Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Haul - After 4 months of my Shopping Ban !

4 months of self imposed shopping ban was not so easy and I really doubt if I would ever go on a ban again, even if I do, not for such a long period of time ! Phew ! I feel like I had broken my leg and now all recovered so that I can walk normally and breathe the fresh air ;) I did save a lot during these 4 months and also decided to spend wisely - lets see :p Mean while close ones showered me with gifts this time for my birthday and here is the much awaited post of this month :)

Monday, April 29, 2013

What did I wear for my birthday?

As the giveaway started I have been getting feedback from the followers on what they like to see here at 'A Shopaholic' and many of you have mentioned OOTDs and FOTDs ! Though I am not yet comfortable doing all that right away I thought at least I should do posts close to that, where my fellow bloggers and friends would know me better on the personal side as well. So that is how this post came into my mind :) Let me know if you enjoy such posts so that I can do more of them.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

'300' Celebrations International Giveaway ! - Closed

Hey Girls !

It is giveaway time here again and sorry for the really long wait ! I was planning for a sale and giveaway and once the sale was over I was working on what to giveaway. It was quite unexpected that I came across these amazing 'LE Gem Collection Make Up Tools Kit' by ELF and I couldn't wait any longer I went ahead and ordered them. They were available in 3 colors - I got these in purple :D

Now the reason for the celebration - 300 likes, 300+ followers and 300+ posts. The last two were quite easy and I was waiting for the Facebook likes to reach 300 and that took this long. Phew !

Here is what you'll be getting. 8-piece gem make up tools from ELF in Purple.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Avon Matte Nail Enamels Violetta, Red Velvet : Review, NOTD

I am not much into nail art or not too fond of trying different nail colors. I would hardly have a collection of 25 nail enamels and not more than that. Out of the ones I have I keep using some 5 colors often and that is it. When I heard the concept of matte nail colors I was a bit curious and tried a couple of shades from Avon. Not a fan of mattes and not a fan of nail colors - read on to see how much these matte nail colors scored according to me !

Friday, April 26, 2013

Elle 18 Make Your Own Shade Contest : Press Note

I love fun contests and here is an interesting one by Elle 18 :)

It is always fun to mix and match different nail colour shades to come up with a unique one that truly reflects your personality. Elle 18 takes this concept to the next level with its new ‘Make your own shade’ contest starting today. Through this campaign you can not only create your own shade of Nail Pops but also get an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of owning the shade with your name stamped on it.

You can participate in this unique contest through the following simple process. The winners will be selected on basis of maximum likes and shares.

1) ‘Like’ the Elle 18 Facebook page
2) A showcase of 12 colours will appear on your screen and you will have to select the preferred colour/s
3) A scale under each colour box will allow you to adjust the quantity of each shade. You also have an option to change the effect of the nail color (Lighten/Darken/ Sparkle/Matte)
4) The resultant colour appears once the choices are entered and you write a name for the colour

The 2 best colours will find a place in Elle 18’s new set of shades and these will be named after the winners.
So make your own shade, NOW!

(Contest Dates: 24th April 2013 to 24th May 2013)

Note - Information sent by PR.

♥ Aarthi ♥

The Body Shop Bath Gloves : Review

The Body Shop has always been one of my favorite brand when it comes to skin care and I am a fan of their body butters ever since I tried them for the first time which was approximately 7-8 yrs ago ! There was no turning back and I keep trying different products and different variants of their body butter. The bath gloves have always gained my attention but never wanted to get them until co-bloggers tempted me with their reviews. They were available in many colors however I chose to get the white ones for me.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Johnson's 24 Hour Moisture Soft Cream : Review

I have dry skin and I can't imagine a single day without a moisturizer ! I keep trying different moisturizers for different seasons. Since summer is at its peak now I tried to find a very light moisturizer for my skin and that is when I spotted this Johnson's 24 Hour Moisture Soft Cream that I was lying around in my draw. I opened and tried to find if it was light and moisturizing enough at the same time. Read further to know how this moisturizer worked for me.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Basic Step By Step Eye Make Up Tutorial for Beginners Part 2 : Tutorial

Knowing a little about the eye zones and being prepared with pretty much all what we need for a basic eye make up, here is a detailed step by step tutorial on how to do a casual eye make up. I have used a pink eye shadow that is safe for any time of the day and also would look good on almost all skin tones. I have used the shade INGLOT Pearl 449, you can choose any color you are comfortable with browns, pinks or any similar colors.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Basic Step by Step Eye Make Up Tutorial for Beginners Part 1 : Eye Zones and Products Used

I have been learning eye makeup from all you tube make up gurus and other lovely bloggers around here. Not that I am a pro but I have been getting requests from friends and my lovely followers to do some basic eye makeup and step by step tutorial of the same. The post would be really long as I am sharing all I know in detail. I have taken a pretty pink eye shadow from INGLOT that can be worn for a casual day out.

