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CONTEST: Share your #KhoobsuratMoment on Facebook/Instagram

CONTEST: Share your #KhoobsuratMoment on Facebook/Instagram Sponsored by L'Oreal Paris

We all have those special moments that we look back to with fondness and play it over and over again in our minds just to feel warm and fuzzy :)
It could be the boy friend commenting on how pretty our hair looked or you friend admiring your winged liner or even a stranger walking up to you are applauding you on your sense of style... Anyone, anywhere and anything can constitute our #KhoobsuratMoment and I invite you all to share it with ISLM and it's readers...

BUDGET WEDNESDAYS: Ayur Deep Pore Cleansing Milk

Review of Ayur Deep Pore Cleansing Milk
Guest Post By: Pallavi
Cleansing is a very important part of skin care regimen.  We are cursed with a routine where we have to rush as soon as we open our eyes. We load our face and body with makeup and the skin has to bear the makeup burden throughout the day. But at night before saying good night, the skin also needs to feel loose and relieved. So, we need to wipe out the makeup and help the skin to finally breathe free. It is always said that the biggest mistake you make to your skin is sleeping with makeup on. So, that's where the significance of cleansing comes in.

CONTEST: Win a seat in the Za-Shiseido Beauty Class

CONTEST: Stand A Chance to Win a Seat for the Za-Shiseido Beauty Class in your City!

The House of Shiseido presents Za Beauty School - an exclusive experience with Za’s high skin expertise of Za and Japanese “Omotenashi” [Hospitality].

At Za we believe beautiful skin begins with understanding your own skin and adopting the right skincare regime. Now with Za Beauty School, Indian Metropolitan women will get a chance to master skincare, the Japanese way! Za Beauty School will be held by one of the most prolific Beauty Experts from the House of Shiseido, Megumi Mitsui who will take the participants step by step from cleansing to moisturizing for that perfect skin. She will also use Shiseido’s patented Skin Analyzer to evaluate the guests’ skin moisture levels, melanin content, texture and skin age.

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: BFF - Best friend forever or Brutal Force Field?

BFF: Best friend forever or Brutal Force Field?
Guest Post By: Priyanka
We all have had numerous best friends or the horribly babyish “besties” throughout our life. These friends were generally the people who understood us perfectly, conversation was never stilted with them and they were always there to have our back. But what about the give ‘n’ take that all relationships in modern times are about? What are the meager expectations that a best friend has for you? This is one question that I was always left floundering trying to answer.

LOTD: Natural and Glowing Party Makeup

LOTD: Natural and Glowing Party Makeup
One *generally* always tends to associate brighter colors and louder makeup with parties and functions while relegating natural looking makeup to everyday work makeup. I used to be under a similar impression. However, since some time now I have come to realise that natural looking makeup can be as gorgeous and as dressy as any bright makeup and with this post, I try to illustrate the same!

REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Cherry Tomato

Review of Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Cherry Tomato
Not everything in life is about being right or having the last word in an argument. Though I knew of this philosophy and our parents always inculcated this in us since our childhood, but lately I had been finding myself not paying heed to this teaching. I was actually plunging myself to arguments and controversy head-on.
I had a introspective weekend, this one, and needless to say I came back to what my parents always taught me that one doesn't always have to be a part of an argument, oftentimes its better to just watch the fun from the sidelines...

Once I realised this, it was as if I was reborn and I saw things in new light...

Haul: Clothes, Accessories, Makeup and Jewellery!

Haul: Clothes, Accessories, Makeup and Jewellery!

OMG I have so much to tell you guys, so much to catch up you guys up on and so much to share that I am almost bursting at the seams and yet not able to understand as to where should I begin!

Let me start with how I have been struggling with my weight lately. I have over a few months gained an abominable amount of weight and it is showing! I used to be 54 Kgs and I went up to 61!!! With my height that's a lot! And the kind of cravings I have for sweets and desserts, it is dangerous! And so I have hell bent on shedding a few kilos but its a slow process. I'll keep you guys posted for sure!

My Khoobsurat Moment, Thanks to L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss

My Khoobsurat Moment, Thanks to L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss


You know when you are having a dull and drab day at work because of a lot of workload, the stress and strain of meeting deadlines and someone just compliments you out of the blue... Doesn't it feel special? Doesn't it make you look at life in a new light? Doesn't it make a khoobsurat moment that you know you'll look back at with pleasure?

Busting Myths Related to Colouring your Hair

Busting myths related to colouring your hair

I am certain that almost all of us have heard the constant refrain from the older generation- “Your hair is going to get damaged if you colour it!”
What utter hogwash!? I am sure that with the chemical dyes that were present in their era that might just be the case, but the advanced semi permanent hair colours that we now find our markets flooded with are incapable of doing so. So rest assured that your recent sojourn with hair colour is not going to have long term harmful effects!

