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My December Envy Box - Christmas Special

My December Envy Box - Christmas Special
I am not a very Subscription Box person. I am sure you can tell... I do not like surprises probably... I mean I like to put my money where I know what I will get... However, getting a subscription box is really exciting and the very few times that I received a subscription box was like Christmas for me, the mystery, the intrigue is just so awesome!

Review, Swatches: Maybelline Colorshow Lipstick - Fuchsia Flare

Review & Swatches: Maybelline Colorshow Lipstick - Fuchsia FlareISLM Writer: Ishleen
Hello all my gorgeous lovelies!
How have all of you been? Winters are bringing out the best of me (what an oxymoron that is, right?) and I have been incessantly reviewing new products for you beauties, and trust me, I am loving each and every moment of it! And of course, what more do you want than a cozy blanket, a cuppa warm coffee and some pink lipstick to take you through the day?

Top 3 Haircare Products To Swear By!

Top 3 Haircare Products That I Love!
Its not everyday that I write about Hair Care products on I Simply Love Makeup. I am guilty of getting inclined more towards makeup and skincare and in the process Hair Care suffers... However, the other day while I was going through the motions of organising my dresser (I seriously find it very boring!) I realised that gradually over time hair care was taking more of my grooming time that skincare was and hence I decided to do a post of what I generally do to take care of my hair.

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Essence XXXL Long-Lasting Lip Gloss Matt Effect - 07 Silky Red

Essence XXXL Long-Lasting Lip Gloss Matt Effect – 07 Silky Red Review, Swatches and FOTDISLM Writer: Ishleen
Hello my beauties. The weather out there is gorgeous, isn’t it? And so are you. Trust me! Talking of gorgeous, yes, I finally got a chance to review the most gorgeous drugstore product I possess and that is from a German cosmetic line named Essence. I agree, winters are all about well-defined eyes and bright-n-bold statement lips. Ranging from fuchsia, to bright oranges, to plum, to ox-blood to the good old bright red pout, statement lips are the latest trends.

Is It Christmas Yet?

Makeup Look & LOTD: Is It Christmas Yet?
If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that I have recently switched jobs and I have been really busy the past week getting the hang of things at my new workplace. A new team, new teammates, new friends and well new work altogether has kept me busy and I have really missed blogging...

Maybelline Velvet Matte Lip Cream - MAT 4 Review & Swatches

Maybelline Velvet Matte Lip Cream in MAT 4 Review, Swatches and FOTD!
ISLM Writer: Ishleen
Hello sweeties! First of all a big bear hug to all my girlies,for no apparent reason! Just because I love you guys so freaking much! Ok, so veiling my excitement with a layer of decency, hi girls! I hope all of you had an amazing festive week!

Sunset Inspired Makeup Look

LOTD: Sunset Inspired Makeup Look
Do you think sunsets are now forgotten? I mean there was a time when everyone was taking pictures of sunsets, writing poetic verses describing a sunset, all honeymoon pictures had a number of sunsets captured and all Indian Hill Stations have sunset points!

Sleek Makeup Blush Flushed - Perfect for Brown Skin

REVIEW, SWATCHES: Sleek Makeup Blush "Flushed"
I am 30 years old. And even though I am very comfortable about being on the other side of 30, confident about my looks and probably the happiest in my life, I have realised that subconsciously I have started veering towards makeup practices and techniques that are known for creating an illusion of a youthful appearance.

3 Underrated Skincare Products that Changed My Life

3 Underrated Skincare Products that Changed My Life
I am on a hiatus from work, a five day break to be precise as I am switching jobs and apart from the cliched "relaxing", "chilling out", "waking up late", "TV marathons" and "non-stop YouTubing", I literally have been experiencing stuff... Vague? Let me elaborate :)

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Mascara and Eyeliner Duo by Sleek Makeup

REVIEW: Sleek Makeup Dip-It Duo Volumising Mascara and Liquid Eyeliner 24 Karat
ISLM Writer: Sanchita
Mascara and eyeliner go hand in hand and these are two things that a girl needs in her life more than anything else. Sleek Makeup has been a phenomenal drugstore brand which sadly isn't available in India, but thanks to a handful of websites and their heavy duty shipping charges, we still can get our hands on these lovely products. I decided to buy the mascara and eyeliner duo for the sole purpose of saving myself the labor of carrying two things in my bag when I can get both the product in a single thing. Read on to know my thoughts about the product in detail.

