Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Crazy U.S Haul ! - 25 Brands !!

I recently made a trip to U.S for 3 weeks and I have been updating about the same in Instagram now and then as I didn't have time to write a post here. Finally, today I am here to do a quick haul post. I got a truck load of skin care and cosmetics for myself. Shhhhhhhhh It is just between us. The brands include Ecotools, Estee Lauder, Chanel, Origins, Forever 21, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Dior, L'Occitane, Curel, Sephora, Essie, Ciate, Sally Hansen, Burt's Bees, EOS, ELF, Ulta Beauty, Eucerin, Beauty Blender, Rosebud Salve, Amika, MAC, The Body Shop and Bath and Body Works. 

Crazy U.S Haul !

Friday, December 25, 2015

Banana Republic Marimekko Collection Nail Polish Trio : Photos, Review, NOTD

I haven't tried any cosmetics from Banana Republic, in fact I never knew they were in to the beauty industry until I got this nail polish trio as a gift ! The packaging was really colorful and attractive, as colorful as the nail colors were. All the three colors in the Marimekko collection looked very bright and summery and I was really excited to try them on my nails. Scroll down to see more pictures and my NOTD.

Banana Republic Marimekko Collection Nail Polish Trio

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores : Photos, Review & Swatch

Origins is a popular cosmetic brand in the U.S and I have read rave reviews about their skin care products in particular. During my recent trip to the U.S, this is one of the brands that I wanted to get my hands on and I picked up a good bunch of products from Origins. I love face masks and this Origins Charcoal Mask was in my shopping list for a long time now ! Read on to know if it was worth all the hype. 

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil : Photos, Review, Swatch

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil made a buzz in the beauty industry recently and after reading reviews by co-bloggers I wanted to give it a try. Maracuja Oil is nothing but passionfruit oil and the purest form claims to soothe skin and promises to deliver balanced moisture for firmer, brighter and smoother looking skin - Source. Though I do not have any major skin concerns who wouldn't want a better looking skin, so here is my experience with the Tarte Maracuja Oil.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow Orange : Photos, Review, Swatch & LOTD

There is another new launch by Maybelline and this time it is something to pamper your lips ! Yes, it is a lip balm from the baby lips range. Maybelline has launched the baby lips candy wow lip balm in 5 new variants and not just that, it comes in a new packaging too. The new packaging reminds me of Clinique chubby sticks whereas these are a little more slim and lengthy. Today I will be reviewing the shade Orange. 

Maybelline Baby Lips Candy Wow Orange

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color 621 Tutti Frutti : Photos, Review & NOTD

Chanel nail colors have never failed me and I love them as much as I love Essie nail colors. The formula is amazing that they stay the same way even after 5-6 years without drying and the SA say it stays the same way even after 10 years !!! So until you empty the bottle I am sure you can enjoy using the nail colors from Chanel and thus it is totally worth the money. If you haven't tried any so far then it is never too late :)

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color 621 Tutti Frutti

Friday, November 20, 2015

Maybelline White Superfresh 12 Hr Whitening + Perfecting Compact in Coral : Photos, Review, Swatch

Maybelline has never disappointed girls who are on a budget and no wonder they are college girls best friend. The same way Maybelline has launched a compact recently and it is the Maybelline White Superfresh 12H Whitening + Perfecting Compact. Though I do not go for the whitening claims I wanted to try the compact for my everyday use and that is when I was sent this compact in the shade 'Coral'. 

