Sling affair with Limeroad.com

My collection of bags is almost a crazy one at least my husband says so because my cupboard cannot handle more than it already has still I felt there was something missing in my collection so I went ahead and ordered a new denim sling bag. I went online shopping with limeroad.com. Your bag defines your mood and a sling bag seems perfect for small outings even when you are travelling. My bag consists of my favorite go to – Kohl, lip balm, pressed powder and my kindle. My journeys look almost incomplete without a book’s presence.

This sling bag has proved to be my friend on more than one instance. I have carried it throughout the trip and even in the train because I cannot do without these things when I am travelling. This blue denim bag was my companion throughout because it made a statement with whatever I wore. Whether I was in denims or chinos it just seemed to fill in the gap every time. The size just seems perfect for a light traveller, though you can add a little more stuff but I rarely would add on.

Here is my friend sling

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Style Meter – 8/10

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LAKMÉ ABSOLUTE ILLUMINATE

This Summer/Spring collection of Lakme Fashion Week brought about a new trend on the runway – Illuminate. Illuminate by definition means something that has an inner glow that shines and sparkles by itself. If you are someone keeping track of international makeup trends you would have definitely followed up on the illuminate technique of makeup and its product.

LAKMÉ ABSOLUTE ILLUMINATE is a collection by Lakme where it has a got a collection of new face makeup with a lot of shimmer and shine. I am loving how illuminate technique is making its way in our lives and I really like the collection.

Lakme Illuminate Collection has –

  • 11 Lakme Absolute Gel Stylist
  • 3 Lakme Absolute Precision Artist Eye Liner
  • 2 Lakme Absolute Illuminating Eye Shadow Palette
  • 15 Lakme Absolute Illuminating Lip Shimmer

Gel Stylist is a set of 11 nail paints which are good to go with all your outfits.

The Lakme Absolute Precision Artist Eye Liner is a retractable pencil with a rubber grip from the Lakme Illuminate Collection. The pencil is shaped differently unlike most other kohl pencils. The texture is creamy and something between a pencile and a liner. Since it has a great finish you can use it in various ways. You can easily outline your eyes and give a little oomph your eyes in just a few minutes. it is creamy enough and does not bleed easily, once you have got the perfect color with a few strokes it does not transfer. The pencil glides almost perfectly and has three colors –  Burnished Brown, Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue. It is priced at 850

The Lakme Absolute Lip Shimmer is a new range of shimmery lipsticks from the illuminate collection. I always like shimmery lipsticks but I am not too fond of Lakme lipsticks because of a distinct strong smell they have. I find it in most of their lipsticks like this one too. These lipsticks are available in 15 shades and I am sure you can take your pick. These colors have a varied range of red and pinks. It is priced at 700.

The Lakme Absolute Illuminate Eye Shadow is available in two variants – Gold and Silver. This is the first time where Lakme has created shimmery eye shadow pallet and I would have them add on to a few more colors. Though I still feel the pallet has very wearable colors and you can use them for most of your outings. You might use them more for highlighting than for the shadow itself. It is priced at 995

Style Meter – 7/10

 

 

Sugar It’s A-Pout Time! Vivid Lipsticks Review

Very recently Sugar has launched a range of new matte lip colors in most shades. Unlike most matte lipsticks in the earlier days Sugar has come up with a creamy – moisturising matte range with Sugar It’s A-Pout Time! Vivid Lipsticks. The Sugar It’s A-Pout Time! Vivid Lipsticks come in 4 shades – The Big Bang Berry, Breaking Bare, Mad Magenta and Caroline In The City.

SUGAR It’s A-Pout Time Vivid Lipstick has a creamy consistency that moisturises and spreads evenly on the lips. The stunning shades are highly pigmented and light-weight, providing maximum coverage in a few swipes. FDA approved, these lippies are free from mineral oil and parabens.

You’re the quintessential girl-next-door with a vivacious personality and an angelic smile. A die-hard romantic, you wear your heart on your sleeve and take relationships pretty seriously. Feminine and charming, we bet you’ll carry off Breaking Bare like you two were soul mates.