REVIEW: Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow - Mixed Berry

REVIEW: Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow - Mixed Berry
Maybelline could not have had better timing for coming up with its new Baby Lips variant called Candy Wow!
Finally the cold season is starting to make its presence felt in Pune and am I glad! This week we have been experiencing a little nip in the air and it is no doubt a welcome change :) And come Winter season more than the chill its the dryness that starts affecting me and I find myself reaching out to my trusted Baby Lips lip balms...

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate
ISLM Writer: Ishleen
Hello everyone!
Today I am here with a very interesting Kajal review—which has been the most raved about almost all over the Indian Beauty market! A very wise man once said—Eyes are the windows to a woman’s soul—and one thing which spark off’s the Indian beauty to its utmost extent is a heavy kohl-rimmed eye! Eye makeup using kohl is something which Indian beauty’s love to bits because we generally do not like using eyeshadows on a daily basis!

REVIEW: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

REVIEW: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
With the Urban Decay Naked palettes and Makeup Revolution chocolate palettes and the like it was high time that some popular drugstore brand too upped their game and got something out in the name of nudes and neutrals. Well, Maybelline did and ladies and gentlemen please give a round of applause to Maybelline The Nudes Palette.

Beauty Blender, Stippling Brush vs Foundation Brush

Beauty Blender, Stippling Brush or Flat Foundation Brush?
When I first forayed into the world of foundations I like any novice used my fingers... I still sometimes use my fingers to apply base makeup especially concealer as they provide a great way to warm up a product and spread it evenly. However, soon I discovered the Foundation Brush which seemed like a God sent! I was content with it for a while and then I found the Stippling Brush... Life seemed perfect and then into my life sauntered in the Beauty Blender...

Hairstyles to Enhance Your Anarkali Look

Hairstyles to Enhance Your Anarkali LookOld is gold - A relevant remark, at least as far as fashion is concerned. Some classic styles just never go out of vogue. Anarkali, the pride of the Mughal era, is certainly one of them; a fashion fad that will never fade away.  This festive season get ready to set fire to the red carpet! If you’re planning to put on your Madhubala and ditch the regulars—sarees and lehengas—then be sure to rock the look with elegance and class.

Review: Lakme Eyeconic Kajal - Green

REVIEW: Lakme Eyeconic Kajal - Green
ISLM Writer: Sanchita
Black liner, black kajal and black eyeshadow – sounds monotonous, eh? Well, thank the Heavens for beautiful colored liners. My new-found love are the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal which I bought in bulk for the festive and wedding season. These were launched way back in the day but those days my obsession was mostly black so I didn’t pay much heed to these. Today I am going to review the shade green which looks quite exquisite on the eyes too! Read on to know more about the color.

#MyPlumObsession Indian Festive Makeup Look

#MyPlumObsession Indian Festive Makeup Look
I rarely dress up festive, Indian festive at least... I would call my personal style as 'Casual Chic' leaning towards feminine and hence it is very rare that I actually go out and dress up like really dress up... In real life at least... Pretty yes but highly predictable...

Nivea Men After Shave Balm as Face Primer

Nivea Men After Shave Balm as Face Primer
Yup you read the title right! When I first heard about using a men's after shave as a face primer, I had my doubts... Well I had more than doubts, I was freaked out about what the world was coming to!

Get Creative & Win An Asus Zenfone2!

Get Creative & Win An Asus Zenfone2!
There is something about sunsets that make them special... Awe-inspiring, endearing, exhilarating whatever the emotion, they are uniquely beautiful and no sunset is the same. There are times when I stand on my terrace and experience the goosebump inducing onset of dusk... And each and everytime I do that I get this urge to capture it through the camera on my phone...

