Friday, May 31, 2013

Dove Intense Repair Range : Press Note

                                            Say NO to Gaps

The New Dove Intense Repair Range with Keratin Actives helps Rebuild Damaged Hair at the Cellular Level*

‘You look exactly the same!’ While it’s great to hear that from someone you haven’t seen in years, you hope they don’t mean your hair. No woman enjoys wearing the same hairstyle day in and day out, much less for years together. We all love experimenting with our hair, whether its various styling products or instruments to make our hair look beautiful. In the attempt to look our best, we end up overlooking the daily damage we put our tresses through.

Giveaway Results !

First of all I would like to thank each and every one of you who entered this giveaway and making it so huge ! Yes, it is the participants who decide a giveaway's success and you all did it once again. I was totally dumb stuck seeing your response and that motivates me to do giveaways more often. Yes, you heard it right there is another giveaway coming up pretty soon :) So stay tuned for the updates. 

Before I announce the winners I would like to thank everyone of you once again :)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 2013 Haul & Gifts

After a long time I feel quite normal as I am back doing the monthly haul posts :) This month I actually didn't plan to do any haul at all, not that I am on a ban too but it was totally unplanned. I went to meet Pree for a very short period of time and that is when I did the little shopping. Also Pree surprised me with amazing gifts for my birthday that I am totally in love with. Though the haul is small I am sure you will drool seeing the products.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Easy Step By Step Winged Eye Liner / Cat Eye Liner : Tutorial

I have been waiting for my eye brows to be done back to normal so that I can do this tutorial for all you girls who still think the winged eye liner look is not an easy job. We all knew that this rocked the Cannes Film Festival this time and I can't do this picture tutorial at a more appropriate time. Will you believe me if I say this is really really easy and you can do this with just one single product and that is the fabulous Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner. Without taking much time, here is the step by step tutorial for all my readers :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Makeup Organization Part 3 - Everyday Essentials

I try to accommodate all my make up and skin care in my make up draws however I have extra stuff that is kept separately in a bag. On top of the draws I have kept a tray that has all the make up and skin care essentials that I pick up every day. It is so easy to grab stuff immediately especially when I am rushing out and I guess most of you would have a tray like this with everyday essentials. Here is a sneak peak into mine and how I have arranged my daily essentials. Having already done two parts on make up organization here is one more that I wanted to share.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour 533 April : Review, NOTD

Whenever I used to walk past the Chanel counters, more than anything the nail colors used to attract me a lot. I always had a small list of favorite shades that I wanted to buy :p However, when I really got the chance to get one, it had to be something special and I chose the shade 'April'. Most of you would know why - April is my birthday month ;) That is not the sole reason for me to get this shade, the shade itself was so pretty that I couldn't just skip it for the next time !

Sunday, May 26, 2013

INGLOT Freedom System Lipstick 63 : Review, Swatch, LOTD

I love INGLOT lipsticks for their amazing quality delivered at such an affordable price. So far I have 5 lipsticks from their freedom system and around 8 eye shadows and none of them had failed me. I recently filled my lipstick palette that has 1 pink, 1 coral, 1 nude, 1 red and 1 'my pink' shades. Will do a post on the entire collection some time later. I thought the palette would look incomplete without a red and so went ahead and purchased the shade 63.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss : Swatches

Recently Maybelline launched their new range of lip gloss - Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss in 8 shades. I loved almost all the shades but obviously I can't buy all of them. Here is the Press Note along with the swatches of all the 8 shades.

Maybelline’s Color Sensational High Shine Gloss is the perfect product to add a pop of shine and color to your lips this summer. With its wax free formula, the product gives you a crystal clear base that provides the purest colour and an untouched shine that is never hazy or muddy. The lip gloss is comfortable on the lips and contours them beautifully without any difficulty. If you’re not at ease wearing a gloss because they are sticky, the sassy Shine in Maybelline’s Color Sensational High Shine Gloss will give you many reasons to wear one. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Mascaras : How many should I have?

