Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 2013 Haul - From 9 Different Brands !

This month I did go a bit crazy with the sale season everywhere. I am glad I spent more on clothing, shoes and accessories than make up this time. Yesterday when I gathered all that I got this month it did look a little huge !! I never planned to buy so much but I ended up doing so. Thinking if I should go on a ban next month ! It is a question of "Can I?" than "Should I?" If I do then September haul would be a guilt free one. I am yet to decide and meanwhile do enjoy this month's haul post.

July 2013 Haul

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm 05 Quenched : Photos, Review, Swatch

Sometimes we do crazy shopping and I do it most of the times :p It is not always we feel like buying something in all colors or variants available ! When I saw these Baby Lips version launched overseas I wanted them in all the 6 colors. I begged my sis to get all of them and you can see the post about that crazy shopping HERE. I never bought the boring ones launched in India ! I used to have more than 5 lips balms at any point of time but I never used them [except the Burts Bees] So initially I was not sure if I would use these but once I had these in my hands I couldn't ignore them at all.

Maybelline Baby Lips - Quenched

Monday, July 29, 2013

My New Black Pumps !!

This month was pretty challenging - a bit of travel, frequent visits to the hospital and a lot of shopping ! Ya... I was so upset about things happening around me and to get over it I tried cooking and working out but nothing helped me as much as shopping did :p My haul post is just a few days away but still I would be posting only the cosmetics and skin care items there, so thought why not a separate post for clothing, shoes and accessories. Before I could gather all that I have got, these shoes deserved a special place here and thus this post.

New Black Pumps 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Maybelline Colorama Cremoso Nail Enamel Noite Quente : Photos, Review, NOTD

Maybelline Nail Enamels will always be in my collection. Even if I don't buy them every month there would always be one shade that I feel like buying whenever I see them arranged in their counters ! I am yet to try their pretty corals however I have tried a couple of purples, green and pinks so far. The shade I am reviewing today is the 2nd purple Maybelline Nail Enamel after the first and much popular shade Roxo Metalico - NOTD HERE

Maybelline Colorama Nail Enamel - Noite Quente

Friday, July 26, 2013

Makeup Organization Part 5 - Nails

It took a lot of time for me to enjoy colors and designs on my nails. Even when I did I tried mostly pinks and browns ! As I started doing NOTDs once a month here I wanted to try more colors and that is when my collection started getting those purples, greens, corals and blues. Even now my nail polish draw has a lot of space that can accommodate at least a dozen of more nail enamels ! I already bought half a dozen of different nail enamels recently that you'll see soon in this month's haul post.

Makeup Organization Part 5 - Nails

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color Hooked On Pink : Photos, Review, Swatch & LOTD

If you have to make me buy a lipstick then all you have to say is 'creamy' and 'moisturizing' ! These two words make me go for any lipstick blindly. This time it is 'my usual color' and the very famous Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in Hooked on Pink. I call this my color as you can see this color dominating my collection. When I saw the similar color in Maybelline I couldn't skip it. The warm rosy shade makes it wearable at any time of the day.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color Hooked On Pink

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MAC Pencil Brush 219 : Photos, Review, EOTD

I have been spending a lot on skin care and cosmetics and never invested in real good make up brushes. All I have are the ELF ones and the travel size INGLOT ones. My stash always looked incomplete without the necessary make up tools like the brushes and so are my EOTDs ! I was never 100% happy with the way they looked :( I wanted to invest in good make up brushes and I choose the brand MAC without any second thoughts. My first purchase was this pencil brush and here is my review about it.

MAC Pencil Brush 219

Pond's Pimple Clear White Face Wash : Press Note

New Pond’s Pimple-Clear White Facial Wash
A multi-action solution for ten oil and pimple problems
~ Overcome pimplesto achieve fresh,
clear and fairer skin that you always desired~

Skincare expertPond’s, introduces the new Pond’s Pimple-Clear White Facial Wash,formulated with a powerful combination of oil absorbing herbal clay, pimple fighting salicylicformula, gentle beadsand skin brightening essence that fights the10 most common oil and pimple problemswhich we encounter every day.

