Friday, January 31, 2014

January 2014 Haul !

Nothing was actually planned when it comes to this month's haul. My frequent visit to malls due to the sale everywhere made me pick up one or two products now and then. When I gathered all of them together I was surprised to see that the haul was not as small as I assumed it would be ! I did a little shopping from Jabong as well and I have picked up products from almost 7 different brands - MAC, Maybelline, The Body Shop, Colorbar, Nivea, Aura Vedic and Nike. I forgot to click the Nike body spray which is actually a repurchase and you can see it HERE.

January 2014 Haul

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 2014 Empties

Ever since I started doing empties post I make sure to gather a minimum of 4 - 5 products for this post and thus I started using the products regularly which was lying around unused for quite some time. Also this helps me to identify what I have to buy and avoid for the next one month. Doing this 'Empties' post gives me as much satisfaction as I get while doing the haul post. Also, I feel these posts make me buy stuff that I actually need and not just the ones I crave for. So the point is even if you don't do a post like this every month make a note of products you have finished up over a month and it would help you a lot in many ways !

January 2014 Empties

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentine's Day Gift That Goes Straight To The Heart - Lakme : Press Note

                           Valentine’s Day gift that goes straight to the heart! 

Lakmé brings to you an offer you can’t resist… 

Gone are the days when teddy bears, flowers and chocolates were the only gift options! Lakmé brings you the most special and precious gift option that is sure to bring a smile on the face of your loved ones. 

The offer entails buyers to purchase products worth Rs 1000 from Lakmé’s list of products below and in turn get a 24k gold plated heart shaped pendant and chain from Estelle absolutely free

This offer is valid on the purchase of the following products: 
 Lakmé Absolute Mousse 
 Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist 
 Lakmé Forever Silk eyeliner 
 Lakmé Absolute Matte lipstick 
 Lakmé Plump and Shine lip gloss 
 Lakmé Fast and Fabulous Nail colour 
 Lakmé Lip Love Lipstick 
 Lakmé Aquashine lip colour 

This glamour pack from Lakmé will not only make the task of buying a gift easier but, it will also give her the perfect look for the date night. 

*Offer Valid from 1st February 2014 to 28th February 2013. 
*Offer is available at all Lakmé Beauty Advisor counters across India 

♥ Aarthi ♥

Note - Info sent by brand.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Gloss Eve : Photos, Review, Swatch & LOTD

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Gloss gained all my points and it jumped directly into my current favorite's list. I am totally enjoying using these lip glosses and thus I am breaking the suspense already that the review is definitely going to be a positive one. Though I already have three shades in this range I am itching to try a couple of more shades - crazy me ! but honestly the quality of these lip glosses are just amazing and unique in its own way. Today I will be reviewing the shade 'Eve' for all you ladies :)

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Gloss Eve

Monday, January 27, 2014

Colorbar Nail Lacquer [Shade Not Mentioned] : Photos, Review, NOTD

The quality of Colorbar nail enamels impressed me so much that I keep getting one or two often. During my recent Colorbar haul [Shown HERE] I got a nail enamel to choose as a freebie for purchasing over Rs.1000. They had kept all the freebie nail enamels in a separate box, which had mostly nudes, whites and browns. I didn't think much and my hands straight went to the brownish nude color. Also, I was surprised to see that the freebie nail enamels didn't have a shade name !!

Colorbar Nail Lacquer

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What Did I Shop During the Sales?

If you have been following me in Instagram [@aarthi_shopaholic] you would have already got a glimpse of what I got during this sale season. It was sale everywhere and my phone was flooded with messages from different stores and brands, inviting me to visit the store and avail the 'best' offers ever !! I kept deleting the messages and there was always a new message about the sale popping up. The shopaholic in me pushed me to the stores immediately. Here is the Instagram pic that shows the brands I covered during this sale season :)

What Did I Shop During the Sales?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm 10 Peppermint : Photos, Review, Swatch

Maybelline is one brand that never fails to deliver quality at pocket-friendly rates and the same holds good with their lip balms too. You all knew how I badly wanted all of the Baby Lips variants that was launched abroad. Today I will be reviewing the last one out of the six I got. Before I review the product I have to say that these lip balms are totally worth the money and the variant Cherry Me is my favorite out of all the six lip balms.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm 10 Peppermint

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's Time To Strike White With Eyeconic - Lakme : Press Note

It's Time To Strike White with Eyeconic!