A couple of months back I got a mail from a friend cum regular follower of  'A Shopaholic' who wanted to know how many mascaras should one have always ? It is well known that we should toss away the mascaras after 3 months of usage to avoid any infections, however I do that only once in 6 - 8 months. Not a good habit I know :p and do throw your mascaras away at least once in 4-6 months time and don't wait for the mascaras to dry away completely. So here is a little post for a friend and hope this helps her. Sorry for doing this post so late :P

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tresemme Hair Fall Control Shampoo : Review

Hair fall and dandruff are my major concerns related to my hair all over the year. Dandruff problem is not through out the year but at least once or twice a year I get them and for the next few months I struggle to get rid of it. After that follows the hair fall problem which is my biggest worry through out the year. I have been using the L'Occitane shampoo and conditioner which did help my hair a lot. Now I finished using all the bottles I had and I wanted to try a new shampoo. That is how I stumbled upon the Tresemme Hair Fall Control shampoo.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

BVLGARI Rose Essentielle Eau De Toilette : Review, Notes

I am a huge fan of Bvlgari perfumes and only today I noticed that this is my first fragrance review from the brand when I already have more than a couple of Bvlgari perfumes. Will review them all one by one pretty soon. This Bvlgari Rose Essentielle EDT was a gift from my sister who visited me a couple of months back. When I saw the name 'Rose' I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be using it at all as I totally hate the fragrance of Rose/Jasmine in any perfume ! Since it was a gift I didn't want to return it back at the same time didn't have the heart to waste it so I had to try it one day.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Shopping Tips 1 - How to choose the right shopping mall for you?

I never thought I will do a post like this ! Ya, because I never thought Chennai would get so many shopping malls in just 1 years time or even less. Until early last year there were just 2 malls - Spencers and City Center. Now there are the huge and happening Express Avenue that has opened followed by the Ampa Sky Walk, Ramee Mall, Phoenix Market City and Forum Mall. More than a couple of malls are expected to open by this year end and I thought doing this post is very necessary [might be helpful too]. Also from a shopaholic like me, it is so apt :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector : Review, Swatch, Comparison

I loved the Maybelline BB Cream but my skin didn't ! Read the real long sad story HERE. To put the sad story to an end I started looking out for other BB creams in the market and then I came across the Garnier BB Cream. I read a couple of good reviews and I bought the smaller version to try it out first. I might try the Ponds BB cream next - yes the BB Cream fever caught me too ! I feel it makes life so easy especially during summers. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Chanel Glossimer Intense Radiance Lip Gloss 158 Braise : Review, Swatch, LOTD

Chanel Glossimer is my first lip gloss from the brand Chanel. Though I boast to be a gloss person, it came as a surprise to myself that I first got a lipstick from Chanel and not a gloss ! I didn't see for any reviews or feedback before, but I just got this gloss instantly. The color is quite unusual in my collection and that adds more prettiness to the other glosses I have lined up inside my make up draw. Read on to see what made this gloss so different from others.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Colorbar I Glides ♥ Eye Pencils : Swatches

During my recent haul you would have seen that I bought a bunch of I Glides from Colorbar. Many of you asked me to show the shades I bought so here is the post. These eye pencils are one of the best I have tried so far ! Though I haven't tried the ones from Faces, for now these are my favorites. I wanted 10 out of 12 shades that were available, I skipped the pink and golden ones as I had a doubt if the pink would show up on me and I already had a pretty golden eye pencil from Oriflame. The black and silver ones were out of stock so got the rest of 8 shades :)


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Maybelline Colorsensational Lip Color Fatal Red : Review, Swatch, LOTD

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipsticks are one of the first Maybelline products that made me fall in love with the brand. Even after I tried so many other lipsticks from many other brand I still go back to these for the quality they offer for such a reasonable price. I have already reviewed a couple of lipsticks from this range and today I am sharing my recent pick and this time it is RED ! 