Lakme Clear Pores Clean Up Range : Press Note

Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea and its health benefits have been greatly extolled by the world. It is portrayed as a savior for our health. We all know that green tea has antioxidants and helps to repair free radical damage. However, this gives green tea some distinct beauty benefits due its high content of antioxidants and other healthy nutrients
The inclusion of green tea for health and beauty benefits is the top story of the recent times. Nowadays, many beauty products contain green tea extracts. Scientific researches reveal that green tea is flooded with benefits and cannot help praising the immense merits of green tea.

Here are some facts about how Green Tea does wonders to your skin!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Clinique High Lengths Mascara 01 Black : Photos, Review, EOTD

I had to rush to the stores when I heard that Clinique is giving brand new mascaras for your old ones. First I didn't believe the news and my best friend confirmed it by exchanging a mascara at the Bangalore store. I still had a doubt if the offer is available in Chennai. I thought of giving it a try. Me and my cousin went to the Clinique store and I exchanged one and she got one too as they said they exchange only one mascara per person !! Well, I already knew they would say something like this and thus took my cousin along :p I have already reviewed a mascara HERE and today I am reviewing the other one !

Clinique High Lengths Mascara

Monday, July 22, 2013

Crazy Clicks - Coorg Part 1

If you have been following me in Facebook, then you would have seen the update about our small vacation. It was getting too hectic for me and hubby that we wanted a short break from our routine and we chose to drive somewhere near Bangalore. Though we had a lot of options, we zeroed down to Coorg, especially after seeing pics of the place where we stayed [Shown below]. For a change we wanted home made food and thus we opted an for home stay in Coorg.

Place where we stayed at Coorg - From My Instagram

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Guess Eau De Parfum Spray Vaporisateur : Photos, Review, Notes

Guess is one of the very first brands I tried as it was the only affordable brand for me as a college going girl and later I got hooked on to so many other brands too. However my love for the brand has never gone down even a bit. To be honest more than the brand name the packaging of this perfume is what attracted me more ;) Ya, all in pink and silver along with a pretty pink pouch grabbed my attention and I knew I had to have this one. Read on to see if the fragrance impressed me or it just lies as a pretty looking bottle in my collection.

Guess Eau De Parfum

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipsticks Vs Maybelline Super Stay Lipsticks : Photos, Comparison, Swatches

When a revolutionary [not really - :p] okay.. When a unique or a different product is launched in the market it is quite natural for the other brands to come up with a similar product. Best example for that is the BB Creams ! You can find more than a dozen of BB Creams in the market today. Also the launch of Maybelline Colossal Kajal was followed by Lakme Eyeconic Kajal. As Maybelline launched their Super Stay 14 Hr Lipsticks Revlon came up with their Ultimate Suede Lipsticks !! Today I am comparing these two and sharing my views on which one worked better on me. 

Revlon Ultimate Suede Lipstick Vs Maybelline Super Stay Lipstick

Friday, July 19, 2013

Top 5 Current Favorite Lip Products : Tag

First of all sorry for not being active here or even in FB ! Everyone in the family have been falling sick one after the other and it is so painful to see the little one suffer who needs me 24*7. My presence is very important at this point of time and so until we all recover please hold on. I'll be back with a bang pretty soon. Also bear with my bad clicks taken from my phone :( 

I am super glad to take up this tag to list my 5 favorite lip products. Deeptima had tagged me HERE. Thank you so much Deeptima, I love doing such lovely tags. It was very hard for me to choose just 5 favorites, but since it read 'current favorite' I chose the ones I have been using recently.