  • The Big Bang Berry – This is my favorite from this range. I love the fresh berry color it gives to your lips. It is a more of an evening color.
  • Breaking Bare – As the name suggests, it is a little on the nudish shade but not as nude. It can be paired up easily with heavy smokey makeup for parties.
  • Mad Magenta – It is a summery pink and not exactly a magenta but a good regular shade. It can be paired up with most of your outfits and occasions.
  • Caroline in the City – It is the only coral color in this range. It is again a regular coral shade and a great option for daily use.

Sugar It’s A-Pout Time! Vivid Lipsticks cost INR 599. It is a good product which is creamy enough not to dry your lips. I liked it pretty much and you can consider it with the choice of colors available. It is a long lasting formula which stays on your lips for at least 3-4 easily and leaves behind a slight tint. With all its qualities the lipstick is easily transferable and you might want to consider this while buying.

Style Meter – 8/10

 

Colour Riche Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose Lipsticks

After the success of Color Riche Reds, recently Loreal came out with the Colour Riche Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose Lipsticks collection and showed us what it looks like to have #Lifeinpink it is a situation when everything around you is blissful. I feel it is true for every girl when you are surrounded by beautiful pink things all around you. Even before looking at all the shades and swatches I fell in love with the idea of #lifeinpink.

Since Loreal always has celebrities attached to it this time for Colour Riche Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose Lipsticks they have roped in JLo, Blake, Eva, Aish, Naomi, Liya, Dotzen for Moist Matte Lipsticks priced at 995; Peony, Gong, Katrina, Julianne, Sonam for Star Pink Extraordinaire Mat Lip Color priced at 950; Aishwarya, Katrina, Sonam for Star Pink nail polishes priced at 299.

Here is more about Colour Riche Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose Lipsticks

Star Collection J Lo’s Pink – Seems to be perfect for medium to dark skin tones. I love the shade because it has that berry look to it. It is a must have for your party vanity kit.

L’Oreal Paris Blake’s Pink – A good choice for lighter skin tones. It has a soft coral look it and is a good choice for a summer day out.

L’Oreal Paris Doutzen’s Pink – A very bright pink. I think each of us should own this shade, it can easily complement you on most occasions.

Star Collection Liya’s Pink – It is a reddish pink shade can be used by all Indian skin tones for occasion wear. The shade would compliment all Indian skin tones.

L’Oreal Paris Aishwarya’s Pink – A soft pink shade with little shimmer. Since the shade is matte you should exfoliate your lips well for the perfect finish.

Star Collection Eva’s Pink– This is the most regular brownish pink that most of us swear by. It is perfect with highlighted eyes or smokey eye makeup.

Star Collection Naomi’s Pink – This is the lightest shade of the lot and will go well only with very fair Indian skin tones. It comes close to nude lips and can be paired with heavy eye makeup.

Collection Star Pink Sonam’s Azalea – It is the carrot coral pink and my current favorite. I feel this shade goes very well with my skin.

Collection Star Pin Katrina’s Orchid – It is a bright pink which will add bling to most of your party outfits.

Collection Star Pink Fan Bingbing’s Peony – It is a rather milky pink shade which is more suited for fairer skin tones.

Collection Star Pink Gong Li’s Lilac – As the name suggests it is a cute lilac shade again flattering the lighter skin tones in India.

Collection Star Pink Julianne’s Magnolia – This is closest to what most actresses are wearing for award functions these days, this shade will equally compliment any skin tone.

Loreal has launched 3 pink nail paints in the La vie en rose collection. There are three signature shades each by Aishwarya, Katrina, Sonam.

Cons

  • High end
  • Some shades are dry matte which lead to chapping of lips

 

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick Review

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick is one of the first choice of every fashionista on this planet. It feels like the perfect red for everyone. My tryst with MAC began as soon as I got MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick as a birthday gift from an aunt and that was it. I never looked back from there.

I have my favorite MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick review for all you ladies today which in my opinion is one of the best red shades for our skin tones. While there are other shades like Russian Red and Diva but Ruby Woo seems to be the best for me.

Packaging

The product comes in a black cardboard box like most other lipsticks. It is black in color and has the age old lipstick look which usually is the signature MAC lipstick look.

Texture

Though I am not too much of a lipstick person and my lips get dried up soon with matte lipsticks I still like MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick. It glides easily on your lips and you need 3-4 strokes to get the perfect bright red color. It doesn’t dry your lips easily and finishes just right.

