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I do love my bold reds and fuchsia and could get away with them when I was working back home. But, as I would be joining work in the new city soon I thought about sharing my favourite lipsticks that add the required pop of colour and are also work appropriate. Lately, I have been gravitating towards more earthy natural tones with hints of pink and peach in it so here are my top 6 picks. 



Holly Golightly and Rose Dawson from Sugar Cosmetics have been a very late discovery by me but, these are some really long lasting matte lip crayons out there and I absolutely love them. Holly Golightly is a lovely blend of pinkish nude which is very flattering and gives you that your-lips-but-better look. Rose Dawson is a slightly darker pink with hints of red in it. It is not too bold or dark and is perfect for work wear as well as for an evening out. These matte lipsticks have amazing pigmentation, apply like a dream and stays on the lips for over 10hrs meals included. They aren’t matte to the extent of being too dry, just perfect. Another bonus is that these lipsticks come with individual sharpeners, they are always handy.



My next favourites are the Nykaa matte lipsticks. They have been around for a while now and I do find myself reaching out to them. The shades Naughty Nude and Taupe Thrill are my personal favourites from this matte range. These lipsticks are not extremely matte as they do have a creamy moisturising texture and you can always use a tissue paper to matte it out as per your preference. Naughty Nude as the name suggests isn’t exactly a barely there nude shade but a pinkish-nude shade with a red undertones. This shade is very similar to Rose Dawson by Sugar Cosmetics. Taupe Thrill is a brown shade with pink undertones. I love this shade for that barely there lipstick look. These matte lipsticks are pigmented, apply very smoothly and have a slight vanilla scent that I like a lot.  Staying power is good around 8 hours plus. The creamy moisturising texture gives lips a soft and supple almost dewy look. 



And lastly, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Cannes is my go to always in my makeup bag lipstick which is very handy and has a travel friendly packaging. Its soft doe-foot applicator makes lipstick application precise and easy. This again is a peach pink nude very much similar to the above mentioned lipsticks and is perfect for work wear. Its formula is like a gloss but once applied it sets into this amazing matte layer that doesn’t budge from the lips and, leaves lips feeling moisturised and supple. It does have a slight fragrance which in my opinion is not at all overwhelming or overpowering.

L to R - Sugar Cosmetics Holly Golightly - Sugar Cosmetics Rose Dawson - Nykaa Matte Naughty Nude - Nykaa Matte Taupe Thrill - Sugar Cosmetics Breaking Bare - Nyx Soft Matte in Cannes
I would love to know your favourite work appropriate lipsticks. 


6 WORK APPROPRIATE LIPSTICKS


We all have had one particular pair of shoe/sandals with which we share a love-hate relationship. Love, because they are one of your favourite pair and hate because, they cause you a lot of pain. No ordinary pain but rather, soul numbing, blister bleeding pain. Morbid I know.

Enter the latest casualty, these Forever 21 Black sneakers which I absolutely love and look very trendy with most of my outfits but, they are a painful wear. No amount of band aids, socks or blister plasters have saved me from the pain these shoes have inflicted and yet, I have crawled back many a times to wearing them. 


My recent desert safari trip was the last time I wore them; giving me nasty blisters that has left marks and I have had enough of it. So, I have decided to let them go. If in any way they can be salvaged, do let me know in the comments below.










FOREVER 21 SNEAKERS - DISAPPOINTED !!




The reason I chose to write this post is because lately I have been having difficulty sleeping and my erratic sleeping time & habits is adding to my woes. Following healthy sleep habits can make a huge difference between restlessness and restful sleep. I want to share some of my tips that I have incorporated and what I experienced when I followed a set sleep routine. I am no expert in this area but these are some subtle changes that I have consciously made in my routine and are showing positive results. 

Step 1: Switch on the fairy lights
Half hour to 45 mins before going to bed I switch off all the lights in the room and just keep my fairy lights on. This creates a soothing atmosphere and makes me feel more relaxed and calm. It just gives a very warm and cosy feeling before bed kind of lulls me to sleep.


Step 2: Unplug
My biggest problem is that I end up reading on my kindle and by the time I realise I am way past my bedtime and clearly messed with my sleep cycle. Now I do not keep any of my gadgets nearby before going to bed. 45 minutes before bed switch off and shut down all your gadgets; no checking emails, social media or even random scrolling on the phone. I am being honest here; this is something I still struggle at times.

