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Drugstore Skin Care Products This Winter #BackToBasics

Drugstore Skin Care Products This Winter #BackToBasics
10 more days to go and we will be bidding adieu to 2016... It's been an interesting year alright, professionally, personally and blog wise... 2016 is the year I actually grew up mentally and emotionally... It has been the year of finding myself, doing stupid things and learning things first hand, gaining confidence and getting a perspective about what my priorities are in life... Needless to say 2016 gave me my life's maximum number of ups and downs till date and also is leaving me with a feeling that things are not gonna slow down in the near future...
I am kinda bracing myself but at the same time I am pretty excited :)

My Makeup Mistakes I Blame On Instagram

My Makeup Mistakes I Blame On Instagram
Instagram is addictive. Anyone who has an account on Instagram will vouch for it... There's something about scrolling through gorgeous pictures of people, sunsets, pets and even food... And if that wasn't enough then throw in uber cute videos of Pandas, pictures of flowers in Sepia and images of beautiful makeup products in high Contrast and Saturation settings... However, being the makeup enthusiast that I am, I generally tend to observe more of how one's brows are on fleek, the Orange eyeshadow is super warm and matte (Kathleen Lights?) and how my favourite YouTuber's highlighter evokes a loud Yaaaaaassss (Jaclyn Hill anyone?)...
Consciously or subconsciously, I end up aping similar makeup techniques that reflect beautifully on my Instagram account but in real life may not be as practical or even look as good...
I decided to document a list of such "mistakes" I make almost on a regular basis and then let's all ex…

5 Untrue Acne Myths You’ve Been Told

5 Untrue Acne Myths You’ve Been Told Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, and thanks to its prevalence, there are plenty of myths regarding its causes and treatment. Unfortunately, many of these myths are simply untrue, and following the advice given by well-meaning but misinformed people can actually make your skin worse. Check out the top six myths about acne below, and learn the truth about your breakouts.

My Envy Box - November 2016

My Envy Box - November 2016
Since the past month or so I have been noticing my hair and skin losing their vitality and lustre. My skin's been behaving weirdly such that I have started noticing pigmentation, patchiness and not at all even. Additionally, I did an experiment with my a new hair product and it boomeranged (details in the next post) and as a result I was left with super damaged, brittle looking hair that I had to cut short. Anyways, due to all the issues with my skin and hair I was thinking about going back to the basics and turn towards natural products...

REVIEW: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in GR125 and BE728

REVIEW: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in GR125 and BE728
It had been a while since I had actually been blown away by a makeup product. Don't get me wrong, the market is brimming with some really good products that are not only great at what they do but are also very easily available... However, they are all becoming jaded and repetitive... I get the feeling that a brand comes up with something new and almost immediately all brands copy it and come up with similar versions of their own :/
I have been almost bored out of my wits with makeup in the market nowadays...

LOTD: Daytime Diwali (Festive) Makeup Look

LOTD: Daytime Diwali (Festive) Makeup Look
Diwali at home is always special. Since the time I got married its been a tradition to celebrate Diwali at my in-laws place in Delhi and its one tradition that it holds a really special place in my heart. This year is no different and like always am here sitting in my in-laws' living room, sipping a cup of hot ginger tea courtesy my mum-in-law, nibbling on a slice of banana cake and typing away at my keyboard...

Diwali in Delhi is interesting in the sense that the festivities start almost 10 days prior... This essentially means decking up every morning and go about doing your business in your fineries... This gave me an idea for doing a post on a daytime festive makeup look... It will be both practical and easy to achieve.

REVIEW: NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan

REVIEW: NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan
I wear makeup everyday... It started out with simply a kajal in high school which slowly but surely graduated to lip glosses. Mascara followed suit and one day I found myself not able to go on without a blush and an eye brow pencil as well... Lately however, the latest to join my "everyday" makeup must dos are highlighters and matte bronzers...

I don't contour so much but I have come to realise that strategically placed bronzers and highlighters can do wonders for one's look and amp it up to look effortlessly chiseled. Now, who wouldn't want that?

