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ISLM Rants: Which Has Been Your Favorite Fashion/Beauty Magazine in 2013?

Which Fashion/Beauty Magazine Is Your Poison In 2013?

Just when I have like a plethora of LOTDs and EOTD tutorials lined, I get the urge to not do an LOTD post but just rant away to glory... Of course I blame it on Friday, pumping me with unusual bursts of energy that wants me to go on chattering at the top of my voice at breakneck speed... Or could it be the lack of caffeine cause I am trying my best to reduce my coffee intake to 3 cups... Ummm yeah that's the reduced number... Or again it could be due to the excitement of having my birthday just around (not that I have huge plans) or simply still I feel totally high on life (a secret project is underway, ssshhhhh!)...

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...

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 …

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.

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 :)

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.

My New Look... With Chopped Hair & Fuschia Lips!

So I cut my hair last night...
             Yes on my own...
                          With a pair of household scissors...
                                         Just like that...

ISLM Rants: When Is The Right Time To Start Using Anti-Ageing Products?

Aging... Anti-Aging...
Traveling on Deccan Queen Express between Bombay and Pune is something I look forward to whenever there is a need for me to visit the big city. The AC chair car compartments, the known faces of the pantry boys, the much tried out menu for the journey, the beautiful pictures of places to visit in and around Bombay and Pune and of course the under current of hurry that binds us all passengers on board the Deccan Queen is something I cherish... Not to forget, my playlist belting out my favorite tunes, a book (Agatha Christie lately) and my most used jamewar shawl and I am settled in for the 3 hours of my journey....

ISLM Rants: Who Is Your Favorite YouTube Makeup Guru?

Of YouTube Gurus...
I have finally been bitten by the YouTube bug! My blogosphere scouring and trolling varios beauty blogs is on a hiatus as of now cause I have finally discovered the enigmatic and magical world of YouTube! Better late than never yeah? Ha!

ISLM Rants: Especially For Contact Lens Wearers

Contact Lenses & Eye Pencils With Glitter Do Not Go Hand In Hand
Shared By: Nandini
This isn't a review,I'm just sharing my thoughts with all of you. Hope you benefit from this specially those with sensitive eyes and those who wear contact lenses and don't get bored reading my story :P

So, the other day me and my friend from college (I have only one friend from college who knows more about makeup than just Colossal kajal and nivea lip balm) were just sitting and discussing what eyeliners are safe for contact lens wearers because shee's been wearing them for a while and I just got them recently. So,while discussing she told me not to use eyeliner pencils with glitter in them on the waterline. She said if the glitter gets into the eyes,it really irritates them.

ISLM Rants: Do You Have Favorite Brands For Particular Products?

I have had the worst morning today... First off, I woke up late, then I smashed a pretty photo frame made of oyster shells that we got from our honeymoon in Maldives to pieces, then the carton of our daily cereal of corn flakes turned out to be empty and we had to have wheat flakes for breakfast with the pati making the worst faces and finally on my way to office my car stalled in the middle of the road creating a mega traffic jam...
Well it gets worse! The garage guy tells me that I need a change in battery! Sighhhhh...

And it's not even Friday the 13th :/

Rants And A Random EOTD

Prospective Tutorial Candidate...
I have been in a super organizing mode since the past couple of weeks. The pati calls it the "Monica Mode" (Friends-esque). He says I transform into this scary person who doesn't listen to legit explanations (read excuses) or identify with any reason (read laziness) and just go on cleaning, putting things in their "proper" place, discarding stuff we don't use any more and well basically just not let anyone relax... I don't see any harm in it especially since it surfaces only once in two months... But of course the pati has a different story to tell...

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Friends And Makeup Do Not Mix... Or Do They?

Sharing... With A Clause...

ISLM Rants: Do You Remove Your Makeup Everyday Before Bed?

Ideally I should lie through my nose and say that Yes! I remove my makeup every night before bed and that it'll be a cardinal sin if I slept with even a little swipe of makeup on. However, truth be told, I am a lazy lazy bum and I remove a makeup say only about 4 days in a week! Rest of the days I sleep with it on and immediately regret it the next morning :( 

ISLM Rants: Do Product Reviews Affect What You Buy?

Where beauty products are concerned, I do make it a point to read reviews that are available online. I feel blog reviews of products do tend to aid your judgement of buying a particular product. However, I buy products on the basis of pretty packaging and in case of skincare, its fragrance.

Does your buying a particular product depend on the reviews it has received?

ISLM Rants: What Color Are You Craving To Wear On Your Nails Now?

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
How much ever we rant and clarify and scream on top of our voices that we do not follow trends blindly, there is always something that subconsciously creeps into our everyday choices that conforms with the latest trends and makes us a follower as well...

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: This New Community Of Beauty Bloggers..

The Beauty Blogging Community...
Post By: Samyukta
Beauty Bloggers have been in existence since a while now, especially abroad where this was always a much recognized hobby and a profession as well. Comparatively, in India, it is still in its nascent stage but is accelerating to be a much acknowledged "activity", which is gaining popularity with bloggers, the brands they write about, their PR agencies and well the population in general. When I started out about a few years ago, there were only a handful of beauty bloggers in India but today 3 years down the line we have a plethora of them, each replete with their own unique characteristics... And thus today, we have a community... This community that I talk about is not only of Beauty Bloggers but of Beauty Blog readers, Guest Bloggers and blog followers as well. Isn't this something really special? >>

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Obsession With Red & Pink Lipsticks In India

What's Your Poison? Red Or Pink?

A Little Tete-a-tete...

Updates... Changes... Enhancements...

Why I Think That The Park Avenue Beer Shampoo Is Not For Women

It Is So Not For Women!