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Red Lip Liner - Suggestions?

This is a query, but not from a reader. From me.

I recently purchased Ruby Woo from MAC. This is a matt red that is cool toned (has blue / pink undertones). I need a lip liner to go with it.

MAC Cherry lip liner is the perfect match, but I'm loath to shell out 1000 bucks for a liner.

Yesterday I went to Kryolan (Andheri W - close to 5 Spice), but the SA there informed me that they don't have a red lip liner in their range.

I always thought that a red lipliner would be ubiquitous. Every makeup brand would have one.

I clarified with her, was it out of stock? or did she mean they just don't make red liners? She says "No, we don't make red liners. We have one that is fuchsia pink and one that is orange veering towards red. But not a cool toned, or pure red." (I still don't believe her, but well, we'll move on)

Kareena Kapoor in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

I saw Jab We Met - First Day, First Show (yea, the 12:30 at G7, Bandra). Since then I have seen it at least 20 times. It is my feel-good, get outta the doldrums movie. I loved both Kareena & Shahid in the movie, and since then have waited for Bollywood to churn out another movie like this, which would entertain me immensely. I always look forward to either a Shahid or Kareena release for this reason only. Give me a feel-good, romantic, funny movie. This is one of the main reasons I enjoyed "Ajab Prem.." and "Mere Brother..." so, so much!

I had really high expectations from this movie, and then it went & got 4 stars! The music was awesome too! So I headed for the theatre on Saturday itself after release. People compared it to JWM. In my opinion, it comes no where close. It is a nice movie, but over-hyped. I don't get how critics in TOI gave JWM, 3 1/2 stars, but this one got 4. Voucher worth Rs.1000/- giveaway

Girls! I have some good news, finally, about the giveaway.

You all know about the Glossybox giveaway issue, right?* has been my knight in shining armor during this trying time. They have very graciously stepped in and offered to instead sponsor the prize - which is a gift voucher worth Rs. 1000/- for the winner of the giveaway to shop at their site! Chetna who runs the site, has been extremely kind and responsive over the last 24 hours where we have exchanged quite a few mails to work this thing out. I had decided to pay for the voucher myself but Chetna wouldn't hear of it.

I have previously shopped at their site, twice in fact. They deliver within 3 days, and also have amazing discounts running on almost all products (NYX at 25% off currently!). They also stock a wide variety of brands in both skincare & makeup, so I am sure that the winner of this giveaway will have a great time & experience encashing the voucher, all from the comfort of their home / offi…

BlissCovered February Box - Preview

Ok, so here is a quick preview of my box contents. I'll write a review in 2-3 days time.


 1. H20+ Spa Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter

2. Omved Tired Foot Soak

3. Calvin Klein CK One Shock

4. Chambor Stay On waterproof eye pencil in Navy Blue

5. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist 24 Day Emulsion

 Like it? I do, big sizes this time, plus makeup too! CK One Shock smells awesome & so does the H20+ body butter...

 So what does your BlissCovered Box contain?

GlossyBox Giveaway Update & A New Prize from StyleCraze...

As some of you may already be aware, GlossyBox has decided to pull out of launching in India in March.

Below is the official note that I got from them:

We were asked over the last few days by our parent company in Germany, GLOSSYBOX International, to re-evaluate our launch dates in India. In an effort to bring the best experience to our customers in India, we've been engaging in in-depth conversations with several premium and luxury brands over the last month. 

We have concluded that given the overwhelming interest in our service, we will not be able to procure enough supply of products to meet demand. Hence, we've decided to push our launch dates till later this year as we work through how to bring the complete GLOSSYBOX experience to India. We expect the market in India to develop significantly in the next 6 months and look forward to launching late this year.

The Nature's Co Coffee Face Scrub - Sample Review

It claims:Pamper the coffee lover in you with our invigorating Coffee Face Scrub. It is full of anti-microbial and antioxidant properties that sloughs dead skin, boosts circulation and imparts an instant radiant glow. Wet your face and neck, massage using light circular motions. Rinse off and pat skin dry. Can be used daily. Go ahead and get addicted!

Price: Rs. 525 for 125 ml flip cap squeezy tube. 