Enter NYX Matte Bronzer...
*claps*

REVIEW: TIGI Bed Head Head Rush Spray

REVIEW: TIGI Bed Head Head Rush Spray
Holidays are special, especially if they are in the middle of a work week :)
I generally like to spend such holidays solo, unwinding, chilling and basically doing everything I want to... This involves shopping, spending time at the salon, wandering the streets or spending time at my favourite coffee shop with a book by my favourite author... So this Tuesday (Dussehra day) I decided to walk into my favourite coffee and donut shop with a John Grisham and spent a quality couple of hours...

REVIEW: Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria

REVIEW: Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria
It's so good to be back!
I had been MIA since a couple for a couple of weeks and I have truly missed blogging :)
So the scene right now looks like this...
It's 10:30 pm, I am at my desk at work with a colleague (its called Pair-Programming), we have Roses by The Chainsmokers playing on the laptop speakers (the volume's low), we have just finished doing some changes to the code and are waiting for it to build successfully. If it does then we get to go home but if it doesn't then we are probably stuck here for another hour...
Its been like this since the past 3 weeks now and I am almost at the verge of saturation and so I decided to take a tiny little break from the monotony and get down to blogging... And here I am writing this post on my work laptop. The pictures are on my personal laptop and hence this post cannot go live before probably 1:00 am tonight!
*sighs*

Intricate Looking Quick & Easy Makeup with Duo Chrome Eyeshadows

Intricate Looking Quick & Easy Makeup with Duo Chrome Eyeshadows When I started out with makeup about 6 years ago I was totally obsessed with eyeshadows and everything eye makeup. So much so that if you check out my initial posts on the blog, you'd notice my LOTDs only about bright and beautiful eyeshadow shades. I would not wear foundation, or blush or even lipsticks, it would only feature eyeshadows (brighter the better) and eyeliners...
I would spend hours experimenting with eye makeup looks that could be achieved by using multiple eye shadow shades... It not only made the makeup look complicated, it also added new dimensions to the whole look...

Quick & Easy Indian Festive Makeup Look Perfect for Every Occassion

Indian Festive Makeup Look #2 - Versatile, Quick & Easy
As I was sorting through my "Indian Wear" closet, I came across this Maroon Silk Kurta I got myself from "W for Women". It has these bronze accents in the form of embroidery, piping and cloth buttons and even though it may not conform to the norms of being "in", it is gorgeous. It is long, hugs my curves in the most flattering possible way and it is versatile enough to be worn to a myriad of different occasions...

Why Give Makeup A Bad Name?

Why Give Makeup A Bad Name?
Makeup often gets a bad name, its either misunderstood or misused or mistreated and more often than not makeup is left defenseless without anyone taking it's side. I speak about makeup like its a real person because for me it is, it is my best friend for life, it is my confidant and it is something I turn to when I at my lowest lows or the highest highs, when I have revenge on my mind or when I am simply blinded by passion...

Festive Seasons & Makeup Look #1

LOTD: Marking The Beginning of The Festive Season in India 
Come August/September and the one thing that everyone at work starts discussing are leave plans... Some very common questions that are passed around are "How many days of leave do you plan to take for Diwali?", "Are you planning on going somewhere during the Dussehra break?", "Any plans for Navratri?", "Aren't you going home to Kolkata for Durga Puja?" and the most common is "When is the traditional day planned for this year?"...

REVIEW: NYX Cosmetics Full Throttle Lipstick in Trickster

REVIEW: NYX Cosmetics Full Throttle Lipstick in Trickster
We just finished watching "Eye in the Sky" and I have numbed to say the least. To be met with a requirement to have to decide between a sensitive collateral damage and a risk of being responsible for losing hundreds of lives is something that I don't ever want to be a part of. And the movie is just about that. I recommend watching it if you haven;t already and if you have then do share your thoughts with me! I'd love to hear the myriads of perspectives that readers of ISLM generally have!

VIDEO: Get Ready With Me | Lunch Date | Colorful Makeup

VIDEO: Get Ready With Me | Lunch Date | Colorful Makeup
Lunch dates are special. Be it with the pati or with my girlfriends, I feel lunch dates ate occasions where I can truly experiment with my makeup. Evening dates and date nights are more about the cliched makeup looks consisting of tones of golds and browns and coppers and bronzed replete with either Ruby Red lips or Warm Pinks... So when do you get the time to play with the younger pastels and blues and greens and other candy colors? Enter lunch dates...

