31/10/2013

Lime Crime Velvetines 'Seudeberry'- Review + FOTD


So, I started writing a post about stuff that is on beauty wish list a.k.a. lust list about 2 months ago. That post is still in the pipeline (like 20 others!)... my laziness..heights...!!! So, this was one of the things on my wishlist & nowwww IIIIIII have ittttt (yup.. you got the tone right!!). I OWN this beauty, my most prized possession in makeup-The stunning Velvetines from Lime Crime. What's not to love about it- the finish, the stay, the color, the matte texture!
I was torn between the shades 'Seudeberry' & 'Red Velvet', took FOREVER to decide & finally went with Seudeberry. Of corse, as is my nature, when confused between two best choices, I end up buying both eventually (coz the other one would haunt me in my dreams then). I bought 'Red Velvet' as well a week later. Ahh...peace xo


'Seudeberry' and 'Red Velvet' Close up!
Totally in loooove with both of them but 'Seudeberry' is just more fun me thinks!

As claimed by Lime Crime: Strawberry red, often associated with the 1950s icon Marilyn Monroe.
Long-lasting liquid lipstick that goes on like a gloss and dries completely matte. Our inspiration behind this product? Rose petals!
The Jewel in my collection

21/10/2013

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover Review!

Heya..Hope y'all doing good. How was the weekend for you? I had a super awesome and pretty busy weekend (for a change!) at Auckland Diwali Festival. The highlight being getting to hug my celeb crush "Superwoman". I shared the picha on my Facebook page (here) and Instagram (here).. yup! I'm there now.. It's kinda addictive!

Quick question: How do you like your face wash/cleanser? Foamy or creamy? I'm always confused about which one to use. Feel like using creamy one's but then I don't get that squeaky clean feeling. I've got dry skin so guess creamy is the one to go for! Anyways, Going to review my current fav! This one is dual- Makeup remover + Cleanser..! and added bonus.. Its natural..umm.. partly natural.. 86% to be precise!

The product in question!

Let’s move to the review… reporting back on the Neutrogena’s newest  (is that a word?) range, launched a few months ago in NZ, “Neutrogena Naturals”. I was sent the Fresh Cleansing + Make up remover by Beauty Review.

Close up!

16/10/2013

❤ Trilogy has your Christmas sorted ❤


New Zealand's iconic natural skincare brand has your Christmas shopping sorted! I love Trilogy and that's no secret. Their "Everything Balm" is my constant companion everywhere.. even on the bedside... should I crave for it's scent at night.. ;)
Here is the run down of what you can grab for your loved one's this festive season, if you are able to part with them that is! I won't judge you if you can't.. We'll be best friends forever after that ❤

(Media Release)
Trilogy Christmas Collection
A treasure trove of Trilogy treats
Trilogy has come up with a treasure trove of natural skincare treats to make Christmas shopping a
breeze this year. We’ve got Christmas covered with three gorgeous gift options, if you can bear to
give them away, all of which are packaged in stunning, limited edition reusable boxes.

Trilogy Rosapene™ Day & Night Collection RRP $ 43.90
The star of the show, containing three of our favourite high performance skincare products, all formulated with our trademarked antioxidant rosehip complex Rosapene™ to give skin a radiantly healthy glow.
• Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ (30ml)
• Rosapene™ Night Cream (25ml)
• Vital Moisturising Cream (20ml)

 

14/10/2013

MUA Haul + First Impressions!

I plan to be consistent with blogging now! Enough of laziness..!
Out of sight but certainly not out of the makeup world! So many online shopping orders have arrived in the last few weeks (do you know I'm on a shopping ban for a month?). Seems like I have enough makeup for next 10 years! This is a haul post. I personally like to see other blogger's hauls so hoping you'd bear with my bragging ;) Its good to know what fellow ladies order plus you can lemme know if you'd be interested in me reviewing any of the products in the haul. I aim to do these more often. Keen on your feedback on it!

So here is the order that I received from muastore.co.uk few weeks ago! MUA( Make Up Academy) is a really awesome but super cheap UK brand. It's quite famous there. Some of their products are shameless dupes of high end brands like MAC n Urban Decay! Wallet-friendly! They had free international shipping promo which is a saving of whooping $15 so I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered a handful of cheapies! The "bargain hunter" me comes into action whenever I hear the word "SALE".

Here's what I got. 1 pound is about $2 NZD so still not a bad deal.
  
All nice n pretty!
1.) Fashionista Caviar nails "Black Pearl" (£1)
2.) Liquid eyeliner shade 1 (£1)
3.) Undress your skin Flawless skin primer (£5)
4.) Fashionista double take lipstick "Atomic Tangerine" (£1.5)
5.) Fashionista double take lipstick "Ultra pink" (£1.5)
6.) £1 Matte lipstick "Wild berry" (£1.0)
7.) Blush perfection Cream blusher "Lush" (£1)
8.)12 Shade Undressed Palette (£4)

Total: £17 = $34.05 NZD


11/10/2013

Hot Yoga/ Bikram Yoga - Day 1

So, I’ve just come out of our first Bikram/Hot Yoga class & OMG I just have to pen this down, RIGHT NOW!! It’s a moment of achievement!  As soon as I entered the studio, I knew we won’t last long in there – 90 minutes of this torture was unimaginable but but but.. We did it!!!

