BATTLE OF THE LIP BALMS



They come in different sizes and shapes, different colors and flavors. But has there been any one that has blown me away? Let's see. I have tried so many lip balms, may be like a thousand! OK. That's a lie, but it really feels like that because there hasn't been many that I have been impressed with.

Firstly what I expect from a lip balm in order of priority:
  • Moisturizing formula
  • Long lasting
  • Soft and light texture
  • Good fragrance
  • Sanitary and pretty packaging
And this is probably what every girl out there, hopes for in a lip balm, whether or not she wears lipstick!

Here are my thoughts on a few that I have tried recently.

Fragrance & Flavor heaven: The EOS lip balm smells like a strawberry heaven, literally. Packaging is cute and although it moisturizes the lips when applied, it doesn't last long and  also sits a bit waxy on the lips which I dont like! The Maybelline baby lips, seriously what is the hype all about? I have this in the flavor Mango punch and although it smells and tastes good, it just doesn't do the job. The Vintage sister lip balms which I got off their website, come in a number of flavors. They have a very sleek, sliding-tin packaging. The ingredients are very natural and nourishing. But this one is just so hard to scoop out of the tin, and again it doesn't feel as nourishing on the lips.

High Expectations: The one which I bought with very high expectations is the Korres lip butter in jasmine. This really feels so soft and buttery in the pot, but I don't like the glazy tint it gives my lips. Also, it doesn't sink into the lips very well, and feels like a layer on top of the lips. Clearly disappointing!  The Fresh Sugar lip balm came as a sample with one of my Sephora orders. It is tinted and smells of fresh citrus. I would say it moisturizes well but I find the need to reapply every now and then. And plus the one I have is tinted, so this isn't something I would like to use throughout the day especially when I am wearing a lip color. But there is non-tinted version of this and it might be worth a try. The Lush whipstick is the most hydrating and moisturizing of all, hands down. I wrote a complete review here.This is the first lip balm I have repurchased. It can get a bit hard in the tin sometimes, but will melt easily on the fingers before application. I am quite happy with this for now, but I still feel there is a lip balm which can do better! 

So as you can see, its been quite a journey finding the right lip balm and I m still not there yet! I am eyeing the NUXE reve de miel next, but please throw in your suggestions at me. I am waiting..

Also do you think I am being too picky and fussy about lip balms?  Have you tried and loved any of these? :) 

THE BLISS OF BLOGGING
























Today marks six months in my blogging journey and if there is just one word to describe it all, it is Bliss.

Last year was quite a significant one, in that it taught me a lot about life. I have to say I was almost on a roller coaster ride with my emotions, feelings and overall the internal 'me'. I say 'internal' because this was all happening inside me, my personality. My life outside, my relationships, my career and everything else was pretty much the same. 

I had a hundred questions buzzing in my head without answers. Questions including, 'Who am I' , 'What am I supposed to be doing with my life', 'What is the purpose of my life' etc. etc. Somewhat like an identity crisis. Too much philosophy. Seriously. Not good. After a lot of over-thinking, over-analyzing and a lot more tears, the answer I found for all my questions was that - there are no answers to these questions

Though it was challenging, looking back now at that phase, I feel it was for the good. It changed me as a person for the better. It kind of helped me discover myself, think through what I want and who I want to be. Today I feel more confident and have a lot more clarity in my thinking.

I have always believed that change is the only constant in our life and that is what keeps us going. Blogging was the much needed change that came into my life last winter. For all that I was going through, blogging put a full stop and started a  new page of a beautiful chapter in my life. It diverted my mind, completely. I write about beauty, makeup and stuff. But blogging for me has been much more than that. It has provided a new dimension to my thinking, my approach to life. I have become more 'aware' of my surroundings, It has taught me to be 'in the moment' and that is what I believe life is all about. 

On the way, I have met such lovely people who have encouraged me, uplifted me and just made me better as a person. Unknowingly,  blogging does that to you. And that is the best part about it, the community!

If there are five things I have learnt in the last six months through blogging, they are:

* Appreciate good work. Go out and express. Be liberal with love and compliments.
* Every place is a goldmine. We just have to give it our all and wait, until good things happen. So persevere, be patient.
* Be grateful. Say thank you! 
* Work hard, there is really no shortcut to anything in life. You want it, you gotta work for it!
* Be happy, with whatever you have. Happiness is a choice. Everyone may not get to do what they love, but they definitely can learn to love whatever they do. 

Blogging has brought a lot of wonderful things into my life and I look forward to more. The warmth and encouragement you all give me with a tweet, a comment and just by being there is immense. 

A huge thank you for just being who you are :) 

Tomorrow is the last day to enter my Tarte Blush International Giveaway here

I FEEL TIPSY


Blush isn't a beauty product I use too often, but this blusher has got me hooked! I must have read and watched a thousand bloggers / vloggers say good things about this. And they did for a good reason. These Amazonian clay blushes from Tarte have got it in them, and how! 

Around a month ago, I got two of these in the shades Natural Beauty and Tipsy. I couldn't decide between the two and so decided to spoil myself with both. Tell me this happens to you too. Please! Natural beauty is a bright rosy pink-red and Tipsy as you can see above is a bright coral shade with a hint of pink. These are just the perfect colors for Spring, so I m kind of not beating myself up for buying both! Also I've been wearing them quite often, so its all fine! ;) 

The formula is a soft powder, which blends well with the skin leaving a nice tint of color on the cheeks. The pigmentation is pretty good and is build-able. However, I don't prefer too much going on, on my cheeks, so a subtle wash of color is good for me. So as you can see, I have applied it with a light hand and it looks very natural.

