#FOTD FT. MAC LADY DANGER

I was the type who would admire Orange lips from far. I was happy like that. But obviously the beauty fanatic in me thought otherwise. Coupled with a yes from the lady at the MAC store and my beloved better half, I couldn't  resist putting that lipstick into my shopping bag. And thus begins my love affair with orange lips, mainly MAC lady danger. 

So last week for a casual dinner date, I wore this with a rather toned down black & white outfit [here] to balance it all out. And yes, I really liked it. I felt more bold, confident and fierce ;) 
Makeup
NARS sheer glow foundation 
NARS Radiant creamy concealer
MAC mineralize skinfinish natural
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow
MAC sheer tone blush in Peaches
Bobbi brown bronzing powder
Benefit what's up highlighter
MAC pro longwear lip pencil - What a blast!
MAC Lady Danger

This isn't a color I would wear everyday, but for when you are in the mood for something bold, there isn't a better one! Review of this lipstick coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

What do you think of this look, are you the bold type? :)

SUMMER BEAUTY


A few days ago, I wrote a guest post for Sinead's beautiful blog! And just in case you guys missed it, I thought it would be good to share it here with you all. We've been enjoying the summer for a while now, and we aren't too far away from wearing leather jackets. So, I thought this is the best time to share my most loved beauty items this summer. 

Summer months call oily skin, and this is the time I crave for a non-greasy, light weight moisturiser. And the Origins Ginzing moisturiser is a perfect fit with its gel-lotion kinda formula. It is very citrusy and the perfect wake me up for lazy mornings. The Ginzing eye cream that comes along brightens and moisturises the under eye area without being greasy and has a lovely cooling effect too. Sometimes, when I am not in the mood for concealer, this alone gets the job done. 

I like using minimal makeup in summer. On most days I stick to basics with just eyeliner, mascara and a lip balm. Revlon tutti frutti lip butter  is a bright orange, moisturizing lip butter that is just so perfect for summer. The MAC Fluidline black track gel eyeliner (what a long name!) is a new find for me, but I have very quickly fallen in love with its non-smudgy, easy to apply and long-wearing formula. I love how much of an intense black it is. Mascara is a must, and my recent favorite is the Makeup Forever Smoky extravagant mascara. I received this as a sample in my birthday gift from Sephora and now I cant stop using it. It volumises like no one's business and is clump free, smudge-free and a nonsense-free mascara. Perfect I say!

Sometimes when I am in the mood for an extra pop, I have been loving this candy pink blush called Dollymix from MAC. It is a sheertone blush and blends like a dream. I love how the very tiny shimmer in it brighten the cheeks when I am out in the sun. 

So there you go, the things I have been loving the most this summer. Its been a lovely summer and I just don't want it to end.

Here's to summer cocktails, beaches, sunglasses and bright lips. Enjoy while they last! Cheers! :)

BLOGGER LOVE TAG



I have been wanting to do this tag I don't know since how long, but finally here it is. I hope you enjoy reading it and also add  a few blogs from here to your reading list! :)  

What was the first blog you ever came across? 
After coming to the USA, I was smitten by the beauty aisles at Sephora and CVS stores. And as a result, began my rampant online searches for product reviews. Although I dont really remember the first blog I ever came across, the first blog that got me hooked was Lily pebbles. Thank god I stumbled upon her blog, so I have been enjoying my own blogging journey. I remember this post of lily was the first I read and it still motivates me to this day. 

Favourite beauty blog reads.
I don't think this space is enough to cover all my favorites. But here are a few - Lily Pebbles, ViviannaDoesMakeup, Liana-Beauty and more  recently Zoe Newlove & Bloomin Rouge!

Best blogging friend
This is shared by two of my favorites - Melissa from KissandMakeup and Andrea from Rosychicc. Melissa has been there for me since day 1 and has been so lovely and supportive since then till now. I just love our email exchanges and always look forward to chatting with her. She has the best makeup looks on her blog and is so talented. I simply love you girl. Andrea is someone I have grown very fond of in the recent months. She is very caring, warm and is always just a message away when I need her. Her blog is the prettiest you'll ever come across. She is my babe. 