First let me show a picture with markings of the eye zones so that it will be easy when I use all those terms during the tutorial.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Benefit Bella Bamba Blush : Review, Swatch

I have almost reviewed all the blushes I had listed HERE. So I have bought a few more that I was craving for - what I bought is a suspense for now. Keep watching this space for the month end haul post :) The packaging was the first attraction with flashy colors and of course I wanted to try a blush from this brand since a very long time, so that is how I purchased this pretty blush from Dubai. Wish we get all such brands here soon ! I want to try many more variants by Benefit as they make pretty looking blushes.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Victoria's Secret Pink Eau De Parfum Spray Review

Fragrance and Victoria's Secret are two words that are closely related to each other ! You all know the reason why. Having tried their scrubs, shower gels and all those pretty products and being lost in their fragrance I badly wanted to try their perfumes. I browsed through their website and added the 'Pink' to my wish list, not by seeing the notes but by just looking at the bottle. I do this often but this time it was a total hit :)

Play It Straight with New Tresemme Keratin Smooth : Press Note

                                        Get Professional Salon Smooth Hair At Home

From its origins in salons back in 1974, TRESemmé has always been driven by a simple truth; every woman deserves to look fabulous, like she may have just stepped out of a salon. Used by top hair stylists all over the world, TRESemmé is dedicated to creating salon-inspired, products to help women create their own style and get salon like gorgeous hair at home.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Makeup Organization Part 2 - Eyes

As promised I am doing a detailed post on how I am organizing my makeup. Every month I am dealing with one section like products for eye make up, products used on lips and so on. Having already shared how I have arranged my lip products HERE, today I am sharing with you how I have arranged the products I use on my eyes, say eye pencils, kajal, eye shadow, eye shadow base, liquid liners, eye shadow pans, eye shadow pots and eye shadow palettes.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate : Review, Swatch, EOTD

I saw people raving about this Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate and I was waiting to finish my Maybelline Colossal Kajal to buy this one. I couldn't wait any more when I got a good offer on this brand new Kohl that I decided to buy one immediately. Such a quality from Lakme is just mind blowing. You want to line your eyes with a jet black kajal then your search ends here. Read on to know more about this amazing kohl.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Napoleon Perdis Satin Lips Lip Gloss Lucinda : Review, Swatch, LOTD

I understand your question about the brand name ! Most of you might not know the brand Napoleon Perdis which was named after the Make Up Artist from Australia who is the founder of the brand. Even I wouldn't have known it until I dropped in to his store one random day during my university days in Sydney. I was then a simple lip gloss and kajal girl. I just entered the store, picked up the gloss, billed it and walked out. I didn't even use the tester ! I just love pinks then and that was all I was looking for. This is the first product I wanted to get a back up of  !

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Crazy Clicks - Coffee Mugs

I keep collecting coffee mugs so often and break them very often too ;) - valid to reason to buy new ones :p When I go to places like Home Centre or Home Shop, you literally have to drag me out of the store as I totally get lost there filling my trolley with coffee mugs, vases and other interesting decor for the house. This is something I love as much as I love shopping make up :D Here are few clicks of the coffee mugs I got recently.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick Peach : Review, Swatch, LOTD

Revlon Colorburst is one of my favorite range in Revlon and I have at least more than one gloss, lip butter and lipstick. The formula and shades are totally amazing and that is what makes me go behind the color burst range. Having already reviewed a pretty shade Raspberry HERE today it is another shade for review - Peach. Though I am not a great fan of peach or corals I was just curious to know how this shade will look on me and my friend passed this shade to me :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

MAC Eye Shadow Steamy : Review, Swatch, EOTD

If there is one eye color that I badly wanted to buy for myself it is MAC Humid. I did buy its dupe from INGLOT [Reviewed HERE] but never did my desire die. So whenever I go to MAC I make sure I try Humid once and ask the MUA for one but it was never in stock ! I will still be hunting for the shade and meanwhile Steamy was a shade suggested instead of Humid. There is no similarity between them other than they are green but still I love the shade :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Instant Skin-Lightening Anti-Tan Face Pack : DIY

Summers are here and how much ever I try to protect my skin from the scroching sun I get tanned very easily. I always rely on this face pack that removes my tan in just 1 day based on the severity of the tan. Even when I was badly tanned I used this face pack continuously for 5 days and it was all gone, leaving behind a soft supple and more than anything a face that looked like mine ! Today, I am sharing my HG DIY face pack for that glowing skin :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Plans for my Birthday - Something Different?

Born on April 19th, I always considered myself an Aries but lately I doubt if I am a cusp of Aries/Taurus ! I am glad I am not Taurus because as per Linda Goodman's words I prefer to be an Aries than a Taurus. Also, out of all Taurus women I know quite a few of them pretend to be a total different person to the society and I hate people who pretend ! Sorry - no offense meant to any one here it is just my perception and it might be wrong too ! Well, the whole point is I am an Aries and I am glad that I am one :D Phew !