The claim is that this lasts for 12 hours, but honestly I haven't  tested it for that  long. I have tried it for about 7-8 hours, and it didn't fade or oxidize on me. So that's good news and frankly 8 hours is a good for me. I cant expect better. It is infused with some goodness of amazonian clay which is supposed to minimize the oil on your skin as well as hydrate it at the same time, thereby balancing it all. It is also free of parabens, sulphates and all the other irritating stuff you don't want to put on your skin! So Thumbs up, Tarte!

So, If you are looking for a bright summery shade to accompany your cheeks to the beach, then look nowhere beyond Tipsy. It is a gorgeous pinky-coral shade with a hint of shimmer and looks beautiful especially with a tan. The shimmer isn't too much, it is very fine and subtle, so it wont bother you much if you aren't a shimmer loving person.

There you go, a reason why I chose this for my Giveaway. I was sure you guys will love it! 'Cuz, truly it is a gem! 

What are your favorite Tarte products?

So if you still haven't, click here and enter my giveaway to win one of these blushes for yourself :) 

AN EYE-LINER ROUND-UP




If you would ask me what is the one product I can not live without, it would have to have to be my eyeliner. I feel that is the only thing I need to brighten up my face a bit, if I look tired or dull. I don't know about you, but for me its all in the eyes ;) So many days, that is the only thing I wear too!

And let me confess, I am a crazy eyeliner addict. And have so many of them, in many colors, formulas and packaging! But there are a few that make it into my most frequently used list, and here they are :

1. Victoria Secret Bold  Liquid Liner : This is the only beauty product I own from VS and I would say it is not bad. In fact, this is the only liquid eyeliner I have been using for an year now. The tip makes it easy to apply for an eyeliner Pro ( definitely not me), but for someone more novice, this might not be the one. But the formula is excellent, dries up almost instantly, doesn't smudge and stays put all day long. And the color is a rick black, which I absolutely love.

2. Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil (Perversion) : This I think is my go to liner if I want something really strong going on with my eyes. It is thick, highly pigmented, a jet black eye pencil.Swipe this, and I feel so dressed up. I mostly use this on my lower lash line, but you could just as well use it for upper lashes and I bet it would work so well for a smokey eye! The only thing I don't like is sharpening these, I feel like I am wasting a lot of product.

3. MAC Technakohl liner (Graphblack) : This is my cutie pie. It has stuck with me for the last five years and I have repurchased it twice. It is hands down my everyday liner. Very light, easy to use and lasts forever. It is a twist up kind of pencil, and is self-sharpening which I love. This is the eyeliner you will find in my purse at any time, just perfect. 

4. Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil (Roach) : Whenever I am bored of black or want something subtle on my eyes, this is the one I go to. It is a bronze with some golden shimmer. The formula is good as usual and it works great with a brown smoky eye. Also you can use it on the lid as an eye shadow if you want too !

I generally like black liners for everyday, as I feel they define my eyes well. Though liquid eyeliners are more precise, I generally prefer pencils for everyday wear as they are easy to use and are no-nonsense. 

Also I was so naughty this weekend and did so much shopping, so definitely watch out for many haul posts in the coming weeks! ;)

Some liquid eyeliner recommendations please? 

Don't forget to enter my Tarte Blush giveaway here!

A LITTLE LUSH HAUL

Last weekend called for a visit to the mall, and of course being the lush lover that I am, I helped myself to a few goodies from the candy-smelling store. I initially went in to pick up the Whipstick lip balm which I had hit pan on, but well, nothing goes as planned when I go shopping. 

1. Cupcake Mask : I have heard so much about the fresh face masks, and I had been wanting to try one for such a long time. I was torn between Cupcake and Love Lettuce and for very obvious reasons, the chocolate lover in me went for Cupcake. I have tried it once, and so far its been nice. Its a mix of chocolate and peppermint oil and is quite refreshing. However, I will be able to tell better only after I try it a few times more.

2. Latte Lip Tint: Now this was not a impulsive purchase. When I was in Boston for the Christmas holidays, I had hopped into a mall for a short visit. I remember trying the MAC Patisserie lipstick and soon after that I had dabbed this lip tint for a trial in the lush store. However I had walked away without buying either, and had regretted it because these two had worked so well together to give me very nice, shiny, pinky lips. So this time I made sure to pick it up. Its is a rose-gold lip tint with somewhat beige undertones if that makes any sense. It looks beautiful just on its own, or on top of any lipstick.

3. Buffy Body Butter: I have been using this in the bath, and I have only good things to say about it. It is both exfoliating and moisturizing at the same time, and leaves a good film of non-greasy, buttery moisture on the skin which makes it oh! so soft. 

4. Dream Steam Tab: The SA at the store had such wonderful things to say about it. It is a tab rich in rose+lavender oils which can be just dropped into hot water for a good facial steam. I do mini home facials once a month, and was very excited to try this. Also she said that the water can be stored and used as a toner for a week after. I am yet to try it, but I will keep you posted.

I don't have a detailed opinion on any of these yet, but as soon as I do, i ll make sure you know! :)

So there you go, a little haul, I am quite surprised it is not too much though.  I sometimes shop smart ;) But that is only sometimes. I have turned into a complete lushie since a few past visits to the store. And I have to say I am enjoying all the pampering! 

What are your favorite lush products?

Also don't forget to enter my Tarte Blush giveaway here!