Step 3: Have Cup of Decaf Tea
I have been enjoying a nice cup of Decaf Green tea before bed as this really calms me and I tend to sleep immediately. I know that having caffeine is not advisable hence I opt for a Decaf version which has been suiting me and doesn’t keep me awake till 3am. 

Step 4: Tranquil Sleep pillow spray
So glad I discovered the Forest Essentials Vaishnavi Tranquil sleep pillow spray which has added a dash of luxury to my sleep routine. This 10ml spritz bottle is packed with key ingredients like Steam distilled Sandalwood essential oil, Steam distilled geranium essential oil, Steam distilled Nutmeg essential oil, and Steam distilled Lavender essential oil.




It leaves a mild and calming lingering fragrance on the pillow that helps me fall asleep much faster and promises a tranquil sleep. Fair warnings; if you are allergic to these fragrances do not continue using them. Always spritz them at a distance of 8 to 10cm from the pillow or else the fragrance would be too over powering. Two spritzes will do the job well.

Step 5:  Stick to a stipulated time
Last step but one of the most crucial ones… Stick to a set sleep time at night. You need to get at least 7hours of good sleep hence, plan your sleep time accordingly. I go to bed by 10.30pm and wake up at 5.30am to go to the gym. Following a fixed sleep time does wonders to you because you are fresher and energetic the next day as you are not sleep deprived and your productivity levels also increase.

Overall I have been noticing a positive change in myself after following this routine. I am much calmer, more fresh and energetic and productive throughout the day. I no longer skip gym or feel tired when I wake up early or have second thoughts whether I should go or skip gym altogether.

If you have any tips to improve sleep, I would love to hear them. 

5 SIMPLE TIPS TO IMPROVE SLEEP


Winter has finally graced Mumbai. It’s getting quite chilly in the mornings and my skin has been dry overall for the past month. I always switch my skin care during winters. Don’t necessary switch all my products but adding more moisture to my dry-combination skin is a must.

I start off with my everyday face cleanser, the clean & clear pimple clearing face wash which I absolutely love. It doesn’t dry out my skin at all and leaves it feeling clean and fresh. It has been keeping my spots at bay which is a total bonus.

I never leave my house without sunscreen, be it any season of the year. My all time favourite is the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry touch sun-block SPF 50. This works for all skin types and does not leave a white cast on the skin. Absolutely love it.

This year my skin has been more dry than usual and the Ponds moisturising cold cream has been my saviour. It cleared all the dry patches and kept my skin moisturised for the whole day. It is slightly oily but it works well if you have dry patches or peeling skin on your face.

For body care I had been using the Body shop Fuji Green tea body lotion but by mid-day my skin would again become dry and hence I opted for the Nivea Smooth Milk Body Lotion. This works like a charm. It leaves my skin moisturised for the entire day without having to reapply every couple of hours.



For hands I absolutely love The Body Shop Honeymania hand cream. It smells delicious and keeps my hands free from dryness.

My evening routine includes two products which I switch as per my preference for that day. On days when my skin has been extremely dry, I use the L'Oreal extraordinary Boosting oil. Even though this is not specifically for night time, I prefer to use it at night so as to let my skin absorb it to the fullest. It makes my skin plump and fresh in the mornings.


On most nights I use the Innisfree Green tea sleeping pack. It’s a light moisturiser and it contains tiny white granules like a face scrub which dissolve as you gently massage it into your skin. I absolutely love this mask. It smells amazing and keeps my skin hydrated.

Overall, this routine has kept my skin moisturised and hydrated throughout the past month. My dry patches have also healed which is simply amazing. Glad to have found some gems right under my nose.

So, what products have been your skin saviours this winter?

WINTER SKIN CARE - DRY COMBINATION SKIN


I know it is a little late to put up this post since Christmas is already over and we have already ushered in the New Year but hey we can still continue with the festivities right..? Body butters are a saviour in winters and considering it’s been getting quite nippy and chilly lately here in Mumbai The Body Shop Frosted Berries body butter is a perfect excuse to continue feeling festive even in January. 

Since a normal body lotion is not doing the job for me hence the shift to body butter this time of the year. Every year The Body Shop comes out with their Christmas Special range and this year was no less; choices vary from Spiced Apple, Vanilla Chai & Frosted Berries… take your pick.


Personally, I prefer the Frosted Berries range to the other variants as this body butter smells heavenly not overly fruity just perfect for my senses. It is also extremely creamy and lasts the whole day on my body; does require a bit of massaging for it to get absorbed in the skin or else I am left with extremely greasy limbs. This body butter in my opinion is perfect to use in winter; it keeps my body moisturised the whole day and leaves it feeling soft and supple. 


