let your imagination run wild! By late nights, I mean I started working the BPO circuit. The shifts and dietary switches took some major adaptation but amongst all this chaos, my skin took quite a beating. I developed dark circles under my eyes, and sudden break outs on the face weren’t so sudden anymore. In short, my face turned from a majestic plum to a malnutritioned prune within a year of starting work. I used to think that I had no way out, because I used to hate make up!

REVIEW: Sleek Makeup True Matte Lipstick in HeartBreaker

Review of Sleek True Matte Lipstick in HeartBreaker

Guest Post By: Pranali
I wanted to try True Color Lipstick since they are most raved about other than palettes. I was confused between Candycane and Heartbreaker, I went with Heartbreaker ;)
And I am in love with Brighties ☺

PR: L'Oreal Paris Goes Poptastic With Its New Launches!

L'Oreal Paris Goes Poptastic and How!
L'Oréal Paris goes outrageously POP and launches the Poptastic collection for a touch of flamboyant color, new from Paris!

REVIEW: Vivel Luxury Creme Body Wash With Olive Butter

Review of Vivel Luxury Creme Body Wash With Olive Butter

Guest Post By: Manu

For an extra dry skin like mine, I have to pick my products very carefully, but isn’t it the same for any skin type? Am sure, yes! The bright side to my story is – I always take it gloomily, trying various types of body oils, body butters, lotions and moisturizers with altogether varied fragrances. For some it is the beauty products driving them crazy, for some it is the fragrance. To me it is the skin care products that make me go all gaga about it!

LOTD, Rants, Smoked & Smudged Liner Look And The Like...

Rants, Makeup Looks and HOI

Hola Chicas! (This reminds me I need to sign myself up for a Spanish class)... How is it going ladies... A lot has happened since the last time I sat down to write a post and you guys have been patient and really really supportive... Thank you so much... I am as of now really bogged down with so much happening in my life that I feel I am starting to neglect ISLM :/

But things will change very soon, I promise and I will get back to posting regularly...