Top 5 Current Favorite Lip Products

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Say Good Bye to Being Camera Shy ! : Press Note

New research from Dove exposes a universal truth: Women are hiding from the Camera and from their own beauty
A new study by Dove reveals that Indian women are missing out on some of life’s most memorable moments because they are not happy with the way they look.  A sense of anxiety about their appearance prevents them from capturing precious memories on camera, including those of their own wedding or the birth of their child or special family holidays.
In a global survey conducted in February 2013, 3 out of 4 Indian women interviewed, felt that they are not beautiful. 69% of women from the subcontinent admitted to being camera shy, citing that they often feel self-conscious or uncomfortable having their photo taken because they do not feel they are beautiful. 
Dove is committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. In response to the survey findings, Dove created a short film, Camera Shy to raise the question about why adult women hide from the camera, but loved the camera when they were little girls.  Women should feel confident to smile for their next photo, so they do not lose out on capturing their precious memories. Dove encourages women to celebrate their own beauty with tips to help them “say goodbye to being camera shy.” 

New Dove Beauty Facial Cleansers : Press Note

New Dove Beauty Facial Cleansers with NutriumMoisture™ Beauty Serum for bouncy and happy skin

Cleansing is one of the most basic skincare regimens that every woman follows. However very few realise that cleansing can be a damaging process causing skin to lose moisture, essential proteins and lipids from its surface layer. Dove, the global beauty brand with a rich heritage in cleansing and caring for skin, now brings to you a solution that combines the benefits of cleansing and moisturizing with the new Dove Beauty Facial Cleansers range.

Why women love their 20's? : Press Note

As you age, your skin has different requirements. What your skin needs when in its 20s is not what it needs in 30s and beyond. The beautiful skin you have in your 20’s is perhaps the most sought after and desirable. A woman in her 20’s, is at the helm of new and exciting things the pursuit of a career, while coming to terms with personal identity and makes this one of the best phases of her life.

Your 20s is certainly one of the most important decade for your skin as well. Skin looks and feels its best in its 20's. Your skin is plump, supple; and sun damage has not yet started to show. The 20’s skin is tight and bright, with a toned firmness to it. There is a radiance that highlights the features. The cheeks and jaw line are well-defined — almost sculpted to perfection.

The health habits that begin in the 20s can make a big difference in the skin health and appearance later in life. This is what one desires to preserves at every age – your 20’s sculpted look. While skin may not usually show signs of ageing yet, it’s important to choose the right products and follow an appropriate skin care regime. This will eventually determine what your skin will look like as you age.

Chambor Glitzy Gloss Intense 643 : Photos, Review, Swatch, LOTD

I am quiet new to the brand Chambor and it is a shame to say that, as I have heard a lot about their products. I have a tried a couple of products before - one was a hit and the other one was a miss ! This is the third product from the brand and I am totally in love again. I usually look out for the shades online and then go with a couple of shades in my mind but this time I just tried all shades available at their counter and the shade 643 impressed me and didn't let me go without buying one !

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

7 Must Have Bags For You !

Bags / Handbags have become an important part of our everyday routine. When I used to work I keep changing my handbags very often as to match my outfit. So I had a really huge collection of handbags in different colors and prints. After I quit my job I didn't have an option to go out everyday so I started restricting myself from buying bags. Now, after a couple of years I have again started buying bags like crazy and so here is a post on some must have handbags ! If you are starting your collection then this post would really help you :)


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Palmolive Thermal Spa Skin Renewal Shower Gel : Photos, Review, Swatch

Palmolive is one of the very few brands in India that comes up with affordable shower gels in the market. Left with little choice I wanted to try all the variants sold by Palmolive. My first buy was the 'Firming' Shower Gel [Reviewed HERE] which disappointed me completely. I was skeptic about the other variants too but a few of you did praise a particular variant that I couldn't wait any longer ! I immediately ordered this Skin Renewal Shower Gel and it gained my full points :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

INGLOT Freedom System Eye Shadow Pearl 419 : Photos, Review, Swatch, EOTD

It has been a long time since I reviewed any eye shadow from INGLOT and at the same time thought of giving a break to my MAC eye shadows. INGLOT eye shadows have never disappointed me and my favorites are the pearl finish range. This time I again got a pearl eye shadow in Olive/Dirty Green color as I totally love olive greens and wanted one for myself to try it on my lids. Like any other shade from the brand even this one worked amazingly on my lids.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Clinique Clarifying Lotion : Photos, Review