Friday, April 12, 2013

Accessories Love ♥ - Compact Mirror

As much as a girl loves lipstick she loves a mirror too and so do I :D As I love hand bags, wallets, coin purse I love compact mirrors too - all that finds a permanent place in my hand bag. Though I do not have a big collection the couple of mirrors I have are so special to me. This particular mirror is quite different embedded with stones and looks royal too - a unique piece that I treasure.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ponds White Beauty BB+ Fairness Cream : Press Note

The Future of Radiant Skin is here.The new all-in-one Pond’s white beauty TM BB+ fairness cream. First of its kind BB+ fairness cream that instantly covers spots and lightens skin from within to give you radiant skin all day 

MUMBAI, APRIL, 2013: Pond’s, the pioneer in face care with over 160 years of face care expertise, introduces the revolutionary Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream. The first of its kind innovative beauty solutions from the Pond’s white beauty portfolio combines the dual benefit of instant coverage of spots as well as lightening skin within to help reveal perfect natural look. Pond’s white beauty™ BB+ fairness cream with SPF 30 PA++ and GenWhite TM cover formula provides natural coverage suited for Indian skin that conceals spot instantly while working from deep within epidermis to lighten stubborn spots  for all day instant spot-less radiant skin.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick Black Cherry : Review, Swatch, LOTD

Before I got in to the MAC addiction and tried high end brands, Estee Lauder was the only one in my collection. All credits to my sis, who introduced me to the brand and I truly enjoyed every single product I tried. That is when I realized the difference in quality when it comes to high end brands. Estee Lauder make up removers are something I am crazy about. Today here is one lipstick review from Estee Lauder.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Loose Powder Foundation Dark : Review, Swatch

I buy products just for the way it is designed or looks or just the color. It was during my MAC purchase I saw something that was not in the usual pan. I was curious and asked the MUA about it and she said it is a loose powder with SPF 15. I asked her to suggest a shade for me and she suggested me 'Dark' for my NC 44 skin tone. I was in a hurry so I did a quick trial and even without it I would have bought it for sure !

Monday, April 8, 2013

Red Lip Colors are still new to Me ! - Swatches, LOTD

During my 'ban' days I had so much to do as I was not shopping and the major job I did was cleaning and organizing. I was clearing all my stuff and rearranging things in my organizer almost once a week ! This massive cleaning showed me prominently that I do not have many red lip colors, in fact I have very very few of them :( I am never so confident wearing bright colors, especially not red. So here is a post to show all the red lippies I have.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

L'Occitane En Provence Repairing Shampoo with 5 Essential Oils : Review, Swatch

I used to be a fan of L'Occitane scrubs and recently their shampoos and conditioners have attracted me more ! After trying the shampoo with 3 essential oils, glad I got a chance to try the shampoo with 5 essential oils. Boy, I have to say it is mind-blowing and my hair just loves this shampoo. I use it with the same L'Occitane Conditioner reviewed HERE and only now I feel my hair is being pampered and taken care properly.

The review was requested by Ankita :)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Forest Essentials Indian Rose Absolute Hand & Body Lotion : Review, Swatch

Forest Essentials has become one of my favorite brand after trying so many products from them- be it skin or hair care I really liked them a lot. This hand and body lotion did an amazing job during winters and whenever I went to hill stations for a vacation this was a savior for my dry skin. Now I have a big list of products to be bought from Forest Essentials and hopefully I will at least buy a couple of them pretty soon.

This review was requested by Bhumika :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

My Love For Pink

You all know I love pink, Err..
We all love pink, Err No
All we girls love pink, Err I doubt
Don't we girls love pink?
At least most of us LOVE PINK  and this post is to say show how much I love the color and how much it plays an important role in my day to day life !

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dior Kiss Lip Gloss Cotton Candy & Candy Apple : Review, Swatch

I like picking up stuff from the airport duty free whenever I travel and this addiction has been there ever since I was a little girl [though the options were too less then !]. Unless I do that final quick shopping I don't feel like I have got enough so I make sure I reach the airport well before to do a peaceful and relaxed shopping :D During one such transit I found a box of 5 Dior Gloss and having given the other 3 to my friends and relatives I have got just 2 with me for now.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Guerlain Rouge Jewel Lipstick Compact 65 Grenade : Review, Swatch, LOTD

Guerlain is another luxury brand that I was fortunate enough to try it at the stores and lucky enough to own a pretty shade from the vast collection of lip shades they had ! The main attraction for me when it comes to this particular lipstick is the truly awesome packaging that is so unique as well. I don't remember any other lipstick that comes with a mirror attached to it but this one does and it makes the job so easy. Yes, I need not worry about searching for a mirror from my huge hang bag, especially when it is over flowing !

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MUFE High Definition Blush No 5 : Review, Swatch

The MUFE HD Blush is one of the very few blushes that I used often and there are many good reasons for me to go behind the blush again and again ! Keeping the story aside for a short while I have to tell that the blush started to dry up :p and I am planning to find some way to prevent it and use it for some more time [until it expires !] So, if you have any bright ideas please do share :( To give a gist, this is one ideal blush to give that naturally flushed cheeks.

The review was requested by Dollie :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy : Review

Geeee, it is April 1st and successfully my ban is over ! I did resist all these days :D and I am going for shopping with sister today :D Hope it is really huge, I want it to be HUGE, lets see how it goes. I shall keep you posted on that. Meanwhile here is a review of a product I love the most out of all the C&E products I have reviewed so far. You must read this to know how much I love the C&E Hand Therapy - I love the name ;)

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