Oilcraft Naturals Premium Panch-Pushp Water Review!

Oilcraft Naturals Panch Pushp water

So ya'll know how I'm absolutely addicted to natural toners..specifically floral waters. I have an unhealthy obsession with them if I may say so. I have to have a few spritz on each day or my day doesn't conclude.

Rose Water has always been my first choice. I've tried so many Indian brands in search of my perfect potion. If you have dry skin or any skin type in general, Pure Rose Water is the best natural toner money can buy. I have previously written about Forest Essentials Rose Water Facial Toner, Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water, FabIndia Rose Water and Oilcraft Naturals Premium Rose Water.

I've recently discovered another gem- Panch Pushp Water. Its an ancient Ayurvedic Formulation. In hindi, Panch = 5, Pushp = Flowers. So this is literally steam distillate of 5  native Indian flowers, that are known for their skincare properties.

Mogra (Arabian Jasmine) for Hydration
Rose for Toning
Saffron for Healing
Kewara (Pandanus Flower) for Cooling & Softening
Marigold for Cleansing

Oilcraft naturals panch pushp toner


Garba/Navratri Makeup! Feat. Green Smoky Eye

Smoky Green Eye

If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you know this already, coz I make big deal out of everything! This weekend I went for my first ever Garba. I got given two outfits from a Gujrati friend and couldn't decide between them so posted a photo on my social media. The response was insane. Everyone had different opinions but I really really loved the community feel. It felt like we were all real friends discussing outfit before a big night. (Here's the photo on Facebook and Insta btw). If you were one of those who commented- THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart. Thank you leaving a line. It surely made my day!

So because there was quite an interest on the post, I posted some hazy makeup shots once I was done caking my face. And you guys blew my mind again. I was about to get picked up but then it got delayed and there was still some light outside. Out comes the DSLR! It never happens. Its rare for me to actually have time to click pictures. I'm usually the one who remembers mascara on reaching the venue. There's always something or the other that misses out.

Smoky green eye for beginners

Indian Wedding Makeup


LipsnBerries Makeover Series Vol 3- Teaching squats to your Personal Trainer!

Easy indian wedding makeup NC42

So I was reciting this incident to a friend I was doing makeup on..and she came up with this analogy. I told her how I did makeup on this beautiful girl and a very pro beauty blogger Renji (from Makeupholic World) and I seriously didn't know shiz! I applied makeup on her with my shaky hands and naive techniques. And then my subject blurts "It's like teaching squats to Neil" (Neil = our Crossfit trainer) and it hit me... Yes! Its exactly like that. An apprentice teaching the master the tools of the trade.

Indian wedding makeup NC 42

However, it was so enlightening! She patiently gave me tips and tricks. That time I ruined the eye liner and we had to take the whole eye makeup off..she had a smile on. Like how? And then when I got the eye-makeup right, I ruined the under eye with eyeshadow fall outs. So we (read SHE!) had to do the whole concealer routine again. While we're at it, lets just mention that she is THE concealer queen. Renji has sussed out her routine so well..it's impeccable. In all honesty, I hardly did a thing on her face and she ended up looking stunning! I'm not doing my usual before and after so please excuse that. Lets just say my photography skills were below par in the before pics so I'm gonna skip on them this one time! But can we just stare at the after please? Coz I'm in love with her dusky skin. Its EXOTIC!


MAC Vamplify Collection! 'Speed Up' & 'How Chic is This?' Lip Glosses Reviewed!

Lets gets this straight..I'm not a Gloss girl! I'm all about lipsticks and Matte in that. Retro Matte perhaps! I have a sizable lip collection and you'd hardly find a gloss in there. So when MAC sent me these new babies..my first reaction- Squeals! Who wouldn't?
Second- Eeeep it's a lip gloss.

MAC Vamplify Collection reviews

I swear when I first saw them I thought they were that liquid to matte formula. You know like Lime Crime Velvetines! But they weren't. They were straight up pigmented lip glosses.
Quite a grim introduction right? Hold on I'm building a scenario here!!.. coz OMGee! I'm in loooove with them. Yes! in love with a Lip Gloss. Ok not so much with the pale pink one but the purple one is a total must have.

