28/08/2015

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.


25/08/2015

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

24/08/2015

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!
Nishu

20/08/2015

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

17/08/2015

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

13/08/2015

LipsnBerries Makeover Series Vol 1 - Humble Beginnings

Here's to the humble beginnings! Thank you so much to everyone who responded with a big fat Yesss to my Facebook Post asking if anyone out there would be keen on the makeup practice/make over sessions that I've been doing recently. You guys gave me a real boost and this series is out only coz of you few. So a heartfelt Thank You :)

In all honesty I did get a bit scared of the overwhelming response. I don't wanna let anyone down but just to make things clear, I'm not a Pro.. I'm planets away from that!! But I've been consciously making an effort to improve my makeup skills. I have some upcoming weddings where I might need to use some skills. Being a beauty blogger, my capabilities have been over-estimated and I've been delegated some vanity responsibilities and I'm shit scared. So these are more like practice sessions. I'm looking for a some constructive criticism. I need your expert help! So feel free to speak your heart out .. but lets just keep the negativity out. I need all the encouragement and support not other way around please :)

Disclaimers out of the way! Lets Start!

This is look one! It was totally unexpected and I never planned to do a blog post about it. Heck I didn't even plan for a whole series but... You gotta go with the flow right? These pictures were taken on the phone (something I'm not a fan of personally!) but I'm posting these to document my makeup journey. And hence the name 'Humble Beginnings' for this look!

Easy Indian Wedding Makeup

Easy Gold smoky eye

11/08/2015

May/June/July 2015 Empties

I bet you didn't notice there hasn't been an empties post on the blog for the last few months. a.)  I didn't have many products to show b.) I was crazy busy..which is probably gonna stay the same till March next year :) Busy is good right?
Anyways, here's products that I finished off in last few months. Surprisngly something from makeup this time!

Life Flo Rosehip Oil review

Here we go-

EOS lip balm review

1. Life Flo Pure Rosehip Seed Oil ($5.52 from iHerb.com)
I've probably mentioned this Rosehip Oil a million times already. Its my favorite facial oil and I'm slathered in it day and night! Its only $5.52 for 30ml and I buy it in bulk. So much cheaper than Trilogy's Rosehip Oil for the same quality product- Organic & Cold Pressed. Highly recommended for all skin types!
(Use my code PGF661 on iHerb.com for $5- $10 off your first order)

07/08/2015

Forest Essentials Saffron & Neem Cleanser Review!

Natural Cleansers are my favorite. I always stock 2 years worth whenever we go to India. Its more like a ritual now. Come day two after we arrive, my mum is all prepared to receive hoards of online orders. Ahhh...bliss!
Forest Essentials is one of India's premium/luxury Natural Skincare brand. I'm quite impressed with their brand ethics too- They follow ancient skincare recipes as prescribed in Ayurveda and practice sustainable sourcing.
I'm quite a fan of their Rose Water, Soya Milk Cleanser and Mashobra Honey Cleanser. I've been using this Saffron and Neem Cleanser for quite a while now. This one bottle has lasted me awfully long, much longer than their best before date!!

Price- Rs. 975 / $34 USD
Availability- Forest Essentials Official Website, Amazon.com, Amazon.in.

Forest Essentials Kashmiri saffron and neem

Forest Essentials Delicate facial cleanser

27/07/2015

Super-dry/itchy/sensitive skin this winter? Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash & Moisturising Lotion are here to rescue!

Suffering from dry skin? Here comes the savoir. When it comes to moisturisers (Or even sunscreens), Aveeno has always been my preferred brand. My mum is like the hugest fan of their hand cream. I have to buy tons of it before every trip back home. Its her fragrance-free delight. My mum-in-law suffers from chronic cracked heels and extremely dry hands and there is nothing she trusts except the Aveeno body lotion (the minted version in tube).

And this winters Aveeno has come out with a fragrance-free body care range, suitable for the most sensitive of skins. I've been using the new body wash and lotion for over a month n half now and I'm totally hooked!

Aveeno skin relief moisturising lotion

Aveeno skin relief body care range review

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash ($16.99 NZD)

16/07/2015

EID MUBARAK! Classic Smoky Eye Makeup for Eid!

Nothing like a festival to go all out on makeup! Indians weddings will be the second best. I've always been a fan of Eid looks...The head jewelry, the Hijab, the elegance, it's all next level. So for this years Eid Al-Fitr (Falls on the coming weekend), here's my rendition. For all my Muslim friends celebrating..Eid Mubarak to you and the family. May Allah bless you with all the happiness in this world!

Makeup for Eid

For makeup, I went with the classic heavy smoky eye look. There's nothing more alluring than a good smoky eye. I'm a newbie and I actually find smoky eyes easier to do than most multi-color eyeshadow looks.
Tip: For a clean edged smoky eye, I always put some scotch tape on the sides of my eye. Saves me from panda eyes!

Black smoky eye makeup

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