From Snow White in fairytales, Megan Fox in Hollywood to the sexy Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor everyone is in on a new beauty secret- White!. This new colour trend has made its way from runways and fairytales to mainstream make-up routines the world over. It is a shade that helps achieve a range of looks from ‘sexy siren’ to ‘subtle princess’ with a single stroke of the pencil. The new range of kajal pencils by Lakme Eyeconic includes the unmissable white kajal that marks a new dawn in eye-styling. The unconventional Eyeconic White also allows you to experiment with your style and wardrobe and challenge yourself to be adventurous everyday. For generations, the black kohl has ruled the make-up box of every contemporary Indian woman with its ability to quickly brighten the eyes with minimal fuss. Now it’s time to break that code and widen the gaze by adding white to your make-up essentials.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

5 Best Bridal Makeup Artists In Chennai : For the To-Be-Brides

I never thought or even planned to do a post for brides but as I said HERE, having many weddings in the family I was actively involved in 'wedding preparations' and that includes everything from shopping, makeup, decor, photography, wedding halls and what not ! So today I thought I will do a post for the to-be-brides at the same time something of my interest - Makeup. I can proudly say that Chennaities are lucky to have some amazing make up artists who have emerged in the past 3-4 years time. In random order I shall list them along with their contact details.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

L'Oreal Paris - New Spokesperson Announced : Press Note


Katrina joins Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto as the fourth Indian face of L’Oréal Paris 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Body Shop Aqua Lily Body Mist : Photos, Review, Notes

Most of you would know that I am a perfume hoarder and I like collecting them. Though I would have at least tried 50 fragrances so far, only 5-6 stay in my mind forever and today I am sharing one such scent with all you girls. As much as The Body Shop fragrances failed me a few gained full points from me too ! I am a huge fan of The Body Shop body mists, Aqua Lily and White Gardenia being my favorites ! Today I will be reviewing the Aqua Lily Body Mist here.

The Body Shop Aqua Lily Body Mist

Monday, January 20, 2014

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Gloss Juliet : Photos, Review, Swatch & LOTD

Here is the first shade review of the L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Gloss out of the three shades I got. As per request I am reviewing the shade Juliet today. I had almost stopped buying glosses (with a heavy heart) as I felt I have too many to use up and my sister got this pretty trio lip gloss that was a travel collection. My happiness knew no bounds, because it is all I wanted then and it came to me at the right time. I started using them without any guilt as we always do with surprise gifts ;)

This review was requested by Niesha Jeenwal :)

L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Gloss Juliet

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Get the New Look with Colorbar : Press Note

Get the “New Look” with Colorbar 
The Great India Place, Noida

Let the Diva in you emerge as Colorbar Cosmetics, India’s leading brand of Color Cosmetics is all set to unveil its latest Color, Trend and Products to all the Diva’s out there.

We promise you two fabulous days loaded with vibrant and stylish fun. The enthralling event will give all the fashionistas a chance to see some amazing range of Colorbar Cosmetics along with some easy makeup demonstrations and techniques.

Explore your concealed beauty with Colorbar on 

Date and Day: Saturday & Sunday (18th to 19th January, 2014) 
Time: 11 AM to 9.30 PM 

Venue: The Great India Place, Noida.

♥ Aarthi ♥

Note - Info sent by the brand.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Gloss in Eve, Romy, Juliet : Sneak Peek, Swatches

When L'Oreal launched the Shine Caresse Lip Glosses in India I had no clue that I already had it ! Yes, my sister had bought a tri-color packet from Dubai during her transit and it was just lying around. You would have seen the same HERE. Only when I heard the name every where around me I had a doubt if it was the same. I took the packet out and it came as a sweet surprise to me. The travel collection had the shades Eve, Romy and Juliet and here is a sneak peek into the products.

L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Gloss in Eve, Romy, Juliet

Friday, January 17, 2014

Get Beautilicious This Valentines with Colorbar : Press Note

Get Beautilicious this Valentines with Colorbar

Unleash your inner bombshell with a hot new look this Valentine’s Day with Colorbar Cosmetics. Steal the spotlight in the hottest make up trends of the season, for a flawless finish.