Name a blog that enables your purchases
Ha ha, Undoubtedly it is ViviannadoesMakeup. I ll buy even a broomstick if she recommends it. Okay, just kidding! :) Her beauty and skincare choices are spot on and she is the main reason for my low bank balance at the end of the month ;)

5 blogs everyone should be reading! 
Definitely, Lily Pebbles, Hello October, Jenny Purr , Thumbelina Lillie & Lydia rose will have you covered completely on the latest, best beauty and fashion bits.  So if you haven't yet already, you gotta go check these out, now :)

Your favorite way to read blogs
Is ofcourse Bloglovin'. It is by far the best way I have found to keep myself updated with all  my favorite blogs. I love the combination of a hot cuppa and bloglovin', my ideal evening. You can follow my blog on bloglovin' here. But many times, I directly type in the URL of my favorite blogs or have them bookmarked.

Bloggers that inspire you
Every time I am demotivated I just go  to Essie button. Her posts are always so cheerful and never fail to put a smile across my face. And lily again is someone I have been following for so long, and just a visit to her blog instantly lifts my mood up, reminds me of my blogging purpose and puts me back on track. When it comes to photography, its Let it be Cosy all the way. Rocio's photography is very inspiring and pushes me to do better each time.


 Favorite blog design/look
Undoubtedly, Cider with Rosie is one of the most attractive looking blogs out there. With a very pleasant and colorful theme, it looks very inviting and makes the reader want to stay on for more time. Also  Rosie is one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers, and I enjoy reading all of her posts.


What is your favorite thing about blogging? 
The community. Everyone is so helpful and friendly, I love the unity and warmth in the blogging community. It is incredible. And of course, photography. This is what keeps me going when I occasionally feel a little low and uninspired. 

Name a blogger you would most like to see write a book in the future!
Most definitely Lisa Eldridge. She is a beauty encyclopedia and her knowledge is invaluable.  So a book would be a great way to learn a little bit from her. 

Also this post would be incomplete without a shout out to my all time favorite reads : 
A little boat sailing

Please share your favorites with me, so that I can add them on to my reading list! :) 

#OOTD WITH POPBASIC

Top - Popbasic*, Shorts - Old Navy,  Cardigan - Popbasic,* Purse - Nicole Miller, Drifter Necklace - Popbasic*, Boots - Aldo

My heart squealed with excitement as I opened the package that was sent to me by the lovely Maddy from PopBasic. It was their new wanderlust collection. I had been following PopBasic for a while on twitter and was really excited to try out their stuff. 

The Wanderlust collection consists of the Traveller Tee, Impulse cardigan and  Drifter necklace. I am completely in love with the black & white striped Traveller tee which is extremely comfortable and chic. It is just perfectly my type of thing and I can see myself wearing this very often in the future with either a pair of blue/black jeans or my black shorts. I was never the gunmetal type of girl and had never tried something like their Drifter necklace before, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it looked on me and I must say I m totally in the mood to step out of my comfort zone and check out more of these necklaces. The Impulse cardigan can be paired with almost any casual outfit and it will look great. I cant stop gushing about how soft this is to touch, you gotta try it yourself!

To add some color, I wore an orange lip and matched it with my orange purse, love how they combined together to brighten the look. And you can see my favorite new boots from ALDO which I spoke about a few days ago in action here.

Overall, I have to say I am very impressed by Popbasic, the service and quality are both great, so a big applause to them :) Although a bit on the pricey side, I'd say it is worth every bit. I am looking forward to adding more basic pieces from their collections to my wardrobe! If you are looking for something trendy, look this way - popbasic

This was my first #OOTD and I am pretty excited as well as nervous. Hope you like it and let me know if you'd like to see more #OOTD posts in the future. 

Let me know your thoughts :) 

*PR SAMPLE, all opinions are my own.

PHOTOGRAPHY POST #2 : SNOW LAKE HIKE



Someone said, you don't move to the pacific northwest until you go for your first hike. And we did, after a month in seattle for our first hike at snow lake. And it was mind blowing. Ah, that view from the top, took my breath away!

I have gone on 2-3 hikes before, and I like it. It is a good exercise for mind, body and soul since you are one with nature. But most importantly it gives me a high, a high of achieving something, a high of completing a difficult task which is what keeps me going. It is the same satisfaction you get when you tick off something your TO-DO list, you know ;)  

I had a lovely time and cant wait to hike and explore more in seattle. I am loving the city so far, it is very friendly, happy and a happening city!  This weekend is just a lunch with friends and relaxing at home with blogging and a book! :) Hope you enjoy these photos from the hike!

Have a great weekend!