Rads .. see how it looks on me, might be you'll love it too :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

EOTDs So Far... Soooo Far..

This post is for all eye make up beginners/learners who think they can never do a good decent eye make up ! 

Eye Makeup has never attracted me in the past and I was always glad with just a kajal. Slowly the love grew to colored eye pencils and adding a hint of color on my eyes gained me so much appreciation every time. This encouraged me to go one step further and try eye makeup. Not that I am a pro now but I am glad that the learning curve did go a bit further :) Then I realized that practice and passion is all that one needed. So girls - If I can then anybody can ! Keep practicing with passion and I am sure you will do an amazing job pretty soon.

15th of every month you would see an EOTD post here and unfortunately I couldn't do one this month. Reason being my badly thinned eye brows. I rush to a near by [not so good] parlor for just my eye brows and initially I thought she gave good shape to my brows but only the 2nd time I realized she almost shaved my eyebrows off !! Ya, that is how it looks now. I literally ran back to my beautician [who is a bit far from my place] asking her to rescue me before this 15th but she said I had to wait for 1 full month for my brows to grow back fully so that she can give a properly done eye brows ! Mean while I thought I can share all EOTDs I have done so far and there is still a long long way for me to go !

This is the first EOTD that actually motivated me to try more with 3 INGLOT eye shadows !

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Forum Vijaya Mall Opened in Chennai !

Hurray, there is another mall opened in Chennai and this time it is The Forum Vijaya Mall in Vadapalani :D The mall was officially opened on May 1, 2013 and ever since I heard the news I couldn't wait to visit the mall ! Yesterday was a very busy day for me. Pree was leaving Chennai and I had to meet her as the meet was postponed liked 10 times already. We were so busy and never we could fix a time that was convenient for both of us. Yesterday we some how made it. Though it was for a very short period of time we had super fun :) After that I rushed to Forum Mall in the evening. Read on to know how this new mall fancied me.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Antigone : Review, Swatch, LOTD

I thought of introducing this lipstick to you as my first Chanel lipstick but no..  I have one already reviewed HERE. Wondering how I forgot, well this one made me forget the old one :p I got so hooked on to this that I keep wearing this shade 'Antigone' again and again ! I was so much in love with another shade 'Monte Carlo' but I ended up buying this hoping I can buy 'Monte Carlo' pretty soon. I don't like heavy coverage in any make up product as I feel it changes the actual 'you' be it even your lipsticks and make you look very dramatic ! Just my thought not that you have to agree to it. So here is another sheer lipstick I am currently in love with.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Accessories Love ♥ - White Lace Ballerina Shoes

Ballerina shoes have always been my favorite and I make sure to have at least one pair in my collection all the time. Recently, I went mad and got 3 of them at one go ! I liked another couple of shoes as well but I decided to give a break and then buy to see if I really need them and avoid impulsive buying. Out of the 3 I bought, two were white and you would have already seen a pair HERE. Out of the three this is the one I love the most :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Upcoming Reviews - Maybelline Lipsticks

Maybelline tops my favorites list when it comes to lipstick. So far, none of the Maybelline lipsticks I have tried has failed me ! I absolutely love the creaminess and pigmentation of these lipsticks that when I am too confused on what to buy I just go ahead and pick up few lipsticks from the Maybelline counters. I can never have enough of them. I recently picked a handful of lipsticks from Maybelline and here is a sneak peak into the products.

Celebrate Mother's Day with Colorbar : Press Note

Fab to Fabulous Mom

She says you are the color in her life, this mother’s day add color in hers



She is the most important woman in your life…your friend, your confidante and your cheerleader. It is Mother’s Day and you definitely would want to show her how much she means to you. Make her feel fabulous with Colorbar’s Mother’s Day special offers which pack in makeovers, goodies and oodles of fun for mum and you.