Maybelline White Superfresh 12 Hr Whitening + Perfecting Compact in Coral

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gia Bath & Body Works Butter Creme Whipped Soap in Strawberries & Champagne : Photos, Review, Swatch

When you need a break from the usual soaps in your bath, you would start looking for shower gels. What happens when you get bored of shower gels too? I chose to try butter cream whipped soaps ! Yes, whipped soaps from Gia Bath and Body Works looked super tempting that I got two variants from them. Today I will be reviewing the Strawberry Champagne Butter Cream Whipped Soap in pale pink color that reminds me of marshmallows and cotton candies :)

Gia Bath & Body Works Butter Creme Whipped Soap

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Vana Vidhi Rice Scrub : Photos, Review, Swatch

I like to try different skin care products from different brands and when I got my June Fab Bag I got to try this body scrub from the brand called Vana Vidhi. This is the first product I am trying from the brand and since I haven't heard much about the brand before, I had no expectations set in my mind. This is the Vana Vidhi Oriental Rice Paddy Face and Body Scrub and let us go on to the detailed review now.

Vana Vidhi Rice Scrub

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Why Am I MIA ?

It has been a while, to be exact - 3 months since I found some time for blogging ! When I got some time today to take my laptop and pen down my thoughts, the first thing that came to my mind was to update the blog. A few of you have been asking me why I haven't been writing here and how they miss being here ! I thought I owe a reply to all of you and it feels so great when I read those words 'Miss u' from you readers. So, today I decide to update you all with what has been keeping me busy and why I am being so irregular here.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Essie Nail Lacquer In Bond With Whomever : Photos, Review, NOTD

This Essie-crazy girl will never get bored talking about her Essie nail colors and this is one another post about a gorgeous shade I own. Sadly, this is the 8th and the last shade I will be showing you here today. How much I love pastels and how these Essie nail enamels gave me the best pastels in my collection !! This beautiful lovely pastel shade is called 'Bond with Whomever' and yes I am sure this shade will bond well with most skin tones :)

Essie Nail Lacquer In Bond With Whomever - NOTD

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 2015 Empties

It has been some time since I've been thinking about an empties post and today I got some time to collect all the empty bottles. It was like a mini treasure hunt to find all of them as I keep them at different places every time (assuming I am storing them carefully) and completely forgot about them ! I am sure a few more are kept hidden carefully at some corner of the house ! Lol ! So here is all what I emptied this month :)

August 2015 Empties

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil : Photos, Review, Swatch

Clarins is relatively a new brand in my kitty and I have only tried a couple of products from Clarins in the past ! Also, I have never used any body treatment oil and the only body oil I have used so far is the one from L'Occitane. I was pretty much happy with the L'Occitane oil and once I emptied it I couldn't wait to try this one. Even before I tried this oil I read some great reviews about it and to know my views on this oil just scroll down and read on.

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gia Bath & Body Works Satsuma Body Wash : Photos, Review, Swatches

I have already written a lot about Gia Bath & Body Works and my love for the brand, if you have been following my posts regularly you would have read a lot about their products too. Today I would like to review another interesting product from the brand that I have been using regularly these days. I have already finished 1/3rd of the bottle and it is the Satsuma Body Wash I will be reviewing today.

Gia Bath & Body Works Satsuma Body Wash

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Maybelline Color Show Lipsticks in Fuchsia Flare, Red Rush : Photos, Review, Swatch & LOTD

It was during one of those sweet days I got a package from Maybelline with two lipsticks from their Color Show range. I already had the shade Choco-Latte with me and so I was expecting some other shade other than the one I had. Thank God, I got two gorgeous shades named Fuchsia Flare and Red Rush ! The shades are not the usual ones I pick up, so I was really excited to try them on me. So here I present these beautiful shades for you to check out !

Maybelline Color Show Lipsticks in Red Rush & Fuchsia Flare

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Innisfree Eco Nail Color 13 : Photos, Review, NOTD

Innisfree is a new brand in my kitty and I was very excited to try the nail color when I saw this in my June MSM box. I have heard a lot about their skin care and face masks and I am sure I will be lucky enough to try them all one day. Coming to the nail color, I never thought the shade would be so beautiful until I saw my daughter applying it on her nails !! I can't wait to share pictures and reviews of this nail color with you girls.

