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On My Testing Table: Rimmel London

On My Testing Table: Rimmel London
So I got myself a teeny-tiny micro haul from Rimmel London last week... I wasn't planning to... I went to Pune Central thinking of getting myself the L'Oreal nude magic Foundation when I happened to glance at the Rimmel counter... The SA there smiled so sweetly that I knew I just had to check out some Rimmel products... Ha!

REVIEW: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Super Natural

REVIEW: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Super Natural
As my Winter break comes to an end and Monday morning dawns, I sit at my desk at work and procrastinate... Then I Procrastinate a little bit more, get myself a cup of steaming hot cappuccino and continue with my procrastination... Well yeah... I really don't want to do anything but what keeps me on my toes (at least figuratively) is the fact that I really need to get a lot of work completed today...

LOTD: My Makeup Look for Running Errands

LOTD: My Makeup Look for Running Errands
So, its the pati's birthday today and its a no brainer that I have been gorging on the birthday cake since morning... More so because it was baked by Parita (of www.myvanitytreasures.com). Its almost a custom... Every birthday and every anniversary we get Parita to bake and ice a cake for us and its the same cake since past 3 years... She bakes it exactly the same, makes it look exactly the same and it tastes exactly the same... Not a surprise that it is the pati's favorite cake in the world :)

Ok, let me help myself to another slice... *runs to the kitchen to refill her plate*

LOTD: Festive Winter Makeup Look With Plum Lips

LOTD: Festive Winter Makeup Look With Plum Lips
So it is the eve of Christmas today and since the moment I woke up I have only been humming Christmas carols under my breath... Of course now I want to have some cinnamon flavored coffee and ginger cookies... Arrgghhh, looks like I'll need to curb my cravings and settle for my Vitamin C smoothie instead...

REVIEW: Oriflame The One Illuskin Foundation

REVIEW: Oriflame The One Illuskin Foundation
So many of you would know that I am taking life easy nowadays, am on my winter break and well am just simply chilling :) Of course the first two days were total bliss and then on the third day I started feeling fidgety and now I want to just do something other than simply lazing around the house...

Coffee Breaks with ISLM: What I Think of Marsala

Coffee Breaks with ISLM: What I Think of Marsala
So Pantone announced the color for 2015 to be Marsala and even though i am not the one to actually show much interest in the colors of the year but when this robust, earthy shade of wine was announced, I just had to talk to you guys about it...

TUTORIAL: Simple & Easy Daytime Winter Makeup Look

TUTORIAL: Simple & Easy Daytime Winter Makeup Look
Winters are here and even though it doesn't really get cold here in Pune, there is a persistent chill in the air and the evenings and nights and get really cold! The late mornings and afternoons on the other hand are beautifully pleasant with the bright sun shining and a chilly breeze blowing...

REVIEW: ZA Shiseido True White Two-Way Foundation

REVIEW: ZA Shiseido True White Two-Way Foundation
There are three kinds of people in the world, one with whom we get along with in a snap, the second with whom we want to get along with and we somehow make the friendship work and the third are the ones with whom we just cannot get along with, how much ever we try ... Makeup products are similar... 

5 Coral Lipsticks That Complement Indian Skin Tone Perfectly

5 Coral Lipsticks That Complement Indian Skin Tone PerfectlyGuest Post
Red is the colour of the season, ladies! After that short red lace dress and those luring red pumps, it’s time to stock on some ravishing red lip colour. Here are 5 haute red (and shades of red) lipsticks, well-suited for the Indian skin tone, which you must have in your beauty kit this season. Check’em out before the girl next door grabs them all!

REVIEW: Dear Earth African Forest Rejuvenating Vegan Soap

REVIEW: Dear Earth African Forest Rejuvenating Vegan Soap
So last night I went out with a group of my girl friends for dinner... We were meeting up after almost a year and there was a lot of catching up to do... And you know how girls are, we were shrieking in delight, exclaiming loudly, giggling uncontrollably and clicking pictures after pictures much to the chagrin of the other diners in the restaurant...