My experience with MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

I love the product for its color and texture. It is my go to for a day out when I am not in a mood for a lot of make-up or even otherwise. I have used it when I wanted to have bright red full lips with a monochrome dress and equally well with the Indian traditional attire. It seems to complement me everywhere. It shows best results when used with MAC Ruby Woo Lip Liner to get a perfectly defined look. I still recommend using lip balm underneath for a softer look or if you have extremely dry lips like me.

I like the color and would recommend any girl who loves red lipstick to go ahead and buy it.

Style Meter – 8/10

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Best Foot Creams

This year I am spending more and more time to get you a hold of winter essentials. You have already read my post Best moisturizers for winters and today I will help you find the best foot creams in India. Cracked heels become problem in the dry winter season and I am from the category of people who do not remove socks for the whole season even for a single minute, yes that’s true. I do not take my socks off even while sleeping; even then I feel the need to use a foot cream daily to keep my heels ready for the summer.

Here is my list of Best Foot Creams in India –

  • Himalaya Foot cream

Himalay Foot cream eliminates cracked heels and softens rough feet. It is a daily use natural formulation that heals and softens excessively dry and rough feet, preventing cracks and helping protect feet from microbial infections. Like most of the Himalaya products it is also lowly priced at INR 95 for 50gm.

  • The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector

The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector is a rich foot cream which contains essential fatty acids that gives the dry skin that extra nourishment required, which a regular moisturizer will not be able to provide. It is a TBS product so you can be sure of the quality and its results. It costs INR 850 for 100gm.

  • Fab India Avocado Foot Cream

The Fabindia Avocado foot cream is a great option for harsh north Indian winters. Since it has  Avocado butter plus Beewax it helps in intensely treating your rough  cracks, softening feet as a whole. This cream definitely offers effective dry feet softening. It costs INR 150 for 100gm.

  • Attitude Foot cream

This Attitude foot cream by Amway is one the best solutions for rough, cracked feet. It has a thick cream like texture with easily spreads on the dry skin. It makes your feet soft without any feeling of stickiness as it easily dries out in just a few minutes.

  • Khadi Herbal Foot Crack Cream

This cream has Jasmine & Green Tea. Khadi Herbal Foot Crack Cream provides fast relief from aching heels. It soothes, moisturizes, conditions and protects the skin by making it soft. This herbal formula is advised for daily use. It costs INR 139 for 50gm.

Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation

Very recently Shraddha Kapoor did some rope dance to launch Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation, the new product by Lakme. The event took place in a hotel in Mumbai where Shraddha Kapoor who is the brand ambassador for Lakme, performed a rope dance on the middle of the road. This was one of the kind launch of any beauty product in India. The idea was to feel ‘weightless’ and talk about the Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation.

Quite impressed by the campaign and the ‘weightless’ feel I decided to try on this new Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation. I got a tube for Rs 575.

Packaging

It comes in a small cardboard package like other lakme products. It looks very similar to the Lakme CC cream in shape and size. The tube is easy to store and travel friendly. Since the tube is soft plastic you can always choose the amount of the product that you need to apply.

Texture

The texture of this Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Mousse Foundation is amazingly smooth. It will almost glide on your skin as you want it. It gives you very light coverage for a foundation. Most of the foundations give you enough coverage to hide all your marks and blemishes but this one only makes your skin lighter. You will definitely need a concealer with this one. But this is one product that you can use daily like a moisturizer if you like the natural look of your skin. It stays for about 3 hours on my face and the best thing is its weightless quality. As the product promises you do feel that it is weightless and there is absolutely nothing on your skin.

Procedure

Step 1: Apply Lakme 9to5 Weightless Foundation to clean, moisturized skin.
Step 2 : Just take a small amount of product with the index finger and start applying it to the skin with your fingertips. Usually, you can just apply the mousse in four places: the forehead, nose, chin and cheekbones.
Step 3: Blend into your skin starting from the centre of the skin outwards, taking care to cover your face including your neck.