My Envy Box - August 2016

My Envy Box - August 2016
So the last week for me was the bomb where the blog is concerned or rather my Social Media channels are concerned especially Instagram. I crossed 6k followers and a picture of mine crossed 500 likes while quite a number of them crossed the 100 likes mark... Maybe small things for many of you but for me it was as exciting as the day I actually started liking alcohol (initially it was just peer pressure :P)

REVIEW: Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColor in Addicted

REVIEW: Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColor in Addicted
I have meaning to do this review post since a while now but things have been simply crazy the past few days at work and personally as well... Plus with the long Independence Day weekend and the short trip that we took as a group just left me no time to do a review...
However, I am glad to be back to my daily routine and I feel all refreshed and am raring to go! :)

LOTD: One Makeup, Four Hairstyles

LOTD: One Makeup Four Hairstyles
When its about looking good we invariably turn towards makeup and skincare. It's a no-brainer really... Skincare is about taking care of ourselves and makeup just enhances our natural beauty.
But then there is one aspect that we often tend to ignore but it plays a very important role in the way we look and that is our hair :)

Tutorial: Sexy Summer Glowy Makeup Look

Versatile Neutral Summer Makeup Look (Kala Chashma Inspired)
The whole country has been gripped by the Kala Chashma fever. It's all over the radio, its all over YouTube and it's all over the television. It's really hard to  miss the brand new version of the Kala Chashma song and if you haven't heard it yet then you may not be missing much but you sure will not be able to relate to this particular post of mine :P

REVIEW & LOTD: NYX Butter Lipstick in Fire Brick

REVIEW & LOTD: NYX Butter Lipstick in Fire Brick
A girl can never have enough lipsticks. Give a girl 27 Red lipsticks and she will be able to tell you the difference between each of the 27 shades. We are gifted that way, intuitive even and hence when the pati exclaims at the number of lipsticks on display on my dresser I just smile at him and calmly open my drawers that hold triple the number of lippies :) *winks*

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Vacationing Without My Husband

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Vacationing Without My Husband
I never thought I'd be writing on this topic ever but something happened a few days ago and it got me thinking... I realized that my vacationing without my husband was actually something that was being talked about by *climactic silence* my own relatives.
So I thought I'd initiate a discussion with anyone who chances upon reading this article of mine...

COMPARISON REVIEW: The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter Vs Cleansing Oil

COMPARISON REVIEW: The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter Vs Cleansing Oil
The first time I saw the Camomile range at The Body Shop store, I was excited. Camomile is supposed to be calming but more importantly its great for the skin because it soothes skin irritation, is a natural skin bleach and is a natural cleanser. But when I saw that the good people at The Body Shop have not just a Camomile Cleansing Butter but also a Cleansing Oil, I was left confused...

I was confused because I didn't know which was better, the butter or the oil :) I mean how does one choose one over the other? Right? Right? Right!

REVIEW: LA Girl Gel Glide Eyeliner in Dark Brown

REVIEW: LA Girl Gel Glide Eyeliner in Dark Brown
ISLM Writer: Sanchita
People were gushing about when NYX launched in India (check Nykaa) but I went mad after the launch of L.A. Girl. Although only handful of products were launched compared to their awesome range, I was glad to find the Gel Glide Eyeliner Pencils. These pretty babies are the drugstore dupe of the rich and famous Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-on Eye Pencil. Okay, I am college student and I can’t go around shelling money on UD (although I love the eyeshadows!) Being an eyeliner fanatic, I bought few colors from the range of L.A. Girl and one particular product just blew my mind of. Want to know why? Read on to know ore about it.

LOTD: Intense Smokey Eyes & Chit Chat about Undertones!