Get The Look Makeup Kit - Rs.1750

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Forest Essentials Facial Treatment Masque - Madhulika : Photos, Review, Swatch

I am not a person who uses masks often but whenever I feel my skin needs some pampering I go looking out for them. Unfortunately, masks from Forest Essentials, Auravedic and Lush have only made it to my favourites list and all these have to be used up as soon I open it for the first time ! I am too lazy for this regular pampering but I am so convinced with the after effects while using a mask. So I decided to be not-so-lazy any more and use these masks often. For now it is this sample sized mask from Forest Essentials that took up the job of pampering my skin :)

Forest Essentials Facial Treatment Masque - Madhulika

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

L'Oreal Color Infallible Eye Shadow 006 All Night Blue : Photos, Review, Swatch & EOTD

Can't believe it is already 15th of Jan and almost half a month in the New Year got over in a blink ! I had lots of plans for this year and I am sure they are not resolutions ! If I call them resolutions then I can't break them :P Well, one among the plans was to buy most of the 'essential' products that was in my 2013 shopping list. I thought the L'Oreal Infallible in All Night Blue had enough lazy time sitting in my shopping list, so I gave a kick and chucked it out. Here you find this amazing shade for review today !

L'Oreal Color Infallible Eye Shadow 006 All Night Blue

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wish you all a very Happy Pongal & Makar Sankranti

Wish you all lovely ladies and your families a very Happy Pongal / Makar Sankranti.

I actually celebrate both Pongal & Sankranti - one per family tradition and the other as I have been born and brought up here in Chennai :) So double bonanza !

Have fun ladies..


♥ Aarthi ♥

Monday, January 13, 2014

Nivea Lip Butter Raspberry Rose : Photos, Review, Swatch

I gathered a lot of lip balms that came in tiny containers and I bought them just for the packaging but hardly used them. I always reach for the ones that comes in retractable tubes. In spite of them being hygienic and easy to use, the ones that came in tiny colourful tins were irresistible. That is how I bought this pretty lip balm from Forest Essentials [Reviewed HERE] and since I loved it so much I found a way to use it regularly. Yes, I included it in my bed time routine and I found it easy to finish it up ! Having found a way now I picked up this pretty lip balm by Nivea recently, without any guilt.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Accessories Love ♥ - 2013 Diary

This month's 'Accessories Love' has an amazing product that I wanted to show it to all of you. I call it amazing as it is not just my favourite product but also my most used product of the year 2013. Yes, I am talking about 2013 Diary which was a gift to me. I don't remember who gifted this pretty little book but I started using it only last year and it has tit-bits of almost everything that happened to me last year. I still don't have the heart to part with this neon beauty !

Accessories Love - 2013 Diary

Saturday, January 11, 2014

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Dark : Photos, Review

I never had any other face powder in my shopping list once I tried the sheer pressed powder by MAC but people around me highly recommended me to try the Studio Fix powder and Mineralize Skinfinish one. I wanted a change from the sheer pressed powder (though I loved it totally) so I thought of trying the MSF. Most of the reviews I read were positive but it all started with a confusing note. I was not too sure too, however you will know more about my opinion in today's review.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sunsilk's New Natural Recharge Range : Press Note


Hair is every girl’s prized possession. Whether she is trekking up a mountain, riding a bike on a hot, humid day, or cycling around the city, worries about looking after the strength of our hair can sometimes get in the way of life. But not anymore, - thanks to Sunsilk Natural Recharge, your hair’s natural look and strength can now be replenished. This new range has been tested to makes hair look two times thicker and up to five times stronger, allowing girls to feel confident and fired-up with their worry-free hair. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

MAC Brush Cleanser : Photos, Review, Pictorial

When everybody in the blogging world were raving about the MAC Blush Cleanser I was still hesitating to get one, as even if I clean it with this cleanser I had to deep clean my brushes using a mild shampoo, then why do I need this brush cleanser ! As I started using my brushes very often I realised that it gets very difficult to deep clean them before every use and that is when the MAC Cleanser found a place in my shopping list. I was not really convinced to actually buy it even when I was at the stores.

MAC Brush Cleanser

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Crabtree & Evelyn Samples : Photos, Brief Review, Swatches

Crabtree and Evelyn makes some amazing body lotions and hand creams. If you are still new to the brand I highly recommend you to visit the store and try a couple of their bath and body products as they offer a generous amount of product for you to try and test. Chennaities were lucky enough to have a store newly opened in Express Avenue. I am really thankful to my friend who made me visit the store and buy a handful of products. I got 4 samples along with my purchase and today I will give you all a brief review of the same.