MAC Vamplify Lip gloss reviews

MAC is killing it with limited edition collection this year (Who can forget the pretty packaging of Giambattista Valli Lipsticks?). Next one in line is MAC Vamplify Collection- A Collection of 17 ultra pigmented lip glosses ($48 NZD, Limited Edition) and 12 new shades of Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($50 NZD, New Permanent Shades) to match them. How crazy insane right? The Collection is coming into stores September 21st,2015. Be ready!


Sleek MakeUP True Color Lipstick in 'Candy Cane'! A dupe for MAC Party Parrot & Impassioned?

My dearest Renji from Makeupholic World gifted me a lipstick when we first met. I tried it on 2 week later! Its a blogger thing..Don't put lipstick on until its photographed !!And I instantly regret the 2 weeks wasted. This is easily my best lipstick shade to date. And I have a fair bit to be honest! Then someone suggested it's a dupe of MAC's Party Parrot lipstick. THE ICONIC PARTY PARROT!! The Limited Edition lipstick that comes and goes and has everyone in hysterics! When will MAC make it permanent?

Sleek true color lipstick candy cane review

Anyways, I don't own party parrot to compare them both but nevertheless Sleek Candy Cane wants me to go crazy when Party Parrot releases next. Such a stunning pink! Looks beautiful bright pinky coral during day and warm coral in night light on my NC 32-ish skintone. Its more like a mash of red, coral and pink! And bright..so so bright! And its pretty hard to photograph too.

Sleek lipstick in Candy Cane

A perfect shade for spring/summer! Glossy but doesn't stay that way after a few hours. It stains heavily. My lips stay pink till next day even after exfoliating them with bubblegum lip scrub. You know it's stubborn when next morning flatmate asks if you slept with makeup on. Hell no!!


LipsnBerries Makeovers Series Vol 2 - When All's Fired Up!

Dodgy name I know but I couldn't come up with any tagline for this look! Maybe you can help me?
Oh! Here's Vol 1 in case you're wondering!

Introducing another pretty chic on the blog today, Our subject number 2, Miss S! So Miss S has never ever had a full makeover done. She is passionate about skincare and you'd definitely get jealous of her flawless natural skin. I certainly am! She's getting into makeup slowly and is absolutely loving bright lipsticks at the moment. Hence the look. I didn't want to pile up a lot on her face as its her first time but actually intended make her look naturally beautiful- dewy skin, neutral eyes and Hot Pink lips courtesy MAC All Fired Up Lipstick, which is one of my favorite lipstick for Indian skin. Guess who's buying one soon? She adored the lipstick.


OPI Brights Collection 2015!

A nail post after yonks!
So one fine day, I won an Instagram Giveaway. I don't enter many so it was definitely a surprise. I tend to enter the ones that don't ask me to repost a pic. Don't want the world to know how much I love freebies ;)

OPI brights collection 2015

Anyways, the talented and beautiful youtuber Giovanna from NZ ran OPI giveaway on Insta and lucky me won 5 shades from OPI Brights Collection 2015. Then the lazy me puts on one nail paint a week and clicks a picture (Hence the different lighting in each photo!). 7 weeks later here's the post (2 weeks to write a few words!)
I have 2 coats of polish on in all the photos.

The shades I received were-

1. OPI On Pinks & Needles- Pink hexagonal and round chunks in a clear base. Very pretty! Except that pink loses color and turns white after a day or two.
I've put it on my weary Artdeco Art Couture Nail Lacquer in the shade 776- Couture Red Oxide. Its completely spruced up my week old polish. I wish it lasted long though.

OPI on pinks and needles


Is there any running away from Eve-Teasing?

Picture this!
I'm walking home alone through a well lit street at 6:30 pm. Its not late but its dark coz its winters here in NZ.There's hardly anyone on the street. Its not a flash suburb, so I have my phone and belongings tucked in back pack. I'm too scared to lose them. No music for me either..I like to be in the moment to feel safe! Its only a 7 minute walk to where my friend is waiting for me.

I'm coming back home from Crossfit. So I have bright tights, a hoodie and humongous running shoes on! Tired as hell from a killer workout. I look average- No makeup, no skin show, plain jane!

