26/05/2016

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Count on me to review something after its long gone and discontinued. Well thank the heavens this time it isn't coz I've had this review in my drafts for about 2 years now and Garnier is still going strong with this one. Heck they've just released a new version for combination/oily skin.

I've never used the holy grail of all Micellar waters, the legendary Bioderma Sensibio so I'm not gonna pretend to be a know-all but I can surely compare it against my other makeup removers though.

Garnier Micellar Water Review

Micellar Water seems to be the all new rage but in reality they've been around for ages. French women have been enjoying them for yonks. I'm so glad the drugstore brands have finally joined the bandwagon! Hooray for us cheapos :) They look like water, they feel like water, they don't smell and no irritation either. Magic indeed!

This is my second bottle of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water so you can trust me on this one. I've repurchased it so there must be something worthwhile.

11/05/2016

iHerb.com Haul - May 2016

best skincare buys from iherb

You know I'm a massive iHerb.com fan. It's my favorite website for skincare and supplement needs. I have to make 2-3 orders an year to cover all my supplies. Not to forget it's a makeup brush heaven! You wouldn't find Real Technique brushes cheaper than these guys anywhere in NZ.
I recently made a huge order when they had 20% off  some beauty brands. I've been pleasantly surprised by their shipping once again. If you ever buy from them..choose DHL option. It works out cheaper with bulk orders, is fully tracked and you have the order at  your doorstep in 3-4 days all the way from States. I ordered Friday evening 3 pm and it arrived Tuesday morning 9 am. How cool is that? If you're looking to save some money on your first order, use my Affiliate/Discount code PGF661 for $$ off.

Here's the link to my previous iHerb orders if you keen to explore- iHerb Haul Nov 2014, iHerb Haul March 2015, iHerb Haul September 2015.

Here's what I ordered this time -

1. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunscreen SPF55 ($18.23 for 112g) - This one is a repeat buy like many others to follow. It's my favorite broad spectrum Sunscreen. Aveeno makes this one for babies so it's gentle and effective. It does take time to absorb in and its not the prettiest under makeup either (hello disco ball!) but its great on it's own and looks very healthy in photos too. I've never got a tan on my face since using this. I am going to continue using it as its recommended by my laser technician and serves me well too. 

weleda arnica massage oil review

2. Weleda Arnica Massage Oil ($25.88 for 100 ml) - I won't bore you with my sob story of how I suffer from back pain and haven't done a hard core workout since this ordeal began many months ago. I am now constantly in a look out for alternative ways to manage this pain and massage definitely tops the list! We are a family of Arnica fans from everything to Arnica rubs and oils. So trying out this Weleda Massage Oil next was a very natural thing to do. So far I like it! It smells amazing - Lavender and Rosemary. It's a lil warming and absorbs fast too. Not to forget that its 100% natural like other Weleda products. I'm also trying out the Shower Gel from his range courtesy Bare PR. More on that later.

04/05/2016

MAC Lipstick in 'Twig' Review

MAC Lipstick in Twig Review

Best MAC lipstick for indian skin

Forget about finding your signature red, the whole world is looking for THE n*de that compliments their skin color. I have had mine sorted since ages. This was my first n*de & I stopped right there. I never had to purchase an awful lot of them to find a shade that is MLBB (My lips but better), flattering, demure & yet a statement in itself. a shade that oozes Kim K vibes. That lady must own every n*de imaginable.

28/04/2016

Indian Bridal Makeup- My first ever!

Indian Bridal Makeup

Indian bride makeup

Remember I was trialing makeup on friends & family last year before my trip to India? I wanted to practice getting used to other people's face. Its quite a different feeling than doing your own makeup. Try it once..its quite an interesting thing!
I also happened to try makeup on a friend of mine, Miss S. Remember that post? It was her first time with a full face of makeup. She loved it so much that she asked me to do a similar look at her wedding in India. We happened to travel to India together so shopped duty free for all my personal favorites that I could use on her. She is now a proud owner of a very practical makeup kit!
I like to play safe with makeup during weddings, specially on someone else's face, sticking to similar base but changing eye makeup, lip color and such. I'd rather use my face for creativity at this stage!

26/04/2016

Forest Essentials Floral Makeup Remover Review

Forest Essentials Makeup Remover Review

Shayoni from Sweet & Bitter Blog is one of my favorite bloggers. Like me she's a natural skincare junkie. Actually I believe she surpasses me. So when she recommends I try a certain all natural floral makeup remover, I trust her blindly and I am indeed not disappointed.

Forest Essentials Makeup Remover india

Forest Essentials Floral Makeup Remover is one of the best makeup removers .I've tried and surprisingly its all natural- Jojoba Oil, Oilve Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Jasmine Flower Oil, Rose flower extract , Vitamin E and that is all. The Jasmine scent is simply divine.

