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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...

What's In My Makeup Bag #1

What's In My Makeup Bag... Episode 1

Every time I meet someone who is well turned out and I can see has taken some effort to look pretty I cannot help but wonder about the products she has used or likes to use... Either it's because I am a beauty blogger and subconsciously keep evaluating different products or maybe because I am woman and I always want to know what another woman uses to prettify herself... Whatever the reason I am always curious and hence thought of doing a "Whats In My Makeup Bag" post myself...

REVIEW: L'Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss in Pomegranate Punch

Review of L'Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss in Pomegranate Punch

It's 2:45 am right now. I have a bed light on next to me that is radiating that warm, fuzzy yellow light that makes you feel all cozy and snuggly, have a box of Walnut Choco fudge next to me (of the Lonavla fame) and have my ear phones plugged tightly and listening to Avicii belting out their magic (3 cheers for EDM!)... Yup I am an insomniac and I am so not getting sleep right now... So I took upon myself to review this fabulous product that I have been thinking of reviewing since almost a week now...

Makeup Class: Difference Between A Bronzer, A Highlighter, An Illuminator & A Brightener

Bronzer Vs Highlighter Vs Illuminator Vs Brightener 

Very often than not being a beauty blogger I come across the terms Bronzer, Highlighter, Brightener and Illuminator at least a dozen times a day. These terms are everywhere and people use them in their daily conversation with so much confidence that you'd be surprised at how wrong many of them are in their usages. Oh! Yes even I have made mistakes in the past about their connotations and today armed with research, experiments and well just plain analysis I have reached a consensus where I can now confidently put forth the results of my hard work...

Yes, today ladies and gentlemen, I shall be clearing all the confusion that prevails behind Bronzers, Highlighters, Illuminators and Brighteners!

REVIEW: Colorbar Take Me As I Am in Mysterious Nude

Review of Colorbar Take Me As I Am in Mysterious Nude

Search for some things never end... Like for the perfect foundation, the most flattering nude lipstick, the brightest pink nail polish and the spot-on eyebrow pencil... I had always harped on MAC Taupe being my most favorite nude lipstick but then I met Colorbar True Gloss in Natural Tan. It became my most used nude gloss/lippy and now ladies and gentlemen, frivolous that I am with my loyalty, I have now found another gorgeous MLBB lip shade that I keep reaching out to when getting ready for work...

REVIEW: Lakme Absolute Cheek Chromatic Baked Blush in Day Sheer

Review of Lakme Absolute's Cheek Chromatic Baked Blush In Day Sheer

I am not a blush person per se. Don't get me wrong, I do use a blush and I totally realize its power in making or breaking a look. However, give me one blush that I can spend my whole life with it and not even feel the need to get myself another one until I actually hit pan with the one that I am using.
Yes! I always finish my blush before I purchase another and I know many of you will just gasp at it with disbelief... So let me just reiterate, I am not really a blush person per se.

NOTD: Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Buried Treasure

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Buried treasure On My Nails!
My annual trip to my in-laws in Delhi is always something of a celebration and I am generally back 5 kgs heavier, with lots of shopping and well with a cold :P This time is no different and even though I haven't gained 5 kgs, I am 2 kilos heavier (I have found a way around my MIL's desi ghee tadkas), I am back to Pune with makeup (thank you Bobbi Brown and Sephora) and loads of stuff for HOI from Patiala and of course the customary flu (I think it's the pollution there hat doesn't agree with me!)...

LOTD: Glamorous Diwali Makeup

Glamorous Makeup Look For Diwali

Yes I am obsessed! Obsessed with Diwali, obsessed with the promise of festivities during this time of the year and obsessed with anything that is even remotely connected to motichoor laddoos. The smell of crackers, the bokeh effects of diwali lights, gorgeously decked up women and dapper men and the soothing chants of the various aartis and poojas, I am looking forward to them all... With so much on my mind, it is but natural that all my makeup attempts would center around this festival of lights and ladies, hence this post of mine is about yet another makeup look you might want to try this Diwali...

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!

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...

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.

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 :)

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: 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...

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...

REVIEW: MAC Eyeshadow Patina

Review of MAC Patina Eyeshadow

You know what I really love about MAC? Their eyeshadows... Of course I adore their lippies too and I simply cannot live without MAC's Paint Pots but MAC eyeshadows in particular hold a special place in my heart... You know why? Cause most of them do not smudge and crease on me... And that's huge! Trust Me :)
Plus of course who can ignore the array of colorful little pans that are kept on display that catch your eye much before anything else does in the store...

It is that display array at the MAC store that tempts me to buy at least a couple of eyeshadows every time I visit the store... However, the one that I had been looking for quite a while had always been out of stock! The eyeshadow in question is MAC Patina... I had been looking for it high and low and it had been out of stock in Pune and all Mumbai stores... So much so that it seemed like a mirage to me and I had surrendered to the fact that I may never get to use the eyeshadow ever!

REVIEW: The Body Shop Vitamin E Cool BB Cream

Review of The Body Shop Vitamin E Cool BB Cream

With me approaching 30 with the speed of a bullet train, I have been getting pretty conscious about my skin. So much so that I have literally every product from The Body Shop's Vitamin E Range... Yup, I got them all... The last one to join the league was TBS's Vitamin E Cool BB Cream!

Of course with so many BB creams suddenly flooding the Indian market, I wouldn't be surprised if you sighed and said to yourself, "Really? Do I need to read about yet another BB cream?"... But before you press Alt+Tab and switch windows, would it help to hold your attention a little longer if I told you that The Body Shop actually has 4 ranges of BB creams?

Bridal Beauty: Tips & Tricks For Your Engagement/Sagan Makeup

Engagement Makeup

Marrying into a North Indian family is like getting a crash course on Bollywood weddings and demystifying the various functions and celebrations that are always a part of a Karan Johar movie. From rokka to sagan to chunni-chadhana to teeka to mehendi to sangeet to jai-maala to phere to vidaai, I have been educated about them all...

REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in Luminous Praline

Review of YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

Every once in a while, actually more often than not, I am known to give in to temptation and get myself something that may not be very comfortable to my pocket without even glancing at reviews and how it fared on others... One such product was the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch. I bought it from Debenham's on my last trip to Bangalore and have been using it since...

LOTD: Defined Eyes... Without Kohl/Kajal

Defined Eyes Without A Kajal Or Kohl

It's amazing how things change... Without warning, without any indication, without any rhyme or reason... You believe in something, strongly feel it to be a part of you but one fine morning it eludes you or rather you elude it... Has it happened to you? Have you felt the need to abandon something, some habit, some trait, a personal style or your signature pattern?

Well... I never felt the need to and neither did I plan on, but I have, for a while given a rest to something that I always thought defined me...