Ingredients: Each 100g contains: Coffee extract 0.5%, Coffee powder 1%, Coffee grits 3%, Vegetable Glycerin 6.5%, Olive Oil 1%, Cream Base, Aroma and Natural Preservatives Q.S

Priyanka Chopra in Agneepath

There is a real fun story behind how I saw this movie. I sauntered into Fame Adlabs on Saturday evening (the cancelled Goa vacation weekend), looking to book tickets for a Sunday movie. I was just shortlisting the movies we could watch, when this couple approached us. They had two tickets for Agneepath show, today, starting in 5 minutes, did we want them?

The tickets were Rs. 300/- a piece and tbh I wasn't sure if Agneepath was worth blowing up 600 bucks over it (think of how many Jordana blushes I can get in that money!), but then we said ok, and asked them how much did we owe them.

To my utter surprise, they refused any payment. They said they had got the tickets complimentary, and since they couldn't watch the movie, they wanted to give the tickets to someone else, so that they would not go waste!!

Lakme Beautiful Brides Contest - Win Rs. One Lakh!

Lakmé Salon launched its Bridal Look book – Beautiful Brides in October 2011. 
They are now running a photo contest for brides-to-be as part of their bridal campaign. Brides-to-be have to upload a stylish picture and get maximum votes to win!
The gratification includes a bridal outfit worth Rs. 1 Lakh, a wedding photography package, complete bridal makeover from Lakmé Salon’s premium hair & makeup experts and Lakmé Salon gift hampers.
Four other winners will also get Bridal consultancy by Lakmé Hair, Skin and Make up experts and Lakmé Gift hampers.
Beautiful Brides Contest:
Bridal Look book -
Sounds good right? Brides to be, get set & go!! :-D

ATB Beauty Notes: Why you still get a tan when using sunscreens

There are many reasons why you may still be getting some tan despite diligent use of sunscreen. One likely cause is the fact that even the best of sunscreens still let some sun rays through. A high SPF number is not about better or deeper protection, but only longer protection.

High SPF numbers give the false impression they can provide enhanced protection when that is not the case. A well-formulated sunscreen with an SPF 70 still only protects your skin from about 98% of the sun’s rays. 

GlossyBox India Giveaway!

Edit (21st Feb 2011): GlossyBox will not be launching in India in March. You can read about it here

I wanted, however, to still thank you all for participating & reading the blog, hence I have changed the prize to a Rs. 1000/- Gift Voucher from

The contest is open till 28th Feb 2011. 

Older Post: 
There is a lot of glossybox talk floating around the blogosphere, right? At my last count I saw at least nine operational giveaways.Well, I’d say more the merrier. That way a lot of people have the opportunity to try it out a beauty box filled with luxury goodies.

I haven’t had much luck in the past with giveaways, though I did win one by both Cynthia & Anamika. Actually I also won one on Sonia’s blog, but I was travelling then & didn’t find out only that I had won until 2 months later. Of course by then I had forfeited the prize. I have had pretty good luck with giveaways, I've won some on WiseShe (Anamika), Indian Vanity Case (Cynthia) & recently won Beauty…

GlossyBox India

Last year it was online shopping sites that sprouted like mushrooms in the rain.

2012 seems like the year of beauty boxes. I ain't complaining. Only they should turn not out to be flashes in the pan like some of sites who initially offered a lot of discounts but now sell at MRP (You know who you are!)

Ideally I would like these beauty boxes to be specific - like there should be services that do only makeup beauty boxes or skincare beauty boxes or even perfume beauty boxes. That way you can choose what you want exactly out of a box.

YSL Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator - Sample Review

It claims:Free of abrasive particles, this exfoliator combines high-performance with high-tolerance to enhance radiance and natural pureness of the complexion. By its natural action, this soft and unctuous gel texture turns the conventional exfoliating ritual into a luxurious skincare experience providing a delicate but efficient exfoliation, even for the most sensitive skin. The skin is incredibly smooth and velvety to the touch, and its quality appears visibly refined.

Price: 75ml for Rs. 2250 (I'm testing the 15 ml tube I got in my Jan 2012 Blisscovered edition)

How to: The exfoliator can be used as often as needed. With dry hands, apply a generous amount of the gel onto dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Delicately massage with the fingertips until the texture liquefies. Turn it into an emulsion by adding a little cold water, then rinse off thoroughly.