03/04/2016

Collection Cosmetics Long Lasting Color Lipstick in 'Cupcake Pink' Review

Collection Cosmetics lasting Colour Lipstick Review

I believe everyone has that one brand they keep hearing about when they watch Youtube tutorials by beauties overseas. For me it was Collection Cosmetics. Kaushal from Kaushal Beauty always used their Crushed Walnut single eyeshadow to contour. She was literally obsessed with it. And then it was their lasting perfection concealer. Who's who of Youtube went crazy for it. The same boat LA Girl Concealers are in right now!

Collection cosmetics NZ

So when Collection Cosmetics reached our shores, New Zealand didn't feel like such an isolated island anymore. I have to admit I had never heard much about their lipsticks so I was actually pretty pleased when I got sent two of their new season lip colors - Cupcake Pink and Fig Delight.

17/03/2016

Savar Skincare! One Brand Love

Savar Skincare Review

I've never done such a post before..going all out to dedicate a post to a single brand but believe me I just couldn't hold it in any longer. Everytime I put on Savar's Skincare, I can't help being floored  by them. Never before has a skincare brand impressed me so much, product after product.

Savar is premium natural NZ brand that offers luxury Skincare, Haircare and Spa Products.
I have tried a good few products from Savar's range and each of them has been stellar. I've already written at length how much I adore their Haircare and the Rosehip Oil Brightening Serum. I still stand behind both these products 100%, months after using them. I've pretty much run out of both of these but would purchase them in a heartbeat. That shampoo gives life to my hair!

I haven't introduced you to other products from them that I've been using for the past 4 months. Here's a quick few words about each

Savar Skincare Face Pack review

Before my holiday last November, Savar kindly sent me their Face Pack kit ($139 NZD). Its a 5 pack kit containing a Toner, Exfoliator, Face Wash and Lip Balm, all of them packed neatly in a custom made sturdy blue travel bag, that I obviously took with me during travels. The products were pretty big for travelling so I transferred them to smaller containers, even the spray toner! And what I delight they were to use back at home. A whiff of NZ with me all the time.

07/03/2016

MAC Flamingo Park Collection- Review + Swatches + Release info!

MAC Flamingo Park Collection Review

Hands up if you're a Pink/coral fan! Anyone who isn't? Rejoice because MAC's next collection celebrates pink, its hues, its dreaminess and its versatility. Its the Flamingo Park Collection! They pretty much slayed this one and its in stores today (March 7th, 2016). Though this is Spring 2016 Collection (US), the colors are still so apt for the balmy autumn we've been having in NZ lately (fingers crossed it stays this way). I have a feeling these will sell out fast, you know like every other Limited Edition Collection from MAC so make your pick and head to the store first thing.

MAC Flamingo Park Collection Prices

MAC Flamingo Park Collection NZ

25/02/2016

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in 'Feels So Grand' - Review + Swatches + Comparison with Lime Crime Red Velvet


So it was my birthday a few weeks ago. I didn't ask for any gifts coz I'd already treated myself wayyy too much at the airports during our travel. This liquid lipstick by MAC was one of them and I wore it for my birthday dinner.

You know red is my thing right? MAC released this formula just last month and these have been literally flying off the shelves. Delhi duty free had only half the shades in stock. I wanted to buy the bright raspberry 'to matte with love' but then I saw this red and just couldn't resist. These were expensive than normal MAC lippies too. $25 USD from Delhi duty free and an RRP of $50 NZD here in NZ.
With a formula so beautiful..I should have bought more. That wine shade. Sigh :(

Oh well! Glad these are permanent because I'm surely picking up more.



18/02/2016

Life Update: Where have I been for the last 3 months?

The pic pretty much sums up my sisters wedding! Bindass = Kickass!
Ok. This feels weird. Well HELLO there! Remember me? I'm supposedly a blogger and a very slack one at that. We finally meet after 3 months. How have you been? How was your summer/Winter? Well I've been good. Reeeal Good! If you follow me on Instagram you know I've been having a ball..like literally! I went for a two month holiday to my home country, India, in the middle of their peak wedding season and attended weddings back to back- 11 weddings with 21 separate functions! You know like dressing up BIGG 21 times. It was so insane and so awesome at the same time. Pair that with freezing winter evenings and you have got a serious situation. I wouldn't have it any other way though. My Facebook friends were pretty much sick of my life updates.. :)

Caught sniffing Roses! Told you I'm obsessed with them!
Did I tell you I did makeup on a Bride? Like a real professional makeup on someone's big day. It still feels unreal! May I say she looked stunning. God bless friends who trust you with their face!
I made up my sister for some of her wedding functions too (Not the main event). And my mum several times. It feels so amazing to see all their pretty pictures now. You realize how powerful makeup is when you see their faces lit up with confidence. Would you like to see posts on them? Maybe I can do a master post? What say!

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