Crabtree & Evelyn Product Samples

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Ultimate Secret To Happy Skin By Lakme : Press Note

 The Ultimate Secret to Happy Skin 

Your smile conveys several things; it not only reflects your state of your mind but also the state of your skin. Flaunt your happy glowing skin all day along with a simple skin care routine. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

L'Oreal Paris Kajal Magique : Photos, Review, Swatch & EOTD

With the launch of some amazing kajals by different brands, here is the latest one from L'Oreal. It claims 12 Hours smudge proof effect on eyes along with the added advantage of being water proof too ! All I expect from a kajal is long-lasting effect and being smudge proof, since the L'Oreal kajal named as Magique kajal claims both I have high expectations with this. Also, if it works true to its claims then this will find a permanent place in my stash.

L'Oreal Paris Kajal Magique

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Ultimate Guide To Post-Party Detox by Kaya Skin Clinic : Press Note

The Ultimate Guide to Post-Party Detox
Dr. Sangeeta Amladi, Head Medical Services, Kaya Skin Clinic

It is common to feel guilty for having overeaten and feel bloated post the festive and party season. While it’s perfectly normal to indulge during this time of the year, it’s also important to cleanse your body after the relentless onslaught of festival food, cocktails and delicious desserts.

Detoxing at regular intervals can help reduce environmental and dietary toxins from your body, leaving you feeling lighter and healthy. Detoxing also stimulates healthy digestion and can benefit the entire body. 

Here are a few useful tips to detox –

  • Lighten up your toxin load, eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are impediments to your healing process
  • One should include a lot of fiber, as well as brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet. Beets, radishes, cucumber, cabbage, broccoli and fruits are  excellent detoxifying foods
  • Including vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins is extremely important for a detox diet
  • Drink at least two liters of water a day
  • Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

How Did I Fit Into My Old Jeans? : Experience, My First OOTD

"It is all about inches and not weight as you grow old." 

I want you to remember the above lines throughout this post as I realised the fact very late ! I started gaining weight during my pregnancy and from 62 Kgs [ideal weight for my height] I went up to 72 Kgs, which was not too much as per my Doctor's advice. Soon after the delivery I lost half of it and came down to 67, this gave me some over-confidence that I assumed losing the pregnancy weight was not really difficult. So I never actually worked out to burn the extra calories. Only after an year, during my daughter's first birthday I realised that I am still 67 kgs ! This bothered me a lot and I had no other choice but to start my regular workout session.

How Did I Fit Into My Old Jeans - OOTD

Friday, January 3, 2014

MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick Girl About Town : Photos, Review, Swatch & LOTD

MAC lipsticks would never bore me until some equally amazing brand opens their store here in Chennai. Even when I go for a casual stroll in the mall I don't walk out without a MAC product and especially their lipsticks are too tempting. I do not wear very bright shades of lipsticks and I have just started wearing reds, so this particular shade Girl About Town has never been in my wish list. It just happened and I have to tell you how much I love this.

MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Girl About Town

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My New Hair Cut : My Experience & FOTD

I have been talking a lot about my new hair cut here, in Facebook, in Twitter and in Instagram too. So I have been getting messages to share my experience and show pictures of my new hair cut. I always had wavy hair with not much thickness but super fast growth. So most of the time you would spot me with hair that is grown well below my shoulders. I was so bored with it and so I decided to go ahead and cut my hair till my shoulders.

Also I wanted to chop off all the treated [read straightened] hair and maintain a healthy chemicals-free hair here after. Without much thought I decided to get my hair cut done at Toni & Guy, as I got pretty good reviews about the salon from friends. 

New Hair Cut - FOTD - Instagram Pic

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014 !

Hey Lovely Ladies,

Wish you all a very very very Happy New Year 2014 :)

I wish you all luck, happiness, joy, good health, wealth, cosmetics, clothing, bags, shoes and just everything you wish for :)

Year 2013 was really good and Thanks to all you girls who comment here regularly and support me a lot :) You are the best :)

Though I got my new MAC Book Air last week, I was waiting for the New Year and now I am typing from this new pretty laptop and I am loving it to bits :D An amazing start for this year :)


Love you all :)

♥ Aarthi ♥

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