Sunday, January 29, 2012

Outfit Post: Travel during Pregnancy Part 1

Hi ladies, travelling during pregnancy can be a pain... More so when it is an international travel. Right? I went to a conference when I was pregnant. Let me take you back in time on that journey and tell you what I learnt on What Not To Wear when travelling during pregnancy.

Day1: Flight from India to KL
Maternity Outfit 1: Tunic & Tousers
Here is me at the Singapore stopover. Am wearing an empire waist red tunic from Pantaloon and black maternity pants from Mothercare. I wore nude flat soft sole sandals throughout the trip. What worked in this outfit is the empire cut that draws attention away from my bulge and was quite comfortable as I sat through the six hour flight. The material of the tunic is crepe though which is quite thin and did zilch to keep me warm in the freezing plane. I had the foresight to carry a warm stole that helped. The trousers were all right.
Learning: I felt a jersey top would have been a better choice. So the cut and the fabric has to be comfortable. A stole or a light shawl is a must.

Day 2: Beach Party

Maternity Outfit 2: Flowy Maxi Dress
Maternity Outfit 2: Flowy Maxi Dress with Statement Necklace
We had a day long conference on day 2 where I wore a Kurta with leggings (fortunately the dress code was business casual) but the highlight of the day was the beach party in the evening :) I wore a flowy maxi made of chiffon underneath a dark blue cami and a statement necklace in matching colours... We had to wear our id card at all times so the lanyard takes away the glory of my necklace here :(. I had a light foundation, kajal and nude lipstick on... I was confy in this outfit throughout the night and the dress did not emphasise my bump again. It allowed me enough freedom to walk around on the beach mingling with people and shake a leg or two when the music came on :) Oh and i had flip flops on my feet... c'mon its a beach party!
Learning: For the day event, I am glad I opted for my regular maternity attire of a loose Kurta and leggings.  It was no different than a normal day at work. Do not unnecessarily break out of your comfort zone. In the evening, well... if you are gonna be at a party, ensure that your clothes allow you enough movement for dancing and stuff... if you are in something figure hugging, you can end up looking quite awkward! Again, comfort is the key

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Friday, January 27, 2012

GLOSSYBOX Beauty is coming to India

We’re GLOSSYBOX Beauty, an idea born from a team of beauty lovers who got tired of wasting time and money buying the newest beauty products without the opportunity to try them to understand if they are right for us. GLOSSYBOX Beauty has grown to become the world’s leading premium beauty subscription company. We are present in 14 countries on 6 continents, and we are now COMING TO INDIA!

Isn't that great news? They launch in march!!! Yippedo.....

Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Colorbar Velvet Matte Sultry Pink Lipstick

For the last two and a half years, I had reverted to wearing nude lips most of the time. When not wearing lippies like Oriflame Pure Colors Lipstick in Vintage Rose, I was wearing very light colors like Lotus Herbals Pure Colors Lipstick in Mod Mauve or my Nivea Starshine lipbalms. Around 8-9 months back, I realised the pattern had to be broken and began venturing into bolder colours. My journey is a story for another day. For now, I'll share my latest one with you guys. Ladies, I bring you the Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in Sultry Pink. I'd gotten this back in November and had swatched it immediately for you guys. But after using it for the last two months, I can't get enough of it!

Colorbar Velvet Matt Lipstick Sultry Pink Tube
Colorbar Velvet Matt Lipstick Sultry Pink Colour in Tube

What Colorbar Says
For a rich lip colour with a creamy shine, the Velvett Matte Lipstick, available in 45 stunning shades infuse the lips with vibrancy. Its unique 2-in-1 formulation gives the lips a creamy, yet matte finish. A one of a kind product in India, it has super softening agents that give the lips a soft and supple appearance while keep them nourished with Vitamin E. Staying on up to 5 hours on application, the Velvett Matte Lipstick can be further accentuated with lip gloss and lip liner.

What I Think
Someone said the other day "Colorbar got it right with the Velvet Matte". I disagree. I don't think they got it right. They got it DAMN RIGHT! That's how awesome these lipsticks are. I have Bare and Sultry Pink and am totally berating myself for not getting one of these sooner. These are just brilliant!

In the lipstick world. we associate Matte with drying. For someone like me who has prune lips (thanks for the phrase Zara!), Matte lipsticks can be horrifying. But these are not drying at all. The lipstick is quite creamy and has a lovely finish. Even though this is a bold colour, it does not bleed at all. With a lipliner underneath, it does not settle into fine lines. Without one, it does after 3-4 hours. Its starts to fade after this time leaving a nice even tint. And guess what, it survives a full three course meal and coffee! I've tested that out too :) 

Sultry Pink is a bright berry pink with reddish undertones. Following Lisa Eldridge's advice, I wear it in three different ways. Check out the swatches to see what I mean!