Availability

It is easily available in four shades in the market –

  1. Rose Honey
  2. Rose Ivory
  3. Beige Vannile
  4. Beige Caramel

Pros

  • weightless
  • easily available
  • works well for fair skin tones

Cons

  • Less coverage
  • does not stay very long

Style Meter – 7/10

Oriflame Very me Cherry My Cheeks – Sweet Coral Review

Rose quartz is the Pantone shade of this year and this Oriflame very me Cherry My Cheeks – Sweet Coral color seems to be the best pick in the blush on range. Though I don’t abide by the Pantone shades but once it is released out in the beauty circuit, you will see a lot of influence in the fashion weeks and make up.

Today I have picked up Oriflame very me Cherry My Cheeks – Sweet Coral blush for a review. I got this product for INR 355 for 2 gm.

Packaging-

The Oriflame very me Cherry My Cheeks – Sweet Coral comes in a plastic case very much like the MAC blush with a black outline. Though the package lets you see the color properly but it seems very fragile. The package is small and can be easily slipped into your bag.

Color

When you open and take swatch of the color you realize it is not one of those coral colors that you don’t like but the softest rose quartz which will go very well with your skin. We Indians have an obsession with pink blushes and it definitely should be a part of your kit.

Texture

It is soft and powdery but ain’t creamy. The good thing is that it blends very well with your skin and doesn’t show on your cheeks. What I didn’t like was the powder getting scattered after travelling. This is something I have also seen in lakme pallets that it gets powdery.

Stay

It stays for about five hours on my cheeks when I used it as a part of my complete make up.

Pros

  • I love the soft pink color
  • It blends easily
  • pocket friendly
  • travel friendly
  • texture
  • ease of application

Cons

  •  The powder getting scattered after travelling
  • no mirror

Style Meter – 8/10

 

Colorbar Diamond Shine Lip Gloss

Recently Colorbar came out with their Colorbar Diamond Shine Lip Gloss and nail paints. As you all are aware of my fondness to lip gloss and I think it was the perfect time to get it out in the market. My wintery chapped lips feel most pampered with a lip gloss for a party. This diamond shine lip gloss indeed comes with radiant sparkles to make you feel pouty for every selfie.

It comes in the silver box like package like most of its glosses, Colorbar has maintained the way its packages looks through years. It is a soft plastic 3.8 ml bottle priced at INR 675. The gloss glides on easily and is very lightly tinted. If you want you can definitely get some color with multiple layers again which is not very vibrant. It settles down easily and is quite light.

I checked out a few shades and pretty much liked them. In my opinion you have to have a nudish pink gloss and a nudish brown gloss which is not only used by itself but it can also be used over various shades to enhance the look. I usually pick up the nude gloss and use it over my matte lip colors to give it some party vibe for night outs. This Colorbar Diamond Shine Lip Gloss seems to be the perfect fit.

Pros

  • ease of use and storage
  • super soft and light feel
  • 8 available shades

Cons

  • very lightly pigmented
  • you may have to pair it with some color
  • It is a bit pricey
  • may not be used every day

Thoughts

I feel decently good about it and it is worth a try if you like light pigmented shades but it does seem a little pricey and you may check the contemporaries for similar stuff. The shades are all regular ones available easily. I still like the shine and feel of it.

Style Meter – 7.5/10

Clean & Clear Clear Fairness Cream

We Indians are totally obsessed about fairness and fairness creams though how much ever we deny it, we still belong to that frame of mind. No wonder why fairness creams are such a big thing with us. I recently got my own collection of beauty buys which is the last list for 2015 and got one Clean & Clear Clear Fairness Cream.

Since a few days I have been religiously using the Clean & Clear Clear Fairness cream since moisturisation becomes a necessity in this season. It keeps the skin happy and hydrated without making it look too creamy or oily. I am using it as a base for my makeup and it does the job pretty well. The Clean & Clear Clear Fairness cream makes sure it gets my skin fairer and I am seeing positive results when applied daily. Though it would not drastically change one’s skin color but it lightens up your face positively.

When I look for a fairness cream I do not look for some chemical that would suddenly change my skin color and texture but something that just makes my face look lighter and brighter than usual. It is suitable for anyone who is in my category and willing to give it a shot without loosing out on your original skin. I would not advise it for someone expecting overnight results. It is best used with Clean & Clear Morning Energy Face Wash or Clean & Clear Clear Fairness Face Wash.

Rating – 9/10

Verdict

It is definitely worth a try!