The heat, the smell, the sweat, the poses…!! Been there… done that!


Where do I begin?

If you don’t know what Bikram Yoga is…please Google!! It’s basically surviving in 40°C (38 to be precise) of heat- exercising, stretching n sweating!!

The heat…As soon as you enter it’s the first thing you feel & then comes the smell…the yucky sweaty smell. Now I know why you are not supposed to eat a good while before the class. Because if you do, there is a good chance you’ll puke.


We (Me & Sunshine) reached the class about 20 minutes before time (Yes! Indian & not fashionably late… Take that!!) and they escorted us to the studio. There were changing rooms and showers too but who cares…! I’ve problem sweating so assumed I should be sweet. Sunshine (let’s keep him anonymous for another month or two please!) sweats like anything but even he wasn’t prepared for the streams of sweat that were to flow on every part of his body in a wee while.

The heat was killing and suffocating. The smell made it worse. Introductory price was $20.00 for unlimited classes for a week but I was sure we were not to come back after this. I dragged Sunshine along so his interest in yet another smelly class was highly questionable. We glanced at each other in those dim lights… not sure what was coming  and then it started, the poses 26 in total… always even & repeated!!


I SWEAT!! Yes… it’s a big deal… & this is to whoever thinks I have a skin disorder. It was the first time in my 20 something (?) life, I felt it trickling down my spine!! A moment of elation… Yes… I can sweat! It soon turned into a mess though… Trickling from every pore on my body… My legs, arms, everything slippery, wet!! It was bledy raining on my mat.

I have done the normal (Hatha) yoga before & was pretty good with the poses there. There was definitely some overlap with the poses but Bikram was like next difficulty level. You do 26 poses in the same order every day, so am hoping I’ll get better at remembering them. Some of them were pretty hard & I did give-up on one or two. Let’s talk about fatty Sunshine now ;) He tried following everything for the first 30 minutes & then just gave-up.  His turquoise T-shirt all soaked; he was dizzy, flat out, all red, struggling to breath & giving me that ‘Can I please leave’ look!! He lay down & refused to get going until the trainer announced that it was the second last pose next. His clothes weren’t helping him either.

Now you ask!! Will I go back? Yes !! We have a week’s pass & I plan to make good use of the money spent. I was pretty certain, Sunshine wouldn’t tag along (the look on his face, I tell you!) but he said yes!! Unbelievable, I still doubt his intentions though. Yes! It was hard. I always wanted to do hot yoga but this was a lot more than I had imagined. Think Indian summer’s; mid-July; standing out in the sun for 90 minutes (minus the tan). It was exactly that! The sweaty smell was bad when we entered but it was beyond unbearable as the class progressed. Each of those 25 odd people were dripping like anything. The stench made it hard to breath. It was a terrible execution today but we are hoping we’ll get used to it. I am yet to sleep so will know the after effects tomorrow morning. Don’t need no cramps!! My top tips if you are prepared to go through this:
  • Need a mat (coz carpet is most likely drenched with years’  worth of sweat)
  • Need a towel on your mat (coz you’ll be dripping like crazy)
  • Carry a face towel (coz your face, legs everything will be drenched in sweet, will get slippery & it’ll be hard to execute the poses)
  • Water bottle is must (coz that’ll be your only ‘take a break’ moment)
  • Clothes – the lesser the better. I had shorts on & they should’ve been shorter. Tank tops/sports bra only. I loved how the trainer said it’s a “no-judging others” place. Honestly, who the hell would check out others (read flirt) in such an environment, sexy sweaty, smelly body… hell NO!! Sunshine had board shorts on & they are a big NO NO. He could hardly manage any of the leg poses.
  • Hydration – know the day you’ll be attending the class. Stay hydrated all day… not just before the class if you sweat a lot. You can lose upto 1 litre of water in those 90 minutes.
  • No solid food for 2-3 hours before class, no water 45 minutes before class
  We made sure we were fully hydrated all day (love my coconut water) but both of us felt dizzy after the class.
To wrap it up, it was a unique experience. I’m hoping I’ll get over the heat & stench and definitely plan to do this a few times this week. It’s a whole new-concept to working out & is pretty extreme too. Hats off to those who can do it alone!! Joining a class is the best motivator with hot yoga. Also it helps to be open-minded & take it as it comes. Spending 90 minutes in your own sweat.. Priceless!

Have you ever practiced hot yoga? Do you plan to? Your thoughts?

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