Top 8 Plum Lipsticks by L'Oreal Paris

Fall/Winter Makeup: Top 8 Plum Lipsticks by L'Oreal Paris
This post is in continuation of my earlier post on how obsessed I am with Plum Lipsticks this Fall/Winter... I think Plums look more feminine on me than Berries and Browns and hence the obsession :) #MyPlumObsession 

Review: The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil
Just when you think you have settled down and have just the right skincare products to pamper your skin throughout the on-setting Winter, The Body Shop does what its best at... It comes up with another range of skincare products that not only promises to be an elixir for your skin but also gives you hope of reversing the signs of aging. Presenting... The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil.

Perfume Oils? Signature Scents? Featuring The Body Shop Perfume Oil in Indian Night Jasmine

What Are Perfume Oils? Signature Scents? Featuring The Body Shop Perfume Oil in Indian Night Jasmine
I am forever on a quest to find my signature fragrance. Glossy fashion magazines, pop culture websites and even celebrity interviews are forever harping on how important it is to find your signature scent and stick with it...

REVIEW: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London

REVIEW: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London
Nude lipsticks are tricky... Unlike any other shade of lipstick, a nude lipstick either suits you or it doesn't. There's no in-between and hence finding shade of nude that would actually complement you is not as easy as it seems. It has a lot to do with undertones. 

REVIEW: Rimmel London Sexy Curves Full Figure Extra Volume & Shapely Curve Mascara

REVIEW: Rimmel London Sexy Curves Full Figure Extra Volume & Shapely Curve Mascara
We all go through phases in our lives... They could be something that you expect to something completely random... For some it could be frequent while some experience more balance... I belong to the former faction and my phases are random, inexplicably so...

Goodbye Duck Face... Hello Fish Gape... The New Selfie Face!

Goodbye Duck Face... Hello Fish Gape... The New Selfie Face!
Lets be honest... If you are a social media junkie then you probably are addicted to Instagram... Yeah of course Snapchat's the new cool thing and Facebook is the place you connect with friends and well the not so friendly and Twitter is this cool platform to be witty in 140 characters but its Instagram that keeps us company late at nights, is a quick refresher between boring meetings (even during some meetings) and when we are waiting at Starbucks for our besties to arrive...

5 Steps to Actually Loving the Skin That You’re In

5 Steps to Actually Loving the Skin That You’re In
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the beautiful, attractive, trendsetting woman that you’re destined to be, or do you see the blotches, blemishes, bumps, and scars on your face? If you answered the latter, you’re not alone. We have all been there a time or two: whether it was dreading going to school because of the huge zits on our face or wishing we could go back ten years as the fine lines and wrinkles appear.

The New Way To Remove Makeup & Cleanse Your Face... Cleansing Butters, Balms & Oils

Review of The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
When I was a teenager, using a Face Wash instead of soap was the new way to take care of your skin. Face washes were gentler and less drying and they made soaps passe... Then I passed out of college and using Makeup Removers even for removing kajal was the new do. One simply wiped their face with a cotton ball soaked in makeup remover and then washed of the face with a gentle face wash...

Plum In All Its Opulence #MyPlumObsession

Plum In All Its Opulence #MyPlumObsession
Well hello my angels...We are almost done with Fall and the Winter season is just around the corner, isn't it? :)
Though I am mostly a Summer person, there are no doubt some things about Winters that I am absolutely in love with... Hot, candlelit baths, cinnamon-ey hot chocolate, crisp and chilly mornings are to name just a few... But what I really love about Fall and Winters is the transition that happens in the world of makeup...

Ask ISLM: Do You Recommend Coloring One's Hair

Ask ISLM: Do You Recommend Coloring One's Hair

My Weightloss Journey from 61 Kgs to 56 Kgs in 1.5 months

My Weightloss Journey from 61 Kgs to 56 Kgs in 1.5 months
I am writing this post as I was asked to do so when I posted a picture on instagram about my jawline being back :) If you don't follow me on instaram then I'd urge you to do so :D My Instagram ID is @isimplylovemakeup

REVIEW: StudioWest Pure Passion Kajal and Eyeliner

REVIEW: StudioWest Pure Passion Kajal and Eyeliner
Diwali is exactly 11 days away and I am super excited about it :) The pati and I plan to travel to Delhi for the festivities and my mental scramble for getting things done last minute has started... The physical scramble will happen only late next week when there truly wont be any time left :/

Makeup Isn't Enough... Your Hair Is Important Too... #NoColourNoFashion

Makeup Isn't Enough... Your Hair Is Important Too... #NoColourNoFashion
I have been blessed with good skin, however, in the hair department God lets say forgot about me... Hence, since childhood I have always been very careful about my skin and my hair's always taken the back seat... You know when something shows results faster, you end up tending it to more than something that took ages to show results right?