I hear a faint sound of someone talking in a shop few feets away. Oh! Its that Indian shop!
Oh! Someone's talking in Punjabi. Suddenly, the world around feels safer. Its my people. I'd be all right. I pass that shop and there's someone waving farewells to the shop-owner and I pass him just as he's about to get out of the shop and into his car. Car parked right outside the shop.

Two steps past the shop, I hear...
Yo babe..Looking hot there! Sup?? I can drop you home. Come..I can drop you home!

All this in my mother tongue. I can't believe it. Its a mature man..looks 35ish. He must be talking to someone in his car. It can't be me. I turn back. Its me! and suddenly I regret turning back!

My hearts racing and my mind goes blank. I can't think of anything. My phone is in the back pack and I can't even muster the courage to stop and take it out. I want to call *111 ..I really want to. But I have no idea why I'm not doing it. He sees my changing expressions. I'm clearly pissed but he takes it a yes and stops his car on the other side of the road and says something. I can't hear him well. All this while I'm walking with hardly anyone in the street. It's a maroon Mazda that I didn't even think to take the number of! Why o why? I don't know!

After 6.5 years in NZ, I've been eve teased for the first time. And suddenly this land that I call my home makes me feel sick to the stomach. Wasn't this the reason why I loved NZ over India? Wasn't it my safe haven? How many times did I come back from holiday back home and felt that relief of not being constantly watched, constantly alert and constantly judged! This is why I called it home. And to have one of my own people shatter my world ..its made me uneasy. Very uneasy!

Things I wanted to do-
- Stop him. Slap him.
- Dial 111 and report him.
- Abuse him. Answer him back.
- Sit with him and ask him WHY? I want to know his background. Why does he not respect the other gender? How does he have such audacity? Why no fear? This mature man...who was laughing and talking animatedly to the shop guy..like normal men do and suddenly seconds later ..he's hitting on a girl. Like its instantaneous. Like the switch comes natural to him! Like he's done this many times before. Like he's a repeat offender.

What I actually do-
- NOTHING! A big fat nothing. My mind gave away, Adrenaline rushed in all directions. I feel useless!

And what do I do few minutes later when I'm back to the safety of my own men...I feel angry. I feel angry at myself. I could have taught him a memorable lesson. I could've broken his pattern. I could've saved some other girl from this ordeal. But alas he got away one more time!

I feel amazed at myself. Haven't I dealt with this countless times before. Wasn't it a norm back home? Eve-teasing, stalking, groping..I've had it all then why just a few words by one Punjabi man shattered me to the core? Was my belief in men shattered again? Is NZ not my safe haven anymore?

I'm all about positivism and as I write I'm thinking of countless amazing men I know. They care for me..they love me. I'm a wife of an amazing man who lets me dream and run free. But then why am I questioning the whole male race? Again!

An angry one today!


Wanna feel like a million bucks? This Body Oil has GOLD in it!!!

Yes!! You heard it right! A body oil with 23 karat Pure Gold Leaf! This is luxury redefined! The oil, the bottle, the gold...everything seems perfection with this one!

Linden leaves gold body oil review

Linden leaves gold body oil

Linden Leaves is a premier natural brand from New Zealand. This year they are celebrating 20 years of crafting quality natural skincare by launching a Gold Range! The collection consists of a Gold Body Wash, Body Lotion, Toning Face & Body Mist, Body Oil and Shimmer Mousse.

Bloggers were invited to the launch event and believe me ...we were served cocktails that had 23 kt Gold leaf in it! They were so amazing and heady! I hardly ever drink..like once in 3 years so I tend to get dizzy in just a few sips. I wish I didn't had to drive back home. I never wanted to stop drinking gold!
Complimentary photo of said cocktail at the end of this post :p


Brown eyes!! Turquoise blue or Forest Green?

So I was sitting idle yesterday which doesn't happen very often and suddenly had this urge to try out blue eyeshadow on myself. Talk of inspiration can strike anytime! Off I go!!

Zoeva Graphic eyes good karma eyeliner

blue smoky eye

Zoeva love is a story eyeshadow palette

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