REVIEW: Kryolan Professional Lipstick in LC 195

Review of Kryolan Professional Lipstick in LC 195
My trips to Bombay and Delhi are generally sprinkled with tiny bouts of shopping, mostly makeup shopping and even though we get almost all brands in Pune, what we still miss here is Bobbi Brown, Sephora and well Kryolan. Now Bobbi Brown and Sephora are my occasional haunts but Kryolan with its great quality and even better pricing is something that I always make a point of visiting every time I am in either Bombay or Delhi...

REVIEW: Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Passion Fruit Pink

Review of Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Passion Fruit Pink - Dupe of Mac Molten Mauve?
Guest Post By: Himani
Hey all beauty geeks!!! Has it ever happened to you that you ignore a certain thing for very long and then, it becomes one of your favorite items ever. Well, this happens to me a lot of times. I have an 'inertia' issue and do not like to make changes voluntarily. I stay happy in my own 'wonderland', till something becomes too big to be ignored. Lip glosses, nude lipsticks and now, coastal scents hot pots are some of the makeup biggies that I could not ignore and finally, succumbed to the whole idea.

How To Color Your Hair With L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Hair Colors

How To Color Your Hair With L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Hair Colors
So I took the plunge finally. I fretted over it for weeks. I went back and forth on my decision. And well finally just went for it and colored my hair :)

I generally go for a rebonding/straightening treatment once a year and hence to give respite to my hair from harsh chemicals, I stay away from hair color... However, my greys were causing to be a huge issue and I finally gave in and embraced color :) All thanks to L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Ammonia Free Hair Colors...

Outfit Of The Day: A Gorgeous Nude and Fuschia Saree

OOTD in A Gorgeous Nude and Fuschia Saree
It has been eons since I did an outfit post on the blog. I really did try my hand at being regular with outfit posts but I seriously don't have the patience to try outfits after outfits, making sure I have some gorgeous locales to click pictures at and then actually pose and get myself clicked... Kudos to fashion bloggers who do this everyday and bring us some gorgeous posts to drool over...

REVIEW: Za True White Toner

Review of Za True White Toner from the House of Shiseido
Remember the time I went to Kiehl's to get a free skin consultation and they told me that even though I had been thinking that I had dry skin for the past 28 years of my life, I in actuality had combination skin! Remember now?

Hair Colour is Trending Again #SayYesToColour

Hair Colour is Trending Again! In recent time the fashion world has been taken by the au-natural trend. From neons the limelight is shifting to subtle nudes and beiges that suit a vast range of women. A nude manicure is suddenly gaining mainstream popularity, as opposed to being relegated to staid office fashion.
But obviously, fashion is a cyclic monster and has once again shifted trends. The bold and beautiful trends that are larger than life, but thankfully not neon are making a raging comeback! The first one to make a huge stir is obviously hair colour.

REVIEW: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original

Review of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

Guest Posy by Himani

Hey all beauty geeks!!!
This is my first post on this blog and I am thankful to Samyukta for letting me be a part of this awesome space.
For me, makeup started with a kajal and I have really come a long way since then. However, one thing that has not changed is my love for eye makeup. Over the years, I have become a hoarder of several eyeshadow palettes and zillions eyeshadow pans. But, its only now that I have realized just an eyeshadow is not enough for the flawless eye look. You need other 'tam-jham' viz. specific brushes and primer as well.

2 New Za-Shiseido #SecretsRevealed GIveaway

2 New Za-Shiseido #SecretsRevealed Giveaway
Its not a good feeling when you announce winners of a giveaway and some of them do not respond even after 5 days and you are forced to choose new winners... But well life happens and so ladies since Shraddha and Lana Ray have not responded with their details, I am forced to choose 2 new winners...

BUDGET WEDNESDAYS: Review of NIVEA Fruity Shine Lip Balm in Strawberry

Review of Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm in StrawberryA day late :)


Guest Post By: Pallavi
I am quite skeptical in terms of trying lip products. I think that I will end up looking like a clown in almost all the colors. So, I prefer maintaining a safe distance.  But some day or the other I get tempted and while mall hopping I gathered courage and added this product to my cart.  Let's see if it impressed me or not.

REVIEW: The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil

Review of The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
This review has been long due but I really wanted to try this little Serum-In-Oil to my heart's content and form a SOLID review to share with you guys. So without much ado lets just jump straight into it, shall we? :)

#SecretsRevealed Za Contests - Winners Announced

#SecretsRevealed Za Contests - Winners Announced
A while ago I had announced a contest (sponsored by Za) where I urged you all to delve inside of yourselves, introspect, perhaps even retrospect and share with the world 1 thing that you don't like much about yourself and then that 1 thing that you are really happy with in yourself...