LOTD featuring Intense Smokey Eyes & Chit Chat about Undertones!
All I know are sad songs, sad songs
Darling
All I know are sad songs! I have been obsessed with this song the whole day today! I know I posted videos with this song playing in the background umpteen number of times on Snapchat today and I can imagine how irritating it must have gotten for those of you all who are not a fan of it :P

Bear with me please :)

REVIEW: NYX HD Blush in HDB1 Bronzed

REVIEW: NYX HD Blush in HDB1 Bronzed
So I really want to rush through this post cause it's my bestie's husband's birthday in 4 hours and we are all going out and as usual I am running late... But no I won't rush through this, I promise cause well it is a review post and reviews should be lengthy and should go on and on and on, right? Wrong!

I believe reviews can be effective even if they are short but should be to the point and informative. Do you believe the same?

My Envy Box - July 2016

My Envy Box - July 2016
As I sat in bed this morning cupping a steaming mug of fresh ginger and green tea, nursing a throat infection and a fever, the impending day seemed bleak to me. And the fact that we have not really been seeing the sun since the past month now was making matters worse. So I started scrolling through my Snapchat (@samyukta_islm) feed to just take my mind of my sickness when I saw Bhumika of New Love Makeup talking of the latest My Envy Box on her snapchat and it just got me excited!

REVIEW SWATCHES: Favourite Lakme Enrich Matte Lipsticks

Review & Swatches of My Favourite Lakme Enrich Matte Lipsticks
Every once in a while a drugstore (afforadable) makeup brand comes up with a new launch that totally blows my socks off. Its a rare occurrence but it happens... The last time it happened was when Maybelline launched the Lip Gradation Lip Colors in India and I was complete bowled over. This time its Lakme that has me jump up with joy with their Enrich Matte Lipsticks...

VIDEO & LOTD: Wearable Summer Bronze Makeup Look

VIDEO & LOTD: Wearable Summer Bronze Makeup Look
It is 20 minutes past midnight, I am watching Master Chef Australia while writing this post and I am craving some blueberry cheesecake... Like right now! My cravings during "that time of the month" is so intense that how much ever self restraint I try to practice, I fail at it miserably... I generally eat clean and try to eat healthy but a week before my periods are due I start craving everything unhealthy, mainly sweets and carbs... Sighhhhhh...

REVIEW: Forest Essentials Velvet Silk Body Cream Indian Rose Absolute

My One Sided Affair with Forest Essentials Velvet Silk Body Cream Indian Rose Absolute
ISLM Writer: Nimisha
Yes, I have been MIA. I wish it was MIB (Men In Black just in case you were wondering), but nevertheless. So, I am back after three long months. Oh and yes, I laubbbb being back.

Review: Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick - Cherry Wine

Elle 18 Color Pops Matte Lipstick Cherry Wine ReviewISLM Writer: Sanchita
When everyone is busy buying summer-y lipstick shades like tangerine, corals and pinks, I am busying purchasing dark berry, plums and maroons. Well, I am in love with dark shades right now and has been continuously wearing few shades from the Elle 18’s newest launch - the Color Pops Matte range. I have always rated Elle 18 somewhat average as I found their products okay-ish but this launch was a bomb.com. Read on the review of the lipstick to know more.

Experiential: Sheer Bliss at the Quan Spa

Experience Sheer Bliss at the Quan Spa, JW Marriott
As I sit here eating a bowl of sprouts and sipping on a cold glass of lemon and ginger water, I immerse my feet in a tub of warm water and sigh at my aching leg muscles. I just got back from the gym and running 5 kms daily on the treadmill has got me craving some soothing massages... I'll probably book an appointment for the weekend...

Herbs & More Vitamin Therapy Face Mist - Olive

Review: Herbs & More Vitamin Therapy Face Mist - Olive
This week's been treating me pretty rad! *touchwood*
I have gymmed everyday this past week, my weight is under control, I found my HG everyday foundation and my skin has never been better... What can I say, its Karma and well the Vitamin Therapy Face Mist by Herbs and More that I have been using since the past two weeks...

Do I Recommend The Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation?

Review: The Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation
I had updated on snapchat (@samyukta_islm) last week that I suspected the Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation to be breaking me out and hence I have been keeping a keen eye on the foundation since.