REVIEW: Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace, Swatches & Review

REVIEW: Sleek Makeup Blush By 3 in Lace, Swatches & Review
So the last time I visited Vero Moda (that was 2 days ago), the bestie and I were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of lace that was in the store. Everything from sweaters to tops to skirts to dresses to shorts to undies to headbands was either completely made out of lace or had some part in lace...

Tips & Tricks: 6 Make Up Essentials Every Beginner Must Have

6 Make Up Essentials Every Beginner Must Have
Makeup can enhance the way you look and help you feel a lot better about yourself. However, if you are a beginner, applying makeup can be pretty overwhelming. There are so many different products out there, and it can be tough to know which ones to use. Here are some makeup essentials every beginner must have.

HAUL: The Body Shop, Westside, Verom Moda, Catwalk and Fabindia

HAUL: The Body Shop, Westside, Vero Moda, Catwalk and Fabindia
The best part about a weekend is meeting with your bestie and spending hours shopping, gossiping and cribbing about how age and weight's catching up with us... And this weekend's been all about it...
#LoveYouPrajakta #MissYouManu

LOTD: Featuring An Orange Lippy For The First Time on ISLM

LOTD: Featuring An Orange Lippy For The First Time on ISLM
If you have been an ISLM reader for a substantial amount of time, then you'd know that I have never ever featured Orange lipstick on ISLM till date... The reason being simply the fact that Orange lipsticks never suited me and hence I have always stayed away from them...

But things change...
    Time heals everything...

LOTD: Pink Blush and Bare Lips

LOTD: Pink Blush and Bare Lips
While coining the title of this post I almost wrote down 'Pink Blush and *Nude* Lips'... But that wouldn't have been right cause nowadays when we say nude lips we mean lips with a nude shade of lipstick or gloss or something similar...

REVIEW: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lipsticks

REVIEW: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lipsticks
Every once in a while you come across a person with whom you instantly connect, relate and form an Infallible bond...Same is with products...Some are wonderful, some just 'meh' and well some are simply God Send!

REVIEW: The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream

REVIEW: The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream
As I sit at my desk typing out this post, I am mentally also making a list of things I need to get myself on my next Grocery Shopping trip... And the only thing that is continuously popping ting into my head is this yummy tasting bits of mango jelly (aam papad) rolled in sweet and sour anaar-daana powder... Raise hands if you love it as much as I do :)

Thank You Parachute For Some Easy But Effective Oil Massage Techniques

Thank You Parachute For Some Easy But Effective Oil Massage Techniques
Bollywood diva and model Nargis Fakhri announced the launch of Parachute Advansed Knowledge Centre’s Art of Oiling with International massage expert Moses Chundi in Mumbai. The beautiful actor has embarked on a journey to rediscover the fading ‘Art of Oiling’ to bring back this age old practice in a renewed avatar relevant in today’s lifestyle. Nargis was seen talking about the little known benefits and demonstrating certain oil massage techniques to the audience too. In an effort to rediscover this fading art, Parachute Advansed Knowledge Center (PAKC) along with international massage expert- Moses Chundi have developed a signature line of ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) massages.

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Fashion & Style Sensibilities

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Fashion & Style Sensibilities
Guest Post By: Priyanka
Have you ever caught yourself judging another woman’s fashion choices and going, “Man! What was she even thinking when she stepped out of her house? I wouldn’t be caught dead in that!” This happens because the woman most likely thinks that she looks fabulous, you have conflicting style sensibilities and that certainly can’t be helped. For someone grunge fashion looks utterly chic but to another, it might just look like “homeless-du-jour”. Being someone who prizes a sense of individuality, I say, go with what you think works. The world be damned! As Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashion fades but style is eternal.”