Colorbar introduces “Free Makeovers at Colorbar Exclusive Stores and some interesting offers as well” this Mother’s Day. This offer is available from 5th May to 15th May at Colorbar exclusive store. Not only do you get to look fabulous yourself, but the ‘Magic Makeover’ will be a great way to gift your mother a new look and zing. What’s more, you can accompany your mother on 12th May as she gets a great new look at the Colorbar store.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Lakme Clean Up Fresh Fairness Ritual : Press Note

Get salon-like fairness with the new

LAKMÉ CLEAN-UPFresh Fairness Ritual

Lakmé, India’s iconic beauty brand is known to innovate continuously and add new products to its repertoire across cosmetics, salon services and skin care.In its endeavor to address every woman’s need, Lakmé adds another variant to itseasy-to-use professional clean-up range to give yousalon-like fresh and fair skin every day - theLakmé Clean-Up Fresh Fairness Range.

As you go about your day to day life, skin is constantly exposed to pollutants, grime and dust. Pollution, dirtand daily routinesmake it stressful for your skin,making it look dull and lifeless. A salon clean-up deeply cleanses your skin to remove dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis to give you fresh and fair looking skin. Now,with the help of the newLakmé Clean-Up Fresh Fairness range,you can get salon-like ‘Fresh Fairness.This simpleregime helps yourestore your skin’s glow and maintain its health.

Created by Lakmé experts,Lakmé Clean-Up Fresh Fairness Rangeis enriched with Glycerinand Vitabeads containing Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin B3. The antioxidant properties of Vitamin E and C help protect your skin while Vitamin B3 lightens skin tone and minimizes dark spots.

This easy-to-use professional clean-up range comes withthree unique new formulations:  a face washtocleanse all visible dirt, a scrub to remove dead cells and a maskto deposit essential vitamins. So you can flaunt that fresh fairness, like you’ve stepped out of a salon!

The Body Shop Mango Whip Body Lotion : Review, Swatch

I am a huge fan of The Body Shop when it comes to their skin care and I have mentioned it earlier too. When I don't know what to choose for my dry skin I go straight to The Body Shop and their scrubs, shower gels, lotions and body butters have always helped me. From then on I made sure I always had back up of their products to help me during emergency. When summers started I did remember a couple (or more) of their mini body lotions I had and I started using the Mango Whip version first.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Revlon Color Stay Ultimate Suede Lipstick 005 Muse : Review, Swatch, LOTD

When the Maybelline 14 hr stay lipsticks were launched I was eyeing a couple of colors from the range and unfortunately I didn't like them much when I tried it at the counters. After a couple of days the Revlon SA asked me to try their new launch - 16 hr stay lipsticks which looks very similar to the Maybelline ones [packaging wise] but when I swatched them they looked more glossy and soft when compared to the dry and thick Maybelline lipsticks. I bought just one shade from their collection and read on to know how it turned out to be !

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dove Elixir Hair Fall Rescue Rose and Almond Oil : Review

Dove Elixir range of hair oil got a place in my wish list ever since they were launched. Since I was on a ban then I was just passing time reading all raving reviews about this miracle oil that came in three different variants 

  • Nourished Shine -Hibiscus & Argan Oil, 
  • Dryness Care - Lavender & Olive Oil
  • Hair Fall Rescue - Rose & Almond Oil
Though I needed all the above my major concern was hair fall and so I decided to buy the Hair Fall Rescue version. Read further to know if it did what it claimed.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Cute Fashionista !

When I conceived I always wanted a girl baby and my gynecologist still says that during my delivery I smiled only after she declared that it was a baby girl ! though I don't remember much. It is so much fun to see my daughter [or any lil girl] getting dressed up and she is already so independent that she chooses what to wear and how to accessorize. FYI she turns 2 n 1/2 this 10th, in 3 days ! 