Neutral Glamorous Makeup Look

Neutral Glamorous Makeup Look
The new season of The House of Cards is just out and the pati and I decided to skip our regular Sunday Lunch Date tomorrow and watch the whole season back to back in bed... Hmmmm... Sounds like the perfect rainy Sunday afternoon, right? ^_^

Fingers crossed that it goes as planned :)

I Want To Love The Maybelline Magnum Barbie Mascara But I Don't

I Want To Love The Maybelline Magnum Barbie Mascara But I Don't
You know the time when you have been eyeing a new restaurant in town but have not been able to make time to actually go and sample it out? However, finally one fine evening everything seems to be falling into place and you at last make time to get dinner reservations at the restaurant... By the time you get your table, you realise that you've waited for this moment for so long that you really want to love it...
So much so that you choose to ignore little flaws here and there and because the food's genuinely tasty you try to ignore that the service sucked... And so that you can confidently tell yourself that the restaurant is everything you wished for, you make another reservation, this time for lunch. But history repeats itself, the food comes out brilliantly but the service simply doesn't seem up to the mark... You still "forgive" the "little" flaw until the server drops a bowl of hot…

Beauty Essentials for Work

Beauty Essentials for Work
My desk at work hold two baskets. Once contains office supplies like whiteboard markers, pens, pencils, erasers and board pins, while the other contains a selected assortment of beauty essentials that come in handy during the day in office...
And today I plan to share it with you all :)

Tag Heuer- The Watch of Tomorrow

Tag Heuer - The Watch of Tomorrow
Travelling back in time may just be a dream today, but you can live your futuristic aspirations through the timeless TAG Heuer watches, which are sure to get the space-time continuum whirring! Whether it’s their state of the art technical brilliance or their imaginative designs, cutting edge modernism is inescapable in every make and model.

COMPARISON REVIEW: The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream Vs British Rose Hand Cream Vs Burt's Bees Hand Salve

COMPARISON REVIEW: The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream Vs English Rose Hand Cream Vs Burt's Bees Hand Salve
I have dry hands, even when I wet my beauty sponge with water I need to apply some form of cream on my hands... So much so that my morning routine consists of taking a shower, after which I apply my face cream (you gotta give it time to get absorbed before applying foundation), then wet my beauty sponge, then apply body butter, wear clothes and finally get down to putting on makeup...

Did you notice the anomaly here? I apply my body butter *after* I have wet my beauty sponge so that my hands are always moisturised!

Makeup Is A Wonderful Thing & LOTD

Makeup Is A Wonderful Thing & LOTD
What I really love about makeup is that there are no rules in it. Living in a society where one is expected to behave in a certain way, live in a certain way, venting out in a creative way with makeup as a medium is truly a welcome change...

Is Micellar Water Breaking You Out?

Is Micellar Water Breaking You Out?
I had done a post a little while ago about the most popular ways of makeup removal where Cleansing Oils and Butters won the race with Micellar water a close third. Seeing how popular Micellar water was and all the hype around it tempted me to give this "revered" product a shot. Hence, on my way back from Italy, I picked up a bottle of Bioderma Micellar water from the Dubai Airport.

REVIEW: Kiko Milano Smart Lip Pencil - 709

Review of Kiko Milano Smart Lip Pencil in 709
Hey guys! I just got back from watching Udta Punjab and I must say that I loved it! Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from it because of the hype probably but I was stunned into silence by the movie. It seriously is a must watch and everybody did such a fabulous job in it... Alia Bhatt especially was outstanding but it would be unfair to not call out the others' performances as well...

My Envy Box June 2016

My Envy Box June 2016
So I am sitting here staring at my computer screen wondering how I should start this post and I can hear Arnab Goswami screaming his lungs out on TV in the other room... Half my brain is trying to get started with this post while the other half is trying its best to understand what the "debate" is really about :P
So you know what, am going to skip the initial chitter-chatter that I generally do in my posts and I shall dive right into today's post...

My Kiko Milano Haul

My Kiko Milano Haul
While I sip on my glass of port and listen to Alex Cruz's music, I cannot help but feel a little sad about how I wasted my Saturday sleeping... I was on leave on Friday (period woes) and I spent 48 hours i.e. Friday and Saturday only sleeping... I did not eat, did not watch television or even check my messages and other stuff on my phone... I simply slept... Periods have that effect on me... You'd think at the age of 30, I'd probably have tamed the monthly visitor but well sorry it just seems so untameable!