HAUL: Sephora and Drugstore

HAUL: Sephora and Drugstore
Sundays for me are lazy days... It is so for most of us and yet I know people very close to me for whom Sundays are days that mark the end of a weekend and hence they get everything done on a Sunday and needless to say Sunday is the most productive day for them in a week... Ummmmm I ain't like that... I get all my chores done of Friday night so that I have my weekend to just sit back and relax ;)

I Colored My Hair with L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss in Iced Chocolate... Again! How & Why!

I Colored My Hair with L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss in Iced Chocolate... Again! How & Why!
I am a huge fan of L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss and when I color my hair at home, I 9/10 times go for this range. And the color that I pick is generally Burgundy. It's always worked for me and its something that is tried and tested and hence I can pick it up with closed eyes...

REVIEW: Maybelline The Colossal Liner - Black

REVIEW: Maybelline The Colossal Liner - Black
ISLM Writer: Sanchita
Who isn’t crazy for cat eyes? That is the easiest eye makeup when you’re in hurry yet want to create an impression. Maybelline brings a budget friendly flexi tip eyeliner in Black which is the answer to all your prayers for a quick makeup. I have been eyeing the product a lot ever since I heard of the rave reviews from various beauty experts. Eyeliner is a staple for me but I was bored of the liquid and pencil ones over the years and it is a refreshing change to try out so many new ones available in them market. Read on to know more about this little beauty in details.

TUTORIAL: Indian Festive Makeup Look with Drugstore Products

TUTORIAL: Indian Festive Makeup Look with Drugstore Products
Raas racheelo saaj sajeelo
Shubh ghadi chhe aavyee
Aaja aaja tamtamaata
Shamna ojhe laavee

With Navratras in full swing, Durga Puja (Shashthi on 19th Oct) just around the corner, it was but natural for me to get down to doing another Indian Festive Makeup Look.
Hence I have created this makeup look that is versatile enough to be worn for any festive occasion and has been done using only Drugstore products.

When In Doubt, Strobe or Highlight Featuring Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze

REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze
Strobing is not new. It is the latest trend that has taken the makeup and beauty world by storm. Everyone is strobing... All models walking the runways of the world have strobed skin. Strobing... Strobing... Strobing... The term's everywhere...

September (2015) Favorites: Haircare, Skincare and Makeup

September (2015) Favorites: Haircare, Skincare and Makeup
September has been an interesting month for me. I had the good fortune to try and test a lot of new brands (for me) and a lot of new products and hence I knew I had to document my experiences and let you all know about what products to look out for...

Moha by Charak... A Preview and First Impressions

Moha by Charak... A Preview and First Impressions
If you follow me on Instagram (@isimplylovemakeup), you'd know that I had a few days ago posted a picture about a hamper I received from Moha by Charak. Charak is an Indian Ayurvedic Pharma Company that specializes in Herbal and Ayurvedic products and medicines. They have now launched their Personal Care Line of products under the name "Moha"...

LOTD & TUTORIAL (Video): Indian Festive Makeup Look

LOTD & TUTORIAL (Video): Indian Festive Makeup Look
Its October ladies and gentlemen and we have officially entered the festive season and what better way to kick-start the festivities than with a video tutorial for an Indian Festive Makeup Look? :)

REVIEW: LAKME 9 TO 5 INSTA LIGHT CRÈME

LAKME 9 TO 5 INSTA LIGHT CRÈME REVIEWISLM Writer: Sanchita
Lakme is the household name for every woman in India. In fact, all of us, at some point of time or the other, has used something from this brand. The best thing about Lakme is that they keep the price tags suitable for both budget friendly and high end products. 9 to 5 range is quite a commendable range and happens to be my all-time favorite. After trying out the foundation, compact, lipsticks of this particular range, I decided to use the Insta light crème that they have launched few months back. So let us get into the details of this newbie love.