REVIEW: Ital Veloce Moisturising and Refreshing Body Mists

REVIEW: Ital Veloce Moisturising and Refreshing Body Mists in Orange Blossoms & Orchid and Apple & Cinnamon
So, I am back from my mini-vacation in Delhi and it was a blast... From attending a family wedding to having my first Delhi blogger event to shopping to driving alone (for the first time) on the streets of Delhi to hogging at the food stalls around Jama Masjid to finally getting a whiff of the potent Delhi Winters, it was an amazing trip!

REVIEW: Maybelline Diamond Glow Eye Shadow Quad in Wine Pink

REVIEW: Maybelline Diamond Glow Eye Shadow Quad in Wine Pink
So... I am 7 kilos overweight and I have a wedding to attend in 5 days flat... Any tips to lose weight ladies? Anything? Anything at all? Come on, help a sister out here ok? :)

Tapping Into My Inner Prada... Excerpts from the Grace Hopper Conference to Celebrate Women in Computing

Tapping Into My Inner Prada... Excerpts from the Grace Hopper Conference to Celebrate Women in Computing
For those who follow me on Twitter, Facebook or/and Instagram would know that I was in Bangalore the past week attending the very exciting Grace Hopper Conference to celebrate Women in Computing and they opened it with one of the sessions being 'Tapping Into My Inner Prada'... Well needless to say this session drew a huge crowd and we were left with no place to sit :)

30% Off on Luxola for ISLM Readers

30% Off on Luxola for ISLM Readers
As I take a break from my Ruby On Rails Bootcamp on Day 1 of the Grace Hopper Foundation Conference, I couldn't hold my joy when I received an email from the good people at Luxola.com telling me they were extending a 30% discount for ISLM readers!
Oh come on! This must have you all in smiles too :)

REVIEW: Colorbar Radiant Glow (Eclat Lumiere) Highlighter

REVIEW: Colorbar Radiant Glow (Eclat Lumiere) Highlighter
Hey Ey Ey Hey Ey Ey... Girl gone wild... A Good Girl Gone Wild!!! As Madonna swoones about going wild to the beats of Avicii, I sit here typing out this post at a speed that would put bullet trains to shame... Why? Because the pati is waiting for me to finally come to dinner so that we can together gorge into our subs and watch the Lone Survivor...

Top 5 Beauty Trends for Fall 2014

Top 5 Beauty Trends for F/W 2014
Fall or rather the Winter's here... And if you are saying no, then you are either living in denial or living in a region that really doesn't see Winters in all its glory :) I belong to the latter and hence the only way I know that its Winters is because of it being flashed all over fashion magazines and well because of the sudden dryness in the weather ;)

NOTD: Maybelline ColorShow Nail Polish in Coral Craze

NOTD: Maybelline ColorShow Nail Polish in Coral Craze
For the past couple of weekends I have only been lazing around and browsing through fashion and beauty magazines... Leafing through glossy pages one after another can be relaxing, invigorating and stimulating... That apart it can also be informative and now I know this fall is all about GRUNGE where beauty trends are concerned...

Whats Your Take On 'The Grunge' Look?

Whats Your Take On 'The Grunge' Look?
So... Grunge seems to be making waves this fall, at least if we are to go by what Grazia October has on its cover... It has top IT girls (cool way to refer to super models) going all out, "grunging" their way to hotness... So this brings me to the question that I have been itching to ask you all... What is your take on Grunge?

REVIEW: Bourjois Khol & Contour Eye Pencil in Ultra Black

Review of Bourjois Khol & Contour Eye Pencil in Ultra Black
Guest Post By: Himani
Hey all beauty geeks!!! Today I am going to review Bourjois Khol & Contour Eye Pencil in Ultra Black. I was absent from the blog for a while. But now I am back and hope to be more active than before. Well, eye liners is not a novelty any more. It is probably the only item you will find with someone who is not into makeup at all. And of course, makeup junkies like us have tons and tons of eye liners. I am not an exception and own countless number of eyeliners.