Ever since I came to know about the CTM routine I wanted to invest in some good Cleansers, Toners and Moisturizers. I do use Cleansers and Moisturizers but had no idea how would a toner work and does my skin really need it ! To find the answer I headed to the Clinique store a  few years back as their 3-step program was pretty popular then. The Clinique people did clarify all my doubts and insisted that I get a 'clarifying lotion' [not a toner !] for myself. I went ahead and bought all 3 that came as a set.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Accessories Love ♥ - Calvin Klein Blingy Clutch

I rarely ask someone to buy clothing, bags, shoes or clutch for me ! The simple reason is we can guess if a particular lipstick shade or a blush would suit us or not but for the above mentioned list of items it is better we go and select it ourselves. I did try ordering clothing online a couple of times and never it worked for me. Either I was unhappy with the fitting or the material was very cheap and different from how it looked online ! However my sister surprised me with a CK Clutch during one of her visits and I totally loved it :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Completed 500 Posts !!

As you all know this blog is going to turn '3' in a month and thus I came up with a giveaway to celebrate and share my happiness with you all. Meanwhile I just realized that I have completed 500 posts here at 'A Shopaholic' ! I noticed it just by chance !! 

When I started this blog I never had any big dreams and it was just a place to share my passion and meet like minded people. Also to learn and grow my knowledge in the field of make up and fashion ! Over time I got addicted to this space totally because of all your support and love ♥.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Everyday Diva : Photos, Review, Swatch & LOTD

MAC lipsticks are everybody's favorite and when they come up with some different finish MAC lovers can't stay at home. The Mineralize Rich lipsticks are one such awesome launch by MAC. MAC describes these lipsticks as "A 77-Mineral Moist Complex that instantly nourishes lips with maximum moisture in a lightweight, non-sticky formula. Larger bullet applies bright, long lasting colour in a single stroke. Medium shine finish, buildable coverage. Magnetic closure. A 77-Mineral Moist Complex that instantly nourishes lips with maximum moisture in a lightweight, non-sticky formula."

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lakme Youth Infinity Serum : Press Note

To get the best results for gorgeous-looking skin, along with your cleanser, toner and moisturizer, add a face serum to your daily skin care routine. Serums are usually more potent and are designed to penetrate deeply into the skin to help provide essential nutrients and produce radiant-looking skin. With their ability to deliver essential nutrients and address very specific skin concerns, serums are rapidly growing in popularity.

Vaseline Healthy White Lightening Lotion : Press Note

Make your skin 4 times* fairer, instantly!
With the new
“Vaseline Healthy White Lightening Lotion”

In today’s time you are under constant scrutiny, right from head to toe. While you invest immense time in getting a flawless face, don’t miss out on giving your body skin the utmost attention it needs. With the onset of summers, a lot of people shy away from stepping out in the sun due to the fear of tanning and skin darkening. Shy no more, as Vaseline equips you with the confidence of the new Vaseline Healthy White Lightening Lotion that comes with a breakthrough skin lightening technology, which makes your skin 4 times* fairer instantly. 

Colorbar I Glide Eye Pencil 03 Jaded : Photos, Review, Swatch & EOTD

By now you all know I am super crazy about eye pencils, especially the creamy ones and if I have to pick a brand then it would definitely be Colorbar. Though the price hike doesn't seem to stop, there is something that makes me go to these super creamy eye colors. I feel by the time I finish up all these eye pencil in 8 shades that I have got I might get bored. Only then I would try any other brand for my eye pencils ;) Today I am reviewing a super pretty shade called Jaded.