So, do give this generous 200ml tub which is priced at INR 1,495/- a try and make your winter mornings a little more special. 

FROSTED BERRIES BODY BUTTER – CHRISTMAS EDITION BY THE BODY SHOP

Flamingos captured at Sewri Mudflats (Mumbai) during Sunrise

Wishing you all a very HAPPY 2017 ! Hope you had an amazing new year's eve. This past year has been an absolute blur. We've all had our ups & downs but now its time to move on and embrace 2017 with open arms.

To new beginnings...

HELLO 2017


Excitement levels were high when I spotted this mask in the mall during my recent trip to Dubai. There are 5 masks catering to different skin requirements and these are yet to be launched in India. A per usual being oily skinned I went for the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions this tingling mud mask contains powerful Bamboo Charcoal, active exfoliating Green Tea Tree leaves from Japan and potent Tea Tree Oil from Kenya which combines to purify the skin and give it a new lease of life.  

Benefits of Bamboo Charcoal are that it draws out all the impurities and excess oils from the skin. Green tea has many antioxidants beneficial for the skin and Tea Tree Oil is a saviour if you are suffering from dark spots, acne or blemishes.


This mask is a staple in my Sunday night pamper routine. Application is easy; you can either use your fingers or a flat brush. Apply a thin layer on your face avoiding the eye area; this can be applied on your neck area too. This mask dries quickly so do not keep it over 10 minutes and yes there will be a tingling sensation on your face which will go away once you have rinsed off the mask.

Consistency of this mask is not too creamy or clay(ish); there are chunks of tea leaves which do transfer on your face when you apply the mask and they act as an exfoliator. There is a distinct fragrance that tends to stay even after you have rinsed off the mask; but, it does fade over time; some may find this fragrance to be overpowering. It is preferable to remove this mask with warm water rather than cold water as warm water makes the removal process easy without having to rub and scrub your skin. 


The packaging is a fancy and sturdy tinted glass jar with a thick plastic lid. Not ideal for travelling as it’s too heavy but, overall it looks luxurious in my opinion.

After Effects/Results
Has a cooling effect on the skin
Unclogs pores and tightens them and refines the appearance of pores
Acts as a mild exfoliator leaving the skin looking clean and fresh
Skin is visibly glowing. If you have sensitive skin some parts of the skin may turn red
Has a lingering fragrance

I have been using this mask for a while now and I am quite happy with the results. It didn’t break me out at all and the fragrance doesn’t bother me anymore. Skin feels very clean, refreshed and visibly glowing. Do give this a go if you have oily skin and fancy a mild exfoliating mask. I am not sure if this would be suitable for ones having dry and extremely sensitive skin as this mask can be quite drying.

Price AED 105/- (yet to be launched in India) 

THE BODY SHOP HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK


Last weekend my sister her husband and I went mall hopping doing last minute shopping before Diwali (the festival of lights) which begins this Friday. More importantly, we were itching to check out the newly opened Sephora and H&M stores and then decided to grab lunch at our all-time favourite pub The Irish House. We did shop in H&M whose collection by the way is amazing and in spite of it being crazy crowded we managed to snag a few items but, unfortunately forgot to take pictures of the purchases (typical). The Sephora store is spacious and has brands like NYX, Make up Forever, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, Benefit, Cover Fx, Sephora brand, Stila, Burt’s Bees, Shiseido, Clarins to name a few Soap and Glory is expected to arrive soon. The sales assistants were friendly and helpful; loved the experience in this store. 





It is impossible to leave empty handed at Sephora
The lovely H&M store at Inorbit Mall
Decorations at The Irish House
Probably the best Virgin Mojito I have ever tried
Yummy Chicken Sliders - Mini burgers
Fish & Chips 
I absolutely loved the new H&M Store in Inorbit mall. It is huge with a beautiful collection. The price range is quite reasonable, similar to Zara and Forever21. Quality is also simply beautiful. H&M is surely going to be my go to shopping destination from here on. 
Have you visited the new Sephora & H&M store? Do let us know your experience.

AN EVENTFUL WEEKEND…


This post has been a long time coming. My apologies for the disappearing act on the blog; I’ve been having a writer’s block and haven’t been in the zone to post anything. So, finally I have managed to get myself together and post the much needed Sephora haul Dubai edition after being a recluse for almost a month.

SEPHORA DUBAI HAUL

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