REVIEW: Models Own Glitter Nail Polish in Amethyst

REVIEW: Models Own Glitter Nail Polish in Amethyst
We have a wedding in the family! Yayee! The pati's cousin is getting married during the end of this year and I am dying to experience Delhi in all its glory during the winters :) It'll be a whole week long series of festivities, people wearing their best and a lot of rich food :D

REVIEW: L'Oreal Paris Lucent Magique Blush in Fuchsia Flush

REVIEW: L'Oreal Paris Lucent Magique Blush in Fuchsia Flush
It's been a while I actually sat down and did an actual review... I have been lazy long enough and still wanted to continue being so... But then the pictures that I clicked of the L'Oreal Paris Lucent Magique Blush came out so lovely, I couldn't hold myself back and so now I am sitting down to finally review it... That and the fact that it truly is a gorgeous blush...

We Need To Know: Breast Cancer Awareness

We Need To Know: Breast Cancer Awareness
As October and Breast Cancer Awareness comes to an end, you might be suffering from an overdose on everything pink.  However, even if you feel like breast cancer awareness is getting played out, breast cancer awareness is actually more important than ever- and here’s why.

Winners Announced: NIVEA Roll-On Giveaway

Winners Announced: NIVEA Roll-On Giveaway

Hello my lovelies... I just heard back from the NIVEA team and they have chosen 4 winners for this contest...



LOTD: My Diwali Makeup

LOTD: My Diwali Makeup
I have never been a very shimmery, glittery kinda girl... Of course there are times when the occasion or situation dictates so and I relent pretty readily but there are also times when I just want to be myself and just wear and look the way I am most comfortable in... Namely breezy pastels and feminine pinks (Yup! I am a Summer Girl through and through)...

Luxola.com Now Ships To India!

Luxola.com Now Ships To India!
I have never been a huge fan of online shopping from sites that are not based out of India. The little Sigma, Sleek and Urban Decay that I have is all thanks to friends and colleagues going abroad, who get them for me... What deters me mostly is the exorbitant shipping costs and heavy custom charges...

REVIEW: Kryolan Eye Pencil in Purple

REVIEW: Kryolan Eye Pencil in Purple
Eyeliner pencils are a lifesaver, aren't they? Especially when you feel lazy or are in a hurry, eyeliners can jazz up your look in seconds and ready you to rock whatever you are attending... They are easy to use, very travel friendly and can be found in some really fabulous colors. And that's exactly the reason why I am always on the look out for new shades, brands and textures.

LOTD: My Current Everyday Makeup Look

LOTD: My Current Everyday Makeup Look
I have been keeping pretty busy lately, work especially has been crazy and then there is this pledge I took to renew Handlooms Of India with full vigour (it was getting sidelined) and then now there is Gulabi-Pink :) I am just dabbling with a lot of things lately hoping to find something that I might want to finally settle with...

Gulabi Pink... Coming Soon

Gulabi Pink... Coming Soon...
Of Dreamy Drapes, Surreal Wraps and Gossamer Folds, 'Gulabi Pink' brings to you an Enthralling collection of scarves, stoles, wraps and dupattas...

REVIEW: The Body Shop Body Butter in Vineyard Peach

REVIEW: The Body Shop Body Butter in Vineyard Peach
During one of my shopping sprees at the Delhi Sephora (Sephora Haul Post Here), I had picked up a mango flavoured body lotion and I distinctly remember my mum-in-law asking me incredulously as to what was my fascination with smelling like a fruit and other edibles :D She exclaimed that when they were younger, they wanted to smell like flowers... 

DIWALI SALE ALERT! 30% off on All Products on Handlooms Of India

DIWALI SALE ALERT! 30% off on All Products on Handlooms Of India
It is that time of the year when you look forward to beautiful light decorations, yummy sweetmeats, the delicious smell of crackers and an overall sense of happiness... It is also that time of the year when you scramble to get yourself some beautiful diwali outfits and gifts for your loved ones...