Monday, July 8, 2013

My New Love ♥ - Instagram

I am travelling right now and I am totally in love with Instagram. Well, not just now even before that I enjoyed 'Instagramming' - if that is what you call that. You must try it to know how fun it is. Though people around me give that look when I click all odd things in life - but ya it makes even the odd things look pretty ;) If you are not yet there c'mon it is never too late and you can find me as aarthi_shopaholic. If you love clicking pics then you would definitely get addicted to it ;) Here are few of my clicks in Instagram.

My Lunch on a bored Weekend !

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Samples - Do you like them?

I have seen people go to the cosmetic stores just for the samples and I really pity the sweet SAs who don't argue much and just hand over the samples to them. Seeing these helpless SAs I always never bother them asking for samples unnecessarily. Unless I really want to try a product before investing on the full size bottles I don't ask for them. Some times these samples comes as a surprise and I accept it gladly. My sister got some Kiehl's and Bobby Brown samples for me and here I am sharing what all I got to try and test.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Body Shop Strawberry Puree Body Lotion : Photos, Review, Swatch

I can never have enough body butters, moisturizers and body lotions, especially from the brand The Body Shop. I am a fan of this brand even before they came to India and the love still continues. The Body Shop Body Butters are my only saviors during winters for my super dry skin. I tend to switch between their lotions and body butters during the summer. This summer I tried like half a dozen of their body lotions and each one impressed me in a unique way. Today, I am reviewing one such body lotion from The Body Shop.

Friday, July 5, 2013

How to get ready for monsoons?

Being in Chennai I know this post is a bit early, however it is apt for other regions where monsoons are playing peek-a-boo now and then. When I was having a casual conversation with a friend she mentioned about how ignorant she is when it comes to dressing up or getting ready during monsoons. That is when it clicked me even I was doing the same, probably because of the thought that I might get wet in the rains and more chances of my clothes getting dirty and ruined. I thought I should enjoy the monsoons as much as I enjoyed the summer by dressing accordingly. So I am sharing my ideas on how I am going to prepare myself and my wardrobe for the monsoons :)

Clicked during last Monsoons :)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

What did I wear this summer?

During my last giveaway when I had asked what kind of posts you all like to see here, most of you had asked for fashion/outfit posts, tutorials, fotds and ootds. I am working on it and trying my level best to meet your expectations. Mean while I thought I will share the pics of my outfits that is worth a mention here. This summer I totally enjoyed dressing up, especially the colored pants became my favorite. Also colorful tops filled my wardrobe this season. This combo became my go to outfit, so thought I will share it with you all.

Outfit this Summer !

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

MAC Satin Lipstick Amorous : Photos, Review, Swatch & LOTD

MAC lipsticks have never failed me and I have a huge list of lipstick shades that I want to buy one day. I also wanted to try their different finishes like satin, lustre, amplified, matte and so on. Honestly, Amorous was never on my list and I was not too impressed with the shade in the bullet or even in the swatches I saw online. It was Pree who asked me to try it once. I didn't hesitate and tried it immediately. That is the little story behind this purchase, oops no gift ;)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shopping Tips 2 - How to buy Cosmetics and Skin Care?

Being a shopaholic I thought it would be helpful for a few of you [even if not all] if I do this 'Shopping Tips' series. Every time I do huge shopping I learn something new because of the time and money I spend for shopping. I always wanted to do a post and share my experiences with you and today I got a chance to do the same. I am just sharing my experiences here and what I learnt from my experiences, your views might not match with mine nor I expect you to agree with what I say - Though I'll be glad if you do ;)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Head Massage Oil Bhring Raj : Photos, Review

My hair fall has become an never ending problem but this time with a different reason and Thank God it is not dandruff again. I am almost in tears every time I brush my hair and to see a handful of hair on the floor. Also I have to mention that I lose a large amount of hair whenever I wash my hair. I badly wanted some good products that would save my hair and not damage it any more. The SA at Forest Essentials helped me by suggesting this hair oil, which is supposed to control hair fall, dandruff and avoid premature graying. I got the tiny bottle to try and test it first.

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