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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


MAC Lipstick in Dark Side- Quick Review + tons of photos!

MAC Lipstick Dark Side

MAC Lipstick Dark side review

Can we just cut the chase, drop the formalities and get straight to business? You see I'm a lil' time deficient this week & a good following weeks too but I need to show my new MAC lipstick & my half baked attempt with a new eye look. It is far from what I imagined but its okay. We shall get there soon.

MAC Magic of the Night Collection 2015

I received MAC lipstick in Dark Side from MAC cosmetics NZ a few weeks ago. Now this is a permanent shade already but it has been released in limited edition metallic purple packaging as part of MAC's Magic of the Night Holiday Collection 2015. Yep! I know. BEAUTIFUL.


Savar Rosehip Ultra Brightening Serum Review

Savar Rosehip Ultra Brightening Serum

One of the best joys of blogging- discovering products that you would have never tried otherwise. Despite what a reader perceives, a rosy job with free products, blogging is far from it. Its more of a no weekends, no free time, no reading books, assaulting precious skin & body with plethora of new ingredients and spending every non-day-job-hour thinking or executing blogging. This is just me, the slack blogger who pretty much manages to churn just one blog post a week. Imagine the time it takes for other part time bloggers that post regularly. Shudders**

But the only thing that keeps our lot going is comments from readers (please post them even if you'd like to say hey!), sometimes a surprise Facebook share or bumping into some star product that make the skin assault worth it! You know where this is going right? I've just bumped into one.

Savar face serum review

Now you don't have to take my word for it because lets be honest something like a skin brightening effect can be very subjective. You feel good, you feel you look good. You get it? My mood decides how I look. Somedays I wouldn't feel beautiful even after caking on layers and layers of Foundation. Somedays I'd feel gorgeous as soon as I get up. Its all in the hormones. So don't take my word for it.


theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Review!

theBalm Mary lou manizer review

If you ask me my favorite thing about makeup- it'll be a tie between Lipstick and Highlighter. Ok.. I'm a wee bit obsessed with contouring too. But seriously Highlighting is Life! From plain jane to a Diva in 10 seconds. Yes!! a DIVA..that's how I feel after highlighting my face. I'm a lot humble usually but seriously this is the only word that explains my state of confidence after a few strokes of this magic powder.

Now, there are myriad lipsticks..100's of them..different colors..different finishes and different looks but leave me on an island and the only highlighter I'd ever need is theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. I've had it for years (3 maybe?) and believe me this is a recent photo. I haven't even scratched the surface yet. I firmly believe this highlighter will last me a lifetime.

theBalm Mary lou manizer highlighter

theBalm highlighter review

I do not highlight everyday but it's a must-do for any special occasion makeup. Indian Weddings top the list, specially the night ones. Oh my my! the way camera captures it truly drives me mad. I've lost it right? But seriously if you can buy one highlighter in this life..make it Mary-Lou Manizer.

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