HAPPY BIRTHDAY PINKPOT!


An year ago, exactly on this day I sat there designing a small home for my creativity on the internet. It was a space I created for myself, to grow, to share and to fall in love with. Did I know I would be with it after an year? No way! But did that space change my life? Hell, yea!


AN YEAR WITH PINKPOT: It is difficult to explain how an intangible, virtual thing can become such an important part of your life that you cant imagine a life without it after. It has been a great journey so far, ups and downs both, but its been a pleasure to go through it all. There have been times when I have been sad and low about my blog, and there have been times when I have been very inspired and motivated as well. Why did it become such an inseparable part of my life? Simply because it was a beautiful distraction from the mundane life of everyday.


SPECIAL MOMENTS: Some moments during this one year were moments that cannot be re created ever. They made my cry out of happiness. When I got that first comment, first reader and first compliment. A few small but huge milestones - my first 100 readers, and then a 500 and recently a 1000. Pure happiness. One of the most satisfying things when I look back today is that my blog was shortlisted to the top 12 blogs [new comer category] in the Company style blogger awards. I did not win the award finally,  I felt sad, but it gave me a lot of confidence and motivated me to make this li'l space better.


NEW YEAR, NEW DESIGN: Last year was spectacular, but this new year is the one I am looking forward to, with a lot of hope and inspiration. I want to expand my space into a more creative one and one that encourages sharing of knowledge. In addition to beauty and lifestyle, I want to add elements of design and photography in the months to come. I have given Pinkpot a design makeover, as you can see. I have been inspired by minimalistic yet creative designs lately and have tried to reflect that in the design. Please let me know how you like the look of it. 


THANK YOU: And all this would have not been what it is , without you. Yes you! Every single one of you have made a big difference by sending a tweet, commenting, reading and just by being there. Each one of you are more special to me than I could ever express through words. A huge heart felt Thank you! :) 

Hopefully you will continue to be there with me as I continue to grow with this space each day.

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AUTUMN EYES FT. MAC SUMPTUOUS OLIVE

Top-Bottom : Mac Ricepaper, Sumptuous Olive, Carbon

Experimenting with different eye looks has to be my favorite thing when it comes to makeup. Moving towards the colder months, my favorite shades for the eyes are usually dark bronzes and browns. But wanting to change up my style a bit, I ve begun to take the plunge towards branching out to more variety in colors, go a bit bolder. 

I am talking MAC sumptuous olive today. This was an impromptu look that I did by dabbing and blending away randomly with a MAC 217. I of course used the Urban decay primer potion to prime my eyelids. I started off with Sumptuous olive all over the lid. I then blended it into the crease to get rid of the harsh lines and all that. You know that jazz. To add some drama and darken the look a bit, I went with the slightest amount of MAC Carbon on the outer-V and blended that with the green to create a bit of a smokey effect. Then a bit of highlight with MAC ricepaper below the brows and at the inner corners. That ricepaper is something seriously, oh my, the glow it adds! For eyeliner, its my new MAC blacktrack gel eyeliner which is awesome and the urban decay perversion does the job for waterlining the eyes. With a coat of Maybelline rocket mascara, I was ready to go! Where to? Nowhere. Just photographing myself for the blog ;) 

I went over with Sumptuous olive again over the lid and also under the eyes to emphasize it a bit more and so it shows up well in the photos ;) Just that. 

Now, tell me, what do you think of this look? ;) Yay? Nay?
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10 THINGS ABOUT ME


I have been blogging for close to an year now, and although I have shared a few personal bits here on the blog, I realized I haven't spoken much about myself and what I love doing. So if you like a quick nosey into my life, here goes: 

1. I talk a lot and during the day, that's okay. But that extends into the night, during my sleep. Yes, I am officially a sleep-talker. I am known to suddenly scream - 'Shut up' , 'Stupid' amongst other things in the middle of the night and wake up people around me. But as creepy as it may sound, I assure you I am harmless :) In fact my husband finds it hilarious when he tries to have a conversation with my sleep talk! 

2. I fell in love with my husband when we were both 17 (we are both 26 now) and  got married four months ago. Its been a dream come true. Bliss. You can read about our story here and see my wedding pictures here. But it hasn't sunk in yet, and we need to remind each other often that we are married.

3. I am an extremely emotional person and almost anything can get me into a puddle of tears in just seconds.

4. On the other hand, I laugh like a maniac when I do that I almost start kicking people around me. And that happens in the night when I am sleeping too. So I am a sleep-kicker as well. Looks like I am pretty destructive when I am asleep, poor husband

5. I hate the sound of an ambulance alarm. It sends shivers down my spine. It reminds me of how fragile life is and makes me feel very disturbed for a minute. I always pray for that someone in the ambulance once I cool down. 