#MyDiwaliLook With The Body Shop Lip Colour in Hot Date for #TeamBoldLips

#MyDiwaliLook With The Body Shop Lip Colour in Hot Date for #TeamBoldLips
Hello lovelies... Today is the last day to enter #MyDiwaliLook contest sponsored by The Body Shop India and I hope you guys have supported #TeamBoldLips with all you have :)

Nykaa.com: THE BIGGEST MAKEUP AND SKINCARE SALE – 105 BRANDS – 30% OFF

Get Glamorous this Festive Season and Save Big - The Great Nykaa Diwali Dhamakaa is Here!
THE BIGGEST MAKEUP AND SKINCARE SALE – 105 BRANDS – 30% OFF
Mumbai – October 13, 2014: Gear up to splurge, spoil yourself and shop for your loved ones this Diwali. Nykaa.com presents the Great Nykaa Diwali Dhamakaa – a three-day shopping fiesta where you can get never seen before discounts on some of the biggest and best beauty, personal care, herbal and grooming brands. Get up to 30% off over 105 reputed brands and 10,000+ products from the 14th October - 16th October.

LOTD: Karwachauth and All The Jazz

LOTD: Karwachauth and All The Jazz
Things can get pretty crazy when you are hungry, thirsty and not allowed to munch on your favorite snack! And when I say crazy, I am referring to temporary memory loss, doing day stuff on auto pilot without feeling a thing and denting your bank balance shopping for stuff that you realise the next day that you will never need!

CONTEST: In Association with NIVEA Roll-On Deodorant Stick

CONTEST: In Association with NIVEA Roll-On Deodorant Stick
If you are a travel buff like me and have more gathered more flying miles than credit card points then you know what a pain it is to pack a makeup pouch to carry with you in your purse that would pass security checks at airports.And to top it all it is the fear of confiscation that prevents you from carrying a bottle of your favorite perfume or EDT or even deodorant... Yup happens to me all the time...

#MyDiwaliLook LOTD for #TeamBoldLips

#MyDiwaliLook LOTD for #TeamBoldLips
You know the rage that has gripped Twitter, Facebook and Instagram alike this Diwali? The Selfie Contest that has everyone talking about how they want to look this Diwali? Yes ladies, I am talking about the #MyDiwaliLook contest sponsored by The Body Shop India.
If you haven't heard of it yet then you might want to go through this post of mine, first...
#MyDiwaliLook Contest - #TeamBoldLips

REVIEW: Za-Shiseido Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream

REVIEW: Za-Shiseido Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream
Every time I am back from a vacation, my hair and my skin always tell the story of climatic changes and environmental pollution. It wasn't a matter of concern till a couple of years back. But now that I am almost in my 30s, I know I need to start taking a little extra care of my skin :)

#MyDiwaliLook Contest Sponsored by The Body Shop

#MyDiwaliLook Contest Sponsored by The Body Shop
Hellooooo my lovelies... By the time you guys read about this contest, I'll be on my way to another road trip and hopefully will be cruising through the Salt Desert... But about all that later cause today I am bringing to you guys a very very interesting contest. I am sure you all would never have participated in such a fun contest before :D

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Whitewashing Women!

Whitewashing of Women in Advertisements
Guest Post By: Priyanka
Ever looked at that fairness cream advertisement on the front page of your newspaper and wondered who the hell the Caucasian looking woman is? From previous experience, I can say that it would be some Indian woman along the lines of Deepika Padukone, Asin or even Priyanka Chopra!

ISLM Travel Diaries: Bangalore to Pondicherry - The Road Trip

Bangalore to Pondicherry - The Road Trip
This post has been long due. If you read my first post about my trip to Pondicherry, you'd know that my sister and I traveled did a little road trip from Bangalore to Pondicherry in the first week of September, It being an "only sisters" trip, it was both special and exhilarating.