Innisfree Eco Nail Color 13

Monday, July 20, 2015

Forest Essentials Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime Hair Cleanser and Hair Conditioner : Photos, Review, Ingredients

Forest Essentials is my favourite brand when it comes to my hair care. I have been using their hair cleanser and conditioner for more than a year now and I am pretty happy with the way my hair behaves since then. When Forest Essentials launched their new range [Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime] of hair care products for this summer I couldn't resist trying them. I have been using the Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime Hair Cleanser and Conditioner combo for a month now and it is time for a review.

Forest Essentials Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime Hair Cleanser, Hair Conditioner

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fab Bag and MSM Box - June : Photos, Brief Review, Experience, Comparison

I know this post is coming too late, as I could already see posts on July Fab Bag and that kicked my senses reminding me about this post. Sorry for the delay !! When I was debating if I have to do this post or not there were a few of you who asked for this and I thought I should do this post at least for those who wanted to know my views on these beauty bags. So here it is...

Fab Bag and MSM Box - June : Beauty Subscription Bags

Friday, July 10, 2015

H2O Plus Sweet Berry Shower & Bath Gel : Photos, Review & Swatch

I love using shower gels and body wash in my bath routine than soaps, so I keep buying various shower gels from different brands. However, this time this shower gel was passed on to me from my sister. I have tried a couple of products from h2o previously and hence the brand is not new to me. Without much expectations I started using this and have almost finished 3/4th of the tube. It would be too late if I don't share the review now !

H2O Plus Sweet Berry Shower & Bath Gel

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Gia Bath & Body Works Coconut Rose Body Polish : Photos, Review

If you are regular here then I am sure you would have already seen a good bunch of products from Gia Bath and Body Works. I again purchased few bath products to pamper my skin this summer and today I will be sharing my views on the Coconut Rose Body Polish that I have been using since a month. I am not a huge fan of coconut or rose fragrance yet this body polish had some great reviews, that I had to pick it up for myself !

Gia Bath & Body Works Coconut Rose Body Polish

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Haul - Haul after 8 whole months !!!

Finally, after a good 8 months, here is a haul by 'A Shopaholic' !!!! Though the break was really huge I have to say I really didn't miss much all these days. I revamped my wardrobe, started using up all the cosmetics that were lying just as a show piece on my vanity and I made a mental note of what I shouldn't buy and I should buy. So here is a good bunch of products that you'll be seeing me reviewing in the next couple of months :)

June Haul

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 2015 Empties !

Month end reminds me of empties and haul posts. Can't believe already half of 2015 is over and we are in the end of June !! I am doing this empties post after 5 months and also will be doing a haul post almost after 8 months !! Yes, I am really happy that I manage my time between my other work and blogging, and I find time to do at least five posts a month. Not bad? huh? Now let us see what I managed to empty in the past 5 months.

June 2015 Empties

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My New Hair Cut at Essensuals Salon : FOTD & Experience

I usually go for a hair cut only once a year and probably trim it a couple of times in between. I have wavy, frizzy hair that grows really fast but the thickness is pathetic, so I don't have much option but to chop it off. Also, living in a hot city like Chennai, it is hard to maintain long hair and that is another reason for me to go for a cut at least once a year. I have never been a fan of long hair but after the new hair cut I am loving short hair like never before !!!

Read on to know my experience at Essensuals, RA Puram, Chennai and also an FOTD for you all :)

My New Hair Cut at Essensuals Salon

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What I Got In Mail?

After a really long gap finally I decided to shop something for myself. I thought I should order some skin care online and shop makeup at the stores directly. You all already know how much I loved the Gia Bath and Body Works products, so my first choice was to buy a bunch of products from them. Luckily, there was some offer going on and I ordered some bath products. I had enough moisturisers and fragrances to last for another 3-4 months and I have never been a fan of soaps, so didn't buy any of them. You must see what I picked up along with my first impressions.

Gia Bath & Body Works - What I got in mail?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Beauty Subscription Bags (Boxes) in India - Which is the one for you?