Top 3 Tricks to Master the Art of Colored Eye Liner

Top 3 Tricks to Master the Art of Colored Eye Liner

It’s a year for colour in India’s fashion scene! Last year’s fashion season shattered a long trend of muted neutrals and black-and-white blocking with a return to the pop sensibilities of 1960’s Mumbai, and this season brought a wave of bright, dreamy colour the Times of India dubbed ice-cream pallets: lilac, mint, lemon yellow, and sherbet orange in a blend of citrusy and creamy colours.

How Amazon India Cheated Me!

How Amazon India Cheated Me!
I like to believe that I am a very mild tempered person and I generally like to give people the benefit of doubt. I mean who doesn't make mistakes, right?

So this year on the 17th of September I celebrated my 30th birthday. Needless to say I was super excited and was quite looking forward to my big 3 "O"... The pati sensing my excitement as well as my "need" for a new personal laptop decided to surprise me with a Mac Book Pro. He ordered it from Amazon and it reached him on the 15th. He kept it from me (satisfied that the box was sealed), he didn't open it. Plus he had ordered it from an Amazon Fulfilled Seller (GadgetDirect) so what could really go wrong, right?

Get Ready With Me (GRWM): Neutral & Natural Makeup Look

Get Ready With Me (GRWM): Neutral & Natural Makeup Look
Very often than not I am tempted to wear a  full face of makeup to work. but everytime I do that I feel conscious, I feel a little too made up for work or worse I feel as if everyone's judging me for wearing makeup. I work in IT and well women in IT in India don't really wear much makeup.
I am not saying that I am judged by my colleagues, they probably don't even realise that I am wearing makeup (I work in a team of only guys and well they really don't realise the difference between concealed and non-concelaed under eyes). But I can't help but feel a little conscious.

Tip Of The Week: Using Oil for Shaving Dry Or Sensitive Skin

Tip Of The Week: Using Oil for Shaving Dry or Sensitive Skin
Fall is officially here. I know it because of the month. My skin knows it because it is starting to get very dry. My skin at the first hint of lack of moisture starts to get itchy, cracked, very dry and I even start to get cuts all over... In this situation hair removal is a bitch!

REVIEW: Studio West Maya Radiance Blush in Plum Shine

REVIEW: Studio West Maya Radiance Blush in Plum Shine
With the festive and the wedding season just around the corner, it seemed appropriate for me to start the series of reviewing Studio West products with this blush. If you are wondering about what Studio West is all about, then I'd suggest you to go through THIS POST of mine :) 

My Top 8 Makeup Tips to Look Gorgeous in Spectacles/Glasses

My Top 8 Makeup Tips to Look Gorgeous in Spectacles/Glasses
This post has been long due! I have been wanting to do a makeup post for people who wear spectacles (comme moi!) but it just kept getting shelved mostly due to my laziness... But I have finally decided to get this post out and I hope the spectacle wearing brethren finds it helpful :)
So lets just get right into it!

REVIEW: Sleek Makeup Pout Polish in Electro Peach

REVIEW: Sleek Makeup Pout Polish in Electro Peach
ISLM Writer: Sanchita
Sleek is one brand that makes me go bankrupt, literally! From eyeshadows to lipsticks – their quality is beyond great. This time I picked up few lip polishes for the winters. These pout relishes are extremely hydrated and nourishing for the lips and enriches the pout for the perfect chic look. So, let’s dig into the details of the pout polish in Electro Peach.

Preview & First Impressions: Studio West Beauty Products by Westside

Preview & First Impressions: Studio West Beauty Products by Westside

There always is that one thing that can cheer you up instantly... It could be your dog, a cup of hazelnut cappuccino, a loved one, a movie, a song, could be anything... At the risk of sounding vain and shallow let me confess that for me its makeup that is an instant lift-me-up... So nobody is happier than me when a new line of makeup products are launched...
And when they are reasonably priced, my day is just made :)