6. I am a computer software engineer and hold a masters degree in computer science and I am proud of it. Not bragging.I love to code, code and more. And although I have perfect eyesight, I love wearing those geeky glasses, I think they make me look more intelligent and the serious type.  

7. The meaning of my name - Chaitra means the season of Spring

8. I get disappointed in myself and my efforts very easily. It is a huge task but I am working towards being more optimistic and seeing the brighter side of things.

9. I am trained in Indian classical music and have a few unprofessional vocal releases of Indian songs on my Soundcloud channel. Please don't laugh if you happen to listen to it. No. Don't. 

10. I can finish eating anything in less than five minutes. I just can't wait to finish any food kept in front of me. I am a vegetarian and have never tasted meat. Also I am not the fun party kinda girl, in fact I don't drink at all. I would rather catch up with friends over a cosy dinner and have a light hearted chat and blow the roof off laughing. 

I know that was much more than 10 things, but that should leave you with more than a little bit of me. This was really fun for me to write, and I realized there are quite a few strange things about me. 

What are some fun facts about you?
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5 THOUGHTS ON SUCCESSFUL BLOGGING


Success is not a universal thing, you define what success is for yourself. Some may define success of a blog by numbers, some may define it by the quality of its content, some may define it by a blog's engagement with readers and so on. Success according to one might not be success for another. Despite these differences in the definitions of success, here are a few common things that may help you reach success, whatever it may mean to you. 

Be driven by passion: Blog because you love to blog, not for fame, name or money. To find out your passion, ask yourself this one question - 'What would you like to do for the rest of your life if you had unlimited money, you were famous and had everything you wanted in life?' The answer to that question is simply something that you have the fire of passion for. Everything else will come in eventually.

Work hard and enjoy it: You have to work hard, and there is no way around it. But you know what makes it easy to work hard? Enjoying the process. Have fun writing, have fun taking photographs, have fun researching on topics, whatever you may be doing, have fun! Hell, yea!

Be better than yesterday: No matter where you are at present with your skills in writing, photography or anything, make it a point to improve one small thing every day. Be open to learning, keep 10 minutes of your day to learn about something new to make your blog better. These small improvements will add up and create magic someday.

Believe in your ideas and focus: Have a unique idea, but afraid to work on it because no one else has done something similar before? Kill that fear. You are you, you are unique. If YOU don't believe and work on your ideas, who else will? And why be afraid, it may become THE next big thing and if not, what are you losing anyway? Focus your efforts on your ideas, its worth it.

Go on, Anyway: Its okay to make mistakes, its okay to fail but what's not okay is to give up. Give up, never. You have to persist through CRAP - infamously elaborated as Criticism, Rejection, A**holes, Pressure and push yourself. Everyday. 

These are my thoughts about being successful not only in blogging, but actually anything that you may want to do. Create, Inspire and be happy is my small little mantra of life :)


What are your thoughts about success? Have a lovely week ahead!


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THE NUANCES OF NUDE MAKEUP


As much as we all love color, one can never dismiss the magic of 'I am barely there' aka nude makeup. Otherwise, how will we achieve the No makeup - makeup look ever? 

Although, nude means color less, it is very interesting to see how many shades of nude there are. Peach tones, beige tones, brown tones, Pink tones, my-my. Basically, nude makeup selection is very much dependent on individual skin tones. Nude makeup for fair skin might be too light for dark skin and vice-versa. It is important to keep this in mind while shopping for nude shades in the beauty aisles.

Here are a few nude beauty bits from my stash which up my makeup game on days when I want to cheat like I am wearing no makeup! ;)

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl Pencil in Nude: Couldn't sleep for eight hours? Eyes dull & tired? Want to make your eyes look bigger? If you said yes to any of the above, I say you definetly need this nude eye pencil in your life. It is a flesh toned pencil which brightens up your eyes and also gives an illusion of bigger eyes. Dont be afraid to use it as a concealer too, if it suits your skin tone.

Maybelline color sensational lip gloss in Almond crush: The quality is A+. It is a non sticky, long wearing, transparent-pink lip gloss that you can apply without looking in to the mirror. Just by itself or on top of a lipstick, it rocks that pout anyway!

Essie Spin the bottle: This is my go to nail polish when I want my nails to look neat and done. It has both beige and peach in it and creates an opaque layer in just one swipe on the nails.

MAC Paint Pot in Layin low: Having a tanned skin tone, I knew Painterly from MAC was going to be too light for me. So I went for Layin low which is the perfect base color for my eyelids. It is a light beige, creamy and non-cakey eye shadow base which lasts for a good long time. 

HourGlass Femme Rouge Velvet lipstick in Fresco: I am usually a MAC girl when it comes to lipsticks, but I couldn't skip this rosy-nude my lips but better shade from hourglass. The metallic packaging of the lipstick is very classy and the formula is soft, creamy and long lasting too. 

What are your thought about nude makeup? What are your favorites?

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