Comparison Review: L'Oreal Dry Shampoo Vs Batiste Dry Shampoo Vs BBlunt Dry Shampoo

Comparison Review: L'Oreal Dry Shampoo Vs Batiste Dry Shampoo Vs BBlunt Dry Shampoo
'Tis the season of dry shampoos, my love... Summers and the Monsoons are the two seasons that see me go through dry shampoos like my life depended on them! Its crazy but true! So now that I have gone through quite a number of them, I decided to do a comparison post on the 3 most popular dry shampoos in the Indian market :D
*rubs hands in glee*

Comparison Review: Bed Head TIGI After Party Smoothing Cream Vs BBlunt Climate Control Anti-Frizz Cream

Comparison Review: Bed Head TIGI After Party Smoothing Cream Vs BBlunt Climate Control Anti-Frizz Cream
The title of the post is quite a handful don't you think?
Well, like I told you all on snapchat, I will not be doing product reviews that often anymore cause I plan on concentrating more on comparison reviews and giving you the low down between which is the better out of 2 or even 3 products... I think these comparison posts are more helpful and are a little more interesting than simple, off the mill, plain reviews :)
What say you?
*raises one eyebrow*

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Feminism - Pseudo or Otherwise

Coffee Breaks With ISLM: Feminism - Pseudo or Otherwise
Feminism is perhaps the most jaded word in India right now and it can boast of a lifespan (with or without relevance) that is much higher than the term "intolerant", which had taken the Indian masses by storm a few months ago...

Everyone has something to say about it. Some are for it, others prefer to stay away from it while many make a daily "living" off it on social media... Whatever the reason, Feminism is sure a favorite, to love or to hate.

So what is Feminism really and do we really understand it?
"The advocacy of women's rights on grounds of equality of the sexes" is how Google defines Feminism but are we misunderstanding it?

My instagram profile gives a lot of information about my personal life, from my profession to my hobbies to even my sun sign and I have many a times thought of adding the term "Feminist" somewhere in there as well. And every time I get such a thought, I ref…

LOTD: Quick Glowing Makeup Look for Rushed Monday Mornings

LOTD: Quick Glowing Makeup Look for Rushed Monday Mornings
My relationship with Mondays can best described as complicated. It's complicated without a doubt. I want to hate Mondays because my Instagram and Facebook feeds tell me to, you know the blah blah about Monday Blues and all that jazz but my mind tells another story :) I find Mondays to be full of hope, hope of new things to come, changes, hope of a productive week at work and a hope of getting time to clean my house...

Nonetheless, my Mondays are always rushed!

I invariably sleep late the night before, I snooze my alarm in the morning for more times than is healthy, you get the drift... And hence when I am finally done with my shower and other necessary morning rituals, I get almost no time to do my makeup... So I take shortcuts that I decided to share with you all today and if you have dry skin and oily lids like me, you might even incorporate it in your rushed Monday Morning makeup rituals ;)

REVIEW: Kiko Milano Luxurious Lashes Extra Volume Brush Mascara

Review of Kiko Milano Luxurious Lashes Extra Volume Brush Mascara
So today I was browsing a furniture website for you know some furniture... I need a wooden trunk in my life for no reason at all and I need a full length mirror with a stand and wooden frame for self obsession purposes. See? I can easily justify the wants in my life...

Social Media - Yay or Nay?

Social Media - Yay or Nay?
ISLM Writer: Sabista
In a world full of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram and many more, should we feel blessed or cursed? An application like Skype can nurture long distance relationships and bring two lovers closer, while an application like WhatsApp or even plain old Messenger can make it so easy and accessible to dump your partner without an explanation. I’ve seen people get married on Skype and break-up on email, I’ve seen people hook up on Tinder and start new romances on Facebook. Is it that simple these days? Can love start with just a friend request? Is it so easy to catch a hold of a one night stand partner, because all you have to do is swipe left or right?