It has been so long since I shopped any cosmetics and you all would know about the self-imposed shopping ban. You can read all about it here and it has been full 8 months !! Yes, all I bought in these 8 months would be a kajal, shampoo and conditioner !! My ban got over a couple of months ago (March) yet I didn't have the urge to buy anything. I was totally lost and have been thinking of buying something that would rekindle the shopaholic in me. That is when these beauty bag/boxes came to my mind.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Dunkin' Donuts Open in Chennai at Phoenix Market City : Event, Photos

Being a foodie and having taken a couple of days off for myself, the Dunkin' Donuts Culinary Experimental Workshop invite reached me at the right time. I was more than happy to attend the event which was scheduled for 22nd May, a day before the store was open to public. I haven't tried Dunkin' Donuts before so I attended the event without any expectations set in my mind. Do scroll down for pictures and details about the event.

Dunkin' Donuts in Chennai

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Essie Nail Lacquer In Go Ginza : Photos, Review, NOTD

It has been months since I did an NOTD here and when I dug in my stash I found a very pretty pastel shade by Essie called 'Go Ginza'. If you love pastels then you will fall in love with this shade. I have always loved Essie nail enamels for their quality and long staying power. This one is not an exception too. Without saying much let us go on to more pics and review.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Go Ginza

Friday, May 15, 2015

Nivea Energy Fresh Deodorant : Photos, Review

Does this sound new to you? --> "I love fragrances and I hoard a lot of them." 

Then you don't know me well !

Deodorants are not an exception too ! I just love everything that makes me smell nice ;) The affordable price tag and wide range of variants available in the Indian market gives me a chance to try a new deo every now and then :) However, after I tried this one I just don't feel like trying anything else at all. Thanks to my bestie who introduced me to this Nivea Energy Fresh Deodorant.

Nivea Energy Fresh Deodorant

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Garnier Pure Active Exfoliating Face Scrub : Photos, Review, Swatch

When Garnier sent me the Pure Active Exfoliating Face Scrub along with few real apricots for me to relish (yes !! They did !!) I opened it without any expectations set in my mind. I am one of those girls who can't survive with out scrubs in my bath routine and I like trying new mild face scrubs. The packaging mentioned 'Suitable for all skin types' so I pushed my doubts aside and started using the scrub the very same day ! So here is my review of the scrub for all those girls who think face scrubs are an important part of their skin care routine. 

Garnier Pure Active Face Scrub with Real Apricot Extract

Friday, May 1, 2015

Forest Essentials Launches The Jasmine Cologne : Press Note

Forest Essentials established in the year 2000 continues to stay true to its philosophy advocated by Ayurveda that a holistic approach is necessary for beauty care. Built on the foundations of the past and utilizing the evolving research and technology of the present, Forest Essentials creates the future traditions of beauty.

The new Jasmine cologne from Forest Essentials is an exquisite classic, rich with precious essential oils. This delicate and unmistakable fragrance comes from the most coveted fresh Jasmine flowers from Madurai in South India.

The Jasmine Cologne by Forest Essentials

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel : Photos, Review, Swatch

I am a fan of all TBS products, especially their shower gels and body scrubs finds a permanent place in my bath. Only the variants keep changing but I always have a back up. After strawberry and satsuma this is the third variant I am trying and I can't say how much I love this Blueberry Shower Gel. Now I want to try a few more variants too. These shower gels from The Body Shop definitely makes the bath routine in summers more refreshing and enjoyable.

The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel

Friday, March 20, 2015

Marks & Spencer Floral Collection Vintage Forget-Me-Not Fragrant Hand Balm : Photos, Review, Swatch

Marks & Spencer clothing line is one of my favorite and most comfortable out of all that I have in my wardrobe. So I keep going there all the time and on one such visits I remember a co-blogger writing about this hand cream. Though I do not remember if it was a positive or negative review, the vintage packaging with pink and white polka dots attracted me. I had to pick one for myself that was lying near the billing table :)

Marks & Spencer Forget-Me-Not Fragrant Hand Balm

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner - Happy Hair Challenge : Update, Review