Colorbar Velvet Matt Lipstick Sultry Pink Swatch with Flash
(As Lipstain, Two Swipes & Single Swipe)
Colorbar Velvet Matt Lipstick Sultry Pink Swatch without Flash
(As Lipstain, Two Swipes & Single Swipe)
  1. Lipstain: A lovely warm berry lipstain that lasts all day and can be glammed by topping off with a gloss / lipbalm
  2. Single Swipe: The low intensity colour makes for good office wear specially with a neutral outfit and or eyes. If you don't have time to do your makeup in the morning, just swipe this on and you wont need anything else
  3. Two Swipes: It builds up to opaque brilliance in just two swipes. Looks fantastic and makes for great evening wear. But the best part is, it can even be worn when you want a glam look in the daytime! It is not over the top at all :)
What it Costs
At INR 225 for 4 gms, this is a steal!!

The Good
  1. Great Pigmentation
  2. Awesome lasting power
  3. Non-Drying
  4. Transfer resistant!
The Bad
  1. Colorbar is not as easily available as its counterpart Indian brands, like Lakme
  2. It has a synthetic smell that lasts a long time
The Ugly
Nothing is ugly about this one... its a beauty!

Final Rating

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Swatch: Bourjois Paris Blush in 33 Lilas D'or

Hi girls, I got this blush for my b'day last week and have been wearing it everyday ever since. I love how natural it looks. The shimmer scared me under the store lights but I have been wanting this ever since Cynthia wrote about it on her blog saying this is a Nars Orgasm Dupe. When the SA mentioned that this is getting discontinued, I knew I had to pick it... :)

Do you have this blush? What do you like / dislike about it?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Hairdo: Bangs & Layers

Hiya girls, when I tweeted about my new hairdo, Zara and Ankita wanted to see it. So, I went ahead and clicked a few pics. 
Say hello to my glasses, making their first appearance on the blog!
I know the pic is a little blurry, but we have had no sun for four days now and the lighting is bad :(. So the hairdo is a full bang on the forehead with the length cut out in gradual layers. There is a story behind the bangs. Do you wanna know it? Heck, I'll tell you anyways :)

I got a side swept fringe in my last cut and that grew out to an irritating length. When I was to head out to christmas & new year parties, I had no time to visit a salon. So, I took a pair of sharp scissors and hacked off the fringe into a straight crisp bang. Easy, eh? So this is what I looked like on Christmas

The quality isn't that great either. This was taken on someone else's digicam at night
Can you see how the rest of the hair fall in unruly layers? So to tame them, I headed out and got a proper cut this Friday. I love the bangs... haven't had this hairdo since I was a little girl :)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year

hello girls... it comes a tad late here, but wish you all a very happy and colourful 2012 :)

i had a terrible last week.. with an eye infection that made my eye swell and shut. Thankfully it was down by new year's eve and we were able to head out to a get together. So how was your new year's eve?

Here is my outfit for the new years and guess what, I wore a RED lip!!! I was certain I'd never be able to pull one off. You fabulous ladies at Blogsville always tempted me with the red lips and I had wanted to try one before the year ended. Well, I did. I have minimal makeup on in the pics because the infection was still there and I didn't want anything near my eye. Not even concealer. So you guys get to meet my DARK circles. Be nice to them ;)

I've had the skirt and the top from before marriage and that means these are at least five years old. I don't wear skirts that often and so the ones I have suffice. Its quite sad really because I love wearing skirts. This one is from Sri Lanka. There is this awesome store in Colombo called Fashion House where clothes are CHEAP! I think they sell export surplus and rejects because I found a lot of stuff with the labels ripped off. The quality of the clothes is excellent though! The top is from Westside or Pantaloon. I don't recollect. It is a paisley print georgette with tiny sequins on it. I really like it for night time wear. My footwear is from a local shop in South Delhi. Grey snakeskin with kitten heels. Bet you guys didn't need to know that, huh?

And here is a very tired looking me with bare eyes and dark circles. Here is my product breakdown:

  • MAC studio fix powder foundation over my face, avoiding the eye area.
  • Colorbar radiant pen highlighter over cheekbones
  • Faces mineral blush in Pink Topaz
Eyes: BARE

  • MAC Lip pencil in Spice
  • Avon Simply Pretty Lipstick in Cherry Red ( it stayed on after 4 hours, snacks, drinks and a full meal) I am not sure if this was due to the lip liner or the fact that I dabbed a tissue over the lipstick and reapplied it. A bit of both I guess.
My fear of red lips is slowly fading away. But I do realise that I need a flawless skin and warm toned red to carry off the look. Cool toned reds just look horrible on me. So, what do you think girls? How did I do?