So this is what she wore - a green top, black frill skirt, blue bag, an yellow phone (not an actual phone), pink cap and pink slippers. Initially I thought it would look funny but she did carry it so well :) I thought I should share this funny pic with all you girls.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lakme Lipstick Exchange Offer is Back ! : Press Note

It’s time to update your make-up box!

Mumbai, 30th April 2013: Lakmé’s Lipstick Exchange offer is back! The brand presents an exciting offer to update your make-up trousseau by simply exchanging your old lipsticks at the Lakme Beauty Advisory counters between 1st May 2013 to 31st May 2013. This offer avails you a Rs. 50/- off on purchase of two Lakmé Enrich Lipsticks or Rs. 100/- off on a purchase of Lakmé Lipsticks worth Rs. 550/- and above.

The offer will be available at all beauty advisor counters in:
 North: Delhi, NCR, Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad, Chandigarh
 Central: Lucknow, Kanpur
 East: Howrah, Guwahati, Siliguri
 West: Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad
 South: Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin

It’s time to grab the latest from the world of Lakmé!

♥ Aarthi ♥

Note - Info sent by PR.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner : Review, Swatch, EOTD

As I started posting EOTDs here in the blog I realized I badly need a good eye liner. I am not very good with liquid liners and pencil liners didn't help me in drawing those thin lines I always wanted. So felt tip liners were my next choice. Unfortunately, I was on a shopping ban then and soon after the ban got over this was the first make up essential that I purchased. You could have seen the difference in my recent EOTDs and here is a review of the product.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

MAC Archie's Girls Collection Mall Madness [Veronica] Lip Glass : Review, Swatch, LOTD

By now you would have known what I picked up from MAC Archie's Girls Collection - Prom Princess Blush and Mall Madness Lip Glass. All matching matching ;) and I didn't have the heart to let Daddy's Little Girl Lipstick go but I had to ! I totally love this violet-pink color in all the three products which is something unusual in my collection and suits me well too. This combo is absolutely a pretty addition and I just love the way it looks in my make up organizer.

Friday, May 3, 2013

MAC Archie's Girls Collection Prom Princess [Veronica] Powder Blush : Review, Swatch

MAC Archie's Girls Collection looks soooooooooooooooooo pretty that I'd curse myself if I don't own any products from the collection. I initially had a list of things to buy but ended up buying some thing totally different when I reached the store. The only product that I bought from the list I had prepared was the 'Prom Princess' blush. The shade just took me away and I had to have it :p The other blush didn't show up on me at all and I knew it wouldn't, so this was an easy and quick pick.

MAC Archie's Girls Collection : What did I pick?

Hi Girls,

All of you saw my recent haul and I know you would be curious to know what I picked up from the MAC Archie's Girls Collection. Here is quick post to show what I got and I leave it to you to guess the shades :)

However, one of the reviews will be up pretty soon, so till then have fun guessing.

♥ Aarthi ♥

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Palmolive Thermal Spa Firming Shower Gel : Review

One of the very few things I bought soon after the ban ended were shower gel and nail polish remover. Though I don't like soaps I had to use them for a month and I was dying to get a shower gel. I rushed to the convenience store near by and got a shower gel from the ones available there. The Palmolive Thermal Spa Firming Shower Gel looked pretty with that teal color and also seeing the word 'firming' I just picked it up immediately as my skin needs that very badly.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

MAC Archie's Girls Collection : Swatches

All of us are going crazy about the MAC Archie's Girls collection and no wonder the packaging is so drool-worthy. I was waiting for its launch ever since they launched it in the US ! I wanted to ask my sister to get it for me but again I thought I should personally go and see the collection in the stores. So once I heard the news I rushed to the store and wow I was just staring at them for such a long time ! Then I bought a couple of them [but no lipsticks this time :( -as they were all very drying on my lips :( ] and swatched the lipsticks, gloss and eye pencils for all you girls :)

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