You all knew I took up the Happy Hair Challenge offered by Garnier and I was given the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner to try for a while. I have been using the shampoo conditioner duo at least 2-3 times a week. I feel now it is the time for me to share my review on these products and how well it helped to resolve the concerns with my hair. Read on and if you are thinking about getting the duo for yourself then my review might help you decide.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Gia Bath and Body Works Mocha Creme Polishing Bar : Photos, Review

When I want to truly pamper my skin with some special bath products with a lot of natural goodness then one of the first brands that comes to my mind is Gia Bath and Body Works. I won a giveaway last year and got a chance to try a bunch of products from the brand. One product from the lot was left to be reviewed which I had finished using long back, it is the Mocha Creme Polishing Bar. This is definitely one of my favorites of all the Gia products I have tried so far.

Gia Bath and Body Works Mocha Creme Polishing Bar

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner : Happy Hair Challenge

Garnier has been one of my favorite brands ever since my college days and when I was very new to skin care and hair care routine. It has been a long time since I tried anything from the brand and at the right time comes a call from Garnier asking me if I am ready to take up their 'Happy Hair Challenge'. It sounded quite interesting and I thought of giving it a try. That is how I got hold of these bottles containing Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner

Friday, January 30, 2015

January 2015 Empties !

You all know that I am on a shopping ban until April and so far I think I haven't bought any make up. Mmmmm.. Think .. Think.. Yes.. I haven't bought any makeup ! You want to know more about the ban then go here.  I did make use of the 75% off sale at Lifestyle and got some 7-8 pairs of shoes though !! Wink* Wink*  Well, that is reason you don't see the month end haul post here and in stead here is the empties post with a good bunch of products that I managed to finish in the past few months. 

January 2015 Empties !

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Brightening Beauty Pack : Photos, Review, Swatch

It was a sudden urge for me to go on a hunt for good skin care and mainly a face pack that would brighten up my face. I was browsing online and noticed that one face pack did the job well, also at the same time my friend suggested me to try the pack that is a HG for her ! It was all the same - the aroma magic brightening beauty pack. I found it online here and placed an order along with a couple of other products that you would have seen here.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Brightening Beauty Pack 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Accessories / Neck Pieces from Singapore : Accessories Love ♥

I am still not much in to accessories but whenever I get a chance I do not forget to sport them ! I picked up a good set of necklaces during my trip to Singapore last year and it is high time I show it to you guys. I liked each and every single piece I got and most of them are still unused. I gave a couple of them to my cousins as well and rest of them are here to make this post more beautiful and interesting :)

Accessories Love ♥ - Necklaces from Singapore

Monday, January 5, 2015

Nivea Frangipani & Oil Shower Gel : Photos, Review, Swatch

Finally, here I am with a review after a long gap of two months ! It feels like 2 years !!! I really missed this space and I still do :( Coming to today's post, I will introduce you to an amazing shower gel that I wanted to review here ever since I started using it ! I would have tried more than a dozen shower gels but this would definitely be one of my favourite. To find the reason behind why I love this so much, you have to go ahead and read this post. 

Nivea Frangipani & Oil Shower Gel

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wish You A Very Happy 2015

Dear All,

Wishing you all a very very very Happy and Prosperous New Year. Let this 2015 be the best year ever and may all your dreams and wishes come true. 

My heartfelt Thanks to all of you who have been with me ever since I started this blog and have been supporting me till now :) 


It has been 2 months since I was here and honestly I miss this space a lot and all your comments too. It feels like a part of me is sleeping quietly :( I am sure I will be back here soon. Even if I can't be very frequent I will definitely try not to leave such a long gap ! 

Regarding my shopping ban - I am super successful in maintaining it. In fact I didn't shop anything at all - no skin care, hair care or even clothing !!!!! I am not going to let the shopaholic in me fade away, so I might do little shopping and buy some "necessities" today :D 

Once again.. Wishing all crazy Shopaholics an Amazing, Crazy and Fun Filled 2015 :)

Love You All,
♥ Aarthi ♥
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